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Headlines for Tuesday, August 19, 2014


New harmony bridge

The three-man Posey County Commissioners voted today to take possession of the New Harmony Bridge.  The bridge, operated by the White County Bridge Commission, has been closed since May of 2012 when engineers determined it was unsafe for any and all traffic.  What Posey County officials plan to do with the bridge is not clear at this time.  However, as a governmental entity, Posey County officials will be free to seek state and federal funding to fix, demolish or replace the bridge.

The annual Wayne County Corn and Soybean Yield Tour has been set for next Monday, August 25.  The record crop yield came in 2004 with 164 bushels per acre for corn and 46 bushels per acre for soybeans.   Last year’s yield was 154 bushels per acre for corn and 41.14 bushels for soybeans.  This year’s harvest is expected to be excellent.

The Edwards County Community Unit School Board met Monday night. Members learned the district’s financial status has improved over the past year. The latest numbers show a deficit of $262,000 compared to $$600,000 last year.

Illinois Department of Public Health officials say the first human case of West Nile Virus for this year has been reported. A woman in the Chicago area in her 70’s became ill in July.  Last year, there were 117 cases of West Nile. Cases of West Nile in birds or mosquito batches have been found in 32 counties so far this year.

A Mount Erie man was overcome by exhaust fumes from a 4-wheeler Monday morning. 38-year-old Jamie Wilkins was taken first to Fairfield Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a hospital in St. Louis for advanced care.

Attendance at the Illinois State Fair is down.  Fair organizers say rainy weather is to blame for an 11 percent drop.  Rain forced the cancellation of seven events, including the fair parade on opening day.

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