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Headlines for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

PATTERSON, JAMES PHAMILTON, TABITHA LWaynCAUDLE, GREGORY De County Sheriff’s police raided a home in Cisne Monday night, seizing a suspected meth lab and making three arrests. Those taken into custody include; Gregory D. Caudle, 44 (right), Tabitha L. Hamilton, 40 (center) and James P. Patterson, 46, (left) all of Cisne.  All three face preliminary charges related to the unlawful manufacture of meth.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney Office for the Southern District of Illinois report the arrest of a Norris City man on child exploitation charges. 39-year-old Gary Richard Walters is accused of producing a child porn video, and distributing it over the Internet.  A Federal Magistrate has ordered Walters held without bond pending further proceedings.

Kakac IIWayne County Resident Circuit Judge Kevin Kakac was recently notified by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command that he was selected through a competitive boarding process to attend the prestigious U.S. Army War College located at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.  Judge Kakac holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the USAR and currently serves as the Division Staff Judge Advocate for the 102nd Training Division headquartered at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  LTC Kakac, a reserve officer, will attend the U.S. Army War College via distance education and two, 2-week, in residence sessions at Carlisle Barracks. Upon completion, the college grants its graduates a master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

Illinois State Police say they are ready to begin processing applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons. State Police have 30 days to conduct criminal background checks on all applicants, and local law enforcement officials may object to some applications.  Illinois is the last state to approve public possession of a concealed weapon.

Bond has been set at $5,000 cash for two Albion teens accused of breaking into the Brandon and Sierra Merrill home near Albion last week. Edwards County authorities allege that 18-year-old Robert W. Pritchard and a 17-year-old male broke into the house on two separate occasions. Both suspects face preliminary charges of residential burglary, criminal damage to property and theft.

About 900 signs will go up along Illinois Interstate highways next month increasing the speed limit to 70 mph. Officials say the signs will be posted between Jan. 2 – 17.

Illinois will end the year with overdue bills totaling $7.6 billion. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s office says that amount is about 16% less than the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012.

The 93rd annual meeting of the White County Farm Bureau has been set for Friday, January 10 at the Farm Bureau building in Carmi.  Members in good standing will be asked to elect officers and directors for 2014. Reservations are requested by phoning the White County Farm Bureau office.

Wayne County Golf Course will tee off the New Year with its annual golf scramble on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  A pot luck lunch will be served at 11 a.m. in the club house followed by tee off at noon.  Entry fee is $10 per player.  Players may register at the course on the sign-up sheet located outside the pro shop.

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