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Headlines for Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nine Evansville Western Railway coal cars derailed Monday evening and spilled their load south of Carmi.  The scene of the accident is the Epworth Road south of Carmi – not far from the White County Coal Company Mine.   The coal spilled into a nearby farm field.  Epworth Road was closed much of the night as heavy equipment was brought in to right the cars and re-open the rail line.  No one was injured.

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony has been set for Wednesday at one of Wayne County’s newest farm operations.  Bryan and Judy Bennett are opening a 4,000 head nursery hog farm south of Xenia. Officials from the Illinois Pork Producers Association will join Mr. and Mrs. Bennett for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 Wednesday morning.

Kevin WilliamsMount Carmel businessman and CPA Kevin C. Williams will have to report to prison this Thursday to begin serving a ten year federal prison sentence for swindling a 96-year-old Mount Carmel woman out of more than $2 million.  Federal prosecutors said Williams structured nearly 500 individual financial transactions to defraud the elderly victim. Williams is a former trustee with the Illinois Eastern Community College District, was a CPA and previously owned the Windsor Oaks Inn at Gravyille, an area radio station and had previously served as a bank director in Mount Carmel.

49-year-old Pamela K. Roosevelt of Bellmont has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for meth manufacturing, possession of meth and harassment of a witness. She will have to serve another two years of parole once she is released from prison.

The Wayne County Shrine Club is hosting a Shriners Hospital Benefit Dance this Saturday at the Fairfield Elks.  Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased from any local Shriner.  All proceeds and donations will benefit the Shriner’s Hospital.  The event starts at 7:30 Saturday evening.

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