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Headlines for Tuesday, October 15, 2013

farmer, johnnyOne of Grayville’s most colorful characters has died.  Johnny Farmer, widely known Wabash River fisherman and operator of Farmer’s Fish House Restaurant died this morning from an apparent heart attack.  Friends say Johnny was stricken at home this morning and died a short time later at a local hospital. He was 60-years-old. Johnny Farmer was known around the Tri-State for providing fresh catfish right out of the Wabash River. He and his wife Sue Ann operated Farmer’s Fish House Restaurant near the riverfront at the foot of North Street in Grayville for many years.  The restaurant featured whatever Johnny had caught that week, including catfish, high-fin and buffalo ribs. Funeral services for Johnny Farmer are pending at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Photo courtesy Evansville Courier-Press.

A Carmi firm has announced plans to expand its chain of gambling establishments across Southern Illinois.  WABB Enterprises of Illinois, Inc. has plans to open a total of 13 Nikki’s Place gambling establishments around Southern Illinois. Nikki’s Place centers are already open in Carmi, Harrisburg, DuQuoin and Sesser. Other centers are expected to open soon in Salem, Murphysboro, Christopher, Herrin, Eldorado, Olney, West City, Mt. Carmel and Anna.

20-year-old Kole T. Brumley of 803 Westwood in Fairfield and his 16-year-old girlfriend were arrested Sunday for domestic battery.  Brumley was booked at the county jail.  The teen was released to relatives pending a court appearance.

Gov. Pat Quinn was in Harrisburg over the weekend revisiting areas that were devastated by the Feb. 29, 2012 tornado. The governor viewed first-hand the progress that has been made in part to $8.8 million in state assistance following the disaster.  The state money helped renovate or reconstruct 66 homes, repair a senior citizens center, clear debris and make infrastructure improvements.

Fairfield native David Matthews of Herrin has been elected to become the Rotary Club District Governor Nominee Designate. He will take over the helm of the 28-county Southern Illinois region on July 1, 2016.

The Fairfield Coin Club has awarded scholarships to two Frontier Community College students. $500 scholarships have been awarded to Sarah Vaughn and Storm Kollack, both of Fairfield.

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