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Headlines for Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Two Hopkinsville, KY residents died Tuesday in a head-on crash south of Mount Vernon, IL.  Illinois State Police say a GMC Envoy driven by 22-year-old Megan Michelle Hester of Hopkinsville went out of control, crossed the median and crashed head-on into a semi.  Two passengers in Hester’s vehicle, Jill Gibson, 49, and a 13-year-old boy from Hopkinsville were killed in the crash.  Three other passengers in Hester’s GMC were hurt. The semi driver was not injured in the 12:40 p.m. crash, which remains under investigation.

The National Weather Service has revised its river forecast for the Wabash River at Mount Carmel. The stage this morning was at 21.01 and is now forecast to crest at 22.9 ft. by Monday – nearly four feet above flood stage. No significant precipitation is in our forecast through early next week.

The 25th annual Christmas Dinner for the low income and lonely of Wayne County will be held today at the Kon-Tiki in downtown Fairfield.  Serving will be from 11:30 until 1 today and will feature a menu of baked ham and all the trimmings.  The meal is free and open to all ages.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu virus is being seen on a regional basis throughout Illinois.  Last year, more than 600 people were admitted to Intensive Care Units in Illinois with the flu.  At least 96 died.

Voters in Jefferson County will be asked if they want to add a quarter of a cent sales tax to fund a multi-million dollar renovation of their courthouse in downtown Mount Vernon.  The measure will be placed on the March ballot.

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