Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey have recorded a small earthquake this morning about eight miles south of Sumner, Ill., in rural Lawrence County. The magnitude 1.9 tremor was recorded at 7:35 a.m. local time. The tremor was recorded with monitoring equipment that is part of the Cooperative New Madrid Seismic Network. The quake originated from a depth of 14.5 miles.
Locally heavy rainfall could develop later today and into Thursday as a frontal boundary is forecast to stall over the region. Flash flooding of some areas is a possibility if the forecast heavy rain develops.
The Fairfield Community High School Varsity Scholastic Team went 3 and 3 in the National Academic Championship over the weekend. The competition was held in Alexandria, Virginia near Washington D.C. FCHS narrowly missed making the finals. FCHS defeated Bishop Garrigan, Iowa; Cooperstown, New York; and Genesee Valley Central, New York. They fell to Montrose, Pennsylvania; DuBois, Pennsylvania; and James Bennett, Maryland. Picured above – Front Row – Kali Smith, Breyaniah Noble, Abigail Trotter. Back Row – Coach Tammy Austin, Clay Hoskins, Kyle Ellis, Charles Simpson.
A Federal Appeals Court has given Illinois an extra 30 days to lift its ban on concealed weapons. The extra time will give Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review the bill that lawmakers passed last week. The plan that lawmakers approved says guns are prohibited from schools and taverns but can be kept in cars.
Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says he will ask the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move the buoys that mark the end of the deep water section of the beach at Forbes State Park. The request comes after the drowning last week of 21-year-old Damon Garrison of Fairfield. Coroner Cannon says the distance between the markers ending the shallow section and the deep section are too far apart. Cannon also suggested the swimming area should be closed because of its very remote location and poor cell phone and emergency two-way radio coverage in the area.
Kiddie Kollege has been awarded an Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program Site Contract for fiscal year 2014. The contract amounts to $399,000. The money will help parents pay for their child care while they work, attend college or high school.
Brittany Hedden of Wayne City and Addison Shreve of Fairfield have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Good Samaritan Regional Health center Auxiliary. Both students plan to pursue a degree in health care.