Plans are in the works to replace the two bridges that carry Interstate-64 over the Wabash River south of Grayville. The project is part of a $9.1 billion long-range construction plan announced earlier this year by Gov. Pat Quinn. The replacement comes as engineers are keeping a close eye on erosion around the piers supporting the bridges. The pace of scouring has increased after 1985 when the Wabash River changed course. The change in river flow patterns caused the collapse of two spans of the former Illinois Central Railroad Bridge in 2005. The bridge runs parallel to the I-64 spans.
54-year-old Mark A. Mewes of Bone Gap has been sentenced to five years in prison after entering a guilty plea to charges he struck his elderly father during an argument. Mewes stands convicted of a felony charge of aggravated battery. In addition to five years in prison, he must serve another year of parole once he gets out of jail.
The Volunteer Firemen’s Association of West Salem is sponsoring a fireworks show tonight at Centennial Park. The celebration continues Sunday with a community worship service at 10:30,a noon lunch at the firehouse, and a Car, bike and tractor show.
Monday is the deadline to submit a nomination for the July Yard of the Month in Fairfield. Judging will take place on Tuesday. To nominate a yard, call 847-2921.
Country Music legend Tony Booth has been booked to perform at this year’s Pork Day USA in Albion. The celebration has been set for Saturday, July 13. Booth will perform at 7:30 on the main stage. The Pork Queen contest has been set for 1:15.