Headlines for Thursday, December 31, 2015

Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe reports the recovery of a stolen 1965 Pontiac GTO and a factory built 5X10 trailer from a location in Bone Gap. Both items had been stolen from the Evansville area. No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

The Little Wabash at Clay City and the Skillet Fork at Wayne City continue to fall. The Little Wabash at Carmi is still rising and is forecast to crest at 35.9 by next Monday. The Big Wabash at Mount Carmel is still rising and is forecast to crest at 28.6 feet by next Wednesday.

Ten area school superintendents have signed on to an editorial asking the governor and state legislature to pass school funding reform in 2016. The downstate school superintendents want Southern Illinois Schools to get their fair share of school funding. They are pushing for Senate Bill 1 that would allow local district to recoup an average of $628 per pupil or $4.6 million total for ten downstate districts.

21-year-old Brittney C. Turgeon of Fairfield has been arrested on a charge of domestic battery. Turgeon is accused of slapping her boyfriend, 23-year-old Zachary T. Jordan of Fairfield and throwing a hair brush, striking him in the head. Ms. Turgeon was booked at the county jail Tuesday morning on a charge of domestic battery.

237 new laws take effect Friday in Illinois. Among them, terminally ill patients will get access to experimental drugs that the FDA has not approved yet. Illinois joins 12 other states that have so-called right-to-try laws, in which patients will need to get a doctor’s approval to use the experimental medication after they have exhausted all other approved treatments.