Headlines for Saturday,December 30th, 2017

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and Drivers Services facilities open Monday to Friday will be closed on January 1st, while facilities open Tuesday to Saturday will be closed Saturday, December 30th, in observance of New Year’s Day. All offices and facilities will be open for business Tuesday, January 2nd.

As temperatures drop, the number of people in our area coming down with the flu and other viruses keeps rising. One illness in particular has begun to affect several young children across southern Illinois called Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV, which attacks the respiratory system and can be extremely dangerous. Dr. Lukasz Dabrowski with Southern Illinois Healthcare says he’s seen a huge increase in RSV in our area and says catching the virus early is key to easier treatment. Symptoms can be decrease in appetite, a fever, coughing and or wheezing if you experience signs of RSV and you should visit a doctor.

Illinois transportation officials and law enforcement are urging motorists to drive safely as the New Year’s holiday approaches. The state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday enforcement period lasts through Tuesday. More than 150 law enforcement agencies across Illinois are conducting increased drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving patrols along with more roadside safety checks and seat belt enforcement.

The owner of the horse involved in a fatal crash on the Route 161 extension on December 5th has been charged in Marion County Court with A Class C misdemeanor for allowing a domestic animal to run at large. James Kennard of North Seawall Road in rural Bluford was given a notice to appear in court on the charge January 22nd.