Headlines for Tuesday, September 11th

Officials with the Village of Sims report they are still without water. This is due to a major water main break. All 133 households on the Sims Water District are without water. If you would like to donate bottled water, you can deliver it to the Village Hall in Sims. If you have any questions regarding donations or would like to offer additional help, contact the Village Hall at 618-895-2761. A No Burn Order is now in effect for residents in Sims until water is restored. An official with the Village of Sims told WFIW/WOKZ News that the village will be without water for at least two more days.

Unconfirmed reports from Marion County say two alleged gunmen have eluded police after a robbery at People’s National Bank in Centralia. The two reportedly fled the bank on foot, and area schools in the vicinity were immediately placed on lockdown. No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made as of the latest reports.

Two people were arrested in Carmi yesterday on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lujan S. Ramon and Pearl R. Tapia were taken to the White County Jail. Ramon was also charged with driving on a suspended license.

According to a joint news investigation, about 6,000 Illinois nursing home residents a year who were hospitalized had sepsis. About one in five did not survive. Illinois nursing homes have among the lowest staffing levels for nurses and aides in the country, and they also fall below national norms for risk of pressure sores or failure to treat them properly.

40-year-old Oklahoma City resident Cory Hicks apparently shot and killed himself after a roughly 11 hour standoff at the Albion Motel with Edwards County law enforcement and Illinois State Police yesterday. Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe says ISP Swat teams and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene and attempted to work with Hicks for several hours.

The Fall Fun Fest officially kicks off tomorrow, with Gospel Night, but Thursday will be the first day of multiple activities, including the popular 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Fairfield National Bank. Registration will begin at 4:30, the race will start at 6, and awards will be given at 7. All of those events will take place at the corner of Court and Fourth streets.

The McLeansboro City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting today at 6 p.m., but it will take place at the Fox Meadows Community Room instead of City Hall. The mayor is expected to recognize six people who assisted in a recent house fire rescue, which prompted the change. The council will also hold a discussion on several Shawnee Engineering reports and possible funding for a school resource officer.

Two state agencies are collaborating to expand mobile services for those seeking a job in Illinois and those trying to find employees. The Illinois Department of Employment Security and Department of Innovation and Technology jointly announced the release of mobile functionality for the IllinoisJobLink.com website late last month.

Students at the University of Southern Indiana could have to pay a bit more for on-campus living next year, as the university’s Board of Trustees recently approved a budget plan that includes a three percent increase in housing and dining costs starting next year. The Indiana Commission of Higher Education will need to approve the changes before they could take effect.

River stages as of early this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 26.91 feet, well above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 12.89 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 21.96 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).