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Car Crash

Two People Hurt in I-57 Crash North of Salem Exit Monday Morning 

Two people were taken to Salem Township Hospital Monday morning for treatment of minor injuries following a two vehicle crash on southbound I-57 two miles north of the Salemtwo-vehicle

e Police say preliminary investigative details indicate a car driven by 27-year-old Cole Lake of Salem struck the rear of a van driven by 50-year-old Tony Watson of Villa Grove.

Both Watson and a passenger in his vehicle, 50-year-old Kevin Ladyman of Mt. Vernon, reportedly received minor injuries.

Lake was ticketed for following two closely. Lake and a passenger in his car, 58-year-old Donald Hawk of Salem, were not injured.

The crash occurred at 7:46 Monday morning.

Bruce Rauner

Rauner Signs Gun Order of Protection, Waiting Period Laws

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others.

The Republican’s action Monday allows police or family members prove in court that a person with guns is suffering from mental health or other problems and threatening harm. Weapons could be surrendered for up to six months.

Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis of Addison says her bill answers incidents such as the February Parkland, Florida shooting after which people declare there were warning signs that were not heeded.

Rauner also signed a law Monday extending a 72-hour waiting period for all guns, not just handguns. He says plans to veto a gun-dealer licensing bill that he says is burdened by red tape.

The bills are HB2354 , SB3256 , and SB337 .

Southern Illinois Pastor Unpaid for FBI, Police Tips Made 2 Years Ago

GOLCONDA, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn’t received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Pastor John Kunath told authorities in 2016 that he believed Dracy Pendleton broke into his church and also shot a Mahomet police officer. Illinois records show Pendleton died in a shootout near the church cemetery in May 2016.

Kunath says he doesn’t understand why he hasn’t received the FBI’s $10,000 reward or the Champaign County Crime Stoppers’ $1,000 reward. The 74-year-old says he’d like to use the money to repair his church.

Champaign police Sgt. Geoff Coon tells The News-Gazette that a tip “must lead to an arrest or recovery of evidence that solves a crime.” Pendleton was never arrested in the case.

Car Struck By Lightning While Traveling on I-57 in Jefferson County

An SUV traveling on northbound Interstate 57 south of Mt. Vernon Sunday night caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Jefferson Rural Firefighters say the lightning apparently entered the car through the radio antenna that was melted and scorched. A hole was burned in the battery and an electrical fire started in the engine compartment. Firemen say the fire was confined to the engine area, but the entire electrical system was damaged.

The driver, Caleb Thompson, who is in the process of moving from Dallas, Texas to Wisconsin, was not injured.

Irvington Registration 2018-19

Irvington Grade School will be having registration for Kindergarten through 8th grade on Tuesday, Julyl 24, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm and also on Wednesday, July 25, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  You are welcome to come any time on these two days that is convenient for you.

All new students who have moved to the district, all kindergarten students, or any current student who has a different physical address since registration last year, are required to furnish proof of residency at registration.

All Kindergarten and sixth grade students must have physicals and shots by the first day of school.  Failure to comply will result in student’s exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the school.  If medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by the first day of school, the student must present by first day of school, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay.  This schedule also must be signed by the doctor, registered nurse or local health department responsible for giving the immunizations.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 249-6439.

Kinmundy Tables Ameren Lighting Exchange Program

After a lengthy discussion, the City of Kinmundy voted to table their discussion on the Ameren Lighting Exchange Program which would have helped the city switch over their lighting to energy efficient, LED lights.

In other action, the board did vote to remove the old landscaping at City Hall and around the city signs and look to redo the work. They also voted to purchase mosquito spray with spraying scheduled to take place when they receive it. Either late this week or early next week.

The Board also increased the boat license fee for out of town licenses to $35 and kept the in-town licenses the same $20 fee.

National News

Dry weather, lightning igniting wildfires across the West

ABC(NEW YORK) — Hot weather moving into California and parts of western Rockies on Monday and the next several days — with temperatures soaring into the 100s — will has authorities fearing more fires could start.There are 35 large uncontained wildfires burning across the western U.S. on Monday morning.Temperatures soared yesterday to 100 degrees in…read more »