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City Offices to Close for Good Friday

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 17th, 2014

The City of Carmi and Light & Water offices will be closed on Friday, April 18th for observance of Good Friday and will reopen at normal business hours on Monday, April 21st.



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Salem Woman Charged with DUI After Wreck

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 17th, 2014

A Salem woman was arrested for DUI after crashing her vehicle in a ditch embankment early Thursday.  41-year-old Lauri Hoffee was traveling south on County Road 1625 East in Phillips Township.



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Candice Brown Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

By: WROYWRUL News
Jan 22nd, 2014

Candice Brown has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and 60 days in the county jail for Obstruction of Justice.  She was convicted in January of furnishing false information to authorities during a murder investigation.



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New Harmony to Host "Arts in Harmony" Art Festival in May

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 17th, 2014

The work of nearly 50 fine artists and craftspeople will be available for viewing and sale at Main & Tavern Streets in historic downtown New Harmony.   Live music by local and regional musicians will play throughout the fair.



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Mt. Carmel Police Complete Tobacco Compliance Check

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

During this round of checks Buehler's Buy Low was found to be in violation.  Aleesha M. Sherman, age 18, of Mt. Carmel was cited by police for sale of tobacco to a minor.



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IECC Trustees Reduce Fee for Concealed Carry Course

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

With all additional fees and tuition, the eight hour course fee will be reduced from $176 to $121 and the sixteen hour course fee is currently $222 and will be reduced to $167.  Both changes will be effective April 16, 2014.



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Old Time Country/Gospel Music Program Presented for National Library Week

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

Local residents enjoyed hearing such songs as the Wabash Cannonball, Little Brown Church, Turkey in the Straw, and Amazing Grace.  Pictured (left to right) Ralph Hubele on bass, John Hubele on guitar and Barbara Whybark on keyboard. 



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Backstop Net Installed at Major League Field

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

City of Carmi employees install the backstop netting on the improved major league field at Bradshaw Park.  First Bank has donated $26,588 to fund the improvements.



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CWCJHS "Students of the Quarter"

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

These students have shown exemplary citizenship and academic excellence.  Pictured Left to Right - Colton Yates, Briana Stocke, Travis Black, Remi Huff, and Troy Yang.



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Mayor Signs Declaration for National Library Week

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

Mayor Jeff Pollard signed a declaration proclaiming the week of Monday, April 14th as National Library Week at the Carmi Public Library.  Library director Stephanie Dennis was on hand to help mark the occasion.



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Friends of the Library Present Awards

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

The Friends of the Carmi Library presented their annual Friend of the Year award to library volunteer, Brenda Questelle (pictured).  An additional Friend of the Year award was presented to Beverly Walker.  Evergreen Acres received the Family of the Year award.



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4/15 Police Reports

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

18-year-old Anastasia L. Ramirez of Carmi is charged with Retail Theft.  Police say Ramirez was caught stealing several candy bars and packages of gum from the Dollar General store.



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Rain, Cold Slow Illinois Corn Planting

By: Associated Press
Apr 16th, 2014

Only 1 percent of the corn crop has been planted.  Typically about 10 percent of the statewide corn crop would be in the fields by mid-April.



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Electronic Waste Collection Scheduled for April 26th

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 16th, 2014

The City of Carmi and Egyptian Health Department will hold an Electronic Waste Collection on April 26th from 9am-12pm.  Residents can drop off old electronics at 520 N. 3rd Street.



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McLean Implement, Inc. to Sell and Service Agricultural Drones

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

The multi-store John Deere dealer will be offering the helicopter-style drones (hexacopters) to agricultural customers through their Illinois retail locations.



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Kiwanis Plans Updates to Girl Scout House in Carmi

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

The Carmi Kiwanis Club designed and built the Girl Scout House in Carmi back in 1952 and for 62 years has seen to the upkeep and maintenance of the building. 



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Norris City Library District Awarded $4,000 Back to Books Grant

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

Library Director Judy Daubs says the district will use the funds to purchase large print books.  The district has libraries in Norris City and Enfield.



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Interview: Doug Redman Discusses New Leather Service, Effects of Winter Buildup

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

Doug Redman of Redman’s Auto Detailing was on Open Line to discuss the effects of salt/grime build-up on a vehicle.  Redman is also offering a new leather installation service. 



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Illinois House Orders Audit of Anti-Violence Funds

By: Associated Press
Apr 15th, 2014

The House approved the request on a 101-5 vote last week. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday that it seeks a review by Auditor General William Holland of spending that followed a debacle called the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.



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Tumble Time Cheer & Fitness to Host Easter Egg Hunt on April 19th

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 7th, 2014

Tumble Time Cheer & Fitness will host an Easter Egg Hunt at the White County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 19th at 9am.  The event is open to all ages and anyone who wants to participate.



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Jury Trial Vacated for Cameron Gunter, New Pre-Trial Date Set

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

Gunter is facing five counts in connection to a fatal traffic crash on the Burnt Prairie Blacktop.  Defense Attorney Alan Downen told Judge Stanley that both sides may have a resolution.



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Dispatcher Makes First Appearance on Charges of Unlawful Communication with a Juror

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

35-year-old Melissa Kittinger was charged in connection to the Phillip Lowery trial, which ended in a hung jury last week.



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State's Attorney: McLeansboro Man Waved Two Machetes During Domestic Disturbance

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

State’s Attorney Justin Hood says 41-year-old Jeffrey S. Churchwell was waving two machetes when police responded to a domestic disturbance on April 8th.  He will be arraigned on May 1st in Hamilton County Circuit Court.



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Bison Boosters to Operate Concession Stand at Grayville Pool

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

The boosters purchase equipment for the school and sponsor the athletic banquet.  The organization made a minor profit with the concession stand last year.    



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Rural Carmi Man Questioned About Wabash County Shots Fired Incident

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 15th, 2014

43-year-old Brandon S. Smith was driving a U-Haul when he was stopped by Grayville Police around 9am Monday.  He was attempting to turn onto the I-64 westbound on-ramp from Route 1.



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Prayer Vigil Held in Grayville for Jonah Goodman

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

He will undergo his third heart surgery Tuesday in St. Louis.  Jonah has Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder.  He also struggles with scoliosis, lung disease, and stroke.



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Wabash Christian to Open New Outpatient Therapy Clinic and Medical Center

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

Executive Director Sandra Bryant says the current outpatient clinic has grown to exceed the limits of its present location.  Last fall, Wabash Christian purchased a building at 1112 Oak Street from John Emery.



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Illinois Gas Station Owners Oppose Fuel Tax Hike

By: Associated Press
Apr 14th, 2014

Retail gas station owners announced their opposition to such a plan on Monday in Springfield. They say raising the tax hurts drivers and businesses during a tough economy.



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City of Carmi to Flush Water Lines and Hydrants, Beginning April 21

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

On Monday, April 21st, crews will begin flushing water lines from the water wells into the city limits of Carmi.  The work will be performed between 11pm-6am.



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Two Fires Reported in Carmi

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

An animal nest is to blame for a car fire in Carmi on Friday.  A small recreational fire got out of hand and damaged a storage shed in Carmi on Saturday.



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Sheriff Recognizes Dispatch Employees for National Dispatcher's Week

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

“These are the people who are rarely seen but always heard and appreciated.  They are the calm voice in the dark, the heroes behind the scene, the link that holds it all together.”-Sheriff Doug Maier



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Enfield Man Badly Injured in Fight Near Wesley Chapel

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

Four people were charged with battery (Photo L-R): 31-year-old Michelle Locke of Enfield, 38-year-old Michelle Willis of Carmi, 39-year-old Daniel Murdach of Galatia, and 38-year-old Phillip Sandusky of Carmi.



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4/11-4/13 Police Reports

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

Three teens were arrested for illegal consumption of alcohol early Sunday.  Carmi Police responded to a fight in progress call at 709 Fifth Street.



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Illinois Inmates Help in Pre-Emptive Sandbagging

By: Associated Press
Apr 14th, 2014

Du Quoin-based prisoners convicted of non-violent offenses have stuffed about 126 tons of sand into about 12,000 sandbags. 

Photo: Illinois Department of Corrections



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Brad Braden Recognized as a Top Financial Officer by LPL Financial

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

Brad Braden a LPL financial advisor at Old National Investments in Carmi, IL was recognized as a top financial advisor and named to the LPL Financial Freedom Club.



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White County Historical Society to Conduct 2nd Annual Plant Sale on May 3rd

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

The Society is asking for donations to make this sale as successful as last year's. Plants and seeds are needed. Herbs, shrubs, bulbs, as well as any annuals or perennials would be welcome.



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Over $1,000 Raised at Relay for Life Gospel Sing

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

Over $1,000 was raised at Friday’s Gospel Sing for Relay for Life.  The event was presented by the Family of Fighters Relay team. 

Photo: Kelsi Kessler



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Carmi Library Gearing Up for National Library Week, Apr. 14-19

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 14th, 2014

A book sale will be held throughout the week on three tables in the library.  Librarian Stephanie Dennis said the organization has received a wealth of book donations in recent months.



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Mistrial Declared in People v. Phillip Lowery

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 12th, 2014

Jurors deliberated for 11 hours and 20 minutes before informing the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked.  Six of the jurors favored a guilty verdict while the other six viewed Lowery not guilty.



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First Bank Makes Donation to Carmi Recreational Summer League

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

First Bank representatives in Carmi presented a $26,588 check to Carmi Recreational Summer League board members.  The funds will finance major improvements at Bradshaw Park’s major league baseball field.  



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Grayville Students to Visit Beall Woods for Earth Day in the Parks

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

The event is an initiative of the Department of Natural Resources to introduce students to environmental stewardship.  Grayville students will visit Beall Woods on April 30th from 8:45am-11:30am.

Photo: Illinois Department of Natural Resources



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First Graders Select Name for New Mt. Carmel K-9

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

Ace is a one year old German Shepard from Czechoslovakia.  MCPD Sgt. Steve Perry started the K-9 academy with Ace on Wednesday and will graduate in May. 



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Mayor Pollard Proclaims Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Carmi thanks to a proclamation signed by Mayor Jeff Pollard on Thursday, April 10 with the Carmi Pre-K and The Guardian Center at the Bulldogs Football field.



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Sheriff: Wanted Man Fled During Crossville Traffic Stop

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

Police were unable to locate a subject who fled during a traffic stop in Crossville.  The stop occurred around 6:30pm Thursday on Route 1 by the old weigh station. 



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Kiwanis Members Support Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

Carmi Kiwanis Club members dressed in blue on April 10th in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

Other Stories:

Kiwanis Welcomes Travis Gholson

Good News to Prevent Bullying Challenge



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Jim Whetstone Highlights Huck's 40 Year Anniversary

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

Kiwanis Club member and Huck’s representative Jim Whetstone presented a brief history of the business and expanded on the 100% employee owned company’s future Thursday.

Other Stories:

Kiwanis Plans Updates to Girl Scout House in Carmi

Pancake Day Nets Over $4,500



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Kiwanis Club Names 2014 Corn Days Parade Theme

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 11th, 2014

The 2014 Corn Days parade theme as voted on by the club’s membership will be “Parade of Toys.”  Businesses, organizations and individuals now have 6 months to get creative in building their floats and other parade entries. 



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Motorist Becomes Stranded in Backwater of Skillet Fork River

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 10th, 2014

The driver was attempting to cross a flooded portion of White County Road 800 East, just north of the Sumpter Bridge.  The current of the water caught the Chevy S-10 pickup and carried the vehicle towards a ditch embankment.



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Child Abuse Prevention Forum Held at SIC

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 10th, 2014

The discussion panel consisted of (L-R) Courtney Field (Department of Children and Family Services, Sheryl Woodham (The Guardian Center, Inc.), Jayson Clark (Saline County State’s Attorney’s Office), Trina Irwin (CASA of Saline County) and Dr. Kathy Swafford (Children’s Medical Resource Network).



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Carmi Legion Will Collect Funds for Baseball Program

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 10th, 2014

The Carmi American Legion Post 224 will be collecting funds for Legion Baseball at the three way stop in Carmi this Saturday.  You can donate between 8am-2pm.  

2013 Photo: Gene Young, Pat Stewart, and "Sarge" Holtzclaw



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Local Law Enforcement Radio Traffic on New Frequency

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 10th, 2014

The switch Wednesday was to a new frequency, (158.8275 MHz, WQTP751) from the existing frequency (155.5500 MHz KOM938). This change utilizes a temporary license granted by the FCC which moves local law enforcement departments away from the existing congested frequency.



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I-64 Bridge Replacement Included in $8.6 Billion Construction Program

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

Indiana and Illinois will share the $71 million price tag equally but Illinois will be the lead agency.  Bridge replacement, engineering for contract plans, and construction engineering are programmed during Fiscal Year 2016-2020.



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Crossville Board Approves Landscaping Design for Veterans Memorial

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

Sharp’s Landscaping of Norris City will perform the work.  The project should be completed by the 3rd annual BBQ Cook-Off on Saturday, May 17th.



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Corporate Work Day Scheduled at Bradshaw Park

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

The Carmi Recreational Summer League Board is scheduling a community work day at Bradshaw Park on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Bradshaw Park has been the center for youth baseball and softball for over 50 years in Carmi.   



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4/9 Police Reports

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

28-year-old Sami Issawi of Carmi turned himself in on a White County warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  $3500 cash was required for his release.



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Rod Matsel Sworn In as Carmi Township Trustee

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

Rod Matsel has replaced the late Roger Heckler on the board.  He took the oath of office from Town Clerk Jack Martin.  Matsel will serve out the remainder of Heckler’s term, or approximately three years. 



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White County Board Approves Salary Increase for Elected Officials

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

With the exception of the coroner, elected officials will receive a $2,500 bump in the coming fiscal year.  The coroner will be due a $1,000 increase.  The board also approved a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for the three years to follow.  



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County Roads in Rough Condition, According to County Engineer

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

The freeze/thaw cycle and heavy rainfall from last week have caused widespread damage on county roads.  County Engineer Brian Ray said Tuesday the road conditions are probably the worst that he’s ever seen.



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Ambulance Agreement Approved with Norris City

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 9th, 2014

A base will be established in Norris City with a basic two man crew, assisted by first responders.  The agreement will provide the county with three ambulances as opposed to two on a regular basis.  



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White County Historical Society Names Final Heritage House Award

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 8th, 2014

The organization recognized the living museum that is the Robinson-Stewart House.  An integral part of Carmi's heritage, the home turns 200 years old this year.

Photo: Cindy Birk Conley brought the story to life dressed and accepting the award as Miss Mary Jane Stewart.



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Interview: Shawnee National Forest Launches New Mobile Interpretive Tour

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 8th, 2014

Visitors will be able to either dial-in using a cell phone or scan a smartphone-friendly QR code to gain instant, on-site information while touring the Forest.

Photo: Shawnee National Forest



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Norris City Board Narrowly Approves TIF District

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 8th, 2014

The Norris City Board voted 3-2 to pay $27,500 to Municipal Consulting Group to create a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district for the village. 



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Carmi Mayor Outlines Plan to Renovate Movie Theater

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 8th, 2014

Jeff Pollard would like to restore the building as a stage theater for the community’s use.  The restoration would coincide with the upcoming bicentennial celebration.



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Council Accepts Retirement of Tim Whitaker, Approves Promotion of Two Officers

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 8th, 2014

Whitaker’s retirement and the promotion of Jason Carter to Deputy Chief left a void of sergeants in the force.  The council approved the police commission to promote two officers to the rank of sergeant.



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Aldermen Table Contract Bids for Mowing

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 8th, 2014

In the past, the city has hired seasonal employees to mow lots.  Mayor Pollard wanted to see if contracting the mowing would be more cost effective.



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Kelly Miller Circus Clown Entertains Children in Hamilton, White Counties

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 20th, 2014

"Melvino" was here to promote the Carmi Kiwanis Club's hosting of the Kelly Miller Circus at the White County Fairgrounds on Monday, April 21st at 4:30pm and 7:30pm.



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Carmi Officers Beam, Agee Complete Training at Police Academy

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 7th, 2014

Officer Beam and Officer Agee finished number one and number two respectively in their class.



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NWS Confirms EF-1 Tornado in White County

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 4th, 2014

Much of the damage was contained to the Kelley Vaupel homestead, approximately 3.5 miles northwest of Carmi.  Several buildings were damaged by the strong winds, which peaked at 100 mph.



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Rhoda's Doll & Toy Emporium Supports Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 4th, 2014

Rhoda’s Doll & Toy Emporium is donating 10 percent of their net sales to the Guardian Center between April 7th and 19th.  Owner Rhoda Wade says the store’s 10 year anniversary coincided with Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.



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Autopsy Complete in Construction Site Accident

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 2nd, 2014

An autopsy has been completed for 66-year-old Victor Hawkins, who died in a construction accident in Grayville on Tuesday.  The cause of death was asphyxiation from blunt force compression to the chest.



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1st Annual Carl McVey Softball Tournament Set for May 3rd and 4th

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 2nd, 2014

All proceeds will be donated to the Carmi Recreational Summer League.  The event will feature concessions, raffles, t-shirts, and drawings.



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Warm Weather Boosts Work at Carmi Parks

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 18th, 2014

Crews have drained the pond at Burrell’s Woods so it can be cleared of silt and deepened.  Allen Excavating is digging a new trench to reroute mud around the pond.



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Grayville Council Approves Street Names for New I-64 Plaza

By: WROYWRUL News
Apr 1st, 2014

The new I-64 Plaza will cover 35-40 acres on the former prison property, adjacent to Illinois Route 1.  Four streets will be laid out in the subdivision initially.  The council chose to name those streets after former Grayville mayors.



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Judge Denies Request for Bond Reduction

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 31st, 2014

30-year-old Luke Burnett remains in custody on two Class X felony charges for possession of meth and possession of meth with intent to deliver.



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2014 WROY/WRUL Home & Garden Expo Set for April 25, 26

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 28th, 2014

On Friday, folks are invited to visit booths from 3pm to 8pm.  Saturday, the expo will be open from 9am to 4pm.  Last year, the expo drew more than 800 people to the event.



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PBIS 5K "Glow Run" Set for May 16th

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 25th, 2014

Carmi-White County Junior High is teaming up with Peoples National Bank to host the annual PBIS 5K Run/Walk. The Glow Run will be held at 7 pm on Friday, May 16.



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“Suspicious” Apartment Fire Under Investigation

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 24th, 2014

The blaze was reported early Saturday at 314 First Street.  Fire Chief Larry Hite says two units sustained heavy structure damage.



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Fire Consumes Barn in Rural Norris City

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 22nd, 2014

The blaze was reported on County Road 000 East, right on the Hamilton County line.  Norris City Fire Chief Roy Kissel says a spark from a brush pile started the fire.



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2014 Primary Election Recap

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 19th, 2014

Michael Molt is the winner of the Republican nomination for Wayne County Circuit Judge.  Derek Morgan defeated Incumbent Joe Keeling in the Republican race for Wabash County Sheriff.  



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Airport Management Contract Awarded to Southern Illinois Aerial Maintenance

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 17th, 2014

The council heard proposals from SIAM Owner Greg Brown and Lorelei Stone with Parachutes Over Carmi.  Stone had managed the airport for 17 years. 



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FEMA Awards $707,507 Grant to City of Carmi

By: WROYWRUL News
Mar 5th, 2014

Hazard mitigation funds will be used to acquire 22 flood prone structures and seven vacant lots in the Little Wabash River floodplain. 



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Grayville Council Approves Real Estate Transfer with Road Ranger

By: WROYWRUL News
Feb 25th, 2014

Commissioners had previously affirmed a letter of intent for the Rockford-based chain.  Road Ranger has expressed interest in building a truck stop off IL Route 1, near I-64.



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Phoenix Healthcare Opens Hospital for Tours

By: WROYWRUL News
Jan 29th, 2014

The media and community leaders were shown improvements to the facility that closed in December 2005. 



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Campbell Energy President Addresses Drilling Activity Along Epworth Road

By: Jakob Campbell
Jan 4th, 2014

The field, known as the Concord Consolidated, has been producing oil consistently since the mid 1940’s.  Campbell Energy started a large drilling program in 2012.  The company has applied new completion techniques to reservoirs in the field. 



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