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Farina is set to hold their 60th Anniversary of the 4th of July Celebration this weekend.

One of the big events for this year includes a 5K to benefit the Farina Celebration. Chandra Markley will be in charge and taking registrations before the race at 7am near the entrance table by the ball diamond and the concession stand. The actual race will begin at 8am. The cost will be $25 per person and that includes a t-shirt as well. 

A beer garden will be at the celebration this year. It will open at 4pm, be closed during the fireworks spectacular from 9:15-9:45, and open back up until last call at 10:45pm.

Many vendors will be in attendance to provide food such as bbq, deep fried green beans, onion rings and much more.

The South Central Schools PTO will be running the soda and drink stand.

T-Shirts with the 60th anniversary celebration logo will be on sale for $15.

For more information contact the Head of the 4th of July Celebration Committee, Mike Williams at (618) 267-6677.



For the second day in a row, there was a serious accident Tuesday morning in the U.S. 50 construction between Salem and Odin.  

Initial reports indicate one vehicle crashed into the rear of second that was stopped in the construction zone.  Three people were reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.   

Traffic was blocked for about an hour before the wreckage was cleared.  

There is one way traffic only when the construction work is being completed. 


Searchers have found a 13-year-old Mount Vernon girl who went missing for more than a day after a taxi dropped her off at a southern Illinois overnight camp.

Authorities in Monroe County say the girl was found alive just after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning about 100 yards from Camp Wartburg located near Waterloo. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police identified the girl as JaTe'a Frank was found in a wooded area near the camp entrance.

Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohling says the girl was tired but appeared unharmed. He says the girl ran away. Authorities say she went missing about 11 a.m. Monday. By Monday evening more than 100 searchers were looking for her over the camp's 108 acres. Searchers also surveyed the area by plane.


A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south including parts of Illinois.

National Weather Service forecasters say Tuesday that smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan is blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

The smoke prompted health warnings in Iowa and Nebraska. The haze also has slightly cooled temperatures.

Bill Borghoff, a weather service forecaster in Chanhassen, Minnesota, says the smoky skies should remain through Wednesday but then shift to the east.

The haze could extend as far as New England later this week, but Borghoff says the smoke shouldn't be as thick as it travels east.


Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state's medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit their suggestions during July.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions starting Wednesday and continuing through the month. Instructions will be posted on the program's website Wednesday. An advisory board will review the petitions and hold a public hearing.

The medical marijuana program allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice annually, in January and July.

In May, the advisory board recommended 11 conditions including migraine, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder, but those conditions are not yet official.

The director of the health department is expected to decide on them by the beginning of August. After that, rulemaking could take several months.




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