Entires Sought for Chili Cook Off

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Kaskaskia College is looking to find the tastiest pot of chili in south central Illinois.

The second annual Kaskaskia College Chili/Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, September 27th in conjunction with the college’s open house and family reunion on KC’s Main Campus. 

There will be no entry fee and power, table serving cups, and spoons will be provided by the college. First place and runner up prizes will be awarded in each category along with a travelling trophy from the veterans tribute committee. A trophy will also be awarded for best decorated booth.

Contestants can have more than one entry for their culinary creations and are asked to make a minimum of three gallons of chili or soup. Although the meat can be prepared the previous evening. All preparations must be completed on-site during the event.

Tasting and judging begin at 10:30 and last until 2:00pm when winners will be announced. Cost to sample soup and chili is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 10. 

All proceeds go to the Kaskaskia College Veterans Tribute Project.

For more information, contact Dean of Career and Technical Education George Evans at 545-3030.

Meth Suspects Were not Members of Illinois Church

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HILLSBORO, Ill. (AP) – The two women arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine inside a church in southern Illinois were not members of the congregation.

Fifty-three-year-old Judith L. Hemken of Litchfield and 26-year-old Tiffany L. Burton of Hillsboro were arrested Tuesday after being spotted at the Waveland Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro.

Roberta Meyer is the church’s piano player. She tells The Springfield State Journal-Register that the church has a small congregation of about a dozen active members and until this week had only experienced minor cases of trespassing.

The church is in an isolated, rural area, and the suspects apparently entered through an unlocked door.

A congregation member spotted the suspects and called the sheriff’s office.

One Hurt in Sunday Afternoon Accident

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Details have been released on a Sunday afternoon accident that injured a Centralia woman.

According to Centralia Police reports, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old Juvenile girl was westbound on West McCord street when she attempted to turn left onto South Brookside and was struck by an eastbound car driven by 54 year old Tina Quick of Meadowlark Lane in Centralia.

Quick was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment of injuries. The juvenile girl refused treatment.

The juvenile was ticketed for failure to yield while turning left.

Patoka Fall Festival to be Held This Weekend

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The Patoka Fall Festival will be in full swing this weekend to usher in the end of summer. 

The 55th annual Fall Festival Coincides with Patoka’s 160th anniversary.  Fall Festival Committee Director Robin Sturgeon says that a number of unique events will make up this years festival, including the Demolition Derby on Friday Night at 7:00pm and the C-Bar Rodeo starting at 7:00pm on Saturday night.

The fall fest parade will be held this year as usual at 11:00am on Saturday Morning. This years theme is “Remembering 160 Years”. 79 year old Everette Burks, a Patoka resident for over 61 years, will lead the parade. Burks said he was shocked and honored when we was named Grand Marshall.

“I’ve lived here long enough and I’ve got a lot of friends. I’ve got a big family…I’m pretty proud of myself and proud of my family, and proud of everybody here in Patoka” Burks told WJBD.

On Friday the festival will open at 5:00pm with food and rides. There will be a karate demonstration at 6:00pm before the Demo Derby at 7:00. 

At 8:00 am Saturday, events resume with the 5k race sponsored by the Patoka Athetic Department. Sign in for the Parade will be at 10:00am with step off at 11:00am. Directly after the Parade Country Rhodes Catering will be serving lunch at the main pavilion. The carnival will open along with other food vendors as well. There will be a sand volleyball tournament at noon followed by a Pedal Pull and Bingo in the main pavilion.

Local talent Jamie Nattier will perform at 4:00pm on Saturday at the Midsized Pavilion.

The festival wraps up with a community church service on Sunday, followed by brunch at the Patoka American Legion, sponsored by the High School Volleyball team.

Kinmundy Labor Day Festivities Planned

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The Kinmundy Lion’s Labor Day Event kicks off on Monday, September 1st.

A 5k run opens the festivities at 8:00am with a chicken dinner lasting between 11:00am and 1:00pm.

Entries for the parade can be registered at the west side of the park with entry for horses at the fire station. All entries must be in by 1:30pm with the parade stepping off at 2:00pm.

Odin House Destroyed by Fire

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A rural Odin house was completely destroyed during at late Thursday morning fire.

Odin fire officials aren’t sure what caused the fire at the Norma Marcum residence at 2619 Folsom Road in the Royal Lakes Neighborhood Southwest of Odin. Firefighters report that the structure was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival, shortly before noon on Thursday.

Marcum was not at home during the fire and there were no injuries. Marcum lost all of her possessions.

The fire was reported by a neighbor.

Salem Firemen responded with automatic mutal aid. Sandoval Firemen were called in to assist due to the extreme heat and humidity and a Marion County EMS Ambulance was on standby in case of heat-related injuries.

State Agency Issues Long-Awaited ‘Fracking’ Rules

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released a long-awaited set of proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois.

The lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints by both industry groups and environmentalists over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a draft of the rules was heavily criticized by environmentalists. The department has since been criticized by fracking supporters, who’d hoped that drilling permits would be issued this summer.

The report was given to the 12-member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which has 45 days to act. If no action is taken, the rules can take effect.

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