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The FMC Water Company has expanded a precautionary boil order to cover the entire water system that serves portions of Marion, Clinton and Fayette Counties.  

The system wide boil order follows another water leak that was repair on Sunday, but resulted in loss of water pressure. The water company was just recovering after a two week hunt for a water line break that was draining 200,000 gallons a day from the system.  

The original leak was found on Saturday as FMC Water officials began turning off parts of the water system to see if the large loss of water continued.  When the area of the leak was pinpointed, water company officials drove the roads looking and listening for the leak. It was found in a non visible area off the Wisher Road between Fairman and Patoka.  

During a boil order it is recommended that water intended for culinary use be boiled for five (5) minutes.  The water company continues to ask customers on the precautionary boil order to notify their neighbors of the boil order.

The FMC Water Company apologizes for the inconvenience.

A Mt. Vernon couple is homeless after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Sunday. 

Jefferson Fire Protection District officials say Eddie Buford and his wife were able to get out of the home at 803 George Street on the very north edge of the city without injury. 

The fire was confined to one room and the hallway, but there was smoke and heat damage throughout the mobile home.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.  

The fire call came in at 11:58 Sunday morning, with firemen on the scene until 1:30 pm.  

A 37-year-old Centralia man was arrested by Centralia Police early Sunday morning for alleged domestic battery and criminal damage to property.  Harvey Hawkins of East Third is accused of kicking in the door at the Camille Garden residence on South Elm and then dragging her out of the home across a yard.  An eye witness notified police who took Hawkins into custody at 2:55 Sunday morning.  He was later transferred to the Marion County Jail where he remained on Sunday.

22-year-old Brian Coleman of East Lyford in Salem was arrested by Salem Police on Saturday for alleged criminal trespass to state supported land.  Police report Coleman had gone on Marion County Housing Authority property where he had earlier been banned.

49-year-old Connie Hoover of South Hickory in Centralia remained in jail Sunday after being arrested by State Police for driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence of alcohol.

50-year-old Michael Harris of North Franklin in Centralia posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies for driving on a revoked or suspended license and possession of under 2.5 grams of cannabis.

20-year-old Melissa Blockett of Plainfield was arrested by sheriff's deputies for driving on a revoked or suspended license.  She posted $170 bond and was released.  

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a Logan Correctional Center inmate must pay nearly $20,000 from a lawsuit settlement he received toward the cost of his incarceration.

The Fourth District Appellate Court recently made the ruling against Johnnie Melton, 49, a Cook County inmate imprisoned at the Lincoln facility on drug charges, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported. Melton received the money from a wrongful death lawsuit involving his mother.

The state's claim on the money applies to Melton's time behind bars from Oct. 28, 2011, to Jan. 8, 2013. Melton had argued that he didn't receive advance notice from the state that it wanted control of his money.

Illinois state law allows the state Department of Corrections to forward information about inmate assets to the state attorney general so that office can request the prisoner help pay incarceration costs.

CHICAGO (AP) - With a Monday afternoon deadline approaching, people who want to own medical marijuana businesses in Illinois are hurrying to complete their applications for a limited number of permits.

Two state agencies - the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture - are accepting applications for dispensaries and cultivation centers until Monday at 3 p.m.

The state's new medical marijuana law went into effect Jan. 1, but the first crop can't be planted until permits for growers are issued later this year. The law prohibits patients from growing their own cannabis. Commercial growers will pay a 7 percent privilege tax on their marijuana sales.

Panels of legal and policy experts will review and score the applications in a competitive process. Illinois expects to grant up to 21 permits for cultivation centers and up to 60 permits for dispensaries.

The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group, has said the Illinois fees for cultivation centers are the highest in the nation. There is a non-refundable application fee of $25,000 and a first-year registration fee of $200,000.

Online: Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website: http://mcpp.illinois.gov

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