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The FMC Water Company continues to search for a major water leak that is consuming approximately 200,000 gallons of water a day.

In an attempt to narrow FMC's search, portions of FMC Water Company's service area will experience a water outage from 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 19, to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20.

Any customer that experiences a water outage during this time will automatically be placed on a precautionary boil order until further notice.  It is recommended that water intended for culinary use be boiled for five (5) minutes.

FMC apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates everyone's patience during this time.

We are also asking our customers to notify their neighbors to be on watch for a water leak.  Also please notify them of the possible water outage and pending boil order.  It is not known at this time the exact areas that will experience the outage.  The phone numbers to call are 775-6339 or 292-5092.

You can e-mail the FMC office to check for water leak and boil order updates, or listen to WJBD Radio.

The First-Ever Sandoval Fall Fest is coming to the Sandoval Village Park this weekend. Food, games, crafts, raffles, and a car, truck, and motorcycle show make up the event, along with a unique event that has never been held before in Marion County: a 5K Color Run.

Color Runs, where participants are showered with paint as they run through the course, have gained popularity recently in the country. Adam Hanks and his wife have organized the run in memory of their son Luke Hanks, with proceeds going to a memorial scholarship in his name at Kaskaskia College for a Sandoval or Carlyle High School graduate.  Event organizers say that over 200 people have already signed up for the run.  Sign up begins at 6:30 am, with the race starting at 8:00am.  

Sandoval Village Board Member Cora Oehmke says all other proceeds from the event will go to another worthy cause.

"All the money goes towards replacing the playground equipment at the park" Oehmke said, "It costs about $20,000 to replace...we need the community's support."

The festival kicks off at 8:00am on Saturday, September 20th and runs until 6:00pm. For more information, contact Sandoval Village Hall at 247-3845 or 322-3418.

Ben Beard throws meat into his cart during the contest run.

Two Salem brothers took part in a "Supermarket Sweep" on Wednesday for the climax of a contest hosted by IGA for the benefit of the Salem Community Activity Center.

Derek Beard, the winner of the contest, conscripted his brother, Ben Beard, to run a five-minute gauntlet through the store, grabbing as many groceries as he possibly can. The brothers personal goal? To grab as much meat as humanly possibly within the time limit.

Ben said that once he grabbed the meat, his game plan started to fall apart.

"After the meat, I kind of went blank and grabbed anything I could see" said Ben Beard, who, luckily, owns several large freezers.

The Beard Brothers still walked away with a huge haul: $1,700 worth of groceries, mostly consisting of meat and ice cream. 

Salem Activity Center President Don Ruston said that the contest raised between $2,500 and $3,000 for the Salem Activity Center. Ruston thanked IGA for their support.

"This wouldn't have been possible without the partnership of IGA and their generous donation. We're very thankful for those who bought tickets" said Ruston.

IGA Store Manager Steve Jones called the Salem Community Activity Center a major part of the Community.

"It was a good fundraiser for the Activity Center...we were glad to do it. It was good for the Activity Center, which is good for the community" Jones said.

The money raised will be added to the Activity Center's general account. Theres no word yet on if the contest will be held again next year.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A project at the University of Illinois Springfield that is dedicated to investigating wrongful convictions has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

University officials say the $249,999 in federal funds will allow legal staff and students at the Illinois Innocence Project to continue bring closure to existing cases and expand the project's effort to look at other wrongful convictions. 

The Illinois Innocence Project was founded in 2001. Over the past 13 years, it has assisted in the release of six people who were where wrongfully convicted. The project provides services at no cost, and works with inmates' private attorneys.

This is the second grant awarded to the Illinois Innocence Project by the Department of Justice. The Project previously received a grant of the same amount in 2011.

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Gib Smart wishes the high school football team in Shelbyville could turn down the noise just a bit.

The Shelbyville Rams beat Clinton last Friday 50-19. And after every score the booster club set off fireworks.

That has people complaining to Smart, a member of the City Council in the eastern Illinois town, about the noise, he told The Herald & Review in Decatur.

Mayor Jeff Johnson said he gave the booster club permission for the fireworks. He said the club met the required conditions.

Smart accepts that the boosters will be launching more fireworks. But he wonders whether the team might hold down the scoring just a bit to limit the noise, and the complaints.

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