Four-wheeler fatality

A Mattoon woman and a Teutopolis man died as a result of a single-vehicle four-wheeler accident late Saturday in rural Effingham County.

The Illinois State Police said the incident involved a four-wheeler that Kodie M. Hollinshead, 19, of Teutopolis was driving, with Rachel M. Dettling, 19, of Mattoon as a passenger.

The four-wheeler was southbound on County Road 1115 at 11:35 p.m. Saturday when it drove off the roadway to the left at a location south of County Road 1000N (Dutch Lane). The vehicle then struck a deep ditch and overturned, throwing both riders.

Both victims died at the scene.


Woman, 78, hurt

A 78-year-old woman was struck by a sport utility vehicle Saturday evening as she walked near the intersection of North State and Mulberry streets in Flora.

Illinois State Police said Mary J. Davis of Flora, was treated at Clay County Hospital, Flora.

The vehicle involved was driven by Ray L. Rutland, 59, of Flora, who was uninjured, along with two passengers. Police said Davis was walking in the roadway when the accident happened, and no charges have been filed.


Mother-to-be identified

The mother of an unborn child who died along with her baby in a two-vehicle crash in rural Christian County has been identified as Jessica N. Tyson Ragan of Taylorville.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans said both the 25-year-old mother and her baby were pronounced dead at 4:04 p.m. Saturday at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

The car in which Ragan was a passenger was driven by a 28-year-old Taylorville man who was injured and taken to a hospital. The driver of the other car involved, a 27-year-old man from Normal, was airlifted from the scene for emergency treatment.

Illinois State Police said crash evidence indicates the driver from Normal was northbound on Illinois 48 at 3:22 p.m when he turned into the southbound lanes and collided with the Taylorville man's vehicle. The investigation into the crash circumstances continues, and police say charges are pending.


Fall Showcase

The Mount Zion Fall Showcase will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28 to 30, in the Mount Zion High School auditorium.

Tickets are available at Ace Hardware, Sav-Mor Pharmacy, Krave and at the high school from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 25 and 26. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.


Seeds of Hope

Heritage Behavioral Health Center, 151 N. Main St., will hold a Seeds of Hope event from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The topic will be Heritage's collaboration with Crossing Healthcare to provide expanded psychiatric services.

For more information or to attend the event, email Leslie Risby at lrisby@heritagenet.org.


Binga fundraiser

The Decatur-Macon County Senior Center will be conducting the Longaberger Binga Fundraiser, one of the year’s major benefits, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the center, 1430 N. 22nd St. Longaberger BINGA is based on BINGO with various Longaberger baskets as prizes.

Admission is $20 for 15 games and door prizes, silent auction, 50/50 drawing and prize raffle. This event is open to the public, and all proceeds benefit the Senior Center. Donations of baked goods to sell will be appreciated.

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