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CHESTER -- Randolph County Coroner Carlos J. Barbour, Sheriff Shannon L. Wolff and State's Attorney Jeremy R. Walker are alerting the public to a new trend of excessive use of anti-diarrheal over the counter medication.

The active ingredient in an anti-diarrheal is the substance Loperamide (commonly knows an Imodium), which is a synthetic opioid that has proved to be fatal when taken in large quantities.

"We have seen a spike in people buying and/or shoplifting items with this ingredient for people to consume them and experience a "high," the officials said in a prepared statement., "Unfortunately, one person has succumbed to an overdose in Randolph County as a result of this substance."

Residents are asked to monitor the use of Loperamide in their households and are suggesting businesses consider moving items containing the substance behind the counter to combat excessive purchase or thefts, or otherwise at least have a discussion with management regarding the best practices to combat the rise in consumption of Loperamide.

Law enforcement officers have been advised to be aware of the issue and look for evidence of overuse of this substance during traffic stops, just as any narcotic or illegal substance, the officials said.

Mobile home privilege tax bills mailed

CHESTER -- The 2018 Randolph County Mobile Home Privilege Tax bills were mailed on May 7, according to Randolph County Treasurer Justin S. Jeffers.

The due date for this tax cycle will be July 6. Late fees after the due date include a $25 late fee, accruing $25 a month after the original due date, not to exceed $100. The 2018 bills total a charge-out amount of $115,351.46.

The treasurer's office expects the real estate tax bills to arrive in a timely manner, approximately toward the latter part of June.

NSDAR to hold chicken fry fundraiser

CHESTER -- The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Liberty Bell of the West Chapter will be hosting a chicken fry from 4:30-7 p.m. June 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

All you can eat dinner is $10 per person.

The dinner is being held as a Fundraiser for the new memorial to be erected at Randolph County Court House. The monument will be a part of the Illinois State Bicentennial Celebration marking where the state of Illinois Began, sponsored by the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter.

Fish U summer camp returns in August

CARBONDALE -- After a five-year hiatus, Southern Illinois University Carbondale's popular youth Fish U camp is back for summer 2018.

The weeklong camp, Aug. 6-10, is filled with fun activities for youths ages 12-18. It was previously held in 2011 and 2013 and drew many participants. SIU faculty, staff and graduate students will lead the camp and each day will feature a different theme. The week wraps up with a friendly fishing tournament and fish fry. Families are welcome to attend the last day of the camp where there will be hands-on activities and fishing for younger children.

Participants can attend the camp on an overnight basis and enjoy additional evening activities. The cost is $325 and the price includes all lodging, meals and activities, as well as a T-shirt.

There is also a day camp option, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the $185 registration covers all activities, lunch, snacks and a T-shirt.

The camp will take place at SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. The 3,100-acre experiential learning facility is located along the shores of Little Grassy Lake and features ample learning locations indoors and outdoors.

The deadline to sign up is July 23, but spots fill fast, so early registration is recommended. Find the registration form on the Fish U 2018 Facebook page or online at
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Date:May 16, 2018
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