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    A shooting in rural Aviston last week has left a Carlyle man dead.
    As of press time Tuesday afternoon, no one is currently in custody as the investigation is still ongoing, according to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.
    On Feb. 25, the sheriff's department received a 9-1-1 call at 2:06 a.m. for help from a resident in rural Aviston.
    The female caller requested an ambulance for a subject who was shot with a handgun outside of her residence.
    Police, EMS, and first responders were dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, the scene was secured, and the wounded subject, identified as Wayne Worms, 53, of Carlyle, was transported to HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese for treatment. 
    He was later flown to Saint Louis University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
    Two subjects who were present for the shooting were transported to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department to be interviewed.
    From the interviews, detectives learned the shooting was not a random act of violence.
    The alleged shooter, witness, and victim were acquaintances involved in an on-going issue.
    It was unclear where Worms was shot or how all three knew each other.
    Clinton County State's Attorney Doug Gruenke said that the decision to file charges has not yet been made.
    "The investigation is still ongoing by the sheriff's department, so I will review everything once the investigation is completed, and then make that decision," Gruenke wrote in an email Tuesday morning. "Once I review it, I will let you know the decision."
    No other information was available.

applebeesDiners take in the fare of Applebee's restaurant in Breese on Monday, its first day of business.    Breese got its second restaurant opening in two weeks' time when Applebee's welcomed customers on Monday.
    Eddie's Rise 'N Dine restaurant, in the same complex, opened its doors to business full time on Feb. 15 — following a snowstorm which dumped as much as a foot of snow in the area.
    The Eddie's menu will include breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, from the traditional to to some unique offerings.
    Both restaurants are owned by Don and Sherri Schomaker, of Germantown. 
    Eddie's gets its name from Don Schomaker's father, Eddie.
    Both restaurants are located at 13961 Progress Drive in Breese, in front of Midwest Tractor Sales.
    The restaurants' openings come on the heels of the county changing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations on Feb. 4, under Phase 4 of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Restore Illinois plan.
    That shift allowed for a return to indoor dining with some limitations.
    Seating right now is using tables and booths, all of which are situated to abide by COVID health restrictions as set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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