Coin flip decides new president of southern Illinois village

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- A coin flip has decided who will lead a tiny southern Illinois town after an election this month ended in a tie. Tammy O'Daniell-Howell is the new village president of Colp, home to about 250 residents, after the coin toss Thursday. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says opponent Bryan Riekena let O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails. She picked heads and that's where it landed.

Coin toss decides winner of small Illinois village election

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- The flip of a coin on Thursday decided the next leader of a tiny town in southern Illinois after an election earlier this month ended in a tie. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes said Bryan Riekena let fellow candidate Tammy O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails before the coin toss. She picked heads.

North Carolina wildfire almost completely contained

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- Forestry officials say they are scaling back on the number of firefighters working on a blaze in the mountains of western North Carolina. Forestry officials told local media outlets Sunday that many of the 200 firefighters working on the Dobson Knob fire in McDowell County are wrapping up their operations since the blaze is about 96 percent contained.

The Latest: Wildfire still growing in western North Carolina

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on a wildfire in western North Carolina (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Forestry officials say a wildfire in western North Carolina is growing. The U.S. Forest Service said Friday that the Dobson Knob fire increased to almost 1,500 acres (2.3 square miles) and is about 40 percent contained. Firefighters are extinguishing hotspots near containment lines in the Pisgah National Forest north of Marion.

Wildfire grows slowly in western North Carolina mountains

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- A wildfire is growing in the mountains of western North Carolina but firefighters say they are making progress in controlling the flames. The U.S. Forest Service told local media Thursday the fire in McDowell County has burned more than 2 square miles. There have been no injuries. Firefighters say they have a solid containment line on the north side of the Dobson Knob fire.

Western North Carolina mountain wildfire growing

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- Firefighters say they are making progress on a fire in the mountains of western North Carolina. But local media outlets reported the fire has now burned more than 2 square miles in McDowell County. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bill Swartley said Wednesday afternoon that firefighters are working to remove potential fuel from areas near homes that have been threatened.

Western North Carolina wildfire grows

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire in western North Carolina is growing. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings told local media Tuesday the McDowell County fire is about 10 percent contained. The Dobson Knob fire has burned about 1 square mile on private land and in the Pisgah National Forest. No injuries have been reported. The fire began Sunday in the North Cove Community north of Marion.

Fire threatens homes in western North Carolina

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- A wildfire is threatening about three dozen homes in western North Carolina. The U.S. Forest Service told local media outlets that the fire in the North Cove community in McDowell County has spread onto land in the Pisgah National Forest. No injuries have been reported. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings says the fire was reported Sunday afternoon and is threatening about 35 homes and 10 buildings such as sheds and garages.

Wildfire contained in western North Carolina

NEBO, N.C. (AP) -- Forestry officials in western North Carolina say they've contained a fire that burned nearly 9 square miles near Shortoff Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Officials say Tuesday that weekend rain helped firefighters control the flames of the fire that burned near Nebo in McDowell County. Lisa Jennings with the U.S. Forest Service says 1 inch of rain fell on the White Creek fire within a 24-hour period ending Monday morning.