Farmers gather at the Fountain Inn to sip beer, play cards and talk about the price of corn, soybeans and wheat. When the Rams play, the regulars bring covered dishes and Rick McClellan, who bought the tavern a few weeks before the 1993 flood, supplies the fried wings. First-time visitors are invited to join in bar conversations and included in rounds of drinks bought by people who've lived in these parts all their lives. A sign at the rural roadhouse welcomes patrons to downtown Fountain, Ill., a blink-and-you'll-miss-it enclave about 20 miles from... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
Randolph County Sheriff Benjamin Picou: "On the regular roads we have, there's always somebody out with loads of hay, agricultural equipment or something they're pulling down the highway.... If it's the agriculture people griping, they need to check their own backyards."