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Ernest Hartenstein has been forced to place fence panels and warning signs around the perimeter of a growing sinkhole on his farmland near the intersection of Zion Road along Route C. Hartenstein filled in the sinkhole after it formed last summer, but recent rain and snowmelt have brought it back and accelerated the hole’s growth.

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Cole County sinkhole gets bigger

A local farmer discovered a sinkhole on his land last summer, and because of rain and moisture, it has recently grown bigger.

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