Headlines Wednesday Feb. 21st, 2018

Troubled families looking to place girls in a safe Christian environment will have the option of a group home in Fairfield in the very near future.  The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will soon renovate and operate a home for girls in the former Dyball Sunshine home on north Enterprise road.  The expansion in Fairfield is being made possible by Hands For the Handicapped, who presented the facility as a gift to the Oblong Children’s Home.

The Edwards County school board met Monday night and got bad news about the Albion K-12 schools boilers.  A representative from ADG Architecture and Design of Mt. Carmel told the board that they should replace one or possibly both of the schools boilers.  A computer board on one of the boilers recently went out, and a replacement was found in someone’s garage.  The estimated cost to replace one boiler is $87,500, and to replace both the cost would be $175,000.  The boilers are 30 years old and parts are starting to get hard to find.

The City of Fairfield is accepting applications for a Water Filtration Operator with at least a class D license.  Potential candidates are required to live within the city of Fairfield within 6 months of being hired.  Applications can be picked up at City Hall and will be accepted through March the 5th.

The 30th annual Wayne County Scholastic Bowl will be held on Friday, March 2, hosted by Frontier Community College (FCC).  All matches will be held in FCC’s Workforce Development Center.  Six Wayne County middle school teams will compete in the double-elimination tournament, with the first two matches beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the last two matches for the day beginning at 10:45 a.m.  The championship matches will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be aired on WFIW 104.9 FM.  Family and friends are invited to attend any or all of the matches.

The New Hope General Baptist Church is offering two scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year.  One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is currently attending or will be enrolling in a four-year university and one $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is currently attending or will be enrolling in a two-year college or technical school for the 2018-2019 school years.  Scholarship packets are available at Union Grove Association churches, Wayne County high schools, or Frontier Community College.  The deadline for submitting an application is April 1, 2018.

Illinoisans can celebrate the state’s 200th birthday by choosing the 200 greatest people, places and things in state history in online voting coordinated by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.   Every two weeks through the rest of 2018, the public will get to select the best movies, most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses and much more. By the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories – the Illinois Top 200.  Voting in the first category, Top Movies, opened Monday.  Results will be announced March 5, when voting starts for the next category, Top Businesses. To vote, visit IllinoisTop200.com.