Headlines for Friday, May 18, 2018

WATER ISSUE RESOLVED – Rend Lake Conservancy District officials say 35 hours after water stopped flowing from their water treatment plant, water is once again flowing. The emergency situation affected 175,000 consumers in four S. Ill. counties. The district reports the by-pass has been completed. The contractors installed the last fittings at 2:00 am. The plant energized one pump at 3:00 am beginning the flow of treated water through the above ground by-pass into the system. Shortly thereafter water began to be drawn from Rend Lake to begin the treatment process. Meanwhile, the system-wide boil order and the conservation requests for all systems fed by the conservancy district remain in effect. That includes the entire town of Mill Shoals, except for the folks on Shrewsberry Road and East, and the entire town of Springerton.

CENTER STREET HONORS – During the Center Street School graduation ceremonies, Jace Bankston and Kenna Davis were awarded American Legion awards.  Runners up were Trenton Jones and Aleigha Abram.  Kenna Davis was named Outstanding Student. The Center Street Valedictorian this year is Trenton Jones.  Alexis Thomason was named Salutatorian.  The FFT award went to Alexis Thomason and Trenton Jones.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Bunting-Williams was a speaker at the 9th Annual Becker’s meeting in Chicago, Illinois recently. There were more than 3,000 attendees from Hospitals and Health Systems across the Nation at the annual Becker’s meeting. Mrs.  Williams was a presenter for two different sessions. The first session’s topic was Issues for Rural Hospitals and Health Systems and the second session focused on Healthcare Delivery in Rural Markets at Risk of Losing Hospitals. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers Former President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation, and Former President George W. Bush. Above, Mrs. Williams is pictured with President Bill Clinton.

Edwards County authorities report the arrest of six suspects following the execution of a search warrant at the David and Freda Parker residence on S. Fifth Street in Albion. Besides the Parkers, Jackie Meserole, Christina Dorney of Albion, Ashley Murphy of Grayville and Justin Boner of Mt. Carmel were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges.

The National FFA organization has announced more than $2.5 million in scholarships.  Locally, Brooklyn Hazel of the Edwards County FFA received a $1,000 scholarship.  Lucille Smith of Wayne City and Sarah Mead of Hamilton County each received $1,500 scholarships.

Fairfield attorney John Robison (right) spoke with Fairfield Rotarians Thursday about Braille, including the history of the communication method, various tools available, and the composition of each letter and number.  John spends time teaching Braille to area youth and will be at the Literacy Fest on Saturday at Kiddie Kollege with materials and information. Rotarian Darrin Rice (left) arranged for the program.

Allie Armstrong (center)  is the recipient of this year’s Michael D. Alcorn Memorial Scholarship.  A 2015 graduate of Grayville High School, Abbie will be a junior at the University of Southern Indiana this Fall. The $9,000 scholarship was presented to Allie by Tim and Becki Alcorn of Grayville.