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Headlines for Friday, November 14, 2014

A convicted sexual predator from Fairfield, Ill. was arrested Thursday after police learned he had moved into a house across the street from the local high school.  Charles D. Legg, 54 was found living at 107 West College Avenue in Fairfield, which was less than 500 feet from the Fairfield Community High School.  The Illinois […]

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Headlines for Thursday, November 13, 2014

Landowners from three more Southern Illinois counties have joined a class action lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller over continuing delays in the issuance of permits to conduct horizontal drilling and high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing. More than two dozen landowners in White, Edwards and Hamilton […]

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Headlines for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An anti-fracking group has filed a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction that would direct the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to renew the rulemaking process for fracking.  Less than a week ago, lawmakers signed off on those rules.  The suit was filed Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court.  The group SAFE – Southern Illinoisans Against […]

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Headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Mike and Lori Beppler of Fairfield are in the process of buying the former Two Sister’s Restaurant in Fairfield. At Monday night’s meeting of the Fairfield City Council, Aldermen approved providing $20,000 from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund for the project.  The new restaurant will be known as the K & M Diner. The Bepplers […]

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Headlines for Monday, November 10, 2014

Mt. Carmel special education teacher Kirby J. Cheesman has entered a negotiated guilty plea to charges she had unlawful sexual contact with a student.  Cheesman, 28, has accepted an agreement in which she pleads guilty to criminal sexual abuse with consent – a class-4 felony.  Sentencing has been set for December 15.  Under terms of […]

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Headlines for Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Village of Burnt Prairie is planning the construction of a new water tower and the possible expansion of water lines to serve new customers. The possible expansion will affect those with property south of Interstate 64, east of Mill Shoals and near the existing water lines of the Burnt Prairie Water System.  Residents interested […]

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Headlines for Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fairfield’s Veterans Day Parade will be held today at 2 p.m.  A flag raising ceremony will be held prior to the parade at 1 p.m. at Freedom Park in downtown Fairfield, with the National Anthem performed by Elizabeth Reever Gonzales, followed by a performance by the Roasted Chestnuts.  Lineup for the parade will be in […]

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Headlines for Friday, November 7, 2014

Illinois lawmakers have finally signed off on long-awaited rules that will govern the practice of high pressure, high volume hydraulic fracturing. Literally thousands of acres of Southern Illinois farmland remain under lease for the development of the oil-rich New Albany Shale formation. The approval of the rules comes two days after the November 4 General […]

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Headlines for Thursday, November 5, 2014

Jack Higham, the Director of the Wayne County Ambulance Service has died.  Fairfield City Police were called to his home on Lezlie Lane around 1:55 Wednesday afternoon and found him in his yard. He sustained an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Higham was taken first to Fairfield Memorial Hospital and later transferred […]

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Headlines for Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Wayne County jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the criminal sexual assault case of 39-year-old Jason Thomas of Xenia.  Thomas was accused of the August, 2012 sexual assault of a Fairfield woman at a home on Wilson Street in Fairfield. The case was prosecuted by Special Prosecutor David Rands.  Thomas (pictured) was […]

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