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Headlines for Friday, August 22, 2014

Members of United Auto Workers Local 543 will gather Sunday to consider ratification of a new contract with Airtex Products in Fairfield. The ratification meeting has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Center Street Gym.  Last weekend, members voted down the company’s first contract offer but agreed to stay on the job as contract negotiations continued.

The Edwards County corn yield survey has been completed. The average yield has been put at 157.42 bushels per acre. The highest yield was noted in French Creek Twp. At 168.77 bushels per acre.

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced a $3.2 million highway paving project for White County.  Nearly 15 miles of Ill. Rt. 1 between Grayville and Carmi will be resurfaced and patched.  Howell Paving, Inc. of Mattoon was the low bidder for the project.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Blessing, a Fairfield native is being hailed as a hero for his efforts in rescuing a motorist from floodwaters in Hamilton County last Sunday.  Without regard for his own safety, Trooper Blessing tied a rope around his waist and swam out to the submerged vehicle and rescued 54-year-old Allen L. Klein of McLeansboro.  Trooper Blessing also pulled a passerby to safety that had stopped to help in the rescue, but experienced difficulty swimming.  Mr. Klein is expected to make a full recovery.

At this month’s meeting of the Jasper School Board, members hired Riann Zurliene as a Paraprofessional.  The board also named Aaron Basnett as the school’s Pee Wee Basketball Coach.  The annual Jasper School Open House has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 6 – 7 p.m.

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