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Headlines for Friday, August 23, 2013

ParkerAn escape warrant has been issued for a Carmi, Ill. woman disappeared from a community service work detail last week. Stephanie L. Parker, 36 of Carmi had been in the White County jail at Carmi since June 7, 2013, serving a 120 day sentence on convictions of domestic battery and two counts of animal cruelty.  Part of her sentence included 100 hours of community service.  She was serving time for hitting Harley Lewallen in the back of the head with a beer can and throwing a puppy against a wall during an argument. Anyone with information about Stephanie Parker’s whereabouts should call the White County Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-637-3577.   Authorities believe she has left the state.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that the state will provide Wayne, Clay and Marion County elementary and secondary schools with investments totaling more than $52 million.  In Wayne City, the state is providing $19.7 million to build a new 41 classroom school. The local share of the project amounts to $6.5 million.  A $29.8 million project is planned for Flora to construct a single-story 57 classroom school.

FCHS Open House is tonight from 4:30 – 5:30.  Food will be available from the Mulebackers starting at 5. Meet the Mules will begin at 6 tonight in the gym. FCHS fall athletes in golf, cross country, girls’ tennis and volleyball will be introduced followed by exhibition volleyball games. Football players and cheerleaders will be introduced at about 7 this evening on the football field followed by a football scrimmage.  There will be no admission charge.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees have approved the acceptance of a deed of property from the Frontier Community College Foundation for a 75’ X 90’ plot of land to be used as a parking lot near the current Textbook Library building.

The entry deadline for the Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Prince and Princess contest is next Wednesday, Aug. 28.  Entry forms must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. next Wednesday at First Financial Bank in Fairfield. The contest will be on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent.

The Wayne County Corn and Soybean Yield Tour has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 3. Corn Grower President Gregg Barnard says the county’s highest corn yield in Wayne County came in 2004 at 164 bushels per acre. The lowest yield came in 1983 with 34 bushels per acre.

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