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Headlines for Friday, June 27, 2014

62-year-old Donald J. Schubert of Fairfield was hurt in an accident late Thursday afternoon in Grover Township.  Police say Schubert was westbound on Sunrise Drive and missed a curve in the roadway, causing the vehicle he was driving to leave the roadway and overturn.  He was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  No tickets were issued.

New officers for the Fairfield Rotary Club were installed at the club’s weekly meeting Thursday in the Elks Club dining room.  Succeeding Royce Carter as President is Clinton Legg.  Jervaise McDaniel will serve as Vice-President, with Brad Jesop continuing as Treasurer and Sharon Gualdoni as the club’s Secretary.  The officers will begin their duties on July 1st.

The city of Fairfield’s water and fire departments will be flow testing fire hydrants throughout the city starting at 8 a.m. Monday.  During the flushing process residents may notice a temporary discoloration in the water and a slight loss in water pressure.  Those with questions can call the water department at 842-7015.

The May unemployment numbers have been released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Wayne County’s rate for May was seven percent, down from 7.7 percent in May of last year.  Edwards County’s rate was 7.4 percent, down from eight percent in May of last year.  The IDES said unemployment for May declined in all but three of Illinois’ 102 counties.   They also reported that all southern Illinois counties now have a May unemployment rate below ten percent.   May unemployment rates in the region ranged from 5.3 percent in Washington County to 9.9 percent in Alexander County.

Starting Tuesday, motorists traveling the bridge across the Wabash River linking Illinois Route 141 in White County with Indiana Route 62 will no longer have to pay tolls to the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Reports say officials decided to discontinue the tolls due to the low volume of cars that use the bridge and the costs associated with the bridge.  Drivers who have prepaid accounts to cross the bridge will be refunded their money once the toll collecting ends.

Local 4-H members, leaders and volunteers are being reminded of the 4-H Fairgrounds clean-up day on Saturday from 9 a.m. til noon.  Members are being asked to bring rakes, shovels, and weed eaters to help clean up the grounds prior to the county fair.  The Wayne County 4-H Federation will provide pizza and drinks to those that help with the cleanup.

Prosecutors in Madison County, Illinois have charged 43-year-old Virginia Puff of Alton, IL with aggravated cruelty to animals.  Puff is accused of killing a cat by dropping a frozen jug of water on its head.  Police said her live-in boyfriend witnessed the killing and went next door to call police.  Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.  Puff is currently free on bond.

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