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Headlines for Friday, March 8, 2013

Amanda Cline has been named manager of the Wayne County Humane Society Shelter. She replaces Paula Thompson who has taken a position with Rest Haven Nursing Home in Albion. Paula had been with the Humane Society Shelter for ten years.

A federal judge has cleared the way for possible timber cutting and oil drilling in the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert has lifted his 1996 injunction barring such activity in the forest.  A U.S. Forest Service official says Judge Gilbert’s earlier concerns have been addressed.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says this year’s long range forecast for Illinois includes above average precipitation. Angel says soil moisture levels look much better than at this time last year.  Farmers may have to deal with a wet spring planting season this year.

Ameren customers who are behind on their utility bills are being urged to take advantage of a new payment plan that starts with a ten percent down payment.  The utility is offering the plan through the end of this month.

Illinois State Police Commander Capt. Morrie Fraser has released his department’s activity figures for the month of February.  Troopers arrested 12 suspected drunk drivers, wrote 243 speeding tickets and made 31 criminal arrests.  Troopers investigated one fatal traffic crash in February.

Rotary 3 7 13Thursday’s guests at the Fairfield Rotary Club meeting were Rocky Hull and Tim Hodge with Clearwave Communications. Rotarians were told that Clearwave currently provides Internet service to nine Southern Illinois junior colleges, Fairfield Community High School, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and numerous other schools and hospitals in the region. Rotarian Preston Mathews arranged for Thursday’s program.  Pictured left to right, Tim Hodge, Rotarian Preston Mathews, and Rocky Hull.


Officials with the Wayne County Golf Course are calling on all volunteers to come out this Saturday for a work day from 8 a.m. til noon.  Volunteers are being asked to bring rakes, shovels and gloves to help prepare the course for the new golf season.  Chili and peanut butter sandwiches will be provided for the volunteers at lunchtime.


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