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Headlines for Friday, May 10, 2013

Former Wayne County Highway Department Office Manager and Secretary Sandra L. Simpson has filed a federal sex discrimination suit against Wayne County and former Highway Engineer Greg Heiden.  Simpson was fired last fall for insubordination.  In her lawsuit, Simpson claims she was treated less favorably than male employees when pay increases were approved. She also claims the county retaliated against her when she questioned the county’s actions.  Simpson is seeking more than $100,000 in damages and is demanding a trial by jury.

An agreement is being drawn up that, if approved, would result in the county absorbing the expense of operating the Wayne County Recycling Center. The center is currently being operated by the Career Development Center.

The Wayne County Board has tabled a request from the University of Illinois Extension Service to pay $60,000 for annual operating expenses. The County Board wants more time to study what the money will be used for.

Customers of the Wabash Telephone Co-operative have been without television service since Wednesday night.  Officials with the co-op say an equipment failure caused the outage.  Repairs are expected to be completed sometime today.

Fairfield Community High School junior Kyle Ellis was recently named to the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association All State Second Team.  The honor recognizes the top 20 players in Class A from across the state.  Kyle is the son of Randy and Cindy Ellis.

The 35th annual Frontier Community College commencement ceremony is scheduled for 7 o’clock tonight.  Frontier President Dr. Tim Taylor will preside over the ceremony and will also present the Jerry R. Hefley President’s Award to an outstanding graduate.

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