A project has been launched to find a way to re-establish the Lakeside Park reservoir. The lake has been without water since the dam was breeched and the reservoir drained in 2005.  Parks Board officials have committed $20,000 to complete a mitigation study for the property. The University of Evansville Engineering Department has chosen the restoration and reconstruction of the lake as their design project for the next two semesters.  Funding must still be found to rebuild the dam and deepen the reservoir.

The Effingham County State’s Attorney has announced he plans to seek a sentence of natural life in prison for 22-year-old Justin DeRyke of Watson. DeRyke is accused of stabbing to death his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long earlier this month.  A Dec. 2 trial date has been set. DeRyke remains in the Effingham County jail under $5 million bond.

The race for Wayne County Circuit Judge has begun.  Former Wayne County State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac has announced he plans to seek the nomination of the Wayne County Republican Party in the upcoming March primary to run for the judge’s position in the 2014 general election. The judicial position became available after the announced retirement of Circuit Judge Joe Harrison at the end of November.

Wayne County Property Tax Bills will be mailed out today. The first installment will be due on Oct. 25. The second installment will be due Dec. 6. The amount to be collected this year amounts to $12.4 million.

The Wayne City Bean Queen and Little Miss Pageant have been set for this Saturday evening at 6 p.m.  The Wayne City Bean Days event opens next Friday, Sept. 27 and runs thru Sunday, Sept. 29.

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