Darrell Meritt is retiring from the benefit porkburger cookout scene after this Saturday.  He has staged charitable cookouts in Fairfield since 1982.  In honor of Darrell, there will be three simultaneous porkburger cookouts this Saturday. One will be at the Star Station lot, one at Wayne-White Electric, with the third at the Hometown IGA store.  All proceeds will be split evenly between Darrell’s three favorite charities – the Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund, Festival of Lights and the Secret Santa Program.

Officials with the Ill. Dept. of Transportation say construction work on Interstates 64 and 57 in the Mt. Vernon area is on schedule and should be completed by early December.  Until then, motorists can expect continued lane closures on the south end of the project.

A former Salem Grade School Kindergarten teacher has been placed on 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to charges of DUI and providing alcohol to a minor. 40-year-old Wendy Bunnell was also fined $500. She resigned from her teaching job in Salem earlier this month.

A DEA prescription drug take-back program will be staged this Saturday at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  Residents can drop off unneeded or expired medications at the volunteer desk at Fairfield Memorial Hospital anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday.

ARF’s Howloween Hairball is this Saturday at the Fairfield Elks.  Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Country Road Realty at 506 W. Main Street in Fairfield.  Tickets will be $20 at the door.  Happy hour will begin at 7 p.m.  The band “Torn and Frayed” will provide music.  Cash prizes for various costume categories will be awarded.

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