Headlines for Monday, August 25, 2014
Record forecast yields were noted during the annual Wayne County corn and soybean yield tour conducted today. Corn Growers President Gregg Barnard says the average corn yield has been pegged at 167 bushels per acre, beating the old record of 164 set in 2004. The forecast soybean yield was pegged at 44 bushels per acre – nearly three bushels higher than the actual yield of 41.4 bushels per acre in 2004. The highest corn yield was noted in the southeast corner of the county at 190 bushels per acre.
Members of United Auto Workers Local 543 have approved a new three-year contract with Airtex Products in Fairfield. The new agreement was approved by a margin of 60% to 40%. The vote was taken Sunday afternoon at the Center Street Gym. The union rejected the company’s first contract offer last week, but agreed to remain on the job as talks continued. There are currently about 240 rank and file members represented by Local 543.
48-year-old Michael Owen of Fairfield was arrested early this morning after he allegedly brandished a knife during an altercation on Johnson Street. Owen allegedly pulled the knife on 38-year-old Bryan Lynch. After Owen allegedly tried to head butt a police officer, he was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation. He was eventually taken to the Touchette Regional Hospital near East St. Louis for treatment of a mental illness.
Friends and family members of a missing Evansville woman searched an area of southern White County over the weekend for the missing 30-year-old woman. Joelle Lockwood has been missing since July 9. The area searched is owned by a relative of an individual that Evansville City Police have identified as a person of interest in Lockwood’s disappearance. The search turned up no evidence.
The 32nd annual Wayne County Corn and Soybean Yield Tour will be conducted today. Because of timely rains and a relatively cool summer, area crop yields are expected to be excellent.
The 18th annual White County Crop Tour is also set for today. The survey was rescheduled from last Wednesday due to heavy rainfall.
This Labor Day Weekend, Wayne County Golf Course will host Patriot Golf Day and will collect donations for Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of service men and women who have been disabled or killed in service to their country. The Golf Course will collect a minimum of $1 donation from each player from Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 for Folds of Honor.