Officials with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office have ruled a fire that destroyed the old Grayville High School Saturday night was arson. Local police are continuing their investigation into the blaze that destroyed the century-old building. Witnesses tell investigators they saw a number of teens enter and leave the building about 30 minutes before it went up in flames. The main structure was built in 1911. Nearly 100 firemen from several surrounding communities battled the blaze. No one was injured. Photo is courtesy of former Grayville High School teacher, Kent Wheeler. Smaller photo courtesy Kayla Schroeder.
The deadline to enter the Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Prince and Princess Contest is this Wednesday. Entry forms may be dropped off at First Financial Bank in Fairfield.
The Wayne County Fair Pageant was not held this year. So Lori Peacock of Polished Nail Salon sponsored the pageant and Misty Titzer of Merle Norman and Misty Titzer Photography coordinated this year’s pageant. There were 8 contestants between the ages of 5-7. It was held at the First Christian Church in Fairfield on August 10, 2013. The girls competed in three divisions. One-on-one on one personal 3-5 minute interview with the judges. Then the contestants had a stage walk with intro in their casual wear of choice. The Winners were as follows: Little Miss Southern Summertime Kale Benjamin Jr Miss Southern Summertime Alayna White 1st Runner Up Sydney LIngafelter 2nd Runner Up Molly Medler Prettiest Eyes Alyssa Lingafelter Prettiest Hair Kylie Moore Pretties Smile Abi Lane Most Photogenic Kylie Marshell Miss congeniality Alayna White.
The Fairfield Beautification Committee will be judging the September Yard of the Month on Tuesday, Sept. 3. This will be the last Yard of the Month for 2013. Nominations may be phoned in by calling 847-2921.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that lowers the required age that Illinois students must attend school. The law lowers the compulsory age from 7 to 6 and takes effect the 2014-2015 school year.
Illinois youth will have three days in October to deer hunt with firearms. Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said the hunt will be Oct. 12-14 for youths who haven’t reached their 16th birthday by the first day of the hunt. Participants must have completed a DNR-approved hunter education course and have a youth deer permit to participate.
Wayne County Mobile Home Tax payments are due in a single payment on Friday, Sept. 13. Treasurer Donna Vaughan says the total amount to be collected this year amounts to $170,247.