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Headlines for Monday, June 10, 2013

Starters Mike Molt and Tom Konopasek

Thirty-six players from throughout southern Illinois competed in the 4th annual McDonald’s of Fairfield Junior Tournament at Wayne County Golf Course (WCGC) last Thursday.  Carmi’s strong golf program brought the most players to the field with six, including the boys 16-18 champion, Neal Northcott, firing a two under par 68 edging out his high school golf teammate Andy Vaughan, taking 2nd place at even par 70.

A Wayne County Grand Jury has indicted two Fairfield men on charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. John R. Robertson, 44 and Kevin Lemond, 18, are accused of kidnapping and beating 19-year-old Patrick Vaughan of Fairfield last month.  A 16-year-old juvenile also faces charges in connection with the incident.

47-year-old former Wayne County resident, Jesse O. Hedden of McLeansboro has been jailed on a Hamilton County charge of failure to register as a sex offender.  Hedden was arrested Friday.

While lawmakers have approved concealed carry in Illinois, the law is not yet in effect. Governor Pat Quinn has not signed the legislation. Until the law is in force, Illinois State Police officials say they will continue to enforce the state’s law banning the carrying of an immediately accessible or loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle, regardless of whether it is concealed.

While Illinois lawmakers were unable to pass legislation dealing with the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, they were able to pass legislation making it a crime to toss a cigarette butt to the ground. The measure is headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.

The Big Four Road about 2 ½ miles south of U.S. Rt. 50 at the southeast edge of Clay City will be closed today for construction.  Clay County Highway Engineer Mike Quandt says the road will be closed for two to three weeks.

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