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Officials with Woolsey Operating Company of Kansas formally signed an agreement this morning that will allow the firm to establish their Southern Illinois headquarters on 20 acres of land south of Fairfield.  Woolsey has plans to drill as many as 15 vertical wells to the Knox formation at a depth of 8,000 feet. They are in the process of drilling their 7th well. The firm also has plans to complete 3-D seismic studies of 230 square miles within the Illinois Basin.  Pictured above is Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold (center) preparing to sign the agreement that will bring Woolsey Operating to Fairfield. (pictured left is owner Wayne Woolsey – Fairfield City Attorney Mike Molt right)

The Fairfield Community High School varsity scholastic team finished the National Academic Championship Tournament in Washington, D.C. with a record of 2-4.  FCHS claimed victories over Richlands, NC and Alden, NY. The team is coached by Tammy Austin. The team was also accompanied by retired FCHS instructor Pam Robbins.

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 13,513 wild turkeys during this year’s spring Turkey Season, including the youth season.  In Wayne County, 299 turkeys were harvested, down from 333 last year.

An environmental group says Illinois lawmakers have passed a commonsense plan to protect three more animal species slowly returning to the state. The Senate voted Friday to add black bears, grey wolves and mountain lions to the protected species list.  Researchers at Southern Illinois University say that about 7 grey wolves, four mountain lions and two black bears have been spotted in the state since 2000.

Frontier Community College’s summer session begins this Thursday and runs through July 31.  Several courses will be offered in several areas of instruction, including drama, water aerobics, basketball, food sanitation, painting and CNA training.  Call the college to sign up.

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