Tapia IIIEdwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe reports the safe location of a 13-year-old girl Friday who police say was taken by her former step-father to West Virginia for a visit over the Easter holiday and not returned to her mother.  The mother reported her daughter missing at the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department after the daughter’s former step-father, 46-year-old David Tapia of Albion, failed to bring the girl back.   Edwards County States Attorney Michael Valentine swore out a warrant for Tapia on preliminary charges of kidnapping and intimidation.  Edwards County police then contacted the Illinois State Police and the Lewis County, West Virginia Sheriff’s Department.  The child was later found unharmed with some friends of Tapia, police said.  Tapia has been lodged in the Tygart Regional Jail in Belington, West Virginia under $250,000 cash bond pending extradition back to Illinois.

By a two-vote margin, members of the Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative voted Friday night to amend their by-laws and allow board members to serve up to seven consecutive three-year terms.  The vote was 93-91 in favor of extending the term limits.  Attendance at the annual meeting Friday was one of the smallest on record, with less than 250 members registering.  Three board members were re-elected to the board.  They were Jack Kelsey of Albion from District 4, Richard Rubenacker of Belle Prairie from District 8 and Noel Edmison of Wayne City from District 9.

48-year-old Frederick J. “Buzz” Zirkelbach of Ridgway, IL has been formally charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  An indictment alleges that Zirkelbach had in his possession six rifles, seven shotguns and one handgun on March 9th.  Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to forfeit the firearms.  If convicted, Zirkelbach faces up to ten years in prison.

29-year-old Sherman Levelle Nicholson Jr. of East St. Louis, IL was jailed on a felony marijuana possession charge following a vehicle stop late Thursday night on I-64 in rural White County.  An Illinois State Police trooper pulled Nicholson’s vehicle over for speeding, and during the traffic stop, smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.  A subsequent search of the vehicle netted 468 grams of suspected pot.  Nicholson was lodged in the White County Jail pending a court appearance.

Jefferson County’s loss of a federal deal to house immigration detainees will result in the laying off of three sheriff’s deputies.  The Jefferson County Board approved the cuts Thursday night, which will take effect in 45 days.  The U.S. government stopped housing federal immigration and customs inmates at the Mt. Vernon Jail last year, a move that cost the county $6000 a day.

Cisne woodmenLocal students from Cisne Middle School recently had the chance to demonstrate their public speaking skills in a school speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America.  Taking first place was Alyse Barnfield, followed by Rebeccah Mugrage, Noah Barnard, Malcom Levi, Mitchell Levi, Riley Gill, Karley Dagg, Samantha Robertson, Marissa Byars and Lindsey Cossey.  Students shared their presentations on the topic “One Who Has Overcome”.  (pictured are front left to right, First place winner Alyse Barnfield, second place winner, Rebeccah Mugrage, and third place winner, Noah Barnard.  Second row, left to right, fourth through seventh place finishers, Malcom Levi, Mitchell Levi, Riley Gill and Karley Dagg.  Back row, left to right, eighth through tenth place finishers, Samantha Robertson, Marissa Byars, and Lindsey Cossey)

Area farmers and producers who choose to enroll in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment or Average Crop Revenue Election Program are being reminded of program deadlines that are approaching.  The last day to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election, or ACRE, program is June 3rd, and the last day to enroll in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment, or DCP program is August 2nd.  To be eligible, producers must share in the risk of producing  a crop on base acres on a farm enrolled in DCP and meet other requirements.  More information is available from the Wayne/Edwards County FSA Office at 23 Industrial Drive in Fairfield or by calling 842-7602 extension 2.

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