An escape warrant has been issued for 36-year-old Stephanie L. Parker of Carmi.  Parker was performing a community service work detail last week as part of her sentence on convictions on domestic battery and animal cruelty.  White County Sheriff Doug Maier said Parker was released into the custody of the White County Community Service Program by court order Friday morning, August 16th, and Sheriff Maier was notified three hours later that Parker could not be located and did not return to jail.  It’s believed she may have fled the state, and anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the White County Crimestoppers hotline at 1-(800)-637-3577.

Wayne County Treasurer Donna Vaughan is reminding mobile home owners that taxes are due Friday, September 13th.  The total amount of taxes this year is just over $170,000 and Treasurer Vaughan says as of Friday, 37 percent of that amount had been collected.  Payments can be made in person, by mail or by using the drop box on the west side of the courthouse.  Those with questions can call 842-5087.

The deadline for entries in this year’s Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Prince and Princess contest is this Wednesday.  Entry forms need to be turned in at First Financial Bank in Fairfield by 4 p.m. on Wednesday.  The Fall Fun Fest Prince and Princess Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday September 12th in the Entertainment Tent, and is open to all 1st and 2nd grade students in the FCHS district.

Wayne County’s unemployment rate for the month of July was an even nine percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, up slightly from 8.8 percent a year ago.  Edwards County’s rate for July was also nine percent, up from 8.7 percent a year ago.  The IDES reported unemployment fell in 7 of 21 southern Illinois counties and 11 of 18 counties in South-Central Illinois during July.

15-year-old Nathan Horath of St. Peter, IL was killed early Friday morning in an accident in Fayette County.  State police said Horath was riding a bicycle on Illinois Route 185 a mile east of St. Peter, IL when he was struck by a car driven by 59-year-old Sandra Gelsinger of Brownstown, IL.  The impact threw Horath from the bicycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Fayette County Coroner.  State police said it was dark and raining at the time of the accident.

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