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Headlines for Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, McLeansboro Police Department and Illinois State Police conducted a warrant sweep in Hamilton County Friday, arresting nine people.  The nine arrested are: 23-year-old Dalton Reinbold and 29-year-old Duane McPherson on Hamilton County Failure to Appear warrants, 27-year-old Terri Webb and 30-year-old Kristoffer Brown on Hamilton County Civil Warrants, 33-year-old David Douthett on a Jefferson and Wayne County Failure to Appear Warrant, 43-year-old Lynn McDaniel on a Hamilton County Criminal Damage To Property Warrant, 30-year-old Brian Dennis on a Hamilton County Parole Violation Warrant, 25-year-old Ronny Kinear on a Hamilton County Failure To Appear Warrant, and 54-year-old Timothy Howe on a Failure To Appear Warrant out of Hamilton, Jefferson and Wayne counties.  The warrant sweep was conducted to reduce the backlog of warrants in the court system.

Fairfield City Police are warning residents about another potential telephone scam.  A resident received a call earlier this week from an individual identifying themself as “Lester”, informing the resident that they didn’t have to pay next month’s utility bill in full, and then proceeded to get some information about billing and other personal financial information, at which time the resident hung up.  Police say the City of Fairfield is not making calls to residents regarding their utility bills, and if you receive such a call, to simply hang up.

23-year-old Myrus R. Smith of Nashville, TN was cited for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after the semi he was driving overturned on I-64 eastbound at the 73-mile marker in Jefferson County late Friday afternoon.  State police said Smith told them he had missed his turn to go onto I-57 southbound and attempted to take the I-57 northbound ramp at the last minute, causing the 2011 Freightliner he was driving to overturn and block the ramp from I-64 eastbound to I-57 northbound.  Smith was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL for treatment of his injuries.

Rend Lake College has released its Fall 2013 semester Honors Lists.  Those making the President’s List from our area include Levi Marsh from Fairfield, Jane Colvin, Brittany Hedden, Bryan Pace, Haden Smith and Angel M. Wagner from Wayne City, Rachel Bennett from Xenia, Harley Devoy and Christine Smith from Enfield, and Brandon Bullard from Keenes.  Making the Vice-President’s List from our area include Charles Draper from Johnsonville, Andrea Musgave from Keenes, Daniel Nelson from Norris City, Ethan Bullard, Kasey Jensen and Hayley Spicer from Sims, Kristin Keele, Heaven Joyce Leake and Kacie Slater from Wayne City, and Nathaniel Burgess from Xenia.

Several Fairfield Community High School students were recently notified by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission of being a State Scholar Finalist for the 2014-2015 State Scholar competition.  The students selected are Leah Carter, Kyle Ellis, Brodey Murbarger, Cody Simpson, Erin Smothers and Abigail Trotter.

Illinois was the number one producer of soybeans and the second-largest producer of corn last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  They report farmers in Illinois harvested 462 million bushels of soybeans last year, a 20 percent increase over the year before.  The state’s corn production for 2013 was 2.1 billion bushels, a 63 percent increase over 2012.

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