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Headlines for Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Wayne County Fair wraps up tonight with the Demolition Derby in front of the grandstand at 7 p.m.  The Edwards County Fair gets underway today with the big parade through downtown Albion followed by the Edwards County Fair Queen pageant at 5 p.m. in the Exhibition Building.  A Vesper Service will be held Sunday evening at 7:30.  The theme of this year’s Edwards County Fair is “Giddy On Up To the Fair”.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night at 6 at City Hall. On the agenda is a time extension for the city’s River Intake and Raw Water Pump Station construction, and an agreement with the Wayne County Health Department.  A Public Hearing will precede the regular meeting at 5:50 p.m. for appropriations.

Two members of the Wayne County Amish community were injured Thursday evening in an accident near Orchardville.  Wayne County Sheriff’s Police say 72-year-old Sharon L. Watson of Streator, IL came up on an Amish buggy and struck it from behind.  The driver of the buggy, 13-year-old Nathan E. Borntager and a passenger, nine-year-old Elmina Borntager both of Orchardville were seriously hurt and taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  Nathan Borntager was cited for not having a slow moving vehicle placard attached to the buggy.

48-year-old Bruce Johnson, the former Wayne-White Electric Financial Manager has been released from jail after his bond was lowered on felony forgery charges.  Johnson was released on $5000 cash bond pending further court appearances.  A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, August 1st on charges he forged the names of the Wayne-White CEO and another executive on checks to a Louisville, IL used car dealer amounting to around $16,000.

Citizens for Harmony Way Bridge has scheduled a meeting  for this Wednesday, July 24th at the Crossville Missionary Baptist Church at 507 State Street.  A progress report from the eight-member Citizens for Harmony Way Bridge Committee will be shared.  The goal is to eventually transfer ownership of the bridge from a private commission to a public entity.  Wednesday’s meeting is open to the public.

Published reports indicate an advocacy group says there aren’t enough clinical staff members at the Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina, a facility which houses sex offenders.  The group says the inmates may not be getting enough pre-release treatment.  The report said the prison has three clinical staff members working with near 300 sex offenders, compared to 30 clinical care employees at a facility in Rushville.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state added 9000 private sector jobs in June, with the unemployment rate climbing to 9.2 percent.  Most of the additions were in the Professional and Business Services sector.  The state also has added nearly 238,000 private sector jobs since January 2010.  The IDES also says volatility has been the hallmark of the state’s current economic cycle.

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