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Headlines for Saturday, June 28, 2014

54 Rend Lake College Practical Nursing students completed their program Thursday night during the annual Pinning Ceremony, held in the Rend Lake College Theatre.  Among the 54 students were some from Wayne County.  Students who graduate from the college’s LPN program have the option of going straight into the workforce or continuing their education in the Associate Degree Nursing program.  Among those graduating locally were Tymber Downen and Tiffany Schwartz, both of Wayne City.

The city of Fairfield’s fire and water departments will be flow testing fire hydrants in the city starting Monday morning at 8.  Residents could notice a temporary discoloration in the water and a slight loss in pressure during the flushing process.  Those with questions can call the water department at 842-7015.

Wayne County’s May unemployment rate was seven percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, down from 7.7 percent a year ago.  Edwards County’s rate was 7.4 percent, down from eight percent a year ago.  The IDES said nearly all Illinois counties had lower unemployment for May compared to a year ago, with payroll advances noted in the wholesale trade and mining sectors in southern Illinois.  Seasonal employment gains also occurred in the construction, retail trade and recreation sectors.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s law to improve Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing program is set to take effect this Tuesday, July 1st.  The law requires those age 18 to 20 who failed to attend driver education to complete a six-hour driving training and education course before applying for a driver’s license.  Previously, teenagers turning 18 could apply for and obtain a driver’s license without any driver education.  The course will be offered at driving schools in the state that have been certified by the Secretary of State’s Office.  A list of providers can be found online at

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Illinois Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Scherrie Giamanco is reminding area agriculture producers that the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops, including corn, soybeans, oats, and grain sorghum, is July 15th.  Planted acres must also be reported to the FSA by July 15th.  The USDA said the date may vary in some areas depending on the climate they experienced.  Producers should contact their local county FSA office if they are uncertain about acreage reporting deadlines.

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