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Headlines for Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wayne City won the 2013 Wayne County Scholastic Bowl, held Friday night on the campus of Frontier Community College in Fairfield.  Wayne City defeated Center Street 165-45 to make it to the championship match against New Hope.  Wayne City won two matches against New Hope 180-50 and 145-120 to win the double-elimination tournament.  Last night’s finals were broadcast live on WFIW-FM.

The next regular meeting of the Fairfield City Council is this Tuesday night at 6.  On the agenda is approval of a street closing request for the Fairfield Community High School Prom, set for Saturday, April 13th.  The council is also expected to approve the next payment to the contractor building the city’s new water treatment plant east of Fairfield in the amount of $28,258.  Other business includes the purchase of property at 510 West King Street.

A Flood Warning continues for the Little Wabash River at Carmi through Wednesday morning.  The river was at 28.1 feet this morning, just over one foot above flood stage.  The river is expected to crest at 28.4  feet before falling below flood stage by Wednesday morning.  More rain is in the forecast starting tonight, with snowfall expected by Sunday.  Forecasters say areas to our north could see several inches of snowfall, where a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from late tonight through late Sunday night.

District Proficencies 001Several Cisne FFA members received awards in several categories at the District V Proficiency Award competiton at Benton High School on Wednesday, March 13th.  First place winners from Cisne included Chloe Byars, Cassie Billington, Mikayla Massie, Lucretia Mills and Dustin Atteberry.  Finishing second were Annie Pond, Darian Anderson, Shania Hedrick, Brandae Gill, Kirsten Workman and Katlyn Maloy.  Third place finishers were Jonny Piperakis, Emily Sams and Kailee Sabin.   The first place winners will advance to state competition on Saturday, April 6th at the University of Illinois. (Pictured are: left to right back row, Cassie Billington, Emily Sams, Chloe Byars, Jonny Piperakis, Dustin Atteberry, Shania Hedrick, Kirsten Workman.  Front row left to right, Katlyn Maloy, Mikayla Massie, Kailee Sabin, Lucretia Mills, Darian Anderson, Brandae Gill and Annie Pond)


Fairfield Memorial Hospital is partnering with several southeastern Illinois health professionals to provide free take-home colon cancer screening kits.  The kits will be available for pickup this Thursday, March 28th from 11 a.m. til 1 p.m. at Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Medical Arts Complex and Volunteer Desk.  The kits will also be available at the Wayne County Health Department and the Fairfield Community Health Center at 209 NW 11th Street.  The kits will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those with questions can call the hospital at 847-8242.

A bill to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois has been delayed in a House committee while industry and unions negotiate hiring requirements.  The bill’s sponsor introduced an amendment this week requiring energy companies to hire a state-licensed water-well driller.  The measure is meant to ensure that drinking water is not affected by hydraulic fracturing.

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