Judge David Frankland denied a motion to suppress evidence Friday morning in Edwards County Circuit Court in the case of 41-year-old Matthew W. Martin of Albion. Martin is awaiting trial on two class-x felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two class-1 felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly having unalwful sexual contact with a female family member under the age of 13. The alleged acts occurred between 2005 and 2012.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night starting at 6. Items on the agenda include an ownership change concerning New Wave Communications, and the resurfacing of parking lanes on Main and Delaware streets. The council is also expected to revisit the plan to resurface Dorris Drive, and grant a 90-day time extension on the building of the new water filter plant east of Fairfield. The latest payment to the contractor, amounting to over $126,000 is expected to be approved, and recognition of the city and the police department is expected at Tuesday’s meeting for completing the Illinois Law Enforcement Agency Preparedness Program concerning alarm systems.

The monthly meeting of the Wayne County Board is this Thursday night at 7. The board is expected to approve the appointment of Nick Feather to a three-year term on the Wayne Fire Protection District, and the re-appointment of Larry McCormick to the Orchardville Fire Protection District. Also the leasing of a truck from Lemond’s for just over $26,000 is expected to be brought back to the board by Gregory Heiden with the Wayne County Highway Department.

Amanda Cline has been named the manager of the Wayne County Humane Society, succeeding Paula Thompson, who has taken a position with Rest Haven Nursing Home in Albion. Amanda was previously an assistant at the shelter. Paula’s husband, Walter Thompson, will continue as the agency’s Animal Control Officer.

Illinois’ January unemployment rate was an even nine percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The rate is down a tenth of a percent from a year ago. The IDES reports Illinois added 7100 jobs in January, with the number of unemployed people increasing by nearly 23,000 to just under 595,000.

Daylight Saving Time returns this weekend. Residents are reminded to set their clocks AHEAD one hour tonight before going to bed. Daylight Saving Time will continue until Sunday, November 3rd. This weekend is also a reminder to residents to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and other alarms.

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