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Headlines for Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cisne Middle School held its graduation ceremony last night in the Cisne Middle School gym.  Rebeccah Mugrage was named the Valedictorian.  She’s the daughter of Gary and Tammie Mugrage of Cisne.  Named Salutatorian was Jayden Brown, son of Stan and Janice Brown of Cisne.

Jasper Grade School’s graduation was held Thursday in the Jasper School gym.  Named the Valedictorian was Lauren Simpson, daughter of Keith and Flo Simpson.  Named the Salutatorian was Brant McGill, son of Chasity and Patrick Suddarth and Garrett McGill and Amber Englebright.

Students from across Illinois were recognized at the Illinois History Expo, the annual high school competition that explores the state’s heritage.  Topics covered during the May 2nd event included the Trail of Tears and German immigration.  Among the students receiving awards was Elizabeth Martin from NCOE High School for her writing titled, “Equality: Illinois’ First Industry”.  Over 1400 junior and senior high school students participated.

Chief Judge Stephen G. Sawyer of the Second Judicial Circuit has announced that Caren M. Sheraden, Official Court Reporter for the Second Judicial Circuit is retiring.  Caren resides in Fairfield with her husband Brad.  She formerly worked as a secretary at the law offices of David M. Williams and Morris Lane Harvey in Fairfield.  A come and go reception for Caren Sheraden will be held Friday, May 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse in Fairfield.

Parts of Fairfield were without power Friday afternoon.  A spokesman at the city power plant said the outage was blamed on a breaker failure at the plant, and problems with an undergrond cable near the Fairway Apartments.  Crews were able to switch to the uptown feed and had power restored to the affected areas in about 20 minutes.

Sandra L. Simpson, former office manager and secretary for the Wayne County Highway Department has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the county and former highway engineer Greg Heidin.  Simpson claims she was treated less favorably than the male employees of the county highway department when wage increases were approved, and that when she addressed her concerns, the county retaliated against her.  On October 11th of last year, the county board adopted a resolution dismissing Simpson for alleged interactions with Heiden.  Simpson is seeking back pay, attorney fees and $100,000 from the county in her lawsuit, and is demanding a jury trial.

Illinois State Police will be participating in various enforcement efforts leading up to the Memorial Day weekend to keep area roadways safe.  Troopers in District 19 are participating in the Click It Or Ticket Campaign, which started Friday and runs through the holiday weekend.  Troopers will also be conducting stepped up patrols looking for drunk drivers, those not wearing their seat belts, and those contributing to traffic violations most associated with fatal traffic crashes.

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