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Headlines for Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Fairfield City Council’s next meeting is this Tuesday night at 6 p.m.  Several items are listed on the official agenda, including the discontinuing of fire sirens for fire calls in the city.  The council is also expected to discuss repairs at the Chamber of Commerce building, and a report on the Dorris Drive Project.  Also listed is the awarding of various bids for the sale of a fork lift, skid-steer loader, chain saw, and a marble bench.  Other items include an update on a possible automated gauge for the Little Wabash River east of Fairfield.

37-year-old Roy Rector of Broughton, IL has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty in Hamilton County Circuit Court to a charge of unlawful restraint, a class-4 felony.  In pleading guility, Rector admitted that on April 13th he forced his girlfriend, Christine Sappington, to leave her home after an argument and go with Rector to his home.  Rector was also sentenced to one year parole once he’s released from custody.

Unemployment is continuing to fall in Wayne County compared to a year ago, according to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Wayne County’s rate for April was 6.8 percent, down from 7.3 percent a year ago.  In Edwards County, the rate for April was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in April of last year.  The IDES said improved weather conditions caused increased activity in construction, as well as the Retail Trade and Leisure-Hospitality sectors.  Payroll advances also occurred in Wholesale Trade and Mining in southern Illinois.

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is encouraging area residents to attend his I-Cash event on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Brehm Public Library in Mt. Vernon, IL at 101 South Seventh Street.  Residents will have the chance to determine if the state is holding any money or unclaimed property entitled to them.  Rutherford says just over 14,000 owners in Jefferson County have nearly $2.3 million in unclaimed property, according to the January list of unclaimed property holders.  I-Cash staff will be on hand to help residents from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on June 3rd in Mt. Vernon, IL.

A member of Congressman John Shimkus’ staff will be in Wayne County on Wednesday, June 4th to meet with residents regarding issues they may have with his office or the federal government.  The staff member will be at the Wayne City Community Building at 103 Mill Street from 2 til 3:30 p.m.  Those requiring special accommodations should call at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting time.

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