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Headlines for Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded five $500 scholarships to Wayne County students majoring in an ag-related field of study.  The Young Leader Committee also awarded two additional $500 scholarships.  The recipients of the Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships are Bryan Bailey of Mt. Erie, Morgan Doggett of Mill Shoals, Erin Smothers of Fairfield, and Ethan Spicer and Kelci White both of Wayne City.  The Young Leader Committee scholarship recipients are Haden Smith and Michaela Smith both of Wayne City.  The foundation has awarded 52 scholarships since 2005 totalling $26,000.

57-year-old Donald L. Weyer of Jasper, IN escaped injury Friday morning when the 2015 Freightliner he was driving overturned on its side as he was attempting to exit I-64 onto Illinois Route 37.  State police said the tank containing Ethanol developed a small leak due to the crash, which resulted in the closing of I-64 and Route 37 near the crash scene for several hours Friday morning.  Hazardous material clean-up crews were called in to clean up the spill.  Weyer was cited by police for driving too fast for conditons.

71-year-old Mary J. Sheldon of Harrisburg, IL was cited for improper turning following an accident late Friday afternoon on Illinois Route 13 at Cottage Grove Road in Saline County.  State police said Sheldon was stopped on the westbound shoulder of Route 13 and attempted to make a left turn across both lanes of traffic, causing her pickup truck to be hit by a semi, driven by 35-year-old Bobby J. Owen of West Frankfort, IL.  Sheldon was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.  Owen refused treatment at the scene.

The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Governor Pat Quinn Friday that is being called “incomplete” and puts off tough decisions about cutting spending and finding new sources of revenue.  Senate Democrats approved the nearly $36 billion bill spending plan passed by the House earlier this week.  The spring session is scheduled to close today.

The Wayne County Golf Course is hosting the 5th annual McDonalds of Fairfield Junior golf tournament this Thursday, June 5th.  The tournament is open to boys and girls ages seven to 18 with several age categories and registration fees, which include a gift bag and a free practice round.  Lunch will also be provided for golfers and adults who accompany them.  Entry forms need to be mailed to the golf course by today.  Starting Sunday players will need to complete the entry form and register in person at the course.  More information is available by calling 842-7222.

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