Fairfield Community High School senior Kyle Ellis has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes the top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. Membership in the National Society of High School Scholars entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities and academic competitions.
The annual Wayne City Bean Days celebration opens next weekend and runs through Sunday, September 29th. The Bean Queen and Little Miss Pageant will be held tonight at 6 p.m. Activities next weekend include a 5K run, Car and Truck show, and the parade at 10 a.m. next Saturday. LaVern Feather is this year’s Parade Grand Marshal. A Wayne City High School All-Class Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 29th from 2 to 5 p.m.
An exhibit of over 60 photographs of students from Wayne County’s one-room schools will open Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the restored Olive Branch School in Leo French Park in Fairfield. The permanent exhibit is presented by the Wayne County Historical Society in cooperation with the Fairfield Park Board. Along with the photographs, a large map identifying the locations of schools will be displayed. A second public session will be held Saturday, October 12th from 1 to 3 p.m. during FCHS Homecoming weekend activities.
49-year-old Frederick J. “Buzz” Zirklebach of Ridgeway, IL has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of over a dozen firearms. The sentence was handed down Friday. Police executed a search warrant at Zirklebach’s home on March 9th and recovered 14 firearms and quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine. The firearms included six rifles, seven shotguns and one handgun.
The Illinois State Police say they will have a list of approved concealed carry classes soon. The online classes were scheduled to receive approval on September 7th, but have been delayed until Monday, September 30th. No reason was given for the delay.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported this week that Illinois added 5900 private sector jobs in August and that the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.2 percent. The IDES also reported that employers in the state posted 197,000 help-wanted ads in August, with nearly 70 percent of those postings for full-time positions.