Several Cisne and Fairfield FFA members received awards Saturday at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Lucretia Mills of the Cisne FFA Chapter won the State Veterinary Medicine Award. She is the daughter of Aric and Terry Mills of Cisne. Mikayla Massie won the State Turf Grass Management Award. She is the daughter of Clayton and Sheila Massie of Mt. Erie. Both will receive their awards during the Illinois FFA State Convention June 11th through 13th at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. From the Fairfield FFA Chapter, Leah Carter was named the State Winner in Agriscience Research Integrated Systems, while Jace Munselle placed 2nd in Emerging Ag Technology and Katie Liston 4th in Agriscience Plant Systems. Leah will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in June. She is the 5th State FFA Proficiency Winner for the Fairfield FFA Chapter in the past six years.
46-year-old David Tapia of Albion has been arrested in West Virginia on charges he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter. Tapia was taken into custody in Upshur County, West Virginia on an Edwards County warrant charging him with kidnapping and intimidation. Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe said the alleged victim’s mother reported her daughter missing Friday after her ex-boyfriend took her daughter during the Easter holiday and failed to return her. Tapia is being held under $250,000 cash bond pending extradition back to Illinois.
Members of the Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative voted to amend their by-laws and allow board members to serve up to seven consecutive three-year terms during their annual meeting Friday night. The old rule allowed board members to serve up to four consecutive three-year terms. Members unanimously approved re-electing three board members. They were Jack Kelsey of Albion representing District 4, Richard Rubenacker of Belle Prairie representing District 8 and Noel Edmison of Wayne City representing District 9.
48-year-old Frederick J. “Buzz” Zirkelbach of Ridgway, IL has been jailed after a Federal Grand Jury indicted him for being in possession of more than a dozen firearms while being a convicted felon. The firearms seized included six rifles, seven shotguns and one handgun. If convicted of the charges, Zirklebach faces up to ten years in prison. During a detention hearing Friday, he was ordered into custody pending further proceedings.
Frontier Community College is inviting the public to showcase their talent in a Community Art Show on Friday, April 19th on the Fronter campus. Entry categories will include Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Stained Glass and Computer Generated Designs. Award ribbons will be presented for the overall Best of Show and first, second, and third place in each category. There are no entry fees, and awards will be determined by the people’s vote. More information is available by calling the college at 842-3711.