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Headlines for Sunday, August 11, 2013

Two Cisne FFA chapter students are among only three in the state of Illinois selected as national finalists for the 2013 Proficiency Award.  Cisne graduate Mikayla Massie, the daughter of Clayton and Sheila Massie of Mt. Erie,  is a National Finalist for the Turfgrass Management Proficiency Award, and Lucretia Mills, daughter of Aric and Terry Mills of Cisne,  is a National Finalist for the Veterinary Medicine Proficiency Award.  Both advance to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY this fall for interview competition where they will each receive $500 cash and an opportunity to compete for an all-expense paid trip to Costa Rica and the national winner’s title, which provides an additional $500 cash prize.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m.  Approval of street closings for the Fairfield Fall Fun Fest and FCHS Homecoming are expected.  The council is also expected to award bids for the sale of vehicles and discuss an ordinance concerning grass clippings in the street.  Also on the agenda is a Fall and Winter Farmer’s Market and an ordinance regarding stop signs on King Street.

The next blood drive in Edwards County is set for Monday from noon til 6 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Albion.  The drive is being sponsored by the Hermitage Lodge #354.  Sandwiches will be served and all qualifying donors will receive a voucher for a free sundae from the Albion McDonalds.  All blood types are needed at the drive.

Copies of the Illinois state highway map will be available at this year’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield, and at the DuQuoin State Fair later this month.  The maps include several features, such as the Illinois Amber Alert website and Scott’s Law information.  The maps are free to the public and are updated and printed every two years.  Copies are available at the Illinois Department of Transportation tent at the state fair in Springfield, and will be available at the DuQuoin State Fair later this month.

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding residents in Illinois that they can log onto and locate unclaimed property free of charge.  Rutherford said some residents have been accidentally going to the wrong website and being charged for the same information and asked to provide credit card information.  The I-Cash program helps reunite owners with their unclaimed property and returned $129 million in unclaimed property last year, a 27 percent increase over 2011.

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