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Headlines for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Area motorists can expect continued stepped-up enforcements from state police on roadways through the remainder of the holiday weekend.  Through Tuesday, troopers are focusing their enforcement efforts on the four most common traffic violations that contribute to accidents, including speeding, DUI, not wearing a seat belt and distracted driving.  State police in District 13, which is headquartered at DuQuoin and includes Jefferson County, will be conducting Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrols and roadside safety checks.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say the region should stay fairly dry for the remainder of the holiday weekend, with only slight chances of rain through Monday night before more rain is expected late Monday night and Tuesday.  Areas to our west, including the St. Louis region, has a slight chance of some strong or severe thunderstorms today and especially Monday.  Warm and muggy conditions are expected to continue this week, with daily highs in the mid 80s to near 90.

The 6th annual Wayne County Antique Tractor Drive is set for Monday.  Tractors that are 30 years old or older are welcome to participate.  This year’s route is around 35 miles in length, and will begin and end at the Crop Production Services plant  in Johnsonville.  Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. with a planned departure time of 10 a.m.  The participants will have lunch at the Skillet Fork Grill in Orchardville, and later take a tour of Frey Produce before returning to CPS in Johnsonville.  Several awards will be given during Monday’s tractor drive.

The Geff Ruritan Frontier Days will be held this Friday and Saturday, September 5th and 6th at the park in Geff.  Activites Friday include the crowning of the Little Miss Frontier Days at 7 p.m.  Saturday will feature a Car & Truck Show, serving of the famous ham and bean dinner at noon, and a performance by the Toby Daskem Band, featuring modern country music and classic rock starting at 6 p.m.

The 38th annual Cedarhurst Art and Craft Fair is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 6th and 7th in Mt. Vernon, IL.  Organizers are expecting a good turnout for this year’s event, which is a nationally recognized festival and brings in artists from the Midwest and as far away as Georgia, Kansas, and Oregon.  Entertainment will be provided by several local music groups.  Admission is $5.  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. both days.  For more information you can call (618) 242-1236.

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