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Headlines for Sunday, August 4, 2013

A judge has granted a change of venue in the murder for hire case of 48-year-old Helen Marie Westall of Bridgeport, IL.  She is accused of paying $10,000 and a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme to have the killing of her elderly uncle, 78-year-old Robert V. Westall, carried out.  The elderly Westall was stabbed 32 times, according to investigators, at his residence in Lawrenceville, IL.  Helen Westall remains in custody under $3 million bond pending trial.  The Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit has not announced where the trial will be moved.

The Fairfield Grade School district, along with Jasper, New Hope and Geff grade schools will be condcuting a pre-school roundup August 19th through 21st at the First Christian Church in Fairfield.  The roundup consists of a screening to determine a child’s progress in hearing, vision, speech, language and coordination skills before they begin school.  The program is free and parents will receive immediate feedback.  Appointments need to be made by calling Tammy at 842-6501.

The North Wayne Community Unit school district schools will conduct their registration on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.  New students, and those entering the 6th and 9th grades must have a recent physical exam and proof of immunization prior to school, and students entering kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades must have had a recent dental exam.  The first of school for students will be Friday, August 16th.

White County’s 17th annual County Crop Tour is set for Wednesday, August 21st.  Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., then the teams will depart at 7:30 a.m. checking ten locations in each of the county’s ten townships to come up with this year’s projected yields for corn and soybeans.  The teams will return to the Farm Bureau Building in Carmi at 11 a.m. for lunch and to compile the data.  For more information or to sign up for the tour, call the White County Farm Bureau office at (618) 382-8512.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation giving ex-offenders a second chance at employment and a productive life, while offering prosecutors and judges more sentencing options for non-violent offenders to help reduce the risk of repeat offenders.  More than 50 percent of Illinois inmates return to prison within three years after their release.  The governor signed the legislation on Saturday.

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