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Headlines for Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Little Wabash River is beginning a slow fall from Clay City to Carmi.  At Clay City the river is expected to fall below the 18-foot flood stage by Monday.  East of Fairfield at the filter plant, the river fell five inches, but remained more than ten feet above the 17-foot flood stage.  At Carmi, a very slow fall expected, and forecasters at the National Weather Service say the river at Carmi is not expected to fall below the 27-foot flood stage until sometime next weekend.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night in regular session.  Items to be discussed by the council include ordinances concerning residents blocking sidewalks and a letter concerning inaccessible meters.  The council is also expected to approve the latest payment to the contractors building the city’s new water treatment plant, amounting to just over $243,000.

The monthly meeting of the Wayne County Board will be held this Thursday night at 7.  A resolution appointing Dennis Seidel as Wayne County Highway Engineer is expected to be approved, along with an employment contract.  The board is also expected to discuss a proposal for a new office building, with the cost not to exceed $200,000.

The Wayne County Fair begins this Saturday, July 13th with the Lucas Oil Pro Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand.  The event will feature local professional puller the Bunnage team.  Harness racing will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 and Monday night at 7.  Sunday night, July 14th will feature the southern gospel group Union Street featuring local vocalist Aaron McCune starting at 6:30.

Members of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ridgway are planning a fundraiser this Saturday to help raise funds to rebuild their church, which was destroyed by a tornado in February of last year.  The organizer of the “Raise the Bells” fundraiser says the fundraiser will include an auction, a raffle and a dance.  It is hoped that the event will raise $10,000.

The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies Fourth of July crackdown on drunk driving continues through tonight.  Motorists can expect to see roadside safety checks, seat belt saturation patrols, and other special efforts through the holiday weekend.  Over 300 local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the state police for the initiative.

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