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Headlines for Sunday, March 10, 2013

Edwards County Unit School District Superintendent David Cowger has announced his district will be joining the Illinois State Board of Education in providing an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to complete a survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their schools. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and is expected to be available before the end of the month. The survey can be completed by logging onto www.echs.edwards.k12.il.us Parents can also call their child’s school for more information.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night. Items on the agenda include resurfacing of parking lanes on Main and Delaware streets and the resurfacing of Dorris Drive. The council is also expected to grant a 90-day time extension on the city’s water filter plant project and approve the next payment on the river intake and raw water pump station, amounting to just over $126,000.

The Wayne County Board meets Thursday night. Approval is expected for the appointment of Nick Feather to a three-year term on the Wayne Fire Protection District, and the re-appointment of Larry McCormick to a term with the Orchardville Fire Protection District. Other business includes the leasing of a truck from LeMond’s in Fairfield and an update on security at the Wayne County Courthouse.

Frontier Community College has announced a new Healthcare Bridge Program designed to help individuals with low basic skills entering the healthcare certificate and degree programs. The program is open to those without a GED or whose reading skills are between a 6th and 9th grade level. Classes begin on Monday, and more information is available by calling the college at 842-3711.

Illinois’ unemployment rate for January was at nine percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, a drop of one tenth of a percent from a year ago. The IDES also said Illinois employers added 7100 jobs in January and that the number of unemployed individuals increased by 22,900 to 594,800. They also report over 222,000 private sector jobs in the state have been added since January 2010.

The Illinois State Police welcomed the newest cadets to the force on Friday during a graduation ceremony in Springfield. 56 cadets will report to state police districts throughout the state, with most of the cadets assigned to the Chicago area. While none will be assigned to the immediate area, one cadet will be assigned to District 18 in Litchfield. The next class of cadets is scheduled to graduate in July.

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