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Headlines for Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m.  The main items on the agenda include a rate increase for rural water districts, as well as providing utilities for renters.  The council is also expected to address the issue of security cameras at City Hall, and hear a committee report on closing Leroy Street.

Some Illinois lawmakers want to know why the deer harvest numbers for the state’s latest deer hunting season was so much lower than previous years and whether action is needed to increase the deer population.  State Representative Jerry Costello said members of the Legislature’s downstate caucus met with Department of Natural Resources managers to discuss the issue.  The 2013-2014 deer harvest amounted to just over 148,000 compared to nearly 181,000 the previous season.  Costello said the DNR told lawmakers that the state may have overshot an earlier management goal for bringing down deer numbers due to overpopulation.  Biologists say season regulations and permit quotas can be adjusted to allow deer population growth in 41 Illinois counties, including Marion and Jefferson counties.

39-year-old Mark Troehler of Herrin, IL has been sentenced to two months in federal prison for defrauding a bank out of $80,000.  Published reports said Troehler was also ordered to serve two months home confinement and three years supervised release after pleading guilty to submitting false lien waivers to a Marion bank after he had taken out a construction loan.

Frontier Community College in Fairfield is accepting sealed bids through Thursday on a computer custom built by students in the Information Systems Support associated degree program.  Bids can be dropped off at the college’s Learning Resource Center Monday through Thursday until 8 p.m. or sent by mail to #2 Frontier Drive in Fairfield.  The estimated value of the computer is $700.  More information is available by calling 842-3711.

San Antonio-based Valero Renewable Fuels announced Friday it has purchased the ethanol plant in Mt. Vernon, IN that has set idle.  Reports indicate the company is a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power.  Along with the Mt. Vernon, IN facility Valero’s holdings are said include 11 corn ethanol plants in seven midwestern states and 16 petroleum refineries across the U.S.  The move could bring around 65 jobs to the Mt. Vernon, IN facility.

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