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Headlines for Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fairfield’s Memorial Day Service is set for Monday morning at 11 at the Veterans Section of Maple Hill Cemetery.  The guest speaker will be Charles Griswold, son of Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold.  Charles Griswold is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and has nine years active duty.  Monday’s service will include a firing squad and the playing of Taps.  The public is welcome to attend.

Wayne City’s 39th annual Memorial Day services will be held at Thomason Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday.  The featured speaker will be Lamar Choate.  The reading of the veterans buried at Thomason Cemetery will be given by Leo Green.  Officials with the American Legion Post #176 and VFW Post #4535 will place a wreath at the Veterans Monument, and a color guard firing squad will be featured, followed by Taps.

The Fairfield City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday with several items listed on the official agenda.  Among the items is discussion on discontinuing the use of sirens for fire calls within the city, and installing an automated gauge for the Little Wabash River east of Fairfield.  The council is also expected to award bids for various pieces of equipment, including a fork lift, chain saw, skid-steer loader, and a marble bench.

Wayne County’s unemployment for April came in at 6.8 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, down from 7.3 percent in April of last year.  Edwards County’s rate was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 in April of last year.  The IDES said favorable weather conditions allowed for increases in construction activity and gains in the Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade and Transportation sectors, as well as gains in mining in southern Illinois.

State police investigated a two-vehicle wreck late Saturday afternoon in Williamson County that injured three people on I-57 at the 54-mile post.  A car was hit by an unknown semi that left the scene southbound on I-57, police said, and immediately following that impact, the car was hit by another car, which was hit by a second semi.  Those injured in the crash were a 49-year-old male from Metropolis, IL and a 66-year-old female driver and a 65-year-old male passenger from Belleville, IL.  None of those involved were identified by police, who said the investigation was continuing and charges were pending.

State and local police are continuing their stepped-up patrols through the remainder of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  The enforcement period began a couple of weeks ago, focusing on drivers not wearing their seat belts and those driving drunk.  Several roadside safety checks and nighttime patrols have been a part of the enforcement efforts, which will continue through midnight Monday night.

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