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Headlines for Sunday, May 5, 2013

17-year-old Joel Martin Boulds of Eldorado, IL died Saturday morning when the SUV he was driving slammed into a concrete bridge abutment at the I-64 overpass near Mill Shoals.  Boulds was southbound on U.S. Route 45 when the SUV left the roadway and slammed into a pillar that supports the I-64 overpass.   The wreckage was discovered by a passing motorist around 4 a.m.  Boulds was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 5:19 a.m.  He was set to graduate from Eldorado High School in two weeks.

Flooding on area rivers is likely to continue through this week as a result of this weekend’s rainfall.  The Little Wabash River at Clay City is forecast to rise to 20 feet by Tuesday evening.  At Carmi the river is expected to slowly fall but remain above flood stage until this Saturday morning.  On the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, the river is expected to fall below flood stage by Wednesday morning, and at New Harmony by Wednesday afternoon.  Recent rains could result in some adjustments to the river forecasts.  Officially in Fairfield, 1.35 inches of rain was recorded Saturday.

21-year-old Tyler R. McQueen was found guilty Friday evening of the March 25, 2012 stabbing death of 78-year-old Robert V. Westall of Lawrenceville, IL.  A jury deliberated for nearly five hours Friday before returning the guilty verdict.  Westall’s niece, Helen Westall is accused of paying McQueen cash and a car in exchange for carrying out the killing.  Helen Westall is scheduled to go on trial May 13th on charges of solicitation to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder for hire.  Tyler R. McQueen is scheduled to be sentenced July 28th.

The City of Fairfield Water Department will be flushing hydrants this week.  The schedule will be Monday:  1st ward, every hydrant east of 1st street;  Tuesday:  2nd ward, every hydrant north of Elm between 1st and 7th; Wednesday:  3rd ward, every hydrant south of Elm between 1st and 7th; Thursday:  4th ward, every hydrant west of 7th, stopping at Kincaids; Friday:  Outlying areas, including Wal-Mart, Petroleum Blvd., Brach Oaks, Highway 45 South, and Highway 15 East to the City’s Filter Plant.  Hydrant flushing is done each spring and fall to to test the hydrants and help keep the water supply clean and pure.  During the process, the water may be temporarily discolored and there may also be a dip in water pressure.  If your water is discolored, it does not mean the water is unsafe to drink, however you should check for discoloration before doing laundry or similar activities.  Call the Water Department at 842-7015 or 842-5016 if you have questions.

The Wayne County Board meets this Thursday night starting at 7 p.m.  On the board agenda is construction agreements for bridges in Leech and Orchard townships, and the transfer of $150,000 from the county’s General Fund to the County Highway Fund.  Other business includes the appointment of James Elliott and Martin McDavid to the Board of Review for a one-year-term.

84 Fairfield Community High School seniors will receive their diplomas next Sunday afternoon, May 12th, at 2 p.m. in the FCHS gymnasium.  Speical music will be provided by the FCHS Show Choir.  Elmer McDuffee with the American Legion Post #176 will present the American Legion Awards.  Principal Jill Fulkerson will recognize the honor graduates who maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average, and board president Larry Vest will present diplomas to the graduates.  The public is invited to attend.

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