Katie Liston is this year’s Fairfield Community High School Homecoming Queen.  She’s the daughter of Steve and Kim Liston, and was crowned Saturday night during the FCHS Coronation.  The other Queen candidates were Sydney Vaughn, Kayla Cessna, and Janae Garrett.

The City of Fairfield will be flushing water lines and opening hydrants in the city this week.  The practice is done each fall and spring to test the hydrants and keep the water supply clean and pure.  The 1st Ward hydrants will be flushed on Monday, hydrants east of 1st Street.  Residents are advised to check for discolored water prior to doing laundry or similar activities.  Those with questions can call the water department at 842-7015 or 842-5016.

The Smith Mill in Rinard, owned by Bob and Marlene Smith, will be having its fourth Open House next Sunday afternoon, October 20th from 1-4 p.m.  There is no charge for the event.  Those attending will be able to see the history and function of water powered grist mills.  An 18′ waterwheel will be in operation, as well as the “Smithsonlyone” museum featuring old hand tools and horse-powered farm machinery.  The Smith Mill is located west of Cisne on the Route 161 extension and five miles north on county highway 25.

Toyota is expanding its lineup of vehicles, with plans to invest $430 million in its Princeton, IN plant to build the new Toyota Highlander hybrid, due out next year.  Reports say the company recently hired over 400 new employees to build hybrid and standard models of the Highlander, including models for export.  The Princeton, IN plant currently employs 4800 workers and produces 300,000 vehicles annually.  The Highlander hybrid runs on a gas engine with an electric assist.

Illinois State Police announced Friday its regulatory requirements for concealed carry under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.  Those wishing to carry a concealed firearm will not be allowed to carry them into prohibited areas under the statute, and property owners wishing to prohibit firearms on their property will have to display a state police-approved sign at the entrance of the property.  A template of the approved sign can be downloaded on the Illinois State Police website.  Concealed carry permit applications are expected to be available on the website by January 5th.

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