An exhibit of over 60 photographs of students from Wayne County’s one-room schools will be on display today from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the restored Olive Branch School in Leo French Park at Fairfield. The exhibit is being presented by the Wayne County Historical Society in cooperation with the Fairfield Park Board. Olive Branch School is the only surviving intact building from the one and two-room country school era from the 1850’s to the 1950’s. The Society will host a second public session on Saturday, October 12th from 1 to 3:30 p.m. during the FCHS Homecoming weekend activities.
City police are investigating an apparent robbery at Kincaids in Fairfield Saturday afternoon. A spokesman at the city police department said officers were reviewing video surveillance and had spoke with the owners about the incident. The robbery was said to have occurred just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon. No other details were available.
49-year-old Frederick J. “Buzz” Zirklebach of Ridgeway, IL has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of over a dozen firearms. Zirklebach had previously been convicted of two felony offenses which made it illegal for him to possess any firearms or ammunition. Police executed a search warrant at Zirklebach’s home on March 9th and recovered 14 firearms, along with quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana. Along with the prison time, a federal judge ordered the guns be forfeited and that Zirklebach pay a $400 fine and serve three years of parole.
Illinois State Police at the DuQuoin post participated in a Car Seat Check at the Benton Fire Department on Saturday. A total of seven car seats were checked, and none were found to be installed correctly. The check involved several area agencies, and was part of Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday. The Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Head Start Association and the Illinois Department of Transportation sponsored 88 events statewide.
Wayne City’s Bean Days activities will be held this coming weekend, September 28th and 29th. The Bean Days Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 29th. Other activities include a Car and Truck Show and a Prop Busters Remote Control Air Show. A Wayne City High School All-Class Reunion will be held Sunday, September 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. The theme of this year’s Bean Days celebration is “Life Is Good”.