Texting and drinking were factors in a Wednesday night crash in Hamilton County that left a Harrisburg man injured.  31-year-old Michael J. Wiseman admitted to police that he was texting while driving southbound on Rt. 142. His Ford Taurus ran off the road, hit two mailboxes and landed in a ditch. He was cited for drunk driving, illegal transportation of alcohol, texting while driving and improper lane usage. He was taken to the hospital in McLeansboro following the 11:05 p.m. crash.

The Fairfield Business and Professional Women’s Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to five area students. Recipients are Megan Jackson, Lauren Williams, Kaitlyn Bozarth, and Driahna Hopper of Fairfield and Shelby Johnson of Cisne.

Erin Smothers, Amber Scarbrough and Lea Carter have been awarded the State FFA Degree, the highest degree to be awarded by the State of Illinois to an FFA member.

Antwane Broomfield (2)27-year-old Antwane L. Broomfield of Evansville has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty in White County Circuit Court to a charge of unlawful delivery of crack cocaine.  State’s Attorney Denton Aud made a recommendation that Broomfield be allowed to serve his time in the state’s Impact Incarceration or “Boot Camp” program.

33-year-old Warren Michael Morris of West Salem has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges he conspired with others to manufacture meth. Bryan Alan Hanson, 49 of Parkersburg also drew a 15 year sentence on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of pseudoephedrine.

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