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Headlines for Thursday, March 20, 2014

farmer check II

Local farmer Lyndsey Edmison has directed a $2,500 donation to the North Wayne Community Unit School District #200. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the schools purchase technology, including iPads, Chromebooks, printers, and laptops. The donation will also help purchase classroom supplies and fund field trips for students. Pictured above left to right – Lindsey Edmison, Dustin Curtsinger, Joyce Carson, Janice Brashear, Donna Williams

22-Deryke mugshotyear-old Justin D. DeRyke of Watson, Ill. has been sentenced to natural life in prison for the Sept. 8, 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece Willow Long.  Earlier this week, DeRyke changed his plea to guilty during a pre-trial hearing in Effingham County Circuit Court and was sentenced. DeRyke has been held in the Effingham County jail under $5 million bond since his arrest on Sept. 9. DeRyke had originally maintained that he stabbed his niece “to put her out of her misery” after she fell onto a brush pile, causing a stick to pierce her neck. No evidence was found to support DeRyke’s account of the death.

49-year-old Jon A. Boles of Fairfield was arrested on warrant Wednesday evening for failure to register as a sex offender and for moving into a house within a school zone.  Boles has been lodged in the Wayne County jail under $2,500 cash bond.

Residents of Albion, Cisne, Norris City, Bridgeport and several other Southern Illinois communities will soon see lower electricity rates. The communities approved a power aggregation referendum during Tuesday’s election. The measure will allow the communities to be shopped in bulk to four of the country’s largest electricity suppliers for a better power rate.

Ed Patton has been hired as a full-time temporary lineman instructor at Frontier Community College.  Patton was hired to teach Frontier’s Electrical Distribution Program following the unexpected death of instructor Steve Rafferty of Mt. Carmel.

Wayne County Golf Course will conduct a volunteer work day this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to prepare for the official opening the new golf season on April 1.  Workers should bring gloves, rakes and shovels for picking up tree branches and sticks.

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