Frontier Community College will hold its 36th annual commencement ceremony this Friday at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Community High School. FCC President, Dr. Tim Taylor will preside over the ceremony. Dr. Taylor will present the Jerry R. Hefley Academic Achievement Award and the Richard L. Mason President’s Award. The student speaker for the ceremony will be Rebecca Dixon.
Officials with Marathon Oil have announced plans for a $158 million expansion of the Patoka tank farm in rural Marion County. Phase one will involve the construction of four new tanks that will increase the crude oil storage capacity of 1.25 million barrels. Construction is set to begin this summer.
Favorable weather the past week has helped Illinois corn growers catch up on spring planting after a soggy, slow start. Over 43% of Illinois’ corn crop is now in the ground. That’s 2% above the five year average. Nationwide, corn planting continues to lag with around 30% planted.
The number of mumps cases in Illinois continues to rise. Through the end of April, 82 cases had been reported in the state. The figure is triple of what was reported in all of last year and is the highest number since 2008 when 91 cases were reported.
Illinois State Police troopers issued 568 citations in District 19 during the month of April. 193 of those tickets were for speeding, 112 for seat belts and another 11 for child restraint violations. There were no fatal traffic accidents handled by State Police troopers during the month of April.