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Headlines for Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Albion firefighters made two runs Monday night and early this morning.  The first fire was a backhoe on fire south of Albion around 8:30. Then, around midnight, firemen were called to the Mexican Restaurant in Albion.   Witnesses said it appeared that the burners on the stoves, and ovens had been turned up on high, causing a number of items in the kitchen area to melt.  Apparently, there was no resulting fire.  Area police have been called to investigate the case.  No damage estimate was available.

40-year-old Chester R. Totten of Fairfield received major injuries Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding ran into the side of a pickup truck on the west side of Fairfield.  State Police say the truck, driven by 46-year-old Robbie L. Bullard, pulled out of Petroleum Blvd. onto Rt. 15 into the path of Totten’s motorcycle.  Totten was taken first to Fairfield Memorial Hospital and was later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.  Bullard was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way and for not wearing a seat belt. The crash happened a little before 4:30 Monday afternoon.

Lichtenberger award - paintFairfield native Brian Lichtenberger has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eastern Illinois University College of Education and Professional Studies.  Lichtenberger currently serves as director of operations for Township High School District 214 at Wheeling, IL. He has been at Wheeling for 33 years. Lichtenberger also serves as Vice President of the Wheeling Park District.  He is the son of Bob and Wilma Lichtenberger of Fairfield.


The Wayne County jail recently underwent an inspection by the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Inspectors found no deficiencies in the jail, adding that staff members “continue positive efforts to ensure a safe and secure facility.”

Wabash Telephone will host their 61st annual meeting this Thursday at the Louisville High School.  Registration starts at 6 with the business meeting at 7 p.m.  Entertainment this year will be provided by the Lieb Family.

Frontier Community College has launched a search for a school mascot.  Over the next few weeks, the FCC Student Senate will be collecting potential mascot suggestions from the general public.  Mascot suggestions may be e-mailed to

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