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Headlines for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mt. Carmel High School junior Tyra Buss has been named Miss Basketball for Illinois in a statewide vote by media and IHSA member schools.  Buss set an Illinois season scoring record with 1,285 points this year for a career best scoring average of 38.9 points.

Farmers are filing a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of widespread drought. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation puts the total losses so far at $15.91 billion, with some claims still pending. That’s a 47% increase over 2011.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has announced $486 million in road and bridge projects that will be started this spring.  Locally, $897,000 will be spent to resurface County Highway 4 to Ill. Rt. 130 in Edwards County.

The Fairfield City Council meets tonight in regular session.  Aldermen will be asked to approve another payment to the contractor building the new water treatment plant east of town. The latest payment – number 17 – amounts to $28,258.

The public is invited to attend a “Meet the Candidates” forum tonight.  Candidates for mayor and city council have been invited to attend the event, which starts at 7 tonight in the Workforce Development Center at Frontier Community College. The event will also be broadcast live on WFIW FM 104.9.

The Centralia Mighty Orphans hold a commanding lead in the USA Today High School Sports most unusual mascot contest. As of Monday afternoon, the Orphans had received more than 11 million votes.  The Mighty Orphans hold a more than 2-1 lead over their nearest competitor, the Price, Utah Dinos.  If the Orphans win the contest, their athletic department will receive a $2,000 prize.

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