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Headlines for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Wayne-White Electric board of directors recently approved a new budget and work plan that includes no rate increases this year for residential customers.  The only rate increases in 2014 will be for irrigation accounts and four other select accounts from the second year of a rate phase-in plan adopted in 2013.  Officials say that 99% of Wayne-White consumers will see no rate increase this year.

porter mugSuspected bad check artist, 59-year-old Charles E. Porter has been arrested after being on the run for nearly ten years.  In Wayne County, Porter was charged in 2004 with using an alias and a bogus check to buy more than $10,000 worth of cattle from Cattlemen’s Livestock at Wayne County.  Porter was arrested recently in Barren County, Kentucky where he was wanted for escape and for being a persistent felony offender.

A Saline County suspect who broke free from court security officers last month and ran from the courthouse has been captured.  24-year-old Michael W. Boyd of Harrisburg was taken into custody Monday night in Harrisburg.  He had been on the run since February 24.

FCC Bowl

The Frontier Community College academic team competed in the NAQT Community College national tournament held over the weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.  The competition was held at the downtown Atlanta Hilton.  Only 24 teams from a possible 65 eligible teams were invited to participate in the tournament.  Eligible teams must have competed in an NAQT sectional tournament.  All first place sectional teams received a bid to the tournament, and second place sectional teams were compared to all others in the nation and the highest rated teams rounded out the field of 24.  Frontier had qualified at the NAQT sectional held on the campus of Lincoln Land College in Springfield in January. The tournament format was a round robin, with 20 minute games or 24 questions, whichever came first.  Fairfield played eleven rounds, and finished with a 5-6 record.  The teams that Fairfield defeated included:  Chipola B of Marianna, Florida; Valencia B of Orlando, Florida; Snead State of Boaz, Alabama; Bevill-Fayette of Fayette, Alabama; and Faulkner State of Bay Minette, Alabama.  The overall winner of the national NAQT community college tournament was Valencia A of Orlando, Florida.

The 68th annual Illinois Oil and Gas Association convention and trade show opens this Thursday at the Old National Events Plaza in Evansville.  The Wildcatter of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be named during the two-day event.

The Fairfield Police Association will host its 13th annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on March 22 for Junior High boys and girls and March 29th for the Men’s Open.  Entry forms are available at the Fairfield City Police Department.   The entry fee is $50 per team of three or four players.

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