26-year-old Ciara N. DeRyke, the mother of seven-year-old Willow Long of Watson, IL, has been arrested on a drug-related charge.  Court records show Ciara N. DeRyke was involved in a traffic accident in Shelby County on October 14th, and police investigating the crash recovered a suspected “one-hitter” box, commonly used to hold marijuana.  Ciara N. DeRyke is the sister of 22-year-old Justin D. DeRyke of Watson, IL, charged with the stabbing death of Willow Long on September 9th.  Court records indicate Ciara N. DeRyke is scheduled for a first appearance in Shelby County Circuit Court in Shelbyville, IL on November 13th.  Justin DeRyke remains in the Effingham County Jail under $5 million bond, with a December 12th trial date set for the slaying of his niece.

The three cookouts scheduled last weekend in Fairfield in honor of “Mr. Porkburger”, Darrell Meritt, raised around $3000 in total profit.  The money will be equally divided between Meritt’s three favorite charities, the Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund, the Festival of Lights Program, and the Secret Santa Program.  Darrell Merritt officially retired from staging benefit cookouts this past Saturday.  Records show he cooked up over 260,000 porkburgers over the years with the help of volunteers to help numerous individuals and charitable causes in the community.  One more benefit is set for this Saturday evening from 5 to 7 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.

26-year-old John D. Atteberry of Fairfield has been jailed on a felony charge of home invasion in connection with a case dating back to Tuesday, October 22nd.  Atteberry is accused of showing up drunk at the home of Anthony and Jason Lee Dunning at 901 George Street and breaking out a window on the front door to gain entry, walking in and getting Anthony Dunning in a wrestle hold.  Dunning’s brother, Jason Lee Dunning, came to his brother’s rescue by hitting Atteberry in the head with a skillet, according to police.  Atteberry was picked up by a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy last Friday, questioned and booked into the county jail on the home invasion charge.

35-year-old Angela Seavers of Ridgway, IL has entered a guilty plea in federal court to charges she conspired with others to make methamphetamine between February of last year and March of this year in Gallatin County.  Seavers is being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending a February 7th sentencing, and faces up to 20 years in prison.

A member of Congressman John Shimkus’ staff will be in Grayville Thursday afternoon to meet with constituents.  A member of Shimkus’ staff will be at the Grayville City Hall at 122 South Court Street from 1:30 til 3 p.m.  Shimkus said the staff member will be able to handle any issue constituents may have regarding his office or the federal government.

Service Award Luncheon 2013Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently hosted a luncheon to honor staff for their many years of service.  Service awards were given to those who have served as Fairfield Memorial Hospital Association employees for five, ten, 15, 20 and 30 years service.  A total of 30 employees were recognized.  CEO Katherine Bunting said the 30 employees have a cumulative total of 295 years service in the facility.  Pictured are front row, left to right: Kathy Cropper, Betty Masterson, Mary Knight, Susan McKnight, Katherine Bunting, Kayla Hough, Julie Aman and Amy Frymire.  Back row, left to right: Staci Atteberry, April Best, Diane Essary, Blair Heisner, Kristin Boldt, Elizabeth Molt, Regina Grubb, Carla Dunhahy and Walt Eubanks.

Illinois residents who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see a reduction in benefits due to the ending of the temporary increase put in place by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  On November 1st, most families will see their benefits decrease due to the end of the extra benefits provided, and can get the amount of their benefits by calling the number on the back of their Illinois Link Card or the Illinois Department of Human Services automated helpline at (800) 843-6154.

An Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group meeting has been set for Thursday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.  The meeting will focus on “Preparing for the Holidays”.  Cindy Bradham, Alzheimer’s Association Community Representative will be the facilitator.  The meeting is free and the public is welcome.  To register, contact John or Darlene Hosselton at 673-2131.

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