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Headlines for Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A public hearing will be held during tonight Fairfield City Council meeting regarding the swap of 20 acres of land the city owns with the Fairfield Industrial Trust property. The land swap is being carried out to enhance the chances of recruiting a new business to town.  The business has not been publicly identified as negotiations with the firm are still underway.

Companies that want to perform high-volume, high-pressure hydraulic fracturing of oil wells in Illinois may begin registering with the state.  It will still be months before companies may apply for a permit to use the technology under new rules approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Tens of thousands of acres of Southern Illinois farmland has been leased for the development of oil reserves utilizing horizontal drilling and fracking technology.

Gasoline prices have fallen sharply over the past few weeks. In Fairfield, self-serve regular has dropped to $3.13 a gallon at the discount stations.  A smooth conversion to winter blend gasoline and the absence of hurricanes disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico led to the lower prices.

The Wayne City volleyball game vs North Clay tonight will be in honor of Christian Marvel.  A Wayne City High School Senior, Christian died Sunday evening from an accidental gunshot wound.  Admission will be by donation with all the proceeds to go towards family expense.

The Wayne County Golf Course will host its annual Beef Stew scramble on Saturday, Oct.; 18. Entry fee is $30 per person for members – $40 for guests and non-members.  A signup sheet is located outside the pro shop at the golf course.

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