Wayne County Resident Judge Joe Harrison is retiring November 30. The announcement was made this afternoon through the office of Chief Judge Stephen Sawyer.  Harrison was first elected judge in 1996, defeating Alice Jordan.

The 2013 Wayne County Corn and Soybean Tour was completed this morning – the results are in stark contrast to last year’s results that were severely impacted by the drought.  This year’s forecast corn yield has been pegged at 160 bushels per acre. That compares to last year’s drought impacted yield of 39.7 bushels per acre.  The forecast soybean yield for Wayne County this year stands at 38.6 bushels per acre.  That compares to last year’s actual yield of 27.1 bushels per acre. The highest yield in Wayne County this year came in the southwest corner of the county were some fields are projected to yield as much as 210 bushels per acre.  The lowest was some hill ground that failed to get needed rain and came in at 81 bushels per acre.

BODY RECOVERED - The body of 18-year-old Emilie Jo Turrentine of Carmi has been recovered  from Rend Lake.  Friends say the teen jumped off the back of a boat shortly after 11 a.m. Monday and never surfaced. The accident scene is an area of Rend Lake north of Ill. Rt. 154 in Franklin County. Turrentine was a senior at the Carmi White County High School. No alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

CAPTURED - The search for a Robinson State Prison escapee is over. 30-year-old Jared Carter walked away from a work detail outside prison walls late Friday morning. He was captured late this afternoon in the community of Palestine.  Carter had been serving a ten year sentence for residential burglary out of Bond County when he escaped.

A new head librarian has been hired for Grayville’s Groff Memorial Library and Museum. Stephen L. Cochran of Mount Vernon, Indiana begins his duties this month.

Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in the loss of steering. The cars include 2005 – 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 of the cars are in the US and 15,000 in Canada.

Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Buttons are now on sale. The buttons sell for $2 and are worth a chance to win $25 and $100 during Fun Fest drawings.  The buttons are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce Office and many Fairfield retail outlets. The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opens on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 14.

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