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Headlines for Tuesday, September 17, 2013

More than half of the union workforce at Airtex Products in Fairfield will be laid off within the next several months. During a series of meetings with employees early this morning, company officials confirmed that as many as 160 union jobs will be slashed and as many as 60 company jobs will be eliminated. Officials said the layoffs will begin with the next two weeks. There are a little more than 300 union workers at Airtex.  Officials with Airtex Products – a subsidiary of UCI-Fram – said there are no plans at this time to close the local plant.

Bond has been set at $1 million for a Fairfield man accused of possessing child pornography.  59-year-old Randy C. King of Sibley Street in Fairfield was jailed last Thursday after agents of the Illinois Attorney General’s office raided his home. Formal class-X felony charges of possession of child pornography were filed Monday afternoon by State’s Attorney David Williams. If convicted, King faces up to 30 years in prison on each count.

The father of a 7-year-old Watson, IL girl who authorities say was killed by her uncle told mourners attending her funeral Monday that she was “wonderful and perfect”. Thomas Long was among those who addressed 150 mourners at Willow Long’s funeral.  Willow’s uncle, Justin DeRyke remains in the Effingham County jail charged with first-degree murder.

A fiber optic line in the Wayne City area has been cut. All land lines and some cell numbers beginning with the 895 prefix will be without service until repairs can be completed.

Forest Grove School

An exhibit of more than 60 photographs of students of Wayne County’s one-room schools will open this Sunday from 2 – 4:30 in the restored Olive Branch School in Leo French Park in Fairfield. Olive Branch is the only surviving intact building from the more than 150 one or two-room country schools that once flourished in Wayne County from the 1850’s through the 1950’s.

Classic Pizza & Pasta is installing new state of the art ovens tomorrow and will be opening at 4pm.

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