Curry Valentine (2)A St. Louis teen was arrested on I-64 in rural White County this morning on charges he was in possession of a Dodge Avenger that was allegedly stolen from an Evansville car dealership this morning. The suspect has been identified as Curry Valentine, 19 of St. Louis.   Two other vehicles were also taken. Police in Wayne and Jefferson County pursued the second vehicle – a Ford Fusion – before an arrest was made near Marion. The second suspect has not been identified at this time.

The price to pedal goods door-to-door in Fairfield just got a lot more expensive. The Fairfield City Council Tuesday night increased the solicitors, hawkers and peddlers license from $5 per day to $100 per day. Peddlers are still subject to a background check by Fairfield City Police before being issued a license.  The peddlers’ license ordinance does not apply to not-for-profit solicitors such as the Girls Scouts and school groups selling products for charity.

Local financial leaders will meet today with a Wisconsin company seeking investors to build a new motel in Fairfield.  BriMark Builders of Oshkosh, WI will meet with bankers at City Hall today to gauge the interest in financing the construction of a 40-50 room motel in Fairfield.

The Fairfield City Council has approved a new two-year contract with the union representing Fairfield City Police and Dispatchers. The agreement calls for a 3% pay increase each year for the city’s 12 sworn police officers and a 1% pay raise the first year and a 2% raise the second year for the city’s four dispatchers.

Fairfield’s new Economic Development Director Kayla Ping was introduced to the Fairfield City Council Tuesday night. Ping is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joined local and company officials Tuesday to open a new rail spur to Continental Tire in Mount Vernon. The state-funded $1.1 million project will pave the way for 100 new jobs by 2015. Current employment at Continental Tire stands at about 3,000 workers.

Grayville Days officially opens Friday evening with an ice cream social at the First Christian Church at 5 p.m.  The celebration runs through Sunday night.

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