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Headlines for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RicoDodie Dickey, president of the Fairfield, Ill. based Animals Requesting Friends, (ARF) has been named winner of the St. Louis based Animal Rescue Foundation’s pet look-alike contest. The St. Louis based ARF was founded by retired St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa. Dodie and her dog Rico were pictured together at Bush Stadium during a Cardinal’s game last summer. The photo was chosen as the winning entry of the event which is sponsored by several St. Louis area corporations, including Purina. Rico is a mixed breed dog that Dodie rescued from the Wayne County Humane Society’s dog pound.   Dodie’s prize package includes two tickets to this Saturday evening’s Wine and Whiskers gala in the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium, in which attendees will gather to celebrate LaRussa’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The event is also being staged as a fundraiser for LaRussa’s ARF organization.

City officials are scrambling to develop a plan to come up with $700,000 to pay the city’s share of the cost of building a new water treatment plant.  The plant is expected to come on line within the next month or two.  Aldermen who were on the council when the project was approved suggested an increase in water rates was proposed, but never enacted.  No action has been taken on the issue.

The Fairfield City Police Department has 13 firearms for sale. Ten Beretta pistols and three shotguns will be sold by sealed bid.  The minimum price for the pistols is $250. The minimum price for the shotguns is $125.  The guns will be put on display at Wayne-White Propane and Sporting Goods and Barnard’s Bait Shop starting Jan. 22.

No action was taken Tuesday night on a request by the Fairfield American Legion to be open and sell alcohol on Sunday.  Three aldermen volunteered to serve on a committee to make a recommendation on the issue. The aldermen are Jim Griffith, David Fletcher and David Simpson.  If the request is approved, it would affect all clubs in Fairfield as well as restaurants that hold a liquor license. Package stores would be exempt.

Landon Brooks, the 5th grade son of Tara and Kenneth Thomason has won the Center Street spelling Bee.  The runner up was 8th grader, Tyler Hooper, son of Richard and Amy Hooper.

The National Weather Service Office in Paducah will be offering a Skywarn Spotter Training class in Fairfield on Thursday, Feb. 13. The weather spotter class will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fairfield City Police Station.  The class lasts 2 hours, is free and open to the public.

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