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Headlines for Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Fairfield City Council has approved a balanced budget for the current fiscal year. Appropriations and projected revenues amount to $22.7 million. The ordinance takes the city through the end of April, 2014.

With four “no” votes and one alderman abstaining, an ordinance drafted to hire the Wayne County Health Department to handle health, safety and nuisance complaints in the city was defeated. Aldermen Morlan,  Robinson, Simpson and Matthews voted no on the issue. Alderman Griffith abstained. Fairfield City Police will continue to investigate such calls.

The Fairfield City Council has passed an ordinance to license charitable raffles in the city.  The license is free and good for one year, and complies with a new state law that allows municipalities to regulate raffles. Under the ordinance, a raffle prize cannot exceed $25,000 in value. Ticket prices cannot exceed $100 and maximum number of days during which raffle tickets can be sold shall not exceed 180 days.

AHEC Summer Camp 2013

South East Illinois Area Health Education Center (SEI-AHEC) in collaboration with SEIgrow, Fairfield Memorial Hospital and Frontier Community College recently held a one day rural health careers camp. The camp was based at Frontier Community College with additional activities located at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. The students were incoming freshmen and sophomore students from Wayne, Clay, Edwards, and Hamilton counties who have a budding interest in the health professions participated in the event.

A three-acre tract of land on the southeast corner of the Etheridge Subdivision has been re-zoned from Industrial to Agricultural. Owners Melvin and Kristin Clark plan to raise Alpacas on the property. The property is on Rt. 45 at the south edge of Fairfield.

The Fairfield City Council voted Tuesday night to purchase a dilapidated house at 208 NW 7th Street from Joann Sons for $1,500. The house is next to a burned out house the city is in the process of removing. The two pieces of property will make a full lot and will eventually be put up for sale by the city.

28-year-old Sonny D. Southall of McLeansboro was arraigned Tuesday on a federal indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  During an arrest June 2 in White County, Southall was found to be in possession of a loaded .9 mm handgun. He had two felony convictions prior to his arrest.

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