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Headlines for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he supports a two year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing over legislation calling for regulations of the practice. The Chicago lawmaker spoke to reporters in Springfield this morning, a day after a number of environmental groups rallied at the state Capitol. Gov. Pat Quinn has praised the legislation as a jobs bill.  So far, oil companies have spent more than $150 million leasing land in 12 southern Illinois counties for the development of the New Albany Shale formation.

The Fairfield City Council voted Tuesday night to transfer the city’s cable television contract with New Wave Communications.  New Wave is now under new ownership.  The new owners say customers will see no changes in service and confirmed the New Wave office in Fairfield will remain open.

A crowd of about 40 attended a tree dedication ceremony Tuesday on the campus of Frontier Community College in honor of the late Katherine Young.  Katherine was instrumental in the success of Frontier Community College, having served as a member of the Frontier Foundation for many years, an adjunct instructor and volunteer tutor with the Adult Literacy Program.  Joni and John Ragle, Katherine’s daughter and son-in-law of Georgetown, TX attended the ceremony and spoke of her mother’s commitment to education. Pictured is Joni Ragle planting a tree in memory of her mother on the Campus of Frontier Community College.


The Fairfield City Council tabled a plan to resurface Dorris Drive at a cost of $140,315 after aldermen questioned a $5,000 line item expense in the contract for “traffic control.”  The contract will be reconsidered at the next council meeting.

The Fairfield City Police Department has been honored for being the first department in Southern Illinois to complete the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Crisis Training Program.  The program was created to provide police the specific steps they need to take in the event of an emergency – such as a tornado.  The certificate of completion was presented to Chief Brad Winter during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. ILEAS representative Chris Tanner made the presentation. Pictured is Chief Brad Winter (left) and ILEAS representative Chris Tanner


Haden Smith of Wayne City has been elected as the student member of the Rend Lake College Board of Education.  He is a sophomore majoring in agricultural production and management.  Smith will be seated at the board’s April meeting.

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