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Headlines for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fairfield City Attorney Michael Molt has defeated incumbent Circuit Judge Kevin Kakac in the Republican Primary.  Molt defeated Kakac by 115 votes.  David Harrison finished third, John Robison fourth with David Williams last. County Clerk Glenda Young says voter turnout amounted to 31%.

In Hamilton County, the field has been set for the November General Election for Sheriff.  Robert Crow defeated Kenny Shreve to advance on the Democratic side. Robert Miller defeated his challenger Mike Stover to meet Crow in November. Incumbent Sheriff Greg Brenner is not seeking re-election.

By a slim margin, voters in Hamilton County approved a one percent sales tax for the construction and repair of school buildings.  The measure passed by a vote of 1,333 to 1,188.  The tax will not apply to groceries or farm equipment and will bring in as much as $300,000 a year.

In Wabash County, incumbent Sheriff Joe Keeling was defeated Tuesday in the Republican Primary by one of his deputies, J. Derek Morgan.  Morgan moves in the November Election where he will face Democrat sheriff’s deputy D. Ray Etzkorn.

Edwards County State’s Attorney Mike Valentine reports two defendants being sentenced to prison Tuesday.  Robert W. Pritchard, 18 of Albion has been sentenced to 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to residential burglary.  Dana L. Perry, 43 of Edwards County drew a 4 year sentence for burglary.

U.S. Rt. 45 two miles north of Norris City will be closed to all traffic starting this Friday.  Illinois Department of Transportation officials say the road will likely remain closed through the weekend, re-opening on Monday.

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