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Headlines for Wednesday, May 22, 2013

HodgesDuring the Illinois Elks Association annual meeting on May 18th, Jamey Hodges South Central District Vice-President accepted the honor and award on behalf the South Central District for “District of the Year”.  The South Central District of the Elks is comprised on 10 Lodges.  There are 8 Districts within the Illinois Elks Association. Pictured left to right are 2012-2013 Illinois Elks Assocation State President Larry Smith, South Central District Vice-President Jamey Hodges and Past Grand Exalted Ruler & State Sponsor, F. Louis Sulsberger.



ChristyFairfield Elks Lodge #1631 is proud to announce its member; Kristi Hornung, as the recipient of the Elks Children’s Care Corporation “Volunteer of the year” award for 2012-2013 year. Kristi was responsible for raising funds for the Elks State Major Project.   This was accomplished by her being the force of auction events held at the Fairfield Lodge. Kristi provided the idea, personally contacted businesses and individuals to secure items that were donated for the auction, contacted members to help with the auction and coordinated the entire day. Kristi has been responsible for the majority of the donations from the Fairfield Elks to the IECCC in the past five years, as she has been the leader of the IECCC benefit auction every year that it has been conducted. Illinois Elks Children’s Care Program has steadfastly dedicated itself to helping children and parents cope with medical problems.  They strive to provide those services, treatments, and equipment needed to ease a child’s daily burden in coping with a physical problem.   Many cases are very complex, and require custom designed braces, wheelchairs and treatment programs.  Others may simply be the provision of corrective shoes or physical/occupational therapy services for three to six months.

An Illinois House Committee has approved a measure that would regulate the use of high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. The House Executive Committee voted 11-0 Tuesday to move the bill to the full House for a vote.  Producers have already spent millions across Southern Illinois leasing up land to explore the New Albany Shale Formation for the development of oil and gas utilizing horizontal drilling and fracking technology.

A status hearing has been set for this afternoon in the first-degree murder case of 37-year-old Danny K. Coston of rural Carmi.  Coston is awaiting trial on charges he murdered 17-year-old Jessi Evans of Norris City and 22-year-old Jacob Wheeler of Centerville last August.

Funeral services have been set for former White County Coroner Carl McVey. McVey, 80 died Tuesday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville after suffering a heart attack. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at RIG Ministries Church in Carmi. McVey had served as White County Coroner for over 32 years.

Fairfield City Police conducted a routine tobacco compliance check on Tuesday. Of the 13 retail establishments that sell tobacco products, two were caught selling tobacco products to a minor.  A clerk at Midway Package Liquors and another at Gas for Less were cited for selling cigarettes to a minor.

Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Memorial Day service at Maple Hill Cemetery.  The service has been set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans section of Maple Hill.  Elmer McDuffee will be the master of ceremonies.

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