House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will allow a vote on a pending bill that would regulate the practice of high volume, high pressure fracking in Illinois. Supporters of the bill say it will open the door for thousands of jobs – especially in Southern Illinois. Strata-X, a Denver, Colorado based company has already announced plans to develop 50,000 acres of land in the region for the development of oil and gas production from a dolomite formation located just below the New Albany Shale formation. One of their first wells could be drilled as early as next month near Johnsonville.
It could be back to square one for the construction of a new Albion fire station. A lawyer hired to review Albion’s contract with Greenwalt Construction Company of Wayne City has determined the agreement is invalid – and thereby void. Construction of the fire station has been halted until the matter is resolved.
A 17-year-old Fairfield boy was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. The boy is accused of trying to steal a riding lawn mower from a yard in the 800 block of S. First Street. Police nabbed him in the 600 block of E. King Street and found he was in possession of s suspected pot pipe.
Chad Mayes has been named president of the North Wayne School Board. During the board’s monthly meeting, Robert Traiteur, Jr., Paul Hill, Lee Milligan and Matthew Moore were seated as new board members.
Animals Requesting Friends are teaming up with Darrell Meritt this Saturday for ARF’s annual Pies for Ma’s and Paws Cookout. The fundraising event will be from 9 – 1 on the Ellen Moore United Methodist Church Parking Lot.