thomas davidsonSandra Burkhardt26-year-old Thomas M. Davidson of Poseyville, IN (left) has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 16 shooting death of Sandra K. Burkhardt, 58 of Poseyville.  Burkhardt  (right) was shot to death in a corn field west of Crossville, Ill.  In White County Circuit Court this morning,  Davidson entered a guilty plea to a single count of first degree murder and drew a 60 year sentence.  All other charges were dropped.  Davidson will not be eligible for day for day credit for good behavior. Davidson was represented by Public Defender Brian Shinkle of Albion.  White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud was the prosecutor.

A McLeansboro oilfield worker died Tuesday morning when he was pulled into an operating pumping unit and crushed. Alexis B. Anderson, 62 of McLeansboro, Ill. was pronounced dead at 10:14 a.m.  Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald says Anderson was a self-employed oilfield pumper and was servicing an oil well when he was killed. The scene of the accident was a very rural area of Hamilton County, south of McLeansboro.

A Richland County man has been sentenced to 28 years in federal prison after being convicted of five charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.  47-year-old Marty Cody Stacy of Calhoun must also serve another 8 years of parole once he is released from prison.

The family of a Wilmington, IL man who died last year while turkey hunting in the Shawnee National Forest has donated the funds needed to buy needed search and rescue equipment for the Saline County Sheriff’s Department.  Items purchased include portable radios, landing zone kits, tracking devices and a cell phone extender.

Seven students from the Edwards County FFA recently attended the 86th annual National Convention in Louisville, KY.  Four members competed in the Environmental and Natural Resource Career Development Event, placing 27th nationally.  The team included Ethan Balding, Kevin Schuh, Andrea Marks and Tristan Hutchcraft. Also attending were Shelbey Walker, Sarah Carter and Jacob Balding.

This year’s Rotary Club – Wayne County Farm Bureau Travelogue Season opens Thursday night at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield.  Thursday night’s show will be the “Lure of Alaska”.  Tickets are still available at the Wayne County Farm Bureau office or local Rotarians.

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