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Headlines for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Mayor Charles Griswold has declared this Saturday, Oct. 26 as Darrell Meritt Day in Fairfield.  After more than 30 years, Darrell is retiring from staging benefit cookouts in Fairfield.  Over the years, Darrell and his crew of volunteers have cooked up more than 260,000 porkburgers to raise money for charitable causes.  This Saturday, three simultaneous porkburger sales will be staged to benefit Darrell’s three favorite charities – the Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund, the Secret Santa Program and the Festival of Lights.  One cookout will be at the old Star Station lot, one will be at Wayne-White Electric with the third at the Fairfield IGA.

Fairfield City Councilmen have approved the addition of a stop sign at the intersection of N.E. Fourth and Court Street. The sign is being added in anticipation of increased traffic once a new security entrance is added to the north side of the Wayne County Courthouse.

Plans are in the works to make Atkinson Forest more accessible to the public. The City of Fairfield is working with the Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources to obtain a long-term lease for the 120 acre site.  Improvement plans include the establishment of a flood control lake and the planting of a prairie grass plot.  Once fully developed, hiking trails will be re-established and the public will have easier access to the property. The forest will still be off limits to hunters and ATV’s.

The Fairfield City Council approved payment No. 7 to Haier Plumbing Company for work they’ve done to install a raw water intake pump station at the Little Wabash River. The payment amounted to more than $718,000.

After a year and a half legal battle, Attorney Eric Dirnbeck has been sworn in as the Second Judicial Circuit’s newest judge.  Dirnbeck defeated his opponent, Kent Renshaw by 42 votes in the 2012 Democratic primary.  Renshaw challenged the results, which included a partial recount of votes in Franklin County.

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