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Headlines for Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The Clemence Elizabeth Cox Scholarship has been awarded to second-level nursing students Angie Bird and Brandi Melloy at Frontier Community College.  Pictured left to right are: Jerry Cox, scholarship recipients Brandi Melloy and Angie Bird, Nursing Faculty and Dept. Head Theresa Marcotte, MSN, RN; and Dr. Jervaise McDaniel, Director of Associate Dean of Adult and Continuing Education.

Bullard - paintA Bluford, Ill. man has been jailed on multiple felony charges after he allegedly reached for a gun and rammed his ATV into a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy’s patrol car Tuesday night, knocking the deputy back into his vehicle. Gregory P. Bullard, 39 of Bluford faces preliminary charges of possession of meth with the intent to deliver, aggravated battery of a police officer, criminal damage to state supported property, resisting arrest, fleeing or eluding and unlawful operation of an ATV on a roadway. The gun Bullard was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun with a laser sight.

The Fairfield City Council has approved the purchase of 3.351 acres of land south of Fairfield. The land is owned by Danny and Judith Pappas and lies adjacent to city-owned property that is earmarked for industrial development. The land was purchased for $5,000 an acre for a total sale price of $16,750.

Robert Kamp was the successful bidder for a surplus 1991 Chevrolet Kodiak bucket truck.  The city council approved Kamp’s bid of $8,051. Three others bid on the vehicle.

David Boyd with the Municipal Water Treatment Department addressed City Council Tuesday night, giving an update on the construction of the raw water intake facility at the river east of Fairfield. Boyd says he is hopeful the work will be done and the new water treatment plant on line by the end of the year.

Fishing boat

Elastec/American Marine, a Carmi-based firm specializing in oil spill cleanup technology has acquired the exclusive distribution rights for a unique oil spill aerial surveillance system. Elastec is now the exclusive distributor for OceanEye, a device developed by Maritime Robotics of Norway. The system uses a balloon to deploy video surveillance equipment over oil spill sites. Elastec operates manufacturing facilities in Carmi, Fairfield and Cocoa, FL.

This weekend kicks off a series of fundraisers for 24 Washington D.C.-bound Wayne City High School seniors.  The Bernard and Naomi Podolsky Charitable Trust has made the senior trip to D.C. a reality for Wayne City students.  One of the events is a Wayne City Bean Days first – the Not-So-Newlywed Game this  Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Wayne City High School Gym. Admission is $2 with all proceeds going toward reducing the student costs for the D.C. trip.

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