Headlines for Sunday, August 2, 2015

A 47-year-old Salem man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for defrauding an elderly veteran of $39,000.  Paul Gierten, who worked as an investment advisor in Centralia, convinced the victim to invest in a business that assisted military veterans, but instead used the money for his own personal expenses and business expenses.  The investigation was conducted by the Securities Department of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott A. Verseman.

A pre-trial hearing for two women accused of stealing from a local non-profit organization has been rescheduled.  Barbara Wingo and her daughter Terrie Wingo-Eichorn were indicted in late March of stealing from the Anna Bixby Women’s Center in Harrisburg.  Barbara Wingo was the executive director for the shelter for about 30 years and Eichorn served as the center’s assistant director.  Both women are due back in court Friday, October 9th.

The Young Leader Committee of the White County Farm Bureau will host the 2015 Youth Pedal Pull at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday, August 8th in the Floral Hall at the White County Fair in Carmi.  All area youth are invited to participate.  There is a maximum age limit of 12 years old with 3 weight classes for boys and girls.  Registration can be made in the Floral Hall beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event.  For more information call the White County Farm Bureau Office at 618-382-8512.

A long-awaited solar farm in now under construction at the University of Illinois.  The 21-acre farm will be built on open land on the far south side of the Urbana-Champaign campus and will eventually provide 2 percent of the campus’s power.  The facility is expected to be generating power before Christmas.