Headlines for Monday, August 24, 2015




The annual Wayne County Corn Growers crop tour was conducted today. Greg Barnard, Corn Growers President said the average forecast yield for corn this year came in at 153 bushels per acre. Soybean averages came in at 42.1 bushels per acre.This year’s forecast yield is a little lower than last year which came in at 167 bushels per acre for corn in 2014 and 44 bushels for beans.The highest yield in the county came in at 172.8 bushels an acre with the highest yield at 51 bushels per acre.

Sentencing is set this week for former Wayne-White Chief Financial Officer Bruce L. Johnson. Federal prosecutors filed a sentencing memorandum last week asking the judge to sentence Johnson to between 27 – 33 months in federal prison. In pleading guilty, Johnson has admitted to embezzling $382,748 from the Co-Op and another $44,897 from the First Christian Church in Wayne City.

Fairfield native and former Champaign City police officer Jared Gale is scheduled to appear in Piatt County Circuit Court today. Gale’s attorney has filed a motion seeking to dismiss a petition to have him declared a sexually dangerous person. In Piatt County, Gale faces a charge of criminal sexual assault with force.

Fairfield City Police are warning businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit $20 bills. At least one bank and a number of local businesses apparently received the bogus money over the weekend.

A Harrisburg couple received serious injuries Saturday night when the motorcycle they were on collided head-on with a car in rural Saline County. Ronald A. Brachear, 61 and Gwen Jones, 54 of Harrisburg were critically injured when their Harley motorcycle collided with a car driven by Timothy Warren of Vienna. Warren was not injured.

16-year-old Benton High School student Lacy K. Hood died Friday night when her ran off the Akin Blacktop and hit a utility pole. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Frontier Community College will hold their first ever volleyball game this Thursday in the FCHS gymnasium. The Frontier Bobcats will take on the Southwestern Illinois Community College Blue Storm from Belleville at 6:30 p.m.