Headlines for Tuesday, August 25, 2015


The annual Wayne County Corn Growers crop tour was conducted Monday. 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 corn yield in the county came in at 172.8 bushels an acre with the highest soybean yield at 51 bushels per acre.

earleneEarlene Henry has been inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame representing Clay County. She is the mother of Beth Wilson of Fairfield. Earlene started the 4-H club “The Thomas Toilers” in Clay County and has been the leader of the club for 63 years. Earlene received the honor during recent ceremonies at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


Wayne County Highway 10 between 525 North and 600 North will be closed to traffic each day this week from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for brush and tree removal.

33-year-old Melinda J. Clifford of New Haven has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty in White County to violating an order of protection. In addition to prison time, she will have to serve another four years of parole once she gets out of jail.

From now through Labor Day, Illinois State Police will be joining more than 250 local police departments and county sheriff’s departments stepping up enforcement of the state’s drunk and drugged driving laws. Roadside safety checks and additional DUI patrols will be conducted throughout the state.

The Fairfield City Council meets tonight. Aldermen are expected to approve the establishment of one-way streets in the area of Fairfield Community High School to improve traffic flow and safety.