Headlines for Sunday, August 30, 2015

Two prominent Flora, Ill. residents died Sunday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in Pike County, Missouri, near Hannibal. Officials with the Missouri Highway Patrol have identified the dead as Karen J. Halsey, 54 and Bruce E. Pittman, 62 of Flora. Halsey was the Flora City Clerk. Pittman was an engineer at North American Lighting in Flora. Police report Pittman was driving on Rt. W, north of Pike County Road 230 when his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle ran off the west side of the roadway and down an embankment before striking a tree, ejecting them both. Halsey was pronounced dead at the scene. Pittman was pronounced dead shortly after 1:30 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. The accident was reported to authorities at 11:55 a.m

“Hats Off To The Working Class” is the theme of this year’s Grayville Days Celebration which will run from Thursday, Sept. 3rd through Sunday, Sept. 6th.  The entertainment lineup this year will include the band Pink Cadillac and Matthew Alan Sneed and Osiella Friday evening; Back Paiges and Bueller on Saturday night; and Wesley Gray Ministries, The Ryan Daniel Band and The Duke Boys on Sunday night.

The 7th Annual Wayne County Tractor Drive will be held this Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th.  The planned route for the drive is 31 miles beginning and ending at the Wabash Valley Service Company Plant in Cisne.  Registration is $30.00.  Contact the Wayne County Farm Bureau for more information.

Peoples National Bank will officially open its new building at 1001 West Delaware in Fairfield this Monday.  An official ribbon cutting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 4th with a free lunch immediately following.  The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and lunch and tour the new building.

Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that aims to keep prescription painkillers out of the wrong hands.  Beginning in 2016, participating pharmacies will place numerical locking devices on bottles of painkillers that contain hydrocodone such as Vicodin and Norco.  The devices are similar to those used on gym lockers.

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