Headlines for Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – VETERANS DAY

Command Sergeant Major (retired) Larry E. Reever will be the keynote speaker at today’s Veterans Day observance at Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield. The event will begin at 11 a.m. The public is urged to attend.

The Fairfield City Council Tuesday night approved an ordinance that eliminates the grave opening fee for veterans. Veterans do not pay for grave plots if they choose to be buried in the Veterans Section of Maple Hill Cemetery, but still have to pay a grave opening fee. That fee has now been waived for the entire cemetery for veterans.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services report they have opened their own investigation into the case of a 7 ½ week-old infant who was battered last month by her father, 28-year-old Shannon L. Cone. DCFS officials say both Cone and the infant’s mother are being investigated. The child has been removed from the home and is now in protective custody. Cone entered a negotiated guilty plea to a charge of reckless conduct in the case and was put on 18 months of probation.

Edwards County Commissioners voted Tuesday to appoint Margaret Branum as Circuit Clerk pro-tem after the retirement of longtime clerk Patsy Taylor. She will serve until a permanent clerk is chosen during the November, 2016 General Election. Branum currently works in the circuit clerk’s office. Also seeking the office is Tracy Beauligman, longtime employee in the office of Edwards County State’s Attorney Michael Valentine.

The Fairfield City Council voted Tuesday night to buy a DuraPatch machine which will be used to make repairs to city streets. The price tag is $50,206.
Fairfield Street Department workers are surveying the city in search of street signs that are faded and in need of replacement. Residents are also asked to call city hall if they spot a sign in need of replacement.

Christmas bonuses for Fairfield city employees have been approved. Workers will receive $100 plus $5 for each year of service to the city.