Headlines Saturday January 23, 2015

The Fairfield city council meets Tuesday night, making a decision on buying extended warranties on recently purchased vehicles from Lemond Chrysler center, and awarding a bid for repair of electrical boxes. Jerry Quindry will also give an update on the cities mitigation project, and the Chamber of Commerce will request help in covering expenses for the Christmas celebration.

Illinois agriculture officials are monitoring Edwards, White Wabash and Lawrence counties after an outbreak of bird flu in Indiana. More than 400,000 turkeys and chickens have been destroyed as a result of the highly contagious disease on Indiana farms. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has also reinforced the need for biosecurity measures with more than 3,700 producers’ state wide.

Peoples National Bank is accepting applications for their educational scholarship that assist high school graduates in continuing their education at a University, college, trade or vocational school. Each recipient will receive $500 which will be awarded to students exhibiting positive leadership and character in academic, community and extra-curricular activities. High school seniors who would like to apply should contact their high school guidance office or stop by their local Peoples National Bank and pick up an application. Application deadline is March 1st.

Illinois’ economy is still struggling. That became clearer Friday as the Department of Employment Security released figures showing the state lost 3,000 jobs in 2015. The agency’s numbers crunchers say this is the first time since 2009 that Illinois has been left with fewer jobs at the end of the year than when it began. The Great Recession ended in June 2009. Illinois still hasn’t recovered from it, though. IDES doesn’t expect that to happen until at least September of 2017. But even that time frame is optimistic, according to an expert on the state’s economy.

Olney Central College will host a winter softball camp on Sunday February 14th from 1 – 4 pm in the OCC gym. Blue Knight players will be conducting the camp for girls ages 6 to 12. The camp will focus on hitting, and fielding from all positions. Participants should bring gloves, bats, and wear athletic clothing and tennis shoes. The cost of the camp is $30 to pre-register call Nick Short at 395-7777 extension 2223 or email shortn@iecc.edu.