Headlines for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Johnny Tipton (left) and Hardin County Sheriff JT Fricker. Photo courtesy: Hardin County Sheriff’s Department

JOHNNY TIPTON RECAPTURED: The third—and final—escapee from the White County jail has been recaptured without incident. 61-year-old Johnny Tipton of Compton, Kentucky, was apprehended late last night hiding in a camper in Hardin County, near Cave-in-Rock. His capture came only one day after the second prisoner, Zachary Shock, was re-apprehended in Gallatin County.

Ticks are becoming a real problem, according to University of Illinois Entomologist Brian Allen. Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise, prompting Allen to recommend the use of repellent if you are planning a walk in the woods, or even in a grassy area. The best way to remove an attached tick according to Allen is with tweezers, putting them close to your skin, and slowly pulling straight upwards.

A Hamilton County crash Friday has left a trucker injured. 56-year-old Christopher Littlejohn of Belleville, was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 242 in a tractor/semi-trailer combination when he left the west edge of the roadway near Blairsville Road. The truck overturned. Littlejohn was hospitalized.

Frontier Community College is patching together a quilting class. The 8-week class will begin the week of August 20th at Bob Boyles Hall. Gayla Templeton will be the instructor. Tuition is waived for senior citizens, 60 or over, with them paying only the $32 in course fees. Contact the college at 842-3711 for any information.

And the Wayne County Fair continues its run today with 4-H animal weigh-ins all day, and the Fairfield Ministerial Alliance Gospel Concert slated for tonight at the grandstand with the Dixie Melody Boys and Jonny Diaz. There will be free grandstand admission and free rides today at the Fair. Tomorrow night, the FNB Harness Racing is on the schedule.