Headlines for Sunday, August 12th

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has announced the activity and enforcement figures for July.  Troopers in District 19 made four DUI arrests, 10 criminal arrests and 33 occupant restraint citations.  Troopers also issued 218 speeding citations and 323 written warnings for speeding during July.  District 19 includes the counties of Wayne, Edwards, White, Wabash, Hamilton, Saline and Gallatin.

FCHS graduate Lori Sullivan Lofton spoke at last Thursday’s Fairfield Rotary Club.  She told the crowd she was on a mission since losing her husband and son to suicide.  She said education is the key to getting people help before they make the decision to end their own lives.  Lori is the daughter of Mike and Donna Sullivan of Fairfield.

Illinois officials have announced they will be making routine inspections of all amusement rides at the Illinois State Fair.  The Illinois Department of Labor said last week that inspectors will be reviewing 65 rides at the state fair’s Carnival Midway, Adventure Village and Happy Hollow pavilions.  The state fair runs through August 19th.

The Egyptian Health Department has reported the first positive mosquito batches for the West Nile virus in White County this year.   Two separate batches collected in Carmi tested positive for the virus on August 3rd.  Last year, 63 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, and/or human case.  Statewide, 90 human cases and eight deaths were recorded.

The Fairfield Kiwanis Club will be hosting a free swim for children and their families at a Celebrate Back to School event on Saturday, August 18th.  The free swim will be held from noon til 5 p.m. at the Fairfield Swimming Pool.  In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, August 19th.