Headlines for Sunday, November 25th

The Fairfield Mules basketball team opened their season by winning the Capital Classic Tournament in Lawrenceville Saturday.  The Mules defeated  Teutopolis in the championship game by a final of 74 to 64, claiming their 4th victory of the season.  Earlier in the day the Mules defeated Salem in overtime 71 to 63.  The Edwards County Lions finished 5th at the Cumberland Tournament Saturday, defeating Dietrich 63 to 48.

Darrell Merritt will be coming out of retirement this Saturday to help raise funds for several Fairfield Community High School teens in the Biology Class to travel to Iceland next year.  The fundraiser will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Ellen Moore United Methodist Church parking lot, and will continue until 1 p.m. or until sold out.  Darrell will be cooking porkburgers, pork chops, ribeyes and chicken.

Drug overdose deaths in Madison County have hit an all time high.  With about six weeks remaining in 2018, the county recorded its 92nd fatal overdose.  The previous record was 91 in 2014.  Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn was quoted as saying the most common substance found in these deaths is Fentanyl.  He also said one of the keys moving forward is to educate children about the dangers of drug abuse.  Overdose deaths nationwide account for around 72,000 deaths.

Frontier Community College will be hosting a Program Showcase this Thursday for area high school students and interested community individuals.  The event will be held in the FCC Workforce Development Center from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m.  Participants will explore transfer degrees as well as Career Technical Education Programs.  Breakfast will also be available to those attending.  More information is available by calling the college at (618) 842-3711.

Frontier Community College will hold their annual Breakfast with Santa this Saturday, December 1st.  Parents can choose from two time slots, 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.  Included is a hot breakfast, crafts and pictures with Santa.  Children ages 2 to 8 are invited, and the cost is $10 per child.  To reserve a seat, you can call the college at (618) 842-3711.