Headlines For Sunday, December 2nd


A large crowd gathered in downtown Fairfield Saturday evening for the annual Fairfield Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade.  Winning entries from the parade have been announced.  In the Youth-School-Adult Organizations Category:  1st Place went to Boy Scout Troop 173,  2nd Place won by Flora Apple Queens.  In the Church Category:  1st Place won by Northside Baptist Church, 2nd Place went to First United Methodist Church.  Business Category: 1st Place won by The Fairfield Banking Company, 2nd Place went to Parrent Electric Motor Repair.  Individual-Animal-Antique Division Category:  1st Place went to Hal Bryant Miniature Horses and 2nd Place Mike Cunningham with Bagpipes.  Bands participating were: Fairfield High School, Center Street Grade School and the Wayne City Marching Band.  The Grand Marshal’s Choice Award of $200 went to Boy Scout Troop 173 and the Best Use Of Lights Award of $200 was won by the Phelps Family Float.


Emergency Management officials in Central Illinois are investigating a dozen reports of tornadoes touching down Saturday.  According to the published reports, many counties were hit including Taylorville in Christian County which was one of the hardest hit communities. Christian County Emergency Management officials called the storm “devastating.”  No fatalities have been reported, but officials say they’ve taken multiple calls of people trapped in their homes due to debris and downed power lines.


Deer hunters return to their favorite spots today as the second Illinois Shotgun Deer Season continues through today in eligible counties throughout the state.  Hunting is allowed each day from ½-hour before sunrise to ½-hour after sunset. All hunters are advised to practice due diligence when it comes to their safety and the safety of other hunters.


In an effort to better serve the public, the Community Education Program at Frontier Community College has created a survey to gather feedback regarding personal enrichment and skill-building class offerings.  The survey is available through Friday and may be accessed by visiting FCC’s website at iecc.edu/fcc.  Anyone who completes the survey will be entered to win one of three prizes with winners announced on Tuesday, December 11th.    The Community Education survey will ask individuals to choose from a broad range of classes or activities that would be of interest to them, such as woodworking, genealogy, jelly-making and many more.  Individuals also have the opportunity to provide ideas not already listed by FCC.  Response must be submitted by Friday.


A new proposal would designate Route 66, the mother road that connected Chicago to Los Angeles as a National Historic Trail.  A bill was recently introduced to the United States Senate that would amend the National Trails System Act in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic Route 66 corridor.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar bill in June.