Headlines for Saturday, February 2nd

Rend Lake College has announced that over 400 students have been named to the President’s and Vice President’s lists of academic honors for the fall 2018 semester.  Among the students locally named to the President’s list are Kasey Ingram from Fairfield and Stacy Andrews and Kennedy Sledge from Wayne City.  Named to the Vice President’s list from Fairfield are Jacob Simpson and Logan Stewart, and from Wayne City Ethan Erwin, Remington Henson, Chelsea Jones, Braeden Payne, Colby Solomon and Kadie Steiner.  Students named to the President’s List earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester, while those named to the Vice President’s List earned a 3.50 to 3.99 grade point average.

39-year-old Justin Harmon of Xenia was sentenced this week for possession of methamphetamine.   Reports say Harmon was sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guility to possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine.  He will serve the sentence concurrently with a one-year sentence that he received in Jefferson County on another possession of meth charge.  He will also serve one year of mandatory supervised release when released from prison.

The FCHS Choir and Show Choir are singing Vale-grams for the Valentine’s Day holiday this year.  People have the chance to book groups to sing select songs to their significant other for the season.  Those interested should contact Josh Livesay, Music Director at FCHS to make arrangements.  The groups will perform from 3:30 to 5 p.m. February 14th and 15th, with the cost by donation.  Proceeds from the days will go to the choir and show choir.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau is hosting a bus trip to the National Farm Machinery Show on Thursday, February 14th.  The bus will leave from the Fairfield Wal-Mart at 6:15 that morning and return around 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $25 for Wayne County Farm Bureau members and $45 for non-members, which includes transportation, a ticket to the machinery show and a meal.  For more information call the Farm Bureau office at 842-3342.

Illinois’ economy could become a casualty, should federal negotiations on the U.S. Immigration policy fail.  While the state is 12th nationally for the size of its foreign-born population, new data ranks Illinois 8th for the economic impact of immigrants.  Illinois is also 9th for jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses and 11th for the percentage of foreign born STEM workers.