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Cisne Reunion August 10-13 Main Stage Events (all 7 p.m.): Wed., Aug. 10--Joseph Habedank, Gospel/Christian singer/songwriter. Thurs., Aug. 11--Miss Cisne Reunion, Little Miss, and Tiny Tots Pageant. Fri., Aug. 12--Scott Wattles & the Blue Suede Crew, old time rock. Sat., Aug. 13--Sojourn Rocs, rock/country, 60’stoday. See story in this issue for full schedule.

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Cisne Reunion August 10th-13th “A Trip Down Memory Lane” is the theme of this year’s Cisne Reunion, set for Wednesday, August 10th through Saturday, August 13th in downtown Cisne. Attractions throughout the event will include live music, specialty foods, children’s games, a rock wall, craft and flea market vendors, and inflatables (armbands $10 per day; rock wall not included), as well as prizes and trophies for contests, shows, floats, tractors, and cars. Special acknowledgements are planned for the Cisne High School Class of 1966 (50 years) and 1991 (25 years). Pre-registration for the Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk ends July 28th. While t-shirts aren’t guaranteed for late-registration, you can still participate. Cost is five bucks for the Fun Run and $30 for the 5K. Online registration is available at Race/IL/Cisne/cisnereunion5krunwalk

Here’s the schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 10th 6:30 p.m.—Opening ceremonies, introduction of Parade Marshals. 7 p.m.—Joseph Habedank performs (award-winning Gospel/Christian artist).

7-10 a.m.—Community Center Breakfast. 7:30 a.m.—1-Mile Fun Run. 8 a.m.—5K Run/Walk. 8-10 a.m.—Set up for tractor show (Cisne Middle School; trailer parking behind school. Contact Justin Massie, 618-516-3182). 9-Noon—Register for Clay County Cruisers Car Show & Car Show Judging (in front of Cisne Middle School) 10-11 a.m.—Kids games (sponsored by Blue Point Free Will Baptist Church; games include Life-Size KerPlunk, Bean Bag Monster Toss, Dunking Booth, Penny Pitch, Corn Hole, Washers, and more). 10 a.m.-Noon—Kids activities on square and FFA Petting Zoo. 11 a.m.-Noon—Free inflatables for kids. Noon—Pedal Pull (southwest corner of square). 2:30 p.m.—Parade (theme is A Trip Down Memory Lane; line up at Cisne High School no later than 2 p.m.). 3:30 p.m.—Backseat Driver Contest (in front of Cisne Key Market). 5 p.m.—Ball drop (win money for $2/ball). 7 p.m.—Sojourn Rocs performs (rock/country from ’60’s through today). 7-9 p.m.—Bingo.

Name Cutest Baby At Reunion If you want to see some of the cutest little sweethearts in the Cisne area, be sure to stop by the Cisne Trust Bank and Citizens National Bank in Mt. Erie to vote in the Cutest Baby Contest! The contest—being held in conjunction with the Cisne Reunion—includes youngsters ages 0-2 who have a relative living in the North Wayne School District. Entries are closed now, but you still have time to view pictures and information about each entrant. A winner will be chosen based upon the amount of money raised. Pictures and info will be displayed at both banks until August 10th, then at the Reunion Board Tent at the Cisne Reunion through August 13th.

Thursday, Aug. 11th 7 p.m.—Miss Cisne Reunion, Little Miss, and Tiny Tots Pageant. 7-9 p.m.—Bingo. Friday, Aug. 12th 7 p.m.—Scott Wattles & the Blue Suede Crew perform (old-time rock). 7-9 p.m.—Bingo. 8-10 p.m.—Teen Tailgate. Saturday, Aug. 13th 6-7 a.m.—Race Day Registration (stage).

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Award-Winning Christian Artist Will Perform At Cisne Reunion A top-20 Daywind recording artist and Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter will perform at the Cisne Reunion. Joseph Habedank will take the stage in the Cisne Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 10th. For ten years, he served first as baritone, then as the lead singer for one of Southern Gospel’s favorite family groups, The Perrys. On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut solo release Welcome Home, he was awarded Singing News Magazine’s New Soloist of the Year Award in 2009 by the fans of Gospel music, and Songwriter of the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2011. A song he co-wrote, “If You Knew Him,” was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards in 2010 and won the Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year. In addition, Habedank was nominated for Singing News Magazine’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Lead Singer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for three consecutive years. Besides his music ministry, Habedank also speaks with understanding to problems of addiction. Prior to his debut album release, Habedank had emerged from an addiction to pain killers. “I had an ulcer come up on the back of my throat, and was introduced to pain medication. I can remember taking the first pill, and falling in love with the feeling it gave me,” he told Billboard. “I ran out of the medication, and my throat got better. I began to be re-introduced to it over the next couple of months, and eventually I was taking between ten to 12 hydrocodone or oxycodone a day.” He said the Lord ‘picked him up out of a pit’ and in exiting out of that addiction, he is able to understand and relate to other addicts. “It’s been an amazing journey. I’m just really grateful I get to sing, and I don’t take that for granted,” Habedank said. “My biggest passion is to help people.” Habedank lives just outside Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lindsay.


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Classic Rock & Country Band At Cisne Reunion: Sojourn Rocs Sojourn Rocs, a classic rock and country band out of Mattoon, will close out the Cisne Reunion with a concert on the Cisne Park stage on Saturday, August 13th. It starts at 7 p.m. Tight harmonies and strong musicianship characterize the group, which has played together for nearly two decades. They promise to bring the audience a variety of tunes appealing to all ages and covering different genres from the 1960’s through today, and will also play some original music. The band was formed by longtime friends Robb Perry, Jimmie Perry and Tony Buser. They wanted to combine musical skills and vocal abilities to entertain audiences from young ages to mature listeners. Robb’s love affair with music began when he picked up a guitar at the age of six, and he’s been playing ever since. He’s the backbone of the band, as an accomplished guitarist and bassist with strong lead vocals and harmonies. His moving bass lines and wide vocal range enable him to lead the group in a variety of songs. Jimmie plays keyboards and sings lead and harmonies. His parents got him into music at an early age, and he began by learning the organ. He honed his skills with discipline, practice and a desire to succeed. Tony was born into a musical family and has been playing guitar and singing all of his life. His love of music led him to play in rock groups during the 1960s while serving in the U.S. Army. He joined Robb and Jimmie during the 1970s in a band called Red Cloud, and also in the 1990s to form Sojourn Rocs.

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Clay County Hospital Welcomes Michael Zilm As Interim President An Illinois native began working as Interim President at Clay County Hospital, Flora, on June 20th. Michael Zilm was born and raised near Peoria, and has extensive experience in hospitals across the country. He has been doing interim work for the past seven years in rural hospitals, and besides Illinois, he has worked in Texas, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin. Zilm has been a permanent president with four different hospitals, including SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in the St. Louis area, and most recently was interim President with SSM St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain in Mexico, Missouri. He has worked for SSM Healthcare as an Interim President in the past. “With Michael’s proved track record of yielding positive results for SSM Health organizations in the past, we expect the same results, and feel he was the perfect choice to serve as Interim President at Clay County Hospital,” said SSM Health Illinois President Phil Gustafson. “His experience and comfort-level working with rural hospitals will allow for a smooth transition to the hiring of a permanent President for the hospital. “He is dedicated to patients, and has a keen eye for hospital opportunities and growth.” Zilm said he’s comfortable working in rural communities and rural hospitals, and understands how important the hospital is to the community. “Clay County Hospital and its Clinics play a vital role in providing

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Reigning Miss Cisne Reunion Ruth Marie Simmons (left) and last year’s Little Miss, Emery Frederick, will yield their crowns at this year’s pageant, set for Thursday, August 11th.

Royalty To Be Crowned At Cisne Reunion Thursday, August 11th Six young women and five little ones will seek the titles of Miss Cisne and Little Miss Cisne Reunion, respectively, at this year’s Cisne Reunion. The pageant, organized by Cathryn Baker, will be held Thursday, August 11th on stage in the Cisne Park. It will begin at 7 p.m., and will also include a Tiny Tots Pageant. Retiring royalty includes Miss Cisne 2015 Ruth Marie Simmons, 17, daughter of Gilbert and Cindy Simmons of Cisne, and Little Miss Cisne 2015 Emery Frederick, seven, daughter of Curt and Heidi Frederick of Mt. Erie. Candidates are: Miss Cisne Candidates Samantha Brookman, 17, daughter of Melanie Brookman of Cisne. Chesney Hatcher, 15, daughter of Johnny and Mellody Hatcher of Cisne. Julia Konopasek, 16, daughter of Jason and Karen Gill of Mt. Erie, and Mark and Denise Konopasek of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 14

Kaley Konopasek, 15, daughter of Jason and Karen Gill of Mt. Erie, and Mark and Denise Konopasek of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bailey Lewis, 14, daughter of Keith Lewis of Cisne and Michelle Lewis of Cisne. Kylee Rucker, 14, daughter of Chad and Melissa Rucker of Geff. Little Miss Candidates Mikenzie Alvis, seven, daughter of Mike Alvis and Melanie Brookman of Cisne. Bristol Atwood, seven, daughter of Andy Atwood of Cisne and Teresa Atwood of Cisne. Abrianna Bayley, five, daughter of Brent and Tiffany Bayley of Mt. Erie. Lydia Shelby, six, daughter of Caleb and Andrea Shelby of West Salem. Ashtyn Smith, six, daughter of Justin and Kristel Smith of Xenia. 7

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Johnsonville Days To Feature 5K, “Lovin’ The Farm Life” Is Theme Saturday, August 6th All day—Flea Market & Craft Booths ($10 setup fee; contact LaDeana Davis, 618-895-4932). 7 a.m.—Breakfast available at the Ruritan Building. 9 a.m.-Noon—Car & Tractor Show registration (contact Lawrence Pennington, 618-919-0297). 10 a.m.—Parade begins at Johnsonville Grade School. Be at the school by 9:30 a.m. if you wish to parFriday, August 5th ticipate (contact Ellen Sitzes, 618-919-0723). 7 p.m.—5K Run/Walk (entry fee $20, which includes 11 a.m.—Sandwiches and drinks will be sold at the a t-shirt). Contact Ellen Sitzes, 618-919-0723 (or e-mail pavilion. her at or Billy Laughlin, 618-32011 a.m.—Mud Bog will begin near the pavilion. 0731. 11 a.m.—Ham and Beans with Cornbread, sand7 p.m.—Truck & Tractor Pull (same contacts as wiches and drinks will be served at the Ruritan Building. above). 1 p.m.— Bingo at the Ruritan Building. Sandwiches will be served at the pavilion. 4 p.m.—Little Miss and Mister Pageant. Pick up your child’s number badge in the Ruritan Building by 3:30 p.m. (contact Ellen Sitzes, 618-919-0723). 5 p.m.—Fish or Chicken Supper will be served in the Hormone imbalances are common and can cause a Ruritan Building. host of serious health problems, says local Wellness AdAlex Atwood 6 p.m.—There will be a petting zoo in the Johnsonvocate, Michelle Ward. ville ParkAve (thanks to the Cisne FFA). 700 Central Many people don’t realize that their hormones could 6 p.m.—Farm Follies near the pavilion (Cisne FFA Cisne,vs.ILWayne 62823 be the main source of their symptoms. How the hormones City FFA). work in the body is a mystery to most, let alone how to fix 7 p.m.—50/50 Raffle-All-Day Drawing. 618-673-3004 it. alex.atwood@ That’s why Ward is bringing in two internationallySunday, August 7th known speakers—Dr. Patrick Flynn and Ross Skorzews10:30 a.m.—Church Service and Cisne FFA Proki—to share their knowledge. “Laugh Your Way To Better gram in the Johnsonville Park. Hormones” will be held at 1 p.m. August 13th at the ComNoon—Chicken Dinner in the Ruritan Building. munity of Christ Church, 503 Windsor Lane, Fairfield. For tickets, visit: A 5K Run/Walk has been added to the agenda of the Johnsonville Community Days celebration, set for Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th. “Lovin’ the Farm Life” is the theme. Here’s the schedule, along with contact information if you have questions or would like to be involved:

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Diana’s Care At FMH Was “Immediate And Personal” A Fairfield woman who is a fixture in the downtown community found out first-hand that her local hospital was just the place she needed to be on a wintery day early this year. Diana Baker, who has worked at Male Connection (owned by her sister, Sandy Simpson) for 15 years, rushed to the emergency room at Fairfield Memorial Hospital on January 20th, experiencing signs of a heart attack. Diana was taken right in, and unlike she would have most likely experienced at a big-city hospital, the attention she received was immediate and personal. “I had an EKG and chest x-ray, and they started checking my heart enzymes. In the ER, Dr. Rodriguez was wonderful, calmly talking to me and asking questions, as was Merri Mercer and everyone from the x-ray tech to the girl who drew my blood,” she recalled. “It was decided to admit Diana Baker is shown with her husband, Brad, and their me so they could check my heart enzymes overnight, and grandson, Jaden, while visiting their son and his wife, Jason do EKG’s every few hours. “The next morning, my doctor (Nicole Fyie) came in and and Andrea, in Arizona. told me all my heart tests looked good. She determined that I’d had a really bad panic attack,” Diana said. “I know a lot of people think panic attacks are not real, but they are very real and can many times mimic a heart attack.” Nevertheless, Dr. Fyie kept Diana hospitalized for one New hrs.Tues, 8-8 Mon., Tues., 1p-8p; Wed., Fri.; 1-8 & Thurs., Hours: Wed, Thurs. Fri, Sat, Mon. 8-3 8a -Sat. 8p more day so she could be monitored. “The nurses and CNA’s were all so good at coming in to see if I needed anything, and just to check on me,” Diana said. “Dr. (Wes) Thompson and Wayne Stennett (APN, Family Nurse Practitioner) came in just to talk and reassure me that things would be fine, and that I needed to learn to not stress over the small stuff.” The experience wasn’t Diana’s only one with FMH. She has been there at other times with family members who “always received exceptional service,” she said, adding that because there are bigger hospitals in nearby cities, they are not necessarily better. “I still have people ask me, ‘why don’t you go to Mt. Vernon, Evansville, or even St. Louis? They have better hospitals’. My answer is: ‘if I am having a heart attack, stroke or other medical emergency, and it is determined by the Fairfield hospital that I need to be in a different facility, I trust them to send me to the best facility for my particular problem, and that is why I always make FMH my hospital of choice. “It gives me peace of mind to know that I am in great care right here in my Continued On Next Page 11

End Of The Human Race? …Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. n i 6 9, V I think that we’re making the generations imperfect. I think we’re destroying ourselves. In Outlook’s February issue, I talked to you about the new technology in genetic research. The technology is called CRISPR. It’s an easy, efficient way to edit genes. It allows anyone with the kit to edit genes in an organism. At that time the plans were to sell a home kit to allow splicing genes in bacteria or yeast. I wrote about the fact that we, as a species, could take this too far. We always take technology and modify it in new and unexpected ways. It’s our nature. Scientists agreed not to mess around with the human genome. They said it was unethical. I cautioned everyone that if we can do a thing, we do it. I’m sad to say I was right. The United Kingdom just granted a research application to a team. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is allowing gene editing of human embryos “to look for ways to cure genetic defects and cure disease”. They’re messing around with the species. In case there is any doubt, an embryo is an organism that at some point becomes a fetus. To some of us, these terms are ways to avoid using the term “baby”. No one wants to experiment on babies. It’s okay to do if you change the language to something less emotionally-charged. An embryo and a baby are the same thing, but we don’t think

har e e to about it that way. The scientists say that the babies… I mean embryos…will be destroyed after weeks. The babies…I mean embryos… won’t be implanted in the womb. I have no reason to believe them. In this country, scientists say it’s unethical to edit the human genome, but they do it anyway. They agree the purpose of editing genes is to eliminate diseases. Continued On Page 14

Diana’s Care At FMH Continued From Last Page hometown, and don’t have to worry.” Diana has been around long enough to remember some of FMH’s difficult days of the late 1980’s, when several medical doctors left town and the hospital’s very survival had even come into question. “People did have a negative opinion of FMH years ago, but things are different now,” Baker said. “Dr. Katherine Bunting-Williams (CEO) is doing a wonderful job running FMH and has made vast improvements in the hospital, and the medical staff is top notch! “After my stay at FMH, I personally Includes: 1 Large 2-Topping Pizza, 1 Order Cheese sent a letter to her, praising my treatment and the professionalism of her Sticks, 1 Small Order Cinnamon Sticks. staff,” she added. “I would tell anyone: Dine-in, carry-out, or delivery! ‘give FMH a chance, you will be glad you did’.” Diana is the wife of Brad Baker, who is employed with the City of Fairfield. They have a son, Jason, who resides in Ft. Hauchuca, Arizona with his wife, Andrea, and their eight-year-old son, Jaden. Paid advertisement.

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Charlie Cont. From Page 12 Scientists would never try to make a super-human. Designer babies are not on the horizon. Just ask them, they’ll tell you. Everyone agrees that it would be wrong to edit the genome to make a person that is stronger, faster, smarter, or prettier than the person would be, otherwise. If one of our billionaires funds genome research, could he or she ever persuade a scientist to make him a custom son or daughter? You know the answer to that. Even researchers have to play politics. They undoubtedly do what

CRISPR Systems In prokaryotic Immunity (Source: they’re told in order to get the money they need. Does a government want a super-soldier? Of course they do. They’d love to custom-order what they want in a soldier or spy. Numerous science-fiction stories have foretold this. One saving grace to all of this is that it’s going to be very difficult. Last year in China, researchers tried to edit human genes in an embryo and all of the subjects died. Some believe that they’ve abandoned the program. Churches caution that scientists are ‘playing God’. Others warn that changing our genes can cause genetic disasters. It can take years, or even generations, for us to really know what we’ve done to the family of man. I know we won’t stop until we find the answers we want. It’s our nature. I just hope we tread very lightly. I hope we don’t create a vortex in the gene pool that kills us all.

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Bleachers hadn’t been installed when this photo was taken, but by the time school starts at Wayne City later this month, pull-out bleachers will be on both sides of the main gym at the school building. Superintendent Jeff Mitchell (pictured) thinks the community will be proud of the facility.

Wayne City’s 520 Students Will Start School This Month In New Building It’s been a long wait, but Superintendent Jeff Mitchell thinks it will be more than worth it. That’s because when the Wayne City Unit #100 School District starts classes this month, its estimated 520 students will do so in a new building. It encompasses about 105,000 square feet, an area that combines the space of the old high school, Wayne City Grade School, Berry and Oak Grove, in addition to the two small houses that the district used for administrative purposes. Plans were launched in 2003 when the district applied for the State’s offer to fund 75 percent of the cost of a new school. It took seven years for Wayne City to be selected, then they had to be sure taxpayers were willing to foot the remaining 25 percent. That referendum passed by a 2-to-1 margin, and now the dream has finally come to fruition. The $27.3 million project includes 44 classrooms (most of them 800 square feet in size), a cafeteria (the cooks no longer have to go across the road to get to the walk-in freezer), two gyms, and the showpiece: a library

that guests will see as they enter the highly-secured building from two sets of doors in front. A conference room and administrative offices are in the same area. “It is a basic plan, nothing really fancy. But it certainly meets our needs much better than we’ve had in the past,” said Mitchell, who has led the district for the past eight years, and has one more year to go before retirement. “It’s gonna be a wonderful move for us.” There are lots of perks in the building, including: • The science room is complete with wash stations and a chemical fume hood. • Solar panels are on top of the building (thanks to a grant), backing up the 500 gallon hot water tank. The deal includes 25 years of maintenance. • Elevators are available, and every area of the building is handicap-accessible. • And those gyms. Oh, those gyms! The secondary gym will have pullout bleachers on one side, and a stage on the other. The stage is only about two feet Continued On Next Page 15

Part of the science room at the new Wayne City School building.

“It’s Gonna Be Fantastic,” Supt. Says Of School Continued From Last Page ary gym. Parking will be an issue early, with space open off the ground, with the floor and walls made to absorb only on the east and north sides, but Mitchell looks for noise, making it acoustically strong. The main gym will everything to be done by November in time for that first seat about 1,000 people, with pullout bleachers on both home basketball game. sides, and can be divided into three practice courts via “I think the kids will really appreciate the new facildrop-down curtains. ity once they get in it, and I think it will be a tremendous Mitchell admits it’s hard not to look forward to that boost of pride in the community,” Mitchell said. “It was first home basketball game in the new facility. hard to see the history go (with the demolition of the old “It’s gonna be fantastic, and we know the community structure)…but it will be great to get in a new building. will come and support it,” he said. “It’s a neat opportunity for all of us.” It’s been hectic at the school for the past year, with all Holland Construction of Swansea was the contractor, the construction going on, as well as demolition of the old with 25 sub-contractors assigned to various tasks. facilities this summer. Crews began tearing things down from east to west, with school workmen finding it difficult to store furniture and equipment while they awaited completion of the new building. The district kept everything that they could, including nearly all desks, in order to save money, and finally started moving stuff in to the new school in midJuly. There will still be outside work to do when school starts, primarily involving landscaping in front at the main entrance (west side). So for awhile, everyone will have to enter and exit the building in back (east side), with the door being located The library at the new Wayne City School building is shown before some junk was between the cafeteria and second- moved out and shelving was moved in. This is the only carpted area in the building. 16

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Here’s the wallet that Doris (Neff) Courtright lost at Wayne City High School in 1953. The picture on the left is of her at about age seven; the image on the right includes her sister, Linda (in front) and her brother, Chuck (standing on back of the tricycle).

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Sixty three years. That’s how long Doris (Neff) Courtright had been wondering where her billfold ended up when it went missing from her locker at Wayne City High School in 1953. There was nothing in it of tangible value. Not one thin dime. But she did have a small mirror and some pictures of family members, and it saddened her to lose them. Doris looked for the wallet for months (the duration of her freshman year; or maybe sophomore, she can’t recall), but with no success. However, she learned last month that treasures of the heart sometimes find wings to fly back home. When the lockers were torn out of the old school that’s being demolished, a wallet was found lying between them. Must’ve been near Locker #199, Doris recalls. Her locker was #199, or thereabouts. The wallet still had identification in it, and it just so happened that Christina Neff, who was working at the

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In memory of Sgt. Michael Bartley (inset), Environmental Consultants, LLC continues offering internships to students in the communities where they work. This year’s project landed them in Wayne City, for demolition of the old school building. Summer interns from WCHS are Brooke Buchanan and Dalton Kelly. Pictured at the east side of the new school are (seated, from left) WCHS Supt. Jeff Mitchell, Mr. Kelly, Miss Buchanan, and Diana Zurliene, principal at FCHS when Bartley attended there and was the firm’s first intern. In back are (from left) Keith Haselhorst, project co-manager; WCHS Principal Myron Caudle, WCGS Principal Tony Richardson, Zach Haselhorst, project co-manager, and Jeff Heisner, facilities director when the firm worked with Bartley at FCHS.

Environmental Consultants, LLC Pays Tribute To Sgt. Bartley During Project Completion of the new Wayne City school building offered a unique tribute to a Barnhill soldier killed in January 2011 in Mosul, Iraq. Before Michael Bartley joined the Army, he completed two summer internships with Environmental Consultants, LLC, and as a result, the company’s leadership launched a program called KIDstruction, offering internships to students every summer since, in towns where they are working. Just-graduated Wayne City seniors Brooke Buchan-

an and Dalton Kelly job-shadowed the company during this summer’s demolition of the old Wayne City school structures. But were it not for Bartley, the opportunity may have never existed. “Our firm started this tradition with Michael Bartley in 2004, while renovating Fairfield High School. Diana Zurliene was principal there at the time, and Jeff Heisner was the facilities director. We would talk on a daily basis,” said Jeffry Faust, the firm’s managing principal and chair Continued On Next Page

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Tribute To Sgt. Bartley During Demolition Continued From Last Page of the 2016 KIDstruction Team. “Z and Jeff asked me if Michael could job shadow us during the project. Michael spent all of that summer and the following summer helping us out,” Faust explained. “He was incredibly grateful, and every week would tell me how he spent his paychecks. He was a really nice kid.” After Faust & Co. completed their work at FCHS, Bartley joined the Army, and at age 23—on his second tour of Afghanistan—Sgt. Bartley and another soldier died when an Iraqi soldier snuck live ammo into a training exercise and opened fire on them. In tribute to Bartley, Faust has continued the tradition of working with kids over the summer. “I’ve got a newspaper clipping that I keep in my office that shows Michael talking to the second grade class at Wayne City. As a group, we were really proud of everything he had accomplished, and every since then when doing large projects—particularly in school districts—we find kids from that community to job shadow us with paid internships,” said Faust, whose firm is based in Collinsville. “I believe this is an important way to honor Michael’s life and legacy, and is an excellent way for vendors to give back to the communities they work in.” Faust was especially thrilled that this year’s project brought them back to Bartley’s home county, where Bu-


chanan and Kelly were given the internships. Both students became more focused on their future careers as a result of the experience. “I want to go to college and major in Engineering, I think. I wasn’t sure (what to do), but the more we did this, I liked how we came back and saw how everything came together,” Kelly said. “There’s a lot more to it than just tearing down a school and building a new one.” Buchanan plans to study Chemistry in college, but didn’t realize how broad the career field was before working with Environmental Consultants, LLC. She said being around “the background side” of the demolition expanded her understanding of Chemistry, in terms of the environmental aspects of the demolition. Wayne City Superintendent Jeff Mitchell is grateful for the internships given to the students. “It was a great opportunity for them to see it from the ground up, especially from the environmental aspect that Brooke was talking about,” he said. “They’ve seen how those things have to be considered in a building, as well as the cost it takes to get some of this work done. They’ve learned that there are so many opportunities within the asbestos abatement business and construction business. “It’s just a great opportunity to open their eyes and Continued On Page 26

Youth Show Buckle Series Finals Set This Month At Wayne City Saddle Club While a lot of kids have spent their summer soaking up the sun, dozens of young people have donned blue jeans, western shirts and boots, and cowboy hats for participation in the Wayne City Saddle Club Youth Show Buckle Series 2016. Their third regular show of the summer is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30th, with the finals to be held Saturday and Sunday, August 13th and 14th (10 a.m. start both days, and it lasts until around 6 or 7 p.m.). Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to watch. The concession stand is loaded, so there’s no need to bring your own grub. Daniel Stephenson is the club president, and for three years has run the Youth Show with his wife, Jessica. Their children (Adlee, 13; Ristin, 12, and Ty, six) have been rodeo kids since they were three, and they love it so much that being bucked off doesn’t hinder them from getting back in the saddle. “We started doing rodeos when Adlee was little, but it got too expensive to travel (six hours one way, then six hours back when they had school or work the next day),” said Jessica, whose family bought a horse trailer equipped with living quarters to defray long-term costs of traveling for overnight events. “The Wayne City Saddle Club is close to where we live, so we presented the idea (to the board), and

Ryder Parsons gets in position to wrestle this beast to the ground during Youth Show Buckle Series action at the Wayne City Saddle Club. Photo by Twilla King. took off with it. We’ve had a ton of volunteers; there is no way we could have even gotten started without them.” Lots of families are involved, as well as sponsors, who cover a lot of the estimated $5,000 it takes to buy prizes such as buckles and saddles. The club also takes in some money from its Big Barrel Show and the Bean Days Rodeo, which is held by C-Bar. When the Buckle Series was launched, about 30 participants and their families got involved. Now, they have between 40 and 50 kids at each event, and they are quite satisfied with the growth. “As long as we stay where we’re at, we’re perfectly happy. It gives kids something to look forward to and do on a Saturday, something to accomplish, to run for that saddle or buckle,” Jessica said. “Not all kids are good at (traditional) sports, but are a natural in this. This is a sport, and a hard sport. Some do roping or chute-dogging, which is where you grab the horns of a steer and lay it down by hand. “It takes pretty tough boys to do that,” she said. “And I’ve seen some girls steer wrestle.” Besides that, events include Mutton Bustin’, Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Team Roping, Calf Riding, Steer Daubing, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, and Steer Riding. Daniel said he’s been around the sport for a long time, and likes what it does for kids and their families. “I just like to watch ‘em grow,” he said of the participants. “Every year they get better.” For example: “Last year, some of the little ones were trottin’ around, and now they’re running. It makes you smile,” Jessica mentioned. “The kids are proud of themselves, and are setting goals at a young age. That’s a good life lesson. “(The sport) also helps them with people skills, making friends, and a whole lot of other areas, not to mention learning to work as a team and with their horse,” she added. The Wayne City Saddle Club has also started a Friday Night Lights Barrel Show, with Continued On Page 23 21


Rodeo action from the Youth Show Buckle Series, held at the Wayne City Saddle Club, includes (bottom left, clockwise): Kalleigh Winesburgh, Melissa Ehrhart (who recovered after being knocked off her saddle), Adlee Stephenson, and Ristin Kell. All rodeo photos by Twilla King

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Woman Renews Memories With Opening Of Unique Cisne Cafe Growing up, there was no greater adventure for Teresa Pyle than visiting the Cisne town square when her family came from up north to visit her grandparents. She especially loved the old grocery store. She doesn’t remember what it was called then, as it’s been Key Market for over three decades now. Ah, the memories of the creaky wooden floor, ice-cold pop in a bottle, and BLT’s her grandma made with fat-laced bacon bought at the grocery and fresh produce from her garden. It was a treat heading to town after a hard day of work in the garden, or a hot afternoon of canning to get through the coming winter. There was nothing better than her grandma’s freezer slaw or canned green beans come the holidays. It was this background that inspired Teresa to move to Cisne in 2010. And it was those indelible memories that led her to buy a building once owned by her great uncle, Melville F. Pyle, who some decades back ran a TV/ radio repair and sales shop (later an appliance store) right there on that same town square. In that building, she started Farmer T’s Fresh Market


Cafe & Smoothie Bug two months ago, and has found unique ways to connect with the community. Besides offering fresh, homemade and healthy soups, wraps, sandwiches, salads, drinks and smoothies, Teresa is in the early stages of developing a ‘From Farm to Table’ program with the Cisne FFA to show teens about careers available to them locally. In conjunction with that effort, Teresa and her crew tore down the back part of her building to make room for an eventual greenhouse, so that they can grow organic produce and herbs to use at the cafe. Students will be able to utilize it for learning, as well. “My desire to work with the FFA started when I heard of their need for a new, updated greenhouse, which is, in a way, the avenue for me to connect with the school that my dad and grandparents attended. Investing in the lives of young people is the best investment for the future of our country,” she said. “The fact that many people have to drive a long distance or move away from the area in order to earn a living…it just seemed a shame that more Continued On Next Page

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Continued From Last Page jobs could not be developed locally so that people could continue to live near their families. “There are many jobs available in the fields of agriculture, organic gardening, nutrition, fitness, the restaurant industry, food delivery, food packaging, etc., that could all be done here—and would be best done by the next generation,” she added. “The greenhouse was an idea to make sure the foods that I grow are organic, and I can trace them to their source. Plus, it’s an opportunity for the young people to have some more work in order to earn points for their FFA program, and a way for them to learn about the restaurant industry and how their skills could be utilized in this area for the future.” The outside of Farmer T’s includes cafe tables on the sidewalk, under a roll-out awning. The interior is a throwback to the 1960’s (vintage formica tables and chairs), but also includes a brightly-colored striped wall (do the 70’s ring a bell?), cushy couches and chairs (even tiny furniture for children), and Teresa’s favorite: a section off to itself that’s devoted to Runnin’ Lions pride. Seemed only fitting since her folks, Joseph A. and Beverley (Cropper-Headlee) Pyle grew up in Cisne, and both her dad and grandpa, Lowell H. Pyle, played basketball at CHS. She adores a picture of her grandpa in his basketball uniform, holding a ball like he’s ready to pass it, socks rolled down to his ankles “which I’m guessing was the trend at that time.” Continued On Next Page

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Farmer T’s Dedicates Space For Teens Continued From Last Page “My goal was to dedicate a space for teens that is both safe and fun,” Teresa said, noting the tall tables and dual TV sets give the teen area a sports-bar feel. “There will eventually be pictures up of the current sports teams and clubs with silhouettes on the ‘Runnin’ Lions Wall of Fame’. “Who knows, maybe the old tradition of cruising the square will start up again, in order to see who might be sitting out at Farmer T’s.” Teresa also wants to work with the CHS athletic department to be open after games, so athletes (and others) will have someplace to wind down and eat healthy. “We’re working on some lunch specials for the schools, too, and looking for ways to decrease preparation time, since they have limited time for lunch.”

Demolition Internship Continued From Page 20 see what’s out there and available to them.” Zurliene credits Faust with continuing the program. “This project reaffirms the type of person that Jeff Faust is, in that he took a student (Bartley)…under his wing that whole summer in the year (Faust’s firm) worked with us. For Jeff to continue this speaks volumes for him and how important he feels that education is,” Zurliene said. “Michael matured when he worked for Jeff, because he saw how an adult male in a leadership capacity operated, how you treat people, how you work with people. We were very fortunate we had someone like Jeff come into our lives.” Added Heisner: “Michael matured from a boy to a young man real quick, in a positive way, when he worked under Jeff. That reflects the type of guy Mr. Faust is.” Faust wanted no credit for the program (so much that he did not show up for the picture for this story, but rather sent two of his project managers in his place). “We started the company in 2003, and FCHS was one of the first large renovation projects we did. I want to recognize Michael and the folks at Fairfield for bringing such a good idea to us,” Faust said. “It’s been a blessing.”

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A graduate of Oak Forest (IL) Christian Academy, Teresa served in the U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during Desert Storm (she plans to dedicate a Veteran’s Memorial Wall at her business). She spent 15 years in law enforcement, and 20 years in South Carolina, where she ran a ladies retail clothing and accessory store and consignment shop. Unable to find a hometown job when she first moved to Cisne, she found work as a route sales rep for Frito Lay, working out of the Burnt Prairie warehouse. Through that, she got to know a lot of area folks, covering deliveries not just in Cisne, but in Fairfield, Wayne City, Flora, Olney, Noble, Louisville, West Salem, McLeansboro, Norris City, Albion, Grayville, Carmi and Burnt Prairie. “It was a good job and I met lots of nice people, with a few becoming my friends. But the long hours and the drive to and from work took me farther away from my goal of becoming a part of and serving my own community,” Teresa said. “That entrepreneurial spirit from owning my business in South Carolina was being rekindled, so the search was on to find my true passion and how to translate years of experience into a business that not only filled a need, but also contributed to my community.” Not only that, but launching her own business after her stint with delivering snacks helped her. That’s because while traveling her route with Frito Lay, she picked Continued On Next Page

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