Headlines for Monday, August 7, 2017


The public will have one more opportunity to comment on Woolsey Operating Company’s plan to drill an oil and gas well near Enfield using high volume, horizontal fracking technology. After a public hearing was held last week at the Methodist Church in Enfield, a public comment period will remain open until Friday August 18.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will have no more than 60 days to approve or reject Woolsey’s application.

A 15-year-old girl was injured Sunday morning when the van she was a passenger in ran off I-64 in Wayne County and struck a tree. The driver, 38-year-old Angela M. Dunn of Goreville told police she fell asleep at the wheel, causing the accident.  She was cited for improper lane usage and having an expired driver’s license.

68-year-old Nathan Jefferson of Shively, KY was injured Saturday night when the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding, ran off the road and overturned in the median of I-64 in White County.  Jefferson told State Police he fell asleep at the wheel around 7:10 Saturday evening.

During an investigation into several Wayne County burglaries, police say they have recovered several guitars and laptop computers. If you have had either of these items stolen recently, contact Detective Michael Vinson at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

An excellent turnout was reported at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual golf scramble on Friday.  The Original Company, owners of WFIW-WOKZ fielded a team for the event.