FATAL HOUSE FIRE – A Wayne City woman died Friday night after fire swept through her single-story home. Gina Breeze, 48 was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor. Officials said the fire was likely caused by a heat lamp placed under the house in an attempt to thaw out frozen pipes. The unattended lamp apparently triggered a fire that spread into the living quarters of the home. The house was ablaze when Wayne City firemen arrived around 11 p.m. There were no other occupants in the house, located at 503 Walnut Street. Firemen were hampered in their efforts by single-digit temperatures. While winds Friday night were relatively calm, the wind chill had dropped to minus 3. No other injuries were reported.
WATER LINES BREAK – The entire village of West Salem was without water for part of the day Friday and Friday night after workers discovered four major water line breaks. The breaks were along some the city’s major distribution lines. The breaks have forced the city to issue a boil order which will remain in effect until further notice.
The Fairfield Community High School Mulebackers will be hosting their annual “Bingo & Silent Auction Night “ on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 7pm in the Fairfield American Legion Hall. This fundraising event is once again being held in honor if all local Veterans. As such, all Veterans will be granted their first set of bingo cards free to the event with proof of ID. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Veteran’s Memorial Park renovations at Lakeside. The community is invited to come out and support not only the Mulebackers, but our local Veteran’s in attendance and community upgrades. Several area business and individuals have generously donated items toward the silent auction.
The Wayne County Crimestoppers Board met Thursday evening, voting to pay a $100 cash reward for information that led to the arrest of a drug suspect. The information resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old Christopher Johnson of Fairfield on a felony charge of manufacture or delivery of between 30-500 grams of marijuana. Johnson is slated for a preliminary hearing on the case on January 22nd. Carmi City police report the arrest Thursday of 27-year-old Ashley M. Bebout of Carmi on an Edwards County warrant charging her with failure to appear on court. Bond was $225. And, Mark Hall of Railroad Street in Carmi reports that someone entered his home and stole his laptop computer. No value was listed on the loss.
The Fairfield City Council will have their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 9th in the council chambers of city hall. Items include discussion of an ordinance regarding the Redevelopment Agreement with Kieffer Development,Inc. Also slated on the agenda is Ruth Ponder of Payment Service Network, Inc., and an update on the Local Debt Recovery Program will be provided.
The entire village of West Salem is underneath a BOIL ORDER until further notice. Customers need to boil their water to be used for human consumption. A few days ago, the boil order that was in effect for West Salem was lifted. This is a new boil order that is now in effect.