U.S. Steel Corporation says it will restart the second of two shuttered blast furnaces at a southwestern Illinois mill and bring back about 300 workers. The decision by the Pittsburgh-based company follows a March announcement that it would restart the other blast furnace at the Granite City Works near St. Louis and recall 500 workers. U.S. Steel laid off about 2,000 workers when it idled the furnaces in 2015. The actions come after President Donald Trump’s announcement of greater tariffs on imported steel.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office reported that 74-year old Arthur Golden of Montrose was pronounced dead at the scene by Jasper County Coroner Jason Meyer after his body was found in Newton Lake at 4: 10 Wednesday Afternoon. A boat was observed floating unoccupied around noon prompting a response from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper County EMA, the Wade Fire Protection District, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources who all helped in the search and recovery.
Officials with Kids in Motion have announced they are sponsoring a free skate event at Skateland Rollersport in Fairfield on Wednesday, June 13th from 5-8pm for all the Wayne County area school age children. Skate rental is included, but childcare will not be provided. All children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
The Fairfield City Council will meet Tuesday night at 6 p.m. with several items on the agenda. On the agenda is the opening of bids and approving an ordinance for the sale of real property owned by the City of Fairfield, the awarding of bids for the street repairs on Kincaid Drive, Summer Street and Northwest 9th Street, the approval of the prevailing wage ordinance, approval of the IBEW contract, approval of the FOP contract, approval of stipend for non- union full-time employees, an ordinance – zoning amendment concerning accessory structures, the Chamber of Commerce street closing request for the Fourth of July Independence Day celebration. The closing request pertains to closing Northeast Third Street between Main and Court Street on Friday, July 6th from 2 – 9 p.m.