Headlines for Friday, July 6th, 2018

It appears we will get a break in the weather today. For the first time in several days, we are not under a heat advisory.

A Wayne City man has been killed in a car accident near Mattoon. 80-year-old Robert D. Bruce was pronounced dead at a Coles County hospital Tuesday afternoon after police say did not yield at an intersection. The other driver was hospitalized.

Fairfield firefighters made short work of a kitchen fire yesterday afternoon at a rental property owned by Donna Masterson on Southeast 6th Street. Fire Chief Andrew Miller said there were no injuries and the blaze was extinguished in less than ten minutes. Damage was contained in the kitchen area.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says June brought us above normal temperatures and oppressive humidity. In Fairfield, at the WFIW-WOKZ studios east of the city, we recorded over eight inches of rainfall for the month.

The U.S. Marshall’s Service has taken over the search for two fugitives who broke out of the White County jail. One is accused of murder. According to reports the fugitives are most assuredly out of the Tri-State area. A new razor wire has been installed and concrete has repaired the wall where the men exited custody.

A Fairfield man and a Wayne County Ambulance Service EMT were injured yesterday morning in a crash at the intersection of Southwest Seventh and Main. 94-year-old Bob Watson reportedly collided with the ambulance which was responding to another emergency. The EMT was injured breaking out the window of Watson’s car to rescue him.

And the Wayne County Fair kicks off tonight with a horse show starting at 6:00 pm. Also tonight the Chamber of Commerce will host an event at the courthouse with booths open leading up to tonight’s city fireworks display at Southwest Park. The festivities begin at four downtown and the fireworks go off after dusk.