High winds and heavy rain battered Southern Illinois Thursday. Winds gusts of more than 44 mph blew a semi over on Interstate 64 about five miles west of the Mill Shoals exit. Some areas have reported more than two inches of rain. The Wabash River at Mount Carmel is now forecast to climb to 27.5 feet by next Friday – more than 8 feet above flood stage.
Larry Vest has been elected president of the Fairfield Community High School Board. J.C. McDuffee will serve as Vice President. Newly elected board member Dana Gilbert was seated at Thursday night’s meeting. Elizabeth Bray was hired as a Consumer Science Teacher, effective the coming school year.
Twelve students from Wayne County grade schools competed Thursday night in the Modern Woodmen District Speech Contest at Jasper School. Rebeccah Mugrage, a Cisne 8th grader was the winner. Second place was taken by Logan Coplea, a Geff 6th grader. Third place was taken by Brice Todd, a New Hope 8th grader. Pictured left to right…Rebeccah Mugrage, Logan Coplea, Brice Todd and Modern Woodmen District Agent Rosanne Garner
79 seniors from Wayne County’s three high schools will leave tonight for a trip to Washington, D.C. The trip is being funded in part by the Podolsky Family Foundation.
The Fairfield Rotary Club presented scholarships to a number of seniors at its noon meeting on Thursday. The recipients are: Emily McKibben, Julie Bryant, Mariah Miller and Kali Regan Smith. The scholarships are in the amount of $750 and are one-time scholarships. Pictured left to right are Rotarian Richard Mason, Julie Bryant, Mariah Miller, Emily McKibben and Kali Smith
29-year-old Luke L. Burnett of Crossville was seriously injured Thursday morning after the Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole. White County Sheriff’s police were pursuing Burnett after responding to a report of an individual pulling a gun at a location on West Main Street in Crossville. Burnett was taken to an Evansville hospital for treatment of major injuries.
Former Wayne County resident, Randall D. Cottrill of McLeansboro has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to a Hamilton County charge of stealing a pickup truck. Cottrill, 32 was out on parole from a previous theft conviction when he was arrested in January for stealing a truck from a residence in rural Hamilton County.