A young Sumner boy with ties to Wayne County died Tuesday in a house fire. 11-year-old Parker Matthew Noble Webster died in the early morning hours on Tuesday after fire broke out at his home near Sumner. Officials said the fire broke out around 2:30 Tuesday morning. Other family members managed to escape the flames, but Parker was unable to get out. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office. Parker Webster is survived by two brothers, Kaleb and Bryton Withrow, both of Sims and his maternal grandparents, Karla Morse and Tom Sharp, both of Golden Gate. He was a fifth grade student at the Sumner Attendance Center where he was a member of the choir. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cunningham Funeral home in Bridgeport, Ill.
36-year-old Adam Lee Smith of Chattanooga, TN died Thursday afternoon when the van he was driving rear-ended a semi stopped in traffic on I-64 near the I-57 split in Jefferson County. Traffic was backed up in the construction zone when Smith’s van ran into the back of a semi. The semi driver was not hurt.
A benefit pork chop dinner will be held this evening in front of the Wayne County Courthouse to help the family of Jonathan Lee. Jonathan has been hospitalized for more than a month. The dinner will be available from 4:30 until 6:30 this evening. The cost is by donation.
Thursday’s guests at the Fairfield Rotary Club’s meeting were Curt Robbins, Fairfield FFA sponsor and members Katie Liston and Leah Carter. They talked about their involvement in FFA and what it means to them. Lea recently received a $2,500 scholarship to the University of Illinois. Liston was in the top five of the U of I Award competition recently at the state science fair. Rotarian David Savage arranged for Thursday’s program. Prior to Thursday’s meeting, the club accepted Jenny Crippen with Lemonds Chevrolet/Chrysler in Fairfield as a new member. Pictured above left to right are David Savage, Katie Liston, Lea Carter and Curt Robbins. Insert photo is new Rotary Club member Jenny Crippen.;
New Hope’s Scholastic Bowl Team is the winner of the IESA Regional Scholastic Bowl held in Cisne this week. The team now advances to Sectional play on Monday in Assumption, IL.
Sunday, May 12 has been set as Graduation Day for Fairfield Community High School. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the FCHS gymnasium. School Board President Larry Vest will present diplomas to 84 graduating seniors.