TRAFFIC NOTE – County Road 1800 in Jasper Township  has been closed due to a culvert being washed out.  repairs won’t be m hereade until sometime Saturday.  Also, eastbound traffic on I-64 at the 107-mile marker in Wayne County will be shut down for at least an hour this afternoon (until around 3 p.m.) due to a tree across the roadway.

Recent heavy rains are pushing area rivers out of their banks. The Little Wabash at Carmi is forecast to crest more than six feet above flood stage by next Wednesday.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is expected to hit 19.2 ft. by Saturday – more than four feet above flood stage.

59-year-old Rhanda G. Waldrop of Fairfield was arrested Thursday evening on a charge of theft.  Waldrop is accused of taking a bank envelope containing $720 that a local man inadvertently left on the counter at the Clark Service Station. Police reviewed surveillance video of the incident and identified Waldrop as their suspect.

One of the soldiers killed in a mass shooting at Fort Hood Texas is from Effingham.  Army Sgt. Timothy Owens was one of four people, including the gunman, killed during Wednesday’s attack at Fort Hood.

Fairfield City Police, in cooperation with the Wayne County Health Department conducted a series of tobacco compliance checks in Fairfield Thursday.  Chief Brad Winter reports that none of the ten retail businesses checked sold tobacco products to minors.

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Thursday night, area students competed in a county/district speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. The first-place winner was Macie Clark, a 7th grade student from New Hope School.  Her parents are Wes and Rhonda Clark.  Macie wins a $50 cash award and a trophy. Second-place winner was Riley Gill, a 7th grader at Cisne and son of Nathan and Leslie Gill.  Third place went to Chesnie Johnston, an 8th grader at Geff and daughter of Shawn and Teri Johnston.  Gill and Johnston also received trophies.  Pictured above left to right: Cindy Ellis, Jasper Assistant Principal; Riley Gill, Macie Clark, and Chesnie Johnston.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is moving its Business and Health Information Office to the Mattie B. Rinard facility next Thursday.  The new office suites will be located across the hall from the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Administrative Suite.

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