22-year-old Kristen Swan and 38-year-old Holly Angle, both of Cisne, were arrested on domestic battery charges Thursday night following a disturbance at a residence on county road 1625N in Cisne.  County police said Swan and Angle both stated the other allegedly got into a fight over a phone that Angle had allegedly tried to take from Swan, with each stating the other allegedly grabbed them by the arm and hit them in the face.  Both were lodged in the Wayne County Jail shortly after 9 p.m.

Ground was broken Thursday by Carmi-based Elastec/American Marine for a new helipad at the site of the future Phoenix Health Care System in Carmi.  The Phoenix Foundation of Southern Illinois reopened the Phoenix Rehabilitation and nursing facility in 2008 in what was the Carmi Township Hospital Skilled Care Unit.  The foundation hopes to open a ten-bed hospital with a 24/7 emergency room in the former hospital in the near future.  Carmi has been without a hospital since the Carmi Township Hospital closed in 2005.

The Fairfield Community High School board met last night for their monthly meeting.  Superintendent David Savage informed the board of shortfalls in state aid payments over the past few years.  Actual payments to the district have amounted to just over $1,611,000 compared to around $1,817,000 that the state actually owes, representing a loss of just over $205,000.  Savage said over the past three years the district has lost over $533,000 in state aid payments.

The FCHS board voted to accept the resignation of Lady Mules Head Track Coach Chet Snyder during last night’s meeting.  Following an executive session the board also voted to hire Kali Strong and Natalie Hurd as freshman co-class sponsors and appointed Bryce Kovachi as a volunteer volleyball coach and Quentin Baker as a volunteer football coach for the 2013-2014 school year, and voted to rehire all spring sports coaches.

Fire heavily damaged a mobile home owned by Gary and Linda Bopp southwest of Fairfield late Thursday morning.  The home was fully engulfed in flames when firemen arrived shortly after 10 a.m.  No one was injured, and the occupants of the rental home were able to escape the burning structure.  The fire was believed to have started in a bathroom.

City police are investigating a break-in at the Fairfield Wal-Mart Thursday.  Assistant Chief Cameron Simpson says employees reported the break-in early this morning, stating a cash register near the gardening section had been broken into with an undisclosed amount of cash stolen.  Police are reviewing video surveillance to determine a suspect.

Authorities have identified the victim found Tuesday night in eastern Lawrence County.  The body of 32-year-old Jonathan Brenton of Vincennes, IN was found at 7:47 Tuesday night near Memorial Bridge in Westport.  An autopsy was conducted Thursday, although the manner and cause of death are still pending.  Identification of the body was made through dental records and personal effects.

The North Wayne School District will conduct open houses next week.  Cisne Middle and Cisne High School will have their open house on Wednesday, August 21st from 5 to 6 p.m.  Cisne High School students will receive homework passes if two adult family members come to the high school’s open house.  Mt. Erie and Johnsonville schools will have their open house on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Coffee CottageIn ceremonies Thursday, the Evansville Courier and Press announced the Coffee Cottage & Cafe as “The Readers’ Choice Award Gold Winner for Best Place for Breakfast” in Evansville, IN.  The cafe is owned by Mill Shoals native Jill Carter, and will be featured in this Sunday’s Evansville Courier and Press.  The Coffee Cottage & Cafe is located at 612 S. Weinbach, next to the University of Evansville campus.

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