Officials with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations have suspended indefinitely the medical license of the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel. The medical and controlled substance licenses of Dr. Miriam Baumgart have been suspended indefinitely after she diverted drugs from the emergency room for her own use while on duty as an ER physician.

Terry WilsonJoe StefkoEdith GulleyAgents of the S. Ill. Drug Task Force made three arrests early this morning after following up on a tip from the public about drug activity on Quail’s Run Lane southwest of Harrisburg. Terry Wilson, 49 (left) faces charges of possession of meth, meth making materials and manufacture of meth. Joseh P. Stefko, 50 of Harrisburg (center) faces multiple drug charges and charges of aggravated unlawful use of weapons and possession of anhydrous ammonia. A third suspect arrested as part of the investigation was Edith J. Gulley, 27 of Cahokia. (right)  She has been charged with driving suspended, driving without headlights and illegal use of an amplified sound system.

Plans are in the works to bring a licensed and certified athletic trainer to Fairfield Community High School. If approved, the trainer would be provided by Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel. The trainer would conduct baseline testing for concussion prevention, health and nutrition, overall injury prevention, minimal rehabilitation and first aid. The trainer would be scheduled to attend the majority of FCHS Sporting events.

The walk-in freezer at Fairfield Community High School failed over the Fourth of July holiday, resulting in the loss of more than $600 in food. A Servpro cleanup team was hired to dispose of the spoiled food and sanitize the facility.

Registration for all FCHS students has been set for Wednesday, July 31 from 1 – 6 and Thursday, August 1 from 10-2. The first day of classes will be August 15.

Two Richland County women were sentenced to federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to charges they conspired with others to manufacture meth. Libby J. French, 49 of Claremont drew an 87 month sentence. Debra J. Harms, 41 of Olney was sentenced to 97 months in prison.

56-year-old Charles Wilkin of Centralia has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. In pleading guilty, Wilkin admitted he picked up a gun, pointed it as his daughter, and pulled the trigger while the two were involved in a “mild disagreement” over household chores.   Wilkin said he thought the gun was unloaded.

The free watermelon and cantaloupe distribution in downtown Fairfield today has been cancelled.

Moto-Cross action will be the featured grandstand event at the Edwards County Fair tonight.  Local talent will also be performing tonight in the Exhibition Building.

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