The Wayne County Board has approved construction of a new security entrance to the Wayne County courthouse. The structure will be built on the north side of the courthouse where the elevator is located. The budget for the project, which will include improvements to other exterior doors and the addition of additional surveillance video, has been put at $304,000. Once constructed, the new security entrance will be the only way into the courthouse. Those entering the courthouse will be subject to search and their belongings will be passed through a security scanner. Construction could begin as early as June.
Michael Brown, the Chief Financial Officer at Fairfield Memorial Hospital is leaving. Brown is leaving March 27 to take a CFO position at the Carlinville Area Hospital. He has been at Fairfield Memorial Hospital for 20 years. Brown is moving to Staunton to be closer to his family. Until his replacement has been hired, Alliant Management Services will assist the hospital in its day to day financial operations.
The Wayne County Board has given the county highway engineer approval to lease a John Deere excavator and a new truck. The excavator lease is for five years – the truck is a three year lease.
46-year-old Edward G. Keller of McLeansboro has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after admitting he stole a 250 feet roll of cable from a local communications firm. Hamilton County State’s attorney Justin Hood says Keller’s get-away driver and girlfriend Bobbie J. Barmes, 31 of McLeansboro admitted her role in the heist and was placed on two years of court supervision.
Saline County Sheriff’s police report the seizure of 161 suspected marijuana plants from three indoor grow operations in the county – two of them in Carrier Mills. Police also seized 7 firearms and one pound of processed marijuana.
Rotary Assistant District Governor Bill Hackler of Mt. Carmel was the featured speaker at Thursday’s Fairfield Rotary Club meeting. Hackler gave a brief history of the Rotary Club and spoke about the activities of Rotary International. Hackler also announced his intentions to step down as Rotary assistant Governor at the end of June. Dr. Tim Taylor of Fairfield will replace Hackler. Pictured are Hackler (left) and Dr. Taylor.