Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has introduced his choice for the District’s new chief financial officer – and he is a Fairfield native. Jeffrey S. DeWitt has held the position of chief financial officer in Phoenix, AZ since 2009. In Phoenix, DeWitt managed a $3.4 billion budget. Washington’s city budget is approximately $10 billion. A graduate of Fairfield Community High School, DeWitt holds a bachelor’s degree in geology and earth science from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. and a master’s degree in water resource management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. If he is confirmed by D.C. Council, DeWitt would replace Natwar Gandhi. Fifteen years ago, the city almost went bankrupt, but is now working on a $1.5 billion surplus.
Liz Ann Woodrow has announced her candidacy for Wayne County Clerk on the Republican ticket in the 2014 election. Liz Ann and husband Ronnie have lived on the family farm in Barnhill for 35 years. Ron farms. Liz Ann worked for 24 years as Office Manager at Walters Buildings. She has worked the last 3 years at the Wayne Co. Soil & Water Dist. as Administrative Coordinator. Liz Ann is in her second term on the Wayne County Board representing Dist#5, serving on the Finance, Policy & Negotiating Committees on the Board.
Two teenage boys have been formally charged with arson in connection with the August 24 fire that destroyed the old Grayville High School. The boys, ages 13 and 16, have been released into the custody of their parents pending a November 4 court appearance. Both face a class-2 felony charge of arson. The Illinois EPA has agreed to fund the cleanup of the burned out building.
Mount Carmel City Police along with agents of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force have made several drug arrests in connection with a lengthy investigation dating back to last year. The suspects include 52-year-old Thomas Compton of Mt. Carmel, 59-year-old Robert Breen of Allendale, 55-year-old Melvin Arrington of Bone Gap and 45-year-old Steven Curry of Mt. Carmel. More arrests are likely, police said.
At this month’s meeting of the North Wayne School Board, members voted to hire Jessica Crawford as head Cisne Middle School basketball coach. Sarah Sudkamp has been hired as the assistant coach.
Wayne City Bean Days is this weekend. A 5-K run has been set for 7:30 Saturday morning. A tractor show is set to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday. The annual parade will be at 10 a.m. An all class reunion has been set from 2 – 5 Sunday.
ARF’s 13th Birthday Cookout with Darrell Meritt is this Saturday at the Ellen Moore Church parking lot. ARF will also be selling 50/50 raffle tickets, HOWLowen Hairball tickets, ARF shirts, hats and memberships. The event will run from 9 – 2 this Saturday.
A benefit dinner to help Curt and Judy Wood of Fairfield has been set for this Sunday at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. Serving will be from 11 – 1:15. The cost is by donation. Curt Wood remains hospitalized with a serious heart ailment.