The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a Sunday morning fire that claimed the lives of two rural Dahlgren, Ill. residents. Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald has identified the victims as Fern Thierry, 67 and her granddaughter, Kara Munce, 17. Ewald said a neighbor spotted the fire around 3:50 Sunday morning and called authorities. Fern Thierry’s husband, Charles P. Thierry was not home at the time. Friends said he had left the home to spend the night with his elderly father. Coroner Ewald said the victim’s bodies were found in the kitchen area of the home and were recovered shortly after 10 a.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The single story frame home was a total loss. Coroner Ewald said no foul play is suspected.
A huge fundraiser is planned for this Friday night to help a Grayville couple with medical expenses. Rick Howard, a 50-year-old oilfield worker is suffering from a very aggressive form of cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. The Grayville Moose Lodge is sponsoring Friday’s event which will feature a fish fry, chicken and dumplings, a silent auction and entertainment by Deuces Wild. The event will start at 6:30 Friday night.
The Albion City Council has approved the hiring of an independent attorney to review a contract with Greenwalt Construction Company of Wayne City to build a new fire station. Some members of the Albion City Council question how the contract was amended to be $62,000 higher than the original agreement. Construction of the new fire house has been suspended until questions about the contract have been answered.
Vandals used black spray paint to damage cars, signs and a garage door on Summer Street in Fairfield over the weekend. Vandals spray painted the headlights of one car, and painted obscenities on the Keoughan Well Servicing sign. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to phone the Wayne County Crimestoppers Hotline at 842-9777.
A Sumner man was arrested on warrant Sunday night following a traffic stop in Fairfield. 29-year-old Don A. Harvey was wanted out of Lawrence County for failure to appear in court on charges of being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, permitting a juvenile to become intoxicated and for driving revoked or suspended. Harvey was booked at the Wayne County jail pending the posting of $425 cash bond.
The Cisne FFA Horticulture team of Chloe Byars, Hayden McInnis, Cassie Billington, Audrey Kelly and Chynna Byars received second place last week in competition at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Thirty-six students from eight schools participated.
Last minute tax filers are encouraged to make a donation today to help military families. By marking a special box on your state income tax returns, you can make a donation to the Military Family Relief Fund and support military families. The fund provides $500 grants to military families in need.