A Mill Shoals, Ill. man was fatally shocked Monday afternoon while welding at a residence near Fairfield, Ill. Mike Adams, 22 was operating a welder at the Dan Atkinson residence on Ill. Rt. 15 east of Fairfield when he was apparently electrocuted. Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor says an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning to confirm the cause of death. Adams was working as an independent contractor, welding on what was described as an air compressor tank when he was shocked. He was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital shortly after 12:15 Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. in the hospital emergency room.
Two Edwards County women were seriously injured Saturday night when the ATV they were riding missed a T-road near Mount Erie and crashed into an embankment. Keri D. Pearson, 20 of Browns was the driver. She and a passenger, Caitlinn L. Harris of Bone Gap were taken first to the hospital in Mt. Carmel and later transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Pearson was cited for DUI. The accident happened around 5 p.m.
Members of the United Auto Workers Local 543 have overwhelmingly approved a one year extension of their contract with Airtex Products in Fairfield. The vote was taken Sunday afternoon during a union gathering at Center Street School. The current contract was scheduled to expire on August 17. Union President Johnnie Baker declined to give the vote total. The union currently represents a little more than 300 workers.
Winners have been named in the annual Dr. Patrick Molt Golf Tournament in Fairfield. Pictured (Left to Right) Bill Book, WCGCI President; Joe Mitchell, Gross Champion; Josh Read 2nd Gross; Bill Taylor Net Champion; Steve Gustison, 2nd Net; Rafe Gonzalez 3rd Net. (Blaith Belangee, 3rd place Gross, was not present for photo).
29-year-old Justin Webb and his brother, 26-year-old Aaron Webb were jailed Friday after they allegedly beat up another brother, 25-year-old Shawn Webb at his home on N.W. 7th Street. Justin and Aaron Webb have been jailed on charges of home invasion, domestic battery and disorderly conduct.
Nearly four inches of rain fell Saturday evening in areas north of Wayne City. Flash flooding was reported in the Olney area, with more than two feet of water was reported over Lucas Street in Olney.
The railroad crossing on South First Street in Fairfield will be closed to all traffic this week as the Norfolk Southern Railroad makes major improvements to the crossing. Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation will set up a detour around the crossing. The work is expected to be completed by this Friday.
The Edwards County Fair is underway in Albion. Harness racing will be featured tonight and Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Free grandstand admission will be provided courtesy of Citizens National Bank on Monday and Borowiak IGA, Wabash Valley Service and Consolidated Grain and Barge on Tuesday. Wednesday night will feature the Illinois Truck and Tractor Pull starting at 6:30.