WWII hero and prominent White County horseman Harry Phil Pearce died Friday. He was 91. At the age of 22, Second Lt. Pearce was awarded the Navy Cross for his acts of heroism at Okinawa. The Presidential Citation stated that his actions saved the lives of at least 12 men. Pearce was called back to active duty during the Korean War and retired from the Marine Corps as a full Colonel. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Big Prairie United Methodist Church south of Epworth. Right photo is Pearce receiving the prestigious Navy Cross.
Ken Feather was injured Friday when fire swept through his garage near Wayne City. Feather suffered burns to his face, neck, ears and hands as he attempted to remove three vintage cars from the burning garage. Feather is recovering at home after receiving treatment for his burns at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
A commercial gas dryer caught fire Saturday morning, destroying a large portion of Hooper’s Cleaners in Fairfield. Fairfield City and Fairfield Rural Firemen battled the fire for over an hour. The workers inside the cleaners were able to escape unharmed.
Fairfield High School Varsity Scholastic Team traveled to Springfield Saturday for the State Masonic Tournament. FCHS was recognized as one of the top 18 Class-A teams in the State. FCHS falls to 32 and 14 on the year.
37-year-old Christopher L. Neville of Mt. Carmel was arrested Friday for domestic battery. He is accused of head-butting a family member during an altercation at his home. Neville was jailed pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond.