W. Russell “Russ” Withers, Jr. founder and owner of Withers Broadcasting Companies which owns six television stations and 30 radio stations died Friday night at his home in Mount Vernon, Ill. He was 76. Across Southern Illinois, Withers owned and operated radio stations WROY/WRUL in Carmi, WEBQ in Harrisburg, WMCL in McLeansboro, WREZ in Metropolis, WYNG in Mount Carmel, WMIX in Mount Vernon, Ill. and WISH in Galatia. He also operated television stations in Michigan and West Virginia. Services are pending at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m. During the meeting, the council is expected to discuss the idea of allowing Sunday liquor sales at businesses that have a liquor license. Package liquor stores would be exempt. The council is also scheduled to discuss an initiative that would update and expand the current smoke-free areas in the city, as well as a funding request from the Retail Merchants for activities and new city maps.
23-year-old Ryan Tibbs of Cisne has been sentenced to 180 days in the Wayne County Jail after his probation on a 2012 possession of drug paraphernalia conviction was revoked. Tibbs appeared in Wayne County Circuit Court Thursday on a petition to revoke his probation based on his arrest last May on charges of DUI, driving without insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Tibbs was given credit for 12 days already served.
21-year-old Dewey F. Desch Jr. and 20-year-old Charlie E. Schnepper both of Fairfield were arrested early Friday morning after allegedly driving their Jeeps through a local farmer’s field, leaving deep ruts. County police were called to the Lakeview bottoms around 1:30 a.m. on a report that two Jeeps were stuck in the mud on the Joseph E. Thoele property. Desch and Schnepper were eventually cited for criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to property.
57-year-old Nancy Hunter of Flat Rock, IL died Friday afternoon in an accident in rural Lawrence County. State police said Hunter was driving her vehicle on a county road about six miles east of Birds, when she cross the centerline and hit a truck head-on, driven by 63-year-old Richard M. Churchwell of Lawrenceville, IL. Police said neither driver was wearing a seat belt. Churchwell was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, IN following the accident.
The Allendale Rural Fire Protection District recently installed a new service to improve the rapid response and management of its firefighters. The service, called FIRE-QRVS, is a firefighter response verification and fire department management system designed to complement existing 911 dispatch systems. The technology employs the use of computers, mobile smart phones, text messaging, GPS and the Internet to provide more timely and accurate communication between firefighters.