47-year-old Samuel L. Clark of St. Francisville, IL died Friday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle on the Route 161 extension just east of county road 615 East in northern Wayne County, skidded off the roadway and hit a culvert before becoming airborne and overturning. Clark was ejected from the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor. An Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Officer has been assigned to the investigation.
A suspected “quick change artist” from Cincinnati, OH was jailed on charges he scammed several southern Illinois businesses out of hundreds of dollars, including the Countrymark Convenience Store in Fairfield. 60-year-old Jay V. Jackson is accused of scamming the store out of $180 last July, and is wanted for similar thefts in Richland, White and Effingham counties. Fairfield Police Chief Brad Winter said Jackson is also a suspect in other cases in Missouri and Kansas. Jackson was transferred from the Franklin County, IN jail to the White County Jail at Carmi on Thursday.
At this week’s meeting of the North Wayne school board, several non-tenured teachers were rehired for the coming school year. They include Jessica Hinckley, Beth Shamhart, Adam Ellis, Sue Pixley, Todd Burroughs, Katie Peugh, Sarah Sudkamp, Chynna Keyser, Christal Lewis and Darla Ginglesberger. Heather Oldendorf was rehired for next school year and placed on tenure, and Coutrney Daugherty was hired to fill the business teacher vacancy at Cisne High School. The board also honorably dismissed two non-certified instructors at the end of the current school year, Glenna Michael as Pre-K Parent Coordinator and Rick Dennison as an individual special education aide.
27-year-old Dustin Lee Kieffer of Mt. Carmel, IL was hurt Thursday night when his car crashed into Timberlake Furniture in Keensburg. Wabash County Sheriff Joe Keeling said Kieffer was northbound on Wabash County road 900 North when he lost control of the vehicle, hit a utility pole and crashed into the furniture building. Kieffer was taken to Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL and later transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. Sheriff Keeling said “alcohol is suspected” as a contributing factor in the accident.
Frontier Community College is accepting sealed bids through this Thursday, March 27th, for a computer custom-built by students enrolled in the Information Systems Support associate degree program. Bidding should start at $200 with the computer to be sold to the highest bidder. The computer has a tower only with no monitor. Sealed bids can be dropped off at the Learning Resource Center Monday through Thursday until 8 p.m. or by mail at #2 Frontier Drive in Fairfield. More information is available by calling 842-3711.