Fire gutted the Shawn Reynolds mobile home on N.W. 6th Street in Fairfield this afternoon. Fairfield firemen got the call at 12:30 this afternoon. When they arrived flames were showing from the front of the home. As firemen made their entry to the home, a small black and white dog that had been under a blanket in the living room fled the trailer unharmed. Firemen brought out two more dogs. One was dead. Firemen were able to resuscitate another small chihuahua. No one home when the fire broke out. The house was a total loss. The cause remains under investigation.
Woolsey Operating, LLC has been issued another drilling permit by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The latest permit is for a project in Edwards County – the Luthe #1 well. Woolsey plans to drill the well to a depth of 8,300 feet – to the Potosi formation, which is a Dolomite formation. Les Wilson Drilling of Carmi will be the contractor on the project.
With uncertainty surrounding how well the State of Illinois will be able to fund local school districts, many area counties are moving forward with plans to ask the public to approve a sales tax increase to fund school facilities. Wayne County is expected to place the question on the November ballot, along with neighboring Edwards County. If approved the money could only be used for school facilities – not salaries.
The police investigation of Fairfield Community High School teacher and coach Timothy Going continues. Forensic scientists with the Illinois State Police continue to examine computer related equipment seized at Going’s home in search of more evidence of illegal videotaping. Going is now awaiting trial in Wayne and St. Clair Counties on charges he secretly videotaped underage girls. Total bond in both cases now amounts to $500,000.
21-year-old Lee D. Linder of Grayville has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in White County Circuit Court to a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. The state has recommended that Linder participate in the state’s impact incarceration program – more commonly known as Boot Camp.
22-year-old Bobby L. Powell of Fairfield was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of disorderly conduct. Local residents called police after witnessing Powell screaming at passing cars while waving his arms wildly. Police say Powell was “highly intoxicated.”