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Headlines for Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Fairfield teen was injured late Thursday morning when the Mustang convertible he was driving flipped near the ball diamonds at Leo French Park.  Colin Koker’s Mustang struck a post first, then a large decorative rock before overturning, coming to rest on its top. There were no passengers in the vehicle.  Koker was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital following the 11:20 a.m. accident.   Minutes before the Koker accident, City Police responded to a motorcycle crash on Main Street near the Mach One Convenience Store entrance.  a 62-year-old woman was injured in the crash.  Her name was not immediately available.

FunJennyeral services have been set for 12-year-old Jenny Weiland of Ridgway. Weiland fell to her death Tuesday evening at the Garden of the Gods.  Officials say she lost her footing and fell 100 feet to her death from the Chimney Rock formation.  Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Ridgway. Jenny had been on a family outing when she fell. The accident happened shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.  The Saline County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death.

19-year-old Chelsea Carter of Mount Erie has been arrested on charges she stole lottery tickets from the Casey’s General Store in Albion. In a criminal information filed in the case by Edwards County State’s Attorney Michael Valentine, Carter is accused of taking Illinois Lottery Tickets with a value of more than $500, but less than $10,000.   The charge is a class-3 felony.

Fairfield native, Brian Hucker has been named head boys basketball coach at Grayville Community High School.  Brian is the son of Doyle and Toby Hucker of Fairfield.

edgren croppedWisconsin native, Dr. Jay Edgren, Jr. has been chosen as the new president at Frontier Community College.  He will be replacing Dr. Tim Taylor who is leaving at the end of the current fiscal year. Dr. Edgren comes to Fairfield from the Sanford Brown College in Seattle Washington.  He was one of two finalists for the job. The other finalist was Dr. Jeff Cutchin, Dean of Instruction at Olney Central College.


IBCA Joyce and SarahA Clay County man was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the IBCA’s Annual Banquet recently at Illinois State University in Bloomington.  54 year old Mark Weiler of Clay City was among several statewide coaches, players, officials, and others that were recognized during the event.  Beginning his radio broadcasting career at WNOI-FM in Flora back in 1978, Weiler was among five media inductees that were selected by a statewide panel of IBCA Board members.  With nearly 30 years now in radio broadcasting, Weiler has served as News Director at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney/Newton since 1991 and as the stations’ Sports Director since 1998.  It’s estimated that he has done the play-by-play for over 1,300 sporting event..  Weiler joins a host of downstate broadcasters that have been inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame including: Scott Allen (Mt. Carmel / 2009), Wyatt Drake (Harrisburg / 2005), Bill Hawley (Salem / 2001), Stan David (Fairfield / 2000), Jerry Tye (Robinson / 1994), and Larry Wilson (Effingham / 1991).

Edwards County E-911 officials have announced the launch of their Code Red reverse 911 calling system.  The system will be used to alert residents about weather warnings, crime alerts and other important information.  A test of the system will be carried out next Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m.  A short test call message introducing the system will be placed.

Morgan DoggetMorgan Doggett of Mill Shoals is the recipient of the 2014 White County Farm Bureau Young Leader Collegiate Scholarship. The $500 scholarship award was given in recognition of Morgan’s outstanding high school and collegiate academics, extracurricular activities and leadership potential.  She is currently attending Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel with plans to transfer to the University of Illinois where she will major in agriculture economics.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he has been personally blocking attempts by former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell to get his driver’s license back, adding that he cannot see a situation in which he would restore driving privileges to the former trooper. Mitchell lost his driving privileges over a 2007 crash on I-64 near Fairview Heights where two sisters were killed. Mitchell was driving his squad car over 100 mph at the time while using his cellphone and computer.

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