Darrell MerittDarrell Meritt received the Community Service Award at the annual meeting of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Monday night. Darrell has been instrumental in continuing the tradition of weekend benefit cookouts on the parking lot of the Ellen Moore United Methodist Church.  Meritt said last year the cookouts netted $47,319 for a wide range of charities.  He has also been involved in keeping the tradition of the Secret Santa Tree alive. The program provides Christmas gifts for needy Wayne County children. Darrell says this will be his last year heading up the cookouts. Pictured are Fairfield Chamber President Charlotte St. Ledger presenting the award to Darrell Meritt.

Horizon Healthcare was honored Monday night as the Business of the Year. Fairfield Memorial Hospital CEO Katherine Bunting accepted the award and made a power point presentation highlighting the history and mission of the medical facility.

Fire destroyed the Silas Wayne Fulkerson residence near Barnhill Monday afternoon.  The mobile home, located on U.S. Rt. 45 near the Barnhill crossroads was fully engulfed in flames when Fairfield Rural firemen arrived shortly before 4:30 Monday afternoon. No one was hurt. The home was considered a total loss.

The board and administration of Jasper School are considering a number of deep cuts in programs and services to offset lower government funding. Cuts being considered include the elimination of the EXTRA after school program, elimination of extra-curricular transportation and elimination of the school’s instrumental band program. Parents are encouraged to voice their concerns about the cuts at the Monday, March 18 board meeting. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the music room.

Cisne FFA member, Mikayla Massie has been named the District 5 Star in Agribusiness in Monday night’s interview competition at Rend Lake College. Mikayla’s supervised agriculture experience involves her lawn mowing service – MMC Mowing in which she maintains commercial businesses and local cemeteries.

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