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Headlines for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pope fire


Fire heavily damaged the Mike and Debbie Pope home at 513 SE Third Street in Fairfield this morning.  An electrical short around a dryer in the utility room is believed to have caused the blaze that broke out shortly after 7:30 this morning.  The occupants were able to escape without injury.  Fairfield City and Fairfield Rural Firefighters battled the fire.

Today marks the 60th anniversary of WFIW AM 1390. The station began regular commercial broadcasting at 1 p.m. on August 21, 1953.  The station is now owned by the Vincennes, Ind. based Original Company.

White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud issued a statement Tuesday about his decision not to go forward with a full jury trial in the double-murder case of Danny K. Coston.  Following a stipulated bench trial before a judge on Monday Coston was found guilty of the August, 2012 slayings of Jessi Evans, 17 of Norris City and Jacob Wheeler, 22 of Centerville. Aud said the decision to avoid a jury trial followed lengthy discussions with the victims’ families. The families agreed to avoid a full-blown jury trial so long as Coston would serve no less than 50 years in prison. The state has requested a 53 year sentence. Formal sentencing has been set for Sept. 17.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration has funded a $1 million grant to the City of Carmi. The money will be used to fund the construction of access roads and sewer lines for the city-owned industrial park.  Businesses in Carmi were severely impacted by flooding in 2011. The business park will provide a location outside of the flood plain for area businesses.

50-year-old Brian Kelly Jenner of Olney has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a two-count federal indictment charging him with conspiring with others to manufacture meth.

Fairfield Community High School is hosting an open house this Friday from 5 – 6 p.m.  Parents are encouraged to come out and tour the building and meet with their student’s teachers. A Meet the Mules Night will also be featured from 6 – 7 p.m.

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