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Headlines for Monday, September 15, 2014

FormGOING, TIMOTHY Cer Fairfield Community High School teacher and cross-country coach Timothy C. Going is expected to plead guilty this week to charges he secretly videotaped FCHS female athletes at a Metro-East hotel where they were staying in advance of an athletic event.  Going is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court at E. St. Louis this Wednesday for a “Change of Plea” hearing.  He faces federal charges of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.  He faces up to 30 years in prison on the unlawful videotaping charge and another ten years in the child porn case.

42-year-old Dallas Broz of Fairfield was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly torched a Chevy Blazer that belonged to him and his girlfriend, 44-year-old Dawn M. Turner of 1206 Illinois Avenue.  Police initially found the Blazer parked over a smoldering fire in the yard late Saturday night. After separating the couple from a domestic disturbance and moving the car, firemen were called back early Sunday morning to find the Blazer fully engulfed in flames. Broz faces charges of arson and reckless conduct.

Some very unusual items auctioned off last month to help satisfy a $1.8 million court judgment against former Mt. Carmel businessman Kevin C. Williams failed to bring the high bids many had expected.  Strands of hair from Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, George Washington and Andrew Jackson brought only $225 each.  Williams remains in federal prison where he is serving time for swindling an elderly Mt. Carmel woman out of nearly $2 million.

26-year-old Joseph J. Reese of West Frankfort was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Jeep on U.S. Rt. 45 in rural Saline County.  The driver of the Jeep, 40-year-old Angela R. Reid of Harrisburg was cited for failure to yield at a private road.

The Wayne County Golf Course will host the 27-hole Midway Package Liquors 2-Man Chicken Feed Scramble this Saturday.  A sign-up sheet is located outside the pro shop at the golf course.


Headlines for Saturday, September 13, 2014

The annual Fairfield Fall Fun Fest wraps up today.  Activities include the Classic Car Show on the Lemonds Chevy/Chrysler parking lot and the Kiddie Parade this morning.  Afternoon activities include the Gong Show at 1 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent, Animals Requesting Friends Outrageous Dog Contest at 4 p.m. and a Chicken and Rib Cook-off Tasters Choice at 5 p.m.  Tonight’s activities include the Chuck A Duck, along with performances by the Fortress Quartet and Egyptian Combo at 6:30.

Winners have been named in the Fun Fest 5K Run/Walk held Thursday night.  The top male runners were Ron Moore, Lane Harvey and Patrick Harvey.  Top male walkers were Clayton White, Chris Drone, and Pete Orth.  Top female runners were Amelia Lingafelter, Leah Sample and Kerri Meritt.  Top female walkers were Carolyn Schmidt, Amy Moore and Linda Monge.

Wednesday’s blood drive at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield produced 58 units of blood, just two short of the goal set for the drive.  Winners of the Wal-Mart $20 gift certificiates were Margaret Boucherie of Mill Shoals and Michael Simpson of Fairfield.  Several donors were presented with pins for donating gallons of blood over the years, including James Thompson for donating 14 gallons.

54-year-old Kenneth G. Summers of Belleville, IL was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident late Thursday night after the school bus he was driving ran into the rear of a vehicle that was stopped in a construction zone on I-57 in Jefferson County.  Traffic was being directed into the right northbound lane by police when Summers approached the scene and was unable to stop in time.  Both drivers and a passenger in the vehicle were taken to local hospitals for treatment.  None of the 23 passengers on the school bus were injured.

Illinois State Police at the DuQuoin post are asking for the public’s help in locating a man whose last known address is Carbondale, IL and was last seen on foot in the New Burnside, IL area.  27-year-old Tyree M. Neal Jr. (pictured left) is described as black male, 5′ 8” tall weighing 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and gold teeth.  He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.  He is being sought by police in connection with a vehicular high jacking, ramming a squad car, aggravated fleeing and eluding and outstanding warrants.  Anyone with information should call (618) 542-2171.


Headlines for Friday, September 12, 2014

42-year-old Christopher L. Padgett of Fairfield was jailed Thursday night on a warrant charging him with unlawful presence in school.  Police pulled Padgett’s vehicle over near the intersection of Main Street and Clarence Avenue around 5:20 p.m.  Bond on the warrant was $1500 cash.

Fairfield city police took  22-year-old Michael Lee of Fairfield into custody after an officer spotted him riding a bike on NW 3rd Street Thursday afternoon and knew he was wanted on warrant.  He was jailed on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a battery charge.  Bond was set at $375.

47-year-old Sheri L. Thomason of Fairfield was taken into custody Thursday night at her home on Laurel Street on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a drug paraphernalia possession charge.  Bond on Thomason was set at $375.

A Flood Warning is in effect the next few days along the Little Wabash River at Clay City.  The river is forecast to remain above the 18-foot flood stage through Saturday evening.  The area received heavy rainfall Wednesday night as a cold front moved through, bringing cooler temperatures which should last into early next week, along with drier weather.

A blood drive held Wednesday at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield resulted in 58 units of blood being collected, just two units short of the goal of 60 units.  Winners of the Wal-Mart $20 gift certificates were Margaret Boucherie of Mill Shoals and Michael Simpson of Fairfield.  Several donors were awarded gallon pins at the drive.  There was one new blood donor Wednesday, Ruth Hazel of Fairfield.

54-year-old Kenneth G. Summers of Belleville, IL was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident late Thursday night following a crash in Jefferson County involving a school bus.  State police said Summers was driving the school bus which approached a construction zone at the 89-mile marker on Interstate 57 and was unable to avoid hitting a vehicle which was stopped in the right lane due to construction on the interstate.  The impact caused the bus to come to rest in the median.  Police said none of the 23 passengers on the bus were hurt.  Summers and the driver of the vehicle he rear-ended, along with a passenger, were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge, has announced the activity and enforcement figures for the month of August.  Troopers in District 19 issued 388 citations and 698 written warnings during August, which included 125 speeding tickets, two DUI arrests, 89 seat belt citations and four child-restraint citations.  Troopers also investigated one fatal traffic crash during August.

Eli Sharp, son of Becky Sharp and Todd Miller, was crowned the Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Prince Thursday night.  Eden Duckworth, daughter of Jess and Morgan Duckoworth, was crowned the Fun Fest Princess.  Activities tonight include performances by Tressie and the Mixers starting at 6 p.m. and The Blend at 8:30 p.m on the Main Stage.

Thursday’s winning Fall Fun Fest button numbers drawn are #561 and #260  each worth $25.  Prize money can be picked up at the offices of McDowell, Kenshalo & Jesop.

Two Illinois lawmakers announced Thursday they would be working towards passage of legislation to bolster a program that provides grants to local police departments to install video recording equipment in police vehicles and expand it to include body cameras for officers.  The measure would allow police departments to apply for grants to purchase either body-mounted or dashboard cameras for use in vehicles.  The grants would be funded by an additional $6 surcharge on those who are convicted or plead guilty to criminal or traffic offenses.


Headlines for Thursday, September 11, 2014

52-year-old Mark W. Johnson of Maunie has been sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to a Class 3 felony charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.  He was also ordered to serve one year mandatory supervised release following the prison sentence.  Several drug charges were dropped in return for the guilty plea, according to White County States Attorney Denton Aud.

24-year-old Ryan Tibbs of Cisne was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident early Tuesday morning in Saline County.  State police say Tibbs rear ended a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Kenneth D. Weasel of Crossville as he was in the southbound lane of College Road waiting to make a turn into the Southeastern Illinois College parking lot.  Tibbs was taken to an Eldorado hospital following the accident.

29-year-old Chance Ty Gilbert of McLeansboro was cited following an accident in rural Hamilton County Wednesday morning.  State police say Gilbert was southbound on Hamilton County road 1150E at 525N when Gilbert told them a truck tractor turned onto the roadway in front of him.  Gilbert swerved his vehicle to avoid a collision, causing it to leave the roadway and hit a ditch embankment.  Gilbert was taken to Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro for treatment of his injuries.  He was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no valid driver’s license and DUI-drugs.

Voters in Hamilton County will decide in November if they want to authorize the county’s Ambulance Fund be used to assist in setting up an enhanced 911 system in the county.  Hamilton County is one of ten counties in the state without enhanced 911.  In 2013 the county received state approval from lawmakers to access the Ambulance Fund to assist with 911.  The Hamilton County Emergency Telephone System Board says there are several benefits to enhanced 911, including the ability for dispatchers to pinpoint a caller’s location, even if they’re unable to speak.

The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opened last night with Church Night, featuring gospel music.  Threatening weather forced the event to be moved to the First Christian Church.  Activities tonight include the Fun Fest Prince and Princess Contest at 6:30 in the Entertainment Tent followed by the Roasted Chestnuts Brass Quintet at 7 p.m.  A 5K Run/Walk begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Court and NE 4th Street.  Winning Fall Fun Fest Buttons for Wednesday were #538 and #343.

EOM August Bonnie Catton SCU ActivitiesEach month, Fairfield Memorial Hospital honors an employee who has exemplified outstanding patient care and customer service internally and externally.  In August, Bonnie Catton, Activities Director was named Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Month.  (Pictured is FMH’s Social Services Director, Andrea Shupe, MSW, LCSW, presenting the August Employee of the Month Plaque to Bonnie Catton, Activities Director for the Skilled Care Unit)

 

 

 

Winning numbers drawn at the Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Wednesday were: #538 and #343  each worth $25.  Prize money can be picked up at the offices of McDowell, Kenshalo & Jesop.


Headlines for Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced 19 grant awards totaling over $1.5 million to local governments in the state to be used to conduct inspections at permitted pollution control facilities, such as landfills, and to investigate citizen complaints about illegal dumping.  Wayne County is among the grant recipients in the state, receiving a grant award of $32,902.  To be eligible for the solid waste enforcement grant, local governments must enter into delegation agreements with the Illinois EPA, in which they agree to hire and train landfill inspectors under the state’s certification requirements.

18-year-old Lucas M. Carey of Fairfield was arrested by city police Tuesday afternoon on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a DUI charge.  Police took Carey into custody at his Westwood Drive home.  He was lodged in the Wayne County Jail on $150 cash bond.

National Weather Service forecasters say the area has a chance of some strong or severe thunderstorms late this afternoon or early this evening, as a cold front is expected to move through the region.  Heavy rainfall is also a possibility.  Once the cold front passes, much cooler weather is forecast for the end of the week, with high temperatures barely getting above 70 degrees.

Edwards County taxpayers are being reminded that the first due date for taxes is next Wednesday, September 17th.  The second installment due date is October 22nd.  Taxes can be paid in person, by mail or by using the drop box on the northeast corner of the Courthouse in Albion.  A postmark of September 17th will be considered as on time for payments, otherwise a one and a half percent penalty will be added.  Those with questions can call (618) 445-3581.

The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opens this evening with gospel music in the Entertainment Tent starting at 6:30.  The Fun Fest Prince and Princess Contest will be held Thursday night at 6:30 in the Entertainment Tent.  The Fall Fun Fest runs through Saturday night, concluding with Egyptain Combo on the Main Stage from 6:30 til 10 p.m.

A southern Illinois man died after a zip lining accident.  38-year-old William Harris of Tamaroa, IL fell 33 feet from the backyard line Sunday night, according to an Associated Press report, and died instantly.  Harris had worked as a Marine Corp Veteran and a gurard at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center.


Headlines for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

16-year-old Nicholas O’Daniel died Monday afternoon after the car he was a passenger in ran off a rural Wayne County road, crashed through a guardrail and landed in a creek.  O’Daniel was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.  The driver of the car, Caleb Read of Fairfield suffered leg and ankle injuries and was transferred to Deaconess Hospital for further treatment.  O’Daniel was a junior at  Fairfield Community High School.  Services are pending at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

30-year-old Randall W. Gillihan of Mt. Carmel, IL was arrested Monday following the execution of a search warrant at his home on Hydraulic Avenue.  He was wanted on a Wabash County warrant for being in possession of child pornography.  Police say he is a registered sex offender who was recently arrested by Mt. Carmel police after failing to notify authorities of a change of address.  Gillihan is being held in the Wabash County Jail on $50,000 cash bond.

The Albion City Council met in special session Monday night to discuss the shallow water service lines recently installed by Haier Plumbing.  The service lines feed residents living on South 8th Street in Albion, and were found to be 14 inches below ground.  The council has formally requested that Haier come back and bury the lines at a depth of at least 30 inches below the planned level of the new street surface.

Three men were arrested on drug charges late Sunday night following a traffic stop in Fairfield.  A Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a pickup truck on NW 4th at Main Street in Fairfield for a license plate light being out.  A further investigation by police resulted in the arrest of 30-year-old Jarrod M. Talley of Carmi, 25-year-old Kiefer T. Best of Fairfield and 25-year-old Cody D. Gregory of Dickinson, ND on preliminary charges of being in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  All three were lodged in the Wayne County Jail.

A program on Civil War history will be presented tonight at 7 in the Fairfield Public Library.  The Wayne County Historical Society will feature Rick Moore of Broughton, presenting his research on Fort Shipley, which was constructed between Mill Shoals and Barnhill in 1864 on a bend of the Skillet Fork River.  The program is free and the public is welcome to attend.  The library’s west entrance will be open for the program.

The annual Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opens Wednesday night with gospel music at 6:30 in the Entertainment Tent.  Thursday night’s activities include the Fun Fest Prince and Princess Contest at 6:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent, with a performance by the Roasted Chestnuts Brass Quintet starting at 7 p.m.

Edwards County Treasurer Cindy Hocking is reminding taxpayers that the first due date for taxes is Wednesday, September 17th.  The second installment due date is Wednesday, October 22nd.  Taxes can be paid in person, by mail or by using the drop box on the northeast corner of the Courthouse in Albion.  Taxpayers can also pay online with a credit card.  More information is available by calling (618) 445-3581.


Headlines for Monday, September 8, 2014

16-year-old Nicholas O’Daniel died Monday afternoon when the car he was a passenger in ran off a rural Wayne County road, crashed through a guardrail and landed in a creek. The driver was identified as 16-year-old Caleb Read of Fairfield. O’Daniel was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He was a junior at Fairfield Community High School.  Read suffered a broken leg and ankle in the crash and was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Services for Nicholas O’Daniel are pending at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

County Coroner Jimmy Taylor and Fairfield City Police are investigating the death of a young Fairfield woman who was found dead in her N.W. 7th Street home Sunday morning.  The body of 25-year-old Ashley D. Clark was found at about 8:45 Sunday morning.  Officials said there were no outward signs of foul play.  However, Coroner Taylor has scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

House IItooley IIAn Evansville woman who had been missing for two months was found alive Saturday in a mobile home in Posey County.  30-year-old Joelle Lockwood had been held against her will and was caged at times, police said.  Two suspects have been arrested in the case. They have been identified as 37-year-old Rick R. House, Jr (left) and 44-year-old Kendra S. Tooley (right).  At one time, police searched an area south of Maunie near the Wabash River for the missing woman.  After being treated at a local hospital, Lockwood was returned to her family.

Industry and environmental groups are still hoping for changes to new rules governing the use of high pressure, high volume hydraulic fracturing. Comments from both sides will be submitted to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources ahead of a Sept. 16 hearing. There’s no word on when the new rules will be implemented and high volume fracking can begin in Southern Illinois.

Industry representatives from 15 countries from around the world will be in New Harmony this week for an oil spill response workshop. The event is being sponsored by Elastec/American Marine.  Millions of dollars’ worth of oil response equipment will be demonstrated during the event.

The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opens this Wednesday night in downtown Fairfield and runs through Saturday night.  Wednesday night will be Church Night with gospel music at 6:30 in the entertainment tent.


Headlines for Sunday, September 7, 2014

A little-known episode in local Civil War history will be the focus of a public program this Tuesday night at 7 at the Fairfield Public Library.  The Wayne County Historical Society will feature Rick Moore of Broughton, who will present his reserach on Fort Shipley.  Manned by Confederates and Southern sympathizers, the fort was constructed between Mill Shoals and Barnhill in 1864 on a bend of the Skillet Fork River.  The program is free and the public is welcome to attend.  The Second Street entrance of the library will be open for the program.

38-year-old Jeffrey T. Shaffer of Rosiclare, IL was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck in rural Saline County.  State police said Shaffer was northbound on Illinois Route 145 when his vehicle crossed the centerline and hit a southbound semi head-on, driven by 51-year-old Tony D. Tite of Ozark, IL.  Shaffer was pronounced dead at the scene.  The highway was closed for over six hours as an Illinois State Police accident reconstructionist officer and a commercial vehicle enforcement officer investigated the crash.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Five people were hurt in a two-vehicle wreck on Illinois Route 49 about two miles south of Casey, IL late Saturday afternoon.  State police at the Effingham post report that 16-year-old Tanner May of Marshal, IL was westbound on a county road approaching a stop sign at the intersection of Route 49 and failed to stop, causing his vehicle to be hit in the driver’s side by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Brad Musgrave of Oblong, who was northbound on Route 49.  The impact forced both vehicles into a field, ejecting May and causing Musgrave’s vehicle to catch fire.   Both drivers and a passenger in May’s vehicle and two passengers in Musgrave’s vehicle were taken to area hospitals following the crash.

The annual Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opens this Wednesday night in downtown Fairfield.  Gospel music will be featured at 6:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent.  Thursday night’s activities include the 5K Run/Walk at 6 p.m., the Prince and Princess Contest at 6:30 p.m. and a performance by the Roasted Chestnuts Brass Quintet at 7 p.m.

Published reports say Illinois’ pension liability as a percentage of state revenue is easily the highest in the nation, according to a major credit-rating agency.  The state’s three-year liability over revenue is reported to be 258 percent, more than 50 percent above the state of Connecticut with the next-highest rate, at 200 percent.  The report also said Illinois has a $100 billion deficit in the amount of money that should be invested in the portfolios of five state-employee pension accounts.  A plan to cut benefits and increase worker contributions to reduce the debt was adopted last fall by lawmakers.


Headlines for Saturday, September 6, 2014

Olivia Smith, the 7-year-old daughter of Tim and Emily Smith, was crowned this year’s Little Miss Geff Frontier Days.  1st runner-up is Ashley Anderson, 7-year-old daughter of Brian and Tammy Anderson, and 2nd runner-up is Chesney Young, 6-year-old daughter of Casey Musgrave and Christopher Young. The Geff Frontier Days celebration continues today, with the parade at 2 p.m. and a performance tonight by Toby Daskem starting at 6 p.m.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night in regular session.  Action expected during the meeting includes approving a street closing request for the Veteran’s Parade and the Retail Merchants, and the awarding of bids for brush clearing for Fairground Creek and Johnson Creek.  The council is also expected to discuss a street name change request, award a bid for a new mower for the cemetery department, and review and award bids for tree planting.

The annual Fairfield Fall Fun Fest opens this Wednesday night in downtown Fairfield and runs through next Saturday, September 13th.  Wednesday night will be Church Night, with gospel music starting at 6:30 in the Entertainment Tent.  The Fall Fun Fest concludes next Saturday night with musical performances by Chuck A Duck, the Fortress Quartet and Egyptian Combo.

The annual Wayne City Bean Days celebration is set for Saturday, September 27th beginning with a Tractor Show from 7-10 a.m.  Other activities include 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m.  A dance will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by a rodeo at the Wayne City Saddle Club at 7 p.m.  A Prom/Homecoming/Pageant dress sale will be held from noon til 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Wayne City.

An Associated Press reports says several top Illinois House lawmakers are considering a plan to overhaul the state’s school funding formula, which, if approved, could direct more state money to rural school districts at the expense of some urban areas.   Members of the group said they have been meeting recently at the request of House Speaker Michael Madigan.  The Illinois Senate declined to take up a measure last spring that called for the first widespread revamping of the school funding formula in nearly 20 years, the report said.


Headlines for Friday, September 5, 2014

Fairfield Memorial Hospital and Deaconess Hospital in Evansville have entered into an affiliation agreement. The agreement is designed to enhance services and increase collaboration between the two healthcare providers and the counties they serve. Fairfield Memorial will remain a local, independent hospital.

36-year-old Terry L. Morgan of McLeansboro has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Hamilton County charge of aggravated battery. In pleading guilty, Morgan admitted he used a baseball bat to beat up George Weingartner on August 12, putting the victim in Deaconess Hospital with serious head injuries.

Steven R. Ritchey, 54 of McLeansboro has been sentenced to 4 years in prison on an aggravated battery conviction. He admitted to beating up Howard Ritchey with a rake on July 29.

20-year-old Chelsea M. English of 1402 W. Main St. in Fairfield was arrested Thursday for domestic battery. She is accused of shoving and slapping her roommate, 24-year-old Kristin A. Abel.

Wayne County’s Confederate history will be the focus of a public program next Tuesday at the Fairfield Public Library.  During the Civil War, Fort Shipley was manned by Confederates and Southern sympathizers. The fort was constructed between Mill Shoals and Barnhill in 1864 on a bend of the Skillet Fork River. The program will start at 7 p.m. and will feature historian Rick Moore of Broughton.


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