Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2015

District 19 Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Blessing has been awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic rescue of a motorist whose car had run off into a flooded drainage ditch last August. A native of Fairfield, Blessing rescued 54-year-old Allen L. Klein of McLeansboro. He is also credited with saving the life of a Good Samaritan who tried to help in the rescue, but started experiencing difficulty swimming and had to be pulled to safety.

An un-named investor has come forward to keep the financially ailing Phoenix Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Carmi open. Officials on Tuesday said the facility would have to close because of financial problems. Board members confirmed Thursday that an investor has come forward to keep the nursing facility afloat.

Jeri Ewing and Robert Crnovich of Fairfield were arrested Thursday night on a charge of domestic battery. City Police found the two fighting in a yard in the 600 block of W. Delaware around 10:15 Thursday night.

Hazardous Materials officers from Salem, Centralia and Mount Vernon assisted the Cisne Fire Department Thursday morning when an alarm sounded that there was a chlorine leak at the Murphy Brown hog farm near Mount Erie. A further investigation revealed it was a false alarm. No leak was found.

Johnsonville Community Days opens this evening with the Illinois Stock Pullers and local 4X4 truck pull event at 7 tonight. A mud bog has been set for 11 Saturday morning with the Andy King Band performing at 6 o’clock Saturday night.

Drag racing will be featured tonight at the Edwards County Fair. The event is being sponsored by Randy’s ATV Repair. The fair wraps up Saturday night with a demolition derby at 6:30.