Headlines for Thursday, July 30, 2015

Just two days after officials announced the financially troubled Phoenix Rehabilitation Nursing Center in Carmi, Ill. is closing; officials have announced an investor has come forward to ensure the facility stays open. On Tuesday, Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard confirmed that the 74-bed nursing home would close with the facility’s 33 residents being transferred to other nursing homes as soon as possible. Officials also announced that the facility’s adult day care facility would shut down by October. On Thursday, the Board of Directors of Phoenix Rehabilitation and Nursing announced that the nursing facility would remain open after an agreement was reached with an investor to “financially support” the business. The name of the investor has not been made public. Board member Keith Hoskins said that the notice of closure has been withdrawn and officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health have been notified the facility will remain open.

There was a chlorine leak scare near Mt. Erie early Thursday morning.  Hazardous materials officers from the Salem, Centralia, and Mt. Vernon Fire Departments were called to assist Cisne Firemen when an alarm sounded indicating a problem with the chlorination system at a remote building on the Murphy Brown hog farm operation northeast of Mt. Erie.   Centralia City Firefighters who are part of the team say two of the hazmat crew members put on protective suits to approach the building.   When they got to the building they found no leak or problem.

The silent alarm was turned off and the chlorine cylinders were shut off as a precaution.

The Fantastic Four team from Wabash County has won the top $500 prize in Wednesday night’s pig wrestling contest at the Edwards County Fair. A near capacity crowd enjoyed the event. Tonight, a tractor and truck pull will be featured at 6:30.

An outpatient behavioral health therapy program is coming to Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield. The services will be provided by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jill Barnfield. An area native, Jill received her Masters of Social Work from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has been employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2000. She lives in Fairfield with her husband Barry Barnfield.


28-year-old Clinton Roy Winkleman of Carmi has been jailed after he allegedly threatened his brother, 30-year-old Cody Winkleman with two knives. Winkleman faces charges of aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence incident.

There will be another two month extension of the current union contract between the State and AFSME – the state’s largest employees union. The extension prevents a strike or lockout through Sept. 30.

Two people are dead and two others are injured after a shooting Tuesday night in W. Frankfort that police are calling a murder-suicide. 42-year-old Ray Adams was killed. The alleged shooter, 32-year-old Harvey Wilder apparently took his own life. Two other shooting victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Halloween is officially returning to Carbondale this year. The Carbondale City Council has voted to lift all restrictions on Halloween. The last time the city lifted restrictions – in 2000 – there were several days of riots that caused widespread damage to businesses.