Three Southern Illinois residents received serious injuries Sunday morning when the van they were in ran off Interstate 64 in rural Wayne County, Ill., overturned and burst into flames. Illinois State Police report Robert L. Meek, 47 of Pana, Ill was traveling westbound on I-64 near the Wayne City exit when his 1995 GMC van ran into the median, struck an embankment and went airborne. When the van hit the ground, it overturned, came to rest on its wheels and caught fire. The driver, Robert Meek was able to escape the burning van, along with a passenger, Tonya M. Keller, 36 of Pana. A second passenger, Jeremy D. Keller, 43 of Pana had to be extricated from the wreckage by members of the Wayne City Fire Department and local ambulance crews. Robert Meek and Jeremy Keller were taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon Ill. Tonya Keller was airlifted from the scene to an Evansville hospital.
A young Fairfield man was killed Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Marion County. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Tyler Bozarth, the son of Barbara and Mike Bozarth. According to Marion County Sheriff’s officials, Bozarth died when his vehicle missed a curve in the small Marion County community of Walnut Hill and crashed. Funeral services for Tyler Bozarth will be held Wednesday at the Johnson and Vaughan Funeral Home in Fairfield.
The noose used to execute notorious Southern Illinois gangster Charlie Birger will be on display at the Hanna House Museum in Fairfield today from 2 until 4 p.m. The infamous noose was purchased by Randy Henson of Fairfield for $14,000 last June. This is a one-time exhibit.
A benefit dinner for Kathy Bramlett will be held today starting at 11 a.m. at the Wayne County Floral Hall. The menu will be pork chop or BBQ, green beans, cheesy potatoes, apple sauce, dessert, and drink. The meal is by donation only. All proceeds go towards Kathy’s medical expenses.
The Fairfield Retail Merchants will be having their annual Witches Night Out this Tuesday, October 20th from 5-8 p.m. At 7:30, there will be a witch cackle contest. At 7:45, the costume judging will be held. Categories include Best Broom, Best Witch Hair, Best fingernails, Scariest Hat, Scariest Costume, Witchiest Boots, Witchiest Nose, Most Glamorous Hat, Most Glamorous Costume, Most Creative Hat and Most Creative Costume.
The public is invited to a Star Party this Tuesday on the campus of Frontier Community College. Science Instructor Ken Harris will have his telescopes set up from 7-8:30 p.m. on the lawn between the Richard L. Mason Building and the U of I Extension Office. If it is a clear night, those attending should be able to see the first quarter moon, stars, globular clusters, and nebulous patches. Attendees are encouraged to bring their binoculars.