Headlines for Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Conard 10-21-15

A large crowd attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at the Conard Financial Group, located at 510 W. Delaware in Fairfield. in attendance were Charles Witter, General Contractor; businesses involved in the new building were B-Way Design & Decorating, Hoffee Construction for concrete, Donny Richardson who made the conference tables, Concrete Evolutions from Louisville, IL, artist Eric Bryant from Carmi, Mile High Automation, and, Hase Interiors. Max Weaver served barbecue sandwiches to those who registered. Door prizes were also given away.

If you do business with the State of Illinois, you are probably anxiously waiting on payment for your goods and services. The budget impasse has created a huge backlog of unpaid bills for the state. Locally, Wayne-White Electric reports 21 separate state accounts are now 90 days overdue. The larger accounts include the Illinois State Police Post west of Carmi, Dolan Lake in Hamilton County and Sam Dale Lake near Johnsonville. CEO Daryl Donjon says it is in the long term interest of Wayne-White members not to disconnect the accounts. He anticipates full payment once the budget impasse is resolved.

A House committee Tuesday advanced a bill to provide money due to local governments from gaming revenue and motor fuel taxes. The committee approved the measure on a partisan vote with Democrats supporting it and Republicans opposing it. The bill advanced to the House floor, but did not get a final vote. The House won’t be back in session until Nov. 10.

Thomas S. Gross, 39 of Wayne City has been arrested on charges he was in possession of a counterfeit drug – bath salts and drug paraphernalia. Wayne County police made the arrest.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently hosted a Region 5 Emergency Medical Services for Children workshop. The workshop was designed to enhance the pediatric care provided in area Emergency Departments. Nearly 50 hospital professionals attended the event.

Tickets are now on sale for the Fairfield Rotary Club’s annual Travel Adventure Cinema Series. The opening show will be on Nov. 5 and will feature an RV adventure through Canada. Tickets are available from any Rotary member.