Headlines for Thursday, March 1, 2018


HARLEY HURT IN HOUSE FIRE – A Fairfield man was injured early Thursday morning when his home south of Fairfield caught fire.  A passerby spotted smoke coming from Harley Frey’s home on Rt. 45 south of Fairfield.  The good Samaritan was able to wake Mr. Frey and alerted him of the fire.  As Mr. Frey escaped the burning structure, he apparently fell down some stairs, firemen said, injuring an ankle.  He was treated at the scene by local ambulance personnel. Officials with the Fairfield Rural Fire Department said the blaze was reported around 3:30 Thursday morning and appeared to have started in the northeast corner of an upstairs room. The two-story house is said to be more than 100 years old. Firemen remained on scene for about three hours.

SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN – Fairfield Community High School along with Center Street Grade School were placed on a hard lockdown this morning after officials received a possible threat to the school.  The lockdown was initiated around 9:20 Thursday morning. Fairfield City Police, along with a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy and an Illinois state Police trooper responded to the scene.  It was quickly determined that the information received about the threat was a false alarm and the lockdown was lifted.  Fairfield High School Supt. Jill Fulkerson said of the incident – “FCHS takes all potential threats very seriously and are doing everything we can to keep our students safe.”

A Go-Fund-Me account has been established to help defray the funeral expenses of Megan Nichols of Fairfield. Megan went missing on July 3, 2014. Her body was recovered on Dec. 26 of last year in a remote area of Wayne County south of Boyleston. If you would like to donate to help the Megan Nichols family, you can donate through the Go Fund Me account. At this time, it is not known when Megan’s remains will be returned to her family for burial. Her remains are still being examined at an FBI laboratory in Quantico, VA.

White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud reports a Norris City man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a Class-1 felony charge of aggravated drunk driving – his fifth or subsequent conviction.  42-year-old Christopher L. Hosman has been sentenced to four years in prison plus a concurrent two-year sentence for felony driving revoked.

26-year-old Jacob K. Fenton of Fairfield has been arrested on a Wayne County warrant charging him with being in possession of methamphetamine, retail theft and burglary. Fenton remains in the Wayne County jail under $1,595 cash bond.

As much as an inch of rain is expected to fall across Southern Illinois before a low-pressure system exits the region today.  Following the frontal passage, strong winds as high as 40 mph can be expected.  Area rivers are still on the rise in the wake of heavy rains over the past ten days.

The 96th annual meeting of the Wayne County Farm Bureau has been set for Thursday, March 22 at the First Christian Church in Fairfield.  Reservations for the meeting, which will include dinner, are needed no later than March 15.  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders will also be collecting non-persihable food donations for the group’s Harvest for All Program.