Headlines for Monday, August 6th

FATAL WRECK: Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor has released the name of the woman who was killed in this morning’s three-vehicle collision on Route 15 east of Fairfield at the Merriam crossroads. 66-year-old Beverly Johnson of Fairfield was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 13-year-old grandson, who was a passenger in her car, was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Also involved was former Wayne County Deputy J.B. Fletcher of Fairfield. He also owned and operated Fletcher Photography. Reports have the driver of a semi-tractor trailer being Steve Koontz of Carter Trucking. He was airlifted to Evansville. No information on his condition. The accident occurred around 9 this morning.

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire had some encouraging words regarding the upcoming Casey’s Store move, saying it could benefit the city in the immediate future and in years to come. Mayor Maguire also said he is awaiting word from IDOT regarding improvements to Seventh Street between Main and Delaware.

Illinois State Police will be conducting an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrol in Wayne County during August. The patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of drugs or alcohol.

It was another successful annual school Backpack Giveaway at Fairfield’s First United Methodist Church. Reports indicate school supplies were given to 245 kids, ages Pre-K through high school, during the event.

Well-known Wayne County musician Lance Miller was in town over the weekend. In the first of a two-part series, Miller said the songwriting business is going well, with other popular artists like Jerrod Niemann recording his songs.

The annual Wayne County 4-H Foundation dinner was held Saturday evening in the Fellowship Hall at Fairfield’s First United Methodist Church. 202 meals were served by members of the 4-H Foundation.

The FCHS Mulebackers will have their annual organizational meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in the FCHS cafeteria. Three Board of Directors and Officers will be elected.