Headlines for Wednesday, September 12th

Officials with the Village of Sims report the water main break has been located at Skillet Fork, and they hope to have water restored to the Village in one to two days. Kieffer Brothers Construction will be on-site tomorrow to repair the water main break. In the meantime, a water distribution center has been set up at the Sims Village Hall until 7 tonight for all Sims water customers. People wishing to donate water may do so at the Sims Village Hall, Fairfield City Fire Department at any time, Fairfield First United Methodist Church until 3, and Wayne City Community Building starting at 6. Questions may be directed to the Village Hall at (618)895-2761.

The Community of Christ Church is hosting a blood drive this afternoon. They will be open for blood donations until 5:30, and anyone looking to make an appointment is asked to call 516-1229.

27-year-old Fairfield resident Blake Adkins was arrested by county deputies and Fairfield Police on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of failure to reduce speed. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and delivery or possession with intent to deliver meth after his arrest at Mach 1 early yesterday morning.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s kitchen will be closed to the public due to floor resurfacing for almost two weeks. The hospital says the resurfacing will begin on Friday at 1 p.m., and the kitchen is expected to re-open on Thursday, September 27th at 6 a.m.

From left: Fire and Police Commissioner Terry Weedman, Police Chief Keith Colclasure, Officer Austin Russell, and Mayor Brent Maguire.

The Fairfield City Council declared three properties as dangerous last night at its meeting at City Hall. The properties are not inhabited, and, as a result of the resolution, they will either be worked on and named compliant or razed. Austin Russell was also sworn in as the city’s newest police officer.

The University of Illinois Extension Office is planning the 10th annual Tech Fest for fifth grade students throughout Wayne County. The Tech Fest will afford area fifth graders an opportunity to attend four hands-on workshops, specific to robotics, engineering, and technology, throughout the day. The workshops will run from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and Friday.

Wayne County Property Tax Bills will be mailed on September 21, and the first installment of property taxes is due on November 2. The second installment is December 7. Taxes may be paid in the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, their drop box located on the west side of the courthouse, online, or at various banks throughout the county. Over $16.6 million will be collected.

Frontier Community College’s baseball team will be holding tryouts for high school students on Saturday, September 29th. Tryouts are available to students in any high school grade, and they will feature a pro-style workout with bullpens, fielding positions, batting practice, and a 60-yard dash. The cost to try out is $40 for position players or pitchers and $60 for two-way players.

Pictured from left: Hollie Barrett RN, BSN, Horizon Healthcare Practice Manager, Chelsea Bittles RN, and Marla Lafikes, MD.

In September, Chelsea Bittles, a registered nurse at Horizon Healthcare, was nominated for Employee of the Month at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Bittles began working at Horizon in 2011 and was praised for her hard work behind the scenes and dedication to her patients.

Fairfield FFA recently participated in Section 23 FFA Forestry and Horse Judging, with the Forestry Team placing 2nd and the Horse Judging Team coming in 8th. John Jones earned third overall in the Forestry Competition, and Katie McCleary came in sixth overall in Horse Judging.

River stages as of early this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 27.45 feet, well above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 13.63 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 21.72 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).