Headlines for Monday, October 8th

The Velocity channel TV show, Garage Squad, will air an episode dealing with the refurbishing of a 1959 Studebaker by Scott and Matt Studebaker. The two are related to Fairfield native Cori Copeland, who traveled to northern Illinois in early August for the reveal of the fixed-up truck. The episode will air this Wednesday evening.

Due to construction, the Citizens National Bank of Albion ATM location will be accessible by walk-up only today. ATM drive-through capabilities will not be available until tomorrow due to construction work.

Fairfield Police arrested 26-year-old Anthony J. Simpson Friday evening on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Police reports say Simpson was verbally abusive to Huck’s store employees and left the store without paying for food. He later returned to pay for said food, which he proceeded to throw at the store clerk, before being arrested.

Five other Fairfield residents were arrested over the weekend, along with one man from Louisville (IL). Three of the arrests were on warrants, one was for driving with a revoked license, and another was for criminal damage to property. The final arrest was the result of a four-day jail sentence currently being served.

The sudden closure of the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center last week, and the subsequent termination of 30 employees, sent a shiver through the region. Paula Lawrence, a Fairfield resident working for the Egyptian Health Department, says Wayne County now has no substance abuse provider, and she says some patients may struggle to care for themselves.

The annual Fairfield Paint Out ended on Friday night with a Premier Show and Sale after a weeklong run that included stops in Albion, the Fairfield area, and the Garden of the Gods. Spencer Meagher, Paint Out Committee Member, says he thinks the event has hit its stride. Area art enthusiasts paid over $13,500 to own some of the work created last week.

One week into her new job, Marti Garner, Executive Director of the Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, says she has gained a new appreciation for how much the Chamber does. Garner said one of her primary goals in the position is to showcase what Fairfield has to offer businesses and residents to the surrounding area.

The Fairfield City Council has another short, four-item agenda scheduled for its meeting tomorrow evening at City Hall. Among the discussion items listed are a resolution authorizing a water and sewer line easement and an ordinance adopting a supplement to the Fairfield Code of Ordinances.

Scott England, Superintendent of Fairfield Public School District 112, says he is hoping to expand his district’s Chromebook program in the future. Kindergarten through second graders currently have access to iPad carts at school, and students then are given Chromebooks to work on as they get older, though younger students are not able to take them home. England says using Google Docs and Apps can allow for real-time collaboration between students and teachers.

Fairfield resident Dick Price was honored at a surprise luncheon Sunday at the local VFW to show appreciation for the meals he has prepared and served for the Military Honor Guard that is served before or after each funeral of a veteran. Price, a Vietnam veteran, has worked in the role for over 10 years.

Pictured are Dick Price (left) and Jim Bean, Fairfield VFW Post 4535 Commander

In a new study, Illinois was ranked as the 12th easiest state in the county to vote, thanks in part to its early voting laws and same-day voter registration. Oregon, Colorado, and California finished atop the list, and Mississippi and Virginia brought up the rear.

Two new aircraft hangars are being planned for the Southern Illinois Airport, and officials say the new additions will boost business at the Carbondale-area facility. The project is moving forward with a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to improve the airport’s infrastructure. One hangar will provide additional storage capacity, and the other will support both a new and current business.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.57 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.09 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.13 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).