Headlines for Tuesday, October 9th

43-year-old Ryan Mattingly was arrested by county deputies early yesterday morning on a Hamilton County warrant for domestic battery. He and 37-year-old Kindra York were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine after police located several illegal items in a room at the Briarwood Inn.

A pair of young men is in the Jefferson County Jail after two gun-related incidents over the weekend. Elias Hernandez was arrested after allegedly firing shots at a family member in Mt. Vernon, and Christian Ziehm was arrested after reportedly brandishing a handgun at police after a Sunday morning traffic crash.

Many may have seen suspicious messages on their Facebook profile lately, and, while the notifications don’t necessarily signal anything dangerous, the messages are a hoax. Cybersecurity Expert Mark Rogers, a faculty member at John A. Logan College, says the notifications are like an old-fashioned chain letter, and the best thing to do is delete them.

Republic Services is running their normal route this week. There has been no delay because of Columbus Day, and Republic asks Fairfield residents to have their trash ready on the roadside on their normal pickup day.

One of the business items for the Fairfield City Council tonight will deal with the potential purchase of a new police vehicle. Mayor Brent Maguire says the City has submitted a grant request to help with the purchase, but the council may not want to wait on the grant to potentially come through. He also said older Police trucks could be transferred to other city departments after a new truck is purchased.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is inviting the public to an Open House for the new Horizon Healthcare Clinic in Grayville tomorrow from noon to 4. Light refreshments will be served, and there will also be drawings for door prizes and one grand prize. Anyone seeking more information on the clinic or the Open House is asked to call (618)847-8242.

Longtime Fairfield resident Grace Maxine Talbert will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, October 20th, in the First Christian Church Foyer. Friends and family plan to host a come-and-go card shower on that date from 1-3 p.m. The family requests no gifts be brought. Anyone unable to attend can mail cards to 9 Park Lane in Fairfield.

Frontier Community College is hosting a FAFSA Completion Night next Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. in Room 32 of the Workforce Development Center on its campus. Attending individuals should bring their socials security number, driver’s license, and 2017 federal tax returns. The event is open to all college students, regardless of where they plan to attend college.

Recently discovered documents show that former Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn might have hindered student recruitment efforts for the Carbondale campus by not approving a mailing list purchase. Officials say the list is critical for recruitment, as most colleges pursue the same students. The Carbondale campus saw a nearly 12 percent enrollment drop this fall.

The John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, just outside of Dixon, will host a Fall Festival this Saturday. Kent Butterfield, with Landmarks Illinois, says site is very significant due to the 19th century invention of the steel plow, and it is one of the few locations that has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.44 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.07 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.03 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).