Headlines for Friday, October 12th

The 2018 Fairfield Homecoming Parade float winners have been announced. Taking first place was the Senior Class. They also won the Precision EyeCare Center Basket for the Eye-Catching Float. The Freshman Class finished in 2nd place, followed by the Fairfield FFA in third. The Fairfield Homecoming Parade was broadcast on 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com as Mike Dreith, Billy Rogers and Mike Copeland provided a colorful description of the parade. Here is the podcast of this year’s Homecoming Parade.

At 7, Fairfield will take on Eldorado in a Senior Night and Homecoming contest. Seniors will be honored at 6:05 at the Trainyard, and the Homecoming Court, along with King and Queen Candidates, will be introduced at halftime.

Wayne County Highway Engineer Dennis Seidel told the Wayne County Board last night that improvements to the dangerous Route 161/Enterprise Road intersection will be completed soon, possibly even later today. Seidel was also granted approval to seek a $75,000 state grant for work on the Elm River Bridge.

The Fairfield Park District Board met last night, and the status of the Kon-Tiki was still undecided at the end of their session. The board said that the building would be appraised as it now stands in the near future, and board members would decide whether to demolish or sell the structure after the appraisal.

The Albion Bicentennial Celebration kicks off today, and Bicentennial Postmarks will be available at the Albion Post Office from 9-4:30. Community events begin at 4, and three acts will close out the night on the main stage, beginning at 6 and ending at 11. Rides Mass Transit will provide shuttle services throughout the weekend, with its pickup point at the Senior Citizen’s Center.

Rhonda Koker, speaking at yesterday’s Fairfield Rotary meeting, says a new organization, HOPE Rescue and Rehabilitation, will be based near the Boyleston crossroads west of Fairfield. Koker is the CEO of a recently formed board and has received interest from various area organizations and businesses wanting to help.

The Edwards County and Fairfield Community High School JV Scholastic Bowl teams were in action last night at Salem for an SIAC meet. Edwards County finished in second place, losing in a close match to Carbondale, with a 4-1 record on the night. FCHS captured third place with a 3-2 record, beating Mt. Vernon, Centralia, and Salem and losing to Edwards County and Carbondale.

The Fairfield FFA Chapter will be showcased on “This Week in Agriculture” on RFD-TV this weekend. The chapter tribute will air at 7 a.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Fairfield FFA was originally scheduled to be on a September edition of the show, but it was pushed to this weekend due to a programming error.

Fairfield Police arrested 35-year-old Ryan G. Hebner Wednesday afternoon on charges of domestic battery and aggravated battery of a police officer. Reports say Hebner had been accused of fighting his brother, and he head-butted an officer during the investigation of the incident, injuring the officer. Hebner was transported to the Wayne County Jail.

38-year-old Amanda G. Buice was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle. Four other counts were dismissed, per her plea agreement. She was also ordered to pay over $650 in fines and court costs.

Stratton Tree Farm will be hosting a Field Day next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its location about 5 miles east of Fairfield. The event will include a fishing tournament with prizes and birdhouse making for children, and a raffle for a Stihl chainsaw for adults. In addition speakers will talk about forest management, techniques for felling trees, and a variety of other topics.

Lawyers for former SIU President Randy Dunn have accused two current SIU leaders of violating an agreement with Dunn. Claims surfaced this week that Dunn failed to sign off on nearly $500,000 in recruitment funding for the Carbondale campus, and Dunn says those quoted in the claim violated multiple provisions in his separation agreement.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.45 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.00 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.90 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).