Headlines for Monday, November 26th

Fairfield Police arrested five people over the past week. 37-year-old John W. Cone, Jr., was charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon and 36-year-old Michael S. Toney was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant. Both were transported to the Wayne County Jail. 19-year-old Gamaliel E. Rodriguez, 18-year old Erick Y. Maldonado-Morales, and 18-year-old Rafael R. Nalasco were all charged with theft and released after posting bond.

24-year-old Eldorado resident Anthony M. Roller was arrested by Harrisburg police last week on a charge of deceptive practices. Roller was discovered to have written nearly $100,000 worth of bad checks, including one for approximately $2,700 at Ultra Products in Fairfield. County deputies retrieved the items from Harrisburg police last week and returned them to the business.

Five area residents were sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday. 35-year-old Desiree E. Pursley and 28-year-old Nicholas T. Wiggins were both sentenced to prison by Judge Michael Molt on counts of possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine. 26-year-old Bobby L. Powell was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 20-year-old Brylan C. Stephenson was sentenced to 19 months probation, and 28-year-old Darrin A. Harrison was sentenced to 24 months special section probation.

The city of Murphysboro is set to help partially demolish the old Brown Shoe factory. The factory is over 100 years old, and employed hundreds of people at one point in time. The demolition is reportedly due to safety concerns that have increased with the recent effects of weather in the city. Unsafe portions will be demolished, and a fence will then be erected around the property.

Seven Bluford residents, including three juveniles, were cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor last week. Five were cited early Tuesday morning after police observed a passenger hanging out of a vehicle’s window while driving down West Main Street. Two others were cited early Saturday morning after an altercation at a home on Broadway Avenue. The juveniles were released to their guardians.

Today is “Cyber Monday,” the biggest online shopping day of the year, but Marti Garner, Executive Director of the Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, says online shopping does nothing to help local merchants who depend on holiday sales. Instead, she urges shoppers to check local stores first, so money spent can stay in the community and allow the city to grow.

The Fairfield New Beginnings Church will host an Atkinson Forest Rally next Monday, December 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature free giveaways, silent and live auctions, and a chili supper. A public comment meeting is also scheduled for the proposed Atkinson Forest project. According to event organizers, the event will be focused on hearing from the public, as opposed to prepared presentations about the project benefits.

Frontier Community College is scheduled to host a Program Showcase on Thursday for both interested community individuals and area high school students. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college’s Workforce Development Center, and lunch will be provided by the First Baptist Church. For more information, contact Carrie Halbert at 842-3711.

Wayne City Matters is sponsoring a “Meeting with Santa” event on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gazebo in downtown Wayne City. A second event will be held next Saturday, December 8th, from 5:30 to 6:30, immediately before the Wayne City Christmas Parade. After the parade, the First Christian Church will host a music concert, which will include free refreshments and giveaways from businesses like Kincaid’s and the Tin Shed.

The Mt. Erie Ruritan Club will hold its annual Farm Machinery Consignment Sale on January 21st, starting at 9 a.m. The sale will be held at the Mr. Erie Ruritan Club building and grounds, and it will include all types of farm machinery and equipment. Consigned items must be received by December 21st to be listed on the sale bill. For more information, call Steve Bass at 838-8398 or Victor Frohning at 854-2223.

The Illinois Poison Center says winter months bring increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, as people turn on furnaces and gas-powered appliances for heating. Because carbon monoxide can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted, officials recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of a home. The Center also says furnaces and heating equipment should be inspected annually by professionals.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 8.27 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.51 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.82 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).