Headlines for Monday, December 31st

The new Carter Turf & Tractor store, located on 105 Airport Road, will be open for business on Wednesday morning. Carl Slobodzian, the new owner of LeMond’s on Highway 45 south of Fairfield, signed the necessary paperwork for that store this morning, allowing Gary Carter to open his new doors after a lengthy moving process.

Wayne County deputies arrested two juveniles yesterday on charges of car burglary and theft. Three cars were reported stolen, and Police say several other burglaries were reported. Anyone missing items from a vehicle on Fairfield’s east side should call Fairfield Police at 842-2151. The two juveniles were transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.

Fairfield police arrested two Fairfield residents over the weekend. 20-year-old Brylan C. Stephenson was arrested yesterday on charges of criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer. 22-year-old Jordan M. Cottrill was arrested Friday night on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant. Both men were transported to the Wayne County Jail.

No injuries were reported in a two-car accident near Cisne Friday afternoon. Police reports indicate a 17-year-old Cisne woman was rear-ended by 39-year-old Mary Ann Shreve while attempting to turn onto a county road. No tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicles sustained over $500 damage.

Tonight has acquired a reputation for being one of the more active drinking and driving nights of the year, but Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett says his department has had a relatively uneventful holiday over the past several years. He says his deputies won’t have special patrols tonight, but he does urge drivers to be responsible and keep the roadways safe for others.

Dave Land, former owner of WFIW/WOKZ, has decided to end his role as daily consultant at the station, effective immediately. Land said he wanted to return to his retirement after serving as a consultant since July. Station Manager Mike Dreith says he is grateful for Land’s help, but he understands his need to get back to his community work and family.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently sponsored an Antique Christmas Angel Tree for older adults throughout the community. It was the hospital’s second year hosting the program. In its first year, FMH was able to provide gifts for 25 people in the community. This year, they shared the holiday spirit with over 80 older adults in the area.

From left: Ashley Tucker, RN; Susan Renshaw; Kathie Hill, LCSW; Lauren Griswold, LCSW; and Susie Devoy, RN.

According to a Facebook post by Fairfield Tire & Auto Service, Saturday was the final day for the business. The company thanked its customers for their business and support, as well as its employees for their service. The building, located on West Main Street past Kincaid’s, is now up for sale or lease and is broker owned by Mike Smith.

The first two facilities for Decatur’s $30 million drug treatment campus are currently under construction and should be open in 2019. The Community Care Campus will include eight beds for detox and 48 residential beds, as well as 64 beds in dorm-style housing. The campus is being funded by former Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

December started with a tornado outbreak, but it didn’t impact the yearly average for tornado numbers, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says the state normally sees 54 tornadoes per year- this year’s totals is only marginally higher at 58. However, the outbreak does serve as a reminder that they can happen any month in Illinois.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 20.40 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.23 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 13.58 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).