Headlines for Thursday, May 23rd

Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor has confirmed that 25-year-old Dayne Harrison died after a chase earlier this week involving both city police and Wayne County deputies. Taylor said Harrison collapsed after being taken into custody and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation.

Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Veteran’s Section of Maple Hill Cemetery. The featured speaker for the event will be retired Army Master Sergeant Amy Doty. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the sanctuary of the Fairfield CP Church on West Delaware.

Two Flora teens were taken to the Clay County Hospital after a single-car accident near Orchardville early Sunday morning. Deputies report the vehicle struck an embankment, became airborne, and struck a tree before coming to rest. The vehicle sustained over $1,500 damage, and a tow truck was called to the scene.

According to Serendipity co-owner Anita Tipps, the business’s final day will be tomorrow. The business announced it was closing early last month and said it would shut its doors when its inventory was gone. Tipps said, as of this morning, the lion’s share of merchandise is out, though a few items remain.

The Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has several activities coming up in the next few weeks. The annual Golf Scramble is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday), and tee time is 1:00. The town-wide rummage sale is set for June 22nd, and the Honor Your Father Promotion begins Monday and runs through June 14th.

The Chair of the Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees, Andrew Fischer, has called a special meeting for Wednesday at 6 in Olney, and it is likely the next step in the district’s plan to replace CEO Terry Bruce. The board accepted Bruce’s resignation at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

The Wayne County Historical Society will present a two-night “Service and Sacrifice” Cemetery Tour this weekend at Maple Hill. Those attending should enter the cemetery’s south entrance between 4 and 6:30 tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Public Library or Uniquely Rustique.

Misty Stone, a nurse at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Horizon Healthcare Grayville Medical Clinic, has been selected as FMH’s May Employee of the Month. She has been with the hospital since November 2014. Hospital officials praise Stone for going above and beyond to independently manage a large workload. The hospital also has said that planting for its Community Garden has once again been delayed due to rain. No make-up date has been set.

Hollie Barrett (left), RN, BSN, Director of Physician Practice, presenting the plaque to Misty Stone, RN.

The City of Mt. Vernon began looking for a water leak yesterday. The City reported in a Facebook post that it saw water use of over 3,500 gallons per minute in the afternoon, causing a water loss of over 2.5 million gallons. City workers began isolating areas of Mt. Vernon at approximately 7 last night but were unable to find the leak.

Illinois hunters harvested more than 15,000 wild turkeys during the 2019 spring season, up from 13,500 last year. Wayne County’s number was 303, up from 260 last year. Edwards County also reported an uptick, with 98 this year compared to 83 last year. Jefferson County was second in the state with 480.

The full Illinois House is set to consider legislation that could create a graduated tax system in Illinois. Opponents say the measure would allow legislators to raise taxes easily down the road, and supporters say it would reduce the tax burden on 97 percent of Illinois taxpayers while generating billions of dollars for education and public services. If passed by legislators, Illinois voters will vote on the measure in the 2020 election.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 20.70 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 10.98 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 19.86 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).