Headlines for Monday, June 3rd

Jeff Wood, LCSW, Behavioral Health Therapist at FMH Horizon Healthcare

Fairfield Memorial Hospital Horizon Healthcare has announced the addition of Jeff Wood, Behavioral Health Therapist. Wood, a graduate of Carmi High School, has been providing clinical services since 1999. Hospital officials believe Wood’s addition will improve the community’s access to mental health services.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in an incident at Legg’s Storage. A locked storage shed being rented to Christopher Gray was broken into, and a safe containing an undisclosed amount was reportedly taken. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

32-year-old Fairfield resident Shannon L. Cone was arrested by Fairfield Police over the weekend on charges of criminal damage to property $300 or less and criminal trespass to a residence. Cone was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $170 bond.

SIU Carbondale says it received more than 60,000 individual donations to reach a fundraising goal of $75 million recently. The three-year fundraising target was set in 2017 and was met seven months ahead of schedule. The university will still accept contributions in the campaign through the end of the year.

The Illinois General Assembly went into overtime in its spring session this weekend. Several proposals were approved and sent to the governor, including a $39.9 billion budget and a $45 billion statewide construction program for roads and other public works. The program doubles the state’s gas tax.

Fairfield Pastor Cory Musgrave says many misunderstood his opening prayer Friday morning at the Illinois House of Representatives. Musgrave gave a decidedly pro-life prayer at the meeting, but he said he did not ask for God’s wrath to descend on the state. He was invited to pray by Representative Darren Bailey.

The Fairfield Lions Club will sponsor a free hearing screening next Monday from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of the Wayne County Courthouse. The screening will take just a few minutes, and those who fail it will be referred to hearing professionals for further evaluation and treatment.

Brenda Baumann

Fairfield National Bank has announced the retirement of Brenda Baumann, effective June 21st. Baumann joined the FNB team in 1975 and has been the Senior Vice President and Cashier for the last 27 years. Bank officials say her dedication to serving customers will be greatly missed.

A recent study by the University of Illinois shows nearly 11 percent of households throughout the state can be classified as “food insecure.” The study was based on monthly U.S. government questionnaires regarding food availability and affordability. The most food insecure counties in Illinois are Alexander, Jackson, St. Clair, Champaign, and Vermilion.

The University of Chicago says it will be the first U.S. university to create a school of molecular engineering. The new school will be known as the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and it will be supported by a gift of $100 million from the Pritzker Foundation. The foundation is led by relatives of Governor J.B. Pritzker, including former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 24.57 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.53 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.39 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).