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January 2019

January 2019

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Family Case Management

The Family Case Management (FCM) Program serves pregnant women,
infants, and children with high-risk medical conditions.

Program services can connect WE CAN HELP YOU
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Health Education, Substance Abuse, WIC, ~ find a doctor for your child’s care,
Child Care, Smoking Cessation, ~ understand proper nutrition for you and your child,
Transportation, Immunizations, ~ understand the stages of your child’s development,
All Kids (Health Insurance), ~ get information on how to become a better parent,
Family Planning, Hearing/Vision, ~ understand the importance of prenatal care,
Prenatal/Parenting Classes, ~ learn the signs/symptoms of labor,
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Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Friends and family of Megan
Nichols are raising funds to build
two shelters in her memory.

Raising Funds To Build Shelters At
Park, School In Memory Of Megan

Friends and family of Megan Nichols she said. “It would be nice to have a memorial for Megan that is a positive
are raising money to have a shelter built place for families to gather and to remember the joy that she brought to
in her memory at Love of Mike Park in this community.
Fairfield, as well as on the grounds of New
Hope School, where she attended before “Megan meant a lot to people in Fairfield and at New Hope. She was
completing her freshman year at FCHS. fabulous enough or two (shelters).”

It’s a small beam of light for her moth- Friends of the family, Diana Dickey and Jane Best, are leading the
er, Kathy Jo Hutchcraft, as it’s been a year fund-raising effort at the park while the New Hope effort is being led by
since Megan’s remains were discovered Amy Loss, Patty Wells and Best.
after she went missing in July 2014 at the
age of 15. Kathy Jo got the idea for a shel- An account for the shelter at Love of Mike Park has been set up at
ter at the park when she and her husband, FNB (Megan Nichols Memorial Fund) for donations to be sent. As of Out-
Jerad, were there for a Mother’s Day gath- look’s press deadline, a separate account for the shelter at New Hope
ering, waiting on family members to arrive. (New Hope’s We Remember Megan Fund) was planned to be set up at
Fairfield Banking Company. They hope to build 20’ x 24’ shelters with the
“I was thinking it would be nice to have cost of each expected to be at least $15,000 (they plan to include elec-
a shelter there. I thought it would be some- tricity and picnic tables). The time frame for completion depends on how
thing where people could spend time with fund-raising goes, but Kathy Jo hopes to see them going up in 2019 or
their families and make good memories,” 2020.

OUTLOOK “I think the shelters are a good thing and now is a good time to do it,”
she said. “I try to stay focused on making other people smile.”
406 S. E. 2nd St., Fairfield, IL 62837
Penny Shreve, publisher, 618-842-3004 Kathy Jo continues to be bombarded with questions about the case.
While she appreciates the concern that people show, it’s difficult fielding
[email protected] all of the inquiries.

“I wish I could talk about my daughter’s life without someone bringing
up her death. I don’t need that reminder. I know she’s gone,” she said.
“I’m not going to forget her.”


BUY HEART MONITORS—Fairfield Memorial Hospital has made a donation to Cisne High School and CHS Pride to help them
buy heart rate monitors and iPads. Heart rate monitors will help the physical education instructor monitor healthy behaviors and
to issue grades based upon each student’s effort. The gift also allows students and teachers to have more technology within the
classroom. Students will eventually be able to record and chart their own progress using the heart rate monitors. This tool will
help explain to parents why their child received the grade they
were issued. “We are extremely excited to have received this gen-
erous monetary gift from Fairfield Memorial Hospital,” said Jan Holiday Stress? Massage Therapy
Thompson, P. E. teacher. “The money will be used to purchase $40 hr., 1/2 to 2 hr. sessions
30 heart rate monitors, two iPads and additional straps so that 8-8 M-F, 8-3 Sat.
every class will have the opportunity to wear the monitors daily.”
FMH CEO Katherine Bunting, Ph.D. said the hospital was glad
to help students gain a healthier outlook on their physical activ-
ity, “which is something that is vital at an early age.” Shown
with the donation are (front, from left) Jeannette Levi, Brea Key-
ser, London Smith, Lainie Simmons, Chesney Hatcher, Kenzy
Moore, Jace Hatcher and Collin Draper. In back, Tina Stopher, Paula Bush, 618-919-1024

Jan Thompson, Elizabeth Robertson, Miranda Harrison, Emily
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Klingler, Kevin Bowen and Kelly Klingler.

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Roof Over Your Woof Offers Doghouses, Straw
If you are a low-income pet

guardian or free-roaming cat caregiv-

er in Wayne County, a straw-stuffed

doghouse can be provided for your

pet from ARF’s Roof Over Your Woof

Program, in partnership Southern Il-

linois Lumber Company (doghouses)

and Bullard’s Farm Market & Bakery

(straw), of Fairfield.

It’s against the law in Illinois for

pets to be outdoors during extreme

temperatures. If pets are hurt/die as a

result of being left in extreme weath-

er, the pet owner can be charged with

a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable

by up to a $2,500 fine or up to one

year in jail if they are found guilty.

Animals Requesting Friends

(ARF), reminds people to keep their

house pets inside during cold weath- Southern Illinois Lumber and Bullard’s have teamed up with ARF to offer free
er, except to take them outside for doghouses and straw to low-income pet guardians this winter.
short walks. Outdoor dogs and cats
need suitable shelter to keep warm, Straw is the best bedding, as it helps generate heat (blankets retain moisture
dry, and free of frostbite or death. and freeze). Dog and cat shelters should face south/southeast.
To request a doghouse or straw, message ARF on Facebook, e-mail
CCH Auxiliary or call 618-842-5584. Doghouses are custom-built at Southern

Seeks Volunteers Illinois Lumber Company in Fairfield and require a small, refundable deposit.
To report pets that are not adequately protected from the elements, con-

The Clay County Hospital (CCH) tact your local police department, your local shelter, or Illinois Department of
Auxiliary is seeking active volunteers Agriculture’s Neal Gelasko at 618-521-5243. Reports are kept confidential.
for ongoing support at CCH.
To give to ARF’s “Roof Over Your Woof” Program or to sponsor a dog-
The purpose of the Auxiliary is to house, mail your donation to ARF, P.O. Box 324, Fairfield, IL 62837 or visit
render service to Clay County Hospi-

tal, its patients and community, and

to assist CCH in promoting the health
and welfare of the community.

TT Nails & TanzVolunteering offers an opportunity
to utilize an individual’s talents, learn

new skills, and make new friends.

You can volunteer as many days of

the week as you choose, mornings or

afternoons. Most shifts are two hours

each. The only requirements are com-

pletion of orientation, HIPPA, fire ex-

tinguisher training and a yearly flu vac-


The Auxiliary holds several fun-

draisers each year and appreciates

the support from the hospital and the


For volunteer information,

call Bonnie Allen at 618-678-2660, or

send an email to Emily Milner emily. 9-8 Mon.-Fri., 9-6 Sat. ~ 12-5 Sun. (tanning only)
[email protected].


Mentoring Program Kenny McKitrick of Murphy Trucking (right) is shown
Embraced By Local working with CDC ‘s Jim Knight at an oil well during a men-
Business Community toring event. Knight learned how to determine the amount of
barrels of oil loaded on a truck.
A mentoring program joining consumers from Com-
munity Development Center (CDC) with members of the
workforce went so well that it will be implemented year-

Shelly Toombs, operations manager at CDC, said the
effort was launched in October in alignment with National
Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). Dur-
ing October, clients enjoyed mentoring sessions at Stu-
dio 117, Wayne-White, Save A Lot, Dairy Queen, Mur-
phy Trucking, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, Jagger’s
Doggie Daycare, Barbwire Grill, Skateland and Kincaid’s.
As of Outlook’s deadline, businesses that contacted CDC
about getting on board with the mentoring program in
2019 included Walmart, Uniquely Rustique and Fairfield
Memorial Hospital.

“It is our goal to get involved in our community and
open the door for multiple opportunities for the individu-
als we serve so we can assist in assuring each individual
lives a quality life. They have goals, hopes, and dreams
just as we all do,” said Toombs. “Our job at CDC is to
take baby steps and work toward helping each individual
achieve their goals. We provide a daily curriculum which
allows individuals to explore our community; job skills,
volunteering options, even hobbies. By offering the ex-
ploration process, it allows each individual to have the
necessary tools to make life decisions.”

Here’s how the mentoring program works:
1. Days and times are decided by the employers. “We
want this to be a positive experience and we will work
with the employer to make sure both the employer and
the consumer have a great experience,” Toombs said.
2. Mentors are asked to complete an application to
assure that CDC finds the best fit for both the client and
the employer. “We look for consumers with the skills that
are necessary for each specific type of work,” Toombs
said. “Each individual we work with has a person-cen-
tered plan. This plan states the hopes, dreams, and aspi-
rations of the individual. We use our exploration process
and these plans to match them to their dream job.”
3. The individual reports to the business, treating it
as a real job experience. “They introduce themselves
and hand the employer their resume. This resume may
be used by the employer to do a mock interview or just
as conversation starters with the mentee,” Toombs said.
“Career Development Center staff will stay with the men-
tee as support for the individual and the employer. We
provide the mentor with some helpful hint guidelines
and they are contacted by myself prior to the mentoring
day. We want everyone to be comfortable and have a

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Mentoring Program Farm Bureau will hold its fifth annual Young Leader Pis-
tol Shoot Saturday, July 18th at the Carmi Rifle Club in
Continued From Last Page Carmi.
positive experience.” The event will include two age classes: adult and
youth (16-under). The minimum age for shooters is 12
Toombs is sending out surveys to mentors to find out years old. Any participant age 16 and younger must be
if the program did as much for them as for those who accompanied by an adult.
Each shooter’s name will be put in a drawing for a
Diesel On Library Boardwere mentored. Denise Smith, owner of the Fairfield Browning Buck Mark .22 target pistol. The top adult and
youth shooter will receive an additional five chances in
Dairy Queen, already reported in, saying that her mentee the drawing; the second place shooter in each class will
p ut aAsnmdrileewo Dnieesveelr oyfo Fnaei’rsfifealdc ehaasn bdeewna sseaatejody atso aw noewrk mweitmh.- receive an additional three chances, and the third place
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tDhieesFela, nHoCdagpesta, ainndBLaidbrgaer,i”anTMooicmhbelslemCeonnatirodn. ed. “His job cally timed.
was to deliver the trays of food to the dining room. They
even started calling him Cake Boss, and he decorated A display of marksmanship competition will follow
an ice cream cupcake. Kevin loved interacting with the lunch. Additional chances for the gun drawing will be
people, and the people loved him.” given to the top three marksmen.
Event registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with competi-
Ray Knight was mentored by Joe McKitrick at Wayne- tion to start at 9. The registration fee is $25 per shooter
White. if registered before July 1; after July 1, registration is $35
“Manual labor is what Ray loves, so we teamed him nition, hearing protection, and eye protection. Only .22
with Joe,” Toombs said. “Hand-over-hand assistance fcoarmlibaetriopniswtoitlhs aRraeyatlolomweadketoitbaenuasmedazinintghiesxcpoemriepnectietiofonr.
allowed Ray opportunities that he will never forget. He hInim o,r”dTeoro tmo bhsavaed daemdm. “u“Rniatiyosna riedaJdoye wwhaislea cgoomopdetteinagc,h iet ri.s”
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“If you know Joe McKitrick, you know how he loves (Ext. 108).
people and believes that everyone should get to learn to
do the things they love. Joe took the time to go over in- Mitchell

Biscuits & Gravy
Breakfast In Cisne
For Chloe’s Promise

Cisne Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center will host Insurance
a biscuits and gravy breakfast on Saturday, January 19th
from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Cisne Community Building as its Now serving you in:
annual fundraiser for Chloe’s Promise, a foundation that
raises money for the St. Jude’s Affiliate Clinic in Peoria. Albion Carmi
Fairfield ayne ity
There will also be homemade baked goods, coffee
and juice. Cost is a donation and all proceeds will go to 25
Chloe’s Promise, a non-profit foundation.

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If you are injured at work, please call me at 847-
5000 for an appointment to discuss the benefits
available to you. I have represented clients in
work injury cases for 19 years. I represent union
and non-union employees. I am here in Fairfield
to discuss your case with you, in person.

Heidi Hoffee

“For semi crashes and fatal injuries,
I recommend you see Attorney Ryan Rice

in Fairfield, 842-4471”


SHOP WITH A COP--Clay County Hospital and Medical Clin- straight year Clay County Law Enforcement has teamed up to
ic employees recently presented a $3,000 donation to the “Shop make Christmas special for area children chosen to be outfitted
With A Cop” program to Sheriff Andy Myers. This is the 14th from head to toe with new clothing including shoes and coats.
Once kids receive their clothing, they are allowed to pick out a
Chloe’s Promise gift for themselves or a loved one. This year’s event was held
Continued From Last Page Dec. 13th at Wal Mart. Shown from left making the donation
Chloe’s Promise was founded by Mark Petersen, are Glenda Stottlemyre, Bronson Shehorn, Bev Britton, Emily
owner of Petersen Healthcare. His daughter was diag- Liggett, Dawn Erwin, Jill Long, Jessica Craft, Brenda Rine-
nosed with cancer of the kidneys at age one and is a hart, Bobby Osborne and Sheriff Andy Myers.
St. Jude’s survivor. Since 2002, Petersen facilities have
raised over $500,000 for the foundation, which was start-
ed in his daughter’s name.

Cisne Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center has
raised almost $5,000 in the past three years. “We ap-
preciate all the businesses and individuals who have sup-
ported this cause,” said Activity Director Christina Camp.

A silent auction will be held during the breakfast. If
anyone would like to donate towards the auction, or if
you’d like to donate homemade baked breakfast foods
like coffee cakes, pastries or muffins, contact Christina at
(618) 673-2177 or e-mail her at:
[email protected].

Home, Buildings & Acreage
1456 CR 1700 N, Cisne IL ~ Ph. 618-516-1556


Saving Is Losing
Save it for a rainy day. That’s the advice. The axiom

is all about delaying gratification so that you’ll have the

money or food available when you really need it. There’s

even a fable about an ant and a grasshopper that illus-

trates the point.

I’m here to tell you ‘don’t do it’.

I subscribed to that philosophy, except for the money

part. For money I follow the Federal Government rule. for the apocalypse. He’s even kept everything his parents
That rule states to make sure you spend every cent as put back for their apocalypse which probably includes
quickly as possible so that you’ll get more because you what their parents put back. It may go back generations.
need it. It also insures that you get a bigger budget next Some nephew is going to either get rich from all the bric-
year. It works for me except for the more money part; I a-brac or fill a landfill somewhere. He’ll curse the junk left
never get more money but I’m hoping that someday I will. behind for a rainy day that hasn’t arrived for eons.
I have a few possessions that I’ve saved for a rainy
I went back and looked at Aesop’s Fable about the
day. I’m thinking that I made a mistake. I’ve pretty much wisdom of saving. It has more than one interpretation. In
cheated myself for years.
some cases it’s the ant and the grasshopper, and in oth-
One of my cherished possessions was a gift from ers it’s the ant and the cicada. I think the moral of that
She-Who-Rules. One Christmas she bought me a really version is that bugs can be loud and annoying. There’s
nice custom knife with an embossed leather sheath. It
was really fancy and would’ve looked great on my belt Continued On Page 15

back when I could see the belt below my gut. I got the

knife out the other day and it had rusted. I’d saved it for a

rainy day and would never get to enjoy it.

I also have this pair of boots that are pretty fancy.

They’re made from an exotic species that may be extinct

by now. I’ve had them for years but kept them put up for

a special occasion. Back in the day they cost upward of

$25 at Hart’s Kosher Shoes and Deli. Anyway, I put them

on and they looked real good but the stitching started

breaking when I walked. The exotic animal hide cracked.

It seems I saved them for nothing. All those years ago

I could have enjoyed the comfort of eradicating a cute

little forest creature to have awesome

footwear. The rainy day I was saving

for must have come while I was nap-


It’s like when we went to an estate

sale recently. The estate owners had

passed away, and the kids hired one of Everyday Special...Available Anytime!
those companies that get rid of things.

The inventory included all kinds of col- FAMFaILmYilyFFEeAasStT$1$9.2919.99
lectables still in the boxes. There were

ancient kids’ toys still new in the box Includes: 1 Large 2-Topping Pizza, 1 Order Cheese
and decorative plates that never deco- Sticks, 1 Small Order Cinnamon Sticks.
rated anything. The heirs even sold Dine-in, carry-out, or delivery!
nice picture frames complete with the

photos of the deceased. I’m thinking 215 East Main
the benefactors wouldn’t be amused

that their cherished knick-knacks went Fairfield (downtown)
for $1.99. Saving stuff just didn’t pan 847-8181
out for them.

My friend Bud is a saving kind of
guy and has all kinds of things put back


Wayne County native
Bailee Rainwater is

working with a producer in
Nashville, Tennessee who
plans to pitch her music
to a record label in 2019.

She’s holding a book about
one of her favorite artists,

Dolly Parton.

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Rainwater Taken Under Wing
Of Veteran Nashville Producer

When Bailee Rainwater was a little Bailee Rainwater’s Nashville producer has worked with superstars from pop,
girl growing up in Wayne County, there rock and country music. He thinks Rainwater, a singer/songwriter, has what it
was no denying what she wanted to be takes to make it big in the business.
when she grew up: an entertainer.
but they weren’t the right fit,” Cones told Outlook. “I explained that we need-
“I loved putting on shows for my ed someone that was unique, stood out, and was creating her own lane.
family and organizing my own recitals
and plays. I was an outgoing and dra- “Hailey came back to me a month later with a video of an artist named
matic child,” said Bailee, 25. “I had a Bailee Rainwater. I watched 55 seconds of that video clip on a laptop in the
boombox and CD walkman and would
spend afternoons reading the names of Continued On Next Page 9
songwriters in the booklets. This was
around the same time that I started
writing my own lyrics.”

Having excelled in reading and
writing, she quickly learned about
song structures and rhyme patterns by
studying lyrics in the booklets, and in
the 1990s when she’d watch CMT vid-
eos, she’d spend as much time learning
about the artists, producers and writers
as she did studying the songs.

“Around my sophomore or junior
year of high school, I became pretty
serious about pursuing music profes-
sionally,” said Bailee, who had moved
to Mattoon, where she graduated from
high school in 2011. “I had quit cheer-
leading, dance, Key Club and all my
other extracurricular activities to focus
solely on songwriting and being an art-

Many steps have been taken be-
tween then and now, but if you fast-
forward a few years, you get to where
Bailee is today: working with veteran
Nashville producer Mickey Jack Cones,
who has worked with Trace Adkins, Joe
Nichols, George Strait, Reba McEntire,
Eric Church, Dustin Lynch, Kelly Clark-
son, Motley Crue, Lionel Richie, Steven
Tyler, Aerosmith and more. Cones runs
COR Entertainment, a management,
publishing and music production com-
pany which is providing all of its ser-
vices to Bailee.

“I was looking to sign another artist
to my company in the summer of 2017.
I had asked my operations manager,
Hailey Cirovski, to keep her eyes and
ears to the grind stone. She initially
brought a few artists to my attention,

Bailee Rainwater of Illinois and Belmont University in Nashville, Tennes-
Continued From Last Page see, determined to get in its small and highly-competitive
kitchen at my studio in Nashville,” he said. “I looked up at songwriting program. She was accepted to both schools
Hailey and said, ‘she’s a star!’” but picked Belmont, where she devoured the next four
years like a termite on wood. While there, Bailee:
Bailee had talked to people in the music business be-
fore, but from the moment she met Cones, she knew he • Created a course schedule that enabled her to
was different. co-write several days each week.

“He had done his research on me and knew my songs • Did internships with BMI Catalog Cast, Sea
and my story. He had even memorized some of my lyrics,” Gayle Music, Creative Nation and Warner-Chappell Pub-
she said. “I knew he was serious, talented and looking to lishing.
sign a new artist to develop and produce. When I found
out he wanted to sign me, I called one of my co-writers, • Played writer’s rounds in the evenings while
Jason Saenz, and was on the verge of tears. It was like, working part-time as a nanny.
‘oh my gosh, is this really happening’?”
• Became president of the Belmont University
Now, the hard work begins as they eye a spring 2019 Songwriters Association, nearly tripling its membership
release of an album. and establishing ‘BUSA Week’ where music industry ex-
perts, producers, writers and professionals share their
“As much of a challenge as getting an offer was, the knowledge on panels and answer student questions. The
real mountain is what happens after that, such as making end of the week of the once-per-semester event features
sure I have not just great songs, but the right great songs; a writer’s round of the university’s top songwriters.
putting together a band, playing shows, touring and work-
ing toward a record deal. Mickey Jack and I are now in “I am still very proud of my work, especially with
the studio working on new music,” Bailee said, noting she BUSA, and it makes me so happy to see that they con-
wants the best songs she can find, whether she writes tinue to do BUSA Week,” Bailee said. “I feel like I made
them or not. my little stamp on student life at Belmont.”

The steps toward the deal with Mickey Jack have Also while at Belmont, Bailee played a BMI Show-
been rugged and steep at times. As a teenager, Bailee re- case and worked for the Nashville Songwriters Associa-
corded her first demo after learning a bit about the Nash- tion International ‘Tin Pan South’, a songwriters festival.
ville ropes from Mal Rodgers, the Nashville Star con-
testant who played a hometown show with Lance Miller “After graduation, I began meeting with publishers,
and had married Bailee’s cousin, Hannah Johnson. She trying to find a home on Music Row. This was a transi-
also began sharing videos of her songs on social media, tional time for me because I was being asked constantly
catching the attention of a manager in New York and a if I was an ‘artist’ or ‘just a songwriter’,” she said. “I al-
few folks in Music City. ways felt like an artist…but had gotten this idea into my
head that I would have an easier time getting a spot on a
“I went to NYC for some meetings, but it wasn’t Nash- publishing roster if I went the route of trying to be a staff
ville and it wasn’t country, so I went to Nashville to record writer, pursuing holds and cuts with already-established
a full album at the Sound Emporium and signed a man- and signed artists.”
agement contract,” Bailee said. “Although I had the time
of my life (making the album), I was still a high school But despite meeting with publishing companies, play-
student living in Illinois and writing alone in my bedroom. ing writer’s rounds, co-writing, and being told she was a
After the year-long contract, I decided not to renew.” great writer, there was never a deal to back it up.

Bailee’s parents, Brad Rainwater of Wayne City and “I started to doubt if I was a good enough writer and if
Cheryl Rainwater of Mattoon, wanted her to attend a I had the networking ability to break through,” Bailee said.
four-year university. She applied only to the University “I don’t know if it is because females struggle in country

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Bailee Rainwater
Continued From Last Page

music or if it was because my music

was coming from a place of trying to get

accepted into the club and write what I

thought they wanted to hear. But my ap-

proach wasn’t working.”

As a result, Bailee stepped back for

a period of re-evaluation.

“I stopped co-writing for a little while

and worked hard to reconnect with my-

self,” she said.

Something her dad said to her when

she was a kid got her through that sea-

son. Nashville can be a dream-crusher,

but Bailee remembered what Brad told

her one day when they were riding hors-

es: “That horse can buck you off, shake

you up, or knock you on your rear-end,

but you brush the dirt off and get your ***

back on that horse.”

That’s exactly what she did. Only this

time, she was ridin’ that pony her way.

“I stopped writing songs for radio or Bailee Rainwater’s image fits her music: colorful and fun.
publishers or to impress and just started

writing songs I thought my friends would

like. I ended up putting all my energy into a more pop/

country-leaning EP (Extended Play) with four songs

that I wrote by myself—one hundred percent songs that

I thought were colorful and funny. I worked my butt off

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Knauss Publishes 200-Page

Encyclopedia Of Orchardville
If the community of Orchardville
is of interest to you, listen up: a Texas Jim Knauss, who grew up in Orchardville, has penned a book about the town.
man who was born and raised there
has published a 200-page, full color Internet. To my surprise, I have found hundreds of Orchardville-related facts
paperback book about it. and am sharing them in this book.”

Jim Knauss, who lived in Or- Knauss worked for more than 500 hours to create the comprehensive
chardville from his birth in 1951 until project. The 16 chapter topics are Geography & Demographics, First Settle-
he moved away in 1976, has released ment, The Orchards, The Suburbs, Churches & Cemeteries, Businesses,
The Encyclopedia of Orchardville, Il- Leisure Time, Schools & Teachers, Military, Non-Farm Jobs In The Census,
linois, 1822-2018. You can purchase No Shortage Of Doctors, Notable Orchardvillians, True Crime & Tragedies,
it online through ‘Amazon Books’ for Orchardvillians In The News, Believe It Or Not, Obituaries and The Future.
$37.13, or locally for $20 by e-mailing
his sister, Joyce Garner (bfgarner@ Continued On Page 15 or him (jim.knauss The Fairfield Pub-
lic Library also has a copy.

“I first became fascinated with Or-
chardville’s history when Vera Hen-
son substituted as a teacher in the
1960s at Orchardville Grade School
and told us tales of Orchardville when
it was a thriving and bustling town,
even with streets that had names,”
Knauss recalled, noting the teacher
was the town’s official historian. “It
made me daydream about what life
was like at the turn of the century in
Orchardville when it was growing at
a rate to make it a much larger town,
but then suddenly quit growing.

“I was also interested from the
perspective of my Henson ances-
tors, who were some of the first pio-
neer settlers in the Zenith area in the
1830s,” he added. “Sixty years after
Vera sparked my interest, I began
gathering information about early Or-
chardville by reviewing old articles
she had written and searching the

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Continued From Page 13 Saints (RLDS) preacher and missionary whose nickname
“There is something captivating about Orchardville. was Blackberry. That book is focused on his family, but
On one hand it is a tiny country village, but on the other, it includes information about how the Mormon Church took
is a major movie waiting to be made about the eccentric root in Wayne County then became the RLDS Church,
characters and events that happen there,” Knauss said.
“Orchardville could use the slogan which the city of Reno, Knauss earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
Nevada uses: Biggest Little City in the World. Where else from SIU and ended up settling in Dallas, Texas in 1982
can you see people riding in horse-drawn buggies, run where he and his wife, Roxanne (not from Wayne Coun-
into a traffic jam caused by cars leaving the Orchardville ty), raised two children. Their daughter, Jamie Berkvens,
Church, play slot machines, buy whiskey, attend a mega- is a Registered Nurse, while their son, Tyler Knauss, is an
church, see fire hydrants in corn fields, and be rescued by architect. Both live in Texas.
a fire department that rivals a major city’s department?”
The book represents Knauss’ attempt to write “every- He has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilita-
thing you ever wanted to know about Orchardville” from tion for almost 40 years and now serves as Deputy Re-
his perspective, focusing mainly on pre-1977. The major- gional Director for the Texas Workforce Commission.
ity of his sources were from the Internet, online news-
paper archives,,, online IFB Commends Trump
books, research at the Fairfield Library, documents from On Free Trade Signing
Vera Henson’s archives, interviews with local sources,
and other sources including the Federal Census. The Illinois Farm Bureau is optimistic about President
Other insight came from his own experience. Donald Trump’s recent signing of the U. S.-Mexico-Cana-
“I can’t tell you just one special memory of growing da Agreement (USMCA).
up there; it’s a culmination of living there my first 21 years
and the values and sense of community that you naturally “Farm Bureau is pleased with the signing of the
take in. It’s like belonging to a special club,” Knauss said. USMCA,” said IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr. “This
“I may have moved from the area, but I am still a member new, trilateral agreement reached between the U.S.,
of the club and want to see it do well.” Mexico and Canada not only locks in previously-devel-
Prior to writing The Encyclopedia of Orchardville, oped market opportunities, but also builds on existing
Knauss penned a book called They Called Him Blackber- trade relationships.
ry—a history of his great-great grandfather, John F. Hen-
son, an Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day “Our trade relationships with Canada and Mexico
are extremely important given that Illinois farmers export
Geezer Rock 40 percent of their corn, 13 percent of their beef and 34
Continued From Page 7 percent of their pork to the two countries,” he added. “It
a version that portrays the ant as a selfish miser trying goes without saying, this is an agreement with enormous
to make the other insects starve unless they pay severe economic consequences for Illinois and U.S. agriculture.”
markups or maybe subscribe to an overpriced service or
something like that. While the signing was “definitely a step in the right
direction,” he said the agreement still must be ratified by
The point is, don’t think saving is always good. You the new Congress, and progress must be made in ending
can save that t-bone steak in the freezer forever and say steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian and Mexican im-
“Man, that beef would have been really good if I’d have ports. Further, Mexican and Canadian officials must work
cooked it while I still had teeth” or you can enjoy the steak. toward removing retaliatory tariffs against pork and dairy
I don’t want to be on my deathbed and think that I should products.
have worn those boots more. I don’t want my nephew to
sell my good knife for a Pokémon card. “We commend President Trump and his administra-
tion on their continued work on this new and extremely
Let’s all change our view of the ant and the grasshop- important agreement,” Guebert said.
per, or cicada, or whichever noisy insect we choose. I say
don’t be a greedy ant, enjoy your stuff today. Don’t wait 15
for rain that may never come. Be a cicada today and let
the estate sale companies get their own stuff.

Put it another way: don’t let your boots rot or your
knife rust.

You may e-mail Charlie at [email protected]
or write him at PO Box 378, Norris City, Il. 62869. Caveat
emptor. Maybe it’s carpe diem. I’m not sure.

The Clay County Hospital Endowment Foundation Closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.
has given a $1,000 scholarship to Roni Mason. Pictured
from left are Barb Bright, Mason, Glenda Duke and Lee Classes resume on Jan. 3.
Ann Warren.
Teaching series back by popular demand!
CCH Endowment We are about to head to Heaven on:
Foundation Awards
2019 Scholarships Jan. 3, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.--Revealing the Three Heavens
Jan. 8 & 10--Types of Judgment! And more.
The Clay County Hospital (CCH) Endowment Jan. 15 & 17--Animals In Heaven? And more.
Foundation has named the recipient of its 2019 Jan. 22 & 24--So Much To See!
Spring & Summer Semester/Program Scholarship Jan. 29 & 31--Wrapping Up Heaven
Titles subject to change but message will stay on Heaven.
CCH Clinical Informatics Nurse Roni Mason, Bring a friend and join us. Great way to start the New Year!
Flora, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She is
pursuing her RN to MSN in Informatics through
Western Governors University.

“It is through the generosity and commitment
from our community of caring donors that these
scholarship funds are made available,” said CCH
Marketing/Foundation Coordinator Emily Milner.
“We received a tremendous response to our call
for scholarship applications, and our Scholarship
Committee had a difficult task of selecting the top

The Foundation awards up to $5,000 in schol-
arships per year to qualifying CCH Employees who
are pursuing educational and training programs.
Each recipient receives $1,000.

For more information, visit www.claycounty-, “Like” them on Facebook or call Emily
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