Headlines for Saturday, February 24th, 2018

A flood watch is still in effect for all of southern Illinois through late tonight. The potential for severe thunderstorms with widespread damaging winds and a tornado threat exists late Saturday afternoon through the evening hours, though the higher probability of a tornado exists outside the WFIW/WOKZ coverage area to the deep southern part of Illinois. Sunny skies with high temperatures 60s are forecast through the middle of next week.

According to Superintendent John Ashby, construction of the new Webber Township High School in Bluford is ahead of schedule. Officials broke ground on the new school in November and Ashby said it should be ready for students by December, just in time for the semester to start after winter break. Ashby said the old school will be used as foundation for the new school. Ashby said the old high school was recycled and grounded into gravel and will be the base for the new high school. High school students are currently housed in the Bluford grade school building next door.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says state fishing licenses for the year go on sale March 1. The agency says 2018 annual fishing licenses for Illinois residents cost $15 and are good until March 31, 2019. Money from the license fees is used to support fishing programs, habitat enhancement and production of sport fish at state hatcheries. People under age 16 don’t have to have a license. Adults need a license. Free fishing is available for the blind and disabled. Discounted licenses are available for those age 65 and older and qualifying resident veterans. Fishing is free for everyone during the 2018 Illinois Free Fishing Days during Father’s Day weekend, June 15-18.

A 44 year old Xenia man was sentenced to federal prison on drug related charges. Ryan T Harmon was sentenced on Wednesday to 120 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release following his imprisonment. Harmon had previously pleaded guilty to three counts in a federal indictment. In part, Harmon pled guilty to 3 counts of conspiring to knowingly and intentionally distributing, and possessing with the intent to distribute Alpha PVP or more commonly known as bath Salts. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois.