Flood Warnings remain in effect through tonight along the Skillet Fork River at Wayne City and until further notice along the Little Wabash and Wabash Rivers.  At Wayne City the Skillet Fork was at 16.6 feet this morning and forecast to fall below flood stage late tonight.  The Little Wabash River at Clay City is expected to crest at 22 feet early next week,  four feet above flood stage.  At Carmi a crest of 28.9 feet is forecast for Wednesday morning, nearly two feet above flood stage.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is expected to climb to 28.2 feet, more than nine feet above flood stage, and at New Harmony, the river is expected to rise to 20.8 feet by Monday, more than five feet above flood stage.  More rain is possible in the region on Tuesday, according to forecasters.

During this week’s meeting of the North Wayne Unit school board, members approved the amended school calendar for the current school year.  The last day for students will be May 14th.  The board also hired Chynna DelBene to fill the third grade vacancy at Johnsonville School for the coming school year, and hired Sarah Sudkamp to fill the fifth grade vacancy at Cisne Middle School for the coming school year.

Mt. Carmel police arrested 43-year-old Michael I. Perkins for driving suspended, unlawful display of registration, operating an uninsured vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug parapheranalia following a traffic stop on Poplar Street Thursday afternoon.  During the stop, Mt. Carmel’s K-9 “Gage” located methamphetamine on Perkins.  He was taken to the Wabash County Jail and later released after posting bond.

43-year-old Rebecca A. Dudley of Mt. Carmel was arrested late Thursday night after police stopped her vehicle for having an inoperable tail light.  Police said they noted a strong odor of alcohol on Dudley’s breath.  She also failed several field sobriety tests, according to police.  Dudley was charged with DUI, no valid driver’s license, and illegal transportation of alcohol.  She was transported to the Wabash County Jail and later released after posting bond.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission recognized several southern Illinois residents and one business with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Friday.  The awards focus on five areas, which include Economic Opportunity, Educaton, Environmental Conservation, Disaster Preparedness and Response, and Health and Veterans’ Affairs.  Among the award recipients was AmeriCorps member Evelyn Martinez of Harrisburg for her service to the Illinois Youth Center.  A total of 23 Illinois residents and five businesses were presented awards around the state.

The Illinois House defeated a proposal Friday that would have allowed the carrying of concealed guns in public.  The vote of 64-45 fell seven votes short of the number needed for a supermajority.  A supermajority was needed because the law would pre-empt the home-rule powers of several cities.  The legislation was sponsored by Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg, and would have required authorities to issue concealed-carry permits to anyone who passed background checks.  Phelps used a legislative procedure that will allow him to recall the bill later for another vote.

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