The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, IL has crested and is expected to crest at New Harmony later this week before falling below flood stage in the next few days. The Little Wabash River east of Fairfield at the filter plant remained more than eight feet above flood stage Saturday, above the 25-foot level. At New Harmony the Wabash River was at 17.2 feet Saturday night, and forecast to crest at 18.4 feet Tuesday morning, more than three feet above flood stage. Flood warnings remain in effect for both rivers for most of this week.
Wayne County’s unemployment rate for November was 8.4 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. They reported Edwards County’s jobless rate was also 8.4 percent for November. The IDES said unemployment moderately increased in November compared to a year ago, with nearly all southern Illinois counties reporting a higher rate. The highest rates in the region were Franklin County at 12.4 percent, Marion County at 11.1 percent and Clay County at 10.7 percent.
Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is scheduled to visit Fairfield Monday morning to talk about the need for strategic planning when it comes to facility closings. Rutherford will be at Jemini Coffee House at 112 East Main at 10:15 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation disciplinary report for the month of November has been released. They report the licensed practical nurse license of Ashley Harmon of Shawneetown, IL has been placed in Refuse to Renew status after being disciplined in the state of Indiana. Also, the license of Anisa Threadgill of Marion, IL has been indefinitely suspended for at least 12 months for a violation of probation.
Law enforcement agencies in Illinois are gearing up to implement the state’s new concealed carry gun law, which goes into effect with the start of the new year on Wednesday. Deputies are receiving training on where people with a concealed carry license can carry a weapon versus places where carrying is prohibited. One sheriff’s department official is strongly encouraging concealed carry license holders to be aware of the law and know the places where concealed carry is illegal.