Fairfield Community High School had a very successful day Saturday at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Several teams and individuals brought home hardware, with many advancing to state competition. Those advancing to state competition included the geometry written team, the Freshman/Sophomore 2-Person team and the Freshman/Sophomore 8-Person team. Individually, Senior Cody Simpson placed second in the PreCalculus competition, Junior Samantha Ochs placed second in the Algebra II competition and junior Dakota Young placed third. The three also advance to state competition. Four other teams for FCHS placed second on Saturday.
Flooding is expected to continue through mid-week on the Little Wabash River at Clay City and until further notice on the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, IL. The Little Wabash at Clay City was at 19.2 feet Saturday night, and expected to crest at 20.5 feet early Monday morning. Flood stage is 18 feet. The Wabash at Mt. Carmel, IL stood at 15.6 feet Saturday night, with a crest of 23.2 feet expected Monday morning. Flood stage at Mt. Carmel, IL is 19 feet.
The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m. During the meeting the council is expected to award bids for the sale of the old Red & White store sign, the sale of a grader and mosquito chemicals for the coming summer. Also on the agenda is the next payment to the contractor building the city’s new water treatment plant, amounting to nearly $200,000. Discussion is also expected on the city’s smoke-free policy, and a comparison of Fairfield’s gas and electric rates with surrounding towns.
State Representative David Reis has announced his latest round of traveling office hours. A member of his staff will be at the Carmi City Hall on Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Mt. Carmel City Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at Fairfield City Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Residents are welcome to address any concerns they may have about government. Residents can also call his office at (618) 392-0108 or stop by his office in Olney at 219 East Main Street to address any concerns they may have.
All four Republican candidates running for Illinois Governor agree that the state’s prison system is overcrowded and action is needed to address what they believe is a public safety hazard. Three of the candidates, including State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard said in a report that they would consider reopening the super-maximum security lockup at Tamms in southern Illinois to help with the overcrowding. The facility was closed by Governor Pat Quinn in 2012, along with the Dwight women’s maximum-security prison in upstate Illinois.