The Little Wabash River continues falling but remains above flood stage east of Fairfield at the filter plant and at Carmi. At the filter plant Saturday the river was at 23 feet, 2 inches, down from Friday’s reading of 24 feet, but still more than six feet above flood stage. At Carmi the river Saturday night was 30.6 feet, more than three feet above flood stage. The river is expected to go below flood stage at Carmi by Wednesday morning, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. Much of this week is expected to be dry, with only slight chances of rain in the forecast for today and tonight.
Ron Cowles, Water and Sewer Superintendent for the city of Grayville, is issuing a correction on what he says is some misinformation circulating concerning a boil order. Cowles said some misinformation was distributed Saturday due to a misunderstanding in water testing results. He says Grayville’s distribution system does not have any problems and no boil order is in effect, and that the water is safe to drink.
Tegpal Atwal, a Mayo Clinic trained Gastroenterologist, has relocated to Mt. Vernon, IL and has joined the medical staff of Crossroads Community Hospital. Dr. Atwal is the first gastroenterologist on their staff and will be opening the only office specializing in such care in the Mt. Vernon, IL area. He will treat conditions of the stomach, pancreas and gallbladder, including acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, ulcers and other digestive conditions. He is a graduate of Dayanand Medical College in India.
The Wayne County Fair runs all this week at the fairgrounds in Fairfield. Today’s attractions include harness racing at 2 p.m. and a performance tonight by the southern gospel group Union Street with local vocalist Aaron McCune at 6:30 in front of the grandstand. More harness racing will be held Monday night at 7.
The Wayne/Edwards Farm Service Agency has announced that the official deadline for reporting crop planting dates has been extended from the original July 15th deadline to Friday, August 2nd. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance has not changed, and the deadline is tomorrow. More information is available from your local county Farm Service Agency.
Wabash Area Development Inc. will begin taking appointments Monday morning for the Summer Energy Assistance Program. Residents in Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White, Saline and Gallatin counties that meet certain household and income guidelines can qualify for assistance. The program runs through July 26th or until funding is depleted.