Flood warnings continue today along area rivers, with minor flooding expected. The Skillet Fork at Wayne City should crest just over the 16-foot flood stage by this evening. The Little Wabash River at Clay City is expected to hold at 20.5 feet today through Tuesday. East of Fairfield at the filter plant the river is more than four feet above flood stage, and at Carmi a crest of 29.5 feet is expected Monday. The Wabash at Mt. Carmel is forecast to rise to 21.2 feet by Thursday morning, and to 17.4 feet at New Harmony by next weekend. A drier weather pattern is expected in the region until at least late Wednesday.
33-year-old Phillip N. Pixley of Mt. Carmel, IL died Friday night in an accident in rural Wabash County. State police said Pixley was traveling westbound on a county road when his pickup left the roadway and ran into a ditch, coming to rest on its roof. Pixley was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wabash County Coroner at about 10:15 Friday night. State police are continuing their investigation.
Two area residents have been chosen to attend the one-week Youth To Washington Tour sponsored by Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperatives. Jace Borowiak of Albion and Erin Bonner of McLeansboro were chosen as a result of essays submitted following a one-day trip to Springfield during the Illinois Electric Youth Day last April. Borowiak and Bonner will join students from across Illinois and the nation during the week of June 14th through 21st for the all-expense paid trip. The students will also spend a day touring the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg.
Illinois State Police at District 19, headquartered at Carmi, have released the results of a recent Special Traffic Enforcement Patrol in Wayne County conducted May 24th and in White County May 27th. During the Wayne County detail, troopers wrote 12 seatbelt tickets and 29 speeding tickets, along with six written warnings for speeding. In White County, police issued nine seatbelt tickets, made one alcohol-related arrest and three DUI arrests, wrote 26 speeding tickets and eight written warnings for speeding.
The Fairfield Community High School Library has been awarded a $4000 “Back To Books” grant from the Illinois State Library. The purpose of the program is to encourage teenagers to expand their reading experiences. The grant will be used to purchase non-fiction, realistic fiction, audio books and comic books to encourage the reading of different genres.