Headlines for Saturday, August 4th

Michael Whipkey II was still reported missing in the area as of this morning.  WFIW/WOKZ News contacted the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, however a spokesperson was not able to provide any additional details.  Whipkey went missing early Saturday morning, July 28th.  He left his home without any medications.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Wabash County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 262-4186 or your local police department.

The Albion Fire Department was called to a pickup truck fire around 1:30 Friday afternoon at the Butch Morris residence.  Morris had driven home, parked, and went inside, only to come out and find the truck engulfed in flames.  The truck was considered a total loss.

The State of Illinois has issued checks to over 900 workers to cover back pay.  About 24,000 workers are owed payments dating back to 2011.  State lawmakers reportedly included $63 million in Illinois’ current budget to take care of the back wages, which were described as the state’s oldest outstanding bill.  Both parties supported the money’s inclusion.

The Albion House of Prayer and American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive Monday from noon to 6 p.m.  The House of Prayer is located at 230 North Fifth Street in Albion.  The drive will be sponsored by Edwards County Supervisor of Assessment, Sheila Schnepper.

The 99th annual Bone Gap Chowder is set for Saturday, August 11th at the Bone Gap Chowder Grounds.  Serving of the chowder will start at 4 p.m.  Also on the menu will be steak burgers, hot dogs, pie and various drinks.  There will also be Kid Tractor and Train Rides by Kenny Mewes and a giant inflatable slide available for the kids.

Cisne middle and high school and Mt. Erie and Johnsonville schools will hold their open house later this month.  Cisne Middle School and Cisne High School’s open house will be Wednesday, August 29th from 5 to 6 p.m.  Mt. Erie and Johnsonville schools will conduct their open house Tuesday, August 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Erie and 5 to 6 p.m. at Johnsonville.