Headlines for Monday, September 10th

ALBION STANDOFF: A standoff which started at around 3 AM this morning at the Albion Motel, ended this afternoon in an apparent suicide. The State Police, Albion City Police, and Edwards County Sheriff’s officers responded to the motel and at one point a State Police negotiator was brought to the scene as well as a SWAT team. The Edwards County K-12 building was put on a soft lockdown for precautionary reasons until the situation was resolved. Edwards County schools in Albion were able to dismiss at their normal time. 

50-year-old Cisne resident Robert E. Vest was arrested by county deputies yesterday for domestic battery. Vest is accused of choking his girlfriend after an argument. Deputies also arrested a Grayville resident and a Fairfield resident on warrants for failure to appear in court, and they were called to investigate an act of vandalism near Orchardville and a theft in Cisne.

The Wayne/Edwards County USDA Farm Service Agency will host informational meetings on the Market Facilitation Program. The meetings will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of both this and next week. The meetings are a part of the USDA’s actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from foreign nations.

The Miss Fall Fun Fest Pageant is scheduled for Thursday evening on the Main Stage, and Kristi Hornung, appearing on the Community Connection, says one of the new prizes for the contest is a $1,000 tuition scholarship to Frontier Community College. Fifteen young ladies have entered the pageant, and their photos are available on the Fun Fest’s Facebook page.

Baldwin Vision Systems, formerly known as Web Printing Controls, is now the company’s manufacturing center in the United States. Matthew Seng, Director of Operations, says a primary goal now is to educate young people about work opportunities with the company. The company has hired 12 new employees since January, and Seng hopes to add around the same number by the end of 2019.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow evening with a relatively light agenda of only four scheduled business items on its hands. Two of the items deal with street closings for upcoming parades, and a new police officer will also be sworn in. The only other item on the docket is a resolution declaring structures as dangerous buildings.

The Wayne City Village Board met last week, and one of the big discussion items in their meeting dealt with the new water treatment plant project for Wayne City. Collin Dunn, Project Engineer, says the $6.7 million project is nearly ready to begin construction, and it is estimated to take a bit over a year to complete.

Illinois State Police conducted a Roadside Safety Check in White County, lasting from late Saturday night to early Sunday morning last week. District 19 Troopers report 36 total arrests, citations, and written warnings, but no DUI, alcohol, or drug related offenses were issued. The biggest offenders state police reported in the check were insurance violations, which made up a quarter of the total offenses.

River stages as of early this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 25.73 feet, well above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 15.53 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 22.28 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).