Headlines for Thursday, September 13th

The Wednesday night Fall Fun Fest Button numbers are 540 and 181. Today’s winning number are 586 and 212. Those with the buttons will be awarded $25 in Chamber Bucks. The winnings can be picked up at the offices of McDowell, Kenshalo, and Jesop on Northeast Third Street.

The Fall Fun Fest officially began last night with Gospel Night, and tonight’s events include the 5K Run/Walk at 6, the Prince & Princess Contest in the Entertainment Tent and the Roasted Chestnuts on the Main Stage at 6:30, and the Miss Fall Fun Fest Pageant at 8 on the Main Stage. Stan Garner, Fun Fest Committee Member, is looking forward to the next set of performances for tomorrow, and he is especially pleased that the Vandelles will be performing, saying he has tried for years to book them before finally succeeding for the festival’s fiftieth year.

One was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room after a two-car crash at the intersection of First and Delaware streets in Fairfield this morning. Police say one driver ran a red light, leading to the collision. The driver names and other accident information has not yet been released.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to remind area residents that the IRS does not issue phone calls. Police have received numerous reports of such calls going out to area residents, and they say the calls are a scam. Police advise anyone involved in such a phone call to simply hang up the phone.

Michaela Greathouse, ag teacher at Grayville High School, was recently awarded a new teacher grant from the Illinois Agricultural Association Foundation. Illinois agricultural education teachers completing their first year in the classroom are eligible to apply for the grant, which could increase to $10,000 in personal income over Greathouse’s first five years in the classroom.

Kieffer Brothers Construction is on-site today to work on a repair for the water main break at Skillet Fork that has caused a water outage in Sims. Sims officials still anticipate the outage to last for a few more days. Anyone with questions regarding water donations is asked to call the Village Hall at (618)895-2761.

The Wayne County Board is set to meet tonight at 7, and no guest or new business is on the listed agenda. Board members will hear several reports from various departments and committees, however, including one from Dennis Seidel for the Highway Department.

Fairfield Community High School will host an open house tomorrow afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teachers will be in the their respective classrooms, and administration will be on hand. Doors #2 and #17 will be unlocked during the open house, and anyone with questions is asked to call FCHS at 842-2649.

Petitions for next year’s Consolidated Election will be available in the City Clerk’s office starting Tuesday. One alderman from each ward will be elected for a four-year-term. The filing period for the petitions is December 10-17, and the Consolidated Election will be held on April 2, 2019.

Frontier Community College will host a free kid’s painting class in conjunction with the upcoming Fairfield Paint Out in October. The class is for 5th and 6th graders, and it will be held in Room 23 of Mason Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited to 20 students, so parents must register their child soon.

Illinois won’t feel any harsh effects from Hurricane Florence, according to agriculture meteorologist Eric Schmidt at EJS Weather in Newton, which is welcome news for farmers after last weekend’s deluge. Schmidt also says most of Illinois will see temperatures climb back into the 80s into the weekend through the early portion of next week.

River stages as of early this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 27.48 feet, well above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 11.12 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 21.52 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).