Headlines for Friday, September 14th

23-year-old Wayne City resident Brayden K. Pottorff was arrested Wednesday night by county deputies after pulling a gun on the deputies in his home. Pottorff has also been accused of trespassing in his ex-girlfriend’s home and taking their child from it. He has been lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of $10,000 bond.

An air evacuation took place after a single-car crash on Enterprise Road this morning at about 9:15. There has been no official word on the cause of the accident or the condition of the driver that was taken from the scene.

Four were sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday, including 43-year-old David P. Compton. Compton was sentenced to 20 years in jail, plus four years of mandatory supervision upon his release, for possession with intent to deliver of between 15 and 100 grams of meth. A separate five year sentence will run concurrent.

The Friday Fall Fun Fest Button numbers are 224 and 464. 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 Village of Sims has water once again. Engineers from Hampton, Lenzini, and Renwick in Mt. Carmel say the repair was made just after 10:15 last night. The Village will now be under a boil order until passing samples are obtained.

From left: Princess Ransom Fox, Retiring Princess Addison Churchill, Retiring Prince Kamden Vaughan, Prince Runnerup Maverick Warren, and Prince Leighton Johnson.

From left: Chandra Lee, Miss Congeniality; Madison Oliver, 1st Runner-Up; Lenze Lane, Miss Fall Fun Fest; Jaylee Vaughan, 2nd Runner-Up


Lenze Lane was named Miss Fall Fun Fest last night. The first runner-up in the pageant was Maddison Oliver, and Jaylee Vaughan was named second runner-up. In the Prince and Princess Contest earlier in the evening, Ransom Fox was crowned Princess, and Leighton Johnson was crowned Prince. Payton Ellis and Maverick Warren were named Princess and Prince runners-up, respectively.

Saturday will be the final day of the Fun Fest, and eventgoers can get an early start with Yoga In The Park at 7 a.m. Other morning events include Fishin’ at the Fall Fun Fest, sign-in for Save-A-Lot’s Rib Cook-Off, the Classic Car Show, and the Jonathan Lee Memorial Kiddie Parade.

The Wayne County Board approved some changes in the fee schedule in the office of County Clerk Liz Ann Woodrow last night. The changes come after a cost study of the fee structure in her office. Also in the meeting, County Highway Engineer Dennis Seidel said it would take a couple of weeks to make repairs to roads damaged in last weekend’s deluge.

Edwards County Treasurer Debbie Smith has announced the due dates for real estate taxes mailed on September 7th. The dates have been set for October 16th, and November 15th. Payments may be made in person, by mail, or in the outside drop box located on the Courthouse’s northeast side. Online payment is also available, though it will add a 2.5 percent fee.

Wabash County will be officially accredited as StormReady by the National Weather Service and Illinois Emergency Management Agency early next week. StormReady is a national program that began in April 2000, and a community must achieve a specific level of hazardous weather operations readiness in order to be accredited.

Frontier Community College will be offering a one-day Food Sanitation and Safety class on Tuesday, September 25th. The class will meet at Bob Boyles Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Interested individuals must register with FCC and purchase the required textbook from the bookstore, and students are encouraged to read it prior to the class, as a certification exam will be given at its end.

Illinois high schools may soon have the opportunity to offer on-the-job apprenticeships. Legislation allowing the apprenticeships was recently signed into law in Illinois, but rules for the program must still be developed. Federal approval is also needed for the initiative, but proponents hope students in school this year might take advantage of the program.

River stages as of early this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 27.35 feet, well above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.09 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 20.83 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).