Headlines for Friday, October 5th

Marti Garner has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Garner started in her new position on Monday, and she comes to the Chamber after having left the Wayne County Health Department, where she had worked as an immunization clerk. Garner replaces Libby Lingafelter, who was hired earlier in September by WFIW Radio.

All Secretary of State Offices and Driver Services facilities will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. Facilities open from Tuesday to Saturday will be closed tomorrow, and offices open Monday through Friday will be closed on Monday. All facilities will return to regular business hours on Tuesday.

FCHS will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23rd and 24th, from 4-7 p.m. In addition the school will host a FAFSA presentation on the 24th at 6. To register for the presentation or set up times for a conference, call the school at 847-9405. Students will not have school on the 25th and 26th.

The Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center sent out 30 termination notices on Wednesday to employees, including four from the Fairfield area, as the center has announced its closure. Executive Director Glenn Jackson said it was behind in payroll and “deep in debt.” Clients found a note yesterday on the door of the Fairfield office on Basin Road saying the center was permanently closed.

Today marks the last full day of activities for the 2018 Paint Out, and it will conclude with the Premier Show and Sale at Bob Boyles Foundation Hall. The entry fee for the show is $5, which gives people the opportunity to win a painting, according to Paint Out Committee Member Melinda States. The Chalk Walk will also be held this afternoon at Frontier, starting at 4.

Next week is National 4-H Week, and Wayne County 4-H Director Yvette Anderson is taking the opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions regarding the organization. Most notably, she says, members do not have to live on a farm to join, and, in fact, most of her members do not. She also says that anyone from 8 years old to high school is welcome to join 4-H.

The Fairfield Coin Club will hold its 48th Annual Coin Show and Auction on Sunday, October 14th, at North Side Grade School. Doors will open at 9 a.m., and auction lots will be on display at 10. Special awards and presentations will be held at 1 p.m., including three $500 scholarships given to recent county graduates, and the regular auction will begin at 2:30. Lil’ Buddies BBQ will provide food for the show, and anyone with questions is asked to call Roberta Marshel at 599-2393.

Frontier Community College has scheduled free GED Test Prep classes for the fall semester, beginning on October 16th. Day and evening classes are available, and they will meet on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. On-site registration is available now in the Adult Education Office, and interested individuals can register in person between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by phone by calling the Adult Education Department at 842-3711.

Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic candidate for Governor JB Pritzker faced off in a debate Wednesday night, where the two sparred over recent reports about both candidates. Rauner’s administration has been criticized for the handling of a disease outbreak at a veteran’s home, and Pritzker has been on the hot seat for the removal of toilets in one of his Chicago properties for tax break purposes.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 6.39 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.10 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.47 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).