Headlines for Wednesday, October 10th

Homecoming Week’s first major event, the Battle of the Classes, has been moved from the football field to the east gymnasium, due to inclement weather. The event will start at 6:30 tonight. The school also concluded a week-long “Penny War” yesterday and raised over $400 in the event. The Junior class submitted the most pennies and was declared the war’s winner.

Four Wayne City residents were arrested in the overnight hours by the Wayne City Police Department. Everett E. Irwin, Desiree E. Pursley, Curtis D. Sutton, and Michael S. Stephenson were all charged with possession of methamphetamine, and Irwin and Pursley also had warrants for their arrests. The four were lodged in the Wayne County Jail.

24-year-old Boonville, Missouri, resident Christian A. Fife was arrested by county deputies yesterday on a Wayne County Failure to Appear warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Compounds. Fife was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of $1,020 bond.

54-year-old Fairfield resident Jacquelyn L. Boyd was arrested by Illinois State Police yesterday on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. This is at least the second time Boyd has faced the same charge, and she was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of $150 bond.

Edwards County has completed their tax deed proceedings on delinquent real estate properties for 2014 and mobile homes for 2015. The properties and homes will now be offered for sale to the public through a sealed bid auction. All bids must be in the Edwards County Treasurer’s Office by the end of the November 2nd business day. For more information, visit iltaxsale.com.

The Fairfield City Council elected not to purchase a new $30,000 police truck at its meeting last night, with three aldermen voting against the purchase. The Council also granted a water and sewer line easement to Jeremy and Nicki Carter, and it also approved a street closing request on Southeast Second for a Trunk or Treat on Halloween.

The Edwards County Ambulance Service voted earlier in the week to discontinue the night shift at the West Salem Station, though no changes will be made at the Albion Station. The West Salem location will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting next Monday. The changes will not affect any full-time employees of the service.

The first-ever mass-produced airliner will visit Marion later this week, and the public will have an opportunity to take a ride. The Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT was built from 1928 to 1935, and the plane will be giving 12-15 minutes flights at Veterans Airport in Marion Thursday through Saturday. For more information on the event, go to flytheford.org.

Dryer and cooler days are on the way for much of Illinois later in the week, with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s being the general rule. Much of the state saw daytime highs in the 80s, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s at the station, earlier this week. Meteorologist Dan Hicks says a northwesterly flow is the reason behind the weather shift.

Highly successful students will be able to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago for free thanks to the new Chancellor’s Fellows Program. The program will be funded with the university’s share of $25 million set aside by the state for merit scholarships aimed at keeping top students at home. The new program will begin next school year.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.40 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.05 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.99 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).