Headlines for Thursday, October 11th

The Fairfield Park District Board will meet tonight at 7, and the ultimate fate of the Kon-Tiki could be decided. The board voted in August not to refurbish the 90-year-old building that was damaged by a fire earlier in the year. In other business, the board will discuss the Lakeside Reservoir Project and will hear a thank you regarding Veterans Field.

The Illinois Deparment of Commerce announced four new Enterprise Zones yesterday, including one for Carmi-White County/Edwards County. Enterprise Zones encourage job growth and investment in economically depressed areas. They can provide tax incentives, such as sales and utility tax exemptions, to qualifying companies and organizations in the zone.

Dr. Carlo Montemagno, Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, died early this morning. Interim President Kevin Dorsey will now work with SIU’s leadership to guide the university until its Board of Trustees can appoint an interim chancellor. Montemagno had been diagnosed with cancer, though no cause of death was given.

Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that $4 million in grant funding for community organizations is available for “Census Participation” and “Assisting Immigrant Communities in Navigating Government Services.” Applications must be received by November 7th. To apply for the available grants, visit cyberdriveillinois.com, or, for the census grant, visit IllinoisCensus2020.com

Fairfield Memorial Hospital would like to address the concerns that have been voiced in the region due to the recent closure of the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center in Fairfield. Hospital officials say they are looking into the matter to see what is feasible for their organization to implement, though the process must be analyzed and cannot be resolved in a only a few days.

Wayne County elevators are reporting that they still have plenty of space available for storage, despite this year’s big crop. Clint Price, with Gavilon Grain in Golden Gate, says almost every major facility is utilizing outdoor ground storage as a way to temporarily increase their volume. Price also said that the big crop is straining storage to some extent, but nobody would be turned away from Golden Gate.

The Albion City Council met last night in special session and voted to trade in two pickup trucks for two newer models. The council also discussed the rogue chicken issue with animal control, who believe the presence of the chickens is luring foxes to Albion neighborhoods. Two aldermen are expected to review the current chicken ordinance and report to the council next month.

The Wayne County Board will meet tonight at 7, and they are expected to hear a presentation from Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield, one of two guests on the agenda. Board members are also expected to hear two requests for board appointments, one from the Orchardville Fire Protection District and the other from the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission.

The 54th annual dinner and homecoming of the FCHS Alumni Association will be held at the Community of Christ Family Life Center on Saturday evening at 5. The dinner’s speaker will be Jimmie Walker. Earlier that morning, the Association will hold a reception at the Fairfield First United Methodist Church from 9:30 to 11:30.

Fairfield Public School District 112 will conduct Parent/Teacher Conferences at both North Side and Center Street Schools on October 23rd and 24th. Conferences will be held from 3-7 on the 23rd and 3-6:30 on the 24th. Dates and times for individual conferences will be arranged with the teachers. Both schools will also dismiss early on the days for the meetings.

National 4-H Week festivities continue in Wayne County tonight in Fairfield. 4-H Members are invited to a movie showing and pumpkin decorating event at 6 at the University of Illinois Extension Office. Last year, over 900 county youths were involved with the program through school, community partners, and after-school organizations.

Frontier Community College’s softball team will be hosting the second annual Bobcats Softball 5K on Saturday, November 3rd at 8 a.m. Check-in and same day registration will begin at 7 that morning, and t-shirts will be guaranteed for anyone who registers before next Wednesday. Those seeking more information can contact Kim Briggs at (618)599-0534.

The Trump Administration criticized a draft plan between Chicago and the state of Illinois that would cause sweeping reforms for the city’s police force. Among other rules, one provision would require officers to file paperwork each time they point their weapons, regardless of whether they fire. Chicago officials, in turn, said the President’s administration is out of step with the people of Chicago.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.54 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.01 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.91 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).