Headlines for Friday, November 2nd

57-year-old Barry L. Cowling was arrested by Edwards County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday afternoon on a charge of possession of meth. Police, acting on a search warrant, seized less than ½ pound of meth, over 30 firearms, several hunting knifes, and drug paraphernalia from Cowling’s home. He was transported to the White County Jail, and more charges are pending.

31-year-old Shannon Cone was transported to a Mt. Vernon hospital after a truck collided with his bicycle last night. Police say 41-year-old David Wagner hit Cone in the south lane of South First Street, and Cone was located in a yard with severe injuries. Fairfield Police say the accident is still under investigation.

Fairfield Police arrested two people yesterday. 33-year-old David R. Grimes was arrested on a warrant from Vanderburgh County, Indiana, and he was transported to the Wayne County Jail without bond. 55-year-old Vicki E. Thomas was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass to a residence. Her bond was set at $170.

30-year-old Fairfield resident Yolanda A. Rains pleaded guilty to a count of possession of less than five grams of meth Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. Rains was sentenced to two years in prison, plus one year of mandatory supervision upon her release. She was credited for 15 days served in jail and ordered to pay court costs.

The first installment of Wayne County Real Estate Taxes is due today. Payment may be made at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office before 4:30 p.m., or at the dropbox on the west side of the courthouse. Taxes may also be paid at the Cisne Trust Bank, Mt. Erie Banking Center, People’s National Bank, or the First Financial Bank’s Fairfield Branch.

Congressman John Shimkus stopped by McLeansboro yesterday for the presentation of a $2.4 million loan for the construction of a new water tower. The new 600,000-gallon tower will quadruple the city’s water storage capacity. Work on the new tower will is scheduled to begin next spring, and the total cost of the project is estimated to be nearly $3 million.

Angel Maguire, IECC Adult Education Coordinator of Transition Services

The re-acquisition of a grant has brought the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program at Frontier Community College back to life. Angel Maguire, Adult Education Coordinator of Transition Services, says there is a wide range of people who would benefit from the program, from grandparents to younger people in the workforce. Maguire was the speaker at yesterday’s Rotary Program.

The Fairfield Lady Mules volleyball team will take on Nashville in Super-Sectional action tonight at 6:30 at McLeansboro. A fan bus for students and faculty will leave the school at 5:30, and tickets will cost $6. The game will also be broadcast on 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com. For tomorrow’s FCHS football game, gates will open at 11 a.m., and school officials have not determined if the practice field will be available for parking.

Last month was a bit cooler and significantly drier than one year ago. The WFIW studios received 2 inches and 67 hundredths of rain last month. One year ago, the station recorded over 5 inches of rain. The average high temperature was over one degree cooler this year, as was the average low.

Frontier Community College’s softball team will host a 5K tomorrow at 8 a.m. Registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m. on the Bobcat Den parking lot. A Kid’s Fun Run will also be held at 8:30, and registration for it is $10. The race is open to children age 9 and under. Anyone seeking more information is asked to contact Kim Briggs at (618)599-0534.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Blood Drive, along with the American Red Cross, on Wednesday, November 21st. It will be held in the Educational Annex Building on Northwest Tenth Street. Blood drive participants will receive a free long sleeve t-shirt, and light refreshments will be supplied to donors. To register, call 847-8242, or  visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=FMH=LSL.

This month is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the JDRF research fund is putting $5 million into research in Illinois, helping to boost federal funds. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and the Illinois Department of Public Health says about 1.3 million Illinoisans have diabetes- that is almost 12.5 percent of its total population.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is once again seeking reelection next week to the position he has held since 1998. He says his safe driving program has cut back on driving fatalities for teenagers by over 50%. His office also oversees more than 5,000 libraries throughout Illinois, and White says he has visited over half of them in his tenure.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 17.83 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 8.40 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.51 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).