Headlines for Saturday, November 3rd

A benefit dinner for Sherry and Mickenzie Smith will be held tonight at the Wayne City Community Building.  The event will run from 5 p.m. until the food is gone.  A pork tenderloin dinner with trimmings will be served.  The Smiths lost their home and all belongings in a fire last month.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing at the end of the evening as well as a silent auction.  Those who wish to donate an item can call (618) 599-9248.

The second round of the IHSA football playoffs will be held today across Illinois.  The Fairfield Mules play Williamsville at home with kickoff at 1 p.m. in the Class 3A playoffs.  The Edwards County Lions host Moweaqua Central A & M at 2 p.m. in Albion.  The Mules game will be broadcast on WFIW-FM 104.9 starting at 12:45, while the Edwards County game can be heard on WOKZ 105.9 starting at 1:45.  The Fairfield Lady Mules volleyball team competed at the Hamilton County Super-Sectional last night, but lost in three sets to Nashville.  Grayville defeated Glen Carbon (Father McGivney) in two sets and will take on Newark at 9 a.m. this Friday.  A win would put Grayville in the Class 1A Championship game at 10:30 next Saturday morning against the winner of Hartsburg and Decatur St. Theresa.  A loss will put Grayville in the 3rd place match at 9 a.m. next Saturday.

The White County Fraternal Order of Police is accepting donations for its Cops and Kids Christmas program, which benefits underprivileged youth in the county.  The event will take place December 22nd at the Carmi Walmart.  Donations can be mailed to the Fraternal Order of Police in Carmi or dropped off at Maier Grocery in Crossville, Dollar General in Norris City and Doug’s Food Mart in Norris City.  Money collected will be used to take children on a shopping spree for clothes and Christmas gifts with a member of the FOP.

As of earlier this week the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it had received reports of over 400 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, in white-tailed deer so far this year.  The EHD appears to be at low to moderate levels in counties on or near the Illinois River, the IDNR says.  Scattered suspected cases have been reported in southern Illinois, including 35 cases in Lawrence County and ten cases in Richland County, and five cases reported in Clay County.

Salem police were praised Friday for their quick response to what originally was reported to be a gunshot on Meadowlane near Hawthorn and Franklin Park Schools around noon Friday, leading to both schools being put on “soft lockdown.”  All students were brought inside the buildings, according to reports, while the situation was monitored.  The soft lockdown was later lifted after it was determined the noise was a can apparently exploding in a burn pile.

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  The time change officially occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday when clocks will go BACK one hour.  The practice originally started in the U.S. as an energy conservation trick during WW I and became a national standard in the 1960s.  Residents are also encouraged to use the time change as a reminder to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash east of Fairfield 19 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  Little Wabash at Clay City 18.6 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  Little Wabash at Carmi 18.7 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  Skillet Fork at Wayne City 8.5 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  Wabash River at Mt. Carmel 12.9 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.