Headlines for Sunday, November 4th

The Fairfield Mules and the Edwards County Lions football seasons came to an end Saturday in the IHSA football playoffs.  The Fairfield Mules lost to Williamsville in the Class 3A playoffs by a final of 42-16.  Edwards County dropped their game to Moweaqua Central A & M 27-0 in the Class 1A playoffs.  The Mules ended their season with a record of (10-1).  Edwards County finished (7-4).

The goal of the Illinois Eastern Community College Adult Literacy program is looking for people in the community to volunteer to be a literacy tutor or mentor for people who need help learning.  IECC’s Adult Education Coordinator of Transition Services Angel Maguire spoke at last week’s Fairfield Rotary Club meeting, and said there are currently 30 participants in the program, with a goal of getting over 100 involved within the next year.

After a windy day in the area today, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky say there is a possibility of severe weather developing Monday afternoon and evening.  Damaging winds are the main weather threat, forecasters say.  Following the severe weather threat Monday, cooler weather is expected by the end of the week, with the area possibly seeing the first snowflakes of the season by late Thursday night.  Accumulations are not expected.

Rainfall the past few days is keeping the Little Wabash River east of Fairfield and at Clay City above their flood stages.  The river east of Fairfield was at 19.7 feet this morning, more than two feet above the 17-foot flood stage.  Clay City’s stage was 18.4 feet, about a foot and a half over flood stage.  No flooding is expected on the Skillet Fork at Wayne City, where the stage this morning was 8.4 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel was at 15 feet this morning, and should crest below the 19-foot flood stage at 17.9 feet by Monday morning.

The City of Albion’s Water Department will be flushing water lines during the first half of the month, with the first run coming Monday and Tuesday.  Areas affected will include the northeast part of the city, north of East Elm Street and east of North Fifth Street.  Residents are advised to check for discolored water before doing laundry.

Frontier Community College will be offering a Food Sanitation & Safety class on Friday, November 16th.  Anyone in need of state certification for food handling should register.  The class will meet from 8 a.m. til 6 p.m. in Room 25 of the Mason Hall.  Carrie Dagg will be the instructor.  Interested individuals can call the college at (618) 842-3711 to register for the class.