Headlines for Monday, November 5th

Fairfield Police arrested six people over the weekend. 31-year-old John D. Atteberry was arrested on charges of battery, residential burglary, and robbery; 18-year-old Brady M. Thomason was arrested on a Williamson County warrant; 52-year-old Kelvin D. Boyd and 27-year-old Anthony J. Simpson were arrested for domestic battery; 30-year-old Harry Z. Strange was arrested on a Clay County warrant; and 18-year-old Eric M. Sadler was apprehended on an Edwards County warrant.

No injuries were reported after a pair of crashes last week. Phillip K. Bailey was cited for four traffic violations after colliding with Brenda J. Garrison near Keenes Saturday morning, and no citations were issued after a two-car collision between Tanner G. Hazel and Daryl E. Page on Wednesday. Tow trucks were called to both scenes.

Judge Michael Valentine sentenced two people to prison in Edwards County Circuit Court Friday. 39-year-old Sandra M. Gonzales was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by two years of mandatory supervision upon her release, and 56-year-old Larry E. Myers was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by two years of mandatory supervision upon release.

Students of history, particularly of World War I, are invited to a special presentation tonight at the Groff Memorial Library in Grayville. Dr. James MacLeod, a professor at the University of Evansville, will give a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI at 6 tonight at the library in Grayville.

Tomorrow is Election Day, where county seats and national midterm races will be decided. 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com will start election coverage at 6 tomorrow night by joining Fox News Talk Radio. Beginning in the 8 o’clock hour, WFIW News will give updates on local and state returns three times an hour- at 15, 30, and 45 minutes past the top of the hour. We will also update wfiwradio.com and the station’s social media throughout the night.

The annual Veteran’s Day Parade is set for this Saturday, and it will be the 17th such parade Fairfield has hosted. The day will start with a breakfast for veterans at the Catholic Church in Fairfield, followed by the flag raising at Freedom Park, and the parade will begin at 2. Afterwards, parade participants will be invited to a meal at the Elks Club.

WFIW General Manager Mike Dreith has announced the addition of a new program to the morning show. Jim Crowley Outdoors, a three minute feature focusing on everything outdoors, will air at 6:40 each weekday, starting tomorrow. Crowley is a resident of Heyworth, Illinois, and has been in the outdoors industry for over 20 years.

FSA county committee ballots will be sent out to eligible ag producers today. Voters must return ballots to their local FSA office by December 3rd to ensure they will be counted, and voters who do not receive a ballot may pick one up at their local FSA office. Newly elected county committee members will take office on January 1, 2019.

The latest Illinois School Report Card shows an increase in the number of students enrolling in college. Nearly 75 percent of students are moving on to college within a year of graduating high school, which is up about six percent from one year ago. AP Exam pass rates are also on the rise, according to recent studies.

Illinois’ Teachers’ Retirement System says the state needs to put more than $4.8 billion into the retirement fund for the next budget year. The state pension systems are reportedly more than $100 billion short of what is needed to pay promised benefits, thanks in large part to years of shorted or skipped payments.

With cooler temperatures in the forecast, a spokesman from Ameren Illinois says now is the time to take a look at energy habits and find places to potentially save. Examples include using adequate insulation in the home, sealing air leaks with caulk, and using weather stripping around exterior doors and windows.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 20.27 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.47 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 15.27 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).