Headlines for Wednesday, November 7th

Voter turnout from yesterday’s midterm election was comfortably above average, according to Wayne County Clerk Liz Ann Woodrow. Just over 47 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Wayne County, which was actually one of the lowest turnouts in the surrounding area. Hamilton County had the highest turnout at nearly 65 percent, and Edwards County reported just under 56 percent.

Two Fairfield residents were arrested yesterday. 46-year-old Thomas W. Cramer was arrested on a charge of assault. Reports say Cramer threatened two men with a knife before being located and apprehended by city officers. 20-year-old Brylan C. Stephenson was arrested by county deputies on a Wayne County warrant for possession of meth. Both were transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of bond.

35-year-old Edward A. Riley pleaded guilty last month to a count of battery, a class A misdemeanor, in Wayne County Circuit Court. Riley was sentenced to time served in the Wayne County Jail and ordered to pay $627 in fines and court costs. Two other counts against him were dismissed per his plea.

The Mount Carmel American Legion is planning an observance ceremony at the VFW building in Mt. Carmel this Sunday, in honor of Veterans Day. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. rather than its customary time of 11 a.m., and refreshments will be served following the observance. The public is invited to attend the event.

The West Salem Grade School will host a Fall Bash on Friday. The Bash will begin with a chili supper from 5 to 7 p.m., and a dessert auction will take place in the school’s gymnasium at roughly 7:15. Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Salem PTO for the purchase of new playground equipment.

JB Pritzker has unseated incumbent Bruce Rauner as the new governor of Illinois after a large victory last night. Kwame Raoul is the state’s new attorney general. Locally, the Lamard Township Fire Protection District will consolidate with the Fairfield Rural Fire Protection District, and Matt St. Ledger defeated Seth Root in the Edwards County Commissioner race.

The City of Albion will be flushing water lines today and tomorrow in the northwest portion of the city, north of West Main Street and west of North Fifth Street. The lines around Wanboro Lake will be flushed on Friday. Affected residents are asked to check for discolored water during these times before handling laundry duties.

Fairfield Community High School will hold a Veterans Day Program on Friday morning at 10 in the east gymnasium. Doors will open to the public at 9:30, and there is no charge to attend. Guest speakers at the event include Lt. Colonel Terry Prizer and Amy Doty, and FCHS students that have enlisted in the National Guard, or who plan on joining the military after graduation, will be recognized.

Illinois State Police will be conducting an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement, or ACE, patrol, in Wabash and Edwards counties throughout this month. ACE patrols are designed to allow troopers to work even harder at removing DUI offenders from the roads, along with other drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner.

USDA Rural Development is promoting more than 40 different programs, with a special emphasis placed on expanding broadband in rural communities. Other programs deal with housing, infrastructure, business, and community facilities. Anyone interested in learning more about the programs can visit www.rd.usda.gov/il.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.96 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 18.06 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).