Headlines for Tuesday, December 4th

David White, President of the Wayne County Farm Bureau, says the county’s delegation took two resolutions to the Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Chicago over the weekend. The first resolution is designed to help cost-sharing farmers and landlords, which are common in the area. The second resolution seeks to put citizenship back on the census. White says it was taken off the common census around 1950.

Filing dates for Fairfield’s upcoming consolidated election begin next week. One seat from each of the city’s four wards will be elected, and each seat is contested. Petitions may be filed all next week at City Hall. Office hours are 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. On Friday, December 17th, the City Clerk’s Office will remain open until 5 p.m. The consolidated election will be held April 2nd.

27-year-old Carmi resident Justin R. Kays was arrested by Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies early this morning on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Kays was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond.

The National Weather Service says at least 23 tornadoes touched down in Illinois Saturday, which set a new record for the month of December. Meteorologists say that number may yet climb higher, as crews continue to survey other sites to determine if storm damage was caused by tornadoes. More than 20 people were injured, though no fatalities have been reported in Illinois due to the storms.

Authorities in the community of Alorton, southeast of St. Louis, say an early morning fire yesterday destroyed the home of the town’s mayor, JoAnn Reed. Reed escaped her home barefoot after she was awakened by the fire. Reports indicate this week’s blaze is the third fire to strike a residence where Reed has lived in the city, though no arrests have been made in connection with them.

Egyptian Health Department will open its new office in Fairfield today on North Basin Road. CEO Angie Hampton says Egyptian will offer an array of Behavioral Health Services to Wayne County, including mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment. Hampton also says Egyptian will look to partner with existing healthcare and social service agencies in the county. For more information about their programs, or to make an appointment, call 516-5326 or visit egyptian.org.

The Wayne County Salvation Army will be setting up Saturdays at the Fairfield Walmart until Christmas, hoping to raise funds to help people meet their utility needs. Amy Hart, in charge of the Salvation Army in the county, says she is looking for more volunteers to join the cause. Should enough join, the Salvation Army could set up another location at Save-A-Lot. To volunteer, call 842-2962.

The Atkinson Forest Rally took place last night at New Beginnings Church in Fairfield, and Ryan Rice says there were some positives despite a low crowd turnout, as multiple people expressed a desire to donate to the project. Rice says the ball is once again in the city council’s court, and he said he would like to see more excitement and a sense of urgency from the council moving forward.

The Albion City Council met in regular session last night and voted to sell four parcels of land, as well as to spend over $42,000 to allow inspection of sewers in the northeast section of the city. The Edwards County Sheriff’s Department had a request for a donation for a K9 unit declined due to lack of a motion, and Christmas bonuses for both full-time and part-time city employees were approved at the meeting.

The Fairfield FFA Alumni will meet at 5 pm tomorrow night in the Fairfield Community High School Agriculture Classroom.  Scholarships and Fundraising will be discussed.  Anyone wanting to support the Fairfield FFA or past members is invited to attend, and supper will be provided.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 19.77 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.40 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.18 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).