Headlines for Saturday, January 5th

Friday’s rainfall, amounting to over an inch in parts of Wayne County, will likely keep area rivers steady or rising the next few days.  The Little Wabash River east of Fairfield was at 23.4 feet this morning, more than five feet above flood stage.  The stage at Clay City was 19.6 feet, about a foot and a half above flood stage, with a slow fall expected.  At Carmi the river was at 24.2 feet with a slow rise to 25.7 feet Sunday, just below the 27-foot flood stage.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City should remain steady at around 11 feet, four feet below flood stage.  Another round of rain could move into the region Monday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Frontier Community College has resumed normal campus hours for the spring semester, and students are being encouraged to register before classes begin on Monday.  Students can register over the phone or in the Student Services office.  Campus hours are from 7:30 a.m. til 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The college is offering extended hours on Monday and Tuesday until 6 p.m. for those not able to register during the normal campus hours.  To register, you can call the college at 842-3711.

The 98th annual meeting of the White County Farm Bureau is set for Friday, January 18th at 10:30 a.m. at the Farm Bureau Building at 304 East Robinson Street in Carmi.  Several officer positions on the Board of Directors are up for election, including Larry Beck, President, Bryce Williams, Vice-President, and Kevin Seifried, Secretary-Treasurer, and in District 1, which includes Burnt Prairie, Gray, Mill Shoals and Phillips Townships, Brandon Barbre.  Those planning to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP the White County Farm Bureau office by January 11th.

Country Financial Insurance and the Illinois Farm Bureau are teaming up to host a series of winter crop meetings for local farmers in Illinois.  The first meeting is Monday at the White County Farm Bureau in Carmi beginning with a meal at noon and the program at around 12:30.  The meeting will include feature presentations on crop insurance and crop claims updates, as well as a presentation on drone use to provide an aerial view for crop monitoring.  More information is available by calling 963-2621 or 375-7380.

President Donald Trump has tabbed former Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter as ambassador to Kenya.  Reports indicate the U.S. Senate approved the choice in a voice vote this week.  The Lebanon Republican was one of 23 confirmed to ambassador posts in the vote.  McCarter was elected to the Illinois Senate in 2008, and chose not to seek re-election last fall.