Headlines for Tuesday, January 8th

Wayne City High School has announced its Prom Court, and senior girls on the court include Hanah Cooper, Caitlyn Dickey, Chasidy Greenwalt, MaKenna Kelly, and Kennedy Sledge. The senior boys are Cole Clark, Isaac Loker, Kyle Sledge, Dalton Smith, and Marshall White. Wayne City’s Prom is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th.

Wayne County deputies arrested 45-year-old Brent R. Peddicord yesterday morning on a Wayne County warrant for petition to revoke probation on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. Fairfield Police arrested 42-year-old Brian S. Medler last night on a charge of driving with a suspended license. Both men were transported to the Wayne County Jail.

Equality resident John Ditterline was pronounced deceased after an accident over the weekend at Hamilton County Coal Mine #1. Coworkers reportedly found Ditterline pinned underground around 3:30 Saturday morning. Coworkers tried to resuscitate him, and he was transported to an area hospital where he died.

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis has introduced a measure to designate the site of the 1908 race riots in Springfield as a National Historic Monument. The remains of several destroyed homes were found during a 2014 construction project in the city. The National Park Service has agreed to conduct a preliminary assessment of the site.

The Fairfield City Council meets tonight at 6 at City Hall, and aldermen will hear an update on the city’s Payment Services Network at the meeting. In other business, an ordinance allowing the mayor to authorize specified individuals to hunt geese on the golf course is expected to be approved, as the course has hosted approximately 80-100 geese.

The Albion City Council met last night, and members discussed potential work on Elm Street, from Seventh to Fourth streets, for over an hour. The discussion centered on estimates to re-brick ($1.2 million), asphalt ($635,000), or concrete ($560,000) the street. Ultimately, however, no work was decided upon for the time being. The council is also expected to vote at their meeting next month on allowing the bowling alley to remain open until 1 a.m. on Fridays.

The Fairfield Fire Department released its response numbers from 2018, and it responded to 546 total incidents on the year, down from 571 in 2017. 84 percent of the responses were for EMS assists, and 12 were for structure fires. The department estimates structures received roughly $76,000 in fire damage last year.

Applications for the Fall 2019 Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Frontier Community College are due February 15th. All applicants must attend an informational meeting on FCC’s campus, and they must also score at a proficient level on the Test of Essential Academic Skills. For more information, call FCC at 842-3711.

Mt. Vernon police are investigating a reported shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon. At approximately 2, a 21-year-old man from Chicago approached residents on 17th Street, saying he had been shot and needed medical assistance. He was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to St. Louis for treatment. Anyone with information should call Mt. Vernon Police at 242-2131 or Jefferson County Crimestoppers at 242-8477.

Mild temperatures for the early part of January have led to soggy ground for much of Illinois. DTN Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says that’s not a good thing for those on the farm, as frozen ground keeps winter crops in a dormant state and locks moisture in the ground. Temperatures were above 50 in most parts of the state yesterday, but lows should be back in the teens tomorrow.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.82 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.32 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 10.62 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).