Headlines for Tuesday, February 5th

A Wayne City resident was found deceased outside a home in the village this morning. Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor has not released the individual’s name at this time, and he says authorities are in the preliminary stages of their investigation. Wayne City Ambulance was reportedly dispatched to the scene.

Wabash Communications Co-Op has announced they will award $12,000 in scholarships to 2019 graduates. Applications will be accepted until March 1st, and they may be accessed at wabash.net. Applicants must be members of WTCI or customers of WIN, have a grade point average of 3.0, and plan to attend a two or four year accredited college.

Fairfield Police recently arrested four people. 36-year-old Christopher A. Toney was charged with disorderly conduct, as was 22-year-old Kaitlan M. Maxham. 33-year-old Crystal M. Wallace and 29-year-old Joshua M. White were arrested on warrants and charged with possession of meth, as well. All four were transported to the Wayne County Jail.

The Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of Kyle Tercero.

Wayne County deputies arrested two Flora residents this week. 31-year-old Kenneth R. Newman was charged with domestic battery and held at the Wayne County Jail, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond. 57-year-old Gerald E. Baker was arrested on a warrant, transported to the jail, and held, pending the posting of $1,020 bond.

Frontier Community College is offering a four-day trip to New York City on July 8-11, and booking reservations are now open for people age 18 and up. FCC has scheduled informational meetings for interested individuals this week and next at Bob Boyles Hall. Meetings at 11 a.m. and noon will be offered Thursday, with two more next Tuesday, February 12th.

The Albion City Council met last night, and council members voted to approve a no-parking policy between driveways of the K-12 from the high school entrance to grade school entrance. In other business, the council voted to advertise for bids for a new roof at City Hall, and those bids will be open at the March meeting.

Y-Fairfield is hosting a meeting at the Elks Lodge tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. to talk about a proposed Founder’s Festival, which would celebrate the city’s unofficial 200 year anniversary. According to Luke Harl, not much about the event is set in stone, and anyone interested in helping in any way is encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Edwards County Spelling Bee will take place tomorrow evening at 5:00 at the Edwards County Courthouse in Albion. Dave Rigg will be the radio host for the evening, and the event can be heard on WFIW 104.9.  Eight contestants, four from Albion Grade School and four from West Salem Grade School, will vie for the county crown.

The Edwards and Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a meeting on the benefits of cover crops and available funding tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. The event will take place at Bob Boyles Hall on the campus of Frontier Community College, and coffee and donuts will be served. Doc Roser will be the speaker.

The University of Illinois is extending its search for its first chief diversity officer after four finalists for the position didn’t work out. Chancellor Robert Jones reportedly told search committee members last month that the goal is to make a decision by the end of the academic year in May; he originally hoped to hire someone for the job early this semester.

The American Red Cross has put out an emergency call for blood and platelet donors. Joe Zydlo, spokesman for the Red Cross, says winter storms and the government shutdown combined to limit donations received in recent weeks. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations each day for 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.44 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.86 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.50 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).