Headlines for Saturday, February 9, 2019

The National Weather Service in Paducah has announced that a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Tis is for areas along the south of Interstate 64 including: Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Jefferson, Hamilton, White, Saline and Gallatin Counties.

The Wayne City History Club is scheduled to hold its annual Trivia Night tonight in the performance gym at Wayne City. Doors will open at 6:00pm, and trivia will begin at 7:00. The cost to enter the contest is $100 per team, and teams may consist of up to 10 people. All proceeds from the event will go to the History Club.

There is a critical shortage of trained paramedic and Emergency Medical Technicians in the region according to the Lead Paramedic for the Wayne County Ambulance Service.

Typically, controversial legislation at the State Capitol is left for the end of the spring session in May, but not this year.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration estimates Illinois faces a more than $3 billion deficit in its next budget year. A report Friday by the Democrat indicates the June 2020 shortfall will be 16 percent higher than former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration estimated without more revenue or cuts.

One hurdle cleared to bring the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Senate approved the measure yesterday that would phase the increase in over the next six years.

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire says that some locations inside City Hall will need work after last weekend’s split water pipe at the old fire department building next door.

River stages as of this morning: Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 26.10 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 16.45 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 22.01 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.)

The Wayne County Courthouse will be closed on Tuesday in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.

34-year-old Blueford resident Janette L. Kern pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court to a count of aggravated DUI.

Frontier Community College is offering a barn quilt painting class for students to create a custom work of art. The project will be completed over two days: Thursday, February 21, and Saturday, February 23. The class will cost $45, and all supplies are included. To register, call Frontier Community College at 842-3711. Space is limited.

Wabash Valley College Student Senate, in conjunction with the Leadership Development class, has announced the launch of FRESH, a new initiative to ensure WVC students don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Students needing assistance are asked to bring their student I.D. to the FRESH food pantry, open in the WVC Bauer Media Center Library Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Springfield’s Andrew Peterson won big on The Price Is Right, winning a Fiat 500, a washer and dryer, 4k smart tv, trip to New York, and hip hop themed DJ gear.

The Illinois State Fair has announced Pentatonix as the first grandstand act for this year.