Headlines for Monday, February 11th

Marti Garner, Executive Director of the Greater Fairfield Area of Commerce, has announced the new members on the Chamber Board. Misty Titzer and Josh Scott will serve two-year terms as President and Vice President, respectively. Former Executive Director Libby Lingafelter was elected to a three-year term as board member.

The Mt. Carmel Police Department has added two new officers to the force in Albion native Marcus Dylan Root and Lawrenceville native Eric Emmons. Both Root and Emmons are members of the Illinois Army National Guard, and they recently graduated from the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy in Belleville.

Two men were released from the Wayne County Jail after posting bond over the weekend. On Friday, 29-year-old Randall S. Trout turned himself in on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant for driving under the influence of alcohol. 21-year-old Dillon S. McKeon was arrested on a charge of driving with a revoked or suspended license yesterday.

An Illinois State Trooper was taken to a Mt. Vernon hospital after an accident on I-57 yesterday afternoon. Reports indicate the trooper, whose name has not been released, was investigating a report of potholes on the Interstate and his car was struck by 47-year-old Richardo Accioly. The trooper sustained moderate injuries.

The Fairfield Coltbackers will be selling raffle tickets for a trip to Sunscape Montego Bay Resort in Jamaica this week at home games at Center Street Grade School. Only 300 total tickets will be sold, and the winner will be drawn next Tuesday, February 19th, prior to a varsity volleyball game in the grade school gymnasium. Tickets are $20 each.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow night with a five item agenda. Aldermen will hear an update from Luke Harl about the Y-Fairfield Group, and they will hear a street closing request for the upcoming Founder’s Festival. The council is also expected to hear a TIF update after several months of not having the matter on the docket.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau has created a Community Impact Grant Program as a way to realize ideas for community-based projects. Proposals will be accepted through March 1st, and submitting organizations must be based, or have operations, in the county. For more information, call the office at 842-3342.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently held their A Matter of Balance Program to help area residents reduce their fear of falling and increase activity levels. Several area residents graduated from the program, and hospital officials said it provided a good atmosphere to help participants with their awareness, the best tool in fall prevention.

Picture are graduates from the January 2019 Class. Back Row (from left): Larry Williams, Tom Satterthwaite, Homer Clark, Stan Phelps, Susan Phelps, Therapy Services Director Jennifer Bowers, PTA. Front Row: Kathryn Bunting, Vivian Struble.

The FCHS Choir and Show Choir are singing Vale-grams for the Valentine’s Day holiday this year. Groups will perform from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and the cost is by donation. To book a vale-gram, call FCHS Music Director Josh Livesay at the high school, or email him at jlivesay@fchsmules.com. All proceeds will go to the choir and show choir.

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration issued a report last week estimating that Illinois faces a more than $3 billion deficit in its next budget year. The report blames former Governor Bruce Rauner’s stubbornness for hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties. Democrats have virtually controlled the entire budget process since approving an income tax increase in July 2017.

Alton has been named one of the top 50 most charming towns in America by the Travel Channel. The network recently named the most charming town in each state, and Alton go nabbed the honor; it was also recognized by Forbes Magazine last year as the best place to retire in Illinois, and the AARP listed it in its Top Ten Places to Live.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 26.88 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 11.33 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 21.21 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).