Headlines for Friday, March 1st

The FCHS Mules will take on the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes tonight at 7 in Vandalia for the Sectional crown. Doors open at 5, with a three-point contest scheduled before the game. The Mules defeated Teutopolis in November at the Capitol Classic and have won their past 16 games. You can hear the game tonight on 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com.

Fairfield Public Golf Course volunteers will conduct a pork burger cookout tomorrow on Main Street in front of the Wayne County Courthouse. Drive-through service will begin at approximately 10 a.m., and proceeds will help offset course operating costs. This is the final cookout of the season before the course opens on April 1st.

Six people were sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday. 50-year-old Julie A. Corte pleaded guilty to a count of theft over $500, 29-year-old Joshua M. White to possession of meth, 52-year-old Kelvin D. Boyd to domestic battery, 51-year-old James T. Burge to resisting a peace officer, 26-year-old Shelly N. Burchell to disorderly conduct, and 35-year-old Jay A. Parrish to possession of meth.

More than 50 food producers and agricultural groups will showcase their products at the Illinois Products Expo this weekend in Springfield. Officials say Illinois ranks first nationally for food processing sales at $186 billion a year, making it a top manufacturing activity.

Wayne City Fire Chief Scott Clark says a fire yesterday afternoon in Sims has been deemed suspicious. The fire was at 222 North Railroad Street in property adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks. It was called in shortly after 3. Chief Clark said no one was injured, and the fire was put out quickly.

The Kiwanis Club of Fairfield will host its 28th annual Pancake Day tomorrow at the Community of Christ Church. The breakfast will run from 6 to 10, and tickets cost $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to support local youth activities, such as the Kiwanis Christmas Parade, free skate, and Movie at the Park.

The Fairfield Community High School Scholastic Team took third place in the Southern Illinois Academic Conference Tournament yesterday. FCHS went 2-1 on the night, defeating Centralia and Salem but falling to Carbondale. Before the matches, senior Amber Clark and junior Jason Wright were named to the all-conference 2nd team.

SIAC All-Conference Members – Front Row: Claire Treece (Marion), Amber Clark (Fairfield). Middle Row: Adam Grimes (Edwards County), Kristin Bailey (Salem). Back Row: Connor McCormick (Marion), Jason Wright (Fairfield)

Kindergarten registration for Johnsonville School is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th, from 3 to 5 p.m. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate from the courthouse, immunization records, and social security number. The school asks people to call 673-3044 to make an appointment for the registration.

The Big Muddy Longbeard Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their annual banquet tomorrow at the Double Tree Inn in Mt. Vernon. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Single tickets are $35, sponsor’s tickets are $260, and raffle packages are also available. Prices include admission to the banquet, dinner, and a one-year membership to the NWTF.

Officials at Southern Illinois University say the Carbondale campus intends to create a nursing program. SIUC Interim Provost Meera Komarraju says the Illinois Board of Higher Education will start their review of the school’s proposal in about a month. If the board gives approval by early June, the program could be come to the campus in the fall. If not, it would likely start in 2020.

State Representative Dan Swanson says “e-learning” could be used to combat missed school days due to harsh winter weather. However, he cautions that rural areas would need more reliable Internet service before the idea could get off the ground. Most schools in the state have missed several days this year due to snow, ice, or extreme cold.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 19.30 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.71 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.73 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).