Headlines for Sunday, March 3rd

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Wayne County region until 6 p.m.  Forecasters are now calling for an inch or two of snow to accumulate by mid-afternoon today.  Once the snow moves out, colder air is expected, with lows tonight in the single digits possible along with subzero wind chills.  Dry weather is forecast until Thursday, when more chances of a rain/snow mix are in the forecast.  All area rivers are now below flood stage.  The Little Wabash River east of Fairfield went below the 17-foot flood stage Saturday night, and as of this morning stands at 16.3 feet.

A Second Amendment town hall meeting, sponsored by IllinoisCarry and Hickory Creek Hideaway, will take place on Monday in Enfield at the Family Life Center at the corner of Main and Jennette Street starting at 6 p.m.  Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.  The meeting is designed to educate the gun owning public about the current climate and what lies ahead.  Those scheduled to speak include State Representative Darren Bailey, State Senator Dale Righter, White County States Attorney Denton Aud and Mike and Valinda Rowe.

Cold temperatures didn’t keep people from taking a dip in Rend Lake to help support a worthy cause.  Reports indicated about 300 people took the dip at Rend Lake’s South Sandusky Beach, raising over $60,000 in the process.  The money will go towards helping 1600 Special Olympic athletes in 25 southern Illinois counties.  The Special Olympics of Illinois Region K Co-Director said there were a lot of return plungers for the event.  Temperatures Saturday were in the mid to upper 30s.

Ameren Illinois has been recognized by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for a couple of its programs, “Energy Efficiency for All” which opens up access to energy efficiency programs for low to moderate-income customers, and the “Ameren Illinois Scholarship Program”.  The program focuses on communities and customers that need support the most, makign sure they have accessible and affordable programs.

The Edwards County Farm Bureau and the Edwards County FFA will be conducting the 9th annual “Farmer’s Share Breakfast” on Saturday, March 23rd from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Farm Bureau community room in Albion.  The cost of the breakfast will be 15 cents per person.  Rebecca Perry, manager of the Edwards County Farm Bureau, said 14.8 cents is the amount farmers and ranchers receive for every food dollar the consumers spent in 2018, and the purpose of the breakfast is to show consumers how much the farmer actually receives out of every dollar they spend on food.  The breakfast is open to the public, and the menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash at Clay City, 8 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  Skillet Fork at Wayne City, 5.6 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  Little Wabash at Carmi, 23.8 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  Wabash at Mt. Carmel, 17 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.