Headlines for Wednesday, March 6th

Brooke Naylor. Courtesy of Illinois State Police.

Illinois State Police Zone 7 Investigations is requesting public assistance in locating a missing 19-year-old Harrisburg woman, Brooke Naylor. Naylor is described as 5 foot 3 inches and approximately 115 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in Harrisburg on March 3, 2019. Naylor was last known to have her brown dog, a Boxer, with her. Her abandoned Chevrolet Malibu was located on the Eldorado Ridgeway Blacktop approximately halfway between Route 142 and Route 1. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Brooke Naylor, please contact the Illinois State Police at (618) 384-9945. 

66-year-old Mt. Carmel resident Brenda S. Morehead was pronounced deceased at the scene of a two-vehicle crash yesterday west of Mt. Carmel. Illinois State Police say 32-year-old Bridgeport resident Derek Wells failed to stop at an intersection in a garbage truck and hit Morehead’s vehicle in the driver’s side. Wells was airlifted from the scene.

Cisne FFA senior Joey Allison was named the 2019 District V Star in AgriBusiness Monday night at Mt. Vernon High School. Allison’s Supervised Agricultural Experience involves owning and operating Allison Mowing. He will now advance to state interview competition later this month at the University of Illinois for the honor of State Star in AgriBusiness.

Four people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. 41-year-old Dennis L. Galbraith was arrested on a charge of domestic battery, 27-year-old Bobby L. Powell and 44-year-old Ronnie R. Starr on charges of possession of meth, and 40-year-old Jennifer L. Weedman on a Wayne County warrant for petition to revoke probation.

Applications will be available in the Wayne County Sheriff’s office starting today for establishing a hiring list for Correctional Officers. Applications will be accepted until next Friday, March 15th, at 4:30pm. Anyone with questions about the application process can call the Sheriff’s Office at 842-6631 or visit the department in person.

Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis is replacing a 3-year-old boy’s prosthetic leg that was stolen in a car break-in. Hospital officials says Josiah Rainey, from southern Illinois, was fitted for a new prosthetic on Monday and he should receive a new one in a week. There will be no charge for the prosthetic, which would generally cost about $10,000.

County and state Farm Bureaus across the country are making safety a priority this week as part of Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The overarching theme is “Safety: Know Your Limits,” and each day will highlight a different safety focus. Today’s emphasis is Heat Stress and Hydration, followed by roadway and hearing safety.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau’s 97th annual meeting is tomorrow evening at 6 at the First Christian Church. Nearly 200 people have reserved seats for the event, which will feature Dr. Sarah Bond as the keynote speaker. Bond, a professor of Agribusiness Economics at SIU, will speak to members about agricultural advocacy.

Last month was cooler and drier than one year ago. We received nearly 7 and a half inches of precipitation last month, and had an average high temperature of 45.1 degrees. Last year, the studio received over seven and a half inches of rain, along with an inch of snow, and the average high was over six degrees warmer at 51.4.

Three director seats will be up for election for the Wabash Telephone Board, and nominating committees for the exchanges will meet tonight. The Browns-Bone Gap exchange committee will meet at the Browns United Methodist Church at 5, and Cisne-Orchardville exchange will meet at the Cisne Wabash Office at 6.

Western Illinois University has laid off 132 employees due to budget difficulties. WIU President Jack Thomas said yesterday that expenditures had to be reduced due to “the current budget situation, including decreased enrollment.” Reports indicate 29 faculty members, 89 civil service workers, 12 academic service personnel, and two administrative employees lost their jobs last week.

The Illinois State Police are reminding people to move over to the other lane when passing emergency vehicles along the side of the road. The state has reported 11 troopers have been hit already this year, with one collision proving fatal. Troopers say, if you can’t get into the other lane, slow down and drive past with caution.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 9.23 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.37 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.18 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).