Headlines for Friday, March 8th

The Edwards County High School Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team placed 6th at the EIU sectional competition yesterday. The team will now advance to state competition, which will also be held at Eastern Illinois University on April 22nd. David Ratcliffe placed first in Engineering Graphics at the contest.

Two people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. 23-year-old Nicole M. Boyd was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant and was also charged with driving with a revoked or suspended license. 28-year-old Tommy L. Tracy was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant.

No injuries were reported in a two-car accident yesterday morning in Cisne. Police say 39-year-old Myriah L. Miller pulled into traffic at the intersection of Berry and Jones streets and struck the driver’s side of a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Geff resident. No tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicles sustained over $1,500 damage.

Four people were sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday. Christopher D. Johnson was sentenced to prison on a count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, Jason E. Briley received jail time for violating his probation, and James T. Smith and Jamie O’Neal received probation and supervision, respectively, for counts of DUI.

Dr. Sarah Bond, an ag educator with SIU-Carbondale and Oakland City University, spoke last night at the annual meeting of the Wayne County Farm Bureau. Bond told those gathered that farmers must seize the initiative to tell their story and help non-farmers understand how much goes in to what they do on a daily basis.

Cisne, Fairfield, and Wayne City FFA members had a successful night at Mt. Vernon last night for District V Proficiency Recordbooks, or Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Maddie Bowen, Melanie Jordan, Sara Timm, Alex Neikirk, and Joey Allison placed first from Cisne. Macie Clark and Abby Lewis earned top spots from Fairfield, along with Chasidy Greenwalt for Wayne City. The eight advance to state later this month.

Front row: Collin Draper, Bailey Lewis, Melanie Jordan, Gideon Walker, Lexi Locke, and Grace Milligan. Second row: Jaclyn Billington, Maddie Bowen, Kaleb Smith, Alex Neikirk, Kaley Konopasek, and Sara Timm. Back row: Zack Paul, Joey Allison, Malcolm Levi, and Jenna Atteberry

Pictured from left (from Fairfield)- Abby Lewis, Hunter Doty, Macie Clark, Jarryn Smith, and Addison Seifert



Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year gold seal of accreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology. The ACR gold seal represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, and it is awarded after a peer-review evaluation by board certified physicians and experts in the field.

Pictured are the FMH board certified mammography technologists; Melinda Bunting, R.T.(R)(M)(RDMS)(RDCS), Rhonda Grinols, R.T.(R)(M)(CT), and Melanie Perkins, R.T. (R)(M)(CT)(RDMS).

Local State Representative Darren Bailey and State Senator Dale Righter spoke yesterday against the proposed progressive tax bill from Governor J.B. Pritzker. Bailey said the proposal goes against the state constitution and would need to be voted on next year. Righter said the bill represented more spending, which hasn’t helped Illinois in the recent past.

This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and March is National Severe Weather Preparedness Month. Despite the cold weather this week, Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says this is the time of year when sever weather begins to become more likely. He says people should start to think about a plan for it a tornado or severe storm comes through.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 8.22 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.48 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.68 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).