Headlines for Tuesday, March 12th

34-year-old Bluford resident Jeremy D. Mumford was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital yesterday afternoon after a single-vehicle accident just north of Keenes. No specifics of the accident were available, but police say Mumford was driving a motorcycle when he crashed. Reports indicate a passenger was uninjured.

Wayne County deputies are investigating the theft of a tan 2012 Chevy Silverado and black trailer from the property of Jamie Pollard. Deputies spoke with Pollard yesterday morning about the property, which he primarily used for work purposes. Wayne County Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association is awarding over $50,000 in college scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett and Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe will each award one $500 scholarship. Applications are available in the Sheriff’s Offices, and they must be completed and returned by Friday.

Illinois officials say 343 bobcats were taken by hunters and trappers this winter. Of that total, 159 were harvested with guns, 129 were trapped, 18 were taken by archers, and 37 were “salvaged” road-kill. Wayne County brought in four bobcats on the season, and Edwards County took three. Pike County recorded a state-high 25.

The Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner last night at the Community of Christ Church. Dana Wilson was given the Community Service Award at the event, Carter Trucking was honored as Business of the Year, and speaker Rich Montgomery highlighted the upcoming Wayne County CEO program for county high schools.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at City Hall, and aldermen are expected to seek bids for water line upgrades underneath Route 15. The City is interested in improving those lines in advance of state work on the roadway itself. The council will also hear a request from Nicole Gray, who would like to use an alleyway for restaurant seating.

The FCHS Mules boys basketball team will be honored at a special breakfast this Saturday morning at the Fairfield McDonald’s. Coach Scott McElravy and his team will be provided a free meal, and he and his players will be interviewed live on WFIW from 9 to 10 a.m. Team members will reflect on their 32-3 season, which included a Regional title.

The 31st annual Wayne County Scholastic Bowl will be held at Frontier Community College next Friday, March 22nd. Morning matches begin at 8:30, 9:15, 10, and 10:45. The Championship matches will begin at 6 p.m., and they will be broadcast live on 104.9 WFIW. Family and friends are invited to attend any match.

The AARP is urging lawmakers to pass two bills aimed at improving the care of older Illinoisans. The first legislation requires the state to set up a database where people can see nursing home reports and violations. The second creates up to a $1,500 tax credit for eligible family caregivers, which would help with costs like home modifications, transportation, and equipment.

Quad City area State Senator Neil Anderson is sponsoring legislation that would allow veterans to receive Veteran’s Preference for a promotion an unlimited number of times. Senate Bill 40 passed out of committee last week and is on to the full senate for a vote. Currently, a veteran can only use the preference once for fire departments, municipalities, and Cook County.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.17 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 8.18 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.97 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).