Headlines for Wednesday, March 13th

Mt. Erie School will hold kindergarten registration on Monday from 3-5 p.m. In order to enroll, a child must be five years old by September 1st. The registration process will consist of processing paperwork and touring the kindergarten classroom. The school asks parents or guardians to make an appointment by calling 854-2611.

19-year-old Justin M. Miller was arrested yesterday by Fairfield Police on a charge of disorderly conduct. Police responded to a complaint yesterday of a suspicious person walking down railroad tracks and yelling, while holding what appeared to be a firearm. Miller was found to have a busted BB gun, and he was transported to the Wayne County Jail.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony conviction for the recent theft of a 2012 Chevy Silverado and black trailer, owned by Jamie Pollard. All information regarding the identity of the informant is confidential. Wayne County Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

A single-engine aircraft carrying a pilot, his wife, and their grandchild crashed yesterday near Waterloo. Police say the three were taken to hospitals for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The woman reportedly told authorities that oil was spewing on the windshield before the crash occurred.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and agreed to seek bids to replace water lines of portions of Main and Delaware streets prior to the state working on both roadways in the near future. The council also voted to allow Nicole Gray the use of an alley next to her new restaurant and Battlegrounds Coffee on East Main Street.

The Wayne County CEO Program is accepting applications from Fairfield Community High School and Wayne City High School juniors who are interested in participating in next year’s program. The deadline to apply is March 29th, and more information may be found at waynecountyceo.com or by contacting a Program Board Member.

The Wayne County Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow at 7 with a light agenda. Larry McCormick is expected to be appointed as a trustee for the Orchardville Fire Protection District. The board was told last month that it would eventually need new voting equipment, and the board is also expected to discuss its purchase or lease.

Fairfield FFA competed at the recent District Envirothon contest in Mt. Vernon. Team 1, comprised of Cadie Devous, Hunter Doty, John Jones, Derek Estes, and Sierra Jones, placed 5th overall at the event. They also placed 1st overall in Wayne County, 1st overall in Forestry, and 1st overall in the 5th category in environmental issues.

Front row, from left: Chase Hallam, Cole Simpson, Konnor Dagg, Chris Henry, and Hunter Biggs. Back (Team 1): Cadie Devous, Hunter Doty, John Jones, Derek Estes, and Sierra Jones.

State Senator Dale Righter will host a Town Hall meeting at the Robinson City Hall Community Center on March 28th. The event will run from 6-7 p.m., and it will focus on the issues facing the state. Discussion is expected to include firearm legislation, the Governor’s proposed budget and tax increase, and abortion legislation.

High winds tomorrow could cause travel difficulties and damage in some places across the state. Winds could gust up to 55 miles per hour at times tomorrow, and the National Weather Service says the duration of the winds, plus the wet ground, will leave some spots vulnerable to damage. However, the southern winds will bring warmer air across the state, with some places reaching 70.

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal says it’s time to check the batteries in smoke detectors. Fire Marshal Matt Perez says the recent time change presents a “built-in reminder” to make sure smoke alarms are working properly. The National Fire Protection Association reports that, from 2009-2013, three in five home-fire deaths were in houses with either no smoke detector or ones with issues.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.50 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.42 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.78 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).