Headlines for Monday, April 1st

The City of Fairfield will conduct a city-wide clean-up on Saturday, April 27th, from 8 to 11 a.m. Dumpsters will be available at the Street & Bridge Department, and the service will end once they are filled. A driver’s license and utility bill stub, with a Fairfield city address, are required to dispose of material at the site.

A new women’s ministry will begin this Thursday at The Church on 45 in Cisne, formerly the Methodist Church. The ministry, called Beyond Me, is open to any woman who would like to gather to worship and enjoy a meal. Gatherings are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Two men were arrested by Wayne County deputies over the weekend. 65-year-old Michael L. Romine was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault, was given a notice to appear in court, and was released. 22-year-old Seth M. Carter was arrested on a charge of domestic battery and was held, pending the posting of bond.

The Hamilton County Collaboration, along with other area businesses, will light McLeansboro blue later today in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Mayor Dick Deitz will open a ceremony at the Hamilton County Courthouse today at 5. Brittney Hale, with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, is also slated to speak.

In the final edition of WFIW’s Fairfield candidate series on the Community Connection program, 2nd Ward incumbent alderman Tyler Lampley said he believes the City Council should focus on the city’s infrastructure, especially in repairing the side streets around town. He is running against Sheila Zurliene for the 2nd Ward seat.

The Fairfield Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public meeting tomorrow evening at 6 at the Chamber of Commerce Office. The board will review mobile home standards, then discuss revisions to the mobile home ordinance. It will then establish a recommendation for aldermen to discuss at the City Council meeting on April 23rd.

The Wayne City School District 100 will hold Preschool Screenings and kindergarten registration on April 15th and 16th at the Wayne City Baptist Church. The events will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and walk-ins are not recommended. Parents are asked to call Amy at 895-3103 to schedule an appointment.

The unemployment rate in Illinois dropped in February from 5.2 to 4.7 percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security shows Wayne County’s February rate decreasing as well, going from 6.8 percent to 6.2 percent. Edwards County also experienced a significant drop, going from 6.1 to 5.3 percent.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson discussed the push for a graduated income tax recently, saying the alternative options for the state aren’t better for citizens. She was joined by State Senator Andy Manar, who said nearly 17,000 seniors would lose access to Meals on Wheels without the graduated tax. He also said GOP lawmakers, despite their criticisms, haven’t put forth a plan of their own.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois could lose more than $18 million in funding if it doesn’t accelerate the processing times on food stamp applications by April 21st. Illinois is among the 10 worst states for timeliness rates, per the USDA, and the Illinois Department of Human Services has pledged to fix the SNAP problems.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.25 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.86 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 20.30 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).