Headlines for Tuesday, April 2nd

The consolidated election is today, and polls are open until 7 tonight. Approximately 29 percent of Wayne County registered voters participated in the 2017 consolidated election. We will have election coverage beginning at 8 p.m. on 104.9 WFIW with updates on the various contested seats in both Wayne and Edwards counties.

Wayne County Memorial VFW Post 4535 is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from each of the Wayne County high schools. Resumes should include scholastic achievements, school participation, college plans, and any other pertinent information. The deadline to apply is May 1st.

Beall Woods State Park is holding a Trail Camera Contest this year in an effort to give photographers a chance to share images with others passionate about the outdoors. A limit of two photos per person may be entered into as many as five categories by June 1st. Winners will be announced in September.

Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a new ad campaign yesterday to mark the beginning of National Donate Life Month. White said there are currently 4,700 people on a waiting list for organ/tissue donations. About 300 die each year while waiting. Illinoisans can register at LifeGoesOn.com

Carbondale police are investigating a disturbance that reportedly took place at the home of Carbondale Mayor John Mike Henry late Saturday night. An investigation revealed the disturbance was between Henry and his wife, but no arrests or charges have been documented. The investigation will now be forwarded to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office

Wayne County has several contested races for various city, village, and school board seats. 1st, 2nd, and 4th Ward seats are contested for the Fairfield City Council, and Cisne and Mt. Erie have races for village trustees. Wayne City has a contested race for library trustee. School board seats at FCHS, New Hope, Fairfield, and North Wayne District 200 are also contested.

Edwards County also has several contested seats. Albion has races in its 1st and 2nd wards for full, four-year terms. Grayville will elect a new mayor, and it also has a contested race for four city commissioners. West Salem will vote for a new village president, and it also has a race for village trustees. The Edwards County School District has four open seats on its board of education, with five people seeking election.

The Wayne County Board of Review is now meeting for appeals of 2018 property assessments.  If a tax payer wants to file an appeal they may come to the Supervisor of Assessments office to fill out the paperwork or contact the office at 842-2582 to request the forms.  The deadline to file an appeal is May 1.

The Albion City Council met last night in regular session and discussed possible avenues to repair the roof at the Albion City Hall. ADG Architects, from Mt. Carmel, provided several options to the council, including repairs to the existing roof, implementing a standing seam roof, or switching to asphalt shingles.

The late evangelist Billy Graham’s archives are being transferred from Illinois to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Last week, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association said the material in question includes TV recordings, sermon transcripts, press clippings, and oral histories. They will remain at Wheaton College until June 1st.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.72 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.53 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 19.98 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).