Headlines for Monday, April 8th

Serendipity Card & Gift will be closing in the coming weeks. Owners Patty Atwood and Anita Tipps made the announcement this morning, and they said they did not have an exact date when their doors would officially close, as it would depend on when their inventory is gone. The business started in July of 2009.

The City of Fairfield has released more information regarding its over $146,000 grant from the Illinois EPA. The grant will run through May 2020 and will enable the City to make energy efficiency upgrades to plant equipment, such as the automation of certain processes at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

25-year-old Tyler E. Hutcheson was arrested early yesterday morning by Fairfield police on a charge of domestic battery. According to police reports, Hutcheson’s girlfriend accused him of holding her down and taking her phone during an altercation. He was transported to the Wayne County Jail, pending the setting of bond.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill banning the sale of tobacco products to those under 21 years old. The legislation also did away with penalties for underage possession, though businesses will still face fines and sanctions for selling to underage customers. The new law will go into effect on July 1st.

Andrew Williams has resigned from his position as an Edward Jones employee in Fairfield. Williams officially resigned on Friday from his offices on West Main Street, and Edward Jones anticipates sending a fill-in agent until future plans are made. The company says the location’s clients will continue to be served.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow in regular session with a light agenda. Aldermen will discuss a resolution for Interfund loans, and they will also hear an update on the trailer ordinance agreement. The only other item of business regards a potential program from the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs.

Last month was cooler and slightly wetter than one year ago. At the WFIW/WOKZ studios, we received five inches and 69 hundredths of total precipitation in March, including half an inch of snow. We received five inches and 34 hundredths of rain in March 2018. The average high was 50 degrees, compared to 52.1 last year.

The Edwards County Community Unit School District will hold a special discipline hearing tonight at 7 in the atelier room 172. The only item of business on the agenda comes after closed session, in which the board is expected to hear a motion regarding a disciplinary case at Albion Grade School.

The Fairfield FFA Greenhouse will have a Pre-Easter sale on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. The primary sales on April 27th and 28th have not changed.

The Fairfield Business and Professional Women’s Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for Wayne County High School girls and mature women returning to college. All scholarships awarded will be valued at $2,000, and applications may be found in guidance offices or on Frontier Community College’s website. The application deadline is June 1st.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is underway, and child welfare advocates are calling for Illinoisans to get involved in ensuring the welfare of children in peril. A recent Office of Inspector General report revealed that 98 children involved with DCFS have died in the past two years. Recent opinions have called for reduced caseloads for DCFS and a refocusing of its efforts on helping children in peril.

Illinois residents are now able to review the number of lead service lines in their community’s water system. The Illinois EPA announced a new online tool that would allow residents to download reports on their local water systems last week. Data from 2017 is now online, and the deadline for systems to submit 2018 data is April 15th.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.14 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.22 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 10.18 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).