Headlines for Wednesday, April 10th

The Burnt Prairie Water System will be flushing hydrants, beginning tomorrow. Wayne Carter says the work will begin in Carmi and work toward Mill Shoals, passing through Burnt Prairie. Residents will notice discolored water and low water pressure during the work, which could be completed by the end of the month.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who broke into Mac’s Storage behind Family Video in Fairfield. Four units were reportedly broken into. Anyone with information should call or text 842-9777.

28-year-old McLeansboro resident Dustin M. Livingston was arrested yesterday afternoon by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. Livingston was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $3,500 cash bond.

The Carmi Police Department is asking for the community’s help to secure a new police canine for its department. The city’s current canine will be retiring due to health reasons. The initial cost for a canine is approximately $16,500, and that includes training and state certification. Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to or dropped off at the Carmi Police Department.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued some reminders to mushroom hunters. No license is required to collect in the state, but collectors do need landowner permission for private property and must adhere to regulations and hours for public sites. Mushroom collection is prohibited in dedicated nature preserves.

The Fairfield City Council heard an update on the Mapping the Future of Your Community Program at its meeting last night. The program will move forward with a Steering Committee, and several community members will eventually be involved, as well. Further details will be announced at a news conference at City Hall next Thursday.

The Atkinson Forest Steering Committee will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. today at The Landing in Fairfield. The only item of scheduled business is to outline a rough draft for their presentation to the Fairfield City Council, though a date for that presentation has not been officially announced.

The Wayne County Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow evening at 7 with a light agenda on hand. Supervisor of Assessments Jodi Poole is slated to speak to the board on the benefits of a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal system to help her office assess the county’s 720 square miles of property. Her office currently does the work by hand.

Illinois State Police District 19 has released its activity and enforcement figures for the month of March. Troopers assisted 73 motorists and investigated 33 traffic crashes, two of which were fatal. District 19 also issued 296 citations and 284 written warnings for DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, and distracted driving violations.

Easter is fast approaching, and area organizations are planning their holiday activities. Frontier Community College will host Breakfast with the Bunny this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 at Bob Boyles Hall. Wayne City and West Salem will hold their Easter Egg Hunts next Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m., respectively.

 

Although Illinois will stay out of the path of a midweek blizzard bearing down on portions of the Upper Midwest and Central Plains, the added snowfall in Wisconsin and Minnesota is expected to cause more flooding for the upper Mississippi River, according to Freese-Notis Meteorologist Dan Hicks. Hicks said the rain could keep many rivers and creeks above flood stage in the Midwest until late April.

State health officials say Illinois has 154 confirmed cases of a rapidly spreading and potentially deadly fungal disease. The state accounts for nearly one-quarter of Candida auris cases nationwide, with most being concentrated in the Chicago area. Health officials say hand washing is an effective method to reduce the spread of the disease.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.30 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.24 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 10.65 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).