Headlines for Thursday, April 11th

24-year-old Fairfield resident Scott A. Wilson was arrested yesterday afternoon on charges of possession of child pornography. Fairfield police assisted an agent of the Internet Crime Against Children Task Force in the arrest. Wilson was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond.

The Fairfield Community High School Charitable Foundation has announced the Richard Lee Cox Memorial Scholarship. Four scholarships, each totaling $2,000, are available: the Richard Lee Cox Journalism and Communications, Education, Heritage, and Big Dream scholarships. Applications must be submitted by April 26th.

The North Wayne Education Association will host a trivia night at the Fairfield Elks tomorrow. The night will begin at 6 with registration and sandwiches, and trivia will start at 6:30. The cost to enter is $100 per team, and teams may have eight members. All proceeds will be used to support educational activities and scholarships.

Measles outbreaks across the country have prompted several Illinois health systems to pressure parents who haven’t vaccinated their children to do so. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which it says is 97 percent effective.

Local FFA Chapters participated in the Murray State Field Day yesterday in Kentucky, and Cisne and Fairfield had a successful day. Cisne’s Livestock Judging and Floriculture teams placed third in the event, and their Poultry and Ag mechanization teams took fourth. Fairfield took sixth in Dairy Judging and 10th in Floriculture.

Cisne FFA

Fairfield FFA

The Fairfield Park Board will meet tonight at 6, and the Kon-Tiki building is expected to be sold. Those interested in purchasing the property must bring a $1,000 check for the park district. In the instance of multiple bidders, that amount may be raised in the auction-style sale. The purchase will include all Kon-Tiki contents.

Edwards County State’s Attorney Eric St. Ledger recently spoke at a Town Hall meeting in Albion regarding potential legislation in Illinois. He said, for any law that appears unconstitutional on its surface, he would exercise his discretion as prosecutor in favor of the Constitution. However, he stressed that didn’t mean rebelling against the rule of the law.

According to a Facebook post from the Wayne County Highway Department, County Highway 13 will be closed today, tomorrow, and Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The closures will run 1/4 mile south of Keenes, then south to 400N and will allow crews to replace several culverts.

The fifth and final Fairfield Rotary Club/Wayne County Farm Bureau Travelogue is set for tonight. Tonight’s travelogue is “Venture to Alaska” and will be narrated live by Sandy Mortimer. The program starts at 7:15 at Fairfield’s First Baptist Church at 308 South First Street.  Admission is by season ticket only.

State Representative Darren Bailey is sponsoring legislation to improve the safety of school children by preventing school bus stop arm violations. Bailey’s legislation would raise the fines for passing a stopped school bus, and he says not a week goes by without a reported violation in his county. The bill was approved in committee yesterday morning and will move to the House floor for consideration.

Senator Dick Durbin recently paid tribute on the Senate Floor to the three Illinois State Troopers lost in the line of duty this year. Durbin called for Washington to help with the issue addressed by the Illinois Move Over Law, which requires drivers to move over if possible when approaching stopped emergency vehicles along the road.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 20.10 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.01 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.69 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).