Headlines for Thursday, May 2nd

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association has announced the winners of its scholarship for Illinois students next school year. Wayne County’s winner was Garrett Williams, and the Edwards County winner was Hunter Hortin. The two were awarded $500 scholarships to be applied to tuition, books, and fees only.

The West Salem Grade School PTO is sponsoring a Fish Fry and Auction tomorrow at the West Salem Fire House. Serving will run from 4 to 7 p.m., and the cost will be $11 for adults and carry-outs and $6 for children 12 and under. The auction will begin at 7, and all proceeds will be used for new playground equipment at West Salem Grade School.

Next Saturday, May 11th, DAR’s Old Goshen Trail Chapter will hold a meeting to celebrate Good Citizens. A business meeting will take place at 11 am, lunch will be at noon, and senior recognition will be at 1pm.  The gathering will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Mt Vernon.

The Outlet, a young men’s mentoring program in Springfield, has been selected as a recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. The Outlet is one of 56 individuals or organizations across the nation that will receive the honor this year. The award will be presented tomorrow in Washington D.C.

The Wayne County Health Department says over 40,000 pounds of consumer electronics was collected at the electronic recycling event held at the Fairgrounds this past weekend. Officials were pleased with the turnout. The department says another electronic recycling event is expected to take place this fall.

FCHS has given attendance totals for its production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” 698 people attended the performance. That total is up from the school’s 2017 musical, which had an attendance of 547. The Music Department now turns its attention to a Pancake Breakfast at the First Christian Church next Saturday.

The City of Fairfield will be flushing its water lines next week, beginning Monday and ending Friday. Water Department employees say residents may notice discolored water during the flushing. They say not to be concerned, though people should check for discoloration before doing laundry or similar activities.

MONDAY – 1st Ward, every hydrant east of First Street

TUESDAY – 2nd Ward, every hydrant north of Elm between First and Seventh streets

WEDNESDAY – 3rd Ward, every hydrant south of Elm between First and Seventh streets

THURSDAY – 4th Ward, every hydrant west of Seventh Street, stopping at Kincaids

FRIDAY – Outlying areas, such as Walmart, Petroleum Boulevard, Brach Oaks, Highway 45 South, and Highway 15 East to the City’s old filter plant

Steph’s Coffee Shoppe in Mill Shoals will have a Mother’s Day Craft and Vendor Show this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The business expects 28 vendors to make an appearance, and hamburgers and porkburgers will also be available. Steph’s Coffee Shoppe is located at 590 East Street in Mill Shoals.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the McLeansboro City Council suspended Light Superintendent James Joiner without pay after he was accused of stealing city property. Joiner will reportedly be on leave without further notice so the allegation can be investigated. The city also made a motion to suspend work with Universal Inc., Source 1, LD Supply, and Universal LLC during the investigation.

The Illinois Senate approved an amendment yesterday to the State Constitution to revamp the income tax structure. The bill would replace the current flat tax system with a graduated income tax, where taxpayers pay based on what they earn. Supporters say 97 percent of residents will see either no change or a decrease in taxes, and opponents say a graduated system makes it too easy to change taxes in the future. If approved by legislators and voters, the change would take effect in 2021.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.67 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.25 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.38 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).