Headlines for Monday, May 6th

Edwards County 2019 Mobile Home Taxes will be mailed this week. The due date for payment is July 31st, and a $25 late fee will be assessed August 1st. An additional $25 fee will be added every 30 days the tax is delinquent. Anyone with questions is asked to call the Edwards County Treasurer’s office at 445-3581.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who entered an outbuilding on the property of Jamie Neff. Several tools and power tools were reportedly taken from the building. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Three people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 27-year-old Melody M. Hagen was arrested on charges of criminal damage to property $300 or less, 42-year-old Brian S. Medler was arrested on a charge of violating an order of protection, and 34-year-old Corey A. Baker was arrested on a warrant for petition to revoke probation.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s officials say 24-year-old Mt. Vernon resident David Derrald Leon Jay was pronounced deceased at the scene of an accident near Belle Rive over the weekend. Reports indicate Jay, a pedestrian, was struck by an SUV. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

Doug Anderson, manager of the Wayne County Farm Bureau, says farmers in the area are in a better situation than their northern counterparts. Though area farmers are ready to get into the fields after a wet spring, he said they could still potentially have a decent yield with corn planted in mid to late June.

Fairfield will be gaining a Biblically-based veteran’s ministry in the coming weeks. “Pointman Ministries” is a service for veterans suffering from PTSD and related issues. The ministry will hold a kickoff event at the New Beginnings Church on May 18th, from 3 to 7. The first meeting is set for May 23rd.

The City of Fairfield and its Street and Bridge Department are asking city residents to bag all grass clippings and small sticks for yard waste pickup. The bags must be set on the ground and curbside- not in trash cans. The service is provided on alternate weeks, and the next pickup will take place next week.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will hold a Reduced Cost Lab Testing event later this month. The testing will be held Monday, May 20th, through Saturday, May 25th, at FMH Horizon Healthcare, Cisne Horizon Healthcare, Grayville Horizon Healthcare, and Trinity Health & Wellness in Louisville. Results will be mailed directly to a patient. Anyone looking for more information should call FMH at 847-8262.

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a significant investment in rural broadband access. The FCC is reportedly allocating just over $20 billion over the next 10 years, with the target of connecting up to four million rural homes and businesses. The new allotment is similar to 2015, when $9 billion was allocated under the Obama administration.

Governor J.B. Pritzker said this weekend that he has reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state next year. Proponents say the measure “starts righting some historic wrongs” against minority communities that have suffered from discriminatory drug policies and enforcement. Critics, including law enforcement and the state’s NAACP, say it would lead to more addiction and mental health issues.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 24.01 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.54 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 19.03 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).