Headlines for Tuesday, May 7th

Applications are now available for the Walter R. Davis and Marie Foley Davis Memorial Scholarship. Applications may be picked up at the FCHS Guidance Department and the Peoples National Bank Trust Department. The deadline for submissions is June 15th, and recipients will be announced later in June.

Authorities are searching for an individual who stole $400 from a Burnt Prairie man in a home invasion over the weekend. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a dark complexion and muscular arms. The victim reportedly sustained injuries to his hands and right arm in the incident.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who entered the residence of Jason Tipps. Jewelry, pictures, and several other mementos were reportedly taken. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Entries are now being accepted for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest. Farmers must have an NCGA membership number to enter, and entries are due by July 31st. Anyone looking to obtain a number or new membership should call 636-733-5512 or email ncyc@ncga.com Entry and harvest rules may be found at ncga.com.

Jovalou Cuisine & Cocktail, a new restaurant in downtown Fairfield, is expected to open later this week. Jovalou is located at 112 East Main Street, and it will have a soft opening by invite only today. Restaurant owner Niki Gray expects it to open to the public on Thursday, with initial hours of 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Albion City Council met last night in regular session. City officials said the Ataraxia marijuana plant will hire 100 new workers this week, and it plans to employ 500 workers in the near future. The council also tabled work on the City Hall roof in order to give local contractors a chance to make plans to seal it.

The Atkinson Forest Steering Committee will meet tomorrow at The Landing in Fairfield. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m., and the only item of business on the agenda is practicing a presentation for the City Council, which will take place in actuality at the council’s meeting on Tuesday next week at City Hall.

Fairfield Public School District 112 and Jasper Grade School were designated in a “financial review” category by the Illinois State Board of Education for their 2018 finances. The ISBE started profiling financial health of state school districts in 2003 by evaluating five financial scenarios. The two schools were part of 111 under financial review.

The Fairfield Business and Professional Women’s Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for Wayne County High School girls and mature women returning to college. Applications are available in guidance offices and on the Frontier Community College website. The deadline to apply is June 1st.

The Mississippi River and its tributaries were receding in many communities yesterday, but concerns remain because of the threat of rain over the next few days. Portions of the central U.S. could get over three inches of rain this week, causing the river levels to swell once again. Officials have blamed four death on flooding last week.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.91 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.55 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 16.83 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).