Headlines for Thursday, May 9th

104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com will have coverage of the FCHS Mules postseason baseball run next week. The Mules will play the winner of Edwards County and Carmi-White County on Wednesday at the Carmi Regional. The game is slated to start at approximately 6:30, and our coverage will begin around 6:20.

Frontier Community College’s 40th annual commencement ceremony will be held tomorrow evening at 7 at Fairfield Community High School. Over 160 degrees and certificates will be conferred on the night, and FCC President Dr. Jay Edgren will present the President’s Award to one outstanding graduate.

Illinois State Police District 19 has released its activity and enforcement figures for last month. Troopers recorded 882 incidents, including 230 citations and 258 written warnings for DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, and distracted driving. Troopers also investigated one fatal traffic crash.

The City of Mount Carmel is compiling a current eligibility list for full-time firefighters. An application packet has been prepared for the full-time position, and it may be picked up at Mount Carmel City Hall. It is also available online at mtcarmelfire.com. Anyone looking for more information should call 262-4822.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement yesterday opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana. Among other concerns, the two agencies say fatal cannabis-related traffic accidents in other states with legalized marijuana have jumped as much as 31 to 174 percent.

The Fairfield Community High School Music Department is putting on its Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony at 7 tonight in the school’s east gym. On Saturday, the music department will conduct a pancake breakfast at the First Christian Church at 7. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

The Wayne County Board will meet tonight at 7 with another light agenda. Sheriff Mike Everett is expected to request a new door system and finger print machine for the Wayne County Jail. He said the door system is over 20 years old, and the jail’s finger print system has been down for several weeks.

Next week is National Nursing Home Week, and the Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center will be hosting activities each day. It will host a Mother’s Day Jewelry Auction at 2 p.m. tomorrow and several activities next week, including a Wayne County Misfit Car Show next Friday at 6 p.m.

According to a Facebook post from New Hope Grade School, Jerry and Frances Carter recently directed a $2,500 donation to the school through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities organizations. The school reportedly has used the funds to purchase new black chairs for community events. Anyone who would like some of its older chairs is asked to contact the school.

National Travel and Tourism Week continues, and tourism officials in Illinois are counting their blessings. Illinois Office of Tourism Acting Deputy Director Jam Kemmerling noted tourism revenue is up 6.2 percent compared to this time last year, and she said Route 66 remains the path to draw visitors from around the country and abroad.

The cost for a new track and soccer facility at the University of Illinois has bounced 50 percent higher. Reports earlier this week indicated that the complex will now cost nearly $21 million, up from a $14 million estimate last year. School officials blame trade tariffs for pushing the price of construction materials higher. They also say the cost of construction is higher because of a shortage of construction workers in a strong economy.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.30 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.94 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.64 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).