Headlines for Friday, May 10th

The Wayne County Board met last night for a short session. Sheriff Mike Everett will reportedly be installing a new door system and fingerprint machine in the Wayne County Jail. The upgrades will come from a fund in the Sheriff’s Department budget, and the total cost will be approximately $49,000.

Jasper School held its graduation services last night. Kloe Draper and Walker Clevenger were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, and seven students were named honor graduates. Former Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon was the guest speaker.

Angel Maguire and Vicki Cretors, with the Adult Education Department at Frontier Community College, were honored yesterday with Spotlight on Service Awards in Springfield. Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presented the two with the awards for their efforts as volunteer tutors with the IECC Adult Volunteer Literacy program at FCC.

The Fairfield Post Office will hold its annual Food Drive tomorrow. Anyone who would like to donate should drop off their grocery sack at the back box by the post office, or on their porch by their mailbox for a carrier to pick up. Donations must be out by 3:30, and the post office says they will stay local.

Mike Podolsky told the Fairfield Park District at their meeting last night that the committee has postponed its report to the Fairfield City Council. The group was originally intended to speak to the council on Tuesday, but the presentation has been delayed due to a packed agenda for the upcoming meeting.

Frontier Community College recently received a $2,500 grant from Walmart in Fairfield. The college says the grant will be used to purchase supplies for a lineup of 10 kids camps planned for next month. A complete lineup of the upcoming camps will be listed in the summer schedule at iecc.edu/fcc.

Pictured, from left: Brant Adkins, Store Manager; Dr. Paul Bruinsma, Dean of Instruction; and Megan Black, Director of Instructional Services.

Southeastern Illinois College President Dr. Jonah Rice and Rend Lake College President Terry Wilkerson are lamenting the announced retirement of Terry Bruce. The two say Bruce, Illinois Eastern Community College CEO, understood the needs of colleges in the southern portion of the state.

31-year-old Shawneetown resident Matthew D. Rider was pronounced deceased at the scene of a car accident yesterday morning. Rider was reportedly driving on Illinois Route 141 near the Wabash River. State police say he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a Mack Truck Tractor.

Illinois House Republican leaders are calling for a balanced budget and a voice in budget negotiations. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin believes news that the state received $4.1 billion last month in individual and corporate income tax revenue shows that a new spending plan can be crafted without new taxes or tax increases for this year and the future.

A Champaign bus company is shutting down after being sued by the Illinois Attorney General’s office last year. Suburban Express, Allerton Charter Coach, and Illini Shuttle will close after reaching a consent decree last month. The original suit alleged the company showed discrimination in an advertisement.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 22.56 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.79 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.80 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).