Headlines for Saturday, May 11th

Wayne City High School has announced its Senior Awards for 2019, with several thousand dollars in scholarships awarded.  Among the scholarship recipients are Chasidy Greenwalt and Isaac Loker, each receiving the David Kinney Memorial Ag Scholarship for $1000 each.  The Orchardville Church Gregg Burgess Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Dalton Smith, the Orchardville Church Jamie Lowe Memorial Scholarship to Molly McNeil, the Orchardville Church Ministry Scholarship to Dane Horton and the James A. and Catherine J. Hunter Vocational Scholarship to Isaac Loker.  Each scholarship is worth $1000.  The Jerry Reed Dickey Memorial Scholarship, worth $2000 was awarded to Molly McNeil.

State Representative Darren Bailey announced Friday his opposition to the newest proposal to more than double the gasoline tax from 19 to 44 cents per gallon.  Bailey said, “I oppose these massive tax increases on gasoline and vehicle registration fees that will make Illinois’ gas tax burden the highest in the nation”.   Vehicle registration fees would increase by $50 for passenger vehicles under the proposal.  According to Bailey, the Revenue and Finance Committee passed on a party-line vote to increase the gas tax and eighteen other taxes and fees.  The proposal would also increase “special fuel”, which is primarily diesel fuel, taxes by over 21 cents a gallon to 52 cents per gallon.

The Fairfield Post Office is holding its annual Food Drive today.  Anyone who would like to donate to the drive 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 to be included, and the Post Office says all donations will stay local.

Cisne Middle School held its Awards Night program Tuesday in the Cisne Middle School Gym.  Perfect attendance awards were presented to Noah Atkins in the 5th grade, Allie Branch, Hannah Fickas and Kadence Smith in the 6th grade, Spencer Brach and Michael Milner in the 7th grade and Trevor Brach, Andrew Milligan and Avery Smith in the 8th grade.  Spelling Bee Awards winners were:  1st place, Tisha Hearle, who was also the Cisne Middle School and Wayne County champion, and 2nd place to Izzy Serles.  The Modern Woodmen Speech Contest winners were:  1st place, Abigail Biggs, 2nd place Alyssa Roberts and 3rd place Aubrey Churchill.

41-year-old Paul Sherman Jr. of St. Francisville was arrested Thursday night following a vehicle stop north of Allendale.  Police stopped the vehicle he was driving on Illinois Route 1 at N2360 Blvd. knowing he had a revoked drivers license, and upon searching the vehicle, police report finding two bags of suspected methamphetamine along with a glass pipe.  Sherman was taken to the Wabash County Jail awaiting setting of bond by a judge.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is actively recruiting new conservation officers.  A conservation officer has the same authority of a local, county, or state police official but works mostly in nature and wildlife areas, and enforcing rules when it comes to poaching and licensing and other laws related to public forests.  Those interested in applying can go to  DNR.Illinois.Gov

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield 21.7 feet.  Flood stage 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 8.3 feet.  Flood stage 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 27.8 feet.  Flood stage 27 feet.  Skillet Fork at Wayne City is 5.7 feet.  Flood stage 15 feet.