Headlines for Sunday, May 12th

The Wayne County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information on the person or persons who stole a 4-wheeler from the Van Brentlinger residence.  Anyone with information can call the Wayne County Crimestoppers at (618) 842-9777.  The Wayne County Crimestoppers pays cash rewards for information and tips leading to the arrest of persons involved in crimes.  Callers do not have to give their names when calling in tip information.

Area rivers should continue falling this week, with dry weather in the forecast, other than a small chance of rain today and around the middle of the week.  The Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 20.9 feet today, nearly four feet above flood stage.  At Clay City the stage is 8.8 feet, well below its 18-foot flood stage.  At Carmi the river is at the 27-foot flood stage.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.8 feet today.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 19.7 feet, just above flood stage.  Meanwhile, major flooding continues along the Mississippi River near St. Louis and areas to the north.  The Mississippi River at Chester as of this morning was 14 feet above flood stage.

Published reports say the first milk bank in southern Illinois has opened.  The Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes is a non-profit human milk bank that serves parts of Wisconsin and Illinois.  The bank processes milk from donors that go through a screening process and then takes the milk through a process of pasteurization to make sure it is safe for consumption.  It is then given to NICUs and Special Care Nurseries around Illinois and Wisconsin for babies too young to be on formula.  The human milk bank is located in Carbondale.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. has issued a statement regarding recent tariff increases on Chinese imports.  The statement reads in part, “The Illinois Farm Bureau is disappointed in the breakdown of the negotiations between China and the U.S. to address long standing trade issues between the two nations.  Tariffs historically have not been good for the farm economy.  Corn and soybean prices are depressed, combined with a delayed 2019 planting season due to heavy rains, and farmers are facing their sixth straight year of declining net farm income”.   The statement went on to say, “Farmers continue to bear the brunt of the trade wars.”

Illinois Attorney General Kawme Raoul is urging the public to be on the lookout for alternative retail energy suppliers and deceptive practices that some use when selling consumers on switching providers.  The pitch comes with saving money from a new supplier, but Raoul says often those promises seem empty when the bills start coming in.  He says consumers need to be well versed in the cost associated with switching suppliers and that existing energy suppliers have to give notice if electric or gas rates will be rising.