Headlines for Monday, May 13th

Police are investigating a bank robbery in Mt. Vernon. Media reports indicate the robbery happened this morning at Peoples National Bank on Main Street on the east side of town. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the search for a suspect. The suspect is described as a black male, in his teens or early 20’s, thin build, wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and blue shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mt Vernon Police Department at 242-2131 or Jefferson County Crimestoppers at 242-8477.

Photo of PNB Robbery Suspect. Courtesy: Mt. Vernon Police.


30-year-old Fairfield resident Nathan D. Musgrave was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of aggravated assault. Musgrave is accused of threatening another with a firearm at a business in Fairfield. He was transported to the Wayne County Jail and released after posting $170 bond.

Five others were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 36-year-old Chad M. Chapman was arrested for domestic battery; 30-year-old Sarah A. Tercero, 23-year-old John E. Phillips, and 35-year-old Chasity A. Busby were arrested on Wayne County warrants; and 38-year-old Joshua W. Schofield was arrested for DUI and aggravated assault.

The monthly meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will be held tomorrow at the Edwards County Senior Center on North Fifth Street in Albion. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Anyone seeking more information is asked to call 847-2321.

Illinois State University is freezing tuition and room and board rates for the next academic year. New freshmen, transfer, and graduate students will pay the same rates as the current year. Mandatory fees will increase by $10 per hour, putting the total cost to attend ISU at $24,682 for a full-time student.

Paula Lawrence, Substance Abuse Counselor with Egyptian Behavioral Health, said figures from Fairfield in March showing over $100,000 wagered in video gaming point to a gambling problem. Lawrence said gambling is an addiction, and the state is working on a program to let people know help is available.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at City Hall with a full agenda. New aldermen Brett Coale and Gary Moore will be sworn in, and several city positions, such as fire and police chief, will be appointed. The council will also discuss hiring engineers to examine flooding issues in the city.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson says, as farmers hope for a prolonged dry period, the very wet start to the year will continue to be seen for several weeks in river levels. Anderson said the Mississippi and Illinois rivers are shut down, and shipping delays are possible in southern Illinois.

Secretary of State Jesse White has awarded FY19 Public Library grants to several libraries in the area. The Fairfield Public Library will receive over $6,400, Albion Public Library nearly $2,500, and libraries in Wayne City and West Salem over $1,100. Over $15.4 million will be distributed statewide.

The Illinois Senate recently passed a bill that broadens eligibility for the state’s popular Money Award Program, which provides grants to college-bound students. The new measure opens up the program to illegal residents and those who haven’t registered in Selective Service, causing opponents to say the new bill would make it harder for deserving middle-income students to afford education.

The Illinois State Board of Education is accepting nominations for the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards. Nominations are due June 3rd. The awards are intended to honor people who have made significant contributions to preK-12 public and non-public school systems.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 19.79 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.91 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.94 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).