Headlines for Sunday, May 19

Five fire departments responded to a major tire fire Saturday afternoon at a tire warehouse owned by Vaughan’s Tire in Fairfield. Firefighters used water and foam to battle the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains unknown.

The Fairfield Mules baseball team captured the Class 2A Regional Championship in Carmi Saturday. The Mules will go on to play Nashville on Wednesday.

The North Wayne Community Unit School District 200 met Wednesday. Topics of discussion were three personnel moves for the upcoming school year. The board also accepted a bid from D7 Roofing LLC for repairs to the Cisne High School Gym roof.

Horizon Healthcare Clinic’s Diabetes Education Program is hosting a free 7 week group education program in the Medical arts Complex Education rooms for people with diabetes. The first class will be held on Tuesday June 4th at 5:30pm.

An ongoing outbreak of E. Coli linked to ground beef has now sickened 196 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this time, the CDC says that it has not identified a common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef that could explain the whole outbreak. The CDC recommends properly cooking ground beef and following other food safety steps to avoid getting sick.

With the May Spring session ending in 2 weeks lawmakers are set to debate and vote on sports gambling legalization, marijuana legalization, and changes to the state’s income tax structure. Lawmakers must also approve a budget for the next fiscal year.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the person or persons who stole a vehicle from Clair Stauffer while parked on a parking lot in Keenes. Vehicle description is: 1998 Blue Chevrolet Lumina with a blue brush guard on the front. Call or text Crime Stoppers at 618-842-9777

Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for the person or persons who entered the property of Steve and Jamie Sams causing over $2500 in damages. Call or text Crime Stoppers at 618-842-9777

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 11.60 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.52 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.68 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).