Headlines for Monday, May 20th

105.9 WOKZ will have live coverage of Edwards County Softball’s first-round Sectional Game against Pinckneyville tomorrow afternoon. Coverage will start at approximately 4:15, and game-time is 4:30. Our coverage is being sponsored by Citizens National Bank of Albion.

Officers with the Fairfield Rural Fire Protection District have released more information regarding the cause of Saturday’s fire at Vaughan Tire on South First Street just outside of Fairfield. Firemen say a motorcycle was left running and unattended for a short time. It then caught fire, and the wind blew the fire into the warehouse.

The Fairfield Public School District 112 Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 in the Center Street School Board Room. The board is expected to discuss consolidated title grants and voluntary student accident insurance, and it will also act on the resignation of a paraprofessional before adjourning for the night.

52-year-old Grayville resident Timothy D. Herring was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, plus two years of mandatory supervision upon his release, in Edwards County Circuit Court Friday. He had pleaded guilty to a count of unlawful possession of a stolen or converted vehicle.

31-year-olds Jesse R. Sexton and John D. Atteberry were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. Sexton was arrested on a charge of theft over $500, and his bond will be set before a judge. Atteberry was wanted on two Wayne County failure to appear warrants. His bond was set at $845.

Preliminary numbers show the University of Illinois system expects to award over 22,000 degrees this year. This year will mark the eighth straight with more than 20,000 total degrees awarded. Total enrollment at the system was nearly 86,000 students last fall, and its goal is an enrollment of 93,600 by 2021.

Fairfield Community High School held its graduation services yesterday afternoon, celebrating 97 students earning a diploma for the Class of 2019. Breah Morlan was the class Valedictorian, and Katie McCleary was Salutatorian. 56 students were recognized as Honor Graduates in the ceremony, as well.

The mural in downtown Fairfield on the east side of the Ambermarie’s building at Freedom Park is beginning to take shape. The mural was planned by Dana Wilson last year, and David and Cheryl Harl officially began work last week. The mural is expected to be unveiled at the Founders Festival on June 29th.

Progress on the mural as of Sunday morning

The FCHS Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 in the school’s study hall, and board members are expected to approve a Cross County cooperative with Wayne City for the next two school years. The board will also consider several personnel decisions in executive session, with action possible afterwards.

The Edwards County Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 in the West Salem Grade School Junior High Science Room. The board is expected to approve the District’s 1:1 technology program policy, and board members will also discuss several summer maintenance projects, as well as personnel moves.

The “Run for the Wall” motorcycle ride will stop in Mt. Vernon tomorrow, as more than 500 bikers are expected to refuel and ride down Broadway to the Outland Airport. The riders are expected to arrive of Interstate 57 to refuel at Huck’s on 34th and Broadway streets between noon and 1 p.m., then travel to Haubstadt on I64 at approximately 3:15.

Agriculture and transportation groups continue to bring attention to the nation’s aging lock and dam infrastructure. Paul Rohde, with the Waterways Council, says plenty of work needs to be done, as the infrastructure was built during the Works Progress administration in 1939 with 19th century traffic in mind.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is considering a measure that would ban privatized immigration detention centers in Illinois. The legislation is in response to a plan for a privately run immigration detention center in a village about 70 miles southwest of Chicago. Pritkzer’s office did not say if he planned to sign or veto the bill.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 8.16 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.73 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.78 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).