Headlines for Wednesday, May 22nd

According to Fairfield Community High School, the Fairfield Mules baseball game against Nashville at the Benton Sectional has been postponed. It will now be played at 4 p.m. Thursday. We will broadcast the game on 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com. On another note, all Fairfield Little League baseball and softball games scheduled for today have been cancelled.

Applications are available for the Walter R. Davis and Marie Foley Davis Memorial Scholarship. Applications may be picked up at the FCHS Guidance Department and the Peoples National Bank Trust Department. Applications must be submitted by June 15th, and recipients will be announced later in June.

46-year-old Terry Richardson was booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday morning on a Clay County petition to revoke probation warrant. He was transported to the Clay County Jail, and his bond for the warrant was set at $1,520.

52-year-old Owen D. Curtis pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated assault last week in Wayne County Circuit Court. Curtis was sentenced to conviction only, plus time served, and multiple other counts against him were dismissed per his plea. He was also ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt has announced the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol in Wabash and Edwards counties during May. Troopers issued 15 citations for safety belt violations and 12 total written warnings. The patrol was funded through IDOT.

The Fairfield Community of Christ Church has released information from its blood drive earlier this month. 51 units of blood were collected, and Nancy Stallings and Robert Osmond each won $25 door prizes. The next blood drive at the church will be on July 17th. Anyone looking to schedule a donation appointment can call 838-9873.

At the Illinois Eastern Community College Board meeting last night, Gerry Kinney was hired as the full-time Electrical Distribution Systems Program Instructor at Frontier Community College. Kinney worked at Wayne-White for 20 years and served as EDS Lab Assistant this past year, working alongside Ed Patton.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently donated an Automated External Defibrillator to the North Wayne Recreation Association. The AED will be installed at a softball field concession stand in Cisne. The hospital says, in a cardiac situation, each minute defibrillation is delayed reduces survival chances by approximately 10 percent.

From left: Shauna Williams, FMH Marketing Director, and Leslie Riley and Sean Riley, representing the North Wayne Recreation Association

Volunteers are needed to place flags at veterans’ graves at Maple Hill Cemetery. Anyone who would like to help should meet at the old maintenance building, north of the Maple Hill main entrance, this afternoon at 4:30. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will take place tomorrow at 4:30.

Illinois legislators and Governor J.B. Pritzker are working on a state budget proposal, which would take effect July 1st. State Senator Dale Righter says the governor has found the process more difficult than he imagined, as he won’t be able to fulfill each campaign promise and balance the budget.

About two-and-a-half days were suitable for fieldwork last week, according to the latest weekly crop report. Corn planting advanced by 13 points and is now at 24 percent complete, but that remains well behind the five-year average of 89 percent. Nine percent of soybeans have been planted, and two percent have emerged. Average statewide topsoil moisture was at 44 percent adequate and 56 percent surplus.

State Representative Darren Bailey has announced that his bill to double the fines on violators who drive around stopped school buses passed out of the Illinois Senate last week. It now heads to the governor for consideration. The bill would increase first offense fines from $150 to $300 and second offense fines from $500 to $1,000.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 17.63 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 10.91 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.41 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).