Headlines for Tuesday, June 4th

The West Salem Development Association will host its 9th Annual Freedom Celebration 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run on June 29th. The Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8:30. Order forms for Freedom Celebration t-shirts are also available, and orders must be placed by Thursday.

No injuries were reported in a crash yesterday afternoon near Cisne. Police say a 16-year-old swerved to avoid an SUV that had crossed into the wrong lane. The juvenile struck a utility pole, and the SUV reportedly did not stop. No tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicle sustained over $1,500 damage.

34-year-old Fairfield resident Jeremy M.T. Ralston was booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident. His bond was set at $395.

Carmi Police arrested 19-year-old Austin Cartmill and a juvenile boy after an investigation into several vehicle burglaries yesterday. Officers urge people to lock vehicle doors, homes, and building, and the say people shouldn’t leave any valuable items inside even a locked vehicle. This is the second string of vehicle burglaries reported to Carmi Police recently, as three other juveniles were arrested and charged approximately one month ago.

An exhibit focusing on World War II will open on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The new exhibit will open Thursday, and visitors will enter through a replica of a D-Day landing craft filled with videos documenting Illinoisans’ stories.

With little progress made in planting, area farmers have several options as to how to proceed in the coming days. One option is to not plant corn at all to take preventive planting corn insurance. Another is to plant corn and apply for USDA funds. No option appears to be a blanket solution for every farmer.

Billy Rogers, whose FCHS Mules baseball team just won a regional title, says he won’t be back as head coach next year. Rogers said he was told by school administrators that they were “going in another direction.” School officials said they wouldn’t comment on the matter, but it would be discussed at the next board meeting.

The Albion City Council met last night and heard from Ataraxia Marijuana Plant. The business said it is in the planning stages of constructing new buildings at its site east of Albion, which would lead to increased employment. Council members will vote next month regarding a need to move utility lines for the buildings.

The Wayne City Village Board met last night. Board members heard an update from HLR Engineering in Mt. Carmel regarding the new water plant in Wayne City. Roughly one-third of the work is reportedly finished, and the plant should be under a roof by the time cold weather comes.

The monthly meeting of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) will be held next Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Farmer T’s Fresh Market Café in Cisne. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Those looking for more information are asked to call 847-2321.

The wet theme of 2019 appears poised to continue this week in Illinois. The National Weather Service in Lincoln says some parts of the state can expect to receive upwards of one and a half inches of rain as a system moves into the area and sits atop the nation’s midsection. The outlook for the rest of the month appears similar in terms of rain with cooler, spring-like temperatures.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 24.01 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.41 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 14.87 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).