Headlines for Wednesday, June 5th

Beall Woods State Park will host a Youth Fishing Derby on June 22nd for anglers ages six to 16. Registration for the free event will run from 8 to 8:30 a.m., fishing will last until 10:30, and prizes will be awarded at 10:45. Anyone with questions should call the park’s Natural Resources Coordinator at 298-2441.

32-year-old Clyde W. Wilkinson was sentenced to four years in prison, plus one year of mandatory supervision upon his release, in Edwards County Circuit Court yesterday. He had previously pleaded guilty to a count of possession of methamphetamine and was found to have violated his probation.

Fairfield Police arrested three people late last night. 20-year-old Caleb B. Fox and 25-year-old Cyler S. Pride were arrested for possession of meth. They were held in the Wayne County Jail, pending the setting of bond. 38-year-old Dale E. Dugan posted bond and was released after being arrested on a traffic charge.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says he will sign the state budget as is, including $1,600 pay increases for the 177 members of the General Assembly. The decision means Pritzker won’t invoke a constitutional power to block the raises while letting the rest of the state’s proposed budget take effect.

The Hub, located at 120 East Main in Fairfield, has announced that it will be closing in the coming weeks. The business is expected to remain until the end of July. The closure will mark the second business leaving downtown Fairfield in the last few months, as Serendipity closed its doors on May 24th.

The Wayne County CEO Program has selected Mary Musgrave as its Program Facilitator for the upcoming academic year. She recently retired as an English teacher at FCHS. All program investors and interested investors have been invited to a Meet and Greet at the Landing in Fairfield on June 19th from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Village of Cisne and Sunrise Sanitation will hold the spring city-wide clean-up tomorrow. Pickup is limited to residents within the Cisne village limits, and all items should be placed at the curb no later than this evening.

Any item(s) not longer than five feet or more than 75 pounds left at the curbside will be picked up except:

Yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves, brush, tree material, and landscape timbers

Large quantities of rocks, concrete, and construction materials- including roofing materials, siding, and lumber. Small amounts will be taken, but no more than what would fit into a five-gallon bucket.

Metal or wood fencing- including chicken wire and tomato cages

Tires or wet cans of paint

Automobile parts, lawnmowers, or small engines

All electronic devices

Any item the EPA deems unacceptable

Pile exceeding two cubic yards (4’x4’ pile), including from rental properties caused by abandoned or evicted tenants

Employees will not sort through materials- if an unapproved item is on top of an approved one, none of the items will be collected

Smaller items should be placed in a container, such as a box or bag. Loose, small items that are able to be bagged or bundled but are not may be left.

May was cooler and wetter than one year ago. The average high was 76.5 degrees, nearly 10 degrees cooler than May 2018. We received nearly 8 and sevenths tenths of an inch or rainfall last month at the WFIW/WOKZ studios, as well, compared to under three and a quarter inches last year.

Planting continues to lag way behind according to the latest weekly crop report. Statewide rainfall last week was nearly an inch above normal, leaving farmers only two days of fieldwork. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 45 percent of corn has been planted compared to 98 percent normally. 21 percent of soybeans has been planted compared to 93 percent last year.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has deployed an additional 200 National Guard troops to southern Illinois to monitor rising water in the region, bringing the total trooper count to 400. State agencies have also reportedly provided three million sandbags, more than 2,700 rolls of plastic, 27 pumps, and 60 Department of Corrections detainees to help hold back rising rivers.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.50 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.32 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.70 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).