Headlines for Thursday, June 6th

Fairfield’s town-wide rummage sale is scheduled for June 22nd, and the deadline to have a sale location put on the official sale map is next Friday. The cost is $5, and an ad costs an additional $5. Anyone looking for more information should call the Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 842-6116.

Maple Hill Cemetery personnel have begun picking up ground flowers and decorations. Per cemetery rules, the decorations can only remain one week after Memorial Day. People are encouraged to assist in the clean-up, and anyone missing an item should check at the cemetery office.

28-year-old Justin Bray was sentenced to prison yesterday in White County Circuit Court. Bray was one of three inmates to escape from the White County Jail last June. He was sentenced to 69 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, plus two years of mandatory supervision upon his release.

33-year-old St. Louis, Missouri, resident Jessica L. Prose pleaded guilty to a count of DUI Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. Prose was sentenced to 12 months supervision, plus time served, and she was ordered to pay $1,902 in fines and court costs.

The Clay County Hospital Committee and SSM Health have announced Robert Sellers as the new President of Clay County Hospital. Sellers served in the same role between 2009 and 2013. He will begin in his role at the hospital on July 15th, and a community welcome reception is being planned in his honor.

Residents of the Southern District of Illinois returned over three tons of prescription drugs for destruction on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April. The next takeback day is set for October 26th. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is a local drop-off location.

The City of Fairfield and HLR Engineering in Mt. Carmel recently entered into an agreement regarding the city’s flooding problems. HLR helped implement a website to report issues, and it will report the exact location of the flooding. Reports should be directed to http://arcg.is/50CLW.

The Wayne County Gun Club south of New Hope General Baptist Church will host a Hunter Safety Course this weekend. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The class is free, and all materials are provided. People may sign up at the U of I Extension Office.

Frontier Community College is offering a one-day cultural trip to St. Louis to see Footloose at The Muny on July 22nd. Registration for the trip is open now to those high school age and older. The total cost of the trip is $125, and space is limited to 50 people. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 3rd.

State Climate Experts say Illinois had the third wettest May on record. Average statewide precipitation last month was 8.4 inches, and the highest reported total was 14.75 inches in Dallas City. We recorded 8.61 inches of rainfall here at the WFIW/WOKZ studios.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed the state’s nearly $40 billion budget into law. It includes more money for education, social services, and the state’s bill backlog. Governor Pritzker said this is Illinois’ first truly balanced budget in a long time, and he believes it is a start to setting the state on the right path.

The IHSA is expected to make a final decision next week on changing the state basketball tournament format. Under consideration is a plan to have one state tourney weekend (Thursday through Saturday) for girls, and another for boys, effective in 2021. The IHSA Board of Directors meets Monday.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 22.87 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.01 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.61 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).