Headlines for Friday, June 7th

One person was reportedly injured in a single-vehicle rollover early this morning about four miles north of Albion. Edwards County police and Albion firefighters responded to the scene, and one person was transported to an area hospital. The name of the injured individual was not released this morning.

The FCHS Varsity Scholastic Bowl team recently competed in the National Academic Championship in Washington DC. FCHS went 3-3 in the tournament, defeating teams from New York, New Jersey, and Guam. They fell to teams from New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Front row, from left: Emily Burbank, Kodie Nobles, Lex Gonzalez, Cassidy Hayes, Hannah Odom, and Amber Clark. Back: Cody Gawthorp, Phoebe August, Jason Wright, Bryce Garner, Cody Todd, Karlie Taylor, and Coach Tammy Austin

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is starting a Better Breathers Club in collaboration with the American Lung Association. The group will meet on the third Monday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Medical Arts Complex Education Rooms. The June 17 meeting will deal with the proper use of inhalers and nebulizers.

The Hamilton and Wayne County Relay for Life is scheduled for tomorrow at the Hamilton County High School in McLeansboro. Registration will begin at 3, and opening ceremonies are set for 4. The theme this year is Cancer: Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere. Closing ceremonies will begin around 9:30.

Speaking at yesterday’s Fairfield Rotary meeting, State Representative Darren Bailey gave his take on the state’s spring legislative session. Bailey was critical of most of the bills approved by lawmakers, but he did encourage people to use witness slips, saying they stopped some measures from passing.

Rotarian Chuck Griswold (left) and Darren Bailey at the Fairfield Rotary Club yesterday

Jonathon Farmer has announced he will be leaving the accounting firm of McDowell, Kenshalo, and Jesop on Monday. The 35-year will begin a new job in Evansville at Regency Properties, LLC. He is the immediate past Exalted Ruler of Fairfield Elk Lodge 1631 and a past president of the Fairfield Rotary Club.

The Fairfield Police Department is warning citizens that the city has experienced an increase in vehicle break-ins recently. The department encourages people not to leave valuable items in unattended vehicles. It also says people should lock their vehicles, even if no valuables are inside.

Frontier Community College has scheduled free GED Test Prep classes, beginning July 2nd. Day and evening classes are available, and they will meet in West Hall on FCC’s campus. Vanessa Anderson will be the instructor, and the class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for five weeks.

Roads are being closed in the parts of the state suffering the worst of the flooding of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Authorities in those areas say people should be certain to heed “road closed” signs, and they shouldn’t go sightseeing near the flooding. IDOT has a list of roadway closures at all times on their website.

Missouri utility regulators have approved the acquisition of a large wind energy project by a Chicago firm. The decision allowed Invenergy to buy rights to construct a proposed Grain Belt Express power line, which would carry Kansas wind energy on a 780-miles path across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into an electrical grid in Indiana to serve eastern states. The project still needs regulatory approval in Illinois.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.90 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.66 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.07 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).