Headlines for Monday, June 10th

The Wayne County Retired Teachers’ Association will award one $500 scholarship for the upcoming school year, and the deadline to apply is this Saturday. It is available to a county high school graduate with a major in education that has accumulated at least 80 semester hours toward that degree.

35-year-old Dustin C. Creighton was arrested Saturday night by Wayne County deputies on a charge of criminal damage to property $300 or less. He was arrested after an investigation into an alleged domestic battery and criminal damage incident. Creighton was released after posting $170 bond.

34-year-old Hodgenville, Kentucky, resident Seth L. Long was arrested by Illinois State Police Saturday afternoon on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Long was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $320 bond.

Illinois State Police District 19 has released its activity and enforcement figures for the month of May. Troopers recorded 1,429 incidents in the district last month. They issued 472 citations and 367 written warnings for the “Fatal Four” violations of DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, and distracted driving.

A plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois will also allow those with low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. After it is signed into law, the plan will go into effect next year. Reports indicate as many as 770,000 records on file in the state will be expunged.

Former Wayne County resident Tim Tetrick won his 11,000th harness race over the weekend, winning the second $50,000 North America Cup racing elimination. The 37-year-old Tetrick was born in Flora, and he had previously set harness racing records for wins in a year and earnings in a year.

The Wayne County Humane Society’s facility in Fairfield is full, according to manager Mandy Bradham. To deal with the capacity issues, she said the Society is offering cat adoptions free, though they do charge a $20 microchip fee. In addition, all dog adoptions are $25 off the total fee amount.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow with a very light agenda on hand. Aldermen will once again discuss a policy regarding non-city employees riding in city vehicles, and a vote on the policy is possible. In May, most aldermen appeared on-board with allowing non-employees to ride in public functions.

The Fairfield Founders Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 29th, on Main Street. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and it will feature a variety of entertainment, games, and stage performances. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the event can email lukeharl@outlook.com.

The Fairfield Lions Club is sponsoring a free hearing screening today for persons 18 and older, as well as those 10-17 with written parental consent. The screening will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of the Wayne County Courthouse, and it is expected to take just a few minutes. Those who fail it will be referred to hearing professionals for further evaluation and treatment.

Despite flooding around Illinois, the state still has tracking to do regarding its pest population. Field crop surveys and statewide area surveys will be coming up soon, and the State Pest Survey is also looking at potential invasive or new insect pests coming from around the state or around the world.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 18.42 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.54 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.33 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).