Headlines for Wednesday, June 12th

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will extend the application date for dicamba to be applied on soybeans until July 15th. Anyone who planted soybeans before June 1st will reportedly remain subject to the original dicamba application cutoff date, which was planting date plus 45 days.

38-year-old Wayne County resident Donald G. Brinkley was sentenced to prison yesterday in Edwards County Circuit Court. He had previously pleaded guilty to domestic battery and was found to have violated his probation. He was sentenced to 42 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Wayne County deputies arrested three people yesterday on warrants. 29-year-old Ryan M. Tibbs was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant, and 36-year-old Kristen Y. Gosnell was arrested on a Wayne County petition to revoke probation warrant. 29-year-old Haley N. Robson was arrested on an Edwards County failure to appear warrant. 25-year-old Charles S.E. Schnepper was arrested by Illinois State Police on a Clay County failure to appear warrant yesterday, as well. The four were transported to the Wayne County Jail.

Associate Judge Mark Stanley of Carmi has announced his retirement, effective July 2nd. Stanley has served as an Associate Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois since August 2006. During his tenure, he presided over all types of cases in each county in the Second Circuit.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and approved a new policy for non-employees riding in city vehicles. The policy will allow elected officials, some family members, and people conducting business with the city to ride in city vehicles when accompanied by a city employee. The council also approved a tax on persons engaged in the business of renting, leasing, or letting rooms. No tax is currently levied on such businesses in Fairfield; the new tax was set at 5 percent and will take effect on July 1st.

In other council business, aldermen discussed the possibility of establishing a Municipal Court. The court would handle ordinance violations such as weeds, trash, and junk vehicles, and it would be able to assess penalties for violations. The council seemed receptive to the idea, though no decision was made.

Fairfield Public School District 112 Superintendent Dr. Scott England says his district is already looking forward to next school year. Registration dates have been set for July 16th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 17th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. He also said Iconik Studios would be on hand to take school photos.

The town-wide rummage sale in Fairfield is scheduled for next Saturday, June 22nd, and the deadline to have a sale place put on the official sale map by the Chamber of Commerce is this Friday. The Chamber is also accepting nominations for its annual Pretty Up Your Place contest until next Friday.

The Cisne Village Board met Monday night in a short meeting. The board discussed summer road work and the prevailing wage ordinance, and it also announced that Cisne will hold its annual fireworks display on July 5th on the Cisne High School grounds.

Farmers caught somewhat of a break and were able to get some planting done last week. The latest weekly crop report says precipitation was a bit below normal last week, and 73 percent of corn and 49 percent of soybeans have been planted. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined to four percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 42 percent surplus.

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking the death penalty in the case of Zhang Yingying, a University of Illinois scholar who disappeared in 2017. 29-year-old Brendt Christensen has been charged with kidnapping resulting in death in the case, although Zhang’s body has not been found. Opening statements in the case are scheduled for today. Illinois abolished capital punishment in 2011, and this is reportedly the first federal death-penalty trial in the state since that decision.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 12.48 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.58 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.84 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.66 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 19.37 feet.