Headlines for Friday, June 28th

The Edwards County Sportsman’s Club will have a Breakfast Shoot tomorrow morning. Breakfast will begin at 7, and shooting will begin at 9 with jackpot, trap, and skeet events. There will also be a 50 bird derby, beginning at 11. The club is located approximately one mile north of Albion on Route 130.

Two people were sentenced to prison yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. 39-year-old Terry A. Owen II was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, and 43-year-old Reggie L. Shemwell was sentenced to three years. Both men had previously pleaded guilty to possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine.

Three people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. 31-year-old Amanda R. Moore was arrested on a charge of theft of labor or services or use of property, 31-year-old Nathan S. Foley was book on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant, and 22-year-old Tierra M. Hamblin was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. All three were lodged in the jail, pending the posting of bond.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is paying $200 for the arrest of Brian S Medler. Medler was arrested by Fairfield Police earlier this week after a tip from Crime Stoppers. He was wanted on a Wayne County petition to revoke probation and failure to appear warrant on a charge of battery.

Illinois State Police District 19 has announced the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol held in Wabash and Edwards counties earlier this month. Troopers reported 20 total citations, including 17 for safety belt violations, and 10 total written warnings during the patrol. It was funded through IDOT.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is offering up to $1.5 million in financial incentives to help with renovations at Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area near Rend Lake. The department is also reportedly accepting bids from people interested in operating smaller sections of the Rend Lake complex.

The Fairfield Founders Festival is scheduled for tomorrow. The bicentennial celebration will begin at 8 a.m. with an open market, and Mayor Brent Maguire will give an opening address at 12:30; area students will receive art rewards after that. On-stage entertainment will begin at 2 and is slated to wind down at 10.

According to a Facebook post from the Career Development Center, the declining recycling market has reached a point it has not seen in over a decade. As such, the CDC and Wayne County Recycling are asking for support in the Green Patron Recycling Support Group. People may call 842-2691, extension 102, for details.

State Senator Dale Righter announced late last month that he would not seek re-election to his Senate seat. Appearing today on the Community Connection, Righter spoke of his career and said he was proud to serve his constituents. He also anticipates a big push-back against the state as a result of recent legislative action.

Payment on Wayne County mobile home tax bills is due Monday. Those who do not pay by the deadline will be subject to a $25 monthly penalty, with the first applied on Tuesday. Payment may be made in person, by mail, or in the drop box on the west side of the Wayne County Courthouse.

It will cost people 19 cents more per gallon to purchase gasoline in Illinois on Monday. In response to the gas tax hike passed earlier this year, the Illinois Gasoline Party is organizing a boycott for the week of July 1st, and all Illinois residents are invited to join. The group said in a news release that “a repeat of the Boston Tea Party is in order,” but they realize they can’t throw gasoline into a proverbial harbor.

More than 49,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide home health care will get long-overdue back pay this week. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said her office will release the $30.7 million in back wages to DHS to be issued Friday. About 28,000 personal assistants had been scheduled to receive a raise in 2017, and last year’s state budget included a 4.26 percent rate increase for 14,000 workers. Neither had been paid by the prior administration.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 26.61 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 8.37 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 20.84 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 10.28 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 29.97 feet.