Headlines for Sunday, June 30th

Founder’s Day in Fairfield Saturday has been declared a success.  Crowds of people gathered in Fairfield Saturday afternoon and evening under sunny skies for various activities to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city.  Activities included a walking tour and various musical performances on the main stage set up in downtown Fairfield.  There were also various activities and games for the kids throughout the day.  Y-Fairfield, Inc. organized the all-day event.

Illinois State Police District 19 Interim Commander, Lieutenant Lance Hinkle, has released the results of four Scott’s Law Details held in Wayne and Saline counties during June.  The Scott’s Law Details provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on the enforcement of Scott’s Law, also known as the Move Over Law.  Enforcement activity totalled 13 Scott’s Law citations and 41 total citations, along with 43 total written warnings being issued.

A total of ten students were in attendance this past Tuesday to be recognized at the GED graduation ceremony at Frontier Community College.  Nearly 100 people were in attendance.  Joel Koker was the guest speaker, with Gary Carter, member of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees, providing the charge to the class.  Koker earned his GED in 2015 and then received an Associate in Science and Arts Degree from FCC in 2018, and graduated with high honors.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Blood Drive in coordination with the American Red Cross on Monday, July 8th from 10:30 a.m. til 2:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Educational Annex Building at 203 NW 10th Street in Fairfield.  Appointments can be made by calling FMH Marketing Director Shauna Williams at 847-8242.  Walk-ins are welcome, however there will be limited space for the event.  Light refreshments will be provided and free FMH t-shirts will be given to donors.  American Red Cross officials say there is an urgent need for blood donations during the summer months.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s legislative initiative strengthening the law on texting while driving takes effect Monday.  The law cracks down on texting while driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations.  Under the previous law, second and subsequent texting while driving offenses were treated as moving violations, while first offenses were treated as non-moving violations.  A driver convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period is subject having their drivers license suspended.

Here are the area river stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 26.33 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 19.8 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 30.4 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 6.3 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 23.9 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.