Headlines for Tuesday, July 2nd

The Wayne City Village Board met last night and heard that the city’s water treatment plant is still scheduled to go up in September, as spring rains have not affected its progress. The board also approved donations of $1,200 to the Bean Days Committee and $400 to the Lion’s Club Train.

The Grayville Police Department has posted job openings on its Facebook page for a patrol officer and Chief of Police. Full qualifications and requirements may be found in the post. Applications can be obtained at Grayville’s City Hall or Police Department. The deadline to apply is next Friday, July 12th.

29-year-old Jeffrey A. Maxham was booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday morning. He was wanted on a Clay County warrant for driving under the influence of drugs, and his bond was set at $320.

Illinois State Police District 19 has announced the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol held in Wayne County last month. Troopers recorded 15 total citations during the patrol, including 10 for safety belt and one for child restraint violations. They also recorded three total written warnings.

The Clay County Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $1,000 scholarships to Aaliyah Lewis and Kayle Harmon-Strange, who plan to enter the medical field. Lewis reportedly intends to attend Frontier Community College to pursue an RN Degree, and Harmon-Strange will enter the Radiology Program at Kaskaskia College.

Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor has released the autopsy report of Dayne A. Harrison, who died on May 20th in police custody after a foot chase. Forensic Pathologist Dr. James Jacobi stated the death is attributed to methamphetamine toxicity, and he said there was no significant trauma to Harrison’s body.

Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett says he believes two attempted home invasions in the county over the weekend are unrelated. One perpetrator was scared off by family dogs, and neither was able to enter a home in the incidents, per the Sheriff. He does say that all residents should be vigilant in locking their doors.

A radio station survey of six Fairfield-area service stations shows the new gas tax in Illinois has indeed bumped up the price of gasoline. Late yesterday afternoon, the average price per gallon in the Fairfield area was $2.87. The statewide gas tax jumped 19 cents yesterday.

The Albion City Council met last night and approved the city’s 2020 budget at just under $2.25 million. The appropriations ordinance was also approved. The council set the city’s trick-or-treat time for October 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. and voted to raise the animal control officer’s salary from $1,000 to $1,500 per month.

State Representative Darren Bailey has announced the next dates, times, and locations for his Traveling Office Hours program. Bailey will be at the Hope Center in Albion tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m. On July 15th, he will be at the Cisne Village Hall from 9 to 10:30, then at Fairfield City Hall from 11 to noon.

June may have seemed very wet and cool, but that wasn’t necessarily the case, depending on where people are located in the state. Chris Miller, with the National Weather Service in central Illinois, says the start of June was very wet and cool, but the final days of the month were hot and relatively dry, changing the overall trend.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 25.68 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.51 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 11.17 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.27 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 30.15 feet.