Headlines for Wednesday, July 3rd

Governor J.B. Pritzker said yesterday that his Rebuild Illinois project would designate $5 million to Frontier Community College and Olney Central College for capital improvements. FCC President Dr. Jay Edgren said no money has been allocated for a project, though, so no work appears imminent at this time.

The Wayne County 4-H Home Economics Show was held recently. Remi Taylor, Ryleigh Taylor, and Sara McGehee were chosen to advance to the Illinois State Fair in the clothing category. Abigail Hallas, Audrey Fletcher, Maggie Koontz, Addisyn Hutchcraft, Hannah Fickas, and Logan Hodges were selected to advance in foods.

The office of Wayne County Treasurer Donna Masterson says, as of the end of the business day yesterday, 79 percent of payments for county mobile home tax bills had been received. For late payments, it reminds people that they will be subject to a $25 monthly penalty, and that fee will cap at $100.

Increased thunderstorm activity and high winds are believed to have caused a tower collapse at the WMIX studios in Mt. Vernon on Monday. The station’s 160-foot tower collapsed onto a neighboring car dealership, causing a brief outage for its three radio stations. A new 140-foot tower is expected to be constructed.

The City of Fairfield will have fireworks tomorrow night at roughly 9:15 at Southwest Park. For those who will also have fireworks of their own, City Fire Chief Andrew Miller says they shouldn’t shoot anything illegal. He also said fires could still be started in places, so people should be aware of their surroundings.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will hold its first annual 360 Wellness Day next Saturday, July 13th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the hospital’s front lawn. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include special demonstrations, inflatables for kids, several exercise opportunities, guest speakers, and a cookout.

Fairfield Public School District 112 will conduct registration on July 16th and 17th at the new gymnasium at Center Street School. The event will run from 10 to 6 on the 16th and from 8 to 1 on the 17th. Registration will be $40 for K through 8th grades, with an additional $20 fee for 4th through 8th grades.

The City of Fairfield has announced that Republic Services will be on a one day delay for observance of the Independence Day holiday. Tomorrow’s trash route will be run on Friday; Friday’s route will be run on Saturday. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the City Hall at 842-2294.

Corn planting is 95 percent complete statewide, with 89 percent emerged, per the latest weekly crop report. 87 percent of soybeans have been planted, with 78 percent emerged. 47 percent of winter wheat has been harvested, and the first cutting of alfalfa is 86 percent complete. Average statewide topsoil moisture was measured at one percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 46 percent surplus.

Governor Pritzker was in southern Illinois yesterday to tout the benefits of the recently passed Capital Bill and Gambling Expansion legislation. The governor spoke at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville saying that the presence of a casino wouldn’t be a gamble for the economy near Carterville, and he said a number of economic engines in the Little Egypt region will be getting a boost, as well.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 25.27 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.41 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 11.35 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 7.16 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 29.79 feet.