Headlines for Thursday, July 4th

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire has confirmed to WFIW/WOKZ News that the fireworks show that is scheduled tonight at Southwest Park is still on. The fireworks show will start in the 9/9:15 p.m. time frame. A line of strong to severe storms moved through the Fairfield area during the middle of the afternoon. Quarter-sized hail was reported in the Boyleston area. Storms also dumped torrential rain and had strong winds.

The Farm Service Agency has extended the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Illinois producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture. Producers now have until July 15th to report acres. That coincides with the FSA crop acreage reporting deadline that is already in place.

Wayne County’s 4-H program will have a busy schedule at the New Wayne County Agricultural Fair, which begins tomorrow. 4-H members will have a horse show tomorrow evening at 6 and general projects and livestock shows next week. 4-H activities will wrap up next week with awards on Thursday and clean-up on Friday.

The Fairfield FFA will host a reception on Sunday for newly elected Illinois State FFA Vice President Lane Harvey. The event will begin at 2:00 pm at the Ag Classroom at FCHS. Harvey will serve the Illinois FFA Association for the next year, traveling throughout the state, country and world.

Greg Richardson

Fairfield National Bank has announced the upcoming retirement of Senior Loan Officer Greg Richardson, effective July 17th. Richardson joined FNB in 1983, became an Agricultural Loan Officer in 1987, was promoted to his current position in 1991, and began as Secretary for the Board of Directors in 1999.

Chris Miller, with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, says some in the state could be in for some early fireworks this Independence Day. He said conditions appear to indicate some thunderstorms may fire up in the afternoon hours. Illinois has been on a run of dry and hot Independence Days, per Miller.

State public health officials say the new “Tobacco 21” law will reduce medical costs and keep more kids from smoking. As of Monday, people had to be 21 years old to buy cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vapes. Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says the new law will help keep cigarettes out of high schools, since most of those giving them to minors are under 21.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that all Secretary of State offices and facilities will be closed today in observance of Independence Day. All offices and facilities will be open for business tomorrow. People may still visit cyberdriveillinois.com to conduct their business online.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 24.77 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.44 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 13.75 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 11.67 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 29.37 feet.