Headlines for Saturday, July 6th

Tonight’s grandstand attraction at the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield, the Lucas Oil Tractor Pull, has been cancelled due to the weather, and will not be rescheduled, according to Wayne County Fair Board President Gary Carter.  Sunday night the Fairfield Ministerial Alliance’s gospel concert will start at 6.  The fair will run through next Saturday night, July 13th.

All lanes of Interstate 57 are back open this morning following an accident Friday evening involving a semi in Franklin County at the 72-mile maker.  Reports said the driver of a 2006 BMW was northbound just past the Benton exit when a tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control and cross the median.  The vehicle was then hit by a 2019 Volvo which overturned following the crash.  Three people in the BMW were injured and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the Volvo also had non-life-threatening injuries, the report said.  I-57 was shut down for several hours as crews cleaned up the scene.  The names of those involved were not immediately released.

Edwards County Treasurer Debbie Smith is reminding taxpayers that Edwards County mobile home taxes are due Wednesday, July 31st.  Unlike real estate taxes, the late fee is $25 per month, effective August 1st.  Payments can be made in the treasurer’s office, by mail or by leaving them in the drop box on the northeast side of the Edwards County Courthouse.  Those with questions can call Smith’s office at 445-3581.

The state of Illinois is willing to pay farmers to plant cover crops on their fields to help them deal with historic flooding.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced it’s making $400,000 available to be distributed to farmers who will plant cover crops on their unplanted fields this summer.  The program pays $5 per acre while funds are available, and fields are registered on a first-come, first-served basis at local Soil and Water Conservation Districts or Farm Service Agency offices.  Governor J.B. Pritzker is also seeking a federal agriculture disaster declaration for all of Illinois following the state’s soggy planting season.

Here are the area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 24 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 18.1 feet, just above the 18-foot flood stage.  At Carmi the river is at 29.2 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 9.4 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 15 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.