Headlines for Sunday, July 7th

The Wayne County Fair in Fairfield runs this week.  Tonight’s grandstand activity will be the Fairfield Ministerial Alliance gospel concert at 6 p.m.  Monday night will feature the FNB harness racing event at 6.  Tuesday night will feature Flat Track Races at 7.  Wednesday will feature Go-Cart Racing, Thursday a mini-sprint, and Friday night will be the popular demolition derby.  The fair runs through Saturday night, with free admission to attend.

Three people were hurt in a two-car wreck at around 12:35 Saturday afternoon in Gallatin County.  State police say 80-year-old Frank D. Burk of Watson, IL was southbound on Illinois Route 1 and ran the stop sign at the intersection with Illinois Route 141, hitting a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Nathan D. Baldwin of Norris City.  Both drivers and a passenger in Burk’s vehicle, 68-year-old Carolyn A. Seibert of Watson, IL were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.  Burk was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.

Those with travel plans to far-southern Illinois may want to have an alternate route in mind.  The Cave-In-Rock ferry has temporarily halted service due to a mechanical issue, and could be shut down for a couple of days to allow repairs to the ferry’s rudder.  Due to extended flooding, the ferry has encountered quite a bit of debris floating down the river.  The ferry connects Illinois Route 1 with Kentucky Route 91 across the Ohio River, and carries around 500 vehicles across the river in an average day.

The Illinois gasoline tax doubled this past Monday in a bid to help with infrastructure needs.  Reports said many border-area residents have said they’ll be going to neighboring states to buy their fuel.  Governor J.B. Pritzker said the increase should have been small but the tax hadn’t been increased in nearly three decades and never reacted to inflation.  He also said while many residents aren’t happy with the increase, the trucking industry has been in favor of the capital bill that it will fund.  The Illinois Policy Institute estimated inflation adjustments will increase the tax by a penny each year.

Drier weather is forecasted for this week, with only a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday.  Here’s the latest on area rivers this morning:  the Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 24.1 feet, up a tenth from Saturday morning.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 18.4 feet, up three tenths from Saturday.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 29 feet, two feet above the 27-foot flood stage.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 8.1 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 14.5 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.