Headlines for Monday, July 8th

State Representative Darren Bailey officially announced his intention to run for state senate today in Fairfield. Bailey appeared on “Morning Coffee” on 104.9 WFIW and at the Wayne County Courthouse for the announcement. He will seek to replace Senator Dale Righter, who announced that he would not seek re-election earlier this year.

Student athletes of Frontier Community College recently received recognition for outstanding academic performance for the 2018-2019 year. 31 students were named All-Academic Athletes, and the Frontier Softball team ranked second in the National Junior College Athletic Association with a 3.66 team GPA.

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the Independence Day holiday and weekend. 46-year-old Thomas W. Cramer was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic battery yesterday, and 33-year-old Floyd D. Hargrave and 37-year-old Brandon S. Cook were arrested for possession of meth. The three were transported to the Wayne County Jail, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who entered the Wayne Johnson property east of Fairfield recently. A variety of tools and a winch were reported stolen. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

The monthly meeting of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) will be held tomorrow (July 9) at 11:30 a.m. at DiMaggio’s in Fairfield. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Anyone seeking more information should call 847-2321.

Wayne County Fair Board President Gary Carter said it was just too wet to run the fair’s tractor pull over the weekend. He said every avenue was explored to make the event work, but the infield was standing in water despite the board’s best efforts. At the Fair tonight, FNB Harness Racing will take center stage.

Illinois State Representative Darren Bailey will be in Fairfield today to make a “major announcement.” That announcement may be heard on WFIW’s “Morning Coffee” program at 8 a.m., as well as online at wfiwradio.com. Bailey is also scheduled to speak at the Wayne County Courthouse at noon.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow evening with a nine-item agenda. Aldermen are scheduled to hear progress on work on the city’s flooding issue from HLR Engineering. They are also scheduled to discuss, and possibly approve, amendments to the city’s trailer ordinance and public drinking ordinance.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital is starting a Dementia Caregivers Support Group, which will hold its first meeting on July 25th at 1:30 in the Horizon Healthcare Medical Arts Complex Education Rooms. The meetings will promote sharing experiences and will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Chris Cline, the billionaire who founded St. Louis-based Foresight Energy, was among those killed in a helicopter crash last week on its way from the Bahamas to Florida. Cline had a strong impact on the coal industry in central and southern Illinois, and he was able to nullify key limitations of the state’s coal industry. His daughter also died in the crash.

Illinois saw an 8th-straight year of record tourism growth in 2018, attracting more than 117 million visitors. The U.S. Travel Association shows visitors spent $41.7 billion last year, a five percent increase over 2017. Tourism generated $3.3 billion in state and local tax revenue, a more than seven percent jump.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 24.10 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.66 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.63 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 14.55 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 28.31 feet.