Headlines for Wednesday, July 31st

Nominations for FSA county committee members are due by tomorrow. The current committee for the Wayne/Edwards County FSA consists of Jacqueline O’Daniel, Tom Marks, and David Reed, and O’Daniels’ three-year-term is up this year. Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning November 4th.

Two people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. 29-year-old Dureli C. Barrientos was arrested for driving without a valid license. 28-year-old Christina O. Tatum was arrested on a Wayne County body attachment. Barrientos and Tatum were transported to the jail and released after posting $270 bond.

Frontier Community College will be closed on this Friday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. for an all-employee event. The college’s switchboard will remain open, so individuals may still reach Frontier by phone at 842-3711. Frontier’s campus will reopen on Monday morning at 7:30.

Southern Illinois Custom Ink will hold a Grand Opening celebration next Saturday, August 10th, at 202 South Main Street in Wayne City. Food will be provided between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wayne City Matters is sponsoring the event, and t-shirts for Wayne City Matters will be on sale at the location, as well.

“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will perform at this year’s DuQuoin State Fair on August 30th. Phillips completes the line-up for the fair, joining other artists like All-American Rejects and Wynonna and the Big Noise.

Officials in Mt. Carmel are reportedly investigating an armed robbery that culminated in a car chase yesterday morning. The incident began at the Verizon Store in Mt. Carmel, and it ended in Crawford County with the arrest of three individuals. A fourth suspect, 18-year-old Indianapolis resident Latrell Coe, fled on foot into a wooded area in Crawford County and was arrested last night.

Edwards County 2019 Mobile Home Taxes are due today. The 2019 extension for the taxes is $25,863.37, and 75 percent of that had been paid as of yesterday morning. Payment may be mailed, left in the drop box on the northeast corner of the Edwards County Courthouse, or delivered in person by 4 p.m.

Ryan Gregory with New Hope Waterworks says customers from 331 CR 1800 East, south to 200 N and west to 1700 E are under a boil order. The order was reportedly issued due to a main break. Customers in the affected area are to boil water to be used for human consumption until the order is lifted.

Horizon Healthcare is offering free freshmen school physicals this week at its clinics in Fairfield, Cisne, and Grayville. People can call 842-4617 to schedule an appointment. Horizon will also be traveling to various schools in the coming days during their registrations to offer $25 school and sports physicals.

The unemployment rate in Illinois rose from 3.6 to 4 percent in June, according to recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Wayne County’s rate was 4.4 percent, up from its May rate of 4.2. Edwards County’s rate also rose, going from 3.2 percent in May to 3.6 percent last month.

Per the latest statewide weekly crop report, 52 percent of soybeans are blooming and 14 percent are setting pods. Crop statisticians say that is well behind the usual pace, but it is a nice increase over last week. 59 percent of corn is silking, and 16 percent is in the dough stage. 44 percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

As July comes to a close, temperatures are expected to be cooler than normal for the next few days, and there isn’t much rain in the forecast as August rolls in. Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather says hot weather will return, however, and he said the average temperature throughout next month could wind up being slightly warmer than normal.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation last week that makes Illinois the eighth state to remove time restrictions on prosecuting crimes of sexual violence. The new law lifts a 10-year statute of limitations on pressing charges in felony cases of sexual assault and sexual abuse. It will take effect on January 1st. In 2017, the state abolished time limits on prosecuting sex crimes against victims younger than 18.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.40 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.09 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.75 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.86 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.47 feet.