Headlines for Thursday, August 1st

The North Wayne School District is seeking to renovate the infields of the Cisne High School baseball and softball fields, along with the baseball field backstop. The district hopes to raise $25,000 to offset the cost of the projects, and it would like to have confirmation of donation amounts by August 14th.

Ryan Gregory, with New Hope Waterworks, says the boil order than was in effect for some customers has been lifted. The order included customers from 331 CR 1800 East, south to 200 N and west to 1700 E. People in that area no longer need to boil water to be used for human consumption.

36-year-old Broughton resident Donald W. Green was booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. Green was arrested by Illinois State Police on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of unlawful possession of cannabis. He was transported to the jail and released after posting $245 bond.

Legislation recently passed the U.S. Senate that would loosen federal control on the Harmony Way Bridge connecting White County and New Harmony, Indiana. The bi-partisan bill would grant control over the bridge to a Bi-State Commission, and the bill now heads to President Trump’s desk for approval.

Wabash Valley College is holding a Garden Party benefit this Sunday for its Small World Childcare Center. The event will be held at a residence near the college from 2 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are recommended, and they may be purchased at the WVC Main Hall. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for kids under 8.

We recorded just over three and a third inches of rainfall in July here at the WFIW/WOKZ Studios, the lowest monthly total in 2019. Average rainfall for July in the past decade has been just over four inches. Total rainfall this year is now over 46.5 inches. Average yearly rainfall since 2006 has been just under 46.8 inches.

State Representative Darren Bailey is congratulating Fairfield’s Lane Harvey and Mt. Carmel’s Coy Crull for their service in the Illinois FFA Organization. Harvey was elected state Vice-President, and Crull was elected Section 23 President. Bailey met the young men in March and said he was proud of their service.

The 15th annual Fairfield Memorial Hospital Golf Scramble is scheduled for tomorrow at the Fairfield Public Golf Course. Tee times will be at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost to enter a four-person team is $200, which includes two meals and a tri-fold chair. Proceeds will help support future expansions at the hospital.

The fall semester at Frontier Community College will begin soon, and FCC has nearly 20 personal enrichment classes on the schedule for Fairfield alone. One offering is a quilting class, which will meet Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3:45. Anyone looking for information on available courses can call FCC at 842-3711.

Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation giving the two student trustees on the SIU Board of Trustees, one from each campus, voting power. Previously, only one student could vote. Governor Pritzker also said allocation of state funds to SIU’s two campuses should be done on a proportion basis, with criteria that includes student population and building needs.

Those hit with a ticket or citation from the Department of Natural Resources will now have to pay a bit more than they did in the past. DNR Sergeant John Williamson says the department’s fees went up with everyone else’s July 1st, as minor conservation offenses went up from $120 to $190. Williamson notes those fees do fall in line with fees in other states.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.34 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.06 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.17 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.46 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.17 feet.