Headlines for Saturday, August 3rd

The annual Johnsonville Days celebration continues today.  Activities include the Little Miss and Mister Pageant at 4 p.m.  Live music will get underway at 5 p.m. and Farm Follies will begin at 7 p.m.  Johnsonville Days will conclude Sunday with a Church service and Cisne FFA program in the Johnsonville Park at 10:30 a.m.  A chicken dinner will be served at noon in the Ruritan Building.

57-year-old Donald E. Wilhite of Grayville was sentenced Friday in Edwards County Circuit Court to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by one year of mandatory supervised release.  Wilhite had previously pled guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine.  Edwards County State’s Attorney Eric A. St Ledger prosecuted the case and Wilhite was represented by public defender, Brian Shinkle.  The case was investigated by the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department.

Carmi police report the arrest Friday of Keaton Bradshaw after an investigation of several purchases that they say Bradshaw had made while employed as  Foreman of the City of Carmi Light Plant.  The purchases were brought to the attention of the City Administrators by the City’s auditing firm, and involved several items over the past six months, with several of the items allegedly sent directly to Bradshaw’s residence.  Carmi police began an investigation in late June, and this past Thursday information was prepared by the Special Prosecutor with charges filed against Bradshaw.  Carmi police say Bradshaw turned himself in to the White County Sheriff’s Department just after noon Friday, and is charged with theft over $500 but less than $10,000.  Bradshaw later bonded out of jail on a $2000 cash bond.

The USDA has opened enrollment for the Market Facilitation Program, a program to help farmers who continue to suffer from damage because of trade retaliation from foreign nations.  The USDA is expected to provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted farmers through MFP.  The sign-up period runs through December 6th.  Payments will be made in up to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate.  If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that a new St. Louis Cardinals permanent Illinois license plate will be available for purchase after Labor Day.  The plate was unveiled at Busch Stadium earlier this week and features the iconic “Birds on the Bat” logo.  A sample plate can be found on our news headlines page at  wfiwradio.com    People will be able to preorder the plates after Labor Day at  cyberdriveillinois.com

Here are the latest river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield, 5.16 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City, 5.34 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi, 3.93 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.05 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  Wabash at Mt. Carmel is at 5.58 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.