Headlines for Monday, August 5th

22 contestants participated in the 2019 Johnsonville Pageant this past weekend. Six-year-old Ryver Porter, son of Rachel and Eric Porter of Johnsonville, was named King. His sister, nine-year-old Alexia Casolari, daughter of Rachel and Eric Porter and AJ Casolari of Flora, was named Queen.

57-year-old Donald E. Wilhite was sentenced to prison last week in Edwards County Circuit Court. He had previously pleaded guilty to a count of possession of meth. Wilhite was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by one year of mandatory supervision upon his release.

Two people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 30-year-old Danielle N. Buck was arrested in Effingham County and transported to Fairfield on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant for DUI. 32-year-old Shania J. Buchanan was arrested on a Richland County small claims warrant.

32-year-old Keaton Bradshaw, foreman of the Carmi Light Plant, was booked in jail last week for theft of government property. Carmi police say Bradshaw used a city credit card to purchase more than $500 worth of goods, some of which were sent directly to his home. He was released after posting bond.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson says crops are progressing fairly well, given the historically wet start to the year. Fields that were planted are looking decent, if a few weeks behind, but he said quite a few fields weren’t planted at all. He also expects harvest to be later and extended this year.

FCHS Athletic Director Bobby Wells says the high school’s Mule Mania event for new students will be held this Wednesday at the high school. He also says new Mules football cards will be coming next Monday, and people can buy the cards from any football players at that time. The cost remains at $10.

The Finance Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. The committee is slated to discuss progress on their work to implement recommendations in the TIF Districts, and it will also discuss Farrington Farms in TIF II. The meeting is open to the general public.

Mariah Minor, RN, BSN, Skilled Care Unit Nurse Leader, presents the Employee of the Month plaque to Tania Crawford, FMH Skilled Care Unit Activity Director.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital Skilled Care Unit Activity Director Tania Crawford has been honored as the FMH July Employee of the Month. She has been with the hospital since last July. Officials praised her optimistic outlook and said she works hard to ensure residents are able to enjoy activities with their families.

The Village of Wayne City will do road work today and tomorrow throughout the village. People should be careful not to drive through freshly oiled areas, and they shouldn’t mow grass shavings on the roadways. For the two-day period, on-street parking won’t be permitted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. In no particular order, the list of roads to receive work includes West Section Line, South Industrial Section Line to the highway, Washington, Race from Washington to Route 15 and to Shreve, North Mound, West, Greenwalt, South Mound, Mitchell, West Meadow, Orchard, West Market, East Robinson, Summit, Meadow, South Walnut, Shreve, Legion, Center, Valley, Brook, Hill, West Hill, Lappin, Simpson Drive, and Prairie.

The state’s unclaimed property program returned nearly $240 million to residents and businesses in the past year, a record high. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is happy with the returns; he says more money given back to residents leads to more circulation in a local economy, which is better than the money sitting in a bank account in Springfield.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation extending tax credits for film production through 2026, a move he says will attract more industry jobs to the state. The incentives give companies 30 percent tax credits on production costs and on salaries up to $100,000 and were set to expire in 2021.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.37 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.04 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.66 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.01 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.93 feet.