Headlines for Tuesday, August 6th

Wabash County authorities are looking for 47-year-old Mt. Carmel resident Jason K. Groves. He is wanted on a Wabash County warrant for aggravated possession with intent to deliver meth. Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 262-4187 or Wabash County Crimestoppers at 262-4258.

Jason Groves

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Relationship Dinner with the Wayne County Board is scheduled for this Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bob Boyles Hall. The dinner is for the boards only, but it will be followed by discussion on statewide topics and local issues. The discussion portion of the meeting is open to the public.

Citizens National Bank has announced that the West Salem CNB ATM will be down during site construction. The bank appreciates the public’s patience during the work process, and it will announce when the ATM is once again available for service.

Illinois State Police District 19 troopers will conduct an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrol in Wayne County this month. The ISP says alcohol or drug impairment is a factor in over 30 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes in the state. The project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Xenia native Dan Rogers has been promoted to Vice President/Executive Producer of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Rogers began working at the Opry in 1999 as an intern, and his most recent title was director of communications and show producer. He has also worked in marketing and artist relations.

Illinois State Fair officials are cutting the admission price of tickets available Sunday to Thursday from $10 to $5. Attendance was down almost 30,000 last year compared to 2017. Officials hope the lower prices and infrastructure renovations will help boost attendance this year. The fair begins Thursday.

The 2019 Cisne Reunion begins tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies. Following that, Joseph Habedank and The Erwins will perform on the main stage, beginning at 7. The theme of this year’s reunion is “It Happened on Mulberry Street,” and a painting by Vicky Gifford of the same name will be auctioned off.

The Albion City Council met last night and accepted a bid to repair and seal some areas of the City Hall roof. The estimated cost of the project is just shy of $4,300. In other business, the council reported a major water leak was found in the woods west of the K-12 building, allowing the city to use much less water.

Wayne County Recycling at the Career Development Center is reminding the public that it only accepts corrugated cardboard. Non-corrugated cardboard, or paperboard, is typically seen for soda, cereal, or other household food boxes and is not accepted. Corrugated cardboard is made up of three layers of paper.

Frontier Community College is offering a nine-week acrylic painting class for the fall semester. Natalie Hurd will be the instructor, and the class will meet Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:40 in Mason Hall. The course begins next Thursday and is open to all skill levels, but it is designed for novice painters.

A recent report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shows that methamphetamine is still a big concern in the state, as meth-related arrested increased by 289 percent from 2010 to 2017. Arrest rates were higher in southern and central Illinois. Researchers say meth has become more readily available and cheaper in recent years, while it is harder to get prescriptions for opiates.

Expanding rural broadband access continues to be a top priority for the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture John Sullivan. He said the need for better access resonates across the state, which has a large combination of unserved and underserved areas. He said some funding for the process could come from the state’s new capital bill.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.05 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.01 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.52 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.97 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.92 feet.