Headlines for Wednesday, August 7th

The Wayne City Village Board met Monday evening in a brief session. Board members approved water plant bills, and they also passed the yearly Bean Days Parade resolution. The board also heard from Matt Wallace, the new project engineer for the village’s water treatment plant.

27-year-old Isaiah D. Tapia was sentenced to prison yesterday in Edwards County Circuit Court. He was given 10 years after pleading guilty to a count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. He was also given a concurrent sentence of eight years for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Flora resident Stephen Smith has announced his candidacy for Illinois State Representative in the 109th District. Smith joins Fairfield resident Cory Musgrave in running on the Republican ticket. Louisville resident John Spencer announced his run for the seat last week, and he entered as a Democratic candidate.

Secretary of State Jesse White recently hosted the National Minority Donor Awareness Week event. He said minorities are disproportionately affected by hypertension and diabetes, but they donate organs and tissue at a lower rate. Nationally, minorities accounted for 33 percent of donations this past year.

The annual Wayne County Farm Bureau Members Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for next Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Farm Bureau members should pick up a ticket for the dinner at the office on East Court Street. The cost is $2 for adults, and kids under 12 eat free.

The Wayne County Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow evening at 7 with a light agenda. The only item of listed business comes from the office of the Wayne County Clerk. Earlier this year, Liz Ann Woodrow brought up the potential of consolidating voting precincts, and more discussion on the matter is planned.

Breah Morlan and Macie Clark have been selected as the recipients of this year’s Davis Memorial Scholarship. Morlan will receive $3,100, is a sophomore at SIU Edwardsville, and is majoring in Pharmacy. Clark will receive $2,000, will be a freshman at Lindenwood University, and is majoring in Biology.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will begin offering courses in mental health first aid in the coming months. The hospital hopes to enhance awareness to identify mental health issues and decrease negativity around them. Courses will first be offered to first responders and law enforcement, then to the community.

According to the latest statewide crop report, corn silking was at 81 percent last week. 29 percent was in the dough stage, compared to 79 percent last year and 58 percent for the five-year average. Soybean blooming was at 72 percent, compared to 95 percent last year and 90 percent for the five-year average. The average temperature statewide was 73.1 degrees, one degree below normal.

The state of Illinois claims it is reforming and streamlining access to Medicaid. Governor Pritzker says too many people have been kicked out of the system over the past few years, and about 95,000 people await approval for health care. Republican Senator Dave Syverson says the reforms improve the entire system and should make sure existing enrollees aren’t kicked out of the system each time enrollment starts.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.89 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.12 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.42 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.96 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 8.41 feet.