Headlines for Thursday, August 8th

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash yesterday night about a mile and a half east of Barnhill when a juvenile driving a 2000 Toyota Forefunner became distracted by his radio and drifted into oncoming traffic striking 36-year-old Dustin L Wiggins. Wayne County EMS responded. The juvenile was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, IN, and Wiggins was transported to Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Two Fairfield residents were sentenced Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. 29-year-old Joshua M. White was sentenced to the prison for seven years with one year mandatory surpervision for violation of probation on a count of possession of less than five grams of Methamphetamine. Aaron C. Tislow was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to battery.

The Edwards County Board of Education met last night in special session. Topics of discussion were goals for the district, no formal action was taken. Also on the agenda was the hiring of coaches for the Albion Grade School softball team.
Winners have been announced for the 2019 Johnsonville Community Days Raffle and Parade Judging. Kevin Bowles won a lawn cart, Tiffany Harrson won the Lawn Sweep and $25 Kincaid’s gift card, and Kyle Ellis won a pair of Orschlen Muck Boots. Providence Church won best float in parade judging.

The 100th annual Bone Gap Chowder is set for Saturday at the Bone Gap Chowder Grounds. Work will begin at approximately 6 a.m., and chowder service will begin at 4. Other events throughout the day include a Garden Tractor Pull at 9 and a blacksmithing demonstration from Bryan Dale Headley.

The Fairfield Park Board is slated to meet tonight at 6. The agenda once again gives the board the option to discuss the Lakeside Reservoir Project as a matter of old business. In new business, the board will hear a pool report, and it will discuss a potential pool manager bonus and golf course management.

The annual Wayne County Farmer’s market will officially start a new season this Saturday in Fairfield. The Saturday market will be held at the northwest corner of the Wayne County Courthouse from 7 to 10 a.m. It will then be held on Wednesdays from 7 to noon at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Utility workers with the City of Fairfield have announced that Harding Street between Northwest 10th and Northwest 12th streets, as well as Northwest 10th between West Water and Bryan streets, will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday until 7 a.m. on Wednesday. The City apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

Frontier Community College is offering a 16-week Motor Behavior class for the fall semester, with classes beginning next Thursday. Motor Behavior will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:40 p.m. in Room 29 of the Workforce Development Center on FCC’s campus. Carol Dreith will be the instructor.

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville has responded to criticisms of the last report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, or NASS. He says a new report is due out next week, and he thinks it is a good thing that the service is reassessing its previous projections. He also says NASS should be held accountable if its numbers are wrong, but people should give them a chance to get them right first.

State Senator Tom Cullerton, a distant cousin of State Senate President John Cullerton, has been assigned to a new committee after being indicted last week on charges of taking more than a quarter-million dollars in salary and benefits from the Teamsters- while doing little or no work- as chairman of the Senate Labor Committee. He is now the chairman of the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee. He attorney said allegations against him are false.

River stages as of early this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.00 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 4.40 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.11 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.23 feet.