Headlines for Saturday, August 10th

The Little Wabash Fire Department at Grayville was called to the David Poole home on Plum Street early this morning.  The home was gutted, according to firemen, who called for mutual aid from the Albion Fire Department.  Poole was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

The 2019 Cisne Reunion continues today.  Activities include a Community Center Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.  The Cisne Reunion Parade will begin at 2:30 this afternoon, with line-up for the parade at the Cisne High School at 2 p.m.  Larry Obrecht is the Parade Marshal.  The theme of this year’s Cisne Reunion is “It Happened on Mulberry Street.”

The 100th Bone Gap Chowder will be held today at the Bone Gap chowder grounds.  Activities begin with a tractor show and garden tractor show at 9 a.m.  There will also be a craft fair, a giant inflatable slide, and kids tractor train rides.  Lunch will be served at noon and chowder will be served starting at 4 p.m.

The Miss Fairfield competition is calling on all interested FCHS girls, freshman through senior, to sign up.  Home-schooled students are also welcome as long as they live within the FCHS district.  The event is set for September 12th during the Fairfield Fall Fun Fest.  The deadline to sign up is this Monday at 6 p.m.  There will be an organizational meeting for the competition at the same time at the Chop Shop at 400 West Main Street.

An anonymous donor recently gifted a Flora organization, Fur A Good Paws, with a state-of-the-art fire security system that will automatically notify emergency personnel if smoke is detected in the facility.  The system is designed to save animal lives by allowing emergency personnel to take quick action in the event of a fire.  The system includes smoke detectors with alarms and lights, including flashing “exit” lights.

Illinois State Police District 19 Interim Commander, Lieutenant Lance Hinkle, has announced that the ISP will conduct Occupational Restraint Enforcement Patrols in Wabash, Edwards, White and Hamilton counties during August.  The patrols will allow the ISP to focus on seat belt and child safety seat laws.  The ISP says safety belts are one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, and are estimated to save nearly 14,000 lives each year.  Police say half of vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes are not buckled up.

Ameren is joining other utilities across the country to promote the J.U.L.I.E. 8-1-1 system this Sunday.  The day is being recognized as National 8-1-1 day to remind customers and contractors to follow the law and call 8-1-1 before starting a digging project.  The J.U.L.I.E. service is free of charge, and requests can be made online by visiting    Illinois1call.com

Here are the area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 4.55 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 6.42 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 3.91 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.1 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 4.77 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.