Headlines for Sunday, August 11th

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY say the southeastern Illinois region could get pretty hot the next few days.  The afternoon heat index is forecast to reach near 100 degrees today, and could rise to between 105 to 115 Monday afternoon and 100 to 110 Tuesday afternoon.  Little relief is expected Monday night, with low temperatures not dropping much below 80 degrees.  Some showers and thunderstorms could provide heat relief Monday and Tuesday.

Firefighters from the Little Wabash Fire Department at Grayville were called to the David Poole home on Plum Street early Saturday 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.

Fairfield’s water main replacement project along Illinois Route 15 is set to begin Monday.  During the work, there will be partial driving lane closures and temporary closures of certain intersections.  Motorists are urged to use caution and patience while traveling and consider alternate routes when possible to avoid slow moving equipment and congested areas.

Frontier Community College is offering a 16-week Volleyball class beginning Tuesday, August 20th.  The class is open to all ages and skill levels, and no experience is necessary.  The class will meet Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:40 p.m. at New Beginnings Church in Fairfield.  Kayla Stanley will be the instructor.  Students will learn the fundamentals of serving, bumping, passing, blocking and other skills.  To register, call the college at 842-3711.

Frontier Community College is offering stained glass classes for the fall semester, which begins this Thursday.  A day class will be offered on Thursdays from noon til 3:30 p.m. with evening classes from 6 to 9:30 p.m.  Phyllis Gill will be the instructor.  Classes will meet at Gill’s Glass Shed, located off Big Four Road between Fairfield and Clay City.  Equipment is provided for the class, but students will need to purchase supplies from Gill’s Glass Shed.  To register, call the college at 842-3711.

Here’s the area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash east of Fairfield is at 4.48 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 5.56 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 3.77 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.28 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 4.66 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.