Headlines for Monday, August 12th

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Fairfield resident Jeremy M.T. Ralston was arrested on July 25th on a charge of delivery of methamphetamine. Ralston was arrested following an investigation by the Wayne County Drug Task Force, and he was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of bond.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who broke into the Auto Outlet car lot and stole a Chevy Cruze. Anyone with information on the incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777. Photos of the suspect and vehicle may be found on the Auto Outlet Facebook page.

Richland County Sheriff Andy Hires has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for 109th District State Representative next year. He joins Fairfield resident Cory Musgrave and Flora resident Stephen Smith on the Republican ticket. Louisville’s John Spencer is running as a Democrat.

Andy Hires and his wife, Trisha

The monthly meeting of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) will be held tomorrow at 11:30 at DiMaggio’s in Fairfield. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Anyone seeking more information should call 847-2321.

78-year-old Carmi resident Billy Wagner was pronounced deceased at the scene of a three-car crash in White County yesterday. He reportedly crossed the center line of U.S. 45 and struck 50-year-old Geff resident Lynnia Mayes head on. Mayes was transported to Fairfield Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at City Hall with a full agenda. Aldermen are slated to hear a report on the city’s flooding issues and possible solutions for those issues. The council could also give approval of the golf cart ordinance and a street closing request for the FCHS Homecoming parade.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson expects harvest season to begin in earnest for corn in late September, several weeks later than usual. He attributes an extended growing season for the delay. Despite heavy rains during planting, he said crops could use some rain now after a dry July.

Enrollment is still open for the Electrical Distribution Systems Program at Frontier Community College. Classes begin this Thursday, and students will have the opportunity to graduate with additional certificates thanks to a grant the college received at the beginning of the year. Gerry Kinney will be the instructor.

College admissions staff members were in front of lawmakers last week answering questions as to how wealthy families were gaming the college aid system by giving up legal guardianship of their college-bound children. University of Illinois officials say what’s going on may be legal, leaving the university in a tough spot to step in.

Illinois is giving out $20 million in grants to community organizations and local governments to help ensure all residents are counted in the 2020 census. The count will be used to determine how many congressional seats each state gets, how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed, and also in drawing new political districts.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.87 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.31 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.85 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.96 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.64 feet.