Headlines for Wednesday, August 14th

A new Fairfield business, Mama Bear’s 4 Seasons Crafts and More, will be moving into the building recently vacated by “The Hub” on Main Street. More details about hours and an opening date are expected in the weeks to come. The business is looking for vendors to fill spaces, and anyone interested should call 516-1674.

Frontier Community College recently began an initiative to recognize an Employee of the Quarter, and the college has announced that Tina Young has been honored as the first recipient of the award. Young is a member of the Operations and Maintenance Department.

Nearly 20 people spoke to the McLeansboro City Council yesterday regarding the potential sale of cannabis in the city. Most were against the option, saying tax money would not be worth it. Those in favor said the state has already legalized the product, and it is an individual’s choice to buy or not.

A recent study says a casino in Chicago would not make enough profit under current state law to be worth it. Reports say an operator could expect a profit of as little as one percent, while similar state facilities make 20 percent. The Illinois Gaming Board has 90 days to ask lawmakers to change the terms of the casino’s operation.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and approved a golf cart/side-by-side ordinance that will allow the vehicles on city streets. Vehicles must be registered and inspected by the Fairfield Police Department, which will send out a press release when that process is about to begin. Driver must be over 18 years old.

The council also heard from HLR Engineering, which recommended restoring the Lakeside Reservoir to improve drainage and help alleviate flooding along Johnson Creek in Fairfield. The estimated cost of the project is $450,000, though that does not include engineering costs or possible soil issues.

This year’s Illinois corn crop could be 17 percent smaller than last year’s, and soybean production could fall up to 21 percent, according to a new report from the USDA. The report came out Monday, as the USDA revised its crop production estimates in light of the year’s wet planting season and subsequent dry July.

The City of Fairfield has announced that the work on Harding Street between Northwest 10th and Northwest 12th and Northwest 10th between West Water and Bryan streets is now open. Utility workers were able to complete the job on site.

The roof of an outbuilding collapsed shortly after noon yesterday on North Fourth Street in Albion as people were working to tear down the outbuilding. The Albion Fire and Police departments, as well as the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance Service, responded to the scene. One individual was flown out by helicopter for treatment of injuries, though no serious injuries were reported.

Mt. Erie could have sporadic water service tomorrow and Friday as water officials work on water lines in the area. There was not mention of any boil order in association with the work.

According to the latest statewide weekly crop report, 93 percent of corn is now silking, with 42 percent in the dough stage and one percent in the dent stage. 40 percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition. 80 percent of soybeans are blooming, and 49 percent are setting pods. 39 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture dropped to 20 percent very short, 42 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and one percent surplus.

The Republican ticket for the 109th State Representative seat in March’s primary is starting to get crowded. After Fairfield pastor Cory Musgrave decided to run, Flora resident Stephen Smith announced his run for the office. Smith says the state needs leadership with a new set of values to help correct its course.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 9.18 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.03 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.53 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.85 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 16.40 feet.