Headlines for Sunday, August 18th

Edwards County High School will conduct a “Gator Bowl” this Friday.  Parents will have an opportunity to see some of the work done by the volleyball team, football team, and cheerleaders in preparation of the fall season.  The Sports Boosters will be sponsoring a supper starting at 5 p.m.  Other activities will include a volleyball preview from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. and a football preview from 7 to 8 p.m.  Admission to the activities will be a Gatorade or sports drink for the teams to have during their season.

Scattered thunderstorms moved to the north of Wayne County Saturday evening, prompting a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings for a time.  More chances of showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the area today and Monday, and again around the middle of the week.  Here are the area river stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield is at 10 feet, seven feet below flood stage.  At Clay City the stage is 6.64 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is seven feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.45 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash at Mt. Carmel is at 4.29 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.

A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute says that over the last decade the amount of school funding dedicated to paying education pensions has grown significantly.  According to the study, from 2010 through next year, the total amount of school funding dedicated to paying education pensions will have grown from 22 percent of school funding to 36 percent.  The full study can be read online at IllinoisPolicy.org

School has started or soon will start for Illinois students.  Many young people, along with doing their homework, will be getting a job.  Minors who are 14 or 15 years of age may work in Illinois, but they will need to get a work permit.  Illinois’ child labor law is designed to protect the physical safety of children on the job as well as making sure their education is a priority.  Employers who employ teens under 16 without having a work permit on the premises are subject to fines by the Illinois Department of Labor.  Employers or those with questions can call the Illinois Department of Labor’s Child Labor Hotline at 800-645-5784.

43-year-old Volodymyr Dragan of Wheeling, IL was charged late last week with attempted murder of an Illinois State Police trooper.  State police officials said officers responded to a residence in Wheeling, IL to execute an arrest/search warrant for Dragan, at which time shots were fired from inside Dragan’s home, hitting a state police officer.  The officer was taken to a local hospital and later released.  Dragan faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm to a police officer, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault of a police officer and attempted murder.