Headlines for Monday, August 19

Fairfield Public Golf Course will host The Chicken Feed 27 Hole Golf Scramble on Saturday, September 7, with a 10 a.m. shot gun start. The event is limited to 30 teams with a prize payout of $1,000. Entry fee per person is $50. Lunch and cart will be provided.

The Bone Gap Fire Department was called to a large machine shed fire at the Daryl Balding residence in northeast of the west village area Sunday night. When firemen arrived the building was engulfed in flames. They called for mutual aid from West Salem and Albion. The structure and contents were destroyed in the fire along with some hay and livestock.

Environmental officials are urging residents to be cautious of blue-green algae growth along Illinois waterways. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding people to avoid contact with water that looks like spilled green or blue-green paint, has green-color streaks or greenish globs suspended in the water below the surface.

Heavy storms moved through the Grayville area Sunday afternoon with several trees on cars and State Rt. 1 North in Edward’s County was shut down for over an hour to remove large trees over the highway.

The Wayne County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for the person or persons who entered a barn owned by Lee Lewis of Rinard. Items taken were a Honda side by side, Remington rifle, and tools. Call or text CrimeStoppers at 618-842-9777

The Edwards County Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the West Salem Grade School Science Room. Topics of business will include district goals, possible action, and ECHS curriculum.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Trail College cafeteria. The agenda includes an athletic training agreement at Frontier Community College, and an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The Fairfield Public School District 112, along with Jasper, New Hope and Geff school districts will conduct child find/preschool screenings at the First Christian Church next week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The screenings are for children 3 to 5 years old who are not yet enrolled in public school and are not eligible for kindergarten.

The U.S. government’s effort to count every person in the country won’t officially begin until next spring. But regional officials have already been meeting to strategize ways to encourage Southern Illinoisans to participate. The government is expecting to collect most of it’s data digitally for the first time. Some people will still receive paper forms in the mail if they live in rural areas with limited internet access or other communities where the government has had difficulties obtaining accurate counts.

Illinois’ newest specialty license plate will raise money to fight pediatric cancer. The plates will fund research of pediatric cancer and cancer treatment at the Cancer Center of Illinois, a center run by the University of Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday to create the license plate. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

River stages as of this morning: Little Wabash, East of Fairfield stands at 9.78 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.14 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.86 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.44 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.97 feet.