Headlines for Thursday, August 22

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire says he wants a new hotel in the city. Maguire says the city is making the construction of a hotel a priority, but that local investors will be needed to attract a chain. He points to almost nine acres of city-owned land on the west side of town which is within the TIF district. A hotel project would be eligible for TIF fund, according to the Mayor.

Due to localized flooding from yesterday’s storm front, there will be no class today (Thursday) at Safe Haven Bible Study. Also due to the flooding issue, Feed My Sheep will not be serving food today.

A line of strong storms brought around three-and-a-half inches of to the Fairfield area yesterday, and with it localized flooding in the areas of: Route 15 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Main and N.W. 7th St., Johnson St, and South 1st at the railroad crossing. We received three-and-a-half inches of rain in the gauge at WFIW-WOKZ east of Fairfield, setting a new record. The previous record was two inches, set back in 1913.

According to Kevin Leonard of the City of Fairfield Water Department, a boil order has been issued for residents and businesses starting at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on West Main Street going west to Ron’s Body Shop. Residents and businesses in the affected area are to boil water to be used for human consumption. The boil order is in effect until further notice.

Authorities do not believe there was foul play in the death of 69-year-old Buddy Draper of Fairfield. Draper’s body was recovered from the Little Wabash River Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy is set to be conducted, Draper had last spoke to his family on Tuesday morning.

John Reynolds is leaving Fairfield National Bank to become Fairfield’s second Edward Jones representative. Reynolds is a 2010 FCHS graduate, and earned a degree from the University of Evansville in 2014. The city’s other Edward Jones Rep is Andrew Diesel.

The Board of Trustees of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges approved a tentative budget and schedule for approval of the FY20 budget Tuesday, August 20. Other items of business during the regular meeting were multiple articulation agreements. Jennifer Thomason has been employed as Custodian/Groundskeeper at FCC, and Sharis Wilson’s employment status was changed from Office Assistant to Coordinator of Literacy Development at FCC. The next regular meeting of the board is Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at Olney Central College.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is praising the release of a report on bullying and harassment in Michael Madigan’s office while sidestepping questions about the Illinois House Speaker’s leadership. Pritzker says the report, ordered by former State Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey to investigate allegations of harassment made by Madigan’s now-resigned chief of staff Timothy Mapes, detailed “a special kind of harassment and intimidation.”

Today’s Crude Oil Price is $48.75 down 50 cents, and September Crude is at $55.93 down 43 cents.

River stages as of this morning: Little Wabash, East of Fairfield stands at 14.26 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 11.25 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.32 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 12.16 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 8.57 feet.