Headlines for Friday, August 23

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation raising teachers’ minimum salary to $40,000 over four years to address a statewide shortage of classroom leaders. Currently the minimum salary for teachers ranges from $9,000 to $11,000. Data from the 2018-2019 school year showed 1,848 unfilled teaching positions in school districts across the state.

Edwards County High School will hold its “Gator Bowl” tonight. Admission is a Gatorade or sports drink for the teams to use during their season. Tonight’s events will start at 4:45 p.m. with Volleyball Pictures, and conclude with a Football Preview to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Fairfield Community High School will hold its annual Fall Meet the Mules and Open House tonight. Admission is a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product to be donated to the Wadi Food Pantry. Tonight’s events will start at 5:00 p.m. with the School and Athletic Facilities open for the public, and concluding with a Lady Mules Volleyball scrimmage to begin at 7:00 p.m. Activities will take place on the practice field.

Healthcare professionals are warning about the dangers of weighted-down backpacks. Children should never carry more than 10% of their body weight in a backpack. Too much weight can lead to abnormal stress on the body, and result in chronic problems down the road.

Congressman John Shimkus announced on Wednesday, 8/21/19 that he will be seeking re-election next year. Candidates can begin circulating petitions in early September. The Primary Election will be next March, with the General Election next November.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night at 6p.m. and Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire says the council will discuss an alternative to buying replacement vehicle for the city’s aging fleet.

Republic Services will run the “bulk” route for August beginning as early as 8/26/19. Residents should have their items out for pick up early that morning. To insure pickup, residents may call City Hall and report their address.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital hosted a special luncheon to honor staff for their many years of service.  Service Awards were given to those who have served as Fairfield Memorial Hospital Association employees for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and thirty years.

The North Wayne County School Board met in regular meeting on 8/21/19. The board approved a leave of absence request, two staff resignations, and the hiring of 6 new staff members. Also approved were renovation plans for the CMS softball field and CHS baseball field. The board also approved a tentative budget, with budget hearing set for 9-23-19 at 6:50 at the Mt. Erie Elementary School.

The Du Quoin State Fair opens Friday with a 5:30 p.m. ribbon cutting, and runs through 9/2/19. The fair will feature a host of events including harness racing, monster truck shows, and music in the grandstand. The Grand Marshall of this year’s festivities is East St. Louis native, and Olympic Medalist Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee.

Having a Bachelor’s degree is no longer required to become an Illinois State Trooper. Moving forward the ISP will accept applications from individuals with an Associate’s Degree or 60 hrs. of college credit.

Today’s Crude Oil Price is $48.25 down 50 cents, and September Crude is at $55.31 down 62 cents.

River stages as of this morning: Little Wabash, East of Fairfield stands at 17.76 feet, slightly above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 13.80 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.94 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 10.84 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 17.54 feet.

Sportstalk returns this Saturday, 8/24/19 at 9:00 a.m. on 104.9 FM. This week’s guests are: Fairfield Mules Football Coach Justin Townsend, Edward County Lions Coach Joe Rivers, local Football official Ken Otey, and F.C.C. Baseball Coach Brandon Benton. Sportstalk can be heard Saturday Mornings at 9 a.m. on 104.9 FM.