Headlines for Sunday, August 25th

Wayne County Treasurer Donna Masterson has announced that Wayne County property tax bills will be mailed out on September 6th.  Due dates this year have been set for October 10th for the first installment, and November 22nd for the second installment.  Total amount to be collected amounts to just over $17.2 million.  Taxes can be paid at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office in the courthouse, or by using the drop box on the west side.  Taxes can also be paid at several area banks in the county.  Those with questions can call 842-5087.

Area rivers have risen following rainfall last week, but are now slowly falling.  More rain and storms are in the forecast today into the middle part of the week, along with pleasant temperatures for late August.  The Little Wabash east of Fairfield as of this morning is about a foot and a half above flood stage at 18.44 feet.  At Clay City the river is at the 18-foot flood stage, standing at 17.96 feet.  At Carmi the reading is 20.85 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 6.75 feet, below its 15-foot flood stage, and the Wabash at Mt. Carmel is at 5.85 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.

Roadwork on Illinois Route 142 from McLeansboro to the Saline County line and from the south city limits of Eldorado to three miles south is set to start Monday morning, weather permitting.  The Illinois Department of Transportation says traffic will be down to one lane and controlled by flaggers.  Work will include pavement patching, asphalt surface removal, asphalt paving and pavement markings.

The numbers for this year’s Illinois State Fair indicate a very successful event.  Reports say the estimated totals of nearly 509,000 people are 37 percent higher than last year’s projection of just over 370,000, making it the largest estimated total attendance since 2014.  Reports also said that despite a reduction in admissions for Sunday through Thursday of fair week, gate revenue was up over last year’s fair, and more parking passes were sold this year than the previous 17 years that the information was recorded.  This year’s fair also saw an increase of vendors over last year by nearly 50.

A Collinsville, IL man has been charged with murder in connection with Friday morning’s death of Illinois State Police South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins.  Reports indicated St. Clair County State’s Attorney James A. Gomric charged 45-year-old Chris R. Grant with first degree murder on Saturday.  His bond was set at $5 million.  Trooper Hopkins was a 10-year veteran of the state police force, and died Friday morning from injuries sustained after gunfire was exchanged at a home in East St. Louis where police were executing a search warrant.