Headlines for Monday, August 26th

Fairfield Fall Fun Fest buttons are now available for purchase at a variety of locations around the city. Buttons cost $2 each and help fund the event, which will run from September 11th through the 14th. There will be two drawings per day during the festival, with a $100 Chamber Bucks drawing on Saturday.

Fairfield Community High School and Fairfield Police will conduct a required active shooter drill tomorrow morning at approximately 9:30. This is a late start day at the school, but the drill will take place after students arrive. School officials want the public to be aware that this is taking place, but it is only a drill.

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 33-year-old Eddie L. Morton was arrested on a Wayne County warrant for burglary, and 43-year-old Matthew Beck was arrested on a failure to appear warrant. The two were lodged in the jail and held, pending the posting of bond.

Harv Keyser, son of Ryan and Michelle Keyser, showed the Reserve Champion Chester Barrow at the DuQuoin State Fair over the weekend. The fair continues through next Monday, and tonight’s grandstand act will be Matthew West. Admission to the fair is free, though tickets must be purchased for grandstand events.

The John R. Cash Revocable Trust has reportedly filed suit in federal court against the owners of Johnny and June’s in Flora for copyright infringement, among other things. The suit alleges the interior of the venue displays prominent images of Cash and his wife, June, without the trust’s permission. The trust is asking for damages to be determined by trial.

Fairfield Public School District 112 Superintendent Dr. Scott England says the new $40,000 teacher minimum wage won’t have much of an immediate impact in Fairfield. Dr. England says the district is very close to compliance, but he says the thing to watch will be the salary changes after the change is implemented.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow with a packed agenda. Aldermen are expected to discuss issues with the city’s electrical distribution and transmission lines. The Council is also slated to revisit liquor ordinances, the golf cart ordinance, and the potential implementation of a Municipal Court.

Frontier Community College was recently ranked as the top community college in Illinois, and the 11th best in the nation, for graduation rates. The Chronicle of Higher Education found over 62 percent of FCC students successfully completed their studies in three years. FCC was joined in the top 25 by Olney Central College at 14, Rend Lake at 16, and Wabash Valley at 21.

The Jefferson County Justice Center is reportedly the first jail in Illinois to implement a new “Chirper” system for inmates. The system allows inmates to rent text-only phones so they can keep in contact with family, friends, and lawyers while in custody. A preview message is sent before allowing those on the receiving end of a message to opt out from receiving the texts.

22 people in Illinois, ranging from 17 to 38 years old, have had serious breathing problems after vaping or using e-cigarettes, and the state’s Department of Public Health says one has now died. Officials are looking into 12 other possible cases to determine a potential connection. About 150 cases have been found across the nation.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 18.91 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.77 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.14 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.87 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 20.23 feet.