Headlines for Tuesday, August 27th

Wayne County first responders were called to a two-car accident just after 8:30 this morning near the Budget Inn on First and Delaware streets in Fairfield. Police say no injuries resulted from the crash. Fairfield firemen and the Wayne County Ambulance Service responded, and the two vehicles were towed from the scene.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who entered the property of Lucas Rodgers and stole several hundred dollars worth of tools. They are also seeking information regarding two stolen items: a green Chevrolet pickup in the Golden Gate area and a Craftsman push mower from the Loyd Sanders residence that is valued at $250. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

46-year-old Jason J. Strawbridge was sentenced to 45 years in prison yesterday in Crawford County Circuit Court for the offense of first degree murder in the death of Bellair resident Sandra Kendall. He will be required to serve 100 percent of his sentence before being eligible for release.

Johnsonville and Mt. Erie Elementary schools will hold Open Houses this afternoon from 5 to 6 and 5:30 to 6:30, respectively. Cisne Middle School and Cisne High School will hold open houses from 5 to 6 tomorrow afternoon. The public is invited to attend, enjoy food or snacks, and view the schools.

President Donald Trump signed legislation last week transferring control of the New Harmony Bridge from the federal government to bridge authorities from Indiana and Illinois. The bridge was closed in 2012 due to lack of funding to repair it, and the new legislation will allow local communities to determine a path forward.

The FCHS Mulebackers will hold their annual organizational meeting today at 6 in the high school cafeteria. Anyone 18 years of age or older who resides in the FCHS district is welcome to attend and join the Mulebackers.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. The meeting has a full agenda, including discussion on the city’s yard waste pickup service. Aldermen will also discuss possible cannabis regulations for next year, though the city has not decided yet if it will allow cannabis sales.

Other items on tonight’s agenda include a redevelopment agreement with Fairfield Memorial Hospital for the movement of water and sewer lines. Several old items will be revisited, as well. Potential new liquor ordinances will be discussed, and amendments to the recently passed golf-cart ordinance will be reviewed.

The City of Fairfield will hold five three-hour planning sessions later this year to help identify high-priority goals for the community. The sessions will run from 5:30 to 8:30 in the Elks Club Dining Room, beginning on October 17th. Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact Mayor Brent Maguire.

Frontier Community College is sponsoring an essay contest for Wayne County eighth graders to promote the importance of education and civic knowledge. Essays may be submitted to a school’s front office by September 9th, and FCC will collect them. The subject is “The U.S. Constitution: What It Says and What It Means,” and essays should be between 300 and 500 words. FCC will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place to students, and prizes will be given to the winners.

Another Farm Progress Show is set to open today in Decatur. The outdoor show features 600 exhibitors, and several new tractors will be unveiled, as well, per show manager Matt Youngman. The Farm Progress Show runs through Thursday on the east side of Decatur, and the cost to attend is $20.

Officials say Carbondale has been chosen as one of several Midwest cities to host international artists over the next few years as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest. The Japanese group Hikaru will arrive in September, and groups from China, Brazil, and Israel are expected in 2020 and 2021. The artists will stay for a week in the city to perform and work with school groups.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 19.26 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.56 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 10.94 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.61 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 18.32 feet.