Headlines for Wednesday, August 28th

64-year-old Walter Pollock was sentenced to 11 years in prison yesterday in Clay County Circuit Court. Pollock pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs after a July 2017 crash that killed two people in Clay County. Pollock was also reportedly ordered to pay a total of $16,133.99 in restitution.

34-year-old Cody L. Massie was sentenced to one year probation yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to a count of driving with a revoked license. Massie was also sentenced to 300 hours of public service work, and several other counts against him were dismissed per his plea.

The Wayne County Park Board says this weekend, the Labor Day weekend, will constitute the final days for public swimming this year at the Fairfield Public Pool. The pool’s hours of operation will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Terri Bryant, State Representative for the 115th District, has announced that she will seek the Republican nomination for the 58th District State Senate Seat. Bryant’s district includes Jefferson County. She joins 109th District State Representative Darren Bailey in seeking to replace State Senators who will not run for re-election.

The Fairfield City Council heard from the city’s electrical engineer last night, who said underground distribution and transmission lines are deteriorating and pose an immediate risk of outages. The council authorized corrective work to begin immediately, but upgrades to the electrical grid are expected to be costly.

In other business, the council discussed the city’s yard waste pickup service at length. Aldermen said several neighboring communities don’t offer the service, but the city would like it to continue. The Street and Bridge Department said if the service does continue, it will need two additional employees and a truck.

The Fairfield First United Methodist Church will host its semi-annual Homecoming Dress Giveaway on September 21st from 9 to noon in the church fellowship hall. Hundreds of dresses and shoes, along with bouquets and jewelry, will be given away free of charge. Donations for the event are also welcome.

State Representative Darren Bailey says small business owners and state residents have under 45 days to express their opinions on newly proposed gun sale rules. The Illinois State Police filed their proposals last week, and they may change before a bipartisan committee takes action on them. The rules may be found online at cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/volume43/register_volume43_issue34.pdf. Submissions and comments must be in writing and directed to Mr. Matthew R. Rentschler, Chief Legal Counsel Illinois State Police, at 801 South 7th Street, Suite 1000-S, Springfield, IL, 62703.

Illinois crop conditions improved somewhat over the past week, according to the latest statewide crop report. The corn crop improved to 49 percent in good to excellent condition, with 75 percent in the dough stage and 34 percent in the dent stage. Soybeans improved as well, with 50 percent rated in good to excellent condition. 93 percent of soybeans are blooming, and 79 percent are setting pods.

Officials at the University of Illinois say they are starting the enforcement of a new smoke-free policy that bans all forms of tobacco, including smoke-producing products, chewing tobacco, snuff, and vaping devices. The policy applies to students, faculty, staff, and visitors anywhere on campus, including in private vehicles parked on campus.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 19.22 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.43 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.80 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.45 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 15.77 feet.