Headlines for Saturday, August 31

GOP Representative John Shimkus announced on Friday that he will not seek re-election for Illinois’ 15th Congressional District next year. Shimkus has served in the House since 1997. The Illinois 15th Congressional District serves most of the listening area.

The Elm River Chowder will take place today at 12:30 p.m. at the Chowder Grounds. Volunteers are welcome at the grounds at 6:00 a.m. Chowder will be cooked over a wood fire, and the cost is by donation.

Illinois officials are suspending road work at over 120 sites around the state to ease traffic congestion for the Labor Day Holiday. Motorists should still expect delays and allow extra time for trips. Officials urge motorists to pay attention to the changed conditions and signs in work zones.

Grayville Days 2019 is taking place this weekend. Festivities continue today and tomorrow, with today’s events beginning with Churchman’s Breakfast at the First Christian Church from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. Today’s parade will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Frontier Community College will offer a 4-week Beginning Cake Decorating class during the month of September. The class will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Bob Boyles Hall on the weeks of September 4 through September 25. For those looking to advance their cake decorating skills, an Intermediate Cake Decorating class will be offered during the month of October. To register for a class, call Frontier Community College at 842-3711

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 10.30 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.23 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.40 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.18 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 10.78 feet.