Headlines for Sunday, September 1

The Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer and one of the busiest driving periods of the year. During the holiday weekend Illinois State Police troopers will focus their attention on the primary factors that contribute to fatal traffic crashes, known as the Fatal Four, Driving Under the Influence, Speeding, Failure to Wear a Seat Belt, and Distracted Driving. Troopers will also be watching for those who fail to slow down and move over when approaching stationary emergency vehicles. ISP District 19 Interim Commander, Lieutenant Lance Hinkle, is urging motorists to celebrate responsibly, and make safety their number one priority.

Grayville Days 2019 wraps up festivities today, Sunday. Activities for the day: 10a.m. Townwide Church Service at the Wabash Theater, also at 10a.m. Hillside Washer Pitching – Singles – at the park. 12p.m./Noon Hillside Washer Pitching – Doubles – at the park. From 6:15p.m. to 8:15p.m. Longmeyer will be performing country music. Fireworks will be at 8:30p.m. and announcement of the winners of all Organizational Raffles takes place at 8:55p.m. From 9p.m. to 11p.m. Stretta, an 80’s/Variety group will perform, and the Final button drawing for $200, plus any unclaimed prize money will occur at 10p.m. There will be a drawing every 5 minutes until there is a winner.

A Wayne White Electric spokesman says linemen on behalf of the Cooperative headed to Florida yesterday, Saturday, due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Dorian. Crews will help restore power in areas where major outages are expected to occur. Wayne White provides electric service to portions of eleven counties throughout Southeastern Illinois and is a member of Hoosier Energy, the 12thlargest Cooperative in the country.

Wabash Valley College is offering a concealed carry course. The course will be offered on Thursday and Friday nights, September 19th and 20th from 6 to 10pm nightly and also Saturday, September 21st from 8am – 4pm.  D Ray Etzkorn, a Mt. Carmel Police Officer will be the instructor for the course. The cost of the class is $164 to in District students. The cost for enrollees over 60 is $92. For additional details and to register, contact the coordinator, Bryan Hart at hartb@iecc.edu or phone 618-879-9420.

State Representative Darren Bailey is encouraging constituents, including local gun dealers and what he calls Second Amendment defenders to express their opinions about proposed rules and regulations. The public comment period is currently under way on those newly proposed rules for gun sales issued by the Illinois State Police. Submissions must be made in writing and directed to Mr. Matthew R. Rentschler, Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois State Police.  801 South 7th Street, Suite 1000-S in Springfield, Illinois, 62703.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 2209 on Friday, a law designed to show Illinois property owners how much the tax increment financing districts in their area are diverting into special funds that can be used to spur redevelopment. TIF dollars come from diverting the higher tax revenue from the district as property values increase during a given period of time, often 20 years or more. That money can be used for incentives to spur development in blighted areas. Republican state Rep. Mike Murphy, says the law will make property taxes more transparent.

Illinois State Police have released results from recent patrols in Wayne, White and Hamilton Counties. In Wayne County, troopers conducted an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrol earlier this month. During that time, they report 2 occupant restraint offenses, 2 registration offenses, 3 Drivers License Offenses, 2 Insurance Violations and 4 Arrests.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 8.76 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.19 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.27 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.11 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 7.78 feet.