Headlines for Monday, September 2nd

Local State Representative Darren Bailey says there is not a true conservative on the landscape to run for Congressman John Shimkus’ soon-to-be empty seat in Washington. Bailey says he is praying about the opportunity presented by Shimkus’ Friday announcement not to run for re-election. He did not close the door when asked if he was considering a change in direction, saying “he’s listening” but fully engaged in a run for the 55th District State Senate seat.

The Wayne City Fall Carnival has been set for October 27th at the Wayne City Baptist Church. A meeting for those who would like to help with the event will be held Tuesday, September 10th at 6 p.m. at the Wayne City First Christian Church.

Fall Fun Fest preparation continues in Fairfield, and the craft tent is already filled. Tickets for the event will be on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office tomorrow, with the cost for 10 tickets set at $15. In other Chamber business, the second city-wide yard sale is scheduled for September 21st, with a rain date of the 28th.

Frontier Community College is sponsoring an essay contest for eighth graders in Wayne County for Constitution Day. Essays must be submitted by next Monday, and winners will be announced on the 17th. FCC will award gift certificates and apparel and other items from the Bobcat Den.

A new state law requires both private health insurers and Medicaid to cover diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs when prescribed by a physician. The tests are usually ordered with doctors need to get a better look after a routine mammogram. The new law will take effect January 1st, and it was sponsored by Senator Linda Holmes of Aurora.

Spring flooding across the country was unprecedented, and Illinois congressman Mike Bost says the question is not if the state will get federal disaster money, but how much does it need. After going above flood stage in the early spring, the Mississippi River at Chester recorded its second highest crest ever on June 10th. It dropped below flood stage in August.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 7.24 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.15 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.68 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.03 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.93 feet.