Headlines for Tuesday, September 3rd

Albion resident Brooklyn Hazel was named the Miss Rodeo Illinois 2020 Lady-in-Waiting at the Pioneer City Rodeo this past weekend. She is the daughter of Rodney Hazel and Sara Hazel of Albion and will start her reign on January 1. Miss Teen Rodeo Illinois 2019 Emilee Simpson will continue in her role.

No injuries were reported in a three-vehicle crash Saturday night about five miles east of Fairfield. According to police reports, 66-year-old Bruce S. Fetherling became distracted while talking to a passenger and struck two vehicles on a county roadway. A tow truck was called to the scene, and Fetherling was cited.

Several Fairfield residents were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the holiday weekend, including 44-year-old Joshua J. Beck. Beck was arrested Saturday night after various county police agencies executed a search warrant on Highland Avenue. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who stole a 1996 Dodge Ram truck and 2000 Buick from residences near Wayne City. Various tools were also stolen from a pole barn belonging to Rick Bailey. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

The Wayne County Corn/Soybean Yield Tour has been set for this coming Monday, September 9th. They will leave from JT’s in Wayne City at 7 and meet at the Wayne City Community Building at noon. Anyone interested in participating should contact Samantha Hannah with CGB in Wayne City at 895-2181.

Tommy Cowling and Ed Leak were voted as co-winners of the Most Original Unrestored Tractor Award yesterday at the Wayne County Tractor Drive. Other winners from the event include Jack Fearn for Oldest Driver, Tanner Wandel for Youngest Driver, Brent Opell for Oldest Tractor, and Blake Taylor for Farthest Traveled.

Geff Frontier Days kicks off this weekend, and the Little Miss Frontier Days Pageant will begin at 7 Friday night. The pageant will also again include the Most Adorable Grandmother contest. Little Miss Geff Frontier Days 2018 was Taylann Kovacich.

Taylann Kovacich

Because the FMH Mobile Mammography Unit was unable to travel to Grayville on Saturday, the hospital plans to reschedule patients for another event in Grayville on September 14th. Appointments will begin at 8 a.m., and the hospital apologizes for any inconveniences the schedule change may have caused.

Widening Interstate 57 to three lanes from Marion to Mt. Vernon has long been a potential avenue to ease congestion downstate, and State Representative Terry Bryant says funding is now in place to make the project a reality thanks to the recently passed infrastructure bill. I-57 is already three lanes for a portion between Marion and Johnston City.

The Illinois Conservation Foundation has named Crystal Curfman its executive director. The organization raises money to protect and enhance wildlife and its habitat. Curfman had served as managing partner of Curfman Group, a real estate and executive search advisory and consulting company. She says engaging young outdoors enthusiasts and established sportsmen is key to the foundation’s success.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 6.38 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.12 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.35 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.01 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.01 feet.