Headlines for Wednesday, September 4th

David White, President of the Wayne County Farm Bureau, appeared on Morning Coffee this morning and said the Wayne and White County Farm Bureau would be adopting a legislator from Chicago later this year. He said it should provide a good opportunity for each group to better understand one another.

Carmi police arrested 19-year-old Carmi resident Joseph D. Tate over the weekend on a White County warrant for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The warrant stemmed from a Carmi Police Department investigation that was reported in May. Tate was transported to the White County Jail and held, pending the posting of $10,000 bond.

Frontier Community College will offer a one night informational workshop on CBD Oil on Monday, September 16th. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8 in Room 104 of West Hall, and pharmacist Stephen Potts will be the instructor. He will discuss the natural product and its makeup, uses, and effects.

One Republican candidate for the 109th District Illinois House seat has dropped out of the race. According to a Facebook post yesterday, Bridgeport native Chad Loudermilk decided it would be best not to run for political office at this time. He said he would be putting time with his four children first.

The Edwards County Commissioners met yesterday and were in agreement that they would work with the City of Grayville to provide ambulance service. Mayor Travis Thompson said last month in a letter that Grayville would rely on White County EMS for runs on its side of the city. No action was taken regarding Wabash General Hospital potentially taking over Edwards County EMS, though commissioners were invited to the next EMS Board meeting.

At their meeting last night, the Albion City Council agreed to allow tickets written by city police for ordinance violations to be paid at City Hall within 15 days. After 30 days, the fines will have to be paid at the Edwards County Courthouse, and they could possibly increase, depending on a judge’s decision.

Wayne County Circuit Clerk Pam Southerd has announced her intention to run for re-election in the upcoming 2020 election for the Office of the Circuit Clerk. Southerd has been employed in the Circuit Clerk’s office for the past 26 years, beginning her duties in 1993. She was elected Circuit Clerk in 2016.

Fairfield resident Lisa Konopasek is in Charleston, South Carolina, waiting for Hurricane Dorian. She was dispatched as a Red Cross volunteer to help with disaster relief, and she expects to get her specific assignment today. She was deployed last year to work in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Florida.

State Representative Darren Bailey says he has closed the door on the possibility of running for U.S. Congress. Bailey, a Republican from the Louisville area, says he is focused on a run for the 55th District Illinois Senate seat currently occupied by Dale Righter.

FFA students representing all of Wayne County’s high schools will be at the annual Wayne City FFA Alumni Field Day today. This is the fifth year for the event, and several local farm vendors will be in attendance, as well as some major ag representatives. Illinois State Police will also be in attendance.

Much of the attention on ongoing trade talks focuses on the U.S. and China, but U.S. House Representative Mike Bost says the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is one of his top priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Mike says the agreement could likely pass out of the House if it goes to a vote, and he believes it will provide farmers some relief.

Illinois is getting $450,000 in federal funds to improve maternal health and reduce the number of women and babies who die during or shortly after pregnancy. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the Illinois Department of Public Health will use funding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review maternal deaths and find opportunities for prevention.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.91 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.09 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.31 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.97 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.59 feet.