Headlines for Sunday, September 8th

A wreck in downtown Fairfield Saturday afternoon involved at least two vehicles, however no one involved went to the hospital.  Police were unable to provide details on who was involved, but said the accident occurred at 4:43 p.m. at the intersection of Main and 1st Street.  Police said there was an “ambulance refusal” following the accident.

Reports out of Wabash County said two people died in an early morning house fire Saturday.  According to the Wabash County Sheriff, a 911 call came in around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and when a deputy arrived, the sheriff said the deputy found the entire front of the house on fire.  It was believed one person was dead before the sheriff’s department could pull them out, but were able to pull a second occupant from the structure.  The fire occurred at a residence on Friendsville Avenue, the report said, and said autopsies would be performed on the two individuals who died on Monday afternoon.

The annual Geff Frontier Days celebration concludes today.  Activities include a morning worship service at 10:30 a.m.  Serving of the chicken dinner will start at 11:30 a.m. and Praise and Worship Groups, featuring local talent, will perform starting at 1 p.m.  This year’s Little Miss Frontier Days is Emersyn Barbre, daughter of Chad and Jessica Barbre of Geff.  She was crowned during activities Friday evening.

State Representative Darren Bailey has announced that Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams has issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of protecting youth and pregnant women from the health risks of marijuana use.  This position supports Rep. Darren Bailey’s position to oppose recreational use of marijuana when it was voted on in the Illinois House.  Rep. Bailey said, “while I do support the use of cannibis for medical purposes, I continue to oppose the legalizing of recreational use because of the health implications and the public safety concerns of smoking and driving or using heavy equipment on the job”.  He added, “this new advisory reinforces my argument not to allow for the widespread use of pot because of the negative side effects on the developing brain”.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash east of Fairfield, 5.72 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.98 feet, below the 18-foot flood stage.  At Carmi the river is at 3.94 feet, below the 27-foot flood stage.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.06 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash at Mt. Carmel is at 3.94 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.