Headlines for Tuesday, September 10th

The Albion City Council met in special session last night to discuss the relocation of a city water line east of Albion. City officials have been in negotiations to purchase more land for the work, but talks have stalled. The council hopes an offer of $15,000 to purchase three acres of land will be accepted.

The Finance Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at 6 at City Hall. The committee will discuss several potential projects for the future, including the occupancy of Airtex properties and the development of the Farrington Farms subdivision. The meeting is open to the public.

Fairfield police are reminding the public that the City of Fairfield will close Main Street from Northeast and Southeast Fourth to First streets tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. for the Fall Fun Fest. The detour route is set as south on Southeast Fourth, West on East Center to South First. The detour will be in place until Sunday.

Cisne Middle School students and staff would like to invite all grandparents of CMS students to a Grandparent’s Day celebration on Thursday. The program will consist of musical and solo performances, and it will begin at 2 p.m. in the CMS Gym. Cookies and punch will be provided.

The Fairfield Community of Christ Church will host a blood drive tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The church says donors are needed to meet the blood demands in the area. The drive will take place in the church’s Family Life Center. Anyone with questions can contact the Red Cross at 1-800- GIVE-LIFE.

Wayne County averaged 155.14 bushels per acre in corn and 40.11 bushels per acre in soybeans in the annual crop yield tour yesterday. Two samples were taken from each quadrant of the county, and the southeast quadrant had the best numbers with 181.3 bushel corn and 43.7 bushel soybeans. The northeast quadrant had the lowest average numbers at 144.55 bushels for corn and 39.15 for beans. The northwest showed 148.9 for corn and 37.65 for beans, and the southwest gave 145.75 for corn and 39.9 for beans. Last year, corn in Wayne County averaged 177.2 bushels per acre, and beans yielded 54.1 bushels per acre.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. The first item of business for aldermen deals with poles on the city’s south transmission line near the Interstate, and the council will hold discussions to get ahead of any potential problems. It will also discuss new liquor license classifications.

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire says the wall on the south side of City Hall will be undergoing some work in the near future. The wall will be repainted shortly after the Fall Fun Fest, and it is expected to be finished in October. Mayor Maguire said the surface could eventually feature another mural, as well.

Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor

Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor has announced his candidacy for re-election. He was first elected to the position in 1996. Carrie Dagg also announced last night her intent to seek the position on the Republican ballot in the March 2020 primary election. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at FCC.

The McLeansboro Fall Festival last weekend was an outstanding success, according to the McLeansboro Kiwanis Club. A crowd of roughly 8,000 attended Saturday night’s entertainment, which was headlined by Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee. That figure is reportedly a record for the festival.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 5.13 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.05 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.70 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.86 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.88 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $51.00, up $1.50 from yesterday. The October crude oil price is $58.01, up $1.26 from yesterday.