Headlines for Thursday, September 12th


Three Wayne County students have been selected as 4-H Ambassadors. Wayne City Senior Meghan Anderson, FCHS freshman Sara McGehee, and Cisne senior Zack Paul will provide youth a voice into promoting the 4-H program in the position. Any club that would like the ambassadors to speak about the program should call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 842-3702.

40-year-old Roberta K. Eaton was arrested this morning after Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe, Illinois State Police, and a DEA Task Force from Indiana executed a search warrant in Albion. Eaton was wanted on an Indiana warrant for conspiracy to deal meth, and she was transported to the White County Jail.

Fairfield FFA placed 5th in a recent Forestry competition at Sam Dale Lake and 7th in a Horse Judging competition at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Wayne City FFA took home 3rd in the Horse Judging and 9th in the Forestry competition.

Fairfield FFA Horse Judging – Front (from left): Beth Belangee and Sierra Jones. Back: Jarryn Smith, Ryan Lewis, Amos Gregory, Andrew Smith, and Logan Auvil.

Fairfield FFA Forestry – Front (from left): Sierra Jones, Beth Belangee, Cadie Devous, and Maddison Oliver. Back: Cody Wick, Hunter Biggs, Chris Henry, Konnor Dagg, Nick Lambert, and Hunter Scarbrough

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage program is next Friday, September 20th. The program was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. Sign-up for the 2020 DMC program will run from October 7th through December 13th.

Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Carmi will host their annual Fall Festival next Saturday, September 21st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to games and entertainment, the event will feature a quilt auction. Donations of quilts will be accepted at the home’s office until this Friday.

Noel Vaughan

COUNTRY Financial Agent Noel Vaughan will retire at the end of the month after providing 51 years of service. An Open House will be held in his honor next Friday, September 20th, from noon to 5 p.m. at “The Landing” in Fairfield. Clients, friends, and family are invited. COUNTRY said a search for his replacement is ongoing.

The Fairfield Park Board will meet tonight at 6. The board may once again discuss the Lakeside Reservoir Project under old business, and it has four items of new business on the agenda. The board will discuss upgrades to the district’s security cameras, along with roof repairs to two shelters.

The Fall Fun Fest continues today, and afternoon events begin with FNB’s 5K/Run Walk at 6. The Prince and Princess Contest will start at 6:30 in the Entertainment tent, and tonight’s headline event will be the Miss Fall Fun Fest Pageant on the Main Stage at 8. 12 ladies have entered the pageant. In other Fun Fest news, FNB would like to remind the public that its drive-thru and lobby will remain open during regular business hours throughout the festival. People can access the drive by turning north on Third Street and following the signs. Third Street will be barricaded after banking hours, but the ATM may be accessed on foot.

The winners of yesterday’s Fall Fun Fest Button drawing were buttons numbered 135 and 585. The people who bought those two buttons may pick up their reward of $25 Chamber Bucks at McDowell, Kenshalo, and Jesop LLC.

Frontier Community College will hold a Student and Parent Information Night on October 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. in its Workforce Development Center. Several scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors. Students who plan to attend should RSVP via a Google Form that may be found on FCC’s Facebook page.

Attendance was up by 23 percent at the DuQuoin State Fair this year, according to spokesperson Krista Lisser. Nearly 124,000 people attended, which was the highest total in four years. Grandstand ticket sales were also up by 26 percent, and revenue rose by 37 percent. Lisser credits the strong Grandstand lineup and free admission for the numbers increase.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.85 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.03 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.63 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.85 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.70 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $48.75, down $1.50 from yesterday. The October crude oil price is $56.17, down $1.75 from yesterday morning.