Headlines for Tuesday, October 1st

Wayne County Treasurer Donna Masterson is reminding taxpayers that the first installment of Wayne County Real Estate Taxes is due next Thursday. The total to be collected is just over $17.25 million. As of this morning, 25 percent of that total had been collected. Anyone with questions should call 842-5087.

No injuries were reported in a two car accident yesterday afternoon in Cisne. Police reports say 32-year-old William J. Lewis ran into 48-year-old Ken W. Revels at an intersection. No tow truck was called, and Lewis was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The vehicles sustained over $1,500 damage.

Fairfield police arrested 36-year-old Michael S. Toney, 59-year-old Jessie S. Robinson, and 38-year-old Sunny J.L Wixom last night. Toney and Robinson were booked on warrants, and Wixom was arrested on a charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer. The three were lodged in jail, pending the posting of bond.

35-year-old Jaymie L. Garrett and 41-year-old Tracy L. Cornwell were cited for allowing their dogs to run loose in Fairfield on Saturday. Garrett’s dogs were reportedly chasing a young girl in her yard. Police say Cornwell’s dog killed a cat and was turned over to the Wayne County Humane Society.

State Representative Darren Bailey says he is encouraged by last week’s announcement that Taiwan has agreed to purchase over $2 billion worth of Illinois corn and soybeans from 2020 to 2021. He also says he looks forward to encouraging the expansion of the ag economy.

Frontier Community College has been awarded a federal grant of over $2.2 million to start a two-year Medical Laboratory Technician program. FCC President Dr. Jay Edgren says the program will be a significant addition to campus, and several facility additions and improvements will be made, as well.

Fairfield Police are investigating several thefts that occurred recently. People have reported a bicycle, two weed eaters, a coyote decoy, and two vehicle speakers missing over the past several days. The thefts were scattered around the city, and the total value of items stolen was approximately $910.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who entered the home of Tony Xanders recently, as well as a vehicle belonging to Caleb Read. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Russell Sztukowski

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Russell Sztukowski to Horizon Healthcare. He will begin practicing this month and will see patients of all ages. He received a Master of Science from SIU Carbondale and interned with Horizon earlier this year.

The 8th Annual Fairfield Paint Out kicks off today. Check in for artists will begin at 2 at Bob Boyles Hall at Frontier Community College. At 3:30, artists will be free to begin painting anywhere in Wayne County, and the day will close with a required Orientation Supper at 6 at Bob Boyles Hall.

All 14 metro areas and every county in Illinois saw a decline in the over-the-year unemployment rate from August 2018 to 2019. Jobs were added in 12 metro areas, including the Chicago area, Carbondale, Springfield, and Champaign-Urbana.

Oil capacity appears to have recovered quicker than anticipated after drone strikes on Saudi Arabia oil installations last month. Harry Conney, with GROWMARK, says, as of Friday, diesel prices in Illinois were averaging $2.99 a gallon. That was 10 cents lower than diesel pump prices one year ago.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.63 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.99 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.13 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.83 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.40 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $46.75, down $2.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $54.74, down $0.95 from yesterday morning.