Headlines for Wednesday, October 2nd

Wm. Nobbe and Co. and Sydenstricker Implement Co. will reportedly partner and jointly operate 26 dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, beginning in January. Area Nobbe dealerships include locations in Albion, Wayne City, and Norris City. Sydenstricker CEO Ted Briscoe will serve as the partnership’s CEO.

Two people were taken to a regional hospital by helicopter after a three-car accident yesterday near Enfield. 50-year-old Merle E. Langley and 43-year-old Jeremy E. Rush were hospitalized, and 39-year-old Travis J. Vaughan was unharmed. Police say Rush rear-ended Langley, who in turn hit Vaughan.

40-year-old Joseph C. Cannon was arrested last night deputies on a Richland County failure to appear warrant for theft. He was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, with bond set at $395. 43-year-old Brian S. Medler was arrested early this morning on charges of driving with a revoked or suspended license and possession of meth. His bond was set at $270 for the traffic offense.

30-year-old Ronald D. Stark and 57-year-old Phillip K. Bailey were sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday. Stark pleaded guilty to possession of meth and was given 24 months special section probation. Bailey pleaded guilty to a traffic offense and was given jail time, plus one year probation.

A theft charge has been filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court against former McLeansboro Light Plant Superintendent James Joiner. He is accused of obtaining between $500 and $10,000 worth of city property and is scheduled to have his first appearance in court tomorrow morning.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson says the hot and dry month of September hurt the local soybean crop. We reached temperatures of at least 90 degrees 15 days last month and recorded under an inch and a quarter of rainfall. Anderson did say the heat helped dry the corn crop.

Statewide, above average temperatures yielded nice growing days, according to the latest weekly crop report. Despite the dry week, only four percent of corn has been harvested, and 40 percent of the crop is now mature. 41 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, and one percent has been harvested.

For the first time, Edwards County 4-H has had members named as Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are helping the Edwards County 4-H, ECHS FFA, and Albion First United Methodist Church in a backpack food drive for children struggling to get weekend meals.

The Fairfield Paint Out continues today, and tonight will feature the first planned event of the week. A Quick Paint will begin at 5 in Fairfield, as artists will paint in the downtown area for two hours. At 7:30, artists will hold a pop-up show at Jovalou on 112 East Main Street in Fairfield.

EJ Water Cooperative has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Water Alliance Prize Non-profit Award. The Dieterich-based company was given the honor due to its cross-utility partnership with Wabash Communications, where the two entities work to bring water and fiber Internet services to rural residents.

According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, areas around Mt. Vernon and Carmi have been “disproportionately impacted” by past marijuana enforcement. Applicants seeking to grow and sell legal cannabis in those areas will have an advantage in a new round of applications.

October is National Prevention Month, and Fire Safety Alliance Director Phil Zaleski is encouraging people to update smoke detectors in their homes to those that come with a 10-year battery. Zaleski says state law will require people to only buy smoke alarms with such batteries in a few years, and they should be beneficial, if only to help people avoid buying nine-volt batteries twice a year.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.50 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.97 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.08 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.81 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.43 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $46.75, unchanged from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $54.02, down $0.72 from yesterday morning.