Headlines for Thursday, October 3rd

Due dates for Edwards County Real Estate Taxes have been set for October 30th and December 11th. Payment may be made in person, by mail, or in the drop box on the northeast side of the Edwards County Courthouse. Anyone needing additional information can call 445-3581.

Cheri Rushing, Director of Financial Aid at Rend Lake College, will be in the Wayne City High School computer lab from 1:30 to 3 this coming Monday to help people start FAFSA applications. People do not have to attend Rend Lake College to take advantage of the opportunity. Students and/or parents are invited to receive assistance next week with college financial aid applications.

Two Fairfield residents were booked in the Wayne County Jail in the overnight hours. 41-year-old Jamie D. Oneal was arrested early this morning on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. She was transported to the jail and released after posting bond. 35-year-old Carrie L. Cullins was arrested last night on a charge of criminal trespass to a residence; she was transported to the jail and held, pending the posting of $170 bond.

31-year-old Grayville resident Adam S. Brown was sentenced to five years in prison, along with two years of mandatory supervision upon his release, yesterday in White County Circuit Court. He had previously been placed on probation for unlawful use of property, but that probation was revoked.

Centralia police say 35-year-old Josh Flemming was struck by a northbound Amtrak train yesterday morning while walking his dog. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being flown to St. Louis University Hospital. Officials say he was not struck at an authorized crossing point.

The City of Fairfield and the CDC are encouraging city residents to take advantage of the monthly bulk pickup provided by Republic Services. The CDC has recently experienced an increase of the number of items left at its drop box that can’t be sold, which results in more dumpster fee payments. People may call City Hall at 842-2294 to get their name and address on a pickup list.

The Edwards County Homecoming Parade will take place today at 1:30. Hayley Buerster, Darcy Clodfelter, Rachel Perkins, Audrey Rotramel, and Avery Roosevelt are the queen candidates this year, and one will be crowned tomorrow during halftime of the ECHS/CZR football game.

The Fairfield Paint Out will head to Cisne today for morning and afternoon painting. Beginning at noon, there will be a pop-up show in the Cisne Community Center to showcase works done in the area, and it will run until approximately 4. Submissions for Cisne awards must be turned in by 6.

Wayne County’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.7 to 4.5 percent from July to August, according to recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Edwards County’s rate also experienced a slight drop in that timespan, going from 3.7 to 3.6 percent. Both rates are at least one percent below their August 2018 counterparts, as well.

The FCHS Class of 1977 will hold a 60th birthday party next Saturday (October 12th) at The Landing in Fairfield. The event will run from 2 to 9 p.m., and a meal will begin at approximately 4:30. People are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Patti Boyd-Bowles at 842-9216, bwaydesign@frontier.com, or on the FCHS Class of 1977 Facebook page.

42-year-old Mt. Vernon resident Brandy McKinnies, a construction zone flagger, was struck by a vehicle driven by 87-year-old Mason resident Alvin Austin Tuesday evening. The incident occurred along the Dieterich/Clay City Blacktop as a construction crew was doing paving work. McKinnies was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital, and Austin was cited for multiple offenses.

DTN Chief Agriculture Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says the key work for harvest in early October is “contrast.” He says locally heavy rainfall has occurred in the northern half of the state, while drier and hot conditions have prevailed in central and southern portions. He does expect harvest delays to lessen in the latter half of the month.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.38 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.93 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.04 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.88 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.43 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.75, down $1.00 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.69, down $1.33 from yesterday morning.