Headlines for Saturday, October 5th

57-year-old Troy L. Manahan of Wayne City, IL died in an accident late Friday night in Wayne County.  Illinois State Police say Manahan was driving a car southbound on Illinois Route 242 at county road 300 North when he missed a curve and ran off the right side of the roadway and went through a large grassy median before hitting an embankment and overturning, coming to rest in a field.  Manahan was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident occurred at 9:42 p.m.

Rachel Perkins has been named this year’s Edwards County Homecoming Queen.  The other queen candidates were Hayley Buerster, Darcy Clodfelter, Audrey Rotramel and Avery Roosevelt.  The queen candidates were announced during halftime of the Edwards County-Christopher/Zeiger-Royalton football game.  The semi-formal Homecoming Dance is scheduled for tonight from 8 to 11 p.m.

36-year-old Brandon T. Robinson of Mattoon, IL was sentenced in Edwards County Circuit Court Thursday to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years mandatory supervised release.  Robinson pled guilty to a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.  Judge Larry L. Dunn also fined Robinson $750 and ordered him to pay $1270 restitution and all court costs in the case.  The case was investigated by the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department.

Illinois State Police District 19 Interim Commander, Lieutenant Lance Hinkle, has announced the activity and enforcement figures for the month of September.  Troopers in District 19 recorded 1515 incidents during the month, issued 532 citations and 1374 written warnings, including 290 speeding citations, made five DUI arrests, issued 39 occupant restraint citations, made seven criminal arrests and wrote 479 written warnings for speeding.  Troopers also assisted 57 motorists, conducted 169 Motor Carrier Safety Inspections and investigated 25 traffic crashes.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding motorists of upcoming road construction on I-64 in White County.  Weather permitting, starting Monday work will begin on I-64 at the Wayne County line and continue for 6.5 miles east.  The work will include pavement patching and maintenance for miscellaneous drainage areas.  Motorists should reduce speed, be alert to equipment and workers and use caution when traveling through the area.

Here’s the area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 4.19 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is at an even four feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 3.38 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 4.97 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 3.4 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  The southeastern Illinois area has a chance for showers and thunderstorms late Saturday night through Sunday night.