Headlines for Sunday, October 6th

Dry conditions continue in southeastern Illinois, however the area has some chances for rain today and tonight, and again next weekend.  According to weather stats at WFIW/WOKZ, entering Sunday morning, the last measurable rain was on September 22nd, when 1.12 inches of rain fell.  Prior to that, the last measurable rain was on August 27th when .03 inches fell.  As a result, area rivers remain on the low side.  The Little Wabash east of Fairfield this morning was at 4.11 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 3.96 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 3.36 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 3.38 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.

Weather permitting, work is set to begin Monday on I-64 at the Wayne County line and continue for 6.5 miles east.  The work will include pavement patching and maintenance of miscellaneous drainage areas.  Motorists are advised to reduce speed, be alert to equipment and workers, and use caution when traveling through the area.

The Carmi Rifle Club will be offering its fall 16-hour concealed carry class November 2nd and 9th.  16 hours of training is required by law for the Illinois license.  The club will host the Day 1 class which covers firearms and marksmanship on November 2nd.  The Day 2 class, which covers the legal portion of the concealed carry law, is set for November 9th.  The classroom portion will be conducted at the White County Farm Bureau Building with range training and qualification at the Carmi Rifle Club.  To reserve a seat in the class or get more information call (618) 963-2788.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a grant of over $600,000 by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to enhance the state’s emergency response capabilities when dealing with hazardous materials related transportation incidents.  The state application was submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation for consideration in the spring, and several sub-applicants were notified that they will receive funding under the three-year HMEP grant cycle.  Among them are Saline County in the amount of $14,335 and Franklin County in the amount of $55,140.

Brownsville School in Carmi will be hosting its annual Open House and Chili Supper from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 17th.  Chili, drink and dessert or two hot dogs, drink and dessert will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for $6 a person with carryouts available.  Prizes will be raffled as well as themed baskets from each classroom.  A silent auction will also be included.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, and more information is available by calling (618) 265-3256.

The Governor’s Mansion will be undergoing renovations that will close it to public tours until November 23rd.  The mansion is expected to reopen in time for the holidays, according to an email from Governor J.B. Pritzker’s press secretary.  Planned renovations include repairing tile on the first floor that had a defective finish, renovating guest bedrooms and bathrooms, and updating existing plumbing.