Headlines for Monday, October 7th

Olney Attorney Jeff Fleming has announced he is running for the 55th District Senate seat currently held by Dale Righter. Fleming is a Fairfield Community High School graduate and has been practicing law in Olney since 1974. He will go against Darren Bailey on the Republican ticket.

30-year-old Coleman R. Taylor was arrested early Saturday morning by Fairfield police on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggravated unlawful use of weapons. He reportedly made a drive-through purchase at Mach One with a firearm in his lap. 34-year-old John R. Powell was arrested by county deputies early this morning on charges of theft, aggravated domestic battery, and violation of an order of protection. 48-year-old John M. McKinney was arrested over the weekend on charges of possession of meth and obstructing justice. He was also wanted on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant for possession of meth. All three were lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending their appearances before a judge to set bond.

The monthly meeting of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) will be held at 11:30 tomorrow at Five Brothers Cafe in Fairfield. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Anyone seeking more information should call 847-2321.

The parent company of McAlister’s Deli, says customers at several of its restaurants, including the Mt. Vernon McAlister’s, may have had their information compromised. Customers using credit cards there from July 10-22 may have been affected. The company says action has been taken to stop the activity.

The Eighth Annual Fairfield Paint Out ended this weekend with an awards presentation to participating artists. 24 artists submitted more than 150 works for Friday’s Premier Show and Sale at Bob Boyles Hall at Frontier Community College, and proceeds from that show totaled over $15,000.

The beginning of archery deer season last week was hot and dry. As of 4:30 Friday afternoon, only 1,438 deer had been harvested statewide, and business was reportedly slow at Fairfield’s Ultra Products until this weekend. A late harvest could also have had an impact on early deer numbers.

FCHS Athletic Director Bobby Wells says yearbooks from 2018-19 are now available. Students who graduated from FCHS last year may stop in the school office and pick them up at any time. For those who haven’t purchased one, a limited number is available for the cost of $45 each. Anyone with questions should call the school office at 842-2649.

The Fairfield City Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow. The night will begin with a public hearing at 5:50 for the rezoning of property at 400 West Center Street. The council is also expected to amend the liquor ordinance to remove the limit on the number of retail licenses in the city.

National Fire Prevention Week kicked off yesterday, and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office says families should be prepared should a fire break out. The office recommends that families draw a map identifying pathways to two exits and teach kids how to escape on their own. It also says families should practice a “fire drill” twice a year and set up a meeting place outside.

Teachers in Murphysboro continue to walk the picket line in a wage impasse with Murphysboro School District No. 186. The strike is the district’s first since 1979, and it affects over 2,100 students in grades kindergarten through 12. District Superintendent Chris Grode says the two sides are about $1.5 million apart on a salary agreement.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.13 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.98 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.99 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.82 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.36 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.75, up $0.25 from Friday. The November crude oil price is $53.13, up $0.38 from Friday morning.