Headlines for Tuesday, October 8th

The Mt. Carmel City Council voted 3-2 last night to allow recreational cannabis businesses in the city. Mayor Joe Judge explained that if the city opted out, they wouldn’t receive any funds from marijuana sales from the state, which would provide revenue to the city and local law enforcement.

The FCHS Homecoming Parade will take place at 2:30 this Friday. Line-up will begin at 1:30 on North First Street, and anyone wishing to enter should call 847-9402. We will broadcast the parade on 104.9 WFIW, and we’ll have a video stream available on our video tab on wfiwradio.com.

Frontier Community College will offer a two-night Food Sanitation and Safety class on October 28th and November 4th for anyone needing state certification for food handling. The class will run from 6 to 10 p.m. on both nights in Room 24 of Mason Hall on FCC’s campus. Carrie Dagg will be the instructor.

Prosecutors in Vermilion County say Deputy Kyle Janesky was justified when he fatally shot inmate Daryl Perkins in August in a courthouse holding cell. Perkins reportedly stabbed Janesky before attempting to Tase him. The deputy was treated for wounds to his eye, face, and neck.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight, and the evening will begin with a public hearing for the rezoning of property at 5:50. The council is then expected to vote on two changes to the liquor ordinance. The changes would remove the limit for the number of retail licenses and allow Sunday liquor sales.

In other council business, aldermen are scheduled to discuss, and possibly approve, potential projects at Atkinson Forest after months without movement on the area. They are also expected to set trick or treat dates and approve a street closing request for the Christmas Parade.

The Albion City Council met last night and granted a parade permit to the city’s Chamber of Commerce for a Christmas Parade on December 14th. The council also approved the administrative ticket ordinance, which will allow ordinance violation tickets to be paid at city hall. In addition, in a very close vote, the council determined that city workers receiving their water licenses will not receive overtime while working for that license.

Teutopolis resident Adam Niemerg has announced his candidacy for Darren Bailey’s soon-to-be-vacant seat as 109th district State Representative. He has been employed by COUNTRY Financial for the last 11 years, and he joins a growing field of candidates on the Republican ticket.

Several people recently graduated from Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s “A Matter of Balance” program, which is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels in older adults. The next programs will be held in November and February, and anyone looking for more information or to sign up can call 847-8256.

Front row from left: Instructor Jennifer Bowers, Elmer McDuffee, and Lorraine Pottorff; Middle: Christine Ashley, Audrey Catron, Susan Brake, and Rosemary Skaggs; Back: Barbara Mann, Merry Cathey, Becky Hildebrand, and Connie Kunce

This is “College Changes Everything Month,” and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is reminding families that help navigating the application and financial aid process is available. ISAC offers everything from local workshops to Facebook Live events, and families can also get one-on-one help through the ISAC Corp. More details may be found at isac.org.

As of January 1st, Schnucks Markets will no longer sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff. The company says they are hoping to put health ahead of profits, and in one week it will offer double reward points on over-the-counter smoking cessation products, as well.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.11 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 4.01 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.81 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.33 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.75, unchanged from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.93, down $0.20 from yesterday morning.