Headlines for Wednesday, October 9th

The Albion and Browns fire departments were called to Metcalf Farms this morning for a grain bin fire. The 40,000 bushel bin ignited with 4,000 bushels of corn in it. The fire resulted in a total loss, but no injuries were reported. The bin was valued at $100,000.

The City of Albion will hold its Sunrise Sanitation Fall Clean Up tomorrow. City residents should place large items at the curb for pick-up, and smaller items should be placed in a box or bag.

Items no longer than five feet and no heavier than 75 pounds will be picked up, with the exception of yard waste, rocks or construction materials, metal or wood fencing, tires, wet cans of paint, automobile parts, lawnmowers, small engines, any electronic device, any item prohibited by the EPA, and piles exceeding two cubic yards.

The first installment of Wayne County Real Estate Taxes is due tomorrow. Payment may be made in the Wayne County Treasurer’s office, the drop box on the west side of the Wayne County Courthouse, Fairfield First Financial Bank, Cisne Trust Bank, Mt. Erie Banking Center, or Peoples National Bank.

47-year-old William R. Hayes pleaded guilty to a count of driving with a revoked license yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to one year conditional discharge for the Class 4 felony, and a separate count against him was dismissed per his plea. He was also ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who entered the residence of David Phillips recently. A TV, DVD player, Chrome book, and antique furniture were reportedly taken. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Historian Caroline Kisiel will give presentations on antislavery activism in the early years of Edwards County this weekend in Albion. The events are free and open to the public, and they will be held at the Senior Citizen Center. Presentations will be given at 11:30 and 6 on Friday, as well as noon Saturday.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and voted not to make more changes to the city’s liquor ordinance. The changes would have removed the limit on the number of package stores and allowed sales on Sunday. After a 4-4 vote by aldermen, Mayor Brent Maguire cast the deciding “No” vote. Prior to the regular meeting last night, a public hearing was held regarding the potential rezoning of property at 400 West Center Street, as the owners were looking to turn the home into an Air BnB. The council tabled the issue after discussion and said it will work with the Zoning Board to possibly accommodate the request.

In other business, the council discussed potential projects at Atkinson Forest, but no definite actions were determined. Mayor Maguire said he would meet with the Steering Committee to discuss future plans. It was also made clear that the Fairfield Park District is not in a position to assist with the forest. Aldermen also set trick-or-treat dates as October 30th and 31st from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Wayne City Village Board met Monday night and approved a 90-day delay for the construction of the village’s new water treatment plant. HLR Engineering asked for the delay to accommodate weather conditions, delays in supply delivery, and other minor changes to its previous plans.

Last month was the driest and hottest of 2019. We recorded just under an inch and a quarter of rainfall and had an average high of 87.9 degrees. Last September, we had over six inches of rain here at the WFIW/WOKZ Studios, and the average high in September 2018 was 86.3 degrees.

Harvest progress continues to lag behind, according to the latest statewide weekly crop report. 59 percent of corn is mature, but only 13 percent has been harvested, compared to 61 percent at this time last year. 65 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, and 11 percent has been harvested, compared to 40 percent normally. 19 percent of winter wheat has been planted, which matches the average pace.

Those who filed an extension for their income taxes in April have until Tuesday, October 15th, to file their taxes, according to the IRS. Penalties for not filing taxes can add up, as people could pay well more than they originally owed due to late fees. Those expecting a refund could see that amount shrink in order to pay a late filing penalty.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.10 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.96 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.97 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.79 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.32 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.50, down $0.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.49, down $0.44 from yesterday morning.