Headlines for Thursday, October 10th

The Finance Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet Monday evening at 6 at City Hall. The committee is scheduled to form an action plan, based on attorney Dan Schuering’s full TIF report that arrived in May, which it will then present to the full City Council. The meeting is open to the public.

The City of Albion Chowder will take place this Saturday morning at the Pagoda on the Square. Kettles will fire at 5 a.m., and soup will be served at 11. The cost for a gallon will be $15, and individual bowls will cost $3. Jenny’s Concession from Fairfield will serve drinks, shakeups, and cobbler. Anyone looking for more information should call 445-7733.

FCHS students competed in a Penny War earlier this week and raised over $600 in total. The junior class won the Penny War and raised over $150. The sophomores came in second place, followed by seniors and freshmen. The money will be donated to as-yet-undetermined local charities.

Two people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. 24-year-old Zachary J. Maxham was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. 27-year-old Shelly J. Ryan was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant. The two were held in the jail, pending the posting of bond.

Fairfield National Bank recently welcomed Luke Harl to spearhead the FNB Asset Management Division. He is currently working towards obtaining multiple licenses, and, once completed, he will be able to serve Fairfield and the surrounding area in the role of Financial Advisor. People with questions about financial planning can reach Harl at 842-2109 or at lharl@fnbassetmanagement.com.

The Wayne County Board will meet tonight at 7, and board members will again discuss courthouse maintenance. They are expected to hear a report on the courthouse’s air quality from the Building and Grounds Committee. In addition, the board will hear from Sonny and Janet McCulley about Illinois Separation.

The Fairfield Park Board will meet tonight at 6. The board is expected to address a golf course license agreement extension as a matter of new business. Discussion could also be held on multiple old business items, including an updated bid from Isaacs Roofing for repairs at two shelters.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will host their second annual 5K Trick or Trot on October 26th at 8 a.m. Same-day registration will begin at 7 at the Horizon Healthcare entrance, but pre-registration is underway now. Anyone who registers by tomorrow will receive a t-shirt. The entry fee is $20.

Carp orders for the Edwards County Soil and Water Conservation Fall Fish Sale must be in by Tuesday. All other orders must be received by October 23rd, and delivery will take place at 11 a.m. on the 30th. People can call 445-3615 to place an order, or email ecswcd18@outlook.com. Walk-ins at the district’s office at the Edwards County Fairgrounds are also welcome Tuesday and Wednesday between 8 and 4:30.

2019 has been a wet year, but the southern Illinois region has largely been spared from tornadoes. The National Weather Service says only two twisters touched down in southern Illinois this year- one in April in Pulaski County and another in Pope County in June. Most of the severe weather has been focused on central Illinois, but the NWS does remind people that storms can still happen in the fall and winter.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that aims to build long-term growth through exports, startups, research and development, and more. Governor Pritzker identified “concentrated industry cluster,” including farming, energy, information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation, which he says are ripe for expansion. The full plan may be found at https://bit.ly/2MqGtHb.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.04 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 3.93 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.78 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.30 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.75, up $0.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.50, up $0.01 from yesterday morning.