Headlines for Friday, October 11th

The Wayne County Historical Society Car Show is scheduled for tomorrow, and car registration will begin at the Hanna House at 9:30. The Museum itself will be open from 9:30 to 2:30, and it will highlight the Class of 1969 for its 50th year reunion. Little Buddies Barbecue will be on hand, as well.

21-year-old Rodney A. Esmon was arrested by Wayne County deputies yesterday afternoon on a Wayne County warrant for aggravated assault, aggravated battery, disorderly conduct, and possession of meth. Esmon was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of bond.

The Mt. Erie Elementary PTO will host their annual live auction fundraiser on November 2nd at Mt. Erie Elementary School. A supper will start at 5, and the auction will begin at 6. Advance ticket prices for the meal are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, and each will increase by one dollar at the door.

State Representative Darren Bailey is reminding students planning to attend college next year that FAFSA submissions are now being accepted. Bailey says applying for federal financial aid quickly is the best course of action, as many student-aid dollars are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has reportedly been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. If convicted, the child could be placed on probation for at least five years, but not beyond the age of 21.

The Wayne County Board heard favorable reports from recent air quality tests conducted at the Wayne County Courthouse. They found the air to be within acceptable parameters, and the board voted to spend $4,200 to study the needs of the current courthouse and how they could be addressed. Continued talks on contingency plans, such as the county inhabiting the former Peoples National Bank building, will be put on hold until the study is complete.

The board also postponed a vote on the Illinois Separation Movement’s request to separate from Chicago. State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac said he would research the proposed referendum and report back next month, when the board could vote to place it on next year’s ballot.

Drone technology is reportedly becoming an important tool in the business of crop insurance. Speaking at yesterday’s Rotary Program, McLeansboro native Jody Braden said Country Financial has 18 active drones operated by adjusters in the state which made over 460 flights in 2018.

The FCHS Homecoming Parade is today at 2:30, and Fairfield Police will close First Street from Court to Parkhurst at 1. The Mules will take on Edwards County tonight at 7 at the Trainyard, and the only radio broadcast of the game will be on 104.9, as 105.9 will carry Game One of the NLCS. Tomorrow, the Homecoming Coronation will begin at 7 p.m. in the FCHS gym. The cost for the public to attend is $3 (kindergarten through adult).

38-year-old Royce R. McFarland was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday to four years in prison, followed by two years of mandatory supervision upon his release. The sentence came as a result of a Class 2 felony charge of possession of meth manufacturing materials. 38-year-old Sunny J. Wixom was sentenced to 60 days in jail, plus one year probation, on a count of obstruction of justice. 39-year-old Dustin R. Pike was sentenced to two years probation, plus time served, on a count of possession of less than five grams of meth. 37-year-old Christopher L. Toney was sentenced to time served for violating a civil no contact order. 36-year-old John P. Scurlock was sentenced to 24 months special section probation and 30 hours of public service work after pleading guilty to a count of possession of less than five grams of meth.

Fairfield’s participation in the “MAPPING The Future of Your Community” program through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University kicks off next week. The first of a series of five three-hour sessions will take place Thursday evening at 5:30 in the Elks Club Dining Room. At the conclusion of the program, there will be a community-wide meeting to share ideas and projects and invite more local participation.

A pension task force says that Illinois’ downstate police and fire pensions are leaving millions of dollars on the table in lost returns, and it recommends that 649 individual funds be consolidated into just two. The task force pegs the lost returns at one million dollars per day, and it says, if the funds were brought together, they could generate up to $2 billion in gain over the next five years. Any move to consolidate would need to be approved by lawmakers.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says a new tax incentive will attract data center construction to Illinois. The incentive is offered to large data center projects, allowing for an exemption from sales tax and a 20 percent income tax credit against wages if the center is located in an underserved area. Governor Pritzker says data centers have become a critical part of the state’s infrastructure and attracting new projects will boost economic development.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.16 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.16 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.19 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.83 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.39 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $46.50, up $0.75 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $54.74, up $2.24 from yesterday morning.