Headlines for Monday, October 14th

Winners have been announced for the Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Pretty Up Your Place contest. Mike and Sara Hallas on Sluder Avenue, Gary and Patty Atwood on Mill Street, and Josh and Julie Rockett on Southeast Fourth won prettiest front porch, back porch, and stoop, respectively.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow night at 7 at Wabash Valley College. The Board is expected to hear a report from the IECC Bid Committee on a Gymnasium Video Board for Wabash Valley, and it is slated to approve the FY19 Audit and annual financial report.

Fairfield police arrested two people over the weekend. 29-year-old Sarah M. Wilcox was arrested on charges of criminal trespass to a vehicle and obstructing identification. 24-year-old Eric A. Shelby was arrested on a Clay County failure to appear warrant. Both were lodged in jail, pending the posting of bond.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently stole a Husqvarna chain saw and three wheel bike from two separate properties. Anyone with information on either incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Christina Copeland has been named an insurance agent for the Fairfield COUNTRY Financial Office. She recently completed on-board training and will undergo more extensive training in the next few weeks. Her office on East Court Street is open, and Susie Sessions will continue to assist.

According to a Facebook post yesterday, Jacque’s Lunch Box in Fairfield will soon be closing. The owner cited health and stress concerns for the upcoming closure, saying the business had a good year. Jacque’s Lunch Box will be open for breakfast this week, though it will not serve food for lunch or dinner.

Fairfield schools will hold parent teacher conferences on October 22nd and 23rd. The high school’s will run from 4 to 7 both nights. North Side’s and Center Street’s hours will be from 3 to 7 on the 22nd and from 3 to 6:30 on the 23rd. People may call the schools to set up appointments.

Edwards County High School will hold a College and Career Fair tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Linda Oxby Gymnasium. The event is open to the public, and those who attend should enter through the high school entrance number three. Questions may be directed to Kelley Biggs at 445-2325 or kbiggs@eccusd.org.

Jessica Dunlap has been honored as the October Employee of the Month at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. A member of the Environmental Services Department, Dunlap has been with FMH since November 2018. Officials praise her versatility in being able to cover any area of the facility needed.

Keyna Warren (left), Environmental Services Director, presents the plaque to Jessica Dunlap

State Representative Bob Morgan says there are currently no regulations in Illinois for products containing or claiming to complain CBD. Because such items are becoming more and more commonplace and accessible, he is set to introduce and pass a bill this fall session to provide safety regulations in the state.

The Illinois Department of Labor is urging farmers to make safety a top priority during harvest season. The department says tractor rollovers are one of the top dangers, and farm vehicles should also be equipped with two white lamps on the front and two red lamps on the back, as well as a flashing amber lamp. Motorists should be patient and slow down when they encounter farmers driving on roadways.

State Senator Martin Sandoval has resigned as the head of the Senate Transportation Committee, after the chamber released an unredacted search warrant revealing details about an FBI raid targeting Sandoval last month. He was under federal investigation for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction work.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 16.08 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.78 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 11.23 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.13 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 9.38 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $47.75, up $1.25 from Friday. The November crude oil price is $54.13, down $0.61 from Friday morning.