Headlines for Tuesday, October 15th

Shoe Creek Pharmacy in Wayne City will soon undergo a change in ownership. Tom and Roxie Blasdel have sold the pharmacy to Eric Bandy, who has three other pharmacies in Irvington, Centralia, and Salem. Shoe Creek Pharmacy will transition to Bandy’s Pharmacy on November 1st.

Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry will be at the Orchardville Church next week. Strawberry will make presentations for his “Rags to Riches” Crusade on Sunday at 6, as well as next Monday through Wednesday at 7. Everyone is invited to attend any or all of the events.

47-year-old Cisne resident Paul R. Lord pleaded guilty to a count of theft in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday. He was sentenced to one year conditional discharge, plus time served. A separate count against him was dismissed, and Lord was also ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Four men have announced their intention to run for the Illinois 115th Representative District on the Republican ticket, including two from Jefferson County. County Farm Bureau Vice President Jeff Howard and County Board Chairman Chad Lindemann made their announcements earlier this month.

The Cisne Village Board met last night and heard from Attorney Darrin Rice regarding options for cannabis ordinances. No action was taken, but the board does need to have a plan in place by January 1st. A meeting was also scheduled for Monday to discuss the possibility of a Dollar General coming to Cisne.

FCHS graduate Amy Chen has been selected as the recipient of the Myron and Carole Goldblatt Scholarship at the University of Illinois. The scholarship was established in 2007 and is given annually to students who are residents of Wayne County and have graduated from one of its high schools.

Frontier Community College will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The come-and-go event is open to anyone in the community who plans to attend college in 2020, regardless of where they plan to enroll. It will take place in Room 25 of Mason Hall.

The Wayne County Historical Society has released the winners from its Car Show held over the weekend. Approximately 30 cars entered the contest, and Mike Pottorff won Mayor’s Choice with a 1963 Ford Falcon. JF Reid won the Historical Society President’s Choice with a 1974 Corvette.

It has been a few weeks since National Farm Safety and Health Week, but Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan hopes the message hasn’t been lost. He urges farmers and non-farmers to be patient and cautious during the extended harvest season, as two farm- or implement-related fatalities have already been reported in the state.

Kelly Alsup, a horticulture expert at the University of Illinois Extension, says now is the perfect time to plant spring bulbs. She says most bulbs thrive in the some, but some, like grape hyacinth and crocus, also do well in the shade. She also says people shouldn’t plant in soil that is too wet or has poor drainage.

Illinois State Representative Emanuel Welch of Hillside has sponsored a bill to allow college student athletes to sign endorsement deals, hire agents, and benefit financially from the use of their likeness. The bill duplicates California’s law, which was passed last month, and, if passed, it would take effect in 2023.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 14.87 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.44 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.93 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.93 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 10.03 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $46.25, down $1.50 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $53.29, down $0.84 from yesterday morning.