Headlines for Wednesday, October 16th

The Fairfield Coin Club held its 49th Annual Coin Show and Auction this past Sunday at North Side Grade School. It was dedicated to Director Jim Thompson, and John M. Jones and Shayla Miller were awarded scholarships. Ashley Anderson was the winner of the event’s penny stacking contest.

Penny Stacking Winner Ashley Anderson

Coin Club Scholarship Winners

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. 43-year-old Barnabus C.J. McGill was arrested on a charge of defrauding a drug test, and he was held, pending the setting of bond. 25-year-old Chelsea J. Webb was arrested on a warrant for aggravated battery, and her bond was set at $1,020.

The West Salem Development Association will hold its Halloween festivities next Saturday on the West Salem Square. The annual Costume Contest will begin at 5 at the bandstand, and it will be followed by Trunk or Treating at 6. Village-wide trick-or-treating will also be held that evening.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed two options for a Chicago casino: one calls for it to be owned by the city and state, and the other calls for it to be privately-owned. Both proposals would require lawmakers to approve taxes lower than those written in existing gambling legislation.

State Representative Darren Bailey says some counties have had a tough time with their Farm Bureau Exchange Program, where farmers and legislators visit other portions of the state. However, Doug Anderson, Manager of the Wayne/White County Farm Bureau, says he recently received a commitment from 25th District Representative Curtis Tarver to come to the area on November 7th and 8th. He says lawmakers are making a commitment to utilize the program, which he says has seen success.

Bailey also weighed in on the recent announcement that a mine and coal processing facility in Saline County is expected to close in mid-December. Roughly 225 workers are expected to be impacted. He says it is unfortunate that the state’s legislature wants to rid the state of such jobs in support of cleaner energy when, he says, the technology for such energy is not available and may not be for a significant time.

Work has begun on the Deep Cut Bridge at the south edge of Albion on State Route 130. Workers will replace a portion of the bridge, and a series of stop lights has been installed due to the one-lane roadway. Motorists can bypass the bridge by taking Industrial Drive, just south of the bridge.

The Veteran’s Day Parade in Fairfield is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th. Those interested in participating in the parade are asked to notify parade officials quickly to secure an entry. Anyone interested in entering should contact organizer Clifford Reever at 516-3111.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Horizon Healthcare Grayville Medical Clinic next Wednesday. The celebration will last from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Grayville Clinic, and drawings for several prizes will be held at 5. People need not be present to win.

Farmers are still waiting for crops to mature, according to the latest statewide crop report. 73 percent of corn is mature and 23 percent has been harvested, compared to about 59 percent normally; 44 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. 80 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, and 27 percent of the crop has been harvested; 43 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition.

Automaker Rivian will be building electric delivery trucks at its Bloomington Normal site at the old Mitsubishi plant. Amazon recently announced they plan to buy 100,000 of the trucks, which are reportedly about one year away from completion. Governor J.B. Pritzker says he is excited to have a revival of manufacturing in central Illinois.

IDOT reports that 121 deer-vehicle wrecks occurred in Wayne County last year, and more than 15,600 occurred statewide. The department released the statistics in an effort to warn motorists to be alert for deer on the roadways during their mating season. IDOT says a driver’s first instinct when meeting a deer is to swerve, but that could cause a loss of control and increase a crash’s severity.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 11.66 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.26 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.35 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.95 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 9.56 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.75, down $0.50 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.83, down $0.46 from yesterday morning.