Headlines for Thursday, October 17th

Fairfield’s participation in the MAPPING the Future of Your Community program begins tonight. The first of a series of five, three-hour sessions will be held at 5:30 in the Elks Club Dining Room, and future sessions are planned for the 24th and November 7th, 14th, and 21st. The program is open to the public, and it aims to involve community participants in a planning process to create a long-term vision for the city’s future and a plan to achieve it.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently entered a garage belonging to Jerry Horn. Several items were reported stolen, including a lawn mower. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Y-Fairfield will hold a free viewing of “Scream” at the Fairfield Public Golf Course this Saturday. The venue will open at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8. People must be at least 18 years old to attend, and they will need to bring their own seating. Drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase.

Wayne City Matters will sponsor a Salute to Veterans on Saturday, November 9th, at the Church of the Harvest Building. The day will include a free breakfast for veterans and a sale of smoked Boston Butts and Buns. Preorder forms can be found by calling 231-3281 or 599-4522. All proceeds will go to Wayne City Matters.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and First Lady M.K. Pritkzer reported $6.2 million in income last year and paid $216,000 in state taxes. The couple released partial federal and state income taxes earlier this week. Their state tax was based on adjusted gross income of $4.4 million, and they received a federal tax refund of $400,000 applied to future taxes.

Business After Hours, a Chamber of Commerce function that helps business owners and employees to network, is coming back to Fairfield after a multiple year absence. The first Business After Hours meeting will take place on November 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chamber office on East Main Street.

Lewis and Hyder

Cisne FFA senior Bailey Lewis finished as the 1st place contestant in the Section 23 Varsity Job Interview leadership development event held last week at Wabash Valley College. Sophomore Kevin Hyder placed 6th in the JV division. Lewis will advance to District V competition next month.

The IECC Board of Trustees met Tuesday night and set a public hearing regarding the district’s estimated tax levy. It will be held at Frontier Community College on November 19th at 7 p.m. The levy totals over $7.25 million. In other matters, the board approved the employment of Heather Gerch as office assistant at FCC.

The FCHS Board of Education is scheduled to meet tonight at 6. Board members have a light agenda on hand, as most of its business concerns routine matters, like the reading of board policies. It is also expected to discuss, and possibly act on, the hiring of an assistant boys basketball coach.

37-year-old Carmi resident Charles E. Pugh was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of distribution of child pornography. Carmi Police and an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at his apartment after a lengthy investigation, and numerous electronic items were taken into evidence for processing. The investigation in the case is ongoing, and Pugh was booked in the White County Jail without incident.

DTN Chief Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says the first hard freeze for most of Illinois likely won’t take place until late October, or even November. He says the delay could allow for a longer growing season for crops, though it won’t necessarily provide a cure for crop conditions. However, he does say the current timeline for a freeze is better than some feared it could be.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would lower the cost of insulin in Illinois. Supporters say people have to forego the medication because insulin has become so expensive, and Governor Pritzker says the change would limit the price to $100 in out-of-pocket costs for a one-month supply.

The Illinois State Police force is changing its policies to draw in more potential hires. Starting next year, people will no longer need a bachelor’s degree to apply to be a state trooper. Instead, applicants will only need an associate’s degree, or 60 credit hours of course work. The education requirement change is designed to help remedy the shortage of state police in Illinois.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 8.48 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.15 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.52 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.90 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 7.88 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $46.50, up $0.75 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.99, up $0.16 from yesterday morning.