Headlines for Friday, October 18th

The Albion Water Department will flush lines in the city and surrounding area beginning next week. Work will begin on Monday in the northeast part of Albion, north of Main and west of Fifth. The department says people should check for discolored water before doing laundry during the work.

26-year-old Curtis B.D. Persinger was sentenced to four years in prison, plus one year of mandatory supervision upon his release, in Edwards County Circuit Court yesterday. He pleaded guilty to a count of possession of methamphetamine. A separate count against him was dismissed.

28-year-old Dawn A. Renfrow was sentenced yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty to a count of possession of drug paraphernalia in December and was sentenced to time served in the Wayne County Jail. Renfrow was also ordered to pay fines and court costs.

The FCHS varsity scholastic team defeated Marion and Centralia but fell to Edwards County and Carbondale in a Southern Illinois Academic Conference meet last night. Answering toss-ups were Jason Wright with 16, Karlie Taylor with nine, Lex Gonzalez with six, Jalysse Kinney with two, and Tegan Ruhl with one.

Secretary of State Jesse White hosted “Preserving Their Memories” to pay tribute to veterans and their contributions to the Illinois Veterans’ History Project yesterday at the Illinois State Library. The project honors veterans by documenting and preserving their experiences, and more information about it can be found at cyberdriveillinois.com.

The FCHS Board of Education met last night in a meeting short on action items. The board approved the hiring of Nathaniel Lackey as freshman boys basketball coach, and it moved its meeting next month to the 18th. The district’s FY19 audit arrived yesterday and will be reviewed at the November meeting.

The North Wayne School Board met earlier this week and approved the hiring of two assistant coaches at Cisne High School. Misty Ellis was hired as assistant softball coach, and Gina Hutton was hired as assistant scholar bowl coach. A pair of board policy updates was also approved.

Executive Director of the Lifeboat Alliance Family Shelter Jennifer McArthy says the facility focuses on finding employment for its clients. The Mt. Vernon shelter also serves Wayne County, and she said local churches refer people to the facility. McArthy spoke at yesterday’s Rotary meeting in Fairfield.

The Frontier Community College Foundation and Carnaby Square will hold their annual Fall Fashion Show on Sunday at Johnny & June’s in Flora. The show will begin at 2 p.m., and individual tickets may still be purchased at Carnaby Square in downtown Fairfield. The cost is $15.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is making an effort to dispel a few myths about the flu vaccine. IDPH says some people think the vaccine will give them the flu, but the shot contains inactive strains of the virus. People who get sick soon after being vaccinated were likely to have already been exposed to the virus, per the department.

Ed Canny, a Fire Marshal with the Springfield Fire Department, says fewer people are dying in house fires, but new home building materials create a more toxic environment. He says the synthetic materials used in construction contribute to the problem, allowing flashovers to occur in under three minutes in modern homes, as opposed to in approximately 30 minutes years ago.

State Representative Tony McCombie said earlier this week that she plans to introduce legislation to establish a State Ethics Task Force to tighten ethics rules within Illinois government. McCombie said the task force would identify areas of concern and study practices for ethics and transparency in government. She indicated that she hopes to have the legislation considered in the upcoming veto session.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.57 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.10 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.05 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.85 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.97 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $46.75, up $0.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $53.99, up $1.00 from yesterday morning.