Headlines for Saturday, October 19th

30-year-old John T. Kissee of Grayville was sentenced Friday in Edwards County Circuit Court to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year mandatory supervised release after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine.  Kissee also received a recommendation to be considered for the Department of Corrections Impact Incarceration Program.  Also Friday, 23-year-old Ethan S. Taylor of West Salem was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years mandatory supervised release after pleading guilty to a charge of delivery of methamphetamine.  Both cases were prosecuted by Edwards County States Attorney Eric A. St. Ledger, with the defendants represented by public defender Brian Shinkle.

The Wayne City School Board met this month, and among the items dealt with during a special session prior to the board meeting, discussed the new e-learning days for the next three school years.  It was voted that up to five days a year could be used for e-learning.  The program will be used to keep the last day of school consistent for graduation and planning for families that need to know the last day of school.  It was also reported that the new Ag building is progressing towards a completion date in the near future.  The completion inspections and final adjustments will be made over the next couple of weeks, with an open house to be set as soon as possible after the completion for public tours.  In personnel matters, Payton Sowa was hired as the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Eric Alvis as a volunteer High School Boys Basketball Coach, and Jessica Fagan as the Grade School Scholar Bowl Coach.

Hamilton County States Attorney Justin Hood reports that Keith E. Redmon of McLeansboro pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, a class 2 felony, and was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, with two years mandatory supervised release.  He will serve concurrent time with Johnson County for a theft charge, a class 3 felony.  The stolen vehicle case originated in Johnson County when Redmon stole a vehicle and later crashed it in Hamilton County. and was arrested by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Hamilton County States Attorney Justin Hood also reports that Jeffery Parker of McLeansboro pled guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine under five grams, a class 3 felony, and will serve four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and one year mandatory supervised release.  His case will run concurrent with a White County case where his probation was revoked and sentenced to four years on a 2014 case.

The Carmi Rifle Club is inviting the public to their annual open range weekend through Sunday.  The range will be open to the shooting public until 1 p.m. Sunday, at which time the range will close for a 4-H shooting event.  Eye and ear protection are required for those on the firing range.

The company that makes Walmart’s Great Value pork and turkey sausage patties is recalling nearly 6500 pounds of the products because they may be contaminated with salmonella.  The products were produced on April 19th and 27th and May 7th and 9th and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.  The products have use-by dates of October 16th, 24th, November 3rd and 5th and have lot codes of 1091971894, 1171971897, and 1271972894.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield, 5.83 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.84 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 4.92 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.07 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 3.11 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.