Headlines for Thursday, October 31st

We received the first snow of the fall at the radio station this morning, though it melted on contact with the ground and vehicles. Total precipitation this month is now over 5.5 inches, and 2019 precipitation is over 71.5 inches, the most recorded since over 79 inches in 2011.

33-year-old Shania J. Buchanan was arrested by Fairfield police last night on a charge of criminal trespass to a residence. Buchanan was transported to the Wayne County jail and held, pending the posting of $120 bond.

No injuries were reported in a single-car accident Saturday afternoon just south of Sims. A juvenile reportedly drove through standing water on a county roadway, left the roadway, and struck a Wayne-White utility pole before coming to rest. A tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicle sustained over $1,500 damage.

Wabash Christian Village Auxiliary will hold its annual Chili Luncheon next Saturday, November 9th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Carmi. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from the event will benefit resident activities.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is among the organizations voicing their concerns on the U.S. EPA’s proposed supplemental rule for small refinery exemptions for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The group says the deal falls short of the promises made to farmers to maximize the use of renewable fuels.

With the city council still discussing potential work at Atkinson Forest, proponents of work there say a decision needs to be reached soon or the city will risk losing funds previously pledged for the project. Mike Podolsky, who has spoken to the council in the past, says the city and forest supporters can compromise, but a plan must be made for future upkeep.

S & M Farm Supply LLC owners Mike Doody and Sonny Smith recently presented the Cisne FFA officer team with a $500 donation to assist with the expenses for leadership opportunities, such as for the cost of 55 students to attend the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

From left: Mike Doody, Sonny Smith, Bailey Lewis, Jaclyn Billington, Lexi Locke, Bailee Hilliard, Sara Timm, Connor Brach, Rylee Beckel, Connor Smith, and Noah Atwood.

The Fairfield Community High School Guidance Department will host a College and Career Fair on November 12th from 12:30 to 3 in the school’s east gym. Several organizations will participate in morning presentations, as well. All area students, as well as their parents or guardians, are invited to attend. Various colleges, including Frontier Community College, Wabash Valley, the University of Southern Indiana, and McKendree University are scheduled to attend, as are organizations like Fairfield Memorial Hospital, FNB, Elastec, and several branches of the military.

The 2019-2020 Travelogue season begins November 14th with a program on Central and South America, presented by Marlin Darrah. All Travelogue programs will be held at the Fairfield First Baptist Church and will begin at 7:15. Season tickets cost $30 and will be sold at the door. They are also available at McDowell, Kenshalo, and Jesop. Travelogue program dates are November 14th, January 9th, February 13th, March 12th, and April 9th.

In response to the latest federal investigations directed against Illinois lawmakers, state House Republicans have announced legislation for an Ethics Reform Task Force. State Representative Luis Arroyo was arrested this past Friday on a federal bribery charge following an investigation from the FBI. House Speaker Michael Madigan has reportedly filed paperwork to create a committee to investigate Arroyo; if 79 of the House’s 118 members approve, he would be expelled from his post.

Illinois State Police remind parents that they can check the state’s sex offender registry before their kids head out for trick-or-treating. The registry may be found at isp.state.il.us, and people can search it by plugging in a zip code. State police suggest doing a check periodically, as well as before trick-or-treating. Police say it is against the law for convicted child sex offenders to hand out candy to kids on Halloween.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 20.39 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.79 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 17.61 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.85 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 20.05 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $48.00, down $0.50 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $55.47, up $0.14 from yesterday morning.