Headlines for Friday, November 1st

Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend. People should turn their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, or before going to bed Saturday night. The purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight by shifting an hour of daylight to the evening, and it will begin again on March 8th.

The FCHS Mules will take on the Alton-Marquette Explorers tomorrow afternoon at 2 at the Trainyard. The high school says gates will open at noon, and, per IHSA rules, admission will be $5 for everyone, except babies in arms. Our radio broadcast will begin at 1:45 on 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com.

26-year-old Tyler E. Hutcheson was arrested yesterday on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant and lodged jail, pending the posting of bond. 47-year-old Eddie W. Thomasson was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to a residence. He was released after posting bond.

38-year-old Brandon S. Cook pleaded guilty to a count of possession of less than five grams of meth yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 18 months probation, plus time served. He was also ordered to pay $3,117 in fines and court costs.

Amy Hart says she is looking for bell-ringers for Salvation Army collections for the upcoming holiday season. Collections will begin on Black Friday. Hart says volunteering can count as public service work, and anyone interested in working as a volunteer should call WADI at 842-2962.

The 2019 Edwards County Farm Bureau Gathering of Members and Ag in the Classroom fundraiser are scheduled for November 16th. Doors will open at 5:30 at the Edwards County Senior Citizens Center, and a meal will start at 6. The bureau’s annual meeting will follow the Gathering of Members, and people should RSVP for the event by November 8th by calling 445-2113.

His Little Feet International Children’s Choir will perform in Fairfield this Sunday and next. The choir will be at New Beginnings Church this Sunday at 6, and it will visit The Journey Church on the 10th at 6:30. There is no cost for admission, though a love offering will be taken, with proceeds going to the choir. His Little Feet international merchandise will also be on sale. More information on the choir can be found at hislittlefeet.org.

Frontier Community College will offer several workshops in the coming weeks to welcome the Christmas season, including holiday barn quilt painting and pie-making and cupcake classes. The first class begins Thursday, and people should call FCC at 842-3711 for more information.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters of the Purple Paint Law in Illinois. Purple paint on a fence post or tree in Illinois is effectively a “No Trespassing” sign, and only those with permission from a landowner may hunt on that property. Archery deer season opened October 1st in Illinois and runs through January 19th. Illinois’ two firearm deer weekends are November 22-24 and December 5-8.

“Get Covered Illinois” enrollment begins today, and the Illinois Department of Insurance says rates are the same or lower than last year. 142 plans will be offered for those who don’t otherwise have health insurance. IDOI officials say enrollment runs through December 15th, and people may visit getcovered.illinois.gov to enroll.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a third state resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related injury. The department says 166 people in Illinois, ranging from 13 to 75 years old, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping; more than 80 percent of the state’s cases report recent use of THC-containing products, primarily after obtaining them from friends, family members, or illegal dealers.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 20.90 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.44 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 15.08 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 5.30 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 19.36 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $47.25, down $0.75 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $54.30, down $1.17 from yesterday morning.