Headlines for Monday, November 4th

This weekend’s second round playoff football game between FCHS and Breese Mater Dei will kick off at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The schools were unable to come to an agreement on the start time over the weekend, leaving the IHSA to decide the matter this morning. The Veterans Day Parade on Saturday will begin at 2.

22-year-old Jonathan R. Scarbrough was reportedly taken to the Fairfield Emergency Room after a single-car accident yesterday morning. He told police he swerved to miss a pothole before losing control of his vehicle. He was cited for failure to reduce speed and illegal transportation of alcohol.

39-year-old Antoine Hernandez and 46-year-old Shana L. Ewing were arrested by Wayne County deputies yesterday. Ewing was charged with possession of meth, and Hernandez was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after police searched a home late early yesterday morning.

32-year-old Anthony J. Incaprera and 24-year-old Haley N. Morgan were also arrested by Wayne County police over the weekend. Incaprera was charged with violating an order of protection, and Morgan was charged with domestic battery. They were held in jail, pending the setting of bond.

Fairfield Public School District 112 will host two events tomorrow. North Side will host its annual Chili Supper, Silent Auction, and Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., and Center Street will host a Social Media Information night beginning at 6:30. The Center Street event is open to all parents, not just those in District 112.

The USDA will begin mailing ballots today to eligible farmers across the country for Farm Service Agency county committee elections. Ballots must be returned to the local FSA office or postmarked by December 2nd to be counted. Newly elected committee members will take office on January 1st.

Last month was cooler and wetter than October 2018. We recorded five inches and six tenths of rainfall here at the radio station, compared to just under three inches last year. The average high for the month was 69.1 degrees, compared to 70.5 last October. The average low was 46.6 degrees, compared to 49.8 last year.

The annual Johnsonville Ruritan Christmas Auction is scheduled for this Saturday at the Johnsonville Ruritan Building. A soup supper will begin at 5 p.m., and the auction will begin at 6.

State Representative Luis Arroyo submitted his resignation Friday after service 13 years in the House. He had been charged with bribery in a federal complaint, and his decision came just hours before a special investigating committee was scheduled to begin considering his expulsion. House Speaker Michael Madigan said legislators should continue a promised effort to tighten ethics laws even though the committee for Arroyo will not proceed.

The Illinois Senate has voted to cap insulin costs. The bill limits the out-of-pocket cost for a 30 day supply of insulin to $100, and it only apples to commercial insurance plans regulated by the state. According to the state Department of Public Health, about 1.3 million Illinoisans have diabetes. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

IDNR officials are hoping hunters will take CWD, or chronic waste disease, kits during their endeavors. Spokesperson Rachel Torbert says they will be taking samples through the end of archery season, and the department wants to watch and be sure not to have a resurgence of CWD. Permit information may be found on dnr.illinois.gov.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 20.63 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.82 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 10.25 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.70 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 15.64 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $49.25, up $2.00 from Friday. The November crude oil price is $56.18, up $1.88 from Friday morning.