Headlines for Wednesday, November 6th

Anyone looking to enter Saturday’s Fairfield Veterans Day Parade does still have time, and anyone with an entry should call 516-3111. Activities will begin at 1 on Saturday with a flag-raising at Freedom Park, and the parade will begin at 2. On Monday, a Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 at the Fairfield CP Church.

28-year-old Karissa N. Nino-Taylor and 40-year-old Joseph C. Cannon were recently booked in the Wayne County Jail. Nino-Taylor was wanted on two warrants, and Cannon was wanted on one warrant, each from Wayne County. Both were held in jail, pending the posting of bond.

The Illinois Petroleum Resources Board will have a representative at FCHS next week. Seth Whitehead will detail oil career opportunities at 9:54 Tuesday morning. The FCHS College and Career Fair will be held from 12:30 to 3 that day in the school’s east gymnasium.

The West Salem Grade School Fall Bash is scheduled for this Friday. A chili supper will run from 5 to 7 at the school, and a dessert auction will follow at 7:15 in the gym. The cost of the supper is a free-will donation, and proceeds from the night will benefit the West Salem PTO for future projects.

SIU Carbondale Chancellor John Dunn will deliver his 2019 State of the University address this afternoon at 3 in the Student Center Ballrooms on campus. Text and video of the address will be posted after the event at chancellor.siu.edu.

Wayne County businesswoman Sarah Frey says she has decided not to run for the 15th Congressional seat, but she says she will continue to be active in politics and has not ruled out future opportunities. She said the timing wasn’t right for her to set aside her businesses to campaign for the seat, which will be vacated by the retirement of John Shimkus. She is best known as America’s Pumpkin Queen.

Frontier Community College has been named one of the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Just 15 percent of community colleges nationwide may apply. FCC was previously recognized as a Top 150 U.S. Community College in 2017. More information on the selection process and a list of the top 150 eligible institutions can be found at www.highered.aspeninstitute.org/aspen-prize.

Center Street School will hold a Veterans Day program at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the First Christian Church in Fairfield. Superintendent Dr. Scott England says the event is open to anyone who wishes to attend, and it is in honor of all those who have or are currently serving our country.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently entered a storage shed belonging to Crystal Miller in Cisne. A Kenmore front-loading dryer, remote controlled airplanes, golf clubs, and various kitchen items were reportedly stolen. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

Producers made slight progress this past week, according to the latest statewide crop report; only about two days were suitable for fieldwork, preventing any big headway. 77 percent of soybeans have been harvested, and 83 percent of winter wheat has been planted. 95 percent of corn is mature, and 58 percent of the crop has been harvested, up from 54 percent last week. Average statewide topsoil moisture increased to 29 percent surplus, 65 percent adequate, five percent short, and one percent very short.

In just under one year, Illinois residents will vote on whether or not to change the state’s income tax system from a Flat Tax to a Progressive Tax. Opponents of the plan argue that a Flat Tax holds politicians to the promise not to raise income taxes, while the Progressive Tax cannot offer such guarantees. Supporters of the new plan say 97 percent of Illinois residents would pay the same or less in taxes under the graduated tax.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 17.19 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.53 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.71 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.31 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 14.30 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $50.25, up $1.00 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $56.90, up $0.06 from yesterday morning.