Headlines for Thursday, November 7th

34-year-old Corey A. Baker was arrested yesterday afternoon on a Wayne County warrant for calculated criminal drug conspiracy and meth conspiracy. The warrants stemmed from an investigation by the Wayne County Drug Task Force into the possible distribution of heroin and meth. He was lodged in the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $7,520 bond.

33-year-old Matthew L. Rusler was arrested last night on a charge of domestic battery. Police reports indicate he, another man, and a woman were drinking, and an argument ensued. Rusler and the other man fought, and the woman was struck as she tried to separate them. Rusler was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the setting of bond. The victim was treated at FMH.

28-year-old Carmi resident Andrew P. Horne was arrested Tuesday night by Carmi Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He was charged with distribution of child pornography and failure to register as a sex offender, and Horne was transported to the White County Jail. The investigation in the case is ongoing.

West Salem Grade School will hold a Veterans Day program at 10 tomorrow morning in the school gym, and the event is open to the public. Johnsonville Elementary School will host a Veterans Day program on Tuesday at 10 a.m. It will serve coffee, juice, and donuts for refreshments. In addition, John’s Butcher Block will serve free lunch to veterans on Monday in honor of their service.

Justice David Overstreet has announced his intention to seek election to the Illinois Supreme Court in next year’s Republican primary. Overstreet was elected to the Fifth District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon last year, and he seeks to fill the vacancy created by Justice Lloyd Karmeier’s upcoming retirement.

Illinois State Police District 19 has released its activity and enforcement figures for the month of October. Troopers recorded 1,229 incidents during the month and issued 289 citations and 409 written warnings for the fatal four violations of DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit has been named one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes,” according to the 2019-2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes list. The unit was placed in the top 19 percent of such institutions in the country with at least one “High Performance” rating.

Members of the FMH Skilled Care Unit

The Cisne FFA Ag Issues team won the District V Ag Issues Leadership Development Event yesterday at SIU Carbondale. Their debate was entitled “Industrial Hemp: High Risks or High Rewards?” The group now advances to state competition prior to the Illinois State FFA Convention. Lewis also finished 3rd Overall in the District V Varsity Job Interview LDE yesterday and will compete in the state competition in June.

From left: Sara Timm, Kailee Weber, Hannah Callahan, Zack Paul, Bailey Lewis, Kylee Rucker, and Melanie Jordan

The CDC says the Wayne County Recycling Drop-Off Area will be closed all weekends and evenings, beginning tomorrow. Its hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The CDC says it knows the importance of the service, but it had no choice other than making adjustments to reduce expenses.

Recycling Restrictions

The Edwards County Board of Education will meet in special session tonight at 6:30 in the K-12 Room 172. The board has three items of new business to discuss, and action is possible on all. The board will discuss potential curriculum changes, maintenance projects, and potential bond work.

Cory Musgrave was recently awarded the Illinois Family Institute’s Voice of Truth Award. The honor is bestowed upon Illinois residents committed to speaking truth with courage, and it was given to Musgrave for his opening prayer at the Illinois General Assembly in May. Musgrave is running as a Republican for the 109th State Representative seat.

Musgrave at the IFI Banquet

After three Illinois State Troopers were recently hit in a four-day timespan, the ISP is again reminding the public to slow down and switch lanes when they see a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road. 26 state police squad cars have been hit this year by drivers not following the Move Over Law, or Scott’s Law; two ISP troopers have died this year as a result of Scott’s Law violations.

The Illinois Pork Producers are looking for new members of a leadership class that will help them grow in the agriculture industry. IPPA Executive Director Jennifer Tirey says they are looking for anyone with a connection to the pork industry, and the application deadline for the no-cost program is November 15th. More details may be found on Illinoispork.com.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 13.75 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.49 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.23 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.70 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 13.35 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $49.25, down $1.00 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $56.85, down $0.05 from yesterday morning.