Headlines for Friday, November 8th

The second installment of Wayne County property taxes is due November 22nd. Certified delinquent letters will go out December 10th, and an additional $10 plus interest will be added to the bill. The last day to make a payment is December 26th, and delinquent taxes will be published on January 6th.

25-year-old James R. Grebe-Heck was arrested yesterday by Wayne County deputies on Wayne County warrants for two counts of burglary and four counts of identity theft. He was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of $5,020 bond. 19-year-old Brady M. Thomason was booked in the jail on Effingham and Clay county failure to appear warrants for delivery/manufacture of cannabis and possession of cannabis. He was held, with bond set at $1,170. 46-year-old Shana L. Ewing was arrested by Fairfield police on a federal warrant; she was lodged in jail and held without bond.

31-year-old Nicole Parker pleaded guilty earlier this week in Wayne County Circuit Court to a count of deceptive practice. Parker was sentenced to one year conditional discharge and six days in jail. She was also ordered to pay over $400 in restitution to a Fairfield business. 30-year-old Joshua R. Porter pleaded guilty to a count of burglary. He was sentenced to two years special section probation, plus time served. He was also ordered to pay $400 in restitution. 37-year-old Michael E. Wood pleaded guilty to a count of battery. He was sentenced to six months supervision and ordered to pay $326 in fines and court costs.

The annual Fairfield Veterans Day Parade will begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Jeremy and Donna Reever will broadcast the parade on wfiwradio.com. The broadcast will be a video stream, and it will not be carried on 104.9. Those wishing to watch the parade should click the videos tab in the upper right-hand corner of wfiwradio.com.

FCHS will face off against Breese Mater Dei in playoff volleyball and football in the coming hours. The volleyball Super-Sectional matchup will begin at 6 at Vandalia High School, and admission is $7. Gates at the Trainyard for tomorrow’s football game will open at 2, and admission will be $6.

Richland County Sheriff Andy Hires is one of three announced candidates for the Republican nomination for the 109th District State Representative seat. He said he believe his experience in law enforcement would help him if he is elected, but he believes all three candidates are on the same team.

Fairfield FFA members Miriem Foster, Maddison Oliver, and Maria Ward were recently selected for the Growmark Foundation FFA Jacket Award, in honor of former Growmark Vice President Mike Builta. 25 jackets will be provided in Illinois each year over the next four years.

The Edwards County varsity Scholastic Bowl team won first place last night at a Southern Illinois Academic Conference Tournament in Marion. The Lions beat Marion, Mt. Vernon, Centralia, and Herrin, and they were paced by Jack Krouse and Aaron Brown, who answered 22 and 19 tossups, respectively. The Lions are 10-2 on the season.

The Edwards County Board of Education met in special session last night. After a lengthy discussion, the board decided to meet with Schneider Electric for a walk through examining possible electric work in the district. Another special meeting will be called in the coming weeks to discuss the findings of the walk through.

Phillip Cooper, who along with his wife operates the Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen in Fairfield, spoke at yesterday’s Rotary Meeting. He said the kitchen has served almost 30,000 meals since it began in 2018. The Rotary Club gave Cooper a donation of $813 at yesterday’s meeting.

Donnie Miller, Kevin Bowen, and Rod Garrison are the winners of the annual Quail and Upland Game Alliance gun raffle. Miller will have first choice of three guns, Bowen second choice, and Garrison will receive the third. Entries for the raffle were gathered from seven area fall festivals.

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Deputy Republican Leader Tom Demmer announced a sweeping ethics reform package yesterday morning to address unacceptable practices brought to light recently by members of the General Assembly. The package includes at least five bills in direct response to federal investigations, such as a bill banning lawmakers and their immediate, live-in family members from performing paid lobbying work with local government units. Durkin called on lawmakers and Governor J.B. Pritzker to support the initiatives and move them forward in next week’s veto session.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 10.44 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.69 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.89 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.99 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 11.13 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $50.25, up $1.00 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $56.63, down $0.22 from yesterday morning.