Headlines for Saturday, November 9th

The Fairfield Lady Mules volleyball team’s season came to an end Friday at the Class 2A Super Sectionals in Vandalia, as Fairfield lost in two sets to Breese Mater Dei 25 to 11 and 25 to 8.  As the Lady Mules volleyball season ends, the Fairfield Mules football team will look for another win today in the Class 3A high school football playoffs as the Mules play at home today against Mater Dei, with the game beginning at 4 p.m. at the Trainyard.  Prior to today’s game, the annual Veteran’s Day parade will be held in Fairfield beginning at 2 p.m.

Boy Scout Troop 173 will be Scouting for Food to feed the hungry in Fairfield today.  In conjunction with the Midwest Food Bank, Fairfield Cub and Boy scouts will be placing bags on doorknobs in Fairfield neighborhoods, hoping to collect canned goods, boxed goods and other non-perishable food items.  The scouts will return next Saturday to collect the items.  Anyone wishing to donate can place a filled bag, or additional bags or boxes, on their front porch.  Scouts will collect them and take them to Midwest Food Bank to be weighed and sorted, and then donated to the six Fairfield food pantries.

White County Sheriff Doug Maier reports Thursday the arrest of Clayton Andrew Swanner of Crossville on a charge of aggravated domestic battery, and was being held without bond as of Thursday night.  Sheriff Maier says White County 911 received a call stating that a female subject had come to a residence asking for help, and said she had burns on her body, stating her son had set fire to a house in Crossville and pushed her into the fire.  Police arrived at the residence on Superior Lane and located Cathy Brandenstein, and said there was a small fire on the porch area and living room.  An effort was made to locate Swanner, who was found walking down the road in front of the house a short time later.

Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal crash on I-57 in Franklin County Friday night that left one man dead.  Reports indicated the crash happened just after 6:30 p.m. on northbound I-57 at the 64-mile marker near the West Frankfort exit, according to a release by the ISP.  A police officer had tried to stop a man driving a vehicle for a traffic violation and question him about the vehicle’s registration, when the driver refused to stop and sped down southbound I-57 according to police.  He then tried to pass another vehicle on the shoulder and collided with another vehicle, resulting in it coming to rest in the center median.  The driver then left his vehicle and ran into the northbound lanes of I-57 and was hit by an oncoming vehicle and killed at the scene.  The names of those involved were not immediately released.

Those interested in recertifying their Illinois Concealed Carry Permit can enroll in the IECC Concealed Carry Recertification Course on Saturday, November 30th at the Advanced Technology Building on the campus of Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.  The course will run from 8 to 11 a.m. and D Ray Etzkorn will be the instructor.  Pre-registration is required by calling 877-464-3687 or 866-982-4322.

Here’s the area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield at 8.65 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 6.64 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 9.09 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.57 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 5.33 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.