Headlines for Sunday, November 10th

The Fairfield Mules football season came to an end Saturday afternoon, as the Mules lost to Breese Mater Dei in the second round of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs by a final of 21 to 6.  The Mules finish their season with a record of 10 and 1,and managed to set the school record for the most wins in a season.  A large crowd of Mules fans was on hand to cheer on the team.  Prior to the game, a good crowd was on hand in downtown Fairfield for the annual Veterans Day Parade, which began at 2 p.m.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY say more cold air is expected in the southern Illinois region on Monday, Veterans Day.  This time some snowfall could accompany the blast of colder air, with accumulations of up to an inch a possibility by Monday night, followed by temperatures staying below freezing on Tuesday and into early Wednesday.  A slight warmup is expected later in the week.  The National Weather Service says the normal low temperature for this time of year is around 40 degrees.

Residents in Fairfield should have received a blue plastic bag from Boy Scout Troop 173, as they were in town Saturday, distributing bags to homes, hoping to collect donated canned goods, boxed goods and other non-perishable food items.  Anyone wishing to donate can place a filled bag or additional bags and boxes on their front porch by next Saturday, November 16th, at which time the scouts will collect them and take them to the Midwest Food Bank to be weighed and sorted, and then donated to the six Fairfield food pantries.

Those interested in recertifying their Illinois Concealed Carry Permit can enroll in the IECC Concealed Carry Recertification Course, which will be offered on Saturday, November 30th at the Advanced Technology Building on West Third Street in Mt. Carmel, Il.  D Ray Etzkorn will be the class instructor, and the cost of the 3-hour class is $50.  The course will provide the three hours of required training to recertify the concealed carry permit.  For more information or to get registered, contact the student services office at Frontier Community College in Fairfield at 877-464-3687 or Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel at 866-982-4322.

Master Gardener Candice Hart at the University of Illinois Extension Office says residents are looking for ways to deal with fallen leaves.  She says some tips for dealing with the leaves include mixing the remains with some leaves to make a great compost starter.  Residents can also mow over the leaves, which can provide good nutrients for the lawn.  More tips for starting a compost pile is available at  extension.illinois.edu  or by contacting your local University of Illinois Extension Office and contacting their master gardener.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 7.71 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 6.34 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 6.96 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.46 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 5.07 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  A dry week of weather is expected in the region, outside of the chance for rain and snow Monday and Monday night.