Headlines for Monday, November 11th

Fairfield’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held this morning at the Fairfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Dave Land was the featured speaker, and he highlighted the role of respect in the history of American military service. He also paid homage to Medal of Honor recipient Kenneth Kays.

The Electric Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet Wednesday evening at 6 at City Hall. It will discuss emergency backup power and/or assistance with Wayne White Electric, with approval of a plan possible. If a plan is approved, it would be sent to the full city council for consideration.

The Illinois State Board of Education recently released the annual Illinois Report Card, which provides a detailed look at various school aspects. New Hope School received the Exemplary designation. To achieve the status, New Hope students performed in the top 10 percent of all schools in Illinois.

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of southern Illinois until 9 this evening. Snow accumulation of two inches is possible in spots, and slick spots may develop on roads. The service says drivers should use caution and slow down while traveling.

In light of potential weather concerns later today, the Cisne Ag Camp will end at 3 this afternoon. It was originally scheduled to end at 4.

26-year-old Fairfield resident David L. Buchanan was arrested yesterday afternoon by Wayne County deputies. He was wanted on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as a Richland County bench warrant. Buchanan was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $695 bond.

Fairfield Police Chief Keith Colclasure reminds Fairfield residents that they can legally burn leaves that have fallen. However, he says they should not burn them on roads, as the roads could be damaged. He also says small recreational fires are allowed, but people cannot leave them unattended.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at City Hall. The night will begin with a public hearing at 5:50 regarding the amendment of the zoning code to allow short term rentals in residential districts. The council is also expected to discuss a proposal for an early plan to restore the Lakeside Reservoir.Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions Department is sponsoring an Antique Christmas Angel Tree for older adults who are in need or do not have nearby family. People can choose an ornament from the tree with the name of an older adult and bring a gift to the department by December 2nd.

Former Wayne County Sheriff Sonny McCulley and his wife Janet have purchased Eagle Supply Company on the south highway out of Fairfield. McCulley says Eagles Supply has been in business since the mid-1900s, and they took ownership recently to keep the county’s agriculture and oil shop from closing.

Hunting season is well underway, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says tree stands pose one of the biggest concerns when it comes to hunting safety. The department has received reports of 19 hunting accidents in the state, and 14 involved tree stands. The IDNR says hunters should make sure their stand is installed properly and securely. They are also urged to use a safety harness and should regularly check all equipment to be sure it is in good condition.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs continues to tout the state’s unclaimed property program. He says it has set records for returns every year he has been in office and gave back nearly $250 million this past year in unclaimed property. In addition to cash, valuable and sentimental personal property, such as Purple Hearts, have also been returned to their rightful owners or surviving family.

The Justice Department has sued James Wilson, former director of the Alexander County Housing Authority, to collect what he agreed to pay to settle a federal claim of fraud. Wilson has been accused of inappropriately spending federal funds on alcohol, food, and on a consulting contract for himself. The lawsuit was reportedly filed on Friday and seeks to collect $500,000.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.14 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.40 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.05 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.62 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.53 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $50.25, unchanged from Friday. The December crude oil price is $56.47, down $0.16 from Friday morning.