Headlines for Thursday, November 14th

State Representative Curtis J. Tarver visited Wayne and White counties last week as part of the Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-a-Legislator Program. Among other visits, Tarver stopped at the Byars farm north of Geff, where he experienced a small portion of the corn harvest from a combine cab.

From left: Matthew Byars, Jason Poindexter, Anthony Vaughan, Doug Anderson, David White, Charliegh Tarver, Rep. Curtis Tarver, Larry Beck, Jeff Young, Jim Rush, Fred Blessing, Rodney Byars, Hayden Byars, and Ritchie Byars.

Three people were taken to an area hospital Monday afternoon after a head-on collision near Cisne. Police reports indicate 25-year-old Jedidiah N. Oliver lost control of his vehicle due to icy conditions on Highway 45 and struck a vehicle driven by 32-year-old David B.D. Vaughn. A passenger with Vaughn was also taken to the hospital.

North Wayne EMS responded to a single car accident Monday morning in Cisne. 76-year-old Rudolph Satterfield reportedly attempted to make a quick turn on Highway 45 in a Freightliner truck-tractor, and traveled off the roadway. The vehicle eventually overturned on its driver’s side. Satterfield reportedly refused transport to an area hospital, and a tow truck was called to the scene.

The McLeansboro City Council met earlier this week and discussed a proposed McLeansboro-Fairfield Electricity Interconnect. The council was told the City of Fairfield owns an alternate source line to a McLeansboro substation, and it is looking into using the line as a secondary source of power.

The North Wayne Christmas for Kids program will hold a large toy auction tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Cisne Community Center. In addition to toys, house-ware, and Christmas décor, concessions and a meal will be available. The event will benefit Christmas for kids in the North Wayne Area.

The Electric Committee of the Fairfield City Council met last night. The committee is in the early stages of a feasibility study with Wayne-White Electric regarding the co-op potentially serving the city. While the committee gathers data, it is working to establish the co-op as an emergency backup for the city’s power grid.

The Wayne County Board will meet tonight at 7. In addition to dealing with various committee appointments, the board is expected to hear from Sonny and Janet McCulley regarding the Illinois Separation Movement. The McCulleys are seeking a vote of support from the board.

Judge Michael Molt sentenced a juvenile to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. The juvenile was sentenced in relation to a rash of car and business burglaries several weeks ago. Another juvenile and two adults had previously been sentenced for the burglaries. 41-year-old Jeffery W. Wilkins was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, plus one year of mandatory supervision upon his release, on Tuesday, as well. He had admitted to violating his probation on an original offense of possession of meth.

Fairfield’s fourth MAPPING the Future of Your Community session will be held tonight at 5:30 at the Elks Club. After identifying high-priority goals in previous meetings, people will group together to determine ways to achieve the goals tonight. The final meeting will be held next Thursday.

The First Fairfield Rotary Club/Wayne County Farm Bureau Travelogue is set for tonight, and it will feature a live narration by Marlin Darrah on Central and South America. The program starts at 7:15 at Fairfield’s First Baptist Church. Admission is by season ticket only, and tickets will be sold at the door tonight at a cost of $30.

The Illinois Senate has voted to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. The idea was presented to Senator Andy Manar by high school students in his district, and it calls for Illinoisans to set their clocks forward an hour in March and leave them there. However, even if the bill becomes law, it wouldn’t take effect until Congress gives the state a waiver from the current practice or there is a change in federal law.

The Illinois House has passed a bill consolidating municipal fire and police pensions. The measure moves the state’s 649 separate police and fire pension systems into just two- one for firemen and one for police. Lieutenant Governor Dan Hines says pension funds lose about one million dollars per day while nothing is done, and a potential consolidation should result in higher returns.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.25 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.33 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.66 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.48 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.63 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $50.00, up $0.25 from yesterday. The December crude oil price is $57.46, up $1.08 from yesterday morning.