Headlines for Tuesday, November 19th

36-year-old Jamie N. Cline was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital yesterday after a two-car crash on Enterprise Road north of Fairfield. Cline’s vehicle was struck by 26-year-old Trevor A. Wolfe, who reportedly left the scene on foot. He was later located and arrested for leaving the scene of an accident causing damage.

27-year-old Shelby L. Harris was also booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. She was arrested by county deputies on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of controlled or counterfeit substances. Harris was held in jail, pending the posting of bond.

This week is Operation Christmas Child Collection Week, and North Side Baptist Church in Fairfield is the Wayne County drop-off location. The church will collect OCC boxes for two hours each day until Monday. Tomorrow’s hours will run from 2 to 4 p.m., and more times are available on the church’s Facebook page.

Illinois State Police District 19 has announced the results of a Special Traffic Enforcement Patrol conducted in Wayne County this past weekend. Troopers issued a total of 41 written warnings and 13 citations- 26 were for speeding, and two were for alcohol or drug related offenses.

The Cisne High School Class of 2020 will host a fundraising dinner in the high school gym on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner will be provided by Country Roads as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets will cost $11 for adults and $6 for children. Donations will be accepted for baked goods.

The FCHS Board of Education met last night and discussed a proposed 11.99 percent increase in the tax levy for taxes payable in 2020. The board will vote on the proposal at its meeting next month, and a Truth in Taxation Hearing must be held prior to the vote. The board also approved the district’s FY19 Audit and hired Trinity Britton as a paraprofessional and Justin Titzer and Quentin Clevenger as volunteer wrestling coaches. The school’s College and Career Fair that was cancelled last week due to weather is expected to be rescheduled for the spring.

The Edwards County School Board met last night and approved a request from the Junior class to hold Prom next year off school property. Prom will instead be held at The Granary in New Harmony, and tickets will cost $25 each. The Promenade will still be held at the K-12 on the day of the Prom. In other business, the board approved the tax levy for next year, and Superintendent David Cowger reportedly said, for a $100,000 home, the taxes paid next year would be about $15 less than this year, if all goes as planned.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 7 at Bob Boyles Hall in Fairfield. The district will hold a public hearing regarding its 2019 tax levy, and it is expected to approve that levy in its regular session. The board is also expected to appoint a Chancellor Search Committee.

In August, the John R. Cash Revocable Trust filed a complaint against Johnny and June’s in Flora and its owners, Dustin and Kathy Smith, for copyright infringement, among other things. The business said, as of last Friday, that case has been settled, and it will now be known as Venue 720.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent last month and about 1,900 jobs were added in October, particularly in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and government jobs. The national unemployment rate for October came in at 3.6 percent.

Rita Frazer, director of network and audio services for the Illinois Farm Bureau’s FRD Radio Network, was named president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting last week. Frazer had previously been president-elect, and she was elected national vice president in 2017. She has led the RFD Radio Network since 2015.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 5.94 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.37 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.45 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.42 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.36 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $50.00, down $0.75 from yesterday. The December crude oil price is $56.43, down $1.31 from yesterday morning.