Headlines for Tuesday, November 26th

37-year-old Carmi resident Charles E. Pugh was sentenced to 50 years in prison yesterday in White County Circuit Court. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud says Pugh was convicted of one count of dissemination of child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography.

The City of Fairfield is reminding residents that they should use standard size 20 gallon bags for disposal of leaves, grass clippings, sticks, and all yard waste that is bagged. Bags must be set on the ground and curbside for pickup. Anyone with questions can call 842-3261 or 842-2294.

The Fairfield Police Department will be accepting applications for the full-time position of Telecommunicator until early next month. Applications will be available at Fairfield City Hall on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they must be returned to City Hall by 3 p.m. on December 9th.

Lick Prairie Christian Church in Mt. Carmel will host a Live Nativity from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on December 14th. The church says it will be a live walk-through Nativity, but transportation to and from vehicles, as well as through the Nativity, will be provided for those in need. There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be served.

A recent survey of bankers suggests the economy continues to grow in rural part of Illinois and nine other Plains and Western states. The survey indicates the economy has grown since October, but ongoing trade disputes continue to hurt confidence in the outlook for future growth.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. A public hearing will be held at 5:30 regarding the local regulation of adult-use cannabis, and Mayor Brent Maguire says people do not have to register to speak at the hearing. However, people will have a three-minute limit for their speeches. Aldermen will also discuss the matter.

In other council business, aldermen are expected to discuss adding a Public Works Superintendent. Mayor Maguire says a similar position has existed in the past, and it would allow him to delegate certain responsibilities. He says 50 to 75 percent of his time is spent dealing with day-to-day operations.

The Edwards County Board of Education in special session last night and spoke with Schneider Electric. The board authorized Superintendent David Cowger to proceed with several projects, including the replacement of the HVAC system at the K-12 and boilers at West Salem.

Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen will offer a full Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, according to Lois Dishman Cooper, and it will also provide meals to the jail for the holiday. She says the organization has held a meal on Thanksgiving Day in the past, but it was moved so as not to compete with local churches.

Members of the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois continue to talk propane shortage, and the item will likely get more attention at the association’s annual convention in February. GFAI Executive Director Jeff Adkisson says other tops discussed will include regulatory guidelines, training employees, and weather risk and its impact on production agriculture. The convention will be held from February 16-18 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

Illinois is launching its annual “Winter Weather, Get It Together” Campaign to urge the public to stay safe on roadways as weather gets bad. The Department of Transportation says people should ask themselves if a trip is really necessary when roads are bad, and it says people who do travel should have an emergency kit in their cars; the kits could include jumper cables, wiper fluid, blankets, an ice scraper, and material like kitty litter for traction.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.99 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.73 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.36 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.07 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.96 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $51.00, up $0.25 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $58.01, up $0.10 from yesterday morning.