Headlines for Wednesday, November 27th

56-year-old Robert J. Dodge was arrested Monday night by Edwards County authorities on several charges, including possession of meth with intent to deliver, unlawful use of property, and possession of firearm ammunition by a felon. He was lodged in the White County Jail, pending the posting of bond.

27-year-old Wayne City resident Blake A. Powell was arrested yesterday morning on a charge of defrauding a drug or alcohol test. Powell was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $2,020 bond.

30-year-old Coleman R. Taylor was sentenced to prison yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to counts of possession of less than five grams of meth and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was given four years for the meth count and three for the weapon count, to be served concurrently.

Crawford County State’s Attorney Matthew Hartrich has filed his nomination papers with the State Board of Elections for the At-Large Circuit Judge Vacancy in the Second Judicial District. The position was previously held by Judge David Overstreet, and it covers 12 counties, including Wayne and Edwards.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and heard from 14 residents in a public hearing regarding the local regulation of adult use cannabis. Eight of the 14 were in favor of allowing the sale of cannabis in the city, and three aldermen also voiced their support. No action was taken by the council, though they will again address the issue next month.

In other business, Mayor Brent Maguire’s proposal to hire a Public Works Superintendent received little support from aldermen. No vote was taken, but discussion on the matter halted amid concerns of paying for the position and adding another layer of administration for the city to work through. The council also approved a $100 Christmas bonus to all full-time city employees, plus $5 for every year of service; all part-time employees, including volunteer firefighters, will receive a $50 bonus.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will host a special event for children with sensory issues and/or Autism to visit with Santa next month. The event will be held on December 21st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FMH Medical Arts Complex. Pre-registration is required, and people may register by calling 847-8243.

JT’s Restaurant in Wayne City will hold a Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no charge for the meal, though donations will be accepted. All donations will be used to help with holiday needs for area families, and anyone looking to help tomorrow should call 895-1329. Deliveries will be available, as well, and people should call the number above to request a delivery or to make a reservation at the restaurant.

Fall harvest is wrapping up for many farmers, according to the final weekly statewide crop report. 88 percent of corn and 95 percent of soybeans have been harvested, which remains behind the five-year-average. 91 percent of winter wheat acres have emerged, with 45 percent in 45 percent in good-to-excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated as three percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

With Black Friday later this week, the Better Business Bureau says many people will take their search for the perfect gift online in the coming days, scour local stores, or opt for a gift card. The BBB says people should do their research prior to any purchase, especially for deals that seem too good to pass up. It also says it is important to obtain and keep receipts for all gift purchases in case an item needs to be returned later.

The Illinois Association of School Boards voted against a resolution supporting teachers and other school employees carrying guns in school recently. Much of the measure’s support came from rural districts that can’t hire school resource officers. Opponents, including districts in Chicago and its suburbs, say it’s a safety risk to arm teachers.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 8.97 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.49 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 14.57 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 7.30 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 6.38 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $51.50, up $0.50 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $58.45, up $0.44 from yesterday morning.