Headlines for Thursday, November 28

Rob Davis, son of Wayne City residents LaDeanna and Bob Davis, will be in today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He will be part of the company’s Singing Christmas Tree, made up of Macy’s and Delta Airlines employees. This is Rob’s third year in the parade.

56-year-old Albion resident, Robert J. Dodge was arrested Monday night by Edwards County authorities on charges of possession of meth with intent to deliver, unlawful use of property, possession of drug prarphernalia, and possession of firearm ammunition by a felon. He was booked into the White County Jail and held pending the setting and posting of bond.

30-year-old Fairfield resident, Coleman R. Taylor was sentenced to four years in 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 also sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a Class 4 Felony weapon count. He will serve one year of mandatory supervision upon his release.

24-year-old Grayville resident James C. McFarland was sentenced to a total of eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Tuesday in Edwards County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to a count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Two other counts were dismissed per his plea deal. He will serve two years of mandatory supervision upon his release.

One of the two victims in Monday’s double shooting in Mt. Vernon has died. According to MVPD, 36-year-old Clifton Moore died from his injuries suffered in the shooting in the 1700 block of S. 12th St. in Mt. Vernon.  The condition of the second victim is unknown at this time. Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call MVPD at 242-2131 or Jefferson County Crime Stoppers at 242-8477. You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

White County and Grayville will hold their Christmas Parades this Saturday evening. The Nighttime Lighted Parade in Carmi will kick off at 5:30 at the Carmi First Baptist Church Parking Lot, and will end on Main Street by Veteran’s Memorial Park. Grayville’s annual lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6 on Saturday, and this year’s theme is “Toys on Parade”, presented by the Grayville Chamber of Commerce for Small Business.

Amy Hart, with Wabash Area Development Inc, says she is looking for bell-ringers for Salvation Army collections for the holiday season. Bell-ringers will be located at Walmart in favorable weather. In the event of rain or snow, they will move to Save-A-Lot, which allows them to set up indoors. Anyone interested should call Amy Hart at 842-2962.

The deadline to turn in petitions to be on the March 17 primary ballot for a seat on the Edwards County Board of Commissioners is set for Monday. Incumbent Duane Lear has already turned in his petition to run for re-election. West Salem resident, Jon Webber has also taken out a petition for the seat.

The Harmony Way Bridge is now on the Illinois Department of Transportation bulletin for future work to begin. 31 eligible firms will bid to begin an inspection of the bridge. The last inspection was done in 2017. The final selection is up to both the states of Indiana and Illinois.

Grayville Chief of Police, Roy Mann, submitted his formal resignation during the Grayville City Council meeting on Monday, November 25.

State Sen. Marin Sandoval, whose Statehouse office was raided by federal agents in September, announced Wednesday that he will step down from his seat effective Jan.1. Sandoval is the second state lawmaker from Chicago to resign under a legal cloud this month.

River stages as of this morning: the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 11.71 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 10.53 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.74 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 7.48 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 10.82 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $57.74, up $6.24 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $58.45, up $0.44 from yesterday morning.