Headlines for Friday, November 29th

Midwest Food Bank in Fairfield is looking to raise $6,300 to run its operations each month. Don Witter says the Food Bank gives $585,000 worth of food each month and serves 75,000 people. He also says it only gives food to pantries, with the exception of its Christmas Food Basket Program on December 14th.

Frontier Community College has scheduled free GED Test Prep classes in Fairfield for the Spring 2020 semester. Classes begin the week of January 6th, and daytime and evening options are available. Anyone seeking information on registration and orientation times can call FCC at 842-3711.

The Fairfield Lions Club will collect Christmas lights that no longer work on January 4th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fairfield First United Methodist Church. The club will also accept donations of eyeglasses, hearing aids, empty ink cartridges, cell phones, soda tabs, and keys. The items will be recycled, with proceeds used to help fund Lions Club programs throughout the state. Anyone with questions should contact Lions Club member David Savage at 516-1229.

Wayne County’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.5 to 4.3 percent in October, according to recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Edwards County saw its rate drop slightly as well, going from 3.7 to 3.6 percent. Their October 2018 rates were 5.6 and 4.5 percent, respectively.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging a controversial state law that allows someone to be convicted of murder if a death occurs during the commission of another forcible felony, even if it is caused by someone else. At least two bills have been introduced in the state General Assembly to narrow how it’s applied.

According to reports from the state, Thousands of revoked FOID cards are unaccounted for. FOID cards are required in Illinois to possess a gun, but only 37-percent of those that have been revoked have actually been turned in. More than 42-thousand FOID cards have been revoked.

Illinois State Police District 19 announced the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol held in Wabash and Edwards Counties during November. There were 13 Safety Belt Citations and one Child Restraint Citation. Troopers wrote a total of 19 Citations and three Written Warnings.

The City of Grayville will hold a specially called city council meeting Monday, December 2nd, at 7:00 PM. There will be an Executive Session followed by the Regular Session in which they will discuss the Dispatch Agreement, Excess Flow Valves (Telemetry) for the Water Tower Maintenance Project, and review an application to solicit donations for American Legion Poppy Day.

River stages as of early this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 17.37 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.86 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.94 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 4.42 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 14.87 feet.