Headlines for Saturday, November 30

ISP District 19 released the results of their November STEP Patrol. There were 46 speeding citations and one warning with no citations for Distracted Driving, Child Restraint Violations, or DUI drug/alcohol citations.

Harmony Way Bridge is now on the Illinois Dept. of Transportation bulletin for future work to begin. 31 eligible firms will bid to begin an inspection; the last inspection was completed in 2017. Final selection is up to Indiana and Illinois authorities.

The annual Olney Christmas Parade scheduled for tonight at 6:30 has been postponed until tomorrow, December 1st.

The Nighttime Lighted Parade in Carmi will kick off tonight at 5:30 at the Carmi First Baptist Church Parking Lot, and will end at Veterans Memorial Park. Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow at Veterans Memorial Park.

Grayville’s annual lighted Christmas Parade scheduled for tonight has been postponed to a date to be determined.

The deadline to turn in petitions to be on the March 17 primary ballot is Monday. In the Edwards County Board of Commissioners race Incumbent and Chairman of the Board, Duane Lear, and West Salem resident, Jon Webber are listed as having taken out petitions.

Salem City Councilman and owner of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Salem, Craig Morton, is officially a Democratic candidate for the 15th District Congressional Race. Republican candidates Darren Duncan of Rossville, Kerry Wolff of Altamont, and Mary Miller of Oakland have filed to replace retiring Congressman John Shimkus.

State Rep. Blain Wilhour of Beecher City filed his petition Wednesday afternoon to seek a second term as State Representative.

Senate Majority Leader, Kim Lightford, and Democratic Assistant Majority Leader, Don Harmon have emerged as front runners for Illinois Senate President. It takes a majority vote of the entire Senate to elect a leader.

River stages as of early this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 19.14 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 8.90 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 16.71 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 6.84 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 16.79 feet.