Headlines for Tuesday, December 3rd

The Fairfield Lions Club and Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the Annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas Light Tour this coming Monday. People may sign up for the tour at Brookstone Estates, Fairway Apartments, the High Rise, Fairfield Village Apartments, or the First United Methodist Church. Transportation by Rides Mass Transit will begin at 5 p.m. at the sign-up locations on Monday. Anyone who would like to nominate a home for the tour should call the Chamber office at 842-6116 by the close of business this Friday. Locations must be within city limits.

According to a Facebook post from Fairfield Community High School, tonight’s girls basketball game against Wayne City will be a Varsity-only contest due to Wayne City injuries. The Varsity match-up will begin at 6:15, and it will be followed by a short, inter-squad Junior Varsity and Freshmen game.

North Wayne Education Association President Jeff Baker recently presented North Wayne Christmas for Kids representative Leslie Riley with a $100 donation. The Christmas for Kids program helps needy children in the North Wayne area receive Christmas gifts.

Riley and Baker

57-year-old Steven Sullivan was arrested by McLeansboro police Saturday morning for violating an order of protection. Sullivan was taken into custody, transported to the White County Jail, and held, pending the setting and posting of bond.

State Representative Darren Bailey recently sponsored a resolution to honor and recognize the 100th year of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Bailey said the state was grateful for the work the Chamber has done in fighting for jobs and economic growth that supports the families in Illinois.

The Wayne City Village Board met last night and again discussed the village’s flooding issues. Mayor Rocky Hedden said the plan is to contact the state for assistance, as it is not doing its job. The board noted that heavy rainfall shows problems on the state highways, which likely cause flooding. Wayne City’s third annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for next Saturday, December 14th, and it will begin at 7. Anyone interested in submitting an entry for the parade should call Bridget Simpson at 895-4329. Entries must be submitted by this Friday, and Simpson will also have line-up information.

The Albion City Council met last night and addressed changes to the city’s water billing structure. Effective January 1st, water deposits will increase to $250, and bills must be paid by the 10th of each month. Water will then be shut off on the 25th of a month until bills are paid. The council also approved the audit from Kemper CPA, the city’s tax levy, and a First Responder Program for the Albion Fire Department. In other business, City Attorney Les Smith announced he would be resigning from his post at the end of the month. Shaun Sager was appointed as Assistant Police Chief, as well.

According to preliminary statistics from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, hunters in Wayne County harvested 943 deer in the first firearm season last month. Edwards County hunters harvested 219 deer. The numbers are down from their 2018 counterparts of 1,022 and 290, respectively. A full list of numbers by county can be found at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/Hunters-Harvested-50,173-Deer-During-Opening-Weekend-of-Illinois-Firearm-Season.aspx

The Wayne and Edwards County Farm Service Agency is reminding producers that the upcoming acreage reporting deadline for fall-seeded small grains is December 15th. Anyone seeking more information or who has questions should contact the FSA Office at 842-7602, Extension 2.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has vetoed a $50 million tax forgiveness bill for companies that work on private jets. The bill passed in unanimous fashion in the House, and the Senate recorded just one no vote, so it is expected to be overturned. Governor Pritzker said it wasn’t right to forgive past due taxes from those businesses in terms of balancing the budget.

Alaina Hampton, a former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, has reached a $275,000 settlement to a federal lawsuit she filed against several of his political committees. She will reportedly receive $75,000, and the remainder will go to attorneys’ fees and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund to support women reporting workplace sexual harassment. Hampton alleged she was hindered from advancing in Madigan’s organization after alleging sexual harassment by a top Madigan lieutenant.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 25.29 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 11.89 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 20.84 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 16.49 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 26.32 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $48.75, up $0.50 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $56.37, down $0.03 from yesterday morning.