Headlines for Friday, December 6th

Wayne City’s Third Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for next Saturday at 7, and the parade marshals will be Tom and Roxie Blasdel, who recently retired from Shoe Creek Pharmacy. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit and take photos with children at the Wayne City Library at 5:30 next Saturday.

Kevin Leonard, with the Fairfield Water Department, says the boil order that was in effect for 1102, 1104, and 1106 West Delaware Street; residents on the west side of Southwest 11th from West Delaware to Leininger Road; and all of Cheffield Drive has been lifted. Those living in those areas no longer need to boil water to be used for human consumption.

According to Wayne City Superintendent Myron Caudle, the Wayne City High School will hold an open house on December 21st from noon to 2 pm for its new Ag Building. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at noon. Superintendent Caudle says the school will have refreshments for the event.

70-year-old Carmi resident Clifford S. Champion was arrested by White County authorities yesterday on a charge of possession of child pornography after the execution of a search warrant at his home. Champion was transported to the White County Jail and held, with bond set at $10,000.

32-year-old Carl D. Hardig, Jr., was arrested last night by Wayne County deputies on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a revoked license. Hardig was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $395 bond.

The Fairfield Community High School varsity scholastic team claimed second place recently in a SIAC meet at Herrin. FCHS claimed wins over Herrin and Salem and lost to Centralia and Carbondale. Jason Wright had 16 answered tossups for Fairfield, and Jalysse Kinney was second on the team with four.

President Donald Trump’s administration has announced a change regarding food stamps that could affect up to 140,000 Illinois residents. Effective April 1st, able-bodied people, ages 18-49 without dependents, will be taken off the federal SNAP program, as the administration says they are able to work. The hope is reportedly to lead people away from dependence on the government, but some say landing a long-term job is not a simple matter, regardless of job availability.

Fairfield Police Chief Keith Colclasure says several area organizations have partnered with a service called Nixel to provide real-time updates for local emergencies via mobile phone, including storm warnings and traffic events. People can opt-in to the program by texting their zip code to 888-777. Chief Colclasure says the service is running now, and people may sign up for it at any time.

The Fairfield Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade is set for tomorrow at 4:30. Parade Chairperson Jamie Jones says its line-up should be completed by 3:30, and floats will be judged at that time. The parade will be broadcast on 104.9 WFIW and a video stream will be available on wfiwradio.com, courtesy of Fairfield National Bank.

The Cisne FFA Ag Issues team gave a presentation to the Fairfield Rotary Club yesterday regarding the pros and cons of industrial hemp in agriculture. The team of seven seniors won in FFA District V competition last month at SIU Carbondale and has advanced to state competition in June.

The Albion City Council and Albion Rural Fire Board have approved the Albion Fire Department to become a first responder department. The estimated cost to start the program is $7,000, which will be split between the city and Albion rural. First responders will be called when the Ambulance Service needs assistance.

State Representative Blaine Wilhour is calling on Governor J.B. Pritzker to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly to address ethics reform in the state government. He says corruption is not a new issue, and it needs to be shut down on both sides of the aisle. However, he says action taken in the Fall Veto Session, including the formation of a commission to investigate corruption, was not enough, and more should be done before the start of the Spring Legislative Session in January.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 25.63 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.15 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 20.35 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 7.85 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 28.41 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $51.50, up $0.50 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $58.37, up $0.13 from yesterday morning.