Headlines for Sunday, December 8th

U-Haul Company of Illinois, Inc. has announced that TTT Designs has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Fairfield area.  TTT Designs will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.  U-Haul says every one of its trucks placed in a community helps keep 19 personally-owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road, contributing to a lowering of traffic congestion and pollution.

Clear skies and pleasant temperatures allowed for a good crowd Saturday evening in Fairfield for the Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Wayne County Courthouse Lawn.  The parade rolled through downtown Fairfield early Saturday evening, with around 60 floats and units participating.  The event was broadcast on WFIW FM 104.9.  Phyllis Hilliard Wilks served as this year’s parade grand marshal.

The Fairfield Lions Club, along with the Greater Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas Light Tour Monday night.  Transportation by Rides Mass Transit will begin at 5 p.m. at sign up locations on Monday, which include Brookstone Estates, Fairway Apartments, the High Rise, Fairfield Village Apartments and Fairfield’s First United Methodist Church.  Following the tour, those attending will return to the church for light refreshments.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Kent Reeves and Steve Lee.

State Representative Darren Bailey has announced that the Illinois Conservation Foundation is offering $2000 Conservation Achievement Scholarships to Illinois high school seniors.  Applications and information is available through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The opportunity is available to seniors who have demonstrated effective and long-term dedication to the preservation, protection and promotion of Illinois’ natural resources.  Up to four one-time scholarships will be awarded, and the funds can be used for expenses related to the two or four-year college or university degree.  More information can be found online at    ilcf.org

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 25.43 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is now below flood stage, at 13.74 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 28.54 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.82 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel stands at 10.36 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Dry weather is forecast for the area this week, outside of rain late tonight and Monday, possibly ending as some snow early Tuesday morning.