Headlines for Tuesday, December 10th

Former Fairfield Alderman Ron Rush was sentenced to a five year prison term this afternoon Wayne County Circuit Court for indecent solicitation of a child. The 74-year-old Rush was sentenced by Judge Barry Vaughan after pleading guilty back in July. Vaughan denied a request by Rush to report to the Department of Corrections next week. He is being held now at the Wayne County Jail and will soon be handed over to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Rush was also ordered to pay $5586 in fines and court costs. At the conclusion of his five year term, Rush will have to register as a sex offender.

The Fairfield Lions Club and Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce held their Senior Citizens Light Tour yesterday. Jerry and Norma Vaughan won first place in the tour and a $50 cash prize. Diana and Harold White won second place and $40, and Shawn Boyd won third place and $25. 41 individuals attended the tour, and they viewed 28 homes, the Festival of Lights and Leo French Park, and Joe Phelps’ lights display.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau has been recognized by the Illinois Farm Bureau with the 2019 President’s Award for programming efforts in the bureau’s Membership Group Two. The President of the Wayne County Farm Bureau is David White, and Doug Anderson is Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager.

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident yesterday just west of Keenes. Police say 58-year-old Julia R. Lamberson rear-ended 61-year-old Lena D. Mason on Highway 15 near Keenes. Lamberson was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

31-year-old Matthew T. Gaudern was arrested yesterday afternoon by Wayne County deputies on a charge of disorderly conduct. Gaudern was taken to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $120 bond.

Illinois State Police District 19 has announced the results of their 18th annual in-house Charity Auction that was held yesterday. Roughly $2,100 was raised from the event and other monetary donations, and District 19 plans to make a $300 donation to charitable organizations in each of the seven counties it serves.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. Aldermen are expected to vote on an ordinance regarding cannabis regulations in the city. Should businesses be approved, the council would need to discuss their zoning and occupation tax. It could also prohibit cannabis businesses entirely.

The council is also expected to approve a tax levy ordinance. Mayor Brent Maguire says the City has not raised property taxes for the past three years, but an increase of 4.96 percent is expected to be approved tonight. He says a primary reason for the raise is the city’s pension obligations.

Edwards County Commissioners met last night with the Edwards County Ambulance Board and representatives from Wabash General Hospital. After much discussion, Commissioners agreed to allow the Ambulance Board more time to discuss options for a hospital takeover of the ambulance service.

Kevin Leonard, with the Fairfield Water Department, has announced a boil order for several areas in Fairfield, including: all of Delaware Street from Airport Road to Southwest 11th, the east side of Airport Road from Main Street to Leininger Road, all of Clarence Avenue, Leninger Road from Airport Road to Southwest 11th, all of West Center Drive, all of Cheffield Drive, the south side of Main Street from McDonald’s to Airport Road, the west side of Southwest 11th from Delaware to Leininger Road, and Talbert and Parker Court.

FCHS After-Prom has announced winners for its 12 Days of Christmas promotion. Today’s winner of $250 was Kevin Greathouse. Yesterday’s winner was Dr. Mahmud, who donated his $500 winnings back to After-Prom. Live video drawings will be conducted daily on several Facebook pages- including Fairfield Spiffy-cation, Fairfield Talk, and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce- and each winner will also be announced on WFIW. Drawings are expected to take place at around 10 each morning.

Illinois residents have the chance to give their feedback on the state’s transportation system until December 31st. IDOT has put out its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey, and it can be found at idot.illinois.gov. IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell says the survey covers a wide range of topics, and he says the transportation system affects everyone in the state, even those who don’t drive.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says flu cases are picking up in the state, but they haven’t peaked yet. She says it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective, and she urges those that do become ill to stay home and cover their coughs and sneezes.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 24.60 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.80 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.72 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 4.40 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 27.82 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $51.75, down $0.50 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $58.78, down $0.02 from yesterday morning.