Headlines for Wednesday, December 11th

The second installment of Edwards County Real Estate taxes is due today. Payments may be made in person, online, by mail, or in the dropbox on the northeast side of the Edwards County Courthouse. Certified letters will be sent out next week, and the annual tax sale will be on January 29th.

The City of Fairfield says all boil orders that were in effect in city limits have been cancelled. City residents no longer need to boil water to be used for human consumption.

The Secret Santa Committee, based out of the Fairfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church, would like to remind parents that the pickup date for this year’s program is this Saturday. Presents for children may be picked up at the Fairfield CP Church on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

21-year-old David R. Hudgens, Jr., was arrested yesterday on a Wayne County warrant for possession of meth and delivery of or possession with intent to deliver meth. Hudgens was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $5,020 bond. 62-year-old Kevin R. Warren was arrested last night on a Clay County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of criminal trespass to vehicles. Warren was lodged in the jail, with his bond set at $595.

The Fairfield Police Department has confirmed that people who have signed up for Nixle, a new community alert system, received a message regarding people being unable to call from their landline phones. Frontier Communications reportedly gave no estimate as to when the issue would be remedied. People may sign up for Nixle alerts by texting their zip code to 888-777.

Illinois State Police District 19 has announced its activity and enforcement figures for the month of November. Troopers issued 552 citations for the month, including 383 for the Fatal Four violations of DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving. Troopers also investigated 83 traffic crashes.

Today’s FCHS After Prom 12 Days of Christmas winner is Robyn Adcock. She will receive $200.

The Fairfield City Council voted 5-3 last night to permit the sale of recreational cannabis within the Fairfield City Limits. A three percent tax on cannabis sales was also approved, and business zoning details will be worked out with City Attorney Darrin Rice. Potential retailers will be required to gain approval from the city’s Zoning Board.

The council also approved a tax levy ordinance, and the levy increase of 4.96 percent is expected to generate an additional $37,000. This will be the first levy increase in three years, and it will be used in part to fund fire and police pensions.

74-year-old former Fairfield alderman Ronald E. Rush was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court on a count of indecent solicitation of a minor, a Class 3 Felony. Pursuant to Illinois law, Rush will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Frontier Community College is accepting applications for the recently established Vaida Page Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should be planning to enter a medical or healthcare program in the spring or fall of 2020. Applications can be accessed at iecc.edu/fcc, and the submission deadline is March 15th.

The Cisne FFA Agronomy team finished in fourth place last week in Section 23 competition at Wabash Valley College. Individually, Sara Timm placed seventh, Noah Atwood eighth, and Zack Paul 15th. 77 students representing 11 schools participated in the event, which included crop seed, weed, insect, and equipment identification, judging rings, and a written test.

Front row, from left: Jaclyn Billington, Lexi Locke, Sara Timm, Paige Farmer, and Isabella Cline. Back row: Connor Smith, Andrew Milligan, Bailee Hilliard, Noah Atwood, and Zack Paul.

Fairfield FFA Alumni will meet this evening at 5:15 in the Agriculture Classroom at Fairfield Community High School.  Scholarships and General Business will be discussed, and a meal will be provided.

Freese Notis Meteorologist Dan Hicks says the chances for a “white Christmas,” or of having at least one inch of snow on Christmas Day, are slim for most of Illinois. He says the far northern portions of the state have a white Christmas 50 to 60 percent of the time, and that percentage decreases as one goes south. However, he does say that the outlook could change, as it is difficult to accurately forecast so far out in the Midwest.

State officials are working to provide more help to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. 230,000 people in Illinois live with Alzheimer’s, and nearly 600,000 act as caregivers; Governor J.B. Pritzker says the state is working to streamline services and is putting more funding towards helping those impacted by the disease.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 23.82 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.69 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.31 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.41 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 27.19 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $52.25, up $0.50 from yesterday. The January crude oil price is $58.99, up $0.21 from yesterday morning.