Headlines for Monday, January 6th

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who burglarized Taco Tierra recently. An unspecified amount of money was taken during the heist. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777. Taco Tierra was closed this morning and early this afternoon while police conducted their investigation.

According to Kevin Leonard of the City of Fairfield Water Department, a boil order has been issued for the following areas: Cumberland Drive and Whiteside Lane. Customers that reside in those areas should boil water to be used for human consumption. The boil order is in effect until further notice.

Fairfield police responded to two accidents late last week, including one at the intersection of West Delaware Street and Commerce Drive Saturday night. Police say 30-year-old Teesha M. Jennings attempted to cross Delaware and struck the vehicle of 23-year-old Amanda L. Krause. Both refused medical treatment.

No injuries were reported in a single-car accident Saturday morning north of Cisne. Police reports say 38-year-old Alan D. Hill struck a culvert off highway 45 and eventually came to rest in a field. Hill was given two citations after the accident, and a tow truck was called to the scene. The vehicle sustained over $1,500 damage.

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend, including 32-year-old Shannon L. Cone. Cone was arrested by Fairfield police on a Wayne County warrant for criminal damage to property $300 or less. He was held in jail, pending the posting of $520 bond.

Due to water line work outside FNB in Fairfield, bank officials say customers should plan to enter through the business’s north or west door today. FNB’s east door will be temporarily blocked while crews complete the work on the water lines.

Salvation Army collections from Wayne County bell-ringers this year were nearly double those of last year, according to WADI’s Amy Hart, who oversees the program. Hart says she sends the money to the Salvation Army, which then disburses the money to help pay rent and utilities for needy families.

The Fairfield Lions Club would like to thank the public and the First United Methodist Church for a successful Christmas Lights Recycling Day this past weekend. The club was able to collect 41 boxes of recyclable materials, including lights, extension cords, soda tabs, keys, glasses, hearing aids, and ink cartridges.

Pictured from left: Mike Sullivan, Rod Vaughn, and President Don Witter. Not pictured: Herman Simpson, Shirley Edgington, and David Savage.

The TIF Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow night at 6 at City Hall. The committee will have several items to discuss, including redevelopment projects, the drafting of an amendment to one of the city’s ordinances, and last year’s TIF report from attorney Dan Schuering.

Frontier Community College will hold a two-day preparation class for the Test of Essential Academic Skills from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on January 17th and 31st in its Learning Resource Center. The test is one of the application requirements to enroll in the Nursing Program for the Fall 2020 semester. Juliana Fleming will be the preparation instructor.

Douglas Wilson, state USDA Rural Development Director, is promoting several programs for rural communities in 2020. Wilson says the USDA has over 40 different programs in the works, including one to improve rural broadband access. He says the department has a $13 million investment in high speed infrastructure with Wabash Communications to run over 300 miles of fiber.

More Illinois seniors will qualify for select state benefits, such as discounts on license plates, the Seniors Ride Free Benefit, and the Persons with Disability Free Transit Ride Benefit, under new income guidelines this year. The Illinois Department of Aging has announced that single-person households will qualify if they earn less than $33,562 in annual income, up from $27,610 last year.

Richard Hentschel, Horticulturist at the University of Illinois Extension, says people who have routinely put out and stocked bird feeders shouldn’t stop during the cold winter months. Hentschel says birds will add such yards to their regular routine, and he also suggests supplying water for the birds.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 22.56 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.89 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 9.24 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.81 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 19.35 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 15.63 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $56.00, up $1.75 from Friday. The February crude oil price is $63.91, up $0.55 from Friday morning.