Headlines for Wednesday, January 8th

Two people were sentenced to prison yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. 30-year-old Sarah M. Wilcox was given six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance. 41-year-old Jennifer L. Weedman admitted to violating probation last year on the offense, and she was given two years in prison yesterday.

Kevin Leonard, with the Fairfield Water Department, says the boil order that was in effect for residents of Cumberland Drive and Whiteside Lane has been lifted. Customers in the area no longer need to boil water to be used for human consumption.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently damaged the windshield of a vehicle belonging to Sydney Vaught. Anyone with information on the incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

FCHS will honor all its graduates currently serving in the United States Armed Forces before tipoff of the varsity boys’ basketball game this Friday night. In addition, all U.S. Armed Forces veterans will be admitted to the game for free. FCHS is seeking names and addresses of those currently serving.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has cancelled this month’s meeting of its Cancer Support Group. FMH apologizes for the inconvenience, and it says anyone seeking more information should call 847-8296. The group’s next meeting will be on February 13th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Medical Arts Complex Education Rooms.

The 99th annual meeting of the White County Farm Bureau will be held at 10:30 a.m. on January 24th at the Farm Bureau Building in Carmi. Reservations are requested, and they should be made at the White County Farm Bureau office by this Friday.

The TIF Committee of the Fairfield City Council met last night and discussed the possible abolition of the 10-member Fairfield/Wayne County Area Development Commission. TIF Attorney Dan Schuering also noted that an upcoming review of prior agreements may result in taxing bodies receiving funds.

The Wayne County Board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a light agenda. Kysa Lewis of Gatsby’s Gaming is expected to address the board, as will Lisa Thomason. The board will then have only one item of new business to address in county trustee resolutions.

The American Red Cross is holding a promotion in an effort to replenish its blood supplies. Anyone who makes a blood donation made before January 19th nets a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. The contest includes the drive at the Fairfield Community of Christ Church on the 15th. The drive will last from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Frontier Community College will host a forum for the candidates in the 109th District State Representative race on January 27th. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Workforce Development Center. No live questions will be taken, but people can email questions to fccstudentsenate@iecc.edu by Friday.

Last month was the 18th warmest December on record in Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 35.2 degrees, which is about five degrees above normal. In addition, more than 100 daily high records were broken between the 20th and 31st. Precipitation was below average in December. Short-term outlooks call for increased chances of warmer and wetter conditions in early January, as well.

A report highlighting persistent problems within Illinois’ child welfare agency shows 123 children died in the past fiscal year despite contact with the Department of Children and Family Services. Of the 123 deaths, 24 were ruled a homicide, 37 were considered accidental, 34 were natural, seven were suicide, and 21 were undetermined.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 20.56 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.71 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.02 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.91 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 18.45 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 13.62 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $55.75, down $0.50 from yesterday. The February crude oil price is $62.86, down $0.21 from yesterday morning.