Headlines for Thursday, January 9th

Kevin Leonard of the City of Fairfield Water Department has announced that a boil order is now in effect for residents on Southeast 7th Street from East Delaware to East Douglas Street. Residents in this area are to boil water to be used for human consumption. The boil order is in effect until further notice.

78-year-old Richard J. McCracken was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital after a two-car accident near Mt. Erie Tuesday morning. Police reports indicate his vehicle was struck by 66-year-old Nile Williams, who was cited for improper lane usage after the accident. North Wayne EMS responded to the scene.

21-year-old Ace A. Haygood was booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday on two Wayne County warrants for possession of methamphetamine. 30-year-old Charles A. McCleary was also booked in the jail for a Wayne County warrant for theft. Both were held, pending the posting of their respective bonds.

The City of McLeansboro and its Police Department are taking applications for the positions of full-time and part-time patrolmen. Applications, completed resumes, and police training records must be submitted by 4 p.m. on January 22nd. Applications may be picked up at the McLeansboro City Clerk’s office.

Mary Miller, candidate for Congress in the 15th District, has officially signed a pledge committing to supporting term limits for members of Congress. The pledge says Miller will vote for an amendment limiting members to three terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate. Miller and several other candidates are running for the Representative seat that will be vacated by John Shimkus. The primary election is March 17th.

The Mac Martin Foundation recently awarded donations to several organizations, including the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, WADI, Wayne County Junior Achievement, Wayne County Volunteers for Youth/Kids in Motion, Y-Fairfield, and the FCHS Foundation. The Foundation was established by Doug Wilson.

FNB Trust Department’s Angie Koontz, representing the Mac Martin Foundation, with WADI Representatives Sandra Sanders, Jennifer Townsend, and Amy Hart

Koontz with FCHS Superintendent Jill Fulkerson, FCHS Foundation Representative

Koontz with Luke Harl, Y-Fairfield Representative

Koontz with Suzanne Doggett, Kids In Motion Representative

Courtney Robertson, APN FNP, of Fairfield Memorial Hospital Horizon Healthcare

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Courtney Robertson at Horizon Healthcare. Robertson is a Nurse Practitioner and will see patients of all ages. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse in the FMH Emergency Department.

The Fairfield Park Board will meet tonight at 6. It is expected to discuss an upgrade to the district’s security cameras. At their December meeting, board members discussed adding six HD cameras, a controller for the cameras, and a new computer monitor at an estimated cost of $2,900.

The Fairfield Travelogue will hold its second meeting tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Tonight’s travelogue will be presented by Michael Wigge on “How to Barter for Paradise.” Season tickets are $30 and will be sold at the door. They may also be purchased at McDowell, Kenshalo, and Jesop.

After reports of children being locked in “Isolation Rooms” for misbehavior, Illinois lawmakers are looking at ways to better handle the situations. Some groups are calling for more training for school staff in dealing with students, and some called for a total ban on the “isolation rooms.” Other said there can be a use for a quiet area for deescalating situations, but it should not be used as a punishment.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza says her office will no longer help collect fines issued by red light camera companies. Her office will end collection efforts in the next 30 days, and it says the state should consider banning the cameras. They have come under scrutiny recently, partly due to insider political deals that put money in the pockets of officials who helped broker camera deals in some towns.

Illinois State Police say they won’t revoke anyone’s FOID card for using cannabis legally. However, anyone with a felony conviction involving cannabis, or anything else, will still be unable to get a card. State Police may also revoke FOID cards if people are using cannabis illegally- such as driving under the influence.

A judge has ordered Google to turn over a year’s worth of Jussie Smollett’s emails, private messages, photographs, and other information to a special prosecutor, who is investigating why the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped charges against Smollett just a month after filing. The judge signed off on two search warrants last month, just under a year after Smollett reported he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 19.06 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.62 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.66 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.68 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 17.78 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 12.54 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $52.50, down $3.25 from yesterday. The February crude oil price is $60.02, down $2.84 from yesterday morning.