Headlines for Wednesday, January 15th

22-year-old Brittany L. Cassidy pleaded guilty to a count of possession of between 15 and 100 grams of methamphetamine yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. She was sentenced to 24 months probation, plus time served and 80 hours of public service work, for the Class 1 Felony. 67-year-old Harry Combs pleaded guilty to a count of failure to register as a sex offender yesterday, and he was sentenced to one year probation, plus seven days in the Wayne County Jail. He was credited with one day already served.

Kevin Leonard, with the Fairfield Water Department, has announced a boil order for residents in the four-and-five hundred blocks of East Court Street, all of Northeast Sixth, and Southeast Sixth from East Delaware to East Center streets. Residents in the affected area should boil water to be used for human consumption until further notice.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau, Vaughan Diesel Repair, and Carter Trucking will hold a program on February 11th focusing on the “Laws of Trucking.” The event is free and open to the public, and it will be held at Carter Trucking. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP with the Wayne County Farm Bureau by February 4th.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently damaged a vehicle belonging to Rhonda Smiley. The vehicle was reportedly parked at her home, and it had its doors and fenders kicked in. Anyone with information on the incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen has been offered a new contract that would extend his term to 2024 and raise his base pay to $835,000 per year. Since he became president in 2015, enrollment on the system’s Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield campuses has increased 9.5 percent.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and unanimously voted to disband the current 10-member Fairfield Area Development Commission at the end of the city’s fiscal year. Mayor Brent Maguire clarified that the city is not doing away with economic development, but it will look different going forward.

The council also heard from retired engineer Jerry Quindry regarding the Lakeside Reservoir Project. He said the city needs a catch basin to hold flood water, but the Park District wants a recreational lake; Mayor Maguire said he will meet with Park Board President Jay Fyie to discuss the project.

Vicky Mugrage told the Cisne Village Board on Monday that the Cisne Key Market will close on January 31st. She says the sole reason for the move is the upcoming addition of a Dollar General store, and she doesn’t believe there will be enough business to go around when it opens later this year.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will offer free Adult Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety training to public safety personnel, beginning next month. Sessions are one-day, eight-hour courses, and the first will be held on February 10th at 8 a.m. Anyone wanting to register for the training should call 847-8243.

Illinois’ Agriculture Pest Survey Coordinate Kelly Estes is starting to disseminate information from the past growing season, along with research trials from Drs. Nick Seiter and Nathan Kleczewski from the University of Illinois Crop Sciences Department. The Bulletin has a complete view of the trials on pest management products, as well as fungicide and seed treatment results. It may be found at bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office has some tips for keeping homes safe from carbon monoxide this winter. Officials say people should never use a gas range or oven as a heat source, and they should be certain that their chimney flute is open when using a fireplace. Additionally, people should be sure their homes are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors that are tested each month.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 27.55 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 11.13 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 22.55 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 17.95 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 31.13 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 24.47 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $51.25, unchanged from yesterday. The February crude oil price is $57.91, up $0.01 from yesterday morning.