Headlines for Thursday, February 6th

55-year-old Carol S. Robertson and 28-year-old Jessica R. Robertson were arrested at the Wayne County Jail yesterday afternoon. Carol Robertson was wanted on a Wayne County warrant for theft, and Jessica Robertson was wanted on a warrant for burglary and theft over $500. They were held, pending the posting of their respective bonds. Several other people were booked in the jail, as well, including 31-year-old Matthew T. Gaudern, who was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant and on new charges of aggravated assault and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. His bond for the warrant was set at $595.

The Fairfield Community High School Show Choir is once again offering Valegrams for the Valentine’s Day season. People can order a Valegram until Wednesday by calling Donna Reever at FCHS. The cost is five dollars, and the show choir will deliver them next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The monthly meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Edwards County Senior Center in Albion. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Anyone seeking more information should call 847-2321.

The Big Muddy Longbeard Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 29th annual banquet at the Double Tree Inn in Mt. Vernon on March 7th. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will start at 6:30. Single tickets cost $35, and sponsor’s tickets cost $260.

Mayor Brent Maguire says work on the water distribution system in downtown Fairfield is expected to conclude by the end of the month, though clean-up work expected to linger for several weeks. Work on filling sidewalks with concrete is expected to begin by the end of the month, though no completion date has been set.

Skateland Rollersport has announced it will not reopen this weekend as it had originally planned. The business now hopes to open next month as it undergoes cleaning from fire damage and redecoration. Skateland apologizes for any rescheduled parties and thanks first responders for their efforts last week.

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza says a Check for Cash event is scheduled for today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Public Library. Mendoza says thousands of state checks payable to taxpayers go uncashed each year, and the event will allow taxpayers to learn if they are owed uncashed state checks worth more than five dollars issued in the past 10 years. If an uncashed check is located, the replacement process can begin at the library. Mendoza says she currently has records of more than 100,000 uncashed checks worth over $30 million.

The Edwards County Academic Challenge in Engineering and Science team took first place out of seven teams yesterday at a competition at Olney Central College. The team will now advance to Sectional competition at Eastern Illinois University on March 12th. Individual winners included Jack Krouse, who finished first in Biology and Math; Eli Berger, first in Chemistry, Molly Swardstrom, first in Engineering Graphics; Landon Greatline, first in Physics and tied for second in Computer Science; Max Short, tied for second in Computer Science; Sam Speir, second in Biology; Cole Fishel, third in Chemistry; and Alex Fegatelli, third in Physics.

According to recent statistics from the Illinois Petroleum Resources Board, Wayne County produced the seventh-most barrels of oil in the calendar year 2019 with 326,638. That total is down more than 17,000 barrels from 2018’s production. Edwards County produced more than 105,000 barrels in 2019.

State Climatologist Trent Ford says the average statewide temperature in January was 31.4 degrees, making it the 17th warmest on record. January was also the ninth wettest on record, with an average of 4.4 inches of precipitation statewide. Ford says most of the month was actually fairly dry with sporadic heavy precipitation.

Jack Myers, with Social Security in Springfield, says people should do a quick review of their W-2s before starting the process of filing their own taxes. Additionally, for those collecting Social Security benefits that aren’t in the workforce, he says they should look out for SSA 10-99 forms, which were expected to be sent out late last month or early this month. More information on various forms and recommendations can be found at socialsecurity.gov.

Former State Representative Luis Arroyo pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in U.S. District Court in Chicago earlier this week. A March 17th hearing date for the case was set after the brief court appearance. Arroyo resigned his seat in November after being accused of paying a bribe to a state senator in exchange for support of a gambling bill that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s lobbying clients.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 19.05 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 8.57 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 13.38 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 9.42 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 24.13 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 11.86 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $43.75, up $1.25 from yesterday. The March crude oil price is $51.38, up $0.43 from yesterday morning.