Headlines for Tuesday, March 17th

Final election results for Wayne County with all precincts reporting…

State Senator for the 55th District (R)
Darren Bailey 3,165
Jeff Fleming 456

109th Representative District (R)
Adam Niemerg 2,517
Andy Hires 989 (Hires conceded)

15th Congressional District (R)
Mary Miller 1,903
Darren Duncan 909 (Duncan conceded)

15th Congressional District (D)
Erika Weaver 230
Kevin Gaither 139

President of the United States (R)
Donald Trump 3,584
Rocky De La Fuente 58

President of the United States (D)
Joe Biden 332
Bernie Sanders 203

United States Senator
Mark C. Curran Jr. 1,007
Peggy Hubbard 757

5th Judicial Circuit for Judge of the Appellate Court (To fill the vacancy of the Hon. Melissa Ann Chapman ) (REP)
Mark Boie 1,768
Katherine Ruocco 1,181

5th Judicial Circuit for Judge of the Illinois Supreme Court.
David K. Overstreet 2,698
John B. Barberis Jr 584

2nd Judicial Circuit (to Fill The Vacancy Of The Hon. David K. Overstreet) (REP)
Matthew Hartrich 1,787
Scott Quinn 763
Courtney Cox 749


Final Election Results out of Edwards County with 12 out of 12 precincts reporting…

County Commissioner:
Duane Lear (incumbent) 870
John Webber 458

State Senator for 55th Senate District
Darren Bailey 1,252
Jeff Fleming 123

State Representative of the 109th District
Adam Niemerg 758
Andy Hires 580

Republican Presidential Nominee
Donald Trump 1,335
Rocky De La Fuente 29

Democrat Presidential Nominee
Joe Biden 139
Bernie Sanders 63

Judge of the Illinois Supreme Court
David Overstreet 992
John B. Barberis Jr. 198

Judge of the Appellate Court
Mark Boie 641
Katherine Ruocco 51

Republican for Judge, Second Judicial Circuit
Matthew Hartrich 698
Courtney Cox 283
Scott Quinn 271

The Grayville Police Department and Illinois State Police are investigating a double stabbing that occurred early this morning. Sanjay J. Lewis is a person of interest in relation to the case. He is a black male, approximately 5’7” and 190 pounds, who fled from the scene on foot. Anyone who sees Lewis should call 911 from a safe location and not approach him.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital held a press conference this afternoon. The press conference was in regards to an alternate care site respiratory clinic that FMH will be providing. Currently, there are no Coronavirus cases here in Wayne County. FMH reports three people were tested today for the Coronavirus, and it will take two to three days for results to come in. Here is the audio clip of the FMH press conference.


The Edwards County EMS Board met last night and voted to dissolve. The board also voted to return taxpayer dollars left in the EMS account back to county residents. Prior to dissolving the board voted to deed back the parking lot property adjacent to the West Salem Ambulance Barn to West Salem’s Moravian Church.

Two people were booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday on failure to appear warrants. 27-year-old Derek S. Thomason was wanted on a host of Wayne County warrants for offenses including resisting or obstructing a peace officer and criminal damage to real property. He was held, pending the posting of $5,095 bond. 34-year-old McLeansboro resident Jessica L. Brown was arrested on a Hamilton County failure to appear warrant for retail theft less than $300. Her bond was set at $395.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently stole a wood lathe from the Rusty Webb residence in Fairfield, a go-kart from the Brian Fitzhugh residence in Cisne, and a dog from Ricky Bailey in Mt. Erie. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 7 at Lincoln Trail College. It is expected to approve a recommendation for the IECC Chancellor, who would replace interim CEO Marilyn Holt. The bid committee will then report on several items including the Title III remodel of the Mason Hall Medical Lab at Frontier.

Secretary of State Jesse White has announced all of his offices and driver’s service facilities will be closed until at least March 31st. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations, and other transactions will be extended by 30 days. White reminds people many transactions may be conducted at cyberdriveillinois.com.

Fairfield Police Chief Keith Colclasure says the closing of restaurant dining rooms could cause traffic issues, and he says drivers should be mindful of other businesses and get completely off the roadway in line. Wayne County Health Department Administrator Clark Griffith says customers can go into businesses to retrieve call-in orders.

Wayne County Clerk Liz Ann Woodrow says election officials will take all possible measures to ensure a safe and clean voting environment today at the county’s polling places. Those feeling unwell will be able to vote curbside at most polling places, though that service will be unavailable at the Wayne County Courthouse. Voting is open through 7 p.m.

Frontier Community College has announced several changes to its services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. No face-to-face instruction will occur this week, though online courses will still meet. Most classes will be moved to an online format next week, and all community education classes have been postponed. Also, the Learning Resource Center and The Bobcat Den are closed to the public until April 10. Only FCC students may use the services offered inside each building. All campus events prior to April 10th have been postponed.

The Edwards County Board of Education met last night and amended the district’s school calendar. The last day for students will be May 18th, regardless of when school resumes. The board also tabled a proposal from Schneider Electric for various projects in the district. The total amount of the work was estimated at roughly $1.91 million.

FCHS says it will provide lunch to those in need during the two-week closure, and students needing lunch should call the school by 9 a.m. each morning. Pick-up locations and times may be found on our news headlines page, and those that cannot be at a location should let the Main Office know when calling. The district says it will monitor the situation with regard to upcoming activities, including the Senior Trip to Washington, D.C., Prom, and state testing. No decisions have been made on those events at this time.

  • Manor at the Woodlands Office Building – 10:45 to 11
  • Lakeside Park Shelter – 11:15 to 11:30
  • FMH Annex building – 11:45 to noon
  • Bob and Maxine Wood Park – 12:15 to 1

The Edwards County school district has also announced a meal pickup schedule. Albion locations include the K-12, The Hope Center, and the House of Prayer from 11 a.m. to noon. West Salem Grade School will serve meals from 11:30 to noon. All students are eligible to receive free meals, and any center may be utilized. The district asks that people remain in their vehicles for meals to be brought drive-through style. For pick up at the schools, people should pull to door #3.

Illinois’ Second Judicial Circuit has announced court operations will be curtailed beginning today. The move includes the rescheduling of most types of cases in Wayne and Edwards counties, though more serious criminal felony and emergency cases will be remain as scheduled. As such, litigants should check for information about their cases from the appropriate county’s circuit clerk. Circuit clerks will send out notices as soon as they know when cases will be reset.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is banning gathers of more than 50 people in the state in response to the coronavirus, and the latest update from President Trump and national health officials recommends people avoid crowds of more than 10 people. As of this morning, the state had confirmed 105 cases of coronavirus infection in 15 counties, including Cumberland County.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 21.94 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.07 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 14.62 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 4.98 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 22.03 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 15.43 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $21.50, down $3.25 from yesterday. The April crude oil price is $29.32, down $0.86 from yesterday morning.