Headlines for Wednesday, May 20th

Fairfield Community High School has announced a host of senior awards. 37 students graduated with honors, and Lainie Milner was recognized for perfect attendance throughout high school. Phoebe August and Wyatt Gilbert earned DAR and SAR Good Citizen awards, and a full list of awards can be found at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRGmuA_TLTTl3rKSYqMreMZwUXBNqRLonDGcrZPw30NvnubBpxG_NTv4hfa-ReMpPtO9-bHmVbnvWqL/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=5000&fbclid=IwAR0K-AMFK-rpZC76B7mGAUqNkHgzsKLs__Zz7-mcMsE4nDmBXCGJ-FZW43Q&slide=id.p

Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe says, beginning May 27th, the Edwards County Courthouse will resume normal operations on days when court is not in session. It will remain locked on court days, but people can call to make appointments. Wayne County officials say they have no definite timeline for reopening the Wayne County Courthouse.

North Wayne EMS responded to a single-car accident near Enterprise yesterday. 18-year-old Drese Wright reportedly lost control of his vehicle due to wet conditions and worn tires before striking a fence. No tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicle sustained between $501 and $1,500 damage.

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Matt Kinney and HOPE Rescue will partner for a porkburger sale this Saturday at the Fairfield Save-A-Lot. The sale will run from 9:30 to 1, and deliveries will be available for those who wish to stay home. People may place an order by calling or texting 599-6749 with a name, address, and order details. Delivery will be after 10:30. Miss Rodeo Illinois and HOPE Rescue’s Equine Therapist Brooklyn Hazel, of Albion, will also be present.

State Representative Darren Bailey says his lawsuit against Governor J.B. Pritzker in Clay County Circuit Court should be resolved on Friday. However, the case will likely be appealed to the Appellate or Supreme courts. If he wins at the circuit court level, the current rules could be maintained, or stayed, until the appeal is completed.

Fairfield Public School District 112 released alternative graduation plans yesterday. Families will sign up for their graduation beginning today via an electronic form, and individualized ceremonies will be held next Wednesday through Saturday at Center Street. Up to seven family members, plus the graduate, will be allowed in each service.

The District 112 Board of Education met Monday night and voted to employ Marian Fulk as Special Education teacher. It also accepted the resignation of Jamey Hodges as assistant girls basketball coach and appointed Ashlea Devoy as Board Treasurer for FY21, who will replace the retiring Kathy Schmitz. The district’s food service program will end next Friday, May 29th, and no new signups for delivery routes will be taken. Existing deliveries may be adjusted, and meals will be available for pickup at North Side School each morning from 730 to 10:30. No pickup or delivery will be available on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Flagging of veterans’ graves at Maple Hill Cemetery will start at 4 p.m. today, and volunteers are needed. Anyone who would like to help should arrive at the old maintenance building near the cemetery’s main entrance. Flagging will begin tomorrow afternoon in the event of inclement weather.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,545 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 146 additional deaths, bringing statewide totals to 98,030 cases and 4,379 deaths. No new cases were reported in Wayne or Edwards counties, though coronavirus.illionis.gov did show one new case in Clay County, which would be its third positive test. Governor Pritzker says most of the state should be able to move to Phase Three of his reopening plan in just over a week, allowing hair salons, barbershops, and other businesses to reopen.

Illinois Republican leaders are looking to repeal the proposed graduated income tax, a potential amendment moving Illinois from its current flat tax to a sliding scale based on income. The change would require an amendment to the state constitution, and state residents will vote on the matter in November. House GOP Leader Jim Durkin says projected revenues from the change are down, and it would hurt the already struggling economy. The Governor’s Office says the graduated system is fairer, as the wealthiest are taxed at the highest rate.

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a group of six Republicans and six Democrats in the Illinois Legislature, will meet today to discuss the Governor’s move to make ignoring a public health order a misdemeanor. Two Democrats will have to vote with all six Republicans in order to suspend the new rules today. Republican Keith Wheeler, a JCAR member, says he received over 7,000 emails and 1,000 voicemails opposing the rule, and he believes it should be suspended.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 21.07 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.68 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.23 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 12.86 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 23.61 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 17.38 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $25.50, up $0.75 from yesterday. The July crude oil price is $31.87, up $0.08 from yesterday morning.