Headlines for Friday, May 22nd

27-year-old Garrett J. Joslin was arrested by Fairfield police this morning on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He is accused of stabbing his father in the leg during an argument. Joslin was held in the Wayne County Jail after treatment for his own injuries in the incident, pending the setting of bond.

The City of Fairfield says there will be no delay in trash pickup next week. Sunrise Sanitation will run its regular route, and there will be no delays due to the Memorial Day holiday.

The Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting scholarship applications from Wayne County students with a Chamber connection. Applications are available under the “What’s Happening” tab at fairfieldillinoischamber.com, and they must be postmarked or returned to the Chamber by 3 p.m. next Friday.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital will conduct Reduced Rate Lab testing throughout June at the FMH Lab; the FMH Carmi Medical Clinic; Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield, Cisne, and Grayville; and the Albion Lab Draw Station. All labs will be offered by appointment only from 7 to 10 a.m. on available dates. No walk-ins will be allowed. Tests available at all locations: Hemoglobin A1c (Diabetic Monitor) $20 | Lipid Panel (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL, and VLDL) $20 | PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) $20 | Thyroid Function Panel (T4, Free T3, Free T4, TSH) $40 | General Health Profile (Includes CBC, Lipid Screen, and a 12 test chemistry profile) $40 | Vitamin D Test $40

Hamilton County native and former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has died at the age of 78 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

The Illinois Supreme Court says courts can return to normal operations, beginning June 1st. Implementation plans for in-person hearings have been left to the chief judges of the state’s 24 judicial circuits. In-person proceedings in the state have been limited to essential cases since the middle of March.

The FCHS Board of Education met last night and voted to employ Colin McDuffee as Social Science Instructor and Alyssa Short as CEO Teacher and Career Specialist. The school plans on holding some form of graduation on June 19th, and final plans will be announced soon. The board’s next meeting was moved to June 25th. The school also released its Honor Roll for the second semester, and it may be found below.

State Representative Darren Bailey’s lawsuit against Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders has been moved to federal court. Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office says the lawsuit belonged in federal court because it involved Constitutional rights of free religion and due process. The case had been set for Clay County Court this afternoon.

The City of Fairfield’s Census response rate sat at 64.9 percent Wednesday afternoon. In 2010, the city’s total response was 75.5 percent. Albion and Wayne City had response rates this year of 65.5 and 47.1 percent, respectively. Due to COVID-19, the Census count process could be extended through October, though that would have to be ratified by Congress.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,268 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 87 additional deaths, bringing statewide totals to 102,686 cases and 4,607 deaths. No new cases were reported in Wayne or Edwards counties, and the Wayne County Health Department says seven of Wayne County’s cases had recovered as of yesterday afternoon.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers. Applications will be accepted from non-specialty crop, livestock, dairy, and specialty crop producers, and forms may be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Applications run from Monday, May 26th, to August 28th.

The state unemployment rate rose over 12 percent in April and sat at 16.4 percent last month. More than 762,000 jobs were lost, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Sam Salustro, including nearly 300,000 from the leisure and hospitality industry. The national unemployment rate was 14.7 percent.

Lawmakers will consider expanding vote-by-mail options for the fall election, and the Illinois House approved a plan yesterday. Applications would be sent to anyone who voted by mail in 2018, 2019, or in this year’s primary. The proposal would boost mail-in voting only for this November’s election. Republicans, meanwhile, asked Democrats to pull the graduated income tax question off the November ballot, but the Senate approved the question in a party-line vote.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 21.73 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.04 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.67 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 6.63 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 21.00 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 18.94 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $27.00, up $0.50 from yesterday. The July crude oil price is $31.60, down $2.28 from yesterday morning.