Headlines for Sunday, June 21st

This year’s Wayne County Fair in Fairfield has been cancelled.  According to a Facebook post Saturday, the Wayne County Fair Board made the decision to totally cancel this year’s fair “due to developments with state and surrounding county fairs.”  As late as last week, it had been hoped to have a scaled-down version of the fair this year, without many of the grandstand and popular events and attractions.  Edwards, Clay, Hamilton and White counties have already either cancelled or modified their fairs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three Wabash County residents tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday, according to the Wabash County Health Department, bringing to 20 the total of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the county.  A press release said the latest numbers would not be reflected in the Illinois Department of Public Health coronavirus numbers for at least a few days.  The new cases are in quarantine and are taking the proper measures to prevent further spreading of the virus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Saturday reported 634 new cases of coronavirus in the state, along with 45 additional deaths.  The IDPH is reporting a total of 136,104 cases, including 6625 deaths in 101 Illinois counties since the outbreak began.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,965 specimens for a total of 1,336,968.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 13th to 19th is three percent.

The Grayville City Council will meet Monday night at 7 p.m.  Due to COVID-19 guidelines, attendance will be limited to council members, Clerk, Treasurer and City Attorney.  The public can watch the meeting via Facebook live by clicking on the City of Grayville’s Facebook page and clicking on the live video.  Items to be discussed include the demolition of abandoned properties and the authorization for the Mayor to sign documents related to the Rebuild Illinois Grant Application for the James M. Helm American Legion Post 696 and natural gas pipeline license agreements.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that road work will begin Monday on U.S. Route 45 in Saline County.  There will be lane reductions on Route 45 from Illinois Route 142 in Eldorado to Locust Street in Harrisburg requiring lane closures beginning at 7 a.m.  Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction.  The work will include pavement patching, asphalt surface removal, asphalt paving and pavement markings.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 5.17 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.82 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 3.85 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.04 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 5.41 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Rain chances are in the forecast today through Tuesday, with more chances later in the week.