Headlines for Monday, June 29th

26-year-old Cobraa M. Scott was charged with aggravated DUI after a two-vehicle crash in Fairfield on Friday. Police say 22-year-old Kirsten N. Workman attempted to make a turn and struck Scott, and she was cited for improper lane usage. Scott was found to be under the influence of alcohol while police investigated the crash.

45-year-old Jacob D. Witwer was cited for driving without insurance after a single-car accident in Fairfield yesterday morning. Officers say Witwer struck an electric pole guy wire in an alley behind the 600 blocks of West Main and West Delaware streets, causing his vehicle to turn on its side. He refused medical treatment.

22-year-old Skylar G. Harrelson was arrested for DUI after a single-car accident near the New Hope Curve on Saturday. Police say he blew a .216 on the state breath test at the Wayne County Jail. Harrelson was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and he was released from jail after posting bond.

Fairfield police arrested 42-year-old Bobby W. Cottrill last night on a Wayne County warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Officers conducted a traffic stop and also found him to have a suspended license. Cottrill was taken to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $1,020 bond.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who have damaged mailboxes recently, including at least eight reported in the Boogerville area. Anyone with information should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

The Wabash Valley College TRIO Student Support Services program has awarded participation grants to 11 students, including Noah Bell, Andrew Cusick, Emily Evans, Josef Gill, Bryce Klingler, Sela Lashbrook, Jozie Rice, Marylee Snyder, Alexia Swift, Katelyn Wagner, and Samantha Wilson.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson says yields in the wheat harvest have been a mixed bag thus far, and he says an inch and a half of rain per week until harvest would be ideal for corn and soybeans. Before this past weekend, we had recorded only an inch and a third of rainfall in June at the radio station.

27-year-old Michael Thomason and 20-year-old Erika D. Bailey were sentenced to prison in Edwards County Circuit Court on Friday. Thomason was given seven years for two counts of residential burglary, and Bailey was given two years after pleading guilty to a count of domestic battery and violating probation.

Ag producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk or Price Loss coverage programs for 2020 must do so by Tuesday. Program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections for 2019, but all producers must contact their local FSA office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 646 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 15 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 141,723 cases and 6,888 deaths. Williamson and Massac counties reported new cases over the weekend, but no other cases were reported in southeastern Illinois, according to coronavirus.illinois.gov.

Members of the White County Farm Bureau are invited to a drive-through Member Appreciation Lunch on July 21st, and they should RSVP by July 15th by calling 382-8512. A pork chop lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carmi Farm Bureau building parking lot, and attendees should stay in their vehicles and wait to be served.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says not wearing a mask in public is akin to playing Russian Roulette, and she says those who don’t are putting themselves and others at risk. Dr. Ezike says wearing a facial covering is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and she says it is everyone’s responsibility to do the right thing.

As we head into July, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is warning about the dangers of fireworks. The office says only novelty items like snappers, poppers, and sparklers are legal for use, and any other type should only be used by those with a permit and proper training. Even though they are legal, the office also reminds people that even sparklers can be dangerous, as they can burn at over 1,200 degrees.

The Illinois EPA has opened the application period for grant programs worth more than $9 million to improve water quality in the state. The Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunities program is funded by the Rebuild Illinois capital improvement plan, and it will provide up to $5 million for local governments to help build environmentally friendly structures that reduce storm water runoff in Illinois waterways. Another program will provide roughly $4.5 million to improve surface and groundwater supplies with improved watershed management plans.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.68 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.75 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.90 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.35 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 16.62 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 6.23 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $31.50, down $0.25 from Friday. The August crude oil price is $37.73, down $1.24 from Friday morning.