Headlines for Monday, July 6th

A boil order has been issued for all City of Grayville Water customers until further notice.  A scheduled fire hydrant replacement and water tower maintenance has forced the shut-down of the water system.  Once water service is restored, customers should bring water to a rolling boil before consumption.  The City of Grayville regrets the inconvenience to its residents and businesses.  Once two consecutive water samples have been cleared by the city’s Illinois Environmental Protection Agency approved laboratory, the boil order will be lifted.  Please follow the City of Grayville’s Facebook page, the Grayville Community Calendar and local news outlets for updates.

Egyptian Health Department was notified on Sunday, July 5, 2020 of three Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals, a female in her 20’s of White County, a male in his 20’s of White County and a male in his 20’s of Gallatin County. All are at home and in isolation. This is the seventh and eighth confirmed positive of COVID-19 in White County and the third confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Gallatin County.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday announced 639 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including six additional confirmed deaths. That brings the total number of cases to 147,251 and the number of deaths to 7,020. Within the past 24 hours leading up to the Sunday afternoon report, laboratories showed 27,235 tests.   The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of the total test from June 28 –July 4 is 2.6%.

The Albion City Council will meet tonight at the Edwards County Senior Citizens Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. with a budget hearing scheduled to begin at 6:45.  New business will include a request from Joe Rivers for a special event liquor license, damages caused to Hercshel Johnson Implement by sewer backup and Police personnel.

The Wayne County Sherriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle accident over the weekend. 28-year-old Fairfield resident, Chelsea D Dulaney was driving Northbound on US Highway 45 in Lamard when she slowed for a turning vehicle. 20-year-old Geff resident, Braden D Weccele failed to reduce speed causing his 2011 Chevy Cruze to collide with the rear-end of Dulany’s 2011 Ford Edge. Weccele was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. There were no injuries reported in the crash.

On July 2 Fairfield Police arrested 48-year-old Tony D. Xanders of Fairfield on a warrant for failure to appear stemming from a charge of delivery or possession of meth with intent to deliver. Xanders is being held for Wayne County and has a cash only bond of $5020.

On July 2 FPD arrested 27-year-old Fairfield resident, Jacob D Ferranti on a charge of Domestic Battery. He is currently being housed in the Wayne County Jail awaiting first appearance. There is no bond in this case at this time.

44-year-old Antonio Demetris Gill of Fairfield was arrested on July 2 on a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He is being held in Wayne County pending the posting of $1520 cash bond.

32-year-old Keenes resident Jesse R Sexton was arrested by Fairfield police on July 2 on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. He is being held in the Wayne County Jail with a cash bond of $120.

FPD arrested Scott Alan McCallister, 51 of Clay Kentucky on July 2 on a charge of driving while suspended or revoked. He posted $270 cash bond.

Preliminary hearings are set this week for 42-year-old Troy D. Gwaltney, 30-year-old Richard H. Emerson, and 22-year-old Toria L. Emerson, all of Eldorado, accused of concealing the death of 32-year-old Chase Mitchell, an Eldorado man reported missing in May. Each person faces between two and five years in prison if convicted.

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) officials announced the arrest of District 11 (Collinsville) Trooper 40-year-old Nolan Morgan, of Greenville, Illinois, on possession and manufacture of a controlled substance charges. He was allegedly involved in the possession and manufacturing of drugs at his residence. Morgan’s bond was set at $150,000 and is currently being held at the Bond County Jail awaiting his next court appearance.

Jasper Grade School Graduation Awards: Valedictorian: Rylee Kate Edwards (daughter of Jill Edwards & the late Gregg Edwards). Salutatorian: Ella Grace Mayes (daughter of Robin Mayes & the late James Mayes), and Ailyn Zurliene (daughter of Justin and Riann Zurliene). American Legion Awards Winners: Winners – Baylee Biggs and Reily Titzer, Runners-up – Rylee Edwards and Layne Tucker. Jasper Essay Award Winner; Ella Grace Mayes. Citizenship Award: Baylee Biggs & Creson White. Leadership Award: Rylee Edwards & Layne Tucker. Honor Students (GPA 4.75 and above): Baylee Biggs, Rylee Kate Edwards, Madalynn Edwards, Lorann Garrett, Ella Grace Mayes, Reily Titzer, Layne Tucker, Ailyn Zurliene.

Wabash Christian Village has announced a new partnership with Eversound, a provider of engagement-amplifying technology that’s removing communication barriers so senior living residents can enjoy meaningful one-on-one interactions with loved ones safely during COVID-19 restrictions, having recently constructed a series of conversation stations that have families and residents separated by a plexiglass barrier. Supervised by staff, each station is enhanced with new two-way communication technology by Eversound.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.83 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.68 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.81 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.08 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 13.70 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 6.98 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.65, down $0.10 from Friday. The August crude oil price is $40.94, up $0.81 from Friday morning.