Headlines for Friday, July 10th

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced 1,018 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths. The new cases come from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendal, McLean, and St. Clair Counties and on case listed as being from Out-Of-State. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 150,450 cases, including 7,119 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

On Thursday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department arrested 28-year-old Blake Aaron Powell of Wayne City for retail theft over $500. Powell was transported to the Wayne County Jail where he posted $1020 bond. Also on Thursday, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two car accident near Leech. Jessie P. Parks of Fairfield was travelling Southbound on County Road 2450E when he topped a hillcrest and side-swiped John Deer plow that was being pulled by Cory J. O’Donnell of McLeansboro. There were no injuries reported at the scene.

According to JoEllen Seil, City Clerk for the City of Grayville, the boil order for the City of Grayville has been lifted. The second consecutive satisfactory sample results came back from our IEPA approved laboratory about 10:30 A.M. this morning. Residents of the City of Grayville no longer have to boil water to be used for human consumption.

Wayne County Health Department has been notified of one additional positive case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Wayne County a male in his teens.  To date, there have been 16 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County. 12 people have recovered, 3 people are currently isolating at home, no-one is currently hospitalized. Unfortunately, one person who was a positive lab-confirmed case has passed away. Wayne County has done a total of 1979 tests with 1963 negative test results as of the release of this Advisory.

The Edwards County Health Office was notified yesterday of an additional Edwards County resident who tested positive for COVID-19. This was prior to the announcement of 4 positive lab-confirmed tests in the county. The individual is currently isolating at home. This brings Edwards County to a total of seven lab-confirmed cases.

Due to the recent developments concerning COVID-19 in Olney and Richland County, including patrons of the Musgrove Aquatic Center, in Olney, being exposed to the virus, the City of Olney has decided to temporarily close the Musgrove Aquatic Center until further notice. The City of Olney is continuing to monitor coronavirus updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the State of Illinois, and from the Richland County TB & Public Health Office.

A Federal Grand Jury for the Southern District of Illinois has returned an indictment charging Brittany Freeman, 27 of Johnston City, Illinois, with four counts of theft of mail by a postal service employee. The arraignment for Freeman will be July27th at 1:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Benton, Illinois.

Richard Emerson and Troy Gwaltney, both of Eldorado, appeared at Saline County Courthouse Thursday afternoon in connection with the Chase Mitchell homicide trials. Both defendants waived their right to preliminary hearing. The case will now proceed to Pre-Trial on September 18th with Jury Trial set to begin October 7th in Saline County.

The Flora Community Unit School District #35 hosted a Special Meeting of the Board of Education Thursday evening at the Unit Office. The first order of business was a discussion and then a unanimous vote for Flora High School to leave the Little Illini Conference at the end of the upcoming school year and then starting in the 2021-22 school year, joining the Black Diamond Conference. The final decision will be made at the upcoming conference meeting on July 16.

The Wayne County Board met last night for their regular monthly meeting. The board dealt with a short agenda and adjourned in 15 minutes. County Clerk Liz Ann Woodrow updated the board on the vote by mail process that is being mandated. She stated that voters who voted in 2018,2019, & 2020 will receive a vote by mail application. She further stated that money obtained from the CARES Act will pay for the postage and supplies for the mailing.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 5.69 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.25 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.34 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.47 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.89 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.19 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $32.62, down $1.28 from yesterday. The August crude oil price is $38.83, down $1.94 from yesterday morning.