Headlines for Saturday, July 11th

Power was knocked out to parts of Fairfield early this morning.  The outage was caused by power poles being snapped at Peoples National Bank in Fairfield.  Power was knocked out in an area from Mach 1 to Murphy’s.  Residents that have not had power restored should contact the Fairfield Police Department.

Wayne City Grade School and High School will have graduation ceremonies tonight.  The high school graduation will begin at 5 p.m. and the grade school graduation will start at 7 p.m.  The school is allowing ten guests per graduate.  Families will be allowed to stay and view the entire ceremony.  WFIW’s Derek Dunn will host the radio and live video stream of the event which will air on WFIW FM 104.9 and can be seen on the station’s website at  wfiwradio.com

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday announced 1317 new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois along with 25 additional deaths.  The IDPH is reporting a total of 151,767 cases including 7144 deaths in all 102 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases range from less than one year old to over one hundred.  As of Thursday night, the IDPH reported a total of 306 patients were in the ICU and 155 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The Egyptian Health Department was notified on Friday of three southeastern Illinois residents testing positive for the coronavirus.  They included a White County female in her 20s, a Saline County female in her 20s and a Saline County female in her 60s.  All are at home and in isolation, according to reports from the health department.  The cases are the 15th and 16th positive cases of COVID-19 in Saline County and the ninth case in White County.

Skateland Rollersport in Fairfield has announced it will be reopening on July 16th.  The facility was closed earlier this year due to damage from a fire, which caused smoke and other damage to the building and facilities.  Skateland says they will have new lights and a new paint job once they reopen.

The McLeansboro Kiwanis has announced that they are cancelling this year’s McLeansboro Fall Festival due to the coronavirus and the regulations issued by the state of Illinois regarding ride certification and crowd sizes.  Organizers say it was determined that it would be impossible to present a quality festival safely for those that would have attended.

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year for Jasper Grade School will be held on Monday, July 27th from noon to 6 p.m. at the school.  Children will be eligible to attend if they will be five years of age on or before September 1st.  Parents must provide proof of residency in the school district and a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate and immunization records.  The first day of school for students is set for August 14th.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 6.18 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 5.64 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 4.48 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.15 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel stands at 4.89 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.