Headlines for Monday, July 13th

The Wayne County Health Department has been notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours in Wayne County: a female child, a male in his 30’s, and a male in his 50’s. To date there have been 19 lab-confirmed positive cases in Wayne County; 13 have recovered, five are currently in home isolation, no-one is currently hospitalized, and one person has died from the virus. Wayne County has done a total of 2093 tests with 2074 negative test results as of Monday afternoon. The Edwards County Health Department was notified Sunday of an Edwards County resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the total up to 9 lab-confirmed cases. The individual is currently isolating at home.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday announced 1,317 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 25 additional deaths; on Saturday they announced 1,195 new cases, with 24 additional deaths; and, yesterday they announced 954 new cases, including 20 additional deaths. In the past week, the nation has seen the highest daily increases in COVID-19 positive cases yet. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 153,916 cases, including 7,187 deaths, in all 102 counties in Illinois.

The Clay County Health Department received notice Saturday morning of three new positive cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and received news of three more cases in the afternoon – bringing Clay County to eight total cases thus far. The afternoon cases include a male and a female in their 40’s and a child. All six cases, those identified in the morning and those in the afternoon, were in contact with COVID positive patients and are at home in isolation.

Egyptian Health Department was notified on Saturday, July 11, 2020 of two Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include: a White County female in her 60’s, at home and in isolation, a Gallatin County female in her 50’s, at home and in isolation. This is the tenth lab-confirmed positive of COVID-19 in White County and the sixth lab-confirmed positive of COVID-19 in Gallatin County. The Illinois Department of Public Health, their healthcare providers, and the individuals have all been notified and are monitoring the situation.

Officials with the Flora School District have released new Pre-School screening plans. Due to the current COVID -19 situation and safety requirements, they will be completing Pre-K screening remotely.  They are asking parents to complete the online google form or call the school to receive a screening packet.  Go to floraschools.com and click on Pre-K Screening Information to complete the google form or call (618) 662-6502 and leave a message with the following information: child’s name, age, birthday, parent(s) name, phone number, and address.  Please complete the google form or call no later than this Friday, July 17th.

The Assessor’s Office is currently in the process of reassessing the whole county in order to digitize our data.  This process will ensure that assessments are more uniform throughout the county. While completing this process the township assessors as well as the staff from the Supervisor of Assessments Office will be going out to view all properties, taking pictures and measuring all improvements. Under the Illinois Property Tax Code the Supervisor of Assessments is required to ensure fair assessments for all the properties in the county and to list and keep a record of the improvements within that property.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department booked 19-year-old Nathan B Downer of Geff in to the Wayne County Jail. He had been sent to rehab in a case of Burglary on April 10th of this year. Nathan Downer has returned to the Wayne County Jail upon completion of Rehab.

Wayne County responded to a single vehicle accident this weekend. 61-year-old Christina M Murphree of Fairfield was East Bound on Highway 15 near Grover driving a 2013 Lincoln MKX owned by Waylon Mark of Fairfield, when a deer entered the roadway. There were no injuries reported.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a vehicle in a ditch this weekend. 18-year-old Alexander C. Witucki of Fairfield was traveling South Bound on CR1800 E near Barnhill when a deer entered the roadway, causing him to swerve and strike the ditch. No injuries were reported.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle collision this weekend. Mathew C.W. Murdoch, 25 of Bluford, IL, was traveling East Bound on IL Highway 15 in a 2012 Ford Fusion. Murdoch looked down to adjust the a/c and crossed the centerline, striking a 2003 F150 driven by 49-year-old Kent R. Thomason of Fairfield. Murdoch was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and given a notice to appear.

Wayne County Sheriffs arrested 26-year-old Tyler E. Chapman of Bluford on a warrant for Failure to Appear/Theft over $500, and Failure to Appear/Failure to wear properly adjusted seat belt. He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail pending the posting of $1650 cash.

Online court documents along with several calls to law enforcement officials have revealed details surrounding the arrest of 32 year old Gabriel Goolsby. According to officials, a tip to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helped lead them to the arrest. Goolsby has been charged with 5 Class X Felony counts of Child Pornography in which the victim was under the age of 13. Bond has been set at $150,000 and Goolsby is due back in front of Judge Webb on July 29th for a preliminary hearing.

Illinois Separation has announced it will be petitioning in Wayne County this Saturday, July 18 from 9-12 at the following locations: Fairfield Freedom Park, and Wayne City, in front of City Hall. In the Fall of 2019, the Wayne County Board vote on the Separation resulted in a 4-4 tie. If you previously signed a Separation petition, be advised you will need to sign a new petition.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is asking a judge to dismiss part of Representative Darren Bailey’s lawsuit against Governor J.B. Pritzker. The motion, filed by Deputy Attorney General Thomas Verticchio, asks the Court to dismiss the count as moot since the relief sought in that motion was already granted Bailey in the other two counts. Bailey’s lawsuit claims Pritzker exceeded his authority and violated Illinoisans’ civil rights by extending the stay-at-home order. A Clay County Circuit judge ruled last week that Pritzker’s emergency powers ended on April 8th.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.58 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.08 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.95 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 4.14 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.45 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 4.79 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.55, up $0.93 from Friday. The August crude oil price is $39.73, up $0.90 from Friday morning.