Headlines for Tuesday, July 14th

Wayne County Health Department has been notified of three additional positive case of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours in Wayne County residents: a female child, male in his 30’s, Male in his 50’s. To date, there have been 19 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County. One person who was a positive lab-confirmed case passed away. 13 people have recovered. 5 people are currently isolating at home. No one is currently hospitalized. Wayne County has done a total of 2093 tests with 2074 negative test results as of now.

Hamilton County Health Department has been notified of one additional positive case of COVID-19 in Hamilton County; a female in her 80’s. To date there have been eight lab-confirmed positive cases in Hamilton County with five people having recovered, two currently in isolation, and one person hospitalized. Hamilton County has done a total of 466 tests with 458 negative test results.

Egyptian Health Department was notified on Monday of nine Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals include: a White County female, under the age of 10, at home and in isolation; a White County female in her teens, at home and in isolation; a White County female in her 20’s, at home and in isolation; a White County male in his 20’s, at home and in isolation; a White County female in her 40’s, at home and in isolation; a White County female in her 40’s, at home and in isolation; a White County female in her 50’s, at home and in isolation; a White County male in his 50’s, at home and in isolation; a Gallatin County female in her 80’s, at home and in isolation. To date, White County has a total of 18 lab-confirmed positives of COVID-19 and Gallatin County has a total of 7 lab-confirmed positives of COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health, their healthcare providers, and the individual have all been notified and are monitoring the situation.

As of this morning Illinois reports 2,012,994 tests complete with 154,799 confirmed positive cases and 7,193 deaths in all 102 counties of the state.

On 07/13/2020, at approximately 3:43 PM, officers arrested Shane E. Toutloff, 27 of Fairfield. Toutloff is accused of disorderly conduct and public indecency. The arrest occurred on Puckett Drive. Toutloff was transported to the Wayne County Jail where he posted bond.

On July 13th at approximately 4:55 p.m. the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department arrested 34-year-old Joshua Robert Vaughn of Barnhill on a Civil Warrant for Rule to Show Just Cause. He is being housed in the Wayne County Jail pending the posting of $500.

On 07/13/2020, at approximately 9:15 PM, officers responded to the 800 block of West Court Street to investigate a domestic battery incident. Wayne County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene. Matthew L. Rusler, 34 was arrested for causing injury to a 36 year old female. During the incident, Rusler became combative and resisted officers efforts to detain him, resulting in additional charges of Aggravated Assault and Resisting a Peace Officer. Rusler was lodged in the Wayne County Jail.

Albion Police Department Assistant Chief Sean Sager completed his final shift for the Albion Police Department on Saturday July 11; sounding off with his final “10-42” at 4 p.m. Sager announced he is returning to military duty, having re-enlisted with the US Army.

The Fairfield Rural Fire Department will be having their annual fish fry this Friday, July 17th from 4-7 p.m. at Fairfield Rural Station 1 on the east side of town. It will be drive-thru only, and the meal will consist of fish, potato wedges, hush puppies, slaw, and water. All proceeds will go toward purchasing equipment.

OCC will offer face-to-face classes this fall and is currently registering students for the upcoming semester, scheduled to begin August 2oth. Apply online at www.iecc.edu/occ or call 395-7777 to speak with an advisor.

Threads of Hope will reopen Saturday, July 18th with regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon. Social distancing will be observed and only a total of five customers (one person per family) will be allowed inside at a time. Threads of Hope is located in the former Simpson UMC on the Bone Gap Road east of Albion.

The Young Leader Committee of the White County Farm Bureau held its 10th Annual Young Leader Pistol Shoot at the Carmi Rifle Club on Saturday, July 11. Twenty-one shooters participated. This year’s event had one competition, a “Speed Steel” event, where shooters had to work their way through six different stations, with five steel targets each. Individuals shot five relays at each station for a total of 150 targets shot. Time was kept for each relay with the slowest relay time at each station being dropped. All remaining times were added. The lowest overall time won the competition.

Results of the 10th Annual Young Leader Pistol Shoot:

In the adult division, Jared Dowdy of Woodlawn, IL won the division with a total time of 78.64 seconds. Second place went to Justin Aldrich of Carmi with a time of 82.79 seconds. Jason Kosikowski of Carmi took third place with a time of 83.05 seconds. Jared won a brick of .22 ammunition for winning the division.

In the youth division (16 & under), there was one shooter this year. Kaitlyn Aldrich of Carmi took first place with a time of 132.06 seconds. Kaitlyn received a brick of .22 ammunition for winning the youth division.

All of the shooters were given one ticket for the grand prize drawing of a Ruger Mark IV target pistol. The top three shooters in each division were given extra chances. Jason Kosikowski of Carmi was the winner of the pistol. The pistol was donated by The Gun Room at Indian Creek RV in Norris City.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.00 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.06 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.85 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 4.14 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 1.66 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 4.79 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.10, down $0.45 from Monday. The August crude oil price is $39.70, up $0.03 from Monday morning.