Headlines for Wednesday, July 15th

The Wayne City Education Association says applications are now available for the Vicki Maxey Early Childhood Education Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is not limited to a current graduating senior, but applicants must have graduated from Wayne City. Applications are due July 29th, and the recipient will be announced next month. They may be obtained in the Wayne City Unit Office, or they may be requested by email from rkissner@waynecity100.org. Completed applications should be sent to rkissner@waynecity100.org or delivered to the office of Wayne City High School to the attention of Ruth Kissner.

41-year-old Jeremy S. Allen was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday in Edward County Circuit Court. He had previously pleaded guilty to a count of domestic battery and was found to have violated his probation. Allen was credited with 123 days served in jail, and the sentence will run concurrently with one from White County.

20-year-old David N. Taulbee pleaded guilty yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court to a count of a debtor disposing of collateral and failing to pay a secured party. He was sentenced to 24 months second chance probation, 30 hours of public service work, and time served. Taulbee was ordered to pay $5,244.99 in fines and court costs, including $4,235.99 in restitution to Clay City Banking Company.

Fairfield police arrested two Fairfield residents early yesterday afternoon. 29-year-old Feleishaa A.J. McKinney and 31-year-old Allison G. Altizer were both booked in the Wayne County Jail on charges of theft. The two were held, pending the posting of $120 bond.

The West Salem Development Association will hold a drive-through BBQ Fundraiser on July 25th in front of the Community Building on the west side of the West Salem Square. A BBQ sandwich, chips, and drink will be available for $6, and sandwiches only will be sold for $4 each. Sales will begin at 4 p.m. and will continue until items are sold out. Proceeds will be used to fund community events.

The Clay City Civics organization has canceled its 2020 Fall Festival. The organization said it couldn’t run the event this year and maintain safety for the vendors and attendees within state guidelines. Clay City’s decision follows that of Fairfield, which decided to cancel its Fall Fun Fest late last month.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and approved water and sewer rate increases, with a five-year plan raising water rates 25 cents per year over its duration. The council also approved several projects for street repaving, with a total cost of $312,141. The projects will be paid from Motor Fuel Tax revenues.

Aldermen also approved the closing of Northeast Third Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 8th for food distribution from the United Way Mobile Market Program. The program provides free fruits, vegetables, and dairy to consumers with no questions asked or income guidelines, and the distribution will be a drive-through event.

The Cisne Village Board met earlier this week and approved motions to continue the affordable gas and electric agreement and the annual appropriation ordinance. It also moved to hire a new village auditor for one year and discussed enforcement measures against property owners and renters who were in violation of village ordinances.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 707 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday afternoon and 25 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 155,506 cases and 7,218 deaths. According to coronavirus.illinois.gov, Lawrence County added one new case to reach 13 total, and Jefferson County added two to reach 122.

37-year-old David J. Graves was arrested Monday afternoon by McLeansboro police on a Hamilton County warrant for harboring a runaway. He was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of less than five grams of meth. Graves was transported to the White County Jail and held, pending the setting of bond. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest.

Despite the President’s calls for all kids to return to the classroom in the fall, Governor J.B. Pritzker says it will be up to individual school districts as to how to proceed. The State Board of Education released guidelines for schools to follow, such as having all staff and students wear a mask, but the governor says districts will formulate their own plans off the statewide guidelines.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the closing of government offices, the annual federal and state income tax deadlines were extended by two months, but that extension ends today. Michael Devine says people need to file their income taxes, as not filing will either lead to increased penalties and fees or missing out on a refund.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 5.39 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.03 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.84 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.17 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.21 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.02 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.25, up $0.15 from yesterday. The August crude oil price is $40.96, up $1.26 from yesterday morning.