Headlines for Monday, July 20th

Rainfall was spotty last night, with the radio station recording one quarter of an inch, some areas in Fairfield receiving only trace amounts, the Bone Gap area receiving seven tenths of an inch. Clay City and Effingham reports indicate they received four hundredths and 24 hundredths, respectively, with rain in the forecast until Friday.

Southwest Seventh Street from 620 North to 690 North in Grover Township in Wayne County will be closed today for maintenance work.

The Wayne County Historical Society is planning a History Camp for Wayne County students entering grades three through eight. The camp will be held on July 31st from 10 to noon, and parents will be asked to pre-register their children by calling 842-3544 by July 27th. The cost will be $5 per child, and social distancing will be observed.

30-year-old Levi Eads was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of domestic battery and criminal damage to property $300 or less. 44-year-old Robert W. Dunlap was arrested last night on a Hamilton County failure to appear warrant for DUI. Eads was held in jail, pending the setting of bond, and Dunlap was released after posting bond.

Johnsonville Community Days are scheduled to be held from July 31st to August 2nd at the Johnsonville Ruritan Building. Racks of ribs and pork loins may be picked up on the 31st, and the deadline to order is tomorrow. A fish and chicken supper will be held on August 1st, and a church service and chicken dinner will be held on the 2nd.

Since January, Illinois residents and visitors have spent nearly $240 million on legalized recreational cannabis, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Over $52 million has been produced in state revenue, including $34.7 million from excise taxes and $18 million from sales tax. Per law, eight percent of the revenue will be shared with local governments.

The Wayne County Health Department announced two additional positive cases of COVID-19 last night, both males in their teens. The new cases bring the county’s total to 27; 12 people are in isolation at home, and 14 have recovered. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 965 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday afternoon and five additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 161,575 cases and 7,295 deaths. Edwards County remained at five total cases.

Fairfield Public School District 112 Superintendent Dr. Scott England says he still isn’t certain what the start of school will look like for his district. He said guidance issued by the state has changed multiple times, and his biggest concern is reaching every student, even as some will be unable to return to school in person this fall. The district’s return to school plan will be discussed by the Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting tonight at 6 in the Center Street Boardroom.

CDC’s New 2 U resale shop has reopened, and it is accepting donations, according to Director of Resale Beth Ann Colclasure. However, she says only certain items will be accepted, and people can call the shop with any questions. Last year, the CDC spent roughly $20,000 in hauling away items that couldn’t be resold.

The Village of Cisne is in the process of applying for a CDBG Public Infrastructure Grant to upgrade its water filtration system. In the coming days, officials will go door-to-door to compile information from water customers, and they say it would also be beneficial if people would write a short letter about the water quality in Cisne. People may also go to Village Hall to fill out the paperwork.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is encouraging those who haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to do so as soon as possible. The Census is held every 10 years, and it helps determine representation in Congress and the amount of federal funding the state receives. Illinois’ response rate was roughly 67 percent last week, and the Census may be completed at 2020census.gov.

Freese-Notis Meteorolgist Dan Hicks says the second half of July will likely provide some decent rain chances and cooler temperatures in the northern Midwest, so the southern half of the region is likely at greater risk for stressful weather. Last week’s Illinois crop report had 61 percent of the state’s corn rated in good-to-excellent condition, along with 59 percent of the soybean crop.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 21.42 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.86 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 16.51 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.57 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 16.61 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 4.03 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.50, down $0.25 from Friday. The August crude oil price is $40.33, down $0.17 from Friday morning.