Headlines for Tuesday, July 21st

The 12th annual Wayne County Antique Tractor Drive is scheduled for September 7th. Tractors model year 1990 or earlier are welcome to participate. Due to COVID-19, there will be a hard limit of 40 tractors this year, and participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register. The cost is $20 before August 15th and $30 after. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with a planned departure of 9. The driver meeting will begin at 8:45.

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 4-H has announced the results of a host of virtual shows. Camden Robbins exhibited the Grand Champion Steer in the beef show, Hunter Greenwalt the Champion Female in the swine show, and Hayden Hodges the Champion Female in the sheep show. In addition, eight 4-Hers were chosen to advance to the State Fair in the home economics shows.

31-year-old Kathleen M. Butler was arrested last night on Wayne County warrants for theft and possession of meth. 22-year-old Michael L. Keyser was arrested early this morning on a charge of possession of meth. The two were taken to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of their respective bonds.

The Fairfield Community of Christ Church and Wayne City First Christian Church will host blood drives in the coming days. Fairfield’s drive will be tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center on Windsor Lane, and Wayne City’s will be on Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. in its Fellowship Hall on North Main Street.

FCHS graduate Lane Harvey has completed his tenure as State FFA Vice President, and he says, in an unusual situation, two members of the new state officer team are from the southern portion of the state. Harvey says he now plans to attend Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to study Agribusiness Economics.

The Edwards County 4-H recently completed its Virtual General Projects Show. Over 20 participants were judged, and Skylar Greathouse, Jake Wiseman, Wyatt Greathouse, Hayley Perry, Kaylie Vallette, Amelia Fearn, Emily Spray, Hannah Hawkins, Felicity Fearn, Chase Shelton, Kolby Terry, Cheyenne Duncan, Addison Anderson, and Madison Miller were chose as State Fair Delegates.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 7 in the Lincoln Trail College cafeteria. No items on the agenda specifically deal with Frontier Community College or Wabash Valley College, though a technology plan could be approved. The meeting will be available for electronic access at https://zoom.us/j/99074465781 with Meeting ID: 990 7446 5781 and call in number: 312-626-6799.

The Hamilton County Health Department announced three new cases of COVID-19 yesterday afternoon, bringing the county to 11 total cases. The state announced 1,173 new cases yesterday and six additional deaths, bringing statewide totals to 162,748 cases and 7,301 deaths. No new cases were announced in Wayne or Edwards counties, though Clay County did report one new cast to reach 9, per its health department.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is applauding some local officials for taking steps to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The mayors of Chicago and Springfield have announced new restrictions or penalties for bars, restaurants, and gyms to help combat a recent increase in cases, and the governor says it’s good to see action taken to protect residents.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is seeking input from the county level, specifically relating to policy issues moving forward. IFB’s Mark Gebhards says it has been a challenging seven-year stretch in the ag sector, and he says state and national agriculture needs to work on how to position itself moving forward. The IFB’s Resolutions Committee will meet August 12th to address a number of the issues.

A recently published report in the Chicago Sun-Times says federal prosecutors are seeking records on property tax appeals made to the former Cook County Assessor on more than 100 properties, including a mansion owned by Governor Pritzker. Pritzker was said to have received a tax break on the mansion after having the toilets removed, and he repaid the county $330,000.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 20.97 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.52 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 19.43 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 6.47 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 15.41 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 7.56 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.75, up $0.25 from yesterday. The August crude oil price is $41.30, up $0.97 from yesterday morning.