Headlines for Tuesday, July 28th

The Wayne County Health Department announced an additional case of COVID-19 this morning- a male in his 20s. The department announced a male in his 50s had tested positive yesterday afternoon, and the county now sits at 32 total cases. 23 people have recovered, eight are in isolation at home, and no one is hospitalized with the virus. The Hamilton County Health Department announced two cases yesterday, bringing its total to 13. The state Department of Public Health announced 1,231 new cases yesterday and 18 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 172,655 cases and 7,416 deaths.

Applications for the Vicki Maxey Early Childhood Education Scholarship are due tomorrow. Forms may be obtained in the Wayne City Unit Office, or they may be requested by email from rkissner@waynecity100.org. Completed forms should be sent to Ruth Kissner via email or delivered to the Wayne City High School office to her attention. The recipient will be announced in August.

According to a Facebook post, the Albion Park Board recently met and determined it would not be able to open its pool this summer. The board said, in addition to a shortage of lifeguards in the coming weeks, the installation of a new pool liner wasn’t finished, and the season would be extremely abbreviated when it is finished.

The Edwards County 4-H has released the results of its Sheep and Poultry shows held recently. Seven 4-Hers exhibited in five classes in the sheep show, and 14 4-Hers showed 49 entries in 15 total classes in the poultry show. Each member in both virtual shows received a blue ribbon for their efforts.

29-year-old Fairfield resident Feleishaa A.J. McKinney was arrested by Fairfield police last night on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. McKinney was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending the posting of $250 bond.

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire says the city has completed its work on the underground feeder issues for its electrical distribution system, but it continues to work on a back-up power source with Wayne-White. The city is also working underneath bridges to help prevent major flooding after minor to moderate rainfall.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. Aldermen are scheduled to work on amending ordinances regarding residency requirements for employees, as well as the effective dates for utility rate changes under the city’s new utility rate plan. The council will also hear street closing requests from the Elks and NYOC.

Wayne County voters wishing to cast their ballots in person may do so at their polling place on November 3rd, or at the Wayne County Courthouse during the early voting period, which begins September 24th. An application to vote by mail will be sent out by August 1st to active voters, and those wishing to vote by mail must return a completed application by October 29th.

Illinois has one of the lowest coronavirus positivity rates in the Midwest, and Governor J.B. Pritzker says that is because state citizens generally stick to the proper mitigation efforts to stop its spread. But, he says people who still aren’t wearing a mask need to start, as wearing one can provide a safe way to reduce the likelihood of transmission by 80 percent.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reminding parents about the dangers of childhood drowning. Last year, 22 children lost their lives due to accidental children, including 10 who drowned in pools and one who drowned in a bucket. DCFS says it’s important to keep a watchful eye on kids at all times around as little as an inch of water, so families should secure pools, hot tubs, and toilet lids and not rely solely on floaties or life jackets.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 23.30 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.33 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 18.92 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.24 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 16.13 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.98 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $34.50, up $0.25 from yesterday. The September crude oil price is $41.46, up $0.24 from yesterday morning.