Headlines for Thursday, July 30th

According to Greg Hale, Executive Director of the SIJHSAA, the SIJHSAA Board of Control held a special meeting this morning via Zoom. The BOC made final decisions concerning the fall sports of baseball, softball, girls and boys cross country. The BOC voted to approve the sports in conjunction with the specifications set down by the Illinois High School Athletic Association and the Illinois Department of Public Health. For a detailed list of the guidelines, check out the WFIW Radio Facebook page.

Edwards County Mobile Home Taxes are due tomorrow, and a late fee of $25 will be assessed on August 1st. An additional $25 fee will be added every month the tax is delinquent. Payments may be made in person, mailed to the Edwards County Collector, or placed in the drop box on the northeast corner of the Edwards County Courthouse.

The Edwards County School District will conduct a pre-school round-up on August 24th and 25th. Screenings for the Albion attendance area will be on the 24th, and parents should call 445-2325 to make an appointment. The West Salem attendance area will have screenings on the 25th, and parents should call 456-8881 for appointments.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently stole a white 2006 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck parked at LeMond’s Motorsports in Fairfield. Anyone with information on the incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777 for a possible reward.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has released a statement on mystery seeds that have shown up from other countries in some people’s mail. The IDOA says people should contact it by email at agr.seeds@illinois.gov if they receive such seeds, and they should not open the packaging, plant the seeds, or throw them out.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is reportedly suing the Hutsonville School District in Crawford County for not complying with his mask order. Hutsonville’s Return to School Plan said facemasks would be recommended, but Governor Pritzker, the IDPH and the state Board of Education have said masks are to be required in schools.

The Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, and Hamilton County Health Departments announced new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Wayne, Edwards, and Wabash counties each announced one new case to bring their totals to 34, 13, and 27, respectively. Hamilton County announced two cases, bringing its total to 15, as well as the death of one person with the virus. The state Department of Public Health announced 1,393 new cases yesterday and 18 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 175,124 cases and 7,462 deaths.

Fairfield Public School District 112 says it has made the decision to begin the first nine weeks of its pre-k program as off-site learning only. Families of enrolled students will receive communication from their teachers prior to August 19th, the official start of the program. A decision for the second nine weeks will be made as the year progresses.

Frontier Community College student-athletes have been honored for their classroom performance last year with NJCAA Academic Team Honors. 22 students from the baseball, softball, and volleyball teams were personally honored for their GPAs, and 10 of those students were 1st Team All-American with a 4.0 GPA. FCC has also announced it will close at noon tomorrow.

42-year-old Abdiwahab Noor was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 in Wayne County yesterday morning. State police say a tire on his westbound semi blew out near mile post 95; he then lost control, traveled across both lanes of eastbound traffic, and came to rest upright. His injuries were reportedly minor.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced new guidelines for youth and adult recreational sports, and they apply to school sports, park district sports, traveling teams, recreational leagues, and more. Each sport was placed in a risk category of Lower, Medium, or Higher. Four levels of play are allowed based on current infection rates, ranging from no-contact practice to tournament play. Full details may be found on coronavirus.illinois.gov.

July will end up being warmer than average in Illinois, according to State Climatologist Trent Ford. He says the entire state has seen a streak of warm and humid conditions since late June, leading to some heat index values in the triple digits in northern Illinois. Rain totals will be a mixed bag, but he says drought concerns some areas faced have mostly been alleviated.

Illinois’ two U.S. senators, Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, say residents in the Metro East region are facing a major public health crisis because of persistent flooding and sewage problems. The two asked the U.S. EPA to enforce environmental laws, conduct water testing, and identify solutions to the problems plaguing Centreville and nearby communities.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 23.42 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.32 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 10.41 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.57 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 18.04 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.37 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $34.25, up $0.25 from yesterday. The September crude oil price is $40.98, down $0.37 from yesterday morning.