Headlines for Monday, August 3rd

The Fairfield Lions Club will collect Christmas lights that no longer work on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the west entrance of the Fairfield First United Methodist Church. The club will also accept donations of eyeglasses, hearing aids, empty ink cartridges, cell phones, soda tabs, and keys; the items will be recycled, and proceeds will be used to help fund Lions Club programs. Anyone with questions should call David Savage at 516-1229.

River Perry

The Mt. Carmel Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old identified as River L. Perry. Perry was last seen at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the 100 block of Chestnut Street in Mt. Carmel. Perry’s last known clothing was a tie-dye shirt and white gym shorts. Anyone with information should call the Mt. Carmel Police Department at 262-4114 or call 911.

Several injuries were reported in a single-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon northeast of Fairfield. Police say 18-year-old Leo R. Crisp III was southbound on a county roadway, failed to negotiate a curve, and ran into a ditch. Four passengers were reportedly taken to the Fairfield ER, though Crisp and another passenger were not. Crisp was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail recently. 22-year-old Myka L. Schulze was arrested this morning on a charge of domestic battery. 45-year-old Richard L. Winter was arrested last night on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, unlawful possession of altered registration, and possession of meth. They were held, pending the posting of bond.

Champion Laboratories, which employs over 1,000 people in Edwards County, has been sold. Champ had been owned by UCI International, which is also a past owner of Airtex, and it was sold last week to First Brands Group, formerly known as TRICO Group. No indication was given in the official sale press release on how or if the move would impact Edwards County operations. First Brands Group is also the current owner of Airtex.

The Wayne County Health Department announced one additional case of COVID-19 yesterday- a female child. The case brought the county’s total to 45; one person was hospitalized, 16 were isolating at home, and 27 had recovered. One person with the virus had passed away. The state Department of Public Health announced 1,467 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday afternoon and 14 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 181,493 cases and 7,517 deaths. No new cases were announced yesterday in Edwards County, and the latest positivity rate for the state’s Southern Region was 6.8 percent on July 30th.

There will be a Cisne Reunion this year, despite complaints lodged with the Wayne County Health Department. Public Health Administrator Clark Griffith wrote a letter encouraging the Reunion Board to reconsider its plans to hold activities that could promote large gatherings; the board worked to spread out vendors, but its entertainment remains the same. The reunion will begin Wednesday night with a concert by The Tribute Quarter; Thursday night will feature the Miss, Little Miss,  and Tiny Tot pageants; Friday night will feature the country music group Borderline; and Saturday’s entertainment will be The Brat Pack, featuring 80s music.

The FCHS Board of Education will hold a special meeting today at 5:30 in the Third Floor Multipurpose Room. The night will begin with a discussion on the Return to School plan, and the board will also hear an IHSA report from Athletic Director Bobby Wells. It is also scheduled to update the 2020-2021 school calendar and consider the employment of a substitute teacher due to a maternity leave. Due to waxing in the Breezeway, anyone attending the meeting should enter Door 3, or the main entrance at the center of the building, on King Street this evening.

The Albion City Council will meet tonight at 7 at City Hall. The council is likely to vote on a proposed sidewalk ordinance as its first item of old business. It is also scheduled to discuss the possible termination of a water well contract with Suez under new business, and it’s also set to discuss rural water line replacements.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says people might want to take the call the next time an unfamiliar number pops up on their phone. The caller may be a contact tracer, or a public health official calling to let a person know they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. Those who are contacted will discuss the potential risk and will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

Members of the Illinois House GOP continue to call for the Illinois Department of Employment Security to come before lawmakers. Republican want answers to questions as to why benefits have taken so long to be delivered, as well as why other people were sent benefits even though they didn’t apply. The governor says the most recent fraud problems are connected to a nationwide identity theft scheme, and they are not just Illinois problems.

State Senator Iris Martinez has joined a group of seven Democratic women in the Illinois General Assembly in calling for the resignation of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Though he has not been charged, Madigan was implicated in a federal bribery investigation involving ComEd and the Illinois government. For his part, Madigan said he has done no wrong and does not plan to resign.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 23.06 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.74 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 19.01 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 9.11 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 20.37 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 14.03 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.25, up $0.25 from Friday. The September crude oil price is $39.86, down $0.35 from Friday morning.