Headlines for Thursday, August 6th

Fairfield Mayor Brent Maguire says he intends to resign from his position, effective on August 23rd at 11:59 p.m. He has accepted a criminal justice teaching position at Oakland City University. The mayor says his letter of resignation will be read at Tuesday night’s council meeting, at which time the council could vote to appoint an alderman as acting mayor. The council may also table the matter to address it at a special meeting before August 24th.

A 16-year-old Barnhill resident was LifeFlighted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, yesterday after a single-vehicle accident. Police say the teen lost control of a 2007 Chevy 1500 roughly one mile southeast of Fairfield, ran off the roadway, and rolled. A tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicle sustained over $1,500 damage.

55-year-old Delbert D. Kitchell was sentenced Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in March to a count of aggravated DUI, and he was sentenced to 24 months probation, plus time served. Several other cases were dismissed per his plea, and Kitchell was also ordered to pay $2,986 in fines and court costs.

The Edwards County 4-H has announced the results of its Beef and Swine shows. Eight 4-Hers participated in four categories in each show, and each received a blue ribbon. Market Class was the biggest category in the Beef Show with three entrants, and all eight Swine Show exhibitors had at least one entry in Market Swine.

The Wayne County Health Department announced three additional cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the county’s total to 55. 19 cases were active, with one person hospitalized. Edwards County announced two additional cases yesterday to bring its total to 21, and Hamilton County announced one new case to reach 30 overall. Jefferson County added eight cases to reach 230, and two deaths were reported from an outbreak at a long-term care facility. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 30 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 186,471 cases and 7,573 deaths.

Two Grayville Police Department patrol vehicles were damaged last night in a high-speed pursuit that reached 100 miles per hour. Police say Timothy L. Shaver was eventually taken into custody, and he was taken to the White County Jail on several charges, including DUI, speeding, and aggravated battery on a police officer.

The 2020 Cisne Reunion continues tonight at 7 with the Tiny Tot, Little Miss, and Miss Cisne Reunion pageants. Aubrynn Barnfield is the retiring Little Miss, and Hannah Callahan is retiring Miss Cisne. Reunion Co-President Cathryn Baker says vendors have been spread out and masks and hand sanitizer will be available to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

State Representative Darren Bailey has filed a petition to hold Governor J.B. Pritzker in civil contempt, saying he has issued executive orders despite a ruling last month that found such orders unconstitutional. The filing asks the court to order the governor to rescind three orders from last month or hold him in the Clay County Jail until he complies. Bailey says the matter isn’t a political battle, but it is about the law; he believes the General Assembly should meet to address the public health issues around the virus rather than be led by orders from one man.

The state is investing $40 million in a new inland port project for Cairo, and Governor J.B. Pritzker is releasing the first $4 million toward the project. 80 percent of the country’s inland barge traffic passes by Cairo at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and State Senator Dale Fowler says it’s time the struggling community reaped the benefits. The construction of the new river terminal is also anticipated to create hundreds of jobs.

One billion dollars has been returned to Illinois and others in the past five years under the direction of state Treasurer Mike Frerichs. He says, in the previous five years, roughly $700 million was distributed by the office, and he says the state still has roughly $3.5 billion in its unclaimed property fund. People may use the I-Cash database at illinoistreasurer.gov to find unclaimed property.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 23.84 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 8.25 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 19.90 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.07 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 21.02 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 12.97 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $35.25, up $0.50 from yesterday. The September crude oil price is $41.72, down $0.41 from yesterday morning.