Headlines for Sunday, August 9th

The Wayne County Health Department reported one new case of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 60 positive cases.  Saturday’s case was a male in his 50s.  Of the 60 total positive cases, one person has since passed away, two people are hospitalized, 18 are isolating at home and 39 people have recovered.  The Illinois Department of Public Health reported another 2190 cases of the coronavirus Saturday and 18 additional deaths.  Statewide totals are now at 192,698 cases and 7631 deaths.  Jefferson County reported 32 new cases of the virus on Friday, with 27 cases connected to a long-term care facility.

A two-vehicle crash sent at least two people to the hospital Saturday morning, according to media reports.  The accident occurred on Illinois Route 142 in Jefferson County.  Reports said an SUV and a car collided head-on around 8 a.m. Saturday.  When responders arrived, both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.  The names of those involved were not available.  The report said the SUV driver was extricated in about ten minutes and taken to an area hospital.  The driver of the car was later removed from the wreckage and taken to a trauma center.  Firefighters from several departments, including the Dalhgren and Belle Rive Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has a court date this coming Friday.  The governor has been ordered to appear in Clay County Circuit Court over a legal challenge involving his statewide action during the coronavirus pandemic.  The governor is accused of violating a rule that states he doesn’t have the authority to extend an emergency order beyond 30 days.  Several weeks ago, a judge in Clay County sided with State Representative Darren Bailey regarding the legal challenge.  Reports say the governor faces an arrest warrant unless he shows up in court Friday.

The 12th annual Wayne County Antique Tractor Drive has been set for Labor Day, Monday September 7th.  Doug Anderson with the Wayne County Farm Bureau says all tractors that are model year 1990 or earlier are welcome to participate.  Due to COVID-19 guidelines there will be a hard limit of 40 tractors for this year’s event, only drivers will be allowed to attend the event.  The route will start and end at Dagg’s Auction Company on the Route 161 extension west of Orchardville.  Registration and event details can be found online at  waynecfb.com/tractordrive

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield stands at 23.77 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 17.8 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 19.52 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.43 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 7.47 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Rain chances are in the forecast for the area each day this week.