Headlines for Tuesday, August 11th

The Wayne County Farm Bureau will hold a drive-through Member Appreciation Dinner on August 20th. The meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church parking lot. There will be no silent auction this year. Members should RSVP by Thursday by calling the Farm Bureau office at 842-3342.

42-year-old Lonnie L. Griffith was sentenced to two years probation yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in February to a count of possession of a stolen vehicle. A separate case against Griffith was dismissed per his plea, and he was ordered to pay $1,260 in fines and court costs.

44-year-old Serena A. Neaveill was booked in the Wayne County Jail yesterday. She was arrested on a Hamilton County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving damage. She was released from the jail after posting $245 bond.

Hamilton County police arrested Steven “Tony” Sullivan early Sunday morning on charges of domestic battery, resisting a peace officer, and possession of meth. Police say he had locked himself in a garage, and they had to use a Taser to take Sullivan into custody after he refused officer commands and struggled. He was taken to the White County Jail, pending the setting and posting of bond.

40-year-old Dante D. Faulkner was arrested in Tennessee after a traffic stop in Mt. Vernon last week. Faulkner reportedly attempted to drive away from the stop with a state trooper in the vehicle, and he was taken into custody in Tennessee after an officer-involved shooting. He faces charges in Tennessee, as well as a warrant for aggravated battery of a police officer in Jefferson County.

The Illinois State Medical Society says it stands with Governor J.B. Pritzker in support of widespread public mask use. Society President Dr. Robert W. Panton says it is incredibly important for Illinoisans to take mask use seriously, and he says the state is in real danger of major setbacks and the reintroduction of more restrictions.

The Wayne County Health Department was notified yesterday of a second county resident with a positive lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 who passed away. The department also announced two new cases of the virus, bringing the county’s total to 62; one person was hospitalized, 15 were isolating at home, and 44 had recovered. Marion County announced 10 new cases yesterday, White and Clay counties announced two, and Wabash and Hamilton counties announced one. No new cases were announced in Edwards County. The state Department of Public Health announced 1,319 new cases and one additional death, bringing statewide totals to 195,399 cases and 7,637 deaths.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at City Hall. Action will begin at 5:30 with a public hearing for a rezoning request for 1108 Leininger Road, as a request has been made to turn the property into something similar to student housing. A second public hearing will be held at 5:50 for rezoning 1301 West Delaware for a parking lot for McDonald’s.

Mayor Brent Maguire is also scheduled to read his official letter of resignation at tonight’s council meeting. On August 24th, the city will have a new mayor, and an alderman could be elected to the position at tonight’s meeting. Once elected, that alderman will have the option of resigning his seat as alderman or retaining the seat while serving as mayor pro tem.

Last month was wetter and warmer than one year ago. We recorded nearly eight-and-one-third inches of rainfall here at the radio station, nearly five inches more than we recorded in July 2019. The average high for July was 90.2 degrees, with a high temperature of 96 on the 8th, 12th, and 19th. The average high last July was 88.2 degrees.

Mark Gebhards, with the Illinois Farm Bureau, says the Risk Management Agency has extended dates for crop insurance premium deadlines. Billing dates between August 1 and September 30th will be extended for up to 60 days, and any accrual of interest will be waived; Gebhards says farmers should speak with their crop insurance agents to be sure to know where they stand on the matter.

The State has launched a new Emergency Rental Assistance Program for those struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic. People can check to see if they qualify for the program at era.ihda.org. A separate program for those having trouble keeping up with their mortgages will be available in a few weeks.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 23.62 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.80 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.70 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 5.10 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 20.35 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.82 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $35.00, up $0.75 from yesterday. The September crude oil price is $42.34, up $0.53 from yesterday morning.