Headlines for Tuesday, September 8th

39 antique tractors participated in the 12th annual Wayne County Antique Tractor Drive yesterday. Award winners included Jack Fearn for the oldest driver, Casey Opell for youngest driver, Jackie Knackmus, Jr., for oldest tractor, Ted Hughes for most original unrestored tractor, and Blake Taylor for the farthest drive to participate.

The Albion City Council will meet tonight at the Edwards County Senior Citizens Center. The night will begin at 6:45 with a public hearing on a sewer grant, and the council meeting will begin at 7. It is scheduled to discuss a sidewalk ordinance as a matter of old business, as well as Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treat times for Halloween. Action is possible on both items. The city requests those attending the meeting to respect social distancing and wear face masks.

27-year-old Fairfield resident Jeffery E. Sisco was arrested yesterday afternoon by Fairfield police on a charge of disorderly conduct. He is accused of threatening bodily harm to another person on Mt. Vernon Road. Sisco was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond.

Fairfield police say they initiated a pursuit of a man operating a red and white dirt bike Thursday afternoon. The chase started on West Water Street and continued west and south of Fairfield before officers lost sight of the bike. Anyone with information that could lead to the identity of the operator should contact Crime Stoppers.

According to WRUL in Carmi, a 38-year-old Carmi man died after an ATV accident in Crossville yesterday afternoon. White County Coroner Chris Marsh says Sean D. Jones was pronounced dead on-site, and an autopsy is planned for this week. Witnesses reportedly told police it appeared the man’s ATV throttle became stuck, and he eventually struck a tree at a residence on Rotary Street.

Illinois State Police say 45-year-old Flora resident Dana Robinson was killed in a Saturday morning crash in Clay County. State police say a preliminary investigation indicated Robinson ran off a roadway, went through a ditch and bean field, and struck a parked car in a residence’s driveway. She was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she was later pronounced deceased.

The McLeansboro City Council will meet tonight at 6, and it is scheduled to act on the swearing in of Walter Rexing as Assistant Fire Chief and discuss a pay request for its water tower project. Other items on a full agenda include the amending of liquor license classifications, the selling of city-owned properties, and the setting of the date and time for the city-wide Halloween Trick or Treat Night.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson says the earliest corn fields were mainly planted in April, so it may be a few days yet before harvest takes off in the county. Estimates from local crop tours paint a favorable picture for yields this year, though Anderson says a dry end to August could impact late-season soybeans.

The Wayne County Health Department announced two new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, and it said one case that had been attributed to Wayne County earlier has been transferred to another county. As such, Wayne County sat at 141 total cases; 40 were active, including three hospitalizations. No new cases were announced in White County; Edwards County saw its case total climb to 47 on coronavirus.illinois.gov, but that is less than the 49 total cases reported last week by the Edwards County Health Office. The state Department of Public Health announced 1,381 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and eight additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 250,961 cases and 8,176 deaths.

FNB will host a free seminar on PPP Loan Forgiveness for area businesses next Thursday, September 17th, at the Fairfield First Christian Church. The seminar will begin at 11 a.m., and it will include a catered lunch by Matt Kinney and a Q and A session with presenters. It is open to the public, but attendees should RSVP with FNB by this Friday; interested individuals should call 842-2107.

Illinois State Police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of 18-year-old Rick A. Meador to contact them at (217)342-7881. People may also contact Special Agent Travis Rinehart at Travis.Rinehart@illinios.gov. Described as a white male, 5’11” tall, 155 pounds, and with hazel eyes and brown hair, Meador is wanted in reference to a homicide investigation in Olney, where 19-year-old Kyle M. Johnson was pronounced deceased at a hospital after being found with multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday.

State Representative Darren Bailey says Illinois House Republicans have petitioned to form a special investigative committee on Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been implicated in a federal bribery investigation. Should the committee find enough evidence, a vote could eventually be taken to censure or even expel the longtime House Speaker. Madigan has not been charged, and he has repeated that he hasn’t engaged in wrongdoing and doesn’t plan to quit, despite calls to do so from Republicans and some Democrats.

The August Ag Economy Barometer has been released by Purdue University and the CME Group. After a score of 118 in July, the barometer increased to 144 last month, representing increases in farmer opinions for both current conditions and future expectations. The index is based on a survey of 400 agricultural producers and it offers a measure of the health of the U.S. Ag Economy.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 4.62 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.00 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.39 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.86 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.53 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.07 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $32.75, unchanged from yesterday. The October crude oil price is $38.71, down $0.65 from yesterday morning.