Headlines for Saturday, September 12th

The Wayne County Health Department reported seven new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the county’s total to 173 cases.  Friday’s cases included a male child, a female in her 20s, a male in his 20s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 50s, a male in his 50s and a female in her 70s.  There have been a total of 173 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County.  113 people have recovered, 50 people are currently isolating at home, six people are hospitalized and four people have passed away.  The health department also said the county has a number of probable cases that are in the process of contact tracing.  Statewide totals as of Friday sat at 257,788 cases and 8273 deaths.

One person was hurt in a one vehicle accident shortly before 8 a.m. Friday in Hamilton County.  State police at the District 19 post say a 15-year-old McLeansboro, IL teen was driving a 2005 Honda Accord southbound on Illinois Route 142 south of Hamilton County Road 400 North and for unknown reasons left the roadway and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to hit a tree.  A passenger in the vehicle, 47-year-old Rebecca Ann Byars of McLeansboro, IL was not hurt, while the teen was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander Captain Nathan Douglas has announced the activity and enforcement figures for August.  Troopers recorded 1684 incidents during the month.   Enforcement activity consisted of 587 citations and 1593 written warnings, including 310 speeding tickets, four DUIs, 15 criminal arrests and 575 written warnings for speeding.  There were no fatal traffic crashes investigated by District 19 during August.

Laura Ethridge, who works at Fairfield Memorial Hospital as a Biller in the Business Office, has been selected as the September Employee of the Month.  Ethridge has been with the hospital since October of 2016.  Kristin Boldt, Business Office Manager, said Ethridge goes above and beyond at all times, and excels at her duties in the Business Office while also being willing to help wherever is needed within the hospital.  The hospital honors an employee each month who has been nominated by their peers for providing extraordinary patient care and customer services within and outside of the hospital.

Frontier Community College has announced that it is delaying its public reopening, which had been set for this Monday.  The college said in a new release Friday that “due to the rising COVID numbers we have decided to remain closed.  The new reopening date has yet to be determined.  Our number one concern is the safety of students, faculty, staff and the community.  When we feel it is safe for the community to join us on campus, we will announce a new date.”  The college’s community education courses will continue as scheduled.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield stands at 4.6 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.27 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 3.46 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at an even five feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 2.9 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Rain chances are in the forecast this weekend and again around mid-week.