Headlines for Sunday, October 4th

The State of Illinois is currently reporting a total of 300,088 lab confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in 102 counties across the state, with 8,774 deaths. To date, 5,834,762 tests have been conducted. The current recovery rate for the state is 96%. To date, White County is reporting a total of 185 cases of the virus with 1 death. Hamilton County reports 76 cases with 2 deaths. Edwards County 71 cases with no deaths, and Wabash County has reported 165 cases with 3 deaths. Currently Wayne County is reporting a total of 317 positives, 5 deaths; with no new cases reported.

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 will conduct a Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrol in Wayne County during October. NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Officers will strictly enforce violations including: Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Safety Belt and Child Restraint use; Speeding; Distracted Driving; and, All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations.

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in White and Saline Counties during October. OREPs allow the ISP to focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to buckle up! The objective of this program is to increase occupant restraint compliance through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement.

The Edwards County FFA program was selected as a finalist in the Strengthening Agriculture category by the FFA National Chapter for its efforts to educate the public about the dairy industry during this year’s National Milk Day. The selection marks the first time in the program’s history that it has been in the running for the distinction. The Edwards County chapter was selected as one of 10 National Finalists in the category after submitting its annual National Chapter Award Application.

Country Financial has announced Abby Schnautz of Iuka, IL as one of ten national recipients of the 2020 Life Happens Life Lessons Scholarship Program. Each year, Country Financial collaborates with Life Happens to offer a scholarship program for college-aged individuals who have experienced a loss of a parent and is negatively impacted by the lack of an adequate life insurance policy.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 4.14 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.89 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.92 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.66 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.26 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 2.48 feet.