Headlines for Thursday, October 8th

Fairfield Community High School plans to hold its Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 27th and 29th from 4 to 7 p.m. Parents and guardians of juniors and seniors are also invited to attend a FAFSA presentation on the 27th. People should call 847-9405 to set up a time for a conference or register for the FAFSA presentation.

30-year-old Ethan J. Young was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to a count of disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor. He was given one year supervision, plus time served in jail. A separate count of against him was dismissed per his plea, and Young was ordered to pay fines and court costs.

46-year-old Sanjay J. Lewis has entered an open plea of guilty in White County Circuit Court on counts of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for January.

Illinois State Police District 19 has announced its activity and enforcement figures for September. Troopers recorded 1,939 incidents, including 720 citations. Troopers issued 504 citations for the “Fatal Four” violations of DUI, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving. There were two fatal crashes investigated by District 19 last month, resulting in two fatalities.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has named Tammy Schlesinger as its October Employee of the Month. A member of the Nutritional Services Department, Schlesinger has been with FMH since January of 2018. Officials say she is an all-around caring person who jumps in to help anyone at any given time and is a great asset to the department.

Tammy Schlesinger

Today’s winning Fall Fun Fest Button numbers are 223, 490, 357, and 539. Winners will receive $25 in Chamber Bucks, sponsored by Save-A-Lot, and people can take their buttons to McDowell, Kenshalo & Jesop to claim their prize. Buttons are available for purchase, with another drawing tomorrow and two on Saturday for $100 in Chamber Bucks.

Bail was set at $3 million for 24-year-old Brodey I. Murbarger, who was arrested in Indiana yesterday in connection to the disappearance and death of Megan Nichols. Murbarger was indicted on six counts by a Wayne County Grand Jury; three counts were for first degree murder, one was for concealment of a homicidal death, and two were for home invasion involving sexual abuse.

The Wayne County Health Department announced five new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the county’s total to 332. It also announced one additional person had died, marking its ninth virus-related death. Edwards County reported one new case on coronavirus.illinois.gov to reach 76, and Hamilton County announced one case to reach 83. The state Department of Public Health announced 2,630 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 42 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 307,641 cases and 8,878 deaths. The positivity rate for the Southern Region of the state was 6.5 percent on October 4th, up from 6.3 percent on the 3rd.

The Albion Chowder is scheduled for this Saturday at the Edwards County Courthouse lawn. Service will begin at 11 a.m., and the event will be drive-through only with pre-filled buckets. There will be no pre-orders this year, and the cost of a gallon is $15. Kettles will be fired around 4:30 a.m., and food preparation will begin around 5.

The Fairfield Park Board will meet tonight at 6. After financial reports and a report from Park Superintendent Chris Jenkins, the board will move to three items of listed business. It’s scheduled to discuss bids on a lawnmower and pool deck, as well as approve an ordinance for the issuance of a Park Bond.

Chris Welch, Democratic Chairman of an Illinois House committee investigating misconduct by Speaker Michael Madigan, has postponed further hearings until after the November election. He says holding off will take the political theater out of the matter; Republicans are not happy with the move and have accused Welch of stonewalling and cowardice.

This is Fire Safety Week, and this year’s campaign focuses on kitchen fires. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries, with 44 percent of home fires starting in the kitchen. Officials say people should never leave food unattended and should teach kids to stay at least three feet away of the stove. They also recommend keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

DuPage County Circuit Judge Paul Fullerton has rejected an effort by parents to put high school athletes back on the playing field. He said the Illinois High School Association is within its rights to delay sports for safety reasons. The parents of four high school athletes had sued the IHSA, saying the association violated its own rules by delaying football, boys soccer, and girls volleyball this fall.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 4.07 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.85 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.94 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.65 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.23 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 2.40 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.00, down $0.75 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $40.43, up $0.41 from yesterday morning.