Headlines for Sunday, October 11th

Wayne County Health Department has been notified of 30* new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County residents: Female in her 20’s; Female in her 30’s; Female in her 40’s; 2-Males in their 40’s; 3-Females in their 60’s; 4-Males in their 60’s; 4-Females in their 70’s; 5-Males in their 70’s; 4-Females in their 80’s; Male in his 80’s; 2-Females in their 90’s; 2-Males in their 90’s. Please note that the majority of these reported positives are connected to Long-Term Care facilities. To date: There have been 373 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County.Nine people who were positive lab-confirmed cases passed away. Seven people are currently hospitalized.88 people are currently isolating.269 people have recovered.

Egyptian Health Department was notified on October 10, 2020, of six Southeastern Illinois residents who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals include: in Saline County a female in her 20’s; a female in her 20’s; a male in his 20’s; and in White County a female in her 30’s; a female in her 50’s; a female in her 50’s. A female in her 20’s, reported 10/9/2020 has been transferred to their local health department. To date, Saline County has had a total of 452 lab confirmed positives, including 6 deaths, White County has had a total of 207 lab-confirmed positives and 1 death.

Currently the State of Illinois is reporting a total of 316,423 lab-confirmed positive cases with 8.975 deaths. Illinois has reported a total of 6,243,635 tests performed to date, with a 96% recovery rate.

The Albion Fire Dept. was called out Friday night around 7 pm to a report of a kitchen fire at the Shelly Thomason residence on East Pine Street. The fire was contained to the kitchen area however the house did sustain heavy smoke damage throughout, according to Chief Danny Iverson. The browns Fire Dept. was also called for mutual aide.

In Junior High Softball action yesterday out of Pinkneyville, in the SIJHSAA  Class S State Tournament; The New Hope Panthers fell to Centralia Willow Grove-St Mary’s in the semi-finals with a final score of 11 to 8. New Hope will face off against Dongola for 3rd place on Tuesday, October 13th. Willow Grove will face Coulterville. In Class M State Tournament action NCOE beat Nashville in the semi-finals with a final score of 5 to 4. Norris City will move on to face Pinckneyville in Round 3.

At the SIJHSAA Class L State Tournament in Centralia, it was Carmi facing Carterville, with Carterville coming out victorious 4 to 3, to move on to face Murphysboro; while Carmi-White Co will take on Carlyle for 3rd. Those games are scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th.

In the Junior High Baseball SIJHSAA Class S State Tournament played Saturday in Pinckneyville, Cisne defeated Herrin Our Lady of Mt Carmel in round 2 of the semi-finals with a score of 7 to 3, they move on to play Waltonville on Tuesday, October 13th. In the SIJHSAA Class M State Tournament Albion fell to Edwardsville St Boniface 6 to 4. Albion will play Hardin County for 3rd place on Tuesday, October 13th.

I.E.C.C. is offering virtual FAFSA nights on October 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 5-7 p.m. Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Ryan Gower is encouraging prospective students to apply before October 30th. Gower says, “Students that apply before the priority deadline will be first in line for scholarships offered by each of the four I.E.C.C. Colleges. The virtual events will be held through Zoom. Students can register for the virtual FAFSA Night events by visiting www.iecc.edu/fafsa.

The Hope Center is partnering with Cusumano and Sons and will be passing out 50 free produce and 50 free dairy boxes Wednesday, October 14th to Edwards County residents. The boxes are first come first served, and are available only to residents of Edwards County. In order to receive a produce or dairy box be sure to private message Steve Smith on Facebook or Call 445-2065.

The Hope Center Feed will be hosting the next Feed the Family event on Saturday, October 17th for Edwards, Wabash and Wayne County residents. Set up will begin at 8 a.m. and the program will start shortly after. Please bring a tote, box or some type of container to take items home with you. For more info call Steve Smith at 445-2065.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 4.09 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.87 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.88 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 2.52 feet.