Headlines for Friday, October 16th

Wayne County Health Department has been notified of 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County residents: Female Teen; 3-Females in their 20’s; Male in his 20’s; Female in her 40’s; Male in his 50’s; Female in her 60’s; 2-Females in their 80’s. To date: There have been 415 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County. 11 people who were positive lab-confirmed cases passed away. Five people are currently hospitalized. 91 people are currently isolating. 308 people have recovered.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) yesterday announced 4,015 new cases of Coronavirus, COVID-19, in Illinois, with 53 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 331,620 cases, including 9,127 deaths, in all 102 counties in Illinois.

Hamilton County Health Department has been notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19: Female in their teens; Male in their 60’s. To date: There have been 108 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County. Two people who were a positive lab-confirmed case passed away. 91 people have recovered. 15 people are currently isolating at home.

Wayne City Schools have been notified by the Wayne County Health Department that an individual in the school has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been on campus since last Thursday, and close contacts are being notified and quarantined by the health department.

Wayne City Schools have announced that all students will now receive free breakfasts and lunches for the rest of the school year. Previously the school had announced that meals were free until the end of the first semester. However, the United States Department of Agriculture has announced they are extending the waiver for the remainder of the school year. All students are encouraged to take advantage of the extension.

Wayne City School Board has announced that after much deliberation with the health department, insurance representatives, and the lawyers, Wayne City Schools are considering a plan to start the new school year with in person instruction with the option for remote learning. Masks will be required by every person in the building with no exceptions. Also, Susan Karr was hired to replace Vicki Maxey as a PreK teacher.

Wayne City School Board meeting was held last night. The school just received an approximately $58,000 grant that will be providing Chrome books for K-2. There was a first discussion about tax rates to prepare for next month to set the rate for the district. There are concerns about balancing the amount to ask for enough to accommodate the increased minimum wage, the future curriculum needs, and the lack of state funds that are not expected to come as planned.

In the FCHS Superintendent Report, Superintendent Jill Fulkerson announced: Parent Teacher Conferences will be held 10/27 & 10/29 with a teacher in service training held on 10/30. Seniors completed the SAT last week. Open gyms are continuing to be held. There will be no formal Veterans Day Program. The Fall College and Career Fair has been cancelled. The Dental Safari will be on campus 10/29. The board voted to move next month’s board meeting to 11/16.

On October 15th, at approximately 4:58 p.m., Wayne County Sherriff’s Office arrested 60-year-old John M. Napier of Fairfield on a Failure to Appear Warrant on a charge of Deceptive Practices. He was transported to the Wayne County Jail and was released on $245 cash bond.

On October 15th, at approximately 6:29 p.m., Wayne County Sherriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Timothy M. Campbell of Olney on a warrant for Residential Burglary and a warrant for Forgery. He is being held in the Wayne County Jail pending the posting of $10,020.00 cash only bond.

The Fairfield Elks Renovation Fundraiser is scheduled for this Saturday (Tomorrow) from noon to midnight. Admission is $10 at the door, and people must be at least 21 years old. A bags tournament will begin at noon; the cost is $50 per team for the single-elimination tournament, and anyone wishing to enter should call Austin Gibbs at 516-1462. Ben Nation and Dylan Wolfe Full Band will be at the Elks from 7:30 until midnight, and there will be food vendors on site as-well.

The Illinois State Police have released details, regarding a traffic accident involving two semis south of Fairfield this morning at 9:15 a.m. A 2020 white Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer combination driven by 27-year-old Azamat Pardaev of Brooklyn, New York, was traveling north on Highway 45, approaching County Road 690 North by Koontz Cemetery. A previous crash at this location caused a utility pole and telephone line to fall across both lanes of Highway 45. Numerous vehicles had stopped in the northbound lanes due to the obstruction across the roadway. A 2005 Red Western Star truck tractor semi-trailer combination driven by 73-year-old Flora resident, Wayne Fatheree, was traveling south on Highway 45 and stopped in the southbound lanes due to the obstruction. Pardaev crested a hill and noticed numerous stopped vehicles in the northbound lane, was unable to slow down in time and swerved left to avoid the stopped vehicles. Pardaev struck Fatheree’s semi head-on in the southbound lane. Fatheree was flown to a regional hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Pardaev was uninjured. Highway 45 was closed for six hours following the accident. ISP cited Pardaev for improper lane usage. ISP, Wayne County deputies, Fairfield Rural Fire Protection District and Wayne County EMS responded to the scene.

Illinois is experiencing big early voting turnout with three weeks left before Election Day. The state Board of Elections says over 480-thousand mail-in ballots have been returned and logged so far. Officials say more than 175-thousand people have participated at the polls. An ISBE spokesman says that those who have received mail-in ballots may still vote in-person if they surrender the mail-in ballot at the polling place. Those mail-in ballots will then be canceled.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 3.95 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.88 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 3.85 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.64 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 2.15 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 2.46 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.96, down $0.04 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $40.82, up $0.24 from yesterday morning.