Headlines for Sunday, October 18th

The Wayne County Health Department was notified Saturday of three more positive cases of the coronavirus in the county, a female teen, a male in his 40s and a female in her 50s.  Saturday’s cases brings the total number to 432.  Eleven people who were lab-confirmed positive cases have passed away, five people are currently hospitalized, 106 people are isolating and 310 people have recovered, according to information from the health department.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported another 3629 cases of the coronavirus Saturday, according to information on their website, and 27 additional deaths.  Media reports Saturday indicated one of the deaths was a male in his 80s from Jefferson County, along with a male in his 50s from Marion County.  Other deaths were reported to be from Clinton, Cumberland and St. Clair counties.  Statewide totals are at 339,803 cases and 9192 deaths.

The Cisne FFA recently received a $1000 donation from Citizens National Bank of Albion.  Tina Stopher, Mt. Erie Branch Manager of Citizens National Bank presented the donation to Cisne FFA members.  The donation will be used to offset expenses for upcoming activities such as virtual conferences and leadership opportunities.  There are 52 members of the Cisne FFA.

S & M Farm Supply LLC owners, Mike Doody and Sonny Smith, recently presented Cisne FFA members with a $2100 donation to assist with the chapter’s upcoming expenses.  The group cooked porkburgers and served them at Dagg’s Fall Consignment Auction in September.  S & M provided the grill, supervised student workers, and donated all profits to the Cisne FFA Alumni.  Skillet Fork Grill also supported the event by donating buns and ice.

Members of Old Goshen Trail Chapter NSDAR recently delivered supplies to the Lifeboat Alliance shelter in Mt. Vernon as a DAR Day of Service project.  Daughters of the American Revolution members celebrate the National DAR Day of Service each year on the anniversary of the organization’s founding, which is October 11th.  DAR was founded on the ideals of service and members have been dedicated to giving back to their communities through volunteer initiatives since.  Those interested in membership information can email  OGTNSDAR@gmail.com

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield stands at 3.99 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 3.78 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 3.14 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 4.89 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 2.5 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Rain chances are in the forecast through Tuesday, with some beneficial rains expected for the region.