Headlines for Sunday, November 8th

The Wayne County Health Department reported seven new coronvairus cases Saturday, a female in her 20s, a female in her 30s, a male in his 30s, a female in her 50s, two females in their 60s and a male in his 60s.  Saturday’s cases brings the total number of positive cases to 599.  One more death was reported Saturday, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive cases that have passed away to 24.  Five people are currently hospitalized, 122 people are isolating and 448 people have recovered.  The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,438 new cases Saturday and 75 deaths, bringing the state’s numbers to 477,978 cases and 10,154 deaths.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Nathan Douglas, has announced the activity and enforcement figures for October in District 19.  Troopers recorded 1620 incidents.  Enforcement activity consisted of 600 citations and 1266 written warnings, including two DUIs, 332 speeding citations, 45 occupant restraint citations, 13 criminal arrests and 521 written warnings for speeding.  There were no fatal traffic crashes investigated by District 19 troopers in October.  District 19 includes Wayne, Edwards, White, Hamilton, Wabash, Saline and Gallatin counties.

A rural Xenia man, 61-year-old Greg Smith, died Friday in a fall from a grain elevator.  Reports said Smith was found by a family member and rushed to the hospital in Salem, IL where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.  Smith’s safety gear appeared to come loose as he was on the elevator, causing the fall, according to the report.  The fall occurred over the noon hour Friday.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 test has come back negative, reports say.  The governor’s office said Saturday that he may have been exposed during an external meeting that took place last Monday in a large conference room in the Governor’s Office.  The Governor was tested for the virus on Friday.

Motorists traveling in the Sims and Keenes area are being reminded of closures at various railroad crossings starting Monday and continuing through November 23rd.  The Wayne County Highway Department said through a Facebook page post that the closures would be during the day only, and the crossings would be reopened each evening for traffic.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 5.73 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.8 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 4.2 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 4.96 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 5.5 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  The only chance of rain in the forecast this week is on Tuesday.