Headlines for Tuesday, November 10th

The Cisne Village Board attempted to meet last night but did not have a quorum, so the meeting was rescheduled for next Monday. Those present did hear from two residents; one came to complain about the lack of Sheriff’s Department support when calling about drag races, and the other came to say the back 15 feet of the former Key Market building must be removed to properly support the roof.

The Edwards County 4-H recently honored area youth and clubs for their accomplishments over the 2019-2020 4-H year. Kaylie Vallette was recognized as the 4-Her of the year, and Hallie Shelton and Aly Williams were awarded Novice Member of the Year and Junior Member of the Year, respectively.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the Wayne City man who was apparently struck by a train in southeast Marion County Friday night. Police say 28-year-old Ean Ehrhart was with a group videotaping a Canadian National train, and he was clipped while next to the tracks. He was taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of federal civil and criminal trials in southern Illinois through January 24th. Reports also say clerks’ offices will be closed until local conditions improve. Drop boxes for filing will be available, and the ability to electronically file documents for federal court will also remain unchanged.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health have announced Regions 5 (which includes Wayne and Edwards counties), 7, and 8 will be subject to additional mitigations starting tomorrow. Tier 2 mitigations include another limit on social gatherings, with the maximum party size dropping from 25 to 10, though the change does not include schools. Tier-2-COVID-19-Resurgence-Migitations

The Wayne County Health Department announced the county’s 25th COVID-related death yesterday and three new cases. Wayne County had 608 total cases with 124 active, including two hospitalizations. Hamilton County announced 47 cases from Friday to Monday to bring its total to 228, and it also announced a third person with a lab-confirmed case had passed away. The IDPH announced 10,573 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 14 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 498,560 cases and 10,210 deaths. The Southern Region had a positivity rate of 11.5 percent on the 6th, up from 11.2 percent on the 5th.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at City Hall, with a public hearing at 5:50 kicking off the night. The hearing will be for the rezoning of property at 1227 South First. Aldermen are expected to work on an ordinance for that rezoning once the meeting begins, and they will also work on annexing property, including the fairgrounds, to connect TIF I and TIF II. The meeting will be held in person, as well as by phone conference. Anyone wishing to join should call (844)854-2222 shortly before 5:50 and enter access code 767116#.

Interim Fairfield Mayor Gary Moore says the Illinois Department of Transportation will meet with the City in February to go over the guidelines and framework for scheduled resurfacing work on Main and Delaware streets. He doesn’t have an exact date when work will begin, but he says he does hope it will begin fairly early in the year.

The Fairfield Veterans Day Service will be held tomorrow morning at 11 at the Veteran’s Section at Maple Hill Cemetery. Colonel Stephen Prizer will be the speaker, and all veterans and a guest are invited to a drive-through luncheon at the Fairfield First United Methodist Church after the program. Attendees should enter the church’s west parking lot off Delaware. Fairfield Community High School has recorded a Veterans Day Concert, and it can be heard on 104.9 tomorrow immediately after Morning Coffee at 9. The concert may be heard on wfiwradio.com, and an archived version will be available on the website’s videos tab after 9 a.m.

The first installment of 2019 payable 2020 Edwards County Real Estate Taxes is due today. Payment made by mail must be postmarked by US Mail today to meet the deadline, and payment may also be made remotely in the dropbox on the northeast side of the Edwards County Courthouse or online with a credit or debit card at govtechtaxpro.com, though that will add a 2.5 percent fee to the credit card company. Payment may be made in Treasurer Debbie Smith’s office at the courthouse, as well, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is urging struggling businesses to apply for Business Interruption Grants. $175 million is still available in the second round of BIG grants, and DCEO Director Erin Guthrie says the grants do not have to be paid back. The money can be used to re-hire employees, pay rent, purchase PPE, and more. Applications will be processed in two to three weeks, and more information can be found at dceo.illinois.gov.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 5.32 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.94 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.56 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.16 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.89 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 4.51 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.25, up $3.00 from yesterday. The December crude oil price is $40.63, up $2.56 from yesterday morning.