Headlines for Saturday, November 21st

The Wayne County Health Department was notified Friday of 21 new lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wayne County residents.  The latest cases are a female child, two female teens, two females in their 20s, a male in his 20s, two males in their 30s, a female in her 40s, a male in his 40s, two females in their 50s, a male in his 50s, two females in their 60s, three males in their 60s, two males in their 70s and a male in his 80s.  The health department also reported one rapid-antigen probable reported case, a female child.  The latest cases brings the total for the county to 734.  Thirty people who were lab-confirmed positive cases have passed away, 142 people are isolating and no one is currently hospitalized.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Friday reported another 13,012 cases of the coronavirus and 126 deaths, bringing the state totals to 634, 395 cases and 11,304 deaths in all 102 Illinois counties.

Carmi-White County Community Unit School District #5 Superintendent Brad Lee reported that the district was notified Thursday of one employee and three students who tested positive for coronavirus.  Lee said the district is working directly with county health officials to address the situation. and said all individuals involved directly have been notified and are monitoring the situation.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Nathan Douglas, has announced the results of an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement, or ACE, patrol held in Wayne County in November.  Troopers issued six alcohol and drug citations, one registration offense citation, three driver’s license offenses citations and made seven total citations and arrests and 16 total written warnings during the detail.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Nathan Douglas, announced the results of a Distracted Driving Enforcement Program patrol held in White County during November.  Enforcement activity consisted of seven hand-held phone/device citations, one texting while driving citation, eight total distracted driving citations and seven total written warnings.

The Wayne City School Board met recently and took up several matters.  The board voted for a 9.99 percent tax levy for this year on a vote of six to one, with board memeber Clinton Lane voting no.  The district was not paid over $59,000 this month, mainly in the pre-k funds.  The board also approved several personnel matters, including the hiring of several sports coaches for the 2021-2022 school year.  It was also reported that there was discussion about winter sports, but it was decided that nothing can be done while the state of Illinois is under Tier 3 mitigations.  A special meeting will be held once restrictions are lifted to decide if games can be played at a later time.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 8.58 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 6.03 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 7.71 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.36 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 4.01 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.