Headlines for Sunday, November 22nd

The Wayne County Health Department reported ten new cases of the coronavirus Saturday.  The lastest cases are a female child, a female inher 20s, a male in his 20s, two females in their 50s, two males in their 50s, a female in her 60s, a male in his 60s and a male in his 70s.  Saturday’s cases brings to 744 the total number of positive cases in Wayne County.  30 people who were lab-confirmed positive cases have passed away, 150 people are currently isolating and no one is currently hospitalized, according to the health department.  The health department also said Saturday there were 59 “probable” reported cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County.  16 are currently isolating along with being actively contact traced.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 11,891 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday and 126 deaths.  Statewide numbers are at 646,286 cases and 11,430 deaths in all 102 Illinois counties.
The Albion Fire Department was called to a house fire on South 3rd Street around 2 a.m. Saturday.  The house was fully engulfed when firemen arrived.  The unoccupied house sustained heavy damage.  Two adjoining homes also sustained damage.  Browns Fire Department was called for mutual aid.  The fire could be seen from 4 blocks away.  No injuries were reported, and the fire remains under investigation.
The Fairfield Retail Merchants will hold the final day of their three-day Christmas Open House event today from noon to 5 p.m.  Participating merchants will offer daily giveaways and sales.  Participating merchants include Barb Wire Grill, Black’s Fashion Flowers, B-Way Design and Decorating LLC, Carnaby Square, Classic Pizza and Pasta, Farmer’s Daughter, Gottman’s Jewelry, La Fuente, Mama Bear’s 4 Seasons and More, Mindy’s Sew Shop, Pizza Hut, Simply Enough, The Corner, The Willow Tree, Uniquely Rustique, and Your Flower Shop, along with Rush Appliance and Furniture, the Clothes Line and the Green Pig.
Wabash Valley College will be closing at 3 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.  There will be no classes and all offices will be closed during this time.  Small World and the Red Cafe will also be closed.  Regular business hours will resume Monday, November 30th.  Some classes will resume in a remote learning format after Thanksgiving, some classes will remain in a face-to-face learning mode.  Students should check with their instructors to determine how their classes will resume.
Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 7.59 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 7.89 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 6.15 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.73 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 4.04 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Rain should move out of the region today, followed by more rain chances Wednesday and Friday.