Headlines for Sunday, January 10th

The Wayne County Health Department reported no new positive cases of the coronavirus Saturday.  The total number of lab-confirmed positive cases for the county remains at 1301.  45 people who were lab-confirmed positive cases have passed away, two are reported to be hospitalized and 120 are isolating.  The health department reports a total of 129 “probable” reported cases of COVID-19 in Wayne County.  15 people are currently isolating along with being actively contact traced.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported another 6717 cases of the coronavirus Saturday and 99 additional deaths.  Statewide numbers as of Sunday morning are at 1,024,039 total cases and 17,494 deaths in all 102 Illinois counties.  Media reports indicated two of the deaths Saturday came from Jefferson and Marion counties.

A fire Friday night destroyed a car dealership in Vienna, IL in Johnson County.  According to reports, the Bob Harper Ford dealership went up in flames around 7:30 Friday night, when firemen responded to the scene.  At least 10 area fire departments and 70 fire fighters were on the scene of the fire.  Reports said the building had heavy smoke and fire throughout when firemen arrived, and firemen were on scene well into early Saturday morning.  No injuries were reported.  The business has been at the location for nearly 40 years.

The Illinois Legislature had a Saturday session this weekend.  Criminal justice and police reform were big topics during the day.  A Senate Committee heard testimony on a 600+ page bill that makes changes to use of force policies, and ends cash bail and eliminates liability protections for police officers.  A House Committee took up other reforms regarding criminal sentencing.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield has dropped below the 17-foot flood stage, and is at 16.46 feet.  At Clay City the river is at 7.84 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the river is at 15.97 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.64 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 11.12 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  Dry weather is expected to continue in the region, with no rain or snow forecast through at least next Saturday.