Headlines for Sunday, February 14th

Local law enforcement is warning of a new AMAZON phone scam going around. The number it comes from looks like a local number and upon answering the call, you get a recording that tells you your Amazon account has been compromised by someone that has charged $729 to your account in Dayton OH. It tells you to press one to speak with an Amazon Representative. Upon pressing 1, you get someone that begins by telling you they are able to clear up the matter with some information from you. DO NOT give them ANY information. Other calls have claimed to be from APPLE and it was an Apple account that had been compromised but when you speak to an actual person, they say they’re with AMAZON. When they realize you aren’t going to fall for their scam, they disconnect you and you get yet another recording that says, “you have been cut from this conference call.” Always make sure you are certain you know who you are dealing with before giving personal or financial information. If you get a call or a letter that you think is a scam, most likely it is. As long you have given no personal information just hang up and do nothing else. If you feel that you’ve given personal information by mistake, you should immediately contact your local law enforcement agency to make sure that a police report is filed.

Wayne County Crime stoppers is offering a reward for the person or persons for the following incidents: Someone pried a lock off a storage shed belonging to Aaron Musgrave, taking gas cans, a propane tank, and a weed burner. There have also been reports of locks being cut off of storage buildings in Cisne. A 5000 watt generator was taken from on shed. And Sprauge Excavating from Sturgis Ky also reports a John Deere Gator UTV taken from a work site south of Wayne City. The Gator had a number of tools and equipment on board. If you have any information about these or other crimes, call or text crimestoppers at 842-9777.

State Senator Darren Bailey is working to make sure that residents of the 55th Senate District have regular opportunities to get help with state government issues or questions. Senator Bailey is setting up mobile office hours which will rotate each month through 10 locations. The Senator will be available to meet with constituents of Wayne County from 2-4pm at Fairfield City Hall on the second Wednesday of the month. He will also be available in Edward County from 11am-1pm at the Albion City Hall on the 4th Thursday of the month.

The industrial conglomerate Honeywell has announced plans to reopen its uranium conversion facility in Southern Illinois. The plant was idled in 2018 due to a collapse in demand for uranium hexafluoride, a component of fuel used in commercial nuclear powered reactors. Honeywell says it will hire 160 full-time employees and contractors by the end of next year.

The countdown to the 2021 Illinois State Fair continues with the Mega Pass and Jumbo Pass promotions currently underway. The new Jumbo Pass will give fair-goers access to everything that the Mega Pass has to offer, but with the added bonus of unlimited rides on a fan favorite, the Giant Slide. The special prices on both passes continue through tomorrow, February 15th. Go the www.illinoistatefair.info for more details or check out the Fair’s Facebook page. The Illinois State Fair in Springfield is scheduled for August 12th-22nd

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 18.04 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.61 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.69 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.85 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 17.86 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 6.53 feet.