Headlines for Monday, February 22nd

Grayville resident Brooks T. Bube was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery Friday night in Grayville after a stabbing incident. Grayville police say Joseph R. Wampler was stabbed in the back of the head, right index finger, and right arm during an altercation. He was treated on scene by the responding officer and Edwards County EMS before being Air Evaced to a hospital. Bube was taken to the White County Jail.

24-year-old Nelson L. Greenman and 21-year-old Austin P. Frazier were booked in the Wayne County Jail Saturday night. Greenman was arrested on a host of charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of altered registration. Frazier was wanted on a Wayne County warrant for resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Both were held, pending the posting of bond.

Due to damage to the roof at its drop box area, donations to the CDC’s New 2 U should temporarily be dropped off at the staff entrance on the northwest side of the building. People shouldn’t enter the building; they can knock on the door, and staff will assist. Again, donations should not be dropped off by the drop box at this time. Donations are accepted from 9 to 3 weekdays, and anyone seeking further instructions, or who has questions, can call 842-4819.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at 6 at City Hall. It is scheduled to vote on an amendment to the liquor code to allow additional package stores and to discuss an ordinance for compensating appointed officials and employees. The meeting will also be held via phone, and anyone wishing to join can call (844)854-2222 shortly before 6, enter access code 767116#, and state their name when prompted. City-Council-Agenda-2-23-21

Wayne County Treasurer Donna Masterson says the Wayne County Delinquent Tax Sale was held Friday at Floral Hall at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. 66 oil, 146 real estate, and 18 mobile home taxes were sold for a total of $121,888.79. Masterson says her office is now working on the final distribution to the taxing bodies.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital says work inside its expansion continued last week, even as outdoor work was limited because of inclement weather. With warmer temperatures forecast for this week, masonry work is expected to start back up, as is work on the exterior studs and outdoor sheathing. Indoor work will continue, as well, and contractors will hand drywall at third floor partitions.

North American Lighting’s Ford Bronco headlight has been nominated for the Illinois Manufacturer Association’s Makers Madness contest for the Coolest Thing Made in Illinois. The headlights are manufactured by team members in Flora. Voting for Makers Madness is ongoing, and voters can submit up to five votes per day on the contest page. The top 16 products will advance to a seeded, bracket style competition, with weekly matchups starting March 2nd. The winner will be announced on March 24th.

Wayne County Clerk Liz Ann Woodrow has released school board ballot information for the upcoming Consolidated Election. Jasper, North Wayne, and Wayne City boards have four seats open and five candidates each. Only one person filed a petition to run for three full-term seats in Fairfield District 112, and only three filed for four seats at FCHS.

No new COVID-19 cases were reported in Wayne, White or Edwards counties yesterday, and Wabash County did not issue an update. Wayne County’s positivity rate from February 12th through the 18th was 2.2 percent, per dph.illinois.gov, with 324 tests performed. Edwards County’s positivity rate was 5.3 percent with 75 total tests. The state Department of Public Health announced 1,585 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 35 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,174,409 cases and 20,269 deaths. The Southern Region had a positivity rate of 2.4 percent on February 18th, up from 2.3 percent on the 17th. Its rolling seven-day average for ICU bed availability was at 23 percent, and it had seen one day in the past 10 with COVID-patient increase in hospitals.

The FCHS Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 in the school study hall. It is expected to set graduation for 2 p.m. on May 16th and to accept the resignation of Nathaniel Lackey. It will also consider an assistant varsity football coach, assistant JV/freshman coach, and the appointment of volunteer coaches, with action possible. February-18-2021-Agenda

Last month was drier and cooler than one year ago. We recorded nearly three-and-a-quarter inches of rainfall at the station in January and just over an inch-and-a-half of snow. Last year, we recorded no snow and six-and-a-half inches of rain. January’s average high temperature was 40.5 degrees, and the average high for January 2020 was 46.

A proposal in Congress would require people to get a license from the government to buy a firearm, and some say that would make Illinois’ FOID Card Law obsolete. State Police Director Brendan Kelly says they need authority from the General Assembly to “untangle and integrate” the state’s gun owner licensing laws. Illinois is one of four states requiring residents to have some sort of permission from state regulators before owning a firearm.

This is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says it’s a good idea to discuss the issue with their kids. Abuse can come in several forms and can include harassing, name calling, spreading rumors, or using social media to get revenge. One resource for teens in an abusive relationship is the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-877-To-End-DV.

Officials have announced RATIO Architects, which has offices in Champaign and Chicago, will lead the design process for an expanded communications building at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Capital Development Board released $8.3 million for a preliminary design for the $84.7 million project, which will be funded by money from the Rebuild Illinois capital construction project approved by the General Assembly and Governor J.B. Pritzker in 2019.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 8.80 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.94 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.10 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.45 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 6.26 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.32 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $52.25, down $1.25 from Friday. The March crude oil price is $59.70, up $0.39 from Friday morning.