Headlines for Sunday, March 28th

A line of strong and severe thunderstorms moved through southeastern Illinois Saturday night, prompting a few warnings in the area.  Wayne and surrounding counties were under a slight risk of severe weather and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch Saturday night.  Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for northern Wayne, Clay and Richland counties as the storms moved through shortly after 9 p.m.  Here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ we measured .62 inches of rainfall.

The Wayne County Health Department reported one new case of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the county’s total number of positive cases to 1,696.  The health department reports six people are currently isolating and the number of lab-confirmed positive people that have passed away remains at 51.  The Illinois Department of Public Health as of early this morning is reporting 1,235,578 total cases around the state and 21,228 deaths.  Saturday’s cases amounted to 2,678 along with 25 additional deaths.

The Wabash General Hospital Foundation has announced their support to bring mammography in-house for Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, and plans to purchase brand new state of the art mammography equipment with the latest technology and a remodel of the radiology department space.  More information is available by calling the WGH Foundation at (618) 263-6302.

Published reports indicate over 800 veterans received help in the form of extra groceries Saturday in Mt. Vernon, IL.  The drive-through event was held at Roadhouse Harley Davidson Saturday morning, with each person going home with 35 pounds of fresh meat, produce and dairy.  The event was held in honor of Lance Corporal Kyle Price, a local marine who died in 2006 while serving in Iraq.  Another giveaway is planned for April 24th at the same location.

A Lawrenceville, IL woman faces charges of filing a false police report after claiming she was being taken to Florida against her will.  Reports out of Tennessee indicated 29-year-old Brittany Webb was arrested last Thursday after originally telling authorities she was being taken to Florida and was rescued by a Clarksville, TN man.  An investigation by police later determined Webb made the story up, and that she had actually agreed to go to Florida willingly and even volunteered to help drive.  Charges were expected to be dropped against the man who was originally arrested and charged with imprisonment.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 24.74 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 16.95 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet, with a crest of 19.3 feet by Wednesday.  At Carmi the stage is 30.07 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 9.13 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 16.69 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.