Headlines for Tuesday, April 27th

The IECC Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 7 at Wabash Valley College. The meeting will begin with a resolution of the results from the April 6th Election, and the board will then re-organize, with the election of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary Pro Tem. In new business, the board is scheduled to approve an affiliation agreement between the Frontier Community College Medical Laboratory Tech program and St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. The meeting will also be held on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99595502516    Meeting ID: 995 9550 2516    Dial 312 626 6799

26-year-old Ashton TY Harper and 39-year-old David R. Webb were booked in the Wayne County Jail last night. Harper was wanted on an IDOC warrant and was held for IDOC transport. Webb was arrested on a charge of domestic battery, and he was also wanted on a Wayne County warrant for deceptive practice. He was held, with bond set at $300 for the warrant.

Frontier Community College will offer a two-night Food Sanitation and Safety class next week for anyone in need of state certification for food handling. The class will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 3rd and 4th in Room 24 of Mason Hall, with Carrie Dagg as the instructor. Anyone wanting to enroll should go to the Student Services building on FCC’s campus.

The Grayville City Council met last night and voted to keep its old generator and move it to the new police department instead of purchasing a new one. In other business, the council said it was in the process of purchasing solar stop lights to place at the four-way stop, and it heard the application and interview process for a new Chief of Police will soon begin.

Congresswoman Mary Miller issued a statement of support recently for a decision by the Effingham County Board to adopt a Second Amendment Preservation Act. It would invalidate any new law infringing the right to keep and bear arms.

25-year-old Brodey I. Murbarger had a status hearing in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday. The short meeting consisted almost entirely of an order from Judge Michael Molt to Murbarger’s attorney, Christian J. Baril. Judge Molt indicated a computer with limited capabilities was ready for Murbarger’s use in reviewing discovery materials, but Baril would need to file a motion with its make, model, and serial number so the Sheriff’s Office could identify it. Baril hoped to have the computer in Fairfield later this week.

Fairfield Community High School plans to hold its graduation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16th, at its outdoor athletic complex. Graduates will be given six tickets to distribute for the outdoor ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be moved to the east gym, and students will only have four guests; red tickets that were distributed will be unusable if the ceremony is moved indoors.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. Aldermen are scheduled to work through an ordinance for a TIF Redevelopment Agreement at the New Wayne County Agricultural Fair. They are also scheduled to work through two resolutions for the sale of property to IDOT, with one property at the northeast corner of Delaware and South First streets and the other at the southwest corner of Delaware and Southeast Fourth. Agenda-4-27-21

The Wayne County Health Department announced four new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. The county had 1,741 total cases, and 17 were in isolation. White County added two and sat at 1,772. No new cases were announced in Edwards or Hamilton counties. The state Department of Public Health announced 2,137 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 10 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,323,170 cases and 21,836 deaths. The Southern Region had a positivity rate of 1.6 percent on April 23rd, down from 1.7 percent on the 22nd. Its seven-day rolling average for ICU bed availability dropped to 19 percent.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says Illinois could move to the “Bridge” Phase in less than a week. One metric has been met, as more than 70 percent of seniors have been vaccinated, but the state hasn’t moved out of Phase Four because of rising case numbers and hospitalizations, but the governor says totals have started to decrease, or at least hold steady.

Illinois will lose another seat in Congress because of the 2020 Census. It was announced yesterday that Illinois’ population is 12.82 million, a drop of 0.3 percent from a decade earlier and a continuation of the downward trend in power for the state. Illinois has forfeited 10 seats in the U.S. House in the last nine censuses, and it will drop this year from 18 to 17 seats.

Nearly five million Illinois residents have filed their taxes so far in 2021, and there is still time for those who haven’t yet filed. Michael Devine, from the Internal Revenue Service, says efforts to get taxes filed have increased this year, including a significant bump in traffic at irs.gov. The tax filing deadline this year is May 15th.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.52 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.32 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.97 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.76 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.68 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 6.30 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $55.00, down $0.25 from yesterday. The June crude oil price is $62.63, up $1.32 from yesterday morning.