Headlines for Saturday, June 5th

The Wayne County Retired Teachers’ Association will award a $500 scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year to a Wayne County high school graduate that has declared a major in education and accumulated at least 80 semester hours towards that degree at an accredited college or university.  Applicants must also have at least a 2.8 college GPA on a 4.0 scale and have full intentions to teach upon graduation.  Applications are due June 15th and can be sent to Michael Simpson at 304 Whiteside Lane in Fairfield or emailed at   mandmsimp46@gmail.com

The Fairfield Police Department investigated a vehicle theft which occurred Wednesday afternoon.  According to a Facebook post, James Meritt’s 2000 Dodge Truck was taken from the Conoco Gas Station at 308 West Delaware between 3:30 and 4 p.m.  Police reported this morning the vehicle has been recovered, and was found in the Grayville area.

A car that apparently sunk in the Salem Reservoir early Sunday morning after running off a Bryan Memorial Park Natural Trail road was recovered this past Thursday afternoon.  Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds said an occupant of the car was apparently able to crawl out the driver’s side window.  Police began looking for the car after the owner, 53-year-old Kimberly Lane of Effingham, was found walking on a nearby roadway soaking wet and screaming for help.  An effort to locate the vehicle with a sonar device Sunday night was unsuccessful, but a further look Thursday found the vehicle under a few feet of water.  Once the location was marked by boat operators, a dive team from the Fairfield Rural Fire Department was called.  Reynolds says the investigation into the incident is continuing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 626 cases of the coronavirus statewide Friday and 15 deaths to bring the state’s numbers to 1,384,365 total cases and 22,880 deaths.  The Marion County Health Department reported two new cases Friday, and Jefferson County reported no new cases with five people in isolation.  Wayne County did not release an update.

Area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 10.87 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 6.63 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 17.9 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 5.28 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 9.57 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  The area has several chances for rain starting later this weekend.