Headlines for Monday, June 7th

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at 6 at City Hall. The majority of the meeting will concern appointments of several individuals to city positions, including police and fire chiefs, assistant police and fire chiefs, and a member of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The sole other item of scheduled business on the agenda is a 2022 Vendor Agreement with WADI for its LIHEAP Program. Agenda-6-8-21

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 28-year-old Jacob D. Ferranti was arrested Saturday morning on a charge of domestic battery and held, pending the setting of bond. 34-year-old Cody E. Tipton was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant on a host of charges, including three counts of aggravated DUI, driving under the influence of drugs, use of cannabis by a driver, possession of cannabis by a driver, and driving with expired license plates. He was held, pending the posting of $1,595 bond.

Fairfield police say James Merritt reported his vehicle as stolen on Wednesday, saying it was taken from the Conoco Gas Station. The vehicle was found on Thursday in Grayville, and police say it had been abandoned and set on fire. Officers have identified suspects, and a report has been forwarded to the Wayne County State’s Attorney.

The Fairfield Swimming Pool will close at 3:30 tomorrow, and the baby pool will also be closed.

With the second school year disrupted by the pandemic in the books, summer school plans are taking shape around the country, and an influx in federal funding in COVID-19 rescue legislation is allowing districts broaden programming and serve more students than ever before. The Biden Administration will require states to pour at least $1.2 billion into summer enrichment programs, and districts must also reserve at least 20 percent of the windfall to address learning loss, which could include summer school.

Joey Allison, a member of the Cisne FFA Chapter, was honored as Illinois’ American Star in Agribusiness candidate recently at a portion of the Illinois FFA State Convention. He will compete with other American FFA Degree recipients at the National FFA Convention this fall. Grace Milligan was honored as the Small Animal State Proficiency Winner.

Joey Allison

From left: Advisors Todd Burroughs and Jennifer Timm, Grace Milligan, and parents Emily and Lee Milligan

The Albion City Council will meet tonight at 7 at City Hall. It is set to discuss annexing North Second Street off Maple Street, and it will also discuss the construction of a new health office by the Senior Center. Mayor Wes Harris says the City is also taking applications for an open spot on its police force, and the park district is looking to hire lifeguards for the Albion pool. 20210607-City-Council-Agenda-for-June-7-2021

The Illinois Eastern Community College Adult Education program has partnered with North American Lighting for an employment opportunity exclusively for IECC GED students. People seeking a GED will have a chance for employment at NAL as they take GED courses and a $500 bonus upon its completion and six months of NAL employment. Those wishing to take advantage of the opportunity must be enrolled in the IECC Adult Ed bridge course, have passed two GED tests, and must complete the GED within 90 days of employment. Anyone with questions should call Hayden McDuffee at 847-9158 or email mcduffeeh@iecc.edu.

The General Assembly passed a bill last week addressing some concerns from law enforcement over the massive criminal justice omnibus passed earlier this year. The new bill has the support of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, unlike the original, and it amended some language allowing body cam use when writing reports and defining deadly force.

As of yesterday afternoon, per dph.illinois.gov, Wayne County had administered 8,738 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 26.59 percent of its population was fully vaccinated. Edwards County had administered 2,976 doses, and 24.25 percent of its population was fully vaccinated. The state Department of Public Health announced 342 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 37 additional deaths. No new cases were announced in Wayne County. Statewide totals sat at 1,385,245 cases and 22,949 deaths. The Southern Region had a positivity rate of 1.3 percent on June 3rd, unchanged from the 2nd. Its seven-day rolling average for ICU bed availability was 19 percent. Wayne County’s positivity rate for the month of May was 3.7 percent, again per dph.illinois.gov, with 1,232 total tests performed. Edwards County had a rate of 2.8 percent with 317 tests.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says the state will soon roll out new COVID-19 promotions, and Illinois will join other states in offering a lottery for those who get vaccinated. Lawmakers also passed the “Shot for a Shot” bill that would allow bars to offer vaccinated customers a free drink. Once signed into law, it will run June 10th through July 10th.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.33 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.16 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.94 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 5.63 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 7.06 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 8.96 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $62.50, up $0.75 from Friday. The July crude oil price is $69.26, up $0.15 from Friday morning.