Headlines for Monday, June 14th

Multiple injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon about six miles east of Barnhill. Police say 54-year-old Sherman D. Griswold struck 64-year-old Glenda S. Isle head-on, and then fled the scene on foot. A passenger with Griswold was air-evaced to Deaconess Hospital, and Isle and her passenger were taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Griswold was cited for several traffic offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries.

Two Fairfield residents were booked in the Wayne County Jail recently. 29-year-old Randall L. Thomas was arrested on charges of DUI and resisting police. 23-year-old Rodney A. Esmon was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Both were held, pending the posting of bond.

A Wayne County chapter of the national “Quilts of Valor” organization was started about three weeks ago to make and present quilts to veterans. The organization is seeking the public’s help in identifying veterans, specifically from World War 2 and on. People interested in helping make the quilts should message the group on its “Wayne County Quilts of Valor” Facebook page for more information. Those without Facebook can call Lisa Konopasek at 599-8492.

The City of Grayville says began draining its water tower today for work to be done on the tower. People may see a disruption in service or low water pressure during the process. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause people, but it says it is a necessary step and thanks people for their understanding.

The Fairfield Park Board will meet tonight at 6. After a financial report and a report from Park Superintendent Chris Jenkins, the board is set to discuss lifeguard training with Morgan Talbert. It will also revisit a community service project offer from North American Lighting. At its meeting in May, the board heard 25 NAL employees could provide labor for at least one project, as determined by the park district, at some point this month. In new business, the board is scheduled to discuss its annual appropriation ordinance and the annual audit for 2020-2021.

The Finance Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet Wednesday afternoon at 1 at City Hall. The meeting will see the review and/or approval of the year’s appropriations, which must be sent to the full council for approval. The committee will also discuss the scheduling of future meetings before adjourning for the night.

The City of Fairfield says it has been notified construction on the new McDonald’s restaurant should begin in late July. The business has a goal of opening the new restaurant this October, and there could be a short period of time before the opening where all operations cease for moving equipment, though the new building will be in the same lots as the current one.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Anderson says the state organization is working through some legislation on the table from state lawmakers, including a Clean Energy Bill. He says the bureau is concerned about some language in the bill that would allow private companies to utilize eminent domain power when trying to put energy projects across the state, something the organization had fought against previously.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently entered a building belonging to Charles Downey south of Wayne City. A lock was pried off, and a crossbow was reportedly taken. Crime Stoppers is also seeking information on approximately two acres of crop damage reported by Charles Diel, and UTV tracks were found with the damage. Anyone with information on the incidents should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

As of yesterday afternoon, per dph.illinios.gov, Wayne County had administered 8,616 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 26.65 percent of its population was fully vaccinated. Edwards County had administered 3,061 doses, and 25 percent of its population was fully vaccinated. Their seven-day averages for doses administered were 20 and seven, respectively. The state Department of Public Health announced 298 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and 11 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,387,595 cases and 23,061 deaths. The Southern Region had positivity rate of 1.4 percent on June 10th, up from 1.3 percent on the 9th.

Officials have released the identity of the man found dead after the demolition of a motel in Marion, who had been missing since December. The body of 51-year-ld Russell Bozarth was found Tuesday at the old Motel Marion in Williamson County, and Marion Police Chief David Fitts says foul play is not suspected.

The Illinois Department of Labor is warning about the dangers of heat on the job. As temperatures rise, the department reminds people of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses, including excessive sweating, nausea, or vomiting; a weak pulse; dizziness; and a temperature of 103 degrees or higher. It says it’s vital for workers to stay hydrated and notes seniors, those who are overweight, and those with underlying medical conditions are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Chris Miller, with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says the service’s latest adjustment of 30-year “normal” have shown interesting fluctuations in data points, and temperatures in the region have increased about half-a-degree over the last century plus, with fluctuations over the decades. Precipitation, unlike temperatures, isn’t fluctuating much, as the trends continue to go up.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 10.65 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.22 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.49 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.43 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 12.97 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 8.98 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $64.00, up $0.75 from Friday. The July crude oil price is $71.51, up $1.05 from Friday morning.