Headlines for Tuesday, June 15th

The Albion City Council met in special session last night and voted to employ Olney resident Austin Mulkey as a new Albion Police Officer. According to Police Chief Mike Judge, Mulkey will be enrolled in the Police Academy in August or January, depending on availability. Mulkey is currently a corrections officer for Richland County.

The Cisne Village Board was scheduled to meet last night but was not able to field a quorum, so it will attempt to meet tomorrow night instead. Three guests came to the meeting to get permission to put a new building on a lot. The two board members present and the mayor supported the building, which will be delivered tomorrow morning.

Wayne County deputies arrested 32-year-old Fairfield resident Loretta M. Cotrrill yesterday morning on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with a revoked license. Bond for the warrant was set at $345, and Cottrill was released after being given a notice to appear in court.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who recently damaged the brake system of a vehicle belonging to Jeremy Perez and Karen Araya. Anyone with information on the incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 7 at Lincoln Trail College. The meeting will also be on Zoom, and information can be found below. Trustees are scheduled to approve the FY22 Budget Resolution and the tentative budget. They will then hear results from the 2021 Student Satisfaction Survey. Meeting information: https://zoom.us/j/98142087988    Meeting ID: 981 4208 7988    Dial in: 312 626 6799

Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield will hold a Movie in the Park this Saturday at 8:20 p.m. Sponsored by Peoples National Bank, the night will feature Raya and the Last Dragon. VPF recently ordered a new popcorn machine, and there will be light snacks and drinks available at the event, which will be held at the amphitheater at Leo French Park. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

State agencies provided emergency response to a chemical fire yesterday in Rockton. Governor J.B. Pritzker activated the state Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate the efforts at Chemtool, a lubricant manufacturing plant. A mandatory evacuation was put in place for people within a mile radius of the building, and Rockton fire officials say the fire could smolder for days due to the various types of grease kept in the warehouse.

According to a Facebook post from Wabash County Sheriff Derek Morgan, 27-year-old Mt. Vernon resident Ashton T. Harper was arrested last night after a manhunt spanning several counties. He was wanted after a stolen vehicle warrant and aggravated battery with a firearm bulletin went out near Grayville, and, after a car and foot chase, he was eventually taken into custody just into Lawrence County. He was taken to the Wabash County Jail and held, pending additional charges.

Ashton T. Harper

The Fairfield Park Board met last night and heard a report on the swimming pool’s opening weeks. Numbers were somewhat down to begin due to weather, but they have increased steadily. Swimming lessons just began, and most sessions, if not all, are filled. The district had received $3,300 in revenue from the pool since it opened June 1st.

The Grayville City Council met last night and heard exterior work on the water tower had begun, as the tower was drained yesterday. Temporary pressure relief valves were installed on the north and south ends of town. The council also heard the Grayville pool is set to open tomorrow after a delay last Saturday due to a pump malfunction.

The Wayne County Health Department announced two new cases of COVID-19 since Saturday and sat at 1,801; six people were in isolation. The state Department of Public Health announced 165 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and nine additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,387,760 cases and 23,070 deaths. The Southern Region had a positivity rate of 1.3 percent on June 11th, down from 1.4 percent on the 10th.

The FBI Office in Chicago has reported the kidnapping of a 14-16 year old female near Peru, Illinois. The FBI says it was informed of the kidnapping at approximately 5:05 yesterday morning, and it says multiple witnesses reported two men forcing the juvenile into a white pick-up truck with a topper. The lead investigative agency is the Peru Police Department, and tips can be reported to it or to the FBI at 312-421-6700.

The University of Illinois Extension Office has some tips for the public for summer lawn care. With temperatures really heating up, the Extension says those who want to keep their yards looking green need to commit to watering deeply and regularly to the tune of an inch to an inch-and-a-half of water about once a week. It also says a lush lawn will require additional fertilizer, and it recommends mowing more often at a taller height.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.43 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.15 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.29 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.15 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 9.04 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 8.92 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $64.00, unchanged from yesterday. The July crude oil price is $71.15, down $0.36 from yesterday morning.