Headlines for Sunday, September 5th

Wayne County Covid-19 update for 8-30-2021 through 9-2-2021 shows a total of 98 new cases reported in the county. Overall total Wayne County Covid-19 cases to date is reported at 2,421, with 207 Wayne County Residents isolating. There were no Covid-19 related deaths reported. Overall total reported Wayne County Covid-19 related deaths stands at 54.

Currently the state reports total cases of the virus at 1,538,324 with 24,067 deaths and 2,547 probable deaths. The state’s positivity 7-day rolling average case positivity is at 5%, with test positivity at 5.4%. To date the state shows total tests performed at 29,177,890.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 30,319 new cases of the virus in Illinois, including 178 additional deaths since one week ago. More than 78% of Illinois adults have received at least on vaccine dose, and more than 61% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Govenor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health are giving people in high-risk settings another two weeks to receive an initial dose of the vaccine. It was announced that all health care workers, including nursing home employees, all education teachers, and staff from kindergarten through college and higher education students are now to be required to receive an initial dose of the vaccine by September 19th. The extension is said to have came at the request of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and leaders of education groups around the state.

Labor Day Weekend gas prices are the highest in seven years. The latest Triple-A national survey finds the average price for regular gasoline is up to three dollars and eighteen point three cents per gallon. That’s the highest for a Labor Day Weekend since 2014, when prices averaged an even 3.18. Prices have gone up every day this past week and are nearly four cents a gallon higher than one week ago.

Austin J O’Dell, 26 of Carmi,, has been sentenced to six years in prison for processing more than 11 pounds of marijuana. O’Dell was sentenced Thursday, August 26th, in White County Circuit Court in Carmi. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud reports O’Dell was on probation for obstructing justice and a Class-4 Felony possession of cannabis from 2018 and 2019 when he committed the newest offense, which was processing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. O’Dell’s probation on the prior offenses was revoked with concurrent sentences entered to run concurrently with the sentence in his new case.

Wayne County Republican Party Chairman Ron Woodrow said party committee persons met Thursday night to interview potential candidates for Wayne County Sheriff. Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett announced in July that he would be retiring on September 12th Woodrow says he hopes to bring a candidate before the county board when it meets next week, but a nomination isn’t se in stone. Woodrow says the party has 60 days after the Sheriff vacancy goes into effect to submit a nomination.

The City of Olney is advising the public that a portion of Elliot Street will be closed to all thru traffic, starting Tuesday, September 7th, for bridge rehabilitation work. That’s from North Avenue to South Avenue, closed until all repairs are made. Work is subject to weather conditions.

A 41-year-old Centralia man has been released on $1,000 cash bond after being formally charged in Marion County Court Friday with aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude police and driving with a revoked license with three prior convictions. Both charges filed against Robert Williams of Perrine St ar Class 4 Felonies. Williams is believed to have been driving a pickup truck on Tuesday night and was involved in a chase that exceeded 1000 miles per hour between Odin and Wisher Road south of Patoka. Williams successfully fled the truck into a wooded area after it crashed into trees after missing a curve on the Wisher Road. Williams was taken into custody on Thursday morning following another brief foot chase, after a resident in the area of the crash reported a man standing in her front yard. Williams had a public defender appointed to represent him and is due back in court on September 28th for preliminary hearing.

The Clay City Fall Festival will be held Friday, September 10th through Sunday, September 12th. A parade with the theme, Let Freedom Ring, will kick off the event at 7pm on Friday night. Also, on Friday will be the Little Miss and Mister contest at 8pm and talent show at 9pm. Saturday Morning will have the Fire Department breakfast, tractor show, pedal pull, and the presentation of the 2021 Fall Festival King and Queen. Power and Grace Tumbling will perform at 1 and Daszle Tumbling and Dance will perform at Noon. Saturday afternoon will a have a cake walk at 1pm, a frog jump contest at 2:30, and a corn hole tournament at 3pm. There will also be Bingo at 5, a live auction at the firehouse at 6 and entertainment from the Little Wabash River Band at 2; along with Andy King Band at 8pm. The evening meal of pulled pork BBQ is being served by area churches and will be $10. The Clay City Fire Department will be selling pork chop sandwiches. The event ends on Sunday the 12th with a community wide Church service at Mills Park at 10:30.

The Ingraham Labor Day Picnic and Truck and Tractor Pull is Monday. The Illinois Stock Pullers Association Truck pull starts at 9 am, and the Illinois Hot Farm Stock Tractor pull is at 1. There will be a catfish lunch available from 11 – 2, and vegetable soup will be available at 4. Please bring your own containers if you would like to buy soup in bulk. There will also be inflatables for the kids, Gunslingers will perform after the pulls, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and concessions available.

Landowners can hear the latest conservation recommendations this month at a University of Illinois Extension Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop se for Saturday, September 18, from 9 – 3 at Shawnee Community College, nearly 9 miles east of Ullin, off I-57. Topics will include identification of native & invasive woodland plants, care of tree plantings, land burns, erosion control, and the latest research on bats and ticks, plus discussion of converting lawns and fields into pollinator habitats. A $20 registration fee will include morning coffee and lunch. To sign up, go online to go.illinois.edu/2021consworkshop. For more information and/or details, call the U of I’s Dixon Springs Ag Center at 695-3383 or email Forestry Specialist Chris Evans at cwevans@illinois.edu.

River stages as of this morning: the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 8.68 feet, below the 17ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.24 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.26 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.48 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 9.26 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.89 feet.