Headlines for Monday, September 6th

Frontier Community College will hold its first Homecoming Week September 20th through the 25th. Student activities will be planned by the Student Senate, and community events will include a Dance Party Reunion the 23rd, a Homecoming King and Queen Coronation the 24th, and a dinner and Q&A session with FCC alumna Sarah Frey on the 25th. The Frey event will be held at Willow Creek, and people can contact FCC Foundation members to obtain a ticket.

Fairfield and Wayne County will hold a ceremony Saturday to observe the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield will conduct a candlelight observance at 8 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds Grandstand. It will include music and will be emceed by Mayor Mike Dreith. Anyone wanting more information can contact City Hall or Kristi Hornung at Carnaby Square.

25-year-old Brodey I. Murbarger is set to appear in Wayne County Circuit Court tomorrow at 2 for a pre-trial conference. He had been set to appear August 17th, but a COVID outbreak in the Wayne County Jail led to the change. Attorneys had discussed a trial date at the last conference in June, and tomorrow’s meeting could provide a more concrete idea for said date.

The Wayne County Health Department says, as of Wednesday night, 5,004 people in the county were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or 30.64 percent of the population. Public Health Administrator Nicole Schoenborn said the vaccines have about a 66 percent coverage rate against the Delta Variant, but vaccinated people who do test positive generally have underlying conditions and contract mild symptoms. Per dph.illinois.gov, .02 percent of fully vaccinated people statewide had been hospitalized, and .0004 percent of fully vaccinated people had passed away due to COVID or its complications.

Illinois farmland values saw a big jump in the first half of the year, per Luke Worrell, with the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He says surveys showed a 20 percent increase across all classifications of land; he says this is only the fourth time in the past 50 years the group has seen an increase of this magnitude.

Lawyers for a Latino advocacy group say they intend to proceed with a lawsuit to overturn the state’s new legislative district maps. They say the new maps, approved this week, actually reduce the number of majority-Latino districts, even though the Latino population grew over the last decade- both in total numbers and as a percentage of the state’s population. A similar, but separate, lawsuit was also filed by Republican Senate Leader Dan McConchie and House Leader Jim Durkin. Both suits name Senate President Don Harmon and House Speaker Chris Welch as defendants, along with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The Illinois Department of Revenue reminds parents they may be able to claim some back-to-school expenses on their taxes. The State’s Education Expense Credit lets parents or guardians of a full-time K-12 student take a 25 percent tax credit on qualified expenses over $250, including tuition, books, and lab fees. Total credits may not exceed $750, and more information can be found at tax.illinois.gov.

River stages as of early this morning: the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.54 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.20 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.77 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.34 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 7.46 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.71 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $62.25, down $0.75 from Friday. The October crude oil price is $68.58, down $1.21 from Friday morning.

The guest today on the Community Connection will be Luke McNair, with the Palestine Rodeo. Community Connection airs at 7:30 on AM 1390 and 103.3 FM.

Due to the holiday, there will be no “Morning Coffee” program. Mark Turner and Jeremy Smith will return for “Morning Coffee” on Monday between 8-9 a.m. on 104.9 weekdays.

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