Headlines for Tuesday, September 7th

Fairfield rural firemen and Wayne County EMS responded to a wooded area between Mt. Erie and Ellery Sunday morning. Firemen say, at approximately 9:28, a man was putting up a tree stand when he fell 20-to-30 feet to the ground. Responders walked into the woods about a quarter mile to reach him and hauled him out on a UTV to Air Evac, who took him to Deaconess in Evansville. Firemen did not release the individual’s name.

Wayne County EMS responded to a single-vehicle accident Friday morning. According to county deputies, 24-year-old Wayne City resident Devan J. Simpson was eastbound on Highway 15 just west of Fairfield in a 2008 Ford F-150. He reportedly fell asleep and ran off the road at a curve before overturning and coming back on the road. A tow truck was called, and the vehicle sustained over $1,500 damage.

Several people were booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 39-year-old Geff resident Brandon L. Thomas was held on a charge of possession of meth, pending the setting of bond. 43-year-old Fairfield resident Daniel B.J. Brockett was booked on a Clay County failure to appear warrant for operating an uninsured vehicle, and he was released after posting $345 bond.

Wabash County deputies and Illinois State Police arrested 56-year-old Mt. Carmel resident James Morgan last week. Reports indicate officers found evidence of aggravated discharge of a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault in August, leading to search warrants for his home. Last week, he Morgan allegedly invited them to his residence and said he was about to do “suicide by cop.” Deputies and ISP negotiated his peaceful surrender, and Morgan was taken to the Wabash County Jail.

Wayne County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who damaged a mail box belonging to Sharon Wilson. Anyone with information on the incident should call or text Crime Stoppers at 842-9777.

The Quail and Upland Game Alliance says, due to the pandemic and other factors out of its control, it has cancelled its Tom Ulrich program, scheduled for September 24th. People who have purchased tickets, or businesses who have made donations, should contact an Alliance member, or call Don Sutton at 599-2511, for refunds.

FCHS Assistant Principal Bobby Wells says the school is planning to hold a traditional Homecoming Week in October. They plan to have a traditional dance on the 16th, and the coronation ceremony could possibly take place at halftime of the Homecoming Football game on the 15th against Edwards County. He also says they do hope to have a parade this year.

The Albion City Council will meet tonight at 7. Votes are likely on an ordinance on dog pens, employee vacation time, and a sidewalk grant. Votes are possible on assuming the maintenance of a section of North Second Street belonging to the county, water line replacements on the Browns Blacktop, and compensation to Herschel Johnson Implement for sewer damage. 20210907-City-Council-Agenda-for-September-9-2021

The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest is scheduled for September 15th through the 18th. Festival Committee Member Kristi Hornung says masks and hand sanitizer will be available, particularly at the entrance to tents, and food vendors and the carnival will also sanitize. She also says Frontier Community College and Beth Sessions Country Financial will put up a tent for people to use as a dining area this year. More information on events and schedules can be found on the Fairfield Annual Fall Fun Fest Facebook page.

Frontier Community College says it will hold a rededication ceremony for its Learning Resource Center September 24th at 9 a.m. The college recently received a sizeable donation from a member of the public, and the ceremony will be in their honor. The public is invited to attend the event.

The Egyptian Health Department says White County had 59 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday to yesterday, bringing its total to 2,545; 18 of the cases were in teens or younger. Egyptian was the only local department to issue an update yesterday, and the state did not update its numbers on coronavirus or dph.illinois.gov.

Chris Miller, with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, says early indications point to a wet winter similar to last year’s. He notes long-range models show a La Nina weather pattern developing, which could lead to a mild start to winter. He says a La Nina winter does not produce as much snow as a typical winter, but it does see cold linger into the spring.

House lawmakers are exploring ways to better address college student mental health. Representatives from several universities around the state testified at a hearing recently about some ways they are tackling the issue. Programs range from yoga classes to a reporting system where faculty, friends, and parents can share their concerns about a struggling student. Lawmakers stressed struggling students should be given extra time to make up classwork so they don’t have to retake a full course and will be reassured they won’t be penalized for seeking help.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.69 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.13 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.38 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.26 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.25 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.64 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $62.25, unchanged from yesterday. The October crude oil price is $68.97, up $0.39 from yesterday morning.