Headlines for Thursday, October 7th

The City of Fairfield and Wayne County Board are working to address issues at the Wayne County Humane Society and have formed a task force to work on restoring service. Mayor Mike Dreith tabbed Alderman Tyler Lampley for the group, and County Board Chairman Bruce Reeves will nominate Amy Pollard. Officials say they are worried about the future of the Humane Society shelter on the city’s south side; Mayor Dreith says they appreciate the society’s service, but they have a personnel problem, which prevents law enforcement from dropping off dogs and cats.

42-year-old Cisne resident Tammy J. Surprenant was arrested by Wayne County deputies Tuesday night after a drug investigation. Surprenant was charged with delivery of methamphetamine and was taken to the Wayne County Jail, pending the setting and posting of bond.

Several others were booked in the jail recently, as well. 30-year-old Fairfield resident Karissa M. Nino-Taylor and 31-year-old Wayne City resident Michael R. Smith were arrested early this morning after county deputies, Fairfield police, and Illinois State Police executed a search warrant on Ash Street in Fairfield. Nino-Taylor was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Smith was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They were held, pending the setting of bond. Fairfield police arrested 21-year-old Fairfield resident Joshua L. Smothers this morning following a traffic crash at the intersection of Southwest Fourth and West College streets. Police say he struck the fence on the west side of FCHS and continued on before he was stopped, driving on a rim, by police at the intersection of West Spring and Southwest Sixth. He was arrested for DUI Cannabis and held in the jail, pending the posting of $300 bond. Additional charges are pending.

Grayville native and Drug Enforcement Administration Group Supervisor Michael Garbo was killed in Arizona Monday. Reports from the area say gunfire erupted while a DEA task force and Tucson police were inspecting luggage on an Amtrak train for illegal money, weapons, or drugs. . A second agent and Tucson officer were also shot, and a suspect was killed. Authorities had not released their identities, but the law enforcement agents were in stable condition as of Tuesday. Garbo joined the DEA in 2005. He was the son of the late Larry Gale Garbo, who served as District Commander of Illinois State Police in Carmi for 18 years, and Carol Garbo.

Wayne City High School Senior Ellie Dickey has been selected by faculty and peers as a DAR Good Citizen. The daughter of Rodney and Dana Dickey of Wayne City, she is a four-year member of FFA, history club, and the basketball team. She is currently FFA Vice President and is a teacher helper. After graduation, Dickey plans to attend Rend Lake College for an associate’s degree, and she would like to work in ag business, eventually owning her own business.

Ellie Dickey

Jayne and John Simmons, longtime owners of the Southern Illinois Miners, have announced they are retiring from Frontier League ownership, and the Miners have plated their last game in Marion. The announcement came on the team’s Facebook page yesterday, and Jayne Simmons said Rent One Park could have potential as a multi-use facility in the future.

Cisne will play host to a North Wayne EMS Fundraiser this Saturday, with a porkburger sale at the COUNTRY Financial office at 10, along with a corn-hole board raffle and silent auction at the Cisne Park. A corn-hole tournament will begin at 1. The ambulance service said in August it needed significant funding aid or it wouldn’t be able to stay open. Katie Martinez organized the fundraiser, for which an itinerary can be found below, and she says they have already raised $10,000 in community donations, even before the fundraising events. EMS-Schedule

Corn-hole Board Raffle Prize

Fairfield Community High School Superintendent Jill Fulkerson says students and staff were placed on a soft lockdown yesterday at approximately 12:40. FCHS Administration and the school resource officer were made aware of a potential threat made against the school on social media, and the school lifted the lockdown after ensuring the safety of students, staff, and the school. In a news release, Fulkerson said the school will always take such threats seriously and will always look out for the safety of students.

The TIF Committee of the Fairfield City Council will meet Monday at 6 at City Hall. It is scheduled to discuss possible TIF funding for work on Suite A of the Save-A-Lot building, where the deli portion of the former IGA business was located. The store requested $75,000 from TIF last May to help with costs, and the new request is to help with electrical, plumbing, and other utility installation. The Council Gas Committee will meet tomorrow at 10 at City Hall to discuss natural gas purchases for the city.

The Edwards County Health Office announced 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, bringing its total to 1,032; 17 of the cases were in unvaccinated individuals. Wabash County added 56 cases in the past week to reach 2,125; six people were hospitalized, and 58 were in isolation. Hamilton and White counties each announced one new case and one death yesterday. Hamilton County sat at 1,293 cases and 23 deaths, and White County was at 2,998 cases and 33 deaths. Jefferson County reported 19 cases. The state Department of Public Health announced 2,932 new cases and 54 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,643,993 cases and 25,153 deaths. The Southern Region had a seven-day positivity rate of 4.7 percent on the 3rd, down from 4.8 percent on the 2nd.

A recent report looks at the economic impact of community colleges in Illinois. The study found more than 84 percent of Applied Sciences students earning an associate’s or long-term certificate got a sold-paying job within a year of graduation. Students in other fields, such as architecture, manufacturing, and construction, earned $54,000 to $60,000 within five years of graduation.

Deer mating season is here, and the Illinois Department of Transportation urges drivers to be careful and stay alert. Last year, Illinois saw nearly 14,000 deer/vehicle accidents, resulting in 611 personal injuries and 10 deaths. Cook, Madison, Will, Sangamon, and Peoria counties topped the state in deer-related crashes.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.74 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.37 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.44 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.34 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.26 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 4.63 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $70.50, down $1.50 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $75.92, down $2.81 from yesterday morning.