Headlines for Tuesday, October 12th

Wayne City schools will conduct Child Find/Preschool screenings for children up to five year old not yet enrolled in public school and who are not eligible for kindergarten for 2021-2022. Screenings will be held at the Wayne City Baptist Church this Thursday and Friday from 8:30 to 2:30. The process takes about 45 minutes, and appointments must be made by calling Tesia Maxey at 895-0357.

Two injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning about one mile north of Barnhill. A Mt. Erie teenager was eastbound on a county road in a 2013 Chevy Malibu. She stopped at an intersection and proceeded to turn north, but, due to heavy fog, she didn’t see a southbound 2010 GMC Yukon, driven by 35-year-old Fairfield resident Tessa J. McCormick. The teen pulled into McCormick’s path, was struck, spun, and traveled into a ditch. Wayne County EMS responded to the scene, and the teen and a passenger with her were taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital. McCormick refused treatment.

54-year-old Fairfield resident Jesse L. Downen was arrested by county deputies Saturday night. He was wanted on a Wayne County warrant for aggravated battery and was held in the Wayne County Jail, pending the posting of $1,520 bond. Fairfield police arrested 30-year-old Fairfield resident Jacob C. Rinard Sunday night on a Wayne County warrant for identity theft. He was held, pending the posting of $1,020 bond.

Fairfield police say they have accumulated several recovered bicycles, and anyone missing a bike should contact the department to see it if may have been recovered. The department plans to sell any unclaimed bicycles at a public auction at 10 a.m. on October 30th.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has released its weekly update on its expansion project. Last week, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical contractors continued work on in-wall and ceiling installations. Exterior windows were complete, and an elevator was almost finished. This week, FMH expects cabinetry installation on the third floor to be finished and installation on the second floor to begin.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at City Hall. It will hold a public hearing at 5:50 to discuss property sales, and it is also set to discuss a possible extension for liquor sales at the Elks for its Halloween party. The mayor said he has authority as liquor commissioner to grant the request, but he wanted to set a precedent of council action for special event action.

This is Homecoming Week at Fairfield Community High School. Battle of the Classes is set for tomorrow at 6:30, and spectators are encouraged to bring cat or dog food or cat litter to be donated to the Humane Society. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 2 on Friday, and anyone wanting to have a float in it must contact Donna Reever at 847-9402 by 3 p.m. Thursday. We’ll have coverage of the parade Friday afternoon on 104.9 WFIW and video on wfiwradio.com, sponsored by FNB.

The Albion Liquor Commission will meet tonight at 6. After discussion by the city council last week, the commission is set to consider modifying the Albion 66 (Knapp Mart) to allow selling alcohol by the drink, enabling it to get a state video gaming license. A vote on the matter is likely. The commission is also set to discuss the reissuance of the bowling alley liquor license to new owners.

The Wayne County Health Department announced 32 new cases of COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday, bringing its total to 2,970; 143 people were in isolation. Most other area health departments did not issue an update due to the Columbus Day Holiday, and the IDPH did not update its numbers yesterday.

Farmer sentiment declined in September in the latest Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. 34 percent of respondents said they expected to see farm input prices rise by at least 12 percent, up from 21 percent in the last survey. The barometer is calculated each month from 400 U.S. Ag producers responding to a telephone survey.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an executive order ensuring people with disabilities working for state vendors are paid a fair wage. The order requires these workers to be paid at least the minimum wage, eliminating the sub-wage pay some had received. The governor says more than 80 percent of state contracts already pay individuals with disabilities at least the minimum wage.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.59 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.06 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.81 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.88 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.28 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 4.98 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $73.50, up $1.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $80.61, down $0.62 from yesterday morning.