Headlines for Wednesday, October 13th

Fairfield Public School District 112 will conduct Parent/Teacher Conferences at North Side and Center Street schools on October 27th and 28th. Conferences on the 27th will be from 3 to 7, and those on the 28th will be from 3 to 6:30. The date and time will be arranged with teachers, and grades will be issued at the conferences or mailed to the home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants must wear a face covering and certify temperature and symptom screening upon arrival. School will not be in session for students on October 29th. Anyone with questions can call North Side at 842-6501 or Center Street at 842-2679.

Two Fairfield residents were booked in the Wayne County Jail last night. Fairfield police arrested 19-year-old Tanner A. Burgess on a Wayne County warrant for obstructing justice. He was taken to the jail and held, pending the posting of $1,020 bond. County deputies arrested 59-year-old Phillip K. Bailey on charges of possession of methamphetamine and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was held in the jail, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond.

The Fairfield Coin Club held its 51st Annual Coin Show and Auction this past Sunday at North Side Grade School. Approximately 180 people attended. Each year, the club awards two $500 scholarship to Frontier Community College, and this year’s recipients were Brandon Lane and Alexia Gonzalez. Both are FCHS graduates. Lane graduated in 2021 and wants to go into physical therapy, while Gonzalez graduated in 2020 and is in the FCC Nursing Program.

The FBI Springfield Division is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the subjects involved in the August 22nd murder of Keeshanna Jackson in Carbondale. Carbondale Police are offering $5,000, in addition to the FBI total. Carbondale police say there may be multiple shooters involved in the incident and numerous witnesses. Anyone with information should call FBI Springfield at 217-522-9675, Carbondale Police at 618-457-3200, or Crime Stoppers at 549-2677.

The Fairfield City Council met last night and approved spending $7,600 in Recreation Funds for the Kiwanis Christmas Parade on December 4th and a portable ice-skating rink and trackless train the weekend of the 17th. The City will charge for admission and skate rental, which should offset much of the cost. Recreation money is funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax and can only be used for specific activities. In other action, a request by the Elks to extend hours for liquor sales from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at its Halloween Party was unanimously approved.

In his report at last night’s meeting, Fairfield Mayor Mike Dreith said Street and Bridge Leadman Robert Kamp has volunteered his crew to repair roads at Maple Hill Cemetery. The project will cost about $15,000 in asphalt, and it puts an end to talks with Connor & Connor Engineering to design a repair project. The mayor also says he plans to work with the legislative committee to propose new tools to help clean up the city.

The Albion Liquor Commission met last night and voted down a request from the Albion 66 Knapp Mart to sell individual alcoholic drinks. The vote was 2-1 against the request, which was made in an attempt to obtain a gaming license from the state. The station currently has a license to sell alcohol and spirits.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fairfield Memorial Hospital has cancelled its 5K Trick or Trot Event that had been scheduled for this Saturday. The hospital thanked those who pre-registered, and it says anyone who did, or who purchased a pancake ticket, should contact Marketing Director Shauna Williams at 847-8242 for a refund and to receive their t-shirt.

The Hamilton County Health Department announced six new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing its total to 1,300; six people were in isolation. White County added 16 cases since Saturday and sat at 3,018. Jefferson County reported 56 cases since Saturday, including 10 yesterday. The state Department of Public Health announced 7,862 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday afternoon and 64 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,657,970 cases and 25,288 deaths. The Southern Region had a seven-day positivity rate of four percent on the 9th, down from 4.1 percent on the 8th. Its seven-day average availability for ICU beds was down slightly to 15 percent, though that mark is still considerably higher than the percent mark one month ago.

Fall harvest continues to move along. According to the latest statewide weekly crop report, about four days were suitable for fieldwork last week, and corn harvest was 55 percent complete. 87 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, and 43 percent of the crop had been harvested. 21 percent of winter wheat had been planted, and average statewide topsoil moisture improved to four percent very short, 17 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and five percent surplus.

Illinois State Police say people may be seeing more motorcycles on roads than they may be used to at this time of year. Trooper Josh Korando says motorcycles and other vehicles must share the road, so it’s important for everyone to pay attention to their surroundings and be respectful of one another. He especially urges people to check and double check blind spots before attempting to pass on a highway.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Ag say attendance at the DuQuoin State Fair jumped 22 percent over its total in 2019. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 edition. More than 150,000 visitors entered the gates at DuQuoin in late August and early September, and grandstand shows drew the highest attendance since 2012. The fair generated an estimated $1.2 million in revenue, the sixth-highest in the past 20 years.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 7.91 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.07 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.63 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.75 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.92 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 5.00 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $73.75, up $0.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $80.35, down $0.26 from yesterday morning.