Headlines for Monday, November 22nd

Wayne County Treasurer Donna Masterson says she has decided to retire at the end of her current term, which expires November 30th, 2022. She was appointed to the position in 2002 to replace Gayla Cox and says she thoroughly enjoys meeting taxpayers each year at tax time. She also says she is proud of the accomplishments made during her tenure, including introducing credit card payments, installing a drop box for after-hour payments, and instituting a pre-payment option for monthly payments.

Wayne County 4-H Program Coordinator Yvette Anderson has announced she will run for Wayne County Treasurer in the upcoming election cycle. Anderson will run as a Republican, and she would resign her 4-H position if elected. Anderson says she has served the public her entire adult life, working at Wayne City Schools for 15 years handling activity accounts and working in hospice care before joining the Extension.

Minor injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident about a mile south of Fairfield Saturday afternoon. According to county deputies, at approximately 4:33, 61-year-old Fairfield resident Mark A. Hilliard was southbound on Highway 45 in a 2015 Chevy 1500 and stopped while waiting to turn east onto a county road. He was rear-ended by a 2018 Chevy Cruze, driven by 29-year-old Fairfield resident Nathan L. Tollison. Both refused treatment at the scene, and Tollison was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Several Fairfield residents were arrested by Fairfield police and booked in the Wayne County Jail over the weekend. 30-year-old Karissa M. Nino-Taylor was arrested on a charge of possession of meth and held, pending the setting of bond. 21-year-old Autumn R. Schnepper was arrested on a Wayne County failure to appear warrant for domestic battery, and she was held, pending the posting of $845 bond.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tomorrow at 6 at City Hall. The council is anticipated to approve a resolution pledging the city’s roughly $72,000 in TIF surplus funds for construction of the Wayne County Senior Citizen and Community Center. In other action, the council is scheduled to purchase membranes for the water filtration plant and discuss a potential hotel.

The Fairfield Public School District 112 Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 in the Center Street Boardroom. The night will begin with a public hearing on waiving the limitation of administrative costs, and action is anticipated. The board is also set to discuss, and possibly act on, the pledging of TIF Money for the Senior Citizen and Community Center.

The Fairfield Community High School varsity scholastic team took fourth place in the IHSSBCA Kickoff Tournament Saturday. FCHS won over Flora A, Flora B, and Robinson and fell to Carterville, Effingham St. Anthony, Johnston City, and eventual champion Carbondale. Senior Trenton Jones and Junior Cale Simpson were named to the all-tournament team.

Simpson and Jones

Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 8 was requested to conduct a death investigation in Grayville yesterday morning. At approximately 2:04, police discovered the body of a 34-year-old man in the 100 block of East Sycamore Street. The cause and manner of death are undetermined at this time and will be released by the Edwards County Coroner’s Office after completion of a final autopsy and toxicology report.

WADI says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, started in September, and the organization is actively writing applications for qualified families to receive assistance with their utility bills. The pandemic has changed income requirements, and a single person can gross up to $2,147 per month to be eligible. Couples can gross $2,903 per month. People needing assistance for utility payments can call WADI at 842-2962.

Midwest Food Bank and The Clothes Line in Fairfield are preparing for their annual Christmas Food Basket Giveaway, and the groups are asking for donations. The giveaway will take place December 18th from 8 to 11 a.m. at Midwest Food Bank on Southwest 10th Street, and donations are due by December 15th to either organization.

According to dph.illinois.gov, as of Friday afternoon, Wayne County had administered 12,270 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; 5,699 people, or 34.89 percent of the population, were fully vaccinated. The Edwards County Health Office said Wednesday 2,281 residents, or 35.7 percent of its population, were fully vaccinated.

Archery deer season got off to a slow start in Illinois, but things have picked up in recent weeks. Statewide, more than 47,700 deer have been harvested; the top five counties for archery deer harvest as of the 14th were Pike with 1,635, Jefferson with 1,224, Fulton with 1,156, Adams with 1,066, and Macoupin with 920. Archery season began October 1st and runs through January 16th, though it is closed during firearm deer weekends. This past weekend was the first firearm season, and the second is December 2nd through the 5th.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced some improvements to its winter road conditions website. The 24-hour-per-day online resource gettingaroundillinois.com will now display conditions based on reports from more than 120 IDOT snow and ice team sections around the state, providing more localized information. Priority will be given to the state’s most-traveled Interstates and U.S. Routes by appearing more boldly on the map.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 9.00 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.44 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.42 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 5.60 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.76 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 7.19 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $69.00, down $3.00 from Friday. The December crude oil price is $76.20, down $3.16 from Friday morning.