Headlines for Tuesday, November 23rd

The Fairfield Kiwanis Club will hold its 25th Lighted Christmas Parade on December 4th, in conjunction with the City of Fairfield and the Wayne County Board. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on the normal route, and the entry deadline is tomorrow (November 24). Invitations and forms have been mailed out, but anyone who hasn’t received one can contact Terry Prizer at seprizer@gmail.com or pick one up at the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce office or any bank in Fairfield or Wayne City.

The Greater Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Senior Citizen’s Light Tour on December 13th. Anyone wanting to nominate a home or business for the tour should call the Chamber at 842-6116 or email chamber@fairfieldilcitygov.us before December 10th. Locations must be within city limits.

Wayne County deputies arrested 21-year-old Geff resident Kaleb T. Herren last night. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, taken to the Wayne County Jail, and held, pending the setting and posting of bond.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander Captain Nathan Douglas has announced the results of a Nighttime Special Traffic Enrollment Patrol conducted in Wayne County this month. Troopers reported 30 total citations and 23 written warnings; one citation was for DUI or drug or alcohol related offenses, 28 citations and warnings were for speeding, and three were for occupant restraint violations.

The Grayville City Council met last night. The council approved the hiring of Patrol Officer Mike Brown for the Police Department, and it heard the City had been fined $400 by Sunrise Sanitation for misusing a dumpster at the Sewer Plant. Gates had been unlocked and keys had been given away, causing it to become overfilled with unapproved items.

The Fairfield Public School District 112 Board of Education met last night and discussed pledging TIF money for the county Senior Citizen and Community Center project. Superintendent Diana Zurliene said seniors need a home, but she did not believe it should be funded by taxing body TIF contributions. In the end, the matter died for lack of a motion. The board also discussed a tentative 4.4 percent tax levy increase, though no vote was taken.

The Fairfield City Council will meet tonight at 6 at City hall. It is set to hold a discussion on bringing a potential hotel to the city, and Mayor Mike Dreith says some options on the table could include tax breaks and using city-owned land. He says it is no secret Fairfield needs a new hotel, and he and Alderman Gary Moore decided to hold the discussion in open session to see what the City may be able to do. AGENDA

Wayne County Clerk & Recorder Liz Ann Woodrow has announced she will run for a third and final term in office in 2022. She says she has worked hard to progress the office with new election equipment, and the entire vault is in the process of being digitized, ensuring nothing will be lost due to potential natural disasters.

Liz Ann Woodrow

The Village of Wayne City says Republic Trash will be on a one day delay this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents should have their trash cans set out by 6 a.m. on Saturday for pickup. Fairfield says it will not have a trash delay for Sunrise Sanitation, as its routes end Wednesday.

The Wayne County Health Department announced 16 new cases of COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday, bringing its total to 3,206; 51 people were in isolation. Hamilton County added five cases since Friday and sat at 1,361; three people were hospitalized, and six were in isolation. White County reported 11 new cases since Saturday to reach 3,116, and Jefferson County reported nine. The state Department of Public Health announced 11,387 new cases since Friday afternoon and 50 additional deaths. Statewide totals sat at 1,775,253 cases and 26,277 deaths. The Southern Region had a seven-day positivity rate of 3.8 percent on the 19th, unchanged from the 18th. Its seven-day average availability for ICU beds was down to 17 percent.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture released its bi-weekly Illinois Crop Production Report last week. It showed average anhydrous ammonia prices in Illinois were up $138.75. Farm diesel fewer than 1,000 gallons was down 15 cents and sat at $2.94. The next report will be issued December 2nd.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office has some safe cooking tips for Thanksgiving celebrations. Four times as many home fires involving cooking equipment occur on Thanksgiving, per the office, more than any other day of the year. It says people should never leave food that’s boiling, grilling, or broiling unattended; napkins and potholders should stay clear of the stove; and children should be kept at least three feet from the stove. Officials also say those cooking with a turkey fryer should only use them outside and should ensure the turkey is thoroughly thawed before being dropped into the oil.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 9.02 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.34 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.68 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 3.47 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 5.46 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 7.32 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $69.75, up $0.75 from yesterday. The December crude oil price is $75.68, down $0.52 from yesterday morning.