Headlines for Sunday, May 8th

Wayne City High School’s Senior Awards Day is set for this Tuesday at 1 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the event.  The Wayne City High School Senior of the Year will be chosen from the seniors of the month, and $100,000 in Wayne City High School Scholarship Foundation awards will also be announced.

Get ready for much warmer weather this week.  Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY say the region should begin a big warmup later today, continuing through the end of the week.  High temperatures are expected to be in the 80s each day starting Monday, and could reach the upper 80s to near 90 degrees by the middle of the week.  The area should also have a chance to dry out, allowing for field work to get underway, as no rain is in the forecast through at least this Friday.

The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicated a total of 3,169,315 cases of the coronavirus in the state as of this morning, and 33,660 total deaths.  The IDPH did not report any new cases of the virus in Wayne or Edwards counties late last week, and only reported a few new cases in Jefferson, Marion and Lawrence counties.

20-year-old Rick Meador of Olney, IL has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of 19-year-old Kyle M. Johnson on a street in Olney in 2020.  The sentence was handed down this past Thursday in Richland County Court.  Reports say the 50-year sentence was the maximum sentence Meador was facing after pleading guilty last September to one of four counts of first-degree murder stemming from the shooting death of Johnson on September 6, 2020.  Meador was later arrested in Florida for the crime.

One person was killed and two others hurt in a three-vehicle accident in Franklin County Wednesday.  Illinois State Police say a pickup driven by 57-year-old Debra S. Miller of Bonnie, IL was eastbound on Park Street at Illinois 148 in Valier, IL and an SUV driven by 32-year-old Britney T. Giacone of West Frankfort, IL was southbound.  A semi, driven by 44-year-old Michael R. Payne of Stonefort, IL was northbound in the same location, and for unknown reasons, failed to yield at a stop intersection.  His semi hit the passenger side of Giacone’s vehicle, causing it to spin into the northbound lane and was hit in the rear with the front of Payne’s semi.  Giacone was ejected from the wreckage and pronounced dead at the scene.  Two passengers in her vehicle were flown to a regional hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Media reports say a truck crashed into an apartment in Harrisburg, IL Friday evening and missed hitting man by inches.  The truck was owned by J. Odle Construction, and according to its owner, the truck ran through a power pole and crashed into the apartment around 5 p.m. Friday at the corner of Raymond and Main in Harrisburg.  A resident was reportedly sitting on a couch when the crash occurred just inches away.  Harrisburg police did not release any further details on the accident.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 17.46 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 17.09 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 15.05 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 7.57 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 14.09 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.