Headlines for Sunday, September 18th

The annual Wayne City Bean Days celebration gets underway this weekend and runs through next Saturday, September 24th.  Activities are set to take place this Thursday and Friday nights starting at 6 p.m. with a full day of activities this Saturday the 24th.  Among Saturday’s activities are the Tractor Show starting at 7 a.m. on the Ag Building parking lot, a Car Cruise on the West School Parking Lot from 9 a.m. til noon,  and the parade through Main Street starting at 10 a.m.  Serving of free ham and beans starts at 11 a.m. at the Ag Building.

The Marion County Health Department reported a COVID-related death in their weekly report on the virus this past week, a long-term care female resident in her 60s who had not been vaccinated.  Area media reports of COVID numbers in the past week showed Wayne County with 27 cases and two new hospitalizations, Jefferson County with 72 cases and three new hospitalizations, and Clay County with 31 cases and one new hospitalization.  Wayne and Marion counties were reported to be at the medium level for COVID-19 case levels, while Jefferson County is at the low level.

The Fairfield Community High School Board will hold their regular meeting Monday night at 6 in the FCHS Study Hall with a budget hearing to precede the regular meeting.  Items on the agenda include a resolution to adopt the 2022-2023 budget for the district in old business, and Gym Lobby Remodlel-Approval to seek bids, and Special Education LEA Determination in new business.  There will also be an Executive Session to consider hiring sponsors for the Class of 2026, an individual aide, making the assistant wrestling coach a paid position, and hiring winter coaches for the upcoming school year.

The Edwards County Community Unit School District #1 will hold a public hearing for a Budget Review on Monday at 6:45 p.m. in the Edwards County K-12 Band Room.  Board President Dale Woods has called for the public hearing.  CUSD #1 covers Wayne, Edwards, Richland and Wabash counties.

The Hamilton Memorial Hospital District in McLeansboro has officially moved to a single, integrated Epic electronic health record, or EHR, system, with the move set to take effect officially as of Saturday.  Epic, the EHR used by the majority of top-ranked healthcare systems, provides the most complete record of a patient’s health on a single platform.  To assist with the Epic EHR transitiion during go-live and for the weeks following, patients are asked to arrive at the hospital at least 15 minutes early to complete the registration process.

Area river stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 5.72 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.61 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 3.8 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 4.96 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 3.43 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.  No rain is expected in the area this week, outside of s small chance of showers and thunderstorms late tonight and early Monday.