Headlines for Friday, September 23rd

Due to scheduling conflicts, the TIF meeting originally scheduled for Monday Sept 26 at 5PM at City Hall will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept 28,2022 at 5PM at City Hall.


Guest speaker Sharon Maguire will give a presentation on hobo quilts at the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library annual meeting on Monday, September 26, a 2 p.m.  in the library’s meeting room. The gathering is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Sharon will tell the group about the history of hobo quilts, which feature signs hobos left for each other as they travelled the countryside by foot or by rail from the late nineteenth into the first half of the twentieth century. Among the signs were indicators that told them which towns were safe, which were dangerous, and where they might find food, lodging, and work. Sharon will also bring a sample quilt to the meeting. Friends of the Library was formed to promote the activities and goals of the Fairfield Public Library.  All proceeds from fundraisers are given to the library.  Dues are $12 per year for an individual, $20 for a family, and $30 for a business or a non-profit organization.


On 09/19/22, at 11:31 AM, Fairfield Police responded to a traffic crash at the railroad tracks, 700 S 1st Street, Fairfield, between a pickup truck and a passenger car. The investigation indicated a Ford pickup truck being driven by Christopher G Sharp, 25 of Saint Elmo, IL, was struck in the rear by Ford Fusion being driven by Madelyn M Rusk, 19 of Olney, IL. Sharp was cited and released for Driving While License Suspended. Rusk was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. No one was injured and there was moderate damage to both vehicles.


On 09/19/22, at 2:39 PM Fairfield Officers responded to 1304 SW 7th ST, Lot 9, Fairfield on a report of an unwanted person. On arrival Officers found an intoxicated Hailey N Morgan inside the residence. After being informed the resident wanted her to depart and failing to comply, Morgan was placed under arrest. She was transported to the Wayne County Jail and lodged pending a bond hearing on a charge of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.


On 09/19/22, around 6 PM, Fairfield Police were notified by IDOT of a traffic crash on I-64 at mile marker 108 Westbound. A tractor trailer had ran off the road and a guardrail would have to be removed to retrieve it. This required the Interstate to be shut down Westbound from the 110 on ramp to the 100 exit. IDOT called to request Fairfield Police assist with the sudden influx of diverted traffic into Fairfield on Route 45 North. There were also reports of congestion for southbound traffic on 45 from Fairfield. Fairfield Police were assisted by the Wayne County EMA for approximately 2 hours in moving the traffic through the traffic lights at 1st & Delaware ST and 1st & Main ST.


On 09/21/22, at 12:15 PM, Fairfield Police arrested Shannon L Cone, 35 of Fairfield, while inside a residence at 705 W Water Street, Fairfield after the homeowner requested Officers check the house. Cone was transported to the Wayne County Jail and lodged pending posting of $120 cash bond on a charge of Criminal Trespass to a Residence.


On 09/21/22. at 11:32 AM, Fairfield Police conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of S 1st Street, Fairfield for an open back lift gate on a vehicle. This investigation led to Terry R Lee II being cited and for Driving While License Suspended. He was released on a Notice to Appear for court on 10/27/22.


Fairfield Police are seeking the public’s assistance with a traffic crash that happened on 09/21/22, around 2:35 PM in the 1100 block of West Delaware Street, Fairfield, between a tractor trailer hauling an oversized load and a large white dump truck. Anyone that witnessed these vehicles on the roadway in that area are requested to contact the Fairfield Police Department at 842-2152.


The Grayville City Council will their regular council meeting on Monday, September 26th at 7pm at City Hall, with a Public Meeting to be held at 6:45 regarding the OSLAD Grant Application. During the regular council meeting there will be an executive session regarding the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of employees of the Administrative and Police Departments; collective negotiation matters concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees; and the setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body. In old business the council will discuss the water filtration plant, ISP Health and Welfare Fund, and security camera system quotes. Items in new business include Botsch & Associates Audit Presentation to approve the FY 2022 Audit; 2nd reading of Ordinance 930 Vacating a Portion of Vine Street, and the setting of Halloween Trick or Treat Hours.


The 17th Annual “Ironclad Art” Motorcycle Day will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 (Rain Date: Sunday, Oct 2) on the Grounds at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. There will be free admission for spectators and “display only” bikes, with free parking. Bike Registration fee is $10 and will include Awards Judging and swag bag. Registration is from 9am to noon. Registered bikes will be eligible for trophy judging. The awards presentation will be at 3pm with 16 trophies awarded in a variety of classes, and five giveaway prizes from Roadhouse Harley-Davidson. There will be live music, food concessions by The Frosty Mug Bar & Grill, and James Dirt Dorner of Artbydirt will transform scrap motorcycle parts into unique sculptures. The event is being sponsored by Roadhouse Harley-Davidson, Rex and Mary Ellen Cusumano, Tony Cusumano, and Paul Shields – Allstate Insurance. Full event information can be found at: https://cedarhurst.org/ironclad-art-the-motorcycle/


River stages as of this morning: the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 9.21 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.05 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.04 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.81 feet. The Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 4.03 feet, and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 3.08 feet.


Today’s Crude Oil Price is $76.49 up $0.55 from yesterday. The November Crude Oil Price is $83.71 down $0.17 from yesterday morning.