Headlines for Tuesday, November 15th


FCHS Special Board Meeting 

Fairfield Community High School District #225 will hold a Special Board Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the FCHS District Office. The focus of the meeting will be to approve the application of a school maintenance grant for FY23. 


 IECC Board Meeting 

The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board will meet tonight at 6:15 pm at Wabash Valley College in Main Hall 101. Items up for discussion include Articulation Agreements with EIU, ISU, McKendree, and SIU. Also, up for approval are the 2022 Estimated Tax Levy Resolution, Marathon Property Tax Agreement, FY 2022 Audit, the Annual Financial Report, Purchase of two 2019 Wabash Trailers, and a Resolution to Invest in ISDLAF. The board will also enter into an Executive Session. 


Court Report

33-year-old Todd W. Ray entered an admission to violation of probation in Wayne County Court. Ray was originally sentenced to 18 months of probation on a class 2 felony charge of burglary. Ray has now been sentenced to 120 days in the Wayne County Jail with no credit for time served, and ordered to pay a total of $3,837 in fines and costs. A review hearing has been set in this case for April 4, 2024.

 Thanksgiving Week Trash Delay 

Republic Trash will be on a one day delay the week of the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents please have your trash cans set out by 6am Saturday, November 26th. 


 Kids Cornucopia of Shoes Fundraiser  

 As part of Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s continued efforts to help bring the Kicks 4 Kids Shoe Program to Wayne and Edwards Counties kids, FMH is having a 50/50 Cornucopia of Shoes Raffle Fundraiser.

All monies raised during the 50/50 raffle event will be used to purchase shoes to benefit underprivileged children in Wayne and Edwards County. In addition to being able to purchase raffle tickets, sponsorship opportunities are also available. For a $30 donation you can be a Superhero Sponsor to be used towards the purchase of a pair of socks and shoes for a child.  

 The 50/50 raffle sales started on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 and the winner will be drawn the morning of November 25th, 2022 just in time for all of the holiday sales after Thanksgiving!  Ticket prices are: 1 for $5, 10 for $30, or 25 for $60.  To purchase tickets or to donate to the program you can call Shauna Williams, FMH Marketing Director at 847-8242 or Mary Knight, Executive Assistant/Staff Accountant in Administration at 847-8243.  


 Cisne FFA National Convention Reception

A crowd of nearly seventy-five supporters gathered on Sunday, October 30, 2022, to congratulate Cisne FFA members participating in the 95th National FFA Convention. Four Cisne members: Grace Milligan, Jaclyn Billington Caldwell, Malcolm Levi and Zack Paul received American FFA Degrees. Each recipient explained his or her Supervised Agricultural Experience, current studies and/or employment, and future plans. Myles Levi spoke on behalf of his brother, Malcolm, who was serving in active duty. Members who competed in the National Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Event were also recognized and presented a demonstration for the audience. Prior to the reception, team members Noah Atwood, Abigail Biggs, Isabella Cline, Kevin Hyder, Emily Milner, and Avery Smith also enjoyed a fire truck escort through Cisne courtesy of the Bedford Township Fire Department. 


 Edwards County Farm Bureau “Ally in Agriculture” 

 Edwards County Farm Bureau leaders are excited to call the Edwards County Board of Commissioners an “Ally in Agriculture” after the board’s adoption of a Pro-Agriculture Resolution, solidifying local elected officials support for farmers.  

 “Our farming community would like to thank members of the Edwards County board for showing their support by adopting this resolution,” said Jason Balding, CFB President. “Agriculture is a major economic driver in Edwards County and this resolution shows our elected officials have our backs when making those important decisions affecting our farms and livelihoods.” 

 Edwards County Commissioners adopted the resolution in September following conversations with local farm leaders. 

 Agriculture and related industries generate over $58 million in sales in Edwards County. According to the U.S. Census on Agriculture, there are 291 farms in the county.  Farm property in Edwards County provides 47% of the taxable value, supporting essential services to the residents in the county. 

 Local elected officials across the state are showing their support of their agricultural communities through the adoption of Pro-Agriculture Resolutions. Counties work with their local Farm Bureau to better understand the role agriculture plays in their local economy, such as providing jobs and generating property tax revenue, which is used to fund services for all citizens. The result is a strong working relationship between county officials and the agriculture community. 

 “Agriculture is the state’s largest industry, and passage of these Pro-Agriculture Resolutions show that our elected officials understand that agriculture goes far beyond providing food and fuel,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. “When commissioners pass these resolutions, they are showing their commitment to working with farm leaders so they can confidently be champions of agriculture.” 


Edwards County Farm Bureau President Jason Balding presents the pro-agriculture designation to Edwards Commissioners Matt St Ledger, Duane Lear, and Davis Messman on Thursday, Nov. 10, following the passage of the pro-agriculture resolution. (Photo by Rebecca Perry) 


 Crop Report

Harvesting is wrapping up in Illinois. With nearly six days suitable for fieldwork, crop statistician Mark Shleusener says harvest progress is moving along. Winter Wheat planting is complete and 74% has emerged. 35% of the Winter Wheat crop is rated in good to excellent condition, up a point from last week. 94% of Corn and 98% of Soybeans have now been harvested, both ahead of the five-year average. Pasture Conditions improved to 41% in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined to 11% very short, 17% short, 71% adequate and 1% surplus. 


River Stages 

  River stages as of this morning: the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 5.62 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.04 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.50 (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.36 feet. The Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.60 feet, and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 2.93 feet. 


  Crude Oil 

Today’s Crude Oil Price is $78.87 down $3.09 from yesterday. The January Crude Oil Price is $85.31 down $2.10 from yesterday morning.