• River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: March 02, 2021 @ 11:08am
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas. Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information is available at www.weather.gov. The next statement will be issued Monday evening at 1100 PM CST.
    LOCATION

    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage early Tuesday afternoon and continue rising to a crest of 18.3 feet Monday, March 08.
    DURATION
    From Tuesday morning until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 8:30 PM CST Sunday the stage was 11.4 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
    INFO4
    Impact...At 19.0 feet, Harmonie State Park is closed. Surrounding bottomland is flooded.
  • River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: March 01, 2021 @ 12:32pm
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    N/A
    LOCATION
    The Flood Warning continues for the Wabash River at Mount Carmel.
    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage this afternoon and continue rising to a crest of 24.5 feet Sunday morning.
    DURATION
    From this afternoon until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 5:45 AM CST Monday /6:45 AM EST Monday/ the stage was 17.0 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 19.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
    INFO4
    Flood History...This crest compares to a previous crest of 24.5 feet on 05/01/1970.
  • River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information is available at www.weather.gov. The next statement will be issued Monday evening at 1045 PM CST.
    LOCATION

    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage early tomorrow afternoon and continue rising to a crest of 29.0 feet early Friday afternoon.
    DURATION
    From Monday morning until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 7:30 PM CST Sunday the stage was 25.2 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 27.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
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Outgoing White County Board member Mike Ray issues statement on election result

The following statement was issued by outgoing White County Board member Mike Ray at the close of the November 15th meeting of the White County Board.

 

“Sixteen years ago, I entered and won a Democratic Primary election against two worthy opponents, Sue James from Norris City and the incumbent Spud Poshard from Herald.  I then went on to win the general election that fall against Republican Ezra Millspaugh.  Winning those elections was a humbling event in my life.  I was elected by the citizens of Emma, Herald’s Prairie, and Indian Creek townships but was given the responsibility of representing all the citizens of White County.

I would like for you to know that it has been a great experience to serve on this Board and conduct business for the citizens of White County.  I have always tried to make every decision for the benefit of the citizens of the county.  Every question that I asked was asked in the interest of fiscal responsibility.  I think that my insistence on controlling expenses, questioning purchases, and requiring more efficiencies sometimes lead to friction with other elected officials and employees, but I felt that it was my duty because the taxpayers deserved it.  I know at times that my inquiries were not taken kindly, but I felt like that was what the citizens elected me to do.  I think it would be safe to say that everyone in County Government would agree that I am a very conservative Democrat.  Maybe at times too conservative, and if you consider that a fault, I apologize, but have no regrets about it.  I definitely am not a left wing liberal that shares the current views of the National Democratic Party.

Last week’s election was a humbling experience also.  Having ran many times unopposed since 2000 coupled with the fact I have made some people unhappy over the last few years by insisting on fiscal accountability, led to an opponent for this fall’s general election.  We just experienced a Republican landslide in our County as well as in all rural counties throughout the state and nation.  Voters were ready for a change and I got caught in the middle of it.

I take this loss as a bump in the road and an opportunity to take another fork in the road.  One person told me that it could be a blessing in disguise and I believe that could very much be the case.  I believe that God has some other things in store for me.  This is going to provide me with the time to pursue other interests.

I want to thank all of my supporters over the years.  I hope that I have not let you down.  I especially want to thank my family, employees, appointed and elected officials of County Government, and citizens of my district as well as the entire county.  I would like to express my gratitude for having had the opportunity to serve you for 16 years.  This is something that few people get to do in their lifetime and I thank you for it.”

Sincerely,

Mike Ray