Headlines 12-2-17

There could be major changes on the horizon regarding how you use the internet. The FCC plans to vote Dec. 14 on “Net Neutrality,” specifically regulations that prevent internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to certain websites or services. Net Neutrality is a concept guaranteeing all internet traffic is treated the same. SIU senior lecturer Jim Wall says the concept dates back decades and the Obama administration bolstered it in 2015. The former president’s regulations stop internet service providers from blocking certain apps, slowing down speeds to certain websites, or making companies pay to have faster service to their sites. Wall expects the FCC to vote along party lines: Three Republican commissioners in favor of the repeal and two Democrats against it.

The annual Festival of Lights event at Leo French Park opened last night. Lighted Christmas displays will be featured throughout the park during the entire month of December.  On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, volunteers will be hosting the event, handing out candy and collecting donations to help pay the utility bill for the display.

Three Frontier Community College nursing students have been awarded $500 Vicky Lemons Memorial Scholarships for the 2017 fall semester. The recipients are Amber Atteberry of Mt. Erie, Macy Locke of Fairfield and Desirae Harrison of Cisne.  Vicky Lemons served as a member of Frontier’s nursing faculty from 2006 until her passing in 2015

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Illinois State Police have arrested an 18-year-old Henderson , KY man, Deangelo Pollard, in connection with a robbery and fatal shooting at Lawndale Apartments in Henderson, KY on Friday, Nov. 10.  According to a press release from the Henderson Police Department, law enforcement had received information that Pollard had fled the area and was staying at a residence at 306 S. Second Street in Albion Illinois. Pollard will be held in the White County Jail at Carmi pending extradition back to Henderson.  The victim — Devin Fields, 21, of Illinois — was found around 5:30 on the evening of Nov. 10 in a parked car at the Henderson apartment complex. According to city police, he had been shot.