Headlines for Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Flora Mayor Dies – Flora Mayor Bob Tackitt died Monday at a medical facility in St. Louis.  Family members said he passed away following an illness.  A Vietnam War veteran, he had also retired from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.  Funeral services for Mayor Bob Tackitt are pending.

FCHS LAWSUIT SETTLED –  After five years of litigation, a negligence lawsuit brought against Fairfield Community High School by the parents of an FCHS student sexually abused by her PE teacher has finally been resolved. FCHS Superintendent Jill Fulkerson confirmed the suit has been settled. The plaintiffs – who remain anonymous – claimed that school officials knew about an inappropriate sexual relationship between the victim and the PE teacher, Haven Kirkpatrick, but failed to report the relationship to police or the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Details of the settlement have not been made public.

ALBION LAWSUIT SETTLED – After more than five years of litigation and negotiations, the Albion City Council voted Monday night to settle a lawsuit brought by Greenwalt Construction of Wayne City for $50,000. The lawsuit was brought by Greenwalt after the City of Albion halted construction of a fire station on West Main Street in Albion where the former Lovins Pharmacy was located.  Greenwalt workers had already poured the footings for the fire house when the city pulled the plug and built the fire station at a different location using different contractors. The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 16, 2013.  An out of court settlement was reached on January 18.  The settlement was approved during a specially called meeting of the Albion City Council Monday night.

Jackson Mills, the son of David and Johanna Mills and Courtney Woodrow, was one of 300 Scouts from across the U.S. selected to attend the 2018 United States Naval Academy STEM Jamboree. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

109th District State Representative David Reis will be conducting traveling office hours in Cisne this Friday from 1:30 – 2:30. Constituents of Representative Reis are invited to voice their concerns during Friday’s event.

Miss Iroquois County Fair, 18-year-old Samantha Hasselbring of Cissna Park, Ill. has been crowned Miss Illinois County Fair. Kylar Craig of Richland County was named second runner up. The queen was crowned Sunday evening in Springfield.

Frontier Community College is offering a one-day food sanitation and safety class on Wednesday, Feb. 7.  The class will meet from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. with instructor Cheryl McCarty.  To sign up, call the college at 842-3711.