Tommy Kent has been hired as Athletic Director at Frontier Community College. He will oversee the athletic program that started this fall semester and includes Men’s and Women’s golf and cross country teams. Prior to coming to Fairfield, Kent was the Assistant Fitness Coordinator at Shawnee Community College in Ullin. He holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from SIU Carbondale. He is a 1997 graduate of Fairfield Community High School.
Special Prosecutor Michael Valentine has decided to re-try a former White County jailer accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl. The aggravated criminal sexual abuse trial of 40-year-old Phillip Lowery ended in a mistrial last April after the jury was deadlocked with a 6-6 vote. A pretrial hearing in the case has been set for Sept. 25 in White County Circuit Court at Carmi.
Danny Coston is appealing his conviction in the August, 2012 slaying of a young White County couple. Coston, now 38 is serving a 53 year prison sentence for the shooting deaths of Jacob Wheeler, 22 of Centerville and his girlfriend, Jessi Evans, 17 of Norris City. Oral arguments in the appeal were completed on Tuesday in the Fifth District Illinois Court of Appeals in Mt. Vernon. A ruling is not expected for at least 90 days.
Frontier Community College recently recognized staff and faculty for Years of Service to the College and the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) District. Pictured left to right: Mary Morris, English Faculty – 5 years; FCC President Dr. Jay Edgren; Tara Farleigh, Administrative Assistant to the President – 15 years; Jan Wiles, Assistant Dean of Student Services – 15 years; Tina Nation, Accounts Receivable Clerk – 5 years; Veronica Cox, Custodian – 5 years; Linda Monge, Interim Dean of Instruction – 5 years; Jervaise McDaniel, Associate Dean of Adult and Continuing Education – 30 years with IECC.
19-year-old Levi D. Sork of Norris City has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to a Class-2 felony charge of burglary. He broke into a number of vehicles in the Norris City area earlier this year. The state has recommended Sork serve his time in the Department of Corrections’ Boot Camp program.
$9.4 million has been released for several airport improvement projects around the state. The runways at Fairfield’s airport will be re-marked at a cost of $57,465. Hi-Lite Markings, Inc. of Adams Center, N.Y. will do the work.