banks, jr.Bond has been set at $250,000 for a Carmi, Ill. man accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile under the age of 13. Louis E. Banks, Jr. 49 of 710 Fackney Street in Carmi was taken into custody Thursday on a White County warrant charging him with two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child; a class-X felony. Illinois State Police investigators allege the unlawful sexual conduct happened on or about December 16 of this year.  Banks was lodged in the White County jail at Carmi pending a preliminary hearing. If convicted, Banks faces up to 30 years in prison on each count.

A Flood Watch has been issued for all of Southern Illinois through late Saturday night.  The heaviest rainfall is expected from late tonight through about midnight Saturday night.  As much as five inches of rain could fall across the region, causing localized flooding.

At Thursday night’s meeting of the Fairfield Community High School Board, members voted to create the position of assistant principal for the 2014-2015 school year.  Last month, the board voted to combine the positions of principal and superintendent starting next year. Jill Fulkerson will serve as FCHS Superintendent/Principal following the retirement of David Savage at the end of the current school year.

The Fairfield High School Board voted Thursday night to add three new courses for next school year. The classes are Crafts, Exploring Music and Computer Assisted Art.

Today’s winner in the Fairfield Community High School After Prom Committee Twelve Days of Christmas promotion is Larry Rost.  Larry wins $250.  Saturday’s drawing will be worth $500.

Two Fairfield women were arrested Thursday evening for shoplifting at the Fairfield Super Wal-Mart.  Shannell L. Tyler and Sarah Leggero, both 22 were arrested for allegedly stealing $39.10 worth of miscellaneous merchandise.

Nathan Ford, 18 of McLeansboro and Aaron Smith, 21 of Elizabethtown, IL were sentenced to prison Thursday for stealing a home security system from a residence in McLeansboro.   The two took the system from the victim’s doorstep shortly after it was delivered.  Ford drew a 5 year sentence – Smith 3 years.  Both are expected to serve their time in the Illinois Department of Corrections Boot Camp.

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