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Headlines for Friday, January 17, 2014

Amber Williams croppedA McLeansboro, Ill. teen has been jailed on charges she badly injured a child by poking the victim in the eye with her thumb. Amber Williams, 19 has been formally charged with aggravated battery of a child – a class-X felony and has been jailed under $50,000 bond. Hamilton County authorities say the alleged incident happened on November 9. The child, not identified in court records, was taken first to the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Investigators say the child suffered a badly damaged iris in the incident, and is awaiting corrective surgery.  The child has been released from the hospital and is currently under the care of relatives. Williams is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Hamilton County Circuit Court in McLeansboro on February 6.  If convicted, she faces 6 – 30 years in prison.  She remains in the White County jail at Carmi pending a court appearance.

Bob Wells has been named Assistant Principal at Fairfield Community High School for the 2014-15 school year.  He currently serves as dean of students and FCHS Athletic Director. Wells will retain those duties as well as completing teacher evaluations and other duties assigned by the Superintendent/Principal.

The Fairfield Community High School calendar has been set for the 2014-15 school year.  The first day of classes for students will be Monday, August 18.

McLeansboro City Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened last Sunday at the Banterra Bank night deposit.  A grocery store employee making a night deposit was robbed by a man who showed a knife and demanded money.  No one was injured.


Nova Wheeler, daughter of Danielle Andrist and Mark Andrist is the winner of this year’s Jasper Spelling Bee. Josh Combs, the son of Steve Combs and Michelle Combs is the runner up.  Pictured above left to right; Nova Wheeler, Mrs. Kathy Land (Spelling Bee Coordinator), Josh Combs

At this month’s meeting of the Jasper School Board, members accepted the resignation of Kacie Richardson as Co-op Head Volleyball Coach.  Taylor Wilson was hired to replace Richardson.

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Lea Carter placed first in prepared speaking at Thursday night’s FFA Public Speaking event at Flora High School. Mercedes Grote placed 2nd in JV Extemporaneous Speaking and Erin Smothers placed 3rd in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking.  The three now advance to District 5 competition at SIU in April. Pictured above, left to right – Mercedes Grote, Erin Smothers, and Leah Carter

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