The Fairfield Community High School Board voted Thursday to hire Jon Maus as an English teacher for the coming school year. A native of Valmeyer, Maus is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

FCHS Board member J.C. McDuffee is asking that the district secure a contract with the Fairfield Park District for the use of their tennis courts and ball diamonds.  The district currently pays $2,100 a year to the parks department to use their facilities. McDuffee complained that several FCHS baseball games had to be cancelled at the start of the season because the ball fields were not ready for play.  He wants a contract in place that spells out the Park District’s responsibilities.

Fairfield Community High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor Curt Robbins has been presented the District 5 Excellence in Teaching Award. Robbins is now a finalist for the state’s top ag instructor. He will be recognized at the Illinois State Fair where a state winner will be announced.

28-year-old Josiah Griffin of Carmi has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to a class-2 felony charge of aggravated domestic battery.  He must also serve another four years of parole once he is released from jail.

Former Saline County Chief Deputy Todd Fort has filed a lawsuit against the Saline County State’s Attorney, Michael Henshaw claiming he invaded his and his family’s privacy while in the Jackson County jail on a charge of criminal sexual abuse.  Fort alleges that Henshaw released hundreds of hours of phone conversations between Fort and his family and friends.

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