A retirement reception for Judge Joe Harrison will be held today at Foundation Hall on the campus of Frontier Community College. The reception for Judge Harrison is open to the public and will run from 1 – 3:30.  A program is scheduled to begin at 2:15 this afternoon. Judge Harrison has officially retired after 17 years on the bench. The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed former Wayne County State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac to serve the remaining year of Harrison’s term of office.

Big Cat

Wildlife biologists will examine the remains of a cougar found on a farm near Morrison in rural Whiteside County in an effort to learn more about the animal’s recent history and origin. The big cat, weighing over 100 pounds and nearly 6 ft. long, was killed Wednesday by a Conservation Police Officer after it was discovered in a concrete tunnel beneath a corn crib.

taylor croppedFrontier Community College President Dr. Tim Taylor is leaving next spring.  The departure was confirmed Thursday by Illinois Eastern Community College District CEO Terry Bruce.  Dr. Taylor has been at Frontier since 2008.  CEO Bruce praised Dr. Taylor for his accomplishments over the past five years, including the implementation of a sports program and many improvements to the Frontier Campus. He is expected to leave next May.

29-year-old Sonny D. Southall of McLeansboro faces up to ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Southall was charged after police found him in possession of a loaded .9 mm handgun in White County.

Wayne County Golf Course is holding a volunteer work day from 8 until noon on Saturday to clean up debris from last Sunday’s tornado.  The effort will be focused on the pro shop, club house and cart shed.

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