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Headlines for Saturday, May 10, 2014

GOING, TIMOTHY CIllinois State Police have arrested Fairfield Community High School math instructor and track coach Timothy Going.  Going is accused of unlawful videotaping of students.  Going was arrested at the high school Friday following a brief investigation by state police, and was lodged in the Wayne County Jail without bond pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond on Monday.  The charge of unlawful videotaping is a class-3 felony because the alleged victims were under the age of 18.  If convicted, Going faces up to five years in prison on each count. Below is a statement issued this morning from officials at Fairfield Community High School about the situation.

 Fairfield Community High School media statement

Fairfield High School math teacher and track coach Timothy Going has been suspended with pay pending completion of a state police investigation following the arrest Friday of Mr. Going for allegedly unlawfully videotaping students.

Earlier this week, custodial staff discovered what appeared to be a video recording device in a girls’ locker room at the high school. School officials immediately secured the area, contacted the State Police and have been cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation.  

Mr. Going’s suspension pending completion of the investigation is according to school district policy. A substitute teacher will take over his teaching duties for the remainder of the school year. Counselors also will be available to meet with students.

We cannot discuss any further details because of the ongoing investigation. Anyone having information pertinent to this situation should contact the Fairfield Police Department or the Wayne County Sherriff’s Department.

The safety and welfare of our students is the top priority at Fairfield Community High School and we appreciate the quick action taken by staff to report this situation and by the law enforcement agencies involved for their immediate response to resolve the situation.

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Wayne City High School held its annual Awards Day Ceremony Friday, with several scholarships worth several thousands of dollars presented to Wayne City High School seniors.  The Frontier Community College Dean’s waiver for two years tuition was awarded to Kasey Sexton.  The Elks National Foundation scholarship for $1000 was awarded to Brendan Haile.  Wayne City FFA Alumni Scholarship winners included Hannah Draper, Billy Irwin, Tara Shreve, Michaela Smith, Ethan Spicer, Kelci White and Tristan Withrow.  Morgan White and Michaela Smith won $10,000 scholarships by an anonymous donor.  Tabitha Rice was named the Wayne City High School Senior of the Year.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night with a full agenda listed.  Among the items is an appointment of a City Alderman to replace the late Harry Morlan.  Formal appointments of a new police chief and assistant are expected to replace Brad Winter and Cam Simpson, along with a new fire chief to replace Mike Pottorff.  Mayor Chuck Griswold is expected to seek council approval to advertise for bids for the sale of property the city owns, including the old Red & White building on West Main, and property at 510 West King, 206 NW 7th and 208 NW 7th Street.

36-year-old Jeremy Kohn of Flora was hurt Thursday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line of U.S. Route 50 at Clay City and hit an eastbound semi, driven by 58-year-old Joseph Logue of Farina, IL.  A third vehicle, a semi driven by 47-year-old Carl Bunting of Albion was damaged when it struck debris from the crash, however Bunting was not hurt.  Kohn was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville following the crash.

Baccalaureate service for Fairfield Community High School seniors will be held Sunday night at 6 in the FCHS gym, prior to the FCHS 2014 graduation ceremony, set for Sunday, May 18th at 2 p.m. in the FCHS gym.  During the graduation ceremony, Senior Class President Daniel Altizer will address the class, with Principal Jill Fulkerson recognizing the honor graduates who maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average, as well as announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  School board president Larry Vest will present diplomas.

The Illinois State Police, along with the Illinois Department of Transportation and over 500 local law enforcement agencies in the state will be cracking down on seat belt violators and those driving impaired during a two-week mobilization effort that started Friday and will run through Memorial Day, May 26th.  Police will be enforcing seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws around the clock, with a large number of patrols conducted at night, when police say the most unbuckled fatalities occur on Illinois roadways.

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