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Headlines for Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fairfield Community High School seniors Kyle Ellis and Madline Richards have been named winners of the 2014 Community Bankers Association of Illinois Foundation Scholarship Program.  Eillis won $1000 while Richards won $500.  The program offers over $20,000 to several high school seniors through an essay contest.   This year, 80 member banks, including Fairfield National Bank, participated in the program.  188 students statewide were represented by the CBAI banks.

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, along with Dennis DeRossett, Executive Director of the Illinois Press Association, honored the winners of the 2014 Spotlight on Literacy Awards, recognizing outstanding students and volunteer tutors in Illinois literacy programs.  Among the ten students recognized for the Spotlight On Achievement Awards were Kayti Carter and Sabra Dawson from Frontier Community College in Fairfield.  Both received $200 from the Illinois Press Association Foundation, along with a plaque.

Jasper Grade School Graduation Awards have been announced.  This year’s Valedictorian is Drew Boyer and the Salutatorian is Chloe Hodges.  Jase Keifer and Katelyn Harrison won the American Legion Awards.  Recognized as honor graduates for maintaining a 4.75 or higher GPA were Drew Boyer, Katelyn Harrison, Chloe Hodges and Lillian McDannel.  The Citizenship Award was presented to Natalie Dillon and Drew Boyer, and the Leadership Award to Katelyn Harrison and Kobi Dagg.

Three suspects were jailed Thursday night at a residence in Fairfield after Wayne County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a complaint of underage drinking and drug use and seized a suspected meth lab.  Those taken into custody were 35-year-old Kent M. Harper, 18-year-old Ashley B. Powers and 24-year-old Aaron R. Goodman all of Fairfield.  Authorities said a two-year-old boy was in the household at the time the meth lab was found, and was turned over to his biological mother.  All three suspects face charges of child endangerment, participating in meth manufacturing, possession of meth making materials, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and possession with the intent to distribute meth.

Illinois State Police have released the names of the two bank employees stabbed to death Thursday evening during an armed robbery of the First National Bank of Cairo, IL.  52-year-old Anita J. Grace of Olive Branch, IL and 52-year-old Nita J. Smith of Wickliffe, KY died in the incident, while a third employee, not identified by police, was critically injured in the robbery.  The suspect, James Nathaniel Watts, a convicted felon from Cairo, IL, is being held in federal custody at a jail in Marion, IL.

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