The Fairfield Community High School varsity scholastic team tied for fifth place in the Class A State Masonic Scholastic Bowl Tournament Saturday in Springfield. FCHS went 4 and 1 on the day and ended in a tie for first in their pool, but failed to make the final four based on the tiebraker. Answering tossups for FCHS Saturday were Kyle Ellis with 15, Clay Hoskins with 14, Abigail Trotter with three and Charles Simpson with two. FCHS will compete Monday in the IHSA Regional tournament at Fairfield.
37-year-old Derek B. Houle of Bluford and nine-year-old Journey Houle of Mt. Vernon, IL died Friday night in a one-vehicle accident on I-64 in Washington County blamed on icy road conditions. State police said a pickup driven by 63-year-old Vernie Mordini of Centralia, IL was westbound near the 51-mile marker and lost control of the vehicle on a patch of ice, traveling into the median, striking Derek B. Houle and Journey Houle and a third person, 12-year-old Destani Houle of Mt. Vernon, IL. All three had been standing outside their vehicle in the median after the vehicle they were in had slid off the roadway. Derek B. Houle and Journey Houle were pronounced dead at the scene. Destani Houle was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
27-year-old Daniel H. Bonnell of Robinson, IL has been sentenced to time in prison for using a video camera to spy on students in a locker room. Bonnell entered a guilty plea last week to a felony charge of unauthorized videotaping and was sentenced to 60 days in the Crawford County Jail. He was also ordered to serve two years probation and pay nearly $1500 in fines and court costs.
20-year-old Denis M. Joiner of Chicago, IL has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in stealing over 450 firearms from gun shops, including several from southern Illinois. Joiner was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to charges he stole guns from a federal firerams licensee, conspiracy to steal firearms and possession of stolen firearms. Federal prosecutors say 124 of the guns were stolen from DT Enterprises in Salem, IL with the remainder stolen from upstate Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Fiscal Year 2013 School District Library Program Grants of $735.50 have been awarded to the Fairfield grade and high school districts, along with the Edwards County Community Unit School District. The grants are part of nearly $1.4 million awarded to 642 public school districts in Illinois and were awarded based on a formula of 75 cents per student.
The Wayne County 4-H is sponsoring a $500 college scholarship at each of the Wayne County high schools to a current senior planning to enroll in college this fall. Selection will be based on community service, 4-H experience and academic achievement. Applications are availalbe at the high school guidance