aimage1A man armed with a small handgun robbed the Old National Bank in Harrisburg, Ill. this morning.  Harrisburg police say the gunmen entered the bank at 9:09 a.m. and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired and no one was injured.The suspect was described as a white male, between 6’ and 6’2” tall wearing a baseball cap.  Weighing between 190 and 220 pounds, the suspect has a goatee, police said. Police report the suspect displayed a silver pistol and demanded money. The robber exited the bank with the stolen loot in a plastic Wal-Mart shopping bag. The bank is located on Rollie Moore Drive in Harrisburg, which is near the Harrisburg Super Wal-Mart store.

The Fairfield Community High School Board meets tonight for their regularly scheduled meeting.  On the agenda is a proposal to combine the positions of Superintendent and Principal starting the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, the district is served by Supt. David Savage and Principal Jill Fulkerson.

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The Cisne FFA has been presented a $500 donation from Murphy Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. The donation will be used to help sponsor the upcoming National FFA convention for approximately 70 students.

The Cisne FFA Varsity Quiz Bowl team of Noah Barnard, Noah Conard, Audrey Kelly, Seth Mayes and River Williams finished second among ten teams in the Section 23 Varsity Quiz Bowl held at Wayne City High School. A total of 24 Cisne FFA members also participated in the Leadership Training School.

Illinois is one of six states chosen for a special program to help military veterans make the transition to civilian jobs. The program eases licensing requirements for military medics to become licensed practical nurses or emergency medical technicians and aids ex-military police officers in their quests to join civilian police forces.

Illinois wildlife officials say the number of deer that have died from a viral disease spread by biting gnats has fallen dramatically this year. Through the end of September, officials recorded 403 deer deaths as a result of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD. That compares to more than 2,000 probable EHD deaths last year.

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