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Headlines for Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Jasper School Board approved a number of cost-saving measures Monday night in anticipation of deep cuts in state and federal funding. The board voted to eliminate extra-curricular transportation for all after school games and activities with a start time after 4 p.m. The board also eliminated the after school program known as EXTRA. The board took no action on eliminating instrumental band for next year. The cuts are effective for the 2014 school year.

Officials at Jasper School say the cuts they approved at Monday night’s board meeting, coupled with retirements over the next four years will save the district an estimated $138,000.




Workers with Campbellsville Industries will be in West Salem today, replacing the steeple on the Moravian Church.  The steeple was heavily damaged during a windstorm in 2011. The company replacing the steeple is from Campbellsville, KY.





69-year-old James G. Roberts of Eldorado was jailed Monday afternoon on charges he sexually assaulted two children – ages 6 and 7.  Roberts faces a Class-X felony charge of predatory criminal sexual assault and a Class-2 felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Illinois State Police detectives investigated the case. Roberts remains in the Saline County jail pending the filing of formal charges and setting of bond.

35-year-old Natasha Crawford of Carmi has been jailed on charges she kicked an emergency room worker at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  Crawford is being held in the White County jail at Carmi for Hamilton County on $3,000 cash bond. She is charged with aggravated battery of a hospital staff member.

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