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Headlines for Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Campbell, ColtonA Galatia, Ill. man has been jailed on charges he violently shook his four-month-old daughter, leaving the child with severe brain damage. Colten W. Campbell, 21, a former McLeansboro, Ill. resident, was arrested on warrant at about 1 a.m. Wednesday at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where his daughter, Aubrey Campbell is being treated for severe brain injuries.  Investigators with the Southern Illinois Child Death Investigations Task Force say the child sustained the injuries last Saturday afternoon while being cared for by her father. The baby was taken first by ambulance to the Harrisburg Medical Center and later airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.  She was later airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where her condition on Wednesday was listed as critical. Campbell remains in the Marion County, Ind. jail at Indianapolis pending extradition to the Saline County jail at Harrisburg.  His bond has been set at $250,000.  The S. Ill. Child Death Task Force investigates child deaths and serious child injuries.

Meyers, DaltonA Norris City man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a class-2 felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  In White County Circuit Court on Wednesday, 21-year-old Dalton Meyers entered a guilty plea to the charge and was sentenced to three years in prison.  In return for the guilty plea, a charge of failure to register as a sex offender was dropped. The judge granted Meyers a furlough until December 27 at which time he must report to the White County Jail at Carmi where he will be held until transferred to state prison to serve his time.

It is ofbobcatficial – the Frontier Community College Sports Program Mascot will be the Bobcats. According to the minutes of the recent IECC Board of Trustees meeting, members approved the mascot after the Bobcats name received the highest number of votes. The choices were Mustangs, Wolverines and Bobcats.  Bobcats won the vote. Frontier Community College’s formal sports program is scheduled to begin in the fall semester of next year with golf and cross country.

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Most country roads and city side streets remain snow-covered, slick and hazardous.  Forecasters are now calling for another round of sleet and snow on Friday.

After an hour-long public hearing Tuesday night, the Fairfield City Council approved an 11% increase in the city’s property tax levy.  After much debate, the council agreed to reduce their original request from 22% to 11%.  As an example of how the increase will affect your property tax bill next year – if you live in Fairfield and you have a $1,000 property tax bill – it will go up approximately $15 next year. The money is needed for the Fire and Police Pension Funds.

The commander of the Fairfield American Legion addressed the Fairfield City Council Tuesday night, seeking approval to sell beer on Sunday.  Mayor Chuck Griswold appointed a committee to study the request with further consideration of the request expected next month.

The city of Fairfield’s old Christmas wreaths are for sale.  The 50 inch round wreaths will sell for $50 each. Wreaths with inoperable candles will sell for $25.  The wreaths will be at the city utility barn.

Today’s winner in the Fairfield Community High School After Prom Committee’s Twelve Days of Christmas promotion is Amber Olander. Amber wins $250.

Winners in this year’s WFIW Reindeer Race and Turkey Shoot promotion have been chosen.  Fern Upton wins $50 cash and $275 in merchandise certificates.  Patty Massie wins $150 in merchandise certificates for second place with Judy Ray taking third place with $125 in merchandise certificates.

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