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Headlines for Wednesday, November 20, 2013

GUIMcKenzie editedLTY –   42-year-old Ernest C. McKenzie  of Grayville has been found guilty of all charges related to an arson fire at his home last summer that left a Grayville fireman badly injured.  McKenzie has been found guilty of aggravated arson, reckless conduct causing great bodily harm and residential arson. McKenzie opted for a bench trial before Judge David Frankland.  McKenzie faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced.  The verdict was issued late this morning by Resident Judge David Frankland following a day and a half bench trial in Edwards County Circuit Court in Albion.

Jill FulJillkerson has been named Superintendent/Principal of the Fairfield Community High School District.  Fulkerson currently serves as the FCHS Principal and will replace Supt. David Savage who is retiring at the end of the current school year. Last month, the FCHS Board voted to consolidate the Superintendent and Principal’s positions as a cost saving measure.  Mrs. Fulkerson, a native of Carmi, lives in rural Enfield.

The National Weather Service has completed its investigation of Sunday’s tornadoes and rated the twister that hit near Sims and tracked across the north side of Fairfield as an EF-2 tornado. The storm flattened one home in Sims and damaged several homes in Fairfield from the Wayne County Golf Course eastward to the Northside Baptist Church area on North First Street.

33-year-old Don G. Brinkley of Fairfield was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a charge of domestic battery.  Brinkley is accused of holding an air rifle to the forehead of his girlfriend, 29-year-old Dorothy A. Davis of Bluford and pulling the trigger. The gun was not loaded. The alleged incident happened at a house on Elm Street in Fairfield.

“Dental Safari” of Marion, IL will be at Fairfield Community High School today providing dental exams and cleanings to students who have a medical card. The firm will also be providing an educational program for the FCHS Health and PE classes.

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