Headlines Saturday November 14, 2015

Frontier Community College’s Bobcat Den Open House has been postponed due to a delay in flooring materials. Originally scheduled for November 23, the Open House has been pushed back to Wednesday, December 16. The public is invited to attend the Open House and tour the facility from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a one-week free trial period January 4 – 8. During this week, the community can use the fitness center equipment and racquetball court Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Bobcat Den, formerly the Fairfield Fitness Center, was purchased by the Frontier Community College Foundation. Renovations have been taking place since January 2015.

The Cisne FFA Agricultural Sales team of Misty Gill, Janaye Barnfield, Carter Walker, and Seth Mayes took 1st place in Section 23 competition held Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Wabash Valley College. The team also led in overall individual recognition: Barnfield -2nd, Walker -3rd, Gill – 4th, and Mayes – 6th overall. Eight area schools competed in the event that included a sales presentation, team activity, and written test.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen would like to freeze tuition for in-state students at current levels but he isn’t sure if that is possible. Killeen told The News-Gazette in Champaign that “we need to restrain any tuition growth for Illinois residents.” But whether that happens will depend on the state budget. Schools and other state-funded institutions are waiting to find out how much money they will have for the fiscal year that started July 1. But Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers have yet to agree on a budget.

The Illinois Department of Human Services says they responded promptly to the death of 46-year-old Todd Clementz at the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Acting director of Communications Veronica Vera says the agency initiated its own investigation, referred the preliminary results to criminal authorities and has cooperated in every sense. She reported that the Homicide verdict by the Marion County Coroner’s jury Thursday night is a part of that process and IDHS will not comment until the process has concluded.