Headlines for Saturday, May 4

Longtime Illinois Eastern Community College leader Terry Bruce announced his retirement, effective June 30th of this year, in a media release on Friday. Bruce had been the Chief Executive Officer of the four college district since 1996. No word on the process which will be used to replace Bruce by the Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees.

FCHS held its annual awards day yesterday morning, and the school gave out nearly $450,000 in scholarship money/awards. From Frontier Community College, John Jones received scholarships for four semesters tuition and $500. Amber Clark received the $1500 Kiwanis Scholarship, Kinsey Kollak received the $500 Bill Cannon Memorial Scholarship, and Hunter Doty received on semester of tuition.

The Wayne County 4-H Public Presentation contest was held last night at the Wayne County Extension Office. Sara McGehee, of Center Street, was announced as a State Fair Winner for her formal speech “Challenges Youth Face.” She will advance to a competition at Richland Community College in Decatur on June 8th.

Mt. Carmel Police were reportedly involved in a vehicle pursuit yesterday afternoon that ended in Indiana. A 17-year-old student at Mt. Carmel High School reportedly hit an officer with his vehicle, and then drove to Indiana, where he was arrested near Owensville. The injured officer was treated at Wabash General Hospital is expected to make a full recovery.

State Representative Darren Bailey and State Senator Dale Righter will be in Carmi Monday evening for an Illinois Patriots Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building on East Robinson Street in Carmi. Expected topics of discussion are to range from the proposed progressive tax system to efforts to protect the 2nd Amendment.

Applications to grow and process hemp can now be found on the Illinois Department of Agriculture website. Governor J.B. Pritzker says the opportunity for farmers to grow and process hemp would keep Illinois moving forward in hopes of improving the economy.