Late Harry Hillis Honored By IECC Board

 The Board of Trustees of Illinois Eastern Community College District No. 529 met Tuesday night, December 12th at Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Trustees honored the memory of Harry Hillis for his role as the first Secretary to the original IECC Board of Trustees and for serving 47 continuous years until his retirement in 2014.   Upon his 2014 retirement, the IECC Board of Trustees awarded Mr. Hillis an honorary “Doctor of Boardology” Degree.  Mr. Hillis, age 89, passed away December 8th.   

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                Approval was given for agreements with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, to offer Motorcycle Rider Training courses at all four of the IECC colleges, Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Olney Central College in Olney, and Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel. 

                Trustees approved a policy and a new fee structure for Allied Health Technology Programs to better incorporate the use of technology into the curriculum for students enrolled in the Allied Health programs.

                The Board of Trustees agreed to allow Lake Land College to teach at the Lawrence Correctional Center and at the Robinson Correctional Center facilities.  IECC did teach at the prisons, but stopped due to the State’s failure to pay the Board for the teaching services rendered.    This agreement with Lake Land will be for the next three years and the Board can reinstitute IECC’s instructional offerings at the correctional centers by giving notice to Lake Land.

                Affiliation agreements were approved with Carle Richland Memorial Hospital for Frontier’s Health Informatics Program and with Crawford Memorial Hospital for Lincoln Trail’s Basic Nurse Assistant Program.

                Revisions were approved to the Policy on Preventing Sexual Misconduct to ensure compliance with recent legislative changes that address retaliation and consequences of making a false report. 

                A lease for office space located at Lincoln Trail College was approved with Twin Rivers Regional Vocational System. 

Employment was approved for Lonnie Barnes as Collision Repair Instructor at Olney Central College and for Becky Coleman, Nursing Instructor at Olney Central College and at Wabash Valley College.  Both employments will be effective January 3, 2018.

                Next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Trail College, Robinson.

Harms Charged With Domestic Battery

On 12/10/17 at 9:54am Mt. Carmel Police arrested 34 year old Mt. Carmel resident Anthony S. Harms for Domestic Battery. Officers were dispatched to the apartment complex of 1230 North Walnut Street in reference to an ongoing domestic situation between Harms and his girlfriend. Officers spoke to witnesses and determined a domestic battery had occurred with Harms being the suspect. Officers eventually located Harms hiding in a nearby apartment. Harms was placed under arrest and transported to the Wabash County Jail. Bond was later set at $1000 cash. Harms is still in the custody of the Wabash County Jail.

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Mt. Carmel Man Arrested On Resisting Police Officer Charge

On 12/10/17 at 9:35pm Mt. Carmel Police arrested 21 year old Mt. Carmel resident Christopher M Price for Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer. Officers had been dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of West 5th Street regarding a dispute. When officers arrived on scene to investigate, one of the involved parties (Price) took off running. Price was ordered by Police to stop but he continued to run from the scene. Officers were able to catch Price and place him under arrest. Price was transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was charged and held on a $150 cash bond.

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Kirkman Arrested For Gas Drive Off

On 12/12/17 at 4:59pm Mt. Carmel Police took a complaint against 31 year old Mt. Carmel resident Clayton S. Kirkman for theft after he failed to pay $10.01 for gas at Jumpin Jimmy’s. Kirkman was later located in the 200 block of East 13th Street. Kirkman was taken into custody for Theft and transported to the Wabash County Jail. Kirkman is being held on a $150 cash bond.

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Driving While Suspended Lands Frisco Man In Jail

On 12/12/17 at 11:54pm Mt. Carmel Police arrested 23 year old Francisco, Indiana resident Cody J. Noble for Driving While License Suspended in the area of Lambert Drive. Police were dispatched to the area regarding a complaint of an ATV being operated on Lambert Drive. Police arrived and located Noble parked in the roadway with a Suzuki ATV. They found Noble had left a nearby residence after an argument which led to Noble driving the ATV from the residence. Noble was placed under arrest and transported to the Wabash County Jail. Noble is being held on a $150 cash bond.

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Collaborative Effort To Aid Local Students For Job Readiness

One of the problems facing local employers is finding qualified candidates to fill openings. A collaborative effort between Mt. Carmel High School, Wabash Valley College, and the Area Economic Alliance is working to help solve that hurdle. High School Principal Jake Newkirk told the District #348 school board Monday that he has surveyed local industries and came back with a nearly unanimous need here…

Newkirk’s comments came as part of his report to the board on the school report card and school improvement plan that we originally reported on when it was released earlier this fall by the state.

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