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Treat yourself and loved ones to the ‘Sweet Life!’ Dessert Comedy Theater on Saturday, March 5th, 6:30 p.m., at the Wayne City High School gym. This free event is open to the public and offers “a fun evening of clean, family-friendly comedy and music, while indulging in a beautiful array of scrumptious desserts,” according to organizers. Nationally-known comedian Scott Davis will serve up his special brand of humor. He has performed on television and on stage with Mark Lowry, Dennis Swanberg, and Mark Hall of Casting Crowns. His comedy has delighted hundreds of thousands across the U. S. and abroad. A 1979 graduate of Liberty University, Davis is also the au406 S. E. 2nd, Fairfield, IL 62837 thor of the memoir “If My Body Is A TemPenny Shreve, publisher ple, Then I Was A 618-842-3004 email@example.com Megachurch,” which was published and Subscriptions: released nationwide 3 mo. (issues) /$15 in 2011. In the book, 6 mo. (issues) /$30 Davis uses humor Send to above address Cont. On Next Pg.
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Retail Merchants’ TGIF Raffle Starts Jan. 22nd The Fairfield Retail Merchants have announced the return of the TGIF Raffle in 2016. A drawing will be held beginning Friday, January 22nd, and will continue each Friday through December 23rd, 2016. Twenty-five dollars in Chamber bucks will be given away each Friday, with $200 in Chamber bucks to be given away on the fifth Friday of any given month. In addition, $300 in Chamber bucks will be given away on December 23rd, 2016. That gives folks 49 chances to win; no ticket will be discarded. Be sure to purchase your tickets now for $10 each at the following locations: The Male Connection. Studio 117. Carnaby Square. Merle Norman Cosmetics. The Corner. The Willow Tree. Amy’s Sweet Gallery.
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to describe his 132 pound weight loss journey— without exercise. It usually costs $15 to $20 for admission to Davis’ shows; however, the Wayne City Baptist Church is helping make this program available to the public at no charge. For more info, call John Little at 599-2698; visit waynecitybaptist.com
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A longtime figure with Wabash Telephone Coop., Inc. (WTCI) and Wabash Independent Networks (WIN) has retired. Jeff Williams, who helped the business navigate the waters of change from rotary phones to VoIP phones, has stepped down from his position as General Manager. He has been replaced by Barry Adair, who has served as Assistant Manager for WTCI since June 2014. Adair came from the small community of Wingo in the southwest corner of Kentucky. He earned a degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Murray State University, and his MBA in Business from William Woods University. He worked for ten years at West KY Rural Telephone, and was with BEK in North Dakota as a Financial Supervisor and CFO since 2010. He assumed the position of General Manager with WTCI/WIN on December 1st. Williams joined the cooperative in 1980 as a member of the construction crew, and worked through the positions of Install & Repair, Plant Superintendent, Assistant Manager, then General Manager. “He was responsible for successfully leading WTCI into the world of FTTH (Fiber To The Home), making WTCI one of the dominant cooperative leaders in south
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The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) encourages college students who will be juniors in the fall of 2016 to apply for one of up to five crop sciences scholarships. The scholarships are funded through the soybean checkoff. Scholarships are worth $4,000 each for the 2016-17 school year, and will be awarded to students majoring in crop sciences at Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or Western Illinois University. Awards are based on exceptional academic ability, leadership, and financial need. Students must plan to follow an agricultural course of study with a major in crop production or a crop science discipline, including breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, weed management or crop management, with an emphasis on soybeans. Recipients are encouraged to find oncampus employment in soybean research, attend graduate school, and choose a career in soybean research. Recipients also can reapply to receive another $4,000 for their senior year. Guidelines and application materials are available at www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2016.
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Named FCC’s New Career Services Coordinator Alyssa Parrott has been hired as the Career Services Coordinator at Frontier Community College (FCC) in Fairfield, a new position created at all four colleges within the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) District. She is responsible for working with students and alumni as they prepare to transfer to a university or enter the workforce. Parrott will assist students with resumes, interviewing skills and job searches, and is organizing a job fair on FCC’s campus in April. She also plans to create a career services website to provide resources to students and alumni. Prior to coming to Frontier, Parrott was on staff at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, as an Employment Recruiter in the Human Resources Department. She earned an Associate Degree from Wabash Valley College, then obtained her Bachelor’s in Management and Human Resources from the University of Southern Indiana. The former Alyssa Phillips is a graduate of Edwards County High School, where she was Homecoming Queen in 2005, and still holds the all-time scoring record for basketball (boys or girls) with 1,618 points. She married Greg Parrott of Fairfield in December 2010, and they have a daughter, Katelyn Grace, who was born in February 2014.
Miniature Farming Community Like A Breath Of Fresh Air: Bass Viewing Steve Bass’ miniature farming community is like taking a birds-eye picture of the Mt. Erie man’s life. The 6 x 13-foot display—which constitutes less than a quarter of all the farm toys he has collected— shows images of where he’s been, what he’s done, and the landscape that has shaped his 40 years. There are a couple of farms on there. Steve was raised on a farm. And, of course, there’s a John Deere dealership. During his high school co-op, he worked for the one in Olney. Plus, his dad’s a dyed-in-the-wool Deere man. The FS Plant? Worked at Wabash Valley while in college. Grain elevator? Worked for Richard Smith at Continental Grain behind FCHS after college. Trackhoes and bulldozers? He’s good friends with the folks at Gill Excavating in Mt. Erie. “I grew up on the farm, and little boys love tractors, so that’s where it started,” said the son of Robert and Beverly Bass, who bought his first real tractor when he was eight years old—an H-51 International, which he still has. “My mom and dad took me to different farm toy shows for years when I was a kid, and I saw some farm toy layouts, and thought to myself, ‘one of these years, I want to do one’.” In the mid-1990’s, Steve and his dad launched their hobby on a small scale and took it to a couple of shows. They enjoyed it so much that Steve decided to expand the display. “Dad did a lot of the handiwork as far as building the tables that it’s on. He used three-quarter-inch plywood to make the tables and polystyrene insulation to make the landscape,” said Steve, adding they built ditches and ponds, put culverts in the ditches for the driveways, painted each field and grass way, and used model railroad sceneries purchased at hobby stores to make grass, gutters, and gravel driveways. “We have built some of the barns. On the FS Fertilizer place, dad built the shed. It has bags in it and a blender to blend the fertilizer. On the back corner is a shed under construction; he built that and several other things. The pond where the windmill is at, he cut out the insulation and a piece of mirror to make it look like a pond,” he said, adding they used woodworking tools to make a lot of things, even some of the toys. “We didn’t have a propane truck, so we made the bed that went on the propane truck, bottle, and bed unit.” More than just a therapeutic and fun hobby, the Bass Mini Farm offers great bonding time for the Bass family. Steve said it has always meant a lot to him just to have worked with his dad on the project. “He’s the one who got me started in it and helped
Steve and Connie Bass are pictured with their boys, Colton (left) and Levi, when their miniature farm community was set up at the Mt. Erie Ruritan Building during the Wayne County Tractor Drive in September. Photo by Sheila Walker me out,” Steve said. It didn’t take long for the entire family to get involved— dad, mom, Steve, his wife Connie, and now their sons, Colton, nine, and Levi, eight. They don’t keep the city set up due to lack of space in their house (not to mention it could become a nightmare to dust), but when they do set it up—like during the Wayne County Tractor Drive over Labor Day, when it was displayed at the Mt. Erie Ruritan Building—it takes the whole family about three hours to remove it piece-by-piece from sealed tubs and put it together. When they step back and take a good, long look at it, memories flood their minds and hearts. Said Steve: It’s like a breath of fresh air. “It’s got a lot of sentimental value. A lot of the toys, I’ve collected since I was a little kid. And now my boys include some of their toys. It’s pretty much a family affair,” he said. Continued On Next Page
One scene in Steve Bass’ miniature farm community includes this sprayer. Photo by Sheila Walker
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“I’ve told my boys to take care of their toys, and they’ll still have them when they’re my age.” Steve isn’t sure how much money he has tied up in his hobby. “I couldn’t begin to tell you how many toy tractors I have. And time and money invested? I don’t think I want to know! That would be scary if I actually knew how many dollars I have invested in this,” he laughed, noting it would cost between 20 and 40 bucks for only one of the detailed miniature corn planers he has. “And some of the sheds? My boy gave $30 or $40 for one. “It can be an expensive hobby, but a person does what they love to do,” he reasoned. “When I was a kid, I had Lego sets and did all kinds of things to make things work for me. Like my mom always told me growing up, she always knew where I’d be: messing with my toys and not out getting into trouble, I guess!” When the Bass family set up the display during the Tractor Drive, it was the first time they’d had it out in about ten years. The adults in the family are finding renewed excitement in the hobby now that Steve and Connie’s sons Continued On Next Page
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Continued From Last Page are taking such a big interest in it. “It was the first time my boys had seen it set up (over Labor Day),” Steve said, noting in the past they had displayed it at various farm toy shows and meetings, and a few other functions. “It’s something I really enjoy. I’ve got two boys, and I’m still a kid at heart. I like to get out there and mess with it as much as they do.” Steve makes sure to rope off the display when he sets it up, and everybody thinks it’s to keep children from touching the toys. “But a lot of times, it’s not the kids that do it. It’s older people who want to see if the dirt is real. For example, my fertilizer truck has colored sand in it that makes it look like actual fertilizer, and you’ll see fingerprints in it.” Reactions from viewers has been from the enthusiastic to the awestruck, especially when they see images like the tractor pulling scene, where Steve used the weight of the sled and hooked it onto the back of a plastic tractor, making it pop a wheelie like it’s going down the track. The boys thought that was really cool. “A lot of people at the Tractor Drive said there was hardly a thing that we hadn’t thought of,” Steve said. “I Continued On Next Page
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loved real life on the farm, and I want it to look like real life. The fence posts stuck in the ground? Dad actually built the wooden fence that goes around the horse pasture. And the semi, loading grain? I took what the grains would look like—darker yellow for corn, lighter for beans—and filled the semis up with ‘em.” The boys are getting hooked, too. The Young Leader Committee of the White County “They have a semi they got for Christmas, and they Farm Bureau will hold its fifth annual Young Leader Piswanted a dump trailer, like it was hauling grain. So we tol Shoot Saturday, July 18th at the Carmi Rifle Club in went out to the shop and I built ‘em one out of wood. They Carmi. cherish it,”event Stevewill said. “My dad didage the classes: same thing for me. The include two adult and He was(16-under). always building me something.” youth The minimum age for shooters is 12 plans to pass along theand Bass Farm CommuyearsSteve old. Any participant age 16 younger must be nity and the other items he’s collected to his sons. accompanied by an adult. “The display comes in four sections, so they’ll get Each shooter’s name will be put in a drawing for a two sections apiece,” he said. “It guess it will be up to Browning Buck Mark .22 target pistol. The top adult and them (which one gets which half).” youth shooter will receive an additional five chances in Steve and his family place live inshooter the house he grew upwill in, the drawing; the second in each class having purchased it from his parents in the early 2000s. receive an additional three chances, and the third place He is a 1994 graduate of Cisnechance. High School and a 1996 shooter will get one additional graduate of Wabash Valley College, wherewill he consist earned of a This speed steel target competition degree in Ag Business Management. Steve works as a five rounds of five stations, with five targets per station custom applicator for Tri-County Ag, while his wife takes (minimum of 125 shots). Each round will be electronicare of the homestead. His dad is retired; his mom works cally timed. at the Mt. Erie Banking Center. A display of marksmanship competition will follow lunch. Additional chances for the gun drawing will be given to the top three marksmen. Event registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with competition to start at 9. The registration fee is $25 per shooter if registered before July 1; after July 1, registration is $35 per person. Registration includes lunch. You can download a registration form at www.whitecfb.com. Shooters will need to furnish their own guns, ammunition, hearing protection, and eye protection. Only .22 caliber pistols are Bass allowed be truck usedfor in Christmas this competition. Colton and Levi got a to semi one year, In order to have ammunition ready while competing, it is but wanted a dump trailer to “haul grain” in. Their dad, Steve, took recommended you bring multiple clips for your Amthem to the shop and built one for them out of wood. “My gun. dad did the munition will be available for sale at the event, at cost. same thing for me,” Steve remembered. “He was always building me something.” Photo by Sheila Walker
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This is the new headquarters for Keith and Amy Kemp’s “Daring To Soar” ministry.
Fairﬁeld Natives’ Ministry Soaring With Acquisition Of Large Building
Keith and Amy Kemp have been of one mind and heart for quite some time. They were high school sweethearts at FCHS, attended the same university (Illinois), and have been involved in some form of ministry most of their lives. But this month, the Kemps will step into a bigger arena when they take possession of a building in Oblong that will be home to their Daring To Soar ministry. While it’s the fulfillment of one dream, it’s the birth of another. “We have always dreamed of some form of campus for ministry. I had always done ministry through the base of a church; however, my overall desire was to be outside of a church,” said Keith. “I’d like to see the building used for coaching (batting/pitching and one-onone basketball), and an after-school program. I’d like to see grief counseling and GED classes offered there. I’d like to see a vibrant teen center, and a support group for unwed mothers meeting there. “Our vision is to be used of God and to work to unite Kingdombuilders in this area so that, collectively, we do more together than we ever could apart,” he added. “We speak of unity and community over and over and over. To us, that is more Christ-like than anything: love one another, stop competing and comparing. What will God do with two people who try daily to live that? I’m not sure, but I’m betting it will be better than anything I can ever dream on my own.” After graduating from FCHS in 1990, Keith earned a degree in Elementary Education at U of I while Amy graduated with a degree in English then earned her Master’s in Broadcast Journalism. They were married in Fairfield in August 1993, and Keith began teaching junior high science in Mt. Pulaski, while she worked in Champaign for the American Dairy Science Association (later named the Federation of Animal Science Societies). Keith left teaching to pursue paid ministry, and the couple held many ministry positions—profit and non-profit— in different com-
munities. In 2006, the Kemps moved to Bloomington, Indiana so that Amy could take a job as the Membership Director of Phi Delta Kappa— an international education association—on the campus of Indiana University. After five years, she was faced with a choice: move with that orContinued On Next Page
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As part of their “Daring To Soar” ministry, Keith and Amy Kemp work with young people on Saturday nights at The Landing, a teen center at the New Life Christian Center in Newton.
Ministry Exploding For Kemp Family Continued From Last Page ganization to Washington, D. C., or find a new job. “I chose the latter,” said Amy. So in 2011, the family relocated to Oblong, where Amy became the promotions director for the Oblong Christian Children’s Home. He became youth pastor at Central Christian Church in Newton, and the family lived on the Children’s Home campus. They now live eight miles south of Oblong. “It was a challenge to make the move (from Bloomington, Indiana to the Oblong area). We knew that we would be sacrificing much in moving to such a small community, where Keith and I would now both work for a ministry,” Amy said. “Opportunities for our kids (Tess, now a senior in high school, and Belle, a sophomore) were limited, and the school was much smaller than they had grown accustomed to. It was difficult.” But their community-minded approach to ministry has been met with tremendous favor in that area. They help the local school with a nine-week K-6 basketball program on Saturdays (Soar Basketball Academy, which
welcomed 210 kids this year), and operate a teen center called The Landing at the New Life Christian Center in Newton on Saturday nights. There, they feed kids at no charge, and bring in speakers, artists, and garage bands for entertainment. They also provide games and other avenues for fellowship “for anyone who wants to be a part (of it), from any community,” Keith said. In addition, the Kemps took on a fine arts role, providing music lessons to many home- and private-school students after any given school day. They currently have about two dozen drum, guitar, and bass students. “This three-pronged approach to ministry has given us the opportunity to touch the lives of literally hundreds of kids in 2015,” Keith said. When the Kemps moved from the Children’s Home Campus to south of Oblong, Keith began driving a new route to those daily music lessons. For weeks, he drove by an abandoned complex of buildings, and felt the Lord pulling him to that place. He prayed about it. Continued On Next Page
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He dreamed about it. He envisioned it being the Daring To Soar campus, and began to think of all the ways the 11,000 square feet of space could be utilized. “On a whim one day, he stopped at the CCI Redi-Mix business next door to inquire about that property. Who owned it? Was it for sale?” Amy said. “God had placed a man there on that very day, and that was the very first time to deliver what would be the first of many statements that have filled our hearts with joy. ‘We own it’, he said, ‘and yes, it is for sale’. First hurdle, jumped.” The Kemps confess to being big dreamers, but imagined that the property’s cost would be too high. They worked with a local bank to determine their potential for a loan, and contemplated how to scrape up a down payment. “We wrestled with how it could all possibly work, then we jumped in with both feet. In a text to one of the eight part-owners of the building, we committed. We were ready to buy. We only trusted that God would provide,” Amy said. They waited for a response, and before retiring for bed one Friday night, they got it. The message? I’m sorry, Keith, but the board has decided not to sell the building. We are looking at the option to lease it only. I’ll get back with you. The next day, Keith got another call, this time with the proposed lease arrangement: We are interested in leasing it…to you…for $1 per year. “I was a bit overwhelmed, to say the least,” he said, noting they picked up a five-year lease with the option to buy if and when it goes up for sale. They still need to invest in the site, though. The building’s needs include insulation, roof repair, plumbing work, painting, equipment, and supplies. Right now, they have one-tenth of the money they need to make capital improvements. The ministry does have monthly support which covers current bills and provides for the kids who stop in. “Our hope is to have the teen center open in April. We’ll need more financial partners, (but)…God will provide,” Keith said. “Throughout our ministry, our greatest successes have been when we simply submitted ourselves to God.” Amidst the flurry of recent activity, Amy also penned her first book. It’s a 42-page paperback entitled It’s All About The Dough, self-published in October through Westbow Press. “It likens friendships among women to all the ingredients necessary for chocolate chip cookies,” she explained. “The premise is that we need women to serve as our prayer partners (butter), leaders (salt), flavoring (vanilla), and emotional binders (eggs) to be ready for the ‘chips’ of life. Chips will fall, but we can rest assured that we are ready for whatever life throws at us if we have prepared the dough.” The book was a spoken message long before it was written. “When I was running one day, God nudged me to say ‘the book is already in you. It is simply a chapter per ingredient’,” said Amy, who enjoys speaking to women’s groups Continued On Next Page 13
Upward B-ball & Cheerleading Sign-Ups Set, Need Volunteers
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, open to all children in grades K through 6, are about to get underway at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. Registration and evaluations will be held Friday, January 8th from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, January 9th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone interested in playing Upward Basketball or participating in Upward Cheerleading must come to the church’s Christian Life Center (CLC) during these times to register and be evaluated. The registration fee is $50, which includes basketball shirts and cheerleading skirts. Optional items include basketball shorts, performance socks, and cheerleading mock turtlenecks ($10 each). Practice begins Monday, February 1st, and games will be held each Saturday from February 13th through March 19th. An awards celebration will be held Sunday, March 20th. Volunteers are needed to referee, coach, or help at the concession stand. If you want to help or need more information, call Rick or Sara White, 618-842-9679, or the church office, 618-842-2219.
FLASHBACK! Kamber Isle (left) got her start in Upward Basketball a few years ago. She’s now a freshman playing for the Lady Mules. The ofﬁcial is Scott McElravy, FCHS boys coach.
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and at retreats, workshops, etc. “So I started to write the things I’d said time and again.” At press time, Amy was trying to secure a local outlet where her book can be purchased. You can find out more by visiting her Facebook page (Amy Kemp), or you can contact her and learn more about their ministry by visiting their website: daringtosoar.org. “I guess the story for our ministry is this: when you put your life into God’s hands and say, ‘Do with me what you will’, you should hang on for the ride. Never did we dream that in 2015 our ministry would grow by such leaps and bounds or that God would do so much with our little, meager talents and abilities,” she said. “Our ministry is growing, and that is super exciting for us.” Keith is the son of Alan and Pam Kemp. Amy’s parents are Dennis and Janet Brant. All are from Fairfield.
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A stay-at-home mom from Barnhill has found a unique niche in business. Katie Fox is a local representative for a southern California-based business, LuLaRoe, that sells clothing for females of all shapes and sizes: women’s XXS-3X and girls size 2T to 14. She decided to connect with the company as a businesswoman after learning about it from LuLaRoe Consultant Aimee Butts, a former Fairfield resident who lives in Michigan. “I met Aimee when our kids were in a mom-and-tot dance class together. We were Facebook friends, and I saw her post about LuLaRoe. Then she came to Fairfield in August, and I went to get a skirt for my cousin’s wedding,” Fox explained. “We wound up talking about the business and sharing our hearts, and I can’t explain it other than to say I truly felt God telling me to give this a try. “I felt like it’s what I had been looking for, and could do,” she added. “I came home, talked to (her husband) Adam, and he agreed to try!” Fox signed up with LuLaRoe on August 14th, got her inventory ordered, set up a launch party, and hit the ground running. But unlike selling clothing from a brick-and-mortar store, Fox does what they call pop-ups, or taking her inventory and setting up in homes, businesses, and at festivals to sell her wares. “I have a business page and sales group where I do online sales to people all over the country, as well as weekly pop-ups, festivals, and vendor fairs,” she explained. “It’s all about networking, meeting people, and making connections.” So far, Fox has conducted business in Fairfield, Centralia, Carmi, Albion, Harrisburg, Evansville, Grayville, New Harmony, and Wayne City, and has many more events scheduled. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be “pretty awesome,” she said. “I’ve gotten my place secured in several big events that I can’t wait to announce!” Fox said, crediting the support of her family and friends for getting the word out about her business. So far, the response she’s had from women has been “amazing.” “This business is special because it’s very personal. I
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get to know each customer and help them find something for their personality and body type,” Fox said. “As someone who has been plus-size for most of my life, I know how hard and frustrating it is to find clothing that is feminine, trendy, conservative, and affordable. I love that I truly have something for everyone. I’ve had multiple ladies come up to me and tell me how refreshing it is to see me selling these beautiful clothes, and to know that there is something for them.” Besides, she added, LuLaRoe is perfect for her because she can conduct business online while being a homemaker, and can choose when she books a pop-up. That gives her time with Adam (he works at Toyota in Princeton, Indiana) and their girls, Ransom, three, and Zion, 18 months. The family is also active in church at The Journey, where Katie sings on the praise team. When they have time, Katie and Adam enjoy bow hunting and cooking. You can contact Katie by phone, 618-599-3618, by Facebook at Facebook.com/lularoekatiefox, or email: Lularoekatiefox@gmail. com. You can also buy from her sales group on Facebook, follow her to an event where she’s setting up, or book a pop up (get free leggings for hosting, and earn free clothes from the sales). Paid advertisement.
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FCHS Students Lend A Hand All Year-Round The holidays are a time for giving, but lending a hand and helping those in need is encouraged all year long at Fairfield Community High School. Since the start of the school year in August, FCHS students and staff have participated in a number of service projects to make things better for others. Some projects were completed by individual enrichment (homeroom) classes, and some by extracurricular clubs or teams. Others were schoolwide efforts. Here are the projects undertaken this semester by FCHS students and staff: Serving The Fairfield Area Cans and plastic were collected several times a month from each classroom, to be taken for recycling at CDC instead of taking up space in a landfill. Ribbons were made for all FCHS students and staff in remembrance of a schoolmate, Nick O’ Daniel. $750 was raised during the Homecoming Penny War, and donated to the Fairfield Parks Department. A toiletry drive was held for Safe Haven, a women and children’s shelter in Mt. Carmel. $600 was raised and donated to Baby Vaida and her family, and $600 worth of Perfectly Posh toiletries were given to patients on the cancer floor at the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Halloween treats were made for all FCHS students
and staff. Green light bulbs were sold for “Green Light a Vet”, a way to show appreciation for American veterans. A food drive was held in November for WADI. Students and staff donated enough food to fill a pickup truck bed! 25 pints of blood were collected during the November Blood Drive. Each pint of blood can save up to three people! Christmas cookies were made for faculty and staff. Breakfast was provided for the FCHS staff during exams week. Tray favors and hats were made for third-floor residents at Fairfield Memorial Hospital and Way Fair. Gifts were purchased for several children whose names were on the Angel Tree at Kincaid’s. “Adopt a Grandparent” provided Christmas gifts and a party for two people (who do not have family in the area) in the Skilled Care Unit at FMH. Money and items were donated by multiple classes, teams, clubs, and staff to provide winter essentials for FCHS students in need. Over 30 students were served by this project. Money was donated to Riley Children’s Hospital from the National Honor Society. Fruit was donated to the Hope Center. Continued On Next Page
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Serving America The Volley for the Cure game and fundraisers were held for breast cancer awareness. Christmas cards were sent to soldiers through Homefront Hugs USA. 400+ Christmas cards were sent to Safyre, a young girl from New York who lost her family and was severely burned in a fire. Safyre’s only Christmas wish was to get Christmas cards. Serving The World Over $700 was raised by students and staff for Bishop Titus Khamala’s “Give-a-Dollar, Save-a-Girl” campaign. The campaign raises awareness and funds to provide education and a way out for young girls facing forced marriages and domestic and sexual servitude in Kenya. A Bucket Brigade for the International Red Cross was held to help with emergency assistance for victims of terrorist attacks. Raffle tickets are being sold by FBLA for an iPad 2 mini to raise funds to provide micro-loans for people who are trying to start businesses.
Getting over 400 “Cards for Safyre” ready to go out to Enrichment classes during a service project at FCHS were (from left) students Parker Everett, Chloe Hodges, and Patience McKnight.
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Wiles Used Frontier As Springboard To Career In Child Psychology Field FCHS and Frontier Community College graduate Jordan Wiles has found fulfillment in working with children who have a higher need than most. Wiles is a school Psychologist with the Rural Champaign Special Education Cooperative in Rantoul. He is part of an Individual Education Program team that gathers information to determine if a child qualifies for special education, and helps develop a plan to address their needs in areas that include academics, and motor/social delays. “I believe that addressing problems early can help teach children how to improve their deficits and work with their disabilities to become stronger and more successful adults,” said Wiles, adding that evaluations may include cognitive assessments, a look at emotional and behavioral concerns, and determining measures of adaptive function. Assessments begin as early as pre-school screenings, and can continue through high school. Wiles chose this field because he loves psychology and also enjoys working with children. It was during his junior year of college, while job shadowing in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, that he found his passion and decided to pursue a career as a child psychologist. During graduate school, he completed an internship with the Wabash and Ohio Valley Special Education District (WOVSED), and upon completion was offered a full-time position as a Child Psychologist. Wiles works with children and families to help them understand the complexities of special education, as well as the benefits. Many of the children come from single households where a father isn’t present, so Wiles understands that he can be a role model to many of the children—a role he takes seriously. “It is incredibly rewarding identifying how I can best help children with delays, and seeing them succeed with the plan specifically set for them,” he said. Wiles’ plans are to receive a Special Education Administration certificate, and he hopes to work as a Special Education Coordinator or Director. The Fairfield native received a Specialist in School Psychology in May of 2012. He earned a Master’s Degree in Child Clinical and School Psychology from Southern IlContinued On Page 20
Knocked Out By Christmas Stress? Debbie’s Book Imagines Better! I’m trying to imagine Christmas without the ﬁnery, Strip it to it’s simplest parts, as basic as can be. What excess could we do without? What if we said, “No more!” What would we miss if it was gone? What’s Christmas at its core? Think of it... That’s the theme of a Fairfield woman’s first book, featuring a baby owl and an answer for what she calls “the annual holi-daze.” If the 2015 Christmas season overwhelmed or stressed you out, now might be a good time to read the story written by Debbie Legg, whose creativity spans from blogging and performing skits to directing independent films. Print and kindle editions of her book, ‘What Would Christmas Be?’ are available through Amazon, and at Cam’s Comics and Hope and a Future Bookstore in Fairfield. Initially, Debbie thought she’d produce a video instead of a book. “I follow several movie and writing blogs, and earlier this year, one of the bloggers offered a challenge that hit me. He said ‘make the movie you can make this year’. I thought, ‘I already made a little video for Ladies’ Day at
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Oil Belt Christian Service Camp in Flora, and I can’t make a movie of what’s remaining of this year. But I do have a little Christmas poem I wrote a couple of years ago. Maybe I can make a video of that’.” But after working on the project for a few weeks with her illustrator, Luke Doggett of Pyro Productions in St. Louis, the project morphed into a children’s book. “The book follows a baby owl, Ollie Hoot Junior (Doggett’s creation), on his quest to discover what we could get rid of and still have Christmas to be Christmas,” Debbie explained. “If we lost the characters and the chaos, the decor and overabundance, what would be left?” The book is special to her because, while she rarely writes poetry, the concept of what Christmas would be without commercialism was one she’d given some thought to. “I expanded it from there, and after some editing and rewrites, I was happy with it.” The book was published through Amazon’s ‘CreateSpace’ and was released in November. Signed copies are available from Debbie. Cost of the book is $10 for the print version ($9.95 via Amazon), and $2.95 for the Kindle version. If you buy the print book from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for 99 cents. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Debbie promoted the book via her Facebook page (Debbie McClelland Legg) and website (debbielegg.com), and even read to children at the Fairfield Public Library. “It’s too early in the process to say what doors are opening, but I’m looking forward to finding out,” she said. “It’s out of my hands now. I’ve given birth, and now it’s taken on a life of its own. Continued On Next Page
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“I hope the message resonates with people, and they share it,” Debbie added. “That’s what I see happening so far. Where it goes from here, only God knows!” Debbie’s goals include completing a screenplay she is currently writing entitled ‘Wise Men’, a modern-day retelling of the Magi story from the Bible and based on the science of The Star of Bethlehem by Rick Larson. She also hopes to start a children’s book series that she’s been thinking about for the past 20 years. Debbie and her husband, Clinton, a farmer, have two children: Matt, 17, is a senior at FCHS, and Nathan, eight, is a third grader at North Side.
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