Headlines for Monday, January 2, 2017

An Arctic air mass will arrive in the region on Wednesday.  Wind chill values during the late night and morning hours will dip into the single digits.  There is a slight chance of snow in the forecast for Thursday and Saturday.

Four Iowa residents died over the weekend when their Piper PA-28 airplane crashed in a wooded area southeast of Vienna in rural Johnson County. Drones were used to pinpoint the crash site.  The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives.

A former Jefferson County school administrator made her first court appearance Friday on charges she embezzled more than $100,000 from the Weber Township School District.  55-year-old Sabrina Wheatley is scheduled to appear in court on March 1 to face a Class-X felony charge of theft over $100,000.

The Fairfield VFW is selling raffle tickets for a quarter steer or hog. Proceeds will help support the annual Voice of Democracy contest. Tickets are available at the Fairfield VFW Post.

On Tuesday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an “Intruder Drill” at the Clay City School.  The training is for law enforcement only and no students will be in attendance.

A four-year agreement has been reached between the state and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council. The agreement covers conservation officers and includes a four year wage freeze and no layoffs.