Headlines for Sunday, January 8, 2017

55 year-old Gregory Tribe of Albion was injured, following a single-vehicle accident on the Route 161 Extension in eastern Marion County around 2:30 Friday morning. Tribe was driving a pickup truck pulling an enclosed trailer. He swerved to miss a deer and lost control of his vehicle on the ice and snow covered roadway. His truck struck the ditch bank and hit several small trees before coming to a stop. The trailer being towed rolled over on its side. Tribe was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Southwire announced it will be closing its Flora manufacturing facility. According to a post on its corporate blog, Southwire said full plant operation will subside in the first quarter of 2017 and the facility will continue to operate at a limited capacity until the fourth quarter. No numbers were included as to employment levels. The company works in the bare overhead transmission market. Eligible employees will have the opportunity to bid on open positions at other Southwire locations. Those who do not wish to transfer to another Southwire facility will be offered severance packages.

The Edwards County High School Varsity Scholastic Bowl team won the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Association’s Turnabout Tournament at Fairfield Saturday, finishing the day with a 7-0 record, while the JV team went 0-7. The Fairfield Community High School Varsity “A” team captured second place in the tournament, going 6-1 with their only loss to Edwards County. The FCHS “B” team went 3-4 on the day. Other teams competing in the tournament were Hamilton County A and B team, Carterville, and NCOE.

The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky has released their 2016 weather summary. The year would turn out to be the warmest in the region since 2012, and was one of the top ten warmest on record at all three official climate stations. Total precipitation was above normal across the majority of the area.

Winners have been announced from the Center Street School Geography Bee that was held on Friday, January 6. The winner was Trenton Jones, a seventh grader, and runner-up was Lucas Halbert, an eighth grader.