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Headlines for Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another chance of wintry precipitation is in the forecast for the region late Sunday and Sunday night.  Forecasters at the National Weather Service say a low pressure system will move south of the area Sunday, bringing rain into the area tonight.  As temperatures fall Sunday afternoon, the rain could mix with and change to snow or a wintry mix before ending Sunday night.  Snow and sleet accumulations of an inch or two are possible.

The Fairfield Community High School Board’s monthly meeting will be held this Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the FCHS Study Hall.  Items on the agenda include renewing the district’s membership in the Illinois High School Association for the next school year.  Items focusing on students include a report from the school’s science teachers, an art grant, and hearing the latest about the cast from the school play, “The Awesome 80’s Prom”.

Unemployment for January remained just below ten percent for area counties, according to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Wayne County’s rate for January was 9.5 percent, down from 10.1 percent a year ago.  Edwards County’s rate for January was 9.9 percent, down from 10.1 percent a year ago.   The IDES says the bitter cold and snow in January resulted in a significant decrease in construction employment and also affected employment in other industries.

Fairfield National Bank recently awarded a $500 donation to the Fairfield Community High School Technology Department.  The money will be used towards registration costs for the 2014 Greater St. Louis Regional Botball Tournament, set for Saturday, April 12th at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Eleven FCHS students will participate in this year’s event.  During the event, students will build computer-run robots to perform various tasks assigned by the tournament judges.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been awarded a grant of $5000 by the South East Illinois Area Health Education Center.  The grant will be used to enhance the hospital’s Working On Wellness program.  The purpose of the program is to improve employee health by decreasing the risk of chronic disease.  The program will offer programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and raise awareness of one’s general health condition.

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