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Headlines for Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the area through late tonight.  Forecasters at the National Weather Service expect any rain in the area this morning to change over to a mix of sleet, freezing rain and eventually some light snow by afternoon, with accumulations expected to be under an inch.  The precipitation should end by early this evening, with colder temperatures in the lower 20s expected by Monday morning.  Warmer weather should return by the middle of the week, with highs into the 60s by Thursday and Friday.

The Fairfield Community High School Varsity Scholastic Bowl team competed in the IHSA Sectional Scholastic Bowl at Cumberland on Saturday.  FCHS defeated Newton 220-100 but lost to Marshall 110-120 and state-ranked Cumberland 90-240.  Kyle Ellis led the tossup scoring for FCHS, answering 15.  FCHS finishes their season with a 37-18 record.  They will be competing in a national tournament in Washington, D.C. at the end of May.

Tuesday is the Primary Election in Illinois.  In Wayne County, the main race will be for the Republican nomination for Wayne County Circuit Judge.  Five candidates are running to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Resident Circuit Judge Joe Harrison.  The five running are Circuit Judge Kevin Kakac who was appointed to fill the Harrison vacancy until the November General Election, Wayne County State’s Attorney David Williams, Fairfield Attorney Mike Molt and private attorneys John Robison and David Harrison, the son of retiring Judge Joe Harrison.  There are no Democrats seeking the judicial position.

Published reports indicate a body found Friday afternoon in Pike County, IN has been identified as that of a missing Illinois woman.  Officials said the body of Kathryn McGill was found on top of corn stalk debris early Friday afternoon near a creek that empties into the White River.  The body was found by a resident that owns property nearby, and was found at the site of a missing person investigation that started December 29th.  The cause of death was ruled as a drowning, the report said.

Wayne County’s unemployment for the month of January was 9.5 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, down from 10.1 percent a year ago.  Edwards County’s rate was 9.9 percent, also down from 10.1 percent a year ago.  Franklin County had the highest unemployment rate in southern Illinois for January, at 13.3 percent, while Washington County had the lowest, at 7.3 percent.  The IDES said unemployment declined in all southern Illinois counties for January, and that the bitter cold and snow contributed to a decline in construction employment.

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