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Headlines for Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Winter Storm Warning continues for the region until 6 a.m. Monday.  Forecasters are expecting freezing rain for today, gradually changing to sleet and snow by tonight, with as much as three to six inches of snow and an inch of sleet accumulation possible.  Low temperatures could drop to the single digits by Tuesday.  Area roadways are expected to become very slick and hazardous today and tonight.

The Fairfield Community High School Varsity Scholastic team was recognized as one of the top 18 Class A teams in the state Saturday at the State Masonic Tournament in Springfield, IL.  During the tournament, FCHS played four close battles but eventually lost to University High School in Urbana, Carrolton, Elmwood and Warrensburg-Latham, and also fell to one of the final four teams, Sterling Newman Catholic.  Kyle Ellis led the tossup scoring for FCHS, answering 16.  FCHS is now 32 and 14 on the year, and will be in action at the Southern Illinois Academic Conference Final Tournament Thursday in Centralia, IL.

Fire destroyed a large portion of Hooper’s Cleaners in Fairfield Saturday morning.  Fairfield city and rural firefighters were called to the fire around 7:30 a.m. after a commercial gas dryer caught fire, spreading flames throughout the structure.  Levi Hooper and other workers were inside the building when the fire broke out, but all were able to escape without injury.  Firemen battled the blaze for over an hour.

A special meeting of the Edwards County Community Unit School Board has been set for this Wednesday night at 6 in the Edwards County K-12 building.  Personnel matters and a closed session are on the official agenda.  The board is also expected to hire a West Salem Grade School Music and Band instructor, and discuss the UCI-FRAM Group Annual Compliance with possible action.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois.  During the month the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will team with the National Weather Service and local emergency officials to increase awareness of severe weather hazards.  As part of the Severe Weather Preparedness Month activities, the statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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