A major power outage affected most of the region Monday afternoon. A transformer at the Ameren substation south of Albion failed, causing Wayne-White Electric, as well as Ameren customers in Edwards and parts of Wabash County to lose power. Wayne-White was able to switch their power feed and had service restored to most of their customers within an hour. The City of Fairfield was also affected by the outage.
An Olney man has died from exposure to the extreme cold. Richland County officials report the man’s vehicle became stranded in the snow on Monday. The victim’s name has not been released at this time. Temperatures fell to minus-8 on Monday.
Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s new backup power generator failed Monday afternoon when the Ameren substation failure knocked out power to a wide area of the region. A fuel problem caused the failure. The problem was fixed in a short period of time.
The 30th annual Wayne County Corn Growers Seminar has been set for this Friday from 9 – 2 at the Ruritan Building in Geff. WSIL TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Rasor will speak at 11 a.m., giving growers the 2014 weather outlook.