WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday. Snowfall amounts are expected to be around two inches followed by bitterly cold weather. Periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Temperatures Monday night are expected to dip into the single digits.
The Illinois State Board of Education says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation related to a revamped education-funding formula could cause “disruption and confusion” to the state’s more than 800 school districts. ISBE officials issued a statement Friday criticizing the Republican governor’s amendatory veto of legislation that fixed an error in the historic overhaul of public-school funding last summer. ISBE says the bill needs to become law to ensure 178 school districts don’t receive less money than deserved
A strong front moved through the region late Thursday night into Friday,
bringing with it rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. The amount of ice and
snow forced many cancellations to area businesses and school, and
cancelled many sporting events Friday night. Ice accumulation varied for
the Fairfield area with a tenth to two tenths coating outside surfaces, while
snow accumulation varied between one to two inches. Wind gusted
anywhere from 25 to 30 mph, causing snow to drift. Heavier snow amounts
were reported to the south and east.
There might be a negotiated plea in the Richland County murder case of
Glenn Ramey of Olney. The 54-year-old Ramey is charged in the 2016
death of an eight-year-old Olney girl. He faces a count of predatory criminal
sexual assault as well as first degree murder.
The Illinois Farm Bureau is offering a $1000 reward for information leading
to a felony conviction for the recent theft of four handguns and a laptop
computer from the Randy Vaughan farm in rural Fairfield. Any individual
with information about this crime should contact the Wayne County
Sheriff’s office at 618-842-6631 immediately. All information regarding the
identity of the informant is confidential. The reward money is paid directly to
Wayne County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service
Office out of Paducah Kentucky are sponsoring a FREE weather spotter
class in Fairfield Illinois. The class is being held at Frontier Community
College on Tuesday February 6th at 6:00 pm. It is open to anyone
interested and is completely FREE. Online registration is required. Just go
to www.weather.gov/pah/spottertrainingto register for the class.