(OLNEY/NEWTON) Again we’re reminding all motorists to be extra alert while traveling on area country roads and highways as regional farmers are going from field to field with the 2018 spring planting season finally in full swing. Those traveling are reminded that the farm machinery travels at speeds of only 20 to 30 miles-per-hour, therefore be on the lookout for the slow moving vehicle signs and be alert to the flashing lights on the farm equipment. Farmers are also reminded to make sure all SMV emblems are clean and clearly visible on all farm equipment, plus make sure all flashing warning lights are working. Also, farmers and farm workers are reminded to think “safety first” during this spring planting season.
(NEWTON) This Thursday, May 3rd, is the 2018 National Day of Prayer. The churches of Jasper County are planning to gather on the Jasper County Courthouse Lawn to pray from 12:00 noon until 1:00. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend any or all of the event, which will include prayer for our world, nation, state, county, and city. In the case of rain, the event will be held at the Central Christian Church in Newton, just one block south of the square. If any questions, call Dale at 618-562-2505.
(OLNEY) A free presentation for farmland owners in Richland County will be held this Thursday night, May 3rd, at The Holiday in Olney, from 6:00 to 7:30. It will be an introductory presentation from www.tillable.com, a website that seeks to revolutionize the way farmland owners and growers manage their land through access to big data and new technology. In fact, Richland County will be among the first counties in the nation to have access to the platform, along with eleven other nationwide counties. Topics to be discussed includes some of the tools and information that the platform uses to help people make more informed decisions about their farmland, as well as best practices around building a lease agreement, flex leases, and other management strategies. The Tillable’s management team includes University of Illionois graduate and Lawrenceville native, Jordan Kull, among three others. The four men are introducing data transparency to the farmland rental market in order to make it more efficient to the benefit of all parties. Those interested in attending the Thursday night Landowner Workshop are asked to RSVP since space is limited. Call Jordan at 812-316-6464 or visit Facebook at Corn/Tillable.
(OLNEY) The City of Olney is reminding all citizens and business owners that the City’s Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person to place leaves, grass, garbage, or other debris in any drainage ditch, opening to the storm sewer, or in any public street. This includes blowing grass onto the streets while mowing. This portion of City Code provides provisions for violators to be fined not less than $75 for each offense, nor more than $750 for each offense. A simple reminder from the City of Olney this spring.
(OLNEY) An informational meeting for this year’s Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, May 6, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Olney, beginning at 2:00. It’s for Richland County young ladies, ages 16 to 21, with a parent or guardian asked to attend as well. The 2018 Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant will be held on Monday night, July 9th, during the Richland County Fair. For more information, visit the Queen Pageant’s Facebook page online.
(OLNEY) The Richland County Fair “Spring Crash” Demolition Derby is this coming Saturday night, May 5, starting at 7:00. There will be four different classes available with an entry fee of $20 per vehicle. It’s for the first 60 cars or trucks only. The pit gate opens at 4:00 and closes at 6:00, with a drivers meeting set for 6:30. Concessions will be available and general admission tickets will be on sale at the gate. To view the rules for each class and for more information, go online at www.richlandcountyfair.org.
(OLNEY/NEWTON) With an American Red Cross “urgent call” in place for all eligible blood donors to get out and give blood, here’s some upcoming blood drives : today at the Altamont High School from 8:15 to 1:45 : both tomorrow and Thursday, at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, from 12:15 to 6:45 (both days) : Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : all blood types and platelets very much needed to help replenish the extremely low area and Midwestern blood supplies.
The “Step Up For Down Syndrome with Sophie Finn” 5K Run/Walk is Saturday morning, May 5, at Peterson Park in Newton. All ages are invited. It’s sign up at 8:00 with the 5K Run/Walk to start at 9:00.
The 18th annual Noble MayFest is this coming Saturday, May 5, in the Noble Village Park. The car show registration is from 9:00 to 12:00 noon with a $10 fee per vehicle. There will be four special awards presented at the White Squirrel Cruisers event with judging from 1:00 to 2:00 and awards at 3:00. For more, logon at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com.
TrustBank will host its annual Lawn & Garden Show this Saturday, May 5, from 9:00 to 2:00, at 500 East Main Street, in downtown Olney. Free hot dogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00, plus a Bake Sale from 9:00 until sold out will have all proceeds going to the local Shelter Friends.
The Calvary Baptist Church in Olney will have a Pork Burger Cookout this Saturday, May 5, at Rural King in Olney, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00. All proceeds raised is for a mission trip later this year in September to Ontario, Canada. All are invited out to help out.
The Olney Central College Science Club will hold its annual “Plant Sale” this Wednesday, May 2, from 11:00 to 2:00, in the hallway, just outside the Student Services Office at OCC. A variety of organically grown herbs, flowers, and vegetables will be available. All proceeds go right back to the Science Club.