LOCAL NEWS

Local News

July 22, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Another warm day is in store today as more humidity pours into our region – an approaching cold front will move thru the state overnight with rain & storm chances late tonight thru tomorrow morning with some severe conditions possible – but we’ll quickly dry out with high pressure and cooler air in place by Wednesday night – however, more rain and storm chance Friday night thru Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s talk that Bruce Rauner is open to keeping a higher income tax rate in place – the GOP candidate for Governor has been campaigning on the idea of rolling the rate back from 5% to 3%, but he admits it cannot happen overnight – he believes a four-year-phase-out is best – that means lawmakers will likely be taking a vote to keep the higher rate after the November election, regardless of who wins the race.

 

(OLNEY)  More money does not necessarily mean better healthcare – a new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found 37 percent of Americans feel that way – the survey shows a growing number of consumers are choosing healthcare providers based on people skills, not based on cost – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in 2011, the average American spend over $8,500 on healthcare.

 

(NEWTON)  More than 200 people are suing the state since they were denied the right to carry a gun in public – now, the Attorney General’s Office wants to give their applications a second look, just to make sure the rejections are valid – the Office is asking a Cook County Judge to send the applications back to a special review board – if turned down again, the people will get a letter explaining why they were rejected.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out twice this past weekend  :  at 3:19 Saturday afternoon to a mobile home fire at 4375 East Kincade Lane where fire damage was found to a bed and flooring area in one room – there were no injuries and the fire is under investigation as it was suspicious in nature – the firemen were on the scene for just over two hours  :  the second call came in early Sunday morning at 1:32, to an abandoned house site near the intersection of Tank Farm Lane and East Road north of Olney – there was no real damage and no injuries – the firemen were on the scene for just over a half hour.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the only rainfall occurred a week ago Monday afternoon and early last Tuesday morning – the average county-wide rainfall was 0.27 inches – the county’s high rainfall total was an inch and two tenths (1.20) in Noble Township – then it was four tenths of an inch (0.40) in both Decker and Bonpas Townships – only two tenths of an inch (0.20) fell in Claremont Township – and one tenth of an inch (0.10) in both German and Madison Townships – there was no measurable rain during the seven day period in either Denver, Preston, or Olney Townships – at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station at the south edge of Olney, we recorded seven hundredths of an inch of rain over the 7-day period – it was quite a contrast from this past week to the week earlier in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)   The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton for its regular monthly meeting in July – the Board  :  approved the contract with the Jasper County Mental Health Department for counseling services  :  approved a collaborative agreement with the Embarras River Basin Agency Head Start Program  :  noted that the Public Access Counselor has found that no violation occurred after a request for review of the Open Meetings Act from last winter  :  accepted grants from the Maxine E. Spitler Foundation – $2,294 to purchase microscopes for the Junior High Science Lab and $1,500 to purchase marimba for the Junior High / High School band programs  :  accepted the dairy bids for the new school year from Prairie Farms  :  accepted the Driver’s Education bids from Louis Ochs Chevrolet Buick as presented  :  approved the 5th thru 8th grade Athletic Handbook with the addition of athletic team tryouts  :  and after a 54-minute closed session made the following personnel moves – recognized the resignation of Teacher and School Nurse Denise Feutz, effective July 16th – hired Jamie Mahaffey as a Newton Elementary Teacher, Sarah Will as a Language Arts Teacher at the Junior High/High Schools, and Stephanie Klingler as an Elementary Teacher – also approved hiring Mallory Weber as Elementary School Counselor pending the successful completion of an internship  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular meeting on August 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  There were 6 full days suitable for fieldwork last week, although some area farmers would have traded a few of those days in for rain instead – yesterday’s USDA Crop Report shows that statewide precip averaged just over a half inch (0.52), which is a third of an inch (0.36) below normal – last week’s average statewide temperature was 67.5 degrees, 9.4 degrees below normal – while the state’s wheat harvest is 95% complete as of Sunday, 82% of the state’s corn is silking, way ahead of the 5-year average of 70%  :  area farmers in our ten county region report much the same – nearly 90% of the corn is silking and over 70% of the soybeans are blooming, with a third of the beans now setting pods – although the lack of adequate rain is a growing concern, farmers say the local crops are around 80% in good to excellent condition and less than 5% in poor to very poor shape – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working out there.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District reminds everyone that school registration for the new school year is today at the Newton Community High School – the registration is from 10:30 this morning to 7:00 tonight with all elementary/junior high students in the NCHS Cafeteria and high school students in the NCHS Office – online registration is also available at www.jaspercountyschools.net – call 618-783-2303.

 

(OLNEY)  Two area County Fairs continue with activities the rest of this week – at the Clay County Fair over in Charley Brown Park west of Flora its plenty of more 4-H Livestock Judging plus tonight’s Junior Miss Pageant – down at the Edwards County Fair in Albion its more Harness Racing this evening at 6:00 - both fairs continue thru the rest of this week.

 

(OLNEY)  A Wayne County man has been remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service after an appearance yesterday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis – former Fairfield High School Math Teacher and Coach Timothy Going (43) now faces federal charges of being in possession of child pornography and of unlawful videotaping of underage girls – local charges also have been made – he’s jailed without bond.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  tomorrow at the Edwards County Fair in Albion from 2:00 to 7:00 in the Senior Citizens Building  :  also tomorrow at the KC Hall in Vincennes from 1:00 to 6:00 (Illinois time)  :  on Thursday at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the United Methodist Church in Xenia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Vincennes from 10:00 to 3:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are very much in need at this time.

 

REMINDERS :
    The annual Parkersburg Chowder is this Saturday with all proceeds to the Oak Hill Cemetery – 800 gallons of chowder will be served starting between 10:30 and 11:00, plus other food including barbeque & desserts – also the annual parade begins at 1:30, plus a tractor display, an HO train display, and more – all volunteers are welcome to help by calling Jan at 618-838-2012 – all are invited out to Parkersburg Saturday


    The 5th Annual Join the Movement activities are this Saturday in Olney – the eight Run/Walk/Bike events all start in the 6:00 hour at the East Richland Middle School, while the Road Rally for a Cure is later in the day – the mandatory driver’s meeting for all motorcycles, jeeps, and sports/muscle cars is at 9:45 at the Olney VFW, leaving then at 10:00 – back that night for a 5:00 meal, auction, & music – all are invited


    The Hope Food Pantry in Hidalgo is having a garage sale fundraiser today, tomorrow, and Wednesday to help finish their new building – stop by for a bargain or two and help them in their fundraising effort

 
    The Olney Connections Program, which enables people living with MS to meet others who deal with similar situations, will host a special guest this evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – Dr. Lori Guyton, with Neurology of Southern Illinois, will share details about a new oral MS treatment – registrations is free by contacting Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 618-628-9030

 

The Olney Public Library will have an edition of  its “story hour” tomorrow afternoon at 2:00, open to one and all – call or stop by the Library to see what it has available to you and your family or friends

 
  
    A note from the City of Olney – starting tomorrow and continuing for about the next two weeks, Holly Road will be closed to all thru traffic from Hall Street south to Gadde Bridge Lane – that’s the portion of Holly Road that runs in front of the Elementary School – during the road work, the school can be accessed from the rear, off of Hall Street – again, that road improvements should be complete in a couple of weeks

 

    The Richland County Farmers Market is back under the pole barns in the Olney City Park today, with fresh produce and more available from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is invited to stop by and look things over

 

 

 

July 21, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will continue to push east of our region today as a cold front approaches from the west – a southerly wind flow will develop on the back side of that high, bringing in warmer & more humid air today & tomorrow – then the cold front will spread scattered showers & storms for a short 24 hour period Wednesday – then dry again Thursday thru Friday – maybe some weekend rain – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Governor signed a law into effect that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana – the law adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in Illinois’ medical cannabis program, allowing children to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent’s consent – currently, only Illinois residents 18 years and older may use medical marijuana in the state’s new four-year pilot program.

 

(OLNEY)  State officials are going to bat for people with criminal records – the Governor signed another law yesterday that bans companies from running background checks on applicants until they’ve been deemed qualified for the job and have been selected for an interview – supporters say the law is to help those that have paid their debts to society thru prison or jail, making the chance to get a job more fair.

 

(NEWTON)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding statewide farmers that August 1st, a week from this Friday, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations – those elected to the local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs while serving a three year term – forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by the close of business on Friday, August 1st – more information is available by contacting local FSA county offices.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s Office is reminding all mobile home and manufactured home homeowners that the Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due in one payment by the close of  office hours on Thursday, July 31st – the tax payments can be paid in three ways  :  by mail with a July 31st postmark  :  by using the drop box located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse  :  and/or in person at the County Treasurer’s Office in the Courthouse, open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00  :  a $25 penalty applies on August 1st – call or stop by the Treasurer’s Office if any questions or for details.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a four vehicle traffic crash in Fayette County this past Friday evening at around 5:00 – authorities say the accident occurred in the westbound lanes of  I-70 near Vandalia when a semi-truck, driven by 25 year old James Williams of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, struck a vehicle driven by 53 year old Dana Mendenhall of Robinson – the semi-truck then struck a vehicle driven by 47 year old William Dixon of Fairport, New York, and then struck another semi-truck driven by 38 year old Richard Nichols of Quincy – ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid the crash and for following too closely, Williams was airlifted from the scene to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis – Mendenhall was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield – Nichols was treated at the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia – the other driver was not injured – a portion of  I-70 was closed for nearly two hours for cleanup.

 

(OLNEY)  A Wayne County man is dead after a tragic accident this past Friday evening – authorities report 59 year old Timothy Lewis was apparently lowering the back door of his stock car trailer when he was pinned against a gate and crushed – while it’s not known how long Lewis was trapped before rural firemen and ambulance personnel freed him, he was transported to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 – Lewis was the operator of Lewis Brothers Scrap Yard in Burnt Prairie – also a popular stock car racer, the Clay County Speedway honored Lewis during the races Saturday night.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the newly crowned Miss Edwards County Fair Queen – 16 year old Sadie Marks of West Salem, the daughter of Kent and Jamilyn Marks, was crowned Saturday night by outgoing Queen Darien Lee of Bone Gap – the Pageant’s 1st runner-up was 17 year old Sadie Murbarger of rural Albion – the 2nd runner-up was 17 year old Bailey Alka of Albion – named as Miss Congeniality was 19 year old Sequoyah Judge of Grayville – the Edwards County Fair continues all of this week in Albion.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  today at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  this Wednesday at the Edwards County Fair in Albion from 2:00 to 7:00 in the Senior Citizens Building  :  also Wednesday at the KC Hall in Vincennes from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Thursday at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the United Methodist Church in Xenia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Vincennes from 10:00 to 3:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A special Multiple Sclerosis program is coming to Richland County tomorrow night – the Olney Connections Program, which enables people living with MS to meet others who deal with similar situations, will host a special guest Tuesday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – Dr. Lori Guyton, with Neurology of Southern Illinois, will share details about the new oral MS treatment, Aubagio – plus, those attending can learn about the programs and resources available at the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in St. Louis – registration is free – for more info, contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 618-628-9030 – also logon at www.gatewayMSsociety.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is reminding everyone that school registration for the new school year approaching will be held tomorrow, on Tuesday, July 22nd, at the Newton Community High School – while online registration at www.jaspercountyschools.net has been available for several days, registration details are there online as well – the registration will run from 10:30 until 7:00 on the 22nd with all elementary/junior high students in the NCHS Cafeteria and high school students in the NCHS Office – any high school student new to the Jasper County District should call the NCHS Office to schedule a registration appointment – it’s also important that parents of all students stop by the Bus Garage table to get details of the new pick up times & locations – if any questions, call the NCHS Office at 618-783-2303.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney FFA Alumni raffle fundraiser has tickets now on sale at $10 each with the grand prize of  $5,000 in cash or towards a purchase at either Travco Motorsports or Vincennes Tractor – the drawing will be August 1st at the Alumni Golf Outing – need not be present to win – get tickets from any FFA member or Alumni member – proceeds to help sponsor various FFA activities & scholarships – call 618-843-5488


    The 5th Annual Join the Movement activities are this Saturday in Olney – the eight Run/Walk/Bike events all start in the 6:00 hour at the East Richland Middle School, while the Road Rally for a Cure is later in the day – the mandatory driver’s meeting for all motorcycles, jeeps, and sports/muscle cars is at 9:45 at the Olney VFW, leaving then at 10:00 – back that night for a 5:00 meal, auction, & music – all are invited


    The Hope Food Pantry is having a garage sale fundraiser this week in its new building while it’s still under construction in Hidalgo – that’s this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during regular hours – please stop by and pick up a bargain or two – all proceeds to help finish the new food pantry building in Hidalgo


    The Jasper County School Board will meet in regular session tonight in the Administration Office Board room, starting at 6:30 – as always, the School Board meeting in Newton is open to the public tonight


    The RMH Auxiliary is having a Tastefully Simple fundraiser today from now until 4:00 this afternoon at Richland Memorial Hospital – proceeds go to the various Auxiliary projects at RMH – stop by and help out

 

 

 

July 19, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will continue to control our weather pattern across the Midwest for a few more days & nights – a gradual warming trend will kick in today, along with increasing humidity – we’ll be back to near normal temperatures next week, maybe some scattered rain by Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a new federal assessment of earthquake possibilities finds that Illinois’ chances of a major quake are a little greater than before – Illinois is among 16 states with the highest risk for having an earthquake, meaning there’s a 2% chance of a quake producing “very intense shaking” within a 50 year period – the reassessment of earthquake threats was undertaken after the 2011 quake off the coast of Japan – it resulted in a higher chance now of earthquakes in about a third of the continental United States – on the flip side of the study, it showed that there’s a reduced chance of quakes in about a tenth of the nation’s area.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is underway with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until August 1st, two weeks from yesterday – for those with no computer access or that may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s Monday, July 28th, from 8:00 to 3:00, and Tuesday, July 29th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, and other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – parents can call their students’ respective school for more information or check the School District’s website, online at www.ercu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more scams going around the downstate area – residents should be alert to those “get rich quick” callers with information that’s “too good to be true” – the latest scam is reportedly from a caller advising the victim that they have won a $50,000 prize, but in order to claim it, the resident is asked to get a “red dot” or some type of prepaid visa card to send them, or to wire them money to supposedly cover taxes or a so-called processing fee – such a call is also followed up by someone claiming to be from a consumer fraud division of the government, advising that it is trying to catch the scammers, but also wants money to help further the investigation – remember folks, never give anyone personal information or money over the phone and/or internet – authorities tell residents to simply hang up the phone if they get such a call or calls.

 

(OLNEY)  A special Multiple Sclerosis program is coming to Richland County next week – the Olney Connections Program, which enables people living with MS to meet others who deal with similar situations, will host a special guest next Tuesday evening, July 22nd, at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – Dr. Lori Guyton, with Neurology of Southern Illinois, will share details about the new oral MS treatment, Aubagio – plus, those attending can learn about the programs and resources available at the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in St. Louis – registration is free – for more info, contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 618-628-9030 – also logon at www.gatewayMSsociety.org.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for area county fairs  :  the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield wraps up with the popular Demo Derby tonight  :  the Edwards County Fair in Albion kicks off with its annual Fair Parade this morning at 10:00 and it’s Fair Queen Pageant this evening at 5:00  :  the Clay County Fair in Charley Brown Park, west of Flora, has started with 4-H activities this weekend  :  both fairs in Albion and Flora continue thru all of next week with various events, carnival rides, fair concessions, and much more.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  today at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A Scholarship and Memorial Ride fundraiser to honor Janet G. Hall, a former Clay City resident and life-long nurse is today – the Memorial Ride sign up is at the 111 (One Eleven) Club starting at 12 noon with bikes & other vehicles out at 1:00 – then it’s back for a cookout at 5:00 and a DJ with Karaoke at 6:00 – also, a separate dinner will be served at the Clay City United Methodist Church from 4:00 to 7:00 with donations accepted at the door and baskets to be raffled off – all to fund a scholarship for a Clay City High School senior who’s pursuing a Nursing Degree – all are invited to either or both sites this evening.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is tomorrow at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – to consign an item, call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is tomorrow – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family with the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s a Cycle Sunday tomorrow at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon  :  coming up tonight at 6:00, it’s a free concert at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – it’s a tribute to the classic rock band Journey


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney today with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that tonight – free admission and all ages and families are invited out on this Saturday


    The Richland County ABATE will have its annual Bikers Breast Cancer Awareness Ride today with signup this morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Olney KC Hall – kickstands go up at 11:15 with several stops included – then it’s back to Olney for a dinner, auction, and more – all are invited out to take part


    The Bible Fellowship Church is having a Free Sale for the community this morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – all items on display will be free as a gift to their neighbors here in Olney – check it out this morning


    The Main Street Farmers Market is this morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot just north of the Whittle Avenue / Main Street intersection in Olney – fresh produce and more available to the public

 

 

 

July 18, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  That dominate high pressure ridge is slowly drifting off to our east – although a fair sky will prevail, we’ll see a warming trend each day thru the first part of next week, along with higher humidity levels – our next chance of  rain is next Wednesday & Thursday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Voters may not be deciding on whether lawmakers serve two terms then call it quits – the state’s Supreme Court says it will not expedite a direct appeal of the “term limits” proposal – a Cook County Judge ruled the measure was unconstitutional last month, saying it would not go on the ballot – the GOP asked the Supreme Court for a ruling before the August 22nd deadline of ballots being finalized.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois unemployment rate fell in June for the fourth consecutive month to reach 7.1% while employers created some 6,000 jobs in the state last month – that’s according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security – the combined April thru June reduction of  1.3 points in Illinois’ unemployment rate is the largest three-month drop since this data series began back in 1976.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair has opened up more seating for a popular grandstand performance coming up on Sunday, August 10th – previously sold out, the Florida Georgia Line concert now has extra seats for sale with partially obstructed views – the 1,082 seats are available thru the Illinois State Fair Grandstand box office, open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 – the State Fair runs August 7 thru 17.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  recognized the West Richland School Board for its leadership, extraordinary service, and commitment to students – Judge Larry Dunn was on hand to administer the Oath of Office to Carolyne Brooks and Steve Kinkade, both appointed as Ex-Officio Board Members to the East Richland School Board from Noble  :  amended the fiscal year 2015 combine budget with a positive balance at $157,647 – a public hearing will be held at the Board’s September meeting  :  approved the dairy products bid from Prairie Farms & the bakery products bid from Earthgrains  :  approved an Intergovernmental Agreement for the Clay, Jasper, Richland, & North Wayne Regional Delivery System, all due to the annexation  :  after a 50-minute closed session, the Board hired Elementary Teachers Aimee Scherer & Megan Yonaka – hired Teacher Assistant Kearston Givens – hired Suzanne Hahn as Interim Principal for the West Richland Elementary School for 100 days – hired Larry Brian as a Bus Driver & Crystal Blain for Food Service – appointed Martin Dunn as ERHS Scholastic Bowl Coach – recalled five Paraprofessionals from the Reduction in Force list, including Julie Williams, Darleta Wagner, Shari McDowell, and Michelle Blair – recalled part-time teacher / part-time teacher assistant Stephanie Geier – approved 10 volunteer coaches  :  noted that district staff’s working hard in getting the buildings ready for school next month with the first day for students on August 13th – noted the East Richland fiscal year budget ended with a positive balance at $296,122 – noted the West Richland budget ended with a negative balance at $200,331  :  the Board’s next regular meeting is August 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities quickly apprehended a fugitive who was briefly on the loose late yesterday afternoon – 33 year old Kenny D. Mathis was taken into custody last night without any problems – Mathis is accused of stealing a vehicle in Jasper County, trying to hit pedestrians while driving, and then ditching the vehicle near Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – once he was on foot, Jasper County authorities alerted the residents east of the park to be on the lookout for the fugitive – while charges are pending, the investigation continues by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police.

 

(OLNEY)  A special Multiple Sclerosis program is coming to Richland County next week – the Olney Connections Program, which enables people living with MS to meet others who deal with similar situations, will host a special guest next Tuesday evening, July 22nd, at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – Dr. Lori Guyton, with Neurology of Southern Illinois, will share details about the new oral MS treatment, Aubagio – plus, those attending can learn about the programs and resources available at the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in St. Louis – registration is free – for more info, contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 618-628-9030 – also logon at www.gatewayMSsociety.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District has student registration for the new school year coming up next Tuesday, July 22nd, at the Newton Community High School – while available since the first of last week, online registration can continue at www.jaspercountyschools.net – the in-person registration will run from 10:30 until 7:00 next Tuesday with all elementary/junior high students in the NCHS Cafeteria and high school students in the NCHS Office – any high school student new to the Jasper County District should call the NCHS Office to schedule a registration appointment – it’s also important that parents stop by the Bus Garage table to get details of the new pick up times and locations – if any questions, call 618-783-2303.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for area county fairs  :  the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield has Motocross Racing tonight at 7:00, then wraps up with the popular Demo Derby tomorrow night  :  the Edwards County Fair in Albion kicks off with its annual Fair Parade tomorrow morning at 10:00 and it’s Fair Queen Pageant tomorrow evening at 5:00  :  the Clay County Fair in Charley Brown Park, west of Flora, started last night with 4-H activities, continuing thru tomorrow as well  :  both fairs in Albion & Flora continue all next week.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  tomorrow at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a charter bus to the Sunday, August 3rd, Cardinal’s game when they host Milwaukee at Busch Stadium – the $60 fee for Farm Bureau members, or $70 fee for non-members, will include the game’s ticket and round-trip transportation – the bus will leave Lawrenceville at 8:30 and Olney at 9:00 – call the Farm Bureau offices to sign up today.

 

(OLNEY)  A Scholarship and Memorial Ride fundraiser to honor Janet G. Hall, a former Clay City resident and life-long nurse is tomorrow – the Memorial Ride sign in at the 111 (One Eleven) Club starts at 12 noon with bikes & other vehicles out at 1:00 – then it’s back for a cookout at 5:00 and a DJ with Karaoke at 6:00 – also, a separate dinner will be served at the Clay City United Methodist Church from 4:00 to 7:00 with donations accepted at the door and baskets to be raffled off – all to fund a scholarship for a graduating Clay City High School senior who’s pursuing a Nursing Degree – all are invited to either or both sites Saturday.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is this Sunday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – to consign an item, call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is this Sunday – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family with the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s a Cycle Sunday this weekend at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00  :  coming up on Saturday, it’s a free concert for everyone at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – the Journey Tribute event will start at 6:00


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney tomorrow with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that night – free admission and all ages and families are invited out this Saturday


    The Richland County ABATE will have its annual Bikers Breast Cancer Awareness Ride tomorrow with signup that morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Olney KC Hall – kickstands go up at 11:15 with several stops included – then its back to Olney for a dinner, auction, and more – all are invited out to take part


    The Bible Fellowship Church is having a Free Sale for the community tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – all items on display will be free as a gift to their neighbors in Olney – check it out this Saturday


    The children of Small Blessings Day Care, at 502 East Mac Avenue, north of Musgrove Park, will host a fundraising “lemonade stand” this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – money raised for summer play equipment


    The Richland County Farmers Market is back under the pole barns in the Olney City Park today, with fresh produce and more available from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is invited to stop by

 

 

 

July 17, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will slowly drift east across the Midwest the next couple days with a fair sky and cooler-than-normal temperatures – a weak storm system will move across the lower Mississippi Valley with some spotty rain chances to our south tonight thru tomorrow – otherwise dry and slowly warming up over the weekend, into the first of next week – maybe rain now by next Wednesday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers have decided to go ahead and delay their probe into the Governor’s anti-violence program – while only one of the seven witnesses called to testify about the program attended yesterday’s hearing in Chicago, the others sent their attorneys – Republicans and Democrats sparred throughout most of the hearing, with at least a 15 minute debate on what time to break for lunch – no word when things resume.

 

(OLNEY)  Attorneys for a former Governor are giving a Chicago judge yet another reason why the corrupt lawmaker should be free – they filed paperwork with the court yesterday, claiming Rod Blagojevich never made any clear promises to give up a job or sell President Obama’s then old Senate seat when he solicited campaign cash from his donors – therefore, Blagojevich never engaged in corruption – convicted on 18 counts of corruption back in 2010, the former lawmaker is asking the judge to overturn the total conviction.

 

(NEWTON)  The Secretary of State’s Office has awarded over $289,000 in 2015 Project Next Generation Grants to be used by mentors, working with young students at public libraries to develop technological skills & guide them in exploring life skills – since 2000, over 6,600 students have taken part in the PNG Program – libraries in Campaign, Centralia, Harrisburg, Sparta, & Carbondale are among the 21 recipients.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  approved a Student-Athlete Substance Abuse Testing Policy and adopted a drug screening policy, requiring random drug testing while using approved in-district facilities  :  approved the submission of application to the Illinois Community College Board for acceptance of the West Richland High School property into the calculation of IECC’s assignable square footage – the high school building in Noble contains approximately 54,475 square feet  :  tabled a proposed policy dealing with the hiring of family members as employees of the district – it will be considered again next month  :  accepted a $20,524 grant to purchase and install a Paging/Alerting System for Lincoln Trail College near Robinson  :  and made several personnel moves – hired Michael Woods as Workforce Education Instructor – hired Megan Scott as Assistant Dean of Student Services at Lincoln Trail College – hired Kristen Selph as Retention Coordinator and as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Lincoln Trail College near Robinson – hired Katherine Fehrenbacher as Educational Talent Search Program Advisor at the District Office – hired Robert Tennyson as Library Assistant at Frontier Community College – hired Cynthia Westendorf as Help Desk/Computer Technician at the District Office – changed the employment status of Jervaise McDaniel to Associate Dean of Outreach at the District Office – changed the employment status of Marsha Humphrey to Director of the Learning Skills Center at Wabash Valley College – changed the employment status of Leslie Slankard to Transition/Data Technician at Frontier Community College – accepted the resignation of Adam Porter as Broadcast Services Specialist at Wabash Valley College – accepted  the resignation of Mark Elliott as Coordinator of Instructional Services at Frontier Community College  :  the IECC Board will meet again on August 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police were busy last month as the activity & enforcement figures for June have been released – during the 30-day period, District 12 Troopers answered 327 calls for service and initiated 1,787 incidents – State Troopers issued 674 citations and 343 written warnings for the “Fatal Four” violations, that is the most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including DUI, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Distracted Driving, and Speeding – in addition, Troopers wrote 382 speeding tickets, 257 seatbelt citations, 255 written warnings for speeding, made 21 criminal arrests, issed 15 child restraint citations, and 9 DUI’s – Troopers also assisted 231 motorists, conducted 429 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 68 traffic wrecks, including 2 fatalities – the Illinois State Police District 12 includes the ten area counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Clay, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, and Marion.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Industrial Maintenance Technology Program is currently accepting new students for the fall semester – the IMT courses are designed to prepare students for employment and advancement in today’s technologically advanced industrial workplace – most of the IMT classes are hybrid courses, blending at home or computer lab work while still maintaining face-to-face contact with instructors – students can complete a progression of three certificates, leading to an Associate’s Degree – students who are interested must complete an Introduction to Online Learning program before August 21st, five weeks from today – those interested should call the Student Services Office at 618-395-7777 to meet an advisor.

 

(NEWTON)  An area Dinner Theater presents President Abraham Lincoln in a new light with three dates open to the public – it’s all at the Independence Pioneer Village on the edge of Oakland, in Coles County, north of Charleston, with the performance dates of  July 26th, August 16th, and September 19th – entitled “Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations” the event is set in 1847 and is based on facts of a Coles County case that Lincoln was involved with – the evening starts at 5:00 with a tour of the 1847 Dr. Rutherford Home, plus an 1847 meal, and the performance with well-known Lincoln impersonator Joe Woodard and professional actors from Freetown Village in Indianapolis – for details or ticket info, logon at www.matsontrail1847.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are invited to a Lawrence County Tillage Day coming up 2 weeks from tomorrow – located 5.1 miles northeast of Sumner, a variety of vertical tillage tools will be demonstrated on the farm, beginning with registration at 9:00 on the morning of  Friday, August 1st – it’s all hosted by the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District and will include tillage tools from equipment dealers in Albion, Vincennes, Newton, and Princeton, Indiana – the brand name equipment includes Sunflower, McFarlane, Case IH, John Deere, Landoll, Kuhn Krause, Great Plains, and Salford – all are invited to the free event to be held at 3352 Petty School Lane, rural Sumner – for more, call Kristie at 618-943-2621, extension #3.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  today at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for appointments or details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org and remember that all blood types are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is this Sunday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, inclusive of farm toys & pedal tractors – no junk tires – to consign an item or for more details, call Dale at 618-292-9043 or call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is this Sunday – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family with the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s a Cycle Sunday this weekend at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00  :  coming up on Saturday, it’s a free concert for everyone at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – the Journey Tribute event will start at 6:00


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney this Saturday with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that night – free admission and all ages and families are invited out this Saturday


    The Bible Fellowship Church is having a Free Sale for the community this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – all items on display will be free as a gift to their neighbors in Olney – check it out this Saturday


    The IECC District is offering another Concealed Carry Course this week – tonight and tomorrow night from 6:00 to 10:00, then Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00, Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – a $167 fee for in-District students must be paid in advance – only $90 for those age 60 or older – call 866-982-4322


    The Farmers Market in the Village Park in Noble will be set up this afternoon and evening with fresh produce and more available to the public – that’s from 3:00 to 6:00 today in the Noble Village Park