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September 20, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge moving east of the Great Lakes will still keep us dry today, however that southerly wind flow will give us our warmest weather for the past ten days – an approaching cold front will change that with rain chances tonight thru early tomorrow morning – Sunday will be mostly dry with sunshine by afternoon, then dry and cool again for most all of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging families across the state to plan now for possible emergencies during this National Preparedness Month – this year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and each week has a special focus – this week, it’s how to build an emergency kit – while daily preparedness tips are posted daily on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois), information is also available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Petitions for next spring’s April 7th Consolidated Election can be circulated by candidates starting next Tuesday, September 23rd with the petition packets for School Board candidates and others available at statewide County Clerk offices starting next Tuesday – this is a change from past years when all the filing was done at School District offices – others to be elected next April includes trustees for ROE’s and Community Colleges, plus municipal officers – for more, call or stop by your County Clerk’s office.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency continues to accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the elderly and handicapped – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office next week to set up an appointment or for more information – for Richland County, in Olney, call 618-395-2714 – for Jasper County, in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – the other seven ERBA Offices are located in the towns of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  All motorists are reminded to be alert to farm machinery and other equipment on area roads and highways as the 2014 fall harvest is underway – be on the lookout for those slow moving emblems and flashing lights as the equipment moves from field to field – farmers are also reminded to keep all those SMV emblems clean and visible at all times, plus make sure those flashing warning lights are working – let’s make it a safe fall harvest here in all of South Central and Southeastern Illinois for everyone involved.

 

(OLNEY)  The Evansville Children’s Center for Dance Education is holding “open auditions” for area dancers this afternoon in the Olney Central College Band Room – the Olney Arts Council urges local youth to take part – it’s open to boys and girls alike, for ages 4 thru 6 at 12:30, for ages 7 thru 9 at 1:15, and for ages 10 and up at 2:00 – come in comfortable attire for dancing, plus arrive early to fill out necessary forms – those chosen will be a part of the local Nutcracker performance at Olney Central College in December.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir is in concert this Sunday night at 6:00 at the Highland Church of Christ in Robinson – over 80 singers & musicians from downstate – admission is free


    The United Methodist Church in Louisville will host a Jonah Fish Fry this evening with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available, plus a silent auction with various items


    The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes will host an informal “Remembering Red” chat this afternoon from 12:00 noon to 2:00 (Illinois time) – all visitors are welcome to the free event


    The Richland County Democrats will host a picnic this afternoon in the Olney City Park, starting at 12:00 noon – for ticket information, contact any Democrat Precinct Committeeman


    The C.A.N. Run for Autism is today at the Ambraw Eagles 4475 in Newton – sign in at 11:00 – a pork burger cookout and bake sale also starts at 11:00 – the run will leave out at 2:00 with all proceeds to benefit the Craig Nester Memorial Foundation for Jasper County Austism Awareness and Relief


    The Crawford County Airport’s Fly In / Drive In is today with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 and lunch served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, & more, plus prizes


   A fundraising Archery Shoot is today from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club, southwest of Ingraham with thirty 3D targets and prizes – all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


       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'

 

 

 

September 19, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge over the Great Lakes will settle southeast  into New England today as it continues to keep us dry and cool here in the Midwest – but, a cold front will quickly sweep across Illinois by early Sunday morning – so after a dry day on this Friday and tomorrow, scattered rain will fall Saturday night before ending – then mostly dry Sunday into the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois unemployment rate fell in August for the sixth consecutive month to reach 6.7% with over 13,800 jobs created – the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the drop from 9.2% one year ago marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984 – the county rates will be released later.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2014 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, October 18th, four weeks from tomorrow – a total of 50 statewide ponds, lakes, and streams will be stocked with 80,000 trout – the Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program thru the sale of inland trout stamps – anglers must have a fishing license and a trout stamp – 8 of the 50 sites are in downstate Illinois, including those in the counties of Wabash, Wayne, Jefferson, Marion, Shelby, Christian, Coles, and Crawford.

 

(NEWTON)  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says less than half of Americans are getting vaccinated against the flu – the news is especially upsetting to medical professionals, as the Health Institute is predicting this year’s flu season may be worse than usual – the CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of six months – the common flu kills over 30,000 people every year – call your doctor today.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the fiscal year 2015 budget as presented  :  approved the Administrator and Teacher Salary Benefit form as presented  :  approved the Risk Management Plan to reflect expenditures  :  adopted six new policies  :  after a 9-minute closed session – the Board accepted retirement resignations from ERMS Special Education Teacher Laura Lathrop and from ERMS Math/Science Teacher Gary Harris, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year – agreed to extend the retirement date for ERHS Guidance Counselor Cindy Lockley to May of 2016 – accepted resignations from ERES Secretary Janet Pflaum and from ERES Food Service Employee Vicki Greisemer – hired Carlee Seessengood for WRES Part-Time Food Service, Debbie Rauch for ERMS Food Service, Brittany Storer as ERES Teacher Assistant, Ryan Alvord as Full-Time Bus Driver, and nine individuals as FFA Volunteers  :  after an 82-minute closed session regarding student discipline – the Board approved the exclusion of two students from District property around the clock, including extra-curricular and sports activities, for two calendar years  :  also heard a financial update and noted a few recognitions – Board members Steve Marrs and Carolyne Brooks with Master Board Member status thru the Illinois Association of School Boards, and Kevin Westall for receiving the Wabash Valley Principal of the Year award  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 16th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met for just over 90 minutes last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved the fiscal year 2015 budget as presented – a budget hearing held prior to the meeting had no public comments  :  on a 4 to 2 vote, a resolution was approved to issue $2.2 million in Funding Bonds for the purpose of paying claims against the School District  :  approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Jasper County Ambulance Service for the use of District buses if needed  :  agreed to post reports for Administrative and Teacher Salary Compensation, along with the 2015 budget, on the District’s website  :  approved 20 volunteers to help at the elementary schools in Newton and Ste. Marie  :  after a 32-minute closed session – accepted the retirement of Robert White at the end of this school year – approved Sarah Will as volunteer NCHS Volleyball Coach – approved Angie Wetherholt as NCHS/JCJH School Nurse Assistant – noted resignations of Maria Zumbahlen as 5th/6th Grade Volleyball Coach and Rob Street as NCHS Bass Fishing Coach – hired Jackie Menke as a JCJH Custodian – also noted that Board members Anthony Richards and Mandy Rieman have earned their Master Board Member status thru the Illinois Association of School Boards  :  and heard various other reports  :  next regular meeting is October 23rd.

 

(OLNEY)  Residents in Richland, Jasper, & surrounding counties are encouraged to make plans now to take part in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 16th, less than four weeks away – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the goal of the “Drop, Cover, & Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois, across the United States, and around the world – coming off the success of last year’s event, which involved millions of participants from over 40 states, territories, and several other countries, over 15 million people have already registered around the world, including more than 240,000 from Illinois – locally, folks are urged to spread the word to all individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and organizations – to get more information or to register to take part, simply go online, at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus – additional earthquake preparedness and mitigation information is available online at www.ready.illinois.gov or at www.cusec.org – check them out.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging families across the state to plan now for possible emergencies during this National Preparedness Month of September – this year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and each week has a special focus – this week, it’s how to build an emergency kit – while daily preparedness tips are posted daily on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois), information is also available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  During this Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, & others have been out promoting rail safety awareness – enforcement details have been held at various railroad grade crossings in Jasper and surrounding counties, citing both drivers and pedestrians disobeying the laws associated with railroad crossings and property – Illinois last year ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision & trespasser fatalities involving railroads – www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lawrence County Longbeards, is again preparing for its Annual Women in the Outdoors event, coming up Saturday, September 27th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the park, the event will again feature a wide variety of activities including archery, canoeing, fly fishing, basketweaving, herbal oils & vinegar, geocatching, a nature walk with outdoor photography, and much more – its’ open to area females ages 14 and older and pre-registration is required by September 25th, next Thursday – for details or to register, call Michelle Waller at 618-943-7538 – or go online at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the North Clay High School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  area blood drives next week will be held in Flora, Clay City, Toledo, Effingham, Mattoon, & Charleston  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir is in concert this Sunday night at 6:00 at the Highland Church of Christ in Robinson – over 80 singers & musicians from downstate – admission is free


    The United Methodist Church in Louisville will host a Jonah Fish Fry tomorrow evening with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available, plus a silent auction with various items


    The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes will host an informal “Remembering Red” chat tomorrow afternoon from 12:00 noon to 2:00 (Illinois time) – all visitors are welcome to the free event


    The Richland County Democrats will host a picnic tomorrow afternoon in the Olney City Park, starting at 12:00 noon – for ticket information, contact any Democrat Precinct Committeeman


    The C.A.N. Run for Autism is tomorrow at the Ambraw Eagles 4475 in Newton – sign in at 11:00 – a pork burger cookout and bake sale also starts at 11:00 – the run will leave out at 2:00 with all proceeds to benefit the Craig Nester Memorial Foundation for Jasper County Austism Awareness and Relief


    The Crawford County Airport will host it’s Fly In / Drive In tomorrow – with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 (sign up early), lunch will be served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, chips, & drinks – various prizes for kids, adults, and visiting pilots – all are invited to attend


   A fundraising Archery Shoot is tomorrow from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club, southwest of Ingraham – it’s all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by the Wal-Mart DC 6059 – includes 30 3D targets with prizes and concessions – for all ages – no cross bows allowe

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   It’s another Friday night dance coming up tonight at the Olney VFW, from 7:00 to 10:00 – for those age 21 and older, the dance is open to the public – that’s this Friday night at the Olney VFW


    The Richland County Farmers Market is today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public from 11:00 to 4:00

 

 

 

September 18, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A large high pressure ridge will continue to build into the Midwest today with dry conditions on tap today thru tomorrow and Saturday – then another fast moving cold front moves thru with rain chances Saturday night and thru the day on Sunday – then back to a little cooler conditions for the first half of next week – yesterday’s unexpected rain showers dropped only minimal amounts of rain – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner yesterday released his ethics reform plan, calling for a temporary ban on state officials becoming lobbyists and broadening recall powers – Rauner also outlined how he would change the State Constitution to allow legislators to be expelled more than once for the same reason and he reiterated his push to prohibit legislative leaders from having other outside jobs – the Quinn campaign says the Republican challenger has “zero credibility” when it comes to ethics.

 

(OLNEY)  This is 2014 National Child Passenger Safety Week as the annual campaign looks to bring attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate car seats, booster seats, and/or seat belts – the focus of this year’s observance is to increase the awareness of the need to keep children in rear facing seats until at least age 2 – for more information on child passenger safety and on statewide seat checks that are taking place this Saturday, September 20th, go online at www.buckleupillinois.org.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders to area hunters  :  resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are still available over the counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, October 11th thru 13th, that’s Saturday, Sunday, and Monday  :  resident archery deer and archery fall turkey permits are available over the counter  :  hunters can also apply online for the 2014-2015 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at 20 different IDNR sites around the state  :  for more information, check the Department of Natural Resources’ website, online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met Tuesday night for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  adopted the fiscal year 2015 budget worth nearly $29.3 million  :  accepted the proposed two year IECEA Faculty Contract which includes a 3% pay increase for faculty members for 2014 and 2015  :  adopted the District’s estimated tax levy at $4.235 million, plus an extension for bond and interest payments of $1,768,375  :  accepted the District’s fiscal year 2014 audit as presented  :  approved a transfer agreement with the College of Agriculture, Consumer Environmental Sciences, at the University of Illinois  :  in personnel matters – accepted resignations from Olney Central College Career Advisor Jennifer Balding, from Director of Adult Education at Frontier Community College Cindy Foerester, & from Lincoln Trail College Coordinator of Public Information & Marketing Danelle Hevron – employed John Deffendall as Wabash Valley College Bookstore Manager & Assistant Softball Coach – changed the status of Lora Smith to OCC Career Advisor and Annie Lankford to Academic Counselor for TRiO Student Support Services at the District Office & Frontier Community College  :  the Board’s next meeting is October 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that petitions for next spring’s April 7th Consolidated Election can be circulated by candidates starting next Tuesday, September 23rd – petition packets for School Board candidates may be picked up at statewide County Clerk offices as of September 23rd, next Tuesday – the filing period for School Board candidates is December 15th thru 22nd in County Clerk offices – this is a change from past years when all the filing was done at School District offices – others to be elected next April includes trustees for ROE’s and Community Colleges and municipal officers – for more, see your County Clerk.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Park & Recreation Board met last night for a little over 90 minutes – the Board  :  agreed to proceed with the “Together We Play” project, an all-inclusive playground for Musgrove Park  :  agreed to install infield grass for the Major League diamond at Musgrove Park with an irrigation system, all at no cost to the city  :  discussed the comprehensive plan and set the date of November 12th at 6:30 at the City Hall to have an open forum for the public to discuss the plan and make suggestions – a form will be developed to assist in this effort  :  discussed the Senior Citizen’s Park in downtown Olney  :  and reviewed the list of improvements suggested for the Olney City Park in preparation of the Fall Festival  :  remember, all items approved are simply recommendations to be passed on to the Olney City Council.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Chaper for a first place finish in last night’s District IV FFA Forestry Career Development Event held up in Monticello – the Richland County FFA members beat 2nd place Prairie Central by less than 6 points – the only other area team was Cumberland, who finished 4th – individually for Olney, Emily Shilling was 1st overall, while Matthew Runyon was 5th – Cumberland’s Josie Brockett finished 4th – there were 17 other FFA members from Olney that attended and competed : Cody Reynolds, George Boehl, Kristen Urfer, Brock VanBlaricum, Jessica Shilling, Jacob Burgener, Levi West, Curtis Ochs, Brock Mitchell, Zach Weidner, Tanner Scherer, Blayne Hancock, Bryce Mitchell, Eli Sager, Peyton Angle, Jared Boehl, and Daniel Sager – congratulations again to the Olney FFA Chapter.

 

(NEWTON)  The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lawrence County Longbeards, is again preparing for its Annual Women in the Outdoors event, coming up Saturday, September 27th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the park, the event will again feature a wide variety of activities including archery, canoeing, fly fishing, basketweaving, herbal oils & vinegar, geocatching, a nature walk with outdoor photography, and much more – its’ open to area females ages 14 and older and pre-registration is required by September 25th, a week from today – for details or to register, call Michelle Waller at 618-943-7538 – or go online at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Evansville Children’s Center for Dance Education is holding “open auditions” for area dancers this coming Saturday afternoon in the Olney Central College Band Room – the Olney Arts Council urges local youth to take part – it’s open to boys and girls alike, for ages 4 thru 6 at 12:30, for ages 7 thru 9 at 1:15, and for ages 10 and up at 2:00 – come in comfortable attire for dancing, plus arrive early to fill out necessary forms – for more information or details, call Andrew at 812-830-8152 – the dancers will be a part of the local Nutcracker performance in Olney which is set for December 13th at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  During this Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, & other local law enforcement agencies are out promoting rail safety awareness – enforcement details will be held at various railroad grade crossings in Jasper and surrounding counties to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad crossings and property – Illinois last year ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision and trespasser fatalities involving railroads – for more details or information, check out the website available online at www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir is in concert this Sunday night at 6:00 at the Highland Church of Christ in Robinson – over 80 singers & musicians from downstate – admission is free


    The United Methodist Church in Louisville will host a Jonah Fish Fry this Saturday evening with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available, plus a silent auction with various items


    The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes will host an informal “Remembering Red” chat this coming Saturday afternoon from 12:00 noon to 2:00 (Illinois time) – local Red Skelton historians will be on hand to take part and all visitors are welcome to attend the free event in Vincennes


    The Richland County Democrats will host a picnic this Saturday in the Olney City Park, starting at 12:00 noon – for ticket information, contact any Democrat Precinct Committeeman – that’s this coming Saturday


    The C.A.N. Run for Autism is this Saturday at the Ambraw Eagles 4475 in Newton – sign in at 11:00 – a pork burger cookout and bake sale also starts at 11:00 – the run will leave out at 2:00 with all proceeds to benefit the Craig Nester Memorial Foundation for Jasper County Austism Awareness and Relief


   A fundraising Archery Shoot is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club, southwest of Ingraham – it’s all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by the Wal-Mart DC 6059 – includes 30 3D targets with prizes and concessions – for all ages – no cross bows allowed


    There are two area school board meetings tonight : the Jasper County School Board meets at 7:00 tonight in Newton : the East Richland School Board meets at 7:30 tonight in Olney : both are open to the public


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

 

 

 

September 17, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge will move over the Midwest, therefore keeping us dry and cool for a couple more days and nights – a slight warming trend will put us back into the 80’s for highs on Saturday, but an approaching cold front will bring us rain chances Saturday night and Sunday, plus a little cooler air then for the first part of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney and Newton for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Chicago Tribune reports that federal authorities in Chicago have issued a new subpoena for records involving the Governor’s troubled anti-violence program – delivered to the Criminal Justice Information Authority, the action stemmed from a February special grand jury seeking copies of documents, memos, and timesheets, among other things – the 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the subject of a scathing state auditor general’s report for mismanagement and misspending, already has been under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Springfield, the Cook County State’s Attorney, and a Legislative Commission.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ largest union has announced it will back Governor Pat Quinn in the November 4th election instead of GOP hopeful Bruce Rauner, despite AFSCME’s bitter past with the Governor – while the union disagreed with recent decisions dealing with state pensions and state employee pay raises, AFSCME leaders say Quinn is still the best choice – many union members disagree, noting that hundreds of state workers have lost their jobs over the past few years due to Quinn’s several downstate facility closings.

 

(NEWTON)  Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that now 12 states have reported respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus “enterovirus 68” – the CDC says together, the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and New York have 130 lab-confirmed cases, all of which involve children – while no deaths have been reported, the virus can cause mild to severe illness, especially effecting children with asthma – the CDC says the virus strain is not new, but only a small number of laboratories can test for it.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s been another setback for the oilfield process of “hydraulic fracking” in Illinois – the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules met yesterday to look over the rules, but instead of approving the rules, sent them back to Department of Natural Resources for changes – some of the lawmakers who sit on the Committee say the rejected rules go too far and to not represent the original intent of the law, which was passed well over a year ago – JCAR will meet again on October 14th with hopefully new rules to look at.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met for just over one hour last night – the Council  :  approved the payment of bills worth $298,570  :  unanimously rejected bids submitted for the city’s new electric building  :  also rejected bids for the city square water line replacement work and installation of Brookside (Xanders) Addition water and wastewater mains, agreeing to re-bid all projects  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all City of Newton employees  :  approved the rates submitted by Jetter Truck Services Line Cleaning  :  also approved three TIF applications, each worth $2,500 – those locations were 602 South Van Buren Street, 402 East Morgan Street, and 607 West Jourdan Street  :  noted the city had a “clean” audit with everything in compliance as reported by the Kemper CPA Group  :  noted the city swimming pool has been drained & repairs made as needed  :  said “thanks” for donated trees planted in Peterson Park from Tony O’Brien and the Modern Woodmen of America  :  and took no other action after a 18-minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on October 7th.

 

(OLNEY)  The latest USDA Crop Report shows last week’s statewide rainfall and cool weather has hampered the fall harvest – the statewide precipitation last week averaged 2.30 inches, nearly an inch and a half above normal – last week’s average temperature was 59.8 degrees, just over 9 degrees below normal – while the harvest is underway around the state, this year’s crop development continues to be well ahead of last year and the 5-year average  :  farmers in our ten county region report the local crops continue to look better than average, still with 80% rated good to excellent, over 15% rated fair, and 5% or less rated poor to very poor – with nearly all the local corn crop now dented, at least half the corn is mature with 5% now harvested – about half the local soybean fields are turning color with 15% of the beans now dropping leaves – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” during the fall harvest season in downstate Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  A Georgia man has entered a guilty plea to charges that he cheated three Edwards County residents out of thousands of dollars in a driveway-paving scam earlier this summer – in Edwards County Court, down in Albion yesterday, 65 year old Jack Harrison was ordered to pay restitution to those he scammed – the amounts were $5,000, $7,400, and $9,900 with the total paid at $21,400 altogether.

 

(NEWTON)  One of the state’s largest automobile events will kickoff tomorrow night in Effingham – the Mid America Motorworks’ 21st Annual Corvette Funfest begins with a downtown party from 5:00 to 8:00 – it includes a downtown parade as the Fun Run Road Tour arrives in Effingham at around 5:15 – anywhere from 450 to 500 Corvettes are expected, with over 40,000 visitors during the weekend – a part of the event this year is The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall with free admission – logon at www.FunfestEvents.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe today as Constitution Day with various activities planned at the four IECC campuses  :  Olney Central College will host a special exhibit in the Anderson Library with free Constitution booklets for all students, plus the “Creating the Constitution” video will play from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson will also have a Constitution Day display with pocket size copies of the U.S. Constitution available and informative videos from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel and Frontier Community College in Fairfield will both offer displays, free booklets, and more  :  and WVJC-TV will telecast the reading of the Preamble at 1:00.

 

REMINDERS :
    The United Methodist Church in Louisville will host a Jonah Fish Fry this Saturday evening with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available, plus a silent auction with various items


    The Crawford County Airport will host it’s Fly In / Drive In this Saturday – with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 (sign up early), lunch will be served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, chips, & drinks – various prizes for kids, adults, and visiting pilots – all are invited to attend


    The Richland County Democrats will host a picnic this Saturday in the Olney City Park, starting at 12:00 noon – for ticket information, contact any Democrat Precinct Committeeman – that’s this coming Saturday


   A fundraising Archery Shoot is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club, southwest of Ingraham – it’s all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by the Wal-Mart DC 6059 – includes 30 3D targets with prizes and concessions – for all ages – no cross bows allowed


   It’s another Friday night dance coming up this week at the Olney VFW, from 7:00 to 10:00 – for those age 21 and older, the dance is open to the public – that’s this Friday night at the Olney VFW


    Equine LEAD, southwest of Olney, will host a special program tomorrow evening at 6:00 featuring technical training courses on Equine Myofascial Release, known as EMFR – plus a chance for area horses to attend an EMFR session Friday at a minimal cost – call 843-8702 or logon at www.equinelead.com


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Fall Meeting is tomorrow at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon – registration at 9:00, the meeting at 9:30 – lunch is $7 – those attending are reminded to bring items for the Lessie Bates Neighbor House and the Cunningham Children’s Home


    There’s a couple of meetings on this Wednesday  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County meets this afternoon at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room  :  City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board meets this evening at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  both meetings are open to the public

 

 

 

September 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As last night’s low pressure system moved thru with small downstate rainfall amounts, a high pressure ridge will now control our weather conditions for the next several days – that means seasonably cool temperatures and a dry sky, plus a gradual warming trend as we approach the weekend, but another cold front with rain Saturday night and Sunday will cool us down the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s turning into one of the most competitive Governor’s race in the nation as Illinois’ two main candidates continue to hound each other – Governor Quinn’s camp yesterday accused GOP candidate Bruce Rauner of profiting “from fraud” – meanwhile, Rauner yesterday called the Illinois Department of Transportation a “scam” under the Quinn administration – both will square off in the November 4 election.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois lawmakers may take action within the next year on school funding reform – close to 100 organizations from around the state are joining together to urge lawmakers to overhaul Illinois’ dated school funding formula, which was first put in place back in 1997 – while there’s wide agreement that the state’s formula should be altered, how it should be changed remains under debate – known as Funding Illinois’ Future, the group’s members include school officials, business groups, civil rights organizations, community foundations, and education reform groups – a proposal that passed out of the State Senate would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts, if approved.

 

(NEWTON)  The vault that held President Abraham Lincoln’s casket before it was moved into its final resting place is getting a $300,000 facelift – the work at Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery will include repairs to the stone façade, gate restoration, drain installation, and waterproofing – the President and his son, Willie’s, caskets were kept in the vault for just over seven months, from May to December, back in 1865 – the repair work should be done by next May, in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral.

 

(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 average county-wide rainfall was seven tenths of an inch (0.70) – the township totals ranged from a high of an inch and fifteen hundredths (1.15) in German Township to a low of a half inch of rain (0.50) in both Olney & Claremont Townships – the second highest total came in at eight tenths of an inch (0.80) in both Denver & Preston Townships – then it was seven tenths (0.70) in both Noble & Madison Townships, six tenths of an inch (0.60) in Bonpas Township, and fifty-five hundredths (0.55) in Decker Township – here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured only forty-one hundredths of an inch of rain during the 7 days – most all the rain fell last Wednesday night and thru the day last Thursday.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Crop Production report was out last week  :  Illinois farmers have 11.8 million acres of corn, unchanged from the previous forecast and from a year ago – the state’s corn yield is forecast at 194 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last month and up 16 bushels from last year – if realized, this would be a record yield in Illinois, surpassing the previous record of 180 bushels per acre back in 2004 : statewide farmers are expected to harvest 10.05 million acres of soybeans, up 7% from last year, but unchanged from the August forecast – the Illinois bean yield is forecast at 56 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from the August forecast and up 7 bushels from 2013 – if realized, this also would be a record high yield.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day tomorrow with various activities planned at the four IECC campuses  :  Olney Central College will host a special exhibit in the Anderson Library with free Constitution booklets for all students, plus the “Creating the Constitution” video will play from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson will also have a Constitution Day display with pocket size copies of the U.S. Constitution available and informative videos from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel and Frontier Community College in Fairfield will both offer displays, free booklets, and more  :  and WVJC-TV will telecast the reading of the Preamble at 1:00.

 

(NEWTON)  During this Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police,& other local law enforcement agencies are out promoting rail safety awareness – enforcement details will be held at various railroad grade crossings in Jasper and surrounding counties to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad crossings and property – Illinois last year ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision and trespasser fatalities involving railroads – for more details or information, check out the website available online at www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The 70th Annual Meeting of the Clay Electric Co-operative, based in Flora, was held last week as members heard updates on various topics – the members were officially introduced to new Executive Vice President and General Manager Edward VanHoose, who took over the position in July from retiring GM John Meng – members learned that there is currently no rate increase planned for the coming year, plus were also updated on technology upgrades to improve communication and outage response time and noted the co-operative’s financial status and talked about cyber-security – three area men were re-elected to the Co-op’s Board of Directors, they include Richard Rudolphi of Wendelin, Danny Schnepper of Louisville, and Bill Croy of Clay City – the Clay Electric Co-operative serves more than 3,227 meters with over 936 miles of line in parts of Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Richland, and Wayne Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will again be offering another Concealed Carry Course this week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s this Thursday & Friday night, September 18th & 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00, and on Saturday, September 20th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – pre-registration is required with the $167 cost for in-District students or the $90 cost for enrollees over 60 years of age due in advance – the 16-hour course covers all aspects of Illinois’ Concealed Carry law – for more or to signup, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at 866-982-4322 or Frontier Community College at 877-464-3687.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  Thursday at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor’s Center from 12:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the North Clay High School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  area blood drives next week will be held in Flora, Clay City, Toledo, Effingham, Mattoon, and Charleston  :  for more details on how to give blood or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Crawford County Airport will host it’s Fly In / Drive In this Saturday – with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 (sign up early), lunch will be served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, chips, & drinks – various prizes for kids, adults, and visiting pilots – all are invited to attend


    Equine LEAD, southwest of Olney, will host a special program this Thursday evening at 6:00 featuring technical training courses on Equine Myofascial Release, known as EMFR – plus a chance for area horses to attend an EMFR session Friday at a minimal cost – call 843-8702 or logon at www.equinelead.com


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Fall Meeting is this Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church down in Mt. Vernon – with registration at 9:00 in the morning, the meeting starts at 9:30 – the cost of lunch is $7 and those attending are reminded to bring items to be collected for the Lessie Bates Neighbor House and for the Cunningham Children’s Home


    The Jasper County Health Department will host its “divorcing parents” class tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – for more details or to signup, call the department office in Newton at 618-783-4154


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton has its monthly “steak night” tonight – the steaks go on the grill at 6:00 and they’re available first come, first served – pay at the door – all are invited


    There’s an area meeting on the schedule for this Tuesday night – the Newton City Council will meet tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes some old business and a lot of new business, plus a closed session – as always, the meeting is open to the public


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s fresh produce and more available from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is welcome to stop by and check it out


    Olney Central College is preparing for its 1st Annual Career / Job Fair & Exposition in the OCC Gym today, from 10:00 until 3:00 – all are invited out to get more information about area job availability – nearly 50 downstate and regional businesses and companies will be taking part today at Olney Central College