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January 30, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will shift across the area today with dry and cool conditions on tap – but the quiet weather will be brief, as a storm system brewing over the Plains will bring us rain tomorrow, then changing over to snow Saturday night and thru the day on Sunday before ending Sunday night – then, much colder air moves in for most all of the work week, next week – listen for weather updates on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service, in a special weather statement for Jasper, Richland, and most all surrounding counties, is alerting residents to the possibility of accumulating snow this weekend – starting with rain on Saturday, it’s expected to change to all snow overnight Saturday and thru the day on Sunday – total snowfall amounts will vary with an average between 2 and 6 inches possible with the heavier snow along and north of Interstate 70 – but it all depends on the track of the storm system – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio for continued weather updates and details – be prepared for the incoming weather.

 

(OLNEY)  The tax filing season is well underway and for those who bring home less than $25,000 a year, free tax service is available – the state is again teaming up with the Center for Economic Progress and the Tax Assistance Program, which helped nearly 30,000 people file their returns last year, cashing in on more than $50 million in refunds – for more information, taxpayers can go online at www.Tax.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  A new search tool helps families find college scholarships – the Cappex web portal allows students to identify scholarships that may match their strengths and skills – there’s information on about $11 billion worth of scholarships on the portal – check it out now online at www.StudentPortal.ISAC.org.

 

(OLNEY)  And in Springfield, some lawmakers say body cameras for police officers will be on the docket for the General Assembly – while one bill has been introduced, there’s not much to it as of yet – the author wants to take time and work with other lawmakers to get a bill that everyone can agree to – one of the key issues will be when officers can turn their cameras off, to make sure everyone’s privacy is considered.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois harvested 2,810 fewer deer during all of the 2014-2015 fall and winter deer hunting seasons compared to a year ago – here in the ten counties surrounding Newton / Olney, the total of deer harvested this past fall and winter totals 13,066, which is 470 more deer than was taken in the same seasons a year ago – the highest number of deer taken in the ten counties in 2014-2015 was 2,630 in Wayne County, followed by Crawford County’s 1,848 – then Clay County at 1,698 – Jasper County at 1,384 – Effingham County at 1,128 – Richland County at 1,099 – Lawrence County at 1,075 – Cumberland County at 958 – Edwards County at 753 – and Wabash County at 496 – for more, go to the DNR website.

 

(OLNEY)  The Dodransbicentennial Commission is still conducting a logo contest for a logo to use in celebration of Olney and Richland County’s 175th Anniversary – the logo will represent the community in a variety of media and would be presented in a digital format – the creator will be awarded a prize of $250 and rights to the winning logo would be assigned to the City of Olney for its use – the deadline to submit logos is March 2nd and logos can be submitted online to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – for more details, call the Olney City Hall any weekday from 8:00 to 4:00 or check the city’s website available online.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District has announced that it will conduct its annual Preschool Screening later than normal this year – instead of in March, the free screenings will this year be offered in May – the screenings are free to all parents and are conducted to help school officials identify children who may need assistance before starting school – also available, the Birth-to-Three program will be offering a no cost developmental screening for children from 6 months to 3 years of age – plus, the county’s Head Start program will be accepting applications – the screenings this year will be held at the St. Marie Elementary School, in conjunction with the Kindergarten screenings – more details will be provided in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  Today’s the deadline for livestock producers to request assistance from the USDA for losses suffered from October, 2011, thru December, 2014, due to adverse weather, diseases, or other described reasons – to date, over 556,000 applications have been approved – livestock producers should contact their respective County FSA Office as soon as possible on this Friday before the close of office hours today.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department has the first of three audition dates in February for students interested in participating in OCC’s choral and instrumental ensembles, coming up next Monday, February 2nd – the auditions are required in order for students to be considered for a Music Department Tuition Waiver for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year, which are granted based on OCC needs as well as the students’ ability level and commitment – next Monday’s audition date allow students to attend rehearsals of the choral & band ensembles, plus meet faculty members & tour the college – plus, the chance to perform with the OCC Cavalier Pep Band at Monday night’s home OCC basketball games – the remaining two audition dates are Wednesday, February 18th, and Saturday, February 28th – for more information or details on the audition process, logon at www.occmusic.org/auditions or call OCC.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Republicans are getting ready for their annual Lincoln Day Supper, set for Saturday, February 7th, to be held at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton – the social hour begins at 6:00 with the catered meal served at 6:30 – the $15 tickets are currently available from any Republican Committee member, or call Judy at 618-783-3185 – call now for your February 7th tickets.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Tuesday at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Tuesday at the Lake Land College site in Effingham from 9:00 to 2:00  :  next Tuesday at the Cumberland Elementary School in Toledo from 2:30 to 6:30  :  next Wednesday at the Flora VFW from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and next Friday at Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  for more information about giving blood or to schedule an appointment, check the Red Cross website online, at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  A special fundraising event is coming up tonight to support the “Blessings in a Backpack” program – it’s all-you-can-eat fish and all the fixins’ at the Newton VFW Post #7537 with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – dine-in only with carry-outs available, plus delivery available for those not able to attend – it’s $9 per plate and/or $12 for all fish plates – plus a theme basket raffle – all proceeds will go to the “Blessings in a Backpack” which provides food for the hungry children in Jasper County over the 38 weekends during the school year – every dollar raised tonight stays in Jasper County for our local kids.

 

(OLNEY)  The Great Kindness Challenge will finish up today at the East Richland Middle School in Olney – today is “Cub Kindness Day” with everyone wearing orange & black during Spirit Day – the challenge was for students & faculty to complete as many acts of kindness as possible during this past week at ERMS.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Most all Richland County and township roads are posted with weight limits until further notice – pay attention to those weight limit signs posted on each road, whether it’s a 5 or 10 ton restriction – contact the Richland County Highway Department or the respective Township Commissioner if any questions


    Gym Bob’s in Bible Grove, in northern Clay County, will host its next Music Jamboree this Sunday at 1:00 – it’s Mike Porter, Marsha Banning, & the Panther Creek Band plus special guests and refreshments


    A “GriefShare” support group for those experiencing the loss of a loved one will meet at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 starting this Sunday, February 1st, and continuing thru May 3rd – folks can join in at any point during the 13 weeks – for details, call 395-8411


    A fundraising “soup supper” to benefit the Olney St. Joseph School trip to Washington, D.C. is tomorrow evening at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – they’ll have all-you-can-eat chili, potato soup, sandwiches, and more – all priced at $6 per person at the door


    Newton Community High School has announced it will host its Freshmen Pre-Registration “Open House” throughout the day tomorrow from 8:00 to 4:00 – call NCHS today if there are any questions – all Jasper County 8th graders and their parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend tomorrow at NCHS


    It’s another Friday night fish fry coming up tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on Whittle Avenue, in Olney – serving from 5:00 to 7:00 with tickets at the door – all ages are welcome

 

 

 

January 29, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front moves thru our region today, the northwest wind will bring in colder air by later this evening – then a high pressure ridge will keep us dry tomorrow thru most of Saturday – the next front moves thru early Sunday morning with maybe some accumulating snow for SuperBowl Sunday – possibly 1 to 5 inches of snow for the southern half of the state – then dry and cold next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers are looking at sentencing guidelines in Illinois – a new proposal would require felons to serve at least three years in prison if they’re busted with a gun – plus, felons would have to serve at least 85% of their sentence before coming up for parole – a similar bill failed a couple of years ago, but a few changes have been made – the newest version allows judges to review each case and base the sentence on whether the felon’s original conviction was nonviolent or happened more than ten years earlier.

 

(OLNEY)  State Representatives have new rules and procedures in place that will govern them for the next two years – State Democrats came up with the rules since they’re in charge and they claim it’s all fair for all involved – State Republicans say the new rules call for very little time to review bills – they’d like the rules to require additional posting time on amendment and other measures before they are called for a vote.

 

(OLNEY)  State officials are confirming reports that there is a problem with sex trafficking in some group homes for youth across Illinois – they say about 185 state wards have been victims or suspected victims – most are either missing or on the run when they’re approached and eventually roped into prostitution or worse – about half the kids are from the Chicago area with all others from the downstate Illinois region.

 

(OLNEY)  A Richland County man is going to prison – 43 year old Patrick Wilkins of Olney has been sentenced to a 3 year term after his involvement in a high speed chase with authorities last November in Marion and Jefferson Counties – Wilkins was charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, plus for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, although that charge was dropped in the plea agreement – the 30-mile long pursuit began in Salem after Wilkins refused to stop for a simple traffic violation – the chase ended near Mt. Vernon when stop sticks were used to blow out the stolen car tires.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 145,804 deer during all of the 2014-2015 fall & winter seasons, which ended a week ago Sunday – that number compares to 148,614 deer taken a year earlier in 2013-2014 – that’s 2,810 less deer taken this year than last – during this past seasons, hunters took 53% bucks and 47% does – archery hunters took 56,083 deer this past year, that’s 1,281 less than a year ago – young deer hunters harvested 2,768 in this season’s Youth Hunt, that’s 248 deer less than the year earlier – hunters in the traditional 7-day firearm season took 76,729 deer, that’s 2,411 more than in 2013 – the muzzleloader season brought in 3,478 deer which was 58 less than the year earlier – and the 7-day late-winter harvest was 6,746 deer, that’s 3,634 less than a year ago, but fewer counties were open this past season – we’ll break it down and take a look at the area county by county harvest numbers tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  Volunteers and supporters again are being called upon to help with this year’s Bowl For Kid’s Sake fundraising event for the Richland County Big Brothers Big Sisters – set for the last two weekends in February, we’re looking for five member bowling teams who in turn raise funds individually or collectively to support the event – each bowler with $30 in donations receives free bowling, free shoe rental, pizza & a drink, a t-shirt, and lane prizes – it’s the only fundraiser of the year for the BBBS of Richland County – so get your groups together now to bowl on the Saturdays or Sundays, February 21st, 22nd, 28th, and March 1st, all at the Olney Bowling Center – call the BBBS office in Olney if any questions at 618-392-3863.

 

(NEWTON)  Lake Land College, south of Mattoon, is hosting three upcoming agricultural programming events – the first of which is next Wednesday, February 4th, when the 2015 Conservation Cropping Seminar will be held with assistance from local Soil & Water Conservation Districts and various other farm groups – it will be a perfect learning event for regional farmers, farm experts, and others – discussion topics include improvements for soil health, cover crops that work, nutrient management solutions, informal networking, and more – area farmers can register online at www.illinoisepay.com or contact Lake Land College.

 

(OLNEY)  The North Wayne School District has announced that all District schools will be closed this Friday so that students and staff will have the opportunity to attend the funeral services of Cisne High School senior Jeremy Paul Mix-Bissey – this includes all schools in Cisne, Mt. Erie, and Johnsonville – the 18 year old past away earlier this week, early Monday morning, at the Clay County Hospital in Flora.

 

(NEWTON)  A special fundraising event is coming up tomorrow night, the 30th, to support the “Blessings in a Backpack” program – it’s all-you-can-eat fish and all the fixins’ at the Newton VFW Post #7537 with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – dine-in only with carry-outs available, plus delivery available for those not able to attend – it’s $9 per plate and/or $12 for all fish plates – plus a theme basket raffle – all proceeds will go to the “Blessings in a Backpack” which provides food for the hungry children in Jasper County over the 38 weekends during the school year – every dollar raised here stays in Jasper County to support our local kids.

 

(OLNEY)  Tickets are still available for the OCC Foundation’s Valentine’s Benefit, coming up a week from this Saturday night, February 7th, at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus in Olney – the event will run from 6:00 to 11:00 that evening, and include hors d’oeuvres, an auction, and entertainment from The Steve Greenwell Trio – tickets are $50 per person and are available from any OCC Foundation Board member or by calling Kathy at 618-395-7777, extension 2003 – treat your sweetheart to a special night and support the OCCF.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Tuesday at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Tuesday at the Lake Land College site in Effingham from 9:00 to 2:00  :  next Tuesday at the Cumberland Elementary School in Toledo from 2:30 to 6:30  :  next Wednesday at the Flora VFW from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and next Friday at Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  for more information about giving blood or to schedule an appointment, check the Red Cross website online, at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Great Kindness Challenge continues today at the East Richland Middle School in Olney – today is “Crazy For Kindness” Day with everyone wearing crazy socks and tomorrow, Friday, will be “Cub Kindness Day” with everyone wearing orange & black during Spirit Day – the challenge is for students and faculty to complete as many acts of kindness as possible all during this special week at ERMS in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Most all Richland County and township roads are posted with weight limits until further notice – pay attention to those weight limit signs posted on each road, whether it’s a 5 or 10 ton restriction – contact the Richland County Highway Department or the respective Township Commissioner if any questions


    A “GriefShare” support group for those experiencing the loss of a loved one will meet at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 starting this Sunday, February 1st, and continuing thru May 3rd – folks can join in at any point during the 13 weeks – for details, call 395-8411


    A fundraising “soup supper” to benefit the Olney St. Joseph School trip to Washington, D.C. will be this Saturday evening at the Olney K of C Hall along Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – they’ll have all-you-can-eat chili, potato soup, sandwiches, and more – all priced at $6 per person at the door


    Newton Community High School has announced it will host its Freshmen Pre-Registration “Open House” throughout the day this coming Saturday, the 31st, from 8:00 to 4:00 – call NCHS if there are any questions – all Jasper County 8th graders and their parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend for information


    It’s another Friday night fish fry coming up this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue, in Olney – serving from 5:00 to 7:00 with tickets at the door – all ages are welcome


    All are invited out to tonight’s 2015 Richland County Relay For Life kickoff event to be held at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 6:00 – anyone interested in taking part or helping out with this year’s Relay For Life is encouraged to attend the get-together on Thursday night – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

January 28, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  While a high pressure ridge overhead today will keep us dry, an approaching weak low pressure system will move thru by tomorrow night, bringing with it some scattered light rain late tonight thru noon tomorrow – then cooler air on a northwest wind for Thursday night and dry conditions until our next chance of rain and/or snow Saturday night thru Sunday night – very cold again next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Rauner was in Decatur yesterday, speaking to students at Richland Community College, where he noted one of his priorities for his first year in office is to create so-called “right to work zones” in Illinois, a traditional union-friendly state – previewing part of his State of the State speech coming up a week from today on February 4th, Governor Bruce Rauner says setting up the zones, where local communities could decide whether workers must join a union as a condition of employment, would improve competition and job growth – the plan is expected to draw opposition from state Democrats and unions.

 

(OLNEY)  Legislation has been introduced in Springfield that would cut the salaries of elected state officeholders and lawmakers – as the state will have to deal with a multibillion-dollar budget gap due to the expiration of Illinois’ temporary income tax increase, the plan would cut the pay of all 177 state lawmakers and all state constitutional officers after the next elections for their respective posts, in some cases by 10% – while a state lawmaker’s base salary averages around $67,000, state officeholders’ pay ranges between $135,000 and $175,000 – while the public supports the plan, it will likely face opposition in Springfield.

 

(NEWTON)  The state has confirmed one case of measles in Illinois as a Cook County resident became ill earlier this month with a positive test result – state health officials remind us that the MMR vaccination is vital when it comes to protecting children and communities as a whole – while highly contagious, measles is a potentially deadly respiratory disease that causes fever, sore eyes, runny nose, cough, and a rash – people who don’t have the proper immunity can get it simply by being in the same room with an infected person – there’s been only 10 cases reported in Illinois in the past five years – logon at www.idph.state.il.us.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  noted information moving forward with the Village’s sewer lift station grant funds  :  with no objections, agreed to replace the lights around the Village Park’s basketball court, at an estimated cost of $55 plus labor per light  :  heard the Village Attorney’s opinion concerning agreements for waterlines outside the village limits  :  noted the resignation of Dan Robinson from the Village’s Zoning Board – those interested in serving on the Zoning Board should call or stop by the Noble Village Hall  :  noted the next meeting of the Village’s Personnel Committee will be February 17th at 4:00  :  and took no action on a request for a culvert to be placed at 121 North Noble Avenue  :  the Noble Village Board has its next regular meeting on February 9th at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  A special fundraising event is coming up this Friday night, the 30th, to support the “Blessings in a Backpack” program – it’s all-you-can-eat fish and all the fixins’ at the Newton VFW Post #7537 with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – dine-in only with carry-outs available, plus delivery available for those not able to attend – it’s $9 per plate and/or $12 for all fish plates – plus a theme basket raffle – all proceeds will go to the “Blessings in a Backpack” which provides food for the hungry children in Jasper County over the 38 weekends during the school year – every dollar raised here stays in Jasper County to support our local kids.

 

(OLNEY)  The Great Kindness Challenge continues today at the East Richland Middle School in Olney – today is “Peace/Love/Kindness” Wednesday, a Hippie Day to wear a tie dye shirt – tomorrow is “Crazy For Kindness” Day with everyone wearing crazy socks and Friday will be “Cub Kindness Day” with everyone wearing orange & black – the challenge is to complete as many acts of kindness as possible this week.

 

(NEWTON)  Following a nearly two year investigation, an Effingham Doctor has been convicted on seven counts for illegal dispensation of a controlled substance – after a 17-day federal trial, a jury has found 60 year old Naeem Mahmood Kohli guilty for writing prescriptions out of his business, Kohli Neurology and Sleep Center, for controlled substances including Oxycodone and Hydromorphone, both outside of usual medical practice – Kohli faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the seven counts with sentencing in May.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus is again asking constituents to take part in his “Valentines for Heroes” program this year – the lawmaker’s district offices will collect valentines to distribute to regional Veterans, plus those currently serving in the military – the former teacher from Belleville is encouraging all school classes, churches, youth groups, families, and others to help brighten the day for a soldier or Veteran – the valentines should be signed, but not addressed to a specific person, do not use last names or addresses, and leave the envelopes unsealed – the valentines will be accepted at the Congressman’s offices in Effingham, Harrisburg, Danville, and Maryville until February 9th – logon at www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Nuttall Middle School in Robinson from 2:00 to 7:00  :  for more information or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Most all Richland County and township roads are posted with weight limits until further notice – pay attention to those weight limit signs posted on each road, whether it’s a 5 or 10 ton restriction – contact the Richland County Highway Department or the respective Township Commissioner if any questions


    A “GriefShare” support group for those experiencing the loss of a loved one will meet at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 starting this Sunday, February 1st, and continuing thru May 3rd – folks can join in at any point during the 13 weeks – for details, call 395-8411


    A fundraising “soup supper” to benefit the Olney St. Joseph School trip to Washington, D.C. will be this Saturday evening at the Olney K of C Hall along Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – they’ll have all-you-can-eat chili, potato soup, sandwiches, and more – all priced at $6 per person at the door


    Newton Community High School has announced it will host its Freshmen Pre-Registration “Open House” throughout the day this coming Saturday, the 31st, from 8:00 to 4:00 – call NCHS if there are any questions – all Jasper County 8th graders and their parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend for information


    It’s another Friday night fish fry coming up this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue, in Olney – serving from 5:00 to 7:00 with tickets at the door – all ages are welcome


    All are invited out to tomorrow night’s 2015 Richland County Relay For Life kickoff event to be held at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 6:00 – anyone interested in taking part or helping out with this year’s Relay For Life is encouraged to attend the get-together on Thursday night – all are invited to attend


    A “Get A Job” seminar will be held this afternoon at the Hope Center in Albion, starting at 2:00 – guest speakers will discuss topics to better equip people to secure a job, such as resumes, strengths & weaknesses, where to look, appearance & attitude, connections, and more – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

January 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the upper level disturbance that dropped some snow yesterday and some light drizzle last night moves off to the east, the clouds will hang around today thru tonight as temperatures hold fairly steady with a slight warm up – we’ll see some sunshine tomorrow as we warm up slightly into Thursday – another frontal boundary will bring in some cooler air for the weekend – maybe snow Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more drama over the state’s Medical Marijuana program as reports indicate former Governor Pat Quinn did not give companies the green light to grow and sell “weed” because many of the businesses had ties to politically connected lobbyists – to escape any wrongdoing, Quinn signed off on 18 cultivation centers & more than 50 dispensaries but walked away on other selections – Governor Rauner says he will not issue any licenses until after he’s done a full review of the program and applications.

 

(OLNEY)  State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is bringing in an outside firm to conduct an audit of the office that he was elected to in November – he says the auditors will look at everything from budgeting to investments and program management, then they’ll make suggestions on how to enhance services – while Frerichs is not saying the former Treasurer did anything wrong, he simply says there is always room for improvement.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois inmates who don’t have a home to go to when their release date comes around get to stay behind bars – and, it’s costing the state some $25 million a year – officials say more than 1,200 inmates stay in the prison system beyond their release dates – most of them are sex offenders with really stringent terms to their parole which in many cases effect where their home is or family members it is shared with.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved the appropriation of $35,000 from the City’s MFT Fund for its share of the Safe Routes to School Sidewalk project, which will be done this summer  :  agreed to proceed with plans to install a 12-inch water main on Hall Street to Holly Road before the sidewalk work is done  :  approved a $2,000 Tourism Grant to the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club for its annual Car Show later this year  :  amended the fiscal year 2015 budget for $25,000 to be spent, if needed, for the City’s 175th Celebration next year  :  approved the use of the City’s Firing Range and Building for an IECC concealed carry course, but limited the use to only once per semester  :  approved a reduced swimming pool rate for the TRIO Upward Bound program and its students  :  agreed to sell some of the City’s personal property – some Sewer Department items to Scrap Daddy’s and some Olney Police Department items online at www.GovDeals.com  :  approved the list of fishing tournaments proposed for 2015 on East Fork Lake  :  on a 4 to 1 vote, followed the City’s Parks & Recreation Board recommendation to establish a set of Pickleball Courts on one of the tennis courts in the Olney City Park  :  took no action after a closed session to discuss negotiations, property, and personnel  :  next meeting is February 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  Area residents are being reminded by local authorities to be alert to all types of scams that are circulating, most of which are telephone calls wanting your banking account or credit card account numbers or any other type of personal information – whether it’s someone posing as a family member in need of an emergency loan or cash, or someone posing as the IRS or local utility company demanding payment on an account as soon as possible, residents are reminded to be calm, get as much information from the caller, including a call back number and their name and the name of their supervisor – then hang up & call police.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland Middle School is participating this week in the Great Kindness Challenge, which is devoted to promoting kindness by challenging everyone at ERMS to complete as many acts of kindness as possible – ideally, each person should strive to do 50 acts of kindness this week and with each act of kindness being tracked, a week-ending tally will show how many acts of kindness occurred at ERMS this week – while yesterday was “I Have A Dream of Kindness” Monday with those taking part wearing their PJ’s to school, today is “Team Kindness” Tuesday with everyone wearing their favorite team shirt – tomorrow will be “Peace/Love/Kindness” Wednesday, a Hippie Day to wear a tie dye shirt – Thursday is “Crazy For Kindness” Day with everyone wearing crazy socks – and Friday will be “Cub Kindness Day” with everyone wearing orange & black during Spirit Day – it’s all this week at the Middle School in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Lake Land College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2015 inductees of the Distinguished Alumni Society – this year’s group will join a select number of 78 members currently on the prestigious list – nominees must be graduates of or have attended Lake Land College – the deadline for submitting nominations is February 16th, less than three weeks away – for more details, visit the college’s website at www.lakelandcollege.edu or call Lake Land College during regular office hours.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau invites skiers of all ages & skill levels to join it on a Twilight Ski Trip to Paoli Peaks, Indiana, on Saturday, February 7th – the fee is $60 for Farm Bureau members and $10 more for non-members – the fee includes round-trip transportation, ski and/or snowboard rental, and a ski-lift ticket – the bus will leave the City of Olney parking lot, just east of the Olney Eagles Lodge, at 2:00 that Saturday afternoon – the skiing and snowboarding will run from 5:00 to 12 midnight – to reserve your spot or for more details, contact the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney – call 618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Republicans are getting ready for their annual Lincoln Day Supper, set for Saturday, February 7th, to be held at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton – the social hour begins at 6:00 with the catered meal served at 6:30 – the $15 tickets are currently available from any Republican Committee member, or call Judy at 618-783-3185 – call now for your February 7th tickets.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the Lawson Hall on the EIU Campus in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Nuttall Middle School in Robinson from 2:00 to 7:00  :  for more information or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Most all Richland County and township roads are posted with weight limits until further notice – pay attention to those weight limit signs posted on each road, whether it’s a 5 or 10 ton restriction – contact the Richland County Highway Department or the respective Township Commissioner if any questions


    Gym Bob’s in Bible Grove, in northern Clay County, will host its next Music Jamboree this Sunday at 1:00 – it’s Mike Porter, Marsha Banning, & the Panther Creek Band plus special guests and refreshments


    Newton Community High School has announced it will host its Freshmen Pre-Registration “Open House” throughout the day this coming Saturday, the 31st, from 8:00 to 4:00 – call NCHS if there are any questions – all Jasper County 8th graders and their parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend for information


    A fundraising “soup supper” to benefit the Olney St. Joseph School trip to Washington, D.C. will be this Saturday evening at the Olney K of C Hall along Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – they’ll have all-you-can-eat chili, potato soup, sandwiches, and more – all priced at $6 per person at the door


    A “Get A Job” seminar will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Hope Center in Albion, starting at 2:00 – guest speakers will discuss topics to better equip people to secure a job, such as resumes, strengths & weaknesses, where to look, appearance & attitude, connections, and more – all are invited to attend


    Lake Land College’s community choir rehearsals begin tonight and are held each Tuesday night now from 7:00 to 9:30 in the LLC Theater – all singers age 18 and older are welcome to take part with no audition required – the season-ending concert will be March 22nd – for more, call the college

 

 

 

January 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A weak upper level disturbance will track thru the Upper Midwest today thru tonight, dropping some light snow & flurries as far south as portions of Central & Southeastern Illinois – then we’re back to dry and quiet weather conditions for the rest of the work week – with a slight warm up thru Thursday, we’ll drop back to near normal winter weather with a dry weekend coming up  - stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The numbers are out, showing more than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver’s licenses – the $30 licenses are valid for a three year period, but can only be used for driving – they cannot be used as identification for activities like boarding a plane, buying a firearm, or voting – supporters of the law say it saves Illinois motorists money and makes roads safer, however critics say the state should be cracking down on immigrants who entered the country and state illegally.

 

(OLNEY)  Some lawmakers are trying to shore up funding for child care programs in Illinois – they say an extra $300 million should be approved in the state’s new budget to help low-income working families pay for child care services – the program which usually offers support has run out of money with daycare providers now turning kids away, therefore putting a real hardship on working families across the state.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner was busy over the weekend, mixing business with some pleasure – following Friday’s announcement where the new Governor made five major appointments to head up the State Departments of  Financial & Professional Regulation, Labor, Human Rights, State Police, and Central Management Services, he spent some time Saturday at a high school boys basketball tourney in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Police investigation is continuing with information just released on a two vehicle crash that occurred last Wednesday night along Illinois Route 130 in Jasper County, south of Newton – 31 year old Melissa Patterson of Olney was westbound on a county road when she failed to stop at the intersection with Route 130 and pulled into the path of a northbound semi-truck – while no information was provided on the truck driver, the State Police say Patterson was transported from the scene by medical helicopter with serious injuries – Patterson was ticketed for DUI, disobeying a stop sign, illegal transportation of alcohol, and for no valid insurance – Illinois Route 130 was closed for a few hours for cleanup of the accident scene.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Police are also investigating a two vehicle wreck that occurred at just before 7:00 Saturday morning in Fayette County, near the Village of Vernon, along Illinois Route 51 – 31 year old Kevin Donnals of Farina was northbound on Route 51 when for unknown reasons entered the southbound lane, striking an LP gas truck nearly head-on – Donnals and the unidentified truck driver were both flown from the scene by medical helicopter with serious injuries – Donnals was ticketed for improper lane usage.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Police continue the investigation into a Clay County traffic crash that occurred early last Friday morning on Illinois Route 37 at the south edge of Edgewood – 43 year old Terri Stilabower of Farina was northbound on the highway when she apparently fell asleep, ran her SUV off the road, then it overturned – transported to an area hospital with injuries, Stilabower was ticketed for improper lane usage.

 

(OLNEY)  The Ruritan National Convention was held last weekend out in Greensboro, North Carolina – those attending from the Lincolnland District, which is comprised of several regional Ruritan Clubs in both Illinois & Indiana, were current National Director Grover Burkett and his wife Leotta of the Dundas Club, plus past National Directors Howard and Beverly Tanner of the Geff Club along with District Governor Marilyn Bledsoe, Past District Governor Sue Case, and Mary Pepple of the Hymera, Indiana Club, and past National Director Jame Zehr and his wife Marcia of the Dubois Club – various workshops, banquets, church services, networking, and more were held, plus the installation of new national officers for the next year.

 

(OLNEY)  At the latest meeting of the U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition, there was representation from each of the six counties along the corridor – during the first meeting of the new year, the Coalition prioritized a list of concerns to be communicated to the Illinois Department of Transportation and members of the State General Assembly – while the main priorities for IDOT District 8 area involves the Route 50 bottleneck areas in Lebanon, Carlyle, and Salem, the IDOT District 7 focus is on funding for the Phase 2 studies & construction between Lawrenceville & Olney – the Coalition discussed increasing membership levels and how to give more recognition to supporters – the Coalition is working to secure representation on the Governor’s Transportation Advisory Board – for more details, logon at www.us50coalition.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Republicans are getting ready for their annual Lincoln Day Supper, set for Saturday, February 7th, to be held at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton – the social hour begins at 6:00 with the catered meal served at 6:30 – the $15 tickets are currently available from any Republican Committee member, or call Judy at 618-783-3185 – call now for your February 7th tickets.

 

(OLNEY)  The First National Bank in Olney and the Richland County Farm Bureau are co-sponsoring a bus trip to the 50th Anniversary National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, February 12th, less than four weeks away – the $25 per person fee includes transportation and dinner at the Log Inn – the bus will leave Olney at 6:30 that morning and return by 7:30 – to reserve a spot as soon as possible, call the First National Bank in Olney or the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also tomorrow at the Lawson Hall on the EIU Campus in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Nuttall Middle School in Robinson from 2:00 to 7:00  :  for more information on giving blood or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Most all Richland County and township roads are posted with weight limits until further notice – pay attention to those weight limit signs posted on each road, whether it’s a 5 or 10 ton restriction – contact the Richland County Highway Department or the respective Township Commissioner if any questions


    Newton Community High School has announced it will host its Freshmen Pre-Registration “Open House” throughout the day this coming Saturday, the 31st, from 8:00 to 4:00 – call NCHS if there are any questions – all Jasper County 8th graders and their parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend for information


    This week is “The Great Kindness Challenge” at the East Richland Middle School in Olney, running today thru Friday – it’s a week devoted to promoting kindness with special themes each day at ERMS


    A “Get A Job” seminar will be held this Wednesday afternoon at the Hope Center in Albion, starting at 2:00 – guest speakers will discuss topics to better equip people to secure a job, such as resumes, strengths & weaknesses, where to look, appearance & attitude, connections, and more – all are invited to attend


    There are two municipal meetings tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble

 
    It’s a special “Bingo for a Cause” coming tonight at Helia Healthcare of Olney, at 410 East Mack Avenue – live music starts at 6:00 with Bingo at 7:00, plus vegetable soup, chili, and sandwiches will be served from 6:00 to 8:00 – also a silent auction and more – all proceeds go to Swan of Olney