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Local News

August 28, 2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   FRIDAY   --   8–28–15

 

(OLNEY) Our quiet weather pattern continues today with more sunshine and a few clouds – a developing storm system to our northwest could move thru the Midwest by Sunday – while some weather models show scattered rain for our region Saturday into Sunday morning, our forecast currently calls for a dry sky thru the upcoming weekend & most of next week as well – listen for updates on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA.

 

(NEWTON) In state news today – Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas continued their long decline in July. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the jobless rate fell in every metro area last month. That was the 17th straight month of across-the-board declines. But in its monthly report the department said only eight of the 15 metro areas it tracks added jobs. The statewide unemployment rate was 5.9 % in July. The Bloomington area had the lowest jobless rate at 4.7%. But the area is bracing for the closure of a Mitsubishi auto plant in November.

 

(OLNEY) The new manager of the Illinois State Fair says he believes the decrease in attendance this year was caused by inflated numbers in previous years. First year fair manager Patrick Buchen says he doesn’t necessarily think the numbers were “cheated” in the past. But he says the Illinois State Fair has seen between 400,000 and 500,000 visitors annually for at least the past decade. On Tuesday, Buchens office released attendance figures for this year’s fair. Those figures showed over 411,500 people visited the fair from Aug. 13-23, more than 50% less than last year’s estimate of around 844,600 visitors.

 

(OLNEY) There’s another scam circulating thru downstate Illinois – local folks should beware of callers posing as National Guard members or workers asking for money – since federal regulations prevents the National Guard and all other Department of Defense forces to do so, this is a scam, whereas crooks are calling residents, most notably the elderly, trying to get donations based on patriotism – folks should never commit to such a donation over the telephone, little alone give out personal banking or credit card details – if anyone is targeted with such a call, they should hang up and contact their local law enforcement agency.

 

(NEWTON) For the first time in several months, area unemployment numbers are slightly higher than they were a year ago, however the numbers are considerably lower than the month earlier, this past June – the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows all regional rates were up by less than a full percentage point last month compared to July of 2014 : Effingham County has the lowest area jobless rate last month at 4.4% : Cumberland County had the second lowest regional rate at 4.9% : then it was Jasper County, Edwards County, and Crawford County, all at 5.4% : Wabash County was at 5.5% : Richland County at 5.8% : then Lawrence County and Wayne County each at 6.4% : and Clay County with the area’s highest rate at 6.6% : while the Illinois state number in July was 5.9%, the national rate was at 5.6% in the U.S.

 

(OLNEY) The USDA has designated 87 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rains and flooding that occurred this year since the 1st of June – this makes farmers in these counties eligible for low interest emergency loans to cover part of the damages and losses incurred – the list of area counties includes Richland, Jasper, Clay, Effingham, Marion, & Wayne – not to mention several counties in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Kentucky – farmers should contact their county FSA Office.

 

(NEWTON) Congressman John Shimkus has announced that he will be available to meet with local constituents in Jasper County on Friday, September 4th, a week from today – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings from 9:30 to 11:00 that morning in the Newton City Hall – it’s a great chance to meet with the Congressman to discuss a problem or to express thoughts on legislation or other issues – to schedule an appointment for next Friday morning in Newton, folks should call the Congressman’s office in Effingham at 217-347-7947 during regular office hours – those who need special accommodations should call at least 48 hours in advance – for more, check the Congressman’s website at www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County Farm Bureau has announced its 2015 Bus Trip to the Covered Bridge Festival, coming up on Tuesday, October 13th, with the bus leaving the Eagles Lodge parking lot in Olney at 6:00 that morning and returning at around 6:00 that night – the trip to Bridgeton, Indiana is priced at only $20 per Farm Bureau member and at $30 for non-members – for more details or to reserve your seat, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at 618-393-4116 – for Festival details, logon at www.coveredbridges.com.

(OLNEY) Here’s a couple of reminders for area hunters : Illinois 2015 Resident Either-Sex Archery Deer

Permit applications will be accepted now thru September 1st, coming up next Tuesday : the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Permits are currently available over-the-counter from DNR direct license and permit vendors throughout the state – they’re also available on the DNR website, but only thru August 31st, which is next Monday – the statewide Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, running October 10th thru 12th : for all things outdoors, including permit applications, season dates, & more, logon at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON) The Annual Homecoming in Willow Hill is coming up tomorrow, running from 9:00 in the morning throughout the rest of the day – the event will feature an afternoon Car & Bike Show, an Antique Tractor Show, afternoon entertainment, bingo, a cake walk, an evening raffle drawing, and much more – the food lineup includes plenty of pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – all the money raised will go for improvements at Edison Park – for other details or information, call 618-783-9564 or 783-9764.

 

REMINDERS :

   Both the Heritage House on Kitchell Avenue and the Carnegie Museum on East Main Street in Olney will be open this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00 – young & old alike are invited to stop by and take a look

   The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will present the final three performances of “Assisted Living : The Musical” this weekend – tonight and tomorrow night at 6:00 each night (Illinois time) and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets on sale at the door or logon at www.oldtownplayers.org  

   The Fourth Annual Harmony Fest is tomorrow, four miles west of St. Francisville, on Harmony Road in rural Lawrence County – the day of music begins at 2:00 that afternoon with various local musicians all taking part, including Victoria Kittle, Evan Twitty, the “Wood & Wire” Band, the Hawf Family String Band, the Adams Band, & more – bring your own chairs – no alcohol allowed – concessions available

   The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is tomorrow, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at 618-393-5900

   The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” tomorrow at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited

   The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today from 11:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – there’ll be fresh produce and much more available to the public for purchase today

 

  

August 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  Our quiet weather pattern continues today with more sunshine and a few clouds, but not an many as yesterday – a developing storm system to our northwest could move thru the Midwest by Sunday – while some weather models show scattered rain for our region Saturday into Sunday morning, our forecast currently calls for a dry sky thru the upcoming weekend and most of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – a federal judge in Chicago has blasted Illinois officials for not fully complying with an order that they pay providers of critical social services during an ongoing budget impasse – state lawyers were told at yesterday’s hearing that they have 48 hours to explain which providers have and have not been paid – Illinois is still without a fiscal year 2015 budget as the stalemate continues.

 

(OLNEY)  State regulators have announced the registration of Illinois’ first medical marijuana dispensary – the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations says the Harbory is located in Marion and has completed all license requirements and is ready to sell when the product becomes available – while sales are expected later this year, there are no growers with medical marijuana currently available for sale.

 

(NEWTON)  The state has sold some surplus items to help out the Illinois budget – Governor Bruce Rauner has approved the sale of five Illinois aircraft, bringing in some $2.5 million – the sale included a helicopter, a twin-engine turboprop, and three single-engine planes, most all of which were used for wildlife surveys and for shuttle flights to & from Springfield – state aircraft were grounded July 1st due to the budget crisis.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney announces the addition of a new Pediatrician to the area – Dr. Sam Khairkar (CARE-Ker) joins the staff of  SIHF / Weber Medical Clinic, specializing in preventative and general medical care for children – Dr. Khairkar grew up in India, where his parents owned a home for children with special needs, several of  whom had experienced polio, plus they also cared for orphaned children – after finishing Medical School in India, Dr. Khairkar completed his Pediatric Residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago – appointments can be made by contacting SIHF / Weber Clinic.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is still searching for hundreds of downstate residents who have unclaimed property, including many in our local area – thru the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office safeguards more than $2.1 billion in unclaimed property & hundreds of thousands of new properties have been reported since the first of the year, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and utility refunds – in fact, as of January, over 257,000 properties in the 31 southernmost Illinois counties are worth an estimated $42,461,904 – the list includes over 2,700 unclaimed properties in Jasper County worth nearly $338,000 and over 6,400 unclaimed properties in Richland County worth some $1.12 million – also, the counties of Lawrence, Crawford, and Effingham have properties worth over $1 million each – area residents are urged to visit the website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov to search for property or to get more information.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Farm Bureau rainfall report from the nine townships, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at just under a half inch, at forty-four hundredths of an inch (0.44) with the recording period ending at 10:00 this past Monday morning – the county’s highest total was eight tenths (0.80) in Olney Township, followed by sixty-five hundredths (0.65) in Preston Township, six tenths of an inch (0.60) in Denver Township, a half inch even (0.50) in German and Noble Townships – then four tenths (0.40) in Bonpas Township, three tenths (0.30) in Decker Township, two tenths (0.20) in Madison Township, and no rain recorded in Claremont Township – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge side of Olney, we recorded forty-two hundredths of an inch (0.42) of rain during the same time period – Richland County’s year-to-date rainfall average is still running about five inches (5.00) more than it was at this time a year ago in 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus has announced that he will be available to meet with local constituents in Jasper County on Friday, September 4th, a week from tomorrow – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings from 9:30 to 11:00 that morning in the Newton City Hall – it’s a great chance to meet with the Congressman to discuss a problem or to express thoughts on legislation or other issues – to schedule an appointment for next Friday morning in Newton, folks should call the Congressman’s office in Effingham at  217-347-7947  during regular office hours – those who need special accommodations should call at least 48 hours in advance – for more, check the Congressman’s website at  www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the top shooters in this past Saturday’s 4th Annual Farm Bureau Young Leaders Trap Shoot held at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – with twelve teams taking part, the $200 top prize went to the team that included J.T. Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Chad Kuenstler, Kyle Kuenstler, and Brad Kuenstler – the top three individuals receiving $100, $50, and $30 respectively were John Snider, Jordan Tomlin, and Donald Herdes – the winner of the gun raffle, taking ownership of the Remington 870 Shotgun was Maurice Ochs – all proceeds from the event will help sponsor college scholarships for students in Richland County – the Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders thank everyone for their support.

 

(NEWTON)  Current and former union members and their families in the area covered by the Mideastern Illinois Labor Council are invited to attend the 39th annual Labor Picnic from 12 noon to 4:00 this Saturday afternoon in Fox Ridge State Park, seven miles south of Charleston along Illinois Route 130 – the Council dedicates this year’s event to the memory of Harold Cross and J.T. Slaughter, two local labor leaders who were instrumental in sustaining the annual picnic for many years – along with the free meal, there will be live music and drawings for special prizes – the MILC represents organized labor in the 10 area counties of Jasper, Crawford, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Douglas, Shelby, and Moultrie.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will present the final three performances of “Assisted Living : The Musical” this weekend – Friday & Saturday night at 6:00 each night (Illinois time) and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets on sale at the door or logon at www.oldtownplayers.org

   
    The Fourth Annual Harmony Fest is this Saturday, four miles west of St. Francisville, on Harmony Road in rural Lawrence County – the day of music begins at 2:00 that afternoon with various local musicians all taking part, including Victoria Kittle, Evan Twitty, the “Wood & Wire” Band, the Hawf Family String Band, the Adams Band, & more – bring your own chairs – no alcohol allowed – concessions available


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is this Saturday, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at  618-393-5900


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited


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

 

 

 

August 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure over the Midwest continues to dominant our weather conditions in downstate Illinois, which will continue for the rest of this work week – plenty of sunshine for the most part, with a few clouds mixed in at times, however no rain chances are in sight at this time – some night time clouds will increase thru the weekend, but no rain expected now until mid-week, next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – an outbreak of mumps at the University of  Illinois continues to grow with what health officials now say are almost 100 cases – the News-Gazette reports that as of yesterday, 98 cases have been confirmed with other student’s lab tests pending – University health officials are offering free vaccination clinics for students this week as fall semester classes started this week in Champaign.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Attorney General’s office is hailing a new state law that will prevent hospitals from billing survivors of sexual assault for medical forensic exams – the office says the legislation removes a barrier that may keep rape victims from going to a hospital after the crime – Governor Bruce Rauner signed the law this past Monday – the new law in Illinois will go into effect the first of next year, January 1, 2016.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois officials report fewer than 412,000 people attended this year’s State Fair – despite the near perfect weather for the 11-day event, there’s no explanation for a figure that was less than half the 961,000 who attended the State Fair as recently as two years ago – grandstand entertainment brought in an estimated $1.9 million, the second-highest grossing lineup in State Fair history – the numbers show the highest daily attendance this year was on the first Saturday, August 14th, with more than 70,000 people.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met for just under one hour this past Monday night – the Board  :  heard from the Village’s Zoning Board, which noted the mowing of properties in Noble  :  noted that culverts purchased in the past are set to be installed this week along Elm Street  :  also noted that all designated streets in Noble have been oiled and chipped with some extra pea gravel available  :  noted that the Village’s property at 205 South First Street has been cleaned up with the total cost for that property now at $9,568  :  took no action on the possibility of the Village implementing a charge for damage after boring under Village streets  :  heard a request to consider amending the Village’s Liquor License Ordinance for special events, but no action was taken  :  noted that the Village’s Fall Cleanup date is set for Friday, September 25th  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be September 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – the state’s corn harvest is underway, but on a limited basis as the state’s crop maturity rates remain slightly behind a year ago – last week’s average statewide precipitation was 1.39 inches, seven tenths of an inch (0.70) above normal – last week’s statewide average temperature was 70.9 degrees, 2.7 degrees below normal  :  farmers in our ten county area report much the same as statewide farmers on crop progress – corn in the dough stage is at 90% locally as of Sunday, with two-thirds the corn dented, and less than 5% mature, if that – nearly all the local soybeans have bloomed, at 93%, while nearly 90% are now setting pods – at this point in time, about 10% of the local crops are rated in excellent condition, 75% in fair to good shape, and 10% in poor to very poor condition – area farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as we continue to move closer to the fall harvest in Southeastern Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) has continued the reaffirmation of accreditation of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges until 2024-2025 – this follows an April visit earlier this year by a five-member Review Team which found the IECC District met all five accreditation criteria required by the Higher Learning Commission, recommending approval & extension of accreditation – the District wants to note the continued work of  IECC faculty, staff, students, and alumni leading up to and during the accreditation process as the result reaffirms the strengths of the IECC District – the four college system operates four main college campuses  :  Olney Central in Olney, Wabash Valley in Mt. Carmel, Lincoln Trail near Robinson, and Frontier Community in Fairfield.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the death of a Martinsville farmer who was killed after his single-engine plane crashed early this past Saturday morning – Clark County authorities report the body of 63 year old David Goodwin was found inside his plane at the crash site – with 14 years of experience as a pilot, Goodwin often took to the air to check on his crops – results from an autopsy are currently pending.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. District Court in Benton has announced the sentencing scheduled for this past Monday for an Effingham doctor was postponed until September 14th – the continuance was requested by lawyers of Naeem Kohli, the physician that was found guilty last January of seven counts for illegally dispensing a controlled substance out of his business in Effingham – he faces anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.

 

(NEWTON)  The Annual Homecoming in Willow Hill is coming up this Saturday, running from 9:00 in the morning throughout the rest of the day – the event will feature an afternoon Car & Bike Show, an Antique Tractor Show, afternoon entertainment, bingo, a cake walk, an evening raffle drawing, and much more – the food lineup includes plenty of pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – all the money raised will go for improvements at Edison Park – for other details or information, call 618-783-9564 or 783-9764.

 

(OLNEY)  A note that the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement personnel will be out in extra force as we approach and move thru the Labor Day weekend – the extra patrols, roadside safety checks, and more will be looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, for those illegally using cell phones while driving, and for those not buckled up – all to make it a safe holiday weekend.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will present the final three performances of “Assisted Living : The Musical” this weekend – Friday & Saturday night at 6:00 each night (Illinois time) and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets on sale at the door or logon at www.oldtownplayers.org 

  
    The Fourth Annual Harmony Fest is this Saturday, four miles west of St. Francisville, on Harmony Road in rural Lawrence County – the day of music begins at 2:00 that afternoon with various local musicians all taking part, including Victoria Kittle, Evan Twitty, the “Wood & Wire” Band, the Hawf Family String Band, the Adams Band, & more – bring your own chairs – no alcohol allowed – concessions available


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is this Saturday, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at  618-393-5900


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited

 

 

 

August 25, 2015

(OLNEY)  A high pressure over the Midwest will keep us dry with lower-than-normal temperatures for the next several days as we move thru the last week of August – at this time, there’s no rain in sight, in the seven to ten day forecast – stay tuned for continued weather updates on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA. 

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayer Rahm Emanuel say they want answers from the Illinois Petroleum Council about the gas prices increase - both sent a letter asking the council to outline causes, when prices are expected to decline, and how to prevent future increases – stations in the Midwest depend on BP’s Whiting, Indiana, refinery, which unexpectedly shut down a crude distillation unit for repairs this month – Madigan and Emanuel wrote they understand the outage, but crude oil prices are at all-time lows.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois House arrives in Springfield following a round of political rallies last week which attempted to boost spirits in a continuing dispute over approval of a state budget – the House on Tuesday will conduct a hearing on a plan to restore cuts to child assistance for working parents and it will convene as an entire body to continue discussions of the budget stalemate – Republicans and Democrats each had a day at the Illinois State Fair last week to take center stage and blame the other side for the dispute – the state is ending its eighth week without a yearlong spending plan that was supposed to take effect in July.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  accepted the financial audit for fiscal year 2015 as presented by Kemper CPA – it was deemed a “clean” audit with no problems  :  agreed to purchase protective vests for the Olney Police Department worth $10,700 – grant monies paid for $8,400 of the cost  :  approved two re-appointments – Dave Lobacz to the Fire Pension Board and Rick Runyon to the Police Pension Board  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss personnel, real property, and collective bargaining  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting is September 14.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in special session last night in Olney – the Board went into executive session to discuss issues dealing with personnel – after 91 minutes in closed session, the Board returned to open session with no action taken, followed by adjournment – the Richland County Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on September 17 at the County Jail meeting room in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are reminded that during the first two weeks of  September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – the agency will take a comprehensive look into the 2015 production and supply of small grains, including wheat, oats, barley, and rye – at least 2,300 producers in Illinois will be contacted – also, the NASS will contact Illinois farmers to gather information on their 2015 production & the quantities of corn, soybeans, wheat, and oats currently stored on farm – all information will remain confidential and no farmer or farm taking part will be identified – for more, logon to the NASS website, at  www.nass.usda.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of reminders for area hunters  :  Illinois 2015 Resident Either-Sex Archery Deer Permit applications will be accepted now thru September 1st, a week from today  :  also, the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Permits are currently available over-the-counter from DNR direct license and permit vendors throughout the state – they’re also available on the DNR website, but only thru August 31st, which is next Monday – the statewide Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, running October 10th thru 12th  :  for all things outdoors, including permit applications, season dates, & more, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s school time in Jasper County as teachers and staff  had a Teacher’s Institute yesterday – the first full day back to school is today for all students within the Jasper County School District – this includes all students attending schools in Newton and Ste. Marie, plus the St. Thomas School in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has announced that its scheduled Customer Appreciation event set for this coming Saturday, the 29th, at the Richland Country Club, has been cancelled – this event was to have been held for all Farm Bureau / Country voting and associate members, plus Country Financial clients – but again, its announced that the event scheduled for this Saturday in Olney has been cancelled.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet with local constituents in Crawford and Wabash Counties today – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings this morning from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Robinson City Hall and this afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Mt. Carmel City Hall – the Congressman will also be visiting the Newton City Hall a week from this Friday on September 4th, so mark your calendar in Jasper County – for an appointment, call the Effingham Shimkus office at  217-347-7947.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Both the Heritage House on Kitchell Avenue and the Carnegie Museum on East Main Street in Olney will be open this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00 – young & old alike are invited to stop by and take a look


    The Fourth Annual Harmony Fest is this Saturday, four miles west of St. Francisville, on Harmony Road in rural Lawrence County – the day of music begins at 2:00 that afternoon with various local musicians all taking part, including Victoria Kittle, Evan Twitty, the “Wood & Wire” Band, the Hawf Family String Band, the Adams Band, & more – bring your own chairs – no alcohol allowed – concessions available


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is this Saturday, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at  618-393-5900


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited


    There are two Richland County drives on Friday – at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00 and at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00 – as always, all blood types & platelets are very much in need


    The Richland County Farmers Market is again available to the public today from 11:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public on this Tuesday

 

 

 

August 24, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure moves over the Midwest by tomorrow, bringing with it a full work week of dry and cool weather conditions in this final full week of August – at this time, there is no rain in the forecast over the next week to ten days, however some forecast models show maybe a slight chance of rain come Saturday – enjoy this below normal coolness and sunshine all this week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation aimed at fighting an epidemic of contagious liver disease, noting it would cost the state too much money it doesn’t have – the bill required doctors to offer hepatitis C tests to patients born between 1945 and 1965 – while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended this bill, most statewide doctors disagreed.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois families who do not want their children to be vaccinated will have to get a doctor’s note before claiming a religious exemption, however the new law will not affect students returning to school this year – the requirements will not go into effect until October 16, giving parents plenty of time to decide – Illinois is among 47 states that allow children an exemption from vaccines based on religious concerns.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Fair finished up with its Family Day yesterday thru last night – while no numbers are available as of yet, it’s believed last week’s weather helped in bringing plenty of visitors to the annual event  :  Illinois’ second state fair down at Du Quoin will get started this coming Friday and run all of next week, wrapping up a week from today, on Labor Day – for details, logon at www.agr.state.il.us/dq.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council will meet in regular session tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00 – it’s a rather light agenda to be considered, including action expected on only a few items – reports from the City Manager and appointed officials will be heard, and an executive session will be held to talk about real property, collective negotiations, and personnel  :  also tonight, the Noble Village Board meets at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :   as always, both of tonight’s meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s also been announced that the Richland County Board will have a special meeting tonight, beginning at 7:00, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – most all of the meeting will be held in executive session to discuss personnel – the public is welcome to attend any part of the open session.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus visited Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon, this past Friday, to announce a TRiO Student Support Services grant award, worth $1.15 million over the next five years – the former teacher noted that program will serve at least 160 low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled students thru a comprehensive system – it’s the third, five-year grant cycle award for Lake Land.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s school time in Jasper County as teachers and staff are in today for a Teacher’s Institute – plus, it’s Buddy Night and Parent Meetings at 5:30 this evening at the St. Thomas School in Newton – the first full day of school back in session is tomorrow for all students within the Jasper County School District.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and State DNR are offering a Hunter Education Class in Olney this week – that’s from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, tonight, tomorrow night, and Thursday night, August 24th, 25th, and 27th, at The Christian Church of Olney, just east of The Holiday, on Sam Street – registration begins each evening at 5:30 and those taking part must attend all three sessions – while it’s for youth age 10 years or older who want to secure a hunting license by taking the 10-hour course, it’s also available for those of any age – the course includes instruction on wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game ID, hunting regulations, first aid survival techniques, & more – class size is limited – to get details or for last minute resistration today, stop by the County Extension office in Olney or call now  618-395-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  The Annual Homecoming in Willow Hill is coming up this Saturday, August 29th, running from 9:00 in the morning, throughout the rest of the day – the event will feature a Car & Bike Show, an Antique Tractor Show, King & Queen Coronation, afternoon entertainment, bingo, a cake walk, and much more – the food lineup includes plenty of pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – all the money raised will go for improvements at Edison Park – for other details, call 618-783-9564 or 783-9764.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has announced its 2015 Bus Trip to the Covered Bridge Festival, coming up on Tuesday, October 13th, with the bus leaving the Eagles Lodge parking lot in Olney at 6:00 that morning and returning at around 6:00 that evening – the trip to Bridgeton, Indiana is priced at only $20 per Farm Bureau member and at $30 for non-members – for more details or to reserve your seat, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at 618-393-4116 – for Festival details, logon at www.coveredbridges.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet with local constituents in Crawford and Wabash Counties tomorrow – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Robinson City Hall and Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Mt. Carmel City – to set an appointment at either site, call the Congressman’s Effingham office at  217-347-7947.

 

(OLNEY)  Area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives  :  this afternoon at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  there are two Richland County drives on Friday – at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00 – at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is this Saturday, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at  618-393-5900


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited


    It’s been announced that the indoor pool at Lincoln Trail College near Robinson will be closed both tomorrow & Wednesday due to needed repairs – the indoor pool at LTC should be back open Thursday


    And the Richland County Farmers Market will again be available tomorrow from 11:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public on Tuesday

 

 

 

August 22, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure over the Midwest will keep us dry today despite some scattered clouds here & there – our next downstate rain chance is tomorrow with scattered showers & storms possible in both the morning & afternoon, however the threat of severe conditions is diminishing – we’re then back to more cool and dry conditions for next Monday thru Thursday – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair continues in Springfield – today is Park District Conservation Day with the focus including activities for all ages in the Conservation World area – today will also feature the USAC Silver Crown Series Auto Races & the Sportsman Nationals this afternoon, plus in concert tonight is Austin Mahone with Kalin & Myles, Laura Marano, & Devin Hayes – and the Championship Demo Derby in the Arena tonight – the final day, tomorrow, on Sunday, will be Family Day with the admission price lowered to only $3 per person – for more details, check the Fair’s website at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, statewide first responders, and medical community members earlier this week showcased the benefits of the State Yellow Dot Program – launched four years ago in 2011, the program is simple, where participants place a circular yellow sticker on the lower left corner of the driver’s side rear window of their vehicles and fill out a card to place in their glove box – the card containing vital personal information then assists first responders in the effect of a traffic accident – it’s free to all residents with details available online at  www.yellowdotillinois.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA has designated 87 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rains and flooding that occurred this year since the 1st of June – this makes farmers in these counties eligible for low interest emergency loans to cover part of the damages and losses incurred – the list of area counties includes Richland, Jasper, Clay, Effingham, Marion, & Wayne – not to mention several counties in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Kentucky – farmers should contact their county FSA Office.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and State DNR are offering a Hunter Education Class in Olney next week – that’s from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, next Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, August 24th, 25th, and 27th, at The Christian Church of Olney, just east of The Holiday, on Sam Street – registration begins each evening at 5:30 and those taking part must attend all three sessions – while it’s for youth age 10 years or older who want to secure a hunting license by taking the 10-hour course, it’s also available for those of any age – the course includes instruction on wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game ID, hunting regulations, first aid survival techniques, & more – class size is limited to 60 participants – to get details or to sign up next Monday, stop by the County Extension office in Olney or call  618-395-2191.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Both the Heritage House on Kitchell Avenue and the Carnegie Museum on East Main Street in Olney will be open tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 – young & old alike are invited to stop by


    The Richland County blood drive is tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:30 at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown – all donors are urged to get out & give blood – all blood types & platelets are needed


    The Claremont Community Center has its “summer chowder” is later afternoon with serving from 4:00 until sold out – menu also includes fish, turkey barbeque, hot dogs, & dessert – bulk chowder & turkey barbeque available – proceeds for community projects and more in Claremont


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders has their 4th Annual Trap Shoot today at the County Line Gun Club, just north of Hites Hardwood, off of U.S. Route 50, west of Noble – it’s registration at 10:30 and guns up at 11:00 – concessions available for purchase & raffle tickets on sale to win a shotgun


    Ralph Carter’s 22nd Annual benefit “poker run” is today with signup from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Olney VFW with kickstands up at 12 noon – all vehicles welcome – a live auction, food, & entertainment to will follow later this evening at the Olney VFW – all proceeds go to the Shriners Children’s Hospital


    The St. Thomas School in Newton will have its 4th Annual “Duck Race” is this morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, at 9:00 – then the Back to School “Mass & Greet Night” is later this evening with the 5:30 Mass followed by sandwiches, chips, and drinks in the Parish Center in Newton – all ages are welcome


    It’s another Country Breakfast at the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs this Saturday morning with serving from 8:00 to 10:00 – the $6 tickets will be on sale at the door and carry-outs will be available