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February 28, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  Another winter storm is tracking east from the Plains will spread accumulating snow across our region tonight thru tomorrow before ending tomorrow night – a wintry mix with freezing rain and/or sleet could be included at times – it will all clear out of our region with a dry Monday, followed by much warmer air and a chance of a thunderstorm on Tuesday, then colder again next Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6:00 tonight thru 6:00 Sunday night for Richland and most all surrounding counties – the snow will begin falling by sunset this evening and continue thru the day on Sunday – some freezing rain is possible for a while tomorrow morning before the mixture changes to snow and rain – the area snow accumulations of between 3 and 5 inches are likely with more or less possible in some spots – then some melting during Sunday afternoon – motorists are urged to allow extra time if travel is necessary – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s an update from Olney Central College – while parts of Wattleworth Hall remain closed for repair work, limited courses will continue to meet next Monday & Tuesday at the West Richland Center in Noble – the Student Services Office, Food Service, Bookstore, and Anderson Library will all be open next week, but not accessible thru Wattleworth Hall – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of all OCC classes – other information’s available online, at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  This year’s Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge, which locally will take place at Lake Sara, near Effingham, starts at 12 noon today – the proceeds will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, specifically the more than 700 athletes who compete in East Central / Area 9, including the counties of Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Shelby, Effingham, and Clay –last year in 2014, more than $2.1 million was raised by over 7,300 plungers around the state – for last minute details or to see how local residents can help out, go online at www.plungeillinois.com.

 

(NEWTON)  It will be a busy day in Ste. Marie tomorrow – the annual St. Mary’s Brunch is in the morning from 8:00 to 12 noon in the St. Mary’s Parish Center with tickets at the door – plus a Bake Sale with plenty of homemade goodies to choose from – the Sainte Marie Foundation House and Museum will be open from 11:00 until 3:00 – folks are encouraged to stop by and view the current Military Exhibit which will only be available thru the end of May – it’s food in the morning & history in the afternoon in Ste. Marie tomorrow.

 

(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   :  tomorrow at the Salisbury Church in Charleston from 2:00 to 7:00  :  next Monday at the Shelbyville High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also Monday at the Mattoon Middle School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  next Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia from 11:00 to 4:00  :  next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  and next Tuesday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more details or to schedule a blood-giving appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, hosted by the NWTF’s Richland County Longspurs Chapter, is this evening at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with a social hour before the meal – then an auction for sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, & more – for tickets, call now at 618-843-7967


    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is this evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual fundraising breakfast this morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building in Noble – it’s all-you-can-eat, pay at the door – all ages invited


    Republic Services are continuing to haul trash in the Newton and Jasper County area today – other locations are running on the regular trash pickup schedule, including the Olney and Noble areas

 

 

 

February 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A strong arctic high pressure will settle into the Midwest this afternoon, giving us some sunshine and another Arctic airmass with cold wind chill readings now thru tomorrow night – another winter weather system could bring us 1 to 3 inches of new snow this weekend, most likely Saturday night thru early Sunday – a slight warm up will switch it to all rain Sunday afternoon, then more snow that night – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Jasper, Richland, and all surrounding counties, alerting folks to very cold wind chill values expected today, tonight, & thru tomorrow – a NWS Special Weather Statement reminds us of incoming snow accumulations Saturday night and thru Sunday morning – it calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow along the U.S. Route 50 corridor with 4 to 6 inches of snow possible north of a line along Interstate 70 – blowing and drifting snow could be a problem – then the chance of freezing rain, sleet, and eventually rain with a slight warm up thru the day on Sunday – there’s more nasty weather chances coming up next Monday night thru Wednesday next week – listen for details.

 

(NEWTON)  During his message to an Illinois Farm Bureau Conference this past Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said lawmakers who oppose his reform proposals will harm Illiois farmers & its business community – Rauner asked farmers to help support him and positive lawmakers as the Governor’s plan moves forward to cut billions of dollars in state spending, freeze property taxes, increase school funding, and enact several measures for union control – it’s all part of the new “reshaping” Illinois initiative.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs has announced that it will honor 14 Illinois soldiers who died in Operation Desert Storm during the first Gulf War, nearly a quarter-century ago – the special remembrance ceremony is tomorrow morning at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield and it’s totally free & open to the public – the Illinois casualties include military personnel from the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army who were among the 147 Americans to die in combat – the U.S.-led international coalition of 34 countries drove Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces out of Kuwait after a 1991 invasion.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police investigated a school bus / car collision that occurred at 12 noon yesterday in Jasper County, at the Route 130 / county road intersection, near Rose Hill – while the four students and driver of the Jasper County District mini-bus were not injured, an unidentified passenger from Oswego, Illinois was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney with injuries – the bus driver, 75 year old Ronald Maxon of Newton was ticketed for failure to yield to oncoming traffic  :  in response to the bus / car collision, Jasper County School officials contacted the parents of each student involved and after they were checked by paramedics at the scene, they were driven home on another bus with their principal also on hand – thanks to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance Service for their quick response.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s an update from Olney Central College, noting that parts of Wattleworth Hall will remain closed again today as the repair work continues – while the Student Services Office, the Food Service, and Bookstore opened yesterday, the OCC Anderson Library will open and resume regular hours today, on this Friday, although students are asked to access the Library from the outside stairwell – limited courses will meet today and next Monday & Tuesday at the West Richland Center in Noble – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of all OCC classes – meeting locations and other information is available on the District's website, at www.iecc.edu/occ, where new updates are provided as needed.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that as part of Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week, this coming Sunday thru next Saturday, March 1st thru 7th, the National Weather Service will be conducting the annual Statewide Tornado Drill next Tuesday morning, March 3rd, at 10:00 – this will coincide with the “first Tuesday of the month” siren test that many communities conduct – while the statewide test will be transmitted thru weather radios, commercial radios, television stations, and elsewhere, residents should remember this will be a test and NOT AN ACTUAL emergency alert – it will also be an opportunity for area schools, daycare centers, and various businesses, plants, and factories to practice their respective tornado drills – to learn more about tornado and/or several weather preparedness tips check the IEMA or National Weather Service websites available online – safety tips also available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The recent USDA released 2014 Illinois corn yield estimates were higher than they’ve been for the past few years with the average corn yield in our 15 area counties surrounding Olney coming in at 188 bushels per acre – here’s the area 2014 corn yields from top to bottom  :  Coles County (1) had the highest yield at 212.6 bushels per acre  :  Clark County (2) at 198.1 bushels  :  Effingham and White Counties (3) each at 196.4 bushels  :  Cumberland County (5) at 196.1 bushels  :  Jasper County (6) at 185.4 bushels  :  Wayne County (7) at 184.8 bushels  :  Crawford County (8) at 184.7 bushels  :  Marion County (9) at 183.8 bushels  :  Richland County (10) at 181.1 bushels  :  Fayette County (11) at 180.3 bushels  :  Wabash County (12) at 180 bushels  :  Lawrence County (13) at 177.4 bushels  :  Clay County (14) at 173.1 bushels  :  and Edwards County will no numbers available  :  we’ll look at the local soybean numbers next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau wants to say thanks to all the members that attended the 97th annual meeting held earlier this week in Olney – while those attending heard updates and more, the Farm Bureau Foundation was able to raise $4,460 during the silent auction which will fund the Richland County Ag Literacy and Scholarship programming for the upcoming year – a huge “thank you” to everyone that purchased the auction items and to all individuals, groups, and businesses that donated items for the cause.

 

(NEWTON)  It will be a busy day in Ste. Marie this Sunday – first the annual St. Mary’s Brunch is Sunday morning with serving from 8:00 until 12 noon in the St. Mary’s Parish Center with tickets at the door – plus the St. Mary’s Youth Group will sponsor a Bake Sale with plenty of homemade goodies to choose from – in order to accommodate those coming to the Brunch, the Sainte Marie Foundation House and Museum will now be open from 11:00 until 3:00, that’s extended hours – folks are encouraged to stop by and view the current Military Exhibit which will only be available thru the end of May – it’s a great opportunity for some great food in the morning and a step back in history this coming Sunday morning & afternoon in Ste. Marie.

 

(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 Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Flora Wal-Mart Store from 11:00 to 3:00  :  for more information or details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  As National FFA Week wraps up tomorrow, as hope you’ll join us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we salute all past and present members of our many regional FFA Chapters in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – each chapter has various activities taking place each day & some nights this past week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is tomorrow evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy breakfast tomorrow morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building in Noble – pay a the door


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight – tickets on sale at the door and carry-outs available – all ages invited


    The East Richland High School Construction Club has its rescheduled spaghetti dinner this evening in the ERHS cafeteria, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets at the door – all are invited out tonight

 

    While Republic Services continues to haul trash on a regular schedule in the Noble and Olney areas, it’s announced that crews will be collecting the garbage in Newton today and tomorrow – Republic customers are asked to have all garbage at the normal location for pick up – Republic Services is trying to catch up with its trash hauling after a couple of recent delays due to the recent snowy and icy weather

 

 

 

February 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  An Alberta Clipper low pressure system will move thru the Midwest today – while the heavier amounts of snow stay to our north, we’ll have scattered light snow then flurries, today thru tonight, with less than inch possible – then more arctic air moves in for tonight and tomorrow before a slight warm up and the chance of snow and/or rain Sunday – possibly a wintry mix Monday thru Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner says a deal is coming that would give him emergency powers to close the gaps in the state budget – the State Journal-Register says Rauner is confident that a resolution can be reached with legislative leaders that will allow him to reallocate money from nonessential programs into those that are more important – some say a few “major issues” must be ironed out before this will happen.

 

(OLNEY)  House Speaker Michael Madigan is once again pushing for a so-called “millionaires tax” in Springfield – Madigan filed a proposal that would place an additional 3 percent tax on anyone making a personal income of more than $1 million – the money raised would then to be dedicated solely to education – Madigan and other supporters claim the tax would generate over a billion-dollars in extra revenue.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is coming off  a historic corn and soybean harvest from last fall – the latest USDA data shows average 2014 yields above 200 bushels per acre for corn and 50 bushels per acre for soybeans across the state – both were increases from the previous year – we’ll look at the area numbers tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s another update from Olney Central College, noting that Wattleworth Hall will remain closed today and tomorrow – the Student Services Office is open, along with the OCC Food Service and Bookstore, although students should enter thru the Student Union area patio doors – limited day & evening courses are meeting today thru tomorrow night at the West Richland Center in Noble, formerly the West Richland High School, with a shuttle service available for those who need transportation to and from the Center in Noble – additional classes are being reviewed for next Monday, March 2nd – some courses will meet online – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of classes and courses – meeting locations and other information is available on the District's website, at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  It will be a busy day in Ste. Marie this Sunday – first the annual St. Mary’s Brunch is Sunday morning with serving from 8:00 until 12 noon in the St. Mary’s Parish Center with tickets at the door – plus the St. Mary’s Youth Group will sponsor a Bake Sale with plenty of homemade goodies to choose from – in order to accommodate those coming to the Brunch, the Sainte Marie Foundation House and Museum will now be open from 11:00 until 3:00, that’s extended hours – folks are encouraged to stop by and view the current Military Exhibit which will only be available thru the end of May – it’s a great opportunity for some great food in the morning and a step back in history this coming Sunday morning & afternoon in Ste. Marie.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to a Richland County farmer who’s been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – Jeremiah Fleming has selected the Richland County 4-H Foundation as the recipient of the $2,500 donation – a special check presentation event has been set up for next Tuesday afternoon at the University of Illinois Extension office in Olney – the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program enrolls farmers across the state and nation for a chance to win $2,500 which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit choice – other area winners are soon to be announced as well – a tip of the hat to Jeremiah Fleming and his support of our local 4-H Foundation.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Illinois Oil and Gas Association’s 69th Annual Convention & Trade Show is quickly approaching, scheduled to start a week from today, March 5th, and continue thru next Friday, the 6th – it’s all to be held at the Old National Events Plaza down in Evansville with plenty of seminars and workshops, oilfield vendors, and much more – the Thursday night Banquet entertainment will be popular music legend Kenny Rogers – for more details check the Association’s website online at www.ioga.com.

 

(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 East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  and yet again today at the St. Peter Village Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Flora Wal-Mart Store from 11:00 to 3:00  :  for more information, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Teenagers from across downstate Illinois will descend on Rend Lake College near Ina Saturday for the Rotary District 6510’s Youth Success Rally – it’s a free event for high school age teens with various workshops, panels, special sessions, and more, running from 8:30 to 5:30 – for more information or details go to www.JWSunsetRotary.org/Event/352 – the teen event is being co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jackson-Williamson Sunset and District 6510, which is comprised of 48 clubs and some 1,650 individuals in Illinois’ 28 southern-most counties, including Richland, Lawrence, Clay, Marion, and others to the south. 

 

(OLNEY)  As mentioned yesterday, the deadline is this Friday for farmers to update yields and/or reallocate the bases on their farms – the Richland County FSA continues to host informational meetings / workshops this week to help farmers with decisions associated with the 2014 Farm Bill and options available – the next meeting will be at 9:00 this morning – all free of charge and open on a first come, first serve basis – for any last minute appointment, stop by or call the Richland County FSA office at 618-392-7141, ext #2.

 

(OLNEY)  Most all area Soil & Water Conservation District offices are currently taking orders for their spring fish and tree sales – here in Richland County, the fish delivery date is March 25th, five weeks from tomorrow – while grass carp must be ordered by March 6th, all other species available must be ordered shortly after that date – meanwhile, the expected delivery date for trees will be during the week of April 6th, a little bit later – contact the Richland County SWCD office or the office in your respective county to order.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National FFA Week, as hope you’ll join us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we salute all past and present members of our many local and regional FFA Chapters in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – each chapter has various activities taking place each day & some nights during this week.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton again reminds city residents that while some city utility bills may have been damaged after mailed to residents, city utility customers should call the Newton City Hall if they have not received their bill for the month of February as of yet – if any questions, call the Newton City Hall.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy breakfast this Saturday morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building – pay a the door – all are invited


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall along Whittle Avenue in Olney with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door and carry-outs available


    The East Richland High School Construction Club will have its rescheduled spaghetti dinner this Friday evening in the ERHS cafeteria, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets at the door – all are invited


    Also don’t forget tickets are on sale each weekday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the OCC Theatre Lobby for the upcoming OCC production of “Mary Poppins” – six performances over the last two weekends in March

 

 

 

February 25, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A clipper weather system will dive southeast across our Midwestern region by late tonight, bringing us some cloud cover later today and tonight, then a chance of some light snow after midnight thru tomorrow morning – when the snow stops by Thursday afternoon, another round of arctic air will move in for the rest of the work week – as we slightly warm up, we’ll see snow & rain Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Moody’s Investors Service is calling Governor Bruce Rauner’s $32 billion budget proposal “hard to implement” due a strong Democratic opposition in both the State House and State Senate – the Governor’s plan calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, pensions, and other programs to bridge a nearly $6 billion budget gap without raising taxes – the top credit rating agency says the political landscape will be tough.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and The Autism Program of Illinois (ATP) are launching an innovative program designed to create collective solutions to address the support needs of statewide residents impacted by autism – the “Targeting Autism” program will encourage libraries to work together with TAP, which is the largest statewide autism resource and service network in the nation – the first of two forums will be held March 4th & 5th in Springfield – go online at www.cyberdriveillinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is getting two new members – Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Jill Smart and Ramon Cepeda, filling two seats that expired last month – Smart was an executive at the Chicago-based company Accenture while Cepeda is currently the senior vice president of Northern Trust in Chicago – both Smart and Cepeda are graduates of the University of Illinois.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  agreed to have the Village’s utility tractor repaired for an estimated cost of around $2,000, give or take  :  agreed to donate $75 to the Noble Community Youth League for a sponsor’s banner  :  noted that the Personnel Committee recently met to discuss pay rates and employee benefits with the discussion to resume next year – the Committee also talked about the need of a personnel policy manual for Village employees  :  discussed, but no action, in regards to gaming machines and the change of liquor licenses available within the Village limits, along with various other questions  :  and noted that due to weather water bills for this month’s billing cycle will be estimated  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting will be held March 9th.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has announced that Wattleworth Hall remains closed following  the electrical fire that occurred Saturday on OCC’s second floor, in which the building sustained extensive smoke damage – while the cleanup efforts are underway with electrical repairs being made, IECC officials are coordinating efforts between the four IECC colleges to meet the educational needs of the students within the District – as classes resumed yesterday for programs housed in other buildings, limited additional courses and programs will meet today at the West Richland Center in Noble, formerly the West Richland High School, plus additional courses will resume tomorrow – for the status on OCC courses restarting and/or new meeting times and locations, students should logon to their Entrata accounts – meeting locations and other information is available on the District's website, at www.iecc.edu/occ – a shuttle service will be available for students who need transportation from the college to the West Richland Center in Noble.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s not too late for area folks to help out with this year’s Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge, which locally will take place at Lake Sara, near Effingham, starting at 12 noon this Saturday – the proceeds will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, specifically the more than 700 athletes who compete in East Central / Area 9, including the counties of Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Shelby, Effingham, and Clay – participants in Saturday’s Polar Plunge must raise $75 in donations from friends, family, and/or co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters – last year in 2014, more than $2.1 million was raised by over 7,300 plungers around the state – to register at the last minute or to see how local residents can help out, go online at www.plungeillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Next week, March 2nd thru 8th, has been designated as National MS Awareness Week, a time to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks a person’s central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves – while a local “Talk MS” support group is available, there’s also a local “Join the Movement” group as well – plans have already been made for the 6th annual event in Olney on July 25th – meanwhile, with next week’s observance of MS Awareness Week, we urge everyone to consider wearing “orange” next Friday, March 6th, for local support.

 

(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   :  tomorrow at the East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  and yet again tomorrow at the St. Peter Village Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at the Flora Wal-Mart Store from 11:00 to 3:00  :  for more information, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  As mentioned yesterday, the deadline is this Friday for farmers to update yields and/or reallocate the bases on their farms – the Richland County FSA continues to host informational meetings / workshops this week to help farmers with decisions associated with the 2014 Farm Bill and options available – the next meeting will be at 9:00 tomorrow morning – all free of charge and open on a first come, first serve basis – for any last minute appointment, stop by or call the Richland County FSA office at 618-392-7141, ext #2.

 

(NEWTON)  During this National FFA Week, as hope you’ll join us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we salute all past and present members of our many local and regional FFA Chapters in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – each chapter has various activities taking place each day & some nights during this week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Republic Services is still hauling trash on a normal schedule this week, however crews are trying to pick up the areas that were missed last week, due to the nasty winter weather conditions, as time allows – this applies to the Olney, Noble, Newton, and all surrounding area – thanks for your patience


    The Ste. Marie Foundation Museum will be open this coming Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – area folks are invited to stop in and view the current Military Exhibit, which is only available thru May 31st


    The annual St. Mary’s Brunch is this Sunday morning from 8:00 until 12 noon at the Parish Center in Ste. Marie – it’s a great menu with tickets at the door & a Bake Sale sponsored by the Youth Group – all invited


    The annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, hosted by the NWTF’s Richland County Longspurs Chapter, is this Saturday evening at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with a social hour before the meal – then an auction for sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, & more – for tickets, call now at 618-843-7967


    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy breakfast this Saturday morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building – pay a the door – all are invited


    The East Richland High School Construction Club will have its rescheduled spaghetti dinner this Friday evening in the ERHS cafeteria, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets at the door – all are invited


    Also don’t forget tickets are on sale each weekday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the OCC Theatre Lobby for the upcoming OCC production of “Mary Poppins” – six performances over the last two weekends in March

 

 

 

February 24, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A cold and sunny sky will prevail today as a strong high pressure ridge slides southeast towards the Ohio Valley – but right behind it is a cold front that will move thru with another shot of arctic air that will keep us cold for the rest of this work week – in between is a weak weather disturbance that might give us some light snow tomorrow night – then more precipitation by Sunday night – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois home prices were up in January 2015, providing a solid start to the new housing year, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors – although statewide home sales last month were down 4.3% from last year, the statewide median price last month shot up to $150,000, a 10.4% gain over January 2014 – 37 of Illinois’ 102 counties recorded record sales for January 2015 over previous-year numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois students may have to repay tuition breaks to the state if they leave Illinois soon after graduation – lawmakers will consider a measure that would affect the Monetary Award Program, which serves about 140,000 lower income students in Illinois every year – the new plan would require students to pay back certain breaks if they leave the state within five years of graduation – also, the plan calls for students receiving grants to graduate within four years, plus it would allow no money if a student flunks out.

 

(NEWTON)  Statewide farmers are reminded that this Friday, February 27th, is the final day for producers to update yields or reallocate base acres to the USDA – if no changes are made by Friday, the farm’s current yield and bases will be used – farmers should contact their FSA Office in their respective county for a last minute appointment – the last day for producers & farm owners to elect a safety-net program is March 31st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  on a 4 to nothing vote, with one Council member absent, approved the $7,046 purchase of a mobile radar speed monitor including software  :  approved the consent agenda, which included payment of bills and four separate fundraising raffle licenses  :  discussed the budget timetable, noting that the Council will review the various parts of the budget during the two meetings in March, with a budget hearing to be held during the April 13th meeting  :  discussed details from the Illinois Municipal League concerning the Governor’s proposed budget, which at this time includes a reduction in tax revenues to cities across the state – if realized, this could be a loss of nearly $450,000 to the City of Olney  :  instructed all those involved to work together with the city to make the pickleball court at the City Park tennis courts a reality  :  and took no action after a closes session to talk about negotiations, real property, and personnel  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be March 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  A member of Congressman John Shimkus’ staff will be in Jasper County today to meet with area constituents to address any particular needs – the staff member will be at the Ste. Marie Village Hall this afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 – the Congressman’s office in Effingham is also open on a daily basis.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from Olney Central College – that while Wattleworth Hall remains closed and all courses taught there are cancelled today, all OCC programs off campus and across the bridge will meet on this Tuesday – the college will have a limited opening tomorrow, on Wednesday – meanwhile, the OCC Fitness Center will reopen today with regular hours, plus the tickets sales for the OCC Theatre’s spring production of “Mary Poppins” will begin today and continue each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 to 2:00, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby – for more details, check the OCC website at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton again reminds city residents that while some city utility bills may have been damaged after mailed to residents, city utility customers should call the Newton City Hall if they have not received their bill for the month of February as of yet – if any questions, call the Newton City Hall.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Richland County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse has tax forms available during regular office hours, each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the list of forms on hand includes the federal 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and instructions, plus other estimated forms, various schedules, and attachments – also available, the State 1040 and instructions, along with estimated forms and Circuit Breaker Forms – taxpayers are reminded that Wednesday, April 15th, is the tax deadline this year.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station here at the south edge of Olney – we’ve set another record low today, our third morning low in the past five days that’s either tied and set a new record low – this morning we dropped down to 4 below zero (–4), which breaks the previous record low for this February 24th, 2 above zero, set this date 101 years ago, in 1914 – our other two records tied the record low of  3 above zero yesterday morning and set a new low at 12 below zero last Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  As before mentioned, the deadline is this Friday for farmers to update yields and/or reallocate the bases on their farms – the Richland County FSA continues to host informational meetings / workshops this week to help farmers with decisions associated with the 2014 Farm Bill and options available – with the next meeting coming up at 6:00 this evening, the third & final meeting this week will be at 9:00 this coming Thursday morning – all free of charge and open on a first come, first serve basis – plus, for any last minute details or an appointment, stop by or call the Richland County FSA office at 618-392-7141, extension #2.

 

(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   :  today at the Neoga High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  on Thursday at the East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Thursday at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also Thursday at the St. Peter Village Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at the Flora Wal-Mart Store from 11:00 to 3:00  :  for more, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  During this National FFA Week, as hope you’ll join us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we salute all past and present members of our many local and regional FFA Chapters in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – each chapter has various activities taking place each day & some nights during this week.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from Republic Services that due to the extra icy weather received last Friday night, the area trash collection is still running behind – customers are asked NOT to leave their trash totes out – Republic Services will pick up normal routes this week and pick up the areas missed last week as time allows – this applies to the Olney, Noble, Newton, and all the surrounding area – thanks for your patience.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another country breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 8:00 to 10:00 at the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    The East Richland High School Construction Club will have its rescheduled spaghetti dinner this Friday evening in the ERHS cafeteria, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets at the door – all are invited


    A Newton Community High School Post Prom meeting for NCHS Junior parents is tonight in the NCHS Library, starting at 6:00 – all Junior parents are needed to help plan the 2015 Post Prom for May 2nd


    It’s the Ladies Night Out event at The Holiday this evening, sponsored by  the Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce – doors open at 5:00, with the show starting at 6:00 – tickets on sale in advance or at the door this evening – includes live demos, a style show, great food, and much more


    It’s another fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – fill out a fundraising form before order today thru tonight, and a portion of your receipt will be donated to the East Richland High School After Prom, which will use the money raised to provide a safe alternative to the juniors & seniors of Richland County