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July 29, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The Canadian high pressure ridge hanging over the Midwest will continue to control our weather pattern with cooler-than-normal air – however, an upper level low pressure system spinning north of the Great Lakes could trigger a few isolated showers in our region later today thru tomorrow, but nothing significant – with some rain chances this weekend, we’ll mostly all stay dry – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair Manager is facing a fine after accepting free “beer tickets” from a beer vendor at last summer’s fair – Amy Bliefnick will be fined $1,000 and suspended without pay for two days – the previous Du Quoin State Fair Manager, who resigned earlier this year, was fined $5,000 for accepting more such tickets and a cash kickback – state officials say it’s all about violating an Illinois ethics law.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn says he doesn’t have a problem with allowing more migrant children from Central America to take refuge in Illinois, but there are a few kinks to be worked out – while the state is already housing over 300 children who’ve escaped bad situations in their home countries, most of them are  in the Chicago area – it’s not clear where and for how long the additional children will be place in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) will begin publishing yield & production data for Illinois’ fall harvested crops on August 12th, two weeks from today – it’s a producer survey where growers report their estimated yields and production for corn, soybeans, & sorghum – all information provided is confidential – for more information, call the NASS Illinois Field Office at 1-800-551-1014.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night – the Council  :  agreed to increase the number of  Class A Liquor Licenses by one to allow the new Papa Mike’s to open just west of the current KC Hall in Olney – the council vote was 3 to 1 in favor, with one Councilman absent  :  agreed to spend $36,900 to the Moran Economic Development Group for technical service and assistance in submitting a new Enterprise Zone application by the end of the year  :  agreed to continue the City’s financial support of the annual Christmas Parade in Olney as the Rotary Club takes over the event  :  agreed to continue the legal proceedings to demolish the building at 631 West Butler Street  :  noted that the City has ordered 84 tons of winter road salt for the city’s reserves – the cost at $119 per ton  :  approved a letter of support for a SWAN grant application  :  discussed three other items, but took no action on talking pedestrian street crossing signals, the use of fireworks at ERHS football games, & medical marijuana  :  and no action after a closed session to discuss the sale of real property  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be August 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  We’ve been notified by a few local banking institutions that several of their customers have received phone calls concerning their debit cards – the caller indicates that the victim’s debit card is being restricted and to correct the problem, therefore asking the customer to submit their sixteen digit debit card number and their three digit security code – but remember folks, activity like this is not how our local banks do business – this is a SCAM – do not give out personal banking information over the phone, whether it’s checking, debit card, or savings – simply hang up on these callers and contact your bank if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s much the same story in other locations – banking customers are getting calls from someone claiming to be with a major credit card company, wanting personal information to process within their so called “databank” – but this too is simply a SCAM and an attempt to get an account number, whether its checking, debit card, savings, or something else – do not give out any such information over the phone, regardless how convincing the caller is – if any questions, ask for the caller’s name and get a return phone number to call them back to verify who they are – then call your financial institution for their assistance.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the only rainfall occurred last Wednesday morning and this past Saturday evening – the average county-wide rainfall was 2.53 inches – the county’s high rainfall total was 3.20 inches in Claremont Townhip – Bonpas Township was close behind at 3.10 inches – then Madison at 2.90 inches, Olney Township at 2.80 inches, and Noble Township at 2.75 inches – Denver & Preston Townships each had 2.40 inches, followed by Decker at 1.65 inches & German at 1.55 inches – here at  the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, we had 3.44 inches of rain over the 7-day period – although it came fast, it was some much needed moisture in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Robinson from 12 noon to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Flora VFW from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  also Thursday at the New Hope Christian Church near Bridgeport from 2:30 to 7:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out & give blood – all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative, and  A negative – for an appointment or for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until this coming Friday – but for those with no computer access or those that may require assistance, the final date available to register in person at the individual schools is today, from 10:00 this morning to 6:00 this evening – details about immunizations, physicals, emergency contacts, & other requirements will be needed, especially for new students – plus, don’t forget, for those going to the East Richland Elementary School, you must use the back entrance (the west entrance) off of Hall Street, due to road work on Holly Road, in front of the school – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are invited to a Lawrence County Tillage Day coming up this Friday, located 5.1 miles northeast of Sumner – a variety of vertical tillage tools will be demonstrated on the farm, beginning with registration at 9:00 that morning – it’s all hosted by the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District and will include tillage tools from equipment dealers in Albion, Vincennes, Newton, and Princeton, Indiana – that’s at 3352 Petty School Lane, rural Sumner – for more, call Kristie at 618-943-2621, ext. #3.

 

(OLNEY)  Pay now and beat the crowd and the penalty – the Richland County mobile home privilege tax payments are due on July 31st, this coming Thursday – the payments must be delivered to the Treasurer’s Office, postmarked, or placed in the Courthouse drop box by July 31st to be considered timely – the Treasurer’s office is open weekdays, each Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau still has room for the upcoming trip to see “A Mighty Fortress”, the latest offering in the Church Basement Ladies series – for more information or to sign up, stop by or call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at 618-783-2733 – do so today.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of  Richland County notes  :  the Richland County Highway Department is closing a section of East Pleasant Ridge Lane today for approximately two weeks for road reconstruction work – that’s between North Ridge Road and North Midway Road, north of Olney – at this time, only the residents of East Pleasant Ridge Lane will be able to access the work zone while construction is underway  :  also, it’s been announced that the Public Building Commission of Richland County will have a special meeting tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room – the Commission’s agenda includes the consideration of bids for the exterior courthouse work – the meeting, as always, is open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    Pre-K Screening for all 3 to 4 year old children in the Clay City School District will be held a week from today on August 5th at the Clay City Christian Church – parents should call 676-1521 for an appointment


    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic in Wendelin is coming up this Sunday with chicken dinners to be served in two lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – the lunch tickets go on sale at 10:45 that morning, first come, first serve – also a country store, cake stand, games, live music, a fundraising raffle, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE is hosting a free “pool party & school supply drive” this Saturday evening at the Musgrove Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – all ages are invited – admission is one school supply item per person – there’s no item too big or too small – all supplies to help those in Richland County


    The Newton Marching Eagles have a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Friday in the north parking lot, near the Jasper County Junior High entrance – from 10:30 to 1:00, they’ll be serving pork burgers and a drink and drive-thru service is available – for delivery of 10 or more orders, call 783-1408


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

 

 

 

July 28, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Cooler and less humid air will be in place across our region today as an area of low pressure will affect the weather in the Great Lakes region – the pleasant conditions for us will continue thru mid-week with some clouds above and another Canadian high pressure – then a slight warming trend will bring back the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night thru the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There could be a few changes coming to the motorcycle licensing program in Illinois – state officials are looking to add a third licensing category that would call for more specified training on bigger bikes – the riders would also be required to prove they can handle the motorcycle when they go thru their safety class – the idea is to cut back on motorcycle deaths, which have skyrocketed in recent years.

 

(NEWTON)  Ag economists say farmers who rent land probably need to renegotiate what they pay after watching corn & soybean prices fall – they say farmers’ profits this year & next will be considerably below the levels of the past few years – the current prices are the lowest since 2010 as soybeans have fallen well below $11 a bushel & corn is down to about $3.70 a bushel – statewide crops are in mostly good shape.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois officials joined together this past Friday in Springfield to commission 37 new State Troopers during a graduation ceremony – the new Troopers will begin their duties at various state police districts today, although only a handful of the new Troopers are coming south – while six were assigned to the District 11 Post in Collinsville, none were assigned to posts in Effingham, Carmi, or Du Quoin.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a Jasper County traffic crash that involved a single vehicle – the Illinois State Police report 38 year old Christopher C. Huber of  Ste. Marie was driving on a county road Saturday morning a little over one mile southwest of Ste. Marie, when his vehicle went off the road, into a ditch, back onto the road, and then overturned – Huber was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle – Huber was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with serious injuries.

 

(OLNEY)  A huge “thank you” to everyone who helped out in making this past weekend’s MS Join the Movement events in Olney another success – the planning committee says the 5th Annual event raised over $30,000 to help all those living with Multiple Sclerosis – from the bike riding to running and walking events, to the road rally, meal, and dinner, all the volunteer work is very much appreciated – thanks to all the local businesses and individuals for their assistance – all to increase awareness and support of  MS.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is co-sponsoring another State DNR Hunter Safety Course coming up August 15th and 16th at the Latona Christian Church, south of Wheeler – it’s recommended for those age 10 and older with the minimum ten hour course covering instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and hunting regulations – the course will run that Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and thru the day that Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – to make a required registration, call the Jasper County Extension office in Newton at 618-783-2521 or check the website online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj – space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until this coming Friday, August 1st – but for those with no computer access or those that may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s today, from 8:00 to 3:00, and tomorrow, from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, & other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – a reminder for those going to the Elementary School to use the back entrance (west entrance) off of Hall Street due to road work on Holly Road – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net.

 

(OLNEY)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at the Charleston Public Library from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the First Christian Church in Noble from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Robinson from 12 noon to 4:00  :  Wednesday at the Flora VFW from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  also Thursday at the New Hope Christian Church near Bridgeport from 2:30 to 7:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out & give blood – all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative, and  A negative – for an appointment or for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau still has room for the upcoming trip to see “A Mighty Fortress”, the latest offering in the Church Basement Ladies series – for more information or to sign up, stop by or call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at 618-783-2733 – do so today.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of municipal meetings tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall with a rather small agenda to be considered  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic in Wendelin is coming up this Sunday with chicken dinners to be served in two lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – the lunch tickets go on sale at 10:45 that morning, first come, first serve – also a country store, cake stand, games, live music, a fundraising raffle, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE is hosting a free “pool party & school supply drive” this Saturday evening at the Musgrove Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – all ages are invited – admission is one school supply item per person – there’s no item too big or too small – all supplies to help those in Richland County


    A fundraiser to benefit the Dustin Foster family is coming up this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW – the BBQ dinner starts at 5:00, plus an auction, 50/50 drawing, and live music – all are invited to help out


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


    The Newton Marching Eagles have a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Friday in the north parking lot, near the Jasper County Junior High entrance – from 10:30 to 1:00, they’ll be serving pork burgers and a drink and drive-thru service is available – for delivery of 10 or more orders, call 783-1408

 

 

 

July 26, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching low pressure system will bring unsettled weather conditions to Illinois this weekend with the chance of scattered rain and/or thunderstorms this afternoon thru tomorrow evening before ending – then it looks to be dry and cool for the first part of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced a number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting seasons – DNR officials say 20 counties will be removed from the late winter season and a number of firearm permits available in some counties will also be reduced – it’s all following advice from DNR biologists and statistics – to get more details, check the department’s website available online.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until August 1st, one week from yesterday – for those with no computer access or those that may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s next Monday, July 28th, from 8:00 to 3:00, and next Tuesday from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, & other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net – those going to the Elementary School should use the back entrance off of Hall Street due to road work on Holly Road.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is co-sponsoring another State DNR Hunter Safety Course coming up August 15th and 16th at the Latona Christian Church, south of Wheeler – it’s recommended for those age 10 and older with the minimum ten hour course covering instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and hunting regulations – the course will run that Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and thru the day that Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – to make a required registration, call the Jasper County Extension office in Newton at 618-783-2521 or check the website online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj – space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at the United Methodist Church in Vincennes from 9:00 to 2:00, Illinois time  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the First Christian Church in Noble from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out and give blood – all blood types are in need, especially O, B, and A negative – for an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s plenty of Bluegrass music coming up this weekend at the Mill Road Thresherman’s Show on the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont – artists will perform from 11:00 to 7:00 today and from 9:00 to 1:00 tomorrow – the thresherman’s show features an antique tractor show, horse pulls, threshing demonstrations, and more, plus concessions – for more details, logon at www.millroadthresherman.org


    The annual Parkersburg Chowder is today with 800 gallons of chowder will be served starting between 10:30 and 11:00, plus other food including barbeque & desserts – the annual parade begins at 1:30, plus a tractor display, an HO train display, and more – all proceeds go for upkeep of the Oak Hill Cemetery


    The 5th Annual Join the Movement activities are today in Olney – the Road Rally for a Cure begins with a mandatory driver’s meeting for all motorcycles, jeeps, and sports/muscle cars this morning at 9:45 at the Olney VFW, then leaving then at 10:00 – then for a 5:00 meal, auction, & music – all are invited


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

 

 

 

July 25, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure ridge that’s moving off to the East Coast will still keep us mostly dry today, but an approaching low pressure system will bring unsettled weather conditions to Illinois this weekend, maybe as early as this afternoon – the chance of scattered rain and/or thunderstorms will run this afternoon thru tomorrow & Sunday before ending – then dry & cool for the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  More than 100,000 Illinoisans are now in position to get a refund from the government – it’s all part of the Affordable Care Act – insurance firms must spend at least 8% of the premiums they collect on medical care or return the difference to customers and employers – the money will not be required to be a check in the mail – employers can apply the rebate as a discount for employees’ future premiums.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois High School Association is defending its right to keep its records on sponsorship deals, vendors, and pension spending under wraps – the Better Government Association has filed suit against the IHSA, wanting the records made public, especially since state lawmakers are trying to get more details about how the agency conducts business – a letter from the Attorney General’s office back in 2010 clearly indicates that the IHSA is a private entity and it is not subject to the new FOIA laws in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  Time is winding down to purchase a State Fair Mega Pass at a discounted price – the current $65 fee will increase to $75 next Monday – the Mega Pass allows a person to ride all the carnival rides as many times as they want for the fair’s duration, which runs August 7th thru 17th – the Mega Pass does not cover admission or rides on the Giant Slide, Sky Glide, or Tram – check the State Fair’s website for more.

 

(OLNEY)  Downstate labor leaders, mayors, and lawmakers gathered down in Marion earlier this week to put pressure on the state’s Hydraulic Fracturing regulators – they noted that it’s been more than 400 days since the Governor signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act into law, however the rules governing the practice have still not been implement, little alone drawn up – while oil companies are putting men and women to work by using the oilfield process in other states, such as Indiana, thousands of acres in Illinois, mostly in the southern third of the state, have been leased for the production of oil and gas by utilizing the Hydraulic Fracturing process – while many of the land leases run out this year, thousands of jobs are being put on hold – some believe the rules may not be approved and in place till after the November 4th election.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are investigating an incident that occurred shortly after 10:00 on Thursday morning in Jasper County – authorities indicate a cement truck was traveling on East 600th Avenue near Newton when one of the front tires blew, causing the truck to run off the road and into a home daycare building – fortunately, there were no children present in the room where the truck crashed into and there were no injuries reported – no tickets have been issued and the investigation continues by the police.

 

(OLNEY)  A separate investigation continues by the State Police involving a car / motorcycle collision in Clay County – State Police say 37 year old Chad Barbee of Louisville was eastbound on U.S. Route 50 near Flora when his motorcycle was struck by a car driven by 49 year old Lisa Whipps, of Valparaiso, Indiana – in an effort to avoid the crash, Barbee laid the motorcycle down on the highway, causing him to be ejected – Barbee was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with serious injuries – Whipps was not injured – no tickets have been issued as of yet – the accident occurred yesterday morning at around 6:15 in Clay County.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are invited to a Lawrence County Tillage Day coming up a week from today, on August 1st, located 5 miles northeast of Sumner – beginning with registration at 9:00 that morning, a variety of vertical tillage tools will be demonstrated, all hosted by the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District – it features tillage tools from equipment dealers in Albion, Vincennes, & Newton, including brand names such as Sunflower, McFarlane, Case IH, John Deere, Landoll, Kuhn Krause, Great Plains, & Salford – all are invited to the free event – for more information, call Kristie at 618-943-2621, extension #3.

 

(OLNEY)  Two area County Fairs continue the rest of this week – at the Clay County Fair over in Charley Brown Park west of Flora, will wrap up tonight with the Fair Queen Pageant at 7:00, plus it’s more on tap this weekend at the Edwards County Fair in Albion – it will end with activities thru tomorrow night.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at the United Methodist Church in Xenia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the United Methodist Church in Vincennes from 9:00 to 2:00, Illinois time  :  then Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Charleston Public Library from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the First Christian Church in Noble from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out and give blood – all blood types are in need – for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  the work has started on the portion of Holly Road which travels in front of, or just east of, the Elementary School in Olney – this section of Holly Road, from Hall Street south of Gadde Bridge Lane, will be closed for another week or so for the improvement work – during this time, the school can be accessed from the rear, off of Hall Street  :  also in effect this morning, the 100 block of North Fair Street, between Main Street and York Street, will be closed to all thru traffic as utility crews continue to change out and replace electric poles – the patience of all residents is appreciated.

 

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


    It’s plenty of Bluegrass music coming up this weekend at the Mill Road Thresherman’s Show on the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont – artists will perform from 11:00 to 7:00 Saturday and from 9:00 to 1:00 Sunday – the show, which starts today, features an antique tractor show, horse pulls, threshing demonstrations, and more, plus concessions – for more details, logon at www.millroadthresherman.org


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


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


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

 

 

 

July 24, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a Canadian high pressure builds southward into the Midwest today, dry and cooler air moves thru our region – while we’ll see a slight warmup tomorrow and thru the upcoming weekend, our chance of scattered rain increases as well, especially for Saturday and Sunday, although the rain could start as early as tomorrow night – then it will be dry and still somewhat cool for the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more bad news for Illinois’ credit rating – Standard & Poor’s has lowered the state’s outlook on general obligation bonds to “negative” – officials say Illinois’ latest budget is not structurally balanced and will contribute to growing deficits – the agency also noted that the rating was lowered because of a recent Supreme Court ruling that protects retirement pension benefits under the state’s constitution.

 

(OLNEY)  A ruling earlier this week indicates that state regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 million FutureGen project – the Illinois Appellate Court, on a 2 to 1 decision, says the charge of an estimated $1.00 to $1.40 a month can be implemented for the long-delayed project – over the past ten years, the FutureGen site moved from near Mattoon to a new site now in Western Illinois – it plans to refit an old coal-fired plant with technology to remove carbon dioxide and then store it underground.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced a number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting seasons – DNR officials say 20 counties will be removed from the late winter season and a number of firearm permits available in some counties will also be reduced – it’s all following advice from DNR biologists and statistics – to get more details, check the department’s website available online.

 

(OLNEY)  The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donors – following the recent Independence Day holiday, an emergency blood shortage has occurred, and while summer can be among the most challenging time of the year to collect blood, the urgent appeal has been made – platelet donors and blood donors of all types, especially those with type O negative, B negative, and A negative, are encouraged to give at their earliest opportunity – for more information, or to go online and schedule an appointment to give blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – we’ll list the upcoming area drives later on.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis has issued an update on the investigation into Governor Pat Quinn’s troubled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program – while last week’s hearings in Chicago were frustrating, the bipartisan commission agreed to avoid doing anything that might impede the federal grand jury investigation, and therefore agreed to delay further questioning for 90 days – the commission is now scheduled to reconvene on October 8th – Reis, a member of the 12 member Legislative Audit Commission, said documents relating to the audit and hearings can be found online at www.ilga.gov/commission/lac/lac.

 

(OLNEY)  Pay now and beat the crowd and the penalty – the Richland County mobile home privilege tax payments are due on July 31st, a week from today – the payments must be delivered to the Treasurer’s Office, postmarked, or placed in the Courthouse drop box by July 31st to be considered timely – the Treasurer’s office is open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, if any questions or concerns.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s still a reminder to the citizens of Newton – while the community garden plants are growing well and yielding fresh produce, some is available to the public free of charge, but some remains private – the produce from plots #8 and #16 are for the community to enjoy – these plots are located on the northeast section of the garden, bordering Perry Street, near the parking area – plus, the sweet corn planted in plots #26 thru #30 is also for the community to enjoy – folks are reminded that the remaining plots have been rented and the produce from these plots belongs to the renters only – this produce is not available for the community of Newton – a huge “thank you” to the volunteer gardeners who’ve helped out this year.

 

(OLNEY)  Two area County Fairs continue the rest of this week – at the Clay County Fair over in Charley Brown Park west of Flora, it’s arm band night for the carnival rides, plus a special concert tonight featuring country music with Ira Dean, formerly of the group Trick Pony – also this evening the 4-H Horse Show will be held at the Clay County Saddle Club, located southeast of Clay City – the Edwards County Fair in Albion continues with local talent on stage this evening at 5:30 – both fairs roll thru Saturday night.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives  :  today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the United Methodist Church in Xenia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Vincennes from 10:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Charleston Public Library from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the First Christian Church in Noble from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Thursday, a week from today, at The Holiday from 11:30 to 3:30  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are very much in need.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  starting today and continuing for about the next two weeks, Holly Road will be closed to all thru traffic from Hall Street south to Gadde Bridge Lane – that’s the portion of Holly Road that runs in front of the Elementary School – during the road work, the school can be accessed from the rear, off of Hall Street – again, the road improvements should be complete in a couple of weeks  :  and in effect for today, tomorrow, and Friday, the 100 block of South Fair Street, between Main Street and Market Street, will be closed to all traffic from 7:30 to 5:00 each day – utility crews are working to change electrical poles is this area of Olney – the patience of all residents at this time is appreciated.

 

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


    It’s plenty of Bluegrass music coming up this weekend at the Mill Road Thresherman’s Show on the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont – artists will perform from 11:00 to 7:00 Saturday and from 9:00 to 1:00 Sunday – the show, which starts Friday, features an antique tractor show, horse pulls, threshing demonstrations, and more, plus concessions – for more details, logon at www.millroadthresherman.org


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


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


    The fundraising garage sale at the Hope Food Pantry in Hidalgo will end today with all proceeds to help fund the new building – all are invited to stop by during the regular pantry hours today to help out


    The Farmers Market is later this afternoon and evening in Noble’s Village Park – from 3:00 to 6:00, the public can stop by and check out the fresh produce and more – that’s later today in the Noble Village Park