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May 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front pushes across the Midwest today, the chance of scattered showers & storms will hang around thru tonight – behind the front, high pressure will bring a short period of dry conditions for most of tomorrow before the rain chances increase daily for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – behind the second cold front, we’ll dry out with a little cooler air in place by next Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner last week granted seven and denied 144 clemency petitions – being the 2nd set of petitions the Governor has reviewed since taking office, the clemency petitions considered by Governor Rauner last Friday were part of dockets dating back to January 2008 – the Governor’s Office has developed a process to review clemency petitions on a regular basis, trying to erase the backlog – Governor Rauner inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from the previous administrations, dating back more than six years.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging folks around the state to start taking precautions against the West Nile Virus – while local health departments are now accepting birds and mosquito samples for West Nile Virus testing, Illinoisans can start taking simple precautions by practicing the three “R’s”  :  reduce, repel, & report  :  REDUCE exposure to mosquitoes by limiting time outdoors at certain times & by reducing any standing water where mosquito breeding occurs  :  REPEL when outdoors by covering all skin & using insect repellent containing DEET  :  REPORT any dead birds to a local health department  :  for more, check the Department of Public Health’s website online at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Family, friends, and co-workers were saddened by the loss of former TV news anchor Dave Benton – the 52 year old passed away yesterday morning following a long battle with brain cancer – Benton stepped down last month from his anchoring position at WCIA-TV in Champaign as the illness grew worse.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  agreed to issue up to $775,000 in Water Works Revenue Bonds – this is preliminary action for the needed work and improvements to the Olney’s Waterworks Facilities  :  adopted the Maintenance Resolution for Streets, setting aside $150,000  :  adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code on the number of liquor licenses with Class A dropping from 3 to 2 and Class D dropping from 6 to 5  :  heard a general summary of the City’s general, water, & sewer funds for Fiscal Year 2015  :  agreed to sell two City Park mowers online at www.GovDeals.com  :  agreed to buy two new mowers for the Park Department  :  approved the sewer pump price for the Cypress Lift Station in Olney  :  set the public hearing date of June 22nd on an amendment to an annexation agreement  :  agreed to a couple of Parks & Recreation Board recommendations – to place 2 new pieces of playground equipment at Musgrove Park that were donated anonymously and the naming of the trails north of East Fork Lake Dam as “East Fork Trails”  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss personnel, negotiations, and the sale and/or acquisition of real property  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be the 8th of June.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities continue their investigation into an ATV accident Sunday night in Jasper County that injured two riders from Teutopolis – the Illinois State Police say an ATV was struck by another ATV, which left the scene – both the driver, 28 year old Jared Sudkamp, and his passenger, 26 year old Catherine Sudkamp were injured and taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the Sudkamp ATV was among several ATV’s traveling on a county road about a mile west of Wheeler at 8:45 Sunday night.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Farm Bureau county-wide rainfall report from the nine townships within Richland County, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at just under two tenths of an inch, at 0.18 inches, with the recording period ending at 10:00 this past Monday morning – Decker Township had the largest amount of rain over the past week at three tenths of an inch (0.30), with Madison and Olney Townships next at a quarter of an inch (0.25) – then Noble and Bonpas Townships at two tenths of an inch (0.20) – the county’s lowest total from last week was eight hundredths of an inch (0.08) in Claremont Township – the remaining three Townships of Denver, Preston, and German had a tenth of an inch (0.10) – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney our seven day rainfall total for the same period was at twelve hundredths of an inch (0.12) – the current spring-to-date Richland County rainfall average is running about 2 to 3 inches lower than at this time a year ago in 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  All are invited out to the 21st Annual Jasper County Strawberry Fest coming to the Square in downtown Newton this weekend – the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce will be making delicious, creamy, homemade ice cream with strawberry shortcake this Friday from 12 noon to 9:00 at night & from 9:00 Saturday morning on – Friday evening activities include family fun and family movie night on the west side of the square – Saturday is full of activities including an animal show, painting classes, live music on stage, the Pick of the Patch Pageant, crafts, food, and more – for more details, check it out on Facebook, under Jasper County Strawberry Fest – we’ll see you and your family this weekend in downtown Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is now accepting entries for the 2015 Little Miss Pageant, which will be held in conjunction with the Queen Pageant – the Little Miss Pageant is open to girls ages 4 to 6 that are residents of Richland County, that is girls who must be 4 years old before July 1st, but not 7 years old before July 30th – the first entries postmarked by May 30th, this Saturday, will be accepted as contestants for this year’s Pageant will be notified – no phone entries will be accepted and no past contestants please – to enter, send a post card with the contestant’s full name, age, date of birth, parents’ names, address, & phone number to : Little Miss Director Malory Urfer, c/o R.C.F.F., at P.O. Box 579, Olney, Illinois, 62450.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of  Newton is still looking for a new mission statement, but time is running out to submit an entry into the current contest looking for the perfect mission statement for Newton – the resident that submits the best entry will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by the end of this week, May 31st, by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience, and once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of  Newton’s website, on the City Council’s conference room wall, and wherever else appropriate involving the City of  Newton.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Willow Hill United Methodist Church will host renowned reinactor Patty Wynn as she shares the real story of Betsy Ross, starting at 5:30, this Saturday evening – then after the show, help share the best  cooking in Jasper County – for more information or details, call 618-322-0352


    It’s benefit fundraiser for Jeff Rauch coming up this Saturday – the benefit “ride” signup for all bikes, Jeeps, cars, & trucks is at 11:00 at the Midway Bar & Grill on North Route 45 in Effingham – then back to the Teutopolis KC Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 7:00 and music from 7:00 to 10:00 with a silent auction & more – it’s $20 per person for the “ride” plus meal & music – proceeds to help offset medical expenses


    The Revival Center of Olney has a fundraising pork burger and bratwurst sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are invited out this Friday, May 29th


    The Richland County Public Building Commission has a special meeting this afternoon at 4:00 – the meeting will be in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – discussion and business will center around the bids & possible awarding of bids for the construction, remodeling, & renovation of certain county buildings


    Congressman John Shimkus will meet with local constituents in Clay County today – at the Flora City Hall, from 11:00 to 12:30 – all part of the lawmaker’s work in the 15th Congressional District

 

 

 

May 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system will track into the Upper Midwest by tonight, giving us continued chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms today, tonight, and tomorrow – then more rain chances Friday and Saturday, and right on thru the weekend – some severe weather conditions are possible with a few of the storms that roll thru – stay tuned to those NOAA weather alert radios for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Democrats in Springfield may soon offer a state budget of their own – House Speaker Michael Madigan announced yesterday that they are considering a budget worth just over $36 billion that would go into effect July 1st – the figure is around $3 billion more than the state can afford, but Madigan says he’s willing to work with the Governor to make up the difference – a state budget is needed by Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  A proposed bill designed to help wounded Veterans is on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner – if signed into law, Veterans with war injuries would get a break on their property taxes, by not counting upgrades made to their home when adding up how much the property is worth – the measure’s sponsor claims that wounded Veterans should not have to pay more to get inside their homes and buildings.

 

(NEWTON)  An elderly couple in Illinois are part of quite a large family – the “Quincy Herald-Whig” reports Leo and Ruth Zanger welcomed their 100th grandchild last month in April – out of 12 children of their own, the couple has 53 grandkids, 46 great-grandchildren, and now one great-great-grandchild – their first grandchild was born back in 1975 and they’ve been coming at an average of two every year since.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday morning in Edwards County that claimed the lives of a Noble man and a Teutopolis woman – the Illinois State Police and Edwards County authorities report the vehicles were involved in a nearly head on crash along Illinois Route 130, about 2 miles north of Albion, at around 11:30 Sunday morning – 65 year old George Thomas, Jr. of Noble died due to injuries after being transported to an Evansville hospital – the other victim was 57 year old Leah Koester of Teutopolis, who died during treatment at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel – Route 130 was closed for nearly four hours following the crash and reopened by late Sunday evening.

 

(OLNEY)  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 in recent months, 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 6,466 unclaimed properties in Richland County worth over $1.12 million and 2,762 unclaimed properties in Jasper County worth nearly $338,000 – also the counties of Lawrence, Crawford, and Effingham have properties worth over $1 million each, and the other surrounding counties have amounts between $250,000 and $850,000 – local and area residents are encouraged to visit the website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov to search for property and to get more information on the process.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of  Newton is still looking for a new mission statement, but time is running out to submit an entry into the current contest looking for the perfect mission statement for Newton – the resident that submits the best entry will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by the end of this week, May 31st, by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience, and once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of  Newton’s website, on the City Council’s conference room wall, and wherever else appropriate involving the City of  Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College District will offer a special cooking class starting next Monday, June 1st, to be taught at the West Richland Center in Noble, the former High School in Noble – professional chef Nada Lunsford will help students enhance their cooking skills each Monday night, from 6:00 to 9:30, thru August 3rd – the final two classes, students will prepare a banquet meal to share with guests – to check on requirements, to register, or for more details, call Olney Central College at 395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department has received a Vector Surveillance Grant for 2015 – again this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health is requesting local health departments submit at least three “eligible” birds for testing as dead birds are an important indicator for early West Nile Virus activity – this includes all perching birds, such as the crow, blue jay, starling, sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals, swallows, wrens, and others – birds should be believed dead less than 48 hours with no signs of decomposing – remember, never directly touch the bird by using a plastic bag, and give the local Health Department a call as soon as possible at  618-783-5206 – also call if any additional questions.

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  Republic Services will be picking up trash a day later than normal for the rest of this week due to yesterday’s holiday – Monday’s normal pickup is today, Tuesday’s will be hauled off tomorrow, and so forth – this will affect all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, and Newton area  :  also this week, Republic Services will be replacing all trash containers in Olney – customers are asked to place their trash containers out the night before their scheduled pick up day and do not take them in until they have been replaced with the new containers  :  also in Olney, Monday’s recycling pick up will be today with the normal Tuesday pickup – the recycling schedule returns to normal the rest of this week  :  all City & Village Halls are back open today  :  the City of Olney’s brush dump is back on normal schedule as well. 

 

(OLNEY)  There are a couple of municipal meetings on tap tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall with a rather full agenda – it starts at 7:00 this evening  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at the Noble Village Hall starting at 7:00  :  both open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s benefit fundraiser for Jeff Rauch coming up this Saturday – the benefit “ride” signup for all bikes, Jeeps, cars, & trucks is at 11:00 at the Midway Bar & Grill on North Route 45 in Effingham – then back to the Teutopolis KC Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 7:00 and music from 7:00 to 10:00 with a silent auction & more – it’s $20 per person for the “ride” plus meal & music – proceeds to help offset medical expenses


    The Revival Center of Olney has a fundraising pork burger and bratwurst sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are invited out this Friday, May 29th


    Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet local constituents in Clay County tomorrow – that’s at the Flora City Hall, from 11:00 to 12:30 – for an appointment, call his Effingham office or go online


    The “Book Bus” will make its first appearance at Musgrove Park this afternoon & evening, open to all Richland County students, Pre-K thru 8th Grade – sponsored by the Richland County Schools & the Rotary Club of Richland County, the “Book Bus” will be at Musgrove Park every Tuesday & Thursday, from 3:00 to 7:00, located between the pool and ball parks – the “Bus” is now accepting gently used book donations


    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin today – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library during regular hours

 

 

 

May 25, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure storm system tracking into the Great Lakes region will keep a brisk southerly wind flow and another day of warm & humid conditions on tap for the Midwest – a wet morning will be followed by a dry Memorial Day afternoon & night – then another low pressure system moves thru by tomorrow with more rain & storms – and after mostly dry Thursday & Friday, yet another storm system rolls thru with showers & storms Friday night into Saturday & Sunday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  People all across the country will be honoring those who died while serving in the military by observing Memorial Day on this Monday – communities in Illinois will be hosting parades, events, & other activities in celebration of their sacrifice – while current Veterans, their families, and citizens are urged to attend these local events & show their support, it’s not about the living, but to honor those that lost their lives in the fight to keep America free & to keep that freedom burning bright to others throughout the world.

 

(OLNEY)  There will be several programs and Memorial Day events all around the region today, paying tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and the freedom that she stands for  :  in Noble, a brief Memorial Day service will be held at the Prairie Cemetery, starting at 10:00, at the Flag Pole  :  in Olney, the Memorial Day Parade will lineup at the Olney VFW at 10:30 – the Parade starts at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, with the Memorial Day program to start at 11:00 (in the event of rain, the program will be held at the Olney VFW)  :  all are invited out to these and other special remembrance programs throughout the region on Memorial Day – if you and your family cannot attend one, remember to take time today to acknowledge the sacrifice given by many for America.

 

(OLNEY)  As always, we remind everyone to be extra careful out there while traveling – the Illinois State Police and over 350 local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe – the national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign continues as authorities look for those not buckled up and for those driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – also, Conservation Police Officers are out on the state’s waterways, looking for those boating while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs and making sure everyone uses life jackets while on the water – be safe out there on this Memorial Day 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  Republic Services will observe Memorial Day, today, as a holiday, therefore the trash collections during all of this week will run a day later than normal – Monday’s normal pick up will be done Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, and so on – also this week, Republic Services will be replacing all trash containers in Olney – customers are asked to place their trash containers out the night before their scheduled pick up day and do not take them in until they have been replaced with the new containers  :  also, Monday’s recycling pick up will take place on Tuesday, tomorrow, along with the regular Tuesday recycling pick up – the rest of the week’s recycling pick up will be normal  :  and don’t forget that the area City and Village Halls are all closed today – also, Olney’s brush dump is closed Monday until Thursday.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin tomorrow, on the 26th – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library tomorrow

 

 

 

May 23, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As high pressure moves out of the Midwest by tonight, our weather pattern will become more complex with the threat of on-and-off again showers & thunderstorms tomorrow thru most all of next week – while we will warm up over the next few days, probably the best chance of rain & storms is Monday, then more rain possible thru Wednesday night – stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  At the State Capitol, the posturing continues as the legislative deadline for a balanced budget draws closer – Republicans yesterday finally introduced the Governor’s “turnaround agenda” proposals in bill form – these include controversial items such as term limits, a change in the way legislative maps are drawn, a property tax freeze, civil lawsuit limits, and workers compensation reform – some of these bills have already been assigned to committee – look for plenty of debate in the days ahead in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  As always, we remind everyone to be extra careful out there while traveling this weekend – the Illinois State Police and over 350 local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe – the national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign continues as authorities look for those not buckled up and for those driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – meanwhile, on the state’s waterways, Conservation Police Officers are out in extra force looking for those boating while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – let’s make it a safe and pleasant holiday weekend in Southeastern Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  There will be several programs and Memorial Day events all around the region, paying tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and the freedom that she stands for  :  in Noble, a brief Memorial Day service will be held at the Prairie Cemetery, starting at 10:00, at the Flag Pole  :  in Olney, the Memorial Day Parade will lineup at the Olney VFW at 10:30 – the Parade starts at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, with the Memorial Day program to start at 11:00 (in the event of rain, the program will be held at the Olney VFW)  :  all are invited out to these and other special remembrance programs throughout the region on Memorial Day – if you and your family cannot attend one, remember to take time on Monday to acknowledge the sacrifice given by many for America.

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  Republic Services will observe Memorial Day on Monday as a holiday, therefore the trash collections during all of next week will run a day later than normal – the normal pick up on Monday will be done Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, and so on – also during this next week, Republic Services will be replacing all trash containers in Olney – customers are asked to place their trash containers out the night before their scheduled pick up day and do not take them in until they have been replaced with the new containers  :  also, Monday’s recycling pick up will take place on Tuesday of next week, along with the regular Tuesday recycling pick up – the rest of the week for recycling pick up will be normal  :  and don’t forget that the Olney City Hall and Noble Village Hall will be closed Monday – also, Olney’s brush dump will be closed Monday, but open again next Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10 to 4.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin next Tuesday, May 26th – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library today


    The Country Clovers 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout today at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – they’ll have pork burgers, brats, and root beer floats – good food for a great cause


    The Sons of the American Legion will host a fundraising cookout today at the American Legion Hall in Ste. Marie – with serving from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, brats, plus water or soda to drink – all proceeds to benefit SAL projects and events in the local area around Ste. Marie


    The Olney Center Shrine Club has those popular Vidalia Onions on sale now at Rural King in Olney, while supplies last – a 10 pound bag for $10 – proceeds to support Shriner projects and activities

 

 

 

May 22, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As an area of high pressure drifts over the Midwest today, pleasant weather conditions are on tap now thru tonight – in fact, a warming trend will kick in by tonight and continue thru the weekend – as a storm system organizes over the Plains, showers & storms will spread across our region Sunday, Memorial Day, and on into next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK and your NOAA alert radio for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is one step away from reducing the punishment for low-level marijuana offenses – the State Senate approved a bill yesterday that would require individuals caught possessing up to 15 grams of the drug to be issued a ticket rather than face a larger fine or jail time – it now goes to the Governor’s desk  :  also yesterday, the State Senate approved a bill to allow a limited number of permits in Illinois to hunt bobcats thru the State DNR, all to control the bobcat population – this bill also goes to the Governor desk.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois housing market swings into spring with higher home sales and prices in April – the Illinois Association of Realtors reports the statewide home sales last month totaled 12,822 units, that’s up 6.6% from April 2014 – the statewide medium price rose to $170,000 reflecting a 9.7% increase over a year ago – nearly half the counties, 50 out of the 102, reported record sales gains for April 2015 over 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA is looking for input from growers about 2015 crops, stocks, inventories, & values – over the next several weeks, two major mid-year surveys will be conducted, involving over 4,000 farms across Illinois, to determine the crop acreage for 2015 and stocks on hand as of June 1st – all information gathered will be kept strictly confidential – the results will be released by the end of  June or early July.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved changing the District building names to the Richland County High School, Richland County Middle School, & Richland County Elementary School  :  approved the Health/Life/Safety Amendment to repair ERHS roof #7 – the $81,810 bid was awarded to Geissler Roofing Company  :  approved a three year lease-to-own purchasing agreement with Apple to replace 850 District iPad II’s with iPad Airs  :  after a 4-minute closed session – approved seven resignations – Phyllis Bateman is retiring as a Bus Driver – Jane Wingert is retiring from as an ERES Food Service member – from ERES Secretary Kelly Berry – from Paraprofessionals Michelle Rennecker and Logan Ferguson – from ERES Teacher Linda Lanker – and from Social Worker Suzanna Ridgely  :  approved the hiring of all fall & winter coaches at ERHS – Head Football Coach Matt Music with Assistants Matt Powell, Ryan Denton, Brad Ameter, & Chuck Snyder – Head Girls Cross Country Coach Denyse Eagleson – Head Boys Cross Country Coach Louie Gassmann – Head Volleyball Coach Jill Greenwood – Head Boys Soccer Coach Kady Stallard, assisted by Gary Harris – Head Golf Coach Curt Nealis – Head Dance Team Coach Breann Milam – Head Boys Basketball Coach Rob Flanagan, assisted by Andrew Kapper & Ian Laughlin – Head Girls Basketball Coach Mark Anselment, assisted by Klay Wheeler & Chelsea Kermicle – Head Wrestling Coach Tommy Leslie, assisted by Brad Ameter – Head Cheerleader Coach Kristen Flanagan  :  also approved Extra Curricular Positions for next school year at the Middle School – Athletic Director Darrell Houchin – Cross Country Coach and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Rick Franklin – 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Terry Puckett – 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Norm Henderson – 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Jill Ginder – Cheerleading Coach Donna Henby – 8th Grade Volleyball Coach Leslie Shan – 7th Grade Volleyball Coach Jill Greenwood – Boys Track Coach Rick Franklin – Girls Track Coach Jill Greenwood – Assistant Track Coach Darrell Houchin – Talent Show Sponsors Kendra Page, Shelley Travis, & Michelle Powell – Yearbood Sponsor Tommy Leslie – Student Leadership Sponsor Rebecca Leslie  :  hired two teachers at ERES – Kearsten Givens & Anita Seiler  :  and recalled seven from the earlier Reduction in Force – Paraprofessionals Rodney Cast & Brandi Mitchell – Teacher Assistants Jamie Brummer, April Cline, & Brittany Storer – Bus Driver Bob Page – Custodian Harry Wells  :  noted that the state still owes the District just under $342,000 to date  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the East Richland School Board will be Thursday, June 18th, in Olney, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  held a public hearing for the proposed fiscal year 2015 amended District budget  :  heard various administrative reports and other District information & updates  :  approved a IESA Softball Cooperative agreement with the St. Thomas School for the next two years  :  discussed possibly moving the District Administration and Board of Education office to the High School, but decided at this time to leave things as they are  :  reviewed the District’s summer project list  :  agreed to look into new proposals for the future in regards to the District’s insurance network provider  :  noted the Board will have a special meeting on June 1st to conduct a Board Self Evaluation  :  agreed to recall one Elementary Teacher and six Educational Support Aide positions  :  approved the amended fiscal year 2015 District budget  :  also approved a Deficit Reduction Plan to balance the District’s budget within three years  :  after a 3 hour closed session, took some personnel action – agreed to accept the retirement of  NCHS Teacher Doug Mammoser effective June 30th, 2018 – accepted the resignation of  NCHS Student Council Sponsor Cassy Baker  :  employed four summer workers, Garrett Hall, Morgan Swingler, Peyton Wyatt, & Katelyn Hardiek  :  the meeting adjourned at 11:46 last night  :  the Jasper County School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be June 18th, at 6:30, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  With the busy summer travel season beginning this holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation is joined by the Illinois State Police and over 350 local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists that they will be out in extra force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe now thru Memorial Day – meanwhile, on the state’s waterways, Conservation Police Officers will be out in extra force looking for those boating while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – the national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign continues now thru next week as motorists hit the highways for this upcoming holiday weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton is announcing that the Otto Container Company will be in Newton today to replace any damaged garbage containers if they are emptied and on the street – therefore, if a City of Newton resident has a damaged container, they should leave it out by the street all day today, on this Friday, May 22nd, after the trash collection – Otto Container workers should notice the container and replace it as needed – if any questions, call or stop by the Newton City Hall during regular operating hours.

 

(OLNEY)  With Memorial Day fast approaching, there will be several programs and Memorial Day events all around the region, paying tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and the freedom that she stands for  :  the Memorial Day Parade in Olney has lineup at the Olney VFW at 10:30 – the Parade starts at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, with the Memorial Day program to start at 11:00 (in the event of rain, the program will be held at the Olney VFW)  :  in Noble, a brief Memorial Day service will be held at the Prairie Cemetery in Noble starting at 10:00 at the Flag Pole  :  all are invited out to these & other special remembrance programs during Memorial Day 2015 on Monday.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin next Tuesday, May 26th – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library today


    The Country Clovers 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout tomorrow at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – they’ll have pork burgers, brats, and root beer floats – good food for a great cause


    The Sons of the American Legion will host a fundraising cookout tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Ste. Marie – with serving from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, brats, plus water or soda to drink – all proceeds to benefit SAL projects and events in the local area around Ste. Marie


    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a fundraising pork burger & brats sale later today at the Olney IGA, serving from 3:00 to 6:00  :  the Mission Team is still selling tickets for its Grocery Store Dash – the lucky winner wins all the groceries, excluding meat & deli items, that can be picked off the shelves & put in 2 shopping carts in 90 seconds at the Olney IGA – tickets at TrustBank or call 618-310-8526


    The Olney Center Shrine Club has those popular Vidalia Onions on sale now at Rural King in Olney, while supplies last – a 10 pound bag for $10 – proceeds to support Shriner projects and activities