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February 9, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A cold northwest flow will continue across our downstate region today with the upper low pressure centered over Ohio slowly moving east – some snow showers will hang around today with the cold west / northwest wind – it will stay cold tomorrow thru Thursday with a high back into the 30’s on Friday – then another clipper system brings in more arctic air for the weekend ahead – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – it was announced yesterday that the public will not be able to attend when President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Illinois House chamber tomorrow – the only people allowed inside the chamber will be elected officials, those with approved credentials, and invited guests – the President’s speech however, will be broadcast live online at www.whitehouse.gov – the President will visit afterwards with a crowd of supporters gathered to watch his remarks at an unspecified location.

 

(OLNEY)  Eastern Illinois University has announced the layoff of 198 civil service employees, blaming the move on the continuing state budget stalemate – in addition, other EIU workers will be required to take one day of furlough per week until further notice beginning next month – if the university begins receiving state funds by the layoff date, they will be rescinded – EIU has had no state payments since June of last year.

 

(NEWTON)  Sites around Illinois where Abraham Lincoln made history are planning events to celebrate his birthday – many top Lincoln scholars will meet Thursday at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, where a birthday dance will be held Friday there in Springfield – other events are scheduled at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield, at the Statehouse State Historic Site in Vandalia, & the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna – for details, logon at  www.IllinoisHistory.gov  – President Lincoln was born February 12th, 1809 in Kentucky, however spent much of his adult life in various parts of Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met for just over three hours last night – the Council  :  held a public hearing about a Taxicab License request – afterwards, no action was taken on an ordinance amendment or a license for a Taxicab service – an updated ordinance will be explored for the next meeting  :  accepted the $559,500 low bid from B & T Drainage Incorporated from Marshall for the City’s West Main Street Water Main Replacement Project  :  accepted the $19,875 quote from Straeffer Pump & Supply Incorporated for the Doe Run Lift Station Renovation work  :  approved the request from the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club for a $2,000 Tourism Grant for the Club’s annual Car Show later this year  :  approved an amendment to the Watergate Water Purchase Agreement dealing with the fee charge structure  :  approved the Gun Club proposal for it to install lighting for the new building at the Gun Range  :  noted that Employee Safety meetings are continuing for the various city departments  :  noted the earlier presentation at the Olney City Park Community Building, where information was shared about the flooring renovation work – also noted the restroom upgrades continue at the Community Building  :  and in a personnel move – approved the appointment of  City employee Jeff Lathrop as Olney’s new Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, retroactive to February 1st  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be February 22nd.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met in special session last night for right at 90 minutes in Newton – while no official action was taken, the School Board met mostly in closed session to discuss personnel and the details of its Superintendent search – the Board discussed the employment process of hiring a new Superintendent, plus associated financial information and the position expectations – the Board will begin candidate interviews at its next special meeting, set for next Monday morning, February 15th – the Jasper County School Board’s regular monthly meeting will be held next Thursday, February 18th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Norris Electric Cooperative will hold its annual meeting this weekend at Newton Community High School with all cooperative members encouraged to attend – the meeting will be called to order at 11:00 Saturday morning with the NCHS Chorus performing the National Anthem – the luncheon will be served by Martin’s IGA immediately following the annual meeting, with the local band “Firebox” providing the entertainment during the meal – Norris Electric Cooperative members attending will receive a $10 bill credit, plus be eligible for attendance prizes – the local cooperative serves more than 19,420 members over 4,078 miles of electric line in parts of eight regional counties, including Jasper, Richland, Wabash, Lawrence, Crawford, Effingham, Cumberland, and Clark – that’s this coming Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau has awarded 29 grants through the first-ever Nutrient Stewardship Grant program, which will help promote soil health, water quality, and nutrient stewardship – totaling more than $100,000, the chosen projects tackle issues relevant to local needs, soils, and farming practices, with the ultimate goal of achieving nutrient loss reduction goals under the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) – one of the most comprehensive projects among the 29 involves eight Southeastern Illinois counties – the Farm Bureaus in Richland, Crawford, Lawrence, Wabash, Edwards, Wayne, White, and Hamilton Counties, along with Wabash Valley College, Wabash Valley Farm Service, and a private lab, will conduct nutrient tests of soil and water on a variety of land uses and farming practices – in addition to area farmers, college agriculture students will learn from the project – other downstate projects are in Clinton County and the deep Southern Illinois counties of Massac, Pulaski, Alexander, and Union.

 

(OLNEY)  Tickets for the Olney Central College Theatre’s production of “South Pacific”, sponsored by the First National Bank in Olney, will officially go on sale next Monday, February 15th – five nighttime performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on March 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, and 19th, while two afternoon performances are set for 2:00 p.m. on March 13th and 20th – dinner theatres will be held at 6:00 before the four Friday and Saturday night performances – starting next Monday, tickets will be on sale each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the OCC ticket booth in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – any remaining tickets may be purchased one hour before each performance – for details call Olney Central College during regular office hours at  618-395-7777, extension 2408.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A reminder that County Clerk’s offices can now mail out Vote by Mail ballots, plus Early Voting is now underway at County Clerk’s offices in Illinois – residents also have from now until February 16th, a week from today, to make sure they are registered to vote for the March 15th Primary Election – additional information about early voting hours and how to submit an application to vote by mail can be obtained by calling or stopping by the Jasper County or Richland County Clerk’s offices in Newton or Olney respectively – the offices are open each day, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors are urged to get out and give the “gift of life” at their next opportunity, especially with very low blood supplies in the downstate & Midwestern regions – here’s area blood drives coming up  :  today at the EIU Ballroom in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Olney Wal-Mart SuperCenter from 11:00 to 3:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s the 20th annual Rotary Trivia Contest coming up this Sunday afternoon at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 2:00, with registration at 1:30 – teams of four will compete for fun & prizes at a cost of $10 per person – challenge other businesses, churches, families, or friends – free snacks and drinks provided


    The 7th annual OCC Foundation Wine Tasting Affair is this Friday night at the Richland  Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00 – various wines will be featured, plus light hors d’oeuvres will be served – tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door – call the OCC Foundation office for tickets, at  618-395-7777, extension 2003


    The St. Joseph Parish in Olney has its annual Salad Bar Luncheon this Friday from 11:00 to 1:30 in the St. Joe Cafeteria – both dine-in and carry-outs available – the $6 tickets are on sale at local banks & the St. Joe Parish Office – the Country Kitchen will feature homemade noodles, baked goods, baby quilts, & more


    The RMH Auxiliary will host a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday with the homemade baked items for sale from 7:00 in the morning until sold out – it will be in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital


    The Richland County Retired Teacher’s Association will meet this Thursday at The Holiday, starting at 11:00 – the special topic featured will be Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring as the local retired teachers will be donating to the upcoming Bowl For Kid’s Sake fundraiser – all local retired teachers are invited

 

 

 

February 8, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A surface low pressure centered over the Upper Midwest will drag a cold front with it across our downstate region today, bringing with it a good chance of some scattered snow showers and much colder air – if there’s any accumulation, it will be less than an inch, if that – then temperatures and wind chill values will bitterly cold for most of the work week – more cold air for the weekend as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – efforts to overhaul Illinois’ school funding formula again face long odds in the upcoming spring legislative session, despite calls to address the matter urgently – lawmakers say it will be tough to get support to fix the formula because current proposals call for some districts to lose money, plus the election year makes the effort problematic – everyone agrees the 30-year-old formula needs upgrading, but it’s the same story as in the past, the upstate, richer school districts don’t want to forfeit their funds to help the poorer, downstate districts that lack the property tax base to supplement state money – a new Task Force on Education Funding is scheduled to meet in Springfield a week from tomorrow, on February 16th.

 

(OLNEY)  Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation have reached an agreement to maintain existing service on state-supported routes, while reducing costs – Friday’s deal will keep things running as they are until June 30th with the price tag at $38.3 million, which is just under $4 million less than the year before – the state supports four daily round trips between St. Louis and Chicago, plus two more daily round trips between Carbondale and Chicago and two more daily routes between Quincy and Chicago.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation to reopen the Illinois State Museum, but says it may operate again if the museum can find its own funding thru entry fees, donations, and partnerships – the Governor used his veto powers last Friday on what costs Illinois taxpayers $6 million annually – Rauner closed the Springfield facility and its satellite locations back on October 1st of last year due to no state budget in place – lawmakers can approve the veto or override it if they have enough votes to do so.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A reminder that County Clerk’s offices can now mail out Vote by Mail ballots, plus Early Voting is now underway at County Clerk’s offices in Illinois – residents also have from now until February 16th, a week from tomorrow, to make sure they are registered to vote for the March 15th Primary Election – additional information about early voting hours and how to submit an application to vote by mail can be obtained by calling or stopping by the Richland County or Jasper County Clerk’s offices in Olney and Newton respectively – the offices are open each day from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday thru Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council has a special meeting this Monday night, starting at 6:00, in the Olney City Park Community Building – the public’s invited to hear a presentation regarding the renovation work at the Community Building – the Olney City Council will then adjourn that meeting and move to the Olney City Hall where a public hearing will be held at 7:00 tonight in Council Chambers, to provide Olney residents an opportunity to comment on a newly submitted Taxicab License Application for Olney – that will be followed by the Olney City Council’s regular bi-monthly meeting there in Council Chambers – comments can be made at the hearing or to the City Clerk – call the Olney City Hall at  618-395-7302  :  also meeting tonight is the Noble Village Board with a 7:00 start time at the Village Hall in Noble.

 

(NEWTON)  All area unemployment numbers were up for the month of December, as compared to December a year ago – the region’s lowest joblessness rate is in Effingham County at 5% even, followed by Wabash County at 5.9% and Crawford County at 6% – then it’s Cumberland County at 6.1%, Jasper County at 6.3%, Richland County and Edwards County each at 6.5%, and Lawrence County at 7.1% – Wayne and Clay Counties had the highest rates at 7.5%, and 7.9% respectively – the Illinois 5.9% rate for December is slightly higher than the year before – the national U.S. rate, at 4.8%, is lower than December 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by Monsanto Fund, is now accepting farmer nominations now thru April 1st for rural public school districts to apply for grants of $10,000 and $25,000 – this year, the program will be awarding $2.3 million for math and science curriculum enhancement – the goal for the program is to have as many schools as possible take advantage of these grants, and for that to happen, farmers must nominate the schools that they want to support to receive the grant funds – more information’s available on the Monsanto Fund Program website.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders for area hunters  :  hunters have only two more days to apply for the third lottery for 2016 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online – that’s today thru tomorrow, February 9th  :  meanwhile, the Spring Youth Turkey Special Hunt Area permit applications will be accepted online for another week, thru Monday, the 15th – the permits will then be available from DNR license/permit vendors beginning March 1st  :  and registrations are now being accepted for Hunter Safety Education & Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR with spring classes now being scheduled  :  for all these and other things “outdoors in Illinois” check the DNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department is hosting two more auditions for area high school students this month – this coming Wednesday, February 10th, & February 20th, a week from this Saturday – students interested in OCC’s choral & instrumental ensembles must audition in order to be considered for a Music Department Tuition Waiver for the 2016-2017 academic year, waivers that are based on OCC needs as well as student ability and commitment – the audition dates also provide students the chance to perform with the OCC Cavalier Pep Band during OCC home basketball games – for more details about audition requirements, go online at  www.occmusic.org/auditions  or call OCC at  618-395-7777, extension 2251.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors, both regular and first-time, are urged to get out and give the “gift of life” at their next opportunity, especially with very low blood supplies on hand in the downstate and Midwestern regions – here’s some area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Lake Land College Centre in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12:00 noon to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the EIU Ballroom in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and Saturday at the Olney Wal-Mart SuperCenter from 11:00 to 3:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual meeting of the Richland County Farm Bureau is two weeks from tonight, on Monday, February 22nd – beginning with dinner at 6:00, a business meeting & entertainment will follow – those planning to attend should RSVP the Farm Bureau office in Olney by February 16th, a week from tomorrow


    It’s the 20th annual Rotary Trivia Contest coming up this Sunday afternoon at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 2:00, with registration at 1:30 – teams of four will compete for fun & prizes at a cost of $10 per person – challenge other businesses, churches, families, or friends – free snacks and drinks provided


    The Willow Hill United Methodist Church will have its “Valentines Dinner” this Saturday evening at 5:00 – the best cooks in Jasper County are at it again in Willow Hill – for details, call  618-322-0352


    The Newton VFW Post will host a benefit “fish fry” this Friday night from 4:00 to 7:00 – all-you-can-eat with dine-in or carry-out meals – proceeds go to PTO supported programs at Newton Elementary School


    The St. Joseph Parish in Olney has its annual Salad Bar Luncheon this Friday from 11:00 to 1:30 in the St. Joe Cafeteria – both dine-in and carry-outs available – the $6 tickets are on sale at local banks & the St. Joe Parish Office – the Country Kitchen will feature homemade noodles, baked goods, baby quilts, & more


    The RMH Auxiliary will host a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday with the homemade baked items for sale from 7:00 in the morning until sold out – it will be in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital – all proceeds go to fund Auxiliary projects at RMH – for details, call  618-395-7340, extension 4012


    Culver’s Restaurant in Effingham will host the first of two charity fundraising events for Special Olympics coming up this Thursday night from 5:00 to 7:00 – ten percent of the event’s cash receipts will assist local Special Olympians attend & take part in this year’s Summer Games in Bloomington/Normal – the District 12 Illinois State Police encourages everyone to stop by and support our local hometown heroes


    The Richland County Retired Teacher’s Association will meet this Thursday at The Holiday, starting at 11:00 – the special topic featured will be Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring as the local retired teachers will be donating to the upcoming Bowl For Kid’s Sake fundraiser – all local retired teachers are invited

 

 

 

February 6, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With a high pressure ridge hanging over the Midwest, our weather will be dry and cool this weekend, with a slight warm up thru tomorrow – however, an approaching clipper system will move in with increasing clouds Sunday night & the chance of scattered snow and/or rain thru the day Monday – and then we return to the deep freeze with arctic air returning next Tuesday & Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Revenue does not anticipate releasing Individual Income Tax refunds for the 2016 tax filing season until after March 1st, 2016 – the decision comes as fraud prevention efforts from last year’s tax season show the positive impact that additional delays have had in combating tax return fraud & identity theft – the IDOR reminds taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically & requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest way to receive a refund – electronic returns filed before March 1st should be issued 2 to 3 weeks later – for more, logon at www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the 50th Super Bowl weekend and the Illinois State Police are out in extra force – the State Troopers will strictly enforce moving violations this weekend with an emphasis on the FATAL-4 violations, which includes DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Seatbelt use – since alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, all fans are urged to celebrate responsibly and to use a designated driver when needed – local law enforcement agencies will also be assisting in extra patrols looking for those driving impaired.

 

(NEWTON)  Health officials are reminding sports fans to practice food safety during this Super Bowl weekend – while parties go on for several hours and the food is out from early to late, scientists say any foods, whether hot or cold, that have been at room temperature for more than two hours can easily become contaminated by bacteria and cause illness – simply put, keep all cold foods cold and all hot foods hot – for more on food safety, check the State Department of Public Health’s website online at  www.idph.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council has a special meeting next Monday night, February 8th, starting at 6:00, in the Olney City Park Community Building – the public’s invited to hear a presentation regarding the renovation work at the Community Building – the Olney City Council will then adjourn that meeting and move to the Olney City Hall where a public hearing will be held at 7:00 in Council Chambers, to provide Olney residents an opportunity comment on a newly submitted Taxicab License Application for Olney – comments can be made at the hearing or to the City Clerk – call the Olney City Hall at  618-395-7302.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The annual meeting of the Richland County Farm Bureau is coming up on Monday, February 22nd, at The Holiday in Olney – it all begins with dinner at 6:00, followed by the business meeting & entertainment – those planning to attend are asked to RSVP the Farm Bureau office in Olney by February 16th

    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 in Bible Grove, featuring Mike Porter, Marsha Banning, & the Panther Creek Band – also a guest appearance by Janet Durham – all invited

    The St. Thomas Annual Soup Supper is tomorrow from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Parish Center in Newton – along with food, also a country store, children’s games, a cake walk, and more – carry-outs available

    The next area blood drive is tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – all successive donors tomorrow morning will get a coupon for free french fries at McDonald’s in Olney – remember, all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish low area supplies

    The Dundas Ruritan Club is hosting its biscuits & gravy, pancakes & sausage, breakfast this morning from now until 12 noon, or until sold out – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited

    The Clay City Post Prom has a fundraising breakfast this morning at the Clay City Community Building, serving from now until 11:00 – it includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, and drinks – the cost is by donation – proceeds to help with Post Prom activities at Clay City High School

 

 

February 5, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A weak and dry frontal boundary will quickly move thru downstate Illinois this morning, followed by a high pressure area that will dominate our weather today and into the weekend – there will be little change tomorrow & Sunday, other than a slight warm up – but that will change with rain, maybe some light snow, on Monday – then very cold arctic air returns on Tuesday and Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a legislative panel to discuss changes to how Illinois’ schools are funded – the State’s top Democrat says the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force will meet this spring to craft legislation designed to ensure schools are funded evenly throughout the state – the first meeting will be a week from next Tuesday, February 16th, in Springfield – some wonder how school funding reform can be approved when the state budget stalemate is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Human Rights has released its interim report to the Governor on a wide-ranging study of statewide discrimination patterns and barriers to success – the study will now work with over 125 statewide partners to develop recommendations on improving diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination throughout Illinois – over the next several months, information will be compiled of ongoing discrimination in identified issue areas, such as employment, housing, public accommodations, financial credit, education, criminal justice, civic engagement, and the provision of government services and benefits.

 

(NEWTON)  A Jasper County man is in custody for domestic battery charges – authorities in Edwards County indicate that 47 year old Troy Nester of  Newton is facing two counts for aggravated domestic battery, one count for intimidation, and one count for domestic battery – his bond was set at $100,000 – authorities say the incident took place a week ago tonight when Nester allegedly assaulted 35 year old Lacy Miller of West Salem, attempting to suffocate her and breaking her cheekbone after a strike to the face – Nester, who’s presumed innocent until proven guilty, has been housed in the White County Jail in Carmi.

 

(OLNEY)  It was earlier this week we announced that Olney Central College is one of 150 nationwide community colleges that’s eligible to compete for prize money and possible scholarships thru the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program – as part of that announcement, there were a total of eight community colleges in Illinois named to the program list – along with Olney Central College, two of the other three IECC colleges were also recognized, including Lincoln Trail College and Wabash Valley College – three of the other five Illinois colleges are from the downstate area, including Kaskaskia College, Rend Lake College, and John A. Logan College – the other two colleges are upstate, Kennedy-King in Chicago and William Rainey Harper College in Paletine – each of the 150 nationwide community colleges will now submit an application to the Aspen Prize – the top ten finalists will be named later this fall.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A reminder that County Clerk’s offices can now mail out Vote by Mail ballots, plus Early Voting is now underway at County Clerk’s offices in Illinois – residents also have from now until February 16th, a week from next Tuesday, to make sure they are registered to vote for the March 15th Primary Election – additional information about early voting hours and how to submit an application to vote by mail can be obtained by calling or stopping by the Richland County or Jasper County Clerk’s offices in Olney and Newton respectively – the offices are open each day from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday thru Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  Wabash Valley College and the Southeastern Illinois County Farm Bureaus recently hosted the 2016 Ag Acquaintance Day on the campus of Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – over 100 students from thirteen area high schools attended, including those in Olney, Albion, Mt. Carmel, Lawrenceville, Bridgeport, Oblong, Louisville, Clay City, Fairfield, Cisne, Wayne City, Flora, and Carmi – area Farm Bureaus also participated including those from the counties of  Richland, Crawford, Lawrence, Clay, Wayne, Edwards, and White, plus others from Wabash Valley Service Company, Wabash Valley College, and more – also taking part were area FFA Chapter Advisors from most all local high schools as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) has added first-time adult turkey hunting to its growing list of public access activities – a first-time adult hunter includes anyone who has not hunted turkey in the past five years – in addition, the IDNR has changed the age restriction for youth turkey hunting to 17 years & younger – this will allow IRAP to permit more young turkey hunters on youth turkey hunting sites – the IRAP program leases property from private Illinois landowners & makes it available to registered IRAP participants for specific activities such as youth turkey hunting, riverbank fishing, boat access to public waterways, hiking, birding, outdoor photography, archery deer hunting, small game hunting, and waterfowl hunting – to apply for an IRAP spring turkey hunting site, hunters must go to the IRAP website – various deadlines apply – go online to the DNR website, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP/Pages.

 

(OLNEY)  Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the River Bottom Stump Sitters Banquet on Saturday, February 27th, at The Holiday in Olney – tickets are on sale for the special sporting event, which will feature a two-meat buffet and an auction with prizes including a wide array of products, from firearms, outfitter packages, hunting & outdoor-related equipment, plus artwork and collectibles only available at a WTU event – the social hour starts at 5:00 with dinner at 7:00 – tickets are $35 each, $15 for a spouse, or $10 for children 15 & under – the ticket order deadline is February 20th, two weeks from tomorrow – no tickets will be sold at the door – call Tim at  618-335-9631 or go online at  www.whitetailsunlimited.com.

 

(NEWTON)  All area and regional blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the very low supplies in the Midwest.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council has a special meeting next Monday night, February 8th, starting at 6:00, in the Olney City Park Community Building – the public’s invited to hear a presentation regarding the renovation work at the Community Building – the Olney City Council will then adjourn that meeting and move to the Olney City Hall where a public hearing will be held at 7:00 in Council Chambers, to provide Olney residents an opportunity comment on the Taxicab License Application submitted by Charles Robertson of Olney – comments can be made at the hearing or to the City Clerk – call the Olney City Hall.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Highway Department has now reopened that portion of the CIPS Road (500E) that was closed to replace a bridge just north of the Golf Course Road (900E) intersection – the Highway Department appreciates the cooperation of all area motorists during the time of construction work.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 in Bible Grove, featuring Mike Porter, Marsha Banning, & the Panther Creek Band – also a guest appearance by Janet Durham – all invited


    The St. Thomas Annual Soup Supper is this Sunday from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Parish Center in Newton – along with food, also a country store, children’s games, a cake walk, and more – carry-outs available

 
    The Dundas Ruritan Club will host a biscuits & gravy, pancakes & sausage, breakfast tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon or until sold out – advance tickets are cheaper than at the door – all are invited


    The Clay City Post Prom will have a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning at the Clay City Community Building, serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – it includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, and drinks – the cost is by donation – proceeds to help with Post Prom activities at Clay City High School


    The Olney American Legion Post #30 will host another “fish fry” tonight with serving from 5:30 until sold out – includes fish and sides, plus desserts, priced at only $6 per plate – all ages are welcome


    The Newton FFA has a pork burger fundraiser today at Newton Community High School with a drive-thru set up in the north parking lot at NCHS from 11:00 to 1:00

 

 

 

February 4, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching high pressure will push the remainder of clouds out of downstate Illinois this morning with sunshine expected thru the rest of this Thursday – the dry conditions continue thru tomorrow and the weekend ahead, plus a slight warm up – maybe some rain, possibly mixed with a little light snow, will move thru Monday night – then back down into the deep freeze by Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a new law is requiring many Illinois businesses to post information about a human trafficking hotline in an attempt to curb what officials call “modern-day slavery” – the Department of Human Services is working with the State Labor Department & the Attorney General’s office to raise awareness of the problem – businesses ranging from truck stops to job recruitment centers must post the number near a public entrance or other locations where it can be seen – those that don’t could be fined.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois State Police officials have unveiled enforcement plans for the 50th Super Bowl weekend – ISP Troopers will strictly enforce moving violations with an emphasis on the FATAL-4 violations, which includes DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Seatbelt use – Troopers statewide issued more than 1,850 FATAL-4 citations during last year’s Super Bowl weekend, 105 were for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Drugs – State Troopers will be out in extra force with extended patrols and more this weekend – since alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, all fans are urged to celebrate responsibly and to use a designated driver when needed – local law enforcement agencies will also be assisting in extra patrols.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to wear “red” tomorrow, on Friday, February 5th, to raise awareness of heart disease & to celebrate American Heart Month & National Wear Red Day – since heart disease is the leading cause of death in Illinois, it’s important that people of all ages embrace a healthy lifestyle and know the risks for heart disease – so wear some red Friday and take the steps needed to become more “heart healthy” – check the state’s website online, at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A Washington, Indiana man has been arrested and is sitting in the Richland County Jail in Olney on kidnapping charges – it was this past Sunday that the Olney Police Department received a call about a missing juvenile and the investigation began – then the next day, this past Monday, that missing juvenile returned home with no injuries reported – however, the investigation led police to arrest Blake McGillem on kidnapping charges, currently awaiting a court appearance & bond details – the investigation is ongoing and involves the Olney Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and authorities in Indiana.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A reminder that today’s the first day that County Clerk’s offices can start mailing out Vote by Mail ballots, plus also the first day that Clerks can conduct Early Voting – residents also have from now until February 16th, a week from next Tuesday, to make sure they are registered to vote for the March 15th Primary Election – additional information about early voting hours and how to submit an application to vote by mail can be obtained by calling or stopping by the Richland County or Jasper County Clerk’s offices in Olney and Newton – the offices are open Monday thru Friday, each day from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Hall has announced that the Olney City Council will have a special meeting this coming Monday night, February 8th, starting at 6:00, in the Olney City Park Community Building – the public’s invited to hear a presentation at that time regarding the renovation work at the Community Building – public comments are also welcome at that time – the Olney City Council will then adjourn that meeting and move to the Olney City Hall where a public hearing will be held at 7:00 in Council Chambers, to provide Olney residents an opportunity comment on the Taxicab License Application submitted by Charles Robertson of Olney – comments can be made at the hearing or to the City Clerk – call 618-395-7302.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Highway Department has closed a portion of the CIPS Road (500E), west & south of Newton, thru the rest of today – officials say the bridge, located a half mile north of the Golf Course Road (900E), is being torn out and replaced, due to a recent load posting – the Highway Department appreciates the patience of all motorists at this time – again, that’s today at that site – all motorists in the area should be alert to the road signs and barricades posted during the construction work.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Oil & Gas Association’s 70th Annual Convention & Trade Show is set for March 3rd and 4th at the Old National Events Plaza, down in Evansville, Indiana – the yearly IOGA Convention is the largest oil industry trade show hosted by the City of Evansville with more than 1,000 people having attended the event in recent years – more importantly, it gives tri-state oil producers, their oilfield workers, and others the chance to learn the latest in oilfield production news and more – various oilfield vendors will also have exhibits on display – plus this year’s entertainment during the Thursday night banquet will be the Oak Ridge Boys – for more information & details, visit the Association’s website online at  www.ioga.com.

 

(NEWTON)  Chad M. Miller, of Newton, current Jasper County State’s Attorney, has announced he will be seeking election to the position he was appointed to on February 26th, 2015 – the East Richland High School and Olney Central College graduate went on to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where after obtaining his teaching certificate and after a brief teaching career, entered the SIU Law School from which he graduated from in 2009 – Miller has served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Hamilton County, while in college, and in Coles County until he became a Special Felony Drug Prosecutor for the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office – Miller lives in Jasper County with his wife and two children.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the 20th annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet coming up on Friday, February 19th, at The Holiday in Olney – hosted by the Richland County Long Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event includes a sit down meal & an auction of  NWTF sporting art, knives, unique hunting firearms, wildlife calls, outdoor equipment & more – the doors open with a social hour at 6:00 – tickets are $50 per person or $65 per couple – sponsorships are also available for area businesses or individuals – for tickets or information, call Brad at  618-843-7967  or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a downstate Frog and Toad Survey Orientation this Saturday afternoon down at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, from 1:00 to 3:00 – volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys of the frogs and toads of the Cache River watershed during their breeding seasons – at the orientation, volunteers will learn about the 19 frog and toad species in Southern Illinois and receive data sheets for a chosen route, plus survey protocol and other information – the surveys are to be conducted four times from February thru June – individuals and families are welcome to take part - check the State DNR website for more information, that’s online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  All area and regional blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the upcoming area blood drives  :  this afternoon at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also this afternoon at the Cumberland Elementary School northwest of Greenup from 2:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the very low supply throughout the Midwestern region.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The St. Thomas Annual Soup Supper is this Sunday from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Parish Center in Newton – along with food, also a country store, children’s games, a cake walk, and more – carry-outs available

 
    The Dundas Ruritan Club will host a biscuits & gravy, pancakes & sausage, breakfast this Saturday from 7:00 to 12 noon or until sold out – advance tickets are cheaper than at the door – all are invited


    The Clay City Post Prom will have a fundraising breakfast this coming Saturday morning at the Clay City Community Building, serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – it includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, and drinks – the cost is by donation – proceeds to help with Post Prom activities at Clay City High School


    The Newton FFA has a pork burger fundraiser tomorrow at Newton Community High School with a drive-thru set up in the north parking lot at NCHS from 11:00 to 1:00 – pre-orders must be made by today – to pre-order, call the NCHS Office at 618-783-2303, ask for the Ag Department


    The Olney American Legion Post #30 will host another “fish fry” tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – includes fish and sides, plus desserts, priced at only $6 per plate – all ages are welcome