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Local News

May 6, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure over the Midwest will give us a mostly clear & dry sky today thru tonight and even a portion of tomorrow – an approaching cold front will bring us some clouds by Saturday afternoon before the chances of rain and thunderstorms begins late tomorrow afternoon – that rain chance continues thru Sunday, then on-and-off again each day & night next Monday thru Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges & universities passed in the State Senate yesterday on a near unanimous vote, now sending the measure to the State House – this money is on top of the $600 million approved last month – this additional funding would get higher education institutions to 60% of what would have been their current year funding levels – the revenue source comes from not paying various state funds that were borrowed from earlier.

 

(NEWTON)  The annual Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service was held yesterday in Springfield to honor law enforcement officers killed in Illinois in the line of duty – hundreds of police officers from all over the state attended the event which started at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, moved to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a memorial church service, and then to the State Capitol for the main ceremony – two county deputies from Northern Illinois that were killed in separate events last year were recognized, plus six other officers who were confirmed to have died in the line of duty in the past, but who had not yet been officially included on the memorial list were also recognized at the service yesterday.

 

(OLNEY)  518 new lawyers were sworn in and admitted to the practice of law in Illinois during bar admission ceremonies held in Illinois’ five Supreme Court judicial districts yesterday – this included 82 individuals in the downstate Fifth Judicial District ceremony that was held in Collinsville – other ceremonies were held in Springfield, Ottawa, Elgin, and Chicago – the new attorneys sworn in around the state yesterday now brings the total number of licensed lawyers in Illinois to approximately 96,500 – the downstate Fifth Judicial District is comprised of the 37 southernmost counties, including Richland, Jasper, and others in our region – that’s pretty much the entire area south of a line along Interstate 70.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Richland County High School Envirothon team members who did very well last week in state competition held up in Allerton Park, in Monticello – Richland County High School won the Land Use Council Division and the FFA Division events – the team consisting of Emily Shilling, Jessica Shilling, Brock VanBlaricum, Matthew Runyon, and Tanner Scherer won the LUC Division and now advance to compete at the North American Envirothon, to be held this summer, July 24th thru 29th, in Peterborough Ontario Canada – the team of Adam Brewer, Jesse Maxey, Cody Reynolds, Evan Walker, and Seth Mitchell won the FFA Division and now advance to compete at the National FFA Natural Resources & Wildlife Management CDE in Indianapolis, Indiana, later this year, in October – a tip of the hat to these Richland County High School students and the Ag Department sponsors and instructors as well.

 

(NEWTON)  While today’s the final day for the 2016 observance of National Teacher Appreciation Week, join us as we say “thanks” to all the teachers in our Southeastern and South Central Illinois area for all they do in furthering the educational process at all levels – take time to let those teachers that go the extra mile know that they are appreciated for everything they do and that it does make a difference for our children – from Pre-K to Junior High and from High School to College, all instructors are recognized for what they do.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 will be conducting Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols thru the rest of this month, specifically in the area counties of  Richland, Clay, Cumberland, and Clark – Troopers will be targeting areas with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws – safety belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up – remember, Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers, both front & back, must be buckled up – the patrols are funded thru the IDOT Division of Traffic Safety.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Center Shrine Club will have those popular Vidalia Onions available at the Rural King Store in Olney starting this weekend – with delivery this evening, the 10 pound bags will be available for the same old price of $10 per bag – proceeds go to support Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA announced yesterday the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the most recent Conservation Reserve Program signup period – thru CRP, the USDA helps farmers offset the costs of restoring, enhancing, and protecting certain grasses, shrubs, and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and strengthen wildlife habitat – plus, the CRP provides nearly $2 billion annually to land owners – officials say the past signup was one of the most selective periods in CRP’s 30-year history – as of March this year, there were 23.8 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program nationwide.

 

(OLNEY)  A Marion County woman has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the first degree murder of her 3 month old daughter in March of last year – Christina Thomason was accused of killing her child, Aribella, because of rejection from Thomason’s fiancé, who left her, but yet adored her daughter – lawyers for Thomason say the conviction and sentence will be appealed to the Appellate Court in the months ahead.

 

(NEWTON)  Crawford County and City of Robinson authorities are expanding their search for an elderly Robinson man who’s been missing since this past Wednesday morning – 85 year old Charles Everingham is a decorated war Veteran who was last seen driving a gray 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Illinois Disabled Veteran license plates, 12344DV – the Father of four is a diabetic in need of medication – police used planes and extra patrols to conduct a county and area wide search – if anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Everingham, please call the Robinson Police Department at  618-546-1111.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church, north of Louisville, along Route 45, from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also Monday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed in our area.

 

(NOBLE)  Also a couple of notes from the Village of  Noble  :  during tomorrow’s MayFest and annual Car Show in the Village Park, a reminder that North Noble Avenue will be closed to all thru traffic during the event between Elm Street & Poplar Street  :  also, a Noble Chowder Committee meeting will be held next Tuesday night, May 10th, at Village Hall, starting at 7:30 – that will be to discuss & plan this year’s annual event coming up on August 13th  :  and a reminder the Village now has its new (red) payment drop box installed on the east side of Village Hall – it’s for those after hour payments for Water, Sewer, and Garbage.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ste. Marie American Legion Post 932 “Mother’s Day” Breakfast is this Sunday morning with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – only $6 per adults, $3 for children – pay at the door – all are invited


    The Grove Township Community Center will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with pulled pork fundraiser tomorrow evening from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – tickets at the door, free to those age 3 & under – plus the Jasper County Farm Bureau will serve their popular soft serve ice cream


    The 16th Annual Noble MayFest is tomorrow in the Village Park in Noble – registration for the Car Show runs from 9:00 to 12 noon, with awards presented at 3:00 – also includes a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, and concessions – for more details, logon at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    A fundraising pork burger sale is tomorrow at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all money raised will go towards the building fund for the proposed Paper House Youth Center in Olney


    The Step Up for Downs Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is tomorrow morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is tomorrow in downtown Olney at 500 East Main Street – running from 9:00 to 2:00, several area businesses will be set up with their items on display, plus free hotdogs & soda at 11:00, compliments of TrustBank – also a bake sale with proceeds to Shelter Friends


    The Olney Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Park Shelter #5 – includes plants from local gardens with many different perennials to choose from


    A fundraising breakfast is tomorrow morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    The OCC Welding & Cutting Program has an “open house” today from 10:00 to 5:00 – includes several demonstrations, plus food, drinks, and prizes – located on West St. John Street in Olney

 

 

 

May 5, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Quiet weather conditions are on tap for our downstate region today as a high pressure ridge will now keep us dry for a couple of days – a warming trend will eventually kick in by late tomorrow, although an approaching frontal boundary will give us some rain & storm chances Saturday afternoon thru Sunday – plus the rainy pattern is likely to continue the first half of next week as well – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner’s office has released a review of a Democratic plan to change the way Illinois funds schools – yesterday’s numbers prompted more criticism from some lawmakers that the proposal is a “major bailout” for the Chicago Public School system – the plan wants to make school funding more equitable by considering local property wealth when distributing state funds & would give an additional $175 million to Chicago schools – the Governor wants to keep the formula from distributing money largely intact but increase overall school aid – that would be $75 million less for Chicago schools.

 

(OLNEY)  With warmer weather expected, the 2016 motorcycle season is shifting into high gear as Illinois riders are eager to hit the road – but, before taking the first ride of the season, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to take necessary steps to ensure their safety – the state’s “Gear Up – Ride Smart” campaign urges riders to make sure those bikes are ready to go and also reminds other motorists to be on the lookout for all motorcycles while traveling in the months ahead.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will host a special event this Saturday at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, presenting the American pastime as it was played back in the 1860’s – it will be vintage “base ball” as played 150 years ago at the State Site which is located along Illinois Route 3 just a few miles north of  I-270 in Hartford – gentlemen of the Vandalia Old Capitals, the Springfield Long Nines, the Alton Baseball Club, & the Belleville Stags will compete, starting at 10:00 – visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets & enjoy the game as it was invented – the site is open each Wednesday thru Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  Today is the annual observance of the National Day of  Prayer as thousands of people across the United States will join together pray, not only for our nation, but for our state, counties, and local area – created in 1952 by a joint resolution in Congress, the National Day of  Prayer is a time that transcends all differences, bringing all together to celebrate our most beloved freedom, to humbly come before our God and seek His guidance in prayer – several area events are taking place in observance of this National Day  :  at the Richland County courthouse lawn at 12:00 noon today in Olney  :  on the square in downtown Newton, also at 12:00 noon  :  later this evening is a Community Service in the Noble Village Park starting at 7:00  :  plus observances at various churches and other locations throughout the area as well – folks are also encouraged to take a moment individually to observe this National Day of  Prayer as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police, District 12, has announced that Troopers will be out the rest of this month conducting Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) Patrols, specifically in the counties of  Jasper, Crawford, Clay, & Marion – the ACE patrols allow the State Police to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding citizens and business owners that the City’s Municipal Code prohibits any person from placing leaves, grass, garbage, refuse, or other debris in any drainage ditch, in any public street or road, or in any opening to the city’s storm sewer – this includes the blowing of grass on the streets while mowing – the Municipal Code provides provisions for violators to be fined not less than $75 for each offense, nor more than $750 – the City reminds everyone that Olney’s Brush Dump is open most every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 until 4:00  :  the City of Olney also notes that its Water Department will today be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from free chlorine back to chloramine, which is the normal disinfectant used throughout most of the year in Olney – the free chlorine is used twice a year in conjunction with Olney’s biannual water hydrant flushing program.

 

(NOBLE)  Also a couple of notes from the Village of  Noble  :  during this Saturday’s MayFest and annual Car Show in the Village Park, a reminder that North Noble Avenue will be closed to all thru traffic during the event between Elm Street & Poplar Street  :  also, a Noble Chowder Committee meeting will be held next Tuesday night, May 10th, at Village Hall, starting at 7:30 – that will be to discuss & plan this year’s annual event coming up on August 13th  :  and a reminder the Village now has its new (red) payment drop box installed on the east side of Village Hall – it’s for those after hour Water/Sewer/Garbage payments.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency has scholarships available for income eligible individuals who want to attend college this fall with a limited number of $500 scholarships to be awarded in each of the nine ERBA counties, including Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Douglas, & Edgar – to be eligible, applicants must be attending an Illinois college, university, or community college as a full time student this fall, have a least a C average, & must meet required income guidelines – applications are available at any of the local ERBA offices and must be turned in by June 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Clay County Hospital in Flora as it has been chosen as the Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2016 “Heliport of the Year” – the special selection is based on specific criteria, based on the facility’s safety record & service provided to its local community as well as general maintenance – the hospital will be presented the award at a special ceremony today during a luncheon at the Illinois Aviation Conference, held at the SIU Transportation Education Center at the Murphysboro Airport.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College invited high school students and their parents, as well as those with a high school diploma who are interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing, to a meeting next week to learn how students can earn an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology – not only debt free, but with a job guarantee – the opportunity is available thru the Illinois Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) and the meeting is next Tuesday, May 10th, in the OCC Banquet Room, starting at 6:30 – representatives from OCC and ICATT will be on hand to explain the dual apprenticeship program and to answer any questions – for details, contact OCC Dean of Instruction, Dr. Jeffery Cutchin at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church, north of Louisville, along Route 45, from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also Monday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low blood supplies in our area.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with pulled pork fundraiser Saturday evening from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – tickets at the door, free to those age 3 & under – plus the Jasper County Farm Bureau will serve their popular soft serve ice cream


    The 16th Annual Noble MayFest this Saturday in the Village Park – registration for the Car Show runs from 9:00 to 12 noon, with awards presented at 3:00 – also includes a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, and concessions – for more details, logon at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    A fundraising pork burger sale is this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all money raised will go towards the building fund for the proposed Paper House Youth Center in Olney


    The Step Up for Downs Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is this Saturday in downtown Olney at 500 East Main Street – running from 9:00 to 2:00, several area businesses will be set up with their items on display, plus free hotdogs & soda at 11:00, compliments of TrustBank – also a bake sale with proceeds to Shelter Friends


    The Olney Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Park Shelter #5 – includes plants from local gardens with many different perennials to choose from – all proceeds from the sale go for local beautification projects in the Olney area


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    The OCC Welding & Cutting Program has an “open house” this Friday from 10:00 to 5:00 – a chance for area residents to learn more about the OCC program with several demonstrations included – there will be food, drinks, and prizes – located on West St. John Street, just west of the OCC Automotive Building

 

 

 

May 4, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a band of showers & a few thunderstorms moves across the downstate area this morning, a cold front will follow with a wind change and cooler air moving in for the rest of today thru tonight – there is still a chance of an isolated shower or pop-up storm until sunset – then we’re dry tomorrow and Friday with warmer air moving in, however another chance of rain for Saturday afternoon – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Transportation has been awarded a special grant to conduct ten Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes statewide – the program trains law enforcement officers to detect impairment caused by more than just alcohol – Illinois is one of only four states, along with Texas, Florida, and Nevada, to receive the special $20,000 funding grant.

 

(OLNEY)  Chief Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court have invited Governor Bruce Rauner and the entire General Assembly to attend a special evening session of oral arguments this month – the session will be Tuesday evening, May 17th, at 6:30, in the Supreme Court Building in Springfield – it marks the second special evening session the Supreme Court has held in recent years – the Court will hear arguments in People v. James Cherry, a Fifth District case that involves the state’s armed violence statute.

 

(NEWTON)  A plan to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois has passed thru the State House of Representatives – while lawmakers currently draw up the district maps, mostly to favor their party, the new bill that was approved yesterday on a 105 to 7 vote would give the job to an independent eight-member panel that would be appointed by two State Supreme Court justices who would represent each party – if the group gridlocks, the proposal would have justices appoint a tie-breaking ninth member – the State Senate will now consider the plan, and if approved there, voters would have to approve the plan in November.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis is noting his displeasure with yesterday’s decision by Dynegy Incorporated to shut down a portion of the Newton Power Station within the next year – the move will cause 47 very good-paying jobs to be lost in the Jasper County area, plus more indirect jobs will be affected that will be very hard to replace – Reis noted that the shutdown of Newton, along with Dynegy power plants in Baldwin and Wood River, takes 30% of downstate Illinois’ generation capacity out of the market, and could be related to the President’s anti-coal and so-called clean air policies – Reis will be requesting a meeting between State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Dynegy officials, and other interested parties to take immediate action on energy policy to protect Illinois jobs, generating capacity, and other economic benefits.

 

(OLNEY)  The State of Illinois weather was average for the month of April, according to the Illinois State Water Survey – the colder temperatures in the first half of the month were nearly cancelled out by the warmer temperatures in the second half of the month – Illinois’ average temperature in April was 52.7 degrees, just one tenth of a degree (0.1) above the statewide normal – the statewide average rainfall for April was 3.30 inches, just a half inch (0.50 inches) below normal – the highest monthly rainfall totals were 8.65 inches at Paris, 7.98 inches at Effingham, and 5.27 inches here at the WVLN-WSEI  National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney – in general, the northern half of the state received 1 to 4 inches of rain on average during the 30 days in April – the southern half  had from 4 to 7 inches of rain.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Board  :  authorized the Newton Police Department to advertise for part-time officers  :  heard an update on the City’s Streetscape project  :  noted that the City’s Emergency Management Agency representative, Doug Long, has set up an office and will keep the Council updated on related issues  :  noted that the new restrooms at Peterson Park are now open  :  noted that the City Pool will open later this month on May 26th  :  noted the Newton City Cleanup Days are set for Friday & Saturday, May 20th & 21st  :  heard some requests for upgrades along the City’s Eagle Trail  :  and no other action after a short closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is still accepting entries for the upcoming 2016 Little Miss Pageant, which will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Fair Queen Pageant – the Little Miss event is open to girls ages 4 to 6 who are Richland County residents and they must be 4 years old before July 1st, 2016, and not turn 7 years old before July 7th, 2016 – to enter, post cards with the contestant’s full name, age, date of birth, parent’s names, address, phone number, and t-shirt size to Little Miss Director, Malory Urfer, C/O the Richland County Farm & Fair, P.O. Box 579, Olney, Illinois, 62450 – the first entries postmarked by May 10th will be accepted as Little Miss contestants – no phone entries accepted and no past contestants please.

 

(OLNEY)  Signups for the 2016 City of Olney summer recreation program are now being accepted at the Olney City Hall during regular office hours – that’s Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day – registrations will be accepted for both sessions which run thru the months of June and July – the program offers several different levels of swimming classes and parent/tot swimming, plus punch cards are also available – more details and registration forms can be found on the City of Olney’s website, at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Effingham KC Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  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 in our area.

 

(OLNEY)  The Emergency Department Drive at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will be temporarily closed today due to facility maintenance – the closure began at 6:30 this morning and remain in effect until the maintenance work is complete – during this time, individuals should utilize the circle drive on the west side of the hospital, off of Mill Street, and enter RMH from the west entrance near the gazebo garden to access the Emergency Room – signage is in place to also help direct Emergency Department traffic while the maintenance takes place – that’s today at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ste. Marie American Legion Post 932 “Mother’s Day” Breakfast is this Sunday morning with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – only $6 per adults, $3 for children – pay at the door – all are invited


    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with “pulled pork” fundraiser this Saturday evening from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – tickets at the door – it’s free to those age 3 and under – plus the Jasper County Farm Bureau is back this year serving up their popular soft serve ice cream – check it out – all ages are welcome


    The Beulah United Methodist Church, south & west of Sumner, will have its Mother-Daughter Banquet this Saturday night, starting at 6:00, for all ladies in the community – call for details, at  618-936-2325


    It’s a “Downed Riders Run” this Saturday with the Poker Run to start and end at the Olney VFW – the signup is from 9:30 to 11:00 with leave time at 11:15 – a dinner and auction will be afterwards with music provided – a $10 entry fee includes the ride & meal – $6 for the meal only – all are invited to attend


    A fundraising pork burger sale is this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all money raised will go towards the building fund for the proposed Paper House Youth Center in Olney


    The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    This Saturday is the annual spring Community Garage Sale Day in Beecher City – the local Boy Scouts will have a stand set up at the Tri-County Firehouse from 7:00 to 1:00 – starting at 8:00 stands will also be set up under the pavilions at the Community Park there in Beecher City


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is this Saturday in downtown Olney at 500 East Main Street – running from 9:00 to 2:00, several area businesses will be set up with their items on display, plus free hotdogs & soda at 11:00, compliments of TrustBank – also a bake sale with proceeds to Shelter Friends


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    The OCC Welding & Cutting Program has an “open house” this Friday from 10:00 to 5:00 – a chance for area residents to learn more about the OCC program with several demonstrations included – there will be food, drinks, and prizes – located on West St. John Street, just west of the OCC Automotive Building

 

 

 

May 3, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Another mostly quiet day is expected today across our downstate region although there will still be plenty of cloud cover on this Tuesday and still a slight chance of some “here or there” showers – but as the upper level low moves across the Midwest, the window for rain looks to only last a few hours at any given location – that continues thru tomorrow – then we’re dry Thursday thru Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois House Democrats who want the state to tax millionaires at higher rates plan to take up a bill that would ultimately let voters decide the issue in November – the proposal would change the Illinois Constitution to allow people to be taxed based on earnings – while everyone in Illinois currently pays 3.75% income tax, the plan would raise rates to 9.75% for those making over $1 million.

 

(OLNEY)  An Illinois advisory board is once again recommending the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program – the board repeated their endorsement of at least 12 health conditions to be added to the list of what can be treated legally by marijuana – two new conditions include diabetes & panic disorder – that list has been rejected twice before – currently, 39 conditions & diseases are on the list for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois’ interim chancellor Barbara Wilson says the campus will begin the process of picking a new mascot – a committee will be formed soon to design a process and set a timeline – however, a new mascot would not mean changing the Fighting Illini nickname that the school’s sports teams have used for years – under public pressure, the Chief Illiniwek mascot was retired by the U of  I in 2007.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in special session last night for over two hours – the Board  :  met for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the vacant board member position – a total of four applicants were questioned in closed session and after one hour and 56 minutes, the Board agreed to appoint Alex Cline to fill the vacancy until the next School Board election, which will be next April, 2017 – Cline had previously served on the East Richland School Board from 2013 to 2015  :  in other business, the Board accepted two resignations – from RCHS Band Director Michael Pond-Jones, effective at the end of this 2015-2016 school year, and from RCMS Custodian Kyle Ziegler, effective this month (May, 2016)  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland  County School Board will be Thursday, May 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – farmers were slowed down in their statewide planting progress last week by widespread and heavy rainfall amounts – last week’s precipitation average in Illinois was at 1.64 inches, nearly three-quarters of an inch (0.74) more than normal – last week’s average statewide temperature was 58 degrees, just over 1 degree (1.3) above normal – as of Sunday, 66% of the state’s corn crop has been planted, up 24 percentage points from last week – the statewide soybeans planted is at 9% – farmers in our ten county region report heavier amounts of rain than in other areas of the state – they say very little planting has been done on average due to the wet field conditions – that’s less than 30% of corn and less than 5% of soybeans – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in the past week that ended as of 8:00 yesterday morning – the largest amount of rain was in Noble Township with 4.40 inches, followed by Preston Township with 3.00 inches – then Madison Township at 2.60 inches, both German & Bonpas Townships, each at 2.20 inches – Denver Township had 2.00 inches, Olney Township had 1.95 inches, Claremont Township had 1.55 inches, and Decker Township with 1.35 inches – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station we recorded 1.41 inches of rain during the recording period – the Richland County rainfall totals this spring are now running much higher than a year ago.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic accident that occurred yesterday morning at 9:35, four miles south of Clay City, on the County’s Big Four Road – State Police report 47 year old Keith Harvel of Clay City was eastbound on a county road in a rogator farm implement when he failed to stop at the intersection with the Big Four Road, pulling into the path of a northbound car, driven by 35 year old Lawrence Ewing of Fairfield – Ewing was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora, then lifelighted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – Harvel was not injured – he was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop intersection and for disobeying a stop sign – the Big Four Road was closed for over five hours for cleanup.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship again this year – it’s available to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2016 – interested parties may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application or call for more information, Jane Hart at  618-783-2867  or Ruth Kerner at  618-783-2412  – applications must be received by Saturday, May 28th – entrants may reapply annually.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois agricultural prices for the month of March – the Prices Received Index at 92.8 was a slight increase of three-tenths of a percentage point from February – at 83, the Crop Production Index dropped by 1.4% and the Livestock Production Index at 100.2, increased by 1% – producers in Illinois received higher prices in March for cattle, broilers, and dry beans, but lower prices for strawberries, milk, and eggs – compared to the year earlier, the Prices Received Index decreased 9.1%, the Crop Production Index dropped 2.9%, and the Livestock Production Index went up 15% from March 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham KC Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  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 low regional blood supplies in our area.

 

(OLNEY)  The Emergency Department Drive at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will be temporarily closed tomorrow, on Wednesday, due to facility maintenance – the closure will begin at 6:30 tomorrow morning and remain in effect until the maintenance work is complete – during this time, individuals should utilize the circle drive on the west side of the hospital, off of Mill Street, and enter RMH from the west entrance near the gazebo garden to access the Emergency Room – signage is in place to also help direct Emergency Department traffic while the maintenance takes place – that’s tomorrow at RMH in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ste. Marie American Legion Post 932 “Mother’s Day” Breakfast is this Sunday morning with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – only $6 per adults, $3 for children – pay at the door – all are invited


    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with “pulled pork” fundraiser this Saturday evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – $11 for adults, $6 for children age 4 to 12, and free to those age 3 and under


    A fundraising pork burger sale is this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all money raised will go towards the building fund for the proposed Paper House Youth Center in Olney


    The 16th Annual Noble MayFest this Saturday in the Village Park – registration for the Car Show runs from 9:00 to 12 noon, with awards presented at 3:00 – also includes a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, and concessions – for more details, logon at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    The Olney Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Park Shelter #5 – includes plants from local gardens with many different perennials to choose from – all proceeds from the sale go for local beautification projects in the Olney area


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    A Career Expo & Hiring Event is today at Lincoln Trail College, east & north of Robinson – that’s this morning from 8:30 to 12 noon in the LTC Gym

 

 

 

May 2, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  While cooler & drier air filters in behind last night’s cold front moving thru, the threat for a few scattered showers will persist today with a mostly overcast sky – much of the same is expected tomorrow, although maybe some sunshine mixed in – an upper level low could give us some scattered rain Wednesday followed by a dry and mild period Thursday thru the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While no severe weather was in the forecast for Sunday evening, two strong storms developed and moved thru a portion of our downstate region – a severe thunderstorm warning for the northern half of Clay County last night at around 7:30 was upgraded to a tornado warning that was in effect for that same portion of Clay County, northern Richland County and southern Jasper County, all until around 8:30 – a radar indicated tornado was believed to be in the area south of Ingraham moving due east at around 30 to 40 miles-per-hour – a few sightings were reported, but to this point in time, no injuries or extensive damage – there were a few trees & buildings affected by the 45 to 60 miles-per-hour winds and hail that was reported – an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain also fell in these areas of South Central and Southeastern Illinois – the National Weather Service also had a tornado warning in effect for Jefferson County, in the Mt. Vernon area.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the University of Illinois and faculty members who are not on tenure say they have reached a new labor agreement – union officials report a contract ratification vote will be held later this week, which is the first such contract with the university for the union, including some 500 instructors, researchers, and other faculty – members have been on strike the last two weeks for a total of four days.

 

(OLNEY)  2016 is shaping up for Du Quoin State Fairgoers as the first couple of grandstand performers have been announced – on Friday, September 2nd, it will be country musician Jamey Johnson on stage, to be followed by singer/songwriter/actor Sugar Ray on the stage with his Summerland Tour the following Monday, September 5th – more details regarding ticket sales, special events, and additional grandstand acts will be released in the weeks ahead – the Du Quoin State Fair will run August 26th thru September 5th.

 

(OLNEY)  A big “thank you” to everyone who supported another successful Richland County Relay For Life this past Saturday in Olney – although the event was moved from the City Park to the Richland County High School, due to the rainy conditions, the amount of money collected up to the closing ceremonies was at $48,552 – there were a total 17 registered teams, with 90 registered survivors, and 350 total luminaries – plus there were 56 participants that registered for the 5K / 1 Mile event as well – here’s the list of teams that took part and the amount of funds they each raised in the local Richland County “fight against cancer”  :
* Suntone Beach Survivors                   $9,202           
* Runyon Beach                                   $5,976
* Pink Warriors Sisters                          $4,961
* Richland Memorial Hospital                 $4,824
* Olney Free Methodist Church              $2,919
* Citizens National Bank                        $2,423
* Steber Family Farm                           $2,174
* Murvin & Meier                                  $2,081
* TrustBank                                         $1,925
* Trinity Lutheran Church                      $1,465
* First National Bank in Olney                $1,437
* Wal-Mart #254                                    $895
* A Good Hair Day                                 $810
* SKS Reality                                        $727
* Backyard Bloomers Garden Club          $700
* St. Joseph Junior CYM                          $236
* OCC Student Senate                           $200
* Elm Street Christian Church                  $50
Again, a huge “thank you” to all groups, businesses, and individuals for their continued support this year!

 

(NEWTON)  As the temperatures warm up and outdoor activities increase for humans, the activity also increases for ticks, which are most active in April, May, and June – among three major types of ticks in Illinois, the American dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, while the blacklegged deer tick can transmit Lyme disease – ticks cannot fly or jump, but only crawl, and they simply wait on the tips of grasses or shrubs until a human or animal passes by and brushes them onto the host – the best protection is to wear light-colored clothing, long sleeved shirts, long pants with trouser cuffs in socks, and boots – insect repellent containing DEET should be applied to clothes & sparingly to exposed skin – those outside should be checked thoroughly by a family member – for more information, check the Illinois Department of Public Health website or contact the Jasper County Health Department in Newton by calling, 618-783-5206.

 

(NEWTON)  Appointments are now being made for Kindergarten Pre-Registration in Jasper County – it’s for children who’ll turn 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2016 and for those whose parents are planning to have them attend Kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year – the required Pre-Registration and Screening will be conducted on three consecutive days at the Ste. Marie Elementary School and appointments are necessary – the dates and times include  :  Tuesday, May 24th, from 11:00am to 6:30pm  :  Wednesday, May 25th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm  :  and Thursday morning, May 26th, from 8:30am to 10:45am  :  call Elementary School in Ste. Marie during office hours for an appointment  :  618-455-3219.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board will have a special meeting on this Monday night, May 2nd, starting at 7:00, in the District Office board room in Olney – the short agenda includes an executive session to discuss personnel and to discuss the filling of a vacant seat on the School Board – a resignation request will also be considered – tonight’s special Richland County School Board meeting is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for local charitable organizations that serve the youth of Richland County to submit a grant application with the Carrie Winter Trust – while the grant application deadline is today, this Monday, May 2nd, the applications are available thru the First National Bank in Olney’s Trust Services Department, by calling  618-395-8541, or go online, at  www.fnbolney.com – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefitted the youth of Richland County for over 29 years with more than $1.8 million awarded.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham KC Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  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 low regional blood supplies in our area.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with “pulled pork” fundraiser this Saturday evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – $11 for adults, $6 for children age 4 to 12, and free to those age 3 and under


    It’s a “Downed Riders Run” this Saturday with the Poker Run to start and end at the Olney VFW – the signup is from 9:30 to 11:00 with leave time at 11:15 – a dinner and auction will be afterwards with music provided – a $10 entry fee includes the ride & meal – $6 for the meal only – all are invited to attend


    The 16th Annual Noble MayFest this Saturday in the Village Park – registration for the Car Show runs from 9:00 to 12 noon, with awards presented at 3:00 – also includes a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, and concessions – for more details, logon at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com

 
    The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    The Olney Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Park Shelter #5 – includes plants from local gardens with many different perennials to choose from – all proceeds from the sale go for local beautification projects in the Olney area


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    A Career Expo & Hiring Event is tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College, east & north of Robinson – that’s from 8:30 to 12 noon in the LTC Gym – for details, call Erin at  618-544-8657, extension 1163


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its regular monthly meeting tonight at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – the mini lesson starts at 6:00 with the main program at 7:00 – all are invited to attend