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July 29, 2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   WEDNESDAY   --   7–29–15

 

(NEWTON) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has been contacting retired state employee’s to determine if they’re willing to come back on a short-term contract in case of a worker’s strike. Similar calls have been made to other retirees over the past several weeks, as Rauner’s administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council have been negotiating a new labor agreement. A one month extension on the contract ending June 30 expires this Friday.

 

(OLNEY) Mitsubishi Motors and the United Auto Workers said that they will work together to look for a buyer for the Central Illinois plant the company plans to close. The Japanese automaker also said in the joint statement that its decision to close the plant in Normal in November was not related to labor cost but rather diminishing sales. Production at the plant, which employs 1,200 people, has fallen to 64,000 vehicles from more than 200,000 in 2002. The contract with the UAW members expires next month. Mitsubishi announced last week that it will close the plant at the end of November. The facility is one of the largest employers in the Bloomington-Normal area.

 

(OLNEY) Below average rainfall throughout most of the state allowed farmers to continue harvesting small grains and cutting hay. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.57 inches, the average temperature was 74.8 degrees. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 % short, 67% adequate and 30% surplus. Corn Silking increased to 89%, slightly behind last year at this time. Corn condition was rated 5% very poor, 10% poor, 28% fair, 45 % good and 12% excellent. Soybean condition was rated at 6% very poor, 13% poor, 32% fair, 41% good and 8% excellent. The planting of sorghum and the harvesting of winter wheat neared completion of 95%.

 

(NEWTON)The Jasper County Farm Bureau will be making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky later this year, September 15th thru 17th, with various stops to be made, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the American Printing House for the Blind, Kentucky’s Distiller & Derby Dinner Playhouse and more- the cost is $400 for a single person, $380 for Double per person, and $10 extra for non-members- the cost includes Bales bus transportation, all events, hotel stay,and all meals with exception of two- for more call the Jasper County Farm Bureau.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are underway with their “gun raffle”

Fundraiser with a chance to win a Remington 870 black synthetic 3.5 inch super magnum 12-gauge shotgun

-tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 with the drawing to be held at the 4th annual Trap Shoot set for August 22nd, at the county line gun club west of Noble- all proceeds go to the Young Leaders 2016 scholarship fund- for tickets, contact any Young Leader or the Richland County Farm Bureau Office In Olney.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Health Department will host a walk in blood pressure clinic this Friday, July 31st from 8 to 4pm.

 

(OLNEY) Richland County landowners are reminded that the mobile home tax payments, all due in one installment, are due on July 31st, – plus a reminder for those who missed last week’s first installment deadline for real estate taxes, that those payments are considered delinquent and subject to penalty until paid – the second and final installment of real estate taxes in Richland County is due September 15th – for information or to make payments in person, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office at 224 East Main Street, downtown Olney, open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – payments can also be made by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse.

 

(NEWTON) The Illinois Department of Transportation wants all motorists to be alert that the yearly maintenance striping operations are underway on state highways – since the pavement striping equipment travels at a speed of approximately 15 miles-per-hour when applying the paint, motorists are asked to be patient and to pass only when it’s safe to do so – over 2,000 miles of roads in the counties of Jasper, Clay, Richland, Wayne, Wabash, Edwards, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Shelby, and Fayette will be striped – that includes the center line, edge line, and no passing zones now thru October.

 

(ALBION) The Edwards County Fair continues today in Albion, it’s the 4-H Tractor Rodeo at 1pm, Kid’s Night Pedal Pull at the Grandstand at 5:30pm, Family Fun night begins at 6:30pm, and Pig Wrestling at 7pm. On Thursday, July 30th, it’s the Youth Livestock Sale at 9am, Local Talent in the Exhibition Building at 5:30pm and the Truck and Tractor Pull at 6:30pm. Friday, July 31st, its local talent at the Exhibition Building at 5:30pm and the Drag Races at 6:30pm. On Saturday, August 1st it’s the Demo Derby at 6:30pm plus the Carnival in the midway nightly.

 

REMINDERS :

The regular monthly 4-H paper drive will be this Saturday, August 1st at all the normal collection sites from 8am- 11:30am. The sponsoring group is the Rowcroppers.

With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each or six for $5- there’s various prizes to be won and do not need to be present that day to win- stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup or Citizens National Bank in Olney

Equine Lead Kids Horse Camp is Wednesday, July 29th from 10am-3pm

Rotary Book Bus will be at the Trustbank Parking Lot from 10-12pm and 6-7pm Wednesday, July 29th

The next Red Cross Blood Drive is this Thursday, July 30th at The Holiday in Olney from 3-7pm

The Richland County Abate 4th Annual Bikers Ride will be Saturday, August 1st with registration from 9-11am at Pita’s and More in Olney.

The Holy Cross Parish in Wendelin will host the annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 2nd with a chicken dinner, country store, bingo, beer garden, theme baskets and other events

 

July 28, 2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   TUESDAY   --   7–28–15

(NEWTON) All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts in Illinois are divided on whether the state’s lax riding laws should be strengthened. Illinois has no rules on rider age, helmet use, and number of riders or safety certification. Consumer groups advocate age restrictions, helmet requirements and more. Some say more and better regulated trails would keep riders safer because they’d have to follow park rules. The Specialty Vehicle Institute suggests wearing protective gear and supervision for riders under 16.

 

(OLNEY) Illinois tourism officials say the state saw a 3.5 % increase in visitors during 2014. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the numbers Monday as it starts a four-day statewide tour with stops in Marion, Effingham, Quincy, Springfield, Peoria, Champaign and Rockford.

The agency says there were 109.4 million visitors to Illinois during 2014. Those visitors generated $2.7 billion in sales taxes for the state, an increase of $133.8 million in one year. State officials attribute 306,000 Illinois jobs to tourism. This fall the Illinois office of Tourism will launch the “Illinois Made” program to showcase inventors and artists.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney City Council met last night, approved the Handicapped and Reserved Parking Space in 200 block of E. York Street, accepted a bid for Granular Activated Carbon at the Water Treatment Plant,

Approved the amended 2015-2016 budget, approved the Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan and authorized the purchase of a Lake Patrol Boat, not to exceed $15,000. It was noted the Musgrove Aquatic Center will close during the weekdays on August 11th, but remain open during the weekends thru Labor Day and approved additional parking stops at Musgrove Park near the ball diamonds by an Anonymous donor.

 

(OLNEY) Trinity Preschool is currently accepting enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year. Trinity Preschool is open to all children. Registration fees, will be applied to tuition. Trinity Preschool consists of a 3 year old class and a 4 year old class. Also, we offer a “Moms Morning Out” on a weekday morning. Call 618-392-4181 for more information.

 

(NEWTON)The Jasper County Farm Bureau will be making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky later this year, September 15th thru 17th, with various stops to be made, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the American Printing House for the Blind, Kentucky’s Distiller & Derby Dinner Playhouse and more- the cost is $400 for a single person, $380 for Double per person, and $10 extra for non-members- the cost includes Bales bus transportation, all events, hotel stay,and all meals with exception of two- for more call the Jasper County Farm Bureau.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are underway with their “gun raffle”

Fundraiser with a chance to win a Remington 870 black synthetic 3.5 inch super magnum 12-gauge shotgun

-tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 with the drawing to be held at the 4th annual Trap Shoot set for August 22nd, at the county line gun club west of Noble- all proceeds go to the Young Leaders 2016 scholarship fund- for tickets, contact any Young Leader or the Richland County Farm Bureau Office In Olney.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Extension is providing two workshops for anyone interested in learning basic sewing skills : tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30, adults will learn how to make pillowcases to donate to the ConKerr Cancer organization to help youth dealing with life threatening illnesses in country-wide hospitals : then Wednesday, July 29th, youth participants will meet at the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building in Newton to make pillowcases with one to donate and the other to keep – the cost is only $10 for youth with all the supplies provided – for more information on these two workshops, stop by or call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton at 618-783-2521.

(OLNEY) Richland County landowners are reminded that the mobile home tax payments, all due in one

installment, are due on July 31st, – plus a reminder for those who missed last week’s first installment deadline for real estate taxes, that those payments are considered delinquent and subject to penalty until paid – the second and final installment of real estate taxes in Richland County is due September 15th – for information or to make payments in person, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office at 224 East Main Street, downtown Olney, open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – payments can also be made by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse.

 

(OLNEY) The MS “Join The Movement” Committee would like to thank all the sponsors, event participants, volunteers, and anyone who donated towards making the event another successful one. The day was enjoyed by many and an estimated total of over $30,000 was raised.   Again, thank you and one day the world will be free of Multiple Sclerosis!

 

(NEWTON) The Illinois Department of Transportation wants all motorists to be alert that the yearly maintenance striping operations are underway on state highways – since the pavement striping equipment travels at a speed of approximately 15 miles-per-hour when applying the paint, motorists are asked to be patient and to pass only when it’s safe to do so – over 2,000 miles of roads in the counties of Jasper, Clay, Richland, Wayne, Wabash, Edwards, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Shelby, and Fayette will be striped – that includes the center line, edge line, and no passing zones now thru October.

 

(ALBION) The Edwards County Fair continues today in Albion, It’s Senior Day, with Harness Racing at 6pm, Exhibition Building opens at 5pm, 4-H Small Animal Show at 5:30pm and local talent in the Exhibition building at 5:30pm. On Wednesday, July 29th it’s the 4-H Tractor Rodeo at 1pm, Kid’s Night Pedal Pull at the Grandstand at 5:30pm, Family Fun night begins at 6:30pm, and Pig Wrestling at 7pm. On Thursday, July 30th, it’s the Youth Livestock Sale at 9am, Local Talent in the Exhibition Building at 5:30pm and the Truck and Tractor Pull at 6:30pm, plus the Carnival in the midway nightly.

REMINDERS :

 

The regular monthly 4-H paper drive will be this Saturday, August 1st at all the normal collection sites from 8am- 11:30am. The sponsoring group is the Rowcroppers.

With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each or six for $5- there’s various prizes to be won and do not need to be present that day to win- stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup or Citizens National Bank in Olney

Equine Lead Kids Horse Camp is Wednesday, July 29th from 10am-3pm

Rotary Book Bus will be at the Trustbank Parking Lot from 10-12pm and 6-7pm Wednesday, July 29th

The next Red Cross Blood Drive is this Thursday, July 30th at The Holiday in Olney from 3-7pm

 

July 27, 2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   MONDAY   --   7–27–15

(NEWTON) New state data show that the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but the state’s facilities remain overcrowded. The most recent report on Illinois Department of Corrections facilities shows the agency held 47, 483 inmates in May 2015. That’s the lowest since May 2010 when the department reported 47,150 inmates behind bars. The Peak was in January 2013 with 49, 321 inmates. The state’s prison systems facilities are designed to house 32,000 prisoners. Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked a special committee to study how to reduce the Illinois prison population by 25 % over the next decade.

 

(OLNEY) The unresolved budget fight in Springfield means state money used in the past to allow juniors statewide to take the ACT exam for free may not be there this year. Since 2001, the state has subsidized the tests-which cost around $50 per student- as a way to help those from diverse backgrounds get a shot at a higher education. Nearly 160,000 Illinois high school graduates in 2014 took the ACT exam, at a cost to the state of several million dollars. As a backup amid the uncertainty, about 60 districts have signed directly with the ACT to administer the exam.

 

(OLNEY) A Richland County woman was sentenced to federal prison on methamphetamine charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois. On July 23rd, 44-year old Jacque Lee Brown, of Olney was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release following her prison term. Brown had previously pleaded guilty, admitting that from April 8th , 2009, to September 7th, 2012, in Richland County. Brown knowingly and intentionally possessed Pseudoephedrine pills, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the pills would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Richland County Sheriffs Office.

 

(OLNEY) The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced Friday, that 49 year old David Mitchell Carter of Olney was indicted last Wednesday, by a federal grand jury, on one count of Theft of Government Funds. If convicted, Carter faces maximum penalties of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The indictment alleges that from around January 2008, continuing to around January 2014, Carter did knowingly steal and convert money belonging to the Social Security Administration, have a value in excess of $1,000.00, by concealing his employment status in order to receive benefits from the Social Security Administrations Title 11 Disability Insurance Benefits program, to which he knew he was not entitled by failing to disclose income he earned through employment. The case was investigated by the U.S Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations.

 

(NEWTON)The Jasper County Farm Bureau will be making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky later this year, September 15th thru 17th, with various stops to be made, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the American Printing House for the Blind, Kentucky’s Distiller & Derby Dinner Playhouse and more- the cost is $400 for a single person, $380 for Double per person, and $10 extra for non-members- the cost includes Bales bus transportation, all events, hotel stay,and all meals with exception of two- for more call the Jasper County Farm Bureau.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are underway with their “gun raffle”

Fundraiser with a chance to win a Remington 870 black synthetic 3.5 inch super magnum 12-gauge shotgun

-tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 with the drawing to be held at the 4th annual Trap Shoot set for August 22nd, at the county line gun club west of Noble- all proceeds go to the Young Leaders 2016 scholarship fund- for tickets, contact any Young Leader or the Richland County Farm Bureau Office In Olney.

 

(NEWTON) A reminder that several classes and courses are being offered this fall at the West Richland Center in Noble – classes for Certificates are available in the areas of Phlebotomy, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Pharmacy Technician, and Truck Driving – classes of general interest are available in the areas of Quilting, Food Safety & Sanitation, Welding, and Zumba – the fall semester classes mostly begin August 20th – call the WRC offices for details at 618-393-7508 or check the WRC Facebook page online

 

(OLNEY) Richland County landowners are reminded that the mobile home tax payments, all due in one installment, are due on July 31st, – plus a reminder for those who missed last week’s first installment deadline for real estate taxes, that those payments are considered delinquent and subject to penalty until paid – the second and final installment of real estate taxes in Richland County is due September 15th – for information or to make payments in person, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office at 224 East Main Street, downtown Olney, open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – payments can also be made by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse.

 

(OLNEY) The Illinois Department of Transportation wants all motorists to be alert that the yearly maintenance striping operations are underway on state highways – since the pavement striping equipment travels at a speed of approximately 15 miles-per-hour when applying the paint, motorists are asked to be patient and to pass only when it’s safe to do so – over 2,000 miles of roads in the counties of Jasper, Clay, Richland, Wayne, Wabash, Edwards, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Shelby, and Fayette will be striped – that includes the center line, edge line, and no passing zones now thru October.

 

(ALBION) The Edwards County Fair continues today in Albion, the 4-H and Jr. Sheep show at 1pm, a Baked Goods Auction at 5pm in the Exhibition Building, Harness Racing begins at 6pm plus the Carnival on the Midway

 

REMINDERS :

With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each or six for $5- there’s various prizes to be won and do not need to be present that day to win- stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup or Citizens National Bank in Olney

The Olney City Council meets tonight at 7pm.

Equine Lead Kids Horse Camp is Wednesday, July 29th from 10am-3pm

Rotary Book Bus will be at the Trustbank Parking Lot from 10-12pm and 6-7pm Wednesday, July 29th

The next Red Cross Blood Drive is this Thursday, July 30th at The Holiday in Olney from 3-7pm

July 24, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will remain in control of our weather conditions for one more day on this Friday, however a frontal boundary will bring another round of rain chances for at least the second half of the weekend – although the rain chances are spotty for Sunday and Monday, they’ll return next Wednesday as well, plus the heat & humidity somewhat returns to our area next week as well – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has requested federal flood relief for all Illinois counties experiencing crop damage – in a letter sent yesterday to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Governor is wanting affected counties added to a “secretarial disaster declaration” which would help farmers with low-interest emergency loans – after a few crop tours, state ag officials will meet Monday to review assessments for eligibility.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois home sales in June surged 12.5% higher than last year while median prices also say strong gains over a year ago – the Illinois Association of Realtors reports statewide home sales last month totaled 17,972 while the statewide median price in June rose to $194,243, an 8.5% increase from 2014 – the report shows that 56 of Illinois’ 102 counties reported sales gains for June 2015 compared to a year ago.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is one of  three state immunization programs in the nation to receive the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) Bull’s-Eye Award for Innovation & Excellence in Immunization – the award recognizes the strategies & the goals involved as the Illinois Department of Public Health ordered & distributed vaccines in an efficient & effective manner, mostly thru the IDPH statewide I-CARE program.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met earlier this week – the Board  :  discussed the City’s Planning Commission notes concerning the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the P&R Board approved the recommendation to make a change to the Plan’s timeline  :  approved the recommendation for parking stops to be added in the ball diamond parking lot at Musgrove Park with the cost covered by a donation  :  discussed the Adopt A Bed program whereas individuals, businesses, or groups adopt a flower bed for upkeep  :  and nominated Drew Holdren as Vice Chairman, however tabled the vote until more P&R Board members were present  :  all recommendations go to the Olney City Council for its consideration.

 

(NEWTON)  A social media message that’s gone viral is causing concern for residents throughout the Illinois and Indiana bi-state region – the message claims a group of  people, posing as door-to-door book salesmen, are in the area, and while there have been complaints of  aggressive and rude behavior, at this point in time there have been no complaints regarding abductions of children and/or human trafficking – while some salesmen are legitimate, folks are encouraged to ask for identification, do not let strangers in your house, and never give out any personal information – call your local authorities if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the mobile home tax payments, all due in one installment, are due on July 31st, a week from today – plus a reminder for those who missed last week’s first installment deadline for real estate taxes, that those payments are considered delinquent and subject to penalty until paid – the second and final installment of real estate taxes in Richland County is due September 15th – for information or to make payments in person, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office at 224 East Main Street, downtown Olney, open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – payments can also be made by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse.

 

(NEWTON)  Although the heavy rains have stopped and things are drying out in the area, folks are still reminded to take those needed precautions against the West Nile Virus – Illinoisans are urged to practice the three “R’s”  :  Reduce, Repel, and Report  :  REDUCE exposure to mosquitoes by limiting time outdoors, especially in the early morning or late evening hours, plus by reducing any standing water where mosquito breeding occurs  :  REPEL when outdoors by covering all skin & using insect repellent containing DEET  :  and REPORT any dead birds that apparently have died for no real reason to the Jasper County Health Department  :  for more details, contact the Health Department Offices in Newton or check the State Department of Public Health’s website, available online, around the clock, at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of  Transportation wants all motorists to be alert that the yearly maintenance striping operations are underway on state highways – since the pavement striping equipment travels at a speed of  approximately 15 miles-per-hour when applying the paint, motorists are asked to be patient and to pass only when it’s safe to do so – over 2,000 miles of  roads in the counties of Jasper, Clay, Richland, Wayne, Wabash, Edwards, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Shelby, and Fayette will be striped – that includes the center line, edge line, and no passing zones now thru October.

 

(ALBION)  While the Crawford County Fair in Oblong and the Clay County Fair just west of Flora wrap up this weekend, the Edwards County Fair is just getting started in Albion – the first full day of activities is tomorrow with the Car, Truck, & Tractor Show on the Square, the popular Parade at 10:00 in the morning, the 30-mile Tractor Drive at 1:00, and the Fair Queen Pageant Saturday night at 6:00 – the more 4-H shows & activities thru all of next week, the Edwards County Fair ends with the Demo Derby next Saturday night.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next Richland County blood drive is set for this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon – with all blood types & platelets needed, all are urged to turn out


    A Vendor & Craft Event fundraiser will be this Saturday at the Carmi High School Gym from 9:00 to 5:00 – over 50 vendors, with a 50/50 drawing & concessions – the proceeds go to the Dave Madding family to help with expenses incurred during Dave’s fight against cancer, which ended this past March


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club  has announced the Open Horse Show planned for tomorrow has been cancelled – so this Saturday’s event north of Olney will not be held with apologies to those interested


    The MS “Join the Movement” Road Rally for a Cure is set for tomorrow with all vehicles welcome to take part – a mandatory driver’s meeting at the Olney VFW starts at 9:45 that morning, with all vehicles off at 10:00, then back to the VFW for a meal & auction that evening at 5:00 – anyone can attend the meal, with tickets at the door & carry-outs available – for more details, logon at  www.olneyms.org


    The annual Parkersburg Chowder is tomorrow with serving to start at 11:00, either by the bowl or by carryout at the Community Building, plus a drive up lane for those not able to leave their vehicle – there’s other food available as well – the annual Tractor Display will again be set up, plus the Parade begins at 1:30 – all proceeds from the chowder go to support the Oak Hill Cemetery at Parkersburg – all ages are invited


    The historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another country breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building – $6 tickets at the door with carry-outs available – all ages invited


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public from 11:00 to 4:00 today – all are invited to check it out

 

 

 

July 23, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A Midwestern high pressure ridge will continue to control our weather conditions with a dry and sunny sky today, although showers are just south of the Ohio River Valley – with a southerly wind flow bringing in warmer air for the weekend ahead, our next chance of rain activity will increase as we move into late Saturday night, thru Sunday and Monday – maybe more rain by next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While the stalemate continues in Springfield on the state budget, the State Senate leader said yesterday that it’s time to hit the “reset” button on the budget discussion – Senate President John Cullerton called on Governor Bruce Rauner to offer a new spending plan that includes less “extreme” measures than his previous proposal – future ramifications for the state could include another credit downgrade.

 

(OLNEY)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined dozens of peers in asking major wireless phone carriers to adopt technology that allows users to block unwanted calls – this comes after last month’s FCC ruling that call-blocking services requested by customers would not violate federal law – it was two years ago that the cell phone industry told a U.S. Senate Committee that “legal barriers” prevented such a service.

 

(NEWTON)  University of Illinois Trustees are expected to sign a deal to finalize the structure of and financial arrangements for a new medical school in Urbana – the vote is expected later today as the group meets in Chicago – under the proposal, Carle Hospital promises a $100 million contribution to the new engineering-based medical school, which would be named the Carle Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week at Frontier Community College in Fairfield – the Board  :  approved the District’s 2015 Program Review Report which contains a detailed review of specific career & technical education programs and much more – the report is also submitted to the Illinois Community College  Board  :  approved the 2015-2016 IECC Catalog, which not only sets for the courses, programs, degrees, and certificates available, but also establishes the District policies that apply to the District’s operations and its students – 2,240 catalogs will be printed a $6,488 cost  :  approved the District’s updated Technology Plan for fiscal years 2016 thru 2020  :  and in personnel – accepted the retirement of Associate Dean of Student Services Diana Spear – accepted resignations from Learning Skills Center Director Marsha Humphrey and from Transition / Data Technician Sarah Perry – changed employment status for Jennifer Jennings to Administrative Assistant of TRiO Upward Bound – changed employment status for Tiffany Cowger to Director of TRiO Upward Bound West & East – hired Rusty Ruth as Drama / Theater Instructor –hired Sarah Bergbower as Life Science Instructor – hired Rebecca McElhose as Nursing Instructor – and hired Kimberly Oliver as a Program Assistant  :  the next regular meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, August 18th at Lincoln Trail College.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is providing two workshops for anyone interested in learning basic sewing skills  :  next Tuesday night, July 28th, from 6:30 to 8:30, adults will learn how to make pillowcases to donate to the ConKerr Cancer organization to help youth dealing with life threatening illnesses in country-wide hospitals  :  then next Wednesday, July 29th, youth participants will meet at the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building in Newton to make pillowcases with one to donate and the other to keep – the cost is only $10 for youth with all the supplies provided – for more information on these two workshops, stop by or call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton at  618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a big Saturday full of activities in Parkersburg this weekend during the annual Parkersburg Chowder – with approximately 800 gallons of chowder to be made, the serving with start at 11:00 with the serving of chowder by the bowl or carryout, plus a drive up lane will be available for those not wanting to leave their vehicle – the annual Tractor Display will again be set up, plus the popular Parade will begin at 1:30 with the lineup at the Christian Church – all proceeds from the chowder go to support the Oak Hill Cemetery at Parkersburg – so make your plans to visit the Parkersburg Chowder this coming Saturday.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau will be making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky later this year, September 15th thru 17th, with various stops to be made, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the American Printing House for the Blind, Kentucky’s Distiller & Derby Dinner Playhouse, and more – the cost is $400 for Single per person, $380 for Double per person, and $10 extra for non-members – the cost includes Bales bus transportation, all events, hotel stay, and all but two meals – call the Jasper County Farm Bureau ASAP at  618-783-2733.

 

(NOBLE)  A reminder that several classes and courses are being offered this fall at the West Richland Center in Noble – classes for Certificates are available in the areas of Phlebotomy, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Pharmacy Technician, and Truck Driving – classes of general interest are available in the areas of  Quilting, Food Safety & Sanitation, Welding, and Zumba – the fall semester classes mostly begin August 20th – call the WRC offices for details at  618-393-7508  or check the WRC Facebook page online.

 

(ALBION)  While the Crawford County Fair in Oblong and the Clay County Fair just west of Flora wrap up this weekend, the Edwards County Fair is just getting started in Albion – with a few 4-H livestock shows thru Friday, the first full day of activities is Saturday with the Car, Truck, & Tractor Show on the Square, the Mammoth Parade at 10:00 that morning, and the Fair Queen Pageant that night at 6:00 – the more 4-H shows and activities thru all of next week finishing up with the Demo Derby next Saturday night in Albion.

 

(OLNEY)  And a note from the Richland County Highway Department that Shell Road, between Cleaver Lane and Mt. Pleasant Lane, is closed until around 4:00 this afternoon – everything should be back to somewhat normal at that time – the Highway Department appreciates the patience of drivers at this time.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next Richland County blood drive is set for this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon – with all blood types & platelets needed, all are urged to turn out


    A Vendor & Craft Event fundraiser will be this Saturday at the Carmi High School Gym from 9:00 to 5:00 – over 50 vendors, with a 50/50 drawing & concessions – the proceeds go to the Dave Madding family to help with expenses incurred during Dave’s fight against cancer, which ended this past March


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club  has announced the Open Horse Show planned for this Saturday has been cancelled – so this Saturday’s event north of Olney will not be held with apologies to those interested


    The MS “Join the Movement” Road Rally for a Cure is set for this coming Saturday with all vehicles welcome to take part – a mandatory driver’s meeting at the Olney VFW starts at 9:45 that morning, with all vehicles off at 10:00, then back to the VFW for a meal & auction that evening at 5:00 – anyone can attend the meal, with tickets at the door & carry-outs available – for more details, logon at  www.olneyms.org


    The historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another country breakfast this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building – $6 tickets at the door with carry-outs available – all ages invited