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July 29, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Our weather focus for yet another day is the stalled out frontal boundary that continues to hang to our south along the Ohio River – as an upper level disturbance moves thru downstate Illinois today, we’ll more showers & thunderstorms popping up this afternoon thru evening – then after more rain chances on Saturday, Sunday appears to be sunny & dry – more rain chances Monday & Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois is officially looking for a new private manager for the State Lottery after moving to terminate the deal with Northstar Lottery Group last year, although the Chicago company will continue to operate the state system thru the rest of this year – the state’s wanting a 10 year $300 million contract – the search is expected to take months due to a complex agreement and state law.

 

(OLNEY)  The Army Corps of Engineers has approved most of the final permits needed for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to the Patoka tank farm in northwest Marion County – the 1,172 mile pipeline will pass thru the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois with crossings approved for both the Missouri & Mississippi Rivers – amid protests from American Indians who live in North Dakota, the new pipeline will carry nearly half a million barrels of crude from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields each day.

 

(NEWTON)  A lawyer for Rod Blagojevich says the imprisoned former Illinois Governor has reluctantly decided not to appear in person at his resentencing hearing on August 9th in Chicago, but will take part by video from his prison in Colorado – but, officials indicate the Prison Warden refused to grant Blagojevich a furlough to allow the trip – an Appeals Court ordered the resentencing last year, after tossing out five of the former Governor’s 18 corruption convictions – he has served four years of the original 14-year sentence.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Illinois’ unemployment has slightly dropped from May to June although last month’s numbers are the same as they were a year ago – the regional stats also show that joblessness had declined in all ten counties surrounding Olney & Newton – while the Jasper County rate at 5.6% in June is down from 6.2% in May, it’s also lower than the 5.9% number from June a year ago – however, the Richland County rate last month was 6.2%, down from 6.5% the month before, but higher than 5.7% a year ago in June – the area’s lowest rate last month was 4.4% in Effingham County, followed by 5.0% in Cumberland County and 5.1% in Edwards County – Jasper County had the area’s fourth lowest rate at 5.6%, then Crawford County at 5.9%, both Richland & Wabash Counties at 6.2%, then Clay County at 6.6%, Lawrence County at 7.5%, and Wayne County at 8.4% – Illinois’ 6.0% is nearly a full percentage point higher than 5.1% for America.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Incorporated, is still taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program, which provides required school supplies to eligible children attending K thru 12th grade during the upcoming 2016-2017 school year – those interested should call their local ERBA office for an appointment to apply, plus all applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis – at the time of application, each applicant must show proof of all family income for the past 90 days, show a social security card for each family member, and show a photo ID for the applicant – the ERBA offices are in Newton, Olney, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and Greenup, plus the counties of Clark, Coles, Edgar, and Douglas.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have recently adopted a Street Tree Replacement Program that’s intended to assist the residents of Olney who wish to have trees planted along the street in front of or along the sides of their homes – the program is a cost-sharing deal that can enhance the quality of life in the Olney community, plus help maintain the character of Olney’s local neighborhoods – the program does not apply to commercial areas or areas on private property – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be heard by the City’s Tree Board for the upcoming fall planting season – applications and more details on the program can be found at City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us/Street%20Tree%20Program.pdf.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA is reminding farmers that they have until next Monday, August 1st, to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year – while producers have already elected ARC and/or PLC, they still must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the August 1st deadline to receive program benefits – farmers are encouraged to call or stop by their local county FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll or to get more details.

 

(NEWTON)  The Bend Community Club will be hosting its Annual Bluegrass in the Bend this coming Sunday at the St. Valentine’s Hall – an Ice Cream Social kicks things off at 3:00, followed by the live bluegrass music from 4:00 to 6:00, featuring Oblong native Polly (Sheridan) Launay – the Club will be serving pork burgers, chips, and a drink for purchase – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are welcome to “the Bend” area this coming Sunday afternoon and evening – that’s just south and back east of Ste. Marie.

 

(OLNEY)  The Parkersburg Chowder is tomorrow with the Drive-Thru serving to start at 10:30 and the inside serving to begin at 11:00 in the Community Center – there will also be barbeque, salads, pies, cakes, and ice cream – plus the Little Miss Queen Pageant is at 1:00, followed by the Annual Parade at around 1:30 – also tractor, automobile, and motorcycle displays, including a miniature train display and much more – that’s all coming up tomorrow at the Parkersburg Chowder in southern Richland County – check it out.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross is continuing with its Emergency Appeal, asking for all eligible donors to get out & give blood when possible with very low blood supplies on hand across the Midwest – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need to replenish the low area blood supplies here in downstate Illinois.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Gold Wing Road Riders Association will host its Chapter S Fun Run this Sunday with registration from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Olney City Park – includes lunch and a poker hand for $6 per person – plus games & prizes – all proceeds to the chapter charity, the Ronald McDonald House – for more, call  618-395-1963


    The 7th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is tomorrow in Olney – the Run/Walk/Bike events start in the 7:00 hour at the Middle School with registration an one earlier – the evening meal at the Olney VFW begins at 5:00 with the auction at 6:00 – carry-outs available – for details, logon at  www.olneyms.org


    The Olney American Legion has a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Saturday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 or until sold out - good food for a good cause


    It’s a “Pool Party” tonight at the Newton Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – general admission or pool pass is required – $1 hotdogs on sale by the Newton IGA – all proceeds for a new concession stand


    The HOPE Food Pantry’s fundraising “rummage sale” continues for one more day in Hidalgo – that’s today from 7:30 to 4:00 – from furniture to cookware, clothing to toys, and much more – stop by and check it out – proceeds support the food distribution to hundreds of people in need in our 10-county region


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s farm fresh produce available for sale from 10:00 to 5:00 today – stop and check it out today

 

 

 

July 28, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As we hang in the middle between two frontal boundaries, the stationary front to our south along the Ohio River Valley, and an approaching cold front from the northwest – this means a fairly good chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms for our downstate area this afternoon thru evening – then more scattered rain chances tomorrow thru Saturday, maybe a dry and sunny Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the trustees of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have appointed a new State Historian to direct collections & research at the State Historical Library – Dr. Samuel Wheeler will also lead efforts to use Illinois’ historical resources, such as museums, library collections, and historic sites, to educate the public about the state’s heritage – the State Historical Library is a part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, where the 38 year old Wheeler is currently a research historian.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair has finalized the 2016 Grandstand line-up – opening up the Fair, on stage Saturday night, August 27th, is Sara Evans with Thompson Square, then the Christian band Skillet hits the stage on Sunday, the 28th – the other country acts include Kellie Pickler & Amelia Eisenhauer, Aaron Lewis & Pat Green, and Jamey Johnson with Adam Wakefield – other concerts include Cinderella’s Tom Keifer & Sebastian Bach, Herman Hermits with Peter Noone, and Sugar Ray with Everclear, Lit, & Sponge – not to mention car racing with the USAC Silver Crown Series and the ARCA Racing Series – Illinois’ second State Fair is August 26th thru September 5th – go online for more, at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service has announced approximately $9.2 million in federal grants to almost 1,600 volunteers in 32 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities – an additional $6.4 million will support education awards for the volunteers after their service is completed – the downstate recipients include Rend Lake College, Southwestern Illinois College, the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, the Illinois Public Health Association, and the East St. Louis School District.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Richland County’s Mobile Home Privilege taxes are due on August 1st, next Monday – a $25 penalty will apply on and after August 2nd – the tax payments must be delivered to the Treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Courthouse by August 1st to be considered timely – the Treasurer’s office is open weekdays, from 8:00 to 4:00, to pay in person – county landowners are reminded the second real estate tax installment is due September 7th.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s a couple of notes from the Jasper County School District with classes to begin in less than a month  :  the Jasper County Junior High School will host its 7th Grade Orientation on Wednesday night, August 10th, in the JCJH/NCHS Cafeteria, beginning at 6:00 – after a short presentation to learn more about the Jasper County Junior High, all 7th graders and their parents can tour the Junior High Wing, find their classrooms, follow their schedules, and meet the Junior High staff and teachers – new JCJH 8th grade students and their parents are also encouraged to attend on August 10th – call the Junior High School if any questions  :  also on the following night, an Open House will be held at the Ste. Marie Elementary School, from 6:00 to 8:00, on Thursday night, August 11th – those attending will hear a presentation about the school and important details – students and parents are encouraged to bring their supplies at this time and meet their respective teachers – call the Ste. Marie Elementary School if there are any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of notes from the Richland County High School with classes to begin in less than a month  :  RCHS parking permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting a week from next Monday, August 8th, from 8:00 to 2:00, for seniors – then the following day, Tuesday, August 9th, from 8:00 to 2:00, for juniors – beginning Wednesday, August 10th, permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours, but once school starts August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the RCHS office before or after school – all parking permits are $25 each – students who choose not to purchase a permit must park on the streets surrounding RCHS  :  meanwhile, all incoming freshmen and new students are invited to the school’s “Freshmen First” program, coming up Monday morning, August 15th, from 8:30 to 10:30, in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – students will have the chance to visit their classes, meet teachers, and discuss topics every freshman or new student should know  :  call the RCHS office, at  618-393-2191.

 

(OLNEY)  Only a few more days remain to go online and vote in the Quest for Illinois’ Best Steak contest, sponsored by the Illinois Beef Association – online voters previously picked the top five finalists, which includes Alexander’s Steak House in Springfield, the Lone Oak Golf Course near Carrollton, the Red Ox in Macomb, The Cellar in Geneseo, and the Mascoutah Steak House – the online voting continues thru next Monday, August 1st, by logging on, at  http://bit.ly/ILBestSteak  – the winning restaurant receives a $1,000 grand prize, plus each online voter is entered for a drawing to receive one of three $50 beef gift certificates from the Illinois Beef Association – the overall winner and the names of the three online voters drawn at random will be announced on the Illinois Farm Bureau stage at the Illinois State Fair on August 15th.

 

(NOBLE)  With the annual Noble Chowder nearly two weeks away, folks are encouraged to get their tickets now for a chance to win  :  raffle tickets are on sale at four locations in Noble during regular hours of operations – at Village Hall, the Tin Cup Restaurant, at Noble Foods, and the RJI Package Store in Noble – the tickets are one for $1 each, or six tickets for $5, and winners need not be present  :  also for sale at each location are tickets to win a Four Patch Star Quilt, which is currently on display at the Village Hall in Noble  :  so get those tickets now for the Noble Chowder, coming up the second Saturday next month, August 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  Some reminders for area sportsmen and sportswomen  :  the 2016-2017 hunting seasons in Illinois are fast approaching – IDNR Hunter Safety Education courses are available in the weeks ahead and a list of statewide courses are listed on the DNR website  :  also, statewide wing shooting clinics are scheduled over the next several weeks for youth ages 10 to 15 and for women, providing instruction on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability – the list of clinics are on the DNR website  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross is continuing with its Emergency Appeal, asking for all eligible donors to get out & give blood when possible with very low blood supplies on hand across the Midwest – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives  :  today at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Wal-Mart from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need to replenish the low area blood supplies here in downstate Illinois.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Gold Wing Road Riders Association will host its Chapter S Fun Run this Sunday with registration from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Olney City Park – includes lunch and a poker hand for $6 per person – plus games & prizes – all proceeds to the chapter charity, the Ronald McDonald House – for more, call  618-395-1963


    The 7th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event will be held in Olney – the Run/Walk/Bike events start in the 7:00 hour at the Middle School with registration an one earlier – the evening meal at the Olney VFW begins at 5:00 with the auction at 6:00 – carry-outs available – for details, logon at  www.olneyms.org


    The Olney American Legion has a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Saturday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 or until sold out - good food for a good cause


    It’s a “Pool Party” this Friday night at the Newton Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – general admission or pool pass is required – $1 hotdogs on sale by the Newton IGA – all proceeds for a new concession stand


    The HOPE Food Pantry’s fundraising “rummage sale” continues for two more days in Hidalgo – today & tomorrow, each day from 7:30 to 4:00 – from furniture to cookware, clothing to toys, and much more – stop by and check it out – proceeds support the food distribution to hundreds of people in need in our region


    The Big Blue Book Bus is back in at the Noble Village Park this afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 and at the TNT Stop in Claremont this evening from 5:00 to 6:00 – it’s for area Pre-K thru 8th Grade students – no library card and no ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and local schools


    The Farmers Market is set up today in the Noble Village Park – that’s from 3:00 to 6:00 this afternoon and evening with farm fresh produce and much more available to the public for purchase

 

 

 

July 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the stationary front remains just southeast of Illinois today, still over the Ohio River Valley, we have more dense fog in some of our downstate areas this morning, with more rain chances today thru tonight for all areas south of  Interstate 70 – then it’s another wave of hit-or-miss rain moves in tomorrow thru Saturday – temperatures remain fairly normal but warmer for the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced yesterday that two residents of the Quincy Veterans’ Home have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease – the IDVA is working closely with state & local health officials to determine where the residents acquired the Legionella bacteria – the facility recently completed an extensive renovation of its plumbing systems in response to a previous Legionnaire’s outbreak a year ago that sickened 53 people and led to 12 deaths at the VA’s home.

 

(OLNEY)  Controlled pheasant hunting opportunities will be available at eighteen Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites this fall, and the 2016-2017 season dates & permit reservation information are now available online – fourteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR while the other four sites continue to be ran in a public/private partnership – check the department’s website for details, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Yesterday was recognized as Illinois Speed Awareness Day as the Illinois State Police takes a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists thru education & enforcement – statistics show that during 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4% of all traffic fatalities – that equals 348 deaths for the year, an average of one life every 25 hours – the State Police urges all drivers to be aware of their speed and to obey speed limit signs at all times – for more, go to  www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session this past Monday night – the Board  :  discussed and agreed to update the Village’s 11-year-old Code Book worth an estimated $2,500  :  discussed sidewalk and cemetery repairs although tabled any action until next month  :  approved the appointment of Village resident Janet Pflaum to fill the vacant seat on the Village Board  :  noted that plans are underway for a new sewer lift station to serve six residents on South Noble Avenue thru state CDAP grant funds  :  noted that the Village-Wide Garage Sales will be held Saturday, August 20th  :  noted that the Noble Chowder is set for Saturday, August 13th, in the Village Park  :  the next meeting for the Noble Village Board is August 8.

 

(NEWTON)  In Monday’s USDA Crop Report, statewide crops continue to develop amid summer-like temperatures and ample rain in most areas – Illinois’ average temperature last week was 80.1 degrees, 3.6 degrees above normal – the statewide average rainfall last week was 2.06 inches, just ever one inch (1.06) more than normal – the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture levels continue to be over 80% adequate to surplus with most crop conditions still mostly in good to excellent shape statewide  :  farmers in our ten area counties report the local crops are in mostly good to excellent condition with 80% of the local corn crop now silking and 10% is now in the dough stage – nearly 50% of the local soybeans are blooming and over 10% is now setting pods – while the high humidity levels and rain have hampered area hay baling, spraying for weeds and insects continue – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors.

 

(OLNEY)  Here's a few notes from Olney Central College  :  a beginning woodworking course is being offered by during the fall semester on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 at the West Richland Center in Noble starting August 24th  :  also beginning & advanced quilting classes will be held at the West Richland Center in Noble, both of which are ideal for both novice & experienced quilters – the beginning quilting class is Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 starting August 23rd – two advanced quilting classes are on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 starting August 18th  :  an artistic welding course is being offered at the West Richland Center on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:10 beginning August 18th  :  an upholstery class is available on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:50, starting August 18th  :  plus high school juniors & seniors can earn college credit & save money by enrolling in an evening course this fall at OCC  :  in many of the courses, the tuition is reduced for residents who live in the IECC District and meet other requirements  :  also, enrollment is underway for free GED classes this fall at OCC, either day, night, or online  :  for more details on all courses available, call Olney Central College today, at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department has received a Vector Surveillance Grant for 2016 and since dead birds are an important indicator for early West Nile Virus activity, the Illinois Department of Public Health requests that local health departments submit at least 2 to 5 “eligible” birds for testing – all perching birds, such as the crow, blue jay, starling, sparrow, finch, robin, cardinal, swallow, mockingbird, and wren will be accepted for testing and the birds found should be believed dead less than 48 hours with no signs of decomposing – if during the week, Monday thru Friday, the dead birds can be picked up for testing, by calling the JCHD offices at  783-5206  – if during a weekend or evening hours, use rubber gloves and place the bird in a heavy bag and seal it, then place that in another bag and seal it, and then chill it or freeze it – call the before mentioned number and leave a message – the submission for testing runs from now until October 15th, later this fall – thanks in advance for assistance in this surveillance effort.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA is reminding farmers that they have until next Monday, August 1st, to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year – while producers have already elected ARC and/or PLC, they still must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the August 1st deadline to receive program benefits – farmers are encouraged to call or stop by their local county FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll or to get more details.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross is continuing with its Emergency Appeal, asking for all eligible donors to get out & give blood when possible with very low blood supplies on hand across the Midwest – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center on Eden Avenue in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Olney VFW from 1:30 to 5:30  :  tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Wal-Mart from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need to replenish the low area blood supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Parkersburg Chowder is coming up this Saturday, July 30th – while the Drive-Thru starts serving at 10:30, the inside serving at the Parkersburg Community Center begins at 11:00 – there’ll also be barbeque, salads, pies, cakes, and ice cream – plus the Little Miss Queen Pageant is at 1:00, followed by the Annual Parade at around 1:30 – also tractor, automobile, and motorcycle displays, including a miniature train display – and by the way, the Little Miss Pageant is open to girls from 5 to 8 years old, they must live in Bonpas or Madison Townships, be members of the Community Center, & attend Walnut Grove Church, the Christian Church, or Methodist Churches in Parkersburg – to sign up, call Roberta at  618-897-2432  – that’s all this coming Saturday at the Parkersburg Chowder in southern Richland County – check it out.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The 7th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event will be held in Olney – the Run/Walk/Bike events start in the 7:00 hour at the Middle School with registration an one earlier – the evening meal at the Olney VFW begins at 5:00 with the auction at 6:00 – carry-outs available – for details, logon at  www.olneyms.org


    The Olney American Legion has a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Saturday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 or until sold out - good food for a good cause


    It’s a “Pool Party” this Friday night at the Newton Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – general admission or pool pass is required – $1 hotdogs on sale by the Newton IGA – all proceeds for a new concession stand


    The HOPE Food Pantry in Hidalgo has a “rummage sale” fundraiser today, tomorrow, and Friday, each day from 7:30 to 4:00 – from furniture to cookware, clothing to baby items, from toys to knick knacks, stop by and check it out – proceeds support the food distribution to hundreds of people in need in our region

 

 

 

July 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With a frontal boundary stalled out over the Ohio River Valley, scattered showers and storms are possible today for our downstate area, mostly staying south along I-70 – with the high dew points and high humidity, patchy dense fog will be a problem this morning – another storm system moving thru with give our better chance of widespread rain on Thursday, although with the weather pattern as it is now, there is a chance of pop-up showers and storms each day and night now thru Saturday night – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for portions of  Jasper, Crawford, Cumberland, and Clark Counties, in effect until early this afternoon – with a total of  two to possibly four inches of rain falling, residents in those areas should be alert to possible flooding – all motorists are reminded not to attempt traveling in flood waters covering roads – use common sense!

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner is renewing his call for term limits and says the General Assembly should vote on the idea this fall – the first-term Governor says Illinois politics needs new faces and ideas – last year a judge found a signature-driven ballot term limit question was unconstitutional, the same judge that threw out a measure proposing changes to how the state draws its political boundaries.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is announcing its proposed waterfowl season – the 2016-2017 season for regular ducks, Canada geese, & snow geese seasons will start October 15th in the North Zone, October 22nd in the Central Zone, November 11th in the South-Central Zone, and November 24th in the South Zone – both the early Canada goose & statewide teal hunting seasons begin in September – the daily bag limits vary depending on the bird species – for more details, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to vacate the North/South Alley between Foster Street and Florence Avenue and the North/South Alley between North Fair Street and North Morgan Street  :  accepted the $8,000 to $10,000 estimate to remove the underground storage tank located at the northwest corner of the Main Street / Kitchell Avenue intersection  :  agreed to continue with the project to remove & replace the curb & gutter along Kitchell Avenue between Elm Street and Chestnut Street, which also will be paved in the future  :  was informed of the Richland County JEDS’ (Joint Emergency Dispatch System) 2017 proposed budget  :  came to a consensus to reach an agreement with the Watergate Subdivision for water purchasing with EJ Water Incorporated  :  agreed to discuss further & possibly update the waterfowl hunting restrictions on East Fork Lake  :  heard updates on the Whittle Avenue water line work & the repainting of the Washington Street water tower  :  and after a closed session, approved an ordinance to establish an hourly wage for the City’s Part-Time Code Enforcement Officer  :  also approved two raffle licenses, one for the Richland County Homemakers Education Association and the other for the Olney Elks  :  the next meeting for the Olney City Council is August 8th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board had a special meeting last night – the Board  :  spent most of the meeting, about 30 minutes, in closed session to discuss personnel and a recent incident with the County’s Animal Control  :  heard from various public members in attendance  :  while no official action was taken, the Board did agree to review the Richland County policies for Animal Control volunteers, dealing with responsibilities and duties  :  also agreed to review the County’s policy dealing with animal euthanasia  :  the Richland County Board adjourned after a little over an hour – it’s next regular meeting is August 11th.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a Hamilton County traffic crash last week that resulted in the death of a McLeansboro teenager – the State Police say the accident occurred at 1:40 last Friday afternoon, when 17 year old Dawson Parmley was westbound on the Dahlgren Road, a half mile east of Illinois Route 142, when he started to pass a vehicle he applied his brakes and his pickup truck slid into the path of a farm tractor, driven by 20 year old Nathan Anselment of Dahlgren – Parmley was pronounced dead at the scene while the tractor driver reported no injuries – no tickets were issued as the investigation is continuing.

 

(NEWTON)  Information is now being released with the investigation continuing in Cumberland County – authorities report that they were called to a Greenup residence last Wednesday night, finding two people that had been shot – 22 year old Eric Lavaly of Mattoon was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center where he was pronounced dead nearly an hour later – 21 year old Kyle Covault of Indianapolis, Indiana was taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana with gunshot wounds – it was last Thursday that 23 year old Lamont Mimms of Mattoon was arrested on a felony count of possession of a weapon by a felon with other charges pending – authorities say these were the only men involved in the shooting – no other details are available.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in the past seven day period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – the largest amount of rain in the seven days was two inches and six tenths (2.60) in Denver Township, followed by two inches & two tenths (2.20) in Noble Township, one inch and six tenths (1.60) in Preston Township, one inch and thirty-five hundredths (1.35) in German Township, and one inch and twenty-nine hundredths (1.29) in Claremont Township – the remaining totals were under an inch of rain, including nine tenths of an inch (0.90) in Bonpas Township, eight tenths of an inch (0.80) in Madison Township, seventy-eight hundredths of an inch (0.78) in Decker Township, and six tenths of an inch (0.60) in Olney Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we recorded eighty-five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.85) during the seven day recording period – so far this year, the average rainfall in Richland County is now running nearly six and a half inches (6.39) less than it was a year ago at this time in 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is continuing with student registration for the 2016-2017 school year, although less than a week remains to do so – the completely online registration “window” is open until this coming Sunday, July 31st, which gives Jasper County families only 6 more days to register –for families that may not have computer access or for those that may require assistance, there will be time available at the individual schools (Ste. Marie Elementary will be at Newton Elementary) where computers and staff assistance will be provided – that day is today, from 10:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening – for more information, parents can check the School District’s website or call the students’ respective school.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross is continuing with its Emergency Appeal, asking for all eligible donors to get out & give blood when possible with very low blood supplies on hand across the Midwest – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Wal-Mart from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need to replenish the low area blood supplies.

 

(NEWTON)  The Bend Community Club will be hosting it’s Annual Bluegrass in the Bend this coming Sunday at the St. Valentine’s Hall – an Ice Cream Social kicks off at 3:00, followed by the live bluegrass music from 4:00 to 6:00 featuring Oblong native Polly (Sheridan) Launay – the Club will be serving pork burgers, chips, and a drink for purchase – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are welcome to “the Bend” area this coming Sunday afternoon and evening – that’s just south and back east of Ste. Marie.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The 7th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event will be held in Olney – the Run/Walk/Bike events start in the 7:00 hour at the Middle School with registration an one earlier – the evening meal at the Olney VFW begins at 5:00 with the auction at 6:00 – carry-outs available – for details, logon at  www.olneyms.org


    It’s a “Pool Party” this Friday night at the Newton Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – general admission or pool pass is required – $1 hotdogs on sale by the Newton IGA – all proceeds for a new concession stand


    The HOPE Food Pantry in Hidalgo has a “rummage sale” fundraiser tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday, each day from 7:30 to 4:00 – from furniture to cookware, from clothing to baby items, from toys to knick knacks, stop by and check it out – donations are still being accepted today by calling  618-793-2006


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group has a fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza in Olney today thru tonight – fill out a fundraising flyer before ordering and a portion of the receipt will be donated to the Pink Warrior Sisters Relay For Life team – that’s today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza

 

 

 

July 25, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak cold front pushes across Illinois, our downstate chance of showers and thunderstorms increase thru today before ending late tonight – there is the potential for severe weather conditions & heavy rainfall in the area along and south of  I-70 – then a short-lived high pressure ridge builds in for a dry sky tomorrow before on-and-off chances of rain each day Wednesday thru Saturday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – an Illinois State Representative is resigning from the State House, citing “cyber security issues” as the reason – House Republican floor leader Ron Sandack of Downers Grove said yesterday that he began to “re-evaluate” his role as a lawmaker after the online issues arose – Sandack also added that he is no longer willing to miss important family events – the resignation is effective immediately as of yesterday – Sandack says he will work with his replacement to ensure a successful election in November.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner is working with the Illinois State Police on how to handle a proposal to make marijuana possession in small amounts punishable only with fines under a bill the Governor is close to signing – the plan includes higher fines that were previously proposed, of up to $200 with a lower possession threshold for what should be treated as a civil offense – under the bill, possession of up to 10 grams of pot would not carry any jail time – Rauner officials indicate the Governor is still reviewing the measure.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case challenging the constitutionality of a ballot measure that could change the way Illinois draws political boundaries – the state’s high court granted an emergency motion for direct appeal last Friday, two days after a Cook County judge ruled the proposal did not meet narrow constitutional requirements – the group, Independent Map Amendment, then sought an expedited appeal because of an August 26th deadline to get the question on November’s ballot – the group wants an 11-member commission to draw legislative boundaries instead of leaving the process to party leaders in Springfield – the briefing schedule has deadlines set for July 28th, August 4th, and August 9th.

 

(OLNEY)  What a weekend of celebration in Olney and Richland County as 175 years was recognized in fine fashion – those in charge of the weekend of activities want to thank everyone for doing their part over this past weekend, although the planning for the celebration started over two years ago and took many, many people and groups to complete – again, a huge “thank you” for all the hard work and support.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle traffic collision that occurred at 4:06 this past Friday morning on Illinois Route 130 about 1 mile north of Parkersburg – the State Police report that 37 year old Joe Willie Newby of Olney was northbound on Route 130, trying to pass a northbound vehicle, when unable to return to the northbound lane, struck a southbound semi-truck – Newby was transported to Richland Memorial Hospital, then life-lighted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – the truck driver, 40 year old John Lucas Drew of Evansville was not injured – no tickets have been issued in the accident.

 

(NEWTON)  Another traffic crash investigation continues in Clark County, also involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck – the accident occurred at 2:00 yesterday (Sunday) afternoon along Interstate 70 at the eastbound entrance ramp at Casey – the State Police report 67 year old Carl Bird of Ontario, Canada, was merging into traffic off the entrance ramp on his motorcycle when he failed to yield to an eastbound semi-truck and was struck from behind – Bird was life-lighted by helicopter from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment – the truck driver, 40 year old Chedhli Benelhaj of Etters, Pennsylvania was not hurt – the accident occurred in a one lane construction zone – no tickets have been issued at this point in time.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross is continuing with its Emergency Appeal, asking for all eligible donors to get out & give blood when possible with very low blood supplies on hand across the Midwest – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also Wednesday at the Olney VFW from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Wal-Mart from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is continuing with student registration for the 2016-2017 school year, although less than a week remains to do so – the completely online registration “window” is open until this coming Sunday, July 31st, which gives Jasper County families only 7 more days to register – students can be registered by going to TeacherEase and entering a family’s username and password, plus all forms must be completed – for families that may not have computer access or for those that may require assistance, there will be time available at the individual schools (Ste. Marie Elementary will be at Newton Elementary) where computers and staff assistance will be provided – that day is tomorrow, from 10:00 to 6:00, on Tuesday, July 26th – plus parents are reminded that physical exams & immunizations are required for all students entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and 9th Grade prior to the first day of school – for more information, check the School District’s website or call your students’ respective school.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a bus trip to the St. Louis area on Saturday, August 20th – the trip involves a two and a half hour visit to the St. Louis Science Center, which includes the Agricultural GROW Exhibit, then a visit to the Festival of the Little Hills on Main Street in St. Charles, which includes various vendors of wood, ceramics, and pottery, plus metalwork, fine arts, photography, jewelry, specialty foods, and much more – then it’s dinner at Rigazzi’s before heading home later that night – the $40 cost for Farm Bureau members, $50 for non-members, includes the bus trip to and from St. Louis & dinner – the bus is scheduled to leave the Olney Eagles Lodge parking lot at 6:30 that Saturday morning with return later that night – that’s an all day trip to St. Louis set for Saturday, August 20th – for more information about the trip, or to sign up, call or stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Parkersburg Chowder is coming up this Saturday, July 30th – while the Drive-Thru starts serving at 10:30, the inside serving at the Parkersburg Community Center begins at 11:00 – there’ll also be barbeque, salads, pies, cakes, and ice cream – plus the Little Miss Queen Pageant is at 1:00, followed by the Annual Parade at around 1:30 – also tractor, automobile, and motorcycle displays, including a miniature train display – and by the way, the Little Miss Pageant is open to girls from 5 to 8 years old, they must live in Bonpas or Madison Townships, be members of the Community Center, & attend Walnut Grove Church, the Christian Church, or Methodist Churches in Parkersburg – to sign up, call Roberta at  618-897-2432  – that’s all this coming Saturday at the Parkersburg Chowder in southern Richland County – check it out.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few meetings on tap for the Monday night  :  the Olney City Council will meet tonight in regular session at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board will meet in regular session tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, also beginning at 7:00  :  and the Richland County Board will have a special meeting tonight in the County Jail meeting room, starting at 6:00 – most of this special meeting will be held in Executive Session to discuss personnel and negotiations  :  all are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Ramblin’ Rose Bus, a ministry sponsored by Effingham Catholic Charities, is continuing to travel it’s seven-county area this summer, delivering school supplies and clothing to assist families with limited financial means – for those that apply, children (K-12) may receive needed items – the first of two stops this week is later today from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Masonic Lodge in Newton – the second and final stop this week is tomorrow from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Municipal Building in Newton – August stops coming up next month for The Ramblin’ Rose Bus are scheduled for Beecher City, Marshall, Casey, and Robinson.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Pink Warrior Sisters Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group has a fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza in Olney tomorrow – fill out a fundraising flyer before ordering and a portion of the receipt will be donated to the Pink Warrior Sisters Relay For Life team – that’s all day & night on Tuesday at Monical’s Pizza


    The City of Olney reminds residents still cleaning up from the recent storm damage, that Olney’s brush dump is open every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, each day from 10:00 until 4:00


    The Olney Public Library will host its final summer reading special event this afternoon at 2:00 – entitled Animal Tales : Nature’s Olympians, the program is free for all ages – if any questions, call  392-3711