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August 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With a warm front to our north and an approaching upper level low, we’ll see more slight chances of rain or thunderstorm activity thru today, tonight, and tomorrow – after the rain threat ends Sunday night, we’ll see a mostly dry work week next week, with less humidity – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Du Quoin State Fair began last night – today is Governor’s Day on the fairgrounds with harness racing, various livestock shows, and in concert tonight, it’s Sara Evans with Thompson Square – tomorrow is Veterans Day with free admission for Veterans & their immediate family members – plus more harness racing & on stage Christian rock band “Skillet” – next Monday is Agriculture Youth Day – the fair continues thru Labor Day – for more information, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  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 few weeks for youth ages 10 to 15 and for women – the list of clinics are on the DNR website  :  for more on these and all other things in Illinois, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s the 2016 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming today with all proceeds going for Edison Park improvements – registration for a Car & Bike Show is from 9:00 to 11:00 this morning, plus the Antique Tractor Show registration starts at 10:00 – also a pedal tractor pull, greased pig wrestling, bingo, a flea market, cake walk, & more – the serving of pulled pork & nachos starts at 11:00, then pork burgers and more in the evening – the Thinga-Ma Jug Band at 3:00 and raffle drawing at 5:00 – all are invited to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will host their 5th Annual Trap Shoot today at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – the registration begins at 9:00 this morning with the shooting at 10:00 – the individual fee is $25, with the five member team registration at $125 – concessions available for lunch, plus a raffle drawing to win a Bushmaster .223/5.56 rifle – all are invited to check it out.

 

REMINDERS  :

    Jasper County’s own Bob Story will be live in concert tomorrow night, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton, beginning at 6:00 – a time of fellowship will follow, with ice cream sundaes available

    The next area blood drive is tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown, from 7:30 to 11:30 – remember, all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low regional supplies

    The First Assembly Church in Olney has a “free comedy date night” to celebrate marriage thru laughter tonight at 6:00 – free child care for those in 6th grade & under – logon at  www.olneyag.com

    The Claremont Chowder is today in the air-conditioned Community Center – with serving at 4:00, it’s chowder by the bowl or bulk until sold out, plus beef barbeque, fish, pies, cakes, and more – all are invited

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising cookout today at the Olney IGA – hot dogs, brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks served from 10:00 to 1:00 – proceeds for the Club’s various projects

    Over in Clay County, the Xenia Firemen’s fish fry & dance is today behind the old Grade School – features the big mud bog at 11:00, a flea market & more – a noon registration for the road rally/motorcycle run, plus lazer tag, a washer tournament, petting zoo, games, entertainment, & plenty of food thru the night

    The Thunder Run & Raffle to support POW/MIA Awareness has registration from 8:30 to 9:45 this morning at the Olney VFW – the kick stands go up at 10:00 – the 180 mile ride includes lunch at The Keys on Carlyle Lake – then back to the Olney VFW tonight for a dinner, auction, and raffle drawing

    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has a country breakfast this morning with serving from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available – all ages welcome

     The Master’s Hands, in the former Ty’s Family Buffet Building on West Main Street in Olney, has an Indoor Garage Sale continuing – that’s today from now until 2:00 this afternoon 

 

 

August 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With the stationary frontal boundary hanging along the I-70 corridor, most of the morning rain & storm activity will stay to our north, and as the front shifts further northward today thru tonight, most of us will stay dry to the south, although there is a slight chance of some isolated rains here or there – another upper level low could bring us rain tomorrow thru tomorrow – dry & cooler next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum looking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is “unconstitutional”, therefore meaning it cannot appear on the November ballot – yesterday’s ruling affirms a Cook County judge’s decision made earlier, not to mention a county judge’s rejection of a similar effort two years ago in 2014 – a bipartisan group was wanting an 11-member commission to do the work instead of the political party currently in power.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to impose longer prison terms for those convicted of trafficking guns into Illinois – the new law brings with it a 4 to 20 year sentence for a first conviction – a subsequent offense would be punishable by up to 30 years – a recent report showed that nearly 60% of the guns in Chicago are traced to neighboring states where it’s easier to purchase guns.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair begins this evening with the Twilight Parade at 6:00, although a High School Marching Band Contest is this afternoon – tomorrow is Governor’s Day with harness racing, various livestock shows, and in concert tomorrow night is Sara Evans with Thompson Square – Sunday is Veterans Day with free admission for Veterans & their immediate family members – there’s more harness racing and on stage will be Christian rock band “Skillet” – next Monday is Agriculture Youth Day – the fair continues thru the following Monday, Labor Day, September 5th – for more, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  A Richland County woman was arrested and charged on various counts earlier this week – it was Monday that 21 year old Misty D. Henson was arrested in rural Jasper County and charged with DUI – once in custody, Henson kicked and spat on Deputies, therefore she was charged with three separate counts of aggravated battery to a police officer – the Class 2 Felony charges carry a maximum sentencing range of 3 to 7 years in state prison – Henson allegedly was also in possession of Oxycodone, therefore charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription – Henson’s bond is $150,000 – State’s Attorney Chad Miller commended the professional way in which the Jasper County law enforcement officers handled the situation – remember, all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(OLNEY)  In a special presentation made yesterday morning, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Education Foundation awarded the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges $25,000 in scholarship funds for meeting a series of set standards and performing at a high level of active engagement to foster greater educational opportunities within the field of manufacturing – the IECC is now one of only three institutions across the state to receive such an honor from the IMA Education Foundation – the current manufacturing programs offered at the four IECC campuses in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and near Robinson cover several vocational aspects of the industry, including industrial maintenance technology, welding & cutting, process technology, and advanced manufacturing – the presentation was made at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department is still continuing its surveillance efforts concerning dead birds as related to the West Nile Virus – 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, place the bird in a heavy bag & seal it, place that in another bag and seal it, then chill it,or freeze it – call the before mentioned number & leave a message – the testing runs from now until October 15th – thanks in advance for this effort in Newton and Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the second and final installment of real estate taxes in Richland County is due on Wednesday, September 7th, less than two weeks away – the payments can be made in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Courthouse (open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00), by mail with a postmark of September 7th accepted, or by placing in the Treasurer’s drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – a late penalty of  1.5% per month will be charged on payments that are past due after September 7th.

 

(NEWTON)  It was last week that the USDA announced additional investments in the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program as some $17.8 million will fund 37 projects around the nation – this brings the USDA’s overall investment to $129 million for 249 nationwide projects – while the average age of the American farmer now exceeds 58 years, the USDA also offers microloan & operating loan programs to help young farmers – more details about assistance for young & beginning farmers is online at  www.usda.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will host their 5th Annual Trap Shoot tomorrow at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – the registration begins at 9:00 in the morning with the shooting at 10:00 – the individual fee is $25, with the five member team registration set at $120 – concessions available for lunch, plus a raffle drawing to win a Bushmaster M4A3 Black .223/5.56 rifle – stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney for details or call the office at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s the 2016 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming tomorrow with all proceeds for Edison Park improvements – registration for a Car & Bike Show is from 9:00 to 11:00 that morning, plus the Antique Tractor Show registration starts at 10:00 – also a pedal tractor pull, greased pig wrestling, bingo, a flea market, cake walk, & more – the serving of pulled pork & nachos starts at 11:00, then pork burgers and more in the evening – the Thinga-Ma Jug Band at 3:00 and raffle drawing at 5:00 – all are invited to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  With an Emergency Appeal in place, the American Red Cross is looking for local hometown heroes to get out and give blood today in Olney as a special blood drive will be held at the Olney Fire Department, along North Walnut Street, from 2:00 until 6:00 – plus, it’s a special Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, a friendly challenge between the Olney Fire Department and Olney Police Department, whereas donors are asked to “vote” for their department of choice – the winner will receive a Gold Seal Certificate and bragging rights – so get out and give blood this afternoon – if you miss the chance, another Richland County blood drive will be this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown, from 7:30 to 11:30 – remember, all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Jasper County’s own Bob Story will be live in concert this Sunday night, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton, beginning at 6:00 – a time of fellowship will follow, with ice cream sundaes available


    The First Assembly Church in Olney has a “free comedy date night” to celebrate marriage thru laughter tomorrow night at 6:00 – free child care for those in 6th grade & under – logon at  www.olneyag.com


    The Claremont Chowder is tomorrow in the air-conditioned Community Center – with serving at 4:00, it’s chowder by the bowl or bulk until sold out, plus beef barbeque, fish, pies, cakes, and more


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising cookout tomorrow at the Olney IGA – hot dogs, brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks served from 10:00 to 1:00 – proceeds for the Club’s various projects


    Over in Clay County, the Xenia Firemen’s fish fry & dance is tomorrow behind the old Grade School – features the big mud bog at 11:00, a flea market & more – a noon registration for the road rally/motorcycle run, plus lazer tag, a washer tournament, petting zoo, games, entertainment, & plenty of food thru the night


    The Thunder Run & Raffle to support POW/MIA Awareness has registration from 8:30 to 9:45 in the morning at the Olney VFW – the kick stands go up at 10:00 – the 180 mile ride includes lunch at The Keys on Carlyle Lake – then back to the Olney VFW for a dinner by donation, an auction, and raffle drawing


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


     The Master’s Hands, in the former Ty’s Family Buffet Building on West Main Street in Olney, has an Indoor Garage Sale this weekend – this Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 and tomorrow from 7:00 to 2:00


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s fresh produce and more available for purchase from 10:00 to 4:00 today – check it out

 

 

 

August 25, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the slow-moving cold front to our north eventually sags southward across the downstate area by tonight, most of today’s rain activity will stay in the northern half of Illinois – however, our rain chances increase later today thru tonight – then after a dry day tomorrow, we’ll have more scattered chances of rain Saturday thru Saturday night, but it won’t be a total washout – maybe dry then on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – higher prices and fewer choices on the Illinois “ObamaCare” marketplace will make choosing a health plan for 2017 a potentially frustrating experience for families who buy their own coverage – the Illinois Department of Insurance released information yesterday on rates it submitted to federal officials, showing the average rate increase for a typical benchmark plan is 43% – many parts of the state will have fewer than 20 plans to choose from with many major insurers leaving the Illinois exchange.

 

(OLNEY)  This year’s Du Quoin State Fair has four theme days that will provide free admission to select fairgoers – Illinois’ second State Fair opens up tomorrow with College Night, where all college students with a valid student ID will be admitted free – this coming Sunday is Veterans Day when all Veterans and their immediate family will be allowed in free with proper identification – next Wednesday, it’s Senior Citizens Day when all seniors age 60 and over will be admitted free – and on Sunday, September 4th, all police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s will be allowed in free with their ID badge – plus all children 12 & under are free everyday – for more details, check the Fair’s website online, at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Teacher’s Retirement System Board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to adjust its expected rate of return on investments, a move that could increase the state’s required payment by hundreds of millions of dollars that could have a devastating impact on both education and social services – the action comes as pension systems nationwide report lackluster returns – therefore, analysts and rating agencies are pressuring boards to lower assumptions to ensure there’s enough money to payout benefits.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is yet again being recognized nationally for its outstanding educational quality & affordability – this time making WalletHub’s list of “Best Community Colleges” – in its findings published this week, the financial website selected OCC as 73rd overall in its comparison of over 820 U.S. community colleges – the rankings are based on several key factors, including cost & financing, educational outcomes, and career outcomes – OCC’s highest rating was 10th in the nation for educational outcomes, which measures an institution’s first-year retention rate, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, student-faculty ratio, and degrees & certificates awarded – while Olney Central College was one of only three Illinois schools to make the Top 100 list, it was the only state community college to place in the Top 10 list for educational outcomes – the other two were Rend Lake College and Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Rock Island – it was earlier this year that USA Today and Schools.com ranked OCC the No. 1 community college in Illinois – second best was Lincoln Trail College, near Robinson – the entire IECC District meanwhile, was named one of the Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges District of 2016 – the IECC ranked 16th in the nation which was the highest of any Illinois institution district to make the list.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus is visiting our downstate area on this Thursday – the Veteran will take part in the annual Veterans Advisory Committee Meeting this afternoon at Lake Land College, south of Mattoon – the Congressman will conduct Open Office Hours today from 3:30 to 5:00 at the Newton City Hall, meeting one-on-one with area constituents – then the former teacher will take part in the regional Farm Bureau Legislative Dinner this evening at the Dan Strine Farm near West Salem, where the Congressman will address the annual Richland, Edwards, & Wabash County Farm Bureau event, plus answers questions – by the way, to see if any reservation spots are available for this evening’s Legislative Meeting & Dinner, call the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney as soon as possible today, at  618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  With an Emergency Appeal in place, the American Red Cross is looking for local hometown heroes to get out and give blood tomorrow in Olney, Richland County, & the surrounding area – the drive will be held at the Olney Fire Department, along North Walnut Street, from 2:00 until 6:00 – plus, it’s a special Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, a friendly challenge between the Olney Fire Department and Olney Police Department, whereas donors are asked to “vote” for their department of choice – the winner will receive a Gold Seal Certificate and bragging rights – so get out and give blood tomorrow afternoon – if you miss the chance, another Richland County blood drive will be Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown, from 7:30 to 11:30 – remember, all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s the 2016 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming this Saturday with all proceeds for Edison Park improvements – registration for a Car & Bike Show is from 9:00 to 11:00 that morning, plus the Antique Tractor Show registration starts at 10:00 – also a pedal tractor pull, greased pig wrestling, bingo, a flea market, cake walk, & more – the serving of pulled pork & nachos starts at 11:00, then pork burgers and more in the evening – the Thinga-Ma Jug Band at 3:00 and raffle drawing at 5:00 – all are invited to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  In conjunction with the Olney Arts Council’s Fall Festival, there’s a new addition to the list of activities – it’s the first ever Miss White Squirrel Festival Queen Pageant – it’s an opportunity for school age young women to enhance & demonstrate positive morals, good academic standing, talent in the arts, community service, character, and confidence – the Pageant will also focus on building professional relationships, demonstration of talents, and community service & awareness – there are three levels of exhibition and competition  :  Little Miss (K-5)  :  Junior Miss (6-8)  :  and Miss (9-12)  :  sponsored by the Olney Arts Council, the Pageant will occur the evening of the annual Fall Festival, September 24th, but space is limited with only the first 7 entrants accepted, plus time is running out as all applications are due by tomorrow, August 26th – application forms are available from any Richland County School office.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Community Choir officially begins rehearsals tonight – that’s at 6:00 in the Choir / Band Room #216 this evening – it’s open to anyone, high school age or older, regardless of experience – it’s the Community Choir’s sixth season and will feature “Vivaldi’s Gloria” in another joint Holiday Concert with the Lincoln Trail College Community Choir to be held December 13th and 17th, including strings, trumpet, organ, harpsichord, and professional soloists – for more details, those interested can attend tonight’s first rehearsal or call OCC Choral Director Andrew Pittman, at  395-7777, ext. 2252.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Everyone’s invited to enjoy the vocal talents of Jasper County’s own Bob Story, live in concert this Sunday evening, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton, beginning at 6:00 – all are invited to stick around after the concert for a time of fellowship, plus ice cream sundaes available – check it out


    The First Assembly Church in Olney will host a “free comedy date night” to celebrate marriage thru laughter, this Saturday night at 6:00 – free child care will be provided for those in 6th grade & under – it will feature Christian comedians, previously recorded – for more, logon at  www.olneyag.com


    The local Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 has a Thunder Run & Raffle to support POW/MIA Awareness this Saturday with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 in the morning at the Olney VFW – the kick stands go up at 10:00 – the 180 mile ride includes lunch at The Keys on Carlyle Lake – then back to the Olney for a dinner by donation, an auction, and raffle drawing – for more, go online at  www.rollingthunderil3.com


     The Master’s Hands, in the former Ty’s Family Buffet Building on West Main Street in Olney, will host an Indoor Garage Sale this weekend – that’s Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday from 7:00 to 2:00 – to donate or to arrange for drop off, call  618-843-6130  – refreshments available for purchase


    The SPIFF (Scotts Pay It Forward Foundation) Pizza Night fundraiser is tonight at the Casey Pizza Hut, from 5:00 to 7:30 – it’ll be hosted by Miss Clark County Fair Queen Whitley Brandenburg – proceeds go to families with children affected by cancer – for more, logon at  www.scottspayitforward.org


    The South Eastern Friends of the NRA have a meeting coming up tonight at The Holiday, starting at 6:00 – anyone can attend – for more information, call John at  618-354-1047

 

 

 

August 24, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the upper level weather trough moving ahead of a cold front slowly move into the Midwest, most of today’s rain will stay to our north & northwest – the better chances of getting wet in our downstate area will be later tonight & thru the day tomorrow – then after a dry Friday, that front will move back north as a warm, giving us rain chances now for Saturday and Sunday, but not a washout – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday highlighted a new law that took effect earlier this month that implements procedures to prevent and better respond to sexual violence, especially on college campuses around the state – while confidential reporting is part of the plan, colleges are required to develop a clear, comprehensive campus sexual violence policy – the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division manages programs that provide assistance to victims & service providers.

 

(OLNEY)  A group of  local, downstate celebrities will kick off this year’s Du Quoin State Fair tomorrow with a cow-milking contest – the inaugural Moo Moo Classic will involve Fair Manager Kevin Gordon, State Representative Terri Bryant, and several local media members – the person who can get the most milk from a dairy cow in three minutes will be declared the winner – the Du Quoin State Fair actually begins this Friday and runs 11 days thru Labor Day, September 5th – logon for details at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that the Illinois Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Hunting Season will be open in 24 counties, although two more downstate counties have been closed for the 7-day season at the end of December and the beginning of January, plus the second weekend of January – Edwards and Saline Counties will now join Jasper, Richland, and eight other regional counties that are closed for the season – the regional counties that are open include Clay, Crawford, Clark, Shelby, White, and Hamilton – for more details, check the DNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in special session last night for a quick 22 minutes – the Board agreed to renew the county’s Health Insurance policy with Blue Cross Blue Shield for county employee coverage – the Board also gave approval to County Treasurer Sheila Ritter to proceed with the required paperwork needed for the renewal process – the Board’s next regular meeting will be September 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that a boil water order is in effect for a portion of Newton due to emergency waterline repair work yesterday afternoon – the boil water order is for customers in the following area of Newton  :  Lafayette Street, from Decatur to Martin  :  Reynolds Street, from Jackson to Walnut  :  and Curtis Street, from Jackson to Walnut  :  this boil order remains in effect for this area of town until further notice – the City of Newton’s Water Department thanks those affected for their patience.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  took no action on a request from a resident to install an 84 feet culvert extension, mostly for storm sewer purposes – the estimated cost was set at just over $1,106 – it will be considered at the next meeting  :  noted a phone call concerning the property at 121 West South Avenue – the section of land is in the process of being sold and will be cleaned up  :  noted that the Noble Village Fall Cleanup is scheduled for Friday, September 23rd  :  noted that the Village Utility Truck is in the shop for a $150 repair  :  noted that the Village’s new employee, Bill Manuel, started work this week in Noble  :  and noted that the annual Chowder in Noble went over well despite the rainy weather – the Board was asked if it would consider giving a cash prize for the Chowder Raffle next year, but no action was taken  :  the next meeting for the Noble Village Board will be September 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau, along with the Farm Bureaus in both Edwards and Wabash Counties, will host one more upcoming Legislative Meeting coming up tomorrow night – it’s a National Legislative Meeting with U.S. Congressman John Shimkus, to be held at the Dan Strine Farm, rural West Salem, beginning at 6:30 with dinner served – also invited are U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk – the reception will include an open format and questions will be allowed – reservations are required – stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney today, or call the office today at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  Local authorities are crediting three area high school students for possibly saving a man’s life – it was two weeks ago this evening that 53 year old Lawrence Machin, of LaPorte, Indiana, was fishing on Newton Lake – while alone, the fisherman felt severe chest pain & numbness in one of his arms and starting waving for help – three teenagers from the Louisville area were nearby and came to the man’s rescue – they loaded the man into their boat, headed for the boat ramp, and called emergency personnel – Machin was transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and then transferred to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where he made a full recovery within four days – the three young men are students at North Clay High School in Louisville – they are Quincy Aldrich, Michael Lovett, and Brandon Repking.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in a seven day period that ended at 8:00 this past Monday morning – with an average of 1.69 inches falling in Richland County, the largest amount of rain was 4.70 inches in Noble Township – for the second highest amount, we drop down to 1.80 inches in Decker Township, the 1.70 inches in Denver Township, 1.60 inches in Claremont Township, and 1.35 inches in German Township – then 1.20 inches  in Madison Township, 1.00 even in Bonpas Township, 0.95 of an inch in Olney Township, and 0.90 inches in Preston Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we recorded 1.26 inches during the seven day period – with the large amounts of rain over the past few weeks, the average rainfall in Richland County has now nearly caught up with a year ago numbers – the County’s average rainfall so far in 2016 is 26.77 inches, that’s only 0.18 of an inch less than a year ago when we averaged 26.95 inches.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Donation Center on Eden Avenue in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  then Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also Friday at the Mattoon VFW from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  also Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s the Annual Claremont Chowder coming up this Saturday in the air-conditioned Community Center – serving will start at 4:00 with chowder by the bowl, plus beef barbeque, fish, pies, cakes, and more – bulk chowder also available until sold out – proceeds go to support community projects & building maintenance


    The local Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 has a Thunder Run & Raffle to support POW/MIA Awareness this Saturday with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 in the morning at the Olney VFW – the kick stands go up at 10:00 – the 180 mile ride includes lunch at The Keys on Carlyle Lake – then back to the Olney for a dinner by donation, an auction, and raffle drawing – for more, go online at  www.rollingthunderil3.com


    The Master’s Hands, in the former Ty’s Family Buffet Building on West Main Street in Olney, will host an Indoor Garage Sale this weekend – that’s Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday from 7:00 to 2:00 – to donate or to arrange for drop off, call  618-843-6130  – refreshments available for purchase


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA – hot dogs, brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks served from 10:00 to 1:00 – proceeds go the Saddle Club’s Gaitway to Motion program for area children, plus other White Squirrel Saddle Club projects in the Olney area


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


    The South Eastern Friends of the NRA have a meeting coming up tomorrow night at The Holiday, starting at 6:00 – anyone can attend – for more information, call John at  618-354-1047


    The City of Olney has announced the next meeting for its Tree Board – it will be tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00 – with a few items on the agenda, the meeting is open to the public


    The City of Olney has announced that due to a lack of staffing, the Musgrove Aquatic Center is now closed to the public for the rest of this year – the Musgrove Aquatic Center is no longer open in Olney

 

 

 

August 23, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge keeps us dry and cool today thru tonight, an approaching upper level trough and cold front will give us rain chances by early tomorrow morning, and continue through the day on both Wednesday and Thursday – while Friday & Saturday now appear to be dry with seasonal temperatures, forecasters are now calling for more rain chances Sunday into Monday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – priority enrollment in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program gets started September 1st, a week from this Thursday, for senior citizens and people with disabilities – with 35 agencies overseeing the Illinois program, it offers assistance to those in need by paying benefits directly to utility companies – families with young children ages 5 and younger can start applying for assistance on October 1st, while all others can starting applying on November 1st – various requirements must be met.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that requires an attorney to be present when police question juveniles younger than 15 in murder or sex offense investigations – Illinois already mandates legal representation for children younger than 13 in those cases, even if they’re not the targets of a criminal probe – however lawmakers who sponsored the plan argued that 14 and 15 year olds should have legal protection as well – those in favor of the new law say it’s meant to eliminate false confessions.

 

(NEWTON)  A federal judge has postponed a hearing on whether a preliminary injunction should be issued to prevent protesters in North Dakota from interfering with construction of an oil pipeline – meanwhile, an Iowa judge has denied a request by landowners there to halt construction on 15 parcels of land – the 1,168 mile pipeline hopes eventually to carry North Dakota crude oil to the Patoka Tank Farm in Marion County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the purchase of a new fire truck worth $614,000  :  accepted the $61,500 quote to purchase a Sewer Department Camera System  :  approved the $16,000 bid for the Kitchell Avenue Curb & Gutter Project  :  approved a Tourism Grant for East Fork Lake to host an Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation 2016 State Qualifier Fishing Tournament  :  approved an agreement with Verizon Wireless for the placement of a telecommunications site on the City’s Taylor Drive water tank  :  reviewed and accepted the Fiscal Year 2016 Audit as presented with no issues  :  accepted donations in relation to the Rotary Park Pavilion Project  :  noted the City’s Housing Grant is still on hold awaiting an environmental review  :  noted that street milling continues with oil and chipping work to continue thru next week  :  and after a closed session, agreed to try to sell a 19.6 acre tract of ground in the South Industrial Park by auction in the near future  :  the Council’s next meeting will be September 12th.

 

(NEWTON)  The 100 Women Who Care Jasper County made a check presentation yesterday to a local non-profit group, as the Compassionate Friends of Southeastern Illinois, based in Newton, will use the $6,250 contribution to further its work – the Compassionate Friends meet locally every month & serves as a network of support for families or individuals who are grieving the death of a child – 100 Women Who Care Jasper County is a program of Jasper County Community Foundation and is based on a national giving circle model that encourages individuals to collectively contribute to local organizations as one group with recipients announced at quarterly meetings – to learn more, logon at www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred yesterday afternoon at 1:15 on Illinois Route 37 in Marion County, less than a half mile south of the Kell Road intersection – State Police say 46 year old Dawn E. Harris of Louisville was southbound on State Route 37 when a pickup truck driven by 62 year old Steven R. Fritschle of Olney backed out of a private driveway into the path of Harris’s car, causing the collision – four passengers in the Harris vehicle, 24 year old Stephanie A. Holt of  Dix and three children from Louisville, a 9 month old boy, a 2 year old boy, and a 3 year old girl, were all transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia – Fritschle was ticketed for failure to yield from a driveway.

 

(OLNEY)  Fall semester classes are underway at Olney Central College, Lincoln Trail College, Wabash Valley College, and Frontier Community College – with various courses offered at the four colleges and other satellite sites, those interested can still contact the respective Student Services Office or check out the IECC website available around the clock online – course signup is still possible – logon at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday ‘s USDA Crop Report – the majority of the state say above average rainfall last week with some reports of crop damage around Illinois – the statewide precipitation averaged 2.55 inches, that’s 1.77 inches above normal – last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 74.6 degrees, nearly 1 degree (0.7) above normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn & soybean crop development is pretty much the same as it was a year ago at this time – plus the state’s topsoil & subsoil moisture levels are still running mostly adequate to surplus  :  farmers in our ten area counties report the local crops are still mostly in good condition despite the recent heavy rains, although a lot of low area & bottom crops have been ruined – as of Sunday, farmers report the local corn crop is 90% in the dough stage with over half (50%) now denting – over 90% of the local soybeans are continuing to set pods – farmers are reminded to “be safe” out there.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will host their 5th Annual Trap Shoot this Saturday, on August 27th, at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – the registration begins at 9:00 that morning with the shooting competition at 10:00 – the individual fee is $25, with the five member team registration set at $100 – the day of the shoot team registration at $125 – concessions will be available for lunch, plus only 200 raffle tickets are on sale at $20 each for a chance to win a Bushmaster M4A3 Black .223/5.56 rifle – see any Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leader member for advance tickets or stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney or call the office at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of meetings coming up  :  the Richland County Board will meet in special session tonight in the Richland County Jail meeting room, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes the possible renewal of health insurance & other discussion  :  also this evening, the Richland County TB Board will meet, beginning at 5:00, at the TB & Public Health Office in Olney  :  and the next meeting for the City of Olney Tree Board will be tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7:00  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Everyone’s invited to enjoy the vocal talents of Jasper County’s own Bob Story, live in concert this Sunday evening, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton, beginning at 6:00 – all are invited to stick around after the concert for a time of fellowship, plus ice cream sundaes available – check it out


    The First Assembly Church in Olney will host a “free comedy date night” to celebrate marriage thru laughter, this Saturday night at 6:00 – free child care will be provided for those in 6th grade & under – it will feature Christian comedians, previously recorded – for more, logon at  www.olneyag.com


    The local Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 has a Thunder Run & Raffle to support POW/MIA Awareness this Saturday with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 in the morning at the Olney VFW – the kick stands go up at 10:00 – the 180 mile ride includes lunch at The Keys on Carlyle Lake – then back to the Olney for a dinner by donation, an auction, and raffle drawing – for more, go online at  www.rollingthunderil3.com


    The Master’s Hands, in the former Ty’s Family Buffet Building on West Main Street in Olney, will host an Indoor Garage Sale this weekend – that’s Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday from 7:00 to 2:00 – to donate or to arrange for drop off, call  618-843-6130  – refreshments available for purchase


    The SPIFF (Scotts Pay It Forward Foundation) Pizza Night fundraiser is this Thursday night at the Casey Pizza Hut, from 5:00 to 7:30 – it’ll be hosted by Miss Clark County Fair Queen Whitley Brandenburg – proceeds go to families with children affected by cancer – for more, logon at  www.scottspayitforward.org


    The  RMH Auxiliary has a fundraising “Book Fair” today from 9:00 to 3:30 in the Private Dining Rooms at Richland Memorial Hospital – stop by and look over the many books, gifts, and other items on hand for purchase – all proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support local Auxiliary projects at RMH in Olney


    The City of Olney has announced that due to a lack of staffing, the Musgrove Aquatic Center is now closed to the public for the rest of this year – the Musgrove Aquatic Center is no longer open in Olney