August 4, 2012 Local & Area News


(OLNEY)  A cold front that’s been wavering over the Midwest will eventually push thru by tonight, with the chance of storms, some of which could be severe in nature – then some less humid air in place for most of tomorrow and into next week – the dry conditions are likely to continue next week – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – gasoline prices are shooting upwards again – all being blamed on refinery problems in Illinois & Indiana – in some areas, gas prices increased by over 40 to 50 cents a gallon in a 24 hours period – according to IllinoisGasPrices.com, this morning’s state average price for regular gas is now $4.11 a gallon, that’s 45 cents higher than a week ago and 52 cents higher than a year ago across Illinois.


(OLNEY)  Authorities in Richland County, as well as neighboring areas, have lifted the “burn ban” that had been in effect for the past several weeks – due to recent rains, the following Fire Protection Districts & Fire Departments say its now okay to burn openly outdoors, but with common sense : Olney Fire & Olney Fire Protection : Noble-Wakefield Fire Protection District : Claremont-Bonpas Fire Protection District : West Salem Fire Protection District : and Christy Fire Protection District : authorities remind folks that all fires should be supervised – fire officials will continue to monitor the conditions & re-issue the ban if needed.


(OLNEY)  In response to the expanding drought, the USDA Farm Service Agency in Illinois has added eight types of CRP acreage that can be utilized for emergency haying and/or grazing – these new areas include grass waterways, wetland restoration areas, flooded prairie wetlands, & others, plus various cutoff dates apply for each area – producers should contact their FSA Office or logon at www.fsa.usda.gov.

(OLNEY)  Nominations are now being accepted for the statewide Senior Hall of Fame Awards in Illinois – the Department on Aging reminds us that August 20th is the deadline to nominate seniors, those age 65 and older, with eligibility based on the nominee’s past and current accomplishments in one of four categories : community service, education, performance, and/or graphic arts – winners will be inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame in Springfield later this year – for more information, logon at www.state.il.us/aging.


(NEWTON)  Several county fairs are ending this weekend while others are just getting started  :  both the Coles County Fair in Charleston & Clark County Fair in Marshall will end tomorrow, while the Marion County Fair in Salem shuts down tonight  :  getting started yesterday is the Effingham County Fair in Altamont, running thru all of next week  :  the Bond County Fair in Greenville is today thru next Tuesday.


     Motorists are reminded that Higgin Switch Road, between Olney & Noble, is closed from U.S. Route 50 south – the concrete box culvert replacement work is expected to be complete within the next 7 to 10 days – all motorists should observe the barricades and signs until that project is complete

    The Jasper County Wild Turkey Chapter of the NWTF will have its annual “Hunting Heritage Banquet” next Friday, August 10th at the KC Hall in Newton – doors open at 5:30, with dinner at 6:45, & live auction at 8:00 – plenty of raffles, artwork, guns, & more – call Jason for tickets at 618-562-2345

    Upcoming blood drives  :  next Monday, from 12:30 to 5:30, at the Olney City Park Community Building  :  next Thursday, from 1:00 to 6:00, at the KC Hall in Newton  :  all types of blood are very much needed

    The Olney Coin Club will meet tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 9:00 with the meeting at 1:30 – all are invited, members & non-members alike – coin dealers are also invited

    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is tomorrow in Wendelin – with ticket sales at 9:30, there’ll be two serving lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – also a country store, live entertainment, & raffle drawing with prizes

    The Harmon Community Hall, located three miles north of Gila, will host an “ice cream social” this evening, starting at 4:30 – all ages are welcome to attend with good food and fellowship

    The First Christian Church in Noble has its “give away day” this morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes lots of children’s clothing along with various household items – free school supplies for kids from Noble

    The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal sites – aluminum cans, magazines, newspapers, & more should be bundled separately before dropped off

    The Main Street Farmers Market will be available again this Saturday morning from now to 11:30, just north of the Main Street / Whittle Avenue intersection in downtown Olney – fresh produce, plants, & more