August 27, 2012 Local & Area News


(OLNEY)  As a cold front drops slowly southward into the Ohio River Valley today, our rain chances will linger thru tonight – then it’s dry and a little cooler tomorrow with a warmup by mid-week and for the rest of the work week – maybe rain with the remnants of Isaac by the end of the week – stay tuned for updates.


(NEWTON)  The front has dropped a lot of rain in the northern two-thirds of the state – areas along I-74, from Bloomington to Champaign, received anywhere from two to three inches of rain yesterday and last night – regional and local rainfall amounts were minimal this morning, mostly under a half inch, if that.


(OLNEY)  A new law in Illinois aims to strengthen physical education in the state’s schools – the new law creates a Task Force to examine ways to improve physical education and to find ways on both the state and federal levels to pay for the improvement – signed by Governor Pat Quinn this past weekend, the legislation is based on recent studies that show a quality PE course benefits students both physically and mentally.

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s Office has announced the distribution of $4.5 million in funding from the national foreclosure settlement reached earlier this year to the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation – in fact, this is the first payment of $20 million that will help to provide much-needed legal services to struggling homeowners in Central and Southern Illinois – the money comes from the office’s leading role in securing a $25 billion national settlement back in February from five major U.S. banks – for more details, check the Attorney General’s website or logon at www.NationalForeclosureSettelement.com.

(OLNEY)  The state’s highest ranking Democrat was a no-show for Democrat Day at the Du Quoin State Fair this past Saturday – not a real surprise to a lot of downstate lawmakers, considering the Governor’s recent unpopular decisions and policy issues – more than a thousand union members showed up to express their concerns about the pension issue – pro-gun advocates and others were also on hand – the Du Quoin State Fair continues to run all of this week, ending on Labor Day, September 3rd, a week from today.

(NEWTON)  After holding several seminars in Jasper and Effingham Counties regarding the leasing of farmland for oil and gas production, the Illinois Farm Bureau says landowners could save money on attorney fees if they organize a group of interested landowners – with this in mind, the Jasper & Effingham County Farm Bureaus are willing to help organize such a group – county members interested in working with other landowners on establishing a template lease agreement are invited to call their respective office – in Jasper County at 618-783-2733 or in Effingham County at 217-342-2103 – names & phone numbers will be taken to coordinate with the Farm Bureau Assistant General Counsel to contact a mineral rights attorney for an introductory meeting that will probably be held in Effingham County in the very near future.

(OLNEY)  Mark your calendars – the Olney Police Department will again host a “take back day” on Saturday, September 29th, from 10:00 to 2:00 – in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the OPD will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs – the service is free and anonymous with no questions asked – that will be Saturday, September 29th, at the Olney Police Department.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information regarding county-wide graffiti to local traffic signs – in fact, an anonymous donor is offering a $100 reward for details leading to the arrest of individuals or of those responsible for painting the signs, mostly stop signs at area intersections throughout Jasper County – this does cause a hazardous situation for motorists, not to mention it’s against the law – those with information should contact the Sheriff’s Department in Newton at 618-783-3057.

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has some street closures for the first of this week, all for some infra-structure work – the portion of Whittle Avenue, from East Lafayette Street to Harmon Street, and the portion of East Monroe Street, from Whittle Avenue to South Fair Street, will all be closed today & tomorrow so workers can begin a water main replacement project on East Monroe Street – motorists should observe all signs.


(NEWTON)      There are two area blood drives today – a chance for local donors to help replenish the very low supplies of blood on-hand throughout the Midwest  :  today from 12:00 to 4:00 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney  :  also today from 1:00 to 5:00 at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson  :  then more blood drives the rest of this week – tomorrow from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich – Wednesday from 12:00 to 4:00 at the Clay County Hospital in Flora – also Wednesday from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Olney Southern Baptist Church – Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 at the Central Community Church in Mattoon – and Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Village Square Mall in Effingham – all types are needed.


    The Berryville Chowder is set for this coming Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 that morning at the Community Building – bulk sales available, but no glass containers – other food & drinks also available

    The final deadline for submitting family histories for the new Richland County History Book is this coming Friday – all book pre-orders must be made this week as well – call the Olney Public Library

    The Jasper County Health Department will host a blood pressure and sugar screening this Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Senior Citizens Center in Newton – all are invited to stop by for the free screenings

    It’s the annual Homemade Ice Cream Social tomorrow evening at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church – with eight flavors of ice cream, there will also be sandwiches, desserts, & drinks – that’s south of Olney on Route 130, then back west nearly a mile at Road 600 North – we’ll see you tomorrow evening

    All Noble & Olney area girls in grades K-12 are invited to a Girl Scouts membership meeting tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Elementary School in Olney – the cost to join is at $12 per girl, plus a parent or guardian must attend the meeting as well – adults are also needed as Girl Scout Leaders as well

    There are two municipal meetings tonight – the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble – the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:30 at the Olney City Hall – both are open to the public