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July 31,2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   FRIDAY   --   7–31–15

 

(OLNEY) More Illinois families will be able to receive federal food stamps under expanded eligibility signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Legislation endorsed Tuesday by the first term Republican governor raises the income limit for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Illinois to 165 % of the poverty level, effective Jan. 1st. The previous cap was at 130 %. Families that include someone who is elderly or disabled can receive food stamps if their income doesn’t exceed 200 % of the federal poverty level.

 

(NEWTON) The decline of harness racing in Illinois continues as several county fairs and both state fairs reduce the number of racing days this summer. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the Union County Fair is reducing what had been two days of harness racing to just one. Trainer Ron Knupp of Marion says the Williamson County Fair plans a similar reduction. The Du Quoin State Fair will have two days of harness racing instead of three this year. And the Illinois State Fair in Springfield is cutting its harness racing days to four. Knupp says the state’s budget crisis has contributed to the “dismal situation” for everybody involved in harness racing. The Balmoral and Maywood Park harness racing tracks in the Chicago area have both filed for bankruptcy.

 

(OLNEY) There will be another two month extension of the current union contract between the State and its largest employees union. Gov. Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 agreed to the two month extension preventing a strike or lockout before September 30th. The two sides are still apparently far apart in reaching a new contract. The union is pushing for pay increases and improved health insurance, while the Governor wants no increase in wages, a reduction in overtime, and smaller contributions to employee health insurance coverage.

 

(OLNEY) As a result of the Safe Routes to School sidewalk construction project, Bradley Drive at the intersection of Hall Street will be closed to all traffic from July 31st through Wednesday, August 5th. Traffic on Hall Street will not be affected. Residents may access Bradley Drive from eighter Imperial Drive off of Hall Street or from Sarah Drive off of Van Street. The City Of Olney appreciates your cooperation and patience during this time.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

(ALBION) The Edwards County Fair continues today in Albion. Friday, July 31st, its local talent at the Exhibition Building at 5:30pm and the Drag Races at 6:30pm. On Saturday, August 1st it’s the Demo Derby at 6:30pm plus the Carnival in the midway nightly.

 

(EFFINGHAM) The 71st annual Effingham County Fair will take place July 31st through August 8th at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont. Bring the whole family to enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, magic acts, horse racing, tractor and truck pulls, car shows, auctions, rodeos and more. The talent show and Junior Miss pageant will take place on August 1st. On August 2nd, come back for the twilight parade and 4-H Master showmanship, and then cheer on your favorite contestants in the Miss Effingham County Fair Queen and Little Miss pageants on August 4th. Broseph E. Lee and Craig Wayne Boyd will take the main stage August 7th.

 

REMINDERS :

An Emergency County Board Meeting today at 4pm in the Jail Meeting Room.

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

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

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

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

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

Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton, will hold their monthly pork loin dinner, Monday, August 3rd.

Serving begins at 6pm. Public is welcome.

 

July 30, 2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   THURSDAY   --   7–30–15

 

(OLNEY) The president of the University of Illinois says the school is deferring paycheck increases until the state budget is settled in Springfield. UI usually announces its merit-based salary program in July for the coming academic year. But President Timothy Killeen told workers the program on hold this year until the state budget impasse is solved. Those raises usually take effect in August. GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in the state legislature haven’t agreed on a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1st.

 

(NEWTON) Members of the Illinois House voted Tuesday to block a pay raise for themselves and senators that has become a flashpoint in the states budget stalemate. The 101-1 vote would still need Senate approval before Gov. Bruce Rauner could sign it and stop the 2 % cost of living increase that lawmakers are automatically due. If it takes effect, it would be their first pay raise in seven years. The pay raise became wrapped up in the budget stalemate when Rauner criticized lawmaker for potentially taking more money while the state lacks a spending plan.

 

(OLNEY) A reminder that Fall Kids Mall of Richland County is busy preparing for this year’s Shopping Day, quickly approaching on Saturday, August 8th – for county-wide children entering Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th Grade who need clothing assistance, the Kids Shopping Mall will be set up again this year at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – the registration for shopping will begin onsite at 9:00 that morning & continue until 12 noon with the shopping to continue until all registrants are finished, plus a supervising adult must remain onsite at all times while a shopping buddy, a program volunteer, will assist each child – there’s no pre-registration and no financial requirements – Fall Kids Mall will only ask for the child’s first name, his or her address, age, and school of attendance – for more information or details, call 869-2297.

 

(NOBLE) The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night, it was noted the Village has a new treasurer, Savannah Coan. The Noble Chowder is coming up Saturday, August 8th and the Noble City Wide Garage Sale will be on Saturday, August 15th. The board obtained an order for tax deed at 205 South 1st Street and approved a quote from Steve Hemrich Excavating for demolition of property at 205 South 1st Street in Noble. The next regular meeting is August 10th.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

(NEWTON) State Rep. David Reis has signed on as a sponsor of a House Resolution that calls for an investigation into Planned Parenthood. Reis says the Resolution is in direct response to an investigative video that was recently released showing Planned Parenthood executives engaging in price-per-part negotiations for the sale of body parts and tissue from aborted fetuses. Reis stated that it’s a shame that we have reached a point in our society where human life is so undervalued. It’s beyond reprehensible that taxpayer dollars are used to provide abortion services. However, in light of the fact that Planned Parenthood receives more than half a billion in federal tax dollars to perform abortions, we must get a handle on this. An investigation into Planned Parenthood is necessary to ensure that this organization is not profiting from this.

 

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

 

(ALBION) The Edwards County Fair continues today in Albion. On Thursday, July 30th, it’s the Youth Livestock Sale at 9am, Local Talent in the Exhibition Building at 5:30pm and the Truck and Tractor Pull at 6:30pm. Friday, July 31st, its local talent at the Exhibition Building at 5:30pm and the Drag Races at 6:30pm. On Saturday, August 1st it’s the Demo Derby at 6:30pm plus the Carnival in the midway nightly.

 

REMINDERS :

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

July 29, 2015

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REMINDERS :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

July 28, 2015

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

REMINDERS :

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

July 27, 2015

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REMINDERS :

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

The Olney City Council meets tonight at 7pm.

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

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

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