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Local News

April 25, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A storm system will move thru Illinois by late tonight – ahead of it, we’ll see scattered rain chances this morning, but a better chance of rain, including thunderstorms, some of which could be severe, this afternoon thru tonight – then we’re back to a dry sky and some sunshine tomorrow thru most all of the next work week, although a little cooler air will stay in place thru next week – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging folks to be prepared for possible severe weather – families should develop a “communications plan” that includes the “Text First, Talk Second” concept, make sure all family members know what to do at home or elsewhere in the event of severe weather, & make sure you have a NOAA weather radio – for tips, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department, in conjunction with Frontier Community College, will conduct a “live fire training” for area fire personnel today in Richland County – the training exercise will involve a structure located at 4173 East Twin Bridge Lane, which is southwest of Olney – all State EPA and related permits have been received for the training and there is a chance that Twin Bridge Lane at Cottage Hill Road may be closed during the training exercise – that’s today, a fire training event, southwest of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension, in conjunction with the Newton Veterinary Clinic, will provide Coggins testing for area horses, ponies, & mules next Tuesday, April 28th, at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, starting at 5:00 – also for those that want it for their animals, West Nile vaccinations will be available – for more, call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton on Monday, at 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  Today is the Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – from 9:00 to 2:00, volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information on a variety of topics, all free of charge – two toll-free phone numbers are available, at  800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that “Build Community” in Olney has been postponed from today until tomorrow, starting at 1:30, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – so again, today’s Build Community has been moved from today to tomorrow due to the expected rainy weather – that’s tomorrow at 1:30.

 

(NOBLE)  The Village of Noble reminds folks that with today’s Little League opening, that Noble Avenue will be completely closed from 8:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon – so again, there will be no thru traffic possible on Noble Avenue by the ball park from 8:00 to 4:00 unless otherwise noted later today.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  also tomorrow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Monday at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for more details, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host a fundraising coffee hour tomorrow morning at 10:20, with a special offering to be taken for this year’s Relay For Life – all to help our local fight against cancer


    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is this evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue in Olney – with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, tickets will be available at the door – all invited


    The 2nd annual Autism Awareness Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic is today from 1:00 to 3:00 in Olney’s Musgrove Park – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited to attend and take part


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale today at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale this morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – plant & shrub starts with a unique variety available


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available

 

 

 

April 24, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure giving us another dry sky today will move off to the east this afternoon, making way for the approaching storm system that will roll thru the Midwest this weekend – the rain chance begins tonight and continues thru tomorrow before ending overnight into Sunday morning – Sunday should be a mostly dry & cool day ahead of more dry and cool days the first half of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The damage is still being assessed in the small Illinois town destroyed by a tornado over two weeks ago – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says it is still in the process of collecting details and determining what the town of Fairdale needs – once IEMA has all the needed information, it will decide if the state will be able to offer any type of assistance, whether it’s financial or any other type available.

 

(OLNEY)  An effort is being made in the State Capitol to reduce the punishment for low-level marijuana offenses – the State House approved a bill yesterday that would require individuals caught possessing up to 15-grams of “weed” to be issued a ticket rather than be sent to jail – state officials estimate the measure would save taxpayers around $30 million and decrease the amount of overcrowding in the prison system.

 

(NEWTON)  Several hundred U.S. immigrants are now American citizens – close to 600 people took the oath yesterday at Bradley University in Peoria – the Naturalization event involved those from 97 different countries – one of the privileges that the new citizens receive is that of being able to vote in all elections.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night in Olney – Judge Larry Dun administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board members, Jeff Wilson, Jan Ridgely, Steve Kinkade, and Carolyne Brooks – Ben Anderson was elected Board President, Jeff Wilson as Vice President, and Leon Redman as Board Secretary – the Board commended former Board members Alex Cline and Pete Seals for their past service – and the Board agreed to continue their regular monthly meetings on the third Thursdays – then in business, the Board  :  approved bank bid specifications with bids to be awarded in May  :  approved the closing of the West Richland Elementary School, effective July 1st this year  :  approved breakfast & lunch fees for students & adults, although all other fees remain the same  :  approved the tentative amended FY15 budget  :  approved the summer maintenance & 5-year maintenance plan  :  noted that the State currently owes the District just under $496,000  :  and after a 39-minute closed session took action on various items dealing with personnel – approved letters of intent to retire from East Richland Elementary School Teachers Joyce Michels, Mary Brooks, and Kim Bussard, all at the end of the 2018-2019 school year – approved the group re-employment for the 2015-2016 school year the District’s Administrative Team, all Non-Tenured and Tenured Certified Staff, Non-Certified Educational Support Staff, and Summer Maintenance Workers – accepted resignations effective at the end of this school year from ERHS Band Instructor Ralph Petrella, Bus Driver Ryan Alvord, ERHS Volunteer Softball Coach Shawna May, & from Jessica VanDyke as ERHS Assistant Volleyball Coach  :  the East Richland School Board’s next regular meeting will be May 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that it needs a new mission statement, therefore a contest is underway, looking for the perfect mission statement for the City of Newton – the resident that submits the best entry during the month of May will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by May 31st, a little over five weeks from today, by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience – once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of Newton’s website, on the wall of the City Council’s conference room, and wherever else that’s appropriate.

 

(OLNEY)  A Clay County company is recalling around 500 pounds of bratwurst – announced yesterday, the North Clay Packing Company in Louisville says the recall is due to misbranding and undeclared allergens – State Ag officials say the product contains “milk” which is not declared on the label – the bratwurst was sold in white five-pound boxes labeled “Illini Land Bratwurst” and mostly sold in Coles County – if any questions, call the company office in Louisville or check the state’s website at www.agr.state.il.us.

 

(NEWTON)  At a meeting of the judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit earlier this month, Circuit Judge Michael D. McHaney, of Marion County, was re-elected Chief Judge for a two year term beginning July 1st, 2015 – the Fourth Circuit includes the nine counties of Jasper, Effingham, Clay, Marion, Fayette, Shelby, Christian, Montgomery, and Clinton – while the Chief Judge has general administrative authority over the courts within the Fourth Circuit, he’s responsible for assigning judges within the Circuit and his authority covers certain court personnel, including probation officers, court reporters, and public defenders – the Office of the Fourth Circuit Chief Judge is located at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department has announced, that in conjunction with Frontier Community College, it will be conducting a “live fire training” for area fire personnel tomorrow in Richland County – this training exercise will involve a structure located at 4173 East Twin Bridge Lane, which is southwest of Olney – all State EPA and related permits have been received for the training and there is a chance that Twin Bridge Lane at Cottage Hill Road may be closed during the training exercise – so if folks see smoke and/or fire coming from southwest of Olney tomorrow, it’s all involved thru the planned fire training event.

 

(NEWTON)  Tomorrow is the Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – from 9:00 to 2:00, volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – in addition to the two toll-free phone numbers at  800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009, the public can also email their questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., all to be answered Saturday morning – it’s all free of charge from 9:00 to 2:00.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  also Sunday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Monday at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for more, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Jasper County Trade Show will be held next Wednesday night, April 29th, at the Newton Knights of Columbus Hall, from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited – local Jasper County CEO students will be showcased


    A special Solar Power presentation will be given at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel next Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 – discussion includes, design, installation, & benefits of solar power systems


    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host a fundraising coffee hour this Sunday morning at 10:20, with a special offering to be taken for this year’s Relay For Life – all to help our local fight against cancer


    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is tomorrow evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue in Olney – with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, tickets will be available at the door – all invited


    The 2nd annual Autism Awareness Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic is tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 in Olney’s Musgrove Park – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited to attend and take part


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale tomorrow at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale tomorrow morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – plant & shrub starts with a unique variety available


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen fundraising chicken dinner is tonight with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Claremont Fire House – tickets at the door – either pick up or dine in – for deliveries, call 843-3478


    The Suntone Beach Survivors Relay For Life Team has a fundraising Italian Beef Night tonight at the Olney VFW, with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – $7 tickets at the door and carry-outs available


    The OCC Welding Technology Department has its Open House today from 2:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to check out the new welding equipment and more, just west of the OCC Automotive Building


    The City of Olney Tree Board invites the public to a tree planting event this morning at 10:00, located along  Silver Street in Olney’s Musgrove Park, all in honor of Arbor Day – a “thank you” from the City of Olney and the City of Olney Tree Board to Ameren Illinois for help with grant funds to purchase the trees

 

 

 

April 23, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will drift southeast  thru the Mid-Mississippi Valley today, bringing us some more fair, but cool weather conditions as we’ll stay dry at least thru tomorrow – an approaching storm system will move in from the Plains with rain developing for us by tomorrow night, then continuing thru Saturday – we return to a dry sky Sunday and thru the first of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers are working towards reversing a number of cuts made by Governor Bruce Rauner to social services and public health programs – the State Senate approved a bill yesterday that would restore around $26 million in funding for a number of programs, including those that help children with autism and those that help people quit smoking – the State House is next up to consider this legislation.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, the State House yesterday approved a bill that would ban cameras in non-home-rule municipalities – however the law will not go into effect until 2017 – the cameras would remain in cities like Chicago, that have home rule powers – this measure now heads to the State Senate for consideration there.

 

(NEWTON)  Landmarks Illinois is unveiling the 2015 list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state – the non-profit group says the list calls attention to threatened historic resources that are in need of assistance and are important to local residents and their economy – most of the historic places listed are located in the northern two-thirds of Illinois – the complete list is available online at www.landmarks.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Students at East Richland High School in Olney took part in an eye-opening presentation yesterday that demonstrated, as good as possible, the devastating effects of drunk and/or distracted driving – the Save A Life Tour visits schools not only in the U.S. but worldwide, giving students a hands-on chance to experience the grim reality of destructive decisions – the students first viewed an AT&T-sponsored video that spotlighted texting and driving crashes that either killed or permanently injured someone as a result – then breakout sessions were held, allowing students to drive a simulator while sending or receiving a text message, and giving all students a chance to see the results – students were then asked to sign a banner to pledge “not to drive distracted” – local State Farm Insurance Agents Cathy Conley and Lauren McClain were on hand showing their support – the Tour was made possible by funds provided by the Celebrate My Drive contest that was held last fall with the community’s support – it was also in conjunction with the local Safe Driving initiative headed up by ERHS teacher Jessica VanDyke and the East Richland School District.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis announced yesterday he has joined a bicameral group of lawmakers in Springfield to support a bill that would ban Constitutional officers in Illinois from handing out grant awards in the lead up to an election – as a member of the Legislative Audit Commission that looked into Governor Pat Quinn’s scandal plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the 109th District Rep said “We’ve got to end the culture of corruption in this state” – look for plenty of debate on this in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department has announced, that in conjunction with Frontier Community College, it will be conducting a “live fire training” for area fire personnel this coming Saturday in Richland County – this training exercise will involve a structure located at 4173 East Twin Bridge Lane, which is southwest of Olney – all State EPA and related permits have been received for the training and there is a chance that Twin Bridge Lane at Cottage Hill Road may be closed during the training exercise – so if folks see smoke and/or fire coming from this area on Saturday, it’s all involved thru the planned training event.

 

(NEWTON)  This coming Saturday is the 34th Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – from 9:00 to 2:00, volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – callers will be given details about their legal difficulties, which may include consulting with another lawyer on the caller’s specific legal situation – in addition to two toll-free numbers, the public can email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be answered Saturday morning – the Bar Association’s toll-free numbers to call are 800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009 – again, that’s this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00, free of any charge.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is still searching for thousands of downstate residents who have unclaimed property, including many in our local area – thru the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office safeguards more than $2.1 billion in unclaimed property & hundreds of thousands of new properties have been reported in recent months, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and utility refunds – in fact, as of January, over 257,000 properties in the 31 southernmost Illinois counties are worth an estimated $42,461,904 – the list includes 6,466 unclaimed properties in Richland County worth over $1.12 million and 2,762 unclaimed properties in Jasper County worth nearly $338,000 – also the counties of Lawrence, Crawford, and Effingham have properties worth over $1 million each, and the other surrounding counties have amounts between $250,000 and $850,000 – local and area residents are encouraged to visit the website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov to search for property and to get more information on the process.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  also Sunday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  and again next Monday at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for more, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host a fundraising coffee hour this Sunday morning at 10:20, with a special offering to be taken for this year’s Relay For Life – all to help our local fight against cancer


    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue in Olney – with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, tickets will be available at the door – all invited


    During this Autism Awareness Month, a special awareness event is this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 in Musgrove Park – it’s the 2nd annual Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic, sponsored by the Richland County group of the Southeastern Illinois Autism Community – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale this Saturday at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – Garden Club members will bring plant and/or shrub starts from their own gardens with a unique variety to choose from – all are invited to stop by


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    The Suntone Beach Survivors Relay For Life Team has a fundraising Italian Beef Night coming up this Friday night at the Olney VFW, with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – the $7 tickets will be on sale at the door and carry-outs will be available – all proceeds to benefit the local fight against cancer thru Relay For Life


    The OCC Welding Technology Department will host its Open House tomorrow afternoon & evening from 2:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to stop by and check out the new welding equipment and more, located just west of the OCC Automotive Building – prizes will be given away and all are invited


    A reminder that the monthly meeting of the East Richland School Board was rescheduled from last Thursday to tonight, this April 23rd – that’s in the Administrative Office meeting room tonight at 7:30


    A reminder that the RMH Auxiliary pre-ordered Geranium “pick up date” is today only from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s a “one-day-only” pick up – thanks for your orders

 

 

 

April 22, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A cold front will move across the Midwest by later today as the breezy conditions continue to pump in cooler than normal air – a high pressure will then control our weather for the rest of the work week with sunshine most of today thru tomorrow & Friday – we’ll get more clouds and our next chance of rain moving in for Friday night and Saturday, but looks like a dry and pleasant Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The deadly canine flu has claimed the life of a dog up in McHenry County – meanwhile, a second dog is suspected to have the illness and a third dog is awaiting initial testing – the deadly canine flu is very contagious and infected dogs may appear lazier than normal – the canine flu also affects a dog’s appetite to eat and/or drink, plus some develop a cough – dog owners should check with their Veterinarians.

 

(OLNEY)  A new report says Illinois is in need of skilled workers – conducted by the nationwide business group ReadyNation, the report claims Illinois could be down 150,000 qualified workers by the year 2020 – companies have been forced to bring in unskilled labor or people from other states – ReadyNation officials say Illinois should spend more money on early childhood education to help solve the future problem.

 

(NEWTON)  A state lawmaker from Chicago wants community banks to provide more loans to minorities, women, and small businesses – a bill has been proposed that would require lending institutions to report the number of loans requested and handed out – supporters say the bill is designed to make sure those groups are treated fairly – opponents say the bill would hurt small banks that already face plenty of regulations.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  adopted a resolution certifying the election returns of April 7th, confirming the election of Board members Marilyn Wolfe, Andrew Fischer, Michael Correll, and Al Henager, all of whom were sworn in to their respective terms  :  in the officer election, Andrew Fischer was re-elected as Board Chairman and Marilyn Wolfe was re-elected Vice-Chair – also seated was Student Trustee Drew Halter of Palestine for a one year term  :  agreed to continue meeting on the third Tuesday of each month with the meetings to rotate between the four colleges  :  approved a new $5 student ID card replacement fee  :  approved a $2,676,397 bid from Wohltman Construction in Effingham for District-wide improvement work  :  and in personnel, hired three faculty members – Laurie Jenkins as Health Programs Lead Instructor at Lincoln Trail, Keith Nash as Process Technology Instructor at Lincoln Trail, and Jodi Peach as Health Informatics Instructor at Frontier – also hired Thomas Kent as Fitness Center / Athletic Director at Frontier, Taryn Bunting as Office Assistant at Olney Central, and Ernest Majors as Maintenance Worker at Wabash Valley  :  the IECC Board of Trustees will have their next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, at OCC.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night for just over one hour – the Council  :  approved the $178,392 expenditure to B & T Drainage, Inc. for work on the Brookside (Xander’s) Addition / City Square project in Newton  :  approved the $143,865 payment to Big D Electric, Inc. for the City’s circuit A upgrade electrical work  :  approved the $19,663 bill from Connor & Connor Engineers for work on the Brookside Addition / City Square project  :  approved a resolution for an internal loan from the Electric Department to the Water Department to help finance the City Square water main project – that’s up to $300,000 at .4% interest  :  adopted an ordinance authorizing the issuance of general obligation refunding bonds for the City of Newton  :  approved the balanced fiscal year 2016 City of Newton budget  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, passed a resolution of support for the State’s “Turnaround Agenda”  :  noted that the City’s City-Wide Cleanup will be held May 15th & 16th  :  and took no other action after a 15-minute closed session to discuss litigation  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, May 5th, at City Hall.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – planting is reportedly in full swing in many spots around the state – last week’s average statewide precipitation was just over a third of an inch (0.38 inches) which is a half inch (0.57) below normal – the average statewide temperature was 60.5 degrees, right at 7 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, the statewide corn planting progress was at 15% with plenty of topsoil and subsoil moisture reported, although the state’s average soil temperature is hovering around 60 degreees  :  farmers in our 10 county area report only 3% of the corn has been planted with most of the area fields still untouched due to wet conditions – area farmers are reminded to think “safety first” this spring.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  State Representative David Reis has staff members conducting traveling office hours today,  meeting with constituents on the 109th Representative District – today’s visits are  :
*  at the Teutopolis Village Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 this morning
*  at the Louisville City Hall from 11:00 to 12:00 noon this morning
*  at the Cisne Village Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 this afternoon
folks are also reminded that the Representative’s District Office in Olney, at 219 East Main Street, is open Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30, but closed during the noon hour – or call at 618-392-0108.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension, in conjunction with the Newton Veterinary Clinic, will provide Coggins testing for area horses, ponies, & mules next Tuesday, April 28th, at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, starting at 5:00 – also for those that want it for their animals, West Nile vaccinations will be available – horse, pony, and mule owners are reminded that the Illinois Department of Agriculture requires all Illinois equine participating in an advertised equine event shall be accompanied by a negative Coggins test conducted within one year of a specific event, including shows, rodeos, sales, auctions, trail rides, or horse fairs – for more details, call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton, at 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  The highly recognized “Save A Life Tour” is coming to East Richland High School today – a unique chance for ERHS students to experience first-hand the devastating effects of drunk or distracted driving – developed to provide state-of-the-art, interactive driving simulation, the national “Save A Life Tour” shows students the grim reality of destructive decisions made while driving under the influence or while distracted – it will be presented in conjunction with the Safe Driving initiative already in place and being taught at East Richland High School – the Tour will also provide informational materials as well.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Effingham from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  for more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Lake Land College Automotive  Club will host its Car Show & Stereo Competition this Saturday – registration from 1:00 to 3:00, followed by the awards presentation at 4:00 – the entry fee is $15 per vehicle and the rain or shine event is free to the public – plenty of prizes – check the LLC website for more details


    During this Autism Awareness Month, a special awareness event is this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 in Musgrove Park – it’s the 2nd annual Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic, sponsored by the Richland County group of the Southeastern Illinois Autism Community – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale this Saturday at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – Garden Club members will bring plant and/or shrub starts from their own gardens with a unique variety to choose from – all are invited to stop by


    The OCC Welding Technology Department will host its Open House this Friday afternoon & evening from 2:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to stop by and check out the new welding equipment and more, located just west of the OCC Automotive Building – prizes will be given away and all are invited


    A reminder that the RMH Auxiliary pre-ordered Geranium “pick up date” is tomorrow from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s a “one-day-only” pick up – thanks for your orders


    The Cra-Wa-La Volunteers in Probation, along with the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, will host a special Community Night tonight at Havoline Hall in Lawrenceville from 5:30 to 7:30 – it’s a special presentation on childhood brain development – free of charge with refreshments – to register, call the Team Cra-Wa-La office in Lawrenceville during regular office hours at 618-943-5326

 

 

 

April 21, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a deep low pressure continues to spin over the Upper Great Lakes region today, we’ll have another strong west wind with cool air on this Tuesday, but we should stay mostly dry – a weak upper level disturbance could give us some showers this evening thru tomorrow morning – then it’s dry and cool weather conditions tomorrow thru Friday – maybe more rain Friday night & Saturday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Another staff member who used to work for former Congressman Aaron Shock is being ordered to testify before a federal grand jury – Shea Ledford is the fifth staff member to do so during the federal investigation – meanwhile, five candidates will be running in a special election to fill Shock’s vacant seat – the July 7th primary election will be followed by the general election to be held on September 10th.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois could soon be cutting down the amount of specialty license plates seen on the roadways – the State House approved a bill yesterday that would create a universal plate with special interest stickers to be placed on the plate to support a certain cause – the move follows complaints from law enforcement members who claim they have trouble keeping track of all the different license plates available in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  New research finds activities that keep the brain active may delay mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is a change in thinking skills that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease – over a four year period, results showed people who were mentally and socially active in both middle & old age were less likely to develop MCI – Doctors suggest more activities for folks earlier in life to help prevent issues later in life.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Farm Bureau county-wide rainfall report from the nine townships within Richland County, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at 0.78 inches with the recording period ending at 10:00 Monday morning – Madison Township had the largest amount of rain over the past week at 1.6 inches, with Bonpas Township close behind at 1.4 inches – then Claremont Township at 1.01 inches, Decker Township at 0.70, and German Township at 0.55 – the county’s lowest total from last week was 0.35 in Olney Township with 0.40 in Denver Township – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney our seven day rainfall total for the same period was at 0.60 inches – the current spring & month to date county-wide average is at 3.21 inches, that compares to an average of 5.59 inches a year ago at this time – that’s at least two & a third inches less now than a year ago.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton – prior to the regular monthly meeting, the newly elected Board members were sworn in by ROE #12 Superintendent of Schools, Monte Newlin, and the Board’s new officers were elected – new members Jon Fulton was voted in as President and Jed Earnest as Vice President – Holly Farley was elected as Board Secretary – Janet Benefiel was appointed as Recording Secretary – the new Board approved the regular monthly meetings will be the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 – also noted a special meeting next Monday night, April 27th, for Board professional development – the organizational meeting was adjourned at 7:04 with the regular monthly meeting starting at 7:05 – the Board  :  discussed relocating the Board and Administration Office to the High School, but the item was tabled until the Building & Grounds Committee meets to get more information  :  approved an $111,000 change order for services to renovate the four existing original facility restrooms at the Newton Elementary School thru the District’s Health Life Safety Plan  :  noted the District’s retirement reception to be held in the NCHS cafeteria on May 13th from 4:00 to 6:00  :  noted the NCHS graduation is set for May 16th at 6:30 in the NCHS Gym  :  discussed the Fiscal Year 2016 amended budget which will be on display now until the next meeting in May  :  in personnel matters – recognized five employee retirements – bus chaperone Marcea Mason, bus driver Ron Maxon, and elementary school lunchroom supervisor & crossing guard Melisa Cleaver, all at the end of this school year – and from teachers Jeanette Hickox & Judy Goebel, effective June 30th, 2018  :  and after a 100-minute closed session, the Board approved a salary freeze for the District-wide Administration effective with the upcoming 2015-2016 school year  :  the adjournment came at 12:10 early this morning – the Board’s next regular meeting will be Monday, May 18th, at 6:30.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  State Representative David Reis has staff members conducting traveling office hours today and tomorrow,  meeting with constituents on the 109th Representative District – today’s visits are  :
*  at the Bridgeport City Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 this morning
*  at the Allendale Village Hall from 11:00 to 12:00 this morning
*  and at the Edwards County Farm Bureau office in Albion from 1:30 to 2:30 this afternoon
the traveling office hours will then continue tomorrow  :
*  at the Teutopolis Village Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning
*  at the Louisville City Hall from 11:00 to 12:00 noon in the morning
*  at the Cisne Village Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon
folks are also reminded that the Representative’s District Office in Olney, at 219 East Main Street, is open Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30, but closed during the noon hour – or call at 618-392-0108.

 

(OLNEY)  The highly recognized “Save A Life Tour” is coming to East Richland High School tomorrow – a unique chance for ERHS students to experience first-hand the devastating effects of drunk or distracted driving – developed to provide state-of-the-art, interactive driving simulation, the national “Save A Life Tour” shows students the grim reality of destructive decisions made while driving under the influence or while distracted – it will be presented in conjunction with the Safe Driving initiative already in place and being taught at East Richland High School – the Tour will also provide informational materials as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police have released details of a fatal crash that occurred last week in Effingham County – 63 year old Joseph Veech of Effingham was traveling on Route 33 when his vehicle crossed the center turn lane and struck head-on a car driven by 58 year old Karen Kull of Strasburg – after the collision, one vehicle erupted in flames – Veech was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck while a passenger in his vehicle, 53 year old Pamela Bennett of Effingham was taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital & transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Kull was flown from the scene to Carle Hospital.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police are also investigating an accident in Marion County this past Saturday night just past 8:30, just east of Sandoval – 43 year old Steven Hall of Vandalia was eastbound on Route 50, following a farm chemical spray rig driven by 46 year old William Muma of St. Peter – as the farm equipment attempted to turn off of Route 50, the collision occurred – Hall was taken to the Salem Hospital for treatment of injuries – he was ticketed for improper passing and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident – Muma was not injured and it was noted that all warning lights were operating on the rig.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Wal-Mart Store in Effingham from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Effingham from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  for more details on giving blood and/or to go online and schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – that’s on Whittle Avenue in Olney – tickets available at the door


    During this Autism Awareness Month, a special awareness event is this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 in Musgrove Park – it’s the 2nd annual Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic, sponsored by the Richland County group of the Southeastern Illinois Autism Community – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale this Saturday at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Suntone Beach Survivors Relay For Life Team has a fundraising Italian Beef Night coming up this Friday night at the Olney VFW, with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – the $7 tickets will be on sale at the door and carry-outs will be available – all proceeds to benefit the local fight against cancer thru Relay For Life


    The OCC Welding Technology Department will host its Open House this Friday afternoon & evening from 2:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to stop by and check out the new welding equipment and more, located just west of the OCC Automotive Building – prizes will be given away and all are invited


    The Cra-Wa-La Volunteers in Probation, along with the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, will host a special Community Night tomorrow night at Havoline Hall in Lawrenceville from 5:30 to 7:30 – it’s a special presentation on childhood brain development – free of charge with refreshments – to register, call the Team Cra-Wa-La office in Lawrenceville during regular office hours at 618-943-5326


    The Ridgway  Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – a guest speaker will talk about the white squirrels of Olney – all are invited


    Monical’s Pizza will host a First National Bank in Olney Relay For Life team fundraiser today thru tonight – fill out a fundraising form before ordering and a portion of your receipt will go to fight cancer