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Local News

June 29, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure system centered over the Upper Midwest will give us another day of sunshine and some less humid air on this Wednesday – a cold front moving thru will give us a slight chance of rain tomorrow night – then that front will stall out and waver across the downstate region with on-and-off rain chances Saturday thru Monday – but it won’t be a total washout – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers are returning to the State Capitol today amid new signs of optimism about a bipartisan deal to keep the state operating without a full budget – today’s special session in Springfield will be the first since lawmakers adjourned the spring session back in May without approving a full-year spending plan for a second straight year – the state’s new fiscal year begins this coming Friday – that’s when billions of dollars in patchwork spending will expire – both Democrats and Republicans filed competing budget plans yesterday, mostly aimed at keeping the state’s schools open for the new fiscal year.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Museum will hold a “Welcome Back! Celebration” this Saturday at the main museum campus in Springfield – the doors will open at 8:30 with various activities running until 5:00, including food, live music, and more – plus live video can be viewed on the Museum’s Facebook page – admission is $5 for adults – children age 18 & younger, active duty military, Veterans, and senior citizens age 65 & older will be admitted free – additional events are in July – go to  www.illinoisstatemuseum.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are investigating another fatal crash that occurred at 5:13 yesterday morning on Interstate 70 in Fayette County – 58 year old David L. Foltz of  O’Fallon was eastbound on I-70 when his semi-truck left the roadway to the right, cross the roadway into the median, and overturned – the driver was extricated by firemen and rescue personnel from St. Elmo, Altamont, and Brownstown – Foltz was transported to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, where he was later pronounced dead.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are investigating a motorcycle traffic accident that occurred at 4:05 yesterday afternoon in Fayette County – 51 year old Ronald A. Marks of Mulberry Grove was eastbound on Illinois Route 140, near the Hurricane Creek Bridge, east of Mulberry Grove, when his Harley Davidson crossed the centerline, ran off the roadway, and came to rest in a corn field – Marks was lifelighted to St. Louis University Hospital with injuries – he was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board held a special meeting last night, which was open to the public – the meeting included discussion and business regarding two proposed livestock facilities in Richland County – after input from Illinois Department of Agriculture, the County Board members, project organizers, area neighbors, and others in attendance, the Richland County Board voted 4 to 2 to support both facilities – one of the hog farm buildings will be located in the Wynoose area, to be operated by Craig Diel, and the other hog farm building will be located in the Stringtown area, to be operated by Isaac Finley – all comments, plus the recommendation from the Richland County Board, will now be considered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture  :  also, the Richland County Board last week officially hired a new Animal Control Warden – it’s Kevin Gosnell, who began his new duties for the county a week ago Monday, June 20th  :  the Richland County Board has its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 14th.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  approved the Ordinance for Appropriations with the FY-16  budget set at $831,650  :  accepted the $28,503 low bid for rock & hauling from Heuerman Trucking for the Village’s MFT street program  :  accepted the $17,600 bid from Lutterell Backhoe Service for the Village’s Route 250 manhole repair work  :  approved the Prevailing Wage Ordinance as presented  :  received donations from the Noble Lions Club – $500 for the Village Park Pavilion upgrade work and $500 towards the playground equipment in the Village Park  :  noted that the new sewer pump station work in Noble should begin the week after July 4th  :  also noted that the Village Park Pavilion concrete renovation work will not start until after the Chowder, on August 13th  :  discussed the needed sidewalk work for the 200 block of East Poplar Street on the north side  :  also discussed the culvert work needed by the church on East Elm Street  :  noted that mosquito spraying has begun within the Village limits  :  noted that the Noble Village Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4th  :  and accepted the resignation of  board member Kelly O’Dell  :  the next meeting for the Noble Village Board is July 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities have issued an Endangered Missing Person Advisory as the search for a Crawford County man continues – 80 year old Ernest Wayne Garrard of Palestine was last seen this past Monday morning en route to Danville in his 2015 Chrysler 200, a gold colored four door car, with the license plate number S358283 – Garrard, who has onset Alzheimer’s Disease, is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 196 pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes – he was last seen wearing a plaid shirt & blue jeans – those with details of Mr. Garrard’s whereabouts should call the Palestine Police at  618-546-1515  or the State Police.

 

(OLNEY)  With Independence Day 2016 quickly approaching, folks are reminded to take extra care while cooking outdoors and guarding against foodborne illnesses – those planning to barbeque are reminded to keep all raw meat, poultry, and seafood in separate coolers or containers, plus do not mix uncooked food with what’s already been prepared – also make sure that all food is cooked thoroughly at the correct heat to destroy harmful bacteria – and a good rule of thumb is to “keep hot food hot and cold food cold” – hot food should be kept at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above until served – cold food should be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below until served – for other safe cooking tips, check the website online, at  www.fda.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois Hogs & Pigs Report  :  the state’s inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1st, 2016, was 5.10 million head, the same as March 1st, 2016, but up 10% from last year  :  Illinois’ breeding inventory, at 530,000 head, is up 6% from the previous quarter and up 8% from a year ago  :  the state’s market hog inventory, at 4.57 million head, is down 1% from last quarter, but up 10% from last year  :  the March-May 2016 pig crop, at 2.60 million head, was up 8% from 2015  :  farrowing sows totaled 250,000 head, up 9% from last year  :  the average pigs saved per litter was at 10.4.

 

(NEWTON)  The public’s invited to attend a Coffee & Donut “Meet & Greet” with a Ribbon Cutting to follow, at CF Therapy, in Newton, coming up tomorrow morning – all are invited to stop by the Newton Clinic, at 607 West Jourdan Street, from 7:30 to 10:00 – in addition, CF Therapy is happy to welcome Dr. Kelly Thomann to its team, a Jasper County native and 2001 Newton Community High School graduate – residing in Jasper County with her husband and three children, Dr. Thomann has experience in the home health field and physical therapy – the Newton Clinic is one of  21 facilities in Illinois, operated by the CF Physical Therapy Corporate Office in Pontiac – for information or an appointment, call  618-783-2908.

 

(OLNEY)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  tomorrow at the Washington Savings Bank in Effingham from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also tomorrow at the Kaskaskia Center in Salem from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Fireworks Display in Olney will be next Monday evening, July 4th, in the City Park, beginning at 9:00 – sponsored by the City of Olney and the First National Bank in Olney, the Fireworks Display will be set off and monitored by the Richland County Farm & Fair Association and it’s host of many volunteers


    The Annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social at the Heritage House Museum in Olney is next Monday, running from 1:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon – plenty of entertainment featuring three performances, plus plenty of ice cream – tours available thru the Heritage House and the newly decorated One Room School


    The Dieterich 4th of July Celebration is coming up this Sunday & next Monday in Liberty Memorial Park – it starts Sunday night with a food stand at 6:30 and beer tent at 7:00, then entertainment from 8:00 to 11:00 – and a full day of activities next Monday with a 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 in the morning, hog roast in the Kluthe Civic Center from 10:30 to 2:00, the huge parade at 11:00, craft vendors from 12:00 to 5:00, various youth & adult activities thru the afternoon, and the Fireworks at 9:15 – all invited to Dieterich


    The Cummins Municipal Band is back in concert tonight at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park – that’s from 7:30 to 8:30, free of charge – all ages are welcome to attend

 

 

 

June 28, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As cooler and less humid air moves into the downstate area, we’ll also stay dry for a couple more days and night – a more significant shortwave system will cross the Upper Midwest allowing a cold front to drop down from the north with a pretty good chance of rain expected Thursday night thru Friday – possibly more rain chances Saturday & Saturday night, maybe again on Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly may be close to agreeing on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday’s end-of-the-fiscal-year – both the State House and Senate will return to Springfield for session work tomorrow – it appears the issue of school funding remains unsettled as the Democrats are calling for more money as compared to Governor Rauner’s plan, however statewide education leaders are calling for at least some kind of agreement.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ medical marijuana program director has resigned – the Governor’s administration says Joseph Wright has stepped down after just over one year on the job – he’ll be replaced by Jack Campbell, the program’s bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture – the change comes as the Governor considers signing a bill to extend the pilot program by 2.5 years and adding two new qualifying conditions.

 

(NEWTON)  Time is running out to submit photos for the Illinois State Treasurer’s “Cream of the Crop Photo Contest”, which is encouraging young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state – the deadline to submit electronic entries in July 7th, a week from this Thursday – there are three age groups for Illinois students, ages 8 to 18 – the winners will be featured in Ag Invest marketing materials and at the 2016 Illinois State Fair – for the rules, to enter, or for more details, logon at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved a new Class B Liquor License for Yongxin Enterprises, Incorporated  :  then agreed to amend the City Code to increase the number of liquor licenses by one  :  approved the purchase of a Sludge Hauling Tank and Injector from Kohlbrecher Equipment and the purchase of a Tractor from Albion Equipment, all to be used by the Sewer Department  :  accepted the MFT bid for concrete from Doll’s, Incorporated, at $108 per yard – the MFT bids for oil and rock were both tabled  :  accepted the $5,950 bid from Simmons, LLC to demolish the property at 403 West Elm Street  :  approved the Sanitary Hauler License for Atkins Sanitation for commercial trash pickup in Olney  :  approved an agreement with Credit Card Payment Processing with CourtMoney.com for future use of credit card payments to the City by residents  :  discussed, but took no action on adding additional bathrooms at Musgrove Park  :  took no action on the sale of 19.6 acres of property in the South Industrial Park, due to no bids received  :  approved the Tree Board’s recommendation to designate land near the Musgrove House to develop a Tree Identification Park in Musgrove Park  :  noted that the first phase of the City’s new Enterprise Zone had been approved  :  and approved an agreement with Barnes & Thornburg LLP for legal services – the labor law firm will assist the City of Olney in negotiations of future union contracts  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday, July 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – hot weather continued last week with scattered rain providing much needed moisture in parts of the state – the state’s average precipitation was 1.01 inches, a tenth of an inch (0.10) above normal – the statewide average temperature last week was 78.4 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal – both the state’s average topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are running over 70% adequate to surplus – the state’s wheat harvest jumped to 76% complete as of Sunday, that’s up 38% from last week – about 5% of the statewide corn crop is starting to silk  :  farmers in our ten county area report most all the local wheat crop has been harvested with some straw and hay baling over the past week – most of the local corn and soybean crops are looking good to this point, although some areas are in need of rain – the region’s rainfall has been scattered in recent weeks – farmers are reminded to think “safety first”.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash along Interstate 70 in Fayette County early this morning – the State Police say 48 year old Ronald Pike of Mason was westbound when he lost control of his semi-truck, it ran off the roadway into the median, and overturned onto the driver’s side – Pike was taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia for treatment – no tickets have been issued so far.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in the past seven day period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – the largest amount of rain in the seven days was an inch and sixty-five hundredths (1.65) in Claremont Township, followed by one inch even (1.00) in Bonpas Township – then Preston Township with ninety-five hundredths (0.95), German Township with nine tenths of an inch (0.90),  and Noble Township with three-quarters of an inch (0.75) – both Denver and Madison Townships had a half inch of rain (0.50), followed by Olney Township’s three tenths (0.30) and Decker Township which had no rain (0.00) recorded – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station we recorded only three hundredths of an inch (0.03) at the south edge of Olney – this spring’s average rainfall in Richland County is now running a little over 8 inches (8.05) less than it was a year ago at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  Tickets are still on sale for the Jasper County Cancer Support “basket raffle fundraiser” – it’s a chance to win a St. Louis Cardinal basket with tickets & more included, also a Holiday World basket with tickets & more, a Newton Aquatic Center basket with passes & more, and many others – the baskets can been seen and tickets can be purchased at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the tickets are six for $5 or one for $1 each and are on sale now thru July 15th – the drawing will be held on Saturday, July 16th – so stop by and get your tickets now and remember, “no one fights alone” in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the “free” Summer Food Program continues today for Richland County children ages 3 to 18 – the food is served with no strings attached, free of charge, from 11:30 to 12:00 at The Venue, the former American Legion building, at 303 South Fair Street, in Olney – plus adult meals are available at only $3.00 each – the program runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, now thru July 13th – there’s no conditions, no registration, no paperwork, simply show up and eat “free” – that continues today, on this Tuesday, from 11:30 to 12:00, at The Venue in Olney – again, for Richland County children ages 3 to 18.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A reminder to area farmers – the final date to report prevented planted soybeans is Tuesday, July 5th, one week from today – a $46 per farm late filing fee will be applied after that date – all planted corn and soybeans must be reported by July 15th – farmers should call their County FSA office.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:30  :  Thursday at the Washington Savings Bank in Effingham from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also Thursday at the Kaskaskia Center in Salem from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are especially needed now to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social at the Heritage House Museum in Olney is next Monday, running from 1:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon – plenty of entertainment featuring three performances, plus plenty of ice cream – tours available thru the Heritage House and the newly decorated One Room School


    Gym Bobs Jamboree Show this coming Sunday afternoon will feature the Panther Creek Band, along with Mike Porter & Marsha Banning – plus this month’s special guest is Everett Cessna – that’s at 1:00 this Sunday, at Gym Bobs, just off the main road in Bible Grove, in northern Clay County – all are invited


    The Cummins Municipal Band is back in concert tomorrow night at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park – that’s from 7:30 to 8:30, free of charge – all ages are welcome to attend


    The 42nd Annual Day of  Prayer for Life is tomorrow at the St. Francis Church in Teutopolis – all are welcomed to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life – it begins with Mass at 8:00 that morning with various prayer times to follow – at 1:00 in the afternoon and again that night at 7:00 and 7:30


    The Richland County Board has a special meeting called for this evening, starting at 6:00, in the County Jail meeting room – the meeting is to hear information and conduct possible business relating to the livestock facility applications recently received – again, that meeting this evening at 6:00 in Olney

 

    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns, from 10:00 to 5:00 - plenty of farm fresh produce and more available for purchase by the public - check it out


    The RMH Auxiliary Longaberger Fundraiser finishes up today in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s from 8:00 to 2:00 – proceeds go to help sponsor various Auxiliary projects at RMH

 

 

 

June 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the weak cold front that brought us scattered rain and storms over the weekend now moves off to our south, we’ll be back to dry conditions for most of this work week – in fact, we’ll wrap up one of the driest June’s on record – a secondary cold front will move thru Illinois by tonight – we’ll stay mostly dry, but cooler and less humid air will start to move in – next rain chance is Friday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Illinois will follow stricter federal standards for state-issued ID’s under a plan signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner – the measure ensures that Illinois will comply with the REAL ID Act, which will not only help in the fight against ID fraud, but also help avoid security problems at airports and federal buildings – the new law also requires applicants for driver’s licenses to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States – it all takes effect the first of next year on January 1st, 2017.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s another big week in Illinois as some $2 billion in road construction projects will be shut down on Friday, July 1st, if a state budget or some type of stopgap measure isn’t approved by the General Assemby – IDOT has work on the 19 largest projects less than halfway finished, in terms of money spent – eyes will be on Springfield this week to see if lawmakers can come together for some type of agreement.

 

(OLNEY)  Entry deadlines are approaching for many of the competitions at the Illinois State Fair – while livestock entries are due by this Friday, July 1st, entries for rabbits & poultry are due July 10th – August 1st is the deadline for floriculture entries, except for the rose category, which is August 10th – the Springfield event hosts more than 8,700 contests and the State Fair premium book is available online – the Illinois State Fair runs August 11th thru 21st – check out the details on the Fair’s website, at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into single vehicle crash that occurred at 2:52 early yesterday morning along Illinois Route 1 in Clark County – the State Police report 22 year old Jeremy A. Luster of Brocton was southbound on Route 1 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the SUV, it crossed the northbound lane, ran off the road, down an embankment, striking several trees, and coming to rest against a large tree trunk – shortly later, the vehicle caught fire and was destroyed – Luster was pronounced dead at the scene, while two passengers, 28 year old Laura N. Winkler and 33 year old Travis S. Posey, both of Paris, were transported to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute – Clark County authorities are assisting.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into another fatal crash that occurred in Clark County Saturday night at 8:15 – the State Police report 58 year old David S. Noble of Martinsville and a passenger, 45 year old Amanda K. Welling of Marshall were southbound on North Cline Orchard Road, 3.5 miles northeast of Martinsville, when their motorcycle struck a deer crossing the roadway – both driver and passenger were ejected from the motorcycle and both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into another single vehicle wreck that occurred in Jasper County Saturday afternoon at around 4:41 – the State Police report 32 year old Madison C. Mullady-Winter was traveling on the Rose Hill Road, a mile and a half east of Illinois Route 130, when the driver ran off the road, struck a large ditch, with the car coming to rest in a field – Mullady-Winter was transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the driver was ticketed for improper lane usage as a result.

 

(OLNEY)  A new assisted living facility is coming to Richland County – it was last week that officials with Lavender Ridge broke ground to build a new 28 unit assisted living community that will provide specialized care for individuals with memory impairments – to be located at 1304 North East Street, the projected opening date is June of next year, 2017 – expected to employ between 25 and 30 local workers, the Lavender Ridge facility will offer studio style rooms, an activity room, dining room, and various other resident-centered common areas, including a courtyard and more – Lavender Ridge currently operates three other facilities in Effingham, Jacksonville, and Mt. Vernon – many officials from the City of Olney and the Richland County Development Corporation were also in attendance at last week’s groundbreaking in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency has received a certificate of appreciation as a Certified Loan Packaging Agency for the USDA Rural Development – ERBA officials believe the partnership will open and simplify access to loans and homeowner opportunities, including repairs to existing homes that Rural Development offers for qualified residents in the nine counties served by ERBA – for residents in the counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Coles, Clark, Edgar, & Douglas interested in assistance in applying for loan funding, call ERBA Housing Counselor Sandy Deters at  217-276-1728.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Tree Board met last Wednesday – the Board  :  heard from a local Scout interested in helping implement a Tree Identification Park as his official Eagle Scout Project  :  discussed different ways to make the public aware that the Street Tree Replacement Program is now available with applications being accepted for the fall planting season  :  discussed options to have the City of Olney’s official tree, the Hickory Tree, available to the public in the future  :  agreed to look into the chance of adding shade trees in the Musgrove Park playground area  :  and noted the City’s Tree City USA application is still being worked on  :  all Tree Board recommendations go to the City Council for its consideration.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair finished up its annual run this past Saturday night in Newton – Fair officials want to thank everyone who helped out in making the event another success – from the businesses and individuals, to all Jasper County 4-H’ers & parents, to all the participants in each of the events & more – plans are already underway for next year’s event – the Jasper County Fair on the fairgrounds in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair will have its 2016 Talent Show on Tuesday, July 12th, two weeks from tomorrow night – entry forms can be picked up at and returned to the Chamber of Commerce Office in Olney, during regular office hours – if any questions, call  618-838-2634  or look for details on Facebook.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:30  :  Thursday at the Washington Savings Bank in Effingham from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also Thursday at the Kaskaskia Center in Salem from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to Richland County parents that appointments are needed for upcoming Preschool Screenings at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – that’s tomorrow morning, June 28th, and a month later, Tuesday morning, July 26th, from 8:00 to 11:00 each morning – to set up an appointment or to get more information, call Sherry at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney at  395-8540.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social at the Heritage House Museum in Olney is a week from today, running from 1:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon – plenty of entertainment featuring three performances, plus plenty of ice cream – tours available thru the Heritage House and the newly decorated One Room School


    The Dieterich 4th of July Celebration is coming up this Sunday & next Monday in Liberty Memorial Park – it starts Sunday night with a food stand at 6:30 and beer tent at 7:00, then entertainment from 8:00 to 11:00 – and a full day of activities next Monday with a 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 in the morning, hog roast in the Kluthe Civic Center from 10:30 to 2:00, the huge parade at 11:00, craft vendors from 12:00 to 5:00, various youth & adult activities thru the afternoon, and the Fireworks at 9:15 – all invited to Dieterich


    The Cummins Municipal Band is back in concert this Wednesday night at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park – that’s from 7:30 to 8:30, free of charge – all ages are welcome to attend


    The 42nd Annual Day of  Prayer for Life is this Wednesday at the St. Francis Church in Teutopolis – all are welcomed to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life – it begins with Mass at 8:00 that morning with various prayer times to follow – at 1:00 in the afternoon and again that night at 7:00 and 7:30


    The Richland County Board has a special meeting called for tomorrow evening, starting at 6:00, in the County Jail meeting room – the meeting is to hear information and conduct possible business relating to the livestock facility applications recently received – again, that meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00 in Olney


    The RMH Auxiliary has a Longaberger Fundraiser today and tomorrow in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s from 8:00 to 4:00 today and from 8:00 to 2:00 tomorrow – proceeds go to help sponsor various Auxiliary projects at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – all are invited


    There’s two municipal meetings tonight  :  the Olney City Council has a long agenda to consider tonight, starting at 7:00, at the Olney City Hall  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight in Noble, also at 7:00

 

 

 

 

 

June 25, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The surface high pressure that’s keeping our sky sunny and hot today has now moved east of the Great Lakes region – an approaching weak cold front will move thru by tomorrow night with showers and thunderstorms possible Sunday afternoon thru night – then a small break from the heat and humidity after Monday, for next Tuesday thru Thursday – maybe rain towards the end of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – we again remind those who work outdoors to be extra careful during this stretch of high heat & humidity levels in our downstate region – folks should know the signs of heat-related illness, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke – take steps to stay cool out of direct sunlight, drink plenty of water, decrease activities, and wear appropriate clothing – also, take time to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone – more tips available at  www.dph.illinois.gov  or at  www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues in Newton for the final day and night – the second and final Harness Racing starts this morning at 11:00 with the Fair’s final event, the Demolition Derby, tonight at 7:00 – plenty of Carnival rides, games, & fair food as the Jasper County Fair wraps up tonight in Newton.  

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for your chance to win concert tickets on Freedom 92.9 over the next 3 consecutive Monday mornings, all courtesy of the Richland County Farm Bureau – the correct-numbered caller with the right answer for a Richland County Ag Trivia question will get two tickets to the July 23rd “Diamond Rio” concert, part of the Olney and Richland County 175th anniversary celebration – that’s this next Monday morning in the 6:00 hour, for your chance to win on WSEI, thanks to the Richland County Farm Bureau.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  tomorrow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  next Monday at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  next Tuesday at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:30  :  all blood types / platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Amateur Radio “Field Day” is this weekend in Southeastern Illinois, part of a nationwide event to showcase the science and skills of Amateur Radio – members of the Mt. Carmel Amateur Radio Downstate Illinois Organization will host a “Field Day” each day, starting at 8:00 this morning & tomorrow morning at the Community Building in Parkersburg – anyone can attend for more details on ham radio.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Heritage House & McsBurg Schoolhouse Museums on Kitchell Avenue & the Carnegie Museum on Main Street in Olney, are all open for tours tomorrow – that’s every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00

 

    The Richland Country Club members will host their monthly breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and the public is welcome – includes coffee cakes, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, Hartrich Meats ham, bacon, & sausage, plus biscuits & gravy – pay at the door, $10 for adults, $4 for children – all are invited

 

    The Bethlehem New Light Church has a fundraising open pit chicken dinner this evening at 3045 Sumner Road, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the Gospel Messengers will be performing as well

 

    A fundraising pork burger, smoke sausage, and bake sale is today at the Dollar General Store, South Route 130 in Olney, from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to help Cathy Kunce with health expenses

 

    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a pork burger / bake sale fundraiser today at the Olney Rural King Store, with serving from 10:00 to 1:30 – proceeds to help with their next mission trip

 

    Today thru tonight is the Sailor Springs June Blast – includes breakfast from now to 9:00, historic tours & lessons, plus car & antique tractor display from 10:00 to 1:30, inflatables from 9:00 to 2:00, plenty of food from 10:00 to 2:00, a parade at 2:00, and fish fry from 3:00 to 7:00 – vendors, booths, and more

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A surface high pressure will drift from the Upper Midwest to the Eastern Great Lakes region today, giving us plenty of sunshine and maybe a few high clouds – the high pressure will also keep us dry and hot tomorrow followed by a chance of scattered thunderstorms by Sunday night – then we’ll wrap up the last of June with less humidity and a little cooler conditions next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – the Illinois Legislature plans to reconvene next week as the state approaches a full year without a budget – both the State Senate and House are expected to meet next Wednesday in Springfield as lawmakers have been working behind doors to develop a stopgap budget to fund schools & other government services – one sticking point is additional money going to help Chicago Public Schools – the Governor says the rest of the state is not responsible – Democrats say Chicago deserves more money.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health announced yesterday that the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries – this marks the 18th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor – the hard-to-come-by recognition is based on collecting complete, accurate, and timely cancer data – no other state in the nation with as high a case load had achieved the gold standard registry designation for as many consecutive years.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Beef Association is again this year sponsoring Illinois’ Best Steak contest, but the deadline for nominations and votes is a week from today, July 1st – statewide residents can nominate their favorite steak from a restaurant or food service with the votes tallied next weekend – the top five restaurants will be announced July 6th with a second round of voting then thru August 1st – those voting online could also win – for contest rules and to vote, go to the Beef Association’s website, at  www.illinoisbeef.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night – the Board  :  approved the final amended fiscal year 2016 budget  :  also approved the tentative budget for fiscal year 2017  :  approved the various bids for insurance for students, employees, and District  :  reviewed a comparison of the projected & actual 2015 Tax Levy  :  noted that the State now owes the District at least $618,000  :  heard a positive report on the District’s Summer Food Program in Olney  :  approved the second readings and adopted seven District policies  :  approved the monthly administration reports  :  and after a 45 minute closed session, made the following personnel moves – accepted resignations from Bus Driver Dale Akers and from RCHS Assistant Soccer Coach Kelly Toy – approved the retirement resignations from RCMS Music Teacher Laurie Waxler at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and from RCMS Special Education Teacher Laura Lathrop at the end of the 2017-2018 school year – hired Chris Jones as RCHS Music Teacher & Band Director and Annie Coon as RCES Special Needs Paraprofessional – approved the Tier II Non-Certified Wages – and approved the revised Beginning Non-Certified Staff Salaries, Substitute Salaries, and other wages – the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland County School Board in Olney will be Thursday, July 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues in Newton – the Antique Farm Machinery Show is today from 10:00 to 2:00, with the Fair’s first Harness Racing this morning at 11:00, and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor Pull tonight at 7:00 – the second and final Harness Racing is tomorrow morning at 11:00 with the Fair’s final event, the Demo Derby, tomorrow night at 7:00 – plenty of Carnival rides, games, exhibits, fair food, and more as the annual Jasper County Fair continues thru Saturday on the Fairgrounds in Newton. 

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office is reminding county-wide real estate and mobile home owners to make sure they’ve received their tax bills which were mailed out three weeks ago – those who’ve not received their statements should contact the Treasurer’s office as soon as possible – the first installment of Richland County’s real estate taxes is due on Thursday, July 7th, that’s two weeks from yesterday – the second real estate tax installment is due on Wednesday, September 7th – the mobile home privilege tax is due in one installment on Monday, August 1st – payments can be made by mail, in person, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – for more, stop by the Treasurer’s temporary office at 224 East Main Street, downtown Olney, or call at  392-8341 – that’s Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Incorporated, is still taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program, which provides required school supplies to eligible children attending K thru 12th grade during the upcoming 2016-2017 school year – those interested should call their local ERBA office for an appointment to apply, plus all applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis – at the time of application, each applicant must show proof of all family income for the past 90 days, show a social security card for each family member, and show a photo ID for the applicant – the ERBA offices are in Newton, Olney, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and Greenup, plus the counties of Clark, Coles, Edgar, and Douglas.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to Richland County parents that appointments are needed for upcoming Preschool Screenings at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – that’s next Tuesday morning, June 28th, and a month later, Tuesday morning, July 26th, from 8:00 to 11:00 each morning – to set up an appointment or to get more information, call Sherry at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney at  395-8540.

 

(NOBLE)  With the annual Noble Chowder less than two months away, folks are encouraged to get their tickets now for a chance to win  :  raffle tickets are on sale at four locations in Noble during regular hours of operations – at Village Hall, the Tin Cup Restaurant, at Noble Foods, and the RJI Package Store in Noble – the tickets are one for $1 each, or six tickets for $5, and winners need not be present  :  also for sale at each location are tickets to win a Four Patch Star Quilt, which is currently on display at the Village Hall in Noble  :  plus, entry forms are now available at the Noble Village Hall for the Noble Chowder Little Miss / Mister Pageant, which will be held at 12 noon that Saturday – the Pageant is open to Richland County youngsters only, ages zero to ten – however, Pageant entries must be received by next Thursday, June 30th  :  so get those tickets now and signup those youngsters for the Noble Chowder, coming up Saturday, August 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  Area sportsmen & sportswomen are reminded  :  next Thursday, June 30th, is the deadline for resident deer hunters to apply for the 2nd lottery drawing for 2016 Firearm & Muzzleloader-only permits  :  June 30th is also an important date for some boat owners in Illinois – that’s the expiration date for the three year boat registration/decal based on the state’s three year rotation cycle – while non-motorized watercraft, such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, or sail boards are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, a State Water Usage Stamp worth $6 is required per calendar year  :  and resident Illinois hunters can apply online now for Fall Shotgun Turkey permits – the first lottery application deadline is Monday, July 4th, less than two weeks away  :  for details and for all things outdoors in Illinois, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Amateur Radio “Field Day” is this weekend in Southeastern Illinois, part of a nationwide event to showcase the science and skills of Amateur Radio – members of the Mt. Carmel Amateur Radio Downstate Illinois Organization will host a “Field Day” each day, starting at 8:00 tomorrow morning and Sunday morning at the Community Building in Parkersburg – anyone can attend the – for more details, call Bill Shrode in the Parkersburg area at  618-442-7718  or go online to  www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  tomorrow at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  next Monday at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  next Tuesday at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:30  :  all blood types / platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Heritage House & McsBurg Schoolhouse Museums on Kitchell Avenue & the Carnegie Museum on Main Street, are all open for tours this Sunday in Olney – that’s every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00


    The Richland Country Club members will host their monthly breakfast this Sunday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and the public is welcome – includes coffee cakes, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, Hartrich Meats ham, bacon, & sausage, plus biscuits & gravy – pay at the door, $10 for adults, $4 for children – all are invited


    The Bethlehem New Light Church has a fundraising open pit chicken dinner tomorrow evening at 3045 Sumner Road, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the Gospel Messengers will be performing as well


    A fundraising pork burger, smoke sausage, and bake sale is tomorrow at the Dollar General Store, South Route 130 in Olney, from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to help Cathy Kunce with health expenses


    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a pork burger / bake sale fundraiser tomorrow at the Olney Rural King Store, with serving from 10:00 to 1:30 – proceeds to help with their next mission trip


    Tomorrow is the June Blast event in Sailor Springs – includes breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00, historic tours & lessons, plus car & antique tractor display from 10:00 to 1:30, inflatables from 9:00 to 2:00, plenty of food from 10:00 to 2:00, a parade at 2:00, and fish fry from 3:00 to 7:00 – vendors, booths, and more


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce and more available for sale to the public – from 10:00 to 5:00 every Tuesday and Friday in the Olney City Park