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Local News

March 3, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the current weather system over the Midwest continues to give us cloudy sky with some rain showers today, the trailing end of the cold front will give us some colder air tonight with a wind switch from the north / northwest and some snow, with an inch or two possible before it ends tomorrow night – then more cold air in place until a slight warm up to near or above normal this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While our areas along Routes 33 and 50 stay mostly dry overnight thru early this morning, the region to our north did receive some of that predicted freezing rain or sleet – it was mostly areas along and north of a line following Interstate 70 – a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties of Cumberland, Coles, Clark, and others north will expire by mid-morning as temperatures rise thru the 30’s and into the 40’s.

 

(OLNEY)  Consumer debt continues to be the top complaint reported to the State Attorney General’s office – Illinois’ 2014 top ten list had consumer debt at the top for the 7th year in a row – identity theft was 2nd, followed by telecommunications fraud, construction & home improvement fraud, and motor vehicular fraud along with used auto sales rounding out the top five – as a response, the State Attorney General’s office has drafted a bill to strengthen the state’s Data Breach Notification Law with debate expected this spring.

 

(NEWTON)  March is being noted as Teen Dating Violence Awareness month as over one million high school students face physical abuse while in a relationship each year – the numbers show that one in every ten teenagers have been intentionally struck by a boyfriend or girlfriend – for tips on dating, sexual abuse, counseling prevention, and education, teenagers can go online around the clock at www.teendvmonth.org.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a new president coming to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston – the EIU Board of Trustees announced yesterday that current Bradley University provost and vice president for academic affairs, David Glassman, will be replacing President William Perry in May – Glassman, with several ties to the downstate area, will become only the 12th President in the history of Eastern Illinois University.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that as part of Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which continues today thru Saturday, the National Weather Service will conduct its annual Statewide Tornado Drill this morning in the 10:00 hour – this will coincide with the “first Tuesday of the month” siren test that many communities conduct – while the statewide test will be transmitted thru weather radios, commercial radios, television stations, and elsewhere, residents should remember this will be a test and NOT AN ACTUAL emergency alert – it will also be an opportunity for area schools, factories, businesses, and others to practice their own tornado drills – to learn more about severe weather preparedness, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Plan Commission met last night with two items to consider on the agenda – the Commission  :  approved a rezoning request from Wabash Valley Service Company, asking to change a portion of property along South Baltimore Street from the current R-5 (Trailer or Mobile Home District) to M-2 (Heavy Industrial District)  :  and also approved the Final Plat of  Re-Plat of South Cove Subdivision, Lots 61-86  :  both decisions were unanimous and both recommendations now go to the Olney City Council for its consideration next Monday night – the regular bi-monthly meeting is at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to a Richland County farmer who’s been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – Jeremiah Fleming has selected the Richland County 4-H Foundation as the recipient of the $2,500 donation – a special check presentation event has been set up for this afternoon, later today, at the University of Illinois Extension office in Olney – the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program enrolls farmers across the state and nation for a chance to win $2,500 which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit choice – other area winners are soon to be announced as well – a tip of the hat to Jeremiah Fleming and his support of our local 4-H Foundation.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that the Jasper County School District will conduct its annual Preschool Screening later than normal this year – instead of in this month of March, the free screenings will this year be offered in May – the screenings are free to all parents and are conducted to help school officials identify children who may need assistance before starting school – also available, the Birth-to-Three program will offer a no cost developmental screening for children from 6 months to 3 years of age – plus, the county’s Head Start program will be accepting applications – the screenings this year will be held at the St. Marie Elementary School, in conjunction with the Kindergarten screenings – more details will be provided in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – the statewide average temperature for February settled in at 18.6 degrees, nearly 12 degrees below normal – February’s statewide precipitation averaged 1.54 inches, which is almost four tenths of an inch (0.39 inches) below normal – the statewide winter wheat crop is rated 47%  good to excellent, 40% fair, and 13% poor to very poor – plus most of the statewide topsoil & subsoil moisture levels are well over 90% adequate to surplus – local and area farmers in Southeastern and South Central Illinois agree, things are looking good as preparations are being made for the 2015 growing season.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s an update from Olney Central College – while parts of Wattleworth Hall remain closed for repair work, limited courses will continue to meet today at the West Richland Center in Noble – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of all Olney Central College classes – other OCC updates and information are available on the college’s and District’s website online, at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives   :  today at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia from 11:00 to 4:00  :  today at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  the next area blood drive will be in Jasper County this Sunday morning from 8:00 to 12 noon at the American Legion in Ste. Marie  :  for more details on giving blood, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual St. Mary’s Brunch, which was cancelled yesterday, will now be held this coming Sunday morning, with serving from 8:00 to 12 noon, in the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie – the Church Youth will also have their Bake Sale as well – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Ste. Marie


    Also cancelled yesterday and move to this coming Sunday is the final day of the 2015 Bowl For Kids Sake at the Olney Bowling Center – that’s from 1:00 to 5:30 to benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters


    The East Richland Middle School is presenting Disney’s “High School Musical JR” this weekend in the Sliva Auditorium at East Richland High School – with three performances Friday night at 6:30, Saturday night at 6:30, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, the general admission tickets will be on sale at the door


    A chili dinner fundraiser to benefit Kevin Seals of rural West Salem will be this Saturday afternoon at The House of Prayer in Albion, with serving from 12 noon to 3:00 – free will donations will be taken at the door with a silent auction for various items also to be held – all proceeds to help with medical expenses


    The next Post Prom meeting at Newton Community High School is this coming Thursday, March 5th, starting at 6:30 in the NCHS Library – all NCHS junior parents are needed to plan this year’s Post Prom


    A reminder that the City of Olney’s Brush Dump will reopen to the public this Thursday, with regular hours, from 10:00 to 4:00 – the Brush Dump is also scheduled to be open with the same hours on Friday


    Tickets for “Mary Poppins” are on sale from 10:00 to 2:00 today and each weekday at the OCC ticket booth in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – the Theatre’s seven performances will be the final two weekends of March, the 20th thru 22nd, and the 26th thru 29th

 

 

 

March 2, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge moves east of our region today, another storm system quickly takes shape to the west – as the low pressure system moves thru our region tonight, we have the chance of sleet or freezing rain late tonight thru early tomorrow morning, then changing to mostly all rain by afternoon, if not sooner – then some more cold air before a warm up and a dry weekend ahead – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The weekend winter storm dropped anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of snow throughout the region on average – official snowfall amounts were 8 inches in Newton and 7 inches in Olney with most all other area snowfall amounts within the same range – while most all area highways are clear and dry, most country and rural roads are snow-packed and very slick, where travel is discouraged until later this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued another Special Weather Statement for Richland, Jasper, and most all surrounding counties, calling for ice accumulations that are likely late tonight thru Tuesday morning – while minor accumulations of ice will amount to less than a quarter inch, if that, what does fall will quickly melt as the surface temperatures rise well into the 30’s by late tomorrow morning – motorists will plans to travel late tonight and early tomorrow morning should expect some possible delays due to the potential of icy road conditions – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radios for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – former Governor Pat Quinn told students and lawyers last Friday at the Loyola University School of Law that pushing consumer rights and organizing are in his immediate future – Quinn also said that Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget is the “worst” he’s seen in Illinois history – Quinn said he has not ruled out a future run for public office but right now he’s focused on other things.

 

(NEWTON)  Organizers have released details regarding an upcoming Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Rally and March to be held later this month in Springfield – the Rally will include a united March to the State Capitol at 1:00 on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18th, with the purpose to lobby lawmakers, all to be followed by a Rally at around 3:00 – those interested in taking part will be picked up at several locations in Illinois, including the Wal-Mart Store in Mt. Vernon – to register in advance, call 815-635-3198.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s an update from Olney Central College – while parts of Wattleworth Hall remain closed for repair work, limited courses will continue to meet today and tomorrow at the West Richland Center in Noble – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of all Olney Central College classes – other information and updates are available on the District’s website at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Friday that a one-time extension is being provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) – the final day to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from last Friday, February 27th, until March 31st – the final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage remains the same as before, also March 31st – area farmers are urged to make an appointment with their County FSA Office.

 

(OLNEY)   This week, today thru Sunday, has been designated as National MS Awareness Week, a time to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks a person’s central nervous system – with a local “Talk MS” support group available, there’s also a local “Join the Movement” group as well – plans have already been made for the 6th annual “Join the Movement” event in Olney on July 25th, later this year – meanwhile, with this week’s observance of MS Awareness Week, we encourage everyone to consider wearing “orange” this coming Friday, March 6th, in support of those battling MS.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that as part of Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which continues today thru Saturday, March 7th, the National Weather Service will be conducting the annual Statewide Tornado Drill tomorrow morning, March 3rd, starting at 10:00 – this will coincide with the “first Tuesday of the month” siren test that many communities conduct – while the statewide test will be transmitted thru weather radios, commercial radios, television stations, and elsewhere, residents should remember this will be a test and NOT AN ACTUAL emergency alert – it will also be an opportunity for area schools, various factories, businesses, and others to practice their respective tornado drills – to learn more about tornado and/or severe weather preparedness tips check the IEMA website available online or logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Illinois Oil and Gas Association’s 69th Annual Convention & Trade Show is quickly approaching, scheduled to begin this Thursday, March 5th, and continue thru Friday – it’s all to be held at the Old National Events Plaza down in Evansville with plenty of seminars and workshops, oilfield vendors, and much more – the Thursday night Banquet entertainment will feature popular music legend Kenny Rogers – for last minute details check the Association’s website, online at www.ioga.com.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives   :  today at the Shelbyville High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Mattoon Middle School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia from 11:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more details or to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual St. Mary’s Brunch, which was cancelled yesterday, will now be held this coming Sunday morning, with serving from 8:00 to 12 noon, in the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie – the Church Youth will also have their Bake Sale as well – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Ste. Marie


    Also cancelled yesterday and move to this coming Sunday is the final day of the 2015 Bowl For Kids Sake at the Olney Bowling Center – that’s from 1:00 to 5:30 to benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters


    The West Richland PTO will have its “Kids’ Carnival” this coming Saturday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Grade School Gym in Noble – includes various games with tickets at the door, plus a fundraising raffle with tickets at the door and some great prizes – doors open at 3:30 – all ages are invited


    The next Post Prom meeting at Newton Community High School is this coming Thursday, March 5th, starting at 6:30 in the NCHS Library – all NCHS junior parents are needed to plan this year’s Post Prom


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pork loin dinner on this Monday night with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited out for a good meal tonight at the American Legion in Newton


    Tickets for “Mary Poppins” are on sale from 10:00 to 2:00 today and each weekday at the OCC ticket booth in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – the Theatre’s seven performances will be the final two weekends of March, the 20th thru 22nd, and the 26th thru 29th
  

 

 

 

February 28, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  Another winter storm is tracking east from the Plains will spread accumulating snow across our region tonight thru tomorrow before ending tomorrow night – a wintry mix with freezing rain and/or sleet could be included at times – it will all clear out of our region with a dry Monday, followed by much warmer air and a chance of a thunderstorm on Tuesday, then colder again next Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6:00 tonight thru 6:00 Sunday night for Richland and most all surrounding counties – the snow will begin falling by sunset this evening and continue thru the day on Sunday – some freezing rain is possible for a while tomorrow morning before the mixture changes to snow and rain – the area snow accumulations of between 3 and 5 inches are likely with more or less possible in some spots – then some melting during Sunday afternoon – motorists are urged to allow extra time if travel is necessary – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s an update from Olney Central College – while parts of Wattleworth Hall remain closed for repair work, limited courses will continue to meet next Monday & Tuesday at the West Richland Center in Noble – the Student Services Office, Food Service, Bookstore, and Anderson Library will all be open next week, but not accessible thru Wattleworth Hall – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of all OCC classes – other information’s available online, at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  This year’s Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge, which locally will take place at Lake Sara, near Effingham, starts at 12 noon today – the proceeds will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, specifically the more than 700 athletes who compete in East Central / Area 9, including the counties of Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Shelby, Effingham, and Clay –last year in 2014, more than $2.1 million was raised by over 7,300 plungers around the state – for last minute details or to see how local residents can help out, go online at www.plungeillinois.com.

 

(NEWTON)  It will be a busy day in Ste. Marie tomorrow – the annual St. Mary’s Brunch is in the morning from 8:00 to 12 noon in the St. Mary’s Parish Center with tickets at the door – plus a Bake Sale with plenty of homemade goodies to choose from – the Sainte Marie Foundation House and Museum will be open from 11:00 until 3:00 – folks are encouraged to stop by and view the current Military Exhibit which will only be available thru the end of May – it’s food in the morning & history in the afternoon in Ste. Marie tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives   :  tomorrow at the Salisbury Church in Charleston from 2:00 to 7:00  :  next Monday at the Shelbyville High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also Monday at the Mattoon Middle School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  next Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia from 11:00 to 4:00  :  next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  and next Tuesday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more details or to schedule a blood-giving appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, hosted by the NWTF’s Richland County Longspurs Chapter, is this evening at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with a social hour before the meal – then an auction for sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, & more – for tickets, call now at 618-843-7967


    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is this evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual fundraising breakfast this morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building in Noble – it’s all-you-can-eat, pay at the door – all ages invited


    Republic Services are continuing to haul trash in the Newton and Jasper County area today – other locations are running on the regular trash pickup schedule, including the Olney and Noble areas

 

 

 

February 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A strong arctic high pressure will settle into the Midwest this afternoon, giving us some sunshine and another Arctic airmass with cold wind chill readings now thru tomorrow night – another winter weather system could bring us 1 to 3 inches of new snow this weekend, most likely Saturday night thru early Sunday – a slight warm up will switch it to all rain Sunday afternoon, then more snow that night – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Jasper, Richland, and all surrounding counties, alerting folks to very cold wind chill values expected today, tonight, & thru tomorrow – a NWS Special Weather Statement reminds us of incoming snow accumulations Saturday night and thru Sunday morning – it calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow along the U.S. Route 50 corridor with 4 to 6 inches of snow possible north of a line along Interstate 70 – blowing and drifting snow could be a problem – then the chance of freezing rain, sleet, and eventually rain with a slight warm up thru the day on Sunday – there’s more nasty weather chances coming up next Monday night thru Wednesday next week – listen for details.

 

(NEWTON)  During his message to an Illinois Farm Bureau Conference this past Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said lawmakers who oppose his reform proposals will harm Illiois farmers & its business community – Rauner asked farmers to help support him and positive lawmakers as the Governor’s plan moves forward to cut billions of dollars in state spending, freeze property taxes, increase school funding, and enact several measures for union control – it’s all part of the new “reshaping” Illinois initiative.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs has announced that it will honor 14 Illinois soldiers who died in Operation Desert Storm during the first Gulf War, nearly a quarter-century ago – the special remembrance ceremony is tomorrow morning at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield and it’s totally free & open to the public – the Illinois casualties include military personnel from the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army who were among the 147 Americans to die in combat – the U.S.-led international coalition of 34 countries drove Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces out of Kuwait after a 1991 invasion.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police investigated a school bus / car collision that occurred at 12 noon yesterday in Jasper County, at the Route 130 / county road intersection, near Rose Hill – while the four students and driver of the Jasper County District mini-bus were not injured, an unidentified passenger from Oswego, Illinois was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney with injuries – the bus driver, 75 year old Ronald Maxon of Newton was ticketed for failure to yield to oncoming traffic  :  in response to the bus / car collision, Jasper County School officials contacted the parents of each student involved and after they were checked by paramedics at the scene, they were driven home on another bus with their principal also on hand – thanks to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance Service for their quick response.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s an update from Olney Central College, noting that parts of Wattleworth Hall will remain closed again today as the repair work continues – while the Student Services Office, the Food Service, and Bookstore opened yesterday, the OCC Anderson Library will open and resume regular hours today, on this Friday, although students are asked to access the Library from the outside stairwell – limited courses will meet today and next Monday & Tuesday at the West Richland Center in Noble – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of all OCC classes – meeting locations and other information is available on the District's website, at www.iecc.edu/occ, where new updates are provided as needed.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that as part of Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week, this coming Sunday thru next Saturday, March 1st thru 7th, the National Weather Service will be conducting the annual Statewide Tornado Drill next Tuesday morning, March 3rd, at 10:00 – this will coincide with the “first Tuesday of the month” siren test that many communities conduct – while the statewide test will be transmitted thru weather radios, commercial radios, television stations, and elsewhere, residents should remember this will be a test and NOT AN ACTUAL emergency alert – it will also be an opportunity for area schools, daycare centers, and various businesses, plants, and factories to practice their respective tornado drills – to learn more about tornado and/or several weather preparedness tips check the IEMA or National Weather Service websites available online – safety tips also available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The recent USDA released 2014 Illinois corn yield estimates were higher than they’ve been for the past few years with the average corn yield in our 15 area counties surrounding Olney coming in at 188 bushels per acre – here’s the area 2014 corn yields from top to bottom  :  Coles County (1) had the highest yield at 212.6 bushels per acre  :  Clark County (2) at 198.1 bushels  :  Effingham and White Counties (3) each at 196.4 bushels  :  Cumberland County (5) at 196.1 bushels  :  Jasper County (6) at 185.4 bushels  :  Wayne County (7) at 184.8 bushels  :  Crawford County (8) at 184.7 bushels  :  Marion County (9) at 183.8 bushels  :  Richland County (10) at 181.1 bushels  :  Fayette County (11) at 180.3 bushels  :  Wabash County (12) at 180 bushels  :  Lawrence County (13) at 177.4 bushels  :  Clay County (14) at 173.1 bushels  :  and Edwards County will no numbers available  :  we’ll look at the local soybean numbers next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau wants to say thanks to all the members that attended the 97th annual meeting held earlier this week in Olney – while those attending heard updates and more, the Farm Bureau Foundation was able to raise $4,460 during the silent auction which will fund the Richland County Ag Literacy and Scholarship programming for the upcoming year – a huge “thank you” to everyone that purchased the auction items and to all individuals, groups, and businesses that donated items for the cause.

 

(NEWTON)  It will be a busy day in Ste. Marie this Sunday – first the annual St. Mary’s Brunch is Sunday morning with serving from 8:00 until 12 noon in the St. Mary’s Parish Center with tickets at the door – plus the St. Mary’s Youth Group will sponsor a Bake Sale with plenty of homemade goodies to choose from – in order to accommodate those coming to the Brunch, the Sainte Marie Foundation House and Museum will now be open from 11:00 until 3:00, that’s extended hours – folks are encouraged to stop by and view the current Military Exhibit which will only be available thru the end of May – it’s a great opportunity for some great food in the morning and a step back in history this coming Sunday morning & afternoon in Ste. Marie.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives   :  today at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Flora Wal-Mart Store from 11:00 to 3:00  :  for more information or details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  As National FFA Week wraps up tomorrow, as hope you’ll join us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we salute all past and present members of our many regional FFA Chapters in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – each chapter has various activities taking place each day & some nights this past week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is tomorrow evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy breakfast tomorrow morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building in Noble – pay a the door


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight – tickets on sale at the door and carry-outs available – all ages invited


    The East Richland High School Construction Club has its rescheduled spaghetti dinner this evening in the ERHS cafeteria, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets at the door – all are invited out tonight

 

    While Republic Services continues to haul trash on a regular schedule in the Noble and Olney areas, it’s announced that crews will be collecting the garbage in Newton today and tomorrow – Republic customers are asked to have all garbage at the normal location for pick up – Republic Services is trying to catch up with its trash hauling after a couple of recent delays due to the recent snowy and icy weather

 

 

 

February 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  An Alberta Clipper low pressure system will move thru the Midwest today – while the heavier amounts of snow stay to our north, we’ll have scattered light snow then flurries, today thru tonight, with less than inch possible – then more arctic air moves in for tonight and tomorrow before a slight warm up and the chance of snow and/or rain Sunday – possibly a wintry mix Monday thru Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner says a deal is coming that would give him emergency powers to close the gaps in the state budget – the State Journal-Register says Rauner is confident that a resolution can be reached with legislative leaders that will allow him to reallocate money from nonessential programs into those that are more important – some say a few “major issues” must be ironed out before this will happen.

 

(OLNEY)  House Speaker Michael Madigan is once again pushing for a so-called “millionaires tax” in Springfield – Madigan filed a proposal that would place an additional 3 percent tax on anyone making a personal income of more than $1 million – the money raised would then to be dedicated solely to education – Madigan and other supporters claim the tax would generate over a billion-dollars in extra revenue.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is coming off  a historic corn and soybean harvest from last fall – the latest USDA data shows average 2014 yields above 200 bushels per acre for corn and 50 bushels per acre for soybeans across the state – both were increases from the previous year – we’ll look at the area numbers tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s another update from Olney Central College, noting that Wattleworth Hall will remain closed today and tomorrow – the Student Services Office is open, along with the OCC Food Service and Bookstore, although students should enter thru the Student Union area patio doors – limited day & evening courses are meeting today thru tomorrow night at the West Richland Center in Noble, formerly the West Richland High School, with a shuttle service available for those who need transportation to and from the Center in Noble – additional classes are being reviewed for next Monday, March 2nd – some courses will meet online – students should logon to their Entrata accounts to check the status of classes and courses – meeting locations and other information is available on the District's website, at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  It will be a busy day in Ste. Marie this Sunday – first the annual St. Mary’s Brunch is Sunday morning with serving from 8:00 until 12 noon in the St. Mary’s Parish Center with tickets at the door – plus the St. Mary’s Youth Group will sponsor a Bake Sale with plenty of homemade goodies to choose from – in order to accommodate those coming to the Brunch, the Sainte Marie Foundation House and Museum will now be open from 11:00 until 3:00, that’s extended hours – folks are encouraged to stop by and view the current Military Exhibit which will only be available thru the end of May – it’s a great opportunity for some great food in the morning and a step back in history this coming Sunday morning & afternoon in Ste. Marie.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to a Richland County farmer who’s been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund – Jeremiah Fleming has selected the Richland County 4-H Foundation as the recipient of the $2,500 donation – a special check presentation event has been set up for next Tuesday afternoon at the University of Illinois Extension office in Olney – the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program enrolls farmers across the state and nation for a chance to win $2,500 which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit choice – other area winners are soon to be announced as well – a tip of the hat to Jeremiah Fleming and his support of our local 4-H Foundation.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Illinois Oil and Gas Association’s 69th Annual Convention & Trade Show is quickly approaching, scheduled to start a week from today, March 5th, and continue thru next Friday, the 6th – it’s all to be held at the Old National Events Plaza down in Evansville with plenty of seminars and workshops, oilfield vendors, and much more – the Thursday night Banquet entertainment will be popular music legend Kenny Rogers – for more details check the Association’s website online at www.ioga.com.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives   :  today at the East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  and yet again today at the St. Peter Village Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Flora Wal-Mart Store from 11:00 to 3:00  :  for more information, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Teenagers from across downstate Illinois will descend on Rend Lake College near Ina Saturday for the Rotary District 6510’s Youth Success Rally – it’s a free event for high school age teens with various workshops, panels, special sessions, and more, running from 8:30 to 5:30 – for more information or details go to www.JWSunsetRotary.org/Event/352 – the teen event is being co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jackson-Williamson Sunset and District 6510, which is comprised of 48 clubs and some 1,650 individuals in Illinois’ 28 southern-most counties, including Richland, Lawrence, Clay, Marion, and others to the south. 

 

(OLNEY)  As mentioned yesterday, the deadline is this Friday for farmers to update yields and/or reallocate the bases on their farms – the Richland County FSA continues to host informational meetings / workshops this week to help farmers with decisions associated with the 2014 Farm Bill and options available – the next meeting will be at 9:00 this morning – all free of charge and open on a first come, first serve basis – for any last minute appointment, stop by or call the Richland County FSA office at 618-392-7141, ext #2.

 

(OLNEY)  Most all area Soil & Water Conservation District offices are currently taking orders for their spring fish and tree sales – here in Richland County, the fish delivery date is March 25th, five weeks from tomorrow – while grass carp must be ordered by March 6th, all other species available must be ordered shortly after that date – meanwhile, the expected delivery date for trees will be during the week of April 6th, a little bit later – contact the Richland County SWCD office or the office in your respective county to order.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National FFA Week, as hope you’ll join us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we salute all past and present members of our many local and regional FFA Chapters in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – each chapter has various activities taking place each day & some nights during this week.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton again reminds city residents that while some city utility bills may have been damaged after mailed to residents, city utility customers should call the Newton City Hall if they have not received their bill for the month of February as of yet – if any questions, call the Newton City Hall.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A benefit dinner, auction, and dance is this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW with all proceeds going to Liza Miller-Martin to help with medical expenses – it’s a soup supper with chili, vegetable stew, or ham & beans at 5:00, an auction at 7:00, and live music to follow – donations accepted at the door – all invited


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy breakfast this Saturday morning, with serving from 7:00 to 12 noon, at the Lions Club Building – pay a the door – all are invited


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall along Whittle Avenue in Olney with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door and carry-outs available


    The East Richland High School Construction Club will have its rescheduled spaghetti dinner this Friday evening in the ERHS cafeteria, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets at the door – all are invited


    Also don’t forget tickets are on sale each weekday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the OCC Theatre Lobby for the upcoming OCC production of “Mary Poppins” – six performances over the last two weekends in March