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August 27, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The cold front across Central Illinois will move very little today, eventually causing more storm activity just to our north – as the front drops southward a little tonight, then returns north as a warm front, more rain chances exist for the downstate area – the storms will be spotty, but contain heavy amounts of rain & lots of lightning – Friday could be dry, but rain is possible thru the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While the National Weather Service has dropped the heat warning or advisory for our area, folks should take the needed precautions to battle the high heat and humidity levels – if working outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or a cool place and drink plenty of cool water – be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – also check on your elderly neighbors and relatives as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois has opened a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville – the facility will provide downstate law enforcement agencies with enhanced crime-solving abilities & more – the 64,000 square-foot, $41.6 million forensic laboratory will include equipment for crime scene services, trace chemistry, drug chemistry, polygraph, firearms, forensic biology/DNA testing, and much more.

 

(NEWTON)  One of the Governor’s top aides is calling it quits – Deputy Chief of Staff Sean O’Shea has two days left, after three years of watching over senior officials at the State Department of Transportation – IDOT has been under scrutiny in recent months for hiring people based on political connections instead of skill – Quinn’s office insists that O’Shea is not a “scapegoat”, leaving because of the ongoing controversy.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair continues down in Perry County – there’s plenty of free entertainment and activities with USA Championship Wrestling as the grandstand feature tonight at 7:30 – tomorrow will be Vendor Appreciation Day with the classic rock band .38 Special in concert at 7:30 – plus don’t forget the Ag Expo and all the ag-related Static Exhibits – there’s plenty of carnival rides and concessions each day and night now thru next Monday, Labor Day – for more deetails, logon at www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  approved the revised expenses for the Village’s second water source provided by RE Water – the $671 increase was for a concrete meter vault and mobilization – the approved estimate came in at $10,092  :  took no action on the condition of properties along Elm Street, West North Avenue, and East South Avenue – however, the Board will continue to investigate what action can be taken  :  discussed the condition of Hog Run, the ditch that cuts thru the Village of Noble, noting that weeds need to be kept cut down  :  noted that Village Hall will be closed on Labor Day, next Monday, September 1st  :  also noted that the Fall Cleanup Day inside the Noble Village limits has been set for Friday, September 26th, during the regular morning trash pickup conducted by Republic Services  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting will be Monday, September 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  In the recent USDA Crop Report, farmers report widespread rain fell throughout the state, although more localized flooding in the downstate area – the statewide precipitation averaged just under an inch and a half (1.41), which is three quarters of an inch above normal – the state’s average temperature was 77 degrees, nearly 4 degrees above normal – even with the recent hot weather, the statewide crops continue to look good  :  in our ten county region, area farmers report nearly all of the local corn crop continues in the dough stage with two thirds now dented – nearly all the local bean fields continue to set pods – at least 80% of the local crops are still in good to excellent condition, with 15% rated fair, and 5% or less rated in poor to very poor condition – the crops continue to look good to this point in time and the area topsoil moisture is holding – farmers are still reminded to think “safety first” while working around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council will reconvene its Monday night meeting this afternoon at 4:00, with only one agenda item to be discussed – in fact, the discussion will continue from where it left off Monday night on whether or not the City of Olney should approve an agreement to develop 17.36 acres of property west of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center for a medical marijuana cultivation and processing facility – the State will make the final decision on only one site for such a facility to be located within the 10 regional counties that make up State Police District 12 – again, today’s Council meeting at 4:00 at Olney City Hall.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues in the three vehicle traffic accident that occurred at around 11:30 yesterday morning on U.S. Route 50 near the Clay County / Richland County line between Noble and Clay City – the highway was closed for well over three hours as the crash occurred on the bridge that carries Route 50 over the Little Muddy creek – the State Police report 43 year old Kathleen Voigt of Noble was westbound when for unknown reasons her vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound semi-truck head-on – a westbound pickup truck driven by 36 year old Shannon Williams of Flora then struck the Voigt vehicle – Voigt and a passenger, 23 year old Cierra Burgener of Noble were both lifelighted by helicopter from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – another passenger in the Voigt vehicle, 1 year old James Franks was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora with minor injuries – two passengers in the Williams vehicle had minor injuries, 25 year old Deserea Sheppard of Ward, Arkansas was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora and 25 year old Lydia Nevels of Austin, Arkansas was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – neither Williams, nor the semi-truck driver, 52 year old James Kane of St. Louis, received any injuries – no tickets were issued although the investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

(OLNEY)  Monetary rewards are being offered for information leading to an arrest of vandals down in the White County area who are sawing down electric power poles – authorities say more than 20 Wayne-White Electric power poles have been cut down, primarily targeting meter loops that serve grain bins on regional farms, all to salvage the copper within the meters – the Illinois Farm Bureau is offering $1,000 while the local White County Crimestoppers organization is offering an additional $500 – in the meantime, all area farmers are encouraged to be on the lookout for such activity near their grain bin locations and property.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  both today & tomorrow at EIU in Charleston  :  tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  on Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Edgewood from 10:00 to 2:00  :  next Monday at the Wal-Mart Store in Robinson from 11:00 to 3:00   :  for more details or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all eligible and/or first time donors are urged to give blood.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Calhoun Community Club will have its annual Labor Day Chowder next Monday with serving to start at 11:00 that morning – carry-outs available – sandwiches, homemade desserts, and more – all invited


    It’s the annual Pioneer City Rodeo with various activities this weekend in Palestine – with its huge parade on Labor Day morning, the first of four rodeo performances is Friday night – visit www.pioneercity.com


    The 177th annual Pre-Labor Day Picnic is this Sunday in Ste. Marie – pork loin & chicken dinners will be served from 11:00 to 5:00, plus plenty of live entertainment, including blue grass music & more – also games, raffles, crafts, other food, and more – all this Sunday on St. Mary’s Church grounds in Ste. Marie


    The annual Elm River Chowder, south of Clay City or west of Zif, will be this Saturday on the chowder grounds along the Elm River – other food available – bring your containers, but no glass


    The Olney Quilt Guild is hosting a trunk show tomorrow night at 7:00 at the Christian Church of Olney – Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company will be showing various guilts and explaining how each was made – admission is at $5 per person and all ages are invited to this special event coming to Olney


    The East Richland School District will host a Parent Workshop tomorrow night at 6:00 at the Elementary School in Noble – refreshments & childcare provided – to register, call Jennifer at ERES in Olney


    The Clay County Highway Department has a portion of the Big Four Road southeast of Clay City closed today for ditch work – the section of road closed is from the Saddle Club Road to Bunnyville Drive, a mile stretch from just south of U.S. Route 50 to Bunnyville – the road is closed until 5:00 this afternoon and is expected to be closed again tomorrow from 6:30 to 5:00 – motorists should observe all barricades


    The Richland County Highway Department will continue to oil and chip roads tomorrow and Friday – then all Claremont Township & Bonpas Township roads next Tuesday – motorists should be alert to the slow moving equipment and workers as the oiling and chipping work continues in Richland County

 

 

 

August 26, 2014

 

 

(OLNEY)  The stalled out frontal boundary in Northern Illinois will keep most of the storm activity to our north until tonight when the chance of downstate rain increases – then as the frontal lifts back north as a warm front, there’s more rain chances each late afternoon or evening tomorrow thru Friday – possibly a dry holiday weekend coming up with a little less humidity, but still warm – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service still has that Excessive Heat Warning in effect thru tonight for Jasper, Richland, and all surrounding counties – the dangerous levels of heat and humidity will result in heat index values between 100 and 110, with an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness for everyone – extra precautions should be taken for those working outdoors, such as frequent breaks in the shade or a cool place, drink plenty of cool water, and wear light weight and loose fitting clothes – be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – also check on your elderly neighbors and relatives as well.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – climatologist officials say the latest long range forecast shows last winter’s weather will not be repeated – looking ahead to November thru February, below average precipitation and far less snow is expected, although the chances are equal for above, below, or near average temperatures – the fall forecast is neither hotter or colder, nor wetter or drier, but simply average for temperatures and rain.

 

(NEWTON)  Freshmen are starting classes at the University of Illinois and the cost is high – a recent survey finds the Champaign campus ranks second among Big Ten public universities for costs and third nationwide among 34 public universities – Penn State is the most expensive Big Ten public college at $17,000 per year – then the U of I at $15,000 – Northwestern tops the overall list with the cost set at $47,000 per year.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair continues down in Perry County – today is Republican Day and SIU Day on the fairgrounds, with plenty of free entertainment and activities throughout the day and night – the Jon Henninger Band is tonight’s grandstand act at 7:30 – tomorrow will be more of the same with USA Championship Wrestling as the grandstand feature – there’s plenty of carnival rides and concessions each day and night now thru next Monday, Labor Day – for more deetails, logon at www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night - the Council  :  accepted the Fiscal Year 2014 Audit as presented, showing nothing out of the ordinary with a positive report  :  approved a $2,500 request for Tourism Grant funds for the Richland County Recreation Council to promote and advertise for its annual "Blues Fest" coming up next month  :  amended the City's Liquor Control Code to decrease the number of Class A Liquor Licenses by one  :  approved a request for permission to use fireworks at the four home football games at East Richland High School  :  discussed, but took no action on crosswalks, signs, and signals within the City of Olney  :  noted that the oiling and chipping program in Olney is complete - some remaining oil and chip work will be done next month in the areas around the lakes north of Olney  :  and took no other action after a closed session  :  the Council adjourned last night's meeting until tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, when the meeting will reconvene at 4:00, at the Olney City Hall, with one item on the agenda - to consider an agreement to possibly develop 17.36 acres of land west of the Wal-Mart DC for a medical cannabis cultivation facility and processing plant  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be Monday, September 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  Local residents in Jasper and surrounding counties are encouraged to make plans now to take part in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 16th – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the goal of this “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois, across the United States, and around the world – coming off the success of last year’s event, which involved millions of participants from more than 40 states & territories, and several other countries, over 15.1 million people have already registered around the world, including more than 237,000 from Illinois – locally, folks are encouraged to spread the work to all individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and organizations – to get more information or to register to take part, simply go online, at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus – additional earthquake perparedness and mitigation information is available online at www.ready.illinois.gov or at www.cusec.org – check them out.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the average county-wide rainfall was at just under a half inch, at forty-four hundredths (0.44) of an inch of rain – the township totals ranged from a high of an inch and thirty-five hundredths (1.35 inches) to a low of no rain at all in both Bonpas & Denver Townships – Noble Township had seven tenths of an inch (0.70), followed by Preston at six tenths (0.60), Olney & Claremont Townships each at four tenths (0.40), German Township at three tenths (0.30), and Madison Township at two tenths (0.20) – most of the county’s rain fell this past Saturday evening and last Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning – here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirty-nine hundredths of an inch of rain during the 7-days, that was just under four tenths of an inch of rain – another low week total for most of the county.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  today at the Dieterich High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Community Building in Stewardson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  drives will be held later this week in Charleston, Flora, Robinson, and Olney  :  for more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded to verify the accuracy of data on their farm’s acreage history, which should have been received now from the USDA – it was nearly two weeks ago that notices started going out to farmers updating them on their current base acres, yields, and planting history from 2009 thru 2012 – the written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill – for more, logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office.

 

REMINDERS :

    The annual Labor Day Picnic is set for next Monday at the Community Hall in Ingraham – the Truck Pulls start at 9:00, followed by the ISPA Tractor Pulls at 1:00, along with Semi-Truck and Antique Tractor Pulls – the fried chicken meals are served at 11:00 with the vegetable soup supper at 5:00 – plenty of music, games, a gun raffle, other food, and more with the raffle drawing at 6:30 – that’s in Ingraham on Monday

    The 177th annual Pre-Labor Day Picnic is this Sunday in Ste. Marie – pork loin & chicken dinners will be served from 11:00 to 5:00, plus plenty of live entertainment, including blue grass music & more – also games, raffles, crafts, other food, and more – all this Sunday on St. Mary’s Church grounds in Ste. Marie

    The Olney Quilt Guild is hosting a trunk show this Thursday night at 7:00 at the Christian Church of Olney – Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company will be showing various guilts and explaining how each was made – admission is at $5 per person and all ages are invited to this special event coming to Olney

    The East Richland School District will host a Parent Workshop this week – either tonight at 6:00 at the Elementary School in Olney or Thursday night at 6:00 at the Elementary School in Noble – refreshments & childcare provided – for details or to register, call Jennifer at ERES in Olney today

    The Olney Central College Music Department will host its fifth season of the OCC Community Chorus with rehearsals to begin tonight at 6:00 – anyone high school age or older is welcome to join, regardless of singing experience – rehearsals will continue each Tuesday night – for more, call 618-395-7777

    It’s homemade ice cream this evening at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, just south and west of Olney – starting at 5:00, they’ll have eight flavors of ice cream, plus sandwiches, desserts, & drinks

    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up under the pole barns today in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public from 11:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon

 

 

 

August 25, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  With that strong surface high pressure ridge moving out of the Mid-Mississippi Valley, an approaching cold front will bring us some relief to the current high heat and humidity levels that will stay in place at least today thru Wednesday – that’s when our next chance of showers and thunderstorms returns, a chance that will continue then each late afternoon thru Friday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service still has that Heat Advisory in effect now thru tomorrow night for Richland, Jasper, and all surrounding counties – with dangerous levels of heat and humidity resulting in heat index values between 100 and 110, there’s an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness for the young and old alike – extra precautions should be taken for those working outdoors, such as frequent breaks in the shade, drink plenty of cool water, and wear light weight and loose fitting clothes – be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – also check on your elderly neighbors & relatives.

 

(OLNEY)  There was some more strong thunderstorm activity in the area this past Saturday night – in fact, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Clay County at around 7:30 as that storm caused some flash flooding and strong winds caused some power outages & minor damage, but no injuries – portions of Clay, Edwards, Wayne, and White Counties received between one and three inches of rain in less than an hour.

 

(OLNEY)  Parents in Illinois that let their children drink in cars could soon face criminal charges – the
Governor has signed a bill that expands the current law that allows the punishment of parents that allow kids to drink in their homes – beginning in 2015, that expansion will include boats, campers, and private aircraft.

 

(NEWTON)  Ameren Illinois is starting work on an upgrade to its natural gas distribution system – Ameren plans to replace 350 miles of steel lines, renovate 70 stations that regulate gas, and install 468,000 smart meters – the downstate Illinois project is expected to take about 10 years & cost an estimated $400 million.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair continues all this week down in Perry County with plenty of free events and activities – tickets are still available for some of the remaining grandstand shows, plus there’s plenty of carnival rides and concessions each day now thru Labor Day – for more, logon at www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  While August is noted as School Preparedness Month in Illinois, the Emergency Management Agency is joining with local agencies to urge all families to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans – parents should make an effort to learn their children’s school or day care emergency plan, evacuation plan, contact information, communication plan, and more – also find out if any type of email or text message alert system is available – parents should contact their respective schools for more details, or for more information and tips on being prepared, parents can go online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last week – the Board  :  talked about several agenda items, starting with the current conditions of Bird Haven  :  discussed the possibility of lighting the walkway in Musgrove Park, between East Street & Silver Street  :  after hearing from several citizens and following further discussion, the Board passed a recommendation to the City Council that a reservation system for the City’s Tennis Courts be implemented and made available to view online  :  talked about a weed issue in the Musgrove Park area and passed a motion to create a maintenance list for the City  :  also discussed baseball scheduling to help reduce the Musgrove Park parking, talked about special event cleanup efforts, and looked over some comprehensive plans for the future  :  then adjourned until the next meeting.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder to area hunters  :  the deadline for resident hunters to apply online for the first lottery for Illinois’ 2014 Public Duck & Goose Hunting Area Permit program is this Wednesday – the 2nd lottery deadline is September 9th  :  resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are still available over the counter from DNR direct license and permit vendors, but only thru this Sunday, August 31st online at the DNR website  :  plus the resident combination archery deer permits, resident antlerless-only archery deer permits, and resident archery fall turkey hunting permits are all available over the counter as well  :  for more information or details, hunters can go online and check the details, at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  There are a couple of municipal meetings on tap for tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council has a rather full agenda to consider tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theatre continues to host auditions for its fall production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” – with the first round of auditions held yesterday afternoon, the second and final set of auditions will be tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – the auditions, which are open to all area adults as well as OCC students, will consist of a cold reading from the script, with parts available for 12 people – the show performances will be October 24th, 25th, and 26th.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  today at the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  today at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow  at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  also tomorrow at the Dieterich High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Community Building in Stewardson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  then later this week in Charleston, Flora, Robinson, and Olney   :  for more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s the annual Pioneer City Rodeo with various activities and events included coming up this weekend in Palestine – with its huge parade set for Labor Day morning, the event will feature rodeo performances this Friday night, plus Saturday and Sunday – plenty of concessions and more – logon at www.pioneercity.com

   
    The 177th annual Pre-Labor Day Picnic is this Sunday in Ste. Marie – pork loin & chicken dinners will be served from 11:00 to 5:00, plus plenty of live entertainment, including blue grass music & more – also games, raffles, crafts, other food, and more – all this Sunday on St. Mary’s Church grounds in Ste. Marie


    The Olney Quilt Guild is hosting a trunk show this Thursday night at 7:00 at the Christian Church of Olney – Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company will be showing various guilts and explaining how each was made – admission is at $5 per person and all ages are invited to this special event coming to Olney


    The East Richland School District will host a Parent Workshop this week, talking about the Skyward program, a parental tool to keep up-to-date on their child’s progress at school – either tomorrow night at 6:00 at ERES in Olney or Thursday night at 6:00 at WRES in Noble – refreshments & childcare provided


    The Olney Central College Music Department will host its fifth season of the OCC Community Chorus with rehearsals to begin tomorrow night at 6:00 – anyone high school age or older is welcome to join, regardless of singing experience – rehearsals will continue each Tuesday night – for more, call 618-395-7777


    It’s homemade ice cream tomorrow evening at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, just south and west of Olney – starting at 5:00, they’ll have eight flavors of ice cream, plus sandwiches, desserts, & drinks


    The chance for Olney & Noble area girls in grades K-12 to sign up for Girl Scouts is coming up tonight in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:15 to 7:45 – the membership fee is $15 and financial assistance is available – a parent or guardian must attend to fill out forms – all girls invited

 

 

 

August 23, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A surface high pressure ridge over the Mid-Mississippi Valley continues to control most of our weather with hot & humid conditions, however the frontal boundary to our north is still trying to drop down with a slight chance of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms now thru Monday, although most of the rain will stay to our north and northeast – a better chance of rain next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service still has that Heat Advisory in effect now thru next Monday night for Richland, Jasper, and all surrounding counties – with dangerous levels of heat and humidity resulting in heat index values between 100 and 110, there’s an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness for the young and old alike – extra precautions should be taken for those working outdoors, such as frequent breaks in the shade, drink plenty of cool water, and wear light weight and loose fitting clothes – be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – also check on your elderly neighbors as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that there will be increased patrols and a series of roadside safety checks along County and Township roads in rural Richland County later this evening, overnight thru the early morning hours of tomorrow – the Sheriff’s Department has indicated that a large “over 21” party is being planned for a rural area of Richland County tonight & while the Department’s job is to keep the local roads and drivers of all ages safe, the amped-up patrols will be held – to get further details or information, feel free to visit the Richland County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair officially started last night with its opening parade down in Perry County – today is Democrat Day with livestock judging now underway – tomorrow is Veterans’ Day with plenty of harness racing, concessions, carnival rides, and fantastic grandstand acts – the Fair continues all of next week, finishing up on Labor Day, September 1st – for more, logon at www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theatre will host auditions for its fall production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” starting this weekend in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – the auditions are tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 and next Monday night from 7:00 to 9:00 – the auditions, which are open to all area adults as well as OCC students, will consist of a cold reading from the script, with parts available for 12 people – the show performances will be October 24th, 25th, and 26th in the OCC Threatre.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  also tomorrow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  next Monday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also next Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also next Monday at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 3:00 to 7:00  :  other drives next week in Olney, Robinson, & Flora  :  for more about giving blood or to set an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The East Richland School District will host a Parent Workshop next week, talking about the Skyward program, a tool for parents to keep up-to-date on their child’s progress at school – either Tuesday night at 6:00 at ERES in Olney or Thursday night at 6:00 at WRES in Noble – refreshments & childcare provided


    It’s homemade ice cream next Tuesday evening at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, just south and west of Olney – starting at 5:00, they’ll have eight flavors of ice cream, plus sandwiches, desserts, & drinks


    The chance for Olney & Noble area girls in grades K-12 to sign up for Girl Scouts is coming up next Monday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:15 to 7:45 – the membership fee is $15 and financial assistance is available – a parent or guardian must attend to fill out forms – all girls invited


    The Family Life Center at the Oblong First Christian Church will host its 2nd annual Youth Rally this Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00 – the Harvest Ministry team will perform with refreshments to follow – a free will donation will be taken – all area youth are invited to attend the special night in Crawford County


    The Claremont Community Center will host its summer chowder later today with serving from 4:00 until sold out – also fish, turkey barbeque, desserts, & more – bulk chowder & turkey barbeque available – remember, no glass containers – proceeds for community projects and building maintenance – all invited


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host another Open Horse Show later today starting at 3:00 at its new arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn – there’s 14 different categories for riding, pleasure, trail, barrels, poles, & more – concessions available and spectators are welcome – check the Club’s website


    Ralph Carter’s 21st annual benefit Poker Run is today starting with sign up at the Olney VFW from 9:30 to 11:00 this morning – all bikes & vehicles out at 11:30 – then back to the Olney VFW for an evening of food, an auction, and music – all proceeds to Shriners Children Hospitals – all are invited


    It’s a busy day & night on this Saturday over in Xenia, in Clay County, with the Firemen’s annual fish fry and street dance– an antique tractor show, games, and food all day & night long, plus live music and more


    The Main Street Farmers Market is this morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot just north of the Whittle Avenue / Main Street intersection in Olney – fresh produce and more available to the public

 

 

 

August 22, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A frontal boundary stretching across Iowa and Northern Illinois will continue to be the focus for scattered rain and storms today thru tomorrow night – although most of the storm activity will stay to our north, there is a chance some could drop further south into our area – otherwise, hot and humid conditions continue today thru next Wednesday when a slight cool down is possible – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Jasper, Richland, and all surrounding counties, in effect today, all the way thru next Monday night – with dangerous levels of heat & humidity resulting in heat index values between 100 and 110, there’s an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness for the young and old alike – extra precautions should be taken for those working outdoors, such as frequent breaks in the shade, drink plenty of cool water, and wear light weight & loose fitting clothes – be aware of the signs & symptoms of heat exhaustion & heat stroke – also check on your elderly neighbors.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that increases the protection of domestic abuse survivors – known as “Diane’s Law”, the legislation allows the court to order domestic violence offenders to undergo risk assessment evaluation, plus require GPS monitoring on the defendant to help enforce restraining orders.

 

(NEWTON)  The Du Quoin State Fair will kick off tonight with its opening parade and other activities down in Perry County – tomorrow will be Democrat Day with livestock judging to get started and more – then Sunday is Veterans’ Day – there’s also plenty of harness racing, concessions, carnival rides, and more – the Fair continues all of next week, finishing up a week from next Monday, on Labor Day, September 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the combined East Richland & West Richland Title I Plan  :  approved the Health Life Safety Amendment for the water heater work at ERHS  :  approved a collaborative agreement with the Head Start Program  :  approved the District’s Evaluation Plan, which includes the classroom teacher job description, evaluation process, and more  :  heard several updates during the administrative reports – one of which noted that the total projected student enrollment for the District is close to 2,489 and another that dealt with a financial update  :  and made several personnel moves after a short 20-minute closed session – accepted resignations from ERES Paraprofessional Darleta Wagner, ERES Paraprofessional & Bus Driver Shari McDowell, ERMS Paraprofessional Trisha Hires, Food Service Staff Member Vicky Fulk, ERHS Assistant Wrestling Coach Luke Carmody, & ERMS 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Lacey Burris – then hired ERES Teacher Justine Black, Food Service Staff Vicki Griesemer, Bus Aide Adam Weidner, ERMS Teacher Assistant and 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Jillian Ginder, ERMS Teacher Assistant Jamie Brummer, ERES Teacher Assistant Monica Grove,  Bus Driver Troy Reynolds, WRES Paraprofessional Jennifer Balding, Volunteer Boys & Girls Cross Country Coach Tom Eagleson, Volunteer Girls Tennis Coach Danielle Cary, and ERES Paraprofessionals Kelli Urfer, Jennifer Kesl, Dawn Hemrich, Shawna Doris, and April Bunting  :  approved the administrative contract of Kevin Westall  :  the Board’s next regular meeting is September 18th.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are reminded they still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available thru FSA’s direct farm ownership program – the deadline to submit applications is September 30th, five weeks from next Tuesday – eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil & water conservation& protection – the interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5% with up to 40 years to repay – those interested should logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact their local FSA Office.

 

(OLNEY)  At this past Wednesday’s meeting of the Public Building Commission of Richland County  :  updates were given by Architect Tim Ribley, noting that the Courthouse roofing project will get started in early September as the materials have been ordered – the roofing project also includes work at the County Highway Building as well  :   it was also noted that Grunloh Construction was awarded the contract for cleaning the Courthouse exterior, including tuck-pointing and more – that work should begin early next month as well  :  and it was noted that all bonds to fund the work have been sold as of a week ago today, August 15th  :  the Commission will have its next regular monthly meeting on September 17th, at 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police & the Illinois Liquor Control Commission conducted several alcohol compliance checks this past Wednesday night in both Jasper & Richland Counties – of the 13 businesses surveyed, four were involved in the sale of an alcoholic beverage to a minor – that included  :  Hi Benders in Ste. Marie  :  and three locations in Olney – Pizza Hut, RK Party Supply, and El Rancherito  :  offending employees were charged with unlawful delivery of alcoholic liquor to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor – the Illinois State Police and ILCC commends the nine establishments that did not sell alcohol to a minor.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theatre will host auditions for its fall production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite” starting this weekend in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – the auditions will be this coming Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 and next Monday night from 7:00 to 9:00 – the auditions, which are open to all area adults as well as OCC students, will consist of a cold reading from the script, with parts available for 12 people – the show performances will be October 24th, 25th, and 26th at OCC.

 

(NEWTON)  A special program on food preservation is coming up next Monday night at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton, starting at 6:00 – Mary Liz Wright, a University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator will be the guest speaker, talking about the latest up-to-date home food safety guidelines, with the latest scientific methods of preserving food safely – those attending also have the opportunity to have all dial pressure canners tested by bringing their canner lids – contact the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton by today to register – check their website or call 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s the area blood drives coming up  :  today at Lowe’s in Vincennes from 1:00 to 5:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  also Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  by the way, the St. Mary’s Church in Ste. Marie and the American Red Cross wants to “thank” all the donors, Prairie Farms, Hartrich Meats, and Circle 2 families for their support last Sunday  :  for more about giving blood or to set an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The East Richland School District will host another Parent Workshop next week, talking about the Skyward program, a tool for parents to keep up-to-date on their child’s progress at school – either next Tuesday night at 6:00 at ERES in Olney or next Thursday night at 6:00 at WRES in Noble – refreshments & childcare provided – to register or to get more information, call Jennifer at the ERES at 618-395-8540


    It’s homemade ice cream next Tuesday evening at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, just south and west of Olney – starting at 5:00, they’ll have eight flavors of ice cream, plus sandwiches, desserts, & drinks


    The chance for Olney & Noble area girls in grades K-12 to sign up for Girl Scouts is coming up next Monday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:15 to 7:45 – the membership fee is $15 and financial assistance is available – a parent or guardian must attend to fill out forms – all girls invited


    The Claremont Community Center will host its summer chowder this Saturday with serving from 4:00 until sold out – also fish, turkey barbeque, desserts, & more – bulk chowder & turkey barbeque available – remember, no glass containers – proceeds for community projects and building maintenance – all invited


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host another Open Horse Show this Saturday starting at 3:00 at its new arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn – there’s 14 different categories for riding, pleasure, trail, barrels, poles, & more – concessions available and all are invited, including spectators – check it’s website


    Ralph Carter’s 21st annual benefit Poker Run is this Saturday starting with sign up at the Olney VFW from 9:30 to 11:00 – all bikes & vehicles out at 11:30 – then back to the Olney VFW for an evening of food, an auction, and music – all proceeds to Shriners Children Hospitals – all are invited to part or all


    It’s a busy day tomorrow over in Xenia with the Firemen’s annual fish fry, street dance, & more – an antique tractor show, games, and food all day & night long, plus live music all night long there in Xenia


    The Oblong Christian Children’s home will host its 3rd annual Sportsman’s Day this Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 on the campus, east of Oblong, along Route 33 – for more information, call 618-592-3633


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s from 11:00 to 4:00, with fresh produce and more available to the public – all are invited to stop by today