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May 30, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A weak bubble of high pressure hanging over Central Illinois today will keep us dry and warm with at least some sunshine on this Memorial Day 2016 – a frontal boundary out to our west and north will eventually move in our direction, giving us rain chances by Wednesday afternoon, continuing thru most of the day on Thursday – then a dry rest of the week into the first weekend in June – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers were back at work yesterday in Springfield, still trying to hammer out a budget plan, something they haven’t been able to do over the past year – House Speaker Michael Madigan and fellow Democrats last week passed an unbalanced budget plan that was $7 billion more than the last proposal and sent it to the State Senate – there’s been no talk a state budget for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1st – the General Asssembly adjourns their spring session tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  A national Moment of Remembrance has been set for this Monday afternoon, Memorial Day, at 3:00, local time – the State Department of Veterans Affairs urges everyone to take one single minute today at 3:00 to show reverence to our heroes and reflect on their great sacrifices for our country – officials say the “Moment” does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances, but rather adds to the importance of the day, intended to be a unifying act for Americans of all ages – while participation is voluntary and informal, folks can observe in their own way with respect, pausing for one minute at 3:00 this afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent senseless tragedies as the Memorial Day holiday weekend continues – it’s one of the busiest periods for travelers as millions of motorists are on the roadways and interstates across the state and country – statewide Troopers are out in extra force strictly enforcing the four most common traffic violations, including DUI, seat belt use, distracted driving, and speeding  :  also a reminder for those on regional waterways today, Illinois law requires that life jackets or life vests (PFD’s) must be provided for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft at all times – the DNR’s Conservation Police are also out in extra force looking for those who are boating impaired as well  :  let’s keep everyone safe this Memorial Day.

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  all City and Village Halls are closed today in observance of Memorial Day 2016 – all the City and Village Halls will reopen with regular office hours tomorrow  :  Republic Services is also observing today as an official holiday – therefore, no trash will be picked up today and the trash collection the rest of this week will run a day later than normal – that means Monday’s normal pick up will be tomorrow, Tuesday’s collection on Wednesday, and so forth for the rest of this week – this will affect all regional Republic Services customers in the Olney, Noble, and Newton areas.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of reminders to those in Olney – the city’s curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by today’s observance of Memorial Day – the City of Olney’s brush dump is closed today, on this Memorial Day, but will be back open this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, each day from 10:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the upcoming list of blood drives in our region  :  both tomorrow and Wednesday at the Effingham Elks Club from 11:00 to 5:00 both days  :  also Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also on Wednesday at the Municipal Building in Greenup from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and also Wednesday at the Patoka American Legion from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The public’s invited to the annual Memorial Day Parade coming up this Monday morning in Olney – the lineup at the VFW Post Home is at 10:30, with the Parade to start at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, where the Memorial Day program will start at 11:00 – all are invited out to attend here this morning


    There are various other Memorial Day programs and ceremonies throughout the region today – please take time today to say a prayer of  “thanks” to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live ours “free”

 

 

 

May 28, 2016

 

 

(OLNEY)  As the slow-moving front out west that’s caused our rainy weather over the past several days now moves into the Great Lakes region today, most of today’s better rain chances will stay to our west & north – so while there is a slight chance of an isolated shower or storm for us today & tomorrow, it appears that most of weekend will be dry, even thru Memorial Day, on Monday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Department of Transportation District 7 office in Effingham is reminding motorists that the yearly maintenance striping operations started this past Monday – over 2,000 miles of pavement will have newly painted center lines, edge lines, and no passing zone lines by the end of October – motorists are reminded the equipment travels at only 15 miles-per-hour while applying the paint, so slow down and drive safely when approaching the state vehicles – also don’t forget to drive with added care during this extended holiday weekend – the State Police are out in extra force looking for those not buckled up or speeding – there’re also looking for those driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as well.

 

 

(OLNEY)  A national Moment of Remembrance has been set for this coming Monday afternoon, Memorial Day, at 3:00 local time – the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs encourages everyone to take one single minute to show reverence to our heroes and reflect on their great sacrifices for our country – officials say the “Moment” does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances, but rather adds to the importance of the day, intended to be a unifying act for Americans of all ages – while participation is voluntary and informal, folks can observe in their own way with respect, pausing for just one minute at 3:00 on Monday.

 

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  all City and Village Halls will be closed next Monday in observance of Memorial Day 2016 – all the City and Village Halls will reopen with regular office hours next Tuesday  :  also, Republic Services will observe Monday as an official holiday – therefore, no trash will be picked up on Monday and the trash collection next week will run a day later than normal – that means Monday’s normal pick up will be on Tuesday, Tuesday’s collection on Wednesday, and so forth for the rest of the week – this will affect all regional Republic Services customers in the Olney, Noble, and Newton areas.

 

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of reminders to those in Olney – the city’s curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by Monday’s observance of Memorial Day – the City of Olney’s brush dump will be closed on Memorial Day (Monday), but back open next Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

 

 

(OLNEY)  Area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the upcoming list of blood drives in our region  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  next Tuesday at the Effingham Elks Club from 11:00 to 5:00  :  and by appointment at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

 

REMINDERS  :

    The public’s invited to the annual Memorial Day Parade coming up next Monday morning in Olney – the lineup at the VFW Post Home is at 10:30, with the Parade to start at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, where the Memorial Day program will start at 11:00 – all are invited out to attend

 

    The Antioch Christian Church, west of Olney & south on Higginswitch Road, will host a special program tomorrow with Shane Cessna of Creation Ministries International – includes messages Sunday morning at 9:30 and 10:20, and at 6:00 Sunday evening – talking about dinosaur mysteries, creation, and Noah’s flood

 

    The 2nd Annual Helping Hands Vendor Show is this afternoon from 12:00 noon to 5:00 at the Olney VFW – at least 25 area vendors will have homemade crafts & other items available – proceeds will support the local Salvation Army Social Services Extension which is still helping local people by appointment, even though the Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Olney is no longer in operation – all are invited


 

   The Ste. Marie Sons of the American Legion will host a cookout today at the American Legion in Ste. Marie – from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, bratwursts, and more – plus maps will be available for the Village-wide Garage Sales also being held today throughout Ste. Marie

 

 

 


 

May 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A broad southwesterly flow will continue to bring us warm and unsettled weather conditions today – while the main frontal boundary stays well to our west, a series of subtle short-waves will give us rain this morning, again this afternoon, and yet again overnight – it appears that Saturday, Sunday , and Monday could mostly be dry with yet more rain chances by mid-week, next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of the West Nile virus in the state this year – an infected bird was found in Arcola, up in Douglas County, a week ago today – residents are reminded to practice the three “R’s” in their fight against mosquitoes while outdoors  :  REDUCE the threat by eliminating any standing or stagnant water in areas around homes, plus make sure all windows & doors are tight-fitting  :  REPEL mosquitoes by wearing an insect repellent that contains DEET, plus wear clothing to cover all areas of skin when possible  :  REPORT to a local health department or government office any untreated stagnant water or areas where mosquito breeding is highly possible  :  additional details about the West Nile virus is on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The former bookkeeper for a small downstate fire protection district has been sentenced to prison for defrauding taxpayers of more than $444,000 – 53 year old Tammy Kellerman received a 33 month term in prison after pleading guilty to four different counts of mail fraud – Kellerman stole funds from the Pinckneyville Rural Fire District between 2004 and 2013, using the money for her personal credit card bills & other expenses – she was also ordered to make full restitution of all the funds stolen.

 

(NEWTON)  An Illinois measure guaranteeing lawyers for juveniles under the age of  15 during murder interrogations has cleared both the State House & Senate in Springfield – current law only guarantees an attorney to those under the age of  13 – the bill would also require simplified language telling juveniles their rights to remain silent if they select to do so – the proposal now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

 

(OLNEY)  With the end of the legislative session less than a week away, members of the Illinois House of Representatives were given a schedule yesterday setting up this weekend – with today’s session starting at 9:00 this morning, it will end early this afternoon to allow lawmakers plenty of time to return home, but then return to Springfield for a 3:00 session on Sunday afternoon – considering the dire financial situation the state is in, State Representative David Reis suggested yesterday that all lawmakers should stay at the State Capitol over the weekend until a state budget is worked out – the Democratic leadership rejected the idea – the Illinois General Assembly is set to adjourn the spring legislative session by late next week.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a three vehicle crash early yesterday morning in Fayette County that claimed the life of an Altamont man – the State Police report the wreck occurred at 5:25 Thursday morning on Interstate 70, one mile west of the St. Elmo exit – 45 year old William Daume of Canton, Texas was stopped in traffic in a semi-truck, with 40 year old Jeffrey Beck of Altamont, stopped behind the semi-truck in his car – an approaching passenger van, driven by 22 year old Joshua Willis of Mansfield, Ohio failed to reduce speed and struck the rear of Beck’s car, forcing it into the rear of the semi-trailer – Beck was entrapped and pronounced dead at the scene – Willis and a passenger, 46 year old Jack Rudolph, Sr. of Mansfield, Ohio, were both taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and then lifelighted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – the truck driver and a passenger were not injured – Willis was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident with other possible charges pending.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board has announced a job opening – the Board is now accepting resumes for the position of Animal Control Warden in Richland County – this is a 40-hour-per-week position with sick time, vacation, personal days, health insurance, and a retirement package – resumes can be turned in to the County Clerk’s office, located at its current temporary site, at 224 East Main Street, in downtown Olney, open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – however, the office is closed next Monday in for Memorial Day – the County will be accepting resumes until 4:00 on Friday, June 3rd, one week from today.

 

(NEWTON)  A few reminders to area residents  :  all City and Village Halls will be closed next Monday in observance of Memorial Day 2016 – after today, they’ll all reopen with regular office hours next Tuesday  :  also, Republic Services will be observing Monday as an official holiday – therefore, no trash will be picked up on Monday and the trash collection next week will then run a day later than normal – Monday’s normal pick up will be on Tuesday, Tuesday’s collection on Wednesday, and so forth for the rest of next week – this will affect all regional customers of Republic Services in the Newton, Noble, Olney, and other areas.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of reminders to those in Olney – the city’s curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by Monday’s observance of Memorial Day – the City of Olney’s brush dump will be closed on Memorial Day (Monday), but back open next Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that incentives resume this month for farmers & foresters who grow & harvest biomass for renewable energy & biobased products – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program currently supports more than 890 growers & landowners farming nearly 49,000 acres – the enrollment period runs thru Monday, June 6th – also, between June 15th & August 4th, USDA will accept applications from foresters & farmers seeking incentives to remove biomass residues from fields or national forests for delivery to energy generation facilities – contact your local FSA County office.

 

(OLNEY)  In sporting news, especially during this National Safe Boating Week – statewide boat owners are reminded to check their three year boat registration / decal and renew their registration if it expires on June 30th, 2016 – renewing watercraft registration can be done thru the IDNR website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov  – plus, non-motorized watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, or sail boards in Illinois are no longer required to be titled or registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail – however, a $6 per calendar year Illinois Water Usage Stamp is still required for all non-motorized watercraft owners.

 

(OLNEY)  Area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the upcoming list of blood drives in our region  :  today at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also today at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  next Tuesday at the Effingham Elks Club from 11:00 to 5:00  :  and by appointment at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The public’s invited to the annual Memorial Day Parade coming up next Monday morning in Olney – the lineup at the VFW Post Home is at 10:30, with the Parade to start at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, where the Memorial Day program will start at 11:00 – all are invited out to attend


    The Antioch Christian Church, west of Olney & south on Higginswitch Road, will host a special program this Sunday with Shane Cessna, of Creation Ministries International – includes messages Sunday morning at 9:30 and 10:20, then again at 6:00 that evening – talking about dinosaur mysteries, creation, & Noah’s flood


    Even though the Salvation Army Store in downtown Olney is now closed, the Salvation Army’s Social Services Extension is still in Olney to help people by appointment – plus, the Services Department will have its 2nd Annual Helping Hands Vendor Show coming up tomorrow afternoon from 12:00 noon to 5:00 at the Olney VFW – at least 25 area vendors will be on hand with homemade crafts & other items available


    The Ste. Marie Sons of the American Legion will host a cookout tomorrow at the American Legion in Ste. Marie – from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, bratwursts, and more – plus maps will be available for the Village-wide Garage Sales also being held tomorrow throughout Ste. Marie


    A fundraising cookout is today from 10:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening at the Olney IGA – pork burgers, homemade baked goods, & more – proceeds to the building fund at Faith Bible Church


    And remember to drive this weekend with added care – all highways will be busier than normal due to the extended holiday weekend, so make sure everyone is buckled up, put up those cell phones, and obey all those “rules of the road”, especially those speed limits – the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement personnel are out in extra force this weekend looking for those violators, trying to keep our roadways safe

 

 

 

May 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With the slow-moving front still out in the Plains and a mid-level ridge over the East Coast, we’re squeezed in the middle with warm & humid weather conditions that to this point, have stayed mostly dry – however, that will change this morning as we move into the holiday weekend – after today, it appears another good chance of rain & storms will be tomorrow and Saturday, although the chance continues really each afternoon now thru next Wednesday – it’s possible we could stay dry on Monday & Tuesday next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Democratic-led Illinois House passed a budget for next year in defiance of Governor Rauner’s wish for pro-business legislation – the appropriation plan would spend $7 billion more in revenue than the state has coming in and it was voted on only 90 minutes after it was introduced – in fact, the House Floor was limited to less than an hour of debate and after the 63-53 vote to approve it, the session was adjourned with no vote verification allowed – while the bill appropriates $14 billion, along with court orders, continuing appropriations & more, state spending would top $40 billion – look for more debate.

 

(OLNEY)  A national Moment of Remembrance has been set for this coming Monday afternoon, Memorial Day, at 3:00 local time – the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs encourages everyone to take one single minute to show reverence to our heroes and reflect on their great sacrifices for our country – officials say the “Moment” does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances, but rather adds to the importance of the day, intended to be a unifying act for Americans of all ages to remember those who have given their lives for our great country – while participation is voluntary & informal, folks can observe in their own way with respect, pausing for just one minute for the remembrance, wherever they are, whatever they’re doing.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent senseless tragedies during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend – it’s one of the busiest periods for travelers as millions of motorists are expected to hit the roadways and interstates across the state and country – statewide Troopers will be out in extra force doing their part in keeping the roadways safe for those traveling – the Illinois State Police will be strictly enforcing the four most common traffic violations, including DUI, seat belt use, distracted driving, and speeding – last year in 2015, Troopers issued 3,309 tickets for speeding violations during the four day holiday weekend period from Friday to Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College continues to receive national recognition for its quality education and affordable cost – the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District, which includes Olney Central, Frontier Community, Wabash Valley, and Lincoln Trail Colleges, has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges of 2016 – in fact, IECC ranked 16th in the nation, the highest of any Illinois institutions to make the list – that’s from an overall list of the nation’s 1,717 community colleges that offer two-year associate’s degrees – while that list of institutions was whittled down to 614 that met the criteria, the top 50 ranking is derived from the highest scoring schools based on three metrics  :  graduation / transfer rate, mid-level salary for graduates, and actual tuition – congratulations to all within the IECC District.

 

(NEWTON)  Officials are reminding the area that the annual StrawberryFest event in downtown Newton will not be held this year – with the City of Newton’s Eagle Trail / Streetscape Project beginning a month ago and continuing thru mid-July or August in downtown Newton, the StrawberryFest Committee and the City of Newton agreed that the dangers associated with the construction work and the lack of electrical access due to the work was reason enough to forego the 2016 celebration and wait until next year when the improvements made will made the 2017 StrawberryFest bigger and better than ever – the list of upgrades within the Streetscape Project includes new sidewalks, light poles, and upgrades to the current electrical system along the outer edges of the square – and although other optional locations at the Jasper County Fairgrounds and Peterson Park were considered, a scheduling conflict and a lack of services needed to run the event were not available – the Committee thanks everyone for their understanding and encourages one and all to look forward to the 2017 StrawberryFest, scheduled for next spring in downtown Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  During the next several weeks, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Ag Survey and the June Area Survey – over 4,000 Illinois farms will be included to determine crop acreage for 2016 and stocks on hand as of June 1st – while most information will be obtained by mail or telephone, some random in-person visits and interviews will be included – remember, all information gathered remains confidential – results of both surveys will be released on June 30th – for contact information or details, check their website, at  www.nass.usda.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Area sportsmen & sportswomen are reminded that resident deer hunters can apply now for the second lottery drawing for 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer & Muzzleloader-only Deer permits – the deadline to do so is June 30th  :  :  don’t forget Illinois Free Fishing Days coming up June 17th thru 20th with events planned all over the state – for more, logon at  www.ifishillinois.org  :  and remember this week is National Safe Boating Week, a reminder to all boaters that Illinois law requires that life jackets or life vests (PFD’s) must be provided for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft at all times – Conservation Police are out in extra force  :  for all things outdoors in Illinois, check the DNR website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library is still registering children for its Summer Reading Program – this year’s theme is “Read For The Win” and this summer’s reading will support Olney’s Together We Play Park in Musgrove Park – the Library staff and trustees are also dedicating this summer’s program to the memory of  Wilma Hanna, in honor of her faithful service to the Library in the past, serving as a very special storyteller for many years – that Summer Reading Program signup continues during regular hours.

 

(OLNEY)  Area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the upcoming list of blood drives in our region  :  today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also tomorrow at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish area supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The public’s invited to the annual Memorial Day Parade coming up next Monday morning in Olney – the lineup at the VFW Post Home is at 10:30, with the Parade to start at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, where the Memorial Day program will start at 11:00 – all are invited out to attend


    The Antioch Christian Church, west of Olney & south on Higginswitch Road, will host a special program this Sunday with Shane Cessna, of Creation Ministries International – includes messages Sunday morning at 9:30 and 10:20, then again at 6:00 that evening – talking about dinosaur mysteries, creation, & Noah’s flood


    A fundraising cookout is tomorrow (Friday) at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, homemade baked goods, and more from 10:00 to 6:00 – proceeds to benefit the Faith Bible Church building improvement fund


    The Ste. Marie Sons of the American Legion will host a cookout this Saturday at the American Legion in Ste. Marie – from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, bratwursts, and more – plus maps will be available for the Village-wide Garage Sales also being held Saturday throughout Ste. Marie

 

 

 

May 25, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A long area of low pressure is slowly moving into the Midwest, giving us some warm and humid conditions with a southerly wind – plus, it will be daily chances of scattered rain and thunderstorms this afternoon thru tonight – then again each afternoon tomorrow thru the first part of next week as it does appear that most nighttime hours will stay dry – stay tuned for continued weather updates and information.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a lawyer would have to be present when police question juveniles younger than 15 in murder or sex offense investigations under a measure Illinois lawmakers are considering that seeks to eliminate false confessions – sponsors of the bill say the current law mandates legal representation for those younger than 13 and it should be raised to 15 even if they are not the targets of a criminal probe.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking redevelopment proposals for the Eagle Creek Resort & Conference Center facility on Lake Shelbyville – while the resort complex has been closed since 2009, the Eagle Creek Golf Course has remained open – the decision to get proposals comes after a recent assessment survey, showing the probable cost to repair or replace the existing structures, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and life safety systems would be an estimated $17.8 million – one other option is to demolish all or part of the resort facility and start over – to learn more, logon to the State DNR website.

 

(NEWTON)  To help raise awareness about the escalating costs of higher education and the importance of saving for college with the help of Illinois 529 college savings plans, the State General Assembly has officially designated this coming Sunday, May 29th, as “529 College Savings Day” – to celebrate, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will be touring Illinois to meet with financial advisors over the next two weeks – the State’s Plans are coming off of a record-breaking year where contributions topped the $1 billion mark.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  approved the Village’s MFT street maintenance program totaling $35,490 with anything over $21,000 to be paid out of the Village’s general fund  :  approved the $20,538 estimate from Kocher Brothers Construction to replace the building posts and concrete floor at the Village Park Pavilion  :  approved the sale of municipal property at 205 South First Street to Harold Lindsey for $5,000  :  noted a letter has been sent to the property owner of 121 West South Street, giving the owner until August 10th to take action on the house condition  :  noted that property mowing is needed at 105 South Noble Avenue and along the railroad property in Noble  :  noted that the permit for the needed manhole work on Route 250 / First Street has been received with bids to be sought for the project  :  noted that applications for the Village’s trainee position are still being accepted until June 10th  :  agreed to put additional gravel in the area around the Village playground equipment when the weather allows it  :  and noted that Village Hall will be closed next Monday, in observance of Memorial Day  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be June 13th.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s circus time again in downstate Illinois as the Ainad Shriners Circus will have its first two of twelve performances coming up a week from this Saturday – while the circus shows will vary with each location, Carden Circus International will bring tigers, elephants, ponies, dogs, clowns, and contemporary acts to the three-ring stage, plus there will be aerial and high wire acts, concessions, and much more – it all kicks off a week from this Friday night, on June 3rd, with the Annual Circus Parade at 7:30 in Belleville – then two performances each on Saturday & Sunday, June 4th & 5th in Belleville – the following Monday night in Jerseyville, Tuesday in Fairfield, and two weeks from tonight on June 8th in the Olney City Park – then the following two nights in Salem and the final three shows that weekend down in Du Quoin – tickets are available from any Olney Center Shrine Club member, plus on sale at most all downstate MotoMart and Hucks Convenience Stores – tickets will also be on sale on performance night at the ticket window.

 

(NEWTON)  Preparations are underway now for the upcoming Jasper County Fair in Newton – while the Jasper County 4-H activities begin on the weekend of June 17th, 18th, and 19th, the Fair’s first grandstand event will be the Talent Show at 7:30 Monday night, followed by the State Fair Karaoke Regional Contest – then Tuesday night’s Queen and Little Miss Pageant, plus Family Night on the midway – it’s a Rodeo Wednesday night, Tractor / Truck Pulls Thursday night, Harness Racing on Friday and Saturday, and the popular Demo Derby Saturday night – not to mention the 4-H shows & more – all at the Jasper County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  Area women are invited to the annual Women in the Outdoors event coming up a week from this Saturday, June 4th, at Red Hills State Park near Sumner, all at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the park – hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the program runs from 8:30 to 4:00 and uses expert instructors to teach outdoor skills using a hands-on approach including a wide variety of activities, such as canoeing, archery, geocaching, outdoor cooking, outdoor photography, handgun safety, basketweaving, shotgunning, preserving jams & jellies, self-defense, and more – it’s for females age 14 and older with the cost at $45 per woman if registered prior to May 30th, $10 additional after that – lunch will be provided – for details or to register call Michelle at  618-943-7538.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs wants all young photographers around the state to enter the 2016 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest, all to share their vision of agriculture in Illinois – the contest is part of the Ag Invest Program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit their most innovative or scenic picture that depicts their vision of agriculture in our state – the Treasurer’s office is accepting electronic submissions from students ages 8 to 18 – there are three age categories & each student is allowed to submit up to two photos – deadline is July 7th – for more, logon at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Signups for the 2016 City of Olney summer recreation program are now being accepted at the Olney City Hall during regular office hours – that’s Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day – registrations will be accepted for both sessions which run thru the months of June and July – the program offers several different levels of swimming classes and parent/tot swimming, plus punch cards are available – more details and registration forms can be found on the City of Olney’s website, at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  A special program will be held in Olney this coming Thursday night, sponsored by both the Richland County & Lawrence County Farm Bureaus, plus Country Financial – it’s a course developed for citizens who refuse to be a victim and choose to take an active role in personal safety for themselves and their family against predators – a two hour message delivered by law enforcement officer Ray Minor – the event is free, but space is limited – that’s this Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Christian Church of Olney – a pizza dinner will be provided – call the Farm Bureau office in Olney to sign up at  618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  Area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the upcoming list of blood drives in our region  :  today at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also Friday at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Olney Central College is offering free eight-week GED classes beginning June 7th, two weeks from today – both daytime & night classes available with all classes & materials free – registration is ongoing now thru June 3rd, from 9:00 to 2:00 daily – appointments are recommended, but not required – call OCC  395-7777


    The public’s invited to the annual Memorial Day Parade coming up next Monday morning in Olney – the lineup at the VFW Post Home is at 10:30, with the Parade to start at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, where the Memorial Day program will start at 11:00 – all are invited out to attend


    A fundraising cookout is this Saturday at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, homemade baked goods, and more from 10:00 to 6:00 – proceeds to benefit the Faith Bible Church building improvement fund


    The Ste. Marie Sons of the American Legion will host a cookout this Saturday at the American Legion in Ste. Marie – from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, bratwursts, and more – plus maps will be available for the Village-wide Garage Sales also being held Saturday throughout Ste. Marie