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July 31, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  There’s little change in the weather pattern for the rest of the work week as the broad area of high pressure keeps us mostly dry and mild – the weak upper level disturbances rotating around a large upper level low pressure system north of the Great Lakes region could give us an isolated shower or two, but they’ll be few and far between – most all of us will stay dry for the next few days – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  This is National Heat Stroke Prevention Day with the focus this year on children – health officials remind us that young children are more susceptible to heat stroke than adults because they heat up three to five times faster than adults – also, the American Academy of  Pediatrics says parents need to allow enough time for children to hydrate now thru fall, especially before, during, and after sporting events.

 

(OLNEY)  The battle over taxing soda drinks is returning – lawmakers in Washington, D.C. renewed the debate yesterday as a bill was introduced that would add a tax of about 15 cents on a 20 ounce bottle of soda – while some say the bill will not come up for a vote, the action will at least keep the topic alive in our nation’s capital – the issue is a hot topic where supporters say higher prices will help reduce obesity.

 

(NEWTON)  Cameras could soon be allowed in six more courtrooms in Central Illinois – officials with the 7th Judicial Circuit say they’d like to get in on the pilot program that allows courts to record trial cases – the six counties will be submitting an application to the state’s Supreme Court sometime this fall – if approved, courtroom cameras would go up in Sangamon, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, and Scott Counties.

 

***  (NEWTON)  Carl Baker of the City of Newton Water Department has announced a water shut off for the 200 block of N Lafayette St due to a water main break. There will be a boil order in affect for this area until further notice. Instructions came to City Hall at 11:55 on July 31, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County mobile home privilege tax payments are due today, on this July 31st – the payments must be delivered to the Treasurer’s Office from 8:00 to 4:00 today, received by mail with a July 31st postmark, or placed in the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – a $25 penalty will apply starting tomorrow, August 1st – call or stop by the Treasurer’s Office at the Courthouse if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Incorporated Board of  Directors met earlier this week in Olney – the Board  :  reviewed updates on quality initiatives by the Illinois Hospital Association and on RMH employee satisfaction, one of the four pillars of the hospital’s Quality Program  :  approved the recommendations to purchase new virtual server equipment, of new digital software for the hospital’s mammography machine, and for property insurance renewals  :  and in the CEO report, noted the arrival of a new family practice physician, Dr. Bushra Shaukat, as of last week  :  also heard an update on current physician recruiting and the latest in both federal and state healthcare concerns  :  the Richland Memorial Hospital Incorporated Board of  Directors have its next regular monthly meeting on August 26th in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is co-sponsoring another State DNR Hunter Safety Course coming up August 15th and 16th at the Latona Christian Church, south of Wheeler – it’s recommended for those age 10 and older with the minimum ten hour course covering instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and hunting regulations – the course will run that Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and thru the day that Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – to make a required registration, call the Jasper County Extension office in Newton at 618-783-2521 or check the website online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj – space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that today’s blood drive at The Holiday is very important – with the emergency appeal in place for O, B, and A negative blood types, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to consider giving blood at this crucial time – Bobe’s Pizza will be served to all attempting donors, plus those giving blood will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Holiday World tickets, courtesy of the Richland County Farm Bureau – there are several other blood drives in our area  :  today at the New Hope Christian Church near Bridgeport from 2:30 to 7:30  :  tomorrow at the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are reminded that tomorrow, August 1st, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations – those elected to the local committees serve an important role between the local and national level by sharing their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs while serving a three year term – forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked August 1st or received in the local USDA Service Center by the close of business tomorrow – for more information, contact your local FSA county office.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open thru tomorrow, August 1st – for those with no computer access, the Olney Public Library has computers available for the student’s school registration – for those stopping by the Library, make sure you have your personalized School ID number which is required to access the registration information – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net for more information and/or details.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are invited to a Lawrence County Tillage Day coming up tomorrow, located 5.1 miles northeast of Sumner – a variety of vertical tillage tools will be demonstrated on the farm, beginning with registration at 9:00 that morning – it’s all hosted by the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District and will include tillage tools from equipment dealers in Albion, Vincennes, Newton, and Princeton, Indiana – that’s at 3352 Petty School Lane, rural Sumner – for more, call Kristie at 618-943-2621, ext. #3.

 

REMINDERS :
    Don’t forget to get those raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder, which is set for August 9th – tickets on sale at the Noble Village Hall, at Noble Foods, or the First National Bank branch in Noble


    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic in Wendelin is coming up this Sunday with chicken dinners to be served in two lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – the lunch tickets go on sale at 10:45 that morning, first come, first serve – also a country store, cake stand, games, live music, a fundraising raffle, and much more – all are invited


    A fundraiser to benefit the Dustin Foster family is coming up this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW – the BBQ dinner starts at 5:00, plus an auction, 50/50 drawing, and live music – all are invited to help out


    The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning at the six normal sites around Richland County – from 8:00 to 11:30, the newspapers, magazines, slick ads, computer paper/junk mail, plastic bags, & aluminum cans should be bundled separately before dropped off – the sponsoring group is the Rowcroppers


    The Newton Marching Eagles have a fundraising pork burger sale coming up tomorrow in the north parking lot, near the Jasper County Junior High entrance – from 10:30 to 1:00, they’ll be serving pork burgers and a drink and drive-thru service is available – for delivery of 10 or more orders, call 783-1408


    The Radiography Program at OCC will host an informational meeting for prospective students this evening at 6:00 – students interested should contact OCC at 618-395-7777 before attending the meeting


    It’s the Farmers Market later today in the Noble Village Park – fresh produce and more available to the public from 3:00 until 6:00 this afternoon and evening – all in the Village Park in Noble later today

 

 

 

July 30, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The Canadian high pressure ridge over the Midwest will continue to control our weather thru today, although an upper level low spinning north of the Great Lakes is causing some rain to fall to our north – it appears the dry weather conditions will now continue for the next several days, maybe right on thru the upcoming weekend – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney & Newton for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Secretary of State Office has awarded over $1.5 million in Talking Book Center grants to three library systems to help provide talking book and braille services for residents around Illinois – the Illinois Heartland, the Reaching Across Illinois, & the Chicago Public Library systems will use the funds for those who cannot use regular print materials due to blindness, visual impairment, or physical disability.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office is congratulating the recent winners of the 2014 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest, where contestants submitted up to two agricultural photos in three different age groups – the only downstate winner is from Decatur – the winning photos will be displayed in the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office tent at both the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  approved the appointment of  Bryan “Todd” McCormack to fill the vacant seat available on the Village Board – he’ll be placed on the 2015 ballot next spring  :  officially adopted the ordinance to allow Sunday alcohol sales in the Village of Noble  :  approved the $16,700 purchase of a new Batwing heavy duty mower with a trade-in of the village’s bush hog mower  :  agreed to keep meeting twice per month as compared to meeting only once per month  :  noted that the village streets were oiled and chipped on Monday, that the culverts have been installed on West North Avenue, & the new water plant pumps have been installed  :  noted the annual Noble Chowder is a week from this Saturday, on August 9th, in the Village Park  :  and noted the village has filed a lien against the property at 205 South First Street  :  Board’s next regular meeting is August 11.

 

(NEWTON)  Monday’s USDA Crop Report showed mostly favorable weather conditions allowed farmers an average of six days suitable for fieldwork last week – the statewide precipitation averaged 0.45 inches, just under a half inch (0.45) below normal – the average temperature last week was 71.9 degrees, which was 3.6 degrees below normal – most of the state’s crops are in good to excellent conditions  :  farmers here in our ten county area say much the same – over 80% of the crops are in good to excellent shape – under 5% rated poor to very poor – nearly all the local corn is now silking with a third of the corn now in the dough stage – over 80% of the local soybeans are blooming, with at least half the beans now setting pods – with the recent rains, area farmers say “so far, so good” – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” out there.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that tomorrow’s blood drive at The Holiday is very important – with the emergency appeal in place for O, B, and A negative blood types, Bobe’s Pizza will be served to all attempting donors, plus those giving blood will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Holiday World tickets – all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to consider giving blood at this crucial time – there are also several other upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Flora VFW from 12 noon to 4:00  :  also today at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00   :  tomorrow at the New Hope Christian Church near Bridgeport from 2:30 to 7:30  :  and on Friday at the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  for more details or to make a blood giving appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s still a reminder to the citizens of Newton – while the community garden plants are yielding fresh produce, some is available to the public free of charge, but some remains private – the produce from plots #8 and #16 are for the community to enjoy – these plots are located on the northeast section of the garden, bordering Perry Street, near the parking area – folks are reminded that the remaining plots have been rented and the produce from these plots belongs to the renters only – this produce is not available to the Newton community – a “thank you” to the volunteer gardeners who’ve helped out this year.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of  Richland County notes  :  the Richland County Highway Department has the section of East Pleasant Ridge Lane, from North Ridge Road to North Midway Road, north of Olney, closed for approximately two weeks for road reconstruction work – only the residents of East Pleasant Ridge Lane will be able to access the work zone while construction is underway  :  also, the Public Building Commission of Richland County will have a special meeting this afternoon at 4:00 in the Richland County Jail meeting room – only a couple of items are on the Commission meeting agenda for later this afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until this Friday, August 1st – for those with no computer access, the Olney Public Library has computers available for the student’s school registration – for those stopping by the Library, make sure you have your personalized School ID number which is required to access the registration information – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net for more information and/or details.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic in Wendelin is coming up this Sunday with chicken dinners to be served in two lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – the lunch tickets go on sale at 10:45 that morning, first come, first serve – also a country store, cake stand, games, live music, a fundraising raffle, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE is hosting a free “pool party & school supply drive” this Saturday evening at the Musgrove Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – all ages are invited – admission is one school supply item per person – there’s no item too big or too small – all supplies to help those in Richland County


    The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning at the six normal sites around Richland County – from 8:00 to 11:30, the newspapers, magazines, slick ads, computer paper/junk mail, plastic bags, & aluminum cans should be bundled separately before dropped off – the sponsoring group is the Rowcroppers


    The Newton Marching Eagles have a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Friday in the north parking lot, near the Jasper County Junior High entrance – from 10:30 to 1:00, they’ll be serving pork burgers and a drink and drive-thru service is available – for delivery of 10 or more orders, call 783-1408

 

 

 

July 29, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The Canadian high pressure ridge hanging over the Midwest will continue to control our weather pattern with cooler-than-normal air – however, an upper level low pressure system spinning north of the Great Lakes could trigger a few isolated showers in our region later today thru tomorrow, but nothing significant – with some rain chances this weekend, we’ll mostly all stay dry – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair Manager is facing a fine after accepting free “beer tickets” from a beer vendor at last summer’s fair – Amy Bliefnick will be fined $1,000 and suspended without pay for two days – the previous Du Quoin State Fair Manager, who resigned earlier this year, was fined $5,000 for accepting more such tickets and a cash kickback – state officials say it’s all about violating an Illinois ethics law.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn says he doesn’t have a problem with allowing more migrant children from Central America to take refuge in Illinois, but there are a few kinks to be worked out – while the state is already housing over 300 children who’ve escaped bad situations in their home countries, most of them are  in the Chicago area – it’s not clear where and for how long the additional children will be place in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) will begin publishing yield & production data for Illinois’ fall harvested crops on August 12th, two weeks from today – it’s a producer survey where growers report their estimated yields and production for corn, soybeans, & sorghum – all information provided is confidential – for more information, call the NASS Illinois Field Office at 1-800-551-1014.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night – the Council  :  agreed to increase the number of  Class A Liquor Licenses by one to allow the new Papa Mike’s to open just west of the current KC Hall in Olney – the council vote was 3 to 1 in favor, with one Councilman absent  :  agreed to spend $36,900 to the Moran Economic Development Group for technical service and assistance in submitting a new Enterprise Zone application by the end of the year  :  agreed to continue the City’s financial support of the annual Christmas Parade in Olney as the Rotary Club takes over the event  :  agreed to continue the legal proceedings to demolish the building at 631 West Butler Street  :  noted that the City has ordered 84 tons of winter road salt for the city’s reserves – the cost at $119 per ton  :  approved a letter of support for a SWAN grant application  :  discussed three other items, but took no action on talking pedestrian street crossing signals, the use of fireworks at ERHS football games, & medical marijuana  :  and no action after a closed session to discuss the sale of real property  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be August 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  We’ve been notified by a few local banking institutions that several of their customers have received phone calls concerning their debit cards – the caller indicates that the victim’s debit card is being restricted and to correct the problem, therefore asking the customer to submit their sixteen digit debit card number and their three digit security code – but remember folks, activity like this is not how our local banks do business – this is a SCAM – do not give out personal banking information over the phone, whether it’s checking, debit card, or savings – simply hang up on these callers and contact your bank if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s much the same story in other locations – banking customers are getting calls from someone claiming to be with a major credit card company, wanting personal information to process within their so called “databank” – but this too is simply a SCAM and an attempt to get an account number, whether its checking, debit card, savings, or something else – do not give out any such information over the phone, regardless how convincing the caller is – if any questions, ask for the caller’s name and get a return phone number to call them back to verify who they are – then call your financial institution for their assistance.

 

(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 only rainfall occurred last Wednesday morning and this past Saturday evening – the average county-wide rainfall was 2.53 inches – the county’s high rainfall total was 3.20 inches in Claremont Townhip – Bonpas Township was close behind at 3.10 inches – then Madison at 2.90 inches, Olney Township at 2.80 inches, and Noble Township at 2.75 inches – Denver & Preston Townships each had 2.40 inches, followed by Decker at 1.65 inches & German at 1.55 inches – here at  the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, we had 3.44 inches of rain over the 7-day period – although it came fast, it was some much needed moisture in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Robinson from 12 noon to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Flora VFW from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  also Thursday at the New Hope Christian Church near Bridgeport from 2:30 to 7:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out & give blood – all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative, and  A negative – for an appointment or for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until this coming Friday – but for those with no computer access or those that may require assistance, the final date available to register in person at the individual schools is today, from 10:00 this morning to 6:00 this evening – details about immunizations, physicals, emergency contacts, & other requirements will be needed, especially for new students – plus, don’t forget, for those going to the East Richland Elementary School, you must use the back entrance (the west entrance) off of Hall Street, due to road work on Holly Road, in front of the school – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are invited to a Lawrence County Tillage Day coming up this Friday, located 5.1 miles northeast of Sumner – a variety of vertical tillage tools will be demonstrated on the farm, beginning with registration at 9:00 that morning – it’s all hosted by the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District and will include tillage tools from equipment dealers in Albion, Vincennes, Newton, and Princeton, Indiana – that’s at 3352 Petty School Lane, rural Sumner – for more, call Kristie at 618-943-2621, ext. #3.

 

(OLNEY)  Pay now and beat the crowd and the penalty – the Richland County mobile home privilege tax payments are due on July 31st, this coming Thursday – the payments must be delivered to the Treasurer’s Office, postmarked, or placed in the Courthouse drop box by July 31st to be considered timely – the Treasurer’s office is open weekdays, each Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau still has room for the upcoming trip to see “A Mighty Fortress”, the latest offering in the Church Basement Ladies series – for more information or to sign up, stop by or call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at 618-783-2733 – do so today.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of  Richland County notes  :  the Richland County Highway Department is closing a section of East Pleasant Ridge Lane today for approximately two weeks for road reconstruction work – that’s between North Ridge Road and North Midway Road, north of Olney – at this time, only the residents of East Pleasant Ridge Lane will be able to access the work zone while construction is underway  :  also, it’s been announced that the Public Building Commission of Richland County will have a special meeting tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room – the Commission’s agenda includes the consideration of bids for the exterior courthouse work – the meeting, as always, is open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    Pre-K Screening for all 3 to 4 year old children in the Clay City School District will be held a week from today on August 5th at the Clay City Christian Church – parents should call 676-1521 for an appointment


    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic in Wendelin is coming up this Sunday with chicken dinners to be served in two lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – the lunch tickets go on sale at 10:45 that morning, first come, first serve – also a country store, cake stand, games, live music, a fundraising raffle, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE is hosting a free “pool party & school supply drive” this Saturday evening at the Musgrove Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – all ages are invited – admission is one school supply item per person – there’s no item too big or too small – all supplies to help those in Richland County


    The Newton Marching Eagles have a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Friday in the north parking lot, near the Jasper County Junior High entrance – from 10:30 to 1:00, they’ll be serving pork burgers and a drink and drive-thru service is available – for delivery of 10 or more orders, call 783-1408


    The Richland County Farmers Market is back under the pole barns in the Olney City Park today, with fresh produce and more available from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is invited to stop by and look things over

 

 

 

July 28, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Cooler and less humid air will be in place across our region today as an area of low pressure will affect the weather in the Great Lakes region – the pleasant conditions for us will continue thru mid-week with some clouds above and another Canadian high pressure – then a slight warming trend will bring back the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night thru the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There could be a few changes coming to the motorcycle licensing program in Illinois – state officials are looking to add a third licensing category that would call for more specified training on bigger bikes – the riders would also be required to prove they can handle the motorcycle when they go thru their safety class – the idea is to cut back on motorcycle deaths, which have skyrocketed in recent years.

 

(NEWTON)  Ag economists say farmers who rent land probably need to renegotiate what they pay after watching corn & soybean prices fall – they say farmers’ profits this year & next will be considerably below the levels of the past few years – the current prices are the lowest since 2010 as soybeans have fallen well below $11 a bushel & corn is down to about $3.70 a bushel – statewide crops are in mostly good shape.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois officials joined together this past Friday in Springfield to commission 37 new State Troopers during a graduation ceremony – the new Troopers will begin their duties at various state police districts today, although only a handful of the new Troopers are coming south – while six were assigned to the District 11 Post in Collinsville, none were assigned to posts in Effingham, Carmi, or Du Quoin.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a Jasper County traffic crash that involved a single vehicle – the Illinois State Police report 38 year old Christopher C. Huber of  Ste. Marie was driving on a county road Saturday morning a little over one mile southwest of Ste. Marie, when his vehicle went off the road, into a ditch, back onto the road, and then overturned – Huber was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle – Huber was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with serious injuries.

 

(OLNEY)  A huge “thank you” to everyone who helped out in making this past weekend’s MS Join the Movement events in Olney another success – the planning committee says the 5th Annual event raised over $30,000 to help all those living with Multiple Sclerosis – from the bike riding to running and walking events, to the road rally, meal, and dinner, all the volunteer work is very much appreciated – thanks to all the local businesses and individuals for their assistance – all to increase awareness and support of  MS.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is co-sponsoring another State DNR Hunter Safety Course coming up August 15th and 16th at the Latona Christian Church, south of Wheeler – it’s recommended for those age 10 and older with the minimum ten hour course covering instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and hunting regulations – the course will run that Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and thru the day that Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – to make a required registration, call the Jasper County Extension office in Newton at 618-783-2521 or check the website online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj – space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until this coming Friday, August 1st – but for those with no computer access or those that may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s today, from 8:00 to 3:00, and tomorrow, from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, & other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – a reminder for those going to the Elementary School to use the back entrance (west entrance) off of Hall Street due to road work on Holly Road – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net.

 

(OLNEY)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at the Charleston Public Library from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the First Christian Church in Noble from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Robinson from 12 noon to 4:00  :  Wednesday at the Flora VFW from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  also Thursday at the New Hope Christian Church near Bridgeport from 2:30 to 7:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out & give blood – all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative, and  A negative – for an appointment or for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau still has room for the upcoming trip to see “A Mighty Fortress”, the latest offering in the Church Basement Ladies series – for more information or to sign up, stop by or call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at 618-783-2733 – do so today.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of municipal meetings tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall with a rather small agenda to be considered  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic in Wendelin is coming up this Sunday with chicken dinners to be served in two lines from 11:00 to 5:00 – the lunch tickets go on sale at 10:45 that morning, first come, first serve – also a country store, cake stand, games, live music, a fundraising raffle, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE is hosting a free “pool party & school supply drive” this Saturday evening at the Musgrove Aquatic Center from 6:00 to 8:00 – all ages are invited – admission is one school supply item per person – there’s no item too big or too small – all supplies to help those in Richland County


    A fundraiser to benefit the Dustin Foster family is coming up this Saturday evening at the Olney VFW – the BBQ dinner starts at 5:00, plus an auction, 50/50 drawing, and live music – all are invited to help out


    The Olney FFA Alumni raffle fundraiser has tickets still on sale at $10 each with the grand prize of  $5,000 in cash or towards a purchase at either Travco Motorsports or Vincennes Tractor – the drawing will be this Friday, August 1st, at the Alumni Golf Outing – need not be present to win – get tickets from any FFA or Alumni member – proceeds for various FFA activities & scholarships – call 618-843-5488


    The Newton Marching Eagles have a fundraising pork burger sale coming up this Friday in the north parking lot, near the Jasper County Junior High entrance – from 10:30 to 1:00, they’ll be serving pork burgers and a drink and drive-thru service is available – for delivery of 10 or more orders, call 783-1408

 

 

 

July 26, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching low pressure system will bring unsettled weather conditions to Illinois this weekend with the chance of scattered rain and/or thunderstorms this afternoon thru tomorrow evening before ending – then it looks to be dry and cool for the first part of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced a number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting seasons – DNR officials say 20 counties will be removed from the late winter season and a number of firearm permits available in some counties will also be reduced – it’s all following advice from DNR biologists and statistics – to get more details, check the department’s website available online.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is continuing with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until August 1st, one week from yesterday – for those with no computer access or those that may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s next Monday, July 28th, from 8:00 to 3:00, and next Tuesday from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, & other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – parents can call their students’ respective school for more details or check the School District’s website at www.ercu1.net – those going to the Elementary School should use the back entrance off of Hall Street due to road work on Holly Road.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is co-sponsoring another State DNR Hunter Safety Course coming up August 15th and 16th at the Latona Christian Church, south of Wheeler – it’s recommended for those age 10 and older with the minimum ten hour course covering instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and hunting regulations – the course will run that Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and thru the day that Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – to make a required registration, call the Jasper County Extension office in Newton at 618-783-2521 or check the website online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj – space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of area drives  :  today at the United Methodist Church in Vincennes from 9:00 to 2:00, Illinois time  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the First Christian Church in Noble from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  with an emergency appeal issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelets, all eligible and/or first-time donors are strongly encouraged to get out and give blood – all blood types are in need, especially O, B, and A negative – for an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s plenty of Bluegrass music coming up this weekend at the Mill Road Thresherman’s Show on the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont – artists will perform from 11:00 to 7:00 today and from 9:00 to 1:00 tomorrow – the thresherman’s show features an antique tractor show, horse pulls, threshing demonstrations, and more, plus concessions – for more details, logon at www.millroadthresherman.org


    The annual Parkersburg Chowder is today with 800 gallons of chowder will be served starting between 10:30 and 11:00, plus other food including barbeque & desserts – the annual parade begins at 1:30, plus a tractor display, an HO train display, and more – all proceeds go for upkeep of the Oak Hill Cemetery


    The 5th Annual Join the Movement activities are today in Olney – the Road Rally for a Cure begins with a mandatory driver’s meeting for all motorcycles, jeeps, and sports/muscle cars this morning at 9:45 at the Olney VFW, then leaving then at 10:00 – then for a 5:00 meal, auction, & music – all are invited


    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