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June 30, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure area over the Upper Midwest will give us a little warmer air today and still the chance of  isolated showers & thunderstorms today thru tonight – as that frontal boundary moves eastward, we’ll have a better chance of  rain tomorrow thru tomorrow night – then on-and-off chances of rain and storms Thursday, Friday, and right on thru the upcoming holiday weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The four legislative leaders in Illinois met with Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday as the deadline to have a state budget in place quickly approaches – no progress in the talks were reported as the stalemate continues over the 2016 fiscal year spending plan – the Democrats say they need to fund vital state services with a tax increase along with cuts – the Governor and fellow Republicans want spending cuts and business reforms – the General Assembly is in session today as many hope for a quick compromise.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced yesterday that her office will return $500,000 to taxpayers after implementing efficiencies & cost saving measures that allowed her office to end the fiscal year with a budget surplus – this comes two months after Munger presented lawmakers with a budget that included a 10% cut to the Comptroller’s cost of operations for the next fiscal year – while the office staff headcount is lower than at any time in its history, the consolidation of services was a key move.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is leading the campaign against drunk boating, now thru Sunday – the Operation Dry Water nationwide effort aims to raise awareness about illegally operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – DNR Conservation Police and other law enforcement personnel will be out patrolling Illinois rivers, lakes, and waterways looking for violators.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Farm Bureau rainfall report from the nine townships, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at an inch and seventy-nine hundredths (1.79), with the recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – Denver Township for the second week in a row had the highest total of rain at two inches and eight tenths (2.80), followed by Preston Township at two inches and four tenths (2.40), and both Noble and Claremont Townships, each at two inches and one tenth (2.10) – then Olney Township at one inch and eight tenths (1.80), German Township at one inch and six tenths (1.60), and Decker Township at one inch and four tenths (1.40) – the county’s lowest total from the week was six tenths of an inch (0.60) in Bonpas Township, while Madison Township had an inch and three tenths (1.30) – the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, recorded an inch and thirty-eight hundredths (1.38) – the current spring-to-date Richland County rainfall average is at nearly twenty and a half inches (20.43), which is now just over four inches (4.02) more than the average at this same time a year ago at nearly sixteen and a half inches (16.41) – thanks to all the rainfall reporters.

 

(NEWTON)  Rain continues to plague portions of the state, now delaying the winter wheat harvest and hay cutting – yesterday’s USDA Crop Report shows last week’s statewide precipitation averaged 1.92 inches, nearly an inch (0.94) above normal – last week’s average temperature was 72 degrees, almost 2 degrees (1.9) below normal – there was only one day suitable for fieldwork last week around the state  :  farmers in our ten county area report fairly good progress with the local corn crop, considering the recent heavy rains, with silking now underway – area farmers still have some soybean acreage left to plant and some winter wheat is still out there left to harvest – farmers are still reminded to think “safety first” while outdoors.

 

(OLNEY)  Entries are still being accepted for the Richland County Fair’s Talent Show, scheduled for Tuesday night, July 7th, a week from tonight, starting at 7:00 – the Show will have three performing divisions  :  Junior Division for performers age 14 and under  :  Senior Division for those age 15 to 21  :  and the Open Division for those age 22 and older, and for previous winners who’ve advanced to state competition  :  all contestants must complete an entry form with the final day to enter this coming Friday, July 3rd – entry forms are available at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office – the Talent Show is open to the residents of Richland County – for more details, call Show Director Ruth Henry, at  618-302-4021.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau will be making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky later this year, September 15th thru 17th, with various stops to be made, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the American Printing House for the Blind, Kentucky’s Distiller & Derby Dinner Playhouse, and more – the cost is $400 for Single per person, $380 for Double per person, and $10 extra for non-members – the cost includes Bales bus transportation, all events, hotel stay, and all meals with exception of two – reservations must be made by July 15th, two weeks from tomorrow, with payment due August 1st – for more, call the Jasper County Farm Bureau at  783-2733.

 

(NEWTON)  In regional news – an area teacher has been fired in Clark County for apparently stepping on a small U.S. flag during a class lesson earlier this year in May – according to the Journal-Gazette in Mattoon, the Martinsville School Board voted 6-0 last week to terminate English instructor Jordan Parmenter who was using the flag as a pointer during a lesson on free speech – after a student complained that the teacher was being disrespectful to the U.S. flag, Parmenter then stepped on the flag as an example of free speech.

 

(OLNEY)  Marion County authorities report U.S. Route 50 was closed for a few hours late yesterday morning after a multi-vehicle wreck occurred between Salem and Odin near RP Lumber, west of Salem – the State Police say the accident involved two semi-trucks, a box delivery truck, two cars, and a SUV pulling a small trailer – there were two minor injuries, however a hazmat unit was called in to help cleanup a diesel spill from one of the trucks – emergency personnel from Marion County and the State responded.

 

(NEWTON)  The 4th of July Celebration in neighboring Dieterich is this coming weekend, with most all events to be held in Liberty Memorial Park – it’s the Beer Garden and Food Stand at 7:00 this Friday night with live music from 8:00 to 11:00 – then a full day Saturday starting with the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 that morning, the Kluthe Civic Center Hog Roast runs from 10:30 to 2:00, with the popular Parade at 11:00 – the inflatable kids carnival runs from 12 noon to dusk, plus bingo at 1:00, an alumni baseball game, youth pedal tractor pull at 1:00, bluegrass music from 3:00 to 5:00, gravity golf, the Little King & Queen contest at 7:00, drawings at 8:00, & the Fireworks Display at 9:15 – that’s all this weekend in Dietiech.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for various Farm Bureau activities coming up during next week’s Richland County Fair, sponsored by the Young Leaders Committee  :  in an effort to end malnutrition in Richland County, the public is encouraged to help with the Harvest for All Fill-A-Ford Donation Food Drive – folks can bring canned food items all next week during the Fair, Monday thru Friday, and fill the Ford Truck provided by Webster Ford in Newton  :  also next week, the Committee will be selling Dippin’ Dots ice cream under the Grandstand to raise money for its 2016 Scholarship Fund  :  the Agriculture in the Classroom Program will host its “Ag-Tivities” in the white tent next Tuesday night from 5:00 to 8:00  :  the 4th annual Pedal Tractor Pull “Pullin’ for Hunger” is in the white tent next Wednesday afternoon at 3:00, with registration at 2:00  :  and the 2nd annual Farm Follies Ag Olympics is in the white tent Wednesday immediately after the Pedal Tractor Pull  :  that’s all next week at the Richland County Fair in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The 4th of  July Ice Cream Social will be held Saturday afternoon in the back yard of the Heritage House Museum, at the corner of  Kitchell Avenue and West Elm Street, in Olney – folks are welcome to tour the historic Victorian structure from 1:30 to 4:00 – plus plenty of  live entertainment, ice cream, and more


    The Richland County Fair kicks off this weekend, starting with Motocross Racing Friday night – then the Fireworks display Saturday night – all in the Olney City Park – make plans to attend this year’s big event


    It’s another Bingo afternoon this Thursday at the Richland County Senior Center in downtown Olney from 1:00 to 2:00 – sponsored by RMH Home Health and Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – all are invited


    The Cummins Band will again be in concert tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Olney City Park Band Shell – it’s free admission – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are invited to attend


    The Rotary Book Bus will be available to Richland County youngsters tomorrow in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – that’s from 10:00 to 12 noon in the morning and from 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Southeastern Illinois will have their monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – an informal time to share information and support – all invited


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn, from 11:00 until 4:00 – it’s fresh produce and many other items available for purchase to the public

 

 

 

June 29, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level trough still hanging over Southeastern Illinois today could give us a spotty shower this afternoon, although most of the rain has moved off  to the east – another broken low pressure system could give us more rain chances tomorrow afternoon thru Wednesday night followed by on and off chances of  rain all this week into the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The debate is expected to heat up again early this week in Springfield as Governor Bruce Rauner and lawmakers continue to discuss and argue about the state budget – with two main proposals on the table, one from each political party, mainly a few sticking points are the problem – according to the State Constitution, a new state budget should to be approved and in place by this Wednesday, July 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  A new health study released shows that numbers are up for emergency room visits and hospital stays for children with severe food allergy reactions in Illinois – the statewide hospital information reveals 226 ER visits and hospital admissions in 2008, but that number far more than doubled to 590 in 2012 – one theory for the rise is that children live in too-clean environments and are not exposed to enough bacteria.

 

(NEWTON)  A new director for the Illinois State Geological Survey has been named – it’s Richard Berg, an employee at the ISGS in Champaign for over 40 years since beginning in 1974 – the appointment is no surprise since Berg was named interim director last year – he helped bring attention to recent issues such as earthquakes & flooding – the ISGS researches earth science issues and manages the state’s geological data.

 

(OLNEY)  An Olney Central College instructor has been elected to serve on a statewide board – OCC’s Laurel Cutright is beginning a three year term as a member of the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges’ Board of Directors – elected to the position during the 40th annual IMACC Conference in Monticello earlier this year, Cutright said she’s excited about the opportunity to serve – Cutright will be involved in planning the organization’s annual conference for 2016, plus producing the IMACC newsletter – while assisting in selecting scholarship recipients, she’s also involved in committee work as well – congratulations on the selection as her instruction also continues at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  A published report from last Friday has confirmed that Jasper County School Superintendent Dan Cox will be leaving his current position to become Superintendent at the Staunton Community School District beginning August 1st – in a release dated last Friday, Dan Cox stated it’s an honor and pleasure to work in Jasper County and to serve the students, faculty, staff, and community of the fine school district – Cox also noted he’ll be available to work with the Jasper County School Board as decisions are made in regards to the transition of  leadership – Dan Cox has been the Jasper County School Superintendent for five years after serving as a Building Principal in Olney in the East Richland School District before that.

 

(NEWTON)  With the Jasper County Fair finishing up this past Saturday, officials want to thank everyone for their support of this year’s annual event, especially with the few cancellations that were necessary due to the wet weather conditions – thanks again to one and all for supporting the Jasper County 4-H program and the activities associated there, specifically the Livestock Auction and all the 4-H Exhibits in Jasper County – plans are already underway for next year’s event on the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Speaking of that, the annual Richland County Fair is gearing up to start this weekend on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – with the focus on all the local 4-H exhibits, livestock shows, and other activities, the grandstand events will include Motocross Racing this Friday night, the Fireworks Display on Saturday night, the Gospel Sing featuring “Fortress” on Sunday night, the Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant & Little Miss Pageant next Monday night, followed by the Talent Show Tuesday night, the Dirt Track Drags next Wednesday night, the Tractor Pulls Thursday night, Truck Pulls Friday night, and the fair-ending Demolition Derby on Saturday night, July 11th – get ready for the Richland County Fair in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  With the all the excess water and flood water throughout the area, combined with the warm temperatures, the threat of the West Nile Virus is increasing in our downstate region – local residents are encouraged to be alert to the signs of the virus and to initiate precautions against it – the Jasper County Health Department reminds residents to report any dead birds found, which serves as an important indicator of the virus, plus remember to take those needed steps to safeguard against mosquitoes, by doing away with any standing or stagnant water, by using a repellant containing DEET while outdoors, by covering as much skin as possible while outdoors, and more – for more information on anti-West Nile Virus tips, contact the Jasper County Health Department in Newton or check the Department of Public Health’s website online.

 

(OLNEY)  Local and area producers are reminded that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is continuing – the nomination forms must be postmarked or received in local USDA Service Centers by the close of business on Monday, August 3rd, five weeks from today – for more information or details, call or stop by the local county FSA offices during regular office hours.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – there’s various prizes to be won and you do not need to be present that day to win – stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup, or the Citizen’s National Bank in Olney


    The 4th of  July Ice Cream Social will be held Saturday afternoon in the back yard of the Heritage House Museum, at the corner of  Kitchell Avenue and West Elm Street, in Olney – folks are welcome to tour the historic Victorian structure from 1:30 to 4:00 – plus plenty of  live entertainment, ice cream, and more


    It’s another Bingo afternoon this Thursday at the Richland County Senior Center in downtown Olney from 1:00 to 2:00 – sponsored by RMH Home Health and Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – all are invited


    The Cummins Band will again be in concert this Wednesday night at 7:30 in the Olney City Park Band Shell – it’s free admission – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are invited to attend


    The Rotary Book Bus will be available to Richland County youngsters this Wednesday in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – that’s from 10:00 to 12 noon in the morning and from 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Southeastern Illinois will have their monthly meeting tomorrow night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – an informal time to share information and support – all invited


    The RMH Auxiliary has a Thrifty Home Medical Uniform fundraiser today from 8:00 to 3:00 in the RMH private dining rooms – proceeds to the Auxiliary projects at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney

 

 

 

June 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The frontal boundary has finally move thru the Midwest and is off to our east – a high pressure ridge will give us some sunshine today & tomorrow with the cooler-than-normal air in place as well – an approaching upper level disturbance will give another rain chance tomorrow night into Monday morning – then we’re dry on Tuesday before more rain chances next Wednesday & Thursday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  With Independence Day a week away, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds Illinois residents to leave fireworks to the experts this year – many injuries & fires occur each year from these devices and therefore should be used only by trained professionals – officials say backyard fireworks were responsible for some 11,400 injuries and 8 deaths in 2013 – for more info, logon at www.sfm.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  With plenty of excess water standing around & summertime now here, those working or playing outdoors are reminded to take the needed precautions against mosquitoes – the pesky insects are now a huge nuisance, especially in wooded areas, and with the threat of spreading the West Nile Virus, anyone outdoors must be prepared – practice the three “R’s” : Reduce, Repel, & Report : REDUCE exposure to mosquitoes by limiting time outdoors at certain periods of the day & by reducing any standing water : REPEL when outdoors by covering all skin & using insect repellent containing DEET : REPORT any dead birds to a local health department  :  for more, contact the Jasper County Health Department or check the State Department of Public Health’s website online, around the clock, at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues on the fairgrounds in Newton – it’s the popular Demolition Derby is scheduled to wrap things up tonight at 7:00 – there’s two more cash giveaway drawings tonight as the winners must be present to cash in – plenty of concessions, carnival rides, games, & more – plus stop in and greet new Miss Jasper County Fair Queen RaeLee Dhom – it’s all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The West Salem Fire Department is underway with its annual Freedom Celebration – that’s today and tomorrow in Centennial Park and on the square in downtown West Salem – it all started with the Masonic Lodge 866 breakfast already underway and the town-wide rummage sales beginning here at 7:00 – also at 7:00, the registration opens for the 5th Annual Freedom Celebration 5K Run / Walk and Kid’s Fun Run, all starting at 8:00 – then at dusk today, the annual fireworks display will take place at Centennial Park with plenty of concessions and a 50/50 raffle drawing – a community worship service is at 10:30 tomorrow morning on the square, followed by a Country Rhodes buffet at the firehouse starting at 12 noon – also the annual Car/Truck/Bike/Tractor Show on the square from 11:30 to 4:30 – check it out in West Salem.

 

(OLNEY)      The Lawrence County Longspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its annual JAKES Field Day today at Red Hills State Park near Sumner – for youth up to the age of 17, the field day event runs from 10:00 to 3:00 – activities include archery, air rifle & shotgun shooting, hunting safety, & more – plus a free lunch & prize drawing – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent/guardian with forms on hand starting at 9:00 – parents & grandparents are invited to hang around.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – there’s various prizes to be won and you do not need to be present that day to win – stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup, or the Citizen’s National Bank in Olney


    The Fathers of Legacy…Legacy of Hope will host a Bike Show this afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 at Fox River Assisted Living Apartments in Olney – all bikers are invited – concessions include Biker BBQ, plus live music, bike judging with several categories, & all Veterans will be recognized – donations collected for Richland County Operation HomeFront and for the “Elder Make A Wish” program – all are invited


    It’s the June Blast today, all day & night, in Sailor Springs – includes breakfast this morning from now to 9:00 and a spaghetti lunch from 11:00 to 1:00, both at the Foundation Building – plus pork burgers & hot dogs from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Sailor Springs Church of Life – then a fish fry from 3:00 to 6:00 at the American Legion – also rummage & bake sales, games, raffle drawings, school house tours, & more


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its fundraising “duck race” this morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney, starting at 10:00 – tickets are on sale at all area banks or from any ERFAE member – top prize is $2,500 cash with other cash prizes for heat winners and more


    The Wal-Mart DC 2nd Annual Motorcycle Run is this morning – all bikes are welcome – it’s registration at 8:15 this Saturday morning at Travco Motorsports in Olney – the kick stands go up at 10:00

 

 

 

June 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the frontal boundary that’s given us unstable weather conditions all week finally moves out of our area by tonight, we’ll have one more day & night of potential thunderstorm activity with another 1 to 2 inches of rain possible before ending – then less humid & dry air moves in for tomorrow & Sunday – an upper level disturbance could give us some rain Sunday night, but we’re mostly dry and cool next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Richland, Jasper, and most all surrounding counties from now thru tonight – another 1 to 2 inches of  rain is possible today thru tonight along and just south of  Interstate 70 and along the Route 50 corridor – more could fall in isolated areas – be alert to additional flooding as a result – motorists are reminded to stay off those roads covered by water.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday vetoed 19 budget bills that combine to create a deficit of nearly $4 billion – the Governor said that not only is a balanced budget good practice, but it’s required by the State Constitution – supporters of the Democratic-proposed budget say the plan is as good as it gets – others say it’s back to the drawing board – a state budget must be in place by next Wednesday, July 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  In a joint statement made yesterday, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Governor Bruce Rauner, announced an agreement has been reached to preclude the possibility of a strike or lockout for a one-month period after the state’s collection bargaining agreement with AFSCME expires next Tuesday, June 30th – this allows more negotiations during the month of July.

 

(NEWTON)  Secretary of  State Jesse White is reminding all commercial motor vehicle operators of testing & eligibility changes to federal CDL rules effective next Wednesday, July 1st – the new rules establish new federal standards for knowledge and skills testing and eligibility criteria – for details, call Illinois’ CDL Help Desk at  217-785-3108  or visit the Secretary of  State’s website at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation Board recently presented a check for $125,000 to the hospital in support of the new MRI / Nuclear Medicine addition currently underway in Olney – the funds came available thru unrestricted estate gifts made to the RMH Foundation, as well as other special memorials and contributions – as we mentioned in our news earlier this week, the new project consists of an addition to the south side of Richland Memorial Hospital for the placement of a permanent, state-of-the-art MRI unit, which in turn makes MRI services available to patients on a full-time basis, providing better access & more – hospital officials say the new addition is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues on the fairgrounds in Newton – it’s another Family Night on this Friday night with armbands for a $5 admission beginning at 6:00 and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor Pull tonight starts at 7:00 – then the popular Demolition Derby is scheduled to wrap things up tomorrow night at 7:00 – there are two more cash giveaway drawings tonight & tomorrow night as the winners must be present to cash in – plenty of concessions, carnival rides, games, & more – a huge “thank you” to all the businesses and individuals that supported last evening’s 4-H Livestock Auction – so come on out and greet new 2015 Jasper County Fair Queen RaeLee Dhom – all at the Jasper County Fair, on the fairgrounds, in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  Also a note – today is Senior Fair Day at the Jasper County Senior Center – all are invited to join the fun starting at 10:30 this morning, followed by lunch to be served at 11:30 – there will be plenty of games, prizes, good food, drinks, and lots of fun and good company, plus it will be dry – all are invited.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from Olney Central College : OCC is expanding its Administration of  Justice Program to include a new Security & Loss Prevention Certificate – classes will begin this fall for the one year program designed to prepare students for positions such as loss prevention experts, security guards, detectives, and criminal investigators as well as gaming & surveillance investigators : OCC is also now accepting new students for its Information Systems Technology Program, which prepares students to handle the day-to-day operations of the computer-related activities for a business and an organization’s information system – the program offers either a one year certificate or two year associate’s degree : for more on these programs, or to register, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  – fall classes begin August 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Fifth Street Renaissance / SARA Center mobile testing unit is available in Jasper County to conduct local blood tests – located by FS, just north of the Jasper County Fairgrounds, the mobile unit is available for blood tests to check for various diseases – officials say with an HIV and Hepatitis C outbreak in neighboring Indiana, involving less than 300 people, it’s a good time for testing – folks can stop by the mobile unit for more information or details – check the website at  www.fsr-sara.org  or call  217-544-5040.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that appointments should be finalized today for the Richland County Preschool Screening which will be next Monday morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney – the one hour screening is for preschoolers in Richland County who must be 3 years old as of Monday – the screening results are used to locate children who may qualify for the Richland County, ROE #12, or KidZone Prekindergarten programs – Headstart representatives will also be available to sign up children – the children will need their social security numbers, proof of family income, immunization records, and birth certificates – for a required appointment, call Amanda Zuber at ERES,  618-395-8540.

 

(OLNEY)  The West Salem Fire Department is gearing up to this weekend’s annual Freedom Celebration – that’s tomorrow and Sunday in Centennial Park and on the square in downtown West Salem – it all starts with the Masonic Lodge 866 breakfast tomorrow morning at 6:00 and the town-wide rummage sales begin at 7:00 – also at 7:00, the registration opens for the 5th Annual Freedom Celebration 5K Run / Walk and Kid’s Fun Run, all starting at 8:00 – then at dusk, the annual fireworks display will take place at Centennial Park with plenty of concessions and a 50/50 raffle drawing – on Sunday, a community worship service starts at 10:30 on the square, followed by a Country Rhodes buffet at the firehouse starting at 12 noon – also the annual Car/Truck/Bike/Tractor Show on the square from 11:30 to 4:30 – check is out in West Salem.

 

(OLNEY)      The Lawrence County Longspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its annual JAKES Field Day tomorrow at Red Hills State Park near Sumner – for youth up to the age of 12, the field day event runs from 10:00 to 3:00 – activities include archery, air rifle & shotgun shooting, hunting safety, & more – plus a free lunch & prize drawing – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent/guardian with forms on hand starting at 9:00 – parents & grandparents are invited to hang around.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Fathers of Legacy…Legacy of Hope will host a Bike Show tomorrow from 2:00 to 6:00 at Fox River Assisted Living Apartments in Olney – all bikers are invited – concessions include Biker BBQ, plus live music, bike judging with several categories, & all Veterans will be recognized – donations collected for Richland County Operation HomeFront and for the “Elder Make A Wish” program – all are invited


    It’s the June Blast tomorrow, all day & night, in Sailor Springs – includes breakfast in the morning from 7:00 to 9:00 and a spaghetti lunch from 11:00 to 1:00, both at the Foundation Building – plus pork burgers & hot dogs from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Sailor Springs Church of Life – then a fish fry from 3:00 to 6:00 at the American Legion – also rummage & bake sales, games, raffle drawings, school house tours, & more


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its fundraising “duck race” tomorrow morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney, starting at 10:00 – tickets are on sale at all area banks or from any ERFAE member – top prize is $2,500 cash with other cash prizes for heat winners and more


    The Wal-Mart DC 2nd Annual Motorcycle Run is tomorrow morning – all bikes are welcome – it’s registration at 8:15 tomorrow morning at Travco Motorsports in Olney – the kick stands go up at 10:00


    The Annual Salad Luncheon at the Grace United Methodist Church is today, just one block west of the Square in Newton – the menu includes a large variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls, and drinks for a suggested donation of  $7 at the door – the serving runs from 11:00 to 1:30


    The Jasper County Republicans will be holding a pork burger fundraiser today at the Newton KC Hall with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – priced at $2.50 per sandwich – all are invited


    The Richland County Farmers Market is today in the Olney City Park in the Swine Barn – fresh produce and more will be available to the public from 11:00 to 4:00 this afternoon – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Public Library has its Scholastic Book Fair set up with today being the final day to take part – stop by the Olney Public Library and see what it has to offer you and your family
       

 

 

 

6/25/15

 

(OLNEY)  As the frontal boundary moves north across downstate Illinois today, our chances of rain or thunderstorms increase thru this afternoon and into tonight – the better chance of rain or storms will be tomorrow with all the wet weather moving out by early Saturday morning – then a dry and pleasant weekend with less humidity in place – look for more rain next Monday & Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner signed the state’s Education Bill into law yesterday – while the measure does not increase education spending by as much as the Governor’s proposal would have, it does raise K-12 spending by $244 million and early childhood education funding by $25 million – the bill also included appropriations for Bi-lingual Education and the Teachers’ Retirement System as well.

 

(OLNEY)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a settlement with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to ensure student athletes with disabilities have full and equal opportunities to compete and earn points for their teams at state meets held by the IHSA – this deals with track & field and swimming & diving – the settlement resolves a 2012 lawsuit brought by Madigan representing an Oak Park athlete.

 

(NEWTON)  Entry deadlines are quickly approaching for the many competitions to be held at the 2015 Illinois State Fair – every year the Fair hosts more than 8,700 contests, ranging from judged art shows and culinary showdowns to livestock and horticulture competitions – plus this year some new events have been added – to check the events & deadlines, logon to the State Fair website, at www.illinoisstatefair.info and click on the “Competitions” tab – the Illinois State Fair in Springfield will be held August 13th thru 23rd.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s Office has now mailed out all of this year’s real estate and mobile home tax bills – while the first installment of real estate taxes is due July 15th, 2015, the second and final installment will be due September 15th – the mobile home privilege tax is due in one installment, due on July 31st, 2015 – if for some reason you’ve not received your tax bill as of yet, or if you have questions in regards to your bill, contact the Treasurer’s temporary office at the former Celebrations store, at 224 East Main Street, in downtown Olney – the office is open Monday thru Friday, each day from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues on the fairgrounds in Newton – the final 4-H events are today with the Dairy Show at 10:00 this morning and the Livestock Auction this afternoon at 5:00 – later tonight is the Rodeo event starting at 7:00 – tomorrow night is another Family Night with armbands for a $5 admission beginning at 6:00 and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor Pull tomorrow night at 7:00 – it’s the popular Demolition Derby scheduled to wrap things up Saturday night at 7:00 – there are two $50 cash giveaway drawings each night for the rest of the week, however the winner must be present to cash in – plenty of concessions, plus the carnival rides, games, & more – all at the annual Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Entries are now being accepted for the Richland County Fair’s Talent Show, scheduled for Tuesday night, July 7th, starting at 7:00 – as in the past, the Show will have three performing divisions  :  Junior Division for performers age 14 and under  :  Senior Division for those age 15 to 21  :  and the Open Division for those age 22 and older, and for previous winners who’ve advanced to state competition  :  all contestants must complete an entry form with the final day to enter being Friday, July 3rd, a week from tomorrow– entry forms are available at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office – the Talent Show is open to the residents of Richland County – for more details, call Show Director Ruth Henry, at  618-302-4021.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging folks around the state to start taking precautions against the West Nile Virus – while local health departments are now accepting birds and mosquito samples for West Nile Virus testing, Illinoisans can start taking simple precautions by practicing the three “R’s”  :  reduce, repel, & report  :  REDUCE exposure to mosquitoes by limiting time outdoors at certain times & by reducing any standing water where mosquito breeding occurs  :  REPEL when outdoors by covering all skin & using insect repellent containing DEET  :  REPORT any dead birds to a local health department  :  for more details, contact the Jasper County Health Department in Newton, or check the State Department of Public Health’s website, available online around the clock, at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Local and area producers are reminded that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is now underway – the nomination forms must be postmarked or received in local USDA Service Centers by the close of business on Monday, August 3rd, less than six weeks away – for more information or details, farmers can call or stop by their local county Farm Service Agency office.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Fathers of Legacy…Legacy of Hope will host a Bike Show this Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 at Fox River Assisted Living Apartments in Olney – all bikers are invited – concessions include Biker BBQ, plus live music, bike judging with several categories, & all Veterans will be recognized – donations collected for Richland County Operation HomeFront and for the “Elder Make A Wish” program – all are invited


    It’s the June Blast this Saturday, all day & night, in Sailor Springs – includes breakfast that morning from 7:00 to 9:00 and a spaghetti lunch from 11:00 to 1:00, both at the Foundation Building – plus pork burgers & hot dogs from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Sailor Springs Church of Life – then a fish fry from 3:00 to 6:00 at the American Legion – also rummage & bake sales, games, raffle drawings, school house tours, & more


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its fundraising “duck race” this Saturday at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney, starting at 10:00 – tickets are available for purchase at all area banks or from any ERFAE member – top prize is $2,500 cash with second top prize at $1,000 cash, plus $500 cash for third place and other prizes for the heat winners – get your tickets now for Saturday


    The Annual Salad Luncheon at the Grace United Methodist Church is tomorrow, just one block west of the Square in Newton – the menu includes a large variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls, and drinks for a suggested donation of  $7 at the door – the serving runs from 11:00 to 1:30 – all ages are invited this Friday


    The Jasper County Republicans will be holding a pork burger fundraiser tomorrow at the Newton KC Hall with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – priced at $2.50 per sandwich, large orders can be called in for delivery by today, this Thursday – call  618-783-3185  or  618-783-3722  or  618-554-5870

 
    The Farmers Market will be set up later today in the Noble Village Park – fresh produce and more will be available to the public from 3:00 to 6:00 this afternoon and evening – that’s today in the Noble Village Park


    The Olney Public Library has its Scholastic Book Fair this week, continuing today and the final day, tomorrow – stop by the Olney Public Library and see what it has to offer you and your family