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September 17, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge will move over the Midwest, therefore keeping us dry and cool for a couple more days and nights – a slight warming trend will put us back into the 80’s for highs on Saturday, but an approaching cold front will bring us rain chances Saturday night and Sunday, plus a little cooler air then for the first part of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney and Newton for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Chicago Tribune reports that federal authorities in Chicago have issued a new subpoena for records involving the Governor’s troubled anti-violence program – delivered to the Criminal Justice Information Authority, the action stemmed from a February special grand jury seeking copies of documents, memos, and timesheets, among other things – the 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the subject of a scathing state auditor general’s report for mismanagement and misspending, already has been under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Springfield, the Cook County State’s Attorney, and a Legislative Commission.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ largest union has announced it will back Governor Pat Quinn in the November 4th election instead of GOP hopeful Bruce Rauner, despite AFSCME’s bitter past with the Governor – while the union disagreed with recent decisions dealing with state pensions and state employee pay raises, AFSCME leaders say Quinn is still the best choice – many union members disagree, noting that hundreds of state workers have lost their jobs over the past few years due to Quinn’s several downstate facility closings.

 

(NEWTON)  Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that now 12 states have reported respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus “enterovirus 68” – the CDC says together, the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and New York have 130 lab-confirmed cases, all of which involve children – while no deaths have been reported, the virus can cause mild to severe illness, especially effecting children with asthma – the CDC says the virus strain is not new, but only a small number of laboratories can test for it.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s been another setback for the oilfield process of “hydraulic fracking” in Illinois – the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules met yesterday to look over the rules, but instead of approving the rules, sent them back to Department of Natural Resources for changes – some of the lawmakers who sit on the Committee say the rejected rules go too far and to not represent the original intent of the law, which was passed well over a year ago – JCAR will meet again on October 14th with hopefully new rules to look at.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met for just over one hour last night – the Council  :  approved the payment of bills worth $298,570  :  unanimously rejected bids submitted for the city’s new electric building  :  also rejected bids for the city square water line replacement work and installation of Brookside (Xanders) Addition water and wastewater mains, agreeing to re-bid all projects  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all City of Newton employees  :  approved the rates submitted by Jetter Truck Services Line Cleaning  :  also approved three TIF applications, each worth $2,500 – those locations were 602 South Van Buren Street, 402 East Morgan Street, and 607 West Jourdan Street  :  noted the city had a “clean” audit with everything in compliance as reported by the Kemper CPA Group  :  noted the city swimming pool has been drained & repairs made as needed  :  said “thanks” for donated trees planted in Peterson Park from Tony O’Brien and the Modern Woodmen of America  :  and took no other action after a 18-minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on October 7th.

 

(OLNEY)  The latest USDA Crop Report shows last week’s statewide rainfall and cool weather has hampered the fall harvest – the statewide precipitation last week averaged 2.30 inches, nearly an inch and a half above normal – last week’s average temperature was 59.8 degrees, just over 9 degrees below normal – while the harvest is underway around the state, this year’s crop development continues to be well ahead of last year and the 5-year average  :  farmers in our ten county region report the local crops continue to look better than average, still with 80% rated good to excellent, over 15% rated fair, and 5% or less rated poor to very poor – with nearly all the local corn crop now dented, at least half the corn is mature with 5% now harvested – about half the local soybean fields are turning color with 15% of the beans now dropping leaves – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” during the fall harvest season in downstate Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  A Georgia man has entered a guilty plea to charges that he cheated three Edwards County residents out of thousands of dollars in a driveway-paving scam earlier this summer – in Edwards County Court, down in Albion yesterday, 65 year old Jack Harrison was ordered to pay restitution to those he scammed – the amounts were $5,000, $7,400, and $9,900 with the total paid at $21,400 altogether.

 

(NEWTON)  One of the state’s largest automobile events will kickoff tomorrow night in Effingham – the Mid America Motorworks’ 21st Annual Corvette Funfest begins with a downtown party from 5:00 to 8:00 – it includes a downtown parade as the Fun Run Road Tour arrives in Effingham at around 5:15 – anywhere from 450 to 500 Corvettes are expected, with over 40,000 visitors during the weekend – a part of the event this year is The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall with free admission – logon at www.FunfestEvents.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe today as Constitution Day with various activities planned at the four IECC campuses  :  Olney Central College will host a special exhibit in the Anderson Library with free Constitution booklets for all students, plus the “Creating the Constitution” video will play from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson will also have a Constitution Day display with pocket size copies of the U.S. Constitution available and informative videos from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel and Frontier Community College in Fairfield will both offer displays, free booklets, and more  :  and WVJC-TV will telecast the reading of the Preamble at 1:00.

 

REMINDERS :
    The United Methodist Church in Louisville will host a Jonah Fish Fry this Saturday evening with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available, plus a silent auction with various items


    The Crawford County Airport will host it’s Fly In / Drive In this Saturday – with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 (sign up early), lunch will be served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, chips, & drinks – various prizes for kids, adults, and visiting pilots – all are invited to attend


    The Richland County Democrats will host a picnic this Saturday in the Olney City Park, starting at 12:00 noon – for ticket information, contact any Democrat Precinct Committeeman – that’s this coming Saturday


   A fundraising Archery Shoot is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club, southwest of Ingraham – it’s all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by the Wal-Mart DC 6059 – includes 30 3D targets with prizes and concessions – for all ages – no cross bows allowed


   It’s another Friday night dance coming up this week at the Olney VFW, from 7:00 to 10:00 – for those age 21 and older, the dance is open to the public – that’s this Friday night at the Olney VFW


    Equine LEAD, southwest of Olney, will host a special program tomorrow evening at 6:00 featuring technical training courses on Equine Myofascial Release, known as EMFR – plus a chance for area horses to attend an EMFR session Friday at a minimal cost – call 843-8702 or logon at www.equinelead.com


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Fall Meeting is tomorrow at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon – registration at 9:00, the meeting at 9:30 – lunch is $7 – those attending are reminded to bring items for the Lessie Bates Neighbor House and the Cunningham Children’s Home


    There’s a couple of meetings on this Wednesday  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County meets this afternoon at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room  :  City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board meets this evening at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  both meetings are open to the public

 

 

 

September 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As last night’s low pressure system moved thru with small downstate rainfall amounts, a high pressure ridge will now control our weather conditions for the next several days – that means seasonably cool temperatures and a dry sky, plus a gradual warming trend as we approach the weekend, but another cold front with rain Saturday night and Sunday will cool us down the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s turning into one of the most competitive Governor’s race in the nation as Illinois’ two main candidates continue to hound each other – Governor Quinn’s camp yesterday accused GOP candidate Bruce Rauner of profiting “from fraud” – meanwhile, Rauner yesterday called the Illinois Department of Transportation a “scam” under the Quinn administration – both will square off in the November 4 election.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois lawmakers may take action within the next year on school funding reform – close to 100 organizations from around the state are joining together to urge lawmakers to overhaul Illinois’ dated school funding formula, which was first put in place back in 1997 – while there’s wide agreement that the state’s formula should be altered, how it should be changed remains under debate – known as Funding Illinois’ Future, the group’s members include school officials, business groups, civil rights organizations, community foundations, and education reform groups – a proposal that passed out of the State Senate would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts, if approved.

 

(NEWTON)  The vault that held President Abraham Lincoln’s casket before it was moved into its final resting place is getting a $300,000 facelift – the work at Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery will include repairs to the stone façade, gate restoration, drain installation, and waterproofing – the President and his son, Willie’s, caskets were kept in the vault for just over seven months, from May to December, back in 1865 – the repair work should be done by next May, in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the average county-wide rainfall was seven tenths of an inch (0.70) – the township totals ranged from a high of an inch and fifteen hundredths (1.15) in German Township to a low of a half inch of rain (0.50) in both Olney & Claremont Townships – the second highest total came in at eight tenths of an inch (0.80) in both Denver & Preston Townships – then it was seven tenths (0.70) in both Noble & Madison Townships, six tenths of an inch (0.60) in Bonpas Township, and fifty-five hundredths (0.55) in Decker Township – here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured only forty-one hundredths of an inch of rain during the 7 days – most all the rain fell last Wednesday night and thru the day last Thursday.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Crop Production report was out last week  :  Illinois farmers have 11.8 million acres of corn, unchanged from the previous forecast and from a year ago – the state’s corn yield is forecast at 194 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last month and up 16 bushels from last year – if realized, this would be a record yield in Illinois, surpassing the previous record of 180 bushels per acre back in 2004 : statewide farmers are expected to harvest 10.05 million acres of soybeans, up 7% from last year, but unchanged from the August forecast – the Illinois bean yield is forecast at 56 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from the August forecast and up 7 bushels from 2013 – if realized, this also would be a record high yield.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day tomorrow with various activities planned at the four IECC campuses  :  Olney Central College will host a special exhibit in the Anderson Library with free Constitution booklets for all students, plus the “Creating the Constitution” video will play from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson will also have a Constitution Day display with pocket size copies of the U.S. Constitution available and informative videos from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel and Frontier Community College in Fairfield will both offer displays, free booklets, and more  :  and WVJC-TV will telecast the reading of the Preamble at 1:00.

 

(NEWTON)  During this Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police,& other local law enforcement agencies are out promoting rail safety awareness – enforcement details will be held at various railroad grade crossings in Jasper and surrounding counties to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad crossings and property – Illinois last year ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision and trespasser fatalities involving railroads – for more details or information, check out the website available online at www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The 70th Annual Meeting of the Clay Electric Co-operative, based in Flora, was held last week as members heard updates on various topics – the members were officially introduced to new Executive Vice President and General Manager Edward VanHoose, who took over the position in July from retiring GM John Meng – members learned that there is currently no rate increase planned for the coming year, plus were also updated on technology upgrades to improve communication and outage response time and noted the co-operative’s financial status and talked about cyber-security – three area men were re-elected to the Co-op’s Board of Directors, they include Richard Rudolphi of Wendelin, Danny Schnepper of Louisville, and Bill Croy of Clay City – the Clay Electric Co-operative serves more than 3,227 meters with over 936 miles of line in parts of Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Richland, and Wayne Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will again be offering another Concealed Carry Course this week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s this Thursday & Friday night, September 18th & 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00, and on Saturday, September 20th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – pre-registration is required with the $167 cost for in-District students or the $90 cost for enrollees over 60 years of age due in advance – the 16-hour course covers all aspects of Illinois’ Concealed Carry law – for more or to signup, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at 866-982-4322 or Frontier Community College at 877-464-3687.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  Thursday at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor’s Center from 12:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the North Clay High School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  area blood drives next week will be held in Flora, Clay City, Toledo, Effingham, Mattoon, and Charleston  :  for more details on how to give blood or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Crawford County Airport will host it’s Fly In / Drive In this Saturday – with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 (sign up early), lunch will be served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, chips, & drinks – various prizes for kids, adults, and visiting pilots – all are invited to attend


    Equine LEAD, southwest of Olney, will host a special program this Thursday evening at 6:00 featuring technical training courses on Equine Myofascial Release, known as EMFR – plus a chance for area horses to attend an EMFR session Friday at a minimal cost – call 843-8702 or logon at www.equinelead.com


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Fall Meeting is this Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church down in Mt. Vernon – with registration at 9:00 in the morning, the meeting starts at 9:30 – the cost of lunch is $7 and those attending are reminded to bring items to be collected for the Lessie Bates Neighbor House and for the Cunningham Children’s Home


    The Jasper County Health Department will host its “divorcing parents” class tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – for more details or to signup, call the department office in Newton at 618-783-4154


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton has its monthly “steak night” tonight – the steaks go on the grill at 6:00 and they’re available first come, first served – pay at the door – all are invited


    There’s an area meeting on the schedule for this Tuesday night – the Newton City Council will meet tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes some old business and a lot of new business, plus a closed session – as always, the meeting is open to the public


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


    Olney Central College is preparing for its 1st Annual Career / Job Fair & Exposition in the OCC Gym today, from 10:00 until 3:00 – all are invited out to get more information about area job availability – nearly 50 downstate and regional businesses and companies will be taking part today at Olney Central College

 

 

 

September 15, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching low pressure weather system will track east across the Midwest today – this will bring us our next chance of rain in the form of scattered showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, but only late this afternoon, then ending by midnight – a high pressure ridge will build in to keep us dry and cool the rest of the work week – more rain chances then Saturday night thru Sunday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more legal troubles for Governor Pat Quinn as dozens of IDOT workers who’re slated to lose their jobs have filed suit – they say they’re being canned so Quinn can save face during the heated election – all of the workers are staff assistants who may have been hired based on clout, not necessarily on skill – the lawsuit is calling for IDOT documents to provide details on why they’re losing their jobs.

 

(OLNEY)  The downstate school strike continues in Highland as teachers again last night turned down the latest offer from the School Board and a Federal Mediator – it’s mostly about promised pay raises and extra duties – more meetings are set for later this week as the students stay out of school there  :  meanwhile, the Springfield School Board is expected to vote today on a new teacher’s contract – the teacher’s union there will meet earlier today – a tentative agreement was reached a week ago today with students still in school.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging families across the state to plan now for possible emergencies during this National Preparedness Month of September – this year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and each week has a special focus – this week, it’s how to build an emergency kit – while daily preparedness tips are posted daily on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois), information is also available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s more scams going around the downstate area – residents should be alert to those “get rich quick” callers with information that’s “too good to be true” – the latest scam is reportedly from a caller advising the victim that they have won a $50,000 prize, but in order to claim it, the resident is asked to get a “red dot” or some type of prepaid visa card to send them, or to wire them money to supposedly cover taxes or a so-called processing fee – such a call is also followed up by someone claiming to be from a consumer fraud division of the government, advising that it is trying to catch the scammers, but also wants money to help further the investigation – remember folks, never give anyone personal information or money over the phone and/or internet – authorities tell residents to simply hang up the phone if they get such a call or calls.

 

(NEWTON)  A Jasper County woman was sentenced to federal prison on methamphetamine drug charges last week in Southern Illinois’ District Court – 29 year old Ashley Attaway of Yale was sentenced to 188 months (15 years, 8 months) in prison to be followed by 5 years parole – Attaway had previously pleaded guilty to the charge that she and three others conspired to knowingly distribute meth – a co-defendant in the case, 36 year old Rebecca Moore of Yale, who has also pleaded guilty, is scheduled for sentencing October 3rd – the other co-defendants, 44 year old David Haltermann of Yale and 39 year old Ricky Lee Roberts II of Franklin, Indiana, are set for trial on November 3rd – the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department headed up the investigation with assistance from Crawford County and the Jasper County State’s Attorney’s office.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man whose last known address was Carbondale and was last seen on foot down in the New Burnside area – 27 year old Tyree M. Neal, Jr., is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and gold teeth – Neal was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans – wanted by police in connection with a vehicular high-jacking, ramming a police squad car, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and other outstanding warrants, it’s possible that Neal is moving thru Southeastern Illinois – those with any information about Neal’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Illinois State Police or local authorities.

 

(NEWTON)  With the State of Illinois proclaiming this week, September 14th thru 20th, as Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department will be out promoting rail safety awareness – during the week, Deputies will take part in enforcement details at various railroad grade crossings in Jasper County to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad crossings and property – in Illinois last year, there were 126 railroad crossing collisions involving motor vehicles which resulted in 21 fatalities and 40 injuries – in addition, there were 52 trespasser incidents last year resulting in 25 deaths and 27 injuries when people trespassed on to railroad property – in fact, Illinois last year ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision and trespasser fatalities involving railroads – for more details, contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office or check out the website available online at www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day this Wednesday, September 17th, with various activities planned at the four IECC campuses  :  Olney Central College will host a special exhibit in the Anderson Library with free Constitution booklets for any and all students, plus the “Creating the Constitution” video will play from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson will also have a Constitution Day display with pocket size copies of the U.S. Constitution available and informative videos from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel and Frontier Community College in Fairfield will both offer displays, free booklets, and more as well  :  the IECC’s TRIO-Student Advantage Network will be handing out TRIO pencils with Constitutional information to students at all four campuses – and WVJC-TV will telecast the reading of the Preamble at 1:00  :  for more, logon at www.iecc.edu.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Embarras River Basin Agency continues to accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the elderly and handicapped – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office to set up an appointment or to get more information – for Richland County, in Olney, call 618-395-2714 – for Jasper County, in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – the other seven ERBA Offices are located in the communities of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia from 12:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor’s Center from 12:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the North Clay High School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  area blood drives next week will be held in Flora, Clay City, Toledo, Effingham, Mattoon, and Charleston  :  logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    Mark your calendars – volunteers are needed for this year’s annual “squirrel count” in the City of Olney – to be held the first three consecutive Saturday mornings in October – volunteers can help in any or all counts, scheduled for October 4th, 11th, and 18th – for details or to signup, call City Hall at 618-395-7302


    The United Methodist Church in Louisville will host a Jonah Fish Fry this Saturday evening with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available, plus a silent auction with various items


    The Crawford County Airport will host it’s Fly In / Drive In this Saturday – with young Eagle rides from 9:00 to 12 noon for kids age 8 to 17 (sign up early), lunch will be served from 12 noon to 3:00, with brats, burgers, chips, & drinks – various prizes for kids, adults, and visiting pilots – all are invited to attend


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton has its monthly “steak night” tomorrow night – the steaks go on the grill at 6:00 and they’re available first come, first served – pay at the door – all are invited


    Olney Central College is preparing for its 1st Annual Career / Job Fair & Exposition in the OCC Gym tomorrow, from 10:00 until 3:00 – all are invited out to get more information about area job availability – nearly 50 downstate and regional businesses and companies will be taking part tomorrow at OCC


    The East Orchard Christian Academy has another fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza today thru tonight – fill out a fundraising form before ordering and a portion of your receipt will benefit the Academy in Olney

 

 

 

September 13, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A strong Canadian high pressure ridge will track east across the Midwest tonight thru tomorrow night, bringing us plenty of dry and cool weather conditions this weekend – a weak low pressure trough could give us some scattered rain chances Monday night, otherwise it will be dry with a slight warming trend thru the work week, next week – enjoy this fall time weather and stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In the Governor’s race, the two major candidates picked up endorsements yesterday : the Chicago Teachers Union said it is fully behind Governor Pat Quinn, calling his GOP opponent an “out of touch privatizer” : meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent Business threw its support behind Republican Bruce Rauner, citing his opposition to government mandates, high taxes, and no common sense : the two, along with other independent candidates, will square off in the upcoming November 4th election.

 

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

 

(OLNEY)  Our prayers are with the family of Brent Burgess of Flora – the 54 year old geologist and current Flora City Councilman past away earlier this week surrounded by family – a graduate of Flora High School and Eastern Illinois University, Brent began working in the downstate oilfield nearly 30 years ago and was recognized by the Illinois Oil & Gas Association as its Illinois Petroleum Professional of the Year in 2008 – his funeral service is tomorrow with visitation later this evening later is this WVLN-WSEI-WIKK newscast.

 

(NEWTON)  The 41st Annual Jasper County Fall Festival continues this weekend in Newton, after starting last night – some of today’s activities include a pancakes & sausage breakfast from now to 10:00, the Classic Car Show registration from 9:00 to 11:00, and the Annual Fall Festival Parade this morning at 10:00 – plus throughout the day there’ll be various games, a cake walk, pumpkin carving & sidewalk chalk art contests, hay rides, kid’s tractor pulling, bingo, plenty of food, & more – this evening’s entertainment lineup includes The Band J4 at 5:30, Highroad III at 7:00, and Kyle Scanlan & Friend Comedy at 9:00 – all at the Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – for details, check the Fall Festival’s Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The 6th Annual Blues Festival is today on the Richland County Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – starting at 4:00, the music will feature some of the most sought-after Blues musicians, plus food vendors and drinks – so bring your family and your chairs as all ages are welcome until 8:00 – after that, it’s for those age 21 and over – sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Council and you can check out their Facebook page online for updates and details – the annual Blues Festival this evening in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    OCC’s preparing for its 1st Annual Career / Job Fair & Exposition in the OCC Gym next Tuesday, the 16th, from 10:00 until 3:00 – all are invited out to get more information about area job availability and more as nearly 50 downstate and regional businesses and companies will be on hand and taking part


    The Wynoose Chowder is this afternoon with serving at 4:00 at the Wynoose Community Building, 7 miles south of Noble – also BBQ pork, plus chicken, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and more


    The Clay City Fall Festival is all day today – with an Antique Tractor Show this morning, the popular parade at 2:00 this afternoon, plenty of food & games, an auction, and much more – all ages are invited


    The next area blood drive is today at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton, from 12:00 to 4:00 – they’ll have refreshments and pork burgers for all donors – so stop by and give the gift of life today in Newton


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its annual “bulk chowder” today with serving at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the half gallon or full gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – remember, no glass containers


       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

 

 

 


 

September 12, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The cool weather conditions will continue across the downstate region today and thru the upcoming weekend – while there is a slight chance of some scattered showers late tonight with a weak upper level disturbance, most of us will stay dry – the extended forecast thru most of next week is also calling for cool and dry conditions, at least thru next Thursday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers want police in every town and city across the state to wear body cameras, and to do so, a special fund would be created to help law enforcement agencies buy the needed equipment – it appears a proposed bill will be considered when lawmakers return to Springfield for the Fall Veto session in November – the need has been heightened by the recent Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

(OLNEY)  The top prosecutor for three decades in downstate Illinois’ Williamson County has resigned – it’s reported that Charles Garnati submitted his letter of resignation effective this past Monday – Garnati has quit midway thru his 8th term – officials say no real reason was given by Garnati for his sudden decision.

 

(NEWTON)  The IDOT has announced that eight of Illinois’ 30 interstate Rest Areas that have been closed for months are set to reopen later this fall – two of the downstate facilities to reopen includes the Gateway Rest Area along Interstate 64 near St. Louis and the Trail of Tears Rest Area along Interstate 57 near the Missouri / Illinois state line – several others are scheduled to be reopened later this year or in early 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County School District officials have announced an incident that occurred yesterday at the Newton Community High School which was dealt with quickly with no real harm to the students and/or staff – Superintendent Dan Cox reports that while an unidentified person gained unapproved access to the high school yesterday, NCHS personnel acted quickly by following the District’s protocol in responding to such an incident – at no time were staff or students in any danger, and with the quick response by Newton and Jasper County law enforcement personnel the incident came to a quick end – the school was on a soft lockdown after the incident to confirm the safety of staff and students – while some social media have false reports of what happened, the School District assures everyone that everything was under control at NCHS.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met for less than an hour last night in its regular monthly meeting for September - the Board  :  before the meeting, gathered in the Richland County Courthouse lobby where the POW/MIA Chair of Honor was dedicated by the local Rolling Thunder Chapter  :  then the meeting began in the County Jail meeting room as the Board approved the claims for the month of August worth $60,633  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, approved a letter of support for the City of Olney’s application to the state to build a proposed medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility near Olney  :  approved Culvert Petitions for both Olney and Noble Townships  :  heard an update on negotiations with Ameren concerning past electric usage with payment due  :  took no action on the proposed computer contract with Illinois Century Network  :  also waiting on more information on proceeding with the County’s American Legal Code Book  :  heard an update on the Courthouse renovation work, mostly on the process of tuckpointing – the Courthouse roofing project has yet to start  :  and noted an upcoming meeting in October of the Joint Review Board and TIF Districts  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved an agreement with Connor & Connor Engineers to replace a bridge in Wade Township next summer  :  noted that the Latona Bridge is now open with new signs at the Latona intersection  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all full-time Jasper County employees  :  approved an Addendum whereas the Ambulance Service can be paid for mutual aid after 8 hours of service  :  approved the purchase of new power cots for the Ambulance Service worth $2,774  :  approved repair work to be done at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  agreed not to pay a former Sheriff’s Deputy for compensation at a recent trial due to early retirement rules  :  approved various appointments as presented  :  noted a public hearing on the Enterprise Zone will be held October 9th at the Newton Public Library  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 9th at 7:30.

 

(OLNEY)  Lawrence County authorities have turned over a local case to the Illinois State Police involving an alleged act of excessive force on a jail inmate at the Lawrence County Jail – the incident occurred last week after two men, a father and son, were arrested after fighting at a liquor establishment along Route 33 in Westport – the father, identified as Gary McMahon, was intoxicated and required medical assistance – while County Deputies and medical responders tried to treat the man, he became combative and began to fight, leading to the excessive force claim, which was caught on video tape – the Lawrence County Jail employee is currently on administrative leave until the Illinois State Police investigation is complete.

 

(NEWTON)  The 41st Annual Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, kicking off this evening with the Band Dynamo at 5:30, science experiments for kids at 6:00, some community challenge giveaways at 7:15, the Friday Night Community Challenge from 7:30 to 8:30, and the DQ Family Movie Night starting at 8:45 – then a very busy Saturday with a pancakes & sausage breakfast from 6:00 to 10:00, the Classic Car Show registration from 9:00 to 11:00, and the Annual Fall Festival Parade at 10:00 – plus throughout the day there’ll be various games, a cake walk, pumpkin carving & sidewalk chalk art contests, hay rides, kid’s tractor pulling, bingo, plenty of concessions, and more – the Saturday evening entertainment lineup includes The Band J4 at 5:30, Highroad III at 7:00, and Kyle Scanlan & Friend Comedy at 9:00 – all at the Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – for details, check the Fall Festival’s Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The 6th Annual Blues Festival is tomorrow on the Richland County Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – starting at 4:00, the music will feature some of the most sought-after Blues musicians, plus food vendors and drinks – so bring your family and your chairs as all ages are welcome until 8:00 – after that, it’s for those age 21 and over – sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Council and you can check out their Facebook page online for updates and details – the annual Blues Festival this Saturday in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lawrence County Longbeards, is again preparing for its Annual Women in the Outdoors event, coming up Saturday, September 27th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the park, the event will again feature a wide variety of activities including archery, canoeing, fly fishing, basketweaving, herbal oils & vinegar, geocatching, a nature walk with outdoor photography, and much more – its’ open to area females ages 14 and older and pre-registration is required by September 25th, two weeks from yesterday – for details or to register, call Michelle Waller at 618-943-7538 – or go online at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The annual Wynoose Chowder will be held this Saturday afternoon with serving to start at 4:00 at the Wynoose Community Building, 7 miles south of Noble – they’ll also be serving BBQ pork, plus chicken, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and more – that’s all this Saturday late afternoon and evening down in Wynoose


    The Clay City Fall Festival is all day tomorrow – with an Antique Tractor Show in the morning, the popular parade is at 2:00, then games, plenty of food, an auction, and much more – all ages are invited


    The next area blood drive is tomorrow at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton, from 12:00 to 4:00 – they’ll have refreshments and pork burgers for all donors – so stop by and give the gift of life this Saturday in Newton at Potter’s House Ministry – to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org


    The Dundas Ruritan Club will have its annual “bulk chowder” this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the half gallon or full gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – remember, no glass containers will be filled – priced at $15 per gallon – come on out to Dundas this Saturday for chowder


    It’s another “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – sponsored by the Auxiliary, they’ll have tacos, nachos, taco salad, & much more – members and non-members invited


    The Richland County Farmers Market is again today set up under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – from 11:00 to 4:00, there will be fresh produce and much more available to the public