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Local News

July 9, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure over the Plains today will shift east into the Great Lakes Region by tomorrow night, giving us quiet weather conditions for the rest of the work week, plus low humidity and a little cooler than normal – however, the next weather-making low pressure system will spread the chance of showers and thunderstorms across Illinois Friday night thru next Tuesday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Department of Employment Security says businesses in Illinois are hanging out the “help wanted” sign – more than 212,000 job openings in Illinois were posted online in June – employers are looking for truck drivers, nurses, retail salespeople, retail supervisors, marketing managers, and many more.

 

(OLNEY)  Scott Air Force Base is a finalist to host a new facility for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency – officials say the current NGIA facility utilizes a 100 year old building in downtown St. Louis, which is old and outdated with high maintenance costs – the agency maps and analyzes intelligence for the U.S. Department of Defense – the other five sites being considered are in Missouri, in the St. Louis area.

 

(NEWTON)  The General Assembly’s Elementary & Secondary Education Committee’s hearing with the Illinois High School Association, set for yesterday in Chicago was canceled, but no word as to why – some lawmakers have been critical of the IHSA for a lack of transparency, wanting to shift the Association’s responsibilities to the state – a first hearing between the two sides was held in Springfield this past May.

 

(OLNEY)  The 158th Richland County Fair continues on the Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park today with grandstand tickets on sale each day from 8:00 until 6:00, then at the gate an hour before the grandstand event – the carnival runs today thru Saturday with armbands available tomorrow – coming up, it’s the Dirt Track Drags tonight, while the Fair’s White Tent will host the Pedal Tractor Pulls and Ag Olympics this afternoon & evening – the Antique Equipment Show is tomorrow from 10:00 to 7:00, with the 4-H Livestock Auction at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls tomorrow night – all the 4-H Livestock Judging continues, plus all the great concessions and fair food – the Richland County Fair thru Saturday in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  The state is split with plenty of moisture upstate, but the need of rain downstate – the USDA Crop Report shows there were 4.6 days suitable for field work last week, on average – statewide rainfall last week averaged 1.48 inches, 0.54 inches above normal – the state’s average temperature was 70.6 degrees, that’s 4 degrees below normal – the state’s wheat harvest reached 82% as of Sunday, slightly ahead of the 79% 5-year average  :  farmers in our ten county area report all the local wheat has been cut, over a third of the corn crop is silking, and a fifth of the soybean crop is blooming – while some areas still have adequate amounts of moisture, others are in need of rain – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while outdoors.

 

(OLNEY)  The Berryville Community in southeastern Richland County is again hosting the Annual Osmon Foxhunters Association’s Field Trial & Bench Show today thru Sunday – in existence for over 100 years, officials say this year’s 2014 event is one of the largest with foxhounds registered from Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, and elsewhere – the event’s first meal is this evening at 5:30, followed by the Bench Show at 6:30 – the Field Trials begin tomorrow morning with the release of hounds at around 3:30 with breakfast at 3:00 – after a Thursday evening fried chicken meal again at 5:30, it’s breakfast & more hunting early Friday morning, followed by Auction Night, Friday night at around 6:00 – then the final day of trials early Saturday morning, followed by awards at 12:00 noon – all meals at the Berryville Community Center are open to the public for a good price, plus all are invited down to the Auction Friday night – also a note to area drivers, be aware of the foxhounds running in the trials – they are all running with GPS tracking collars with antennas and numbers that are identifiable – if anyone has a hound show up at their home after 10:00 each morning, call 618-839-3873 and they’ll be picked up.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County residents are reminded that volunteers can still be used for the remainder of this year’s Jasper County Honey Do Ministry 2014 “Work Week” which continues today thru Friday – with at least 44 projects on the list, volunteers are needed – from carpenters & painters to kitchen workers & those that run errands, the projects are for those that are elderly or those unable to complete the work themselves – donations are also being accepted to help cover the cost of materials and the daily meals provided to the workers – to help out, call Quincy at 618-783-3335, Deb at 618-783-8534, or Jane at 618-783-2534.

 

(OLNEY)  A 22 year old Kell man who allegedly jumped out of his father’s car when being brought to the Marion County Jail in Salem to begin serving a 25 year prison term in March, has surrendered to the U.S. Marshall’s Service – authorities say John Morton called one of the Marshall’s actively involved in the case to arrange his surrender, which occurred without incident – Morton now also faces a new felony escape charge – he was originally convicted of aggravated battery to a child for a 2012 incident where he violently shook his two month old son, which resulted in permanent brain damage to the now 2 year old youngster.

 

(NEWTON)  An Effingham County woman is going to prison for killing her boyfriend – 58 year old Christine Burr of Dieterich has pleaded guilty to the 2011 stabbing death of  Joseph Delaney – Burr also pled guilty to concealment of a homicidal death for disposing of his body, receiving a 25 year prison term – after months of investigations by authorities in Effingham and Jasper Counties, led by the Illinois State Police, Delaney’s body was found along the Embarras River, in rural Jasper County, east of Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of upcoming area drives include  :  today at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and Friday at the Washington Saving Bank in Effingham from 12:00 to 4:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed to help replenish low regional supplies.

 

(NEWTON)  A Cleaning Day has been set for this coming Saturday, July 12th, from 7:00 in the morning until whenever, at the Grove Township Community Center – all cleaning supplies will be furnished and volunteers are needed for the various jobs – a “To Do List” will be posted – it’s a great chance for anyone that needs community service hours – a huge “thank you” to all the volunteers in advance for the assistance.


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REMINDERS :
    It’s a free pool night this Sunday night at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney from 6:00 to 8:00 for all Richland County families – food & drinks available afterwards – sponsored in part by the Olney Elks #926


    The 12th annual Plainfield Church car show is this Sunday, just east of Rose Hill, off of Route 130, north of Newton – registrations for cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, & others from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 2:00 – also, an outdoor church service at 10:00, special music, games, a cake walk, food, and ice cream


    The Outdoors Unlimited Youth & Family Recreation Day is this Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00 at Sam Parr State Park, the white oak picnic area – registration at 9:00 – all are invited – for details, call 618-843-3386


    A fundraising meal with pork burgers, hamburgers, chips, beans, & drink will be served this Friday night at 6:00 at the Moravian Church in West Salem – a free-will offering will benefit the Max Elliott family


    It’s another Story Hour coming up at 2:00 today at the Olney Public Library – all are invited out – plus next Tuesday afternoon at 2:00, all ages are invited to stop by the Library to sing & swing with guest Rick Rayburn – the free event is part of the Library’s summer reading program “Paws to Read”


    It’s been announced that all water customers in the Village of  Parkersburg are under a boil water order until further notice – all cooking and drinking water should be boiled before used in Parkersburg


    Also, the West Liberty / Dundas Water District has issued a boil water order for its customers until further notice – that was effective as of  late yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and is still in affect

 

 

 

July 8, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The first part of the unsettled Midwestern weather pattern has pushed off to our southeast while a cold front will follow from the northwest, bringing in a few more rain chances, along with some cooler and less humid air – a high pressure ridge will keep us dry with a warm up tomorrow thru Friday night – then another on-and-off chance of showers and storms for the weekend ahead – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  High winds & dangerous lightning from a line of  heavy thunderstorms late yesterday afternoon resulted in some regional damage – structure damage and broken utility poles were reported in Edwards, Wayne, and Wabash counties, while other damage was reported in Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, & Crawford counties – some power outages were included – however, there were no injuries reported from the region.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn is allotting more money to help communities recover from the tornadoes that struck Illinois last November – a little over $11.6 million will help the local governments in efforts to rebuild – the Governor also signed three new laws in the hard-hit towns of Washington and Gifford, mostly dealing with taxes, insurance compensation, and more – the funds also help a portion of Massac County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s office is underway with another online auction of unclaimed items – running now thru 10:00 this coming Friday morning, nearly 9,000 pieces are available for purchase, most of which involves collectible coins – to register or for more information, logon at www.treasurer.il.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Agriculture officials are noting the return of the pesky Japanese Beatles to the downstate area – although it appears the ravenous insects are not affecting our region as bad as in the past, due to the freeze deep into the ground this past winter – experts say the best way to do away with the Beatles is to remove them from the plants and put them in soapy water or rubbing alcohol – certain insecticides help as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair has a new Fair Queen – 19 year old Sadie Gassmann of Olney was crowned last night by retiring Queen Alexis Rothrock – Sadie is a 2013 graduate of East Richland High School and the daughter of Gwen Gassmann of Olney – among the other nine contestants, 18 year old Grace Hites was selected as 1st runner up, 16 year old Rachel Woods was the 2nd runner up, and noted as Miss Congeniality was 16 year old Paige Anderson – congratulations to all the young ladies that took part in this year’s pageant and a “thank you” to all the local businesses & individuals for their pageant support as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The 158th Richland County Fair continues on the Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park today with grandstand tickets on sale each day from 8:00 until 6:00, then at the gate an hour before the grandstand event – the carnival runs today thru Saturday with armbands available this Thursday – coming up, it’s the Talent Contest tonight at 7:00 and the Dirt Track Drags tomorrow night – the Fair’s White Tent will host the Pedal Tractor Pulls and Ag Olympics tomorrow afternoon – all of the 4-H Livestock Judging continues, plus all the great concessions and fair food – the Richland County Fair thru Saturday in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County residents are reminded that volunteers can still be used for the remainder of this year’s Jasper County Honey Do Ministry 2014 “Work Week” which continues today thru Friday – with at least 44 projects on the list, volunteers are needed – from carpenters & painters to kitchen workers & those that run errands, the projects are for those that are elderly or those unable to complete the work themselves – donations are also being accepted to help cover the cost of materials and the daily meals provided to the workers – to help out, call Quincy at 618-783-3335, Deb at 618-783-8534, or Jane at 618-783-2534.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the average county-wide rainfall was at six-hundredths of an inch (0.06) – the county’s high rainfall total was fifteen-hundredths of an inch (0.15) in Decker Township – a little less, a tenth of an inch (0.10) was recorded in the four townships of Bonpas, Claremont,  Preston, and Noble – the remaining four townships had no measurable rainfall during the seven days – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, we recorded seven-hundredths of an inch (0.07) of rain over the 7-day period – some much needed rain fell last night in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  A Cleaning Day has been set for this coming Saturday, July 12th, from 7:00 in the morning until whenever, at the Grove Township Community Center – all cleaning supplies will be furnished and volunteers are needed for the various jobs – a “To Do List” will be posted – it’s a great chance for anyone that needs community service hours – a huge “thank you” to all the volunteers in advance for the assistance.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has a couple of meetings coming up this week : the City’s Fire Pension Board will meet at City Hall this coming Thursday morning at 9:00 with several items on the agenda :  the City’s Police Pension Board meets this morning (Tuesday) at 8:30 at City Hall : both are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of upcoming area drives include  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 3:00 to 7:00  :  on Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and Friday at the Washington Saving Bank in Effingham from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org, and remember that all blood types are needed to replenish low area supplies.


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REMINDERS :
    It’s a free pool night this Sunday night at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney from 6:00 to 8:00 for all Richland County families – food & drinks available afterwards – sponsored in part by the Olney Elks #926


    The 12th annual Plainfield Church car show is this Sunday, just east of Rose Hill, off of Route 130, north of Newton – registrations for cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, & others from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 2:00 – also, an outdoor church service at 10:00, special music, games, a cake walk, food, and ice cream


    The Outdoors Unlimited Youth & Family Recreation Day is this Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00 at Sam Parr State Park, the white oak picnic area – registration at 9:00 – all are invited – for details, call 618-843-3386


    The Richland County ABATE will have its regular monthly meeting this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the meeting is open to anyone who’d like to attend


    It’s another Friday night “Taco Night” coming up at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – the Shelter Friends of Olney will have a fundraising 50/50 drawing – it’s good food for a good cause


    It’s another Story Hour coming up at 2:00 tomorrow at the Olney Public Library – all are invited out – plus stop the Public Library today to see what it has available to you and your family


    The Richland County  Farmers Market is set up today under the North Shelter, at the north edge of the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce and more today from 11:00 to 4:00 available to the public


    The RMH Auxiliary’s Longaberger fundraiser ends this morning, from now to 11:30 in the Heim Room at the hospital’s main entrance – proceeds to the Auxiliary for projects around Richland Memorial Hospital

 

 

 

July 7, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An unsettled weather pattern will dominate the region for today & tomorrow, as two cold fronts push across the downstate area – the first front is expected to bring scattered rain and/or storms this afternoon, while the second front will likely bring another round of rain and/or storms late tonight into early tomorrow morning – then we’ll dry off  until the next chance of rain on the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  During a stop in Chicago yesterday, Governor Quinn signed a bill that will ask voters on the November 4th ballot if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control – while Illinois law already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women, the Governor says the non-binding question is even more appropriate now with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on birth control and the Affordable Care Act – some lawmakers say the move is a gimmick intended to boost Democratic voter turnout on November 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  Former Democratic U.S. Senator Alan Dixon had died – the Belleville native served in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1993, following a long career in state politics, where he served as State Representative, State Senator, State Treasurer, and Secretary of State – the 86 year old had his memoir, “The Gentleman from Illinois”, published last year in 2013 – Dixon passed away at his current home in Fairview Heights.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Water Survey reports that this past June 2014 was much wetter than usual across the state and just a little warmer than average – statistics from last month show the average rainfall for June across Illinois was close to 7 inches, nearly 3 inches more than usual, and the 8th wettest June on record – in fact the wettest June recorded in Illinois history was in 1902 when nearly 8-and-a-third inches of rain was recorded in the 30 days – meanwhile, June’s average temperature for June was close to 73 degrees, about 1 degree above average – down at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station at the south edge of Olney, the June rainfall total was at 4.21 inches and the average temperature was 74 degrees – much the same for Jasper County with rainfall at 4.50 inches and just over 74 degrees on average for June.

 

(OLNEY)  The 158th Richland County Fair is well underway, starting over the weekend with the Motocross Racing Saturday night and the Horse Shows & Gospel Sing thru the day & night Sunday – activities on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park will continue today thru Saturday, each day and night, with grandstand tickets on sale each day from 8:00 until 6:00, then at the gate an hour before the nightly grandstand event – the carnival runs tomorrow thru Saturday with this coming Thursday set with the specially-priced armbands – it’s the Queen Pageant is tonight, the Talent Contest tomorrow night, the Dirt Track Drags Wednesday night, the Antique Equipment Show from 10:00 to 7:00 Thursday, the 4-H Livestock Auction Thursday at 3:00, the Tractor Pulls Thursday night, the Truck Pulls Friday night, and the popular Demo Derby to wrap things up Saturday night – the Fair’s White Tent will host various events, including a Wine Tasting from 4:00 to 8:00 tonight, the Pedal Tractor Pulls and Ag Olympics Wednesday afternoon, and Susie Bishop’s Story Hour Friday afternoon – and all of the 4-H Livestock Judging continues thru the first part of this week as well – plus all the great concessions and fair food – it’s all on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  The highlight of the Richland County Fair tonight is the annual Fair Queen Pageant, set to start at 7:00 at the Grandstand – headlined by current Miss Richland County Fair Queen Alexis Rothrock, there are ten young ladies, all from Olney, vying for this year’s crown – they include  :  19 year old Sadie Gassmann  :  18 year old Grace Hites  :  18 year old Maci Graves  :  17 year old Jayla Werner  :  17 year old Chloe St. Pierre  :  17 year old Rachel Snyder  :  17 year old Kyndall Miller  :  16 year old Rachel Woods  :  16 year old Hailey Flanagan  :  16 year old Paige Anderson  :  the reserved tickets for tonight’s event are on sale from 8:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening at the Fair Board Office, with the remaining tickets on sale at the gate – it’s the Richland County Fair Queen Pageant tonight on the fairgrounds in the City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency will start taking applications today for the Summer Energy Assistance Program, which targets at-risk households to help with utility payments for electric service only – priority is given to those with medical conditions, to families with children age 5 or under, to the disabled, or to elderly members age 60 and older – funds are limited – for an appointment, call the local ERBA office in your resident county, including Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Coles, Clark, Edgar, and Douglas – for the Newton office, call 618-783-3987 – for the Olney office, call 618-395-2714.

 

(OLNEY)  Wayne County authorities are are continuing their search for a Fairfield teenager who’s been missing for over four days now – 15 year old Megan Nichols of Fairfield is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 111 pounds, with blond hair, and hazel eyes – at this time there is no indication of foul play – if anyone has information about Megan's location, they should call the Fairfield City Police Department, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, the Illinois State Police, or their local law enforcement agency.

 

(NEWTON)  Fayette County authorities  have confirmed that a Brownstown man has died from injuries he sustained in a recent ATV accident that occurred two weeks ago tomorrow on June 24th – authorities report 22 year old Matthew Hellman died this past Friday out at St. Louis University Hospital – the Illinois State Police say the accident took place in a rural area south of Brownstown, stating that Hellman ran off the right side of the road, slid sideways while trying to regain control of the ATV, and then rolled over several times.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of upcoming area drives include  :  today at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sigel from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  on Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also Wednesday at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 3:00 to 7:00  :  on Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and Friday at the Washington Saving Bank in Effingham from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org, and remember that all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a free pool night this Sunday night at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney from 6:00 to 8:00 for all Richland County families – food & drinks available afterwards – sponsored in part by the Olney Elks #926


    The 12th annual Plainfield Church car show is this Sunday, just east of Rose Hill, off of Route 130, north of Newton – registrations for cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, & others from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 2:00 – also, an outdoor church service at 10:00, special music, games, a cake walk, food, and ice cream


    The Richland County ABATE will have its regular monthly meeting this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the meeting is open to anyone who’d like to attend


    The monthly luncheon for the RMH Auxiliary is this Friday at 12 noon in the lower level conference room – all members are encouraged to attend – reservations are required by this Wednesday


    The RMH Auxiliary is hosting a Longaberger fundraiser today from now to 4:00 and tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:30 – that’s in the Heim Room at the hospital’s main entrance – proceeds to the Auxiliary


    The Jasper County Health Department is offering its next DUI Risk Education class this week, today thru Thursday, each afternoon from 2:00 to 4:30 – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a seat in the class – the $110 fee is required before the class begins later today – call this morning at  783-4154


    A note from the City of Olney – the 100 block of North East Street is closed now until Wednesday due to work needed for the water main replacement project along Main Street – this portion of North East Street, between East Main and East York Streets, will be closed now until Wednesday for the needed work

 

 

 

July 5, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As the high pressure ridge that’s given us the recent cool & dry weather conditions now moves off to the north & east, a southerly wind flow will kick in, bringing in warmer and more humid air today and tomorrow – plus, the next chance of rain with scattered showers and thunderstorms is later tomorrow night and thru the first half of next week, Monday thru Wednesday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police & local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force this weekend, looking for drivers who are speeding, driving while impaired, driving distracted, and not wearing seat belts – those on Illinois waterways, including all rivers & lakes are also urged to think safety first – Conservation Police are also out looking for those boating impaired this weekend – we everyone to stay safe out there.

 

(OLNEY)  The 158th Richland County Fair officially starts today in the Olney City Park – while all Floral Hall entries will be taken thru the day today, the Fair’s first grandstand event is tonight with the Motocross Racing at 7:00 – the Fair’s Horse Shows and Gospel Sing is thru the day and night tomorrow – then the Fair Queen Pageant is Monday night, the Talent Contest is Tuesday night, the Dirt Track Drags is on Wednesday night, the Antique Equipment Show from 10:00 to 7:00 next Thursday, the 4-H Livestock Auction next Thursday at 3:00, the Tractor Pulls next Thursday night, the Truck Pulls a week from tonight, and the popular Demo Derby to wrap things up a week from tomorrow night on July 12th – the Fair’s White Tent will host various events, including a Wine Tasting on Monday night, the Pedal Tractor Pulls and Ag Olympics Wednesday afternoon, and Susie Bishop’s Story Hour next Friday afternoon – plus the Carnival Rides are available next Tuesday thru Saturday – grandstand tickets are on sale at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 in the morning throughout each day of the fair – plus all of the concessions, fair food, & games are available each day & night – it’s all at the Richland County Fair in the Olney City Park – check it out!

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency will start taking applications Monday for the Summer Energy Assistance Program, which targets at-risk households to help with utility payments for electric service only – priority is given to those with medical conditions, to families with children age 5 or under, to the disabled, or to elderly members age 60 and older – funds are limited and the sign up will end July 23rd – certain paperwork and information is required – appointments can be scheduled by calling the local ERBA office in your resident county – they include Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Coles, Clark, Edgar, and Douglas – in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – in Olney, call 618-395-2714.

 

(OLNEY)  National Ruritan Vice-President and President-Elect Robert “Bobby” Burton, Jr. of  North Chesterfield, Virginia, will wrap up his visit today to the Lincolnland Ruritan District in downstate Illinois and Indiana – today’s visits will be at Ruritan Clubs in Mt. Erie, Johnsonville, Geff, Bluford, Wayne City, and Mill Shoals – the visit is being hosted by the Dundas Ruritan Club & National Director Grover Burkett.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of upcoming area drives include  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church near Wheeler from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  plus drives next week near Robinson, and in Teutopolis, Effingham, and Olney  :  all blood types are needed to replenish low supplies – for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Republic Services is hauling it’s normal Friday pickup collection today due to yesterday’s observance of  Independence Day – this applies to all RS customers in the Olney, Noble, & Newton area  :  also a note that the 100 block of  North East Street will be closed next Monday thru Wednesday for water line work – that’s the section of  North East Street between East Main Street and East York Street in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Jasper County Health Department will offer its next DUI Risk Education class next week, Monday thru Thursday, July 7th thru 10th, from 2:00 to 4:30 each afternoon – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a seat in the class – the $110 fee is required before the class begins


    The Hilltoppers 4-H Club is celebrating 60 years as one of the oldest 4-H Clubs in Richland County with a special reception tomorrow evening from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Olney City Park, under the big white tent on the fairgrounds – a special invitation goes out to all former members and leaders to attend this Sunday 

 

 

 

July 4, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a surface high pressure drifts over Illinois today & on up into the Upper Midwest tomorrow, the cool and dry conditions will again prevail – however, on the back side of the high, southerly winds will allow more humid air and the chance of spotty showers and thunderstorms to return to our region by Sunday night and then next Monday thru Wednesday – but until then, enjoy the weather and listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force now thru the first of next week, looking for drivers who are speeding, driving while impaired, driving distracted, and not wearing seat belts – those on Illinois waterways, including all rivers and lakes are also urged to think safety first – DNR Conservation Police will be out looking for those boating impaired this weekend as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The 158th Richland County Fair is getting ready to kickoff this weekend in the Olney City Park – it officially starts with Motocross Racing tomorrow night at 7:00 while all Floral Hall entries will be taken thru the day Saturday – the Fair’s Horse Shows and Gospel Sing is thru the day and night on Sunday – then the Fair Queen Pageant is Monday night, the Talent Contest is Tuesday night, the Dirt Track Drags is on Wednesday night, the Antique Equipment Show from 10:00 to 7:00 next Thursday, the 4-H Livestock Auction next Thursday at 3:00, the Tractor Pulls next Thursday night, the Truck Pulls a week from tonight, and the popular Demo Derby to wrap things up a week from tomorrow night on July 12th – the Fair’s White Tent will host various events, including a Wine Tasting on Monday night, the Pedal Tractor Pulls and Ag Olympics Wednesday afternoon, and Susie Bishop’s Story Hour next Friday afternoon – plus the Carnival Rides are available next Tuesday thru Saturday – and grandstand tickets are on sale daily at the Fair Office each afternoon & evening – so get ready to check it out all in the Olney City Park – the Richland County Farm & Fair Association will oversee the First National Bank in Olney’s fireworks display tonight at around 9:00 and concessions will be available on the fairgrounds this afternoon thru evening - also grandstand tickets for all the Fair's events will be on sale this afternoon from 12 noon until 6:00 and each day of the Fair tomorrow thru next Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  By the way, most all other area fireworks displays will also be set off tonight at around 9:00 – the list includes over the Wabash River in Vincennes, in Charlie Brown Park west of Flora, over the city reservoir in Salem, in the City Park in Robinson, and the big celebration in Dieterich, which includes plenty of music, food, a parade, fireworks tonight, and much more – have a great 4th of July weekend out there.

 

(OLNEY)  National Ruritan Vice-President and President-Elect Robert “Bobby” Burton, Jr. of  North Chesterfield, Virginia, continues his visit to the Lincolnland Ruritan Clubs in downstate Illinois and Indiana today – stops today are in Otwell, Indiana and West Union, Illinois – tomorrow’s final visits will be south in Mt. Erie, Johnsonville, Geff, Bluford, Wayne City, and Mill Shoals – Mr. Burton and his wife, Linda, is being hosted during the visit by the Dundas Ruritan Club and Ruritan National Director Grover Burkett.

 

(OLNEY)  Republic Services is not hauling trash today as Friday’s normal trash collection will be picked up tomorrow – this is for all RS customers in the Olney, Noble, & Newton area  :  all area City and Village Halls are closed today, plus there’s no mail delivery  :  today’s curbside recycling in Olney will be picked up next Monday during that day’s regular recycling pick up – Olney’s brush dump is closed today  :  and a note that the 100 block of  North East Street will be closed next Monday thru Wednesday for water line work – that’s the section of  North East Street between East Main Street and East York Street in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of upcoming area drives include  :  Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church near Wheeler from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  plus drives next week near Robinson, and in Teutopolis, Effingham, and Olney  :  all blood types are needed to replenish low supplies – for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Hilltoppers 4-H Club is celebrating 60 years as one of the oldest 4-H Clubs in Richland County with a special reception this Sunday, July 6th, from 4:00 to 6:00, in the Olney City Park, under the big white tent on the fairgrounds – a special invitation goes out to all former members and leaders to attend this Sunday

 
    The Cummins Band will be in concert again tonight at the Bandshell in the Olney City Park at 7:30  :  the Heritage House Museum, at the corner of Kitchell Avenue & Elm Street in Olney, will have a July 4th Open House this afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 – includes tours, free ice cream, & live entertainment  :  and the Richland County Farmers Market is today from 11:00 to 4:00 in the north shelter in the Olney City Park