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Local News

April 13, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure ridge moving into the Upper Midwest continues to give us a dry and cool sky as a warming trend kicks in today with temperatures rising into the low 70’s for the weekend ahead – an upper level low moving thru tomorrow night into Friday could give us some clouds & some rain, although most rain will stay to our south – otherwise, rain next Monday thru Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – State House Democrats passed a $3.9 billion bill yesterday to fund colleges and human services programs while the state operates without a budget – Republicans say the plan headed to the State Senate is a hoax and that there’s no money to fund the measure – before yesterday’s vote, House Speaker Michael Madigan blamed Governor Rauner for the budget stalemate that’s dragged on since July 1 last year – Madigan met with the Governor and other legislative leaders before the House vote yesterday.

 

(OLNEY)  A death in Illinois has been linked to the same strain of bacteria that’s caused an unprecedented outbreak of infection in Wisconsin – the Illinois Department of Public Health reports an Illinois resident died after contracting an infection from the bacterium “Elizabethkingia” (ee-LIZ’-ah-beth-KING’-ee-ah) – the death was in upstate Illinois and involved underlying health conditions – of the 57 confirmed cases in Wisconsin, there have been 18 deaths – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating.

 

(NEWTON)  Hundreds of students from across the state recently used their creative talents to increase public awareness about the hazards of radioactive radon gas in homes – more than 500 posters and 65 one-minute YouTube videos were submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for consideration in the annual contests – in fact, the top ten videos are now competing in a “most views” contest until next Monday, April 18th – for more, logon at  www.radon.illinois.gov  or  www.healthhouse.org/radon/il.cfm.

 

(NEWTON)  A familiar scam continues to rob regional taxpayers of millions of dollars – area residents are receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service – many of the callers have a foreign accent and they tell residents they owe the IRS money and must pay immediately by money order, credit card, or wire transfer, or else residents face prosecution and jail time – even the calls appear to be from Washington, D.C. through caller I.D. – some calls recorded on answering machines request an immediate call back to a different number – the IRS reminds folks that it never asks for payments by phone or by any other form, plus IRS agents never request personal or financial information by email, text, or any social media, and the IRS does not call and leave messages or threats – authorities advise residents that if they get such a call, the best thing to do is hang up and do not engage conversation or give any information – for more on tax scams and on how to spot a scammer, visit the IRS website online, at  www.irs.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  With the first week of April weather in the books, it’s time to once again keep track on the rainfall amounts in Richland County, as reported by official Farm Bureau member observers in each of the county’s nine townships – here’s a look at the measurements taken for the past week which ended at 8:00 this past Monday morning, April 11th – the largest amount of rain received in Richland County was 1.90 inches in Denver Township, followed by Preston Township’s 1.35 inches, German Township’s 1.30 inches, and 1.20 inches in Decker Township – then 1.10 inches in Bonpas Township, nine-tenths of an inch (0.90) in both Claremont and Madison Townships, three quarters of an inch (0.75) in Olney Township, & no total available in Noble Township – at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, 1.25 inches of rain was recorded for the same time period that ended Monday morning.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some notes to those outdoors  :  resident Illinois deer hunters can apply now thru April 30th, two weeks from this Saturday, for the first lottery drawings for 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer Season permits – applications can be submitted on the DNR website online  :  visitors to Illinois State Parks, Fish & Wildlife Areas, and other IDNR-managed sites with spring turkey hunting programs in April & May are reminded that hunting areas are closed to activities other than spring wild turkey hunting from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 daily – that’s thru May 5th in the South Zone and thru May 12th in the North Zone  :  and all boat owners in Illinois are reminded to check their three-year boat registration/decal and renew their registration if it expires on June 30th, 2016 – also make sure all local boat licenses are up to date as well  :  for more on this and all other things outdoors, check the IDNR website, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Dodransbicentennial Commission is soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed in downtown Olney as part of this Celebration Year – the mural will be located on the east wall of the parking lot area between 108 and 208 East Main Street – while the deadline to submit a proposal is May 20th, the project completion date is proposed for July 22nd – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at the Olney City Hall at 300 South Whittle Avenue from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday thru Friday.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Flora High School from 9:30 to 2:00  :  also today at the Oblong High School from 9:00 to 2:30  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  and also Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish area supplies.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There’s a few meetings tomorrow  :  the Jasper County Board has its regular monthly meeting in Newton at 7:30 Thursday night  :  the Richland County Board has its regular monthly meeting in Olney at 7:00 tomorrow night – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet at 6:00  :  the City of Olney’s Tree Board meets Thursday night at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  and the Olney City Council will have a short special meeting tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 at the Olney City Hall  :  all are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its 23rd Annual Memorial Service this Sunday afternoon at 2:00, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – a time to recognize and memorialize all those who’ve past away over the past year – the public is invited to attend the special service this coming Sunday afternoon


    During this National Library Week, we urge everyone to stop their public library and tell the workers & patrons “thank you” for all they do for our local communities – from providing free access to technology and books, to hosting special programs & more, our local libraries are unlimited sources of assistance – join us as we salute our public libraries in Olney, Newton, and the entire downstate region during this week


    The 16th Annual Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is this coming Thursday, Friday, & Saturday night at the Holiday Inn, down in Mt. Vernon – includes classic country, western swing, and jazz music with over 25 musicians taking part – ticket prices vary – for more, go online at  www.southernillinoisproductions.org


    A pork burger cookout will be this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Olney Rural King to raise funds for the local Mission of Hope Haiti mission trip – they’ll have pork burgers, chips, drinks, and baked goods


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free adult “clothing giveaway” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – the giveaway includes spring & summer adult clothing, such as shorts, capris, flip flops, & swimsuits, plus shoes, handbags, & more – check the Unity Project FaceBook page for details


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the American Legion Post #30 along East Main Street in Olney – serving from 5:30 until sold out, all families are welcome – $6 per plate – the public is welcome


    The Olney Quilt Guild has a special “trunk show” this Friday night at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney starting at 6:30 – it features award winning quilt designer, author, and teacher, Susan Cleveland, with tips and information about quilting – doors open at 6:30 – it’s $3 for Quilt Guild members, $5 for the public


    The local ERBA office in Newton will be distributing federal surplus commodities tomorrow evening as supplies last – that’s from 4:00 to 6:00 Thursday evening – then again Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – the various requirements apply – call or stop by the Jasper County ERBA office in Newton for more details


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Spring Meeting is tomorrow at the Salem United Methodist Church – registration at 9:00, with the meeting at 9:30 – call to sign up at  618-548-1853


     A Community Job Fair is today from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Workforce Development Center in Fairfield, sponsored by Frontier Community College – it’s open to the public – bring resumes for possible interviews

 

 

 

April 12, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will build into the region today, resulting in plenty of sunshine and a dry sky – it also starts a slow warming trend as we head for the low 70’s this weekend – the only break in several days & nights of dry weather is an upper level disturbance that moves near the Midwest by Thursday or Friday – the next significant chance of rain appears to be around Tuesday of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – legislation was introduced by Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan yesterday that declares that education is a fundamental “right”, as opposed to a “goal”, and that the state has financial responsibilities of funding schools – if both the House and Senate approve the Constitutional Amendment, it would be on November’s ballot – revising Illinois’ school-aid formula has been talked about for years in Springfield – Governor Rauner wants a “clean” bill for funding schools to make sure they open this fall.

 

(OLNEY)  Traffic deaths on Illinois highways are on a pace to exceed last year’s total of just over 1,000 – the Kankakee Daily Journal reports there were 255 deaths on the roads thru last week compared with 179 at the same time last year – IDOT officials say the mild winter & lower gas prices resulted in more people on the roads – last year’s 1,003 total traffic deaths in 2015 were the highest in Illinois since 1,043 died in 2008.

 

(NEWTON)  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, along with Governor Rauner and others, will present 25 Illinoisans and five businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards during a special reception at the Old State Capitol tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 – the list includes three recipients of different ages in each of the state’s five areas in Illinois – among the downstate recipients are Senior Corps Member Esther Walker of Flora for her service thru the Clay County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, Adult Volunteer Jamie Waldhoff of Effingham for service to the “Blessings in a Backpack” program, and to business Deb’s Catering of Altamont for local service to area Veterans – others were from Murphysboro, Waterloo, West Frankfort, and Collinsville – for more, logon at  www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved a Class S Liquor License for a special one night event sponsored by the Richland County Farm & Fair Association  :  approved a Special Use Permit for one manufactured home at 1019 and 1023 West Butler Street as recommended by the City’s Plan Commission  :  approved a resolution of support for a SWAN grant application  :  approved quotes for the purchase of rescue equipment upgrades for the Olney Fire Department  :  accepted the $42,446 quote to replace a sewer grinder (dimminutor) for the Olney Sewer Department  :  approved various appointments and re-appointments to the City’s Plan Commission and Board of Appeals as presented  :  approved resolutions to set aside $50,000 in each of the Water and Sewer Funds for use in future projects  :  noted the City’s West Main Water Main Replacement project will soon get started and will include a re-routing  :  noted that the Olney City Park Community Building improvement work will be mostly complete this week  :  took time to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 City budget which will likely be voted on at the next Council meeting  :  set a special meeting for this Thursday, April 14th  :  and took no action after a closed session to discuss real property and personnel  :  the City Council’s next regular meeting will be April 25th.

 

(NEWTON)  Significantly cooler temperatures, with some overnight lows dipping below freezing in some areas, have kept most farmers from planting until soil temperatures rise, plus many regions remain wet – the USDA Crop Report shows the statewide average precipitation last week was 0.54 inches, 0.17 inches below normal – last week’s statewide average temperature was 41.1 degrees, 6.3 degrees below normal – topsoil moisture supply was 74% adequate, 24% surplus, and only 2% short – other than some water ponding, the state’s winter wheat crop is 66% good to excellent, 28% fair, and 6% poor to very poor – at last check, the area soil temperature is still between 41 and 44 degrees here in Southeastern and South Central Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  In outdoors’ news – youth hunters bagged a preliminary total of  1,049 birds during this past 2016 Illinois Spring Youth Wild Turkey Hunting Season – that’s 148 more turkeys harvested on the four days this year compared to those taken a year ago in 2015 – the South Zone youth harvest on March 26th & 27th was 450 turkeys compared to 354 last year in 2015 – the North Zone harvest on April 2nd & 3rd was 599 birds, compared to 547 a year ago – the Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons are running now thru May 5th in the South Zone and thru May 12th in the North Zone – for more, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Time is running out for Jasper County farmers to sign up for the Emergency Conservation Program – it’s for those who were affected by the late December / early January flooding – practices available are debris removal from farmland, the restoration of permanent fencing, plus conservation structures & installations, and the grading, shaping, and re-leveling of land and similar measures – the sign up deadline is this Friday, April 15th – for more, call or stop by the Jasper County FSA Office in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National Library Week, the theme is “Libraries Transform” as all Americans are reminded that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people – libraries transform lives and communities by providing free access to technology, books, and so much more – folks are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered at their local public library – plus, it’s a great time to stop by the Olney Public Library, Newton Public Library, or others an say “thank you” to those that are there to help on a daily basis – for more details, logon at  www.ilovelibraries.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Quilt Guild will host a special program this Friday night in Olney as special guest Susan Cleveland presents her “My Eclectic Quilt Pageant” trunk show at the Trinity Lutheran Church – the award winning quilt designer, author, and teacher will have tips and information about quilting, plus she’ll also have several books, tools, and embellishments available for purchase – the doors open at 6:30 with the cost of only $3 for Olney Quilt Guild members, $5 for the public – all are invited out this Friday night.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  also today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and also today at the Xenia United Methodist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Flora High School from 9:30 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Oblong High School from 9:00 to 2:30  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  and also Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its 23rd Annual Memorial Service this Sunday afternoon at 2:00, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – a time to recognize and memorialize all those who’ve past away over the past year – the public is invited to attend the special service this coming Sunday afternoon


    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – it’s pork burgers, brats, chips, pop, water, and baked goods available – all proceeds go to the local Gateway to Motion, a horse riding program for children with special needs in Richland County


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free adult “clothing giveaway” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – the giveaway includes spring & summer adult clothing, such as shorts, capris, flip flops, & swimsuits, plus shoes, handbags, & more – check the Unity Project FaceBook page for details


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the American Legion Post #30 along East Main Street in Olney – serving from 5:30 until sold out, all families are welcome – $6 per plate – the public is welcome


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Spring Meeting is this Thursday at the Salem United Methodist Church – registration & fellowship begins at 9:00 in the morning with the meeting to start at 9:30 – it includes a morning & afternoon session with lunch in between – call to sign up at  618-548-1853


     A Community Job Fair will be held tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00, at the Workforce Development Center in Fairfield, sponsored by Frontier Community College – the Job Fair is open to the public – those attending should dress to impress and bring resumes for possible interviews on Wednesday

 
    There’s a couple of meetings coming up  :  the City of Olney Fire Pension Board meets this morning at 9:00 at the Olney Fire Station  :  the City of Olney Police Pension Board meets Thursday morning at 8:30 at the Olney City Hall :  various topics are included on the meeting agendas for both Boards this week

 

 

 

April 11, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the approaching cold front moves thru our area this evening, the rain will come to an end and a strong Canadian high pressure will build in to control our weather conditions for the rest of the week – with nightly lows back in the 30’s the next two nights, Freeze Warnings may be needed for areas along & north of Interstate 70 – then we’re dry and warmer each day the rest of this week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois regulators are responding to the Flint, Michigan water crisis by requiring water systems that exceed federal lead standards to act more quickly – the State EPA and Illinois Department of Public Health have set a 10-day deadline for water systems to notify customers of any lead violations – federal rules mandate a 30-day notification for homeowners – a review of national EPA data shows that 31 water systems in Illinois have exceeded the federal lead standard at least once since 2013.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is granting more time for public comment on a preliminary decision to build a new $1.6 billion headquarters in Missouri, instead of Illinois – people now have until May 2nd to weigh in on the project that’s tentatively slated for St. Louis – that gives Illinois officials some extra time to try and steer the project to a site near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County – the new headquarters is expected to create some 3,100 jobs paying an average of over $60,000 a year.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is appealing the federal government’s March decision to deny funding to help local governments pay for damages following winter floods – it included an additional $1.8 million to help cover the cost of flood damage in 17 downstate counties – the total $16.8 million request is below FEMA’s population-based damage threshold, however other factors should be considered – Rauner says the President’s decision needs reversed because federal aid is needed for local communities to recover.

 

(OLNEY)  The management and staff here at WSEI radio wants to thank everyone who helped out with last week’s Annual Freedom 92.9 “Country Cares For St. Jude Kid’s” Radiothon – along with four other sister stations in Kentucky and Tennessee, plus one in Indianapolis, the total amount of monetary donations raised by the Forcht Group Radio Stations was $53,856 – every bit of this amount of money now goes to St. Jude, where families being treated never receive a bill for services, going for treatment, housing, travel, and food – also a huge “thank you” to our corporate sponsors, including the First National Bank in Olney, Richland Memorial Hospital, and Frontier Communications, plus others – thanks again for your great support – for more details about the St. Jude mission, visit them online at  www.stjude.org  or check them on Facebook.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis received unanimous support for a Resolution he sponsored in the Illinois House last week that honors the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group for their work to bring attention to the issue of American Prisoners of War and soldiers Missing in Action – it was last Tuesday that downstate Rolling Thunder members attended the legislative session at the State Capitol and were honored for their effort to expand the POW / MIA National Chair of Honor “One Empty Seat” program, which helps recognize and honor more than 92,000 American soldiers who have been unaccounted for since World War 1 – the Illinois Secretary of State’s office was also thanked for its willingness to display the POW / MIA Chair in the State Capitol Rotunda in Springfield – thanks for everyone’s local support.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency has announced it has scholarships available for income eligible individuals who want to attend college this fall with a limited number of $500 scholarships to be awarded in each of the nine ERBA counties, including Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Douglas, & Edgar – to be eligible, applicants must be attending an Illinois college, university, or community college as a full time student this fall, have a least a C average, & must meet required income guidelines – applications are available at any of the local ERBA offices & must be turned in by June 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District is a concealed carry course to area residents this week – the 16-hour class requires firearms training with both classroom & range instruction, and will be held at Olney Central College this Thursday night & Friday night, April 14th and 15th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – then the final day Saturday, April 16th, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range – the tuition & fees are $173 for in-District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – tuition is waived for IECC District residents age 60 & older – to register or for details, call OCC at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the fun event is coming up tomorrow night and will be held at the Middle School Library, starting at 6:00 – the Grand Prize is an iPAD, while those finishing in second and third place will receive cash – all Richland County Middle School students are encouraged to take part – registration forms can be dropped off at the Farm Bureau office in Olney or call the office at  618-393-4116  for last minute information or if there are any last minute questions.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some area blood drives coming up  :  today at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  also tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and also tomorrow at the Xenia United Methodist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Wednesday at the Flora High School from 9:30 to 2:00  :  also Wednesday at the Oblong High School from 9:00 to 2:30  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  and also Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The 16th Annual Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is this coming Thursday, Friday, & Saturday night at the Holiday Inn, down in Mt. Vernon – includes classic country, western swing, and jazz music with over 25 musicians taking part – ticket prices vary – for more, go online at  www.southernillinoisproductions.org


    This week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, library workers, and library patrons – drop by the Olney Public Library today thru Saturday & pick up some seeds to plant at home – seeds planted yield blossoms and books read yield ideas – stop by and see what’s there


    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – it’s pork burgers, brats, chips, pop, water, and baked goods available – all proceeds go to the local Gateway to Motion, a horse riding program for children with special needs in Richland County


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free adult “clothing giveaway” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – the giveaway includes spring & summer adult clothing, such as shorts, capris, flip flops, & swimsuits, plus shoes, handbags, & more – check the Unity Project FaceBook page for details


    The Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women’s Spring Meeting is this Thursday at the Salem United Methodist Church – registration & fellowship begins at 9:00 in the morning with the meeting to start at 9:30 – it includes a morning & afternoon session with lunch in between – call to sign up at  618-548-1853


     A Community Job Fair will be held this Wednesday, April 13th, from 10:00 to 2:00, at the Workforce Development Center in Fairfield, sponsored by Frontier Community College – the Job Fair is open to the public – those attending should dress to impress and bring resumes for possible interviews on Wednesday

 
    There’s two municipal meetings tonight – the Olney City Council meets at the Olney City Hall tonight at 7:00 – the Noble Village Board meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, also at 7:00 – public is welcome


    The Lincoln Trail College Student Senate will host its Trivia Night Event tonight at 6:30 – teams of three to six people will compete in various categories – the cost is $50 per team – call LTC, at  618-544-8657


    It’s another Relay For Life fundraiser today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – fill out a form while ordering and 20% of the receipt will go to the A Good Hair Day Team – carry-out orders should mention the fundraising promotion while ordering – that’s today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney

 

 

 

April 9, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure ridge will move across Central Illinois by tonight, giving us plenty of sunshine and a cool sky – that’s comes after this morning’s Freeze Warning is allowed to expire – we’ll stay dry thru tonight with clouds building in overnight and our next chance of rain tomorrow afternoon continues thru Monday morning before ending – then dry and slightly warmer into next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – with the possibility of severe weather this spring, area residents are reminded to be prepared in advance – folks are encouraged to go online at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov  to read & print off the Severe Weather Preparedness Guide, which provides valuable information about tornadoes, severe storms, lightning, & flooding, along with recommended actions to take before, during, and after each of these weather events – the website also has more information about being prepared for severe weather.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department will host a Shriners Hospitals for Children Screening Clinic this morning at its Newton offices from 9:00 to 11:00 – sponsored by the Jasper County Shrine Club, the screening is open for children under the age of 18 with a treatable orthopedic condition, including bone, muscle, or joint problems, and remember, income, financial status, and/or insurance coverage has no impact on eligibility for services – walk-ins are welcome – that’s the Jasper County Health Department in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District is a concealed carry course to area residents next week – the 16-hour class requires firearms training with both classroom & range instruction, and will be held at Olney Central College on Thursday night & Friday night, April 14th and 15th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – then the final day Saturday, April 16th, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range – the tuition & fees are $173 for in-District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – tuition is waived for IECC District residents age 60 & older – to register or for details, call OCC at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some interesting information recently released from the Nielson Reporting Service – surveys show that radio reaches 93% of all adults at least once a week and most of the time the percentage points are much higher, as most people listen on a daily basis – that’s six percentage points more of an audience than TV, which came in at 87% – close behind was Google at 81%, Facebook at 73%, and Twitter at 24% – take our stations with you wherever and whenever you go as we serve all of Southeastern & South Central Illinois, as we have for years – check our online websites, plus get our free Apps available in the iPhone or Google Play Store – we’re WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA, in Olney, Newton, and West Salem.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Next week, April 10th thru 16th, is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, library workers, and library patrons – drop by the Olney Public Library and pick up some seeds to plant at home – seeds planted yield blossoms and books read yield ideas – stop by & check it out


    The 2016 AGM Female Group of the Year “Highroad” will be in concert tomorrow night at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport, starting at 7:00 – the concert is free – a nursery will be provided and a free will offering will be taken – plus refreshments and a “meet & greet” will follow the concert – all are invited


    The Richland County Senior Center & the RCHS Future Business Leaders of America will host a “fried chicken dinner” fundraiser tomorrow at the downtown Olney Senior Center with serving from 10:30 to 2:30 – all by free-will donations – proceeds to benefit ERBA Senior Citizens programs in Richland County


    It’s another St. Joseph School DC fundraiser coming up this evening in the St. Joe Cafeteria, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – it will be “taco night” for $6 per person – includes tacos, chips & salsa, & much more


    A “soup dinner” fundraiser is today at the Olney VFW with serving from 11:30 to 1:00 – ham & beans, chili, desserts, & more with tickets at the door – children 3 & under eat free – all ages are invited


    The Dundas Ruritan “bulk chowder” is today with serving from 11:00 this morning until sold out – priced at $15 per gallon – also homemade pies & other baked goods for sale – at the Ruritan Building in Dundas


    The Southern Smiler’s 4-H Club will be selling pork burgers, chips, & drinks today at the Olney Rural King parking lot – serving runs from 10:00 this morning until sold out – proceeds to club activities


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association has its fundraising breakfast this morning from now to 11:00, or until sold out, at the Olney Fire Station – donations taken at the door – carry-outs are available – call  392-6341
   

 

 

 

April 8, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As another weak cold front moves south out of Canada today we’ll see a mostly dry and cloudy sky today, although a few sprinkles or light rain is possible here or there – and as the front moves thru later tonight, those rain chances end – it gets even cooler tonight and thru the day tomorrow, but then a warm up on Sunday with more rain continuing into Monday – then dry thru midweek next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has another Freeze Warning in effect for most all regional counties, in effect from 1:00 to 9:00 Saturday morning, with expected low temperatures in the mid to upper 20’s – temperatures are expected to rebound within the next 24 to 36 hours with a warmer pattern in place.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending to cover human services with most of the money to come from state funds set up for special purposes – however, these funds cannot be spent because there’s no budget in place, therefore specific legislation is required – but this bill depends on passage of another bill to reduce public pension costs – lawmakers have been at odds over a total state spending plan for over 10 months with no resolve in sight.

 

(OLNEY)  A measure to decriminalize the sale of loose cigarettes in Illinois is heading to the State Senate floor – approved in the State House yesterday, the bill would fine those who sell loose cigarettes no more than $50 instead of subjecting them to arrest while the measure does not change existing laws criminalizing the sale of cigarettes to those under 18 – opponents say it could impede local governments from controlling penalties for loose-cigarette sales – another opponent to the plan is the American Heart Association.

 

(NEWTON)  A federal judge is ordering Illinois to provide in-home nursing care to more than 1,200 children with disabilities and severe medical conditions after a lawsuit alleging the state has failed to fulfill its Medicaid obligations – the ruling does not resolve the lawsuit, which could continue for months, but the preliminary injunction does require the state to act now, although it plans to appeal the decision – the Judge said the children affected were approved by the state for services, but aren’t getting what they’re promised.

 

(OLNEY)  Join us as we continue our Annual Freedom 92.9 “Country Cares For St. Jude Kid’s” Radiothon, all in support of  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – call-in donations can be made by dialing our special toll-free Frontier Hot Line at 1-800-779-5121 or stop our studios with a donation and get a special prize – our corporate sponsors include the First National Bank in Olney, Richland Memorial Hospital, and Frontier Communications, as we all raise funds and support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County farmers are reminded that those affected by the late December / early January flooding have only a week remaining to sign up for the Emergency Conservation Program – that deadline is next Friday, April 15th – practices available are debris removal from farmland, the restoration of permanent fencing, conservation structures & installations, and the grading, shaping, and re-leveling of land & similar measures – to sign up or for more details, call or stop by the Jasper County FSA Office in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Dodransbicentennial Commission is soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed in downtown Olney as part of this Celebration Year – the mural will be located on the east wall of the “Farmers Market” parking lot area between 108 and 208 East Main Street, and while the deadline to submit a proposal is May 20th, the project completion date is proposed for July 22nd, 2016 – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at the Olney City Hall at 300 South Whittle Avenue from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday thru Friday – for details or to send a request, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department will host a Shriners Hospitals for Children Screening Clinic tomorrow morning at its Newton offices from 9:00 to 11:00 – sponsored by the Jasper County Shrine Club, the screening is open for children under the age of 18 with a treatable orthopedic condition, albeit bone, muscle, or joint problems, and remember, income, financial status, and/or insurance coverage has no impact on eligibility for services – while appointments can be scheduled by calling 618-783-4436, walk-ins are welcome – for more details, call 217-821-1474 or contact the Health Department in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the fun event is coming up next Tuesday night, April 12th, and will be held at the Middle School Library, starting at 6:00 – the Grand Prize is an iPAD, while those finishing in second and third place will receive cash – all Richland County Middle School students are encouraged to take part – registration forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Farm Bureau office in Olney or call the office at  618-393-4116  for more information or if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA has released its Illinois Hogs and Pigs report – the Illinois inventory of all hogs & pigs on March 1st was 5.1 million head, up 1% from December 1st, 2015, and up 7% from a year ago – the state’s breeding inventory, at 500,000 head, was up 10,000 from both the previous quarter and last year – the state’s market hog inventory, at 4.6 million head, was up 1% from last quarter and up 8% from a year ago – the December to February pig crop, at 2.54 million head, was up 1.4% from the year before – and the farrowing sow list during this period was up 7% from the last quarter, but the same as last year in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The administrator of an Effingham nursing home has pled guilty to felony theft – the State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau says 53 year old Lola White of Shumway misappropriated over $93,632 from an elderly person’s trust & life insurance accounts while serving as the person’s trustee with Power of Attorney over all assets – White, who oversees Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation, accepted a pre-negotiated plea agreement of 24 months Second Chance Probation, 30 hours of community service, and $1,367 in court costs – all of the misappropriated funds were repaid in full to the elderly person’s trust account – the conviction comes as efforts are ramping up against health care-based fraud in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois State Lottery officials have announced that a $300,000 Lucky Day Lotto ticket was sold in Effingham this week – one of two winning tickets in Illinois for a $600,000 jackpot – the winning ticket was bought at Jack Flash Store, on Keller Drive, which will get 1%, or $3,000, for selling the ticket – the other winning ticket was sold in LaSalle, in upstate Illinois – winners have a year to claim their prize.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Next week, April 10th thru 16th, is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, library workers, and library patrons – drop by the Olney Public Library and pick up some seeds to plant at home – seeds planted yield blossoms and books read yield ideas – stop by & check it out


    The Olney City Council will hold a public hearing on the City’s tentative fiscal year 2017 budget next Monday night at 7:00, at City Hall – the budget is currently available for public viewing at City Hall


    An informational meeting on becoming a licensed child care provider is next Tuesday night, April 12th, at OCC, from 5:30 to 7:30 – registration is free – sign up ends at 4:00 today – call Jennifer at 618-395-8540


    The Richland County Senior Center & the RCHS Future Business Leaders of America will host a “fried chicken dinner” fundraiser this Sunday at the downtown Olney Senior Center with serving from 10:30 to 2:30 – all by free-will donations – proceeds to benefit ERBA Senior Citizens programs in Richland County


    It’s another St. Joseph School DC fundraiser coming up tomorrow evening in the St. Joe Cafeteria, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – it will be “taco night” for $6 per person – includes tacos, chips & salsa, & more


    The Dundas Ruritan “bulk chowder” is tomorrow with serving from 11:00 until sold out – priced at $15 per gallon, homemade pies & other baked goods available for sale – all at the Ruritan Building in Dundas


    The Southern Smiler’s 4-H Club will be selling pork burgers, chips, & drinks tomorrow at the Olney Rural King parking lot – serving runs from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – proceeds to club activities


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association will have its fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 11:00, or until sold out, at the Olney Fire Station, along North Walnut Street – donations accepted at the door – carry-out & phone-in orders available at 392-6341 – proceeds for scholarships and equipment


    The Newton Junior Women’s Club will host its 6th Annual Purse Auction tonight at Parklanes in Newton, starting at 7:00 – all proceeds to The Landing and the Newton Junior Women’s Club


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Relay For Life team will host the 50/50 drawing and bake sale tonight during “taco night” at the Olney VFW – that’s from 5:30 to 7:30 – proceeds to the local fight against cancer


    The Richland County Elementary School Kindergarten classes will perform their music program “The Day the Crayons Quit” today in the RCES dining hall – four classes will perform at 10:00 this morning, with the other four classes performing at 2:15 this afternoon– all are invited to one or both performances