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October 11, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The Midwest will be dominated by high pressure today with mostly fair weather conditions on tap while the rainy weather stays to our south – however, another significant storm system will take shape tomorrow with widespread rain and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday of next week – maybe rain for us an early as Sunday afternoon – but then dry again next Wednesday thru Friday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – during this National Fire Prevention Week, the State Fire Marshall’s office is emphasizing the importance of having working smoke alarms installed in every home, school, business, or other public facilities around the state – this year’s theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives : Test Yours Every Month” reminds the public that having smoke alarms can prevent personal injuries and human losses – families are also reminded to practice fire escape plans, teach children to identify the sound of the smoke alarms, and then act immediately upon the sound – for more information, logon at www.sfm.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Due to the wet weather conditions, the Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders “A Harvest of Hope” bushel of grain donation drive has been rescheduled from this weekend until next Saturday, October 18th, at the CGB grain facility in Olney – now while next Saturday is the main day of accepting grain, donations will be accepted at any time thru the next week – the funds raised thru will help provide food to the needy in Richland County, plus provide scholarships to Richland County high school seniors that pursue a career in the ag industry – check the Richland County Farm Bureau website online.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Illinois Concealed Carry License course is being offered by the IECC College District next week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s Thursday and Friday nights, October 16th and 17th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night, and thru the day on Saturday, October 18th, from 8:00 to 4:30 – the 16 hour course fee is $167 for In-District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is reduced to $90 – for more info or to get registered, call the Student Services Offices toll-free  :  Wabash Valley College / 866-982-4322  :  Frontier Community College / 877-464-3687.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the latest round of Amateur Radio Operator Classes will start next Monday, October 13th, at The Holiday in Olney – the classes will be held from 5:00 to 7:30 each Monday and Thursday evening next week thru November – licensed operators and instructors are involved and there is no cost for the class – however, those taking part are asked to purchase their own study guides at the cost of $22.50, plus the final exam cost of $15 – for more information or details, call Bill at 618-442-7718.

 

(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 – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at Wal-Mart Store in Vincennes from 9:00 to 1:00 (Illinois time)  :  then next Thursday at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  for more details on giving blood or to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes to the citizens of Olney  :  the weekday trash collection will be on schedule next Monday, on Columbus Day – Republic Services will run their normal routes all of next week  :  the recycling pick up in Olney will run on schedule as well next Monday  :  plus the city’s brush dump and City Hall will both be open on Monday with regular hours of operation  :  also the City’s Utility Department will be flushing select water hydrants starting at 9:00 Sunday night, continuing overnight, thru Monday morning – while the flushing occurs, there may be periods of low water pressure and possibly some discolored water in certain areas during flushing – the water conditions should be mostly back to normal by Monday evening.

 

REMINDERS :
   A reminder that the 2014 Youth Firearm Deer Season is this weekend throughout the state – from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, young hunters accompanied by a licensed adult will be in the woods – that’s today, tomorrow, and the final day next Monday – be alert to blaze orange worn by hunters


    Ticket sales continue each weekday for the OCC Theatre’s fall production of “Plaza Suites” – with three scheduled performances in two weeks, tickets are on sale Monday thru Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center lobby ticket booth – it will be open for sales on Columbus Day


    The Fairfield Coin Club has its annual Coin Show tomorrow at the North Side Grade School in Fairfield – doors open at 9:00, with awards, auctions, and more thru the afternoon – free admission with concessions


    The Harvest Festival & Corn Maze at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, north of Dieterich, is today from 3:00 to 10:00 and tomorrow from 3:00 to 6:00 – concessions, bonfires, “flashlight corn maze”, & more


    The First Baptist Church of Clay City has a gospel bluegrass concert tonight at 7:00 featuring The Farm Hands Quartet – a free will offering will be accepted – all ages are welcomed to attend


    The Lawrence Allison Fire Association has a fundraiser this evening at the Lawrenceville VFW with all-you-can-eat chili from 5:00 to 7:00 with free will donations accepted – Bingo from 7:00 to 9:00


    The American Legion Post in Sailor Springs has a fundraising “meat shoot” this morning at 10:00 – lunch available for purchase, plus tickets will be on sale for the Legion’s gun raffle in November


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has cancelled its Team Roping event for today due to the wet conditions and recent rains – be listening for the next event thru the White Squirrel Saddle Club or check their website


    The Olney Lions Club continues with its “candy days” this weekend – club members will be at the Wal-Mart Supercenter and Olney IGA today from 8:00 to 1:00 – all donations help with club projects


    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

 

 

 

October 10, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue across the downstate region today due to that stationary frontal boundary hanging over Southern Illinois – while some sunshine tomorrow will give us a short break, a developing low pressure system out west will move thru Sunday thru Tuesday with the chance of heavy rainfall amounts for our downstate area – then dry after next Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner battled it out in their first televised debate last night – both men stuck with their main talking points as Quinn slammed the GOP candidate for his budget and tax plans while touting his own success as Governor – Rauner questioned the Governor’s claim of adding jobs around the state, saying his business savvy will help bring Illinois out of its fiscal crisis – the two will debate again next Tuesday night – recent polls say the race is very close with a slight edge to Quinn.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office is alerting Illinois residents of several possible email scams tied to the Ebola outbreak – reports are coming in that emails that appear to be an Ebola Pandemic Update includes links to view so-called “civilian crisis protocols” or “protection kits” – these links are meant to infect a computer whereas personal information is then available to the scammers – the AG’s Office is also alerting folks  to charitable scams tied to Ebola – con artists are exploiting the crisis for their personal gain.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois doctors have signed off on state medical marijuana for patients with cancer, severe fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries as these are the most frequent health problems showing up forms submitted by doctors to the Illinois Department of Public Health – it’s been announced that about 6,300 statewide patients have started the process of applying to use Illinois’ first legal offering of medical marijuana – however, only about 800 applications have been submitted in complete form – people who submit incomplete applications are notified and given 21 days to turn in the needed documents.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night for just under one hour – the Board  :  approved the County Claims worth $91,347 for September, a higher than average monthly amount  :  agreed to pay the $8,711 full amount due to Direct Energy  :  approved an ETSB-911 ordinance in accordance to current operational bylaws  :  noted that the American Code Company will compile the County’s ordinances dating back to the 1970’s with the project cost of near $5,000 to be spread out over a three year budget period  :  approved a resolution opposing the government’s expansion of the “waters” definition to include small creeks, streams, and tributaries  :  approved the two appointments of Janet Howard to the Claremont Bonpas Fire Protection District and Bruce Peters to the Local Workforce Investment Board  :  set a special meeting to be held next Thursday, October 16th, at 5:30, to discuss the fiscal year 2015 budget, plus also discussion about the Enterprise Zones, hog building construction, and insurance  :  also noted the meal served by the Clever Clovers 4-H Club and the evening’s pray by Reverend John Monroe  :  the Richland County Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton for less than an hour – the Board  :  approved a 50 cent-per-hour salary increase for all hourly county employees  :  also agreed to raise the Ambulance Director’s salary by 50 cents an hour, but on ambulance days only  :  approved the County’s insurance renewal rates with Hope Trust Insurance with a 5.9% increase  in cost, although the Worker’s Compensation and Property/Casualty coverage cost was down  :  agreed to purchase a pallet of ice melt for the Courthouse sidewalks in preparation of winter  :  reviewed and noted other committee reports, but no other action was taken  :  the Jasper County Board has its next regular meeting coming up November 13th.

 

(OLNEY)  Due to the wet weather conditions, the Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders “A Harvest of Hope” bushel of grain donation drive has been rescheduled from this weekend until next Saturday, October 18th, at the CGB grain facility in Olney – now while next Saturday is the main day of accepting grain, donations will be accepted at any time thru the next week – the funds raised thru will help provide food to the needy in Richland County, plus provide scholarships to Richland County high school seniors that pursue a career in the ag industry – check the Farm Bureau website or call 618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Elementary School is again collecting children’s coats, looking for new or gently used coats for the upcoming cold winter season – folks are asked to make sure all donated coats are in new or good condition and free from any rips, tears, and/or stains – in special need this year are coats for girls, size 7 to 14, and boys size 8 to 18, plus small size coats for women and men as well – for those who don’t have a coat to donate, monetary donations will also be accepted which will then be used to purchase new coats for a child in need – all coats will be accepted at the Elementary School now thru November 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the latest round of Amateur Radio Operator Classes will start next Monday, October 13th, at The Holiday in Olney – the classes will be held from 5:00 to 7:30 each Monday and Thursday evening next week thru November – licensed operators and instructors are involved and there is no cost for the class – however, those taking part are asked to purchase their own study guides at the cost of $22.50, plus the final exam cost of $15 – for more information or details, call Bill at 618-442-7718.

 

(OLNEY)  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 – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  tomorrow at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also Saturday at Wal-Mart Store in Vincennes from 9:00 to 1:00 (Illinois time)  :  then next Thursday at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  for more details on giving blood or to schedule a blood-giving appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    Weather permitting, the Utility Department of the City of Olney, will be flushing select water hydrants starting at 9:00 this Sunday night and continuing overnight, thru Monday morning – while the flushing occurs, there may be periods of low water pressure and possibly some discolored water in the areas of flushing – the water conditions should be mostly back to normal by Monday evening


    The Crossroads Beekeepers will meet next Monday evening at 6:30 at the U of I Extension Center in Effingham – enter the west doors and go downstairs – for more details, call Larry, at 217-347-5937


    The Fairfield Coin Club has its 44th annual Coin Show this Sunday at the North Side Grade School in Fairfield – doors open at 9:00, with awards & special presentation at 1:00, then a penny stacking contest for juniors, a junior auction, the regular auction, & raffle drawing – free admission with concessions after 10:00


    The Harvest Festival & Corn Maze at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, is tomorrow from 3:00 to 10:00 and Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, bonfires, music, and the amazing “flashlight corn maze” Saturday night – all ages invited


    The First Baptist Church of Clay City has a gospel bluegrass concert tomorrow night at 7:00 featuring The Farm Hands Quartet – a free will offering will be accepted – all ages are welcomed to attend


    The Lawrence Allison Fire Association has a fundraiser tomorrow evening at the Lawrenceville VFW with all-you-can-eat chili from 5:00 to 7:00 with free will donations accepted – Bingo from 7:00 to 9:00


    The American Legion Post in Sailor Springs has a fundraising “meat shoot” tomorrow morning at 10:00 – lunch available for purchase, plus tickets will be on sale for the Legion’s gun raffle in November


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has cancelled its Team Roping event scheduled for tomorrow, all due to the wet weather conditions and rains - be listening for the next event sponsored by the local Saddle Club

 
    A Walk for Remembrance & Hope is tomorrow morning in Musgrove Park – it’s check in at 7:30 with the Walk at 8:00 – all registration fees go to support the RMH Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group


    The Walnut Grove Festival is tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 and tomorrow from 7:00 to 6:00 on the grounds of William Henry Harrison’s Grouseland, just south of the VU campus in Vincennes – plenty of music, food, demonstrations, buggy rides, and more – find them on Facebook for more information


    The Olney Lions Club will have its “candy days” this weekend – club members will be at the Wal-Mart Supercenter and the Olney IGA tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 and tomorrow from 8:00 to 1:00 – help them out


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host another “taco night” tonight with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, loaded nachos, taco salads, and more – all non-members are invited – carry-outs available


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

 

 

 

October 9, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system to our southwest and an approaching cold front to our northwest will team up to give us better than average rain chances today thru tonight and tomorrow – then as the frontal boundary stalls out, our rain chances will hang around thru the weekend and into the first half of next week as well – in fact, very little sunshine is expected from now until next Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to assure residents around the state that its preparedness efforts are on high alert should a case of Ebola be suspected or confirmed in Illinois – it’s important to remember that Ebola is NOT an airborne infection and it is spread only thru direct contact, thru broken skin or mucous membranes, with blood or body fluids, including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen – only a person with the symptoms of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea can transmit the virus – all hospitals, clinics, and doctors are on alert – for more, go online at www.idph.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s office yesterday joined other AG offices around the country to announce a $105 million settlement with AT&T Mobility over reports that phone customers were receiving unauthorized charges on their cell phone bills, a practice known as “cramming” – it’s all due to third party companies sending out services such horoscopes, trivia, and more which was unwanted by phone customers.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s movement on the pension reform case that’s before the Circuit Court in Springfield as Judges will hear arguments on November 20th – a coalition of unions and a few other groups challenged the new law, claiming it’s unconstitutional because it reduces benefits to workers – the state argues the law will hold up in court despite a Constitution clause that says pension benefits cannot be diminished or impaired.

 

(OLNEY)  With rain in the forecast, the Illinois State Water Survey reports that September was cooler and wetter than average around the state – the average statewide temperature was 64.4 degrees, 1.5 degrees less than normal – the statewide average rainfall in September was 4.12 inches, nearly an inch (0.88) more than usual – here in Richland County, the average rainfall in September was in the 4 to 6 inches range, while the southern half of Jasper County averaged between 6 and 9 inches – our rain total here at the WVLN-WSEI Weather Station came in at 4.29 inches for September  :  meanwhile, the local harvest activity resumed yesterday – as of Monday, Richland County farmers estimated that 23% of the fall harvest was complete – altogether in our ten county area, farmers say the harvest is going good with better than average numbers.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Jasper County residents with American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2014 on the Courthouse Lawn in Newton have until October 31 to bring their flags to the Newton American Legion Post #20, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 each afternoon and evening, Monday thru Saturday – flags can also be dropped off at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours thru the end of October – those dropping off the flags should make sure their name, address, and phone number is inside each flag case – those in need of a new flag or with a flag that needs to be lettered, call Patty at 618-793-2624 by the end of October – if any questions, feel free to call the Newton American Legion Post #20 at 618-783-2622.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are asked to help out with a donation of grain this weekend – the Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee has teamed up with Feeding America to create the “Harvest for All” campaign to help provide food to those in need in Richland County – area farmers can donate bushels of grain at the Olney CGB location both tomorrow and Saturday with the money raised to help provide food locally and to also provide scholarships to Richland County high school seniors that pursue a career in the agricultural industry – for more info, check the Farm Bureau website or call the Olney office at 393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Illinois Concealed Carry License course is being offered by the IECC College District next week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s Thursday and Friday nights, October 16th and 17th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night, and thru the day on Saturday, October 18th, from 8:00 to 4:30 – the 16 hour course fee is $167 for In-District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is reduced to $90 – for more info or to get registered, call the Student Services Offices toll-free  :  Wabash Valley College / 866-982-4322  :  Frontier Community College / 877-464-3687.

 

(NEWTON)  Homecoming Week at Newton Community High School continues today thru tomorrow – in fact, all this week so far has been full of various activities throughout the halls of NCHS – with the Lady Eagles at home with volleyball tonight in the NCHS Gym, the Homecoming football game is tomorrow night at the Eagles host Marshall at Chivesky Field – all during Homecoming Week at NCHS in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s leaf collection program is scheduled to begin the week of October 20th – the leaf pick up machines will drive thru the City collecting loose leaf piles or leaves that are bagged – the citizens of Olney are asked to place their leaves as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches or directly in the roadway – if bagging leaves, citizens can place them near the street and notify the Olney City Hall before Monday, October 20th, if they’re ready for pick up – plus, the City’s Landscape Waste Facility is open for public drop off – that’s each Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  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 – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Neoga High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Saturday at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also Saturday at Wal-Mart Store in Vincennes from 9:00 to 1:00 (Illinois time)  :  for more details or to schedule a blood-giving appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s a couple of regular monthly meetings on tap tonight  :  the Jasper County Board will meet at 7:30 tonight in the County Office Building in Newton  :  the Richland County Board will meet at 7:00 tonight in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00 this evening, also in the County Jail meeting room  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    Weather permitting, the Utility Department of the City of Olney, will be flushing select water hydrants starting at 9:00 this Sunday night and continuing overnight, thru Monday morning – while the flushing occurs, there may be periods of low water pressure and possibly some discolored water in the areas of flushing – the water conditions should be mostly back to normal by Monday evening


    The Lawrence Allison Fire Association has a fundraiser this Saturday evening at the Lawrenceville VFW with all-you-can-eat chili from 5:00 to 7:00 with free will donations accepted – then Bingo from 7:00 to 9:00, standard fee applies – all proceeds to assist the local firemen with fire safety education projects


    The American Legion Post #230 in Sailor Springs will host a fundraising “meat shoot” this Saturday morning, starting at 10:00 – lunch will be available for purchase and tickets will be on sale for the Legion’s gun raffle in November – that’s just off  the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop in Sailor Springs this Saturday


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host a Team Roping event this Saturday morning at the Club’s new arena just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – books open at 10:30 with the roping to start at 11:00 – includes 4 Head Straight and 10 Point Roping – for more details, call Ty at 217-264-0590


    A Walk for Remembrance & Hope is this Saturday morning in Musgrove Park – it’s check in at 7:30 with the Walk to start at 8:00 – all registration fees go to support the RMH Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group – for more information and/or details, call Stephanie at RMH – 618-395-7340, extension 4635


    The Olney Lions Club will conduct its “candy days” this weekend in Olney – club members will be located at the Wal-Mart Supercenter and the Olney IGA this Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 and Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – all proceeds go directly to help fund Lions Club projects and initiatives


    An informational meeting on mental health issues and the possible development of an Effingham Regional National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chapter will be held tonight at the Senior Center in Effingham, starting at 6:30 – refreshments available, plus a gift certificate drawing – all are invited


    The Embarras River Basin Agency will be distributing federal surplus commodities to those who qualify this afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 at the ERBA Office in Newton – that’s while supplies last – for those unable to drop by today, the commodities are also available for pick up tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30

 

 

 

October 8, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A short-lived high pressure ridge will keep us dry today, however a developing area of low pressure will spread showers and some storms across our region late tonight thru tomorrow and into Friday – while most of the early rain chances will stay to our north, we’ll likely get wet by tomorrow evening with on-and-off chances then again thru the upcoming weekend – plus a little cooler – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The GOP candidate for Governor just dropped another $1.5 million of his own money into his campaign account, bringing Bruce Rauner’s total, out-of-pocket contributions, to more than $15 million since he decided to run – some polls indicate the Republican candidate has now fallen behind Governor Pat Quinn by some 4%, although close to 9% of those polled say they are still undecided on who to vote for on November 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, the grace period voter registration gets underway today – anyone who missed the regular registration deadline can get signed up to vote at their County Clerk’s Office now thru November 3rd – folks need two forms of identification, plus proof of their current address, and folks should remember that anyone who registers now during the grace period has to vote at the time of registration as well.

 

(NEWTON)  During this National Fire Prevention Week, the Office of the State Fire Marshall is emphasizing the importance of having working smoke alarms installed in every home, school, business, or other public facilities around the state – this year’s theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives : Test Yours Every Month” reminds the public that having smoke alarms can prevent personal injuries and human losses – families are also reminded to practice fire escape plans, teach children to identify the sound of the smoke alarms, and act immediately upon its sound – for more information, logon at www.sfm.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session, but for only 20 mintues – the Council  :  accepted the bid from Gwen Baker for the janitorial services for the Newton City Hall for a contract period of one year  :  authorized the City Treasurer to attend an training institute in November at a cost of $410, plus room & board  :  scheduled Trick or Treat Night in Newton for Friday night, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00, with a rain date, if needed, to be the following night, on November 1st  :  noted recent committee meetings with discussion on the City’s Electric Building, on hand-held meter reading units, on Ameren’s installation of monitoring devices on City utility poles, and on Enterprise Zone fees  :  noted the decking has been installed on the Old River Bridge with renovation work continuing there  :  and took no other action after a 9 minute closed session to discuss litigation  :  next meeting is October 21st.

 

(OLNEY)  All area folks are encouraged to make plans now to take part in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, scheduled for the morning of October 16th, one week from tomorrow – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the goal of the “Drop, Cover, & Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois and elsewhere – so far, nearly 250,000 Illinois residents have gone online to register for the upcoming ShakeOut Drill, which will give them additional information about the drill and earthquake preparedness – locally, folks are urged to spread the word to all individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and organizations – simply go online, at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus – additional earthquake preparedness and mitigation information is also available online at www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades – new tools are also now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business – the new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety net programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, legislation that ended direct payments – information about these and the new tools are available online at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc or by contacting your respective County FSA Office.

 

(NEWTON)  Some reminders for area hunters  :  those Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits remaining available following the close of random daily drawings will be on sale over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning October 21st, less than two weeks away  :  another Super Saturday event is set for this Saturday, October 11th, at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, from 11:00 to 3:00 – the theme is “Far Out Rocks” and all ages are welcome  :  this weekend is also the Youth Firearm Deer Season with hunting this Saturday, Sunday, and next Monday – that’s from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset each day – each youth will be accompanied by a license-holding adult while hunting  :  for more on these reminders and on all things outdoors, logon at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  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 – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Robinson Community Center from 12:00 noon to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Neoga High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Saturday at Christ’s Church in Effingham from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also Saturday at Wal-Mart in Vincennes from 9:00 to 1:00 (Illinois time)  :  for more, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Jasper County Farm Bureau is taking a bus trip to the Myers Theatre in Hillsboro, Indiana to it’s Christmas Show on Wednesday, November 19th – the cost of $78 for members, $80 for non-members, includes the bus ride, a meal, and show ticket – signup and pay by October 17th – call 618-783-2733


    The Crossroads Beekeepers will meet next Monday evening at 6:30 at the U of I Extension Center in Effingham – enter the west doors and go downstairs – guest speakers will be Don & Cathy Bennett of Wayne City, talking about their Apiary and the use of organic acids to control mites – nominations will also be taken for the 2015 officer elections to be held next month – for more, call Larry, at 217-347-5937


    Weather permitting, the Utility Department of the City of Olney, will be flushing select water hydrants starting at 9:00 this Sunday night and continuing overnight, thru Monday morning – while the flushing occurs, there may be periods of low water pressure and possibly some discolored water in the areas of flushing – the water conditions should be mostly back to normal by Monday evening


    The Fairfield Coin Club will host its 44th annual Coin Show this Sunday at the North Side Grade School in Fairfield – with 20 dealers on hand, doors open at 9:00, with awards & special presentation at 1:00, then a penny stacking contest for juniors at 1:30 – a junior auction begins at 2:00, the regular auction is at 2:30, and raffle drawing at 3:30 – free admission with concessions after 10:00 – all ages are welcome


    The American Legion Post #230 in Sailor Springs will host a fundraising “meat shoot” this Saturday morning, starting at 10:00 – lunch will be available for purchase and tickets will be on sale for the Legion’s gun raffle in November – that’s just off  the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop in Sailor Springs this Saturday


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host a Team Roping event this Saturday morning at the Club’s new arena just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – books open at 10:30 with the roping to start at 11:00 – includes 4 Head Straight and 10 Point Roping – for more details, call Ty at 217-264-0590


    The Olney Lions Club will conduct its “candy days” this weekend in Olney – club members will be located at the Wal-Mart Supercenter and the Olney IGA this Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 and Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – all proceeds go directly to help fund Lions Club projects and initiatives


    A Walk for Remembrance & Hope is this Saturday morning in Musgrove Park – it’s check in at 7:30 with the Walk to start at 8:00 – all registration fees go to support the RMH Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group – for more information and/or details, call Stephanie at RMH – 618-395-7340, extension 4635


    An informational meeting on mental health issues and the possible development of an Effingham Regional National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chapter will be held tomorrow evening at the Senior Center in Effingham, starting at 6:30 – the guest speaker is Donna Mayer of the Champaign NAMI Chapter – refreshments available, plus a gift certificate drawing – all are invited there tomorrow night

 

 

 

October 7, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a surface low quickly moves across Illinois this morning, our chances of rain will dwindle as dry conditions return this afternoon with some sunshine as a high pressure ridge builds in from the west – but it doesn’t last long – after a dry and cool Wednesday, another upper level low brings more on-and-off chances of rain for Thursday, Friday, and right on thru the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A few of Governor Quinn’s former top aides will be on the hot seat about the troubled anti-violence program tomorrow in Chicago – lawmakers will hold the hearing, hoping to get to the bottom of what went wrong with the $55million program – the cash was dished out to agencies in Chicago to help reduce crime, but it was mismanaged and some is unaccounted for – it was all before the 2010 election.

 

(OLNEY)  Gay marriage is now the law of the land in two of Illinois’ neighboring states, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court – officials say that same-sex couples in Wisconsin and Indiana can now take the trip down the aisle as the Justices refused to take up an appeal from five states that wanted to keep marriage between one man & one woman – the Supreme Court rejection means same-sex couples in 30 states can now legally tie-the-knot – Governor Pat Quinn agreed with the decision, saying it was the right choice for one and all.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is reassuring folks throughout the state that it is working around the clock during the current Ebola outbreak – while the IDPH continues to work with hospitals, local health departments, and the CDC to monitor for any potential cases in Illinois, folks are urged to reject the rumors – for continued updates, go online at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

 

(OLNEY)  The statewide fall harvest was interrupted by widespread rains last week – the USDA Crop Report shows an average of four days last week for field work with an average of nearly two and a quarter inches of rain (2.22) falling statewide, that’s almost an inch and a half above normal for this time of the year – the state’s average temperature last week was 59 degrees, just over 1 degree below normal – the statewide harvest continues to run behind the five year average, although crop conditions continue well above average  :  farmers in our ten county area report nearly all the local corn crop is mature with at least a quarter of the crop (26%) now harvested – almost all the soybeans have turned colors with nearly 80% dropping leaves – close to fifth of the bean crop (19%) has been cut – recent rains have switched the focus from beans to corn as farmers and their workers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2014 regional harvest continues.

 

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

 

(OLNEY)  The Joint Review Board held its annual meeting yesterday afternoon at the Olney City Hall, meeting for less than a half hour – the Board reviewed the effectiveness and status of three Redevelopment Project Areas, including the Olney Industry, the East Industrial Park, and the State Route 130 Corridor TIF Districts – the review also included the finance side of the project areas, despite the fact that no activity has recently taken place – all informational, the meeting made sure the projects are operating as they should.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that today, October 7th, is the last day to register to vote in Illinois – any changes in a person’s voter registration, whether change of address or change of name by marriage or divorce, requires new registration – beginning tomorrow, October 8th, the Grace Period begins, whereas voters can register to vote or change address, plus vote in-person in the County Clerk’s Offices – if any questions on voter registration or on voting in general, call or stop by the Jasper County Clerk’s Office in the County Office Building in Newton or the Richland County Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse in Olney – all area County Clerk’s Offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging families across the state to plan now for possible emergencies – most of the focus is on how to practice for an emergency, at home or away, and on having an emergency kit available at all times – preparedness tips and other critical information are available online, around the clock, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov – logon and share the details with one and all.

 

(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 – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Elementary School in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 12:00 noon to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and Friday at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  for more, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Jasper County Farm Bureau is taking a bus trip to the Myers Theatre in Hillsboro, Indiana to it’s Christmas Show on Wednesday, November 19th – the cost of $78 for members, $80 for non-members, includes the bus ride, a meal, and show ticket – signup and pay by October 17th – call 618-783-2733


    The Harvest Festival & Corn Maze at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, is the next two weekends – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturdays and 3:00 to 6:00 Sundays – plus train rides, games, concessions, bonfires, music, and the amazing “flashlight corn maze” – scavenger hunts also included


    The First Baptist Church of Clay City has a gospel bluegrass concert this Saturday night at 7:00 featuring The Farm Hands Quartet – a free will offering will be accepted – all ages are welcomed to attend


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host a Team Roping event this Saturday morning at the Club’s new arena just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – books open at 10:30 with the roping to start at 11:00 – includes 4 Head Straight and 10 Point Roping – for more details, call Ty at 217-264-0590


    A Walk for Remembrance & Hope is this Saturday morning in Musgrove Park – it’s check in at 7:30 with the Walk to start at 8:00 – all registration fees go to support the RMH Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group – for more information and/or details, call Stephanie at RMH – 618-395-7340, extension 4635


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host another “taco night” this Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, loaded nachos, taco salads, and more – all non-members are invited – carry-outs available


    The Olney Public Library will have free after-school activities today for East Richland Elementary School students – for more, check the Library’s website or call the Olney Public Library at 618-392-3711


    The Newton City Council will meet in regular session tonight in the Newton City Hall, beginning at 6:00 – the agenda includes one old business item and a couple of new business items, plus a few committee reports and more – a closed session to discuss litigation is also scheduled – 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, with fresh produce and more available to the public – that’s from 11:00 until 4:00 today – stop by, check it out