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October 18, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The low pressure ridge sitting over the Upper Midwest will control our weather over the next few days – while we’ll stay dry this weekend, it will be cool with sunshine mixed up with some clouds – a weak cold front will pass thru our region Sunday night into Monday with a few scattered showers included, but otherwise dry conditions are expected for the rest of the work week next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois health officials are briefing the public daily on the state’s readiness to cope with any Ebola cases that may arise – while no cases have been reported in Illinois, health workers have stepped up their awareness – the state has activated a new hotline to answer the public’s questions about the Ebola virus – call toll-free at 800-889-3931 – or go online at www.idph.state.il.us/ebola/index.

 

(OLNEY)  A group of about a dozen landowners in neighboring Wayne County is suing the state, claiming the Governor’s Administration and the State DNR has been dragging their feet on awarding permits for horizontal hydraulic fracturing in oil production, therefore claiming the delays are unconstitutional – the suit claims oil companies are abandoning Illinois and going to other states because of the delay in issuing rules on the process – unless changed, state law requires those rules to be in place by November 15th, four weeks from today – a local group, O.IL (Opportunity in Land) will have a town hall meeting to discuss the issue this coming Tuesday night, at the First Christian Church in Fairfield, starting at 7:00 – all are invited.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget to go online at www.celebratemydrive.com and vote for the East Richland High School – now thru next Friday, October 24th, folks can vote once per day for each email address they have with hopes of ERHS winning prize money in this year’s nationwide “Celebrate My Drive” teenage driving initiative, sponsored by State Farm Insurance – in checking the leader board this morning, ERHS was sitting at number 25 on the list of top 50 vote-getters – so spread the word to all family, friends, co-workers, fellow church members, and everyone else – just follow the instructions online at www.celebratemydrive.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s leaf collection program is scheduled to begin next Monday, the 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 streets – if bagging leaves, citizens can place them near the street and notify the Olney City Hall 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, off of West Mack Avenue.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders “A Harvest of Hope” bushel of grain donation drive is today at the CGB grain facility in Olney – although donations will be accepted at any time – the funds raised thru the grain donation program 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 agricultural industry – check the local Farm Bureau website for details at www.richlandcountyfarmbureau.com.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Harvest Festival & Corn Maze at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, north of Dieterich, ends this weekend – that’s from 3:00 to 10:00 today thru tonight and from 3:00 to 6:00 tomorrow – it’s train rides, games, concessions, a bonfire, music, the amazing flashlight corn maze, and more – all ages invited


    The 2014 St. Joseph Smorgasbord & Bazaar is tomorrow with serving from 10:30 to 2:30 – dine-in meals for those with accessibility needs & their guests, plus carry-outs available in the multi-purpose room – the Bazaar includes bingo, a country store, and more – ticket at the gym and multi-purpose room begin at 10:00


    The next area blood drive is tomorrow morning at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – with all blood types and platelets very much in need, all are urged to get out and give blood


    A “dinner and dance” to benefit the Emma Kocher family is tonight at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin, starting at 5:00 – it’s a pulled pork dinner for a free will donation with carry-outs available – gun raffle, 50/50 drawings, and auction at 7:30 and a live band at 8:00 – bring your lawn chairs


    A St. Joseph Building fundraiser is coming up tonight at the Olney Knights of Columbus on Whittle Avenue, starting at 6:00 – the music lineup includes local and area talent, performing throughout the night – admission is at $10 at the door – proceeds to the St. Joseph Parish Building fundraising effort


    The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its annual Fall Event today in the Olney City Park Community Building – the free event includes the serving of chowder, barbeque, desserts, and more from 11:30 to 1:00 – also a chance to meet the Republican candidates and elected officials


    A fundraising Clay Target Shoot is today from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club southwest of Ingraham – it’s trap field targets for shotguns only with all ages invited, plus concessions – all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by Wal-Mart DC 6059


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a 5K Color Run/Walk this morning at Musgrove Park in Olney with registration at 7:30 – signup forms are available online at www.eocaolney.org – fee is $35

 

 

 

October 17, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Low pressure over the Great Lakes Region will track southeastward today, pulling a cold front thru the Midwest, however dry conditions will prevail for us, although we could see a few clouds mixed up with sunshine – plus, after a brief warm-up ahead of the front, we’ll return to cool conditions this weekend and thru most all of the work week next week – stay tuned for weather updates on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK.

 

(NEWTON)  That new hotline for people who have questions about the Ebola virus is up and running – state officials say someone will be on hand 24 hours-a-day to answer questions like how to avoid getting Ebola and many more – operators will also be able to tell callers how the virus is spread and provide details on who’s at risk of getting infected the most – that new hotline number is toll-free, at 800-889-3931.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn is getting a bit of presidential help as he rounds out the final weeks of his campaign – President Obama will be in Chicago this Sunday, while former President Clinton will hit the Windy City next Tuesday – Vice President Joe Biden will visit Chicago next Wednesday  :  meanwhile, GOP candidate Bruce Rauner is stumping at various stops around the state this weekend  :  registered voters are reminded the “early voting” process officially begins next Monday at statewide County Clerk’s offices.

 

(NEWTON)  Gas prices continue to fall and it may be that way for a while – not only does the demand for gas drop during the winter months, but there’s also a current price war on crude oil taking place between several countries in the Middle East – the combination is a big part of why gas prices have dropped below the $3 per gallon mark in downstate Illinois – although Richland County’s gas prices remain 10 to 15 cents per gallon higher than in many of the other regional communities in Southeastern and South Central Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met with a special meeting last night – the Board  :  approved the tentative fiscal year 2015 budget worth $3,612,758 – with just over $3.45 million in revenue, the budget includes a $161,388 deficit – it will lay over for public viewing until the next regular meeting in November  :  approved a one year renewal of Health Insurance for all county employees with Blue Cross Blue Shield  :  approved an amendment to the County’s Mutual Aid Agreement with area counties and municipalities, noting that compensation for extra hours of mutual aid will be shared equally with those involved  :  noted a permit agreement between the Richland County Highway Department and the semi-truck haulers of hogs and livestock feed to a farm in rural Decker Township – the agreement designates a specific route of roads that must be taken to assure safe travel, while at the same time preserving the condition of roads involved  :  the Richland County Board then adjourned until its next regular monthly meeting on November 13th.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the tentative fiscal year 2014 tax levy as presented – the Board will hold a Truth in Taxation Hearing during the next meeting in November  :  approved and accepted the fiscal year 2014 audits for the East Richland and past West Richland Districts  :  agreed to donate a sidewalk easement thru the Elementary School property and a temporary use permit for the Middle School property to the City of Olney for its Safe Routes to Schools Project  :  approved a resolution in support of the City of Olney’s Enterprise Zone  :  agreed to reschedule the monthly November meeting to the 18th of next month  :  after a 33-minute closed session, approved the following personnel action – accepted the resignation of ERES Speech Pathologist Ryan Spicer – approved the hiring of ERES Speech Pathologists Lindsey Tomlin and Kaci Wells, part-time Food Service worker Marchele Dehner, Assistant ERHS Wrestling Coach Brad Ameter, 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Terry Puckett, ERHS Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Andrew Kapper, ERHS Freshman Boys Basketball Coach Ian Laughlin, plus several sports volunteers for ERHS wrestling, boys basketball, and volleyball  :  also heard a district financial update from Superintendent Marilyn Holt  :  next meeting is November 18th.

 

(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)  The state yesterday announced a capital investment of more than $664,000 for construction projects at IDOT facilities in Olney, Robinson, and Effingham, all part of Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now construction program to create jobs and increase the state’s economy – new roofing systems will be installed on the Olney IDOT Yard Equipment Storage Building and the Robinson IDOT Yard Salt Dome – plus an addition will be built on the Effingham IDOT West Yard Equipment Storage Building – the low bids came in from Grunloh Construction in Effingham for the general construction contract, from Boos Enterprises in Effingham for plumbing, and from Pals Electric in Teutopolis for electrical work.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s leaf collection program is scheduled to begin next Monday, the 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 streets – if bagging leaves, citizens can place them near the street and notify the Olney City Hall 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, off of West Mack Avenue.

 

(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)  Don’t forget to go online at www.celebratemydrive.com and vote for the East Richland High School – now thru next Friday, October 24th, folks can vote once per day for each email address they have with hopes of ERHS winning prize money in this year’s nationwide “Celebrate My Drive” teenage driving initiative, sponsored by State Farm Insurance – in checking the leader board this morning, ERHS was sitting at number 27 on the list of top 50 vote-getters – ERHS is currently six behind Mt. Carmel High School on the list of nationwide small schools – so spread the word to all family, friends, co-workers, fellow church members, and everyone else – just follow the instructions online at www.celebratemydrive.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders “A Harvest of Hope” bushel of grain donation drive is tomorrow at the CGB grain facility in Olney – although donations will be accepted at any time – the funds raised thru the grain donation program 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 agricultural industry – check the Richland County Farm Bureau website or call the office at 618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser coming up this afternoon & evening in Olney – with 100% of all the funds raised to stay here in Richland County to benefit the 18 to 20 families in the county affected by the disease, the funds raised will help with health services, flu shots, support sessions for physical, respiratory, & speech therapy, and for the yearly summer camp – the Olney Firemen will be collecting donations at the intersection of East Street and Main Street from 3:00 to 6:00 this afternoon and evening – please plan to help them help others.

 

REMINDERS :
    The 2014 St. Joseph Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday with serving from 10:30 to 2:30 featuring ham, roast beef, homemade noodles, and more – dine-in meals for those with accessibility needs & their guests, plus carry-outs available in the multi-purpose room – the Bazaar includes bingo, a cake stand, a country store, and more – ticket sales at both the school gym and the multi-purpose room begin at 10:00


    The next area blood drive is this Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – with all blood types and platelets very much in need, all are urged to get out and give blood


    A “dinner and dance” to benefit the Emma Kocher family is tomorrow night at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin, starting at 5:00 – it’s a pulled pork dinner for a free will donation with carry-outs available – gun raffle, 50/50 drawings, and auction at 7:30 and a live band at 8:00 – bring your lawn chairs


    A St. Joseph Building fundraiser is coming up tomorrow night at the Olney Knights of Columbus on Whittle Avenue, starting at 6:00 – the music lineup includes local and area talent, performing throughout the night – admission is at $10 at the door – proceeds to the St. Joseph Parish Building fundraising effort


    The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its annual Fall Event this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building – the free event includes the serving of chowder, barbeque, desserts, and more from 11:30 to 1:00 – also a chance to meet the Republican candidates and elected officials


    A fundraising Clay Target Shoot is tomorrow from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club southwest of Ingraham – it’s trap field targets for shotguns only with all ages invited, plus concessions – all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by Wal-Mart DC 6059 – call Jim at 618-393-5950


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a 5K Color Run/Walk tomorrow morning at Musgrove Park in Olney with registration at 7:30 – signup forms are available online at www.eocaolney.org, plus at Curves or any First National Bank in Olney location – fee is $35 – all are invited to take part and help out


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


    The East Richland Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Summer Vacation Memories” today in the ERES dining hall – the classes of teachers Greenwood, Taylor, and Rusk perform at 10:00 am – classes of teachers Erwin and McVicker perform at 2:15 pm – all are invited

 

 

 

October 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  While the storm system that’s affected our weather for the past several days moves northeast, a weak high pressure will bring in some drier air for today and tomorrow – then a dry cold front moves thru tomorrow, bringing in some cooler conditions for the upcoming weekend – the extended forecast thru the mid portion of next week calls for dry and cool conditions thru next Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner are spending big bucks in their efforts to win on November 4th – the latest campaign finance report shows that Governor Quinn put out more than $15 million between July and September, while GOP hopeful Rauner topped that by spending more than $20 million – the two Gubernatorial candidates continue their efforts to get the edge and win the election.

 

(OLNEY)  Voters are getting a chance to make a change to the state’s Constitution on November 4th – a couple of Constitutional Amendments will be on the ballot – the first will give more rights to victims of violent crimes, ensuring they get a fair shake when it comes to making a statement in court and being notified when their offender is released from jail or scheduled to appear in court – the other is a Right to Vote Amendment, ensuring people can’t be denied the right to vote based on race, religion, sex, or income.

 

(NEWTON)  The state is setting up an Ebola virus hotline – the Illinois Department of Public Health says the hotline will provide answers to some of the most asked questions about the virus, such as how is it spread and how to avoid it – at this point, no one in Illinois has been diagnosed with Ebola – the public also check the department’s website online, at www.idph.state.il.us/ebola/index.htm for continued updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Public Building Commission of Richland County met yesterday in Olney – the Commission  :  approved bills to-date for roofing materials & architectural fees  :  approved the $74,880 bid from United Thermal of the Marion area for the asbestos abatement project for the first floor & basement of the Richland County Courthouse  :  noted that the Courthouse tuck-pointing work is continuing with crack & replacement stone work yet to be done  :  noted the Courthouse and Highway Department Building roofing project is scheduled to start soon  :  discussed the next phase of work which involves the Courthouse interior, such as heating & air conditioning, electrical upgrades, phone & data improvements, some security hardware work, and more  :  and noted a revised renovation cost estimate showing the numbers to date are within the spending parameters  :  the Commission’s next regular meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session earlier this week – the Board  :  approved the $13,000 bid from Luttrell Backhoe Service of Xenia for sidewalk work for North Noble Avenue to East South Avenue – the 5 foot wide sidewalk will allow wheelchair access  :  reviewed the recent Water Feasibility Study, which showed an 11.6% loss – while certain water meters were recommended for future use, the study showed no need for a proficiency project or other upgrades due to a lack of savings  :  agreed to spend $300 to decorate the Village’s trailer for this year’s Christmas Parade  :  agreed to donate $50 to this year’s Senior Citizens Christmas dinner  :  noted that the Village’s leaf collection is underway – when residents have leaves ready for pickup, they should contact Village Hall  :  noted the Village’s water hydrants were recently flushed with no problems found  :  noted that the Village’s Halloween Parade, cake walk, and more will be Thursday, October 30th and Noble’s Trick or Treat Night will be Friday, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00  :  the Noble Village Board has its next regular meeting on Monday, October 27th.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last night – the Board  :  approved the new Facility Assessment, Park Assessment, and Online Park Survey to be used to better determine the needs of Olney’s park & recreation system  :  noted a Public Forum set for November 12th at the Olney City Hall to hear from the citizens of Olney with their ideas for the City’s comprehensive Parks & Recreation Plan  :  also discussed walk way lighting for Musgrove Park and the sale of the downstate Senior Citizen’s Park.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency continues to accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the elderly and handicapped, plus for families with children under the age of six – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office to set up an appointment – 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 Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders “A Harvest of Hope” bushel of grain donation drive is this Saturday, October 18th, at the CGB grain facility in Olney – although donations are being accepted now thru Saturday – the funds raised thru the grain donation program 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 agricultural industry – check the Richland County Farm Bureau website online.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser coming up tomorrow afternoon & evening in Olney – while firemen all over the U. S. have been collecting funds to help those afflicted by the disease for the past 60 years, this is the first time for such a fundraiser in Olney, with 100% of all the funds raised to stay here in Richland County to benefit the 18 to 20 families in the county affected by the disease – the funds raised will help with health services, flu shots, support sessions for physical, respiratory, & speech therapy, and for the yearly summer camp – the Olney Firemen will be collecting donations at the intersection of East Street and Main Street from 3:00 to 6:00 tomorrow afternoon and evening – at least $65,000 is needed each year to help those alone here in Richland County – we hope you can help out the Olney Firemen in tomorrow’s effort to help others.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging all Illinoisans to participate in the 4th Annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill, set for this morning at 10:16 – the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill is designed to help residents everywhere to think about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake – it’s still not too late to go online and register, logon now at www.shakeout.org/centralus.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in dire need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  this Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  for more information or to schedule a blood-giving appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget to go online at www.celebratemydrive.com and vote for the East Richland High School – now thru next Friday, October 24th, folks can vote once per day for each email address they have with hopes of ERHS winning prize money in this year’s nationwide “Celebrate My Drive” teenage driving initiative, sponsored by State Farm Insurance - ERHS is currently sitting 22nd on the list so spread the word to everyone to go online and follow the voting instructions at www.celebratemydrive.com.

 

REMINDERS :
    A “dinner and dance” to benefit the Emma Kocher family is this Saturday night at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin, starting at 5:00 – its a pulled pork dinner for a free will donation with carry-outs available – gun raffle, 50/50 drawings, and auction at 7:30 and a live band at 8:00 – bring your lawn chairs


    A St. Joseph Building fundraiser is coming up this Saturday night at the Olney Knights of Columbus on Whittle Avenue, starting at 6:00 – the music lineup includes local and area talent, performing throughout the night – admission is at $10 at the door – proceeds to the St. Joseph Parish Building fundraising effort


    A fundraising Clay Target Shoot is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club southwest of Ingraham – it’s trap field targets for shotguns only with all ages invited, plus concessions – all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by Wal-Mart DC 6059 – call Jim at 618-393-5950


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a 5K Color Run/Walk this Saturday morning at Musgrove Park in Olney with registration at 7:30 – signup forms are available online at www.eocaolney.org, plus at Curves or any First National Bank in Olney location – fee is $35 – all are invited to take part and help out


    The East Richland Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Summer Vacation Memories” tomorrow in the ERES dining hall – the classes of teachers Greenwood, Taylor, and Rusk perform at 10:00 am – classes of teachers Erwin and McVicker perform at 2:15 pm – all are invited


    The Richland County Tea Party will have it final meeting of  2014 tonight in the Olney City Park Community Building at 7:30 – discussion will include plans for the upcoming midterm election next month, plus representatives from a couple of statewide races will be on hand for more information


    There’s two other meetings tonight : the East Richland School Board in the Administrative Office board room at 7:30 : the Richland County Board with a special meeting in the County Jail meeting room at 5:30 

 

 

 

October 15, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The slow-moving low pressure system that’s kept us wet for the past 48 hours is still stalled out over the downstate area, and it will continue to keep our sky cloudy with periodic light rain showers today thru tonight before ending – but as it eventually moves off further east, we’ll dry out tomorrow with a little sunshine, then more sunshine for Friday and a dry period thru midweek, next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Another Governor’s debate was held last night in Chicago with Governor Pat Quinn and GOP challenger, Bruce Rauner, making their pitches to win the state’s African American votes in Illinois – while the Governor had to come clean about why only 1% of all state contracts last year went to firms owned by black people, Rauner denied claims that there aren’t any African Americans working at his investment firm – normally loyal to Democratic candidates, several black leaders have come out to endorse Rauner in 2014.

 

(OLNEY)  The oilfield production process of “hydraulic fracturing”, known as fracking, is still hanging in the balance in Illinois – a legislative panel was slated to approve the rules of use yesterday, but instead decided to push back any action until next month – once the rules are approved, oil companies will be able to begin using the process – supporters say this will create thousands of jobs, however opponents argue the process will contaminate drinking water and cause earthquakes – action is required by November 15th.

 

(NEWTON)  Nineteen farmer-leaders will be sworn in as Directors of the United States Soybean Board later this year in December after their recent appointments by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack –these volunteer farmers invest soy checkoff funds on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers in projects to increase the value of soybean meal and oil from all over America – among the 19 farmers is the only representative from the State of Illinois, Dwain Ford, of rural Kinmundy, in nearby Marion County.

 

(OLNEY)  Starting today, the East Richland High School is again participating in the “Celebrate My Drive” initiative, a safe driving program that engages teenagers while learning how to drive in a supportive and positive way – while car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers, and while a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous, State Farm Insurance is using research and more in sponsoring and promoting this safe driving program for teens – locally, residents can go online and make commitments every day from each email address they have – while East Richland High School received $25,000 last year to benefit the ERHS safe driving program, the goal this year is to win one of two $100,000 prizes – so please go online and vote each day, now thru October 24th – follow the instructions online, at www.celebratemydrive.com.

 

(NEWTON)  Rainfall continued delay the statewide 2014 harvest last week – the average rainfall around the state was at just over a half inch (0.54), which is in line with normal levels for this time of the year, however some areas, such as Southeastern Illinois, had more rain than average – last week’s statewide average temperature was 54.2 degrees, nearly 2 degrees (1.8) below normal – while the statewide crop condition remains mostly good to excellent, the harvest is now further behind the 5-year average, due to the recent rains  :  farmers here in our ten county region report around 40% of the local corn and nearly 30% of the local soybeans have been harvested as of Sunday – with the muddy field conditions expected to hamper the rest of this year’s harvest, farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” while harvesting.

 

(OLNEY)  There are several meetings coming up, two of which will be held tomorrow night in Olney – the East Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting in the Administrative Office board room, beginning at 7:30 – also tomorrow night, the Richland County Board will have a special meeting in the County Jail meeting room, starting at 5:30  :  meanwhile, there are two meetings on this Wednesday – the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at City Hall beginning at 6:00 – also, the Public Building Commission of Richland County will meet this afternoon at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room  :  as always, all of these meetings are open to the public at their respective locations and times.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging all Illinoisans to participate in the 4th Annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill, set to be held at 10:16 tomorrow morning – dubbed as the largest earthquake drill in the history of Illinois and the United States, the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill is designed to help residents everywhere to think about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake occurs – last year, over 523,000 people in Illinois took part, along with 25 million others in 39 states and 5 different countries – it’s not too late for all individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and others to go online to register at www.shakeout.org/centralus - by doing so, participants will find expert advice about earthquake preparedness, engaging videos, and resource materials to share with family and friends.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in dire need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  this Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Monday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also next Monday at EIU’s Andrews Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  next Tuesday at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  also next Tuesday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also next Tuesday at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also drives later next week in Olney, Salem, Mattoon, and Flora  :  for more details, or to schedule a blood-giving appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that the boil water order issued earlier this week for the areas along Goble Street, Hickory Drive, and White Oak Drive has been lifted – again, that boil water order for a portion of Newton due to water line repairs this past Monday, has been lifted and is no longer in effect.

 

REMINDERS :
    The 2014 St. Joseph Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday with serving from 10:30 to 2:30 featuring ham, roast beef, homemade noodles, and more – dine-in meals for those with accessibility needs & their guests, plus carry-outs available in the multi-purpose room – the Bazaar includes bingo, a cake stand, a country store, and more – ticket sales at both the school gym and the multi-purpose room begin at 10:00


    A “dinner and dance” to benefit the Emma Kocher family is this Saturday night at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin, starting at 5:00 – its a pulled pork dinner for a free will donation with carry-outs available – gun raffle, 50/50 drawings, and auction at 7:30 and a live band at 8:00 – bring your lawn chairs


    A St. Joseph Building fundraiser is coming up this Saturday night at the Olney Knights of Columbus on Whittle Avenue, starting at 6:00 – the music lineup includes local and area talent, performing throughout the night – admission is at $10 at the door – proceeds to the St. Joseph Parish Building fundraising effort


    The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its annual Fall Event this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building – the free event includes the serving of chowder, barbeque, desserts, and more from 11:30 to 1:00 – also a chance to meet the Republican candidates and elected officials


    A fundraising Clay Target Shoot is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Clay County Sportsman’s Club southwest of Ingraham – it’s trap field targets for shotguns only with all ages invited, plus concessions – all to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, sponsored by Wal-Mart DC 6059 – call Jim at 618-393-5950


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a 5K Color Run/Walk this Saturday morning at Musgrove Park in Olney with registration at 7:30 – signup forms are available online at www.eocaolney.org, plus at Curves or any First National Bank in Olney location – fee is $35 – all are invited to take part and help out


    The East Richland Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Summer Vacation Memories” this Friday in the ERES dining hall – the classes of teachers Greenwood, Taylor, and Rusk perform at 10:00 am – classes of teachers Erwin and McVicker perform at 2:15 pm – all are invited


    The Richland County Tea Party will have it final meeting of  2014 tomorrow night in the Olney City Park Community Building at 7:30 – discussion will include plans for the upcoming midterm election next month, plus representatives from a couple of statewide races will be on hand for more information

 

 

 

October 14, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level low sitting over the Midwest has lost its forward momentum – the stalled out frontal boundary will bring us on-and-off chances of widespread rain showers today thru tomorrow night before drying out on Thursday – then look for an extended dry and cool period thru the upcoming weekend and into the first part of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While a tornado watch and several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued last evening by the National Weather Service, most of our region escaped any real problems – strong winds associated with the thin line of storms did do some damage around the area, but nothing significant – the area rainfall amounts averaged between one and three inches in less than 30 minutes, which caused some minor flooding – no injuries were reported throughout the area as the storms quickly moved out of the region by dark.

 

(OLNEY)  A new poll shows that the Governor’s race is too close to call – the “Early & Often / We Ask America” survey shows Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat just three weeks before the election – 41% of those polled chose having business experience as a requirement to serve as Governor – only 24% said a political background was more important – meanwhile, 25% favored both – there are still 9% that are undecided on who they’ll vote for come November 4th.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ economic outlook is one of the worst in the nation – the American Legislative Exchange Council has ranked the state at number 48 in its latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States” – the ranking is based on 15 different variables, including business tax rates and workers compensation costs.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a new way for Illinois voters to connect with their lawmakers – the VoteSpotter app allows users to enter their location, which finds any elected official representing them in their area – users can track bills, voting trends, and even send messages – the app can be downloaded at the iTunes store.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that absentee voting is now being conducted in County Clerk’s offices – residents may vote in person, or request a ballot be mailed to their home – the final day to mail out a ballot is the 30th of October, two weeks from this Thursday : also, the grace period voting is also being conducted at Clerk’s offices as well – to be a Grace Period voter, residents need to register to vote in person and then vote in person, or change their address on their registration in person and then vote in person – two forms of identification are required for this – the Grace Period voting will continue thru election day, on November 4th : call or stop by your County Clerk’s office, open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  changed the City’s previously set Trick or Treat hours due to the Halloween Parade which starts Friday night, October 31st, at 6:00 – the new Trick or Treat hours in Olney are from 7:00 to 9:00 on that Friday night  :  approved a Social Media Policy which will establish Facebook pages for the City of Olney and its departments  :  approved a contract with Archive Social to provide services to retrieve & save information from the City’s Facebook pages  :  agreed to sell a Water Department 1991 Dodge pickup truck thru www.GovDeals.com  :  approved the sale of a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria to Scrap Daddy’s in Olney  :  approved the recycling of some small electronic items with Wilson Metals  :  approved the request from the Olney Fire Department to conduct a “Fill the Boot” event this coming Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 at the intersection of East Street & Main Street with all proceeds to support MDA  :  agreed to accept the $250,000 Safe Routes to School grant  :  agreed to begin the sale proceedings for property at 310 East Main Street, known as the Senior Citizens Park in downtown Olney  :  approved the proposed Landscape Waste Facility fees which involves no changes for the residents of Olney – $5 for non-residents, $10 for landscapers  :  noted that the City’s leaf collection program starts next week  :  and noted a public hearing on Tuesday, October 28, at 7:00, at City Hall, to discuss the City’s Enterprise Zone  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting on October 27, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  A portion of the City of Newton is under a boil water order until further notice after water line repairs were made yesterday – the areas affected includes all of Goble Street, all of Hickory Drive, and all of White Oak Drive – again, these areas in Newton are under a boil water order until further notice.

 

(OLNEY)  The recent fall rains of October continue to hamper our local 2014 fall harvest – after 30 days in September of nearly perfect harvest weather, which included between 4 and 6 inches of scattered rain to still allow harvesting, the first two weeks of October has included over 5 inches of rain with at least some rain within a 24 to 36 hour period since October 2nd – as of yesterday, the Richland County Farm Bureau says 29% of the county’s corn & bean crops have been harvested – that’s an average of the nine townships that make up Richland County – that’s up only a bit from the 23% recorded a week ago yesterday – farmers are reminded to be safe out there and to take that extra time to think “safety first” has the fall harvest drags on.

 

(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)  The next Illinois Concealed Carry License course is being offered by the IECC College District this weekend 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 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, contact the Student Services Offices at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel or Frontier Community College in Fairfield.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2014 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens this Saturday, October 18th – a total of 50 statewide ponds, lakes, and streams have been stocked with over 80,000 trout – the Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program thru the sale of inland trout stamps – anglers must have a fishing license and a trout stamp – 8 of the 50 sites are in downstate Illinois, including those in the counties of Wabash, Wayne, Jefferson, Marion, Shelby, Christian, Coles, and Crawford – for more details or information about trout fishing and all other things “outdoors”, check the State DNR website online.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Clay County SWCD fall fish sale is underway – order grass carp by October 17th, plus other species also available – the delivery date is November 4th – the call the Louisville office at 618-665-3327, ext. 3


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


    The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its annual Fall Event this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building – the free event includes the serving of chowder, barbeque, desserts, and more from 11:30 to 1:00 – also a chance to meet the Republican candidates and elected officials


    A St. Joseph Building fundraiser is coming up this Saturday night at the Olney Knights of Columbus on Whittle Avenue, starting at 6:00 – the music lineup includes local and area talent, performing throughout the night – admission is at $10 at the door – proceeds to the St. Joseph Parish Building fundraising effort


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a 5K Color Run/Walk this Saturday morning at Musgrove Park in Olney with registration at 7:30 – signup forms are available online at www.eocaolney.org, plus at Curves or any First National Bank in Olney location – fee is $35 – all are invited to take part and help out


    The Noble Village Board will have its regular bi-monthly meeting tonight, a night later than normal due to the Columbus Day observance – it starts tonight at 7:00 in the Village Hall in Noble – public invited


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


    The RMH Auxiliary continues with its fundraising Longaberger Basket this morning from 8:00 to 12 noon in the lobby at Richland Memorial Hospital – proceeds to Auxiliary projects at the hospital