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April 11, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure over the Midwest this weekend will give us plenty of sunshine & dry conditions both today & tomorrow – but another frontal boundary will move in by Monday night, giving us more rain chances tomorrow night thru Monday – then after a dry Tuesday, more rain chances Wednesday thru Thursday night – maybe dry again next weekend – stay tuned for continued weather updates this weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has declared DeKalb and Ogle Counties as state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped thru Northern Illinois Thursday night – with two people dead & several injured, dozens of homes & businesses were damaged and/or destroyed – the state disaster declaration now makes a wide variety of resources available for cleanup & recovery – the state has also mobilized personnel & assets to help, providing conservation police officers, communication equipment, light towers, and more.

 

(OLNEY)  By the way, the Governor will complete his weeklong tour of 17 Illinois counties today with a stop here in Richland County and later up in Champaign – Governor Rauner will this morning visit the fundraising breakfast in Claremont, then visit with community leaders at The Holiday in Olney – he’ll wrap up his downstate visit this afternoon at a service project to benefit tornado victims at Memorial Stadium.

 

(OLNEY)  With no severe weather in the weekend forecast, Illinois Emergency Management Agency officials are urging folks to take time now to be prepared for possible severe weather this spring – families should develop a “communications plan” that includes the “Text First, Talk Second” concept – also, make all family members know what to do at home in the event of severe weather – plus make sure all families have an emergency NOAA weather radio working at all times – for more logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at Papa Murphy’s in Mattoon from 11:00 to 3:00  :  then next Monday at the St. Elmo High School  :  next Tuesday at the Oblong High School  :  and next Tuesday at Lake Land College south of Mattoon  :  for more information on giving blood or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum is open tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – the current Military Exhibit at the Museum will close at the end of next month, May 31st – admission is free


    The Richland County Republican’s 26th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner is tshis evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus in Olney – it starts with social hour at 5:00, then the dinner & program at 6:00


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its annual bulk chowder today with serving to start at 11:00 this morning – it’s by the gallon or half gallon, plus homemade pies & baked goods – remember, no glass containers


    The Southern Smiler’s 4-H Club will have a fundraising fresh pork burger sale today on the Rural King parking lot in Olney with serving from 10:00 am until sold out – proceeds to future club activities


    The Friends of the Olney Public Library continues today with their Annual Book Sale – it’s the final day today with free admission from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Library – hardback books, paperbacks, and more


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    A fundraising breakfast is today at the Claremont Community Center with serving from 6:00 until 1:00, or until sold out – tickets at the door – proceeds to benefit the Claremont-Bonpas Fire Department

 

 

 

April 10, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the stalled out frontal boundary and associated cold front eventually pushed thru our region and now off  to the east, a high pressure ridge will set up over the Midwest – this will give us dry conditions with sunshine today thru Sunday – then another cold front will bring us rain Sunday night and Monday, then maybe more rain Wednesday and Thursday of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the next several days for Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties – it’s all about the flooding threat along portions of the Wabash, Embarras, and Little Wabash Rivers for the next week – with an average of between 1 and 3 more inches of rain yesterday and overnight, residents and motorists are urged to stay out of those backwaters.

 

(OLNEY)  Emergency crews are out today cleaning up after tornadoes left a trail of destruction in parts of Central & Northern Illinois – homes and businesses were destroyed in several cities, including Fairdale, Rochelle, Ashton, and the Rockford area – Governor Bruce Rauner last night activated the State Incident Response Center in Springfield to make sure personnel and equipment could be quickly deployed to help out if needed – at least one person is dead and so far, seven others were taken to hospitals for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  A large pharmacy chain has announced plans to close around 200 stores nationwide – Illinois based Walgreens says the closures are part of a plan to cut $1 billion in costs over the next several years – it is not yet known which locations in Illinois or across the country will be shut down & when they will close.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois lawmakers are considering raising the state’s motor fuel tax – officials say the extra money would be used to fix the state’s roadways – a large amount of the funds usually allocated for road construction were taken last month to help fill the $1.6 billion gap in the state budget – opponents say the tax hike would only cause people around Illinois to drive a little further and buy their gas in other states.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night for just over one hour in Newton – the Board  :  formed a new Committee which will meet with all County Department Heads to discuss future budget cuts & the future of each Department with all ideas taken to the Finance Committee in August  :  approved a new lease to place the County’s radio antenna on the Norris Electric tower for better reception  :  agreed to purchase a new $2,600 server for the Sheriff’s Department  :  agreed to purchase three new heart monitor brackets worth $2,967 for the Ambulance Service  :  approved funds for carpeting & improvements at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  noted the concrete pad will soon be poured at the Courthouse for the Rolling Thunder “Chair of Honor” which will be dedicated on May 2nd  :  agreed to increase to $5,000 the credit limit for County Officeholders’ credit cards  :  heard various other reports and information  :  and after a closed session, on an 11 to 0 vote, with one member absent, approved the Union Contract as presented  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular meeting will be May 14th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  heard an update from the Public Building Commission about the renovation work at the Courthouse – it was noted that the First Floor offices of the County Clerk, County Treasurer, Supervisor of Assessments, and Regional Office of Education #12 will close and move to their temporary building location on May 1st thru 4th, a Friday thru Monday, and remain there until First Floor work is complete  :  approved the $19,251 purchase of a John Deere bat-wing mower for the County Highway Department  :  approved the $1,848 purchase of badge printing software for county employees  :  heard information about the possibilities of a countywide recycling program  :  heard from the State’s Attorney, noting that county fine revenues are up  :  approved the appointment of Dan Waxler to the Farmland Assessment Review Committee  :  approved the Delinquent Tax Resolution for county properties  :  heard from the U or I Extension concerned that the County Board will continue the extension tax levy  :  noted the Governor’s visit tomorrow to Olney – if the Governor’s funding sweep is approved, it would cost the County nearly $562,000  :  said “thank you” to the Builders of the Future 4-H Club for serving supper  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss personnel and negotiations  :  the Richland County Board”s next regular meeting will be May 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out early this morning at 12:58 to a structure fire at 204 West Locust Street in Parkersburg – upon arrival, the firemen found flames coming from the doublewide trailer’s front picture window and the fire was extinguished quickly – there was moderate to major heat and smoke damage throughout the trailer, but there were no injuries – Mutual Aid was received by the West Salem, Claremont-Bonpas, and Noble-Wakefield Fire Departments, plus the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance Service – the firemen were on the scene for nearly three and a half hours.

 

(NEWTON)  This month of April is being noted as Autism Awareness Month and a time for all area folks to “Light It Up Blue” to support the children and adults affected by Autism – this Sunday, April 12th, the Annual Egg Hunt for Autism & Balloon release will be in Newton’s Peterson Park, starting at 1:00 – there’s also still time for families with Autism to call for an appointment for a free photo session next Wednesday, April 15th – call now at 618-783-7420 – also, area residents are encouraged to shine their “blue light bulbs” and “Light It Up Blue” in support of Autism Awareness Month in Jasper and surrounding counties.

  

(OLNEY)  The Richland County HEA and University of Illinois Extension Office is co-hosting a free food preservation program next Tuesday night, April 14th, with all invited to attend – Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Mary Liz Wright will give out the latest, most up-to-date, food preservation information about canning, plus folks can have their dial gauge pressure canner tested for accuracy, which is required each year – starting at 6:30, at the Extension Office meeting room on South Fair Street in Olney, folks can bring their pressure canner lids and attend – call the Extension Office to register in advance at 395-2191.

 

(NOBLE)  The Village of Noble has announced it’s now accepting applications for a part-time Treasurer / Bookkeeper – accounting and computer experience is required and salary will be based on that experience – applications and a job description can be picked up at and returned to the Village Hall in Noble weekdays, Monday thru Friday, between 8:00 and 4:00 – applications will be accepted until Monday, April 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the First Presbyterian Church in Effingham from 2:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at Papa Murphy’s in Mattoon from 11:00 to 3:00  :  next Monday at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  next Tuesday at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also next Tuesday at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  next Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for more information on giving blood or to schedule an appointment, go online now at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum is open this coming Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – the current Military Exhibit at the Museum will close at the end of next month, May 31st – admission is free


    The Richland County Republican’s 26th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner is tomorrow evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus in Olney – it starts with social hour at 5:00, then the dinner & program at 6:00 – tickets are $15 each and available from all Precinct Committeemen or by calling 618-395-8124 – all are invited


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its annual bulk chowder tomorrow with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s by the gallon or half gallon, plus homemade pies & baked goods – no glass containers


    The Southern Smiler’s 4-H Club will have a fundraising fresh pork burger sale tomorrow on the Rural King parking lot in Olney with serving from 10:00 am until sold out – proceeds to future club activities


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    A fundraising breakfast is tomorrow at the Claremont Community Center with serving from 6:00 until 1:00, or until sold out – tickets at the door – proceeds to benefit the Claremont-Bonpas Fire Department


    The Friends of the Olney Public Library will have their Annual Book Sale this weekend – the Pre-Sale is tonight, from 5:00 to 7:00, with a $5 admission or show your Friends membership card and get in free – then tomorrow is open with free admission from 9:00 to 2:00 – hardback books, paperbacks, and more


    The Citizens National Bank, Olney Banking Center, will host its annual “hog roast” Relay For Life fundraiser this evening at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – serving from 5:30 to 8:00, carry-outs will be available – tickets on sale at the Banking Center and all are invited

 

 

 

April 9, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As that stalled out frontal boundary begins to move today, we’ll see another round of rain and thunderstorm activity this afternoon thru tonight – but as the cold front eventually pushes thru, the chances of rain will end by late tonight with a gradually clearing sky after midnight – then back to some sunshine tomorrow thru Saturday & Sunday with some cooler, but drier air – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Jasper, Richland, and most all surrounding counties until late tonight – with an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain possible by tonight, there’s the opportunity for more flooding – folks are reminded to stay out of those backwaters, especially during or following heavy rains – a Flood Warning has already been issued for the Little Wabash River as it flows from Louisville to Clay City down to Golden Gate and on to Carmi – by tonight, it’s possible that most or all area rivers and creeks will be bank-full and flooded – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radios.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, local motorists should use extreme caution while traveling in the southern portion of Richland County – due to the 2 to 3 inches of rain that fell in less than one hour yesterday, several township gravel roads have had their culverts washed out, causing many roads to be completely closed – in fact, the Ste. Marie Road, between Parkersburg and West Salem is closed due to a wash out – this alert effects many of the roads in the Wynoose to Parkersburg on over to Sumner area and some of the washed out roads may not be marked with signs – so travel with care in this area and stay out of those backwaters.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the NTSB is continuing to investigate what caused a deadly plane crash outside of Bloomington that killed seven people early this past Tuesday morning – several factors are being considered, including the weather or if the pilot missed the airport approach path – Illinois State University held a vigil last night to mourn the loss of the victims, which included Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach Torrey Ward, Deputy Director of Athletics Aaron Leetch, and others from the ISU community.

 

(OLNEY)  An Illinois meat company is recalling around 2,400 pounds of “ham loaf” – the Department of Agriculture says the product made by Dutch Valley Meats in Arthur is being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens – the specific item is a two pound, oven ready, ham loaf  in an aluminum pan.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner continues his 17 county trip this week with three more upstate stops today in Quincy, Beardstown, and Peoria – the Governor will make four downstate stops tomorrow before ending his statewide tour Saturday in Olney and Champaign – he’s out promoting his Turnaround Agenda.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will co-host a Hiring Exposition a week from today, on Thursday, April 16th, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, in the OCC Gymnasium – the event is designed for the general public as well as college students, and those attending should have their resumes ready and be prepared for a job interview there on-site – over 50 regional businesses, service providers, and educational institutions will have booths set up with representatives on hand – for more on the event, contact OCC Coordinator of Career Services, Allan Alldredge at 618-395-7777, extension 2019.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Parks & Recreation Board held a special meeting last night at the Olney City Hall to host an open forum for the public to share comments and ideas on the City’s Comprehensive Plan for the City of Olney’s parks & recreation future – a rough draft of the Comprehensive Plan was presented and after those in attendance made comments and asked a few questions, the P&R Board discussed the plan as well – there was no official action taken last night – a “thank you” to those that showed up at the forum.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s the second Thursday of the month and it’s time for two area meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County Board will have its regular monthly meeting tonight in the County Office Building in Newton with the normal committee reports and plenty of new business, starting at 7:30  :  the Richland County Board will also have its regular monthly meeting tonight in the County Jail Meeting Room in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00  :  all the meetings are open to the public.

 

(NOBLE)  The Village of Noble has announced it is now accepting applications for a part-time Treasurer / Bookkeeper – accounting and computer experience is required and salary will be based on that experience – applications and a job description can be picked up at and returned to the Village Hall in Noble weekdays, Monday thru Friday, between 8:00 and 4:00 – applications will be accepted until Monday, April 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency has announced scholarships available for income eligible individuals who want to attend college this fall – in fact, a limited number of $500 scholarships are available to eligible applicants in the ERBA Counties of Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Clark, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Lawrence, & Richland – the funds are provided in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, thru the Community Services Block Grant – various restrictions apply – the applications are available at any of the local ERBA offices in the before mentioned counties – appointments can be scheduled to return an application before the June 16th, 2015 deadline.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the New Beginnings Church in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church in Effingham from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Saturday at Papa Murphy’s in Mattoon from 11:00 to 3:00  :  next Monday at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  next Tuesday at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also next Tuesday at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  next Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for more information on giving blood or to schedule an appointment to give the gift of life, go online now at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Jasper County Farm Bureau is taking a bus to see the Cardinals / Cubs game in St. Louis on May 7th – the cost of $65 for members and $70 for non-members includes the game ticket, a meal, and the coach bus ride – payment and reservations are required by April 24th – call the Newton office at 618-783-2733


    The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum is open this coming Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – folks are reminded that the current Military Exhibit at the Museum will close at the end of next month, May 31st – located in the Foundation House in Ste. Marie, the Museum admission is free and all are invited to stop by


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its annual bulk chowder this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s by the gallon or half gallon, plus homemade pies & baked goods – no glass containers – call 618-395-2208


    The Southern Smiler’s 4-H Club will have a fundraising fresh pork burger sale this Saturday on the Rural King parking lot in Olney with serving from 10:00 am until sold out – proceeds to future club activities


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday at the Claremont Community Center with serving from 6:00 until 1:00, or until sold out – tickets at the door – proceeds to benefit the Claremont-Bonpas Fire Department


    The Friends of the Olney Public Library will have their Annual Book Sale this weekend – the Pre-Sale is tomorrow night, from 5:00 to 7:00, with a $5 admission, or show your Friends of the Olney Public Library membership card and get in free – then Saturday is open with free admission from 9:00 to 2:00 – hardback books are only $1 each, with paperbacks at 50 cents – donations of books & books on tape/CD accepted


    The Citizens National Bank, Olney Banking Center, will host its annual “hog roast” Relay For Life fundraiser tomorrow evening at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – serving from 5:30 to 8:00, carry-outs will be available – tickets on sale at the Banking Center and all are invited


    The Main Street Farmers Market of Olney will hold an organizational meeting tonight at The Roll With It Bakery, on East Main Street, starting at 7:00 – all past & new vendors are encouraged to attend


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited out for some great food – that’s this Thursday night in Newton


    The local Grief Support Group will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – starting at 6:30, the meeting is open to anyone from the surrounding area – all are invited

 

 

 

RICHLAND COUNTY ROAD ANNOUNCEMENT

 

4/9/15

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Richland and surrounding counties until late tonight with another 1 to 3 inches of rain possible today thru tonight.  Area motorists should use extreme caution today while traveling in the southern portion of Richland County.  Due to the 2 to 3 inches of rain that fell in less than one hour yesterday, several township gravel roads have had their culverts washing out, causing many roads to be shut.  In fact, the Ste. Marie Road, just south of Parkersburg is closed due to a washed out culvert.  This effects many of the roads in the Wynoose to Parkersburg on over to Sumner area and some of the washed out roads may not be marked with signs.  So travel with care in this area and stay out of those backwaters.

 

 

 

April 8, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A frontal boundary will continue to waver across the region today and tomorrow, giving us rounds of scattered showers & thunderstorms, plus the threat of severe conditions will increase as we move thru today and tonight with heavy rain and hail a possibility – a warm front will eventually push everything thru by Friday morning – it’s a dry weekend ahead, but more rain the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  With yesterday’s election, some statewide races have made the news  :  Rahm Emanuel was re-elected as Chicago’s mayor for another four years – he held off his biggest challenger with 56% of the Windy City votes  :  in Champaign, Councilwoman Deborah Feinen beat out incumbent Mayor Don Gerard  :  Springfield’s new mayor is Jim Langfelder – the City Treasurer beat out the current mayor in the primary  :  and in Carbondale, businessman Mike Henry defeated all other candidates to take the mayor’s job there.

 

(OLNEY)  Some business owners in Illinois are fighting a proposed bill that’s pushing a new satellite TV tax – they say the 5% tax to their monthly bill would hurt the hospitality & satellite installation industry – the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association says cable companies have promoted this legislation more than 50 times in close to 30 states across the country with it failing miserably every time so far at this point in time.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner continues his 17 county trip this week with at least four more upstate stops today with more tomorrow – the Governor will make four downstate stops Friday, before finishing his statewide visits Saturday in Olney and Champaign – the Governor’s promoting his Turnaround Agenda.

 

(OLNEY)  Only 14% of the registered voters in Richland County went to the polls during yesterday’s April 7th Consolidated Election – here’s the results, courtesy of the Richland County Clerk’s Office in Olney  :
* two of five candidates were elected to the Olney City Council – four year term
Belinda Henton – 613  :  Les Harrison – 428  :  Byron “Drew” Holdren – 369  :  Bryce Fehrenbacher – 324
Brian James O’Neill III – 3
* four of the six candidates were elected to the East Richland School Board in Olney – four year terms
Jan Ridgely – 1,110  :  Jeff Wilson – 994  :  Carolyne Brooks – 886  :  Steve Kinkade – 838
Dennis Anderson – 642  :  Alex Cline – 609
* four of five candidates were elected to the Parkersburg Village Board
Josh Slunaker – 31  :  Sharon Pierce – 30  :  Teresa Diel – 21  :  Janice Weston – 15  :  Susan Vincent – 11
* three of three write-in candidates were elected to the Calhoun Village Board – four year terms
Charles Brewer – 10  :  Gary Petty – 9  :  Floyd Williams – 9 
* only one write-in candidate was elected to the Calhoun Village Board – two year term
Richard Snyder – 12
* three of three candidates was elected to the Noble Village Board – four year terms
Kelly O’Dell – 31  :  Carl Klingler – 28  :  Gary Ulm – 26 
* only one candidate was elected to the Noble Village Board – two year term
Judith Anderson – 27
* three of three candidates was elected to the Claremont Village Board
Curtis Marshall – 9  :  Sonya Joyce – 7  :  Johnny Joe Travis – 7
* only one candidate was elected as Claremont Village Mayor
John Joyce – 10
a special “thanks” to County Clerk Alice Mullinax and her office staff for their assistance on Election Night

 

(NEWTON)  34% of the registered voters in Jasper County went to the polls during yesterday’s April 7th Consolidated Election and here’s the results, courtesy of the Jasper County Clerk’s Office in Newton  :
* four of the seven candidates were elected to the Jasper County School Board   (no incumbents returning)
William Flowers – 1,523  :  Jon Fulton – 1,507  :  Jed Earnest – 1,164  :  Melissa Stanley – 1,049
Larry Goss – 915  :  Anthony Richards – 725  :  Melinda Barthelme – 705
* one of two candidates was elected from Ward Two on the Newton City Council – four year term
David Brown – 135  :  Larry Short – 98
* one of two candidates was elected from Ward Two on the Newton City Council – two year term
Eric Blake – 152  :  Beth Short – 82
* only one candidate was elected from Ward Three on the Newton City Council – four year term
Larry Brooks – 128 
* four of four candidates were elected to the City of Newton Zoning Board – four year term
Gina Fox – 405  :  Shawn McCrillis – 396  :  Tom Clark – 380  :  Tim Farley – 345 
* only one candidate was elected to the City of Newton Zoning Board – two year term
Ed Webb – 503
* three of five candidates were elected to the Willow Hill Village Board
Phillip Chapman – 51 : Bryan Groves – 45 : Robert Brown II – 39 : Randy Smith – 28 : Brandy Gaddis - 19
* three of five candidates were elected to the Wheeler Village Board
Elizabeth Funneman – 13 : Gerald Short – 12 : Ryan Probst – 11 : Gerald Jones – 10 : James Brown – 10
* three of three candidates were elected to the Ste. Marie Village Board
Aaron Ochs – 41 : Christina Goss – 41 : Roger Wheat – 41
* three of three candidates were elected to the Hidalgo Village Board
Steven Carr – 18 : Mike Cisney – 17 : Kevin Carter – 14
* one of three candidates was elected to Rose Hill Village Board – two tied with winner determined later
Mary Ellen Huston – 8 : Pam Rodgers – 5 : Kevin Rodgers – 5
* two of two candidates were elected to the Yale Village Board
James Michael Smith – 12 : Jackie Andrews – 7
* only one candidate was elected as Rose Hill Village President
Lucille Rodgers – 9
* only one candidate was elected as Willow Hill Village Mayor
Candy Smith – 57
* only one candidate was elected as Willow Hill Village Clerk
Courtney Eaton – 47
* only one candidate was elected as Wheeler Village Clerk
Linda Flowers – 17
* question to allow alcohol sales in the Village of Wheeler
YES – 12  :  NO – 9
* question to issue $2.2 million in bonds to pay Jasper County School District debt
NO – 1,318  :  YES – 864
a special “thanks” to County Clerk Linda Huth and her office staff for their assistance on Election Night

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met for less than one hour last night – the Council  :  approved the pay estimate #1 payment worth $264,742 to Grunloh Building, Inc. for work on the new Newton Electric Building  :  approved the $115,000 in MFT funds for city street maintenance  :  agreed to allocate $100,000 in TIF funds towards the City’s new water lines around the square downtown  :  on a 5 to 2 vote, approved the letter of understanding between the City of Newton and Union Local 1197  :  heard various reports and updates  :  took no other action after a short 14-minute closed session to discuss litigation and negotiations  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The citizens of Olney are reminded that the Parks & Recreation Board will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall, to hold an open public forum – it’s the second such forum held for the public to look over and share public comments on the City’s Comprehensive Plan dealing with the parks & recreation in Olney – the first rough draft of the Comprehensive Plan will be available tonight, plus the Plan is available for viewing on the City’s website – again all are urged to attend tonight at 6:00.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Patoka High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the St. John Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the New Beginnings Church in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for more on giving blood or to schedule an appointment to give blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its annual bulk chowder this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s by the gallon or half gallon, plus homemade pies & baked goods – no glass containers – call 618-395-2208


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday at the Claremont Community Center with serving from 6:00 until 1:00, or until sold out – tickets at the door – proceeds to benefit the Claremont-Bonpas Fire Department


    The Friends of the Olney Public Library will have their Annual Book Sale this weekend – the Pre-Sale is Friday night, from 5:00 to 7:00, with a $5 admission, or show your Friends of the Olney Public Library membership card and get in free – then Saturday is open with free admission from 9:00 to 2:00 – hardback books are only $1 each, with paperbacks at 50 cents – donations of books & books on tape/CD accepted


    The Citizens National Bank, Olney Banking Center, will host its annual “hog roast” Relay For Life fundraiser this Friday evening at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – serving from 5:30 to 8:00, carry-outs will be available – tickets on sale at the Banking Center and all are invited


    The Main Street Farmers Market of Olney will hold an organizational meeting tomorrow night at The Roll With It Bakery, on East Main Street, starting at 7:00 – all past & new vendors are encouraged to attend


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tomorrow night with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited out for some great food – that’s this Thursday night in Newton


    The local Grief Support Group will meet tomorrow night at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – starting at 6:30, the meeting is open to anyone from the surrounding area – all are invited