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March 7, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As the high pressure ridge that’s kept us dry and cool for the past few days now moves off to the east, a southerly wind flow will allow warmer air to move in the next couple of days, plus a warm front will move thru today – then a fast moving cold front rolls thru with a chance of rain thru the day Saturday before it dries out again Sunday – then warmer the first of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the State Senate is on board with the $34.5 billion budget estimate for next year – now lawmakers must decide how to spend the money – they’re looking at a loss of about $1 billion in revenues compared to a year ago – that means things will be tight across the board and some of the state’s most vital services, like education and human services, will likely see cuts in fiscal funding.

 

(OLNEY)  The state has announced that it will postpone implementation of the Illinois Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Usage Stamp until further notice – this will allow time for the General Assembly to look at possible changes to the law that would exempt certain users – originally set to take effect on April 1st, 2014, the OHV law was meant to effect items such as all-terrain-vehicles, motorcycles, and golf carts.

 

(NEWTON)  The entertainment lineup for the Illinois State Fair is coming together – officials have now booked country singer Jake Owen to perform on Saturday, August 16th – also, classic rock band “Boston” has been added to the lineup on Tuesday, August 12th – for more, logon at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees met last week in Olney – the Board  :  reviewed a report on Clinical Outcomes and QA&I, two of the four pillars within the hospital’s  Quality Program  :  was updated on the progress made on Value Based Purchasing measures of the clinical process of care domain – it was noted that all scores were above both state and national averages  :  agreed to put a new roof on the 1950’s portion of RMH  :  also, agreed to install the sprinkler / fire prevention system for the remainder of the building  :  and agreed to purchase new cots for the Ambulance Service  :  in the CEO report, the Board heard a positive update on physician recruiting efforts, plus state and federal concerns, including Medicaid reform  :  the Board’s next regular meeting will be March 25th, later this month.

 

(NEWTON)  At its February 18th meeting, the Newton City Council agreed to split up $5,000 among 12 local groups and organizations, as recommended by the city’s Dues and Donations Committee – here’s the list of who received what amount  :  $2,000 to the Jasper County Senior Citizens  :  $800 to the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building  :  $800 to the Jasper County Boys’ and Girls’ Park  :  $300 to the St. Thomas School Library  :  $250 to the Jasper County Junior High School Science Lab  :  $250 to the Jasper County Junior High School Language Arts  :  $100 to the NCHS Post Prom  :  $100 to the Junior High PBIS program  :  $100 to the Jasper County Junior High Student Council  :  $100 to Eagle Pride Football Moms  :  $100 to the NCHS “Our Community Reads” program  :  and $100 to the Dirt Divas traveling softball team  :  the Council approved the Dues and Donations’ appropriation on a 5 to 1 vote.

 

(OLNEY)  State Representative David Reis has announced some traveling office hours for next Tuesday, March 11th – a time when a staff member will be available for constituents to share their concerns – next Tuesday’s visits will be at the Sumner City Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning, at the Allendale Village Hall from 11:30 to 12:30, and at the West Salem Village Hall from 2:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon – folks are also welcome to call or stop by the Representative’s District Office in Olney – it’s located at 219 East Main Street and is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30, but closed an hour for lunch at noon – call 618-392-0108.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that “early voting” is now available at County Clerk’s offices around the state for the upcoming March 18th Primary Election – voters do not need to state a reason for “early voting”, but they do need to present a valid photo ID to vote – while the “early voting” will end a week from Saturday, on March 15th, “absentee voting” is continuing now until 4:00 on Monday, March 17th – for more details, or if any questions, contact 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 – open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few chances to get out and give the gift of blood over the next week  :  today at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also today at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Church in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  next Monday at the Iuka Grade School from 3:00 to 7:00  :  and next Tuesday at the K of C Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  as always, all blood types are much needed – all donors are encouraged to get out and give blood.

 

(NEWTON)  Don’t forget to set those clocks forward one hour before going to bed tomorrow night – it’s early Sunday morning that Daylight Saving Time officially kicks in – the main purpose of setting our clocks forward an hour in early spring is to make better use of daylight, giving extra time in the evening compared to morning – it’s also a good time to change batteries in all household or business smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms – so don’t forget to set those clocks forward an hour before retiring to bed Saturday night.

 

REMINDERS :
    Area residents are welcome to attend a “meet & greet” next Monday evening from 5:00 to 5:30 at the Olney Townhall, at 119 South Kitchell Avenue – making the short stop in Olney will be Maria Rodriguez, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor – a great time for questions before the March 18th primary


    It’s the annual St. Mary’s Brunch coming up this Sunday morning in the Parish Center in Ste. Marie, serving from 8:00 until 12 noon – the menu includes all breakfast foods and drinks and tickets will be on sale at the door with children under 3 free – a Youth Group “bake sale” will also be held – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School is hosting an “open house” this Sunday from 1:00 to 2:30 – it’s at this time that school tours and other school information will be available for interested families – all are invited


    The Noble First Christian Church will have its rescheduled “open house” this Sunday afternoon with a short program from 2:00 to 4:00 – then a free concert with Andy Avery at 6:00 that evening – all at the Noble First Christian Church, just off of Route 50 at the First Street intersection in Noble – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School Decadent Buffet and Art Auction is set for this Saturday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus – the Buffet and Art Preview will begin at 6:30 with the Live Auction to follow at 7:30 – the $25 per person tickets are available by contacting the St. Joseph School office at 618-395-3081


    The West Salem Masonic Lodge #866 will host a fundraising “fish dinner and auction” tomorrow evening at the Community Center, on the square in West Salem – serving starts at 5:00, all for a free will donation at the door – the silent auction will run from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited out to this event


    The St. Thomas “soup supper” has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday with food served and games available from 12:30 to 8:00 throughout the afternoon and evening – the big raffle will be held at around 7:15 – all are invited – tickets also available at the door – all at the Parish Center in Newton


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a fundraising “pancake & sausage” meal this Saturday with serving from 7:00 to 1:00 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – there will also be plenty of vendor booths to look thru including health and beauty products and more – stop by and check it out


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olney, along Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – during this “Wear Orange Day” in observance of  Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, the local “Join the Movement” folks will be serving food tonight at the KC Hall

 

 

March 6, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Dry and a little warmer weather will be on tap across the entire Midwest today and tomorrow as a southerly wind flow sets up – an approaching cold front will bring us a rain chance for Saturday, but we’re back to a dry sky Sunday and into the first of next week – then rain, maybe some snow next Tuesday, however the weather pattern will warm up by the end of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency continues to remind us that this is Severe Weather Preparedness Month, a time for everyone to take steps to be better prepared for severe weather in the weeks and months ahead – IEMA and the National Weather Service have developed a Preparedness Guide, providing valuable information – it’s available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Kirk Dillard is moving up in the polls, but he still has not surpassed Bruce Rauner – the latest “We Ask America” numbers put Rauner ahead with about 40% of the support from likely GOP primary voters – Dillard is a distant second with 14.5%, Bill Brady sits in third place with about 12% of the support, and Dan Rutherford is holding in fourth place with 8% of the support – the primary election is March 18.

 

(NEWTON)  Gun advocates are trying to convince lawmakers to remove some of the gun free zones that are set up under the concealed carry law – they argue that criminals target those areas because they know people can’t protect themselves there – opponents say people simply cannot carry guns everywhere.

 

(OLNEY)  Cellular One has announced it is again providing thirteen $1,000 scholarships to area students, however the application deadline is Thursday, March 20th, two weeks from today – each of the 13 Cellular One stores will award one of the scholarships to a 2014 spring high school graduate who is a Cellular One customer, or the child or grandchild of a Cell One customer – that’s in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Clay, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, and Vermilion – other requirements apply – stop by your local Cellular One store for details and an application form as soon as possible.

 

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Farm Report, the numbers for February are out – temperatures averaged 19 degrees, that’s 11 degrees below normal – precipitation was slightly below normal in Southeastern and Southwestern Illinois, but slightly above normal everywhere else – the statewide precip average was 2.28 inches, which was 0.35 inches above normal – topsoil moisture ratings were over 80% adequate to surplus – the winter wheat crop condition report shows most of the state’s crop is currently in fair to good condition.

 

(OLNEY)  This is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and while Olney’s MS “Join the Movement” events will not be held until later this summer, in July, folks are invited out this Friday evening to the Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue in Olney, for its weekly “fish fry” – during the “wear orange Friday”, the MS Committee will be serving food at the Hall from 5:00 to 7:30 tomorrow evening – all are invited out to get more information about Multiple Sclerosis and how to get involved in the local fight here in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder from the Jasper County Health Department, that it continues to host “Walk-In Enrollment Appointments” for the Affordable Care Act at two area locations – at the Jasper County Health Department offices in Newton and at the Richland/Jasper WIC office on Whittle Avenue in Olney – the third of four “walk-in” dates is set for tomorrow, Friday, March 7th, from 8:00 to 3:00, with the final date later this month, on March 21st – health care counselors will be on site to help folks navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace – folks should bring last year’s tax returns and savings/checking account information which are required to fill out the application – other appointment times can be scheduled if needed – for more details or to schedule an appointment, call the department offices in Newton at 618-783-4154.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that “early voting” is now available at County Clerk’s offices around the state for the upcoming March 18th Primary Election – voters do not need to state a reason for “early voting”, but they do need to present a valid photo ID to vote – while the “early voting” will end a week from Saturday, on March 15th, “absentee voting” is continuing now until 4:00, on Monday, March 17th – for more details, or if any questions, contact the Richland County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse in Olney or the Jasper County Clerk’s office in the County Office Building in Newton – open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s still room to sign up for this weekend’s Jasper County Hunter Safety Course to be held at the Grove Township Community Building, the former Grove School – the course is recommended for those age 10 and older, and it will be held this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – the minimum ten-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearm safety, hunter ethics, first aid, game identification, and wildlife regulations – reservations are required by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 or check the Extension’s website available online.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few chances to get out and give the gift of blood this week  :  today at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and this Friday at Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00 in Jasper County  :  then more area blood drives next week in Greenup, Effingham, Robinson, Newton, and Olney  :  all blood types are very much needed – all donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever & wherever possible.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s the annual St. Mary’s Brunch coming up this Sunday morning in the Parish Center in Ste. Marie, serving from 8:00 until 12 noon – the menu includes all breakfast foods and drinks and tickets will be on sale at the door with children under 3 free – a Youth Group “bake sale” will also be held – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School is hosting an “open house” this Sunday from 1:00 to 2:30 – it’s at this time that school tours and other school information will be available for interested families – all are invited


    The Noble First Christian Church will have its rescheduled “open house” this Sunday afternoon with a short program from 2:00 to 4:00 – then a free concert with Andy Avery at 6:00 that evening – all at the Noble First Christian Church, just off of Route 50 at the First Street intersection in Noble – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School Decadent Buffet and Art Auction is set for this Saturday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus – the Buffet and Art Preview will begin at 6:30 with the Live Auction to follow at 7:30 – the $25 per person tickets are available by contacting the St. Joseph School office at 618-395-3081


    The St. Thomas “soup supper” has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday with food served and games available from 12:30 to 8:00 throughout the afternoon and evening – the big raffle will be held at around 7:15 – all are invited – tickets also available at the door – all at the Parish Center in Newton


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a fundraising “pancake & sausage” meal this Saturday with serving from 7:00 to 1:00 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – there will also be plenty of vendor booths to look thru including health and beauty products and more – stop by and check it out

 

 

March 5, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  On the back side of a high pressure ridge, our downstate weather will stay mostly quiet for the next couple of days with a slight warm up into the upcoming weekend – our next significant chance of rain will be Saturday as we warm back into the 40’s , then into the 50’s next week – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – while FEMA has announced it will not provide any money to help local governments rebuild after last November’s tornadoes, Governor Pat Quinn has put together a $45 million relief package to help the towns cushion the financial blow – the funding can be used to pay for cleanup costs, building reconstruction, road repairs, and to help low-income families with the costs of home repairs.

 

(OLNEY)  Same sex couples all across Illinois are getting the green light to go ahead and get married, months ahead of the actual June 1st effective date of the state’s new law – the State Attorney General’s office says it will side with any gay couple that asks to be married if the County Clerk’s office in their county refuses to give out a marriage license – the office says it’s “unconstitutional” to deny the marriages.

 

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers are pushing a plan in Springfield that might help college students get interest free loans for school – the proposal would require the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to do a study to determine how the no interest loan program would work in Illinois – with several unanswered questions, the bill has already cleared a House Committee and is headed to the State House floor for future debate.

 

(OLNEY)  The state is passing out over $4 million worth of fire safety investments for 193 community fire districts to help purchase safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus, and other tools used by firefighters – that list includes eleven fire protection districts here in downstate Illinois  :  the Olney Fire Department will receive $10,620  :  the Wade Community Fire Protection District, based in Newton, will get $8,256  :  other area recipients will get anywhere from $7,000 up to $24,000 – they include the Norris City District in White County, the Bellmont Rural District in Wabash County, the Odin District in Marion County, the Ramsey District in Fayette County, the Neoga District in Cumberland County, the Oblong and LaMotte Districts both in Crawford County, and the Casey and West Union Districts both in Clark County.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  agreed to table a vote on the new collective bargaining agreement between the City of Newton and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Southern & Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council, and the Laborers’ Local 1197 until the Council’s March 18th meeting to allow for further review  :  approved the city’s zoning map revisions as previously approved by the zoning board and city council  :  agreed to advertise for bids for cleaning and maintenance of the city’s south water tower  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, passed a resolution appropriating $100,000 for engineering and construction of the Eagle Trail in Newton  :  agreed to open the city’s Yard Waste facility on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month from 8:00 to 12 noon, beginning April 5th  :  noted the work of city employees during the recent wintry weather  :  and took no other action after an 18 minute closed session to discuss litigation  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular meeting is March 18.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that “early voting” is now available at County Clerk’s offices around the state for the upcoming March 18th Primary Election – voters do not need to state a reason for “early voting”, but they do need to present a valid photo ID to vote – while the “early voting” will end a week from Saturday, on March 15th, “absentee voting” is continuing now until 4:00, on Monday, March 17th – for more details, or if any questions, contact the Richland County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse in Olney or the Jasper County Clerk’s office in the County Office Building in Newton – open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s still room to sign up for this weekend’s Jasper County Hunter Safety Course to be held at the Grove Township Community Building, the former Grove School – the course is recommended for those age 10 and older, and it will be held this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – the minimum ten-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearm safety, hunter ethics, first aid, game identification, and wildlife regulations – reservations are required by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 or check the Extension’s website available online.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few chances to get out and give the gift of blood this week  :  today at the American Red Cross Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and this Friday at Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00 in Jasper County  :  then more area blood drives next week in Greenup, Effingham, Robinson, Newton, and Olney  :  as always, all blood types are very much needed – all donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever and wherever possible.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Jasper County Farm Bureau is taking a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to see the Princess Diana Award Winning Exhibition, which contains 150 objects, including the royal wedding gown – the cost is $100 for members, $105 for non-members – reservations and payment are due March 15th – call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton at 618-783-2733 for more information or to make your reservations


    The St. Joseph School is hosting an “open house” this Sunday from 1:00 to 2:30 – it’s at this time that school tours and other school information will be available for interested families – all are invited


    The Noble First Christian Church will have its rescheduled “open house” this Sunday afternoon with a short program from 2:00 to 4:00 – then a free concert with Andy Avery at 6:00 that evening – all at the Noble First Christian, just off of Route 50 at the First Street intersection in Noble – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School Decadent Buffet and Art Auction is set for this Saturday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus – the Buffet and Art Preview will begin at 6:30 with the Live Auction to follow at 7:30 – the $25 per person tickets are available by contacting the St. Joseph School office at 618-395-3081


    The St. Thomas “soup supper” has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday with food served and games available from 12:30 to 8:00 throughout the afternoon and evening – the big raffle will be held at around 7:15 – all are invited – tickets also available at the door – all at the Parish Center in Newton


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a fundraising “pancake & sausage” meal this Saturday with serving from 7:00 to 1:00 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – there will also be plenty of vendor booths to look thru including health and beauty products and more – stop by and check it out


    Lake Land College is hosting its FAFSA Frenzy this Thursday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 – it’s for parents and students to fill out the 2014-2015 Free Application for federal aid and the event is free and open to anyone – tax information and more is required – call Lake Land College for details or check their website

 

 

March 4, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Several weak storm systems will track across the Midwest over the next few days, bringing periodic chances of light snow, especially along a line of Interstate 70, although most areas will stay dry – a slight warming trend will kick in by tomorrow on the back side of a high pressure ridge – we’ll likely be back in the upper 40’s with our next chance of rain maybe over the weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the plan to add five new casinos in Illinois could be back on the table in Springfield – some attending a public hearing last night in Tinley Park voiced their support to bring new life into the state’s economy, but others disagreed – supporters note it could bring up to $400 million to Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Four lawsuits filed against the state’s new pension law are being combined into one – the State Supreme Court moved to consolidate the suits yesterday, plus also ordered the cases be heard in Sangamon County, where three of the four cases were filed – retired state workers, teachers, and unions are hoping the courts rule the law unconstitutional because they say it strips them of their guaranteed pension benefits.

 

(NEWTON)  And don’t be alarmed when you hear tornado sirens today with plenty of sunshine overhead – today’s the day the National Weather Service will test the state’s Emergency Alert System, making sure it works correctly before the severe weather season arrives – today’s test will be conducted in all 102 counties across Illinois, plus on radio and TV stations – it’s all part of Illinois’ Severe Weather Preparedness Month.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Banquet of the Olney and Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce was held last night with plenty of members and guests on hand despite the cold wintry conditions – Chamber members were noted for their hard work over the past year as Executive Director Jessica Buckels said a huge “thank you” to one and all for the Chamber support – congratulations went out to our WVLN-WSEI “Citizen of the Year” for 2013, Suzanne Hahn, recognized for her 26-plus years in education in the East Richland School District and her forthcoming retirement as Principal of the East Richland Elementary School in Olney – also, two local businesses were honored by the Olney Daily Mail newspaper – both AM Transport and Eagleson’s GM Center were recognized as the “Business of the Year” recipients – the Chamber of Commerce looks forward to another year of working together in Olney and Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s been announced that this weekend’s Jasper County Hunter Safety Course will now be held at the Grove Township Community Building, the former Grove School, instead at the formerly announced location – everything else remains the same – it’s still recommended for those age 10 and older, and the course will be held this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and this Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – the minimum ten-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearm safety, hunter ethics, first aid, game identification, and wildlife regulations – there’s still room available so signup now – reservations are required by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 or online on the Extension website.

 

(NOBLE)  The West Richland Pre-School and “Birth to 4” Screenings will be held Friday, March 21st, in Noble at the Elementary School – parents who wish to take advantage of this free service should call the school office now thru next Thursday to set up an appointment – it’s for 6 month to 5 year old children in the West Richland School District who’ve not been previously screened – also includes vision and hearing tests, plus more – parents must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and social security card – to set an appointment or if any questions, call the Elementary School in Noble at 723-2415.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that “early voting” is now available at County Clerk’s offices around the state for the upcoming March 18th Primary Election – voters do not need to state a reason for “early voting”, but they do need to present a valid photo ID to vote – while the “early voting” will end a week from Saturday, on March 15th, “absentee voting” is continuing now until 4:00, on Monday, March 17th – for more details, or if any questions, contact the Jasper County Clerk’s office in the County Office Building in Newton or the Richland County Clerk’s office in the Courthouse in Olney – open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few chances to get out and give the gift of blood this week  :  today at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the American Red Cross Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and this coming Friday at Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00 in Jasper County  :  then more area blood drives next week in Greenup, Effingham, Robinson, Newton, and Olney  :  as always, all blood types are very much needed – all donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever and wherever possible.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Oil and Gas Association’s 68th Annual Convention and Trade Show is later this week, Thursday and Friday, March 6th and 7th, at the Evansville Old National Events Plaza, formerly the Centre – the event will again be highlighted by the Charlie Daniels Band in concert at the Thursday evening banquet – plus the exhibitor area has been expanded to include nearly 100 booths – to learn more about the Tri-State oilfield event, check the Association’s website available online at www.ioga.com.

 

REMINDERS :
    A special One Day Experiential Workshop is set for Saturday, March 29th, from 9:00 to 5:00, at Equine Lead, southwest of Olney – it’s a special heart & horse event with the signup deadline set for March 22nd, with a special early bird signup by March 10th – call Debi at 618-843-8702 or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    The St. Joseph School is hosting an “open house” this Sunday from 1:00 to 2:30 – it’s at this time that school tours and other school information will be available for interested families – all are invited


    The Noble First Christian Church will have its rescheduled “open house” this Sunday afternoon with a short program from 2:00 to 4:00 – then a free concert with Andy Avery at 6:00 that evening – all at the Noble First Christian, just off of Route 50 at the First Street intersection in Noble – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School Decadent Buffet and Art Auction is set for this Saturday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus – the Buffet and Art Preview will begin at 6:30 with the Live Auction to follow at 7:30 – the $25 per person tickets are available by contacting the St. Joseph School office at 618-395-3081


    The St. Thomas “soup supper” has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday with food served and games available from 12:30 to 8:00 throughout the afternoon and evening – the big raffle will be held at around 7:15 – all are invited – tickets also available at the door – all at the Parish Center in Newton


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host a fundraising “pancake & sausage” meal this Saturday with serving from 7:00 to 1:00 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – there will also be plenty of vendor booths to look thru including health and beauty products and more – stop by and check it out


    Lake Land College is hosting its FAFSA Frenzy this Thursday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 – it’s for parents and students to fill out the 2014-2015 Free Application for federal aid and the event is free and open to anyone – tax information and more is required – call Lake Land College for details or check their website

 

 

March 3, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A strong high pressure ridge will settle into the Midwest by tonight, bringing with it dry and cold conditions today thru tonight – but, on the back side of the high we’ll get a slight warm up, back into the 30’s by midweek, and into the 40’s by the end of the work week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  With most all area schools shut down due to the slick and hazardous road conditions, folks throughout the area are also encouraged to stay at home today, if at all possible – otherwise, all motorists should allow some extra time to travel with all area highways and country roads snow and ice covered and slick – precipitation totals in the region averaged right around a half inch of liquid, a split between rain, sleet, and snow, but not much more than 2 to 3 inches of accumulations in the area, although maybe a little bit more in some spots – nonetheless, it all will be gone by the weekend with a warm up expected by then.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – 5,000 people in Illinois will be allowed to carry guns legally this week – the Illinois State Police sent out the first round of concealed carry permits last Friday – about 45,000 more applications are waiting to be approved – Illinois was the last state in the nation to approve concealed carry.

 

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers are trying to find ways to fill a multi-billion-dollar gap in the state’s budget and some say online gambling may be the way to go – supporters say it could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars per year, however opponents argue it will lead to a whole slew of problems – one concern is that teenagers will be compelled to start gambling – look for plenty of debate in Springfield this spring.

 

(OLNEY)  This is being recognized as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week – while Olney’s MS “Join the Movement” events will not be held until later this summer, in July, folks are invited out this Friday evening to the Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue in Olney, for its weekly “fish fry” – during the “wear orange Friday”, the MS Committee will be serving food at the Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday evening.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder from the Jasper County Health Department, that it continues to host “Walk-In Enrollment Appointments” for the Affordable Care Act at two area locations – at the Jasper County Health Department offices in Newton and at the Richland/Jasper WIC office on Whittle Avenue in Olney – the third of four “walk-in” dates is set for this coming Friday, March 7th, from 8:00 to 3:00, with the final date later this month, on March 21st – health care counselors will be on site to help folks navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace – folks should bring last year’s tax returns and savings/checking account information which are required to fill out the application – other appointment times can be scheduled if needed – for more details or to schedule an appointment, call the department offices in Newton at 618-783-4154.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Oil and Gas Association’s 68th Annual Convention and Trade Show is later this week, Thursday and Friday, March 6th and 7th, at the Evansville Old National Events Plaza, formerly the Centre – the event will again be highlighted by the Charlie Daniels Band in concert at the Thursday evening banquet – plus the exhibitor area has been expanded to include nearly 100 booths – to learn more about the Tri-State oilfield event, check the Association’s website available online at www.ioga.com.

 

(NEWTON)  A Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Course is coming up this weekend, to be held at the Latona Christian Church, located south of Wheeler – recommended for those age 10 and older, the course will be held Friday night, March 7th, from 6:00 to 9:00, and Saturday, March 8th, from 8:30 to 4:00 – the minimum ten-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, and wildlife regulations – reservations are required by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 or register on the Extension website – space is limited.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few chances to get out and give the gift of blood this week  :  tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the American Red Cross Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and this coming Friday at Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00 in Jasper County  :  then more area blood drives next week in Greenup, Effingham, Robinson, Newton, and Olney  :  as always, all blood types are very much needed – all donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever and wherever possible.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Noble First Christian Church will have its rescheduled “open house” this Sunday afternoon with a short program from 2:00 to 4:00 – then a free concert with Andy Avery at 6:00 that evening – all at the Noble First Christian, just off of Route 50 at the First Street intersection in Noble – all are invited


    The St. Joseph School Decadent Buffet and Art Auction is set for this Saturday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus – the Buffet and Art Preview will begin at 6:30 with the Live Auction to follow at 7:30 – the $25 per person tickets are available by contacting the St. Joseph School office at 618-395-3081


    The St. Thomas “soup supper” has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday with food served and games available from 12:30 to 8:00 throughout the afternoon and evening – the big raffle will be held at around 7:15 – all are invited – tickets also available at the door – all at the Parish Center in Newton


    The Olney and Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce has its Annual Banquet coming up tonight at 6:00 – members are encouraged to attend this evening’s yearly event in Olney


    The RMH Auxiliary has an Elena Rose Boutique fundraiser going on until 4:00 this afternoon in the private dining room – all proceeds to benefit the Auxiliary’s work at Richland Memorial Hospital


    The City of Olney’s brush dump is closed today due to the bad weather conditions – also in Olney, Monday’s recycling pick up route will be collected tomorrow, on Tuesday, during its regular route