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Local News

August 20, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Hot and humid weather conditions are returning to the Midwest today – while the cold front that moved over us yesterday will move back north as a warm front, giving us some slight chances of spotty rain, our hottest air so far this year will hang around for the next seven or eight days, with no rain expected during that period – high heat index readings are expected now until then as well – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn says he believes the state’s economy is strong although his gubernatorial challenger says data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics has Illinois leading the Midwest in job losses this year – the Governor says the state’s unemployment rate has dropped consistently since he took office, plus Illinois has the highest wages compared to most of its neighbors as well – he says things are going well.

 

(OLNEY)  Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is making one last push to get term limits put on the November ballot – he’s facing a Friday deadline to get the question before the people, trying to beat a Cook County judge’s ruling that the question is not constitutional – with over a half-million signatures on petitions to put term limits on the ballot, Rauner and many other supporters say the issue is “constitutional”.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ second State Fair kicks off this weekend down in Du Quoin – this Friday will be Parade Day with the Fair’s opening parade that night at 6:00, then Harness Racing that night at 7:00 – there will be plenty of concessions and live entertainment for all ages – the livestock judging starts Saturday during Democrat Day with classic rock band Foreigner on stage that night – the Fair runs thru Labor Day.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded about the second and final real estate tax installment which is due on Thursday, September 11th, three weeks from tomorrow – payments can be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office, or by mail, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – call or stop by the Treasurer’s Office if any questions – it’s open Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved the payment of bills and accounts payable, worth $86,351  :  authorized the borrowing of money, $1,798,950.61, to pay off the City of Newton’s Wastewater System revenue bonds  :  agreed to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Newton and Jasper County in regards to Eagle Trails  :  approved an agreement with Hanfland Painting Contractors of Sigel for the $72,300 cost of interior cleaning and painting of the City’s south water tower in Newton  :  agreed to spend $3,500 to update and supplement the ordinances & publish new pages for the City’s existing Code of Ordinances  :  also reviewed a web page analysis as well  :  then took no other action after a 15-minute closed session  :  the Council’s next regular meeting is September 2.

 

(OLNEY)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, the statewide crop conditions continue to hold up – the state’s average rainfall last week was at just over one inch (1.04), that’s less than a quarter of an inch above normal (0.15), although Southeastern Illinois had more rain than other areas of Illinois last week – last week’s average statewide temperature was 69 degrees, just over 4 degrees below normal  :  farmers in our ten county region report our local crops are still in mostly good to excellent condition (80%) – nearly all the local corn is thru the dough stage, with half the corn crop now denting – over 90% of the local beans have bloomed, with 80% of the beans continuing to set pods – the local topsoil moisture ratings are still mostly 80% adequate to surplus with less than 20% short to very short – the crops look good to this point – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working around the farm with the fall harvest just weeks away.

 

(NEWTON)  A special program is coming up next Monday night at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton as Mary Liz Wright, a University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator will be the guest speaker – those attending the Monday, August 25th, event will learn the basics of food preservation, receive the latest up-to-date home food safety guidelines, learn the latest scientific methods of preserving food safely, and have the opportunity to have all dial pressure canners tested for those bringing their canner lids – starting at 6:00, it’s open to one and all – contact the Jasper County Extension Office by this Friday, the 22nd, to register – check their website or call 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and the State DNR are offering a local Hunter Education Class on three nights next week – it’s a 10 hour course with instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, first aid techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, hunting regulations, and more – it’s for those age 10 and older and is free of any charge – class size is limited to the first 60 participants that register – the classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 25th, 27th, and 28th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, at The Holiday in Olney – register online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu or call 618-395-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities in Effingham County continue to investigate a local farm accident that occurred over the weekend injuring a teenage boy – reports indicate that 17 year old Andrew Walk lost a part of his left arm after it became entangled in a grain auger – Walk was transported to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for a series of surgeries – the Altamont High School senior worked on a family farm near Altamont.

 

(OLNEY)  A Collinsville man was sentenced yesterday for his involvement in a November traffic wreck that killed five people down in Hamilton County – 49 year old Darrell Delong pled guilty to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 Felony, and yesterday received a 20 year prison term – Delong was the sole survivor in the crash on a narrow rural Hamilton County road known as “Thrill Hills” that killed his 35 year old wife, his 23 year old niece, a pair of 49 and 42 year old friends, and their 16 year old stepdaughter.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s the area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Community Building in Salem from 12 noon to 6:00  :  also today at the First Baptist Church in Effingham from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the First Christian Church in Carmi from 2:00 to 7:00  :  then three drives coming up tomorrow – at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00 – at the VFW in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00 – and at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  for more about giving blood or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the Richland County Highway Department – that rural county roads are still being oiled and chipped today – this morning mostly in the Olney area, although other spots throughout Richland County will be finished up – motorists should be alert to workers and machinery in Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee invites everyone out this morning for a quick “Meet N Greet” with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner – it’s to be held at Sub Fast / Pizza Fast at 309 South Whittle Avenue from 9:45 to 10:45 – free coffee and donuts will be available.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Family Life Center at the Oblong First Christian Church will host its 2nd annual Youth Rally this Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00 – the Harvest Ministry team will perform with refreshments to follow – a free will donation will be taken – all area youth are invited to attend the special night in Crawford County


    The Claremont Community Center will host its summer chowder this Saturday with serving from 4:00 until sold out – also fish, turkey barbeque, desserts, & more – bulk chowder & turkey barbeque available – remember, no glass containers – proceeds for community projects and building maintenance – all invited


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host another Open Horse Show this Saturday starting at 3:00 at its new arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn – there’s 14 different categories for riding, pleasure, trail, barrels, poles, & more – concessions available and all are invited, including spectators – check it’s website


    Ralph Carter’s 21st annual benefit Poker Run is this Saturday starting with sign up at the Olney VFW from 9:30 to 11:00 – all bikes & vehicles out at 11:30 – then back to the Olney VFW for an evening of food, an auction, and music – all proceeds to Shriners Children Hospitals – all are invited to part or all


    The Oblong Christian Children’s home will host its 3rd annual Sportsman’s Day this Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 on the campus, east of Oblong, along Route 33 – for more information, call 618-592-3633


    The Olney Cub Scouts will be having a “sign up night” this Thursday evening at the East Richland Elementary School cafeteria, starting at 6:00 – all boys are invited – for details, call Josh at 618-354-7757


   The Richland County Tea Party has a special August meeting this Thursday at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, beginning at 4:00 – Congressman John Shimkus will be the guest speaker, answering questions one and all – some topics likely to be discussed includes taxes, immigration, school choices, and more – all are invited


    There’s a couple of meetings later today  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County meets today at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room in Olney : both meetings on this Wednesday are open to the public

 

 

 

August 19, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system over the Upper Midwest and an associated cold front extending out into the Great Plains will slowly move east of the next few days – while we’ll see slight chances of scattered rain later this afternoon thru tomorrow night, an upper level high pressure will bring us our first real extended period of heat & humidity tomorrow thru the first of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported the first human case of West Nile Virus this year – a woman in the Chicago area in her 70’s became ill back in July and is now recovering – there have been infected birds or mosquitoes found in 32 counties to this point with more expected – folks should take precautions at dusk & dawn to avoid mosquitoes by using repellents with DEET and extra clothing.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn has signed two new laws designed to help protect senior citizens and other vulnerable adults in Illinois – one law expands the Long Term Ombudsman Program, making sure older adults and people with disabilities living in a community setting have the same rights as those living in nursing homes – the other law creates a pilot program that will let certified nursing assistants administer medication under the supervision of a registered nurse – both laws hope to improve care and accountability.

 

(NEWTON)  State Fair organizers say rainy weather is to blame for a drop in attendance this year, down 11% from a year ago – while each day wasn’t a wash-out, rain did fall on eight of the Fair’s 11 days, causing the cancellation of seven events, including the opening day parade – the 847,000 fairgoers this year was down from last year’s record attendance of  961,000, but was still an increase from three years ago.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the average county-wide rainfall was at just under an inch and a half (1.49 inches) and was very consistent this past week with nearly all the rain falling this past Saturday night thru Sunday morning – the ranged from a high of an inch and nine tenths (1.90) in Bonpas Township to a low of an inch and three tenths (1.30) in Preston Township – the townships of Denver, German, Decker, and Madison all recorded an inch & a half (1.50) each, while the other three townships of Noble, Olney, and Claremont had an inch and four tenths (1.40) individually – here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured just under an inch and three tenths (1.27) in the 7 days – it was some much needed rain for Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in August – the Board  :  accepted the tentative budget as presented – it will be on display for 30 days at the Unit Office until the Board’s next regular meeting  :  agreed to reschedule the next regular meeting date to September 18th at 7:00  :  set a special board meeting for September 4th at 6:30 to consider bond structure options for the District’s Health Life Safety funding  :  accepted the Ag Education Grant worth $497 from the Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District to purchase 27 ag-related books for the Elementary School Library  :  noted that the District’s enrollment as of yesterday, August 18th, was at 1,396 students in grades Pre-K thru 12  :  and in personnel matters – recognized the resignation of Music Teacher Lori Dion – noted the retirement of Elementary School Paraprofessional Deena Brown, effective December 19th – employed Tara Gallion as Music / Chorus Teacher at the Elementary & Junior High Schools – approved two volunteer coaches, Eric Carr for soccer & Ross Wolf for football  :  the Board’s next regular meeting is September 18.

 

(OLNEY)  There are several meetings coming up throughout the rest of this week in the area  :
*  the East Richland School Board has its regular monthly meeting in Olney Thursday night at 7:30.
*  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tomorrow evening at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall.
*  Richland County Public Building Commission meets tomorrow at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room.
*  the IECC Board of Trustees will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 at FCC in Fairfield.
*  the Newton City Council meets tonight at 6:00 in the Newton City Hall.
all of these meetings are open to the general public with the exception of any published executive session.

 

(NEWTON)  While August is noted as School Preparedness Month in Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is joining with local agencies to urge all families to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans – parents should make an effort to learn their children’s school or day care emergency plan, evacuation plan, contact information, communication plan, and more – also find out if any type of email or text message alert system is available – for more tips, go online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A former downstate Mayor and City Alderman died this past Saturday near Owensville, Indiana, in Gibson County – authorities say 72 year old Harold Tubbs of Fairfield was driving a converted school bus, hauling watermelons, when it ran off the road and eventually head-on into a tree – Tubbs was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident – the investigation continues by Indiana authorities.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and Clark County authorities are continuing their search for the man that robbed the First Financial Bank in Marshall last Friday morning, at shortly after 11:00 – the suspect is described as a white male, in his late 30’s to early 40’s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing around 200 pounds, with some facial hair, and wearing a hat – the possible related vehicle is a dark blue small sport utility vehicle – anyone with information should contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 217-826-6393.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee invites everyone out tomorrow morning for a quick “Meet N Greet” with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner – it’s to be held at Sub Fast / Pizza Fast at 309 South Whittle Avenue from 9:45 to 10:45 – free coffee and donuts will be available.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s the area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Community Building in Salem from 12 noon to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the First Baptist Church in Effingham from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Carmi from 2:00 to 7:00  :  on Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the VFW in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  for more, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the Richland County Highway Department – that rural county roads are being oiled and chipped today and tomorrow – this morning in the Noble area, this afternoon in the Wakefield area, and tomorrow morning in the Olney area – motorists should be alert to workers and machinery in these areas.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Claremont Community Center will host its summer chowder this Saturday with serving from 4:00 until sold out – also sandwiches, pies, cakes, and drinks – pay at the door – all ages are invited


    Ralph Carter’s 21st annual benefit Poker Run is this Saturday starting with sign up at the Olney VFW from 9:30 to 11:00 – all bikes & vehicles out at 11:30 – then back to the Olney VFW for an evening of food, an auction, and music – all proceeds to Shriners Children Hospitals – all are invited to part or all


    The Oblong Christian Children’s home will host its 3rd annual Sportsman’s Day this Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 on the campus, east of Oblong, along Route 33 – for more information, call 618-592-3633


    The Olney Cub Scouts will be having a “sign up night” this Thursday evening at the East Richland Elementary School cafeteria, starting at 6:00 – all boys are invited – for details, call Josh at 618-354-7757


   The Richland County Tea Party has a special August meeting this Thursday at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, beginning at 4:00 – Congressman John Shimkus will be the guest speaker, answering questions one and all – some topics likely to be discussed includes taxes, immigration, school choices, and more – all are invited


    It’s “steak night” tonight at the American Legion Post #20 in Newton – a full rib eye dinner for a $14 price with steaks on the grill at 6:00 – orders taken as visitors come in – all are invited


    The Richland County Farmers Market is back under the pole barns today at the Olney City Park – fresh produce and more available to the public from 11:00 until 4:00 – stop by and see what they have

 

 

 

August 18, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Another low pressure storm system will drop down across downstate Illinois by Wednesday, bringing with more rain and thunderstorm activity, but probably not until tonight and tomorrow – while most of us will stay dry today there is a slight chance of a pop-up rain – there was anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain over the weekend in our area – it will be hotter this week as well – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn is directing State Lottery officials to end the contract with the Northstar Lottery Group, the firm hired to run the state’s lottery program – the move comes after Northstar has fallen nearly a half-billion dollars short of the revenues it promised to raise for the state over the past three years.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office reported yesterday that Illinois residents are being targeted by telephone scammers who pose as representatives of Microsoft or related technology support service providers, claiming to have detected viruses or malware on the victim’s computers to trick them into giving remote computer access or convincing them to pay for unnecessary software fixes – it seems Central and South Central Illinois is being targeted the most – if folks get such a call, quickly “hang up”, it is a SCAM.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair finished up yesterday in Springfield – while no real numbers of this year’s attendance will be available until later this week, officials believe the cool weather helped the yearly attendance – Illinoisans now prepare for the state’s second state fair starting this weekend down in Du Quoin.

 

(OLNEY)  Great news for the Richland County TB & Health Office, which recently completed its annual “on-site” audit and inspection for the Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine For Children (VFC) Program – as a result, it was recommended that the local Office be awarded a grant for the purpose of purchasing and installing an additional freezer for storage of vaccine – this was recommended on the basis of outstanding review of record keeping, organization, storage, and handling of vaccines for the program – both State and Federally funded, the VFC Program is very important, providing vaccines for underserved children with no insurance or medical assistance that pays for the critical vaccines – the audit and inspection was conducted by a State Department of Public Health Regional Immunization Program Specialist for the VFC Program – congratulations to the local Richland County TB & Health Office for a job well done.

 

(NEWTON)  A special program is coming up a week from tonight at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton as Mary Liz Wright, a University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator will be the guest speaker – those attending the Monday, August 25th, event will learn the basics of food preservation, receive the latest up-to-date home food safety guidelines, learn the latest scientific methods of preserving food safely, and have the opportunity to have all dial pressure canners tested for those bringing their canner lids – starting at 6:00, it’s open to one and all – contact the Jasper County Extension Office by this Friday, the 22nd, to register – check their website or call 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and the State DNR are offering a local Hunter Education Class on three nights next week – it’s a 10 hour course with instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, first aid techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, hunting regulations, and more – it’s for those age 10 and older and is free of any charge – class size is limited to the first 60 participants that register – the classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 25th, 27th, and 28th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, at The Holiday in Olney – register online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu or call 618-395-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder to area hunters – resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors or by checking the State DNR website online at www.dnr.illinois.gov now thru August 31st, over the next two weeks – the Youth Deer Hunt for statewide youth accompanied by a non-hunting adult will be held Columbus Day weekend, October 11th thru 13th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee invites everyone out this Wednesday morning for a quick “Meet N Greet” with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner – it’s to be held at Sub Fast / Pizza Fast at 309 South Whittle Avenue this Wednesday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 – free coffee and donuts will be available to those in attendance – the election date is set for November 4th.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s the area blood drives coming up  :  today at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  today at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and also today at the St. Francisville Community Building from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Community Building in Salem from 12 noon to 6:00  :  also Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Effingham from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Carmi from 2:00 to 7:00  :  on Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the VFW in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  for more, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Family Life Center at the Oblong First Christian Church will host its 2nd annual Youth Rally this Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00 – the Harvest Ministry team will perform with refreshments to follow – a free will donation will be taken – all area youth are invited to attend the special night in Crawford County


    Ralph Carter’s 21st annual benefit Poker Run is this Saturday starting with sign up at the Olney VFW from 9:30 to 11:00 – all bikes & vehicles out at 11:30 – then back to the Olney VFW for an evening of food, an auction, and music – all proceeds to Shriners Children Hospitals – all are invited to part or all


    The Olney Cub Scouts will be having a “sign up night” this Thursday evening at the East Richland Elementary School cafeteria, starting at 6:00 – all boys are invited – for details, call Josh at 618-354-7757


    It’s “steak night” tomorrow night at the American Legion Post #20 in Newton – a full rib eye dinner for a $14 price with steaks on the grill at 6:00 – orders taken as visitors come in – all are invited


    The Oblong High School will host its “freshmen orientation” tonight in the school’s Media Center – starting at 6:00, all freshmen, new students, and their parents are urged to attend – includes a tour and more


    It’s another fundraiser for the East Orchard Christian Academy on this Monday at Monical’s Pizza –fill out a fundraising form before ordering today thru tonight & a portion of the receipt will be donated


    A note from the City of Olney that today, a 100 foot section of Holly Road, north of Hall Street, will be closed to all traffic for repair work – beginning at 9:00, the work should be complete by 2:00, if not sooner – the City of Olney thanks all residents in that area for their patience and cooperation is this matter

 

 

 

August 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a low pressure storm system slowly tracks across the Midwest, our chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms will increase thru the weekend – some severe conditions with the possibility of heavy rainfall amounts exist for downstate Illinois today thru tomorrow night – then daily on-and-off chances of rain again next Monday thru Wednesday with a little more humidity – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with activities all day & night long – it’s USAC Silver Crown Racing today at 2:00, the Championship Demo Derby this evening at 7:00, and country music with Jake Owen & Parmalee at 8:00 – not to mention all the carnival rides, concessions, Conservation World, and more – tomorrow’s final day at the Fair is Family Day with admission lowered to only $3 per person – there’s more car racing and in concert Robin Thicke with Magic – that’s all at the Illinois State Fair wrapping up on the Fairgrounds in Springfield today and tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded to verify the accuracy of data on their farm’s acreage history, which should have been received now from the USDA – it was nearly two weeks ago that notices started going out to farmers updating them on their current base acres, yields, and planting history from 2009 thru 2012 – the written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill – for more, logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON)  Area hunters are reminded that starting today, this August 12th, and running thru September 8th, permit applications will be accepted by the State DNR for random daily drawings for 2014 Illinois firearm & muzzleloader deer seasons – hunters can also still apply for the second lottery for Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun permits now thru the deadline on August 25th, two weeks from yesterday – for details and more information on deer and turkey hunting permits, or to apply online, logon at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – there are several area blood drives coming up  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Monday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and also Monday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    A note from the City of Olney that next Monday, a 100 foot section of Holly Road, north of Hall Street, will be closed to all traffic for repair work – beginning at 9:00, the work should be complete by 2:00, if not sooner – the City of Olney thanks all residents in that area for their patience and cooperation is this matter


    It’s another fundraiser for the East Orchard Christian Academy Monday at Monical’s Pizza –fill out a form before ordering during the day thru nighttime hours Monday & a portion of the receipt will be donated


    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is this evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the former school – open to everyone, it includes a $5 meal, a 50/50 drawing, a cake walk, and more


    The National Guard of Lawrenceville “Past N Present” annual reunion is set for this evening at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:00 – those associated are encouraged to attend the annual reunion


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club’s 27th Annual Car Show is today in the Olney City Park – registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with over 100 awards – also a 50/50 drawing, concessions, & more

 
    The St. Thomas Youth Paper Drive is this morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – no twine or strings – the normal collection requirements apply


    A summer fiesta and rummage “give away” continues today at the First Baptist Church of Newton – from 8:00 to 2:00, there’s free inflatable games, carnival games, & concessions – all ages are invited


    The Main Street Farmers Market is this morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot just north of the Whittle Avenue / Main Street intersection in Olney – fresh produce and more available to the public


    And it’s village-wide Garage Sale Day today throughout the Village of Noble

 

 

 

August 15, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A surface high pressure will remain in place over Illinois today with cool and fair conditions – however, an approaching low pressure system will bring in more humid air for the weekend, which means our next chances of scattered rain, maybe thunderstorms, tomorrow, Sunday, and thru at least the first half of next week – there could be some heavy amounts of rain on Sunday – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ unemployment rate is down to 6.8 percent – that’s the lowest it’s been in six years – State Department of Employment Security officials say Illinois’ seeing a lot of growth in the manufacturing industry especially – the full unemployment numbers, the county by county data, should be out next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Department of Labor has released $3.3 million in grant funds to support three Illinois organizations that support at-risk youth – the YouthBuild Program provides funding to help strengthen the academic & occupational skills of youngsters preparing for the future – the three recipients include the United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon, plus two other groups in East St. Louis and Normal.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Futures For Kids Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with the Ponytail and Pigtail Contest today, plus the Society Horse Show, the Diaper Derby Contest, and Steely Dan in concert tonight – the Championship Demolition Derby is tomorrow night as well – the State Fair wraps up Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved claims from July totaling $106,362 – some of the higher expenditures included $22,000 for property insurance, $11,000 for the yearly audit, $8,700 for electricity, $8,000 for attorney fees, and $6,200 to house juveniles outside of Richland County  :  agreed to pay the minimum amount of $5,545 to Ameren and Direct Energy for money owed due to a wrong electric meter installation at the County Jail two years ago  :  agreed to supply gas cards to Highway and Sheriff’s Department employees for county business  :  formed a committee to get more information about possibly joining the City of Olney in the state’s new Enterprise Zone application process  :  formed another committee to get more details about the use of radio repeaters to improve the county’s radio system coverage  :  noted the increase of the county’s law library and automated document storage fees  :  agreed to appoint Bryan Pierce & Edward Jones to the Airport Authority while Jim Coleman resigned his position  :  heard an update on the Richland County Development Corporation  :  and thanked Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor April Daily for the prayer before the meeting  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be held September 11th with a special ceremony that evening at the Courthouse.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved a three year contract with Halbert & Phipps for the county’s annual audit – the cost will go from $24,000 the first year to $25,000 the third year  :  agreed to allow Air Evac to sign up county employees with a $10 discount to be offered  :  approved a Drug Court resolution, as recommended by State’s Attorney Kevin Parker – it will allow the Circuit Clerk to collect a $5 fee on certain fines  :  approved the holiday schedule for employees as presented  :  approved the Pavement Preservation Project agreement with IDOT and noted that the county’s Shamrock Road is ready for seal coating  :  noted the County Jail’s cell block bathrooms have been completed & discussed the recent lightning strike and problems as a result  :  noted a committee report of the City of Newton’s Tourism & Hotel/Motel Tax ordinance discussion  :  and noted committee discussion about possible 911 renovation work  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular meeting is September 11th.

 

(OLNEY)  Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin has announced that the Illinois State Board of Education and other state officials have recognized the Gold Circle of Quality rating of two of the six Pre-Kindergarten Programs within the ROE #12, which includes the five counties of  Richland, Jasper, Clay, Crawford, & Lawrence – singled out for the recognition for their consistent high quality of instruction are the Pre-K Programs at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney and the St. Thomas School in Newton – the recognition is based on scoring thru ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs that serve children from birth to age 5 – Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin says “the Gold Circle of Quality rating earned by the two ROE #12 Pre-K Programs is so important, along with congratulations” – for more details, logon at www.roe12.net.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and the State DNR are offering a local Hunter Education Class in less than two weeks – it’s a 10 hour course with instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, first aid techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, hunting regulations, and more – it’s for those age 10 and older and is free of any charge – class size is limited to the first 60 participants that register – the classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 25th, 27th, and 28th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, at The Holiday in Olney – register online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu or call 618-395-2191 in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 4-H Federation is still taking orders for their fundraising 4-H Nutty Bars – those wishing to place an order for the tasty treats can do so by contacting a 4-H Federation member or by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 during regular office hours – the bars $2 each or 6 bars for $10 – the payment is expected during pickup, on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00, at the 4-H Building at the Jasper County Fairgrounds – the ordering deadline is today, this August 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – there are several area blood drives coming up  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Monday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and also next Monday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    A note from the City of Olney that next Monday, a 100 foot section of Holly Road, north of Hall Street, will be closed to all traffic for repair work – beginning at 9:00, the work should be complete by 2:00, if not sooner – the City of Olney thanks all residents in that area for their patience and cooperation is this matter


    It’s another fundraiser for the East Orchard Christian Academy Monday at Monical’s Pizza –fill out a form before ordering during the day thru nighttime hours Monday & a portion of the receipt will be donated


    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the former school – open to everyone, the $5 meal includes a pork burger or hot dog, with chips, a drink, and desserts – also a 50/50 drawing, a cake walk, and more – all donated desserts welcome


    The National Guard of Lawrenceville “Past N Present” annual reunion is set for tomorrow evening at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:00 – those associated are encouraged to attend the annual reunion


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club will host its 27th Annual Car Show tomorrow in the Olney City Park – registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with over 100 awards – also a 50/50 drawing, concessions, & more – all special vehicles and motorcycles are welcome – for more, logon at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    The St. Thomas Youth Paper Drive is tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – no twine or strings – the normal collection requirements apply


    A summer fiesta and rummage “give away” will be this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Newton – that’s today from 8:00 to 5:00 and tomorrow from 8:00 to 2:00 – also tomorrow, free inflatable games, carnival games, and concessions with everything free – all ages are welcome to attend this weekend


    The Richland County ABATE chapter will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – starting at 7:00, the meeting is open to the public


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