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Local News

October 31, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With a weak cold front dropping thru our region yesterday, we’ll see a cloudy & cool day on this Monday – an unseasonably strong high pressure will then force that front back north as a warm front, giving us more dry & warmer-than-normal conditions tomorrow & Wednesday – then the front returns with rain chances Wednesday night, followed by dry & cool weather Thursday thru the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the State Attorney General’s office is reminding all parents or guardians to check the state’s sex offender registry online before trick or treating tonight – it’s noted that Illinois law prohibits all sex offenders who committed a crime against a child from distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween – in fact, they may be prohibited from having their porch lights on at all tonight – go online and check the registry, which is administered by the Illinois State Police –  www.isp.state.il.us/sor/.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and hundreds of local and area law enforcement agencies, are still out in extra force now thru early tomorrow morning, looking for those who are driving impaired, either by alcohol and/or drugs – their message is simple  :  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over  :  the authorities are conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and much more.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department on Aging is reminding eligible older adults that the annual Medicare open enrollment period continues until December 7th, five weeks from this Wednesday – the Department on Aging offers free counseling assistance to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals & their caregivers about their Medicare insurance options available – it’s available thru the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – with over 300 SHIP offices throughout Illinois, eligible adults and their caregivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment – for details, check the IDOA website online, at  www.illinois.gov/aging/ship.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash that occurred last night (Sunday) at 7:15 in Cumberland County, about 4 miles southwest of Greenup – the State Police report 27 year old Brandon W. Todd of Jewett was southbound on a county road when he lost control of his pickup truck, it left the roadway, and overturned – Todd was air lifted to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute – Todd was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, for driving while licensed revoked, for driving under the influence of alcohol, and for failure to wear a seat belt – all are innocent until proven guilty in court.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into the death of an 11 year old boy this past weekend when his ATV flipped over at the Wright Mud Fest down in Zeigler – Williamson County authorities and the Illinois State Police say the accident occurred at around 3:30 Saturday afternoon at the downstate festival – no other details are available at this time as the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is helping in the investigation.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into an ATV accident that occurred early yesterday (Sunday) morning at 2:34 in Clark County, four miles northeast of Martinsville – the State Police report 21 year old Taylor Loftis of Casey and a passenger, 18 year old Shayley Shaffer of Greenup, were eastbound on an ATV, when Loftis lost control of the 4-wheeler, it overturned on the roadway, and both riders were thrown from the ATV onto the roadway – while Loftis was air lifted by helicopter to Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Shaffer was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle – Loftis was ticketed for improper operation of an ATV on roadway, for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and for DUI / alcohol.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Authorities are reminding downstate residents to be especially alert tonight, during this Halloween Night – everyone should be on the lookout for all the youngsters out “trick or treating” – parents should accompany their children and make sure they use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while going from door to door – and remember to only visit homes with their front porch lights, plus check that candy before eating – let’s keep everyone safe this Halloween night.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board will have a special meeting tonight, this October 31st, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney, beginning at 6:00 – some or most of the meeting will be in closed session to discuss contracts and/or personnel – the Board’s next regular meeting is next week, November 10th.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County authorities are saying “thanks” to a neighboring radio club for its recent fundraising effort to purchase and donate emergency radio equipment to Richland County – a recent fundraiser held by the Clay County Area Amateur Radio Club enabled it to then purchase updated ham radio equipment and donate the equipment to the Richland County Emergency Management Agency, which in turn allows the Richland County EMA to be involved in the support function needed during times of disaster or emergency – the equipment will be installed at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Olney to allow the county a direct link to an area Skywarn weather spotting system that may be needed during severe weather outbreaks – the recently Licensed Amateur Radio Operators (HAMS) built the digital repeater radio system to facilitate better communications among HAM operators and county authorities in the event of severe weather conditions & in the event that conventional communication systems don’t work.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at that next opportunity – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also Wednesday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Homemakers Education Association will have its Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 in the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s breakfast with sweet rolls and coffee at 8:00, then lunch with a potato bar, homemade pies, and drinks at 11:00 – raffle tickets are at area banks, from HEA members, or available that day with several prizes to win, plus homemade quilts, theme baskets, a 50/50 drawing, a white elephant stand, and home baked goodies – admission is free.

 

(OLNEY)  Today’s the final day for folks to reserve some fall chowder to be ready this coming Saturday, November 5th, as the Berryville Community has its annual Fall Reserve Chowder – last minute orders will be accepted today, on this final day of October, with a good opportunity to stock up the chowder for the winter months ahead – to make a reservation today, call Junior at  618-839-3874  or Brad at  618-839-5081.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The local SKS Reality Relay For Life fundraiser is this Saturday night from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Olney VFW, featuring barbeque pork or Italian beef and more, plus desserts available for purchase – all proceeds to help in the local Richland County fight against cancer – tickets on sale at the door Saturday night


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its biscuits & gravy, pancakes & sausage breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 7:00 until 12 noon or until sold out – advance tickets from local Ruritans are $5 for adults, $3.50 for children under 10 – tickets are priced more at the door Saturday morning – all are invited


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will have its fundraising pancake & sausage breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on East Street in Olney – tickets on sale at the door – all proceeds to help the EOCA and its students with various activities


    The American Legion Post #30 on East Main Street in Olney will host another Friday night "fish fry" this weekend with serving from 5:30 until sold out – only $6 per person per plate – all ages are welcome


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner this Thursday night with serving to start at 6:00 – a great menu including dessert and drinks – the public is welcome to attend


    State Senator Dale Righter of Mattoon has office hours tomorrow morning at the Lawrenceville City Hall from 9:00 to 11:30 – area constituents from surrounding counties are welcome to stop by with concerns


    The OCC Student Senate continues with its Haunted Trail in the Woods for one more night, on this Halloween Night, from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person or free for those 5 & under – all are invited

 

 

 

October 29, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With an active low pressure system far to our north, in the Upper Midwest, a southerly wind flow is bringing in warmer-than-normal air for the weekend – plus, the extended forecast is calling for a mostly dry week thru at least next Friday and still above-normal temperatures – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police is teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation and hundreds of local and area law enforcement agencies, warning motorists not to become an impaired driving monster this Halloween weekend – if folks are planning to be out celebrating, the message is simple  :  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over  :  the increased enforcement began yesterday and continues thru the early morning hours of next Tuesday, November 1st, as Troopers will be out in extra force, conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more – those attending a celebration involving alcohol are encouraged to plan ahead, designate a sober driver, & take precautions to keep everyone safe this weekend & Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board will have a special meeting this coming Monday night, October 31st, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney, beginning at 6:00 – some or most of the meeting will be in closed session to discuss contracts and/or personnel – the Board’s next regular meeting is November 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities are reminding downstate residents to be especially alert this coming Halloween weekend, plus next Monday night, on Halloween Night – everyone should be on the lookout for all the youngsters who’ll be out “trick or treating” throughout communities and even in the rural areas – parents should accompany their children and make sure they use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while going from door to door – and remember to only visit homes with their front porch lights on – children should also be reminded to look out for vehicles while out “trick or treating” as well – plus check that candy before eating – let’s keep everyone safe thru next Monday night.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night tomorrow evening from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Costume Contest, food for purchase, and candy   

    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a “trunk or treat” night tomorrow evening at the Berryville Community Building – beginning at 4:00, everything is free and open to all area children

    The Christian Church of Olney has a Tailgate Event tomorrow in the Olney City Park – bring lawn chairs, wear casual dress, & bring sports memorabilia – the Silly Safari Live Animal Show is at 9:00, then a 10:00 worship service, and a free concession stand with lunch and fellowship time at 11:00

    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln tonight from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – plus more

    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” tonight from 5:00 to 7:00, with a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, food, and refreshments for all attending

    The annual Fall Follies is today in Oblong with a morning breakfast, quilt show, band fest with 11 marching bands, various games, a pancake & sausage supper, and the annual parade at 7:00 tonight – plus trolley rides, food booths, arts & crafts, and more – for details, go online at  www.theonlyoblong.com

    The Louisville Fall Harvest Festival continues today thru tomorrow morning – on this Saturday, there’s a tractor show, car show, and the huge parade at 2:00 – then a meat shoot tomorrow morning at 11:00 – plus food booths & more  :  also in Clay County, the Halloween parade is tonight at 7:00 thru downtown Flora

    All are invited to Burgin Manor this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 for a free community event – come dressed in costumes and bring your Trick or Treat bags – plenty of games, fun, and frightening food

    The OCC Student Senate continues with its Haunted Trail in the Woods each night tonight thru Monday night – that’s tonight from 6:00 to 11:00, then tomorrow night & Monday nights from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person or free for those 5 & under – also a free Music Show this evening from 4:00 to 6:00

 

 

October 28, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge continues to move eastward today and a low pressure storm system stays north in the Great Lakes region, our southerly wind flow will continue to pump in warmer-than-normal air, giving us warm weekend – plus one of the warmest Halloweens on record as well on Monday – while we’ll have some clouds Sunday, we’ll stay warm with no rain thru most of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Supreme Court says the state is joining 3DaysCount, a national campaign to make pretrial justice safer, fairer, and more effective – Illinois is the second jurisdiction get aboard with the new initiative, which will support state-level partnerships aimed at improved public safety and better outcomes – more details are available online, logon at  www.pretrial.org/3DaysCount.

 

(OLNEY)  The 16th Annual Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Day Conference was held yesterday down in Carterville to promote workplace safety – Illinois OHSA, along with many industry groups and the Illinois Department of Labor, sponsored the event to provide expert occupational safety and health management resources for employers of all sizes and industries – the 2016 Governor’s Safety Award was presented to WRB Refining, LP, a company in Roxana that employs more than 1,100 workers.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office announced yesterday a $41 million settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012, and 2013 vehicles – the case involved more than 40,000 cars in Illinois and over 750,000 nationwide – the investigation involved Illinois and 32 other states – an additional class action settlement may provide additional restitution to affected consumers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police is teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation and hundreds of local and area law enforcement agencies are warning motorists not to become an impaired driving monster this Halloween weekend - if folks are planning to be out celebrating, the message is simple  :  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over  :  the increased enforcement will be in effect today thru the early morning hours of next Tuesday, November 1st, as Troopers will be out in extra force, conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more - those attending a celebration involving alcohol are encouraged to plan ahead, designate a sober driver, and take precautions to keep everyone safe.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The County Clerk’s offices are still conducting Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8th General Election – the County Clerk’s offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day – a public test of the voting equipment for Jasper County will be held next Monday afternoon, the 31st, at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 1:30 – anyone can attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The National FFA Convention was last week in Indianapolis and the local Olney FFA Chapter represented Richland County in a historic way – three State Champion Teams from Olney competed on the national level – today we’re noting the third & final team from the Olney FFA Chapter – the Environmental & Natural Resources team ranked 21st in the nation and received a Silver rating overall – the team members & their individual ratings include  :  Seth Mitchell with a Gold rating, finishing 10th individually and receiving a $400 scholarship – Adam Brewer with a Silver rating  :  Jesse Maxey and Evan Walker each with a Bronze rating  :  the national Environmental & Natural Resources CDE sponsors were CHS and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – also congratulations to the five Olney members who earned their American FFA Degrees, including Andrew Steber, Sydney Pitts, Brock Mitchell, Bryce Mitchell, and Mackenzie Michels – it was another great showing by the Olney FFA Chapter from RCHS.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County “Cheers for the Chamber” event is tonight in Newton at the KC Hall, from 6:00 to 9:00 – includes beer, wine, music, and food with $15 tickets at the door or $10 tickets in advance at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Office or at Peoples State Bank in Newton – the special events includes a silent auction, plenty of food from local businesses, a $100 cash prize for the Best Dressed for Halloween, plenty of items to win with the Chamber’s Raffle with tickets still on sale, and special music from two Newton natives, Nash Swisher at 6:00 and Kiley Phillips at 7:30 – plus the 2016 Jasper County Citizens of the Year Award will be presented to the Hartrich Family at 7:00 – everyone’s invited tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  With cold, winter weather just around the corner, the area ERBA offices are accepting new applications for the LIHEAP winter heating program – the signup is for households with members age 60 or older, for those receiving disability, for families with children under age six, & for those with disconnected households – contact the respective Embarras River Basin Agency office within its nine county service area for an appointment – in Olney, call  618-395-2714  – in Newton, call  618-783-3987  – the other regional ERBA offices are located in Robinson, Lawrenceville, Martinsville, Greenup, Paris, Charleston, & Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Richland County Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, October 31st, at 6:00, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – some of the meeting will be in closed session to discuss contracts and/or personnel – the Board’s next regular meeting is November 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder to those in Jasper County who have American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2016 on the Jasper County Courthouse Lawn that today’s the final day to bring their flags to the American Legion Post in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – the flags should be marked with a name, address, & phone number for identification – the flags can be dropped off  at Post #20 in Newton from 3:00 to 7:00 today or at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours – call the American Legion in Newton if questions.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Burgin Manor in Olney has a free “Drive Up Flu Shot Clinic” today, from 9:00 until 1:00, at 900 East Scott Street, directly north of the Richland County High School football & baseball fields – those planning to stop by and get a flu shot should bring their insurance cards and identification.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night Sunday night from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Costume Contest, food for purchase, and candy

   
    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a “trunk or treat” night this Sunday evening at the Berryville Community Building – beginning at 4:00, everything is free and open to all area children


    The Christian Church of Olney has a Tailgate Event this Sunday in the Olney City Park – bring lawn chairs, wear casual dress, & bring sports memorabilia – the Silly Safari Live Animal Show is at 9:00, then a 10:00 worship service, and a free concession stand with lunch and fellowship time at 11:00 – for all ages


    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating


    The RMH Foundation has its Diamonds & Denim gaming event fundraiser Saturday night at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:30 with a dinner buffet – then poker, blackjack, and more – call  618-395-6088


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – plus more


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” Saturday night from 5:00 to 7:00, with a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, food, and refreshments for all attending


    The annual Fall Follies is this Saturday in Oblong with a morning breakfast, quilt show, band fest with 11 marching bands, various games, a pancake & sausage supper, and the annual parade at 7:00 that night – plus trolley rides, food booths, arts & crafts, and more – for details, go online at  www.theonlyoblong.com

 
    The Louisville Fall Harvest Festival begins today & runs thru Sunday – with a Saturday morning breakfast on the square, there’s also a tractor show, car show, and the huge parade at 2:00 – then meat shoot is Sunday morning at 11:00 – plus plenty of food booths, arts & crafts, and more all weekend long  :  also in Clay County, the annual Flora Halloween parade will be Saturday night at 7:00 thru downtown Flora


    All are invited to Burgin Manor tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 for a free community event – come dressed in costumes and bring your Trick or Treat bags – plenty of games, fun, and frightening food


    The OCC Student Senate continues with its Haunted Trail in the Woods each night tonight thru Monday night – that’s tonight & tomorrow night from 6:00 to 11:00, then Sunday & Monday nights from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person or free for those 5 & under – a free Music Show is Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00


    The Village of Noble is celebrating Halloween on this Friday night – a cakewalk in the Village Park begins at 6:30, then the Halloween Parade at 7:00 – Trick or Treat in Noble is Monday night, 6:00 to 8:00


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade tonight in downtown Olney – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 in the downtown TrustBank parking lot, with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited

 

 

 

October 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that brought us rain in the past 24 hours moves off to our southeast and a high pressure ridge moves in our direction, the weather conditions will give us a lot of cloud cover today – after some patchy fog tomorrow morning, we’ll return to sunshine and a southerly wind flow, bringing in more warmer-than-normal air for the weekend – our next rain expected be next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the first question on Illinois ballots in November’s election is on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting diversion of public money targeted for transportation projects to other state budget needs – the plan is to prevent money generated thru tolls & other transportation-related sources from being spent elsewhere – opponents say it’s unfair to protect transportation over other issues – backers say the amendment will protect Illinois’ infrastructure, economy, & residents with road & bridge repairs – to pass, the question needs either 60% of the amendment vote or a majority of the overall election vote.

 

(OLNEY)  Several cars on a train hauling coal derailed in the Metro East area early yesterday morning, at shortly before 2:00 on Wednesday – the St. Clair County EMA says about eight coal cars of the Norfolk Southern train went off the tracks in Belleville, knocking out power to hundreds of people and several businesses, while closing several roads – there were no injuries – railroad crews will take a day or two to clear debris and clean up the mess while most of the power has been restored – the cause is undetermined.

 

(NEWTON)  The 25th Annual HIV/STD Conference will finish up today in Springfield – hosted in part by the State Department of Public Health, the conference brings together people living with HIV/AIDS, health professionals, researchers, health departments, community based organizations, and government agencies to share and educate each other about HIV and STDs – the 2015 numbers in Illinois show cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have increased by 4.5%, 7.2%, and 26.9% respectively, compared to 2014.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred at 10:25 yesterday morning along Illinois Route 1 in Clark County, just south of Marshall, near the Lincoln Trail State Park entrance – authorities say 29 year old Shaun A. Woolard of Marshall was southbound in a SUV when he swerved into the path of a northbound semi-truck, driven by 42 year old Danny L. Collins of Shoals, Indiana – Woolard was pronounced dead at the scene after the head on crash – Collins was not hurt – no tickets were issued – Illinois Route 1 was closed for nearly six hours due to the accident until the road cleanup was completed.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a vehicle / pedestrian collision that occurred at 7:23 this past Tuesday night in Marion County, along U.S. Route 50, three miles east of Iuka – the State Police report 59 year old Marla C. Meyer of Iuka was eastbound on Route 50 when her SUV struck a juvenile who had previously entered the roadway unseen – 8 year old Matthew Lindsey was pronounced deceased later at Salem Township Hospital, while Meyer was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora – authorities report the Iuka 2nd grader was profoundly autistic and had left his nearby home without his parents knowledge – no tickets were issued – funeral arrangements are under the care of the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are reminding downstate residents to be especially alert this coming Halloween weekend, plus next Monday night, on Halloween Night – everyone should be on the lookout for all the youngsters who’ll be out “trick or treating” throughout communities and even in the rural areas – parents should accompany their children and make sure they use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while going from door to door – and remember to only visit homes with their front porch lights on – children should also be reminded to look out for vehicles while out “trick or treating” as well – plus check that candy before eating – let’s keep everyone safe thru next Monday night.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The County Clerk’s offices are still conducting Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8th General Election – the County Clerk’s offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day – a public test of the voting equipment for Jasper County will be held next Monday afternoon, the 31st, at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 1:30 – anyone can attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The National FFA Convention was last week in Indianapolis and the local Olney FFA Chapter represented Richland County in a historic way – five Olney members received the American FFA Degree, plus three State Champion Teams competed on the national level – today we’re noting one of the three teams from the Olney FFA Chapter – the Agricultural Sales team ranked 18th in the nation and received a Silver rating overall – the team members & their individual ratings include  :  Ben Baker with a Gold rating, finishing 11th individually and earning a $400 scholarship  :  Kenna Steber also with a Gold rating  :  Emily Shilling with a Silver rating  :  Ryan Dowty with a Bronze rating  :  the Agricultural Sales CDE sponsor was Monsanto – also a thanks to our local Olney FFA sponsors, Mark Steber, Jamie VanDyke, and Rylan Rusk.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois grain industry is scrambling to find more storage as bushels in alternative storage continues to increase at state licensed grain elevators and warehouses – the State Department of Agriculture has issued permits for 93.2 million bushels of temporary storage & for 5.275 million bushels of emergency storage as of nearly two weeks ago – Illinois ranks first in the nation in licensed commercial grain storage capacity with 1.47 billion bushels – plus in addition, the storage capacity of Illinois grain bins and other on-farm storage structures totals another 1.47 billion bushels – the Illinois fall harvest is just about to wrap up.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit still have time to enroll in this weekend’s course at Olney Central College – the class provides 16 hours of required firearm training which involves both classroom & range instruction – it starts tonight and continues tomorrow night, each evening from 6:00 to 10:00 – then on Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range – the $183 fee for IECC District residents must be paid in advance, with a lower cost for those age 60 and older also due in advance – to get registered by this afternoon, call the OCC Student Services Office now, at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the High School in Charleston from 9:00 to 3:00  :  the Blood Donation Center in Effingham is open tomorrow from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Burgin Manor in Olney will have a free “Drive Up Flu Shot Clinic” tomorrow from 9:00 in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon – that’s at 900 East Scott Street, directly north of the Richland County High School football & baseball fields – Burgin Manor encourages everyone to not only help stop the spread of influenza this winter, but to also help guarantee a healthy winter for everyone by getting vaccinated for the flu – those taking part should bring their insurance cards and identification.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Richland County Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, October 31st, at 6:00, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – some of the meeting will be in closed session to discuss contracts and/or personnel – the Board’s next regular meeting is November 10th.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating


    The annual Fall Follies is this Saturday in Oblong with a morning breakfast, quilt show, band fest with 11 marching bands, various games, a pancake & sausage supper, and the annual parade at 7:00 that night – plus trolley rides, food booths, arts & crafts, and more – for details, go online at  www.theonlyoblong.com


    The Village of Noble is celebrating Halloween Friday night – a cakewalk in the Village Park begins at 6:30, followed by the Halloween Parade at 7:00 – Trick or Treat in Noble is Monday night, 6:00 to 8:00


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade tomorrow night in downtown Olney – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the downtown TrustBank parking lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited


    The Louisville Fall Harvest Festival begins tomorrow & runs thru Sunday – with a Saturday morning breakfast on the square, there’s also a tractor show, car show, and the huge parade at 2:00 – then meat shoot is Sunday morning at 11:00 – plus plenty of food booths, arts & crafts, and more all weekend long  :  also in Clay County, the annual Flora Halloween parade will be Saturday night at 7:00 thru downtown Flora


    The OCC Student Senate will open its Haunted Trail in the Woods for the first of five straight nights this evening from 6:00 to 10:00, then each night tomorrow night thru next Monday night – it’s $5 per person and free for all ages 5 and younger – also a free Music Show will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00

 

 

 

October 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The approaching area of low pressure has slowed down, therefore giving us another dry day –  clouds will move in as the cold front moves through, giving us our chance of rain tonight thru tomorrow morning – then we’ll dry out Thursday afternoon with more cool air moving in for Friday and the weekend ahead – another dry front is expected Sunday with more cool air into next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) announced yesterday the launch of its Digital Transformation Project, which will modernize all agency systems, including the outdated paper-based filing system – this improvement is another step in the Rauner Administration’s initiative to cut red tape and modernize technology within state government to make it more efficient while deriving more value for taxpayers – at no cost to taxpayers, the new system will be fully implemented within a five year period and will redevelop systems that are up to 40 years old.

 

(OLNEY)  A husband and wife from Central Illinois have won a $134 million Illinois Lottery jackpot – state officials say the unidentified Tuscola couple plans to retire early from their jobs in a factory and the health care industry after taking a one-time payment of nearly $90 million before required withholding – the couple’s Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers in the Friday September 16th, Mega Millions drawing.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the death of an 18 year old Indiana State University student this past Sunday – the autopsy report on Yiorgo Karnezis of Munster, Indiana, shows consistency with an accidental drowning, although toxicology results will take another two to six weeks – authorities report the teenager apparently fell from a boat into a small pond during a Sigma Chi Fraternity social event that was held near the Clark County community of  Dennison – ISU has suspended all operations of the fraternity.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  reviewed the Richland County Tax Rate Computation and estimate of Noble’s tax levy, totaling $68,687, an increase of 6.89% from last year – as a result, a Truth-in-Taxation Hearing will be held November 28th  :  noted that bids will be accepted until 4:00 November 14th for the sidewalk work to be done in the 100 block of East Poplar Street  :  noted that concrete work at the Village Park basketball court in started yesterday with the Village Park pavilion work to begin next week  :  noted that the Halloween Parade is set for this coming Friday night with a cakewalk in the Village Park at 6:30 and the Parade at 7:00  :  Trick or Treat Night in Noble is next Monday night from 6:00 to 8:00  :  and a reminder that the Noble Caucus is set for December 5th at the Noble Village Hall  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting is November 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is underway with its “Coat Drive” running now through Thanksgiving, over the next four weeks – it’s all to help out those who are in need of winter clothing here in Richland County – donations of gently used winter hats, coats, scarves, mittens, gloves, & any other winter accessories for men, women, and children – items can be dropped off at the Richland County Farm Bureau office, along North Route 130, at 710 North West Street – donations are appreciated to help those in need.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County “Cheers for the Chamber” event is coming up this Friday, October 28th, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, running from 6:00 to 9:00 – it will include beer, wine, spirits, music, and food with $15 tickets at the door or $10 tickets in advance at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Office or at Peoples State Bank in Newton – several items will be available thru the silent auction, plus plenty of food from local businesses – a $100 cash prize for the Best Dressed for Halloween and plenty of items to win with the Chamber’s Raffle, which still has tickets on sale as well – and there will be special music from two Newton natives, Nash Swisher at 6:00 and Kiley Phillips at 7:30 – plus the 2016 Jasper County Citizens of the Year Award will be presented to the Hartrich Family at 7:00 – everyone’s invited out to the special Jasper County Chamber of Commerce event this Friday night in Newton.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The County Clerk’s offices are still conducting Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8th General Election – the County Clerk’s offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day – a public test of the voting equipment for Jasper County will be held next Monday afternoon, the 31st, at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 1:30 – anyone can attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The National FFA Convention was last week in Indianapolis and the local Olney FFA Chapter represented Richland County in a historic way – there were five members that received the American FFA Degree, plus three State Champion Teams competed on the national level – today we’re noting one of the three teams from the Olney FFA Chapter – it was Olney’s Forestry Team that ranked 3rd in the nation and received a Gold overall rating – team members and their individual ratings include  :  Jessica Shilling with a Gold rating, finishing in 10th place and earning a $400 scholarship  :  Jared Boehl and Matt Herman each with a Gold rating  :  and Elaine Rudolphi with a Silver rating – the Forestry Career Development Event was sponsored by Husqvarna and John Deere – congratulations to these Olney FFA members on a job well done – also thanks to our local Olney FFA sponsors, Mark Steber, Jamie VanDyke, and Rylan Rusk.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Robinson High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the High School in Charleston from 9:00 to 3:00  :  the Blood Donation Center in Effingham will be open again on Friday from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney will host another Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic today at 501 Whittle Avenue – that’s this morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – appointments can also be made for those unable to stop by on Wednesdays, call  618-392-6241.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night Sunday night from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Costume Contest, food for purchase, and candy

   
    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a “trunk or treat” night this Sunday evening at the Berryville Community Building – beginning at 4:00, everything is free and open to all area children


    The Christian Church of Olney has a Tailgate Event this Sunday in the Olney City Park – bring lawn chairs, wear casual dress, & bring sports memorabilia – the Silly Safari Live Animal Show is at 9:00, then a 10:00 worship service, and a free concession stand with lunch and fellowship time at 11:00 – for all ages


    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating


    The RMH Foundation has its Diamonds & Denim gaming event fundraiser Saturday night at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:30 with a dinner buffet – then poker, blackjack, and more – call  618-395-6088


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – plus more


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” Saturday night from 5:00 to 7:00, with a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, food, and refreshments for all attending


    All are invited to Burgin Manor this Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 for a free community event – come dressed in costumes and bring your Trick or Treat bags – plenty of games, fun, and frightening food


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade and related activities this Friday evening – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the downtown TrustBank parking lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited


    The OCC Student Senate will open its Haunted Trail in the Woods for the first of five straight nights tomorrow evening from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person and free for all ages 5 and younger – it continues each night then Friday thru next Monday – also a free Music Show will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney has its annual “Trunk or Treat” tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 with candy and other treats for all area children – while admission is free, those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good item to be donated to the Good Samaritan of Richland County to help those in need