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August 11, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system and an associated cold front will track across the Midwest today, with more scattered showers and thunderstorms for our region thru late tonight – however, a Canadian high pressure moves in by mid-week with dry and less humid air in place for the rest of the work week – the next chance of rain moves in with a storm system Friday night thru the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Governor has signed a law that ends the practice of posting a driver’s license as security after certain types of traffic citations – it will help motorists to hold onto a critical piece of identification while also allowing law enforcement officials to do their jobs – taking effect immediately, the “sign and drive” law allows drivers to sign a citation as their guarantee that they will appear in court or pay a fine.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois officials have announced plans to host three town hall meetings to answer questions about the application process for Illinois’ new medical marijuana program – those required to submit applications for state approval include marijuana growers and retailers, plus patients and their caregivers – online application forms are now available at www.mcpp.illinois.gov along with more program details – the first meeting is this Thursday in Collinsville, then August 18th in Peoria, and August 20th in Chicago.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Senior Citizens Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with harness racing at 12 noon, tractor & truck pulls tonight at 7:00, and the Million Dollar Quartet performs free tonight at 7:00 – Cheryl O’Reilly of Chicago won the Husband Calling Contest yesterday, while Chris Karr of Seymour won the Hog Calling Contest – on Saturday, 12 year old Shaelye Varner of Grundy County showed the Grand Champion Steer – 16 year old James Dobbels of Cambridge showed the Grand Champion Barrow – 15 year old Brooke Ryner of Alexis showed the Grand Champion Sheep Wether – 16 year old Bailey Hunt of Sycamore had the Grand Champion Poultry Trio – 17 year old Tara Hummel of Caberry showed the Grand Champion Meat Goat – 15 year old Sarah Brown of Jacksonville showed the Grand Champion Rabbit – the Fair’s Sale of Champions is at 5:30 tomorrow evening – the Illinois State Fair continues thru this Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded the first installment of real estate taxes is due by the close of office hours today, on this August 11th – there are 3 ways to make those payments  :  by mail, with an August 11th postmark  :  by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse  :  or in person, in the Treasurer’s Office at the Courthouse, from 8:00 to 4:00 today  :  the final installment is due next month.

 

(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)  The investigation continues in a Clay County traffic crash that occurred late Saturday morning just east of Flora along U.S. Route 50 – the State Police report 44 year old Timothy Hightower of Xenia was westbound on Route 50 when his small SUV crossed the center line, thru the eastbound lane, and struck a disabled pickup truck head-on parked along the shoulder – Hightower and a passenger, 34 year old Shane Hightower of West Salem, and the other driver, 51 year old Jamey Tolliver of Clay City, all received major injuries and taken to Clay County Hospital – Hightower was ticketed for DUI and improper lane usage.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a few “Back to School Night” activities are coming up tonight in Richland County  :  both the East Richland and West Richland Elementary Schools in Olney and Noble will host a “Back to School Night” from 5:30 to 7:00 at each location  :  the East Richland Middle School in Olney will host the event from 6:00 to 7:30  :  all students, parents, and guardians are encouraged to take part and attend.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s three more special events tomorrow morning for East Richland School District students 
Academy Day is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Middle School – a time prior to the start of school dedicated solely to assisting all 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students in getting comfortable with their surroundings – students will have a chance to find their classrooms and meet with their teachers
Freshmen First is also tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:30 in Sliva Auditorium at East Richland High School – all incoming freshmen will have the chance to visit their classrooms and meet with their teachers
*  and the Transition Program is tomorrow morning from 10:30 to 11:30, starting in the Sliva Auditorium – this is for all new ERHS students and former West Richland students to give them a chance to locate their classrooms, meet their teachers, and to talk about topics relevant for all new students at ERHS
*  if questions about tomorrow in Olney, call the Middle School at 395-4375 or High School at 393-2191
*  the first day of school in Richland County is Wednesday with an early release and dismissal at 2:10

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some “Back to School” activities coming up this week in the Jasper County Schools
*  the Pre-Kindergarten Open House is this evening from 4:00 to 6:30
*  the Newton Elementary 1st Grade Open House is tonight from 5:30 to 7:00
*  the Ste. Marie Elementary Open House is tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 – students are encouraged to bring their supplies, visit their classrooms, and meet their teachers – parents and guardians urged to attend
*  the NCHS Freshmen/New Student Kickoff is tomorrow night from 5:30 to 7:00 for students only
*  the Freshmen/New Student Orientation is tomorrow night from 7:00 to 8:00 in the NCHS Auditorium
*  the first day of school for students in Jasper County will be Thursday with a full-day student attendance
*  for more information about certain activities, call or stop by the respective Jasper County School

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that due to a breakdown with the street chipper machine, the street maintenance work in Newton has not been completed – most of the work has been done, but the remaining streets will be oiled and chipped, weather permitting, during the middle or end part of this week – the City of Newton’s Street Department wants to thank all citizens for their patience at this time.

 

(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  :  today at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12 noon to 6:00  :  today at the Christian Academy in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Eagles Lodge in Vincennes from 1:00 to 6:00 Illinois time  :  Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Kinmundy Community Center from 2:30 to 5:30  :  to schedule appointments, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is this Saturday 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 White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club will host its 27th Annual Car Show this Saturday 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


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


    This Thursday is Miracle Treat Day at participating Dairy Queen or DQ Grill & Chill locations – it’s when one dollar or more from every Blizzard sold is donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit local children in need – to get more information, go online at www.MiracleTreatDay.com


    There’s two local meetings tonight  :  the Olney City Council has a rather light agenda to consider tonight at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble at 7:00

 

 

 

August 9, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  With the low pressure system that brought us recent rain moving out of the Midwest to the east, a high pressure ridge will gain control of our weather conditions, giving us a dry rest of the weekend – but another upper level disturbance will bring us a quick shot of rain Monday thru Monday night – then more dry and mild conditions expected thru the mid portion of next week – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2014 Illinois State Fair is officially underway in Springfield – the annual 10-day event celebrates agriculture with a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including food, racing, grandstand music, carnival rides, and more – over 961,000 people attended last year’s event, the highest attendance at the Fair since 2002 – for a complete listing of daily activities, go online at www.StateFair.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  We’ve been notified by a few local banking institutions that several customers have received phone calls concerning their debit cards – the caller indicates that the victim’s debit card is being restricted and to correct the problem, therefore asking the customer to submit their sixteen digit debit card number and their three digit security code – but remember folks, activity like this is not how our local banks do business – this is a SCAM – do not give out personal banking information over the phone, whether it’s with your checking, debit card, or savings accounts – simply hang up on these callers and contact your bank.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded the first installment of real estate taxes is due by the close of office hours next Monday, August 11th – there are 3 ways to make those payments : by mail, with an August 11th postmark : by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse : or in person, in the Treasurer’s Office at the Courthouse, from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday : the final installment is due next month.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that due to a breakdown with the street chipper machine, the street maintenance work in Newton has not been completed – most of the work has been done, but the remaining streets will be oiled and chipped, weather permitting, during the middle or end part of next week – the City of Newton’s Street Department wants to thank all citizens for their patience at this time.

 

(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  :  today at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12 noon to 6:00  :  also Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  plus several other blood drives next week in the communities of  Charleston, Mattoon, Robinson, Newton, and Olney  :  to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are currently very much in need.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Noble Chowder is today in the Village Park with chowder to be served starting at 11:00 this morning, plus fried chicken, pork burgers, hot dogs, desserts, and more also available – some raffle tickets will still be for sale this morning before the drawing later today – plenty of prizes available to be won


    A “micro chipping clinic” for area dogs and cats is today at the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – the cost is $30 per cat or dog and each animal must have proof of a current Rabies vaccination – all funds raised today will go to the Shelter Friends to benefit animals in the Olney area


    The Annual Community Wide Garage Sales are today at the Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County – with booths set up in the former Grove School and at nearby homes, the sales will run from now to 1:00 – all ages are welcome out to take advantage of some great deals & sales in rural Jasper County


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another “country breakfast” this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 at the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – carry-outs available - $6 tickets on sale at the door


    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

 

 

 

August 8, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue today thru tomorrow morning for our area as the low pressure system slowly tracks to the east – an area of high pressure to our north will then cover the Midwest by tomorrow afternoon, giving us dry conditions for the rest of the weekend – after a quick chance of rain Monday, the first half of next week appears to be dry and mild – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The state is cracking the whip on parents who try to skip out on paying child support – officials say they collected more than $1.4 billion in child support payments during fiscal year 2014, which ended on July 1st – that’s a new record amount – it’s noted that while most parents in Illinois step up to provide the support needed, the state is proud to step in when parents are simply avoiding their obligation.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois farmers shouldn’t feel much of a squeeze from a Russia ban on all American agricultural products – USDA officials say Russian imports account for less than 1% of Illinois’ trade, which amounted to $33 million worth of products to Russia last year – Illinois sends out some corn and soybeans to Russia, but the exports are typically low because Russia does not accept certain GMO varieties of U.S. corn.

 

(NEWTON)  Last night’s Twilight Parade in Springfield was cancelled due to rain, but the Illinois State Fair has started – the famous “butter cow” was unveiled yesterday as the 850-pound display has been a staple at the Fair since 1922 – the Fair continues thru Sunday, August 17th, a week from this Sunday – plenty of contests, livestock events, grandstand shows, and more – logon at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  All Richland County property owners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due next Monday, August 11th – there are three ways to get those payments made in time, in person at the Treasurer’s Office in the Courthouse, by mail with an August 11th postmark, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – the second and final installment is due 30 days later, next month, in September – if any questions, call or stop by the Treasurer’s Office, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a dead bird found in Cumberland County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus – while the bird was turned in to the Cumberland County Health Department over two weeks ago, found in Greenup, the state confirmation came to local officials this past Wednesday – it’s the first such case reported in our area, however no human cases have been detected at this time – the West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans thru the bite of a mosquito that has contracted the Virus by feeding on an infected bird – area residents can help fight West Nile Virus by practicing the three R’s  :  reduce, repel, and report  :  reduce exposure by eliminating all sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed & hatch and by avoiding outdoor activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active  :  repel by using insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors and by limiting exposure to skin as much as possible  :   report dead birds or if human symptoms occur to local health departments for assistance  :  more information is available on the state website, at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a note from the East Richland School District – a few “Back to School Night” activities are coming up next Monday, August 11th  :  both the East Richland and West Richland Elementary Schools will host a “Back to School Night” in Olney & Noble from 5:30 to 7:00  :  the East Richland Middle School in Olney will host the event from 6:00 to 7:30  :  all students, parents, and guardians are encouraged to take part and attend – also a reminder that the West Richland Elementary School students in grades K thru 5 will have individual school pictures taken next Thursday, August 14th – picture envelopes should be returned to school before then – we’ll tell you about more events coming to our county schools next week in a moment.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 4-H Federation is now 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 – plus, order forms can be picked up at the Extension Office in Newton – the bars are priced at $2 each or 6 bars for $10 – the payment is expected upon the day of pickup, on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00 that evening, at the 4-H Building at the Jasper County Fairgrounds – the ordering deadline is a week from today, August 15.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has confirmed that a missing 3 year old girl from rural Altamont was found in a nearby corn field – authorities indicate that Alexis Followell was safely reunited with her family after reported missing for around three hours – the Illinois State Police led the search with both ground and air units, plus hundreds of volunteers from area fire departments and others – the girl had no injuries.

 

(OLNEY)  While new information is out, the family of a missing Fairfield girl now has a $2,000 reward available for any information that leads to her safe return home – 16 year old Megan Nichols has been missing from home since July 3rd – however, after interviews & new evidence, authorities believe she may have left home on her own free will – as a result of the search, authorities found Megan’s Father in Oklahoma, as charges await him for not registering as a sex offender – authorities though have interviewed John David Nichols and believe he knows nothing of his daughter’s whereabouts or why she disappeared.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s some special activities next Tuesday for East Richland School District students  :
Academy Day will be held Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Middle School in Olney – a time prior to the start of school dedicated solely to assisting all 6th grade and new 7th and 8th grade students in getting comfortable with their surroundings – students will have a chance to find their classrooms and meet with their teachers for a short while to find out what topics will be talked about in that class
Freshmen First will be held Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 10:30 in Sliva Auditorium at East Richland High School in Olney – all incoming freshmen will have the chance to visit their classrooms, meet with their teachers, and discuss topics relevant for all freshmen to know before school actually gets underway
*  the Transition Program will be held Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30, starting in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium – this is for all new ERHS students and former West Richland students to give them a chance to locate their classrooms, meet their teachers, and to talk about topics relevant for all new students at ERHS
*  if any questions about next Tuesday, call the Middle School at 395-4375 or High School at 393-2191

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Chowder is tomorrow in the Village Park with chowder to be served starting at 11:00, plus fried chicken, pork burgers, hot dogs, desserts, and more – speaking of desserts, the community is asked to help out by donating pies and/or cakes, if possible – pie or cake plates are available at Noble Foods, the First National Bank branch in Noble, or the Noble Village Hall – to see how you can help out, call Ellen at 618-599-7130.

 

(NEWTON)  The Annual Community Wide Garage Sales are tomorrow at the Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County – with booths set up in the former Grove School and at nearby homes, the sales will run from 7:00 to 1:00 – all ages are welcome out to take advantage of some great deals & sales.

 

(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 this week  :  today at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  and Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    A “micro chipping clinic” for area dogs & cats is tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – the cost is $30 per cat or dog and each animal must have proof of current Rabies vaccination – all funds raised will go to the Shelter Friends to benefit animals in the Olney area


    It’s another “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW, served by the Ladies Auxiliary – it’s tacos, taco salad, nachos, and much more – all ages are invited to stop by, whether VFW members or not


    The Richland County Senior Center will host a “rules of the road” class this afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – it’s a free class designed to help people pass and renew their driver’s license – all ages are welcome


    The Eagle Pride fundraising “bingo” is tonight at the NCHS Cafeteria starting at 6:30 – doors open at 5:30 – includes refreshments for purchase, a theme basket raffle, a 50/50 drawing, and much more


    The Richland County Farmers Market is under the pole barns in the Olney City Park today – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public from 11:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon – all are invited


    The Newton FFA Chapter will be selling Syngenta sweet corn today at the Newton Community High School – starting at 11:00, the sweet corn will be available in the north parking lot in front of NCHS

 

 

 

August 7, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A frontal boundary that has stalled out across Southern Illinois, from Central Missouri to the Ohio River, will move very little over the next 24 hours – combined with some upper level disturbances tracking along the front, periods of scattered showers & storms will continue today with maybe some heavy rainfall amounts tomorrow, before ending by Friday night – a dry weekend coming up – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner are still sparring over whether it’s okay to invest money in the Cayman Islands – Quinn’s campaign released an animated video yesterday explaining how Rauner’s investments in the off-shore accounts hurt job growth in Illinois – the GOP candidate says it has nothing to do with jobs and it’s what other Illinois investors are doing  :  a recent poll shows the race is nearly a tie – the Mellman Group survey of 600 Illinois voters showed 39% backing GOP Rauner with 38% backing the Governor – that’s a whopping 23% of the voters undecided – the election is November 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police is teaming up with the Chicago Police Department to fight crime in the Windy City – the Governor has assigned 40 State Troopers from all over the state to help patrol the streets in four specific neighborhoods – they’ll focus on arresting those with violent criminal histories as well as those with outstanding arrest warrants – Troopers helped patrol the streets of East St. Louis earlier this year.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair kicks off tonight with its annual Twilight Parade, then runs tomorrow thru August 17th, a week from this Sunday – officials are offering health tips for all fair-goers : drink plenty of water to stay hydrated : wear sunscreen and insect repellent containing DEET : always wash your hands with warm soapy water or hand sanitizer before eating food : for more, logon at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into an ATV accident from this past Sunday night – the State Police reports it occurred shortly before 8:00, about 2 miles southeast of Newton on a county road – 24 year old Jacob Matthews of Charleston was driving the ATV when it ran off the road and overturned – he and a passenger, 21 year old Collin Geltz of Newton, were thrown from the ATV – Matthews was flown to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Geltz was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney with minor injuries.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation also continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred in Clark County at 5:20 this past Tuesday morning along Route 49, about 3 miles south of Casey – 25 year old Matthew Kemper of Casey was eastbound on a county road when he failed to stop and hit a car driven by 64 year old Phillip Wagner of Yale, who was northbound on Route 49 – both men were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Medical Center near Mattoon with serious injuries – Kemper was ticketed for failing to obey a stop sign.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition met earlier this week – the Coalition’s lobbyist, Brice Sheriff, resigned his position to take another job elsewhere, and members then welcomed their new lobbyist, Liz Brown, who’ll continue representing the downstate group in Springfield – also in action, the Coalition appointed Courtney Yockey of Olney as Director of Communications – during the meeting, the Coalition discussed plans for 2014-2015 and also heard input from Liz Brown and others – the Coalition’s Annual Golf Outing will be in Salem on August 22nd – local and area businesses or individuals can still sign up – the entry deadline is Friday, August 15th – registration forms are online at www.us50coalition.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The 4th Judicial Circuit recently hosted a four-day Illinois Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women that was held in Fairview Heights – selected participants explored innovative approaches for investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking – plus, additional attention centered on assessing agency performance and sharing challenges and solutions with law enforcement colleagues – among those chosen to attend were Chief Deputy Dan Cheadle of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Daniel Bland of Pana Police Department, Sergeant Mark Berndsen of the Breese Police Department, and Associate Professor Ken Ingersoll from Kaskaskia College near Centralia – the downstate event was co-hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

(OLNEY)  It was late last week that the State of Illinois announced the completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project that installed over 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure in 55 Illinois counties, including the area counties of Richland, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Fayette, and Clay – the project expanded access to high-speed broadband services for schools, community colleges, libraries, hospitals, and internet providers throughout downstate Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that due to a breakdown with the street chipper machine, the street maintenance work in Newton has not been completed – most of the work has been done, but the remaining streets will be oiled and chipped, weather permitting, during the middle or end part of next week – the City of Newton’s Street Department wants to thank all citizens for their patience at this time.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Chowder is coming up this Saturday in the Village Park with hundreds of gallons of homemade chowder to be served starting at 11:00 that morning – the menu also includes fried chicken, pork burgers, hot dogs, and desserts – speaking of desserts, the community is asked to help out by donating pies and/or cakes, if possible – pie or cake plates are available at Noble Foods, the First National Bank branch in Noble, or the Noble Village Hall – to see how you can help out, call Ellen at 618-599-7130 or Susan at 618-723-2034 – the Noble Chowder coming up this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – all are invited out.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2nd Annual Community Wide Garage Sales are set for this Saturday at the Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County – with booths set up at the Community Center and nearby homes taking part, the event will run from 7:00 in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon – some vendors are also taking part – all ages are welcome out to take advantage of some great deals and sales this Saturday in the Grove Township area – also get ready for the 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly called the Grove School Reunion – it’s scheduled for the following Saturday evening, August 16th, at the Center.

 

(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 this week  :  today at the Christian Church in Windsor from 2:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  & Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  for more details or to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org – remember, all blood types are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association will sponsor a “sheep herding” competition next Friday & Saturday, August 15th & 16th, on the Jason Weaver Farm, just west of Gatch Lake, between St. Peter & Shobonier, in Fayette County – it’s at 7:30 each morning – the public is invited – concessions and more


    The Olney Public Library is holding a drawing for an Acer Chromebook for ERHS students or those Home-Schooled in grades 9 thru 12 – entry slips are available at the Library – while there, fill out a brief survey to help enhance library services for teenagers – it’s also available on the Library’s website as well


    A “micro chipping clinic” for area dogs & cats is this Saturday at the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – the cost is $30 per cat or dog and each animal must have proof of current Rabies vaccination – all funds raised will go to the Shelter Friends to benefit animals in the Olney area


    It’s another “taco night” tomorrow night at the Olney VFW, served by the Ladies Auxiliary – it’s tacos, taco salad, nachos, and much more – all ages are invited to stop by, whether VFW members or not


    The Richland County Senior Center will host a “rules of the road” class tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 (rescheduled from its original August 1st date) – it’s a free class designed to help people pass and renew their driver’s license test – all ages are welcome to attend – call the Center for more details


    The Eagle Pride fundraising “bingo” is tomorrow night at the NCHS Cafeteria starting at 6:30 – doors open at 5:30 – includes refreshments for purchase, a theme basket raffle, and a 50/50 drawing – all invited to support Newton Eagle Football and win bags, totes, kitchen items, and much more

 

 

 

August 6, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A frontal boundary pushing south towards the I-70 corridor will slip south of Illinois by this afternoon and then stall out in the Ohio River Valley tonight and thru the day tomorrow – that means more rain and thunderstorm chances for us today, late tonight, and thru tomorrow and Friday – then it should clear out with a dry weekend expected – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The new FBI Chief says he wants to make counterterrorism a priority as threats continue to spread all over the world – James Cormey visited the Springfield FBI field office yesterday, noting that he plans to hire more staff, including the State Capitol office, where the focus is snuffing out public corruption and violent crime – Chief Cormey will this week continue his nationwide trip to various U.S. field offices.

 

(OLNEY)  This year’s Governor’s race is expected to be the most expensive in Illinois history and according to Political Science Professor Kent Redfield, voters will not be able to run from either of the campaigns – he says both sides will eventually start canvassing neighborhoods, knocking on doors, and sending out robo-calls to get their messages out – the election is now less than three months away.

 

(NEWTON)  A member of the United State’s gold medal-winning Paralympic sled hockey team will be the Grand Marshall of tomorrow night’s Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade in Springfield – Kevin McKee will lead the way as the Parade kicks off at 6:00, starting at the corner of 9th Street and North Grand Avenue, and ending inside the Illinois State Fairgrounds – for more on the fair, logon at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded to get those real estate taxes paid on time – the first of two installments is due next Monday, August 11th – as always, the payments can be made by mail with an August 11th postmark, by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse, or in person in the Treasurer’s Office in the Courthouse open each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – a 1.5% penalty will apply on all first installments that are made after August 11th – call the office if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the use of the city’s right of ways to continue laying the Teutopolis water line  :  heard various comments about the possible rezoning and construction of an affordable housing unit in the Five Aprils Crossing Subdivision  :  approved special event permits for a few upcoming events, including the Fall Festival and it’s Parade, and the NCHS Homecoming Parade  :  noted street maintenance program begins today, weather permitting  :  & noted that permit applications have been submitted for the water and sewer improvements to the Xander’s / Brookside Addition  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on August 19th at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is now accepting students for the various courses offered thru the IECC District – one such course is new this year, an automotive diesel engine class will be held on Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 – students must be currently enrolled in OCC’s Automotive Service Technology Program or a graduate of an automotive program to take the new course – also offered is a Thursday night beginning upholstery class, although seating is limited and enrollment is encouraged as soon as possible – many other classes and courses are available – call the Student Services Office at OCC today at 618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension is co-sponsoring another State DNR Hunter Safety Course coming up August 15th and 16th at the Latona Christian Church, south of Wheeler – it’s recommended for those age 10 and older with the minimum ten hour course covering instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and hunting regulations – the course will run that Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and thru the day that Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 – to make a required registration, call the Jasper County Extension office in Newton at 618-783-2521 or check the website online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj – space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  With motorcycle riding season in full swing, the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds area folks that openings are still available in upcoming motorcycle training courses – the SIU at Carbondale Motorcycle Safety Project offers free motorcycle rider education courses at 12 downstate locations – there are currently slots open for the Basic Riding Course at four area sites  :  Olney Central College, Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, and the Effingham Armory – the training courses are for any Illinois resident 16 years of age or older who holds a valid automobile and/or motorcycle driver’s license or permit – for more, call the host location, or logon at www.mrp.siu.edu.

 

(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 – there are several area blood drives coming up this week  :  today at Midlands State Bank in Effingham from 11:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at the Christian Church in Windsor from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Saturday at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  for more details or to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org – remember, all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    Don’t forget to get those raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder, coming up this Saturday in the Village Park with the popular chowder, other food, and much more – raffle tickets are on sale at the Noble Village Hall, at Noble Foods, or the First National Bank branch in Noble with plenty of prizes to be won


    The Olney Public Library is holding a drawing for an Acer Chromebook for ERHS students or those Home-Schooled in grades 9 thru 12 – entry slips are available at the Library – while there, please fill out a brief survey to help enhance library services for teenagers – it’s also available on the Library’s website


    It’s another “taco night” this Friday night at the Olney VFW, served by the Ladies Auxiliary – all are invited to stop by, whether VFW members or not – that’s tacos, nachos, taco salad, and much more


    The Richland County Senior Center will host a “rules of the road” class this Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 (rescheduled from its original August 1st date) – it’s a free class designed to help people pass and renew their driver’s license test – all ages are welcome to attend – call the Center for more details


    The Eagle Pride fundraising “bingo” is this Friday night at the NCHS Cafeteria starting at 6:30 – doors open at 5:30 – includes refreshments for purchase, a theme basket raffle, and a 50/50 drawing – all invited to support Newton Eagle Football and win bags, totes, kitchen items, and much more


    Two meetings are coming up  :  a special JEDS meeting in the County Jail meeting room tomorrow morning at 9:00  :  the TB Board meets at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office today at 5:00