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August 20, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front, our chances for scattered rain & thunderstorms will increase this morning thru this afternoon and into tonight – then a high pressure ridge will build into the Midwest by tomorrow night with cooler air moving in for the first of next week – after tonight, the next chance of rain will back around by next Thursday, maybe as early as Wednesday night – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Fair will wrap up this weekend up in Springfield – today is Park District Conservation Day with afternoon USAC Racing and Little Big Town on stage tonight – then the final day, tomorrow, is Family Day with lowered admission costs, the afternoon ARCA Racing, and ZZ Top with 3 Doors Down in concert tomorrow night – for details, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau, along with the Farm Bureaus in both Edwards and Wabash Counties, will host one more upcoming Legislative Meeting next week – it’s next Thursday evening, August 25th, a National Legislative Meeting with U.S. Congressman John Shimkus to be held at the Dan Strine Farm, rural West Salem, beginning at 6:30 with dinner served – also invited are U.S. Senators Dick Durbin & Mark Kirk – the receptions will include an open format and questions will be allowed – reservations are required – call the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney the first of next week, at  618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater is hosting auditions for its fall production of “Lone Star Love Potion” – the auditions will be at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon and next Monday night at 7:00 – the auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script and parts are available for four females and three males – the rehearsals will begin on September 6th – the three shows will be October 14th, 15th, and 16th, all on the Ruth Henry Stage at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at the Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s a few more reminders for area hunters  :  online applications are being accepted for Illinois Free Dove Hunting permits – it’s a first come, first served basis now thru next Thursday, the 25th  :  hunters can now apply thru August 22nd, next Monday, for the second lottery for 2016 Illinois Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season permits  :  and resident combo & antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license vendors  :  for more details, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The St. Joseph Parish in Stringtown will have its 175th Celebration tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00 – the activities will include wine tasting, a beer garden, a quilt show, an antique tractor display, live music, and much more – all ages are welcome to attend and take part in the birthday celebration


    The Richland County Senior Center has a “Meet & Mingle Pie & Ice Cream Social” fundraiser tomorrow afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 – a chance to raise funds to get the Senior Center back open 5 days a week – a donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door – all are invited to help out in the fundraising effort


    The next area blood drive is tomorrow morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie, from 8:00 until 12:00 noon – all donors are urged to turn out and give – all blood types and platelets are needed


    The Scholarship Ride, in memory of Larry “Doc” Carter, is today with the morning sign up starting at 9:00 at the 111 Club in Clay City – the kick stands go up at 11:00 with stops in Olney, Newton, Wheeler, Farina, Flora, & back to Clay City for food & music – also a fundraising breakfast at the Clay City Fire House tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 10:00 – plus a gun raffle with tickets available – all are welcome


    Ralph Carter’s annual Benefit Poker Run is today – all proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital – sign up from 10:00 to 11:30 this morning at the Olney Eagles Lodge – the kickstands go up at 12 noon – all vehicles invited – then it’s back to Olney for food, an auction, and entertainment later tonight in Olney


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club has its Annual Car Show today in the Olney City Park with registration from 9:00 to 12 noon and awards in the afternoon – concessions and more – all are invited


    It’s an UPCYCLE “rummage sale” thia morning from 8:00 to 11:00 along Scott Avenue in Newton” – that’s a free “rummage sale” for the community of Newton – check it out this morning


    Today is also Citywide Garage Sale Saturday in the Village of Noble, mostly in the morning hours – again, that’s Garage Sale Saturday today throughout the Village of Noble

 

 

 

August 19, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front, our chances for scattered rain & thunderstorms will increase from this afternoon thru tonight with the better chance of wet weather thru the day tomorrow, especially in the afternoon & evening hours – then a high pressure ridge will build into the Midwest by Sunday night with cooler air moving in for the first of next week – rain again by next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Fair is continuing in Springfield as today is Futures for Kids Day with activities centered around the youth, plus on stage tonight is country star Cole Swindell – it’s Park District Conservation Day tomorrow with afternoon USAC Racing and Little Big Town on stage that night – then the final day Sunday is Family Day with lowered admission costs, the afternoon ARCA Racing, and ZZ Top with 3 Doors Down in concert Sunday night – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that the unemployment rate in July decreased by four tenths (0.4) of a percentage point to 5.8% and that non-farm payrolls increased by at least 11,600 jobs – the July job gains were in Education & Health Services, in Leisure & Hospitality, and in Other Services – the state’s largest declines in employment were in Construction and Financial Activities.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is providing assistance to the State of Louisiana’s flood relief efforts – being delivered are 100,000 sandbags, 45 cots, and 2 water purification systems, all to support the state’s temporary housing shelters and flood damage mitigation – at least 7,000 residents are in shelters & thousands more have been displaced from their homes – the catastrophic flooding is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago in 2012.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met in regular session last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2017 as presented  :  noted that the District’s enrollment on the first day of school this week was 1,324 students (not including Pre-K), which is one more student than a year ago  :  reviewed the District’s FY16 Transportation Report, noting the District’s bus routes have been reduced from 24 to 21  :  agreed to declare 7 District buses as surplus  :  agreed to raise the District’s pay for Substitute Teachers up to $90  :  also heard an update on the District’s tennis court upkeep  :  and after a 25 minute closed session, made some personnel moves – accepted resignations from Newton Elementary Teacher Rick Athey, from NCHS English Teacher Alicia Haberlin, and from NCHS Machine Operator Kathy Angle – employed Jordan Michels as Elementary PE Teacher, JCJH Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, & JCJH Assistant Track Coach – hired Karen Kerner as Elementary School Teacher’s Aide and Angie Homan as Ste. Marie Elementary School Teacher’s Aide – hired David Lee as Special Education Bus Driver, Jessica Warfel as a Part-Time Bus Driver, & Becky Johnson as a Special Education Bus Chaperone – hired Whitney Ritchhart as JCJH Girls Basketball Assistant Coach – and transferred Darla Mahaffey from NCHS Teacher’s Aide to half time PE Teacher & half time Teacher’s Aide at the Ste. Marie Elementary School – also approved Kent Schafer as a volunteer football coach and Sarah Will as a volunteer volleyball coach at NCHS  :  the next scheduled meeting for the Jasper County School Board is September 22nd.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the second reading & adopted 26 new District policies  :  approved the monthly administrative reports as presented  :  approved the District’s Title 1 Plan  :  approved those appointed to the District’s Concussion Oversight Teams  :  noted that the State still owes the District over $432,800  :  noted the District’s start-of-school enrollment, which as of August 18th, was 2,449 students  :  noted that the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program will have an organizational meeting at RCHS on September 8th  :  reviewed the August 15th Teacher’s Institute, held this past Monday with success  :  and made various personnel moves after a 22 minute closed session – accepted the resignation of District Truancy Director, Kevin Westall – employed Kelli Prevo as Part-Time Elementary Teacher / Teacher Assistant, Erin Taylor & Heather Dunn as Elementary Teacher’s Assistants, Hannah Davis as an Elementary P.E. Paraprofessional, Rick Crane as a Bus Driver, Norm Henderson as a Part-Time Bus Driver, Connie Branstetter & Brenda Patterson as Bus Aides, Linda Kocher as a Part-Time Bus Aide, and four volunteer coaches, pending certification, including Brian Mitchell & Dave Denton for Football, Patrick Mehaffey for Co-Ed Golf, and Mbongeni Ndlova for Soccer  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County School Board will be September 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the traffic death of a White County man this past Tuesday afternoon at around 1:00 on Illinois Route 130 down in Edwards County – the State Police report that 62 year old Henry Matz of Carmi was northbound in his pickup truck, when it crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound semi-truck, driven by 35 year old Rodney E. Sedrick of Mill Spring, Missouri – while the semi driver tried to avoid the crash, Matz was pronounced dead at the scene – Sedrick was not injured – Route 130 was closed for several hours due to the accident with Edwards County authorities responding.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will be in the area today with a few stops – this morning for an Open House at the Fairfield Community Health Center where he’ll tour the facility and meet with staff – then this afternoon for a $200,000 grant announcement at the Clay County Hospital in Flora – and then later today he’ll stop at the South Central FS Plant in Flora to tour the relatively new agriculture service facility.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau, along with the Farm Bureaus in both Edwards and Wabash Counties, will host one more upcoming Legislative Meeting next week – it’s next Thursday evening, August 25th, a National Legislative Meeting with U.S. Congressman John Shimkus to be held at the Dan Strine Farm, rural West Salem, beginning at 6:30 with dinner served – also invited are U.S. Senators Dick Durbin & Mark Kirk – the receptions will include an open format and questions will be allowed – reservations are required – call the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116 – a “thank you” to those that attended yesterday morning’s Legislative Meeting held at the Edwards County Farm Bureau in Albion.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater will host auditions for its fall production of “Lone Star Love Potion” coming up in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – the auditions will be this Sunday afternoon, August 21st, at 2:00, and next Monday night, August 22nd, at 7:00 – the auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script – parts are available for four females and three males – the rehearsals will begin on September 6th – the three shows will be Friday and Saturday nights, October 14th and 15th, and Sunday afternoon, October 16th, all on the Ruth Henry Stage at the Olney Central College Theater.

 

(OLNEY)  Fall semester classes started yesterday at Olney Central College, Lincoln Trail College, Wabash Valley College, & Frontier Community College – it’s not too late to sign up for the various courses offered at the four colleges & other satellite locations – to get more information or details, contact the respective Student Services Office, or go online at  www.iecc.edu  and refer to one of the four IECC colleges.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Senior Center has a “Meet & Mingle Pie & Ice Cream Social” fundraiser this Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 – a chance to raise funds to get the Senior Center back open 5 days a week – a donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door – to donate a pie or cake, call  395-3223


    The Scholarship Ride, in memory of Larry “Doc” Carter, is tomorrow with the morning sign up starting at 9:00 at the 111 Club in Clay City – the kick stands go up at 11:00 with stops in Olney, Newton, Wheeler, Farina, Flora, & back to Clay City for food & music – also a fundraising breakfast at the Clay City Fire House tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 10:00 – plus a gun raffle with tickets available – all are welcome


    Ralph Carter’s annual Benefit Poker Run is tomorrow – all proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital – sign up from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Olney Eagles Lodge – kickstands go up at 12 noon – all vehicles invited – then back to Olney for food, an auction, & entertainment that night – for more, call Amy at  618-554-4095


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club has its Annual Car Show tomorrow in the Olney City Park with registration from 9:00 to 12 noon and awards in the afternoon – concessions and more – all are invited


    It’s an UPCYCLE “rummage sale” tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 along Scott Avenue in Newton” – it’s a free “rummage sale” for the community of Newton – check it out tomorrow morning


    Tomorrow is also Citywide Garage Sale Saturday in the Village of Noble, mostly in the morning hours – again, that’s Garage Sale Saturday tomorrow throughout the Village of Noble


    The Richland County Farmers Market is today from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – check it out

 

 

 

August 18, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  After the Dense Fog Advisory expires by mid-morning, we’ll again today see plenty of clouds overhead, although we will stay dry today thru tonight – then after a dry day tomorrow, we could see a few pop-up storms by sunset, but most of the rain & thunderstorm activity will be Saturday thru Saturday night – then some cooler & drier air moves in by Sunday night thru the first half of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Fair is continuing in Springfield as today is Democrat Day with more harness racing, livestock shows, and the band Volbeat on stage tonight – tomorrow is Futures for Kids Day with activities centered around the youth of Illinois with various competitions and activities – it’s Park District Conservation Day Saturday with afternoon USAC Racing and Little Big Town on stage that night – then the final day Sunday is Family Day with lowered admission costs, the afternoon ARCA Racing, and ZZ Top with 3 Doors Down in concert that night – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Treasurer’s Office held its first of several public hearings yesterday in Normal to explore how life insurance companies avoid paying death benefits – the Treasurer’s Office in Springfield has identified more than $550 million in unpaid death benefits owed to families in Illinois – meanwhile, a bill to require insurers to use federal death records to identify deceased policyholders whose life insurance proceeds remain unpaid has been passed by the General Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature – three life insurance companies are suing the Treasurer’s Office to block an audit that would reveal fraud.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois is using an $18.7 million federal grant to develop a way to test the United States’ response to and recovery from any attach on America’s electric grid – officials say the aim of the project is to take a “generational step forward” in proving that the tools being built to deal with such an attack are reliable – the testing will deal with disturbances that mimic both attacks and natural problems.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the tentative budget for the 2017 fiscal year & set a public budget hearing for the next regular meeting in September  :  agreed to renew the existing athletic training service contracts for Olney Central College with Richland Memorial Hospital and for both Frontier Community College & Wabash Valley College with Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel – the Board previously approved the similar contract for Lincoln Trail College with Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson  :  approved the Employee Health & Dental Insurance benefits to be offered under a Marketplace system for the 2017 calendar year – the IECC faculty union has tentatively agreed to the change  :  approved the District’s updated Technology Plan for fiscal years 2017 thru 2021  :  due to Marilyn Wolfe’s death, the Board elected Brenda Culver to serve as the Board’s Vice Chairman until the next election  :  and approved several personnel moves – accepted the resignation from OCC Library Assistant Heather Hagan – employed Andrea Puckett as OCC Financial Aid Coordinator, Barbara Webster as LTC Financial Aid Coordinator, Heather Moore as Academic Counselor of TRIO Student Support Services at LTC & the District Office, & Benjamin Deaton as OCC Library Assistant – and changed the employment status of Ashlee Spannagel as the Grants, Compliance, & Outreach Program Director at the District Office & West Richland Center  :  the next regular meeting for the IECC Board will be September 20th at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released its recent Illinois Crop Production Report  :  the planted area for corn is estimated at 11.7 million acres, unchanged from last year – the harvested area, forecast at 11.5 million acres, is also unchanged from 2015 – based on August 1st conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 200 bushels per acre, up 25 bushels from last year – production is forecast at 2.3 billion bushels, up 14% from a year ago – and if realized, this would tie the 2014 record corn yield & be the 2nd highest production on record behind 2014  :  the planted area for soybeans is estimated at 9.9 million acres, up 1% from 2015 – the harvested area for beans is forecast at 9.84 million acres, up 1% from last year – based on August 1st conditions, the Illinois bean yield is forecast at 57 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel increase from a year ago – if realized, this would be Illinois’ highest bean yield on record  :  the harvested area for wheat is forecast at 520,000 acres, the same as the previous year – the wheat yield is forecast at a record high 75 bushels per acre, up 10 bushels from 2015 – production is forecast at 39 million bushels, 15% above the previous year.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last night – the Board  :  discussed a request for the Board to start gathering information on the cost of possibly adding a campground area at East Fork Lake – this idea is part of the City’s 10-plus year comprehensive plan  :  discussed the possibility of adding a concession stand to the Musgrove Aquatic Center that could serve both the swimming pool and the entire park – funds raised by concession sales could help the City of Olney and its pool maintenance  :  heard an update on the local Eagle Scout project to plant trees in Musgrove Park  :  on a 4 to 1 vote, after discussion, agreed to pursue a Dog Swim Day at Musgrove Aquatic Center, much like other communities have  :  and talked about the need to reexamine the Musgrove Aquatic Center’s protocol & fees  :  all recommendations from the Parks & Recreation Board are forwarded to the Olney City Council for its consideration.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Chowder Committee wants to thank everyone who helped out with this year’s annual event last Saturday in the Village Park – to all the businesses and individuals that donated to the Chowder Raffle, to the ladies who provided the beautiful Quilt that was given away, to those in charge of the Little Miss / Mister Pageant, and to the volunteers that helped during the Chowder on Saturday – and especially to all those who supported the annual event in other ways and by simply “showing up” for the Noble Chowder.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s a few more reminders for area hunters  :  online applications are being accepted for Illinois Free Dove Hunting permits – it’s a first come, first served basis now thru August 25th, a week from today, for any remaining permits  :  hunters can now apply thru August 22nd, next Monday, for the second lottery for 2016 Illinois Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season permits  :  applications are being accepted thru August 19th, tomorrow, for the third lottery drawing for 2016 Illinois Firearm & Muzzleloader Deer permits  :  and resident combo & antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from statewide DNR Direct license & permit vendors  :  for more details, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Fall semester classes are starting today at Olney Central College, Lincoln Trail College, Wabash Valley College, and Frontier Community College – with various courses offered at the four colleges & other satellite locations, those interested should contact the respective Student Services Office or go online.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  There are two area School Board meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board has its regular monthly meeting tonight in Newton, starting at 6:30  :  the Richland County School Board has its regular monthly meeting tonight in Olney, beginning at 7:30  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Senior Center is hosting a “Meet & Mingle Pie & Ice Cream Social” this coming Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 – it’s all to help celebrate “National Senior Citizens Day” and a chance to raise funds to get the Senior Center in Olney back open 5 days a week – a donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door on Sunday – to donate a pie or cake to help out, call the Senior Center at  395-3223


    Ralph Carter’s annual Benefit Poker Run is this Saturday – all proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital – sign up from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Olney Eagles Lodge – kickstands go up at 12 noon – all vehicles invited – then back to Olney for food, an auction, & entertainment that night – for more, call Amy at  618-554-4095


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club has its Annual Car Show this Saturday in the Olney City Park with registration from 9:00 to 12 noon and awards in the afternoon – concessions and more – all are invited


    It’s an UPCYCLE “rummage sale” coming up this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 along Scott Avenue in Newton – UPCYCLE stands for “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community & Love Everyone” – it’s a free “rummage sale” for the community of Newton – check it out this Saturday morning

 

 

 

August 17, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  After some morning widespread fog out there, a lot of clouds will continue to cover our downstate region as we stay dry today thru tomorrow – weather models now show a chance of some summer afternoon shower & storm chances on Friday, although the chances increase thru Friday night and especially thru the day on Saturday – then some clearing on Sunday and a little cooler – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Fair is continuing in Springfield as today is Governor’s Day with more harness racing, livestock shows, tractor & truck pulls, and the rock band Kiss in concert tonight – tomorrow will be Democrat Day with more harness racing and the band Volbeat on stage – then Friday is Futures for Kids Day – it all runs thru this coming Sunday – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner was among a group of buyers making a record bid for the champion steer at the State Fair during last evening’s Sale of Champions – the group paid $104,000 for the 1,324 pound cross-bred steer, which was owned by 18 year old Lucas Wisnefski of Wyoming, Illinois – the previous State Fair record sale price was $100,000 in 2014 – champion rabbits, chickens, goats, hogs, & commodities such as cheese, wine, honey, & more were also auctioned off to benefit 4-H and FFA Clubs.

 

(NEWTON)  Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008 because of higher speeds, more miles driven, & an increase in younger drivers on the road – as of Friday, 629 people have lost their lives in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle crashes in Illinois, that’s 50 more deaths from the same period a year ago – the statistics show many of the rising number of fatal crashes have occurred on rural interstates around the State of  Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash that occurred yesterday morning at 5:15 along Route 33, in Lawrence County, 1 mile north of  Westport – the State Police report 63 year old Robert J. Yeaden of Evansville, Indiana, was northbound in his semi-truck when it collided with a tree laying across the roadway – Yeaden was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes – no tickets issued.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department responded to a two vehicle traffic wreck yesterday afternoon at 2:41, located just south of the North Prairieton Road / East Mt. Pleasant Lane intersection, southeast of Claremont – the firemen used rescue equipment to extricate one person – no other details are available at this time – also responding were firemen from the Christy Fire Protection District in Sumner, plus the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night - the Council  :  approved its half of the $1,000 salary increase for the Jasper County Animal Control Officer  :  agreed to pay half of an upcoming training session for the Animal Control Officer, plus a switch in cell phone carrier  :  approved the Franchise Extension for New Wave Communications  :  heard an update on the City’s Streetscape Project, noting the work should be completed by the end of next week, weather permitting  :  heard an update from the Jasper County EMA  :  noted a project to accentuate the Newton City Square with volunteers adding flowers in pots on each corner  :  heard an update on security measures at the Newton City Hall  :  noted that the Newton Aquatic Center will remain open on weekends until Labor Day  :  noted that property within the Newton City limits should be kept mowed, trimmed, and maintained to eliminate standing water, therefore reducing the threat of mosquitoes  :  and after a 16 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate, voted to destroy the audio recordings of past closed sessions  :  the Newton City Council’s next meeting is September 6th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Water Survey has issued the State Water and Climate Summary for July  :  the statewide precipitation last month averaged 6.85 inches, which is 2.77 inches above the long-term average – the state’s heaviest rainfall for July was 8.59 inches in the west / southwest district  :  the state’s average temperature in July was 75.8 degrees, nearly even (0.4 degrees) with the long-term average – the southwest district had the state’s highest average temperature at 79.2 degrees  :  the state’s soil moisture at 2 inches increased an average of 45% in July – soil moisture also increased at the 4, 8, and 20 inch marks  :  the water surface levels around the downstate area for the month of July reported reservoirs at the end of the month at near full pool, including East Fork Lake, Lake Shelbyville, Carlyle Lake, and Rend Lake.

 

(ALBION)  The Edwards County School Board this past Monday night in West Salem – the Board  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2017 Tentative Budget as presented  :  agreed to hold a Budget Hearing prior to the next regular monthly meeting on September 19th at 6:45  :  agreed to renew the IESA Girls Basketball Cooperative between the Grade Schools in Albion, West Salem, and Grayville  :  discussed, but took no action, regarding the Edwards County K-12 parking lot  :  approved the first reading of a policy for Using Animals in an Education Program  :  heard various administrative reports from Superintendent David Cowger, the respective Principals, and others  :  and took the following action after a 24 minute closed session to discuss personnel and student discipline – accepted the resignation from Bus Aide Linda Perry – hired Johnathan Henton as ECHS Physical Education / Health Teacher – employed Tammy Beck as an Individual K-12 Aide – and hired Tami Nale was ECHS Prom Director – also approved Maverick Troyer as an ECHS Volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach for the 2016-2017 school year  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Edwards County School Board will be Monday night, September 19th, in Albion.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will host their 5th Annual Trap Shoot a week from this Saturday, on August 27th, at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – the registration begins at 9:00 that morning with the shooting competition at 10:00 – the individual fee is $25, with the five member team registration set at $100, and the day of the shoot team registration at $125 – concessions will be available for lunch, plus only 200 raffle tickets are on sale at $20 each for a chance to win a Bushmaster M4A3 Black .223/5.56 rifle – see any Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leader member for advance tickets or stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney or call the office at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood – here’s upcoming area drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center on Eden Avenue in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau, along with the Farm Bureaus in both Edwards and Wabash Counties, will host two upcoming Legislative Meetings the next two Thursdays  :  the first is tomorrow morning, a State Legislative Meeting with State Representative David Reis and State Senator Dale Righter, to be held at the Edwards County Farm Bureau meeting room in Albion, starting at 7:30 with breakfast  :  then a week from tomorrow night, August 25th, a National Legislative Meeting with U.S. Congressman John Shimkus will be held at the Dan Strine Farm, rural West Salem, beginning at 6:30 with dinner served  :  both receptions will include an open format and questions will be allowed – reservations are required for both meetings – call the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney today ASAP, at  618-393-4116.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Senior Center is hosting a “Meet & Mingle Pie & Ice Cream Social” this coming Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 – it’s all to help celebrate “National Senior Citizens Day” and a chance to raise funds to get the Senior Center in Olney back open 5 days a week – a donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door on Sunday – to donate a pie or cake to help out, call the Senior Center at  395-3223


    Ralph Carter’s annual Benefit Poker Run is this Saturday – all proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital – sign up from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Olney Eagles Lodge – kickstands go up at 12 noon – all vehicles invited – then back to Olney for food, an auction, & entertainment that night – for more, call Amy at  618-554-4095


    It’s an UPCYCLE “rummage sale” coming up this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 along Scott Avenue in Newton – UPCYCLE stands for “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community & Love Everyone” – it’s a free “rummage sale” for the community of Newton – check it out this Saturday morning


    A reminder that the KidsZone Early Education Center in Olney will have an Open House & Back to School Night both tonight and tomorrow evening from 5:30 to 7:00 – the public’s invited


    The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00 – with a few items on the agenda for discussion, the public is welcome to attend, as always


    It’s back to the classrooms today for the students in Jasper County, as the 2016-2017 school year officially starts – it will be a full day of school at all locations in Jasper County

 

 

 

August 16, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak cold front moves thru the downstate area, driven by an upper-level trof, light rain will continue on-and-off today – then mostly quiet weather tonight to be followed by a dry period tomorrow thru Friday as a southerly wind flow will bring us a little warmer air the rest of the work week – our next chance of rain is now set to arrive late Friday, thru Saturday, and maybe into Sunday morning – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has allowed the Flash Flood Watch, that’s been in effect for our downstate area for the past three-plus days, to expire as the heavy rain threat has moved away – average rainfall totals are being reported between 5 and 10 inches in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – Flood Warnings are in effect for several downstate creeks & rivers, plus all motorists are reminded to never drive on a flooded roadway and to “Turn Around : Don’t Drown” – many county and township roads are flooded, so drive with added care – stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for weather and flood updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – the Illinois State Fair is continuing in Springfield as today is Agriculture Day – activities include the children’s Pedal Pull competition & the Cutest Little Farmer contest, plus the Sale of Champions is later this afternoon – then on stage tonight is Dierks Bentley with Tucker Beathard – it will be Governor’s Day tomorrow with more Harness Racing, Livestock Shows, Tractor & Truck Pulls, and the rock band Kiss in concert tomorrow night – Thursday will be Democrat Day while Friday is Futures for Kids Day – the Fair runs thru this coming Sunday, the 21st – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(NEWTON)  In the next few days, students from pre-kindergarten thru college will be headed back to school – as parents prepare their students for the new academic year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies (EMA’s) across the state are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans – from evacuation plans to emergency contact information, many other tips are available online, at  www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in a seven day period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – with an average of over 5 inches of rain falling in Richland County, all in a 40-hour period, the largest amount of rain was 8.20 inches in Decker Township, followed by 5.80 inches in Denver Township, 5.40 inches in Madison Township, & 5.30 inches in Bonpas Township – then 4.90 inches in Preston Township, with 4.60 in Claremont Township, 4.50 in Noble Township, and 4.25 inches in German Township – the county’s lowest amount was 3.80 inches in Olney Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we recorded 5.60 inches during the seven day period – even with the large amounts of rain this past weekend, the average rainfall in Richland County is still running just over 5 inches (5.19) less than it was a year ago at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – while most of the state had substantial rainfall with some localized flooding, there’s no real major crop damage reported statewide, however it’s a much different story in the flooded low-lying areas – last week’s statewide average rainfall was 1.63 inches, nearly eight tenths (0.79) of an inch above normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 77.4 degrees, that’s 3.7 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, most of the state’s corn and soybean crops were in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in our ten county area report over 80% of the local corn crop is in the dough stage with a third (33%) on the corn now denting – nearly 90% of the local soybeans are blooming, with at least two-thirds (66%) of the beans now setting pods – with the recent rains, flooding is now a problem in many locations – local farmers are reminded to stay safe while working outdoors and around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s back to school today in Olney as the 2016-2017 school year officially begins, although students will be dismissed early this afternoon from 1:50 to 2:10, depending on the school – then the same for the rest of this week, tomorrow thru Friday – the Richland County School Board has its regular monthly meeting for August this Thursday night at 7:30 – the Richland County Elementary School has its Family Free Swim this Thursday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – the St. Joseph School is offering sports physicals tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 7:00 – and the Richland County Middle School is offering sports physicals tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 – all drivers are reminded to be alert to students riding bicycles, plus be alert to those school buses picking up or dropping off children as well.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s back to school tomorrow in Jasper County as the 2016-2017 school year officially starts – it will be a full day of school at all locations in Jasper County – the first day of school for the Pre-K students is next Monday, August 22nd, including the St. Thomas School – the Jasper County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for August this coming Thursday night in Newton, beginning at 6:30 – parent’s meetings and the Kindergarten Buddy Night are this evening at the St. Thomas School, plus the Pre-K Open House continues each day, now thru Thursday at St. Thomas – all drivers are reminded to be alert to students riding bicycles, plus be alert to those school buses picking up or dropping off children as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a few notes from Olney Central College with fall semester classes scheduled to start this week  :  an upholstery class is available on Thursday nights at OCC from 6:00 to 8:50, starting August 18th  :  an artistic welding course is offered at the West Richland Center on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:10, beginning August 18th  :  advanced quilting classes at the West Richland Center are either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30, beginning August 18th  :  a Political Assassinations course at OCC is offered Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:00, starting August 22nd  :  a beginning quilting class is Tuesday nights at the West Richland Center from 6:00 to 8:50, starting August 23rd  :  a beginning woodworking course at the West Richland Center is offered Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:30, starting August 24th  :   high school juniors & seniors can earn college credit & save money by enrolling in an evening course this fall at OCC  :  plus, enrollment is underway for free GED classes at OCC, either day, night, or online  :  for more details, call Olney Central College today at  618-395-7777  or go online at  www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their earliest opportunity as all regional supplies of blood are at very low levels – here’s some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Moose Lodge in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center on Eden Avenue in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  on Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  and this coming Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Senior Center is hosting a “Meet & Mingle Pie & Ice Cream Social” this coming Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 – it’s all to help celebrate “National Senior Citizens Day” and a chance to raise funds to get the Senior Center in Olney back open 5 days a week – a donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door on Sunday – to donate a pie or cake to help out, call the Senior Center at  395-3223


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club has its Annual Car Show this Saturday in the Olney City Park with registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards in the afternoon – concessions and more – all are invited


    It’s an UPCYCLE “rummage sale” coming up this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 along Scott Avenue in Newton – UPCYCLE stands for “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community & Love Everyone” – it’s a free “rummage sale” for the community of Newton – check it out this Saturday morning


    A reminder that the KidsZone Early Education Center in Olney will have an Open House & Back to School Night both tomorrow evening & Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:00, both nights – the public is invited to stop by and look over the updated facility, plus meet all the staff and get more information


    The Girl Scouts of  Jasper and Crawford Counties are hosting a “Back to School Girl Scout & Family Swim” tonight in the Robinson City Park, from 7:00 to 9:00 – it’s for girls entering Kindergarten thru High School Seniors – the signup fee is $15 per girl with financial assistance available – for more, call Debbie at  618-544-2584


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public today, from 10:00 until 4:00 – stop by and check it out