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Local News

May 21, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  An area of high pressure will build across the Midwest today, providing us with fair weather conditions – a warming trend will develop as near normal temperatures return to our downstate region over the weekend – but, that’s when our next rain-maker moves in – another front will bring us the chance of showers and storms Sunday thru the first part of next week, including Memorial Day – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  State lawmakers are still pushing for a so-called “millionaires tax” in Illinois – the House Revenue Committee approved a proposed amendment yesterday that would place an additional 3% tax on anyone making a personal income of more than $1 million – the money is expected to go towards youth and primary education – the full State House of Representatives is next in line to vote on this measure.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Department of Agriculture will host a first-of-its-kind statewide gathering for organizations that wish to serve military Veterans desiring to pursue food, farming, and agricultural careers – the “Homegrown By Heroes” meeting will take place May 28th, a week from today, at the Illinois Farm Bureau offices in Bloomington, and will serve to help connect the public, non-profits, academia, Veterans, municipalities, agencies, volunteer organizations, and farmer veteran stakeholders to identify available resources for Veterans – participation applications will be available this Memorial Day weekend on the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s website, at www.agr.state.il.us.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are conducting Nighttime Enforcement Patrols during this month of May in District 12 – Troopers working the special NITE patrols will be looking for unsafe drivers, those not properly buckled up, and for those driving impaired – since alcohol & drug impairment is a factor in nearly 40% of all fatal crashes in Illinois, the State Police has zero tolerance when it comes to impaired drivers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met this week – the Board  :  approved an updated Violence Prevention Plan to continue providing guidelines that specifically address IECC’s position on the prevention, reduction, and management of violence  :  noted that IECC students continue to be satisfied with services provided by the colleges, according to the latest Student Satisfaction Survey  :  approved the District’s revised Nursing Program Student Handbook  :  approved two affiliation agreements & one observation agreement dealing with the Associate Degree in Nursing Program, Pharmacy Technician, and Electronic Medical Records  :  in personnel matters – employed Linda Shidler as Director of Learning Skills Center at Olney Central College – changed the employment status of Brandon Weger to Program Director of Student Learning Assessment in the District Office – and accepted the retirement resignation of Barbara Shimer as Theater / Drama Arts Instructor at Lincoln Trail College on August 1st, 2015  :  the next regular meeting of the IECC Board is June 16th at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

 

(NEWTON)  Information is now available concerning an early morning fire at the Dynegy Power Plant, southeast of Newton, yesterday morning – officials say the initial call to the Wade Fire Protection District, based in Newton, came in at 3:30 Wednesday morning, and that firemen from several area departments were called in for help, including Noble-Wakefield, Dieterich, Montrose, Teutopolis, and Effingham – firemen from Oblong helped staff the Newton Firehouse – the fire occurred in a portable building that was serving as headquarters for the construction company that’s installing new equipment at the plant – officials believe a faulty air conditioning unit was the cause of the fire – there were no injuries and no damage to the power plant – firemen were on the scene for around four hours – the investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The Public Building Commission of Richland County met yesterday – the Commission  :  heard an update from the Architect concerning the Courthouse renovation project  :  heard a positive Audit Report  :  approved the payment of bills as presented  :  noted an update on the Courthouse offices that are currently operating out of the former Celebrations building in downtown Olney  :  and opened the various bids related to the Courthouse renovation project, but no action was taken in order to review all the bids and see what they involve  :  the Commission will have a special meeting next Wednesday afternoon, May 27th, at 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last night – the Board  :  heard no public comments  :  discussed the Musgrove house and possible uses of the structure in Musgrove Park  :  then agreed to continue with the current recommendation to remove the house from the Park  :  talked about the Adopt-a-Bed program for the city parks, which would allow clubs, businesses, or individuals to adopt a flower bed in one of the parks and help maintain it thru the year – agreed to move forward to develop parameters for the program  :  approved a recommendation to erect two pieces of play equipment that was paid for by an anonymous donor near the baseball fields in Musgrove Park  :  agreed to recommend the naming of the trails north of East Fork Lake dam, the “East Fork Trails”  :  concerning the City of Olney’s Comprehensive Plan, approved an evaluation check list for future projects  :  and agreed on saving space in Musgrove Park for an indoor athletic facility, when and if funds become available  :  all recommendations from last night’s Parks & Recreation Board now go to the Olney City Council for its consideration.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 14,999 wild turkeys during the past 2015 Spring Turkey Season, including the youth seasons, which is 1,485 birds more than a year ago – there were 1,251 turkeys harvested in the ten area counties, which is 46 more birds than were taken a year ago in the spring of 2014 – Wayne County had the highest area total of 271 birds, followed by Clay County at 165, Crawford County at 135, Jasper County at 128, Richland County at 116, Lawrence County at 110, both Edwards & Effingham Counties at 109, Cumberland County at 59, and Wabash County at 49 – seven counties had more turkeys taken compared to last year, including Crawford, Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Effingham, Cumberland, and Wabash – the other three counties had lower harvest numbers than 2014, including Wayne, Clay, and Edwards – the 2015 Spring seasons ran from April 6th thru May 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  People have until tomorrow to register for a chance to win a weather alert radio thru the “Weather Alert Radios Save Lives” contest, sponsored by IEMA and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association – participants can go online, read a narrative about weather alert radios, take a five-question quiz, and then register for a chance to win one of 100 radios to be awarded – it’s available on the Ready Illinois website, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov, or on the Association’s website, at www.iesma.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton is announcing that the Otto Container Company will be in Newton tomorrow to replace any damaged garbage containers if they are emptied and on the street – therefore, if a City of Newton resident has a damaged container, they should leave it out by the street all day tomorrow, on Friday, May 22nd, after the trash collection – Otto Container workers will then notice it and replace it as needed – if any questions, call or stop by the Newton City Hall during regular operating hours.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin next Tuesday, May 26th – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library today


    The Country Clovers 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – they’ll have pork burgers, brats, and root beer floats – good food for a great cause


    The Sons of the American Legion will host a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Ste. Marie – with serving from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, brats, plus water or soda to drink – all proceeds to benefit SAL projects and events in the local area around Ste. Marie


    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a fundraising pork burger & brats sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, serving from 3:00 to 6:00  :  the Mission Team is also selling tickets for its Grocery Store Dash – the lucky winner wins all the groceries, excluding meat & deli items, that can be picked off the shelves & put in 2 shopping carts in 90 seconds at the Olney IGA – tickets at TrustBank or call 618-310-8526


    The East Richland Middle School 8th Grade Promotion is tonight, to be held in the Sliva Auditorium at East Richland High School in Olney – all are invited to attend


    There are two area school board meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets in Newton at 6:30  :  the East Richland School Board meets in Olney at 6:00  :  both meetings are open to the public


    The Olney City Council has a special meeting this afternoon at 1:00 at the Olney City Hall – most of the meeting will be in closed session to conduct interviews for the City Manager’s position


    The Olney Center Shrine Club has those popular Vidalia Onions on sale now at Rural King in Olney, while supplies last – a 10 pound bag for $10 – proceeds to support Shriner projects and activities

 

 

 

May 20, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level weather disturbance will roll across the Midwest by late tonight, giving us plenty of clouds today and the chance of some widespread rain, however rainfall amounts are expected at less than a half inch, if that much – then we’re dry again with sunshine tomorrow thru Saturday with a slight warm up – another shot of rain will move in for Sunday and continue into the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A signature from Governor Bruce Rauner is the last step needed for a new law to put into effect that would allow terminally ill patients to try experimental treatments – the “Right to Try” bill passed the State Senate yesterday after approved in the State House last month – the proposal gives patients with a terminal illness the ability to use treatments not approved by the Federal Drug Administration and others.

 

(OLNEY)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan is applauding the State Senate’s Public Health Committee for passing her proposal to allow nursing home residents & their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to help ensure their safety and well-being – now to the State Senate for consideration, if approved, Illinois would become only the fourth state to allow such devices in nursing home facilities.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Supreme Court is once again being held responsible to decide the result of a lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris – plaintiffs were awarded over $10 billion back in 2003 claiming the company use fraudulent terms to describe its cigarettes – the verdict was reversed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2005, only to be reinstated by an Appellate Court last year – Philip Morris has now filed an appeal.

 

(OLNEY)  The enforcement numbers are out from the Illinois State Police for the month of April – District 12 State Troopers answered 206 calls for service during the 30 days and they initiated 1,503 incidents in the ten counties of  Richland, Jasper, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Clay, Marion, and Lawrence – there were 772 written warnings issued, including 224 for speeding – among the 738 citations issued, there were 339 for speeding, 149 for seat belt violations, 14 DUI’s, and 27 criminal arrests – Troopers assisted 227 motorists, conducted 514 vehicle inspections, and investigated 68 traffic wrecks, one of which involved a fatality – during April, 467 citations and 316 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, the most associated with traffic fatalities : distracted driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, speeding, and DUI.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved the pre-paid bill list worth $643,720 – also approved the bills and accounts payable worth $108,830  :  approved the $97,623 payment to Bid D Electric for the Circuit “A” upgrade work within the City of Newton  :  approved the $77,416 bill from Connor & Connor Engineers for work on the City’s new Electric Building  :  agreed to accept the TIF application request from Crooked Creek Antler Art and Perfect Paws & Claws with reimbursements in the amount of  $2,500  :  approved the municipal service contract extension agreement with Republic Services for a five year period for residential and commercial sanitary hauling services within the City of Newton  :  agreed to send three City Police Officers to training at a cost of at least $400 per officer  :  noted that the Newton Aquatic Center will open for the summer this coming Saturday, May 23rd  :  said a big “thank you” to everyone within the City for their cooperation during this past weekend’s city-wide cleanup  :  said a huge “thank you” to Evelyn Dhom for her almost 40 years of service with the city as City Clerk, City Treasurer, and Electric Consultant  :  and took no other action after an 18-minute closed session to discuss litigation and potential litigation  :  the next meeting of the Newton City Council will be June 2nd at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Signups for the 2015 City of Olney summer recreation program are still being accepted at the Olney City Hall – that’s during regular office hours, from 8:00 to 4:00 each weekday, Monday thru Friday – while registrations are accepted for both sessions, the registration forms along with other information, is available on the City’s website online, at www.ci.olney.il.us – the City’s summer recreation program offers several different levels of swimming classes along with parent/tot swimming – plus, punch cards and party information for the Musgrove Aquatic Center is available – the Musgrove Aquatic Center will open for the season on May 23rd, this coming Saturday – again, check the City’s website for more information & details.

 

(NEWTON)  While it’s over two weeks away, the Illinois Department of Transportation has tentatively scheduled a project to improve the railroad crossing on Illinois Route 130, that is Van Buren Street, in Newton, to take place the week of  June 8th thru the 12th, that’s a Monday thru Friday – in conjunction with Indiana Railroad, IDOT will manage the traffic control by closing Van Buren Street to all thru traffic at the railroad crossing with a detour to use surrounding streets – Indiana Railroad workers will perform the needed work & regular maintenance on the crossing – again, that’s set for June 8th thru 12th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  In upcoming meetings  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County meets this afternoon in the County Jail meeting room, starting at 4:00  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board meets this evening at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Olney City Council has a special meeting tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 at Olney City Hall, most of which will be in closed session  :  the East Richland School Board meets tomorrow night at 6:00 in Olney  :  the Jasper County School Board meets tomorrow night at 6:30 in Newton  :  all of these meetings are open to the public at their respective sites and locations.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College District will offer a special cooking class starting June 1st to be taught at the West Richland Center in Noble, the former High School in Noble – professional chef Nada Lunsford will help students enhance their cooking skills thru the Monday night classes, from 6:00 to 9:30, each Monday night, June 1st thru August 3rd – the final two classes, students will prepare a banquet meal to share with guests – to check on requirements, to register, or for more details, call OCC at 618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland Middle School 8th Grade Dance is tonight – the ERMS 8th Grade Promotion is tomorrow night – the final day for student attendance in the East Richland School District and the St. Joseph School is tomorrow – the East Richland School Board meets tomorrow night in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool in Olney is currently accepting enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year – open to all children, the registration fees will be applied to the tuition – the Trinity Preschool consists of a 3 year old class & a 4 year old class, plus a Mom’s Morning Out on weekday mornings – for more, call 392-4181


    The Country Clovers 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – they’ll have pork burgers, brats, and root beer floats – good food for a great cause


    The Sons of the American Legion will host a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Ste. Marie – with serving from 8:00 to 1:00, they’ll have breakfast burritos, pork burgers, brats, plus water or soda to drink – all proceeds to benefit SAL projects and events in the local area around Ste. Marie


    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a fundraising pork burger & brats sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, serving from 3:00 to 6:00  :  the Mission Team is also selling tickets for its Grocery Store Dash – the lucky winner wins all the groceries, excluding meat & deli items, that can be picked off the shelves & put in 2 shopping carts in 90 seconds at the Olney IGA – tickets at TrustBank or call 618-310-8526


    A Walmart Logistics “Job Fair” will be held at Olney Central College tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 with various opportunities – apply online at the Fair – that’s tonight at Olney Central College


    The Olney Center Shrine Club has those popular Vidalia Onions on sale now at Rural King in Olney, while supplies last – a 10 pound bag for $10 – proceeds to support Shriner projects and activities

 

 

 

May 19, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The cold front moved thru after some spotty showers last evening and the northwesterly wind flow will give us plenty of cool air in the Midwest today thru tonight – a Canadian high pressure will build into the Northern Plains, giving us at least one day of sun before a quick-moving upper level disturbance brings in more clouds tonight & rain chances tomorrow – then dry the rest of the week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois could soon be banned from investing any money into companies that boycott the country of Israel – the bill passed thru the State House yesterday after already making it thru the State Senate earlier – Governor Rauner says he looks forward to signing the bill into law as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  A fundraiser is being held tomorrow in the state capitol to help pay for repairs to the Illinois Executive Mansion – an estimated $8.1 million is needed for repairs to the 160 year old building – two former Governors who actually lived there, Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson, are expected to attend – while Governor Rauner has said he will stay at the facility, Illinois’ two former Governors have lived elsewhere.

 

(NEWTON)  People have until this Friday to register for a chance to win a weather alert radio thru the “Weather Alert Radios Save Lives” contest, sponsored by IEMA and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association – participants can go online, read a narrative about weather alert radios, take a five-question quiz, and then register for a chance to win one of 100 radios to be awarded – it’s available on the Ready Illinois website, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov, or on the Association’s website, at www.iesma.org.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Farm Bureau county-wide rainfall report from the nine townships within Richland County, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at just under an inch and a half of rain, at 1.49 inches, with the recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – German Township had the largest amount of rain over the past week at 2.60 inches, with Madison Township next at 2.25 inches – then Decker Township at 2.20 inches and Olney Township at 2.15 inches – the county’s lowest total from last week was three tenths of an inch (0.30) in Denver Township – Bonpas Township had six tenths of an inch (0.60), Claremont Township had nearly an inch (0.95), and both Noble & Preston Townships had just over an inch (1.20) – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney our seven day rainfall total for the same period was at two and a quarter inches (2.25) – the current spring-to-date precip average for Richland County is at 9.90 inches, that compares to an average of just over 11 inches (11.26) a year ago at this time – Richland County has had an inch and a third (1.36) less rainfall this spring so far, compared to a year ago numbers for the same time period in the spring of 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, warm temperatures continued throughout the state last week, giving emerging crops the opportunity to advance – last week’s average statewide temperature was 63.2 degrees, nearly 1 (0.6) degree above normal – the average precipitation around the state last week came in at 1.41 inches, nearly four tenths of an inch (0.38) above normal – as of Sunday, Illinois’ corn planting reached 94% complete, with soybean planting at 47% finished  :  farmers in our ten county area report 92% of the local corn and 45% of the local beans have been planted, with some replanting expected due to recent rains – the local winter wheat crop remains mostly in fair to good condition – as farmers start to return to some fields, everyone out there is encouraged to remember “safety first” as the work rolls on.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a few notes from the City of Olney  :  the Water Department will tomorrow be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the current free chlorine to the normal chloramine – it’s all part of the City’s bi-annual water maintenance & hydrant flushing program – everything should be back to normal later this week  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will have its next meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  and the Olney City Council has a special meeting set for Thursday afternoon at 1:00, most all of which will be held in closed session, to conduct interviews for the position of City Manager – that’s also at the Olney City Hall  :  in one note from outside the City of Olney – the Public Building Commission of Richland County has its next meeting tomorrow afternoon in the County Jail meeting room, starting at 4:00 – the meetings are all open to the public and their respective locations.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton needs a new mission statement, therefore a contest is underway, looking for the perfect mission statement for Newton – the resident that submits the best entry will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by May 31st by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience, and once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of Newton’s website, on the City Council’s conference room wall, & wherever else appropriate.

 

(OLNEY)  An Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad was called in to nearby White County yesterday after a suspicious package was discovered near the VFW Post down in Carmi – authorities say the package was eventually destroyed, describing it as “non-threatening” in nature – the package was spotted near a dumpster and reported to local police in the 8:00 hour on Monday morning – the Illinois State Police detectives, along with the White County Sheriff’s Department and Carmi City Police are investigating.

 

(NEWTON)  Those involved in the 2013 armed robbery of the People’s Bank & Trust in Altamont have been sentenced to prison – 28 year old Annalise McGhee of St. Louis received a 70-month prison term, to be followed by three years of probation and must make restitution of  $5,684 to the bank – co-defendant Altonio Graves, age 35, also of St. Louis, pled guilty to charges earlier and was sentenced to 10 years in prison – no one was injured in the February 2013 armed robbery when the two were caught by police.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will again be offering another Concealed Carry Course in this week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that will be this Thursday night and Friday night, May 21st and 22nd, from 6:00 to 10:00, and Saturday, May 23rd, from 8:00 to 4:30 – pre-registration is required with payment in advance – $167 for in-District students or $90 for enrollees over the age of 60 – the 16-hour course covers all aspects of Illinois’ Concealed Carry law – for more details or to signup, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  or Frontier Community College at  877-464-3687.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder from the schools in Jasper County – the Jasper County Junior High 8th Grade Promotion is tonight at 7:00 in the NCHS Gym – the last day of school attendance for students in Jasper County is a week from tomorrow – the Jasper County School Board meets this Thursday night in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland Middle School 8th Grade Dance is tomorrow night – the ERMS 8th Grade Promotion is Thursday night – the final day for student attendance in the East Richland School District and the St. Joseph School is Thursday – the East Richland School Board meets Thursday night in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool in Olney is currently accepting enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year – open to all children, the registration fees will be applied to the tuition – the Trinity Preschool consists of a 3 year old class & a 4 year old class, plus a Mom’s Morning Out on weekday mornings – for more, call 392-4181


    The Country Clovers 4-H Club has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – they’ll have pork burgers, brats, and root beer floats – good food for a great cause


    A Walmart Logistics “Job Fair” will be held at Olney Central College this Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 with various opportunities – apply online at the Fair – that’s tomorrow night at Olney Central College


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the guest speaker will be Paul Switzer, professor of biology at EIU, talking about native prairie habitat, attracting & gardening for butterflies, and much more – all are invited


    The Olney Center Shrine Club has those popular Vidalia Onions on sale now at Rural King in Olney, while supplies last – a 10 pound bag for $10 – proceeds to support Shriner projects and activities

 

 

 

May 18, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With a cold front approaching from the west, the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue thru today, but end tonight – then we’re back to dry conditions with a little cooler air in place for this work week – maybe some more spotty rain Wednesday thru Wednesday night, then possibly a dry period Thursday thru Sunday – average weekend rainfall was from 1 to 3 inches – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner went back to college this weekend, delivering graduation addresses at a few educational institutions – the Governor was at the ceremonies at Southern Illinois University down in Carbondale on Saturday, where there were some protests against his appearance – the Governor also gave the keynote address last Friday night without incident at nearby Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The numbers are up for turkeys taken in the spring hunting season in Illinois – exactly 15,000 turkeys were harvested this past season around the state – DNR officials say that’s nearly 1,500 more birds than were harvested a year ago in 2014 – we’ll take a look at the local and area turkey numbers tomorrow.

 

(NEWTON)  With the Memorial Day holiday weekend fast approaching, this week is being observed as National Safe Boating Week – the Illinois Conservation Police are reminding all boat operators and their passengers to wear life jackets and stay sober while on the water this coming weekend and throughout the 2015 boating season – for tips on staying safe on the water, check the DNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of an Olney man – the State Police report the accident occurred at 2:13 Saturday morning on U.S. Route 50 at the intersection of Wakefield Road, about a mile west of Noble – 19 year old Brandon Blackford was driving an ATV east on Route 50 when he was struck by a westbound car, driven by Gerald Foster of Olney, who was apparently attempting to turn left onto the county road – Blackford was transported to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, then transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, where he later passed away due to injuries – Foster was ticketed for DUI / alcohol and for improper lane usage – the State Police were assisted at the accident scene by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Noble-Wakefield Fire Department.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle wreck that occurred last Thursday afternoon at 4:07 along Route 33, just west of Newton, in Jasper County – the Illinois State Police report 57 year old Gregory Rubsam of Newton was eastbound when his pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck head-on a westbound motorcycle, driven by 40 year old David Dorn of Newton – Rubsam was transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham while Dorn was airlifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Rubsam was ticketed for improper lane usage – the State Police were assisted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

 

(OLNEY)  Another Richland County traffic accident is under investigation – it occurred at 11:38 Friday night along Illinois Route 130 at Wayne Street in Olney – the State Police report 27 year old Jesus Cavazos of San Juan, Texas was in the Route 130 turn-lane, attempting to back on Wayne Street, when a car driven by Sandra Jiles of Olney drove into the semi-truck trailer – Jiles was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and ticketed for DUI / alcohol – Cavazos was not injured and ticketed for unlawful possession of alcohol in a commercial vehicle, for improper lane usage & backing, and for false entries in travel logbook.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a personal injury accident in Crawford County, near Oblong, that involved a Richland County woman at 4:33 this past Saturday afternoon – the State Police report 37 year old Carrie Murray of Olney was operating an ATV in a private drive when she was thrown from the ATV and injured – Murray was ticketed for DUI and was transported to Richland Memorial Hospital.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department has received a Vector Surveillance Grant for 2015 – again this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health is requesting local health departments submit at least three “eligible” birds for testing as dead birds are an important indicator for early West Nile Virus activity – this includes all perching birds, such as the crow, blue jay, starling, sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals, swallows, wrens, and others – birds should be believed dead less than 48 hours with no signs of decomposing – remember, never directly touch the bird by using a plastic bag, and give the local Health Department a call as soon as possible at  618-783-5206 – also call if any additional questions.

 

(OLNEY)   The blood drive scheduled for the West Richland Center in Noble has been cancelled and we were not notified by the American Red Cross - to get blood giving information, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder from the schools in Jasper County - the Jasper County Junior High 8th Grade Promotion is tomorrow night at 7:00 in the NCHS Gym – the last day of school attendance for students in Jasper County is a week from this Wednesday, May 27th – by the way, congratulations to the Class of 2015 on their graduation this past Saturday night – the Jasper County School Board meets this Thursday night.

 

(OLNEY)  In Richland County – the East Richland Middle School 8th Grade Dance is this Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 at The Holiday in Olney – the ERMS 8th Grade Promotion is Thursday night at 7:00 in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium – the final day for student attendance in the East Richland School District is this Thursday, May 21st – by the way, congratulations to the ERHS Class of 2015 on their graduation yesterday afternoon – the East Richland School Board will meet this coming Thursday night.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool in Olney is currently accepting enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year – open to all children, the registration fees will be applied to the tuition – the Trinity Preschool consists of a 3 year old class & a 4 year old class, plus a Mom’s Morning Out on weekday mornings – for more, call 392-4181


    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a fundraising pork burger & brats sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, serving from 3:00 to 6:00  :  the Mission Team is also selling tickets for its Grocery Store Dash – the lucky winner wins all the groceries, excluding meat & deli items, that can be picked off the shelves & put in 2 shopping carts in 90 seconds at the Olney IGA – tickets at TrustBank or call 618-310-8526


    A Walmart Logistics “Job Fair” will be held at Olney Central College this Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 with various opportunities – apply online at the Fair – that’s this Wednesday night at OCC


    The Olney City Council will have a special meeting this Thursday afternoon at 1:00, most of which will be in closed session, to conduct interviews for the position of City Manager – that’s at the Olney City Hall


    The Olney Center Shrine Club has those popular Vidalia Onions on sale now at Rural King in Olney, while supplies last – a 10 pound bag for $10 – proceeds to support Shriner projects and activities

 

 

 

May 16, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  Warm and humid weather will prevail this weekend over much of the Midwest with periods of showers & thunderstorms also expected – the rain will be fairly scattered today thru tonight with a better chance of storms, some possibly severe, tomorrow thru Sunday night – after the rain ends Monday morning, we’ll dry for most all of next week, plus some cooler air returns to the region as well – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  More than $321,000 in state funds were spent last year by the Department on Aging on services for people who were already dead – the State Auditor’s office found money was spent thru the Community Care Program, which provides in-home and community-based services for elders who do not live in nursing homes – in addition, the audit found $38,000 spent on services for people who were in jail and/or prison – some lawmakers around the state are calling for a complete investigation into the waste of taxpayer money.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be out late tomorrow night conducting it bi-annual hydrant flushing program – starting at 9:00 Sunday night and continuing overnight into Monday morning, water customers may experience low pressure & some discoloration during the flushing in certain areas of town, but things should be back to normal by midweek, if not sooner – everyone’s patience is appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City-Wide Clean Up continues with today from now to 3:00 – collection dumpsters are located in the alley behind City Hall (enter off of Jourdan Street & exit onto Morgan Street) and at Dufrain Park – tires and batteries will be accepted today only and electronic items will be accepted at the City Hall site this morning only, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – remember, no hazardous material will be accepted – plus the City’s Brush Dump will also be open for yard waste from city residents only.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  next Monday afternoon in Noble, from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  for details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s a busy time in the schools in Jasper County – the Newton Community High School graduation set for tonight in the NCHS Gym at 7:00 – the St. Thomas Catholic School in Newton has its 8th Grade Promotion tomorrow morning at 11:00 in Newton – the Jasper County Junior High 8th Grade Promotion is next Tuesday night at 7:00 in the NCHS Gym – the last day of school attendance for students in Jasper County is Wednesday, May 27th –  the Jasper County School Board meets next Thursday night.

 

(OLNEY)  In Richland County – the East Richland High School graduation is tomorrow afternoon in the Sliva Auditorium beginning at 3:00 – the East Richland Middle School 8th Grade Dance is next Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 at The Holiday in Olney – the ERMS 8th Grade Promotion is next Thursday night at 7:00 in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium – the final day for student attendance in the East Richland School District is next Thursday, May 21st – the East Richland School Board will meet next Thursday night.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Senior Citizens Center on East Main Street in downtown Olney has a fundraising “fried chicken dinner” tomorrow with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – it’s $8 per adult, $4 for those under 12, to eat in or carry out – all proceeds to benefit the senior citizens programs in Richland County