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Local News

July 13, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the warm front hugging the Illinois-Indiana state line continues to move slowly to the east, an approaching cold front is heading in our direction from the west-northwest – squeezed in the middle, we’ll have a Monday full of heat and high humidity with thunderstorms and heavy rainfall possible later in the day thru tonight – then we should be dry and hot for the rest of the week – the National Weather Service has also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 3:00 today for the counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, and 15 others to the north – stay tuned here and to your NOAA alert radios for weather updates. stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a Flash Flood Watch in effect from now until 1:00 early Tuesday morning for eastern sections of Illinois, including the area counties of Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Effingham, Clay, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, and others to the north – several rounds of storms are expected this afternoon into tonight with the potential of another 1 to 3 inches of rain possible, maybe more in isolated areas –

 

(OLNEY)  The state budget debate remains on hold today in Springfield as the temporary $2.3 billion budget plan approved in the State House of Representatives last week waits on consideration by the State Senate which returns to the State Capitol tomorrow – it’s still not clear what the Governor will do if the Senate approves the stopgap measure which will only keep the Illinois government rolling thru July 31st.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner signed several bills into law over the weekend, one of which will waive the Illinois license plate fees for combat Veterans returning from active duty – taking effect January 1st, 2017, sponsors of the bill say it will help make the transition to civilian life a little bit easier – the law requires Veterans to provide documentation to the Secretary of State proving they received “hostile fire” pay or “imminent danger” pay in the 12 months prior to their application for new license plates.

 

(OLNEY)  A State Appeals Court has upheld Illinois’ rules for the high-volume oil & gas drilling technique known as “fracking”, therefore siding with a Madison County judge who last November turned down the legal challenge from seven landowners and the environmental group known as Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment – the 5th District Appellate Court issued the opinion last Friday, saying the DNR’s rules on hydraulic fracturing are okay – while opponents say the method can cause air and water pollution, supporters say the oilfield has been “fracking” for years with plenty of safety measures in place.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due this Wednesday, July 15th – first installments paid after the 15th are considered delinquent and will be subject to penalty – the mobile home privilege tax is due in one installment on July 31st, two weeks from this Friday – payments can be made in person at the County Treasurer’s temporary office at the former Celebrations store, at 224 East Main Street, in Olney – the office is open Monday thru Friday, each day from 8:00 to 4:00 – the payments can also be mailed or put in the drop box on the south side of the County Courthouse – the final installment is due September 15th – if any questions, contact the Treasurer’s Office.

 

(NEWTON)  Several customers of Frontier Communications have had a tough weekend due to a major internet outage, although everything has been repaired and is now back to normal – Frontier officials said in a released statement that a railroad crew cut one of the company’s fiber optic cables Friday night in the Du Quoin area and due to the location of the cut, the repair effort was delayed longer than normal – most of the areas affected were to our south and southwest – customers still with issues can call toll-free  800-239-4430.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a deadly traffic crash that occurred Saturday afternoon in Marion County – the State Police say the two vehicle wreak was at just after 4:00 on U.S. Route 50 just east of Odin – 36 year old Craig Williams of Odin was pronounced dead at the scene after his westbound SUV crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound semi-truck head-on – two passengers were airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis – the semi-truck driver, 43 year old Jan Slooth of Florida was not injured, nor ticketed.

 

(NEWTON)  With our hottest weather so far this year expected this week, local health officials and those with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are offering heat safety tips to help people play it safe when temperatures rise and the humidity levels are extremely high – from drinking plenty of water to avoiding strenuous outdoor activities during the peak of the day, from knowing the signs of heat stroke to keeping an extra eye on children while outdoors, tips are available online, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Local and area farmers are reminded that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is continuing for a few more weeks – the nomination forms must be postmarked or received in local USDA Service Centers by the close of business on Monday, August 3rd, three weeks from today – for more information or details, farmers can call or stop by their local county FSA offices.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau will be making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky later this year, September 15th thru 17th, with various stops to be made, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the American Printing House for the Blind, Kentucky’s Distiller & Derby Dinner Playhouse, and more – the cost is $400 for Single per person, $380 for Double per person, and $10 extra for non-members – the cost includes Bales bus transportation, all events, hotel stay, and all meals with exception of two – reservations must be made by this Wednesday, July 15th, with payment due August 1st – for more, call the Jasper County Farm Bureau at  618-783-2733.

 

(OLNEY)  With two big events finishing up this past Saturday, officials want to say a huge “thank you” to everyone for their support – while the Richland County Farm & Fair Association thanks the public for its support of last week’s Richland County Fair, the Osmon Foxhunters Association thanks everyone for their support of last week’s Osmon Fox Hunt in the Berryville area – despite the weather at times, both events in Richland County were considered a success – thanks to all for their support, volunteer help, and attendance.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – there’s various prizes to be won and you do not need to be present that day to win – stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup, or the Citizen’s National Bank in Olney


    The St. Joseph Stringtown annual Parish Picnic is this Sunday with the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord in the air-conditioned Parish Center with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 and carry-outs available – plus games, live entertainment, bingo, basket stand, & more thru the day – two cash drawings at 6:00 – all are invited


    The County Line Sodbusters have their annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with the equipment auction at 2:00 – various requirements apply – plenty of concessions – to consign items or for details, call Ed at  618-662-4238


    The Olney Arts Council will present “Hello Dolly” with two performances this weekend at Olney Central College – both shows start at 7:30 this Friday night & Saturday night – tickets will be on sale at the door


    The East Orchard Christian Academy registration day is this Wednesday (July 15th) from 10:00 to 6:00 – the EOCA will also host a Usborne Bookfair at the same time, all at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – for more information or details, call the Academy’s Office, at  618-392-0300


    The Clay City School District has announced that its registration packets are available for pickup today, tomorrow, or on the final day, this Wednesday, in the District Office – that’s each day from 8:30 to 2:30


    The Olney Public Library invites area youngsters to the one-man musical comedy act presented by Babaloo tomorrow morning at 10:00 – a fast-paced program full of music & laughter  :  also, Olney native & professional cartoonist Gene Myers will be at the OPL this Thursday afternoon at 2:00  :  all are invited


    The RMH Auxiliary has a Longaberger Basket fundraiser at Richland Memorial Hospital – today from 8:00 to 4:00 and tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:30 – proceeds go towards RMH Auxiliary projects


    There are two municipal meetings tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Noble Village Board meets at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings are open to the public

 

 

 

July 11, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the warm frontal boundary to our south slowly moves northward, we’ll continue to have isolated showers & thunderstorms today with a better chance of getting wet later this evening – then the same setup for tomorrow with rain chances increasing thru tomorrow night – plus higher humidity filters in as well – it appears the same cycle continues for most all of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois officials say they have begun processing paychecks for state workers even though there’s no new state budget in place – the State Comptroller’s office started writing checks yesterday with delivery expected next Wednesday to at least 6,800 workers – no word on the paychecks for the remaining 57,660 state workers paid from the Comptroller’s office – while the State House approved a temporary $2.3 billion budget Thursday, the State Senate won’t consider it until Tuesday of next week.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due next Wednesday, July 15th – first installments paid after the 15th are considered delinquent and will be subject to penalty – the mobile home privilege tax is due in one installment on July 31st, three weeks from yesterday – payments can be made in person at the County Treasurer’s temporary office at the former Celebrations store, at 224 East Main Street, in Olney – the office is open Monday thru Friday, each day from 8:00 to 4:00 – the payments can also be mailed or put in the drop box on the south side of the County Courthouse – the final installment is due September 15th – if any questions, contact the Treasurer’s Office.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – the Fair’s finale is tonight with the popular Demolition Derby at 7:00 – the carnival rides will also still be available tonight, plus all the great fair food and concessions – a big “thank you” goes out to those who donated items to the Farm Bureau’s Harvest for All “Fill-A-Ford Donation” Food Drive – also to all those who supported the various 4-H events & projects this past week – congratulations to new Miss Richland County Fair Queen Carlea Pierce, as the 19 year old from Olney will represent Richland County over the next several months – also thanks to Miss Illinois County Fair Queen (former Richland County Fair Queen) Sadie Gassmann who’ll continue to represent all of Illinois at various county fairs, state events, and the upcoming two State Fairs in both Springfield and Du Quoin – and thanks to those that serve on the Richland County Farm & Fair Association for their hard work and dedication is making the Richland County Fair one of the best Fairs in all of Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The annual Osmon Fox Hunt continues in the Berryville area with the third and final Field Trial this morning until 10:00, followed by the awards & trophies presentation at around 12 noon today – with hunters & hounds from at least ten different states & Canada taking part, a huge “thank you” to all of this year’s volunteers in making the over 100 year old event another success is southeastern Richland County.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The RMH Auxiliary has a Longaberger Basket fundraiser next Monday & Tuesday at Richland Memorial Hospital – Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 – Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 – proceeds to RMH projects


    Both the Heritage House, at the corner of Kitchell Avenue & Elm Street, and the Carnegie Museum, along East Main Street in Olney, are open tomorrow for touring – that’s from 1:30 to 4:00 – all are invited


    The annual Plainfield Church Car Show is tomorrow, just east of Rose Hill, off of Route 130 – starting with an outdoor church service at 10:00 in the morning, the registration of motorcycles, tractors, trucks, cars, & more is from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 2:00 – also a cake walk, special music, games, prizes,  & food including ice cream & watermelon – all proceeds go to the church’s building fund


    The annual “Pork Days USA” celebration continues today in Albion – the Parade at 10:00 this morning, live music all day & night, a Barbeque Cook-Off, various games, hourly raffle drawings, crafts, carnival rides, food, & more – tomorrow includes a Christian Music Festival from 10:00 to 6:00, plus a Community Church Service at 12 noon – for more information, logon at www.porkdaysUSA.com


    The Bluegrass Reunion & Jam Session continues this evening thru tomorrow over in Charley Brown Park, just west of Flora – musicians from all over taking part – visitors should bring their lawn chairs


    The Village of Cisne will have its Fireworks Display tonight at around 9:00, following live country music from 7:00 to 9:00 – concessions available – folks should bring their lawn chairs

 

 

 

July 10, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With the stationary frontal boundary still to our south, an area of low pressure is bringing us some showers this morning with under an inch of additional rain expected – then mostly dry for the rest of today thru tonight – then as the boundary moves back north as a warm front tomorrow, we’ll see an increase in humidity as we warm up tomorrow thru Sunday – other than a quick chance of rain & storms on Monday, next week appears to be mostly dry with seasonable warmth – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The temporary state budget that would continue government operations thru the rest of July was approved in the State House of Representatives yesterday on a 71 to 19 vote – however, the plan must now return to the State Senate for approval due to a changed pay provision and the Senate’s not back in the State Capitol until next Tuesday – at last check, Governor Rauner opposes the $2.3 billion stopgap budget which is padded with guaranteed state employee paychecks and the new provision for emergency expenses.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, a St. Clair County judge has ordered the Illinois Comptroller to fully pay state workers despite the General Assembly’s failure to adopt a new state budget – the new ruling yesterday counters a Cook County judge’s decision to allow pay only to certain state workers covered under federal laws – Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’ll appeal because a spending plan must be in place first.

 

(NEWTON)  An advocacy group for college athletes wants the University of Illinois to fire current Athletic Director Mike Thomas, Football Coach Tim Beckman, Women’s Basketball Coach Matt Bollant, & others who have been the target of complaints – while seven former women’s basketball players have sued the university alleging racist behavior, three football players and one women’s soccer player have all sued due to their description of abusive treatment – the university is currently investigating the alleged claims.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for June at $69,780  :  noted a $12,000 state grant received to pay for most of the cost to replace Richland County’s voter registration computers  :  noted that the Wynoose Bridge replacement project is on hold due to contracts not being signed, plus by flooding & weather issues as well  :  noted that fewer miles of county roads may be oiled & chipped this year due to the state budget situation  :  agreed to seek bids for electrical work on a donated building to Animal Control to serve as an office  :  noted that the newly installed Next Generation 9-1-1 emergency system is operating  :  heard details about a new Fireworks License ordinance approved in neighboring Effingham County  :  approved the Prevailing Wage resolution, noting it could be amended in the future pending any necessary state legislation  :  approved the re-appointments of  Ed Jones to the Olney/Noble Airport Authority Board & Eric May to the West Liberty/Dundas Water District Board  :  noted that the Public Building Commission will meet next Wednesday afternoon to consider a contract for the Courthouse renovation project  :  and took no action after 38-minute closed session to discuss personnel and negotiations  :  the Richland County Board has its next regular monthly meeting on August 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved a contract to be agreed upon by those wanting to use county property – proof of insurance with at least $1 million liability coverage is now required  :  agreed to replace the Ambulance Department roof with the $9,450 bid – also noted the county’s new ambulance will be in service within the next week or two  :  on an 11 to 1 vote, approved the $3,220 bridge aid petition for Smallwood Township  :  noted that the rural road signs have been ordered & that the county’s Pavement Preservation Program is now in place  :  noted the Sheriff’s Department’s new computer server has been purchased with discussion about buying a new squad car  :  also reviewed other reports, including Animal Control, Health Department, County Clerk, and others  :  & recognized Greg Sidwell & John Phillips for participating in Jasper County emergency services for 20 & 25 years respectively  :  the Jasper County Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on August 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  A Stewardson, Illinois business has recalled 100 pounds of uninspected smoked pork products sold thru a retail establishment up in Arthur, Illinois – the products from T & L Locker were all sold up in Douglas & Moultrie Counties between June 6th and this past Tuesday, July 7th, with the label “Processed For Shady Crest Farm Market” – the recalled products include packages of bacon, ham steaks, & jowl – consumers with questions or who may have bought these products can call T & L Locker at 217-682-5724.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning, claiming the lives of two Lawrence County men – the Illinois State Police reports the wreck took place at around 6:14 Wednesday morning along Illinois Route 250, one mile east of Bridgeport – authorities say the car was traveling westbound when it ran off the road, traveled back on the road, crossed both lanes, then back off the road, hitting a culvert, becoming airborne, and coming to rest on its top, submerged in a creek – pronounced dead at the scene were the driver, 23 year old Drew Goins of St. Francisville, and a passenger, 23 year old Joshua McCullough of Lawrenceville – Lawrence County emergency personnel assisted on site.

 

(OLNEY)  Two deaths have been reported in two separate accidents involving ATV’s  :  25 year old Aaron Elliot of Grayville died due to injuries sustained in an accident that occurred yesterday morning at around 11:30 on a rural White County road  :  meanwhile, 12 year old Isabella Erickson of rural Oswego died over the weekend due to injuries from an ATV accident that occurred near Nokomis, in Montgomery County  :  authorities continue to urge all ATV riders to observe all safety measures & use common sense while riding.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – the 4-H Tractor Driving contest is this morning with the White Tent featuring the Susie Bishop Story Hour from 1:00 to 4:00 this afternoon – then tonight’s Truck Pulls at 7:00 – the Fair’s finale tomorrow night is the popular Demolition Derby – all fairgoers are urged to bring cans of food to the Fair to support the Farm Bureau’s  Harvest for All “Fill-A-Ford Donation” Food Drive – grandstand tickets are on sale each day from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Fair Board Office and the carnival rides continue tonight & tomorrow night, plus all the special concessions and fair food – that’s the Richland County Fair, wrapping up today thru tomorrow night, in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  The annual Osmon Fox Hunt continues in the Berryville area with the second of three Field Trials this morning until 10:00, followed by tonight’s evening meal at 5:30 and the popular Friday Night Auction at around 6:00 – the hunters & hounds from at least ten different states & Canada will then have their final Field Trial tomorrow morning at 3:30, preceded by breakfast at 3:00 – then the awards and trophies will be presented at 12 noon tomorrow – all the meals & activities are at the Berryville Community Building and the public’s invited – sponsored by the Osmon Foxhunters Association, the over 100 year old event continues today thru tomorrow afternoon in southeastern Richland County, around Berryville area.

 

(NEWTON)  Today’s the final day to help out as the Jasper County 2015 Mission Work Week continues to help the elderly, low income, or handicapped residents in Jasper County with home repair projects – while volunteers are needed to help complete the work, monetary donations are also welcome to help offset material cost – volunteers can stop by at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton or call 783-3335.

 

(NEWTON)  The annual Plainfield Church Car Show is this Sunday, just east of Rose Hill, off of Route 130 – the registration of cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, & jeeps is from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 2:00 – also a cake walk, special music, games, prizes,  & food including ice cream & watermelon – it starts with an outdoor church service at 10:00 that morning – all proceeds go to the church’s building fund.

 

(OLNEY)  The annual “Pork Days USA” celebration is this weekend in Albion – the Little Mr. & Mrs. Pork Days Contests are tonight with a movie on the Courthouse Lawn – Saturday includes a 5K Run/Walk, the Parade at 10:00, live music thru the day & night, a Barbeque Cook-Off, various games, hourly raffle drawings, crafts, carnival rides, food, & more – Sunday includes a Christian Music Festival from 10:00 to 6:00, plus a Community Church Service at 12 noon – for more details, logon at www.porkdaysUSA.com.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” at the Olney VFW tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, nachos, taco salads, potatoes, & more – call ahead for carry-outs – all are invited


    All are donors are urged to get out & give blood today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types are very much in need – thanks to those who gave yesterday in Olney


    Due to the Richland County Fair, today’s Richland County Farmers Market will be set up in the north part of the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce & much more for the public today from 11:00 to 4:00


    Helia Healthcare, at 410 East Mack Avenue in Olney, invites everyone to its “Block Party” today from 11:00 to 1:00 – free lunch includes a hamburger or hot dog, chips, & drink, plus games & more for all

 

 

 

July 9, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With the stationary frontal boundary staying south of the Ohio River Valley today, our sky will be mostly dry, but cloudy & cooler than normal – as the boundary moves back north as a warm front our chances of rain & thunderstorms increase tonight & mostly thru the day tomorrow – with the rain chances ending Friday night, we’ll have a good taste of hot & humid weather this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Illinois State House committee endorsing a $2.3 billion temporary budget plan in Springfield on a 7 to 4 vote yesterday, House leaders say the stop-gap bill will be considered by the full House today – while Governor Bruce Rauner opposed a similar plan approved last week in the State Senate, he wouldn’t say whether he would veto or approve the this temporary plan from the State House – the bill is designed to keep state government operating for the rest of July until lawmakers can approve a new budget.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, State Representative John Cavaletto of Salem is sponsoring legislation to ensure paychecks go to state employees even without a new state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 in place – other downstate lawmakers support the plan, saying the services provided to state residents like human service workers who take care of our senior citizens & others need to be paid to keep services available to them.

 

(NEWTON)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday announced a joint state-federal $136 million settlement with Chase Bank USA & Bankcard Services to reform its unlawful credit card debt collection practices – the 46-state agreement follows a lengthy investigation dating back to 2011 – Chase also agreed to cease all collection efforts on more than 528,000 consumers, including an estimated 48,000 in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder from the Illinois State Fair – that those who wish to take part in the Fair’s Twilight Parade on the evening of Preview Day, August 13th, starting at 6:00, tomorrow is the deadline to submit an application – this year’s State Fair theme is “Growing Illinois” and parade applications & other details are on the Fair’s website at www.illinoisstatefair.info – the State Fair runs August 13th thru 23rd in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest this morning will be followed by the 4-H Livestock Auction today at 3:00 – the popular Antique Equipment Show is today from 10:00 to 7:00 and it’s Tractor Pulling tonight at 7:00 with the Ag Olympic finals at intermission – coming up tomorrow, the 4-H Tractor Driving contest is in the morning with the White Tent featuring the Susie Bishop Story Hour from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon – and the Friday night event at the grandstand is the Truck Pulls – the Fair’s finale Saturday night is the annual Demolition Derby – all fairgoers are urged to bring cans of food to the Fair to support the Farm Bureau’s  Harvest for All “Fill-A-Ford Donation” Food Drive – grandstand tickets are on sale each day from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Fair Board Office and the carnival rides are each night thru Saturday night, plus special Thursday afternoon rides today from 2:00 to 5:00 – that’s all at the Richland County Fair going on now in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  Help is still needed as the Jasper County 2015 Mission Work Week continues for two more days as the various projects are helping the elderly, low income, or handicapped residents in Jasper County with needed home repairs – volunteers are needed to help complete the work, plus monetary donations are also welcome to help offset material cost – whether it’s today or both days, volunteers gather each morning at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – call to see how to help at  783-3335  or  783-2534.

 

(OLNEY)  The annual Osmon Fox Hunt is underway in the Berryville area with the first of three Field Trials starting earlier this morning at 3:30 – after the hunters & hounds from at least ten different states & Canada report in at 10:00 this morning, an evening meal will be served tonight at 5:30 – then the second Field Trial tomorrow morning with breakfast starting at 3:00 – tomorrow night’s popular Friday Night Auction will begin at 6:00 – then the final Field Trial Saturday morning will be followed by the awards & trophies presentation Saturday at 12 noon – all the meals & activities will be at the Berryville Community Building and the public’s invited, especially for all the reasonably priced meals – sponsored by the Osmon Foxhunters Association, that’s today thru Saturday in southeastern Richland County, around Berryville.

 

(NEWTON)  With additional rainfall and too much water pooling in Jasper and surrounding counties, area folks are reminded to take those needed precautions against the West Nile Virus – Illinoisans are urged to practice the three “R’s”  :  Reduce, Repel, and Report  :  REDUCE exposure to mosquitoes by limiting time outdoors, especially in the early morning or late evening hours, plus by reducing any standing water where mosquito breeding occurs  :  REPEL when outdoors by covering all skin & using insect repellent containing DEET  :  and REPORT any dead birds that apparently have died for no real reason to the Jasper County Health Department  :  for more details, contact the Health Department Offices in Newton or check the State Department of Public Health’s website, available online, around the clock, at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is now due in less than a week with next Wednesday, July 15th, as the deadline – plus, the mobile home privilege tax is due in one installment with that deadline three weeks from tomorrow, July 31st – payments can be made in person at the County Treasurer’s temporary office at the former Celebrations store, at 224 East Main Street, in Olney – the office is open Monday thru Friday, each day from 8:00 to 4:00 – the payments can also be mailed or put in the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse after hours – the second and final installment is due September 15th – if any questions, contact the Treasurer’s Office.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that the FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or information on FSA programs – USDA officials note that from last December thru this past June, FSA issued more than 327,000 electronic receipts nationwide over the seven month period – the receipts include the date, summary of the visit, & any agricultural information, program, and/or loan assistance provided to an individual or entity – call the nearest USDA Service Center.

 

(OLNEY)  The annual “Pork Days USA” celebration is this weekend in Albion – the Little Mr. & Mrs. Pork Days Contests are tomorrow night with a movie on the Courthouse Lawn – Saturday includes a 5K Run/Walk, the Parade at 10:00, live music from afternoon to night, Barbeque Cook-Off, various games, hourly raffle drawings, crafts, carnival rides, food, & more – Sunday includes a Christian Music Festival from 10:00 to 6:00, plus a Community Service at 12 noon – for more, logon at www.porkdaysUSA.com.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” at the Olney VFW this Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, nachos, taco salads, potatoes, & more – call ahead for carry-outs – all are invited


    Helia Healthcare, at 410 East Mack Avenue in Olney, invites everyone to its “Block Party” tomorrow from 11:00 to 1:00 – free lunch includes a hamburger or hot dog, chips, & drink, plus games & more for all


    All are donors are urged to get out & give blood  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  today at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    There’s a couple of meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County Board has its monthly meeting tonight at the County Office Building in Newton at 7:30  :  the Richland County Board has its monthly meeting tonight in the County Jail meeting room at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee meets at an hour earlier at 6:00


    The ERBA Office in Newton will be distributing federal surplus commodities later today from 4:00 to 6:00, while supplies last – for those unable to pick up items today, any remaining commodities will be available tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – normal requirements apply – bring your own bags


    The Farmers Market in the Noble Village Park will be set up later this afternoon and evening – there will be fresh produce and more available for purchase – that’s from 3:00 to 6:00 today in the Noble Village Park


    The City of Newton & Grunloh Building Inc. invites Jasper County Chamber of Commerce members and guests to a “Business After Hours” this evening at the City’s new Electric Building at 400 North Van Buren Street – the 2 hour event begins with a ribbon cutting at 4:00 – drinks & hors d’oeuvres will be served

 

 

 

July 8, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that moved thru downstate Illinois yesterday now returns from the south as a warm front, an area of  low pressure will move along the frontal boundary from west to east, giving us an increased chance of rain & thunderstorms today & overnight thru early tomorrow morning – with a mostly dry Thursday, more rain tomorrow night into Friday – then dry & hot for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch now thru tomorrow morning for the entire southern third of Illinois – heavy rains are expected with showers & thunderstorms today thru tonight, producing from 1 to 2 inches, maybe more in some isolated spots – this will therefore add to the already flooded areas – motorists & others are reminded to stay off those roads & areas covered by water.

 

(OLNEY)  A Cook County Judge ruled yesterday that without a state budget in place, only some state workers can be paid under federal law – both Governor Bruce Rauner and AFSCME officials say they will appeal the ruling separately – there’s already a downstate lawsuit calling for non-budget pay – State House members return to Springfield today, however the State Senate does not return to the State Capitol until next Tuesday – the state budget stalemate continues as all sides of the debate are standing strong on their issues.

 

(NEWTON)  With the hottest days of summer yet to come, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering heat safety tips to help people play it safe when temperatures rise – from drinking plenty of water to avoiding strenuous outdoor activities during the peak of the day, from knowing the signs of heat stroke to keeping an extra eye on children while outdoors, tips are available online, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Smithsonian Exhibit on Water is coming to downstate Illinois within the next two years – exploring the importance of water to Americans, the exhibit shows how water serves as a vital symbol in art, literature, music, folklore, & religious life – the exhibit will visit Carbondale mid-December 2016 mid-January 2017, with other stops in Mahomet, Channahon, Franklin Grove, Valmeyer, and Lawrenceville.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the death of an Olney man in a single vehicle crash in Jasper County yesterday morning at around 7:30 – the Illinois State Police report 60 year old Norman Dvorak was southbound on the Ste. Marie Road, about 2 miles south of Ste. Marie, when his pickup truck ran off the road, struck a culvert, and flip end over end – pronounced dead at the scene, Dvorak was wearing his seat belt and had to be extricated from the vehicle – Jasper County emergency personnel assisted at the scene.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations go out to last night’s top finishers at the Richland County Fair’s Talent Contest  : in the Junior Division, for those age 14 and under, the winner was a Dance Group from Star Studio Dance & Tumbling in Olney, performing “Cotton Eye Joe”, as this group will advance to the Illinois State Fair Talent Contest next month – individual Taylor Meritt finished 2nd, while a Dance Group from the Illinois Gymnastics Club in Olney was 3rd among the six entries  :  in the Senior Division, for those age 15 to 21, the winner was Hunter Meritt, who’ll advance to the Illinois State Fair competition in August – 2nd place went to a Dance Group from the Illinois Gymnastics Club and 3rd place to Makayla Murphy among the seven entries  :  in the Open Division, for those age 22 and older, plus previous winners who’ve already been to state, the winner was a Dance Group from Star Studio Dance & Tumbling performing “Chorus Cats” – 2nd place went to another Star Studio Dance Group performing “Wonderland” and 3rd place went to Robyn Goss among the six entries  :  congratulations to all participants, the judges, and supporters.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, the Fair continues in the Olney City Park – while there’s more 4-H livestock judging today with the Dirt Track Drags scheduled for tonight’s grandstand event at 7:00 – the White Tent activities will feature the Farm Bureau’s Pedal Tractor Pull at 2:00 with sign up at 1:00, followed by the Ag Olympics until 6:00 – plus don’t forget all fairgoers are encouraged to bring non-perishable cans of food to the Fair each day to support the Farm Bureau’s  Harvest for All “Fill-A-Ford Donation” Food Drive – tomorrow will finish up the livestock judging with the 4-H Livestock Auction tomorrow at 3:00 – also the popular Antique Equipment Show runs from 10:00 to 7:00 and it’s Tractor Pull action tomorrow night – grandstand tickets are on sale each day from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Fair Board Office and the carnival rides are each night tonight thru Saturday night – all at the Richland County Fair in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved an agreement with Moon Dawg, Inc., an independent third party inspector for the CDAP Housing Rehab Grant  :  approved signing an IDOT letter of understanding concerning IDOT providing connectivity with the Jasper County Eagle Trails & Greenways System  :  approved a resolution to authorize an auction of impounded vehicles  :  approved an ordinance amending the time limit on demolition permits to 30 days  :  approved the purchase of a $4,829 lawn mower for the Wastewater Department  :  approved the needed permits for this fall’s Fall Festival & its Parade  :  noted that the City’s appropriations are on display with a hearing to be held prior to the next meeting  :  noted tomorrow’s open house and ribbon cutting at the City’s new Electric Building  :  and took no other action after a 66-minute closed session to discuss litigation, real estate, and personnel  :  the Newton City Council has its next regular meeting scheduled for July 21st, 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  The annual Plainfield Church Car Show is this coming Sunday, just east of Rose Hill, off of Route 130 north of Newton – the registration of cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, jeeps, & special interests runs from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards presented at 2:00 – also a cake walk, special music, games, prizes,  & food including ice cream & watermelon – it starts with an outdoor church service at 10:00 that morning – all proceeds go to the church’s building fund – all ages are invited to the full day of fellowship, food, & fun.

 

(OLNEY)  The annual Osmon Fox Hunt begins today with hunter & hound registration to be followed by an evening meal at 5:30 and the event’s Bench Show tonight at 6:30, all at the Berryville Community Building – the first of three Field Trials will be early tomorrow morning at 3:30, preceded by breakfast at 3:00 – then another evening meal tomorrow night, followed by morning trials again on Friday & Saturday – the popular Friday night Auction starts at 6:00, then the awards & trophies will be presented at 12 noon Saturday – it’s been going on for over 100 years, with hounds & hunters this year from Canada, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and elsewhere – all the meals and activities will be at the Berryville Community Building and the public’s invited, especially for all the meals which are reasonably priced – sponsored by the Osmon Foxhunters Association, that’s today thru Saturday in the Berryville area.

 

(NEWTON)  Help is needed as the Jasper County 2015 Mission Work Week continues today thru Friday as the various projects are helping the elderly, low income, or handicapped residents in Jasper County – volunteers are needed to help complete the work, plus monetary donations are also welcome to help offset the cost of material – whether it’s one day or all remaining days, volunteers gather at 7:15 each morning at the Grace United Methodist Church – for details or to see how to help, call  783-3335  or  783-2534.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2015-2016 Illinois State Parks Guide is now available in print and online – it’s a useful guide to a one-day or weekend trip to a state park picnic area, wildlife area, or forest – whether it’s for fishing, hunting, hiking, or camping, check the DNR’s website for details, at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With low blood supplies on hand, two area blood drives are this week  :  tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :   Friday at the KC Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00 :  all blood types are needed


    The City of Newton & Grunloh Building Inc. invites Jasper County Chamber of Commerce members and guests to a “Business After Hours” this Thursday evening at the City’s new Electric Building at 400 North Van Buren Street – the 2 hour event begins with a ribbon cutting at 4:00 – drinks & hors d’oeuvres served


    The Rotary Book Bus will be available today at the downtown parking lot at TrustBank – it’s for Richland County children from 10:00 to 12 noon this morning and from 6:00 to 7:00 this evening


    Coming up this afternoon at 2:00, the Musical Dreams children’s handbell choir will perform at the Olney Public Library – those attending will have a chance to try their hands at the bells – all children are welcome – it’s part of the Library’s “Read to the Rhythm” summer reading program – all are invited