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November 6, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The second of two cold fronts is expected to move thru the Midwest by tonight – with more clouds today, a strong west / northwest wind will usher in some cooler air this afternoon and evening – then we’re back to dry conditions for the next several days and thru the upcoming weekend – however, the cool conditions will hang around – the next shot of rain expected next Monday night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn has cleared the way for Bruce Rauner to take charge of Illinois by conceding the race for Governor and promising a smooth transition during his final days in Springfield – meanwhile, Quinn says he intends to push forward for passage of a minimum wage increase in his final months in office – Lieutenant Governor-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti will chair the Rauner transition team.

 

(OLNEY)  County election offices will have to put in extra work following the too-close-to-call Illinois Treasurer’s race – at last count, Republican Tom Cross had a slim lead over Democratic opponent Michael Frerichs – now, election officials in each county will continue to count votes, including provisional and mail in ballots, until November 18th – the Board of Elections will then announce the winner on November 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a look at some more downstate results from the November 4th election : State Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier narrowly retained his seat in Springfield with 60.6% yes votes – that’s less than a percentage point needed for retention  :  Republican State Representative Mike Bost defeated first-term Democratic U.S. Representative Bill Enyart in Southern Illinois’ 12th District  :  and Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis beat former judge Ann Callis to hold on to his 13th Congressional seat.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some more numbers from the November 4th election night results from around Illinois  :  voters approved a constitutional amendment to ensure that crime victims receive necessary information about court proceedings, including hearings and plea negotiations  :  statewide voters also supported an advisory referendum about whether insurance plans in Illinois should include birth control as part of prescription coverage  : plus Illinois voters also approved a non-binding ballot question on raising the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour by the year 2015 : all advisory in nature.

 

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Police are investigating an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon at Newton Community High School, at around 1:25 – as a result of the investigation, 63 year old Stephen Ochs, of Newton, a teacher’s aide at NCHS, was arrested and charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a Class 4 Felony – taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, Ochs appeared in Jasper County Court this morning as bond will be set – remember, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law – the investigation continues by the Newton Police Department and the Jasper County State’s Attorney.

 

 

(OLNEY)  Federal authorities have announced the most recent Drug Enforcement Agency “Drug Take Back” event, held September 27th, brought in more than 600,000 pounds of unwanted or no longer needed prescription drugs – the DEA partnered with national and local law enforcement agencies to take back the prescription drugs at 5,495 sites, including the Olney Police Department’s collection in Olney – all in all, 617,150 pounds of drugs were collected, now bringing the four year total collection nationwide to over 4.8 million pounds of unwanted drugs involving nine “Drug Take Back” events – the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2011, over 22,000 Americans died from prescription drug overdoses.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Elementary School is still collecting children’s coats, looking for new or gently used coats for the upcoming cold winter season – folks are asked to make sure all donated coats are in new or good condition and free from any rips, tears, and/or stains – in special need this year are coats for girls, size 7 to 14, and boys size 8 to 18, plus small size coats for women and men as well – for those who don’t have a coat to donate, monetary donations will also be accepted which will then be used to purchase new coats for a child in need – all coats will be accepted at the Elementary School now thru November 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Citizens National Bank of Albion has announced a definitive agreement to acquire The Bank of Lawrence County, which operates branches in Bridgeport and Lawrenceville, with approximately $53.1 million in assets – President and CEO Jan D. Ridgely says the acquisition will be mutually beneficial to all communities involved, and with the core beliefs being very similar, both Lawrence County banks are very involved in serving their customers and communities – subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition is anticipated to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015 or early in the second quarter.

 

(NEWTON)  Cellular One has announced it is continuing its holiday tradition of sponsoring the “You Decide – We Donate” program in which area residents will vote for 13 local charities to receive $500 donations from the company – ballots will be available thru December 20th in Cellular One stores in Newton, Olney, Flora, Lawrenceville, Robinson, Paris, Casey, Marshall, Charleston, Mattoon, Hoopeston, and two other locations in Danville with one vote allowed per person, per day – the 13 Cellular One stores will each give a $500 donation to the non-profit organization receiving the most votes at each store – no purchase is necessary and other requirements apply – stop by your Cellular One store for details – Cellular One is the only locally-owned wireless company serving all of eleven South Central Illinois counties.

 

(OLNEY)  Starting today & running thru next Wednesday, November 12th, area Veterans will be admitted free to the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy on the campus of Vincennes University – however, the Museum is closed next Tuesday, on Veteran’s Day – the hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:00 to 4:00, and Sunday from 11:00 to 4:00, all Illinois time – a Veteran himself, Skelton’s patriotism is displayed throughout the Museum, located adjacent to VU’s Skelton Performing Arts Center on Skelton Boulevard.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  on Saturday at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 11:00 to 3:00  :  on Sunday at the Salisbury Church in Charleston from 2:00 to 7:00  :  next Monday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Tuesday at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  for more details go online at, www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton will tonight host a special program that focuses on today’s trends in clothing and how to use various fashion accessories to update area wardrobes for the upcoming holidays – Linda Hetzer with Premiere Jewelry will also answer specific questions and assist individuals with fashion tips – there will be no products for sale during the event and those attending will have the opportunity to donate to the Jasper County Toys for Kids program and/or the Books For Beginners program – sponsored by the Jasper County HCE organization, the program is open to the public, free of charge – to register for the event, call the Extension office in Newton now at 783-2521.

 

REMINDERS :
    The RMH Auxiliary will be selling pecans and mixed nuts for area holiday baking needs next week – the fresh nuts are priced at $10 per pound and they’ll be on sale next Monday & Tuesday, the 10th & 11th, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day, at the RMH Gift Shop – limited quantity’s available – all for Auxiliary projects


    Everyone’s invited out this Sunday to Harvest Home Day at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church – starting at 2:00, there will be special music, refreshments, and more – all are invited to attend


    With hopes of raising awareness for suicide prevention, a special “Out of the Shadows” event is coming up this Saturday evening in the Olney City Park – a chili dinner, by donation, will be served at 5:00, then an auction at 6:00, and a haunted zombie walk at 7:00 – all donations appreciated – if questions, call 843-2020


    The First Assembly of God women will host their annual “soup day” this Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00 with both dine-in and carry-out available – for call-in orders, call the church at 392-2222 – all are invited


    The Berryville Community fall “carry-out only” chowder is this Saturday, with serving to start at around 11:00 – to reserve a pre-ordered amount, call 618-863-2397 or 618-839-5081, and bring containers to the Community Building by 10:00 or 10:30 – extra chowder not reserved also available – price is $15 a gallon


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual fall “pancake & sausage day” this Saturday, with serving from 6:00 until 1:00 – tickets at the door – that’s at the Lions Club Building in Noble – all ages are welcome


    A Suicide Prevention Program & Mental Health Fair is this evening at Olney Central College, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – the Fair is from 5:30 to 7:30 – a special presentation starts at 6:00

 

 

 

November 5, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  With the first of two cold fronts moving thru yesterday dropping an average of a half inch of rain, we’ll have dry and mild conditions today – however, that second cold front will roll thru by tomorrow night, bringing rain chances on Thursday, all to be followed by more cold air for the weekend ahead – but, the extended forecast calls for dry conditions Friday thru next Tuesday, Veterans Day – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  It looks like Illinois is getting a new Governor as Bruce Rauner is the projected winner of yesterday’s race – the numbers show the Republican beat Governor Pat Quinn with just over 50% of the vote – meanwhile, Governor Quinn is not calling it quits just yet – he says he won’t do so until all the votes are in and have been counted – that could take days – Quinn says he’ll wait however long he needs to.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Treasurer’s race is still too close to call with less than one percentage point separating Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs – elsewhere, Judy Baar Topinka gets another term as State Comptroller as she beat out Sheila Simon – Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White are also holding on to their jobs with easy victories and at least two-thirds of the votes.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis was elected to another term in Springfield as he ran unopposed in the 109th District – Representative John Cavaletto of Centralia was re-elected in the 107th District – State Senator Kyle McCarter was elected in the 54th District – John Shimkus was re-elected in the 15th Congressional District – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was elected to a fourth term in Washington, D.C. – also Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin was re-elected to the Regional Office of Education #12.

 

(OLNEY)  Nearly 46% of the registered voters in Richland County went to the polls for the November 4th Mid-Term Election – in the county’s only contested race, Andy Hires was re-elected as Sheriff, receiving almost 80% of the vote compared to challenger Ron Krueger’s 20% (3,950 to 993 votes) – two other county office holders were uncontested in their re-election bids, County Clerk Alice Mullinax & County Treasurer Sheila Ritter – three Richland County Board members were re-elected with no contest, Dennis Graves in District 2, Bill Clow Jr. in District 6, and Melinda Hunt in District 7 – and a question for Parkersburg residents dealing with electrical aggregation was narrowly defeated with 25 “no” votes and 23 “yes” votes.

 

(NEWTON)  In Jasper County, over 63% of the registered voters turned out at the polls on November 4th – Rick Britton was elected as the new Sheriff, receiving 58% of the vote, compared to Deputy Dan Cheadle’s 42% (2,424 to 1,754 votes) – in the contested District 2 County Board race, Ron Heltsley was elected with 896 votes and Angela Fehrenbacher was re-elected with 683 votes – falling just 9 votes short was Dustin Granby with 674 votes – three office holders were re-elected unopposed, County Clerk Linda Griffith Huth, County Treasurer Clinton Bigard, and County Assessor Paul Woods – four men were elected to the County Board, all running unopposed, Brian Leffler and Darrel Hickox from District 1 and Jeffrey Smithenry and Danny Kerner from District 3 – the Smallwood Tax Rate question was approved with 116 “yes” votes and 100 “no’s” – the Willow Hill Alcohol question was defeated with 157 “no” votes and 74 “yes” votes.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a look at some other area election results involving contested races
Crawford County
    *  William Rutan beat out Rich Cravens in the election as County Sheriff   (2,278 to 1,270)
    *  Fayrene Wright won the race for County Clerk by beating Teresa Fielder  (2,146 to 1,396)
    *  County Board members elected were Clint Williamson in District 1 and Terry McCoy in District 4
    *  also County Board member Stephen Rich in District 5
Cumberland County
    *  Stephen Ozier defeated Jean-Pierre “JP” Kruchten in the race for County Sheriff   (3,053 to 770)
    *  Rhonda Wilson won the race for County Clerk by beating Denny Shupe   (2,403 to 1,503)
Lawrence County
    *  Russell Adams won the County Sheriff's race, winning out over Mike Mefford   (2,118 to 2,023)
    *  County Board members elected were Judith Phipps in District 4 and Mark Jones in District 7
Wabash County
    *  Derek Morgan is the new County Sheriff by defeating fellow Deputy D. Ray Etzkorn   (2,455 to 2,190)
    *  County Commissioner elected was Robbie Thompson, defeating Charlie Sanders   (2,864 to 1,734)
    *  William Hudson beat out Cassandra Goldman for Resident Second Circuit Judge   (2,431 to 2,214)
White County
    *  Sheriff Doug Maier was re-elected by defeating former Sheriff Jerry O'Neal   (4,550 to 1,608)
    *  Pamela Armstrong won a close race for County Treasurer, beating Kari Starks   (3,049 to 3,014)
Edwards County
    *  Debbie Smith won the County Treasurer's race by beating Dorothy Keykendall   (1,587 to 751)
Wayne County
    *  challenger Liz Ann Woodrow won the County Clerk’s race over Glenda Young   (3,052 to 2,827)
    *  voters also turned down a 1% sales tax to fund maintenance and construction projects at local schools
Clay County 
    *  in the only County Board race, Jeremy Wildbur beat Thomas Butcher in District E   (136 to 121)
    *  Andy Myers was re-elected as County Sheriff, running unopposed
Effingham County 
    *  Doug McCain was re-elected to the County Board in District G
    *  Dave Mahon is the new Effingham County Sheriff, running unopposed
Clark County
    *  County Board members elected were Rex Goble in District 1 and Michael Parsons in District 7
and in the 4th Judicial Circuit, Martin Siemer of Teutopolis beat out Ericka Sanders of Centralia

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to enter into the Enterprise Zone Intergovernmental Agreement, then approved an ordinance designating the Jasper County Enterprise Zone  :  agreed to open the City’s Yard Waste Facility on each Saturday in the month of November  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, agreed to enter into a Subordination Agreement for lots in the Five Aprils Crossing Subdivision  :  agreed to pay Hacker Plumbing & Drilling $16,600 for the cleaning of water wells #5 and #6  :  noted that work on the Eagle Trails project is continuing with the bridge work nearly complete  :  noted the City’s south water tower has been repainted  :  noted the Burl Ives statue has been placed on the corner of Van Buren and East Jourdan Streets  :  took no other action after a 16-minute closed session to discuss litigation  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on November 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  Three of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges are hosting their respective College Fairs on this Wednesday – while each of the IECC campuses will be featured, more than 40 other colleges and/or universities will be represented, not to mention the Illinois National Guard and others – the College Fairs are from 9:00 to 11:00 this morning at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson, from 1:00 to 3:00 this afternoon at Olney Central College in Olney, and later tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – all are free events with area high school students and their parents encouraged to attend.

 

REMINDERS :
    A special Suicide Prevention Program & Mental Health Fair is tomorrow evening at Olney Central College, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – with the Fair running from 5:30 to 7:30, a special presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:00 – for more details, call Sherry at 618-395-4372


    The Richland County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Ophelia’s Cup, on Whittle Avenue, in Olney – the discussion topic will include legal matters – for more information or to register, call Jennifer Weidner at ERES, 618-395-8540


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has its fundraising “soup & sandwich lunch” today at the Trinity Lutheran Church, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free will donations at the door and carry-outs available
   

 

 

 

11-4-14 Election Night Results

 

(OLNEY)  Nearly 46% of the registered voters in Richland County went to the polls for the November 4th Mid-Term Election - in the county's only contested race, Andy Hires was re-elected as County Sheriff, receiving almost 80% of the vote compared to challenger Ron Krueger's 20% (3,950 to 993 votes) - two other county office holders were uncontested in their re-election bids, County Clerk Alice Mullinax and County Treasurer Sheila Ritter - three Richland County Board members were re-elected with no contest, Dennis Graves in District 2, Bill Clow Jr. in District 6, and Melinda Hunt in District 7 - and a question for the Village of Parkersburg residence dealing with electrical aggregation was narrowly defeated with 25 "no" votes and 23 "yes" votes.

 

 

(NEWTON)  In Jasper County, over 63% of the registered voters turned out at the polls on November 4th - Rick Britton was elected as the new County Sheriff, receiving 58% of the vote, compared to Deputy Dan Cheadle's 42% (2,424 to 1,754 votes) - in the contested District 2 County Board race, Ron Heltsley was elected with 896 votes and Angela Fehrenbacher was re-elected with 683 votes - falling just 9 votes short was Dustin Granby with 674 votes - three county office holders were re-elected unopposed, County Clerk Linda Griffith Huth, County Treasurer Clinton Bigard, and County Assessor Paul Woods - four men were elected to the County Board, all running unopposed, Brian Leffler & Darrel Hickox from District 1 and Jeffrey Smithenry & Danny Kerner from District 3 - the Smallwood Tax Rate question was approved with 116 "yes" votes and 100 "no" votes - the Willow Hill Alcohol question was defeated with 157 "no" votes and 74 "yes" votes.

 

 

(OLNEY)  In a regional note - State Representative David Reis was re-elected, running unopposed for District 109 - Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin was re-elected to head up the Regional Office of Education #12, also unchallenged.

 

 

(NEWTON)  Here's a look at some other area election results involving key office holders or county board members

Crawford County

  *  William Rutan beat out Rich Cravens in the election as County Sheriff   (2,278 to 1,270)

  *  Fayrene Wright won the race for County Clerk by beating Teresa Fielder  (2,146 to 1,396)

  *  County Board members elected were Clint Williamson in District 1, Terry McCoy in District 4, and Stephen Rich in District 5

Cumberland County

  *  Stephen Ozier defeated Jean-Pierre "JP" Kruchten in the race for County Sheriff   (3,053 to 770)

  *  Rhonda Wilson won the race for County Clerk by beating Denny Shupe   (2,403 to 1,503)

Lawrence County

  *  Russell Adams won the County Sheriff's race, winning out over Mike Mefford   (2,118 to 2,023)

  *  County Board members elected were Judith Phipps in District 4 and Mark Jones in District 7

Wabash County

  *  Derek Morgan is the new County Sheriff by defeating fellow Deputy D. Ray Etzkorn   (2,455 to 2,190)

  *  County Commissioner elected was Robbie Thompson, defeating Charlie Sanders   (2,864 to 1,734)

  *  William Hudson beat out Cassandra Goldman for Resident Second Circuit Judge   (2,431 to 2,214)

White County

  *  Sheriff Doug Maier was re-elected by defeating former Sheriff Jerry O'Neal   (4,550 to 1,608)

  *  Pamela Armstrong won a close race for County Treasurer, beating out Kari Starks by 35 votes   (3,049 to 3,014)

Edwards County

  *  Debbie Smith won the County Treasurer's race by beating Dorothy Keykendall   (1,587 to 751)

Wayne County

  *  challenger Liz Ann Woodrow won the County Clerk's race by beating incumbent Glenda Young   (3,052 to 2,827)

  *  voters also turned down a 1% sales tax to fund maintenance and construction projects at local schools

Clay County

  *  in the only County Board race, Jeremy Wildbur beat Thomas Butcher in District E   (136 to 121)

Clark County

  *  County Board members elected were Rex Goble in District 1 and Michael Parsons in District 7

 

 

November 4, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The first of two cold fronts will push thru the Midwest today, bringing periods of showers to our downstate area thru late tonight – then after a short dry period, the second cold front moves thru with more rain chances thru Thursday afternoon – then we’ll return to dry & cooler conditions – while there’s a slight chance of some scattered showers on Saturday, a mostly dry weekend is expected – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The polls are open and voting is underway in the long-awaited November 4th Mid-Term Election – while the polls will remain open until 7:00 tonight, folks are reminded that anyone in a voting line before 7:00 will still be allowed to vote, despite the time – also, Grace Period registration and voting is still allowed today and all the way up until 7:00 tonight at County Clerk’s offices all around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  Voters are weighing in on several ballot measures today : one would ensure that crime victims have a voice in court, while another would ensure that people are not discriminated against when it comes to their right to vote : also people will be asked whether the minimum wage should be raised to $10 an hour, whether insurance companies should be required to pay for birth control, and whether people making more than $1 million should pay more in taxes to fund education : plus, three other questions on the ballot are only advisory : all the votes will be considered by lawmakers as they begin debate next year in Springfield.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release to the public a strategic action plan to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the state’s lakes and rivers – after months of talks between agriculture professionals, environmentalists, and wastewater agencies, the EPA proposal will be released later this month, which will be followed by a public comment period on the plan – officials say the plan includes increasing outreach and education among farmers about funding and other available resources – it’s believed that the targeted pollutants come from agricultural fertilizers and other sources, such as wastewater treatment facilities and storm water from cities – there’s plenty of debate forthcoming.

 

(OLNEY)  Last week was another favorable time full of harvest activity throughout the State of Illinois – the USDA Crop Report shows the statewide corn and soybean harvest jumped 18 and 20 percentage points from the previous week, respectively – the state’s precipitation averaged just over a third of an inch (0.35), nearly a half inch (0.43) below normal – last week’s average temperature was 46.2 degrees, which was 5.3 degrees below normal : farmers in our ten county area report 75% of the local corn and near 80% of the local soybeans were harvested, as of Sunday – Richland County farmers report 82% of the total crops have been harvested – with a few weeks of fall weather remaining and the late fall rain pattern becoming more frequent, farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2014 fall harvest winds down.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is now accepting all applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – that includes applications from the elderly and handicapped, families with children under the age of six, and now from all other applicants – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office to set up an appointment or for more information – for Jasper County, in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – for Richland County, in Olney, call 618-395-2714 – the other seven ERBA Offices are located in the towns of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  There were short meetings last night at the Olney City Hall  :  the City of Olney’s Board of Appeals met to consider one agenda item – the variance request for 707 South Richland Street was approved for the construction of a garage for personal storage – that decision is final  :  the City of Olney’s Planning Commission met to consider one agenda item – on a 4 to 1 vote, with one abstention, the rezoning request was approved, to change the property at 401 North East Street from a R-2 to a C-1, that’s from a single family residence district to a neighborhood shopping district – this recommendation will be passed along to the Olney City Council for its consideration at its next regular meeting, Monday, November 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton will this Thursday night host a special program that focuses on today’s trends in clothing and how to use various fashion accessories to update area wardrobes for the upcoming holidays – Linda Hetzer with Premiere Jewelry will also answer specific questions and assist individuals with fashion tips – there will be no products for sale during the event and those attending will have the opportunity to donate to the Jasper County Toys for Kids program and/or the Books For Beginners program – its open to the public and sponsored by the Jasper County HCE organization – for more details or to register for the event, call the Extension office in Newton at 783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Forestry team, which finished 4th in the nation in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event, held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo, down in Louisville, Kentucky – the winning team from Florida was followed by West Virginia and Louisiana in 2nd and 3rd place respectively – representing the entire State of Illinois, the Olney Forestry team was followed by teams from New Hampshire, Arkansas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Idaho in rounding out the top ten teams – among the top placing individuals were Olney’s Matthew Runyon in 6th place, Emily Schilling in 10th, Tanner Scherer in 15th, and George Boehl in 43rd – the forest management event includes components of general forest knowledge, tree identification, timber cruising, a forestry issues interview, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, and a team activity – congratulations to the Olney FFA team for winning the state competition and finishing 4th in the nation last week.

 

REMINDERS :
    Everyone’s invited out this Sunday to Harvest Home Day at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church – starting at 2:00, there will be special music, refreshments, and more – all are invited to attend


    With hopes of raising awareness for suicide prevention, a special “Out of the Shadows” event is coming up this Saturday evening in the Olney City Park – a chili dinner, by donation, will be served at 5:00, then an auction at 6:00, and a haunted zombie walk at 7:00 – all donations appreciated – if questions, call 843-2020


    The Berryville Community fall “carry-out only” chowder is this Saturday, with serving to start at around 11:00 – to reserve a pre-ordered amount, call 618-863-2397 or 618-839-5081, and bring containers to the Community Building by 10:00 or 10:30 – extra chowder not reserved also available – price is $15 a gallon


    The next Jasper County blood drive is this Saturday, from 11:00 to 3:00, at Potter’s House Ministry, in Newton, at #1 Kennedy Drive – pork burgers and refreshments provided for all donors and volunteers


    The Noble Lions Club will host its annual fall “pancake & sausage day” this Saturday, with serving from 6:00 until 1:00 – tickets at the door – that’s at the Lions Club Building in Noble – all ages are welcome


    A special Suicide Prevention Program & Mental Health Fair is set for this Thursday evening at Olney Central College, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – with the Fair running from 5:30 to 7:30, a special presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:00 – for more details, call Sherry at 618-395-4372


    The Richland County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet this Thursday morning at 9:30 at Ophelia’s Cup, on Whittle Avenue, in Olney – the discussion topic will include legal matters – for more information or to register, call Jennifer Weidner at ERES, 618-395-8540


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host a fundraising “soup & sandwich lunch” this Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free will donations accepted at the door and carry-outs will be available – includes deliveries to schools – call 618-392-2745


    A parent workshop is coming up at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney – that’s tonight at 6:00 with a meal at 5:30 or tomorrow morning at 11:00 with a meal included – childcare for children in 5th grade and under provided with a meal – call Jennifer at ERES to register or for more details, at 618-395-8540

 

 

 

November 3, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level disturbance with some light rain will move thru the downstate area quickly this morning as the southerly winds continue to blow ahead of an approaching cold front – in fact, those southerly winds have warmed us up a bit since our coldest temperature of the fall so far yesterday morning – look for spotty rain thru tomorrow night, then maybe again on Thursday, plus cooler – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  As the gubernatorial candidates continue their last push to garner votes throughout Illinois, some believe the Libertarian candidate for Governor could be a spoiler – the latest Public Policy Institute poll shows that 3% of potential voters plan to support Libertarian Chad Grimm, many of whom say they would back GOP hopeful Bruce Rauner if Grimm wasn’t on the ballot – the latest numbers show Governor Pat Quinn with a two percentage point lead – the poll shows however, many voters are still undecided.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s office and the Illinois Department of Revenue have announced their joint ongoing criminal enforcement operation to prosecute gas station owners who evade sales tax payments has recovered over $100 million for the state – of the 50 gas station owners charged to date, at least 40 defendants have already been convicted – the many investigations are continuing all over Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The price of gasoline is holding steady since last week – the current average for regular gas in Illinois is at $3.05 per gallon, that’s eight cents per gallon higher than the current national average at $2.97 – while the local prices for gas sitting at $2.95 in Newton and $2.89 in Olney, the lowest area price is $2.77 in Effingham, followed closely by a $2.78 price over in Salem – many Fairfield area stations are at $2.83.

 

(OLNEY)  With the November 4th election now less than 24 hours away, a reminder that the Grace Period registration & voting continues at County Clerk’s offices around the state, plus in-person Absentee voting continues as well – all Clerk’s offices are open today from 8:00 to 4:00 – all are polling places will open at 6:00 tomorrow morning and remain open until 7:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) night – call or stop by the Clerk’s office in your county of residence if there are any questions about tomorrow’s November 4th election.

 

(NEWTON)  While all area voters will cast their ballots at their normal precincts as in the past, there’s one change for voters in Jasper County’s North Muddy Township – voters there will vote tomorrow at the new Wheeler Community Building, located on North Street, in Wheeler – otherwise, everyone else will cast their ballots where they have in past elections – again, the polls open up at 6:00 tomorrow morning.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the RIDES Mass Transit District is providing transportation to the polls on all established routes tomorrow at no cost to any resident – call the local RIDES dispatch office 24 hours in advance to reserve a seat – for those in Richland County, call 618-395-1272 – so to reserve a seat for a ride to and from the polls tomorrow, call as soon as possible, later this afternoon, and no later than 6:00 tonight.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that the RIDES Mass Transit District is providing transportation to the polls on all established routes tomorrow at no cost to any resident – call the local RIDES dispatch office by the close of office hours today to schedule transportation to and from the polls – the number to call for Jasper County and Cumberland County is toll-free at 1-866-389-7536 – for Crawford County residents, call 618-544-8800.

 

(OLNEY)  While only a few details are available, an Olney man has been arrested and is in custody after eluding regional authorities during a high speed chase thru two area counties – it’s reported that 42 year old Patrick Wilkins was apprehended yesterday (Sunday) morning down in Mt. Vernon after he was spotted in a stolen pickup truck in Salem – the high speed chase thru Marion and Jefferson Counties ended when police deployed stop sticks – there were no injuries – charges are pending an initial court appearance this week.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation also continues into a rural Jasper County wreck that occurred late Saturday morning along Illinois Route 130 – the State Police report 53 year old Renee Mundy of Pana was traveling north when she attempted to make a left turn into a private drive when her vehicle suddenly veered into the path of pickup truck, driven by Joshua Bergbower of Hidalgo – both vehicles ended up in the ditch – Mundy was transported to Sara Bush Lincoln Health Center for treatment of injuries while Bergbower was not seriously injured – no tickets have been issued as of this time as the investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the tragic van / freight train collision in Vandalia last Thursday night that claimed the lives of four people, including three children – State Police report 35 year old Crystal Anna of Greenville was attempting to cross the railroad tracks while the crossing lights were on and the stop arms were down, when the eastbound CSX freight train hit the passenger side rear area of the van – Anna died nearly 19 hours after the accident while being treated at St. Louis University Hospital – three of her four children were pronounced dead at the scene Thursday night, including 18 year old Alyssa Sewell, 13 year old Drake Wisnasky, and 10 year old Abbie Wisnasky – the lone survivor of the crash, 9 year old Dylan Wisnasky, is in critical condition at a St. Louis hospital – the fatal accident occurred less than a block from where the Vandalia Halloween Parade was held, scheduled to start just minutes after the fatal crash.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is now accepting all applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – that includes applications from the elderly and handicapped, families with children under the age of six, and starting today, from all other applicants – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office to set up an appointment or for more information – for Jasper County, in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – for Richland County, in Olney, call 618-395-2714 – the other seven ERBA Offices are located in the towns of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

REMINDERS :
    The St. Thomas School in Newton will host a fundraising breakfast at the Parish Center with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available – also a 50/50 drawing, fruit sales for the Space Camp Trip, a scholastic book fair, & Home Show consultant booths – all proceeds benefit the school


   The Olney Music Boosters have their 3rd Annual USO Veteran’s Day Swing Dance this Saturday night at the former American Legion Building in Olney from 7:00 to 10:00 – both ERHS Jazz Bands will perform with refreshments served – plus, dance instruction from 7:00 to 8:00 – tickets at the door – all are invited


    The Berryville Community fall “carry-out only” chowder is this Saturday, with serving to start at around 11:00 – to reserve a pre-ordered amount, call 618-863-2397 or 618-839-5081, and bring containers to the Community Building by 10:00 or 10:30 – extra chowder not reserved also available – price is $15 a gallon


    The next Jasper County blood drive is this Saturday, from 11:00 to 3:00, at Potter’s House Ministry, in Newton, at #1 Kennedy Drive – pork burgers and refreshments provided for all donors and volunteers


    The Olney Knights of Columbus, along Whittle Avenue in Olney, will have a “fish fry” this Friday night, with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – tickets will be on sale at the door and all ages are welcome


    A member of Congressman John Shimkus’ staff will be in Crawford County this Friday afternoon – that’s from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Oblong Village Hall – for special accommodations, constituents should call the Congressman’s Effingham office by Wednesday, at 217-347-7947 – also logon at www.shimkus.house.gov


    A special Suicide Prevention Program & Mental Health Fair is set for this Thursday evening at Olney Central College, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – with the Fair running from 5:30 to 7:30, a special presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:00 – for more details, call Sherry at 618-395-4372


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host a fundraising “soup & sandwich lunch” this Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free will donations accepted at the door and carry-outs will be available – includes deliveries to schools – call 618-392-2745