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December 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With a frontal boundary hanging over the Ohio River Valley, we’ll get a few clouds today although most of the light rain stays to our south & east until tonight – that’s when the weather boundary moves north over Central Illinois, giving us those on-and-off again chances of rain tomorrow, Sunday, & Monday, before ending Tuesday – then some colder air returns to finish out the year – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued two watches for all of our listening area, both of which are in effect this afternoon thru Monday afternoon – a Flood Watch affects the counties of  Richland, Lawrence, Clay, Jasper, Crawford, Cumberland, and others to the north & west, where 3 to 5 inches of rain is possible – a Flash Flood Watch affects the counties of  Wabash, Edwards, Wayne, White, and others to the south & west, where 4 to 7 inches of rain is expected – residents should take precautions now and stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for updates – motorists are reminded to stay off those flooded roads.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State Department of Public Health urges anyone who has not yet received the flu vaccine, to get it as soon as possible – while many people typically get the flu vaccine in early fall, the flu activity usually peaks between December and February – it’s not too late to get your flu shot – see your doctor or local health department for details – for more details, go online at www.idph.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s departments are conducting their end of the year safety campaign – the roadside safety checks and extra patrols are all a part of this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, as authorities look for those driving impaired, by either alcohol and/or drugs – the “Click It or Ticket” initiative continues as well, looking for those not buckled up – the extra safety measures are in place now thru next weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office is alerting Illinois residents to another phone scam in which callers pose as IRS officials in an attempt to con people into sending money to pay for allegedly unpaid taxes – even though the calls seem legitimate because the scammers use “spoof” caller ID devices to make it appear as a call from the IRS in Washington, D.C., residents are reminded that the IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone or internet, only by mail – call the Consumer Fraud Hotline, 1-800-243-0618.

 

(OLNEY)  Officials are urging motorists to be prepared for winter driving – the Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation are promoting the “Winter Weather – Get It Together” campaign – the message is to wear a seat belt, slow down, & put down those hand-held devices while behind the wheel during winter weather driving conditions, which includes those times with snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain – drivers should avoid using their cruise control in snow and ice, plus be alert to snow plows and use extra caution for potential ice at intersections and on bridges – also, all vehicles should carry an emergency car-care kit with jumper cables, flares, blankets, extra clothes, non-perishable food, and a cell phone charger – for more information or safe driving tips check the IDOT website or go online at  www.illinois.gov.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 11th, at Olney Central College and the other IECC colleges – check the IECC website for the listing of classes and courses available at the four campuses – all offices will reopen after the first of the new year, on Monday, January 4th – go online  at www.iecc.edu


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


    Don’t forget to visit the Olney Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park – it’ll be lit up for only two more nights – tonight from 5:00 until 10:00 and tomorrow night from 5:00 until 9:00 – check it out

 

 

 

December 25, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With a frontal boundary hanging over the Ohio River Valley, we’ll get a few clouds today although most of the light rain stays to our south & east until tonight – that’s when the weather boundary moves north over Central Illinois, giving us those on-and-off again chances of rain tomorrow, Sunday, & Monday, before ending Tuesday – then some colder air returns to finish out the year – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued two watches for all of our listening area, both of which are in effect Saturday afternoon thru Monday afternoon – a Flood Watch affects the counties of  Richland, Lawrence, Clay, Jasper, Crawford, Cumberland, and others to the north & west where 3 to 5 inches of rain is possible – a Flash Flood Watch affects the counties of  Wabash, Edwards, Wayne, White, and others to the south & west where 4 to 7 inches of rain is expected – residents should take precautions now and stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for updates – motorists are reminded to stay off those flooded roads.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads in Illinois are continuing – the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s departments are conducting their end of the year safety campaign – the extra patrols and roadside safety checks are all a part of this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, plus the “Click It or Ticket” initiative continues as well – the extra safety measures will be in place now thru the first weekend of 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents are being warned of a scam that’s still circulating in our downstate area – phone calls are being received from people claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service – the callers say the IRS is filing a lawsuit against the resident & that the resident must call back to a different number to give personal information to settle the issue with an immediate payment or else there will be action taken by the IRS – some calls even threaten police action if the return call is not made with the resident’s information and/or payment – plus, even caller-ID’s are incorrectly showing the call comes from the IRS in Washington, D.C. – again, we remind folks that the IRS does not do business by phone or internet, but only by mail – this is a scam – if such a call is received, hang up – never give out personal info on the phone or internet.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local EMA’s are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into the new year ahead – while residents are reminded to never leave candles burning unattended, holiday lights & electrical decorations should be used correctly, without the overuse of power strips or extension cords – plus, a reminder that several safety preparedness items would make great gifts for Christmas, including a NOAA weather alert radio, a home first aid kit, a home emergency preparedness kit, or a vehicle preparedness kit – for more details, go online at  www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that all City and Village Halls are closed today  :  Republic Services is not hauling trash today with the normal Friday collection to be tomorrow in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area – it’s back to normal Monday  :  the Olney brush dump is closed today, but back open tomorrow, from 10:00 to 4:00  :  the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is on a two week holiday break until January 4th.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next area blood drive is this Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – all blood types and blood platelets are much needed – all eligible donors are urged to give


    Don’t forget to visit the Olney Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park – it’ll be lit up for only three more nights with the final night this Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00 – the lights are on tonight until 10:00


    And on behalf of everyone here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA, we pray that your Christmas Day & holiday weekend is spent with family & friends, remembering the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ

 

 

 

December 24, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure will keep us dry today with plenty of sunshine, at least for a while – clouds will start to increase from the west later, ahead of a short-wave trough – but with some sunshine and clouds mixed up tomorrow, on Christmas Day, there could be some afternoon rain showers – then an approaching front will stall out across Central Illinois, giving us those on-and-off again chances of rain Friday night thru Saturday, Sunday, & Monday – we could receive anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  Yesterday’s stormy weather resulted in at least twelve area thunderstorm warnings issued by the National Weather Service, all mostly dealing with strong gusty winds that were clocked at an average of between 40 & 50 miles-per-hour within the storms – the region’s average rainfall was anywhere between a half inch and two inches – there were a few power outages reported due to blown down tree limbs and/or utility poles, but nothing significant – there is potential for heavy amounts of rain coming up this weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – an Illinois driver’s license will not be enough identification to get into most federal facilities after January 10th, two weeks from this Sunday – that’s when the state’s exemption from federal Real ID requirements end – by next summer, it could mean Illinois driver’s licenses will not be accepted as identification for commercial airplane flights – with two previous one-year extensions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has turned down the latest request for an extension – while the 2005 Real ID Act imposes tougher requirements due to terrorism, Illinois says complying would cost over $4 million.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has granted clemency to seven people and denied another 247 requests  – the grantees include two people convicted of burglary, including one case from 1978 – the others were convicted of theft, forgery, and reckless driving – officials say a backlog of nearly 1,000 petitions still remain from Governors Blagojevich & Quinn – the 254 clemency petitions that Governor Rauner took action on this week date back to October 2010 – it’s his sixth time to consider requests in the past year.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash in Marion County that claimed the life of a Salem man earlier this week – the State Police say the crash occurred at 8:57 this past Tuesday night when 46 year old Michael Becker was southbound on Illinois Route 37, about two miles south of Salem, when his car ran off the road into a steep ditch, became airborne, went thru another ditch, and came to rest back on the highway – Becker was taken to Salem Township Hospital where he died as a result of  injuries.

 

(OLNEY)  Unemployment rates increased in Illinois last month – the State Department of Employment Security released data this week showing that all ten surrounding counties had higher unemployment rates last month compared to November of a year ago in 2014 – the region’s lowest joblessness rate was 5.1% in Effingham County, followed by Cumberland County at 5.7% and Wabash County at 6% even – then it’s Edwards County at 6.3%, Crawford County at 6.4%, Jasper County at 6.7%, and Richland County at 7% even – then it’s Wayne County at 7.1%, Lawrence County at 7.2%, and Clay County at 8% even – the Illinois state rate is at 5.8%, exactly one full percentage point higher than the national rate at 4.8%.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s been 38 years since the last full moon on Christmas, but tonight’s the night – with the full moon to peak at 5:11 tomorrow morning, it will be the first full moon on Christmas Day since 1977 – like full moons in all other months, Native Americans have special moons for December, known as the Oak Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Long Nights Moon – while the full moon tonight will rise at around sunset late this afternoon and then set at around sunrise tomorrow morning, tonight will be the only night in December when the moon is in the sky all night long – the next Christmas full moon will not occur until December 2034 – one other notable sky-gazing event coming up will occur next Tuesday, December 29th, a half hour after sunset, when Mercury will be well placed for observation in the Western sky.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls are closed today & tomorrow – in fact the City Halls in Olney and Newton are closed both days today and tomorrow – meanwhile, the Noble Village Hall is open this morning until 12 noon, then closed the rest of this afternoon and all day tomorrow  :  Republic Services is out today hauling trash as normal on this Christmas Eve, however the garbage trucks will not be hauling trash tomorrow – therefore Friday’s normal pickup will be a day later than usual, on Saturday, December 26th – this includes Republic’s trash collection in the Olney, Noble, and Newton area.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  the Olney brush dump is now closed until this Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00  :  and the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is on a two week holiday break with the regular scheduled pickup to resume on Monday, January 4th  :  patience is always appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Potter’s House Ministry in Newton will again this year be serving a Christmas Dinner, free of charge to Jasper County residents, on Christmas Day, December 25th, from 11:00 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon – meals will also be delivered to shut-ins and those not able to get out – for the meals to be delivered, the Ministry needs the name, address, phone number, & the number of meals needed for each request – the number to call is 618-783-3496 – all courtesy of Potter’s House Ministry in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Immanuel United Methodist Church is conducting its Outreach Mission Christmas Meal delivery program today and the public is encouraged to help out – while the work is underway this morning in preparing the food, most of the help is needed for the delivery of meals, beginning at 11:00 this morning – that’s at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, along North East Street in Olney – call 618-395-8618.

 

(NEWTON)  With blood supplies at low winter-time levels, all donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever possible – the next Jasper County drive is this coming Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon - all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Monday’s regular scheduled meeting of the Noble Village Board has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled – the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting will be January 11th, 2016


    The First Christian Church of Noble has a Candlelight Service tonight at 8:00 – it includes a message, candlelight vigil, and refreshments to follow – the community is welcome to attend


    The St. Paul United Methodist Church in Olney will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service this evening at 5:00 with babysitters available – the First United Methodist Church in Olney will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service tonight at 7:00 – all are invited


    Various other churches in Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties also have Christmas Eve services set for tonight or the upcoming weekend – check your local or area church for more information


    Don’t forget to visit the Olney Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park – it’s lit up tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 and will be lit up for only four more nights – the final night this Sunday, December 27th

 

 

 

December 23, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With a warm up overnight, our temperatures this morning also serve as yesterday’s high as a warm front rolls thru the downstate area – we’ll have two waves of rain on this Wednesday with the warmer-than-normal weather – a short-wave trough will give us rain now thru early afternoon – then the low pressure system and cold front rolls thru later this evening with a slight potential of severe conditions – then after dry weather tomorrow and Christmas day, it’s more rain for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

**** (OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch in effect until 5:00 this afternoon for Richland, Jasper, and all surrounding counties in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – residents should be alert to the possibility of severe weather conditions and stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for weather updates, possible warnings, and/or other weather statements from the National Weather Service.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a Cook County Judge says a new Illinois law that cuts the size of civil-case juries from 12 to 6 people is unconstitutional – the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Judge William Gomolinski says the 2014 law cannot alter the constitution by statute – while reducing the jury, the law also more than doubles the pay for jurors – supporters say the higher pay would create more diverse juries and help cut overall costs – others argue the change is a benefit because lawyers have to persuade fewer jurors.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy will spend an estimated $4.8 million to install a new water system with main lines and the repair of others in the 129 year old facility – it’s all in response to this past summer’s Legionnaire’s disease outbreak that led to 12 deaths and more than 40 others sickened by the disease – the improvements include a new chemical treatment station, mixing valves, a more efficient hot water system, and new disinfection equipment – the work is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  The state’s budget stalemate in Springfield is topping the list of Illinois’ most important news stories in 2015 – among the other Top 10 News items from the Associated Press are the State Supreme Court’s rejection of lawmakers’ attempt to fix the state pension system & Illinois’ legal sales of medical marijuana – also included are a number of political scandals & leadership issues, plus the leadership crisis at the University of Illinois and news out of Chicago as the Cubs won the National League Championship.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues today into a single vehicle crash that occurred at 9:37 last night along the blacktop four miles north of Montrose – the State Police report 26 year old Dori Kay Cash of Toledo was northbound when her SUV ran off the road thru the southbound lane, thru the ditch, and came to rest in a ravine on the west side of the roadway – Cash was transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center near Mattoon – she was ticketed for DUI, improper lane usage, and for not wearing a seatbelt.

 

(NEWTON)  A Cumberland County Judge has ordered a Neoga woman to stand trial in the death of the 1 year old infant girl for whom she was babysitting – Natasha Gordon has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the August 27th death of infant Arianna McNeal – autopsy results could not determine the exact cause of death as there were no signs of trauma – a pre-trial hearing is set for February 1st, 2016.

 

(NOBLE)  It being announced that the Village of Noble Board meeting scheduled for next Monday, December 28th, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled – therefore, the next regular bi-monthly meeting for the Noble Village Board will be in the new year, on Monday night, January 11th, 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a traveling reminder, that the Illinois Department of Transportation has started work to replace two bridges on Illinois Route 130, south of Albion – that work is under the control of traffic signals and at least one lane of the roadway is open to traffic at all times – motorists should be alert to the work and use caution when traveling thru the work zones – both bridge replacement projects are located on Illinois Route 130 between Albion and Grayville, including one bridge almost 1 mile south of Albion and the other bridge nearly 3 miles south of Albion – the projects are expected to continue thru next spring or summer.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed later this week – the Olney City Hall and Newton City Hall will be closed both days tomorrow & Friday, while the Noble Village Hall will close at 12 noon tomorrow and be closed all day Friday  :  meanwhile, Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Friday, therefore Friday’s normal pickup will fall on Saturday, December 26th – this includes the Republic Services trash collection in the entire Newton, Olney, Noble, & surrounding area.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  the Olney brush dump is now closed until this Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00  :  and the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is on a two week holiday break with the regular scheduled pickup to resume on Monday, January 4th  :  patience is always appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Potter’s House Ministry in Newton will again this year be serving a Christmas Dinner, free of charge to Jasper County residents, on Christmas Day, December 25th, from 11:00 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon – meals will also be delivered to shut-ins and those not able to get out – for the meals to be delivered, the Ministry needs the name, address, phone number, & the number of meals needed for each request – the number to call is 618-783-3496 – all courtesy of Potter’s House Ministry in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Immanuel United Methodist Church is preparing for its Outreach Mission Christmas Meal delivery program this week and the public is encouraged to help out when possible – while the work is underway this morning in getting the food ready to cook, it’s also today that community members can donate cakes from 8:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening – then help on Christmas Eve morning will start at 7:00 tomorrow when the food is prepared – and most of the help will be needed for the delivery of meals, beginning at 11:00 tomorrow morning – for those that need a meal to be delivered or for those who’d like more information on how to help out, call the Immanuel United Methodist Church office at 618-395-8618.

 

(OLNEY)  For that last minute gift, stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney, where gift certificates are available – folks can also call the office at 618-393-4116 – plus, the office is taking orders for the new “cookbook” which includes family recipes from all over Richland County – the $15 cookbooks will also be available at the upcoming Richland County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to be held February 22nd – but again, stop by or call the Farm Bureau office for those special gift certificates for Christmas.

 

(NEWTON)  With blood supplies at low winter-time levels, all donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever possible – here’s some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  the next Jasper County drive is this coming Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The First Christian Church of Noble has a Candlelight Service tomorrow night at 8:00 – it includes a message, candlelight vigil, and refreshments to follow – the community is welcome to attend


    The St. Paul United Methodist Church in Olney will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service tomorrow evening at 5:00 with babysitters available – the First United Methodist Church in Olney will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service tomorrow night at 7:00 – all are invited


    Various other churches in Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties also have Christmas Eve services set for tomorrow night or the upcoming weekend – check your local or area church for more information


    Don’t forget to visit the Olney Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park – it’s lit up tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 and will be lit up for only five more nights – the final night this Sunday, December 27th

 

 

 

December 22, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that gave us scattered showers, even some thunder & lightning last night, has now moved off to the east, we’ll dry off today although it will be another mostly cloudy day despite a surface high pressure that will keep us dry – another low pressure storm system will move thru the Midwest with the potential of severe weather thru tomorrow night – then we’re back to quiet weather for Thursday and Friday before we return to wet conditions Christmas night thru next Monday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  With the potential of receiving heavy rainfall amounts tomorrow thru the first of next week, the National Weather Service is alerting downstate residents of flooding, especially in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding – with the ground already saturated from previous rains, most all rain in the next few weeks will result in run-off, therefore increasing the possibility of flooding in a short amount of time in a small amount of area – be alert to flooding opportunities and remember to never drive on flooded roads.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads in Illinois are now underway – the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s departments have kicked off their end of the year safety campaign – the extra patrols and roadside safety checks are all a part of this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, plus the “Click It or Ticket” initiative continues as well – the extra safety measures will be in place now thru the first weekend of 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a former state representative who pleaded guilty to fraud should lose her roughly $5,000-per-month state pension – the Chicago Tribune reports former state representative Connie Howard has collected almost $195,000 from her pension, most of which was received after pleading guilty in 2013 to soliciting $76,700 for scholarships thru a charity golf outing and pocketing more than $28,800 for personal use – earlier this month the Chicago Democrat was sentenced to 3 months in prison to be followed by 3 months of home confinement – the recommendation will likely be approved.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois will stop giving the ACT college entrance exam and instead start giving high school juniors the rival SAT – with that decision, the company that offers the ACT has filed a protest with the state seeking to cancel Illinois’ contract with the College Board, which offers the SAT – state records show the three year contract is worth $14.3 million – Illinois has given the ACT for free to 11th graders for the past 15 years – the state’s budget impasse has complicated the situation with dozens of school districts already signing up for ACT testing earlier this year – nothing will be final until the protest process is resolved.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Circuit Clerk’s Office is again reminding folks that it will not be accepting passport applications after 3:00 on the afternoon of December 30th, a week from tomorrow – Circuit Clerk Zach Holder says the decision came with much consideration and after consulting with other Circuit Clerks in the downstate area who have discontinued the passport application process – again, that service will end at 3:00 a week from tomorrow afternoon, on December 30th – contact the office for more information.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed later this week – the Newton City Hall and Olney City Hall will be closed both days this coming Thursday & Friday, while the Noble Village Hall will close at 12 noon Thursday and be closed all day Friday  :  meanwhile, Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Friday, therefore Friday’s normal pickup will fall on Saturday, December 26th – this includes the Republic Services trash collection in the entire Newton, Olney, Noble, & surrounding area.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  the City’s leaf collection program is scheduled to end tomorrow – City residents can still call the Olney City Hall with addresses where leaves can be picked up, including both loose leaves and those that are bagged  :  the Olney brush dump is now closed until this Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00  :  and the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is on a two week holiday break with the regular scheduled pickup to resume on Monday, January 4th  :  patience is always appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Potter’s House Ministry in Newton will again this year be serving a Christmas Dinner, free of charge to Jasper County residents, on Christmas Day, December 25th, from 11:00 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon – meals will also be delivered to shut-ins and those not able to get out – for the meals to be delivered, the Ministry needs the name, address, phone number, & the number of meals needed for each request – the number to call is 618-783-3496 – all courtesy of Potter’s House Ministry in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Immanuel United Methodist Church is preparing for its Outreach Mission Christmas Meal delivery program this week and the public is encouraged to help out when possible over the next few days – starting at 8:00 this morning, help is needed in cleaning up and setting up – then at 7:00 tomorrow morning, help is needed in getting the food ready to cook – also Wednesday, cakes will be accepted from 8:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening – then help on Christmas Eve morning will start at 7:00 when the food will be prepared – most of the help will be needed for the delivery of meals, beginning at 11:00 Thursday morning – for those that need a meal on Thursday, or for those who’d like more information on helping out, call the Immanuel United Methodist Church office at 618-395-8618 – again, that’s at 395-8618.

 

(OLNEY)  For that last minute Christmas gift, stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney, where gift certificates are available – they’re also available by calling the office at 618-393-4116 – plus, the office is taking orders for the recently formulated “cookbook” which includes family recipes from all over Richland County and Southeastern Illinois – the $15 cookbooks will also be available at the upcoming Richland County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to be held February 22nd in Olney – but again, folks can contact the Farm Bureau office in Olney for those special Christmas gift certificates this week.

 

(NEWTON)  With blood supplies at low winter-time levels, all donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood whenever possible – here’s some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  the next Jasper County drive is this coming Sunday morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie  :  remember that all blood types and blood platelets are very much needed here in the Midwestern region.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The First Christian Church of Noble has a Candlelight Service this Thursday night at 8:00 – it includes a message, candlelight vigil, and refreshments to follow – the community is welcome to attend


    The St. Paul United Methodist Church in Olney will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service Thursday evening at 5:00 with babysitters available – the First United Methodist Church in Olney will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service Thursday night at 7:00 – all are invited


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group of Southeastern Illinois will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza, starting at 6:00 – it will include a Christmas ornament exchange for those that want to take part – all are invited to the support group meeting later this evening


    Don’t forget to visit the Olney Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park – it’s lit up tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 and will be lit up for only six more nights – the final night this coming Sunday, December 27th