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September 13, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A strong Canadian high pressure ridge will track east across the Midwest tonight thru tomorrow night, bringing us plenty of dry and cool weather conditions this weekend – a weak low pressure trough could give us some scattered rain chances Monday night, otherwise it will be dry with a slight warming trend thru the work week, next week – enjoy this fall time weather and stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In the Governor’s race, the two major candidates picked up endorsements yesterday : the Chicago Teachers Union said it is fully behind Governor Pat Quinn, calling his GOP opponent an “out of touch privatizer” : meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent Business threw its support behind Republican Bruce Rauner, citing his opposition to government mandates, high taxes, and no common sense : the two, along with other independent candidates, will square off in the upcoming November 4th election.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded they still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available thru FSA’s direct farm ownership program – the deadline to submit applications is September 30th, less than three weeks away – eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil & water conservation& protection – the interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5% with up to 40 years to repay – those interested should logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact their local FSA County Office.

 

(OLNEY)  Our prayers are with the family of Brent Burgess of Flora – the 54 year old geologist and current Flora City Councilman past away earlier this week surrounded by family – a graduate of Flora High School and Eastern Illinois University, Brent began working in the downstate oilfield nearly 30 years ago and was recognized by the Illinois Oil & Gas Association as its Illinois Petroleum Professional of the Year in 2008 – his funeral service is tomorrow with visitation later this evening later is this WVLN-WSEI-WIKK newscast.

 

(NEWTON)  The 41st Annual Jasper County Fall Festival continues this weekend in Newton, after starting last night – some of today’s activities include a pancakes & sausage breakfast from now to 10:00, the Classic Car Show registration from 9:00 to 11:00, and the Annual Fall Festival Parade this morning at 10:00 – plus throughout the day there’ll be various games, a cake walk, pumpkin carving & sidewalk chalk art contests, hay rides, kid’s tractor pulling, bingo, plenty of food, & more – this evening’s entertainment lineup includes The Band J4 at 5:30, Highroad III at 7:00, and Kyle Scanlan & Friend Comedy at 9:00 – all at the Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – for details, check the Fall Festival’s Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The 6th Annual Blues Festival is today on the Richland County Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – starting at 4:00, the music will feature some of the most sought-after Blues musicians, plus food vendors and drinks – so bring your family and your chairs as all ages are welcome until 8:00 – after that, it’s for those age 21 and over – sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Council and you can check out their Facebook page online for updates and details – the annual Blues Festival this evening in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    OCC’s preparing for its 1st Annual Career / Job Fair & Exposition in the OCC Gym next Tuesday, the 16th, from 10:00 until 3:00 – all are invited out to get more information about area job availability and more as nearly 50 downstate and regional businesses and companies will be on hand and taking part


    The Wynoose Chowder is this afternoon with serving at 4:00 at the Wynoose Community Building, 7 miles south of Noble – also BBQ pork, plus chicken, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and more


    The Clay City Fall Festival is all day today – with an Antique Tractor Show this morning, the popular parade at 2:00 this afternoon, plenty of food & games, an auction, and much more – all ages are invited


    The next area blood drive is today at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton, from 12:00 to 4:00 – they’ll have refreshments and pork burgers for all donors – so stop by and give the gift of life today in Newton


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has its annual “bulk chowder” today with serving at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the half gallon or full gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – remember, no glass containers


       The Main Street Farmers Market is this morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot just north of the Whittle Avenue / Main Street intersection in Olney – fresh produce and more available to the public

 

 

 


 

September 12, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The cool weather conditions will continue across the downstate region today and thru the upcoming weekend – while there is a slight chance of some scattered showers late tonight with a weak upper level disturbance, most of us will stay dry – the extended forecast thru most of next week is also calling for cool and dry conditions, at least thru next Thursday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers want police in every town and city across the state to wear body cameras, and to do so, a special fund would be created to help law enforcement agencies buy the needed equipment – it appears a proposed bill will be considered when lawmakers return to Springfield for the Fall Veto session in November – the need has been heightened by the recent Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

(OLNEY)  The top prosecutor for three decades in downstate Illinois’ Williamson County has resigned – it’s reported that Charles Garnati submitted his letter of resignation effective this past Monday – Garnati has quit midway thru his 8th term – officials say no real reason was given by Garnati for his sudden decision.

 

(NEWTON)  The IDOT has announced that eight of Illinois’ 30 interstate Rest Areas that have been closed for months are set to reopen later this fall – two of the downstate facilities to reopen includes the Gateway Rest Area along Interstate 64 near St. Louis and the Trail of Tears Rest Area along Interstate 57 near the Missouri / Illinois state line – several others are scheduled to be reopened later this year or in early 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County School District officials have announced an incident that occurred yesterday at the Newton Community High School which was dealt with quickly with no real harm to the students and/or staff – Superintendent Dan Cox reports that while an unidentified person gained unapproved access to the high school yesterday, NCHS personnel acted quickly by following the District’s protocol in responding to such an incident – at no time were staff or students in any danger, and with the quick response by Newton and Jasper County law enforcement personnel the incident came to a quick end – the school was on a soft lockdown after the incident to confirm the safety of staff and students – while some social media have false reports of what happened, the School District assures everyone that everything was under control at NCHS.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met for less than an hour last night in its regular monthly meeting for September - the Board  :  before the meeting, gathered in the Richland County Courthouse lobby where the POW/MIA Chair of Honor was dedicated by the local Rolling Thunder Chapter  :  then the meeting began in the County Jail meeting room as the Board approved the claims for the month of August worth $60,633  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, approved a letter of support for the City of Olney’s application to the state to build a proposed medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility near Olney  :  approved Culvert Petitions for both Olney and Noble Townships  :  heard an update on negotiations with Ameren concerning past electric usage with payment due  :  took no action on the proposed computer contract with Illinois Century Network  :  also waiting on more information on proceeding with the County’s American Legal Code Book  :  heard an update on the Courthouse renovation work, mostly on the process of tuckpointing – the Courthouse roofing project has yet to start  :  and noted an upcoming meeting in October of the Joint Review Board and TIF Districts  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved an agreement with Connor & Connor Engineers to replace a bridge in Wade Township next summer  :  noted that the Latona Bridge is now open with new signs at the Latona intersection  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all full-time Jasper County employees  :  approved an Addendum whereas the Ambulance Service can be paid for mutual aid after 8 hours of service  :  approved the purchase of new power cots for the Ambulance Service worth $2,774  :  approved repair work to be done at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  agreed not to pay a former Sheriff’s Deputy for compensation at a recent trial due to early retirement rules  :  approved various appointments as presented  :  noted a public hearing on the Enterprise Zone will be held October 9th at the Newton Public Library  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 9th at 7:30.

 

(OLNEY)  Lawrence County authorities have turned over a local case to the Illinois State Police involving an alleged act of excessive force on a jail inmate at the Lawrence County Jail – the incident occurred last week after two men, a father and son, were arrested after fighting at a liquor establishment along Route 33 in Westport – the father, identified as Gary McMahon, was intoxicated and required medical assistance – while County Deputies and medical responders tried to treat the man, he became combative and began to fight, leading to the excessive force claim, which was caught on video tape – the Lawrence County Jail employee is currently on administrative leave until the Illinois State Police investigation is complete.

 

(NEWTON)  The 41st Annual Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, kicking off this evening with the Band Dynamo at 5:30, science experiments for kids at 6:00, some community challenge giveaways at 7:15, the Friday Night Community Challenge from 7:30 to 8:30, and the DQ Family Movie Night starting at 8:45 – then a very busy Saturday with a pancakes & sausage breakfast from 6:00 to 10:00, the Classic Car Show registration from 9:00 to 11:00, and the Annual Fall Festival Parade at 10:00 – plus throughout the day there’ll be various games, a cake walk, pumpkin carving & sidewalk chalk art contests, hay rides, kid’s tractor pulling, bingo, plenty of concessions, and more – the Saturday evening entertainment lineup includes The Band J4 at 5:30, Highroad III at 7:00, and Kyle Scanlan & Friend Comedy at 9:00 – all at the Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – for details, check the Fall Festival’s Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The 6th Annual Blues Festival is tomorrow on the Richland County Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – starting at 4:00, the music will feature some of the most sought-after Blues musicians, plus food vendors and drinks – so bring your family and your chairs as all ages are welcome until 8:00 – after that, it’s for those age 21 and over – sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Council and you can check out their Facebook page online for updates and details – the annual Blues Festival this Saturday in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lawrence County Longbeards, is again preparing for its Annual Women in the Outdoors event, coming up Saturday, September 27th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the park, the event will again feature a wide variety of activities including archery, canoeing, fly fishing, basketweaving, herbal oils & vinegar, geocatching, a nature walk with outdoor photography, and much more – its’ open to area females ages 14 and older and pre-registration is required by September 25th, two weeks from yesterday – for details or to register, call Michelle Waller at 618-943-7538 – or go online at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The annual Wynoose Chowder will be held this Saturday afternoon with serving to start at 4:00 at the Wynoose Community Building, 7 miles south of Noble – they’ll also be serving BBQ pork, plus chicken, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and more – that’s all this Saturday late afternoon and evening down in Wynoose


    The Clay City Fall Festival is all day tomorrow – with an Antique Tractor Show in the morning, the popular parade is at 2:00, then games, plenty of food, an auction, and much more – all ages are invited


    The next area blood drive is tomorrow at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton, from 12:00 to 4:00 – they’ll have refreshments and pork burgers for all donors – so stop by and give the gift of life this Saturday in Newton at Potter’s House Ministry – to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org


    The Dundas Ruritan Club will have its annual “bulk chowder” this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the half gallon or full gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – remember, no glass containers will be filled – priced at $15 per gallon – come on out to Dundas this Saturday for chowder


    It’s another “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – sponsored by the Auxiliary, they’ll have tacos, nachos, taco salad, & much more – members and non-members invited


    The Richland County Farmers Market is again today set up under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – from 11:00 to 4:00, there will be fresh produce and much more available to the public

 

 

 

September 11, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As the strong cold front moved thru overnight, a high pressure ridge will build into the Midwest by the weekend, bringing us cool and dry conditions starting later today and continuing thru midweek, next week – last night’s storms brought some strong winds, heavy rainfall amounts, and some damage to the downstate region, however no injuries – look for a great weather weekend coming up – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – IEMA is encouraging statewide families to plan now for possible emergencies during this National Preparedness Month – this 2014 theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and each week has a special focus – this week, it’s how to plan for specific needs before a disaster – for preparedness tips posted daily, check the Ready Illinois Facebook page or logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A legal battle could be brewing between the University of Illinois and a professor who was given the boot before he even started working – Steven Salaita was supposed to start as a tenured professor in the Native American Studies Program but the U of I withdrew its offer after he posted controversial Tweets about Israeli attacks on Gaza – the Board of Trustees is meeting today to keep him on board or go to court.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings tonight  :  the Richland County Board will have its regular monthly meeting for September tonight in the County Jail meeting room in Olney starting at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00 – plus, all are invited to attend the dedication of the POW/MIA “Chair of Honor” at 6:45 in the Courthouse lobby  :  also tonight, the Jasper County Board has its monthly meeting in the County Office Building in Newton beginning at 7:30.

 

(NEWTON)  Residents in Richland, Jasper, & surrounding counties are encouraged to make plans now to take part in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 16th, five weeks from today – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the goal of the “Drop, Cover, & Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois, across the United States, and around the world – coming off the success of last year’s event, which involved millions of participants from over 40 states, territories, and several other countries, over 15 million people have already registered around the world, including more than 240,000 from Illinois – locally, folks are urged to spread the word to all individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and organizations – to get more information or to register to take part, simply go online, at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus – additional earthquake preparedness and mitigation information is available online at www.ready.illinois.gov or at www.cusec.org – check them out.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded the second and final real estate tax installment is due by the close of office hours today, on this September 11th – payments can be made in person today at the Treasurer’s Office in the Courthouse from 8:00 to 4:00, by mail with a September 11th postmark, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – call the Treasurer’s office if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The 41st Annual Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, kicking off tomorrow evening with the Band Dynamo at 5:30, science experiments for kids at 6:00, some community challenge giveaways at 7:15, the Friday Night Community Challenge from 7:30 to 8:30, and the DQ Family Movie Night starting at 8:45 – then a very busy Saturday with a pancakes & sausage breakfast from 6:00 to 10:00, the Classic Car Show registration from 9:00 to 11:00, and the Annual Fall Festival Parade at 10:00 – plus throughout the day there’ll be various games, a cake walk, pumpkin carving & sidewalk chalk art contests, hay rides, kid’s tractor pulling, bingo, plenty of concessions, and more – the Saturday evening entertainment lineup includes The Band J4 at 5:30, Highroad III at 7:00, and Kyle Scanlan & Friend Comedy at 9:00 – all at the Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – for details, check the Fall Festival’s Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The 6th Annual Blues Festival is set for this Saturday on the Richland County Fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – starting at 4:00, the music will feature some of the most sought-after Blues musicians, plus food vendors and drinks – so bring your family and your chairs as all ages are welcome until 8:00 – after that, it’s for those age 21 and over – sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Council and you can check out their Facebook page online for updates – the annual Blues Festival this Saturday in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lawrence County Longbeards, is again preparing for its Annual Women in the Outdoors event, coming up Saturday, September 27th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the park, the event will again feature a wide variety of activities including archery, canoeing, fly fishing, basketweaving, herbal oils & vinegar, geocatching, a nature walk with outdoor photography, and much more – its’ open to area females ages 14 and older and pre-registration is required by September 25th, two weeks from today – for details or to register, call Michelle Waller at 618-943-7538 – or go online at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s office continues with another Unclaimed Property Auction – from jewelry to stamps, from coins to many other items, all are available for purchase online now thru 10:00 tomorrow morning – to take part, potential buyers must register online to become an active bidder – so logon now at www.treasurer.il.gov for more details or to register for the auction continuing thru Friday.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood & blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville from 2:00 to 6:00  :  then Saturday at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 12:00 to 4:00 with refreshments and pork burgers for all donors  :  for more or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Dundas Ruritan Club will have its annual “bulk chowder” this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the half gallon or full gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – remember, no glass containers will be filled – priced at $15 per gallon – come on out to Dundas this Saturday for chowde

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    The Clay City Fall Festival is this weekend, running this Friday evening and thru the day on Saturday – includes the annual parade, games, plenty of good food, and much more – all ages are invited to attend


    It’s another “taco night” tomorrow night at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – sponsored by the Auxiliary, they’ll have tacos, nachos, taco salad, & much more – members and non-members invited


    A reminder that today is the pickup date for those that pre-ordered Fall Mums from the RMH Auxiliary – that’s from 9:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening at the Olney City Park Community Building – that’s a one-day pickup only, today on this Thursday – the Auxiliary thanks everyone for their orders


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

 

 

 

September 10, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Scattered showers & thunderstorms will spread east across Illinois today, then begin to diminish from the northwest tonight with the passage of the approaching cold front – some storm activity could be severe with heavy rainfall & strong winds – with some lingering showers tomorrow morning, much cooler and drier air will move in and rule for the five or six days and nights – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner went blow for blow in their first face to face meet-up before the November 4th election – the two appeared before the “Chicago Tribune” editorial board yesterday to talk about the issues – but, the two basically ended up throwing jabs on scandalous hiring practices, minimum wage, & education – while Quinn dropped a bomb, saying Republican leaders told him that Rauner offered cash for votes against the pension deal, Rauner continues to lead the polls.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas-based company and two of its Chicago area sales agents, claiming they scammed Illinois residents out of at least $80,000 for membership in a bogus travel club that failed to deliver on its promises of vacation destinations around the globe – officials warn statewide residents that any time they’re offered a “free” prize or an award, this should be a red flag and any contact should be terminated – it’s mostly a scam looking to get personal information.

 

(NEWTON)  Teachers in Highland will hit the picket lines today as 90% of the district’s teachers yesterday rejected the latest contract offer – the 138 to 15 vote shows that the two sides are far apart on the issues involving pay freezes, teacher evaluations, and layoffs – at this time, there are no negotiations planned.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow, September 11th, will be recognized as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance – therefore, all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset – it’s all to pay honor to Illinois’ fallen & those from all across America.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week on Monday night – the Board  :  approved paying property taxes worth $281.41 for the property at 205 South First Street – the process now takes approximately 6 months for the Village to obtain the tax deed  :  agreed to allow only one individual burial per burial plot in the Noble Cemetery, regardless of cremation or not  :  noted that the Village’s water feasibility study has started and should be completed by mid-October  :  noted one owner of a concerned property in Noble has started a cleanup effort – the Village will use the Codebook process to contact other owners of nuisance properties  :  noted that a list of trees within the Village that need to be cut down will be considered at the next meeting  :  also noted that the Village’s Fall Cleanup is scheduled for Friday, September 26th, during the regular early morning trash pickup by Republic Services  :  and took no other action after a 14-minute closed session  :  the Board’s next regular meeting will be September 22nd.

 


(OLNEY)  Yesterday’s USDA Crop Report is out, showing much the same we’ve seen over the past several weeks, including plenty of rainfall and warm temperatures – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged 1.25 inches which is two-thirds of an inch above normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 73 degrees, nearly 2 degrees above normal – the statewide crop conditions continue to be ahead of the 5-year average  :  here in our ten surrounding counties, farmers report the crop conditions continue to be in exceptional shape – still over 80% in good to excellent condition, over 15% fair, and less than 5% poor to very poor – farmers say nearly all the local corn crop is dented, with a quarter of the crop mature, and some harvesting – meanwhile, a third of the soybean crop is turning colors with some fields starting to drop leaves – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2014 fall harvest is underway in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is still accepting applications from the handicapped and elderly for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – 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 communities of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded the second and final real estate tax installment is due this Thursday, September 11th – there are three ways in which payments can be made  :  by mail with a September 11th postmark  :  by using the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse  :  or in person in the Treasurer’s Office, which is open every weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – property owners call the Treasurer’s Office during the same hours if there are any questions or concerns.

 

(NEWTON)  The 41st Annual Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton – it all kicks off this Friday evening with the Band Dynamo from 5:30 to 7:00, with science experiments for kids at 6:00, some community challenge giveaways at 7:15, the Friday Night Community Challenge from 7:30 to 8:30, and the DQ Family Movie Night starting at 8:45 – a very busy Saturday begins with pancakes & sausage breakfast served from 6:00 to 10:00, the Classic Car Show registration from 9:00 to 11:00, with the Annual Fall Festival Parade at 10:00 – throughout the day there’ll be various games, a cake walk, pumpkin carving & sidewalk chalk art contests, hay rides, kid’s tractor pulling, bingo, plenty of concessions, and more – the Saturday evening entertainment lineup includes The Band J4 at 5:30, Highroad III at 7:00, and Kyle Scanlan & Friend Comedy at 9:00 – for more details, check the Fall Festival’s Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the death of a Wayne County teenager this past Monday – the State Police report 16 year old Nicholas O’Daniel of Fairfield was a passenger in car that ran off a rural road, crashed thru a guardrail, and landed in a creek – O’Daniel was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries – the driver, 16 year old Caleb Read of Fairfield, was taken to FMH, then transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – funeral service for the Fairfield High School junior is Friday morning at 10:00 at the Fairfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church with visitation Thursday night.

 

(OLNEY)   An Evansville woman who’d been missing for two months was found alive last weekend in a mobile home in rural Posey County, Indiana – 30 year old Joelle Lockwood had been held against her will in a wooden cage, restricted by a dog collar and leash, wearing only a t-shirt – arrested in the case were 44 year old Kendra Tooley and 37 year old Rick House, both charged with over 10 counts each, ranging from kidnapping to rape – Tooley’s former husband is the hero, safely rescuing Lockwood last Saturday night.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – here’s upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield from 11:30 to 5:30  :  tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville from 2:00 to 6:00  :  then Saturday at the Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 12:00 noon to 4:00 with refreshments and pork burgers for all donors  :  for details or to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The annual Wynoose Chowder will be held this Saturday afternoon with serving to start at 4:00 at the Wynoose Community Building, 7 miles south of Noble – they’ll also be serving BBQ pork, plus chicken, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and more – that’s all this Saturday late afternoon and evening down in Wynoose


    A reminder that tomorrow is the pickup date for those that pre-ordered Fall Mums from the RMH Auxiliary – that’s from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening at the Olney City Park Community Building – that’s a one-day pickup only this Thursday – the Auxiliary thanks everyone for their order


    The Richland County Retired Teachers Association will have its first meeting of this school year this Thursday at The Holiday, starting at 11:00 – all Richland County retirees are invited to attend tomorrow

 

 

 

September 9, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front, our southerly wind flow and humidity level will increase today over the Midwest as we’ll stay mostly dry with some sunshine and clouds mixed up – however, our rain chance will increase thru the day tomorrow – in fact, some of the thunderstorms thru Wednesday night could be severe in nature with locally heavy rain – then dry and cooler after that – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Governor’s race in Illinois is heating up  :  Republican candidate Bruce Rauner says if elected, he would boost education funding within the first year of office – he says a freeze on property taxes and a roll back of the recent income tax hike would provide a nice chunk of money to statewide schools  :  on the other hand, Governor Quinn says the billions of dollars taken away from the state’s bank account in that plan would ultimately hurt statewide schools and students due to the lost revenues down the road.

 

(OLNEY)  Nearly a dozen people in Illinois have fallen sick with a rare virus and several hospitals have recently reported clusters of a severe respiratory illness, especially with children – health officials say the virus is transmitted thru “person-to-person” contact and by touching objects after an infected person has touched them – people can keep the rare “enterovirus” at bay by washing their hands with warm & soapy water, by not shaking hands with those who are sick, and by cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s office is underway with another Unclaimed Property Auction – from jewelry to stamps, from coins to many other items, all are available for purchase online now thru 10:00 Friday morning – to take part, potential buyers must register online to become an active bidder – so logon now at www.treasurer.il.gov to get more information or to register for the auction continuing thru Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved a rezoning request for Lots 49 and 50 on West Catherine Street from R-5 to M-1 – that’s from a Trailer / Mobile Home District to a Light Industrial District  :  agreed to vacate the north / south alley between West Catherine & West Butler Streets  :  agreed to purchase a new heating / air conditioning unit with rebate thru the Energy Now Program  :  had no objections from permission granted to allow alcohol at the Rotary Park on October 11th as requested  :  discussed, but took no action, on proposed landscape waste facility fees and survey, plus no action after discussing Olney City Park maintenance  :  under the City of Olney status report, it was noted that work continues on the East Main Street water main replacement project, plus on the West North Avenue sewer lift station project  :  several upcoming meetings were noted, including an IDOT public meeting to be held in Decatur later this month  :  and it was noted that the City’s Recreation Calendar is now available for viewing on the City’s website, at www.ci.olney.il.us  :  the Council’s next meeting will be September 22nd.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton's Water Department has announced the water service was shutoff early this afternoon for the areas of Hickory Drive and Whiteoak Drive for repairs - once the water service is restored, this area of Newton will be under a boil water order until further notice - the City and its Water Department appreciates the patience of its water customers at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  With the State of Illinois proclaiming next week, September 14th thru 20th as Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department will be out promoting rail safety awareness – during the week, Deputies will take part in enforcement details at various railroad grade crossings in Jasper County to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad crossings and property – in Illinois last year, there were 126 railroad crossing collisions involving motor vehicles which resulted in 21 fatalities and 40 injuries – in addition, there were 52 trespasser incidents last year resulting in 25 deaths and 27 injuries when people trespassed on to railroad property – in fact, Illinois last year ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision and trespasser fatalities involving railroads – for more details, contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office or check out the website available online at www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A Clay County ATV accident over the weekend seriously injured two teenagers – the wreck occurred shortly before 1:30 Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Buckeye Road and Oak Mound Lane, northwest of Flora – a 15 year old boy from Flora and a 14 year old boy from Evansville were both ejected from their three wheeler and four wheeler when they collided – the older teen was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, while the younger teen was taken to Clay County Hospital for injuries.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred late Saturday afternoon in Clark County, two miles south of Casey on Illinois Route 49 – the State Police report 16 year old Tanner May of Marshall was westbound on a county road when he failed to stop, causing a collision with a vehicle northbound on Route 49 – that driver, 45 year old Brad Musgrave of Oblong, along with two passengers, were taken to area hospitals for treatment – May and a passenger were also taken to an area hospital as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – the average county-wide rainfall was at just under three inches of rain, at two inches and ninety-two hundredths (2.92) of an inch of rain to be exact – the township totals ranged from a high of four inches and two tenths (4.20) an inch in Denver Township to a low of two inches even (2.00) in Bonpas Township – the county’s second most total came from Claremont Township with three inches and three tenths (3.33), followed by 3.20 inches in Madison Township, 3 inches even in Noble Township, 2.90 inches in Olney Township, 2.60 inches in Decker, 2.55 inches in German, and 2.50 inches in Preston Township – most of the county’s rain fell this last Monday night and this past Friday night – here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured two inches and eighty one hundredths of an inch of rain during the 7 days – local numbers support state numbers showing this as being one of the wettest summers on record.

 

(NEWTON)  Three out-of-state businesses have been prosecuted for violating Illinois laws governing the importation of fish species that could become invasive, or could potentially spread Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) – investigations by the Illinois Conservation Police have resulted in fines of nearly $30,000 with the potential for additional fines as the remaining case is adjudicated – the businesses cited include : Sweetwater Springs Fish Farm of Peru, Indiana : Realistic Bait of Lowell, Indiana : and Farm Cat, Inc. of Lonoke, Arkansas : for more on this and other things outdoors, logon at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  this week, today thru Friday, West Glenwood Street is closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing, just west of Whittle Avenue – the residents of Fehrenbacher Trailer Court will have access from Route 130 to the west and from Baltimore Street to the northwest  :  also, today thru  Friday, West Elm Street, from Woodlawn Street to West Main Street, is closed to all traffic for sewer main construction work  :  the City of Olney appreciates the cooperation and patience at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s a note from the Jasper County School District – workers will be spraying pesticide on Chivesky Field, the football field at Newton Community High School today, on this Tuesday – therefore, folks are asked to avoid the area around the field for at least 24 hours – so again, pesticides will be sprayed today on the football field at the High School in Newton – all should avoid the area for the next 24 hours.

 

REMINDERS :
    Potter’s House Ministry and the American Red Cross are teaming up for a community Blood Drive this Saturday, from 12 noon to 4:00 – while all types of blood and blood platelets are especially needed, all donors are invited – pork burgers and refreshments will be provided for those that show up and give blood


    The Dundas Ruritan Club will have its annual “bulk chowder” this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the half gallon or full gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – remember, no glass containers will be filled – priced at $15 per gallon – come on out to Dundas this Saturday for chowder


    The Clay City Fall Festival is this weekend, running this Friday evening and thru the day on Saturday – includes the annual parade, games, plenty of good food, and much more – all ages are invited to attend


    A reminder that this Thursday is the pickup date for those that pre-ordered Fall Mums from the RMH Auxiliary – that’s from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening at the Olney City Park Community Building – that’s a one-day pickup only this Thursday – the Auxiliary thanks everyone for their order


    The East Richland School District will host another Parent Workshop this week, talking about the 8 Habits & Family Goals – that’s this evening at 6:00 with a free meal at 5:30 or tomorrow morning at 11:00, both times at the Elementary School in Olney – free childcare is also provided – call 395-8540, ext. 603


    The Richland County Farmers Market has fresh produce and more available today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is invited to stop by and check it out