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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

 

 

 

September 8, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure ridge that gave us fantastic weather conditions yesterday will shift farther east today, allowing a southerly wind flow and a slight warming trend – a low pressure system out west will bring us our next chance of rain on Wednesday, maybe as early as tomorrow night, but then ending by Thursday morning – then cooler air moving in for the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ pension systems still have a $100 billion shortfall and according to Moody’s credit rating agency, that’s the worst in the nation – officials say the state’s three year average liability is over 258 percent – although lawmakers came up with a plan to shore up the system it’s been held up in the courts.

 

(OLNEY)  Since last Tuesday more than 2,000 people began the application process to register for a medical cannabis ID card thru the State Department of Public Health – officials say this number is much higher than expected – qualifying patients with last names “A” thru “L” can submit applications now thru October 31st – those with last names “M” thru “Z” can submit apps November 1st thru December 31st – beginning in 2015, applications can be submitted at any time – for more logon at www.mcpp.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging families across the state to plan now for possible emergencies during this National Preparedness Month of September – this year’s 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 – while preparedness tips are posted daily on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois), details are available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(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 Jasper County Health Department is offering another DUI Risk Education Class this week in Newton – that’s today thru Thursday, each afternoon from 2:00 to 4:30 – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a spot in the class, plus the $110 cash per person fee should be paid before this afternoon’s class begins – to register or for details, call the Department offices now at 618-783-4154.

 

(OLNEY)  The Embarras River Basin Agency continues to accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the elderly and handicapped – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office to set up an appointment or for more information – for Richland County, in Olney, call 618-395-2714 – for Jasper County, in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – the other seven ERBA Offices are located in the towns of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(NEWTON)  A statewide Back-to-School Parent Webinar will be held tomorrow night starting at 7:00 – held in conjunction with the Illinois PTA, various topics will be covered, including discussion on the new State Learning Standards, on the promotion of partnership between parents & school, and on the new online state assessments – the Webinar will be led by State Superintendent Dr. Christopher Koch – the registration information is available online at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/185876249 –  or for more information or details, contact the Regional Office of Education #12 located in the Richland County Courthouse in Olney.

 

(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)  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 EIU’s Lawson Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield from 11:30 to 5:30  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville from 2:00 to 6:00  :  to schedule an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of municipal meetings in Richland County tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 in the Olney City Hall with several items on the agenda  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at 7:00 in the Village Hall in Noble  :  as always, both meetings are open to the public.

 

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


    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 ABATE of Richland County will have its regular monthly meeting this Friday night at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – starting at 7:00, anyone can attend – ABATE fights to protect the rights of all motorcycle riders and advocates motorcycle safety – all are invited to attend


    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


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


    The RMH Auxiliary has a fundraising Thirty-One Sale today from 8:00 until 4:00 – that’s in the private dining rooms at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – proceeds go to support Auxiliary projects at RMH

 

 

 

September 6, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As the storm system that moved thru last night continues off to the east, a surface high pressure will settle over the Midwest by tonight, bringing with it dry and cool air for the rest of the weekend and into the first part of next week – another storm system will bring our next rain chance by next Tuesday night and Wednesday – but then cooler air moves in for the end of next week – listen for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The thunderstorms that moved thru the region last night came and moved on rather quickly – in fact, the National Weather Service issued no weather warnings last night due to fact that the storms were so scattered – however, most of them included some very dangerous lightning and some heavy rain – there were several power outages and some damage as utility crews are out in extra force this morning trying to restore electricity to those areas hit hardest – at this point, no injuries have been reported by authorities.

 

(OLNEY)  One of our sister stations is temporarily off the air until further notice – 740 AM WVLN will be back up and running as soon as possible – we apologize for any inconvenience – for Richland County listeners, tune in to our low power 107.1 FM WVLN station for the latest from CBS Sports Radio around the clock – listeners from anywhere can catch the latest from CBS Sports online at www.wvlnam.com

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(NEWTON)  In state news – a Springfield judge says the legal questions about the state’s pension reform law could be answered sooner than expected – Unions for teachers and state employees have challenged the law which changes the pension system in ways designed to reduce the system’s $100 billion debt – since the State Supreme Court’s recent ruling against a law requiring retirees to pay more for health insurance, it could set the stage for quicker action by the state’s high court on the larger pension reform issue in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded the second and final real estate tax installment is due next 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 Jasper County Health Department will offer another DUI Risk Education Class next week in Newton – that’s next Monday thru Thursday, September 8th thru 11th, from 2:00 to 4:30 each afternoon – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a spot in the class, plus the $110 cash per person fee should be paid before Monday’s class begins – to register or for details, call the JCHD at 618-783-4154.

 

(OLNEY)  Baby Huey’s Recycling will be in Olney today, from 9:00 to 1:00, in the city parking lot, at the corner of Butler and Boone Streets – they’ll be collecting electronics, appliances, most things metal, and some things automotive – the City of Olney will also have an oil tank to collect used motor oil as well – recyclables only will be accepted – the parking lot will be monitored at all times today from 9:00 to 1:00.

 

(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 Family Video in Olney from 11:00 to 3:00  :  next Monday at EIU’s Lawson Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  next Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Wednesday at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield from 11:30 to 5:30  :  next Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also next Thursday at the Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville from 2:00 to 6:00  :  to schedule an appointment or for more information, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the City of Olney  :  next week, Monday thru Friday, West Glenwood Street will be 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.

 

REMINDERS :
    The East Richland School District will host another Parent Workshop next week, talking about the 8 Habits & Family Goals – that’s next Tuesday evening at 6:00 with a free meal at 5:30 or next Wednesday morning at 11:00, both times at the Elementary School in Olney – free childcare is also provided – those interested should call to attend by contacting Jennifer at the Elementary School – call 395-8540, ext. 603


    The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will feature this weekend the final performances of the musical variety cabaret “The Caffeine Fix” – tickets are at the door an hour before each show – that’s tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow at 2:00 (Illinois times) – logon at www.oldtownplayers.org


    The Newton American Legion Post #20 will host a fundraising dance tonight from 7:00 to 10:00 with the band Ambraw Country – proceeds will benefit Emma Kocher, a 7 year old Ste. Marie girl who’s been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer – all free will donations at the door go to the family for expenses


    The Jamboree Show at Gym Bob’s in Bible Grove is this afternoon at 1:00, featuring Mike Porter, Marsha Banning, and the Panther Creek Band – plus other guests and musicians – admission is $7


   The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six regular sites in Richland County – all newspapers, slick ads, plastic bags, aluminum cans, magazines, and computer paper should be bundled separately before dropped off – the Crazyhorse 4-H’ers are this month’s sponsors


    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 5, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  While the lingering heat and humidity hangs around for one more day, our weather changer is approaching from the west/northwest – the cold front will bring scattered rain chances late this afternoon, although the better chance of rain is later tonight, after dark, thru the overnight hours – then a surface high pressure will settle in with cool and dry conditions thru the first of next week – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A new poll shows big leads for two incumbents – State Attorney General Lisa Madigan is leading her GOP challenger Paul Schimpf by 24 points, while Secretary of State Jesse White has a 35 point lead over Republican Mike Webster – the Reboot Illinois survey of voters shows that both incumbents have most of their votes coming from Chicago & the collar counties – the GOP hopefuls have downstate support.

 

(OLNEY)  Ameren customers will be dishing out a little more cash if they refuse to upgrade to advanced meters – the Illinois Commerce Commission has given the utility giant the green light to charge people $20 if they don’t comply with the improvements – the new meters are being installed now and will continue thru 2019 – customers can avoid the charge by calling Ameren now to schedule a meter exchange at no cost.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is the final day of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s annual conference in Springfield – more than 1,000 emergency responders from across the state are attending the two day event, covering topics like cyber-security awareness, terrorism in families, and understanding infectious diseases.

 

(OLNEY)  One of our sister stations is temporarily off the air until further notice due to transmitter problems – 740 AM WVLN will be back up and running as soon as possible as our Forcht Broadcasting engineers are working on the problem – we appreciate all of our listeners and apologize for any inconvenience – for those in Richland County, tune in to our low power 107.1 FM WVLN station for the latest from CBS Sports Radio around the clock – folks can also catch the latest online at www.wvlnam.com.

 

(NEWTON)  Residents in Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties are urged to make plans now to take part in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 16th – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the goal of this “Drop, Cover, and 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 more than 40 states & territories, and several other countries, over 15.1 million people have already registered around the world, including more than 300,000 from Illinois – locally, folks are encouraged to spread the work 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 perparedness and mitigation information is available online at www.ready.illinois.gov or at www.cusec.org – check them out.

 

(OLNEY)  A statewide Back-to-School Parent Webinar will be offered next Tuesday night, September 9th, starting at 7:00 – held in conjunction with the Illinois Parent Teacher Association, various topics will be covered, including discussion on the new State Learning Standards, on the promotion of partnership between parents & school, and on the new online state assessments – the Webinar will be led by State Superintendent Dr. Christopher Koch – go online at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/185876249 for registration information, or call the Regional Office of Education #12 Office in Olney for more details.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department will offer another DUI Risk Education Class next week in Newton – that’s next Monday thru Thursday, September 8th thru 11th, from 2:00 to 4:30 each afternoon – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a spot in the class, plus the $100 cash per person fee should be paid before Monday’s class begins – to register or for details, call the JCHD at 618-783-4154.

 

(OLNEY)  City officials have announced that Baby Huey’s Recycling will be in Olney tomorrow, from 9:00 to 1:00, in the city parking lot, at the corner of Butler and Boone Streets – they’ll be collecting electronics, appliances, most things metal, and some things automotive, such as vehicle parts, batteries, and pumps – the City of Olney will also have an oil tank to collect used motor oil as well – and remember, only recyclables will be accepted – the parking lot will be monitored at all times – that’s this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at Family Video in Olney from 11:00 to 3:00  :  next Monday at EIU’s Lawson Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  next Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Wednesday at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield from 11:30 to 5:30  :  next Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also next Thursday at the Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville from 2:00 to 6:00  :  to schedule an appointment or for more information, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  next week, Monday thru Friday, September 8th thru 12th, West Glenwood Street will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing just west of Whittle Avenue for repair work – the residents of Fehrenbacher Trailer Court will have access from Route 130 to the west and from Baltimore Street to the northwest  :  plus don’t forget that West North Avenue, between Shields Street and Wilson Street, will be closed to all traffic until further notice, due to construction work on the city’s West North Avenue waste water pumping station  :  your patience during this work is appreciated.

 

REMINDERS :
    The East Richland School District will host another Parent Workshop next week, talking about the 8 Habits & Family Goals – that’s next Tuesday evening at 6:00 with a free meal at 5:30 or next Wednesday morning at 11:00, both times at the Elementary School in Olney – free childcare is also provided – those interested should call to attend by contacting Jennifer at the Elementary School – call 395-8540, ext. 603


    The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will feature this weekend the three final performances of the musical variety cabaret “The Caffeine Fix” – tickets are at the door an hour before each show – that’s tonight & Saturday night at 7:00, Sunday at 2:00 (Illinois times) – www.oldtownplayers.org


    The Newton American Legion Post #20 will host a fundraising dance tomorrow night from 7:00 to 10:00 with the band Ambraw Country – proceeds will benefit Emma Kocher, a 7 year old Ste. Marie girl who’s been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer – all free will donations at the door go to the family for expenses


    The Jamboree Show at Gym Bob’s in Bible Grove is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00, featuring Mike Porter & Marsha Banning with the Panther Creek Band – other guests as well – admission is $7


   The monthly 4-H recycling drive is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six regular sites in Richland County – all newspapers, slick ads, plastic bags, aluminum cans, magazines, and computer paper should be bundled separately before dropped off – the Crazyhorse 4-H’ers are this month’s sponsors


    While the Olney Tigers open up their home high school football schedule in Olney this Friday night – it’s also Military Appreciation Night at ERHS – everyone is invited out to the tailgating before the game, to be located just north of the football field – starting at around 5:30, hamburgers will be available courtesy of the First National Bank in Olney – a special invitation to all area Veterans as well – we’ll see you tonight


    The Olney VFW will host the first of its two monthly dances tonight from 7:00 to 10:00 – must be at least 21 years of age to attend – the featured band this Friday night will be “Liberty Road”


    The Richland County Farmers Market has more fresh produce and more today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s from 11:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon – the public is welcome


    The Jasper County Republicans will have a pork burger fundraiser today with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – pork burgers will be $2.50 and chips and drinks also available – deliveries of large orders can be made by calling 618-783-3722 or by calling 618-554-5870

 

 

 

September 4, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  While on the south side of a warm front to our north and just ahead of an approaching cold front from the west, our Midwestern weather today will warm up with more humid air moving in – then tomorrow even warmer, but with a chance of scattered rain developing – the better chance of rain will be Friday night thru early Saturday morning – then it should be dry and cooler for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  New gubernatorial ads are out – Republican hopeful Bruce Rauner is vowing on TV to freeze property taxes, while the Governor’s web-only spots say Rauner spends more money annually on wine than the average Illinois household spends “on everything” – a new poll shows Rauner with a 45% to 37% edge, with 18% in limbo – Rauner leads among women & downstate voters – Quinn has a slight lead in Chicago.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has scheduled 17 public meetings to be held over the next 8 weeks, seeking input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Program for fiscal years 2016 to 2021 – the first two meetings next Monday & Tuesday are in Collinsville & Carlyle from 4:00 to 6:00 – the only other downstate meeting will be September 24th in Carterville – all others are from Decatur north.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging families across the state to plan now for possible emergencies during this National Preparedness Month of September – this year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and each week has a special focus – this week, it’s how to reconnect with family after a disaster – while daily preparedness tips are posted daily on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois), details are available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  One of our sister stations is temporarily off the air until further notice due to transmitter problems – 740 AM WVLN will be back up and running as soon as possible as our Forcht Broadcasting engineers are working on the problem – we appreciate all of our listeners and apologize for any inconvenience – for those in Richland County, tune in to our low power 107.1 FM WVLN station for the latest from CBS Sports Radio around the clock – folks can also catch the latest online at www.wvlnam.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition held its annual golf outing last month at the Salem Country Club, the largest such outing the Coalition has held – a total of 17 teams took part from all along the Route 50 corridor – during the luncheon, those attending had a chance to listen to various mayors and county representatives – one of the keynote speakers was State Representative John Cavaletto from Marion County – the Coalition wants to thank everyone that took part and helped out with the fundraising event – to learn more about the Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition, check its website online at www.us50coalition.com.

 

(NEWTON)  As the ongoing investigation into Governor Pat Quinn’s failed $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) continues, State Representative David Reis made good on a promise to attempt a search of state email records related to the NRI scandal – a member of the Legislative Audit Commission, Reis visited the Department of Central Management Services in Springfield yesterday to conduct his search, however CMS officials denied the downstate lawmaker access to their email systems – while the Governor has pledged to be open & transparent about the issue, Representative Reis witnessed the denial of his rights as a legislator to review state records as the Governor’s people are not following his own orders – the rural Jasper County native will now continue his search by other means with more debate expected ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  In Tuesday’s USDA Crop Report, Illinois’ crops continue to look good with the fall harvest now just weeks away – last week’s statewide precipitation average was just over 1 inch (1.08), while the state’s average temperature was 77.6 degrees, 4.2 degrees above normal – the statewide crop development is this year ahead of the 5-year average  :  farmers in our ten county region report nearly all the local corn crop is finishing the dough stage, with nearly 80% now denting and less than 10% now mature – the local soybean crop is nearly complete in setting pods with a small percentage of bean fields starting to turn colors – the local crops are still rated over 80% good to excellent, over 15% fair, and 5% or less rated poor to very poor.

 

(NEWTON)  Area hunters are reminded of a couple of deadlines : permit applications will be accepted thru next Monday, September 8th, for random daily drawings for firearm & muzzleloader deer permits : also resident hunters may apply online thru next Tuesday, September 9th, for the second lottery for the 2014 public duck & goose hunting area permit program – the third lottery deadline is later this month, September 23rd : for all things hunting and outdoors, check the State DNR’s website at www.dnr.illinois.gov online.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that Baby Huey’s Recycling will be in town this Saturday, from 9:00 to 1:00,  in the city parking lot, at the corner of Butler and Boone Streets, collecting electronics, appliances, most things metal, and some things automotive, such as vehicle parts, batteries, and pumps – the City of Olney will also have an oil tank to collect used motor oil as well – and remember, only recyclables will be accepted – the parking lot will be monitored at all times – that’s this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00.

 

(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 Bethlehem General Baptist Church in Vincennes from 1:00 to 5:00, Illinois time  :  this Saturday at Family Video in Olney from 11:00 to 3:00  :  to schedule an appointment or for more information, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Embarras River Basin Agency continues to accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the elderly and handicapped – those eligible should call their local ERBA Office to set up an appointment or for more information – for Richland County, in Olney, call 618-395-2714 – for Jasper County, in Newton, call 618-783-3987 – the other seven ERBA Offices are located in the towns of Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

REMINDERS :
    The City of Olney has announced that West North Avenue, between Shields Street and Wilson Street, will be closed to all thru traffic until further notice – all due to construction work on the city’s West North Avenue waste water pumping station – the city appreciates the patience of all drivers in this area of town


    The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will feature this weekend the three final performances of the musical variety cabaret “The Caffeine Fix” – tickets are at the door an hour before each show – that’s Friday & Saturday nights at 7:00, Sunday at 2:00 (Illinois times) – www.oldtownplayers.org


    The local chapters of Whitetails Unlimited will host their Central Illinois Banquet this Saturday evening at the KC Hall in Effingham – doors open at 4:00 – for ticket information and more, call 217-663-3142
    The Jamboree Show at Gym Bob’s in Bible Grove is this Saturday afternoon at 1:00, featuring Mike Porter & Marsha Banning with the Panther Creek Band – other guests as well – admission is $7


   The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six regular sites in Richland County – all newspapers, slick ads, plastic bags, aluminum cans, magazines, and computer paper should be bundled separately before dropped off – the Crazyhorse 4-H’ers are this month’s sponsors


    While the Olney Tigers open up their home high school football schedule in Olney this Friday night – it’s also Military Appreciation Night at ERHS – everyone is invited out to the tailgating before the game, to be located just north of the football field – starting at around 5:30, hamburgers will be available courtesy of the First National Bank in Olney – a special invitation to all area Veterans as well – we’ll see you Friday night


    The Olney VFW will host the first of its two monthly dances tomorrow night from 7:00 to 10:00 – must be at least 21 years of age to attend – the featured band this Friday night will be “Liberty Road”


    The Jasper County Republicans will have a pork burger fundraiser tomorrow with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – pork burgers will be $2.50 and chips and drinks also available – deliveries of large orders can be made by calling 618-783-3722 or by calling 618-554-5870


    The “After Chowder” meeting in Parkersburg is tonight at 7:00 with all those involved in this year’s event encouraged to attend – that’s tonight at the Parkersburg Community Building at 7:00


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