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Local News

September 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an approaching cold front moves in from the northwest, the Tropical Depression that once was Hurricane Irma moves in from the southeast – our scattered rain chances increase thru the day today, with more rain chances tonight thru tomorrow – but rain from the south will eventually push off to the northeast and we’ll dry out Thursday thru Sunday, plus a warm up into the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois’ top education advisor is leaving her post this Friday – Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will join a national nonprofit group with an undisclosed position – Purvis joined the Rauner Administration in 2015 and was instrumental in leading the push for the recent school funding bill which has now been signed into law – no replacement plans have been announced as first lady Diana Rauner’s chief of staff, Emily Bastedo, will now oversee the Governor’s education policy team.

 

(OLNEY)  Downstate motorists are reminded to be extra alert while traveling this fall – not only are area farmers moving from field to field for the 2017 fall harvest, but with the field cover disappearing due to harvest, the area deer population will become more active as their rut season is approaching – while the deer are most active in the early morning and late evening hours, especially along wooded areas, farmers are obviously on the road around the clock with farm equipment and grain trucks – let’s stay safe out there.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois may now use crossbows during archery hunting seasons, including the Illinois Archery Deer Season and the Illinois Fall Turkey Archery Season beginning Sunday, October 1st – it all came about as the Governor signed into law a House Bill to amend the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois – the law previously allowed the use of crossbows for archery hunting by persons age 62 or older & those with disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the DNR – for more, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  accepted the $51,225 quote from Beachy Construction to build an accessory storage building at the Olney Wastewater Treatment Plant to be completed as soon as possible  :  heard the Annual Audit Report from Kemper CPA Group, showing a clean audit with no findings discovered  :  due to a previous technicality, approved funding of water & sewer extensions for the Parkside Plaza LLC Hotel Project, just west of the Olney City Park, due to State EPA requirements for a city-funded project  :  also approved a redevelopment agreement between the City of Olney and Parkside Inn LLC  :  amended the Peddlers & Solicitors portion of the City’s Municipal Code whereas the City of Olney will offer plastic cards for city residents to place near their front door, stating whether solicitors are accepted or not – the one-time $1 cards are available at the Olney City Hall  :  agreed to allow the City’s Tree Board to decide on where to plant donated trees near the Soccer Field and Aquatic Center in Musgrove Park  :  approved the reappointment of Paul Wirth to the Richland County Airport Authority as recommended  :  and approved six raffle licenses as presented  :  no executive session was held  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be September 25th.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues today into a single vehicle traffic accident that occurred at 6:00 early yesterday (Monday) morning, located 2 miles southwest of  Wheeler in Jasper County – the Illinois State Police report 54 year old Lori A. Westendorf of  Wheeler was southbound on a county road when her pickup truck swerved to avoid hitting a deer crossing the roadway, ran off the road, struck the ditch, and rolled onto its side – Westendorf was flown from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana – no tickets were issued – Jasper County emergency personnel also responded to the scene to assist the Illinois State Police.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due today, this September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open today from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the drop box located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5 percent penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after today, on this September 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, it was the driest week so far in 2017 as none of the nine townships received any rainfall at all, plus no rain was recorded at the Farm Bureau office in Olney – that’s for the recording period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – we also received no rain for the week here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – it was more dry and cool weather across the state – the statewide average temperature was 63.2 degrees, which is 6.8 degrees below normal – the average precipitation around the state was just under one tenth of an inch (0.09), just over a half inch (0.55) below normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn condition was 56% good to excellent and 32% fair, while the beans were 57% good to excellent and 30% fair  :  farmers in the ten county area report 85% of the local corn crop is denting, with over a third (35%) now mature, & a tenth of local corn (10%) now harvested – over half (55%) the local soybean fields are turning colors with a quarter of the bean (25%) fields now dropping leaves  :  farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest in well underway.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Extension Offices, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is offering a Hunter Education Class for youth wanting to secure a hunting license – the class will be held on three consecutive nights, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 25th, 26th, and 27th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each evening, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, just off of U.S. Route 50, between Sumner and Lawrenceville – while there is no fee for the class, registration starts at 5:30 each evening, with class size limited to the first 100, plus participates must attend all three sessions – youth must be 10 years of age or older, although its IDNR policy that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education courses by an adult or guardian – register online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww  – for details, call the Richland County Extension office in Olney at  618-395-2191  or the Lawrence County Extension office in Lawrenceville at  618-943-5018.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ this Thursday night across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out this Thursday night.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Community Engagement Session is tonight at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, starting at 6:30, with two main topics for discussion – to explore renovation ideas for the Richland County High School & to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – tonight’s session is the third such meeting on the topic, following two that were held earlier this past spring, however it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tonight – in fact, all residents are urged to attend tonight to add input to develop a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  tomorrow & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet this Thursday at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist


    The Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 130 in Olney, will have its Customer Appreciation Day and Grand Re-Opening today – includes free coffee and doughnuts from now to 9:00 this morning and free pork burgers from 11:00 to 1:00 – plus spin the Prize Wheel from 7:00 to 3:00 to win special prizes and a grand prize drawing for a Yeti Cooler is at 3:00 – the Rooster will also be hosting open interviews for potential workers from now to 3:00 today as well – all are invited to the Red Rooster in Olney

 

 

 

September 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Not much of a shift in the forecast for today as the high pressure in the Upper Midwest will keep our sky mostly clear & dry on this Monday – however, as it moves eastward our clouds increase for tonight as the remnants of Hurricane Irma move in our direction – the chance of us getting wet increases tomorrow thru Wednesday – then we’re back to a dry sky Thursday and for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is in day two of his eight day trip to Japan and China – it’s the first international trade mission for the Governor and several other business and state leaders – lasting until Sunday, the Governor will work on attracting foreign job creators & future trade.

 

(OLNEY)  Utility companies around the state are sending crews and contractors to Florida to help provide restoration assistance as the state braces for cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irma – this comes after several such companies and cooperatives sent crews to Texas to help in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey – the State National Guard is also on the road to help with the relief and recovery efforts in Florida as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program is seeing fewer World War II Veterans on its trips to the nation’s capital – the next trip tomorrow includes 40 Korean Veterans, 37 Vietnam-era Veterans, and 3 from World War II – officials say part of the reason for the drop is that most of the World War II Vets in Illinois who have applied have already made a flight – plus the numbers of World War II Vets are declining – the nonprofit program, takes Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit war memorials and military sites.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library & Rotary Club of Olney are bringing a nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit to the area highlighting the events of September 11th, 2001 – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney on October 11th, a month from today, with a procession led by representatives from the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and will be stationed in the public parking lot across from the County Courthouse along East Main Street in downtown Olney – while exhibit officials and local volunteers will be setting up on Wednesday, October 11th, no tours will be given that day – then the following day on Thursday, October 12th, the exhibit will be open only to students from the Richland County Schools, grades 8 thru 12 – the exhibit will then be open to the general public the following two days, Friday, October 13th, from 1:00 to 7:00, and Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 to 4:00 – the high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of the events that took place on 9-11 and the exhibit is intended to serve as an educational tool – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit was established by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in honor of Siller, a New York City firefighter who gave his life helping others on 9-11 – we hope all area residents will make plans to take time and tour the exhibit, with free admission, all in honor of the 9-11 events that occurred sixteen years ago today, on this September 11th, back in 2001.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois cash rent county estimates for 2017 – the state’s average amount was at $218 per acre for non-irrigated land and at $38 per acre for pastureland  :  the average for non-irrigated land in Illinois’ fifteen East / Southeast Counties was at $195 per acre – that includes a high estimate of $262 per acre in Moultrie County and a low $147 per acre in Clay County – the Jasper County number was reported at $154 per acre, with Crawford County at $163, Cumberland County at $185, and Coles County at $246 – lower numbers included Effingham County at $155, Lawrence County at $149, and no estimate provided for Richland County  :  the average for non-irrigated land in Illinois’ twelve Southeast Counties was at $132 per acre – that includes a high estimate of $166 per acre in Wabash County to a low  $112 per acre in Franklin County – while both Edwards & Wayne Counties are at $122 per acre, White County was at $143 per acre  :  all numbers were provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5% penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after tomorrow, September 12th.

 

(NEWTON)  A huge “thank you” goes out from those in charge of this past weekend’s Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – the fantastic weather led to a great turnout by the public for all the events of Saturday & Sunday – thanks to those that attended and to all the great businesses and sponsors that helped make it a great success – also to all the vendors, entertainers, and others that made it another great event in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  A “thank you” goes out to everyone that helped make this past Friday & Saturday great days for the successful Olney Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Charity Drive in Olney – 81 volunteers completed 70 hours of collecting donations to benefit Richland County programs in Special Olympics, Special Needs Classes, and the ARC Summer Program – thanks for all the generosity and support this year and in the past.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that former Congressman and past SIU President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker hosted by the Clay County Democratic Central Committee this coming Friday night, the 15th, at the Clay City Community Building, starting at 6:30 – also at the free event will be gubernatorial candidate Bob Daiber and representatives from the Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, & Daniel Biss campaigns, plus a representative from State Comptroller Susana Mendoza – also in attendance will be candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District, including Carl Spoerer, Anthony March, and Kevin Gaither, plus Cynthia Givens, the 109th Illinois House seat candidate will be on hand – the event is free to the public.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  Wednesday & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional supply of blood.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Olney City Council has a full agenda to consider tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, beginning at 7:00  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Forrest Ridge Church, south of Noble, will host its annual Homecoming this Sunday, featuring Larry Cook as the guest speaker – it’s Sunday School at 10:00 in the morning and Worship to follow at 11:00


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome


    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop this Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – the workshop will be taught by art instructor Bill Meyer – it’s $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil – it’s $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call  618-838-4130


    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue in Olney


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The annual meeting of Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women will be this Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Patoka – it starts with registration and fellowship at 9:00 in the morning followed by the election and installation of District officers and lunch – Matt Henson of “Living the Adventure Ministries” based in Albion is the featured speaker – for reservations, call  618-846-2484


    The Richland County FACTS will have its next Community Engagement Session tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – the primary topics are to explore renovation ideas of the high school facility & to examine possible funding options – all residents are encouraged to attend & add input


    The Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 130 in Olney, will have its Customer Appreciation Day and Grand Re-Opening tomorrow – includes free coffee and doughnuts from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning and free pork burgers from 11:00 to 1:00 – plus spin the Prize Wheel from 7:00 to 3:00 to win special prizes and a grand prize drawing for a Yeti Cooler is at 3:00 – the Red Rooster will also be hosting open interviews for potential workers from 8:00 to 3:00 tomorrow as well – all are invited to stop by

 

 

 

September 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure centered over the Great Lakes will continue to control our downstate weather with more dry and mild conditions today thru tomorrow – then after a dry Monday, it appears that moisture from Hurricane Irma will drive our only chance of rain next week on Tuesday, maybe Wednesday – however, the bulk of that rain will stay along and southeast of the Ohio River Valley – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Attorney General’s office is urging residents to take precautions after credit-monitoring company Equifax said a breach exposed information about 143 million Americans – the Atlanta-based company is being called upon to provide free credit freezes to all customers – Equifax says the files were accessed between May and July of this year and the theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, even driver’s license numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due next Tuesday, September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5% penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after next Tuesday, September 12th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Dundas School Reunion is tomorrow at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees should bring a covered dish – drinks and table ware will be provided


    It’s a Tailgate Sunday morning tomorrow in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 with Illusionist John Louis, a family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited out


    The Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton begins with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church this morning from now until 10:00 – the Classic Car Show registration is at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and entertainment


    The Pink Warriors Support Group has their “Happy Days Again” event this evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 50’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment


    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction is this evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the cost is by donation & carry-out orders available – all proceeds go to help provide a service dog to a local boy Tuk, who’s diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Autism


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn is this evening at the KC Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, by a free will donation – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, & raffles


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is this evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    A benefit for Mark Geier is today with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin – all vehicles will leave at 12 noon – then back for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus raffle drawing & auction


    The Clay City Fall Festival has started with this morning’s Firemen’s breakfast from now until 9:00, then the Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/& a petting zoo at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is today with serving at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    Noble native Gary Totten has a book signing this afternoon at the Olney Public Library, from 1:00 to 5:00 – Gary’s book “The Life of A Dog” and other tales includes stories from the rural Heartland – all ages are invited out this afternoon to meet Gary and his wonder dog, Bettie – also, check out his book as well   

 

 

 

September 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another nice day ahead for our downstate area on this Friday as we’ll experience more sunshine, a light wind, and more mild temperatures – a Canadian high pressure will build into the Upper Midwest this weekend, giving us even more cool & dry conditions now thru mid-week of next week – it’s still not clear how the remnants of Hurricane Irma will affect our weather next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois’ scores for the ACT college entrance exam have increased for 2017 as the number of statewide students taking the test has dropped – the 21.4 score across all four subjects on the exam again topped the national average of  21 and was the highest score in Illinois since 2012 – the state also exceeded national averages on percentage of students considered college-ready.

 

(OLNEY)  Owners of a one-time silica mine in downstate Illinois are donating the property to a group that works to help the endangered Indiana bat – the Southern Illinoisan reports that a deal that was decades in the making came to a close last week as the Michigan-based company Unimin gave ownership of the Magazine Mine near Elco to the Organization for Bat Conservation – it’s estimated that the mine will be the protected home of more than 45,000 endangered bats – some reconstruction work will begin next spring.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois State Representative Brandon Phelps has stepped down – the Harrisburg Democrat’s resignation from the seat that he’s held in the downstate 118th District since 2003 was effective a week ago today – in a released statement, Phelps says he resigned in “the interest of his personal health” – Phelps injured one of his eyes in a hunting accident years ago and problems with that eye have caused him to miss time in the General Assembly in recent years – during his 14 years in Springfield, Phelps was a proponent of hunting & farming – he was a strong force in helping push thru the state’s Concealed Carry Act in 2013.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police District 12 has announced the results of recent Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Effingham & Cumberland Counties – the patrols provided extra coverage for the State Police so Troopers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up – there were 45 total citations issued, with 31 safety belt citations and with 11 total written warnings – however, there were no child restraint citations issued – these patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law – the project is funded thru the IDOT.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to a couple of administrators in the Richland County School District  :  it was this past Tuesday at its annual fall meeting, that the Wabash Valley Region of the Illinois Principals Association awarded Richland County School District Superintendent Larry Bussard with the Stan Struckmeyer Award, a presentation in honor of the long-time Principal of Edwards County High School in Albion whose career was shortened due to his battle with Multiple Sclerosis – the criteria for this year’s award is “consistent achievement” as displayed by Mr. Bussard who began his career in education with the East Richland School District in 1989 as a Junior High Math and High School Physical Education Teacher – Mr. Bussard then advanced thru the ranks, serving over the years as High School Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and now Superintendent, being the first in the Richland County School District to achieve this process – congratulations to Larry Bussard for his 27-plus years of service to the East Richland / Richland County School District  :  also congratulations to Richland County Middle School Assistant Principal Darrell Houchin, who also on Tuesday night, was named the Wabash Valley IPA Assistant Principal of the Year  :  two awards well deserved here in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular session earlier this week – here’s a review of that meeting’s unofficial minutes – the Council  :  accepted the $112,546 bid from B & T Drainage for the South Van Buren Street water system replacement project  :  agreed to appoint Vita Kistner to the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals  :  agreed to send Newton Police officers to a Taser Training Course  :  agreed to send the City Clerk to the MCI Academy training  :  approved the Illinois Commerce Commission agreement for the Indiana Railroad repair of the Liberty Street crossing  :  approved a Special Event Permit application for a 5K Run/Walk to be held November 4th  :  and took no other action after an 18 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council has its next regular meeting September 19th.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Olney Central College Automotive Service Technology Program has a new piece of instruction equipment – this fall the program’s students have access to a new automobile lift which was purchased with funding provided from the Olney Central College Foundation – officials say the acquisition of the program’s third lift will enable students to undertake more projects in the hands-on program at OCC – with the need for skilled automotive technicians continuing to increase, now’s a great time for both high school graduates and other individuals looking for a second career to consider entering the Automotive Service Technology Program – for details, call Olney Central College, at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  A new partnership between Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Pork Producers Association will plant tree buffers and foster stewardship on swine farms across the state – the goal is to help farmers plant buffers specifically designed for their hog farm facilities to serve as windbreaks and provide other environmental benefits to their operations – the cost-share program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for assistance with design and purchase of trees and shrubs – applications are available online, at  www.ilpork.com/producers/tree-buffer-program  or contact any local County Farm Bureau office for more.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Hutsonville High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  next Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low regional supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees should bring a covered dish – drinks and table ware will be provided


    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with Illusionist John Louis, then family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out


    The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 tomorrow morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and live entertainment on stage all day and night Saturday and Sunday morning – check it out

 
    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event tomorrow evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer


    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction is tomorrow evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney, all to help an Olney boy – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation & carry-out orders available – all proceeds go to help provide a service dog to a local boy diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Autism – for more information and details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn is tomorrow evening at the KC Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, by a free will donation – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, & raffles


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    A fundraiser for Mark Geier is tomorrow with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin as all street-legal vehicles will leave at 12 noon – then back to Vic’s for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus a raffle drawing and auction – for more go to Road Rally for Bulldog on Facebook


    The Clay City Fall Festival is tomorrow starting with the Firemen’s breakfast at 6:00 in the morning, then Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/a petting zoo/& food at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is tomorrow with serving at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser tonight with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes tacos, nachos, taco salad, & more – carry-outs available – all are invited


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each

 

 

 

September 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a surface high pressure moves towards the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region, we’ll continue to have a dry and cool sky here in our downstate area with plenty of sunshine and a few clouds – our weather will stay as it is thru the upcoming weekend – Hurricane Irma remnants could bring us some rain next Tuesday & Wednesday, all depending on the storm track and strength – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – a joint Illinois Senate-House Committee took testimony yesterday on the possibility of legalizing the general use of marijuana – while law enforcement officials and drug policy experts have different views on the issue, some lawmakers say a legalization plan would allow police to focus more on violent crimes & at the same time provide more tax revenue for a cash-strapped state budget – however, the overall goal would be to regulate and ensure the safety of a widely used marijuana product.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed an Executive Order creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention & Intervention Task Force, which will look at strategies to prevent expansion of the opioid crisis, to treat & promote the recovery of individuals with opioid-use disorder, and to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths – co-chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, other Task Force members will include officials from the Departments of Human Services, Corrections, Insurance, Financial & Professional Regulation, Healthcare & Family Services, & State Police.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning used-car & truck shoppers to beware of automobiles damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding – while the Secretary’s office is taking extra steps to closely monitor title applications involving vehicles potentially flooded, car & truck shoppers also must be aware of the issue – title applicants in Illinois must submit a statement signed by the owner and verified by an insurance agent that no flood claim was filed, therefore allowing the applicant to get a clean Illinois title.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students (FACTS) will hold its next Community Engagement Session next Tuesday night, September 12th, starting at 6:30, to be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – the purpose of this upcoming session is to build upon the meetings from earlier this spring, which identified priorities in the development of a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – the two primary topics for next Tuesday night’s Community Engagement Session are to explore renovation ideas of the high school facility, and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all Richland County residents are encouraged to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended any of the previous meetings to attend next Tuesday night – for more details, check the School District’s website online, at  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Water Survey / Prairie Research Institute in Champaign has released the weather summary from the month of August  :  the statewide average temperature last month was 70.6 degrees, which was 3 degrees below normal – this was the 12th coolest August on record in Illinois – the warmest daily temperature last month was 96 degrees reported on August 21st, while the lowest daily temperature was 42 degrees on August 25th  :  the statewide average precipitation was 2.41 inches, which was 1.18 inches below normal – with a narrow band with 3 to 6 inches of rainfall between Quincy to just north of Champaign, the rest of the state received 1 to 3 inches of rain, which was 1 to 3 inches below normal – Illinois’ monthly rainfall totals in August ranged from a high 7.09 inches to a low 0.94 inches.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an upcoming Amish Country Bus Trip on Friday, September 29th, to the Arthur, Illinois area – the trip will include a guided tour thru the Amish country, an Amish home tour, an Amish buggy shop tour, a “Shop with Arthur” stop, and a full-course Amish meal – the cost is $50 for Farm Bureau members, $60 for non-members – the trip will leave from the Olney VFW parking lot at 7:30 that morning and return at around 7:00 that night – for details or to register for the trip coming up three weeks from tomorrow, call the County Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois land values are dropping slightly – however, according to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers, the higher the land quality, the higher demand for it, which is causing prices to drop more slowly – the Appraisers’ recent survey for the first half of 2017 found  :  the average price for good quality land was $8,900 per acre, down $500 from $9,400 per acre a year ago  :  the price for average quality land came in at $6,900 per acre, down $700 from $7,600 per acre last year  :  and the average price for fair quality land was $5,000 per acre, down 14% or $800 from $5,800 a year ago  :  while land values can vary greatly based on location, the availability of land for sale also adds to the value – it was also noted in the survey, an estimated 70% of farmland buyers so far in 2017 have been farmers.

 

(NEWTON)  A benefit fundraiser for Mark Geier is coming up this Saturday – it starts with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin with all street-legal vehicles leaving at 12 noon – then it’s back to Vic’s for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus a raffle drawing and plenty of fantastic auction items – the list includes cash, a gun, a Traeger grill, several metal signs (including a Phillips 66 sign that once hung above the Red Rooster in Olney) and much more – go to Road Rally for Bulldog on Facebook for pictures & more.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Hutsonville High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with John Louis / Illuisionist, followed by the family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Tailgate Sunday in the Olney City Park – for more, call  618-393-6421


    The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and live entertainment on stage all day and night Saturday and Sunday morning – check it out

 
    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event this Saturday evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes tacos, nachos, taco salad, & more – carry-outs available – all are invited


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this evening – that’s all tomorrow in Newton


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food at a great price – pay at the door