LOCAL NEWS

Local News

June 13, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a warm front moves into the Upper Midwest today most of the rain chances are along the Mississippi River as we stay warm here in Southeastern Illinois – but, as the strong upper level ridge breaks up, our rain chances improve tomorrow and again on Wednesday – then after a dry and hot day Thursday, we’ll see less humid and dry air move in for a pretty good looking weekend coming up – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner says the budget fight with statewide Democrats is now spreading into the State Attorney General’s office as it is trying to persuade the courts to stop worker paychecks around the state – Attorney General Lisa Madigan dismisses the allegation, despite the fact that her Dad, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is at the forefront with the Governor in the state budget impasse.

 

(OLNEY)  A late Friday afternoon plane crash at the Williamson County Regional Airport west of Marion – the 4:30 accident occurred as the single-engine plane was attempting to land when it crashed about 500 feet north of the airport’s north-south runway – pronounced dead was the pilot, 56 year old John Alleman of Carbondale – the flight instructor, 64 year old Todd Greiner, also of Carbondale, was taked to a St. Louis area hospital – the plane was reportedly on an instructional flight, practicing touch-and-go maneuvers.

 

(NEWTON)  Former Illinois  Governor Pat Quinn has launched a petition drive to impose a Chicago Mayor term limit and create an elected consumer advocate position in the Windy City – the referendums could be on the November ballot if the nearly 53,000 valid signatures are obtained before an August 8th deadline – the petition calls for a two-term maximum, something Quinn never agreed with on the statewide level.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred at 12:52 Saturday afternoon in Clay County, along U.S. Route 50 at the Clay City Blacktop intersection – the State Police report 68 year old Phillip Hartke of Teutopolis was traveling north on the Clay City Blacktop when he failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a westbound van on Route 50 – the other driver was 43 year old Steven Pride of Flora – his passengers included 37 year old Stephanie Pride, 12 year old Cheyenne Pride, and 8 year old Wyatt Pride, all of Flora – both drivers and all passengers were taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment – Hartke was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device (stop sign).

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into an early Sunday morning accident that involved two ATVs in Jasper County, approximately 2 miles northwest of Ste. Marie – the State Police report the collision took place at 2:40 yesterday morning – the ATV operators were 25 year old Dominic A. Ginder and 24 year old Dusty R. Lindemann – two passengers were 23 year old Allyson M. Mitchell and 23 year old Chelsea L. Presley – Ginder was taken to Carle Clinic in Champaign while Mitchell was taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – Ginder was ticketed for DUI, for improper operation of an ATV on a roadway, for following too closely, and for operating an uninsured vehicle – Lindemann was ticketed for improper operation of an ATV on a roadway, for illegal transportation of alcohol, and for operating an uninsured vehicle – authorities indicate that none of those involved were wearing helmets.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Agriculture will host a public informational meeting tomorrow evening concerning the proposed construction of a 3,360 animal unit swine facility to be located 2 miles southwest of Chauncey – requested by the Richland County Board, the public meeting will allow the general public the opportunity to ask questions and present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed building – the meeting will be held Tuesday evening at the Richland County Sheriff’s Office Jail Meeting Room, starting at 6:00 – the meeting will be directed by the Livestock Management Facilities Program through the Illinois Department of Agriculture – for details, call  217-785-2427  in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There’s couple of municipal meetings on tap this Monday night   :  the Olney City Council will meet in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board will meet tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  Area residents are reminded that registration continues to enter the 2016 Illinois State Fair’s first-ever Karaoke Contest, with eight regional county fairs serving as preliminary contest sites – one of which is the Jasper County Fair in Newton, which will host its regional competition on Monday, June 20th – the first and second place finishers will then advance to the Karaoke Finals to be held August 20th at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield – there is no cost to enter, however all participants must be 18 years old – while the regional contest at the Jasper County Fair is limited to a certain number of contestants, registration should be done as soon as possible – and remember this is open to anyone, from anywhere – it’s not just for those in Jasper County – for details or to register, go to the State Fair website, at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is less than a week away as 4-H activities get started this weekend – the Fair’s first grandstand event will be the Talent Show at 7:30 Monday night, followed by the State Fair Karaoke Regional Contest – then Tuesday night’s Queen and Little Miss Pageant, plus Family Night on the midway – it’s a Rodeo Wednesday night, Tractor / Truck Pulls Thursday night, Harness Racing on Friday and Saturday, and the popular Demo Derby Saturday night – not to mention the 4-H shows, carnival rides, games, fair concessions, and much more – all at the Jasper County Fair, June 18th thru 25th, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District is offering its next Concealed Carry course to be held at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – the 16-hour course is this Thursday and Friday nights, June 16th and 17th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night, and Saturday, June 18th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – with pre-registration required, the $173 fee for in-District residents must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – there is a discounted cost for enrollees over 60 years old – for details or to get registered, call toll-free  :  Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  or Frontier Community College at  877-464-3687.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the “free” Summer Food Program continues today for Richland County children ages 3 to 18 – the food is served with no strings attached, free of charge, from 11:30 to 12:00 at The Venue, the former American Legion building, at 303 South Fair Street, in Olney – plus adult meals are available at only $3.00 each – the program runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, now thru July 13th – there’s no conditions, no registration, no paperwork, simply show up and eat “free” – that continues today, on this Wednesday, from 11:30 to 12:00, at The Venue in Olney, again for Richland County children ages 3 to 18.

 

(OLNEY)  The Dodransbicentennial Commission reminds the public that entry forms for the 175th City of Olney Celebration Parade are due in by June 17th, this coming Friday – the parade will begin at 9:00 on the morning of Saturday, July 23rd, and parade entries are limited for this event – those interested are encouraged to confirm their entry as soon as possible – entry forms are available at the Olney City Hall during regular business hours or for all things Olney, go online to the City’s website at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Raffle tickets are still on sale in Noble for the upcoming Noble Chowder to be held later this year in August – the tickets are one for $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – they’re on sale now at the Village Hall in Noble, plus at Noble Foods and the TinCup in Noble – it’s your chance to win later this year in August


    The Richland County Fair Queen contestants will be washing cars & trucks this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at Woods Auto Body, located along South Route 130 in Olney – it’s by donation as the young ladies are raising funds to offset their expenses for this year’s Pageant – stop by and help them out this Saturday


    The Olney Public Library will host the comedy magic show “Every Reader A Winner” this Thursday afternoon at 4:30 – it’s Magician Richard Landry and his magic rabbit “Snowball” – it’s free to all ages


    It’s another fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza in Olney today and tonight, all to support the Richland County Senior Center – fill out a fundraiser flyer before ordering and 20% of your receipt will go to the Senior Center in downtown Olney to help with expenses – that’s all of today and tonight at Monical’s Pizza


    The Olney Area Diabetic Support Group will meet this afternoon at 2:00 in the lower level conference room at Richland Memorial Hospital – the topic will be “diabetic foot care” – all are invited

 

 

 

June 11, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The strong high pressure over the southwestern part of the U.S. will still control our weather here in downstate Illinois this weekend with our first real taste of hot and humid conditions in 2016 – our next chance of rain & maybe storm activity is Sunday night & again on Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – law enforcement officers across Illinois finished up the 23 legs of the annual “Torch Run” last night in Normal during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois State Games – the different statewide legs began nearly a week ago throughout the state as the annual “Flame of Hope” run helps raise funds for their hometown sports heroes, the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois – more than 4,100 athletes are taking part in the competition and celebration this weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for your chance to win concert tickets on Freedom 92.9 over the next 5 consecutive Monday mornings, all courtesy of the Richland County Farm Bureau – the correct-numbered caller with the right answer for a Richland County Ag Trivia question will get two tickets to the July 23rd “Diamond Rio” concert, part of the Olney and Richland County 175th anniversary celebration – it starts next Monday morning, so be listening in the 6:00 hour on the next 5 Mondays, June 13th thru July 11th, for your chance to win on WSEI – it’s a “thanks for your support” giveaway from the Richland County Farm Bureau.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will have a member of his staff visiting Olney next week to visit local constituents face to face – that’s next Wednesday afternoon, June 15th, from 2:30 to 4:00, at the office of State Representative David Reis, at 219 East Main Street, in downtown Olney – those requiring special accommodations should call the Congressman’s Effingham office at  217-347-794  at least 48 hours prior to the visit next Wednesday – for more, check the Congressman’s website at  www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some outdoor reminders  :  resident and non-resident deer hunters can still apply for the second lottery drawing for 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits – the deadline to do so is June 30th, less than three weeks from now  :  the Illinois Free Fishing Days are June 17th thru 20th – to learn more, logon at  www.ifishillinois.org  :  and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield will be hosting a free fishing event at the Conservation World area for families to enjoy a morning of catch and release fishing on Saturday, June 18th, a week from today, from 7:30 until 12 noon – all ages are invited  :  for all things outdoors in Illinois, check the State DNR’s website available online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A fundraising Thunder Run is coming up today with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 this morning at the Olney VFW – the kick stands go up with start time at 10:00 – the 175-mile ride includes a POW/MIA Chair of Honor Dedication in Fairfield, lunch at The Fish House on Lake Carlyle ($6 per plate), and then back to the Olney VFW for pork barbeque (by donation), an auction, & live music – all proceeds go to This Able Veteran program, a program that provides trained service dogs to assist Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress  Disorder – for more details or information, go online to  www.rollingthunderil3.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has its annual JAKES Field Day today at Red Hills State Park – with registration at 9:30, it’s from 10:00 to 4:00, and is free to all area youth, ages 5 to 17 – includes various activities, a free lunch, & lots of prizes – all parents & grandparents are invited – each participant must submit a separate signed release form to attend.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Heritage House & McsBurg Schoolhouse Museums on Kitchell Avenue & the Carnegie Museum on Main Street, are all open tomorrow for tours  in Olney – that’s every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00


    The Effingham County Sheriff’s Posse Ride is today – registration from 12:00 to 1:30 at Legacy Harley-Davidson with the Blessing of Bikes at 1:45, a mandatory driver/rider meeting at 1:50, and kick stands up at 2:00 – the ride ends at the EPC in Effingham – also a gun raffle, 50/50 raffle, and shirts


    The Noble Christian Church Youth will be selling “pork burgers with ribbon fries” today at the Olney CVS Store with serving from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to a youth mission trip & other projects


    It’s another fundraising cook out today at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, & drinks served up from 10:30 to 1:00 – proceeds benefit the Fox River Apartment’s resident council fund

 

    And a note to those planning to attend the Jasper County 4-H Horse Show today - the event location has been moved and will now be held at the East Fork Arena, located just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, which is just north of Olney - the 4-H Horse Show is scheduled to start at 2:00 this afternoon - concessions available and all are welcome - thanks to everyone for their understanding in the change of venue

 

 

 

June 10, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The strong high pressure to our southeast will still control our weather for the next few days – it’s more sunshine on tap today with a little more heat and humidity in place compared to yesterday – then warmer air moves in for tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday before more unsettled weather rolls in for next Tuesday through Thursday, which will be our next rain chance – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – State Comptroller Leslie Munger says without a new state budget agreement, Illinois will again stop paying lottery winners, emergency 911 call centers, and higher education grants, starting July 1st – the move will likely lead to a wave of costly lawsuits, but without a budget or legislation in place, checks cannot be written – while the Governor and General Assembly approved measures earlier this year to pay past lottery winners, MAP grants, and others, those $23 billion payments end on June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  A Kentucky woman has died after falling at the Garden of the Gods wilderness area – Saline County authorities report the 37 year old woman fell about 100 feet near the Table Rock formation and that the accident does not appear to be suspicious – the U.S. Forest Service is assisting in the investigation.

 

(NEWTON)  With the high temperatures expected over the next few days, the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging those outdoors to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion – folks should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and take plenty of breaks in shaded areas – those most vulnerable are the elderly, infants, workers, & those with a chronic medical condition – check the IDPH website for more tips, at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for May worth $83,535  :  approved the road oiling contracts for summer road maintenance – $251,216 for Richland County / $270,687 for the county’s nine townships  :  heard a clean Audit Report which is now available for public inspection – one red flag noted was a $20,000 drop in Sales Taxes for the county  :  approved the new job description for the Richland County Animal Control Officer  :  noted that the County Clerk’s office is looking for more election judges to serve in future elections  :  heard from the Richland County Senior Center, noting that its funding has been drastically cut and it’s looking for help  :  approved appointments of  Doug Urfer & James Smith to the West Liberty / Dundas Water District  :  discussed the proposed livestock management facility in Decker Township and agreed to request a public hearing be held  :  did not approve the 2016-2017 Prevailing Wage ordinance as no vote was taken – the motion died due to no second  :  heard an update from the Public Building Commission that the 2nd Floor work at the Courthouse is continuing to make progress  :  and heard from State Representative David Reis, plus approved a proclamation for the City of Olney / Richland County 175th Anniversary Celebration to be held next month  :  no other action was taken after a closed session to discuss personnel and negotiations  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland County Board in Olney will be held Thursday, July 14th. 

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board had its regular monthly meeting last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved a pay increase for non-union employees, retroactive to December 1st, 2015 – this does not include Ambulance or Sheriff’s Department part-time help, plus five employees who’s already had an increase in pay  :  approved tax levy collection agreement ($62,000) for the Jasper County Extension Service  :  noted the Sheriff’s Department is having radio problems, plus trying to work around staffing issues  :  approved the Prevailing Wage ordinance on a 5 to 4 vote with 3 abstentions  :  approved the purchase of computer software worth $42,546 for accounts payable & payroll  :  approved the $26,985 purchase of new Autopulse equipment for the Ambulance Service  :  approved the Martinsville Roofing bids to repair the Courthouse roof – the $73,000 total cost included three sections of work to be completed  :  agreed to fill a janitorial position for the county  :  and reviewed various other reports from the County Clerk, Health Department, Animal Control, County EMA, and others  :  the Jasper County Board’s next meeting will be July 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a fatal motorcycle / car crash that occurred this past Tuesday night at just after 6:00 on U.S. Route 50 in Lawrence County – 25 year old John Davis of Bridgeport was pronounced dead at the scene after he attempted to pass traffic in the westbound lane but collided with an eastbound car driven by 51 year old Shelley Madron of Olney, who was not injured – no tickets issued.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation also continues into a traffic fatality at 8:40 yesterday morning along U. S. Route 50, just west of U.S. Business 50, at the west edge of Lawrenceville, in Lawrence County – State Police say 38 year old Brad Edwards of Greencastle, Indiana, was westbound when his pickup truck ran off the highway, crossed both lanes of the road, and struck a tree – Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that it will begin its regular mosquito control program next week, on Monday – while City workers are applying larvaecide to areas of standing water, all areas of the City will be sprayed (fogged) twice a week on Mondays & Thursdays – the residents of Olney can also help out in the fight against mosquitoes by taking measures around their homes and yards – get rid of items that hold standing water, such as old tires, buckets, drums, etc…. – fill in low areas where water stands – change the water frequently in bird baths & wading pools – keep all drains, ditches, & culverts clean of weeds, trash, & standing water – officials remind us that it’s in stagnant water where mosquitoes lay and hatch their eggs in just a day or two – mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, the West Nile virus, malaria, encephalitis, and yellow fever to humans, plus heartworms to pets – let’s join the fight against mosquitoes.

 

(NEWTON)  While the spring planting season is nearly finished, the spraying of pesticides is a season-long possibility – therefore, a special reminder for area farmers & their workers to take needed precautions when handling pesticides – make sure that proper protective equipment and clothing is used since the pesticides can be inhaled by the sprayer or absorbed by his or her clothing – everyone is encouraged to take their time and make sure all safety precautions are being taken to ensure no accidents – for more details, contact the Environmental Health Division of the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – call  618-783-5206.

 

(OLNEY)  A fundraising Thunder Run is coming up tomorrow with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 at the Olney VFW, and the kick stands go up with start time at 10:00 – the 175-mile ride with include a POW/MIA Chair of Honor Dedication in Fairfield, lunch at The Fish House on Lake Carlyle ($6 per plate), and then back to the Olney VFW for pork barbeque (by donation), an auction, & live music – all proceeds go to This Able Veteran program, a program that provides trained service dogs to assist Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress  Disorder – for more details or information, go online to  www.rollingthunderil3.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will have its 17th annual J.A.K.E.S. Field Day tomorrow at Red Hills State Park – with registration at 9:30, the event runs from 10:00 to 4:00, and is free to all area youth, ages 5 to 17 – includes various activities, a free lunch, and lots of prizes – all parents & grandparents are invited to attend – each participant must submit a separate signed release form to attend – for details, call  618-936-2189  or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors are urged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the list of area blood drives coming up  :  today at the First United Methodist Church in Flora from 10:00 to 2:00  :  area blood drives are coming up next week in Mason, Robinson, Neoga, Oblong, Flora, and Olney  :  as always, all blood types and platelets are very much in need to help replenish the low Midwestern area blood supply.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Heritage House & McsBurg Schoolhouse Museums on Kitchell Avenue & the Carnegie Museum on Main Street, are all open for tours this weekend in Olney – that’s every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00


    The Effingham County Sheriff’s Posse Ride is tomorrow – registration from 12:00 to 1:30 at Legacy Harley-Davidson with the Blessing of Bikes at 1:45, a mandatory driver/rider meeting at 1:50, and kick stands up at 2:00 – the ride ends at the EPC in Effingham – also a gun raffle, 50/50 raffle, and shirts


    The Noble Christian Church Youth will be selling “pork burgers with ribbon fries” tomorrow at the Olney CVS Store with serving from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to a youth mission trip & other projects


    It’s another fundraising cook out tomorrow at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, & drinks served up from 10:30 to 1:00 – proceeds benefit the Fox River Apartment’s resident council fund


    The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce presents the show “Murder at Bunny and Clyde’s” coming up tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:00 – for tickets, call  783-3399


    The Olney VFW will host its next “taco night” tonight with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, nachos, taco salads, and much more – check it out this Friday night at the Olney VFW

 

 

 

June 9, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure remains dominant over the Midwest today with plenty of sunshine and a southerly wind flow bringing the warmer air for the weekend ahead – an upper level low will bring some rain to the upstate area thru tonight and most of that should stay to our north – however, there is a slight chance some of us could get a stray sprinkle – otherwise, it’s dry now thru next Monday night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State Attorney General’s office is suing Jimmy John’s sandwich chain for improperly forcing low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with other competitors – the Champaign-based company was surprised by the lawsuit, saying it no longer requires the agreements – the State AG’s office says JJ’s never actually implemented plans to stop using the agreements.

 

(OLNEY)  Ticket sales begin next Wednesday, June 15th, for all grandstand shows at the Du Quoin State Fair – two new performers have been added to the music lineup – country musicians Aaron Lewis and Pat Green will both perform on Thursday, September 1st – the other performers coming to Du Quoin include Kellie Pickler, Jamey Johnson, Sugar Ray & Everclear, & the Christian Band “Skillet” – for updates, check the Du Quoin State Fair website online – the downstate event will run August 26th thru September 5th.

 

(NEWTON)  Countless high school students from around the state under the age of  20 will call the Illinois State Fairgrounds home this weekend as they compete in the Illinois High School Rodeo Association State Finals – in fact, the activities started yesterday with a “meet & greet” and a country music concert held last night – the first of four rodeo performances is tonight, followed by tomorrow night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night – the top competitors advance to the National High School Rodeo Finals next month out in Gillette, Wyoming – for more information or details, check the ILHSRA website online, at  www.ilhsra.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 5:45 this past Tuesday evening on Interstate 70, up in Cumberland County – the State Police report 31 year old David Essary of Indianapolis was eastbound, driving erratically and passing cars on the right shoulder, when his pickup truck left the highway off the right shoulder and rolled multiple times down the embankment and came to rest upright – Essary was transported to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute – a passenger, 27 year old Dustin Garner of Salem, was pronounced dead at the scene – Essary has been charged with DUI, no insurance, for driving on a suspended license, for failure to reduce speed, for illegal transportation of alcohol, for reckless driving, for possession of drug paraphernalia, for improper lane usage, and for driving on the shoulder.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation also continues into a two car crash that occurred yesterday afternoon at 3:36 in Clark County, on U.S. Route 40, just east of Marshall – the State Police report that 61 year old Josie Melton of Kansas, Illinois, was eastbound on Route 40 when she attempted an unauthorized U-Turn in the roadway and was struck by another eastbound car, driven by 17 year old Rachel Tomasino of Marshall – Melton was lifelighted to Carle Hospital in Urbana with critical injuries – a passenger in the Melton car, 53 year old Tina Boyer of Charleston, was transported to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute with non-life threatening injuries – Tomasino was not injured – no tickets or charges have been made so far in this case.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Incorporated, is now taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program, which provides required school supplies to eligible children attending K thru 12th grade during the upcoming 2016-2017 school year – those interested should call their local ERBA office for an appointment to apply, plus all applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis – at the time of application, each applicant must show proof of all family income for the past 90 days, show a social security card for each family member, and show a photo ID for the applicant – the ERBA offices are in Newton, Olney, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and Greenup, plus the counties of Clark, Coles, Edgar, and Douglas.

 

(OLNEY)  There are a couple of meetings on tap tonight  :  the Jasper County Board has its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 in the County Office Building in Newton  :  the Richland County Board will also meet tonight in the County Jail meeting room in Olney, beginning at 7:00  :  the Richland County  Board’s Finance Committee meets an hour earlier at 6:00, also in the Jail meeting room  :  all are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Evangelist & Missionary Franklin Graham is in the middle of his Decision America Tour Rally, in which he’s visiting every state, challenging Christians to live out their faith at home, in public, and at the ballot box – Illinois is Mr. Graham’s twenty-sixth stop coming up next Tuesday, June 14th, on the Capitol Lincoln Statue steps in Springfield, starting at 12:00 noon – the Prayer Rally is open to the public – Graham also will visit Wisconsin nest Wednesday and Minnesota next Thursday, then stops later this month in both Oregon and Washington state – for more information or details on the Illinois visit next week or on the tour in general, go online to the  www.samaritanpurse.org  website and click on the Ministry Highlights box.

 

(NEWTON)  The Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will have its 17th annual J.A.K.E.S. Field Day this Saturday, June 11th, at Red Hills State Park – with registration at 9:30, the event runs from 10:00 to 4:00, and is free to all area youth, ages 5 to 17 – includes an air rifle range, clay pigeon shooting, archery, a youth turkey shoot contest, turkey hunting 101, and much more – plus lots of door prizes – parents & grandparents are invited to attend – each participant must submit a separate signed release form to attend – for details, call  618-936-2189  or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for your chance to win concert tickets on Freedom 92.9 over the next 5 consecutive Monday mornings, all courtesy of the Richland County Farm Bureau – the correct-numbered caller with the right answer for a Richland County Ag Trivia question will get two tickets to the July 23rd “Diamond Rio” concert, part of the Olney and Richland County 175th anniversary celebration – it starts next Monday morning, so be listening in the 6:00 hour on the next 5 Mondays, June 13th thru July 11th, for your chance to win on WSEI – it’s a “thanks for your support” giveaway from the Richland County Farm Bureau.

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors are urged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the list of area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00 – the drive today is hosted by the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton and held in memory of deceased loved ones  :  then tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Flora from 10:00 to 2:00  :  area blood drives are coming up next week in Mason, Robinson, Neoga, Oblong, Flora, and Olney  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s another fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza in Olney coming up next Monday, all to support the Richland County Senior Center – fill out a fundraiser flyer before ordering and 20% of your receipt will go to the Senior Center in downtown Olney to help with expenses – that’s all day & night Monday at Monical’s Pizza


    The Olney Area Diabetic Support Group will meet next Monday afternoon at 2:00 in the lower level conference room at Richland Memorial Hospital – the topic will be “diabetic foot care” – all are invited


    The Noble Christian Church Youth will be selling “pork burgers with ribbon fries” this Saturday at the Olney CVS Store with serving from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to a youth mission trip & other projects


    The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce presents the show “Murder at Bunny and Clyde’s” coming up tomorrow night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:00 – for tickets, call  618-783-3399


    The Olney VFW will host its next “taco night” tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, nachos, taco salads, and much more – check it out this Friday night at the Olney VFW


    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will have its next dance night tonight from 7:00 to 9:30 – features the Bugger Boys – plenty of refreshments – admission by donation


    The Embarras River Basin Agency office in Newton will be distributing federal surplus commodities this afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 with any remaining commodities available tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – bring bags for pick up and remember all household size and income guidelines apply

 

 

 

June 8, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will dominate our weather for the next several days – after another somewhat cool day today, a warm up will kick in tomorrow as we’ll have our warmest weather so far this year coming up on Saturday – the previous Thursday night rain threat will stay to our north and a dry cold front could give a little cooler air on Sunday – the next rain chance is next Monday night and Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has cancelled today’s scheduled State House session in Springfield so that budget talks can continue – while some say a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the Governor’s staff  have made progress in recent weeks the discussions can now continue uninterrupted – Madigan’s plan is to convene the State House each Wednesday over the next several weeks – the General Assembly adjourned last week’s spring session without a budget for the second year in a row.

 

(OLNEY)  Next week, the Illinois Department of Public Health will test the ability of the state public health system to receive and distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency – taking place next Tuesday thru Thursday, the training exercise will simulate an anthrax release – the state will then request help from the Strategic National Stockpile, a national repository of needed items in an emergency.

 

(NEWTON)  State Treasurer Michael Frerichs yesterday visited the Carver Community Center in Peoria to highlight the nearly $19,000 the center received thru the state’s unclaimed property division – the money was initially from The Richard Pryor Foundation as the Peoria native spent time at the Carver Center as a youth, but began unclaimed thru the 1990’s until recently discovered – the State Treasurer’s office points out that it never charges to reclaim cash or property and that thousands of items are surrendered each year, going unclaimed – residents should check the Treasurer’s website for details, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved the $38,071 bid for the South Church Street water main replacement work from B & T Drainage  :  approved the First Baptist Church application for sidewalk replacement work  :  approved a resolution of funding support for the 2016 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) Grant Project  :  approved an amendment to the IDOT & City of Newton agreement for additional curb & gutter work going north on Van Buren Street, which was not part of the originally proposed Streetscape Project  :  accepted the resignation from Zoning Board of Appeals member, Shawn McCrillis, effective June 30th, 2016  :  approved two Right of Way Easements as presented  :  heard an update on the Eagle Trail Streetscape Project  :  noted that the Newton Aquatic Center had a successful start to the summer swim season with 1,800 patrons attending the first 11 days being open  :  noted that the recent City-Wide Clean Up went well within Newton  :  took no action, but noted more information would be useful on adding a possible Together We Play area at Peterson Park – it would be an all-inclusive play area for children, especially those with special needs  :  and took no other action after a 28 minute closed session to discuss litigation & real estate  :  the Council’s next regular meeting is June 21st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Ainad Shriners Circus is coming to the Olney City Park tonight at 7:30 – tickets are available from any Center Shrine Club member in Richland County and on sale at all downstate MotoMart and Hucks Convenience Stores – plus they’ll be on sale at the ticket window tonight – there will be all types of circus animals, clowns, and contemporary acts in the three-ring stage, plus aerial and high wire acts, concessions, & much more – there’s two more performances tomorrow night and Friday night at Salem.

 

(NEWTON)  The single largest fundraiser for the Illinois Special Olympics is continuing around the state as the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run is involving over 3,000 officers carrying the “Flame of Hope” from all areas of Illinois by way of 23 different legs – the final destination is the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games this weekend in Normal – area residents are invited out this morning to a kickoff event hosted by the District 12 Illinois State Police at the old Courthouse in downtown Effingham, although it starts at 8:00 – last year’s District 12 portion of the Torch Run raised $7,600 for Special Olympics – those attending today are encouraged to line the street from the Courthouse to the Post Office in Effingham, all in support of the Special Olympians – meanwhile, all 23 legs of the Torch Run will converge in Normal this coming Friday with the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games to run Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday – to learn how area residents can help, go online at  www.soill.org.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the “free” Summer Food Program continues today for Richland County children ages 3 to 18 – the food is served with no strings attached, free of charge, from 11:30 to 12:30 at The Venue, the former American Legion building, at 303 South Fair Street, in Olney – plus adult meals are available at only $3.00 each – the program runs each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, now thru July 13th – there’s no conditions, no registration, no paperwork, simply show up and eat “free” – that continues today, on this Wednesday, from 11:30 to 12:30, at The Venue in Olney, again for Richland County children ages 3 to 18.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has announced that farmers filing crop acreage reports with the Farm Service Agency and participating insurance providers approved by the Risk Management Agency now can provide the common information from their acreage reports at one office – plus the details will be electronically shared with the other location – the new process is part of the USDA Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative (ACRSI) – more than 93% of all annual reported acres to FSA and RMA now are eligible for the common data reporting and USDA is exploring adding more crops – call or stop by FSA office for details.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some outdoor reminders  :  resident and non-resident deer hunters can still apply for the second lottery drawing for 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits – the deadline to do so is June 30th, three weeks from tomorrow  :  the Illinois Free Fishing Days are June 17th thru 20th – to learn more, logon at  www.ifishillinois.org  :  and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield will be hosting a free fishing event at the Conservation World area for families to enjoy a morning of catch and release fishing on Saturday, June 18th, from 7:30 until 12:00 noon – all ages are invited  :  for all things outdoors in Illinois, check the State DNR’s website available online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will have a member of his staff visiting Olney next week to visit local constituents face to face – that’s next Wednesday afternoon, June 15th, a week from today, from 2:30 to 4:00, at the office of State Representative David Reis, at 219 East Main Street, in downtown Olney – those requiring special accommodations should call the Congressman’s office in Effingham at least 48 hours prior to the visit next Wednesday – call  217-347-7947 – also logon at  www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors are urged to get out and give blood when possible – here’s the list of area blood drives coming up  :  today at the KC Hall in Effingham from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  then tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00 – a blood drive hosted by the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton and held in honor and memory of deceased loved ones  :  remember, all blood types and platelets are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Noble Christian Church Youth will be selling “pork burger with ribbon fries” this Saturday at the Olney CVS Store with serving from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to a youth mission trip & other projects


    The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce presents the show “Murder at Bunny and Clyde’s” coming up this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:00 – for tickets, call  783-3399


    The Olney VFW will host its next “taco night” this coming Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes tacos, nachos, taco salads, and much more – check it out this Friday night at the Olney VFW


    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will have its next dance night this Thursday night from 7:00 to 9:30 – features the Bugger Boys with refreshments – admission by donation


    The Embarras River Basin Agency office in Newton will be distributing federal surplus commodities tomorrow afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 with any remaining commodities available Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – bring bags for pick up and remember all household size and income guidelines apply


    All are invited out tonight as the Cummins Band has its first concert of the 2016 season – that’s at 7:30 this Wednesday night, at the Band Shell, in the Olney City Park – free of charge – all ages are welcome