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July 19, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will continue to control our weather pattern across the Midwest for a few more days & nights – a gradual warming trend will kick in today, along with increasing humidity – we’ll be back to near normal temperatures next week, maybe some scattered rain by Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a new federal assessment of earthquake possibilities finds that Illinois’ chances of a major quake are a little greater than before – Illinois is among 16 states with the highest risk for having an earthquake, meaning there’s a 2% chance of a quake producing “very intense shaking” within a 50 year period – the reassessment of earthquake threats was undertaken after the 2011 quake off the coast of Japan – it resulted in a higher chance now of earthquakes in about a third of the continental United States – on the flip side of the study, it showed that there’s a reduced chance of quakes in about a tenth of the nation’s area.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is underway with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until August 1st, two weeks from yesterday – for those with no computer access or that may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s Monday, July 28th, from 8:00 to 3:00, and Tuesday, July 29th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, and other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – parents can call their students’ respective school for more information or check the School District’s website, online at www.ercu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more scams going around the downstate area – residents should be alert to those “get rich quick” callers with information that’s “too good to be true” – the latest scam is reportedly from a caller advising the victim that they have won a $50,000 prize, but in order to claim it, the resident is asked to get a “red dot” or some type of prepaid visa card to send them, or to wire them money to supposedly cover taxes or a so-called processing fee – such a call is also followed up by someone claiming to be from a consumer fraud division of the government, advising that it is trying to catch the scammers, but also wants money to help further the investigation – remember folks, never give anyone personal information or money over the phone and/or internet – authorities tell residents to simply hang up the phone if they get such a call or calls.

 

(OLNEY)  A special Multiple Sclerosis program is coming to Richland County next week – the Olney Connections Program, which enables people living with MS to meet others who deal with similar situations, will host a special guest next Tuesday evening, July 22nd, at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – Dr. Lori Guyton, with Neurology of Southern Illinois, will share details about the new oral MS treatment, Aubagio – plus, those attending can learn about the programs and resources available at the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in St. Louis – registration is free – for more info, contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 618-628-9030 – also logon at www.gatewayMSsociety.org.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for area county fairs  :  the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield wraps up with the popular Demo Derby tonight  :  the Edwards County Fair in Albion kicks off with its annual Fair Parade this morning at 10:00 and it’s Fair Queen Pageant this evening at 5:00  :  the Clay County Fair in Charley Brown Park, west of Flora, has started with 4-H activities this weekend  :  both fairs in Albion and Flora continue thru all of next week with various events, carnival rides, fair concessions, and much more.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  today at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A Scholarship and Memorial Ride fundraiser to honor Janet G. Hall, a former Clay City resident and life-long nurse is today – the Memorial Ride sign up is at the 111 (One Eleven) Club starting at 12 noon with bikes & other vehicles out at 1:00 – then it’s back for a cookout at 5:00 and a DJ with Karaoke at 6:00 – also, a separate dinner will be served at the Clay City United Methodist Church from 4:00 to 7:00 with donations accepted at the door and baskets to be raffled off – all to fund a scholarship for a Clay City High School senior who’s pursuing a Nursing Degree – all are invited to either or both sites this evening.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is tomorrow at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – to consign an item, call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is tomorrow – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family with the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s a Cycle Sunday tomorrow at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon  :  coming up tonight at 6:00, it’s a free concert at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – it’s a tribute to the classic rock band Journey


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney today with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that tonight – free admission and all ages and families are invited out on this Saturday


    The Richland County ABATE will have its annual Bikers Breast Cancer Awareness Ride today with signup this morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Olney KC Hall – kickstands go up at 11:15 with several stops included – then it’s back to Olney for a dinner, auction, and more – all are invited out to take part


    The Bible Fellowship Church is having a Free Sale for the community this morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – all items on display will be free as a gift to their neighbors here in Olney – check it out this morning


    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

 

 

 

July 18, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  That dominate high pressure ridge is slowly drifting off to our east – although a fair sky will prevail, we’ll see a warming trend each day thru the first part of next week, along with higher humidity levels – our next chance of  rain is next Wednesday & Thursday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Voters may not be deciding on whether lawmakers serve two terms then call it quits – the state’s Supreme Court says it will not expedite a direct appeal of the “term limits” proposal – a Cook County Judge ruled the measure was unconstitutional last month, saying it would not go on the ballot – the GOP asked the Supreme Court for a ruling before the August 22nd deadline of ballots being finalized.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois unemployment rate fell in June for the fourth consecutive month to reach 7.1% while employers created some 6,000 jobs in the state last month – that’s according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security – the combined April thru June reduction of  1.3 points in Illinois’ unemployment rate is the largest three-month drop since this data series began back in 1976.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair has opened up more seating for a popular grandstand performance coming up on Sunday, August 10th – previously sold out, the Florida Georgia Line concert now has extra seats for sale with partially obstructed views – the 1,082 seats are available thru the Illinois State Fair Grandstand box office, open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 – the State Fair runs August 7 thru 17.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  recognized the West Richland School Board for its leadership, extraordinary service, and commitment to students – Judge Larry Dunn was on hand to administer the Oath of Office to Carolyne Brooks and Steve Kinkade, both appointed as Ex-Officio Board Members to the East Richland School Board from Noble  :  amended the fiscal year 2015 combine budget with a positive balance at $157,647 – a public hearing will be held at the Board’s September meeting  :  approved the dairy products bid from Prairie Farms & the bakery products bid from Earthgrains  :  approved an Intergovernmental Agreement for the Clay, Jasper, Richland, & North Wayne Regional Delivery System, all due to the annexation  :  after a 50-minute closed session, the Board hired Elementary Teachers Aimee Scherer & Megan Yonaka – hired Teacher Assistant Kearston Givens – hired Suzanne Hahn as Interim Principal for the West Richland Elementary School for 100 days – hired Larry Brian as a Bus Driver & Crystal Blain for Food Service – appointed Martin Dunn as ERHS Scholastic Bowl Coach – recalled five Paraprofessionals from the Reduction in Force list, including Julie Williams, Darleta Wagner, Shari McDowell, and Michelle Blair – recalled part-time teacher / part-time teacher assistant Stephanie Geier – approved 10 volunteer coaches  :  noted that district staff’s working hard in getting the buildings ready for school next month with the first day for students on August 13th – noted the East Richland fiscal year budget ended with a positive balance at $296,122 – noted the West Richland budget ended with a negative balance at $200,331  :  the Board’s next regular meeting is August 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities quickly apprehended a fugitive who was briefly on the loose late yesterday afternoon – 33 year old Kenny D. Mathis was taken into custody last night without any problems – Mathis is accused of stealing a vehicle in Jasper County, trying to hit pedestrians while driving, and then ditching the vehicle near Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – once he was on foot, Jasper County authorities alerted the residents east of the park to be on the lookout for the fugitive – while charges are pending, the investigation continues by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police.

 

(OLNEY)  A special Multiple Sclerosis program is coming to Richland County next week – the Olney Connections Program, which enables people living with MS to meet others who deal with similar situations, will host a special guest next Tuesday evening, July 22nd, at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – Dr. Lori Guyton, with Neurology of Southern Illinois, will share details about the new oral MS treatment, Aubagio – plus, those attending can learn about the programs and resources available at the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in St. Louis – registration is free – for more info, contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 618-628-9030 – also logon at www.gatewayMSsociety.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District has student registration for the new school year coming up next Tuesday, July 22nd, at the Newton Community High School – while available since the first of last week, online registration can continue at www.jaspercountyschools.net – the in-person registration will run from 10:30 until 7:00 next Tuesday with all elementary/junior high students in the NCHS Cafeteria and high school students in the NCHS Office – any high school student new to the Jasper County District should call the NCHS Office to schedule a registration appointment – it’s also important that parents stop by the Bus Garage table to get details of the new pick up times and locations – if any questions, call 618-783-2303.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for area county fairs  :  the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield has Motocross Racing tonight at 7:00, then wraps up with the popular Demo Derby tomorrow night  :  the Edwards County Fair in Albion kicks off with its annual Fair Parade tomorrow morning at 10:00 and it’s Fair Queen Pageant tomorrow evening at 5:00  :  the Clay County Fair in Charley Brown Park, west of Flora, started last night with 4-H activities, continuing thru tomorrow as well  :  both fairs in Albion & Flora continue all next week.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  tomorrow at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a charter bus to the Sunday, August 3rd, Cardinal’s game when they host Milwaukee at Busch Stadium – the $60 fee for Farm Bureau members, or $70 fee for non-members, will include the game’s ticket and round-trip transportation – the bus will leave Lawrenceville at 8:30 and Olney at 9:00 – call the Farm Bureau offices to sign up today.

 

(OLNEY)  A Scholarship and Memorial Ride fundraiser to honor Janet G. Hall, a former Clay City resident and life-long nurse is tomorrow – the Memorial Ride sign in at the 111 (One Eleven) Club starts at 12 noon with bikes & other vehicles out at 1:00 – then it’s back for a cookout at 5:00 and a DJ with Karaoke at 6:00 – also, a separate dinner will be served at the Clay City United Methodist Church from 4:00 to 7:00 with donations accepted at the door and baskets to be raffled off – all to fund a scholarship for a graduating Clay City High School senior who’s pursuing a Nursing Degree – all are invited to either or both sites Saturday.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is this Sunday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – to consign an item, call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is this Sunday – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family with the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s a Cycle Sunday this weekend at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00  :  coming up on Saturday, it’s a free concert for everyone at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – the Journey Tribute event will start at 6:00


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney tomorrow with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that night – free admission and all ages and families are invited out this Saturday


    The Richland County ABATE will have its annual Bikers Breast Cancer Awareness Ride tomorrow with signup that morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Olney KC Hall – kickstands go up at 11:15 with several stops included – then its back to Olney for a dinner, auction, and more – all are invited out to take part


    The Bible Fellowship Church is having a Free Sale for the community tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – all items on display will be free as a gift to their neighbors in Olney – check it out this Saturday


    The children of Small Blessings Day Care, at 502 East Mac Avenue, north of Musgrove Park, will host a fundraising “lemonade stand” this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – money raised for summer play equipment


    The Richland County Farmers Market is back under the pole barns in the Olney City Park today, with fresh produce and more available from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is invited to stop by

 

 

 

July 17, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will slowly drift east across the Midwest the next couple days with a fair sky and cooler-than-normal temperatures – a weak storm system will move across the lower Mississippi Valley with some spotty rain chances to our south tonight thru tomorrow – otherwise dry and slowly warming up over the weekend, into the first of next week – maybe rain now by next Wednesday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers have decided to go ahead and delay their probe into the Governor’s anti-violence program – while only one of the seven witnesses called to testify about the program attended yesterday’s hearing in Chicago, the others sent their attorneys – Republicans and Democrats sparred throughout most of the hearing, with at least a 15 minute debate on what time to break for lunch – no word when things resume.

 

(OLNEY)  Attorneys for a former Governor are giving a Chicago judge yet another reason why the corrupt lawmaker should be free – they filed paperwork with the court yesterday, claiming Rod Blagojevich never made any clear promises to give up a job or sell President Obama’s then old Senate seat when he solicited campaign cash from his donors – therefore, Blagojevich never engaged in corruption – convicted on 18 counts of corruption back in 2010, the former lawmaker is asking the judge to overturn the total conviction.

 

(NEWTON)  The Secretary of State’s Office has awarded over $289,000 in 2015 Project Next Generation Grants to be used by mentors, working with young students at public libraries to develop technological skills & guide them in exploring life skills – since 2000, over 6,600 students have taken part in the PNG Program – libraries in Campaign, Centralia, Harrisburg, Sparta, & Carbondale are among the 21 recipients.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  approved a Student-Athlete Substance Abuse Testing Policy and adopted a drug screening policy, requiring random drug testing while using approved in-district facilities  :  approved the submission of application to the Illinois Community College Board for acceptance of the West Richland High School property into the calculation of IECC’s assignable square footage – the high school building in Noble contains approximately 54,475 square feet  :  tabled a proposed policy dealing with the hiring of family members as employees of the district – it will be considered again next month  :  accepted a $20,524 grant to purchase and install a Paging/Alerting System for Lincoln Trail College near Robinson  :  and made several personnel moves – hired Michael Woods as Workforce Education Instructor – hired Megan Scott as Assistant Dean of Student Services at Lincoln Trail College – hired Kristen Selph as Retention Coordinator and as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Lincoln Trail College near Robinson – hired Katherine Fehrenbacher as Educational Talent Search Program Advisor at the District Office – hired Robert Tennyson as Library Assistant at Frontier Community College – hired Cynthia Westendorf as Help Desk/Computer Technician at the District Office – changed the employment status of Jervaise McDaniel to Associate Dean of Outreach at the District Office – changed the employment status of Marsha Humphrey to Director of the Learning Skills Center at Wabash Valley College – changed the employment status of Leslie Slankard to Transition/Data Technician at Frontier Community College – accepted the resignation of Adam Porter as Broadcast Services Specialist at Wabash Valley College – accepted  the resignation of Mark Elliott as Coordinator of Instructional Services at Frontier Community College  :  the IECC Board will meet again on August 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police were busy last month as the activity & enforcement figures for June have been released – during the 30-day period, District 12 Troopers answered 327 calls for service and initiated 1,787 incidents – State Troopers issued 674 citations and 343 written warnings for the “Fatal Four” violations, that is the most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including DUI, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Distracted Driving, and Speeding – in addition, Troopers wrote 382 speeding tickets, 257 seatbelt citations, 255 written warnings for speeding, made 21 criminal arrests, issed 15 child restraint citations, and 9 DUI’s – Troopers also assisted 231 motorists, conducted 429 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 68 traffic wrecks, including 2 fatalities – the Illinois State Police District 12 includes the ten area counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Clay, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, and Marion.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Industrial Maintenance Technology Program is currently accepting new students for the fall semester – the IMT courses are designed to prepare students for employment and advancement in today’s technologically advanced industrial workplace – most of the IMT classes are hybrid courses, blending at home or computer lab work while still maintaining face-to-face contact with instructors – students can complete a progression of three certificates, leading to an Associate’s Degree – students who are interested must complete an Introduction to Online Learning program before August 21st, five weeks from today – those interested should call the Student Services Office at 618-395-7777 to meet an advisor.

 

(NEWTON)  An area Dinner Theater presents President Abraham Lincoln in a new light with three dates open to the public – it’s all at the Independence Pioneer Village on the edge of Oakland, in Coles County, north of Charleston, with the performance dates of  July 26th, August 16th, and September 19th – entitled “Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations” the event is set in 1847 and is based on facts of a Coles County case that Lincoln was involved with – the evening starts at 5:00 with a tour of the 1847 Dr. Rutherford Home, plus an 1847 meal, and the performance with well-known Lincoln impersonator Joe Woodard and professional actors from Freetown Village in Indianapolis – for details or ticket info, logon at www.matsontrail1847.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are invited to a Lawrence County Tillage Day coming up 2 weeks from tomorrow – located 5.1 miles northeast of Sumner, a variety of vertical tillage tools will be demonstrated on the farm, beginning with registration at 9:00 on the morning of  Friday, August 1st – it’s all hosted by the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District and will include tillage tools from equipment dealers in Albion, Vincennes, Newton, and Princeton, Indiana – the brand name equipment includes Sunflower, McFarlane, Case IH, John Deere, Landoll, Kuhn Krause, Great Plains, and Salford – all are invited to the free event to be held at 3352 Petty School Lane, rural Sumner – for more, call Kristie at 618-943-2621, extension #3.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  today at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for appointments or details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org and remember that all blood types are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is this Sunday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, inclusive of farm toys & pedal tractors – no junk tires – to consign an item or for more details, call Dale at 618-292-9043 or call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is this Sunday – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family with the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s a Cycle Sunday this weekend at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00  :  coming up on Saturday, it’s a free concert for everyone at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – the Journey Tribute event will start at 6:00


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney this Saturday with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that night – free admission and all ages and families are invited out this Saturday


    The Bible Fellowship Church is having a Free Sale for the community this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – all items on display will be free as a gift to their neighbors in Olney – check it out this Saturday


    The IECC District is offering another Concealed Carry Course this week – tonight and tomorrow night from 6:00 to 10:00, then Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00, Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – a $167 fee for in-District students must be paid in advance – only $90 for those age 60 or older – call 866-982-4322


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

 

 

 

July 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An unseasonably cool area of Canadian high pressure will build across the Midwest today thru Friday, giving us our cooler and less humid conditions thru the end of the work week – then warmer air and more humidity return for the weekend ahead, but still no rain in the 7-day forecast – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Governor’s administration has released thousands of emails to a panel of lawmakers investigating the state’s troubled anti-violence program – members of the Legislative Audit Commission received an estimated 2,000 emails linked to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative late last week – the discussion and investigation will continue with hearings to be held today and tomorrow in Chicago.

 

(OLNEY)  The State of Illinois can now start accepting applications from businesses who want to raise and sell medical marijuana as lawmakers yesterday approved the rules and regulations for the pilot medical cannabis program – there are expected to be 22 growing facilities and 60 dispensaries around the state – only patients with approved medical conditions can buy the drug, probably no sooner than next spring.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that will help students with dyslexia – the new law creates a reading instruction advisory group, which will train school staff on how to identify and teach students with the learning disability – the measure had unanimous support as it moved thru the State House and State Senate earlier this year – the new law also entitles dyslexic students to special education services.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  amended the Village’s Liquor Ordinance to allow Sunday alcohol sales, mostly as a potential incentive for bringing a gas station and/or convenience store to Noble – the hours for Class A license-holders will be 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – the hours for Class B license-holders will be 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  :  approved the $5,000 yearly contribution to the Richland County Development Corporation  :  discussed, but took no action on the purchase of a new batwing mower or a 15 foot rotary cutter – with further information, this will be considered at a future meeting  :  noted that culverts have been installed with ditch work now needed  :  heard a recommendation to change the Village Board meetings from two a month to only one per month – no action was taken but the matter will be on the next board meeting agenda  :  also approved payment of the June bills  :  the Noble Village Board will have its next regular meeting on Monday night, July 28th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met for just over one hour last night in regular session – the Council  :  on a 5 to 3 vote, passed an Ordinance to redistrict the City of Newton’s voting wards from the current number down to three  :  approved the Appropriation Ordinance for the City of Newton in the amount of  $32,346,490  :  approved the $92,349 payment of bills and accounts payable up to last night  :  approved the $72,300 bid from Hanfland Painting Contractors to clean both in & out, and to repaint the city’s south water tower  :  approved a professional services contract with Connor and Connor Engineers for the City Square Water Main Replacement project – the $62,700 cost includes both design and inspection work  :  agreed to prepay $7,673 to Illinois Power Marketing Company / Dynegy for electric planning reserve charges  :  and took no other action after an 11-minute closed session  :  the Council’s next meeting will be August 5th.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District is underway with its online registration for the 2014-2015 school year and the online registration window will stay open until August 1st, two weeks from Friday – for those with no computer access or may require assistance, two dates have been set up where help will be available at the District’s individual schools – that’s Monday, July 28th, from 8:00 to 3:00, and Tuesday, July 29th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – details about physicals, immunizations, emergency contacts, and other requirements will be needed, especially for new students in the District – parents can call their students’ respective school for more information or check the School District’s website, online at www.ercu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s still a reminder to the citizens of Newton – while the community garden plants are growing well and yielding fresh produce, some is available to the public free of charge, but some remains private – the produce from plots #8 and #16 are for the community to enjoy – these plots are located on the northeast section of the garden, bordering Perry Street, near the parking area – plus, the sweet corn planted in plots #26 thru #30 is also for the community to enjoy – folks are reminded that the remaining plots have been rented and the produce from these plots belongs to the renters only – this produce is not available for the community of Newton – a huge “thank you” to the volunteer gardeners who’ve helped out this year.

 

(OLNEY)  A Scholarship and Memorial Ride fundraiser to honor Janet G. Hall is set for this Saturday in Clay City – sign in at the 111 (One Eleven) Club for the Memorial Ride starts at 12 noon with bikes and other vehicles out at 1:00 – then it’s back for a cookout at 5:00 and a DJ with Karaoke from 6:00 on – also, a separate dinner will be served at the Clay City United Methodist Church from 4:00 to 7:00 with donations accepted at the door and baskets to be raffled off – all scholarship funds go to a graduating Clay City High School graduating senior who is pursuing a Nursing Degree – all are invited to either or both sites Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Radiography Program has been awarded an eight-year accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology – here’s a reminder that the Radiography Program at OCC will host an informational meeting for prospective students on Thursday evening, July 31st, two weeks from tomorrow night, at Olney Central College, starting at 6:00 – prospective students should contact Olney Central College for more details on the various requirements that apply.

 

(OLNEY)  The Wayne County Fair continues down in Fairfield – it’s the annual Talent Show tonight, followed by Motocross Racing Friday night, and the Demo Derby Saturday night – all along with the carnival rides, concessions, and more thru the rest of this week down at the Wayne County Fair.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  today at East Richland High School in Olney from 1:30 to 5:30  :  tomorrow at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for appointments or details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is this Sunday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, inclusive of farm toys & pedal tractors – no junk tires – to consign an item or for more details, call Dale at 618-292-9043 or call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is this Sunday in northeastern Richland County – the all you can eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family, including a basket stand, bingo, a bounce house, live music, and more – then the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s Cycle Sunday this weekend at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00  :  coming up on Saturday, it’s a free concert for everyone at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – the Journey Tribute event will start at 6:00


    The ABATE of Richland County will have its annual Bikers Breast Cancer Awareness Ride this Saturday with signup that morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Olney KC Hall – kickstands go up at 11:15 with several stops included – then its back to Olney for a dinner, auction, and more – all are invited out to take part


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a special Grand Opening of its arena north of Olney this Saturday with gates open from 8:30 to 5:00 – that’s just north of the East Fork Lake Damn with demonstrations of team roping, calf roping, breakaway’s, goat tying, barrels & poles, and more – plus live music to follow at the Olney VFW that night – free admission and all ages and families are invited out this Saturday


    The IECC District is offering another Concealed Carry Course this week – each night Thursday & Friday from 6:00 to 10:00, then Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00, Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – a $167 fee for in-District students must be paid in advance – only $90 for those age 60 or older – call toll-free at 866-982-4322

 

    There are two meetings later today  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County will meet this afternoon at 4:00 in the County Jail meeting room  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet this evening at 6:00 in the Olney City Hall  :  both meetings are open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 15, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a Canadian high pressure builds into the Midwest today, cooler and less humid air will move in thru tomorrow – however, as the dry weather conditions continue now thru the first of next week, a slow warming trend will kick in by the second half of the upcoming weekend, plus the high humidity returns by the first of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney/Newton for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Top officials from Governor Quinn’s anti-violence program are slated to testify tomorrow in front of a legislative audit commission – seven people have been subpoenaed, including Barb Shaw, the head of the program – lawmakers are trying to find out what went wrong with the program and why state funds were misappropriated – the FBI had asked the state to delay its investigation, but is will continue.

 

(OLNEY)  State officials are making emergency changes to the concealed carry permitting process – in fact, they are being more transparent with people who do not get approved to carry a gun in public – new rules require the Concealed Carry License Review Board to let applicants know why they did not get approved and which law enforcement agency objected to their requests to carry – the applicant then in return has ten days to provide the Board with evidence that proves he or she is eligible to carry a concealed weapon.

 

(NEWTON)  Political misconduct in Illinois is costing taxpayers quite a bit of money – a recent study in the Public Administration Review publication shows that statewide corruption by elected officials is averaging a price tag of at least $1,308 per person – the report also found that most official misconduct is connected to huge public works projects, police and corrections, wages and borrowing, and the overall political process.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night – the Council  :  agreed to amend the Ordinance for Byproducts, Waste, or Scraps from Operation of Business – the amendment basically defines & clarifies what is actually “junk” within the Property Nuisances Chapter  :  heard from the State Attorney General’s Office in regards to a 2013 public complaint that the Council violated the Open Meetings Act – the AG’s Office said there were no facts to support such a claim  :  accepted the $49,752 bid to purchase two trash pumps for the Sewer Department from Heartland Pump in Carterville  :  accepted the $5,300 low bid from Doll’s Incorporated to build the Multi-Purpose Field in Musgrove Park  :  approved the sale of miscellaneous scrap metal at the Public Works Building  :  agreed to support any local effort to establish an area Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility & Processing Plant  :  agreed to appoint Bryan Pierce to the Airport Authority  :  discussed, but took no action on a New Enterprise Zone Application  :  and after an executive session, established maximum hourly rates for part-time city employees with “special skills” in the Public Works Department  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting is July 28th.

 

(NEWTON)  Statewide corn silking jumped to 62% last week, well ahead of the 5-year average of 48% – the USDA Crop Report shows nearly 5 days were suitable for field work in Illinois last week – the state’s average rainfall last week was 1.37 inches, 0.61 inches above normal – the state’s average temperature was 73.9 degrees, 2.5 degrees below normal – as of Sunday, the state’s wheat harvest reached 90% complete  :  here in our ten county area, farmers report all the wheat has been harvested and the crop conditions are in mostly good to excellent shape – about two-thirds of the local corn crop is silking and nearly half the local soybeans are blooming – with the recent rains, the area topsoil moisture supply remains mostly adequate to surplus, although there are areas still short of moisture – all are reminded to think “safety first” out there.

 

(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 2.13 inches – the county’s high rainfall total was 3.65 inches of rain in German Township – then it was 2.60 inches in Olney Township, followed closely by 2.50 inches in Preston, 2.30 inches in Madison, 2.20 inches in Bonpas, and 1.90 inches in both Claremont and Denver Townships – while Decker Township had 1.35 inches of rain, the county’s lowest amount recorded was eight tenths of an inch (0.80) in Noble Township – most of the rain fell a week ago Monday night & early Tuesday morning, plus Saturday morning and early yesterday morning – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, we recorded 2.16 inches of rain over the 7-day period – some much needed rain that fell this past week in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is reminding everyone that school registration for the new school year approaching will be held a week from today, on Tuesday, July 22nd, at the Newton Community High School – while online registration at www.jaspercountyschools.net has been available since the first of last week, registration details are there online as well – the registration will run from 10:30 until 7:00 on the 22nd with all elementary/junior high students in the NCHS Cafeteria and high school students in the NCHS Office – any high school student new to the Jasper County District should call the NCHS Office to schedule a registration appointment – it’s also important that parents of all students stop by the Bus Garage table to get details of the new pick up times & locations – if any questions, call the NCHS Office at 618-783-2303.

 

(OLNEY)  The Wayne County Fair continues down in Fairfield – it’s the Tractor and Truck Pulls tonight – it’s the annual Talent Show tomorrow night, followed by Motocross Racing Friday night, and the Demo Derby Saturday night – all along with the carnival rides, concessions, and more thru the rest of this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will close a section of  North Higgin Switch Road this morning to begin approximately two weeks of reconstruction improvement work – that’s from U.S. Route 50 south to the West Mt. Pleasant Lane intersection – while residents along this section of  North Higgin Switch Road will be able to access the work zone, it will be closed to all other thru traffic – motorists are encouraged to observe all barricades and signs for this area southeast of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  Area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – the list of area drives coming up  :  tomorrow at East Richland High School in Olney from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Thursday at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Palestine Grade School from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for appointments or details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The County Line Sodbusters 3rd Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction is this Sunday at the east edge of Bible Grove – it’s buyer registration at 1:30 with auction time at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, inclusive of farm toys & pedal tractors – no junk tires – to consign an item or for more details, call Dale at 618-292-9043 or call Ed at 618-662-4238


    The Annual St. Joseph Stringtown Parish Picnic is this Sunday in northeastern Richland County – the all you can eat smorgasbord of beef, ham, homemade noodles, and more will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 with carryouts available and tickets at the door – also plenty of fun and games for the family, including a basket stand, bingo, a bounce house, live music, and more – then the fundraising raffle drawing at 6:00


    It’s a special weekend coming up in Jasper County  :  it’s Cycle Sunday this weekend at the Latona Church of Christ – following the 10:00 morning service, a meal and ride will be held with all motorcycles and jeeps welcomed – then Andy Avery in concert at 4:00  :  coming up on Saturday, it’s a free concert for everyone at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton – the Journey Tribute event will start at 6:00


    The ABATE of Richland County will have its annual Bikers Breast Cancer Awareness Ride this Saturday with signup that morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the Olney KC Hall – kickstands go up at 11:15 with several stops included – then its back to Olney for a dinner, auction, and more – all are invited out to take part


    There’s a couple of area meetings tonight  :  the Newton City Council meets tonight at 6:00 at City Hall in Newton  :  the IECC Board of Trustees meet tonight at 7:00 at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel


    The Richland County Farmers Market is back under the pole barns in the Olney City Park today, with fresh produce and more available from 11:00 to 4:00 – the public is invited to stop by and look things over


    All are invited to sing & swing with Rick Rayburn at the Olney Public Library this afternoon at 2:00 – the free event is part of the library’s summer reading program, packed full of audience participation for all ages