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Local News

June 19, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a rainy Friday for our downstate area as a frontal boundary to our north and the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill collide across Southern Illinois – with the heaviest amounts of rain expected along and south of  I-70, our area could see anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rain by the time it ends tomorrow – then after a dry time thru Saturday night, more rain is likely Sunday afternoon thru Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for our area, in effect thru this afternoon, although the flooding will last much longer into, and thru, the weekend – the Warning is for portions of  Jasper, Richland, Clay, Effingham, Cumberland, Shelby, Clark, and Crawford Counties – this is in addition to the Flash Flood Watch that remains in effect thru late tonight for the same area – Flood Warnings are posted for the Wabash and Little Wabash Rivers – motorists are reminded not drive on roads covered by water – stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for regional flooding and weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ unemployment rate held steady again – the State Department of Employment Security announced yesterday the May joblessness number was at 6% even – that’s the same level as it was in April and slightly higher than the 5.5% national rate for May – the IDES reports professional & business services firms added jobs in May, while the leisure & hospitality sector grew – manufacturing however lost jobs.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois Auditor General William Holland has announced his retirement at the end of this year, effective December 31st – making the announcement now to allow plenty of time to find his successor, the 63 year old Holland was named to his first 10-year term back in 1992 and has been re-appointed twice since – by law, the AG’s office audits state agencies, reports the findings, and recommends a course of action.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved a three year contract agreement with the District’s Education Association, which runs this July 1st thru June 30th, 2018 – it includes a 2.7% salary increase for each year – the local Education Association had earlier ratified the agreement as well – both sides noted the professionalism & willingness to work together during negotiations  :  in other business, approved the Fiscal Year 2015 amended budget after a public hearing  :  also approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget as presented  :  approved the First National Bank in Olney bid for banking services  :  noted that the State now owes the District $454,880 to date  :  noted that 20 ERHS students and 3 chaperones left for Gars, Germany yesterday for the District’s Student Exchange program  : and noted the success this past school year of the Olney FFA Chapter at ERHS  :  in personnel matters – accepted three resignations from ERMS Custodian Danny Hartleroad, ERES Paraprofessional Leslie Davis, and ERMS Counselor Christina Diel – agreed to employ ERHS Music Teacher / Band Director Michael Pond-Jones, ERES Paraprofessional Shawna Doris, and ERES Teachers Jessica Guzman & Erica Hagan – also agreed to recall Carlee Seessengood as a Food Service Employee – and approved the list of ERHS Extra Curricular Positions for the 2015-2016 school year  :  and in closing, the photographs of past Superintendents were hung in the Administration Office Board Room, including the picture of Marilyn Holt, who’s retiring at the end of June (2015) after serving 13 years as the Superintendent of the East Richland School District  :  the next meeting of the newly-named Richland County School Board will be Thursday, July 16th, at 7:30.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  agreed to abate the District’s working cash fund to issue authority to abate up to $700,000 from the working cash fund to the education fund  :  approved a contract with Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhamer, Rodick, & Kohn LLP as the District’s new legal counsel  :  approved all property, casualty, and liability insurance renewals for the 2015-2016 school year  :  approved the EAV tax settlement agreement & amendments with the Newton Power Station and the Illinois Power Generating Company  :  heard about the many summer projects at the High School & Elementary School  :  approved all School Handbook revisions as recommended  :  accepted resignations from Bus Drivers Randy Brooks & Dana Ruholl, from NCHS Assistant Baseball Coach Brad Harris, and from Junior High Assistant Girls Track Coach Sarah Will  :  accepted retirements from Teachers Aide Marge Parr and from Custodian Betty Yaw  :  approved Chad Farley as a volunteer NCHS Soccer Coach  :  on a 6 to 1 vote, agreed to recall to service one Elementary Teaching position, one Educational Support Aide position, and two Bus Chaperone positions  :  Board’s next meeting is July 16th at 6:30.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2015 Jasper County Fair begins today in the 4-H Exhibition Building with the General Project Show for county-wide 4-H members – then the various 4-H animal shows get started tomorrow and run thru most of next week until the 4-H Auction at 5:00 next Thursday – the grandstand activities begin with Harness Racing at 1:00 Sunday, followed by the annual Gospel Sing that evening at 7:30, featuring the music of Highroad III – the 4-H Ambassadors will host the Discover 4-H Program Sunday evening at 6:30, as they share with Jasper County youngsters age 5 to 9 about what 4-H is all about and what projects are available – the Carnival rides & games will be available next Tuesday thru Saturday, plus all the other grandstand events and concessions thru all of next week – that’s all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s now been several days since the Richland County real estate tax bills have been mailed out and if any landowners have questions or need duplicate bills, they should contact the Treasurer’s temporary office at 224 East Main Street, in downtown Olney – the office is open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day – while the first installment of real estate taxes is due July 15th, the second and final installment is due September 15th – the mobile home privilege tax is due July 31st, in one installment.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is still taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program, which provides required school supplies to eligible children attending Kindergarten thru 12th Grade during the upcoming 2015-2016 school year – applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and at the time of application, applicants are required to provide proof of all family income for the past 90 days and a social security card for each family member – those interested should call their local ERBA Office for an appointment to apply – offices are located in Newton, Olney, Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Charleston, Paris, & Tuscola – in Newton, call 783-3987 – in Olney, call 395-2714.

 

(OLNEY)  Local and area producers are reminded that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is now underway – the nomination forms must be postmarked or received in local USDA Service Centers by the close of business on Monday, August 3rd, six weeks from next Monday – for more information or details, farmers can call or stop by their local county FSA offices.

 

(NEWTON)  Silver bars, commemorative coins & stamps, jewelry, and more are among some 9,500 items, worth an estimated $76 million, set to be auctioned off thru the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office – the online auction will be held next week, June 22nd thru 26th, Monday thru Friday – auction participants can register online or get more details at www.illinoistreasurer.gov, click on the Unclaimed Property Auction link.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next Jasper County blood drive will be this coming Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon – all blood types and blood platelets are in special need


    A fundraising event is tomorrow evening at the Parkersburg Community Building from 5:00 to 8:00 – it’s pork barbeque meal for a free will donation at the door, plus a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, & tickets available for a gun raffle – all proceeds to Jerad Doggett for ongoing medical expenses – all are invited


    The next Richland County blood drive is this afternoon at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street, from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – fresh produce and other items will be available to the public from 11:00 to 4:00


    And a note that the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney is closed today due to the rainy weather – that’s means that all swimming lessons and swimming practices are cancelled for this Friday

 

 

 

 

June 18, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With a weak cold front to our north and the low pressure associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill still to our west/southwest, today could be a mostly dry day for downstate Illinois – but that changes with the rain coming in tonight, continuing thru tomorrow, then ending Saturday morning – anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rain is possible along and south of  the I-70 corridor – then we’re dry Saturday afternoon into Sunday before another front moves thru with rain chances Sunday afternoon – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has removed Jasper, Richland, and a few other area counties from the Flash Flood Watch, which now runs thru Saturday morning and includes the area counties of  Marion, Fayette, and others to the west – however, the threat of flooding in our region is still there for the weekend ahead – in fact, Flood Warnings are already posted for portions of the Wabash and Little Wabash Rivers – motorists should stay out of those backwaters – stay tuned to a NOAA weather radio for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who call 9-1-1 to get help – approved in the State House Tuesday, and already approved in the State Senate, it moves on to the Governor for his consideration – the plan would provide legal protection to the person in need of medical help and the person who called on their behalf – it would also grant police officers discretion to determine whether amnesty is appropriate to the situation – 24 other states have a similar law.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Rauner has named an acting director of the Illinois Department of Corrections to replace an appointed director who resigned after just two months on the job – Gladyse Taylor has been an agency advisor and served as an acting director in the past – with a salary of  $150,000, Taylor takes the job after Donald Stolworthy resigned in March, with no reason given for his early departure as the IDOC head.

 

(NEWTON)  The company proposing an oil pipeline from western North Dakota to the Patoka Oil Tank Farm in northern Marion County has received permission for a large crude oil terminal to be located near Watford City, North Dakota – that’s all among heavy criticism from landowners – it’s one of six terminals to be place along the proposed 1,134 mile long pipeline – with millions of barrels of oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken formation, oil producers are looking for an alternative to the railroad to better move the crude oil to refineries further east – officials hope to have the new pipeline in operation by the end of 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week – the Board  :  approved the applications for new buildings for Fiscal Year 2017 – the two capital projects were submitted to the Illinois Community College Board for consideration of funding – includes $2,252,000 for an Applied Technology Center at Olney Central College and $3,271,000 for a Student Education & Support Center at Frontier Community College in Fairfield – the capital project requests have been approved for Lincoln Trail College and Wabash Valley College for FY17 as well  :  approved the Prevailing Wage rates for the campus counties of  Richland, Crawford, Wabash, and Wayne  :  approved an agreement with the Illinois Power Generating Company, the current owner of the former Ameren Newton Power Plant, resolving the EAV for the tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016  :  approved yearly lease agreements for buildings in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and Girard, Illinois  :  in personnel – approved the retirement resignation of  OCC Life Science Instructor Jim Burnett effective August 12th this year – approved the resignations of  Wabash Valley Office Assistant Kaitlyn McKinney and of  OCC Nursing Instructor Holly Farley – hired David Crites as Physical Science Instructor at Lincoln Trail and hired Heather Ackman as a Nursing Instructor at Olney Central – and approved all Special Assignments for fiscal year 2016  :  the meeting for the IECC Board is July 21st.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last night – the Board  :  heard from several citizens about their concerns of removing the Musgrove House at Musgrove Park – the Board amended the Comprehensive Plan by changing the motion to remove the Musgrove House and replace it with a picnic area, by including “when cost of repairs to the house exceed donations for repairs”  :  approved several recommendations for Musgrove Park with funds to do so provided by an anonymous donor – to replace the sound system, to install umbrellas on 5 tables, & to add parking stops at the Musgrove Aquatic Center  :  an Adopt-A-Bed update noted a great start with a few local businesses already involved  :  approved a motion to recommend a gate be installed south of the Musgrove House to prevent thru traffic  :  finalized ideas for the Comprehensive Plan to be presented to the City’s Plan Commission next month on July 6th  :  and voted to close Borah Lake Beach due to vandalism and the ongoing expenses associated with vandalism  :  last night’s recommendations now move on to the Olney City Council for its consideration next Monday night.

 

(NEWTON)  A couple of  notes for the Jasper County Fair which is set to start this weekend in Newton  :  4-H members are gearing up for tomorrow’s General Project Show in the Exhibition Building, which will be open this Sunday and thru next week for area residents to view the 4-H projects, plus photographs of all the winners will be on display as well   :  while the 4-H Horse Show was held last Saturday, here’s the list of shows coming up – the Dog Show at 1:00 Saturday – on Sunday, Poultry Show at 3:00 and Rabbit Show at 5:00 – on Monday, Sheep Show at 3:00 and Goat Show at 4:00 – on Tuesday, Swine Show at 8:00 in the  morning and Beef Show at 5:00 that afternoon – Master Showmanship is at 5:00 Wednesday – Dairy Show at 10:00 Thursday morning – then the 4-H Livestock Auction at 5:00 Thursday  :  the 4-H Ambassadors will host the Discover 4-H program Sunday evening at 6:30, or after the Rabbit Show – it’s for Jasper County youth ages 5 to 9 to hear what 4-H is all about and to hear what projects are offered – call the Extension Office at  783-2521  for more information  :  and it’s been announced that Kerry Fehrenbacher, of Kerry’s Farm Toys, will be donating a pedal size Steiger Tractor & Auger Cart to be given away at the Fair’s Pedal Tractor Pull next Tuesday evening – any boy or girl that takes part in the Pedal Pull will be eligible for the drawing  :  it’s this weekend & all next week, the Jasper County Fair in Newton – we hope to see you there.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Oil & Gas Association has announced that the exclusive IOGA Buyers’ Guide, the premier resource of relevant products & services for oil & gas professionals, is now available on the IOGA website, at www.ioga.com – the Guide provides IOGA members and other industry professionals with an efficient way to browse for goods & services – it also offers oil & gas suppliers & companies the chance to showcase their products & services – for more details, contact the IOGA offices in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s been announced that all 50 states can now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP), which will provide funding to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers – to goal is to create new markets for nationwide farmers as the investment seeks to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel to consumers – the BIP grant applications must be submitted by July 15th, 2015.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – there’s various prizes to be won and you do not need to be present that day to win – stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup, or the Citizen’s National Bank in Olney


    The next Jasper County blood drive will be this coming Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon – all blood types and blood platelets are in special need


    A fundraising event is this Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Community Building from 5:00 to 8:00 – it’s pork barbeque meal for a free will donation at the door, plus a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, & tickets available for a gun raffle – all proceeds to Jerad Doggett for ongoing medical expenses – all are invited


    The next Richland County blood drive is tomorrow afternoon at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street, from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


   There are two school board meetings tonight – the Jasper County School Board meets tonight in Newton at 6:30 – the East Richland School Board meets tonight in Olney at 7:30 – both are open to the public


    The Farmers Market in Noble will be set up later today in the Noble Village Park – that’s from 3:00 until 6:00 with fresh produce and other items available for purchase by the public – check it out later today

 

 

 

June 17, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The stationary frontal boundary over South Central Illinois will give us some showers today, however heavy rainfall is expected as we move thru tomorrow night – the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill will give added precipitation thru the day Friday and into Saturday – then a cold front is expected to move thru by Sunday, with renewed chances of rain and storms over the weekend – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  With that being said, the National Weather Service has a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties now thru Friday night – with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of rain possible over the next 72 hours, those in low-lying areas should take precautions – all motorists are reminded to stay out of those backwaters and stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for flood updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The budget discussion is the top topic in Springfield as lawmakers continue their debate – while the State Senate discussed college affordability among other items yesterday, the State House looked over & discussed the Governor’s plan to privatize Illinois’ economic development agency – while the Democrats want the Governor to okay a tax increase within their budget proposal to avoid severe cuts to areas such as higher education, the Governor wants approval of a pro-business measure, including a property tax freeze.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries – the 17th consecutive year Illinois has received the honor – the Registry is the only source for population-based cancer incidence for the state – to access the Registry, logon at www.idph.state.il.us/cancer/index.

 

(NEWTON)  Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas in Illinois this summer – duck & goose hunters must register in person and must be present at the drawings – mail-in registrations are not accepted and various requirements apply – more details are on the State DNR website, at www.dnr.illinois.gov – the Department of  Natural Resources’ blind site drawings will be held July 19th, 25th, 26th, and August 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Chapter, one of the most recognized downstate chapters at last week’s 87th Illinois FFA State Convention, held in Springfield – the Olney FFA Chapter was noted with the Student Development Award for its dedication to develop individual and cooperative activities to help enhance the student’s life skills – the local Chapter at ERHS was also recognized for its work thru the Heritage Activities Program which focused on the legislative process and a trip to our nation’s capital with help from the Illinois Farm Bureau – the Olney Chapter was noted for the Cooperative Activities Program and participation there – the local Chapter received the Chapter Development Award and the Community Development Award – and the various CDE teams from the Olney FFA Chapter were recognized for their wins on the state level, including Environmental & Natural Resources, Parliamentary Procedure, & Forestry – a tip of the hat to the Olney FFA Chapter members and sponsors for a job well done this past school year.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved the $409,339 payment to Grunloh Building Inc. for construction of the City’s new electric building  :  approved the $102,761 bill from Big D Electric Inc.for the City’s Circuit “A” Upgrade work  :  approved the $1,520 installation prepay fee to Ameren Illinois for gas service at the new electric building  :  approved an option to refinance the City’s pool bonds with a minimum savings of  $40,000  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, adopted the Prevailing Wage ordinance  :  agreed to spend $16,725 with BKW Services for boring work, steel & duct work, and more at Peterson Park and the Industrial Park  :  agreed to spend $11,214 to buy furniture, lockers, file cabinets, & more from Midwest Office  :  on a 4 to 3 vote, accepted the letter of resignation from Alderman Rick Lindemann, effective today, due to his moving to a different Ward within the City  :  and took no action after a 39-minute closed session to discuss litigation & personnel  :  Council’s next meeting is July 7th.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2015 Jasper County Fair is fast approaching with a full lineup of grandstand activities – the first of two afternoon & evenings of Harness Racing will start at 1:00 Sunday with the popular annual Sunday evening Gospel Sing featuring the group Highroad III starting at 7:30 – the final day of Harness Racing begins at 1:00 next Monday with the Fair Queen and Little Miss Pageant to start at 7:30 Monday night – the Pedal Tractor Pull is at 6:30 Tuesday evening, followed by the Tractor Pull Tuesday night at 7:00 – it’s Family Night starting at 6:00 Wednesday with armbands available for carnival rides & games – the Lawnmower Races begin at 7:00 Wednesday night – the 4-H Livestock Auction is Thursday at 5:00, with the Rodeo that night at 7:00 – it’s another Family Night with armbands available Friday evening with more Tractor Pulling Friday night at 7:00 – then the Demo Derby will finish things up Saturday night at 7:00 – the carnival rides and games will run Tuesday thru Saturday – the 4-H General Project Show kicks everything off this Friday with the projects on display thru the weekend – don’t forget all the concessions and those special “nutty bars” on sale as well – all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Entries are now being accepted for the Richland County Fair’s Talent Show, scheduled for Tuesday night, July 7th, starting at 7:00 – as in the past, the Show will have three performing divisions  :  Junior Division for performers age 14 and under  :  Senior Division for those age 15 to 21  :  and the Open Division for those age 22 and older, and for previous winners who’ve advanced to state competition  :  all contestants must complete an entry form with Friday, July 3rd, the date to enter – entry forms are available at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office – the Talent Show is open to the residents of Richland County – for more information and/or details, call the Talent Show Director, Ruth Henry, at  618-302-4021.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 4-H Ambassadors are inviting county-wide youth between the ages of  5 and 9 to the Jasper County Fairgrounds this Sunday evening to the Discover 4-H program – current 4-H members will share what projects are offered and those attending will have a chance to discuss the various project areas with the local 4-H Ambassadors – the Discover 4-H program will start at 6:30 Sunday evening or at the end of the 4-H Rabbit Show in the 4-H Building – for more information, call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton at  618-783-2521  or go online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will again be offering another Concealed Carry Course later this week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s Thursday night & Friday night, June 18th and 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00, and on Saturday, June 20th, from 8:00 to 4:30 – pre-registration is required with payment in advance – $167 for in-District students or $90 for enrollees over the age of 60 – the 16-hour course covers all aspects of Illinois’ Concealed Carry law – for more details or to sign-up today, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  or Frontier Community College at  877-464-3687 .

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few area meetings coming up this week  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 6:00, with a few items on the agenda  :  the East Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night in the East Richland Administration Office Board Room in Olney, beginning at 7:30  :  the Jasper County School Board has its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 in Newton  :  all three meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – there’s various prizes to be won and you do not need to be present that day to win – stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup, or the Citizen’s National Bank in Olney


    The next Jasper County blood drive will be this coming Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon – all blood types and blood platelets are in special need


    A fundraising event is this Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Community Building from 5:00 to 8:00 – it’s pork barbeque meal for a free will donation at the door, plus a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, & tickets available for a gun raffle – all proceeds to Jerad Doggett for ongoing medical expenses – all are invited


    The next Richland County blood drive is this Friday afternoon at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street, from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    The Cummins Band will perform again tonight in the Olney City Park at the Band Shell, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – it’s free admission and all ages are invited


    The next Crawford County blood drive is this afternoon at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need

 

 

 

 

June 16, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The slow-moving frontal boundary will stall out today just south of the I-72 corridor – for us, that means scattered rain today with a really good chance of scattered thunderstorms tonight into tomorrow – in fact, heavy rainfall is possible along and south of Interstate 70 – a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all our area tonight thru early tomorrow night – stay tuned to us and your NOAA weather radio for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner is lashing out as he tries to negotiate the state budget with the General Assembly’s top Democratic leaders – in several statewide stops to promote his “Turnaround Agenda” last week, the Governor said the Chicago machine is running Illinois, not the people – Rauner was critical of the many Democratic lawmakers from Chicago – some downstate Democrats countered by saying Republicans are more concerned about being loyal to their party – look for more budget debate this week in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding folks about the importance of taking precautions against tick and animal bites – while ticks can carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and others, bats & other wild animals can transmit rabies – tips to avoid ticks are to use insect repellant containing DEET primarily on clothes, to use light-colored clothing covering as much skin as possible, and to thoroughly check for ticks once indoors – to battle rabies, avoid handling unfamiliar animals and keep all pets with up-to-date vaccinations – for more, go online at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $350,000 to 17 Illinois organizations to help local families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures – the grants announced yesterday are in addition to $36 million awarded earlier this year in April – of the $562,508 coming to Illinois, the only downstate funds include $13,698 to the C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation based in Effingham County and $13,235 to the Macoupin County Housing Authority based in Carlinville – all the other 15 recipients are in upstate and Northern Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton for a special Board Meeting, which started at 5:00 – at this point in time, no details are available from last night’s meeting – the agenda listed the main reason for the meeting was for the possible appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body – the Jasper County School Board’s monthly meeting for June is this Thursday night, June 18th, at 6:30.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Farm Bureau county-wide rainfall report from the nine townships within Richland County, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at nearly three quarters on an inch (0.73), with the recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning – Decker Township had the highest amount of rain at an inch & three tenths (1.30), followed closely by Bonpas Township at an inch and two tenths (1.20) and Claremont Township at eighty-eight hundredths of an inch (0.88) – then Noble Township at seven tenths of an inch (0.70), Olney Township at sixty-five hundredths (0.65), and both Denver & Madison Townships each at six tenths of an inch (0.60) – the lowest total of rain in the county was three tenths of an inch (0.30) in both Preston & German Townships – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, our seven day rainfall total for the same period was at sixty-two hundredths (0.62) – the current spring-to-date Richland County rainfall average is at twelve inches and six tenths (12.60), which is nearly an inch and a half less than the same time a year ago in 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  Heavy rainfall continued last week, making it difficult for farmers to get back to fieldwork – the USDA Crop Report shows the statewide average precipitation last week was 3.24 inches, over two and a quarter inches (2.27) above normal – the average temperature statewide last week was 75.8 degrees, that was 4.6 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, soybean planting was at 90% complete and most all the crop conditions were in mostly fair to good shape  :  farmers in our ten county region report about 15% of the bean crop is yet to be planted, plus the heavy rains are taking their toll on the limited winter wheat crop as the downstate harvest is underway – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working on the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  Local and area producers are reminded that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is now underway, beginning yesterday – the nomination forms must be postmarked or received in local USDA Service Centers by the close of business on Monday, August 3rd, less than seven weeks away – for more information or details, call or stop by the local county FSA offices.

 

(NEWTON)  There are five young ladies vying for the 2015 Miss Jasper County Fair Queen title as this year’s Pageant is now less than a week away – with the Fair set to officially start this Sunday, the Queen Pageant will be held next Monday night, June 22nd, starting at 7:30 – in particular order, this year’s list of contestants include : 18 year old Michelle Smithenry of Newton : 17 year old Michaela McClure of Newton : 19 year old Maggie McClure of Newton : 18 year old RaeLee Dhom of Newton : and 17 year old Taylor Alzate of Newton : reigning Fair Queen Andrea Cartright will help oversee the Pageant, which will also include the Little Miss participants as well – a big “thank you” to all the sponsors and the great support from the community for this year’s Fair Queen Pageant at the 2015 Jasper County Fair in Newton – the Fair will run this Sunday, June 21st, thru the following Saturday night, June 27th – we hope to see you there.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will again be offering another Concealed Carry Course later this week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s Thursday night & Friday night, June 18th and 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00, and on Saturday, June 20th, from 8:00 to 4:30 – pre-registration is required with payment in advance – $167 for in-District students or $90 for enrollees over the age of 60 – the 16-hour course covers all aspects of Illinois’ Concealed Carry law – for more details or to sign-up today, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  or Frontier Community College at  877-464-3687 .

 

(OLNEY)  In a couple of meetings coming up  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tomorrow night at the Olney City Hall, starting at 6:00, with a few items on the agenda  :  the East Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting Thursday night in the East Richland Administration Office Board Room in Olney, beginning at 7:30  :  both of the meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    With the annual chowder coming up in Noble on August 8th, raffle tickets are now available, priced at $1 each, or six tickets for $5 – there’s various prizes to be won and you do not need to be present that day to win – stop by the Noble Village Hall, Noble Foods, The Tin Cup, or the Citizen’s National Bank in Olney


    A fundraising event is this Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Community Building from 5:00 to 8:00 – it’s pork barbeque meal for a free will donation at the door, plus a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, & tickets available for a gun raffle – all proceeds to Jerad Doggett for ongoing medical expenses – all are invited


    The next Richland County blood drive is this Friday afternoon at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street, from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    The Cummins Band will perform again this Wednesday night in the Olney City Park at the Band Shell, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – it’s free admission and all ages are invited


    The Jasper County Health Department will host another Children’s First Class tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 7:00 – to sign up or for details, call the Health Department offices in Newton at  618-783-4154


    The next Crawford County blood drive is tomorrow afternoon at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    The Olney Public Library will host a fun packed musical performance tonight at 6:00, featuring guitarist, singer, & songwriter Rick Rayburn – it’s for all ages and all are invited out on Tuesday evening


    The Jasper County Health Department will host an immunization clinic today from 10:00 to 6:15 – for more information, or to sign up, call the Department offices in Newton at  618-783-4436

 

 

 

June 15, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A slow moving frontal boundary will approach the Mid-Mississippi River Valley today & move thru portions of Illinois tomorrow morning – as the frontal boundary stalls out, we’ll have a work week full of on-and-off chances of showers & thunderstorms, some with severe conditions & heavy rainfall possible – that’s especially each afternoon & evening this week – stay tuned to us and your NOAA radios for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more budget talk in Springfield as Governor Rauner has announced contingency plans if lawmakers don’t have a balanced budget in place by July 1st – the $420 million in cuts would include the suspension of premiums for county fairs, closing the World Shooting Complex to normal operations, cutting funds to Amtrak, and suspending various other programs  :  meanwhile, contracts for more than 40,000 state workers are set to expire in 15 days – union negotiators and the Governor are not close to approving a new agreement – if no deal is made, it’s possible a statewide strike could be called and/or a lockout could occur.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Charlie Daniels Band will return to this year’s Du Quoin State Fair on September 2nd – with the band’s lead guitarist, Bruce Brown, a West Frankfort native, the band will be making another appearance at Illinois’ second State Fair – for a full list of other grandstand acts and details, check the Fair’s website, at www.duquoinstatefair.net – the Fair runs August 28th thru September 7th.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities have found a missing 6 month old baby girl after her 23 year old Father reportedly drove away with the baby after an argument with the girl’s Mother last Thursday – Deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office found the baby girl shortly before 2:00 early Friday morning in a farm field near St. Joseph – while the infant is in good shape, the Father is in jail awaiting his next trip to court.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single car crash that occurred at 6:05 this past Saturday morning on Interstate 64 down in Wayne County – the State Police report 22 year old Briana Lashley of Richmond, Virginia was westbound on I-64 when she apparently fell asleep and ran into a median, struck a concrete bridge structure, ran off the road, and ended up in a nearby creek under a bridge – while Lashley was able to break a window to exit the car, she could not get to her 2 year old son in the back seat – after being extracted, the boy and Mother were taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital, where the Mother was treated and the boy was pronounced dead – Wayne County authorities assisted the Illinois State Police.

 

(NEWTON)  While not a lot of details are available, authorities are investigating a single vehicle wreak that occurred early yesterday morning in Jasper County – the accident involved a semi-truck hauling frozen chickens, as the truck ran off the road and overturned – no driver details are available, neither identification or condition – Illinois Route 130 was closed for several hours for cleanup at the site of the wreck, a little over 4 miles north of the Jasper County / Richland County line – the road reopened by early afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is still taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program, which provides required school supplies to eligible children attending Kindergarten thru 12th Grade during the upcoming 2015-2016 school year – applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and at the time of application, applicants are required to provide proof of all family income for the past 90 days and a social security card for each family member – those interested should call their local ERBA Office for an appointment to apply – offices are located in Olney, Newton, Lawrenceville, Robinson, Greenup, Martinsville, Charleston, Paris, & Tuscola – in Olney, call 395-2714 – in Newton, call 783-3987.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is less than a week away as Jasper County 4-H members and their families continue to prepare for the Fair’s General Project Show coming up this Friday, June 19th – just like year’s past, folks are encouraged to walk thru the 4-H Building and view the various projects this weekend – the various 4-H livestock shows will start this Saturday and thru most of next week, all ending with the annual 4-H Auction on that Thursday evening – plus don’t forget about all the wonderful fair concessions and those special 4-H “nutty bars” – the Jasper County Fair runs this Sunday, June 21st, thru Saturday, June 27th, in Newton – so get ready for another year of 4-H exhibits and more the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will again be offering another Concealed Carry Course later this week at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – that’s Thursday night & Friday night, June 18th and 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00, and on Saturday, June 20th, from 8:00 to 4:30 – pre-registration is required with payment in advance – $167 for in-District students or $90 for enrollees over the age of 60 – the 16-hour course covers all aspects of Illinois’ Concealed Carry law – for more details or to sign-up today, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  or Frontier Community College at  877-464-3687 .

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of  Transportation wants all motorists to be alert that the yearly maintenance striping operations are underway on state highways – since the pavement striping equipment travels at a speed of  approximately 15 miles-per-hour when applying the paint, motorists are asked to be patient and to pass only when it’s safe to do so – over 2,000 miles of  roads in the counties of Jasper, Clay, Richland, Wayne, Wabash, Edwards, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Shelby, and Fayette will be striped – that includes the center line, edge line, and no passing zones now thru October.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A fundraising event is this Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Community Building from 5:00 to 8:00 – it’s pork barbeque meal for a free will donation at the door, plus a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, & tickets available for a gun raffle – all proceeds to Jerad Doggett for ongoing medical expenses – all are invited


    The next Richland County blood drive is this Friday afternoon at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street, from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    The Cummins Band will perform again this Wednesday night in the Olney City Park at the Band Shell, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – it’s free admission and all ages are invited


    The Jasper County Health Department will host another Children’s First Class this Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 7:00 – to sign up or for details, call the Health Department offices in Newton at  618-783-4154


    The next Crawford County blood drive is this Wednesday afternoon at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00 – all blood types and blood platelets are very much in need


    The Olney Public Library will host a fun packed musical performance tomorrow night at 6:00, featuring guitarist, singer, & songwriter Rick Rayburn – it’s for all ages and all are invited out on Tuesday evening


    The Jasper County Health Department will host an immunization clinic tomorrow from 10:00 to 6:15 – for more information, or to sign up, call the Department offices in Newton at  618-783-4436