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Local News

July 20, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the frontal boundary hangs over the downstate region, some showers and thunderstorms will pop-up this morning as the chance of rain drops into the afternoon hours – then another slight chance of rain tonight – otherwise, the primary focus is on the high heat and humidity levels expected tomorrow thru the weekend – relief will come with a cold front by not until Sunday evening – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has extended its Excessive Heat Watch, beginning tomorrow afternoon and continuing all the way until Saturday night – affecting nearly the entire southern two-thirds of Illinois, the watch is calling for temperatures in the low to mid 90’s and heat index values over 100 degrees all three days – with the risk of heat related illnesses for those outdoors or those with no air conditioning, folks should take the needed precautions to battle the heat – listen to your NOAA weather radio for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that could help families fighting to learn the truth about the death of loved ones – the new law will strengthen Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act by increasing fines for public bodies that fail to comply with court orders to release details – the new law also increases the statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits from two years to five years.

 

(NEWTON)  With the Illinois State Fair set to start three weeks from tomorrow, it’s been announced that for the first time in 10 years, the State Treasurer office will host a live unclaimed property auction on stage at the Ethnic Village on the fairgrounds – there will be some 21,500 unclaimed items available worth $167,000 on the morning of Saturday, August 20th – two previews will be held August 2nd in Springfield and August 5th in Chicago – for more, check the Treasurer’s website online at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Statewide community colleges have implemented a variety of reforms to developmental education – promising strategies, including co-requisite developmental education, summer bridge programs, and fourth year high school courses are providing a pathway to success for underprepared students – the last five years show the number of students enrolled in at least one developmental course decreased nearly 24% - the ICCB oversees the state’s 48 community colleges in 39 districts and has the third largest community college system in the nation, serving close to 1 million residents each year in credit and non-credit courses.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved the annual appropriations for the City of Newton  :  approved the Annexation Agreement with Valerie B. Burnell  :  agreed to hire two part-time Newton Police Department officers – A.J. Hyatt and Alec Westrich  :  accepted the resignation of part-time Newton Police officer Marty Hustad  :  accepted the $350 bid for an air compressor  :  noted that the State owes the City of Newton $4,439 in unpaid utility bills for street lights and the maintenance yard  :  heard an update on the downtown Streetscape Project  :  approved the monthly bills and payments as presented  :  and took no other action after a 22 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the next regular meeting for the Newton City Council will be Tuesday night, August 2nd, at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Grants totaling $4 million awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will help 120 accredited city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparedness and response efforts – the grants will allow local EMA’s to continue efforts to ensure the safety of the residents in the communities and counties that they serve – while Richland County will receive $7,298 and Jasper County will get $8,924, all other area counties will receive between $7,000 and $15,000 – all of the grant amounts are determined by a base amount and a population-based formula.

 

(NOBLE)  With the annual Noble Chowder less than two months away, folks are encouraged to get their tickets now for a chance to win  :  raffle tickets are on sale at four locations in Noble during regular hours of operations – at Village Hall, the Tin Cup Restaurant, at Noble Foods, and the RJI Package Store in Noble – the tickets are one for $1 each, or six tickets for $5, and winners need not be present  :  also for sale at each location are tickets to win a Four Patch Star Quilt, which is currently on display at the Village Hall in Noble  :  so get those tickets now for the Noble Chowder, coming up the second Saturday next month, August 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has released activity and enforcement figures for the month of June – State Troopers in the ten District 12 counties answered 277 calls for service and initiated 1,874 incidents in the field – there were 793 citations and 655 written warnings, which included 362 speeding tickets, 120 seat belt citations, 39 criminal arrests, 11 DUI’s, and 4 child restraint citations – Troopers assisted 240 motorists, conducted 634 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 99 traffic wrecks, four of which involved fatalities – also during the 30 days and nights, there were 486 citations issued for the “Fatal Four” violations that are most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including driving under the influence of drugs / alcohol, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to wear a seat belt – the ten District 12 counties include Jasper, Richland, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, Cumberland, Clark, Crawford, and Lawrence.

 

(NEWTON)  The Ramblin’ Rose Bus, a ministry sponsored by Effingham Catholic Charities, is continuing to travel it’s seven-county area this summer, delivering school supplies and clothing to assist families with limited financial means – for those that apply, children (K-12) may receive needed items – the final stop this week is tomorrow evening from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Altamont Grade School – the two stops next week will be in Newton, next Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Masonic Lodge, and in Greenup, next Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Municipal Building – August stops are in Beecher City, Marshall, Casey, and Robinson.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy upcoming weekend as Richland County and Olney celebrates 175 years  :  Saturday begins with the 175th Anniversary Parade at 9:00, starting at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, moving south on East Street, then west on Main Street, back south on Whittle Avenue, and ending at North Avenue  :  the 175th Celebration Festival runs Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park with live entertainment at the Band Shell, plus food & vendor booths, historic displays, antique vehicles & tractors, a kid’s area, and more  :  all Richland County School District schools will have open houses with building tours every 30 minutes at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30, including the Elementary School, Middle School, and High School in Olney  :  then the country group Diamond Rio will hit the stage to add to the celebration, in concert at 7:30 Saturday night, with gates opening at 6:30 on the Richland County Fairgrounds – $15 tickets or $20 track admission on sale online, at www.olney175.com  :  the Celebration carries over into Sunday with a barbeque meal and all the fixings provided, with serving from 10:30 to 2:00, while supplies last, in the Olney City Park – the $3 tickets (children 2 & under free) can be bought in advance this week at the Olney City Hall, the Chamber Office, or main locations at Olney Banks  :  Sunday will also be a Free Swim Day at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney  :  and an Ecumenical Service Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at the Band Shell in the City Park, with free admission, will feature music by Brian Free & Assurance – bring your lawn chairs and blankets  :  that’s all this weekend for the Olney and Richland County 175th Anniversary.

 

(NEWTON)  The 20th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, hosted by the Jasper County Wild Turkey Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is coming up this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the doors open at 5:30 with a social hour before a meal is served and the wildlife auction is held with various items available, including wildlife calls, unique firearms, sporting art, knives, outdoor equipment, and much more – tickets are available at $65 for couples or $45 for singles – all funds raised go for conservation efforts – for tickets, call Tyler at  618-267-9420 – all are invited to attend this Friday night.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A couple of regular monthly school board meetings are coming up tomorrow night  :  the Richland County School Board will meet in Olney, starting at 7:30  :  the Jasper County School Board will meet in Newton, beginning at 6:30  :  both of these meetings are open to the general public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at City Hall, starting at 7:00 – a light agenda will be discussed with all recommendations forwarded to the Olney City Council – public is invited


    The City of Olney reminds residents still cleaning up last week’s storm damage, that Olney’s brush dump is open each day this week from 10:00 until 4:00 – that includes an additional day today, on this Wednesday

 

 

 

July 19, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With the weak frontal boundary draped across downstate Illinois today thru tonight, the hot and muggy air mass will keep us mostly dry although another chance of scattered rain and storms is possible tomorrow – then it’s high heat and humidity levels hitting the Midwest with the most brutal conditions on Thursday & Friday – no relief until a cold front arrives Sunday afternoon – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  With yesterday’s late morning and early afternoon storms that popped up, mostly over Jasper County, flash flood rainfall reports had an average of  2 to 4 inches of rain falling in less than an hour – a Flood Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Jasper County as a result of the heavy rain  – heavy rain also fell in portions of  Richland, Clay, Crawford, and Lawrence Counties  :  meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for our entire listening area for Thursday & Friday, with temperatures expected in the mid to upper 90’s and the heat index readings expected over 110 degrees both afternoons – that will produce a high risk of heat related illnesses for those outdoors and those without access to air conditioning – stay tuned to your NOAA weather alert radios for updates and details.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that bans the sale of synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” in Illinois stores – taking effect on January 1st, the law makes selling “bath salts” a felony, punishable with a fine of up to $150,000 – the goal is to help slow down the drug epidemic that’s afflicting rural areas around Illinois – the law also makes it possible for retailers to be prosecuted.

 

(NEWTON)  The state has announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties – the Illinois EPA & Department of Public Health have divided the state into three priority zones for used tire removal – collection locations & dates will soon be announced – for details, check the IEPA or IDPH websites online.

 

(OLNEY)  Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty, other than their initial active duty for training and annual training, are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their state driver’s licenses – it was at last weekend’s 98th Annual American Legion Department of Illinois Convention in Springfield that Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law allowing the designation – those affected should contact a local IDVA office for assistance, or go online at  www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton Water Department is repairing water lines this morning, starting at 8:00, all to be followed by a “boil water order” in effect until further notice for the affected area of town – that includes  :  Washington Street, from Jackson to Stanley  :  Church Street, from Washington to Decatur  :  Lafayette Street, from Jourdan to Decatur  :  Walnut Street, from Jourdan to Decatur  :  and Liberty Avenue, from Jourdan to the Fairgrounds  :  Newton’s Water Department thanks everyone affected for their patience.

  

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still assisting residents with limb pickup as a result of last week’s storm damage – residents should place limbs as close to the street as possible without having the limbs in the street and call City Hall at  395-7302  during regular office hours to be placed on the “pickup list” – the City Hall will be taking addresses for pickup until the end of the day today  :  Olney’s brush dump is normally open every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00 – the brush dump will also be open today and tomorrow to help accommodate the extra brush from last week’s storm cleanup.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in the past seven day period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – the largest amount of rain in the seven days was three inches and a tenth (3.10) in Decker Township, followed by two inches and two tenths (2.20) in Noble Township, an inch and a half (1.50) in Madison Township, and an inch and three tenths (1.30) in Denver Township – then an inch and two tenths (1.20) in both Bonpas and Olney Townships, an inch and a tenth (1.10) in Preston Township, eight tenths of an inch (0.80) in Claremont Township, and the least amount of rain during the seven day period was three quarters of an inch (0.75) in German Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney, we recorded ninety-four hundredths of an inch (0.94) of rain during the seven day recording period – so far this year, the average rainfall in Richland County is now running nearly eight inches (7.74) less than it was a year ago at this time in 2015.

 

(NEWTON) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, the statewide crop report was fairly average with some good reports weather wise, however some reports of wind & storm damage to fields – last week’s statewide average temperature was 76.1 degrees, which was almost normal, only one tenth (0.1) of a degree below normal – the average statewide rainfall last week was 1.07 inches, nearly four tenths of an inch (0.37) above normal – as of Sunday, the statewide crop conditions were pretty much in good to excellent shape in most all areas  :  farmers in our ten county area report two thirds of the local corn is silking with some corn starting in the dough stage – over a third of the local soybeans are blooming with a tenth of the bean crop beginning to set pods – farmers are continuing to spray for insects and weeds with some hay baling – all farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors, especially with the heat this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a bus trip to the St. Louis area on Saturday, August 20th, a month from tomorrow – the trip involves a two and a half hour visit to the St. Louis Science Center, which includes the Agricultural GROW Exhibit, then a visit to the Festival of the Little Hills on Main Street in St. Charles, which includes various vendors of wood, ceramics, & pottery, plus metalwork, fine arts, photography, jewelry, specialty foods, and more – then it’s dinner at Rigazzi’s before heading home – the $40 cost for Farm Bureau members, $50 for non-members, includes the bus trip to and from St. Louis & dinner – the bus is scheduled to leave the Olney Eagles Lodge parking lot at 6:30 that morning with return later that night – that’s an all day trip to St. Louis set for Saturday, August 20th – for more information about the trip, or to sign up, call or stop by the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy upcoming weekend as Richland County and Olney celebrates 175 years  :  Saturday begins with the 175th Anniversary Parade at 9:00, starting at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, moving south on East Street, then west on Main Street, back south on Whittle Avenue, and ending at North Avenue  :  the 175th Celebration Festival runs Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park with live entertainment at the Band Shell, plus food & vendor booths, historic displays, antique vehicles & tractors, a kid’s area, and more  :  all Richland County School District schools will have open houses with building tours every 30 minutes at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30, including the Elementary School, Middle School, and High School in Olney  :  then the country group Diamond Rio will hit the stage to add to the celebration, in concert at 7:30 Saturday night, with gates opening at 6:30 on the Richland County Fairgrounds – $15 tickets or $20 track admission on sale online, at www.olney175.com  :  the Celebration carries over into Sunday with a barbeque meal and all the fixings provided, with serving from 10:30 to 2:00, while supplies last, in the Olney City Park – the $3 tickets (children 2 & under free) can be bought in advance this week at the Olney City Hall, the Chamber Office, or main locations at Olney Banks  :  Sunday will also be a Free Swim Day at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney  :  and an Ecumenical Service Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at the Band Shell in the City Park, with free admission, will feature music by Brian Free & Assurance – bring your lawn chairs and blankets  :  that’s all this weekend for the Olney and Richland County 175th Anniversary.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Incorporated, is still 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.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Big Blue Book Bus is back in Olney this afternoon and evening, from 3:00 until 7:00, at the downtown TrustBank Lot, along Main Street – it’s for area Pre-K thru 8th Grade students – no library card and no ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and Richland County Schools


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today, back at its normal location, under the pole barns, in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce available to the public, from 10:00 to 5:00 

 

 

 

July 18, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A warm & muggy air mass will remain in place today and help contribute to a rather unstable weather pattern over the Midwest – while most of the rain & storms associated with an approaching frontal boundary will stay to our north, we’ll see our chance of thunderstorm activity increase into this afternoon & thru tonight before ending tomorrow – then simply hot & humid the rest of the week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois National Guard is barring “Pokemon Go” players from its facilities – officials announced Friday that the public is not allowed on its statewide grounds to access the virtual stops & gyms that are part of the smartphone game – several players have appeared at the gates of National Guard facilities & training centers asking for access – one exception is the Illinois State Military Museum.

 

(OLNEY)  Officials at the Du Quoin State Fair have announced a new website to help those wanting to attend the downstate event to plan their trip – the information provided includes the Fair’s daily schedule, plus fairgoers can select their favorite foods from on online menu and find the exact location where they can buy it – a special section provides details for exhibitors taking part in competitive events – the Du Quoin State Fair will run August 26th thru September 5th – that new website is at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  And with high heat and humidity levels expected to return to our downstate area later this week, health officials remind those working outdoors to take those needed steps to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion – take plenty of breaks out of the direct sunlight and drink lots of water – also check on our elderly neighbors and family members at least once a day if not more.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a personal injury crash that occurred early this past Sunday morning at around 1:34 in Jasper County – the State Police report that 34 year old Wayne L. Davis of Oblong was riding an ATV eastbound on a county road north of Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton, when he failed to reduce speed to negotiate a curve, went thru the intersection, thru a ditch, hit a livestock fence, and was ejected from the ATV as it overturned – Davis was lifelighted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with injuries – Davis was also ticketed for DUI, for illegal operation of an ATV on a roadway, for operating a vehicle with no insurance, for driving while license revoked, and for improper lane usage.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair ended its 160th run this past weekend with another successful ten night event full of activities, fun, accomplishments, and information for those in attendance – a “thank you” is in order for the Richland County Farm & Fair Association for their hard work and dedication in bringing one of the state’s best fairs to our downstate region – the Fair Board officers include President Mark Doris, Vice President Mark Wingert, Secretary Pat Jennings, Treasurer Joe Hunt, Jr., and Concessions Manager Eric Pitts – the Fair Board Directors include Bill Jennings, Bryan Pierce, Austin Clow, Don Doris, Justin Westall, Jim Kuenstler, Matt Cothern, C.P. Hunt, Myles Brown, Doug Westall, Greg Tinder, and Bill Clow, Jr. – also a huge thanks to all the businesses and individuals who helped sponsor and/or assist the Richland County Fair in one way or another – plus, thanks to the Richland County 4-H and Farm Bureau as well – plans are already underway for next year’s 161st annual Richland County Fair on the fairgrounds in Olney.

 

 (NEWTON)  The City of Newton Water Department has announced water line repairs planned for this week – the water for a portion of Newton will be shut off starting at 8:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning with a “boil water order” to be in effect until further notice once the water is turned back on – the area affected includes  :  Washington Street, from Jackson to Stanley  :  Church Street, from Washington to Decatur  :  Lafayette Street, from Jourdan to Decatur  :  Walnut Street, from Jourdan to Decatur  :  and Liberty Avenue, from Jourdan to the Fairgrounds  :  the Newton Water Department wants to thank those affected in this area in advance for their patience – again that work will start tomorrow morning, Tuesday morning, for the before-mentioned area in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is assisting residents with limb pickup as a result of last Wednesday’s storm damage – residents should place limbs as close to the street as possible without having the limbs in the street, and call City Hall at  395-7302  during regular office hours to be placed on the “pickup list” – the City Hall will be taking addresses for pickup until the end of the day tomorrow, July 19th  :  also, the City’s brush dump is open for residents, from 10:00 to 4:00, on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(OLNEY)  This past month was one of the driest June’s on record in Richland County as our rainfall total for the 30 days and nights came in at just over an inch and a half here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney – our official total was at 1.52 inches of rain which according to our weather archives is the second driest June since 1989 – the driest in Richland County was recorded just four years ago in 2012 when we had less than a half inch of rain, officially measured at forty-three hundredths of an inch (0.43) – the wettest June since 1989 was just a year ago in 2015 when we received over eleven inches of rain (11.12) – Richland County’s 18 year average of rainfall in June since 1989 is over four and a half inches, at 4.65 – by the way, June’s average high temperature was 87.6 degrees while the average low each morning was 64.7 degrees – while there were 13 days with high temperatures over 90 degrees, the month’s highest reading was 95 degrees on both June 23rd and 26th – the month’s lowest reading was 54 degrees on both June 7th and 8th – all the stats are gathered from our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, which submits daily weather reports to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois, doing so for well over 100 years.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy upcoming weekend as Richland County and Olney celebrates 175 years  :  Saturday begins with the 175th Anniversary Parade at 9:00, starting at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, moving south on East Street, then west on Main Street, back south on Whittle Avenue, and ending at North Avenue  :  the 175th Celebration Festival runs Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park with live entertainment at the Band Shell, plus food & vendor booths, historic displays, antique vehicles & tractors, a kid’s area, and more  :  all Richland County School District schools will have open houses with building tours every 30 minutes at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 – that includes the Elementary School, Middle School, & High School in Olney  :  then the country group Diamond Rio will hit the stage to add to the celebration, in concert at 7:30, with gates opening at 6:30 on the Richland County Fairgrounds – $15 tickets or $20 track admission on sale online at www.olney175.com  :  the Celebration carries over into Sunday with a barbeque meal and all the fixings provided with serving from 10:30 to 2:00, while supplies last, in the Olney City Park – the $3 tickets (children 2 & under free) can be bought in advance this week at the Olney City Hall, the Chamber Office, or main locations at Olney Banks  :  Sunday will also be a Free Swim Day at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney  :  and an Ecumenical Service Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at the Band Shell in the City Park, with free admission, featuring music by Brian Free & Assurance – bring your lawn chairs and blankets  :  that’s all this weekend for Olney & Richland County’s 175th Anniversary.

 

(NEWTON)  The 20th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, hosted by the Jasper County Wild Turkey Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is coming up this Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the doors open at 5:30 with a social hour before a meal is served and the wildlife auction is held with various items available, including wildlife calls, unique firearms, sporting art, knives, outdoor equipment, and much more – tickets are available at $65 for couples or $45 for singles – all funds raised go for conservation efforts – for tickets, call Tyler at  618-267-9420 – all are invited to attend this Friday night.

 

(OLNEY)  The next area Concealed Carry Course offered by the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is open to the public this week at Wabash Valley College – designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter, the 16-hour course provides the required firearms training needed to obtain a Concealed Carry permit – it’s this Thursday night & Friday night, July 21st and 22nd, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – the final portion of the course is thru the day Saturday, July 23rd, from 8:00 to 4:00 – tuition and fees for the course are $173 for IECC District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – there is a discounted cost for enrollees over 60 years old – for more information or to get registered, call toll-free, Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  or Frontier Community College at  877-464-3687.

 

(NEWTON)  The Ramblin’ Rose Bus, a ministry sponsored by Effingham Catholic Charities, has started traveling it’s seven-county area this summer, delivering school supplies and clothing to assist families with limited financial means – for those that apply, children (K-12) may receive needed items, which include a backpack and other basic supplies, plus school clothing is available from the bus, or families may choose to receive a voucher and shop for their clothing at Second Hand Rose Resale Shoppe in Effingham – stops this week are tomorrow evening from 4:00 to 6:00 at the St. Elmo Grade School and Thursday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Altamont Grade School – the two stops next week will be in Newton, a week from today, and in Greenup, a week from tomorrow – August stops are in Beecher City, Marshall, Casey, & Robinson.

 

(NOBLE)  With an Emergency Appeal in place, asking all first time and/or regular donors to get out and give blood, the next area blood drive is this afternoon in Noble, at the Lions Club Building, from 2:30 to 6:30 – all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low regional blood supplies – all presenting donors this afternoon in Noble will received a St. Louis Cardinals commemorative t-shirt.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Big Blue Book Bus is back in Olney tomorrow afternoon and evening, from 3:00 until 7:00, at the downtown TrustBank Lot, along Main Street – it’s for area Pre-K thru 8th Grade students – no library card and no ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and Richland County Schools


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up tomorrow back at its normal location, under the pole barns, in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce available to the public, from 10:00 to 5:00 

 

 

 

July 16, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure will keep us dry for the next couple of days – as a southerly wind flow develops, we’ll see a temperatures increase with more humidity as we move thru tomorrow and into the first part of next week – with a quick chance of rain Monday thru Monday night, we’ll dry out for the rest of next week with a warmer than normal weather pattern in place for the rest of the work week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is winding down this weekend on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – tonight’s grandstand event is the popular Demolition Derby with grandstand ticket sales from 8:00 to 6:00 today at the Fair Board Office – the Carnival Rides continue tonight with $20 Armbands available from 6:00 to 10:00 – plus plenty of fair food and concessions, not to mention all the displays and exhibits – check it out, the 160th Annual Richland County Fair thru tonight on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park. 

 

 (NEWTON)  The Oblong Children’s Christian Home has its largest fundraiser of the year today, the annual Sportsman’s Day, an outdoor event area youngsters – the OCCH is teaming up with Outdoors Unlimited of Jasper County to host this year’s event at Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – registration starts at 9:00 this morning at the White Oak Picnic Area – children ages 7 and older are invited to take part with all activities free of charge, plus lunch will be served at 12 noon – activities include clay pigeon shooting, bow fishing, muzzleloader and .22 rifle marksmanship, hatchet throwing, turkey calling, 3-D archery, a rod and reel challenge, and straight fishing –– a shotgun and a rod & reel will be given away – collection jars will be set up for donations to the ministry – all are invited out today on this Saturday to Sam Parr State Park.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s a busy weekend in northern Clay County  :  the County Line Sodbusters have their 5th Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this afternoon on the Show Grounds, at the east edge of Bible Grove – with buyer registration at 1:30, the equipment auction begins at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items  :  meanwhile, the County Line Sodbusters will host their Antique Weighted & Hot Farm Tractor Pull tomorrow afternoon at 1:00, also on the Show Grounds in Bible Grove – registration starts at 12:00 noon – admission is by donation & concessions will be available.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Arts Council’s Performing Arts Committee has two big performances this weekend to honor Richland County’s 175th Birthday – it’s a program full of  history, skits, and more at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – that’s tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 adult tickets and $5 student tickets, for those in 12th grade & under, will be on sale at the door prior to each performance tonight and tomorrow afternoon – check it out, all ages are invited.

 

(OLNEY)  The St. Joseph Stringtown Annual Parish Picnic is tomorrow, celebrating its 175th anniversary in northeastern Richland County – the all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord serving is from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicapped-accessible, Parish Center – plus carry-outs will be available – also plenty of  live music, fun & games for the entire family, and raffle drawings at 6:00 Sunday evening – also, memories, photos, videos, and more of the Parish will be displayed after dinner – that’s all in Stringtown tomorrow.

 

REMINDERS  :

    It’s a Free Pool Night tomorrow night at the Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney from 6:00 to 8:00 – all Richland County families are welcome – it’s sponsored by the Olney Elks - there will be food and drinks available, with special appreciation to Pizza Fast and Prairie Farms Dairy – all are invited tomorrow night

 

    A Country Rhodes benefit “fish fry” is this evening at the Olney VFW with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available – also a raffle, bake sale, 50/50 drawing, and theme baskets – all the proceeds will help defray medical bills for both Duane and Jane Kocher

 

    The Richland County Home Front will have a “Support Our Troops” fundraising breakfast this morning at the Olney VFW, with serving from now until 11:30 or until sold out – tickets sold at the door with carry-outs available – proceeds go for care packages to our local troops and for new “honor troop” street signs

 

 

 

 

 

July 15, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the frontal boundary moves off to our southeast, we have a mostly dry sky today and right on thru the upcoming weekend – although we see temperatures increase with more humidity as we move into Sunday and first of next week – with a quick chance of rain on Monday, we’ll then likely dry out for the rest of next week with warmer than normal, hot conditions expected by midweek, next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order that he says will help communities south of Chicago create jobs and improve natural areas, such as parks and waterways – the Millennium Reserve was formed as a public-private partnership in 2012 to develop a 15,000-acre area in Illinois and northwest Indiana – it includes 37 south suburban communities – yesterday’s action makes the entity a nonprofit group, allowing it to more easily raise private money & apply for public & private grants.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Comptroller’s office says Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills will be roughly $10 billion by the year’s end after factoring in the temporary spending plan that lawmakers recently approved – the office is prioritizing payments to state-funded nonprofit groups providing social services, business owners who provided goods & services to the state in good faith, and to education institutions facing cuts & delays – so far, nearly 100 social service providers have sued the State of Illinois over past nonpayments.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the death of an Olney man earlier this week – the body of 47 year old David Weir was found in his residence, in the 900 block of East Butler Street, in Olney – Weir  was officially pronounced dead at 8:01 Tuesday night, July 12th – an autopsy performed yesterday in Olney confirmed that Weir died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound – no foul play is suspected in the incident.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in regular session – the Board  :  approved all general fund county claims for the month of June worth $82,149  :  approved the purchase of rolling cabinets for the Circuit Clerk’s office worth $41,725  :  agreed to donate $5,000 to the Richland County Senior Citizens to help with expenses – that’s $1,000 per month, running this month thru November  :  noted the first stage of the Enterprise Zone application process is completed with all requirements met  :  heard the Animal Control report from new Officer Kevin Gosnell  :  reviewed the Public Building Commission report, noting that improvement work on the Courthouse’s second floor should be complete by September 1st, after which renovation work will begin on the first floor  :  approved the Prevailing Wage resolution  :  approved the New Wave Cable Franchise Agreement as presented  :  approved the proclamation noting the upcoming 175th Anniversary of Richland County & Olney  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss negotiations and personnel  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board is August 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in regular session – the Board  :  heard information about possibly changing the County’s dispatch system to join one currently operational in Robinson – it would not only be an upgrade, but less service cost per year – plus, could save the County some $40,000 – no action was taken  :  agreed to allow the Jasper County Health Department to pursue a $65,000 grant to expand services to local children with support & training for area day care providers & others  :  approved the County’s 2015 Audit as presented  :  heard concerns from Sheriff Britton about staffing & other issues  :  discussed the County’s Animal Control Officer’s salary  :  approved the purchase of steel doors for the Courthouse  :  noted the classrooms & sleep rooms at the Ambulance Service are complete, plus the new auto pulse machines are in use as well  :  looked over various reports, from the County Clerk, the Health Department, Animal Control, and others  :  and no other action, other than to adjourn, after a 20 minute closed session  :  the next regular meeting for the Jasper County Board will be August 11th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is assisting residents with limb pickup as a result of  this past Wednesday’s storm damage – residents should place limbs as close to the street as possible without having the limbs in the street, and call City Hall at  395-7302  during regular office hours to be placed on the “pickup list” – the City Hall will be taking addresses for pickup until the end of the day next Tuesday, July 19th  :  also, the City’s brush dump is open for residents, from 10:00 to 4:00, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Mondays.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The EJ Water Cooperative has announced a “boil water order” is still in effect until further notice for some area customers – for Smallwood Township in Jasper County and for the following Townships in Richland County, Preston, Denver, Noble, Decker, & the area west of Route 130 in Madison – again, the “boil water order” runs until further notice for EJ Water customers in Jasper/Richland Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is winding down this weekend on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – a huge “thank you” to everyone that supported yesterday’s 4-H Youth Livestock Auction – that’s followed by this morning’s 4-H Tractor Driving Contest, then this afternoon’s White Tent event from 1:00 to 4:00 featuring Susie Bishop’s Story Time – tonight’s grandstand event is the Truck Pulls with the Fair’s finale, the Demolition Derby, coming up tomorrow night – the grandstand ticket sales are from 8:00 to 6:00 daily at the Fair Board Office – the Carnival Rides continue the next two nights with $20 Armbands each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – plus plenty of fair food and concessions, not to mention all the displays and exhibits – check it out, the 160th Annual Richland County Fair, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park. 

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Water Survey has released its June 2016 water and climate summary showing temperatures were above & precipitation was below the long-term average  :  Illinois’ average temperature in June was 74.9 degrees, a full 3 degrees above the long-term average  :  precipitation averaged 3.08 inches around the state, which was 1.13 inches below the long-term average  :  soil moisture declined at depths of  2 to 20 inches  :  water surface levels at the end of June were below spillway or seasonal operating levels at 11 of the 27 reporting reservoirs in Illinois – Lake Shelbyville and Rend Lake were both just above their summer target levels – Carlyle Lake and East Fork Lake were right at even with target levels  :  we’ll look at the WVLN-WSEI Weather Station weather stats and weather archives for the month of June on Monday.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s a busy weekend in northern Clay County  :  the County Line Sodbusters will have their 5th Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday on the Show Grounds, at the east edge of Bible Grove – with buyer registration at 1:30, the equipment auction begins at 2:00 – items to be consigned for sale must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, inclusive of farm toys, pedal tractors, and riding lawn mowers – for consignment details, call Ed at  618-662-4238  :  meanwhile, the County Line Sodbusters will host their Antique Weighted & Hot Farm Tractor Pull this Sunday afternoon at 1:00, also on the Prairie Days Show Grounds in Bible Grove – the registration starts at 12:00 noon – admission is by donation and concessions will be available  :  all are invited to this weekend’s Prairie Days in Bible Grove.

 

(NEWTON)  Time’s running out to get those tickets for the Jasper County Cancer Support “basket raffle” fundraiser – a chance to win themed baskets with tickets and more from the St. Louis Cardinals, Holiday World, the Newton Aquatic Center, and many more – the baskets can been seen with tickets on sale at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – get six for $5 or one for $1 each with tickets on sale for only one more day, today, this Friday – the winners will be drawn out & announced tomorrow, on Saturday – all proceeds go to the Jasper County Cancer Support effort to help those locally in their fight against cancer.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Arts Council’s Performing Arts Committee has two big performances this weekend to honor Richland County’s 175th Birthday – it’s a program full of  history, skits, and more at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – that’s tomorrow night at 7:00 & Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 adult tickets and $5 students tickets (12th grade & under) are on sale until 4:00 today at the Olney City Hall and at the door prior to each performance Saturday & Sunday – all ages are invited.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A Country Rhodes benefit “fish fry” will be tomorrow evening at the Olney VFW with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door with carry-outs available – also a raffle, bake sale, 50/50 drawing, and theme baskets – all the proceeds will help defray medical bills for both Duane and Jane Kocher


    The Richland County Home Front will have a “Support Our Troops” fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning at the Olney VFW, with serving from 6:30 to 11:30 or until sold out – tickets sold in advance at the VFW or at the door Saturday morning, plus carry-outs available – all proceeds raised will go for care packages to our local troops and for new signs to honor our Troops along Olney’s most traveled streets


    The Original Jonah “fish fry” at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, north of Dieterich, is this evening with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 – it’s all-you-can-eat with carry-outs available and tickets at the door


    A reminder to area farmers – the final date to report all planted corn and soybeans for 2016 is today, this July 15th – farmers should call or stop by their respective FSA County Office during regular office hours


    It’s a “pulled pork sandwich” and “car wash” fundraiser today at the State Farm Office on West Jourdan Street in Newton from 9:00 to 1:00 – proceeds go to help local Boy Scout Troop 156 with expenses


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today at the north edge of the Olney City Park, just north of the old swimming pool – that’s fresh produce and more there from 10:00 until 5:00 for the public