LOCAL NEWS

Local News

June 10, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Our weather pattern across the Midwest will remain active thru tomorrow night as a low pressure system slowly moves across Illinois – this weather-maker will bring periods of scattered showers and isolated storms today thru tomorrow – should be dry Thursday thru Saturday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn is signing the “cupcake bill” today, making a trip to Troy to ink the bill in the home of Chloe Stirling – she’s the 12 year old cook that inspired the bill after the Health Department shut her down – people can now sell homemade foods & desserts without having their kitchens inspection.

 

(OLNEY)  A bike riding group from downstate Illinois will be spending part of their afternoon with the Governor – he’ll be visiting the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson dealership in Marion to sign a “poker run” bill – it gives more local control, allowing county leaders to issue licenses for the fundraising events.

 

(NEWTON)  The fate of State Representative Derrick Smith is in the hands of the jury – the deliberations began yesterday afternoon and will continue the first thing this morning – Smith is accused of accepting a $7,000 cash bribe in exchange for helping a daycare get a state grant – Smith says the FBI set him up.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for over three hours – the Council  :  approved the annual Prevailing Wage Ordinance  :  approved the $202,373 bid from Mt. Carmel Stabilization for MFT oil and chip material & work  :  approved the $19,850 bid from Dolls, Inc. for MFT concrete  :  approved the state $83,168 bid for a new backhoe/loader from Erb Equipment of Mt. Vernon  :  approved the state $24,720 bid from Bob Ridings Ford of Taylorville for a new service truck for the City’s Mechanics Department  :  approved the $23,506 bid from Kemper Technology Consulting of Robinson for a computer server and related equipment to connect the Olney City Hall with the Olney Police Department  :  approved the state $17,696 bid from Wright Automotive of Hillsboro for a new pickup truck for the City’s Water Distribution Department  :  approved the $19,600 bid from Borgic Custom Pumping of Newton to haul over 1.5 million gallons of sludge from the City’s Sewer Plant  :  approved a Class S Liquor License for a one night Wine Tasting to be held July 7th at the Richland County Fair  :  agreed to seek bids for ground work to develop the multi-purpose field area in the southwest section of Musgrove Park  :  discussed, but took no action on closing the Linn Street railroad crossing or on vacating the alley adjoining 720 East Butler Street  :  took no action, but discussed the enforcement of abandoned and/or dilapidated properties within Olney  :  and no action after a closed session  :  the next regular Olney City Council meeting will be June 23rd at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  Most of the state experienced warm and wet conditions last week as most statewide farmers have finished up the 2014 spring planting – yesterday’s USDA Crop Report shows farmers are now getting ready for the winter wheat harvest – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged 2.08 inches, that’s just over an inch (1.15) above normal – the statewide average temperature was 70.8 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees above normal  :  farmers here in our ten county area report all the corn is planted and about 95% of the local soybeans have been planted – there was only a couple of days that were suitable for field work last week – both the area’s topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are mostly adequate and looking good – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the wheat harvest will kick into high gear over the next week or so.

 

(OLNEY)  In the latest Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report for the 9 townships – the 7-day recording period ended at 10:00 yesterday morning with rainfall last Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday – the average county-wide rainfall was nearly an inch and a half, at 1.44 inches – the county’s high rainfall total was 2.30 inches in Bonpas Township – Olney Township was close behind at 2 inches even – Decker had 1.65 inches, while Madison Townhip had 1.60 inches – the remaining townships averaged right around 1 inch of rain – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, our total for the 7 day period was at just over 1 inch, at 1.07 inches – by the way, the county’s spring-to-date average rainfall amount is at 13.24 inches compared to 15 inches a year ago at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus is reiterating his “open door” policy for U.S. Department of  Veterans Affairs’ employees and Veterans in his downstate Illinois District to contact any of his offices to report any irregularities in VA scheduling procedures they have witnessed – the latest Access Audit showed at least 57,436 Veterans waiting for appointments more than 90 days after requesting them – both of the downstate VA facilities in Marion and Danville were among 112 facilities flagged by the audit for further review and investigation – folks are urged to call the Congressman’s Collinsville office at 618-288-7190.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents should be aware of yet another scam going on in downstate Illinois – it seems to happen each spring when an out-of-town contractor stops by a home and tells the homeowner that they have some leftover paving material from a regional job and that they will resurface their driveway or area of parking at a cut-rate price – then the price turns out to be much higher than the original quote with the contractor then demanding his payment on site – area homeowners are encouraged to use well-known and local contractors for such work and not the fly-by-night guys that are scamming hundreds of dollars.

 

(NEWTON) There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street from 2:00 to 6:00  :  the next Jasper County drive is this Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  for an appointment to donate, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  remember, all blood types are needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Heritage House and Carnegie Museum will be open again this Sunday afternoon in Olney, from 1:30 to 4:00 – area families and/or groups are urged to tour both facilities for the history of the local area


    A benefit ride and hog roast is this Saturday for infant Aden Lofgren of Bridgeport – sign up at 9:00 at the Olney VFW with bikes out at 11:00 – stops in Flora, Effingham, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and back to Olney for dinner, auction, and live music – all proceeds to the Lofgren family for medical expenses


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its annual “Duck Race” this Saturday morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – top prize is $2,500 in cash, with $1,000 to 2nd place and $500 to 3rd, plus other prizes for all the heat winners – get your tickets today at any area bank


    The local ABATE chapter will have their regular monthly meeting this Friday night, June 13th, in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:00 – all area riders and the public are welcome


    The 9th annual Newton Eagle Football “fish fry” fundraiser is this Friday evening at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 – tickets at the door, plus tickets are also on sale for the huge fundraising raffle with over 50 items available – carry-outs available – proceeds to Newton Eagle football


    The Cummins Band will be back with another Wednesday night performance in the Olney City Park, at the Bandshell, beginning at 8:00 – that’s tomorrow night – all ages are welcome to attend the concert


    The Olney Public Library will host a special event called “Animal Tales” tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 – it’s free for all ages – so make plans to see and learn about all kinds of animals this Wednesday


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market will open the 2014 season today at the Olney City Park under the pole barns – the new hours this year are from 11:00 to 4:00, still on every Tuesday and Friday – new vendors are welcome – it will be plenty of produce and other items available to the public starting today

 

 

 

June 9, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The Midwestern weather pattern will turn more active for the first half of this work week – a low pressure system will slowly move from the Plains, spreading scattered showers and thunderstorms east of the Mississippi River this afternoon thru tonight – then the frontal boundary will stall out, giving us more rain chances tomorrow and Wednesday – then dry to finish the work week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Quinn has signed the “clean slate” measure into law, which automatically erases records in less-serious, non-violent cases when a youngster turns 18 years old – taking effect in 2015, the law will not include sex-related offenses, higher-level arrests, and those occurring within the previous six months – supporters say the law gives youth a better chance to get a job, go to college, and avoid gangs.

 

(OLNEY)  A new report released last week shows health insurance prices in Illinois were going up by about 10% or more annually in the three years before President Obama signed the nation’s health care law – the Commonwealth Fund conducted the report to help people gauge whether prices for 2015 climb faster or slower than they did before “Obama-Care” – the 2015 prices won’t be announced until later this year as health insurers are now starting to submit their health care plans to Illinois regulators, continuing thru fall.

 

(NEWTON)  The cost of attending Illinois State University has increased – the tuition for students starting school this fall has risen by 2.1% as Trustees voted last Friday at the Normal campus – the cost for a year of college, room, and board for a full-time, in-state student increases to nearly $22,900 a year – the hike only affects students starting school in the fall – all returning students have their tuition set until they graduate.

 

(OLNEY)  Today is the final day of the State DNR’s annual Free Fishing Days in 2014 – from last Friday thru today, anyone can get out and fish without having a state fishing license or any type of required fishing stamp – several special events and activities are associated with Free Fishing Days all over the state – for more information, check the DNR’s website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or go to www.takemefishing.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are investigating an early Friday morning traffic accident from last week in which a Cumberland County man was injured in a motorcycle crash – 48 year old Roy Stepp of Toledo was southbound on Route 49, about one mile north of Yale in Jasper County, when for unknown reasons his bike ran off the road, hitting a ditch, and ejecting Stepp into a nearby field – the single vehicle wreck occurred at around 5:45 Friday morning – while not confirmed, the preliminary cause is suspected deer activity – Stepp was seriously injured and was transported to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council will meet tonight for its first regular meeting in this month of  June – it’s another full agenda with several new items for discussion – not to mention a closed session to talk about real property, personnel, and collective negotiating matters – as always, tonight’s meeting will be held in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  also tonight, the Noble Village Board has its regular bi-monthly meeting at the Village Hall in Noble, beginning at 7:00  :  both are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency will continue taking applications this week for the CSBG School Supply Program – ERBA will provide required school supplies to eligible children attending Kindergarten thru 12th grade during the 2014-2015 school year – the applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and each applicant must provide proof of all family income for the past 90 days and a social security card for each family member – folks can contact their local ERBA office for an appointment – they’re located in Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, Olney, Greenup, Casey, & Mattoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded that the sign up for the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program begins today, on this June 9th – it’s for landowners committed to protecting & conserving environmentally sensitive land – also retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged, or veteran farmers thru the Transition Incentives Program (TIP) – for more details, farmers should contact their respective FSA County Office or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

(NEWTON) There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Kinmundy Community Center from 2:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  the next Jasper County drive is this Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  for an appointment to donate, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District continues to offer Concealed Carry courses – the next set of classes will be at Wabash Valley College this week, Thursday and Friday nights, and all day Saturday – the cost for the 16-hour course is $167 for in-District students, which includes tuition & fees, and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over the age of  60 is $90 – to sign up or for details, call Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel or Frontier Community College in Fairfield.

 

REMINDERS :
    A benefit ride and hog roast is this Saturday for infant Aden Lofgren of Bridgeport – sign up at 9:00 at the Olney VFW with bikes out at 11:00 – stops in Flora, Effingham, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and back to Olney for dinner, auction, and live music – all proceeds to the Lofgren family for medical expenses


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its annual “Duck Race” this Saturday morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – top prize is $2,500 in cash, with $1,000 to 2nd place and $500 to 3rd, plus other prizes for all the heat winners – get your tickets today at any area bank


    The local ABATE chapter will have their regular monthly meeting this Friday night, June 13th, in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:00 – all area riders and the public are welcome


    The 9th annual Newton Eagle Football “fish fry” fundraiser is this Friday evening at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 – tickets at the door, plus tickets are also on sale for the huge fundraising raffle with over 50 items available – carry-outs available – proceeds to Newton Eagle football


    The Olney Public Library will host a special event called “Animal Tales” this Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 – it’s free for all ages – so make plans to see and learn about all kinds of animals this Wednesday


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market will open the 2014 season tomorrow at the Olney City Park under the pole barns – the new hours this year are from 11:00 to 4:00, still on every Tuesday and Friday – new vendors are welcome – it will be plenty of produce and other items available to the public starting tomorrow


    The Jasper County Health Department will offer its next DUI Risk Education Class this week, today thru Thursday, each morning from 9:00 to 11:30 – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a seat in the class – the $110 fee should be paid before the first class begins – for more, call 618-783-4154

 

 

 

June 7, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level weather disturbance will move into the Midwest by tonight – this will bring us our next chance of rain and storms, most likely developing by later this afternoon and evening – a continued chance of pop-up showers and storms will exist tomorrow thru next Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois continues to remember D-Day with special ceremonies and activities all around the state this weekend – they all follow yesterday’s special ceremony in Springfield at the Illinois World War II Memorial – all part of the recognition program was a full rifle salute, special music, and more – it was yesterday, June 6th, that marked the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France back in 1944.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police District 12 will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks in Richland County in this month of June – State Troopers will be watchful for drivers who’re operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, plus those driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence – the Safety Checks are designed to keep our area roads safe by taking dangerous drivers out of operation – while funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police continues to have a zero tolerance for impaired driving throughout the State of Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency will continue taking applications next week for the CSBG School Supply Program – ERBA will provide required school supplies to eligible children attending Kindergarten thru 12th grade during the 2014-2015 school year – the applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and each applicant must provide proof of all family income for the past 90 days and a social security card for each family member – folks can contact their local ERBA office for an appointment – they’re located in Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, Olney, Greenup, Casey, & Mattoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded that the sign up for the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program begins next Monday, June 9th – it’s for landowners committed to protecting & conserving environmentally sensitive land – also retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged, or veteran farmers thru the Transition Incentives Program (TIP) – for more details, farmers should contact their respective FSA County Office or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  While National Fishing and Boating Week comes to an end this weekend, the State of Illinois and its Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring its annual Free Fishing Days today thru next Monday – its where anyone can get out and fish without having a state fishing license or any type of required fishing stamp – there are several special events and activities associated with Free Fishing Days all over the state – for more information, check the DNR’s website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or go to www.takemefishing.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Public Library will host a special event called “Animal Tales” next Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 – it’s free for all ages – so make plans to see and learn about all kinds of animals next Wednesday


    The Jasper County Health Department will offer its next DUI Risk Education Class next week, Monday thru Thursday, June 9th thru 12th, from 9:00 to 11:30 each morning – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a seat in the class – the $110 fee should be paid before the first class begins – to register for the class or for more information about DUI or counseling services, call the offices at 618-783-4154


    The Jasper County Cancer Support Group will host a free-will donation “chicken noodle supper” this evening at the Newton Masonic Lodge with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to help out


    The 2nd annual Samsville Benefit Ride is today with proceeds to help out Chad Kimpel – it all starts at Wildfire’s Billards with sign up at 8:00 and kick stands up at 11:00 – then a dinner by donation at 4:00, a silent auction all day until 6:00, a cornhole tourney at 6:00, and music at 7:00 – call 618-445-1902


    The Richland County monthly 4-H recycling drive is this morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal sites – all newspapers, aluminum cans, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off


    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

 

 

 

June 6, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will shift thru the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley today with more quiet weather on tap for us in downstate Illinois – our next weather disturbance moves in from the west tomorrow with rain chances by afternoon, continuing thru Sunday afternoon – then as the frontal boundary stalls out, it’s more on-and-off  chances of showers and storms each day and night thru next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Quinn has signed a bill that now requires all high school seniors in Illinois to learn how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn how to administer CPR before they can walk across the stage next spring – the bill also allow students to opt out of the training if their parents submit a written objection – taking effect this coming school year, the bill was prompted by a paramedic whose daughter passed out and died at school back in 2008 when a defibrillator was nearby but nobody knew how to use it.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s an email scam going around using the State Attorney General’s name – con artists are sending out emails telling people they have to make a payment on an outstanding loan or they’ll be arrested and prosecuted – the email appears to be from Lisa Madigan’s office, but she says this is a scam – anyone receiving such an email should contact their local authorities and call Madigan’s office at 1-800-243-0618.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is remembering D-Day at a special ceremony in Springfield today – starting at 12 noon, the event will be held at the Illinois World War II Memorial – in fact, re-enactors will be out in full uniform with patriotic music and a full rifle salute – today marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France back in 1944 – there are several other remembrance ceremonies around the state as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police are investigating a traffic incident that occurred yesterday afternoon along Illinois Route 1 down in White County – in fact, the state highway was closed for a while after a large truck being towed by a wrecker separated and overturned – the driver of the wrecker, 60 year old Gerald Foster of Noble was not injured, although the vehicle in-tow, a truck owned by a Mt. Carmel company, was heavily damaged – IDOT workers were called to the scene to make repairs to a section of Illinois Route 1.

 

(OLNEY)  State Troopers are also investigating a single car crash that occurred yesterday afternoon in rural Edwards County – both the driver and passenger, 40 year old Kenneth Bryant of Albion and 30 year old Ashley Roosevelt of Grayville, were airlifted from the accident scene to an Evansville hospital, both with serious injuries – police say the crash occurred on the West Village Blacktop near some curves in the road.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers are reminded that the sign up for the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program begins next Monday, June 9th – it’s for landowners committed to protecting & conserving environmentally sensitive land – also retiring farmers enrolled in CRP could receive incentives to transfer a portion of their land to beginning, disadvantaged, or veteran farmers thru the Transition Incentives Program (TIP) – for more details, farmers should contact their respective FSA County Office or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  While National Fishing and Boating Week comes to an end this weekend, the State of Illinois and its Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring its annual Free Fishing Days today thru next Monday – its four days where folks can get out and fish without having a state fishing license or any type of required fishing stamp – however, DNR officials remind us to make sure everyone has permission to fish on private property – there are several special events and activities associated with Free Fishing Days all over the state – for more information, check the DNR’s website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or go to www.takemefishing.org.

 

(OLNEY)  All are invited out to take part in tomorrow’s Memory Miles 5K Run/Walk in Olney, all sponsored by Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – it all begins at the East Richland Middle School with pre-registration from 7:00 to 7:45 with an 8:00 start time – the registration fee is at $20 per person – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois continues to serve Richland and 12 other surrounding counties with hospice care – all are invited out to help support the event – for more details or information, call Amber at 618-392-2745.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Elks Club from 11:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Rural King Store in Charleston from 10:00 to 2:00  :  next Monday at the Kinmundy Community Center from 2:30 to 6:30  :  next Tuesday at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  next Wednesday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment to give the “gift of life” or for more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are needed to replenish low regional blood supplies  :  a huge “thank you” to all donors who turned out to give blood in Newton yesterday – it’s very much appreciated!

 

(OLNEY)  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be in Olney this afternoon for a quick “Meet n’ Greet” at Pizza Fast along Whittle Avenue – that’s scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 this afternoon – Rauner is up against incumbent Governor Pat Quinn with the general election coming up on November 4th.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Public Library will host a special event called “Animal Tales” next Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 – it’s free for all ages – so make plans to see and learn about all kinds of animals next Wednesday


    The Jasper County Health Department will offer its next DUI Risk Education Class next week, Monday thru Thursday, June 9th thru 12th, from 9:00 to 11:30 each morning – while pre-registration is not required, it will guarantee a seat in the class – the $110 fee should be paid before the first class begins – to register for the class or for more information about DUI or counseling services, call the offices at 618-783-4154


    The Jasper County Cancer Support Group will host a free-will donation “chicken noodle supper” tomorrow evening at the Newton Masonic Lodge with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to help out


    A Color Fun 5K Run/Walk is tomorrow in Effingham with all proceeds to benefit the Effingham Shop With a Cop program and Make-A-Wish Illinois – for more details, call 217-663-7935


    The 2nd annual Samsville Benefit Ride is tomorrow with proceeds to help out Chad Kimpel – it all starts at Wildfire’s Billards with sign up at 8:00 and kick stands up at 11:00 – then a dinner by donation at 4:00, a silent auction all day until 6:00, a cornhole tourney at 6:00, and music at 7:00 – call 618-445-1902


    A Dieterich SportsBackers’ Car Wash fundraiser is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12 noon at Probst Auto Body in Dieterich while the city-wide garage sales are taking place – all proceeds go to help fund extra-curricular transportation for the Dieterich schools – stop by for a car wash and help them out


    The next Richland County monthly 4-H recycling drive is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal collection sites – all newspapers, aluminum cans, magazines, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off – this month’s sponsoring group is the Happy Workers & Crazyhorse


    The Main Street Farmers Market is tomorrow 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

 

 

 

June 5, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The frontal boundary that brought us some rain yesterday morning tried to give us more rain last evening, but most of the storm activity stayed in deep Southern Illinois overnight – high pressure will keep us dry and cool today before a weak upper level disturbance brings us our next chance of spotty rain later tonight thru tomorrow – then more rain chances for Saturday night and Sunday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  This year’s first case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Illinois – a bird in Henry County has tested positive for the Virus – health officials say the chances of getting West Nile are higher now that the weather has warmed up – they say people should wear insect repellent that contains DEET when they’re outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn – also get rid of that standing water around homes.

 

(OLNEY)  The FBI has a useful tool to help speed up the process of finding children if they go missing – officials say they have a Smartphone App that lets parents keep their Child’s ID Kit at the palm of their fingertips, at all times – the free app is available for both iPhone and Android devices – parents have to enter their child’s name, height, weight, eye color, and any  other special characteristics along with a picture – officials say the FBI does not store or collect any information that is keyed into the app that’s available.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is remembering D-Day at a special ceremony in Springfield tomorrow – starting at 12 noon, the event will be held at the Illinois World War II Memorial – in fact, re-enactors will be out in full uniform with patriotic music and a full rifle salute – tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France back in 1944 – there are several other remembrance ceremonies around the state as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police District 12 will be conducting Roadside Safety Checks in Richland County in this month of June – State Troopers will be watchful for drivers who’re operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, plus those driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence – the Safety Checks are designed to keep our area roads safe by taking dangerous drivers out of operation – while funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police continues to have a zero tolerance for impaired driving throughout the State of Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  Get ready for the 2014 Jasper County Fair, coming up just around the corner – the project entry day is Saturday, June 14th, nearly a week away, and the Fair gets underway a week later, on Saturday, June 21st, and continues each day and night thru Saturday, the 28th – the Fair continues its rich tradition of Harness Racing on four straight afternoons, Sunday thru Wednesday – plus the 4-H Livestock Auction, Queen Pageant, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Antique Farm Machinery Show, Demolition Derby, Flat Drags, Rodeo, and more – the Fair’s carnival will run that Tuesday thru Saturday, not to mention all the fantastic concessions – mark your calendars and plan to attend this year’s Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of  13,513 wild turkeys during the 2014 Spring Turkey Season, including the Youth Seasons, both north and south – this year’s total is less than year’s harvest of over 14,000 birds – this year’s Youth Turkey Season was nearly 200 birds less than a year ago – Jo Daviess County in the North Zone had the state’s highest harvest, 594 birds – the state’s 2nd highest harvest was in the South Zone’s Jefferson County with 399 birds taken – among our ten surrounding counties, the Richland County turkey harvest was 6th highest with 108 birds harvested, compared to 121 last year – the Jasper County turkey harvest was 8th highest with 76 birds taken, compared to 93 a year ago – in fact, all the area counties had lower numbers harvested this year compared to 2013 – Wayne County had the highest number taken at 299 birds, followed by Clay County at 197 – then Crawford County at 132, Edwards County at 112, Lawrence County at 109, and Richland – Effingham County took 84 birds, followed by Jasper, then Wabash County at 46 and Cumberland County at 42 – the Spring Turkey Season was open in 100 of the state’s 102 counties with different season dates in the South and North Zones.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District continues to offer Concealed Carry courses – the next set of classes will be at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel on June 12th thru 14th, starting a week from tonight – the cost for the 16-hour course is $167 for in-District students, which includes tuition and fees, and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over the age of  60 is only $90 – for more information, contact Wabash Valley College or Frontier Community College in Fairfield.

 

(OLNEY)  All are invited out to take part in this Saturday’s Memory Miles 5K Run/Walk in Olney, all sponsored by Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – it all begins at the East Richland Middle School with pre-registration from 7:00 to 7:45 with an 8:00 start time – the registration fee is at $20 per person – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois continues to serve Richland and 12 other surrounding counties with hospice care – all are invited out to help support the event – for more details or information, call Amber at 618-392-2745.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Elks Club from 11:00 to 4:00  :  for an appointment to give the “gift of life” or for more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are needed to replenish low regional blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Jasper County Cancer Support Group will host a free-will donation “chicken noodle supper” this Saturday evening at the Newton Masonic Lodge with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to help out


    A Color Fun 5K Run/Walk will be held this Saturday in Effingham with all proceeds to benefit the Effingham Shop With a Cop program and Make-A-Wish Illinois – for more details, call 217-663-7935


    The 2nd annual Samsville Benefit Ride is this Saturday with proceeds to help out Chad Kimpel – it all starts at Wildfire’s Billards with sign up at 8:00 and kick stands up at 11:00 – then a dinner by donation at 4:00, a silent auction all day until 6:00, a cornhole tourney at 6:00, and music at 7:00 – call 618-445-1902


    A Dieterich SportsBackers’ Car Wash fundraiser will be this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 12 noon at Probst Auto Body in Dieterich while the city-wide garage sales are taking place – all proceeds go to help fund extra-curricular transportation for the Dieterich schools – stop by for a car wash and help them out


    The next Richland County monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal collection sites – all newspapers, aluminum cans, magazines, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off – this month’s sponsoring group is the Happy Workers & Crazyhorse


    The State DNR’s “free fishing days” are this weekend throughout Illinois – starting tomorrow and running each day thru next Monday, anglers can fish without buying a fishing license, salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp – it’s a great time for families to discover fishing together in Illinois


    The next Parkersburg Community Chowder meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 – that’s at the Parkersburg Community Center with all invited to attend this Thursday night


    The Jasper County Health Department will host a “Treasure Your Health” community Health Fair today from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building in Newton – all invited