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April 28, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will bring us another day of dry and cool weather conditions today thru tomorrow – an upper level disturbance tracking out of the Great Lakes Region will bring us some clouds and a very slight chance of a rain shower late tomorrow night thru Thursday morning – then dry & cool again to finish up the work week – the new weekend forecast is now calling for a dry and warmer sky – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about fake Nepal earthquake relief efforts – officials are reminding folks that scammers are out to take advantage of those who truly want to help those affected by the killer quake – they say the best way to help is to donate money to a well known humanitarian group with history of providing aid in disasters and other crisis situations – simply be cautious while giving.

 

(OLNEY)  There are now six former staff members who worked for former Congressman Aaron Shock that have been ordered to testify before a federal grand jury – the most recent worker served Shock as a full-time legislative assistant in the lawmaker’s main office – the embattled politician resigned at the end of last month after an investigation began looking into his spending habits with taxpayer and campaign dollars.

 

(NEWTON)  A Western Illinois football player is doing his best to help save the life of a young child – officials say sophomore Jordan Veloz will be donating bone marrow to an ailing child in another state – Veloz signed up to be a donor last year as part of a bone marrow registry drive held at the WIU campus.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  after a minor change, approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget on a 5-0 vote – the budget will go into effect this Friday, May 1st  :  approved a 3% pay increase for non-bargaining city employees – in conjunction to the raise, also approved the insurance premium allocations for non-bargaining city employees as well  :  accepted a loan forgiveness offer from the EPA worth $275,000 cutting the city’s North Street Pumping Station project cost nearly in half  :  on a 4 to 1 vote, accepted the only bid at $9,601 from Tom Fehrenbacher for the property at 310 East Main Street in downtown Olney  :  approved the two bids of $400 each from David Hocking and Jack Harrell for the separate tracts of former railroad right-of-way in the South Industrial Park  :  approved a one time special use Class S Liquor License for Bobalou’s on Whittle Avenue for a June 13th event  :  agreed to allow a “Book  Bus” Summer Reading Program in Olney’s Musgrove Park from 3:00 to 7:00 each Tuesday Thursday night in May & June, sponsored by the East Richland School District and the Rotary Club  :  took no action on a request to close the 100 block of South Camp Street  :  noted that letters will be mailed out May 14th offering sewer line warranties for residential properties, provided thru Utility Services – reminder letters will also be mailed out on May 28th  :  the City Council’s next regular meeting will be May 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  Yesterday’s USDA Crop Report shows corn planting was limited in many areas of the state last week due to wet & cool conditions – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged 1.20 inches of rain which was 0.30 inches above normal – last week’s average temperature around Illinois was 48.0 degrees, that was 7.7 degrees below normal – as of this past Sunday, the statewide corn planting progressed to 31% complete, that compares to 28% a week ago and the 5-year average of  37%  :  farmers in our ten county area report only 5% of the local corn crop is planted, although farmers have intensified their efforts since late last week – area producers also note that the local winter wheat crop is still in mostly good condition at this point in time – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” during this 2015 spring planting season.

 

(OLNEY)  Speaking of that, all motorists are reminded to be alert while traveling on area highways and country roads – with farmers and other ag-related workers moving their equipment from field to field, be alert to those slow-moving emblems and flashing warning lights – while the farm equipment only travels at around 20 miles-an-hour, it doesn’t take long to approach the equipment – farmers are also reminded to make sure those warning lights are working and that all those slow-moving emblems are clean & clearly visible – let’s work together to make sure that all remain safe as the spring planting season rolls along.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District will conduct its annual Preschool Screening for 3 to 5 year old children next month, on May 21st, 22nd, and 26th, a Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday – these screenings will help identify children who may need assistance before they start school and they’ll be conducted at the Elementary School in Ste. Marie – representatives from Head Start and the Birth-to-Three program will also be there – required appointments can be made starting today by calling the District’s Special Needs Office in Newton, at 618-783-3651, during regular office hours – appointments can be made thru Friday, May 15.

 

(OLNEY)  A Family Reading Celebration is set for this Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney – author Aaron Reynolds will be sharing his book “Carnivores” with those families in attendance with special presentations at 5:15 and 6:00 – the ERES Choir will perform at 5:45, plus there will be a book walk, games, photo ops, and much more – the FBLA organization will be selling concessions for supper – if your family will be attending, please RSVP by calling the school asap.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension, in conjunction with the Newton Veterinary Clinic, will provide Coggins testing for area horses, ponies, & mules this evening at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, starting at 5:00 – also for those that want it for their animals, West Nile vaccinations will be available – horse, pony, and mule owners are reminded that the Illinois Department of Agriculture requires all Illinois equine participating in an advertised equine event shall be accompanied by a negative Coggins test conducted within one year of a specific event, including shows, rodeos, sales, auctions, trail rides, or horse fairs – for more details, call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton, at 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today in the EIU Ballroom in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Thursday at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  Friday’s drive at Richland Memorial Hospital has been rescheduled for May 29th, later next month  :  for more details on giving blood or to set an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Carrie Winter Trust grant applications are due this Friday, May 1st – for charitable organizations that serve Richland County youth, contact the Trust Department at the First National Bank in Olney or go online at www.fnbolney.com – the Trust has benefited local youth for 28 years with over $1.7 million awarded


    The Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin will host a “wine tasting” event this Saturday night from 6:00 to 9:00 – the $10 cost per person includes all tastings, appetizers, and live music – includes area Wineries, imported and American craft beer, all for individual purchase – must be 21 to enter and all are invited


    The 15th Annual Noble MayFest is this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Show has registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 3:00 – will include a swap meet, crafts, flea market vendors, and much more – for details, logon at www.whitesquirelcruisers.com – all are invited


    The Jasper County Trade Show will be held tomorrow night at the Newton Knights of Columbus Hall, from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited – local Jasper County CEO students & their work to be showcased


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will present its annual awards tonight in the Sliva Auditorium at ERHS – it all starts at 7:00 this evening – all parents, guardians, & family are welcome


    Monical’s Pizza in Olney will host a fundraiser for the Tiger Pride Alumni Association today thru tonight – fill out a form before ordering & a portion of your receipt will go for Tiger Pride scholarships at ERHS

 

 

 

April 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge will build into the Upper Midwest by this afternoon, that means cool, but dry conditions with plenty of sunshine for the next several days – an upper level disturbance could drop a few sprinkles Wednesday, but the chances are very low – the next chance of rain after that is Saturday – it’s mostly a dry and cool work week expected now thru Friday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois spring housing market got off to a strong start in March with sharp gains last month in year-over-year homes sales & median prices – the Illinois Association of  Realtors says statewide home sales in March were up 13% from a year ago while the average median price rose 11.5% to $165,000 from March last year – 61 of the 102 Illinois counties had sale increases last month compared to a year ago.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct its statewide listening sessions this week to hear from local leaders, businesses, & others – topics to be discussed are establishing needs & priorities, improving roads & bridges, and more – today’s only meeting and the only downstate meeting, will be held in Champaign, then tomorrow in Macomb and Springfield, Wednesday in Ottawa and Dixon, Thursday in Bloomington/Normal, and Friday in Grayslake and McHenry – for more, logon at www.idot.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois is paying a pretty hefty bill following last week’s campus visit by Vice President Joe Biden – a school spokeswomen told “The Champaign News-Gazette” that the event is expected to cost around $30,000 – the Chancellor’s Office is paying for the visit so that no tuition or state money will be used – Biden spoke about the prevention of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council will meet tonight in regular session at 7:00 – with final discussion, the city’s fiscal year 2016 budget is expected to be approved after several other agenda items are considered – the Council will also have a closed session to discuss the sale price of real property, personnel, collective negotiating matters, and review resumes for the City Manager’s position – the meeting is open to the public  :  also meeting tonight, is the Noble Village Board, starting at 7:00, at the Village Hall in Noble.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton needs a new mission statement, therefore a contest is underway, looking for the perfect mission statement for Newton – the resident that submits the best entry will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by May 31st by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience, and once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of Newton’s website, on the City Council’s conference room wall, & wherever else appropriate.

 

(OLNEY)  All are invited out this coming Saturday to the Annual Richland County Relay For Life, to be held in the Olney City Park, from 11:00 in the morning until 11:00 that night – with all fundraising teams set up around the walking course, folks are encouraged to come out in support of this community event – an opening ceremony will kick things off, followed by much more, including the luminaries and the closing ceremony later in the night – a huge “thanks” to all the teams and individuals helping with this year’s event.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District will conduct its annual Preschool Screening for 3 to 5 year old children next month, on May 21st, 22nd, and 26th, a Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday – these screenings will help identify children who may need assistance before they start school and they’ll be conducted at the Elementary School in Ste. Marie – representatives from Head Start and the Birth-to-Three program will also be there – required appointments can be made starting today by calling the District’s Special Needs Office in Newton, at 618-783-3651, during regular office hours – appointments can be made thru Friday, May 15.

 

(OLNEY)  A Family Reading Celebration is set for this Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney – author Aaron Reynolds will be sharing his book “Carnivores” with those families in attendance with special presentations at 5:15 and 6:00 – the ERES Choir will perform at 5:45, plus there will be a book walk, games, photo ops, and much more – the FBLA organization will be selling concessions for supper – if your family will be attending, please RSVP by calling the school asap.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension, in conjunction with the Newton Veterinary Clinic, will provide Coggins testing for area horses, ponies, and mules tomorrow evening at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, starting at 5:00 – also for those that want it for their animals, West Nile vaccinations will be available – for more information, call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton, at 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow in the EIU Ballroom in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  also Wednesday at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Thursday at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Friday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  for more details on giving blood or to schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Carrie Winter Trust grant applications are due this Friday, May 1st – for charitable organizations that serve Richland County youth, contact the Trust Department at the First National Bank in Olney or go online at www.fnbolney.com – the Trust has benefited local youth for 28 years with over $1.7 million awarded


    The 15th Annual Noble MayFest is this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Show has registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with awards at 3:00 – will include a swap meet, crafts, flea market vendors, and much more – for details, logon at www.whitesquirelcruisers.com – all are invited


    The Jasper County Trade Show will be held this Wednesday night at the Newton Knights of Columbus Hall, from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited – local Jasper County CEO students & their work to be showcased


    Monical’s Pizza in Olney will host a fundraiser for the Pink Warrior Sisters of Southeastern Illinois this Wednesday – fill out a fundraising form before ordering and 20% of your receipt will benefit the breast cancer survivors group in their support of the local Relay For Life and the fight against cancer


    A special Solar Power presentation will be given at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 – discussion includes, design, installation, & benefits of solar power systems


    Monical’s Pizza in Olney will host a fundraiser for the Tiger Pride Alumni Association tomorrow – fill out a form before ordering & a portion of your receipt will go for Tiger Pride scholarships at ERHS

 

 

 

April 25, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A storm system will move thru Illinois by late tonight – ahead of it, we’ll see scattered rain chances this morning, but a better chance of rain, including thunderstorms, some of which could be severe, this afternoon thru tonight – then we’re back to a dry sky and some sunshine tomorrow thru most all of the next work week, although a little cooler air will stay in place thru next week – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging folks to be prepared for possible severe weather – families should develop a “communications plan” that includes the “Text First, Talk Second” concept, make sure all family members know what to do at home or elsewhere in the event of severe weather, & make sure you have a NOAA weather radio – for tips, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department, in conjunction with Frontier Community College, will conduct a “live fire training” for area fire personnel today in Richland County – the training exercise will involve a structure located at 4173 East Twin Bridge Lane, which is southwest of Olney – all State EPA and related permits have been received for the training and there is a chance that Twin Bridge Lane at Cottage Hill Road may be closed during the training exercise – that’s today, a fire training event, southwest of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Extension, in conjunction with the Newton Veterinary Clinic, will provide Coggins testing for area horses, ponies, & mules next Tuesday, April 28th, at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, starting at 5:00 – also for those that want it for their animals, West Nile vaccinations will be available – for more, call the Jasper County Extension Office in Newton on Monday, at 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  Today is the Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – from 9:00 to 2:00, volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information on a variety of topics, all free of charge – two toll-free phone numbers are available, at  800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that “Build Community” in Olney has been postponed from today until tomorrow, starting at 1:30, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – so again, today’s Build Community has been moved from today to tomorrow due to the expected rainy weather – that’s tomorrow at 1:30.

 

(NOBLE)  The Village of Noble reminds folks that with today’s Little League opening, that Noble Avenue will be completely closed from 8:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon – so again, there will be no thru traffic possible on Noble Avenue by the ball park from 8:00 to 4:00 unless otherwise noted later today.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  also tomorrow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Monday at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for more details, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host a fundraising coffee hour tomorrow morning at 10:20, with a special offering to be taken for this year’s Relay For Life – all to help our local fight against cancer


    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is this evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue in Olney – with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, tickets will be available at the door – all invited


    The 2nd annual Autism Awareness Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic is today from 1:00 to 3:00 in Olney’s Musgrove Park – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited to attend and take part


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale today at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale this morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – plant & shrub starts with a unique variety available


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available

 

 

 

April 24, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure giving us another dry sky today will move off to the east this afternoon, making way for the approaching storm system that will roll thru the Midwest this weekend – the rain chance begins tonight and continues thru tomorrow before ending overnight into Sunday morning – Sunday should be a mostly dry & cool day ahead of more dry and cool days the first half of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The damage is still being assessed in the small Illinois town destroyed by a tornado over two weeks ago – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says it is still in the process of collecting details and determining what the town of Fairdale needs – once IEMA has all the needed information, it will decide if the state will be able to offer any type of assistance, whether it’s financial or any other type available.

 

(OLNEY)  An effort is being made in the State Capitol to reduce the punishment for low-level marijuana offenses – the State House approved a bill yesterday that would require individuals caught possessing up to 15-grams of “weed” to be issued a ticket rather than be sent to jail – state officials estimate the measure would save taxpayers around $30 million and decrease the amount of overcrowding in the prison system.

 

(NEWTON)  Several hundred U.S. immigrants are now American citizens – close to 600 people took the oath yesterday at Bradley University in Peoria – the Naturalization event involved those from 97 different countries – one of the privileges that the new citizens receive is that of being able to vote in all elections.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night in Olney – Judge Larry Dun administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board members, Jeff Wilson, Jan Ridgely, Steve Kinkade, and Carolyne Brooks – Ben Anderson was elected Board President, Jeff Wilson as Vice President, and Leon Redman as Board Secretary – the Board commended former Board members Alex Cline and Pete Seals for their past service – and the Board agreed to continue their regular monthly meetings on the third Thursdays – then in business, the Board  :  approved bank bid specifications with bids to be awarded in May  :  approved the closing of the West Richland Elementary School, effective July 1st this year  :  approved breakfast & lunch fees for students & adults, although all other fees remain the same  :  approved the tentative amended FY15 budget  :  approved the summer maintenance & 5-year maintenance plan  :  noted that the State currently owes the District just under $496,000  :  and after a 39-minute closed session took action on various items dealing with personnel – approved letters of intent to retire from East Richland Elementary School Teachers Joyce Michels, Mary Brooks, and Kim Bussard, all at the end of the 2018-2019 school year – approved the group re-employment for the 2015-2016 school year the District’s Administrative Team, all Non-Tenured and Tenured Certified Staff, Non-Certified Educational Support Staff, and Summer Maintenance Workers – accepted resignations effective at the end of this school year from ERHS Band Instructor Ralph Petrella, Bus Driver Ryan Alvord, ERHS Volunteer Softball Coach Shawna May, & from Jessica VanDyke as ERHS Assistant Volleyball Coach  :  the East Richland School Board’s next regular meeting will be May 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that it needs a new mission statement, therefore a contest is underway, looking for the perfect mission statement for the City of Newton – the resident that submits the best entry during the month of May will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by May 31st, a little over five weeks from today, by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience – once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of Newton’s website, on the wall of the City Council’s conference room, and wherever else that’s appropriate.

 

(OLNEY)  A Clay County company is recalling around 500 pounds of bratwurst – announced yesterday, the North Clay Packing Company in Louisville says the recall is due to misbranding and undeclared allergens – State Ag officials say the product contains “milk” which is not declared on the label – the bratwurst was sold in white five-pound boxes labeled “Illini Land Bratwurst” and mostly sold in Coles County – if any questions, call the company office in Louisville or check the state’s website at www.agr.state.il.us.

 

(NEWTON)  At a meeting of the judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit earlier this month, Circuit Judge Michael D. McHaney, of Marion County, was re-elected Chief Judge for a two year term beginning July 1st, 2015 – the Fourth Circuit includes the nine counties of Jasper, Effingham, Clay, Marion, Fayette, Shelby, Christian, Montgomery, and Clinton – while the Chief Judge has general administrative authority over the courts within the Fourth Circuit, he’s responsible for assigning judges within the Circuit and his authority covers certain court personnel, including probation officers, court reporters, and public defenders – the Office of the Fourth Circuit Chief Judge is located at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department has announced, that in conjunction with Frontier Community College, it will be conducting a “live fire training” for area fire personnel tomorrow in Richland County – this training exercise will involve a structure located at 4173 East Twin Bridge Lane, which is southwest of Olney – all State EPA and related permits have been received for the training and there is a chance that Twin Bridge Lane at Cottage Hill Road may be closed during the training exercise – so if folks see smoke and/or fire coming from southwest of Olney tomorrow, it’s all involved thru the planned fire training event.

 

(NEWTON)  Tomorrow is the Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – from 9:00 to 2:00, volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – in addition to the two toll-free phone numbers at  800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009, the public can also email their questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., all to be answered Saturday morning – it’s all free of charge from 9:00 to 2:00.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  also Sunday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Monday at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for more, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Jasper County Trade Show will be held next Wednesday night, April 29th, at the Newton Knights of Columbus Hall, from 5:00 to 7:00 – all are invited – local Jasper County CEO students will be showcased


    A special Solar Power presentation will be given at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel next Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 – discussion includes, design, installation, & benefits of solar power systems


    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host a fundraising coffee hour this Sunday morning at 10:20, with a special offering to be taken for this year’s Relay For Life – all to help our local fight against cancer


    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is tomorrow evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue in Olney – with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, tickets will be available at the door – all invited


    The 2nd annual Autism Awareness Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic is tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 in Olney’s Musgrove Park – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited to attend and take part


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale tomorrow at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale tomorrow morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – plant & shrub starts with a unique variety available


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen fundraising chicken dinner is tonight with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Claremont Fire House – tickets at the door – either pick up or dine in – for deliveries, call 843-3478


    The Suntone Beach Survivors Relay For Life Team has a fundraising Italian Beef Night tonight at the Olney VFW, with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – $7 tickets at the door and carry-outs available


    The OCC Welding Technology Department has its Open House today from 2:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to check out the new welding equipment and more, just west of the OCC Automotive Building


    The City of Olney Tree Board invites the public to a tree planting event this morning at 10:00, located along  Silver Street in Olney’s Musgrove Park, all in honor of Arbor Day – a “thank you” from the City of Olney and the City of Olney Tree Board to Ameren Illinois for help with grant funds to purchase the trees

 

 

 

April 23, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will drift southeast  thru the Mid-Mississippi Valley today, bringing us some more fair, but cool weather conditions as we’ll stay dry at least thru tomorrow – an approaching storm system will move in from the Plains with rain developing for us by tomorrow night, then continuing thru Saturday – we return to a dry sky Sunday and thru the first of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers are working towards reversing a number of cuts made by Governor Bruce Rauner to social services and public health programs – the State Senate approved a bill yesterday that would restore around $26 million in funding for a number of programs, including those that help children with autism and those that help people quit smoking – the State House is next up to consider this legislation.

 

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, the State House yesterday approved a bill that would ban cameras in non-home-rule municipalities – however the law will not go into effect until 2017 – the cameras would remain in cities like Chicago, that have home rule powers – this measure now heads to the State Senate for consideration there.

 

(NEWTON)  Landmarks Illinois is unveiling the 2015 list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state – the non-profit group says the list calls attention to threatened historic resources that are in need of assistance and are important to local residents and their economy – most of the historic places listed are located in the northern two-thirds of Illinois – the complete list is available online at www.landmarks.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Students at East Richland High School in Olney took part in an eye-opening presentation yesterday that demonstrated, as good as possible, the devastating effects of drunk and/or distracted driving – the Save A Life Tour visits schools not only in the U.S. but worldwide, giving students a hands-on chance to experience the grim reality of destructive decisions – the students first viewed an AT&T-sponsored video that spotlighted texting and driving crashes that either killed or permanently injured someone as a result – then breakout sessions were held, allowing students to drive a simulator while sending or receiving a text message, and giving all students a chance to see the results – students were then asked to sign a banner to pledge “not to drive distracted” – local State Farm Insurance Agents Cathy Conley and Lauren McClain were on hand showing their support – the Tour was made possible by funds provided by the Celebrate My Drive contest that was held last fall with the community’s support – it was also in conjunction with the local Safe Driving initiative headed up by ERHS teacher Jessica VanDyke and the East Richland School District.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis announced yesterday he has joined a bicameral group of lawmakers in Springfield to support a bill that would ban Constitutional officers in Illinois from handing out grant awards in the lead up to an election – as a member of the Legislative Audit Commission that looked into Governor Pat Quinn’s scandal plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, the 109th District Rep said “We’ve got to end the culture of corruption in this state” – look for plenty of debate on this in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department has announced, that in conjunction with Frontier Community College, it will be conducting a “live fire training” for area fire personnel this coming Saturday in Richland County – this training exercise will involve a structure located at 4173 East Twin Bridge Lane, which is southwest of Olney – all State EPA and related permits have been received for the training and there is a chance that Twin Bridge Lane at Cottage Hill Road may be closed during the training exercise – so if folks see smoke and/or fire coming from this area on Saturday, it’s all involved thru the planned training event.

 

(NEWTON)  This coming Saturday is the 34th Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – from 9:00 to 2:00, volunteer lawyers will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – callers will be given details about their legal difficulties, which may include consulting with another lawyer on the caller’s specific legal situation – in addition to two toll-free numbers, the public can email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be answered Saturday morning – the Bar Association’s toll-free numbers to call are 800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009 – again, that’s this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00, free of any charge.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is still searching for thousands of downstate residents who have unclaimed property, including many in our local area – thru the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office safeguards more than $2.1 billion in unclaimed property & hundreds of thousands of new properties have been reported in recent months, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and utility refunds – in fact, as of January, over 257,000 properties in the 31 southernmost Illinois counties are worth an estimated $42,461,904 – the list includes 6,466 unclaimed properties in Richland County worth over $1.12 million and 2,762 unclaimed properties in Jasper County worth nearly $338,000 – also the counties of Lawrence, Crawford, and Effingham have properties worth over $1 million each, and the other surrounding counties have amounts between $250,000 and $850,000 – local and area residents are encouraged to visit the website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov to search for property and to get more information on the process.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12 noon to 4:00  :  Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  also Sunday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  and again next Monday at the Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for more, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host a fundraising coffee hour this Sunday morning at 10:20, with a special offering to be taken for this year’s Relay For Life – all to help our local fight against cancer


    The St. Joe fundraising “soup supper” is this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whittle Avenue in Olney – with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, tickets will be available at the door – all invited


    During this Autism Awareness Month, a special awareness event is this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 in Musgrove Park – it’s the 2nd annual Balloon Release & Potluck Picnic, sponsored by the Richland County group of the Southeastern Illinois Autism Community – all supporting Autism Awareness is invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church Guatemala Mission Team will host a fundraising pork burger sale this Saturday at the Olney Rural King with serving from 10:00 in the morning until sold out – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Garden Club will have its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning in the Olney City Park, at Shelter #5, near the Grandstand, from 8:30 to 11:30 – Garden Club members will bring plant and/or shrub starts from their own gardens with a unique variety to choose from – all are invited to stop by


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will have a fundraising breakfast this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building in Sailor Springs – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available


    The Suntone Beach Survivors Relay For Life Team has a fundraising Italian Beef Night coming up this Friday night at the Olney VFW, with serving from 4:00 to 8:00 – the $7 tickets will be on sale at the door and carry-outs will be available – all proceeds to benefit the local fight against cancer thru Relay For Life


    The OCC Welding Technology Department will host its Open House tomorrow afternoon & evening from 2:00 to 7:00 – all are invited to stop by and check out the new welding equipment and more, located just west of the OCC Automotive Building – prizes will be given away and all are invited


    A reminder that the monthly meeting of the East Richland School Board was rescheduled from last Thursday to tonight, this April 23rd – that’s in the Administrative Office meeting room tonight at 7:30


    A reminder that the RMH Auxiliary pre-ordered Geranium “pick up date” is today only from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s a “one-day-only” pick up – thanks for your orders