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May 10, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Mostly dry conditions will be seen across much of the Midwest today thru most of tonight – but, the chances of showers and thunderstorms return late tonight and thru the day tomorrow, on Mother’s Day, as a warm front lifts northward across Illinois – with that front stalling out, the unsettled weather pattern will give us daily chances of rain next Monday thru Wednesday – then cooler – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – it’s one week down and no deal yet in the Illinois House of Representatives on the future of the temporary state income tax increase – state Democratic leaders want lawmakers to keep the tax at 5% to provide money for education & other public services – critics say those responsibilities can be met while allowing the tax to roll back to 3.75%, which was promised when the so-called “temporary tax” was originally approved in 2010 – while there is support in the State Senate, it may be lacking in the House.

 

(OLNEY)  Commencement exercises were conducted at all four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges last night with hundreds of certificates and degrees handed out – that included Olney Central College in Olney, Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Frontier Community College in Fairfield, and Lincoln Trail College near Robinson – congratulations to all of those who are moving on from junior college thru the IECC.

 

(NEWTON)  Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” as letter carriers throughout the nation will collect non-perishable food donations to be given to local food pantries to support those in need – to help out, residents can simply leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by their mailbox prior to the normal delivery time on this Saturday – the local collection will be given to local food pantries – that’s today throughout Southeastern Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s another week of opportunities for folks to get out and give blood to help replenish the low Midwestern blood supplies – the list of blood drives coming up  :  today at Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 11:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Monday at the Noble Lions Club Building from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Shriners now have Vidalia onions for sale – the ten pound bags are available from any Olney Shriner, plus on sale at the Rural King Supply Store in Olney – get your Vidalia onions today


    The next meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers is next Monday evening at 6:30 in the basement of the U of I Extension Center in Effingham – enter the west doors and go downstairs – two presentations included


    The American Legion Post in Ste. Marie will host another Mother’s Day Breakfast tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Legion Post – a great menu with tickets at the door – all are invited


    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association will have its Annual Spring Crash Demo Derby tonight in the Olney City Park, beginning at 7:00 – plenty of concessions with tickets at the gate


    The final ERHS production of “Alice in Wonderland” is tonight at 6:30 in the Sliva Auditorium with adult and non-Olney student tickets at the door – it’s completely led and performed by ERHS students


    A benefit auction to help out Tonya (Runyon) Barthelemy will start at 4:00 this afternoon on the West Salem Square – pork burgers & plate lunches will be served starting at 2:00 – plus live entertainment


    It’s another fundraising cookout today at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, brats, and more served from 10:00 to 1:00 – proceeds to the Rotary Club of Richland County for local projects


    The 3rd Annual Kevin Sager Memorial Ride is today, sponsored by the Richland County ABATE – it’s signup from 9:30 to 11:00 this morning at the Olney American Legion with all riders welcome – then it’s back to the American Legion this evening for dinner, music, and the fundraising auction – all are invited


    The Olney Lions Club will host a fundraising pork burger cookout & bake sale today from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Wooden Key Hallmark Gold Crown Store, located in the Olney Centre, just east of Wal-Mart


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


    The Main Street Farmer’s Market kicks off today on the lot just north of the Main Street / Whittle Avenue intersection in downtown Olney – from now until 11:30, there’s fresh produce & more available

 

 

 

May 9, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will continue it’s slow movement into and across the Midwest today, bringing with it chances of rain, maybe thunderstorms, later this afternoon and evening – then after a dry day Saturday, look for more rain chances by Sunday afternoon & then again each afternoon & evening next Monday thru Wednesday, plus we’ll return to a little cooler conditions after Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Money troubles could force the state’s only poison control center to close its doors for good, but lawmakers are trying to prevent that – the State Senate passed a bill yesterday that would redistribute 2 cents from existing cell phone fees to help raise money for the center – the plan now goes to the House for consideration – it’s estimated that the Springfield center handles more than 82,000 poison cases every year.

 

(OLNEY)  Downstate schools are looking at a windfall of cash if a new education funding system goes into effect – that’s because the state would be required to consider each district’s needs before they divvy up state funding – the idea is to make sure students in poor districts are not being shafted when it comes to getting education dollars – schools in richer areas of the state would likely get less money as a result.

 

(NEWTON)  A new judge in Southern Illinois is making history – Belleville’s Nancy Rosenstegel is the first female judge to sit on the bench at the U.S. District Court in Benton & East St. Louis – the U.S. Senate confirmed her without a single “no” vote yesterday – Rosenstegel has been a clerk of the court since 2009.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night – the Board  :  began the night with a public hearing in regards to the Public Building Commission of Richland County and its proposal to finance improvements for the Courthouse and other County Buildings – plans are to sell Public Building Commission bonds in the amount of up to $3.75 million for the repair, remodeling, and rehabilitation of Richland County Buildings – there were no public comments  :  approved $62,152 worth of claims in the month of April  :  approved a $750 raise per year for the next three years for the County Sheriff, County Clerk, and County Treasurer, effective December 1st this year – this now brings all county officeholders in line with each other in salaries  :  agreed to combine two Olney precincts into one – beginning with the next election, Olney 4 and Olney 8 will merge into one with voting to remain at the County Jail meeting room  :  approved the ILEAS Mutual Aid Agreement where surrounding counties will aid each other when called for emergency situations  :  approved the contract for the Preston Township Bridge replacement project  :  approved a letter of support for the Dundas-West Liberty Water District as it seeks more grant funds  :  approved two culvert assistant resolutions for Denver and Claremont Townships  :  and noted the excellent meal served before the meeting by the Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be June 12th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  agreed to pay an additional $23,000 for Workers Compensation Insurance, due to some employees being coded incorrectly – the move also amended the county budget accordingly  :  agreed to set the Sheriff’s salary at $58,000 a year – other elected officeholders will have their salaries set at a later date  :  approved the $495,316 bid for the soil cement project on Shamrock Road  :  approved the $220,334 bid for the Latona Bridge project  :  approved the Fair Housing ordinance as presented  :  agreed to spend $300 to rewire the internet connection at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  approved the county’s fuel contract with Superior Fuels  :  agreed to allow the use of the Courthouse lawn for various upcoming events in Newton  :  Board’s next meeting is June 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  The IECC Board of Trustees met for a special meeting last night to conduct interviews to fill the position of President at Frontier Community College in Fairfield – another such meeting will be held at 6:00 next Monday evening for the same purpose – with most of the meeting to be in closed session, no formal action by the Board is expected until possibly its regular monthly meeting later this month on May 20th.

 

(OLNEY)  A Clay County man was seriously injured in a three vehicle crash at shortly after 3:00 yesterday afternoon along U.S. Route 50 in Clay City – the State Police report 36 year old Jeremy Kohn of Flora was westbound when he crossed the centerline and hit an eastbound semi-truck driven by 58 year old Joseph Logue of Farina – another semi-truck, driven by 47 year old Carl Bunting of Albion then hit some accident debris causing some damage – Kohn was lifelighted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with serious injuries – there were no other injuries – Kohn was ticketed for improper lane usage.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police also investigated a single vehicle wreck that occurred yesterday afternoon in northern Clay County, just south of the Effingham / Clay County line, along U.S. Route 45 – the report indicates that 60 year old Heather Rogers of Mason was northbound when her pickup truck ran off the road, hit a guardrail, and rolled over several times – Rogers was taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham for treatment – she was ticketed for improper lane usage & for not wearing a seatbelt.

 

(OLNEY)  The regional broadcasting community has suffered another loss – General Manager of radio stations WFML in Vincennes, WAMW in Washington, and WAXI in Rockville, Brad Deetz, died this past Wednesday after being involved in a two vehicle accident in Daviess County, Indiana, east of Vincennes – the Indiana State Police report Deetz was eastbound when a pickup truck pulled into his path, causing a collision with his motorcycle – Deetz died shortly after arriving at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis – he has been involved in area radio broadcasting since the 1980’s – he’s survived by his wife and two teenagers.

 

(NEWTON)  Tomorrow marks the 22nd anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” as letter carriers throughout the nation will collect non-perishable food donations to be given to local food pantries to support those in need – to help out, residents can simply leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by their mailbox prior to the normal delivery time – the local collection will be given to local food pantries – last year, the Southern Illinois Branch of the NALC collected 73,519 pounds of food from its 45 Post Offices in the downstate region – that’s tomorrow throughout our area.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s another week of opportunities for folks to get out and give blood to help replenish the low Midwestern blood supplies – the list of blood drives in our area this week includes  :  today at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Monday at the Noble Lions Club Building from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types are much needed to help replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The American Legion Post in Ste. Marie will host another Mother’s Day Breakfast this Sunday morning from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Legion Post – a great menu with tickets at the door – all are invited


    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association will have its Annual Spring Crash Demo Derby tomorrow night in the Olney City Park, beginning at 7:00 – plenty of concessions with tickets at the gate


    A benefit auction to help out Tonya (Runyon) Barthelemy will start at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon on the West Salem Square – pork burgers & plate lunches will be served starting at 2:00 – plus entertainment


    The Challenged Outdoorsmen of America “Fishing Rodeo” for all handicapped and disabled soldiers who want to get outdoors for a day will be held tomorrow at the Crawford County Forest Preserve – starting at 10:00 am, the day also includes a pork burger lunch & more – for details, call 618-557-3013


    The Elm Street Christian Church in Olney is providing a “free oil change” for single Moms tomorrow morning, beginning at 9:30 – for an appointment and for car details, call the church office at 618-395-8411


    It’s another fundraising cookout tomorrow at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, brats, and more served from 10:00 to 1:00 – proceeds to the Rotary Club of Richland County for local projects


    The Olney Lions Club will host a fundraising pork burger cookout & bake sale tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Wooden Key Hallmark Gold Crown Store, located in the Olney Centre, just east of Wal-Mart


    It’s a family fun weekend at the Clay City Junior High School during the PTO Carnival events tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 and the annual “I Run This Town” event at 8:30 tomorrow morning – all ages are invited


    The ERHS production of “Alice in Wonderland” is the next two nights at 6:30 in the Sliva Auditorium with adult tickets at the door – it’s completely led and performed by ERHS students – all ages invited


    The Ladies Auxiliary have another “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – all non-members and families are invited out this Friday night for tacos & more at the VFW


    The East Richland Elementary School 5th grade classes will perform their music program today in the ERES dining hall – four classes perform at 9:45 this morning & the others perform at 2:00 this afternoon

 

 

 

May 8, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have one more day of dry and warm weather today before an approaching cold front moves thru from the west – scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop ahead of the front later this evening and some of the storms could be severe before they end by early Saturday morning – then it looks like a mostly dry weekend, although there’s periodic chances of scattered rain – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates are busy : Governor Pat Quinn is trying to gain the support of Illinois business leaders, speaking at their annual luncheon yesterday in Springfield, touting his strong business climate record : GOP nominee Bruce Rauner was also at the luncheon asking for a change from the current leadership, which has created regulatory barriers and tax burdens that have hindered growth & jobs.

 

(OLNEY)  Legislation designed to allow children with epilepsy to use medical marijuana moved out of a House Committee session yesterday with total support and now goes to the State House for a vote – the plan has already passed thru the State Senate – supporters say while children are banned from smoking weed, the cannabis plant oil lowers the frequency of seizures – opponents are against any effort to legalize marijuana.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the best states in the country for working Mothers – the study conducted by WalletHub shows the Land of Lincoln is ranked 22nd out of the 50 states – some of the focus used in determining the best workplace environment for women included level of child daycare and professional opportunities – the best state for such support is Oregon and worst is Louisiana.

 

(OLNEY)  This Saturday marks the 22nd anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” as letter carriers throughout the nation will collect non-perishable food donations to be given to local food pantries to support those in need – last year, over 75 million pounds of food was collected nationally, helping feed an estimated 30 million people – plus, it’s a great time to help out the area food pantries which have been hit hard by the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons and are trying to replenish their supply – to help out, residents can simply leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by their mailbox prior to the normal delivery time – the local collection will be given to The Master’s Hands in Olney – last year, the Southern Illinois Branch of the NALC collected 73,519 pounds of food from its 45 Post Offices in the downstate region – that’s this Saturday, sponsored by all the area letter carriers.

 

(NEWTON)  Both the Jasper County Board and Richland County Board will have their regular monthly meetings tonight in Newton and Olney – while the Jasper County Board will meet at 7:30 in the County Office Building, the Richland County Board will meet in the County Jail meeting room at 7:00 – the Richland County Board’s Finance Committee meets at 6:00 and a Public Hearing on proposed work by the Public Building Commission of Richland County will start at 6:45 – all meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland High School Theater Department will present a student-led performance this weekend of “Alice in Wonderland” involving fourteen episodes completely chosen, planned, directed, produced, and performed by ERHS students – the two performances are tomorrow night and Saturday night in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium starting at 6:30 each evening – the $5 tickets for adults will be on sale at the door each evening – all K-12 students from Olney will be admitted free with a student ID or Activity Pass.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s another week of opportunities for folks to get out and give blood to help replenish the low Midwestern blood supplies – the list of blood drives in our area this week includes  :  today at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  on Saturday at Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Monday at the Noble Lions Club Building from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types are much needed to help replenish the low Midwestern supply of blood.

 

(OLNEY)  The next regular monthly meeting for the Richland County ABATE is tomorrow night, starting at 7:00, at the Olney American Legion – also, folks are encouraged to take part in this Saturday’s 3rd annual Kevin Sager Memorial Ride with signup at the American Legion that morning from 9:30 to 11:00 and all kickstands up at 11:15 – the ride will end up back at the Olney American Legion Saturday night for dinner, live music, and a fundraising auction – all area riders are welcome to come and take part this Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Chairman of the Illinois Eastern Community College District #529 has called two special meetings for this month for the purpose of interviewing candidates for President at Frontier Community College in Fairfield – both meetings will be held at the IECC District offices in Olney, starting at 6:00, with the first to be held tonight – the second such meeting is next Monday May 12th – and while both meetings will mostly be held in closed session, no formal board action is expected – a selection, if any, would be announced at the next regular meeting of the IECC Board of Trustees, which is May 20th, later this month.

 

REMINDERS :
    The next meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers is next Monday evening at 6:30 in the basement of the U of I Extension Center in Effingham – enter the west doors and go downstairs – two presentations included


    The American Legion Post in Ste. Marie will host another Mother’s Day Breakfast this Sunday morning from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Legion Post – a great menu with tickets at the door – all are invited


    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association will have its Annual Spring Crash Demo Derby this Saturday night in the Olney City Park, beginning at 7:00 – there will be plenty of action and concessions with tickets at the gate – for details or information, contact any Board member or call 618-392-0766


    A benefit auction to help out Tonya (Runyon) Barthelemy will start at 4:00 this Saturday afternoon on the West Salem Square – pork burgers & plate lunches will be served starting at 2:00 – plus entertainment – all proceeds will from the donations will help with family medical expenses incurred by four major surgeries


    The Challenged Outdoorsmen of America “Fishing Rodeo” for all handicapped and disabled soldiers who want to get outdoors for a day will be held this Saturday at the Crawford County Forest Preserve – starting at 10:00 am, the day also includes a pork burger lunch & more – for details, call 618-557-3013


    The Elm Street Christian Church in Olney is providing a “free oil change” for single Moms this Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30 – for an appointment and for car details, call the church office at 618-395-8411


    It’s another fundraising cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA with pork burgers, brats, and more served from 10:00 to 1:00 – proceeds to the Rotary Club of Richland County for local projects


    The Olney Lions Club will host a fundraising pork burger cookout & bake sale this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Wooden Key Hallmark Gold Crown Store, located in the Olney Centre, just east of Wal-Mart


    It’s a fun weekend for the family at the Clay City Junior High School during the PTO Carnival events this Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00, including a light supper, booth games, a raffle, photo booth, cookie walk, & more – the annual “I Run This Town” event is at 8:30 Saturday morning – all ages are invited


    The Ladies Auxiliary have another “taco night” tomorrow night at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – all non-members and families are invited out this Friday night for tacos & more at the VFW


    The East Richland Elementary School 5th grade classes will perform their music program entitled “Possibilities” tomorrow in the ERES dining hall – four classes will perform at 9:45 Friday morning while the remaining three classes will perform at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon – all are invited to attend one or both


    The OCC Community Band will present its 2014 concert tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – it’s free and open to the public – all ages are invited to attend


    During this National Nurses Week, Richland Memorial Hospital will be giving back to the community with RMH nurses providing free blood pressure checks today – at the Senior Center in downtown Olney from 11:00 to 1:00 and at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter from 2:00 to 4:00


    And a note from the City of Olney – West North Avenue may be closed to all thru traffic at various times throughout the day on this Thursday – that’s today along portions of West North Avenue in Olney

 

 

 

May 7, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The warm front that’s lingering across the Midwest will continue to do so for a few more days as our warming trend continues with our warmest weather so far in 2014 – the next storm system will slowly bring us rain chances tomorrow night into Friday morning – as that warm front becomes stationary, we’ll have on-and-off day and night chances of rain Saturday thru next Monday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn paid tribute to firefighters yesterday in Springfield – he spoke during the 21st Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards event – among the honorees was Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn for his act of heroism during the tornado last year.

 

(OLNEY)  An education funding reform proposal has been revised with hopes of gaining more bipartisan support in the State Capital – the original proposal would require state school districts to demonstrate need before receiving any money – the current method has been in effect since 1997, which factors in a district's poverty for some types of state aid – the amendment would cap the funds given to the poorest schools.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Corn Growers Association wants President Obama to expand trade opportunities between the United States and Cuba – while the country is located close enough to southern U.S. ports for barge travel, federal restrictions on financial dealings with Cuba make doing business difficult – Illinois currently ranks 6th in the nation in lost trade opportunities - one request is to open a trade office in Cuba.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the $25,000 purchase of handheld meter reading units for the Water Department  :  on a pair of 5 to 0 votes, with one abstention, passed the ordinance for the Brookside / Xanders Addition annexation agreement, plus entered an agreement with Connor & Connor Engineers to provide water upgrades and new sanitary sewer to the Addition as well  :  approved the purchase of computers from Kemper Technology Consulting for the City’s Collector, Treasurer, & Street Department offices  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, approved a special event permit for a PAAO (Parental Alienation Awareness Organization) March to be held May 24th, contingent that city requirements are met  :  noted that the opening day for the Newton Swimming Pool will be Saturday, May 24th  :  also conducted the swearing in of new City Treasurer, Melissa Brooks  :  and took no other action after a 12-minute closed session to discuss litigation  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be May 20th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Legislative Audit Commission yesterday joined the list of federal and county authorities investigating Governor Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program – State Representative David Reis, a member of the ILA Commission, voted in favor of issuing subpoenas for records & key witnesses related to the $55 million NRI program – the 109th District lawmaker said “We are going to take every step necessary to protect taxpayer resources and expose unethical behavior surrounding the program – Representative Reis, who got the ball rolling two years ago when he introduced a resolution asking for the initial audit, says yesterday’s action is another tool to get to the bottom of the issue.

 

(NOBLE)  West Richland FFA members finished 5th overall at the State Envirothon contest held last week – the Noble team ended up third in the FFA Category and first in the Sustainability in Agriculture Category – the team members include Molly Walker, Matthew Runyon, Holly Stallard, Mackenzie Michels, and Bryan Allard – congratulations to the Noble FFA members for a job well done at the state competition.

 

(NEWTON)  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.

 

(OLNEY)  The Chairman of the Illinois Eastern Community College District #529 has called two special meetings for this month for the purpose of interviewing candidates for President at Frontier Community College in Fairfield – both meetings will be held at the IECC District offices in Olney, starting at 6:00, on the evenings of Thursday, May 8th, and Monday, May 12th – and while both meetings will mostly be held in closed session, no formal board action is expected – a selection, if any, would be announced at the next regular meeting of the IECC Board of Trustees, which will be held May 20th, at Lincoln Trail College.

 

(NEWTON)  Both the Jasper County Board and Richland County Board will have their regular monthly meetings tomorrow night in Newton and Olney – while the Jasper County Board will meet at 7:30 in the County Office Building, the Richland County Board will meet in the County Jail meeting room at 7:00 – the Richland County Board’s Finance Committee meets at 6:00 and a Public Hearing on proposed work by the Public Building Commission of Richland County will start at 6:45 – all meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another week of opportunities for folks to get out and give blood to help replenish the low Midwestern blood supplies – the list of blood drives in our area this week includes  :  tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  on Saturday at Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Monday at the Noble Lions Club Building from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types are much needed to help replenish the low Midwestern supply of blood.

 

REMINDERS :
    The American Legion Post in Ste. Marie will host another Mother’s Day Breakfast this Sunday morning from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Legion Post – a great menu with tickets at the door – all are invited


    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association will have its Annual Spring Crash Demo Derby this Saturday night in the Olney City Park, beginning at 7:00 – there will be plenty of action and concessions with tickets at the gate – for details or information, contact any Board member or call 618-392-0766


    A benefit auction to help out Tonya (Runyon) Barthelemy will start at 4:00 this Saturday afternoon on the West Salem Square – pork burgers & plate lunches will be served starting at 2:00 – plus entertainment – all proceeds will from the donations will help with family medical expenses incurred by four major surgeries


    The Challenged Outdoorsmen of America “Fishing Rodeo” for all handicapped and disabled soldiers who want to get outdoors for a day will be held this Saturday at the Crawford County Forest Preserve – the day also includes a pork burger lunch & more – for details, call 618-557-3013 – it all starts at 10:00 am]


    The Elm Street Christian Church in Olney is providing a “free oil change” for single Moms this Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30 – for an appointment and for car details, call the church office at 618-395-8411


    The Olney Lions Club will host a fundraising pork burger cookout & bake sale this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Wooden Key Hallmark Gold Crown Store, located in the Olney Centre, just east of Wal-Mart


    The OCC Community Band will present its 2014 concert tomorrow night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – the theme of this year’s concert is “To Boldly Go” with music that honors the spirit of adventure, heroism, and bravery – it’s free and open to the public of all ages


    During this National Nurses Week, Richland Memorial Hospital will be giving back to the community with RMH nurses providing free blood pressure checks tomorrow – at the Senior Center in downtown Olney from 11:00 to 1:00 and at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter from 2:00 to 4:00 – check it out


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet tomorrow at The Holiday starting at 11:00 – two guest speakers are included and all current retired teachers are encouraged to attend this Thursday in Olney

 

 

 

May 6, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The warmer-than-usual conditions will continue for a few more days & nights with a warm front draped across the Midwest in charge of our weather – we’ll stay dry until that front starts to move eastward with our rain chances by Thursday night continuing into Friday afternoon – then afternoon chances of rain now exist for each day Saturday thru Monday, although the rain will be scattered – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Hundreds of Illinois schools and a few colleges have been awarded grant funding from IEMA to increase security – $25 million will be distributed to about 450 campuses around the state – the money will be used for such things as reinforced doors and windows, locking systems, camera systems, and more.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois is far from one of the best states to retire in, but a new study shows the Land of Lincoln ranked 26th out of the 50 states as best places for retirement – factors used in the study include the crime rate, cost of living, quality healthcare, and weather – South Dakota topped the list while New York was last.

 

(NEWTON)  Same sex couples in Illinois will be allowed to officially marry next month as the Marriage Equality Law takes effect on June 1st – more than 1,000 same sex couples across the state have already tied the knot because their home counties chose to expedite the law & let them marry early after a judge’s ruling.

 

(OLNEY)  Authorities are again alerting area residents of another scam circulating in downstate Illinois – the mail fraud scam involves a letter from the “Award Notification Commission” out of Kansas City, Kansas – the letter says the recipient has won a $2 million prize, however a processing fee is required – this is a scam and residents should simply toss the letter in the trash – do not send money or any information – most all past and current scams ask for personal details, such as checking or credit card information.

 

(NEWTON)  Cool temperatures and wet conditions limited what producers could accomplish last week – in yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, it’s noted that statewide corn planting increased to 43% as of Sunday, slightly ahead of the 5 year average of 41% – statewide temperatures last week averaged 53.9 degrees, 2.7 degrees below normal – last week’s average precipitation statewide was 1.46 inches, a half inch above normal – the statewide topsoil moisture ratings remain high and the state’s winter wheat crop remains in mostly fair to good condition – farmers in our ten county area report close to a third of the intended corn acreage is planted with a few soybeans in the ground – after last week’s soggy conditions, area farmers are back in the fields continuing with the 2014 spring planting – remember to think “safety first” out there.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Farm Bureau county-wide rainfall report for the past week, the seven day average for the county’s nine townships came in at just over a quarter of an inch of rain, at .27 inches – with the recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday (Monday) morning,  Noble Township had the county’s week-high amount at 1.70 inches, while the week’s low measurements came with no rain at all in the Townships of Olney and Claremont – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney our seven day rainfall total was at 0.23 inches – here at the studios, we ended the month of April at 8.02 inches of rain in 30 days, one of the wettest Aprils on record in the area.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s been reported that Enbridge Pipelines can now use “eminent domain” to build a 167-mile crude oil pipeline to the Patoka Oil Tank Farm in northern Marion County – while the right-of-way on some 120 parcels of land is still needed, the Illinois Commerce Commission has cleared the way for the company to obtain them, however about 100 landowners along the route say they plan to challenge the pipeline route in court – the pipeline plans to cut thru portions of Livingston, McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Shelby, Christian, Fayette, and Marion Counties – construction is set to start this summer with completion by mid-2015.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another week of opportunities for folks to get out and give blood to help replenish the low Midwestern blood supplies – the list of blood drives in our area this week includes  :  today at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia from 11:00 to 4:00  :  also today at the First Christian Church in Vincennes from 1:00 to 6:00  :  on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 1:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  on Saturday at Potter’s House Ministry in Newton from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also next Monday, a week from today, at the Noble Lions Club Building from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types are much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will have its first regular meeting in this month of May coming up tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – there are several old & new business items on the agenda, plus the various committee reports as well – a closed session is planned to discuss litigation – open to all.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney : the City’s Water Department will be switching back to the normal disinfectant in the city’s water distribution system coming up tomorrow – the original switch to free chlorine was made a few weeks ago to work in conjunction with the city’s hydrant flushing program – but with that finished, everything should return to normal with the city’s water by the end of this week : also, the City of Olney will close a portion of West North Avenue, just a block west of Highway 130, from 12 noon until 4:00, this afternoon – this portion of West North Avenue will be closed to all thru traffic.

 

REMINDERS :
    The American Legion Post in Ste. Marie will host another Mother’s Day Breakfast this Sunday morning from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Legion Post – a great menu with tickets at the door – all are invited


    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association will have its Annual Spring Crash Demo Derby this Saturday night in the Olney City Park, beginning at 7:00 – there will be plenty of action and concessions with tickets at the gate – for details or information, contact any Board member or call 618-392-0766


    A benefit auction to help out Tonya (Runyon) Barthelemy will start at 4:00 this Saturday afternoon on the West Salem Square – pork burgers & plate lunches will be served starting at 2:00 – plus entertainment – all proceeds will from the donations will help with family medical expenses incurred by four major surgeries


    The Challenged Outdoorsmen of America “Fishing Rodeo” for all handicapped and disabled soldiers who want to get outdoors for a day will be held this Saturday at the Crawford County Forest Preserve – the day also includes a pork burger lunch & more – for details, call 618-557-3013 – it all starts at 10:00 am


    The Elm Street Christian Church in Olney is providing a “free oil change” for single Moms this Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30 – for an appointment and for car details, call the church office at 618-395-8411


    The Olney Lions Club will host a fundraising pork burger cookout & bake sale this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Wooden Key Hallmark Gold Crown Store, located in the Olney Centre, just east of Wal-Mart


    It’s a fun weekend for the family at the Clay City Junior High School during the PTO Carnival events this Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00, including a light supper, booth games, a raffle, photo booth, cookie walk, & more – the annual “I Run This Town” event is at 8:30 Saturday morning – all ages are invited


    The OCC Community Band will present its 2014 concert this Thursday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – the theme of this year’s concert is “To Boldly Go” with music that honors the spirit of adventure, heroism, and bravery – it’s free and open to the public of all ages


    During this National Nurses Week, Richland Memorial Hospital will be giving back to the community with RMH nurses providing free blood pressure checks this coming Thursday – at the Senior Center in downtown Olney from 11:00 to 1:00 and at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter from 2:00 to 4:00 – check it out


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet this Thursday at The Holiday starting at 11:00 – two guest speakers are included and all current retired teachers are encouraged to attend this Thursday in Olney