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March 25, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A fast moving cold front will push thru the Midwest by early this afternoon as the snow ends and colder air hangs around thru tomorrow – then a slight warm up kicks in for the rest of the work week, but a chance of rain moves thru tomorrow night and thru the day Thursday – then dry on Friday with a mostly dry weekend coming up – plus, a return to temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Governor Pat Quinn is set to give his Budget Address tomorrow, but the big question is, what will he do about the income tax rate – Illinoisans are paying 5% in state income taxes currently, but that’s supposed to roll back to 3.75% in January of next year, however the state stands to lose billions-of-dollars in revenue if that happens – some are predicting cut of 20% to state agencies this year.

 

(OLNEY)  A bill designed to increase the time non-custodial parents spend with their children is headed to the State House, which passed thru Committee yesterday – the legislation would give parents going thru a divorce 90 days to setup their parent-sharing plan before the court gets involved – when the court takes the divorce case, a Judge must award the non-custodial parent 35% of parenting time, if they’re declared fit.

 

(NEWTON)  This week is being noted National Service Week as everyone is encouraged to find ways to give back to their communities – volunteers can contribute locally and all around the state at historic sites, schools, care facilities and institutions, state parks, and elsewhere – volunteer opportunities can be found online at www.Serve.Illinois.gov – plus, everyone can take part in the annual Mayors Day of Recognition set for next Tuesday, April 1st, a week from today – for more details, logon at www.NationalService.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  agreed to raise the city’s water and sewer rates over the next three years – the percentage of increase will be based on usage – the projected average increase will be 8.95% for the first year, then 6.43% in year two, and 6.25% in the third and final year  :  approved proposed amendments to the city’s Liquor Control Ordinance dealing with classifications – added a new license for establishments that offer only “Video Gaming” with a fee of  $2,800 per year – amended the Winemaker’s Retail License to include wine-tasting events – and changed the classification to determine the difference between restaurants and taverns as those that serve over 50% food, dropping the number from 75%  :  approved a Liquor License request from the American Legion for its location change to 227 East Main Street  :  approved the various bids for from Schrey Systems in Olney for the seven different types of concrete for a 12 month period  :  approved the bids for crushed stone, sand, and rip rap from Charles Heuerman Trucking of Teutopolis  :  discussed parking at Musgrove Park with modifications & restrictions again to be used this year  :  agreed to sell old radio equipment from the Fire Department  :  and continued talks on the city’s fiscal year 2015 budget  :  the Olney City Council’s next meeting will be April 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met in regular session last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved the transfer of  $500,000 from the Operations and Maintenance Funds to the Education Fund  :  also approved the transfer of  $250,000 for the Working Cash Funds to the Education Fund  :  noted that bids will be released soon for the roof coating projects for this summer within the District  :  approved the renewal of the Athletic Training Services contract  :  agreed to continue membership in the South East Purchasing Cooperative Intergovernmental Agreement  :  and after a nearly two hour closed session, the Board adopted a resolution for the honorable dismissal of Teacher Lori Kocher – also adopted a resolution for the reclassification of High School Principal Rick Athey  :  the Board’s next meeting will be April 21st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in special session last night with one item on the agenda – to discuss it’s contract with the Richland County Development Corporation – while no official action was taken at the meeting last night, the Board did talk about the current contract and about how better wording is needed in certain areas – the Board asked the State’s Attorney to take a look at the contract with the RCDC and its Executive Director, and to negotiate any needed changes to clear up the language – the Richland County Board will likely discuss the issue again at its next regular meeting on April 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture and all statewide FSA Offices are encouraging everyone to take time to appreciate the hard working farmers in Illinois today, during this National Ag Day 2014 – this year’s theme is “Agriculture : 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed” as we recognize our regional farmers for what they do everyday of the year – for more information, go online at www.agday.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Orders are still being accepted for the annual spring fish and tree sales at the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District office – for fish, the last day to order grass carp is today, while all other species of fish can be ordered until April 4th, a week from this Friday – tree orders are accepted for only a few more days, thru next Monday, March 31st  – call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney for details or to place an order – other area SWCD offices are also taking orders, including those in Newton and Louisville.

 

(NEWTON)  There are a few area blood drives this week  :  today at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Elementary School in Xenia from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Friday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Saturday at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday afternoon at the American Legion in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are very much in need.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department is offering two more scheduled dates and locations for enrollment in the “Get Covered Illinois” health insurance program – due to limited space, it’s recommended that folks call ahead of time to schedule an appointment for a specific location – the next enrollment chance is this morning from 9:00 to 12 noon at the Jasper County Medical Center in Newton – the final date is a week from today, April 1st, at The Master’s Hands in Newton – for more details or to schedule an appointment time, call the Jasper County Health Department offices in Newton at 618-783-4154.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Public Library is still accepting used books, CD’s, and DVD’s for its annual “book sale” fundraiser coming up on April 11th and 12th – to help out, stop by or call the Library at 618-392-3711


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for middle school students on Tuesday, April 1st – registration is free and the Grand Prize is a new iPad2 – for more, logon at www.richlandcountyfarmbureau.com or call the office in Olney at 393-4116


    The “Sounds of Swing” fundraiser to the St. Thomas School band program is set for Saturday night, March 29th, at the Newton KC Hall – doors open at 5:30, with the meal at 6:00, then plenty of music from 7:00 to 9:00 – priced at $17 per person, tickets are on sale at all area banks or the St. Thomas School


    The St. Joseph Boosters will host their annual Pasta Dinner this coming Saturday evening with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – tickets are available at the St. Joseph School office – proceeds to benefit the Boosters


    The Effingham Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have its “spring meeting” this Friday night at the St. Michael Parish in Sigel – it starts with Stations of the Cross at 6:00, followed by registration at 6:45 and the meeting at 7:00 – all parishes of the Effingham Deanery are invited – for more, call 217-663-2084


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire Department will host an “open house” this Thursday night at 6:00 for those ages 14 to 18 who’d like to volunteer as a Junior Firefighter – all are invited – for more, call 618-838-0685


    The 3rd annual Olney Community Job Fair is tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney, running from 10:00 to 3:00 – all are invited to attend – for details, area employers can call 217-520-7988

 

 

 

March 24, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching storm system will increase our cloud cover today and bring with it some precip, first in the form of rain, then snow, as colder air will filter in behind the front – the cold air will hang around until we warm back into the 50’s with rain possible on Thursday and Friday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a Hazardous Weather Outlook advisory out for Jasper, Richland, and all surrounding counties for later this afternoon thru tonight – while the overnight snow accumulations are expected to be an inch or less, the event could cause some traveling problems with slick road conditions overnight – motorists should be alert to some travel problems tomorrow morning, but things should return to normal with an expected warm up on Wednesday and thru the rest of this work week.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – the Chicago Crime Commission is in support of a law to ban sweepstakes machines in Illinois – such a device accepts cash for coupons, which are then used to purchase online merchandise – the machine also permits users to play slot-like games and cash out winnings as well – the Illinois Gaming Board has ruled the machines are gaming devices and have the potential for corruption – a measure to ban the devices will be introduced to the General Assembly on Wednesday of this week.

 

(NEWTON)  Some lawmakers are pushing for another Big Ten university in Illinois – while tight admission policies at the University of Illinois are forcing students out of state, the bill would look into what’s needed for Illinois State or Southern Illinois to become a Big Ten school – the move could help Illinois students.

 

(NEWTON)  There are several meetings on tap for this Monday night  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting tonight in Newton, starting at 7:00  :  also, the West Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting tonight in Noble, starting at 7:00  :  the Olney City Council will meet tonight in regular session at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board will meet tonight in regular session starting at 7:00 in the Village Hall in Noble  :  and the Richland County Board has a special meeting late this afternoon in the County Jail meeting room in Olney, starting at 5:00.

 

(OLNEY)  If you’re wanting to attend a performance of the OCC Theatre’s spring production of “Shrek the Musical”, your opportunities are quickly evaporating – it was announced late last week that the only show that tickets are available for are this Thursday night – all other performances are sold out for this coming Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon – remaining tickets will be on sale today from 10:00 until 2:00 in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department is offering two more scheduled dates and locations for enrollment in the “Get Covered Illinois” health insurance program – due to limited space, it’s recommended that folks call ahead of time to schedule an appointment for a specific location – the next enrollment chance is tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 12 noon at the Jasper County Medical Center in Newton – the final date is a week from tomorrow, April 1st, at The Master’s Hands in Newton – for more details or to schedule an appointment time, call the Jasper County Health Department offices in Newton at 618-783-4154.

 

(OLNEY)  A Lawrence County man is dead after a single vehicle crash last Friday afternoon on the Route 161 extension in Wayne County – the State Police say 47 year old Samuel Clark of St. Francisville lost control of his vehicle as it skidded off the road, hit a culvert, became airborne, and overturned – Clark was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene – the State Police investigation is continues.

 

(NEWTON)  There are a few area blood drives this week  :  tomorrow at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Elementary School in Xenia from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Friday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Saturday at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday afternoon at the American Legion in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are very much in need.

 

(OLNEY)  Orders are still being accepted for the annual spring fish and tree sales at the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District office – for fish, the last day to order grass carp is tomorrow, while all other species of fish can be ordered until April 4th – the delivery date for fish is April 8th in the Olney City Park – tree orders can be made now thru the end of March with the delivery date during the week of April 14th – call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney for details or to place an order – other surrounding SWCD offices are also taking such orders, including those in both Newton and Louisville.

 

(NEWTON)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture and all statewide FSA Offices are encouraging everyone to take time to appreciate the hard working farmers in Illinois tomorrow, during National Ag Day 2014 – this year’s theme is “Agriculture : 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed” as we recognize our regional farmers for what they do everyday of the year – for more information, go online at www.agday.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Public Library is still accepting used books, CD’s, and DVD’s for its annual “book sale” fundraiser coming up on April 11th and 12th – to help out, stop by or call the Library at 618-392-3711


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for middle school students on Tuesday, April 1st – registration is free and the Grand Prize is a new iPad2 – for more, logon at www.richlandcountyfarmbureau.com or call the office in Olney at 393-4116


    The “Sounds of Swing” fundraiser to the St. Thomas School band program is set for Saturday night, March 29th, at the Newton KC Hall – doors open at 5:30, with the meal at 6:00, then plenty of music from 7:00 to 9:00 – priced at $17 per person, tickets are on sale at all area banks or the St. Thomas Schoo

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    The St. Joseph Boosters will host their annual Pasta Dinner this coming Saturday evening with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – tickets are available at the St. Joseph School office – proceeds to benefit the Boosters


    The Effingham Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have its “spring meeting” this Friday night at the St. Michael Parish in Sigel – it starts with Stations of the Cross at 6:00, followed by registration at 6:45 and the meeting at 7:00 – all parishes of the Effingham Deanery are invited – for more, call 217-663-2084


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire Department will host an “open house” this Thursday night at 6:00 for those ages 14 to 18 who’d like to volunteer as a Junior Firefighter – all are invited – for more, call 618-838-0685


    The 3rd annual Olney Community Job Fair is this Wednesday at The Holiday in Olney, running from 10:00 to 3:00 – all are invited to attend – for details, area employers can call 217-520-7988

 

 

 

March 22, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A strong cold front pushed thru our region overnight and as a result, dry and colder conditions will prevail this weekend – in fact, tomorrow will be colder than today as an Arctic high pressure sets up over the Midwest by tonight – after a dry Monday there’s a chance of some snow into Tuesday morning, then followed by a slight warm up and maybe some rain towards the end of the week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – bobcats could once again be in the cross hairs of Illinois hunters under a bill making its way thru the Illinois House – the plan would allow hunters to take one bobcat per year, plus trappers would be allowed to trap a “yet-to-be-determined” number of the once-threatened cats – bobcat hunting has been outlawed in Illinois since 1972 and they were added to the state’s threatened-species list – but in 1999, they were removed from the list – it’s estimated there are more than 3,200 bobcats now in the state’s 13 southernmost counties with less numbers now roaming South-Central and Southeastern Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Authorities are alerting folks that a scam email that claims to be from Ameren Illinois has been making the rounds online – the spoof email appears to be a request from Ameren to pay a bogus overdue utility bill and directs the victim to download a virus-filled attachment – officials warn all consumers not to open the attachments within the scam emails and to delete them immediately – phone calls are also being made claiming to represent local utilities demanding payment of bills over the phone as well – all customers are reminded to never give out personal or financial information to anyone who calls or sends an email.

 

(OLNEY)  If you’re wanting to attend a performance of the OCC Theatre’s spring production of “Shrek the Musical”, your opportunities are quickly evaporating – it was announced late yesterday that the only show that tickets are available for are next Thursday night’s, on March 27th – otherwise, all other performances are sold out, including tonight, tomorrow, and all of next weekend’s, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – the first performance was last night – tickets will next be on sale Monday thru Thursday next week, from 10:00 until 2:00 each day, in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College.

 

(OLNEY)  Orders are still being accepted for the annual spring fish and tree sales at the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District office – for fish, the last day to order grass carp is March 25th, next Tuesday, while all other species of fish can be ordered until April 4th – the delivery date for fish is April 8th in the Olney City Park – tree orders can be made now thru the end of March with the delivery date during the week of April 14th – call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney for details or to place an order – other surrounding SWCD offices are also taking such orders, including those in Newton and Louisville.

 

REMINDERS :
    There’s a couple of meetings next Monday night  :  a special Richland County Board meeting in Olney at 5:00  :  the regular monthly meeting of the West Richland School Board in Noble at 7:00  :  and the regular monthly meeting of the Jasper County School Board in Newton at 7:00  :  all three are open to the public


    The Lake Land Community Choir will have its annual spring concert tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 in the College Theater – a reception will follow the free concert


    The next fundraising breakfast is tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph School cafeteria with serving from 8:00 to 11:30 and tickets on sale at the door – proceeds to help with the next St. Joseph DC trip


    The local band “The Dip Sixty” will be playing tonight at The Gypsy in downtown Olney starting at 9:00 – proceeds to the Suntone Beach Survivors & the local Relay For Life fight against cancer


    A fundraising benefit for Jennifer Vowels in her fight against breast cancer is tonight at the Elks in Lawrenceville from 5:00 to 9:00 – includes food, live music, a silent auction, and more


    The Calhoun Community Club has its soup fundraiser today from 11:00 to 2:00 with chili and chowder by the bowl or bulk, plus other food and desserts available – pay at the door


    The Parkersburg Community Club “spring carry-out chowder” is today with serving from 11:00 until sold out at the Parkersburg Community Building – for non-glass containers only

 

 

 

March 21, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The warm front that lifted north across the Midwest last night will give us warmer-than-normal conditions today, but with clouds tonight, there’s a slight chance of some scattered rain – then the cold front to our west will move thru with a wind change overnight and cooler air moving in for tomorrow – plus, colder air Sunday and Monday before rain and/or snow mixed up next Tuesday – be listening for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A plan to boost the minimum wage in Illinois is headed for a vote in the State Senate – the plan to increase the rate from the current $8.25 an hour to $10.65 an hour was approved in committee yesterday – supporters say workers need the pay hike, businesses say it may force them to layoff workers.

 

(OLNEY)  A Millionaire’s Tax is being introduced in Springfield – House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to raise money for K-12 education by taxing millionaires an extra 3% – Madigan says the plan could bring in an extra $1 billion a year if approved by voters – the measure would have to put on the November ballot.

 

(NEWTON)  The search is over for a missing Gallatin County woman as crews pulled the body of Chrissy Williams from the Ohio River, near Rosiclare, just a few miles from her home – she was inside her SUV and at this time foul play is suspected – Williams was reported missing by her family on December 2nd.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  approved the amended School Calendar with the last day of school set for May 23rd – the graduation at East Richland High School will be May 18th at 3:00 – the Middle School promotion will be May 22nd at 7:00  :  approved the $123,000 bid to re-roof the ERHS Sliva Auditorium  :  approved the $88,898 bid for the ERES flooring project  :  approved the Athletic Trainer agreement with Richland Memorial Hospital  :  approved the Summer Maintenance and Five Year Maintenance Plans  :  approved Student Fees for next school year – the only increase involves a few food service prices  :  noted the State now owes the District $834,810  :  accepted the retirement resignation of bus driver Pam Ledeker  :  accepted the retirement of Klay Wheeler as ERHS Scholar Bowl Coach  :  hired Andy Julian as ERHS Assistant Principal for next school year  :  approved Bernie Rusk as a volunteer baseball coach  :  approved the list of nine summer maintenance workers  :  approved the Reduction in Force resolution to let go 17 employees at the end of the school year – includes 4 certified teachers (Leslie Davis, Molly Hahn, Chelsea Kermicle, Kyle Shipman) and 13 educational support staff (Melissa Belcher, Stacey Frichtl, Danny Hartleroad, Leslie Davis, Brandi Mitchell, Tracy Mehl, Amy Rhoads, Robert Phillips, Cathy Steber, Darletta Wagner, Julie Williams, Erin Whisler, & Harry Wells)  :  the School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be April 17th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is still offering free assistance for those who still need help in signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act for individuals between the ages of  18 and 64 – area folks can call for an appointment to discuss qualification requirements, to discuss qualifications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, to discuss qualifications for a different Health Plan if Medicaid does not apply, plus more – the services are available at local ERBA Offices – to make an appointment, call Dale Ziegler at 217-923-3215 or visit the agency’s website online at www.erbainc.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to those who were honored at the recent annual convention of the Illinois Oil & Gas Association  :  the Service Person of the Year was Gareld Bilyew, a Pump Repair Specialist from Oblong  :  the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Chris Mitchell of George Mitchell Drilling of Carmi  :  the Petroleum Professional of the Year was Dale Helpingstine with Shakespeare Oil Company of Salem  :  the Petroleum Professional Woman of the Year was Sherry Hutchison of Orion Petro of Mt. Vernon  :  the Outstanding Exploration and Development Award went to Cambell Energy of Carmi   :  the IOAG reports one of their largest crowds attended the convention held earlier this month in Evansville – thanks to all.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that over-the-counter sales of county permits for the Spring Youth Wild Turkey Season continues – the dates for this year’s Youth Turkey hunts are next weekend, March 29th and 30th here in the Southern Zone, and April 5th and 6th in the Northern Zone  :  also, the random daily drawings for resident hunters for 2014 Spring Wild Turkey permits continue  :  check the DNR website for details.

 

(NEWTON)  The State DNR will be hosting the National Archery in the Schools Program Illinois State Tournament coming up tomorrow on the State Fairgrounds in Springfield – participation continues to grow as 873 archers from 32 schools have qualified to compete tomorrow – last year’s tournament drew about 700 archers with 400 students competing in 2012 – the three divisions of competition range from 4th thru 12th grades – tomorrow’s top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament to be held in May down in Louisville, Kentucky – the only downstate schools taking part are from Pinckneyville and Highland.

 

(OLNEY)  Orders are still being accepted for the annual spring fish and tree sales at the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District office – for fish, the last day to order grass carp is March 25th, next Tuesday, while all other species of fish can be ordered until April 4th – the delivery date for fish is April 8th in the Olney City Park – tree orders can be made now thru the end of March with the delivery date during the week of April 14th – call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney for details or to place an order – other surrounding SWCD offices are also taking such orders, including those in Newton and Louisville.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  if residents have leaves that need picked up, call the Olney City Hall at 395-7302 by next Monday to schedule a pick up – leaves will no longer be scheduled for pick up after next Monday – plus, leaves can be taken to the city’s brush dump on West Mack Avenue – it’s open from 10:00 to 3:00 each Monday, Friday, & Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced this morning that tickets for the OCC Theatre’s performance of “Shrek the Musical” are sold out for this weekend, with the first of seven performances tonight, plus tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon – tickets are also sold out for the final performance a week from Sunday, on March 30th – now tickets are still available for the 7:30 shows next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 27th, 28th, and 29th, however tickets are going fast – tickets are on sale today from 10:00 until 2:00 at the ticket booth.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Public Library is still accepting used books, CD’s, and DVD’s for its annual “book sale” fundraiser coming up on April 11th and 12th – to help out, stop by or call the Library at 618-392-3711


    The 3rd annual Olney Community Job Fair is next Wednesday, March 26th, at The Holiday in Olney – running from 10:00 to 3:00 that day, the event invites everyone – employers can call 217-520-7988


    The Lake Land Community Choir will have its annual spring concert this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in the College Theater – a reception will follow the free concert – all ages are invited to attend


    The next fundraising breakfast is this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph School cafeteria with serving from 8:00 to 11:30 and tickets on sale at the door – proceeds to help with the next St. Joseph DC trip


    The local band “The Dip Sixty” will be playing tomorrow night at The Gypsy in downtown Olney starting at 9:00 – proceeds to the Suntone Beach Survivors & the local Relay For Life fight against cancer


    A fundraising benefit for Jennifer Vowels in her fight against breast cancer is tomorrow night at the Elks in Lawrenceville from 5:00 to 9:00 – includes food, live music, a silent auction, and more


    The Calhoun Community Club has its soup fundraiser tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00 with chili and chowder by the bowl or bulk, plus other food and desserts available – all proceeds to towards a new roof for the Community Building there in Calhoun, plus for other upcoming community events – all are invited


    The Parkersburg Community Club “spring carry-out chowder” is tomorrow with serving from 11:00 until sold out at the Parkersburg Community Building – for non-glass containers only – all proceeds from Saturday’s chowder in Parkersburg will be used for various are community projects in the future


    And it’s another Friday night “fish fry” tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall along Whittle Avenue in Olney with serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – pay at the door with carry-outs available – all are invited tonight

 

 

 

March 20, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge moving in from the west will bring us warmer temperatures and quiet weather conditions today, plus even warmer air moves in for tomorrow – but, an approaching cold front will move thru mostly dry Friday night with cooler air in place Saturday and colder on Sunday – the new extended forecast calls from dry and cool weather on tap for the first of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office is going after a short-term lending company – officials say All Credit Lenders is setting people up for failure, charging up to 500% in interest and fees – this means if the customer just pays the minimum balance every month, they would never pay the loan off because none of their payment is applied to the principal – the suit is seeking to ban the company from Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Treasurer’s office continues the next two days with its Online Unclaimed Property Auction, running the rest of today until10:00 tomorrow morning – it started this week with more than 14,000 items available for purchase – to register and become a bidder, logon at www.treasurer.il.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The fight for Governor is likely going to be the most expensive in Illinois history – political analysts expect Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner to spend from $80 and $100 million between the two of them – that means voters can expect to see and hear an overflow of ads from the two candidates – in fact, the mudslinging has already started with Quinn attacking Rauner for being out of touch with working class people – Rauner says Quinn has failed to lead the state out of its financial hole.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees met earlier this week – the Board  :  approved the revised Campus Emergency Plans for each of the four IECC campuses  :  accepted the annual report of the IECC 403(b) plan  :  approved the payment of balance owed Ameren under the Ameren Newton Settlement Agreement  :  approved agreements between two area hospitals and five area high schools concerning the District’s Health Careers Program established in 2009  :  in personnel matters, the Board – hired Ed Patton as full-time temporary Lineman Instructor – hired Kalie Naas as Coordinator of Career Advisement at Wabash Valley College – hired Aaron White as Coordinator of Financial Aid at Lincoln Trail College – hired Debbie Bryant as Administrative Assistant at Frontier Community College – changed the employment status of Raymond Gillette to full-time Custodian at Wabash Valley College – and accepted the retirement for Larry Arnold as Custodian at Wabash Valley  :  no other action was taken after a 81-minute closed session to discuss personnel and real estate  :  the next IECC meeting will be April 15th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department is offering several scheduled dates and locations for enrollment in the “Get Covered Illinois” health insurance program – due to limited space, it’s recommended that folks call ahead of time to schedule an appointment for a specific location – the next enrollment chance is tomorrow at the Jasper County Health Department offices from 8:00 to 4:00 – the final two scheduled dates are next Tuesday, the 25th, and a week after that, on April 1st – for more information or to schedule an appointment time, call the Jasper County Health Department offices in Newton at 618-783-4154.

 

(NOBLE)  The West Richland FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure team finished in first place at the District 5 Contest held this past Tuesday night down at SIU in Carbondale  :  Faith Stallard placed first as overall Secretary  :  Cheyla Lamb placed 2nd as Floor Member  :  Vanessa Yager was 4th place Chairman  :  other team members were Garrett Williams, Kyleigh Hemrich, and Savannah Runyon  :  this West Richland FFA team now advances to competition at the State FFA Convention – West Richland is the reigning State Novice Champions from the 2013 convention – the Novice event is for 7th, 8th, & 9th grade FFA members.

 

(OLNEY)  Downstate voters made their voices heard with area referendum issues during Tuesday’s primary election  :  down in Johnson County, the voters rejected a proposal to restrict hydraulic fracking, a form of oil drilling – the 3 to 1 vote on the non-binding referendum was meant to advise the County Commission on whether to support or oppose the process  :  meanwhile, voters in at least four area cities approved a power aggregation referendum – residents in Bridgeport, Albion, Cisne, & Norris City, along with several others, will look for lower electricity rates by shopping in bulk with four of the country’s largest electric suppliers.

 

(NEWTON)  The Teutopolis Education Association has announced that they will begin a strike tomorrow if a tentative contract agreement is not in place by then – the main concern for teachers is the hard freeze in pay increases that the Board is seeking, plus a two-tier pay scale – the Teutopolis School Board is looking at several options concerning the issue – the teachers’ contract expired at the start of the school year.

 

(OLNEY)  A couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  if residents have leaves that need picked up, call the Olney City Hall at 395-7302 by next Monday to schedule a pick up – leaves will no longer be scheduled for pick up after next Monday – plus, leaves can be taken to the city’s brush dump on West Mack Avenue – it’s open from 10:00 to 3:00 each Monday, Friday, and Saturday  :  also, the Boone Street Storm Water Project continues with the portion of Fair Street closed between Scott and Vine Streets – that work will continue for another few weeks – while local residents there can enter from the north or south, no thru traffic is allowed.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Theatre Ticket Office is extending its ticket sale hours for the production of “Shrek the Musical” – continuing now thru tomorrow night, tickets will be on sale from 5:00 to 7:00 each weekday evening, plus during the day, from 10:00 to 2:00 – call or stop by the ticket office today as soon as possible – the first of six performances over the next two weekends is this coming Friday night, the 21st.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for middle school students on Tuesday, April 1st – registration is free and the Grand Prize is a new iPad2 – for more, logon at www.richlandcountyfarmbureau.com or call the office in Olney at 393-4116


    The 3rd annual Olney Community Job Fair is next Wednesday, March 26th, at The Holiday in Olney – running from 10:00 to 3:00 that day, the event invites everyone – employers can call 217-520-7988


    The next fundraising breakfast is this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph School cafeteria with serving from 8:00 to 11:30 and tickets on sale at the door – proceeds to help with the next St. Joseph DC trip


    The local band “The Dip Sixty” will be playing this Saturday night at The Gypsy in downtown Olney starting at 9:00 – proceeds to the Suntone Beach Survivors & the local Relay For Life fight against cancer


    A fundraising benefit for Jennifer Vowels in her fight against breast cancer is this Saturday night at the Elks in Lawrenceville from 5:00 to 9:00 – includes food, live music, a silent auction, and more


    The Calhoun Community Club has its soup fundraiser this Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00 with chili and chowder by the bowl or bulk, plus other food and desserts available – all proceeds to towards a new roof for the Community Building there in Calhoun, plus for other upcoming community events – all are invited


    The Parkersburg Community Club “spring carry-out chowder” is this Saturday with serving from 11:00 until sold out at the Parkersburg Community Building – for non-glass containers only – all proceeds from Saturday’s chowder in Parkersburg will be used for various are community projects in the future


    Spring will officially arrive at 11:57 this morning when the vernal equinox occurs – this is the time that daytime and nighttime are approximately equal, with the Sun rising due east and setting due west