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August 18, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Another low pressure storm system will drop down across downstate Illinois by Wednesday, bringing with more rain and thunderstorm activity, but probably not until tonight and tomorrow – while most of us will stay dry today there is a slight chance of a pop-up rain – there was anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain over the weekend in our area – it will be hotter this week as well – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn is directing State Lottery officials to end the contract with the Northstar Lottery Group, the firm hired to run the state’s lottery program – the move comes after Northstar has fallen nearly a half-billion dollars short of the revenues it promised to raise for the state over the past three years.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office reported yesterday that Illinois residents are being targeted by telephone scammers who pose as representatives of Microsoft or related technology support service providers, claiming to have detected viruses or malware on the victim’s computers to trick them into giving remote computer access or convincing them to pay for unnecessary software fixes – it seems Central and South Central Illinois is being targeted the most – if folks get such a call, quickly “hang up”, it is a SCAM.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair finished up yesterday in Springfield – while no real numbers of this year’s attendance will be available until later this week, officials believe the cool weather helped the yearly attendance – Illinoisans now prepare for the state’s second state fair starting this weekend down in Du Quoin.

 

(OLNEY)  Great news for the Richland County TB & Health Office, which recently completed its annual “on-site” audit and inspection for the Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine For Children (VFC) Program – as a result, it was recommended that the local Office be awarded a grant for the purpose of purchasing and installing an additional freezer for storage of vaccine – this was recommended on the basis of outstanding review of record keeping, organization, storage, and handling of vaccines for the program – both State and Federally funded, the VFC Program is very important, providing vaccines for underserved children with no insurance or medical assistance that pays for the critical vaccines – the audit and inspection was conducted by a State Department of Public Health Regional Immunization Program Specialist for the VFC Program – congratulations to the local Richland County TB & Health Office for a job well done.

 

(NEWTON)  A special program is coming up a week from tonight at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton as Mary Liz Wright, a University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator will be the guest speaker – those attending the Monday, August 25th, event will learn the basics of food preservation, receive the latest up-to-date home food safety guidelines, learn the latest scientific methods of preserving food safely, and have the opportunity to have all dial pressure canners tested for those bringing their canner lids – starting at 6:00, it’s open to one and all – contact the Jasper County Extension Office by this Friday, the 22nd, to register – check their website or call 618-783-2521.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and the State DNR are offering a local Hunter Education Class on three nights next week – it’s a 10 hour course with instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, first aid techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, hunting regulations, and more – it’s for those age 10 and older and is free of any charge – class size is limited to the first 60 participants that register – the classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 25th, 27th, and 28th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, at The Holiday in Olney – register online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu or call 618-395-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder to area hunters – resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors or by checking the State DNR website online at www.dnr.illinois.gov now thru August 31st, over the next two weeks – the Youth Deer Hunt for statewide youth accompanied by a non-hunting adult will be held Columbus Day weekend, October 11th thru 13th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee invites everyone out this Wednesday morning for a quick “Meet N Greet” with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner – it’s to be held at Sub Fast / Pizza Fast at 309 South Whittle Avenue this Wednesday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 – free coffee and donuts will be available to those in attendance – the election date is set for November 4th.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – here’s the area blood drives coming up  :  today at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  today at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and also today at the St. Francisville Community Building from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Community Building in Salem from 12 noon to 6:00  :  also Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Effingham from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Carmi from 2:00 to 7:00  :  on Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the VFW in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 5:30  :  for more, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Family Life Center at the Oblong First Christian Church will host its 2nd annual Youth Rally this Saturday night from 6:00 to 8:00 – the Harvest Ministry team will perform with refreshments to follow – a free will donation will be taken – all area youth are invited to attend the special night in Crawford County


    Ralph Carter’s 21st annual benefit Poker Run is this Saturday starting with sign up at the Olney VFW from 9:30 to 11:00 – all bikes & vehicles out at 11:30 – then back to the Olney VFW for an evening of food, an auction, and music – all proceeds to Shriners Children Hospitals – all are invited to part or all


    The Olney Cub Scouts will be having a “sign up night” this Thursday evening at the East Richland Elementary School cafeteria, starting at 6:00 – all boys are invited – for details, call Josh at 618-354-7757


    It’s “steak night” tomorrow night at the American Legion Post #20 in Newton – a full rib eye dinner for a $14 price with steaks on the grill at 6:00 – orders taken as visitors come in – all are invited


    The Oblong High School will host its “freshmen orientation” tonight in the school’s Media Center – starting at 6:00, all freshmen, new students, and their parents are urged to attend – includes a tour and more


    It’s another fundraiser for the East Orchard Christian Academy on this Monday at Monical’s Pizza –fill out a fundraising form before ordering today thru tonight & a portion of the receipt will be donated


    A note from the City of Olney that today, a 100 foot section of Holly Road, north of Hall Street, will be closed to all traffic for repair work – beginning at 9:00, the work should be complete by 2:00, if not sooner – the City of Olney thanks all residents in that area for their patience and cooperation is this matter

 

 

 

August 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a low pressure storm system slowly tracks across the Midwest, our chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms will increase thru the weekend – some severe conditions with the possibility of heavy rainfall amounts exist for downstate Illinois today thru tomorrow night – then daily on-and-off chances of rain again next Monday thru Wednesday with a little more humidity – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with activities all day & night long – it’s USAC Silver Crown Racing today at 2:00, the Championship Demo Derby this evening at 7:00, and country music with Jake Owen & Parmalee at 8:00 – not to mention all the carnival rides, concessions, Conservation World, and more – tomorrow’s final day at the Fair is Family Day with admission lowered to only $3 per person – there’s more car racing and in concert Robin Thicke with Magic – that’s all at the Illinois State Fair wrapping up on the Fairgrounds in Springfield today and tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded to verify the accuracy of data on their farm’s acreage history, which should have been received now from the USDA – it was nearly two weeks ago that notices started going out to farmers updating them on their current base acres, yields, and planting history from 2009 thru 2012 – the written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill – for more, logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON)  Area hunters are reminded that starting today, this August 12th, and running thru September 8th, permit applications will be accepted by the State DNR for random daily drawings for 2014 Illinois firearm & muzzleloader deer seasons – hunters can also still apply for the second lottery for Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun permits now thru the deadline on August 25th, two weeks from yesterday – for details and more information on deer and turkey hunting permits, or to apply online, logon at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – there are several area blood drives coming up  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Monday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and also Monday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    A note from the City of Olney that next Monday, a 100 foot section of Holly Road, north of Hall Street, will be closed to all traffic for repair work – beginning at 9:00, the work should be complete by 2:00, if not sooner – the City of Olney thanks all residents in that area for their patience and cooperation is this matter


    It’s another fundraiser for the East Orchard Christian Academy Monday at Monical’s Pizza –fill out a form before ordering during the day thru nighttime hours Monday & a portion of the receipt will be donated


    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is this evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the former school – open to everyone, it includes a $5 meal, a 50/50 drawing, a cake walk, and more


    The National Guard of Lawrenceville “Past N Present” annual reunion is set for this evening at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:00 – those associated are encouraged to attend the annual reunion


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club’s 27th Annual Car Show is today in the Olney City Park – registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with over 100 awards – also a 50/50 drawing, concessions, & more

 
    The St. Thomas Youth Paper Drive is this morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – no twine or strings – the normal collection requirements apply


    A summer fiesta and rummage “give away” continues today at the First Baptist Church of Newton – from 8:00 to 2:00, there’s free inflatable games, carnival games, & concessions – all ages are invited


    The Main Street Farmers Market is this morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot just north of the Whittle Avenue / Main Street intersection in Olney – fresh produce and more available to the public


    And it’s village-wide Garage Sale Day today throughout the Village of Noble

 

 

 

August 15, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A surface high pressure will remain in place over Illinois today with cool and fair conditions – however, an approaching low pressure system will bring in more humid air for the weekend, which means our next chances of scattered rain, maybe thunderstorms, tomorrow, Sunday, and thru at least the first half of next week – there could be some heavy amounts of rain on Sunday – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ unemployment rate is down to 6.8 percent – that’s the lowest it’s been in six years – State Department of Employment Security officials say Illinois’ seeing a lot of growth in the manufacturing industry especially – the full unemployment numbers, the county by county data, should be out next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Department of Labor has released $3.3 million in grant funds to support three Illinois organizations that support at-risk youth – the YouthBuild Program provides funding to help strengthen the academic & occupational skills of youngsters preparing for the future – the three recipients include the United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon, plus two other groups in East St. Louis and Normal.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Futures For Kids Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with the Ponytail and Pigtail Contest today, plus the Society Horse Show, the Diaper Derby Contest, and Steely Dan in concert tonight – the Championship Demolition Derby is tomorrow night as well – the State Fair wraps up Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved claims from July totaling $106,362 – some of the higher expenditures included $22,000 for property insurance, $11,000 for the yearly audit, $8,700 for electricity, $8,000 for attorney fees, and $6,200 to house juveniles outside of Richland County  :  agreed to pay the minimum amount of $5,545 to Ameren and Direct Energy for money owed due to a wrong electric meter installation at the County Jail two years ago  :  agreed to supply gas cards to Highway and Sheriff’s Department employees for county business  :  formed a committee to get more information about possibly joining the City of Olney in the state’s new Enterprise Zone application process  :  formed another committee to get more details about the use of radio repeaters to improve the county’s radio system coverage  :  noted the increase of the county’s law library and automated document storage fees  :  agreed to appoint Bryan Pierce & Edward Jones to the Airport Authority while Jim Coleman resigned his position  :  heard an update on the Richland County Development Corporation  :  and thanked Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor April Daily for the prayer before the meeting  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be held September 11th with a special ceremony that evening at the Courthouse.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved a three year contract with Halbert & Phipps for the county’s annual audit – the cost will go from $24,000 the first year to $25,000 the third year  :  agreed to allow Air Evac to sign up county employees with a $10 discount to be offered  :  approved a Drug Court resolution, as recommended by State’s Attorney Kevin Parker – it will allow the Circuit Clerk to collect a $5 fee on certain fines  :  approved the holiday schedule for employees as presented  :  approved the Pavement Preservation Project agreement with IDOT and noted that the county’s Shamrock Road is ready for seal coating  :  noted the County Jail’s cell block bathrooms have been completed & discussed the recent lightning strike and problems as a result  :  noted a committee report of the City of Newton’s Tourism & Hotel/Motel Tax ordinance discussion  :  and noted committee discussion about possible 911 renovation work  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular meeting is September 11th.

 

(OLNEY)  Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin has announced that the Illinois State Board of Education and other state officials have recognized the Gold Circle of Quality rating of two of the six Pre-Kindergarten Programs within the ROE #12, which includes the five counties of  Richland, Jasper, Clay, Crawford, & Lawrence – singled out for the recognition for their consistent high quality of instruction are the Pre-K Programs at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney and the St. Thomas School in Newton – the recognition is based on scoring thru ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs that serve children from birth to age 5 – Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin says “the Gold Circle of Quality rating earned by the two ROE #12 Pre-K Programs is so important, along with congratulations” – for more details, logon at www.roe12.net.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and the State DNR are offering a local Hunter Education Class in less than two weeks – it’s a 10 hour course with instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, first aid techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, hunting regulations, and more – it’s for those age 10 and older and is free of any charge – class size is limited to the first 60 participants that register – the classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 25th, 27th, and 28th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, at The Holiday in Olney – register online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu or call 618-395-2191 in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 4-H Federation is still taking orders for their fundraising 4-H Nutty Bars – those wishing to place an order for the tasty treats can do so by contacting a 4-H Federation member or by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 during regular office hours – the bars $2 each or 6 bars for $10 – the payment is expected during pickup, on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00, at the 4-H Building at the Jasper County Fairgrounds – the ordering deadline is today, this August 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – there are several area blood drives coming up  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Monday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and also next Monday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    A note from the City of Olney that next Monday, a 100 foot section of Holly Road, north of Hall Street, will be closed to all traffic for repair work – beginning at 9:00, the work should be complete by 2:00, if not sooner – the City of Olney thanks all residents in that area for their patience and cooperation is this matter


    It’s another fundraiser for the East Orchard Christian Academy Monday at Monical’s Pizza –fill out a form before ordering during the day thru nighttime hours Monday & a portion of the receipt will be donated


    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the former school – open to everyone, the $5 meal includes a pork burger or hot dog, with chips, a drink, and desserts – also a 50/50 drawing, a cake walk, and more – all donated desserts welcome


    The National Guard of Lawrenceville “Past N Present” annual reunion is set for tomorrow evening at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:00 – those associated are encouraged to attend the annual reunion


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club will host its 27th Annual Car Show tomorrow in the Olney City Park – registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with over 100 awards – also a 50/50 drawing, concessions, & more – all special vehicles and motorcycles are welcome – for more, logon at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    The St. Thomas Youth Paper Drive is tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – no twine or strings – the normal collection requirements apply


    A summer fiesta and rummage “give away” will be this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Newton – that’s today from 8:00 to 5:00 and tomorrow from 8:00 to 2:00 – also tomorrow, free inflatable games, carnival games, and concessions with everything free – all ages are welcome to attend this weekend


    The Richland County ABATE chapter will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – starting at 7:00, the meeting is open to the public


    The Richland County Farmers Market is under the pole barns again today in the Olney City Park – that’s from 11:00 to 4:00 with fresh produce and more available to the public on the Friday

 

 

 

August 14, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An unexpected frontal boundary pushing southward thru Illinois this morning will eventually stall out, bringing us some clouds and maybe some light rain later this afternoon & evening, although most us will stay dry – then dry tomorrow before a low pressure system brings us more rain chances by Saturday night, followed by scattered rain chances Sunday thru next Wednesday – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn wants to name the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield after late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon and he’s working with lawmakers to make it happen – during his political career, Dixon served as a State Representative, a State Senator, the State Treasurer, the Secretary of State, and a U.S. Senator – once the resolution passes the General Assembly, a Quinn signature makes it official.

 

(OLNEY)  A new study shows signs of racial bias in Illinois when it comes to police searches and traffic stops – the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says policemen are twice as likely to ask Black & Latino drivers to submit to vehicle searches during a traffic stop as compared to Whites – however, the statistics show White drivers are 49% more likely than Blacks to have contraband and 56% more likely than Latinos – the 2013 study is based on figures reported by law enforcement agencies all around Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield – not to mention all the concessions and carnival rides on the midway – the State DNR’s Conservation World continues to be one of the most attended areas of the Fair, featuring special demonstrations and hands-on activities – it’s the ITPA Truck & Tractor Pulls tonight – all at the Illinois State Fair today thru tonight, continuing thru this Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s another scam making its round thru the area again – this one, from a group claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service – in fact, the IRS itself is warning taxpayers that scammers have been posing as IRS agents and asking victims for personal and financial information – the IRS has identified so far close to 1,100 victims who’ve lost nearly $5 million from this scam – these scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of social security numbers or call from a number that looks like it’s from the local police after threatening a victim with jail time or more – the IRS reminds taxpayers that their agents never ask for account numbers from debit, credit, or prepaid cards over the phone, plus they will never request immediate payment nor threaten arrest to anyone – taxpayers should hang up when they get such a call.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Liquor Control Commission conducted compliance checks around the state & locally, visiting 342 businesses licensed to sell liquor – 47 of them were cited for violating Illinois’ liquor control laws – three weeks ago, of the 15 establishments checked in both Jasper & Clark Counties, only two were cited for selling alcohol to underage participants : The Corner Bistro Company in Marshall and L & M Grocery in Martinsville : other statewide violations were cited in the downstate cities of  Alton, Litchfield, Lebanon, and Mascoutah – the ILCC, local police, and volunteers randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants, and bars all around Illinois checking for those that are selling liquor illegally to minors under the age of  21.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Extension and the State DNR are offering a local Hunter Education Class in less than two weeks – it’s a 10 hour course with instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, first aid techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, hunting regulations, and more – it’s for those age 10 and older and is free of any charge – class size is limited to the first 60 participants that register – the classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 25th, 27th, and 28th, from 6:00 to 9:30 each night, at The Holiday in Olney – register online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu or call 618-395-2191 in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County schools are open for business today with the first day back to school for students – it will be a full day of attendance, with no early release – plus, the District’s Pre-Kindergarten “Open House” is set for this evening from 4:00 to 6:30 – the Newton Elementary School will host its 2nd thru 6th Grade “Open House” a week from tonight, next Thursday night, August 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00.


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(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded to verify the accuracy of data on their farm’s acreage history, which should have been received now from the USDA – it was nearly two weeks ago that notices started going out to farmers updating them on their current base acres, yields, and planting history from 2009 thru 2012 – the written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill – for more, logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 4-H Federation is still taking orders for their fundraising 4-H Nutty Bars – those wishing to place an order for the tasty treats can do so by contacting a 4-H Federation member or by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 during regular office hours – the bars $2 each or 6 bars for $10 – the payment is expected during pickup, on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00, at the 4-H Building at the Jasper County Fairgrounds – the ordering deadline is tomorrow, August 15.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – there are several area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Kinmundy Community Center from 2:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Monday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and also next Monday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more information or to schedule appointments, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is this Saturday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the former school – open to everyone, the $5 meal includes a pork burger or hot dog, with chips, a drink, and desserts – also a 50/50 drawing, a cake walk, and more – all donated desserts welcome


    The National Guard of Lawrenceville “Past N Present” annual reunion is set for this Saturday evening at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:00 – those associated are encouraged to attend the annual reunion


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club will host its 27th Annual Car Show this Saturday in the Olney City Park – registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with over 100 awards – also a 50/50 drawing, concessions, & more – all special vehicles and motorcycles are welcome – for more, logon at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    The St. Thomas Youth Paper Drive is this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – no twine or strings – the normal collection requirements apply


    A summer fiesta and rummage “give away” will be this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Newton – that’s tomorrow from 8:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 8:00 to 2:00 – also on Saturday, free inflatable games, carnival games, and concessions with everything free – all ages are welcome to attend this weekend


    The Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association will sponsor a “sheep herding” competition this Friday & Saturday, on the Jason Weaver Farm, just west of Gatch Lake, between St. Peter and Shobonier, in Fayette County – it’s at 7:30 each morning – public’s invited – bring your lawn chairs – concessions available


    The Richland County ABATE chapter will have its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night at the Olney Knights of Columbus Hall, along Whittle Avenue – starting at 7:00, the meeting is open to the public


    There are two regular monthly meetings on tap tonight in the area  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight in the County Jail meeting room in Olney at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet at 6:00  :  the Jasper County Board meets in the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 7:30


    Today is Miracle Treat Day at participating Dairy Queens or DQ Grill & Chill locations – it’s when one dollar or more from every Blizzard sold is donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit local children in need – to get more information, go online at www.MiracleTreatDay.com


    It’s fresh produce and more available later today at the Farmers Market in the Noble Village Park – that’s from 3:00 to 6:00 this afternoon and evening, all open to the public, in the Noble Village Park

 

 

 

August 13, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge centered over the Plains will move into the Midwest by tomorrow, continuing to give us a dry and less humid sky – with a gradual warm up into the weekend, our next chance of rain with scattered showers and storms will be Saturday afternoon, into Sunday afternoon, and thru the first half of next week – temperatures will remain below normal – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Statewide schools can win cash to help teenagers come up with a safe driving program – it’s all part of IDOT’s Operation Teen Safe Driving Initiative – the students’ campaign must include a slogan, educational materials, and a public service announcement – the state will kick in up to $2,000 to the winning schools – applications are now available online with the entry deadline set at September 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Governor has signed a set of laws that will help improve emergency response services in rural areas of Illinois – one law, effective in 2015, will allow more kinds of life-saving procedures to be used by ambulance personnel by upgrading to the highest EMT license of any person staffing an ambulance, including nurses – another new law, effective immediately, will allow volunteer firemen who are trained as paramedics to use all their skills when and if needed  :  a separate law, effective immediately, exempts certain specially-designated vehicles used solely for farming purposes from federal trucking regulations.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield – at last night’s Sale of Champions, the Grand Champion Junior Steer sold for a record setting $100,000 – all-in-all, last night’s sale raised an astounding $260,095 – other record sales were set for Champion Sheep, Barrow, and Land of Lincoln Steer – meanwhile, Alex Belcher of Buncombe won the annual Illinois Championship Auctioneer Contest – it’s more activities at the Illinois State Fair today thru tonight, continuing thru this Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  School is officially back in session starting today in Richland County, although the students will be dismissed early today, in the 2:00 hour – it’s the same case for tomorrow and Friday, students in school in both Olney and Noble, with an early release both days as well – all drivers are reminded to be alert to all the kids riding bicycles or walking to and from school – plus remember those rural school bus stops as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County schools will reopen for business tomorrow with the first day back to school for students – it will be a full day of attendance, with no early release – plus, the District’s Pre-Kindergarten “Open House” is set for tomorrow from 4:00 to 6:30 – the Newton Elementary School will host its 2nd thru 6th Grade “Open House” a week from tomorrow evening, August 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00, that night.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met Monday night – the Board  :  approved the $9,420 expense for pipe and line boring to connect the Village with a second (backup) water source with RE Water  :  agreed to rescind the previous appointment of Bryan “Todd” McCormack at a Village Trustee – those interested in filling the Village Board vacancy should contact Mayor Dick Clark  :  approved the appointment of Judith Anderson & Bryan “Todd” McCormack to the Village’s Zoning Board  :  agreed to have a feasibility study conducted on the Village’s water system at no cost  :  discussed some nuisance properties located along East Elm Street, East South Avenue, & West North Avenue with possible legal action in the future  :  noted that this Saturday is Village-wide Garage Sales  :  the next meeting for the Noble Village Board is August 25th.

 

(NEWTON)  This week’s USDA Crop Report shows the Illinois crops remain in mostly good to excellent condition for the first week of August – the statewide precipitation last week averaged 1.45 inches, that’s a half inch (0.51) above normal – the average temperature last week was 72 degrees, nearly 2 degrees below normal – the state’s corn crop development is slightly ahead of the 5-year average  :  farmers in our ten county area report all the local corn crop is in the dough stage, with a third of the corn crop now denting – all the local soybean fields have bloomed, with over 80% of the beans setting pods – the local crops are still in good shape, around 80% good to excellent, 15% fair, and 5% poor to very poor – area farmers are still reminded to think “safety first” while out working on the farm – let’s keep everyone safe and alive in 2014.


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(OLNEY)  The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives recently held its annual meeting in Springfield – during the Board of Directors reorganizational meeting, Clay Electric Cooperative Director Kevin Logan of Edgewood was elected for a two-year term as President of the AIEC Board of Directors – a total of  29 electric co-ops make up the AIEC, serving more than 292,551 farms, homes, and businesses in 90 Illinois counties, with nearly 56,000 miles of electric line – it includes most all downstate electric cooperatives.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 4-H Federation is still taking orders for their fundraising 4-H Nutty Bars – those wishing to place an order for the tasty treats can do so by contacting a 4-H Federation member or by calling the Jasper County Extension Office at 618-783-2521 during regular office hours – plus, order forms can be picked up at the Extension Office in Newton – the bars are priced at $2 each or 6 bars for $10 – the payment is expected upon the day of pickup, on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:00 to 6:00 that evening, at the 4-H Building at the Jasper County Fairgrounds – the ordering deadline is this coming Friday, August 15.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, especially now with the emergency appeal still in place for blood and blood platelets – there are several area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00 (by the way, it’s a battle of the badges today in Robinson & Crawford County)  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Kinmundy Community Center from 2:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Monday at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12 noon to 4:00  :  and also next Monday at the Olney Southern Baptist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  to schedule appointments, logon at www.redcrossblood.org – all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The 2nd Annual Social Gathering, formerly the Grove School Reunion, is this Saturday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the former school – open to everyone, the $5 meal includes a pork burger or hot dog, with chips, a drink, and desserts – also a 50/50 drawing, a cake walk, and more – all donated desserts welcome


    The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club will host its 27th Annual Car Show this Saturday in the Olney City Park – registration from 9:00 to 12 noon with over 100 awards – also a 50/50 drawing, concessions, & more – all special vehicles and motorcycles are welcome – for more, logon at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    The St. Thomas Youth Paper Drive is this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – no twine or strings – the normal collection requirements apply


    A summer fiesta and rummage “give away” will be this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Newton – that’s Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 8:00 to 2:00 – also on Saturday, free inflatable games, carnival games, and concessions with everything free – all ages are welcome to attend this weekend


    The Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association will sponsor a “sheep herding” competition this Friday & Saturday, on the Jason Weaver Farm, just west of Gatch Lake, between St. Peter and Shobonier, in Fayette County – it’s at 7:30 each morning – public’s invited – bring your lawn chairs – concessions available


    Tomorrow is Miracle Treat Day at participating Dairy Queens or DQ Grill & Chill locations – it’s when one dollar or more from every Blizzard sold is donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit local children in need – to get more information, go online at www.MiracleTreatDay.com