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January 28, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A clipper system will keep most all the rain & snow way to our north today as a high pressure ridge keeps us dry in the downstate region – in fact, a warming trend kicks in now thru Sunday as we’ll see 50-plus readings into the upcoming weekend – the big weather story continues to be the development of a major winter storm early next week, most of which will be a rain event for us – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address yesterday to make another case for changes he says would make Illinois more competitive – Rauner touched on many of the same agenda items he’s been pushing for over the past year – imposing term limits on lawmakers, freezing property taxes, and allowing local governments to strip unions’ collective bargaining rights – Rauner’s 40 minute speech made it clear though that the battle lines over the budget impasse have not really changed.

 

(OLNEY)  In response to the Governor’s speech yesterday, the state’s top Democrat, House Speaker Michael Madigan says he is open to considering a new pension overhaul and he is anxious to see some new legislation – the Governor is backing a plan pushed by Democratic Senate President John Cullerton, a plan that Madigan rejected and one that the Illinois Supreme Court later found unconstitutional – look for plenty of new and old debate on these and other issues as lawmakers return to Springfield for the spring session.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois medical marijuana advocates say they delivered 25,000 signatures to the Governor ahead of yesterday’s State of the State address – Medical Cannabis Outreach is petitioning to expand the state’s medical marijuana program to include post-traumatic stress disorder, which affects many military veterans & seven other conditions – an expert panel has recommended adding eight new medical conditions to the marijuana treatment list – the State Health Department should issue a ruling by February 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Jasper County Clerks have announced that the official start dates for Early Voting and Vote by Mail, normally in February & March, will be delayed at least until mid-February – the Illinois State Board of Elections says the delay stems from pending objections from seven Presidential candidates – as soon as the State Board of Elections certifies the final ballot, the local Early Voting & Vote by Mail process will begin – more information can be obtained by calling or stopping by the County Clerk’s offices, open each Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – contact the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton at  618-783-3124  or the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney at  618-392-3111.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County Sheriff  Rick Britton has announced that the Illinois Sheriff’s Association will be awarding some $54,000 in college scholarships throughout the state this year to students wanting to pursue higher education – while applied to tuition, books, and fees only, all students submitting applications must be an enrolled full-time student at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois – the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office will be awarding one $500 scholarship to a Jasper County student – applications are available at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton or available on the ISA website, online at  www.ilsheriff.org  – the completed application deadline is March 15th – contact the Sheriff’s Office for more information.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Dodransbicentennial Commission is currently inviting applicants to for the upcoming 175th Anniversary Celebration Festival on July 23rd this year in Olney – for those who’d like to set up a booth for food, artisan, or historical purposes, or those with a youth activity or something similar, contact Deb by calling  618-843-7044 – a focus on historic themes is encouraged – it’s all for the City of Olney’s 175th Anniversary Celebration Festival later this summer on July 23rd – again, call  618-843-7044.

 

(OLNEY)  Farmers in Richland County and other surrounding counties have until February 26th, 2016, to offer land into the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program under the current General Sign-Up period – the contract duration is for 10 or 15 years and it’s for eligible property to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve water quality, soil erosion, and wildlife habitat – plus landowners can also offer land into CRP under the USDA’s Continuous CRP Sign-Up, which includes popular practices such as waterways, filter strips, quail buffer strips, and pollinator habitat – for more details, area farmers and landowners should contact the Richland County FSA Office in Olney or their local FSA Office in their county of residence.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s office is continuing with another online auction for unclaimed property, with a list of over 11,000 items, valued at over $54,000 – to view the list or to register to take part in the auction, which ends tomorrow, go to the Treasurer’s website, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov  and click on the “Unclaimed Property Auction” link – the online sale continues today and ends tomorrow morning.

 

(OLNEY)  Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the River Bottom Stump Sitters Banquet on Saturday, February 27th, at The Holiday in Olney – while now less than a month away, tickets are on sale for the special sporting event, which will feature a two-meat buffet and an auction with prizes including a wide array of products, from firearms, outfitter packages, hunting & outdoor-related equipment, plus artwork and collectibles only available at a WTU event – the social hour starts at 5:00 with dinner at 7:00 – tickets are $35 each, $15 for a spouse, or $10 for children 15& under – the ticket order deadline is February 20th – no tickets will be sold at the door – call Tim at  618-335-9631 or go online at  www.whitetailsunlimited.com.

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give blood as most all regional blood supplies are at very low levels – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Nuttall Middle School in Robinson from 2:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  and again in Clay County Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  Customers of  West Liberty / Dundas Water District are still under a “boil water order” until further notice – all water customers in the Dundas and West Liberty areas should boil their water before drinking or cooking – again, this “boil water order” is in effect until further notice.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the 71st Annual Meeting of the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is set for tonight, featuring a buffet meal, the annual business meeting, and the election of three District Directors, plus door prizes and entertainment – unfortunately, tickets are no longer available.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board has a special meeting tonight at the Richland County Jail meeting room in Olney, beginning at 5:30 – most of the meeting will be held in closed session to discuss personnel – any action, if taken, will be done in open session – the Board’s next regular meeting will be February 11th.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The St. Joseph School will have another fundraising “breakfast” this Sunday morning, with serving in the school cafeteria from 8:00 until 11:30 – there will be plenty good food to choose from with tickets on sale at the door – all proceeds go to the next educational trip to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.


    The 8th Annual St. Thomas “Wine Tasting Event” will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – it will feature wines from around the world and hors d’oeuvres – a $10 donation per person is requested – sponsored by Koerner Distributors & the Friends of St. Thomas


    The RCHS Construction Club has a fundraising “taco night” tomorrow night at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes shredded beef tacos & more – also a bake sale and 50/50 drawing – all proceeds go to help with the Club’s annual trip to Louisiana to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity

 

 

 

January 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Some persistent clouds will hang around today as a high pressure ridge builds into Illinois and eventually we’ll see some sunshine as the clouds clear away – our dry conditions will continue for another several days – although a clipper system moves thru the Upper Midwest tomorrow, we’ll stay dry until a frontal boundary moves thru the state on Sunday – maybe storms next Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner will propose fixing the state’s underfunded pension system and eliminating what he says is wasteful bureaucracy in public schools, plus more, during his State of the State Address today – the Governor is delivering his second such speech with no budget & mounting pressure over the seven-month-old stalemate that’s crippling services – it’s scheduled for 12:00 noon today.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois created the most “green” building space per capita in the nation for the third year in a row – the U.S. Green Building Council looks at certified spaces in Illinois that uses less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions, create jobs, & establish a healthier community – Illinois has 161 newly certified “green” projects being constructed – Illinois’ 44 million total square feet of “green” space was highest by far than six of the other nine states – California and Texas had more total, but less per capita square feet.

 

(NEWTON)  Tourism officials say last year’s Illinois high school football championships brought an economic boost of about $800,000 to the DeKalb area – it’s estimated that more than 22,000 people visited DeKalb the weekend of November 27th & 28th when the IHSA held its eight class championship games – while 465 hotel rooms were used in association with the games, area restaurant owners say they saw a 35 to 50 percent bump in business that weekend – the average spending per visitor per day came out to $75.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week on Monday night – the Board  :  was informed of the pre-bid meeting held last Thursday for the Village’s proposed sewer project – the submitted bids will be opened February 4th at the Village Hall and presented at the next Village Board meeting  :  noted that water bills due in February will be estimated due to the absence of the Village’s Water Superintendent  :  heard the repair estimate for the Village’s utility tractor is between $6,000 and $7,000 with work to be finished this week and returned to the Village next week  :  noted that last month’s tank and tower inspection report is now available for review with details at the next meeting  :  and heard from the new owner of the former Elementary School at 103 Oak Street asking about the Village’s zoning process  :  the meeting adjourned at 7:23  :  the Noble Village Board will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting on February 8th, at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge, has released the activity and enforcement figures for the year 2015 – Troopers answered 2,556 calls for service during the year and initiated 16,319 incidents throughout the ten county region – the numbers show 9,574 citations, including 4,942 for speeding, 1,252 for seatbelt violations, and 72 for child restraint violations – there were 8,812 written warnings issued during the year, 2,834 were for speeding – Troopers also made 399 criminal arrests, assisted 2,531 motorists, conducted 4,407 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 862 traffic wrecks – of those crashes investigated by the District 12 Troopers, 20 were fatal traffic wrecks resulting in 21 deaths – also during 2015, 7,116 citations and 3,991 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, which are those most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including Speeding, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, DUI, and Distracted Driving – the State Police District 12 Headquarters in Effingham serves the counties of  Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clay, Marion, Fayette, Effingham, Cumberland, and Clark.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board is making progress in finding a new Superintendent – with two special meetings set for next month, the Board’s goal is to possibly name a new Superintendent at it’s regular March meeting and have that person in place by the new school year coming July 1st, 2016 – at this month’s meeting last week, the Board noted a healthy list of candidates have applied for the position with the interview process to begin Monday night, February 8th, and continue a week later on February 15th – the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2015 Richland County FSA committee elections are over with the ballots counted and the results complete – Thomas Kocher of Claremont was elected to represent LAA 1 while Thelma Muhs will serve as the first alternate and Micki Lemke of Parkersburg as the second alternate – elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues – those recently elected took office this month in January and join the existing committee.

 

(NEWTON)  The East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC) is preparing to host its 3rd annual Manufacturing Roundtable on Thursday, February 11th, from 9:00 to 2:00, at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham – the event will bring together manufacturers and community, business, education, and economic development leaders to address workforce skill needs and opportunities related to industrial trades’ careers, all to continue working together to build effective partnerships & increase related community awareness – to register, go online at  www.ecidcmanufacturingroundtable.eventbrite.com  – the ECIDC involves 11 regional counties, including Jasper, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, & Effingham.

 

(NEWTON)  Customers of the West Liberty / Dundas Water District are under a “boil water order” until further notice – all water customers in the Dundas and West Liberty area should boil their water before drinking or cooking  :  however, the "boil water order" for customers of the Willow Hill Water System has now been lifted as of 9:30 this Wednesday morning - the "boil water order" for those in the Village of Willow Hill has been cancelled.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the Village of  Parkersburg, that all streets and roads in the Village are now under weight restrictions – the weight limits are in effect now thru April 15th – again, that’s for all streets and roads within the Village of  Parkersburg – again the road limits are in effect now thru the 15th of  April.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the 71st Annual Meeting of the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is set for tomorrow night, featuring a buffet meal, the annual business meeting, and the election of three District Directors, plus door prizes and entertainment – unfortunately, tickets are no longer available.

 

(OLNEY)  Everyone’s invited to tonight’s “Kickoff Party” for the 2016 Relay For Life of Richland County to be held at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 6:00 – stop by and learn what’s planned for the upcoming 2016 event, plus register your team for this year’s Relay For Life – those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Sarah at  217-356-9076  or email Sarah online, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – all are invited out.

 

REMINDERS  :
    There are two neighboring Clay County blood drives coming up : this Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 noon to 4:00 and Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon : all blood types are needed – all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to turn out


    The St. Joseph School will have another fundraising “breakfast” this Sunday morning, with serving in the school cafeteria from 8:00 until 11:30 – there will be plenty good food to choose from with tickets on sale at the door – all proceeds go to the next educational trip to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.


    The 8th Annual St. Thomas “Wine Tasting Event” will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – it will feature wines from around the world and hors d’oeuvres – a $10 donation per person is requested – sponsored by Koerner Distributors & the Friends of St. Thomas


    The RCHS Construction Club has a fundraising “taco night” this Friday night at the Olney VFW with serving to start at 5:30 – includes shredded beef tacos & more – also a bake sale and 50/50 drawing – all proceeds go to help with the Club’s annual trip to Louisiana to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity

 

 

 

January 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With the cold front passing thru there was very little rain that fell in our region yesterday & overnight – an approaching high pressure will move into the Midwest tonight, diminishing the wind and starting a warming trend – the clouds will clear away for sunshine tomorrow thru the rest of the work week – a weak cold front could bring us our next chance of precipitation on Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner is consolidating all Illinois agencies’ information technology functions into one department – a move he claims will save money and make operations more efficient – the move will fix the patchwork of systems, some of which are still running software as old as 1974 – the new Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology won’t cost any money because it’s only changing the reporting relationships & management structure – the state spends $800 million a year on IT.

 

(OLNEY)  About 100 convicted Illinois murderers sentenced as teenagers to life without parole are assured of resentencing after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling yesterday – the high court found its 2012 opinion barring automatic life terms for young offenders is retroactive – the same decision the Illinois Supreme Court made two years ago – two cases have already been heard with the others now scheduled for court hearings.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Department of Natural Resources is proposing rules to regulate bobcat hunting and trapping in Illinois – rules that now will be reviewed by  the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a General Assembly Joint Committee, with a public comment period for 45 days – the proposed rules would prohibit bobcat harvesting in the Northeastern & East Central regions of the state, would require hunters to purchase a $5 permit, and would establish the hunting and trapping seasons running from mid-November thru the end of January – the proposed rules are available online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov/adrules/Pages/Proposed.aspx.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  took no action on a Class B Liquor License request submitted by Casey’s General Store in Olney  :  accepted the $31,830 state bid for a new squad car for the Olney Police Department – the 2015 Ford Interceptor All-Wheel-Drive Sedan will be purchased from Morrow Brothers Ford in Greenfield, Illinois  :  amended the City budget for the $6,362 cost of an Enterprise Zone Consultant for the City of Olney  :  accepted the $4,110 bid from Wilson Farms & Excavating for the demolition of two structures at 331 West Butler Street  :  accepted various bids totaling $35,000 to renovate and upgrade the restrooms at the Olney City Park Community Building with the work to be completed by March 1st – additional improvements include new flooring and kitchen improvements in the future  :  amended the City budget to purchase a $12,000 concrete saw instead of a paint striper  :  approved a raffle license for the Olney Little League  :  noted that the safety training sessions for the City Departments will begin soon for city employees  :  and adjourned last night’s meeting with no closed session held  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be February 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County & Richland County Clerks have announced that the official start dates for Early Voting and Vote by Mail, normally in February & March, will be delayed at least until mid-February – the Illinois State Board of Elections says the delay stems from pending objections from seven Presidential candidates – as soon as the State Board of Elections certifies the final ballot, the local Early Voting & Vote by Mail process will begin – more information can be obtained by calling or stopping by the County Clerk’s offices, open each Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – contact the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton at  618-783-3124  or the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney at  618-392-3111.

 

(NEWTON)  Norris Electric Cooperative is again awarding three $1,000 scholarships this year – the scholarships will each be awarded to a 2016 senior student who’s a son or daughter of a Norris Electric Cooperative member who is currently receiving service from the cooperative at the time the scholarship application is submitted – the deadline for receipt of completed applications is next Monday, February 1st – t he scholarship information has already been shared with area high schools and their respective Guidance Counselors – plus it’s also available on the Cooperative’s website online, at www.norriselectric.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Everyone’s invited to tomorrow night’s “Kickoff Party” for the 2016 Relay For Life of Richland County – stop by and learn what’s planned for the upcoming 2016 event, plus register your team for this year’s Relay For Life – that’s this coming Wednesday night, at The Holiday in Olney, beginning at 6:00 – those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Sarah at  217-356-9076  or email Sarah online, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – area cancer survivors are asked to let Sarah know when RSVP’ing – thanks.

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give blood as most all regional blood supplies are at very low levels – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the EIU Lawson Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the South Central Middle School in Kinmundy from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Thursday at the Nuttall Middle School in Robinson from 2:00 to 7:00  :  on Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board will have a special meeting this coming Thursday night at the Richland County Jail meeting room in Olney, beginning at 5:30 – most of the meeting will be held in an executive session to discuss personnel issues – any action, if taken, will be done in open session – the Richland County Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be held February 11th next month.

 

(NEWTON)  The Village of Willow Hill has a “boil water order” in effect for all customers of the Willow Hill Water System – it’s due to a water main leak and repair and the “boil order” is in effect until further notice – all customers of the Willow Hill Water System should boil their water before drinking or cooking – again, the “boil water order” is in effect until further notice for those using the Willow Hill Water System.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the Village of  Parkersburg, that all streets and roads in the Village are now under weight restrictions – the weight limits are in effect now thru April 15th – again, that’s for all streets and roads within the Village of  Parkersburg – again the road limits are in effect now thru the 15th of  April.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual meeting of the Richland County Farm Bureau is coming up on Monday, February 22nd, at The Holiday in Olney – it all begins with dinner at 6:00, followed by the business meeting & entertainment – those planning to attend are asked to RSVP the Farm Bureau office in Olney by February 16th


    The Christian Church of Olney will host a special concert this Sunday evening, starting at 6:00 – it’s The Jake Hoult Band in performance – a “love” offering will be taken – all ages are invited to attend


    The St. Joseph School will have another fundraising “breakfast” this Sunday morning, with serving in the school cafeteria from 8:00 until 11:30 – there will be plenty good food to choose from with tickets on sale at the door – all proceeds go to the next educational trip to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.


    The 8th Annual St. Thomas “Wine Tasting Event” will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – it will feature wines from around the world and hors d’oeuvres – a $10 donation per person is requested – sponsored by Koerner Distributors & the Friends of St. Thomas


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group has its next monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – anyone can attend for fun, encouragement, and support

 

 

 

January 25, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching warm front will lift across Illinois today with rain expected this afternoon thru tonight – then the rain ends around midnight and a little colder air moves in on a west wind – we’ll stay dry with a warming trend for the rest of the work week, even thru most of the upcoming weekend – our next significant chance of precipitation holds off until Sunday night or Monday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner wants to reduce the number of inmates in Illinois’ overcrowded prison system over the next decade, an area where Rauner is willing to devote money at a time when he’s urging lawmakers to be prudent with spending in other places – suggestions include allowing judges more discretion to sentence offenders to parole and improving the state’s rehabilitation programs.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois home sales and prices climbed higher in December and capped off a 2015 housing market that showed a return to a more balanced market – the Illinois Association of Realtors reports the statewide home sales last month were up 1% from December 2014 – the year-end 2015 home sales were up 5.9% from 2014 – the statewide median price in December was $165,000 which was up 7.1% from the year before – the year-end 2015 median price reached an average of $173,000, an 8.1% increase from 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed this week as “School Choice Week” in Illinois – an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child in the U.S. – various rallies, festivals, school fairs, and other events will be held to highlight the education options of traditional public schools, private schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, and homeschooling – more’s available online at  www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

 

****  (NEWTON)  The Village of Willow Hill has a “boil water order” in effect for all customers of the Willow Hill Water System – it’s due to a water main leak and repair and the “boil order” is in effect until further notice – all customers of the Willow Hill Water System should boil their water before drinking or cooking – again, the “boil water order” is in effect until further notice for those using the Willow Hill Water System.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council meets in regular session tonight to consider a rather “light” agenda – the Council had a special meeting last week to conduct a so-called “work session” to discuss and prioritize projects within the City for the next fiscal year, which will begin on May 1st – tonight’s meeting includes a closed session to discuss real property and personnel – start time is at 7:00  :  also meeting tonight is the Noble Village Board, beginning at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal car / pedestrian traffic accident that occurred over the weekend in Effingham County – the State Police reports 40 year old William Coleman of Beecher City was walking along Moccasin Road, about two miles west of Lake Sara, northwest of Effingham, at 11:32 this past Saturday night, when he was struck by a westbound pickup truck driven by 20 year old Nathaniel Followell of Altamont – Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene – tickets and/or charges are pending.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into another Effingham County two vehicle traffic crash that occurred last Friday afternoon at just before 3:00 – the collision was at the intersection of U.S. Route 45 and Illinois Route 37, just east of Watson – authorities report 19 year old Jessica Hassebrock of Edgewood was eastbound on Route 37 when she stopped at a stop sign, but then pulled onto Route 45 and was struck by a southbound car driven by 24 year old Alisha Blake of Flora – the two drivers and two passengers in the Blake vehicle were taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham for treatment of injuries – the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department ticketed Hassebrock for failure to yield at a stop intersection.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department will host auditions for area high school students next month – the auditions are scheduled for February 3rd, 10th, and 20th – students interested in taking part in OCC’s choral and instrumental ensembles must audition in order to be considered for a Music Department Tuition Waiver for the 2016-2017 academic year, waivers that are based on OCC needs as well as student ability & commitment – all three audition dates also provide students the opportunity to perform with the OCC Cavalier Pep Band during OCC home basketball games – for more details about audition requirements, go online at  www.occmusic.org/auditions  or call OCC at  618-395-7777, extension 2251.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s office has another online auction for unclaimed property this week with a list of over 11,000 items, which includes commemorative coins, stamps, jewelry, and much more, all valued at over $54,000 – to view the list or to register to take part in the auction today thru Friday, go to the Treasurer’s website, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov  and click on the “Unclaimed Property Auction” link – the online sale begins at 10:00 this morning and continues all this week ending on Friday morning.

 

(OLNEY)  The downstate region is mourning the loss of an area physician as Doctor Galen Lueking of Flora passed away this past Saturday at his home after a battle with cancer – the recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Lueking began practicing medicine in 1981 and during his 34 year career in Clay County, exemplified the traditions of a hometown, country doctor who delivered babies and made home visits – Dr. Lueking also served as Medical Director & Chief of Staff at the Clay County Hospital, on the Clay County Health Department Board of Directors, and the local nursing and independent living homes in Clay County – the local visitation for Dr. Lueking is tonight in Flora with services tomorrow in Hoffman, Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Everyone’s invited to this Wednesday night’s “Kickoff Party” for the 2016 Relay For Life of Richland County – stop by and learn what’s planned for the upcoming 2016 event, plus register your team for this year’s Relay For Life – that’s this coming Wednesday night, at The Holiday in Olney, beginning at 6:00 – those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Sarah at  217-356-9076  or email Sarah online, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – area cancer survivors are asked to let Sarah know when RSVP’ing – thanks.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Dodransbicentennial Commission is inviting applicants to sign up and take part in the 175th Anniversary Celebration Festival to be held July 23rd this year in Olney – for those who’d like to set up a booth for food, artisan, or historical purposes, or those with a youth activity or something similar, contact Deb by calling  618-843-7044  – a focus on historic themes is encouraged & all are invited.

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next earliest opportunity as most all regional blood supplies are at very low levels – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Beecher City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the EIU Lawson Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the South Central Middle School in Kinmundy from 2:30 to 6:30  :  Thursday at the Nuttall Middle School in Robinson from 2:00 to 7:00  :  on Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board will have a special meeting this coming Thursday night at the Richland County Jail meeting room in Olney, beginning at 5:30 – most of the meeting will be held in an executive session to discuss personnel issues – any action, if taken, will be done in open session – the Richland County Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be held February 11th next month.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Pink Warrior Sisters Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group has its next monthly meeting tomorrow night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – anyone can attend for fun, encouragement, and support


    Area folks are encouraged to join AARP Illinois for a free AARP “Movie for Grownups Screening” of the movie entitled “The Intern” – it’s coming up tonight at 7:00 at the RMC Village Square Mall Cinemas in Effingham – registration is required – to RSVP for free tickets, call  1-844-418-2281 or go online to the following website for details – that’s at  www.aarp.event.com/TheIntern_Effingham  – all seniors welcome


    Olney Central College will host its fourth and final hiring event in January, coming up this Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 as Aerotek / Toyota representatives will be hand – those looking for jobs should bring their resumes & be prepared for an onsite interview – for more details, call OCC at  618-395-7777

 

 

 

January 23, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge over the Midwest will keep us dry with a slight warming trend in place today thru tomorrow – then an approaching low pressure system will roll thru with precipitation Monday – mostly all rain in the afternoon, then a little of snow overnight, before ending – back to a dry sky and near normal temperatures then next Tuesday thru Thursday – stay tuned here for continued weather updates.


 
(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Treasurer’s office has announced another online auction for unclaimed property will be held next week with a sale preview now underway online – the list of over 11,000 items includes commemorative coins, stamps, jewelry, and much more, valued at over $54,000 – to view the list and to register to take part in the auction, go to the Treasurer’s website, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov  and click on the “Unclaimed Property Auction” link – the online sale will begin at 10:00 next Monday morning.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Revenue says it does not anticipate releasing Individual Income Tax refunds for the 2016 tax filing season until after March 1st, 2016 – the decision comes as fraud prevention efforts from last year’s tax season show the positive impact that additional delays have had in combating tax return fraud & identity theft – the IDOR reminds taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically & requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest way to receive a refund – electronic returns filed before March 1st should be issued 2 to 3 weeks later – for more, logon at www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Dodransbicentennial Commission is inviting applicants to sign up and take part in the 175th Anniversary Celebration Festival to be held July 23rd this year in Olney – for those who’d like to set up a booth for food, artisan, or historical purposes, or those with a youth activity or something similar, contact Deb by calling  618-843-7044  – a focus on historic themes is encouraged & all are invited.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey, the primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices, and resource use of America’s farm businesses and the economic well-being of America’s farm households – the information obtained will be used to estimate net farm income & agricultural productivity with all survey details to remain confidential – for more details, go online at  www.nass.usda.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the River Bottom Stump Sitters Banquet on Saturday, February 27th, at The Holiday in Olney – although it’s still over a month away, tickets are now on sale for the special sporting event, which will feature a two-meat buffet and an auction with prizes including a wide array of products, from firearms, outfitter packages, hunting & outdoor-related equipment, plus artwork and collectibles only available at a WTU event – the social hour starts at 5:00 with dinner at 7:00 – tickets are $35 each, $15 for a spouse, or $10 for children 15& under – the ticket order deadline is February 20th – no tickets will be sold at the door – call Tim at  618-335-9631 or go online at  www.whitetailsunlimited.com.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Olney Central College will host its fourth and final hiring event in January, coming up next Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 as Aerotek / Toyota representatives will be hand – those looking for jobs should bring their resumes & be prepared for an onsite interview – for more on Monday, call OCC at  395-7777


    A fundraising pork meal will be served this evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 4:00 until sold out – also to be held will be a silent auction & a raffle with several theme baskets available – proceeds to help the Jeff  Long family with expenses as they battle cancer


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another Country Breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 at the Foundation Building – $6 tickets at the door – carry-outs available – all ages welcome