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October 2nd, 2015

 

 

(OLNEY)  It will be another below normal temperature day on this Frday as gusty northeasterly winds are anticipated across central and southeast Illinois.  As a upper level trof begins digging into the area over this weekend, Illinois will be on the fringe of cloud cover and showers on Saturday and Sunday.  This will keep the cooler weather in tack at least for a little while longer.  Stay tuned for continued weather updates

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the attorneys general of Indiana and New York co-sponsored comments, signed bya  total of 33 state attorneys general, urging the US Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products to better protect children and young adults from nicotine addiction.  The attorneys general asked the agency to require appropriate warning labels and child-resistant packaging to help protect youth from nicotine exposure

 

(OLNEY)  The presidents of Illinois’ nine public universities are urging Governor Bruce Rauner and leader of the General Assembly to end the ongoing state budget stalemate.  The presidents said in a letter to the governor and lawmakers on Thursday that with the uncertainty over how much money the schools will get from the state this fiscal year and when they will get the money is damaging their ability to teach and do research.  They also claim students and employees are starting to wonder whether Illinois is the best place to be.  The State government is operating without the budget that was due July 1st while the dispute continues.

 

(NEWTON)  A 22-year-old southern Illinois man convicted of a felony for lying about shooting himself has told a judge he regrets a decision that he says “ruined” his life.  David A Koester of Effingham was sentenced to probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to obstructing justice.  Koester initially told authorities someone shot him in the leg while he was jogging in December.  After a weeklong search that included a state police airplane, he admitted that he accidentally shot himself.  He lied due to not owning a Firearm Owners Identification Card.

 

(OLNEY)  The plans have been announced and Illinois residents are encouraged now to register for the upcoming “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill, which is set for Thursday, October 15th – starting at 10:15 that morning, millions of people across America and in several other countries will take a few minutes to practice actions that could save their lives in the event of an earthquake – in fact, nearly 578,000 Illinoisans took part in last year’s nationwide drill, and so far, more than 534,000 people in Illinois have already registered for this month’s event – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others can register to take part in the drill by logging online at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – those registered will receive additional information about the drill and overall earthquake preparedness – other additional information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and related tips are at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

 (NEWTON)  The Embarrass River Basin Agency, INC (ERBA), will begin accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The first day for the program will be October 1st starting for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability.  The next date is November 2nd for families with children under age six and then December 1st for all other applicants.  Applicants will need to bring with them proof of all household income for the previous 30 days, social security cards for all member of the household and a current heating bill and electric bill.  This is for counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland.  Contact your local ERBA office for any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department switched the disinfectant in the distribution system from combined chlorine to free chlorine.  This change happened yesterday.  This switch is for maintenance purposes and is in conjunction with the biannual flushing.  Residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while free chlorine is being used.

 

(OLNEY)  HealthFest 2015 is coming up at the Olney Central College Gymnasium.  Richland Memorial Hospital and OCC bring the morning health and wellness to the community this Saturday, October 3rd from 7:30 that morning until 11:00 Saturday Morning.  HealthFest features numerous exhibitors from community health and wellness organizations, giveaways, door prizes and more.  Several free screenings will be offered, including fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing and eye screenings plus more.  Adults over 19 may get their flu shot for $25 as well.  Don’t miss this opportunity! That’s HealthFest 2015, Saturday, October 3rd at Olney Central College Gymnasium.

 


REMINDERS  :

          The first of 3 squirrel counts for the 37th Annual Squirrel Count is coming up this Saturday October 3rd.  Counting begins at 7:30, weather permitting.  Volunteers are welcome.  Call Kelsie Sterchi at 395-7302 Ext. 2 for more information.

     Tickets for the OCC Theatre’s Prodcution of M*A*S*H are on sale in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center starting at 10:00.  Performances will be October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. 

     The Mt. Gilead Church Pumpkin Patch is now open through October from Dawn until dusk.  Featuring pumpkins, gourds, straw and indian corn  -  Everyone is invited out, and a perfect chance for kids to pick their pumpkins!

     The Rotary Annual Homecoming Dinner will be held this evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS.  Tickets are required.  Reservations can be made.  To do so, call 618-843-4811

     OCC is to offer a concealed carry class coming up in October.  The class will meet October 29th, 30th and 31st.  Tuition and fees for the class are $173 for residents of the IECC District and must be paid in advance to reserve seats.  To register call OCC at 618-395-7777

     Lake Land College is hosting a presentation from historian and author for race relations James Loewen, PhD.  The presentation will be held Thursday October 8th at 7:00 in the Lake Land College Theatre in the Luther Student Center.  The Event is free and open to the public.

     Richland County scouts have begun their popcorn fundraising season.  Help support the scouts with the purchase of popcorn or by making military donations.  Scouts will be selling around neighborhoods as well as at local businesses.  They will be outside Walmart this Saturday from 10 until 2.

     The 25th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic will be held on Saturday October 10th.  16 bands take the field for competition that begins at 9:00, first band performing at 9:15, awards ceremony at 3:00.  Come out for some exciting competition, good food, and a television raffle.

     The Richland County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is continueing to create a 2015 Cookbook that will be available for 2016 purchase.  They need your help to provide family favorite recipes to include in the cookbook.  Recipes will be accepted by mail to the Richland County Farm Bureau until November 6th.

 

 

October 1st, 2015

 

 

(OLNEY)  A large high pressure area to our north has brought a chilly start to the new month as temperatures have dipped into the lower 40s.  A weak high pressure ridge builds into Illinois over the weekend providing sunshine and lighter winds to start next week, with a bit milder highs.  For more weather updates and information, stay tuned to Freedom 92.9

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – A state commission says the four finalists to replace the retiring Illinois Auditor General William Holland include two Democratic legislators, a southern Illinois attorney and an auditor from California.  The Illinois Legislative Audit Commission announced the finalists on Wednesday.  The auditor general serves a ten year term and oversees agency audits.  Holland announced his retirement in June, he served since his 1992 appointment.

 

(OLNEY)  A century old theater in southern Illinois has closed.  The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports DuQuoin’s economic development director, Jeff Ashauer, says the Grand Theater will be closed indefinitely.  The Grand Theater had been a fixture on the city’s main street since 1914.  The city loaned theater owner Richie Baker twenty thousand dollars last year for new digital projection equipment, and the city officials say none of the money has been repaid.  Ashauer says the city will seek input and ideas about the future of the theater.  He continues that the structure is function, but needs improvments.

 

(NEWTON)   LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton, 2015 Illinois Sheriffs’ Association President, is asking local and state law enforcement to use their discretion and issue warnings rather than citations for expired license plate stickers.  Templeton suggesting that if the sticker has not been expired for more than 60 days we should be advising our citizens that they need to address the problem.  This comes after Secretary of State Jesse White made the statement that they will no longer mail out reminders.  For further information or to receive email notifications go to www.cyberdriveillinois.com

 

(OLNEY)  The plans have been announced and Illinois residents are encouraged now to register for the upcoming “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill, which is set for Thursday, October 15th – starting at 10:15 that morning, millions of people across America and in several other countries will take a few minutes to practice actions that could save their lives in the event of an earthquake – in fact, nearly 578,000 Illinoisans took part in last year’s nationwide drill, and so far, more than 534,000 people in Illinois have already registered for this month’s event – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others can register to take part in the drill by logging online at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – those registered will receive additional information about the drill and overall earthquake preparedness – other additional information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and related tips are at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

 (NEWTON)  The Embarrass River Basin Agency, INC (ERBA), will begin accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The first day for the program will be October 1st starting for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability.  The next date is November 2nd for families with children under age six and then December 1st for all other applicants.  Applicants will need to bring with them proof of all household income for the previous 30 days, social security cards for all member of the household and a current heating bill and electric bill.  This is for counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland.  Contact your local ERBA office for any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department switched the disinfectant in the distribution system from combined chlorine to free chlorine.  This change happened yesterday.  This switch is for maintenance purposes and is in conjunction with the biannual flushing.  Residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while free chlorine is being used.

 

(OLNEY)  HealthFest 2015 is coming up at the Olney Central College Gymnasium.  Richland Memorial Hospital and OCC bring the morning health and wellness to the community this Saturday, October 3rd from 7:30 that morning until 11:00 Saturday Morning.  HealthFest features numerous exhibitors from community health and wellness organizations, giveaways, door prizes and more.  Several free screenings will be offered, including fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing and eye screenings plus more.  Adults over 19 may get their flu shot for $25 as well.  Don’t miss this opportunity! That’s HealthFest 2015, Saturday, October 3rd at Olney Central College Gymnasium.

 


REMINDERS  :

          The first of 3 squirrel counts for the 37th Annual Squirrel Count is coming up this Saturday October 3rd.  Counting begins at 7:30, weather permitting.  Volunteers are welcome.  Call Kelsie Sterchi at 395-7302 Ext. 2 for more information.

     Tickets for the OCC Theatre’s Prodcution of M*A*S*H are on sale in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center starting at 10:00.  Performances will be October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. 

     The Mt. Gilead Church Pumpkin Patch is now open through October from Dawn until dusk.  Featuring pumpkins, gourds, straw and indian corn  -  Everyone is invited out, and a perfect chance for kids to pick their pumpkins!

     The Rotary Annual Homecoming Dinner will be held Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS.  Tickets are required.  Reservations can be made.  To do so, call 618-843-4811

     OCC is to offer a concealed carry class coming up in October.  The class will meet October 29th, 30th and 31st.  Tuition and fees for the class are $173 for residents of the IECC District and must be paid in advance to reserve seats.  To register call OCC at 618-395-7777

     Lake Land College is hosting a presentation from historian and author for race relations James Loewen, PhD.  The presentation will be held Thursday October 8th at 7:00 in the Lake Land College Theatre in the Luther Student Center.  The Event is free and open to the public.

     Richland County scouts have begun their popcorn fundraising season.  Help support the scouts with the purchase of popcorn or by making military donations.  Scouts will be selling around neighborhoods as well as at local businesses.  They will be outside Walmart this Saturday from 10 until 2.

     The 25th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic will be held on Saturday October 10th.  16 bands take the field for competition that begins at 9:00, first band performing at 9:15, awards ceremony at 3:00.  Come out for some exciting competition, good food, and a television raffle.

     The Richland County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is continueing to create a 2015 Cookbook that will be available for 2016 purchase.  They need your help to provide family favorite recipes to include in the cookbook.  Recipes will be accepted by mail to the Richland County Farm Bureau until November 6th.

     Grief Support Group will meet Thursday October 1st, at 1:30 in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital.  All are welcome regardless of loss or grief, that is the Grief Support Group, meeting today.

 

 

September 30th, 2015

 

 

(OLNEY)  The cold front that pushed across the area yesterday has shifted well south, bringing much cooler and drier air to the region today.  Dry, cool and less humid weather is expected across Illinois for the rest of the work week in large part do the strong high pressure settling over the Great Lakes region.  For continued weather updates, stay tuned to Freedom 92.9

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Congressman John Shimkus is welcoming the announcement of one hundred and forty two thousand and five hundred dollars Economic Development Administration investment in a commercial driver’s license truck driving course in Noble to be operated by Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.  Shimkus cited that this creates the potential for four hundred and fifty jobs.  The funding will go towards the purchase of truck driving equipment and a tractor trailer to develop and implement an operational CDL course.  The total cost of the project is expected to be two hundred and eighty thousand dollars, with exactly half provided by the Department of Commerce in Economic Adjustment Assistance through EDA’s Regional Logistics Training Program.

 

(OLNEY)  Visitors to the Ohio River in Southern Illinois are being cautioned about potential toxins from blue-green algae.  The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued the warning Tuesday.  The agencies are working with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission following reports of the algal bloom in the river.  A bloom hasn’t been confirmed, but conditions could lead to one.  The toxins can cause rashes, vomiting and coughing, health officials say if you think you’ve come in contact with blue-green algae, rinse off with clean water. 

 

(NEWTON) The Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization (R.A.D.I.O.) held its annual “Linda’s Picnic” at the Conversation Lake field house in Wabash County.  The customary Linda’s Award, named for Linda Efland, was given out at the event.  This year’s recipient is Loren Tedford of Olney.  R.A.D.I.O. is always interested in welcoming new members who are currently licensed ‘hams’, interested in upgrading their license or just wanting to get started in the hobby.  For more information about the non-profit club, contact Bill Shrode are 618-442-7718 or by email.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

(OLNEY)  The Noble Village Council met on Monday.  The council – opened with a silent prayer and Pledge of Allegiance – Approved the September 14th minutes – will flush hydrants on October 5th and 6th –The Richland County school has the Noble Grade School (now Richland County Grade School) building and structures listed for sale, not including the playground structure which was given to Village – Information was given regarding the Village accepting credit/debit/online payment and fees – Agreed to begin using PSN, open a new bank account for utility payments, connect with Locis and fees would be paid by the customer – Agreed to place a 2x2 ad at cost of one hundred and seventy nine dollars with Ameteur Sports Promotion in the fall sports calendar for RCHS – Inquiry was made about having enough MFT Funds to cover street expenses for this year – Mayor Clark informed the board that the pumps previously purchased have legs on them and possibly preventing them from sealing, the legs are going to be cut off of one pump and see if that resolves the issues – Next Noble Village Board meeting will be October 13th.

 

 (OLNEY)  The plans have been announced and Illinois residents are encouraged now to register for the upcoming “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill, which is set for Thursday, October 15th – starting at 10:15 that morning, millions of people across America and in several other countries will take a few minutes to practice actions that could save their lives in the event of an earthquake – in fact, nearly 578,000 Illinoisans took part in last year’s nationwide drill, and so far, more than 534,000 people in Illinois have already registered for this month’s event – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others can register to take part in the drill by logging online at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – those registered will receive additional information about the drill and overall earthquake preparedness – other additional information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and related tips are at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 


 (NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, INC (ERBA), will begin accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The first day for the program will be October 1st starting for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability.  The next date is November 2nd for families with children under age six and then December 1st for all other applicants.  Applicants will need to bring with them proof of all household income for the previous 30 days, social security cards for all member of the household and a current heating bill and electric bill.  This is for counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland.  Contact your local ERBA office for any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  HealthFest 2015 is coming up at the Olney Central College Gymnasium.  Richland Memorial Hospital and OCC bring the morning health and wellness to the community this Saturday, October 3rd from 7:30 that morning until 11:00 Saturday Morning.  HealthFest features numerous exhibitors from community health and wellness organizations, giveaways, door prizes and more.  Several free screenings will be offered, including fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing and eye screenings plus more.  Adults over 19 may get their flu shot for $25 as well.  Don’t miss this opportunity! That’s HealthFest 2015, Saturday, October 3rd at Olney Central College Gymnasium.

 


REMINDERS  :

          The first of 3 squirrel counts for the 37th Annual Squirrel Count is coming up this Saturday October 3rd.  Counting begins at 7:30, weather permitting.  Volunteers are welcome.  Call Kelsie Sterchi at 395-7302 Ext. 2 for more information.

     Tickets for the OCC Theatre’s Prodcution of M*A*S*H are on sale in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center starting at 10:00.  Performances will be October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. 

     The Mt. Gilead Church Pumpkin Patch is now open through October from Dawn until dusk.  Featuring pumpkins, gourds, straw and indian corn  -  Everyone is invited out, and a perfect chance for kids to pick their pumpkins!

     The Rotary Annual Homecoming Dinner will be held Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS.  Tickets are required.  Reservations can be made.  To do so, call 618-843-4811

     OCC is to offer a concealed carry class coming up in October.  The class will meet October 29th, 30th and 31st.  Tuition and fees for the class are $173 for residents of the IECC District and must be paid in advance to reserve seats.  To register call OCC at 618-395-7777

     Lake Land College is hosting a presentation from historian and author for race relations James Loewen, PhD.  The presentation will be held Thursday October 8th at 7:00 in the Lake Land College Theatre in the Luther Student Center.  The Event is free and open to the public.

     Richland County scouts have begun their popcorn fundraising season.  Help support the scouts with the purchase of popcorn or by making military donations.  Scouts will be selling around neighborhoods as well as at local businesses.  They will be outside Walmart this Saturday from 10 until 2.

     There will be an Oblong Fall Follies meeting today at 7:30 am in Harmon’s Healthmart meeting room on North Range Street.  We hope to see you there!

     The 25th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic will be held on Saturday October 10th.  16 bands take the field for competition that begins at 9:00, first band performing at 9:15, awards ceremony at 3:00.  Come out for some exciting competition, good food, and a television raffle.

     The Richland County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is continueing to create a 2015 Cookbook that will be available for 2016 purchase.  They need your help to provide family favorite recipes to include in the cookbook.  Recipes will be accepted by mail to the Richland County Farm Bureau until November 6th.

     Grief Support Group will meet Thursday October 1st, at 1:30 in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital.  All are welcome regardless of loss or grief, that is the Grief Support Group, meeting Thursday.

 

 

September 29th, 2015

 

 

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level wave in southern Illinois is bringing with it rain on this Tuesday morning.  A front moving in will push across the area today as well as it will bring with it much cooler weather later today and tonight.  Behind the cold front, chances of showers will linger behind it for this evening and some throughout the overnight, dry conditions are then expected starting in the overnight with the clouds clearing.  For continued weather updates, stay tuned to Freedom 92.9 and 103.5 The Eagle

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices due to the lack of a state budget.  White noted that by suspending this service approximately four hundred and fifty thousand dollars will be saved per month.  White encouraged vehicle owners to be mindful of their vehicle registration status to ensure they renew in a timely manner and avoid driving on expired vehicle stickers.  He also emphasized that more vehicle owners will have to visit facilities to renew their vehicle registration stickers because without a reminder notice, they will not have a pin to renew online.  However, people who have signed up to receive electronic reminder notices will continue to receive them.  To sign up, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com

 

(OLNEY)  A subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. is opening a facility in the research park at the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus.  Indianapolis, Indiana based Dow AgroSciences and the university announced the opening on Monday.  The Dow AgroSciences Innovation Center joins the Dow Chemical Company Innovation Center, which opened in the school’s research park in 2013.  The company and school said that Dow projects at the new facility will focus on the intersection of technology and agriculture.  Students, many graduate students, will work at the center.

 

(NEWTON) The missing man officials in Jasper County were searching for over the weekend has been located.  A press release sent out state Steven L. Stirewalt from West Liberty, was located by a family member.  Officials report a family member was able to make contact with him over the phone.  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department did state that even though all signs indicated Stirewalt left voluntarily, a welfare check was still issued.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police were called out to a fatal traffic accident on Sunday.  Thomas Scanlan age 81 of Clay City driving a red F-150 tried to pass a slowing 1980 White Autocar Grain Truck who happened to be turning when the two collided.  The F-150 then went off the road overturning several times.  Scanlan was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham where he was pronounced deceased on arrival.

 

 (OLNEY)  The plans have been announced and Illinois residents are encouraged now to register for the upcoming “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill, which is set for Thursday, October 15th – starting at 10:15 that morning, millions of people across America and in several other countries will take a few minutes to practice actions that could save their lives in the event of an earthquake – in fact, nearly 578,000 Illinoisans took part in last year’s nationwide drill, and so far, more than 534,000 people in Illinois have already registered for next month’s event – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others can register to take part in the drill by logging online at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – those registered will receive additional information about the drill and overall earthquake preparedness – other additional information about the earthquake risk in Illinois and related tips are at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  During this National Farm Safety Week, agriculture officials are reminding all farmers and their workers to take plenty of breaks during the fall harvest to reduce the threat of farm-related accidents – breaks should be taken to eat and drink, plus all of that harvest equipment, including all guards & shields, should be checked daily before operating – with plenty of fantastic, dry weather conditions expected over the next several days, let’s take some extra time to make sure safety comes first during this fall harvest.

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, INC (ERBA), will begin accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The first day for the program will be October 1st starting for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability.  The next date is November 2nd for families with children under age six and then December 1st for all other applicants.  Applicants will need to bring with them proof of all household income for the previous 30 days, social security cards for all member of the household and a current heating bill and electric bill.  This is for counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland.  Contact your local ERBA office for any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  HealthFest 2015 is coming up at the Olney Central College Gymnasium.  Richland Memorial Hospital and OCC bring the morning health and wellness to the community this Saturday, October 3rd from 7:30 that morning until 11:00 Saturday Morning.  HealthFest features numerous exhibitors from community health and wellness organizations, giveaways, door prizes and more.  Several free screenings will be offered, including fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing and eye screenings plus more.  Adults over 19 may get their flu shot for $25 as well.  Don’t miss this opportunity! That’s HealthFest 2015, Saturday, October 3rd at Olney Central College Gymnasium.

 


REMINDERS  :

     A benefit auction for Greg Burgess will be this upcoming Friday, October the 2nd.  The benefit will begin on Friday starting at 1:00.  For more information call 406-363-0323 or 618-673-2919

     The first of 3 squirrel counts for the 37th Annual Squirrel Count is coming up this Saturday October 3rd.  Counting begins at 7:30, weather permitting.  Volunteers are welcome.  Call Kelsie Sterchi at 395-7302 Ext. 2 for more information.

     Tickets for the OCC Theatre’s Prodcution of M*A*S*H are on sale in the lobby of the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center starting at 10:00.  Performances will be October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. 

     The Mt. Gilead Church Pumpkin Patch is now open through October from Dawn until dusk.  Featuring pumpkins, gourds, straw and indian corn  -  Everyone is invited out, and a perfect chance for kids to pick their pumpkins!

     The Rotary Annual Homecoming Dinner will be held Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS.  Tickets are required.  Reservations can be made.  To do so, call 618-843-4811

     OCC is to offer a concealed carry class coming up in October.  The class will meet October 29th, 30th and 31st.  Tuition and fees for the class are $173 for residents of the IECC District and must be paid in advance to reserve seats.  To register call OCC at 618-395-7777

     Lake Land College is hosting a presentation from historian and author for race relations James Loewen, PhD.  The presentation will be held Thursday October 8th at 7:00 in the Lake Land College Theatre in the Luther Student Center.  The Event is free and open to the public.

     Richland County scouts have begun their popcorn fundraising season.  Help support the scouts with the purchase of popcorn or by making military donations.  Scouts will be selling around neighborhoods as well as at local businesses.  They will be outside Walmart this Saturday from 10 until 2.

 

 

September 25th, 2015

 

 

(OLNEY)  A large high pressure system will continue to bring pleasant weather to the area today, bringing us more sunshine today with some clouds mixing in throughout this Friday.  This will be our last day of sunshine before cloud cover starts to edge towards the area later today bringing in possible chances of some showers over the weekend.  Stay tuned to Freedom 92.9 for continued weather updates

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner accepted the resignation of Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Phil Nelson.  Nelson will remain employed with the department for the next 30 days to help in the transitional period.  State Fair Director Patrick Buchen has stepped down as well.  Rauner appointed current Department of Agriculture Chief of Staff Warren Goetsch as Acting Director while the search for a permanent replacement is underway.

 

(OLNEY)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week the deadline to enroll for the Dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until November 20th.  The voluntary program established in in 2014 Farm Bill provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.  To enroll, contact your local FSA county office.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers have taken steps to help pay for a range of mental health and early childhood services as well as police training.  However, Democratic Representative Greg Harris said backers of the legislation lacked enough support yesterday to send the full bill to the Senate.  The amendment approved by the Illinois House would provide, among other  things, 116 million dollars for early intervention programs.  A vote on the full bill may not come soon, the house is not due to meet again until October 20th.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) has continued the reaffirmation of accreditation of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges until 2024-2025 – this follows an April visit earlier this year by a five-member Review Team which found the IECC District met all five accreditation criteria required by the Higher Learning Commission, recommending approval & extension of accreditation – the District wants to note the continued work of  IECC faculty, staff, students, and alumni leading up to and during the accreditation process as the result reaffirms the strengths of the IECC District – the four college system operates four main college campuses  :  Olney Central in Olney, Wabash Valley in Mt. Carmel, Lincoln Trail near Robinson, and Frontier Community in Fairfield.

 

(NEWTON)  Area authorities are alerting residents of a recent increase in fraudulent credit card and debit card charges – cardholders are reminded that anyone can be affected at any time and they are encouraged to take all the steps needed to protect themselves from becoming a victim  :  keep close watch on your card during a transaction  :  never sign a blank receipt  :  review card statements as soon as available  :  save all receipts to compare with a statement  :  immediately report any questionable charges  :  cardholders can contact the company that issued the card for more information or details on fraudulent safety measures.
 

(OLNEY)  The 41st Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans and craftsmen will have their work on display, including jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – plus, there are several new artists attending this year – the OAC’s performing arts lineup at the Band Shell stage includes several artists and groups throughout the day – the children’s booth will be available, not to mention 13 different food concessions by local organizations featuring pork burgers, barbeque, brats, fish, fresh potato chips, tacos, chili, 4-H lemonade, pie, and more – all ages are invited as the $2 per person donation request at the gate will help the Olney Arts Council offset some of the costs involved – we’ll see you this Saturday in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, INC (ERBA), will begin accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The first day for the program will be October 1st starting for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability.  The next date is November 2nd for families with children under age six and then December 1st for all other applicants.  Applicants will need to bring with them proof of all household income for the previous 30 days, social security cards for all member os the household and a current heating bill and electric bill.  This is for counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland.  Contact your local ERBA office for any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  Do you have an old car you want to get rid of – well, you can donate it to the Olney Central College Automotive Service Technology Program – the program will accept most cars, but would prefer vehicles manufactured after 1996 – the cars will be used by the OCC students for training purposes – the donation is tax deductible and the Automotive Program will provide donors with a receipt for tax purposes – to donate a vehicle or for more details, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777, extension 2521.

 


REMINDERS  :

    Southern Illinois’ Homecoming Gospel Choir will be in concert this Sunday evening at the First Baptist Church in Casey, starting at 6:00 – it features over 80 singers and musicians – a love offering will be taken

    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a fundraising “Open House” this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Berryville Community Building – orders will be accepted for Thirty-One items, plus refreshments available – proceeds will help the 4-H Club with a fall party & summer trip in 2016

    The Bend Community Club will host a pancake & sausage breakfast this Sunday morning with serving from 7:30 to 11:30 – that’s at the St. Valentines Hall, south and back east of  Ste. Marie – all ages invited

    The American Legion Post Home in Newton will host a membership drive this Saturday afternoon with pulled pork sandwiches, chips, beans, & more – serving runs from 12 noon to 3:00 – all are invited

    The Jamie Gibson Benefit Run is this Saturday with proceeds to the family for expenses incurred during Jamie’s fight against cancer – registration is at 10:00 that morning with donations accepted at Friday Night Lights and leave time at 11:30 – then it’s back to FNL for food & fellowship that night – call 217-714-2939

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

    The Clay County Sportsman’s Club, southwest of Ingraham, will host Clay Target Shooting this Friday & Saturday, from 8:00 to 3:00 each day, for shooters of all ages – concessions available – sponsored by the Wal-Mart DC 6059, proceeds go to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network – call Jim at  618-393-5950
 

   Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 21st Annual Tree of Life Ceremony today afternoon in the lower level conference room at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, beginning at 2:00 – it’s held in memory of those who’ve had donations made in their names to Hospice – all are invited to attend