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Local News

September 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A weak low pressure system that moved thru with scattered rain yesterday afternoon and last night will stall out over Central Illinois, mostly due to Hurricane Jose, which will hold up the progression of the storm system – therefore, as the frontal boundary moves back and forth, we’ll have on-&-off chances of rain today thru tonight & tomorrow – then dry & warmer-than-normal into the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner has wrapped up his 9-day trade mission to Japan & China – during the trip, the Governor signed an agreement for a program between Wanxiang Group Inc. in China and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – this will allow U of  I students & scientists to travel to China to study the culture & work on sustainable energy technologies – Zhejiang University in China is already working with the U of  I in a cooperative venture with an engineering curriculum program.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Agriculture is starting its Illinois Grain Tour today with at least 20 international grain buyers from six different overseas countries in the state – the tour begins today at the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville, followed by lunch at an area farm – then a visit to ADM in Decatur, the tour of an ethanol plant in Hennepin, and several regional farm visits, all later in the week – ag officials say that currently, nearly half of the corn and soybeans grown in Illinois are exported.

 

(NEWTON)  The Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging statewide students in grades 4 thru 12 to enter the 2018 “Letters About Literature” contest, a national reading & writing competition – the contest invites students to read a book or poem and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world – students can enter on their own or thru their schools, libraries, or other youth organizations – there are three levels of participation, for grades 4–6, 7–8, and 9–12  – while one Illinois winner will be chosen for each level, the winning letters will be forwarded for national judging – the deadline to enter is Saturday, December 9th, 2017 – for details, logon at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  A pre-trial hearing is now scheduled for October 6th for 54 year old Glen R. Ramey, who last week was found by an Effingham County jury to be fit to stand trial on charges of first degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault – the Olney man is charged with the November 23rd, 2016, death of  8 year old Sabrina Stauffenberg – while the three-day fitness trail that was held last Thursday was moved to Effingham from Olney due to a change of venue, the criminal trial location is yet to be determined.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred last Thursday night on Illinois Route 161, just east of Cisne, in Wayne County – State Police report 18 year old Anne Klingler of Sumner was westbound when her pickup truck ran off the road, hit an embankment, and overturned – Klingler and three passengers, 18 year old Sarah Wyatt of Lawrenceville, 19 year old Quinton Schoreck of Farina, and a 1 year old infant of Sumner, were all taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  A Mattoon woman has pled guilty to aggravated DUI after the February 10th, 2017 traffic collision between her mini-van and Teutopolis High School bus that was carrying the Wooden Shoes’ boys basketball team to a game – 36 year old Scarlett McKinzie could face some prison time after her court appearance last week, although in exchange for her guilty plea, two other counts of aggravated DUI were dismissed, along with four separate traffic offenses – no one was seriously injured as a result of the crash.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 23rd Annual Tree of Life Ceremony this Friday afternoon in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, beginning at 2:00 – the special program is held in memory of those people who have had donations made in their names to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – commemorative leaves are engraved with the names of those being memorialized and are placed on the Tree of Life, which is located in the Main Hall of the new entrance of the hospital – for more information and/or details, contact Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program to allow select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is this Friday, September 22nd – applications and details can be found at City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Extension Offices, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is offering a Hunter Education Class for youth wanting to secure a hunting license – the class will be held on three consecutive nights next week : Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 25 – 27, from 6:00 to 9:30 each evening, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, just off of U.S. Route 50, between Sumner and Lawrenceville – while there is no fee for the class, registration starts at 5:30 each evening, with class size limited to the first 100, plus participates must attend all three sessions – youth must be 10 years of age or older, although its IDNR policy that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education courses by an adult or guardian – register online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww  – for details, call the Richland County Extension office in Olney at  618-395-2191  or the Lawrence County Extension office in Lawrenceville at  618-943-5018.

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Highway Department is scheduled to start a bridge project over the Little Muddy Creek, about a half mile west of Sailor Springs, between Metal Road and Venus Road – with work expected to continue thru mid-November, the project will include removing the existing bridge and the construction of a new bridge at the same site – the before-mentioned roads will be closed to all thru traffic while the work continues – motorists should observe all barricades and signs with alternate routes of travel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day today, this September 18th, with various activities plan on each of the four campuses  :  Olney Central College will have a Constitution Day exhibit on display in the Anderson Library with free booklets of the Constitution available to students – plus “Creating the Constitution” will be played on the gallery monitors from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson, & Frontier Community College in Fairfield will also have displays & distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  today at the North Clay Elementary School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Wednesday at the Mattoon YMCA from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    It’s free movie night this Sunday evening at the Noble First Christian Church – the showing of the movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” will start at 6:30 with free popcorn and drinks – all ages are invited


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – carry-out available after people have been served and containers for shut-in’s have been prepared – also sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all are invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case this Sunday evening starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available with hot dogs, chips, soda, and water – all families are welcome – bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with some great Christian music


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will have its next regular meeting tomorrow night at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the program presented by Jacque Cullison, the Natural Resource Coordinator at Beall Woods State Park south of Mt. Carmel, will feature information about woodpeckers – the meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend


    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is tonight at the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham – the prayer service at 6:00 will be followed by the 7:00 business meeting in the parish center – no mass available – refreshments served – details from the Conference on Aging will be shared & updates on the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which starts September 27th – all are invited to the pro-life event


    A Scentsy fundraiser is today in the private dining rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, from 8:00 to 4:00 – proceeds will be used by the hospital Auxiliary to help fund various projects at the hospital

 

 

 

September 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have another dry and unseasonably warm day on this Saturday as we’re still being affected by the high pressure ridge that’s out towards the northeast coast – however, an approaching storm system to our west will bring us some clouds tomorrow and rain chances Sunday night thru Monday – with the frontal boundary wavering, we’ll have more rain chances Wednesday into Thursday as well – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – ticket revenue at this year’s Illinois State Fair Grandstand fell just short of the record $2.08 million sold a year ago in 2016 – the nine Grandstand acts that charged admission sold nearly $2.07 million in tickets – two of every five tickets sold were for two shows, the three-time Grammy winning a cappella group “Pentatonix” and the heavy metal band “Five Finger Death Punch” – there were several country music acts that were all pretty much average when it came to tickets sales at the State Fair.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities have issued a “no burn ban” in effect until further notice due to the extremely dry conditions – the “no burn ban” includes brush piles, trash barrels, fire pits, or anything else –– that’s no open fires allowed for the time being with the “no burn ban” implemented until further notice for all of Jasper County – similar notices are being issued and/or considered in other area counties as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program to allow select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is next Friday, September 22nd – applications and details can be found at City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season is nearly a month away as the State DNR is now stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season – it’s begins on the morning of Saturday, October 21st, five weeks from today, at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams around the state – a separate catch-&-release fly-fishing season is held Saturday, October 7th, at 9 selected sites – for more, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day next Monday, the 18th of September with various activities plan on each of the four campuses  :  Olney Central College will have a Constitution Day exhibit on display in the Anderson Library with free booklets of the Constitution available to students – plus “Creating the Constitution” will be played on the gallery monitors from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson, & Frontier Community College in Fairfield will also have displays & distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  this morning at the Salem Township Hospital from 7:00 to 10:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Monday at the North Clay Elementary School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help rebuild low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is next Monday night at the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham – the prayer service at 6:00 will be followed by the 7:00 business meeting in the parish center – no mass available – refreshments served – details from the Conference on Aging will be shared & updates on the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which starts September 27th – all are invited to the pro-life event


    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert tomorrow night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show today at LeMond’s Chevrolet with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 – the spectator judging at 1:00 is followed by awards at 2:00 – the Car Show entry fee is $10 – plenty of concessions – all are invited

 

 

 

September 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A light southerly wind flow will continue a warming trend today thru tomorrow and Sunday, although our sky will continue to be dry – but an approaching low pressure system will bring us chances of rain as early as Sunday evening while the better rain chance will be Monday – a frontal spin is expected to give us more rain chances next Tuesday and Wednesday as well – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the first woman to serve an majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to current House Speaker Michael Madigan says she will not seek re-election in 2018 – 77 year old Barbara Flynn Currie says she move on to work with an advocacy group.

 

(OLNEY)  While observers in downstate Illinois looked skyward to watch the total solar eclipse nearly four weeks ago on August 21, University of Illinois researchers studied the weather’s response, discovering significant atmospheric changes – an Illinois State Water Survey team documented the eclipse at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, 45 miles southeast of Carbondale, while another team recorded climate conditions every 10 seconds at 19 Illinois locations as part of the Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program – the wind speed at the Simpson site slowed to less than 2 miles per hour from about 10 miles per hour before eclipse totality – the WARM observations showed that air temperature, which is normally rising at that time of day, actually dropped about 5 degrees Fahrenheit, plus solar radiation fell to zero during eclipse totality, with the solar radiation taking over an hour to recover – also noted was during the 90 minutes leading up to the totality, the monitoring equipment detected rapidly weakening updrafts and downdrafts in the higher atmosphere, which occurs during a normal sunny summer day with the vertical air movement – ISWS officials say the changes were actually quite a bit more dramatic than they expected, especially with the changes that were observed with the upper atmospheric conditions.

 

(OLNEY)  An Olney man has been found mentally fit to stand trial in the rape and murder of  8 year old Sabrina Stauffenberg on November 23, 2016 in Olney – it took the jury in Effingham County less than 90 minutes to find that 54 year old Glen R. Ramey is mentally fit to be held accountable for his actions – the court set a pre-trial hearing for Friday morning, October 6th, at 9:00 – while the three-day fitness trail that ended yesterday was moved to Effingham from Olney, the criminal trial location is yet to be determined.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Newton – the Board  :  approved the engineering agreements for the North Muddy Township, Wade Township, and Smallwood Township bridge projects  :  noted the hiring of a new deputy at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department  :  noted the Sheriff’s Department paid the Newton City Police Department $500 for fencing at the firing range  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all Jasper County employees  :  noted the Jasper County Ambulance Service will received a $10,000 grant for power loads  :  discussed the annual audit proposals although two are pending  :  heard details on the phone voting requirements as the Board will consider an ordinance at the next meeting  :  approved the various reports from Animal Control, the County Clerk, the County Treasurer, the Health Department, and others  :  next regular meeting will be October 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for August worth $69,816  :  approved the renewal of the county’s health insurance policy with a 5% increase  :  agreed to allow the County Treasurer to sign health insurance documents when needed  :  took no action on a request from the Noble-Wakefield Fire Department to help it purchase a new pumper fire truck  :  agreed to revise the financing of the Highway Department’s new backhoe from 4 years to 2 years  :  approved culvert assistance for Noble Township  :  took no action on a permit request to bore under East Pleasant Ridge Lane for an oilfield pipeline – the Board will seek input from the State’s Attorney  :  no executive session was held  :  next regular meeting will be October 12th.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities have issued a “no burn ban” in effect until further notice due to the extremely dry conditions – the “no burn ban” includes brush piles, trash barrels, fire pits, or anything else – with no significant amounts of rainfall in the past several weeks, the dry ground conditions have become very dangerous – so again, no open fires are allowed for the time being with the “no burn ban” implemented until further notice for all of Jasper County – similar notices are being issued in other area counties as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross continues the massive relief effort to provide safe shelter, food, and comfort to thousands of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – in fact, the Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need across 8 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands – in the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 890,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters, has served nearly 2.3 million meals, and have almost 6,000 disaster workers on site helping those affected – the American Red Cross and Southern Illinois Region has deployed 111 volunteers and staff members to help out – from operating shelters, serving meals, and providing health services to distributing relief supplies, cleaning materials, comfort kits, and personal hygiene items to those in affected neighborhoods – plus several of the downstate volunteers have been assigned leadership roles in staffing, logistics, and sheltering – while the massive relief effort to expected to continue for at least several months and while additional volunteers will be needed, the Red Cross has expedited training for new volunteers who are interested in deploying to help with the hurricane relief effort – the “Just In Time” training is being offered in various locations in Illinois and those who successfully complete the training will be eligible to deploy following a background check – all sessions are free and run from 8:00 to 5:00 for each date at each site – registrations is requested – call Laura at  309-662-0500, ext. 7428, or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the downstate training schedule :
* Saturday, September 16 – the County EMA Office Building at 311 Miracle Avenue in Effingham
* September 16 – Red Cross Office at 311 West John H. Gwynn Jr., Avenue in Peoria
* September 23 – Red Cross Office, 3000 North 23rd Street in Quincy
* September 23 – Children’s Safety Village, University of Illinois, at 4521 South 11th Street in Springfield                   
*September 23 – I Hotel & Conference Center at 1900 South 1st Street in Champaign
* September 30 – Red Cross Office at One Westport Court in Bloomington
* September 30 – Red Cross Office at 2674 North Main Street in Decatur
* September 30 – Red Cross Office at 1100 River Drive in Moline
* September 30 – Community of Christ Church at 100 West DeYoung Street in Marion
* October 7 – Red Cross Office at 311 West John H. Gwynn Jr., Avenue in Peoria
* October 7 – Children’s Safety Village, University of Illinois, at 4521 South 11th Street in Springfield

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Democratic Central Committee will host a candidate’s forum tonight at the Clay City Community Building, beginning at 6:30 – the free event will feature Illinois’ democratic gubernatorial candidates and/or their representatives, plus candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District seat and Illinois’ 109th District House seat – former Congressman and past Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker – the event is free and open to the public.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  today at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow morning at the Salem Township Hospital from 7:00 to 10:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome


    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop tomorrow at the Immanuel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – taught by art teacher Bill Meyer, the cost is $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil or only $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call Judy to sign up at  618-838-4130


    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free tonight at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, & water provided – all are invited out tonight to The Venue, at 303 South Fair in Olney


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale today, on this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – good food for a good cause in Newton

 

 

 

September 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure ridge over the Midwest will keep us dry for the next few days and for the first time in over a week, a southerly wind flow will bring us some warmer air and higher humidity levels now thru the weekend – an approaching low pressure system will bring us our next rain chances Sunday night thru next Monday night with mild temperatures in place into midweek – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the enrollment numbers are out for some statewide public universities  :  the University of Illinois is reporting a nearly 3% increase to more than 83,300 students this fall  :  Eastern Illinois University shows a decline by about 5%, down to 7,030 students – the lowest drop from fall to fall in six years  :  Southern Illinois University Carbondale reports a nearly 9% drop to 14,554 students  : the numbers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville show a 2.4% decline in students this fall, at 13,796  :  and up at Northern Illinois University, fall enrollment is down to 19,015 students, down 5% from last year.

 

(OLNEY)  During Governor Bruce Rauner’s international trade trip yesterday in Japan, he visited two auto parts manufacturers that have ties to downstate Illinois – the Governor met with the senior leadership team of Toyota Boshoku, which employs more than 1,000 workers at its plant just east of Lawrenceville, where the facility specializes in the manufacture & sale of seats, door trims, & interior components for Toyota vehicles – the Governor also met with officials with Aisin Seiki, which has its main operations in Marion and employs more than 2,000 workers, making brake pads, engine parts, and transmissions – the Governor will continue his ten day trade trip overseas with several stops planned for today in China.

 

(NEWTON)  The Environmental Protection Agency is postponing portions of an Obama-era rule to curb water pollution from coal-fired power plants while it considers whether or not to rewrite the measure – EPA officials say postponing the rule for two years will give utilities relief from deadlines to upgrade pollution control equipment while the agency revisits the requirements – the rule requires steam electric power plants to control the amount of coal ash-contaminated wastewater that’s flushed from their plants – environmental groups sued over an earlier effort to postpone the rule and they say they will challenge this move as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents should stay vigilant in the fight against circulating scams – remember that the State Police and Ameren Illinois will never call, threatening jail time or utility shut-offs due to what the scammer claims are criminal investigations and/or unpaid utility bills – also, grandparents seem to be the main target of scammers calling & posing as an adult grandchild who appears to be in trouble and in need of emergency money to be wired to them as soon as possible – if you or others you know get such a call or calls and are threatened in this way, remember THEY ARE SCAMS – do not give out personal information and do not make a quick payment or send money as requested – simply hang up and call your local police.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the latest Crop Production Report for Illinois  :  the planted area for corn is estimated at 11.10 million acres, down 4% from last year – the harvested area for corn is forecast at 10.95 million acres, also down 4% from 2016 – based on September 1st conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 189 bushels per acre, up only 1 bushel from the previous forecast, but down 8 bushels from last year – if realized, it would be the third highest corn yield on record in Illinois – the state’s corn production is estimated at 2.07 billion bushels, down 8% from last year’s production  :  for soybeans, the planted area is estimated at 10.4 million acres, up 3% from a year ago – the harvested area for beans is forecast at 10.34 million acres, up 3% from 2016 – based on September 1st conditions, Illinois’ soybean yield is forecast at 58 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel decrease from last year – the state’s bean production is estimated at 600 million bushels, up 1% from 2016 and the highest production level on record for soybeans in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is looking for a few good volunteers to help conduct its 39th annual Squirrel Count, which is scheduled for the first three consecutive Saturdays next month in October – volunteers can help out on any or all the three Saturdays as all volunteers will be appreciated for their time – dedicated squirrel supporters are encouraged to contact City Clerk Kelsie Sterchi at Olney City Hall, at  395-7302.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an upcoming Amish Country Bus Trip on Friday, September 29th, to the Arthur, Illinois area – the trip will include a guided tour thru the Amish country, an Amish home tour, an Amish buggy shop tour, a “Shop with Arthur” stop, and a full-course Amish meal – the cost is $50 for Farm Bureau members, $60 for non-members – the trip will leave from the Olney VFW parking lot at 7:30 that morning and return at around 7:00 that night – for details or to register for the trip coming up two weeks from tomorrow, call the County Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day next Monday, the 18th of September with various activities plan on each of the four campuses  :  Olney Central College will have a Constitution Day exhibit on display in the Anderson Library with free booklets of the Constitution available to students – plus “Creating the Constitution” will be played on the gallery monitors from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College will have a display in its Learning Resource Center with Constitution booklets on hand for students  :  Lincoln Trail College will host a book display in its Library with pocket-size booklets of the Constitution for students  :  Frontier Community College will display and distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet plus other materials  :  to learn more about the Constitution, visit the National Constitution Center website, at  www.constitutioncenter.org  or logon at  www.ConstitutionDay.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ tonight across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – it includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out tonight in Ste. Marie.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight at 7:00 in the County Office Building in Newton  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight at 7:00 in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00, also in the County Jail meeting room in Olney  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also today at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Saturday morning at the Salem Township Hospital from 7:00 to 10:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help with blood supply needs in our area and around the U.S.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is next Monday night at the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham – the prayer service at 6:00 will be followed by the 7:00 business meeting in the parish center – no mass available – refreshments served – details from the Conference on Aging will be shared & updates on the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which starts September 27th – all are invited to the pro-life event


    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Forrest Ridge Church, south of Noble, will host its annual Homecoming this Sunday, featuring Larry Cook as the guest speaker – it’s Sunday School at 10:00 in the morning and Worship to follow at 11:00


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet today at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The remains of Hurricane Irma will continue to drive our downstate weather conditions today with an all cloudy sky and the chances of rain diminishing as we move into tonight – we’re back to a dry sky tomorrow thru Sunday with a quick warm up already in place by Friday and for the weekend ahead – then a cold front moves thru with our next rain chances Sunday night thru Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois State Police are reporting a significant drop in fatal traffic wrecks over the Labor Day weekend this year compared to a year ago – the 5 fatal crashes this year was quite a drop from the 23 that occurred in 2016 – Troopers handled nearly 200 crashes during the holiday weekend – more than 6,000 citations & nearly 4,000 warnings were issued for speeding & seatbelt use.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season is nearly a month away as the State DNR is now stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season – starting on Saturday, October 21st, at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams around the state, the trout fishing season has a daily catch limit of five trout per angler – an inland trout stamp & a valid fishing license are required unless anglers are under the age of 16, are blind, disabled, or on active-duty leave from the military – a separate catch-&-release fly-fishing season is held October 7th.

 

(NEWTON)  The state is working out the details this week of selling bonds by the end of the year to pay off some of Illinois’ overdue bills – using authority that was approved thru the budget adopted back in July by the General Assembly, the Governor’s office is planning to borrow up to $6 billion at a rate of 6% or lower to cut into the state’s $15 billion past due bills – Illinois wants to improve the nation’s worst credit rating.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session this past Monday night – the Board  :  agreed to have a tree in the Village Park removed with a $995 quote from Wakefield Tree Service  :  noted that the sidewalks on Elm Street and in front of the Village Hall will be formed up today with concrete poured today and/or tomorrow, weather permitting  :  set Trick or Treat Night in the Village of Noble on Tuesday night, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00  :  noted that the updated Village Codebook needs some changes made and should be back for review at the next Board meeting  :  again discussed taking possession of the 74 pictures from the former West Richland High School and displaying them at Village Hall – more information at the next meeting  :  noted that the Village’s mosquito spraying will likely stop after two more nights  :  noted that the Noble Lions Club will have its Halloween Parade at the Village Park on October 27th  :  and noted the Village’s Fall Cleanup Day is today on this September 13th with the normal trash pickup by Republic Services  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday night, September 25th.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program – this grant will allow for select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist private property owners in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is September 22nd, a week from this coming Friday – the applications or details can be found at Olney City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us/Tree%20Grant%20Application1.pdf.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has several reminders for those in the outdoors  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin October 17th, five weeks from yesterday – permits will be sold until gone or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first – individual hunters can buy one or more permits beginning October 17th, subject to availability  :  resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, October 7th – 9th, Saturday thru Monday, three weeks from this weekend  :  hunters and trappers may apply for an Illinois Bobcat Permit online, now thru September 30th, two weeks from this Saturday – while 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery, any leftover permits will be sold online on a first-come, first-served basis – the Bobcat season runs November 10th, 2017, thru February 15th, 2018  :  and resident combination & antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license & permit vendors – the State Archery Deer Season begins two weeks from this Sunday, October 1st  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the Department of Natural Resources website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and RWCI in Flora are partnering to provide a one-day aerial lift safety course at the West Richland Center in Noble – the course includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience while addressing safety and procedural training as well as OSHA compliance for boom and scissor lifts – plus, those taking part will receive their OHSA lift certification certificates that day as well – thru the course, participants will learn how to inspect the lifts and how to select the appropriate aerial platform to use – they’ll also learn how to conduct a job site awareness inspection looking for potholes, hazards, and debris – the course is set for Wednesday morning, September 20th, a week from today, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon, in Room 103 at the WRC in Noble – call OCC today to register at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this coming winter – these seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time & on-call work schedules to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-&-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, & nights – applicants must have a commercial driver’s license & submit to a criminal background check – plus a pre-employment physical, drug & alcohol screenings, & vision testing are required – applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications – the deadline to apply though, is by the close of business today, on this September 13th – for details, go online at  www.idot.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Democratic Central Committee will host a candidate’s meeting this Friday night at the Community Building in Clay City, beginning at 6:30 – the free event will feature gubernatorial candidate Bob Daiber and representatives from the Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, & Daniel Biss campaigns – also candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District, including Carl Spoerer, Anthony March, and Kevin Gaither, plus Cynthia Givens, the 109th Illinois House seat candidate – former Congressman and past SIU President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker – the event is free and open to the public.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ this Thursday night across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out this Thursday night.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop this Saturday at the Immanuel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – taught by art teacher Bill Meyer, the cost is $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil or only $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call Judy to sign up at  618-838-4130


    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet this Thursday at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist


    The annual meeting of Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women is tomorrow at the United Methodist Church in Patoka, starting with registration and fellowship at 9:00 that morning, followed by the election and installation of District officers and lunch – for reservations, call now, at  618-846-2484