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January 2, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  While a high pressure ridge was in control of our weather conditions yesterday, an upper level disturbance is moving thru, giving us some light rain chances this morning – however, the stronger storm system off to our southwest will begin to track across the Midwest by tonight, giving us plenty of clouds and rain chances tonight thru tomorrow night – then it’s back to the deep freeze next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There are still no weather advisories in effect from the National Weather Service, although it’s calling for mostly rain in our downstate area – some of the light rain this morning has frozen on area sidewalks and other inanimate items, although area highways and roads are still mostly clear to this point – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio or here to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Pat Quinn has pardoned three abolitionists who were convicted during the 1800’s for their anti-slavery stance – the action clears their criminal records, more than 170 years later – Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon filed clemency petitions for Dr. Richard Eells, Julius Ward, and Samuel Ward – all three men helped hold and protect fugitive slaves, leading them to freedom, back in the 1840’s.

 

(OLNEY)  It looks like there will be a special election to replace former Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who passed away last month – lawmakers are working on a bill that would set up the election for next year, in 2016 – they could approve the bill as early as next Thursday when they head back to session – Governor Elect Bruce Rauner will appoint someone to fill the slot until that special election can be held in 2016.

 

(NEWTON)  Police are still out in extra force with extra patrols, conducting roadside safety checks, and looking for those driving impaired, either by drugs and/or alcohol – the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs continue thru next Monday – authorities are looking for those on cell phones while driving, those not buckled up, for those who are speeding, and for driving impaired. 

  

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Walmart Store in Robinson from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday at the Salisbury Church in Charleston from 2:00 to 7:00  :  next Monday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia from 11:00 to 4:00  :  next Monday at the Fire Department in Xenia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also next Monday at the Lion’s Club Building in Noble from 2:30 to 6:30  :  next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  for more on giving blood or to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The regular monthly 4-H recycling drive will be tomorrow morning at the six normal collection sites in Richland County – all items should be bundled separately before dropped off – that’s includes all newspapers, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic bags, computer paper, and all other items – that’s from 8:00 until 11:30 tomorrow morning – all proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Republic Services observed yesterday as an official holiday, therefore no trash was hauled on January 1st – the normal Thursday pick up will be collected today, on this Friday, and Friday’s route will be hauled away tomorrow – also a note, that due to a mechanical issue with their trucks last Wednesday, the trash pickup along several Olney streets is delayed until today, on this Friday – the following streets are on that list  :  Keiffer Drive  :  Willow Drive  :  East Scott Street  :  Indiana Street  :  Ohio Street  :  Jackson Street  :  Hunley Drive  :  and Locust Street  :  it’s all back to normal next Monday – that’s for all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding areas.

 

 

 

January 1, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As the high pressure ridge controlling our weather continues to move eastward, we’ll stay dry today with plenty of sunshine – the current southerly wind flow will bring in a little warmer air tomorrow with more clouds as well – then our next chance of rain tomorrow night, followed by rain thru Saturday before ending Saturday night – dry again Sunday and colder the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While no weather advisories have been posted by the National Weather Service so far, the approaching storm system is expected to be a mostly all rain event for us along the U.S. Route 50 corridor – as often is the case, Interstate 70 from St. Louis to Terre Haute could again be the dividing line between rain to the south and freezing rain and/or sleet to the north – and most of the threat for bad conditions is tomorrow night – the temperatures are expected to raise enough on Saturday to alleviate any problems – however, the storm track will eventually be the deciding factor – stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio.

 

(OLNEY)  It seems people in Illinois are very concerned about the Ebola Virus – state officials say it topped the list of Google rising searches out of Illinois in 2014, even though no one in the state was ever diagnosed with the disease – the World Cup was the second most googled term, followed by the iPhone Six.

 

(NEWTON)  Police are still out in extra force with extra patrols, conducting roadside safety checks, and looking for those driving impaired, either by drugs and/or alcohol – the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs continue thru next Monday – authorities are looking for those on cell phones while driving, those not buckled up, for those who are speeding, and for driving impaired. 

  

(OLNEY)  As 2014 comes to an end, Illinois residents will see over 200 new laws on the books beginning today, this January 1st – State Representative David Reis encourages statewide residents to familiarize themselves with the new statutes that will increase public safety, add new driving restrictions, and protect the health and safety of our children – to look over some of the more important bills that take effect in this new year of 2015, go to our website, at www.freedom929.com, click on the “Community” tab and scroll down thru the list, which includes a small explanation – for more, you can also logon at www.ilga.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The State DNR’s First Late Winter Firearm Deer Hunting Season begins today and runs until Sunday, this weekend – that’s from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset each day, but only in a limited amount of counties, plus the permits are for antlerless deer only – the area counties open are Crawford, Clark, Coles, Shelby, Effingham, Clay, Marion, Wayne, Edwards, Hamilton, and White – these four days of hunting will be followed by the final three days in the Second Late-Winter Antlerless Season which will be January 16th thru 18th – in fact, all deer hunting, including by bow, will end January 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Republic Services will observe today, this New Year’s Day, as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled today on this January 1st – Thursday’s normal pick up will be collected tomorrow, on Friday, and Friday’s will be hauled away on Saturday – also a note, that due to a mechanical issue with their trucks yesterday, the trash pickup along several Olney streets will be delayed until tomorrow on Friday – the following streets are on that list  :  Keiffer Drive  :  Willow Drive  :  East Scott Street  :  Indiana Street  :  Ohio Street  :  Jackson Street  :  Hunley Drive  :  and Locust Street  :  it’s all back to normal next Monday – that’s for all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, and Newton areas.

 

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge sitting over the Midwest will keep us cold and dry for the next three days and nights – but an approaching low pressure storm system could bring us our next chance of rain, freezing rain, and maybe some sleet, beginning Friday night and continuing until ending Saturday night – then we’re back to dry and cold conditions for the first week of 2015 – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  More than 120,000 people in Illinois have signed up to get healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the past month – most of them received some sort of financial assistance to help pay for their coverage – all of them will be covered come January 1st avoiding any fines for being uninsured – it’s the 2nd year that people have been allowed to get covered thru the Get Covered Illinois website online.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been nearly a year since the Concealed Carry Law went into effect and there haven’t been any major problems with the law – that’s despite some people’s ideas that Illinois would turn into the wild, wild west, if people were allowed to carry guns – so far, about 90,000 people across the state have been approved to carry a gun in public – each of them had to complete a 16-hour training course – Illinois was the last state in the nation to approve some sort of concealed carry law, but only after the court ordered it.

 

(NEWTON)  Police are out in extra force boosting patrols and conducting roadside safety checks now thru next Monday – it’s an effort to make sure no one is killed in a car crash as 2014 ends and 2015 begins – last year, seven people were killed during the New Year’s holiday and another 263 were injured in crashes – if all goes as planned, 2014 will be the 6th year in a row that the state has seen fewer than 1,000 road deaths.

 

(OLNEY)  As 2014 comes to an end, Illinois residents will see over 200 new laws on the books beginning tomorrow, January 1st – State Representative David Reis encourages statewide residents to familiarize themselves with the new statutes that will increase public safety, add new driving restrictions, and protect the health and safety of our children – to look over some of the more important bills that take effect in the new year of 2015, go to our website, at www.freedom929.com, click on the “Community” tab and scroll down thru the list, which includes a small explanation – for more, you can also logon at www.ilga.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The State DNR’s First Late Winter Firearm Deer Hunting Season begins tomorrow and runs until Sunday, this weekend – that’s from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, but only in a limited amount of area counties, plus the permits are for antlerless deer only – the area counties open are Crawford, Clark, Coles, Shelby, Effingham, Clay, Marion, Wayne, Edwards, Hamilton, and White – these four days of hunting will be followed by the final three days in the Second Late-Winter Antlerless Season which will be January 16th thru 18th – in fact, all deer hunting, including by bow, will end January 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a few reminders  :  area City and Village Halls will be closed tomorrow in observance of New Year’s Day – after today, the Halls will reopen with regular hours on Friday  :  also, Olney’s brush dump will be closed tomorrow, but open on regular schedule for the weekend – the brush dump will be open this Friday and Saturday, January 2nd & 3rd, from 10:00 to 4:00, both days – back to normal Monday.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Republic Services will observe tomorrow, New Year’s Day, as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled tomorrow, on January 1st – while today’s trash will be collected as normal, Thursday’s normal pick up will be collected on Friday and Friday’s on Saturday – then it’s all back to normal next Monday – that’s for all Republic customers in the Newton, Olney, and Noble areas.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Christmas Lights Display is lit up for two more nights in the Olney City Park – tonight and tomorrow night, from 5:00 to 9:00 each night – that’s all in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  And we here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney & Newton want to thank you for your support and patronage over the past year of 2014 and we pray that your 2015 is better than this year – we also urge everyone to drive with added care and remember, don’t drink and drive, we want everyone to be safe.

 

 

 

December 30, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A weak upper level system will bring us some clouds today and maybe some very scattered snow flurries – then we clear off for tonight as the Canadian high pressure settles into the Midwest giving us very cold conditions tonight & thru the day tomorrow – then a slight warm up as we move into the new year over the weekend – maybe a mixed bag of wintry precip Friday night thru Saturday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The income tax rate is going down this Thursday, on January 1st, as the so-called “temporary tax rate” approved three years ago drops from 5% to 3.75% – this means a minimum wage worker will save just under $200 a year in state taxes – while the state will lose billions-of-dollars in revenues, there’s talk in Springfield that lawmakers and Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner may compromise on a lower rate of increase.

 

(OLNEY)  Over 200 laws will take effect Thursday with the new year  :  one new law is for people who post private pictures or images on the internet without permission – the “revenge porn” action could result in a felony charge  :  another new law effective next June is meant to keep public employees on the straight & narrow – if convicted of a felony connected to their job, they would lose all of their retirement pension.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities are investigating two deaths on Rend Lake yesterday – officials say a 13 year old boy fell from his boat and his grandfather dove in after him, but came up empty in his search – other nearby fishermen pulled the grandfather from the waters, but he died later at an area hospital – the grandson’s body was found two hours later – another grandson, at the age of  9, survived the incident by staying in the boat.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Employment Security shows another month of lower joblessness rates for the downstate area, especially here in Southeastern and South Central Illinois, where all ten area counties had numbers much less than a year ago and slightly lower than the month before – the lowest area rate for November was in Effingham County at 5.5%, followed closely by Wabash County at 5.6% – then Lawrence County at 6.1%, Edwards County at 6.2%, Jasper County at 6.4%, Cumberland County at 6.6%, and Wayne County at 6.8% – both Richland County and Crawford County came in at 7.0% even, followed Clay County at 8.3% – while the Illinois rate at 6% even was still higher than the national rate at 5.5%, officials say November’s reasonably good weather conditions helped the construction sector, plus there were plenty of seasonal hires in transportation, retail trade, and food services, all helping the job numbers.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Rest Haven is still currently closed to all visitors and volunteers due to the flu and illness that’s circulating around the area – this move was made to help ensure the healthy condition within Newton Rest Haven as the residents are all healthy at this time – officials want to take this time to also thank the public for their understanding in this matter – family members should feel free to call and check on their loved-ones at any time – call 618-783-2309 – again this is only a precautionary measure taken by the Newton Rest Haven all with the goal of keeping the residents and workers healthy.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some dates of interest for Richland County farmers with various meetings coming up in the new year ahead, sponsored in part by the Richland County Farm Bureau – mark your calendars  :
*  a Crop Insurance & Farm Bill meeting with Ron Gray at 11:30am, January 7th, at The Holiday in Olney
*  a Women’s Committee meeting at 5:30pm, January 12th, at the Farm Bureau Office in Olney
*  a Farm Bill meeting with Doug Yoder at 5:30pm, January 15th, at The Holiday in Olney
*  an AgriVisor Marketing meeting with Dale Durchholz at 5:30pm, January 21st, at The Holiday in Olney
*  the planned Paoli Peaks Ski Trip on Saturday, February 7th
*  the Richland County Annual Farm Bureau meeting on Monday, February 23rd
while the Richland County Farm Bureau Office is now closed until it reopens next Monday, January 5th, call the Office in the new year for more details or to RSVP for any of the before-mentioned meetings.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police, along with the State Department of Transportation and over 230 law enforcement agencies across the state are taking part in the end-of-the-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs, now thru New Year’s Day – there will be extra patrols, roadside safety checks, overnight saturation patrols, and much more, looking for those who are speeding, for those not buckled up, for those using cell phones while driving, and for those impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – authorities will especially be out in extra force tomorrow night and thru the early morning hours Thursday.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Walmart Store from 10:00 to 2:00  :  then in the new year of 2015, blood drives will be held next week in Charleston, Mattoon, Robinson, Teutopolis, Xenia, and Noble  :  for more, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The regular monthly 4-H recycling drive will be this Saturday morning at the six normal collection sites in Richland County – all items should be bundled separately before dropped off – that’s includes all newspapers, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic bags, computer paper, and all other items – that’s from 8:00 until 11:30 Saturday morning at each site – the sponsoring group this month is a group of community kids will all proceeds to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Christmas Lights Display is lit up for a few more nights in the Olney City Park – tonight thru Thursday night, from 5:00 to 9:00 each night – if families, church groups, organizations, or others would like to volunteer as Bucket Brigade helpers, call the Olney City Hall today at 395-7302.

 

 

 

December 29, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  An Arctic cold front will continue to drop southward across the Midwest today – while there could be some scattered snow flurries, the biggest impact will be the colder air that continues to move in tonight thru tomorrow and tomorrow night – a Canadian high pressure behind the cold front will keep us dry and cold thru New Year’s Day – maybe some snow and/or rain mixed up on Friday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn has inked a couple of bills into law  :  one will help protect condo owners across the state – the new law creates a position within the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to help resolve disputes and to educate condo owners  :  the other new law allows people with a minor traffic ticket to plead guilty, pay the penalties, and skip a court appearance – it takes affect Thursday.

 

(OLNEY)  The election of Bruce Rauner as Illinois’ first Republican Governor since 2003 topped the state’s news list in 2014 – the Top Ten Illinois news stories compiled by the Associated Press also featured a number of specific state government issues, including the enactment of the first law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons, the first gay marriages in state history, the approval of high volume fracturing rules for the oilfield, and the approval of medical marijuana use – other top stories included the death of State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the naming of Timothy Killeen as University of Illinois President.

 

(NEWTON)  Two state agriculture groups have announced the formation of new app that could help reduce the number of fatal grain bin entrapments in Illinois – the Grain & Feed Association in Illinois & the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have teamed up to create the app that will locate the nearest grain rescue tube in the event of a bin entrapment – downloading the app and having it available before an entrapment occurs will save time if a tube is needed – the tubes are used to place around a person who has fallen into a grain bin to help prevent them from drowning or being crushed by grain – for more, logon at www.ilcorn.org.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Charleston Public Library from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also today at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sigel from 2:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney from 11:30 to 3:30  :  on Wednesday at the Effingham Walmart Store from 10:00 to 2:00  :  for more on giving blood, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the death of an Effingham man after he was struck by a pickup truck this past Friday night while walking along U.S. Route 45 on the north edge of Hartville – the State Police say 41 year old Edward Wesley Blumer was pronounced dead at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham following the 9:30 incident – the driver, 56 year old Gregory Yocum, also of Effingham, was issued a ticket for DUI – the State Police say Blumer was wearing dark clothing.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the Marion County death of a two month old infant from last Friday morning – a preliminary autopsy conducted Saturday shows the Salem infant died of asphyxiation, possibly caused by restricted breathing, due to bedding materials – authorities report there is no evidence of trauma or foul play leading up to the death of Myleigh Jarnagin – authorities say the infant’s Father dialed 9-1-1 for emergency help, but then decided to rush the young girl to Salem Township Hospital, which was only a few blocks away – resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful at the hospital – the Southern Illinois Infant and Child Death Task Force assisted Marion County authorities in the investigation.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police, along with the State Department of Transportation and over 230 law enforcement agencies across the state are taking part in the end-of-the-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs, now thru New Year’s Day – there will be extra patrols, roadside safety checks, overnight saturation patrols, and much more, looking for those who are speeding, for those not buckled up, for those using cell phones while driving, and for those impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

 

(OLNEY)  The regular monthly 4-H recycling drive will be this Saturday morning at the six normal collection sites in Richland County – all items should be bundled separately before dropped off – that’s includes all newspapers, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic bags, computer paper, and all other items – that’s from 8:00 until 11:30 Saturday morning at each site – the sponsoring group this month is a group of community kids will all proceeds to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Christmas Lights Display is lit up for a few more nights in the Olney City Park – tonight thru Thursday night, from 5:00 to 9:00 each night – if families, church groups, organizations, or others would like to volunteer as Bucket Brigade helpers, call the Olney City Hall today at 395-7302.