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October 28, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge continues to move eastward today and a low pressure storm system stays north in the Great Lakes region, our southerly wind flow will continue to pump in warmer-than-normal air, giving us warm weekend – plus one of the warmest Halloweens on record as well on Monday – while we’ll have some clouds Sunday, we’ll stay warm with no rain thru most of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Supreme Court says the state is joining 3DaysCount, a national campaign to make pretrial justice safer, fairer, and more effective – Illinois is the second jurisdiction get aboard with the new initiative, which will support state-level partnerships aimed at improved public safety and better outcomes – more details are available online, logon at  www.pretrial.org/3DaysCount.

 

(OLNEY)  The 16th Annual Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Day Conference was held yesterday down in Carterville to promote workplace safety – Illinois OHSA, along with many industry groups and the Illinois Department of Labor, sponsored the event to provide expert occupational safety and health management resources for employers of all sizes and industries – the 2016 Governor’s Safety Award was presented to WRB Refining, LP, a company in Roxana that employs more than 1,100 workers.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office announced yesterday a $41 million settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012, and 2013 vehicles – the case involved more than 40,000 cars in Illinois and over 750,000 nationwide – the investigation involved Illinois and 32 other states – an additional class action settlement may provide additional restitution to affected consumers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police is teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation and hundreds of local and area law enforcement agencies are warning motorists not to become an impaired driving monster this Halloween weekend - if folks are planning to be out celebrating, the message is simple  :  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over  :  the increased enforcement will be in effect today thru the early morning hours of next Tuesday, November 1st, as Troopers will be out in extra force, conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more - those attending a celebration involving alcohol are encouraged to plan ahead, designate a sober driver, and take precautions to keep everyone safe.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The County Clerk’s offices are still conducting Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8th General Election – the County Clerk’s offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day – a public test of the voting equipment for Jasper County will be held next Monday afternoon, the 31st, at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 1:30 – anyone can attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The National FFA Convention was last week in Indianapolis and the local Olney FFA Chapter represented Richland County in a historic way – three State Champion Teams from Olney competed on the national level – today we’re noting the third & final team from the Olney FFA Chapter – the Environmental & Natural Resources team ranked 21st in the nation and received a Silver rating overall – the team members & their individual ratings include  :  Seth Mitchell with a Gold rating, finishing 10th individually and receiving a $400 scholarship – Adam Brewer with a Silver rating  :  Jesse Maxey and Evan Walker each with a Bronze rating  :  the national Environmental & Natural Resources CDE sponsors were CHS and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – also congratulations to the five Olney members who earned their American FFA Degrees, including Andrew Steber, Sydney Pitts, Brock Mitchell, Bryce Mitchell, and Mackenzie Michels – it was another great showing by the Olney FFA Chapter from RCHS.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County “Cheers for the Chamber” event is tonight in Newton at the KC Hall, from 6:00 to 9:00 – includes beer, wine, music, and food with $15 tickets at the door or $10 tickets in advance at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Office or at Peoples State Bank in Newton – the special events includes a silent auction, plenty of food from local businesses, a $100 cash prize for the Best Dressed for Halloween, plenty of items to win with the Chamber’s Raffle with tickets still on sale, and special music from two Newton natives, Nash Swisher at 6:00 and Kiley Phillips at 7:30 – plus the 2016 Jasper County Citizens of the Year Award will be presented to the Hartrich Family at 7:00 – everyone’s invited tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  With cold, winter weather just around the corner, the area ERBA offices are accepting new applications for the LIHEAP winter heating program – the signup is for households with members age 60 or older, for those receiving disability, for families with children under age six, & for those with disconnected households – contact the respective Embarras River Basin Agency office within its nine county service area for an appointment – in Olney, call  618-395-2714  – in Newton, call  618-783-3987  – the other regional ERBA offices are located in Robinson, Lawrenceville, Martinsville, Greenup, Paris, Charleston, & Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Richland County Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, October 31st, at 6:00, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – some of the meeting will be in closed session to discuss contracts and/or personnel – the Board’s next regular meeting is November 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder to those in Jasper County who have American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2016 on the Jasper County Courthouse Lawn that today’s the final day to bring their flags to the American Legion Post in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – the flags should be marked with a name, address, & phone number for identification – the flags can be dropped off  at Post #20 in Newton from 3:00 to 7:00 today or at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours – call the American Legion in Newton if questions.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Burgin Manor in Olney has a free “Drive Up Flu Shot Clinic” today, from 9:00 until 1:00, at 900 East Scott Street, directly north of the Richland County High School football & baseball fields – those planning to stop by and get a flu shot should bring their insurance cards and identification.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night Sunday night from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Costume Contest, food for purchase, and candy

   
    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a “trunk or treat” night this Sunday evening at the Berryville Community Building – beginning at 4:00, everything is free and open to all area children


    The Christian Church of Olney has a Tailgate Event this Sunday in the Olney City Park – bring lawn chairs, wear casual dress, & bring sports memorabilia – the Silly Safari Live Animal Show is at 9:00, then a 10:00 worship service, and a free concession stand with lunch and fellowship time at 11:00 – for all ages


    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating


    The RMH Foundation has its Diamonds & Denim gaming event fundraiser Saturday night at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:30 with a dinner buffet – then poker, blackjack, and more – call  618-395-6088


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – plus more


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” Saturday night from 5:00 to 7:00, with a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, food, and refreshments for all attending


    The annual Fall Follies is this Saturday in Oblong with a morning breakfast, quilt show, band fest with 11 marching bands, various games, a pancake & sausage supper, and the annual parade at 7:00 that night – plus trolley rides, food booths, arts & crafts, and more – for details, go online at  www.theonlyoblong.com

 
    The Louisville Fall Harvest Festival begins today & runs thru Sunday – with a Saturday morning breakfast on the square, there’s also a tractor show, car show, and the huge parade at 2:00 – then meat shoot is Sunday morning at 11:00 – plus plenty of food booths, arts & crafts, and more all weekend long  :  also in Clay County, the annual Flora Halloween parade will be Saturday night at 7:00 thru downtown Flora


    All are invited to Burgin Manor tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 for a free community event – come dressed in costumes and bring your Trick or Treat bags – plenty of games, fun, and frightening food


    The OCC Student Senate continues with its Haunted Trail in the Woods each night tonight thru Monday night – that’s tonight & tomorrow night from 6:00 to 11:00, then Sunday & Monday nights from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person or free for those 5 & under – a free Music Show is Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00


    The Village of Noble is celebrating Halloween on this Friday night – a cakewalk in the Village Park begins at 6:30, then the Halloween Parade at 7:00 – Trick or Treat in Noble is Monday night, 6:00 to 8:00


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade tonight in downtown Olney – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 in the downtown TrustBank parking lot, with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited

 

 

 

October 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that brought us rain in the past 24 hours moves off to our southeast and a high pressure ridge moves in our direction, the weather conditions will give us a lot of cloud cover today – after some patchy fog tomorrow morning, we’ll return to sunshine and a southerly wind flow, bringing in more warmer-than-normal air for the weekend – our next rain expected be next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the first question on Illinois ballots in November’s election is on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting diversion of public money targeted for transportation projects to other state budget needs – the plan is to prevent money generated thru tolls & other transportation-related sources from being spent elsewhere – opponents say it’s unfair to protect transportation over other issues – backers say the amendment will protect Illinois’ infrastructure, economy, & residents with road & bridge repairs – to pass, the question needs either 60% of the amendment vote or a majority of the overall election vote.

 

(OLNEY)  Several cars on a train hauling coal derailed in the Metro East area early yesterday morning, at shortly before 2:00 on Wednesday – the St. Clair County EMA says about eight coal cars of the Norfolk Southern train went off the tracks in Belleville, knocking out power to hundreds of people and several businesses, while closing several roads – there were no injuries – railroad crews will take a day or two to clear debris and clean up the mess while most of the power has been restored – the cause is undetermined.

 

(NEWTON)  The 25th Annual HIV/STD Conference will finish up today in Springfield – hosted in part by the State Department of Public Health, the conference brings together people living with HIV/AIDS, health professionals, researchers, health departments, community based organizations, and government agencies to share and educate each other about HIV and STDs – the 2015 numbers in Illinois show cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have increased by 4.5%, 7.2%, and 26.9% respectively, compared to 2014.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred at 10:25 yesterday morning along Illinois Route 1 in Clark County, just south of Marshall, near the Lincoln Trail State Park entrance – authorities say 29 year old Shaun A. Woolard of Marshall was southbound in a SUV when he swerved into the path of a northbound semi-truck, driven by 42 year old Danny L. Collins of Shoals, Indiana – Woolard was pronounced dead at the scene after the head on crash – Collins was not hurt – no tickets were issued – Illinois Route 1 was closed for nearly six hours due to the accident until the road cleanup was completed.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a vehicle / pedestrian collision that occurred at 7:23 this past Tuesday night in Marion County, along U.S. Route 50, three miles east of Iuka – the State Police report 59 year old Marla C. Meyer of Iuka was eastbound on Route 50 when her SUV struck a juvenile who had previously entered the roadway unseen – 8 year old Matthew Lindsey was pronounced deceased later at Salem Township Hospital, while Meyer was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora – authorities report the Iuka 2nd grader was profoundly autistic and had left his nearby home without his parents knowledge – no tickets were issued – funeral arrangements are under the care of the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police are reminding downstate residents to be especially alert this coming Halloween weekend, plus next Monday night, on Halloween Night – everyone should be on the lookout for all the youngsters who’ll be out “trick or treating” throughout communities and even in the rural areas – parents should accompany their children and make sure they use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to make sure they remain visible while going from door to door – and remember to only visit homes with their front porch lights on – children should also be reminded to look out for vehicles while out “trick or treating” as well – plus check that candy before eating – let’s keep everyone safe thru next Monday night.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The County Clerk’s offices are still conducting Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8th General Election – the County Clerk’s offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day – a public test of the voting equipment for Jasper County will be held next Monday afternoon, the 31st, at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 1:30 – anyone can attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The National FFA Convention was last week in Indianapolis and the local Olney FFA Chapter represented Richland County in a historic way – five Olney members received the American FFA Degree, plus three State Champion Teams competed on the national level – today we’re noting one of the three teams from the Olney FFA Chapter – the Agricultural Sales team ranked 18th in the nation and received a Silver rating overall – the team members & their individual ratings include  :  Ben Baker with a Gold rating, finishing 11th individually and earning a $400 scholarship  :  Kenna Steber also with a Gold rating  :  Emily Shilling with a Silver rating  :  Ryan Dowty with a Bronze rating  :  the Agricultural Sales CDE sponsor was Monsanto – also a thanks to our local Olney FFA sponsors, Mark Steber, Jamie VanDyke, and Rylan Rusk.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois grain industry is scrambling to find more storage as bushels in alternative storage continues to increase at state licensed grain elevators and warehouses – the State Department of Agriculture has issued permits for 93.2 million bushels of temporary storage & for 5.275 million bushels of emergency storage as of nearly two weeks ago – Illinois ranks first in the nation in licensed commercial grain storage capacity with 1.47 billion bushels – plus in addition, the storage capacity of Illinois grain bins and other on-farm storage structures totals another 1.47 billion bushels – the Illinois fall harvest is just about to wrap up.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit still have time to enroll in this weekend’s course at Olney Central College – the class provides 16 hours of required firearm training which involves both classroom & range instruction – it starts tonight and continues tomorrow night, each evening from 6:00 to 10:00 – then on Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range – the $183 fee for IECC District residents must be paid in advance, with a lower cost for those age 60 and older also due in advance – to get registered by this afternoon, call the OCC Student Services Office now, at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the High School in Charleston from 9:00 to 3:00  :  the Blood Donation Center in Effingham is open tomorrow from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Burgin Manor in Olney will have a free “Drive Up Flu Shot Clinic” tomorrow from 9:00 in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon – that’s at 900 East Scott Street, directly north of the Richland County High School football & baseball fields – Burgin Manor encourages everyone to not only help stop the spread of influenza this winter, but to also help guarantee a healthy winter for everyone by getting vaccinated for the flu – those taking part should bring their insurance cards and identification.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Richland County Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, October 31st, at 6:00, in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – some of the meeting will be in closed session to discuss contracts and/or personnel – the Board’s next regular meeting is November 10th.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating


    The annual Fall Follies is this Saturday in Oblong with a morning breakfast, quilt show, band fest with 11 marching bands, various games, a pancake & sausage supper, and the annual parade at 7:00 that night – plus trolley rides, food booths, arts & crafts, and more – for details, go online at  www.theonlyoblong.com


    The Village of Noble is celebrating Halloween Friday night – a cakewalk in the Village Park begins at 6:30, followed by the Halloween Parade at 7:00 – Trick or Treat in Noble is Monday night, 6:00 to 8:00


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade tomorrow night in downtown Olney – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the downtown TrustBank parking lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited


    The Louisville Fall Harvest Festival begins tomorrow & runs thru Sunday – with a Saturday morning breakfast on the square, there’s also a tractor show, car show, and the huge parade at 2:00 – then meat shoot is Sunday morning at 11:00 – plus plenty of food booths, arts & crafts, and more all weekend long  :  also in Clay County, the annual Flora Halloween parade will be Saturday night at 7:00 thru downtown Flora


    The OCC Student Senate will open its Haunted Trail in the Woods for the first of five straight nights this evening from 6:00 to 10:00, then each night tomorrow night thru next Monday night – it’s $5 per person and free for all ages 5 and younger – also a free Music Show will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00

 

 

 

October 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The approaching area of low pressure has slowed down, therefore giving us another dry day –  clouds will move in as the cold front moves through, giving us our chance of rain tonight thru tomorrow morning – then we’ll dry out Thursday afternoon with more cool air moving in for Friday and the weekend ahead – another dry front is expected Sunday with more cool air into next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) announced yesterday the launch of its Digital Transformation Project, which will modernize all agency systems, including the outdated paper-based filing system – this improvement is another step in the Rauner Administration’s initiative to cut red tape and modernize technology within state government to make it more efficient while deriving more value for taxpayers – at no cost to taxpayers, the new system will be fully implemented within a five year period and will redevelop systems that are up to 40 years old.

 

(OLNEY)  A husband and wife from Central Illinois have won a $134 million Illinois Lottery jackpot – state officials say the unidentified Tuscola couple plans to retire early from their jobs in a factory and the health care industry after taking a one-time payment of nearly $90 million before required withholding – the couple’s Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers in the Friday September 16th, Mega Millions drawing.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the death of an 18 year old Indiana State University student this past Sunday – the autopsy report on Yiorgo Karnezis of Munster, Indiana, shows consistency with an accidental drowning, although toxicology results will take another two to six weeks – authorities report the teenager apparently fell from a boat into a small pond during a Sigma Chi Fraternity social event that was held near the Clark County community of  Dennison – ISU has suspended all operations of the fraternity.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  reviewed the Richland County Tax Rate Computation and estimate of Noble’s tax levy, totaling $68,687, an increase of 6.89% from last year – as a result, a Truth-in-Taxation Hearing will be held November 28th  :  noted that bids will be accepted until 4:00 November 14th for the sidewalk work to be done in the 100 block of East Poplar Street  :  noted that concrete work at the Village Park basketball court in started yesterday with the Village Park pavilion work to begin next week  :  noted that the Halloween Parade is set for this coming Friday night with a cakewalk in the Village Park at 6:30 and the Parade at 7:00  :  Trick or Treat Night in Noble is next Monday night from 6:00 to 8:00  :  and a reminder that the Noble Caucus is set for December 5th at the Noble Village Hall  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting is November 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is underway with its “Coat Drive” running now through Thanksgiving, over the next four weeks – it’s all to help out those who are in need of winter clothing here in Richland County – donations of gently used winter hats, coats, scarves, mittens, gloves, & any other winter accessories for men, women, and children – items can be dropped off at the Richland County Farm Bureau office, along North Route 130, at 710 North West Street – donations are appreciated to help those in need.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County “Cheers for the Chamber” event is coming up this Friday, October 28th, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, running from 6:00 to 9:00 – it will include beer, wine, spirits, music, and food with $15 tickets at the door or $10 tickets in advance at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Office or at Peoples State Bank in Newton – several items will be available thru the silent auction, plus plenty of food from local businesses – a $100 cash prize for the Best Dressed for Halloween and plenty of items to win with the Chamber’s Raffle, which still has tickets on sale as well – and there will be special music from two Newton natives, Nash Swisher at 6:00 and Kiley Phillips at 7:30 – plus the 2016 Jasper County Citizens of the Year Award will be presented to the Hartrich Family at 7:00 – everyone’s invited out to the special Jasper County Chamber of Commerce event this Friday night in Newton.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The County Clerk’s offices are still conducting Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8th General Election – the County Clerk’s offices are open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 each day – a public test of the voting equipment for Jasper County will be held next Monday afternoon, the 31st, at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 1:30 – anyone can attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The National FFA Convention was last week in Indianapolis and the local Olney FFA Chapter represented Richland County in a historic way – there were five members that received the American FFA Degree, plus three State Champion Teams competed on the national level – today we’re noting one of the three teams from the Olney FFA Chapter – it was Olney’s Forestry Team that ranked 3rd in the nation and received a Gold overall rating – team members and their individual ratings include  :  Jessica Shilling with a Gold rating, finishing in 10th place and earning a $400 scholarship  :  Jared Boehl and Matt Herman each with a Gold rating  :  and Elaine Rudolphi with a Silver rating – the Forestry Career Development Event was sponsored by Husqvarna and John Deere – congratulations to these Olney FFA members on a job well done – also thanks to our local Olney FFA sponsors, Mark Steber, Jamie VanDyke, and Rylan Rusk.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Robinson High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the High School in Charleston from 9:00 to 3:00  :  the Blood Donation Center in Effingham will be open again on Friday from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney will host another Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic today at 501 Whittle Avenue – that’s this morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – appointments can also be made for those unable to stop by on Wednesdays, call  618-392-6241.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night Sunday night from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Costume Contest, food for purchase, and candy

   
    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a “trunk or treat” night this Sunday evening at the Berryville Community Building – beginning at 4:00, everything is free and open to all area children


    The Christian Church of Olney has a Tailgate Event this Sunday in the Olney City Park – bring lawn chairs, wear casual dress, & bring sports memorabilia – the Silly Safari Live Animal Show is at 9:00, then a 10:00 worship service, and a free concession stand with lunch and fellowship time at 11:00 – for all ages


    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” is Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 9:00 to 12 noon, with donations at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating


    The RMH Foundation has its Diamonds & Denim gaming event fundraiser Saturday night at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:30 with a dinner buffet – then poker, blackjack, and more – call  618-395-6088


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – plus more


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” Saturday night from 5:00 to 7:00, with a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, food, and refreshments for all attending


    All are invited to Burgin Manor this Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 for a free community event – come dressed in costumes and bring your Trick or Treat bags – plenty of games, fun, and frightening food


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade and related activities this Friday evening – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the downtown TrustBank parking lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited


    The OCC Student Senate will open its Haunted Trail in the Woods for the first of five straight nights tomorrow evening from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person and free for all ages 5 and younger – it continues each night then Friday thru next Monday – also a free Music Show will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney has its annual “Trunk or Treat” tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 with candy and other treats for all area children – while admission is free, those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good item to be donated to the Good Samaritan of Richland County to help those in need

 

 

 

October 25, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a ridge of high pressure keeps us dry again today, a fast-moving cold front will bring in some clouds tonight, ahead of our next rain chance coming up tomorrow afternoon thru tomorrow night – but the rain chance will be short-lived as we return to sunshine on Thursday and Friday, and the dry conditions are now expected to continue thru the upcoming weekend as well – no rain until next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – with another great fall day on tap for this Tuesday, the Illinois State Police are still wanting area motorists to be alert while traveling on regional highways and country roads – as the fall harvest is winding down, be on the lookout for all slowing-moving farm machinery as it moves from field to field – remember that it is traveling at slower than normal speeds – always stay alert to keep everyone safe.

 

(OLNEY)  University of  Illinois officials are reporting new cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease among students on the Urbana campus – in fact, about 10 new cases over the weekend now bring the total to a little more than 70 since the beginning of the semester – while campus housing units are focusing on sanitation, some of the affected students have been isolated – officials are also promoting handwashing as well.

 

(NEWTON)  An English teacher from suburban Chicago has been named the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year – the Illinois State Board of Education is honoring Elk Grove High School teacher Ricky Castro, who created a mentoring program where high school students help younger students on the elementary & junior high level – Castro was also cited for his work in helping students learn two languages – Castro will spend the next year speaking at various workshops, plus represent Illinois at the National Teacher program.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to turn the alley between South Wilson & South West Streets and West Elm & West Cherry Streets into an one way, east to west alley, instead of vacating it as suggested  :  accepted the proposal to extend the Musgrove Park parking lot area & to waive formal bidding procedures  :  agreed to donate $450 of local tourism funds towards the current Scarecrow Contest, which currently has 18 contestants  :  heard an infrastructure report noting that the City’s water line improvement project is now complete and that the handicapped accessible sidewalk work at various intersections along Main Street is nearly complete  :  approved four raffle licenses as recommended  :  and took no action on several recommendations from the City’s Parks & Recreation Board as further information is needed  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be November 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – both corn and soybean harvesting is nearing completion across the state – as of Sunday, the state’s corn harvest was at 83% complete, compared to 91% a year ago – the state’s soybean harvest was at 76% on Sunday, compared to 77% for the 5-year average – also noted that 68% of the intended wheat acreage has been sown  :  farmers in our ten county region report much the same with well over 90% of the local corn and over 70% of the local beans have been harvested – while some acreage is being sown to winter wheat, many producers are expecting to be finished with the harvest by the end of this week – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” while working outdoors.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney FFA Chapter had a historic year at last week’s National FFA Convention up in Indianapolis – the local chapter from Richland County High School had three State Champion Teams compete at the national gathering, along with five young leaders receiving the American FFA Degree – the local recipients of the highest degree that a FFA member can earn in the national organization includes Mackenzie Michels, Bryce Mitchell, Brock Mitchell, Sydney Pitts, and Andrew Steber – and be listening each day the rest of this week as we feature the three Olney Chapter State Champion Teams on separate days tomorrow thru Friday on our daily news – the attendance at this year’s event was recorded at 64,094 people – thanks to our local FFA sponsors, Mark Steber, Jamie VanDyke, and Rylan Rusk for their work.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Shelbyville High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Elks Lodge in Centralia from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Charleston High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder to those in Jasper County who have American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2016 on the Jasper County Courthouse Lawn have until this coming Friday, October 28th, to bring their flags to the American Legion Post in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – the flags should be marked with a name, address, and phone number for identification purposes – the flags can be dropped off  at Post #20 in Newton from 3:00 to 7:00 each afternoon & evening, Monday thru Saturday or at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours – if any other questions, call the American Legion Post #20 in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for area organizations to apply for funds from the Carrie Winter Trust – the applications from charitable groups serving the youth of Richland County must be submitted by November 1st, one week from today – forms are available by contacting the First National Bank in Olney Trust Department, or by checking the website online, at  www.fnbolney.com, go to the Services / Trust Services link for a current grant application – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefitted the youth of Richland County for over 30 years with more than $1.9 million awarded to county-wide groups to benefit the area youth.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit still have time to enroll in this week’s course at Olney Central College – the class provides 16 hours of required firearm training which involves both classroom & range instruction – it starts this Thursday night and continues Friday night, each evening from 6:00 to 10:00 – then on Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range – the $183 fee for IECC District residents must be paid in advance with a lower cost for those age 60 and older – for more information, or to get registration details, call the OCC Student Services Office, at  618-395-7777  today.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney will host another Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic tomorrow at 501 Whittle Avenue – that’s in the morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – appointments can also be made for those unable to stop by on Wednesdays, call  392-6241  –while handicapped parking is available behind the office, clinic staff can come outside to a vehicle to give the flu shot, if needed – call the TB & Public Health Office in Olney for more information.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night for all ages this Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Best Costume Contest based on age category, plus hot dogs, pork burgers, chips, & drinks for purchase – free candy to the kids – all are invited


    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club will host a “trunk or treat” night this Sunday evening at the Berryville Community Building – beginning at 4:00, everything is free and open to all area children – the 4-H Club will be serving hot dogs, chili, chips, cookies, and drinks – all are invited out this Sunday


    A fundraising “pancake & sausage breakfast” will be held this Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, with serving from 9:00 until 12 noon and donations accepted at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds to the church’s 2017 mission trip and other youth activities


    The RMH Foundation has its Diamonds & Denim gaming event fundraiser this Saturday night at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:30 – includes a dinner buffet, games such as poker, blackjack, and more, plus a dessert table and prize drawings – for details or tickets, call the RMH Foundation at  618-395-6088


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln this Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest with prizes for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – a $5 cover charge – a portion of proceeds to the Club’s Gaitway To Motion Children’s program


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” this Saturday night from 5:00 to 7:00, including a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, and refreshments for all attending, such as hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and hot cocoa – all ages are invited to check it out


    Don’t forget to attend this year’s annual Halloween Parade and related activities this Friday evening – the judging runs from 5:30 to 5:45 with the parade to start at 6:00, leaving the downtown TrustBank parking lot, moving west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all ages are invited


    The OCC Student Senate will open its Haunted Trail in the Woods for the first of five straight nights this Thursday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $5 per person and free for all ages 5 and younger – it continues each night then Friday thru next Monday – also a free Music Show will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00

 

    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host its annual “Trunk or Treat” tomorrow night from 6:00 to 7:30 with candy and other treats for all area children – while admission is free, a canned good item for the Good Samaritan of Richland County is suggested – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

October 24, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a dry cold front moved thru our region last night, we’ll have another dry and cool day on this Monday with more of the same tomorrow – then an approaching mid-level short wave will quickly pass thru, followed by a fast-moving cold front, bringing us our next chance of rain, maybe some thunderstorms, Wednesday afternoon thru that night – then dry until maybe some showers Friday night – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – nearly 1,100 non-union state workers are getting one-time merit bonuses from the Governor’s administration – between $3 and $4 million will go to award workers whose bosses say they are doing exceptional work, each to get a $3,016 bonus – state officials say the last across-the-board salary increase for non-bargaining unit state employees in Illinois was in 2005, with the last merit pay in 2009.

 

(OLNEY)  September brought continued annual gains in Illinois’ median home prices, while statewide sales declined slightly – Illinois Realtors reports the statewide home sales last month totaled 13,940 units, down less than a full percentage point (0.06%) from September last year – the state’s median price was $180,000, up 5% from September 2015 – 43 of the Illinois counties reported sales gains over previous-year numbers.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has announced the availability of a streamlined version of guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers – the program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning small, underserved, family farmers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations – more information & details are available at local County FSA Offices or online at  www.fsa.usda.gov/farmloans.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a weekend ATV accident that resulted in the deaths of two teenagers – the Illinois State Police, District 12, report the 4-wheeler crash occurred at 11:35 Saturday night on Dutch Lane in rural Effingham County, when the ATV ran off the roadway, struck a deep ditch, and overturned, throwing both the driver & passenger from the ATV – pronounced dead at the scene were 19 year old Kodie M. Hollinshead of Teutopolis and 19 year old Rachel M. Dettling of Mattoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into another fatal traffic accident that occurred in Clay County this past Saturday night, at around 7:31, along North State Street, at the Mulberry Street intersection, in Flora – the State Police report 59 year old Ray L. Rutland of Flora was traveling southbound in a SUV when a pedestrian was walking in the roadway and was struck – taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora, 78 year old Mary J. Davis of Flora was pronounced dead – two passengers were not injured – no charges were filed.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic collision that occurred at 6:43 last night in Clark County on Illinois Route 49 at the Interstate 70 overpass in Casey – the State Police report a school bus operated by 69 year old Jacquelyn C. Colet of Charleston was southbound on Route 49, attempting to turn left on the I-70 eastbound entrance ramp, when the bus turned into the path of a northbound motorcycle driven by 65 year old Steven R. Huckaba of Martinsville – Huckaba was flown from the accident scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana with non-life threatening injuries – Colet was ticketed for failure to yield.

 

(OLNEY)  Plans are underway for the annual Olney Christmas Parade, which is sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club and scheduled for Saturday night, November 26th, at 6:30 – parade entries are now being accepted until November 11th and early entries are encouraged – while there is no fee to enter, forms are available from the Olney Rotary Club, by calling  618-302-7989  – the judging will take place prior to the parade step-off, from 5:00 to 5:30, with cash prizes and plaques to be awarded to the first and second places in six categories, including Children’s Choice, Best Business, Best Use of Lights, Best Inspirational, & Best Musical, plus the Mayor’s Award as well – all entries are welcome – again, call today at  618-302-7989.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s been announced that applications for the 2016 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop With A Cop” Program are now available at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in Newton, during regular office hours – the program is for Jasper County children between the ages of  3 to 14 – parents and/or guardians who would like their children to take part in this year’s “Shop With A Cop” Program must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00, Wednesday afternoon, November 23rd.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Student Senate is busy this next week – it will be hosting its annual Haunted Trail in the Woods, located in the wooded area along Parker Street, on the north side of the OCC campus – the hours are from 6:00 to 10:00 this Thursday night, along with this Sunday & Monday, October 30th and 31st – also from 6:00 to 11:00 this Friday and Saturday nights, October 28th and 29th – admission is $5 per person and free for those ages 5 and younger – plus the Student Senate is sponsoring a free Haunted Trail Music Show from 4:00 to 6:00 this Saturday, the 29th – check it out during this next week.

 

(NEWTON)  Lincoln Trail College will celebrate Halloween with its annual Trick or Treat at the Trail event this coming Thursday evening from 4:00 to 6:30 – all area children are invited to the LTC campus east & north of Robinson where they can trick or treat in a fun & safe environment – the three main LTC buildings have been transformed into different themes by the various LTC clubs, organizations, & offices – students, faculty, & staff will be dressed up in costumes as they pass out candy to the children – all invited.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host its Diamonds & Denim fundraising gaming event at The Holiday in Olney this Saturday night – it’s $50 per ticket per person – those taking part must be age 18 or older to attend – includes a normally priced dinner buffet from 5:30 to 7:00 – then games, such as black jack, roulette, poker, and more from 6:00 to 10:00 – a dessert table from 7:00 to 9:00 – and prize drawings at 10:30 – for details or tickets, call the RMH Foundation office today at  618-395-6088.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Shelbyville High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Elks Lodge in Centralia from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the Robinson High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Charleston High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  all blood types needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s water distribution system from free chlorine back to chloramine today, on this Monday, October 24th – this will return to normal the disinfectants that are used to treat the City of Olney’s water – the free chlorine is used for maintenance purposes along with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – thanks for your patience.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its Fall Fish Sale with delivery set for November 3rd – various species available – call the SWCD Office at  618-392-7141, ext. 3


    The Grove Township Community Center, south & east of Montrose, will host an “Indoor Trunk or Treat” night for all ages this Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 – includes a Best Costume Contest based on age category, plus hot dogs, pork burgers, chips, & drinks for purchase – free candy to the kids – all are invited


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the band Hot Rod Lincoln this Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Olney VFW – includes a costume contest with prizes for the Best Couple, Best Female, & Best Male – a $5 cover charge – a portion of proceeds to the Club’s Gaitway To Motion Children’s program


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host a “Harvest Shindig” this Saturday night from 5:00 to 7:00, including a costume party at 5:30, trunk or treat indoors, fun games, and refreshments for all attending, such as hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and hot cocoa – all ages are invited to check it out


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host its annual “Trunk or Treat” this Wednesday night from 6:00 to 7:30 with candy and other treats for all area children – while admission is free, a canned good item for the Good Samaritan of Richland County is suggested – all are invited to attend


    There are two municipal meetings tonight : the Noble Village Board meets tonight at Village Hall in Noble at 7:00 : the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall at 7:00 : both open to the public