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September 29, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Dry and seasonably warm conditions will continue for a couple of more days before a weak storm system moves thru Illinois on Thursday – the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will exist as early as Wednesday night, then continue thru the day and night Thursday, possibly into early Friday morning – then dry and cooler for the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Grain buyers from nine countries are in Illinois to shop for grain and grain-related products, part of what the USDA is calling a “reverse trade mission” – beginning today, the five day tour includes stops at two Illinois farms, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the ADM plant in Decatur – Illinois is the largest producer of soybeans in the nation and the second largest for corn.

 

(OLNEY)  Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has enrolled a record number of students this year – the Belleville News-Democrat reports 13,972 students have signed up for classes, a jump that followed two years of declining enrollment – along with new subjects of study and a new transfer program, it’s the first year that SIUE allows students from Missouri and six other surrounding states to pay in-state tuition rates.

 

(NEWTON)  Several schools in Illinois are installing carbon monoxide detectors, making the move before the passage of proposed legislation that would make it a requirement for statewide schools to be equipped with the devices – the proposed bill comes after a carbon monoxide leak sent 150 students and staff to a hospital last year, but no one was seriously injured – some schools installed the detectors this past summer.

 

(OLNEY)  The cast has been chosen and tickets go on sale today for the upcoming Olney Central College Theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” – tickets for the comedy will be on sale each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 to 2:00, in the OCC ticket booth – the three performances are set for Friday night, October 24th, and Saturday night, October 25th, each night at 7:30, with dinners provided beforehand at 6:00 – the third and final performance will be Sunday afternoon, October 26th, at 2:00.

 

(NEWTON)  A Jasper County man was arrested late last Thursday following an investigation for violating conditions of his bail – Jasper County Deputies have 51 year old Charles Cisney of Hidalgo in custody at the Jasper County Jail, where he’s awaiting his next court appearance tomorrow – Cisney was released on July 30th after posting $10,000 cash bond on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault – authorities say Cisney’s bond has not yet been set on the alleged bond violation – the investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the death of a Louisville man after a single vehicle wreck that occurred early Sunday morning shortly after 12:30 – State Police report 21 year old Dylan Henderson was driving a pickup truck northbound on U.S. Route 45 about 1.5 miles north of Flora when he lost control, the truck ran off the highway and overturned several times – Henderson was pronounced dead at the scene and he was wearing his seatbelt – the Illinois State Police & Clay County authorities are investigating the crash.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a Clay County traffic accident that occurred Saturday morning at around 10:30 – the State Police report 72 year old Janice Lewis of Louisville was southbound on U.S. Route 45 when her car left the highway, went into the ditch, hit a culvert, overturned, and struck a tree – Lewis was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – police say a medical issue caused the crash.

 

(OLNEY)  A regional crude oil company will host a meeting for landowners in the counties of  Wayne, Clay, and Marion that will be affected by a proposed 30-inch crude oil pipeline scheduled to be laid from a location four miles north of Johnsonville north/northwest to Patoka – the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC, known as ETCO, will host the meeting this coming Thursday night at the First Christian Church in Salem starting at 7:00 – registration for the meeting is requested by calling the Farm Bureau Offices in the counties of Wayne, Clay, or Marion located in Fairfield, Louisville, or Salem.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Jasper County residents with American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2014 on the Courthouse Lawn in Newton have until October 31 to bring their flags to the Newton American Legion Post #20, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 each afternoon and evening, Monday thru Saturday – flags can also be dropped off at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours thru the end of October – those dropping off the flags should make sure their name, address, and phone number is inside each flag case – those in need of a new flag or with a flag that needs to be lettered, call Patty at 618-793-2624 by the end of October – if any questions, feel free to call the Newton American Legion Post #20 at 618-783-2622.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow’s the deadline for area farmers to apply for low interest 2014 loans available thru FSA’s direct farm ownership program – eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil & water conservation& protection – the interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5% with up to 40 years to repay – logon at www.fsa.usda.gov or contact their local FSA County Office.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  today at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the Elementary Schools in Flora from 2:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at EIU Andrews Hall in Charleston from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Xenia Elementary School from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Thursday at the Grayville High School from 9:00 to 1:00  :  Friday at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  to schedule an appointment or for more information, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Harvest Festival & Corn Maze at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, is the next three weekends – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturdays and 3:00 to 6:00 Sundays – plus train rides, games, concessions, bonfires, music, and the amazing “flashlight corn maze” – scavenger hunts also included


    Volunteers are needed for this year’s annual “squirrel count” in the City of Olney – to be held the next three consecutive Saturday mornings, October 4th, 11th, and 18th – call City Hall at 618-395-7302


    The Sailor Springs Chowder is this coming Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 – no glass containers – also barbeque, brats, desserts, and more – dine in or carry out – all this Saturday in Sailor Springs


    The American Legion Post #20 in Newton has a membership drive this Saturday afternoon from 12:00 noon to 3:00 with refreshments – find out activities planned to help the community and local Veterans

 
   HealthFest 2014 is this Saturday morning in the OCC Gym, from 7:30 to 11:00 with numerous health exhibitors on hand with educational materials, giveaways, door prizes, and more – plus, various screenings, flu shots, and more – some costs are involved – sponsored by Richland Memorial Hospital and OCC


    The Richland County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet this Thursday morning at the East Richland Elementary School in Olney, starting at 9:30 – this month’s topic is financial planning – for details or to register in advance, call Jennifer at the Elementary School, at 618-395-8540

 

 

 

September 27, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  That persistent ridge of high pressure will continue to dominate our weather with dry and mild conditions – meanwhile, a weak upper level disturbance to our northwest will give us some clouds at times this weekend – it appears to remain dry in the extended forecast thru most of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  During this National Farm Safety & Health Week, area farmers and ag-related workers are reminded to think “safety first” during this 2014 fall harvest season – with farmers moving from field to field, all motorists are urged to be alert to slow moving farm equipment, plus farmers are reminded to keep all those SMV emblems & flashing warning lights clean and operational – it’s during the fall harvest that the highest injury and fatality rates occur each year, so slow down and take time to think first before acting.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Olney Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are giving the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and/or unwanted prescription drugs – the local “Drug Take Back Day” is today from 10:00 this morning to 2:00 this afternoon at the CVS Pharmacy in Olney, at the corner of South Route 130 and 914 West Main Street – the service today in Olney is totally free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

 

(OLNEY)  The cast has been chosen and tickets go on sale next Monday for the upcoming Olney Central College Theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” – tickets for the comedy will be on sale each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 to 2:00, in the ticket booth – the three performances are set for Friday night, October 24th, and Saturday night, October 25th, each night at 7:30, with dinners provided beforehand at 6:00 – the third and final performance will be Sunday afternoon, October 26th, at 2:00.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – some upcoming area blood drives  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Rose Catholic Church in Montrose from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  Monday at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the Elementary Schools in Flora from 2:00 to 7:00  :  other drives next week in Xenia, Grayville, Hutsonville, Effingham, Vandalia, and Charleston  :  to schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton has an Open House this morning, from 9:00 to 11:00, with everyone invited to attend – the various booths with highlight the Jasper County 4-H program, the Homemakers Extension Association, plus more – all proceeds benefit the Jasper County HCE Books For Beginners program, providing books for Jasper County Kindergarten students.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Calvary Baptist Church in Olney will host a “Church in the Park” event tomorrow evening at the Olney City Park Bandshell, starting at 5:00 – guest speaker will be Mayor James Snyder of Portage, Ind.


    The Bethany Christian Church west of Oblong will celebrate its Homecoming tomorrow with normal morning services followed by a carry-in dinner at 12 noon – The Silent Power Quartet in concert at 1:30


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has another Open Horse Show this afternoon in its new arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – starting at 1:00, there are several different classes


    The Olney Area Pilots Association will host its annual Drive In / Fly In event today at the Olney / Noble Airport just off of Old Route 250 between Olney & Noble – an all-you-can-eat meal from 11:00 to 2:00


    It’s the 40th Annual Fall Festival, hosted by the Olney Arts Council, today from 9:00 to 4:00 , in the Olney City Park – plenty of homemade arts, crafts, food, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more


    The Knights of Columbus “Tootsie Roll Days” continues today as volunteers in their yellow aprons are accepting donations at the Olney Sav-A-Lot Store, the Olney Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and the Olney IGA


    The Main Street Farmers Market is this morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot just north of the Whittle Avenue / Main Street intersection in Olney – fresh produce and more available to the public

 

 

 

September 26, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  That persistent ridge of surface high pressure will remain in place to our northeast, continuing to dominate our weather with dry and mild conditions – meanwhile, a weak upper level disturbance will hang around to our northwest, giving us some clouds at times – it appears to remain dry in the 5 to 7 day forecast although some models show rain showers and thunderstorms possibly by Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s Office is warning statewide consumers to be on the lookout for unauthorized charges on their credit or debit accounts due to a suspected data breach at an estimated 216 Jimmy John’s restaurants around the country – the Champaign-based food chain is now offering protection services for credit to impacted customers – folks can call the AG’s Identity Theft Hotline at 866-999-5630.

 

(OLNEY)  A conference that would benefit history buffs is now underway in Springfield – the 16th annual Illinois History Conference will provide information about the state’s shipyards, prehistoric construction, various activists & immigrants, and more – hosted by the Prairie Capital Convention Center & the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, historic events surrounding President Lincoln will be included.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois stands to gain over $100,000 a year if marijuana made legal statewide – a new study shows that the Land of Lincoln would generate more than $126,000 in tax revenue from the sale of pot – this November, people in Alaska, Florida, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. will vote on whether or not to legalize the sale of weed – some believe approving medical cannabis is a start in the legalization direction.

 

(OLNEY)  The August unemployment numbers are down in all ten of the regional counties in Southeastern and South Central Illinois – in fact, the rates fell in all 102 Illinois counties for the third consecutive month – locally, the numbers fell anywhere from one to two full percentage points from a year ago August, in 2013 – Effingham County continues to lead the way with the lowest area unemployment rate at 6.4%, followed closely by Wabash County at 6.7% – then it’s Jasper County at 7.3%, down from 8.4% a year ago – then Lawrence County at 7.4%, Edwards & Wayne Counties each at 7.5%, Crawford & Cumberland Counties each at 7.7%, and Richland County at 8.0% which is down from 9.8% last year – the area’s highest rate of unemployment for August is in Clay County, at 9.1% – on the statewide level, Illinois’ number dropped from 9.1% a year ago to 6.7% in August, that compares to the national unemployment rate setting at 6.3%.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that petitions for next spring’s April 7th Consolidated Election are now being circulated by candidates as the petition packets for School Board candidates can be picked up at statewide County Clerk offices – meanwhile, nomination petitions for candidates running for the IECC Board of Trustees are available at the District Office in Olney as well – this also applies to candidates for other Junior College Districts, including Lake Land College, south of Mattoon – the filing period for School Board and Community College Board candidates is December 15th thru 22nd in County Clerk and College District offices respectively – others to be elected next April includes trustees for Regional Offices of Education and municipal officers – for more, call your County Clerk or Community College District office.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Olney Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will again give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and/or unwanted prescription drugs – the local “Take Back Day” is tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00 at the CVS Pharmacy in Olney, at the corner of South Route 130 and 914 West Main Street – the service is totally free and anonymous, with no questions asked – if questions, call the Olney Police office.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National Farm Safety & Health Week, area farmers and ag-related workers are reminded to think “safety first” during this 2014 fall harvest season – with farmers moving from field to field, all motorists are urged to be alert to slow moving farm equipment, plus farmers are reminded to keep all those SMV emblems & flashing warning lights clean and operational – it’s during the fall harvest that the highest injury and fatality rates occur each year, so slow down and take time to think first before acting.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Papa Murphy’s in Mattoon from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Rose Catholic Church in Montrose from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  Monday at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the Elementary Schools in Flora from 2:00 to 7:00  :  other drives next week in Xenia, Grayville, Hutsonville, Effingham, Vandalia, & Charleston  :  for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The cast has been chosen and tickets go on sale next Monday for the upcoming Olney Central College Theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” – tickets for the comedy will be on sale each weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 to 2:00, in the ticket booth – the three performances are set for Friday night, October 24th, and Saturday night, October 25th, each night at 7:30, with dinners provided beforehand at 6:00 – the third and final performance will be Sunday afternoon, October 26th, at 2:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton has an Open House coming up tomorrow morning, from 9:00 to 11:00, with everyone invited to attend – those attending will find the various booths highlighting Jasper County 4-H, the Homemakers Extension Association, plus Rada Cutlery, Usborne Books, Premiere Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, and Homemade Wreaths for every occasion – all proceeds from Saturday morning’s Open House will benefit the Jasper County HCE Books For Beginners program, providing books for Jasper County Kindergarten students – refreshments will be served.

 

(OLNEY)  This is Homecoming Week at East Richland High School with plenty of activities all week long at ERHS  :  today is Dress Up Extreme Spirit Day where students will dress in lots of orange and black – today’s Homecoming Parade will leave ERHS at 2:00, go by the Middle School and Elementary School before returning to ERHS – with the Rotary Homecoming meal starting at 5:00 and tailgating at 5:30, the Homecoming game starts at 7:00 with the King & Queen Coronation at halftime and the Homecoming Dance tonight from 9:30 to 11:30  :  it’s Homecoming Week at East Richland High School in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Calvary Baptist Church in Olney is hosting a “Church in the Park” event this Sunday at the Olney City Park Bandshell, starting at 5:00 – special guest speaker will be Mayor James Snyder of Portage, Ind.


    The Bethany Christian Church west of Oblong will celebrate its Homecoming this Sunday with normal morning services followed by a carry-in dinner at 12 noon – The Silent Power Quartet in concert at 1:30


    The Crawford County BowHunters will host their annual Iron Man 3D Shoot this weekend, starting at 7:00 each morning, tomorrow & Sunday – located at the Crawford County Conservation Area southwest of Hutsonville, all bow shooters are invited to the event – for more details, go online at www.3dshoots.com


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has another Open Horse Show tomorrow afternoon in its new arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – starting at 1:00, there are several different classes, plus plenty of concessions – all spectators are welcome – check the Club’s website for more details


    The Olney Area Pilots Association will host its annual Drive In / Fly In event tomorrow at the Olney / Noble Airport just off of Old Route 250 between Olney & Noble – the all-you-can-eat $7 per person meal includes chili, hot dogs, homemade pie, and drink with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – all ages are invited


    It’s the 40th Annual Fall Festival, hosted by the Olney Arts Council, tomorrow from 9:00 to 4:00 , in the Olney City Park – plenty of homemade arts, crafts, food, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more


    The Knights of Columbus “Tootsie Roll Days” are today & tomorrow as volunteers in their yellow aprons are accepting donations – that’s at the Olney Sav-A-Lot Store, the Olney Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and the Olney IGA Store – proceeds to Special Olympics & the Special Needs Classes in Richland County


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host the Annual Homecoming Dinner tonight at Veteran’s Hall, just north of East Richland High School, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets for the catered fried chicken / pulled pork meal are on sale at all area banks with only limited tickets at the door


    The Richland County Farmers Market is today from 11:00 to 4:00 with fresh produce and more available to the public in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – all are invited out to see what’s available


    The annual Tree of Life Ceremony, hosted by Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, is this afternoon in the lower level conference room at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, starting at 2:00 – all are invited

 

 

 

September 25, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  That strong ridge of surface high pressure will continue to keep us dry and mild here in the downstate region, although a weak upper level disturbance did produce some scattered clouds – while some weather models are calling for a slight chance of a scattered shower on Sunday and Monday, others say it’s a dry sky for the next six days until a chance of scattered storms next Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  More than 350 applications were received by the State to grow and/or dispense medical marijuana in Illinois – a panel will now sift thru the applications and determine which will be approved – the state will hand out licenses for 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries before the end of the year – the medical cannabis should be available to patients next spring – for more, logon at www.mcpp.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Governor has to hold off on firing some 58 IDOT workers that were supposed to be let go at the end of September – a Springfield Judge  says they can stay on the payroll until they’ve had their day in court – the union that represents the workers filed suit against the Governor claiming he has no legitimate reason to lay them off – the state is taking a lot of heat for hiring hundreds based on clout instead of skill.

 

(NEWTON)  Student representatives at the University of Illinois are inviting Governor Pat Quinn and his GOP challenger Bruce Rauner to debate on the campus in Champaign – the proposed forum would take place October 7th in the Foellinger Auditorium – some of the people attending will include student leaders from across the state – that same day, a student leadership conference will already be underway on campus.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  agreed to pay 50% of Village employees’ insurance premium as required by Health Alliance, the Village’s insurance carrier  :  agreed to cut down four nuisance trees around the Village – the trees are along West North Avenue, Poplar Street, Oak Street, and South Second Street  :  noted that the City of Olney’s water rate increased for the Village as of August 1st – the new rate is now 0.393 cents per 100 gallons of water  :  noted that the Village’s Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for tomorrow, September 26th, during the regular trash pickup by Republic Services  :  noted that the Village’s water hydrants will be flushed on Monday and Tuesday, October 6th and 7th, weather permitting  :  noted that the annual Senior Citizens Dinner will continue to be held at the former Noble High School  :  noted that Noble resident Judith Anderson will fill the vacant seat on the Village Board  :  and agreed to get a quote for sidewalk repair and/or replacement from South Noble Avenue to the Elementary School  :  the Board’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, October 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Olney Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will again give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and/or unwanted prescription drugs – the local “Take Back Day” is this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the CVS Pharmacy in Olney, at the corner of South Route 130 and 914 West Main Street – the service is totally free and anonymous, with no questions asked – simply bring in any & all prescription drugs that are old, have not or are not being used, and those that are no longer needed – last April, Americans nationwide turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners – if questions, call the Olney Police Department.

 

(NEWTON)  All area folks are encouraged to make plans now to take part in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, scheduled for the morning of October 16th, three weeks from today – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says the goal of the “Drop, Cover, & Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois and elsewhere – so far, nearly 240,000 Illinois residents have gone online to register for the upcoming ShakeOut Drill, which will give them additional information about the drill and earthquake preparedness – locally, folks are urged to spread the word to all individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and organizations – simply go online, at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus – additional earthquake preparedness and mitigation information is also available online at www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National Farm Safety & Health Week, area farmers and ag-related workers are reminded to think “safety first” during this 2014 fall harvest season – with the great weather conditions we’re experiencing, farmers are reminded to keep children at bay around farm equipment, especially during the busy time of harvesting – it’s during the fall harvest that the highest injury and fatality rates occur each year, so slow down and take time to think first before acting around farm equipment in the weeks ahead.

 

(NEWTON)  Officials from the Robinson School District believe a First Responder Training Session & Live Demonstration of a new school safety emergency response system was successful from earlier this week – recently implemented throughout the Robinson School District, the event involved Crawford County police, firemen, and other first responders – the training session included use of the District’s new in-school security camera feeds, emergency preparedness plans, photographs, maps, and much more.

 

(OLNEY)  That escaped convict from the Vandalia Correctional Center this past Tuesday afternoon has been apprehended without incident – authorities found the 21 year old man trying to hitch a ride along Interstate 70 about three miles from the state facility – the State Police thanks everyone for their assistance.

 

(NEWTON)  The Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton has an Open House coming up this Saturday morning, from 9:00 to 11:00, with everyone invited to attend – those attending will find the various booths highlighting Jasper County 4-H, the Homemakers Extension Association, plus Rada Cutlery, Usborne Books, Premiere Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, and Homemade Wreaths for every occasion – all proceeds from Saturday morning’s Open House will benefit the Jasper County HCE Books For Beginners program, providing books for Jasper County Kindergarten students – refreshments will be served.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – some upcoming area blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at Papa Murphy’s in Mattoon from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Rose Catholic Church in Montrose from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  Monday at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the Elementary Schools in Flora from 2:00 to 7:00  :  other drives next week in Xenia, Grayville, Hutsonville, Effingham, Vandalia, & Charleston  :  for more details, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  This is Homecoming Week at East Richland High School with plenty of activities all week long at ERHS  :  today is Dress Up USA Day with students wearing their red, white, and blue, but nothing on the schedule for tonight  :  tomorrow’s Dress Up will be Extreme Spirit Day where students will dress in lots of orange and black – Friday’s Homecoming Parade will leave ERHS at 2:00, go by both the Middle School and Elementary School before returning to ERHS – with tailgating at 5:30, tomorrow night’s Homecoming game starts at 7:00 with the King & Queen Coronation at halftime and the Homecoming Dance Friday night from 9:30 to 11:30  :  all during this Homecoming Week at East Richland High School in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney Area Pilots Association will host its annual Drive In / Fly In event this Saturday at the Olney / Noble Airport just off of Old Route 250 between Olney & Noble – the all-you-can-eat $7 per person meal includes chili, hot dogs, homemade pie, and drink with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – all ages are invited


    It’s the 40th Annual Fall Festival, hosted by the Olney Arts Council, this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 , in the Olney City Park – plenty of homemade arts, crafts, and food – children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more – everyone’s invited out to the annual event this Saturday in the Olney City Park


    The Knights of Columbus “Tootsie Roll Days” are tomorrow and Saturday in Olney as Special Olympic athletes, coaches, K of C members & family, plus ARC Staff will be out collecting donations in their yellow cannisters with their yellow aprons on – that’ll be at the Olney IGA, Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and Sav-A-Lot – proceeds support our area Special Olympic program and the Special Needs Classes in Richland County


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host the Annual Homecoming Dinner tomorrow night at Veteran’s Hall, just north of East Richland High School, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets for the catered fried chicken / pulled pork meal are on sale at all area banks with only limited tickets at the door – call to reserve your tickets at 618-843-4811 – it’s all before the Homecoming game at ERHS Friday night


    The annual Tree of Life Ceremony, hosted by Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, is tomorrow afternoon in the lower level conference room at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, starting at 2:00 – all are invited


    The Jasper County Democrat Dinner is tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – a free meal, 50/50 drawing, basket raffle, and more – come out and meet all your candidates

 

 

 

September 24, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  While the high pressure moving off to the east continues to keep us cool, it will also keep us dry, holding back a storm system to our west – in fact, our early fall dry weather conditions are expected to last for quite a few additional days, like today thru at least, next Tuesday – with a slight warming trend in place, our Midwestern temperatures will level off and remain pleasant for the next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers are split on a current education reform proposal – upstate politicians say Senate Bill 16 is a disaster that would devastate schools in suburban Chicago – why?.....because it would divvy up state funds to schools based on need – therefore the rich districts in Illinois would not receive as much as in the past – downstate lawmakers say it would save a lot of the poorer districts on the brink of closing.

 

(OLNEY)  Smoking could soon be outlawed on all public patios, decks, rooftops, and at beer gardens in Illinois – the idea is to keep second hand smoke away from workers who have to serve people in these areas – a legislative committee is slated to take a vote on the proposal sometime next month – the public can weigh in on the issue until next Monday, September 29th – email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(NEWTON)  The Chicago Mayor wants lawmakers to pass a new law that allows police officers to write a $250 or $500 ticket to anyone who’s caught with less than 15 grams of marijuana – Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already implemented the plan in Chicago and has seen a drastic reduction in the number of arrests – he says the plan would free up jail cell space and keep officers on the streets to fight more serious crimes.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a Richland County traffic accident that occurred Tuesday morning at around 9:30 along Illinois Route 130 near Dundas – the State Police report 50 year old Glenda Hinkle of Olney was southbound when her vehicle ran off the highway, struck a culvert, and overturned – Hinkle was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital for treatment – she was ticketed for improper lane usage.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities are continuing their search for an escaped inmate in the downstate area – the State Police say 21 year old Marcus Battice took off from behind the Vandalia Correctional Center at around 2:00 yesterday afternoon – Battice is considered a non-violent offender, serving a four year prison term for having possession of a stolen car – he is a light-skinned black man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 167 pounds, and last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, dark pants, and white tennis shoes – law enforcement personnel from all over the downstate area are involved in the search and authorities remind the public that if they spot this escaped convict, they should immediately contact the State Police or their local police.

 

(OLNEY)  Another USDA Crop Report is out showing the statewide corn harvest is underway, but remains behind normal – last week’s statewide precipitation average was just over a half inch (0.57), which is two tenths of an inch (0.20) below normal for this time of the year – the state’s average temperature last week was 60.5 degrees, 4.3 degrees below normal  :  farmers here in our ten county region report about 10% of the local corn has been shelled with nearly all the crop now dented and about 75% now mature – over 80% of the local soybeans are turning colors, with a third of the bean crop now dropping leaves, and less than 5% harvested – the downstate crop conditions continue to be way above average as the fall harvest kicks into full gear – both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels continue to be mostly adequate for all of our area.

 

(NEWTON)  During this National Farm Safety & Health Week, area farmers and associated workers are reminded to think “safety first” during this 2014 fall harvest season – one of the biggest concerns at this time of the year is grain handling safety, whether it’s getting into grain bins or working around grain augers and related equipment – it’s during the fall harvest that the highest injury and fatality rates occur each year, so slow down and take time to think first before acting around farm equipment in the days & weeks ahead. 

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations again to the Olney FFA Chapter, recently winning the Section 23 Horse Judging event – Olney’s Jessica Shilling was the top individual scorer as she joined five other Olney FFA members in the top ten scoring list – Emily Shilling was 3rd, Edward Vancil was 5th, Ashten Barnett was 6th, Kristen Urfer was 7th, and Natty Aumiller was 8th – as a team, the Olney FFA members outscored 2nd place Edwards County by 38 points – the Horse Judging event involves evaluating animals based upon two major classes : body conformation, known as the halter class, and performance, known as western pleasure : the other team members for Olney included Mikayla Murphy, Kirsten Garner, Victoris Kittle, Evan Tolliver, and Devin Shultz – the team from Cisne was 3rd, followed by Mt. Carmel, North Clay, Flora, Fairfield, Wayne City, and Grayville – a total of 69 FFA members from the area took part in the regional event.

 

(NEWTON)  The Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton has an Open House coming up this Saturday morning, from 9:00 to 11:00, with everyone invited to attend – those attending will find the various booths highlighting Jasper County 4-H, the Homemakers Extension Association, plus Rada Cutlery, Usborne Books, Premiere Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, and Homemade Wreaths for every occasion – all proceeds from Saturday morning’s Open House will benefit the Jasper County HCE Books For Beginners program, providing books for Jasper County Kindergarten students – refreshments will be served.

 

(OLNEY)  This is Homecoming Week at East Richland High School with plenty of activities all week long at ERHS  :  today is Dress Up Sportsmanship Day where students dress as a fan of another town or team – plus the annual Powder-Puff Football Game is tonight at 6:00 with a $1 entry fee per person  :  tomorrow is Dress Up USA Day with students wearing their red, white, and blue to school, but nothing scheduled for tomorrow night, giving everyone a free night to finish up their floats for the parade  :  activities continue each day and night for the rest of this Homecoming Week at East Richland High School in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder for all area blood donors to get out and give blood, with a special need now for all types of  blood and blood platelets – some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Flora VFW from 12 noon to 4:00  :  also today at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  this Friday at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  to schedule an appointment to give, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Jasper County Farm Bureau is taking a bus trip to the Myers Theatre in Hillsboro, Indiana to it’s Christmas Show on Wednesday, November 19th – the cost of $78 for members, $80 for non-members, includes the bus ride, a meal, and show ticket – signup and pay by October 17th – call 618-783-2733


    The Bethany Christian Church west of Oblong will celebrate its Homecoming this Sunday – Sunday School and the morning worship service will be followed by a carry-in dinner at 12 noon – then The Silent Power Quartet in concert at 1:30 with a free will offering taken – everyone is welcome this Sunday


    The Crawford County BowHunters will host their annual Iron Man 3D Shoot this weekend, starting at 7:00 each morning, Saturday & Sunday – located at the Crawford County Conservation Area southwest of Hutsonville, all bow shooters are invited to the event – for more details, go online at www.3dshoots.com


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has another Open Horse Show this Saturday afternoon and evening in its new arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – starting at 3:00, there are14 different classes, plus plenty of concessions – all spectators are welcome – check the Club’s website for more details


    The Olney Area Pilots Association will host its annual Drive In / Fly In event this Saturday at the Olney / Noble Airport just off of Old Route 250 between Olney & Noble – the all-you-can-eat $7 per person meal includes chili, hot dogs, homemade pie, and drink with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – all ages are invited


    It’s the 40th Annual Fall Festival, hosted by the Olney Arts Council, this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 , in the Olney City Park – plenty of homemade arts, crafts, and food – children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more – everyone’s invited out to the annual event this Saturday in the Olney City Park

 

    The Knights of Columbus “Tootsie Roll Days” are this Friday and Saturday in Olney as Special Olympic athletes, coaches, K of C members & family, plus ARC Staff will be out collecting donations in their yellow cannisters with their yellow aprons on – that’ll be at the Olney IGA, Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and Sav-A-Lot – proceeds support our area Special Olympic program and the Special Needs Classes in Richland County


    The annual Tree of Life Ceremony, hosted by Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, will be this Friday in the lower level conference room at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, starting at 2:00 – it’s held in memory of those who have had donations made in their name to Hospice – all are invited to attend


    The Annual Jasper County Democrat Dinner is tomorrow night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – the free meal includes pork burgers, baked beans, desserts, and more – also a 50/50 drawing, basket raffle, and more – come out and meet all your candidates this Thursday night