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April 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the frontal boundary hanging over the Midwest stays north of our downstate area for one more day, we’ll see dry, windy, and warm conditions today – then everything starts to move with the approaching cold front, bringing us rain chances tonight and thru the day tomorrow, on Easter Sunday – then more on-and-off rain chances next Monday thru Thursday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – with only three days left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can – an estimated 1 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed – the April 18th deadline is next Tuesday – logon at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A new ad campaign is underway during April’s recognition as National Donate Life Month – currently, there are more than 6.1 million people that are registered to become organ / tissue donors in Illinois, although approximately 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting on an organ transplant – during this month, libraries in Illinois are passing out organ/tissue donor materials, plus health fairs, schools, colleges, and hospitals are hosting donor drives and more – for more information or details on becoming an organ / tissue donor, go online at  www.LifeGoesOn.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The American Red Cross has announced a Zero to Hero Training coming up on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Mt. Vernon, at the Drury Inn & Suites – those in the downstate region interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can get on the fast track by attending the event to be trained as a disaster services volunteer in one weekend, all sponsored by the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – to get more information or to register for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training, call Samuel Evans at  217-622-0270  or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – that’s April 21st thru 23rd next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Development Corporation, in collaboration with the U of  I Extension, is hosting a free “Marketing Your Small Business” workshop next Tuesday night, April 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00, at the Extension Office, at 306 South Fair Street, in Olney – the workshop will cover various topics, including the five P’s of marketing, elements of a marketing plan, standing out in the marketplace, building a brand, and methods for message delivery – seating is limited, so signup now – call the RCDC office in Olney, at  618-392-2305, or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – all local & area business owners invited.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part

    The Steber Family Farms Relay For Life Team has another pork burger and bake sale today at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer

    The Runyon Jungle “Wild For A Cure” Relay For Life Team has a fundraising cookout today at CVS in Olney with serving from 10:00 until 2:00 – includes pork burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, bratwursts, plenty of baked goodies, & more – plus the Easter Bunny – proceeds to fight cancer

    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office

    A fundraising bake sale is this morning from now until 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort

    And with this Easter weekend upon us, we encourage everyone to take time and attend one or more of the many church services in our downstate area – whether tonight, tomorrow morning, or Sunday evening

 

 

April 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A frontal boundary hanging over Central Illinois will lift back northward today as a warm front, keeping most of the rain chances to our north, plus warmer air and slight rain chances for our downstate area – then an upper level ridge will keep us warm & dry tomorrow with gusty winds – and eventually, a cold front will move thru with rain, possibly storms, on Easter Sunday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a law enforcement task force has started a tip line to collect information about public corruption in downstate Illinois – with the phone number to be advertised on billboards, the effort is looking for corruption by elected officials or public employees in the state’s 38 southernmost counties that make up the Department of Justice’s Southern District of Illinois – the task force includes representatives of the FBI, the Illinois State Police, and IRS Criminal Investigations – that tip line number is  618-589-7353.

 

(OLNEY)  As reported earlier this week, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum has taken steps to remove a statue of John Wilkes Booth from inside the facility – the statue of Lincoln’s assassin had stood in a central plaza inside the museum since it opened in 2005 – officials say the prominent location of the statue was an untimely reminder of a horrific act and they felt any potential glorification, even if it was unintentional, was not acceptable – the Booth statue was removed last week and put in storage.

 

(NEWTON)  With only four days left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can – more than 4 million taxpayers have filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and have received refunds totaling over $760 million – 87% of the tax returns that IDOR has received were filed electronically – an estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before next Tuesday’s April 18th deadline – for more, logon at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  An Olney man is dead after a fatal vehicle / pedestrian collision last night at 8:40 along Route 130 near the North Avenue intersection in Olney – the State Police report 55 year old James D. Butler of Olney was traveling north on Route 130, just north of the intersection, when due to darkness, his truck tractor semi-truck struck two men – 17 year old Ian M. Tate of Olney was pushing 53 year old Shawn P. Tate of Olney in a wheelchair in the northbound left lane along Route 130 – the teenager was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – Shawn P. Tate was taken to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney and pronounced dead – the State Police were assisted by the Olney Police Department and other personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in regular session last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved County Claims worth $104,905 for the month of March  :  heard the Public Building Commission report, noting that a few things need to be finished up before the Courthouse renovation project is totally complete  :  set a Courthouse Open House for Saturday morning, June 3rd, from 9:00 until 11:00, as the public is invited to stop by and look over all the improvements at the Courthouse  :  agreed to take down the outside animal pens at the Animal Control Shelter  :  noted that with the current Animal Control Officer resigning, applications are being accepted until 4:00 next Monday afternoon for the new Animal Control Officer’s position  :  agreed to appoint Jalyn Ridgely to the Board of Review and Jay Dee Waggoner to the Farmland Assessment Committee  :  also approved the raffle license application for the FOP Lodge 402  :  agreed to begin a shredding / recycling program at the Courthouse  :  and heard an update from the Richland County Development Corporation  :  the Richland County Board will have its next regular meeting on May 11th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met in regular session last night in Newton – the Board  :  agreed to pay $750 to the City of Newton to help pay for the City Wide Clean Up Days in May  :  agreed to pay the $4,158 Workers’ Compensation premium adjustment after the audit  :  approved the $890 back pay for the Jasper County Court Officer  :  on a 9 to 3 vote, agreed to continue its research on an ordinance to allow ATV / UTV permits  :  on an 11 to 1 vote, agreed to table for a year, a matching grant application for funds to help construct guardrails in Jasper County  :  agreed to purchase an AED unit for the County Highway Department  :  approved a three year renewal to upgrade the county’s Sonic Wall for $1,521  :  noted that the tuck-pointing at the Courthouse is finished  :  heard the various department reports  :  and after a closed session, voted 11 to 1 to pay the balance due for an employee on administrative leave and to pay future COBRA premiums for that employee  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular meeting will be May 11th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Development Corporation, in collaboration with the U of  I Extension, is hosting a free “Marketing Your Small Business” workshop next Tuesday night, April 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00, at the Extension Office, at 306 South Fair Street, in Olney – the workshop will cover various topics, including the five P’s of marketing, elements of a marketing plan, standing out in the marketplace, building a brand, and methods for message delivery – seating is limited, so signup now – call the RCDC office in Olney, at  618-392-2305, or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – all local & area business owners invited.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out to order Geraniums from the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – the deadline to place an order is today – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center will host its final fish fry / salad bar meal today in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center with its future funding to assist local seniors.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City & Village Halls are closed today in observance of Good Friday – while the City Halls in Olney & Newton are closed all day today, the Village Hall in Noble will be open until 12 noon today – all offices will reopen with regular hours next Monday  :  in addition, the City of Olney’s Brush Dump is closed today, but will be back open tomorrow with regular hours from 10:00 to 4:00  :  also, the Newton Yard Waste Facility will be open tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12:00  :  plus the curbside recycling pick up in Olney and Republic Services will haul trash as normal this weekend.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part


    The Steber Family Farms Relay For Life Team has another pork burger and bake sale tomorrow at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer


    The Runyon Jungle “Wild For A Cure” Relay For Life Team has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at CVS in Olney with serving from 10:00 until 2:00 – includes pork burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, bratwursts, plenty of baked goodies, & more – plus the Easter Bunny – proceeds to fight cancer


    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl tomorrow morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office


    A fundraising bake sale is tomorrow morning from 5:30 to 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort


    The Pink Warrior Sisters will have a fundraising “bake sale” this evening at the Olney VFW, starting at 5:30 – stop by for some sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, breads, and more – all are invited


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen has another “fish fry” and hot bar buffet tonight from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat with kids 5 & under admitted free – carry-outs available


    The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – today at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00 – all blood types needed


    The East Fork Bassmasters will again be serving their famous fish sandwiches this Friday – that’s from 10:30 tomorrow morning until they’re sold out at the Olney IGA tomorrow – get their early


    A note from the Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 & 130 in Olney – open interviews will be held today, on this Friday, from 8:00 this morning until 3:00 this afternoon – workers needed now


    And with this Easter weekend upon us, we encourage everyone to take time and attend one or more of the many church services in our downstate area – from Good Friday services today or tonight, thru tomorrow evening, sunrise services on Sunday morning, and other services on Sunday as well

 

 

 

April 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a frontal boundary pushes thru the Upper Midwest, most of the state’s rain chances will stay to our north, north of a line along Interstate 70 – however, after a dry & sunny sky today thru tonight, there is a slight chance of our downstate area getting wet late tomorrow afternoon thru evening – as the boundary lifts north, we stay warm and dry on Saturday – but wet and a little cooler on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois travelers may now access real-time information on road closures, construction, & winter weather conditions through a revamped state website – the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the redesigned “Getting Around Illinois” website is now mobile-friendly & continuously updated – users are able to zoom in to view a location, roadway, or destination, plus also provides information to travelers on traffic congestion, hotel and gas station locations, and weather radar – all of this information and more is available on the updated website, at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  A team of researchers at the University of Illinois is targeting a mysterious disease that afflicts more than a dozen snake species in at least 15 different states – so far, the researchers have found that the disease causes dermatitis in both wild and captive snakes and it may threaten some endangered species – it’s been determined the fungal ailment first appeared in 2000 by examining museum specimens of rattlesnakes.

 

(NEWTON)  A federal jury has awarded $13 million to a man who spent 21 years in prison after signing a murder confession allegedly manufactured by Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors – 42 year old Deon Patrick was convicted in 1995 in the deaths of two Chicago people and has spent years contending that his confession was coerced – in fact, records show Patrick was locked up on another charge at the time the two victims were killed in 1992 – prosecutors dismissed the murder charges against Patrick in 2014.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Water & Climate Summary for March has been released by the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign  :  the average temperature for the 31 days & nights was 43.2 degrees, 1.9 degrees above the long term average – the highest average temperature in Illinois was 48.2 degrees in both the Southeast and Southwest Districts of the state  :  the average precipitation in March was at 3.53 inches, just over a half inch (0.57) above the long term average – our East-Southeast District was the state’s driest area with an average of 2.70 inches falling – the state’s wettest area was the Northeast District with an average of 4.46 inches for March  :  Illinois’ soil moisture levels were mostly high for the month, although some levels were starting to deplete towards the end of the month  :  the water surface levels at the end of March were below the full pool / seasonal target level at 7 of the 27 reporting reservoirs – while Lake Shelbyville was below its April 1st target level, East Fork Lake, Carlyle Lake, and Rend Lake were all a little above their spillway & target levels  :  the state’s shallow groundwater levels were just above normal for March.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that participants with Conservation Stewardship Program 2013 contracts have from now until May 5th, 2017, to submit applications to local field offices for contract renewals – with the 2013 contracts set to expire December 31st, 2017, the NRCS allows CSP participants to renew their contracts for an additional five year period – there are some 250 CSP 2013 contracts in Illinois that are reaching the end of their initial five year contract period – if not contacted by a local NRCS field office first, participants should contact their local office.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Development Corporation, in collaboration with the U of  I Extension, is hosting a free “Marketing Your Small Business” workshop next Tuesday night, April 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00, at the Extension Office, at 306 South Fair Street, in Olney – the workshop will cover various topics, including the five P’s of marketing, elements of a marketing plan, standing out in the marketplace, building a brand, and methods for message delivery – seating is limited, so signup now – call the RCDC office in Olney, at  618-392-2305, or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – all local & area business owners invited.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to those out there interested in earning a GED – all four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, or near Robinson are offering the free classes – no matter the schedule, whether day, night, or around the clock online, there’s a convenient option to help obtain a GED – the Summer Semester starts on June 6th and registration is now open for Summer and Fall classes – folks can register at Olney Central College from 9:00 to 2:00 Monday thru Thursday and while appointments are recommended, they’re not required – call Lindsey at  618-395-7777   extension  2265  for more details.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out to order Geraniums from the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – the deadline to place an order is tomorrow, April 14th – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center will host its final fish fry / salad bar meal tomorrow in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center with its future funding to assist local seniors.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City & Village Halls will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday – while the City Halls in Olney & Newton will be closed all day on Friday, the Village Hall in Noble will be open until 12 noon tomorrow – all offices will reopen with regular hours next Monday  :  in addition, the City of Olney’s Brush Dump will also be closed tomorrow, on Friday, but back open Saturday with regular hours from 10:00 to 4:00  :  also, the Newton Yard Waste Facility will be open this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 12:00  :  plus the curbside recycling pick up in Olney will run this weekend with no delay  :  Republic Services will haul trash as normal this weekend with no planned delays as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There are a couple of regular monthly meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight in the County Office Building in Newton, beginning at 7:00  :  the Richland County Board also meets tonight at 7:00, that’s in the Richland County Jail meeting room in Olney – the Board’s Finance Committee also meets tonight in the meeting room, beginning at 6:00  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part


    The Steber Family Farms Relay For Life Team has another pork burger and bake sale this Saturday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer


    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this coming Saturday morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office


    A fundraising bake sale is early Saturday morning from 5:30 to 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort


    The Pink Warrior Sisters will have a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday evening at the Olney VFW, starting at 5:30 – stop by for some sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, breads, and more – all are invited


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen has another “fish fry” and hot bar buffet this Friday night from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat with kids 5 & under admitted free – plenty of food, ice cream, and much more – carry-outs available – pay at the door – all ages are invited


    The East Fork Bassmasters will again be serving their famous fish sandwiches this Friday – that’s from 10:30 tomorrow morning until they’re sold out at the Olney IGA tomorrow – get their early


    The RCHS After-Prom has another fundraising event this evening at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a Canvas Painting Party starting at 6:30 with instruction by Amanda Ochs – the $40 tickets are available by calling Vonda Colclasure at  395-3608  – all proceeds to help with this year’s After-Prom events at RCHS


    The Easter Bunny will be visiting the State Farm Insurance Office in Newton today from 11:00 to 2:00 – free pictures with the special visitor will be available, plus special treats – all children are welcomed


    And a note from the Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 & 130 in Olney – open interviews will be held tomorrow, on Friday, from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon – workers needed now

 

 

 

April 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge over the Midwest today will give us plenty of sunshine and dry weather conditions that will continue thru tomorrow and at least Friday morning – a frontal boundary will stay to our north with rain chances as early as Thursday night north of a line along Interstate 70 – our next rain chance will be brief on Friday afternoon – then dry & warm Saturday – some rain on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers this spring will consider legislation that would join 12 other states in requiring a criminal conviction to formally confiscate one’s assets – the contentious practice currently allows law enforcement to permanently seize vehicles, cash, and other property associated with illegal activity and then profit from it – a 2016 report says Illinois law enforcement collects an average of $30 million in forfeited property every year – the plan would also establish public reporting requirements.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police have announced the results of a recent special enforcement memorial operation dedicated to fallen State Trooper James Sauter, who was killed in the line of duty on March 28th, 2013, when his squad car was struck by a truck tractor semi-truck on I-294 in Chicago – the fourth annual, 24-hour patrol, entitled “Operation Sauter”, resulted in 1,437 Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections that placed 138 dangerous vehicles out of service – there were 123 citations and 624 written warnings issued.

 

(NEWTON)  With only six days left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can – more than 4 million taxpayers have filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and have received refunds totaling over $760 million – 87% of the tax returns that IDOR has received were filed electronically – an estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before next Tuesday’s April 18th deadline – for more, logon at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney & Richland County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet last night with approximately 90 people in attendance – both the current and retiring Chamber Board of Directors were recognized for their service, plus Mayor Ray Vaughn addressed the crowd, followed by a few words from newly elected Mayor Mark Lambird – a presentation was given about the new Richland County CEO Program involving students at Richland County High School – the guest speakers were Amy Tarr, the National Community Director for Midland Institute, and Sheri Gray, the Richland County CEO Program Facilitator – and the Olney Daily Mail presented the 2017 Business of the Year Award to “Roll With It” which is owned and operated by Doug and Jodi Shaw – all current Chamber of Commerce members were thanked for their support in Olney and Richland County as everyone presses on through 2017.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  discussed the possibility of purchasing dirt to fill in areas at the Village Park and Cemetery – will be considered at the next regular meeting  :  noted the Village’s Street Committee will try to meet with the Village Engineer to go over needed street repairs  :  noted the Noble Village-Wide Garage Sales will be Saturday, May 20th  :  noted that Village employees with be flushing water hydrants on Monday and Tuesday, May 8th and 9th, weather permitting  :  noted that the Noble Spring Clean-Up Day, in conjunction with Republic Services, will be Wednesday, April 26th  :  noted the Village’s Easter Egg Hunt is this coming Saturday afternoon in the Village Park, starting at 2:00  :  and noted that the Village Hall in Noble will close at 12:00 noon this Friday in observance of “Good Friday”  :  the next meeting for the Noble Village Board is April 24th.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can still enroll in an upcoming course at Olney Central College – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – starting a one week from tomorrow night, the class will meet from 6:00 to 10:00 on Thursday and Friday nights, April 20th and 21st, at OCC – then the final meeting of the class will be Saturday, April 22nd, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range – the tuition and fees for the class are $183 for residents within the IECC District and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the tuition is waived for District residents who are age 60 and older, but course fees must be paid – to register, call OCC today, at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  A note to area outdoorsmen and women  :  resident Illinois deer hunters can apply now thru April 30th for the first lottery drawings for 2017 Illinois Firearm & Muzzleloader-only Deer Season permits – all are urged to apply online at the DNR website  :  also all visitors to Illinois state parks, fish & wildlife areas, and other IDNR-managed sites with spring turkey hunting programs in April & May are reminded that hunting areas are closed to other activities a half hour before sunrise until 1:00 daily  :  and don’t forget the new license year began back on April 1st – all fishing, hunting, & sportsman’s combination licenses are available from DNR Direct license & permit vendors or at the DNR website online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to those out there interested in earning a GED – all four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, or near Robinson are offering the free classes – no matter the schedule, whether day, night, or around the clock online, there’s a convenient option to help obtain a GED – the Summer Semester starts on June 6th and registration is now open for Summer and Fall classes – folks can register at Olney Central College from 9:00 to 2:00 Monday thru Thursday and while appointments are recommended, they’re not required – call Lindsey at  618-395-7777   extension  2265  for more details.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  today at Patoka High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  remember, one blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people and it’s every two seconds that someone needs blood in America – all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part


    The Runyon Jungle “Wild For A Cure” Relay For Life Team has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at CVS in Olney with serving from 10:00 until 2:00 – includes pork burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, bratwursts, plenty of baked goodies, & more – plus the Easter Bunny – proceeds to fight cancer


    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this coming Saturday morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office


    A fundraising bake sale is early Saturday morning from 5:30 to 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort


    The Pink Warrior Sisters will have a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday evening at the Olney VFW, starting at 5:30 – stop by for some sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, breads, and more – all are invited


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen has another Friday night “fish fry” and hot bar buffet this weekend from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat with kids 5 & under admitted free – plenty of food, ice cream, and much more – carry-outs available – pay at the door – all ages are invited


    The RCHS After-Prom has another fundraising event tomorrow evening at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a Canvas Painting Party starting at 6:30 with instruction by Amanda Ochs – the $40 tickets are available by calling Vonda Colclasure at  395-3608  – all proceeds to help with this year’s After-Prom events at RCHS


    The Easter Bunny will be visiting the State Farm Insurance Office in Newton tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00 – free pictures with the special visitor will be available, plus special treats – all children are welcomed


    And a note from the Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 & 130 in Olney – open interviews will be held this coming Friday from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon – workers needed now

 

 

 

April 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the slow-moving cold front pushes off to our southeast today our rain threat ends, but some clouds will hang around thru today and tonight – however, an approaching high pressure will give us plenty of sunshine tomorrow and Thursday – our next chance of rain will be quick, with very little expected Friday thru Friday night – then a dry & warm Saturday, but rain chances for Easter Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two week spring break – before leaving Springfield, the State House approved an $817 million spending plan that’s described as a “lifeline”, taking money from special funds to help universities and human services – the House and Senate returns to work on the week of April 24th and are scheduled to adjourn on May 31st.

 

(OLNEY)  With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into high gear, the IDOT and the Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to “Gear Up – Ride Smart” to ensure their safety as they hit the highways in 2017 – the annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting on their bikes by conducting pre-ride safety inspections and refreshing their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT – it’s also a time to alert all motorists to be on the lookout for motorcycles while driving this spring and summer ahead – for safety tips, check the IDOT website, or logon at  www.StartSeeingMotorcycles.org.

 

(NEWTON)  Officials have unveiled a sleek new look for the future of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield – in fact, with a new logo, also comes the 2017 fair theme “Generations of Fun” – officials have announced at least two new rides will join the Carnival Midway this year, including a featured roller coaster – plus now is a great time to consider purchasing a Discount Admission Booklet and a Mega Pass for 2017 – learn more online, at  www.illinois.gov/statefair  – the Illinois State Fair will run August 10th thru 20th this year.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved an Inducement Resolution showing the city’s intent to enter into a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the property owner who plans to build a new hotel at the former greenhouse site along Illinois Route 130, just west of the Olney City Park  :  approved the purchase of a cab tractor and boom mower for the City Street Department from Alliance John Deere in Newton with the price not to exceed $125,000  :  approved the $33,603 bid from Doll’s Incorporated to construct a new road thru a new section of Haven Hill Cemetery  :  agreed to vacate a portion of the East / West unimproved Railroad Street between the CSX Railroad and East South Avenue and between South East Street and South Mill Street  :  approved the rezoning of 914 West Catherine Street from an R-5 (Trailer or Mobile Home) to C-2 (Commercial District)  :  agreed to grant a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home at 916 West Catherine Street  :  turned down a request for a Special Use Permit to locate a Mobile Home at 602 South Shields Street  :  accepted the package quote for water plant and swimming pool chemicals for Fiscal Year 2018  :  agreed to concrete the entire Kitchell Avenue Street Project, all the way from Main Street to Chestnut Street  :  agreed to move the annual Bicycle Classic in 2017 from the Olney City Park back to its original site, in downtown Olney  :  approved three raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss real estate, personnel, and negotiations  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be April 27th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, last week’s continued rain throughout much of the state delayed corn planting and other spring field work – the state’s precipitation averaged 1.52 inches, which was 0.81 inches above normal – last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 51.7 degrees, that was 4.3 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, 1% of the state’s corn crop had been planted compared to the five-year average of 5% – meanwhile, the winter wheat crop continues to remain mostly in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in our ten county region report very little field work and little, if any, corn planted as of Sunday – farmers are reminded to keep safety first during the spring planting season in the weeks ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is still taking Geranium orders, running now thru this coming Friday, April 14th – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  618-395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, which ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – it was Decker Township with 1.75 inches in the seven day recording period, followed by 1.60 inches that fell in both Claremont and German Townships, plus at the Farm Bureau Office in Olney – Preston and Bonpas Townships each had 1.50 inches – then Denver Township at 1.30 inches, Olney Township at 1.25 inches, and Madison Township at 1.20 inches – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured 1.34 inches during the seven day and night recording period in Richland County – thanks again to all the Farm Bureau rain reporters in Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the event is tomnight, starting at 6:00, in the Richland County Middle School Library in Olney – while the Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad mini, the second and third place finishers will get cash – entry forms should be returned to the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney to register – call the office at  618-393-4116  for last minute details.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also today at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  tomorrow at Patoka High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed – remember, one blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people and it’s every two seconds that someone needs blood in the United States – please make plans to give blood ASAP.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding all motorists that the intersection of Whittle Avenue and Illinois Route 130 is now closed and will remain closed until further notice due to construction work – in fact, Whittle Avenue between Route 130 north to Brentwood Avenue will be open to local traffic ONLY from today until further notice – also, don’t forget the road work continues on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street to Chestnut Street, is closed as well – alternate routes around these two areas are needed until further notice.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part


    The Steber Family Farms Relay For Life Team has another pork burger and bake sale this Saturday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer


    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this coming Saturday morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office


    A fundraising bake sale is early Saturday morning from 5:30 to 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort


    The Pink Warrior Sisters will have a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday evening at the Olney VFW, starting at 5:30 – stop by for some sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, breads, and more – all are invited


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen has another Friday night “fish fry” and hot bar buffet this weekend from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat with kids 5 & under admitted free – plenty of food, ice cream, and much more – carry-outs available – pay at the door – all ages are invited


    The Richland County After-Prom “hog raffle” drawing is today with two winners to get a processed half-hog from Hartrich Meats, donated by Brook & Stacie Hughes – tickets are still on sale by contacting Ag Instructor Mark Steber at Richland County High School or by calling Vonda Colclasure at  395-3608


    The Olney Low Vision Support Group will have its April meeting this morning at Sunshine Village Apartments on East Scott Street in Olney, starting at 10:00 – it’s a free support group for people who are, or knows someone who is, visually impaired – for more support group information, call now at  618-838-6370