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November 22, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching storm system, we’ll see increasing clouds thru the day on this Tuesday until the initial chance of rain begins later tonight – then the system slows down with rain chances now throughout the day tomorrow before ending Wednesday night – then we’re dry and cool for Thanksgiving Day, plus dry Friday and Saturday before our next chance of rain moves in on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State DNR is reminding school teachers & youth group leaders they can still apply for grants of up to $1,000 thru the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program – the goal is to get students involved in the planning, development, and maintenance of projects to help native wildlife, like monarch butterflies and other animals and insects – the deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 30th, one week from tomorrow – for more information, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov/education.

 

(OLNEY)  The countdown to the 2017 Illinois State Fair began earlier this month as officials have announced that as a part of the fair’s holiday promotional campaign, it will be offering a 2017 Mega Pass at a reduced price of $60 until the first of the new year – it’s a ticket to unlimited rides for all eleven days of next year’s event in Springfield – the price increases to $70 on January 1st, then up to $90 on August 1st – for details or to purchase, logon at  www.illinoisstatefair.info  – the 2017 State Fair is August 10th-20th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – statewide farmers continue working on fall tillage and completing harvest activities – last week’s statewide average temperature was 47.6 degrees, that was 5.3 degrees above normal – the statewide precipitation average last week was 0.19 inches, which was 0.51 inches below normal  :  farmers in our ten county area report pretty much all the local corn & soybeans have been harvested with all the intended acreage of winter wheat sown – farmers are reminded be safe out there.

 

(OLNEY)  In a regular meeting held last Wednesday, the City of Olney’s Parks and Recreation Board  :  approved a recommendation for a concrete pad to be poured under the bleachers on the northeast tennis court in the Olney City Park with funds provided by the tennis community and pickleball community  :  approved a recommendation for construction of a hitting wall on the northern fence on the Olney City Park tennis courts to be paid for and constructed by the Tennis Club  :  discussed, but took NO action on the Olney Little League concession contract and Musgrove Park usage contract – more information & facts are needed  :  and agreed to change December’s meeting date from the 21st to the14th  :  all recommendations of the Parks and Recreation Board are passed along to the Olney City Council for its consideration.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board had its regular monthly meeting on Thursday of last week in Newton – the Board  :  on a 10 to 2 vote, approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget as presented, despite a request for additional funds for the Circuit Clerk’s office  :  approved Denise Meinhart as Jasper County’s Acting Engineer for the Highway Department for 100 days or until a new engineer is hired  :  approved the snow removal bids  :  approved a student ride-along & class proposal for the Ambulance Service  :  noted that the Sheriff’s Union contract is ready to be considered for approval  :  heard the various reports from Animal Control, the Sheriff’s Department, the Health Department, and others  :  after a closed session, accepted the retirement resignation & approved the retirement compensation for Jasper County Engineer Dick Patterson  :  set the Board’s Reorganizational meeting for December 1st, at 12 noon  :  and recognized the retiring members of the Jasper County Board, noting their individual years of service – Joe Bierman for 16 years on the Board, the past 2 years as Board Chairman – Dale Haskett for 20 years on the Board – Jim Weber for 12 years – Mark Smithenry for 10 years – and Everett Miller for 10 years – a total 68 years of service recognized  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be December 8th.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still recruiting Bucket Brigade volunteers as the Olney Christmas Lights Display will officially be clicked “on” this Thursday evening – Bucket Brigade volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of donations at the end of the Lights Display in the Olney City Park – various groups and businesses can volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift which start this Thursday night and continue each evening thru December 31st – to signup or to get more details, call the Olney City Hall at  395-7302, ext 3 - the donations collected by the Bucket Brigade are used to help maintain & expand the annual light display.

 

(OLNEY)  Nomination papers can now be filed in the Olney City Clerk’s office for the April 4th, 2017 Consolidated Municipal Election in Olney, where two City Council positions and the Mayor of Olney will be elected – candidates may file nomination petitions today and tomorrow, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day, while the final day to file is next Monday, November 28th, from 8:00 until 5:00 – the Olney City Hall will be closed this Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving – if needed, a Primary Election would be February 28th.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus will be visiting with local constituents today – the former teacher and U.S. Military Veteran will conduct one-on-one meetings this morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the City Hall in Robinson and then this afternoon from 2:30 to 4:00 at the Civic Center in Lawrenceville.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop With A Cop” Program is still accepting applications at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in Newton, during regular office hours, but for only two more days – the program is for Jasper County children between the ages of  3 to 14 – parents 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, tomorrow afternoon, November 23rd.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau continues with its “Coat Drive” but only for a couple more days until Thanksgiving – it’s all to help out those who are in need of winter clothing 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 this winter.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  and yet again tomorrow at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low regional blood supply.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District has a fundraising “fish fry” this Friday evening with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat, including pie & ice cream – pay at the door


    The Historical Sailor Springs Foundation has a “midnight madness breakfast” this week with serving from 10:00 Thanksgiving Night overnight until 9:00 Black Friday morning – it’s only $5 per person with several chances to win various prizes – the raffle drawing with a chance to win $600 in cash, a third of a hog, or a half of a hog, plus mystery baskets and more – the drawing will be at 9:00 Friday morning


    Volunteers are needed to help with this Thursday’s Thanksgiving Meal delivery for those in the Olney community, sponsored by the Immanuel United Methodist Church – those who’d like to help out are needed for a variety of tasks today thru Thursday – plus a lot of pumpkin pies are needed and they can be dropped off at the church this Wednesday between 8:00 and 6:00 – the delivery starts at 11:00 Thursday morning – for those who need a meal or for those who’d like to volunteer in any way, call the church at  618-395-8618


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be selling baked goods & homemade pies tomorrow at the Olney IGA – it starts at 2:30 and continues until sold out

 

 

 

November 21, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure will continue to dominate our weather today with a clear and cool sky – an approaching storm system will give us some clouds tonight and tomorrow although the rain chance will hold off until late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning – then a dry and cool Thanksgiving Day on Thursday with another downstate chance of rain coming up on Sunday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State Senate met for three days last week in Springfield for its Fall Veto Session, taking limited action on a few bills that were vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this year – with this week off, the State House will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week for its Fall Veto Session in our State’s Capitol – it will consider last week’s Senate action and possibly more.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding everyone of those holiday safe cooking tips with Thanksgiving Day just a few days away – make sure that turkey is completely thawed in time for cooking, whether it’s in the oven or fryer – and make sure during the holiday weekend that all cold foods stay cold and hot foods stay hot, especially those leftovers – for tips, go online at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Also, with the Holiday Weekend coming up, all motorists are reminded to drive the speed limit and buckle up – the Illinois State Police and hundreds of law enforcement agencies on the local level are out in extra force now thru the first of next week looking for those not buckled up and for those driving impaired – the authorities will be conducting statewide roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more.

 

(OLNEY)  A missing Flora woman is found dead over the weekend – the Illinois State Police report the body of Martha Ellen Cook was found in a remote area northwest of Orchardville by a local resident late this past Saturday night – the Wayne County Coronor says the 65 year old woman was found near a small creek a short distance from her truck and died apparently from exposure to the elements – Cook was the subject of a missing persons report from the State Police and Clay County Sheriff’s Office when she took a wrong turn while following her husband on a Wayne County road near Xenia at around 2:00 last Thursday afternoon – Cook suffered from Alzheimer’s – authorities report that no foul play is suspected in the death.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle crash that occurred at 2:30 early Sunday morning near the intersection of two Jasper County roads about two miles east of Ste. Marie – State Police report 34 year old Dusti L. McKee of Oblong was eastbound near the intersection when his van left the road, went into the ditch, back onto the road, and overturned multiple times – McKee was air-lifted by helicopter from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – McKee was ticketed for DUI, failure to wear a seatbelt, improper lane usage, and no insurance – Jasper County authorities assisted at the scene.

 

(OLNEY)  Nomination papers can now be filed in the Office of the Olney City Clerk for the April 4th, 2017 Consolidated Election in Olney when two City Council positions and the Mayor of Olney will be elected in the 2017 Municipal Election – candidates may file nomination petitions today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day, while the final day to file is next Monday, November 28th, a week from today, from 8:00 until 5:00 – the Olney City Hall will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday for observance of Thanksgiving – if necessary, a Consoliated Primary Election would be held February 28th, 2017.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus will be visiting with local constituents tomorrow – the former teacher and Veteran will conduct one-on-one meetings Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the Robinson City Hall and then tomorrow afternoon from 2:30 to 4:00 at the Lawrenceville Civic Center – to schedule a last minute appointment with the Congressman, call his Harrisburg office at  618-252-8271.

 

(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  :  today at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also Wednesday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also Wednesday at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  With cold, winter weather just around the corner, the area ERBA offices are still accepting new applications for the LIHEAP winter heating program, which is designed to assist low-income households offset the rising cost of home energy – the signup is now open for all eligible applicants – they should contact the respective Embarras River Basin Agency office within its nine county service area for an appointment or more information – in Newton, call  618-783-3987  – in Olney, call  618-395-2714  – other ERBA offices are in Robinson, Lawrenceville, Martinsville, Greenup, Paris, Charleston, & Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is coming up this Saturday, November 26th, starting at 6:30 – the annual event will move south on East Street from Locust Street to Main Street, then west on Main Street to Whittle Avenue, then south on Whittle to North Avenue – the City of Olney reminds everyone that there will be NO parking allowed on the north side of Main Street before and during the parade – 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 & second places in 5 categories, including Children’s Choice, Best Business, Best Use of Lights, Best Inspirational, & Best Musical, plus the Mayor’s Award as well – make plans to attend this Saturday night’s Olney Christmas Parade, courtesy of the Olney Rotary Club.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District has a fundraising “fish fry” this Friday evening with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat, including pie & ice cream – pay at the door


    The Historical Sailor Springs Foundation has a “midnight madness breakfast” this week with serving from 10:00 Thanksgiving Night overnight until 9:00 Black Friday morning – it’s only $5 per person with several chances to win various prizes – the raffle drawing with a chance to win $600 in cash, a third of a hog, or a half of a hog, plus mystery baskets and more – the drawing will be at 9:00 Friday morning


    Volunteers are needed to help with this Thursday’s Thanksgiving Meal delivery for those in the Olney community, sponsored by the Immanuel United Methodist Church – those who’d like to help out are needed for a variety of tasks today thru Thursday – plus a lot of pumpkin pies are needed and they can be dropped off at the church this Wednesday between 8:00 and 6:00 – the delivery starts at 11:00 Thursday morning – for those who need a meal or for those who’d like to volunteer in any way, call the church at  618-395-8618


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be selling baked goods & homemade pies this Wednesday at the Olney IGA – it starts at 2:30 and continues until sold out

 

 

 

November 19, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The cold front has moved thru our downstate area with the rain ending overnight – our cool conditions will continue thru this weekend with our coolest weather so far this fall – our hardest freeze of the fall will come early tomorrow morning, although we will stay dry into the first of next week – more rain is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week – stay tuned for continued weather information.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016  Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials is this weekend in Chicago, hosted by three downtown hotels – continuing today thru tomorrow, thousands of school board members, superintendents, principals, school secretaries, and others are on hand for various seminars, break-out sessions, presentations, & more – plus an exhibit area features various items & services available to schools statewide – it’s one of the biggest events of its kind in the nation – almost all area school districts are attending, including those from Richland, Jasper, and other regional counties.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ most popular hunting season continues this weekend – it’s the first three days of the seven day Firearm Deer Hunting Season, which is open in nearly every statewide county – hunting is allowed a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, continuing today thru tomorrow – the final four days of the season will be December 8th thru 11th – all permit holders must wear blaze orange while hunting – the state’s archery hunting is suspended during the seven day firearm season throughout Illinois.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The next DC fundraising breakfast at the St. Joseph School is tomorrow morning, serving from 8:00 to 12 noon – plenty of good food with all proceeds to help with the next educational trip to Washington, D.C.

 

    The Holiday in Olney is hosting a Craft Show this weekend, from 9:00 to 5:00, both today and tomorrow – there will be hundreds of items and a large variety – admission is free both days

 

    The Fox River Assisted Living facility in Olney will host a Holiday Open House today from 11:00 to 3:00 and tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – entertainment, tours, door prizes, baked goods, and crafts

 

    An Angel of Hope fundraiser is today at the Olney VFW – doors open at 3:00 with dinner at 4:00, an auction at 6:00, and dance at 8:00 – donations for the auction and the cake walk accepted until 3:00

 

    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will host its Fall Bazaar today from 9:00 until 3:00 – all types of items available for purchase, plus food provided by Ochs Smoked Meats – all are invited

 

    The Singing Blacksmith will again appear on RFD-TV this weekend – our friend, Bryan Headley, of West Salem, is a part of a special Veterans Tribute Show on the Rural Heritage program, which will be aired for the final time this afternoon at 3:30 – again, that’s later this afternoon on RFD-TV

 

    The Clay County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee has a Holiday Craft Show today at the North Clay School in Louisville from 9:00 to 2:00 – admission is $2 per person or a non-perishable food item

 

    A fundraising “bake sale” is today at the Olney IGA, from 9:00 to 2:00 with all proceeds going  towards the medical & travel expenses for our co-worker Mike Belcher – all are encouraged to help out

 

    The Sailor Springs American Legion has a deer hunting breakfast this morning with serving now underway – a soup lunch will follow – pay at the door – raffle tickets are on sale to win a freezer or cash

 

    The HOPE Food Pantry in Hidalgo has a fundraising breakfast this morning with serving from now to 10:30 – donations accepted at the door – also a craft table for gift shopping – carry-outs available

 

    The Walnut Grove Church, 3.5 miles east of Parkersburg, has its annual benefit breakfast this morning from now until 11:00 – by donation only with all proceeds to the church Christmas Food Project

 

    The Olney Firefighter’s Association has its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy fundraiser this morning with serving from now until 11:00, or until sold out – donations accepted at the door – that’s at the Olney Fire Station, at 501 North Walnut Street – carry-outs and phone-in orders available at  618-392-6341

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 18, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching storm system will drag with it a cold front to change our weather this weekend – we’ll have rain chances by this afternoon, maybe a thunderstorm included before the rain ends later tonight – then a strong west wind will bring in our coldest air so far this fall for a rather cool Saturday and Sunday – our first hard freeze is expected Sunday morning – then more rain by next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate in October went up slightly to 5.6% as nonfarm payrolls increased by some 2,200 jobs over the month – nonetheless, Illinois’ job growth is still below the national average – Illinois had October job growth in business & professional services and leisure & hospitality with declines in manufacturing and construction.

 

(OLNEY)  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is commending the state’s more than 2.4 million volunteers who made a difference thru volunteerism last year – Illinois was the top volunteering state out of the five most populated states in the nation – Illinois volunteers served nearly 287 million total hours, valued at $7.3 billion – for more, go online at  www.VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department on Aging is reminding eligible older adults that the annual Medicare open enrollment period continues until December 7th, two weeks from next Wednesday – the Department on Aging offers free counseling assistance to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals & their caregivers about their Medicare insurance options available – it’s available thru the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – with over 300 SHIP offices throughout Illinois, eligible adults and their caregivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment – for details, check the IDOA website online, at  www.illinois.gov/aging/ship.

 

(OLNEY)  “Love Worth Fighting For”, a national marriage event tour, featuring television and film actor Kirk Cameron, will make a stop in Olney on this Friday night at the Richland County High School, in Sliva Auditorium – scheduled to begin at 7:00 tonight, the 3-hour event will include Cameron’s life-experiences, comedic stories, music, and prayer, plus musical guest Warren Barfield will share as well – they’re traveling around the country teaching singles, engaged, newly married, and veteran couples about ways to encourage and strengthen a marriage – less than 500 tickets remain and they’re available for purchase until 5:00 this afternoon thru the Mt. Gilead Church to be picked up tonight at the “Will Call” table – remaining tickets will also be on sale at the door – the RCHS doors open to general admission ticket holders at 6:00 tonight – some concessions will be available for purchase – for details, call the Mt. Gilead Church, at  618-754-3624.

 

(OLNEY)  With cold, winter weather just around the corner, the area ERBA offices are still accepting new applications for the LIHEAP winter heating program, which is designed to assist low-income households offset the rising cost of home energy – the signup is now open for all eligible applicants – they should contact the respective Embarras River Basin Agency office within its nine county service area for an appointment or more information – in Newton, call  618-783-3987  – in Olney, call  618-395-2714  – other ERBA offices are in Robinson, Lawrenceville, Martinsville, Greenup, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is continuing with its “Coat Drive” now thru Thanksgiving, next Thursday, all to help out those in need of winter clothing in Richland County – donations of gently used winter hats, coats, scarves, mittens, gloves, and any other winter accessories for children, women, and men can be dropped off at the Richland County Farm Bureau office, along North Route 130, at 710 North West Street in Olney, during regular office hours, Monday thru Friday – all donations are appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Electric Department is reminding citywide residents that the electrical contractor, Osmose, is still going throughout the City of Newton inspecting the city’s wooden utility poles within the city’s electric system – the contracting crews are parking their trucks & working along the streets, alleys, and in yards where the electric meter poles are located – the patience of the City of Newton residents is appreciated during this time of important work in Newton – if the residents have any questions and/or concerns, call the Newton City Hall at  783-8451  or call the Newton Electric Department at  783-3139.

 

(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  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  then Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  and next Monday at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The next DC fundraising breakfast at the St. Joseph School is this Sunday morning, serving from 8:00 to 12 noon – plenty of good food with all proceeds to help with the next educational trip to Washington, D.C.

 

    The Holiday in Olney will host a Craft Show this weekend, from 9:00 to 5:00, both tomorrow and Sunday – there will be hundreds of items and a large variety – admission is free both days

 

    The Fox River Assisted Living facility in Olney will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow from 11:00 to 3:00 and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – entertainment, tours, door prizes, baked goods, and crafts

 

    An Angel of Hope fundraiser is tomorrow at the Olney VFW – doors open at 3:00 with dinner at 4:00, an auction at 6:00, and dance at 8:00 – donations for the auction and the cake walk accepted until 3:00

 

    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will host its Fall Bazaar tomorrow from 9:00 until 3:00 – all types of items available for purchase, plus food provided by Ochs Smoked Meats – all are invited

 

    The Singing Blacksmith will again appear on RFD-TV this weekend – our friend, Bryan Headley, of West Salem, is a part of a special Veterans Tribute Show on the Rural Heritage program, which will be aired for the final time tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 – again, that’s Saturday afternoon on RFD-TV

 

    The Clay County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee has a Holiday Craft Show tomorrow at the North Clay School in Louisville from 9:00 to 2:00 – admission is $2 per person or a non-perishable food item

 

    A fundraising “bake sale” is tomorrow at the Olney IGA, from 9:00 to 2:00 with all proceeds going  towards the medical & travel expenses for our co-worker Mike Belcher – all are encouraged to help out

 

    The Sailor Springs American Legion has a deer hunting breakfast at 6:00 tomorrow morning with a soup lunch to follow – pay at the door – also raffle tickets will be on sale to win a freezer or cash

 

    The HOPE Food Pantry in Hidalgo has a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning with serving from 7:00 to 10:30 – donations accepted at the door – also a craft table for gift shopping – carry-outs available

 

    The Walnut Grove Church, 3.5 miles east of Parkersburg, has its annual benefit breakfast tomorrow morning from 6:30 to 11:00 – by donation only with all proceeds to the church Christmas Food Project

 

    The Olney Firefighter’s Association will have its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy fundraiser tomorrow morning from 6:00 until 11:00, or until sold out – donations accepted at the door – that’s at the Olney Fire Station, at 501 North Walnut Street – carry-outs and phone-in orders available at  618-392-6341

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With a strong warm advection setting up today thru tonight, our Midwestern temperatures could hit record highs on this Thursday – that’s before a strong storm system moves thru the region tomorrow afternoon with rain & thunderstorm chances – as the rain ends by midnight, the cold front will bring us our coolest air so far this fall over the weekend – maybe more rain by midweek, next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate has rejected the Governor’s veto of a bill for automatic voter registration – the 38 to 18 votes sends the measure now to the State House to consider when it returns to Springfield a week from next Tuesday – the measure had strong bipartisan support when it passed thru the General Assembly earlier this year, calling for a handful of state agencies to allow automatic registration to vote unless the person opts out – Rauner vetoed it, fearing fraud because it didn’t meet federal standards.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Senate also voted to override the Governor’s veto of legislation that would raise the pay for home-care workers – the Senators then approved new legislation to allow disabled clients in the home-services programs to choose their helpers even if overtime pay is necessary – the Senate then also approved a bill to allow overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week – the bills now advance to the House.

 

(NEWTON)  The area around the downtown square in Canton was closed yesterday as crews assessed damage from a natural gas explosion that killed one person and injured several others – the Wednesday evening explosion at the Opera House Professional Center damaged several buildings and forced several evacuations – Ameren Illinois workers arrived on the scene at around 5:30 after a report that a contractor had damaged a gas line – the explosion was a short time later at just before 6:00 – Fulton County officials say an unidentified Ameren worker was killed in the incident – the investigation is continuing on site.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met in regular session earlier this week – the Board  :  updated two Board Policies in response to new Department of Labor overtime rules that become effective December 1st  :  approved a lease agreement with the LTC Foundation for two vans to be utilized by Lincoln Trail College  :  approved the $59,900 bid from Musco Sports Lighting for Parts 1 and 2 for baseball field lighting at Frontier Community College  :  approved the $19,016 bid from Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative for Part 3 for baseball field lighting at Frontier Community College  :  approved the holiday calendar for administrative, technical, professional non-faculty, maintenance, and clerical personnel for calendar year 2017  :  agreed to continue meeting on the third Tuesdays of each month in 2017  :  approved the retirement resignation for Christine Cantwell, the Chief Academic Officer / Dean, Academic, and Student Support Services at the District Office, effective June 1st  :  approved the retirement resignation for Lora Smith, Career Advisor at Olney Central College, effective January 1st, 2017  :  approved the change in status for Jennifer Jennings, from Coordinator of College Support Services, District Office, to Administrative Assistant, TRIO Upward Bound, District Office / Olney Central College  :  approved the change in status for Mary Morningstar Johnson, Coordinator of Financial Aid at Wabash Valley College to Coordinator of College Support Services at the District Office  :  the IECC Board of Trustees will have its next regular monthly meeting on December 13th at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop With A Cop” Program is still accepting applications 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, next Wednesday afternoon, November 23rd, less than a week away.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s leaf collection program continues – the citizens of Olney are reminded to pile those leaves as close to the roadways as possible, but not in the streets or ditches – the City’s leaf pick up machine will collect the loose leaf piles as soon as possible – for those bagging leaves, citizens can place their bags near the streets and notify City Hall when they’re ready for pick up – also remember, the City’s brush dump is open to the public for drop off of all leaves & landscape waste – the brush dump is open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10:00 to 4:00 each day – all cooperation is appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016  Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials is this weekend in Chicago, hosted by three downtown hotels – running tomorrow thru Sunday, thousands of school board members, superintendents, principals, school secretaries, and others will be on hand for various seminars, break-out sessions, presentations, & more – plus an exhibit area will feature various items and services available to schools statewide – nearly 10,000 public school leaders attended last year’s event – almost all area school districts are attending, including those from Jasper, Richland, & other area counties.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins tomorrow and runs thru this weekend – it’s the first three days of the seven day Firearm Deer Hunting Season, which is open in nearly every statewide county – hunting is allowed a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, running tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday – the final four days of the season will start two weeks from today, running December 8th thru 11th – all permit holders must wear blaze orange while hunting – archery hunting is suspended during the seven day firearm season – all hunters are reminded to take extra safety precautions while out this weekend.

 

(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  :  today at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  the Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Clay City Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next DC fundraising breakfast at the St. Joseph School is this Sunday morning, serving from 8:00 to 12 noon – plenty of good food with all proceeds to help with the next educational trip to Washington, D.C.


    The Holiday in Olney will host a Craft Show this weekend, from 9:00 to 5:00, both Saturday and Sunday – there will be hundreds of items and a large variety – admission is free – all are invited

 
    The Fox River Assisted Living facility in Olney will host a Holiday Open House this weekend – that’s Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00 and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – includes entertainment, tours, door prizes, homemade baked goods, and crafts – all proceeds to support the Resident Activity Fund


    An Angel of Hope fundraiser is this Saturday at the Olney VFW – doors open at 3:00 with dinner at 4:00, an auction at 6:00, and dance at 8:00 – donations for the auction and the cake / pie walk will be gratefully accepted at the VFW until 3:00 that afternoon – to help out or for more details, call  618-392-2282


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will host its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 until 3:00 – all types of items available for purchase, plus food provided by Ochs Smoked Meats – all are invited


    The Clay County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will host a Holiday Craft Show this Saturday at the North Clay School Commons in Louisville from 9:00 to 2:00 – over 25 vendors will include handmade crafts, direct sales reps, and more – admission is only $2 per person or bring a non-perishable food item


    A fundraising “bake sale” will be held this Saturday at the Olney IGA, from 9:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go towards the medical & travel expenses for Mike Belcher, who was just recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer – all are encouraged to turn out to help Mike and his family at this time


    The Sailor Springs American Legion has a deer hunting breakfast at 6:00 this Saturday morning with a soup lunch to follow – raffle tickets on sale to win a freezer or cash – call Larry, at  618-508-3962


    The HOPE Food Pantry in Hidalgo has a fundraising breakfast this Saturday with serving from 7:00 to 10:30 – donations accepted at the door with all proceeds to aid in retiring the new building debt – also a craft table for gift shopping – carry-outs available – that’s Saturday morning at 227 West Harrison Street


    The Walnut Grove Church, 3.5 miles east of Parkersburg, has its annual benefit breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:30 to 11:00 – by donation only with all proceeds to the church Christmas Food Project


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association will have its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy fundraiser this Saturday morning from 6:00 until 11:00, or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – that’s at the Olney Fire Station, at 501 North Walnut Street – carry-outs and phone-in orders available at 392-6341

 
    Vincennes University will host its Guitars in the Night Concert tonight at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, starting at 6:30, Illinois time – admission is free – various performing groups to take part