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December 14, 2013

 

(OLNEY)  As the strong storm system rolls across the Midwest, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this morning for most all of downstate Illinois – calling for anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow, depending on location – however, for some in Southeastern Illinois, it may only be a rain event, depending on temperature – once the front moves thru, it’s dry tomorrow thru most of next week with a warm up – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a recent survey indicates most Illinois school district superintendents believe that state funding for education is poor, or needs improvement – the Services Evaluation Survey found that 65 percent of the respondents supported a boost in income tax, with or without a corresponding decrease in property tax – 355 of the over 900 school districts in Illinois took part in the survey held earlier this year.


 
(OLNEY)  Anyone looking to get a concealed carry license should check out a new website, designed to walk folks thru the application process – the new site answers a wide range of questions, like who is and is not eligible to carry a gun in public, where training is available, and what’s needed to apply – there’s a link to the site on the State Police web page at www.isp.state.il.us – applicants can apply as early as January 5th.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the annual Rotary Radio Auction coming up today from 9:00 this morning until 12:30 this afternoon on the airwaves of Freedom 92.9 WSEI – the list of auction items are posted on our website, at www.freedom929.com – all proceeds from the auction go directly to help out worthy organizations in Olney and Richland County – so be listening for the annual Rotary Radio Auction later today on Freedom 92.9.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Honey Do Ministries continues this morning with its Cookie Walk and Bake Sale fundraiser at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – all part of December’s Holly Jolly Christmas activities, the hours are from 8:30 to 12 noon this morning – all proceeds from the event will help the non-denominational ministry provide assistance in home repair of elderly, handicapped, & low income Jasper County individuals thru the Honey Do Mission Work Week, held every year to help those in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A note that next Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Jasper County School Board has been moved and will be held in the NCHS Auditorium, starting at 6:30 – that’s this coming Monday night in Newton


    The annual “Advent Evensong” at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Wendelin is tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 – all are invited to the candlelight service with scripture, carols, and Austrian Christmas Music sung in German – then refreshments in the Parish Center – all dedicated to the memory of Father David Braun


    The Edwards County Schools have their Christmas Music programs tomorrow at the High School in Albion – the High School concert starts at 2:00, followed by the Grade School program at 4:30 – all invited


    The annual Newton VFW Post 7537 Christmas Dinner is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 – everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or dessert – Santa will make a short visit – all Veterans & patrons are invited


    The East Richland High School will have its rescheduled musical this weekend in the Sliva Auditorium at ERHS – the two shows will be tonight at 6:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – some tickets at the door


    The Humane Society Shelter has rescheduled its annual Christmas “Look to Adopt” weekend for today and tomorrow, each afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – stop by at 928 West North Street – call 392-2699


    Travel back to Bethlehem tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 at the Beulah United Methodist Church, south and west of Sumner – the live nativity scene will include animals and more, plus free refreshments & music inside – also non-perishable food items will be collected for the local food pantry – all ages welcome


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has a fundraising country breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building – carry-outs available – tickets on sale at the door


    The GFWC/Newton Junior Women’s Club will be hosting “Breakfast with Santa” this morning at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton, from 7:30 to 10:00 – children are invited for breakfast & photos with Santa, plus make holiday crafts and shop for low-price gifts in the “Mouse House” – all are invited


    For a list of cancellations, check our websites at www.freedom929.com or at www.1035theeagle.com, click on the snowflake in the top right hand corner of your screen, or hit the weather tab and scroll down

 

 

December 13, 2013

 

(OLNEY)  A strong storm system over the Southern Plains will move east into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley by dawn Saturday morning – this will spread mixed precipitation thru Illinois late today thru early afternoon tomorrow – it will include rain and sleet, then eventually all snow with several inches possible – it all clears out by tomorrow evening, then colder for Sunday and the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Winter Weather Advisory for Jasper, Richland, and all surrounding counties runs thru noon tomorrow with the wintry mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow expected over the next 24 to 36 hours – while the traveling is still somewhat hazardous in rural areas, all motorists are reminded the new precipitation is make driving worse as we move towards tomorrow – use some common sense out there.


 
(OLNEY)  Anyone looking to get a concealed carry license should check out a new website, designed to walk folks thru the application process – the new site answers a wide range of questions, like who is and is not eligible to carry a gun in public, where training is available, and what’s needed to apply – there’s a link to the site on the State Police web page at www.isp.state.il.us – applicants can apply as early as January 5th.

 

(NEWTON)  According to a recent new media consumption report from Nielson, radio continues to be a drive-time and at-work medium – the report indicates the bulk of radio listening is done between 5am and 5pm, a 12 hour timespan that adds up to an average of 14 hours per week of use by the typical American – the survey shows radio is second only to television, with newspapers and magazines following in 3rd & 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night – the Board  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2014 Tax Levy as presented – the levy includes a less than 4% increase with the county’s tax rate remaining near the same this year  :  approved county claims worth $66,850 for the month of November  :  agreed to spend $5,300 to purchase AEDS for the Noble-Wakefield, Claremont-Bonpas, and Stringtown Fire Departments  :  agreed to purchase a used asphalt patch box for hot road repairs worth $13,500  :  approved the yearly Liquor License for the Richland Country Club  :  approved an amendment to the Class F Liquor License, making a small change for local vineyards while serving wine  :  heard an update from Kevin Parker, Director of the Richland Emergency Management Agency  :  approved several appointments – Linda Dickerson to the Claremont-Bonpas Fire Protection District Board – James H. Smith to the West Liberty – Dundas Water District – Linda Dickerson to the County Board of Review – and three Board members to form a new Risk Management Committee, including Bill Clow, Emily Blackford, and Dennis Graves  :  heard from the Richland County Public Building Commission, which met earlier yesterday morning – no action was taken as the Commission continues to prioritize work that needs done at the Courthouse and County Highway Buildings  :  and noted appreciation to two County 4-H Clubs – to the Stringtown Cloverbuds for the meal they prepared and to the Southern Smilers for the Courthouse decoration work  :  the Richland County Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be next month, January 9th, 2014.

 

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved a contract for new tax cycle software and unlimited online support for Jasper County  :  approved the $10,000 payment to the Jasper Economic Development Incorporated  ;  approved the Public Defender’s contract with the $60,000 salary  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2014 Tax Levy as presented, which included an increase of less than 4.99% over the previous year  :  agreed to repair the Courthouse elevator doors estimated at $4,274  :  also approved the snow removal contract on an “as-needed basis” with Jasper Services  :  and approved the yearly Appellate Prosecutor’s resolution  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting is January 9th, 2014.

 

(OLNEY)  The month of November was drier and colder than normal – the Illinois State Water Survey reports last month was the 15th driest on record with the statewide average for precipitation at only 2.6 inches, which continues the drier-than-normal pattern for Illinois since mid-July – the state’s average temperature for November was 38.3 degrees, which is 4.2 degrees colder than average – at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney, the November precipitation total was at 3.82 inches, all of which was rain, a wetter than normal 11th month of the year – the average temperature for the Olney / Richland County area in November was 40 degrees.

 


(NEWTON)  A note to folks that sustained damages from the severe weather of November 17th in Jasper, Fayette, Wabash, and Wayne Counties, the Illinois Department of Human Services is offering immediate food assistance to benefit those in the federally declared disaster areas – however, applications are being accepted for only one more day on this Friday – check the State DHS website, at www.dhs.state.il.us.

 

(NEWTON)  The Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas celebration continues on the Square in downtown Newton this weekend, the second of three consecutive Friday nights full of giveaways and more – shoppers can register to win gift certificates, chamber bucks, and merchandise with the drawing tonight at 7:00 – plus a scavenger hunt each Friday night as shoppers collect tokens at local businesses during the week and bring them to the Friday night giveaways – there will be great shopping in Newton tonight from 5:00 to 7:00, plus folks and children can visit with Santa Claus and all of the Holly Jolly Characters – tickets are on sale at various sites in Newton for the Christmas Table Top Raffle – for more, logon at www.NewtonIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget the annual Rotary Radio Auction coming up tomorrow from 9:00 to 12:30 on the airwaves of Freedom 92.9 WSEI in Olney – the list of auction items are posted on our website, online at www.freedom929.com – all proceeds from the auction go directly to help out worthy organizations in Olney and Richland County – so be listening for the annual Rotary Radio Auction tomorrow on Freedom 92.9.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Honey Do Ministries is ready for its Cookie Walk and Bake Sale fundraiser this weekend at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – all part of December’s Holly Jolly Christmas activities, the hours are from 3:00 to 6:30 this afternoon and evening, and from 8:30 to 12 noon tomorrow morning – if folks would like to help out, donations of cookies, candies, and baked items, such as pies, cakes, breads, noodles, & more, should be taken to the church before noon today or by 8:30 tomorrow morning – volunteer workers are also needed both days, and customers are needed to stop by both days today and tomorrow – for more, call 783-2534 – proceeds will help the non-denominational ministry provide assistance in home care and repair to the homes of elderly, handicapped, & low income Jasper County individuals thru the Honey Do Mission Work Week, held every year to help those in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A note that next Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Jasper County School Board has been moved and will be held in the NCHS Auditorium, starting at 6:30 – that’s this coming Monday night in Newton


    The annual “Advent Evensong” at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Wendelin is Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – all are invited to the candlelight service with scripture, carols, and Austrian Christmas Music sung in German – then refreshments in the Parish Center – all dedicated to the memory of Father David Braun


    The Edwards County Schools have their Christmas Music programs this Sunday at the High School in Albion – the High School concert starts at 2:00, followed by the Grade School program at 4:30 – all invited


    The annual Newton VFW Post 7537 Christmas Dinner is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 – everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or dessert – Santa will make a short visit – all Veterans & patrons are invited


    The East Richland High School will have its rescheduled musical this weekend in the Sliva Auditorium at ERHS – the two shows will be Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets at ERHS


    The Humane Society Shelter has rescheduled its annual Christmas “Look to Adopt” weekend for this Saturday & Sunday, each afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – stop by at 928 West North Street – call 392-2699


    Travel back to Bethlehem tomorrow night from 5:00 to 9:00 at the Beulah United Methodist Church, south and west of Sumner – the live nativity scene will include animals and more, plus free refreshments & music inside – also non-perishable food items will be collected for the local food pantry – all ages welcome


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has a fundraising country breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation Building – carry-outs available – tickets on sale at the door


    The GFWC/Newton Junior Women’s Club will be hosting “Breakfast with Santa” tomorrow morning at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton, from 7:30 to 10:00 – children are invited for breakfast & photos with Santa, plus make holiday crafts and shop for low-price gifts in the “Mouse House” – all are invited


    The Newton Community High School student body will host a “soup supper” tonight in the NCHS cafeteria before the Newton Eagles home basketball game – all proceeds going to benefit Betty Yaw, an NCHS custodian – that’s chili, vegetable soup, and hotdogs from 4:30 to 7:30 with $5 tickets at the door


    The Jasper County Christian Home Educators will have their Craft & Small Business Fair tonight at the New Life Christian Center in Newton, next to Hardee’s – that’s from 5:00 to 8:00 – all invited


    The East Richland Elementary School 2nd Graders Christmas program is today with two classes at 10:00 this morning and the remaining classes this afternoon at 2:15 – all are invited to ERES today – it’s all free

 

 

December 12, 2013

 

(OLNEY)  Our cold conditions continue on the back side of an arctic high pressure ridge, however with an approaching storm system, we’ll slightly warm up the next few days, back into the 30’s tomorrow and on Saturday, with a mixed bag of wintry precipitation coming in as early as tomorrow afternoon – the precip should end by Saturday afternoon with a dry and colder sky Sunday into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Quinn says federal aid for Illinois tornado victims has topped $1 million – provided thru FEMA, the money is being for with disaster-related expenses, such as rent, repairs, and replacing damaged household items – the National Weather Service has confirmed that an Illinois November  record of  25 tornadoes crisscrossed the state causing widespread destruction and killing seven people – fifteen counties from one end of the state to the other were declared federal disaster areas as a result.


 
(OLNEY)  The Illinois Board of Higher Education has a new a director – it’s James Applegate, a current consultant to educational organizations and previous Vice-President of the Lumina Foundation – Applegate is also a Communications Professor and Department Chair at the University of Kentucky in Lexington – the University of Illinois graduate will earn $200,000 a year and replaces former IBHE Director Harry Berman, who’s retiring – Applegate’s main focus will be on increasing the proportion of Illinois residents who have high-quality college degrees, certificates, and other credentials up to 60% by the year 2025.

 

 

(NEWTON)  Some U of I students want to make the holiday season a little brighter for anyone willing to give them a call and hear a festive song – the 53rd annual “Dial-a-Carol” hotline starts today at the Urbana campus – students are ready for any call from all around the world, singing any carol requested – over 4,000 people called last year – the group at Snyder Hall hopes to break the 5,000 call mark during this holiday season – call anytime now thru midnight next Wednesday, December 18th, at 217-332-1882.

 

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met this week in regular session – the Board  :  recognized the IECC’s participation in a new accrediting process which has been commended by the Higher Learning Commission – the IECC was the only Illinois community college district selected in the 19 states of the HLC region to take part in the process  :  approved the District’s Strategic Plan Status Report, used to prepare for the future, prioritize issues, and create strategies that will lead the District in successfully meeting its mission to provide excellence in teaching and learning public service and economic development  :  ratified the adoption of a mascot for Frontier Community College athletic teams – voted on by both the student body and community members, the “Bobcats” received the highest number of votes  :  approved seven affiliation agreements between IECC and area health care related businesses and offices dealing with nursing, management, and phlebotomy programs  :  agreed to continue meeting on the third Tuesday of each month in 2014, except next December  :  and in one personnel move – employed Ellen Shreve as Office Assistant in the Emergency Preparedness Management and Workforce Education Program  :  the IECC Board’s next regular meeting will be January 21st at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson.

 

(NEWTON)  The Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas celebration continues on the Square in downtown Newton this weekend, the second of three consecutive Friday nights full of giveaways and more – shoppers can register today and tomorrow to win gift certificates, chamber bucks, and merchandise with the drawing tomorrow night at 7:00 – plus a scavenger hunt each Friday night as shoppers collect tokens at local businesses during the week and bring them to the Friday night giveaways – there will be great shopping in Newton tomorrow night from 5:00 to 7:00, plus folks and children can visit with Santa Claus and all of the Holly Jolly Characters – the Holly Jolly Dash is Saturday on the Square at 2:00, with professional pictures with Santa from 3:00 to 5:00 Saturday afternoon – and tickets are on sale at various sites in Newton for the Christmas Table Top Raffle – for more, check the Chamber website, online at www.NewtonIllinois.com.

 

(NEWTON)  A note to folks that sustained damages from the severe weather of November 17th in Jasper, Fayette, Wabash, and Wayne Counties, the Illinois Department of Human Services is offering immediate food assistance to benefit those in the federally declared disaster areas – however, applications are being accepted only two more days, today & tomorrow – check the State DHS website, at www.dhs.state.il.us.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Honey Do Ministries is getting ready for it’s Cookie Walk and Bake Sale fundraiser this weekend at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – all part of December’s Holly Jolly Christmas activities, the hours are from 3:00 to 6:30 Friday afternoon and evening, and from 8:30 to 12 noon on Saturday morning – if folks would like to help out, donations of cookies, candies, and baked items, such as pies, cakes, breads, noodles, & more, should be taken to the church before noon tomorrow or at 8:30 Saturday morning – volunteer workers are also needed both days, and customers are needed to stop by both days tomorrow & Saturday – for more, call 783-2534 – proceeds will help the non-denominational ministry provide assistance in home care and repair to the homes of elderly, handicapped, & low income Jasper County individuals thru the Honey Do Mission Work Week, held every year to help those in need.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrenceville School District has implemented a “soft lockdown” for all of its school buildings today – it’s all in response to a threat made by a former student towards the schools, which quickly involved the Lawrenceville Police and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Departments – while the threat is believed to have been alleviated, District officials will lock all classroom doors during school, as well as all exterior doors, plus a Police presence will continue in all school buildings as well – the former student making the threat has been relocated to another state, which includes the cooperation of that student’s family – the Lawrenceville school administrators appreciate the cooperation of all parents & students.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two meetings on tap tonight  :  the Jasper County Board meets in Newton tonight in the County Office Building at 7:00  :  the Richland County Board meets in Olney tonight in the County Jail meeting room at 7:00 – that’s preceded by the Board’s Finance Committee meeting at 6:00  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County will have its next meeting this morning at 8:00 in the Courthouse meeting room – the agenda includes discussion about possible repair and renovation work at the Richland County Courthouse, along with details from the architect, about the bonds, and general discussion as well.

 

(NEWTON)  Coming up today, the Jasper County Health Department will host a “Drive to Coverage” Open House from 10:00 to 1:00 at its offices in Newton – information will be provided for area residents in Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties that they need to enroll in the new healthcare plans available thru the Get Covered Illinois program – to learn more, call the Department at 618-783-4154, or go online at www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov – anyone can attend today’s event to get needed details on health insurance.

 

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Newton VFW Post 7537 Christmas Dinner is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 – everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or dessert – Santa will make a short visit – all Veterans & patrons are invited


    The East Richland High School will have its rescheduled musical this weekend in the Sliva Auditorium at ERHS – the two shows will be Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – give the ERHS office a call for ticket information


    The Humane Society Shelter has rescheduled its annual Christmas “Look to Adopt” weekend for this Saturday & Sunday, each afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – stop by at 928 West North Street in Olney – call 392-2699 for more information


    Travel back to Bethlehem this Saturday night from 5:00 to 9:00 at the Beulah United Methodist Church, south and west of Sumner – the live nativity scene will include animals and more, plus free refreshments & music inside – also non-perishable food items will be collected for the local food pantry – all ages welcome


    The GFWC/Newton Junior Women’s Club will be hosting “Breakfast with Santa” this Saturday morning at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton, from 7:30 to 10:00 – children are invited for breakfast & photos with Santa, plus make holiday crafts and shop for low-price gifts in the “Mouse House” – all are invited


    The Newton Community High School student body will host a “soup supper” tomorrow night in the NCHS cafeteria before the Newton Eagles home basketball game – all proceeds going to benefit Betty Yaw, an NCHS custodian – that’s chili, vegetable soup, and hotdogs from 4:30 to 7:30 with $5 tickets at the door


    The Jasper County Christian Home Educators will have their Craft & Small Business Fair tomorrow night at the New Life Christian Center in Newton, next to Hardee’s – that’s from 5:00 to 8:00 – all invited


    The Olney Central College Community Choir will present its annual Holiday Concert tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center with a start time at 7:30 – it’s all free and open to the public


    The Olney Public Library will host David Wolfe as President Abraham Lincoln with his presentation of “Christmas with the Lincoln’s” coming up tonight at 6:30 – it’s free and open to all ages


    All eligible and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give blood today – the next area drive is this afternoon at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00 – all blood types are needed

 

 

 

 

December 11, 2013

 

(OLNEY)  While a weak low pressure system drops more snow in the Upper Midwest, we’ll stay dry with some sunshine today – however, colder air will sweep thru our region tonight with bitterly cold wind chill values expected – we’ll see a warm up into the 30’s on Friday, but with it comes our next chance of precip is the form of more rain, sleet, and/or snow continuing thru Saturday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Once again area schools are still closed, mostly due to rural roads that are still snow-packed, very slick and hazardous – although some melting occurred on these country roads yesterday, everything froze again with the cold temperatures – and combined with the projected wind chill values in the single digits or lower, school officials see no need to risk getting children to school in such weather conditions – for our list of cancellations, click on the snowflake at www.freedom929.com or www.1035theeagle.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ credit outlook is getting a little bit better in response to the new pension reform law – Standard & Poor’s has improved its outlook on Illinois’ bonds from “negative” to “developing” – credit analysts say the change could lead to a sustainable path to fiscal stability in Illinois, which is the first positive movement for statewide bonds in several years – look for more positive credit reports as well.

 

(NEWTON)  Utility regulators say Ameren Illinois needs to lower its electricity delivery rate next year – the Illinois Commerce Commission says a cut of $45 million is needed, even though Ameren officials say they were planning for a cut of $37 million – the ICC believes the cut is warranted because the utility giant “overcollected” on its previous rates – announced Monday, the decision is set to take effect January 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Olney office, will be hosting an informational “Get Covered Illinois” meeting for Richland County and surrounding residents, talking about the Affordable Care Act and more – coming up a week from today on Wednesday, December 18th, starting at 2:00, the meeting will be held at the Richland County Senior Center in downtown Olney – anyone can attend the meeting which will include details about the new health insurance options available, especially thru the state’s Get Covered Illinois program, the official Health Marketplace for Illinois – to get details in advance, check out the state’s website online at www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov, or call the GCI’s toll-free Help Desk at 1-866-311-1119.

 

(NEWTON)  A note to folks that sustained damages from the severe weather of November 17th in Jasper, Fayette, Wabash, and Wayne Counties, the Illinois Department of Human Services is offering immediate food assistance to benefit those in the federally declared disaster areas – however, applications are being accepted only three days, today thru Friday – check the State DHS website online, at www.dhs.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  The Public Building Commission of Richland County will have its next meeting tomorrow morning in the Courthouse meeting room, starting at 8:00 – the agenda includes discussion about possible Courthouse repair and renovation work, along with information from the architect, details about bonds, and general discussion as well  :  coming up tomorrow night, the Richland County Board has its regular monthly meeting in the County Jail meeting room at 7:00, preceded by the Finance Committee meeting at 6:00.


 
(NEWTON)  Coming up tomorrow, the Jasper County Health Department will host a “Drive to Coverage” Open House from 10:00 to 1:00 at its offices in Newton – information will be provided for area residents in Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties that they need to enroll in the new healthcare plans available thru the Get Covered Illinois program – to learn more, call the Department at 618-783-4154, or go online at www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov – anyone can attend tomorrow’s event to gather needed details on healthcare.

 

(OLNEY)  All eligible and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give the gift of life at their next opportunity – here’s some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the American Red Cross Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Flora VFW from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  and tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  The GFWC/Newton Junior Women’s Club will be hosting “Breakfast with Santa” this Saturday morning at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton, from 7:30 to 10:00 – there will be fruit, doughnut holes, milk, and juice for both children and adults alike and the cost of $3 per person will go to support the Children’s Research Foundation – in addition to breakfast, children can visit with Santa with photos also available – plus, the Newton Masonic Lodge will provide free child identification details, some Holly Jolly characters may be on hand, children can make their own holiday crafts, and children age 12 and under have the chance to enter a special area called the Mouse House where Santa’s helpers will assist them with holiday shopping with all items to fit a child’s budget, mostly priced under $15, plus gift wrapping is offered – there will be several door prizes and more – all area families are invited this Saturday morning.

 

(NOBLE)  While last Thursday was noted as “Carolyne D. Brooks Day”, a special reception planned to honor the Noble resident was cancelled that night due to the weather and road conditions – however, the reception has been rescheduled for tonight, to be held at the High School cafeteria, with finger foods and social time at 5:00, followed by a special program at 6:30 – the longtime school board member is being recognized and honored for her hard work and dedication to the local, state, and national efforts of improving education for children everywhere, especially here in Southeastern Illinois – as the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Carolyne was elected to the IASB Board in 2005 and served as IASB President this past year – Carolyne has been a member of the West Richland School Board since 1995, now serving in her fifth consecutive term – all are invited out this evening.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Newton VFW Post 7537 Christmas Dinner is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 – everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or dessert – Santa will make a short visit – all Veterans & patrons are invited


    The East Richland High School will have its rescheduled musical this weekend in the Sliva Auditorium at ERHS – the two shows will be Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets at ERHS


    Travel back to Bethlehem this Saturday night from 5:00 to 9:00 at the Beulah United Methodist Church, south and west of Sumner – the live nativity scene will include animals and more, plus free refreshments & music inside – also non-perishable food items will be collected for the local food pantry – all ages welcome


    The Cisne American Legion will have a “soup and Bingo” night this Saturday evening – serving will start at 6:00, with Bingo beginning at 7:00 – all area residents are invited out to Cisne this Saturday night


    A note from Newton Community High School – that NCHS Yearbooks are on sale all this week before school and during RTI which lasts until 9:05 – that’s in Room 118 today thru Friday at NCHS


    The Newton Community High School student body will host a “soup supper” this Friday night in the NCHS cafeteria before the Newton Eagles home basketball game – all proceeds going to benefit Betty Yaw, an NCHS custodian – that’s chili, vegetable soup, and hotdogs from 4:30 to 7:30 with $5 tickets at the door


    The Jasper County Christian Home Educators will have their Craft & Small Business Fair this Friday night at the New Life Christian Center in Newton, next to Hardee’s – that’s from 5:00 to 8:00 – all invited


    The Olney Central College Community Choir will present its annual Holiday Concert tomorrow night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center with a start time at 7:30 – the evening will conclude with a Christmas Carol sing-along – it’s all free and open to the public – everyone is invited


    The Olney Public Library will host David Wolfe as President Abraham Lincoln with his presentation of “Christmas with the Lincoln’s” coming up tomorrow night at 6:30 – it’s free and open to all ages


    The offices in the Jasper County Courthouse and the County Office Building in Newton will be closed during the noon hour today for the county’s annual Christmas Lunch – the offices will be closed from 12 noon until 1:00 today – that’s at the Jasper County Courthouse and County Office Building in Newton

 

 

December 10, 2013

 

(OLNEY)  While last night’s upper level disturbance brought us under an inch of snow overnight, we’ll dry out today with our first look at sunshine for a few days – however, we’ll stay cold over the next few nights with maybe more nasty weather moving in Friday and Saturday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois officials want everyone to get a flu shot and now they’re going on the offensive about it – state public health officials are teaming up with healthcare organizations for the “Vaccinate Illinois Week”, running today thru Saturday – with the peak flu season in January, now’s the time to get those last minute shots with a two week arming time – flu shots are readily available and relatively inexpensive.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General Office is going after a Chicago man for misusing more than $8 million of taxpayer money – the human service provider secured funds thru his non-profit organization and allegedly spent the money on sports tickets, bogus consulting fees, and various trips – the misused funds were supposed to be spent on mental health and other education services for at-risk children in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is supporting legislation that would make several changes to the new usage stamp for Off-Highway Vehicle riders that will be required beginning next April – if passed, the plan would reduce the cost of the OHV stamp from $15 to $10 for small (youth) ATV’s, plus add several exemptions to the OHV stamp, including : standard golf carts : OHVs operated on any property owned by the vehicle owner : OHVs operated by a person with certain physical disabilities : OHVs operated for any commercial businesses purpose : and OHVs already registered with the Secretary of State : the General Assembly will consider the bill next month in January with a lot of downstate support.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  again discussed the city’s tax levy and the numbers associated with it – a special meeting will be held next Monday night in regards to the levy and its finalization  :  accepted the low bid of  $511,997 from Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville for the city’s North Street Sanitary Pump Station Replacement Project  :  agreed to renew the city’s insurance coverage with Gallagher & Company for the next year at the cost of  $200,457 – that’s an increase of  $31,148 due to earthquake insurance  :  approved a special use permit for a Cellular Tower on Wheels at 1500 East Main Street on a temporary basis  :  approved the MFT 2nd Revised Municipal estimate of maintenance costs  :  noted that bids are coming in for the East Main Street waterline project  :  noted the city has received a “Safe Route to Schools” grant to help construct a sidewalk from the High School to Middle School  :  and noted the work of city crews during this past snowy weather  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be January 13, 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  The mother of 7 year old Willow Long was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of obstructing police into the youngster’s death back in September – authorities say 26 year old Ciara DeRyke is being held on a $75,000 bond in the Effingham County Jail, awaiting a court appearance later today – the Class A misdemeanor is punishable with up to one year in jail – DeRyke’s 22 year old brother, Justin, is awaiting his trial for murdering his niece, which is set to start in February with a court date next month.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash yesterday evening in Clay County – the accident involved a semi-truck driven by 43 year old Floyd Evans of Tyler, Minnesota and a Flora Police squad car driven by Assistant Chief of Police Guye Durre of Flora – while responding to a car/deer traffic accident just east of Flora along U.S. Route 50, Durre’s squad car was struck by the semi-truck – Durre was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment, but is expected to be released soon – the truck driver was treated at Clay County Hospital in Flora – Route 50 was closed for about 3 hours as a result.


 
(NEWTON)  Coming up this afternoon, the Embarras River Basin Agency Office in Newton will host an informational meeting to help educate Jasper County residents about their health care coverage options available thru the Get Covered Illinois program – to be held today at 3:00 at the Jasper County Senior Center in Newton, the program with cover the new Health Care Rules, showing that most health care coverage is more comprehensive and affordable to area residents and families – all are invited to attend.


 
(OLNEY)  All eligible and/or first-time donors are encouraged to get out and give the gift of life at their next opportunity – here’s some upcoming area blood drives  :  this afternoon at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the American Red Cross Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Flora VFW from 12:00 noon to 4:00  :  and Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are needed to replenish the low area supply of blood.

 

(NEWTON)  A note to folks that sustained damages from the severe weather of November 17th in Jasper, Fayette, Wabash, and Wayne Counties, the Illinois Department of Human Services is offering immediate food assistance to benefit those in the federally declared disaster areas – however, applications are being accepted only three days, tomorrow thru Friday, December 11th thru 13th – for more information or for more details on the program, check the State DHS website available online, at www.dhs.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  Olney’s recycling collection is back on schedule after the weather delays  :  the Republic Service trash collection from Friday and Monday should be picked up today along with the regular Tuesday collection  :  and the new days and hours for the city’s brush dump are from 10:00 to 3:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, until further notice  :  the City of Olney appreciates the patience of all citizens during this period of extended winter weather conditions.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Newton VFW Post 7537 Christmas Dinner is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 – everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or dessert – Santa will make a short visit – all Veterans & patrons are invited


    The East Richland High School will have its rescheduled musical this weekend in the Sliva Auditorium at ERHS – the two shows will be Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets at ERHS


    Travel back to Bethlehem this Saturday night from 5:00 to 9:00 at the Beulah United Methodist Church, south and west of Sumner – the live nativity scene will include animals and more, plus free refreshments & music inside – also non-perishable food items will be collected for the local food pantry – all ages welcome


    A note from Newton Community High School – that NCHS Yearbooks are on sale all this week before school and during RTI which lasts until 9:05 – that’s in Room 118 today thru Friday at NCHS


    The Newton Community High School student body will host a “soup supper” this Friday night in the NCHS cafeteria before the Newton Eagles home basketball game – all proceeds going to benefit Betty Yaw, an NCHS custodian – that’s chili, vegetable soup, and hotdogs from 4:30 to 7:30 with $5 tickets at the door


    The Jasper County Christian Home Educators will have their Craft & Small Business Fair this Friday night at the New Life Christian Center in Newton, next to Hardee’s – that’s from 5:00 to 8:00 – all invited


    The Olney Central College Community Choir will present its annual Holiday Concert this Thursday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center with a start time at 7:30 – the evening will conclude with a Christmas Carol sing-along – it’s all free and open to the public – everyone is invited