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June 27, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  The normal summertime weather pattern continues across the Midwest with daily chances for mainly late afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms – a better chance for storm activity is Sunday thru Monday as a cold front approaches from the northwest – after that, slightly cooler and drier weather will return by the middle of next week – stay tuned to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK in Olney/Newton for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Statewide schools are now required to double down on bullying as a new law calls for new policies to be put in action – schools must include a definition for bullying, create a system for notifying parents when there are problems, and provide details on how cases of bullying will be reviewed – many believe the new law will create a positive atmosphere and make sure students have a safe place to learn.

 

(OLNEY)  State education leaders say there is a shortage of agriculture teachers in Illinois – while the field of agriculture offers so many different careers, teaching is not the most popular – there are only about 25 agriculture education grads in Illinois each year – last year there were 11 and this year there were only 12.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is National HIV Testing Day – people all across the state are encouraged to get tested and know their status – health officials say more than a million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and almost one is six don’t even know they’re positive – getting tested is the first step in finding out how to deal with it – for a list of free testing sites available all over Illinois, call the toll-free number at 1-800-243-2437.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents are reminded of an ongoing scam that continues to plague our downstate region – it’s where the scammers call folks, claiming to represent Ameren Illinois or other utility companies, and demand a payment on their account by credit, debit, or pre-paid card, or else face immediate disconnection – all residents should remember that Ameren and other utilities do not demand a payment or else, not only do they offer payment options, but they also make contact by email, mail, and/or phone before discussing account information – and they never send email attachments, they never demand personal account details, and they never visit a home without a scheduled appointment – if residents have any doubt, they should call their local utility company to verify their account information directly – never give out personal account information or details over the telephone and/or internet – folks should spread the word to family & friends.

 

(NEWTON)  The 144th Jasper County Fair continues today on the fairgrounds in Newton – it’s a busy day today with more 4-H Livestock Judging, the popular Antique Farm Machinery Show from 10:00 to 2:00, and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor/Truck Pull tonight at 7:00 – tonight is also “family night” with armbands on sale for all the carnival rides – then the activities will finish up tomorrow with the 4-H Livestock Judging to end and all Floral Hall Exhibits can be picked up from 10:00 to 2:00 – while all the carnival rides will continue thru tomorrow night, the Grand Slam Demolition Derby will wrap things up tomorrow night at 7:00 – plus all the concessions – all at the Jasper County Fair thru tomorrow on the fairgrounds in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition recently met in Olney to review and discuss activities over the previous year – that included details about the Springfield visit to meet with members of the State General Assembly, a luncheon with Senator Dick Durbin, last year’s golf outing, and several other meetings – the Coalition discussed plans for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and it welcomed in Brice Sheriff as its new lobbyist – the Coalition is now planning for its fundraising golf outing to be held August 22nd in Salem – for more information about the U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition, contact Mr. Courtney Yockey at the Richland County Development Corporation office in Olney or Village of Clay City Mayor Trevor Bissey.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus has announced he’ll be available to meet with local constituents in Jasper County next Wednesday morning, July 2nd, at the Newton City Hall – the Congressman will be on hand for one-on-one meetings for a 90-minute period, from 10:00 until 11:30 – those interested should call ahead of time to schedule a visit time – folks can contact the Congressman’s Effingham office at 217-347-7949 – those requiring special accommodations should call at least 48 hours before the Newton visit – the Congressman maintains Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, plus online at www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization (R.A.D.I.O.) will hold its Emergency Communications exercise in conjunction with its annual ARRL Field Day this weekend at the Parkersburg Community Building – starting at 1:00 tomorrow and operating thru 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, anyone interested in Amateur Radio licensing, electronics, and emergency communications is welcome to attend.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Store in Robinson from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  for an appointment to donate blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will close a section of  North Prairieton Road near Stringtown next Monday morning thru Wednesday evening to replace a large roadway culvert – the work schedule is dependent of course on the weather and subject to change with short notice – the section to be closed is between East Hurricane Lane and East Dundas Lane, again on North Prairieton Road – motorists are encouraged to observe all barricades and signs at this site until the work is complete in this area.

 

(NEWTON)  A very special fundraising bake sale will continue and end today with all proceeds to benefit the family of Emma Kocher of Ste. Marie, who is currently in St. Louis Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for an abdominal tumor – sponsored by Giggles-N-Grace, a fundraising bake sale today will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Peoples State Bank in Newton – sponsored by Kids Kingdom, a fundraising bake sale and lemonade stand will be set up in the Dollar General parking lot in Newton today from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and help out the Kocher family with their medical expenses.

 

REMINDERS :
    The State Department of Public Health is resuming its animal population control program next Tuesday, July 1st, providing reduced cost spay & neuter assistance to qualified applicants – for details on how to apply and more, call Richland County Animal Control at 618-393-7526 or Shelter Friends at 618-395-2848


    The efforts of Build Community of Richland County continue into this weekend – for more details on how you can help out, go online at www.rcbuildcommunity.org – all help and assistance is appreciated


    A fundraising dinner, auction, & dance is set for tomorrow night at the Olney VFW to benefit the Ashbaugh family – starting at 6:00, the night includes an Italian Beef or BBQ Pork dinner, an auction at around 7:00, then music with the band Too Far Gone – donations are appreciated by calling 618-899-7115


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club “Open Horse Show” is set for tomorrow afternoon and evening, starting at 3:00 – various categories for all ages – plenty of concessions – spectators are welcome


    A Faith, Family and Freedom Rally to strengthen and promote the family unit will be held tomorrow afternoon in the Olney City Park from 12 noon to 2:00 – includes special guest speakers and concessions


    The Olney Arts Council will host a special night of acoustic driven Americana music tonight at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – the show starts at 7:00 with the $5 general admission tickets on sale at the door – it’s The Sweet Potatoes show with 3 performers tonight at OCC


    All are invited out this evening to meet Mark Smith of Mt. Erie, who’s running as a write-in candidate for Illinois Governor – the Wayne County native will be on the Richland County Courthouse lawn in downtown Olney at 6:00 to share his views on various topics and to meet the citizens of Richland County


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public today from 11:00 to 4:00 – stop by and check it out

 

 

 

June 26, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a typical summertime weather pattern across the Midwest for the next several days – as a frontal boundary / warm front waivers up and down over downstate Illinois, we’ll have daily on-and-off chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms each day and night this afternoon thru Sunday – while each day is not a total wash-out, the possibility of rain does exist – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that allows psychologists to prescribe medication to patients – under the new law, psychologists have to get special training for prescription writing and will be required to work with a coordinating doctor – the Illinois State Medical Society is the bill’s biggest critic, claiming psychologists do not have enough medical training to safely prescribe and dispense medication.

 

(OLNEY)  The group pushing to change the state’s redistricting process may not be able to produce enough signatures in time to get on the November 4th ballot – with nearly 32,000 signatures on the original petition more than once, the State Board of Elections is giving the group a second chance to make it right, however only a few short weeks have been granted – the ballot must be finalized and ready for print on August 23rd.

 

(NEWTON)  University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy says that he is not a candidate to fill the school’s President’s position – earlier this spring, the University of Illinois kicked off  its search to find a successor to President Bob Easter, who’s retiring next June, a year from next Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Incorporated Board of Directors met earlier this week – the Board  :  heard an update on the hospital’s Patient Satisfaction / HCAHPS report, all part of the hospital’s Quality Program – the results given by patients show very positive patient experiences, with all HCAHPS scores above state & national averages  :  in the CEO report, heard an update on current physician recruiting efforts, plus updates on state & federal concerns, such as Medicaid and funding  :  also reviewed various other reports as well  :  the RMH Incorporated Board meets the last Tuesday of each month in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The 144th Jasper County Fair continues today on the fairgrounds in Newton – it’s a busy day today on this Thursday with the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at 5:00 this afternoon, followed by the C Bar Rodeo tonight at 7:00 – tomorrow’s schedule includes more 4-H Livestock Judging, the popular Antique Farm Machinery Show from 10:00 to 2:00, and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor/Truck Pull tomorrow night at 7:00 – Friday night is also “family night” with armbands on sale for all the carnival rides – plus all the concessions as well – it’s all at the Jasper County Fair thru Saturday on the fairgrounds in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  While it’s a busy time in Jasper County, folks are reminded that volunteers are needed for the upcoming Jasper County Honey Do Ministry 2014 “Work Week” which is fast approaching July 7th thru the 11th – with at least 44 projects requested, volunteers are needed or else some requests will have to be turned down – from carpenters & painters to kitchen workers & those that run errands, all volunteers are invited to help out, whether one day or all five – and remember, the projects are for those that are elderly or those unable to complete the work themselves – donations are also being accepted to help cover the cost of materials, plus the daily meals provided to the volunteer workers – to help out in any way or to get more details, call Quincy at 618-783-3335, Deb at 618-783-8534, or Jane at 618-783-2534 as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District wants your input, but time is running out – the School District has received a grant to plan for improvements and expansion of its music program and district residents are asked to logon to the District’s website at www.ercu1.net and to take a short survey created by the planning committee to gather input from students, parents, and the community – all opinions will be compiled and shared at an upcoming meeting and all input must be received by tomorrow, Friday, June 27th – so go online at www.ercu1.net and share opinions about the music programs in the East Richland Schools, plus encourage others to do the same as well – all input is valuable and accepted for only two more days.

 

(OLNEY)  The Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization (RADIO) will hold it’s Emergency Communications exercise in conjunction with its annual ARRL Field Day this weekend at the Parkersburg Community Building – starting at 1:00 this Saturday and operating thru 2:00 Sunday afternoon, anyone interested in Amateur Radio licensing, electronics, and emergency communications is welcome to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a couple of notes from the City of Olney  :  the Musgrove Aquatic Center is currently having technical problems with its telephone lines, therefore any pool-related phone calls should be made to the Olney City Hall at 395-7302 – once the phone lines at the pool are repaired, it will be back to normal  :  also, the City of Olney is reminding the public to be aware and compliant with the “no parking” areas at Musgrove Park and Musgrove Aquatic Center – in order to maximize parking availability, folks are asked to park as safely and efficiently as possible next to other vehicles  :  the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  A very special fundraising bake sale will be held today and tomorrow and with all proceeds to benefit the family of Emma Kocher of Ste. Marie, who is currently in St. Louis Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for an abdominal tumor – sponsored by Giggles-N-Grace, a fundraising bake sale today will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Peoples State Bank in Newton, plus again from 9:00 to 12:00 noon tomorrow morning – sponsored by Kids Kingdom, a fundraising bake sale and lemonade stand will be set up in the Dollar General parking lot in Newton tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and help out the Kocher family with their medical expenses.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Saturday at the Wal-Mart Store in Robinson from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  for an appointment to donate blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Hilltoppers 4-H Club is celebrating 60 years as one of the oldest 4-H Clubs in Richland County with a special reception on Sunday, July 6th, from 4:00 to 6:00, in the Olney City Park, under the big white tent on the fairgrounds – a special invitation goes out to all former members and leaders to attend on July 6th

 
    The efforts of Build Community of Richland County continue each day this week – for more details on how you can help out, go online at www.rcbuildcommunity.org – all help and assistance is appreciated


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club “Open Horse Show” is set for this coming Saturday afternoon and evening, starting at 3:00 – various categories for all ages – plenty of concessions – spectators are welcome


    A Faith, Family and Freedom Rally to strengthen and promote the family unit will be held this Saturday afternoon in the Olney City Park from 12 noon to 2:00 – includes special guest speakers and concessions


    A fundraising dinner, auction, & dance is set for this Saturday night at the Olney VFW to benefit the Ashbaugh family – starting at 6:00, the night includes an Italian Beef or BBQ Pork dinner, an auction at around 7:00, then music with the band Too Far Gone – donations are appreciated by calling 618-899-7115


    All are invited out tomorrow evening to meet Mark Smith of Mt. Erie, who’s running as a write-in candidate for Illinois Governor – the Wayne County native will be on the Richland County Courthouse lawn in downtown Olney at 6:00 to share his views on various topics and to meet the citizens of Richland County


    The Richland County Fair Queen contestants will be waiting tables at the The Holiday in Olney this evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 – all proceeds will help the young ladies with their pageant expenses


    The Farmer’s Market in Noble will be set up later this afternoon and evening in the Village Park with fresh produce and more available to the public – that’s from 3:00 until 6:00 today in Noble

 

 

 

June 25, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Mostly dry weather is anticipated across much of the Midwest today although that slight chance of a pop-up shower does exist – rain chances will increase everywhere tomorrow thru Friday as a series of weak weather systems interact with the very warm and humid air-mass in place across the region – while the weekend won’t be a total washout, spotty rain chances do exist all the way thru Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois home prices rose 8.3% in May while home sales decreased 9.4% compared to May 2013 – the statewide median price last month was $167,900, up from $155,000 a year ago – while the statewide home sales last month were down 1,441 units from May of last year, the May 2014 sales were 16.4% higher than the month earlier in April – of the 102 counties, 39 showed annual home sales increases.

 

(OLNEY)  During this Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, and local emergency management agencies are promoting the phrase “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors” while folks enjoy the next several weeks of outdoor activities – it’s all to remind people that hearing thunder while outside means one is close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning – folks can check out the lightning safety tips by going online at www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Treasurer’s Office plans to auction off nearly 9,000 pieces of unclaimed property items, including antique coins, jewelry, and much more – it’s all property that’s been unclaimed for at least 5 years – the online auction will run July 7th thru the 11th – check the Treasurer’s website available online.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week with a regular, bi-monthly meeting in Noble – the Board  :  adopted the Ordinance for Appropriations for fiscal year 2015 with the total expenditure figure at $752,710  :  approved the $33,992 bid from Heuerman Trucking of Teutopolis for the Village’s street oiling & chipping program  :  adopted the Prevailing Wage Ordinance as presented for Richland County  :  noted that the Village’s Zoning Board recently denied a request to locate a 25 year old mobile home in Noble, per Village Code  :  noted that there are currently three seats open on the Zoning Board  :  received information from the Village Attorney on a statute in regards to expenses for economic development within a municipality  :  noted that the Village has received its permit for a secondary water source from the state  :  noted that one Village Board seat remains open and available – if anyone is interested, they should contact the Village Hall in Noble  :  noted that coming up next week, Village Hall will be closed on Friday, July 4th, and that next week’s Republic Services’ trash pickup in Noble will be a day later than normal on Saturday, July 5th  :  the Noble Village Board will have its next regular meeting on Monday, July 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  Wheat harvest is underway in Illinois, with farmers cutting 20% of the statewide crop by this past Sunday – the USDA Crop Report also shows that as of Sunday, 96% of the state’s soybean crop had been planted, plus there were nearly four days suitable for fieldwork last week on average throughout the state – the statewide precipitation averaged 1.45 inches last week, just over a half inch above normal  :  farmers here in our ten county region report 95% of the local bean crop is in the ground with about a third of the area wheat crop now harvested – while weekend and more recent rainfall amounts have halted farm work for a few days, farmers are reminded to think “safety first” when the farm activity resumes later on.

 

(NEWTON)  The 144th Jasper County Fair continues today on the fairgrounds in Newton – it’s a busy day with 4-H Livestock Judging this morning & a day full of Harness Racing – due to yesterday’s cancellation, today’s 1:00 start will include races from both yesterday & today – then it’s the featured Flat Drags later tonight at 7:00 – tomorrow’s schedule features the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at 5:00 with the C Bar Rodeo Thursday night at 7:00 – Friday’s schedule includes more 4-H Livestock Judging and the popular Antique Farm Machinery Show, which will run from 10:00 to 2:00 – all followed by the Non-Sanctioned Tractor/Truck Pull that night at 7:00 – Friday night is also “family night” with armbands on sale for all the carnival rides – plus all the concessions as well – the Jasper County Fair thru Saturday in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the weekend traffic accident that claimed the life of a Wayne County man – the State Police report 23 year old Timothy “Tim” Bell was eastbound on a Clay County road about three miles north of Flora when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the road, and was ejected from his vehicle – Bell was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash which occurred shortly after 11:00 Saturday night – Clay County authorities are assisting the State Police in the accident investigation.

 

(FLORA)  A nearby radio station is off the air after its transmission tower came toppling down yesterday morning at around 9:00 – while picking up trash at WNOI-FM in Flora, a Republic Services’ truck became entangled with a guy wire, causing the tower to come down just south of the WNOI offices, which are just off of U.S. Route 50 – a part of the tower hit the office building, however there were no injuries involved.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into the weekend traffic death of a Harrisburg teenager – the State Police report 18 year old Machaela Sherrod Gould was traveling about a half mile south of Carrier Mills, when her vehicle went off the roadway and flipped down an embankment Sunday afternoon – also known as Katie, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while a passenger, 19 year old John Gould, was taken to an Evansville hospital – officials say the two were just married less than 24 hours prior to the fatal crash.

 

(NEWTON)  A very special fundraising bake sale will be held tomorrow and Friday with all proceeds to benefit the family of Emma Kocher of Ste. Marie, who is currently in St. Louis Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for an abdominal tumor – sponsored by Giggles-N-Grace, a fundraising bake sale tomorrow will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Peoples State Bank in Newton, plus again from 9:00 to 12:00 noon Friday morning – sponsored by Kids Kingdom, a fundraising bake sale and lemonade stand will be set up in the Dollar General parking lot in Newton this Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and help out the Kocher family with their medical expenses.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  and also today at the First Christian Church in Carmi from 1:00 to 7:00  :  then this Friday at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Saturday at the Wal-Mart Store in Robinson from 11:00 to 3:00  :  Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  for an appointment to donate blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The efforts of Build Community of Richland County continue each day this week – for more details on how you can help out, go online at www.rcbuildcommunity.org – all help and assistance is appreciated


    A note from Republic Services – due to the summer heat, crews will be picking up trash earlier than normal – it’s recommended that customers set out their trash the evening before their scheduled pick up day


    The City of Olney is reminding the public to be aware and compliant with the “no parking” areas at Musgrove Park and Musgrove Aquatic Center – in order to maximize parking availability, folks are asked to park as safely and efficiently as possible next to other vehicles – the public’s cooperation is appreciated


    A fundraising dinner, auction, & dance is set for this Saturday night at the Olney VFW to benefit the Ashbaugh family – starting at 6:00, the night includes an Italian Beef or BBQ Pork dinner, an auction at around 7:00, then music with the band Too Far Gone – donations are appreciated by calling 618-899-7115


    All are invited out this Friday evening to meet Mark Smith of Mt. Erie, who’s running as a write-in candidate for Illinois Governor – the Wayne County native will be on the Richland County Courthouse lawn in downtown Olney at 6:00 to share his views on various topics and to meet the citizens of Richland County


    The Richland County Fair Queen contestants will be waiting tables at the The Holiday in Olney tomorrow evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 – all proceeds will help the young ladies with their pageant expenses


    The Cummins Band will be in concert tonight in the Olney City Park at the Bandshell, starting at 8:00

 

 

 

June 24, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A cold front will push thru the Midwest today before stalling out and becoming stationary near the Ohio River – showers & thunderstorm activity will continue to be a threat today thru this evening – then after a dry night tonight, the  on-and-off again chances of scattered rain continues each day and night tomorrow thru Saturday – the warm & humid air will also hang around – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The filing period for Independent and Third Party hopefuls for the fall election is over – among those filing on yesterday’s deadline was Green Party gubernatorial candidate Scott Summers and running on the Constitution Party ticket for Governor is Michael Oberline – that’s all for November 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  The woman who oversaw Governor Pat Quinn’s failed NRI program is being called on to give details about what she knows – a legislative panel approved a subpoena for Barb Shaw, plus six others yesterday – Shaw was invited to testify at a hearing last month but she didn’t show up – the subpoena now requires her to appear next month – the investigation into how the NRI money was passed out continues.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be out spraying for gypsy moths next week, but mostly all in Northern Illinois – officials say next Monday they’ll start treating about 38,000 acres in the counties of Boone, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago – the moth feeds of trees & shrubs – it’s been known to strip plants completely bare and cause trees to eventually die.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the collective bargaining agreement with city public works employees represented by the IBEW – the 3 year deal includes wage increases & several other changes  :  set the new salary for employee Tom Umfleet, compensating him for his appointment as Street Department Supervisor, on top of his other duties  :  accepted the $193,945 bid from Kieffer Brothers Construction for improvements to Holly Road, north of  Main Street  :  accepted the $8,750 low bid from Dolls, Inc. to demolish the property at 434 East Lafayette Street  :  discussed, but took no action to amend the City’s Municipal Code for Property Nuisances  :  also took no action to close the Linn Street railroad crossing  :  did accept the Plan Commission recommendation to deny the rezoning request for property at 940 West North Avenue  :  agreed to amend the City Code to amend Minimum Fines & Establish Settlement procedures for Ordinance Violation Cases  :  agreed to proceed with the legal efforts to demolish the building at 1039 West St. John Street  :  approved the appointment of Charlotte Bruce to the Library Board  :  noted that bids will be considered at the next meeting to build the Multi-Purpose Field at Musgrove Park  :  and heard updates on the Boone Street & Main Street projects  :  next meeting is July 14.

 

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board in Noble met for the final time in history last night – the Board  :  after a budget hearing, approved the amended fiscal year 2014 budget  :  also agreed to pay any bills that are submitted to the District over the next few days until the end of the day June 30th  :  approved the local government property transfer of the West Richland High School grounds to the Illinois Eastern Community College District 529  :  agreed to dissolve the West Richland School District at the close of the day on June 30th and to annex into the East Richland School District as of July 1st  :  agreed to dissolve the West Richland School Board of Education at the close of the day on June 30th  :  and after a short break, the Board then approved the June 23rd meeting minutes and adjourned for the final time at 8:45 Monday night.

 

(NEWTON)  Congratulations to the new 2014 Miss Jasper County Fair – Miss Andrea Cartright of Newton, the 18 year old daughter of  Andy and Tina Cartright – the 2014 NCHS graduate was crowned last night by outgoing Fair Queen Cheyenne Goss, who represented Jasper County very well – selected as 1st runner up was Taylor Alzate, the 16 year old daughter of  Daniel and Julie Alzate of Newton – chosen as 2014 Miss Congeniality was Jessica Stork, the 17 year old daughter of  David and Crystal Stork of Newton – a tip of the hat to all the candidates – the Pageant Directors thank everyone for their fantastic support again during this year’s event – also last night, 10 girls ranging in age from 4 to 6 were Future Miss Jasper County girls.

 

(NEWTON)  The 144th Jasper County Fair continues in Newton – hopefully more Harness Racing this afternoon at 1:00, followed by the Pedal Tractor Pull for youngsters at 6:30 this evening and the Sanctioned Truck & Tractor Pull at 7:00 tonight – carnival rides are start on this Tuesday and continue thru Saturday, plus plenty of fair food and concessions – all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton – check it out this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has released its weekly rainfall report for the nine townships with the 7-day recording period ending at 10:00 yesterday morning with hardly any rain falling during the past seven days – the average county-wide rainfall was at just over five-hundredths of an inch (0.05) – the county’s high rainfall total was a quarter of an inch (0.25) in Decker Township – it was a tenth of an inch (0.10) that fell in both Olney and Denver Townships – the only other rain was five-hundredths of an inch (0.05) in Madison Township – all other areas of Richland County had no measurable rain during the 7-day period – that included here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, where we had no rain as well – however, that all has changed with the rain we received yesterday and overnight.

 

(OLNEY)  The County Farm Bureaus in Southeastern Illinois continue to host informational Farm Bill meetings this week, all free of charge – pre-registration is requested by calling the local host Farm Bureau office – the meetings on this Tuesday  :  at Hogg Heaven Restaurant in Mt. Carmel at 7:30 this morning  :  at the Gallatin County Farm Bureau office in Ridgeway at 12:00 noon  :  and at Monical’s Pizza in Olney tonight at 6:30  :  for more info, call your respective Farm Bureau office, or check their respective websites.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  for an appointment to donate blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The efforts of Build Community of Richland County continue each day this week – for more details on how you can help out, go online at www.rcbuildcommunity.org – all help and assistance is appreciated


    A note from Republic Services – due to the summer heat, crews will be picking up trash earlier than normal – it’s recommended that customers set out their trash the evening before their scheduled pick up day – this includes all area Republic Services customers, including those in Olney, Newton, Noble, & elsewhere


    The Richland County Fair Queen contestants will be waiting tables at the The Holiday in Olney this coming Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 – all proceeds will help the young ladies with their pageant expenses


    The Cummins Band will be back in concert tomorrow night in the Olney City Park at the Bandshell, starting at 8:00 – all ages are invited


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public from 11:00 to 4:00

 

 

 

June 23, 2014

 

(OLNEY) Mostly cloudy skies prevailed across central Illinois, through the overnight hours, with mostly clear skies seen across the southeast counties. An area of heavy rain tracked toward the northeast, along
the Illinois river overnight as well. A cold front will slowly track southeast across the Midwest through Tuesday. Periods of showers and thunderstorms will be common in the warm and humid air ahead of this front. Much of the region should be dry by Tuesday evening after the passage of the front. However, rain chances will begin to increase again mid week. – Stay tuned for more updates

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – President Lincoln's historic law offices in downtown Springfield could see some drastic changes.  Chris WILls with the ILlinois Historic Preservation Agency says they're looking to revamp the historic site to enhance the experience for visitors.  The final design isn't quite complete yet, but Wills says part of the building overhaul means turning the front section of the building into a working dry goods store, similar to the one that was run by a local businessman back in the 1840's.  They're also planning to move the Lincoln law office to the south end of the building where historians believe Lincoln's office was actually located.  President Lincoln practiced law at the downtown offices before he served in Congress.

 

(NEWTON)  There's been a lot of talk about what will happen to shuttered prison facilities across the state.  Some groups have been calling on Governor Quinn to find other ways to use the buildings, but so far he hasn't budged much on the pleas.  His GOP opponent in the race for governor, Bruce Rauner, won't say if he'll reopen the facilities either.  Rauner says he's not corrections expert, so he'll rely on a team of people who are to help him make the best decision about the shuttered facilities.  Leaders in areas where prisons have been shut down say they've taken a major economic blow.  They've been looking for ways to revive their communities.  Leaders in Dwight are considering a plan to use part of that facility to house overflow inmates from Cook County.

 

(OLNEY)  The city of Olney Plan Commission held a special meeting this past Friday:  The commission denied the two zoning addresses :  discussed Mowrey Subdivision plat

 

(NEWTON)  The 144th Jasper County Fair continues in Newton – it’s more Harness Racing this afternoon at 1:00, followed by the Jasper County Queen and Little Miss Pageant that night at 7:30 headlined by reigning Miss Jasper County, Cheyenne Goss – then more Harness Racing at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon with the Pedal Tractor Pull for youngsters at 6:30 and the Sanctioned Truck & Tractor Pull at 7:00 – the 4-H Livestock judging begins Wednesday – carnival rides are tomorrow thru Saturday, plus plenty of fair food and concessions – all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  A big part of the Jasper County Fair is tonight’s Fair Queen Pageant, featuring five young ladies – the contestants include  :  21 year old Heather King of Newton  :  18 year old Andrea Cartright of Newton  :  17 year old Macy Probst of rural Wheeler  :  17 year old Jessica Stork of Newton  :  and 16 year old Taylor Alzate of Newton  :  the Pageant will start at 7:30 and will be overseen by 2013 Miss Jasper County Fair Queen, Cheyenne Goss – also a part of tonight’s event is the Future Miss Jasper County which has 10 young ladies taking part, ranging in age from 4 to 6 – all are invited out to tonight’s Pageant.

 

(OLNEY)  The County Farm Bureaus in Southeastern Illinois will be hosting six informational Farm Bill meetings this week, all free of charge – pre-registration is requested by calling the local host Farm Bureau office – the meetings on this Monday  :  at the Edwards County Farm Bureau office in Albion at 7:30 this morning  :  at Frontier Community College’s Foundation Hall in Fairfield at 12:00 noon  :  and at the White County Farm Bureau office in Carmi at 7:00 tonight – tomorrow’s meetings  :  at Hogg Heaven Restaurant in Mt. Carmel at 7:30 tomorrow morning  :  at the Gallatin County Farm Bureau office in Ridgeway at 12:00 noon  :  and at Monical’s Pizza in Olney tomorrow night at 6:30  :  for more info, call your respective Farm Bureau office, or check their respective websites available online – all are invited to attend any or all.

 

(OLNEY)  Hay and forage producers can learn more about production efforts at the 28th annual Hay & Forage Expo, set for June 25th and 26th, next Wednesday and Thursday, at the Central Iowa Expo facility, near Boone, Iowa – the event includes daily seminars, educational & product exhibits, hay harvesting, second hay cuttings, other field demonstrations, and much more – admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle – the show’s website at www.HayExpo.com features a map and detailed driving directions.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also toay at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Wednesday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  for an appointment to donate blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are very much in need to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :

 

    A note from Republic Services – due to the summer heat, crews will be picking up trash earlier than normal – it’s recommended that customers set out their trash the evening before their scheduled pick up day – this includes all area Republic Services customers, including those in Olney, Newton, Noble, & elsewhere

    The Faith, Family and Freedom Rally to strengthen and promote the family unit will be held this Saturday, June 28th, in the Olney City Park at the Bandshell from 12:00 until 2:00.  Special guest speakers will be on hand as well as concessions – all are invited.

    The Richland County Fair Queen Contestants will be waiting tables at the The Holiday in Olney – The young ladies competing for the crown, will be at The Holiday this coming Thursday, June 26th.

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club Open Horse Show will be this upcoming Saturday, June 28th.  The Saddle Club will host the show starting at 3:00.

    The Hilltoppers 4-H Club in Richland County is celebrating 60 years as a 4-H Club.  To celebrate being one of the oldest clubs in the county, the Hilltoppers will host a reception Sunday, July 6, from 4:00 until 6:00  in the big white tent on the fairgrounds next to the grandstand.  The club would like to extend a special invitation to all former members and leaders.