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Local News

June 17, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  With a stalled out frontal boundary in the Upper Midwest, we’ll stay dry and hot for the next few days until our next front moves thru during the upcoming weekend – until then, it’s mostly dry today thru Thursday – then spotty rain & storm chances Friday thru Sunday and into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A U.S. Supreme Court ruling could help curb violence in Illinois – in a five to four decision yesterday, the justices ruled that anyone who’s buying a gun for someone else must provide that person’s information, even if the person is legally allowed to own a gun – the high court says failing to provide the details minimizes the government’s efforts to conduct proper background checks – supporters say this will help keep illegal guns of the street – opponents say criminals don’t abide by the laws and it will not matter.

 

(OLNEY)  Newborn babies across the state are being tested for a rare blood disease – officials say severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, is an inherited disorder which causes improper development of white blood cells – those with SCID are very susceptible to recurrent infections & may develop pneumonia, meningitis, or other complications – babies born with the condition look normal, but cannot fight off the infection, which means they could die before their first birthday if they are not properly treated.

 

(NEWTON)  There are almost 700 new beekeepers in Illinois – the honey-producing colonies are at the highest level in the state since 2005 – the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the most recent increase brings the statewide numbers to 2,519 beekeepers operating a total of over 24,000 colonies in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON) The City of Newton has now announced that due to circumstances beyond their control, the waterline repairs will NOT be made today as earlier announced - therefore, the water service to the before-mentioned areas of Newton will stay on, as normal, and there will be no need for a boil water order as well - so no water shut-off today and everything stays as normal for the time being - thanks again for your patience.  

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Chapter for recognition at last week’s State FFA Convention – with more than 3,500 FFA members taking part, the annual event was held in Springfield with the 2014 theme “Planting Your Potential” – the Olney FFA was noted with three Section 23 awards  :  the Student Development Award for successfully implementing individual & cooperative activities to enhance student members’ life skills  :  the Chapter Development Award for providing opportunities for increased member participation, financial responsibility, a positive image, and more  :  the Community Development Award for promoting partnerships with alumni affiliates and other groups & organizations to make the community a better place to live  :  and the Team Award for winning the Forestry Career Development Event  :  a tip of the hat to all Olney FFA members – to learn more about the convention, logon at www.illinoisffa.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved the collective bargaining agreement between it and the Jasper County Education Association – the three year deal consists of a half-year “hard freeze” in Year 1 as teacher salaries will remain frozen where they’re at until January 25th, 2015 at which point a .9% pay raise will be instituted – Year 2 will include a “soft freeze” and a flat $250 raise, while Year 3 will include a “soft freeze” and a flat $500  :  also approved Administrative salary increases of .9% effective January 25th, 2015, with a 1.8% increase the following year and a 1.9% raise for the 2016-2017 school year  :  also approved pay increases for classified personnel – a .9% raise for days worked starting January 3rd, 2015, then 1.8% the following school year and 1.9% for the 2016-2017 school year  :  accepted resignations from Elementary Teachers Dawn Meinhart and Sarah Deters, and from 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Eric Carr  :  agreed to hire Jordan Michels and Michelle Probst as Elementary Teachers, Brian Kusnerick as Junior High P.E. Teacher, and Alex Frohning as Junior High Social Studies Teacher  :  accepted the retirement agreement for Teacher Barbara Schulte at the end of the 2014-2015 school year  :  also approved the District Fee Schedule by raising registration, other than food, by 2.5% in order to cover online convenience fees, plus will have a hearing next month to consider raising the Driver Education fee as well  :  the School Board’s next regular meeting will be July 21st.

 

(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 most of the rain falling last Monday night thru Tuesday night – the average county-wide rainfall was at eight tenths of an inch (0.80 inches) – the county’s high rainfall total was in Bonpas Township with an inch and three tenths (1.30 inches) – Olney Township also had over an inch of rain in the 7-day period at one inch and one tenth (1.10 inches) – the four Townships of Decker, Denver, Claremont, and Madison all had eight tenths of an inch (0.80 inches), while Preston Township had three quarters of an inch of rain (0.75 inches)- on the low side, German Township had nearly a half inch of rain at 0.45 inches and the county’s lowest amount was four tenths of an inch (0.40 inches) in Noble Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service weather station, at the south edge of Olney, our total for the 7 day period was at just over six tenths of an inch of rain, at 0.63 inches – the county’s average rainfall so far for June is at 2.24 inches of precipitation.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Rural Health Association has announced it will host its 25th Annual Educational Conference on August 14th & 15th at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham – the conference is a great chance for rural healthcare professionals to advance their skills thru continuing education and professional development with the various workshops geared towards public health departments, rural health clinics, and hospitals – exhibit space and student scholarships are available – for more, logon at www.ilruralhealth.org.

 

(OLNEY) There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Community Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Flora from 10:00 to 2:00  :  for an appointment to donate blood or to get more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are very much needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    A reminder that fundraising raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are currently available at the Noble Village Hall, at Noble Foods, and the First National Bank in Noble – that $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 – all proceeds to benefit the Noble Chowder, which is August 9th in the Village Park – thanks for your help


    The Lawrence County Longspurs Chapter of the NWTF will host the 16th annual JAKES Field Day for area youth at the Red Hills State Park near Sumner this Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00 – it’s an opportunity for youth to experience the outdoors thru hands-on events, education, fellowship, and family fun, including archery, air rifle shooting, hunting safety instruction, & more – it’s free with lunch – registrations is at 9:00


    A fundraising “Jonah Fish Fry” will be this Friday night in the Robinson City Park with serving from 4:00 to 7:00, plus carry-outs available and tickets at the event – all proceeds to Developmentally Disabled Individuals to the Lawrence / Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens – all support is appreciated


   There’s a couple of meetings coming up tomorrow evening, on Wednesday, June 18th  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet at City Hall at 6:00  :  the Public Building Commission of Richland County will meet in the County Jail meeting room at 4:00  :  both are open to the public


    It’s another fundraising Tuesday for the East Orchard Christian Academy in Olney – fill out a form while ordering at Monical’s Pizza today thru tonight and a portion of the receipt will be donated


    There are a couple of meetings on tap tonight  :  the Newton City Council meets tonight at 6:00 for its second of two meetings here in June – the agenda includes both old and new business, plus more  :  the IECC Board of Trustees meet tonight at Olney Central College at 7:00  :  both are open to the public


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


    The Olney Public Library will host a program featuring puppeteer / ventriloquist Kevin Horner this afternoon at 2:00 – all ages are invited – it’s free and open to one and all – all at the Olney Public Library

 

 

 

June 16, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a weakening upper level weather disturbance lingers across the region, the chance of very scattered showers and light thunderstorms will exist mostly this morning – then we’ll likely see a dry sky this afternoon thru tonight – then a couple of hot and humid days with be followed with another isolated chance of showers and storms Thursday & Friday and into the weekend as well – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A new law is meant to immediately ban police ticket quotas – signed by the Governor yesterday, the law says municipalities and police departments cannot require officers to issue a certain number of citations in a specific period of time, and the number of tickets an officer writes cannot be used as part of a performance evaluation – this applies to all local, county, & state police departments in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Corrections will soon begin the process of switching from its 30 year old mainframe computer to allow the agency to improve inmate health screenings and to better coordinate inmate records with county jails, among other things – the $2 million upgrade is set to start this Sunday – the IDOC oversees 48,000 prisoners with as many as 500 inmates entering & leaving the system every day.

 

(NEWTON)  We have a new Miss Illinois – 24 year old Marisa Buchheit of Wicker Park, a suburb of Chicago, was crowned Saturday night at the statewide pageant held down in Marion – also crowned as Miss Chicago for 2014, Buchheit was selected from a field of 31 contestants from all over Illinois – the aspiring opera singer and current art & choir teacher, will now compete at the Miss America Pageant in September.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in special session during the noon hour last Friday, but only for a few minutes – in fact, without using a closed session, the Council approved a 1 year side agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters – some agreement highlights include temporary waivers dealing with overtime and a provision dealing with compensation time, all at no additional cost to the department – the agreement will expire on April 30th, 2015, but can be extended – the Council’s next meeting is June 23.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2014 Jasper County Fair is fast approaching as the project entry day was this past Saturday – the Fair will get started this coming Saturday, June 21st, and continue each day and night thru Saturday, the 28th – Fair highlights will include Harness Racing on four straight afternoons, Sunday thru Wednesday – plus the Queen Pageant, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Antique Farm Machinery Show, Demolition Derby, Rodeo, the 4-H Livestock Auction, and more – the Fair’s carnival will run Tuesday thru Saturday, plus all the concessions – mark your calendars, the Jasper County Fair, June 21st thru 28th, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney continues its Mosquito Control Program, every Monday & Wednesday night at 8:30 – while city workers make the rounds throughout town with the fogging machine, they also treat standing water for mosquito eggs – the residents of Olney can also help out, by taking some steps of their own to battle mosquitoes : get rid of any water holding containers where mosquito breeding occurs : keep all drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds & trash : change water once a week in wading pools or bird baths : do away with any areas of standing water : the City appreciates all efforts in the mosquito fight.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is continuing to take applications for the CSBG School Supply Program – ERBA will provide required school supplies to eligible children attending Kindergarten thru 12th grade during the 2014-2015 school year – the applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and each applicant must provide proof of all family income for the past 90 days and a social security card for each family member – folks can contact their local ERBA office for an appointment and more info – they’re located in Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, Olney, Greenup, Casey, and Mattoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District will conduct a preschool screening on Tuesday, June 24th, a week from tomorrow, from 8:00 to 2:30, at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney – the screening, for children ages 3 thru 5 years of age and offered free to parents, serves as a check-up of a child’s skills and provides for early detection of any difficulties – the results can also be used to locate children who qualify for the Pre-Kindergarten Programs – those with Head Start will also be on hand to register children and answer questions – for a required appointment, parents can call Olney’s Elementary School at 392-3143.

 

(OLNEY) There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12 noon to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment to donate blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County ABATE annual fundraising ride to benefit breast cancer has been rescheduled – originally set for June 28th, the ride will now be held on Saturday, July 19th – so change those calendars – the ride will start and end at the KC Hall in Olney with dinner, an auction, & music to follow


    A fundraising “Jonah Fish Fry” will be this Friday night in the Robinson City Park with serving from 4:00 to 7:00, plus carry-outs available and tickets at the event – all proceeds to Developmentally Disabled Individuals to the Lawrence / Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens – all support is appreciated


    The Olney Public Library will host a program featuring puppeteer / ventriloquist Kevin Horner tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – all ages are invited out tomorrow to hear and view the three time Peoples Choice Award winner – it’s free and open to one and all – call or stop by the Olney Public Library for more information


    A couple of meetings are coming up in Newton  :  the Newton City Council meets tomorrow night at 6:00 for its second of two meetings here in June – that’s at the Newton City Hall on Tuesday night  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for June tonight, starting at 7:00 – the agenda does include a closed session to discuss personnel & negotiations  :  both meetings are open to the public


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

 

 

 

June 14, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure will slowly move over the Midwest, continuing to control our weather conditions today and tomorrow – a warming trend will kick in on the back side of the high and then a more active weather pattern sets up with our next rain chance by tomorrow evening – it’s more humidity moving in for the first of next week with more shower and storm activity thru Monday night – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The American Redbone Coonhound Association continues with its 2014 Annual Hunt this weekend, based out of the Olney City Park – there are hundreds of hunters and their dogs in town for the yearly event, with tonight being the final night of hunting competition – there’s also field trials and bench shows, not to mention several hunting equipment vendors on site as well – the ARCA had its annual meeting yesterday, with a fundraising auction today – the public is welcome to stop by the Park Community Building as the Olney Tiger Football team is cooking up all the meals with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all of which are open to the public – we welcome all those associated with this annual event to the Olney area.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2014 Jasper County Fair is fast approaching as the project entry day is today – the Fair gets started a week from today, on the 21st, and continues each day and night thru Saturday, the 28th – Fair highlights will include Harness Racing on four straight afternoons, Sunday thru Wednesday – plus the 4-H Livestock Auction, Queen Pageant, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Antique Farm Machinery Show, Demolition Derby, Rodeo, and more – the Fair’s carnival will run that Tuesday thru Saturday – mark your calendars.

 

(OLNEY)  Statewide law enforcement officers carrying the torch for Special Olympics Illinois all met at ISU’s Hancock Stadium last night for the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games opening ceremonies – more than 4,000 athletes are taking part in the weekend full of competition and celebration there in Normal – for more information or details, check the Special Olympics website, at www.soill.org.

 

(OLNEY) 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 Vincennes from 2:00 to 6:00 (Illinois time)  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12 noon to 4:00  :  next Tuesday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and next Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment to donate the gift of  life, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County Senior Center will host a fundraising Smorgasbord tomorrow with serving from 10:30 to 1:30 or until they’re sold out, featuring fried chicken, salad bar, dessert, & more – donations taken at the door – all proceeds to help fund the various activities provided to the seniors of Richland County


    A memorial benefit for Henry Utley will be held this evening at the American Legion Hall in Newton – with dinner served at 4:00, the live music begins at 8:30 – all are invited to the fundraising effort


    A benefit ride and hog roast is today for infant Aden Lofgren of Bridgeport – sign up at 9:00 this morning at the Olney VFW with bikes out at 11:00 – stops in Flora, Effingham, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and back to Olney for dinner, auction, and live music – all proceeds to the Lofgren family


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its annual “Duck Race” this morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – top prize is $2,500 in cash, with $1,000 to 2nd place and $500 to 3rd, plus other prizes for all the heat winners – tickets available from ERFAE Board members


    Today is being recognized as Flag Day throughout the nation – the Olney Elks will host this year’s Flag Day Ceremony starting at 11:00 this morning on the north steps of the Richland County Courthouse – all are invited to the special ceremony and dedication service in downtown Olney


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host another “country breakfast” this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – carry-outs available and the $6 tickets are at the door – all ages are welcome


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

 

 

 

June 13, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure will slowly move into the Midwest and control our weather conditions today thru Sunday with a mostly clear and cool sky – a warming trend will kick in on the back side of the high and then a more active weather pattern sets up with our next rain chance by Sunday evening – it’s more humidity moving in for the first of next week as well – listen to WVLN-WSEI-WIKK for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Bruce Rauner’s budget plan is still under wraps, but he has unveiled a “ten point” plan to cut wasteful spending in Springfield – the GOP candidate for Governor says selling off state airplanes, cutting the Governor’s salary & pension, and cutting the Constitutional officers’ pay could help tighten the state’s purse straps and save $1 billion – Rauner’s opponent, Governor Pat Quinn, is brushing off the Republican’s plan, saying the savings is not enough to offset the income tax rate that will roll back to 3.75% in 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  Tick season is here as the State Department of Public Health reminds everyone to be prepared for another onslaught of the pesky bugs – tick bites can possibly lead to Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotty Fever – in fact, nearly 500 people across the state were impacted by tick-borne illnesses last year.

 

(NEWTON)  If you’re into watching the sky, you may want to keep an eye on the Moon tonight – it’s Friday the 13th and we’re getting a rare full Moon, which some say the full Moon hasn’t fallen on a Friday the 13th for nearly 14 years – the June full Moon is known as the Strawberry Moon because it comes up during Strawberry picking season – it’s also called the Honey Moon in June because of its golden tint.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night – the Board  :  approved and adopted the levy and collection of taxes to pay rent under a lease between the County and the Public Building Commission of Richland County – the Commission now awaits a bond rating to be issued within the next two weeks – low bids from Illini Builders in Olney have been accepted to replace the roofs on the Courthouse and the County Highway Building  :  approved the $15,000 purchase of a payroll/accounting program for the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s offices  :  approved May claims worth $77,901 which included $10,000 for out-of-county juvenile housing, $4,600 for computer tech support, and $3,500 for jail repairs  :  approved the $1,600 purchase of multi-banded IFERN radios for the Dispatch Center  :  agreed to pick up the tab of $500 per year to stay online with Em-Net, the Homeland Security / Notification System  :  approved the appointment of Jeff Grove to replace Jerry Grove on the Olney Fire Protection District Board  :  agreed to combine the Olney 4 and Olney 8 precincts into one precinct to be located at the County Jail meeting room effective this fall  :  adopted the Prevailing Wage Ordinance as presented  :  and said a big “thank you” to John Monroe for his prayers before each meeting  :  the Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on July 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night – the Board  :   approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 budget to include the $23,000 additional Workers Compensation premium  :  agreed to spend $2,200 along with a $2,000 grant to purchase a mannequin for training  :  on an 8 to 3 vote, passed the Prevailing Wage Ordinance as presented  :  received a $4,122 check from Snedeker Risk Management for safety improvements and the installation of a camera system at the Jasper County Jail  :  noted that work continues on the Crooked Creek Bridge and that dirt work begins soon on the Fox Township bridge project  :  noted the recent audit conducted by Kemper CPA was a clean audit as the county has gained financially over the past year  :  agreed to replace the AC units in the Courthouse restrooms and to complete other needed improvements  :  took no action on an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Newton until more information can be gathered  :  and took no other action after a short executive session to discuss litigation  :  the next regular meeting for the Jasper County Board will be July 10th in Newton next month.

 

(OLNEY)  The American Redbone Coonhound Association is having its 2014 Annual Hunt this weekend – based out of the Olney City Park, hundreds of hunters and their dogs are in town for the yearly event which last year was based in the St. Louis area – last night was the first night of competition with two more nights remaining – there’s also field trials and bench shows, not to mention several hunting equipment vendors on site as well – the ARCA will have its annual meeting on this Friday with a fundraising auction tomorrow, plus the Olney Tiger Football team is cooking up all the meals with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which are all open to the public in the Community Building – we welcome all those associated with this annual event.

 

(NEWTON)  Congratulations to some area and downstate FFA members as the 2014-2015 Illinois State FFA Officer Team was elected yesterday morning at the 86th State FFA Convention – installed yesterday afternoon was 18 year old Cody Morris of Mattoon as State FFA President – 17 year old Tommy Justison of Hillsboro is the new Vice-President – 18 year old Andrew Klein of Amboy was elected State Reporter – 19 year old Renee Kinzinger of New Athens is the new Secretary – 18 year old Willow Krumwiede of Pittsfield was chosen as Treasurer – meanwhile, four Illinois FFA Stars were presented – to Layna Bond of Galatia as Star Farmer – to Colin Cole of the Cumberland FFA Chapter as Star in Agribusiness – and to Andrew Livingston & Brandon Butcher, both of Taylorville, as Star in Ag Placement & Star in Agriscience, respectively – we’ll have more awards information involving local FFA members coming up next week.

 

(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 Vincennes from 2:00 to 6:00 (Illinois time)  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12 noon to 4:00  :  next Tuesday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and next Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment to donate the gift of  life, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council has a special meeting set for today, at 12:00 noon, at the Olney City Hall – this afternoon’s special meeting will be mostly held in closed session to discuss collective negotiating matters and then in open session, to consider and possibly act on a side agreement with the IAFF – that’s the only agenda items up for discussion at the special meeting today at noon for the Olney City Council.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County Senior Center will host a fundraising Smorgasbord this Sunday with serving from 10:30 to 1:30 or until they’re sold out, featuring fried chicken, salad bar, dessert, & more – donations taken at the door – all proceeds to help fund the various activities provided to the seniors of Richland County


    A memorial benefit for Henry Utley will be held tomorrow evening at the American Legion Hall in Newton – with dinner served at 4:00, the live music begins at 8:30 – all are invited to the fundraising effort


    A benefit ride and hog roast is tomorrow for infant Aden Lofgren of Bridgeport – sign up at 9:00 at the Olney VFW with bikes out at 11:00 – stops in Flora, Effingham, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and back to Olney for dinner, auction, and live music – all proceeds to the Lofgren family for medical expenses


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its annual “Duck Race” tomorrow morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – top prize is $2,500 in cash, with $1,000 to 2nd place and $500 to 3rd, plus other prizes for all the heat winners – get your tickets today at any area bank


    Tomorrow will be recognized as Flag Day throughout the nation – the Olney Elks will host this year’s Flag Day Ceremony starting at 11:00 at the north steps of the Richland County Courthouse – all are invited


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host another “country breakfast” tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – carry-outs available and the $6 tickets are at the door – all ages are welcome


    The local ABATE chapter will have their regular monthly meeting this Friday night in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:00 – all area riders and the public are welcome – that’s tonight in Olney


    The 9th annual Newton Eagle Football “fish fry” fundraiser is this evening at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 – tickets at the door, plus tickets are also on sale for the huge fundraising raffle with over 50 items available – carry-outs available – proceeds to Newton Eagle football


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

 

 

 

June 12, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  While we enjoy a dry & sunny sky this morning, an approaching cold front will roll thru the region by tonight, bringing with it our next rain chance with scattered showers and possibly thunderstorms late this afternoon & evening – then we’re back to a dry sky with a high pressure ridge in control tomorrow, Saturday, & Sunday – maybe some rain & storms back by Sunday night into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Governor has signed legislation to strengthen education in Illinois – one law increases the percentage of Early Childhood Education Block Grant program funds set aside for children ages 0 to 3 – the other law streamlines the requirements to provide a $1,500 annual incentive to teachers who achieve Illinois Master Teacher certification with priority to low-performing schools – both laws take effect July 1st, 2014.

 

(OLNEY)  The entry deadlines for the many competitions to be held by the 2014 Illinois State Fair are fast approaching – every year the Fair hosts more than 8,700 contests, ranging from livestock and horticulture competitions to judged art shows and culinary showdowns – details about all the offerings can be found in the State Fair’s premium books, available online – check the Fair’s website, at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued a statement concerning the recent American black bear sightings in Northwestern Illinois – while the black bear sighted most recently showed no signs of aggressive behavior towards humans, the bear should not be approached – new legislation passed earlier this spring adds black bears, gray wolves, and mountain lions to the list of protected wildlife in Illinois, although when and if signed into law by the Governor, the law will not take effect until January 1st, 2015 – there were two more black bear sightings reported yesterday up in the Genoa and Sycamore areas – for more information in dealing with wildlife, folks can check the DNR’s website available online.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s Office has mailed out the last of the county’s real estate and mobile home tax bills this past Tuesday and all property owners in Richland County are reminded that if they don’t receive their tax statements by the end of this month, simply contact the office for a duplicate bill – Richland County’s first installment of real estate taxes is due August 11th, with the second installment due a month later on September 11th – meanwhile, the lone installment for the mobile home privilege tax is due on July 31st – payments can be made by mail, in person, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – if any questions, call or stop by the Treasurer’s Office, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  Statewide law enforcement officers are carrying the torch for Special Olympics Illinois as the annual Torch Run started this past Sunday at selected sites around the state – some of the downstate legs of the Torch Run began yesterday, including those in Effingham, Carbondale, and O’Fallon – coming up tomorrow, legs of the Torch Run from all over the state will converge on Normal, where the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games opening ceremonies will be held tomorrow night in Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium – more than 4,000 athletes will take part in the weekend full of competition and celebration – for more information or details, check the Special Olympics website, at www.soill.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The 86th Illinois FFA Convention officially began Tuesday and continue thru yesterday and last night at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield – on the final day of activities today, various awards and recognitions will be handed out during the final two sessions of this year’s event – several of our regional FFA Chapters are represented, including those from Olney, Noble, Newton, and elsewhere.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency is continuing to take applications for the CSBG School Supply Program – ERBA will provide required school supplies to eligible children attending Kindergarten thru 12th grade during the 2014-2015 school year – the applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and each applicant must provide proof of all family income for the past 90 days and a social security card for each family member – folks can contact their local ERBA office for an appointment and more info – they’re located in Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, Olney, Greenup, Casey, and Mattoon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council is looking for input from the citizens of Olney on a couple of issues : one is part of an effort to improve the City Code in regards to junk on properties – the City Council is considering an amendment to the City’s Municipal Code regarding byproducts, waste, or scraps from operation of business : the second is the possible closing of the Linn Street railroad crossing : a copy of the proposals may be viewed in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall during regular office hours – plus, written and oral opinions will be accepted at City Hall – these issues will be considered at the Council’s next regular meeting on June 23rd : also, a note that the Olney City Council has a special meeting set for Friday, June 13th, at 12:00 noon, at the Olney City Hall – tomorrow’s special meeting will be mostly held in closed session to discuss collective negotiating matters & then in open session, possibly consider a side agreement with the IAFF – it’s only one agenda item up for discussion at the special meeting tomorrow afternoon.

 

(NEWTON) There’s more opportunities for folks to get out & give blood – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  Saturday at the Wal-Mart Store in Vincennes from 2:00 to 6:00 (Illinois time)  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  next Monday at the House of Prayer in Albion from 12 noon to 4:00  :  next Tuesday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  and next Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for an appointment to donate the gift of  life, logon at www.redcrossblood.org   :  all blood types are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County Senior Center will host a fundraising Smorgasbord this Sunday with serving from 10:30 to 1:30 or until they’re sold out, featuring fried chicken, salad bar, dessert, & more – donations taken at the door – all proceeds to help fund the various activities provided to the seniors of Richland County


    A memorial benefit for Henry Utley will be held this Saturday evening at the American Legion Hall in Newton – with dinner served at 4:00, the live music begins at 8:30 – all are invited to the fundraising effort


    A benefit ride and hog roast is this Saturday for infant Aden Lofgren of Bridgeport – sign up at 9:00 at the Olney VFW with bikes out at 11:00 – stops in Flora, Effingham, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and back to Olney for dinner, auction, and live music – all proceeds to the Lofgren family for medical expenses


    The East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence will have its annual “Duck Race” this Saturday morning at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – top prize is $2,500 in cash, with $1,000 to 2nd place and $500 to 3rd, plus other prizes for all the heat winners – get your tickets today at any area bank


    This Saturday will be recognized as Flag Day throughout the nation – the Olney Elks will host this year’s Flag Day Ceremony starting at 11:00 at the north steps of the Richland County Courthouse – all are invited


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host another “country breakfast” this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – carry-outs available and the $6 tickets are at the door – all ages are welcome


    The local ABATE chapter will have their regular monthly meeting this Friday night, June 13th, in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:00 – all area riders and the public are welcome
    The 9th annual Newton Eagle Football “fish fry” fundraiser is tomorrow evening at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 – tickets at the door, plus tickets are also on sale for the huge fundraising raffle with over 50 items available – carry-outs available – proceeds to Newton Eagle football


    There’s a couple of monthly meetings on tap tonight  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight in the County Jail meeting room at 7:00, preceded by its Finance Committee meeting at 6:00  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight in the County Office Building in Newton at 7:00  :  all meetings are open to the public


    The Farmer’s Market will be set up this afternoon and evening in the Noble Village Park, from 3:00 to 6:00 – it’s farm fresh produce and more available to the public this afternoon and evening in Noble


    The Richland County Fair Queen contestants will be waitresses at Hovey’s Restaurant in downtown Olney later today, starting at 4:30 – all tips will help the ladies with their pageant expenses