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September 23, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  While a surface boundary sitting across Northern Illinois will slowly sag southward today, a mid level ridge sitting over our downstate area will keep our sky dry for yet another day & night, although a few clouds could move overhead – and while we’re looking at a dry weekend, our next weather maker could give us some rain by Sunday night – then cooler with rain next Monday and Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 35 other attorneys general yesterday filed an antitrust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction – th e lawsuit alleges that the companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors, forcing people to pay artificially high prices during a time when the companies reaped more than $3 billion in profits – the companies are accused of violating both state and federal antitrust laws in the process.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices – according to Illinois Realtors, the statewide home sales last month totaled 16,455 units, up 6.7% from a year ago – the statewide median price in August was $192,000, also up 6.7% from August of 2015 – 55 Illinois counties reported home sales gains last month over previous-year numbers from 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate the depth of the library’s collection by highlighting items that rarely get a turn in the spotlight – the list of items includes a document signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, plus a pair of shoes from a Nazi concentration camp – the special exhibit will open next Wednesday, September 28th, and remain open thru January 29th, 2017 – open seven days a week, learn more online, at  www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in special session last night in Olney – the Board heard presentations from four different financial firms about partial advanced refunding of the School District’s current bonds – while no action was taken, the Board did have a short 10 minute closed session to discuss student discipline and pending litigation – the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting in September last night in Newton – the Board  :  adopted the school district’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, a balanced budget based on the hard work & dedication of the district’s faculty and staff  :  noted the certificate for full recognition of all district schools for the 2015-2016 school year  :  agreed to allow the School District Attorney to serve as the Complaint Manager  :  accepted the resignation of  Josh Benefiel as the Jasper County Junior High Boys Basketball Coach, mostly due to time constraints associated with his duties as the Assistant Principal at the Newton Elementary School  :  noted that School Board member Bill Flowers has resigned his position on the Board – the process to find a replacement is underway  :  agreed to move the November Board meeting from November 17th to November 15th due to the School Board and Administrator’s Annual Conference in Chicago  :  and approved three classroom volunteers for academic purposes within the district  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 20th, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks and Recreation Board met this past Wednesday night – the Board  :  heard a presentation asking that another tennis court in the Olney City Park be painted with Pickleball lines  :  finalized the Kiwanis / Rotary Park contract as changes from both local Rotary Clubs were amended  :  and continued its discussion on the Little League lease with the City as more information is needed over the next few months before meeting the February 28th renewal deadline  :  most all recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Board are forwarded to the Olney City Council, for its discussion and consideration.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that its Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the normal combined chlorine to free chlorine this coming Monday, September 26th – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – after next week’s switch, residents of Olney may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – with the city’s fire hydrant flushing scheduled for the following Sunday night, October 2nd, and the switch back to combined chlorine, it will all return to normal soon afterwards.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is tomorrow from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – on display will be wooden items, photography, pottery, paintings, wrought iron items, jewelry, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs thru the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups – $2 donations will help offset expenses – that’s tomorrow, from 9:00 to 4:00, the Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts, in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the West Richland Center in Noble from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also drives next week in Olney, Effingham, and Newton  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney comes to an end tonight  :  today is Extreme Spirit Day, starting with the girls’ Powder Puff Football game this morning at 10:15 – then the Homecoming Parade leaves RCHS at 2:00, goes by the Middle School and to the Elementary School – then it’s the Homecoming Football Game / Shrine Game against Flora tonight at 7:00, with the King & Queen Coronation at halftime, and the Homecoming Dance after the game from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s a note from Republic Services – due to issues with truck machinery, today’s trash collection is running behind the normal schedule – Republic hopes to have trash routes caught up as soon as possible, but some areas may have their trash collected one day behind schedule – this is for all areas of collection, including Newton, Olney, Noble, & elsewhere – the customer’s patience is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  State Farm Agent Lauren McClain in Olney, in conjunction with Richland Memorial Hospital & the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, is hosting a free child car seat check this afternoon and evening from 2:00 to 6:00 in the parking lot just south of the State Farm Agency at 409 South Whittle Avenue – certified safety seat technicians will be on-site today to help educate parents and other caregivers about proper seat installation and usage – it’s all free and open to the public later today.

 

(NEWTON)  Don’t forget to be extra alert while driving in the weeks ahead – while farmers are moving from field to field for the fall harvest, the area deer population is beginning its fall mating season, causing deer to be much more active than at other times of the year – so look out for that farm machinery – plus look out for deer in the early morning and late evening hours as well, especially in & around wooded areas.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will have its annual fall chowder this Sunday evening, with the serving of chowder, hot dogs, sandwiches, and desserts starting at 5:00 – carry-outs will be available while supplies last – all ages are invited out to the east edge of Olney – a free will offering will be accepted


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the International Barrel Racing Association competition this Sunday at East Fork Arena, north of East Fork Lake Dam, north of Olney – starting after a trainer’s meeting at 11:00, the show will feature youth & adult barrel & pole racing – concessions available


    The Olney Shriners have their Annual Chicken Feed this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 10:30 until 2:00, or until sold out – either eat in or use the convenient drive thru service – tickets will be on sale at the door or drive thru – carry-outs also available for the half chicken meal


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation building – carry-outs available with $6 tickets per person at the door

 
    The Master’s Hands, at 1065 West Main Street, at the west edge of Olney, will have another rummage sale this evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and look things over


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will have its Annual Homecoming Dinner tonight in Veteran’s Hall, just north of Richland County High School – it’s fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork, homemade noodles, & more served from 5:00 to 7:00 – some tickets are available for purchase in advance – call  618-843-4811


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale today from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available – all are invited

 

 

 

September 22, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Look for more of the same over the next few days and nights as the strong high pressure ridge centered over the Ohio Valley continues to dominate our weather – while the unseasonably warm conditions continue thru the upcoming weekend, we’ll also likely stay dry – the next chance of rain & some cooler air has now been pushed back to Monday & Tuesday of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner is looking ahead for the Land of Lincoln’s 200th birthday – an executive order signed earlier this week created the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which will plan statewide activities for 2018 – Illinois became the nation’s 21st state on December 3rd, 1818 – the new 51 member group will include 40 gubernatorial appointees and will replace a previously appointed 77 member commission that was created in 2014 – the commission’s first meeting is expected by next spring.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois drivers are nearly 4% more likely to collide with a deer this fall than they were last year at this time, that’s according to new insurance claims data – the odds that a driver will hit a deer this fall in Illinois are 1 out of  192, which is a little below the national odds, at 1 in 164 – Illinois ranked 32nd in the nation for the most deer/vehicle collisions – the national cost per insurance claim is $3,995, down slightly from a year ago – due to the deer mating season, most collisions are in October, November, or December.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

(NEWTON)  The State Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to be on the lookout for possible cases of a virus that can cause die-offs of white-tailed deer – so far this year, there have been 53 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, which is transmitted by midges that hatch from muddy areas along lakes & rivers – the worst year for the disease in Illinois was 2012 when over 2,000 cases were reported in 76 counties – this year’s cases are clustered mostly in East Central and Northeast Illinois – officials want quick reports so samples can be collected for testing – for more details, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week in Mt. Carmel – the Board  :  adopted an operating fund budget worth $30,365,878 for Fiscal Year 2017 – the budget includes $27.3 million in the Education Fund and $3 million in the Operations & Maintenance Fund  :  accepted the annual financial audit as presented by CliftonLarsonAllen with totally clean opinion  :  set a public hearing for the District’s estimated tax levy to be held October 18th starting at 7:00 at the start of the Board’s next regular meeting  :  four new policies were approved, one a child bereavement leave policy and the other three to strengthen transparency & increase training in the area of Trustee leadership  :  accepted the $39,900 bid to purchase a shuttle bus for Frontier Community College  :  accepted the $40,641 bid for fencing & gates for the new FCC baseball field  :  rejected all bids for baseball field lighting at FCC  :  approved a proposed agreement to offer dual credit classes with area high schools  :  also approved a dual credit $60 per student course fee when taught using a college instructor at an IECC college or approved facility  :  and made a few personnel moves – accepted the resignation of Frontier Community College Athletic Director Thomas Kent – hired Carrie Halbert as Coordinator of Retention & Recruitment at FCC and hired Crystal Costantino as Research Data Analyst at the District Office – changed the status for Andy Hill from Bookstore Manager to Bobcat Den Manager at FCC  :  the next regular meeting for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will be October 18th at Frontier Community College in Fairfield.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has released the District 12 activity and enforcement figures for the month of August – Troopers answered 232 calls for service and initiated 1,694 incidents during the 31 days and nights – the enforcement stats totaled 827 citations and 794 written warnings, including 482 tickets for speeding, 64 seat belt citations, 47 criminal arrests, 15 DUI’s, and 9 child restraint citations – District 12 Troopers assisted 233 motorists, conducted 297 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 59 traffic accidents, including 2 fatal wrecks – also in August, there were 476 citations and 754 written warnings issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including Distracted Driving, Speeding, DUI, and Failure to Wear a Seat Belt – District 12 includes the ten area counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s a note from Republic Services – due to issues with truck machinery, today’s trash collection is running behind the normal schedule – Republic hopes to have trash routes caught up as soon as possible, but some areas may have their trash collected one day behind schedule – this is for all areas of collection, including Newton, Olney, Noble, & elsewhere – the customer’s patience is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that its Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the normal combined chlorine to free chlorine this coming Monday, September 26th – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – after next week’s switch, residents of Olney may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – with the city’s fire hydrant flushing scheduled for the following Sunday night, October 2nd, and the switch back to combined chlorine, it will all return to normal soon afterwards.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans & craftsmen will have their work on display, everything from jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs throughout the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups will feature pork burgers, fresh potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwurst, fish, baked items, and much more – a $2 donation is requested at the gate to help offset expenses – that’s this coming Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00, the Annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the West Richland Center in Noble from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also drives next week in Olney, Effingham, and Newton  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There’s a few area meetings tonight  :  the City of Olney Tree Board meets at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Jasper County School Board has its regular monthly meeting in Newton at 6:30  :  and the Richland County School Board has a special meeting in Olney at 6:30  :  all are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney continues  :  today is Throwback Thursday with the afternoon Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament in Ron Herrin Gym  :  then tomorrow is Extreme Spirit Day with the afternoon Powder Puff Football Game at 12:25, the Homecoming Parade at 2:00, the Homecoming Football / Shriner’s Game against Flora at 7:00 tomorrow night, with the coronation at halftime, and the Homecoming Dance after the game tomorrow night from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym  :  that’s all this week, Homecoming Week, at Richland County High School in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Shriners have their Annual Chicken Feed this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 10:30 until 2:00, or until sold out – either eat in or use the convenient drive thru service – tickets will be available at the door or drive thru – that’s all this Sunday in the Olney City Park


    The Master’s Hands, at 1065 West Main Street, at the west edge of Olney, will have another rummage sale tomorrow evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and look things over


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will have its Annual Homecoming Dinner tomorrow night in Veteran’s Hall, just north of Richland County High School – it’s fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork, homemade noodles, & more served from 5:00 to 7:00 – there are currently 75 to 100 tickets remaining for purchase in advance – call Gwen at  618-843-4811  now to get those seats reserved for tomorrow night


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale tomorrow from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available, plus delivery by pre-ordering in advance – call  618-783-2165  – proceeds for fire safety material for the Jasper County schools


    The Jasper County Democrats will host their Fall Dinner tonight at the K.C. Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – includes a free pork loin dinner with a 50/50 cash drawing and raffle baskets – plus former State Senator & Congressman Glenn Poshard will be the guest speaker – all are invited out to attend

 

 

 

September 21, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The stretch of unseasonably warm weather conditions will persist across our downstate area today and for several more days and nights as a complex storm system slowly chugs across the upper Midwest – so far, our next weather making system will move in with rain chances running Sunday night thru Tuesday of next week with cooler air moving for the first of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be its next Chief Justice – the downstate, Washington County native, was unanimously elected to the office by his fellow justices and will serve a three year term starting next month, October 26th – Justice Karmeier succeeds Justice Rita B. Garman – the installation ceremony will be held October 31st in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  Despite flooding, triple digit heat index values, and a 13% drop in attendance, the 2016 Illinois State Fair revenues remained on pace with figures from previous years – in fact, 2016 was the highest-grossing Grandstand lineup in State Fair history with ticket sales of $2.08 million, eclipsing the previous record of $2.03 million set in 2013 – concerts like Meghan Trainor, Jake Owen, KISS, and Cole Swindell proved to be most popular among fairgoers – this year’s estimated total attendance was 357,409 fairgoers.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has scheduled two additional public meetings to provide information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), its effect on future deer populations, and IDNR’s efforts to control the disease – IDNR staff will also be available to answer questions about CWD, and all landowners, hunters, & concerned citizens are encouraged to attend – the first of five meetings is tonight in Elizabeth – then two meetings next week in Freeport & Yorkville and the two new meetings in mid-October will be in Oregon & Big Rock – for more details, call the Program Manager at  815-369-2414.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the seizure on cannabis plants in rural Jasper County – State’s Attorney Chad Miller has announced that this past Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the DNR Conservation Police, found and seized 7 marijuana plants from the Rose Hill area, on the property of an unsuspecting landowner – with the largest of the plants measured at 10 feet tall, the plants have an approximate street value of at least $5,000 each – although no arrests have been made, authorities in Jasper County and the surrounding region continue the investigation into illegal drug trafficking.

 

(OLNEY)  Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney continues  :  today is Olympic Day with the King & Queen voting in the afternoon and tonight’s Open House at Richland County High School from 5:00 to 8:00  :  it’s Throwback Thursday tomorrow with the afternoon Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament in Ron Herrin Gym  :  and Friday is Extreme Spirit Day with the afternoon Powder Puff Football Game at 12:25, the Homecoming Parade at 2:00, the Homecoming Football / Shriner’s Game against Flora at 7:00 Friday night, with the coronation at halftime, and the Homecoming Dance after the game from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym  :  that’s all this week, Homecoming Week, at RCHS in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved and accepted the Kemper CPA Group Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Audit – also approved & accepted the Kemper FY16 TIF Audit – both audits were found to be clean with no issues  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all full-time and part-time Newton City employees  :  approved four TIF business applications, including those for Newton Elite Fitness, for Integrated Therapy Services, for Rauch’s Jewelry, and for Ishmo, Incorporated  :  approved the Halloween Trick or Treat Night for October 30th from 5:00 to 7:00  :  noted that Newton’s Streetscape Project has been completed except for the punch-list, which should be finished this week  :  approved an $18,139 purchase order for the City’s Water Department to buy meter bases, encoders, brackets, meter box lids, & more  :  and took no other action after a 42 minute closed session to discuss litigation, real estate, and personnel  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular meeting will be October 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  While the warmer-than-normal weather continues thru this third full week of September, the 2016 Fall Equinox will officially occur at 9:21 tomorrow (Thursday) morning – this is when both day and night are each about 12 hours long as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward – the sun will rise exactly due east and set exactly due west – this Friday will be the first full day of fall in the Midwest.

 

(NEWTON)  All regional motorists are again reminded to be alert to all farm equipment that’s traveling area highways & country roads during the 2016 fall harvest, which is kicking into full gear with the picture perfect weather conditions this week – with most of the equipment moving at less than 30 miles-an-hour on average, vehicles traveling the speed limit can approach the farm machinery much faster than expected – farmers are reminded to have their slow-moving-vehicle (SMV) emblems and flashing warning lights clean and clearly visible at all times while moving from field to field – let’s keep it a safe fall harvest this year.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans & craftsmen will have their work on display, everything from jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs throughout the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups will feature pork burgers, fresh potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwurst, fish, baked items, and much more – a $2 donation is requested at the gate to help offset expenses – that’s this coming Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00, the Annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  State Farm Agent Lauren McClain in Olney, in collaboration with Richland Memorial Hospital & the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, will be hosting a free child car seat check this coming Friday afternoon & evening from 2:00 to 6:00 in the parking lot just south of McClain’s State Farm Agency, at 409 South Whittle Avenue – those stopping by will learn the proper way to install a child’s car seat, the correct way to buckle a child into his/her seat, the appropriate seat for a child’s age or weight, and if any safety seat recalls are in place for certain seats – certified safety seat technicians will be on-site this Friday to help educate parents & other caregivers about proper seat installation and usage.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There’s a few area meetings coming up  :  the City of Olney Tree Board will meet tomorrow night at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Jasper County School Board has its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night in Newton at 6:30  :  the Richland County School Board has a special meeting tomorrow night in Olney at 6:30  :  and the City of Olney Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at the Olney City Hall at 7:00  :  all meetings are open to the public with the exception of any executive sessions.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  drives next week in Noble, Olney, Newton, Palestine, & Effingham  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will have its annual “free-will” offering chowder this Sunday evening, with the serving of chowder, hot dogs, sandwiches, and desserts starting at 5:00 – carry-outs will be available while supplies last – all ages are invited out to the east edge of Olney this Sunday evening


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the International Barrel Racing Association competition this Sunday at East Fork Arena, north of East Fork Lake Dam, north of Olney – starting after a trainer’s meeting at 11:00, the show will feature youth & adult barrel & pole racing – concessions available


    The Master’s Hands, at 1065 West Main Street, at the west edge of Olney, will have another rummage sale this Friday evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and look things over


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale this Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available, plus delivery by pre-ordering in advance – call  618-783-2165  – proceeds for fire safety material for the Jasper County schools


    The Jasper County Democrats will host their Fall Dinner tomorrow night at the K.C. Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – includes a free pork loin dinner with a 50/50 cash drawing and raffle baskets – plus former State Senator & Congressman Glenn Poshard will be the guest speaker – all are invited out to attend

 

 

 

September 20, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another unseasonably warm day on tap today with generally quiet weather conditions – although there is a chance of a few showers to our north with a weak cold front passing thru – our downstate region will pretty much stay dry for the next several days and nights – the next significant rain chance is not until the upcoming weekend, mostly likely not until Sunday or Sunday night – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging everyone six months and older to get a flu shot as soon as it’s available in local communities – in fact, due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked during the previous flu season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is temporarily recommending that people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray – to find a location to get a flu shot locally, check with a local health department, health clinic,  doctor, or logon to the IDPH website to use the Flu Vaccine Finder – that’s online at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its annual Midwest Zone meeting in Chicago this past weekend as commissioners & staff members from 13 states, including Illinois, were in attendance – panelists and guest speakers discussed a wide-range of topics including drone innovation, home disaster protection, & various challenges, such as driverless cars and cyber security.

 

(NEWTON)  Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, just off  Route 130 south of Charleston, is celebrating the arrival of autumn and the harvest season with games, crafts, contests, and more this Saturday & Sunday  - the free Harvest Frolic activities feature a variety of entertainment, including period music, Punch-and-Judy puppet shows, and demonstrations of how oxen were used on an 1850’s farm – the fun will last from 10:00 until 4:00 both days, although the 5K run or one mile walk begins Saturday morning at 9:00 – food and drinks available for purchase – more information is available online at  www.lincolnlogcabin.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney continues  :  today is Superhero Day as students dress as their favorite Superhero, plus it’s boys volleyball tonight at 8:45 in Herrin Gym – the Juniors play the Seniors with the winners to play the Teachers  :  tomorrow is Olympic Day with the King & Queen voting in the afternoon and the evening RCHS Open House from 5:00 to 8:00  :  then it’s Throwback Thursday with the afternoon Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament in Ron Herrin Gym  :  and Friday is Extreme Spirit Day with the afternoon Powder Puff Football Game at 12:25, the Homecoming Parade at 2:00, the Homecoming Football / Shriner’s Game against Flora at 7:00, with the coronation at halftime, and the Homecoming Dance after the game from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym  :  that’s all this week, during Homecoming Week, at Richland County High School in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – there were 5 full days suitable for fieldwork during the week that ended this past Sunday – the statewide average precipitation last week was just under one inch (0.97), which is just over a tenth of an inch (0.12) above normal – last week’s average temperature around the state is 70.9 degrees, which is 4.3 degrees above normal – the statewide crop conditions and harvest numbers are running pretty much even with year ago stats  :  farmers in our ten county area report as of Sunday that 95% of the local corn crop has dented, with over two-thirds (69%) of the crop now mature and at least a tenth (10%) of the local corn crop now shelled – close to half (45%) of the local soybeans have turned colors with a quarter (25%) of the beans now dropping leaves and a few fields now harvested – farmers are reminded to remember “safety first” as the regional harvest kicks into high gear this week.

 

(OLNEY)  State Farm Agent Lauren McClain in Olney, in collaboration with Richland Memorial Hospital & the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, will be hosting a free child car seat check this coming Friday afternoon & evening from 2:00 to 6:00 in the parking lot just south of McClain’s State Farm Agency, at 409 South Whittle Avenue – those stopping by will learn the proper way to install a child’s car seat, the correct way to buckle a child into his/her seat, the appropriate seat for a child’s age or weight, and if any safety seat recalls are in place for certain seats – certified safety seat technicians will be on-site this Friday to help educate parents & other caregivers about proper seat installation and usage.

 

(NEWTON)  Congratulations to a local man for his recognition while on the job – Doug Long, a mechanic for the Effingham Air Evac Lifeteam base, was recently honored as the company’s Region 1 Mechanic of the Year – the Region 1 area includes several Air Evac bases in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans & craftsmen will have their work on display, everything from jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs throughout the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups will feature pork burgers, fresh potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwurst, fish, baked items, and much more – a $2 donation is requested at the gate to help offset expenses – that’s this coming Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00, the Annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Moose Family Center in Centralia from 11:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also tomorrow at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  drives next week in Noble, Olney, Newton, Palestine, and Effingham  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The regional ERBA offices are still accepting applications for the LIHEAP winter heating program for households with members age 60 or older and for those receiving disability – contact the respective ERBA office for an appointment – as in the past, various requirements apply for those in the nine county region served by the Embarras River Basin Agency – in Olney, call  395-2714 – in Newton, call  783-3987 – other offices in Robinson, Lawrenceville, Martinsville, Greenup, Paris, Charleston, & Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of meetings coming up tonight  :  the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, starting at 7:00  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting tonight at the Newton City Hall, beginning at 6:00  :  both meetings are open to the public, other than executive sessions.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will have its annual “free-will” offering chowder this Sunday evening, with the serving of chowder, hot dogs, sandwiches, and desserts starting at 5:00 – carry-outs will be available while supplies last – all ages are invited out to the east edge of Olney this Sunday evening


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the International Barrel Racing Association competition this Sunday at East Fork Arena, north of East Fork Lake Dam, north of Olney – starting after a trainer’s meeting at 11:00, the show will feature youth & adult barrel & pole racing – concessions available


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host a fundraising breakfast this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation building – carry-outs available with $6 tickets per person at the door


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale this Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available, plus delivery by pre-ordering in advance – call  618-783-2165  – proceeds for fire safety material for the Jasper County schools


    The Jasper County Democrats will host their Fall Dinner this coming Thursday night at the K.C. Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – includes a free pork loin dinner with a 50/50 cash drawing and raffle baskets – plus former State Senator & Congressman Glenn Poshard will be the guest speaker – all are invited out


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – Scout Donnie Watson will talk about his local Eagle Scout project – plus a special presentation from Paul Umfleet – all are invited to attend the Tuesday night meeting


    And don’t forget to stop by the Red Rooster in Olney, at the intersection of Routes 50 & 130 – it’s Customer Appreciation Day with specials, giveaways, and much more from now thru 6:00 this evening

 

 

 

September 19, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  After some morning fog burns off later today, we’ll see a clear and dry sky today – however, a very weak cold front will drop thru our downstate area tonight, giving us a slight chance of an isolated rain shower or thunderstorm tonight – then we’re back to dry conditions and a little warmer than normal for the rest of the upcoming work week – our next chance of rain will be Sunday afternoon – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – officials say attendance at the 2016 Illinois State Fair fell by around 13% compared to attendance numbers last year – the drop is mostly blamed on area flooding, the heat and humidity, and a power outage during the 11-day event – a total of nearly 8 inches (7.75) of rain fell during the fair, including 5.59 inches on the first Friday, August 12th, when a lot of activities were cancelled and washed out – the triple-digit heat the following few days then added to some of the attendance decline.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois schools are now required to limit long-term suspensions and expulsions under a new law that also eliminates the use of zero-tolerance policies used to severely punish students for certain offenses – the law that took effect last week is designed to reduce the number of days students are pulled from their classrooms and to encourage school administrators to use suspensions as a last resort – Illinois has joined many other states in rethinking the zero-tolerance policies and how they relate to future school violence.

 

(NEWTON)  Three state agencies are teaming up to keep drivers and farmers safe on Illinois roadways during the fall harvest season – the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois State Police, and Illinois Department of Transportation are promoting the program entitled “Caution, Slow Down, Share the Road” encouraging rural road safety – with the harvest expected to kick into full gear this week, motorists should be alert to the slow-moving farm equipment while farmers are reminded to make all SMV emblems are clean and clearly visible – also, all flashing warning lights should be working and clearly visible as well – IDOT data shows almost 250 crashes involving farm equipment occurred in Illinois in 2014 – 5 were killed and 60 injured.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department both responded to the report of a motorcycle / car traffic accident at 6:57 this past Friday morning at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and East Street – the motorcyclist, 52 year old Hope Rule of Noble, was injured and transported to Richland Memorial Hospital where she was then life-lighted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – the other driver was not injured and no tickets were issued – the Olney Police Department received information that Rule passed away from her injuries on Saturday night – obituary information is pending at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred in Effingham County yesterday (Sunday) morning at 8:28 along U.S. Route 45 in Heartville – the State Police report that 52 year old Ronald L. Slifer of Watson was northbound on Route 45 at the Old State Police Station Road on his motorcycle when he began to pass a vehicle to the left in a no passing zone as it was turning right – at the same time a westbound van was turning onto Route 45 from the Old State Police Station Road and was hit by the motorcycle – Slifer was taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for treatment – the other driver, 49 year old Chad R. Beckman of Louisville was not injured – Slifer was ticketed for improper lane usage.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last Thursday night in Newton in regular session – the Board  :  approved the Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Ste. Marie for water infrastructure  :  agreed to hire of another full-time Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputy – this due to overtime hours, current Deputies working several days in a row, and some have not taken vacation time  :  noted that the Board’s Budget Committee has met, starting the Fiscal Year 2017 budget process  :  agreed to provide flu shots for Jasper County employees  :  noted that roof repair work at the Jasper County Courthouse is complete  :  approved various appointments as presented  :  reviewed various reports from County Office holders, plus Animal Control, the Health Department, and others  :  heard concerns from the Sheriff and the Board’s Finance Committee as well  :  the Jasper County Board has its next regular monthly meeting October13th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau will sponsor a trip to the Covered Bridge Festival in Mansfield, Indiana on Wednesday, October 19th, coming up four weeks from this Wednesday – with the fee at only $20 for Farm Bureau members and the non-member cost is $30 – the bus will leave the Eagles Lodge parking lot in Olney at 6:00 that morning, spending the entire day at the Festival with plans to return home at around 6:00 that evening – for details about the Festival, go online at  www.coveredbridges.com  – for details, or to reserve a seat or seats, contact the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney today.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans & craftsmen will have their work on display, everything from jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs throughout the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups will feature pork burgers, fresh potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwurst, fish, baked items, and much more – a $2 donation is requested at the gate to help offset expenses – that’s this coming Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00, the Annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  This week is Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney  :  today is Class Color Day as Seniors are wearing pink, Juniors purple, Sophomores blue, and freshmen green – an afternoon Pep Session will precede tonight’s Gladiator Ball at 6:30 in Ron Herrin Gym  :  tomorrow will be Superhero Day, plus boys volleyball tomorrow night at 8:45 in Herrin Gym – it’s Juniors against Seniors, then the winners will play the Teachers  :  Wednesday is Olympic Day with the King & Queen voting in the afternoon and the evening RCHS Open House from 5:00 to 8:00  :  then it’s Throwback Thursday with the afternoon Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament in Ron Herrin Gym  :  and Friday is Extreme Spirit Day with the afternoon Powder Puff Football Game at 12:25, the Parade at 2:00, Football Game & Shriner’s Game against Flora at 7:00, with coronation at halftime, and the dance afterwards from 9:30 to 11:30 in Herrin Gym  :  that’s all this week, during Homecoming Week, at Richland County High School in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the International Barrel Racing Association competition this Sunday at East Fork Arena, north of East Fork Lake Dam, north of Olney – starting after a trainer’s meeting at 11:00, the show will feature youth & adult barrel & pole racing – concessions available


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host a fundraising breakfast this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation building – carry-outs available with $6 tickets per person at the door


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale this Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available, plus delivery by pre-ordering in advance – call  618-783-2165  – proceeds for fire safety material for the Jasper County schools


    The Jasper County Democrats will host their Fall Dinner this coming Thursday night at the K.C. Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – includes a free pork loin dinner with a 50/50 cash drawing and raffle baskets – plus former State Senator & Congressman Glenn Poshard will be the guest speaker – all are invited out


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tomorrow night at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – Scout Donnie Watson will talk about his local Eagle Scout project – plus a special presentation from Paul Umfleet – all are invited to attend the Tuesday night meeting


    The Edwards County School Board will meet tonight for its regular monthly meeting in Albion – the meeting will begin at 6:45 with a public hearing for the 2016-2017 school year budget