(OLNEY/NEWTON) Again we’re reminding all motorists this weekend to be extra alert while traveling on area highways and country roads as regional farmers are going from field to field with the 2018 spring planting season finally in full swing. Those traveling are reminded that the farm machinery travels at speeds of only 20 to 30 miles-per-hour, therefore be on the lookout for the slow moving vehicle signs and be alert to the flashing lights on the farm equipment. Farmers are also reminded to make sure all SMV emblems are clean and clearly visible on all farm equipment, plus make sure all flashing warning lights are working. Also, farmers and farm workers are reminded to think “safety first” during this spring planting season.
(OLNEY) The City of Olney is reminding all citizens and business owners that the City’s Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person to place leaves, grass, garbage, or other debris in any drainage ditch, opening to the storm sewer, or in any public street. This includes blowing grass onto the streets while mowing. This portion of City Code provides provisions for violators to be fined not less than $75 for each offense, nor more than $750 for each offense. A simple reminder from the City of Olney this spring.
(NEWTON) The Jasper County Solid Waste Program is continuing as the Newton site at the County Highway Building is open today from now until 3:30. The weekday morning dumpsters will be back available next week, in the new month of May, each morning from 7:30 until 12:00 noon. That’s next Tuesday (5/1/18) at the Wheeler location, next Wednesday (5/2/18) at the West Liberty site, and next Thursday (5/3/18) at the Rose Hill location. For more information, call the office weekdays, at 783-2915.
(OLNEY) The Olney Central College Automotive Service and Collision Repair Technology Programs will host their annual Car Show today at OCC. The show is open to new and old motorcycles, trucks, and cars, with registration from 9:00 to 12 noon this morning and a fee of $10 per vehicle. An awards presentation will begin at 2:00 this afternoon. Both the OCC Automotive Building and the Collision Repair Technology Center will be open for tours. Plenty of food, drinks, and music will be available from 11:00 to 2:00 and a 50/50 drawing will be held. All proceeds benefit the Automotive and Collision Repair programs at OCC.
(OLNEY) Here’s an entertainment note that our friend The Singing Blacksmith, Bryan Headley of West Salem, will have his final most recent appearance on the Rural Heritage program on RFD-TV today. Bryan’s “Forging A Horseshoe Heart” will air this afternoon at 2:00. The RFD-TV Network can be found on Direct TV Channels 345 and 231, and on Dish Network. Check your satellite guide listings.
(OLNEY/NEWTON) With an American Red Cross “urgent call” in place for all eligible blood donors to get out and give blood, here’s some upcoming blood drives : today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15 : tomorrow morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:00 to 12:00 : Tuesday at the Altamont High School from 8:15 to 1:45 : all blood types and platelets needed.
The St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale ends this morning at the Parish Center in Newton. That’s from 8:00 to 11:00. There’s something for everyone. All are encouraged to stop by to check it out in Newton.
The Trinity Preschool will have a fundraising cookout today at Rural King in Olney with serving from 10:00 until 2:00. They’ll have pork burgers, bratwurst, hot dogs, chips, soda, water, and cookies. All proceeds will help fund Trinity Preschool and Mom’s Morning Out at Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney.