August 15, 2017


(OLNEY)  As a weak frontal boundary moves across upstate Illinois and stalls out in the Upper Midwest, an upper level weather disturbance is moving ahead of our next storm system, which will give us rain chances tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night, and thru the day on Thursday – then the cold front moves thru, returning us to dry and less humid conditions for the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – preschool-age children enrolled in publicly-funded early childhood programs & schools in Illinois will be protected from expulsion under a new law signed yesterday by Governor Bruce Rauner – taking effect in 2018, the new law allows early education programs to temporarily remove a child for safety concerns, but officials must try to address the behavior thru intervention & community resources – the state’s child welfare agency has to develop rules to prevent expulsion in licensed day cares as well.


(OLNEY)  Illinois has made a long-delayed move toward replacing the private manager of the lottery, years after the first of two Governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals – a new company, Camelot Illinois yesterday presented an overview of its plan to increase lottery sales and put more money in state coffers for schools & other programs – officials say it could be months before the change is complete.


(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair continues today in Springfield as this Tuesday is noted as Agriculture Day on the fairgrounds – the Governor’s Sale of Champions will highlight activities later this evening, plus more tractor & truck pulls and on stage tonight is Sublime with Rome featuring Blues Traveler  :  tomorrow is Governor’s Day with more livestock judging, another truck & tractor pull, and on stage Tuesday night is Alabama with Neal McCoy – not to mention all the carnival rides, food, and more  :  for details on what’s coming up the rest of this week at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, logon at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.


(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for its first regular meeting in August – the Council  :  agreed to rezone the property at 528 West South Avenue from R-5 (trailer/mobile home district) to C-2 (commercial district) as requested by the Embarras River Basin Agency  :  approved the placement of a 16’ x 44’ storage shed at the Musgrove Aquatic Center for use by the Olney Tigersharks Swim Team  :  agreed to vacate a portion of  South Camp Avenue from West Main Street to West Chestnut Street  :  approved a parking agreement with Rural King to prohibit parking between 8:00pm and 7:00am  :  agreed to allow the City’s Tree Board to submit a grant application to Trees Forever  :  accepted the $102 per cubic yard quote from Schrey Systems in Olney for MFT concrete  :  noted that pending any weather delays, the Whittle Avenue Street project should be completed by mid-October  :  approved three raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no action on a motion to have a Dog Swim Day at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – there was no vote due to the lack of a second to the motion  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be August 28th.


(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending yesterday morning at 8:00 – it was another very dry seven days & nights, although there were areas of rain, only two townships reported measurable amounts – Madison Township recorded one tenth of an inch of rain (0.10) while Olney Township had five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.05) – all other Townships measured no rain at all, including Denver, Preston, German, Noble, Claremont, Decker, and Bonpas – plus the Farm Bureau office in Olney – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirteen hundredths of an inch of rain (0.13) during the seven day recording period – by the way, it was a year ago yesterday, that our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station recorded nearly three and a half inches of rain (3.44), one of the heaviest amounts recorded in Richland County is a 24 hour period.


(NEWTON)  The Women in the Outdoors event is this Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00, rain or shine, at the Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event will be held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the State Park and is open to all area females, ages 14 and older at a cost of $55 per person – a few of the activities offered with hands-on instruction includes basketweaving, geocaching, herb growing, tree & plant identification, shot-gunning, archery, canoeing, handgun safety, nature photography, horseback riding, and more – the deadline to pre-registration is August 17th – call Michelle to register or for more information, at  812-881-5389.


(CLAY CITY)  The Village of Clay City is repairing a water line, running from now until approximately 2:00 this afternoon, possibly longer – the eastern part of Clay City and its respective water customers are currently without water until that work is completed – the areas affected are South First Street Southeast, Clark Addition, the Industrial Park, plus customers along Morning Glory Road, Blackberry Lane, Big Four Road, Bluebell Road, and Saddle Club Road – once service resumes, all these areas will be under a boil water order until further notice – again that’s until later today for water customers in & around Clay City.


(OLNEY)  A “Clear the Shelters” event is coming up this Saturday, August 19th, as twelve Wabash Valley animal shelters are hosting the popular pet adoption drive – the local animal shelters involved, including the Humane Society of Olney, will offer low cost fees to help area families and individuals adopt a new pet – the hours are from 1:00 to 5:00 – visit the online website  www.MyWabashValley.com  for more details and to access a list of the participating animal shelters – for more details locally in Olney, call  618-392-2699.


(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau has announced it will be taking a bus trip to the Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, on Thursday, September 14th – the cost is $60 for Farm Bureau members and $65 for non-members with reservations as soon as possible, payments due August 25th – for more information or to sign up for the unique trip, call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at  618-783-2733.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is urging farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” put in place under previous administration – the proposed rule, initiated by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, has a 30-day comment period with a deadline of August 28th – to sign the petition, folks can go to the Farm Bureau’s website, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers can also sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair, continuing today thru Sunday, in Springfield.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Moose Lodge in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types needed.


    The next Jasper County blood drive is coming up this Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 – all blood types are needed – all donors and first donors are urged to turn out

    The Wabash County EMA & the Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization will hold a special licensing test session this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the EMA EOC located at 930.5 Market Street in Mt. Carmel – it’s open to all levels of testing – those interested should show up a half hour early for paperwork

    Ralph Carter’s 24th annual “Poker Run” to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children is set for this Saturday with sign up at the Olney VFW from 10:30 to 12:00 noon with a new shortened route to be announced – then food, an auction, gun raffle drawing, and entertainment to follow at the Olney VFW – all are invited

    The 2017 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming is this Saturday, starting at 9:00 and running throughout the day & evening – includes an antique tractor show, a car/bike show, corn hole rally, cake walk, bingo, flea market, pedal tractor pull, a rabbit catch, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, afternoon entertainment, plenty of food with pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – that’s all in Willow Hill this Saturday

    The City of Olney has announced that the Parks & Recreation Board meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow, August 16th, has been rescheduled for the following Wednesday, August 23rd, at 7:00 that night

    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up again today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 today