August 19, 2017


(OLNEY)  As an upper level disturbance moves across downstate Illinois this morning, there could be a few lingering showers and/or isolated thunderstorms, but it will all be short-lived – we’ll return to sunshine by later today, as the dry sky will rule our weather thru both Sunday and Monday – our next approaching storm system could bring us come afternoon clouds on Monday, then rain by next Tuesday – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Fair continues up in Springfield – today is Park District Conservation Day with more livestock shows, USAC Auto Racing, & a Demolition Derby – the final day tomorrow, is Family Day, with plenty of family activities, plus ARCA Auto Racing and John Mellencamp on stage Sunday night : also Conservation World is open today and tomorrow from 10:00 to 7:00 with special outdoor amphitheater events on this Saturday and the Agriculture Tent is open both today and tomorrow with Ag Tours from 10:00 to 3:30 each day – go online for details, at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.


(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred in Clark County, at a construction site along Interstate 70, about 4 miles east of Martinsville – the State Police report the seven vehicle pile-up took place yesterday afternoon at 4:56, started by an eastbound semi-truck that failed to stop for slowing traffic at the construction site – the driver of the first car hit by the semi-truck, 74 year old Raymond Johnson of Orange, Connecticut, was pronounced dead at the scene – a passenger in Johnson’s car, 76 year old Ruth Johnson, also of Orange, Connecticut, was air-lifted to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute – the semi-truck driver, 66 year old Wayne Kauffman of Oakland, Maryland, was not injured, but ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, for aggravated reckless driving, and for using an electronic communications device while driving – two other drivers were injured, 70 year old Dale McWilliams of Rolla, Missouri was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana, and 43 year old Amy Allen Crosier of Overland Park, Kansas was taken to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute – the other un-injured drivers were from Kansas, Ohio, and Indiana – multiple emergency crews responded to the accident scene – Interstate 70 was closed for nearly 9 hours, reopened shortly after 2:00 earlier on this Saturday morning.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department has announced that it has closed the Pleasant Ridge Lane Bridge over Sugar Creek, which is approximately 800 feet east of the Ridge Road intersection, about three and a half miles north of Noble – the bridge there will be closed until a replacement structure can be designed and installed, which could and most likely will take several months – drivers should be alert to any and all signs and/or barricades concerning this road closure – if questions, call the Highway Department.


(OLNEY)  A “Clear the Shelters” event is today as twelve Wabash Valley animal shelters are hosting the popular pet adoption drive as they offer low cost fees to help area families & individuals adopt a new pet – visit the online website  www.MyWabashValley.com  to access a list of area animal shelters taking part – for more information or details here locally, call the Humane Society of Olney, at  618-392-2699.


(OLNEY)  The White Squirrel Cruisers Car Club will host its 30th Annual Car Show today in the Olney City Park with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 noon this morning – over 100 awards to be passed out, plus plenty of concessions and more  :  also being held is a Ms. Vintage Pin Up Contest, open to area women age 18 or older with an entry fee of $20 per contestant, but limited to the first 25 entries  :  check it out today.


(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also today at the Flat Rock Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00  :  the next Jasper County blood drive is tomorrow morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30  :  there are blood drives next week in Olney, Robinson, and Effingham  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.


(OLNEY)  The Birthright Office in Olney has announced that due to Monday’s eclipse occurring during the main part of its open hours, it will be closed all of next Monday, August 21st – the Birthright Office will be pleased to assist with any infant and/or maternity needs later next week, on either Wednesday and/or Friday.


    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is next Monday night at St. Mary’s Church up in Shumway – praying the scriptural rosary starts at 6:00, followed by the 6:30 mass – then a 7:30 business meeting will follow with refreshments – plenty of pro-life literature, books, bumper stickers, and more

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the Wild Horse Ministries next Monday night, August 21st, at the East Fork Arena, north of Olney, starting at 6:30 – gates open at 5:30 with free admission, plus free will donations accepted – plus food concessions will be available – lawn chairs welcomed – bleachers provided

    The Cornerstone Community Church in Noble will host an Open House / Ice Cream Social this afternoon & evening from 3:00 to 7:00 to formally welcome their new Pastor & his family – includes hot dogs, ice cream, & snacks, plus face painting, games, & more – the Jake Hoult Band will also be in concert as well

    Ralph Carter’s 24th annual “Poker Run” to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children is set for today 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 Richland County High School Marching Tiger Color Guard will have a fundraising “car wash” today at Wood’s Auto Body, along South Route 130, in Olney – that’s from 10:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon – the cost is a simple money donation – please stop by and help them out

    The 2017 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming is today through 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 & more