September 2, 2017


(OLNEY)  It’s a quiet weather pattern in place for our downstate region for the next couple of days – look for a fair amount of sunshine today, tomorrow, and on Monday, plus we’ll see a 30-plus degree warm up from this morning thru Labor Day afternoon – then another cold front moves thru with rain Monday night thru Tuesday, & cooler air moving in for the rest of the work week, next week – listen for weather updates.


(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing down in Perry County as today is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various activities  :  tomorrow is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon, featuring fan favorite Tony Stewart  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.


(OLNEY)  Time’s running out for area and local residents to help out by giving to those in need in Texas due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey – a semi-truck trailer, located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard, is currently being filled with needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry & personal hygiene items, bottled water, and more, however no clothes and no furniture – items can be dropped off this morning from 8:00 to 12:00 and the final time tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – the trailer will be leaving Olney on Monday.


(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding all motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly this weekend – it’s all part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, as authorities are out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – this also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Conservation Police are also be out in extra force looking for those impaired on statewide lakes and rivers – the initiative runs thru next Tuesday.


(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls will be closed Monday  :  also Republic Services will not be hauling any trash on Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers  :  Olney’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all of next week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.


    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday in Ingraham – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 am, the Tractor Pull at 1:00 pm – a fried chicken dinner from 11:00 to 1:00 and a vegetable soup supper at 4:00 – plus other food, games, live music, and the raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out Monday in Ingraham

    The Calhoun Club’s Labor Day Chowder is Monday with serving to start at 11:00 am – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – all invited

    The Pre-Labor Day Picnic is Sunday in Ste. Marie with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall, tickets at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River”

    The Pioneer City Rodeo is continuing in Palestine – the antique gas engine exhibit is today with other activities & the 2nd of three rodeos tonight at 7:00 – tomorrow morning’s church service at 10:15 is followed by a bean dinner, live entertainment, the Miss Labor Day Pageant, and the final rodeo tomorrow night at 7:00 – the Gigantic Parade is Monday morning at 10:00 – for more, logon at www.pioneercity.com

    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host “Anything’s Possible” tonight, a Praise & Worship extravaganza, from 6:30 to 8:00 – all Bible believers should check it out – everyone is welcome to attend

    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is today with serving at 11:00 this morning, priced at $16 per gallon – the Community Center will have chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – all in Berryville

    The annual Elm River Chowder is also today with serving at around 11:00 – that’s around 6 miles south of Clay City, on the banks of the Elm River – also other food, games, and activities there as well