September 5, 2017


(OLNEY)  As the strong cold front continues to push off to our southeast today, we’ll see a clearing sky by later today and while a deep upper level trof over the Upper Midwest will give that area rain chances for the next few days, we’ll have dry and cool conditions in the downstate area – a surface high pressure ridge will settle into the Midwest on Thursday, keeping us even drier thru the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills this year, such as how to balance a checkbook, how to put money into a savings account, and more – the State Board of Education adopted the revised social science standards in 2015, then approved them a year ago to be included at all levels of school, elementary thru high school – officials say students need to learn how to save money and how to take care of it – Illinois is the 45th state to add financial literacy into its standards.


(OLNEY)  In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this coming winter – these seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time & on-call work schedules to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-&-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, & nights – applicants must have a commercial driver’s license & submit to a criminal background check – plus a pre-employment physical, drug & alcohol screenings, & vision testing are required – applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications – the deadline to apply is a week from tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th – for details and more, go online at www.idot.illinois.gov.


(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has considered 94 clemency requests petitions from Illinois prisoners – the Governor granted 7 clemency petitions and denied the remaining 87 – this was the 19th set of petitions reviewd by Governor Rauner since he took office – each person granted a clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.


(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 11:54 late yesterday morning on U.S. Route 45, approximately 2 miles north of Neoga, in Cumberland County – the State Police report that 60 year old Gilbert Andrew Tarpley of Williford, Arkansas, was southbound on Route 45 when his motorcycle ran off the roadway to the right, just before a residential driveway – the motorcycle struck the inclined embankment of the driveway’s culvert, sending the motorcycle airborne and ejecting the driver upon impact with the ground – Tarpley was transported to Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital near Mattoon where he was pronounced dead a short time later – Cumberland & Coles County emergency personnel assisted.


(OLNEY)  In an effort to improve the allocation of alcohol beverage compliance resources, the State of Illinois and the counties of Richland, Edwards, and Wabash have recently joined forces to launch a new Liquor Inspection Pilot Program – under the agreement, the Wabash County Health Department has begun carrying out Standard Liquor Inspections for license holders in all three counties on behalf of the State of Illinois – utilizing existing state resources, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is providing financial assistance and training for designated local inspectors – the Wabash County Health Department began conducting inspections for the total 48 license holders within the three county region upon the completion of ILCC training in July and will continue thru June 30th, 2018, when the pilot program concludes – the inspections include areas of local concern, such as health & sanitation, license & insurance verifications, and deceptive practices – the liquor inspection pilot program includes the jurisdictions of all incorporated and unincorporated areas within Richland, Edwards, and Wabash Counties – for more details and/or information, visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission website online, at  www.illinois.gov.ilcc.


(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12 noon, plus various activities & entertainment thru the morning & afternoon – homemade ice cream at 9:00, the popular parade at 10:00, pedal tractor pull at 1:30, and other games and live music into the night – plus a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight – then a Non-Denominational church service at 9:00 Sunday morning with entertainment and an afternoon petting zoo – check it out – that’s this coming Saturday and Sunday, the Jasper County Fall Festival, this weekend, in Newton.


(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the four United States military academies – all high school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2018 admission – applications are accepted for the country’s four academies  :  the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado  :  the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York  :  the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland  :  and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York  :  acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine year service obligation, which includes four years at the academy and five years of active duty service – while Congressman Shimkus nominates the applicants, it’s solely up to the respective academy officials to make the final selections regarding admission – various requirements apply – students should complete the application online at  www.shimkusus.house.gov/services/academy  and return it by November 1st, 2017, to the Congressman’s District office in Maryville – for more, call  618-288-7190.


(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will have its first of two regular bi-monthly meetings in September tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes one old business item along with several new business items, plus an executive session to discuss litigation & real estate – as usual, tonight’s Newton City Council meeting is open to the public – for more, logon at  www.cityofnewtonil.com.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low area blood supplies.


    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with John Louis / Illuisionist, followed by the family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Tailgate Sunday in the Olney City Park – for more, call  618-393-6421

    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday, September 10th, at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees are asked to bring a covered dish while drinks and table ware will be provided – those planning to attend are asked to bring pictures and memorabilia to reminisce

    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event this Saturday evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer

    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction will be held this Saturday evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation, plus to-go orders available – all proceeds go to getting a Service Dog for Tuk – for more details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook

    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, all by a free will donation at the door – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, a gun raffle, and a regular raffle – proceeds to help with expenses

    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend

    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas

    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this Thursday, September 7th – that’s all this Friday in Newton

    The Grandparent Support Group will meet this coming Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child or those involved in the raising of a child – call RCES in advance (Tuesday or Wednesday) at  618-395-8540  for provided childcare, if needed