September 9, 2017


(OLNEY)  High pressure centered over the Great Lakes will continue to control our downstate weather with more dry and mild conditions today thru tomorrow – then after a dry Monday, it appears that moisture from Hurricane Irma will drive our only chance of rain next week on Tuesday, maybe Wednesday – however, the bulk of that rain will stay along and southeast of the Ohio River Valley – stay tuned for continued updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Attorney General’s office is urging residents to take precautions after credit-monitoring company Equifax said a breach exposed information about 143 million Americans – the Atlanta-based company is being called upon to provide free credit freezes to all customers – Equifax says the files were accessed between May and July of this year and the theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, even driver’s license numbers.


(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due next Tuesday, September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5% penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after next Tuesday, September 12th.


(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.


    The annual Dundas School Reunion is tomorrow at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees should bring a covered dish – drinks and table ware will be provided

    It’s a Tailgate Sunday morning tomorrow in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 with Illusionist John Louis, a family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited out

    The Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton begins with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church this morning from now until 10:00 – the Classic Car Show registration is at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and entertainment

    The Pink Warriors Support Group has their “Happy Days Again” event this evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 50’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

    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction is this evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the cost is by donation & carry-out orders available – all proceeds go to help provide a service dog to a local boy Tuk, who’s diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Autism

    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn is this evening at the KC Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, by a free will donation – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, & raffles

    The annual Wynoose Chowder is this 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

    A benefit for Mark Geier is today with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin – all vehicles will leave at 12 noon – then back for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus raffle drawing & auction

    The Clay City Fall Festival has started with this morning’s Firemen’s breakfast from now until 9:00, then the Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/& a petting zoo at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00

    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is today 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

    Noble native Gary Totten has a book signing this afternoon at the Olney Public Library, from 1:00 to 5:00 – Gary’s book “The Life of A Dog” and other tales includes stories from the rural Heartland – all ages are invited out this afternoon to meet Gary and his wonder dog, Bettie – also, check out his book as well