September 11, 2017


(OLNEY)  Not much of a shift in the forecast for today as the high pressure in the Upper Midwest will keep our sky mostly clear & dry on this Monday – however, as it moves eastward our clouds increase for tonight as the remnants of Hurricane Irma move in our direction – the chance of us getting wet increases tomorrow thru Wednesday – then we’re back to a dry sky Thursday and for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is in day two of his eight day trip to Japan and China – it’s the first international trade mission for the Governor and several other business and state leaders – lasting until Sunday, the Governor will work on attracting foreign job creators & future trade.


(OLNEY)  Utility companies around the state are sending crews and contractors to Florida to help provide restoration assistance as the state braces for cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irma – this comes after several such companies and cooperatives sent crews to Texas to help in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey – the State National Guard is also on the road to help with the relief and recovery efforts in Florida as well.


(NEWTON)  The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program is seeing fewer World War II Veterans on its trips to the nation’s capital – the next trip tomorrow includes 40 Korean Veterans, 37 Vietnam-era Veterans, and 3 from World War II – officials say part of the reason for the drop is that most of the World War II Vets in Illinois who have applied have already made a flight – plus the numbers of World War II Vets are declining – the nonprofit program, takes Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit war memorials and military sites.


(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library & Rotary Club of Olney are bringing a nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit to the area highlighting the events of September 11th, 2001 – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney on October 11th, a month from today, with a procession led by representatives from the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and will be stationed in the public parking lot across from the County Courthouse along East Main Street in downtown Olney – while exhibit officials and local volunteers will be setting up on Wednesday, October 11th, no tours will be given that day – then the following day on Thursday, October 12th, the exhibit will be open only to students from the Richland County Schools, grades 8 thru 12 – the exhibit will then be open to the general public the following two days, Friday, October 13th, from 1:00 to 7:00, and Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 to 4:00 – the high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of the events that took place on 9-11 and the exhibit is intended to serve as an educational tool – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit was established by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in honor of Siller, a New York City firefighter who gave his life helping others on 9-11 – we hope all area residents will make plans to take time and tour the exhibit, with free admission, all in honor of the 9-11 events that occurred sixteen years ago today, on this September 11th, back in 2001.


(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois cash rent county estimates for 2017 – the state’s average amount was at $218 per acre for non-irrigated land and at $38 per acre for pastureland  :  the average for non-irrigated land in Illinois’ fifteen East / Southeast Counties was at $195 per acre – that includes a high estimate of $262 per acre in Moultrie County and a low $147 per acre in Clay County – the Jasper County number was reported at $154 per acre, with Crawford County at $163, Cumberland County at $185, and Coles County at $246 – lower numbers included Effingham County at $155, Lawrence County at $149, and no estimate provided for Richland County  :  the average for non-irrigated land in Illinois’ twelve Southeast Counties was at $132 per acre – that includes a high estimate of $166 per acre in Wabash County to a low  $112 per acre in Franklin County – while both Edwards & Wayne Counties are at $122 per acre, White County was at $143 per acre  :  all numbers were provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.


(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, September 12th.


(NEWTON)  A huge “thank you” goes out from those in charge of this past weekend’s Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – the fantastic weather led to a great turnout by the public for all the events of Saturday & Sunday – thanks to those that attended and to all the great businesses and sponsors that helped make it a great success – also to all the vendors, entertainers, and others that made it another great event in Newton.


(OLNEY)  A “thank you” goes out to everyone that helped make this past Friday & Saturday great days for the successful Olney Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Charity Drive in Olney – 81 volunteers completed 70 hours of collecting donations to benefit Richland County programs in Special Olympics, Special Needs Classes, and the ARC Summer Program – thanks for all the generosity and support this year and in the past.


(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that former Congressman and past SIU President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker hosted by the Clay County Democratic Central Committee this coming Friday night, the 15th, at the Clay City Community Building, starting at 6:30 – also at the free event will be gubernatorial candidate Bob Daiber and representatives from the Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, & Daniel Biss campaigns, plus a representative from State Comptroller Susana Mendoza – also in attendance will be candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District, including Carl Spoerer, Anthony March, and Kevin Gaither, plus Cynthia Givens, the 109th Illinois House seat candidate will be on hand – the event is free to the public.


(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 Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  Wednesday & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional supply of blood.


(OLNEY)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Olney City Council has a full agenda to consider tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, beginning at 7:00  :  both meetings are open to the public.


    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions

    The Forrest Ridge Church, south of Noble, will host its annual Homecoming this Sunday, featuring Larry Cook as the guest speaker – it’s Sunday School at 10:00 in the morning and Worship to follow at 11:00

    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome

    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop this Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – the workshop will be taught by art instructor Bill Meyer – it’s $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil – it’s $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call  618-838-4130

    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue in Olney

    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door

    The annual meeting of Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women will be this Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Patoka – it starts with registration and fellowship at 9:00 in the morning followed by the election and installation of District officers and lunch – Matt Henson of “Living the Adventure Ministries” based in Albion is the featured speaker – for reservations, call  618-846-2484

    The Richland County FACTS will have its next Community Engagement Session tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – the primary topics are to explore renovation ideas of the high school facility & to examine possible funding options – all residents are encouraged to attend & add input

    The Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 130 in Olney, will have its Customer Appreciation Day and Grand Re-Opening tomorrow – includes free coffee and doughnuts from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning and free pork burgers from 11:00 to 1:00 – plus spin the Prize Wheel from 7:00 to 3:00 to win special prizes and a grand prize drawing for a Yeti Cooler is at 3:00 – the Red Rooster will also be hosting open interviews for potential workers from 8:00 to 3:00 tomorrow as well – all are invited to stop by