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October 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will move thru Illinois by tonight, giving us rain chances later on today thru tonight – while most of Sunday will be dry, the remnants of Hurricane Nate could bring some rain to the southeast section of Illinois tomorrow evening – then after a dry Monday, maybe more rain chances for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates & details.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner’s replacing his Chief of Staff after just 13 weeks – Kristina Rasmussen resigned yesterday and it will be the state’s Public Safety Director, Rodger Heaton, replacing her – Rasmussen is leaving to “pursue other interests” – Heaton has been PS Director since the first of 2015 – Heaton served as a U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois from 2006 to 2009.

 

(OLNEY)  Downstate residents are urged to take part in this year’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, set for Thursday, October 19th – schools, businesses, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for earthquake preparedness tips, go online at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional and area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has it’s Family Freedom Festival tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the parking lot just north of the Courthouse in Olney – includes carnival games, music, a cake walk, bingo, and a light supper – visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs and all ages are welcome to attend


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 today thru tonight, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze – then tomorrow from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – all are invited


    The Olney Public Library is hosting a free 9/11 Craft and Games event this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – all ages are invited to come share memories, play games, & make crafts to decorate the Library”s Never Forget 9-11 Tree – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is coming to Olney late next week


    The Richland County Republican Central Committee has its Annual Fall Event today in the Olney City Park Community Building from 12 noon to 1:30 – there will be chowder, barbeque, desserts, & more, with tickets at only $5 each, available from Republican Precinct Committeemen or at the door this afternoon – stop by and have lunch, plus meet local and state officeholders and candidates – all are invited to attend


    The Flora American Legion Post 14 will host a Hutsonville Homeless Veterans Benefit Ride today and all vehicles are welcome – with registration at 9:30 this morning, the event leaves Flora at 11:00 – then it’s back to Flora for a live auction and entertainment this evening – all donations appreciated


    The Sailor Springs Chowder is today with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059’s fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is today – it will leave Travco Motorsports at 10:00 this morning and head over to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch


    The 27th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic is today at Newton Community High School with a total of 15 bands, including the Marching Tigers from Olney, competing in four separate classes – the first band starts at 9:45 this morning – then the Marching Eagles have an exhibition performance at 2:30 with awards presented at 2:50 – concessions available with proceeds to the Band Boosters – all spectators invited


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is today with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all today on this Saturday in Yale


    HealthFest 2017 is this morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the OCC Gymnasium, sponsored by Olney Central College & Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – exhibitors from community health & wellness organizations will answer questions & to pass out informative literature, plus various health screenings and much more


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its White Squirrel Quilt Show continues today at the Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street – that’s today from 10:00 to 4:00 – admission is $5 per person

 

 

 

October 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With that frontal boundary over Northern Illinois, all of the rain today thru tonight will stay to our north, but we’ll have plenty of cloud cover with maybe a little sunshine at times today – then the cold front to our northwest will to try to move the frontal boundary thru with rain chances Saturday thru Sunday, & even into the first of next week – a strong cold front brings cooler air late next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner says he doubts that state can afford to help pay for infrastructure work around the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago – Democratic leaders have suggested using funds set aside for road projects to help pay for that work, some $100 million – meanwhile, State Representative David Reis introduced a bill yesterday that while supporting the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in general, the bill is strongly against providing state taxpayer funds for any of the work.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Housing Development Authority has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to fund 20 affordable housing developments within twelve counties across Illinois – once sold to investors, the tax credits will generate an estimated $258 million in private capital to finance the creation or preservation of 1,442 affordable apartments for low- to moderate-income families, senior citizens, and persons with special needs – the only projects in our area are the Tiger Senior Apartments in Paris & the Senior Residences in Altamont – others in Arcola, Champaign, and further north.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is announcing the launch of its new website (www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr) which features a more modern and user-friendly design – the new site affords users access to the same information as in the past, but in a layout that optimizes navigation and content structure – it also provides access to popular services in just a few clicks & by being a mobile based site, it offers additional functionality by being readily available to all users no matter what – check it out now.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session next Tuesday night, October 10th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – this will be the fourth of five scheduled sessions being hosted by FACTS, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students – in the previous three sessions, those taking part identified priorities in the development of a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – the two primary topics of next Tuesday’s session are to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all residents in Richland County are invited to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend Tuesday night – for more, go to  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week – the Council  :  agreed to advertise for qualifications for engineering services for the City’s Eagle Trail Phase IV / Riverwalk  :  agreed to close the north/south alley to thru traffic between Owens Street & Henry Street until a committee meeting is held for more discussion  :  approved an agreement with Southeastern Community Foundation for a special needs playground area to be located in Peterson Park, to be called Lincoln’s Place  :  approved the City Treasurer to attend the Illinois Municipal Treasurers Institute next month  :  noted that the City’s Wastewater & Street Departments are both back to full crews  :  and took no other action after a 29 minute closed session to talk about litigation & real estate  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular meeting will be held October 17th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library & Rotary Club of Olney are bringing a nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit to Olney to highlight the events of September 11th, 2001 – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney next Wednesday with a procession led by the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and will be set up in the public parking lot just north of the County Courthouse along East Main Street in downtown Olney – the exhibit will be open only to Richland County students, grades 8 thru 12, next Thursday – then the exhibit will then be open to the general public next 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, unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit and serves as a poignant reminder of the events that took place on 9-11 – serving as an educational tool, admission to the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is free – mark your calendars and make plans for your family to visit the exhibit.

 

(OLNEY)  A representative of the Office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan is in Olney this morning to meet with local folks to discuss services that are available and to provide informational materials – tips will be provided on how consumers can protect themselves from scams and on how to file a consumer complaint form – also information will be available about Veterans’ rights & benefits, about the AG’s Health Care Mediation program, about the AG’s Identity Theft Hotline which helps identity theft victims repair their credit, dispute fraudulent debts, and prevent future victimization, and about the AG’s Student Loan Helpline which provides student borrowers with free resources and more – no appointments needed as all walk-ins are welcomed – that’s this morning from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Hall at 300 S.Whittle Avenue.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its Annual Fall Event tomorrow afternoon in the Olney City Park Community Building from 12:00 noon to 1:30 – there will be chowder, barbeque, baked beans, chips, and desserts with tickets at only $5 each, available from Republican Precinct Committeemen and Elected Officials or by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – expected speakers during the Fall Event are State Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold, State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative David Reis, and other local officials and candidates – all are invited to attend tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney – while the students are not at school today, due to a Teacher’s Institute Day, they’re still preparing for the final Homecoming activities tonight at RCHS – the Coronation will be at halftime of the Tigers football game tonight and then following the game, the Homecoming Dance is from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym – dance tickets available at the door, plus all guest must be registered thru the front office before the dance – there will be no re-admittance allowed at the dance, once someone leaves, they’ll not be allowed back in – the dress is casual, not formal.

 

(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 2:15  :  today at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  and Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to help replenish low blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW Auxiliary 4226 will host it’s first-ever Family Freedom Festival this Sunday afternoon – from 1:00 to 4:00, it will include carnival games, music, a cake walk, bingo, and a light supper, all in the parking lot between the Courthouse and VFW Post – visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 tomorrow afternoon & night, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 free with an adult – all are invited


    The Olney Public Library is hosting a free 9/11 Craft and Games event tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – all ages are invited to come share memories, play games, & make crafts to decorate the Library”s Never Forget 9/11 Tree – this event serves as a reminder of the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit that’s coming to Olney next week, courtesy of the Olney Public Library and Rotary Club of Olney


    The Flora American Legion Post 14 will host a Hutsonville Homeless Veterans Benefit Ride tomorrow & all vehicles are welcome – with registration at 9:30, the event leaves Flora at 11:00 – the 100-plus mile trip then returns to Flora for a live auction and entertainment that evening – all donations appreciated


    The Sailor Springs Chowder is tomorrow with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059’s fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is tomorrow – it will leave Travco Motorsports at 10:00 heading to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch – for more, call  618-393-5900


    The 27th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic is tomorrow at Newton Community High School with a total of 15 bands competing in four separate classes – the first band starts at 9:45 that morning – the Marching Eagles have an exhibition performance at 2:30 with the awards ceremony at around 2:50 – concessions available with proceeds to the Band Boosters – all spectators are welcomed to attend


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is tomorrow with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all this Saturday in Yale


    HealthFest 2017 is tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the OCC Gymnasium – exhibitors from community health & wellness organizations will be there to answer questions & to pass out informative literature, plus there will be various health screenings, door prizes, a continental breakfast, and much more


    The monthly Friday night “fish fry” is tonight at the American Legion Post #30 at 227 East Main Street in Olney – serving from 5:30 until gone – it’s fish and all the fixins’ for $6 per person – all invited


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host its Annual Homecoming Dinner tonight at the Richland County High School Veterans Hall, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – catered by Niemerg’s Steak House, the meal features fried chicken, pork loin, and more – $1 desserts available by the RCHS Interact Club – $10 adult and $6 children tickets on sale at all Richland County banks or by calling  618-843-4811 – there will be limited tickets at the door Friday night all during Homecoming Week at RCHS in Olney


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its White Squirrel Quilt Show this weekend at the Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street – that’s today from 10:00 to 7:00 and tomorrow from 10:00 to 4:00 – admission is $5 per person – includes a quilt raffle & free gifts for adults, plus free parking as well

 

 

 

October 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While a short wave trough interacted with the stationary frontal boundary that’s draped along the I-70 corridor triggered some light showers this morning in our downstate area, we’ll likely remain dry with a cloudy sky the rest of today – plus most of tomorrow thru tomorrow night stays dry as well, although there is a slight chance of a shower developing here or there – then spotty rain Saturday thru Saturday night and back to a dry sky Sunday – possibly more rain chances the first of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Republicans in Illinois’ congressional delegation are criticizing Governor Bruce Rauner for signing legislation last week to expand taxpayer-funded abortions – the congressmen touted their support for a federal measure that would outlaw most late-term abortions – although its future in the U.S. Senate is doubtful, the U.S. House passed legislation making it a crime for anyone to perform most abortions on fetuses believed to be 20 weeks into development – Congressman John Shimkus is among the seven Illinois Congressmen that are in support of this legislation being debated in Washington, D.C.

 

(OLNEY)  A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a lawsuit out of court where a self-declared satanist says his constitutionality is being violated because of the motto “In God We Trust” on American money forces him to see a religious view that he opposes – Judge Amy St. Eve cited a longstanding Supreme Court ruling that concludes that a motto on currency is not something people display prominently and therefore it cannot be said they are forced to publicly advertise views that clash with theirs – the man plans to appeal the ruling.

 

(NEWTON)  As the Illinois Lottery gets closer to finalizing a deal with a new private manager, some state lawmakers are frustrated with the lack of details being provided to the public – the Lottery announced last month that Camelot Illinois would replace the state’s current private manager, the Northstar Lottery Group – records show the deal would include bonuses if profit levels are exceeded, however the proposed amount of those incentives have not been revealed – some lawmakers say they deserve to know more about the deal.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced the release of the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order, which now makes the drug that’s able to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose more readily available to first responders and the community – the order includes the procedure outlining how entities may become authorized to obtain, dispense, and administer naloxone, plus is also includes the educational requirements for obtaining a Standing Order and for administering the drug – for more details, logon at  www.dph.illinois.gov/naloxone  – it was a week ago that officials announced that 18 downstate counties will use part of a $2 million grant over the next 4 years to equip rural law enforcement agencies with the training and resources to help prevent thousands of deaths each year by administering the drug naloxone when an overdose victim is found – among the 18 counties on the list are Richland, Jasper, Effingham, Crawford, Lawrence, Clay, Marion, Fayette, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, and Wabash.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has announced Troopers will be conducting special patrols throughout the ten counties within the downstate district during this month of October  :  Roadside Safety Checks, with a zero tolerance for impaired drivers, including those speeding, driving under the influence, and/or driving while texting or talking on a cell phone, will be held in the counties of Richland, Clay, Effingham, and Lawrence  :  Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols, with the focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws, will be held in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Clay, Effingham, Cumberland, and Clark  :  and Nighttime Enforcement Patrols, with a zero tolerance for impaired drivers, including those speeding, driving under the influence, and/or driving while texting or talking on a cell phone between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am, will be held in the counties of Jasper and Crawford  :  all patrols are funded thru the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee has announced that it will host a special pork loin dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton on Thursday night, October 19th, two weeks from tonight, starting at 6:30 – the public is invited to attend the event – the main guest speaker will be former Congressman and former Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard – plus those attending will have the chance to meet other local and regional officeholders and candidates as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has announced that instructor David Denton has written an article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, featuring information gathered from recently declassified documents – Denton will be discussing this new article and other aspects of the Kennedy assassination during two upcoming presentations – Monday night, November 20th, at Lincoln Trail College, near Robinson, and the following night, Tuesday, November 21st, at Olney Central College, each evening at 6:30 – Denton has studied the Kennedy assassination for more than two decades – in 2014, Denton organized and participated in a national conference held in Washington, D.C. focusing on the Warren Commission Report – Denton & the rest of the JFK Historical Group, will host a conference again in Washington, D.C. in March 2018 – to access Denton’s articles, logon at  www.changehistjfk.blogspot.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters can review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 – it’s available now on the State DNR website online  :  with the statewide Illinois Archery Deer Hunting now underway each day, hunters are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer that are harvested – a list of locations serving as CWD sampling stations is on the State DNR website  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin next Tuesday, October 17th – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first  :  and resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are still available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt in most all area downstate counties is this Columbus Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The First Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held at The Venue in Olney on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Sunday night, October 15th, starting at 6:30 – to have a name included in the program, registration is required by today, this October 5th – however, all those that register late will still have their name mentioned during the ceremony, but they will not be listed on the program or the event t-shirt – to register or to get more information about the special event, call Yvette today at  618-843-0963.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney – today is Extreme Spirit Day as students are wearing orange & black – a Pep Session this afternoon will be followed by the Homecoming Parade at 2:00 today, traveling from RCHS to the Middle School and ending at the Elementary School – then it’s Boys Volleyball tonight after Lady Tigers Volleyball in Ron Herrin Gym – the Coronation will be at halftime of the Tigers football game tomorrow night, with the Homecoming Dance from 9:30 to 11:30 after the football game – dance tickets are available at RCHS and also tomorrow night at the door.

 

(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 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:30 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Sailor Springs Chowder is this Saturday with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059 has a fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network this Saturday – the kick stands go up at 10:00, leaving Travco Motorsports heading to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch – call  393-5900


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is this Saturday with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all this Saturday in Yale


    HealthFest 2017 is this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the OCC Gymnasium – exhibitors from community health & wellness organizations will be there to answer questions & to pass out informative literature, plus there will be various health screenings, door prizes, a continental breakfast, and much more


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host its Annual Homecoming Dinner this Friday night at the Richland County High School Veterans Hall, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – catered by Niemerg’s Steak House, the meal features fried chicken, pork loin, and more – $1 desserts available by the RCHS Interact Club – $10 adult and $6 children tickets on sale at all Richland County banks or by calling  618-843-4811 – there will be limited tickets at the door Friday night all during Homecoming Week at RCHS in Olney


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – pay at the door – the public is welcome to attend as always


    The Jasper County Health Department will host a fundraising Bingo this evening at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – doors open at 5:00 with Bingo at 6:00 – also a theme basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, snack bags, other concessions, drinks, & more – proceeds to the Jasper County Cancer Support, Inc.


    Motorists using the Dieterich to Mattoon blacktop are reminded the CSX Railroad crossing just south of the four-way stop in Montrose is still closed for repair work – IDOT reminds all truckers to use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate, weight-wise – the work is scheduled to be complete tomorrow

 

 

 

October 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A cold front currently extending from northern Missouri up into eastern Wisconsin will sag slowly southward today, eventually reaching I-70 by evening – our downstate area will stay mostly dry today with some better rain chances tonight thru early tomorrow morning – then maybe some spotty rain Thursday night thru Friday – another cold front could bring us rain early next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Illinois – therefore, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is conducting a statewide employee awareness campaign that shares cybersecurity resources & best practices to better protect against online risks – it was nearly two months ago that the Governor signed a bill into law requiring state employees to undergo annual cybersecurity training to understand the risks, threats, and best practices to defend against cyber threats.

 

(OLNEY)  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will host the 2017 Conference on Illinois History tomorrow and Friday in Springfield – from outlaws getting quick justice from a mob to enslaved people suffering in a supposedly free state, from immigrants making new lives in small towns & big cities to lingering questions about President Lincoln’s coffin, these stories & others will be told & discussed – lunch sessions will be held both days with a special reception tomorrow night, plus much, much more – for last minute information and/or to register, go online at  www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is still seeking workers for temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal this winter in several southeast Illinois counties here in IDOT District 7 – these seasonal positions are available for on-call work schedules in response to weather situations assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, and nights – various other requirements are included – for more details, including information on pay and the potential for benefits, go online at  www.idot.illinois.gov  – the deadline to apply is Monday, October 16th.

 

(OLNEY)  Applications are now being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment and to see what’s needed to sign up – for more information and details check the Embarras River Basin Agency website, at  www.erbainc.org.

 

(NEWTON)  100 Women Who Care Jasper County has announced it will make its third community grant of 2017 on Thursday, October 12th, a week from tomorrow night, at the Newton Masonic Lodge, at 207 South Van Buren Street – registration will begin at 5:00 and the meeting will start at 6:00 with light refreshments to be served throughout the evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend the meeting for free – it was back in July that the giving circle chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens in Newton as the recipient of its $5,650 collected contribution.

 

(NEWTON)  On October 19th, 2017, two weeks from tomorrow, millions of people in the U. S. and all around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill – nearly 500,000 Illinoisans took part in last year’s drill and so far, more than 350,000 people in Illinois are registered for the safety event – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for preparedness tips, go to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The First Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which is Sunday night, October 15th, at The Venue in Olney, beginning at 6:30 – to have a name included in the program, registration is required by tomorrow, October 5th – however, all those that register late will still have their name mentioned during the ceremony, but they will not be listed on the program or the event t-shirt – to register or for more details, call Yvette today at  618-843-0963.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Homecoming Week at Richland County High School – today is Way Back Wednesday, a retro dress up day or throw back jersey day – plus the Powder Puff Football Game between the Junior & Senior girls is tonight at RCHS, starting at 6:30, with donations accepted for Hurricane Relief Efforts at the gate – then a Pep Session is tomorrow afternoon with the Homecoming Parade at 2:00 tomorrow – then it’s Boys Volleyball after Lady Tigers Volleyball tomorrow night in Ron Herrin Gym – the Coronation will be at halftime of the Tigers football game Friday night, with the Homecoming Dance from 9:30 to 11:30.

 

(NEWTON)  During this Manufacturing Month observance, the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce has organized the annual Manufacturing Day for Effingham County to be held tomorrow – over 300 students, teachers, & counselors from 16 area high schools will spend the day touring 13 local manufacturing facilities to get acquainted with the jobs available, plus check out the technology involved and the state-of-the-art equipment needed to produce a wide variety of products that are shipped all around the world – for more information, visit the website online, at  www.effinghamcountychamber.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is looking for a few good volunteers to help conduct its 39th annual Squirrel Count, which is scheduled for the first three Saturdays here in October, starting this weekend – that’s October 7th, 14th, and 21st – volunteers can help out on any or all three Saturdays – dedicated squirrel supporters are encouraged to contact City Clerk Kelsie Sterchi at Olney City Hall, at  395-7302.

 

(OLNEY)  HealthFest 2017 is coming up this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the Olney Central College Gymnasium – there will be numerous health exhibitors, a free continental breakfast, various free screenings, free medication safety cards, and much more – flu shots will be available for $25 each – and new this year are three free Breakout Sessions, discussing the ABC’s of Medicare at 8:00, Downsize & Declutter at 9:00, and Senior Fraud at 10:00 – also PSA Screening and Hemoglobin/A1C/Lipid Profiles for $25 each – all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital and Olney Central College – all are invited.

 

(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 12:15 to 7:15  :  also today at the Brownstown Elementary School from 2:00 to 7:00  :  on Friday at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW Auxiliary 4226 will host it’s first-ever Family Freedom Festival this Sunday afternoon – from 1:00 to 4:00, it will include carnival games, music, a cake walk, bingo, and a light supper, all in the parking lot between the Courthouse and VFW Post – visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs


    The Olney Public Library is hosting a free 9/11 Craft and Games event this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – all ages are invited to come share memories, play games, & make crafts to decorate the Library”s Never Forget 9/11 Tree – this event serves as a reminder of the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit that’s coming to Olney next week, courtesy of the Olney Public Library and Rotary Club of Olney


    The Flora American Legion Post 14 will host a Hutsonville Homeless Veterans Benefit Ride this Saturday & all vehicles are welcome to take part – with registration at 9:30 in the morning, the event leaves Flora at 11:00 – the 100-plus mile trip then returns to Flora for a live auction and entertainment that evening – donations appreciated – all are invited – for more details, call Annie at  618-662-8626


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is this Saturday with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all this Saturday in Yale


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host its Annual Homecoming Dinner this Friday night at the Richland County High School Veterans Hall, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – catered by Niemerg’s Steak House, the meal features fried chicken, pork loin, and more – $1 desserts available by the RCHS Interact Club – $10 adult and $6 children tickets on sale at all Richland County banks or by calling  618-843-4811 – there will be limited tickets at the door Friday night all during Homecoming Week at RCHS in Olney


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tomorrow night with serving to start at 6:00 – pay at the door – the public is welcome to attend as always

 

 

 

October 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While the high pressure extending from Maine to the Gulf Coast losses control of our dry weather conditions, a nearly stationary frontal boundary is draped from western Kansas to the Upper Midwest – as that boundary moves southward, our chances of rain increase late tonight thru tomorrow – as it stalls, we stay dry Thursday – as it eventually moves thru, look for rain on Friday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois based companies and emergency responders are helping with the relief effort in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria – the Chicago Fire Department has sent two dozen firemen, paramedics, and engineers this week with stretchers, defibrillators, and other medical supplies for a ten day stay – Chicago-based United Airlines is delivering supplies – and over 550 Illinois National Guardsmen are on alert and ready for deployment when and if needed – many others are also assisting in the cleanup effort.

 

(OLNEY)  Each year, Illinois celebrates the contributions the manufacturing industry has brought to our state by recognizing October as Manufacturing Month – the observance includes Manufacturing Day, celebrated nationwide on the first Friday of October, noting the impact modern manufacturing has had on our country – Illinois is the fifth largest manufacturing state with manufactured goods comprising 92% of the state’s total exports – Illinois has nearly 13,000 manufacturing firms that employ over 572,500 workers.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state’s college access & financial aid agency, is looking to hire community outreach staff to work within their community helping middle & high school students, as well as returning adults, with college planning & the financial aid process – the two year positions include six weeks paid training, vacation, and sick leave – those hired help students and parents navigate the path to college and the financial aid process – so for those who graduated college in 2011 or after and have excellent verbal and written communication skills, apply online to  recruiter.isac.org.

 

 (OLNEY)  The Illinois State Water Survey has released its monthly weather summary for September  :  the statewide average rainfall last month was just over three quarters of an inch (0.78), which was nearly two and a half inches (2.45) below normal and the 5th driest September on record – the driest September  on record since 1895 was in 1979 with less than a half inch of rain (0.46)  :  also, the August to September period was the 4th driest for those two months in Illinois, with a statewide average rainfall of 3.11 inches, which is 3.70 inches below normal – it’s also reported that with the dry conditions in the past two months, the U.S. Drought Monitor classified nearly 80% of Illinois as “abnormally dry” and 13% as in “moderate drought”  :  the statewide average temperature for Illinois was 68.7 degrees, which was 2.5 degrees above normal and the 28th warmest September on record  :  all from the ISWS based at the U of I in Champaign.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – dry conditions were still prevalent across the state last week – the state’s average precipitation last week was only two-hundredths of an inch (0.02) which was just over two-thirds of an inch (0.68) below normal – last week’s average temperature was 66.4 degrees, which was 4.3 degrees above normal – the statewide topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are an average 80% short to very short with only 20% adequate – the statewide corn and soybean crops are still nearly 60% in good to excellent condition with 30% fair and 10% or less poor to very poor  :  the farmers in our ten county region report nearly 90% of the local corn is mature with close to half (48%) the corn crop now harvested – nearly 90% of all the local soybean fields are turning color, over 80% of the bean fields are dropping leaves, and almost half (46%) of the area soybeans have been cut – some area winter wheat crop has even been put in the ground – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest continues to roll on.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Olney Central College has scheduled several transfer-level courses, offered October 16th thru December 14th – this is a perfect time for students who dropped a class this fall or those who need an additional class to complete to graduate – the classes available include  :  Composition I on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings  :  Composition & Analysis on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings  :  World Music (Hybrid) on Tuesday & Thursday mornings  :  College Algebra (Hybrid) on Monday & Thursday mornings  :  and Liberal Arts Math (Hybrid) on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons  :  three online classes are also available including Human Growth & Development, Social Problems & Trends, and Music Appreciation  :  for more information or to register, call Olney Central College today at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its Annual Fall Event this Saturday afternoon in the Olney City Park Community Building from 12:00 noon to 1:30 – there will be chowder, barbeque, baked beans, chips, and desserts with tickets at only $5 each, available from Republican Precinct Committeemen and Elected Officials or by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – expected speakers during the Fall Event are State Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold, State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative David Reis, and other local officials and candidates – all are invited to attend Saturday.

 

(NEWTON)  The 27th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic is this Saturday at Newton Community High School with a total of 15 bands competing – the first band starts it off at 9:45 that morning – the Marching Eagles will perform at 2:30 with the awards ceremony at around 2:50 – concessions available with proceeds to the Band Boosters – the Class A Schools competing include Oblong, Casey-Westfield, Lawrenceville, Bement, and ALAH – the Class AA Schools competing include Robinson, Mt. Carmel, Vandalia, Tolono Unity, and Maroa-Forsyth – the Class 3A Schools competing include Olney, Paris, and Effingham – the Class 4A Schools competing include Belleville West and Champaign Centennial – all spectators welcomed.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Homecoming Week at Richland County High School – today is Cubs versus Cardinals Day as students wear their respective baseball apparel and today after school is the Annual Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament between the classes in Ron Herrin Gym – tomorrow is Way Back Wednesday, a retro dress up day or throw back jersey day – plus the Powder Puff Football Game between the Junior & Senior girls is tomorrow night at RCHS, starting at 6:30, with donations accepted for Hurricane Relief Efforts at the gate – then a Pep Session & the Homecoming Parade is Thursday afternoon at 2:00 and that night Boys Volleyball after Lady Tigers Volleyball in Ron Herrin Gym – the Coronation at halftime of the Tigers football game will be followed by the Homecoming Dance in Ron Herrin Gym from 9:30 to 11:30 – check it all out.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Motorists using the Dieterich to Mattoon blacktop are reminded the CSX Railroad crossing just south of the four-way stop in Montrose is now closed, today thru Friday for repair work – IDOT reminds all truckers to use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate, weight-wise  :  also, construction is underway to replace the Denver Township bridge over Coon Creek on Timber Trail Road, 3 miles west of Dundas – Timber Trail Road is closed south of the Dundas Lane intersection for six weeks.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the Brownstown Elementary School from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Friday at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is underway with its annual fall fish sale – orders for various fish species are being accepted now thru October 26th, however grass carp must be ordered by October 19th – the fish delivery date is Thursday, November 2nd – for species available, pricing, and to place an order, stop by the SWCD office in Olney or call  618-392-7141, extension 3


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary 4226 will host it’s first-ever Family Freedom Festival this Sunday afternoon – from 1:00 to 4:00, it will include carnival games, music, a cake walk, bingo, and a light supper, all in the parking lot between the Courthouse and VFW Post – visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs


    The Sailor Springs Chowder is this Saturday with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059 will have a fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network this Saturday – the kick stands go up at 10:00, leaving Travco Motorsports in Olney and heading to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch – to register, for t-shirts, and to order pre-cooked pork loins, call today  618-393-5900