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May 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The stalled out frontal boundary, hanging over the Midwest, will slowly move north today across Central Illinois – this will keep us warm with sunshine, but increasing clouds towards evening – there is a slight chance of an isolated shower tonight with the better chance of rain late tonight and thru tomorrow as the cold front moves thru – then dry and pleasant for Friday thru next Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – today is Illinois Legislative Shadow Day 2017 in Springfield as approximately 60 youth from around the state will pair up with members of the General Assembly – throughout today, the youth will gain insight on how state government operates and see what it takes to be a state lawmaker – it’s all in observance of May as National Foster Care Month – the Shadow Day is a collective effort to make a difference in educating everyone about the importance and awareness of child welfare reform in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  On a 6 to 4 vote yesterday, the State Senate Human Services Committee endorsed a proposal that would ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois, plus expand coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients – already passed by the State House last month, the measure now heads to the Senate floor for a deciding vote – opponents of the proposal say putting taxpayer dollars towards the procedure is wrong.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Treasurer’s office is continuing its push to reunite statewide residents with approximately $2.8 billion in unclaimed property – with thousands of Illinois residents with cash or property to claim, plus new names reported every year, the Treasurer’s office never charges money to search and return unclaimed property – the Treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, lost or stolen property items, and more – residents are encouraged to check the Treasurer’s website every six months, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

 

(OLNEY)  In Monday’s USDA Crop Report – statewide farmers reported some ponding and flooding in fields last week as Illinois’ precipitation averaged 1.89 inches, nearly an inch (0.92) above normal – there was less than one full day of field work in Illinois last week – the statewide average temperature was 51.4 degrees, 6.5 degrees below normal – as of Sunday, 65% of the corn and 14% of the soybeans had been planted around the state, plus most of the state’s winter wheat crop is in fair to good condition in spite of all the extra rain  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Newton and Olney report over three quarters (77%) of the local corn and at least a third (35%) of the local soybeans have been planted, although some replanting is expected – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the spring planting season continues.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  agreed to retain Kapper & Company as the Village Auditors, Charleston Engineering as the Village Engineers, and Lawyer Barry Bright as the Village Attorney, all for the new fiscal year  :  is still asking Village water customers to please fill out and return the completed Cross Connection Surveys to Village Hall  :  approved the Board’s Committee appointments as presented  :  noted that the Village-Wide Garage Sales will be Saturday morning, May 20th  :  and noted the Farmers Market is held in the Noble Village Park every Thursday afternoon & evening from 3:00 to 6:00  :  the next regular Noble Village Board meeting will be May 22nd.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Rides Mass Transit District will hold a “Listening Session” next week, on Thursday morning, May 18th, at the Newton Public Library meeting room, starting at 11:00 – since RMTD provides transportation services in Jasper County, the “Listening Session” will allow interested persons or agencies in Jasper County a chance to comment about the current service, possible improvements of service, and the current routes – for those that cannot attend in person, oral comments can be called into the RMTD office at 618-253-8761, extension 500312, or written comments can be mailed to : Rides Mass Transit District, 30 Veterans Drive, Harrisburg, Illinois, 62946 – all are invited to share their views about the RMTD services.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will conduct their annual commencement exercises this coming Friday night at their respective locations  :  it’s the 53rd annual graduation at Olney Central College in the OCC Gym with approximately 365 degrees and certificates to be awarded  :  it’s the 55th annual graduation at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel with 240 associate degrees and certificates to be awarded  :  it’s the 47th annual graduation at Lincoln Trail College east and north of Robinson  :  and the annual graduation at Frontier Community College in Fairfield  :  all four ceremonies will start at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  Lake Land College is again this year offering three opportunities this summer for educators to learn more about the agriculture industry – the Ag Institutes are designed for K-12 educators to learn more about the wide impact agriculture has on our daily lives, and by touring local ag-related businesses & farms, participants will gain firsthand knowledge they can then share with their students in the classroom  :  Ag Institute I on June 5th-7th will meet each day from 8:00 to 5:00 with lunch provided – it includes tours of area farms, a John Deere ride & drive, geothermal & wind turbine technology, GPS technology, and Ag in the Classroom lesson plans & learning kits  :  Ag Institute II on June 12th-14th from 8:00 to 5:00 each day includes lunch, plus a tour of the University of Illinois Ag facility, an Effingham Equity tour, a local family farm tour, & a grape production farm tour  :  then Ag Institute III is a two day intensive event introducing urban agriculture in the St. Louis area on June 20th & 21st with visits to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, to local greenhouses, a Danforth Center tour, & an industry tour with some expenses paid  :  for more details on all or any of the Ag Institutes, call  217-238-8258, or logon at  www.lakelandcollege.edu/as/ag/institute.

 

(OLNEY)  Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host its annual Community Health Screenings this Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th, from 6:30 to 10:30 each morning – fasting is required for the Lipid profile test, plus A1C with a cost of $25, plus the PSA Screening is also $25 – also offered are other free screenings such as blood pressure, osteoporosis, and more – it’s all in the Heim Room with registration in the Main Entrance area – that’s this Friday and Saturday mornings at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Saturday at the Hutsonville High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  next Monday at the Noble First Christian Church from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to help replenish low regional blood supplies – for those that donate blood by this coming Sunday, there’s a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Mother’s Day Breakfast will be this Sunday at the American Legion Post 932 in Ste. Marie, with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – includes a great menu – all mothers are encouraged to stop by


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host a cookout this Saturday at Rural King from 10:00 to 1:00 – pork burgers, brats, chips, & drinkgs – all proceeds to help with local projects and the Rotary Foundation


    The Richland County ABATE has its Downed Rider Run this Saturday – with sign up from 9:30 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW, the ride starts at 11:00 with stops in Ste. Marie, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, & Bridgeport, followed by a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, & music at the VFW – all are invited to attend


    The Newton Junior Women’s Club will host its 7th Annual Purse Auction this coming Friday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – proceeds to the Soar Ministries Basketball Academy


    The OCC Music Department has its 11th Annual OCC Community Band Concert tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – a wide variety of music featured – admission is free


    The Richland County Retired Teachers Association will meet tomorrow at The Holiday, starting at 11:00 – Richland County Assistant Superintendent Chris Simpson will discuss programs in Olney schools

 

 

 

May 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a surface warm front moves across the Midwest, there’s a slight chance of spotty showers today thru tonight – then as that front stalls out, the chances of rain and storms increase for tomorrow thru Thursday – some heavy rainfall is possible as that frontal boundary waivers north and south – then we’re dry with sunshine on Friday and it appears to be a dry and pleasant weekend coming up – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – firefighters from around the state will join State Fire Marshall Matt Perez and others today in Springfield to pay tribute to firefighters who have died in the line of duty – others will be recognized for acts of bravery within their communities as honorees will receive awards for exemplary service – that’s all this morning at the Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial on the Illinois State Capitol lawn.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department on Aging is recognizing more than 2 million older adults statewide in honor of  Older Americans Month, which is a national observance taking place every May – this year’s theme, “Age Out Loud”, is a call to action for older adults across Illinois to live boldly and age fearlessly.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for its first meeting in the new fiscal year – the Council  :  welcomed newly elected Mayor Mark Lambird, Councilman John McLaughlin, and Councilwoman Morgan Fehrenbacher  :  appointed Chuck Sanders to continue as City Treasurer and Kelsie Sterchi to continue as City Clerk  :  appointed John McLaughlin as Mayor Pro-Tem  :  agreed to amend the City Budget to pay a past due bill to the State for just over $11,000 in MFT funds for the Safe Routes to School Sidewalk Project  :  approved the request to allow the local “Book Bus” Summer Reading Program at Musgrove Park in May & June  :  rescinded the previously approved Free Swim Day and set two new Free Swim Days at the Musgrove Aquatic Center on July 4th and Labor Day  :  agreed to sell a riding lawn mower online on the GovDeals.com website  :  agreed to submit a letter of support for a Dog Park grant application for the City of Olney  :  approved a request to discontinue the Class E Liquor License for Pizza Hut in Olney  :  heard a presentation on the potential of adding a K-9 Unit to the Olney Police Department with no action taken  :  and took no action after a closed session to discuss negotiations, personnel, and the sale or lease price of real property  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be held on May 22nd at 7:00pm.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 yesterday morning, it was German Township leading the way with two and three-quarters inches (2.75) of rain, followed by Claremont Township with two and a half inches (2.50) and Madison Township with two and four tenths (2.40) – the two Townships of Noble and Olney, along with the Farm Bureau Office in Olney each had two inches and three tenths (2.30), followed by Preston and Bonpas Townships, each with two inches and two tenths (2.20) – Denver Township had an inch and seven tenths (1.70) and Decker Township had an inch and six tenths (1.60) – here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured two and eighteen hundredths (2.18) of an inch.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Newton and Olney Post Offices, among others in our downstate region, will be taking part in this Saturday’s “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”, the nation’s largest single-day food drive – it’s all sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and United States Postal Service – to take part, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice, and/or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery this Saturday – letter carriers will collect the food as they deliver the mail and the food items will be delivered to local food banks for distribution – your help is appreciated to help those in our area.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Family Counseling Center is closed today thru Thursday as appointments for this time frame will be rescheduled for a later date – the Counseling Center will begin taking appointments next Monday, May 15th, and the Center will be relocated to the Arbors Center in downtown Olney, at 208 East Main Street – any questions should be directed to the Arbors Center, by calling  618-392-3090  – all crisis calls should be still directed to the Counseling Center’s Crisis Line, at  618-395-5026.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st, three weeks from tomorrow – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau will host a pallet sign painting party on Saturday afternoon, May 20th, at The Holiday, starting at 2:00 – in conjunction with Sweet Hazel K, who is well known for creating crafty décor, all proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Richland County’s Ag in the Classroom program – while signs, stencils, paint, and instruction to help complete the project will be provided and participants will take home their very own work, the cost is $30 for a regular sign or $37 for a custom sign – sign up today online, at www.sweethazelk.com, scroll down to “Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Fundraiser” and choose from any of the four, farm-themed designs, and pay online – or call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116  to sign up and pay – all are invited to take part & have fun.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Little Miss Pageant is accepting entries for the 2017 event – applicants must be at least 4 years old as of January 1st, 2017, but no older than 6 years old by June 30th, 2017 – the first 15 applicants postmarked will be selected and all entries must be postmarked by May 19th, 2017 – postcards with the girl’s full name, address, phone number, birthday, and t-shirt size should be sent to  :
RCFA – Little Miss Pageant, c/o Malory or Jessica, P.O. Box 579, Olney, Illinois, 62450.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  : all blood types & platelets are needed – for those that donate blood by Sunday there’s a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

(OLNEY)  Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host its annual Community Health Screenings this Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th, from 6:30 to 10:30 each morning – fasting is required for the Lipid profile test, plus A1C with a cost of $25, plus the PSA Screening is also $25 – also offered are other free screenings such as blood pressure, osteoporosis, and more – it’s all in the Heim Room with registration in the Main Entrance area – that’s this Friday and Saturday mornings at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Mother’s Day Breakfast will be this Sunday at the American Legion Post 932 in Ste. Marie, with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – includes a great menu – all mothers are encouraged to stop by


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host a cookout this Saturday at Rural King from 10:00 to 1:00 – pork burgers, brats, chips, & drinkgs – all proceeds to help with local projects and the Rotary Foundation


    The Richland County ABATE has its Downed Rider Run this Saturday – with sign up from 9:30 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW, the ride starts at 11:00 with stops in Ste. Marie, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, & Bridgeport, followed by a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, & music at the VFW – all are invited to attend


    The Newton Junior Women’s Club will host its 7th Annual Purse Auction this coming Friday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – proceeds to the Soar Ministries Basketball Academy


    The OCC Music Department has its 11th Annual OCC Community Band Concert Thursday night at 7:30 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – a wide variety of music featured – admission is free


    The Richland County Retired Teachers Association will meet this Thursday at The Holiday, starting at 11:00 – Richland County Assistant Superintendent Chris Simpson will discuss programs in Olney schools


    The Illinois Department of Human Services, at 1406 Martin Street in Olney, will host a “Hiring Event” tomorrow, from 9:00 to 1:00 – those attending to dress appropriately, be prepared for interviews, & bring copies of resumes – for details, call Connie at  618-392-3151, extension  218


    All are invited out today to the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center in Newton to “Dine with a Doc” from 11:30 to 1:30 – it’s a free lunch, courtesy of  HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital – a doctor will be on hand to answers questions, plus door prizes and blood pressure checks by the Health Department

 

 

 

May 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A warm front moving towards the Midwest will roll across the state by tonight, bringing us some isolated rain showers late this afternoon thru evening, although most of us will stay dry – then after a dry Tuesday with sunshine, that warm front will stall out over downstate Illinois, giving us on-and-off chances of rain & possible storms Wednesday thru Thursday night – the weekend should be dry – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – lawmakers are expected back in Springfield this week, both the State House and State Senate – both chambers have several proposed bills and measures to consider, not to mention the ever-looming discussion and debate on the ongoing state budget stalemate – the General Assembly has only a few more weeks remaining in the State Capitol before the spring legislative session is scheduled to end.

 

(OLNEY)  This is National Nurses Week, an observance that begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday – it’s a time to recognize the around-the-clock care that nurses everywhere exhibit on a daily & nightly basis, not to mention the contributions that nurses and nursing in general makes to our communities – today, this May 8th is designated as National Student Nurses Day, and Wednesday, May 10th, is National School Nurse Day – join us as we salute all of our area nurses this week.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has released numbers from its inaugural distracted driving awareness campaign which was held April 24th thru 28th throughout the state – Troopers wrote up more than 980 distracted driving warnings and issued nearly 6,500 citations & warnings for other vehicle code violations during the 5-day period – motorists are reminded that texting while driving is against the law in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  In Richland County Court news – authorities filed a summary of several phone call recordings made by 54 year old Glenn Ramey while awaiting trial in the Richland County Jail – other investigative reports were also filed to help determine if the Olney man is fit to stand trial for the assault and murder of an 8 year old Olney girl on November 23rd of last year – a pre-trial hearing for Ramey is set for May 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Post Office is asking for Jasper County help in Stamping Out Hunger this coming Saturday – this May 13th will be the 25th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers and United States Postal Services’ “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”, the nation’s largest single-day food drive – last year in 2016, generous Americans donated over 80 million pounds of food which went to feed millions of people in need – to take part, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice, and/or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery this Saturday – letter carriers will collect the food as they deliver the mail and the food items will be delivered to local food banks for distribution – your help is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s being announced that the Richland Family Counseling Center is closed today thru Thursday this week, May 8th thru 11th – appointments for this time frame will be rescheduled for a later date – the Counseling Center will begin taking appointments on May 15th, a week from tomorrow, and the Center will be relocated to the Arbors Center in downtown Olney, at 208 East Main Street – any questions should be directed to the Arbors Center, by calling  618-392-3090  – all crisis calls should be still directed to the Counseling Center’s Crisis Line, at  618-395-5026  – the patience of all is appreciated at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District will next week conduct its annual Preschool Screenings for children turning 3 years old on or before September 1st, 2017, and for children up to 5 years of age – the screenings are offered at no cost to parents and are used to help identify children who may need assistance before starting school – the one-hour screenings will be held at the Ste. Marie Elementary School next Wednesday, May 17th, from 11:00 to 6:30, and next Thursday, May 18th, from 10:00 to 5:30, with parents encouraged to bring their children – also at the same time, the Birth-to-Three program will be offering a no cost Developmental Screening for children from 6 months to 3 years of age – and Head Start will also have representatives available to accept applications for their program as well – appointments are required by May 12th – parents should call the Special Needs Office in Newton at  618-783-3651  for an appointment.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will conduct their annual commencement exercises this coming Friday night at their respective locations  :  it’s the 53rd annual graduation at Olney Central College in the OCC Gym with approximately 365 degrees and certificates to be awarded  :  it’s the 55th annual graduation at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel with 240 associate degrees and certificates to be awarded  :  plus the annual commencements are also Friday night at Lincoln Trail College east and north of Robinson and at Frontier Community College in Fairfield  :  all four graduations will get started at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  on Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  : all blood types & platelets are very much in need to replenish low area supplies – for those that donate blood by Sunday, May 14th, there’s a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

(NEWTON)  The Cumberland School Unit #77 is closed today, on this Monday, May 8th, due to what school officials say is a water main break – officials hope repairs will allow school to resume tomorrow.

 

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

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Mother’s Day Breakfast will be this Sunday at the American Legion Post 932 in Ste. Marie, with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – includes a great menu – all mothers are encouraged to stop by


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host a cookout this Saturday at Rural King from 10:00 to 1:00 – pork burgers, brats, chips, & drinkgs – all proceeds to help with local projects and the Rotary Foundation


    The Richland County ABATE has its Downed Rider Run this Saturday – with sign up from 9:30 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW, the ride starts at 11:00 with stops in Ste. Marie, Newton, Robinson, Lawrenceville, & Bridgeport, followed by a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, & music at the VFW – all are invited to attend


    The Newton Junior Women’s Club will host its 7th Annual Purse Auction this coming Friday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – proceeds to the Soar Ministries Basketball Academy


    The OCC Music Department has its 11th Annual OCC Community Band Concert Thursday night at 7:30 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – a wide variety of music featured – admission is free


    The Richland County Retired Teachers Association will meet this Thursday at The Holiday, starting at 11:00 – Richland County Assistant Superintendent Chris Simpson will discuss programs in Olney schools


    The Illinois Department of Human Services, at 1406 Martin Street in Olney, will host a “Hiring Event” this Wednesday, from 9:00 to 1:00 – those attending to dress appropriately, be prepared for interviews, & bring copies of resumes – for details, call Connie at  618-392-3151, extension  218


    All are invited out tomorrow to the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center in Newton to “Dine with a Doc” from 11:30 to 1:30 – it’s a free lunch, courtesy of  HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital – a doctor will be on hand to answers questions, plus door prizes and blood pressure checks by the Health Department


    The Center Shrine Club is now selling Vidalia Onions at Rural King in Olney – the 10 pound bags are still priced at only $10 each, all for a limited time while supplies last – good onions for a good cause

 

 

 

May 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The low pressure system that’s moved way off to our east could give us some wrap-around spotty showers this morning, but eventually a totally dry sky with sunshine for the rest of this Saturday – then with a dry Sunday on tap tomorrow, look for continued dry conditions Monday and Tuesday as well – our next rain chances will move in on Wednesday and Thursday of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – the State Senate has approved legislation to allow 16 and 17 year old teenagers to register for Illinois’ First Person Consent Organ / Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license and/or identification card – this follows the passage of a similar bill in the State House earlier in the legislative session – if approved & signed into law, it would change the current law, in which an individual must be 18 years old to join the registry – there are 47 states that have already enacted such legislation.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 have announced that Troopers will be out conducting Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in Jasper and Richland Counties during May – the focus is on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations, especially between 9:00 at night and 6:00 in the morning – District 12 Troopers also will be conducting Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, and Crawford Counties this month – the focus there is on safety belt and child safety seat laws – both patrols are part of the state’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs looking to improve driver safety.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Monday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are needed and for those that donate blood by May 14th, there’s a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities are reminding motorists that both the Apple Shed Road about 3.5 miles northwest of Newton and the Ste. Marie Road just north of Ste. Marie are still both closed in those areas due to flood waters over the road – remember, never attempt to drive on roads covered by water.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation has a free Open House and “Rededication” tomorrow at 1:30 at the McsBurg Schoolhouse, located next to the Heritage House Museum, on Kitchell Avenue in Olney – a great opportunity for the public to stop by and learn more about the historical 142 year old schoolhouse

    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association is hosting its annual Spring Crash Demo Derby tonight in the Olney City Park from 7:00 to 9:00 – concessions available, plus general admission tickets at the gate

    The Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, has its annual all-you-can-eat Country Rhodes Fish Fry tonight from 4:30 to 7:00 – the tickets at the door and carry-outs available – all proceeds raised will go towards playground equipment at the Community Center – the Jasper County Farm Bureau will be serving free soft serve ice cream with donations to the Jasper County Ag in the Classroom Project.

    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is today from 9:00 to 2:00 at its downtown parking lot in Olney with several exhibits available – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 – all are invited to check in out to downtown Olney

    The Noble MayFest is today in the Noble Village Park – the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Show has registration from 9:00 to 12:00 noon with awards at 3:00 – includes is a swap meet, crafts & flea markets, concessions, and more – North Noble Avenue, between Elm Street and Poplar Street, will be closed

    The Newton Yard Waste Facility is open from 8:00 to 12:00 noon this morning – the facility is for Newton residents only – it’s for grass, leaves, small limbs, & other yard and/or garden waste – no root wads

    The Clay City Fire Department has a fundraising breakfast this morning from 6:00 to 10:00 – donations at the door – carry-outs available – a gun raffle & half hog raffle with tickets at the door – all are invited

    The Center Shrine Club is now selling Vidalia Onions at Rural King in Olney – the 10 pound bags are still priced at only $10 each, all for a limited time while supplies last – good onions for a good cause

 

 

May 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the storm system with all the rain has moved off to the east, we see mostly sunshine today, but still a strong northerly wind – we’re back to sunshine with some clouds on Saturday, plus maybe a few spotty showers moving thru by mid-afternoon – then we’ll dry out Sunday thru Tuesday with our next rain chance next Wednesday & Thursday – the area Flood Warning expires at 3:30 today – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Democratic-controlled State Senate voted yesterday 31-21 to approve the “Trust Act” which will prohibit local or state police from cooperating with federal authorities who are investigating immigrants but do not have a criminal warrant – the measure would put Illinois in company with at least five other states addressing the issue – those voting against the plan say there are reasons to intervene short of a criminal investigation as national security sometimes demands short-term detention.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois Products Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 10th year here in 2017 – in fact, next Thursday, May 11th, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host the first market of the season and will continue from 4:00 to 7:00 each Thursday afternoon and evening thru October 12th – the Market is set up at the Shed (across from the Lincoln Stage) on the Illinois State Fairgrounds – free live entertainment will be available each week while shopping is allowed with products available in the wine garden – vendor space is available – for applications and/or other information, logon at  www.agr.state.il.us/nightmarket.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved new electric rates for Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company this week, the company’s first electric rate hike since 2008 – the new rates are expected to generate approximately $1.9 million in additional annual revenue – while the ICC set the return on equity for the electric side of the business at 10% and the overall rate of return at 6.91%, there were no changes on the natural gas side of the business – the new rates will take effect later this month – the Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company provides services to 5,400 electricity and 3,500 natural gas customers in Wabash County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department has been called out twice in the past 24 hours  :  the Olney firemen were first called out at 12:26 early this morning, responding to a Mutual Aid call from the Noble Fire Department, which was initially called out to a structure fire at 128 West Cherry Street in Noble at 12:17 this morning, shortly after midnight – the Olney firemen returned their station at around 2:00 this morning  :  then at 4:04 this morning, the firemen were called to the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center on Micah Drive, just southeast of the Red Rooster in Olney, where a structure fire was contained – the firemen were on the scene for at least four hours – Olney received Mutual Aid from Noble, Wakefield, & Newton firemen – at this time, no injuries have been reported at either site as the local investigations are continuing.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Area residents should stay vigilant in the fight against circulating scams – remember that the State Police and Ameren Illinois will never call, threatening jail time or utility shut-offs due to what the scammer claims are criminal investigations and/or unpaid utility bills – do not give out personal details and do not make plans for a quick payment as requested – simply hang up and call your local authorities.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week in regular session – here’s the unofficial minutes from that meeting  :  the Oath of Office was administered to those elected during the April 4th Municipal Election – for Mayor Mark Bolander – for Aldermen Scott Bloomberg (Ward #1), Eric Blake (Ward #2), and Robert Reisner (Ward #3) – for Zoning Board of Appeals members Kenneth Albrecht, Maxine Calvert, and Dave Dow – and for City Clerk Rosetta M. York  :  the Board adopted the City of Newton Fiscal Year Goals 2017-2018  :  approved an ordinance to amend City of Newton’s fees for grave openings  :  approved a Special Event Permit for a 5K Glow Walk/Run sponsored by the NCHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes  :  approved a Special Event Permit for the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Strawberry Festival on June 2nd and 3rd  :  authorized taser recertification training for the Newton Police Department with the fee at $225 plus allowable expenses  :  agreed to hire Alec Westrich as a full-time police officer effective on the completion of training  :  approved the promotion of NPD Officer Greg Coker to Corporal, effective May 12th  :  agreed to accept Gina Fox’s resignation from the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals  :  and after a 19 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate, the Council took no other action and voted to adjourn  :  the next regular meeting for the Newton City Council is May 16th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Automotive Service and Collision Repair Technology Programs have rescheduled their 2nd annual Car Show for Saturday, May 13, a week from tomorrow – the Car Show is open to all old and new cars, trucks, and motorcycles with $10 registration from 9:00 until 12 noon that morning, with food, drinks, and music available from 11:00 to 2:00 and a 50/50 drawing to be held – the Student Choice Awards will be presented at 2:00 and gift bags go to the first 25 registered – both the OCC Automotive Building and Collision Repair Technology Center will be open for tours – all proceeds from the rescheduled Car Show will be used for equipment purchases for both programs at Olney Central College.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program this Sunday at the McsBurg Schoolhouse, located next to the Heritage House Museum, along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – the free Open House will include an official rededication starting at 1:30 – it’s a great opportunity for the public to stop by and learn more about the historical 142 year old schoolhouse – all ages are invited to attend – for more on the local Museum Foundation, check out its website online, at  www.richlandcountymuseums.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Grove Township Community Center, south and back east of Montrose, will have its annual all-you-can-eat Country Rhodes Fish Fry tomorrow evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – the tickets will be on sale at the door while kids under 3 eat free, plus carry-outs will be available – all proceeds raised will go towards playground equipment at the Community Center – the Jasper County Farm Bureau will be serving free soft serve ice cream with donations to the Jasper County Ag in the Classroom Project.

 

(NOBLE)  The 17th Annual Noble MayFest is this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – the main feature is the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Show with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 noon with awards at 3:00 – also included is a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, concessions, and more – during the Car Show, all residents are reminded that North Noble Avenue, between Elm Street and Poplar Street, will be closed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church along Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also Monday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are very much needed and for those that donate blood by May 14th, there’s a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association is hosting its annual Spring Crash Demo Derby tomorrow night in the Olney City Park from 7:00 to 9:00 – concessions will be available, plus general admission tickets at the gate – includes modifieds, stocks, 4 cylinders, and brand new this year, minivans


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:00 at its downtown parking lot in Olney – several exhibits available – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 – all are invited to check in out this Saturday in Olney


    The Newton Yard Waste Facility is open from 8:00 to 12:00 noon tomorrow morning – the facility is for Newton residents only – it’s for grass, leaves, small limbs, & other yard and/or garden waste – no root wads


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host its 10th Annual Race For the Kids Duathlon / 5K tomorrow in the Hutsonville City Park – it’s a 2 mile run, 20 mile bike ride, and another 2 mile run – six age groups available, plus door prizes – to sign up or for details, logon at  www.oblongchristianhome.org


    The Clay City Fire Department has a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 10:00 with donations at the door – carry-outs available – a gun raffle & half hog raffle with tickets at the door


    The Community Support System’s Art Auction is tonight in downtown Effingham – the fundraiser starts at 6:30 this Friday night with the artwork on display by 5:30 – payment is by cash or check – all are invited


    The RCHS Prom Walk Up tonight has been moved to the Sliva Auditorium – doors open at 5:30 with the Walk Up at 6:30 – visitors can park in the south lot and enter thru the front RCHS doors – Prom attendies can park between the school and football field parking lot – tonight’s RCHS Prom is still at The Holiday


    The Jasper County retired teachers will host a “pork burger cookout” today at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – only $3 per pork burger – stop by today in Newton


    The Center Shrine Club is now selling Vidalia Onions at Rural King in Olney – the 10 pound bags are still priced at only $10 each, all for a limited time while supplies last – good onions for a good cause