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January 21, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As a strong arctic high pressure settles across the midwest today, very cold conditions will be on tap thru tonight – a slight warmup includes a weak low pressure system with light snow falling tonight thru tomorrow – plus another disturbance could bring us snow again by Sunday night – listen for updates.

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service reports various snowfall totals in downstate Illinois – while areas along U.S. Route 50 received an average of 6 inches of snow, more or less in some spots, the areas along I-70 to the north and I-64 to the south got an average of 3 inches of snow, more or less – most all area highways are clear, although all country & rural roads are snow-packed & slick – travel with precautions – for road condition reports, go online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com or call toll-free at 1-800-452-4368.

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn has struck a deal with the Chinese where businesses in China will buy over a million bushels of soybeans from Illinois – Quinn says this will boost the economy & create jobs – farmers & companies with operations in Illinois, including ADM, Cargill, & others assisted in the plan.
 
(OLNEY)  Former Governor Jim Edgar believes the recent income tax hike is a step in the right direction, but says more work is needed to deal with the state’s $13 billion deficit – while he left office in 1999 after turning a $2 billion deficit into a $1.5 billion surplus, Edgar says unnecessary spending must be cut out.

(NEWTON)  In a move towards cleaning up state government, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon issued an executive order yesterday, vowing not to receive campaign contributions from other state employees and restricting those who work in her office from receiving free meals & gifts from lobbyists – in releasing her income statements, Simon hopes other state leaders will follow her example of improving transparency.

(OLNEY)  Sheriff Andy Hires has released the monthly activity report for the Richland County Sheriff's Department – the office received a total of 416 calls from the public during December – Deputies made 42 arrests, issued 20 warnings, responded to 11 domestic complaints, & investigated 9 thefts or burglaries – a total of 70 warrants were processed – just over $2,400 was spent in housing juveniles outside the county & 60 prisoners were processed – the fine revenue came in at $13,566 – the office received 209 emergency 9-1-1 calls during the 31 days – the Richland Memorial Ambulance Service made 104 runs in December.
 
(NEWTON)  The State FSA reminds area farmers that they have until January 31st to submit an application for payment under the 2010 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, & Farm-Raised Fish Program – ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers who have losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions – stop by your FSA Office, or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov/nm.
 
(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus is again sponsoring his "Valentines for Heroes" program where the lawmakers' downstate offices collect valentines to be delivered to veterans & those currently serving in the military – the valentines should not be addressed to a specific person, should not include identifying information about the sender, & should not be signed with a name, although general messages of support are appreciated – the valentines should be left open, not placed in an envelope – accepted now thru the first week of February, the valentines can be dropped off or mailed to the lawmaker’s Olney office, at 120 South Fair Street, open each Thursday, from 10:00 til 4:00 – or at offices in Harrisburg, Centralia, & Collinsville.
 
(NEWTON)  At Tuesday night's meeting the Newton City Council noted that several committee meetings are coming up later this month : a joint meeting of the City's Insurance Committee & Safety Committee will be held January 28th at 10:00 that morning : meanwhile, the Police Committee will meet January 31st at 5:00 that late afternoon - discussion will include the possibilities of eliminating two part-time police officers to hire another full-time officer : it was also noted that the City's Electric Department has been recently trimming some trees & helping the City's Street Department : noted a proposal from Jasper Services on a city mowing contract may be presented at the next meeting : also noted that the City's Electric Distribution System Upgrade project is now complete : the Council's next regular meeting is set for February 1st.
 
(FAIRFIELD)  The funeral services are pending for a Wayne County soldier who was killed in Iraq last Saturday – 23 year old Sergeant Michael Bartley of Barnhill was one of two U.S. soldiers killed by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real bullets into a training exercise and opened fire – military officials say the shooter was immediately shot and killed by other American soldiers who were running the morning drill – Bartley, a 2007 graduate of Fairfield Community High School, served in the U.S. Army Cavalry Unit.
 
(OLNEY)  The American Cancer Society “Walk & Roll” of Richland County will host a kickoff celebration for the 2011 Walk & Roll season next Thursday night, January 27th, at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 6:00 – all former Walk & Roll teams, Corporate Sponsors, or those wanting to learn more about forming a team or taking part should attend – however, reservations are required by today – call 618-562-5159.

REMINDERS
    Interested Lake Land College agriculture alumni are invited to a reunion a week from tomorrow, January 29th – social hour & check-in at 12 noon with meal to follow – a $15 cost – call 217-234-5566 to register
    The Jasper County Health Department will host the Mobile Mammography Van next Tuesday, the 25th, at the Department Offices in Newton – for an appointment or more details, call toll-free at 1-800-639-5329
    With yesterday’s winter storm canceling at least 15 blood drives, the Midwestern blood supply is at a very low level – therefore, all drives are now critical, including this Sunday morning’s blood drive to be held in Ste. Marie, from 8:00 until 12 noon – there’s a special need this weekend for O-Negative blood
    The Christy Fire Department has it’s fundraising “ham & bean” day tomorrow with serving from 10:00 til 2:00 at the Community Building in Chauncey – donations at the door – proceeds for needed equipment
    The East Richland High School JROTC has a fundraising “pancake breakfast” tomorrow morning at the Olney VFW, with serving from 6:30 til 10:30 – tickets will be on sale at the door
    It’s the first 2011 Friday night “fish fry” at the Olney Knights of Columbus coming up tonight, with serving from 5:00 til 7:30 – tickets at the door, plus carryouts will be available
    For cancellations, click the “weather tab” online, at www.freedom929.com or www.1035theeagle.com

January 20, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  The current storm system over the Midwest will continue to drop snow today before ending by tonight – blustery northwest winds will then kickup, bringing in much colder air tonight thru tomorrow and tomorrow night – plus still cold & maybe more snow over the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a “winter storm warning” in effect thru 6:00 this evening for most all surrounding counties – storm accumulations of 5 to 7 inches of snow are expected thru tonight with locally higher amounts possible – all area & regional roads are snow-packed & any type of travel is not advised, unless absolutely necessary – all motorists are encouraged to take the needed precautions if out – for road condition reports, go online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com or call toll-free at 1-800-452-4368.

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn disagrees with Senate Attorneys that say Jonathon Monken, the acting director of the Illinois State Police, should be booted from the state payroll – Quinn appointed the former Iraqi veteran nearly two years ago in 2009 – the State Senate failed to confirm the appointment within the 60 session day deadline, however 37 other appointees were not confirmed as well – look for more debate.

(NEWTON)  While several issues are left over from the 96th General Assembly, including medical marijuana, gambling expansion, & worker’s compensation, there are plenty of new issues to tackle in the new Legislature – pro-gun groups are planning to consolidate efforts & push for a single concealed-carry bill – Illinois & Wisconsin are the only two states without some type of concealed-carry law in effect.
 
(OLNEY)  A lot is riding on this weekend’s Bears / Packers game, including a friendly wager that could bring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to Illinois on a volunteer mission – Walker & Governor Pat Quinn have agreed that the governor of the losing team in this Sunday’s NFC Championship game will have to wear the winning team’s shirt while volunteering in a food pantry in the winning team’s state.

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,936 deer during all 2010-2011 seasons, which ended this past Sunday - that total was 7,341 less deer than the year before and over 19,000 less than the record deer harvest in 2005-2006 - here in the 10 county region surrounding Newton/Olney, a total of 16,770 deer were harvested over the past three & a half months, that's exactly 500 less deer than a year ago - while Jasper County hunters took 47 more deer this year compared to last, the hunters in Richland County harvested 47 less - the largest deer harvest was in Wayne County, followed by totals in Crawford, Clay, Jasper, Effingham, Richland, Cumberland, Lawrence, Edwards, & Wabash.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week - the Board : approved the 2011 Online Education Plan – the District has been offering online courses since 1997 and last year had a program high enrollment of 4,916 online students : approved the participation of Frontier Community College in a 13-county Rural Health Workforce Development Program – this, thru the creation of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network : agreed to increase the District's transcript fee from $3 to $5, but eliminated the District's $10 application fee, all effective with the 2011 summer term : the next regular meeting of the IECC Board will be February 15th at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.
 
(ROBINSON)  Three Indiana people have been arrested in connection with the theft of guns from the Arvin Motel parking lot last weekend in Robinson – a joint effort by police in Vincennes & Robinson resulted in the arrests & recovery of two shotguns & one revolver, plus the discovery of two meth labs in Vincennes – Bryce Boyer & Brittany Wright are charged with possession of cannabis, manufacturing meth within 1,000 feet of a daycare facility, and possession of stolen property – Coti Stewart has been charged for possession of stolen property – more charges & arrests are expected according to the authorities in both states.
 
(OLNEY)  The American Cancer Society “Walk & Roll” of Richland County will host a kickoff celebration for the 2011 Walk & Roll season a week from tonight on January 27th at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 6:00 – all former Walk & Roll teams, Corporate Sponsors, or those wanting to learn more about forming a team or taking part should attend – however, reservations are required by tomorrow – call 562-5159.

REMINDERS
    The Jasper County Health Department will host the Mobile Mammography Van next Tuesday, the 25th, at the Department Offices in Newton – for an appointment or more details, call toll-free at 1-800-639-5329
    The East Richland High School JROTC has a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Saturday morning at the Olney VFW, with serving from 6:30 til 10:30 – tickets will be on sale at the door
    It’s the first 2011 Friday night “fish fry” at the Olney Knights of Columbus coming up tomorrow night, with serving from 5:00 til 7:30 – that’s each Friday night thru April 22nd – tickets at the door, plus carryouts
    The City of Olney has declared a “snow emergency” – the snow route streets, designated by signs, should be clear of any vehicles, whereas city snowplows can continually keep the emergency streets clear
    For cancellations, click the “weather tab” online, at www.freedom929.com or www.1035theeagle.com

January 19, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure storm system will move over Illinois with snow expected by tonight, then continuing thru the day tomorrow before ending by late Thursday night – it will be followed by a blast of arctic air for the day & night on Friday, remaining cold for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.
 
(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a “winter weather advisory” in effect for midnight tonight thru tomorrow night – not only can Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties expect anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow by tomorrow night, but it will be followed by bitterly cold air moving in with wind chill readings well below zero for Friday & Friday night – at this time, it appears the heavier amount of snow is anticipated along the I-70 corridor – those planning to travel should take the needed precautions.
 
(OLNEY)  Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will likely act on their “number one priority” today in our nation’s capital – that’s repealing the Affordable Care Act – Congressman John Shimkus of our 19th Congressional District, says the healthcare system puts too much power in the government’s hands.
 
(NEWTON)  In an effort to overcome childhood obesity, the USDA is looking to revamp school lunches – new guidelines would call for lower fat meals with larger servings of fruit, vegetables, & whole grains – the proposed change is expected by this summer after the USDA receives feedback from school districts & parents – while the more nutritional foods will mean higher food costs, the USDA will subsidize the costs.
 
(OLNEY) The USDA's annual fall crop summary is out : the production of corn in Illinois totaled 1.95 billion bushels in 2010, 5% less than 2009 – the final average yield was a disappointing 157 bushels per acre, 17 bushels below the year earlier : the final yield for 2010 soybeans was a record 51.5 bushels per acre, 5.5 bushels above the 2009 yield & breaking the previous record yield of 50 bushels per acre set in 2004 – the final bean production in 2010 was 8% more than 2009 : the state's final 2010 yield for grain sorghum was 96 bushels per acre, 14 bushels above 2009 with production 7% higher than 2009 : and production of all hay in 2010 was 1.92 million tons, 4% less than in 2009 – alfalfa hay production was down 3% : last fall’s winter wheat seedings are a 124% increase from the fall seeding in 2009.

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council : approved pay estimate #6 to Kieffer Brothers Construction in the amount of $171,450 for work on the city’s new water treatment plant – the project is at least two-thirds complete at this time : approved pay estimate #9, in the amount of $73,422 to Henkels & McCoy for recent work on the city’s Electric Distribution System Upgrade project : on a 5 to 2 vote, passed a motion to approve the Wholesale Electric Distribution Services Agreement with Ameren : approved the grant application for disaster recovery funds with the original amount increased by $15,000 : approved a $3,280 purchase order to clean the city’s south water tower : took no other action after a 17 minute closed session to discuss litigation, personnel, & real estate : next regular meeting is February 1st.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met in regular session last night – the Board : heard a timeline update of events dealing with the District’s short & long term in the reorganization of schools : on a 5 to 1 vote, approved fuel bids for the 2011-2012 school year with Wabash Valley Service Company : took no action on construction or architectural contracts until further review : accepted letters of retirement from Roma Conour effective at the end of this school year, from Deb Meinhart & Jeannie Nix both effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year : took no other action after an over four hour closed session to talk about personnel, collective negotiations, & property : the Board’s next regular meeting is February 22nd.

(EFFINGHAM)  A Troy, Illinois man has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, with two counts of attempted first degree murder, and two counts of aggravated battery – 46 year old Gary Schmitt, formerly of Effingham, was originally arrested for the stabbing of 43 year old Kimberly "Jodi" Bourland at her Edgewood home this past Sunday, plus the stabbing of the women's 15 year old unidentified daughter – it was then during a police interview that Schmitt admitted to the killing of his father, 72 year old Jack Schmitt, at his home in Effingham, in June of last year – the mother & daughter are recovering from their wounds at Carle Hospital in Urbana while Schmitt remains in the Effingham County Jail pending his next court hearing this Friday morning – Schmitt met up with Bourland over an internet “facebook” page.
 
(OLNEY)  Cellular One of East Central Illinois is celebrating its 20th year in 2011 – the company's stores in Olney, Newton, & elsewhere will host a celebration tomorrow from 11:00 until 6:00, inviting one & all to join in the festivities, featuring refreshments, door prizes, special offers, & more – the company turned on its first cellular towers in mid-January of 1991 and opened its doors for business shortly thereafter – the 61 cell towers and 106 employees serve 11 different counties, ranging from Danville to Olney & all between – stop by the stores in Olney, Newton, or any of the other ten locations to help Cell One celebrate tomorrow.

REMINDERS
    Entries are needed for the “Rotary Trivia Marathon” set for Sunday, February 13th, at The Holiday – teams of four compete for fun & prizes as local businesses, churches, & friends are urged to challenge one another in the fundraising effort – cost at $10 per person – it’s free to spectators – call today at 393-2153
    The next area blood drive is this coming Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie, from 8:00 til 12 noon – with all types of blood needed, all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to donate
    The Christy Fire Protection District has a fundraising “ham & bean” day this Saturday, with serving from 10:00 til 2:00, at the Community Club Building in Chauncey – donations accepted at the door
    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has a fundraising “country breakfast & bake sale” this Saturday from 8:00 til 10:00 at the Old Ruritan Building – carryouts available - $5 tickets on sale at the door
    There are two meetings tomorrow night : the East Richland School Board has its regular monthly meeting Thursday night at 7:00 in the Administrative Office board room : the Richland County Board has a special meeting Thursday night at 5:30 in the County Jail meeting room to discuss the “joint dispatch” issue alone
    It’s not too late to RSVP for tomorrow’s “Lunch with Labor” seminar at The Holiday in Olney – from 10:00 until 2:00, Department of Labor reps will touch on several topics – the $15 fee will include lunch – call or stop by the Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce Office now

January 18, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure storm system, followed by a cold front, will roll thru the upper Midwest today with mostly rain on tap – then falling temperatures this afternoon with rain possibly mixed with snow before ending – after a dry Wednesday, maybe some significant snow on Thursday – stay tuned for updates.

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation yesterday that offers statewide businesses a $2,500 tax credit if they provide full time employment for those who worked in the state’s “Put Illinois To Work” program – more than 26,000 people were employed in the temporary program which ended last week.
 
(NEWTON)  Former State Representative Careen Gordon’s new job will be on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board – she says it’s a coincidence that the appointment was made right after she ended her legislative career last week as a member of the “lame duck” session – Gordon says she asked Governor Quinn about the possible appointment after she lost her re-election bid in November – she did vote for the tax increase.
 
(OLNEY)  The acting Director of the Illinois State Police could be out of a job – appointed by Governor Quinn over 22 months ago, Jonathon Monken has never been confirmed by the State Senate, and since the nomination is no longer valid, Monken is no longer required to receive a state salary – however, there are 37 other state office holders that have not received Senate confirmation over the past year & a half as well.
 
(NEWTON)  CARF International has announced ARC Community Support Systems has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Housing, Integration, & Supported Living programs, plus its other Community Employment programs as well – this latest accreditation is the 12th consecutive Three Year Accreditation awarded to ARC-CSS – established in 1962 and based in Teutopolis, ARC-CSS is a not-for-profit organization providing services to those with developmental disabilities in our area.
 
(OLNEY)  Richland County Sheriff Andy Hires will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a local student who plans to pursue higher education during the 2011-2012 academic year – applications are available at the Sheriff’s office or online at www.il.sheriff.org – all paperwork must be turned in to the Sheriff’s office in the student’s permanent county of residence by March 11th – call the Sheriff’s office or the local high school guidance office – the Illinois Sheriff’s Association will award over $53,000 in scholarships this next year.

(NEWTON)  Mark your calendars as the 2011 Taste of Jasper County is quickly approaching, coming up three weeks from this Friday, set for February 11th – sponsored by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce, the event is an opportunity to help bring attention to all the great products & services available in Jasper County – space is limited for area businesses, and it’s available on a first come, first serve, basis – the Taste of Jasper County, February 11th, from 5:00 til 7:00 that evening, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – for further information or details, call or stop by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Labor will host an informational seminar “Lunch with Labor” at The Holiday in Olney, this Thursday, from 10:00 until 2:00 – representatives from the State and U.S. Labor Departments will be on hand to discuss the Illinois State Plan & the new OSHA standards, plus safety & health requirements, the Victims’ Economic Security & Safety Act, and more – the $15 fee includes lunch – call the Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce Office now – there’s still time to RSVP.

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council meets tonight in regular session, starting at 6:00 – with several items under Old Business, the Council will consider one New Business item and review a report from the city’s Finance Committee – as always, tonight’s meeting at the Newton City Hall is open to the public.

REMINDERS
    Entries are needed for the “Rotary Trivia Marathon” set for Sunday, February 13th, at The Holiday – teams of four compete for fun & prizes as local businesses, churches, & friends are urged to challenge one another in the fundraising effort – cost at $10 per person – it’s free to spectators – call today at 393-2153
    The Olney American Legion has another “fish fry” set for this Friday night, with serving from 5:30 until 7:00 – tickets on sale at the door and carryouts are available – all ages are invited
    The Jasper County “Relay For Life” Committee team meeting will be held this evening at the Central Christian Church in Newton, starting at 5:30 – those supporting this year’s event are urged to attend
    The Jasper County Health Department will have its next immunization clinic today, from 10:00 this morning until 6:30 this evening – for details or to signup, call the Newton Offices at 618-783-4436
    The Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce has its monthly luncheon today at Ty’s Buffet from 12 noon until 1:00 – guest speakers are the Citizens For A Greener Olney

January 17, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system across the upper Midwest & an approaching cold front from the west will roll thru Illinois by midweek – it will be mostly a rain event for areas south of I-70. although some areas of freezing rain or sleet are possible – then colder air and maybe some snow Thursday – listen for updates.

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service now is calling for possible slick roadways as an approaching storm system could bring a mixture of snow, sleet, & freezing rain to our area, but with a slight warmup this afternoon & evening, the precip will mostly change over to all rain as the temperatures hold steady well above freezing in the overnight hours – then some snow as the front moves thru with colder air tomorrow or tomorrow night – all motorists should be alert to possible slick conditions thru early this afternoon.

(NEWTON)  In his "week in review" report, State Senator John O. Jones says it's politics as usual in Springfield as the “lame duck” 96th General Assembly approved a massive 67% tax hike last Tuesday before the new 97th General Assembly was sworn into office last Wednesday – the new law, signed by the Governor last Thursday, raises Illinois' personal income tax rate from 3% to 5% & the corporate tax rate from 4.8% to 7% – the personal tax will drop from the 5% to 4% in 2015 – some say the "spending caps" in the new law are too generous and that within 5 years time, another budget deficit will plague the state.

(OLNEY)  Ameren Illinois says customers can save money by becoming more energy efficient – by joining “The Act on Energy : Take the Pledge” campaign, customers pledge to take action to reduce energy usage – the grand-prize winner will win an Energy Star appliance valued up to $2,000 while second place wins a $300 gift card and third place gets a $100 gift card – go online for details, at www.ActOnEnergy.com.
 
(OLNEY)  The investigation continues today into a Richland County crash that occurred shortly before 8:00 Saturday morning in Olney – State Police say 19 year old Lauren Gillum of Clay City was southbound on Route 130 near Mack Avenue when he apparently fell asleep, causing his vehicle to leave the roadway, hit a ditch enbankment, & became airborne before overturning twice & landing in a ditch – Gillum was ejected from the vehicle – he was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital, then airlifted to an Evansville hospital.
 
(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding qualified livestock owners with 2010 losses that they must file an application for payment no later than January 31st, two weeks from today – the Livestock Indemnity Program provides assistance to eligible livestock owners & contract growers for eligible livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality, due to adverse weather such as flooding, blizzards, disease, extreme heat, or extreme cold – call or stop by your respective FSA Office for details.
 
(OLNEY)  Champion Laboratories, Incorporated, has announced the appointment of Wolfgang Winzer to the position of President, a role where Winzer is now responsible for worldwide growth of leading filtration products from Champion Laboratories, including well-known brand names such as Champ, PetroClear, Kleener, & Luber-finer – Champ operates assembly line & warehouse facilities in Albion & West Salem.
 
(NEWTON)  Illinois’ new Miss County Fair Queen is from Henry County as Jackie Driscoll was crowned last night in Springfield – the first runner up is Miss Warren County, Marcela Gillen, and the second runner up is Miss Williamson County, Emily Travis – Miss Richland County, Chelsey Baker represented the area very well, as did the other area queens : Lawrence County’s Jayla Perrot : Clay County’s Brittany Arbuckle : Crawford County’s Lauren Midgett : Effingham County’s Christen Hartke : Clark County’s Kaysi Hilbert : White County’s Tailor Frymire : Marion County’s Darcy Phillips : Fayette County’s Amy Pippin : & Coles County’s Sadie Baird : the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs annual convention ended this morning.
 
(OLNEY)  It's on this third Monday of January that all area schools, banks, post offices, & federal offices, are closed across America to celebrate the birth, the life, and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – it's a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought – a time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples – and a time to remember the message of change thru nonviolence - join us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK as we help keep alive Dr. King's "I have a dream" in 2011.

REMINDERS
    The East Richland High School JROTC has a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Saturday morning at the Olney VFW, with serving from 6:30 til 10:30 – tickets will be on sale at the door
    It’s the first 2011 Friday night “fish fry” at the Olney Knights of Columbus is this Friday night, with serving from 5:00 til 7:30 – that’s each Friday night thru April 22nd – tickets at the door, plus carryouts
    The Jasper County “Relay For Life” Committee team meeting will be held tomorrow at the Central Christian Church in Newton, starting at 5:30 – those supporting this year’s event are urged to attend
    The Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce has its monthly luncheon tomorrow at Ty’s Buffet from 12 noon til 1:00 – guest speakers are the Citizens For A Greener Olney
    The Jasper County Health Department will have its next immunization clinic tomorrow, from 10:00 until 6:30 – for details or to signup, call the Newton Offices at 618-783-4436 on Monday