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March 17, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  High pressure over the Midwest will keep us dry & warm today, all ahead of an approaching cold front that will bring us more rain by tomorrow night – then a little cooler air will move thru with a dry Saturday, but another weak front will bring more rain chances by Sunday afternoon – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  State health officials say Illinois residents should not take potassium iodide at this time – the State Department of Public Health says those who take potassium iodide out of concern of the possible radiation exposure from the events in Japan could be putting their own health at risk due to side effects – more information is available on the department’s website at www.idph.state.il.us/Bioterrorism/factsheets.

(OLNEY)  Concerns over how the Illinois State Police issues FOID cards could slow up a proposal to keep the identifications of FOID cardholders sealed – it appears the State Police is in compliance with state issuance statutes, but a top-to-bottom audit of the system will help determine that – while the privacy bill has bi-partisan support, no movement to protect FOID cardholders is expected until after the state audit.

(NEWTON)  Minimum wage workers in Illinois lobbied lawmakers yesterday in an effort to have their pay increased – a bill making its way thru the General Assembly would gradually increase the minimum wage over the next three years, taking it from $8.25 an hour to $10.65 in the year 2014 – look for more debate.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Liquor Control Commission conducted compliance checks around the state in February, and visited 50 businesses licensed to sell alcohol – a total of 12 licensees were cited for violations of liquor control laws, while the remaining 38 complied with Illinois laws, refusing to serve underage customers – of the 8 checks in Richland & Effingham Counties, two businesses sold alcohol to ILCC underage participants, including the El Cactus Mexican Grill in Olney & the Bottle Hut in Noble – the other violations included : 2 in Macon County, both in Decatur : 4 in Alexander & Union Counties, 1 each in Anna, Cairo, Olive Branch, & Jonesboro : and 4 in Cook County – for more, logon at www.state.il.us/lcc.

(NEWTON)  At Tuesday night's Newton City Council meeting, three Committee reports were reviewed : the Streets & Alleys Committee met with School District officials to discuss new parking needs at the schools for next year – also talked about the city's annual street maintenance program : the Finance Committee discussed wages for city employees & talked about a balanced budget, charging for building permits, helping the Chamber of Commerce, & developing the Woods Addition : the Cooperative Economic Development Committee was introduced to Kelli Marriott, the new Executive Director of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce – also heard about the County Highway Department's "road referendum" on the April 5th ballot, plus other monthly updates : the Council's next regular meeting will be April 5th.
 
(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees met earlier this week – the Board : approved revised Campus Emergency Plans for all four colleges, which outlines the various procedures for managing major emergencies that may threaten the health, safety, & welfare of the campus community : approved the District's Identity Theft Prevention Program, a requirement of federal regulations since the District offers institutional loans & administers a tuition payment plan for students : accepted the annual report of the IECC 403(b) plan, which after two years has assets of $649,103 with 77 active participants : approved several laboratory fee changes at Lincoln Trail College, effective with the 2011 Summer Term : recognized Laurel Pennington, the Student Trustee for the past year – the Frontier Community College nursing student will graduate in May : & in personnel – the employment status of Kevin Bowers was changed from Interim to Head Baseball Coach & Athletic Director at Lincoln Trail College : next regular meeting of the IECC Board of Trustees is set for April 19th at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson.

(NEWTON)  County officials are reminding us that "early voting" for the upcoming April 5th Consolidated Election is now available thru March 30th, less than two week away – voters do not need to state a reason for early voting as they do with absentee voting & all early voters must present a valid photo ID to vote – the early voting can be done in County Clerk's Offices, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 until 4:00.

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Area Day Care Provider Association will hold a "celebrating home" fundraiser with an Open House this Saturday, from 2:00 until 4:00, at the Calvary Baptist Church, on Olive Street, in Flora - the fundraiser offers a variety of affordable home decorating & entertainment items, plus a line of quick-mix items & cookbooks are available - a portion of proceeds will help defray costs of providing trained speakers for local day care providers & community projects - for those interested in helping out in the Olney area or to view a "Celebrating Home" catalog, call Renee Angle, at 395-1864.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board will meet in special session again tonight for the purpose of conducting interviews for a new District Superintendent – that’s tonight and again tomorrow night, each evening at 6:00, in the Administration Office Board Room, in Noble – no official action is expected.

REMINDERS
    The St Thomas “gigantic garage sale” will be next Thursday thru Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton with all proceeds to go to the school’s technology fund – that’s a week from today, so mark those calendars
    The construction work will begin next week on Monday, to replace the Decker Township bridge on East Woods Lane, just west of the Wynoose Road – the project should be complete by the end of next month
    The Senior Citizens Center in Olney will host a fundraising dinner this Sunday with serving from 10:30 til 12:30, featuring its famous fried chicken & more – tickets at the door – to benefit local senior programs
    The Olney Music Boosters will host an all-you-can-eat fundraising “spaghetti dinner” this Saturday at the Olney VFW with serving from 11:00 til 1:30 – tickets at the door or from any ERHS music student
    The Chauncey Community Club will host a fundraising “pancake & sausage or biscuits & gravy” meal this Saturday, with serving from 7:00 until 1:00 – all by free-will donations at the door
    The City of Newton “brush dump” will be open this coming Saturday morning from 8:00 til 12 noon for the residents of Newton only – grass, small brush, & other yard debris is accepted at the site
    The Jasper County Health Department will host a walk-in blood pressure clinic tomorrow from 8 til 4

March 16, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  High pressure will build into the Midwest today, bringing in some warmer air & sunshine – in fact, a major warming trend runs today thru Friday – but an approaching cold front will move thru with more rain chances by Friday – then after a dry Saturday, maybe more rain Sunday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  With 1 to 2 inches of rain falling throughout our region since Sunday night, more flooding problems exist & the National Weather Service has issued more “flood warnings” for area rivers : for the Wabash River – levels will fall below flood stage by Friday at Hutsonville, by next Tuesday at Vincennes, & by next Thursday at Mt. Carmel : for the Embarras River – levels are already below flood stage at Ste. Marie & should fall below flood stage at Lawrenceville by Sunday : for the Little Wabash River – levels will fall below flood stage by Monday at Clay City, by next Wednesday at Golden Gate, & by next Friday at Carmi : all of these levels are dependent on dry conditions & will change will any additional rain falling.

(OLNEY)  Oddly enough, this is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, as IEMA & the National Weather Service are encouraging statewide residents to learn more about flooding, it's dangers, & what to do to stay safe – nearly 100 flood-related deaths occur in America each year, the majority of those are the result of people driving thru flooded roadways – remember to stay out of those backwaters while traveling country roads – “don’t drown, turn around” – for more on flooding tips, go online at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov

(NEWTON)  In state news – a one-dollar-a-pack “cigarette tax” increase could bring in an additional $300 million a year – a prosposal that comes in response to a Supreme Court case, which ties up the funds from the state’s Construction Plan – a similar measure failed to get enough support in January – if approved in both the State House & Senate, the increase would take affect around July 1st – a Senate vote is tomorrow.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out late last night at 11:31 to a mobile home fire at 900 South Camp Street, Lot 63 – the fire in the rear of the trailer was extinguished with moderate heat & smoke damage – there were no injuries – the firemen were on the scene for two hours, thru early this morning.

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night in regular session – the Council : approved a pay estimate in the amount of $154,500 to Kieffer Brothers Construction for work on the city’s new water treatment plant project : on a 5 to 1 vote, will pursue to get estimates on developing the Woods Addition in Newton : on a 5 to 2 vote, will start charging a $25 fee for building permits in Newton, effective May 1st : agreed to hire another full-time patrolman for the Newton Police Department, effective May 1st : agreed to appropriate $110,000 in MFT funds for the annual street maintenance program : agreed to various pay increases for city workers beginning May 1st – 35 cents an hour to all Department Heads – 35 cents an hour for all non-police part-timers – & 25 to 35 cents an hour for employees at the batting cages, miniature golf, & swimming pool : took no other action after a 28 minute closed session : next regular meeting is April 5th.

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week – the Board : was informed that $4,000 is in general funds, available for maintenance service for sidewalks within the village : approved two $25 donations, one each to the West Richland Post Prom & to the West Richland Academic Foundation : discussed the filling of pot holes & the cleaning of leaves from ditches within the village : noted that the Noble Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday afternoon & evening, from 3:00 until 7:00, starting April 14th, four weeks from tomorrow : noted the village-wide "spring cleanup" will be held on Friday, April 15th : noted the Noble Villagewide Garage Sale is set for the 3rd Saturday in May, that's May 21st : also received an informational memo regarding the status of a possible gas station in Noble : the Noble Village Board's will have it’s next regular meeting on Monday night, March 28th.
 
(NEWTON)  County officials are reminding us that "early voting" for the upcoming April 5th Consolidated Election is now available thru March 30th, for the next two weeks – voters do not need to state a reason for early voting as they do with absentee voting – all early voters must present a valid photo ID to vote and the early voting can be done in County Clerk's Offices, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 until 4:00.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board will meet in special session the next three nights in a row, for the purpose of conducting interviews for a new District Superintendent – that’s tonight, tomorrow night, & Friday night, each evening at 6:00, in the Administration Office Board Room – no action is expected.
 
(OLNEY)  The annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet, hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is set for Saturday, April 2nd, at the Lawrence County 4-H Building, along Route 50, east of Sumner – while the doors open at 5:30 that evening, a social hour, great meal, & item auction will follow – tickets are $65 for couples or $45 for singles, with the meal and NWTF membership included – call 618-936-2189 to reserve your seats, or for more, go online at www.nwtf.org.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its spring tree sale with the ordering deadline March 31st, two weeks from tomorrow – a variety of evergreen species are available to order, including Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, & White Pine – while the seedlings can be purchased in bundles of 10 or 20, there is a limited quantity of trees, so early ordering is suggested – forms are at the SWCD Office in Newton, or call during regular office hours at 783-2319.

REMINDERS
    The St. Isidore Parish will host its “spring breakfast” this Sunday with serving from 7:00 til 12 noon – that’s all at the St. Aloysius Parish Center in Bishop Creek – all ages are welcome – pay at the door
    The Noble-Wakefield Volunteer Firemen has their fundraising “ham & bean” feed this Saturday at the Lion’s Club Building in Noble, with serving from 11:00 til 2:00 – tickets at the door, plus a raffle as well
    The Olney Masonic Lodge 140 will be serving up breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:30 til 11:00 at the Olney City Park Community Building – tickets at the door – it’s good food for a great cause
    There’s two more Friday night “fish fries” coming up : at the Newton VFW, from 4:00 til 7:00 : at the Olney KC Hall, from 5:00 til 7:30 : tickets at the door, plus carryouts available – all ages are invited
    A “storm spotter class” is tonight at 6:30 in the Richland County Jail’s Board Room in Olney – presented by the National Weather Service & the Richland County EMA – free & open to all
    The Grace United Methodist Church in Newton will host a fundraising “soup supper” this evening, with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited to stop by for some good food, for a great cause in Newton
    Olney residents taking part in the curbside recycling program are reminded the recycling bins must be set at the curb by 6:00 each morning this week – the same as trash, on the same day as the trash collection

March 15, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As that slow-moving low pressure continues to spin away from Illinois, our rain chances will eventually come to an end this afternoon as a weak high pressure builds in from the west – much warmer & dry conditions will be on tap tomorrow thru Friday – then another rain chance – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  Those who would like to donate to the Japanese relief efforts have a couple of options – the Red Cross has activated the donation option for cell phone users – folks can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support relief efforts for the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific – also the Salvation Army is collecting money with texting, at QUAKE or JAPAN to 80888.

(OLNEY)  Illinois is projecting big budget cuts for the upcoming year, but some senior advocates say one cut the state cannot afford to make is in the Department of Aging’s Community Care Program – it serves more than 66,000 seniors per year, allowing those eligible to receive in home treatment instead of being taken to a nursing home – the Department of Aging is asking for a funding increase of nearly $190,000.

(NEWTON)  This is National Agriculture Day – a time to recognize & celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture in the United States and one key to that has been the steady supply of people choosing careers in the agricultural industry – join us as we salute all those involved in agriculture in Southeastern Illinois.

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in March – the Board : noted that the State still owes the District at least $1.2 million in back payments : approved the ERHS Baccaluarete night for May 11th : approved the ERHS Graduation date of May 15th : approved the ERMS Promotion date of May 24th : approved the 2011-2012 school calendar : approved specifications to seek out District bank bids : after nearly two hours in closed session, made several personnel moves, accepting six resignations – from ERES Secretary Carolyn Sexton, ERHS Guidance Secretary/Registrar Judy Zehner, ERHS Football Coach Dave Denton, Transportation Bus Aide Alice Murray, ERHS Cheerleading Coach Melissa Buss (extracurricular duties only), ERHS Band Director Eric Combs (remains ERMS Band Director) : agreed to dismiss two certified employees – Brent McKinney & Cindy McKinney : hired Christina Evans as ERHS Assistant Girls Soccer Coach : hired four summer maintenance employees : approved a Reduction in Force (RIF) of six certified employees : approved a Reduction in Force (RIF) of seventeen noncertified employees, including six teacher assistants, five teacher aides, two bus drivers, & others : the East Richland School Board's next regular monthly meeting will be Thursday, April 21st.

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council : approved the purchase of LED traffic lights at a cost of $10,067 : approved the purchase of two mobile data terminals at the cost of $11,313 which was well under budget : approved the purchase of a wet well pump & sludge pump for the city’s waste water treatment plant : discussed, but took no action, on placing “no parking signs” on North Jefferson Street at the intersection of East Scott Street : agreed to purchase a new pickup truck for the Water Distribution Department at the price of $16,660 : discussed, but took no action, on the water and sewer portions of the city’s 2011-2012 budget : set a special meeting for next Monday, March 21st, at 6:30, to continue budget discussions : the Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be Monday, March 28th.
 
(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in March – the Board : held a public hearing concerning plans to sell $90,000 worth of General Oblibation School Bonds – no action was taken : reviewed & approved four handbooks for district operations & personnel : discussed, but took no action, on co-oping the Family Consumer Science & Industrial Tech classes with the Clay City School District : authorized Superintendent Galindo to seek bids for the District's banking services & investments : approved the fiscal year 2012 school calendar : heard a legislative update from Springfield : and in personnel matters – hired Kara Garner as District Nurse & Speech/Language/Para-Professional for next school year – hired Kelly Klingler as High School Assistant Baseball Coach – accepted the resignation of Nicole Swartzendruber as District Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, effective at the end of this school year : while the Board's next regular monthly meeting will be Monday, April 18th, the Board will have a special meeting to discuss employment tomorrow night at 6:00 at the Administrative Office in Noble.

(NEWTON)  It’s the Jasper/Crawford/Effingham County “Creation Conference 2011” coming up April 6th thru 10th at various locations in the three counties with internationally renowned speaker & author, Gary Bates, sharing the “creation” message – the featured stops include : April 6th at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church : April 7th at the First Baptist Church in Newton : April 8th at the New Hebron Christian School south of Robinson : April 9th at the New Life Christian Center in Newton : April 10th at the First Baptist Church in Newton : also April 10th at the New Hope Church in Effingham : mark your calendars.

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will meet tonight at 6:00 at the Newton City Hall – it’s an agenda tonight full of both old & new business, plus several committee reports will be reviewed as well : the Jasper County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for March next Monday night, March 21st.

REMINDERS
    The Olney Arts Council has a bus trip to the Indianapolis Art Museum & Art Center on March 26th – bus leaves Olney at 7:30 that morning – cost at $40 per person, plus buy your own meals – call 395-3146
    The Claremont Community Center has its “carryout chowder” this Saturday, with serving from 11:00 til they’re sold out – that’s bulk chowder, bring your own container, but no glass – also whole pies for sale
    The Clay City United Methodist Church has a Country Rhodes all-you-can-eat “fish, shrimp, & chicken” fry this Friday night with serving from 4:30 til 7:00 – tickets at the door – carryouts will be available
    A “storm spotter class” is tomorrow night at 6:30 in the Richland County Jail’s Board Room in Olney – presented by the National Weather Service & the Richland County EMA – free & open to all
    The Grace United Methodist Church in Newton will host a fundraising “soup supper” tomorrow evening, with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited to stop by for some good food, for a great cause in Newton
    A “storm spotter class” is tonight at the Community Building in Robinson, starting at 6:30 – it’s free to anyone, sponsored by the Crawford County EMA and the National Weather Service
    The Jasper County Health Department will host an immunization clinic today from 10:00 until 6:30 – for more information or to signup, call the Department Offices in Newton at 783-4436
   

March 14, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A slow-moving low pressure system will creep across the midwest today thru tomorrow night with rain chances now thru early Wednesday morning – then a high pressure ridge will move in with dry & warmer air in place for the end of the work week – maybe more rain by next Sunday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General's office is urging all Illinois residents who plan to donate to earthquake & tsunami relief efforts underway in Japan, to be on the lookout for fundraising scams by con artists seeking to exploit the natural disaster for their personal profit – donors should be wary of requests for clothing, food, or other in-kind donations, which may not be appropriate, plus donors should find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups – under state law, fundraisers & charitable groups are required to register each year with the Attorney General's Office – before donating, residents should get more details on the AG's website, online at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/index.html.

(OLNEY)  Gas prices are still on the rise – the Triple A reports Illinois drivers are paying an average of $3.70 per gallon – that’s at least 8 cents higher than last week’s price at the pump around the state, but now 17 cents more than the national average – our local average is between $3.50 and $3.60 per gallon.

(NEWTON)  In recognition of National Ag Day, being noted tomorrow, on March 15th, State Agriculture officials are thanking farmers, ranchers, landowners, & others involved in agriculture in Illinois for their hard work & commitment to the industry – some are referring to American Agriculture as "Homegrown Security", noting that agriculture is not only important for food, clothing, & shelter, but the ag industry is almost entirely under private ownership, accounting for nearly one-fifth of the Nation's economic activity – while warranted every day & week of the year, it's specifically tomorrow & all of this week, that we say "thanks" to all farmers & those associated with agriculture for a job well done & keep up the hard work.

(OLNEY)  The State Department of Transportation & Illinois State Police are teaming up with more than 150 law enforcement agencies this St. Patrick's Day holiday to remind everyone to act responsibly, buckle up, & designate a sober driver before the parties get started – running now into next week, there’ll be increased saturation patrols, roadside safety checks, nighttime seatbelt patrols, & other impaired driving countermeasures – those planning to party should not rely on luck, but simply put, don’t “drink & drive”.

(NEWTON)  Authorities are still investigating the death of female student in her Charleston apartment last week – Coles County officials say 20 year old Chloe Passalacqua of Effingham was found by her roommate at around mid-afternoon last Thursday – while no foul play is suspected at this time, results from a weekend autopsy have not been released as of yet – the Bauer Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

(OLNEY)  Police Chief Chaplin has released the February activity report for the Olney Police Department, which received 506 complaints from the public in 28 days, an average of at least 16 calls per day : Officers responded to 17 traffic arrests and 19 burglar alarms : the Officers made 30 traffic arrests, made 43 security checks, & made 309 public assists : the OPD made 39 criminal arrests, including 9 for alcohol, 8 for drugs, and 5 DUI’s : the Department made 16 arrests for theft, 12 for criminal damage, 3 for residential burglary, and 2 for motor vehiclar theft : the OPD received a total of 207 emergency 9-1-1 calls during February.

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy Monday night for meetings in Richland County : the Noble Village Board will meet at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble : the East Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 tonight in the Administration Office Board Room in Olney : the Olney City Council will meet tonight at 7:30 in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall : and the West Richland School Board has its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 in the Administration Office Board Room in Noble : all open to the public.

(NEWTON)  The next meeting of the Newton City Council is tomorrow night : the Jasper County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting in March a week from tonight, on March 21st, in Newton.

REMINDERS
    The Senior Citizens Center in Olney will host a fundraising dinner this Sunday with serving from 10:30 til 12:30, featuring its famous fried chicken & more – tickets at the door – to benefit local senior programs
    The Olney Music Boosters will host an all-you-can-eat fundraising “spaghetti dinner” this Saturday at the Olney VFW with serving from 11:00 til 1:30 – tickets at the door or from any ERHS music student
    A “storm spotter class” is this Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the Richland County Jail’s Board Room in Olney – presented by the National Weather Service & the Richland County EMA – free & open to all
    The Grace United Methodist Church in Newton will host a fundraising “soup supper” this Wednesday, with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited to stop by for some good food, for a great cause in Newton
    A “storm spotter class” is tomorrow night at the Community Building in Robinson, starting at 6:30 – it’s free to anyone, sponsored by the Crawford County EMA and the National Weather Service
    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tomorrow night at 7:00 at the First Presbyterian Church on East Elm Street in Olney – all are invited to attend
    The Jasper County Health Department will host an immunization clinic tomorrow from 10:00 until 6:30 – for more information or to signup, call the Department Offices in Newton at 783-4436
    The Jasper County Retired Teachers Chapter will meet today at Parklanes in Newton, starting with lunch at 11:00, then presentations from the Jasper County School Board candidates at 11:45

March 12, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  While a ridge of high pressure keeps us dry & gives us some sunshine, another low pressure system will replace it with more clouds & some cooler air by tomorrow night, however we should now remain mostly dry with no real strong rain threat – then dry & warmer next week – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  In state news – casinos & bars may soon be exempt from the statewide smoking ban – two bills are making their way thru the General Assembly that, if approved, one would allow smoking on river boat casinos & the other would give local liquor commissioners the authority it issue smoking licenses to area businesses – while opponents say there’s been no public smoking allowed in Illinois for over three years & the bills don’t make sense, proponents say the smoking ban has hurt cut the profits of businesses.

(OLNEY)  The State Department of Transportation & Illinois State Police are teaming up with more than 150 law enforcement agencies this St. Patrick's Day holiday to remind everyone to act responsibly, buckle up, & designate a sober driver before the parties get started – running now thru next weekend, there’ll be increased saturation patrols, roadside safety checks, nighttime seatbelt patrols, & other impaired driving countermeasures – those planning to party should not rely on luck, but simply put, don’t “drink & drive”.

(OLNEY)  A note to area hunters that the over-the-counter sales of county permits for the Resident Spring Youth Wild Turkey Season are continuing – the state’s Southern Zone youth hunt is set for Saturday & Sunday, March 26th & 27th, for the area counties of Crawford, Jasper, Effingham, Fayette, Clay, Richland, Lawrence, & all others south – the state’s Northern Zone youth hunt is a week later, April 2nd & 3rd, for the counties of Clark, Cumberland, Shelby, & all others north – for more, check the DNR’s website online.

(NEWTON)  The annual Jasper County Shrine Dance is tonight, starting at 8:00 & continuing thru the night at several locations – a single $5 ticket will give entry to any of twelve sites throughout the area – including the KC Hall, the American Legion, Parklanes, Yesterday’s Pub, the Eagles, the VFW, & the West Side Lounge, all in Newton – also the MVP Happy Holler north of Newton, Floyd’s in Oblong, Highbenders in Ste. Marie, the Blacktop in Dieterich, & Dozers in Montrose – plus a special breakfast will be available for purchase overnight, from 11:00 til 2:00 Sunday morning, at the Eagles in Newton – it’s all to raise funds to help children thru our local Shriners and the Shriners Hospitals throughout America.

REMINDERS
    St. Mary’s Brunch is tomorrow morning at the Parish Center in Ste Marie, with serving from 8:00 until 12 noon – tickets on sale at the door – also a basket raffle & youth bake sale as well
    The next area blood drive is tomorrow morning at the St Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown, from 7:30 until 11:30 – all types of blood are needed
    The St. Joe School has a fundraising “breakfast” tomorrow morning in the school cafeteria, serving from 8:00 until 11:30 – tickets on sale at the door
    A benefit for Vickie Schnepper is this afternoon & evening at the Clay City Community Building – a pork barbeque meal at 4:00 & silent auction at 6:30 – by donation only – gun & guilt raffle tickets on sale
    The Wayne County Fair Board will host its 2nd annual "spring flea market" today from 8:00 til 2:00 on the Fairgrounds in Fairfield, in the Floral Hall – free admission – concessions available for purchase
    The St Thomas Youth "paper drive" is this morning from now til 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building – inserts, newspapers, & paper bags accepted, but no twine, magazines, or cardboard
    The Richland County Sheriff's Posse has a "breakfast" fundraiser this morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, serving from now until 11:00 – all by free will donation at the door
    The Sumner Masonic Lodge will be conferring a Fellowcraft Degree this morning at 8:30 – coffee and doughnuts will be served – all Lodge members are encouraged to attend
    Operation Home Front of Richland County has a fundraising “breakfast” this morning from now until 10:30 at the Olney VFW – proceeds to help send Care Packages to our troops

(OLNEY)  It’s time again to set those clocks forward one hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, as Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 early tomorrow morning – it’s also a good time to change batteries in those smoke & carbon monoxide detectors – so again, turn those clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight as Daylight Saving Time begins early tomorrow morning.