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July 12, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will stall out across Illinois today before eventually moving thru with a chance of scattered thunderstorms & some less humid air – as the rain chances end by tomorrow night, we’ll warm back up with more dry conditions expected into the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued an “excessive heat warning” for Richland, Jasper, & all surrounding counties thru tonight – those outdoors should use common sense & take needed precautions to battle the high heat – take plenty of breaks, drink lots of water, & limit strenuous work – let’s also check on our elderly family members & neighbors on a frequent basis during this heat wave now thru tonight.

(NEWTON)  While lawmakers are praising the State Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Capital Plan, Springfield & at least 74 other sites will be busy today with thousands of AFSCME union workers hitting the picket lines, saying they deserve the pay raises that were promised to them – Governor Quinn says he can’t approve the raises because the General Assembly did not include them in the final state budget.

(OLNEY)  Illinois is at the center of a heated religious debate – several Catholic Charities Diocese have filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming they should have the right to deny foster care & adoption licenses to same sex couples, a service required by state law – however, the Diocese says being forced to issue the licenses violates their religious freedom – the Governor says Illinois “has a new law & is not going back”.

(NEWTON)  It’s not too late to get your discounted “Mega-Pass” for the Illinois State Fair – up until this Saturday, the passes are just $55 per person and gives that person the right to ride as much as they want during the 11-day event in Springfield – the price will jump to $65 on Sunday – check the fair’s website.
 
(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – with 4-H livestock judging today, the Talent Contest is tonight at 7:00 – then more 4-H livestock judging tomorrow, followed by the Dirt Track Drags tomorrow night at 7:00 – it’s the Antique Equipment Show Thursday morning & afternoon, with the 4-H Auction that afternoon & Tractor Pulls Thursday night – then the Truck Pulls Friday night and the Demo Derby to finish things up Saturday night – grandstand event tickets are on sale at the Fair Board Office in the Olney City Park – plus concessions & the midway Carnival Rides for all ages as well.

(OLNEY)  By the way, congratulations to the new Miss Richland County Fair Queen – crowned last night was Miss Logan Ferguson as she will reign over the rest of the fair this week, plus represent Richland County at the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant next January in Springfield – last night’s 1st Runner Up was Cassandra Shipley, 2nd Runner Up was Casey Kuenstler, & Miss Congeniality was Abby Fritschle – retiring Queen, Chelsey Baker, reigned over last night’s pageant and was thanked for her job well done.

(NEWTON)  Illinois crops are still thriving despite the hot & humid weather conditions – in fact, the state’s crop conditions were better last week than the week earlier – the USDA’s Crop Report shows last week’s average temperature of 76.4 degrees was right at normal, while the average rainfall of almost one inch was less than a tenth of an inch above normal – however, downstate rainfall amounts were much more last week – farmers in our ten county area say over a third of the local corn crop is silking & at least 10% of the beans are blooming – as of Sunday, nearly all of the local wheat crop has been harvested with an average yield between 45 and 55 bushels to the acre – nearly all the double-crop soybeans have also been planted as well.

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  on a 2 to 2 vote, refused to accept the resignation of City Treasurer Brad Yockey  :  agreed to annex just over 6 acres of property owned by the East Richland School District – includes property adjacent to the Elementary School & the property along East Main Street where the District’s buses are kept  :  rejected bids to improve & asphalt South Van Street, however will rebid with intentions to concrete that portion of street  :  approved a Special Use Permit Class S Liquor License for a downtown “beach party” to be held July 22nd & 23rd  :  noted the City will receive $18,000 thru the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps to hire six teenagers for additional park & recreation work  :  noted the South East Street improvement project is still in the preliminary process of getting started  :  & approved a ball field agreement with the Richland County Babe Ruth  : next regular meeting is July 25th.

(NEWTON)  A reminder to Jasper County children who have signed up for the Newton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program that their twenty books must be read by tomorrow – plus they’ll need to bring their “Book Logs” into the Library & have them confirmed by one of the Librarians – those children who meet their reading goal will be invited to a “pizza party” in the park – the Library’s last story time is this morning at 10:30 at the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building – the performer will be “Babaloo”.

REMINDERS 
    The Richland County Farm Bureau is planning a bus trip to the 2011 Farm Progress Show August 30th – it’s $15 for Farm Bureau members, $20 for non-members – call 393-4116 to reserve your seat by July 25th
    Mark your calendar for August 5th – it’s the 15th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet in Newton, hosted by the Jasper County Wild Turkey Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation – for more, call 562-2345
    It’s “Ste. Marie Style Barbeque Chicken” this Saturday evening with serving from 4:00 until 7:00 at the American Legion in Ste. Marie – drive thru only, priced at $6 for a half chicken, sponsored by the SAL
    The Village of Noble will have a Sesquicentennial Committee meeting tonight at the Cornerstone Community Church, at 7:00 – the Village of Noble will celebrate it’s 150th birthday next year in 2012
    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is this afternoon from 12:00 until 5:00 at the North Shelter, on the north side of the Olney City Park – fresh produce, baked items, & more on Tuesday afternoon

July 11, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A dangerously hot & humid air mass sets up over the Midwest today with our highest heat index readings of the year so far – an approaching cold front will bring in thunderstorm chances late tonight thru tomorrow & Wednesday – then dry, but still warm for the rest of the work week – listen for updates.

(OLNEY)  With the high heat & humidity expected today, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Richland & all surrounding counties thru tonight – in some other area counties to our south, a high heat warning is in effect thru tonight – those outdoors are urged to take needed precautions to battle the high heat – take plenty of breaks out of the direct sunlight, drink lots of water, & limit strenuous work – also let’s remember to check on our elderly family members & neighbors during this heat wave thru tonight.

(NEWTON)  The State Supreme Court is making a big announcement today & it’s news that could put lawmakers back to work – Justices will say whether or not the original Capital Plan is constitutional – the question at hand is “does the plan violate a single subject rule” – a lower court says “yes” because it has several funding options for construction projects, including a liquor tax & video gambling – officials say if the bill is shut down, lawmakers will have to return to Springfield immediately to get a new plan passed.

(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, Governor Pat Quinn is on the road today, traveling throughout the state – he’s signing a bill into law today in Chicago that will help with treatment expenses with few requirements – then later today in Tinley Park, Quinn will talk about a plan to boost the economy & create more jobs.

(NEWTON)  Last weekend’s July 4th enforcement at Illinois parks & waterways resulted in more than 1,200 citations & warnings – the IDNR Conservation Police Officers arrested 25 boaters for operating under the influence, plus another 5 motorists for driving under the influence – in addition, CPO’s issued 519 citations for other offenses such as possession of drugs & drug paraphernalia, underage drinking & disorderly conduct, illegal fishing, and a variety of boat safety law violations – they also issued 776 written warnings statewide while on patrol during the four day weekend – the Officers also investigated 14 boating accidents on Illinois waters, plus the CPO’s performed routine safety inspections of over 2,000 vessels.
 
(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – today is livestock entry day on the fairgrounds with tonight’s grandstand feature being the Queen Pageant at 7:00 – with 4-H livestock judging tomorrow, the Talent Contest is tomorrow night at 7:00 – then more 4-H livestock judging on Wednesday, followed by the Dirt Track Drags that night at 7:00 – it’s the Antique Equipment Show Thursday morning & afternoon, with the 4-H Auction that afternoon & Tractor Pulls Thursday night – it’s the Truck Pulls on Friday night and the Demo Derby to finish things up Saturday night – grandstand event tickets are on sale at the Fair Board Office in the Olney City Park – plus concessions & the midway Carnival Rides for all.

(NEWTON)  An Ingraham man is dead after a car / motorcycle collision that occurred at 8:30 this past Saturday night along U.S. Route 50 in Flora – the Illinois State Police say 58 year old Ray Brooks was eastbound on U.S. Route 50 when a car at the Olive Street intersection pulled into the path of the Brooks’ Harley Davidson bike – that driver, 49 year old Harold Weidner of Louisville, was not injured, but was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol and for failure to yield at an intersection – Brooks was taken to nearby Clay County Hospital in Flora, where he was pronounced dead after arrival in the ER.

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School District will conduct a “preschool screening” two weeks from today on July 25th, from 8:30 until 12:00 noon at the Elementary School in Olney – the screenings are for East Richland District children, ages three to five years of age, and are free of any charge – the screenings not only serve as a check-up of a child’s skills, but also helps locate children who qualify for various programs – to schedule a screening appointment, call the ERES offices at 392-3143 during regular office hours.

(NEWTON)  A reminder to Jasper County children who have signed up for the Newton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program that their twenty books must be read by this Wednesday, July 13th – plus they’ll need to bring their “Book Logs” into the Library & have them confirmed by one of the Librarians – those children who meet their reading goal will be invited to a “pizza party” in the park – the Library’s last story time is tomorrow morning at 10:30 at the Sunrise Youth Center – the performer will be “Babaloo”.

REMINDERS 
    It’s the “All American Picnic” coming up this Saturday in Rotary Park, at the north edge of East Fork Lake – from 11:00 until 9:00, it’ll include activities for all ages, plus food and much more
    The 30th annual “Original Jonah Fish Fry” is this Friday evening at the St Paul Lutheran Church, north of Dieterich, with serving from 4:30 til 7:30 in the air-conditioned hall – tickets at the door, plus carryouts
    The Village of Noble will have a Sesquicentennial Committee meeting tomorrow night at the Cornerstone Community Church, at 7:00 – the Village of Noble will celebrate it’s 150th birthday next year in 2012
    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is tomorrow afternoon from 12:00 til 5:00 at the North Shelter, on the north side of the Olney City Park – fresh produce, baked items, & more on Tuesday afternoon
    There are a couple of municipal meetings on tap tonight : the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble : the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:30 at the Olney City Hall
    The West Richland School Board has a special meeting tonight at 7:00 – it starts with a public hearing to discuss the issuance of $274,500 in bonds for the purpose of fire prevention & safety within the District

July 9, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  With a ridge of high pressure over the midwest, the quiet conditions will continue today and tomorrow with more humid air moving in – it will be very hot & humid on Monday before our next chance of thunderstorms move in for next Tuesday thru Friday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

(OLNEY)  With rainfall amounts ranging from one to three inches this past Thursday night, some of our area rivers are under “flood warnings” at least thru this weekend – this includes the Little Wabash from Clay City to Carmi and the Skillet Fork from Wayne City to Carmi, plus portions of the Wabash River from Mt. Carmel south – the waters are expected to crest & start falling by midweek of next week.
 
(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is underway in the Olney City Park – the first grandstand event is at 7:00 tonight with Motocross Racing with entries open at 3:00 this afternoon – then it’s the Western Horse Show at 9:00 tomorrow morning, including the 4-H and Junior Horse Show, followed by the Cummins Municipal Band in concert at the Bandshell at 5:00, then gospel music by “Fortress” tomorrow evening at 7:00 – the Queen Pageant is at 7:00 Monday night, followed by the Talent Contest next Tuesday night at 7:00 – & more all of next week – grandstand event tickets are on sale at the Fair Board Office in the Olney City Park – plus concessions all day & night, and the midway Carnival Rides each evening at 6:00.

(NEWTON)  Illinois 4-H’ers are raising support for and visibility of their program by working to get a 4-H specialty license plate available in Illinois – 4-H’ers need the support from at least 1,500 Illinois drivers who have a current license plate on file with the Secretary of State – they’re not asking anyone to buy the plate, just to show support in making it an option in Illinois – support can be given by filling out a form, available under the “license plate” link online at www.4hfoundation.illinois.edu – the information deadline is next Friday, July 15th – call or contact your local Extension Office for further details or information.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is hosting its 12th annual photo contest through its OutdoorIllinois monthly magazine – new this year is a special category celebrating how Illinoisians are returning to the basics & involving their children in nature – the photo contest is open to all Illinois residents and entries are due in by 5:00pm on August 5th, less than a month away – contest guidelines are available in the May 2011 issue of OutdoorIllinois, plus are posted online – the February 2012 issue is where all the winning images will be published and it will be the 8th annual photographic issue.

(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency Offices are now accepting nominations for the local county committee election – farmers and lawnowners are encouraged to nominate candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1st deadline – those elected will serve a 3-year term & are responsible for helping make decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, & price support programs.

REMINDERS 
    The annual Wabash River Bluegrass Festival and Pork Day activities are today, tonight, & tomorrow in Albion – this morning’s parade at 10:00 will be followed by plenty of food & music all weekend long
    The next “Drag Main Street Cruise” in downtown Olney is this evening with signup from 5:45 until 6:30 in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – looking for over 50 cool cars, trucks, & motorcycles to take part
    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another “country breakfast” fundraiser this morning from 8:00 until 10:00 at the Old Ruritan Building – $5 tickets at the door – carryouts are available
    The St Thomas Youth Paper Drive is this morning from now until 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – newspapers & inserts are accepted, but no magazines, no twine, & no cardboard
    The third of three early morning trials are today as the Osmon Fox Hunt continues, based out of the Berryville Community Building – there’s a breakfast and lunch today before the final awards are presented – hounds & their owners taking part from at least 8 different states in the 112th year of the local event 
    And our Freedom 92.9 WSEI station continues to run at low power as engineers continue to make repairs on our 50,000 watt transmitter – it appears now change will be made for at least another two to four weeks – we thank all of our listeners and patrons for their patience in this matter as we work to get back to normal

July 8, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  An upper level disturbance that caused the overnight rainfall will move off to the east, allowing an area of high pressure to move into the Midwest – dry & warm conditions will return with a dry weekend coming up – then another shot of thunderstorms roll in for the first of next week – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  An independent arbitrator is now in the mix between the state & AFSCME – it’s all an effort by the state employee union to enforce the terms of its collective bargaining agreement with the state – the move comes after the Governor put the brakes on pay raises for more than 30,000 union workers – while the arbitrator waits on both sides to submit briefs, AFSCME will hold informational pickets next Tuesday.

(OLNEY)  More than a quarter of the people in Illinois are obese – in fact, a recent report puts 27% of the state’s population in the “obese” category – the number puts Illinois in the middle of the pack, at #23, in comparison to other 49 states – statistics show that just 15 years ago, no state had an obesity rate over 20%, however this recent report indicates that now all states except Colorado have over a 20% obese population.

(NEWTON)  Gas prices are slowly easing back up as we head into another weekend – the $3.60 national average is 3 cents higher than a week ago, while the state’s $3.84 average is 4 cents higher than last week – Illinois’ low quote this morning is at $3.47 in Galesburg while the state’s highest price of $4.69 is still up in Chicago – our downstate average here in the ten county area ranges from $3.50 to $3.72 per gallon.
 
(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair officially starts this weekend in Olney – the first grandstand event is Motocross Racing tonight at 7:00 with entries open at 3:00 this afternoon – then tomorrow’s Entry Day will be followed the second night of Motocross action at 7:00 Saturday night – it’s the Western Horse Show at 9:00 Sunday morning, including the 4-H and Junior Horse Show – then the Cummins Municipal Band at the Bandshell at 5:00, followed by gospel music by “Fortress” Sunday evening at 7:00 – the Queen Pageant is at 7:00 Monday night, followed by the Talent Contest next Tuesday night at 7:00 – & more all of next week – grandstand event tickets are on sale this afternoon from 12 noon until 6:00 at the Fair Board Office in the Olney City Park – plus the midway Carnival Rides get started tonight at 6:00 continuing each night as well.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of another telephone scam moving thru the area – while the scams are conducted in many different ways, one of the most common is when local residents receive a call from a person claiming to be a family member asking for money due to an accident or arrest in a different state or country – the caller then asks that the money be wired to them at their location – don’t be fooled – these scam artists are very convincing & in many cases they use personal names & even “nicknames” – residents are reminded to never give out personal information over the phone & never send or wire money to anyone that can’t be identified – the elderly are mostly targeted, especially grandparents – if unsure, hang up and call other family members – there are many other telephone scams, too many to talk about or identify – if such calls persist, contact your local law enforcement agencies.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out last night at 7:25 to a reported house fire at 1003 East Pine Street, however the actual fire was put out when the firemen arrived – it’s believed that an electrical short in the breaker box caused the fire – while there were no injuries, there was some smoke damage – the firemen were on the scene for a little over one hour before returning to the Olney Fire Station.

(NEWTON)  The 2011 Jasper County “Honey Do Work Week” is fast approaching and those who would like to help out in any way are encouraged to start making plans to do so  – the “Work Week” set for July 18th thru 22nd, will begin a week from next Monday – with jobs lined up throughout Jasper County, area residents can signup to volunteer time, money, & effort for the cause – for more details, call 783-8534.

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Richland County “mobile home privilege taxes” are due on July 31st, three weeks from this coming Sunday – the tax payments must be delivered to the Treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Courthouse by August 1st to be considered timely – the Treasurer’s office is open weekdays from 8:00 until 4:00 – a $25 penalty applies on August 2nd.

(OLNEY)  With the Richland County Fair starting today and running for the next nine days, the Richland County Farmer’s Market will be relocated to the north end of the Olney City Park, in the north shelter – that’s today, next Tuesday, & next Friday, each day from 12 noon until 5:00 with fresh produce & more

REMINDERS 
    The Richland County Farm Bureau is planning a bus trip to the 2011 Farm Progress Show August 30th – it’s $15 for Farm Bureau members, $20 for non-members – call 393-4116 to reserve your seat by July 25th
    The Jasper County Retired Teachers Association will meet next Monday at Parklanes in Newton – it’s lunch at 11:00, followed by the meeting and guest speaker, State Representative David Reis
    The next “Drag Main Street Cruise” in downtown Olney is tomorrow night with signup from 5:45 til 6:30 – looking for over 50 vehicles to take part – for more, go online at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com
    The St Thomas Youth Paper Drive is tomorrow morning from 7:00 until 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – newspapers & inserts are accepted : no magazines, twine, or cardboard
    The Ladies Auxiliary will host a fundraising “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 until 7:30 – carryouts available – it’s tacos, baked potatoes, taco salad, nachos, & more
    After the second of three early morning trials today, the Osmon Fox Hunt continues, based out of the Berryville Community Building – there’s an evening meal tonight, with live music & a fundraising auction – the final hunt is tomorrow morning – all are invited to the meals & more in southeastern Richland County

July 7, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A weak frontal boundary will stall out over the Midwest today, giving us an on-and-off chance of scattered showers & thunderstorms later this afternoon thru early tomorrow morning – then we dry off by Friday afternoon & warm back up over the weekend – maybe more rain Monday – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  In state news : Governor Quinn has signed a bill into law to help locate disabled people who wander away and become lost – emergency bracelets that automatically alert authorities to the person’s location will soon be available to the public : meanwhile, the state’s largest employee union is gearing up for a legal battle – AFSCME says it comes after the Governor cut out member pay raises for next year.

(OLNEY)  A new design of the state’s Environmental License Plate has been announced, all to make it easier for law enforcement officials to identify the plates – while the back-drop will change from light blue to green, the official state bird, the Cardinal, will still be featured on the plate – the “E” that was previously located on the left side will now appear on the right, making it consistent with all specialty plates in Illinois – currently, 40,000 motorists have the environmental plates as a portion of the sale fee helps support the State Parks Fund – check the Secretary of State's website, available online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

(NEWTON)  Attorneys for George Ryan say they will not quit trying to get the former Governor released from prison – their latest attempt, however, failed in a federal appeals court yesterday – the 77 year old now has about three years left on his six & a half year sentence for corruption – Ryan’s legal team has vowed to pursue the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary – Ryan’s wife passed away last week.
 
(OLNEY)  During this first full week of July, Southeastern Illinois is hosting a special guest – it’s Jayson Duncan, the Ruritan National President, who’s visiting the Lincolnland Ruritan District, which consists of Ruritan Clubs in Dundas, Dieterich, Beecher City, Wayne City, Geff, Allendale, & Albion, plus others in both downstate Illinois & Indiana – the North Carolina native & former school teacher has already attended various functions throughout the Illinois/Indiana area, plus stops today in Wayne City, Bluford, & Fairfield – tomorrow’s visits will be in Indiana with the final visit Saturday at the Pork Days activities in Albion.

(NEWTON)  Hot and dry conditions allowed for progress in statewide wheat harvesting, crop spraying, and hay baling while last week’s weather conditions were near normal – the average statewide temperature was 75.7 degrees, just one degree above normal, while last week’s average rainfall was at just under one inch, about two-tenths of an inch below normal – as of Sunday, under 10% of the state’s corn was starting to silk and beans were beginning to bloom, plus 75% of the state’s wheat is harvested – farmers in our ten county area report 10% of our local corn is silking, 5% of the local soybeans are blooming, and over 70% of the local wheat crop has been cut – farmers are also continuing to double-crop beans in wheat stubble as well.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out to a false alarm yesterday morning at 10:16 – upon arrival at the SWAN facility, just off of Route 130 in Olney, the firemen found no actual fire & noted it as a “trouble alarm” – the firemen were on the scene for less than 30 minutes before returning to the fire station.

(NEWTON)  It’s been announced that the merger is complete between the Southeastern Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Tourism Bureau of Southwestern Illinois, forming & creating the new Tourism Bureau IllinoiSouth, as of July 1st – officials say the merger is the first among more than 40 tourism bureaus in Illinois & now represents nearly 9,000 square miles, the largest geographic coverage area of any bureau in the state – while a new website (www.thetourismbureau.org) will be launched in August, the new Bureau will be based in Fairview Heights – the new region involves 19 counties, including Jasper, Cumberland, Lawrence, Richland, Wayne, Wabash, Edwards, White, Clay, Fayette, Marion, and others to the west.

(OLNEY)  Wayne County authorities indicate 35 year old Charla Baker of Wayne City remains in a drug induced coma down at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville after being severely beaten early yesterday at her home – authorities say her husband, 41 year old Rodney Baker, the only suspect in the crime, hung himself shortly after the attack as a widespread manhunt found his body at a grain bin site near Wayne City.

(NEWTON)  An Edgar County teenager charged with killing his mother nearly a month ago is set to be examined to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial or a basis for an insanity defense – 16 year old Terry Payton of Paris has been charged as an adult for the June 23rd murder of his mother, 53 year old Kathie Payton, in their Paris home – a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 18th in Edgar County Court.

(OLNEY)  Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Flora man accused of a hit & run traffic accident over in Marion County this past Sunday night near Iuka – 25 year old Eber Chapol-Antele faces multiple charges in connection with the crash that occurred along Route 50, plus authorities believe he entered the United States illegally – the car/motorcycle collision resulted in serious injuries for 53 year old Frank Urbanski of Xenia.

REMINDERS 
    The next “Drag Main Street Cruise” in downtown Olney is Saturday night with signup from 5:45 til 6:30 – looking for over 50 vehicles to take part – for more, go online at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com
    The St Thomas Youth Paper Drive is Saturday morning from 7:00 until 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building in Newton – newspapers & inserts are accepted : no magazines, twine, or cardboard
    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has another “country breakfast” fundraiser this Saturday morning from 8:00 until 10:00 at the Old Ruritan Building - $5 tickets at the door – carryouts will be available
    The Richland County Fair gets started this weekend in the Olney City Park with plenty of activities thru all of next week – grandstand event tickets are now on sale at the Fair Board Office in the City Park
    The next meeting to discuss & plan this year’s Parkersburg Chowder is set for tonight, starting at 7:00, at the Community Center in Parkersburg – it’s the final meeting before the upcoming July 23rd event
    The next area blood drive is today from 1:00 until 6:00 at the Olney VFW where all donors will get a specially designed Cardinals’ t-shirt – remember, all types of blood are needed with very low supplies
    After the first of three early morning trials, the Osmon Fox Hunt continues, based out of the Berryville Community Building – there’s lunch today & an evening meal tonight, then more trials tomorrow morning, with meals on Friday & tomorrow evening’s special food, entertainment, & fundraising auction – all invited