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September 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s one more day of hot weather before summer disappears possibly for 2017 – an approaching cold front will push all the heat out of Illinois as it sweeps across the state this afternoon thru the overnight hours – although all of the major rainfall will stay to our north & west, we will get plenty of cooler air by the end of the week and for the weekend ahead then a slight warm up into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed legislation to amend the Illinois School Code to allow students without high school degrees to acquire high school diplomas and allow for the creation of quality adult diploma programs – the new law will open doors of opportunity for adult learners who want to achieve better careers & higher wages, and it will help address the large educational disparity in minority communities – Census stats show 1 million Illinois people do not have a high school diploma or GED.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Board of Higher Education is investigating Morthland College due to the school’s inability to access federal student aid funds – the Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports in addition to denying access to the funds, the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year fined the private Christian liberal arts college for an alleged “breach of fiduciary duty” – based down in West Frankfort, the college was fined about $2 million – this was the first step in what could lead to an end of the college’s existence.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months & older get their flu shot as soon as possible, once the vaccine is available, saying it’s not too early to get vaccinated – becausee of concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine worked during the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending people get a flu shot & not use the nasal spray – getting an annual flu shot is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu – the influenza season typically begins in October and peaks between December and March.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for a regular bi-monthly meeting – the Council  :  took no action on an agreement between the City of Olney and Parkside Inn, LLC as more time is needed to review the proposal  :  amended a Recreation Department line item in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget calling now for painting & repair work needed for the Musgrove Aquatic Center  :  took no action on an agreement between the City of Olney and the Olney Little League Association as more discussion is needed  :  approved three raffle licenses as presented  :  approved several re-appointments to the Police Pension Board, Fire Pension Board, Library Board, and Tree Board as recommended  :  noted that the paving is expected to begin on October 9th on the southernmost section of Whittle Avenue – the construction work should be complete by the end of next month  :  and took no action after a short closed session to discuss the sale and/or purchase of real property and personnel  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular meeting on October 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, the fall harvest is continuing at a record pace due to the extremely dry conditions around the state – last week’s average temperature was 76.8 degrees, a whopping 14.3 degrees above normal – the statewide average rainfall last week was nearly six tenths of an inch (0.59) of rain, which was two tenths of an inch (0.20) below normal – as of Sunday, both the state’s corn and bean crops were over 50% in good to excellent condition despite the dry fields over the past 4 to 6 weeks  :  farmers in our ten county area report nearly 90% of the local corn crop is mature with at least a third (35%) of the local corn now harvested – the local soybean crop has over 80% of the fields now turning color, at least two-thirds (67%) of the fields are dropping leaves, and close to a quarter (23%) of the local beans are now harvested – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest continues to roll on.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office is noting that Illinois state statute requires that certified notices on delinquent real estate and mobile home taxes be mailed to property owners before the annual tax sale – therefore, certified notices will be mailed out in Richland County this coming Thursday, September 28th – with the mailing of certified notices, there are additional fees added for postage and publication to all delinquent bills – after this Thursday, personal checks will no longer be accepted and the delinquent taxes must be paid with a cashier’s check, money order, or cash – in order to avoid this penalty, real estate and mobile home taxes & late penalties must all be paid in full before this Thursday – payments can be made in person at the Treasurer’s office, open weekdays, from 8:00 to 4:00, or by using the courthouse drop box.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation (District 7) has announced that repairs to the CSX Railroad crossing on County Road 2300E, Spring Hill Road, what is the Dieterich to Mattoon Blacktop, in Montrose, is tentatively scheduled to begin next Monday, October 2nd – the construction will take up to five days & should be completed by Friday, October 6th – the road will be closed during construction, beginning at 7:00 next Monday morning, and will remain closed until construction is completed sometime Friday – trucks should use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate and remember that Village of Montrose streets are not rated for heavy loads – motorists are asked to reduce speed while traveling thru this work zone & to observe all barricades & related signs – again, that’s next Monday thru Friday in Montrose.

 

(NEWTON)  The 1st Annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day is scheduled to be held on Sunday evening, October 15th, at the White Oak Picnic Pavilion in Sam Parr State, as everyone is invited to join in on the Wave of Light candle lighting ceremony to honor babies that have gone too soon – with registration at 6:30, the event will start that evening at 7:00 with candles & white paper bags provided – those attending are asked to bring a canned good or two to use in the bags to help weigh them down – the non-perishable canned goods will then to be donated to the local food pantry in Newton to help those in need – folks can pre-register via the Google Document on the Jasper County Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group Facebook page – all names submitted by this Sunday, October 1st, will be included on a t-shirt – names submitted after October 1st will be read during the ceremony on October 15th – to stay up to date on meeting dates and other activities the group will be hosting, check their Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the 2017 Blues Fest coming up this Saturday night from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Richland Country Club, featuring the blues music of Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch Band – the $10 tickets can be purchased at all area banks or at the Richland Country Club – make plans to bring your lawn chairs or blankets as the performance will be outdoors by the driving range & cart shed – includes a full service bar on site, therefore no coolers or carry-in drinks – all are invited out to Blues Fest this Saturday night.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  tomorrow & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center Effingham, from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:15 to 1:45  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will have a Pampered Chef fundraiser next Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 in the hospital private dining rooms – proceeds will go to Auxiliary projects


    The St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church of Island Grove, will have its annual Fall Breakfast & Raffle this Sunday morning, October 1st, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – plenty of great food, drink, and more, plus a country store, a quilt raffle, and cash raffle – pay at the door – all ages are invited Sunday


    The American Legion Family spaghetti dinner is this Saturday evening in Olney, with serving from 5:00 until sold out – the cost is $7.50 per person, plus a 50/50 drawing – all proceeds will go to the American Legion to support their programs in Olney and Richland County to help Veterans & their families


    The Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday in the Olney City Park from 9:00 to 4:00 – on display will be wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – plus children’s activities, plenty of entertainment on the Band Shell Stage, and at least 14 different food concessions – all for a $2 donation


    Local author Gary Totten will be at the Fall Festival Saturday – it’s all for a book signing featuring Gary’s book of short stories entitled “The Life of a Dog and Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland”


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Support Group will meet tonight at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – the meeting is open to anyone who’d like more information and/or details in their local fight against cancer

 

 

 

September 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The late season heat wave will continue for our area another couple of days with near record highs both today & tomorrow – but as that strong subtropical high that’s controlled our weather conditions since last week moves off the East Coast, a cold front will push across the state by tomorrow night, and while it won’t give us any rain, the front will bring us cooler air for the rest of the week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois has chosen the private firm, The Camelot Group, to take over running the Illinois Lottery – since Camelot runs the lottery system in Great Britain, acting Illinois Lottery Director Greg Smith says it’s a logical choice – the goal is to grow the player base, to introduce new technology, and to ensure responsiveness to public needs & concerns in Illinois – Camelot will replace the Northstar Lottery Group, the first private manager of a state lottery, which failed to keep its projections amid disagreements.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Rauner has vetoed legislation requiring mobile applications that track user locations to get permission first & to outline how that data will be used – the Governor called it an unnecessary layer of state regulation that would harm business & deter technology companies from locating in Illinois – while business groups agreed, supporters say the Governor ignored the chance to protect the citizens of Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  A new state law signed by the Governor this past Friday, will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017-2018 Illinois Bobcat Hunting & Trapping Season, which opens on November 10th – the bobcat permit application deadline is this coming Saturday, the 30th – a total of 1,000 permits have been allocated and a lottery drawing will be conducted – during last year’s initial bobcat season, Illinois issued 500 permits with hunters & trappers harvesting 141 bobcats, a 28% success rate – applications available on the IDNR Direct online license & permit system at  www.il.wildlifelicense.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system from the current combined chlorine to free chlorine on this Monday – therefore, residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used over the next week or so – the switch is for maintenance purposes and is in conjunction with the city’s biannual hydrant flushing, which will start at 9:00 this coming Sunday night, October 1st – the City appreciates the patience of all residents at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  While National Seat Check Saturday was this past weekend with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks held throughout the state, the District 12 State Police Headquarters in Effingham will have a Car Seat Safety Check today from 10:00 to 1:00 – the focus is to educate motorists on the correct way to install car-seats as a child’s car seat is installed incorrectly 59% of the time – for more information about the common car-seat mistakes made and more, check out the website online, at  www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.

 

(OLNEY)  All are invited out this Saturday to the 43rd annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans and craftsmen will have their work on display, including jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, and much more with several new artists attending this year – there will also be a full lineup of entertainment at the Band Shell Stage, plus plenty of children’s activities as well – there will be 14 different food concessions including favorites such as pork burgers, freshly made potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwursts, fish, baked items, and much more – it’s all for a $2 donation at the gate – all ages are welcome to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Extension Offices, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is offering a Hunter Education Class for youth wanting to secure a hunting license – the class is on three consecutive nights, starting tonight, then tomorrow night, and on Wednesday night, from 6:00 to 9:30 each evening, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, just off of U.S. Route 50, between Sumner and Lawrenceville – registration starts at 5:30 this evening & each evening, with class size limited to the first 100 – participates must attend all three sessions and the youth must be 10 years of age or older, although its IDNR policy that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education course by an adult – register online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww  – for last minute information or details, call the Richland County Extension office in Olney at  618-395-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  And a huge “Thank You” to everyone that turned out to join us in our celebration this past Saturday night at the Effingham Performance Center (EPC) as we recognized the 25th birthday of 103.5 “The Eagle” WIKK-FM in Newton – from all of our great corporate sponsors, the musicians, the EPC staff, the many volunteers, and those that purchased tickets and merchandise, thanks for being a part of it all – it was 25 years ago last Thursday, September 21st, in 1992 that WIKK radio went on the airwaves as a 25,000 watt FM station based out of Newton, Illinois, with the transmission tower located just west of Rose Hill.

 

(LAWRENCEVILLE)  An escaped inmate from the Lawrence County Jail is back behind bars – Lawrence County authorities say Michael Bryan slipped away from custody last Friday afternoon and after the search became more involved, he was caught at around 9:00 Friday night in St. Francisville – no one was injured.

 

(NEWTON)  Downstate motorists are reminded to be extra alert while traveling this fall – not only are area farmers moving from field to field for the 2017 fall harvest, but with the field cover disappearing due to harvest, the area deer population will become more active as their rut season is approaching – while the deer are most active in the early morning and late evening hours, especially along wooded areas, farmers are obviously on the road around the clock with farm equipment and grain trucks – let’s stay safe out there.

 

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

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also later today at the Cornerstone Community Church in Noble from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will start its annual Corn Maze and related activities this Sunday afternoon & evening, October 1st, from 3:00 to 6:00 – admission is $4 – children under 5 admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult – also train rides, games, and concessions – plus a Kiddie Tractor Pull this Sunday – the Corn Maze will also be held the following two weekends


    The St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church of Island Grove, will have its annual Fall Breakfast & Raffle this Sunday morning, October 1st, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – plenty of great food, drink, and more, plus a country store, a quilt raffle, and cash raffle – pay at the door – all ages are invited Sunday


    A benefit fundraiser to help Becky Sanders is this Saturday night at the Newton VFW from 5:00 to 11:00 – includes pulled pork sandwiches and all the fixings, an auction, a raffle, and DJ music, all for a free will donation – also includes $5 carry-out plates – proceeds to help the daughter of Fred & Barb Bergbower


    The American Legion Family spaghetti dinner is this Saturday evening in Olney, with serving from 5:00 until sold out – the cost is $7.50 per person, plus a 50/50 drawing – all proceeds will go to the American Legion to support their programs in Olney and Richland County to help Veterans & their families


    Local author and Olney native Gary Totten will be present at this Saturday’s Olney Arts Council Fall Festival from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – it’s all for a book signing featuring Gary’s book of short stories entitled “The Life of a Dog and Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland” – all are invited

 

 

 

September 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The late season heat wave will continue a few more days as a subtropical ridge stretches from Texas up thru Illinois into the eastern Great Lakes region – there’s no relief expected until a possible cold front moves thru our area by midweek next week – then much cooler air will move in by the end of the work week next week – until then though, it could be some record heat in store this weekend – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has rejected a measure requiring Illinois elementary schools to teach cursive writing – in fact, the bill was among several other measures that the Governor took no action on yesterday – in his veto message, Rauner said the legislation is “yet another unfunded mandate” for schools that doesn’t protect the health or safety of students – proponents say it’s important to teach tech savvy kids to write in cursive so they can sign documents, write personal notes, and read historical texts.

 

(LAWRENCEVILLE)  An escaped inmate from the Lawrence County Jail is back behind bars – Lawrence County authorities say Michael Bryan slipped away from custody yesterday afternoon and after the search became more involved, he was caught at around 9:00 last night in St. Francisville – most other details are not available, other than no one was injured in the incident – the local investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system from the current combined chlorine to free chlorine next Monday –  it’s at this time that residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual flushing which will be a week from tomorrow night, on Sunday night, October 1st – the City’s Water Department appreciates the patience of all residents.

 

(NEWTON)  This is National Seat Check Saturday, with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks planned throughout the state – the focus is to educate motorists on the correct way to install car-seats – in most cases, a child’s car seat is installed incorrectly 59% of the time – the only area Car Seat Safety Check today is in Robinson from 10:00 to 1:00 at 1000 North Allen Street – the State Police District 12 Headquarters in Effingham will have a Car Seat Safety Check next Monday from 10:00 to 1:00 – for more information about the common car-seat mistakes made and more, check out the website online, at  www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the Cornerstone Community Church in Noble from 3:00 to 7:00  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Kedron United Methodist Church, along the Power Plant Road, west of Newton, will host a gospel concert tomorrow night at 7:30 featuring Bobby Story – proceeds raised go to Hurricane Relief efforts


    It’s free movie night tomorrow evening at the Noble First Christian Church – the showing of the movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” will start at 6:30 with free popcorn and drinks – all ages are invited


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – also sandwiches, desserts, & drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all invited


    The Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport will host the Bluegrass Gospel music of the group “Mackville” at around 5:30 tomorrow evening – it all starts with the Shiloh Praise Band performing at 4:00 – plus a free hog roast meal & all the trimmings – all are invited – for more details, logon at  www.shilohbport.org


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case tomorrow starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available – bring your lawn chairs – all families are welcome


    A benefit dinner is this evening at the Clay City United Methodist Church with pulled pork & desserts served from 4:00 to 7:00 – then a live auction & music from the band “Too Far Gone” at Gatsby’s Gaming in Clay City from 7:00 to 1:00 – also several raffles – proceeds go to Rachel Cockerell for cancer costs


    The Wal-Mart DC Trap Shoot to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is today from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Sportsman’s Club, north of Albion along Rt 130 – all ages & skill levels invited, plus concessions


    The Annual St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale continues this morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Hall in Newton – proceeds to benefit the St. Thomas School’s technology fund

 

 

 

September 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As fall officially arrives this afternoon, according to the calendar, that’s far from the case with the weather conditions today – it’s more heat & humidity on this Friday, which will stay in place tomorrow, Sunday, and into the first of next week – no real change is expected until a cold front moves thru the state next Tuesday night with some rain next Wednesday followed by much cooler air – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies – more than $68 million from the Department of Homeland Security will go to the City of Chicago while the state will get $16.4 million to help implement homeland security strategies – the Chicago Transit Authority receives $10.2 million while the recipients of Port Security Grants are the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the Village of Romeoville, and Cook County.

 

(OLNEY)  A report from the State Insurance Department says residents who buy insurance on the state’s health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018 – the Chicago Tribune reports the silver plans could jump from 16% to 37% on average, while the lowest-priced bronze-level plans would increase by 20% and the gold plans up by 16% – the rates will be finalized next month in October – consumers will start choosing plans when the open enrollment period begins on November 1st, 2017.

 

(NEWTON)  The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall (OSFM) is proud to announce that eight fire departments from Illinois have been recognized with the 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award, recognizing those departments that recorded zero fire deaths in residential structures or a ten percent reduction of fire deaths from the previous year – other qualifications include having an active fire prevention program and commitment to reducing the number of house fires in their community – the downstate recipient was the Effingham Fire Department, plus others from Alsip, Bourbonnais, Countryside, Gurnee, Henry, Wheeling, & River Forest – there were a total of 110 fire departments from 31 different states that received the honor.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in Olney last night for its regular monthly September meeting – the Board  :  noted in a public hearing to discuss the proposed FY18 budget, that the District will receive its fourth and final payment from the state for the annexation of the West Richland School District into the East Richland School District in the amount of $1,003,240 – while the District anticipates finishing FY18 with a balanced budget, concerns continue with the state’s financial situation whereas the state is still not fully funding mandated categorical expenses, such as transportation  :  noted in the financial update, that the state currently owes the Richland County School District more than $1.2 million to date  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget as presented  :  noted an update on the District’s total enrollment  :  was updated on the District’s ongoing accreditation process  :  heard a presentation on the 2016-2017 Olnean, the school yearbook  :  and took various personnel moves after an 18 minute executive session – accepted resignations from Bus Driver Brenda Barrett, from RCMS Assistant Track Coach Darrell Houchin, and from Freshman Boys Basketball Coach Tony Duenas – hired Brittania Kocher as a Birth To 3 / Prevention Initiative Parent Educator, Chris Jennette as a Bus Driver, and Aaron Trueblood as a Bus Aide – hired Julia Miller as the new RCHS Softball Coach, Jill Greenwood as RCMS Girls Track Coach, Brad Ameter as RCMS Assistant Track Coach, and Sue Pixley as set designer for the RCHS Musical  :  next regular meeting is October 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton for its regular monthly September meeting – the Board  :  held a public hearing to discuss the FY18 budget, then later approved the budget as presented  :  approved contract for school counseling services with the Jasper County Health Department  :  agreed to move the November meeting date to November 14th due to the School Board Conference dates  :  on a 6 to 1 vote, approved the bills and District activity accounts  :  on a 5 to 1 vote, with one abtention, approved the destruction of past closed minutes  :  and took various personnel moves after a 23 minute closed session – hired Steve Bickers as full-time, JoAnn Wade as full-time Bus Driver, Jody Dhom as a part-time Special Ed Route Driver, Heather Carey as part-time Bus Chaperone, Mandi Kuhl and Jamee Baltzell as JCJH Co-Cheer Sponsors for both the boys & girls basketball seasons, Tina Shipman as JCJH Girls Assistant Basketball Coach, and Jennifer Milliman as NE School Nurse – and approved various volunteers for sports, as mentors, & as classroom help  :  next regular meeting will be October 19th.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system from the current combined chlorine to free chlorine this coming Monday, September 25th – this switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual flushing – it’s at this time that residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – the City’s Water Department will begin flushing select fire hydrants throughout Olney on the night of Sunday, October 1st, a week from this Sunday – the City of Olney appreciates the patience of all residents at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  While the past few days have been noted as National Child Passenger Safety Week, at the heart of the effort is National Seat Check Saturday, coming up tomorrow – there are nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks planned throughout the state, plus several being held today, on this Friday – the focus is to educate motorists on the correct way to install car-seats to avoid deadly accidents – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in most cases, a child’s car seat is installed incorrectly 59% of the time – additionally, about 26% of children ages 4 to 7 are moved to seat belts too soon, when they should have been riding in booster seats – here’s the Car Seat Safety Check dates and times in our area  :  today in Flora from 9:00 to 5:00 at 601 East 12th Street  :  today in Mt. Vernon from 2:00 to 6:00 at 201 North 21st Street  :  today in Greenup from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Municipal Building Lawn  :  tomorrow in Robinson from 10:00 to 1:00 at 1000 North Allen Street  :  and on Monday in Effingham from 10:00 to 1:00 District 12 State Police Headquarters  :  for more details and information about the common car-seat mistakes and more, check out the website online, at  www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an Amish Country Bus Trip on September 29th, a week from this Friday, to the Arthur, Illinois area – the trip will include a guided tour thru the Amish country, including stops at an Amish home and an Amish buggy shop, plus a “Shop with Arthur” stop and a full-course Amish meal – the cost is $50 for Farm Bureau members, $60 for non-members – the trip will leave from the Olney VFW parking lot at 7:30 that morning & return at around 7:00 that night – for details or to register for the trip coming up a week from today, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  393-4116.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  next Monday at the Cornerstone Community Church in Noble from 3:00 to 7:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional blood supply.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Kedron United Methodist Church, along the Power Plant Road, west of Newton, will host a gospel concert this Sunday night at 7:30 featuring Bobby Story – proceeds raised go to Hurricane Relief efforts


    It’s free movie night this Sunday evening at the Noble First Christian Church – the showing of the movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” will start at 6:30 with free popcorn and drinks – all ages are invited


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – carry-out available after people have been served and containers for shut-in’s have been prepared – also sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all are invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case this Sunday evening starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available with hot dogs, chips, soda, and water – all families are welcome – bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with some great Christian music


    A benefit dinner is tomorrow evening at the Clay City United Methodist Church with pulled pork, all the fixings, & desserts served from 4:00 to 7:00 – then a live auction and music from the band “Too Far Gone” at Gatsby’s Gaming in Clay City from 7:00 to 1:00 – also a gun raffle, basket raffles, a big raffle and more – all proceeds go to help Rachel Cockerell offset medical costs of cancer treatment – all are invited out


    The Wal-Mart DC Trap Shoot to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is tomorrow from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Albion Sportsman’s Club, just north of Albion along Route 130 – it’s trap field clay targets for shotguns only – concessions available and all ages & skill levels invited – for more, call Jim at  393-5950


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 23rd Annual Tree of Life Ceremony this afternoon in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, beginning at 2:00 – that’s at the Tree of Life located in the Main Hall of the hospital’s new entrance – all are invited to attend the ceremony


    The Annual St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale continues today from 8:00 to 6:00 with the final day tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 – located at the St. Thomas Parish Hall in Newton

 

 

 

September 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a stalled out cold front hanging over Northern Illinois, we’ll stay hot, humid, and dry again today – and, this will pretty much be the case for the next several days, now thru the upcoming weekend – some breakdown of the blocking ridge that’s keeping the hot air here & any fronts from advancing thru the Midwest will occur next week – maybe back to normal fall weather a week from today – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill into law which will grant greater authority to registered and licensed nurses in administering health services and lift burdensome licensing regulations – this expansion of nursing practice authority now aligns Illinois with the policies of 25 other states, plus it will increase regulatory efficiency and decrease licensing processing times.

 

(OLNEY)  The summer’s competitive housing market extended thru August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher with less total home sales – Illinois REALTORS report the statewide home sales last month totaled 16,196 units, down 3.7% from August a year ago – the state’s median price last month was $200,456 which was up 5% from August 2016 – the data shows 42 of Illinois’ 102 counties had sales gains last month over previous-year numbers – the average time it took to sell a home in August  was 48 days.

 

(NEWTON)  On October 19th, 2017, four weeks from today, millions of people in the United States and around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill – nearly 500,000 Illinoisans took part in last year’s drill and so far, more than 300,000 people in Illinois are registered for next month’s event – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for preparedness tips, go to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(MATTOON)  Authorities continue to investigate a shooting at Mattoon High School at around 11:33 late yesterday morning in the school cafeteria – the male student that fired several shots was subdued by a teacher and then disarmed by the school resource officer – the student that was shot was a bystander who was attempting to leave the cafeteria – that student is reported to be in stable condition this morning at an area hospital – as the shooter remains in custody, it’s believed that this student had a lot of issues with bullying – Mattoon High School will dismiss early today with no lunch served – the investigation continues.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees had its regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday night – the Board  :  adopted an operating fund budget worth $31,350,524 for Fiscal Year 2018 – the budget includes $3,093,470 in the Operations & Maintenance Fund and $28,257,054 in the Education Fund, the District’s two principal operating funds  :  reviewed the District’s annual financial audit with no findings or questioned costs  :  approved construction easements to facilitate a private building project that abuts District owned property near Olney Central College  :  adopted the District’s 2017 IECC Fact Book, which contains basic information about the District and its four colleges  :  approved a lease with the Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Training Program for office & training space at IECC’s West Richland Center in Noble  :  approved four affiliation agreements with area health care facilities for District health related programs  :  and made several personnel moves – accepted the retirement resignation from Workforce Education Instructor Gary Wangler – accepted resignations from Olney Central College Library Assistant Benjamin Deaton, from District Director of TRIO Upward Bound Samantha Weidner, and from Frontier Community College Coordinator of Public Information & Marketing Alyssa Parrott – employed Heather Sandy as Full-Time Temporary Art Instructor at OCC, Tosha Baker and Jamie Barbee as TRIO Upward Bound Coordinators, Julie Bryant as Coordinator of Public Information & Marketing at FCC,  Jonathan Leach & Meghan Lynch as TRIO Upward Bound Counselors, and Kristie Kolb as Office Assistant at TRIO Student Support Services – and changed the employment status for Tiffany Cowger from Assistant Dean of Student Services at WVC to Director of TRIO Upward Bound at the District Office and for Jodi Schneider from TRIO Upward Bound Counselor to TRIO Upward Bound Coordinator  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, October 17th, at Lincoln Trail College.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s tomorrow afternoon at 3:02 when fall will officially begin here in Southeastern Illinois – it’s at that time when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – the first day of fall is also known as the autumnal, or fall, equinox – our daylight will continue to get shorter each day now until the December solstice, which is exactly three months from today on December 21st  :  meanwhile, mark your calendars for November 4th, as daylight saving time ends & we turn our clocks back one hour before going to bed – daylight saving time officially ends at 2:00 Sunday morning, November 5th.

 

(OLNEY)  Carle Richland Memorial Hospital recently recognized two retiring Board Members – both Pat Burke and Rick Bussard had been members of the RMH Incorporated Board of Directors since 2010 – Burke also had served as Chairman of the Board from October 1st, 2010 until September 30th, 2013, and as Secretary/Treasurer from October 1st, 2014 until September 30th, 2016 – the hospital is appreciative of the time both Rick Bussard and Pat Burke committed to the advancement of healthcare services in our area.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program to allow select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is tomorrow, September 22nd – applications and details can be found at City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  next Monday at the Cornerstone Community Church in Noble from 3:00 to 7:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional and Midwestern blood supply.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly school board meetings on tap tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets tonight in Newton at 6:30  :  the Richland County School Board meets this evening at 7:00 in Olney  :  both of the meetings are open to the public on this Thursday night.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Kedron United Methodist Church, along the Power Plant Road, west of Newton, will host a gospel concert this Sunday night at 7:30 featuring Bobby Story – proceeds raised go to Hurricane Relief efforts


    It’s free movie night this Sunday evening at the Noble First Christian Church – the showing of the movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” will start at 6:30 with free popcorn and drinks – all ages are invited


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – carry-out available after people have been served and containers for shut-in’s have been prepared – also sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all are invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case this Sunday evening starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available with hot dogs, chips, soda, and water – all families are welcome – bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with some great Christian music


    The Wal-Mart DC Trap Shoot to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Albion Sportsman’s Club, just north of Albion along Route 130 – it’s trap field clay targets for shotguns only – concessions available and all ages & skill levels invited – for more, call Jim at  393-5950


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 23rd Annual Tree of Life Ceremony this Friday afternoon in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, beginning at 2:00 – that’s at the Tree of Life located in the Main Hall of the hospital’s new entrance – all are invited to attend the ceremony


    The Annual St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale begins today and continues tomorrow, both days from 8:00 to 6:00, and the final day on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 – located at the St. Thomas Parish Hall in Newton, there is plenty of quality merchandise, including clothing, books, kitchen gadgets, & much more