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September 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure ridge over the Midwest will keep us dry for the next few days and for the first time in over a week, a southerly wind flow will bring us some warmer air and higher humidity levels now thru the weekend – an approaching low pressure system will bring us our next rain chances Sunday night thru next Monday night with mild temperatures in place into midweek – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the enrollment numbers are out for some statewide public universities  :  the University of Illinois is reporting a nearly 3% increase to more than 83,300 students this fall  :  Eastern Illinois University shows a decline by about 5%, down to 7,030 students – the lowest drop from fall to fall in six years  :  Southern Illinois University Carbondale reports a nearly 9% drop to 14,554 students  : the numbers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville show a 2.4% decline in students this fall, at 13,796  :  and up at Northern Illinois University, fall enrollment is down to 19,015 students, down 5% from last year.

 

(OLNEY)  During Governor Bruce Rauner’s international trade trip yesterday in Japan, he visited two auto parts manufacturers that have ties to downstate Illinois – the Governor met with the senior leadership team of Toyota Boshoku, which employs more than 1,000 workers at its plant just east of Lawrenceville, where the facility specializes in the manufacture & sale of seats, door trims, & interior components for Toyota vehicles – the Governor also met with officials with Aisin Seiki, which has its main operations in Marion and employs more than 2,000 workers, making brake pads, engine parts, and transmissions – the Governor will continue his ten day trade trip overseas with several stops planned for today in China.

 

(NEWTON)  The Environmental Protection Agency is postponing portions of an Obama-era rule to curb water pollution from coal-fired power plants while it considers whether or not to rewrite the measure – EPA officials say postponing the rule for two years will give utilities relief from deadlines to upgrade pollution control equipment while the agency revisits the requirements – the rule requires steam electric power plants to control the amount of coal ash-contaminated wastewater that’s flushed from their plants – environmental groups sued over an earlier effort to postpone the rule and they say they will challenge this move as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents should stay vigilant in the fight against circulating scams – remember that the State Police and Ameren Illinois will never call, threatening jail time or utility shut-offs due to what the scammer claims are criminal investigations and/or unpaid utility bills – also, grandparents seem to be the main target of scammers calling & posing as an adult grandchild who appears to be in trouble and in need of emergency money to be wired to them as soon as possible – if you or others you know get such a call or calls and are threatened in this way, remember THEY ARE SCAMS – do not give out personal information and do not make a quick payment or send money as requested – simply hang up and call your local police.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the latest Crop Production Report for Illinois  :  the planted area for corn is estimated at 11.10 million acres, down 4% from last year – the harvested area for corn is forecast at 10.95 million acres, also down 4% from 2016 – based on September 1st conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 189 bushels per acre, up only 1 bushel from the previous forecast, but down 8 bushels from last year – if realized, it would be the third highest corn yield on record in Illinois – the state’s corn production is estimated at 2.07 billion bushels, down 8% from last year’s production  :  for soybeans, the planted area is estimated at 10.4 million acres, up 3% from a year ago – the harvested area for beans is forecast at 10.34 million acres, up 3% from 2016 – based on September 1st conditions, Illinois’ soybean yield is forecast at 58 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel decrease from last year – the state’s bean production is estimated at 600 million bushels, up 1% from 2016 and the highest production level on record for soybeans in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is looking for a few good volunteers to help conduct its 39th annual Squirrel Count, which is scheduled for the first three consecutive Saturdays next month in October – volunteers can help out on any or all the three Saturdays as all volunteers will be appreciated for their time – dedicated squirrel supporters are encouraged to contact City Clerk Kelsie Sterchi at Olney City Hall, at  395-7302.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an upcoming Amish Country Bus Trip on Friday, September 29th, to the Arthur, Illinois area – the trip will include a guided tour thru the Amish country, an Amish home tour, an Amish buggy shop tour, 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 and return at around 7:00 that night – for details or to register for the trip coming up two weeks from tomorrow, call the County Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day next Monday, the 18th of September with various activities plan on each of the four campuses  :  Olney Central College will have a Constitution Day exhibit on display in the Anderson Library with free booklets of the Constitution available to students – plus “Creating the Constitution” will be played on the gallery monitors from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College will have a display in its Learning Resource Center with Constitution booklets on hand for students  :  Lincoln Trail College will host a book display in its Library with pocket-size booklets of the Constitution for students  :  Frontier Community College will display and distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet plus other materials  :  to learn more about the Constitution, visit the National Constitution Center website, at  www.constitutioncenter.org  or logon at  www.ConstitutionDay.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ tonight across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – it includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out tonight in Ste. Marie.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight at 7:00 in the County Office Building in Newton  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight at 7:00 in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00, also in the County Jail meeting room in Olney  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

(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  :  also today at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Saturday morning at the Salem Township Hospital from 7:00 to 10:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help with blood supply needs in our area and around the U.S.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is next Monday night at the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham – the prayer service at 6:00 will be followed by the 7:00 business meeting in the parish center – no mass available – refreshments served – details from the Conference on Aging will be shared & updates on the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which starts September 27th – all are invited to the pro-life event


    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Forrest Ridge Church, south of Noble, will host its annual Homecoming this Sunday, featuring Larry Cook as the guest speaker – it’s Sunday School at 10:00 in the morning and Worship to follow at 11:00


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet today at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The remains of Hurricane Irma will continue to drive our downstate weather conditions today with an all cloudy sky and the chances of rain diminishing as we move into tonight – we’re back to a dry sky tomorrow thru Sunday with a quick warm up already in place by Friday and for the weekend ahead – then a cold front moves thru with our next rain chances Sunday night thru Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois State Police are reporting a significant drop in fatal traffic wrecks over the Labor Day weekend this year compared to a year ago – the 5 fatal crashes this year was quite a drop from the 23 that occurred in 2016 – Troopers handled nearly 200 crashes during the holiday weekend – more than 6,000 citations & nearly 4,000 warnings were issued for speeding & seatbelt use.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season is nearly a month away as the State DNR is now stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season – starting on Saturday, October 21st, at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams around the state, the trout fishing season has a daily catch limit of five trout per angler – an inland trout stamp & a valid fishing license are required unless anglers are under the age of 16, are blind, disabled, or on active-duty leave from the military – a separate catch-&-release fly-fishing season is held October 7th.

 

(NEWTON)  The state is working out the details this week of selling bonds by the end of the year to pay off some of Illinois’ overdue bills – using authority that was approved thru the budget adopted back in July by the General Assembly, the Governor’s office is planning to borrow up to $6 billion at a rate of 6% or lower to cut into the state’s $15 billion past due bills – Illinois wants to improve the nation’s worst credit rating.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session this past Monday night – the Board  :  agreed to have a tree in the Village Park removed with a $995 quote from Wakefield Tree Service  :  noted that the sidewalks on Elm Street and in front of the Village Hall will be formed up today with concrete poured today and/or tomorrow, weather permitting  :  set Trick or Treat Night in the Village of Noble on Tuesday night, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00  :  noted that the updated Village Codebook needs some changes made and should be back for review at the next Board meeting  :  again discussed taking possession of the 74 pictures from the former West Richland High School and displaying them at Village Hall – more information at the next meeting  :  noted that the Village’s mosquito spraying will likely stop after two more nights  :  noted that the Noble Lions Club will have its Halloween Parade at the Village Park on October 27th  :  and noted the Village’s Fall Cleanup Day is today on this September 13th with the normal trash pickup by Republic Services  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday night, September 25th.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program – this grant will allow for select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist private property owners 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 September 22nd, a week from this coming Friday – the applications or details can be found at Olney City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us/Tree%20Grant%20Application1.pdf.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has several reminders for those in the outdoors  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin October 17th, five weeks from yesterday – permits will be sold until gone or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first – individual hunters can buy one or more permits beginning October 17th, subject to availability  :  resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, October 7th – 9th, Saturday thru Monday, three weeks from this weekend  :  hunters and trappers may apply for an Illinois Bobcat Permit online, now thru September 30th, two weeks from this Saturday – while 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery, any leftover permits will be sold online on a first-come, first-served basis – the Bobcat season runs November 10th, 2017, thru February 15th, 2018  :  and resident combination & antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license & permit vendors – the State Archery Deer Season begins two weeks from this Sunday, October 1st  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the Department of Natural Resources website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and RWCI in Flora are partnering to provide a one-day aerial lift safety course at the West Richland Center in Noble – the course includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience while addressing safety and procedural training as well as OSHA compliance for boom and scissor lifts – plus, those taking part will receive their OHSA lift certification certificates that day as well – thru the course, participants will learn how to inspect the lifts and how to select the appropriate aerial platform to use – they’ll also learn how to conduct a job site awareness inspection looking for potholes, hazards, and debris – the course is set for Wednesday morning, September 20th, a week from today, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon, in Room 103 at the WRC in Noble – call OCC today to register at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this coming winter – these seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time & on-call work schedules to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-&-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, & nights – applicants must have a commercial driver’s license & submit to a criminal background check – plus a pre-employment physical, drug & alcohol screenings, & vision testing are required – applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications – the deadline to apply though, is by the close of business today, on this September 13th – for details, go online at  www.idot.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Democratic Central Committee will host a candidate’s meeting this Friday night at the Community Building in Clay City, beginning at 6:30 – the free event will feature gubernatorial candidate Bob Daiber and representatives from the Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, & Daniel Biss campaigns – also candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District, including Carl Spoerer, Anthony March, and Kevin Gaither, plus Cynthia Givens, the 109th Illinois House seat candidate – former Congressman and past SIU President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker – the event is free and open to the public.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ this Thursday night across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out this Thursday 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  :  today and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop this Saturday at the Immanuel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – taught by art teacher Bill Meyer, the cost is $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil or only $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call Judy to sign up at  618-838-4130


    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet this Thursday at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist


    The annual meeting of Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women is tomorrow at the United Methodist Church in Patoka, starting with registration and fellowship at 9:00 that morning, followed by the election and installation of District officers and lunch – for reservations, call now, at  618-846-2484

 

 

 

September 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an approaching cold front moves in from the northwest, the Tropical Depression that once was Hurricane Irma moves in from the southeast – our scattered rain chances increase thru the day today, with more rain chances tonight thru tomorrow – but rain from the south will eventually push off to the northeast and we’ll dry out Thursday thru Sunday, plus a warm up into the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois’ top education advisor is leaving her post this Friday – Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will join a national nonprofit group with an undisclosed position – Purvis joined the Rauner Administration in 2015 and was instrumental in leading the push for the recent school funding bill which has now been signed into law – no replacement plans have been announced as first lady Diana Rauner’s chief of staff, Emily Bastedo, will now oversee the Governor’s education policy team.

 

(OLNEY)  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.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois may now use crossbows during archery hunting seasons, including the Illinois Archery Deer Season and the Illinois Fall Turkey Archery Season beginning Sunday, October 1st – it all came about as the Governor signed into law a House Bill to amend the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois – the law previously allowed the use of crossbows for archery hunting by persons age 62 or older & those with disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the DNR – for more, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  accepted the $51,225 quote from Beachy Construction to build an accessory storage building at the Olney Wastewater Treatment Plant to be completed as soon as possible  :  heard the Annual Audit Report from Kemper CPA Group, showing a clean audit with no findings discovered  :  due to a previous technicality, approved funding of water & sewer extensions for the Parkside Plaza LLC Hotel Project, just west of the Olney City Park, due to State EPA requirements for a city-funded project  :  also approved a redevelopment agreement between the City of Olney and Parkside Inn LLC  :  amended the Peddlers & Solicitors portion of the City’s Municipal Code whereas the City of Olney will offer plastic cards for city residents to place near their front door, stating whether solicitors are accepted or not – the one-time $1 cards are available at the Olney City Hall  :  agreed to allow the City’s Tree Board to decide on where to plant donated trees near the Soccer Field and Aquatic Center in Musgrove Park  :  approved the reappointment of Paul Wirth to the Richland County Airport Authority as recommended  :  and approved six raffle licenses as presented  :  no executive session was held  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be September 25th.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues today into a single vehicle traffic accident that occurred at 6:00 early yesterday (Monday) morning, located 2 miles southwest of  Wheeler in Jasper County – the Illinois State Police report 54 year old Lori A. Westendorf of  Wheeler was southbound on a county road when her pickup truck swerved to avoid hitting a deer crossing the roadway, ran off the road, struck the ditch, and rolled onto its side – Westendorf was flown from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana – no tickets were issued – Jasper County emergency personnel also responded to the scene to assist the Illinois State Police.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due today, this September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open today from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the drop box located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5 percent penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after today, on this September 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, it was the driest week so far in 2017 as none of the nine townships received any rainfall at all, plus no rain was recorded at the Farm Bureau office in Olney – that’s for the recording period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – we also received no rain for the week here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – it was more dry and cool weather across the state – the statewide average temperature was 63.2 degrees, which is 6.8 degrees below normal – the average precipitation around the state was just under one tenth of an inch (0.09), just over a half inch (0.55) below normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn condition was 56% good to excellent and 32% fair, while the beans were 57% good to excellent and 30% fair  :  farmers in the ten county area report 85% of the local corn crop is denting, with over a third (35%) now mature, & a tenth of local corn (10%) now harvested – over half (55%) the local soybean fields are turning colors with a quarter of the bean (25%) fields now dropping leaves  :  farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest in well underway.

 

(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 will be held on three consecutive nights, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 25th, 26th, and 27th, 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 – while there is no fee for the class, registration starts at 5:30 each evening, with class size limited to the first 100, plus participates must attend all three sessions – 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 courses by an adult or guardian – register online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww  – for details, call the Richland County Extension office in Olney at  618-395-2191  or the Lawrence County Extension office in Lawrenceville at  618-943-5018.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ this Thursday night across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out this Thursday night.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Community Engagement Session is tonight at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, starting at 6:30, with two main topics for discussion – to explore renovation ideas for the Richland County High School & to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – tonight’s session is the third such meeting on the topic, following two that were held earlier this past spring, however it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tonight – in fact, all residents are urged to attend tonight to add input to develop a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District.

 

(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 in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet this Thursday at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist


    The Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 130 in Olney, will have its Customer Appreciation Day and Grand Re-Opening today – includes free coffee and doughnuts from now to 9:00 this morning and free pork burgers from 11:00 to 1:00 – plus spin the Prize Wheel from 7:00 to 3:00 to win special prizes and a grand prize drawing for a Yeti Cooler is at 3:00 – the Rooster will also be hosting open interviews for potential workers from now to 3:00 today as well – all are invited to the Red Rooster in Olney

 

 

 

September 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Not much of a shift in the forecast for today as the high pressure in the Upper Midwest will keep our sky mostly clear & dry on this Monday – however, as it moves eastward our clouds increase for tonight as the remnants of Hurricane Irma move in our direction – the chance of us getting wet increases tomorrow thru Wednesday – then we’re back to a dry sky Thursday and for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is in day two of his eight day trip to Japan and China – it’s the first international trade mission for the Governor and several other business and state leaders – lasting until Sunday, the Governor will work on attracting foreign job creators & future trade.

 

(OLNEY)  Utility companies around the state are sending crews and contractors to Florida to help provide restoration assistance as the state braces for cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irma – this comes after several such companies and cooperatives sent crews to Texas to help in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey – the State National Guard is also on the road to help with the relief and recovery efforts in Florida as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program is seeing fewer World War II Veterans on its trips to the nation’s capital – the next trip tomorrow includes 40 Korean Veterans, 37 Vietnam-era Veterans, and 3 from World War II – officials say part of the reason for the drop is that most of the World War II Vets in Illinois who have applied have already made a flight – plus the numbers of World War II Vets are declining – the nonprofit program, takes Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit war memorials and military sites.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library & Rotary Club of Olney are bringing a nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit to the area highlighting the events of September 11th, 2001 – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney on October 11th, a month from today, with a procession led by representatives from the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and will be stationed in the public parking lot across from the County Courthouse along East Main Street in downtown Olney – while exhibit officials and local volunteers will be setting up on Wednesday, October 11th, no tours will be given that day – then the following day on Thursday, October 12th, the exhibit will be open only to students from the Richland County Schools, grades 8 thru 12 – the exhibit will then be open to the general public the following two days, Friday, October 13th, from 1:00 to 7:00, and Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 to 4:00 – the high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of the events that took place on 9-11 and the exhibit is intended to serve as an educational tool – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit was established by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in honor of Siller, a New York City firefighter who gave his life helping others on 9-11 – we hope all area residents will make plans to take time and tour the exhibit, with free admission, all in honor of the 9-11 events that occurred sixteen years ago today, on this September 11th, back in 2001.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois cash rent county estimates for 2017 – the state’s average amount was at $218 per acre for non-irrigated land and at $38 per acre for pastureland  :  the average for non-irrigated land in Illinois’ fifteen East / Southeast Counties was at $195 per acre – that includes a high estimate of $262 per acre in Moultrie County and a low $147 per acre in Clay County – the Jasper County number was reported at $154 per acre, with Crawford County at $163, Cumberland County at $185, and Coles County at $246 – lower numbers included Effingham County at $155, Lawrence County at $149, and no estimate provided for Richland County  :  the average for non-irrigated land in Illinois’ twelve Southeast Counties was at $132 per acre – that includes a high estimate of $166 per acre in Wabash County to a low  $112 per acre in Franklin County – while both Edwards & Wayne Counties are at $122 per acre, White County was at $143 per acre  :  all numbers were provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5% penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after tomorrow, September 12th.

 

(NEWTON)  A huge “thank you” goes out from those in charge of this past weekend’s Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton – the fantastic weather led to a great turnout by the public for all the events of Saturday & Sunday – thanks to those that attended and to all the great businesses and sponsors that helped make it a great success – also to all the vendors, entertainers, and others that made it another great event in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  A “thank you” goes out to everyone that helped make this past Friday & Saturday great days for the successful Olney Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Charity Drive in Olney – 81 volunteers completed 70 hours of collecting donations to benefit Richland County programs in Special Olympics, Special Needs Classes, and the ARC Summer Program – thanks for all the generosity and support this year and in the past.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that former Congressman and past SIU President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker hosted by the Clay County Democratic Central Committee this coming Friday night, the 15th, at the Clay City Community Building, starting at 6:30 – also at the free event will be gubernatorial candidate Bob Daiber and representatives from the Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, & Daniel Biss campaigns, plus a representative from State Comptroller Susana Mendoza – also in attendance will be candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District, including Carl Spoerer, Anthony March, and Kevin Gaither, plus Cynthia Givens, the 109th Illinois House seat candidate will be on hand – the event is free to the public.

 

(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 Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  Wednesday & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional supply of blood.

 

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

 

REMINDERS :  
    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Forrest Ridge Church, south of Noble, will host its annual Homecoming this Sunday, featuring Larry Cook as the guest speaker – it’s Sunday School at 10:00 in the morning and Worship to follow at 11:00


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome


    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop this Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – the workshop will be taught by art instructor Bill Meyer – it’s $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil – it’s $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call  618-838-4130


    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue in Olney


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door


    The annual meeting of Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women will be this Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Patoka – it starts with registration and fellowship at 9:00 in the morning followed by the election and installation of District officers and lunch – Matt Henson of “Living the Adventure Ministries” based in Albion is the featured speaker – for reservations, call  618-846-2484


    The Richland County FACTS will have its next Community Engagement Session tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church – the primary topics are to explore renovation ideas of the high school facility & to examine possible funding options – all residents are encouraged to attend & add input


    The Red Rooster, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 130 in Olney, will have its Customer Appreciation Day and Grand Re-Opening tomorrow – includes free coffee and doughnuts from 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning and free pork burgers from 11:00 to 1:00 – plus spin the Prize Wheel from 7:00 to 3:00 to win special prizes and a grand prize drawing for a Yeti Cooler is at 3:00 – the Red Rooster will also be hosting open interviews for potential workers from 8:00 to 3:00 tomorrow as well – all are invited to stop by

 

 

 

September 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure centered over the Great Lakes will continue to control our downstate weather with more dry and mild conditions today thru tomorrow – then after a dry Monday, it appears that moisture from Hurricane Irma will drive our only chance of rain next week on Tuesday, maybe Wednesday – however, the bulk of that rain will stay along and southeast of the Ohio River Valley – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Attorney General’s office is urging residents to take precautions after credit-monitoring company Equifax said a breach exposed information about 143 million Americans – the Atlanta-based company is being called upon to provide free credit freezes to all customers – Equifax says the files were accessed between May and July of this year and the theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, even driver’s license numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due next Tuesday, September 12th – payments can be made by mail with a September 12th postmark accepted – in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00 – or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – a 1.5% penalty will apply on all second installments that are paid after next Tuesday, September 12th.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Dundas School Reunion is tomorrow at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees should bring a covered dish – drinks and table ware will be provided


    It’s a Tailgate Sunday morning tomorrow in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 with Illusionist John Louis, a family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited out


    The Jasper County Fall Festival in Newton begins with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church this morning from now until 10:00 – the Classic Car Show registration is at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and entertainment


    The Pink Warriors Support Group has their “Happy Days Again” event this evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 50’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment


    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction is this evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the cost is by donation & carry-out orders available – all proceeds go to help provide a service dog to a local boy Tuk, who’s diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Autism


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn is this evening at the KC Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, by a free will donation – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, & raffles


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is this evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    A benefit for Mark Geier is today with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin – all vehicles will leave at 12 noon – then back for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus raffle drawing & auction


    The Clay City Fall Festival has started with this morning’s Firemen’s breakfast from now until 9:00, then the Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/& a petting zoo at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is today with serving at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    Noble native Gary Totten has a book signing this afternoon at the Olney Public Library, from 1:00 to 5:00 – Gary’s book “The Life of A Dog” and other tales includes stories from the rural Heartland – all ages are invited out this afternoon to meet Gary and his wonder dog, Bettie – also, check out his book as well