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July 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front slowly moving in our direction, we’ll another day of high heat & humidity levels, plus the better chance of getting wet this week later this afternoon thru tonight – while the chance of a lingering shower hangs around tomorrow morning, most of Friday will be dry with less humid air filtering in for a mostly dry weekend – maybe some showers Sunday evening – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for today from 12 noon until 6:00 this evening for Jasper, Effingham, Clay, Crawford, Lawrence, and Richland Counties – it’s during the mid to late afternoon hours today that the heat index values could hit between 102 and 106 due to the very high temperatures and dew point readings – prolonged exposure to this level of heat and humidity could lead to heat-related illnesses – those working outdoors should take the needed precautions against today’s heat.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Revenue is providing general information regarding the recent Income Tax increase, and changes to various credits, deductions, and additions to income – taxpayers should go online to review the information & check out the various websites to determine how the recent change in tax rates impacts their status – for most taxpayers, their employees will change withholding amounts based on rate tables provided by the IDR – for all the details, go online at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA has released the Illinois Crop Production Report for winter wheat – the harvested area in 2017 is forecast at 490,000 acres, up 4% from the previous year – the winter wheat yield is forecast at 75 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2016 – if realized, this will be a record high yield in Illinois – statewide production is forecast at 36.8 million bushels, which is 6% above last year  :  farmers in our ten county area report the local wheat harvest came in with yields averaging between 65 & 80 bushels per acre.

 

(OLNEY)  The four colleges within the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges are among the top 2% in the nation for graduating students – recent research numbers show that between 2009 and 2014, only 16 of the nationwide 990 two year public and community colleges were actually improving and graduating students, showing “better than average” data – while some of the 990 colleges had steady graduation numbers each year, at least two-thirds of the colleges were not improved & actually decreased in the number of graduates – while the national graduation rate is around 40% or much less in many cases, the IECC colleges in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and near Robinson had graduation rates well above 50% during the time of research.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District will be offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over a two week period, with the registration “window” open from July 17th to July 31st – students can be registered by going to TeacherEase on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance in the registration process, the individual public schools in Newton have set up a one day, Walk-In registration, when computers will be available and staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.cusd1.jasper.k12.il.us  – the first day of attendance for students in the Jasper County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, while the first day of attendance for Pre-K students in Jasper County is a week later, on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues today in the Olney City Park – it’s the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest this morning, the Antique Equipment Show today from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction this afternoon at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls tonight at 7:00 – then the Truck Pulls tomorrow night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – and Saturday night’s Demo Derby will finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands from 6:00 to 10:00 – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru Saturday night, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park

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(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders to area men & women in the outdoors  :  online applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for dove hunting at select state sites – the second lottery drawings are being held daily from now until July 21st – remaining free dove hunting permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis July 28th thru August 25th  :  resident Illinois hunters can still apply online for permits for the 2017 Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season October 21st thru 29th  :  and the 2017-2018 Illinois State Park guide is now available in print and online  :  for more on these items & all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will make its second community grant of 2017 this Thursday night at the Lifetree Cafe in Newton – with registration to start at 5:00 this afternoon, the meeting will begin at 6:00, with light refreshments available this evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting for free – it was three months ago in April, that the members contributed $5,200 to the Jasper County Blessings in a Backpack program in support of children in Newton and Jasper County – for more about the women’s organization and what it’s all about, go online at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org  or attend tonight.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Speaking of tonight, there are two regular monthly meetings coming up this evening  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight in the County Jail Meeting Room at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00, also in the Jail Meeting Room  :  the Jasper County Board also meets tonight at 7:00 in the County Office Building in Newton  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is continuing with this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today and tomorrow, with only two days left for work – jobs require carpentry work, painting, & cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & more – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Parkersburg Chowder is coming up on Saturday, July 29th, and today’s the deadline for Parkersburg-area girls, ages 5 thru 8, to sign up for the 2nd Annual Parkersburg Chowder Queen Contest – contestants must live in either Bonpas or Madison Townships, be a member of the Parkersburg Community Center, or attend any of the churches in the Parkersburg area, including the Christian Church, Methodist Church, or Oak Grove Church – for more information or to sign up, call Roberta now, at  618-838-2432.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a “Free Movie Night” this coming Sunday evening, July 16th, at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – there will be free popcorn and drinks – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at the same time in the church’s Fellowship Hall


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043


    The Calhoun Community Club will have a chowder meeting tomorrow night at the Calhoun Community Building starting at 6:30 – it’s for all community club members and/or volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Labor Day Chowder – a carry-in meal will be held before the meeting and an outdoor movie will be shown with free popcorn, plus free ice cream after the meeting – for more, call Gary at  618-841-1332


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited

   
    The American Legion in Olney reminds everyone that there will be Bingo tonight – all are invited

 

 

 

July 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll return to high heat & humidity levels today as we remain on the back side of that high pressure sitting over the southeastern section of the U.S. – but as an approaching cold front slowly moves into Illinois late tonight, it will bring us our next real chance of rain thru the day tomorrow and Thursday night, although the warm conditions will hang around – then dry for the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

*****     (OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced an emergency road closure on U.S. Route 50 between Noble and Clay City – due to a structure failure on one of the bridges being repaired, the highway has been completely closed until emergency repairs can be made – IDOT will locate message boards along U.S. Route 50 leading up to the bridges in both Richland and Clay Counties and all drivers will have to take alternate routes – the most likely route around the area would be either Route 130 at Olney north or the Passport Road at Noble north to the Dundas/Wendelin Blacktop, then west to Dieterich/Clay City Blacktop, south to Clay City, and then back west on Route 50 – IDOT officials say the repair work will take most of today & possibly tonight – be listening to Freedom 92.9 WSEI or check our Freedom 92.9 Facebook page online for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois residents are reminded about the precautions to take to battle the high heat & humidity levels around the state – while heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, many people still die from extreme heat each year – those at the highest risk include people 65 & older, children younger than 2 years old, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness – drinking plenty of water and staying indoors with air conditioning are two of many tips to be observed – for more, go to  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Attorney General's office has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies throughout the state under a new landmark law that was enacted to improve the response to sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes around the state – the online booklet of guidelines and sample policies spells out the newly enacted law requiring specialized training & politics for police agencies responding to sex crimes – every police agency must develop, adopt, and implement written policies by January 1st, 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  Farmers are reminded the filing deadline to report acreage and planting dates to their local Farm Service Agency office is quickly approaching, July 17th – the reports filed after the deadline next Monday will be subject to a late filing fee of  $46 per farm – the acreage and planting date reports impact producer benefits from various programs – for more, farmers should contact their local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:30 this past Tuesday morning in rural Jasper County – the State Police report 27 year old Brandon S. Frichtl of Newton was eastbound in his pickup truck when it went off the road, thru a ditch, hit a culvert, slid sideways, and overturned – Frichtl was partially ejected – he was flown by helicopter from the scene to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – he was ticketed for DUI, driving with license revoked, for improper lane usage, for failure to wear a seat belt, & for illegal transportation of alcohol – Jasper County authorities also responded.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was an abnormally dry seven days and nights – while the highest amount of rain received in the Farm Bureau report was two tenths of an inch (0.20) in Preston, German, and Decker Townships, plus at the Farm Bureau office in Olney, there were some areas of Richland County that did received over an inch of rain, including the north & northeast part of Olney – both Madison and Bonpas Townships had one tenth (0.10) of an inch – Denver, Noble, Olney, and Claremont Townships received no measurable rain during the week – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we also had nothing measurable, precipitation-wise, during the seven day period.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met for less than a half hour this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  approved an ordinance to enter an Intergovernmental Cooperation Contract with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association dealing with village insurance coverage purposes  :  noted that the blockage of Hog Run Creek has been removed  :  noted on a previous matter, that a 40 foot culvert has been ordered at the same price as two 20 foot culverts for future use  :  noted that the Village Codebook Committee will meet tomorrow (Thursday, July 13th) night at 5:00  :  noted the next local blood drive will be next Monday, July 17th, from 2:30 to 6:30, at the Noble Lions Club Building  :  and noted the upcoming Noble Chowder is set for Saturday, August 12th  :  the Noble Village Board’s next meeting is July 24th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is continuing with this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today thru Friday – jobs require carpentry work, painting, & cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & more – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s the Talent Contest results from the Richland County Fair last night in Olney  :
JUNIOR DIVISION  :
* the Competition Dance Team Mary Poppins from Star Dance Studio was first
* 12 year old Sophia Raines was second
* 14 year old Taylor Klingler was third
SENIOR DIVISION  :
* the Sharp Saxes were first – Dylan Seesengood, Caleb Thomas, Vaden Hamilton, and Jacob Ferguson
* the Competition Dance Team Titanic from Star Dance Studio was second
* 18 year old Alex Thomas of Olney was third
OPEN DIVISION  : 
* Keegan Tucker and Andrew Flynn combined for a vocal duet that finished in first place
* the group, Turning Point (Sammy, Tommy, and Ridge Davis) ended up in second place
* current OCC student Hunter Meritt finished up in third place
* and congratulations to 99 year old Ethel Stewart who received an Honorable Mention

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues today in the Olney City Park – it’s more 4-H Livestock judging on this Wednesday with the Farm Bureau Young Leaders Pedal Tractor Pull and Ag Olympics this afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00 and special live music on stage tonight at 7:00 featuring Travis James from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with tributes to Hank Williams Jr. and Conway Twitty – then it’s the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest tomorrow morning, the Antique Equipment Show tomorrow from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction Thursday at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls tomorrow night at 7:00 – the Truck Pulls are Friday night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop that afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – then Saturday night’s Demo Derby to finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru Saturday night, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will be offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over the next two-plus weeks, with the registration “window” open from July 17th to July 26th – students can be registered by going to Skyward Family Access on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance, the individual public schools in Olney have set up a one day Walk-In registration when computers & staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, an emergency contact phone number, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.rccu1.net  – the first day of attendance for students in the Richland County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, with an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out to sign up for the 2nd Annual Parkersburg Chowder Queen Contest as girls will be accepted, ages 5 thru 8 years old – the registration deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, July 13th – contestants must live in either Bonpas or Madison Townships, be a member of the Parkersburg Community Center, or attend any of the churches in the Parkersburg area, including the Christian Church, Methodist Church, or Oak Grove Church – the Contest will be at 1:00 on Saturday, July 29th, during the Parkersburg Chowder – for more information or to sign up, call Roberta, at  618-897-2432  or  618-838-2432.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Orchard Christian Academy has an “Open House” tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at its new location at 5014 North Route 130 in Olney – that’s just north of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter entrance, in the former Valley Town & Country Building – the school offers a Christian education for Pre-School thru 8th Grade students – stop by to meet the staff, tour the facility, and get enrollment details – www.eocaolney.org.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  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 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Xenia Fire House from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday again at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    All are invited to the Olney Music Booster’s “Dunk Tank” fundraiser this Saturday afternoon & evening at the Richland County Fair – from 3:30 to 8:30, the Dunk Tank lineup includes Band Dads Bob Jellison & John Davis, RCHS Teacher Mandy Ginder, Marching Tiger Fan Tina Cannon, Band Groupie Danny Garcia, RCHS Band Director Christopher Jones, Olney Mayor Mark Lambird, & RCHS Teacher & Coach Klay Wheeler – come out and support it – all proceeds to benefit the Olney Music Boosters / RCHS Music


    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” this coming Friday night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited

   
    The American Legion in Olney reminds everyone that there will be Bingo tomorrow night – all invited

 

 

 

July 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The summer heat wave continues today with heat index values around 100 degrees in our area – plus that daily chance of an isolated shower or brief storm – then after a dry sky tonight, more of the same coming up again tomorrow and on Friday – a cold front will bring us a chance of more widespread rain on Thursday, but still hot & humid – we should see a dry, but still warm weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner is rejecting calls from the Democratic State Treasurer who’s making personal visits to bond houses in New York this week to support the new state budget – the Governor however, says the state’s $15 billion backlog of overdue bills will not be fixed by the proposed income tax increase within the new budget  :  meanwhile, the Governor is replacing his Chief of Staff with the head of the conservative-leaning Illinois Policy Institute – Kristina Rasmussen begins her work today.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) will hold a policy session called “Illinois Power Meter” tomorrow in Chicago to assess the present and future of renewable energy in Illinois, all in light of the Future Energy Jobs Act, which went into effect June 1st – the expert panelists will discuss renewable energy, the development of additional solar & wind sources, the relationship between environmental policy & economic theory, and much more – additional policy sessions are scheduled thru this summer and fall.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – there were 6.2 days on average suitable for fieldwork around Illinois last week, mostly due to the sporadic rainfall amounts here or there – last week’s average precipitation in Illinois was just under a half inch (0.46), which is a third of an inch (0.34) below normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 76.3 degrees, less than a degree (0.5) above normal – the statewide topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are two-thirds (61% to 70%) adequate, just over a quarter (25% to 32%) short, less than 10% very short, and only 1% surplus, if that – the statewide corn silking is at 33%, compared to 45% a year ago, while soybeans blooming around Illinois is at 31%, compared to 6% last year – over two-thirds of the state’s corn and bean crops are rated in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in our ten county area report much the same – producers indicate that 60% of the local corn is silking and that nearly 40% of the local soybeans are blooming – while some areas have had some significant rain, most areas need rain – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors and around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved three recommendations from its Plan Commission – to grant a Special Use Permit to place a manufactured home at 100 East Bower Street – to grant a Special Use Permit to place a motorhome at 5387 North South Shore Drive – and to approve the Final Plat of Parkside Plaza, Lots 1-5  :  accepted the nearly $70,000 bid from Mt. Carmel Stabilization for the City of Olney’s MFT Oil & Chip Street program  :  approved the $16,000 quote for boiler re-tube & service work at the City of Olney’s Wastewater Treatment Plant  :  approved the water & sewer line extension agreement to serve the new proposed hotel facility to be located along Route 130, just west of the Olney City Park  :  agreed to advertise & hold a public auction to sell the properties of 304 Lee Avenue and 539 South Shields Street  :  agreed to donate older radio equipment from the Police Department to the Richland County Emergency Management Agency  :  approved an ordinance to place a Yield Sign at the intersection of White Squirrel Circle & White Squirrel Drive in the Olney City Park  :  noted that the selection process continues for a City Hall mural – community input is needed on the City of Olney website online  :  city committees were formed to explore future street plans and to review the criteria for city tourism grants  :  the Olney City Council has its next regular bi-monthly meeting on July 24th.

 

(NEWTON)  The 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will make its second community grant of 2017 this coming Thursday, July 13th, at the Lifetree Cafe in Newton – with registration to start at 5:00, the meeting will begin at 6:00 on Thursday evening, with light refreshments available – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend Thursday night meeting for free – it was three months ago in April, that the members contributed $5,200 to the Jasper County Blessings in a Backpack program in support of children in Jasper County & Newton – for more information about the women’s organization and what it’s all about, go online at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County has a new Fair Queen as 19 year old Kylar Craig was crowned last night by outgoing Queen Madi Hahn – the daughter of Brian and Danette Craig, the RCHS graduate will now represent Richland County over the next year – selected as 1st Runner Up was Rylee Dial, 2nd Runner Up was Rachel Woods, and named as Miss Congeniality was Jordan Morris – a huge “thank you” to all the great sponsors and volunteers who helped in making the Pageant last night another huge success as in the past - congratulations to the new Miss Richland County Fair Queen, Kylar Craig, of Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park with various 4-H Livestock judging today, the Fair’s Talent Contest is tonight, and the Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom to be featured from 4:00 to 8:00 this evening in the White Tent – then more 4-H Livestock judging tomorrow with the Farm Bureau Young Leaders pedal tractor pulls & ag olympics throughout the afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00, plus special live music on stage Wednesday night at 7:00 – the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest is Thursday morning, the Antique Equipment Show is Thursday from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction Thursday at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls that night at 7:00 – the Truck Pulls are Friday night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop that afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – then Saturday night’s Demo Derby to finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – all at the Richland County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, that’s inclusive of farm toys, pedal tractors, and riding lawn mowers – buyer registration starts at 1:30 that afternoon, with the Equipment Auction to begin at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043.

 

(OLNEY)  A note that the East Orchard Christian Academy will have an “Open House” tomorrow night, July 12th, from 6:00 to 8:00, at its new location, at 5014 North Route 130 in Olney – that’s located north of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter entrance, in the former Valley Town & Country Building – the school offers classes and Christian education for Pre-School thru 8th Grade students – stop by, meet the staff, tour the facility, and get more details about enrollment – check their website online, at  www.eocaolney.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is in need of volunteer workers for this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today thru this Friday with 53 project requests – some jobs require carpentry help, painting, and cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for light errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & other supplies – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated to help fund this week’s repair work.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  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 KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Xenia Fire House from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are on sale now at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up on Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well


    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County will have its 9th Annual Summer Picnic this Sunday afternoon, July 16th, from 1:00 to 3:00, in the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s open to all BBBS families and matches – includes an ice cream sundae bar and drinks, plus horses available for riding with assistance – an adult must accompany children – call the BBBS office to RSVP at  618-392-3863


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center

– tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” this coming Friday night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited


    The Red Rooster in Olney will host “open interviews” today from 9:00 until 2:00 – workers are needed, so stop by & check it out – it’s more than a truck stop at the intersection of Routes 130/50 in Olney


    The Olney Low Vision Support Group will meet this morning at the Sunshine Village Apartments, beginning at 10:00 – it’s a free group for people who are or knows someone who is visually impaired


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary continues its Longaberger fundraiser in the Heim Room, near the main entrance – that’s this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – proceeds to Auxiliary projects


    The Richland County School District will begin its Summer Meal Program today at the Middle School in Olney, running now thru July 27th, each Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, with breakfast from 8:30 to 9:00 and lunch from 12:15 to 1:00 – the free meals are for Richland County students age 18 and under


    Due to this week’s County Fair, the Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the Olney City Park Shelter, north of the old swimming pool – that’s from 10:00 to 4:00 with fresh produce & more

 

 

 

July 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A large area of low pressure hanging over the Upper Midwest will keep all the rain & storm activity in the northern half of the state today as the downstate region heats up with more high humidity levels & some sunshine – as a short wave dives into our area late tonight, we could have a few spotty rain chances, even into tomorrow, however most of us will stay dry and hot until a cold front moves thru our region Thursday night into Friday morning – then a dry and less humid weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will today discuss potential financial peril facing the state despite an approved $36 billion budget law taking effect last week – the main problem is the negative impact of credit rating agencies as they proceed with threatened downgrades – although a new state spending plan has been approved, Moody’s Investors Service say it still might cut Illinois’ grade.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball & Mega Millions tickets recently due to the state budget impasse – it was late last month that the Lottery announced it was shutting down sales of the popular games due to no state budget and no payments to the prize pool – Illinois lost about $2.4 million in revenue from Powerball and about $1.5 million from Mega Millions – but the sales of both games are back up and running after last week’s passage of the state’s new budget deal.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Board of Elections says it will not provide information about registered voters to the new federal voting commission – it’s Illinois law that limits the release of voter information to political committees and government entities, all subject to a requirement that the data not be released to the public – because the requested data could be made public, Illinois says it therefore is not able to provide it – the federal commission was formed in order to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – today is livestock entry day on the fairgrounds, plus the 4-H General Project judging starts this morning, all followed by the Miss Richland County Fair Queen & Little Miss Pageants tonight at 7:00 (more on that in a moment) – after various 4-H Livestock judgings tomorrow, the Fair’s Talent Contest is tomorrow night, plus the Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom will be featured from 4:00 to 8:00 tomorrow evening in the White Tent – then more 4-H Livestock judging on Wednesday with the Farm Bureau Young Leaders pedal tractor pulls & ag olympics throughout the afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00, plus special live music on stage Wednesday night at 7:00 – the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest is Thursday morning, the Antique Equipment Show is Thursday from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction Thursday at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls that night at 7:00 – the Truck Pulls are Friday night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop that afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – then Saturday night’s Demo Derby to finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands available from 6:00 to 10:00 and all the great concessions – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – that’s all at the 161st Annual Richland County Fair in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will begin its Summer Meal Program tomorrow at the Middle School in Olney, running July 11th thru July 27th – the three week initiative includes breakfast, served from 8:30 to 9:00, and lunch, served from 12:15 to 1:00, on the next three consecutive Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only – the free meals are for Richland County students age 18 and under, plus adults can eat at the same times for $3 per meal – check the District’s website online for more details.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Community Foundation Advisory Board has appointed three new members, each for a three year term – the list includes three lifelong Jasper County residents  :  Debbie Diel, who retired as a School Secretary within the Jasper County School District  :  Ed Kocher, who grew up in Ste. Marie and is a grain and swine farmer  :  and Susan Shull, who retired as a Junior High Language Arts Teacher  :  the other five Advisory Board members include Karla Koebele, Dylan Hartigan, Steve Mammoser, Karen Meinhart, and Lora Short – established in 2013, the Jasper County Community Foundation manages ten component funds with more than $325,000 in assets, ensuring that gifts made thru the Foundation are easy, personal, and have a maximum impact for the students in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out to sign up for the 2nd Annual Parkersburg Chowder Queen Contest as girls will be accepted, ages 5 thru 8 years old – the registration deadline is this coming Thursday, July 13th – contestants must live in either Bonpas or Madison Townships, be a member of the Parkersburg Community Center, or attend any of the churches in the Parkersburg area, including the Christian Church, Methodist Church, or Oak Grove Church – the Contest will be at 1:00 on Saturday, July 29th, during the Parkersburg Chowder – for more information or to sign up, call Roberta, at  618-897-2432  or  618-838-2432.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is in need of volunteer workers for this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today thru this Friday with 53 project requests – some jobs require carpentry help, painting, and cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for light errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & other supplies – whether it’s one day or all five, volunteers are greatly appreciated – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated to help fund this week’s repair work – many of the projects are improvements to older homes for the elderly – that’s all of this week in Newton and Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  One of the highlights each year at the Richland County Fair is the Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant, which is set for tonight at 7:00 – current Fair Queen Madi Hahn will help oversee this year’s pageant which has seven young ladies vying for the crown – here’s the list of tonight’s contestants  :
* 19 year old Paige Anderson – parents are Diana Anderson and the late John Anderson
* 19 year old Kylar Craig – parents are Brian and Danette Craig
* 18 year old Rylee Dial – parents are Aaron Dial and Felicia Nohren
* 17 year old Autumn Leaf – parents are Toby and Tanya Leaf
* 20 year old Jordan Morris – parents are Dewayne and Karen Morris
* 18 year old Autumn Scherer – parents are Harvey and Bonnie Scherer
* 19 year old Rachel Woods – parents are Brian and Nikki Woods
that’s all coming up tonight, plus the Little Miss Pageant as well – all at the Richland County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  The construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected around the end of July – this section of Oak Tree Road is still closed during the construction work  :  also, starting today, on this July 10th, the road project to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run will get started – the new culvert will be a poured-in- place concrete box and the work will take at least two weeks to complete – Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, will be closed during this construction work  :  if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue and on Kitchell Avenue, both in Olney as well.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There are two municipal meetings on tap tonight  :  the Olney City Council will meet in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board will meet tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, also beginning at 7:00  :  both meetings are open to the public tonight.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a “Free Movie Night” this coming Sunday evening, July 16th, at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – there will be free popcorn and drinks – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at the same time in the church’s Fellowship Hall


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    The Calhoun Community Club will have a chowder meeting this Friday night at the Calhoun Community Building starting at 6:30 – it’s for all community club members and/or volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Labor Day Chowder – a carry-in meal will be held before the meeting and an outdoor movie will be shown with free popcorn, plus free ice cream after the meeting – for more, call Gary at  618-841-1332


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” this coming Friday night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited


    The Red Rooster in Olney will host “open interviews” tomorrow from 9:00 until 2:00 – workers are needed, so stop by & check it out – it’s more than a truck stop at the intersection of Routes 130/50 in Olney


    The Olney Low Vision Support Group will have its monthly meeting tomorrow morning, on July 11th, at the Sunshine Village Apartments, beginning at 10:00 – it’s a free group for people who are or knows someone who is visually impaired – for details or if any questions, call  618-838-6370


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a Longaberger fundraiser in the hospital’s Heim Room, near the main entrance – that’s today from 8:00 to 4:00 and tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – all proceeds will assist the Auxiliary in its many projects at the hospital in Olney

 

 

 

July 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the secondary cold front moving thru our downstate region over the past 12 hours, we’ll stay dry with plenty of sunshine on tap for the next few days – while it will still be warm, the humidity levels will be a little lower this weekend – the next chance of rain moves in by next Tuesday night with on and off chances for the end of next week – plus it warms up again as well – stay tuned for updates.  

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that the Illinois State Police are continuing to lead the way in the movement of an extra-large piece of equipment headed for the Marathon Refinery in Robinson – the 26 feet wide and 306 feet long load weighs at least 898,000 pounds and is spread over 26 axles of trailer – it continues to move today on Route 33 thru Newton and Oblong, before arriving in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues in the Olney City Park – tonight’s grandstand event is the Rodeo at 7:00, followed by tomorrow morning’s 4-H and Junior Horse Show at 9:00 – the 4-H General Projects Show is Monday, while the 4-H Livestock Show schedule kicks off with the Horse Show tomorrow morning, followed by the others next Monday thru Thursday, all finishing up with the 4-H Youth Auction next Thursday afternoon at 3:00 – the annual Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant is next Monday night at 7:00 – then the Talent Contest Tuesday night, a Live Concert Wednesday night, the Tractor Pulls Thursday night, the Truck Pulls Friday night, and the Demo Derby Saturday night – the Fair also includes daily and evening White Tent Events all of next week as well – plus don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway and all the great fair food and concessions – the grandstand tickets are now on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – that’s all at the 161st Annual Richland County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  The construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected around the end of July – this section of Oak Tree Road is still closed during the construction work  :  also, starting next Monday, July 10th, the road project to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run will get started – the new culvert will be a poured-in- place concrete box and the work will take at least two weeks to complete – Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, will be closed during this construction work  :  if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue and on Kitchell Avenue, both in Olney.

 

(FLORA)  The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall That Heals” is still set up in Flora at the Floyd Henson Junior High School, just off of U.S. Route 50 – a Missing Man Table Ceremony by Rolling Thunder is this morning at 10:00, then a Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony is tonight at 7:00, a Candlelight Vigil from dusk until 11:00 tonight, and the Closing Ceremony is tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 – all ages are encouraged to make the trip to Flora to view the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 

REMINDERS :

    Coming up tomorrow, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details

    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its Sportsman’s Day on this Saturday with registration at 9:00 this morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted

    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” this morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate donuts available