LOCAL NEWS

Local News

October 25

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District continues to identify threats of violence directed toward schools in the community. Today, October 25, 2017, a threat was identified within the community. As a result, the Richland County High School will close its campus at lunch today. Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.  School will continue with normal operations and will not close school early. Students that have a schedule that takes them off campus, such as a class at OCC or tutoring at RCES, will be able to leave to attend these classes.

Local law enforcement and school officials are working together to investigate these threats. If you have any information that may assist in this investigation, please come forward. These are difficult and challenging times for students, staff, parents, and anyone that cares about education and Richland County. Your cooperation during this time is much appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced a road closure due to the traffic accident along Route 130 south of Newton – Liberty Street is closed south to Jasper County Road 875 North and east to Ochs Avenue – also Illinois Route 130 south of Newton remains closed due to that traffic accident that occurred earlier this morning.  Drivers will have to find and take alternate routes until the highway is re-opened later today.

 

 

 

October 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the latest weather system now out of our downstate region, we’ll return to some sunshine today and especially tomorrow before a weak storm system moves into Illinois with rain chances thru the day Friday before ending that night – we do have areas of frost that are possible tomorrow morning – then look for more cool air with dry conditions expected for the last weekend of October – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois General Assembly began its Fall Veto Session yesterday up in Springfield  :  the House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation on a 7 to 5 vote endorsing a ban on firearm trigger-modifications, including bump stocks like those used in the Las Vegas mass shooting  :  the State Senate voted 42 to 13 to override Governor Rauner’s veto to ban local “right-to-work” zones – a policy that allows a worker to hold a union job with union protections without joining the bargaining unit or paying dues  :  the State House resolution was filed yesterday to address sexual harassment among elected officials in Illinois – legislation is also in the works to require all lawmakers, staff, and lobbyists to receive some type of training to deal with the problem  :  the Veto Session is expected to continue into next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding senior citizens of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals & their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment, which is October 15th thru December 7th – with over 300 SHIP offices across Illinois, including two in Olney and one in Newton, seniors can schedule an appointment to assist them with open enrollment – for more details check the IDOA’s website online, at  www.illinois.gov/aging.

 

(NEWTON)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 16 other attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress forcefully opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, arguing that the ill-conceived legislation would override local public safety decisions & endanger communities & police – the legislation would force states to recognize concealed carry weapon permits from other states – Madigan and the other AG’s say some states have lower standards which could weaken local prohibitions on concealed carry by violent misdemeanor offenders, domestic abusers, and others who could pose a danger to the public.

 

***  INVESTIGATION INTO THREATS CONTINUES

The Richland County School District continues to identify threats of violence directed toward schools in the community. Today, October 25, 2017, a threat was identified within the community. As a result, the Richland County High School will close its campus at lunch today. Students that have a schedule that takes them off campus, such as a class at OCC or tutoring at RCES, will be able to leave to attend these classes.

Local law enforcement and school officials are working together to investigate these threats. If you have any information that may assist in this investigation, please come forward. These are difficult and challenging times for students, staff, parents, and anyone that cares about education and Richland County. Your cooperation during this time is much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District is continuing its investigation, working closely with local law enforcement, into the now two separate threats found at the Richland County High School in Olney – the second of which was discovered at the end of the school day yesterday (Tuesday) – despite some social media reports, many details cannot be shared by the School District and law enforcement agencies due to the ongoing investigations – what we do know is that there have been NO injuries to any students and/or staff and that school safety at all levels remains a top priority of the Richland County School District – therefore all schools in the District remain open as local law enforcement personnel will continue their presence in each of the District’s schools in Olney – all students, staff, parents, and members of the community are encouraged to follow a very simple rule  :  IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  was given two Tax Levy estimates to be considered at the next meeting – one includes a 4.99% increase while the other includes a 17% increase – also discussed related figures dealing with IMRF, Social Security, and Medicare within the proposals  :  noted that letters/memos for Village residents regarding Inoperable Motor Vehicles or vehicles with expired stickers currently on properties within the Village limits will be mailed with the Village water bills giving those residents the opportunity to take care of the situation before the Village gets involved  :  noted that the former West Richland High School class pictures at the West Richland Center will continue to be displayed there as they are  :  discussed, but took no action on current tax delinquent properties within the Village  :  noted that the Village’s water hydrants were flushed last week with no issues reported  :  and noted several activities quickly approaching – Noble’s Trick or Treat Night is next Tuesday night, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00 – Noble’s Halloween Parade in the Village Park is this Friday night with a Cake Walk at 6:30 and Parade at 7:00 – and the Noble First Christian Church has a Trunk or Treat event Friday night at the same time  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be November 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department has announced that Illinois Route 130 south of Newton is closed until further notice, due to a traffic accident – alternate routes are needed this morning.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 8:00 yesterday (Tuesday) morning along U.S. Route 50 at the Fox River Bridge, just west of Olney – the State Police report 60 year old Toni A. Fisher of Grayville was eastbound on Route 50 when his Dodge Charger left the roadway to the right to avoid striking a vehicle stopped in traffic – the car then struck a bridge guardrail and continued down the embankment and struck a tree – Fisher was transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney for treatment – Fisher was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police District 12 has released the results of Nighttime Enforcement patrols recently conducted in Jasper and Crawford Counties earlier this month – Troopers issued 17 total citations and 42 total written warnings – there were 6 registration offenses, 3 driver’s license offenses, 3 insurance violations, 3 occupant restraint offenses, 2 alcohol/drug citations, and no (0) DUI’s – the NITE patrols are conducted between the hours of 9:00 at night and 6:00 the following morning and are funded by the IDOT.

 

(OLNEY)  The Carrie Winter Trust is now accepting grant applications from local charitable organizations serving the youth of Richland County – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefited the youth of Richland County for over 30 years with more than $2 million being awarded – to be considered for a grant, go online to  www.fnbolney.com, Services, Trust Services, for the link to the current grant application or contact the First National Bank in Olney Trust Department by calling  395-8541 – the application deadline is November 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Olney Central College Massage Therapy Program is accepting appointments for upcoming clinical dates – in fact, the next clinic open to the public is this coming Saturday, October 28th, from 9:15  to 2:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble – future clinicals  are set for November 11th and December 2nd – to make an appointment, call  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name and contact information, the date they want to schedule an appointment for, and the therapy treatment they want – in turn, the caller will receive a confirmation call from the Program Instructor.

 

(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 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :   all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    A fundraiser is set for Sunday night to benefit the families of two men, Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in the July 27th, 2017, car/van/semi-truck fatal collision along U.S. Route 50 in Flora – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses, bills, and other things needed – running from 4:00 to 9:00 on Sunday at Pita’s & More, at the Eagles Lodge in Olney, all donations of gift cards, gift certificates, gift baskets, new items, and more will help – to donate or help out, call Ashley at  618-838-0565


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Sunday morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell will be held this Saturday night at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 until 12 midnight – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – to donate items to the auction or for details, call Jeff at  217-663-5759 – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    The OCC Music Department will present its Fall Concert this Friday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – in addition to the OCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble, the Richland County High School Concert Choir will take part – it’s free and all are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser this Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available, plus deliveries will be made to the Olney schools – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois with its mission to care for the terminally ill patients and their families


    The Richland County Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Mighty Minds” this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 tomorrow morning (26th) while the classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, and Rodgers will perform at 10:00 Friday morning (27th) – the public is invited to one or both performances

 

 

 

October 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A deep upper weather trough in place over the Upper Midwest will spin several short waves rain south across the state today, giving us a chance of spotty rain showers this afternoon before the rain ends late tonight – then a couple of dry days with sunshine & a slight warm up before another cold front brings us rain on Friday and then cooler air moving in for what appears to be a dry weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois General Assembly faces another showdown with Governor Bruce Rauner as lawmakers return to the State Capitol today for the fall session – on the heals of the Democratic led income tax increase and the state’s first budget in two years earlier in 2017, lawmakers will now look other legislation that the Governor has vetoed dealing with “right to work” zones, bill reporting by state agencies, and the insurance / workers’ compensation coverage issue – there’s plenty of debate coming up.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Community College Board has put together a group to study the future of post-secondary education – the Statewide Task Force on the Future of Adult Education & Literacy, created by state lawmakers, will develop a plan for workforce training over the next five years – the numbers show that more than 1 million adults in Illinois do not have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate, yet seven out of every ten jobs will soon require some type of education or other training beyond high school.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – the statewide harvest continued with an average of 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week – Illinois’ average rainfall last week was just under two tenths of an inch (0.19),  just over a half inch (0.55) below normal – the average temperature last week was 59 degrees, which was 6.0 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn harvest was 62% complete while the soybean crop was 77% finished  :  farmers in our ten county region surrounding Newton & Olney report last week’s dry weather continued to finish up the local harvest – nearly 85% of the local corn and at least 83% of the local soybeans have all been harvested – a good portion of the intended acreage has also been sown to wheat – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest starts to wrap up.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the Redevelopment Agreement between the City of Olney and Parkside Inn, LLC – it was also announced that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held this coming Thursday morning, October 26th, at 10:00  :  approved the $28,152 proposal from A.J Walker Construction for road work & street repair at the Brentwood Street intersection with Whittle Avenue  :  approved a policy in regards to the recording of public meetings by City officials  :  approved the sale of property at 539 Shields Street by public auction, which has been set for Monday, November 27th, at 4:00  :  approved the appointment of Councilman John McLaughlin as the City representative for the Joint Review Board  :  took no action on the City of Olney / Olney Little League lease agreement as talks are continuing  :  approved a change order for additional work to be done at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and its accessory building project  :  and noted the Whittle Avenue paving project is nearly complete at the south edge of town  :  the Council’s next meeting will be November 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met for its last regular meeting a week ago tonight – the Council  :  agreed to donate $250 to the Indiana Railroad Santa Train to help buy coats, hats, & gloves  :  approved the $2,049 dumpster reimbursement for the demolition of property at 102 Sycamore Street  :  heard an update and report from the Newton Aquatic Center, Miniature Golf Course, and Batting Cage – then thanked the Center and Park Departments for a great job this past summer  :  approved a $2,724 purchase order for the Parks Department for electronic equipment and its installation work  :  reminded the citizens of Newton about the city’s yard waste burning rules  :  noted the cleanup and maintenance work by the City’s Street Department and Wastewater Department to better the flow of water thru town  :  and took no other action after a 28 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting two weeks from tonight, on Tuesday, November 7th, at 6:00, at the Newton City Hall.

 

(OLNEY)  In response to yesterday’s happenings within the Richland County School District, school officials say at approximately 9:30 on Monday morning, a threat of violence was identified at the Richland County High School in Olney and as a result of that threat, the High School and the entire Richland County School District initiated the Emergency Operations Plan – in conjunction with the Olney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police, the threat was investigated as each of the three school buildings in the District were locked down until approximately 12:30 – this also included the St. Joseph Catholic School and Olney Central College – the School District and others then resumed normal operations after everything was deemed safe – there were no students or staff  injured – law enforcement remained on the scene at each school during the three hour period – Superintendent Larry Bussard said the District’s student safety is the top priority and thanks to the Olney Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department for their quick response to yesterday’s event – classes and normal activities within the School District resumed yesterday afternoon & will continue thru the rest of this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is now recruiting Bucket Brigade volunteers in preparation of this year’s Olney Christmas Lights Display – Bucket Brigade volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of donations at the end of the Christmas Lights Display with all funds collected to help maintain and expand the annual light display – every year, thousands of people travel through the Olney City Park each holiday season to see the Lights Display, which is one of the largest and most unique of its kind in the Midwest – various organizations, church groups, businesses, even families, and others are asked to volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift, which begin November 23rd and continue through December 31st – volunteers or others with questions can call the Olney City Hall at 618-395-7302, extension 3 during regular office hours.

 

(OLNEY)  All are invited to this Saturday morning’s Miranda Heart & Sole 5K Run / Walk to be held at Veteran’s Hall at Richland County High School in Olney – the late and pre-registration signup begins at 7:15, with the 5K Run / Walk to start at 8:30 – the cost is $15 per person with a group fee (3 or more) of $10 per person – entry forms at the RCHS Office, the Chamber of Commerce Office, and all Olney area banks – organized by the RCHS Interact Club, proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Miranda Acord, a RCHS junior who recently had a heart transplant – to help or if any questions, call Rob at  618-843-6093.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College will host a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Night this Thursday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 in Rooms 207 & 208 of Wattleworth Hall – the OCC Financial Aid Staff will be there to answer questions & assist students and parents in completing their 2018-2019 FAFSA application – an Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative will also be on hand to help out – those attending should bring their 2016 taxes, W2 forms, and bank statements – students and those who’ll be entering college in Fall 2018 are urged to file their FAFSA’s ASAP – some financial aid programs, like the Illinois Monetary Award Program, awards funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

REMINDERS :  
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser this Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available, plus deliveries will be made to the Olney schools – menu includes vegetable soup, coney dogs, hot dogs, relish & cheese trays, desserts, & drink – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois with its mission to care for the terminally ill patients and their families


    The Richland County Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Mighty Minds” later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 this Thursday morning (26th) while the classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, and Rodgers will perform at 10:00 this Friday morning (27th) – the public is invited to one or both performances


    Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson will celebrate Halloween with its annual “Trick or Treat at the Trail” this Thursday evening from 4:00 to 6:30 – children from around the area are invited to LTC to Trick or Treat in a fun & safe environment – the main buildings on the LTC campus will be transformed into different themes by clubs, organizations, & offices, all in costumes & with plenty of candy for children

 

 

 

October 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The second of two low pressure systems over the past 48 hours will hang over our downstate region today, giving us on-and-off chances of rain before ending tonight – then cooler air filters in on a strong northwest wind – we’ll stay cool and dry until another cold front moves thru Thursday night into Friday, with yet more chances of rain and our coolest weather so far this fall – stay tuned for updates.

 

 

****  (OLNEY)  Things are back to normal now at all local schools in Olney after the Richland County School District and Richland County authorities initiated an Emergency Operations Plan – it all stemmed from a threat of violence that was found at the Richland County High School this morning in the 9:00 hour – that’s when all school buildings were locked down, including the St. Joseph School and Olney Central College, whereas law enforcement officers were on site at each of the school buildings in Olney by 9:30 this morning – the investigation into the threat was completed enough to end the lockdown of all buildings and return things to normal at around 12:30 this afternoon – there were no student injuries and believed that no students were ever in danger as the Emergency Operations Plan was initiated as a precautionary measure – the investigation is continuing.

 

 

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the 2018 Illinois Governor’s race is already on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat – J.B. Pritzker, one of the world’s richest people, is among several Democrats trying to defeat multimillionaire Governor Bruce Rauner – both men have been airing TV ads more than a year before Election Day – combined, all of the candidates have raised more than $100 million in the past year, most of it is their own money – the most expensive Govenor’s race was in California in 2010 when the candidates there spent a total of $280 million.

 

(OLNEY)  Homes sold quickly and at higher median prices in September, even as statewide home sales dipped slightly amid lower than normal housing inventory levels, according to Illinois Realtors – the state’s home sales last month totaled 13,657 units sold, down 4% from last year – the statewide median price in September was $192,500, up 6.9% from a year ago – the time it took to sell a home in September averaged 51 days – thirty (30) Illinois counties reported sales gains for September 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(NEWTON)  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield has announced it is planning to honor the nation’s military on Veterans Day – officials say the facility will offer free admission to all military personnel on Saturday, November 11th, plus to all Veterans and families who’ve lost loved ones in combat – the day before, a wreath will be placed at the Museum’s Main Plaza and a flame will be lit outside the building in honor of all branches of the U.S. Military – for more, check the Museum’s website.

 

(OLNEY)  The Halloween Parade sponsored by TrustBank will be held at 6:00 this coming Friday night in downtown Olney – the lineup in the TrustBank parking lot along Main Street begins at 5:15, with costume judging at 5:30 and the final selections at 5:45 – there are nine categories ranging from 3 years old & under to mixed & older children, and awards will be given for the top three costumes in each category – plus, a Pet Parade & awards will be given for the top three participants in that group – starting at TrustBank, the Halloween Parade will move west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – any business or group wishing to have an entry in the parade should contact Debi Phillips at TrustBank by calling  395-4311 – those bringing a child to walk in the parade do NOT need to contact TrustBank.

 

(NEWTON)  The Student Council at Newton Community High School will have its annual Trick or Treat for Cans “Canned Food Drive” this evening – Newton residents are asked to leave their canned food items on their front porches as members of the NCHS Student Council will drop by and pick up the items in their costumes – it all starts at 6:00 tonight – all food items donated will help those in need in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate will present its Haunted Trail in the woods north of the college along Parker Street this coming Friday & Saturday nights, October 27th and 28th, and next Monday & Tuesday nights, October 30th and 31st – Kid Friendly Tours for the younger group will run each night from 5:00 to 6:30, while the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, will run each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students with an ID, and $5 for those age 12 and younger – proceeds go to the Olney Central College Student Senate for various activities – check it out.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the City of Olney’s water distribution system from free chlorine to the normal chlorine on October 25th, this coming Wednesday – chloramines are the normal disinfectant used in Olney’s water system and the free chlorine has been used the past couple of weeks in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – residents of Olney may notice a change in the taste of the water until all of the free chlorine is out of the City of Olney water lines – the City of Olney appreciates the patience of all water customers at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are now being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment & more information – the sign up for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under begins November 1st while all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details, go online at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season started this past Saturday morning at 54 ponds, lakes, & 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 – the downstate sites taking part are EIU Campus Pond in Charleston, Forest Park Lagoon near Shelbyville, Crawford County Conservation Area Pond #6 north of Robinson, Boston Pond in Stephen A. Forbes State Park near Kinmundy, Beall Woods Lake in Beall Woods State Park south of Mt. Carmel, the Area Trout Pond in Sam Dale State Fish & Wildlife Area near Johnsonville, and the Game Farm Pond near Mt. Vernon – for more, check the DNR website at  www.dnr.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :   all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There’s two meetings tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets at 7:00 at Olney City Hall  :  the Noble Village Board meets at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble  :  both are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW will host a Free Seminar on Suicide Prevention on Monday night, October 30th, starting at 7:00 – guest speaker will be Dale Horaz, Suicide Prevention Coordinator from the Marion VA Hospital


    The Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host its Indoor Trunk or Treat Night this Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 – pork burgers, chips, tea, and lemonade will be available for purchase – Trick or Treaters of all ages are welcome – check it out on Facebook for more


    A fundraiser is set for Sunday night to benefit the families of two men, Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in the July 27th, 2017, car / van / semi-truck fatal collision along U.S. Route 50 in Flora – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses, bills, and other things needed – running from 4:00 to 9:00 on Sunday at Pita’s & More, at the Eagles Lodge in Olney, all donations of gift cards, gift certificates, gift baskets, new items, and more will help – to donate or help out, call Ashley at  618-838-0565


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Sunday morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    The Antioch Christian Church, southwest of Olney, will host Big Mo in concert this Sunday, at 10:30 in the morning and at 6:00 in the evening – everyone’s invited out to hear a Songwriter of the Year, Musician of the Year, Soloist of the Year, and a Dove Award Nominee


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell will be held this Saturday night at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 until 12 midnight – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – to donate items to the auction or for details, call Jeff at  217-663-5759 – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    The OCC Music Department will present its Fall Concert this Friday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – in addition to the OCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble, the Richland County High School Concert Choir will take part – it’s free and all are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser this Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available, plus deliveries will be made to the Olney schools – menu includes vegetable soup, coney dogs, hot dogs, relish & cheese trays, desserts, & drink – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois with its mission to care for the terminally ill patients and their families


    The Richland County Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program "Mighty Minds" later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 this Thursday morning (26th) while the classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, and Rodgers will perform at 10:00 this Friday morning (27th) – the public is invited to one or both performances

 

 

 

October 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a southerly wind flow on the back side of that high pressure ridge that’s kept our sky dry & clear all this past work week gives us one more day of warmer-than-normal conditions, an approaching cold front will bring our next chance of rain by daybreak early tomorrow morning – then thru the day Sunday & possibly into Monday – then cooler air moves in until maybe more rain next weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Governor’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts that it wants to make to Illinois’ new state budget – reports indicate the cuts include $89 million to human services programs, including autism services, after school programming, and immigrant & refugee services – the Governor’s office says more cuts are needed because the budget is still $1.5 billion out of balance.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:05 early yesterday (Friday) morning on Harrier Road, just southwest of Louisville – the State Police report 39 year old Chad Edward Kuhlig of Louisville was southbound on Harrier Road when his pickup truck went off the roadway, struck a ditch embankment, into a field, and ended up in a creek bed – Kuhlig was pronounced dead by Clay County authorities – the State Police were assisted at the scene by emergency personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Boy Scout Troop 211 and Cub Scout Packs 211 and 219, in cooperation with the Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization, and the Richland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, will be celebrating 60 years of connecting Scouts thru the use of Amateur Radio on this Saturday – the Olney Scouts will be setup outside the University of Illinois Specialized Children’s Services Building, just off of South Route 130, in Olney, from 9:30 until 2:30 today – the Scouts will be encouraged to communicate with other contacted stations under the supervision of a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has its annual “squirrel corn give away” this morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the City Park Community Building – a limited supply of the free corn is available to residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those picking up corn should bring their own containers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater production of “Subject to Change” has two performances remaining at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC, sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – remaining tickets go on sale an hour before each performance in the Olney Central College Theater lobby – that’s tonight & tomorrow afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is offering another Concealed Carry Course next week – Thursday and Friday nights, October 26th & 27th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at OCC, and next Saturday, October 28th, from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range – the course is designed for both the experienced and beginning shooter – the tuition and fees for the 16-hour course is $175 for IECC District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – for those age 60 and over, the tuition is waived but the $92 course fee must be paid in advance – to register, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777.

 

(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 2:15  :   blood drives next week in Olney, Robinson, Mattoon, & Effingham  :   all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low supplies throughout our area and the Midwest.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing with its annual fall fish sale – orders for various fish species are being accepted thru next Thursday, October 26th – the fish delivery date is November 2nd – to place an order or for more details, call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney


    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host an Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation beginning at 4:00 – then a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event


    Two area Fellowships of Christian Athletes will meet each other in a Fields of Faith event tomorrow afternoon – the students from Richland County High School will take on those from Newton Community High School – the friendly battle will be at 1:30 tomorrow at Olney’s Rotary Park along East Fork Lake


    The next Jasper County blood drive is tomorrow morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie, from 7:30 to 11:30 – all eligible donors are encouraged to turn out and give “the gift of life”


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    The Richland County TB & Health Office is open today with flu shots available from 10:00 to 2:00 – the walk-in clinic is open at the office building along South Whittle Avenue in Olney – flu shots available today