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August 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a few sprinkles of rain last evening and overnight, we’ll see a mostly cloudy day today with more scattered rain, maybe an isolated storm this afternoon – as the upper level low moves into the Upper Midwest, we’ll have more rain chances tonight thru tomorrow before it ends – then we’re dry until a weak cold front and the remnants of Hurricane Harvey move thru at the end of the week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois legislative leaders say they’re still working out final details of a plan to fund the state’s public schools as the bipartisan leaders have been meeting behind closed doors for the last few days – the State House is expected to get a first look at the plan today when they gather in Springfield.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois will allow authorities to prosecute out-of-state drug dealers for deaths caused by their sales under a measure signed by Governor Bruce Rauner – it’s called the “Evan Rushing Law” and is named after a southwestern Illinois man who died from an overdose after buying drugs in St. Louis  :  another bill signed into law by the Governor last Friday is the “gay panic” measure which deals with a special type of court defense in murder cases – Illinois joins California as the only two states to have such a law in the U.S.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Agriculture Youth Day with a chance to salute all the youth exhibitors from throughout the state – with plenty of activities, the carnival rides, and plenty of fair food, the Gin Blossoms will be in concert tonight – tomorrow is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage tomorrow night – there will be tractor & truck pulling both tonight and tomorrow night – Wednesday is Senior Citizens Day where those age 60 and older are admitted free with the Dueling Pianos International on stage that night – the second State Fair in Illinois continues all this week, thru this coming weekend, ending a week from today on Labor Day – for more, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities are again warning area residents to be alert to the various scams circulating in our downstate region – folks are reminded to never give out personal information about bank accounts, credit card accounts, social security numbers, or anything else over the telephone and/or internet – folks should also remember to never give in to threats that are made over the telephone, whether it involves going to jail for not making a payment or any other reason – also, do not make any quick, all-of-a-sudden payments that a caller claims is needed immediately – folks should contact local police after hanging up on such a call.

 

(OLNEY)  Area folks can call their respective Farm Bureau offices in Olney, Lawrenceville, or Mt. Carmel to see if room is still available for this Wednesday’s bus trip to the 2017 Farm Progress Show – the Bus Trip will leave from the Mt. Carmel Parkview Christian Church at 6:00 that morning, then depart from the Lawrenceville First Christian Church at 6:30, and leave from the Olney Rural King parking lot at 7:00 – the cost is $35 for active Farm Bureau members and $40 for non-members – the trip will include a stop at Niemerg’s Restaurant in Effingham on the trip home – to reserve a seat, call the respective County Farm Bureau offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), and Mt. Carmel (618-262-5865).

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Three area counties have completed their tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for the year 2013 and for mobile homes that were delinquent for the year 2014, as well as prior real estate taxes – the counties, as Trustees, are now offering for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public, all thru a sealed bid auction sale in each respective county with each sealed bid to be submitted no later than the close of business this Friday, September 1st, in each county – the required minimum bids vary, plus complete bidder’s packets and sale catalogs are now available online at www.iltaxsale.com  – Jasper County has approximately 6 real estate and 4 mobile home items – Richland County has 3 real estate and 1 mobile home item available – and Clay County has 9 real estate and 17 mobile home items available – the respective County Treasurers have more information, if needed.

 

(NEWTON)  John Boos & Company, the producer of the famous Boos Blocks cutting boards and butcher blocks used by professional and home chefs, will open a new $16 million state-of-the-art plant in Effingham tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 – in conjunction with the grand opening, many former Boos employees will join the company’s current 240 staff members and local dignitaries to help produce the company’s 13 millionth butcher block – the Boos Factory Showroom will stay at its current location at 507 East Fayette Avenue.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department still has closed the Pleasant Ridge Lane Bridge over Sugar Creek, approximately 800 feet east of the Ridge Road intersection, about three and a half miles north of Noble – the bridge there will be closed until a replacement structure can be designed and installed, which could and most likely will take several months – drivers should be alert to any and all signs and barricades concerning this road closure – if any questions, contact the Richland County Highway Department.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an IECC course to be taught at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel next month – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the class will meet Thursday and Friday, September 7th and 8th, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – then the final class meeting is Saturday, September 9th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost of the course is $175 for in-District students and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is $92 – to register, call WVC today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight – the Olney City Council will have its second meeting in August tonight at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, starting at 7:00 – both are open to the public.

 

(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  :  Wednesday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this coming Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is set for this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder


    A fundraising cookout is this Friday at the Olney IGA with serving of brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks from 10:30 to 1:30 – proceeds to benefit the Fox River Apartment Residents Council Fund – all are invited


    The TB Board will have its next meeting tomorrow evening at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney, starting at 5:00 – a reminder to those on the TB Board to attend the Tuesday night meeting


    The Angel of Hope Benefit Day at Monical’s Pizza is today, on this Monday – to help out, ask for a fundraising flyer when ordering, either carry-out or order-in, and a portion of your receipt will help with funding the Angel of Hope, located at the north end of Musgrove Park in Olney – that’s today thru tonight

 

 

 

August 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While we stay dry for a couple more days, an approaching storm system will bring in our next chance of rain for next Monday and Monday night – we’ll likely return to dry conditions and still below normal temperatures for next Tuesday and the rest of the work week, next week – otherwise, sunshine and a dry sky today, even thru most of tomorrow as clouds roll in tomorrow night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Republican Day and Governor’s Day on the fairgrounds – tomorrow is Veteran’s Day / Gold Star Families Day, plus on stage Sunday night is Chris Janson with High Valley – Monday is Agriculture Youth Day with the Gin Blossoms in concert that night – and next Tuesday is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage that night – there will be tractor and truck pulling both next Monday & Tuesday nights, plus more activities & concerts thru the following Monday, September 4th – for more, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  Authorities are again warning area residents to be alert to the various scams circulating in our downstate region – folks are reminded to never give out personal information about bank accounts, credit card accounts, social security numbers, or anything else over the telephone and/or internet – folks should also remember to never give in to threats that are made over the telephone, whether it involves going to jail for not making a payment or any other reason – also, do not make any quick, all-of-a-sudden payments that a caller claims is needed immediately – folks should contact local police after hanging up on such a call.

 

(OLNEY)  Time’s running out for farmers & landowners to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” – initiated by the EPA & Army Corps of Engineers, the proposed rule was put in place by the Obama Administration – the 30-day comment period ends next Monday, August 28th – to sign the petition, go to the Farm Bureau’s website at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus is urging area students to take part in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge – started by the U.S. House in 2015, the nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application, or “app” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices – the contest is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding and computer science and it is open to all students in the downstate 15th Congressional District – the winner’s “app” will be on display in the U.S. Capitol Building and featured nationwide online – for more, logon at  www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

 

(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  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  then next Wednesday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also next Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The 85th Annual Xenia Volunteer Firemen’s “Fish Fry & Dance” is this afternoon thru tonight from 3:00 to 12 midnight, with all events behind the Xenia School – there’ll be live entertainment, tickets on sale for three gun raffles, and a silent auction closing at 10:00 tonight, plus food served during all nine hours – the popular mud bog registration is at 2:00 with racing at 3:00 – also a beer garden, cake walk, & more


    A Heart Transplant Benefit for 16 year old Miranda “Roo” Acord of Olney is this afternoon and tonight at the Olney VFW, from 3:00 to 10:00 – it includes a “donation only” dinner at 4:00 and silent auction at 6:30, with a live auction to follow – then DJ music until 10:00 – also a 50/50 raffle and t-shirts for purchase


    The Claremont Community Center has its Summer Chowder this evening – the serving will start at 4:00, it’s by the bowl or by bulk, but no glass containers – also ground beef barbeque, fish, pies, cakes, and drinks


    The Biker Bible Church has a Memorial Run today with registration at The Master’s Hands at 9:00 this morning – the Run starts at 11:00 with all vehicles & motorcycles welcome – the cost is $5 per person – then it’s back to Pita’s and More in the Eagles Lodge with a pulled pork meal served at 5:00 by donation


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders have their annual Trap Shoot today at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – it’s registration at 9:00 this morning and shooting at 10:00 – for teams of five and/or individuals – also raffle tickets and concessions available for purchase on the grounds

 

 

 

August 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As high pressure continues to dominate our Midwestern weather, we’re expecting plenty of sunshine this weekend with some clouds mixed in at times – next week’s forecast is somewhat complicated by the evolution of Hurricane Harvey – our rain chances will begin as early as Sunday night, then continue thru at least Monday and Tuesday – temperatures however, stay a little below normal – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois homes sold faster and for more money in July, however lower housing inventory drove year-over-year sales lower, that’s according to Illinois REALTORS – the statewide home sales last month totaled 15,677 units, down 4.3% from July 2016 – the statewide median price in July was $210,000, up 5.8% from a year ago – the time it took to sell a home in July averaged 47 days – the data shows 34 of the state’s 102 counties reported sales gains for July 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  Although a little over five weeks away, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities on October 1st – but due to the 1st being a Sunday, the network of 35 local administering agencies around Illinois will start taking applications on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, October 2nd – various requirements apply – the sign up for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under begins November 1st – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more, go online at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is underway down in Perry County – the Twilight Parade is tonight, plus it’s College Night on the fairgrounds as all college students will be admitted free with their student ID, plus a free concert tonight – tomorrow is Governor’s Day & Republican Day with plenty of activities, fair food, & carnival rides – Sunday is Veteran’s Day / Gold Star Families Day, plus on stage is Chris Janson with High Valley – Monday is Agriculture Youth Day with the Gin Blossoms in concert that night – Tuesday is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage – there will be tractor and truck pulling both next Monday & Tuesday nights, plus more activities and grandstand concerts right on thru the following Monday, Labor Day, September 4th – to see what’s going on, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some extra notes from the monthly Jasper County School Board meeting held a week ago last night in Newton – the Board  :  accepted several donations – $3,000 from Nick’s Race and the Newton Rotary to the NCHS Band Drum Line – another $3,000 from Nick’s Race and the Newton Rotary to NCHS Cross Country – and $1,000 from the Maxine Spitler Grant program to the Jasper County Junior High Science Department  :  declared various computers and miscellaneous technology as surplus for the purpose of donating to local organizations  :  declared the old Jasper County Junior High Band Uniforms as surplus to allow them to be sold  :  said “thanks” to the district’s summer staff for completing various projects within the District, including David Fritschle, Joyce Houser, Lee Bergbower, Derek Stanciu, Jeremy Kuhl, Jeff Long, Norm Short, Aaron Turner, and Rex Shew  :  and approved NCHS Teachers John Lidy and Brock Tarr as NCHS Football Volunteer Assistant Coaches  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 21st, in Newton, starting at 6:30.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some extra notes from the monthly Richland County School Board meeting held a week ago last night in Olney – the Board  :  reviewed the new school year enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, showing 2,457 students on the first day of school a week ago Wednesday – the school district breakdown of enrollments by school are 186 in Pre-Kindergarten, 986 at the Elementary School, 525 at the Middle School, and 760 at the High School  :  heard reports on the annual Back to School Night events at both the Elementary School and Middle School, plus heard about the Freshmen First program held last week at the High School  :  and approved nine volunteers as requested – Vicky Zanetis as RCHS Volunteer Girls Tennis Coach – Ben Baker as RCHS Volunteer Boys Soccer Coach – Ryan Denton, David Denton, and Brian Mitchell as RCHS Volunteer Football Coaches – Patrick Mehaffey as RCHS Volunteer Golf Coach – Tom Eagleson and Ted Eagleson, Jr. as RCHS Volunteer Drivers for Cross Country – and Mandy Houchin as RCMS Volunteer Cheerleading Coach  :  the Richland County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday night, September 21st, in Olney, beginning at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  All Olney and Richland County residents are encouraged to get out and give blood today at the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s the Annual “Battle of the Badges Blood Drive” from 2:00 until 7:00 – while giving the life-saving blood, donors will be asked to vote for the department of their choice – either the Olney Police Department or the Olney Fire Department – while everyone is encouraged to get out and vote for their favorite department, the most important part of the day is the giving of blood – in fact, all eligible donors & first time donors, are urged to show up and give – all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for those in the outdoors  :  various wing-shooting clinics are planned now thru the fall in Illinois at gun clubs, hunting preserves, and elsewhere – the weekend clinics are for youth, age 10 to 15, and for women, providing instruction on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target – check the DNR website for dates & locations  :  resident combination & antlerless-only archer deer permits are still available over-the-counter from any statewide DNR direct license & permit vendor – the archery deer hunting season begins October 1st  :  hunters can still apply now thru Thursday, August 31st, for the Illinois 2017 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program – do so on the DNR website  :  today’s the final day to apply online for any remaining Free Dove Hunting Permits – they’ve been available on a first-come, first-served basis  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(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 Wal-Mart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  also today at the Olney City Park Community Building from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  then more drives next week in Effingham, Robinson, and Olney  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The 85th Annual Xenia Volunteer Firemen’s “Fish Fry & Dance” is tomorrow afternoon & night from 3:00 to 12 midnight, with all events behind the Xenia School – there’ll be live entertainment, tickets on sale for three gun raffles, and a silent auction closing at 10:00 that night, plus food served during all nine hours – the popular mud bog registration is at 2:00 with racing at 3:00 – also a beer garden, cake walk, & more


    A Heart Transplant Benefit for 16 year old Miranda “Roo” Acord of Olney is tomorrow afternoon and night at the Olney VFW, from 3:00 to 10:00 – it includes a “donation only” dinner at 4:00 and silent auction at 6:30 with a live auction to follow – then DJ music until 10:00 – also a 50/50 raffle and t-shirts available for purchase – a Go Fund Me page has also been set up – for details, call Lauren, at  618-839-8383


    The Claremont Community Center has its Summer Chowder tomorrow evening – the serving will start at 4:00 in the air conditioned center and continue until it’s all sold out – also ground beef barbeque, fish, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and drinks – bulk chowder also available, but no glass containers – all are invited


    The Biker Bible Church has a Memorial Run tomorrow morning – it’s registration at The Master’s Hands at 9:00 with the Run starting at 11:00 – all vehicles & motorcycles are welcome – the cost is $5 per person – the Run will then return and end Saturday night at Pita’s and More within the Eagles Lodge in Olney with a pulled pork meal served at 5:00 by free will donation – for more details, call Shelley at  618-843-0595


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders have their annual Trap Shoot tomorrow at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – it’s registration at 9:00 and shooting at 10:00 – to pre-register for teams of five and/or individuals, call the Farm Bureau office at  618-393-4116  – also raffle tickets and concessions


    The OCC Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting Affair is tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club – plenty of local wine & hors d’oeuvres – $15 tickets are on sale from any OCC Foundation member, plus at Blank’s Insurance and all TrustBank or First National Bank in Olney locations


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 – stop by and check it out

 

 

 

August 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the Midwest sits in the middle of two high pressures, we’ll have another day of sunshine and dry conditions on this Thursday – then much of the same tomorrow and thru the upcoming weekend, with a little bit warmer air moving in by Sunday – that’s ahead of our next chance of rain on by Monday afternoon and continuing on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week – but dry and cool until then – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois’ legislative leaders are set to continue negotiations on a possible deal to end the state’s school funding stalemate – today’s meeting in Chicago comes after yesterday’s special session on school funding for the State House was cancelled by the leadership – while almost everyone agrees that the state’s 20-year-old school funding formula is unfair, they disagree over how to fix it – House Speaker Madigan says if there is no compromise this week, another special session will be held next week.

 

(OLNEY)  Tourism officials in southern Illinois say about 200,000 people traveled to the 16 southernmost Illinois counties to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse – Carbondale officials say the eclipse attracted up to 50,000 people, who spent an estimated $7 million over a three to four day period – while most events held in conjunction to the solar eclipse went well, the biggest problem came afterwards, when major traffic jams occurred on highways out of southern Illinois – the time for many returning home tripled compared to usual.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair will unofficially start today with the 2nd Annual Moo Moo Classic where local celebrities will compete for the title of Du Quoin State Fair Milking Champion – meanwhile, Fair officials are encouraging families to get their carnival armbands now at the reduced price of $20, which will increase to $25 tomorrow – plus the Fair’s Twilight Parade is tomorrow evening followed by a free grandstand concert & more – while tomorrow night is College Night, Saturday is Governor’s / Republican Day on the fairgrounds – Sunday is Veteran’s and Gold Star Family Day – plenty of fair food, games, and more at the Du Quoin State Fair, tomorrow thru Labor Day – for details, logon at www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis is noting a bill signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner that will not only assist an Effingham County business, but residents throughout rural parts of the state – sponsored by Representative Reis, the new law allows water districts, including EJ Water Cooperative, based in Dieterich, plus other non-profit private waste companies to construct, maintain, alter, and extend their wastewater lines under streets – this will also allow such water companies to supply wastewater and sewer service to residents that are currently reliant upon septic systems in rural areas  :  meanwhile, another bill, this one sponsored by State Representative John Cavaletto of Salem, has also been signed into law – it would allow for the testing of all infectious diseases when a first responder or law enforcement personnel is accidentally exposed to a suspect’s bodily fluids through being spit upon or stuck by a suspected rug needle  :  both of these new statewide laws, sponsored by our local downstate lawmakers, take effect immediately.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due on Tuesday, September 12th, less than three weeks away – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment – either by mail, or 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 Court House – call the Treasurer’s office in Olney if any questions at  618-392-8341.

 

(OLNEY)  All Olney and Richland County area blood donors, and even those possible new donors, are encouraged to get out and give blood tomorrow at the next Olney area blood drive – it’s the Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive to be held at the Olney City Park Community Building from 2:00 until 7:00 – while giving that life-saving blood, donors will be asked to vote for the department of their choice – last year, the Olney Fire Department received more votes and the day ended as they exceeded their goal of 34 by collecting 47 pints of blood – all eligible donors, and again, first time donors, are urged to turn out and vote, but more importantly, give blood – all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an IECC course to be taught at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel next month – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the class will meet this Thursday and Friday, September 7th and 8th, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – then the final class meeting is Saturday, September 9th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost of the course is $175 for in-District students and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is $92 – to register, call WVC today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is urging Jasper County farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” which was put in place under previous administration – the proposed rule, initiated by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, has a 30-day comment period that ends next Monday, August 28th – to sign the petition, folks can go to the Illinois Farm Bureau’s website, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – time is running out, so go online and do it today.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a note from the Richland County Farm Bureau – area folks can sign up now for the 2017 Farm Progress Show Bus Trip, which will be next Wednesday, August 30th – the Bus Trip will leave from the Mt. Carmel Parkview Christian Church at 6:00 that morning, then depart from the Lawrenceville First Christian Church at 6:30, and leave from the Olney Rural King parking lot at 7:00 – the cost is $35 for active Farm Bureau members and $40 for non-members – the trip will include a stop at Niemerg’s Restaurant in Effingham on the trip home – to reserve a seat, call the respective County Farm Bureau offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), and Mt. Carmel (618-262-5865).

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  also tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  then more drives next week in Effingham, Robinson, and Olney  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Biker Bible Church is sponsoring a special Memorial Run this coming Saturday, beginning at The Master’s Hands in Olney with registration at 9:00 and the kick stands up at 11:00 – in fact, all vehicles are welcome to take part, not just motorcycles – the cost is only at $5 per person – the Memorial Run will then return and end Saturday night at Pita’s and More within the Eagles Lodge in Olney with a pulled pork meal served at 5:00 by free will donation at the door – all proceeds go to the proposed Paper House project, a youth center to be built in Olney to serve the youth of the entire surrounding region – to get more information about the event or to see how you can help out, call Shelley at  618-843-0595.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Claremont Community Center has its Summer Chowder this Saturday evening – the serving will start at 4:00 in the air conditioned center and continue until it’s all sold out – also ground beef barbeque, fish, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and drinks – bulk chowder also available, but no glass containers – all are invited


    The Rides Mass Transit District is offering another trip to Jasper and Crawford County residents this Saturday – it’s a trip to the Frog Follies in Evansville, including supper – those who live in Jasper or Crawford Counties interested, can schedule a ride by calling the RMTD office toll-free, at  866-389-7536


    The Richland County Farm Buruea Young Leaders have their annual Trap Shoot this Saturday at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble, just north of Hites Hardwood, off of U.S. Route 50 – it’s registration at 9:00 that morning, with the shooting to start at 10:00 – to pre-registration for individuals and/or teams of five, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116 – raffle tickets and concessions also available


    The OCC Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting Affair fundraiser is this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club – plenty of local wine & hors d’oeuvres – $15 tickets are on sale from any OCC Foundation member, plus at Blank’s Insurance and all TrustBank or First National Bank in Olney locations


    The Farm Bureau offices in Richland, Edwards, & Wabash Counties will host a State Legislative Meeting coming up tonight at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 7:00 – all area farmers and others are invited

 

 

 

August 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a quiet weather pattern in place for the next several days & nights across the Midwest, due mostly to a very strong high pressure that’s set up over the Great Lakes Region and north into Canada – as a result, the cooler air is making its way south into our area – in fact, we’re expected lower than normal temperatures over the next seven to ten days and no rain until the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – House Speaker Michael Madigan has cancelled a scheduled Illinois House session today that was originally called to vote on Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill – the State Senate met a week ago Sunday to override the veto – the State Democrats are pushing their plan that ensures no school district gets less funding than it did last year, plus it funnels new money thru an “evidence-based” model to the school most in need – Governor Rauner says the new system unfairly favors the Chicago School System over the rest of the state, therefore he rewrote the plan with an amendatory veto – there’s no word now about when the State House will meet again to consider the issue in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair has announced Dinger Bats co-owners, Kyle and Randy Drone of Ridgway, as the Grand Marshalls of the fair’s 2017 Twilight Parade – the downstate family business is being noted for providing a slew of Major League Baseball players with quality baseball bats, but more importantly for giving back to community baseball teams and others – the Twilight Parade at the state’s second State Fair in Du Quoin gets started at 6:00 this coming Friday night, plus it’s College Night at the fair as anyone with a current student ID will be admitted free – Friday night’s grandstand act includes a free concert by Chicago 6, which is three members of the 1985 NFL Champion Chicago Bears – the Du Quoin State Fair is this Friday thru Labor Day, September 4th – for more, go to  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Board of Education has named ten finalists for the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year award – State Superintendent Tony Smith says the finalists “continuously go above and beyond to make students feel well known & well cared for” – a selection committee made up of past winners, teachers, administrators, and support staff selected the finalists from 234 total nominations – none of the ten finalists were from our downstate, Southern Illinois region – the winner will be announced October 28th.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending Monday morning at 8:00, with the numbers provided by Farm Bureau members around the county – the highest amount of rain was measured in Bonpas Township with an inch and eight tenths (1.80), followed by an inch and five hundredths (1.05) in Olney Township and nine tenths of an inch (0.90) in Noble Township – both the Farm Bureau Office in Olney and Preston Township had a half inch of rain (0.50), followed by Denver Township at forty-five hundredths (0.45) of an inch, German Township at four tenths of an inch (0.40), Decker Township with a quarter of an inch (0.25), and Madison Townhip at two tenths of an inch (0.20) – there was no reading from Claremont Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured two tenths of an inch (0.20) during the period.

 

(NEWTON)  Congratulations to a Jasper County high schooler for making a great showing at the recent National High School Rodeo Finals, held last month out in Gillette, Wyoming – Stetson Bierman, the son of Bret and Jody Bierman from Hidalgo, represented Jasper County and all of Illinois very well in the competition, which included riders from not only the United States, but from all around the world as well – Stetson competed in bareback horse riding and bareback bronc riding – the other competitions included several other rodeo events, such as calf roping, team roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, and much more.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department has announced that it has closed the Pleasant Ridge Lane Bridge over Sugar Creek, which is approximately 800 feet east of the Ridge Road intersection, about three and a half miles north of Noble – the bridge there will be closed until a replacement structure can be designed and installed, which could and most likely will take several months – drivers should be alert to any and all signs and/or barricades concerning this road closure – if questions, call the Highway Department.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Farm Progress Show is getting ready for its 64th annual start, scheduled for a week from today, August 29th, at its permanent site in Macon County, near Decatur – the three day show will feature over 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines, and farm implements, plus seed & crop production products, additional farm supplies & services, and more – the show’s most popular activities are the field demonstrations, which includes side-by-side tillage techniques, tractor & combine performance comparisons, and more – also, the livestock area includes horse training demonstrations and the newest equipment and animal health products – plus, restored antique machinery, entertainment, and plenty of concessions are also all included – for details, check the website, at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Stewardson Community Building from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Wal-Mart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  also Friday at the Olney City Park Community Building from 2:00 to 7:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A special fundraising event is coming up this Saturday afternoon and evening at the Olney VFW, from 3:00 to 10:00 – it includes a dinner and silent auction with all proceeds to help 16 year old Miranda “Roo” Acord of Olney – diagnosed with Leukemia at 11 months of age, Miranda spent over a year in St. Louis Children’s Hospital, received a bone marrow transplant from her oldest sister, and was in remission until 4 years ago when she was diagnosed with Cardio Myopathy, which now has progressed – with no cure, a heart transplant is needed – to donate a silent auction item or to help out in general, call Lauren, at  618-839-8383  – a Go Fund Me page has also been set up at “Miranda’s Heart Transplant”.

 

(OLNEY)  The South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission, in partnership with the Greater Wabash Planning & Development Commission, will host an Elected & Local Official Training / Workshop tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at Olney Central College, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – no RSVP’s or pre-registration is required and all are invited to attend tomorrow.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Claremont Community Center has its Summer Chowder this Saturday evening – the serving will start at 4:00 in the air conditioned center and continue until it’s all sold out – also ground beef barbeque, fish, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and drinks – bulk chowder also available, but no glass containers – all are invited


    The Rides Mass Transit District is offering another trip to Jasper and Crawford County residents this Saturday – it’s a trip to the Frog Follies in Evansville, including supper – those who live in Jasper or Crawford Counties interested, can schedule a ride by calling the RMTD office toll-free, at  866-389-7536


    The Richland County Farm Buruea Young Leaders have their annual Trap Shoot this Saturday at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble, just north of Hites Hardwood, off of U.S. Route 50 – it’s registration at 9:00 that morning, with the shooting to start at 10:00 – to pre-registration for individuals and/or teams of five, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116 – raffle tickets and concessions also available


    The OCC Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting Affair fundraiser is this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club – plenty of local wine & hors d’oeuvres – $15 tickets are on sale from any OCC Foundation member, plus at Blank’s Insurance and all TrustBank or First National Bank in Olney locations


    The Farm Bureau offices in Richland, Edwards, & Wabash Counties will host a State Legislative Meeting coming up tomorrow night at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 7:00 – all area farmers and others are invited


    It’s been announced that the Richland County Animal Control will be closed today, on this Wednesday, August 23rd, due road work – again, the Animal Control is closed all of today – back open tomorrow