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June 17, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a strong cold front moving in our direction from the Plains, the weekend’s main weather story is a potential round of severe conditions late tonight as that front moves closer – then after the front moves thru, more spotty storms could fire up tomorrow south of the I-70 line – but then dry and less humid conditions for at least the first half of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates and details.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is the second of four days recognized as Free Fishing Days in Illinois – it’s at this time that all anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, a salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp and it’s a great time to introduce children and others to the joy and fun of fishing – various activities are available all around the state – for details on Free Fishing Days thru next Monday, go online, at  www.ifishillinois.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call the Olney City Hall next week if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair is underway as the 4-H General Project Shows were yesterday afternoon and the 4-H Public Speaking Contest was last night, all on the Fairgrounds in Newton –  as Floral Hall Exhibits are still accepted this morning from 8:00 to 11:00,  the judging will be this afternoon – then the various 4-H Shows are tomorrow thru next Thursday, followed by Thursday evening’s 4-H Youth Auction at 5:00 – the Queen & Little Miss Pageant is next Monday night at 7:30 – Tuesday night is Family Night with armbands available for the rides, plus the Karaoke Contest, the Pedal Tractor Pull, Talent Contest, and Flat Drags – the Rodeo is Wednesday night at 7:00, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Thursday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is next Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 with Harness Racing next Friday at 12 noon and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Friday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s first ever Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is next Saturday, call to register at 210-380-2780 – it’s the final Harness Racing Saturday at noon and the Demo Derby to wrap things up that Saturday night at 7:00 – the Carnival Rides will run each day and night next Tuesday thru Saturday – all at the annual Jasper County Fair, today thru all of next week, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Construction to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th – the project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed – the section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, road construction work continues on Whittle Avenue and Kitchell Avenue in Olney as – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed – the patience of all drivers is much appreciated.

 

REMINDERS :

    A Chowder Planning Meeting will be held Monday night, June 19th, at the Parkersburg Community Building, starting at 7:00 – those interested in helping out is encouraged to attend this coming Monday night

    The St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie will host a blood drive tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:30 – all donors can enter to win two Holiday World tickets – all blood types and platelets are very much needed

   Whittle Rock is this afternoon thru tonight, from 3:00 until midnight – live music from various local bands & individuals, plus food & craft vendors – it’s $10 per person at the gate today thru tonight

    The Noble Freedom Baptist Church will be hosting a Freedom Vacation Bible School Sign-Up Party at the Noble Village Park tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 – free hotdogs and drinks and inflatable games for the kids

    The American Legion Post #30 will be holding a Pork Burger Sale at the Olney IGA today from 11:00 until 2:00, or until sold out – all proceeds will help out with local and area events

   A “pork burger / bake sale” fundraiser is today at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only – bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 – large orders can be called in advance at  618-508-1623

   The next Jasper County paper drive is this morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building along South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted

 

 

June 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a strong cold front slowly moving in our direction from the Plains, we’ll have another shot for scattered rain & storms today, with an increased chance overnight – the weekend’s main weather story is a potential round of severe conditions late Saturday night as that front moves closer – then after the front moves thru, more spotty storms could fire up on Sunday south of the I-70 line – but then dry and less humid conditions for at least the first half of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates and details.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – an Appellate Court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the state’s budget impasse – the Pay Now Illinois Coalition sued last year to force the state to honor all contracts, however a Cook County judge dismissed the case, saying it belonged in a higher court – a similar lawsuit is currently pending in downstate St. Clair County.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Lottery officials say players in the state could see the end of the Powerball and Mega Millions games this month if Illinois does not end its current budget stalemate – the Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the lack of a state budget is the cause – Illinois reported $99 million in Mega Million sales and $208 million in Powerball sales last year, about 40% of which comes back to Illinois in revenue.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is the first of four days recognized as Free Fishing Days in Illinois, held in conjunction with Father’s Day weekend – it’s at this time that all anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, a salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp – however, all are encouraged to seek permission first if fishing at a pond or lake on private property – it’s a great time to introduce children and others to the joy and fun of fishing – various activities are available around the state – for details, go online, at  www.ifishillinois.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met for its June regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  after a public hearing, approved the final Amended Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, which shows a positive net increase of  $1,419,187, pending the district receiving a final categorical payment from the state  :  noted a comparison of the projected & actual 2016 Richland County Tax Levy, showing an estimated tax rate of 4.4859 and an actual tax rate that was lower at 4.43468 – the actual extension was $9,592,492 as compared to the estimated $9,737,417  :  the district’s financial report showed the state still owes the district vouchers  in excess of  $2.3 million  :  approved the Prevailing Wage resolution  :  adopted eight new policies for the district  :  and after a 55 minute closed session, took action dealing with personnel – agreed to recall eight employees with no break in service from the Reduction in Force action earlier this year, including Teacher Kyle Shipman, Teacher Assistants Heather Dunn & Brittany Leaf, Paraprofessionals Anna McMorris & Donna Balding, Bus Driver Doug Wingert, and Bus Aides Brenda Patterson & Connie Branstetter – hired Heather Lee as RCHS Guidance Counselor, Nathan Wibbenmeyer as RCES Custodian, & Yvette Paddock as RCES Secretary – approved transfer of duties for Candi Harrison to RCES Secretary and Neilly Mays to RCES Secretary & Nurse Aide – and accepted resignations from RCHS Custodian / Food Service Staff Dakoda Hulett, RCES Paraprofessional Betty Stivers, & from RCES Teacher Assistant Sydney Root  :  the Richland County School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be July 20 at 7:30.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met for its June regular monthly meeting last night in Newton – the Board  :  reviewed the district’s financial report, noting the state now owes the district in excess of  $704,942  :  approved the Prevailing Wage resolution  :  approved the district’s Technology Lease Purchase agreement  :  on a 4 to 1 vote, approved the district’s Insurance coverage renewals with Prairie State Insurance Cooperative / First Mid Insurance Group of Mattoon for Property, Casualty, and Liability coverage, with State National / Farley Insurance Agency in Newton for Worker’s Comp, and with North Wayne Insurance Agency of Cisne / Flora for the Treasurer’s Bond  :  approved the school handbook changes as presented  :  approved the district’s Driver’s Education Cars Agreement for another year with Louis Ochs Chevrolet Buick in Newton  :  declared two buses as surplus to be sold  :  agreed to increase cafeteria prices for the 2017-2018 school year by 10 cents – however, book fees and other fees will stay as they are  :  and after a 27 minute closed session – hired Aaron Turner as NES Night Custodian and Angie Homan as a Title I Aide at SMES – accepted resignations from NCHS/JCJH Lunch Room Supervisor Karen Bolander, JCJH Assistant Track Coach Jordan Michels, and Unit Maintenance Man Dave Rubsam – and hired various coaches & sponsors  :  the Jasper County School Board’s next meeting is July 20 at 6:30.

 

(OLNEY)  It was yesterday that Rides Mass Transit District, the largest rural public transportation provider in Illinois, celebrated National Dump the Pump Day, as the District continues to urge public transportation – while public transportation is a positive impact in all area communities served, studies suggest that for every $1 invested in public transit, at least $4 in returns can be seen in the local economies – local residents are able to use RMTD services to shop, travel to work, school, & medical appointments, as well as connect to other forms of travel – the Rides Mass Transit District buses travel nearly 3.7 million miles each year, transporting almost 686,000 residents annually, serving the area counties of Richland, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Lawrence, Edwards, Clay, and ten others – for more details, logon at  www.ridesmtd.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair is underway with the 4-H General Project Shows at 4:00 this afternoon, followed by the 4-H Public Speaking Contest at 6:30 tnight, all on the Fairgrounds in Newton – the Floral Hall Exhibits will be accepted from 5:00 to 7:00 this evening & from 8:00 to 11:00 tomorrow morning, followed by judging – the 4-H Poultry & Rabbit Shows are Sunday afternoon – the 4-H Sheep & Goat Show is Monday afternoon, the 4-H Swine Show is next Tuesday morning, and the 4-H Beef Show is Tuesday afternoon – then 4-H Dairy Show is next Thursday morning with the 4-H Youth Auction at 5:00 next Thursday evening – the Queen & Little Miss Pageant is next Monday night at 7:30 – Tuesday night is Family Night with armbands available for the rides, plus the Karaoke Contest, the Pedal Tractor Pull, Talent Contest, and Flat Drags – the Rodeo is Wednesday night at 7:00, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Thursday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is next Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 with Harness Racing next Friday at 12 noon and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Friday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s first ever Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is next Saturday, call to register at 210-380-2780 – it’s the final Harness Racing Saturday at noon and the Demo Derby to wrap things up that Saturday night at 7:00 – the Carnival Rides will run each day and night next Tuesday thru Saturday – all at the annual Jasper County Fair, today thru all of next week, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Construction to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th – the project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed – the section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, road construction work continues on Whittle Avenue and Kitchell Avenue in Olney as – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed – the patience of all drivers is much appreciated.

 

REMINDERS :
    The St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ste. Marie and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive this Sunday morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the Parish Hall – all donors can enter their name for a drawing for two Holiday World tickets for this 2017 season – all blood types and platelets are very much needed


   Whittle Rock is tomorrow afternoon thru night, from 3:00 until midnight – live music from various local bands and individuals, plus food & craft vendors – it’s $5 for advanced tickets, $10 at the gate tomorrow


    The Noble Freedom Baptist Church will be hosting a Freedom VBS Sign-Up Party at the Noble Village Park tomorrow night from 5:00 to 8:00 – free hotdogs and drinks and inflatable games for the kids


    The American Legion Post #30 will be holding a Pork Burger Sale at the Olney IGA tomorrow from 11:00 until 2:00, or until sold out – all proceeds will help out with local and area events


   A “pork burger / bake sale” fundraiser is tomorrow at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only – bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 – large orders can be called in advance at  618-508-1623


   The next Jasper County paper drive is tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building along South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted


   The Richland County Farmers Market is today from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – various baked goods are featured, including Amish breads, plus jellies, different vegetables, and more – all are invited


   The Olney Fire Department will host a Blood Drive today from 2:00 until 6:00 at the meeting room on North Walnut Street – visit redcrossblood.org and enter OlneyFD to schedule an appointment


   The Annual Salad Luncheon at the Grace United Methodist Church is today from 11:00 to 1:00 in Newton – the menu includes a variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls and a drink for a $7 donation

 

 

 

June 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As scattered showers and thunderstorms with some damaging winds rolled thru our listening area last night, the regional rainfall amounts averaged between a half inch up to over an inch and a half in some spots – and it’s much the same today thru the upcoming weekend – more unsettled weather with scattered rain and storms possible – a cold front will move thru late Saturday night – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois officials say the fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin will be ready for their respective summer-time events, however the major improvements at each site still await private fundraising and a state spending plan – the State Department of Agriculture says extra funds are available to use in the case of an emergency, such as last year’s flash flooding in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is looking for a new operator for the Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center, located on the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Whittington, down in Franklin County – opening back in 1990 with 104 rooms, suites, and cabins adjoining popular Rend Lake, the DNR cited health and safety hazards, including mold, when it terminated its previous lease agreement last December – the Request for Proposals documents, which provides specific details on the resort facilities & requirements for operations, can be found on the DNR website, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, south of Charleston, just west off of State Route 130, is offering two fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend  :  a Civil War Encampment and Free Fishing  :  re-enactors portraying members of the 5th Illinois Cavalry will camp at the site this Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 4:00 each day, demonstrating daily camp life and the struggles the Cavalry faced during the Civil War – visitors will also be able to take advantage of the site’s fully stocked pond during Illinois’ Free Fishing Days celebration, which runs tomorrow thru next Monday, at which time statewide anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license during the four day period – for more information on the historic site activities, logon at  www.lincolnlogcabin.org  or look for the cabin on Facebook.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for June tonight, starting at 7:00, in the Unit Office Board Room in Olney – the full agenda includes several policies up for their second reading and possible adoption, plus the various administrative reports and a Public Hearing concerning the District’s Amended Fiscal Year 2017 Budget – an executive session will include discussion on negotiations, student discipline, litigation, and personnel – the meeting is open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for June tonight in Newton, in the District’s Administrative Office, beginning at 6:30 – the full agenda includes several new business items to consider, plus several policies for final reading and possible adoption – an executive session will be held to discuss litigation, student discipline, & personnel – the meeting is open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair is set to kick off this weekend in Newton – it all gets underway with the 4-H General Project Shows at 4:00 tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, followed by the 4-H Public Speaking Contest at 6:30 tomorrow night, all on the Fairgrounds in Newton – plus the Floral Hall Exhibits will be accepted from 5:00 to 7:00 tomorrow evening and from 8:00 to 11:00 Saturday morning, followed by judging – the 4-H Poultry Show is Sunday at 2:00 and the 4-H Rabbit Show is Sunday at 5:00 – the 4-H Sheep & Goat Show is Monday afternoon at 4:00, the 4-H Swine Show is next Tuesday morning at 8:00, and the 4-H Beef Show is Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 – then 4-H Dairy Show is next Thursday morning at 9:30 with everything animal-wise, to wrap up next Thursday evening with the 4-H Youth Auction at 5:00 – as far as entertainment goes over the next week at the Jasper County Fair – the Queen & Little Miss Pageant is next Monday night at 7:30 – Tuesday night is Family Night with armbands available for the rides, plus the Karaoke Contest, the Pedal Tractor Pull, Talent Contest, and Flat Drags – the Rodeo is Wednesday night at 7:00, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Thursday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s popluar Antique Farm Machinery Show is Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 with Harness Racing next Friday at 12 noon and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Friday night at 7:00 – it’s the final Harness Racing next Saturday at 12 noon and the Demolition Derby to wrap things up that Saturday night at 7:00 – the Carnival Rides will run each day & night next Tuesday thru Saturday – all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Construction to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th – the project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed – the section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, road construction work continues on Whittle Avenue and Kitchell Avenue in Olney as – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed – the patience of all drivers is much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrence County Longspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host the 19th annual JAKES Field Day event on Saturday, June 24th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – it’s for all area youngsters up to the age of 17 with the various hands-on activities to include archery, air rifle and shotgun shooting, hunting safety, and more – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent and/or guardian to take part and registration begins at 9:30, followed by activities from 10:00 to 3:00 – lunch will be provided, plus a prize for every kid – parents and grandparents are invited to hang around the watch – to get a form in advance or if any questions, call Tyler at  618-553-1828  – all youth are invited to take part.

 

REMINDERS :
    The St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ste. Marie and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive this Sunday morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the Parish Hall – all donors can enter their name for a drawing for two Holiday World tickets for this 2017 season – all blood types and platelets are very much needed


   Whittle Rock is this coming Saturday afternoon thru night, from 3:00 until midnight – live music from various local bands and individuals, plus food & craft vendors – it’s $5 for advanced tickets, $10 at the gate


    The Noble Freedom Baptist Church will be hosting a Freedom VBS Sign-Up Party at the Noble Village Park this Saturday night from 5:00 to 8:00 – free hotdogs and drinks and inflatable games for the kids


    The American Legion Post #30 will be holding a Pork Burger Sale at the Olney IGA this Saturday from 11:00 until 2:00, or until sold out – all proceeds will help out with local and area events


   A “pork burger / bake sale” fundraiser is this Saturday at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only – bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 – large orders can be called in advance at  618-508-1623


   The Olney Fire Department will host a Blood Drive tomorrow from 2:00 until 6:00 at the meeting room on North Walnut Street – visit redcrossblood.org and enter OlneyFD to schedule an appointment


   The Annual Salad Luncheon at the Grace United Methodist Church is tomorrow from 11:00 to 1:00 in Newton – the menu includes a variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls and a drink for a $7 donation


   The Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom has two programs coming up this summer at the Olney Public Library, the first of which is tomorrow morning at 10:30 with activities to follow


  The Latona Church of Christ has a Bake Sale tomorrow morning at the Circle K in Newton starting at 8:00 and continuing until sold out – all the proceeds to help with Youth Group Mission Trip to New Orleans

 

 

 

June 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY) A cold front will stay off to our west toady as chances of showers and storms develop across the area today. Chances of heavy rainfall could accompany the scattered storms in the area.  The warm yet unsettled weather will prevail through the rest of the week into the weekend before a significant weather pattern change brings cooler and drier weather conditions into the area early next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News – Concern for native wildlife has risen with the finding of new Asian Carp in Central Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials say a black carp was caught in April in the Illinois River south of Peoria, more than 100 miles north of where the species has been recorded.  Black carp is an invasive species that could have a serious effect on native wildlife if the population grows in large numbers.  The black carp eat mussels and snails, some species which are listed as threatened or endangered amid competition with exotic species, loss of habitat and pollution.  This could also affect the other species which feed on mussels including birds, fish, turtles and otters.

 

(NEWTON)  Officials from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum say the state is suspending a project searching the National Archives for papers that were written by Abraham Lincoln.  Library spokesman Chris Wills says the search is on hold while the library focuses on handling 100,000 collected documents and deciding what addition material to gather.  The projects priority is to improve its procedures and policies so that the staff’s work and taxpayers’ money is not wasted.  The National Archives located in Washington, D.C. have provided the bulk of Lincoln documents that have been added in recent years to the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project.  The contracts of two researchers based in D.C. and three other workers in Springfield expire June 30th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 announced their activity and enforcement figures for the month of May in the counties of Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland.  Troopers answered 237 calls for service and initiated 1,898 incidents in the field.  In addition, enforcement figures totaled 1,082 citations and 898 written warnings.  Including, 611 speeding citations, 7 DUIs, 135 seat belt citations, 12 child restraint citations, 258 written warnings for speeding and 32 criminal arrests.  Troopers assisted 204 motorists, conducted 321 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 95 traffic crashes, there were 3 fatal traffic crashes investigated.  During the month of May, 314 citations and 360 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, speeding, DUI, Failure to wear a seat belt and distracted driving.

 

(NEWTON)  The Noble Village Board met on Monday in regular session : The Board : passed and adopted the Ordinance adding Section 9-1-18, use of lots internments in lots shall be restricted to members of family or relatives of the lot owner. Only one person’s remains may be buried in each lot, regardless of whether the interment is traditional burial or a cremation urn. As well as Section 9-1-19, animal burials prohibited, as it is unlawful to bury any animal or dispose of the ashes of any animal in the Village Cemetery : Awarded the bid of removal of 1 tree and stump o E. Elm to Miller Time Tree Service for $600  :  awarded the bid of removal of 4 trees on E. Locust to Wayne’s Tree Service fro $1,595 : Next regular meeting is June 26tth.
 

(OLNEY)  Construction on the replacement Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th.  The project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed.  The section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction.  If you have any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at 618-392-3141.

 

(OLNEY)  In Monday’s USDA Crop Report, warm weather and limited rain assisted farmers in the early wheat harvest – Illinois’ precipitation averaged 0.15 inches, 0.76 inches below normal – there was nearly seven full days of field work in Illinois last week – the statewide average temperature was 70.9 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, 96% of the corn emerged, compared with 97 percent for the 5 year average.  Corn condition was rated mostly fair to good.  Soybean was 93% planted as of Sunday, compared to the 5 year average of 88%.  78% has emerged and was rated mostly fair to good.  Winter wheat harvest was 24 percent complete, well above the 5 year average of 11%  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Newton and Olney report almost all of the corn has emerged and nearly all the soybeans have been planted with just over three fourths of the soybeans have emerged – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the spring planting season continues

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just under a week away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  This weeks Sounds of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will be featuring Jake and Mikayla Hoult.  Jake and Mikayla will be performing at Bower Park with the concert being held from 6:00 until 8:00 with $1 bottled water available courtesy of Clark Real Estate Group.  Concessions are available provided by Walmart DC #6059 featuring Nachos, soft pretzels, pork burgers, chips, cookies and soda with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and join the Sounds of Summer at Bower Park this Thursday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library summer reading program is underway.  There is still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the thingamajig contest.  Designs for this contest are due at the library on Friday, June 30th.  Upcoming events include, Ag in the Library, Scholastic Book Fair, and Mad Science.  Teens and adults are encouraged to enter the book bingo for great prizes.  For more information, contact the library at 392-3711 or check out our webpage www.olneypubliclibrary.org

 

REMINDERS:

   A "pork burger / bake sale" fundraiser is this Saturday at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only - bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 - large orders can be called in advance at 618-508-1623 - all proceeds to benefit the Dusty Thompson family

   A Community CPR Class is being held today, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in the Conference Room from 6:00 until 8:00.  Call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4094 to register – Class size is limited

   The Cummins Municipal Band will be performing at the Olney City Park today starting at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited out to join the concert this Wednesday evening.

   Whittle Rock will be this coming this Saturday, June 17th,  going on from 3:00 pm until midnight.  Live music from Too Far Gone, Bufurd T Judd & the Dump Trucks, The Ashes, Steve Patterson, Preston Price and more! Plus food and craft vendors.  Everyone is invited with $5 for advanced tickets and $10 day of.

   The Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom has two programs coming up this summer at the Olney Public Library.  The first day is this coming Friday June 16th at 10:30 am readin  “On Meadowview Street” and activities to follow.

   The Olney Fire Department will be hosting a Blood Drive coming up on Friday form 2:00 until 6:00 at the meeting room on North Walnut Street.  Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter OlneyFD to schedule an appointment.

   The Annual Salad Luncheon prepared by the women of the Grace United Methodist Church will be Friday at the church I Newton. The menu, including a variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls and a drink for a $7 donation.  Serving from 11:00 until 1:00

   The Olney Elks and Olney VFW will be holding a Flag Day ceremony today at noon at the Court House.  That is a Flag Day ceremony, today.

  The 2017 Richland County Queen Contestants will be waitressing for tips at Hovey’s this coming Thursday June 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Come out and help out the 2017 Queen Contestants

  St. Mary of the Assumption Church and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive on Sunday June 18th, from 7:30 to 11:30 am.  All donations are very much appreciated

  The Noble Freedom Baptist Church will be hosting a Freedom VBS Sign-Up Party at the Noble Village Park on Saturday June 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Come out for free hotdogs and drinks and inflatable games for the kids and sign them up for Vacation Bible School.

  American Legion Post #30 will be holding a Pork Burger Sale at the IGA this coming Saturday, June 17th, from 11:00 until 2:00, or until sold out.  Everyone is invited out for Pork Burgers.

  The Latona Church of Christ is holding a Bake Sale this coming Friday at the Circle K in Newton starting at 8:00 and continuing until sold out.  All the proceeds to help with Youth Group Mission Trip to New Orleans.

  The Flora Public Library will be presenting a series of programs entitled The Amazing History Series discussing prominent people from America’s Past.  The first night is this Thursday with David Wolfe appearing as founding father, Benjamin Franklin.  The program is at 6:30 on Thursday and free to attend.

 

 

June 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY) Hot and humid weather will prevail across Illinois today, with heat index values at or near 100. With a boundary layer there is chances of showers during the peak of the heat during the day.  This brings chances of showers and possibly a thunderstorm into the area today, tomorrow and into Thursday before we dry out for Friday before more chances of rain kicks into gear this weekend – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News – The Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office is reminding municipal government officials who want to light up the night sky on the Fourth of July to apply for a  permit by Thursday.  The fire marshall says that state law requires government bodies to have a pyrotechnic distributor license to be able to hire operators for their celebrations.  Applications must be received by June 15th, this Thursday, to process them.  This permit allows the employment of operators who have a valid explosivs license from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  They must also have individual explosive licenses form the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(NEWTON)  Eight dynamic performances plus two free concerts are planned for the 2017 DuQuoin  State Fair.  Ttickets for the Grandstand concert series are now on sale via ticketmaster and the DuQuoin State Fair Box Office. The first of the free concerts is the band of former Chicago Bear defensive lineman call the Chicago 6 on August 25th.  Chris Janson along with High Valley will perform on August 27th.  The Gin Blossoms will take to the Grandstand on August 28th.  Granger Smith joined by Drew Baldridge will perform on August 29th.  Dueling Pianos International will take the stage for an August 30th performance.  Roots & Boots Tour will be stopping at the State Fair on August 31st featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye.  Switchfoot and Lifehouse will perform on September 1st.  Logan Mize and Chris Cavanaugh will join the Cadillac Three for September 2nd performance at the Grandstand.  The tickets are on sale at the box office or on ticketmaster.

 

(NEWTON)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night.  The Council – approved the minutes of the May 22nd council meeting : approved the authorization payment of accounts payable : approved the preliminary plat of lots 1-5 of Parkside Plaza as Submitted by Eric and Karen Seals : approved the rezoning of 5613 E. Gadde Bridge Lane from R-4 (multiple dwelling district) to C-2 (commercial district) as submitted by Kyle Shipman with the intent to build an indoor sports complex : approved the sale of 1994 Ford 150 from the Park Department to Scrap Daddy, Inc. : approved the sale of fire department equipment : adopted the ordinance for prevailing wage : took no action on the purchase of playground equipment : paid the invoice from 2014 for Safe Routes to School : accepted quotes for new fire department equipment : adopted a resolution for use of MFT funds for maintenance of streets and highways by municpialiity under the Illinois Highway Code :

 

(OLNEY)  Construction on the replacement Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th.  The project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed.  The section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction.  If you have any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at 618-392-3141.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 yesterday morning, all townships recorded a rainless week this past week.  That is the townships of Denver, Preston, German, Noble, Olney, Claremont, Decker, Madison, Bonpas Townships and the Farm Bureau Office all recording a dry week – here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured a rainless week as well (0.0) of an inch.  A big thank you to all that assist in rainfall recording from all the townships.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just under a week away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library summer reading program is underway.  There is still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the thingamajig contest.  Designs for this contest are due at the library on Friday, June 30th.  Upcoming events include, Ag in the Library, Scholastic Book Fair, and Mad Science.  Teens and adults are encouraged to enter the book bingo for great prizes.  For more information, contact the library at 392-3711 or check out our webpage www.olneypubliclibrary.org

 

REMINDERS:

  The Sound of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will kick back in gear next Thurdsay.  Jake and Mikayla Hoult will be performing at Bower Park starting at 6:00 this Thursday – all are invited

   The Farmers Market will start up next Tuesday, June 13th, from 10:00 until 4:00 on those Tuesday and Fridays following.  Located at the Olney City Park – All are invited.

   A "pork burger / bake sale" fundraiser is this Saturday at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only - bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 - large orders can be called in advance at 618-508-1623 - all proceeds to benefit the Dusty Thompson family

   A Community CPR Class is being held on Wednesday, June 14th, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in the Conference Room from 6:00 until 8:00.  Call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4094 to register – Class size is limited

   The Cummins Municipal Band will be performing at the Olney City Park this coming Wednesday, June 14th, starting at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited out to join the concert this Wednesday evening.

   Whittle Rock will be this coming this Saturday, June 17th,  going on from 3:00 pm until midnight.  Live music from Too Far Gone, Bufurd T Judd & the Dump Trucks, The Ashes, Steve Patterson, Preston Price and more! Plus food and craft vendors.  Everyone is invited with $5 for advanced tickets and $10 day of.

   The Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom has two programs coming up this summer at the Olney Public Library.  The first day is this coming Friday June 16th at 10:30 am readin  “On Meadowview Street” and activities to follow.

   The Olney Fire Department will be hosting a Blood Drive coming up on Friday form 2:00 until 6:00 at the meeting room on North Walnut Street.  Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter OlneyFD to schedule an appointment.

   The Annual Salad Luncheon prepared by the women of the Grace United Methodist Church will be Friday at the church I Newton. The menu, including a variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls and a drink for a $7 donation.  Serving from 11:00 until 1:00

   The Olney Elks and Olney VFW will be holding a Flag Day ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon at the Court House.  That is a Flag Day ceremony, tomorrow.