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Local News

November 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  That Canadian high pressure now over the nation’s Southeastern States is still controlling our weather conditions with sunshine and some passing high clouds mixed in – meanwhile, a gusty south wind will bring us some warmer air on this Friday – however, an approaching cold front moves thru tonight with maybe a few sprinkles here or there – then dry and cool for the weekend ahead – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – the Secretary of State’s Police units are out in extra force today, conducting statewide parking stings at local shopping malls and stores, targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities – officials say tickets and fines will be issued with a “zero” tolerance approach – there are currently 627,281 permanent disability placards and 51,416 disability license plates that are registered in Illinois – parking space abuse can be reported at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend generally one of the busiest travel periods of the year, the Illinois State Police reminds all motorists to drive safely – all are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, watch the speed limits, buckle up everyone in the vehicle, and refrain from drinking alcohol prior to driving – the State Police are conducting their “Click It or Ticket” program now thru Monday as Troopers are out in extra force conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more throughout Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred last night at 9:07 on a Jasper County road just northwest of West Liberty – the State Police report an unidentified 16 year old female was driving eastbound, traveling too fast for conditions, when she lost control of the car, it traveled off the north side of the road, struck a ditch, and then back onto the road where it came to rest – the driver and two passengers, 31 year old Matthew Matlock of West Liberty and 25 year old Dustin Rash of West Union, were all taken to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – the 16 year old juvenile driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and for one passenger limit – both passengers were ticketed for failure to wear seatbelts – Jasper County emergency personnel assisted Troopers at the accident scene.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow is being noted nationwide as Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – please join all of us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem in supporting our local small businesses by shopping at a local small business, not only tomorrow, but throughout the year – we encouraged everyone in our area of Southeastern and South Central Illinois to pledge to “Shop Small” this weekend and all year round.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Service Agency is reminding eligible farmers to cast their votes for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections – all ballots must be returned to the local FSA offices by December 4th, a week from next Monday – terms of the newly elected committee members and their alternates take effect January 1st, 2018 – farmers that did not receive a ballot by mail can pick one up at their local FSA office.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few meetings coming up the first of next week in Richland County  :  the Richland County Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, November 27th, in the County Jail meeting room, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes budget discussion & expected action, plus the tax levy and the FOP negotiations & possible contract approval  :  the Olney City Council will meet in regular session next Monday night at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board will meet in regular session next Monday night at the Village Hall in Noble, also at 7:00  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is tomorrow night with judging from 5:00 to 5:30 and lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 tomorrow afternoon & evening – this includes both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for the Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(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  :  this morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that all City and Village Halls are still closed today  :  Republic Services is back to hauling trash today – the normal Thursday collection is being collected today while the Friday routes will be ran tomorrow – then back to normal next week for all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  the Olney brush dump is still closed today, but will be open tomorrow from 10:00 to 4:00  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule for the rest of today and into next week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County High School will present three performances next weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS – that’s next Friday night & Saturday night, December 1st & 2nd, each night at 6:30 – then the final show next Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, at 2:00 – tickets are available at all local banks, plus at the door – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, tomorrow and Sunday – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available at The Holiday in Olney


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry tonight with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a frontal boundary over the upper Mississippi River washes out today due to that strong Canadian high pressure that still hangs over the Ohio River Valley, we’ll see plenty of sunshine today on this Thanksgiving Day 2017 – that high will continue to keep us dry with normal fall weather conditions tomorrow thru the weekend – our next rain chance possibly next Tuesday night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  in state news – the State DNR has released preliminary numbers from last weekend’s first three days of the 2017 Firearm Deer Season – hunters took 51,365 deer compared to 54,452 during the first firearm weekend in 2016 – that’s a nearly 6% drop from last year’s harvest – in fact, the deer harvest stats show a drop in nine of the ten regional counties surrounding Olney compared to last year’s first weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be lit up for the first time in 2017 this Thanksgiving Day evening, with the switch thrown at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will then be lit up from dusk until 10:00 each night through December 31st – the Bucket Brigade, located at the end of the Lights Display, will be accepting donations, which is totally used for display maintenance and upkeep.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is this Saturday night with judging from 5:00 to 5:30 and lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon & evening – this includes both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for the Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  also tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that all City and Village Halls, along with all city and government offices, are closed today  :  Republic Services is not hauling trash today – the normal Thursday collection will be tomorrow with Friday’s normal pickup scheduled for Saturday – that’s for all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  the Olney brush dump is closed today & tomorrow, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule the rest of this week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry tomorrow night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    All motorists are encouraged to drive with added care the next several days – with holiday travel at its highest, make sure everyone is buckled up and obey all those “rules of the road” – the Illinois State Police & local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force thru Monday with the “Click It or Ticket” program

 

    And on behalf of all of us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA we pray that your Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend is full of family time or time with loved ones and friends – let’s take time out today or this weekend to thank our Father in Heaven for all of our blessings bestowed on us and our families

 

 

 

November 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge over the Upper Plains will control our weather pattern for the next few days with sunshine and some cooler temperatures in place – an upper level disturbance will bring us some clouds and a wind switch by Friday night, but at this time, there’s no precipitation in the immediate forecast – dry and cool skies are expected now thru the upcoming weekend – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend generally one of the busiest travel periods of the year and as millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate with their families, the Illinois State Police reminds all motorists to drive safely – all are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, watch the speed limits, buckle up everyone in the vehicle, and refrain from driving after consuming alcohol – the State Police are conducting their “Click It or Ticket” program now thru next Monday as Troopers are out in extra force conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and much more throughout Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office has released its annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products, and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season – the 2017 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions & photographs and describes the 68 recalls of children’s products over the past ten months – to check it out, go online at  www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/2017_Safe_Shopping_Guide.pdf.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  This coming Saturday is being noted nationwide as Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – please join all of us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem in supporting our local small businesses by shopping at a local small business, not only this Saturday, but all year round – we encouraged everyone in our area of Southeastern & South Central Illinois to pledge to “Shop Small” and thanks for doing so.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget that the Olney Christmas Lights Display will be lit up for the first time this coming Thursday evening, Thanksgiving Day evening, with the switch thrown at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will then be lit up each night from dusk until 10:00 each night through December 31st – by the way, while all Bucket Brigade shifts have been filled, if anyone would to be added to the “wait list” to serve as a backup for whatever reason, call the Olney City Hall today or next week, Monday thru Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  The local Outreach Mission delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them is still looking for volunteer help this week – volunteers can call the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney at  618-395-8618  to get more details about helping – today’s work includes deboning the turkeys, baking the rolls, mixing the dressing, preparing the sweet potatoes, & more – then tomorrow morning at 6:00, the work includes cooking and packaging all the food and assembling the meals for delivery, which begins at 11:00 Thursday morning, on Thanksgiving Day – many volunteers are needed, especially for the delivery of meals on Thursday – volunteers are asked to be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 on Thursday morning to get their meals and delivery route – for those in need of a meal this Thanksgiving Day in Olney, please call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at  618-395-8618  as soon as possible.

 

(NEWTON)  Health officials are again this year reminding families and individuals to take care of that holiday meal – remember to put those leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible and not let them set out for a long period of time – the general rule for food safety always applies  :  keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold  :  plus make sure all those leftovers are properly heated up prior to eating – let’s all stay safe.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed tomorrow and Friday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend observance  :  also a note that Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, therefore Thursday’s normal trash collection route will be done on Friday and this Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday, both a day later than normal – everything then returns to normal next week and everything remains normal for today and tomorrow – this applies to all Republic Service customers in the Olney, Newton, Noble, and surrounding area  :  in Olney, the brush dump will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday and then back to normal next week  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is set for this coming Saturday night with awards to be presented in several different categories – the judging will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 with lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon thru night – this will include both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for this Saturday’s Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(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 Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  Friday morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry this Friday night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is still taking orders for holiday poinsettias, but only for one more day – today, this November 22nd, is the final day to place an order by calling  618-395-7340, extension  4009  – the colors are white, red, and pick with the price at $10 per plant – call now


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have homemade pies for sale today at the Olney IGA – that begins at 2:30 and continues until all the pies are sold out – that’s this afternoon starting at 2:30 at the Olney IGA – get your pies for Thanksgiving today

 

**  And on behalf of all of us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem, we pray that your Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend is full of family time or time with loved ones – let’s also take time out to thank our Heavenly Father for all of our blessings bestowed on us and our families

 

 

 

November 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With some sunshine on tap today, a dry cold front will move thru Illinois this afternoon with our wind switching from the northwest, bringing in a few clouds tonight – but we’ll clear off with more sunshine expected tomorrow with a Canadian high pressure moving in to control our weather after that – it appears we’ll stay dry with seasonal temperatures on Thanksgiving Day and thru the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – this Thanksgiving, the State Fire Marshall’s Office encourages all Illinoisans to be mindful when preparing that Thanksgiving dinner – the National Fire Protection Association reports that more home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year – in 2015, fire departments responded to over 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving – for home cooking tips from the National Fire Protection Association, check out its website online, at  www.nfpa.org  and let’s stay safe.

 

(OLNEY)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – Illinois’ harvest is largely complete with just over 4 days on average suitable for field work last week – the statewide average temperature last week was 39.9 degrees, that was 2.3 degrees below normal – last week’s average precipitation in Illinois was 1.17 inches, which was nearly a half inch (0.46) above normal – as of Sunday, 95% of the state’s corn crop and 99% of the state’s soybean crop had been harvested  :  here in our regional ten counties, farmers report 98% of the local corn and 99% of  the local soybeans have been harvested – area farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest activities finish up as well as other work around the farm continue in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  The local Outreach Mission delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them is still looking for volunteer help this week – volunteers can call the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney at  618-395-8618  to get more details about helping – today’s work will include bagging turkeys, preparing the dressing, arranging the cookers, and more – tomorrow’s work includes deboning the turkeys, baking the rolls, mixing the dressing, preparing the sweet potatoes, & more – then on Thursday morning at 6:00, the work includes cooking & packaging all the food and assembling the meals for delivery, which begins at 11:00 Thursday morning, on Thanksgiving Day – many volunteers are needed, especially for the delivery of meals on Thursday – volunteers are asked to be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 on Thursday morning to get their meals and delivery route – for those in need of a meal this Thanksgiving Day in Olney, please call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at  618-395-8618  as soon as possible.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department continues to vacuum leaves along the city streets now thru next Thursday, November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street, but no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – only leaves will be vacuumed, not twigs and not tree limbs  :  the southwest part of Newton will be covered on Mondays and Tuesdays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren Street to West End Avenue  :  the long & narrow north end of Newton will be covered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including the area north of Jourdan Street, plus Imperial Acres and the West End Industrial Park  :  and the southeast part of Newton on Fridays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street  :  residents can call  618-783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number if there are leaves to be vacuumed – of course no leaves will be vacuumed this Thursday and Friday, due to the holiday weekend break – the vacuuming will resume Monday, next week.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend observance  :  also a note that Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, therefore Thursday’s normal trash collection route will be done on Friday and this Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday, both a day later than normal – everything then returns to normal next week and everything remains normal for today and tomorrow – this applies to all Republic Service customers in the Olney, Newton, Noble, and surrounding area  :  in Olney, the brush dump will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday and then back to normal next week  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is set for this coming Saturday night, at 6:30 – awards will be presented for the Best Business, Best Use of Lights, Best Musical, Most Inspirational, and Children’s Choice, plus others – the judging will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 with lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will go south on East Street, then west on Main Street, and end at Whittle Avenue – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon thru night – this will include both sides of North East Street, Main Street, and Whittle Avenue down to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is greatly appreciated all for this Saturday night’s Annual Christmas Parade in the City of Olney.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Newton City Council will meet tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00  :  the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will meet tonight at Olney Central College, beginning at 7:00  :  both are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia from 12:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry this Friday night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is still taking orders for holiday poinsettias, but only for two more days – tomorrow, November 22nd, is the final day to place an order by calling  618-395-7340, extension  4009  – the colors are white, red, and pick with the price at $10 per plant – call now


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be selling homemade pies tomorrow, on Wednesday afternoon, at the Olney IGA – that begins at 2:30 and continues until all the pies are sold out – that’s tomorrow afternoon starting at 2:30 at the Olney IGA – check it out


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at 7:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – tonight’s program will focus on the Endangered Species Act – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

November 20, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   MONDAY   --   11–20–17

 

(OLNEY) A dry but cool weather pattern will continue thru Thanksgiving Day – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) in state news, After signing a pair of bills that react to claims of sexual harassment at the State Capitol, Governor Bruce Rauner wants more action out of lawmakers. One bill extends the amount of time that the legislative inspector general has to investigate claims of misconduct. 27 complaints stacked up in an office for the past three years, while there was no inspector general to follow up. Rauner says that more has to be done to make sure that individual can address the complaints.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Sheriff's Department now has applications available for the 2017 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop with a Cop” Program at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton – the children must be Jasper County residents & must be between the ages of 3 and 14 – parents who would like their children to participate, must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00 on November 24th, three weeks from this Friday – the Department wants all Jasper County children to have a happy holiday.

 

(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 – variouss organizations, church groups, businesses, even families, and others are asked to volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift, which begins this Thursday, November 23rd, and continue through December 31st – to sign up, call the Olney City Hall at 618-395-7302, extension 3, during regular office hours

 

(OLNEY) It’s that time of year again as the local Outreach Mission is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them – those in need of a meal next Thursday in Olney, on Thanksgiving Day, should call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at 618-395-8618 as soon as possible – here’s a look at the volunteer schedule for this week at the church : clean the kitchen and buy groceries starting at 8:00 this morning, : bag turkeys, prepare dressing ingredients, arrange cooker, and more Tuesday morning, November 21st, at 7:00 : debone turkeys, bake rolls, mix dressing, prepare sweet potatoes, & more Wednesday morning, November 22nd, at 7:00 : then cook & package all food and assemble all meals starting at 6:00 Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd : then the delivery of all meals at 11:00 that Thanksgiving Day : with many volunteers needed, especially for the delivery of meals, we encourage the residents of Olney to step up and help out – be at the church whenever possible each day next week or to help deliver the meals throughout the community, be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 to get your meals and delivery route – we trust that all will step forward to volunteer time and effort this Outreach Mission of preparing & delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) The Olney Central College Theatre Department is thrilled to announce that Berlande Millus will be joining our community/college cast this year and playing the part of Deloris Van Cartier in the OCC production of Sister Act, sponsored by Trustbank, this spring. Millus is from New York City and has a bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and has many years of training in voice and dance. Her credits also include parts in several regional Theater shows. Mark your calendars for a chance to audition and be in a musical with someone with professional theater experience. Auditions for Sister Act will be held at 2pm on Dec. 17th and 7pm on Dec. 18 in the OCC Theatre. There will be roles for nine women, seven men, extra nuns and ensemble parts.

 

(NEWTON) Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, it also is continuing for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details and information, logon at www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County School District has announced it is once again offering walking hours at all three of its facilities in Olney – all walkers are required to fill out a registration form at the main office of appropriate school prior to participating in the program and those taking part are asked to “log-in” daily upon entering and “log-out” upon leaving the school of their choice, however all walking hours are in effect only on days when school is in session – the walking hours at the Richland County High School & Richland County Elementary School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:30 each morning – the walking hours at the Richland County Middle School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:15 each morning – all Richland County citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity offered by the Richland County School District at all three of its school facilities – if questions, call the District Office at 618-395-2324.

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney would like to remind the citizens that the Olney City Hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23rd and Friday, Nov. 24th. The Brush Dump will also be closed Nov. 24/25th but will be open on regular schedule for Saturday, Nov. 25th. Please note that curbside recycling will remain ON SCHEDULE for this week. Republic Services will observe the Thanksgiving holiday. Trash collections on and after Thursday, Nov. 23 will fall one day behind schedule. Thursday’s trash pickup will be taken on Friday and Friday’s regular trash pickup will be taken on Saturday.

 

REMINDERS :  

 

   Shop Small, It’s Small Business Saturday , Nov. 25th in the area. We encourage you to support the local businesses who support the community where you live, work and play. That’s This Saturday!

 

   The Olney Christmas Parade is this Saturday, Nov. 25th in downtown Olney starting at 6:30pm.