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July 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Look for another day of quiet weather as that dominate high pressure ridge drifts further east across the Upper Midwest – as it moves away, a southerly wind flow will bring more humid air for the hottest day of this week coming up tomorrow – then a cold front moves thru Thursday with the potential of some severe weather – back to a dry and pretty good looking weekend coming up – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has called lawmakers back to Springfield tomorrow for a special session to deal with the public education funding issue just weeks before students are slated to return to the classrooms – the Governor’s request came after the State Senate missed a 12 noon deadline yesterday to provide him a school finance proposal that lawmakers approved back in May, earlier this year.

 

(OLNEY)  A major credit agency has raised debt ratings and has affirmed others for seven universities in Illinois – the debt ratings list approved by S&P Global Ratings included Southern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, and Northeastern Illinois University – the ratings were affirmed  for the University of  Illinois, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University – S&P Global Ratings credited the state’s enactment of a new state budget as the main reason for the ratings.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois home sales largely held steady and the statewide median price increased in June as motivated buyers were ready to move quickly amid tighter seasonal inventory, that’s according to Illinois Realtors – the statewide home sales for June totaled 19,066 units, up less than a percentage point (0.3%) from last year – Illinois’ median price for June was $216,000 which was up 5.9% from June 2016 – the data shows 43 Illinois’ 102 counties reported sales gains for June 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to a funding plan for the water & sewer installation to the new hotel site along Illinois Route 130, just west of the Olney City Park – the City of Olney will pay for the installation to the property line with the developer to pay for the installation from the property line to the building site – once the project is 50% complete, the City of Olney will reimburse the developer’s portion  :  approved an IDOT resolution, appropriating future MFT funds to the Whittle Avenue widening & repaving project in Olney  :  approved a TIF Redevelopment Agreement for the State Route 130 Corridor, whereas additional taxes will be rebated 85% for the first 5 years, then rebated 75% for the balance of the remaining 12 years  :  approved the citizens of Olney pick for a mural to be placed on the south side of City Hall – the design presented by Rudy Kistler was selected among the final four submissions  :  noted that the East Fork Lake parking lot repair project is complete  :  and after a closed session to discuss personnel and real estate, the Council approved the salary of the City’s Director of Human Resources / Administrative Assistant in the City Manager’s Office – there will be no salary increase for Cindy Harlan, who’s hourly wage will be converted in salary form  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting in the new month of August, coming up on the 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  Members of 100 Women Who Care Jasper County recently chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens as the recipient of the $5,650 contribution collected at its second membership meeting this year, on July 13th, in Newton – the funding will assist the Citizens Center in Newton as it provides a number of services to the senior citizens in Jasper County, including the social, nutritional, and health needs of  local senior citizens – the next meeting for 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will be October 12th in Newton – to learn more, new member information is available online, at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County & Richland County School Districts are still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is open now thru next Monday, July 31st, while the registration “window” in Richland County is only open thru tomorrow, July 26th – both Districts have a one day walk-in registration set for today, this Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – it’s to help those with no computer access and those who need assistance.

 

(OLNEY)  Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and its partners are pleased to announce the expansion of the Illinois Farm Bill Biologist Partnership with the hiring of three new positions throughout the state – the new biologists will assist landowners in designing, developing, & funding habitat improvements on private lands through a unique partnership with state and federal agencies – working in the area counties of Richland, Clay, Marion, Wayne, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash, White, Hamilton, and Jefferson, is Jeremy Kunick (618-315-3020) – he’ll be responsible for land management & conservation assistance in our Southern Illinois area – working in the counties of Jasper, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, and Coles, is Amber Hall (217-347-7107 x2) – she’ll assist those in our Eastern Illinois area – and it’s Joe Pyszka who’ll help those in Central Illinois – in the past six years, since 2010, Illinois’ biologist team alone has assisted 7,668 landowners to impact over 121,000 acres for wildlife conservation efforts in the state.

 

(OLNEY)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois is offering a two-day Volunteer Training next week, during the first week of August – while Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses in the comfort of their own homes (or nursing facility) and provides support for family members, Hospice volunteers play an important role in the caring process – volunteers help in a variety of ways such as visiting patients at their home, offering support and help with activities including cooking, making crafts, and more – the training will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 3rd, from 9:00 to 3:00 each day, in the Private Dining Rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – lunch and refreshments will be provided – the registration deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26th – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides services to thirteen area counties, including Richland, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Clark, Lawrence, Edwards, Wabash, Wayne, White, Hamilton, Clay, and Effingham.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather this past weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today, tomorrow, and Thursday thru Saturday, each day – the citizens of Olney are urged to use the additional operation hours.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door


    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited


    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday


        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end this coming Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have their monthly meeting tonight at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – all to share information, stories, support, and laughter in the fight against cancer


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

 

 

 

July 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a high pressure ridge drifting east across the Great Lakes region today, we’ll have quiet weather conditions today with sunshine – as higher humidity levels return by Wednesday, so does our next chance of rain, as a cold front will move thru with rain Thursday afternoon then ending – then less humid and dry for the end of the work week and thru the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  State and local authorities are monitoring the damage that occurred with the storms that rolled through our downstate region this past Saturday night & Sunday morning, which included two waves of thunderstorm activity – area airports report wind gusts during both periods, at around midnight and some five or six hours later at around daybreak, were between 45 and 65 miles-per-hour – while some homes and outbuildings were damaged by the strong winds and even lightning, most of the damage reported was to utility poles and/or electric lines blown down by the winds and/or falling trees and limbs – Ameren Illinois is reporting 5,900 customers are still without electric service as of early this morning, mostly in the Albion, Oblong, Robinson, & Salem areas – some areas of Olney was without power overnight into & thru yesterday morning but most spots have been restored – at this point, no serious injuries have been reported.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants a school funding package on his desk by later today or he will call lawmakers back to Springfield for another Special Session – however, Senate President John Cullerton says all the Governor needs to do is meet with legislative leaders and show them his plan – while the Governor wants more money for downstate school districts and less money for a bailout for Chicago Public Schools, most of the legislative leaders have plans for the Chicago bailout coming first.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2017 – a Will County resident in his 60’s became ill at the end of June – there were 155 human cases a year ago, including six deaths – the statewide monitoring for West Nile virus includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins, & other perching birds – the IDPH is also monitoring for the Zika virus, also is spread by mosquitoes – precautions include practicing the three R’s : reduce, repel, and report : for more, check the Department of Public Health’s website online.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:10 early yesterday (Sunday) morning at the south edge of Ste. Marie, on the Ste. Marie Road, just north of the Kirts Street (500th Avenue) intersection – the State Police report 43 year old Gary T. Buerster from Noble was southbound when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, ran off the roadway, struck the ditch, hit a guide wire, and overturned up against a utility pole – the driver and three other passengers were all ejected from the Jeep Wrangler – 50 year old Ellen R. Bollman from Dundas, 39 year old Julie A. Giddens from Flora, and 35 year old Nicholas A. Beverlin from Willow Hill – the four occupants were transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes – Buerster was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, failure to wear seat belt, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, & illegal transportation of alcohol – Bollman, Giddens, and Beverlin were each ticketed for failure to wear a seat belt and for illegal transportation of alcohol – emergency personnel from Jasper County assisted at the crash scene – all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due
today, on this July 24th – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment  :  in person at the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of the Richland County Court House, open today from 8:00 to 4:00  :  by mail with a postmark of July 24th accepted  :  or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Court House before business begins at 8:00 tomorrow morning on the 25th  :  the installments paid after today’s due date are considered delinquent and subject to the 1.5% penalty.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County & Richland County School Districts are still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is open for another week, now thru next Monday, July 31st, while the registration “window” in Richland County is only open thru this Wednesday, July 26th – both Districts have a one day walk-in registration set for tomorrow, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00, Newton & Olney to help those with no computers who need assistance.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is offering several opportunities to area residents with various courses and classes available  :  an artistic welding course will be taught Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble with classes beginning August 17th  :  the Olney Central College Community Choir will begin its eighth season and this year will collaborate with the Richland County High School Concert Choir for a joint Christmas Concert in December – the OCC Choir begins rehearsals on August 22nd – anyone high school age or older is welcome to join, regardless of experience  :  a furniture restoration course will be offered on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 at OCC with classes starting August 22nd  :  and an unmanned aerial systems (drone) course will be taught Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at OCC with classes beginning August 23rd  :  the tuition for some classes is reduced for residents of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District – for more on these or the other various classes or courses offered, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or check the website online, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the New Hope Christian Church in Bridgeport from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Friday at the KC Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed to help replenish the low blood supplies in our region.

 

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

 

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


    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181


    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door


    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited


    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is this Friday & Saturday in downtown Effingham – it’s sweet corn served Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 with the Hometown Throwdown BBQ Contest judging & tasting at 5:30 & live music – on Saturday, it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com


    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday


        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end this coming Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have their monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – all to share information, stories, support, and laughter in the fight against cancer

 

 

 

July 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure over the Midwest will keep us hot and humid again today – although there is a slight chance of a spotty shower or pop-up storm late tonight & overnight – then we’re back to sunshine tomorrow and dry conditions expected again thru most all of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect thru tonight for all of our listening area – with high temperatures and dew point readings, our afternoon heat index value will peak from over 105 to near 110 today – those outdoors need to take precautions against heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Treasurer’s office is continuing its push to reunite statewide residents with approximately $2.8 billion in unclaimed property – with thousands of Illinois residents with cash or property to claim, plus new names reported every year, the Treasurer’s office never charges money to search and return unclaimed property – check the website online, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due
next Monday, July 24th – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment  :  in person at the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of the Richland County Court House, which is open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day  :  by mail with a postmark of July 24th accepted  :  or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Court House before business begins at 8:00 on the morning of July 25th  :  if any questions or for details, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office on Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that they have until August 1st, a week from next Tuesday, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees – a list of eligibility requirements, the nomination forms, & more information are available on the government’s website,  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections  or by contacting a local Farm Service Agency Office next week.

 

(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  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supplies in our region.

 

REMINDERS :

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its next show this evening at the East Fork Arena north of Olney – starting at 6:00, the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more, go online at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com

    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival today thru tonight in Ste. Marie – it’s from 12 noon until 11:30 tonight, featuring live music, great food, wine tastings, and much more – all are invited

    The Greenup Fire Department has a benefit fundraiser today at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction, a bags tournament, a hog roast meal, live music, a 50/50 drawing, & more – proceeds to help former fireman John Veach with medical expenses

    The 2017 Pork Day USA and Edwards County Fair Kick-Off is today on the square in Albion – includes the car, truck, & tractor show registration at 8:00 this morning, then food, crafts, and other vendors in place at 9:00, & the Pork Day Parade at 10:00 – then its live music from the Albion & West Salem Grade School Bands, the Little Miss Pork Day Contest at 1:30, a Tractor Drive starts at 1:30, & the Edwards County Fair Queen Contest tonight at 6:00 at the fairgrounds – the Edwards County Fair will then run all of next week

    It’s “GiveAway Day” today in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all
sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church

 

 

July 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure dome over the Central Midwest will keep us hot and humid again today – although there is a very slight chance of a spotty shower or pop-up storm late this afternoon or early evening – then we’re back to hot and humid conditions tomorrow and maybe a rain chance on Sunday as a weak frontal boundary moves thru – then dry and a little less humid the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect today thru tomorrow night for all of our listening area – with high temperatures and dew points, our afternoon heat index values will peak from near 105 to over 110 – those outdoors need to take precautions against heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls went up by nearly 9,000 jobs – the preliminary data released yesterday show the joblessness rate was up one tenth of a percentage point (0.1) last month to end up at 4.7% – the three industry sectors with the largest gains in June were professional & business services, leisure & hospitality, and government – the state’s biggest drops in unemployment came in education & health, construction, and financial activities.

 

(OLNEY)  The Serve Illinois Commission notes that applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards are due in less than two weeks – the awards give formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact – interested townships, villages, cities, & counties can apply by Tuesday, August 1st for projects in their communities for the period of January 1st, 2014, thru December 31st, 2016 – for additional information regarding the program criteria and the application process, logon at  www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred yesterday afternoon at 3:48 on Illinois Route 37, one mile north of Mason, in Effingham County – the State Police report 51 year old Kent A. Keppler of Farina was southbound when his pickup truck drifted into the north lane and into the path of a SUV driven by 31 year old Bryan K. Jones of Effingham – ticketed for improper lane usage, Keppler was air-lifted from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Jones was initially transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, then later air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  heard a financial update, noting the state has issued vouchers to the District, in other words, owes the District a little over $980,000  :  noted details about the ongoing school registration which continues thru next Wednesday, July 26th – while being done online, the one day Walk-In Registration will be next Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00  :  heard a report on the District’s Pre-K & Birth to Three programs  :  recognized & congratulated RCHS Ag Teacher Jamie VanDyke who’s been named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts  :  approved the bakery bid from Earthgrains Baking Company / Bimbo Bakeries & dairy bid from Prairie Farms  :  approved the District’s tentative Fiscal Year 2018 budget  :  and gave Superintendent Bussard authority to fill employment vacancies thru mid-August  :  after a 78 minute closed session – accepted the resignations from RCES Kindergarten Teacher Stephanie Slankard, from Brandis Grove as RCHS Baseball Coach, and from Matt Powell as RCHS Softball Coach – approved the recall from Reduction in Force, RCES Teachers Justine Black & Megan Tennis, RCES Teacher Assistant Kelli Prevo, RCES Paraprofessional Heather Ferguson, and part-time Food Service employees Carlee Seessengood & Brandi Mitchell – hired Norm Henderson as RCHS Custodian & Food Service employee – hired Tara Racklin as RCHS Girls Tennis Coach – approved Char Eckenrode as an RCHS volunteer Volleyball Coach – and approved the hiring of the RCMS Extra-Curricular position lists as recommended  :  the Richland County School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be August 17th in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night in Newton – the Board  :  heard a financial update, noting the District ended fiscal year 2017 approximately $240,000 in the black, showing the only budget deficit in transportation, which is due to the lack of state funding  :  noted that the District’s online registration process continues now thru July 31st with the only on-site registration set for next Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00  :  noted that the transportation procedures for this year are on the Teacher Ease and District websites  :  on a 5 to 1 vote with one abstention, approved a three year soccer agreement with the Jasper County Youth Soccer Association  :  approved the dairy bids for the new school year from Prairie Farms  :  agreed to accept the proposal to allow individuals to compete in IHSA series sports/activities that the District doesn’t currently offer, such as swimming, with no expense to the District  :  agreed to create a District Building Committee to research the best direction to take in the future  :  and after a short 14 minute closed session – accepted resignations from Sara Mitchell as NCHS / JCJH Business Teacher, from Whitney Ritchhart as Newton Elementary 5th Grade Teacher, and from Jill Kistner as NCHS Class of 2020 sponsor – employed Gail Turner as NCHS / JCJH Business Teacher – and approved various volunteers for the JCJH band camp and softball practices – also gave Superintendent Johnson the hiring authority thru mid-August  :  the Jasper County School Board’s next regular meeting will be August 17th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois is offering a two-day Volunteer Training during the first week of August – while Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses in the comfort of their own homes (or nursing facility) and provides support for family members, Hospice volunteers play an important role in the caring process – volunteers help in a variety of ways such as visiting patients at their home, offering support and help with activities including cooking, making crafts, and more – the training will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 3rd, from 9:00 to 3:00 each day, in the Private Dining Rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – lunch and refreshments will be provided – the registration deadline is next Wednesday, July 26th – volunteers are needed – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides services to thirteen area counties, including Richland, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Clark, Lawrence, Edwards, Wabash, Wayne, White, Hamilton, Clay, and Effingham.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(ALBION)  The 2017 Pork Day USA and Edwards County Fair Kick-Off is tomorrow on the square in downtown Albion – the schedule includes the car, truck, and tractor show registration starting at 8:00 in the morning, then food, crafts, and other vendors in place at 9:00, including the famous FFA Alumni pork chops and Farm Bureau pork burgers, and the popular Pork Day Parade at 10:00 – then its live music from the Albion and West Salem Grade School Bands, the Little Miss Pork Day Contest at 1:30, a Tractor Drive starting at 1:30, water-ball at 2:30, and the Edwards County Fair Queen Contest tomorrow night at 6:00 at the fairgrounds – the Edwards County Fair will then run all of next week in Albion – check it all out.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its next show tomorrow evening at the East Fork Arena north of Olney – starting at 6:00, the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more, go online at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival tomorrow at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – it’s this Saturday from 12 noon until 11:30 that night, featuring live music, some great food, wine tastings, and much more


    The Greenup Fire Department has a benefit fundraiser tomorrow at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction, a bags tournament, a hog roast meal, live music, and more – also a 50/50 drawing and other raffle tickets on sale that day & night – the money raised will help former fireman John Veach with medical expenses – for more, call  217-508-9783


    It’s GiveAway Day tomorrow in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church


    The 2017 Clay County Fair, in Charlie Brown Park, at the west edge of Flora, starts with the annual 4-H Barbeque tonight with serving in their air conditioned dining hall from 4:00 to 7:00 – a drive thru pickup is available – also tonight is the C-Bar Rodeo, starting at 7:00 – activities continue thru all of next week


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


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale today with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food

 

 

 

July 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a dome of very hot air and a high pressure ridge sitting atop the Midwest, we’ll have more hot & humid conditions on tap today – the muggy air mass will continue to dominate our weather into and thru the upcoming weekend as well, although we could see some relief Sunday and Monday – the extended forecast now thru mid-week, next week, has no rain in it at this point in time – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service still has that Excessive Heat Warning in effect today thru Saturday night for all of our listening area – with high temperatures in the mid 90’s and dew points well into the 70’s, our afternoon heat index values will peak from near 105 to over 110 – those working outdoors need to take precautions as heat exhaustion & heat stroke are very possible – use some common sense.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner toured flood damage in Northern Illinois for the second time in a week yesterday as recovery efforts continued in some areas while others brace for more high water – the Governor said steps have been taken to ensure local officials have the resources to aid those affected by flooding – four regional counties there have been declared as State Disaster Areas.

 

(OLNEY)  During Illinois Speed Awareness Day, which is observed next Wednesday, July 26th, the Illinois State Police in District 12 is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists thru both education & enforcement – a recent survey shows that speed was the reason for over 34% of all traffic fatalities in Illinois, which equates to 369 deaths per year, that’s one life lost in every 23.7 hours – the State Police wants everyone to do their part to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries by being aware of their speed and obeying all speed limits – for more, logon at  www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois Crop Systems Department is noting a growing concern of crop conditions around the state – the crop specialists say the statewide height of corn fields is an issue this season as stands range anywhere from just knee-high to six-plus feet tall, therefore creating concern for the critical pollination period – while favorable growing conditions the rest of the growing season could help, many believe the shorter-than-normal corn will likely result in lower yields and quality around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges’ Board of Trustees met earlier this week in Olney – the Board  :  approved the updated Technology Plan for Fiscal Years 2018 thru 2020 – the Plan establishes a blueprint that sets forth the vision, strategic directions, and action needed to support the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff  :  agreed to combine three existing policies concerning sexual violence and sexual misconduct into one policy, now entitled Preventing Sexual Misconduct – the policy provides guidelines to meet requirements that all higher education institutions will adopt a comprehensive policy concerning sexual, domestic, & dating violence, and stalking consistent with Federal and State Law  :  approved updates to the 2017-2018 IECC Catalog for future publication  :  adopted the prevailing rate of wages for Richland, Crawford, Wabash, & Wayne Counties  :  agreed to extend the contract with Crawford Memorial Hospital to provide athletic training services to Lincoln Trail College  :  and took action dealing with personnel – accepted resignations from Olney Central College Collision Repair Technology Instructor Mark Fitch and from Wabash Valley College Food Services Manager Abbi Cook – employed Wade Baker as Band & Music Instructor at Olney Central College – employed Terry Chrtt as Information Technology Technician at Frontier Community College – and changed the employment status for Erin Volk from Career Advisor to Advisor at Lincoln Trail College  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges’ Board will be Tuesday, August 15th, at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

 

(OLNEY)  The regular monthly meeting of the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was held last week with fifty members enjoying a summer picnic prepared by the hospital’s cafeteria staff – the Auxiliary was noted for the recent donation that enabled the purchase of two EKG monitors, to be used for the hospital’s new full-time Cardiologist, Dr. Prem Ghai – the Auxiliary reviewed its financial reports and noted the recent success of various fundraising sales – and it was noted that Auxiliary volunteer hours for July were 691.75, while Hospice volunteer hours were 58.5 – that’s a total of 750.25 hours for the month – the next regular monthly meeting of the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be August 12th.

 

(FLORA)  The 2017 Clay County Fair, in Charlie Brown Park, at the west edge of Flora, kicks off this weekend – it starts with the annual 4-H Barbeque on the fairgrounds tomorrow night with serving in their air conditioned dining hall from 4:00 to 7:00 – a drive thru pickup is also available – tickets on sale from any 4-H member, at the Extension Office in Louisville, or at the fairgrounds – also tomorrow night will be the C-Bar Rodeo, starting at 7:00, including barrel racing, bull riding, mutton busting, & much more – it’s all sponsored by the Clay County Farm Bureau Young Leaders – activities will then continue thru all of next week, finishing up with the Queen Pageant a week from tomorrow night – the Fair will be raffling off a new Polaris Ranger side-by-side with $20 tickets at the fairgrounds – all at the Clay County Fair in Flora.

 

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

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  There are two area regular monthly school board meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets at 6:30 tonight at the District Board of Education Office in Newton  :  the Richland County School Board meets at 7:30 tonight at the District Office Meeting Room in Olney  :  both regular monthly school board meetings are open to the general public tonight in Newton and Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its next show event this coming Saturday evening at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – starting at 6:00, the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions with youth, adult, and masters classes – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more details, check the website at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival this Saturday at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – it’s this Saturday from 12 noon until 11:30 that night, featuring live music, some great food, wine tastings, and much more


    The Greenup Fire Department has a benefit fundraiser this Saturday at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction, a bags tournament, a hog roast meal, live music, and more – also a 50/50 drawing and other raffle tickets on sale that day & night – the money raised will help the John Veach family with medical expenses – the former Greenup fireman has recently been diagnosed with cancer after being in remission for 29 years – donations are accepted at any First Neighbor Bank location – for more details or to donate an auction item, call Jennifer at  217-508-9783


    It’s GiveAway Day this Saturday in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church – items can be donated for the GiveAway today & tomorrow from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale tomorrow with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food


    The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will continue tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of Heather & Marty – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas & water, with all concession proceeds to benefit the Children's Miracle Network