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July 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The main weather story is the heat over the Midwest for the next few days, although there is a slight chance of some isolated, pop-up, showers and/or storms this afternoon thru evening – more heat and dangerous humidity levels hang around now into the upcoming weekend as most of the rain chances stay to our north – our next significant chance of rain is on Sunday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service now has an Excessive Heat Warning in effect today thru Saturday night for all of our listening area – with high temperatures reaching well into the 90’s and dewpoints rising well into the 70’s, afternoon heat index values will peak from near 105 to 110 each day – people working outdoors need to take precautions as heat exhaustion & heat stroke are very possible – folks need to take plenty of breaks in the shade, drink lots of water, and use a lot of common sense while outside.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed Charlie’s Law, a first-in-the-nation bill, that enables all children in Illinois to receive treatment under their insurance plans for the debilitating behavioral disease Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, known as PANDAS – while just one round of treatment for rather rare disease can cost up to $15,000, the bipartisan law requires all insurance providers to cover the treatment for PANDAS and ensures parents will never have to choose between affordable care and the well-being of their children.

 

(OLNEY)  The buildup to Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration will include a student video contest & a craft beer competition – it was all announced yesterday as the 100-day countdown to start the celebration will begin August 26th – while high school & college students are invited to submit brief videos on an Illinois historical fact, place, person, or event, the beer craft competition will be a part of this year’s Illinois State Fair, with the winner to brew an official Illinois Bicentennial Beer – for more, go to  www.Illinois200.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that they have until August 1st, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees – serving a three year term, eligible farmers are elected to the county committees to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level, plus play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA – a list of eligibility requirements, the nomination forms, & more are all available online, at  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections  or by contacting a local FSA office.

 

(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 in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has released activity and enforcement figures for the month of June – District 12 Troopers answered 237 calls for service and initiated 1,500 incidents in the field during the 30 days and nights – in addition, the enforcement numbers totaled 756 citations and 837 written warnings, including 289 speeding tickets, 136 seat belt citations, 45 criminal arrests, 15 DUI’s, and 5 child restraint citations – Troopers assisted 197 motorists, conducted 328 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 87 traffic crashes, which included one fatality – during June, there were 338 citations and 292 written warnings issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those that are most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including failure to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, speeding, and DUI – the ten District 12 counties include Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Clay, and Marion.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today the Effingham Blood Donation Center is open from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Friday 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  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was one of the most sporadic countywide reports so far this year – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was three inches and seven tenths (3.70) in Decker Township, followed by two inches even (2.00) in Olney Township – then it was Madison Township with eight tenths of an inch (0.80), Denver Township at six tenths of an inch (0.60), Claremont Township had thirty-eight hundredths of an inch (0.38), and Bonpas Township with three tenths of an inch (0.30) – the Farm Bureau Office in Olney received two tenths of an inch (0.20) and Preston Township had one tenth of an inch (0.10) – the remaining two Townships, German and Noble, measured no precipitation during the recording period – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and twenty-six hundredths of an inch (1.26) during the seven day recording period.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is now offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online – the registration “window” is open each day now thru Monday, July 31st – students can be registered by going to the District’s TeacherEase website & entering username & password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance in the registration process, the individual public schools in Newton have set up a one day, Walk-In Registration, when computers will be available and staff will be on hand to help out – that’s next Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.cusd1.jasper.k12.il.us  – the first day of attendance for students in the Jasper County Schools is Wednesday, August 16th – the first day for Pre-K students in Jasper County is August 23rd.

 

(NEWTON)  The Greenup Fire Department & GFD Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a benefit fundraiser for retired firefighter John Veach this coming Saturday at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction from 3:00 to 8:00, a bags tournament at 3:00 with signup at 2:00, a hog roast meal from 4:00 until gone, live rock & roll music from 9:00 to midnight, and more – also a 50/50 drawing and other raffle tickets on sale that day & night – the money raised will help the Veach family with medical, travel, and daily living expenses – the former Greenup fireman has recently been diagnosed with cancer after being in remission for the last 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.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club and the International Barrel Racing Association will have their next event this coming Saturday evening at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – with trainers checking in at 5:00, the show gets started 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 – the event will feature live entertainment & music, some great food, wine tastings, and more – the activities will run throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, from 12 noon until 11:30, in Ste. Marie


    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 thru Friday from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


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


    The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will continue tomorrow night 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 proceeds to benefit the Children's Miracle Network


    The City of Olney has announced that the Parks & Recreation Board meeting originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for next Thursday night, July 27th, at 7:00, at the Olney City Hall

 

 

 

July 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge out to our west/southwest will dominate our weather conditions for the next several days & nights, keeping us very hot & humid, as any chance of rain will stay well to our north for nearly the next week – an Excessive Heat Watch for our area reminds everyone to take those needed precautions to battle the high heat & humidity levels for the rest of this week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – during a school visit in Mt. Zion yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner said that he’ll use his amendatory veto power to remove money for Chicago teacher pensions from a school funding bill that’s being held up in the State Senate – lawmakers approved a new state budget recently but did not include the school funding bill – the Governor wants to remove the Chicago “bailout” which in turn would provide more money for all other downstate districts – look for plenty of debate on this issue in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ receiving more than $2 million in federal grants to help seniors, those with disabilities, and families living in assisted housing, all with the goal of helping them live more independent lives – about $1 million will be split between 10 housing authorities in Decatur, Carlinville, Chicago, and its suburbs – 22 other housing complexes statewide will share the remaining $1 million all to help those in desperate need.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – much needed rain was reported at various sites around the state, however not every farm was fortunate to receive the important moisture – last week’s statewide average rainfall was 1.30 inches which was just over a half inch (0.53) above normal – the average temperature in last week was 76.5 degrees, less a degree (0.2) above normal – nearly two-thirds of the state’s subsoil and topsoil moisture levels remain adequate with a third of Illinois rated short to very short – as of Sunday, 63% of the state’s corn crop was silking while 56% of the statewide soybeans are blooming  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Olney/Newton report 70% of the local corn crop is silking, 60% of the local soybeans are blooming, and 20% of the local beans are now setting pods – nearly two-thirds of the local corn & bean crops are rated in good to excellent condition – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors, especially this week, during the expected high heat and humidity levels.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County States Attorney Chad M. Miller has announced that stolen guns have been recovered from a local burglary – as the Newton Police Department was called to investigate the burglary last Friday night at Yale Rebuilders, the officers acted on information received from the public on Sunday and with a warrant, searched the residence of  Jeffrey R. Culter at 207 Stanley Street in Newton – shortly after the search, the 27 year old Culter was located on a traffic stop in Newton – after questioning & further investigation, authorities recovered a number of stolen firearms, stolen cash, a stolen laptop computer, and drug evidence, including methamphetamine – charged with burglary, a Class 2 Felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony, Culter is in custody, awaiting a bond hearing later today in Jasper County Court – States Attorney Miller says the quick work of the Newton Police Department made the difference in this case – remember, all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District is now offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over the next several days – the registration “window” is open from now until July 26th – students can be registered by going to Skyward Family Access on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance, the individual public schools in Olney have set up a one day Walk-In registration when computers & staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, a week from today, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website online for details, at  www.rccu1.net  – the first day of attendance for students in the Richland County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, with an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the other three IECC campuses in Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and near Robinson are gearing up for the 2017 fall semester – with hundreds of opportunities available, students are urged to call the respective Student Services Office or go online at  www.iecc.edu  to see what all classes & courses are available – a few at Olney Central College include  :  the Industrial Technology Program is accepting students to study pneumatics and hydralics, relay controls, motor controls, robotics, welding, refrigeration, and programmable logic controls – most of the IMT classes are hybrid courses, which allow students to complete some coursework at home or in the computer lab – classes begin August 17th  :  the Automotive Service Technology Program is accepting students to learn by hands-on training with the latest automobile diagnostic equipment – classes begin August 17th  :  the Nail Technology Program is accepting students for training in manicures, pedicures, fabric & sculpting procedures, light cured gels, and massaging – the evening classes will be taught at the West Richland Center in Noble, beginning August 21st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will be performing repairs to short sections of several rural roads this week – any thru traffic should avoid the following roads while the construction work is underway – local traffic will have access, but should expect some delays while traveling in these areas  :
* Mt. Gilead Lane, between Shipley Road and Timber Trail Road
* Seven Hills Lane, west of Fox Road
* Pleasant Ridge Lane, between Midway Road and Higgin Switch Road
* Higgin Switch Road, near the Illinois Route 250 intersection
* and Seminary Lane, west of Gentry Road
here’s some other road improvement  and road construction announcements for our area  : 
*  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park is now closed until this coming Thursday, July 20th, for repair work 
*  IDOT has announced that starting today, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks and alternate routes will be needed to avoid the intersection.

 

(NOBLE)  Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale now 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 on Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well – there will be a Noble Chowder meeting tonight at the Noble Village Hall, beginning at 7:00 – those interested in helping out with next month’s annual event are encouraged to attend to discuss and continue planning for the August 12th chowder – again, all are invited to attend tonight's meeting.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed – a huge “thank you” to those that gave blood yesterday in Noble.

 

REMINDERS :
    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival this Saturday at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – the event will feature live entertainment & music, some great food, wine tastings, and more – the activities will run throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, from 12 noon until 11:30, in Ste. Marie


    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 thru Friday from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


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


    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

 

 

 

July 17, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the stalled out frontal boundary hangs over downstate Illinois, we could see a few showers pop up this afternoon – otherwise, a strong high pressure ridge will build into the Midwest with more high heat & humidity on tap all this upcoming week, plus into and thru the weekend as well – at this point, it appears no real significant chance of rain is in sight until after the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has added a county to the state disaster proclamation that he issued late last Friday – Cook County will now join the original list of McHenry, Lake, and Kane Counties – it’s all due to the extreme flooding along the Fox River, which has already resulted in hundreds of evacuations, road closures, & more – the declaration makes state resources available to the areas in need.

 

(OLNEY)  A federal grant totaling just over $1.2 million will enable the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to coordinate planning, training, and exercises that will enhance state and local government capability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks – the project will involve several state agencies, mutual aid partners, law enforcement, fire services, voluntary organizations, and federal agencies – other CCTA grant recipients in Illinois included the Cities of Aurora and Chicago.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) welcomes the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) to the newly created Division of Historic Sites within the IDNR Office of Land Management – officials say the merger will complement and enhance the state’s mission to protect the natural and cultural resources throughout Illinois – the merger will also further bolster IDNR’s impact around the state by adding historic sites that attract nearly one million visitors a year and a tax-credit program that generated more than $1 billion in private-sector spending on historic rehabilitation projects.

 

(OLNEY)  The 161st annual Richland County Fair finished up its nine day and ten night run this past Saturday night in the Olney City Park with the popular Demolition Derby – the Fair was another huge success for the 4-H members in Richland County, not to mention all the other competitors in the various contests and activities – a big “thank you” goes out to all the great Fair sponsors this year and, of course, to all the members and volunteers of the Richland County Farm & Fair Association – a job very well done!!!!

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Water Survey has released its Illinois Water & Climate Summary for the month of June  :  the statewide average temperature was 72.6 degrees, less than a full degree (0.7) above the long-term average – the state’s southwest crop reporting district had the highest temperature average at 74.2 degrees  :  the statewide precipitation in June averaged 3.09 inches, which was 1.12 inches below the long-term average – while the state’s northwest district had the highest average of precip at 4.25 inches, the west district was the driest at 2.12 inches  :  the state’s soil moisture at depths of 2 to 20 inches deep declined by 10% to 17% on average during June – the deeper levels at 39 to 59 inches remained steady  :  the water surface levels at the end of June were below full pool or target levels at 10 of the 24 reporting reservoirs – most all of the downstate lakes, including Newton, East Fork, and others had above summer target levels.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a traffic crash last Friday afternoon at 4:21along U.S. Route 51, 1 mile north of Shobonier, in Fayette County – State Police say 78 year old James Allen Brown of Dixon was southbound in a motor home when he crossed the center line and sideswiped a northbound pickup truck pulling a trailer – Brown was taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia where he was pronounced dead – a passenger, 67 year old Carol Brown, and the other driver and passenger, 72 year old Lewis Nelson and 69 year old Una Nelson, both of Mulberry Grove, were all taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a SUV / Motorcycle traffic accident that occurred Saturday morning at 9:50 along Illinois Route 49, approximately 2 miles north of Yale, in Jasper County – the State Police report 37 year old Scott A. Hamilton of Robinson was northbound in a van and failed to use his turn signal while turning into a private drive – also traveling northbound was 51 year old John D. Boatright of Sandoval, who had to lay his motorcycle down on the highway to avoid a collision – both the driver and a passenger on the motorcycle, 48 year old Tammy S. Boatright of Sandoval, were transported to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Hamilton was not injured and was ticketed for failure to signal when required.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will be performing repairs to short sections of several rural roads this week – any thru traffic should avoid the following roads while the construction work is underway – local traffic will have access, but should expect some delays while traveling in these areas  :
* Mt. Gilead Lane, between Shipley Road and Timber Trail Road
* Seven Hills Lane, west of Fox Road
* Pleasant Ridge Lane, between Midway Road and Higgin Switch Road
* Higgin Switch Road, near the Illinois Route 250 intersection
* and Seminary Lane, west of Gentry Road
here’s some other road improvement  and road construction announcements for our area  : 
*  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park will be closed today, this July 17th, thru this coming Thursday, July 20th, for repair work 
*  IDOT has announced that starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks and alternate routes will be needed to avoid the intersection.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff program is sponsoring two free field days this week in Illinois to share the latest management strategies, technologies, and on-farm advice to those attending – the events begin with a light breakfast and check-in at 7:45 each morning – the presentations will run from 8:00 until 1:00 each day with lunch and refreshments included – the first of two field days in this Wednesday, July 19th, at Moore Farms, in Roseville – the second field day is this Thursday, July 20th, at the Southern Illinois University Research Center in Belleville – for a reservation and/or more information, visit the ILSoyAdvisor Field Days webpage at  www.ilsoy.org/fielddays.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Lions Club Building in Noble from 2:30 to 6:30  :  today at the Red Brush Christian Church along Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the Central Community Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low regional supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club and the International Barrel Racing Association will have their next event this coming Saturday evening at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – with trainers checking in at 5:00, the show gets started 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 – the event will feature live entertainment & music, some great food, wine tastings, and more – the activities will run throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, from 12 noon until 11:30, in Ste. Marie


    It’s Pork Day USA and the Edwards County Fair kicking off this coming Saturday on the square in downtown Albion – starting at 8:00 in the morning, the activities include a car show, a great variety of food, craft vendors, live entertainment, and more – check it all out this weekend, down in Albion


    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 thru Friday from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


    The “Original” Jonah Fish Fry is this Friday evening at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, located on the blacktop north of Dieterich – it’s an all-you-can-eat meal with carry-outs available – tickets on sale at the door with serving in the air-conditioned fellowship hall from 4:30 to 7:30 – all ages are invited


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


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a one day only Tastefully Simple fundraiser today in the hospital’s Private Dining Rooms – that’s from 8:00 to 4:00 today – all proceeds will go directly to fund the various Auxiliary projects at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney

 

 

 

July 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak high pressure settles in over the state today, we’ll see more sunshine & less humid conditions, although it will stay warm this weekend – in fact, as that high pressure moves off to the east, we revert to a southerly wind flow on Sunday, which will pump more humid air into our area for the first two thirds of next week – at this point in time, no rain in the forecast thru next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Revenue is providing general information regarding the recent Income Tax increase, and changes to various credits, deductions, and additions to income – taxpayers should go online to review the information & check out the various websites to determine how the recent change in tax rates impacts their status – for most taxpayers, their employees will change withholding amounts based on rate tables provided by the IDR – for all the details, go online at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is finishing up in the Olney City Park – it’s the final day of activities on the fairgrounds with the carnival rides on the Midway for one more night and of course, the popular Demolition Derby tonight at 7:00 – the grandstand tickets are on sale at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – plus new Miss Richland County Fair Queen Kylar Craig will be making the rounds – not to mention all the great concessions and fair food – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some road improvement  and road construction announcements for our area  : 
*  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park will be closed next Monday thru Thursday, July 17th thru 20th, for repair work 
*  IDOT has announced that starting next Tuesday, July 18th, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks and alternate routes will be needed to avoid the intersection 
*  the construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected soon, within the next week or so – this section of Oak Tree Road is still closed to all thru traffic during the construction work in Richland County 
*  also, the road project that started earlier this week to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run is continuing – Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, is closed there
*  and the street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue in Olney 
all motorists are reminded to pay attention to all barricades and signs in these areas of road work.]

 

(OLNEY)  The DeCycles Ride Across America 2017 will be stopping in Olney today as they ride from the west coast to the east coast across the United States – an Olney resident, Dr. Dirk Rosenberg, is among the various bike riders taking part – the group will be arriving in Olney by using Illinois Route 250 from Noble and they’ll be stopping at Chilly Willy’s in downtown Olney for a mid-afternoon snack break – meanwhile, TrustBank will allow the group to use their parking lot during the stop – that’s all later today in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :

    It’s a “Free Movie Night” tomorrow night at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at 6:00 in the church’s Fellowship Hall – there will be free popcorn and drinks – all ages are welcome to attend

    The Stringtown Picnic is tomorrow at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the Parish Center – tickets at the door & carry-outs available – also other food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment and the raffle drawings at 6:00

    All are invited to the Olney Music Booster’s “Dunk Tank” fundraiser this Saturday afternoon & evening at the Richland County Fair – from 3:30 to 8:30, the Dunk Tank lineup includes Band Dads Bob Jellison and John Davis, RCHS Teacher Mandy Ginder, Marching Tiger Fan Tina Cannon, Band Groupie Danny Garcia, RCHS Band Director Christopher Jones, Olney Mayor Mark Lambird, and RCHS Teacher & Coach Klay Wheeler – come out and support it – all proceeds to benefit the Olney Music Boosters

    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction today on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove in northern Clay County – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00

 

 

July 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that brought us the rain last night moves thru this morning, we’ll have some lingering showers with everything drying up this afternoon with some sunshine – then a weak high pressure settles over the state tomorrow with more sun & less humid conditions, but still warm – after a dry Sunday, we could see some spotty showers Sunday evening – then dry the first half of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Some much-needed rain fell in our downstate region last night – while there was some thunderstorm activity with lightning, there was no real damage reported, however the area rainfall amounts have been reported between a half inch to over an inch of rain in most spots – but while some areas reported much less, others have reported anywhere from one to two inches of rain, all in less than an hour.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois has tapped nearly $700 million in existing funds to make the first payment to statewide colleges and universities they’ve received in at least seven months – the payment includes $327 million owed for  the needs-based Monetary Award Program for over 110,000 college students for the past school year – EIU’s share was nearly $6 million paid yesterday up in Charleston.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois lawmakers have an ironic plan for dealing with the state’s $15 billion debt – that’s by taking on more of it – while the General Assembly recently approved by a veto override a new state budget, the spending plan did nothing to deal with the backlog of bills – the solutions appear to be either borrowing funds or to issue general obligation bonds – it is agreed upon though, Illinois must take quick action ASAP.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for June worth just over $90,000 – the higher-than-normal amount includes the purchase of a new pickup truck & the county’s yearly audit  :  noted that with an increase in value, the county’s insurance cost will save some money by now being covered under an insurance umbrella  :  noted a report from Animal Control  :  approved the low bid for work on a Denver Township bridge  :  approved culvert assistance for both Bonpas and Denver Townships  :  heard an update on the county-wide bridge & road construction work  :  and took no action after an executive session to discuss personnel & negotiations  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board will be on Thursday night, August 10th, in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met in Newton last night for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  on a 6 to 6 vote, failed to pass an Off Road Highway ordinance for ATV’s and Side-By-Side’s in Jasper County  :  did approve an intergovernmental agreement with Crooked Creek Township, which was shorted during the levy’s tax processing – the funds will be advanced to the Township from the county  :  approved a bridge aid petition for Smallwood Township  :  noted that the Jasper County tax bills had been mailed out on June 29th with the Treasurer’s office now accepting payments  :  noted the Sheriff’s office is interviewing for part-time dispatchers, has purchased computers for squad cars, and is thinking about hiring a deputy due to a vacancy  :  heard the 2016 Audit Report, which noted a clean opinion for Jasper County  :  approved an IMRF Elected Officials resolution dealing with elected officials who work over 1,000 hours on county business  :  approved an updated Ethics ordinance  :  and approved various appointments as were recommended  :  the next regular meeting for the Jasper County Board is August 10th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is starting to wind down in the Olney City Park – a huge “thank you” to everyone, individuals and businesses, who supported yesterday’s 4-H Livestock Auction – meanwhile, officials have announced that after last night’s rain, anyone that had already purchased an armband for the carnival rides last night, they will be honored and can be used tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 on the Midway – on tap today, the White Tent is busy from 1:00 to 4:00, featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop, and tonight it’s the popular Truck Pulls – then tomorrow night’s Demo Derby will finish things up – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports on Freedom 92.9 – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru tomorrow night, in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some road improvement announcements  :  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park will be closed next Monday thru Thursday, July 17th thru 20th, for repair work  :  IDOT has announced that starting next Tuesday, July 18th, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks  :  the construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected soon within the next week or so – this section of Oak Tree Road is still closed during the construction work  :  also, the road project that started this week to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run is continuing as Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, is closed there  :  street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue in Olney  :  the Kitchell Avenue work in Olney is complete.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Foundation is providing more funding to ensure student success thru the purchase of needed equipment for the classroom – both the Industrial Maintenance Technology program and the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program will benefit from the purchase of six Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers and Human Machine Interface educational packages, as well as two dual-fuel heat pump systems for student use – the units include new technologies, giving students the opportunity to work with 401A refrigerant, which is now a standard in the industry – the IMT program is now enrolling students for the fall semester with classes to start August 17th – for this and other classes available, call OCC at  618-395-7777  or check out the classes available at any of the IECC campuses, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation will be hosting a seminar next Wednesday, July 19th, entitled “Theory of Change”, at the Dieterich Bank Corporate Center in Effingham, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon that morning – in partnership with Forefront, a statewide membership association for nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, advisors, and sector allies, those taking part will learn about the “theory of change” tool that helps develop solutions to complex social problems – attendees will learn how to identify long-term goals, preconditions to achieve those goals, learn how to assess performance, and more – the seminar is open to grantmaking and operating nonprofit organizations as well as the general public – the cost is $25 per person – to register, logon at  www.myforefront.org/events/theory-change-effingham  –for more information about the SICF, check out its website online at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a “Free Movie Night” this coming Sunday evening, July 16th, at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – there will be free popcorn and drinks – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at the same time in the church’s Fellowship Hall


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction tomorrow, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043


    The Calhoun Community Club will have a chowder meeting tonight at the Calhoun Community Building starting at 6:30 – it’s for all community club members and/or volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Labor Day Chowder – a carry-in meal will be held before the meeting and an outdoor movie will be shown with free popcorn, plus free ice cream after the meeting – for more, call Gary at  618-841-1332


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” tonight with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited 

  
    Due to this week’s County Fair, the Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the Olney City Park Shelter, north of the old swimming pool – that’s from 10:00 to 4:00 with fresh produce & more