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Local News

July 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the low pressure system that moved into & thru the Ohio River Valley yesterday now off to the east, a secondary cold front will slowly move thru our downstate region by tomorrow morning – for us, that means hot & humid conditions today with a late afternoon & evening chance of scattered storms, some of which could be severe – then dry with sunshine tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois government begins today with its first state budget in place in over two years – the State House voted yesterday to override the Governor’s vetoes of a $36 billion budget that will be financed with a $5 billion tax increase – many in Illinois are concerned the budget needed a freeze on local property taxes and various reforms, none of which were included – the new budget will raise the state income tax from 3.75% to 4.95%, plus it includes a 5% cut for all state agencies and a 10% cut to colleges.

 

(OLNEY)  Both of our area State Representatives, David Reis and John Cavaletto, voted against the veto override after each received thousands of calls & emails, plus many personal contacts from area constituents who wanted something different than what was approved – the downstate people did not want a tax increase & wanted reforms to change the way government spending is handled in Springfield – both David Reis and John Cavaletto thank everyone who spoke up and let them know their feelings about the state budget issue.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder from the Illinois State Police are continuing to lead the way in the movement of an extra-large piece of equipment headed for the Marathon Refinery in Robinson – starting this morning, the load of 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, & at least 898,000 pounds spread over 26 axles of trailer will move from Flora, eastward on Route 50, to and thru Clay City, north on the blacktop, then to & thru Dieterich, before heading back east on Route 33 thru Newton & Oblong, before arriving in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported – stay updated on the Illinois State Police District 12 Effingham Facebook page or on Twitter @ ISPDistrict12 – the patience of all motorists and area residents affected is very much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair started last night with its Carnival Preview Night as the Carnival rides are now available each day & night throughout the Fair, not to mention all the great fair food & concessions – the Home Economics Show is today and the 4-H General Projects Show is next Monday, July 10th – the 4-H Livestock Show schedule kicks off with the Horse Show this Sunday morning at 9:00, followed by the others next Monday thru Thursday, all finishing up with the 4-H Youth Auction next Thursday afternoon at 3:00 – the schedule of grandstand events will begin tonight with Pig Pinning at 7:00, followed by the Rodeo tomorrow night at 7:00 and the annual 4-H and Junior Horse Show Sunday morning  :  the annual Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant is next Monday night at 7:00 – then the Talent Contest Tuesday night, a Live Concert Wednesday night, the Tractor Pulls Thursday night, the Truck Pulls Friday night, and the Demo Derby Saturday night  :  the Fair will also include daily and evening White Tent Events as well  :  the grandstand ticket sales are now each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – that’s all at the 161st Annual Richland County Fair, the next nine days and nine nights, in the Olney City Park – check it all out.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met this past Wednesday night – the Council  :  approved the $10,450 cost for concrete repair work at the City’s Wastewater Plant  :  agreed to advertise for a full-time Wastewater Treatment Plant employee  :  noted in the Finance Committee report that plans have been reviewed for the Eagle Trail Phase 4 River Walk work, plus discussed the Friends of the Trail organization plans  :  noted that HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has donated $8,622 to the City’s Eagle Trail for the various Fit Stations  :  and no action after a 33-minute closed session to discuss litigation, real estate, & negotiations  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be held on July 18th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged well under an inch of rain, at 0.68 inches, which is three tenths of an inch (0.30) below normal – the average temperature last week statewide was 70.6 degrees, 3.8 degrees below normal – just over 10% of the state’s corn is silking, while most of the corn & bean crops are in pretty good shape around Illinois  :  area farmers in our ten regional counties say most local crops are looking good, although many areas are in need of rain.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is in need of volunteer workers for next week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s this coming Monday thru Friday, July 10th thru 14th – there are 53 project requests that have been processed and volunteers are needed – some jobs require carpentry help, painting, and cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for light errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & other supplies – whether it’s one day or all five, volunteers are greatly appreciated – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  or Quincy at  618-783-3335  and leave a message – volunteers can also simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated to help fund next week’s repair work – many of the projects are improvements to older homes for the elderly – that’s next week in Newton and Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  Speaking of next week, the County Line Sodbusters are getting ready for their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction, coming up next Saturday, July 15th, on the Bible Grove Show Grounds, at the east edge of Bible Grove – items to be consigned must be farm equipment and/or farm related items, that’s inclusive of farm toys, pedal tractors, and riding lawn mowers – the buyer registration will start at 1:30 that afternoon, with the Equipment Auction to begin at 2:00 – the event will be ran by Dagg Auction Services, out of Johnsonville – 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  – that’s next Saturday, July 15th, in Bible Grove.

 

(OLNEY)  The construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected around the end of July – this section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the construction work  :  also, starting next Monday, July 10th, the road project to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run will get started – the new culvert will be a poured in place concrete box and the work will take at least two weeks to complete – Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, will be closed during this construction work  :  if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue and on Kitchell Avenue, both in Olney.

 

(FLORA)  The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall That Heals” is still set up in Flora at the Floyd Henson Junior High School, just off of U.S. Route 50 – a Missing Man Table Ceremony by Rolling Thunder is tomorrow morning at 10:00, a Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony is tomorrow night at 7:00, a Candlelight Vigil from dusk until 11:00 Saturday night, and the Closing Ceremony is Sunday afternoon at 1:30 – all ages are encouraged to make the trip to Flora at some point to view the traveling Memorial.

 

REMINDERS :
    Coming up this Sunday, July 9th, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its largest yearly fundraiser tomorrow – it’s Sportsman’s Day with registration at 9:00 that morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted


    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” tomorrow morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate available

  
    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the Olney City Park Shelter north of the old swimming pool due to the Fair – that’s from 10:00 to 4:00 with fresh produce and much more available

 

 

 

July 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level trough will push slowly into & thru the Ohio River Valley today, giving us rain chances on this Thursday – then after a dry sky tonight, that cold front over the Upper Midwest will drop southward with more rain chances moving thru our downstate area tomorrow afternoon – then a pleasant weekend with a still warm, but less humid sky – more rain chances next Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – after a delay in Springfield yesterday, the State House will vote today on whether or not to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent veto of a proposed budget bill – if approved by the House today, it would be the first state budget in place in over two years – the $36 billion spending plan would be mostly financed by a $5 billion income tax increase – while the budget includes statewide cuts in spending, opponents say they don’t go deep enough with no reforms & too much of a burden on taxpayers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Water Survey reports June had an average temperature around the state, but was drier than normal – officials say Illinois’ average temperature was 72.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal – while the first 14 days of the month were about 4 degrees above normal, the final 16 days of the month were about 2 degrees below normal – it was pretty much the same for rainfall amounts – the first half of June, the state averaged a quarter of an inch (0.25) while the final two weeks a little over 3 inches of rain fell – June’s average precipitation was 3.27 inches, which was nine tenths (0.90) of an inch below normal.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder from the Illinois State Police that the movement of an oversized load begins today, which will interrupt normal traffic flow with road closures today, tomorrow, and Saturday as it moves thru the counties of Clay, Effingham, Jasper, and Crawford – the extra-large move involves a load that is 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, and a weight of at least 898,000 pounds, spread over 26 axles of trailer – the unit’s transport will begin traveling from south of Flora, northward on U.S. Route 45 to U.S. Route 50, then east to and thru Clay City, north on the Dieterich Blacktop, then thru Dieterich east on Illinois Route 33 thru Newton & Oblong, before arriving at its final destination in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported over the three days – stay updated on the Illinois State Police District 12 Effingham Facebook page or on Twitter @ ISPDistrict12 – the patience of all motorists and area residents affected is very much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was Denver Township leading the way with an inch and five tenths (1.50) of rain during the seven days and nights – then Preston Township, German Township, & the Farm Bureau Office in Olney, all receiving nine tenths of an inch (0.90), followed by Noble Township with seven tenths of an inch (0.70), both Olney Township & Bonpas Township each with six tenths of an inch (0.60), both Claremont Township and Madison Township each with four tenths of an inch (0.40), and Decker Township with a quarter of an inch of rain (0.25) – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured sixty-five hundredths of an inch (0.65) during the seven day period.

 

(OLNEY)  National Ruritan President Danny Privott is in the middle of the annual President’s visit to the regional Lincolnland District, which inludes 18 Ruritan Clubs in downstate Illinois & Indiana – hosted by the Dundas Ruritan Club and longtime member Grover Burkett, President Privott arrived in our area last weekend with stops already made in Mt. Carmel and three visits in Indiana – after a visit in Wayne County today, the President & his wife, Linda, will visit Effingham County & back to Indiana tomorrow – then a final visit Saturday to Mills Shoals – to learn more about the national organization dedicated to improving communities & building a better America thru Fellowship, Goodwill, & Community Service, check out the group’s website online, at  www.ruritan.org  – the Lincolnland District includes Illinois clubs in Dundas, Dieterich, Beecher City, Wayne City, Bluford, Johnsonville, Geff, Mill Shoals, Mt. Erie, and Allendale.

 

(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 Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair gets underway with it’s Carnival Preview Night tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 with specially priced armbands along the Midway – the Carnival rides will then be available each day & night throughout the Fair, not to mention all the great fair food & concessions – the Home Economics Show is tomorrow and the 4-H General Projects Show is next Monday, July 10th – the 4-H Livestock Show schedule kicks off with the Horse Show this Sunday morning at 9:00, followed by the others next Monday thru Thursday, all finishing up with the 4-H Youth Auction next Thursday afternoon at 3:00 – the schedule of grandstand events will begin tomorrow night with Pig Pinning at 7:00, followed by the Rodeo Saturday night at 7:00 and the annual 4-H and Junior Horse Show Sunday morning at 9:00  :  the annual Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant is next Monday night at 7:00 – then the Talent Contest Tuesday night, a Live Concert Wednesday night, the Tractor Pulls Thursday night, the Truck Pulls Friday night, and the Demo Derby Saturday night  :  the Fair will also include daily and evening White Tent Events as well  :  the grandstand ticket sales are now each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – that’s all at the 161st Annual Richland County Fair, the next nine days and ten nights, in the Olney City Park – check it all out.

 

(FLORA)  The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall That Heals” is now set up in Flora at the Floyd Henson Junior High School, just off of U.S. Route 50 – a Welcome Ceremony is tonight at 7:00 – then a Missing Man Table Ceremony by Rolling Thunder is Saturday morning at 10:00, a Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony is Saturday night at 7:00, a Candlelight Vigil from dusk until 11:00 Saturday night, and the Closing Ceremony will be this coming Sunday afternoon at 1:30 – all ages are encouraged to make the trip to Flora at some point to view the Memorial – for more details, logon at  www.frankandbright.com.

 

(OLNEY)  A note that the East Orchard Christian Academy will have an “Open House” next Wednesday night, July 12th, from 6:00 to 8:00, at its new location, at 5014 North Route 130 in Olney – that’s located north of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter entrance, in the former Valley Town & Country Building – the school offers classes and Christian education for Pre-School thru 8th Grade students – stop by, meet the staff, tour the facility, and get more details about enrollment – check their website online, at  www.eocaolney.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    Coming up this Sunday, July 9th, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its largest yearly fundraiser this coming Saturday – it’s Sportsman’s Day with registration at 9:00 that morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted


    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” this Saturday morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate available


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner this evening – a great meal with dessert & drink for $10 – serving starts at 6:00 – the public is invited out tonight


    It’s been announced that there is no Bingo and no Queen of Hearts drawing on this July 6th at the Olney American Legion – the Bingo and Queen of Hearts drawing will resume next week, on July 13th


    The Sounds of Summer free concert series continues tonight at Bower Park in Olney from 6:00 to 8:00, featuring the music of Guy Ash – bring the family & enjoy the entertainment – concessions include pork burgers, nachos, pretzels, chips & drinks with proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Big Blue Bus will be at the Noble Village Park today from 3:30 to 4:30 and at the Richland County Mall Parking Lot in Olney today from 5:00 to 6:00 – all Richland County youngsters are invited out to look over the large selection of books and more available – no library card or ID necessary – check it out


    The Farmer’s Market in Noble will be set up this afternoon and evening in the Village Park from 3:00 to 6:00 – all types of produce and other items available – that’s in the Noble Village Park later today


    The Red Rooster in Olney is having a “Pizza Sale” all this week, each day and night, now thru tomorrow – all hunks and whole pizzas are priced at 10 percent off – check it out at the Red Rooster in Olney

 

 

 

July 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the upper level low to our southwest moves into the Midwest today, widespread rain chances are most likely for our downstate region today thru early tomorrow – then the approaching cold front from upstate Illinois will drop south into our area with spotty rain chances tomorrow night & thru the day Friday – then we’ll have some dry and less humid weather conditions for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a package of legislation aimed at ending a two year Illinois budget stalemate is now back to the State House as it will convene today in Springfield to consider an override of Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto, which came about three hours after the State Senate on Tuesday morning approved the proposed $36 billion budget, fueled by a $5 billion increase in income taxes - then the State Senate met again yesterday afternoon to pass an override vote of the veto, thus it now goes to the State House of Representatives – at this point in time, there appears to be enough House votes to override the veto and give Illinois its first state budget in two years.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has granted ten clemency petitions, but denied 104 other clemency petitions – it was the 18th set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office in 2015 – a granted clemency request for a pardon allows the petitioner to seek an expungement of their conviction thru the court system – prior to Governor Rauner taking office, there was a backlog of thousands of petitions that had piled up over a matter of years that were not considered by former Governors Quinn and Blagojevich.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police have issued a traffic advisory for later this week to effect four area counties, including Clay, Effingham, Jasper, and Crawford – due to the movement of an oversized load of equipment, normal traffic flow will be interrupted with road closures during the daylight hours tomorrow, July 6th, thru Saturday, July 8th – the extra-large move involves a load that is 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, and a weight of at least 898,000 pounds, spread over 26 axles of trailer – the unit’s transport will begin traveling from south of Flora, northward on U.S. Route 45 to U.S. Route 50, then east to Clay City, north on the Dieterich Blacktop, then heading east of Illinois Route 33 thru Newton, and on to its final destination in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported over the three days – in fact, motorists may want to avoid traveling in these areas during the move – you can stay updated on traffic advisories on the State Police’s Facebook page at Illinois State Police District 12 Effingham or on Twitter @ ISPDistrict12 – the patience of all motorists and area residents affected by this extra-large equipment move is very much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 8:02 this past Monday night on Christy Avenue in Lawrenceville – the State Police report an unidentified 7 year old Lawrenceville boy was riding his bicycle entering the street from an alley and failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle driven by a man from Raleigh, Illinois – the youngster was transported to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead – no tickets were issued – Lawrence County authorities are assisting.

 

(OLNEY)  With the 161st annual Richland County Fair getting set to start later this week with a nine day and ten night run in the Olney City Park, we want to take time to recognize the volunteers that spend countless hours in planning, working, and making sure the annual event goes off without a hitch, at least none that the public is aware of – the Richland County Farm and Fair Association is headed up by President Mark Doris, Vice President Mark Wingert, Secretary Pat Jennings, and Treasurer / Concession Manager Joe Hunt, Jr. – the Association’s thirteen Directors includes long-time member Bill Jennings and Grounds Director Bryan Pierce, plus Jim Kuenstler, Doug Westall, Bill Clow Jr., Don Doris, Eric Pitts, Myles Brown, CP Hunt, Matt Cothern, Greg Tinder, Justin Westall, and Austin Clow – also a huge part of the Richland County Fair are the thirteen Superintendents that oversee the various 4-H Livestock Shows and other activities – they include Randy Rusk for the Beef Show, Dan Kuenstler for the Dairy Show, Brent Pitts for the Sheep Show, Aaron Spieth for the Goats Show, Don Doris for the Swine Show, Jane Graves for the Rabbit Show, Ronald Steber Jr. for the Poultry Show, Lisa Bruner for the Floral Hall, Bryan Pierce for the Tractor & Truck Pulls, Doug Westall for the Straight Rhythm Racking, Linda Wade for the Western Horse and Pony & Junior Horse Shows, Jim Muhs for the Antique Equipment, and Bill Clow Jr. for the Demolition Derby – hats off to all of these volunteers and all others, including individuals, families, & local businesses and other sponsors that make the Richland County Fair a huge success every summer in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  By the way, the Richland County Fair gets underway with it’s Carnival Preview Night tomorrow night from 6:00 to 10:00 with specially priced armbands – then activities and grandstand events every day or night this Friday, Saturday, and thru the following Saturday, that’s July 7th thru 15th, in the Olney City Park – grandstand tickets go on sale today from 12:00 noon until 5:00 at the Fair Board Office, then each day after that from 8:00 until 5:00 – make plans to check it out, the Richland County Fair in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  Individuals interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit are encouraged to enroll in an upcoming course at Olney Central College – the 16-hour course includes required firearm training, both classroom and gun range instruction, and will be held both tomorrow night and Friday night, July 6th and 7th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at OCC – the last day of the course will be this Saturday, July 8th, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range, north of East Fork Lake – the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the tuition and fees for the class are $175 for residents who live within the Illinois Eastern Community College District and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – the tuition is waived for IECC residents who are age 60 and older, however course fees must be paid – to register or to get more information or details, call Olney Central College today at  618-395-7777.

 

(FLORA)  The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall That Heals” is set to arrive in nearby Flora this morning – the half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be open to the public 24-hours around the clock tonight thru Sunday afternoon, July 9th, located at the Floyd Henson Junior High School, just off of  U.S. Route 50 in Flora, across from the Clay County Hospital – the Memorial will officially open at 7:00 tonight with a Welcome Ceremony scheduled for tomorrow night at 7:00 – then a Missing Man Table Ceremony by Rolling Thunder is Saturday morning at 10:00, a Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony is Saturday night at 7:00, and a Candlelight Vigil from dusk until 11:00 Saturday night – a Closing Ceremony will be this coming Sunday afternoon at 1:30 – all ages are encouraged to make the trip to Flora at some point to view the Memorial – for more details, logon at  www.frankandbright.com.

 

REMINDERS :
    Coming up this Sunday, July 9th, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its largest yearly fundraiser this coming Saturday – it’s Sportsman’s Day with registration at 9:00 that morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted


    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” this Saturday morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate available


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner tomorrow evening – a great meal with dessert & drink for $10 – serving starts at 6:00 – the public is invited


    It’s been announced that there is no Bingo and no Queen of Hearts drawing tomorrow, on July 6th, at the Olney American Legion – the Bingo and Queen of Hearts drawing will resume next week, on July 13th


    All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood – the next Richland County blood drive is tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00 – all presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals
T-shirt, plus be entered for a chance to win SOS Bucks – all blood types & platelets are very much needed


    The Red Rooster in Olney is having a “Pizza Sale” all this week, each day and night, now thru this coming Friday, July 7th – all hunks and whole pizzas are priced at 10 percent off – check it out at the Red Rooster – it’s more than a Truck Stop – at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50 in Olney


    There’s an area municipal meeting scheduled for tonight – due to yesterday’s observance of the 4th of July, the Newton City Council will have its first meeting in July tonight at the City Hall, beginning at 6:00

   
    And a huge “thank you” to the City of Olney and the First National Bank in Olney for sponsoring last night’s Fireworks Display in the Olney City Park – plus a “thank you” to the Richland County Farm and Fair Association and Licensed Fireworks Technician Bryan Pierce for a job well done as well

 

 

 

July 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a weak cold front slowly sinking southward from Northern Illinois and an approaching frontal boundary out west in the Plains, we’re squeezed in the middle with humid & mostly dry conditions – although there is a slight chance of a pop-up shower or thunderstorm late this afternoon – one of the fronts will move thru tomorrow with the better chance of rain for us on Wednesday, but then on-and-off chances of spotty rain Thursday thru Friday morning – then dry and less humid for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the next political showdown in Springfield is set for this morning as the State Senate has scheduled a vote on the $5 billion increase in the state income tax and a $36 billion state budget plan that was overwhelmingly approved in the State House this past Sunday night – however, Governor Bruce Rauner has already vowed to veto the bill because of the proposed 32% increase in income taxes – officials say if approved and vetoed, the plan will likely then be overridden by the General Assembly.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police, the State DNR, IDOT, and others are reminding all area residents to remember safety first as the Fourth of July holiday continues – all motorists are urged to drive sober or find a designated driver while celebrating, plus for those on area lakes, rivers, and ponds, remember the same applies to those celebrating in boats – and for those with private fireworks displays, do so with extra care – State Troopers, Conservation Officers, and local law enforcement agencies remain out in extra force looking for those driving and/or boating impaired – the goal is for everyone to stay safe while celebrating.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  It was 241 years ago in Philadelphia, on July 4th, 1776, that the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence – the final signing came after a total of 86 changes were made to the original draft which was formed by a committee that first met just 24 days before, on June 11th – the Declaration of Independence answered the battle cry of America’s 13 Colonies “taxation without representation” as the then Americans were forced to pay taxes to England despite having no representation in the British Parliament – while the Declaration of Independence was copied and distributed two days after the signing on July 6th, it was two days later on July 8th, that the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square – it was then a year later, on July 4th, 1777, that Independence Day was marked by the then Congress with bonfires, ringing bells, and fireworks – the Fourth of July was officially established as a holiday in 1870 – it’s today that we pray everyone will take at least a moment to pause and reflect on all the sacrifices that were made by our founding Fathers and other patriots leading us to where we are as the free United States of America.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders  :  all area City and Village Halls are closed today, in observance of Independence Day 2017  :  Republic Services is observing today as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled by Republic Services on this July 4th – the trash will be collected a day later than normal for the rest of this week after today – that means the trash pickup for Tuesday will be done on Wednesday, Wednesday’s normal collection will be Thursday, and so on thru Saturday this week  :  and in the City of Olney, the curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by the holiday this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program for the public today in Olney – it’s an Open House / Ice Cream Social from 1:00 to 4:00 this afternoon in the back yard of the Heritage House Museum, at 328 South Kitchell Avenue, in Olney – includes live entertainment and refreshments, such as ice cream, cookies, and punch, all free of charge – both the Heritage House and the nearby Mcsburg One Room Schoolhouse will be open for touring – all ages are welcome this afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Various fireworks displays are scheduled in our downstate area to help celebrate Independence Day 2017, mostly generally after 9:00 tonight – here’s the list of the dates and locations in our area :
* tonight in the Olney City Park – sponsored by the City of Olney / First National Bank in Olney – the annual display is set off by the Richland County Farm & Fair Association and it’s many volunteers
* don’t forget that the Cummins Band will have its annual Fourth of July concert tonight in the Olney City Park, prior to the fireworks display – that’s at the Band Shell, beginning at 7:30 – check it out
* also tonight in Dieterich, Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Vincennes, Mt. Carmel, Salem, Effingham, Mattoon
let’s everyone be safe out there today thru tonight on this Independence Day 2017

 

 

 

July 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Another approaching frontal boundary will stall out over the Midwest, giving us daily chances of pop-up showers and thunderstorms tomorrow thru Friday night, although most of the rain will be spotty until the cold front moves thru our downstate region – while it will not be a total wash-out this week, it’s a typical summer-time weather pattern – next weekend appears to be dry and less humid – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner says he will veto an income tax increase that the State House approved yesterday on a 72 to 45 vote – the plan sponsored by House Democratic Leader Michael Madigan would increase the personal income tax rate by 32 percent – the bill was designed to start repairing Illinois’ fiscal problems caused by the nation’s longest budget impasse since the Great Depression – meanwhile, the House voted 81 to 34 for a state budget that spends about $36 billion, which is about $800 million less than what the Governor proposed last winter – there appears be more debate forthcoming.

 

(OLNEY)  Also in Springfield over the weekend – a law took effect on Saturday that includes a fee increase and the assurance of continued 9-1-1 emergency call-center operations in Illinois – lawmakers in the State House voted 90 to 22 to override a veto of the bill by Governor Bruce Rauner – the State Senate followed suit with an override vote, 43 to 1 – the increases for the telephone surcharge for emergency services will go up from 87 cents to $1.50 in Illinois except for Chicago, where the surcharge goes from $3.90 up to $5.00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police, the State DNR, IDOT, and others are reminding all area residents to remember safety first as the Fourth of July holiday continues – all motorists are urged to drive sober or find a designated driver while celebrating, plus for those on area lakes, rivers, and ponds, remember the same applies to those celebrating in boats – and for those with private fireworks displays, do so with extra care – State Troopers, Conservation Officers, and local law enforcement agencies remain out in extra force looking for those driving and/or boating impaired – we want everyone to stay safe while celebrating.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for this week  :  most all area City and Village Halls will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day 2017 – that includes those in Olney, Noble, Newton, and elsewhere  :  Republic Services will also be observing tomorrow, July 4th, as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled by Republic Services on Tuesday – while the trash will be hauled as normal today, on this Monday, the trash will be collected a day later than normal for the rest of this week after tomorrow – that means the trash pickup for Tuesday will be done on Wednesday, Wednesday’s normal collection will be Thursday, and so on thru Saturday this week – this effects all Republic Services customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  and in the City of Olney, the curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by the holiday this week  :  a “thank you” to all customers affected for their patience.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police have issued a traffic advisory for later this week to effect four area counties, including Clay, Effingham, Jasper, and Crawford – due to the movement of an oversized load of equipment, normal traffic flow will be interrupted with road closures during the daylight hours this coming Thursday, July 6th, to Saturday, July 8th – the extra-large move involves a load that is 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, and a weight of at least 898,000 pounds, spread over 26 axles of trailer – the units transport will begin traveling from south of Flora, northward on U.S. Route 45 to U.S. Route 50, then east to Clay City, north on the Dieterich Blacktop, then heading east of Illinois Route 33 thru Newton, and on to its final destination in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported over the three days – in fact, motorists may want to avoid traveling in these areas during the move – you can stay updated on traffic advisories on the State Police’s Facebook page at Illinois State Police District 12 Effingham or on Twitter @ ISPDistrict12 – the patience of all motorists and area residents affected by this extra-large equipment move is very much appreciated.

 

(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 Mattoon Rural King from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at Vincennes University from 12:00 to 4:00 (Illinois time)  :  Wednesday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  Approximately 300 people attended last week’s 43rd Annual Day of Prayer for Life event, which was held at various times throughout the day last Tuesday at the St. Francis Church in Teutopolis – not to mention all the prayer leaders & musicians of the continuous hours of prayer by all area Catholic Churches of the Effingham Deanery, as well as area KC Councils, volunteers, and others – a big “thank you” goes to everyone that helped out, but especially to those that took time to pray for the regional effort.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program for the public tomorrow, on July 4th, in Olney – it’s an Open House / Ice Cream Social from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon in the back yard of the Heritage House Museum, at 328 South Kitchell Avenue, in Olney – includes live entertainment and refreshments, such as ice cream, cookies, and punch, all free of charge – both the Heritage House and the nearby Mcsburg One Room Schoolhouse will be open for touring – all ages are welcome tomorrow.

 

(NEWTON)  The Annual 4th of July Celebration in Dieterich starts tonight with a food stand in the Park Pavilion at 6:30, the Beer Tent at 7:00, and a live band in concert at 8:00 – then a full day and night of activities tomorrow : a 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 in the morning : the Beer Tent all day & night : pork burger meals from 11:00 to 2:00 : the Independence Day Parade at 11:00 : a Petting Zoo from 12:00 to 6:00 : children’s activities all afternoon : the Little King & Queen Contest at 7:00 that night : raffle drawings at 8:00 : and the huge Fireworks Display at 9:15 – also the Dieterich Quasquicentennial 125th Store will have various items on sale, including raffle tickets and tickets for the Queen of Hearts Drawing – also gun raffle tickets, 125th Anniversary Cookbooks, other historical merchandise, & and more – all in Dieterich.

 

(OLNEY)  With America’s birthday coming up tomorrow, various fireworks displays are scheduled in our downstate region to help celebrate Independence Day 2017 – all of the area displays will begin at dusk, mostly generally after 9:00 – here’s the list of the dates and locations that we’re aware of in our area :
* tonight (July 3rd) at Marshall’s Mill Creek Lake / Park
* also tonight (July 3rd) at Flora’s Charlie Brown Park
the remaining public fireworks displays will be held tomorrow night, on July 4th
* in the Olney City Park – sponsored by the City of Olney / First National Bank in Olney – the annual display is set off by the Richland County Farm & Fair Association and it’s many volunteers
* also tomorrow night in Dieterich, Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Vincennes, Mt. Carmel, Salem, Effingham
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REMINDERS :
    Coming up this Sunday, July 9th, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its largest yearly fundraiser this coming Saturday – it’s Sportsman’s Day with registration at 9:00 that morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted


    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” this Saturday morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate available


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner this coming Thursday evening – a great meal with dessert & drink for $10 – serving starts at 6:00 – the public is invited


    The Richland County Fair gets underway this week – it’s Carnival Preview Night on Thursday night from 6:00 to 10:00 with specially priced armbands – then activities and grandstand events every day or night this Friday, Saturday, and thru the following Saturday, July 7th thru 15th, in the Olney City Park – grandstand tickets go on sale this Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 5:00 at the Fair Board Office, then each day after that from 8:00 until 5:00 – make plans to check it out, the Richland County Fair in the Olney City Park


    Don’t forget that the Cummins Band will have its annual Fourth of July concert tomorrow night in the Olney City Park, prior to the fireworks display – that’s at the Band Shell, beginning at 7:30 – check it out


    The Red Rooster in Olney is having a “Pizza Sale” all this week, each day and night, now thru this coming Friday, July 7th – all hunks and whole pizzas are priced at 10 percent off – check it out at the Red Rooster – it’s more than a Truck Stop – at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50 in Olney