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Local News

September 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another nice day ahead for our downstate area on this Friday as we’ll experience more sunshine, a light wind, and more mild temperatures – a Canadian high pressure will build into the Upper Midwest this weekend, giving us even more cool & dry conditions now thru mid-week of next week – it’s still not clear how the remnants of Hurricane Irma will affect our weather next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois’ scores for the ACT college entrance exam have increased for 2017 as the number of statewide students taking the test has dropped – the 21.4 score across all four subjects on the exam again topped the national average of  21 and was the highest score in Illinois since 2012 – the state also exceeded national averages on percentage of students considered college-ready.

 

(OLNEY)  Owners of a one-time silica mine in downstate Illinois are donating the property to a group that works to help the endangered Indiana bat – the Southern Illinoisan reports that a deal that was decades in the making came to a close last week as the Michigan-based company Unimin gave ownership of the Magazine Mine near Elco to the Organization for Bat Conservation – it’s estimated that the mine will be the protected home of more than 45,000 endangered bats – some reconstruction work will begin next spring.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois State Representative Brandon Phelps has stepped down – the Harrisburg Democrat’s resignation from the seat that he’s held in the downstate 118th District since 2003 was effective a week ago today – in a released statement, Phelps says he resigned in “the interest of his personal health” – Phelps injured one of his eyes in a hunting accident years ago and problems with that eye have caused him to miss time in the General Assembly in recent years – during his 14 years in Springfield, Phelps was a proponent of hunting & farming – he was a strong force in helping push thru the state’s Concealed Carry Act in 2013.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police District 12 has announced the results of recent Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Effingham & Cumberland Counties – the patrols provided extra coverage for the State Police so Troopers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up – there were 45 total citations issued, with 31 safety belt citations and with 11 total written warnings – however, there were no child restraint citations issued – these patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law – the project is funded thru the IDOT.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to a couple of administrators in the Richland County School District  :  it was this past Tuesday at its annual fall meeting, that the Wabash Valley Region of the Illinois Principals Association awarded Richland County School District Superintendent Larry Bussard with the Stan Struckmeyer Award, a presentation in honor of the long-time Principal of Edwards County High School in Albion whose career was shortened due to his battle with Multiple Sclerosis – the criteria for this year’s award is “consistent achievement” as displayed by Mr. Bussard who began his career in education with the East Richland School District in 1989 as a Junior High Math and High School Physical Education Teacher – Mr. Bussard then advanced thru the ranks, serving over the years as High School Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and now Superintendent, being the first in the Richland County School District to achieve this process – congratulations to Larry Bussard for his 27-plus years of service to the East Richland / Richland County School District  :  also congratulations to Richland County Middle School Assistant Principal Darrell Houchin, who also on Tuesday night, was named the Wabash Valley IPA Assistant Principal of the Year  :  two awards well deserved here in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular session earlier this week – here’s a review of that meeting’s unofficial minutes – the Council  :  accepted the $112,546 bid from B & T Drainage for the South Van Buren Street water system replacement project  :  agreed to appoint Vita Kistner to the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals  :  agreed to send Newton Police officers to a Taser Training Course  :  agreed to send the City Clerk to the MCI Academy training  :  approved the Illinois Commerce Commission agreement for the Indiana Railroad repair of the Liberty Street crossing  :  approved a Special Event Permit application for a 5K Run/Walk to be held November 4th  :  and took no other action after an 18 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council has its next regular meeting September 19th.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Olney Central College Automotive Service Technology Program has a new piece of instruction equipment – this fall the program’s students have access to a new automobile lift which was purchased with funding provided from the Olney Central College Foundation – officials say the acquisition of the program’s third lift will enable students to undertake more projects in the hands-on program at OCC – with the need for skilled automotive technicians continuing to increase, now’s a great time for both high school graduates and other individuals looking for a second career to consider entering the Automotive Service Technology Program – for details, call Olney Central College, at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  A new partnership between Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Pork Producers Association will plant tree buffers and foster stewardship on swine farms across the state – the goal is to help farmers plant buffers specifically designed for their hog farm facilities to serve as windbreaks and provide other environmental benefits to their operations – the cost-share program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for assistance with design and purchase of trees and shrubs – applications are available online, at  www.ilpork.com/producers/tree-buffer-program  or contact any local County Farm Bureau office for more.

 

(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 Hutsonville High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  next Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low regional supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees should bring a covered dish – drinks and table ware will be provided


    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with Illusionist John Louis, then family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out


    The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 tomorrow morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and live entertainment on stage all day and night Saturday and Sunday morning – check it out

 
    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event tomorrow evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer


    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction is tomorrow evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney, all to help an Olney boy – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation & carry-out orders available – all proceeds go to help provide a service dog to a local boy diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Autism – for more information and details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn is tomorrow evening at the KC Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, by a free will donation – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, & raffles


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    A fundraiser for Mark Geier is tomorrow with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin as all street-legal vehicles will leave at 12 noon – then back to Vic’s for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus a raffle drawing and auction – for more go to Road Rally for Bulldog on Facebook


    The Clay City Fall Festival is tomorrow starting with the Firemen’s breakfast at 6:00 in the morning, then Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/a petting zoo/& food at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is tomorrow with serving at 11:00 – it’s chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser tonight with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes tacos, nachos, taco salad, & more – carry-outs available – all are invited


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each

 

 

 

September 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a surface high pressure moves towards the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region, we’ll continue to have a dry and cool sky here in our downstate area with plenty of sunshine and a few clouds – our weather will stay as it is thru the upcoming weekend – Hurricane Irma remnants could bring us some rain next Tuesday & Wednesday, all depending on the storm track and strength – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – a joint Illinois Senate-House Committee took testimony yesterday on the possibility of legalizing the general use of marijuana – while law enforcement officials and drug policy experts have different views on the issue, some lawmakers say a legalization plan would allow police to focus more on violent crimes & at the same time provide more tax revenue for a cash-strapped state budget – however, the overall goal would be to regulate and ensure the safety of a widely used marijuana product.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed an Executive Order creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention & Intervention Task Force, which will look at strategies to prevent expansion of the opioid crisis, to treat & promote the recovery of individuals with opioid-use disorder, and to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths – co-chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, other Task Force members will include officials from the Departments of Human Services, Corrections, Insurance, Financial & Professional Regulation, Healthcare & Family Services, & State Police.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning used-car & truck shoppers to beware of automobiles damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding – while the Secretary’s office is taking extra steps to closely monitor title applications involving vehicles potentially flooded, car & truck shoppers also must be aware of the issue – title applicants in Illinois must submit a statement signed by the owner and verified by an insurance agent that no flood claim was filed, therefore allowing the applicant to get a clean Illinois title.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students (FACTS) will hold its next Community Engagement Session next Tuesday night, September 12th, starting at 6:30, to be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – the purpose of this upcoming session is to build upon the meetings from earlier this spring, which identified priorities in the development of a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – the two primary topics for next Tuesday night’s Community Engagement Session are to explore renovation ideas of the high school facility, and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all Richland County residents are encouraged to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended any of the previous meetings to attend next Tuesday night – for more details, check the School District’s website online, at  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Water Survey / Prairie Research Institute in Champaign has released the weather summary from the month of August  :  the statewide average temperature last month was 70.6 degrees, which was 3 degrees below normal – this was the 12th coolest August on record in Illinois – the warmest daily temperature last month was 96 degrees reported on August 21st, while the lowest daily temperature was 42 degrees on August 25th  :  the statewide average precipitation was 2.41 inches, which was 1.18 inches below normal – with a narrow band with 3 to 6 inches of rainfall between Quincy to just north of Champaign, the rest of the state received 1 to 3 inches of rain, which was 1 to 3 inches below normal – Illinois’ monthly rainfall totals in August ranged from a high 7.09 inches to a low 0.94 inches.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an upcoming Amish Country Bus Trip on Friday, September 29th, to the Arthur, Illinois area – the trip will include a guided tour thru the Amish country, an Amish home tour, an Amish buggy shop tour, a “Shop with Arthur” stop, and a full-course Amish meal – the cost is $50 for Farm Bureau members, $60 for non-members – the trip will leave from the Olney VFW parking lot at 7:30 that morning and return at around 7:00 that night – for details or to register for the trip coming up three weeks from tomorrow, call the County Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois land values are dropping slightly – however, according to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers, the higher the land quality, the higher demand for it, which is causing prices to drop more slowly – the Appraisers’ recent survey for the first half of 2017 found  :  the average price for good quality land was $8,900 per acre, down $500 from $9,400 per acre a year ago  :  the price for average quality land came in at $6,900 per acre, down $700 from $7,600 per acre last year  :  and the average price for fair quality land was $5,000 per acre, down 14% or $800 from $5,800 a year ago  :  while land values can vary greatly based on location, the availability of land for sale also adds to the value – it was also noted in the survey, an estimated 70% of farmland buyers so far in 2017 have been farmers.

 

(NEWTON)  A benefit fundraiser for Mark Geier is coming up this Saturday – it starts with the Road Rally registration at 11:00 at Vic’s in Wendelin with all street-legal vehicles leaving at 12 noon – then it’s back to Vic’s for a pulled pork meal at 5:00, plus a raffle drawing and plenty of fantastic auction items – the list includes cash, a gun, a Traeger grill, several metal signs (including a Phillips 66 sign that once hung above the Red Rooster in Olney) and much more – go to Road Rally for Bulldog on Facebook for pictures & more.

 

(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 First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Hutsonville High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Saturday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Monday at the Olney VFW from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with John Louis / Illuisionist, followed by the family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Tailgate Sunday in the Olney City Park – for more, call  618-393-6421


    The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and live entertainment on stage all day and night Saturday and Sunday morning – check it out

 
    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event this Saturday evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes tacos, nachos, taco salad, & more – carry-outs available – all are invited


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this evening – that’s all tomorrow in Newton


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food at a great price – pay at the door

 

 

 

September 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a surface high pressure over the Great Plains today, our weather conditions will be dry and cool although northern sections of Illinois will be wet today – our dry conditions will continue for most all of this week & right on thru the upcoming weekend with below normal temperatures & plenty of sunshine – at this time any effects of Hurricane Irma are likely to stay to our east – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – officials say attendance at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year improved by more than 15% from the rain-soaked 2016 event – preliminary estimates show 401,658 people attended the ten-day mid-August fair with the revenue from parking and at the gate also improving from last year – this year’s grandstand acts brought in more than $2 million from about 59,000 tickets sold.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois public health experts say they are seeing fewer human cases of the West Nile Virus this summer, but they warn residents around the state to still protect themselves against mosquito bites, which cause the infection – so far, the state has received only 16 reported human cases compared to the nearly 90 statewide at this time a year ago – officials encourage those going outdoors to continue taking those needed precautions by covering as much skin as possible and using an insect repellent that contains DEET.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office and 31 other state attorneys general have announced a $3.5 million settlement with North Carolina-based technology company Lenovo to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws by pre-installing software on laptop computers that compromised consumers’ personal information online – Illinois’ portion of the award will be $253,200.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, it was another very dry recording period that ended at 8:00 this past Monday morning, with the numbers provided by Farm Bureau members around the county – the highest amount of rain received from August 28th thru September 4th was four tenths of an inch (0.40) in Claremont Township, followed by one tenth of an inch (0.10) in Preston Township – all of the other seven townships, Bonpas, Decker, Denver, German, Madison, Noble, and Olney, plus the Farm Bureau Office in Olney received no rain during the week – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, we measured seven hundredths of an inch of rain (0.07) during the period.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – last week’s statewide average temperature was 67.1 degrees, 5.4 degrees below normal – last week’s precipitation around Illinois averaged under four tenths of an inch of rain (0.37), which is four tenths of an inch (0.40) below normal – the statewide corn crop is rated 54% good to excellent, 32% fair, and 14% poor to very poor – the soybeans are much the same around the state, at 58% good to excellent, 29% fair, and 13% poor to very poor  :  farmers in our ten county downstate region report nearly all the local corn crop is in the dough stage with over 70% now denting and about 15% now mature – the local soybeans are about 30% turning color with a tenth of the beans now dropping leaves – with the 2017 fall harvest now underway, farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while out working.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Tootsie Rolls Days this weekend in Olney and Richland County with all the money raised to help out local and area children in need with special programs & activities – the local Knights of Columbus members, along with ARC volunteers, Special Olympic coaches and Special Olympic athletes, will be out in their yellow aprons with cannisters looking for donations to help benefit local Special Needs Classes, Special Olympic Programs, and the ARC Summer Program in Richland County – these volunteers will be located at the outside entrances both this Friday & Saturday, September 8th & 9th, at the Olney Wal-Mart SuperCenter and the Olney IGA Store – we hope you can trade a donation for a Tootsie Roll this weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an IECC course to be taught at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel this week – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom & range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner & experienced shooter – the class meets tomorrow night & Friday night, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – the final class meeting is this Saturday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost of the course is $175 for in-District students and only $92 for those age 60 or older, but must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – to register, call Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is nearly 5 weeks away, to be held Saturday thru Monday, October 7th thru 9th, in all regional downstate counties – it’s for hunters who have not reached their 18th birthday who must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly-licensed parent, guardian, and/or grandparent who’s 21 years of age or older with a valid FOID card – the Youth Deer Permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors throughout the state, plus those that are 16 years of age or older must also have a Habitat Stamp – hunters may purchase only one either-sex permit – the youth hunters and those with them are reminded that the state’s archery deer season will also be underway during the three days and may also be afield or in the woods – for more information, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives   :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also today at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday afternoon at the former Dundas Grade School, from 12:00 noon until over – attendees should bring a covered dish, while drinks and table ware will be provided


    The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and live entertainment on stage all day and night Saturday and Sunday morning – check it out

 
    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction will be held this Saturday evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation, plus to-go orders available – all proceeds go to getting a Service Dog for Tuk – for more details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, all by a free will donation at the door – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, a gun raffle, and a regular raffle – proceeds to help with expenses


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Clay City Fall Festival is this Saturday with this year’s theme “Flashback to the 80’s” – it starts with the Firemen’s breakfast at 6:00 in the morning, Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/a petting zoo/& food at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00 – for more, check the Clay City Fall Festival Facebook page


    The Rewards & Recognition Team at Champion Laboratories invites the public to their Cruisin’ Back to Champ Car, Motorcycle, & Tractor Cruise-In from 10:00 to 2:00 this Saturday, all to be held at Champ’s Air Plant in Albion – includees pork burgers, lemon & orange shake-ups, free popcorns, shaved ice, and a corn hole tournament – anyone can bring & display their cars, trucks, motorcycles, and/or tractors with registration forms available at  618-445-5400 – there’s is no admission or registration fee – call now


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this Thursday, September 7th – that’s all this Friday in Newton


    The Grandparent Support Group will meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child – call RCES at  618-395-8540  for more details

 

 

 

September 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the strong cold front continues to push off to our southeast today, we’ll see a clearing sky by later today and while a deep upper level trof over the Upper Midwest will give that area rain chances for the next few days, we’ll have dry and cool conditions in the downstate area – a surface high pressure ridge will settle into the Midwest on Thursday, keeping us even drier thru the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills this year, such as how to balance a checkbook, how to put money into a savings account, and more – the State Board of Education adopted the revised social science standards in 2015, then approved them a year ago to be included at all levels of school, elementary thru high school – officials say students need to learn how to save money and how to take care of it – Illinois is the 45th state to add financial literacy into its standards.

 

(OLNEY)  In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this coming winter – these seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time & on-call work schedules to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-&-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, & nights – applicants must have a commercial driver’s license & submit to a criminal background check – plus a pre-employment physical, drug & alcohol screenings, & vision testing are required – applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications – the deadline to apply is a week from tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th – for details and more, go online at www.idot.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has considered 94 clemency requests petitions from Illinois prisoners – the Governor granted 7 clemency petitions and denied the remaining 87 – this was the 19th set of petitions reviewd by Governor Rauner since he took office – each person granted a clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 11:54 late yesterday morning on U.S. Route 45, approximately 2 miles north of Neoga, in Cumberland County – the State Police report that 60 year old Gilbert Andrew Tarpley of Williford, Arkansas, was southbound on Route 45 when his motorcycle ran off the roadway to the right, just before a residential driveway – the motorcycle struck the inclined embankment of the driveway’s culvert, sending the motorcycle airborne and ejecting the driver upon impact with the ground – Tarpley was transported to Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital near Mattoon where he was pronounced dead a short time later – Cumberland & Coles County emergency personnel assisted.

 

(OLNEY)  In an effort to improve the allocation of alcohol beverage compliance resources, the State of Illinois and the counties of Richland, Edwards, and Wabash have recently joined forces to launch a new Liquor Inspection Pilot Program – under the agreement, the Wabash County Health Department has begun carrying out Standard Liquor Inspections for license holders in all three counties on behalf of the State of Illinois – utilizing existing state resources, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is providing financial assistance and training for designated local inspectors – the Wabash County Health Department began conducting inspections for the total 48 license holders within the three county region upon the completion of ILCC training in July and will continue thru June 30th, 2018, when the pilot program concludes – the inspections include areas of local concern, such as health & sanitation, license & insurance verifications, and deceptive practices – the liquor inspection pilot program includes the jurisdictions of all incorporated and unincorporated areas within Richland, Edwards, and Wabash Counties – for more details and/or information, visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission website online, at  www.illinois.gov.ilcc.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12 noon, plus various activities & entertainment thru the morning & afternoon – homemade ice cream at 9:00, the popular parade at 10:00, pedal tractor pull at 1:30, and other games and live music into the night – plus a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight – then a Non-Denominational church service at 9:00 Sunday morning with entertainment and an afternoon petting zoo – check it out – that’s this coming Saturday and Sunday, the Jasper County Fall Festival, this weekend, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the four United States military academies – all high school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2018 admission – applications are accepted for the country’s four academies  :  the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado  :  the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York  :  the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland  :  and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York  :  acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine year service obligation, which includes four years at the academy and five years of active duty service – while Congressman Shimkus nominates the applicants, it’s solely up to the respective academy officials to make the final selections regarding admission – various requirements apply – students should complete the application online at  www.shimkusus.house.gov/services/academy  and return it by November 1st, 2017, to the Congressman’s District office in Maryville – for more, call  618-288-7190.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will have its first of two regular bi-monthly meetings in September tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes one old business item along with several new business items, plus an executive session to discuss litigation & real estate – as usual, tonight’s Newton City Council meeting is open to the public – for more, logon at  www.cityofnewtonil.com.

 

(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 KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with John Louis / Illuisionist, followed by the family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Tailgate Sunday in the Olney City Park – for more, call  618-393-6421


    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday, September 10th, at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees are asked to bring a covered dish while drinks and table ware will be provided – those planning to attend are asked to bring pictures and memorabilia to reminisce


    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event this Saturday evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer


    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction will be held this Saturday evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation, plus to-go orders available – all proceeds go to getting a Service Dog for Tuk – for more details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, all by a free will donation at the door – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, a gun raffle, and a regular raffle – proceeds to help with expenses


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this Thursday, September 7th – that’s all this Friday in Newton


    The Grandparent Support Group will meet this coming Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child or those involved in the raising of a child – call RCES in advance (Tuesday or Wednesday) at  618-395-8540  for provided childcare, if needed

 

 

 

September 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will bring us our next chance of rain late tonight thru early tomorrow morning – that’s after a full day of sunshine on this Labor Day, although some clouds will start to build in this afternoon – then after the rain ends a little after sunrise tomorrow morning, we’ll gradually return to a sunny sky tomorrow – plus cool and dry conditions for the rest of this week – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are continuing their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign – authorities are out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – plus the enforcement also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Conservation Police are also out in extra force looking for those impaired & not wearing safety flotation devices on statewide lakes and rivers – the statewide safety initiative runs thru tomorrow night.

 

(NEWTON)  While September is National Preparedness Month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is joining with emergency management agencies around the state to encourage people to spend a few moments during September on disaster preparedness – the theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead / You Can” as statewide residents are urged to set aside time to discuss emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe when disaster strikes – for tips from IEMA, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is wrapping things up today with its final few hours of activities on the fairgrounds – today is being observed as Family Day with this afternoon’s highlight event, ARCA car racing at 3:00 – the carnival rides, fair food, & more continue thru tonight – logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives   :  this morning at the Home Depot in Mattoon from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Wednesday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supplies in our region & surrounding area.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With today’s observance of Labor Day, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls are closed today  :  Republic Services is not hauling any trash on this Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal for the rest of this week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers  :  Olney’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all the rest of this week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump is closed today, but will be open thru the remainder of this week – that’s this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Grandparent Support Group will meet this coming Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child or those involved in the raising of a child – call RCES in advance (Tuesday or Wednesday) at  618-395-8540  for provided childcare, if needed


    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is today in Ingraham – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 am, the Tractor Pull at 1:00 pm – a fried chicken dinner from 11:00 to 1:00 and a vegetable soup supper at 4:00 – plus other food, games, live music, and the raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out all of today in Ingraham


    The Calhoun Club’s Labor Day Chowder is today with serving to start at 11:00 this morning – it’s chowder by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – all invited


    The Pioneer City Rodeo is wrapping up in Palestine – the Gigantic Parade is this morning at 10:00, followed by free entertainment at the Band Shell at 12:00 noon – for more, logon at www.pioneercity.com


    And a note that due to a water line repair yesterday, the entire Village of  West Salem is under a “boil water order” until further notice – again, a “boil water order” is in effect until further notice for West Salem