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September 2, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a quiet weather pattern in place for our downstate region for the next couple of days – look for a fair amount of sunshine today, tomorrow, and on Monday, plus we’ll see a 30-plus degree warm up from this morning thru Labor Day afternoon – then another cold front moves thru with rain Monday night thru Tuesday, & cooler air moving in for the rest of the work week, next week – listen for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing down in Perry County as today is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various activities  :  tomorrow is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon, featuring fan favorite Tony Stewart  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  Time’s running out for area and local residents to help out by giving to those in need in Texas due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey – a semi-truck trailer, located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard, is currently being filled with needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry & personal hygiene items, bottled water, and more, however no clothes and no furniture – items can be dropped off this morning from 8:00 to 12:00 and the final time tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – the trailer will be leaving Olney on Monday.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding all motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly this weekend – it’s all part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, as authorities are out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – this also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Conservation Police are also be out in extra force looking for those impaired on statewide lakes and rivers – the initiative runs thru next Tuesday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls will be closed Monday  :  also Republic Services will not be hauling any trash on Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next 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 of next week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday 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 Monday in Ingraham


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


    The Pre-Labor Day Picnic is Sunday in Ste. Marie with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall, tickets at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River”


    The Pioneer City Rodeo is continuing in Palestine – the antique gas engine exhibit is today with other activities & the 2nd of three rodeos tonight at 7:00 – tomorrow morning’s church service at 10:15 is followed by a bean dinner, live entertainment, the Miss Labor Day Pageant, and the final rodeo tomorrow night at 7:00 – the Gigantic Parade is Monday morning at 10:00 – for more, logon at www.pioneercity.com


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host “Anything’s Possible” tonight, a Praise & Worship extravaganza, from 6:30 to 8:00 – all Bible believers should check it out – everyone is welcome to attend


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is today with serving at 11:00 this morning, priced at $16 per gallon – the Community Center will have chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – all in Berryville


    The annual Elm River Chowder is also today with serving at around 11:00 – that’s around 6 miles south of Clay City, on the banks of the Elm River – also other food, games, and activities there as well

 

 

 

September 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue moving just south of the Ohio River Valley, the wrap-around effect for us is more clouds and a slight chance of some scattered rain showers late today into tonight, although the better chance of rain is mostly to our south & east – then dry & warmer air moves in for tomorrow, Sunday, & Monday – a cold front brings us rain Tuesday, then cooler air – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed that wide-reaching overhaul of the way Illinois funds public schools – in a measure approved earlier this week in both the State House and Senate, state aid can now be sent to more than 800 school districts for the first time this academic year with plans to eliminate the large gap between the poor and rich districts – the law provides about $430 million in new funding to Chicago Public Schools, about $150 million more than the Governor had stripped from the plan with his amendatory veto earlier this month – but more importantly, the money is flowing again to schools.

 

(NEWTON)  Yesterday was recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day, a time when the Illinois Department of Public Health renewed its commitment to raising awareness of an alarming trend in opioid overdose deaths – recent analysis of Illinois death records shows that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, increased 910% in Illinois between 2013 and 2016 – more information on the new report released on Thursday are available on the Illinois Department of Human Services website.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Sponsor Appreciation Day with plenty of family friendly activities, plus on stage tonight is Switchfoot with Lifehouse  :  tomorrow is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various activities  :  Sunday is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 that afternoon featuring fan favorite Tony Stewart  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  An effort in Olney is continuing, asking local and area residents to help out by donating needed items for the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey – the semi-truck trailer, provided by Hancock Carriers, is being filled with needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry & personal hygiene items, bottled water, and more, but no clothes and no furniture – the trailer is located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard – items are being accepted from 4:00 to 8:00 this afternoon & evening, tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12:00, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – with plans to leave Olney next Monday, we encourage everyone to take time this weekend to help out by donating to those in need down in Texas – logon at  www.helpinghishands.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding all motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly this coming weekend – it’s all part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, where authorities will be out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – this also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Police will also be out in extra force looking for those impaired on statewide lakes and rivers – the initiative is underway now & will continue thru next Tuesday – Labor Day 2016 was the deadliest holiday weekend in five years in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due on September 12th, a week from next Tuesday – there are three ways in which to pay the final tax installment – either by mail, in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00, or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – call the Richland County Treasurer’s office if any questions at  618-392-8341.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls will be closed Monday  :  also Republic Services will not be hauling any trash on Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next 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 of next week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the agricultural prices for the month of July  :  the Prices Received Index, that’s Agricultural Production, was at 95.3 in July, a 2.9% drop from June, however 5.3% higher than a year ago in July 2016  :  the Crop Production Index, at 86.3 in July, was 1.1% lower than the month before, but a 2.1% increase from last year  :  the Livestock Production Index for July was at 104, down 3.1% from last June, however 8.3% higher than a year ago  :  Illinois producers received lower prices in July for cattle, broilers, and calves, but higher prices for market eggs, hogs, and wheat in July  :  the Food Commodities Index was at 100.5 this past July, down 3.5% from June, but up 6.7% from July of 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  A note to those in the outdoors – controlled pheasant hunting opportunities are available at 20 Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites during the 2017-2018 hunting season as dates and permit reservation information is available online – sixteen of the sites are operated by the State DNR while the other four sites continue to operate in a public / private partnership arrangement between the State DNR and local concessionaire – while six of the sites provide only the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt opportunity for those ages 10 to 17, nine sites provide lengthy hunter seasons and special hunting days for young hunters as well – online permit reservations and other details are available online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(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 area blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also today at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  plus blood drives next week in Mattoon, Toledo, Olney, Teutopolis, Hutsonville, & Effingham  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday in Ingraham at the Community Center – bring your lawn chairs – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 in the morning and the Tractor Pull at 1:00 that afternoon – a fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 to 1:00, then a vegetable soup supper is served at 4:00, with bulk soup available for purchase – plus other food, games, live music, and raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out


    The Calhoun Club will host its annual Labor Day Chowder next Monday, September 4th, with serving to start at 11:00 that morning – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – that’s next Monday, the Labor Day Chowder in Calhoun – all invited


    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guest is Logan Kirby from Danville – all ages are welcome – tickets at the door, plus refreshments


    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host “Anything’s Possible” tomorrow night, a Praise & Worship extravaganza, from 6:30 to 8:00 – all Bible believers should check it out – everyone is welcome to attend


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is tomorrow with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder


    The American Legion Post #30 will have its monthly Friday night “fish fry” tonight with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door


    A fundraising cookout is today at the Olney IGA with serving of brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks from 10:30 to 1:30 – proceeds to benefit the Fox River Apartment Residents Council Fund – all are invited

 

 

 

August 31, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have another dry day on tap for this Thursday, however a weak cold front draped across northern Illinois will slowly sink southward, giving us a late night chance of scattered rain, which continues thru tomorrow morning – the sky will dry up Friday afternoon and we’ll have a dry weekend, Saturday and Sunday – as we warm up on Labor Day, we’ll have another rain chance next Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed the attorney for the state’s child welfare agency as his top legal advisor – the Governor named Lise Spacapan as General Counsel for his office on Wednesday – Spacapan replaces Dennis Murashko, who’ll leave today for a private sector job – Spacapan worked in private practice before joining the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services in 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency have released the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report, which describes actions taken around Illinois during the last two years to reduce nutrient losses and influence positive changes in nutrient loads over time – the report shows the collaborative efforts are resulting in real improvements in Illinois’ waters – while the agriculture sector invested more than $54 million in research and monitoring, the State EPA last year provided over $640 million for water quality projects – the Biennial Report will be updated again in 2019.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Illinois Tourism Day with the Roots & Boots Tour on stage tonight featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon, & Collin Raye  :  tomorrow is Sponsor Appreciation Day with plenty of family friendly activities, plus on stage tomorrow night is Switchfoot with Lifehouse  :  Saturday is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various actitivities  :  Sunday is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  An effort in Olney is continuing, asking local and area residents to help out by donating needed items for the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas – only a few days remain before the semi-truck trailer provided by Hancock Carriers leaves Olney next Monday and heads to the Houston area – Helping His Hands & many other local groups are accepting needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry items, bottled water, and personal hygiene items, but no clothes & no furniture – the trailer is located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard – items are being accepted today & tomorrow from 4:00 to 8:00 each afternoon & evening, also Saturday morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon & Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – again, with plans to leave Olney next Monday, we encourage everyone to take time to help out by donating to those in need down in Texas – for more information and/or details on how to help and what’s needed, logon at  www.helpinghishands.com.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With the observance of  Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all City & Village Halls will be closed Monday – they’ll remain open thru tomorrow, then reopen with regular hours next Tuesday  :  also Republic Services will observe Labor Day as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled next Monday – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers – Monday’s normal pickup will be on Tuesday, Tuesday’s routes will be hauled on Wednesday, and so on for the rest of next week thru Saturday  :  in Olney, the city’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all of next week  :  meanwhile, Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The American Red Cross is continuing its around-the-clock work with thousands of volunteers from all over America helping those along the Gulf Coast area whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey – the Red Cross says that 91 cents of every dollar cycled thru its disaster donation system is invested in humanitarian services and programs – from healthcare supplies to clean drinking water, from clothing to counseling, most all disaster needs are met as best as possible – to help out, area residents are encouraged to make a donation online by logging on at  www.redcross.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay Electric Co-operative held its 73rd Annual Meeting a week ago in Flora and re-elected three area men to the Board of Directors  :   Richard Rudolphi from Wendelin, Danny Schnepper from rural Louisville, and Bill Croy from Clay City  :   General Manager Ed VanHoose reported the Co-op retired more than $200,000 in capital credits last year, with plans to retire another $170,000 in November – plus the Co-op continues to look for innovative ways to respond to members’ needs in the future  :  President / CEO of the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative, Don Gulley, projected an upcoming 4% increase in power supply costs – based at Lake of Egypt, six miles south of Marion, the SIPC is the generation & transmission provider for Clay Electric  :  based in Flora, Clay Electric Co-op serves more than 3,233 meters on over 918 miles of line in parts of Clay, Wayne, Marion, Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, and Richland Counties.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is nearly five 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.

 

(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 area blood drives  :  today at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  plus blood drives next week in Mattoon, Toledo, Olney, Teutopolis, Hutsonville, and Effingham  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

(NEWTON)  Due to an emergency water line repair yesterday, a portion of  Newton is under a “boil water order” until further notice – this affects the following areas  :  Water Street, from Lafayette Street to Goble Street  :  Water Street, from Goble Street to the west end of Water Street  :  Lafayette Street south to Ste. Marie Street  :  and Goble Street, from Water Street to Marion Street  :  the “boil water order” for these areas in Newton is in effect until further notice – the patience of all Newton water customers is appreciated.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday in Ingraham at the Community Center – bring your lawn chairs – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 in the morning and the Tractor Pull at 1:00 that afternoon – a fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 to 1:00, then a vegetable soup supper is served at 4:00, with bulk soup available for purchase – plus other food, games, live music, and raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out


    The Calhoun Club will host its annual Labor Day Chowder next Monday, September 4th, with serving to start at 11:00 that morning – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – that’s next Monday, the Labor Day Chowder in Calhoun – all invited


    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guest is Logan Kirby from Danville – all ages are welcome – tickets at the door, plus refreshments


    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this coming Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is set for this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder


    The American Legion Post #30 will have its monthly Friday night “fish fry” tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door


    A fundraising cookout is tomorrow at the Olney IGA with serving of brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks from 10:30 to 1:30 – proceeds to benefit the Fox River Apartment Residents Council Fund – all are invited

 

 

 

August 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll stay dry with some sunshine today as we lay in between two storm systems – a weak cold front in the Upper Midwest will eventually drop southward while what’s left of Hurricane Harvey moves up from the south and curls northeastward along the Ohio River Valley – our quick rain chance is tomorrow night thru the day Friday, but looks like a dry Saturday and Sunday coming up – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce disparities between wealthy and poor school districts – lawmakers voted 38 to 13 yesterday to approve the plan that passed the State House earlier this week on Monday – Governor Bruce Rauner has said he will sign the bill quickly to get state money flowing to the more than 800 districts around the state.

 

(NEWTON)  It was earlier this week that the Governor signed into law a measure to allow automatic voter registration in Illinois, a move that comes a year after he rejected a similar bill over concerns about voter fraud – Illinois now joins more than a half dozen other states with some form of automatic registration – under the plan, eligible individuals with be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out when they visit Secretary of State offices for drivers’ license services or when they visit other state agencies as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Senior Citizens Day when those age 60 and older are admitted free – with harness racing at 12:00 noon, the Dueling Pianos are on stage later tonight  :  tomorrow is Illinois Tourism Day with the Roots & Boots Tour on stage tomorrow night including Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon, & Collin Raye  :  Friday is Sponsor Appreciation Day  :  plenty of activities, fair food, carnival rides, and much more for all ages  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues all this week & thru the weekend, ending next Monday, on Labor Day – for more details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding all motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly this coming weekend – it’s all part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, where authorities will be out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – this also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Police will also be out in extra force looking for those impaired on statewide lakes and rivers – the initiative is underway now & will continue thru next Tuesday – Labor Day 2016 was the deadliest holiday weekend in five years in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending Monday morning at 8:00, with the numbers provided by Farm Bureau members around the county – the highest amount of rain in Richland County was measured in Bonpas Township with two inches even (2.00), followed by Decker Township with an inch and nine tenths (1.90), both Madison and Olney Townships with an inch and a tenth (1.10), and Noble Township with an inch even (1.00) – Denver Township had a half inch of rain (0.50), followed by the Farm Bureau office in Olney at four tenths of an inch (0.40), Preston Township at two tenths of an inch (0.20), and there was no reading from Claremont Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and seventy-one hundredths of an inch (1.71) during the seven day and seven night recording period.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  noted the damage to the tailgate of a village utility truck – the estimated cost of replacement is $900 with an insurance $500 deductible  :  noted that the Village Hall’s scanner recently quit working – Miller’s Equipment has provided a replacement unit to try until a Board decision  :  heard an update on the concrete work on East Elm Street  :  noted that a replacement water line grant for South First Street is being looked into  :  noted that the Villagewide Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th  :  noted that due to next week’s Labor Day observance, the trash pickup for Noble will be delayed to Thursday, September 7th  :  noted that Village Hall in Noble will be closed next Monday, for Labor Day  :  and noted that the Village will be changing their water bills from postcards to full sheet statements this Friday, September 1st  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be held on Monday night, September 11th, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Farm Progress Show, the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, began yesterday and continues for two more days up in Macon County, near Decatur – the hours are from 8:00 to 5:00 today and from 8:00 to 4:00 tomorrow, the final day – there are over 600 exhibitors on site displaying farm supplies, equipment, and much more – the popular field demonstrations feature the latest in tractors, combines, and other farm equipment, plus the livestock area includes horse training demo’s and the newest equipment and animal health products – there’s also restored antique machinery, entertainment, and plenty of concessions all included – for more information and details, check their website out, at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and its partners are reminding area outdoorsmen about the expansion of the Illinois Farm Bill Biologist Partnership with the hiring of three new positions throughout the state – the new biologists will assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habit improvements on private lands through a unique partnership with state and federal agencies – working in the area counties of Richland, Clay, Marion, Wayne, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash, White, Hamilton, and Jefferson, is Jeremy Kunick (618-315-3020) who’s responsible for land management and conservation assistance in Southern Illinois – working in the counties of Jasper, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, and Coles, is Amber Hall (217-347-7107 x2) who’ll assist those in Eastern Illinois – and it’s Joe Pyszka who’ll help those in Central Illinois – in the past six years, since 2010, Illinois’ biologist team alone has assisted 7,668 landowners to impact 121,286 acres for wildlife conservation efforts around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that Helping His Hands, along with several local groups in Olney, are now collecting supplies for the Texas-area flood victims – currently, a semi-truck trailer donated by Hancock Carriers in Olney, is located at SKS along East Main Street in Olney – for more information or details on what’s really needed as far as key donation items and other needs, go online, at  www.helpinghishands.com.

 

(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 Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Calhoun Club will host its annual Labor Day Chowder next Monday, September 4th, with serving to start at 11:00 that morning – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – that’s next Monday, the Labor Day Chowder in Calhoun – all invited


    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guest is Logan Kirby from Danville – all ages are welcome – tickets at the door, plus refreshments


    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this coming Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is set for this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder


    The American Legion Post #30 will has its First Friday of the Month “fish fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door

 

 

 

August 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With an upper level low centered over the Upper Midwest, we’ll have a slight chance of some wrap-around showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, this afternoon – then we dry out tomorrow and Thursday before a weak cold front moves thru, possibly mixed up with the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, giving us scattered rain chances Friday and Saturday – then dry for Sunday & Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate is expected to take up a school funding overhaul plan that will increase aid to all of the state’s more than 800 districts – Senate members will convene today to vote on the measure which the State House approved late last night as many opponents changed their votes at the last minute – Governor Bruce Rauner has indicated he will sign the bill into law – some supporters say the legislation is historic because it will reduce huge disparities in per-student funding between districts – the bill also provides $75 million for tax credits for those who contribute to private school scholarships.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a plan into law to limit the role that local and state police in Illinois can play in cooperating with federal immigration authorities – taking effect immediately, the narrowly-focused law prohibits police from searching, arresting, or detaining someone solely because of their immigration status, or because of so-called federal immigration detainers – however local authorities would still be able to hold someone if federal officials have a valid criminal warrant for that person.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage tonight, plus another round of tractor & truck pulling tonight – tomorrow is Senior Citizens Day where those age 60 and older are admitted free with the Dueling Pianos International on stage tomorrow night – Thursday is Illinois Tourism Day with the Roots & Boots Tour – on stage that night is Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon, & Collin Raye all in concert – the Du Quoin State Fair continues all this week & thru the weekend, ending next Monday, on Labor Day – for more, go to www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  A Ste. Marie man pled guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 Felony, in Jasper County Court last Thursday – 68 year old Eugene C. Ochs entered an open plea and therefore is subject to a maximum penalty of between three (3) and seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections – the next court date for Ochs is a sentence hearing scheduled for November 21, at 1:00, at which time the Court will hear evidence and sentence recommendations from both sides of the case – however, regardless of the sentence imposed, Ochs will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life – pending sentencing, Ochs remains released on bond, having posted $25,000 cash bond, with special conditions that he have no contact with the alleged victim, any guardian or parent of the alleged victim, and have no contact whether direct or indirect, with any child under the age of eighteen (18) years of age – Jasper County State’s Attorney Chad M. Miller recognizes the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office investigation that led to this court case to date.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 3:37 this past Sunday afternoon on a Marion County road approximately 3 miles south of Odin – the State Police report that 56 year old Donald B. Livesay of Iuka was northbound when his pickup truck ran off the roadway, struck a bridge guardrail, overturned, and landed on its roof on the Crooked Creek Bridge – Livesay was ejected from the truck – he was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County emergency medical personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the $21,125 quote from Straeffer Pump & Supply for the Taylor Drive Lift Station renovation work – also amended the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to allow the work  :  approved the sale of city property at 304 Lee Avenue to Arnold Steber  :  approved the request from the White Squirrel Saddle Club for a one-day Class S Liquor License for an upcoming event on September 9th  :  set “Trick or Treat” night for the City of Olney for Tuesday, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00, that evening  :  heard various reports from elected and appointed officials  :  noted that the City of Olney Tree Board will meet tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 30th) at 7:00, at City Hall  :  and after a closed session to discuss personnel & real property, approved an ordinance that established salaries for Street Supervisor Tyler Kocher and for Water Distribution Supervisor Brandon Williams  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council is Monday, September 11th, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – cooler weather prevailed across the state last week as there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Illinois – last week’s average statewide temperature was 68.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal – the state’s average precipitation last week was 0.79 inches, which was less than a tenth of an inch (0.07) above normal – the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are both over 50% adequate to slightly surplus – as of Sunday, the state’s corn crop was rated 52% good to excellent with soybeans rated 57% good to excellent  :  farmers here in our 10 area counties report nearly all the local corn (94%) is in the dough stage with over 60% denting and some 4% mature – it’s estimated that 93% of the local soybeans are setting pods and about 15% of the bean fields are starting to turn color with the start of maturity – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors now & in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s still a few seats left for that local Farm Bureau sponsored trip to the 2017 Farm Progress Show tomorrow – leaving from the Rural King parking lot in Olney tomorrow morning at 7:00, the cost is only $35 for active Farm Bureau members and $40 for non-members, plus the trip will include a stop on the way home at Niemerg’s Restaurant in Effingham – call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  John Boos & Company, the producer of the famous Boos Blocks cutting boards and butcher blocks, will open a new $16 million state-of-the-art plant in Effingham with a special ceremony this afternoon at 3:00 – in conjunction with the grand opening, many former Boos employees will join the company’s current 240 staff members and local dignitaries to help produce the company’s 13 millionth butcher block – while the new plant is located at a new 27-acre campus along South Banker Street in Effingham, along with the John Boos stainless steel facility and corporate headquarters – the Boos Factory Showroom will stay at its current location at 507 East Fayette Avenue in Effingham – in business for 130 years, since 1887, John Boos & Company is one of the oldest manufacturers of butcher blocks in the U.S.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  on Thursday at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this coming Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is set for this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder 

 

    The American Legion Post #30 will has its First Friday of the Month “fish fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door


    The TB Board will have its next meeting this evening at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney, starting at 5:00


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