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June 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While a high pressure ridge will keep us mild with some sunshine today, a upper level shortwave could give us some scattered and isolated showers late this afternoon and tonight – then as we dry out for sure tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll see a warming trend as well – then more rain chances daily Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before we dry out for the first Sunday in July – listen for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – lawmakers are back in Springfield for day six of a ten day special session to discuss and hopefully approve a new state budget that would take affect this coming Saturday, July 1st – more hearings were held over the weekend, discussing the various aspects of proposals from both the Democrats and Republicans – it still seems to be some distance between each side on making progress – Illinois is in jeopardy of entering its third year without a state spending plan in place by this weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner did sign a landmark criminal justice bill that will crack down on those who are repeat gun offenders, safely reduce the prison population in Illinois, & create a more rehabilitative criminal justice system around the state – while strengthening guidelines for sentencing, the bill also creates a Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force within the Illinois State Police – the Safe Neighborhoods Reform Act was a cooperative effort between the Governor, the General Assembly, and the City of Chicago.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Fair continues its trek into the digital age – following last year’s 2016 unveiling of a new mobile app to allow fairgoers the chance to customize their visit to the state fairgrounds, the Fair is this year offering an online payment option for gate admission, parking passes, and mega passes, with more features to be added as the Fair approaches in August – plus beginning July 1st, this coming Saturday, discount admission booklets will be available for purchase – for details, check the State Fair website online, or logon at  www.eventsprout.com –  the Illinois State Fair will run August 10th thru 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  A huge “thank you” goes out to everyone that helped support this year’s Jasper County Fair, which wrapped up with activities this past weekend in Newton – to all the local individuals and the many county-wide businesses who helped with sponsorships and more in making this year’s event another success – a success for all the 4-H members that presented their projects, including all the 4-H animals that were shown in their respective categories – congratulations also to the new Miss Jasper County Fair Queen, 16 year old Kennedy Parr, the daughter of  Chris & Stacey Parr, who’ll represent Jasper County over the next year – and to the public, the parents & grandparents, and others for supporting the 2017 Jasper County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  A recent agricultural survey finds that farmers in Illinois feel responsibility to protect the land and waters around the state – while agricultural producers are typically blamed for applying fertilizer that pollutes local waters, the recent University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute asked over 900 farmers about their beliefs and actions regarding land conservation – while farmers’ values & beliefs are significant factors in determining whether they take part in agriculture conservation programs, producers who value their own right to make their own land management decisions are less likely to take part in the government-controlled programs – the survey showed that 79% of the farmers used grassed waterways for conservation, 25% used filter strips, and 20% used stream buffers – plus 89% agreed that they are responsible for decreasing fertilizer runoff into streams and 84% agreed that farmers are doing their part to protect water quality in downstate Illinois – the numbers showed that 57% of the survey respondents had been enrolled in a conservation program at some point in past years, while 35% were currently enrolled in a program.

 

(NEWTON)  The 43rd Annual Day of Prayer for Life will be held tomorrow at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis – all are welcome to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life – the Day of Prayer will begin with Mass at 8:00 tomorrow morning, followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Prayer by area churches and organizations throughout the day – there will be time for Silent Prayer from 12:00 noon to 1:00, all followed by a closing Mass tomorrow night at 7:30 – a reception with refreshments will follow in St. Clare Hall, adjoining the church in Teutopolis – nearly 20 other regional Catholic churches will also be taking part with their own parish prayer times throughout the day tomorrow and tomorrow night.

 

(NEWTON)  The Catholic Charities Summer Grill is set for this coming Friday, June 30th, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00, at 1502 East Fayette Avenue in Effingham – it’s pork burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, and a drink – plus raffle basket tickets on sale at six for $5 or one for $1 – call ahead orders for 20 meals or more at  217-857-1458  can be delivered within Effingham or Teutopolis – all proceeds to benefit the Professional Counseling and MedAssist Programs offered by Catholic Charities to those in need.

 

(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 – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, street construction work continues this week on Whittle Avenue & Kitchell Avenue in Olney – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Pre-Kindergarten Screenings is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for children in Richland County who must be at least 3 years old and appointments must be made by calling Sherry at the RCES office at  618-395-8540  – the ERBA Head Start will also be on hand sharing their information as well – again, call the RCES today.

 

(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 9:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also tomorrow at the Community Building in Stewardson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at 7:00, at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both of the meetings tonight are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will be sponsoring “pony rides” this Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Olney Rural King parking lot – with the purchase of a $2 ride, a 10% off coupon for one-time use at Rural King will be given – raffle tickets will be on sale to win a shotgun or cash – all are invited


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host a Friday night “fish fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 (or until sold out) – carry-outs available – tickets at the door – call in advance at  618-392-4226


    The Olney Public Library continues with its summer reading program this week – there’s still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the “thingamajig” contest – all designs for this contest are due in at the Library by this coming Friday – for details, call  392-3711 or go to  www.olneypubliclibrary.org


    The Cummins Band will be back in concert this Wednesday night at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are invited to attend


    The Newton Care Center will host “lemonade on the lawn” this Wednesday evening at 6:00 – special entertainment will be provided by Stan Garner – all ages are invited to attend


    The Pink Warriors Sisters of Richland County have their monthly meeting for June tomorrow night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – includes stories, support, & laughter – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

June 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the cold front moving thru late yesterday and the remnants of tropical storm Cindy now curling towards the East Coast and taking all the rain for our area with it, we’ll start another extended period of dry weather – it will be less humid and pleasant with some sunshine today & tomorrow, plus dry most all of the work week coming up next week – our next chance of rain is by next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Illinois’ special session of the General Assembly continued for day three yesterday in Springfield, with still no significant action taken – the lawmakers have spent the past three days listening to testimony and other rhetoric on pretty much the same issues that have caused problems over the past two-plus years – lawmakers will stay at the State Capitol with day four of the session set for later today.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair is wrapping up yet another year this weekend on the Fairgrounds in Newton – the first ever County Fair Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is today, followed by Harness Racing at 12:00 noon, and the Demolition Derby tonight at 7:00 – plus, don’t forget the carnival rides continue thru tonight, with all the great fair food and concessions – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone, individuals & businesses, for making it another great year – the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is less than a week away, on June 30th, next Friday – the project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 later this year – call the Olney City Hall next week if any questions or if more information and/or details are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Pre-Kindergarten Screenings will be held next Tuesday morning, June 27th, from 8:00 to 11:00, at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for children in Richland County who must be at least 3 years old and appointments must be made by calling Sherry at the RCES office at  618-395-8540  – the ERBA Head Start will also be on hand sharing their information as well – again, contact the Elementary School in Olney the first thing next Monday for a required appointment.

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for our Freedom 92.9 Summer Listener Appreciation Sale coming up this morning, beginning at 8:00 – a huge “thank you” to all of our fine sponsors and local businesses taking part – check out the list of items up for grabs on our website, at  www.freedom929.com – that’s this morning at 8:00.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Pink Warriors Sisters of Richland County have their monthly meeting for June next Tuesday night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – includes stories, support, & laughter – all are invited to attend


    The Richland County Museums are open for touring tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 – includes the Carnegie Museum on Main Street & the Heritage House Museum & McsBerg School on Kitchell Avenue


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has an Open Horse Show tomorrow with the gates open at 10:00 at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – various classes & concessions – check the White Squirrel Saddle Club Facebook page or logon at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    The Bethlehem New Light Church near Sumner has an “open pit chicken dinner” tonight from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the area Kids Shopping Day in Lawrence County


    The annual JAKES Field Day is today from 10:00 to 3:00 at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – it’s for area youngsters up to the age of 17 with the various hands-on activities  including archery, air rifle / shotgun shooting, hunting safety, and more – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian to & registration begins at 9:30 this morning – a free lunch is provided, plus a prize for every everyone – parents and grandparents are invited to hang around the watch – all area youth are invited


    And please drive with added care this weekend while traveling throughout downstate Illinois – make sure everyone’s buckled up and make sure all “Rules of the Road” in Illinois are observed for everyone’s safety

 

 

 

June 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a cold front approaching from the northwest and the remnants of tropical storm Cindy lifting northward from the south, our chances of getting wet are pretty good for today, although severe weather is not expected – an inch or so of rain is possible thru tonight – then we’re dry with less humid air in place tomorrow and Sunday – next chance of rain not until next Thursday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The second day of the costly legislative session in Springfield, aimed at solving Illinois’ unprecedented budget crisis, continued yesterday with a repeat of day one, when both the State House and Senate adjourned quickly without making any substantial progress – Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters his chamber was ready to answer the Governor’s special session call and work on a budget with anyone who wanted to compromise – however, under Madigan’s direction, the House spent the day hearing testimony about how the Governor’s proposed workers comp reforms would hurt the middle class – while House Democrats spent time yesterday questioning the workers comp reforms with no action, State Representative David Reis says the planned workers comp reforms are needed to help keep jobs from moving out of the state – day three of the special session today will have the House and Senate discussing a property tax freeze – the deadline to approve a state spending plan is June 30th, a week from today.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering tips on what to do to minimize chances of residents being bitten by a rabid animal and what to do when folks come across bats and/or other animals that carry the virus – so far, more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported around Illinois – anyone who finds a bat or other animals acting strangely should contact their public health officials or authorities.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois athletic officials say the planned $132 million renovation work at Memorial Stadium in Champaign are now on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center – the new project will cost between $60 and $80 million – while the football stadium’s south end zone will not be renovated now as previously planned, some improvements will be included in the new project, such as locker room renovation, plus training facilities & coach offices – the new performance center will be attached to the northeast side of Memorial Stadium, finished in 2019.

 

(OLNEY)  Cardiology services are now available full-time at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney with the addition of a new, full-time Cardiologist – Dr. Prem Ghai with the Carle Heart and Vascular Institute began his practice this month in the new Cardiology Clinic, which is located on the first floor of the hospital near the gazebo garden entrance on the west side of the hospital campus – with more than twenty-five years of experience as a Cardiologist, Dr. Ghai provides a full range of services, plus he also offers a variety of noninvasive procedures to diagnose heart conditions – Dr. Ghai completed his studies in Canada and Italy, completed his residency in New York, and attained further training in New York – appointments or referrals can be made by contacting the Cardiology Clinic at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair continues on the Fairgrounds in Newton – a huge “thank you” goes out to all of those who helped out last night at the 4-H Livestock Auction and congratulations to all the 4-H members for a job “well done” with their respective animal projects – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is today from 10:00 this morning to 2:00 this afternoon with Harness Racing today at 12 noon and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull tonight at 7:00 – the first ever County Fair Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is tomorrow, followed by Harness Racing at 12 noon, and the Demo Derby then tomorrow night at 7:00 to wrap things up – plus, don’t forget the carnival rides continue thru tomorrow night along with all the great fair food and concessions at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met briefly this past Tuesday night – the Council  :  approved an agreement with Planning Success LLC to update the City of Newton’s comprehensive & marketing plans – the cost not to exceed $2,500  :  approved the $3,552 purchase of aluminum frames from A-J Welding  :  approved the $5,244 purchase of two flow meters & accessories from Sidner Environmental Services for the City’s Wastewater Plant  :  noted that Newton’s recent StrawberryFest went well  :  and took no other action after a 7 minute closed session to discuss litigation & personnel  :  Council’s next meeting will be July 5th.

 

(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 Thursday 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 Saturday, July 8th, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range, north of East Fork Lake, north of Olney – 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 at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for our Freedom 92.9 Summer Listener Appreciation Sale coming up this Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 – there are a limited amount of items available with the highest bids accepted – a huge “thank you” to all of our fine sponsors and local businesses taking part – be listening for updates and check out the details this week on our website, at  www.freedom929.com – that’s this Saturday morning.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Centralia Elks Lodge from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at Olney Central College from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also next Monday at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the critically low regional blood supplies in the Midwest.

 

(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 – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, street construction work continues on Whittle Avenue & Kitchell Avenue in Olney – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Pink Warriors Sisters of Richland County have their monthly meeting for June next Tuesday night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – includes stories, support, & laughter – all are invited to attend


    The Richland County Museums are open for touring this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00 – that includes the Carnegie Museum on Main Street & the Heritage House Museum & McsBerg School on Kitchell Avenue


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has an Open Horse Show this Sunday with the gates open at 10:00 at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – various classes & concessions – check the White Squirrel Saddle Club Facebook page or logon at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    The Bethlehem New Light Church near Sumner has an “open pit chicken dinner” tomorrow night from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the area Kids Shopping Day in Lawrence County


    The annual JAKES Field Day is tomorrow at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – it’s for area youngsters up to the age of 17 with the various hands-on activities to include archery, air rifle and shotgun shooting, hunting safety, and more – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent and/or guardian to take part and registration begins at 9:30, followed by activities from 10:00 to 3:00 – lunch will be provided, plus a prize for every kid – parents and grandparents are invited to hang around the watch – all youth are invited


   The Richland County Farmers Market is today from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – various baked goods are featured, including Amish breads, plus jellies and now tomatoes on hand today – all are invited

 

 

 

June 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a frontal boundary to our north and Tropical Storm Cindy to our south, we’ll have a mostly dry day on tap for this Thursday, however we’ll see more clouds this afternoon with maybe a few scattered showers possible – as the cold front moves thru our area tomorrow, on-and-off rain, maybe thunderstorms, some heavy rainfall amounts are possible – then less humid and dry for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers are set to meet for the second day of a special session today, aimed at forcing a budget compromise and ending the state’s two year stalemate – a spending plan must be approved by July 1st, a week from this Saturday, or Illinois will enter its third straight year with no budget – both the State House and State Senate are scheduled to hear testimony today in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Serve Illinois Commission is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards program, which gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life thru various projects that have a strong volunteer support, meet a need, & make a definite impact – interested municipalities can apply now thru August 1st for projects that use volunteers in their communities for the period January 1st, 2014, thru December 31st, 2016 – for details, logon at  www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Statewide home sales picked up in May and properties sold quickly even as medium prices tracked higher than a year ago, according to Illinois Realtors – the state’s home sales last month totaled 17,077 units sold, that’s up 3.8% from May of 2016 – Illinois’ medium price last month was at $209,000, which is up 8.3% from May of last year – the time it took to sell an Illinois home in May averaged 52 days, down from 59 days last year – the data shows that 54 of the state’s 102 counties reported sales gains for May 2017 over previous-year numbers – for more information, logon at  www.illinoisrealtors.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday night near Robinson at Lincoln Trail College – the Board  :  approved the employment of two new Deans of Instruction within the District – Michael Conn at Olney Central College and Brent Todd at Lincoln Trail College  :  approved the applications for two new proposed buildings for Fiscal Year 2019 with the capital project requests to be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board for consideration – $2,357,000 for an Applied Technology Center at Olney Central College and $3,440,000 for a Student Education & Student Center at Frontier Community College in Fairfield  :  approved a change in the Radiography Program Enrichment Fee structure to change the current fee of $60 for six semesters of enrollment to $70 for five semesters of enrollment  :  approved construction easements for District owned property located along Illinois Route 130 in Olney  :  approved several policy revisions to bring current policies up to date or in line with current practice, all part of the continuing review of District policies  :  approved a District Violence Prevention Plan and Emergency Response Plans for each college, all part of IECC’s commitment to provide a safe and crime-free college environment  :  a Public Hearing on the Community College District budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2017, was set for Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 – the District’s tentative budget will be available for public inspection at the District Office in Olney on or after August 9th, 2017  :  and took various personnel moves – accepted the resignation for Wabash Valley College Administrative Assistant Jessica Pierson – employed Brandon Benton as the new Head Baseball Coach at Frontier Community College in Fairfield – approved the change of employment status for Trina Dunkel to Financial Aid Office Assistant at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – and approved various Special Assignments for Fiscal Year 2018 for all four colleges, including lead instructors, advisors, coordinators, managers, directors, and some athletic personnel  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, July 18th, at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair continues on the Fairgrounds in Newton with plenty of great food & concessions available, plus the carnival rides – the 4-H Livestock Auction starts at 5:00 today, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull tonight at 7:00 – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00 with Harness Racing Friday at 12 noon tomorrow and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Friday night at 7:00 – the first ever County Fair Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, followed by the final Harness Racing Saturday at 12 noon, and the Demolition Derby then Saturday night at 7:00 to wrap things up – all at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization is hosting its Radio Amateur Field Day event this weekend at 105 Parker Street in Parkersburg – open to the public and to anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio operations, the Field Day activities will run from 12:00 noon this Saturday thru 12:00 noon on Sunday – in fact during the 24 hour exercise, organization members will demonstrate their skills, explain the operation of the equipment, and discuss the licensing requirements to join the amateur radio movement – information will also be available on training materials and future class sessions to be held – for over 100 years, Amateur Radio has been a source of entertainment, education, training, and development in the name of hobby, vocation, and community service – it’s estimated that there are over 750,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators in the United States – for more details on this weekend’s event, call Bill at  618-442-7718  after 7:00pm or email Bill at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  The White Squirrel Saddle Club has an Open Horse Show set for this coming Sunday with the gates to open at 10:00 in the morning at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – various classes available, plus concessions and more – the Club will have also have a “work day” this Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 with volunteers welcome to help clean the arena & trails – for more info, check the White Squirrel Saddle Club Facebook page or logon at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Lawrence County Longspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host the 19th annual JAKES Field Day this Saturday, June 24th, at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – it’s for all area youngsters up to the age of 17 with the various hands-on activities to include archery, air rifle and shotgun shooting, hunting safety, and more – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent and/or guardian to take part and registration begins at 9:30, followed by activities from 10:00 to 3:00 – lunch will be provided, plus a prize for every kid – parents and grandparents are invited to hang around the watch – to get a form in advance or if any questions, call Tyler at  618-553-1828  – all youth are invited to take part.

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for our Freedom 92.9 Summer Listener Appreciation Sale coming up this Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 – there are a limited amount of items available with the highest bids accepted – a huge “thank you” to all of our fine sponsors and local businesses taking part – be listening for updates and check out the details this week on our website, at  www.freedom929.com – that’s this Saturday morning.

 

(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 Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Saturday at the Centralia Elks Lodge from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to replenish low regional supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Bethlehem New Light Church near Sumner has an “open pit chicken dinner” this Saturday night from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the area Kids Shopping Day in Lawrence County


    It’s another “movie night” at Equine Lead tonight, starting at dusk – the movie “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmarron” will be featured with a “meet & greet” to be held with the EL horses – the cost is only $5 per family – all ages are invited southwest of Olney – go online for details, at  www.equinelead.com


    It’s another Sounds of Summer Concert tonight in Bower Park from 6:00 until 8:00, featuring artist Moneka Fullop – families can bring their lawn chairs & enjoy the entertainment with concessions available


    The Olney Public Library continues with its Summer Reading Program : a Scholastic Book Fair is today & tomorrow : the Mad Science Program entitled “Fire & Ice” is this morning at 10:00  :  all are invited


    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 today from 5:00 to 6:00 – all Richland County youngsters are invited out to look over the large selection of books available for reading – no library card or ID necessary


    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


    It’s noted that the Red Rooster in Olney will have “open interviews” today from 9:00 to 2:00, on this Thursday – the Red Rooster is looking for a few good workers – those looking for a job should check it out

 

 

 

June 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak boundary hovers over Central Illinois, we had more spotty rain showers early this morning, however look for another day full of sunshine today, with more humidity on tap as well – more scattered pop-up showers are possible tonight, although the better chance of rain will be later this week, tomorrow, tomorrow night, and thru the day Friday – some heavy rain is possible – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has called a special session of the Illinois General Assembly as lawmakers return to Springfield today – in the Governor’s pre-session press conference last night, he reminded lawmakers of a President Abraham Lincoln speech years ago that would change the course of history, when he proclaimed “a House divided against itself cannot stand” – the state’s Democrats and Republicans will meet for the next ten days with the goal to do something they’ve not done over the past two years : approve a state budget – both the State House and State Senate convene today at 12 noon.

 

(OLNEY)  With America’s birthday coming up, now less than two weeks away, officials are reminding statewide organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses & certificates – plus, state officials urge individuals to simply attend with their family local and regional fireworks displays overseen by those that are trained to do so – there are currently 2,192 individuals licensed for the use of explosives in Illinois, 1,033 specifically for fireworks.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA earlier this month released the Illinois Crop Production Report for winter wheat – the harvested area in 2017 is forecast at 450,000 acres, down 4% from the previous year – the winter wheat yield is forecast at 73 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from 2016 – the production is forecast at 32.9 million bushels, which is 6% below a year ago  :  farmers in our ten county area report most all of the local wheat has now been harvested with some double-cropping of soybeans and straw baling taking part in the area.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair continues on the Fairgrounds in Newton – with carnival rides now up and running along with all the great food and concessions on the fairgrounds, the main attraction tonight is the Rodeo, starting at 7:00 – then it’s the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull tomorrow night at 7:00, preceded by the 4-H Livestock Auction at 5:00 – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 with Harness Racing Friday at 12 noon and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Friday night at 7:00 – the first ever Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, followed by the final Harness Racing Saturday at noon, & the Demo Derby Saturday night at 7:00 – that’s all at the annual Jasper County Fair, the rest of this week, on the fairgrounds, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was Madison Township leading the way with an inch and three tenths (1.30) during the seven day time frame – Preston Township had the county’s second highest total at an inch and a tenth (1.10), followed by Decker Township with ninety-five hundredths of an inch (0.95), the Farm Bureau Office in Olney with three quarters of an inch (0.75), Claremont Township at seventy-one hundredths of an inch (0.71), and both Denver & Olney Townships each at seven tenths of an inch (0.70) – German Township received sixty-five hundredths of an inch (0.65) and both Noble & Bonpas Townships measured six tenths of an inch (0.60) – here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured eighty-four hundredths of an inch of rain (0.84) during the seven day period.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total at 15,719 wild turkeys during the 2017 Spring Turkey Season, including the Youth Turkey Season – that’s 235 more turkeys harvested than a year ago, just over a 1% increase from the 2016 numbers – the 2017 Youth Turkey Season had a record high harvest at 1,541 birds  :  hunters in the ten county area surrounding Newton/Olney harvested 1,446 turkeys this past spring, 9% more than a year ago with eight of the ten area counties taking more turkeys than last year in 2016 – Wayne County hunters led the ten county region with a turkey harvest at 317, followed by Clay County at 219, Crawford County at 210, Lawrence County at 141, Jasper County (5th) at 140, Effingham County at 117, Richland County (7th) at 113, Edwards County at 85, Wabash County at 56, and Cumberland County at 48 – area turkey hunters had 34 days available for hunting thru five seasons.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Pre-Kindergarten Screenings will be held next Tuesday morning, June 27th, from 8:00 to 11:00, at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for children in Richland County who must be at least 3 years old and appointments must be made by calling Sherry at the RCES office at  618-395-8540  – the ERBA Head Start will also be on hand sharing their information as well – again, contact the Richland County Elementary School as soon as possible for a required appointment.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders for area outdoorsmen & women  :  resident Illinois hunters can apply online for permits for the 2017 Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season, which runs October 21st thru 29th – the first lottery application deadline is July 3rd, a week from next Monday  :  all boat owners in Illinois are reminded to check their three year boat registration/decal and renew their registration if it expires at the end of this month, a week from this Friday – renewals can be made on the State DNR website  :  and resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits – the deadline to apply for the second lottery is June 30th, also a week from Friday  :  for more on these and other things outdoors in Illinois, check the DNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for our Freedom 92.9 Summer Listener Appreciation Sale coming up this Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 – there are a limited amount of items available with the highest bids accepted – a huge “thank you” to all of our fine sponsors and local businesses taking part – be listening for updates and check out the details this week on our website, at  www.freedom929.com – that’s this Saturday morning.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  today at the Community Building in Salem from 12:00 noon to 6:00  :  today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low regional blood supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  There are several meetings quickly coming up within the City of Olney  :  the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will meet at 8:00 this morning for a special meeting at the Olney City Hall, most of which will be held in closed session  :  the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet later tonight at the City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the City of Olney Police Pension Board meets tomorrow morning at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 8:30  :  Olney’s Fire Pension Board then meets tomorrow morning at the Olney City Hall, starting at 10:30  :  all of these meetings are open to the public within the City of Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    Raffle tickets for the upcoming Noble Chowder are now on sale at various sites, including Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the TinCup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5 – also, pie pans are available at the Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Noble Chowder


    The Richland County Museums will be open for touring this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00 – that includes the Carnegie Museum on Main Street & the Heritage House Museum & MacsBerg School on Kitchell Avenue


    It’s another Sounds of Summer Concert coming up tomorrow night in Bower Park from 6:00 until 8:00 – the featured artist is Moneka Fullop – all area families can bring their lawn chairs & enjoy the entertainment


    The Master’s Hands is hosting two short Suicide Prevention Classes tomorrow afternoon & evening, either at 2:00 or 6:00 – seating is limited and both class times are filling up fast – for information or to sign up, call the Master’s Hands at 1065 West Main Street in Olney at  618-392-0414


    The Olney Public Library is hosting two special events this week, all part of it’s Summer Reading Program  :  a Scholastic Book Fair continues today thru Friday each day during regular Library hours  :  the Mad Science Program entitled “Fire & Ice” will be tomorrow morning at 10:00  :  all are invited


    It’s noted that the Red Rooster in Olney will have “open interviews” tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:00, on Thursday – the Red Rooster is looking for a few good workers – all are invited


    The Cummins Band will be in concert again this Wednesday night at the Bandshell in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:30 – all ages are invited to come on out and check in out tonight in the Olney City Park