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October 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cloud cover that’s hung around for the past few days eventually breaks up, we’ll get some sunshine later today and we’ll see a warm up as we move thru tonight and into tomorrow – a slow-moving cold front will move thru our downstate region with rain chances late tomorrow night and thru Sunday morning – then cooler air filters in with sunshine for the first half of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the union representing corrections officers around Illinois says inmate attacks on state employees have increased 51% over the past year – members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees noted yesterday that assaults increased from 541 in the 2015 calendar year to a projected 819 – however, State Corrections Department officials say the current number is lower.

 

(OLNEY)  With yesterday being noted as National Service Recognition Day, almost 1,000 Illinoisans pledged their continuing commitment to helping their communities at the 23rd Annual Recognition Day event – the Serve Illinois Commission kicked off the celebration by noting service projects benefiting several organizations, then the volunteers were sworn in for their year of service – approximately 2,600 current AmeriCorps members have dedicated a year each to helping communities meet their economic, education, health, public safety, or environmental needs – to learn more, logon at  www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  As National Fire Prevention Week continues thru tomorrow, it’s really a year-round effort for statewide residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations – the Office of the State Fire Marshall is reminding everyone, especially families, to be prepared in the event of a building fire – in fact, each building should have both a primary & secondary escape plan for a fire emergency, and these plans should be reviewed & practiced frequently, especially with children – last year, over 15,000 home fires in Illinois resulted in 121 deaths and over 500 fire-related injuries – for more information, logon at  www.nfpa.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in regular session last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved monthly claims worth $83,131 for the month of September  :  acting on a request from last month, agreed to make yearly payments of $15,000 for the next ten years to the Noble Fire Protection District to help buy a new fire truck  :  agreed to budget $250,000 to build a new Animal Control facility in the future  :  directed officeholders to use the same scale of pay for all county part-time workers  :  noted that IDOT will cut it’s payments to the county & its townships – while the $145,000 that’s shared by the county’s nine townships will be cut in half, the County Highway Department will take a $60,000 hit  :  approved a culvert assistance petition for Claremont Township  :  heard updates from the Richland County Development Corporation & about the U.S. Route 50 Coalition, plus other reports and updates as well  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss litigation  :  the Richland County Board’s next regular meeting is November 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met for over two hours last night in regular session in Newton – the Board  :  after hearing from the public at last night’s meeting, voted again on an ordinance to allow ATV / UTV usage on county roads – however, the motion failed on a 6 to 6 vote  :  approved all claims and bills for the month of September  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget as it will now lay over for 30 days for public viewing  :  approved the $90,939 purchase of a new single axle truck for the Highway Department from Rush Truck Center  :  renewed the county’s Worker’s Compensation & Tort insurance coverage with a nearly $2,000 lower premium  :  approved the Kemper CPA audit proposal for the next three years  :  on a 10 to 2 vote, did not pass the professional services three year proposals  :  heard the various officeholder reports  :  noted improvements needed at the County Office Building such as insulation and more  :  noted a $10,000 grant for Power Load Systems had been received by the Ambulance Service  :  noted that a new Sheriff’s Deputy is now working, plus a grant has been applied for to get a new squad car for the Sheriff’s Department  :  and took no other action after a closed session  :  next regular meeting is November 9th.

 

(OLNEY)  The 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is set up in the public parking lot just north of the Richland County Courthouse – it’s open to the public this afternoon & evening from 1:00 to 7:00 and then tomorrow, the final day of the Olney visit, from 10:00 to 4:00 with free admission – all are invited out to tour and look over the nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit – that’s the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit now in downtown Olney – it’s co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Olney and the Olney Public Library.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College’s Learning Skills Center recently celebrated National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week by helping others – teaming up with Olney Central College faculty and staff, the college’s GED students collected classroom items to be donated to the East Early College High School in Houston, Texas – the dual-credit high school, which serves primarily economically disadvantaged students, sustained heavy damage in the historic flooding following Hurricane Harvey – the donations included paper, pens, notebooks, and even gift cards, which the GED students packed and shipped to assist students affected by the natural disaster – meanwhile, the OCC Learning Skills Center is continuing its hard work to assist local residents in need by providing free classes and books for those wanting to earn their GED certificate – the eight week classes are offered in the day, evening, and online to ensure everyone who wants to earn a GED can do so – OCC is now registering students for GED classes as the next eight week session begins next Monday, October 16th – for more details or to register, call OCC today at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The 3rd Annual Midway Restaurant Jeep Run is this Saturday – doors open at 11:00 with lunch specials Italian Beef / Pulled Pork – then the Jeep Run leaves the Effingham restaurant at 12:30, with stops at Dozer’s Pub & the Toledo American Legion, before ending up at MVP north of Newton – proceeds to benefit 13 year old Elizabeth Weidner, who continues to battle Stage IV Neuroblastoma – per Elizabeth’s wishes, part of the proceeds go to Childhood Cancer Research – check Midway’s Facebook page for more.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Shriners will have their popular open fire Grilled Chicken Dinner this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building – serving inside or by drive thru from 10:00 to 2:00 or until gone – it’s a half chicken meal with dessert & drink for $9 – all proceeds to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals.

 

(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 Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the very low blood supplies throughout the local region.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturday, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – the Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 admitted free / must be accompanied by an adult


    The Freedom Baptist Church northwest of Noble will host a Free Movie Night this Saturday night in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn and soda – then the movie, The Case for Christ, will start at 7:00 – bring your lawn chairs – all are invited


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more


    Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host a Walk for Remembrance & Hope this Saturday morning at the Angel of Hope Memorial at the north edge of Musgrove Park – it’s registration at 7:30 with the walk to begin at straight up 8:00 – all are invited out to take part tomorrow morning


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser coming up tonight with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – it’s open to the public and call-in orders with carry-outs are available – all are invited

 

 

 

October 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With one more day of cloudy cover, a weak high pressure will bring us a clearing sky tonight and we’re back to sunshine tomorrow, plus a southerly wind flow kicks in for a slight warm up with plenty of sun on Saturday – then an approaching cold front moves thru Sunday with our next chance of rain and we’re back to fall-like conditions for the first of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force is touring the state this week visiting communities in search of information & partners to help implement the state’s Opioid Action Plan to curtail the growing opioid overdose epidemic in Illinois – in 2016, almost 1,900 people died of opioid overdose, a 76% increase from 2013 – the goal is to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths by one-third in 3 years by identifying three areas of focus  :  prevention, treatment/recovery, and response – ending tomorrow, the tour’s three stops are in Chicago, Champaign, and Mt. Vernon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Supreme Court says it will not review an appeals court decision overturning the conviction of a truck driver accused of causing a wreck that killed a Central Illinois firefighter – the appeals court ruling back in April said evidence against Mansur Shakirov of Washington fell short of proving he caused the death of firefighter Chris Brown who was responding to an accident on an icy highway back in 2013 – attorneys are now exploring a move to compensate the truck driver for his four years in prison.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help in developing a plan that will determine the best use of the state’s rest areas – the 20-question online survey seeks feedback on how travelers currently use Illinois rest areas, their level of satisfaction with the rest areas they visit, the location of the rest areas, & how important certain features are to them – the online survey is accessible at  www.idot.illinois.gov  and available now through Sunday, October 29th – IDOT officials say many of the state’s rest areas have reached a point where it’s time to evaluate their future – IDOT currently maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers in Illinois, serving more than 36 million visitors annually.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session earlier this week – the Board  :  approved and agreed to accept the Village’s updated Codebook as presented  :  agreed to prepare a letter citing the Village’s ordinance for inoperable vehicles with expired registration stickers and to send the letters in the November water bills to the list of those with said vehicles on their property within the Village limits  :  noted that Village workers will be flushing water hydrants next Monday and Tuesday, October 16th and 17th, weather permitting  :  agreed to donate $75 to the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner coming up in December  :  approved the $88 purchase of 25 storage tubes and other appropriate materials needed to build a cabinet  to hold the collection of West Richland High School class pictures at Village Hall  :  noted that the preparation of the Village’s Tax Levy is underway  :  heard from local Scout Joe Bogard who’s looking for an Eagle Scout project to undertake and complete  :  noted the Halloween Parade at the Noble Village Park will be Friday, October 27th, and that this year’s Trick or Treat Night will be Tuesday, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday, October 23rd.

 

(OLNEY)  Principal Chad LeCrone has announced that the Richland County High School has earned continuing accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement – the action taken this past summer marks the 100th consecutive year of accreditation for the High School in Olney – in fact, the original accreditation dates back to the year 1917, when the school was called Olney Township High School – during its history, the high school has gone through many changes in name and location – the original Olney Township High School was located at the intersection of South Kitchell Avenue and West Elm Street, the old Central School site, then in 1914 the school was moved to a new location on Main Street, in the lot just west of TrustBank – in the 1940’s, the name of Olney Township High School was changed to East Richland High School – then the construction of a new school facility was completed in 1952 and East Richland High School moved to its current site on East Laurel Street, where it’s been for the past 65 years – following the annexation of the West Richland School District into the East Richland School District, the name of the high school was changed to Richland County High School in 2015 – a tip of the hat to all past & present school board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, and stakeholders who’ve had a part in the 100 straight years of accreditation for the High School in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is in Olney as the high-tech, 1,000 square foot exhibit is set up in the public parking lot just north of the Richland County Courthouse – the exhibit will be open to the public tomorrow afternoon & evening from 1:00 to 7:00 and then Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 with free admission – while closed to the public today, Richland County students in grades 8 thru 12 will spend time touring & visiting the nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit – that’s the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit now in downtown Olney, a visit co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Olney and the Olney Public Library.

 

(NEWTON)  100 Women Who Care Jasper County will make its third community grant of 2017 this Thursday evening at the Newton Masonic Lodge, at 207 South Van Buren Street – registration will begin at 5:00 this evening and the meeting will start at 6:00 tonight, with light refreshments to be served throughout the evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting for free – it was three months ago, back in July, that the giving circle chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens in Newton as the recipient of its $5,650 collected contribution.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A statewide petition drive is underway to protest the proposed use of taxpayer funds to help build and/or support the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in Chicago – it’s reported that some Illinois lawmakers want to use $100 million earmarked for IDOT bridge and road projects for the Obama project – to sign a petition in opposition to using tax dollars for this purpose, logon at  www.davidreis.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The 3rd Annual Midway Restaurant Jeep Run is this Saturday – doors open at 11:00 with lunch specials Italian Beef / Pulled Pork – then the Jeep Run leaves the Effingham restaurant at 12:30, with stops at Dozer’s Pub & the Toledo American Legion, before ending up at MVP north of Newton – proceeds to benefit 13 year old Elizabeth Weidner, who continues to battle Stage IV Neuroblastoma – per Elizabeth’s wishes, part of the proceeds go to Childhood Cancer Research – check Midway’s Facebook page for more.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Shriners will have their popular wood-smoked Grilled Chicken Dinner this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building – serving inside or by using the drive thru will begin at 10:30 and continue until it’s all gone – it’s a half chicken meal with dessert & drink for $9 per person – all proceeds help fund the many behind-the-scene projects undertaken by the Shriners in Olney and Richland County.

 

(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 12:15 to 6:45  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturday, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – the Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 admitted free / must be accompanied by an adult


    The Olney / Noble Airport chili fly-in lunch is set for this coming Saturday, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – pay at the door – all are invited – just off of  Illinois Route 250 between Olney and Noble


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser coming up this Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 9:00 – it’s open to the public and call-in orders with carry-outs are available – all are invited


    There are two meetings tonight at 7:00 – the Jasper County Board meets in the County Office Building in Newton – the Richland County Board meets in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – both are open to the public

 

 

 

October 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the storm system that brought us anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain now moves off to the east, we’ll have some wrap-around drizzle or light rain this morning – plus the clouds will hang around for most of today thru tonight – a weak high pressure gives us some sunshine & cool conditions tomorrow and Friday – then a slight warm up before another cold front brings us rain on Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – an Illinois State Trooper patrolling Interstate 70 this past Sunday morning, shortly after 8:00, discovered six pounds (2,745 grams) of heroin during a traffic stop just east of Vandalia – the initial stop was for speeding, which resulted in the vehicle search and the discovery of the heroin with a street value set at $960,000 – the driver, a 37 year old man from Garden Grove, California was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and for controlled substance trafficking – the Fayette County State’s Attorney and Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force assisted the ISP with the investigation.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois State University in Normal is getting a $12.5 million federal grant to help school principals – ISU’s Center for the Study of Education Policy will use the money over the next three years to help principals more effectively engage their teachers and staffers in instructional improvement efforts – the schools taking part will adopt what’s called the “school administration manager professional development process” where principals work more with teachers and assign many administrative tasks to other staffers.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – last week’s warmer-than-normal temperatures helped the fall harvest move along – the state’s average temperature last week was 68.8 degrees, that’s 11.2 degrees above normal – last week’s average rainfall in Illinois was just under 1 inch (0.99), nearly two tenths of an inch (0.19) above normal – the state’s subsoil and topsoil moisture levels are still over 60% short to very short – the state’s corn & soybean crop conditions are both over two-thirds in good to excellent shape  :  farmers in our ten county area report over half (56%) of the local corn crop has been shelled with nearly all the corn now mature – almost two-thirds (62%) of the local soybeans have been harvested as well – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” while working outdoors as the 2017 fall harvest rolls on.

 

(OLNEY)  The 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney later today with a procession led by the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department – the high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer, unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, which will be set up in the public parking lot just north of the Richland County Courthouse in downtown Olney – the exhibit will be open to the public this coming Friday afternoon & evening from 1:00 to 7:00 and then Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 with free admission – while closed to the public tomorrow, Richland County students in grades 8 thru 12 will spend time touring & visiting the nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit – that’s the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit in Olney, a visit co-sponsored by the Olney Public Library and the Rotary Club of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee will be hosting a special pork loin dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton on Thursday night, October 19th, that’s a week from tomorrow night, starting at 6:30 – the public is invited to attend the event – the main guest speaker will be former Congressman and former Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard – plus those attending will have the chance to meet other local and regional Democratic officeholders and candidates as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is reminding regional farmers that while they can apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) throughout the year, two application deadlines are fast approaching – November 17, 2017, and January 19, 2018 – farmers are encouraged to submit an application by one of these deadline dates if they are interested in program benefits from the voluntary conservation program – for more details, producers can call or stop by their local NRCS field office or go online  www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/il/programs/financial/eqip/.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is still seeking workers for temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal this winter in several southeast Illinois counties here in IDOT District 7 – these seasonal positions are available for on-call work schedules in response to weather situations assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, and nights – various other requirements are included – for more details, including information on pay and the potential for benefits, go online at  www.idot.illinois.gov  – the deadline to apply is Monday, October 16th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Marching Eagles hosted the 27th annual Newton Marching Band Classic this past Saturday with fifteen bands taking part – here’s a look at the results from the event held at NCHS  :
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OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION BAND  :  Mt. Carmel
THE MISS “D” CROWD APPEAL AWARD  :  Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (ALAH)
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CLASS 1A FIRST PLACE  :  Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond
CLASS 1A SECOND PLACE  :  Casey-Westfield
CLASS 1A THIRD PLACE  :  Oblong
CLASS 1A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Oblong
CLASS 1A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Casey-Westfield
CLASS 1A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Oblong
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CLASS 2A FIRST PLACE  :  Mt. Carmel
CLASS 2A SECOND PLACE  :  Tolono Unity
CLASS 2A THIRD PLACE  :  Maroa-Forsyth
CLASS 2A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Robinson
CLASS 2A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Robinson
CLASS 2A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Mt. Carmel
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CLASS 3A FIRST PLACE  :  Olney
CLASS 3A SECOND PLACE  :  Paris
CLASS 3A THIRD PLACE  :  Effingham
CLASS 3A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Paris
CLASS 3A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Effingham
CLASS 3A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Effingham
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CLASS 4A FIRST PLACE  :  Champaign Centennial
CLASS 4A SECOND PLACE  :  Belleville West
CLASS 4A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Belleville West
CLASS 4A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Belleville West
CLASS 4A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Belleville West
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The Newton Marching Eagles thank everyone for their support from last Saturday’s Band Classic at NCHS.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  with the statewide Illinois Archery Deer Hunting now underway, hunters are encouraged to take part in the chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer that are harvested – a list of locations serving as CWD sampling stations is on the State DNR website  :  and over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin next Tuesday, October 17th  :  for more, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The 3rd Annual Midway Restaurant Jeep Run is this Saturday – doors open at 11:00 with lunch specials Italian Beef / Pulled Pork – then the Jeep Run leaves the Effingham restaurant at 12:30, with stops at Dozer’s Pub & the Toledo American Legion, before ending up at MVP north of Newton – proceeds to benefit 13 year old Elizabeth Weidner, who continues to battle Stage IV Neuroblastoma – per Elizabeth’s wishes, part of the proceeds go to Childhood Cancer Research – check Midway’s Facebook page 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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Childress Family will be in concert this Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church – all are invited out to hear the Madisonville, Kentucky group with the free concert


    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday


    The Freedom Baptist Church northwest of Noble will host a Free Movie Night this Saturday night in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn and soda – then the movie, The Case for Christ, will start at 7:00 – bring your lawn chairs – all are invited


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more


    Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host a Walk for Remembrance & Hope this Saturday morning at the Angel of Hope Memorial at the north edge of Musgrove Park – it’s registration at 7:30 with the walk to begin at straight up 8:00 – all are invited out to take part this Saturday morning


    The Red Rooster in Olney, at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50, will today be hosting open interviews for current job openings at the terminal – that’s today, this Wednesday, from 9:00 to 3:00

 

 

 

October 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching storm system will bring us some significant rainfall over the next 24 hours, plus some cooler air will move in on the back side once the rain finishes by early tomorrow morning – today we’ll mostly see an overcast sky, but some sunshine mixed in a times – with cooler air still in place for Thursday and Friday, another front brings us rain chances Saturday night and Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – it appears Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation’s worst budget crisis – the State Comptroller’s office says at least $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn’t even been sent to the state’s official check-writer by the end of June – but since many of those unprocessed bills have now been paid, similar amounts have replaced them – officials say another $9 billion worth of checks are now being delayed because the state lacks the up-front money to pay them on time.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program – with approximately $40 million to be awarded this cycle and with each awardee possibly receiving up to $2 million per project, applications will be accepted now thru December 1st, 2017 – while federally funded, the ITEP grant program promotes alternate modes of transportation, such as bike trails, walking trails, streetscapes, & more – local matching funds are required.

 

(OLNEY)  Millions of people in the U.S. and all around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions next week, that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for October 19th, a week from this coming Thursday – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for preparedness tips, go to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met for less than 30 minutes last night with a very short agenda – the Council  :  heard a status report, noting the Whittle Avenue project is nearing completion with the paving portion expected to be complete within a week, depending on weather conditions  :  also noted that city crews are preparing for the leaf collection process, plus finishing up some late summer / fall projects around Olney  :  agreed to establish no parking zones along the staging area and route of the upcoming Christmas Parade in downtown Olney  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of Main Street from Elliott Street to Whittle Avenue & from Whittle Avenue to Chestnut Street from 6:00 to 7:00 on October 27th for the TrustBank Halloween Parade  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of Main Street from Walnut Street to Kitchell Avenue from 10:30 to 12:00 on the morning of November 11th for the Annual VFW Veterans Day Program  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of East Street from Scott Street to Main Street, of Main Street from East Street to Whittle Avenue, and of Whittle Avenue from Main Street to West North Avenue, from 5:30 to 8:30 on November 25th for the Olney Christmas Parade  :  also approved two raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no action after a brief executive session to discuss real property and personnel  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be held October 23rd.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are now being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment and to see what’s needed to sign up – for more information and details check the Embarras River Basin Agency website, at  www.erbainc.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session tonight at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, starting at 6:30 – it will be the fourth of five scheduled sessions being hosted by FACTS, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students – the primary topics of tonight’s session are to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility in Olney and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all residents in Richland County are invited to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder from the Olney Central College Massage Therapy Program, that it is still accepting appointments for upcoming clinical dates – the cost for a relaxing Swedish-style massage is $30 for an hour or $15 for half an hour – a 20 minute chair massage is only $10 – the next clinic open to the public is this coming Saturday, October 14th, from 9:15  to 2:00, and will be held at the West Richland Center in Noble – the next clinical is two weeks later on Saturday, October 28th, with future clinicals scheduled for November 11th and December 2nd – to make an appointment, call  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name and contact information, the date they want to schedule an appointment for, and the therapy treatment they want – in turn, the caller will receive a confirmation call from the Program Instructor.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A statewide petition drive is underway to protest the proposed use of taxpayer funds to help build and/or support the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in Chicago – it’s reported that some Illinois lawmakers want to use $100 million earmarked for IDOT bridge & road projects for the Obama project – to sign a petition in opposition to using tax dollars for this purpose, logon at  www.davidreis.org.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is underway with its annual fall fish sale – orders for various fish species are being accepted now thru October 26th, however grass carp must be ordered by October 19th – the fish delivery date is Thursday, November 2nd – for species available, pricing, and to place an order, stop by the SWCD office in Olney or call  618-392-7141, extension 3


    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturday, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – the Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 admitted free / must be accompanied by an adult


    The Olney / Noble Airport chili fly-in lunch is set for this coming Saturday, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – pay at the door – all are invited – just off of  Illinois Route 250 between Olney and Noble


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more


    Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host a Walk for Remembrance & Hope this Saturday morning at the Angel of Hope Memorial at the north edge of Musgrove Park – it’s registration at 7:30 with the walk to begin at straight up 8:00 – all are invited out to take part this Saturday morning


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser coming up this Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 9:00 – it’s open to the public and call-in orders with carry-outs are available – all are invited


    State Representative David Reis will host traveling office hours tomorrow at two locations – from 10:30 to 11:30 Wednesday morning at the Farm Bureau Building in Albion – from 1:30 to 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the City Hall in Mt. Carmel – all constituents can stop by with concerns and anything else


    The Red Rooster in Olney, at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50, will be hosting open interviews for current job openings at the terminal – that’s tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, from 9:00 until 3:00


    The first regular meeting in October for the Noble Village Board will be held tonight at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble – as always, the meeting is open to the public

 

 

 

October 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a low pressure storm system moves in our direction, we’ll see more clouds as we move thru this Monday with our first chance of rain later tonight – the chances of rain and thunderstorm activity ramps up overnight and thru the day tomorrow before ending early Wednesday morning – then cooler Thursday & Friday before we warm up for the weekend ahead with still above normal temperatures – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Illinois is among the states leading the nation in the number of college freshmen pursuing higher education in other states – the Illinois Board of Higher Education says between 2000 and 2014, the number of freshmen who left the state to attend college rose by about 64% – preliminary figures this fall suggest the budget deadlock accelerated the trend – only New Jersey, which also had had state budget woes, exceeded Illinois in loss of students to out-of-state colleges over the past ten to fifteen years.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has granted 4 and denied 84 clemency petitions – it was the 20th set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office in early 2015 – the Governor inherited a backlog of several years of clemency requests ignored by the previous two governors – a granted clemency request for a pardon allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction thru the court system.

 

(OLNEY)  The Office of the State Fire Marshall is observing this week as National Fire Prevention Week 2017, encouraging residents in Illinois to learn and prepare for emergency situations – this year’s theme is “Every Second Counts : Plan Two Ways Out” – firefighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety while families are reminded to take several steps to prepare for a possible fire emergency – last year, fires occurred in more than 15,000 homes in Illinois, resulting in 121 fatalities & over 500 fire-related injuries – for more, check the National Fire Prevention Week website.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  As we reported last week, State Representative David Reis filed House Resolution 627 in opposition to the use of taxpayer funds for the Obama Presidential Library & Museum to be built in Chicago – Reis’ resolution makes clear that with a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills, the State of Illinois cannot afford to spend $100 million for taxpayer funds on this project – it’s reported that the proposed money would come from funds already earmarked for IDOT construction projects throughout the state – Representative Reis is now leading a petition drive in opposition to the plan, stating that the signers of the petition oppose taking tax dollars to help pay for the Obama Presidential Center – those interested in signing the petition can call Reis’ District Office at  618-392-0108  or go online at  www.davidreis.org.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has released the activity and enforcement figures for the month of September – District 12 Troopers answered 186 calls for service and initiated 1,951 incidents in the field – the enforcement numbers included 390 speeding citations, 304 written warnings for speeding, 100 seat belt citations, 34 criminal arrests, and 7 DUI’s – Troopers also assisted 190 motorists, conducted 479 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 64 traffic wrecks, 3 of which involved fatalities – also during September, 373 citations and 417 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those that are most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including failure to wear a seat belt, driving under the influence, distracted driving, & speeding – District 12 includes ten counties : Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two upcoming Concealed Carry Courses  :  this coming Thursday and Friday nights, October 12th & 13th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night, and then Saturday, October 14th, from 8:00 to 4:00, each time at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel  :  the other course is later this month, Thursday and Friday nights, October 26th & 27th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at Olney Central College, and then Saturday, October 28th, from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range  :  the courses are designed for both the beginner & experienced shooter – the tuition and fees for each 16-hour course is $175 for IECC District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – for those age 60 and over, the tuition is waived but the $92 course fee must be paid in advance  :  for the course this week call Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  :  for the course in Olney, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  100 Women Who Care Jasper County has announced it will make its third community grant of 2017 this coming Thursday, October 12th, at the Newton Masonic Lodge, at 207 South Van Buren Street – registration will begin at 5:00 that evening and the meeting will start at 6:00, with light refreshments to be served throughout the evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend the meeting for free – it was back in July that the giving circle chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens in Newton as the recipient of its $5,650 collected contribution.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session tomorrow night, October 10th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, starting at 6:30 – it will be the fourth of five scheduled sessions being hosted by FACTS, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students – the two primary topics of tomorrow night’s session are to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility in Olney and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all residents in Richland County are invited to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tomorrow night – for more information, go online at  www.rccu1.net.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council will meet tonight for its first regular meeting in October – it’s a short agenda for the meeting starting at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the first regular meeting in October for the Noble Village Board will be held tomorrow night at 7:00, instead of tonight  :  both are open to the public.

 

(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  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District continues with its Fall Fish Sale – the deadline to order grass carp is October 17th – the deadline to order all other species is October 27th – the fish delivery date is October 31st – to place an order, call (618-665-3327) or stop by the SWCD office in Louisville


    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday


    The Freedom Baptist Church northwest of Noble will host a Free Movie Night this Saturday night in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn and soda – then the movie, The Case for Christ, will start at 7:00 – bring your lawn chairs – all are invited


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more


    The Candy Corn 5K Run will be this Saturday morning at the First Christian Church in Carmi with registration from 7:00 to 8:00 and race time at 8:15 – register online at  www.theguardiancenter.org  – proceeds to The Guardian Center in Carmi to help abused children in Richland & surrounding counties


    A pork burger fundraiser will be held this Thursday during the MTC Volleyball Tournament at Clay City High School – serving will run throughout the tournament matches in the school’s Commons Area


    State Representative David Reis will host traveling office hours this Wednesday, October 11th, at two locations – at the Farm Bureau Building in Albion from 10:30 to 11:30 and at the City Hall in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 2:30 – residents are reminded they can call Representative Reis’ district office in Olney, with any questions or concerns at  618-392-0108  – it’s open from 8:30 to 4:30 each weekday, except for noon