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Local News

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

 

 

 

June 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak low pressure frontal boundary hangs across Northern Illinois, we’ll have a slight chance of some very scattered pop-up showers later today, although most of us will stay dry with some sunshine & clouds – we’ll then stay mostly dry until Friday as an approaching cold front moves thru – plus rain chances on Saturday and Sunday as well this coming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Attorney General’s Office has joined a broad coalition of 35 Attorneys General in the U.S. to oppose a cable and telecommunications industry petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intended in part to stop states from enforcing state false advertising laws related to internet speeds – submitted back on May 15th this year, the petition seeks to enlist the FCC in improperly gutting state and federal requirements that bar deceptive advertising of internet speeds – some of the other 34 states involved are Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas.

 

(OLNEY)  State-owned facilities across Illinois are upgrading their building lighting thanks to a program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy & Recycling – the $6.4 million worth of  lighting upgrades thru the Free Lights Program is estimated to save taxpayers $16 million over the life of the initiative – agencies taking part include the Departments of Human Services, Natural Resources, Corrections, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of State.

 

(OLNEY)  Attorneys for a private fairgrounds foundation in Illinois are exploring the legal issue of whether the foundation has authority over State Fair naming rights – an opinion from the Governor’s legal office is forthcoming as to whether approval by the General Assembly may be required – discussions with potential sponsors for both fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin are continuing as State Fair officials look for sponsors with new money that will help with facility upgrades and improvements, mostly due to safety.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair has a new Queen as announced at the Annual Pageant held last night in Newton – it’s 16 year old Kennedy Parr, the daughter of  Chris and Stacey Parr – the NCHS student will now oversee the rest of the activities at the Jasper County Fair thru the upcoming weekend, replacing former Fair Queen Keirsten Brewer who represented Jasper County very well over the past year – 16 year old Elly Eaton was chosen as the Pageant’s 1st Runner-Up – receiving the Miss Congeniality Award from the fellow contestants was 17 year old Paige Klingler – the other Fair Queen contestants were MacKenzie St. Claire, Amy Sandschafer, & Sara Miller – a tip of the hat to the Pageant’s Committee on a job well done & thanks also to all the individuals & businesses who helped sponsor this year’s Pageant at the Jasper County Fair.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair continues on the Fairgrounds in Newton – the carnival rides begin today and run thru the rest of the week as tonight is Family Night with armbands available for the rides, plus the big Karaoke Contest, the Pedal Tractor Pull, Talent Contest, and Flat Drags – the Rodeo is tomorrow night at 7:00, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Thursday night at 7:00 – 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 Fair’s 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 this week in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s another local scam going around as thieves are trying to get money and personal information by using local phone numbers – the Richland County Highway Department has received numerous calls from residents reporting the Highway Department’s phone number has been showing up on their caller I.D.’s, but this is a scam – the telemarketers have found a way to make their number appear to be a local number on a caller I.D. unit – both Frontier Communications and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office have been notified of the scam – so folks are reminded to not be concerned if a phone call is received with the caller I.D. indicating the Richland County Highway Department – if the Highway Department makes such a call from its office, verification will be made – stay alert out there to any suspicious calls.

 

(OLNEY)  Although the annual Richland County Fair is less than three weeks away, activities leading up to the Olney event have already started – while the Fair’s 4-H Dog Show was held this past Friday in the Olney City Park, the Fair’s Public Presentations will be held tonight at the Extension Office in Olney, beginning at 6:00 – then the 4-H Cat Show is slated for this coming Friday afternoon at 1:30 at the Extension Office in Olney – the Richland County Home Ec Show will be Friday, July 7th, while the 4-H General Projects Show is set for the following Monday, July 10th, in the Olney City Park Community Building – also, it’s been announced that applications for the Richland County Fair Talent Contest can now be picked up at the Olney Chamber of Commerce Office – the Richland County Fair is scheduled for Friday, July 7th, thru that weekend and thru the following week, ending on the night of Saturday, July 15th.

 

(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.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library is hosting two special events this week, all part of it’s Summer Reading Program  :  a Scholastic Book Fair is today thru Friday, the rest of this week, each day during regular Library hours  :  the Mad Science Program entitled “Fire & Ice” will be this coming Thursday morning at 10:00  :  all are invited to stop by the check it out this week at the Olney Public Library.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Community Building in Salem from 12:00 noon to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday 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.

 

(NEWTON)  There are two area meetings on tap tonight  :  the Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Lincoln Trail College near Robinson, starting at 7:00  :  the Newton City Council will meet tonight for a regular bi-monthly meeting at the Newton City Hall, beginning at 6:00  :  both meetings are open to the public at their respective locations.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The summer solstice is upon us as this Tuesday, June 20th, therefore today will be the longest day of this year 2017, that’s for anyone living north of the equator – although celebrated and noted today, the official summer solstice occurs at 1:24 early tomorrow morning, in the overnight hours – it’s at this point in time that the earth sits directly below the sun at 23.5 degrees north latitude – starting tomorrow, the daylight hours will slowly start to grow shorter until the winter solstice come December.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s another “movie night” at Equine Lead this coming Thursday night, starting at 7:30 – all ages are invited southeast of Olney to take part – check their website for more information and/or details


    The Master’s Hands is hosting a short Suicide Prevention Class this coming Thursday afternoon & evening, with two times available – 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 at  618-392-0414


    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


    The Big Blue Bus will be at Musgrove Park this afternoon and evening from 3:00 to 7:00 – all Richland County youngsters are invited out to look over the large selection of books available for reading – no library card or ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and local schools

 

 

 

June 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A weak area of high pressure over the Midwest will keep us dry for most all of this work week – our next potential for rain is with a cold front that’s expected to move thru this coming weekend – our rain chances will increase thru the day on Friday with the upcoming weekend rain chances somewhat uncertain at this time, although it appears on-and-off storms will be possible Saturday & Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While some portions of our listening area had significant storm damage with the storms that rolled thru early yesterday morning, others not so much – with area rainfall amounts ranging from only a few tenths of an inch to over an inch and a half to two inches in some spots, scattered thunderstorms with winds gusting up to 50 to 60 miles-per-hour did some damage – trees and utility poles were effected, with some regional locations losing electricity, some of which have yet to have their power restored as of this morning – however, authorities report no injuries as a result of the storms from early Sunday morning.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – officials responsible for paying Illinois’ bills say a recent court order regarding money owed for Medicaid bills will eat up 100% of the state’s monthly revenue – therefore new priorities are needed as Illinois nears its third year without a state budget – while payments must be made for debt & pension payments, state worker paychecks, and some school funding, there will not be much money left to pay for items such as domestic violence shelters, some ambulance services, and school buses – however, it could all change if statewide lawmakers can pull things together with a new state budget.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois is receiving more than $2 million in federal grants to help provide health care to mothers and their children – the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services money is especially targeted at helping low-income people and those living in areas with limited access to health care, such as rural communities, and will specifically deal with pre-natal and post-natal health care and other related issues.

 

(OLNEY)  Six airports have been selected as winners of the 2017 Airport of the Year award as presented by the Illinois Department of Transportation – the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion was named the state’s Primary Airport of the Year – the Chicago Executive Airport up in Cook County received the Reliever Airport of the Year Award – the Macomb Municipal Airport had the General Aviation Award for a runway greater than 5,000 feet – the Sparta Community Airport in southwestern Illinois received the award for a runway 5,000 feet or less – the Tri-County Airport in suburban Elmwood was named the Private / Open to the Public Airport of the Year – and the Riverside Medical Center Hospital Heliport in Kankakee got the Heliport of the Year Award – more information’s available by checking IDOT’s website online.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office has announced that real estate and mobile home tax bills were mailed out on or before this past Friday, June 16th – the first installment of Richland County’s real estate taxes is due on Monday, July 24th, five weeks from today, to avoid penalty – the County’s second installment will be due on Tuesday, September 12th – for those residents owning mobile homes, the Mobile Home Privilege Tax is due in one installment, set for Tuesday, August 1st, six weeks from tomorrow – the tax bills can be paid in person at the Treasurer’s Office at the Courthouse or by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – if any questions, call the office Monday thru Friday, 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair will roll thru all of this week on the Fairgrounds in Newton – the Fair’s main attraction will be the County Fair Queen & Little Miss Pageant coming up tonight at 7:30 (more on that in a moment) – meanwhile, the various 4-H Shows continue today and tomorrow leading up to the
4-H Youth Auction Thursday evening – the carnival rides begin tomorrow and run thru the rest of the week as tomorrow night is Family Night with armbands available for the rides, plus the Karaoke Contest, the Pedal Tractor Pull, Talent Contest, and Flat Drags – the Rodeo is Wednesday night at 7:00, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Thursday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is next 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 Fair’s first ever Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, followed by the final Harness Racing Saturday at noon, & the Demo Derby to wrap things up Saturday night at 7:00 – all at the annual Jasper County Fair, all this week, in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  Speaking of the Jasper County Fair, all are invited out to this evening’s Fair Queen Pageant, which starts at 7:30 – there are six young ladies vying for tonight’s crown – that list includes the following  :
* 18 year old MacKenzie St. Claire – daughter of  Donita St. Claire and Tim St. Claire
* 18 year old Amy Sandschafer – the daughter of  Eric and Kristie Sandschafer
* 18 year old Sara Miller – the daughter of  Ray Miller and Rebecca Bushue
* 17 year old Paige Klingler – the daughter of  Jamie Davis and Tony Klingler
* 16 year old Kenney Parr – the daughter of  Chris and Stacey Parr
* 16 year old Elly Eaton – the daughter of  Wade and Jennifer Eaton
current Miss Jasper County Fair Queen, Keirsten Brewer, will help with tonight’s Pageant, as she finishes up her final day & night of representing Jasper County – by the way, a huge “thank you” goes out to the great sponsors and those that have helped out with tonight’s Fair Queen Pageant at the Jasper County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the summer reading program is continuing at the Olney Public Library – there’s still time to register for the reading challenge and to enter the “thingamajig” contest as designs are due at the Library by Friday, June 30th, a week from this coming Friday – there’s plenty of other summer activities also on the schedule – plus teens and adults alike are encouraged to enter the Library’s “book bingo” for great prizes and more – check the website online, at  www.olneypubliclibrary.org  or call  618-392-3711.

 

(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.

 

(OLNEY)  Construction to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next today, on this June 19th – the project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed – the section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, road construction work continues on Whittle Avenue and Kitchell Avenue in Olney as – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed – the patience of all drivers is much appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that today’s the final day of Free Fishing Days throughout the state – today’s the final day that anyone can fish without buying a fishing license, a salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp – a great time to introduce children and others to the joy and fun of fishing – go to  www.ifishillinois.org.

 

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 this coming Thursday night, starting at 7:30 – all ages are invited southeast of Olney to take part – check their website for more information and/or details


    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


    The Big Blue Bus will be at Musgrove Park tomorrow afternoon and evening from 3:00 to 7:00 – all Richland County youngsters are invited out to look over the large selection of books available for reading – no library card or ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and local schools


    A Chowder Planning Meeting will be held tonight at the Parkersburg Community Building, starting at 7:00 – those interested in helping out with this year’s event is encouraged to attend tonight


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a fundraising “uniform” sale today from 8:00 to 3:00 – all proceeds go to help fund the various Auxiliary projects at the hospital in Olney