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January 15, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  A cold front will move thru Illinois by later this afternoon as the snow will end and more arctic air will move in for tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday – meanwhile, an upper level disturbance continues to pivot over Illinois, giving us snow flurries on-and-off this afternoon thru tomorrow night – we’ll stay cold until a high pressure brings us warmer air for the weekend ahead – look for rain Saturday night into Sunday - stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory is effect for Jasper, Richland, and most all surrounding counties until 12:00 noon today with an accumulation of at least 1 to 2 inches of snow this morning, maybe a little more towards the I-70 corridor – the snow will be reduced to flurries this afternoon – then a Wind Chill Advisory takes effect for the same area at 6:00 tonight and continues until 12:00 noon tomorrow (Tuesday) – with a strong west / northwest wind at 15 to 25 miles-per-hour gusting even higher, our regional wind chill values will be at or below zero thru the overnight hours – authorities are urging folks not to travel unless necessary – listen to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  We remind you that all of the cancellations that we receive will be immediately posted on our websites online – simply click on the “weather” tab and scroll down to the list of closings and/or cancellations – that’s at  www.freedom929.comwww.1035theeagle.com,  or  www.wvlnam.com  – also, if traveling the Illinois Department of Transportation has its newly designed website available with updated information on road conditions around the state – available on computers and mobile devices, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to specific locations, travel routes, and/or destinations from anywhere within the state – that’s online at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com – folks can also check out the latest road conditions for Illinois by calling the IDOT road-line, at  1-800-452-4368.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) is gearing up for its 108th Annual Convention & Trade Show, scheduled to start later this week and run over the weekend – that’s this coming Thursday thru Sunday, January 19th thru 21st, in Springfield – the event is held for the 104 Illinois County Fairs, the Illinois & Du Quoin State Fairs, & the approximately 290 Associate Members, to get together in one place to interchange & share new & creative “fair ideas” – the annual convention also includes a talent contest, a trade show, and the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant – current Queen Claudia VanOpdorp, Miss Henry County Fair Queen, from Annawan, will oversee the 2018 Pageant, which will include participation by Miss Richland County Fair Queen Kylar Craig, Miss Jasper County Fair Queen Kennedy Parr, and most all other regional Fair Queens from our downstate area – both the Richland County Farm & Fair Association and the Jasper County Fair Board will be represented at the annual event as well.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  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, one application deadline is fast approaching – January 19th, 2018, this coming Friday – farmers are encouraged to submit an application 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 for details at  www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/il/programs/financial/eqip/.

 

(NEWTON)  The Winter Jasper County Solid Waste Program continues now thru the end of March – the dumpster at the Rose Hill site will be available Wednesday morning from 7:30 until 12:00, or if the dumpster is filled before 10:30, another dumpster will be brought to that location – the Newton / Jasper County Highway Garage location will be open Saturday and every Saturday this month from 7:00 to 3:30 accepting appliances (with requirements) plus the county’s drop-off recycling container also available.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has several events coming up  :  a Country Crop Insurance Meeting will be held Tuesday evening, January 30th, at The Holiday, starting at 6:00  :  on the following night, Wednesday, January 31st, a two hour On the Road Trucking Seminar will be held beginning at 6:00, also at The Holiday – with the focus on old and new trucking laws, the event is free but advance registration is requested by calling the Richland County Farm Bureau office at  393-4116  by January 24th  :  and on Thursday night, February 1st, a Farm Estate Planning meeting will be held at The Holiday offering farm families the chance to learn how to develop a farm succession plan for their family farm – reservations are requested for the free event, which includes dinner  :  call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  393-4116.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Red Brush Christian Church along U.S. Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  both Wednesday and Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A fundraising “fish fry” is coming up this Saturday evening at the Claremont Community Club, serving from 5:00 to 7:30 – the cost is $10 per plate – the menu includes fish, baked beans, cole slaw, bread, & dessert – all proceeds go to help with the cost of a mission trip to the Dominican Republic for a local family


    The Olney FFA Alumni has its “pancake & sausage breakfast” this Saturday morning in the RCHS Cafeteria, serving from 6:30 to 12:00 noon – tickets at the door – $6 for adults, $4 for children age 12 & under – proceeds for college scholarships, leadership camps, conferences, & conventions for FFA members


    Integrated Therapy Services in Newton will have its Parent Educational & Support Group meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 at 102 North Jackson Street in Newton – Debi O’Brien, from Equine LEAD, will be the guest speaker – light snacks & drinks provided – it’s a free event, however donations accepted for support – those planning to attend can RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call  783-PLAY


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has a fundraising “uniform” sale today in the hospital’s private dining rooms, from now until 3:00 – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects at the hospital

 

 

 

January 13, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the weekend, calling for cold but dry weather conditions today thru tomorrow afternoon – then another clipper system will move thru with more snow chances Sunday night into Monday morning – while only light snow accumulations are expected, more cold arctic air will move in to dominate most all of next week – wind chill values will stay well below 20 degrees for the next several days and nights – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  As far as our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service official Weather Station is concerned – we received right at 2 inches of a mixture of ice, sleet, & snow from Thursday thru yesterday morning – the official melt down was fifty-eight hundredths (0.58) of an inch of precipitation – the breakdown included a third of an inch (0.33) in the form of rain before the temperatures dropped late Thursday night – then a tenth of an inch (0.10) of precipitation was in the form of ice and sleet that fell overnight Thursday thru early Friday morning – the final fifteen hundredths (0.15) of an inch of precipitation was in the form of snow yesterday morning, which officially measured one and a half inches (1.5) – the precipitation measurement event lasted from 12:00 noon Thursday until 6:00 Friday evening here at the south edge of Olney.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  We remind you that all of the cancellations that we receive will be immediately posted on our websites online – simply click on the “weather” tab and scroll down to the list of closings and/or cancellations – that’s at  www.freedom929.comwww.1035theeagle.com,  or  www.wvlnam.com  – also, if traveling the Illinois Department of Transportation has its newly designed website available with updated information on road conditions around the state – available on computers and mobile devices, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to specific locations, travel routes, and/or destinations from anywhere within the state – that’s online at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com – folks can also check out the latest road conditions for Illinois by calling the IDOT road-line, at  1-800-452-4368.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE/NEWTON)  Due to the extreme weather conditions, yesterday’s sanitary hauling by Republic Services in Olney and the surrounding area is being delayed by one day – therefore, the normal trash pickup for Friday will be made next Monday, weather permitting then – if any further delays occur, that information will be announced here on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK – the public’s cooperation in this matter is much appreciated  :  the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is running on schedule with no delay.

 

(OLNEY)  This is the final weekend of the 2017-2018 Deer Hunting season in Illinois – the Second Late Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season continues today and ends tomorrow – plus the Illinois Archery Deer & Archery Fall Turkey seasons continue today and end tomorrow – and a reminder that the DNR season calendar begins on April 1st as current hunting and fishing licenses are valid until then – current licenses all expire on March 31st this spring – for all things outdoors in Illinois, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, each day from 7:45 to 2:15  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church along U.S. Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool benefit breakfast is coming up this morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge  of Olney, with serving from now until 12:00 noon – includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, sweet breads, & drinks – $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 – the public is invited

 

 

 

January 12, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  As the storm system moves off to the east, the last of our precipitation will end this afternoon with more arctic air moving in – we’ll then stay dry and cold tonight thru tomorrow night before a clipper system rolls thru with more cold air & some snow, maybe an inch or two for our area – the cold air pattern will continue thru most all of next week as well – stay tuned for continued weather details and updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 12:00 noon today, however the cold wintry weather conditions will last long past that – with about a half inch of ice and sleet mixed has been reported on average throughout the region and an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow may fall now thru noon – slick roads will impact travel today – the blustery north / northwest wind will stay strong the next 48 hours, giving us wind chill values around zero the next few nights – then more snow is possible late Sunday night into Monday – plus the cold air and conditions will continue thru most all of next week – stay tuned for more updates as they become available and listen to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for more.

 

(OLNEY)  As far as our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service official Weather Station is concerned – we have a half inch of sleet and ice mixed on the ground here at the south edge of Olney – our official melt down measured at forty-three hundredths (0.43) of an inch of precipitation – the breakdown included a third of an inch (0.33) in the form of rain before the temperatures dropped late last night – the remaining one tenth (0.10) of an inch of precipitation was from the ice and sleet that fell overnight thru early this morning – this measurement was for the time period up to 6:00 this morning here at the south edge of Olney.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  We remind you that all of the cancellations that we receive will be immediately posted on our websites online – simply click on the “weather” tab and scroll down to the list of closings and/or cancellations – that’s at  www.freedom929.comwww.1035theeagle.com,  or  www.wvlnam.com  – also, if traveling the Illinois Department of Transportation has its newly designed website available with updated information on road conditions around the state – available on computers and mobile devices, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to specific locations, travel routes, and/or destinations from anywhere within the state – that’s online at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com – folks can also check out the latest road conditions for Illinois by calling the IDOT road-line, at  1-800-452-4368.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news on this Friday – the state has unveiled a new Advanced Placement (AP) pilot program that will give students at rural Illinois high schools access to online AP classes to better prepare them for college – in fact, the AP pilot program kicked off yesterday with classes for 75 students at ten high schools in rural areas across the state – the list includes downstate schools in Altamont, Georgetown, Moweaqua, and Pope County – the goal of the AP pilot program is to provide the same educational opportunities for students in rural parts of the state compared to students in the urban areas of Illinois.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE/NEWTON)  Due to the extreme weather conditions, today’s sanitary hauling by Republic Services in Olney and the surrounding area will be delayed by one day – therefore, the normal trash pickup for Friday will be made next Monday, weather permitting then – if any further delays occur, that information will be announced here on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK – the public’s cooperation in this matter is much appreciated  :  the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is running on schedule with no delay.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in regular session for only 15 minutes last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for December worth $32,612  :  approved the maintenance resolution for MFT funds for the Richland County Highway Department road system  :  approved a revised & updated Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy for Richland County, as required by federal law  :  approved the diesel fuel bids from the Wabash Valley Service Company  :  reviewed proposed plans for a new Animal Control facility – initial plans include a groundbreaking in March or April and the project completion by next fall  :  said “thank you” to the Richland County 4-H’ers for providing pizza for supper  :  and had no executive session  :  the next regular monthly Richland County Board meeting will be February 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met in regular session for less than an hour last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved an updated policy on Sexual Harassment & Misconduct  :  approved a resolution directing all Jasper County employees to take Active Shooter and/or Sexual Harassment and Misconduct training when offered  :  approved a resolution noting that each department is responsible for deciding if its respective building needs repairs – the County Building Committee is responsible for the County Office Building, Courthouse, and Jail  :  discussed, but took no action on a raffle ordinance  :  approved all county claims as presented  :  reviewed all reports submitted by the Health Department, Animal Control, and other offices & departments  :  noted the Highway Department is discussing the possibility of purchasing an emulsion storage tank  :  noted that the county audit is continuing and should be presented in full in May  :  the next regular monthly meeting of the Jasper County Board will be February 8th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Today’s the final day to get or reserve your $10 meal tickets for next week’s Annual Meeting of the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District, coming up next Thursday night, January 18th, at The Holiday in Olney – with the doors opening at 5:30, the buffet meal will be served at 6:00, and the annual business meeting will follow, which includes the election of Directors and more – there will be entertainment and door prizes – there will be no ticket sales at the door next Thursday night – for more information and/or details about the Annual Meeting, call or stop by the SWCD office today in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Winter Jasper County Solid Waste Program continues now thru the end of March – the Newton / Jasper County Highway Garage location will be open tomorrow and every Saturday in January from 7:00 to 3:30 accepting appliances (with requirements) plus the county’s drop-off recycling container is also available – next week’s dumpster site is at the Rose Hill location – that’s next Wednesday from 7:30 until 12:00, or if the dumpster is filled before 10:30, another dumpster will be brought to that location.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today & tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, each day from 7:45 to 2:15  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church along U.S. Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Tuesday at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area and Midwestern blood supplies for those in need.

 

(CLAY CITY)  As of 8:30 this morning, the boil water order for the Village of Clay City and all of its water customers has been lifted - the boil water order in Clay City is no longer in effect - the Village thanks all customers for their patience.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool benefit breakfast is coming up tomorrow morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge  of Olney, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, sweet breads, & drinks – $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 – the public is invited


    It’s another “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW from 5:30 to 7:30 – open to the public, call in orders can be made for pick up – all proceeds to help with VFW Auxiliary projects and more

 

 

 

January 11, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  It’s one more abnormally warm day on tap before another shot of arctic air returns, preceded by some potentially nasty winter weather – maybe some rain today before the approaching cold front brings us a chance of rain, freezing rain, sleet, & snow early Friday morning, with a wintry mix thru the day tomorrow as well – colder air returns for the weekend and maybe more snow Sunday night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6:00 tonight until 6:00 Friday morning for Richland, Jasper, and most surrounding counties – with temperatures falling some 30 to 40 degrees by daybreak, the chance is good for freezing rain, sleet, and snow before the break of dawn tomorrow morning – the ice will obviously result in difficult traveling conditions with a total snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches and up to a tenth of an inch of ice possible – the weather conditions will not improve much thru the day tomorrow with the colder air and a chance of additional light snow, maybe freezing rain and sleet – drivers should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities over the next 48 hours – wind chill values will be below zero each night thru the weekend and maybe more snow chances Sunday night into Monday morning – stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for continued updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  With the potential for bad traveling conditions over the next day or two, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to visit and bookmark its newly designed website for continually updated information on road conditions around the state – available on computers and mobile devices, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to specific locations, travel routes, and/or destinations from anywhere within the state – that’s online at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com – folks can also check out the latest road conditions for Illinois by calling the IDOT road-line, at  1-800-452-4368.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – following the reduction of the federal corporate tax rate, State Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a bipartisan coalition of 17 state attorneys general, state agencies, and consumer advocates are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take immediate steps to ensure that public utility companies do not receive a major windfall at the expense of their customers – the call is also requesting an investigation be opened into whether the current rates for electricity, natural gas, and oil are justified – the coalition is specifically concerned about the impact the new federal tax law has on the level of corporate income tax expenses – a response from the FERC is expected by sometime next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is extending controlled pheasant hunting seasons at three IDNR sites – hunters can now make reservations for additional hunting opportunities – the three locations include the Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area along the southeast shore of Carlyle Lake in Clinton County northeast of Carlyle, the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area northeast of Virginia or northwest of Springfield in Cass County, and the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area along the eastern shore of Rend Lake south of Ina in Franklin & Jefferson Counties – the controlled pheasant hunting at each site has been extended thru January 28th – for more, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis noted yesterday that a new state audit revealed that Illinois has spent $396 million on taxpayer-funded health insurance for illegal immigrants over an 8 year period – covering All Kids, a program created in the Blagojevich era, provides health care coverage for children, regardless of immigration status – undocumented enrollees are not eligible for federal Medicaid funds, so the entire cost of providing health insurance to illegal immigrants is paid for by Illinois taxpayers – the Ste. Marie native is sponsoring House Bill 4182 that would prohibit illegal immigrants from taking part in most all statewide entitlement programs – while the All Kids program was set to expire July 1st, 2016, the State House approved a three year extension that year on a 77 to 38 vote with Representative Reis voting against the extension – look for plenty of more debate during the upcoming legislative session in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has several events coming up in the weeks ahead  :  a Country Crop Insurance Meeting will be held Tuesday evening, January 30th, at The Holiday, starting at 6:00  :  on the following night, Wednesday, January 31st, a two hour On the Road Trucking Seminar will be held beginning at 6:00, also at The Holiday – with the focus on old and new trucking laws, the event is free but advance registration is requested by calling the Richland County Farm Bureau office at  393-4116  by January 24th  :  and on Thursday night, February 1st, a Farm Estate Planning meeting will be held at The Holiday offering farm families the chance to learn how to develop a farm succession plan for their family farm – reservations are requested for the free event, which includes dinner  :  again, call  618-393-4116.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Annual Chocolate Tour, which will be held on Friday, February 9th, from 11:00 to 6:00, in Olney – the $12 per person tickets are available at the Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce office or the Olney City Hall during regular office hours – additional information is on the Facebook Event Page : 2nd Annual Olney Chocolate Tour.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings coming up tonight  :  the Jasper County Board will have its January meeting tonight at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 7:00  :  the Richland County Board will have its January meeting tonight in County Jail Meeting Room in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – the Richland County Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier in the County Jail Meeting Room, starting at 6:00  :  all of the meetings slated for tonight are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Xenia Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

(CLAY CITY)  Due to a water main break Wednesday morning, the entire Village of Clay City and all of its water customers are under a boil water order until further notice – again, that boil water order is still in effect for the entire Village of Clay City and its water customers until further notice.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool benefit breakfast is coming up this Saturday morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge  of Olney, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, sweet breads, & drinks – $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 – the public is invited


    It’s another “taco night” tomorrow night at the Olney VFW from 5:30 to 7:30 – open to the public, call in orders can be made for pick up – all proceeds to help with VFW Auxiliary projects and more


    The Jasper County Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group will have its monthly meeting this evening at the St. Thomas School in Newton, starting at 6:30 – enter thru the west side, under the big blue awning – anyone can attend – if any questions, email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

January 10, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  Widespread dense fog is a problem again today although warmer air moves in for a somewhat pleasant cloudy Wednesday with some rain possible tonight thru tomorrow – then a cold front moves thru Thursday evening with much colder air returning & a wintry mix of precipitation Friday thru Friday night – most of the wintry weather could miss us to the east – but then colder for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has another Dense Fog Advisory in effect for all surrounding counties until 12:00 noon today – motorists should allow extra time in traveling and make sure those headlights are on at all times while driving – motorists should be alert to any stopped vehicles, such as school buses or disabled vehicles  :  in its Hazardous Weather Outlook, the National Weather Service wants everyone to be aware of the approaching wintry mix of precipitation that’s possible for our area – rain is expected to turn into a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow late Thursday night – then freezing rain & snow are possible Friday into Saturday morning – while the snow & ice accumulations will likely be light, more or less is possible, depending on the storm track – more arctic air returns for the weekend with temperatures expected below freezing thru most of next week – listen to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and all local EMA’s are encouraging everyone to take time to be ready for weather or other emergencies in 2018 – in fact, each month this year, IEMA & the EMA’s will provide information on various preparedness or safety topics, including severe & winter weather, earthquakes, radiation, school & campus safety, cyber security, and more – one of the first steps toward emergency preparedness is having an emergency supply kit stocked with basic survival items that are critical during an emergency – the list includes one gallon of water per person per day (a minimum of a three day supply), at least a three day supply of non-perishable foods, first aid kit, a battery operated radio, a flashlight, some extra batteries, and items for children, seniors, pets, and household members with health or medical needs – for more details and/or tips on being prepared, go online at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Wild Turkey Federation is gearing up for its 42nd annual Convention and Sport Show, set for February 14-18, next month, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee – the event will include several seminars, meetings, competitions, meals, raffles, and auctions each day and evening, plus the latest hunting gear & more will be displayed by more than 600 companies featured in the exhibit hall – also, the NWTF will feature the Family Adventure Village with hands-on activities and much more for children of all ages – for more details, logon at  www.nwtf.org.

 

(NEWTON) The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) announced yesterday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Monday rightfully rejected the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposal to provide guaranteed profits to the owners of old and inefficient power plants around the state – in turn, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) says the Illinois Commerce Commission should follow the lead of the FERC and reject Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to bail out uneconomic coal plants in Illinois – it was back in November that the Governor directed the ICC to develop a report on ways to provide more money from Illinois residents and businesses to the struggling plants in order to keep them open – among the statewide list of such facilities is Dynegy’s power plant in Jasper County, near Newton.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night for its first meeting in the new year of 2018 – the Board  :  approved an updated Sexual Harassment Policy for the Village of Noble – the new policy is more in depth than the Village’s previous policy  :  approved the proposed projects submitted by Scout Joe Bogard, who’s looking to become an Eagle Scout by building two picnic tables and two bridges for the Noble Village Park – the Village’s cost for material was approved at $351  :  took no action, but discussed at length work needed along the north side of the Village’s sewer lagoon – one recommendation is to clear the old fence & tree stumps with a bulldozer and replace the 1,350 feet length with a six foot chain link fence with barbed wire – more information about the Village’s budget and right-of-way issue is needed before a decision  :  agreed to issue a public notice to inform Village residents that a non-tethering ordinance for dogs is being considered for the Village and will be discussed at the Board’s next meeting  :  noted that Village Hall will be closed next Monday, January 15th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday night, January 22nd, at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Meeting of the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is coming up one week from tomorrow, on Thursday evening, January 18th, at The Holiday Restaurant in Olney – with the doors opening at 5:30, the buffet meal will be served at 6:00, with the annual business meeting to follow, which will include the election of Directors and more – there will be entertainment and door prizes – the $10 tickets for the meal can be purchased thru this Friday, January 12th, from any SWCD Director, at the District Office in Olney, or by calling the District Office and reserving a ticket – there will be no ticket sales at the door – the special entertainment will be local artist, Brian Headley, The Singing Blacksmith – for more information and/or details about the Annual Meeting, call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School will host its yearly Freshman Orientation Night tonight in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – Freshmen packets will be passed out starting at 5:20, followed by a general welcome and curriculum presentation at 5:30 – then from 6:00 to 6:30, all incoming Freshmen and their parents and/or guardians have the chance to meet with the teachers by department with the opportunity to discuss their class and ask questions about the RCHS programs – after 6:30, free pulled pork and ice cream will be available in the Ag Room, provided by the Ag & Tech Industrial Departments – all freshmen and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the informational evening tonight at Richland County High.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Xenia Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area and Midwestern blood supplies.

 

(CLAY CITY)  Due to a water main break yesterday morning, the entire Village of Clay City and all of its water customers are under a boil water order until further notice – while water service was restored after the water line repairs yesterday, the boil water order will remain in effect for the Village until further notice.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Preschool benefit breakfast is coming up this Saturday morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge  of Olney, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, sweet breads, & drinks – $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 – the public is invited


    It’s another “taco night” this Friday night at the Olney VFW from 5:30 to 7:30 – open to the public, call in orders can be made for pick up – all proceeds to help with VFW Auxiliary projects and more


    The Jasper County Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group will have its monthly meeting tomorrow evening at the St. Thomas School in Newton, starting at 6:30 – enter thru the west side, under the big blue awning – anyone can attend – if any questions, email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.