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October 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’re back will plenty of sunshine and a dry sky today as our downstate weather continues to be dominated by a strong high pressure ridge that’s now starting to move a bit towards the east – as we warm up a bit tomorrow & into the weekend, an approaching cold front will bring us our next chance of rain late Saturday night and thru the day on Sunday – maybe lingering into Monday & Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – officials have designated six sites around Illinois as Enterprise Zones to urge business development – the Illinois Department of Commerce named the locations in Effingham County & Effingham, Massac County, Whiteside County, Douglas County, Jersey & Greene Counties, and Chicago – Enterprise Zones are meant to encourage investment in depressed areas with tax incentives possible.

 

(OLNEY)  October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services is giving parents and caregivers a few reminders that can help prevent tragic accidents – everyone should follow the ABC’s of Safe Sleep  :  a baby should sleep Alone, on its Back, and in a safe Crib, every time  :  sleep suffocation and SIDS are leading causes of death for children one year old or younger – for more information and/or details on safe sleeping for infants go online and check the IDCFS website.

 

(NEWTON)  Millions of people in the U.S. and all around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions today that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s is helping sponsor this morning’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold – schools, families, & others are taking part at 10:19 this morning – for preparedness tips, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday night near Robinson – the Board  :  approved a resolution declaring the intent of the District to certify its estimated tax levy for the year – a public hearing will be held on the Tax Levy during the next regular meeting in November  :  approved the District’s annual financial report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30th, 2017  :  approved a revision of policies that address Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources, especially as related to new copyright rules  :  accepted the Environmental Scan Report for Fiscal Year 2018 – a report used to forecast future internal and external needs for both college programs and services  :  adopted Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolutions for the counties of Crawford, Wabash, and Wayne, following the previous adoption for Richland County – these plans allow each college to work with the local EMA’s to implement local emergency response plans  :  approved health and dental insurance with four plans available for employees to choose from with varying rates and options for each plan  :  approved a Health Savings Account contribution of $1,000 for each eligible employee who is enrolled in the District’s Qualified High Deductible Health Plan for calendar year 2018  :  affiliation agreements were approved with eleven area medical facilities for Associate Degree in Nursing Program, the Emergency Response Program, and for the Phlebotomy Program  :  and took the following personnel moves – accepted the retirements for Olney Central College Nursing Instructor Susan Adams and for District Workforce Education Instructor Kevin Weber – accepted the resignation for Program Assistant at WED Amy Johnson – changed the employment status for Michelle McLaskey to Program Assistant for the WED Program – and hired Liesl Wingert as Coordinator of Transition Services at Frontier Community College and Kaitlyn Vanarsdalen as Library Assistant at Olney Central College  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, November 21st, at Olney Central College in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow is being recognized as Principal Appreciation Day across Illinois – we want you to join us as we salute the building principals and their assistants for a job well done here in Richland County :
* Richland County High School  :  Principal Chad LeCrone  :  Assistant Principal Andy Julian
* Richland County Middle School  :  Principal Cris Edwards  :  Assistant Principal Darrell Houchin
* Richland County Elementary School  :  Intermediate Grades Principal Andy Thomann  :  Primary Grades Principal Margaret Hahn
* Richland County Elementary School  :  Early Childhood / Pre-K Program Administrator Jennifer Tedford
* Richland County Elementary School  :  District Special Needs Coordinator Mick Whittler
we urge everyone to take time to note the hard work & commitment of these men & women to our students.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A statewide petition drive is continuing 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)  The City of Olney will have its annual “squirrel corn give away” this Saturday morning, starting at 9:00, in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a limited supply of eared corn is available, free of charge, to City of Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those picking up the corn should bring their own containers – if any questions, call Belinda at  395-3481.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater presents the play “Subject to Change” with three performances this weekend, all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s tomorrow night at 7:30, Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – tickets can be purchased online, at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  or at the OCC Box Office from 10:00 to 2:00 weekdays – remaining tickets will go on sale an hour before each show in the lobby.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America organization will hold its 3rd annual Chili Cook-Off at this Friday night’s final home Olney Tiger football game at Richland County High School – the following organizations are participating – the FFA, the FBLA, the Spanish Club, and the VAT Club – all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Unity Project which is coordinated locally – everyone is encouraged to stop by – two dollars per person will allow everyone to taste test the various chili entries and then vote on their favorite chili recipe – that’s this Friday night at RCHS in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee will host a special pork loin dinner tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, 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 officeholders and candidates as well – that’s all tonight in Newton at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

 

(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 Windsor High School from 12:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Church of the Nazarene in Flora from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  also tomorrow at the Salem High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional and area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host this Sunday Hillary Doerries Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Organ Concert begins at 4:00, with a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    A Kids’ Painting Party is this Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Park Community Building – for youngsters age 5 and older, plus parents & grandparents are welcome – space is limited – reservations are made as a $25 ticket is purchased at the front entrance of the WalMart DC – $5 of the price goes to Children’s Miracle Network supporting Riley Children’s Hospital – call  618-393-5904


    The Olney Church of the Nazerene on North Walnut Street will this Friday host the award winning trio Servant Voices and gifted musician & preacher Kenny Williamson, all starting at 7:00 – all are invited


    There are two regular monthly meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets in Newton at 6:30  :  the Richland County School Board meets in Olney at 7:30  :  both meetings are open to the public


    The Office of Congressman John Shimkus has announced that the Congressman will be in Olney this afternoon – Shimkus will be visiting the After School Program at the Richland County Middle School

 

 

 

October 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A shift in the weather models continue to evolve the forecast for the upcoming weekend, while the remainder of the week continues in a drier-than-normal warming trend – as high pressure keeps our sky clear and dry for the rest of the work week, an approaching cold front appears to be weakening, although there’s still a chance of rain now Sunday thru Monday – then cooler air moves in – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State yesterday sold $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds to pay down a portion of Illinois’ roughly $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills – proceeds from yesterday’s bond sale, together with funds from the planned sale of $4.5 billion Series 2017D general obligation bonds next week, will be used to help cut the State of Illinois’ current backlog of bills approximately in half by June of 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has released tax returns showing he earned about $90 million in 2016 and paid about $23 million in state and federal taxes – the former private equity investor made public yesterday the cover sheets from his federal and state returns – Rauner and his wife Diana also made about $6.6 million in charitable contributions last year through their family foundation and other giving.

 

(NEWTON)  An Illinois State Police Trooper patrolling Interstate 70 just west of Vandalia discovered 62 pounds of cannabis (marijuana) during a routine traffic stop a week ago today at 4:37 that afternoon – the Trooper initiated the traffic stop on a car for following too closely, then made the drug discovery later – the 24 year old driver from Philadephia was charged with cannabis trafficking & two other drug-related charges – the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force assisted – the cannabis street value is estimated at $150,000.

 

(OLNEY)  Local and area downstate residents are encouraged to take a few minutes to practice three simple actions tomorrow morning that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s are urging everyone to drop, cover, & hold on during The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:19 – schools, businesses, families, & others still have time to sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus   – for earthquake and other emergency preparedness tips and information, go to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – the statewide fall harvest continued last week with nearly 4 full days suitable for field work on average – the state’s average temperature last week was 61.8 degrees which was 5.9 degrees above normal – last week’s rainfall in Illinois averaged 2.61 inches, which was 2.14 inches above normal – as of Sunday, 47% of the state’s corn crop and 63% of the state’s soybeans had been harvested with 51% of the planned acreage for winter wheat sown  :  farmers in our ten area counties report nearly all the local corn crop is mature with two-thirds (67%) now harvested and with 90% of the local bean fields dropping leaves, 80% of the soybeans have been cut – plus 70% of the intended acreage has been sown to winter wheat – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the fall harvest continues.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy time at Olney Central College – here’s some quick reminders  :  the next area Zumba Class is scheduled to start next week as the eight week class meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:40 each night at the West Richland Center in Noble – the tuition for this aerobic exercise class is reduced for residents of the IECC District  :  OCC will host a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Night next Thursday, October 26th, a week from tomorrow, from 4:30 to 6:30, in Rooms 207 & 208 of Wattleworth Hall  :  the OCC Student Senate is hosting its annual Haunted Trail in the wooded area on the north side of campus along Parker Street – not recommended for young children, the terrifying tours run from 6:30 to 11:00 next Friday & Saturday, October 27th & 28th, plus Monday & Tuesday, October 30th & 31st – kid-friendly tours are offered each evening from 5:00 to 6:30 – pay at the gate  :  and OCC is now accepting appointments for spring semester registration – the spring semester classes are scheduled to start on January 8th, 2018  :  to register for classes or for more information, call OCC at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the Illinois Department of Transportation – maintenance road work begins today on the section of U.S. Route 50 from the Route 130 intersection in Olney to the Route 250 intersection just west of Noble – crews will be cutting out sections of the highway and replacing the bad areas with concrete – the work will continue for the next several weeks with travel limited to one way for short distances at a time  :  meanwhile, construction work continues on the two bridges just west of Noble along U.S. Route 50, one at the Richland County / Clay County line and the other a little further west – both projects are half way complete – IDOT has estimated that the bridge work should be completed by the first of spring next year.

 

(NEWTON)  Lake Land College has announced it is still accepting nominations for the top 50 Very Important People of Lake Land College recognition program – the LLC Foundation wants to make note of those individuals who have made a significant positive contribution to the development of the college and to the student learning experience over the college’s first 50 years through a special 50th anniversary recognition – various criteria is required – simply logon at  www.lakelandcollege.edu/dv/fd/top50.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America organization will hold its 3rd annual Chili Cook-Off at this Friday night’s final home Olney Tiger football game at Richland County High School – the following organizations are participating – the FFA, the FBLA, the Spanish Club, and the VAT Club – all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Unity Project which is coordinated locally – everyone is encouraged to stop by – two dollars per person will allow everyone to taste test the various chili entries and then vote on their favorite chili recipe – that’s this Friday night at RCHS in Olney.

 

(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 Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 1:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Windsor High School from 12:00 to 5:00  :  also tomorrow at the Church of the Nazarene in Flora from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional and area blood supplies.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s a list of some upcoming meetings  :  the Richland County School Board will have its October regular monthly meeting tomorrow night in the Sliva Auditorium at Richland County High School in Olney, starting at 7:30  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its October regular monthly meeting tomorrow night in the Administrative Office Building in Newton, beginning at 6:30  :  the City of Olney Police Pension Board will meet tomorrow morning at the Olney City Hall, starting at 8:30  :  and the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College will host a College Fair today from 9:00 until 3:00 with tables located throughout Wattleworth Hall – while information about OCC’s transfer and technical degrees will be available, representatives from over 15 higher education institutions will be on hand to share information about their college and/or university – all are invited out to today’s College Fair at Olney Central College.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District continues with its Fall Fish Sale – while the deadline to order grass carp was yesterday, the deadline to order all other species is October 27th, next Friday – the delivery date is October 31st – call the SWCD office in Louisville at  618-665-3327  or stop by


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    The Olney Church of the Nazerene on North Walnut Street will this Friday host the award winning trio Servant Voices and gifted musician & preacher Kenny Williamson, all starting at 7:00 – all are invited

 

 

 

October 17, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a strong high pressure ridge hangs in place over the Midwest, our sky will stay cool, dry, and clear for today thru tonight – and that’s pretty much the forecast for the rest of this work week and into part of the upcoming weekend – with a slight warm up each day thru Friday, our next rain-maker is a cold front that give us wet conditions on Sunday, maybe as early as Saturday night – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – kicking off National Teen Driver Safety Week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced yesterday that teen driving deaths have decreased by more than half in the past eight years – according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 155 teen driving deaths (ages 16 – 19) back in 2007 – since Illinois’ efforts to overhaul the state’s graduated driver licensing laws took effect in 2008, teen driving fatalities have dropped by 51%, with 76 teen driving deaths recorded last year, in 2016 – it’s during this National Teen Driver Safety Week that teenagers are reminded to avoid risky driving behaviors such as texting while driving, drinking alcohol, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Principals Association is hosting its 46th annual Education Leaders Fall Conference and Exhibition in Springfield – the yearly event provides an opportunity for statewide principals and other administrators to learn from leaders in the education field and take part in sessions to better serve their schools, students, and staff – beginning with a reception this past Sunday evening at the Old State Capitol, the conference’s first and second general sessions were yesterday, followed by a special reception held last night – the conference will close with its final session coming up later this afternoon in our state’s capitol.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original “Johnny Appleseed” tree as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration – Illinois was speckled with apple trees in the early 19th century, mostly due to the efforts of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, and with his last known surviving tree on a farm in Ohio, a graft of that tree was obtained, thus leading to the 102 bicentennial saplings – Illinois’statehood bicentennial is December 3rd, 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  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 Richland, Jasper, 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  or stop by one of the local ERBA offices located in Olney, Newton, Lawrenceville, Robinson, Paris, or Greenup.

 

(NEWTON)  Members of 100 Women Who Care Jasper County met last Thursday night in Newton and selected the Newton Community High School Academic Foundation as the recipient of the $5,750 contribution collected at last week’s membership meeting held at the Masonic Lodge – the contribution will be used to fund scholarships for NCHS graduating seniors – 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will resume its grant-making next year in 2018 and is currently accepting new members – those interested in joining can contact Amanda Lessley at  217-342-5409  or by email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a new member information packet – 100 Women Who Care Jasper County is a program of the Jasper County Community Foundation, which exists as an affiliate of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, a nonprofit corporation to assist those who live in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Fayette, Clay, and Marion Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater presents the play “Subject to Change” with three performances this weekend, all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s this Friday night at 7:30, Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – tickets can be purchased online, at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  or at the OCC Box Office from 10:00 to 2:00 weekdays – remaining tickets will go on sale an hour before each show in the lobby.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA has released its most recent Illinois Crop Production report  :  the planted area for corn is estimated at 11.2 million acres, up 1% from the previous forecast, but down 3% from a year ago – the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 192 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from the previous estimate, but down 5 bushels from last year – if the corn production forecast at 2.12 billion bushels is realized, down 6% from the 2016 production number, it would be the third highest yield on record in Illinois  :  the planted area for soybeans is estimated at 10.6 million acres, up 5% from last year – the state’s soybean yield is forecast at 57 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from the previous estimate and down 2% from 2016 – if the soybean production forecast at 601 million bushels is realized, up 1% from last year, it would be the highest production level on record in Illinois  :  the harvested area for alfalfa hay in Illinois is up 13% from 2016 while the production forecast, if realized, would be 10% below last year  :  the harvested area for other types of hay is down 4% from last year – the production estimate, if realized, would be 4% lower than 2016.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee will host a special pork loin dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton this coming Thursday night, October 19th, 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 officeholders and candidates as well – that’s all this Thursday night in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College will host a College Fair tomorrow, on October 18th, from 9:00 until 3:00, with tables located throughout Wattleworth Hall – while information about OCC’s transfer and technical degrees will be available, representatives from over 15 higher education institutions will be on hand to share information about their college and/or university – all are invited out tomorrow to Olney Central College.

 

(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 Neoga High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low regional supplies.

 

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 this Thursday, October 19th – the fish delivery date is 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 Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will this weekend host Hillary Doerries Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Organ Concert begins at 4:00 this Sunday, with a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – a power-point presentation about the very unusual flora and fuana of the Galapagos Islands will be given by Paul Balding, an avid birder and nature photographer from Casey


    The next Village of Noble Zoning Board meeting is tonight at 6:00 – the meeting was changed from the originally scheduled meeting date – that’s tonight, the Zoning Board meeting in Noble at Village Hall


    Over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits begins today at all DNR Direct license and permit vendors – for more, check the State DNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov


    A Longaberger Basket fundraiser sale ends this morning at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, in the Main Lobby – that’s from 8:00 to 10:00 this morning – all proceeds go to Auxiliary projects

 

 

 

October 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A strong high pressure will dominate our weather conditions after the cold front that brought us weekend rain has moved off to our southeast – anywhere from a half inch to well over an inch of rain fell on average in our area – now look for plenty of clear & cool conditions for all of this work week and into the weekend ahead – another cold front is expected with our next chance of rain by Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to get their flu shot now – while the flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December & March, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond for protection – like last year, public health officials say the nasal spray is again not recommended over the flu shot – folks are also reminded to follow the three C’s to limit exposure to the flu – to frequently CLEAN hands with soap & warm water, to COVER coughs & sneezes, and to CONTAIN germs by staying at home if sick.

 

(OLNEY)  County Recycling Coordinators from around Illinois only have a few more days to complete a State EPA survey to identify the types of items recycled or collected, plus to share what type of collections are available in their particular county or region – this Thursday, October 19th, is the survey deadline – the information received will be used to develop an online statewide locator tool for residents to identify recycling options in their specific area – the State EPA anticipates publicizing the results in early 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  With autumn time here with shorter days and cooler temperatures, statewide drivers should adjust their driving habits while traveling in Illinois – the State DNR and IDOT are warning motorists to be vigilant during the deer mating season, which combined with the fall harvest clearing area fields of their crops & erasing cover, make the deer more active & visible – the risk for deer/vehicle crashes increase in October, November, & December, especially in the early morning and in the late afternoon hours, and especially in & around wooded areas.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  This week is Prinicipal Appreciation Week in Illinois, a time to recognize the work, commitment, and importance of principals, assistant principals, and deans throughout the state – plus, this coming Friday, October 20th, is Principal Appreciation Day – a time when all students, parents, teachers, and community members are urged to perform some act of appreciation to acknowledge the leadership of building administrators in Illinois’ public and private schools – join us as we salute all area principals.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois State Water Survey has released its September Overview Report  :  the state’s average temperature last month was 68.8 degrees, which was 2.6 degrees above the long-term average – the highest average was 70.9 degrees in the southwest crop reporting district while the lowest was 66.5 degrees in the northwest  :  the state’s average precipitation was seventy-eight hundredths of an inch (0.78), which is 2.45 inches below the long-term average – our southeastern crop reporting district had the highest average with 1.33 inches while the driest was in the northeast with less than a half inch (0.48)  :  the soil moisture levels were extremely low across Illinois in September with those levels at 2-inch depths near the wilting points at most all monitoring locations  :  the state’s water surface levels at the end of last month were below full pool or target levels at 21 of the 24 reporting reservoirs – most all of the regional lakes were just below spillway levels, including Newton, East Fork, Shelbyville, Carlyle, Forbes, & Johnsonville.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater presents the play “Subject of Change” with three performances this weekend, all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s this Friday night at 7:30, Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – tickets can be purchased online, at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  or at the OCC Box Office from 10:00 to 2:00 weekdays – remaining tickets will go on sale an hour before each show in the lobby.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Community High School Student Council is getting ready for its annual “Trick-or-Treat for Cans Food Drive” which is coming up on Monday night, October 23rd, a week from tonight – residents throughout the City of Newton are encouraged to have their canned food items out on or near their front porches by 6:00 that evening, as NCHS Student Council members will stop by and pick them up in their costumes – the canned food items will then go to help out those in need in Newton and Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Boy Scout Troop 211 and Cub Scout Packs 211 and 219, in cooperation with the Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization, and the Richland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, will be joining the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the World Association of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, celebrating 60 years of connecting Scouts thru the use of Amateur Radio – the Olney Scouts will be setup outside the University of Illinois Specialized Children’s Services Building, just off of South Route 130, in Olney, from 9:30 to 2:30, this Saturday – the Scouts will be encouraged to communicate with other contacted stations under the supervision of a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.

 

 (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 today, this October 16th.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin tomorrow, October 17th – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first  :  for more on this and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College will host a College Fair this Wednesday, October 18th, from 9:00 until 3:00, with tables located throughout Wattleworth Hall – while information about OCC’s transfer and technical degrees will be available, representatives from over 15 higher education institutions will be on hand to share information about their college and/or university – all are invited out this Wednesday to OCC.

 

(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 Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  today at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sigel from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Neoga High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    The Olney Church of the Nazerene on North Walnut Street will this Friday host the award winning trio Servant Voices and gifted musician & preacher Kenny Williamson, all starting at 7:00 – all are invited


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tomorrow night at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – a power-point presentation about the very unusual flora and fuana of the Galapagos Islands will be given by Paul Balding, an avid birder and nature photographer from Casey


    The next Village of Noble Zoning Board meeting is tomorrow night at 6:00 – the meeting was changed from the originally scheduled meeting date of tonight – that’s tomorrow night, on Tuesday night, in Noble


    A Longaberger Basket fundraiser sale is today and tomorrow at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, in the Main Lobby – that’s from 8:00 to 4:00 today and from 8:00 to 10:00 tomorrow morning – all proceeds will be used for projects sponsored by the Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital


    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil For Life is tonight at the St. Charles Borromeo Church in Charleston – praying the scriptural rosary is at 6:00, followed by the 6:30 mass, then business meeting at 7:30 with refreshments – all are invited to attend in prayer for the respect of all life, both born and unborn

 

 

 

October 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a southerly wind flow brings in what could be our last shot of warm weather for the year today, we’ll have plenty of sunshine, although the clouds will increase as we move thru the afternoon – an approaching cold front will bring us rain chances late tonight & mostly thru tomorrow morning – then we’re dry with eventually some sunshine by late Sunday afternoon – then cooler next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would require a more rigorous competitive search for managed-care organizations to administer health care for the Medicaid population – the Governor yesterday said his administration conducted a five-month transparent process, showing the plan would require duplicate measures and prevent nearly $1 billion in health care cost-savings – the Governor’s plan now is to shift hundreds of thousands of Medicaid patients to managed-care groups.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, set for next Thursday, October 19th – schools, businesses, families, and all others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for earthquake preparedness tips, go online to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(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 for the final time today, from 10:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon – admission is free – all are invited out to tour the nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit – that’s the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit now in downtown Olney – the final day to tour it is today.

 

(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)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters can review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 – it’s available now on the State DNR website online  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin next Tuesday, October 17th – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted  :  for more on these and all else outdoors in Illinois, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

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 tomorrow – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 – the Bazaar in the gym is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, country store, cake stand, quilt raffle, and cash raffle


    The Olney Shriners have their popular open fire grilled chicken dinner tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building – serving inside or by drive thru from 10:00 to 2:00 – it’s a half chicken meal with dessert & drink for $9 per person – all proceeds to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich has its final Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 today thru tonight with a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze – tomorrow from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – Corn Maze admission is $4 per person


    The annual Midway Restaurant Jeep Run is today, leaving the Effingham restaurant at 12:30, with stops at Dozer’s Pub, the Toledo American Legion, & ending at MVP, north of Newton – proceeds to help 13 year old Elizabeth Weidner, who’s battling Stage IV Neuroblastoma – also for Childhood Cancer Research


    The Freedom Baptist Church will host a Free Movie Night tonight in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn & soda – the movie, The Case for Christ, starts at 7:00


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this 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