August 11, 2017


(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will move thru our downstate region today, bringing with it a chance of scattered showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm – the rain chances end late tonight as another fairly tranquil weather pattern will dominate this weekend and into the first half of next week – another chance of scattered rain will move thru by next Wednesday night and Thursday – stay tuned for weather updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner officially opened the 2017 Illinois State Fair yesterday as the annual Twilight Parade was held last night – then the Governor & Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti walked the Fairgrounds with Illinois County Fair Queen Claudia VanOpdorp – today is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day on the Fairgrounds with ag tours, livestock shows, and more – it will be Kid’s Day on the Fairgrounds tomorrow and Veterans Day Sunday – then a variety of activities for older adults, their families & friends, will be available next Monday, during Senior Day at the Fair – in fact, all senior citizens age 60 and older will be admitted free to the Fairgrounds on Monday – running from 10:30 that morning until 9:00 that  night, activities include a Not So Newlywed Game, a Senior Spelling Bee, free health screenings, ball room dancing, and a grandparent & grandchild contest – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Attorneys General in 31 other states, plus the District of Columbia, have announced a settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and a subsidiary over an October 2012 data breach – a breach that was allegedly caused by Nationwide’s failure to apply a critical security patch, resulted in 1.27 million consumers having their personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information, and other personal data, stolen or compromised – most of those affected by the data breach were not Nationwide customers, but prospective customers – Illinois will receive more than $280,000 of the total $5.5 million settlement.


(NEWTON)  If you’ve heard that the 2017 Perseid meteor shower this weekend will be the best in the past 96 years, many space officials disagree – according to earthsky.org, while this year’s Perseid meteor shower will produce a great number of meteors the next two mornings, the bright waning gibbous moon will wash the sky during the peak hours of the meteor shower, between midnight and dawn – although some of the meteor showers will be bright enough to be seen, it will not be the show that a few are predicting – officials say meteor watchers should sit within a moon shadow, or within the shadow of a building or row of trees in order to view the open sky – while some of the meteor showers could occur in the mid-to-late evening hours, the peak time for meteor numbers to increase is after midnight – for more, go to  www.earthsky.org.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in regular session for less than 30 minutes in Olney – the Board  :  approved the County Claims & Bills for July worth $44,510  :  approved the purchase of a new Caterpillar backhoe for the County Highway Department  :  agreed to grant a variance to the Richland Country Club for an extended Liquor License  :  noted that a meeting with the FOP to begin negotiations will be held August 21st  :  noted an Elected Officials Training will be held August 24th at Olney Central College  :  heard various updates from Animal Control and other departments  :  and did not have an executive session  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board is September 14th in Olney.


(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Newton – the Board  :  on a 10 to 1 vote, with one board member absent, agreed to an $83,627 contract with Pictometry, an airplane / fly-over company to assist the County’s Supervisor of Assessments in providing analytical information for Jasper County  :  approved the over $3,000 purchase of a John Deere mower with mulch kit from Alliance Tractor  :  agreed to spend $3,195 for tree removal and trimming at the Courthouse  :  noted the County Highway Department has been awarded a $1 million HSIP grant to be used in fiscal year 2018  :  noted that the Sheriff’s Department is thinking about hiring a new deputy due to a current vacancy on staff  :  noted that county budget work will begin by mid-September  :  and took no action after a closed session to discuss personnel  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular monthly meeting is September 14th in Newton.


(CLAY CITY)  The Village of Clay City has announced some water line work to be done next Tuesday with water service to be shut off for some customers – due to needed water line repairs, the eastern part of Clay City and its respective water customers will be without water next Tuesday from 7:00 in the morning until approximately 2:00 that afternoon, if no complications – customers on the following streets and roads will be affected  :  all of South First Street Southeast, all of Clark Addition, all of the Industrial Park, plus customers along Morning Glory Road, Blackberry Lane, Big Four Road, Bluebell Road, and Saddle Club Road – once service resumes that afternoon, all these areas will be under a boil water order until further notice – the Village of Clay City appreciates the cooperation of its water customers in advance of this work.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, tomorrow morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, stop by the church office in Newton, or call at  618-783-3744.


(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is tomorrow at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and all children will receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated and distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, each day from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low area blood supply.


(OLNEY)  The best of luck to our Josh Brown, who today is spending his final day here at WVLN-WSEI as an employee of Forcht Broadcasting, Inc. – after spending just over seven years with us as a part-timer and doing a lot of our sports broadcasting and play-by-play for Olney, Olney Central College, and other athletic events, the 2010 ERHS graduate is taking a new position – as of next Monday, August 14th, Josh will be the new Sports Editor at the Olney Daily Mail newspaper – we want to extend our thanks to Josh for his many years of service to WVLN-WSEI and we sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavors – Josh will be replacing Chip Barche at the ODM, who was recently promoted to Editor of the paper back in June.


REMINDERS :       
    A fundraising benefit “spaghetti dinner” is this Sunday night at “The Venue” in Olney, at 303 South Fair Street – it’s serving from 5:00 until 8:00 with all donations accepted at the door – also a bake sale and raffle with specialty baskets with tickets available – proceeds to help Bev Ziegler with medical expenses and bills

    The Noble Chowder is tomorrow in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – all at the Noble Chowder coming up tomorrow

    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is tomorrow morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can still be purchased at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe

    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited

    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host another “taco night” tonight, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes bake potatoes, taco salad, nachos, tacos, and more – carry-outs are available

    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 – check it out