September 13, 2017


(OLNEY)  The remains of Hurricane Irma will continue to drive our downstate weather conditions today with an all cloudy sky and the chances of rain diminishing as we move into tonight – we’re back to a dry sky tomorrow thru Sunday with a quick warm up already in place by Friday and for the weekend ahead – then a cold front moves thru with our next rain chances Sunday night thru Monday – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois State Police are reporting a significant drop in fatal traffic wrecks over the Labor Day weekend this year compared to a year ago – the 5 fatal crashes this year was quite a drop from the 23 that occurred in 2016 – Troopers handled nearly 200 crashes during the holiday weekend – more than 6,000 citations & nearly 4,000 warnings were issued for speeding & seatbelt use.


(OLNEY)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season is nearly a month away as the State DNR is now stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season – starting on Saturday, October 21st, at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams around the state, the trout fishing season has a daily catch limit of five trout per angler – an inland trout stamp & a valid fishing license are required unless anglers are under the age of 16, are blind, disabled, or on active-duty leave from the military – a separate catch-&-release fly-fishing season is held October 7th.


(NEWTON)  The state is working out the details this week of selling bonds by the end of the year to pay off some of Illinois’ overdue bills – using authority that was approved thru the budget adopted back in July by the General Assembly, the Governor’s office is planning to borrow up to $6 billion at a rate of 6% or lower to cut into the state’s $15 billion past due bills – Illinois wants to improve the nation’s worst credit rating.


(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session this past Monday night – the Board  :  agreed to have a tree in the Village Park removed with a $995 quote from Wakefield Tree Service  :  noted that the sidewalks on Elm Street and in front of the Village Hall will be formed up today with concrete poured today and/or tomorrow, weather permitting  :  set Trick or Treat Night in the Village of Noble on Tuesday night, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00  :  noted that the updated Village Codebook needs some changes made and should be back for review at the next Board meeting  :  again discussed taking possession of the 74 pictures from the former West Richland High School and displaying them at Village Hall – more information at the next meeting  :  noted that the Village’s mosquito spraying will likely stop after two more nights  :  noted that the Noble Lions Club will have its Halloween Parade at the Village Park on October 27th  :  and noted the Village’s Fall Cleanup Day is today on this September 13th with the normal trash pickup by Republic Services  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday night, September 25th.


(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program – this grant will allow for select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist private property owners in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is September 22nd, a week from this coming Friday – the applications or details can be found at Olney City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us/Tree%20Grant%20Application1.pdf.


(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has several reminders for those in the outdoors  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin October 17th, five weeks from yesterday – permits will be sold until gone or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first – individual hunters can buy one or more permits beginning October 17th, subject to availability  :  resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, October 7th – 9th, Saturday thru Monday, three weeks from this weekend  :  hunters and trappers may apply for an Illinois Bobcat Permit online, now thru September 30th, two weeks from this Saturday – while 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery, any leftover permits will be sold online on a first-come, first-served basis – the Bobcat season runs November 10th, 2017, thru February 15th, 2018  :  and resident combination & antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license & permit vendors – the State Archery Deer Season begins two weeks from this Sunday, October 1st  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the Department of Natural Resources website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and RWCI in Flora are partnering to provide a one-day aerial lift safety course at the West Richland Center in Noble – the course includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience while addressing safety and procedural training as well as OSHA compliance for boom and scissor lifts – plus, those taking part will receive their OHSA lift certification certificates that day as well – thru the course, participants will learn how to inspect the lifts and how to select the appropriate aerial platform to use – they’ll also learn how to conduct a job site awareness inspection looking for potholes, hazards, and debris – the course is set for Wednesday morning, September 20th, a week from today, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon, in Room 103 at the WRC in Noble – call OCC today to register at  618-395-7777.


(NEWTON)  In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this coming winter – these seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time & on-call work schedules to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-&-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, & nights – applicants must have a commercial driver’s license & submit to a criminal background check – plus a pre-employment physical, drug & alcohol screenings, & vision testing are required – applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications – the deadline to apply though, is by the close of business today, on this September 13th – for details, go online at  www.idot.illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  The Clay County Democratic Central Committee will host a candidate’s meeting this Friday night at the Community Building in Clay City, beginning at 6:30 – the free event will feature gubernatorial candidate Bob Daiber and representatives from the Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, & Daniel Biss campaigns – also candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District, including Carl Spoerer, Anthony March, and Kevin Gaither, plus Cynthia Givens, the 109th Illinois House seat candidate – former Congressman and past SIU President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker – the event is free and open to the public.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Citizens for David Reis will have their annual Hometown BBQ this Thursday night across from the Village Park in Ste. Marie, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – includes beef brisket or pork loin dinners with all the sides plus drinks for the price of  $20 per person or $50 per family – special guest will include Attorney General candidate Erika Harold – everyone’s invited out this Thursday night.


(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.


    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop this Saturday at the Immanuel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – taught by art teacher Bill Meyer, the cost is $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil or only $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call Judy to sign up at  618-838-4130

    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free this Friday night, at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, and water will be provided – all are invited out this Friday night to The Venue

    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – tickets on sale at the door

    The Richland County Retired Teachers will meet this Thursday at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 11:00 – the future of the local group is at stake – officers will have to be elected if the RCRTA is to continue – Regional Director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Glenn Decker will be at the meeting to assist

    The annual meeting of Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women is tomorrow at the United Methodist Church in Patoka, starting with registration and fellowship at 9:00 that morning, followed by the election and installation of District officers and lunch – for reservations, call now, at  618-846-2484