October 10, 2017


(OLNEY)  An approaching storm system will bring us some significant rainfall over the next 24 hours, plus some cooler air will move in on the back side once the rain finishes by early tomorrow morning – today we’ll mostly see an overcast sky, but some sunshine mixed in a times – with cooler air still in place for Thursday and Friday, another front brings us rain chances Saturday night and Sunday – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – it appears Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation’s worst budget crisis – the State Comptroller’s office says at least $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn’t even been sent to the state’s official check-writer by the end of June – but since many of those unprocessed bills have now been paid, similar amounts have replaced them – officials say another $9 billion worth of checks are now being delayed because the state lacks the up-front money to pay them on time.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program – with approximately $40 million to be awarded this cycle and with each awardee possibly receiving up to $2 million per project, applications will be accepted now thru December 1st, 2017 – while federally funded, the ITEP grant program promotes alternate modes of transportation, such as bike trails, walking trails, streetscapes, & more – local matching funds are required.


(OLNEY)  Millions of people in the U.S. and all around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions next week, that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for October 19th, a week from this coming Thursday – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for preparedness tips, go to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met for less than 30 minutes last night with a very short agenda – the Council  :  heard a status report, noting the Whittle Avenue project is nearing completion with the paving portion expected to be complete within a week, depending on weather conditions  :  also noted that city crews are preparing for the leaf collection process, plus finishing up some late summer / fall projects around Olney  :  agreed to establish no parking zones along the staging area and route of the upcoming Christmas Parade in downtown Olney  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of Main Street from Elliott Street to Whittle Avenue & from Whittle Avenue to Chestnut Street from 6:00 to 7:00 on October 27th for the TrustBank Halloween Parade  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of Main Street from Walnut Street to Kitchell Avenue from 10:30 to 12:00 on the morning of November 11th for the Annual VFW Veterans Day Program  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of East Street from Scott Street to Main Street, of Main Street from East Street to Whittle Avenue, and of Whittle Avenue from Main Street to West North Avenue, from 5:30 to 8:30 on November 25th for the Olney Christmas Parade  :  also approved two raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no action after a brief executive session to discuss real property and personnel  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be held October 23rd.


(NEWTON)  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  Jasper, Richland, 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.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session tonight at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, starting at 6:30 – it will be the fourth of five scheduled sessions being hosted by FACTS, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students – the primary topics of tonight’s session are to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility in Olney and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all residents in Richland County are invited to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tonight.


(OLNEY)  A reminder from the Olney Central College Massage Therapy Program, that it is still accepting appointments for upcoming clinical dates – the cost for a relaxing Swedish-style massage is $30 for an hour or $15 for half an hour – a 20 minute chair massage is only $10 – the next clinic open to the public is this coming Saturday, October 14th, from 9:15  to 2:00, and will be held at the West Richland Center in Noble – the next clinical is two weeks later on Saturday, October 28th, with future clinicals scheduled for November 11th and December 2nd – to make an appointment, call  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name and contact information, the date they want to schedule an appointment for, and the therapy treatment they want – in turn, the caller will receive a confirmation call from the Program Instructor.


(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)  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  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.


    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 October 19th – the fish delivery date is Thursday, 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 St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday

    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturday, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – the Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 admitted free / must be accompanied by an adult

    The Olney / Noble Airport chili fly-in lunch is set for this coming Saturday, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – pay at the door – all are invited – just off of  Illinois Route 250 between Olney and Noble

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

    Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host a Walk for Remembrance & Hope this Saturday morning at the Angel of Hope Memorial at the north edge of Musgrove Park – it’s registration at 7:30 with the walk to begin at straight up 8:00 – all are invited out to take part this Saturday morning

    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser coming up this Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 9:00 – it’s open to the public and call-in orders with carry-outs are available – all are invited

    State Representative David Reis will host traveling office hours tomorrow at two locations – from 10:30 to 11:30 Wednesday morning at the Farm Bureau Building in Albion – from 1:30 to 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the City Hall in Mt. Carmel – all constituents can stop by with concerns and anything else

    The Red Rooster in Olney, at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50, will be hosting open interviews for current job openings at the terminal – that’s tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, from 9:00 until 3:00

    The first regular meeting in October for the Noble Village Board will be held tonight at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble – as always, the meeting is open to the public