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.


    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.