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July 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure over the Midwest will keep us hot and humid again today – although there is a slight chance of a spotty shower or pop-up storm late tonight & overnight – then we’re back to sunshine tomorrow and dry conditions expected again thru most all of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect thru tonight for all of our listening area – with high temperatures and dew point readings, our afternoon heat index value will peak from over 105 to near 110 today – those outdoors need to take precautions against heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Treasurer’s office is continuing its push to reunite statewide residents with approximately $2.8 billion in unclaimed property – with thousands of Illinois residents with cash or property to claim, plus new names reported every year, the Treasurer’s office never charges money to search and return unclaimed property – check the website online, at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due
next Monday, July 24th – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment  :  in person at the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of the Richland County Court House, which is open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day  :  by mail with a postmark of July 24th accepted  :  or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Court House before business begins at 8:00 on the morning of July 25th  :  if any questions or for details, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office on Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that they have until August 1st, a week from next Tuesday, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees – a list of eligibility requirements, the nomination forms, & more information are available on the government’s website,  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections  or by contacting a local Farm Service Agency Office next week.

 

(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 morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supplies in our region.

 

REMINDERS :

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its next show this evening at the East Fork Arena north of Olney – starting at 6:00, the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more, go online at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com

    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival today thru tonight in Ste. Marie – it’s from 12 noon until 11:30 tonight, featuring live music, great food, wine tastings, and much more – all are invited

    The Greenup Fire Department has a benefit fundraiser today at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction, a bags tournament, a hog roast meal, live music, a 50/50 drawing, & more – proceeds to help former fireman John Veach with medical expenses

    The 2017 Pork Day USA and Edwards County Fair Kick-Off is today on the square in Albion – includes the car, truck, & tractor show registration at 8:00 this morning, then food, crafts, and other vendors in place at 9:00, & the Pork Day Parade at 10:00 – then its live music from the Albion & West Salem Grade School Bands, the Little Miss Pork Day Contest at 1:30, a Tractor Drive starts at 1:30, & the Edwards County Fair Queen Contest tonight at 6:00 at the fairgrounds – the Edwards County Fair will then run all of next week

    It’s “GiveAway Day” today in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all
sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church

 

 

July 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The high pressure dome over the Central Midwest will keep us hot and humid again today – although there is a very slight chance of a spotty shower or pop-up storm late this afternoon or early evening – then we’re back to hot and humid conditions tomorrow and maybe a rain chance on Sunday as a weak frontal boundary moves thru – then dry and a little less humid the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect today thru tomorrow night for all of our listening area – with high temperatures and dew points, our afternoon heat index values will peak from near 105 to over 110 – those outdoors need to take precautions against heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls went up by nearly 9,000 jobs – the preliminary data released yesterday show the joblessness rate was up one tenth of a percentage point (0.1) last month to end up at 4.7% – the three industry sectors with the largest gains in June were professional & business services, leisure & hospitality, and government – the state’s biggest drops in unemployment came in education & health, construction, and financial activities.

 

(OLNEY)  The Serve Illinois Commission notes that applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards are due in less than two weeks – the awards give formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact – interested townships, villages, cities, & counties can apply by Tuesday, August 1st for projects in their communities for the period of January 1st, 2014, thru December 31st, 2016 – for additional information regarding the program criteria and the application process, logon at  www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred yesterday afternoon at 3:48 on Illinois Route 37, one mile north of Mason, in Effingham County – the State Police report 51 year old Kent A. Keppler of Farina was southbound when his pickup truck drifted into the north lane and into the path of a SUV driven by 31 year old Bryan K. Jones of Effingham – ticketed for improper lane usage, Keppler was air-lifted from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Jones was initially transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, then later air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  heard a financial update, noting the state has issued vouchers to the District, in other words, owes the District a little over $980,000  :  noted details about the ongoing school registration which continues thru next Wednesday, July 26th – while being done online, the one day Walk-In Registration will be next Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00  :  heard a report on the District’s Pre-K & Birth to Three programs  :  recognized & congratulated RCHS Ag Teacher Jamie VanDyke who’s been named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts  :  approved the bakery bid from Earthgrains Baking Company / Bimbo Bakeries & dairy bid from Prairie Farms  :  approved the District’s tentative Fiscal Year 2018 budget  :  and gave Superintendent Bussard authority to fill employment vacancies thru mid-August  :  after a 78 minute closed session – accepted the resignations from RCES Kindergarten Teacher Stephanie Slankard, from Brandis Grove as RCHS Baseball Coach, and from Matt Powell as RCHS Softball Coach – approved the recall from Reduction in Force, RCES Teachers Justine Black & Megan Tennis, RCES Teacher Assistant Kelli Prevo, RCES Paraprofessional Heather Ferguson, and part-time Food Service employees Carlee Seessengood & Brandi Mitchell – hired Norm Henderson as RCHS Custodian & Food Service employee – hired Tara Racklin as RCHS Girls Tennis Coach – approved Char Eckenrode as an RCHS volunteer Volleyball Coach – and approved the hiring of the RCMS Extra-Curricular position lists as recommended  :  the Richland County School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be August 17th in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night in Newton – the Board  :  heard a financial update, noting the District ended fiscal year 2017 approximately $240,000 in the black, showing the only budget deficit in transportation, which is due to the lack of state funding  :  noted that the District’s online registration process continues now thru July 31st with the only on-site registration set for next Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00  :  noted that the transportation procedures for this year are on the Teacher Ease and District websites  :  on a 5 to 1 vote with one abstention, approved a three year soccer agreement with the Jasper County Youth Soccer Association  :  approved the dairy bids for the new school year from Prairie Farms  :  agreed to accept the proposal to allow individuals to compete in IHSA series sports/activities that the District doesn’t currently offer, such as swimming, with no expense to the District  :  agreed to create a District Building Committee to research the best direction to take in the future  :  and after a short 14 minute closed session – accepted resignations from Sara Mitchell as NCHS / JCJH Business Teacher, from Whitney Ritchhart as Newton Elementary 5th Grade Teacher, and from Jill Kistner as NCHS Class of 2020 sponsor – employed Gail Turner as NCHS / JCJH Business Teacher – and approved various volunteers for the JCJH band camp and softball practices – also gave Superintendent Johnson the hiring authority thru mid-August  :  the Jasper County School Board’s next regular meeting will be August 17th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois is offering a two-day Volunteer Training during the first week of August – while Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses in the comfort of their own homes (or nursing facility) and provides support for family members, Hospice volunteers play an important role in the caring process – volunteers help in a variety of ways such as visiting patients at their home, offering support and help with activities including cooking, making crafts, and more – the training will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 3rd, from 9:00 to 3:00 each day, in the Private Dining Rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – lunch and refreshments will be provided – the registration deadline is next Wednesday, July 26th – volunteers are needed – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides services to thirteen area counties, including Richland, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Clark, Lawrence, Edwards, Wabash, Wayne, White, Hamilton, Clay, and Effingham.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(ALBION)  The 2017 Pork Day USA and Edwards County Fair Kick-Off is tomorrow on the square in downtown Albion – the schedule includes the car, truck, and tractor show registration starting at 8:00 in the morning, then food, crafts, and other vendors in place at 9:00, including the famous FFA Alumni pork chops and Farm Bureau pork burgers, and the popular Pork Day Parade at 10:00 – then its live music from the Albion and West Salem Grade School Bands, the Little Miss Pork Day Contest at 1:30, a Tractor Drive starting at 1:30, water-ball at 2:30, and the Edwards County Fair Queen Contest tomorrow night at 6:00 at the fairgrounds – the Edwards County Fair will then run all of next week in Albion – check it all out.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its next show tomorrow evening at the East Fork Arena north of Olney – starting at 6:00, the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more, go online at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival tomorrow at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – it’s this Saturday from 12 noon until 11:30 that night, featuring live music, some great food, wine tastings, and much more


    The Greenup Fire Department has a benefit fundraiser tomorrow at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction, a bags tournament, a hog roast meal, live music, and more – also a 50/50 drawing and other raffle tickets on sale that day & night – the money raised will help former fireman John Veach with medical expenses – for more, call  217-508-9783


    It’s GiveAway Day tomorrow in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church


    The 2017 Clay County Fair, in Charlie Brown Park, at the west edge of Flora, starts with the annual 4-H Barbeque tonight with serving in their air conditioned dining hall from 4:00 to 7:00 – a drive thru pickup is available – also tonight is the C-Bar Rodeo, starting at 7:00 – activities continue thru all of next week


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


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale today with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food

 

 

 

July 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a dome of very hot air and a high pressure ridge sitting atop the Midwest, we’ll have more hot & humid conditions on tap today – the muggy air mass will continue to dominate our weather into and thru the upcoming weekend as well, although we could see some relief Sunday and Monday – the extended forecast now thru mid-week, next week, has no rain in it at this point in time – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service still has that Excessive Heat Warning in effect today thru Saturday night for all of our listening area – with high temperatures in the mid 90’s and dew points well into the 70’s, our afternoon heat index values will peak from near 105 to over 110 – those working outdoors need to take precautions as heat exhaustion & heat stroke are very possible – use some common sense.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner toured flood damage in Northern Illinois for the second time in a week yesterday as recovery efforts continued in some areas while others brace for more high water – the Governor said steps have been taken to ensure local officials have the resources to aid those affected by flooding – four regional counties there have been declared as State Disaster Areas.

 

(OLNEY)  During Illinois Speed Awareness Day, which is observed next Wednesday, July 26th, the Illinois State Police in District 12 is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists thru both education & enforcement – a recent survey shows that speed was the reason for over 34% of all traffic fatalities in Illinois, which equates to 369 deaths per year, that’s one life lost in every 23.7 hours – the State Police wants everyone to do their part to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries by being aware of their speed and obeying all speed limits – for more, logon at  www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois Crop Systems Department is noting a growing concern of crop conditions around the state – the crop specialists say the statewide height of corn fields is an issue this season as stands range anywhere from just knee-high to six-plus feet tall, therefore creating concern for the critical pollination period – while favorable growing conditions the rest of the growing season could help, many believe the shorter-than-normal corn will likely result in lower yields and quality around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges’ Board of Trustees met earlier this week in Olney – the Board  :  approved the updated Technology Plan for Fiscal Years 2018 thru 2020 – the Plan establishes a blueprint that sets forth the vision, strategic directions, and action needed to support the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff  :  agreed to combine three existing policies concerning sexual violence and sexual misconduct into one policy, now entitled Preventing Sexual Misconduct – the policy provides guidelines to meet requirements that all higher education institutions will adopt a comprehensive policy concerning sexual, domestic, & dating violence, and stalking consistent with Federal and State Law  :  approved updates to the 2017-2018 IECC Catalog for future publication  :  adopted the prevailing rate of wages for Richland, Crawford, Wabash, & Wayne Counties  :  agreed to extend the contract with Crawford Memorial Hospital to provide athletic training services to Lincoln Trail College  :  and took action dealing with personnel – accepted resignations from Olney Central College Collision Repair Technology Instructor Mark Fitch and from Wabash Valley College Food Services Manager Abbi Cook – employed Wade Baker as Band & Music Instructor at Olney Central College – employed Terry Chrtt as Information Technology Technician at Frontier Community College – and changed the employment status for Erin Volk from Career Advisor to Advisor at Lincoln Trail College  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges’ Board will be Tuesday, August 15th, at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

 

(OLNEY)  The regular monthly meeting of the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was held last week with fifty members enjoying a summer picnic prepared by the hospital’s cafeteria staff – the Auxiliary was noted for the recent donation that enabled the purchase of two EKG monitors, to be used for the hospital’s new full-time Cardiologist, Dr. Prem Ghai – the Auxiliary reviewed its financial reports and noted the recent success of various fundraising sales – and it was noted that Auxiliary volunteer hours for July were 691.75, while Hospice volunteer hours were 58.5 – that’s a total of 750.25 hours for the month – the next regular monthly meeting of the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be August 12th.

 

(FLORA)  The 2017 Clay County Fair, in Charlie Brown Park, at the west edge of Flora, kicks off this weekend – it starts with the annual 4-H Barbeque on the fairgrounds tomorrow night with serving in their air conditioned dining hall from 4:00 to 7:00 – a drive thru pickup is also available – tickets on sale from any 4-H member, at the Extension Office in Louisville, or at the fairgrounds – also tomorrow night will be the C-Bar Rodeo, starting at 7:00, including barrel racing, bull riding, mutton busting, & much more – it’s all sponsored by the Clay County Farm Bureau Young Leaders – activities will then continue thru all of next week, finishing up with the Queen Pageant a week from tomorrow night – the Fair will be raffling off a new Polaris Ranger side-by-side with $20 tickets at the fairgrounds – all at the Clay County Fair in Flora.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders to area men & women in the outdoors  :  online applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for dove hunting at select state sites – the second lottery drawings are being held daily from now until July 21st – remaining free dove hunting permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis July 28th thru August 25th  :  resident Illinois hunters can still apply online for permits for the 2017 Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season October 21st thru 29th  :  and the 2017-2018 Illinois State Park guide is now available in print and online  :  for more on these items & all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(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 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  There are two area regular monthly school board meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets at 6:30 tonight at the District Board of Education Office in Newton  :  the Richland County School Board meets at 7:30 tonight at the District Office Meeting Room in Olney  :  both regular monthly school board meetings are open to the general public tonight in Newton and Olney.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its next show event this coming Saturday evening at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – starting at 6:00, the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions with youth, adult, and masters classes – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more details, check the website at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival this Saturday at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – it’s this Saturday from 12 noon until 11:30 that night, featuring live music, some great food, wine tastings, and much more


    The Greenup Fire Department has a benefit fundraiser this Saturday at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction, a bags tournament, a hog roast meal, live music, and more – also a 50/50 drawing and other raffle tickets on sale that day & night – the money raised will help the John Veach family with medical expenses – the former Greenup fireman has recently been diagnosed with cancer after being in remission for 29 years – donations are accepted at any First Neighbor Bank location – for more details or to donate an auction item, call Jennifer at  217-508-9783


    It’s GiveAway Day this Saturday in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church – items can be donated for the GiveAway today & tomorrow from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale tomorrow with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food


    The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will continue tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of Heather & Marty – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas & water, with all concession proceeds to benefit the Children's Miracle Network

 

 

 

July 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The main weather story is the heat over the Midwest for the next few days, although there is a slight chance of some isolated, pop-up, showers and/or storms this afternoon thru evening – more heat and dangerous humidity levels hang around now into the upcoming weekend as most of the rain chances stay to our north – our next significant chance of rain is on Sunday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service now has an Excessive Heat Warning in effect today thru Saturday night for all of our listening area – with high temperatures reaching well into the 90’s and dewpoints rising well into the 70’s, afternoon heat index values will peak from near 105 to 110 each day – people working outdoors need to take precautions as heat exhaustion & heat stroke are very possible – folks need to take plenty of breaks in the shade, drink lots of water, and use a lot of common sense while outside.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed Charlie’s Law, a first-in-the-nation bill, that enables all children in Illinois to receive treatment under their insurance plans for the debilitating behavioral disease Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, known as PANDAS – while just one round of treatment for rather rare disease can cost up to $15,000, the bipartisan law requires all insurance providers to cover the treatment for PANDAS and ensures parents will never have to choose between affordable care and the well-being of their children.

 

(OLNEY)  The buildup to Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration will include a student video contest & a craft beer competition – it was all announced yesterday as the 100-day countdown to start the celebration will begin August 26th – while high school & college students are invited to submit brief videos on an Illinois historical fact, place, person, or event, the beer craft competition will be a part of this year’s Illinois State Fair, with the winner to brew an official Illinois Bicentennial Beer – for more, go to  www.Illinois200.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that they have until August 1st, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees – serving a three year term, eligible farmers are elected to the county committees to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level, plus play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA – a list of eligibility requirements, the nomination forms, & more are all available online, at  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections  or by contacting a local FSA office.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due next Monday, July 24th – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment  :  in person at the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of the Richland County Court House, which is open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00, each day  :  by mail with a postmark of July 24th accepted  :  or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Court House before business begins at 8:00 on the morning of July 25th  :  if any questions or for details, call or stop by the Treasurer’s office in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has released activity and enforcement figures for the month of June – District 12 Troopers answered 237 calls for service and initiated 1,500 incidents in the field during the 30 days and nights – in addition, the enforcement numbers totaled 756 citations and 837 written warnings, including 289 speeding tickets, 136 seat belt citations, 45 criminal arrests, 15 DUI’s, and 5 child restraint citations – Troopers assisted 197 motorists, conducted 328 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 87 traffic crashes, which included one fatality – during June, there were 338 citations and 292 written warnings issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those that are most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including failure to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, speeding, and DUI – the ten District 12 counties include Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Clay, and Marion.

 

(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 the Effingham Blood Donation Center is open from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was one of the most sporadic countywide reports so far this year – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was three inches and seven tenths (3.70) in Decker Township, followed by two inches even (2.00) in Olney Township – then it was Madison Township with eight tenths of an inch (0.80), Denver Township at six tenths of an inch (0.60), Claremont Township had thirty-eight hundredths of an inch (0.38), and Bonpas Township with three tenths of an inch (0.30) – the Farm Bureau Office in Olney received two tenths of an inch (0.20) and Preston Township had one tenth of an inch (0.10) – the remaining two Townships, German and Noble, measured no precipitation during the recording period – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and twenty-six hundredths of an inch (1.26) during the seven day recording period.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is now offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online – the registration “window” is open each day now thru Monday, July 31st – students can be registered by going to the District’s TeacherEase website & entering username & password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance in the registration process, the individual public schools in Newton have set up a one day, Walk-In Registration, when computers will be available and staff will be on hand to help out – that’s next Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.cusd1.jasper.k12.il.us  – the first day of attendance for students in the Jasper County Schools is Wednesday, August 16th – the first day for Pre-K students in Jasper County is August 23rd.

 

(NEWTON)  The Greenup Fire Department & GFD Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a benefit fundraiser for retired firefighter John Veach this coming Saturday at the Village Event Center in Greenup – running from 3:00 to midnight, the event will include a silent auction from 3:00 to 8:00, a bags tournament at 3:00 with signup at 2:00, a hog roast meal from 4:00 until gone, live rock & roll music from 9:00 to midnight, and more – also a 50/50 drawing and other raffle tickets on sale that day & night – the money raised will help the Veach family with medical, travel, and daily living expenses – the former Greenup fireman has recently been diagnosed with cancer after being in remission for the last 29 years – donations are accepted at any First Neighbor Bank location – for more details or to donate an auction item, call Jennifer at  217-508-9783.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club and the International Barrel Racing Association will have their next event this coming Saturday evening at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – with trainers checking in at 5:00, the show gets started at 6:00 – the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions with youth, adult, and masters classes – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more details, check the website at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival this Saturday at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – the event will feature live entertainment & music, some great food, wine tastings, and more – the activities will run throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, from 12 noon until 11:30, in Ste. Marie


    It’s GiveAway Day this Saturday in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church – items can be donated for the GiveAway today thru Friday from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food, all for a great cause


    The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will continue tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of Heather & Marty – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas & water, with all proceeds to benefit the Children's Miracle Network


    The City of Olney has announced that the Parks & Recreation Board meeting originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for next Thursday night, July 27th, at 7:00, at the Olney City Hall

 

 

 

July 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge out to our west/southwest will dominate our weather conditions for the next several days & nights, keeping us very hot & humid, as any chance of rain will stay well to our north for nearly the next week – an Excessive Heat Watch for our area reminds everyone to take those needed precautions to battle the high heat & humidity levels for the rest of this week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – during a school visit in Mt. Zion yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner said that he’ll use his amendatory veto power to remove money for Chicago teacher pensions from a school funding bill that’s being held up in the State Senate – lawmakers approved a new state budget recently but did not include the school funding bill – the Governor wants to remove the Chicago “bailout” which in turn would provide more money for all other downstate districts – look for plenty of debate on this issue in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ receiving more than $2 million in federal grants to help seniors, those with disabilities, and families living in assisted housing, all with the goal of helping them live more independent lives – about $1 million will be split between 10 housing authorities in Decatur, Carlinville, Chicago, and its suburbs – 22 other housing complexes statewide will share the remaining $1 million all to help those in desperate need.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – much needed rain was reported at various sites around the state, however not every farm was fortunate to receive the important moisture – last week’s statewide average rainfall was 1.30 inches which was just over a half inch (0.53) above normal – the average temperature in last week was 76.5 degrees, less a degree (0.2) above normal – nearly two-thirds of the state’s subsoil and topsoil moisture levels remain adequate with a third of Illinois rated short to very short – as of Sunday, 63% of the state’s corn crop was silking while 56% of the statewide soybeans are blooming  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Olney/Newton report 70% of the local corn crop is silking, 60% of the local soybeans are blooming, and 20% of the local beans are now setting pods – nearly two-thirds of the local corn & bean crops are rated in good to excellent condition – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors, especially this week, during the expected high heat and humidity levels.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County States Attorney Chad M. Miller has announced that stolen guns have been recovered from a local burglary – as the Newton Police Department was called to investigate the burglary last Friday night at Yale Rebuilders, the officers acted on information received from the public on Sunday and with a warrant, searched the residence of  Jeffrey R. Culter at 207 Stanley Street in Newton – shortly after the search, the 27 year old Culter was located on a traffic stop in Newton – after questioning & further investigation, authorities recovered a number of stolen firearms, stolen cash, a stolen laptop computer, and drug evidence, including methamphetamine – charged with burglary, a Class 2 Felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony, Culter is in custody, awaiting a bond hearing later today in Jasper County Court – States Attorney Miller says the quick work of the Newton Police Department made the difference in this case – remember, all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District is now offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over the next several days – the registration “window” is open from now until July 26th – students can be registered by going to Skyward Family Access on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance, the individual public schools in Olney have set up a one day Walk-In registration when computers & staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, a week from today, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website online for details, at  www.rccu1.net  – the first day of attendance for students in the Richland County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, with an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the other three IECC campuses in Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and near Robinson are gearing up for the 2017 fall semester – with hundreds of opportunities available, students are urged to call the respective Student Services Office or go online at  www.iecc.edu  to see what all classes & courses are available – a few at Olney Central College include  :  the Industrial Technology Program is accepting students to study pneumatics and hydralics, relay controls, motor controls, robotics, welding, refrigeration, and programmable logic controls – most of the IMT classes are hybrid courses, which allow students to complete some coursework at home or in the computer lab – classes begin August 17th  :  the Automotive Service Technology Program is accepting students to learn by hands-on training with the latest automobile diagnostic equipment – classes begin August 17th  :  the Nail Technology Program is accepting students for training in manicures, pedicures, fabric & sculpting procedures, light cured gels, and massaging – the evening classes will be taught at the West Richland Center in Noble, beginning August 21st.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will be performing repairs to short sections of several rural roads this week – any thru traffic should avoid the following roads while the construction work is underway – local traffic will have access, but should expect some delays while traveling in these areas  :
* Mt. Gilead Lane, between Shipley Road and Timber Trail Road
* Seven Hills Lane, west of Fox Road
* Pleasant Ridge Lane, between Midway Road and Higgin Switch Road
* Higgin Switch Road, near the Illinois Route 250 intersection
* and Seminary Lane, west of Gentry Road
here’s some other road improvement  and road construction announcements for our area  : 
*  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park is now closed until this coming Thursday, July 20th, for repair work 
*  IDOT has announced that starting today, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks and alternate routes will be needed to avoid the intersection.

 

(NOBLE)  Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale now at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up on Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well – there will be a Noble Chowder meeting tonight at the Noble Village Hall, beginning at 7:00 – those interested in helping out with next month’s annual event are encouraged to attend to discuss and continue planning for the August 12th chowder – again, all are invited to attend tonight's meeting.

 

(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 at Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed – a huge “thank you” to those that gave blood yesterday in Noble.

 

REMINDERS :
    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival this Saturday at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – the event will feature live entertainment & music, some great food, wine tastings, and more – the activities will run throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, from 12 noon until 11:30, in Ste. Marie


    It’s GiveAway Day this Saturday in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church – items can be donated for the GiveAway today thru Friday from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food, all for a great cause


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