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October 31, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As the strong cold front moves off to the east today, much colder air will filter in with falling temperatures later this afternoon & evening on a very strong wind from the north / northwest – Canadian high pressure will then control our weekend weather with much cooler air in place – with a slight warm up the first of next week, it brings with it another chance of rain on Tuesday & Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Starting tomorrow, the Illinois Department of Public Health will accept patient applications for the state’s medical marijuana program – people with last names beginning with the letters “M” thru “Z” are eligible – close to 6,300 people have already started the application process over the past two months, but only 800 have completed the application process, while the rest are in different stages of completion.

 

(OLNEY)  The gubernatorial race continues before next Tuesday’s election  :  Governor Pat Quinn was in Chicago yesterday, helping break ground for a new digital manufacturing laboratory on Goose Island – plus he’ll host First Lady Michelle Obama in Moline tomorrow  :  meanwhile, GOP Bruce Rauner is taking some credit for the new lab in Chicago, saying he helped propose, develop, & pitch the plan to officials six years ago – he’ll be in Lawrenceville tomorrow at the GOP Headquarters for a voter rally from 12 noon to 1:30.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s time to fall back an hour – Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 early this coming Sunday morning – so time to turn those clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night – it’s also a good time to change the batteries in all smoke detectors in homes, businesses, churches, & other buildings.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the traffic death of a Marshall woman in Clark County – the State Police report 65 year old Mary Smith was northbound on Illinois Route 1 when a combine driven by 73 year old Harry Greenlee of West Union pulled into the path of her pickup truck, causing the collision – Smith was pronounced dead at the scene – a passenger, 80 year old Ralph Smith, was not injured – the combine driver was not injured as well, although he was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop intersection.

 

(OLNEY)  A Clay County traffic stop last week led to a property search and has now resulted in the arrest of three area people – charged with various counts of methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of meth making material, meth related child endangerment, and obstruction of justice, those in custody include 42 year old David Yingst, 41 year old Dawn Doty, and 39 year old Brian Mey, all of Edgewood – remember, these defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law – the Clay County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Flora Police Department and the Clay County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Employment Security continues to show a drop in the state’s unemployment numbers in September 2014 – all ten of our area counties had lower rates last month compared to September a year ago, most of which were 1 to 2 percentage points lower – the lowest area rate in Effingham County is at 5.4%, followed by Wabash County at 5.9% and Cumberland County at 6.2% – then comes Jasper and Lawrenceville Counties, each at 6.3% – then its Edwards and Wayne Counties, each at 6.6% – Richland County had the 8th highest area rate at 6.9%, followed by Crawford County at 7.3% and Clay County at 8.6% – the ten county average rate of unemployment for last month is 8.5%, just over one percentage point higher than Illinois’ September rate at 6.2%, which is still higher than the national U.S. rate at 5.7%.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Board of Directors met earlier this week in Olney – the Board  :  reviewed updates on employee satisfaction, one of  RMH’s four pillars of quality assessment  :  noted the financial report and agreed to renew the Employee Health Insurance, plus approved renovation work to the RMH Emergency Room, as well as the final piece to totally digitize all of the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging  :  heard an update from CEO Dave Allen on physician recruiting efforts, along with state & federal concerns  :  also welcomed new Board members Dan Eichelberger and Carol Schafer  :  the RMH Board of Directors will have their next regular monthly meeting on the final Tuesday of next month, November 25th.

 

(NEWTON)  With the November 4th election coming up next Tuesday, a reminder that the Early Voting process, Grace Period registration & voting, and Absentee Voting all continues at County Clerk’s offices throughout the state continues – the polls will be open for voting next Tuesday from 6:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night – a note for those in Jasper County, that voters in North Muddy Township will be voting at the new Town House in Wheeler – if any questions, call the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton – the Clerk’s offices are open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00, and both offices in Newton and Olney will be open tomorrow morning from 9:00 until 12 noon – contact the Clerk’s office in your county if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00 – there is time for the public to stop by ERHS and give blood today – that’s from 11:30 this morning until 1:00 this afternoon  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  next Monday at high schools in Farina and Beecher City  :  for more on giving blood, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Jasper County residents with American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2014 on the Courthouse Lawn in Newton have until today to bring their flags to the Newton American Legion Post #20, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 this afternoon – flags can also be dropped off at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours thru today as well – those dropping off the flags should make sure their name, address, and phone number is inside each flag case – those in need of a new flag or with a flag that needs to be lettered, call Patty at 618-793-2624 – if questions, call the Newton Post at 783-2622.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton Street Department continues to vacuum leaves along the city streets – residents are reminded the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch, near the street or at the edge of the street, for vacuuming – however, leaves should not be located on the street to interfere with traffic – and remember, only leaves will be collected, no twigs or limbs – the collection today will involve the east and southeast part of town – that’s the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street – if there are leaves that need vacuumed, call 783-8511, leave a message with your address and phone number.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for area church activities  :  the St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the Clay / Effingham County line north of Louisville will host a soup supper and bazaar this Sunday evening from 4:00 to 7:00  :  the Church of the Nazarene in Olney will host the group Faith’s Journey Trio in concert tomorrow evening at 6:00, all for a free will offering  :  the Christian Church of Olney will host The Chosen Ones in concert tomorrow evening at 6:00  :  the Olney Baptist Association has a Ladies Prayer Luncheon tomorrow at the Hoosier Prairie Church – a guest speaker will discuss Samaritans Purse and its Operation Christmas Child program – lunch will follow the presentation :  all these events are open to one and all.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a Soup Supper & Bingo this Sunday evening at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown, with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 – chili, vegetable soup, sandwiches, & more – Bingo from 5:00 to 7:30


    The Teutopolis Monastery Museum is open this Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:00 – the admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children – volunteers available for tours and to assist all visitors


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation will have its fundraising “Diamonds & Denim” event this Saturday night at The Holiday from 5:30 to 10:30 – limited tickets available – call the Foundation office at 618-395-6088


    A benefit dinner for Barb Thompson is tomorrow evening at the KC Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 – a live auction with various prizes, plus a gun raffle and big raffle (need not be present to win) – tickets at Celebrations in Olney, the Ste. Marie gas station, the Wakefield Mill, First National Bank of Dieterich Newton Branch, and Effingham Equity in West Liberty


    The all-you-can-eat Turkey Supper will be tomorrow evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Grove Township Community Center – carry-outs available with tickets at the door – also a themed basket raffle


    The Children’s Miracle Network “Little Princess Boutique” is tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00 at McEndree School in Flora – tiaras, wands, pics, & more – pre-registration required by calling Jeni at 618-393-5904


    The West Salem Lodge #866 AF & AM will host a fundraiser Chowder tomorrow with serving at 11:00 – it’s bulk only with no glass containers filled – proceeds to the Harold Feldman Scholarship Fund


   The 4-H recycling drive is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal sites in Richland County – al items should be bundled separately before dropped off – the 4-H Federation is assisting


    The Dundas Ruritan Club will host its “biscuits & gravy, pancakes & sausage” breakfast tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon, or until sold out – tickets in advance or at the door – all ages are invited


    The OCC Student Senate’s Gothic Nightmares continues tonight and tomorrow night, the final two nights, from 7:00 to 10:00 – that’s in the woods just north of OCC – $5 for adults, $3 for children


    It’s the annual TrustBank Halloween Parade coming up tonight, starting at 6:00 – those taking part should be at the TrustBank parking lot downtown by 5:30, with judging at 5:45 – the Parade will leave the lot at 6:00, go west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending a Bower Park – all are invited


   Also it’s “Trick or Treat” night this evening in most all area communities – from 6:00 to 8:00 in Noble, Newton, and most all other area towns – from 7:00 to 9:00 tonight in Olney – be safe out there tonight ! ! !

 

 

 

October 30, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  A strong cold front will move thru the Central Plains this afternoon and thru the Midwest by tomorrow night – while there is a slight chance of some scattered showers here and there, the biggest nuisance will be the colder air that moves in on a very strong and gusty northwest wind tomorrow – while we’ll see some sunshine, the dry and colder air will prevail over the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for Jasper, Richland, and surrounding counties, calling for our first freezing temperatures this fall – the strong cold front will result in highs tomorrow thru Sunday only in the 40’s and nightly lows around the freezing mark – in fact, the weekend weather will likely end the 2014 growing season in Southeastern and South Central Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and local police agencies throughout Illinois today warned motorists one of the most frightening things about Halloween is the possibility of being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash for failing to drive safely – the message for this weekend is “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” – Halloween statistics over the past five years show four out of 19 total fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator who had been drinking – motorists should also be alert to those youngsters out “Trick or Treating” this weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  The list of those opposed to a proposed rule defining “waters of the U.S.” continues to grow across the country, although officials with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said a recent meeting with the Federal EPA was “too little, too late” – agreeing that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency should withdraw the “water” rule immediately, the NRECA says the rule will increase the regulatory burden on rural businesses, including farms, ranches, and rural utilities – the deadline to comment on the federal proposal is November 14th – check the EPA website online for more details.

 

(OLNEY)  The statewide candidates continue to move throughout the state during the few days remaining before the November 4th election – Governor Pat Quinn is making a trip throughout Illinois with several stops in his efforts to garner votes – his challenger, Bruce Rauner, is also making stops all over the state as well – in fact, the GOP candidate will be at the Lawrence County Republican headquarters this Saturday afternoon in Lawrenceville for a voter rally from 12:00 noon to 1:30 with the public welcome to attend.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Jasper County residents with American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2014 on the Courthouse Lawn in Newton have until tomorrow, October 31st, to bring their flags to the Newton American Legion Post #20, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 each afternoon and evening – flags can also be dropped off at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours thru tomorrow as well – those dropping off the flags should make sure their name, address, and phone number is inside each flag case – those in need of a new flag or with a flag that needs to be lettered, call Patty at 618-793-2624 or if any questions, feel free to call the Newton American Legion Post #20 at 618-783-2622.

 

(OLNEY)  The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition met earlier this month in Salem – the Coalition  :  heard an update on the Phase One Study on the proposal for highway upgrades on the section of road from Olney to Lawrenceville  :  heard from State Representative John Cavaletto, who continues to express his support for the project, saying the need for better transportation in downstate Illinois is real  :  heard proposals from the Coalition’s Springfield Lobbyist, Liz Brown, about future plans to move forward  :  among the guests attending were State Representative Charlie Meier, the regional rep for Congressman John Shimkus, Mike Hall, and IDOT District 7 rep Rob Malklin  :  also noted that the Coalition has a meeting scheduled in November with IDOT Secretary Erica Borggren, to discuss the past Coalition work and its desire to received future funding  :  for more, check the Coalition’s website online, at www.us50coalition.com.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 early this coming Sunday morning, November 2nd, as we turn our clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night – statewide fire departments also remind folks to change the batteries in all smoke detectors in their homes, businesses, churches, and other buildings – while more than 90% of all homes in the United States have smoke detectors installed, at least one-third of them are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton Street Department continues to vacuum leaves along the city streets – residents are reminded the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch, near the street or at the edge of the street, for vacuuming – however, leaves should not be located on the street to interfere with traffic – and remember, only leaves will be collected, no twigs or limbs – the collection tomorrow, on Friday will involve the east and southeast part of town – that’s the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street – if there are leaves that need vacuumed, call 783-8511, leave a message with your address and phone number.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Charleston High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:30 to 11:30  :  next Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the Beecher City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for more details on giving blood or to schedule an appointment to get out and give blood, go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(NEWTON)  With the November 4th election coming up next Tuesday, a reminder that the Early Voting process, Grace Period registration & voting, and Absentee Voting all continues at County Clerk’s offices throughout the state continues – the polls will be open for voting next Tuesday from 6:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night – a note for those in Jasper County, that voters in North Muddy Township will be voting at the new Town House in Wheeler – if any questions, call the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton – the Clerk’s offices are open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00, and most will be open this coming Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12 noon – contact the Clerk’s office in your county of residence if there are any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo began yesterday down in Louisville, Kentucky, with thousands of nationwide FFA members, sponsors, and supporters in attendance – yesterday’s schedule included various workshops, receptions, and meetings, all to be followed by three general sessions today with various luncheons and more – tonight it’s Scotty McCreery & Danielle Bradberry in concert – then after more awards and general sessions tomorrow, the event will finish up by early Saturday afternoon – almost all our local and area FFA Chapters are represented by members in attendance there thru Saturday.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Stringtown Community Club will host a Soup Supper & Bingo this Sunday evening with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown – includes chili, vegetable soup, sandwiches, a cake walk, 50/50 drawing, & more – Bingo from 5:00 to 7:30 – all are invited out this Sunday evening


    Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum this Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:00 – the admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children – with many unique & interesting articles on display, volunteers are available for tours to explain the displays and assist all visitors


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation will have its fundraising “Diamonds & Denim” event this Saturday night at The Holiday from 5:30 to 10:30 – limited tickets available – call 618-395-6088


    The first annual all-you-can-eat Turkey Supper will be this Saturday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Grove Township Community Center (former Grove School) – the Country Rhodes meal will include carry-outs with tickets at the door – also a themed basket raffle – for tickets in advance, call Kim at 217-683-2688


    The Dundas Ruritan Club will host its “biscuits & gravy, pancakes & sausage” breakfast this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon, or until sold out – advance tickets are priced less from all Ruritan members, but will also be available at the door – all ages are invited


   The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal sites in Richland County – all newspapers, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off – the sponsoring group this month is the County’s 4-H Federation


    The OCC Student Senate’s Gothic Nightmares continues tonight, tomorrow night, & Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 – that’s in the woods just north of OCC – $5 for adults, $3 for children – refreshments for sale


    The Noble Village Halloween Parade is tonight in the Village Park, starting at 7:00 – a cake walk will kick things off this evening at 6:30 – all ages are welcome to the Village Park in Noble this evening

 

 

 

October 29, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge over the Midwest keeps us dry and cool today thru tonight, an upper level disturbance will bring us some clouds tomorrow with a slight chance of some spotty sprinkles or rain showers – then the likelihood of widespread frost Friday night into Saturday morning, plus much cooler air in place for the weekend ahead – then maybe more rain for the first of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A statewide watchdog group says Illinois’ unemployment rate is much higher that state and federal estimates because reports are missing people who have dropped out of the workforce and have never come back – the non-partisan Illinois Policy Institute shows the Illinois unemployment rate at 18.1%, much higher than the 6.6% released by the IDES last week – the IPI’s report is online at www.illinoispolicy.org.

 

(OLNEY)  More than 200 Illinois National Guard soldiers are back home after serving in Kuwait – special ceremonies were held over the weekend in Springfield and Bridgeview for members of the 108th Sustainment Brigade which spent 10 months providing mission command and logistical support, plus they assisted with humanitarian efforts – the Brigade also set up the first Army Post Office in Iraq in three years.

 

(NEWTON)  With Halloween approaching, the State Attorney General’s Office is reminding parents to check Illinois’ sex offender registry and with their local law enforcement agency before determining trick-or-treat routes for their children – authorities will be conducting compliance checks on sexually violent persons as part of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team (I-SORT) – also a toll-free hotline is available, 888-41-ISORT (888-414-7678) for the public to call with questions and tips about non-compliant offenders.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the traffic death of an Effingham teen this past Monday evening – authorities report 19 year old Michael Williams was riding his motorcycle on Althoff  Drive, on the north side of Effingham, at shortly before 6:00, when a UPS delivery truck pulled out in front of him, causing the collision – Williams was pronounced dead at the scene – the truck driver, 35 year old Nick Bumgarner of Mattoon, was ticketed for failure to yield – the accident remains under investigation.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week for less than a half hour – the Board  :  approved the Village’s Tax Levy estimate of $61,910, a 4.99% increase of the extension levy for 2013 – the Tax Levy will be considered next month  :  noted that the Village’s leaf collection continues as residents can call Village Hall when leaves are ready for pickup  :  noted that the Village’s Caucus for the April 7th election will be held December 1st at Village Hall – the Citizens Party at 6:00 and the Peoples Party at 6:30 – four Trustee positions will be up for election on April 7th next spring  :  noted the Village’s Trick or Treat is this Friday night, October 31st, from 6:00 until 8:00  :  noted the Village’s Halloween Parade at the Village Park in Noble is tomorrow night at 7:00, preceded by a cakewalk at 6:30, with everyone invited  :  and met in closed session for 5 minutes  :  the Noble Village Board has its next regular meeting on November 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors recently held its annual meeting and celebrated raising nearly $523,938 and awarding nearly $350,000 in total gifts to Lake Land College students for the 2013-2014 academic year – it was noted that more than 24,964 students were enrolled at Lake Land College last year with 40.8% of all area high school graduates attending the college – over the past year, the Foundation received more than 1,001 scholarship applications but had funds available to award less than 389, or one-third of the students who applied for funding – during the past year, the Foundation’s assets grew from $7.2 to $8.2 million – for more, check the Lake Land website online.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is offering a couple of classes starting next month, both of which will meet at the West Richland Center, formerly the West Richland High School in Noble  :  a Parenting Class will be held on five Thursday nights, from 6:00 to 9:00 each night, starting next week, November 6th – those attending will learn what steps to take to reduce a child’s behavior problems, deal with power struggles, and establish better communications  :  meanwhile, a Basic Sign Language course will be held on four consecutive Monday nights, from 6:00 to 9:00, beginning on November 10th  :  for more information or to register for these or other classes available, call or stop by the Student Services Office at Olney Central College during regular office hours – or check the website, online at www.iecc.edu/occ.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 early this coming Sunday morning, November 2nd, as we turn our clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night – statewide fire departments also remind folks to change the batteries in all smoke detectors in their homes, businesses, churches, and other buildings – while more than 90% of all homes in the United States have smoke detectors installed, at least one-third of them are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton Street Department has begun vacuuming leaves along the city streets and while the southwest part of town was attended to yesterday, more collection work is scheduled – residents are reminded the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch, near the street or at the edge of the street, for vacuuming – however, leaves should not be located on the street to interfere with traffic – and remember, only leaves will be collected, no twigs or limbs – the collection today, on this Wednesday, involves the north part of town, the area north of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren to West End Avenue – the collection on Friday will involve the east and southeast part of town – if there are leaves that need to be vacuumed, call 618-783-8511 and leave a message with your address and phone number – that’s 783-8511.

 

(NEWTON)  With the November 4th election coming up next Tuesday, here’s some reminders  :  the Early Voting process is available to registered voters, now thru November 3rd – it’s for those who want to cast their ballot before election day at their respective County Clerk’s office  :  the Grace Period registration continues for anyone who missed the registration deadline – go to a County Clerk’s office with two forms of identification and vote at that time, all the way up until 7:00 on election night, November 4th  :  Absentee Voting can still be done, however tomorrow, the 30th, is the final day for a requested ballot to be mailed from a County Clerk’s office  :   for details, call the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton, the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney, or the Clerk’s office in your county of residence – they’re open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – most will be open Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for area church activities  :  the Ladies Aid will host a soup supper and bazaar at the St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville this Sunday evening from 4:00 to 7:00  :  the Church of the Nazarene in Olney will host Faith’s Journey Trio in concert this Saturday evening at 6:00, all for a free will offering  :  the Christian Church of Olney will host The Chosen Ones in concert this Saturday evening at 6:00  :  the Olney Baptist Association has a Ladies Prayer Luncheon this Saturday at the Hoosier Prairie Church, northwest of Sailor Springs – a guest speaker will discuss Samaritans Purse & its Operation Christmas Child program – lunch will follow the presentation :  all these events are open to one and all.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at K.C. Summers Toyota in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Charleston High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  on Friday at East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  for more or for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County SWCD is still taking orders for its fall fish sale – all species with the exception of grass carp can be ordered thru this Friday, October 31st – call the Olney office at 618-392-7141, ext 3


    The West Salem Lodge #866 AF & AM will host a fundraiser Chowder this Saturday with serving at 11:00 – it’s bulk only with no glass containers filled – proceeds to the Harold Feldman Scholarship Fund


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation will have its fundraising “Diamonds & Denim” event this Saturday night at The Holiday from 5:30 to 10:30 – limited tickets available – call 618-395-6088


    The OCC Student Senate’s Gothic Nightmares continues three more nights, this Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 – that’s in the woods just north of OCC – $5 for adults, $3 for children


    It’s the annual TrustBank Halloween Parade coming up this Friday night, starting at 6:00 – those taking part should be at the TrustBank parking lot downtown by 5:30, with judging at 5:45 – the Parade will leave the lot at 6:00, go west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending a Bower Park – all are invited

 

 

 

October 28, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front quickly moves thru the Midwest and then off to our east, the rain will end and cooler air will start to push in from the northwest, bringing our temperatures more in line with seasonal normal – our conditions will then be quiet for the rest of the work week with a high pressure ridge building in to keep us dry and cool – in fact, we’ll get even cooler for the Halloween weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  State health officials confirmed yesterday that no one in Illinois is being quarantined or even monitored for Ebola, “yet” – Governor Pat Quinn said that if anyone deemed to be high risk comes to Illinois, such as someone who had direct, unprotected contact with an Ebola patient, they should be quarantined for 21 days and checked daily – Quinn said the situation in New Jersey in which a nurse who did not show any symptoms, but had recently been treating Ebola patients in Africa and was immediately quarantined upon her return home was “very wrong” – logon at www.idph.state.il.us/ebola/index.htm.

 

(OLNEY)  A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association has found that Illinois is fifth in the nation for bicycle deaths – the number of cyclist fatalities in Illinois has been rising since 2010, reaching 29 in 2012, the latest year that data was available – the report shows two-thirds of the bicyclists killed in the U.S. in 2012 were not wearing helmets, but there is no law mandating that riders wear helmets in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 early this coming Sunday morning, November 2nd, as we turn our clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night – statewide fire departments also remind folks to change the batteries in all smoke detectors in their homes, businesses, churches, and other buildings – while more than 90% of all homes in the United States have smoke detectors installed, at least one-third of them are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved an ordinance limiting the number of cats per property at four if they’re not neutered or spade – this is similar to the City’s dog ordinance  :  agreed to replace the boat slips and walkway between the East Fork Lake Boat Ramp and Rotary Park – the $73,250 quote from G&H Marine in Decatur includes installation  :  agreed to purchase 75 additional tons of road salt from a Kansas company – the cost at just over $105 per ton  :  dealing with the City’s water shut-off procedures, approved a $10 credit for those who sign up for an ACH automatic payment program for at least a six month period  :  amended the budget to approve the full cost of the City’s Enterprise Zone, at $41,900  :  approved an Electronic Email Retention Policy  :  approved an amendment to the City’s Mutual Aid Agreement with area communities dealing with reimbursements  :  took no other action after a close session to discuss real estate & personnel  :  Council’s next meeting is November 10th.

 

(NEWTON)  With a break in harvesting today, yesterday’s USDA Crop Report shows last week was very productive for statewide and area farmers with 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork – last week’s average precip was 0.03 inches, that’s just over a half inch (0.61) below normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 53.7 degrees, 1.6 degrees above normal – the statewide corn and soybean harvest numbers are running behind both last year’s and the five-year average  :  farmers in our ten county area report two-thirds of the local corn and just under two-thirds of the local soybeans have been harvested as of this past Sunday – a significant increase from last week’s harvest progress and all due to last week’s ideal harvesting conditions – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2014 fall harvest resumes later this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Police  Department continues to investigate an incident that occurred at around 7:30 yesterday morning in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle – the report indicates that 44 year old Shannon Middleton of Olney was southbound on Walnut Street and while turning east onto Main Street accidently struck 53 year old Robin Schwartzlose of Olney who was in the crosswalk – Schwartzlose was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital, then transferred to an Evansville, Indiana hospital – Middleton was not injured and was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian – the OPD investigation is ongoing.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that Jasper County residents with American Flags to display for Veteran’s Day 2014 on the Courthouse Lawn in Newton have until this coming Friday, October 31st, to bring their flags to the Newton American Legion Post #20, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 each afternoon and evening – flags can also be dropped off at the Ste. Marie Bank during regular business hours thru the end of October – those dropping off the flags should make sure their name, address, and phone number is inside each flag case – those in need of a new flag or with a flag that needs to be lettered, call Patty at 618-793-2624 by the end of October – if any questions, feel free to call the Newton American Legion Post #20 at 618-783-2622.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton Street Department has begun vacuuming leaves along the city streets and while the southwest part of town was attended to yesterday, more collection work is scheduled – residents are reminded the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch, near the street or at the edge of the street, for vacuuming – however, leaves should not be located on the street to interfere with traffic – and remember, only leaves will be collected, no twigs or limbs – the collection tomorrow (Wednesday) involves the north part of town, the area north of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren to West End Avenue – the collection on Friday will involve the east and southeast part of town – if there are leaves that need to be vacuumed, call 618-783-8511 and leave a message with your address and phone number – that’s 783-8511.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at K.C. Summers Toyota in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Charleston High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  on Friday at East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  for more or for an appointment, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Richland County SWCD is still taking orders for its fall fish sale – all species with the exception of grass carp can be ordered thru this Friday, October 31st – call the Olney office at 618-392-7141, ext 3


    The Stringtown Community Club will host a Soup Supper & Bingo this Sunday evening with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown – includes chili, vegetable soup, sandwiches, a cake walk, 50/50 drawing, & more – Bingo from 5:00 to 7:30 – all are invited out this Sunday evening


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation will have its fundraising “Diamonds & Denim” event this Saturday night at The Holiday from 5:30 to 10:30 – limited tickets available – call 618-395-6088


    The first annual all-you-can-eat Turkey Supper will be this Saturday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Grove Township Community Center (former Grove School) – the Country Rhodes meal will include carry-outs with tickets at the door – also a themed basket raffle – for tickets in advance, call Kim at 217-683-2688


   The monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal sites in Richland County – all newspapers, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off – the sponsoring group this month is the County’s 4-H Federation


    The OCC Student Senate’s Gothic Nightmares continues three more nights, this Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 – that’s in the woods just north of OCC – $5 for adults, $3 for children


    It’s the annual TrustBank Halloween Parade coming up this Friday night, starting at 6:00 – those taking part should be at the TrustBank parking lot downtown by 5:30, with judging at 5:45 – the Parade will leave the lot at 6:00, go west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending a Bower Park – all are invited


    The Crawford County Employment and Community Resource Fair will be held tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Robinson Community Center – a free event for both job seekers and employers

 

 

 

October 27, 2014

 

(OLNEY)  Strong southerly winds ahead of an approaching low pressure system will bring a much warmer airmass into our region today with warmer than normal temperatures on this Monday – the approaching cold front will bring us a 70% chance of scattered showers & thunderstorms late tonight thru tomorrow morning – then a return to cool & dry conditions Wednesday thru the rest of the work week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  State officials are implementing a mandatory quarantine for anyone who comes into Illinois after having contact with an Ebola patient – health officials say they’ll keep watch on the person for 21 days – the new requirement comes days after a doctor in New York City fell ill with Ebola after returning to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa – so far, no cases have been reported in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  While the race for Governor is very close between Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner, one other state office race is very close – that’s for the State Treasurer’s job – a recent poll has Republican Tom Cross with 38% of the vote and Democrat Mike Frerichs with 34% while 8% is undecided – two other state office races however are not close as Attorney General Lisa Madigan leads her Republican challenger Paul Schimpf by 37 points – Secretary of State Jesse White has a 68% lead over his Republican opponent Mike Webster – all will be decided after the November 4th election, a week from tomorrow.

 

(NEWTON)  We’re now seeing the cheapest gas prices in nearly four years – according to the Lundberg Survey, the average price for a gallon of unleaded has dropped 18 cents in the past two weeks – the national average for regular unleaded in $3.08 while the average price for the same gas in Illinois is $3.13 per gallon – while the lowest area price is at $2.85 in Fairfield, the highest area price is at $2.99 per gallon in Olney – the price drop is attributed to lower crude oil prices, the result of ample supplies globally and weak demand.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Clerk’s Office has announced that the necessary nomination papers for the office of Councilman for the 2015 Municipal Election are now available in the Office of City Clerk at the Olney City Hall – candidates can file nomination petitions during regular office hours from November 17th thru November 24th at City Hall – the election if for two Councilman positions – while a consolidated primary election will be held February 24th, if needed, the consolidated election is set for next April 7th – for more, call the Olney City Hall, or for a candidate’s guide, go online at www.elections.state.il.us.

 

(NEWTON)  With the November 4th election nearly a week away, here’s some reminders for everyone, as we prepare to go and vote : the Early Voting process is available to registered voters, now thru November 3rd – it’s for those who want to cast their ballot before election day at their respective County Clerk’s office  :  also, the Grace Period registration continues for anyone who missed the registration deadline – go to a County Clerk’s office with two forms of identification and vote at that time, all the way up until 7:00 on election night, November 4th  :  Absentee Voting can still be done, however this Thursday, the 30th, is the final day for a requested ballot to be mailed from a County Clerk’s office  :   for details, call the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton, the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney, or the Clerk’s office in your county of residence – they’re open weekdays, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the Richland County Clerk’s office is open until 7:00 tonight and open again Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon.

 

(OLNEY)  As local and regional farmers race to beat Mother Nature and finish the 2014 fall harvest, all motorists are reminded to be alert to farm machinery and other equipment on area roads and highways as the harvest continues during this dry weather – be on the lookout for those slow moving emblems and flashing lights as the equipment moves from field to field – farmers are also reminded to keep all those SMV emblems clean and visible at all times, plus make sure those flashing warning lights are working – let’s make it a safe fall harvest here in all of South Central and Southeastern Illinois for everyone involved.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Elementary School is again collecting children’s coats, looking for new or gently used coats for the upcoming cold winter season – folks are asked to make sure all donated coats are in new or good condition and free from any rips, tears, and/or stains – in special need this year are coats for girls, size 7 to 14, and boys size 8 to 18, plus small size coats for women and men as well – for those who don’t have a coat to donate, monetary donations will also be accepted which will then be used to purchase new coats for a child in need – all coats will be accepted at the Elementary School now thru November 14th.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially now when all blood types and blood platelets are in special need – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives  :  :  today at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at K.C. Summers Toyota in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Charleston High School from 9:00 to 3:00  :  on Friday at East Richland High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The RMH Auxiliary will soon be selling pecans and mixed nuts for the holiday baking needs – the fresh nuts should be arriving soon with sales available possibly next week – be listening for sale dates coming up


    A benefit dinner for Barb Thompson is this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – a free will donation Barbeque Pork Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 with entertainment and a live auction with various prizes – also a gun raffle and big raffle (need not be present to win) – tickets on sale at Celebrations in Olney, the Ste. Marie gas station, the Wakefield Mill, First National Bank of Dieterich Newton Branch, and Effingham Equity in West Liberty – for more, call Jody at 618-838-2217


    The first annual all-you-can-eat Turkey Supper will be this Saturday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Grove Township Community Center (former Grove School) – the Country Rhodes meal will include carry-outs with tickets at the door – also a themed basket raffle – for tickets in advance, call Kim at 217-683-2688


    The OCC Student Senate’s Gothic Nightmares continues three more nights, this Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 – that’s in the woods just north of OCC – $5 for adults, $3 for children


    It’s the annual TrustBank Halloween Parade coming up this Friday night, starting at 6:00 – those taking part should be at the TrustBank parking lot downtown by 5:30, with judging at 5:45 – the Parade will leave the lot at 6:00, go west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending a Bower Park – all are invited


    The Crawford County Employment and Community Resource Fair will be held this Wednesday from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Robinson Community Center – a free event for both job seekers and employers


    All Richland County teenagers are invited to attend a Teen Advisory Group organizational meeting at the Olney Public Library tonight at 7:00 – a chance for teens to have input for services provided by the library


    There’re two municipal meetings tonight – the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall – the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble – both open to the public