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Local News

May 3, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Another mostly quiet day is expected today across our downstate region although there will still be plenty of cloud cover on this Tuesday and still a slight chance of some “here or there” showers – but as the upper level low moves across the Midwest, the window for rain looks to only last a few hours at any given location – that continues thru tomorrow – then we’re dry Thursday thru Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois House Democrats who want the state to tax millionaires at higher rates plan to take up a bill that would ultimately let voters decide the issue in November – the proposal would change the Illinois Constitution to allow people to be taxed based on earnings – while everyone in Illinois currently pays 3.75% income tax, the plan would raise rates to 9.75% for those making over $1 million.

 

(OLNEY)  An Illinois advisory board is once again recommending the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program – the board repeated their endorsement of at least 12 health conditions to be added to the list of what can be treated legally by marijuana – two new conditions include diabetes & panic disorder – that list has been rejected twice before – currently, 39 conditions & diseases are on the list for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois’ interim chancellor Barbara Wilson says the campus will begin the process of picking a new mascot – a committee will be formed soon to design a process and set a timeline – however, a new mascot would not mean changing the Fighting Illini nickname that the school’s sports teams have used for years – under public pressure, the Chief Illiniwek mascot was retired by the U of  I in 2007.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in special session last night for over two hours – the Board  :  met for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the vacant board member position – a total of four applicants were questioned in closed session and after one hour and 56 minutes, the Board agreed to appoint Alex Cline to fill the vacancy until the next School Board election, which will be next April, 2017 – Cline had previously served on the East Richland School Board from 2013 to 2015  :  in other business, the Board accepted two resignations – from RCHS Band Director Michael Pond-Jones, effective at the end of this 2015-2016 school year, and from RCMS Custodian Kyle Ziegler, effective this month (May, 2016)  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland  County School Board will be Thursday, May 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – farmers were slowed down in their statewide planting progress last week by widespread and heavy rainfall amounts – last week’s precipitation average in Illinois was at 1.64 inches, nearly three-quarters of an inch (0.74) more than normal – last week’s average statewide temperature was 58 degrees, just over 1 degree (1.3) above normal – as of Sunday, 66% of the state’s corn crop has been planted, up 24 percentage points from last week – the statewide soybeans planted is at 9% – farmers in our ten county region report heavier amounts of rain than in other areas of the state – they say very little planting has been done on average due to the wet field conditions – that’s less than 30% of corn and less than 5% of soybeans – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in the past week that ended as of 8:00 yesterday morning – the largest amount of rain was in Noble Township with 4.40 inches, followed by Preston Township with 3.00 inches – then Madison Township at 2.60 inches, both German & Bonpas Townships, each at 2.20 inches – Denver Township had 2.00 inches, Olney Township had 1.95 inches, Claremont Township had 1.55 inches, and Decker Township with 1.35 inches – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station we recorded 1.41 inches of rain during the recording period – the Richland County rainfall totals this spring are now running much higher than a year ago.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic accident that occurred yesterday morning at 9:35, four miles south of Clay City, on the County’s Big Four Road – State Police report 47 year old Keith Harvel of Clay City was eastbound on a county road in a rogator farm implement when he failed to stop at the intersection with the Big Four Road, pulling into the path of a northbound car, driven by 35 year old Lawrence Ewing of Fairfield – Ewing was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora, then lifelighted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – Harvel was not injured – he was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop intersection and for disobeying a stop sign – the Big Four Road was closed for over five hours for cleanup.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship again this year – it’s available to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2016 – interested parties may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application or call for more information, Jane Hart at  618-783-2867  or Ruth Kerner at  618-783-2412  – applications must be received by Saturday, May 28th – entrants may reapply annually.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois agricultural prices for the month of March – the Prices Received Index at 92.8 was a slight increase of three-tenths of a percentage point from February – at 83, the Crop Production Index dropped by 1.4% and the Livestock Production Index at 100.2, increased by 1% – producers in Illinois received higher prices in March for cattle, broilers, and dry beans, but lower prices for strawberries, milk, and eggs – compared to the year earlier, the Prices Received Index decreased 9.1%, the Crop Production Index dropped 2.9%, and the Livestock Production Index went up 15% from March 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham KC Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional blood supplies in our area.

 

(OLNEY)  The Emergency Department Drive at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will be temporarily closed tomorrow, on Wednesday, due to facility maintenance – the closure will begin at 6:30 tomorrow morning and remain in effect until the maintenance work is complete – during this time, individuals should utilize the circle drive on the west side of the hospital, off of Mill Street, and enter RMH from the west entrance near the gazebo garden to access the Emergency Room – signage is in place to also help direct Emergency Department traffic while the maintenance takes place – that’s tomorrow at RMH in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ste. Marie American Legion Post 932 “Mother’s Day” Breakfast is this Sunday morning with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – only $6 per adults, $3 for children – pay at the door – all are invited


    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with “pulled pork” fundraiser this Saturday evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – $11 for adults, $6 for children age 4 to 12, and free to those age 3 and under


    A fundraising pork burger sale is this Saturday at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all money raised will go towards the building fund for the proposed Paper House Youth Center in Olney


    The 16th Annual Noble MayFest this Saturday in the Village Park – registration for the Car Show runs from 9:00 to 12 noon, with awards presented at 3:00 – also includes a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, and concessions – for more details, logon at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com


    The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    The Olney Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Park Shelter #5 – includes plants from local gardens with many different perennials to choose from – all proceeds from the sale go for local beautification projects in the Olney area


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    A Career Expo & Hiring Event is today at Lincoln Trail College, east & north of Robinson – that’s this morning from 8:30 to 12 noon in the LTC Gym

 

 

 

May 2, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  While cooler & drier air filters in behind last night’s cold front moving thru, the threat for a few scattered showers will persist today with a mostly overcast sky – much of the same is expected tomorrow, although maybe some sunshine mixed in – an upper level low could give us some scattered rain Wednesday followed by a dry and mild period Thursday thru the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While no severe weather was in the forecast for Sunday evening, two strong storms developed and moved thru a portion of our downstate region – a severe thunderstorm warning for the northern half of Clay County last night at around 7:30 was upgraded to a tornado warning that was in effect for that same portion of Clay County, northern Richland County and southern Jasper County, all until around 8:30 – a radar indicated tornado was believed to be in the area south of Ingraham moving due east at around 30 to 40 miles-per-hour – a few sightings were reported, but to this point in time, no injuries or extensive damage – there were a few trees & buildings affected by the 45 to 60 miles-per-hour winds and hail that was reported – an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain also fell in these areas of South Central and Southeastern Illinois – the National Weather Service also had a tornado warning in effect for Jefferson County, in the Mt. Vernon area.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the University of Illinois and faculty members who are not on tenure say they have reached a new labor agreement – union officials report a contract ratification vote will be held later this week, which is the first such contract with the university for the union, including some 500 instructors, researchers, and other faculty – members have been on strike the last two weeks for a total of four days.

 

(OLNEY)  2016 is shaping up for Du Quoin State Fairgoers as the first couple of grandstand performers have been announced – on Friday, September 2nd, it will be country musician Jamey Johnson on stage, to be followed by singer/songwriter/actor Sugar Ray on the stage with his Summerland Tour the following Monday, September 5th – more details regarding ticket sales, special events, and additional grandstand acts will be released in the weeks ahead – the Du Quoin State Fair will run August 26th thru September 5th.

 

(OLNEY)  A big “thank you” to everyone who supported another successful Richland County Relay For Life this past Saturday in Olney – although the event was moved from the City Park to the Richland County High School, due to the rainy conditions, the amount of money collected up to the closing ceremonies was at $48,552 – there were a total 17 registered teams, with 90 registered survivors, and 350 total luminaries – plus there were 56 participants that registered for the 5K / 1 Mile event as well – here’s the list of teams that took part and the amount of funds they each raised in the local Richland County “fight against cancer”  :
* Suntone Beach Survivors                   $9,202           
* Runyon Beach                                   $5,976
* Pink Warriors Sisters                          $4,961
* Richland Memorial Hospital                 $4,824
* Olney Free Methodist Church              $2,919
* Citizens National Bank                        $2,423
* Steber Family Farm                           $2,174
* Murvin & Meier                                  $2,081
* TrustBank                                         $1,925
* Trinity Lutheran Church                      $1,465
* First National Bank in Olney                $1,437
* Wal-Mart #254                                    $895
* A Good Hair Day                                 $810
* SKS Reality                                        $727
* Backyard Bloomers Garden Club          $700
* St. Joseph Junior CYM                          $236
* OCC Student Senate                           $200
* Elm Street Christian Church                  $50
Again, a huge “thank you” to all groups, businesses, and individuals for their continued support this year!

 

(NEWTON)  As the temperatures warm up and outdoor activities increase for humans, the activity also increases for ticks, which are most active in April, May, and June – among three major types of ticks in Illinois, the American dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, while the blacklegged deer tick can transmit Lyme disease – ticks cannot fly or jump, but only crawl, and they simply wait on the tips of grasses or shrubs until a human or animal passes by and brushes them onto the host – the best protection is to wear light-colored clothing, long sleeved shirts, long pants with trouser cuffs in socks, and boots – insect repellent containing DEET should be applied to clothes & sparingly to exposed skin – those outside should be checked thoroughly by a family member – for more information, check the Illinois Department of Public Health website or contact the Jasper County Health Department in Newton by calling, 618-783-5206.

 

(NEWTON)  Appointments are now being made for Kindergarten Pre-Registration in Jasper County – it’s for children who’ll turn 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2016 and for those whose parents are planning to have them attend Kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year – the required Pre-Registration and Screening will be conducted on three consecutive days at the Ste. Marie Elementary School and appointments are necessary – the dates and times include  :  Tuesday, May 24th, from 11:00am to 6:30pm  :  Wednesday, May 25th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm  :  and Thursday morning, May 26th, from 8:30am to 10:45am  :  call Elementary School in Ste. Marie during office hours for an appointment  :  618-455-3219.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board will have a special meeting on this Monday night, May 2nd, starting at 7:00, in the District Office board room in Olney – the short agenda includes an executive session to discuss personnel and to discuss the filling of a vacant seat on the School Board – a resignation request will also be considered – tonight’s special Richland County School Board meeting is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for local charitable organizations that serve the youth of Richland County to submit a grant application with the Carrie Winter Trust – while the grant application deadline is today, this Monday, May 2nd, the applications are available thru the First National Bank in Olney’s Trust Services Department, by calling  618-395-8541, or go online, at  www.fnbolney.com – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefitted the youth of Richland County for over 29 years with more than $1.8 million awarded.

 

(OLNEY)  All area donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham KC Hall from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional blood supplies in our area.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Grove Township Community Center in rural Jasper County will host an all-you-can-eat Country  Rhodes “fish fry” with “pulled pork” fundraiser this Saturday evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – carry-outs available – $11 for adults, $6 for children age 4 to 12, and free to those age 3 and under


    It’s a “Downed Riders Run” this Saturday with the Poker Run to start and end at the Olney VFW – the signup is from 9:30 to 11:00 with leave time at 11:15 – a dinner and auction will be afterwards with music provided – a $10 entry fee includes the ride & meal – $6 for the meal only – all are invited to attend


    The 16th Annual Noble MayFest this Saturday in the Village Park – registration for the Car Show runs from 9:00 to 12 noon, with awards presented at 3:00 – also includes a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, and concessions – for more details, logon at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com

 
    The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K Walk/Run is this Saturday morning in Newton’s Peterson Park – that’s signup at 8:00 and race time at 9:00 – pork burgers available afterwards, plus more – all are invited


    The Olney Garden Club has its Annual Plant Sale this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Park Shelter #5 – includes plants from local gardens with many different perennials to choose from – all proceeds from the sale go for local beautification projects in the Olney area


    A fundraising breakfast is this Saturday morning at the Clay City Firehouse with serving from 6:00 until 10:00 – all for a donation at the door – carry-outs available – proceeds to purchase rescue equipment


    A Career Expo & Hiring Event is tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College, east & north of Robinson – that’s from 8:30 to 12 noon in the LTC Gym – for details, call Erin at  618-544-8657, extension 1163


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its regular monthly meeting tonight at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – the mini lesson starts at 6:00 with the main program at 7:00 – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

April 30, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Another low pressure system over the Midwest this weekend will give us another round of rain clouds today thru tonight and again tomorrow before ending Sunday night – some severe conditions are possible thru tomorrow morning – anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected – then we dry out for what looks like a fairly nice work week coming up next Monday thru Friday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Insurance has launched a consumer education awareness campaign in partnership with other state agencies and healthcare organizations across the state to help Illinois families navigate health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders – the DOI also announced that its new consumer mental health insurance toolkit is now available on its website, at  www.insurance.illinois.gov  – statewide residents are urged to get this information as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that the Richland County School Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, May 2nd, starting at 7:00, in the District Office board room in Olney – the short agenda includes an executive session to discuss personnel and to discuss the filling of a vacant seat on the School Board – a resignation request will also be considered – the special board meeting is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for local charitable organizations that serve the youth of Richland County to submit a grant application with the Carrie Winter Trust – while the grant application deadline is next Monday, May 2nd, the applications are available thru the First National Bank in Olney’s Trust Services Department, by calling  618-395-8541, or go online, at  www.fnbolney.com – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefitted the youth of Richland County for over 29 years with more than $1.8 million awarded.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Bar Association will have its 35th Annual “Ask A Lawyer Day” this morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – a time that anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer, at no cost – volunteer attorneys will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – statewide residents can call one of two special toll-free phone numbers  :  1-800-252-8908  or  1-800-678-4009.

 

REMINDERS  :

    A Career Expo & Hiring Event is next Tuesday morning, May 3rd, at Lincoln Trail College, east & north of Robinson – that’s from 8:30 to 12 noon in the LTC Gym – call Erin at  618-544-8657, extension 1163

    The Olney Quilt Guild has its regular monthly meeting next Monday night at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – the mini lesson starts at 6:00 with the main program at 7:00 – all are invited to attend

    The RMH Auxiliary will host a fundraising Nature Creations birdhouse sale next Monday in the RMH private dining room – that’s from 8:00 to 3:30 – proceeds go to Auxiliary projects at Richland Memorial

    Gym Bob’s Jamboree in Bible Grove is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 – featuring Mike Porter, Marsha Banning, and the Panther Creek Band, plus special guest Logan Kirby – all ages are invited to attend

    The Carnegie Museum on Main Street and the Heritage House & McsBurg Schoolhouse Museums on Kitchell Avenue, all in Olney, are open for the 2016 season – that’s every Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00

    It’s another DC fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph School cafeteria with serving from 8:00 to 12 noon – pay at the door – proceeds to the next St. Joe educational trip to Washington, D.C.

    The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Jonah Fish Fry fundraiser this evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Robinson Community Center – it’s all-you-can-eat – cost at $10 per plate – carry-outs available – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets available at the door this evening

    Today is a “cleaning day” at the Grove Township Community Center, starting at 9:00 this morning – all help will be greatly appreciated – so get the family together & help them out in rural Jasper County

 

 

April 29, 2016

 

(OLNEY) While we stay dry with some sunshine today, more clouds will build into the downstate area by tonight as another slow-moving frontal boundary moves in our direction – like earlier this week, the front’s expected to stall out and give us more on-and-off chances of rain & storms tonight thru tomorrow & Sunday – with the rain ending Sunday night, we should be dry the first half of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON) In state news – a report from a state-run commission says Illinois laws are preventing juveniles with criminal records from getting employment, education, and housing – yesterday’s report shows costly fees and strict eligibility rules are among the barriers for youth to have their records expunged – the commission says an average of only three in one thousand juvenile arrest records were expunged from 2004 to 2014 – the report also showed that many people have access to the records that should not by law.

 

(OLNEY) An outbreak of mumps at Eastern Illinois University has affected about a dozen students so far – EIU officials say the current outbreak started about three weeks ago, around April 11th, as students affected are asked to isolate themselves for at least five days & return home, if possible – university staff is working with state and local health officials to evaluate and manage the current outbreak there in Charleston.

 

(NEWTON) With our weather conditions growing warmer, the 2016 motorcycle season is shifting into high gear – but, before taking the first real ride of the season, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to take necessary steps to ensure their safety – the state’s “Gear Up – Ride Smart” campaign encourages all riders to make sure those bikes are ready to hit the road – also, all other motorists are reminded to be on the lookout for motorcycles while traveling in the months ahead.

 

(OLNEY) It’s been announced that the Richland County School Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, May 2nd, starting at 7:00, in the District Office board room in Olney – the short agenda includes an executive session to discuss personnel and to discuss the filling of a vacant seat on the School Board – a resignation request will also be considered – the special board meeting is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY) Time is running out for local charitable organizations that serve the youth of Richland County to submit a grant application with the Carrie Winter Trust – while the grant application deadline is next Monday, May 2nd, the applications are available thru the First National Bank in Olney’s Trust Services Department, by calling 618-395-8541, or go online, at www.fnbolney.com – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefitted the youth of Richland County for over 29 years with more than $1.8 million awarded.

 

(NEWTON) Appointments can now be made for Kindergarten Pre-Registration in Jasper County – it’s for children who’ll turn 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2016 and for those whose parents are planning to have them attend Kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year – the required Pre-Registration and Screening will be conducted on three consecutive days at the Ste. Marie Elementary School and appointments are necessary – the dates and times include : Tuesday, May 24th, from 11:00am to 6:30pm : Wednesday, May 25th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm : and Thursday morning, May 26th, from 8:30am to 10:45am : call Elementary School in Ste. Marie during office hours for an appointment : 618-455-3219.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County Fair is now accepting entries for the upcoming 2016 Little Miss Pageant, which will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Fair Queen Pageant – the Little Miss event is open to girls ages 4 to 6 who are Richland County residents and they must be 4 years old before July 1st, 2016, and not turn 7 years old before July 7th, 2016 – to enter, post cards with the contestant’s full name, age, date of birth, parent’s names, address, phone number, and t-shirt size to Little Miss Director, Malory Urfer, C/O the Richland County Farm & Fair, P.O. Box 579, Olney, Illinois, 62450 – the first entries postmarked by May 10th will be accepted as Little Miss contestants – no phone entries accepted and no past contestants please.

 

(NEWTON) The Illinois State Bar Association will have its 35th Annual “Ask A Lawyer Day” tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – a time that anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer, at no cost – volunteer attorneys will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – statewide residents can call one of two seperate toll-free phone numbers : 1-800-252-8908 or 1-800-678-4009.

 

(OLNEY) Richland Memorial Hospital is hosting a “Look Good Feel Better” session for area women who are currently going thru cancer treatments – offered thru the American Cancer Society, the program is free, as a licensed cosmetologist will teach beauty techniques to participants to help them manage the appearance related side effects of cancer treatments – the event is coming up this Monday afternoon, May 2nd, from 1:00 to 3:00, in the Heim Room at RMH – limited to only ten participants, call today to register, which is required – call Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney now, at 618-395-7340, extension 4608.

 

(NEWTON) Casey Police Chief Mark Jenkins is asking the citizens in and around Clark County to go about their regular worship schedules and to “politely ignore” some pre-announced visitors that might show up in Casey this Sunday – members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, have announced plans to be in Casey to protest the worship services scheduled at three churches there, the United Methodist Church, the First Baptist Church, and the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – the Westboro members have gained nationwide attention in the past, protesting outside churches where funerals are being held for military service personnel killed in action – while there are no military funerals scheduled in Casey or the surrounding area this weekend, it appears the Westboro Church members may be looking for more than just a protest – Clark County authorities ask everyone to keep their cool and pay no attention to the visitors.

 

(NEWTON) All area donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some area blood drives coming up : today at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00 : next Tuesday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00 : all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :

   It’s another DC fundraising breakfast this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph School cafeteria with serving from 8:00 to 12 noon – pay at the door – proceeds to the next St. Joe educational trip to Washington, D.C.

 

   The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Jonah Fish Fry fundraiser tomorrow evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Robinson Community Center – it’s all-you-can-eat – cost at $10 per plate – carry-outs available – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets available at the door Saturday evening

 

   Tomorrow is a “cleaning day” at the Grove Township Community Center, starting at 9:00 in the morning – all help will be greatly appreciated – so get the family together & help them out in rural Jasper County

 

   It’s the 2016 “Clash of the Talents” tonight in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium starting at 6:30 – admission is only $3 per person at the door – all proceeds to the High School Drama Club in Olney – all ages are invited

 

   The Jasper County Autism Awareness Arbor Day “tree dedication & balloon” release is set for this evening, starting at 5:30 in Peterson Park in Newton – all are invited to attend

 

   The Jasper County Cancer Support Group will host a fundraising “fish fry” tonight at the Newton VFW – with serving from 4:00 to 7:00, all proceeds to the local Jasper County fight against cancer

 

   It’s “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – proceeds from the 50/50 drawing will support the Gaitway To Motion horseback riding program for area children with special needs

 

   The Richland County Elementary School 5th grade classes will perform their music program today in the RCES dining hall – four classes perform at 9:45 with the remaining classes at 2:00 – all are invited

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the warm front that brought us the stormy weather last evening has now moved further north, our downstate weather will be calm for a couple of days & nights – however, an almost identical situation is setting up for the weekend – a slow-moving low pressure system will lift northward across our region Friday night thru Saturday with the rain ending Sunday night – stay tuned for continued weather details & updates.

 

(OLNEY)  Last evening’s passage of the warm front thru Richland County brought some unusual weather to the Olney area – a storm that originated in Clay County at around 6:30, dropped from 1 to 2 inches of rain  in less than an hour, then moved into Richland County at around 7:00, with over 2 inches of rain falling in less than an hour in the area north of Noble, and eventually producing a tornado that moved along the north edge of Olney – with the City of Olney’s warning sirens sounding twice, the twister was spotted northwest of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter and again north of Olney, in the Millers Grove area, along East Fork Lake – seen touching down for less than a minute, the tornado caused no apparent damage – there was hardly no rain with this particular storm, with only a quarter of an inch on average in the Olney area, however other parts in northern Richland County had 1-3 inches of rain – other funnel clouds were also spotted south of Altamont in Effingham County and near Brownstown in Fayette County, plus stormy weather reported in almost every surrounding county as well.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Insurance yesterday launched a consumer education awareness campaign in partnership with other state agencies and healthcare organizations across the state to help Illinois families navigate health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders – the DOI also announced that its new consumer mental health insurance toolkit is now available on its website, at  www.insurance.illinois.gov  – statewide residents are urged to get this information as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Supreme Court will take its work on the road in May, when the State’s high court will hear oral arguments at Benedictine University in Lisle – the one-day change of venue is part of the Court’s and Chief Justice Rita B. Garman’s initiative to bring the Court to the people it serves and its continuing goal for greater transparency in the judicial process – the Supreme Court will hear two cases on Thursday morning, May 19th, as students and teachers from more than three dozen schools in DuPage County have been invited to participate either by attending in person or by watching on a live stream.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Bar Association is getting ready for its 35th Annual “Ask A Lawyer Day” coming up this Saturday morning, April 30th, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – it’s at this time that anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer, at no cost, as volunteer attorneys will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and other common legal issues – questions can be emailed in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with answers provided on Saturday – the toll-free phone numbers are 1-800-252-8908 or 1-800-678-4009.

 

(NEWTON)  It was two weeks ago yesterday that State Representative David Reis, State Senator Dale Righter, and other downstate legislators met with students representing area electric cooperatives during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day in Springfield – over 225 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, to view state government in action, and to question their lawmakers on key issues – among the 24 cooperatives from across the state represented were Norris Electric Cooperative based in Newton, Clay Electric Cooperative based in Flora, and Wayne-White Electric Cooperative based in Fairfield – at the end of the Youth Day activities, the students were interviewed for a chance to take part in the Youth to Washington Tour to be held June 10th thru 17th later this year.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that occurred at 8:45 last night on Illinois Route 130, at the Deer Farm Lane intersection, north of Olney – the State Police report 24 year old Molly Schmidt was northbound on Route 130 when she lost control of her SUV as it overturned in the northbound lane – then a semi-truck, driven by 61 year old Paris Cooper, was unable to stop in time, striking the SUV in the northbound lane – both Schmidt and Cooper were ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident – Schmidt was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital for injuries – Cooper was not injured.

 

(OLNEY)  The IECC Board of Trustees continues tonight with the third of three special meetings at the IECC District office in Olney to interview candidates for the President’s position at Lincoln Trail College – no formal action will be taken as most all of the meeting will be held in closed session – the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be May 17, at 7:00. at Wabash Valley College.

 

(NEWTON)  The popular American Pickers, Mike and Frank, are heading to Illinois next month and they are looking for leads in South Central and Southeastern Illinois – they are specifically interested in visiting folks with a lot of unique and interesting items – producers of History Channel show say the sooner people with collections reach out to them, the better, as plans are being made now for the trip to downstate Illinois in May – call toll-free, at 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that resident Illinois deer hunters can apply now thru April 30th, this coming Saturday, for the first lottery drawings for 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer Season permits – applications can be submitted on the DNR website online  :  also a note to visitors of all Illinois State Parks, Fish & Wildlife Areas, and other IDNR-managed sites with spring turkey hunting programs in April & May, that hunting areas are closed to activities other than spring wild turkey hunting from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 daily – that’s thru May 5th in the South Zone and thru May 12th in the North Zone  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors, check the IDNR website available online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  All area donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s some area blood drives coming up  :  today at the Lake Land College offices in Effingham from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Tuesday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to help replenish the low regional supply here in Southeastern & South Central Illinois.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A Career Expo & Hiring Event is next Tuesday morning, May 3rd, at Lincoln Trail College, east & north of Robinson – that’s from 8:30 to 12 noon in the LTC Gym – call Erin at  618-544-8657, extension 1163


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its regular monthly meeting next Monday night at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – the mini lesson starts at 6:00 with the main program at 7:00 – all are invited to attend


    The RMH Auxiliary will host a fundraising Nature Creations birdhouse sale next Monday in the RMH private dining room – that’s from 8:00 to 3:30 – proceeds go to Auxiliary projects at Richland Memorial


    The Carnegie Museum on Main Street and the Heritage House & McsBurg Schoolhouse Museums on Kitchell Avenue, all in Olney, are open for the 2016 season – that’s every Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00


    It’s another DC fundraising breakfast this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph School cafeteria with serving from 8:00 to 12 noon – pay at the door – proceeds to the next St. Joe educational trip to Washington, D.C.


    The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Jonah Fish Fry fundraiser Saturday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Robinson Community Center – it’s all-you-can-eat – cost at $10 per plate – carry-outs available – also a 50/50 drawing – for advanced tickets, call  618-943-4401  or  618-546-5625


    This coming Saturday is a “cleaning day” at the Grove Township Community Center, starting at 9:00 that morning – all help will be greatly appreciated – so get the family together and come on out to help


    It’s the 2016 “Clash of the Talents” coming up tomorrow night in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium starting at 6:30 – only $3 admission at the door – all proceeds to the RCHS Drama Club – all ages are invited


    The Jasper County Autism Awareness Arbor Day “tree dedication & balloon” release is set for tomorrow evening, starting at 5:30 in Peterson Park in Newton – all are invited to attend for support


    The Jasper County Cancer Support Group will host a fundraising “fish fry” tomorrow night at the Newton VFW – with serving from 4:00 to 7:00, all proceeds to the local Jasper County fight against cancer


    It’s“taco night” Friday night at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – proceeds from the 50/50 drawing will support the Gaitway To Motion horseback riding program for area children with special needs


    The Richland County Elementary School 5th grade classes will perform their music program tomorrow in the RCES dining hall – four classes perform at 9:45 with the remaining classes at 2:00 – all are invited


    The Olney Central College Music Department will present its Spring Recital tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – admission is free and open to the public – all ages welcome