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April 17, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge will give us dry and warm weather today in the Midwest – but as it moves eastward by tomorrow, a low pressure system moves in with rain chances by Saturday afternoon and a better chance of rain, maybe a thunderstorm, tomorrow night thru Sunday – it all quickly moves out with cooler & dry conditions for the first half of next week – maybe more rain next Thursday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A report from the National Weather Service reveals that eleven (11) tornadoes hit Illinois last week – the weather officials say the EF-4 funnel cloud that ripped thru the towns of Fairdale and Rochelle last Thursday produced winds of up to 200 miles-per-hour – it’s the strongest tornado to tough down in the northern part of the state since an EF-5 twister devastated the town of Plainfield 25 years ago in 1990.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s going to cost more for incoming freshmen to attend Southern Illinois University – the SIU Board approved a 5% tuition increase for undergraduates coming in next year – officials say the move was made in response to cuts proposed by Governor Rauner that would decrease state funding for universities in Illinois by over 30% – the tuition for current SIU students in Carbondale & Edwardsville will stay as it is.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Corrections is proud to announce that more than 130 new correctional officers will join the ranks today, on this Friday, April 17th – the graduating cadets have completed an intense security training program where they learned how to work as a team, shoot a firearm, spot a potential security threat, communicate with inmates, restrain an inmate when necessary, and perform their job with integrity – the cadets are being recognized at a graduation ceremony today in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  A Richland County man has been charged with using a computer to access and download child pornography images from the internet – 46 year old Thomas C. Fulk of Olney has had his initial court appearance, and if convicted, he could face the maximum penalty of up to 30 years in federal prison, plus a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release – the investigation was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Richland County State’s Attorney, the Illinois State Police, and the FBI – remember that the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the arrest of a Lawrence County man after a high speed chase in Vincennes – authorities report they tried to stop 27 year old Anthony Childers of Sumner for driving with a suspended license, but the suspect sped off, eventually leaving his car and escaping on foot – within hours, a K9 Unit was on the scene and was successful in locating Childers – he faces several charges, including the driving with suspended license charge, plus possession of a controlled substance, resisting law enforcement, and for reckless driving – the incident occurred this past Tuesday afternoon in Knox County, Indiana.

 

(OLNEY)  Authorities have announced that a special prosecutor has been appointed to review the case of the officer-involved shooting that occurred last Sunday down in Grayville – City Police Sergeant Jess Burley shot suspect John Eagleson of Grayville in the face during a traffic stop – while Eagleson faces possible charges of aggravated assault of a police officer and for driving while his license was revoked, White County officials have requested the independent review to avoid any appearance of “impropriety”.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is searching for tens of thousands of downstate residents who have unclaimed property, including many in our local area – thru the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office safeguards more than $2.1 billion in unclaimed property & hundreds of thousands of new properties have been reported in recent months, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and utility refunds – in fact, as of January, over 257,000 properties in the 31 southernmost Illinois counties are worth an estimated $42,461,904 – the list includes 6,466 unclaimed properties in Richland County worth over $1.12 million and 2,762 unclaimed properties in Jasper County worth nearly $338,000 – also the counties of Lawrence, Crawford, and Effingham have properties worth over $1 million each, and the other surrounding counties have amounts between $250,000 and $850,000 – local and area residents are encouraged to visit the website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov to search for property and to get more information on the process.

 

(NEWTON)  Join us this week during National Telecommunicator’s Week to recognize those that provide a vital link between emergency personnel and the general public – in fact, Telecommunicators serve as the actual First Responders when calls are made to request the services of police, ambulance, or fire and it’s their quick response that can make the difference between life and in some cases, death – a tip of the hat to the Telecommunicators in Newton, Olney, Jasper County, Richland County, and the surrounding area.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to area sportsmen and sportswomen that resident Illinois deer hunters have until April 30th, less than two weeks, to apply for the first lottery drawings for the 2015 Illinois Firearm and Muzzleloader-only Deer Season permits – hunters can apply online thru the State DNR website or still by getting applications from DNR vendors and submitting them by mail – go online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also today at the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more details, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A reminder that the monthly meeting of the East Richland School Board is rescheduled for next Thursday, April 23rd – that’s in the Administrative Office meeting room at 7:30 – it’s open to the public


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 22nd Annual Memorial Service this Sunday at 2:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – all to recognize and memorialize local lost lives in the past year


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 has a fundraising fish fry tomorrow night at the Parkersburg Community Building with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Ingraham Community Association has a community luncheon tomorrow with food served from 11:00 to 1:00, by donation at the door – also three guns will be raffled off with tickets on sale from any Board member or by stopping by the Ingraham Banking Center – FOID cards are required – all are invited


    The Ainad Shrine Riders will host their 2015 Charity Motorcycle Run tomorrow, raising funds for the new Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis – it’s registration at 10:00 at the Orchard Inn in Effingham – leaving at 11:00 there’s stops in Altamont, Latona, Ste. Marie, Bridgeport, and Olney – all bikes welcome


    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a pork burger & brats cookout tomorrow at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00, or until sold out – also chips & drinks, plus a bake sale with brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats, and more – half the proceeds go to the local Relay For Life and fight against cancer – all are invited


    Local author Patty Corcoran has a book signing for her newest book, entitled “Irene Goes to the Beach” coming up tomorrow from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Roll With It Bakery in Olney – Patty’s hardback books will be available at $25 each with all proceeds going to the local Relay For Life & the local fight against cancer


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association has a pancake, sausage, biscuits, & gravy fundraiser tomorrow morning at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street, with serving from 6:00 to 11:00, or until sold out – donations accepted at the door with all proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program


    The OCC Music Department will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – it will feature the OCC Concert Band, the Concert Choir, and the Jazz Ensemble – admission is $5 per person with tickets on sale at the door


    It’s another Friday night fish fry tonight at the Olney American Legion Post #30 – serving from 5:30 until sold out with entire families invited – a DJ / Karaoke will follow – all are invited


    The Olney Arts Council will wrap up its Fine Art Showcase today at The Holiday with exhibit hours from 11:00 to 8:30 tonight with the Rewards Ceremony at 7:00 tonight – the public is urged to stop

 

 

 

April 16, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a stalled out frontal boundary and an approaching cold front collide over the Midwest, our slight chance of rain this morning will likely dry up for this afternoon and tonight, even thru most of tomorrow – as the cold front starts to advance, look for rain chances now Saturday afternoon thru Sunday and now thru the day next Monday – then drier and a little cooler next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The State of Illinois and its citizens paused a bit yesterday to honor the legacy of Abraham Lincoln exactly 150 years after he was struck down by an assassin – more than 600 people gathered in Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield for a special memorial service – the State House of Representatives took time to honor our nation’s 16th President – one of the members who spoke was State Representative John Cavaletto of Salem, who talked about Lincoln’s day at the old state capitol in downstate Vandalia.

 

(OLNEY)  Spring is rolling along and with the weather trying to warm up, more and more motorcycles are emerging from hibernation – the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association are reminding all riders “Gear Up – Ride Smart” this year in 2015 – the campaign is reminding motorcyclists to not only wear the proper protective gear and clothing, but make sure that bike is ready to roll – all other motorists are also reminded to be alert at all times and to “start seeing motorcycles”.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner recently took clemency action – he granted 2 petitions while saying “no” to 57 other requests – the Governor inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from the previous administrations, dating back more than six years – the 59 clemency petitions considered are part of dockets dating back to October 2008 – a process has been developed for the Governor to review petitions now on a regular basis.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last night for nearly three hours – the Board  :  agreed to tryout the “Adopt A Bed” program whereas local clubs, businesses, or individuals adopt flower beds in Musgrove Park for year around care – this will be recommended to the Olney City Council to start this year and to include it in the City’s Comprehensive Plan  :  agreed to recommend that the Free Little Library be placed in Olney’s Bower Park  :  discussed the naming of the trails north of East Fork Lake Dam, giving residents a chance to submit ideas on the Parks & Recreation Facebook page  :  discussed the parking issues around the Musgrove Park ball diamonds, but took no action  :  adopted a time line for new facilities & park improvements  :  and agreed to add several items to the Comprehensive Plan – the addition of two gates in the Musgrove Aquatic Center fence, the reduction of unused grassy area at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, to create a marina area across the water from Rotary Park to include a convenience type store with fuel access and restaurant, to fix drainage issues around the soccer fields, to create a concession area at the Musgrove Aquatic Center to the serve the entire park all season long, and establish a single entity to serve all concessions at Musgrove Park  :  all PRB recommendations to be considered by the Olney City Council.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton is announcing that a portion of town will be affected by a water shut off for repairs to be made later this afternoon – the area of Newton affected will be on Jourdan Street, from the car wash to Scott Avenue, along both sides of East Jourdan Street – the water shut off and repair work will begin at 1:30 this (Thursday) afternoon and after the work is complete and the water service is turned back on, a boil water order will be in effect until further notice for the affected area – the City of Newton Water Department wants to thank in advance those who’ll be affected for their patience in this matter.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a busy weekend for members of the Olney Central College Music Department  :  the OCC Jazz Ensemble will be performing as part of the University of Evansville Jazz Band Invitational this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – along with the Signature School Jazz Band from Evansville and the UE Jazz Ensemble I, the performances will take place at the Wheeler Concert Hall on the UE campus – admission is free to all ages  :  meanwhile, OCC will host a daylong music festival featuring five different bands this Saturday – Jamfest kicks off at 12 noon with some down-to-earth mountain music, then some classic country sounds at 2:00, followed by a mixture of classic rock & pop at 4:00 – the evening will finish with alternative and rock music at 6:00 and 8:00 – daylong wristbands will be available for just $5 and concessions will be on sale – those attending should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets – no alcohol or outside food and drinks will be allowed – parking will be available in the freshmen lot  :  all are invited out to OCC this Saturday.

 

(NEWTON)  The Ingraham Community Association has a community luncheon and fundraising gun raffle coming up this Saturday – from 11:00 to 1:00, they’ll be serving sloppy joe sandwiches and hot dogs, plus chips, drinks, & more by donation only at the Community Building – three special guns will be raffled off with the drawing at 1:00 and the $5 tickets available from Board members or at the Ingraham Banking Center – winners must have their FOID Card – all proceeds to benefit community events in Ingraham.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  State Representative David Reis has announced an upcoming round of traveling office hours at which time staff members will be available to meet with constituents to hear and possibly help out with their concerns in the State’s 109th District – here’s the visits set for next Tuesday, April 21st  :
*  at the Bridgeport City Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning
*  at the Allendale Village Hall from 11:00 to 12:00 in the morning
*  and at the Edwards County Farm Bureau office in Albion from 1:30 to 2:30 in the afternoon
the area traveling office hours will then continue the following day, next Wednesday, April 22nd  :
*  at the Teutopolis Village Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning
*  at the Louisville City Hall from 11:00 to 12:00 noon in the morning
*  at the Cisne Village Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon
folks are also reminded that the Representative’s District Office in Olney, at 219 East Main Street, is open Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30, but closed during the noon hour – or call at 618-392-0108.

 

(OLNEY)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also today in Clay County at the United Methodist Church in Xenia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more on giving blood and to go online and schedule an appointment to give the gift of life, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A reminder that the monthly meeting of the East Richland School Board is rescheduled from tonight to a week from tonight, on Thursday, April 23rd – that’s in the Administrative Office meeting room at 7:30


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 22nd Annual Memorial Service this Sunday at 2:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – all to recognize and memorialize local lost lives in the past year


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 has a fundraising fish fry this Saturday night at the Parkersburg Community Building with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Ainad Shrine Riders will host their 2015 Charity Motorcycle Run this Saturday, raising funds for the new Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis – it’s registration at 10:00 at the Orchard Inn in Effingham – leaving at 11:00 there’s stops in Altamont, Latona, Ste. Marie, Bridgeport, and Olney – all bikes welcome


    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a pork burger & brats cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00, or until sold out – also chips & drinks, plus a bake sale with brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats, and more – half the proceeds go to the local Relay For Life and fight against cancer – all are invited


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association has a pancake, sausage, biscuits, & gravy fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street, with serving from 6:00 to 11:00, or until sold out – donations accepted at the door with all proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program


    The OCC Music Department will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 tomorrow night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – it will feature the OCC Concert Band, the Concert Choir, and the Jazz Ensemble, all with great musical selections – admission is $5 per person with tickets on sale at the door


    The Olney Arts Council continues with its Fine Art Showcase this week at The Holiday with exhibit hours from 11:00 to 7:00 today and from 11:00 to 8:30 tomorrow with the Rewards Ceremony at 7:00 tomorrow (Friday) night – the public is urged to stop by and few the Fine Art by local artists


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host an Open House tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – plus, it’s Pre-Registration for the 2015-2016 school year for students Preschool thru 5th grade – for more details or more information, call the EOCA at 618-392-0300

 

 

 

April 15, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A weak upper level disturbance will give us plenty of clouds today, plus a few isolated rain showers few and far between – a high pressure over the Great Lakes region will try to keep us dry – but as the entire weather pattern shifts northeast, our rain chances increase for tomorrow thru Friday night – then it appears to dry up for Saturday before more rain chances Sunday thru Monday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  While the State Supreme Court is deciding the constitutionality of the pension plan approved by lawmakers two years ago, some public pension experts in Springfield say time is running out for Governor Bruce Rauner to put forward a cost-saving retirement plan that can be part of next year’s state budget – the critics say specific numbers for outside analysis are needed now while others say the Governor’s plan to save $2 billion annually by reducing pension benefits has plenty of time before the May 31st adjournment deadline – the State of  Illinois’ retirement plans are currently $111 billion in debt.

 

(OLNEY)  Following last week’s tornadoes and severe weather, the State Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for home repair con artists looking to exploit homeowners and local businesses needing repairs due to storm-related damage – in conjunction to this, the Attorney General’s Office has filed four lawsuits against fraudulent home repair and supply businesses – residents can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438 to report any suspicious fraud activity.

 

(NEWTON)  Today is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death – in the 16th President’s hometown of Springfield, a series of events are underway to honor the man who forever changed the course of America – among the activities today are a Navy jet flyover, a military brass band concert, and various exhibits and static displays – Lincoln was shot on April 14th, 1865, but died the following morning.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  approved the contract extension between the Village of Noble and Republic Services, Inc. for the next three years – first year fees will remain at the $9.50 per resident per month fee with a 2% increase each of the two years to follow  :  agreed to purchase and erect a “Do Not Block Drive” sign to be placed in the 100 block of West North Avenue to help the parking situation for local downtown businesses  :  noted that the Village’s Street Committee will start looking over streets to plan the Village’s oiling and chipping program  :  noted that Olney’s water rates to the Village of Noble will increase starting May 1st, up to .411 cents per 100 gallons – the figures will be considered at the next Village Board meeting  :  also noted that the Village-wide Clean Up Day will be Friday, May 1st  :  and noted that the Noble Youth League Opening Day will be April 25th, a week from this Saturday  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting will be April 27th at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has again started its spring county-wide rainfall report with totals coming in weekly from each of the nine townships in Richland County every Monday morning – the county’s average rainfall total for the past week came in at 2.43 inches with the recording period ending at 10:00 Monday morning – German Township had the largest amount of rain last week at 4.5 inches, with Bonpas Township close behind at 4.1 inches – then Madison Township at 3.1 inches – the county’s lowest total from last week was an inch and a tenth (1.10 inches) in Denver Township with nearly the same total in Claremont, Preston, and Noble Townships as well – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station at the south edge of Olney our seven day rainfall total for the same period was at 0.55, just over a half inch of rain – the average county-wide total a year ago last week was 4.55 inches of rain.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton is announcing that a portion of town will be affected by a water shut off for repairs to be made tomorrow afternoon – the area of Newton affected will be on Jourdan Street, from the car wash to Scott Avenue, along both sides of East Jourdan Street – the water shut off and repair work will begin at 1:30 tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon and after the work is complete and the water service is turned back on, a boil water order will be in effect until further notice for the affected area – the City of Newton Water Department wants to thank in advance those who’ll be affected for their patience in this matter.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will co-host a Hiring Exposition tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 12:00 noon in the OCC Gymnasium – the event’s designed for the general public & college students – those attending should have their resumes ready and be prepared for a job interview on-site – over 50 area businesses, service providers, & educational institutions will be there.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Community Building in Salem from 12 noon to 6:00  :  also today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Xenia United Methodist Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also Friday at the Olney Fire Station from 2:00 to 6:00  :  for more on giving blood and to go online and schedule an appointment to give the gift of life, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

(OLNEY)  During this Richland County HEA Week, local Homemakers Education Association members are encouraged to bring friends and visitors to the various events – a Wood Working program is this morning at 10:00 at the Extension meeting room, then a Genealogy program is at 1:00 this afternoon at the Olney Public Library – to register, call Lisa at 618-395-1319 – all of the events are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 22nd Annual Memorial Service this Sunday at 2:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – all to recognize and memorialize local lost lives in the past year


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 has a fundraising fish fry this Saturday night at the Parkersburg Community Building with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Ainad Shrine Riders will host their 2015 Charity Motorcycle Run this Saturday, raising funds for the new Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis – it’s registration at 10:00 at the Orchard Inn in Effingham – leaving at 11:00 there’s stops in Altamont, Latona, Ste. Marie, Bridgeport, and Olney – all bikes welcome


    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a pork burger & brats cookout this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00, or until sold out – also chips & drinks, plus a bake sale with brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats, and more – half the proceeds go to the local Relay For Life and fight against cancer – all are invited


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association has a pancake, sausage, biscuits, & gravy fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street, with serving from 6:00 to 11:00, or until sold out – donations accepted at the door with all proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program


    The OCC Music Department will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 this Friday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – it will feature the OCC Concert Band, the Concert Choir, and the Jazz Ensemble, all with great musical selections – admission is $5 per person with tickets on sale at the door


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host an Open House / Pre-Registration for the 2015-2016 school year for students Preschool thru 5th grade tomorrow evening from 6:30 to 8:00 – that’s at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – for more details, call the EOCA at 618-392-0300


    The Olney Arts Council continues with its Fine Art Showcase this week at The Holiday with exhibit hours from 11:00 to 7:00 both today and tomorrow – and from 11:00 to 8:30 on Friday with the Rewards Ceremony at 7:00 Friday night – the public is urged to stop by and few the Fine Art by local artists


    The RMH Auxiliary is taking Geranium orders for only one more day – there are three colors available, white, red, or pink – priced at $5.50 each – to order, call 618-395-7340, extension 4009 by this afternoon

 

 

 

April 14, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A nearly stationary cold front across the Gulf Coast states will keep rain chances in our forecast, although most of that rain will stay to our south – in fact, mostly south of  I-64 – a high pressure ridge will try to keep us dry today and thru tomorrow – a weak upper-level disturbance could spread showers back into our forecast tomorrow night thru Thursday – then dry for the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  There could soon be a new head of the Illinois State Board of Education – according to an agenda posted on the Board’s website, it’s scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss a severance agreement and a Superintendent contract – officials haven’t said who the severance agreement is for at this time – current State Superintend Christopher Koch has held the position since being appointed back in 2006.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner says despite serious cuts that he’s been forced to make, he plans to increase spending on education and roadwork – while Illinoisans must live within their means, including state government, Rauner wants to boost educational spending by close to $300 million – the Governor also wants to make a huge investment in infrastructure, which includes roads and bridges throughout the state.

 

(NEWTON)  A group of scientists is now offering proof that getting very angry can be bad for one’s heart – the study, published in the “European Society of Cardiology” Journal shows intense anger can increase heart attack rates – patients in the study were eight times more likely to have a heart attack after an episode of extreme anger – arguments with family members were the number one cause of such anger – the study encourages Doctors and health care officials to help patients find ways to control their stress and anger.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met for a regular meeting last night – the Council  :  held a hearing for public comment on the city’s fiscal year budget  :  accepted the $53,074 low bid from Kieffer Brothers Construction for the Hall Street water main project  :  accepted the only bid to demolish the structure at 518 North Mill Street – $3,825 from Doll’s Inc.  :  accepted a year-long bid for crushed stone & sand from Tri-County Ag in Ingraham  :  accepted a year-long bid for rip rap from Charles Heuerman Trucking out of Teutopolis  :  accepted the year-long bid for seven different mixes of concrete from Schrey Systems Inc.  :  accepted price quotes from Hawkins, Inc. for water plant and swimming pool chemicals with no price hike from last year  :  on a 3 to 1 vote, amended the City Code dealing with water rates outside the city limits  :  agreed to sell by auction on April 27th the Senior Citizens Park property at 310 East Main Street with a minimum bid set at $9,600  :  agreed to contract City Attorney Services with Bart Zuber once current City Attorney Larry Taylor retires  :  approved the sale of  1.41 acres in the Olney Industrial Park to Bill’s Machine & Power Transmission Inc.  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be April 27th.

 

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – there was limited fieldwork around the state due to continued wet conditions last week – the statewide precipitation averaged 1.20 inches, a third of an inch (0.37 inches) above normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 56 degrees, which was 7.4 degrees higher than normal – the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture levels continue to be adequate to surplus and the winter wheat crop continues to be over half good to excellent – area farmers are hopeful that a drying pattern will kick in so some regional fieldwork can begin, followed by the 2015 planting season.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will co-host a Hiring Exposition this coming Thursday morning, April 16th, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, in the OCC Gymnasium – the event is designed for the general public as well as college students, and those attending should have their resumes ready and be prepared for a job interview there on-site – over 50 regional businesses, service providers, and educational institutions will have booths set up with representatives on hand – for more on the event, contact OCC Coordinator of Career Services, Allan Alldredge at 618-395-7777, extension 2019.

 

(NEWTON)  Teutopolis High School Boys Basketball Coach Andy Fehrenbacher has been dismissed from that position – at a special meeting last night, the Teutopolis School Board voted 6 to 1 to relieve Fehrenbacher of his coaching duties, although he’ll remain at THS as an instructor – Superintendent Bill Fritcher did not give a reason for the decision other than to say it had nothing to do with winning or losing.

 

(NEWTON)  This month of April is being noted as Autism Awareness Month and a time for all area folks to “Light It Up Blue” to support the children and adults affected by Autism – this Saturday, April 18th, the Annual Walk for Autism will be at 2:00 in Charlie Brown Park, west of Flora, and the following Friday, April 24th, the Annual Arbor Day or Autism tree giveaway will be held in Newton’s Peterson Park at 5:30 – there’s also still time for families with Autism to call for an appointment for a free photo sessions available tomorrow, April 15th – call 618-783-7420 – area residents are encouraged to shine their “blue light bulbs” and “Light It Up Blue” in support of Autism Awareness Month in Jasper and surrounding counties.

 

(OLNEY)  During this Richland County HEA Week, local Homemakers Education Association members are encouraged to bring friends and visitors to the various events – one is tonight at the Extension office meeting room in Olney, starting at 6:30 – get food preservation details about canning, plus folks can have their dial gauge pressure canner tested for accuracy – call the office today to register at 618-395-2191 – also a Wood Working program is tomorrow morning at 10:00 at the Extension meeting room, then a Genealogy program is at 1:00 tomorrow at the Olney Public Library – to register, call Lisa at 618-395-1319 – all of these events are open to the public as the Richland County HEA celebrates another year of activities.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also today at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  for more on giving blood and to go online and schedule an appointment to give the gift of life, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Ainad Shrine Riders will host their 2015 Charity Motorcycle Run this Saturday, raising funds for the new Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis – it’s registration at 10:00 at the Orchard Inn in Effingham – leaving at 11:00 there’s stops in Altamont, Latona, Ste. Marie, Bridgeport, and Olney – all bikes welcome


    The Olney Firefighter’s Association has a pancake, sausage, biscuits, & gravy fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street, with serving from 6:00 to 11:00, or until sold out – donations accepted at the door with all proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program


    It’s another Friday night fish fry this weekend at the Olney American Legion Post #30 – serving from 5:30 until sold out with entire families invited – a DJ / Karaoke will follow – all are invited


    The East Orchard Christian Academy will host an Open House / Pre-Registration for the 2015-2016 school year for students Preschool thru 5th grade this Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 – that’s at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – for more details, call the EOCA at 618-392-0300


    The Olney Arts Council has its Fine Art Showcase this week at The Holiday with exhibit hours from 11:00 to 4:00 today, from 11:00 to 7:00 both tomorrow & Thursday, and from 11:00 to 8:30 Friday with the Rewards Ceremony at 7:00 Friday night – the public is urged to stop by and few the Fine Art


    The RMH Auxiliary is taking Geranium orders for only two more days – there are three colors available, white, red, or pink – priced at $5.50 each – to order, call 618-395-7340, extension 4009 thru tomorrow


    The Desk & Derrick Club of Olney has a special meeting tonight on the “Truths & Myths of Hydraulic Fracturing”, including a buffet dinner, all at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, starting at 6:00 – time is running out to get the $15 per person tickets in advance, at First Financial Bank or by calling Lynda at 618-839-6585

 

 

 

April 13, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front continues to push east across the Midwest today, our rain chances will increase for this afternoon, but come to an end by late tonight – another high pressure will build into the region, keeping us warm and dry tomorrow – a couple of upper level disturbances could give us some on-and-off  light rain chances Wednesday afternoon thru Friday morning – then a dry weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The cleanup continues for an Illinois town devastated from last week’s tornado and severe weather – the residents of Fairdale were allowed back into town over the weekend to look over the damage to their property and to gather up anything that wasn’t destroyed – two people were killed and eleven others were left hospitalized when the EF-4 funnel cloud ripped thru the town on Thursday night of last week.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner says paying jurors more money would put too much pressure on some counties in Illinois – the Governor wants to repeal a law set to take effect in June that would increase pay for jurors from the current $4 to $10 a day to $25 for the first day of service and $50 for each additional day – the State’s lawyers support the bill to help reduce the hardship for those who miss work to serve on juries.

 

(NEWTON)  Bradley University is stepping up its efforts to find a new President – the Peoria college has launched a Presidential Search website in hopes of finding the perfect replacement for current President Joanne Glasser, who’s retiring at the end of May – it’s hoped a replacement can be hired by the first of July.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner spent a couple of hours in Richland County this past Saturday – visiting first with those attending the firemen’s fundraising breakfast in Claremont, then talking with those an hour later at The Holiday in Olney – the Governor shared information of his Illinois Turnaround Agenda, which includes business tax breaks, the recent budget gap initiative, and the plan to cut tax revenue to the counties and cities around Illinois – the Governor then moved on to finish his weeklong visit to 17 counties around the state with his final stop in Champaign to help with a fundraising effort to benefit recent tornado victims.

 

(NEWTON)  Join us this week during National Telecommunicator’s Week to recognize those that provide a vital link between emergency personnel and the general public – in fact, Telecommunicators serve as the actual First Responders when calls are made to request the services of police, ambulance, or fire and it’s their quick response that can make the difference between life and in some cases, death – a tip of the hat to the Telecommunicators in Newton, Olney, Jasper County, Richland County, and the surrounding area.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Olney City Council has a rather large agenda for its first meeting in April, which includes a public hearing for discussion of the 2016 fiscal year budget – the agenda also includes a closed session to discuss real property, personnel and negotiations  :  also, the Noble Village Board meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both meetings start at 7:00 and both are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation will continue today into a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon down in Grayville – authorities report a Grayville police officer shot a man in the face during a routine traffic stop on the south edge of town – Sergeant Jesse Burley pulled over the vehicle driven by 48 year old John R. Eagleson of Grayville, when Eagleson started driving his car towards the officer after several orders to stop – the officer fired at the driver thru the windshield and struck him in the head – Officer Burley was not injured and the suspect was transported to an area hospital for emergency treatment – while no other information has been provided, all the details have been forwarded to the White County State’s Attorney.

 

(NEWTON)  A Shelby County man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after the death of a Clark County man a year ago January – 20 year old Thomas Messina of Windsor pled guilty to the first degree murder charge for his role in the death of  Gregory Scott Collins of Casey, whose body was found after extinguishing a fire at his house in Casey – two other counts filed in the case, aggravated arson knowing people were present and aggravated cruelty to animals were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

 

(NEWTON)  There’s a special meeting in Teutopolis tonight as the School Board there will consider on whether or not to dismiss Andy Fehrenbacher as Wooden Shoes boys high school varsity basketball coach – in his 8th year as head coach, Fehrenbacher went past the 200 career victory mark this year and was named an IBCA Coach of the Year in Class 2A – prior to losing in this year’s sectional championship game, the Wooden Shoes had made four consecutive SuperSectional appearances from 2011 to 2014 – tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 and apparently any action will affect Fehrenbacher’s coaching, not other duties.

 

(NEWTON)  This month of April is being noted as Autism Awareness Month and a time for all area folks to “Light It Up Blue” to support the children and adults affected by Autism – this Saturday, April 18th, the Annual Walk for Autism will be at 2:00 in Charlie Brown Park, west of Flora, and the following Friday, April 24th, the Annual Arbor Day or Autism tree giveaway will be held in Newton’s Peterson Park at 5:30 – there’s also still time for families with Autism to call for an appointment for a free photo sessions available this Wednesday, April 15th – call 618-783-7420 – area residents are encouraged to shine their “blue light bulbs” and “Light It Up Blue” in support of Autism Awareness Month in Jasper and surrounding counties.

  

(OLNEY)  The Richland County HEA and University of Illinois Extension Office is co-hosting a free food preservation program tomorrow night with all invited to attend – Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Mary Liz Wright will give out the latest, most up-to-date, food preservation information about canning, plus folks can have their dial gauge pressure canner tested for accuracy, which is required each year – starting at 6:30, at the Extension Office meeting room on South Fair Street in Olney, folks can bring their pressure canner lids and attend – call the Extension Office to register in advance at 618-395-2191.

 

(OLNEY)  The Desk and Derrick Club of Olney is hosting a special meeting in conjunction with this month of April being recognized as Desk & Derrick Awareness Month – not only with the “Truths & Myths of Hydraulic Fracturing” be shared in a special presentation by local oilmen, but a buffet dinner will be served as well, all starting at 6:00 at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus in Olney tomorrow night – however, time is running out to get the $15 per person tickets in advance, available at First Financial Bank in Olney or by calling Lynda at 618-839-6585– with so much misinformation coming out of some media reports, this is a great opportunity for area folks to ask questions and get the correct answers about Hydraulic Fracturing.

 

(NEWTON)  All area blood donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity, especially with all blood types & blood platelets in need – here’s the upcoming blood drives  :  today at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  also tomorrow at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :     for more on giving blood, logon at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 22nd Annual Memorial Service this Sunday at 2:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – all to recognize and memorialize local lost lives in the past year


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 has a fundraising fish fry this Saturday night at the Parkersburg Community Building with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Olney Arts Council has its Fine Art Showcase this week at The Holiday with exhibit hours from 11:00 to 4:00 tomorrow, from 11:00 to 7:00 both Wednesday & Thursday, and from 11:00 to 8:30 Friday with the Rewards Ceremony at 7:00 Friday night – the public is urged to stop by and few the Fine Art