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June 25th, 2016

 

 

(OLNEY)  The surface high pressure that’s keeping our sky sunny and hot today has now moved east of the Great Lakes region – an approaching weak cold front will move thru by tomorrow night with showers and thunderstorms possible Sunday afternoon thru night – then a small break from the heat and humidity after Monday, for next Tuesday thru Thursday – maybe rain towards the end of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – we again remind those who work outdoors to be extra careful during this stretch of high heat & humidity levels in our downstate region – folks should know the signs of heat-related illness, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke – take steps to stay cool out of direct sunlight, drink plenty of water, decrease activities, and wear appropriate clothing – also, take time to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone – more tips available at  www.dph.illinois.gov  or at  www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues in Newton for the final day and night – the second and final Harness Racing starts this morning at 11:00 with the Fair’s final event, the Demolition Derby, tonight at 7:00 – plenty of Carnival rides, games, & fair food as the Jasper County Fair wraps up tonight in Newton.  

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for your chance to win concert tickets on Freedom 92.9 over the next 3 consecutive Monday mornings, all courtesy of the Richland County Farm Bureau – the correct-numbered caller with the right answer for a Richland County Ag Trivia question will get two tickets to the July 23rd “Diamond Rio” concert, part of the Olney and Richland County 175th anniversary celebration – that’s this next Monday morning in the 6:00 hour, for your chance to win on WSEI, thanks to the Richland County Farm Bureau.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  tomorrow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  next Monday at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  next Tuesday at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:30  :  all blood types / platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Amateur Radio “Field Day” is this weekend in Southeastern Illinois, part of a nationwide event to showcase the science and skills of Amateur Radio – members of the Mt. Carmel Amateur Radio Downstate Illinois Organization will host a “Field Day” each day, starting at 8:00 this morning & tomorrow morning at the Community Building in Parkersburg – anyone can attend for more details on ham radio.

 

REMINDERS  :

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

    The Richland Country Club members will host their monthly breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and the public is welcome – includes coffee cakes, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, Hartrich Meats ham, bacon, & sausage, plus biscuits & gravy – pay at the door, $10 for adults, $4 for children – all are invited

    The Bethlehem New Light Church has a fundraising open pit chicken dinner this evening at 3045 Sumner Road, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the Gospel Messengers will be performing as well

    A fundraising pork burger, smoke sausage, and bake sale is today at the Dollar General Store, South Route 130 in Olney, from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to help Cathy Kunce with health expenses

    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a pork burger / bake sale fundraiser today at the Olney Rural King Store, with serving from 10:00 to 1:30 – proceeds to help with their next mission trip

    Today thru tonight is the Sailor Springs June Blast – includes breakfast from now to 9:00, historic tours & lessons, plus car & antique tractor display from 10:00 to 1:30, inflatables from 9:00 to 2:00, plenty of food from 10:00 to 2:00, a parade at 2:00, and fish fry from 3:00 to 7:00 – vendors, booths, and more

 

 

June 24, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A surface high pressure will drift from the Upper Midwest to the Eastern Great Lakes region today, giving us plenty of sunshine and maybe a few high clouds – the high pressure will also keep us dry and hot tomorrow followed by a chance of scattered thunderstorms by Sunday night – then we’ll wrap up the last of June with less humidity and a little cooler conditions next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – the Illinois Legislature plans to reconvene next week as the state approaches a full year without a budget – both the State Senate and House are expected to meet next Wednesday in Springfield as lawmakers have been working behind doors to develop a stopgap budget to fund schools & other government services – one sticking point is additional money going to help Chicago Public Schools – the Governor says the rest of the state is not responsible – Democrats say Chicago deserves more money.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health announced yesterday that the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries – this marks the 18th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor – the hard-to-come-by recognition is based on collecting complete, accurate, and timely cancer data – no other state in the nation with as high a case load had achieved the gold standard registry designation for as many consecutive years.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Beef Association is again this year sponsoring Illinois’ Best Steak contest, but the deadline for nominations and votes is a week from today, July 1st – statewide residents can nominate their favorite steak from a restaurant or food service with the votes tallied next weekend – the top five restaurants will be announced July 6th with a second round of voting then thru August 1st – those voting online could also win – for contest rules and to vote, go to the Beef Association’s website, at  www.illinoisbeef.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night – the Board  :  approved the final amended fiscal year 2016 budget  :  also approved the tentative budget for fiscal year 2017  :  approved the various bids for insurance for students, employees, and District  :  reviewed a comparison of the projected & actual 2015 Tax Levy  :  noted that the State now owes the District at least $618,000  :  heard a positive report on the District’s Summer Food Program in Olney  :  approved the second readings and adopted seven District policies  :  approved the monthly administration reports  :  and after a 45 minute closed session, made the following personnel moves – accepted resignations from Bus Driver Dale Akers and from RCHS Assistant Soccer Coach Kelly Toy – approved the retirement resignations from RCMS Music Teacher Laurie Waxler at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and from RCMS Special Education Teacher Laura Lathrop at the end of the 2017-2018 school year – hired Chris Jones as RCHS Music Teacher & Band Director and Annie Coon as RCES Special Needs Paraprofessional – approved the Tier II Non-Certified Wages – and approved the revised Beginning Non-Certified Staff Salaries, Substitute Salaries, and other wages – the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland County School Board in Olney will be Thursday, July 21st.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair continues in Newton – the Antique Farm Machinery Show is today from 10:00 to 2:00, with the Fair’s first Harness Racing this morning at 11:00, and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor Pull tonight at 7:00 – the second and final Harness Racing is tomorrow morning at 11:00 with the Fair’s final event, the Demo Derby, tomorrow night at 7:00 – plenty of Carnival rides, games, exhibits, fair food, and more as the annual Jasper County Fair continues thru Saturday on the Fairgrounds in Newton. 

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office is reminding county-wide real estate and mobile home owners to make sure they’ve received their tax bills which were mailed out three weeks ago – those who’ve not received their statements should contact the Treasurer’s office as soon as possible – the first installment of Richland County’s real estate taxes is due on Thursday, July 7th, that’s two weeks from yesterday – the second real estate tax installment is due on Wednesday, September 7th – the mobile home privilege tax is due in one installment on Monday, August 1st – payments can be made by mail, in person, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – for more, stop by the Treasurer’s temporary office at 224 East Main Street, downtown Olney, or call at  392-8341 – that’s Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Incorporated, is still taking applications for the CSBG School Supply Program, which provides required school supplies to eligible children attending K thru 12th grade during the upcoming 2016-2017 school year – those interested should call their local ERBA office for an appointment to apply, plus all applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis – at the time of application, each applicant must show proof of all family income for the past 90 days, show a social security card for each family member, and show a photo ID for the applicant – the ERBA offices are in Newton, Olney, Robinson, Lawrenceville, and Greenup, plus the counties of Clark, Coles, Edgar, and Douglas.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to Richland County parents that appointments are needed for upcoming Preschool Screenings at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – that’s next Tuesday morning, June 28th, and a month later, Tuesday morning, July 26th, from 8:00 to 11:00 each morning – to set up an appointment or to get more information, call Sherry at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney at  395-8540.

 

(NOBLE)  With the annual Noble Chowder less than two months away, folks are encouraged to get their tickets now for a chance to win  :  raffle tickets are on sale at four locations in Noble during regular hours of operations – at Village Hall, the Tin Cup Restaurant, at Noble Foods, and the RJI Package Store in Noble – the tickets are one for $1 each, or six tickets for $5, and winners need not be present  :  also for sale at each location are tickets to win a Four Patch Star Quilt, which is currently on display at the Village Hall in Noble  :  plus, entry forms are now available at the Noble Village Hall for the Noble Chowder Little Miss / Mister Pageant, which will be held at 12 noon that Saturday – the Pageant is open to Richland County youngsters only, ages zero to ten – however, Pageant entries must be received by next Thursday, June 30th  :  so get those tickets now and signup those youngsters for the Noble Chowder, coming up Saturday, August 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  Area sportsmen & sportswomen are reminded  :  next Thursday, June 30th, is the deadline for resident deer hunters to apply for the 2nd lottery drawing for 2016 Firearm & Muzzleloader-only permits  :  June 30th is also an important date for some boat owners in Illinois – that’s the expiration date for the three year boat registration/decal based on the state’s three year rotation cycle – while non-motorized watercraft, such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, or sail boards are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, a State Water Usage Stamp worth $6 is required per calendar year  :  and resident Illinois hunters can apply online now for Fall Shotgun Turkey permits – the first lottery application deadline is Monday, July 4th, less than two weeks away  :  for details and for all things outdoors in Illinois, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Amateur Radio “Field Day” is this weekend in Southeastern Illinois, part of a nationwide event to showcase the science and skills of Amateur Radio – members of the Mt. Carmel Amateur Radio Downstate Illinois Organization will host a “Field Day” each day, starting at 8:00 tomorrow morning and Sunday morning at the Community Building in Parkersburg – anyone can attend the – for more details, call Bill Shrode in the Parkersburg area at  618-442-7718  or go online to  www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  tomorrow at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  next Monday at Kaskaskia College west of Centralia from 10:00 to 3:00  :  next Tuesday at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:30  :  all blood types / platelets needed.

 

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


    The Richland Country Club members will host their monthly breakfast this Sunday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 and the public is welcome – includes coffee cakes, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, Hartrich Meats ham, bacon, & sausage, plus biscuits & gravy – pay at the door, $10 for adults, $4 for children – all are invited


    The Bethlehem New Light Church has a fundraising open pit chicken dinner tomorrow evening at 3045 Sumner Road, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – the Gospel Messengers will be performing as well


    A fundraising pork burger, smoke sausage, and bake sale is tomorrow at the Dollar General Store, South Route 130 in Olney, from 11:00 until sold out – proceeds to help Cathy Kunce with health expenses


    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a pork burger / bake sale fundraiser tomorrow at the Olney Rural King Store, with serving from 10:00 to 1:30 – proceeds to help with their next mission trip


    Tomorrow is the June Blast event in Sailor Springs – includes breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00, historic tours & lessons, plus car & antique tractor display from 10:00 to 1:30, inflatables from 9:00 to 2:00, plenty of food from 10:00 to 2:00, a parade at 2:00, and fish fry from 3:00 to 7:00 – vendors, booths, and more


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce and more available for sale to the public – from 10:00 to 5:00 every Tuesday and Friday in the Olney City Park

 

 

 

June 23, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front drops south thru Illinois, there is a slight chance of a scattered shower or pop-up storm south of  I-70 with a chance of severe conditions included – however, most of us will stay dry – there will be little relief from the heat & humidity, which returns over the weekend – the next rain threat will be Sunday afternoon and night – some less humid air moves in for a few days next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – powerful storms packing multiple tornadoes swept thru parts of northern Illinois last night – tornadoes have been confirmed near the towns of Pontiac, Amboy, and Earlville, in the counties of Livingston, Lee, and LaSalle – there were several homes damaged, but no one was hurt – wind gusts up to 70 miles-per-hour were reported, causing power outages to over 34,000 electric customers – nearly 400 total flights were cancelled with 60 to 90 minute delays at both Chicago airports, O’Hare and Midway.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois High School Association has officially adopted new safety measures designed to protect players who’re competing in post-season sports from high heat – the new rules will affect regional, sectional, & super-sectional action, as well as state finals & football playoff games – the rules are based on the humidity level and other factors –several water breaks will be included, plus games could be postponed.

 

(OLNEY)  Speaking of heat – we again remind those who work outdoors to be extra careful during this stretch of high heat & humidity levels in our downstate region – folks should know the signs of heat-related illness, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke – take steps to stay cool out of direct sunlight, to increase water intake, to decrease activities, and to wear appropriate clothing – also, let’s make daily visits or calls to our senior citizens living alone – more tips available at  www.dph.illinois.gov  or at  www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week – the Board  :  approved applications for new buildings within the District for Fiscal Year 2018 – the two capital project requests submitted to the Illinois Community College Board for consideration of funding included $3,324,000 for a Student Education & Support Center at Frontier Community College in Fairfield and $2,279,000 for an Applied Technology Center at Olney Central College – requested capital projects for Lincoln Trail College and Wabash Valley College have been approved as well  :  approved the District’s Violence Prevention Plan, a part of IECC’s commitment to provide a safe & crime-free college environment  :  approved an affiliation agreement with Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson for an Emergency Response Program  :  renewed an existing athletic training services contract with Crawford Memorial Hospital for one year to provide services at Lincoln Trail College  :  and in personnel moves – accepted eight resignations, from OCC/FCC Nursing Instructor Rebecca McElhose, LTC Coordinator of Financial Aid Aaron White, LTC Retention Coordinator Kristin Selph, Associate Dean of Institutional Development & Grants at the District Office LeAnn Hartleroad, District Office Assistant Carolyn Clodfelter, LTC/District Office International Student Liaison Molly Hardiman, OCC/District Office International Student Liaison Tina Pierce, and District TRIO Talent Search Program Advisor Katherine Fehrenbacher – accepted one retirement resignation from Workforce Education Instructor Vernon Miller – approved three hirings, Rebecca Carmack as Vocal/Instrumental Music Instructor at LTC, Courtney Meadows as Assistant Program Director of Cosmetology at OCC, and Allen Simpson as Information Technology Technician at OCC – changed the status for Andrea Pampe to Assistant Dean of Student Services at OCC – approved all Special Assignments for FY17 at all four colleges  :  the next meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees is July 19th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is continuing on the fairgrounds in Newton – the 4-H Master Showmanship event is this morning with the 4-H Livestock Auction later today at 5:00 – then Tractor & Truck Pulling tonight at 7:00 – the Antique Farm Machinery Show is tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00, with the Fair’s first Harness Racing tomorrow morning at 11:00 and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor Pull Friday night at 7:00 – the Carnival rides & games continue thru Saturday and there are two $50 drawings each night thru Saturday, the winner must be present – also plenty of fair food & more at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  In Richland County Court news – a two and a half hour hearing was held yesterday for Illinois State Police Special Agent Rick White who is charged with perjury – as a result, the judge found there was probable cause to hold the case over for trial – it was earlier this year in January that a Richland County grand jury indicted White on making two opposing statements in two different court proceedings, and the Class 3 Felony count alleges the Special Agent did not tell the truth about a statement made at a previous hearing – while a trial date has not yet been set, it is expected to take place next month, in July – another hearing could be next week – remember, that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(NEWTON)  Tickets are still on sale for the Jasper County Cancer Support “basket raffle fundraiser” – it’s a chance to win a St. Louis Cardinal basket with tickets & more included, also a Holiday World basket with tickets & more, a Newton Aquatic Center basket with passes & more, and many others – the baskets can been seen and tickets can be purchased at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the tickets are six for $5 or one for $1 each and are on sale now thru July 15th – the drawing will be held on Saturday, July 16th – so stop by and get your tickets now and remember, “no one fights alone” in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a little bit of farm history for Richland County as we look at this past Monday’s Ag Trivia question provided by the Richland County Farm Bureau for someone to win two tickets to next month’s Diamond Rio concert at the Olney and Richland County’s 175th Anniversary Celebration – the question was how many “full line implement” dealers were there in Olney and Richland County 51 years ago in 1965 – the answer is “six” – four of the “full line” dealers were located in Olney, including Fulk Case, Kowa-Thompson Allis-Chalmers, Nix International, and Hill John Deere – the others included Muhs Oliver east of Olney & Meyers Brothers Massey Ferguson south of Olney – while there is a used equipment dealer in Olney (Gayer), there are currently no “full line implement” dealer in Olney or Richland County – by the way, be listening next Monday morning in the 6:00 hour for another chance to win on Freedom 92.9, WSEI in Olney, all courtesy of the Richland County Farm Bureau – three more chances to win remain.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia from 12:30 to 4:30  :  Saturday at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  Sunday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  remember, that all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low regional supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Mt. Gilead Guatemala Mission Team has a pork burger / bake sale fundraiser Saturday at the Olney Rural King Store, with serving from 10:00 to 1:30 – proceeds to help with their next mission trip


    This Saturday is the June Blast event in Sailor Springs – includes breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00, historic tours & lessons, plus car & antique tractor display from 10:00 to 1:30, inflatables from 9:00 to 2:00, plenty of food from 10:00 to 2:00, a parade at 2:00, and fish fry from 3:00 to 7:00 – vendors, booths, and more


    The Big Blue Book Bus is back in at the Noble Village Park this afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 and at the TNT Stop in Claremont this evening from 5:00 to 6:00 – it’s for area Pre-K thru 8th Grade students – no library card and no ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and local schools


    The Farmers Market is set up today in the Noble Village Park – that’s from 3:00 to 6:00 this afternoon and evening with farm fresh produce and much more available to the public for purchase


    Scholastic Book Fair Week continues all this week at the Olney Public Library – today is the Mad Science Show – all events are free to the public and all ages are welcome

 

 

 

June 22, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As yesterday’s cold front is now moving northeastward, today’s scattered shower and storm activity is pretty much limited to South Central & Southeastern Illinois, most all areas east of  I-55 – the rain threat then drops tonight and even more tomorrow as a trailing cold front moves thru tomorrow – but the heat & humidity will hang around until our next chance of rain on Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – while yet another special session for the State House of Representatives has been cancelled for today, Governor Bruce Rauner is considering a special session of the General Assembly with only ten days remaining in the fiscal year – the Governor is concerned that recent special sessions have produced only hot tempers & no results – some lawmakers are working today with state budget discussions.

 

(NEWTON)  The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development yesterday awarded more than $42 million in housing counseling grants to assist more than 1.4 million households to prevent foreclosures & more – Illinois will receive a little over $890,000 with at least 95% of that going to Chicago and the upstate area – only $47,594 will be split up between housing organizations in Springfield, Decatur, and Carlinville.

 

(OLNEY)  While over half of the states have announced how much higher their health care premiums could be next year under the Affordable Care Act, Illinois’ numbers are not expected for another 5 to 6 weeks – even though insurance companies were required to submit rate plans for Illinois back in April, the state does not require the proposals to be made public upon filing – Illinois is conducting a “rate review” before the statewide residents see the proposed 2017 premiums after August 1st – consumer advocates are not happy.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County has a new Fair Queen – it’s 21 year old Keirsten Brewer who was crowned last night among six other contestants and outgoing Fair Queen RaeLee Dhom – Keirsten is the daughter of  Heather Wilson of  Newton – the Pageant’s 1st Runner Up was Whitley Brandenburg, the 20 year old daughter of  Hutch & Michelle Wagner – named as Miss Congeniality was Amy Sandschafer, the 17 year old daughter of  Eric & Kristi Sandschafer – Queen Keirsten will now represent Jasper County over the next year, especially during the 2017 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant coming up in January of next year – a huge “thank you” goes out to all the individuals and businesses who helped out with this year’s Queen Pageant at the Jasper County Fair – also to the other contestants & their families for participating as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is continuing on the fairgrounds in Newton –  the Carnival is running today & tonight thru Saturday, plus tonight’s grandstand event is the Rodeo, beginning at 7:00 – the 4-H Master Showmanship event is tomorrow with the 4-H Livestock Auction tomorrow at 5:00 – then Tractor & Truck Pulling tomorrow night at 7:00 – there are two $50 drawings each night tonight thru Saturday, but the winner must be present – also plenty of fair concessions and more at the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night for its second scheduled meeting in June – the Council  :  approved a TIF agreement with the Jasper County School District for a $9,500 reimbursement for sidewalk & curbing on Maxwell Street & South Van Buren Street  :  also approved a TIF agreement with Adams Memorial for a $6,000 reimbursement for sidewalk & curbing on South Van Buren Street  :  approved the state mandated Prevailing Wage Ordinance  :  approved the $1,767 proposal for work on the City’s firing range by Huddleston Supply  :  approved an agreement with “CourtMoney.com” services for a credit card payment system  :  noted that the Sewer Plant digesters have been installed & working well  :  noted the City’s Alcohol & Tobacco Committee will again meet soon to discuss the liquor license situation in Newton  :  noted that the City’s Housing Grant is winding down with six homes almost finished with their rehabilitation work, a seventh & final home is being considered to use the remaining CDAP grant funds  :  took no other action after a 23 minute closed session  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be July 5th.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to members of the Olney FFA Chapter who were recognized for their hard work and dedication at last week’s 88th Annual Illinois State FFA Convention held in Springfield with over 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests – here’s the list of Olney FFA recipients for various awards  :
the Olney Chapter received three National Chapter Awards
* as Section winners for Student Development, Chapter Development, and Community Development
* the Olney Chapter was recognized as a Cooperative Activities Section Winner
* the Olney Chapter received the Banker’s Plaque Award for the highest overall score in its Section
* the Olney Chapter was noted for its 5th Place in the Cooperative Activities State Top 5 Chapters
* Matthew Runyon was recognized as one of the state’s ten outstanding chapter presidents
* Matthew Runyon of Noble was a State Proficiency Winner for Agri-Science Plant Systems Research
* Emily Shilling of Parkersburg was a State Proficiency Winner for Equine Science Entrepreneurship
the Olney Chapter was recognized for winning the State Agricultural Sales Career Development Event
* the winning team members were Ben Baker, Emily Shilling, Kenna Steber, & Ryan Dowty
the Olney Chapter was recognized for winning the State Envirothon Career Development Event
* team members were Adam Brewer, Jesse Maxey, Seth Mitchell, Cody Reynolds, and Evan Walker
the Olney Chapter was recognized with seven State Degree Recipients
* Chelsea Heindselman, Matt Herman, Tracy Lynn, Curtis Ochs
* also Cody Reynolds, Kenna Steber, and Brock VanBlaricum
the Olney Chapter had five American Degree candidates recognized with the awards presented in October
* Mackenzie Michels, Brock Mitchell, Bryce Mitchell, Sydney Pitts, and Andrew Steber
the Olney Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team finished in second place
* Taegan Garner was recognized as the First Place Chairperson
* Austin Atwood was 3rd Overall as a Floor Member
* other members were Secretary Madison Michels, plus Maci Burgener, Dawson Hawkins, and Seth Kocher
the Olney Chapter received a Gold Rating in the Top Division Honors for Chapter Scrapbooking
* recognized was Kenna Steber and Madison Michels
the Olney Chapter had two members take part musically at the State Convention
* Ethan Steber as a State Convention Band member and Victoria Kittle as State Convention Talent
the Olney Chapter had two young ladies compete in two other Career Development Events
* Kenna Steber in the Job Interview CDE and Madison Michels in the FFA Creed Speaking CDE
tip of the hat to the Olney Chapter Advisors and Ag Instructors at Richland County High School
* Mark Steber, Jamie Van Dyke, and Rylan Rusk
congratulations to one and all – the Olney Chapter is one of the largest in downstate Illinois

 

(NEWTON)  The Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club has been spearheading a project to erect a monument to honor fallen Illinois State Troopers from District 12 – the first phase of the two-part project is completed with the monument now located on the southeast corner of the old Effingham County Courthouse – the 2nd phase of the project was completed this past Monday morning when two area Troopers that were killed in the line of duty years ago had a section of Interstate 57 dedicated in their honor, Trooper Frank Doris and Trooper Layton Davis – taking part in the presentation were State Representatives David Reis and John Cavaletto, State Senators Dale Rider and Kyle McCarter, several other local dignitaries, & family members.

 

(OLNEY)  The Amateur Radio “Field Day” is coming up this weekend in Southeastern Illinois, part of a nationwide event to showcase the science and skills of Amateur Radio – members of the Mt. Carmel Amateur Radio Downstate Illinois Organization will host the local event each day starting at 8:00 this coming Saturday and Sunday morning at the Community Building in Parkersburg – since 1933, ham radio operators across the U.S. have established temporary stations in public locations so anyone can attend – after all, ham radios can still be used when the standard communication infrastructure for cell phones and home telephone systems goes down and neither can be used – anyone can attend the “Field Day” this weekend or for more details, call Bill Shrode in the Parkersburg area at  618-442-7718  or go online to  www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia from 12:30 to 4:30  :  Saturday at the Flat Rock Fire Department from 9:00 to 1:00  :  Sunday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:30 to 12:30  :  remember, that all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few meetings on the calendar  :  the City of Olney Tree Board meets tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the City of Olney Police Pension Board meets tomorrow morning at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 8:30  :  the next Olney City Council meeting is next Monday night at 7:00.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Seventh Day Adventist Church near Noble along U.S. Route 50 will be hosting the Folk Mountain Gospel group, Don & Donna Mohl this coming Saturday night at 7:30 – all are invited to attend


    A fundraising pork burger, smoke sausage, and bake sale is set for this Saturday at the Dollar General Store along South Route 130 in Olney, running from 11:00 until sold out – all proceeds will assist Cathy Kunce with health expenses – she’s been accepted for brain surgery in September at a hospital in Texas


    Scholastic Book Fair Week continues all this week at the Olney Public Library – today is Story Time while tomorrow it’s the Mad Science Show – all events are free to the public and all ages are welcome


    The Cummins Municipal Band is back in concert tonight in the Olney City Park, at the Band Shell – starting at 7:30, the one hour concert is free and all ages are invited

 

 

 

June 21, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  The cool front that brought scattered thunderstorms to parts of Central & East Central Illinois last night has moved down to near the I-70 corridor this morning, where it is expected to stall out – this will give us rain & storm chances today thru tonight and into tomorrow – then as the front lifts back north as a warm front, look for more storms thru Thursday – then dry Friday and Saturday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – Illinois could become the first state with a law giving Muslim-Americans a formal voice in state government – the Chicago Tribune reports the bill already approved by the Legislature would create a 21-member Advisory Council and is awaiting the Governor’s signature – some Democratic lawmakers say they hope the council will be the first of many efforts to ensure the Governor considers minority perspectives – some Republicans that voted against the plan say the state shouldn’t be wasting time on “feel-good” legislation when Illinois is approaching one full year without a state budget in place.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office announced yesterday that Illinois consumers will begin receiving their portion of a $19 million payment by Apple Incorporated for an alleged e-books price-fixing conspiracy – it’s the second payment in the settlement reached by AG Lisa Madigan and 32 other states.

 

(OLNEY)  Officials have announced that the General Tire Street Machine Nationals will kick off the summer this weekend at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds with the “Ultimate Picnic of Power” – it’s big block engines, high-performance street machines, hot rods, street trucks, and the best dream machines from across the nation this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – for more, logon at  www.streetmachinenationals.net.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a vehicle / pedestrian collision that occurred at 7:21 yesterday morning at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Holly Road, at the southeast edge of Olney – the State Police report the semi-truck was eastbound on U.S. Route 50 when a 16 year old male juvenile of Olney attempted to cross the highway – failing to yield the right of way, the pedestrian was struck by the truck tractor/trailer – another motorist witnessed the accident, telling police that two other runners had cross the highway but the third runner was trailing behind and crossed in front of the semi-truck – it’s also noted that the truck attempted to slow down and swerve away from runner – the teen was taken to Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, then transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, and then transferred yesterday afternoon to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis with non-life threatening injuries – the truck driver, 48 year old Anthony Hinterscher of Noble was issued a citation for brakes out of adjustment – while authorities did not release the juvenile’s name, we obtained permission to do so from the family – the injured boy is Cole Simpson, the son of  Chris and Michelle Simpson of Olney – the Illinois State Police were assisted at the scene of the accident by the Olney Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Richland Memorial Ambulance Service, and the Olney Fire Department and it’s Rescue personnel.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is continuing on the fairgrounds in Newton – the Fair’s Carnival fires up on this Tuesday and runs through Saturday – therefore, tonight is Armband Night with a $5 admission starting at 6:00, plus the Pedal Tractor Pull at 6:30 tonight and the Queen and Little Miss Pageants at 7:30 – then the Rodeo is at 7:00 tomorrow night, Tractor & Truck Pulling at 7:00 Thursday night – the Antique Farm Machinery Show is Friday from 10:00 to 2:00, with the Fair’s first Harness Racing Friday morning at 11:00 and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor Pull Friday night at 7:00 – then more Harness Racing Saturday morning at 11:00 and the Fair finale, the Demo Derby Saturday night at 7:00 – plus there will be two $50 evening drawings each night tonight thru Saturday, but you must be present to win – also plenty of fair concessions, games, and much more – all at this year’s Jasper County Fair today thru Saturday in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  There are seven young ladies vying for the Jasper County Fair Queen crown in tonight’s Pageant – they include  :  17 year old Amy Sandschafer  :  18 year old Karoline Pitcher  :  18 year old Michaela McClure  :  20 year old Maggie McClure  :  17 year old Sadie Brewer  :  21 year old Keirsten Brewer  :  and 20 year old Whitley Brandenberg  :  Pageant officials would like to thank everyone for their support of tonight’s big event – current Queen, RaeLee Dhom, will oversee tonight’s Pageant in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau weekly rainfall report is out, showing the amount of rain that fell in the past seven day period that ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – the largest amount of rain in the seven day period was an inch and four tenths (1.40) in Madison Township, followed closely by Claremont Township with an inch and three tenths (1.30) and both Bonpas and German Townships, each with an inch and one tenth (1.10) – then Preston Township at an inch and five hundredths (1.05), Olney Township at thirty-five hundredths (0.35), both Decker and Noble Townships each at two tenths (0.20), and then Denver Township with no rain (0.00) reported – here at our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station we recorded four tenths of an inch of rain (0.40) at the south edge of Olney, mostly a week ago Monday  Wednesday – this spring’s average rainfall in Richland County is now running nearly a full 7 inches (6.97) less than it was a year ago.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – statewide farmers made good progress in bean planting and wheat cutting, despite periods of spotty rain – as of Sunday, 96% of the state’s soybean crop had been planted, compared to 91% last year – the winter wheat harvest around Illinois was 38% complete, a huge jump of 37 percentage points from last week – the statewide average rainfall last week was 0.84 inches, that’s 0.17 inches below normal – the average temperature last week was 77.4 degrees, 4.5 degrees above normal  :  farmers in our ten county area report 90% of the soybeans are planted, about half of the wheat has been harvested, and some soybean double-cropping in wheat stubble is underway – straw and hay baling is also taking place – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  the Olney FFA Alumni Annual Raffle is underway with tickets now on sale – the Grand Prize is a choice of $5,000 cash or $5,000 towards a purchase of a 4-wheeler at Travco Motorsports in Olney or at an Alliance John Deere dealer – second place gets $250 and third place $100 – the drawing will be August 5th at the Annual FFA Alumni Golf Outing at the Richland Country Club in Olney – need not be present to win – must be 16 years old – tickets are $10 each on sale from any FFA or FFA Alumni member – proceeds for FFA activities & scholarships at RCHS – for details, call Jamie at  843-5488  or Darin at  843-0924.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair will have its 2016 Talent Show on Tuesday, July 12th, three weeks from tonight – entry forms can be picked up at and returned to the Chamber of Commerce Office in Olney, during regular office hours – if any questions, call  618-838-2634  or look for details on Facebook.

 

(NEWTON)  All donors are urged to get out and give blood – here’s the list of upcoming area blood drives :  today at the Christ Our Rock High School west of Centralia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  today at the Altamont Christian Church from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Scholastic Book Fair Week this week at the Olney Public Library – today is Ag in the Library Day, plus it will be Story Time tomorrow, and the Mad Science Show on Thursday – all events are free to the public and all ages are welcome – contact the Library for more on activities going on this week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Bethlehem New Light Church has a fundraising open pit chicken dinner this Saturday evening at 3045 Sumner Road, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – proceeds go to the church’s Fishes & Loaves program


    A fundraising pork burger, smoke sausage, and bake sale is set for this Saturday at the Dollar General Store along South Route 130 in Olney, running from 11:00 until sold out – all proceeds will assist Cathy Kunce with health expenses – she’s been accepted for brain surgery in September at a hospital in Texas


    The Olney & Richland County Chamber of Commerce has its “Business After Hours” event this evening from 4:00 to 6:00 at the IECC’s West Richland Center in Noble, the former West Richland High School – the public’s invited to tour the facility which houses several OCC programs – giveaways and refreshments


    As of yesterday afternoon, the Jasper County Farm Bureau had 5 tickets available for tomorrow’s Cubs / Cardinals game at Wrigley Field in Chicago with a 1:20 start time – they’re available on a first come, first serve basis – the cost is $100 per person and includes a game ticket, Bales Transportation to and from the game, and a meal on the way home – call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office at  618-783-2733  ASAP

 

    The Big Blue Book Bus is back in Musgrove Park this afternoon and evening from 3:00 to 7:00 – it’s for area Pre-K thru 8th Grade students – no library card and no ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Olney and the Richland County Schools – the Bus will have stops Thursday in Noble and Claremont

 

    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park – that’s under the pole barns from now until 5:00 with farm fresh produce and much more available to the public for purchase