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May 29, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A slow-moving cold front will be the primary focus for scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Midwest this weekend – while spotty showers will dot the map today, the better chances of rain, maybe storms is tonight thru tomorrow – as the frontal boundary sags further south and east, a little cooler and drier conditions will gradually settle in by Sunday night into Monday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers are pushing forward a bill that would attempt to raise funding to provide body cameras for law enforcement officers around the state – the State House passes a measure yesterday that would add a $5 fee to all traffic violations, which would pay for the cameras and needed training – the proposed bill now moves to the State Senate for its consideration, maybe as early as midweek, next week.

 

(OLNEY)  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is in some hot water – the Illinois Republican was indicted yesterday in Chicago, accusing him of withdrawing nearly a million dollars in cash from several banks as part of a payoff to keep an unidentified person from revealing “prior misconduct” – authorities say Hastert also lied to investigators about the cash withdraws – the federal investigation there is continuing.

 

(NEWTON)  A recent survey is showing that Illinois and the entire Midwest may soon face a shortage of registered nurses, due to retirements – conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the voluntary survey was completed by nearly 53,000 registered nurses or around 30% of the total RN’s in Illinois – one-third of those age 55 and older said they intend to retire within the next 5 years.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Public Building Commission met in special session this past Wednesday – the Commission took no official action, although they looked over and discussed the bids that were recently opened concerning the construction, remodeling, and renovation of the Richland County Courthouse – while the first floor offices of the Courthouse are currently operating out of the former Celebrations store, less than a block away, to the east of the Courthouse, the Commission hopes to award the bids soon and to get the work underway as soon as possible – the Commission’s next regular meeting will be June 17th.

 

(NEWTON)  All are invited out to the 21st Annual Jasper County Strawberry Fest coming to the Square in downtown Newton this weekend – the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce will be serving that delicious, creamy, homemade ice cream with strawberry shortcake today from 12 noon to 9:00 tonight and starting again at 9:00 Saturday morning – this evening’s activities include family fun and family movie night on the west side of the square – tomorrow is full of activities including an animal show, painting classes, live music, the Pick of the Patch Pageant, crafts, food, and more – for more details, check it out on Facebook, under Jasper County Strawberry Fest – we’ll see you and your family this weekend in downtown Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it will begin its regular mosquito control program this coming Monday, June 1st, as all areas of the City will be sprayed twice per week, in Monday & Wednesday nights, starting at 8:30 each evening – City crews will also be applying larvaecide to any areas of standing water – the citizens of Olney can also help by controlling any standing and/or stagnant water on their property.

 

(OLNEY)  Also coming next week is the 49th Annual Ainad Shriner’s Circus as it returns to Olney’s City Park for a single performance at 7:30 – that’s next Wednesday night, June 3rd, with all types of animals, circus acts, and more on the three ring stage – also aerial and high wire acts with acrobats, plus the Windy City Tumblers will be on hand – the $15 adult tickets and $10 childrens tickets are currently on sale at all downstate Huck’s, MotoMart’s, or from local Shriners – tickets will also be on sale at the gate Wednesday night – other regional performances will be next Tuesday night in Fairfield and next Thursday and Friday nights in Salem – that’s the 49th Annual Ainad Shriner’s Circus coming to downstate Illinois next week.

 

(NEWTON)  This Sunday will be the final chance to view the current War Exhibit on display at the Sainte Marie Foundation Museum – the popular exhibit will be open Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Foundation House – area folks are then encouraged to stop by the American Legion Hall at 2:00 to meet and listen to former Ste. Marie resident, Ken Stone, as he shares his experiences as a Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War – now a retired professor of economics at Iowa State University, Stone retired from the Army as a Colonel back in 1986 – a celebratory wine & cheese reception will follow – all are invited this Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that until further notice, swimming is prohibited in one area of nearby Forbes State Park in Marion County, near Omega – due to recent heavy rains and the presence of bacteria in the water, the Rocky Point Beach at Forbes is closed until further notice – all other activities and park facilities are still open at this time – call ahead for more information.

 

(OLNEY)  A note to those traveling to St. Louis over the next few weeks – Transportation officials say a key ramp into downstate St. Louis from the Poplar Street Bridge will be closed for a month, plus a portion of the Poplar Street Bridge will be closed as well for maintenance work – detour signs have been posted for alternate routes or go online before traveling to check out the information ahead a time before heading out.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers and landowners are reminded that the Farm Bill requires the filing of a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form with their local USDA Service Center by June 1st in order to remain or become eligible for crop insurance premium support – with time quickly running out, farmers should contact their local county FSA Office as soon as possible.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Cummins Band in Olney will begin its Wednesday night concerts next week on June 3rd with a new start time of 7:30 – that’s at the Olney City Park Band Shell – free admission and all are invited


    The Olney Public Library will be hosting its first “story time” for the summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” next Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 – members of the St. Joseph Wildcat Band will perform, followed by stories and crafts – all children invited – it’s not too late to sign up – call 392-3711 today


    A Celebration of  Life in memory of  Makalee Payne will be held next Monday night at Brew City in Clay City – from 6:00 to 10:00, the night includes a DJ and Karaoke, a 50/50 drawing, shirts, food, and more – a $10 ticket includes dinner & more – stop by Brew City or The Tin Cup for advance tickets


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will hold its monthly “pork loin” dinner next Monday night, with serving to begin at 6:00 – the public is invited to attend – pay at the door


    The Willow Hill United Methodist Church will host renowned re-in-actor Patty Wynn as she shares the real story of Betsy Ross, starting at 5:30, tomorrow evening – then after the show, help share the best  cooking in Jasper County – for more information or details, call 618-322-0352


    It’s benefit fundraiser for Jeff Rauch coming up tomorrow – the benefit “ride” signup for all bikes, Jeeps, cars, & trucks is at 11:00 at the Midway Bar & Grill on North Route 45 in Effingham – then back to the Teutopolis KC Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 7:00 and music from 7:00 to 10:00 with a silent auction & more – it’s $20 per person for the “ride” plus meal & music – proceeds to help offset medical expenses


    The Olney VFW will host another “taco night” tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 – call ahead for carry outs – tomorrow night’s 50/50 raffle will raise money for the White Squirrel Saddle Club’s “Gaitway to Motion” horseback riding program for special needs children which is held once a week for local kids


    The Revival Center of Olney has a fundraising pork burger and bratwurst sale today at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00

 

 

 

May 28, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  We can expect a mostly dry and slightly cooler sky today as a high pressure ridge tracks across the region – however, that frontal boundary to our south could produce a spotty rain shower later in the day – an approaching cold front will bring back higher rain chances tomorrow thru Saturday and Sunday – while we’ll stay dry most of the weekend, there will be times of occasional rain – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  A new measure aimed at preventing heroin abuse is working its way thru the State Assembly – the State House approved the proposal yesterday that would require police departments and fire houses to carry drugs that counteract the effects of a heroin overdose – the bill would also provide a state system that would help residents dispose of prescription medications – the bill moves on to the State Senate for debate.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office has joined the Federal Trade Commission and all other states to file a lawsuit charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from donors across the country – the lawsuit alleges the charities claimed donations would help cancer patients, mostly children and women, when in fact the majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their associates, and fundraisers – the four charities sued are The Cancer Fund of America, The Cancer Support Services, The Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and The Breast Cancer Society.

 

(OLNEY)  Seven Illinois airports are winners of the “2015 Airport of the Year” awards presented by the Illinois Department of Transportation – the recognized airports were noted for their accomplishments throughout the year, including an outstanding partnership with the State of Illinois and the commitment to customer safety and satisfaction – the only downstate award recipient was the Mt. Vernon Airport, down in Jefferson County, where it was recognized for its runway greater than 5,000 feet in length – the only central state award recipient was the Decatur Airport in Macon County, where it was recognized for its restaurant within the airport terminal, The Main Hangar Restaurant – all other award winners were in upstate Illinois, including those in Quincy, West Chicago, Poplar Grove, Arlington Heights, and Marshall County (Lacon).

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week – the Board  :  approved the $3,595 quote from Wakefield Tree Service to remove four troublesome trees in Noble and to grind the stumps  :  discussed the offer from the local PTO ( Parent/Teacher Organization) for the Village to move and use the playground equipment at the Elementary School – the moving costs to be determined  :  discussed the drainage issue at 430 Judy Street with Village employees to make an effort to correct  :  discussed repairs needed to the Village Park’s big pavilion  :  agreed to seek estimates to replace the air conditioning unit for the Village Hall  :  noted that the Village water hydrants were recently flushed with no problems found  :  noted that the Farmers Market is set up every Thursday afternoon & evening from 3:00 to 6:00 in the Village Park  :  and noted that due to the Memorial Day observance on Monday, the trash collection by Republic Services is delayed until Saturday within the Village  :  the next meeting of the Noble Village Board will be June 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  In Tuesday’s USDA Crop Report, the statewide planting progress continued while most areas stayed dry – last week’s statewide rainfall averaged just under three tenths of an inch (0.29), which is six tenths of an inch below normal – last week’s average temperature around the state was 60.2 degrees, that was 5.3 degrees below normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn planting had reached 97% complete and the soybean planting at 69%, both ahead of last year and the five-year planting average  :  farmers in our ten county area report much the same, with nearly all the corn and 65% of the soybeans in the ground – the winter wheat crop also remains in mostly fair to good condition – area farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as they return to the regional fields to wrap up the spring planting season in Southeastern Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police are conducting Nighttime Enforcement Patrols during this month of May in District 12 – Troopers working the special NITE patrols are looking for unsafe drivers, those not properly buckled up, and for those driving impaired – since alcohol & drug impairment is a factor in nearly 40% of all fatal crashes in Illinois, the State Police has zero tolerance when it comes to impaired drivers.

 

(NEWTON)  This Sunday will be the final chance to view the current War Exhibit on display at the Sainte Marie Foundation Museum – the popular exhibit will be open Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Foundation House – area folks are then encouraged to stop by the American Legion Hall at 2:00 to meet and listen to former Ste. Marie resident, Ken Stone, as he shares his experiences as a Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War – now a retired professor of economics at Iowa State University, Stone retired from the Army as a Colonel back in 1986 – a celebratory wine & cheese reception will follow – all are invited this Sunday.

 

(NEWTON)  All are invited out to the 21st Annual Jasper County Strawberry Fest coming to the Square in downtown Newton this weekend – the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce will be making delicious, creamy, homemade ice cream with strawberry shortcake this Friday from 12 noon to 9:00 at night & from 9:00 Saturday morning on – Friday evening activities include family fun and family movie night on the west side of the square – Saturday is full of activities including an animal show, painting classes, live music on stage, the Pick of the Patch Pageant, crafts, food, and more – for more details, check it out on Facebook, under Jasper County Strawberry Fest – we’ll see you and your family this weekend in downtown Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  In regional news : longtime Wayne County employer Airtex announced yesterday that it will be moving the majority of its production work out of the United States – the move is expected to start later this year in September – while some 75 distribution and support staff positions will remain in Fairfield, the rest of the operations will be moved to factories in Mexico and China – since the company was founded back in 1935, Airtex has been the largest employer in Wayne County, at one time with more than 1,000 employees – officials say this will not affect neighboring Champion Laboratories, also owned by Airtex, UCI-Fram.

 

(NEWTON)  Area farmers and landowners are reminded that the Farm Bill requires the filing of a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form with their local USDA Service Center by June 1st in order to remain or become eligible for crop insurance premium support – with time quickly running out, farmers should contact their local county FSA Office as soon as possible.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Willow Hill United Methodist Church will host renowned reinactor Patty Wynn as she shares the real story of Betsy Ross, starting at 5:30, this Saturday evening – then after the show, help share the best  cooking in Jasper County – for more information or details, call 618-322-0352


    It’s benefit fundraiser for Jeff Rauch coming up this Saturday – the benefit “ride” signup for all bikes, Jeeps, cars, & trucks is at 11:00 at the Midway Bar & Grill on North Route 45 in Effingham – then back to the Teutopolis KC Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 7:00 and music from 7:00 to 10:00 with a silent auction & more – it’s $20 per person for the “ride” plus meal & music – proceeds to help offset medical expenses


    The Olney VFW will host another “taco night” tomorrow night from 5:30 to 7:30 – call ahead for carry outs – tomorrow night’s 50/50 raffle will raise money for the White Squirrel Saddle Club’s “Gaitway to Motion” horseback riding program for special needs children which is held once a week for local kids


    The Revival Center of Olney has a fundraising pork burger and bratwurst sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are invited out this Friday, May 29th


    The “Book Bus” is back at Musgrove Park today from 3:00 to 7:00, open to all Richland County students, Pre-K thru 8th Grade – the “Book Bus” will be located between the pool and ball parks

 

 

 

May 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front pushes across the Midwest today, the chance of scattered showers & storms will hang around thru tonight – behind the front, high pressure will bring a short period of dry conditions for most of tomorrow before the rain chances increase daily for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – behind the second cold front, we’ll dry out with a little cooler air in place by next Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner last week granted seven and denied 144 clemency petitions – being the 2nd set of petitions the Governor has reviewed since taking office, the clemency petitions considered by Governor Rauner last Friday were part of dockets dating back to January 2008 – the Governor’s Office has developed a process to review clemency petitions on a regular basis, trying to erase the backlog – Governor Rauner inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from the previous administrations, dating back more than six years.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging folks around the state to start taking precautions against the West Nile Virus – while local health departments are now accepting birds and mosquito samples for West Nile Virus testing, Illinoisans can start taking simple precautions by practicing the three “R’s”  :  reduce, repel, & report  :  REDUCE exposure to mosquitoes by limiting time outdoors at certain times & by reducing any standing water where mosquito breeding occurs  :  REPEL when outdoors by covering all skin & using insect repellent containing DEET  :  REPORT any dead birds to a local health department  :  for more, check the Department of Public Health’s website online at www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Family, friends, and co-workers were saddened by the loss of former TV news anchor Dave Benton – the 52 year old passed away yesterday morning following a long battle with brain cancer – Benton stepped down last month from his anchoring position at WCIA-TV in Champaign as the illness grew worse.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  agreed to issue up to $775,000 in Water Works Revenue Bonds – this is preliminary action for the needed work and improvements to the Olney’s Waterworks Facilities  :  adopted the Maintenance Resolution for Streets, setting aside $150,000  :  adopted an ordinance to amend the City Code on the number of liquor licenses with Class A dropping from 3 to 2 and Class D dropping from 6 to 5  :  heard a general summary of the City’s general, water, & sewer funds for Fiscal Year 2015  :  agreed to sell two City Park mowers online at www.GovDeals.com  :  agreed to buy two new mowers for the Park Department  :  approved the sewer pump price for the Cypress Lift Station in Olney  :  set the public hearing date of June 22nd on an amendment to an annexation agreement  :  agreed to a couple of Parks & Recreation Board recommendations – to place 2 new pieces of playground equipment at Musgrove Park that were donated anonymously and the naming of the trails north of East Fork Lake Dam as “East Fork Trails”  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss personnel, negotiations, and the sale and/or acquisition of real property  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be the 8th of June.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities continue their investigation into an ATV accident Sunday night in Jasper County that injured two riders from Teutopolis – the Illinois State Police say an ATV was struck by another ATV, which left the scene – both the driver, 28 year old Jared Sudkamp, and his passenger, 26 year old Catherine Sudkamp were injured and taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the Sudkamp ATV was among several ATV’s traveling on a county road about a mile west of Wheeler at 8:45 Sunday night.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Farm Bureau county-wide rainfall report from the nine townships within Richland County, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at just under two tenths of an inch, at 0.18 inches, with the recording period ending at 10:00 this past Monday morning – Decker Township had the largest amount of rain over the past week at three tenths of an inch (0.30), with Madison and Olney Townships next at a quarter of an inch (0.25) – then Noble and Bonpas Townships at two tenths of an inch (0.20) – the county’s lowest total from last week was eight hundredths of an inch (0.08) in Claremont Township – the remaining three Townships of Denver, Preston, and German had a tenth of an inch (0.10) – 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 twelve hundredths of an inch (0.12) – the current spring-to-date Richland County rainfall average is running about 2 to 3 inches lower than at this time a year ago in 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  All are invited out to the 21st Annual Jasper County Strawberry Fest coming to the Square in downtown Newton this weekend – the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce will be making delicious, creamy, homemade ice cream with strawberry shortcake this Friday from 12 noon to 9:00 at night & from 9:00 Saturday morning on – Friday evening activities include family fun and family movie night on the west side of the square – Saturday is full of activities including an animal show, painting classes, live music on stage, the Pick of the Patch Pageant, crafts, food, and more – for more details, check it out on Facebook, under Jasper County Strawberry Fest – we’ll see you and your family this weekend in downtown Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is now accepting entries for the 2015 Little Miss Pageant, which will be held in conjunction with the Queen Pageant – the Little Miss Pageant is open to girls ages 4 to 6 that are residents of Richland County, that is girls who must be 4 years old before July 1st, but not 7 years old before July 30th – the first entries postmarked by May 30th, this Saturday, will be accepted as contestants for this year’s Pageant will be notified – no phone entries will be accepted and no past contestants please – to enter, send a post card with the contestant’s full name, age, date of birth, parents’ names, address, & phone number to : Little Miss Director Malory Urfer, c/o R.C.F.F., at P.O. Box 579, Olney, Illinois, 62450.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of  Newton is still looking for a new mission statement, but time is running out to submit an entry into the current contest looking for the perfect mission statement for Newton – the resident that submits the best entry will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by the end of this week, May 31st, by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience, and once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of  Newton’s website, on the City Council’s conference room wall, and wherever else appropriate involving the City of  Newton.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Willow Hill United Methodist Church will host renowned reinactor Patty Wynn as she shares the real story of Betsy Ross, starting at 5:30, this Saturday evening – then after the show, help share the best  cooking in Jasper County – for more information or details, call 618-322-0352


    It’s benefit fundraiser for Jeff Rauch coming up this Saturday – the benefit “ride” signup for all bikes, Jeeps, cars, & trucks is at 11:00 at the Midway Bar & Grill on North Route 45 in Effingham – then back to the Teutopolis KC Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 7:00 and music from 7:00 to 10:00 with a silent auction & more – it’s $20 per person for the “ride” plus meal & music – proceeds to help offset medical expenses


    The Revival Center of Olney has a fundraising pork burger and bratwurst sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are invited out this Friday, May 29th


    The Richland County Public Building Commission has a special meeting this afternoon at 4:00 – the meeting will be in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – discussion and business will center around the bids & possible awarding of bids for the construction, remodeling, & renovation of certain county buildings


    Congressman John Shimkus will meet with local constituents in Clay County today – at the Flora City Hall, from 11:00 to 12:30 – all part of the lawmaker’s work in the 15th Congressional District

 

 

 

May 26, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system will track into the Upper Midwest by tonight, giving us continued chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms today, tonight, and tomorrow – then more rain chances Friday and Saturday, and right on thru the weekend – some severe weather conditions are possible with a few of the storms that roll thru – stay tuned to those NOAA weather alert radios for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Democrats in Springfield may soon offer a state budget of their own – House Speaker Michael Madigan announced yesterday that they are considering a budget worth just over $36 billion that would go into effect July 1st – the figure is around $3 billion more than the state can afford, but Madigan says he’s willing to work with the Governor to make up the difference – a state budget is needed by Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  A proposed bill designed to help wounded Veterans is on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner – if signed into law, Veterans with war injuries would get a break on their property taxes, by not counting upgrades made to their home when adding up how much the property is worth – the measure’s sponsor claims that wounded Veterans should not have to pay more to get inside their homes and buildings.

 

(NEWTON)  An elderly couple in Illinois are part of quite a large family – the “Quincy Herald-Whig” reports Leo and Ruth Zanger welcomed their 100th grandchild last month in April – out of 12 children of their own, the couple has 53 grandkids, 46 great-grandchildren, and now one great-great-grandchild – their first grandchild was born back in 1975 and they’ve been coming at an average of two every year since.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday morning in Edwards County that claimed the lives of a Noble man and a Teutopolis woman – the Illinois State Police and Edwards County authorities report the vehicles were involved in a nearly head on crash along Illinois Route 130, about 2 miles north of Albion, at around 11:30 Sunday morning – 65 year old George Thomas, Jr. of Noble died due to injuries after being transported to an Evansville hospital – the other victim was 57 year old Leah Koester of Teutopolis, who died during treatment at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel – Route 130 was closed for nearly four hours following the crash and reopened by late Sunday evening.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is still searching for hundreds 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)  The City of  Newton is still looking for a new mission statement, but time is running out to submit an entry into the current contest looking for the perfect mission statement for Newton – the resident that submits the best entry will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks for Newton and Jasper County – entries must be submitted by the end of this week, May 31st, by delivering them in person to the Newton City Hall or by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a drop box is available around the clock for the public’s convenience, and once chosen, the new mission statement will be posted on the City of  Newton’s website, on the City Council’s conference room wall, and wherever else appropriate involving the City of  Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College District will offer a special cooking class starting next Monday, June 1st, to be taught at the West Richland Center in Noble, the former High School in Noble – professional chef Nada Lunsford will help students enhance their cooking skills each Monday night, from 6:00 to 9:30, thru August 3rd – the final two classes, students will prepare a banquet meal to share with guests – to check on requirements, to register, or for more details, call Olney Central College at 395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Health Department has received a Vector Surveillance Grant for 2015 – again this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health is requesting local health departments submit at least three “eligible” birds for testing as dead birds are an important indicator for early West Nile Virus activity – this includes all perching birds, such as the crow, blue jay, starling, sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals, swallows, wrens, and others – birds should be believed dead less than 48 hours with no signs of decomposing – remember, never directly touch the bird by using a plastic bag, and give the local Health Department a call as soon as possible at  618-783-5206 – also call if any additional questions.

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  Republic Services will be picking up trash a day later than normal for the rest of this week due to yesterday’s holiday – Monday’s normal pickup is today, Tuesday’s will be hauled off tomorrow, and so forth – this will affect all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, and Newton area  :  also this week, Republic Services will be replacing all trash containers in Olney – customers are asked to place their trash containers out the night before their scheduled pick up day and do not take them in until they have been replaced with the new containers  :  also in Olney, Monday’s recycling pick up will be today with the normal Tuesday pickup – the recycling schedule returns to normal the rest of this week  :  all City & Village Halls are back open today  :  the City of Olney’s brush dump is back on normal schedule as well. 

 

(OLNEY)  There are a couple of municipal meetings on tap tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall with a rather full agenda – it starts at 7:00 this evening  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at the Noble Village Hall starting at 7:00  :  both open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s benefit fundraiser for Jeff Rauch coming up this Saturday – the benefit “ride” signup for all bikes, Jeeps, cars, & trucks is at 11:00 at the Midway Bar & Grill on North Route 45 in Effingham – then back to the Teutopolis KC Hall for a meal from 5:00 to 7:00 and music from 7:00 to 10:00 with a silent auction & more – it’s $20 per person for the “ride” plus meal & music – proceeds to help offset medical expenses


    The Revival Center of Olney has a fundraising pork burger and bratwurst sale this Friday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all are invited out this Friday, May 29th


    Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet local constituents in Clay County tomorrow – that’s at the Flora City Hall, from 11:00 to 12:30 – for an appointment, call his Effingham office or go online


    The “Book Bus” will make its first appearance at Musgrove Park this afternoon & evening, open to all Richland County students, Pre-K thru 8th Grade – sponsored by the Richland County Schools & the Rotary Club of Richland County, the “Book Bus” will be at Musgrove Park every Tuesday & Thursday, from 3:00 to 7:00, located between the pool and ball parks – the “Bus” is now accepting gently used book donations


    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin today – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library during regular hours

 

 

 

May 25, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure storm system tracking into the Great Lakes region will keep a brisk southerly wind flow and another day of warm & humid conditions on tap for the Midwest – a wet morning will be followed by a dry Memorial Day afternoon & night – then another low pressure system moves thru by tomorrow with more rain & storms – and after mostly dry Thursday & Friday, yet another storm system rolls thru with showers & storms Friday night into Saturday & Sunday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  People all across the country will be honoring those who died while serving in the military by observing Memorial Day on this Monday – communities in Illinois will be hosting parades, events, & other activities in celebration of their sacrifice – while current Veterans, their families, and citizens are urged to attend these local events & show their support, it’s not about the living, but to honor those that lost their lives in the fight to keep America free & to keep that freedom burning bright to others throughout the world.

 

(OLNEY)  There will be several programs and Memorial Day events all around the region today, paying tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and the freedom that she stands for  :  in Noble, a brief Memorial Day service will be held at the Prairie Cemetery, starting at 10:00, at the Flag Pole  :  in Olney, the Memorial Day Parade will lineup at the Olney VFW at 10:30 – the Parade starts at 10:45, moving north on Walnut Street to Haven Hill Cemetery, with the Memorial Day program to start at 11:00 (in the event of rain, the program will be held at the Olney VFW)  :  all are invited out to these and other special remembrance programs throughout the region on Memorial Day – if you and your family cannot attend one, remember to take time today to acknowledge the sacrifice given by many for America.

 

(OLNEY)  As always, we remind everyone to be extra careful out there while traveling – the Illinois State Police and over 350 local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe – the national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign continues as authorities look for those not buckled up and for those driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs – also, Conservation Police Officers are out on the state’s waterways, looking for those boating while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs and making sure everyone uses life jackets while on the water – be safe out there on this Memorial Day 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  A few reminders  :  Republic Services will observe Memorial Day, today, as a holiday, therefore the trash collections during all of this week will run a day later than normal – Monday’s normal pick up will be done Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, and so on – also this week, Republic Services will be replacing all trash containers in Olney – customers are asked to place their trash containers out the night before their scheduled pick up day and do not take them in until they have been replaced with the new containers  :  also, Monday’s recycling pick up will take place on Tuesday, tomorrow, along with the regular Tuesday recycling pick up – the rest of the week’s recycling pick up will be normal  :  and don’t forget that the area City and Village Halls are all closed today – also, Olney’s brush dump is closed Monday until Thursday.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Registration for the Olney Public Library’s summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” will begin tomorrow, on the 26th – for more details or information, call or stop by the Olney Public Library tomorrow