LOCAL NEWS

Local News

September 2, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  With three upper level ridges surrounding Illinois to the northwest, northeast, & south, our weather will stay hot & dry for several more days – in fact, even an approaching cold front the first of next week will likely remain dry as it moves thru by Wednesday – it looks like a warm & dry holiday weekend coming up – the long range forecast shows a cool down the following weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Democrats are trying to build momentum for a vote to defy Governor Bruce Rauner on legislation they say could prevent labor unrest – convening today in Springfield, the State House needs 71 votes to override the Governor’s veto of a plan to allow an independent arbitrator to step in if contract negotiations with the state’s largest employee union goes south – some argue that an arbitrator that favors the union could force a tax increase and that negotiations should be left to only elected officials.

 

(OLNEY)  The month of August ends mostly cool and dry across the state – the Illinois State Water Survey reports the average rainfall across the state in August was 2.95 inches, that’s more than half an inch below average for the month, and comes after what had been a very wet June and July – there was widespread differences in rainfall in the 31 days & nights with areas east of St. Louis and Northern Illinois getting 3 to 5 inches – Illinois’ average temperature for August was 72 degrees, which is 1.6 degrees below average.

 

(NEWTON)  A major credit rating agency is warning Illinois lawmakers to reach a budget agreement by late September because it may be linked to other massive financial problems – Moody’s Investors Service says the state budget stalemate underscores “weak governance” and is symptomatic of other “severe” challenges like ballooning pension payments, debt costs, and dwindling revenues – while the projected budget hole is about $5 billion, rating agencies have given Illinois the worst rating of any state in America.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair continues – today is WSIL-TV Day with the Charlie Daniels Band in concert tonight – tomorrow will be WPSD-TV Day with Montgomery Gentry in concert Thursday night – with the Ag Expo & Static Exhibits, plenty of entertainment, concessions, and more available to all ages, the Fair runs thru next Monday night – for more information, go online at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved an ordinance amendment for golf carts & neighborhood vehicles in the Newton City Code – drivers must be 18 years old or older to operate within Newton  :  approved an agreement with IDOT for the final plan to construct and maintain a bike way at Sam Parr State Park  :  approved the City of Newton’s conveyance of ground agreement with the Newton Bio-Diesel Plant #2 LLC  :  approved the City’s Healthcare Plan Amendments effective January 1st, 2016  :  noted a joint meeting with all City Departments to discuss the Streetscape project involving various related topics  :  noted that the Aquatic Center will remain open thru the Labor Day weekend with the pool draining set for September 8th  :  noted street repair work in Imperial Acres due to the recent train derailment damage  :  approved the $12,508 purchase of utility poles for the Electric Department  :  & took no other action after a 21-minute closed session to discuss litigation, potential litigation, and the possible sale of real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on September 15th at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County Home Front is asking for the community’s support with nearly 170 men and women from Richland County currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces – fundraising efforts are now underway with the money raised to send care packages and cards to those serving from Richland County – 50 / 50 tickets will be available at all home Olney Tiger football games with the drawing at half-time of each game – plus a 50 / 50 drawing and fundraising breakfast will be held at the Olney VFW this month and in November – to make a donation or for details on how you can help out, call Kathy at  618-392-2227.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2015 Farm Progress Show continues today up in Macon County, in Decatur, from 8:00 until 5:00 – the final day of the annual Show is tomorrow from 8:00 to 4:00 – over 600 exhibits with various displays, giveaways, and more available on the show grounds, not to mention all the farm equipment demonstrations and more – country music performer Craig Morgan is in concert tonight at Richland Community College in Decatur – for more information, go online at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Do you have an old car you want to get rid of – well, you can donate it to the Olney Central College Automotive Service Technology Program – the program will accept most cars, but would prefer vehicles manufactured after 1996 – the cars will be used by the OCC students for training purposes – the donation is tax deductible and the Automotive Program will provide donors with a receipt for tax purposes – to donate a vehicle or for more details, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777, extension 2521.

 

(NEWTON)  The Labor Day Celebration in Palestine gets underway tomorrow night in Leaverton Park with the first of four nights of Carnival rides & games – then the first of three PRCA Rodeo performances is Friday night at 7:00 – the huge Chuckwagon Breakfast begins will serving at 6:00 Saturday morning on Main Street Palestine with the Main Street Market Madness and Antique Gas Engine Exhibit & Swap Meet throughout the day – it’s Lunch with the Clowns on Main Street from 11:00 to 1:00 on Saturday and the 2nd PRCA Rodeo performance that night at 7:00 – Sunday morning’s church service starts at 10:15 with arts & crafts in Leaverton Park at 11:00 and the 3rd and final Rodeo performance Sunday night at 7:00 – then the Gigantic Labor Day Parade starts at 10:00 Monday morning – that’s all this weekend in Palestine at the City Arena and elsewhere – for more information on the 49th annual event, logon at  www.pioneercity.com.

 

(OLNEY)  A note that the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies are now out in extra force as we approach and move thru the Labor Day weekend – the extra patrols, roadside safety checks, and more will be looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, for those illegally using cell phones while driving, and for those not buckled up – all to make it a safe holiday weekend.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Annual Calhoun Chowder is set for next Monday, on Labor Day, with carry-outs available starting at 11:00 that morning – along with the fresh chowder, they’ll also be serving sloppy joe sandwiches, pork burgers, homemade desserts, and more – that’s all at the Calhoun Chowder on Labor Day, next Monday


    The next Richland County blood drive will be this coming Saturday at Family Video in Olney from 11:00 to 3:00 – with all blood types in need, all local donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out & give


    The regular monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal collection sites in Calhoun, Claremont, Dundas, Noble, Olney, and Parkersburg – all aluminum cans, slick ads, newspapers, magazines, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off


    The first meeting of this new school year for the Caregiver / Grandparent Support Group is tomorrow morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for caregivers and grandparents raising a child or very involved in raising a child – for details, call Jennifer at RCES at  618-395-8540

 

 

 

September 1, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a frontal boundary and an upper level ridge sit to our north & northeast, we’ll continue to experience higher-than-normal temperatures the rest of this week, plus as the weather system slowly moves off to the east, there is a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm thru the rest of today – then we’ll stay dry until the first of next week when a cold front is expected to pass thru – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  For the second day in a row, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for portions of both Clark and Edgar Counties – with 2 to 3 inches already received and an additional 1 to 3 inches possible, flooding is a problem in the areas from Paris to Marshall – a separate Flash Flood Warning affects portions of  Jasper, Crawford, and Cumberland Counties as well with 2 to 4 inches of rain falling in less than 3 hours – motorists are reminded to stay off those roads or highways covered by flood waters.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – all eligible units of the Teamsters Union have now signed onto a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the State of Illinois – while 300 Cook County members & 200 Master Sergeants with the State Police have already approved the deal, some 3,800 others, mostly with IDOT, have yet to vote on the agreement – the plan calls for a four-year wage freeze and a 40-hour work week before overtime pay – contract talks continue with AFSCME, which represents about 38,000 other state workers.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois will begin putting ignition locking devices on the vehicles of drivers with two or more DUI convictions – signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner and sponsored by Secretary of State Jesse White, the new measure prohibits chronic violators from operating any vehicle unless the interlock device is installed – drivers will blow into the device to prove that he or she is sober before the vehicle can be started.

 

(NEWTON)  The State’s first death due to the West Nile Virus has been reported in Cook County – the man in his early 90’s became ill a week ago Saturday and died five days later after hospitalized – two other human cases are being treated, one in St. Clair County and the other in Cook County – the Virus is spread to humans by an infected mosquito – while some people have no symptoms, others have a fever, nausea, and headaches – check the State Department of Public Health website for details, at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair continues – today is Democrat Day with the Sunshine Picnic all day on the fairgrounds – the Ag Expo and Static Exhibit continues each day, with plenty of farm related activities for visitors of all ages – tomorrow is WSIL-TV Day with the Charlie Daniels Band in concert tomorrow night – the Fair runs thru next Monday night – for more information, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  In today’s USDA Crop Report, the state’s dry conditions continue to shorten the growing season for Illinois’ crops – last week’s statewide average precipitation was less than a quarter inch, at 0.23 inches, that’s well over a half inch (0.57) below normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 66.5 degrees, 7 full degrees below normal – while they continue to slowly diminish, the state’s topsoil & subsoil moisture levels are still mostly adequate  :  farmers in our ten county area report the local crop conditions remain about 75% in fair to good shape, 15% in poor to very poor condition, and 10% excellent – with over 90% of the local corn crop in the dough stage and over 80% denting, a quarter of the crop (25%) is close to mature – around 90% of the local soybeans are setting pods with some fields starting to turn color – with the 2015 fall harvest close at hand, farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while out and about on the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Farm Bureau rainfall report from the nine townships, there was no rain that fell – the township totals were zero across the board for the recording period that ended at 10:00 yesterday morning – although the rainfall has been sparse over the past several weeks, the Richland County year-to-date average is over 27 inches (27.43), that’s over 2 inches (2.45) more than a year ago at this time.

  

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges’ TRIO Student Services program has been notified that its Federal Grant application has been approved and the program will be funded for another five years – the awarded money will provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and help motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education – a tip of the hat to those connected to the TRIO program within the IECC District and its four campuses.

 

(NEWTON)  Lake Land College will host a Mobile Veterans Center tomorrow from 10:30 to 3:30 on its campus just south of Mattoon – college students who are Veterans as well as community members who are Veterans are encouraged to stop by and participate in the activities offered by the center, including various counselors, health care provider information, and much more – call Lake Land College for more details.

 

(OLNEY)  The world’s fair of agriculture is back at Progress City, up in Macon County, in Decatur, as the 2015 Farm Progress Show gets underway today, continuing tomorrow, and ending on Thursday – the show provides one-stop shopping for farmers, agribusiness professionals, & others to network, conduct business, & learn about the newest & most innovative technologies in agriculture – the grounds will include nearly 600 exhibitors with various displays and a special Ag Career Fair tomorrow from 8:00 to 2:00 – show hours are from 8:00 to 5:00 today & tomorrow, then 8:00 to 4:00 on Thursday – country music performer Craig Morgan is in concert tomorrow night – for more information, go online at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The 178th Annual Pre-Labor Day Picnic is set for this Sunday in Ste. Marie – smoked pork loin and fried chicken dinners will be served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the air-conditioned St. Mary’s Parish Center – along with other food, there will also be plenty of games for all ages, a basket stand, a country store, a white elephant stand, arts & crafts, raffles, and much more – plus entertainment that night from 8:30 to 10:00 by the band “A Band Called River” – all are invited to check it out in Ste. Marie this Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a fundraising benefit this Sunday to help Shelia Lagle in her fight against stage four throat cancer – a Pool Tournament starts at 1:00 with signup until 12:45 at John Boys, along Main Street, in Flora – also, a Strongest Punch Tournament with signup until 1:45 and start time at 2:00 – then a Car / Bike Cruise & Show at the Country Closet parking lot in Flora with the Cruise starting at 4:00 – entries fees and all donations are welcome – for more information or details on any event, call Virginia at  618-508-3189.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next Richland County blood drive will be this coming Saturday at Family Video in Olney from 11:00 to 3:00 – with all blood types in need, all local donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out & give


    The regular monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal collection sites in Calhoun, Claremont, Dundas, Noble, Olney, and Parkersburg – remember, all aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, slick ads, plastic bags, books, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off – this month’s sponsor is the Rowcroppers 4-H Club


    The first meeting of this new school year for the Caregiver / Grandparent Support Group is this Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for caregivers and grandparents raising a child or very involved in raising a child – for details, call Jennifer at RCES at  618-395-8540


    The next regular meeting for the Newton City Council is tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes both new and old business items, plus a closed session to discuss litigation and the sale of real estate – as always, tonight’s meeting of the Newton City Council is open to the public


    The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – that’s fresh produce and more available to the public today from 11:00 to 4:00


    The RMH Auxiliary will host a Thirty-One fundraising sale today from 8:00 to 4:00 in the private dining rooms at Richland Memorial Hospital – all proceeds will go to fund Auxiliary projects at RMH

 

 

 

August 31, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  As a frontal boundary extends from Central Illinois into Northern Indiana and continues to move eastward, our chance of an isolated shower or storm is possible today and tomorrow, although most all of the downstate area will stay dry – plus, high heat and humidity levels are back for most all of this week – the next significant chance of rain not until early next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for portions of Cumberland, Clark, Coles, and Edgar Counties until 12:30 this afternoon due to 4 to 6 inches of rain that has fallen in a short amount of time in that area – with the threat of slow-moving showers and thunderstorms, all regional residents should be on the lookout for possible flooding and listen to your NOAA alert radios for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – State health officials say the number of residents with Legionnaires’ disease at a western Illinois Veterans’ home has went up to 28, including two people who died last week – the Quincy Herald-Whig reports Illinois Veterans Home workers and State Health Department are monitoring the situation very closely – Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia with lung inflammation usually caused by infection – the disease is transmitted from person to person, by inhaling the Legionella bacteria.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois is the first state in the nation to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs – the numerical locking devices will be similar to those used on gym lockers and will be placed on the pill bottles – this will involve painkillers that contain hydrocodone with the new law to take effect on January 1, in the new year of 2016.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ second State Fair continues all this week after starting this past weekend down in Du Quoin – today is FFA / Ag Day on the fairgrounds in Perry County – with the Ag Expo and Static Exhibit continuing each morning, there’s plenty of farm related activities for visitors of all ages – the Dave Caputo Band is in concert tonight on stage – tomorrow is Democrat Day with the Sunshine Picnic all day on the fairgrounds – the Fair runs today thru next Monday night – for more, logon at  www.agr.state.il.us/dq.

 

(OLNEY)  A tip of the hat to member of the Richland County Farm Bureau who recently competed in the Annual Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Agri-Quiz Bowl competition during Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair – the foursome of Joel Gardner, Vanessa McCormick, Travis Paddock, & Clint Seals competed against 30 other teams during the all-day event, quizzed on their knowledge of Ag Safety, Ag Management, Animal Science, Ag Mechanics, Crop Production, Ag Issues / Current Issues, Horticulture, Natural Resources, and Ag Statistics – winning the competition was the Ford-Iroquois County team, followed by Perry County, Henry County, and Woodford County – the State Fair annual event is sponsored by Country Financial.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus has announced that he will be available to meet with local constituents in Jasper County this coming Friday, September 4th – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings from 9:30 to 11:00 that morning in the Newton City Hall – it’s a great chance to meet with the Congressman to discuss a problem or to express thoughts on legislation or other issues – to schedule an appointment for next Friday morning in Newton, folks should call the Congressman’s office in Effingham at  217-347-7947  during regular office hours – those who need special accommodations should call at least 48 hours in advance – for more, check the Congressman’s website at  www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY) Area farmers are reminded that during the first two weeks of  September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) as the agency takes a comprehensive look into the 2015 production and supply of small grains, including wheat, oats, barley, and rye – at least 2,300 producers in Illinois will be contacted – also, the NASS will contact Illinois farmers to gather information on their 2015 production & the quantities of corn, soybeans, wheat, and oats currently stored on farm – all information will remain confidential and no farmer or farm taking part will be identified – for more, logon to the NASS website, at  www.nass.usda.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into the death of two Clay County residents after a single vehicle crash in Missouri – the Missouri Highway Patrol reports that at 11:55 yesterday morning, 62 year old Bruce Pittman of Flora was riding his motor-trike northbound on Missouri Route W, just north of Pike County Road 230, when the trike went off the roadway, down an embankment, and struck a tree – Pittman and his passenger, 54 year old Karen Halsey, also of Flora, were ejected from the trike – while Halsey was pronounced dead at the scene, Pittman was pronounced dead Mercy Hospital in St. Louis yesterday afternoon – Pittman was an engineer at North American Lighting in Flora – Halsey was Flora’s City Clerk.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into the death of an Effingham County woman last week in Clay County – the Coroner’s office reports that 28 year old Jami Lynn Hamilton of Altamont was pronounced dead at a home located on Ingraham Lane last Thursday night at 9:14 – while there were no signs of trauma, results from an autopsy last Friday were inconclusive – toxicology test results will be available within the next five to six weeks – until then, the Clay County investigation by authorities and others will continue.

 

(OLNEY)  A Wayne County man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative – the former Chief Financial Officer, Bruce Johnson, of Wayne City, received the prison term in U.S. District Court down in Benton late last week – he was also prosecuted for stealing money from the First Christian Church of Wayne City where Johnson served as a volunteer bookkeeper – in addition to jail time, Johnson was ordered to pay $382,784 in restitution to the Cooperative, the church, and the insurance companies that covered the losses.

 

(OLNEY)   The Berryville Community Chowder is this coming Saturday with serving to start at 11:00 and continue until sold out – chowder by the bowl, along with fish, hamburgers, & desserts in the Community Building, plus chowder by the bulk at $15 per gallon – also a basket drawing, baked goodies, a children’s bounce house, live music, and more – a signup sheet is available with name and number needed to confirm.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The next Richland County blood drive will be this coming Saturday at Family Video in Olney from 11:00 to 3:00 – with all blood types in need, all local donors and/or first-time donors are urged to get out & give


    The regular monthly 4-H recycling drive is this Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:30 at the six normal collection sites in Calhoun, Claremont, Dundas, Noble, Olney, and Parkersburg – remember, all aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, slick ads, plastic bags, books, and other items should be bundled separately before dropped off – this month’s sponsor is the Rowcroppers 4-H Club

 
    RMH Home Health / Hospice will sponsor free bingo this Thursday at the Richland County Senior Center in downtown Olney – that’s from 1:00 to 2:00 this September 3rd – all are invited to attend


    The RMH Auxiliary will host a Thirty-One fundraising sale tomorrow from 8:00 to 4:00 in the private dining rooms at Richland Memorial Hospital – all proceeds will go to fund Auxiliary projects at RMH

 

 

 

August 28, 2015

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   FRIDAY   --   8–28–15

 

(OLNEY) Our quiet weather pattern continues today with more sunshine and a few clouds – a developing storm system to our northwest could move thru the Midwest by Sunday – while some weather models show scattered rain for our region Saturday into Sunday morning, our forecast currently calls for a dry sky thru the upcoming weekend & most of next week as well – listen for updates on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA.

 

(NEWTON) In state news today – Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas continued their long decline in July. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the jobless rate fell in every metro area last month. That was the 17th straight month of across-the-board declines. But in its monthly report the department said only eight of the 15 metro areas it tracks added jobs. The statewide unemployment rate was 5.9 % in July. The Bloomington area had the lowest jobless rate at 4.7%. But the area is bracing for the closure of a Mitsubishi auto plant in November.

 

(OLNEY) The new manager of the Illinois State Fair says he believes the decrease in attendance this year was caused by inflated numbers in previous years. First year fair manager Patrick Buchen says he doesn’t necessarily think the numbers were “cheated” in the past. But he says the Illinois State Fair has seen between 400,000 and 500,000 visitors annually for at least the past decade. On Tuesday, Buchens office released attendance figures for this year’s fair. Those figures showed over 411,500 people visited the fair from Aug. 13-23, more than 50% less than last year’s estimate of around 844,600 visitors.

 

(OLNEY) There’s another scam circulating thru downstate Illinois – local folks should beware of callers posing as National Guard members or workers asking for money – since federal regulations prevents the National Guard and all other Department of Defense forces to do so, this is a scam, whereas crooks are calling residents, most notably the elderly, trying to get donations based on patriotism – folks should never commit to such a donation over the telephone, little alone give out personal banking or credit card details – if anyone is targeted with such a call, they should hang up and contact their local law enforcement agency.

 

(NEWTON) For the first time in several months, area unemployment numbers are slightly higher than they were a year ago, however the numbers are considerably lower than the month earlier, this past June – the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows all regional rates were up by less than a full percentage point last month compared to July of 2014 : Effingham County has the lowest area jobless rate last month at 4.4% : Cumberland County had the second lowest regional rate at 4.9% : then it was Jasper County, Edwards County, and Crawford County, all at 5.4% : Wabash County was at 5.5% : Richland County at 5.8% : then Lawrence County and Wayne County each at 6.4% : and Clay County with the area’s highest rate at 6.6% : while the Illinois state number in July was 5.9%, the national rate was at 5.6% in the U.S.

 

(OLNEY) The USDA has designated 87 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rains and flooding that occurred this year since the 1st of June – this makes farmers in these counties eligible for low interest emergency loans to cover part of the damages and losses incurred – the list of area counties includes Richland, Jasper, Clay, Effingham, Marion, & Wayne – not to mention several counties in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Kentucky – farmers should contact their county FSA Office.

 

(NEWTON) Congressman John Shimkus has announced that he will be available to meet with local constituents in Jasper County on Friday, September 4th, a week from today – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings from 9:30 to 11:00 that morning in the Newton City Hall – it’s a great chance to meet with the Congressman to discuss a problem or to express thoughts on legislation or other issues – to schedule an appointment for next Friday morning in Newton, folks should call the Congressman’s office in Effingham at 217-347-7947 during regular office hours – those who need special accommodations should call at least 48 hours in advance – for more, check the Congressman’s website at www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County Farm Bureau has announced its 2015 Bus Trip to the Covered Bridge Festival, coming up on Tuesday, October 13th, with the bus leaving the Eagles Lodge parking lot in Olney at 6:00 that morning and returning at around 6:00 that night – the trip to Bridgeton, Indiana is priced at only $20 per Farm Bureau member and at $30 for non-members – for more details or to reserve your seat, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at 618-393-4116 – for Festival details, logon at www.coveredbridges.com.

(OLNEY) Here’s a couple of reminders for area hunters : Illinois 2015 Resident Either-Sex Archery Deer

Permit applications will be accepted now thru September 1st, coming up next Tuesday : the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Permits are currently available over-the-counter from DNR direct license and permit vendors throughout the state – they’re also available on the DNR website, but only thru August 31st, which is next Monday – the statewide Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, running October 10th thru 12th : for all things outdoors, including permit applications, season dates, & more, logon at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON) The Annual Homecoming in Willow Hill is coming up tomorrow, running from 9:00 in the morning throughout the rest of the day – the event will feature an afternoon Car & Bike Show, an Antique Tractor Show, afternoon entertainment, bingo, a cake walk, an evening raffle drawing, and much more – the food lineup includes plenty of pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – all the money raised will go for improvements at Edison Park – for other details or information, call 618-783-9564 or 783-9764.

 

REMINDERS :

   Both the Heritage House on Kitchell Avenue and the Carnegie Museum on East Main Street in Olney will be open this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00 – young & old alike are invited to stop by and take a look

   The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will present the final three performances of “Assisted Living : The Musical” this weekend – tonight and tomorrow night at 6:00 each night (Illinois time) and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets on sale at the door or logon at www.oldtownplayers.org  

   The Fourth Annual Harmony Fest is tomorrow, four miles west of St. Francisville, on Harmony Road in rural Lawrence County – the day of music begins at 2:00 that afternoon with various local musicians all taking part, including Victoria Kittle, Evan Twitty, the “Wood & Wire” Band, the Hawf Family String Band, the Adams Band, & more – bring your own chairs – no alcohol allowed – concessions available

   The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is tomorrow, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at 618-393-5900

   The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” tomorrow at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited

   The Richland County Farmers Market is set up today from 11:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park, in the Swine Barn – there’ll be fresh produce and much more available to the public for purchase today

 

  

August 27, 2015

 

(OLNEY)  Our quiet weather pattern continues today with more sunshine and a few clouds, but not an many as yesterday – a developing storm system to our northwest could move thru the Midwest by Sunday – while some weather models show scattered rain for our region Saturday into Sunday morning, our forecast currently calls for a dry sky thru the upcoming weekend and most of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – a federal judge in Chicago has blasted Illinois officials for not fully complying with an order that they pay providers of critical social services during an ongoing budget impasse – state lawyers were told at yesterday’s hearing that they have 48 hours to explain which providers have and have not been paid – Illinois is still without a fiscal year 2015 budget as the stalemate continues.

 

(OLNEY)  State regulators have announced the registration of Illinois’ first medical marijuana dispensary – the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations says the Harbory is located in Marion and has completed all license requirements and is ready to sell when the product becomes available – while sales are expected later this year, there are no growers with medical marijuana currently available for sale.

 

(NEWTON)  The state has sold some surplus items to help out the Illinois budget – Governor Bruce Rauner has approved the sale of five Illinois aircraft, bringing in some $2.5 million – the sale included a helicopter, a twin-engine turboprop, and three single-engine planes, most all of which were used for wildlife surveys and for shuttle flights to & from Springfield – state aircraft were grounded July 1st due to the budget crisis.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney announces the addition of a new Pediatrician to the area – Dr. Sam Khairkar (CARE-Ker) joins the staff of  SIHF / Weber Medical Clinic, specializing in preventative and general medical care for children – Dr. Khairkar grew up in India, where his parents owned a home for children with special needs, several of  whom had experienced polio, plus they also cared for orphaned children – after finishing Medical School in India, Dr. Khairkar completed his Pediatric Residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago – appointments can be made by contacting SIHF / Weber Clinic.

 

(NEWTON)  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 since the first of the year, 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 over 2,700 unclaimed properties in Jasper County worth nearly $338,000 and over 6,400 unclaimed properties in Richland County worth some $1.12 million – also, the counties of Lawrence, Crawford, and Effingham have properties worth over $1 million each – area residents are urged to visit the website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov to search for property or to get more information.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Farm Bureau rainfall report from the nine townships, the county’s average rainfall for the past week came in at just under a half inch, at forty-four hundredths of an inch (0.44) with the recording period ending at 10:00 this past Monday morning – the county’s highest total was eight tenths (0.80) in Olney Township, followed by sixty-five hundredths (0.65) in Preston Township, six tenths of an inch (0.60) in Denver Township, a half inch even (0.50) in German and Noble Townships – then four tenths (0.40) in Bonpas Township, three tenths (0.30) in Decker Township, two tenths (0.20) in Madison Township, and no rain recorded in Claremont Township – here at the National Weather Service WVLN-WSEI Weather Station, at the south edge side of Olney, we recorded forty-two hundredths of an inch (0.42) of rain during the same time period – Richland County’s year-to-date rainfall average is still running about five inches (5.00) more than it was at this time a year ago in 2014.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus has announced that he will be available to meet with local constituents in Jasper County on Friday, September 4th, a week from tomorrow – the Congressman will be holding one-on-one meetings from 9:30 to 11:00 that morning in the Newton City Hall – it’s a great chance to meet with the Congressman to discuss a problem or to express thoughts on legislation or other issues – to schedule an appointment for next Friday morning in Newton, folks should call the Congressman’s office in Effingham at  217-347-7947  during regular office hours – those who need special accommodations should call at least 48 hours in advance – for more, check the Congressman’s website at  www.shimkus.house.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the top shooters in this past Saturday’s 4th Annual Farm Bureau Young Leaders Trap Shoot held at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – with twelve teams taking part, the $200 top prize went to the team that included J.T. Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Chad Kuenstler, Kyle Kuenstler, and Brad Kuenstler – the top three individuals receiving $100, $50, and $30 respectively were John Snider, Jordan Tomlin, and Donald Herdes – the winner of the gun raffle, taking ownership of the Remington 870 Shotgun was Maurice Ochs – all proceeds from the event will help sponsor college scholarships for students in Richland County – the Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders thank everyone for their support.

 

(NEWTON)  Current and former union members and their families in the area covered by the Mideastern Illinois Labor Council are invited to attend the 39th annual Labor Picnic from 12 noon to 4:00 this Saturday afternoon in Fox Ridge State Park, seven miles south of Charleston along Illinois Route 130 – the Council dedicates this year’s event to the memory of Harold Cross and J.T. Slaughter, two local labor leaders who were instrumental in sustaining the annual picnic for many years – along with the free meal, there will be live music and drawings for special prizes – the MILC represents organized labor in the 10 area counties of Jasper, Crawford, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Douglas, Shelby, and Moultrie.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Old Town Players Theatre & Arts Center in Vincennes will present the final three performances of “Assisted Living : The Musical” this weekend – Friday & Saturday night at 6:00 each night (Illinois time) and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – tickets on sale at the door or logon at www.oldtownplayers.org

   
    The Fourth Annual Harmony Fest is this Saturday, four miles west of St. Francisville, on Harmony Road in rural Lawrence County – the day of music begins at 2:00 that afternoon with various local musicians all taking part, including Victoria Kittle, Evan Twitty, the “Wood & Wire” Band, the Hawf Family String Band, the Adams Band, & more – bring your own chairs – no alcohol allowed – concessions available


    The Wal-Mart DC 6059 fundraising “motorcycle ride” to Garden of the Gods is this Saturday, with all proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network – it’s $20 per rider and $15 for passengers with kick stands up at 10:00, leaving from Travco Motorsports – cost includes lunch and t-shirts will be for sale – it’s an “alcohol-free” run and all are welcome to take part – for more details, call the DC #6059 at  618-393-5900


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a fundraising “community cookout” this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – includes pork burgers, bratwursts, chips, and soda – all proceeds will go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club to support its Gateway To Motion program for children, plus more – all are invited


    The Farmers Market in Noble will be available to the public later this afternoon and evening in the Noble Village Park – that’s fresh produce and more from 3:00 to 6:00 later today in the Noble Village Park