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December 3, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As an approaching upper level disturbance moves into the Midwest, we’ll see plenty of clouds this weekend with rain chances developing late tonight thru tomorrow morning, maybe mixed with a few flurries before the light rain ends later in the day tomorrow – then dry Monday before more rain that night and Tuesday – then our coldest air so far this late fall moving in later next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – The Illinois Department on Aging is reminding eligible older adults that the annual Medicare open enrollment period continues until next Wednesday, December 7th – the Department on Aging offers free counseling assistance to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals & their caregivers about their Medicare insurance options available – it’s available thru the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – with over 300 SHIP offices throughout Illinois, eligible adults and their caregivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment – for details, check the IDOA website online, at  www.illinois.gov/aging/ship.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers have sufficient time to vote – eligible voters now have until December 13th, a week from next Tuesday, to return ballots to their local FSA office – the newly elected committee members will still take up their positions on January 1st, 2017.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Indiana Rail Road Company’s Santa Train continues with its stops this weekend in Illinois and Indiana – the three stops five Indiana stops today, the final four stops tomorrow includes three in our region of Illinois – in Newton tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 10:00, then in Oblong from 11:15 to 12:15, and in Palestine from 1:30 to 2:30 – children of all ages are invited to climb aboard and visit Santa.

 

(OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The OCC Music Department has its Fall Recital at 8:00 next Tuesday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – the program will feature vocal & instrumental solos – admission is free


    The Olney Quilt Guild will have its regular monthly meeting next Monday night, December 5th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the program is the Guild’s Christmas Party


    The St. Isidore “Christmas Walk” is tomorrow in Dieterich – at the Immaculate Conception Hall from 12:30 to 5:30 and at the Beehive Beauty Boutique from 1:00 to 4:30 – special gifts, a holiday raffle, a visit from Santa with pictures, refreshments, and more – tickets in advance from area banks or at the door


    The F.A.C.E. and Fine Arts of Effingham County Christmas Concert is tomorrow at the Cornerstone Christian Church in Effingham – starting at 2:00, admission is free – donations of canned goods accepted


    A free seminar entitled “GriefShare : Surviving the Holidays” is this afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 in Olney – it’s for those facing the holidays after the death of a loved one – to register or to get more information, contact the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney by calling  618-395-8411  – all are invited


    Santa Claus will visit Lincoln Trail College near Robinson during the annual Santa Day event this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Student Union – area children can enjoy free seasonal games, activities, & craft projects – plus they can visit with Santa Claus in the LTC Library with pictures available


    The Hospice of Southeastern Illinois “Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees” is this morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – holiday cookies & candies, holiday wreaths, & more


    The next Jasper County paper drive is this morning from now until 12:00 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building on South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted & no early drop off’s


    The Parkersburg Community Club has its annual pancake & sausage breakfast this morning with serving from now until 11:00 – it’s all-you-can-eat at the Community Building – all to support community projects


    The Olney Public Library continues with its Local Author Showcase this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – authors from Richland & surrounding counties will display their published books for sale


    The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be clicked on this evening at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will be on each night now thru December 31st for the public’s viewing

 

 

 

December 2, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge tries to build into the Midwest, we’ll have some sunshine today but more clouds moving in for tonight and tomorrow – our next weather system will move in by tomorrow night with rain chances late in the night thru Sunday morning, maybe mixed with a few flurries before ending later – then dry Monday before more rain that night and Tuesday….then colder – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a plan to keep two Illinois nuclear power plants operating & to save thousands of jobs is on its way to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk – the State Senate approved the plan last night on a 32 to 18 vote just an hour after it was approved in the State House on a 63 to 38 vote – the bill will provide Exelon with $235 million a year for the next 13 years – proponents say it will cost electricity ratepayers less while critics say it’s a corporate bailout when Illinois already has enough power generation around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering holiday gift ideas that will help loved ones stay safe when and if disaster strikes – IEMA is focusing on holiday safety throughout December as part of its annual preparedness campaign – while most gift ideas can be found in regular hardware and/or department stores, the list of items are available on the state’s website, at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The University of Illinois says an index that measures economic growth across the state fell in November – the university’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs said yesterday that its Flash Index fell from 104.3 to 104.1 last month, and it’s the third straight monthly decrease – the report shows that the state’s corporate and sales tax receipts were down in November for no apparent reason – the state’s index had declined in five of the past six months even as the national economy enjoyed a strong third quarter.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash in Clay County at 2:59 early yesterday (Thursday) morning along Old Highway 50 at the west edge of Flora – the State Police say 45 year old Shad L. Weller of Xenia was westbound when his vehicle ran off the road, struck a utility pole, continued thru a ditch, and struck a tree – Weller was extricated by rescue personnel and flown from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – Weller was ticketed for DUI, failure to wear a seat belt, for improper lane usage, & for operating an uninsured vehicle – the State Police were assisted by Clay County emergency personnel.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has announced the results of recent Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Richland and Jasper Counties during November – these special patrols provided extra coverage so Troopers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up – of the total 29 citations issued during the patrols, 22 of them were for safety belt violations – there were 18 written warnings issued as well – but there were no citations for child restraint violations – the OREP program for the Illinois State Police is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met in special session yesterday in Newton – the Oath of Office was administered to re-elected State’s Attorney Chad Miller and re-elected Circuit Clerk Jamie Blake – also sworn in were newly elected Board members – A.C. Pickens and Mike Hall from District Two, plus Jason Warfel and Doug Weddell from District Three – the Board’s next regular meeting will be December 8th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers have sufficient time to vote – eligible voters now have until December 13th, a week from next Tuesday, to return ballots to their local FSA office – the newly elected committee members will still take up their positions on January 1st, 2017.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still recruiting Bucket Brigade volunteers for this year’s Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park – the Bucket Brigade volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of donations at the end of the Lights Display with all donations to be used to help maintain and expand the annual Lights Display – various groups and businesses can volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift as the display runs each night thru December 31st – to sign up, call the Olney City Hall at  618-395-7302.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas gets started this weekend in Newton, the first of three consecutive Fridays celebrating the life of Jasper County native Burl Ives – tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 in downtown Newton, there will be great shopping, cookies & hot chocolate, visits with Santa Claus & other Holly Jolly Characters, a live brass band, a Children’s Scavenger Hunt starting at the new Chamber of Commerce Office, and more – also register tonight on the Square for prizes donated by area businesses with the drawing at Jasper Clothiers – plus Wine Tasting tonight from 7:30 to 9:00 at the American Legion in Ste. Marie and the Santa Train visit to Newton is coming up this Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 – for more on tonight’s activities in Newton, find them on Facebook under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Firefighters want to thank everyone for their support in last night’s food drive held door-to-door in the communities of  Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas – for those who would like to help out, non-perishable food items can be dropped during regular hours at the Olney Fire Station, at Noble Foods, the Wakefield Mill, and the TNT Stop in Claremont – all food collected with be sorted and distributed to those in need in Richland County, making sure that no one goes hungry this Christmas.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Moonlight Madness in Olney tonight, from 5:00 to 11:00 – with over 25 businesses participating, tonight will be a great night to get out and shop locally – learn more on the Chamber’s Facebook Event Page : Moonlight Madness Olney, IL.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from now until 2:00  :  also today at the Richland County High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  then next Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The St. Isidore “Christmas Walk” is this Sunday in Dieterich – at the Immaculate Conception Hall from 12:30 to 5:30 and at the Beehive Beauty Boutique from 1:00 to 4:30 – special gifts, a holiday raffle, a visit from Santa with pictures, refreshments, and more – tickets in advance from area banks or at the door


    The 33rd annual F.A.C.E. and Fine Arts of Effingham County Christmas Concert is this Sunday at the Cornerstone Christian Church on South Route 45 in Effingham – starting at 2:00, admission is free while donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will be accepted for local food pantries


    A free seminar entitled “GriefShare : Surviving the Holidays” is tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 in Olney – it’s for those facing the holidays after the death of a loved one – to register or to get more information, contact the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney by calling  618-395-8411  – all are invited


    Santa Claus will visit Lincoln Trail College near Robinson during the annual Santa Day event this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Student Union – area children can enjoy free seasonal games, activities, & craft projects – plus they can visit with Santa Claus in the LTC Library with pictures available


    The Hospice of Southeastern Illinois “Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees” is tomorrow morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – holiday cookies & candies, holiday wreaths, & more


    The next Jasper County paper drive is tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12:00 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building on South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted & no early drop off’s


    The Parkersburg Community Club has its annual pancake & sausage breakfast tomorrow morning from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s all-you-can-eat at the Community Building – all to support community projects


    The Olney Public Library will host a Local Author Showcase today and tomorrow, from 1:00 to 4:00 each afternoon – authors from Richland & surrounding counties will display their published books for sale


    The next Friday night “fish fry” is tonight at the Olney American Legion Post #30 – serving from 5:30 until sold out with tickets at the door – only $6 per person – all ages are welcome this Friday night


    The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be clicked on this evening at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will be on each night now thru December 31st for the public’s viewing

 

 

 

December 1, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  With a strong low pressure system in the Upper Midwest, we could see a few clouds, although there will be plenty of sunshine on tap today and tomorrow before our next storm system moves in – a cool high pressure will give us some clouds Saturday ahead of rain, possibly mixed with light snow, on early Sunday morning – then all rain later before ending – maybe more rain by Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration announced yesterday that the state will begin testing employees who exhibit behaviors that create a reasonable suspicion that they are under the influence of a banned substance and/or alcohol – however, the proposal does not allow for random drug & alcohol testing – guidance will be provided to supervisors on what type of behavior to be looking for.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ most popular hunting season continues today and finishes up this weekend – it’s the final four days of the seven day Firearm Deer Hunting Season, which is open in nearly every statewide county – hunting is allowed a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, running today thru Sunday – all permit holders must wear blaze orange and all hunters are reminded to take extra safety precautions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department on Aging is reminding eligible older adults that the annual Medicare open enrollment period continues until next Wednesday, December 7th – the Department on Aging offers free counseling assistance to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals & their caregivers about their Medicare insurance options available – it’s available thru the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) – with over 300 SHIP offices throughout Illinois, eligible adults and their caregivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment – for details, check the IDOA website online, at  www.illinois.gov/aging/ship.

 

(OLNEY)  Coming up this evening, starting at 6:00, Richland County Firefighters will conduct their door-to-door food drive in the communities of  Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas as residents are asked to place their non-perishable food items in a bag and place that bag on their front porch or porch steps with their front porch light turned on – for those that live elsewhere in the county or for those who’ll not be at home tonight in the three communities, non-perishable food items can be dropped during regular hours at the TNT Stop in Claremont, at Noble Foods, at the Wakefield Mill, or the Olney Fire Department – all food with be sorted and distributed to those in need in Richland County, making sure no one goes hungry this Christmas.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas gets started this weekend in Newton, the first of three consecutive Fridays celebrating the life of Jasper County native Burl Ives and his most beloved Christmas character, Sam the Snowman from the famous movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – this Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00 includes great shopping, cookies & hot chocolate, visits with Santa Claus & other Holly Jolly Characters, a live brass band, a Children’s Scavenger Hunt starting at the new Chamber of Commerce Office, and more in downtown Newton – also register tomorrow night on the Square for prizes donated by area businesses with the drawing at Jasper Clothiers – plus Wine Tasting this Friday night from 7:30 to 9:00 at the American Legion in Ste. Marie and the Santa Train visit to Newton this Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 – for more, find them on Facebook under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas.

 

(OLNEY)  Area farmers are reminded to return those ballots for this year’s FSA County Committee election – the ballots must be postmarked no later than next Monday, December 5th, to ensure all votes are counted – the newly elected committee members will then take office on January 1st, 2017 – all eligible farmers are encouraged to get those ballots in the mail as soon as possible to their local respective County FSA Office.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Indiana Rail Road Company’s Santa Train is getting ready for its twelve stops this weekend in both Illinois and Indiana – the three stops tomorrow are in the Indiana towns of Bargersville, Morgantown, & Helmsburg – then five Indiana stops on Saturday in Solsberry, Bloomfield, Linton, Dugger, and Jasonville – Sunday’s stops include three in Illinois – in Newton from 9:00 to 10:00, in Oblong from 11:15 to 12:15, and in Palestine from 1:30 to 2:30 – children of all ages are invited to climb aboard and visit with Santa this weekend at any of the locations – for more checkout Facebook @ Indiana Rail Road.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Moonlight Madness in Olney tomorrow night, from 5:00 to 11:00 – with over 25 businesses participating, it will be a great night to get out and shop locally – learn more on the Chamber’s Facebook Event Page : Moonlight Madness Olney, IL.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board will meet this afternoon in special session to reorganize after the November 8th election – not only will the newly elected County Board members be sworn in, but also the two re-elected Jasper County Officeholders will be sworn in as well – a few additional items are also to be considered on the agenda – that meeting in the County Office Building in Newton will start at 12:00 noon.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The OCC Music Department has its Fall Recital at 8:00 next Tuesday night, December 6th, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, on the Ruth Henry Stage – the program will feature OCC student musicians performing vocal & instrumental solos – admission is free and all are invited to attend

    The Olney Quilt Guild will have its regular monthly meeting next Monday night, December 5th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the program is the Guild’s Christmas Party

    A reminder from the City of Olney – while the city’s Brush Dump was closed due to heavy rains this past Monday, the Brush Dump is back open today, tomorrow, and Saturday, each day from 10:00 to 4:00

    The St. Isidore “Christmas Walk” is this Sunday in Dieterich – at the Immaculate Conception Hall from 12:30 to 5:30 and at the Beehive Beauty Boutique from 1:00 to 4:30 – special gifts, a holiday raffle, a visit from Santa with pictures, refreshments, and more – tickets in advance from area banks or at the door

    A free seminar entitled “GriefShare : Surviving the Holidays” is this Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 in Olney – it’s for those facing the holidays after the death of a loved one – to register or to get more information, contact the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney by calling  618-395-8411  – all are invited

    The Hospice of Southeastern Illinois “Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees” is Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – holiday cookies & candies, holiday wreaths, & more

    The next Jasper County paper drive is this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12:00 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building on South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted & no early drop off’s

    The Parkersburg Community Club has its annual pancake & sausage breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s all-you-can-eat at the Community Building – all to support community projects

    The Olney Public Library will host a Local Author Showcase tomorrow & Saturday, from 1:00 to 4:00 each afternoon – authors from Richland & surrounding counties will display their published books for sale

    The next Friday night “fish fry” is tomorrow night at the Olney American Legion Post #30 – serving from 5:30 until sold out with tickets at the door – only $6 per person – all ages are welcome this Friday night

    Olney Central College will host a free Veterans Stress Management Seminar tomorrow afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 – with lunch provided in the Banquet Room, Amanda Blain from Fit By G will lead the event

    The American Legion, Post #20, in Newton, will host its monthly pork loin dinner this Thursday evening, with serving to start at 6:00 – great menu – pay at the door – the public is welcome out tonight

    The Vincennes University’s New Student Center will host An Evening of Jazz this Thursday night from 5:00 to 8:00, Illinois time – the event is free to the public – all are invited to attend later tonight

    The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be clicked on this evening at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will be on each night now thru December 31st for the public’s viewing

    Today is the “one day only” pickup date for all pre-ordered Holiday Poinsettias from the RMH Auxiliary – that’s 8:00 this morning to 6:00 this evening, at the Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Building – use the parking lot just north of the Ambulance Building – the Auxiliary thanks everyone for their support

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  A strong cold front has cleared our downstate area as cooler air will now filter into the region today thru the weekend ahead – another low pressure system in the Upper Midwest will give us plenty of clouds today and tomorrow, although we’ll stay dry – our next weather-maker moves in with rain, maybe some snow mixed in early Sunday, then all rain the rest of the day – dry again Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – during the Fall Veto Session in Springfield, the Illinois House failed to overturn the Governor’s veto of a bill that would have allowed automatic voter registration at some state agencies – while the State Senate approved a rejection of the veto two weeks ago, the House fell just four votes short of doing so yesterday – some lawmakers reversed their previous support of the measure.

 

(OLNEY)  An Illinois House Committee has endorsed a revised plan to subsidize Illinois nuclear power plants – the 10 to 1 vote will send the legislation to the House floor to provide Exelon with $235 million a year for 13 years to reward the company for its clean energy produced in the past – however, removed from the original Exelon proposal are incentives for downstate coal-fired plants, which were added to draw more support for the bill – also cut from the initial version was a contentious billing system proposal as well.

 

(NEWTON)  In Monday’s USDA Crop and Farm Report – pretty much all the 2016 fall harvest is complete around Illinois – last week’s statewide average temperature was 38.4 degrees, only 0.2 degrees above normal – the state’s average precipitation last week was 0.64 inches, which was just over a quarter of an inch (0.27 inches) below normal – the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are running well over 80% adequate to surplus – the state’s winter wheat crop was rated 14% excellent, 56% fair, 25% percent fair, and 5% poor to very poor  :  farmers in our ten county region report all the local harvest is complete – producers are again reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as work around the farm continues.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in special session last night in Olney to consider the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which was approved two weeks ago – on an unanimous 7-0 vote, the Board approved and adopted the final budget at $8,553,325 – with the revenue estimated at $3,516,602, the general fund expenditures are set at $3,380,176 which results in the general fund surplus at $136,426 – the new budget takes effect tomorrow, on December 1st  :  also last night Judge Larry Dunn was on hand to swear in those elected in the recent General Election on November 8th – the Richland County Officeholders  sworn in were State’s Attorney Brad Vaughn, Circuit Clerk Zachary Holder, Supervisor of Assessments Tim Hahn, and Coroner Randy Kistler – the Richland County Board members sworn in were Morgan Henton, Emily Blackford, Shawn Rose, and Brian VanBlaricum  :  recognized for their past service were three Board members with a collective 38 years of working on the Board – Leo Ledeker for 14 years, Greg Ammerman for 14 years, and Mary Spillman for 10 years  :  the new Richland County Board will have its re-organizational meeting next Monday evening, December 5th, in the County Jail meeting room, at 5:00.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  held a Truth-In-Taxation hearing to make public the proposed Tax Levy for the Village – a proposed increase in the Tax Levy amounts to $4,426.30, reflecting a 6.89% increase over last year’s levy – it was noted that the increase is to offset funds needed for IMRF, Social Security, & Medicare for the Village’s new employee  :  then adopted the Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2017 set for a total $68,687 with the increase at 6.89% over a year ago  :  noted the 1,600 feet of water line on South First Street and West Locust Street is still old cast line and may need replaced – a funding grant will be looked into  :  took no action on a recommendation to send new Village employee Bill Manuel to water & waste water treatment classes to be held in Edwardsville next spring with a combined cost at $1,000 – Manuel is currently attending a mosquito treatment training class  :  noted the Committee for the Village of Noble 150th History Book has donated $3,378.38 from book sales with remaining book sales to also be donated  :  noted the Village’s leaf collection is continuing as residents can call Village Hall when ready for pickup  :  and noted the Village of Noble caucus will be held Monday night, December 5th, at the Village Hall – the Peoples Party at 6:00 and the Citizens Party at 6:30  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday, December 12th, at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  In Richland County Court yesterday, 53 year old Glenn Ramey made his first appearance and was formally charged with First Degree Murder and Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child all in the murder case of  8 year old Sabrina Stauffenberg of Olney – if found guilty and if he receives the enhanced sentence, Ramey faces life in prison for both charges – Ramey will remain in the Richland County Jail on a $10 million bond – the next court date for Ramey is December 16th for a preliminary hearing with his Public Defender – remember, all are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas gets started this weekend in Newton, the first of three consecutive Fridays celebrating the life of Jasper County native Burl Ives and his most beloved Christmas character, Sam the Snowman from the famous movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – this Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00 includes great shopping, cookies & hot chocolate, visits with Santa Claus & other Holly Jolly Characters, a live brass band, a Children’s Scavenger Hunt starting at the new Chamber of Commerce Office, and more in downtown Newton – also register Friday night on the Square for prizes donated by area businesses with the drawing at Jasper Clothiers – plus Wine Tasting this Friday night from 7:30 to 9:00 at the American Legion in Ste. Marie and the Santa Train visit to Newton this Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 – for more, find them on Facebook under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas.

 

(OLNEY)  Coming up tomorrow evening, starting at 6:00, Richland County Firefighters will conduct their door-to-door food drive in the communities of  Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas as residents are asked to place their non-perishable food items in a bag and place that bag on their front porch or porch steps with their front porch light turned on – for those that live elsewhere in the county or for those who’ll not be at home this Thursday night in the three communities, non-perishable food items can be dropped during regular hours at the TNT Stop in Claremont, at Noble Foods in Noble, at the Wakefield Mill in Wakefield, or the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street – all food collected with be sorted and distributed to those in need in Richland County – the firefighters want no one to go hungry this Christmas in Richland County – everyone is urged to do what they can to help out the firefighters this week with the food drive.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board will meet tomorrow afternoon in special session to reorganize after the November 8th election – not only will the newly elected County Board members be sworn in, but also the two re-elected Jasper County Officeholders will be sworn in as well – a few additional items will also be considered on the agenda – that meeting in the County Office Building in Newton will start at 12:00 noon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Moonlight Madness in Olney this coming Friday night, from 5:00 to 11:00 – with over 25 businesses participating, it will be a great night to get out and shop locally – learn more on the Chamber’s Facebook Event Page : Moonlight Madness Olney, IL.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Cumberland High School northwest of Greenup from 1:30 to 6:30  :  and yet again today at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Hospice of Southeastern Illinois “Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees” is Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – holiday cookies & candies, holiday wreaths, & more


    The next Jasper County paper drive is this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12:00 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building on South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted & no early drop off’s


    Olney Central College will host a free Veterans Stress Management Seminar this Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 – with lunch provided in the Banquet Room, Amanda Blain from Fit By G will lead the event


    Tomorrow is the pickup date for all pre-ordered Holiday Poinsettias from the RMH Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 to 6:00 this Thursday, one day only, at the Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Building by using the parking lot just north of the Ambulance Building – the Auxiliary thanks everyone for their support


    The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be clicked on this evening at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will be on each night now thru December 31st for the public’s viewing

 

 

 

November 29, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Our downstate region will continue to be under the influence of a large storm system as a cold front moves thru tonight – while we’ll stay dry now for the next several days, our temperatures will return to where they should be at this time of the year – as a low pressure system stays to our north, we’ll have some clouds on Thursday & Friday, but at least dry until rain, maybe some snow, on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers have three more days to attempt to overturn vetoes by Governor Bruce Rauner as the Fall Veto Session runs today thru Thursday in the State House – while some lawmakers were hopeful of a compromise this week to end the historic budget stalemate, it appears there is no chance of that happening this week with no progress made since last summer from both sides of the aisle.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Rauner’s administration is creating two workplace task forces to study job-related injuries and workplace violence with union representatives to be included – officials with AFSCME, the state’s largest employee union, say they are skeptical of the plan and mostly believe the move is an attempt to distract attention from larger contract issues – the administration has begun implementing some contract provisions after a State Labor Board recently ruled that the state and union negotiations were at an impasse.

 

(NEWTON)  A new study shows that Illinois law enforcement confiscated more than $319 million in cash and property from individuals over the past 10 years, using a system that doesn’t require convictions to validate the forfeitures – the Chicago Tribune says the ACLU of Illinois and the Illinois Police Institute report shows law enforcement agencies took in about $30 million in forfeited property each year – there’s some indication that there are financial incentives for authorities to seize personal property from the public.

 

(OLNEY)  In Richland County Court yesterday, 53 year old Glenn R. Ramey was officially charged with First Degree Murder and with the Class X Felony charge of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child – Ramey was arrested by the Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force in the overnight hours this past Sunday morning after the body of 8 year old Sabrina Stauffenberg was found last Wednesday night in the 200 block of West South Avenue, in the southwest part of Olney – court documents indicate Stauffenberg’s death was caused by suffocation – Ramey remains held in the Richland County Jail in Olney on a $10 million bond with his next court appearance set for this afternoon at 1:00 – if convicted, Ramey could face up to sixty years in prison for the Class X Felony charge alone  :  meanwhile, the funeral service for Sabrina is set for this coming Friday morning with visitation Thursday evening at the Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home in Olney – a candelight vigil in remembrance of Sabrina was postponed from yesterday’s rainy conditions and rescheduled for 6:00 this evening at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden on Mack Avenue in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council  :  agreed to donate half the proceeds of the recent sale of 19.6 acres of Industrial Park property to the Olney Chamber of Commerce – the $15,533 is for the Chamber’s original donation of the property to the City of Olney several years ago  :  approved a trade-in of city property for the Olney Police Department – ten current handguns will be traded in for five new AR-15 rifles  :  approved an ordinance to designate all or portion of the east/west alley between South Wilson & South West Streets and between West Elm & West Cherry Streets as a one-way alley and the remaining as a two-way alley  :  agreed to proceed to find a new operator of the Olney Little League Concession Stand at Musgrove Park  :  approved two recommendations from the Parks & Recreation Board – to add a hitting wall on the northern fence at the tennis courts in the Olney City Park and to add concrete pads under the bleachers located at the northern tennis courts in the Olney City Park  :  noted that the Pacific Cycle roof repair has been completed  :  and after a closed session to discuss personnel, real estaten and negoiations, agreed to pay Fire Chief Rusty Holmes for unused leave  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be December 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  The filing period ended at 5:00 last evening for Olney’s April 4th, 2017 Municipal Election, in which a new Mayor and two Olney City Council seats will be filled  :  three Mayoral candidates filed simultaneously, therefore a lottery was held this morning to determine the ballot placement – the three candidates for Mayor include Brian James O’Neill II, Mark W.L. Lambird, and Belinda Henton – current Mayor Ray Vaughn will not seek re-election  :  meanwhile, four candidates have filed for the two City Council seats – the candidates include incumbent John McLaughlin, plus challengers Bryce Fehrenbacher, Morgan Fehrenbacher, and Gregory Eyer – councilman Bob Ferguson has chosen not to seek another term  :  Olney’s Municipal Election will be held April 4th, 2017, that’s coming up 18 weeks from today.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 54,452 deer during the first weekend of the state’s Firearm Deer Season, a 6% drop from last year’s first three days of the seven day firearm season – there were 5,549 deer harvested during the three days in the ten regional counties surrounding Newton / Olney, that’s a 2% drop, or 96 less deer taken this year compared to 2015 – Wayne County had the largest harvest at 1,035 deer, followed by Clay County at 784 deer, Jasper County at 675, Crawford County at 656 deer, Effingham County at 589 deer, Richland County at 528 deer, Cumberland County at 494 deer, Lawrence County at 375 deer, Edwards County at 282 deer, and Wabash County at 131 deer – the five counties with a higher harvest this year compared to last year were Jasper, Richland, Clay, Wayne, and Cumberland – the five counties that were lower are Crawford, Effingham, Lawrence, Edwards, and Wabash – the final four days of the Firearm Season are this weekend, running this Thursday thru Sunday.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2016 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas gets started this weekend in Newton, the first of three consecutive Fridays celebrating the life of Jasper County native Burl Ives and his most beloved Christmas character, Sam the Snowman from the famous movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – this Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00 includes great shopping, cookies & hot chocolate, visits with Santa Claus & other Holly Jolly Characters, a live brass band, a Children’s Scavenger Hunt starting at the new Chamber of Commerce Office, and more in downtown Newton – also register Friday night on the Square for prizes donated by area businesses with the drawing at Jasper Clothiers – plus Wine Tasting this Friday night from 7:30 to 9:00 at the American Legion in Ste. Marie and the Santa Train visit to Newton this Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 – for more, find them on Facebook under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Moonlight Madness in Olney this coming Friday night, from 5:00 to 11:00 – with over 25 businesses participating, it will be a great night to get out and shop locally – learn more on the Chamber’s Facebook Event Page : Moonlight Madness Olney, IL.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board has a special meeting tonight in the County Jail meeting room in Olney starting at 7:30 – the purpose of the meeting is to formerly adopt the County’s final budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which was tentatively approved two weeks ago – also at tonight’s meeting, re-elected County Officeholders and newly elected County Board members will be sworn in to their positions as well.

 

(NEWTON)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Iuka Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Dodransbicentennial Commission has for sale the 175th Anniversary banners that were displayed in Olney in 2016 – priced at $20 each, the banners are available at Olney City Hall – first come, first serve


    The 33rd annual F.A.C.E. and Fine Arts of Effingham County Christmas Concert is this Sunday at the Cornerstone Christian Church on South Route 45 in Effingham – starting at 2:00, admission is free while donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will be accepted for local food pantries


    Santa Claus will visit Lincoln Trail College near Robinson during the annual Santa Day event this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Student Union – area children can enjoy free seasonal games, activities, & craft projects – plus they can visit with Santa Claus in the LTC Library with pictures available


    The Hospice of Southeastern Illinois “Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees” is Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney – holiday cookies & candies, holiday wreaths, & more


    The next Jasper County paper drive is this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12:00 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building on South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper accepted & no early drop off’s


    The Parkersburg Community Club has its annual pancake & sausage breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s all-you-can-eat at the Community Building – all to support community projects


    This Thursday is the pickup date for all pre-ordered Holiday Poinsettias from the RMH Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 to 6:00 this Thursday, one day only, at the Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Building by using the parking lot just north of the Ambulance Building – the Auxiliary thanks everyone for their support


    The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be clicked on this evening at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will be on each night now thru December 31st for the public’s viewing