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September 27, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Today’s downstate weather will repeat itself from yesterday with plenty of sunshine and a cool wind from the west / northwest – as a surface low pressure area moves down from the Great Lakes region, the result will be more even cooler air moving in tomorrow, although a slight chance of isolated showers will stay to our north – while that continues Thursday, looks like a dry & cool weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – September is National Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with emergency management agencies throughout the state and across the nation to encourage people to spend a few moments during this month on disaster preparedness – everyone should take time to discuss and develop an emergency plan with their families and loved ones – for tips or details on how to set up a disaster plan or for more info, go online at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Data from industry experts & the State of Illinois show video gaming has generated about $785 million in state & local tax revenue since machines were legalized four years ago – the Southern Illinoisan reports the number of establishments in Illinois that allow the gaming machines has grown as well, now up to 5,600 businesses – the state currently brings in more than $22 million a month in gaming taxes meant to support capital infrastructure projects – currently, about 150 cities do not allow video gaming in Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Supreme Court last week overturned a law requiring six member juries in civil trials – on a 5-0 vote, with two justices taking no part in the decision, the state’s high court ruled the law is “unconstitutional” – the court’s opinion stated the Illinois Constitution does not allow the Legislature to alter the size of civil juries from 12 – a 2014 law reduced the civil juries down to six with the idea meant to pay jurors more for their time away from jobs and that smaller juries could grant larger damage awards.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the quote & amended the City Budget to improve the East Fork Lake parking lot  :  approved the bid for a new 2016 squad car with needed accessories for the Olney Police Department  :  approved the quote & amended the City Budget for a new snow plow with hydraulic system  :  agreed to develop parking on the east side of Fair Street, from Market Street to Main Street  :  accepted a monetary donation to purchase and install extra swings at Musgrove Park  :  heard various updates on infrastructure work around the city  :  and took no action after a closed session to discuss real estate, collective negotiations, and personnel  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular meeting on Monday, October 10th, at 7:00, in the Olney City Hall.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in special session last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the financial firm First Midstate, Incorporated, for the partial advanced refunding of Richland County School District bonds  :  there was no other discussion and no other items on last night’s agenda  :  the Richland County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on October 20th in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – the statewide corn and soybean harvest is in full swing with the recent excellent weather, especially in the southern two-thirds of Illinois – last week’s average precipitation around the state was only eighteen-hundredths of an inch (0.18), that was nearly two-thirds of an inch (0.64) below normal – the statewide average temperature last week was 74.3 degrees, that’s 12.5 degrees above normal – while the statewide corn harvest is running even with a year ago numbers, the state’s current soybean harvest is ahead of last year’s pace  :  farmers in our ten area counties report the harvest is moving along smoothly so far – with 90% of the local corn now mature, ,close to a third of the crop (30%) has been shelled – and while two-thirds (67%) of the local soybeans are turning colors and over half (55%) the bean fields are dropping leaves, around 5% of the beans have been cut – but these numbers will change greatly by next week with this week’s weather – farmers are reminded to be safe out there.

 

(NEWTON)  A reminder that the 2016 Archery Deer Hunting Season begins this coming Saturday, October 1st – the Illinois resident combination & antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from any DNR Direct license & permit vendors – also, the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are on sale over-the-counter as well – the state’s Youth Deer Hunt is coming up on Columbus Day weekend, October 8th-10th in most all Illinois counties – for more details, check the DNR website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau will sponsor a trip to the Covered Bridge Festival in Mansfield, Indiana on Wednesday, October 19th, coming up three weeks from tomorrow – with the fee at only $20 for Farm Bureau members and the non-member cost is $30 – the bus will leave the Eagles Lodge parking lot in Olney at 6:00 that morning, spending the entire day at the Festival with plans to return home at around 6:00 that evening – for details about the Festival, go online at  www.coveredbridges.com  – for details, or to reserve a seat or seats, contact the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney today.

 

(NEWTON)  The area Embarras River Basin Agency offices are still accepting applications for the LIHEAP winter heating program for households with members age 60 or older and for those receiving disability – contact the respective ERBA office for an appointment and more details – various requirements apply for those in the nine county region served by the Embarras River Basin Agency – the application process will be expanded next Monday, October 3rd, for families with children under age six and for disconnected households – in Newton, call  618-783-3987  – in Olney, call  618-395-2714  – other regional ERBA offices are in Robinson, Lawrenceville, Martinsville, Greenup, Paris, Charleston, and Tuscola.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland Memorial Hospital and Olney Central College are teaming up to present HealthFest 2016 coming up this Saturday morning, October 1st, from 7:30 to 11:00, in the Olney Central College Gymnasium – exhibitors from community health and wellness organizations will be on hand to answer questions and distribute informative literature, plus there will be health screenings, door prizes, giveaways, and much more – the Olney Lions Club will have their “Eye Screening Buses” available as well, all free of charge – for more details, about Saturday morning’s event, call RMH, at  618-395-7340, extension 4094.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Elementary School in Vandalia from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Elementary School in Newton from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 up in Bible Grove, featuring the Panther Creek Band, Mike Porter, & Marsha Banning – special guest Sunday is Logan Kirby of Danville


    The St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church in Island Grove will host its annual “fall breakfast” this Sunday morning from 7:00 to 12:00 noon at the Parish Center – tickets at the door – also a country store with home made baked goods & more – plus a quilt and big raffle drawing at noon with tickets on sale that morning


    The Edwards County Senior Citizens will host a “chili supper” fundraiser this Saturday evening at the West Salem Center, on the square, with serving to start at 5:00, then music at 6:00 – bring your lawn chairs


    The Richland County High School Construction Club has a fundraising “pork burger” sale this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 in the CVS parking lot in Olney – pork burgers for $3 each or add chips & a drink for a $5 bill – proceeds for the annual trip south to help build with Habitat for Humanity – please help them out


    Equine Lead, located southwest of Olney, will host its Family Fun Night this Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:00 – includes hay wagon rides, hand-led horse rides, sack races, pin the tail, and more – it’s free and open to the public with all ages welcome – that’s west of Olney on Route 50, then south on Higgin Switch Road


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Support Group will have its monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – anyone is welcome to attend on Tuesday night

 

 

 

September 26, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front moved thru overnight with small amounts of rain, we could see a little more rain this morning, although the clouds will clear away with afternoon sunshine expected – then more dry conditions for the rest of the work week, much like last week, however much cooler – in fact, temperatures will this week run 15 to 20 degrees cooler and even below normal by week’s end – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Chicago Tribune reports 11 youth died during a two-year period while under the care of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services that ended June 30th, 2015 – a confidential Office of the Inspector General report obtained by the newspaper notes societal problems, such as poverty played a role – it also identifies failures in the state system, noting that many teenagers were placed for long periods of time in emergency shelters or homes located in rival gang territories – others lived will elderly relatives who were offered inadequate services to raise a teen with behavioral problems.

 

(OLNEY)  Federal money will pay for restoration work at Abraham Lincoln’s law office in Springfield – the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the site’s exterior has visible deterioration and the $166,000 grant will fund window repairs, new doors, facade work, and more – the historical building was closed two years ago for what was expected to be a $1.1 million renovation project – while the grant money will pay for repairs required to reopen the site, the rest of the project depends on approval of a state capital bill.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities in Madison County say a teenager and her infant son have been found in the rural mountainous area of West Virginia and are now safe – the man accused of abducting 13 year old Katherine Derleth and her son, Christopher Ray, both of Carpenter, Illinois, is Derleth’s stepfather – 39 year old Christopher Michael Derleth of Granite City is in custody for aggravated kidnapping and child abduction – the two were reported missing a week ago Sunday – a public tip led to the recovery of the teen & her child.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle crash that occurred Friday night at 10:35 in Fayette County near Vandalia – the State Police report 24 year old Russell Sullens of Flora was eastbound on I-70 when he lost control of his motorcycle and it crashed into the interstate median – Sullens was life-lighted from the scene to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis – traffic tickets are currently pending.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, the Olney Central College’s Learning Skills Center is celebrating by providing free classes and books to assist students who want to earn their GED’s – these classes begin every eight weeks and are offered in the day, evening, and/or online to ensure everyone who wants to earn a GED can – OCC is now registering students for both fall and spring GED classes and the next eight-week session begins October 17th - for details, call OCC at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that its Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the normal combined chlorine to free chlorine today, on this Monday – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – after today’s switch, residents of Olney may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – with the city’s fire hydrant flushing scheduled for this coming Sunday night, October 2nd, the switch back to combined chlorine, will soon follow, with Olney’s water system back to normal after that.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois Cash Rent County Estimates for September 2016 – while the state’s average cash rent for non-irrigated farmland is at $220 per acre, the average for the fifteen area counties in the East Southeast District is at $203 per acre – the highest rate was Douglas County’s $277 per acre – Clark County’s $183 per acre is the 6th highest amount, followed by Cumberland County’s $181 per acre, Crawford County’s $167 per acre, Richland County’s $152 per acre, and Jasper County’s $151 per acre – then Effingham County’s $150, Lawrence County’s $144, and Clay County’s $142 – the average cash rent in the twelve counties to our south in the Southeast District is $131 per acre – Wabash County’s $160 per acre leads the way, followed by $137 per acre in Wayne County, White County’s $130, then $125 in Edwards County, $117 in Hamilton County, and $113 per acre in Jefferson County – the Illinois Cash Rent County and State numbers were all recently released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is looking for volunteers to help out with this fall’s 38th Annual Squirrel Count – the counting will be held the next three consecutive Saturday mornings, October 1st, 8th, and 15th, beginning each morning at 7:30, weather permitting – volunteers can help either one, two, or all three of the Saturday mornings – for details, call Kelsie Sterchi at the Olney City Hall, 395-7302, extension 3.

 

(NEWTON)  With another week of fantastic fall weather conditions coming up this final week of September, don’t forget to be extra alert while driving in the days ahead – while farmers are moving from field to field for the fall harvest, the area deer population is beginning its fall mating season, causing deer to be much more active than at other times of the year – so look out for that farm machinery – plus look out for deer in the early morning and late evening hours as well, especially in and around wooded areas.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland Memorial Hospital and Olney Central College are teaming up to present HealthFest 2016 coming up this Saturday morning, October 1st, from 7:30 to 11:00, in the Olney Central College Gymnasium – exhibitors from community health and wellness organizations will be on hand to answer questions and distribute informative literature, plus there will be health screenings, door prizes, giveaways, and much more – the Olney Lions Club will have their “Eye Screening Buses” available as well, all free of charge – for more details, about Saturday morning’s event, call RMH, at  618-395-7340, extension 4094.

 

(OLNEY)  The Rotary Club of Richland County is now accepting entries for its 2017 Calendar Photo Contest, which is open to amateur and professional photographers alike – entries must be photos taken in Richland County, whether landscapes, seasonal, flora, fauna, individuals, activities, or most anything else – entries are due in by the end of the day this coming Friday, September 30th, as the finalists will be notified by the end of October, next month – there is a $50 grand prize, plus recognition in the calendar and a free copy of the calendar – for details, check the Rotary Club of Richland County’s Facebook page, online.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the West Richland Center in Noble from 1:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Elementary School in Vandalia from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Wednesday at The Holiday in Olney from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Elementary School in Newton from 2:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Richland County School Board has a special meeting in the District Office Board Room in Olney, starting at 6:30  :  the Olney City Council has a regular meeting at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  and the Noble Village Board meets in regular session tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, starting at 7:00  :  all of the meetings tonight are open to the public.


 
REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its Fall Fish Sale with delivery set for November 3rd – various species available – call the SWCD Office at  618-392-7141, ext. 3


    The Olney Public Library will host a historical talk and book signing with Dale Fitzpatrick, author of “Pioneers in Illinois History” next Monday night, October 3rd, starting at 7:00 – all are invited to attend


    The Olney Elks Lodge #926 will host “Sunday – Funday” this coming Sunday, October 2nd, starting at 2:00 – pulled pork, hot dogs, chips, and more available from 3:00 to 6:00 with corn holing, live music, and much more – bring your lawn chairs for outdoor activities – tickets on sale at the door – all ages are invited


    The Edwards County Senior Citizens will host a “chili supper” fundraiser this Saturday evening at the West Salem Center, on the square, with serving to start at 5:00, then music at 6:00 – bring your lawn chairs

 

 

 

September 24, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching weather system will give a chance of rain as we move into the final week of September – after an eighth straight day of dry conditions today thru tonight, most of tomorrow will stay dry, although clouds will move in with a chance of rain as early as tomorrow night – then cooler with rain Monday – then back to a dry sky and cooler next Tuesday thru Friday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging everyone six months and older to get a flu shot as soon as it’s available in local communities – in fact, due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked during the previous flu season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is temporarily recommending that people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray – to find a location to get a flu shot locally, check with a local health department, health clinic,  doctor, or logon to the IDPH website to use the Flu Vaccine Finder – that’s online at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that its Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the normal combined chlorine to free chlorine this coming Monday, September 26th – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – after next week’s switch, residents of Olney may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – with the city’s fire hydrant flushing scheduled for the following Sunday night, October 2nd, and the switch back to combined chlorine, it will all return to normal soon afterwards.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is today from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – on display will be wooden items, photography, pottery, paintings, wrought iron items, jewelry, and much, much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs thru the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups – $2 donations will help offset expenses – that’s today, from 9:00 to 4:00, the Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts, in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the West Richland Center in Noble from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also drives next week in Olney, Effingham, and Newton  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  Don’t forget to be extra alert while driving in the weeks ahead – while farmers are moving from field to field for the fall harvest, the area deer population is beginning its fall mating season, causing deer to be much more active than at other times of the year – so look out for that farm machinery – plus look out for deer in the early morning and late evening hours as well, especially in & around wooded areas.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will have its annual fall chowder tomorrow evening, with the serving of chowder, hot dogs, sandwiches, and desserts, starting at 5:00 – carry-outs will be available while supplies last – all ages are invited out to the east edge of Olney – a free will offering will be accepted

 

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the International Barrel Racing Association competition tomorrow at East Fork Arena, north of East Fork Lake Dam, north of Olney – starting after a trainer’s meeting at 11:00, the show will feature youth & adult barrel & pole racing – concessions available

 

    The Olney Shriners have their Annual Chicken Feed tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 10:30 until 2:00, or until sold out – either eat in or use the convenient drive thru service – tickets will be on sale at the door or drive thru – carry-outs also available for the half chicken meal

 

    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host a fundraising breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation building – carry-outs available with $6 tickets per person at the door 

 

 

 

 

 

September 23, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  While a surface boundary sitting across Northern Illinois will slowly sag southward today, a mid level ridge sitting over our downstate area will keep our sky dry for yet another day & night, although a few clouds could move overhead – and while we’re looking at a dry weekend, our next weather maker could give us some rain by Sunday night – then cooler with rain next Monday and Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 35 other attorneys general yesterday filed an antitrust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction – th e lawsuit alleges that the companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors, forcing people to pay artificially high prices during a time when the companies reaped more than $3 billion in profits – the companies are accused of violating both state and federal antitrust laws in the process.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices – according to Illinois Realtors, the statewide home sales last month totaled 16,455 units, up 6.7% from a year ago – the statewide median price in August was $192,000, also up 6.7% from August of 2015 – 55 Illinois counties reported home sales gains last month over previous-year numbers from 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate the depth of the library’s collection by highlighting items that rarely get a turn in the spotlight – the list of items includes a document signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, plus a pair of shoes from a Nazi concentration camp – the special exhibit will open next Wednesday, September 28th, and remain open thru January 29th, 2017 – open seven days a week, learn more online, at  www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in special session last night in Olney – the Board heard presentations from four different financial firms about partial advanced refunding of the School District’s current bonds – while no action was taken, the Board did have a short 10 minute closed session to discuss student discipline and pending litigation – the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be October 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting in September last night in Newton – the Board  :  adopted the school district’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, a balanced budget based on the hard work & dedication of the district’s faculty and staff  :  noted the certificate for full recognition of all district schools for the 2015-2016 school year  :  agreed to allow the School District Attorney to serve as the Complaint Manager  :  accepted the resignation of  Josh Benefiel as the Jasper County Junior High Boys Basketball Coach, mostly due to time constraints associated with his duties as the Assistant Principal at the Newton Elementary School  :  noted that School Board member Bill Flowers has resigned his position on the Board – the process to find a replacement is underway  :  agreed to move the November Board meeting from November 17th to November 15th due to the School Board and Administrator’s Annual Conference in Chicago  :  and approved three classroom volunteers for academic purposes within the district  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 20th, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks and Recreation Board met this past Wednesday night – the Board  :  heard a presentation asking that another tennis court in the Olney City Park be painted with Pickleball lines  :  finalized the Kiwanis / Rotary Park contract as changes from both local Rotary Clubs were amended  :  and continued its discussion on the Little League lease with the City as more information is needed over the next few months before meeting the February 28th renewal deadline  :  most all recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Board are forwarded to the Olney City Council, for its discussion and consideration.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that its Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the normal combined chlorine to free chlorine this coming Monday, September 26th – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – after next week’s switch, residents of Olney may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – with the city’s fire hydrant flushing scheduled for the following Sunday night, October 2nd, and the switch back to combined chlorine, it will all return to normal soon afterwards.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is tomorrow from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – on display will be wooden items, photography, pottery, paintings, wrought iron items, jewelry, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs thru the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups – $2 donations will help offset expenses – that’s tomorrow, from 9:00 to 4:00, the Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts, in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the West Richland Center in Noble from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also drives next week in Olney, Effingham, and Newton  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney comes to an end tonight  :  today is Extreme Spirit Day, starting with the girls’ Powder Puff Football game this morning at 10:15 – then the Homecoming Parade leaves RCHS at 2:00, goes by the Middle School and to the Elementary School – then it’s the Homecoming Football Game / Shrine Game against Flora tonight at 7:00, with the King & Queen Coronation at halftime, and the Homecoming Dance after the game from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s a note from Republic Services – due to issues with truck machinery, today’s trash collection is running behind the normal schedule – Republic hopes to have trash routes caught up as soon as possible, but some areas may have their trash collected one day behind schedule – this is for all areas of collection, including Newton, Olney, Noble, & elsewhere – the customer’s patience is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  State Farm Agent Lauren McClain in Olney, in conjunction with Richland Memorial Hospital & the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, is hosting a free child car seat check this afternoon and evening from 2:00 to 6:00 in the parking lot just south of the State Farm Agency at 409 South Whittle Avenue – certified safety seat technicians will be on-site today to help educate parents and other caregivers about proper seat installation and usage – it’s all free and open to the public later today.

 

(NEWTON)  Don’t forget to be extra alert while driving in the weeks ahead – while farmers are moving from field to field for the fall harvest, the area deer population is beginning its fall mating season, causing deer to be much more active than at other times of the year – so look out for that farm machinery – plus look out for deer in the early morning and late evening hours as well, especially in & around wooded areas.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will have its annual fall chowder this Sunday evening, with the serving of chowder, hot dogs, sandwiches, and desserts starting at 5:00 – carry-outs will be available while supplies last – all ages are invited out to the east edge of Olney – a free will offering will be accepted


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the International Barrel Racing Association competition this Sunday at East Fork Arena, north of East Fork Lake Dam, north of Olney – starting after a trainer’s meeting at 11:00, the show will feature youth & adult barrel & pole racing – concessions available


    The Olney Shriners have their Annual Chicken Feed this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 10:30 until 2:00, or until sold out – either eat in or use the convenient drive thru service – tickets will be on sale at the door or drive thru – carry-outs also available for the half chicken meal


    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation will host a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 in the Foundation building – carry-outs available with $6 tickets per person at the door

 
    The Master’s Hands, at 1065 West Main Street, at the west edge of Olney, will have another rummage sale this evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and look things over


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will have its Annual Homecoming Dinner tonight in Veteran’s Hall, just north of Richland County High School – it’s fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork, homemade noodles, & more served from 5:00 to 7:00 – some tickets are available for purchase in advance – call  618-843-4811


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale today from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available – all are invited

 

 

 

September 22, 2016

 

(OLNEY)  Look for more of the same over the next few days and nights as the strong high pressure ridge centered over the Ohio Valley continues to dominate our weather – while the unseasonably warm conditions continue thru the upcoming weekend, we’ll also likely stay dry – the next chance of rain & some cooler air has now been pushed back to Monday & Tuesday of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner is looking ahead for the Land of Lincoln’s 200th birthday – an executive order signed earlier this week created the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which will plan statewide activities for 2018 – Illinois became the nation’s 21st state on December 3rd, 1818 – the new 51 member group will include 40 gubernatorial appointees and will replace a previously appointed 77 member commission that was created in 2014 – the commission’s first meeting is expected by next spring.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois drivers are nearly 4% more likely to collide with a deer this fall than they were last year at this time, that’s according to new insurance claims data – the odds that a driver will hit a deer this fall in Illinois are 1 out of  192, which is a little below the national odds, at 1 in 164 – Illinois ranked 32nd in the nation for the most deer/vehicle collisions – the national cost per insurance claim is $3,995, down slightly from a year ago – due to the deer mating season, most collisions are in October, November, or December.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

(NEWTON)  The State Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to be on the lookout for possible cases of a virus that can cause die-offs of white-tailed deer – so far this year, there have been 53 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, which is transmitted by midges that hatch from muddy areas along lakes & rivers – the worst year for the disease in Illinois was 2012 when over 2,000 cases were reported in 76 counties – this year’s cases are clustered mostly in East Central and Northeast Illinois – officials want quick reports so samples can be collected for testing – for more details, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week in Mt. Carmel – the Board  :  adopted an operating fund budget worth $30,365,878 for Fiscal Year 2017 – the budget includes $27.3 million in the Education Fund and $3 million in the Operations & Maintenance Fund  :  accepted the annual financial audit as presented by CliftonLarsonAllen with totally clean opinion  :  set a public hearing for the District’s estimated tax levy to be held October 18th starting at 7:00 at the start of the Board’s next regular meeting  :  four new policies were approved, one a child bereavement leave policy and the other three to strengthen transparency & increase training in the area of Trustee leadership  :  accepted the $39,900 bid to purchase a shuttle bus for Frontier Community College  :  accepted the $40,641 bid for fencing & gates for the new FCC baseball field  :  rejected all bids for baseball field lighting at FCC  :  approved a proposed agreement to offer dual credit classes with area high schools  :  also approved a dual credit $60 per student course fee when taught using a college instructor at an IECC college or approved facility  :  and made a few personnel moves – accepted the resignation of Frontier Community College Athletic Director Thomas Kent – hired Carrie Halbert as Coordinator of Retention & Recruitment at FCC and hired Crystal Costantino as Research Data Analyst at the District Office – changed the status for Andy Hill from Bookstore Manager to Bobcat Den Manager at FCC  :  the next regular meeting for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will be October 18th at Frontier Community College in Fairfield.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police has released the District 12 activity and enforcement figures for the month of August – Troopers answered 232 calls for service and initiated 1,694 incidents during the 31 days and nights – the enforcement stats totaled 827 citations and 794 written warnings, including 482 tickets for speeding, 64 seat belt citations, 47 criminal arrests, 15 DUI’s, and 9 child restraint citations – District 12 Troopers assisted 233 motorists, conducted 297 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 59 traffic accidents, including 2 fatal wrecks – also in August, there were 476 citations and 754 written warnings issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including Distracted Driving, Speeding, DUI, and Failure to Wear a Seat Belt – District 12 includes the ten area counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s a note from Republic Services – due to issues with truck machinery, today’s trash collection is running behind the normal schedule – Republic hopes to have trash routes caught up as soon as possible, but some areas may have their trash collected one day behind schedule – this is for all areas of collection, including Newton, Olney, Noble, & elsewhere – the customer’s patience is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that its Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from the normal combined chlorine to free chlorine this coming Monday, September 26th – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – after next week’s switch, residents of Olney may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – with the city’s fire hydrant flushing scheduled for the following Sunday night, October 2nd, and the switch back to combined chlorine, it will all return to normal soon afterwards.

 

(OLNEY)  The 42nd Annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans & craftsmen will have their work on display, everything from jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – the Performing Arts lineup at the Band Shell Stage runs throughout the day, plus children’s activities and 14 different food concessions by local groups will feature pork burgers, fresh potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwurst, fish, baked items, and much more – a $2 donation is requested at the gate to help offset expenses – that’s this coming Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00, the Annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  With an Emergency Appeal still in place, the Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood – here’s some upcoming blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the West Richland Center in Noble from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also drives next week in Olney, Effingham, and Newton  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There’s a few area meetings tonight  :  the City of Olney Tree Board meets at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the Jasper County School Board has its regular monthly meeting in Newton at 6:30  :  and the Richland County School Board has a special meeting in Olney at 6:30  :  all are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney continues  :  today is Throwback Thursday with the afternoon Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament in Ron Herrin Gym  :  then tomorrow is Extreme Spirit Day with the afternoon Powder Puff Football Game at 12:25, the Homecoming Parade at 2:00, the Homecoming Football / Shriner’s Game against Flora at 7:00 tomorrow night, with the coronation at halftime, and the Homecoming Dance after the game tomorrow night from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym  :  that’s all this week, Homecoming Week, at Richland County High School in Olney.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Shriners have their Annual Chicken Feed this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 10:30 until 2:00, or until sold out – either eat in or use the convenient drive thru service – tickets will be available at the door or drive thru – that’s all this Sunday in the Olney City Park


    The Master’s Hands, at 1065 West Main Street, at the west edge of Olney, will have another rummage sale tomorrow evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – all are encouraged to stop by and look things over


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will have its Annual Homecoming Dinner tomorrow night in Veteran’s Hall, just north of Richland County High School – it’s fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork, homemade noodles, & more served from 5:00 to 7:00 – there are currently 75 to 100 tickets remaining for purchase in advance – call Gwen at  618-843-4811  now to get those seats reserved for tomorrow night


    The Newton Firefighter Association has a pork burger sale tomorrow from 11:00 to 1:00 at the K.C. Hall in Newton with pork burgers priced at $3 each – a drive thru pick up is available, plus delivery by pre-ordering in advance – call  618-783-2165  – proceeds for fire safety material for the Jasper County schools


    The Jasper County Democrats will host their Fall Dinner tonight at the K.C. Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – includes a free pork loin dinner with a 50/50 cash drawing and raffle baskets – plus former State Senator & Congressman Glenn Poshard will be the guest speaker – all are invited out to attend