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April 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The dry northeast flow will persist through the day and bring chances of rain along and south of I-70 while places north of around Paris will be mostly dry.  The rain will pull away from the area early into the afternoon.  That will bring a couple of dry days ahead.  Next chance of precipitation after today enters the area on Wednesday  -  Listen for updates.

 

 (NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois state officials say the state’s unemployment rate fell .5 percentage points to 4.9 percent in March.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported yesterday that the jobless level is now below five percent for the first time in a decade.  However, the Illinois unemployment rate is still higher than the national rate for March which was 4.5 percent.  The largest employment gains were leisure, hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities and other services.

 

(NEWTON)  Lineman from nine Illinois electric cooperatives brought power and opportunity to four Bolivian villages last month in March - the twelve linemen returned to Illinois safely after spending three weeks constructing a power distribution system to 62 households and two schools - the work included almost 30 kilometers of power lines and installed 21 transformers, plus a facility for handicapped individuals was also electrified for the first time - Bill Fields, lineman for Norris Electric Cooperative, was one of the twelve volunteers that traveled to work in Bolivia - the project was made possible thru the support of 19 Illinois electric cooperatives and a National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation International Projects Matching Grant.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Relay For Life is coming up this evening at the Richland County High School in Olney – it all kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 – the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap begins at 6:00 with the Luminaria Ceremony to start at 9:00 – everything will finish up with the Closing Ceremony at 10:00 – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped in any way in the many local fundraisers held by the various teams to benefit this year’s Relay For Life and our local fight against cancer.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The St. Joseph DC fundraiser “wine tasting” is tonight at the Richland Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00, featuring four area wineries, plus a raffle, wine pull, and appetizers – it’s $15 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass – must be 21 to enter – tickets at TrustBank or St. Joe School Office in Olney

    The Olney VFW will host a benefit fundraiser for Shelly Barthelemy this evening – doors open at 4:00, a pulled pork barbeque dinner at 5:00, auction at 7:00, and live music from 9:00 until closing – also a 50/50 drawing and raffle – proceeds to help with medical expenses in Shelly’s fight against cancer

    The Olney Firefighters Association will host its “benefit breakfast” this morning with serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street – carry-outs available – donations accepted at the door – phone in orders available at  392-6341 – proceeds for scholarship help

    A benefit fundraiser for Becky Hunt-Payne will be today at Johnny & Junes in Flora – it’s $10 for dinner and $10 for floor seats to hear Nashville recording artist Ira Dean and opening act, local artist, Kyle Hilliard – go online for tickets at  www.johnnyandjunes.com  or for details, call Lisa at  618-662-3344

    There will be a Revival at the Forrest Ridge Church continuing tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 pm nightly.  Special singing will be Operation Restoration on Saturday and Sunday.  The church is located seven miles south of Noble, follow the signs  -  everyone is invited

    The Ridge Runners 4-H club is having a porkburger sale on today at the Olney Rural King.  All the money raised will go to help with community projects.

    The Olney Public Library is hosting a Grandparents / Grandkids Outing this Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – the free event will include sharing books, playing board games, balloon art, face painting, and much more – those who’d like to attend are asked to RSVP at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call  392-3711

    The Historical Sailor Springs Foundation will have a country breakfast today from 8:00 until 10:00.  Biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, pancakes, juice and coffee for just $6 – carry outs are available

    A blood drive will be at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in St. Marie tomorrow from 7:30 until 11:30.

    Thank you to everyone who helped with the 2017 Forcht Broadcasting St. Jude Radiothon this past Thursday and Friday.  All the donations were very much appreciated

 

 

April 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure is building southward today behind the front, providing partly to mostly clear skies across the area this morning.  As the surface low will develop throughout the morning bringing some chances of rain showers later in the day today.  Due to the mid to high clouds and a northerly breeze, cooler temperatures will stay in the area today.  The showers will continue into Saturday before ending Saturday evening bringing dryer weather Sunday and Monday  -  Listen for updates.

 

 (NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois state officials say the state’s unemployment rate fell .5 percentage points to 4.9 percent in March.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported yesterday that the jobless level is now below five percent for the first time in a decade.  However, the Illinois unemployment rate is still higher than the national rate for March which was 4.5 percent.  The largest employment gains were leisure, hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities and other services.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois State Police want high school students driving to their proms to be careful.  State troopers will be out in force looking for speeding, distracted and drunken drivers and anyone not wearing their seat belt.  Car crashes kill more teens during prom and graduation weekends than any other time of the year.  That is why state troopers are asking all teens to be safe during their prom and graduations as they should be times of celebration for students.

 

 (OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday night - the Board  :  reorganized for the next two years - the oath of office was administered to elected Trustees Brenda Culver of Noble, Gary Carter of Fairfield, and Jan Ridgely of Olney - while Culver and Carter were seated for 6-year terms, Ridgely was seated for the remaining 4 years of an unexpired 6 year term - also, Madison Martin, a student at Wabash Valley College, was seated for a one year term as student member of the Board of Trustees  :  meanwhile, Trustee G. Andrew Fischer was re-elected Chairman of the Board and Trustee Brenda Culver was elected as Vice-Chairman  :  agreed to continue meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00, except for the December meeting  :  approved Activity Fee allocations for 2017-2018 for Olney Central, Wabash Valley, Frontier Community, and Lincoln Trail  :  approved the revision and new policies for Military Leave, Drug Free Workforce, Victims Economic Security & Safety, Nursing Student Progression / Remediation, and Evaluating Student Performance  :  in personnel moves - accepted a retirement resignation from Lead Custodian / O&M Team Leader at Olney Central College Carl Sager effective June 1st - accepted resignations from Lincoln Trail College Dean of Instruction David Carpenter and from Olney Central College Band / Music Instructor Suzanne Fassett - renewed two year contracts for CEO Terry Bruce, OCC President Rodney Ranes, LTC President Ryan Gower, WVC President Matt Fowler, FCC President Jay Edgren, and Dean of Workforce Education Development Mike Thomas - hired Lincoln Trail College Office Assistant Amber Kramme - and changed the status for Jane Owen from Office Assistant to Coordinator of Financial Aid at Wabash Valley College  :  the next regular meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees is May 16th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night in Olney - the Board  :  set a special meeting for Monday, May 1st, at 7:30, to seat the new school board - the new board was not seated due to the incomplete canvassing of votes from the April 4th election  :  approved the school district's financial reports worth $447,636  :  noted that the State of Illinois owes the school district in excess of $3 million  :  heard an update of the first Community Engagement Session which was held March 28th in Olney with approximately 100 people attending - the next such session is next Monday night, April 24th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, starting at 6:30  :  approved the amended 2016-2017 school calendar  :  approved the tentative amended Fiscal Year 2017 budget  :  and took the following action after a short 7 minute closed session - rehired all administrative staff, tenured certified staff, non-tenured certified staff, and all non-certified educational support staff - hired Luke Zimmerle as RCHS Custodian - accepted resignations from RCES Office Manager Shannone Ristvedt and from RCES Secretary Jennifer Balding  :  the Richland County School Board's next regular monthly meeting will be May 18th in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney's Parks & Recreation Board met last night - the Board  :  discussed and finalized a draft of what should be placed on signs for the East Fort Trails entrance, north of Olney  :  heard that the several businesses have re-adopted their beds as the Adopt A Bed program continues in Olney  :  was presented information about implementing a tobacco free policy for Musgrove Park and in action approved an amended version of the policy  :  discussed, but took no action of the proposal to add camping spots in the Olney City Park  :  and elected Morgan Henton as Board Chairman and Luke Fairless as Board Vice Chairman  :  all recommendations now move on to the Olney City Council for its consideration.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton – the Board  :  Approved the financial reports including the treasurer’s report, balance sheet, bill and payroll  :  Approved of donations of $100 from Newton Junior Women’s Club to be used for the NCHS 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative, $500 from the Eagle County Water Works for NCHS 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative and $2000 from an anonymous donor for the NCHS baseball team.  :  approved of volunteer Kent Schafer to assist the High School Boys’ Basketball Program beginning immediately  :  Approved resignation of Josh Rushbrook as NCHS physical education and helth teacher as well as coaching duties of boys basketball and cross country effective the end of the 2016-2017 school season  :  approved resignation of Beth White as the assistant musical director and as Beta Club sponsor effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year  :  approval to accept a letter of intent from Cathy Rudolphi to enter the Three Year Retirement Incentive Plan with the intent to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year  :  Approved retirement of Sandy Starwalt as custodian at Newton Elemetnery effective June 1, 2017  :  Approved to hire Alicia McClure as Newton Elementary Secretary, Jamie Martin as an Elementary Teacher at Newton Elementary and Jan Thompson as NCHS physical education and health teacher  :  approved maternity leave requests for Whitney Ritchhart and Rebecca Holkenbrink :  The Jasper County school boards nxt meeting will be May 15th.

 

(NEWTON)  Lineman from nine Illinois electric cooperatives brought power and opportunity to four Bolivian villages last month in March - the twelve linemen returned to Illinois safely after spending three weeks constructing a power distribution system to 62 households and two schools - the work included almost 30 kilometers of power lines and installed 21 transformers, plus a facility for handicapped individuals was also electrified for the first time - Bill Fields, lineman for Norris Electric Cooperative, was one of the twelve volunteers that traveled to work in Bolivia - the project was made possible thru the support of 19 Illinois electric cooperatives and a National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation International Projects Matching Grant.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Forcht Broadcasting St. Jude Radiothon on Freedom 92.9 is today and Friday, April 20th and 21st, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  To become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude Children’s Hospital you can stop by the radio station at 4667 E. Radio Tower Ln. in Olney or call 1-800-201-88-83.  Become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude by donating during the 2017 Forcht Broadcasting Radiothon today and Friday.  Every donation helps.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Relay For Life is coming up this Saturday evening at the Richland County High School in Olney – it all kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 – the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap begins at 6:00 with the Luminaria Ceremony to start at 9:00 – everything will finish up with the Closing Ceremony at 10:00 – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped in any way in the many local fundraisers held by the various teams to benefit this year’s Relay For Life and our local fight against cancer.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The St. Joseph DC fundraiser “wine tasting” is Saturday night at the Richland Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00, featuring four area wineries, plus a raffle, wine pull, and appetizers – it’s $15 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass – must be 21 to enter – tickets at TrustBank or St. Joe School Office in Olney

    The Olney VFW will host a benefit fundraiser for Shelly Barthelemy this Saturday evening – doors open at 4:00, a pulled pork barbeque dinner at 5:00, auction at 7:00, and live music from 9:00 until closing – also a 50/50 drawing and raffle – proceeds to help with medical expenses in Shelly’s fight against cancer

    The Olney Firefighters Association will host its “benefit breakfast” this Saturday morning with serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street – carry-outs available – donations accepted at the door – phone in orders available at  392-6341 – proceeds for scholarship help

    The Olney St. Joe Carnival is this tonigh with games from 5:00 to 7:00 and it’s smoked chicken legs, mac & cheese, green beans, and desserts all served from 5:00 to 6:30 - all are invited to attend

    A benefit fundraiser for Becky Hunt-Payne will be this Saturday at Johnny & Junes in Flora – it’s $10 for dinner and $10 for floor seats to hear Nashville recording artist Ira Dean and opening act, local artist, Kyle Hilliard – go online for tickets at  www.johnnyandjunes.com  or for details, call Lisa at  618-662-3344

    There will be a Revival at the Forrest Ridge Church April 21st through 23rd at 7:00 pm nightly.  Special singing will be the Peyton Sisters on Friday Night, Operation Restoration on Saturday and Sunday.  The church is located seven miles south of Noble, follow the signs  -  everyone is invited

    The Ridge Runners 4-H club is having a porkburger sale on Saturday April 22nd at the Olney Rural King.  All the money raised will go to help with community projects.

    RCES 5th grade classes will perform their music program, “Shine Your Way”, today in the RCES dining hall.  Classes of Flittner, Muffler and Shipman will perform today at 10:00  -  everyone is invited to attend

    The Olney Public Library is hosting a Grandparents / Grandkids Outing this Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – the free event will include sharing books, playing board games, balloon art, face painting, and much more – those who’d like to attend are asked to RSVP at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call  392-3711

 

 

April 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A frontal boundary will move through the area today bringing with it our next chance of precipitation later today, mainly afternoon and into the overnight.  With the front moving through with the precipitation, temperatures will begin to fall bringing cooler air into the area over the next few days.  The shifting track of the weather system will also bring cool and stable conditions with the system over the weekend, with some rain showers Saturday.  Dry conditions will return for Sunday and the start of the week on Monday.  -  Listen for updates.

 

 (NEWTON)  In state news – A museum that honors military veterans in western Illinois is poised to officially open and it’s going to be a lot bigger than originally planned. A grant and donations made it possible to buy a former classroom that will house the museum’s display vehicles.  The Pike County All Wars Museum in Pittsfield will have its grand opening on Saturday. 

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition.  Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are available for the 13th annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.  The competition named after the late-Pulitzer Prize winning poet is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age.  The winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash.  The winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals.  Entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  NEWTON)  The hottest concert line-up of the summer is nearly complete as State Fair officials announce four more nights of entertainment at Grandstand for the 2017 Illinois State Fair - one final concert announcement is still pending at this time - the newly announced acts include classic rock band Foghat on August 10th, singer/songwriter Chase Rice on August 11th, the acapella group Pentatonix on August 12th, and country music singer/songwriter Brad Paisley on August 13th, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on August 14th, country group Alabama on August 16th, single/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo on August 17th, the Southern Uprising Tour with Montgomery Gentry / the Charlie Daniels Band / and the Marshall Tucker Band on August 18th, and John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter on August 20th - ticket sales go on sale on Saturday, April 29th via Ticketmaster or on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 1st - for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 is urging all motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on Illinois roadways during the 2017 spring planting season – drivers should be extra alert as farmers move agriculture equipment from field to field, traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less – drivers should be ready to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving vehicles – also, all farmers are urged to make sure all slow moving vehicle emblems and flashing lights on their tractors and farm equipment are clean, clearly visible, and in working order – motorists should especially be alert while following farm equipment near an approaching intersection – let’s keep it safe on highways this spring.
 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to those out there interested in earning a GED – all four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, or near Robinson are offering the free classes – no matter the schedule, whether day, night, or around the clock online, there’s a convenient option to help obtain a GED – the Summer Semester starts on June 6th and registration is now open for Summer and Fall classes – folks can register at Olney Central College from 9:00 to 2:00 Monday thru Thursday and while appointments are recommended, they’re not required – call Lindsey at  618-395-7777   extension  2265  for more details.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Forcht Broadcasting St. Jude Radiothon on Freedom 92.9 is today and Friday, April 20th and 21st, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  To become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude Children’s Hospital you can stop by the radio station at 4667 E. Radio Tower Ln. in Olney or call 1-800-201-88-83.  Become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude by donating during the 2017 Forcht Broadcasting Radiothon today and Friday.  Every donation helps.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Relay For Life is coming up this Saturday evening at the Richland County High School in Olney – it all kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 – the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap begins at 6:00 with the Luminaria Ceremony to start at 9:00 – everything will finish up with the Closing Ceremony at 10:00 – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped in any way in the many local fundraisers held by the various teams to benefit this year’s Relay For Life and our local fight against cancer.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding all motorists that the intersection of Whittle Avenue and Illinois Route 130 is now closed and will remain closed until further notice due to construction work – in fact, Whittle Avenue between Route 130 north to Brentwood Avenue will be open to local traffic ONLY from today until further notice – also, don’t forget the road work continues on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street to Chestnut Street, is closed as well – alternate routes around these two areas are needed until further notice.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There are two regular monthly school board meetings tonight. :  the Jasper County School Board meets tonight at 6:30 in Newton  :  the Richland County School Board meets tonight at 7:00 in Olney  :  both are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The St. Joseph DC fundraiser “wine tasting” is Saturday night at the Richland Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00, featuring four area wineries, plus a raffle, wine pull, and appetizers – it’s $15 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass – must be 21 to enter – tickets at TrustBank or St. Joe School Office in Olney

    The Olney VFW will host a benefit fundraiser for Shelly Barthelemy this Saturday evening – doors open at 4:00, a pulled pork barbeque dinner at 5:00, auction at 7:00, and live music from 9:00 until closing – also a 50/50 drawing and raffle – proceeds to help with medical expenses in Shelly’s fight against cancer

    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a fundraising pork burger cook out this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – also brats, chips, & baked goods – a portion of the proceeds go to the local Shelter Friends

    The Olney Firefighters Association will host its “benefit breakfast” this Saturday morning with serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street – carry-outs available – donations accepted at the door – phone in orders available at  392-6341 – proceeds for scholarship help

    The Olney St. Joe Carnival is this Friday night with games from 5:00 to 7:00 and it’s smoked chicken legs, mac & cheese, green beans, and desserts all served from 5:00 to 6:30 - all are invited to attend

    A benefit fundraiser for Becky Hunt-Payne will be this Saturday at Johnny & Junes in Flora – it’s $10 for dinner and $10 for floor seats to hear Nashville recording artist Ira Dean and opening act, local artist, Kyle Hilliard – go online for tickets at  www.johnnyandjunes.com  or for details, call Lisa at  618-662-3344

    Catholic Charities will host a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – the breakfast is to honor all the hard working volunteers who help make the mission of Catholic Charities possible in its seven county area – door prizes available – for more, call  217-857-1458

    There will be a Revival at the Forrest Ridge Church April 21st through 23rd at 7:00 pm nightly.  Special singing will be the Peyton Sisters on Friday Night, Operation Restoration on Saturday and Sunday.  The church is located seven miles south of Noble, follow the signs  -  everyone is invited

    The Ridge Runners 4-H club is having a porkburger sale on Saturday April 22nd at the Olney Rural King.  All the money raised will go to help with community projects.

    RCES 5th grade classes will perform their music program, “Shine Your Way”, today and tomorrow in the RCES dining hall.  Class of Dobbs, Michels and Mitchell performing today at 10:00 am.  Classes of Flittner, Muffler and Shipman will perform tomorrow at 10:00  -  everyone is invited to attend

 

 

April 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Low pressure will track into the Great Lakes on Thursday, pulling a cold front eastward into Illinois.  That means after dry conditions for the most part today, will be followed by our next chance of precipitation tomorrow with chances of showers and storms accompanying the front.  Some rain chances will linger into the evening and overnight on Thursday.  The front will clear the area during the overnight Thursday and bring cooler and drier conditions on Friday.  -  Listen for updates.

 

 (NEWTON)  In state news – Moody’s Investors Service says it will review most of Illinois’ public universities for potential credit downgrades over the next three months.  The bond credit rating business made the announcement yesterday, the same day it bumped Northeastern Illinois University’s credit down two levels.  Moody’s says it will review credit ratings over the next 90 days for the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Governors State University.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition.  Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are available for the 13th annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.  The competition named after the late-Pulitzer Prize winning poet is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age.  The winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash.  The winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals.  Entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  NEWTON)  The hottest concert line-up of the summer is nearly complete as State Fair officials announce four more nights of entertainment at Grandstand for the 2017 Illinois State Fair - one final concert announcement is still pending at this time - the newly announced acts include classic rock band Foghat on August 10th, singer/songwriter Chase Rice on August 11th, the acapella group Pentatonix on August 12th, and country music singer/songwriter Brad Paisley on August 13th, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on August 14th, country group Alabama on August 16th, single/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo on August 17th, the Southern Uprising Tour with Montgomery Gentry / the Charlie Daniels Band / and the Marshall Tucker Band on August 18th, and John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter on August 20th - ticket sales go on sale on Saturday, April 29th via Ticketmaster or on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 1st - for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  In yesterday's USDA Crop Report - last week's statewide average temperature was 61.2 degrees, 10.0 degrees above normal - the state's average precipitation last week was 0.85 inches, which was 0.24 inches below normal - both the state's topsoil and subsoil moisture levels were over 90% adequate to surplus - as of Sunday, 6% of the state's corn crop had been planted, that compares to the 5-year average of 13% - as the state's winter wheat crop is now starting to head out, most all of the crop is in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in the ten area counties report about 5% of the intended acreage has been planted to corn - all farmers are reminded to think "safety first" during this 2017 spring planting season.

 

(NEWTON)  Members of the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County selected Jasper County Blessings in a Backpack as the recipient of the $5,200 contribution collected at its first membership meeting of 2017 in Newton - Blessings in a Backpack is a nation-wide program that provides food to insecure students with enough food to ensure that they do not go hungry during weekends and holidays away from school - the Jasper County program currently serves 175 students every week - the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County, a program of the Jasper County Community Foundation, will make two more contributions this year - for more information, logon at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(NEWTON)  (OLNEY)  The American Red Cross has announced a Zero to Hero Training coming up on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Mt. Vernon, at the Drury Inn & Suites – those in the downstate region interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can get on the fast track by attending the event to be trained as a disaster services volunteer in one weekend, all sponsored by the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – to get more information or to register for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training, call Samuel Evans at  217-622-0270  or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – that’s April 21st thru 23rd this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department will present its final department-wide concert of the 2016-2017 season, with the Spring Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 21st.  The concert will include performances by the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble.  The concert band will conclude its season with the theme “Stages”.  The Concert Choir will present a tribute to George Gershwin.  The Jazz Ensemble will present perform a combination of different performances.  Admission is $5 at the door.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Forcht Broadcasting St. Jude Radiothon on Freedom 92.9 is this Thursday and Friday, April 20th and 21st, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  To become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude Children’s Hospital you can stop by the radio station at 4667 E. Radio Tower Ln. in Olney or call 1-800-201-88-83.  Become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude by donating during the 2017 Forcht Broadcasting Radiothon this Thursday and Friday.  Every donation helps.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  and also today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Relay For Life is coming up this Saturday evening at the Richland County High School in Olney – it all kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 – the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap begins at 6:00 with the Luminaria Ceremony to start at 9:00 – everything will finish up with the Closing Ceremony at 10:00 – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped in any way in the many local fundraisers held by the various teams to benefit this year’s Relay For Life and our local fight against cancer.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The St. Joseph DC fundraiser “wine tasting” is Saturday night at the Richland Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00, featuring four area wineries, plus a raffle, wine pull, and appetizers – it’s $15 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass – must be 21 to enter – tickets at TrustBank or St. Joe School Office in Olney

    The Olney VFW will host a benefit fundraiser for Shelly Barthelemy this Saturday evening – doors open at 4:00, a pulled pork barbeque dinner at 5:00, auction at 7:00, and live music from 9:00 until closing – also a 50/50 drawing and raffle – proceeds to help with medical expenses in Shelly’s fight against cancer

    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a fundraising pork burger cook out this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – also brats, chips, & baked goods – a portion of the proceeds go to the local Shelter Friends

    The Olney Firefighters Association will host its “benefit breakfast” this Saturday morning with serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street – carry-outs available – donations accepted at the door – phone in orders available at  392-6341 – proceeds for scholarship help

    The Olney St. Joe Carnival is this Friday night with games from 5:00 to 7:00 and it’s smoked chicken legs, mac & cheese, green beans, and desserts all served from 5:00 to 6:30 - all are invited to attend

    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life Team is hosting a barbeque lunch today in the hospital café with serving from 10:30 to 1:30 – includes a barbeque sandwich, dessert, and drink for the cost of only $5 per person – all are invited – proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer

    A benefit fundraiser for Becky Hunt-Payne will be this Saturday at Johnny & Junes in Flora – it’s $10 for dinner and $10 for floor seats to hear Nashville recording artist Ira Dean and opening act, local artist, Kyle Hilliard – go online for tickets at  www.johnnyandjunes.com  or for details, call Lisa at  618-662-3344

    Catholic Charities will host a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this Thursday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – the breakfast is to honor all the hard working volunteers who help make the mission of Catholic Charities possible in its seven county area – door prizes available – for more, call  217-857-1458

 

 

April 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A short-wave trough will push a frontal boundary back northward today and place central Illinois in the warm sector of the weather system.  That will bring southerly winds and ample sunshine with dry and warm temperatures today.  That however, will be followed by a low that will track into the region Wednesday night and brings the next rain chance into the area.  A cold front will push through by Thursday bringing with it some chances of showers. The front will then settle bringing cooler and dry conditions – Listen for updates.

 

 (NEWTON)  In state news – officials are saying they are making changes to Illinois’ newly designed license plates to make them easier to read.  Secretary of State Jesse White’s office has received complaints about the newly designed license plate.  The new design was rolled out in January of this year which features the Chicago skyline, a barn with a windmill, the Capitol and part of Abraham Lincoln’s face.  White says the old plates were becoming less reflective making them harder for the authorities to see.  The complaints have been about the plates being harder to see than the old plates.  White’s spokesman says future batches of new plates will have darker ink, among other changes.  The office will gradually send replacements for passenger vehicles at no extra cost.

 

(OLNEY)  NEWTON)  The hottest concert line-up of the summer is nearly complete as State Fair officials announce four more nights of entertainment at Grandstand for the 2017 Illinois State Fair - one final concert announcement is still pending at this time - the newly announced acts include classic rock band Foghat on August 10th, singer/songwriter Chase Rice on August 11th, the acapella group Pentatonix on August 12th, and country music singer/songwriter Brad Paisley on August 13th, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on August 14th, country group Alabama on August 16th, single/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo on August 17th, the Southern Uprising Tour with Montgomery Gentry / the Charlie Daniels Band / and the Marshall Tucker Band on August 18th, and John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter on August 20th - ticket sales go on sale on Saturday, April 29th via Ticketmaster or on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 1st - for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(NEWTON)  (OLNEY)  The American Red Cross has announced a Zero to Hero Training coming up on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Mt. Vernon, at the Drury Inn & Suites – those in the downstate region interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can get on the fast track by attending the event to be trained as a disaster services volunteer in one weekend, all sponsored by the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – to get more information or to register for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training, call Samuel Evans at  217-622-0270  or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – that’s April 21st thru 23rd this week.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, which ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – the county's highest amount was in both Noble and Denver Townships, each with one inch (1.00) even - Bonpas Township received six tenths of an inch (0.60) - Preston and Decker Townships, along with the Farm Bureau Office, each received four tenths of an inch of rain (0.40) - German Township had thirty-five hundredths (0.35) - Claremont Township had fourteen hundredths of an inch (0.14) - and both Madison and Olney Townships each had one tenth of an inch of rain (0.10) - thanks again to all the Farm Bureau rain reporters in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  and also tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Relay For Life is coming up this Saturday evening at the Richland County High School in Olney – it all kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 – the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap begins at 6:00 with the Luminaria Ceremony to start at 9:00 – everything will finish up with the Closing Ceremony at 10:00 – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped in any way in the many local fundraisers held by the various teams to benefit this year’s Relay For Life and our local fight against cancer.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are a couple of meetings on tap for tonight  :  the Newton City Council meets tonight at City Hall in Newton, starting at 6:00 – it’s a pretty full agenda tonight with several old and new business items, plus an executive session to discuss litigation, real estate, and personnel  :  and the Illinois Eastern Community College’s Board of Trustees meet tonight for its regular monthly meeting – that’s at 7:00 tonight at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – also a full agenda with an executive session as well to discuss personnel, collective bargaining, and more  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Olney Public Library is hosting a Grandparents / Grandkids Outing this Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 – the free event will include sharing books, playing board games, balloon art, face painting, and much more – those who’d like to attend are asked to RSVP at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call  392-3711

    The St. Joseph DC fundraiser “wine tasting” is Saturday night at the Richland Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00, featuring four area wineries, plus a raffle, wine pull, and appetizers – it’s $15 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass – must be 21 to enter – tickets at TrustBank or St. Joe School Office in Olney

    The Olney VFW will host a benefit fundraiser for Shelly Barthelemy this Saturday evening – doors open at 4:00, a pulled pork barbeque dinner at 5:00, auction at 7:00, and live music from 9:00 until closing – also a 50/50 drawing and raffle – proceeds to help with medical expenses in Shelly’s fight against cancer

    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a fundraising pork burger cook out this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – also brats, chips, & baked goods – a portion of the proceeds go to the local Shelter Friends

    The Olney Firefighters Association will host its “benefit breakfast” this Saturday morning with serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street – carry-outs available – donations accepted at the door – phone in orders available at  392-6341 – proceeds for scholarship help

    The Olney St. Joe Carnival is this Friday night with games from 5:00 to 7:00 and it’s smoked chicken legs, mac & cheese, green beans, and desserts all served from 5:00 to 6:30 - all are invited to attend

    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life Team is hosting a barbeque lunch tomorrow in the hospital café with serving from 10:30 to 1:30 – includes a barbeque sandwich, dessert, and drink for the cost of only $5 per person – all are invited – proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer

    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – tonight’s presentation will be about waterfowl migration patterns along the Wabash River with Benjamin Rex Willams from the U of  I in Champaign – the public is invited to attend

    The TB Board will have its next meeting this evening at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney, starting at 5:00 – a reminder to all Board members and those interested