January 11, 2018


(OLNEY)  It’s one more abnormally warm day on tap before another shot of arctic air returns, preceded by some potentially nasty winter weather – maybe some rain today before the approaching cold front brings us a chance of rain, freezing rain, sleet, & snow early Friday morning, with a wintry mix thru the day tomorrow as well – colder air returns for the weekend and maybe more snow Sunday night – stay tuned for updates.


(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6:00 tonight until 6:00 Friday morning for Richland, Jasper, and most surrounding counties – with temperatures falling some 30 to 40 degrees by daybreak, the chance is good for freezing rain, sleet, and snow before the break of dawn tomorrow morning – the ice will obviously result in difficult traveling conditions with a total snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches and up to a tenth of an inch of ice possible – the weather conditions will not improve much thru the day tomorrow with the colder air and a chance of additional light snow, maybe freezing rain and sleet – drivers should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities over the next 48 hours – wind chill values will be below zero each night thru the weekend and maybe more snow chances Sunday night into Monday morning – stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for continued updates.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  With the potential for bad traveling conditions over the next day or two, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to visit and bookmark its newly designed website for continually updated information on road conditions around the state – available on computers and mobile devices, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to specific locations, travel routes, and/or destinations from anywhere within the state – that’s online at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com – folks can also check out the latest road conditions for Illinois by calling the IDOT road-line, at  1-800-452-4368.


(NEWTON)  In state news today – following the reduction of the federal corporate tax rate, State Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a bipartisan coalition of 17 state attorneys general, state agencies, and consumer advocates are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take immediate steps to ensure that public utility companies do not receive a major windfall at the expense of their customers – the call is also requesting an investigation be opened into whether the current rates for electricity, natural gas, and oil are justified – the coalition is specifically concerned about the impact the new federal tax law has on the level of corporate income tax expenses – a response from the FERC is expected by sometime next week.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is extending controlled pheasant hunting seasons at three IDNR sites – hunters can now make reservations for additional hunting opportunities – the three locations include the Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area along the southeast shore of Carlyle Lake in Clinton County northeast of Carlyle, the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area northeast of Virginia or northwest of Springfield in Cass County, and the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area along the eastern shore of Rend Lake south of Ina in Franklin & Jefferson Counties – the controlled pheasant hunting at each site has been extended thru January 28th – for more, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.


(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis noted yesterday that a new state audit revealed that Illinois has spent $396 million on taxpayer-funded health insurance for illegal immigrants over an 8 year period – covering All Kids, a program created in the Blagojevich era, provides health care coverage for children, regardless of immigration status – undocumented enrollees are not eligible for federal Medicaid funds, so the entire cost of providing health insurance to illegal immigrants is paid for by Illinois taxpayers – the Ste. Marie native is sponsoring House Bill 4182 that would prohibit illegal immigrants from taking part in most all statewide entitlement programs – while the All Kids program was set to expire July 1st, 2016, the State House approved a three year extension that year on a 77 to 38 vote with Representative Reis voting against the extension – look for plenty of more debate during the upcoming legislative session in Springfield.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau has several events coming up in the weeks ahead  :  a Country Crop Insurance Meeting will be held Tuesday evening, January 30th, at The Holiday, starting at 6:00  :  on the following night, Wednesday, January 31st, a two hour On the Road Trucking Seminar will be held beginning at 6:00, also at The Holiday – with the focus on old and new trucking laws, the event is free but advance registration is requested by calling the Richland County Farm Bureau office at  393-4116  by January 24th  :  and on Thursday night, February 1st, a Farm Estate Planning meeting will be held at The Holiday offering farm families the chance to learn how to develop a farm succession plan for their family farm – reservations are requested for the free event, which includes dinner  :  again, call  618-393-4116.


(OLNEY)  A reminder that tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Annual Chocolate Tour, which will be held on Friday, February 9th, from 11:00 to 6:00, in Olney – the $12 per person tickets are available at the Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce office or the Olney City Hall during regular office hours – additional information is on the Facebook Event Page : 2nd Annual Olney Chocolate Tour.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings coming up tonight  :  the Jasper County Board will have its January meeting tonight at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 7:00  :  the Richland County Board will have its January meeting tonight in County Jail Meeting Room in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – the Richland County Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier in the County Jail Meeting Room, starting at 6:00  :  all of the meetings slated for tonight are open to the public.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Xenia Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.


(CLAY CITY)  Due to a water main break Wednesday morning, the entire Village of Clay City and all of its water customers are under a boil water order until further notice – again, that boil water order is still in effect for the entire Village of Clay City and its water customers until further notice.


    The Trinity Preschool benefit breakfast is coming up this Saturday morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge  of Olney, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, sweet breads, & drinks – $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 – the public is invited

    It’s another “taco night” tomorrow night at the Olney VFW from 5:30 to 7:30 – open to the public, call in orders can be made for pick up – all proceeds to help with VFW Auxiliary projects and more

    The Jasper County Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group will have its monthly meeting this evening at the St. Thomas School in Newton, starting at 6:30 – enter thru the west side, under the big blue awning – anyone can attend – if any questions, email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.