April 17, 2017


(OLNEY)  With a stationary frontal boundary to our south along the Ohio River and a weak area of high pressure to our north, in the Upper Midwest, we’ll have a mostly dry day today, although some scattered showers are possible – then after a dry Tuesday, the rain chances return for Wednesday and Thursday, and it looks like a dry Friday will be followed by more rain Saturday afternoon into Sunday – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – with only two days left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can – an estimated 1 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed – the April 18th deadline is tomorrow – logon at  www.tax.illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner last Friday granted five and denied 140 clemency petitions – it was the 16th set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office – a granted clemency request for a pardon allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction thru the State of Illinois’ court system.


(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner declared April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois to celebrate the important work being done by IT professionals statewide and to encourage Illinois students to understand the growing opportunities in the IT field – the IT industry continues to grow at a rapid rate in Illinois, contributing an estimated 5.3% to the state’s economy, plus the technology industry employs more than 234,000 in Illinois – various events are being held in April – go online at  www.DoIT.illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of an Illinois woman – Indiana authorities say the head-on collision occurred early last Friday morning, at around 5:30, on Indiana State Road 64, about two miles southeast of Mt. Carmel – the report indicates that 37 year old Robert L. Christie, Jr., of Bellmont, Illinois (Wabash County), was westbound in a car when for reasons unknown, he crossed the center line and struck an eastbound SUV driven by 34 year old Amanda J. Leonard of Mt. Carmel, who was formerly of Newton – while Leonard was pronounced dead at the accident scene, Christie was taken to Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, then transferred to an Evansville hospital – the Gibson County authorities were assisted by emergency personnel from Mt. Carmel and Wabash County, Illinois – the funeral services for Amanda Leonard are currently pending at the Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup.


(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a fatal crash that occurred at 2:28 this past Saturday afternoon on Green Street Road, one mile east of Central City, in Marion County – the State Police report 54 year old John W. Oettle, of Centralia, was westbound when his pickup truck crossed into the eastbound lane, then left the roadway, and struck a tree head on – Oettle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident – the Illinois State Police were assisted at the accident scene by emergency personnel from Marion County.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Development Corporation, in collaboration with the University of  Illinois Extension, is hosting a free “Marketing Your Small Business” workshop tomorrow night from, 6:00 to 9:00, at the Extension Office, at 306 South Fair Street, in Olney – the workshop will cover various topics, including the five P’s of marketing, elements of a marketing plan, standing out in the marketplace, building a brand, and methods for message delivery – seating is limited, so signup now – call the RCDC office in Olney, at  618-392-2305, or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – all local & area business owners invited.


(NEWTON)  The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that participants with Conservation Stewardship Program 2013 contracts have from now until May 5th, 2017, to submit applications to local field offices for contract renewals – with the 2013 contracts set to expire December 31st, 2017, the NRCS allows CSP participants to renew their contracts for an additional five year period – there are some 250 CSP 2013 contracts in Illinois that are reaching the end of their initial five year contract period – if not contacted by a local NRCS field office first, participants should contact their local office.


(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 Kaskaskia College, west of Centralia, from 10:00 to 3:00  :  also today at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also tomorrow at the Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga from 1:00 to 6:00  :  on Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  and also Wednesday 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 City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the water distribution system from free chlorine to chloramine today, on this Monday, April 17th – chloramines are the normal disinfectant used by the City of Olney – the free chlorine that was used the past few weeks with the biannual hydrant flushing was for maintenance purposes – residents may notice a change in the taste of the water until all free chorine is out of the lines & system – the patience of all Olney water customers is appreciated.


(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding all motorists that the intersection of Whittle Avenue and Illinois Route 130 is still 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.


    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

    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

    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

    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life Team is hosting a barbeque lunch this Wednesday 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 TB Board will have its next meeting tomorrow evening at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney, starting at 5:00 – a reminder to all Board members and those interested

    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil For Life will be held tonight at the St. Mary Help of Christians in Green Creek – praying the scriptural rosary begins at 6:00 with a mass to follow at 6:30 and the business meeting in the Parish Hall at 7:30 – also refreshments and pro-life information will be available