June 14, 2017


(OLNEY) A cold front will stay off to our west toady as chances of showers and storms develop across the area today. Chances of heavy rainfall could accompany the scattered storms in the area.  The warm yet unsettled weather will prevail through the rest of the week into the weekend before a significant weather pattern change brings cooler and drier weather conditions into the area early next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.


(OLNEY)  In State News – Concern for native wildlife has risen with the finding of new Asian Carp in Central Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials say a black carp was caught in April in the Illinois River south of Peoria, more than 100 miles north of where the species has been recorded.  Black carp is an invasive species that could have a serious effect on native wildlife if the population grows in large numbers.  The black carp eat mussels and snails, some species which are listed as threatened or endangered amid competition with exotic species, loss of habitat and pollution.  This could also affect the other species which feed on mussels including birds, fish, turtles and otters.


(NEWTON)  Officials from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum say the state is suspending a project searching the National Archives for papers that were written by Abraham Lincoln.  Library spokesman Chris Wills says the search is on hold while the library focuses on handling 100,000 collected documents and deciding what addition material to gather.  The projects priority is to improve its procedures and policies so that the staff’s work and taxpayers’ money is not wasted.  The National Archives located in Washington, D.C. have provided the bulk of Lincoln documents that have been added in recent years to the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project.  The contracts of two researchers based in D.C. and three other workers in Springfield expire June 30th.


(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 announced their activity and enforcement figures for the month of May in the counties of Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland.  Troopers answered 237 calls for service and initiated 1,898 incidents in the field.  In addition, enforcement figures totaled 1,082 citations and 898 written warnings.  Including, 611 speeding citations, 7 DUIs, 135 seat belt citations, 12 child restraint citations, 258 written warnings for speeding and 32 criminal arrests.  Troopers assisted 204 motorists, conducted 321 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 95 traffic crashes, there were 3 fatal traffic crashes investigated.  During the month of May, 314 citations and 360 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, speeding, DUI, Failure to wear a seat belt and distracted driving.


(NEWTON)  The Noble Village Board met on Monday in regular session : The Board : passed and adopted the Ordinance adding Section 9-1-18, use of lots internments in lots shall be restricted to members of family or relatives of the lot owner. Only one person’s remains may be buried in each lot, regardless of whether the interment is traditional burial or a cremation urn. As well as Section 9-1-19, animal burials prohibited, as it is unlawful to bury any animal or dispose of the ashes of any animal in the Village Cemetery : Awarded the bid of removal of 1 tree and stump o E. Elm to Miller Time Tree Service for $600  :  awarded the bid of removal of 4 trees on E. Locust to Wayne’s Tree Service fro $1,595 : Next regular meeting is June 26tth.

(OLNEY)  Construction on the replacement Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th.  The project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed.  The section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction.  If you have any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at 618-392-3141.


(OLNEY)  In Monday’s USDA Crop Report, warm weather and limited rain assisted farmers in the early wheat harvest – Illinois’ precipitation averaged 0.15 inches, 0.76 inches below normal – there was nearly seven full days of field work in Illinois last week – the statewide average temperature was 70.9 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, 96% of the corn emerged, compared with 97 percent for the 5 year average.  Corn condition was rated mostly fair to good.  Soybean was 93% planted as of Sunday, compared to the 5 year average of 88%.  78% has emerged and was rated mostly fair to good.  Winter wheat harvest was 24 percent complete, well above the 5 year average of 11%  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Newton and Olney report almost all of the corn has emerged and nearly all the soybeans have been planted with just over three fourths of the soybeans have emerged – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the spring planting season continues


(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just under a week away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.


(OLNEY)  This weeks Sounds of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will be featuring Jake and Mikayla Hoult.  Jake and Mikayla will be performing at Bower Park with the concert being held from 6:00 until 8:00 with $1 bottled water available courtesy of Clark Real Estate Group.  Concessions are available provided by Walmart DC #6059 featuring Nachos, soft pretzels, pork burgers, chips, cookies and soda with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and join the Sounds of Summer at Bower Park this Thursday.


(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library summer reading program is underway.  There is still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the thingamajig contest.  Designs for this contest are due at the library on Friday, June 30th.  Upcoming events include, Ag in the Library, Scholastic Book Fair, and Mad Science.  Teens and adults are encouraged to enter the book bingo for great prizes.  For more information, contact the library at 392-3711 or check out our webpage www.olneypubliclibrary.org



   A "pork burger / bake sale" fundraiser is this Saturday at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only - bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 - large orders can be called in advance at 618-508-1623 - all proceeds to benefit the Dusty Thompson family

   A Community CPR Class is being held today, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in the Conference Room from 6:00 until 8:00.  Call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4094 to register – Class size is limited

   The Cummins Municipal Band will be performing at the Olney City Park today starting at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited out to join the concert this Wednesday evening.

   Whittle Rock will be this coming this Saturday, June 17th,  going on from 3:00 pm until midnight.  Live music from Too Far Gone, Bufurd T Judd & the Dump Trucks, The Ashes, Steve Patterson, Preston Price and more! Plus food and craft vendors.  Everyone is invited with $5 for advanced tickets and $10 day of.

   The Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom has two programs coming up this summer at the Olney Public Library.  The first day is this coming Friday June 16th at 10:30 am readin  “On Meadowview Street” and activities to follow.

   The Olney Fire Department will be hosting a Blood Drive coming up on Friday form 2:00 until 6:00 at the meeting room on North Walnut Street.  Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter OlneyFD to schedule an appointment.

   The Annual Salad Luncheon prepared by the women of the Grace United Methodist Church will be Friday at the church I Newton. The menu, including a variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls and a drink for a $7 donation.  Serving from 11:00 until 1:00

   The Olney Elks and Olney VFW will be holding a Flag Day ceremony today at noon at the Court House.  That is a Flag Day ceremony, today.

  The 2017 Richland County Queen Contestants will be waitressing for tips at Hovey’s this coming Thursday June 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Come out and help out the 2017 Queen Contestants

  St. Mary of the Assumption Church and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive on Sunday June 18th, from 7:30 to 11:30 am.  All donations are very much appreciated

  The Noble Freedom Baptist Church will be hosting a Freedom VBS Sign-Up Party at the Noble Village Park on Saturday June 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Come out for free hotdogs and drinks and inflatable games for the kids and sign them up for Vacation Bible School.

  American Legion Post #30 will be holding a Pork Burger Sale at the IGA this coming Saturday, June 17th, from 11:00 until 2:00, or until sold out.  Everyone is invited out for Pork Burgers.

  The Latona Church of Christ is holding a Bake Sale this coming Friday at the Circle K in Newton starting at 8:00 and continuing until sold out.  All the proceeds to help with Youth Group Mission Trip to New Orleans.

  The Flora Public Library will be presenting a series of programs entitled The Amazing History Series discussing prominent people from America’s Past.  The first night is this Thursday with David Wolfe appearing as founding father, Benjamin Franklin.  The program is at 6:30 on Thursday and free to attend.