June 19, 2017


(OLNEY)  A weak area of high pressure over the Midwest will keep us dry for most all of this work week – our next potential for rain is with a cold front that’s expected to move thru this coming weekend – our rain chances will increase thru the day on Friday with the upcoming weekend rain chances somewhat uncertain at this time, although it appears on-and-off storms will be possible Saturday & Sunday – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  While some portions of our listening area had significant storm damage with the storms that rolled thru early yesterday morning, others not so much – with area rainfall amounts ranging from only a few tenths of an inch to over an inch and a half to two inches in some spots, scattered thunderstorms with winds gusting up to 50 to 60 miles-per-hour did some damage – trees and utility poles were effected, with some regional locations losing electricity, some of which have yet to have their power restored as of this morning – however, authorities report no injuries as a result of the storms from early Sunday morning.


(OLNEY)  In state news today – officials responsible for paying Illinois’ bills say a recent court order regarding money owed for Medicaid bills will eat up 100% of the state’s monthly revenue – therefore new priorities are needed as Illinois nears its third year without a state budget – while payments must be made for debt & pension payments, state worker paychecks, and some school funding, there will not be much money left to pay for items such as domestic violence shelters, some ambulance services, and school buses – however, it could all change if statewide lawmakers can pull things together with a new state budget.


(NEWTON)  Illinois is receiving more than $2 million in federal grants to help provide health care to mothers and their children – the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services money is especially targeted at helping low-income people and those living in areas with limited access to health care, such as rural communities, and will specifically deal with pre-natal and post-natal health care and other related issues.


(OLNEY)  Six airports have been selected as winners of the 2017 Airport of the Year award as presented by the Illinois Department of Transportation – the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion was named the state’s Primary Airport of the Year – the Chicago Executive Airport up in Cook County received the Reliever Airport of the Year Award – the Macomb Municipal Airport had the General Aviation Award for a runway greater than 5,000 feet – the Sparta Community Airport in southwestern Illinois received the award for a runway 5,000 feet or less – the Tri-County Airport in suburban Elmwood was named the Private / Open to the Public Airport of the Year – and the Riverside Medical Center Hospital Heliport in Kankakee got the Heliport of the Year Award – more information’s available by checking IDOT’s website online.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office has announced that real estate and mobile home tax bills were mailed out on or before this past Friday, June 16th – the first installment of Richland County’s real estate taxes is due on Monday, July 24th, five weeks from today, to avoid penalty – the County’s second installment will be due on Tuesday, September 12th – for those residents owning mobile homes, the Mobile Home Privilege Tax is due in one installment, set for Tuesday, August 1st, six weeks from tomorrow – the tax bills can be paid in person at the Treasurer’s Office at the Courthouse or by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – if any questions, call the office Monday thru Friday, 8:00 to 4:00.


(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair will roll thru all of this week on the Fairgrounds in Newton – the Fair’s main attraction will be the County Fair Queen & Little Miss Pageant coming up tonight at 7:30 (more on that in a moment) – meanwhile, the various 4-H Shows continue today and tomorrow leading up to the
4-H Youth Auction Thursday evening – the carnival rides begin tomorrow and run thru the rest of the week as tomorrow night is Family Night with armbands available for the rides, plus the Karaoke Contest, the Pedal Tractor Pull, Talent Contest, and Flat Drags – the Rodeo is Wednesday night at 7:00, followed by the IPA Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Thursday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s popular Antique Farm Machinery Show is next Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 with Harness Racing Friday at 12 noon and the Non-Sanctioned Tractor / Truck Pull Friday night at 7:00 – the Fair’s first ever Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, followed by the final Harness Racing Saturday at noon, & the Demo Derby to wrap things up Saturday night at 7:00 – all at the annual Jasper County Fair, all this week, in Newton.


(NEWTON)  Speaking of the Jasper County Fair, all are invited out to this evening’s Fair Queen Pageant, which starts at 7:30 – there are six young ladies vying for tonight’s crown – that list includes the following  :
* 18 year old MacKenzie St. Claire – daughter of  Donita St. Claire and Tim St. Claire
* 18 year old Amy Sandschafer – the daughter of  Eric and Kristie Sandschafer
* 18 year old Sara Miller – the daughter of  Ray Miller and Rebecca Bushue
* 17 year old Paige Klingler – the daughter of  Jamie Davis and Tony Klingler
* 16 year old Kenney Parr – the daughter of  Chris and Stacey Parr
* 16 year old Elly Eaton – the daughter of  Wade and Jennifer Eaton
current Miss Jasper County Fair Queen, Keirsten Brewer, will help with tonight’s Pageant, as she finishes up her final day & night of representing Jasper County – by the way, a huge “thank you” goes out to the great sponsors and those that have helped out with tonight’s Fair Queen Pageant at the Jasper County Fair.


(OLNEY)  A reminder that the summer reading program is continuing at the Olney Public Library – there’s still time to register for the reading challenge and to enter the “thingamajig” contest as designs are due at the Library by Friday, June 30th, a week from this coming Friday – there’s plenty of other summer activities also on the schedule – plus teens and adults alike are encouraged to enter the Library’s “book bingo” for great prizes and more – check the website online, at  www.olneypubliclibrary.org  or call  618-392-3711.


(OLNEY)  Be listening for our Freedom 92.9 Summer Listener Appreciation Sale coming up this Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 – there are a limited amount of items available with the highest bids accepted – a huge “thank you” to all of our fine sponsors and local businesses taking part – be listening for updates and check out the details this week on our website, at  www.freedom929.com – that’s this Saturday morning.


(OLNEY)  Construction to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next today, on this 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 any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, road construction work continues on Whittle Avenue and Kitchell Avenue in Olney as – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed – the patience of all drivers is much appreciated.


(NEWTON)  A reminder that today’s the final day of Free Fishing Days throughout the state – today’s the final day that anyone can fish without buying a fishing license, a salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp – a great time to introduce children and others to the joy and fun of fishing – go to  www.ifishillinois.org.


    The Bethlehem New Light Church near Sumner has an “open pit chicken dinner” this Saturday night from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the area Kids Shopping Day in Lawrence County

    It’s another “movie night” at Equine Lead this coming Thursday night, starting at 7:30 – all ages are invited southeast of Olney to take part – check their website for more information and/or details

    The Cummins Band will be in concert again this Wednesday night at the Bandshell in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:30 – all ages are invited to come on out and check in out

    The Big Blue Bus will be at Musgrove Park tomorrow afternoon and evening from 3:00 to 7:00 – all Richland County youngsters are invited out to look over the large selection of books available for reading – no library card or ID necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and local schools

    A Chowder Planning Meeting will be held tonight at the Parkersburg Community Building, starting at 7:00 – those interested in helping out with this year’s event is encouraged to attend tonight

    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a fundraising “uniform” sale today from 8:00 to 3:00 – all proceeds go to help fund the various Auxiliary projects at the hospital in Olney