July 12, 2017


(OLNEY)  We’ll return to high heat & humidity levels today as we remain on the back side of that high pressure sitting over the southeastern section of the U.S. – but as an approaching cold front slowly moves into Illinois late tonight, it will bring us our next real chance of rain thru the day tomorrow and Thursday night, although the warm conditions will hang around – then dry for the weekend – stay tuned for updates.


*****     (OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced an emergency road closure on U.S. Route 50 between Noble and Clay City – due to a structure failure on one of the bridges being repaired, the highway has been completely closed until emergency repairs can be made – IDOT will locate message boards along U.S. Route 50 leading up to the bridges in both Richland and Clay Counties and all drivers will have to take alternate routes – the most likely route around the area would be either Route 130 at Olney north or the Passport Road at Noble north to the Dundas/Wendelin Blacktop, then west to Dieterich/Clay City Blacktop, south to Clay City, and then back west on Route 50 – IDOT officials say the repair work will take most of today & possibly tonight – be listening to Freedom 92.9 WSEI or check our Freedom 92.9 Facebook page online for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois residents are reminded about the precautions to take to battle the high heat & humidity levels around the state – while heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, many people still die from extreme heat each year – those at the highest risk include people 65 & older, children younger than 2 years old, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness – drinking plenty of water and staying indoors with air conditioning are two of many tips to be observed – for more, go to  www.dph.illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Attorney General's office has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies throughout the state under a new landmark law that was enacted to improve the response to sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes around the state – the online booklet of guidelines and sample policies spells out the newly enacted law requiring specialized training & politics for police agencies responding to sex crimes – every police agency must develop, adopt, and implement written policies by January 1st, 2018.


(NEWTON)  Farmers are reminded the filing deadline to report acreage and planting dates to their local Farm Service Agency office is quickly approaching, July 17th – the reports filed after the deadline next Monday will be subject to a late filing fee of  $46 per farm – the acreage and planting date reports impact producer benefits from various programs – for more, farmers should contact their local FSA office.


(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:30 this past Tuesday morning in rural Jasper County – the State Police report 27 year old Brandon S. Frichtl of Newton was eastbound in his pickup truck when it went off the road, thru a ditch, hit a culvert, slid sideways, and overturned – Frichtl was partially ejected – he was flown by helicopter from the scene to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – he was ticketed for DUI, driving with license revoked, for improper lane usage, for failure to wear a seat belt, & for illegal transportation of alcohol – Jasper County authorities also responded.


(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was an abnormally dry seven days and nights – while the highest amount of rain received in the Farm Bureau report was two tenths of an inch (0.20) in Preston, German, and Decker Townships, plus at the Farm Bureau office in Olney, there were some areas of Richland County that did received over an inch of rain, including the north & northeast part of Olney – both Madison and Bonpas Townships had one tenth (0.10) of an inch – Denver, Noble, Olney, and Claremont Townships received no measurable rain during the week – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we also had nothing measurable, precipitation-wise, during the seven day period.


(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met for less than a half hour this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  approved an ordinance to enter an Intergovernmental Cooperation Contract with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association dealing with village insurance coverage purposes  :  noted that the blockage of Hog Run Creek has been removed  :  noted on a previous matter, that a 40 foot culvert has been ordered at the same price as two 20 foot culverts for future use  :  noted that the Village Codebook Committee will meet tomorrow (Thursday, July 13th) night at 5:00  :  noted the next local blood drive will be next Monday, July 17th, from 2:30 to 6:30, at the Noble Lions Club Building  :  and noted the upcoming Noble Chowder is set for Saturday, August 12th  :  the Noble Village Board’s next meeting is July 24th.


(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is continuing with this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today thru Friday – jobs require carpentry work, painting, & cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & more – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated.


(OLNEY)  Here’s the Talent Contest results from the Richland County Fair last night in Olney  :
* the Competition Dance Team Mary Poppins from Star Dance Studio was first
* 12 year old Sophia Raines was second
* 14 year old Taylor Klingler was third
* the Sharp Saxes were first – Dylan Seesengood, Caleb Thomas, Vaden Hamilton, and Jacob Ferguson
* the Competition Dance Team Titanic from Star Dance Studio was second
* 18 year old Alex Thomas of Olney was third
* Keegan Tucker and Andrew Flynn combined for a vocal duet that finished in first place
* the group, Turning Point (Sammy, Tommy, and Ridge Davis) ended up in second place
* current OCC student Hunter Meritt finished up in third place
* and congratulations to 99 year old Ethel Stewart who received an Honorable Mention


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues today in the Olney City Park – it’s more 4-H Livestock judging on this Wednesday with the Farm Bureau Young Leaders Pedal Tractor Pull and Ag Olympics this afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00 and special live music on stage tonight at 7:00 featuring Travis James from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with tributes to Hank Williams Jr. and Conway Twitty – then it’s the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest tomorrow morning, the Antique Equipment Show tomorrow from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction Thursday at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls tomorrow night at 7:00 – the Truck Pulls are Friday night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop that afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – then Saturday night’s Demo Derby to finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru Saturday night, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will be offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over the next two-plus weeks, with the registration “window” open from July 17th to July 26th – students can be registered by going to Skyward Family Access on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance, the individual public schools in Olney have set up a one day Walk-In registration when computers & staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, an emergency contact phone number, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.rccu1.net  – the first day of attendance for students in the Richland County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, with an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon.


(OLNEY)  Time is running out to sign up for the 2nd Annual Parkersburg Chowder Queen Contest as girls will be accepted, ages 5 thru 8 years old – the registration deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, July 13th – contestants must live in either Bonpas or Madison Townships, be a member of the Parkersburg Community Center, or attend any of the churches in the Parkersburg area, including the Christian Church, Methodist Church, or Oak Grove Church – the Contest will be at 1:00 on Saturday, July 29th, during the Parkersburg Chowder – for more information or to sign up, call Roberta, at  618-897-2432  or  618-838-2432.


(OLNEY)  The East Orchard Christian Academy has an “Open House” tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at its new location at 5014 North Route 130 in Olney – that’s just north of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter entrance, in the former Valley Town & Country Building – the school offers a Christian education for Pre-School thru 8th Grade students – stop by to meet the staff, tour the facility, and get enrollment details – www.eocaolney.org.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Xenia Fire House from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday again at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919

    All are invited to the Olney Music Booster’s “Dunk Tank” fundraiser this Saturday afternoon & evening at the Richland County Fair – from 3:30 to 8:30, the Dunk Tank lineup includes Band Dads Bob Jellison & John Davis, RCHS Teacher Mandy Ginder, Marching Tiger Fan Tina Cannon, Band Groupie Danny Garcia, RCHS Band Director Christopher Jones, Olney Mayor Mark Lambird, & RCHS Teacher & Coach Klay Wheeler – come out and support it – all proceeds to benefit the Olney Music Boosters / RCHS Music

    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043

    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” this coming Friday night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited

    The American Legion in Olney reminds everyone that there will be Bingo tomorrow night – all invited