September 6, 2017


(OLNEY)  With a surface high pressure over the Great Plains today, our weather conditions will be dry and cool although northern sections of Illinois will be wet today – our dry conditions will continue for most all of this week & right on thru the upcoming weekend with below normal temperatures & plenty of sunshine – at this time any effects of Hurricane Irma are likely to stay to our east – stay tuned for weather updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news today – officials say attendance at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year improved by more than 15% from the rain-soaked 2016 event – preliminary estimates show 401,658 people attended the ten-day mid-August fair with the revenue from parking and at the gate also improving from last year – this year’s grandstand acts brought in more than $2 million from about 59,000 tickets sold.


(OLNEY)  Illinois public health experts say they are seeing fewer human cases of the West Nile Virus this summer, but they warn residents around the state to still protect themselves against mosquito bites, which cause the infection – so far, the state has received only 16 reported human cases compared to the nearly 90 statewide at this time a year ago – officials encourage those going outdoors to continue taking those needed precautions by covering as much skin as possible and using an insect repellent that contains DEET.


(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office and 31 other state attorneys general have announced a $3.5 million settlement with North Carolina-based technology company Lenovo to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws by pre-installing software on laptop computers that compromised consumers’ personal information online – Illinois’ portion of the award will be $253,200.


(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, it was another very dry recording period that ended at 8:00 this past Monday morning, with the numbers provided by Farm Bureau members around the county – the highest amount of rain received from August 28th thru September 4th was four tenths of an inch (0.40) in Claremont Township, followed by one tenth of an inch (0.10) in Preston Township – all of the other seven townships, Bonpas, Decker, Denver, German, Madison, Noble, and Olney, plus the Farm Bureau Office in Olney received no rain during the week – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, we measured seven hundredths of an inch of rain (0.07) during the period.


(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – last week’s statewide average temperature was 67.1 degrees, 5.4 degrees below normal – last week’s precipitation around Illinois averaged under four tenths of an inch of rain (0.37), which is four tenths of an inch (0.40) below normal – the statewide corn crop is rated 54% good to excellent, 32% fair, and 14% poor to very poor – the soybeans are much the same around the state, at 58% good to excellent, 29% fair, and 13% poor to very poor  :  farmers in our ten county downstate region report nearly all the local corn crop is in the dough stage with over 70% now denting and about 15% now mature – the local soybeans are about 30% turning color with a tenth of the beans now dropping leaves – with the 2017 fall harvest now underway, farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while out working.


(OLNEY)  It’s Tootsie Rolls Days this weekend in Olney and Richland County with all the money raised to help out local and area children in need with special programs & activities – the local Knights of Columbus members, along with ARC volunteers, Special Olympic coaches and Special Olympic athletes, will be out in their yellow aprons with cannisters looking for donations to help benefit local Special Needs Classes, Special Olympic Programs, and the ARC Summer Program in Richland County – these volunteers will be located at the outside entrances both this Friday & Saturday, September 8th & 9th, at the Olney Wal-Mart SuperCenter and the Olney IGA Store – we hope you can trade a donation for a Tootsie Roll this weekend.


(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an IECC course to be taught at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel this week – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom & range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner & experienced shooter – the class meets tomorrow night & Friday night, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – the final class meeting is this Saturday, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost of the course is $175 for in-District students and only $92 for those age 60 or older, but must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – to register, call Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.


(NEWTON)  The 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is nearly 5 weeks away, to be held Saturday thru Monday, October 7th thru 9th, in all regional downstate counties – it’s for hunters who have not reached their 18th birthday who must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly-licensed parent, guardian, and/or grandparent who’s 21 years of age or older with a valid FOID card – the Youth Deer Permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors throughout the state, plus those that are 16 years of age or older must also have a Habitat Stamp – hunters may purchase only one either-sex permit – the youth hunters and those with them are reminded that the state’s archery deer season will also be underway during the three days and may also be afield or in the woods – for more information, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 12:15 to 7:15  :  also today at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.


    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday afternoon at the former Dundas Grade School, from 12:00 noon until over – attendees should bring a covered dish, while drinks and table ware will be provided

    The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12:00, the popular parade at 10:00, a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight, and plenty of games and live entertainment on stage all day and night Saturday and Sunday morning – check it out

    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction will be held this Saturday evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation, plus to-go orders available – all proceeds go to getting a Service Dog for Tuk – for more details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook

    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, all by a free will donation at the door – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, a gun raffle, and a regular raffle – proceeds to help with expenses

    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend

    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas

    The Clay City Fall Festival is this Saturday with this year’s theme “Flashback to the 80’s” – it starts with the Firemen’s breakfast at 6:00 in the morning, Tractor Show registration at 8:00, the Lip Sync Contest at 9:00, vendor booths/inflatables/a petting zoo/& food at 10:00, Frog Jumping Contest at 12:00 noon, annual Parade at 2:00, evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30, the Cake Walk at 5:00, the Live Auction, a Beer Garden at 6:30, and music by Salt Rock Jones at 7:00 – for more, check the Clay City Fall Festival Facebook page

    The Rewards & Recognition Team at Champion Laboratories invites the public to their Cruisin’ Back to Champ Car, Motorcycle, & Tractor Cruise-In from 10:00 to 2:00 this Saturday, all to be held at Champ’s Air Plant in Albion – includees pork burgers, lemon & orange shake-ups, free popcorns, shaved ice, and a corn hole tournament – anyone can bring & display their cars, trucks, motorcycles, and/or tractors with registration forms available at  618-445-5400 – there’s is no admission or registration fee – call now

    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this Thursday, September 7th – that’s all this Friday in Newton

    The Grandparent Support Group will meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child – call RCES at  618-395-8540  for more details