October 9, 2017


(OLNEY)  As a low pressure storm system moves in our direction, we’ll see more clouds as we move thru this Monday with our first chance of rain later tonight – the chances of rain and thunderstorm activity ramps up overnight and thru the day tomorrow before ending early Wednesday morning – then cooler Thursday & Friday before we warm up for the weekend ahead with still above normal temperatures – listen for updates.


(OLNEY)  In state news – Illinois is among the states leading the nation in the number of college freshmen pursuing higher education in other states – the Illinois Board of Higher Education says between 2000 and 2014, the number of freshmen who left the state to attend college rose by about 64% – preliminary figures this fall suggest the budget deadlock accelerated the trend – only New Jersey, which also had had state budget woes, exceeded Illinois in loss of students to out-of-state colleges over the past ten to fifteen years.


(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has granted 4 and denied 84 clemency petitions – it was the 20th set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office in early 2015 – the Governor inherited a backlog of several years of clemency requests ignored by the previous two governors – a granted clemency request for a pardon allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction thru the court system.


(OLNEY)  The Office of the State Fire Marshall is observing this week as National Fire Prevention Week 2017, encouraging residents in Illinois to learn and prepare for emergency situations – this year’s theme is “Every Second Counts : Plan Two Ways Out” – firefighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety while families are reminded to take several steps to prepare for a possible fire emergency – last year, fires occurred in more than 15,000 homes in Illinois, resulting in 121 fatalities & over 500 fire-related injuries – for more, check the National Fire Prevention Week website.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  As we reported last week, State Representative David Reis filed House Resolution 627 in opposition to the use of taxpayer funds for the Obama Presidential Library & Museum to be built in Chicago – Reis’ resolution makes clear that with a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills, the State of Illinois cannot afford to spend $100 million for taxpayer funds on this project – it’s reported that the proposed money would come from funds already earmarked for IDOT construction projects throughout the state – Representative Reis is now leading a petition drive in opposition to the plan, stating that the signers of the petition oppose taking tax dollars to help pay for the Obama Presidential Center – those interested in signing the petition can call Reis’ District Office at  618-392-0108  or go online at  www.davidreis.org.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has released the activity and enforcement figures for the month of September – District 12 Troopers answered 186 calls for service and initiated 1,951 incidents in the field – the enforcement numbers included 390 speeding citations, 304 written warnings for speeding, 100 seat belt citations, 34 criminal arrests, and 7 DUI’s – Troopers also assisted 190 motorists, conducted 479 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 64 traffic wrecks, 3 of which involved fatalities – also during September, 373 citations and 417 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those that are most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including failure to wear a seat belt, driving under the influence, distracted driving, & speeding – District 12 includes ten counties : Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.


(OLNEY)  There are two upcoming Concealed Carry Courses  :  this coming Thursday and Friday nights, October 12th & 13th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night, and then Saturday, October 14th, from 8:00 to 4:00, each time at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel  :  the other course is later this month, Thursday and Friday nights, October 26th & 27th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at Olney Central College, and then Saturday, October 28th, from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range  :  the courses are designed for both the beginner & experienced shooter – the tuition and fees for each 16-hour course is $175 for IECC District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – for those age 60 and over, the tuition is waived but the $92 course fee must be paid in advance  :  for the course this week call Wabash Valley College at  866-982-4322  :  for the course in Olney, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777.


(NEWTON)  100 Women Who Care Jasper County has announced it will make its third community grant of 2017 this coming Thursday, October 12th, at the Newton Masonic Lodge, at 207 South Van Buren Street – registration will begin at 5:00 that evening and the meeting will start at 6:00, with light refreshments to be served throughout the evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend the meeting for free – it was back in July that the giving circle chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens in Newton as the recipient of its $5,650 collected contribution.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session tomorrow night, October 10th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, starting at 6:30 – it will be the fourth of five scheduled sessions being hosted by FACTS, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students – the two primary topics of tomorrow night’s session are to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility in Olney and to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all residents in Richland County are invited to attend and it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tomorrow night – for more information, go online at  www.rccu1.net.


(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council will meet tonight for its first regular meeting in October – it’s a short agenda for the meeting starting at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall  :  the first regular meeting in October for the Noble Village Board will be held tomorrow night at 7:00, instead of tonight  :  both are open to the public.


(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  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.


    The Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District continues with its Fall Fish Sale – the deadline to order grass carp is October 17th – the deadline to order all other species is October 27th – the fish delivery date is October 31st – to place an order, call (618-665-3327) or stop by the SWCD office in Louisville

    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday

    The Freedom Baptist Church northwest of Noble will host a Free Movie Night this Saturday night in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn and soda – then the movie, The Case for Christ, will start at 7:00 – bring your lawn chairs – all are invited

    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more

    The Candy Corn 5K Run will be this Saturday morning at the First Christian Church in Carmi with registration from 7:00 to 8:00 and race time at 8:15 – register online at  www.theguardiancenter.org  – proceeds to The Guardian Center in Carmi to help abused children in Richland & surrounding counties

    A pork burger fundraiser will be held this Thursday during the MTC Volleyball Tournament at Clay City High School – serving will run throughout the tournament matches in the school’s Commons Area

    State Representative David Reis will host traveling office hours this Wednesday, October 11th, at two locations – at the Farm Bureau Building in Albion from 10:30 to 11:30 and at the City Hall in Mt. Carmel from 1:30 to 2:30 – residents are reminded they can call Representative Reis’ district office in Olney, with any questions or concerns at  618-392-0108  – it’s open from 8:30 to 4:30 each weekday, except for noon