January 12, 2018


(OLNEY)  As the storm system moves off to the east, the last of our precipitation will end this afternoon with more arctic air moving in – we’ll then stay dry and cold tonight thru tomorrow night before a clipper system rolls thru with more cold air & some snow, maybe an inch or two for our area – the cold air pattern will continue thru most all of next week as well – stay tuned for continued weather details and updates.


(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 12:00 noon today, however the cold wintry weather conditions will last long past that – with about a half inch of ice and sleet mixed has been reported on average throughout the region and an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow may fall now thru noon – slick roads will impact travel today – the blustery north / northwest wind will stay strong the next 48 hours, giving us wind chill values around zero the next few nights – then more snow is possible late Sunday night into Monday – plus the cold air and conditions will continue thru most all of next week – stay tuned for more updates as they become available and listen to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for more.


(OLNEY)  As far as our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service official Weather Station is concerned – we have a half inch of sleet and ice mixed on the ground here at the south edge of Olney – our official melt down measured at forty-three hundredths (0.43) of an inch of precipitation – the breakdown included a third of an inch (0.33) in the form of rain before the temperatures dropped late last night – the remaining one tenth (0.10) of an inch of precipitation was from the ice and sleet that fell overnight thru early this morning – this measurement was for the time period up to 6:00 this morning here at the south edge of Olney.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  We remind you that all of the cancellations that we receive will be immediately posted on our websites online – simply click on the “weather” tab and scroll down to the list of closings and/or cancellations – that’s at  www.freedom929.comwww.1035theeagle.com,  or  www.wvlnam.com  – also, if traveling the Illinois Department of Transportation has its newly designed website available with updated information on road conditions around the state – available on computers and mobile devices, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to specific locations, travel routes, and/or destinations from anywhere within the state – that’s online at  www.GettingAroundIllinois.com – folks can also check out the latest road conditions for Illinois by calling the IDOT road-line, at  1-800-452-4368.


(NEWTON)  In state news on this Friday – the state has unveiled a new Advanced Placement (AP) pilot program that will give students at rural Illinois high schools access to online AP classes to better prepare them for college – in fact, the AP pilot program kicked off yesterday with classes for 75 students at ten high schools in rural areas across the state – the list includes downstate schools in Altamont, Georgetown, Moweaqua, and Pope County – the goal of the AP pilot program is to provide the same educational opportunities for students in rural parts of the state compared to students in the urban areas of Illinois.


(OLNEY/NOBLE/NEWTON)  Due to the extreme weather conditions, today’s sanitary hauling by Republic Services in Olney and the surrounding area will be delayed by one day – therefore, the normal trash pickup for Friday will be made next Monday, weather permitting then – if any further delays occur, that information will be announced here on WVLN-WSEI-WIKK – the public’s cooperation in this matter is much appreciated  :  the City of Olney’s curbside recycling is running on schedule with no delay.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in regular session for only 15 minutes last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for December worth $32,612  :  approved the maintenance resolution for MFT funds for the Richland County Highway Department road system  :  approved a revised & updated Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy for Richland County, as required by federal law  :  approved the diesel fuel bids from the Wabash Valley Service Company  :  reviewed proposed plans for a new Animal Control facility – initial plans include a groundbreaking in March or April and the project completion by next fall  :  said “thank you” to the Richland County 4-H’ers for providing pizza for supper  :  and had no executive session  :  the next regular monthly Richland County Board meeting will be February 8th.


(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met in regular session for less than an hour last night in Newton – the Board  :  approved an updated policy on Sexual Harassment & Misconduct  :  approved a resolution directing all Jasper County employees to take Active Shooter and/or Sexual Harassment and Misconduct training when offered  :  approved a resolution noting that each department is responsible for deciding if its respective building needs repairs – the County Building Committee is responsible for the County Office Building, Courthouse, and Jail  :  discussed, but took no action on a raffle ordinance  :  approved all county claims as presented  :  reviewed all reports submitted by the Health Department, Animal Control, and other offices & departments  :  noted the Highway Department is discussing the possibility of purchasing an emulsion storage tank  :  noted that the county audit is continuing and should be presented in full in May  :  the next regular monthly meeting of the Jasper County Board will be February 8th in Newton.


(OLNEY)  Today’s the final day to get or reserve your $10 meal tickets for next week’s Annual Meeting of the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District, coming up next Thursday night, January 18th, at The Holiday in Olney – with the doors opening at 5:30, the buffet meal will be served at 6:00, and the annual business meeting will follow, which includes the election of Directors and more – there will be entertainment and door prizes – there will be no ticket sales at the door next Thursday night – for more information and/or details about the Annual Meeting, call or stop by the SWCD office today in Olney.


(NEWTON)  The Winter Jasper County Solid Waste Program continues now thru the end of March – the Newton / Jasper County Highway Garage location will be open tomorrow and every Saturday in January from 7:00 to 3:30 accepting appliances (with requirements) plus the county’s drop-off recycling container is also available – next week’s dumpster site is at the Rose Hill location – that’s next Wednesday from 7:30 until 12:00, or if the dumpster is filled before 10:30, another dumpster will be brought to that location.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – here’s the list of upcoming blood drives in our area  :  today & tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, each day from 7:45 to 2:15  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church along U.S. Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Tuesday at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area and Midwestern blood supplies for those in need.


(CLAY CITY)  As of 8:30 this morning, the boil water order for the Village of Clay City and all of its water customers has been lifted - the boil water order in Clay City is no longer in effect - the Village thanks all customers for their patience.


    The Trinity Preschool benefit breakfast is coming up tomorrow morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge  of Olney, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, sweet breads, & drinks – $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 – the public is invited

    It’s another “taco night” tonight at the Olney VFW from 5:30 to 7:30 – open to the public, call in orders can be made for pick up – all proceeds to help with VFW Auxiliary projects and more