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August 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another nice summer day on tap for this Wednesday with nearly a repeat of yesterday’s weather conditions, although a few clouds will move through this afternoon – with more clouds tomorrow, an unexpected weak cold front will move thru, giving us scattered rain chances Friday thru Friday night – a dry Saturday could be followed by some spotty showers that night, then dry on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed a bill into law to allow 16 and 17 year olds to become organ & tissue donors if they so wish – signing the Drive for Life Act into law will give hundreds of thousands of additional Illinoisans the opportunity to join the organ donor registry each year – however, parents and/or guardians do have the right to revoke consent until a teenager turns 18 years old – in Illinois alone, more than 4,700 people are on the organ transplant waiting list while some 300 people die each year waiting for an organ – Illinois is now the 48th state to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register as organ donors.

 

(NEWTON)  The Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade tomorrow night will be three families of long-time State Fair vendors – officials announced yesterday that the Vose, Cullers, and Coleman families will be honored at the introductory parade – while Culler’s Fries has been a fixture on the Fairgrounds for 72 years, Coleman’s Concessions has set up shop on the Fairgrounds since 1965 and Vose’s Corn Dog Stand has been staffed by three generations of Voses – admission to the Fairgrounds is reduced for tomorrow’s Preview Day, plus all carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 5:00 with discounted prices – then following the Twilight Parade, a free concert in the grandstand will feature the classic rock band, Foghat – the State Fair officially starts Friday and runs thru all of next week on the Fairgrounds up in Springfield – for more details on the Fair, logon at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will a week from today, on August 16th, welcome back approximately 2,400 students for the 2017-2018 school year with the first day of classes to begin at 8:00 that morning, followed by an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon – in fact, the District will follow the 2:10 early dismissal schedule for the rest of next week, on Thursday and Friday as well – Superintendent Larry Bussard says the District, from the teachers in the classroom to support staff in all of the schools, consider it an honor and privilege to work with the students and families of Richland County – meanwhile, the District reminds the public and all stakeholders that the FACTS Community Engagement Program, which was implemented earlier this spring to share ideas and gather input and suggestions to develop a long-range plan for the District’s facilities, will continue with three more sessions this fall – the next upcoming Community Engagement Session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 12th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, beginning at 6:30, with any member of the community welcome to attend and offer input.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 this past Monday morning – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was only four tenths of an inch of rain (0.40) in Noble Township, followed by Preston Township with three tenths of an inch (0.30), both Madison Township and the Farm Bureau Office in Olney with one tenth of an inch (0.10), and Decker Township with five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.05) – the remaining five townships in Richland County had no official rainfall recorded, including Denver, German, Olney, Claremont, and Bonpas – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirty-five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.35) during the seven day recording period.

 

(NEWTON)  The next Women in the Outdoors event is coming up a week from this Saturday, on August 19th, at the Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event will be held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the State Park and is open to all area females, ages 14 and older – with a wide variety of activities offered with expert instructors using a hands-on approach, the list includes basketweaving, geocaching, herb planting, tree & plant identification, shot-gunning, archery, canoeing, handgun safety, and more – pre-registration is required in advance – call Michelle now to register or for more details, at  812-881-5389 – it’s a chance for women of all walks of life, including singles, grandmothers, moms, daughters, and granddaughters, young and old alike, to get outdoors for quality time together away from home, work, and/or school – call today.

 

(OLNEY)  In news from the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson has announced that its list of fall semester classes will include the Broadband Telecom Program, which begins a week from tomorrow on August 17th – for the third year in a row, every graduate in the program found a job in the broadband telecom industry  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel has announced that evening registration will be held a week from today on Wednesday, August 16th, and a week from next Monday, August 21st, from 4:30 to 6:30 each evening – this will accommodate students who cannot register during the day  :  and Frontier Community College in Fairfield has announced it will host a Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing event on Monday afternoon, August 21st, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 – with the Fairfield area expected to experience 98% coverage of the total eclipse, the public is invited to bring lawn chairs – special eclipse glasses will be provided for safe direct viewing – area grade & high school classes are also invited  :  for more on these & other classes & events, check the respective college websites online, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  This coming Saturday, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, this Saturday morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, call the church office, at  618-783-3744.

 

(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supply in our downstate region.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – all parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours on this Wednesday – once school begins a week from today, on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the Richland County High School office either before or after school.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Silk Purse Thrift Store in the former Samuel Music Building in Effingham, will hold its bi-annual bag sale this Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – items for sale include clothing, shoes, toys, linens, books, & more – it’s a bag for $4 – the Store will also be open this Friday, the 11th, from 9:00 to 7:00, with all items marked down 50% – the Store will be closed next week, Monday and Tuesday for cleaning & restocking


    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for this Friday, the 11th, for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for supper at Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD today at  866-389-7536


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” today and tomorrow, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about


    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County has rescheduled its “Back To School Swim Party” – it will now be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – all bigs, littles, and their families are invited – children must be accompanied by an adult – refreshments will be available

 

 

 

August 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a strong high pressure ridge starts to move over the Midwest, our sky will clear up with abundant sunshine today and plenty of stars in the sky tonight – then still dry with a few clouds moving overhead tomorrow, plus of sunshine and dry skies for the rest of the work week, plus into the weekend as well – although a chance of rain late Saturday night thru Sunday morning – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation yesterday requiring all State of Illinois employees to undergo annual cyber-security training to understand the risks of cyber threats and learn the best practices to defend against possible attacks – with Illinois becoming the 15th state to adopt a mandatory cyber-security awareness training for state employees, the program will help safeguard the information systems that support the delivery of critical state services and contain the personal information of taxpayers by facilitating a more cyber-aware state workforce – a recent study shows the average total cost of a data breach amongst the 419 companies surveyed across the nation was over $3.6 million.

 

(OLNEY)  Free family activities and shows for all generations highlight the theme of “Generations of Fun” at Conservation World at this year’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield, which starts later this week and runs thru all of next week – among the free activities are the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Voyageur Canoe Rides, a New Butterfly House, a Live Reptile Show, and more – also for children, free fishing clinics and hands-on instruction for archery and BB guns – admission is free – located on the northwest corner of the State Fairgrounds, the 30-acre park has ponds, shade trees, & picnic benches – Conservation World is open from 10:00 to 7:00 each day of the State Fair, August 11 thru 20 – logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week as the statewide average precipitation was less than a half inch of rain (0.46), which was less than a half inch (0.42) below normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 70.5 degrees, which was 3.3 degrees below normal – Illinois’ topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are both over two-thirds adequate to surplus – as of Sunday, 97% of the state’s corn crop was silking, 57% was in the dough stage, and 9% of was denting – also as of Sunday, 94% of the soybeans were blooming and 70% of the beans were setting pods  :  farmers in the ten county area surrounding Newton & Olney report much the same – well over half the local corn crop is in good to excellent condition and a third of the local corn is in fair shape – nearly two-thirds of the local soybean crop is in good to excellent condition with a quarter of the beans are in fair condition – area farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” while working around and on the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due on Tuesday, September 12th, that’s five weeks from today – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment – either by mail, or in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Court House, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00, or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Court House – call the Treasurer’s office in Olney if any questions at  618-392-8341.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the other IECC schools are now one to two weeks away from beginning their fall semester classes – here’s some of the courses that are available through Olney Central College  :  a Beginning Upholstery Class will be taught Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 beginning August 17th at OCC, in the former Collision Repair Building  :  an Artistic Welding Class will meet on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble, beginning August 17th  :  an eight week Aerobics Zumba Class will meet on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:40 at the West Richland Center in Noble, beginning August 21st  :  a T-Shirt Quilting Class will be taught Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble, starting August 22nd  :  a Furniture Refinishing Class will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 at Olney Central College, beginning August 22nd  :  a Basic Welding Class is available on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble, starting August 22nd  :  an Unmanned Aerial Systems Class (commercial drone license course) will meet Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00, beginning August 23rd  :  and a Beginning Woodworking Class will be taught on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 at the West Richland Center in Noble, starting August 23rd  :  to register or to get more information on these and other classes available, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or check it all out online, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.

 

(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 later this week – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the class will meet this Thursday and Friday, August 10th and 11th, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – then the final meeting of the class is Saturday, August 12th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost of the course is $175 for in-District students and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is $92 – to register, call WVC today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is urging farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” put in place under President Obama’s administration – the proposed rule, initiated by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, has a 30-day comment period with the deadline set for August 28th – to sign the petition, go to the Illinois Farm Bureau website online, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers will also have a chance to sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair.

 

(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  :  tomorrow & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supply throughout the downstate region.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – the junior parking permits are being sold today, on this Tuesday, August 8th, from 8:00 to 2:00, first come, first served – starting tomorrow, on Wednesday, parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours – and once school begins next week, on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the RCHS office either before or after school.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Noble Chowder is coming up this Saturday in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl to start at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – raffle tickets and quilt tickets are still on sale at the Noble Village Hall – all are invited to the Noble Chowder this coming Saturday


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this Saturday morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can be purchased this week at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe – get your ducks today


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual Pancake, Sausage, and Gravy Breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” tomorrow and Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about


    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County has rescheduled its “Back To School Swim Party” – it will now be held tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – all bigs, littles, and their families are invited – children must be accompanied by an adult – refreshments will be available

 

 

 

August 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the low pressure system that brought us limited rain over the weekend moves off to the east and the light rain chances end today, a high pressure ridge will build into the Upper Midwest by tomorrow, giving us another work week of mostly dry weather conditions and somewhat below normal temperatures – maybe some rain chances Thursday night, otherwise dry now until the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a new law to honor the birthday of former President Barack Obama – although it will not be an official state holiday on August 4th, it is a day that will honor America’s 44th President – Obama began his political career in the Illinois Senate in 1997, where he served until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 – the measure will take effect next year, in 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  Students from pre-kindergarten thru college will be back in the classrooms within a few days, and as families prepare for the new academic year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies across the state are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans – among the planning tips are ensuring current emergency contact information is on file at the child’s school, pre-authorizing a friend or relative to pick up children in an emergency & make sure the school knows who that designated person is, and making sure children know what the emergency plans are - additional preparedness details are online, at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will recognize all Illinois Purple Heart recipients today during the state’s Purple Heart Day ceremony to be held in the Rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol – this August 7th was designated by the Illinois General Assembly as an annual day to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart – open to the public, the ceremony will start this morning at 11:00 – the Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration that is still awarded – it was established 235 years ago in 1782 by General George Washington.

 

(NEWTON)  Area residents are again reminded to be vigilant and stay alert to possible scams circulating in our downstate region  :  certain credit card holders are getting notices thru the mail from what actually appears to be from their credit card company, which is asking the card holder to call a number and confirm their personal information, such as social security numbers, checking account numbers, and more – folks are reminded that their credit card companies already have that information  :  some residents are also receiving phone calls telling them that they will soon get money thru the mail and that they should forward the amount to an address in Washington, D.C. – this is a money mule scam and folks should always remember there is nothing legitimate about receiving free cash from a stranger thru the mail – like any scam job, if it sounds too good to be true, it mostly generally always is – do not give out personal details, do not become a victim.

 

(NOBLE)  With the annual Noble Chowder coming up this Saturday in the Village Park, everyone’s reminded that raffle tickets are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also, Chowder Quilt tickets are on sale at the Village Hall – plus pie pans are at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food, drinks, & activities.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is set for this coming Saturday morning, August 12th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and families are invited to stop by if they are in need of clothing assistance – all children receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated & distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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 Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Community Choir has announced its eighth season and this year it will collaborate with the Richland County High School Concert Choir for a joint Christmas Concert set for Saturday night, December 9th, at 7:00 – the OCC Community Choir will begin rehearsals at 6:15 on the evening of Tuesday, August 22nd, in the OCC Choir / Band Room #216 on the second floor – anyone high school age or older is welcome to join the choir, regardless of experience – for more information or details, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or simply attend the first rehearsal at OCC on August 22nd.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair kicks off its thirteen night and twelve day run this week in Springfield – this coming Thursday is the unofficial start of the fair – the Preview Day will feature the Twilight Parade Thursday evening at 5:30 from Springfield’s Lincoln Park – then gates open at 7:00 with the Carnival Midway & Adventure Village open that night as well – the grandstand events include  :  Chase Rice this Friday night, August 11, at 7:30  :  Pentatonix on Saturday night, August 12, at 7:30  :  Brad Paisley on Sunday night, August 13, at 7:00  :  Sublime with Rome on Tuesday night, August 15, at 7:30  :  Alabama on Wednesday night, August 16, at 7:30  :  Jason Derulo on Thursday night, August 17, at 7:30  :  the Southern Uprising Concert with the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Outlaws, and Montgomery Gentry on Friday night, August 18, at 6:00  :  the USAC Silver Crown Series car racing on Saturday, August 19, at 12:00 noon  :  the Demolition Derby on Saturday night, August 19, at 6:30  :  Five Finger Death Punch on Saturday night, August 19, at 7:30  :  the ARCA Racing Series on Sunday, August 20, at 12:00 noon  :  and John Mellencamp on Sunday night, August 20, at 7:30  :  for ticket information or general details about the Illinois State Fair, August 10–20, go online at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – that senior parking permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis, today, on this Monday, August 7th, in the RCHS office, from 8:00 to 2:00 – the junior parking permits will be sold tomorrow, on Tuesday, August 8th, also from 8:00 to 2:00, first come, first served – then beginning this Wednesday, parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours – once school begins on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the RCHS office either before or after school – the cost of a parking permit at Richland County High School is $25 per car.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Silk Purse Thrift Store in the former Samuel Music Building in Effingham, will hold its bi-annual bag sale this Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – items for sale include clothing, shoes, toys, linens, books, & more – it’s a bag for $4 – the Store will also be open this Friday, the 11th, from 9:00 to 7:00, with all items marked down 50% – the Store will be closed next week, Monday and Tuesday for cleaning & restocking


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this Saturday morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can be purchased this week at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe – get your ducks today


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual Pancake, Sausage, and Gravy Breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for this Friday, the 11th, for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for supper at Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD at  866-389-7536


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” this coming Wednesday and Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about

 

 

 

August 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a surface high pressure in place out to our west, we’ll stay dry today, although more clouds will build in as we move thru this Saturday – but our weather will change as a short wave & associated low pressure system will move thru with rain chances thru tomorrow & tomorrow night, maybe as early as later tonight – then we are dry for at least the first half of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Governor’s office of the Illinois Bicentennial, in partnership with the State Agriculture Department, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, and the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, will host a craft beer competition at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year, running August 11-13 – to highlight the robust craft  beer industry and “Illinois Made” products, Illinoisans will be able to celebrate the 200th Birthday of the state with an Official Bicentennial Craft Beer – the winner will be determined by a vote of State Fair attendees who sample the offerings, plus a panel of craft beer experts – at least 18 brewers are scheduled to compete, including 4 from the downstate areas of Metropolis, Breese, O’Fallon, and Alton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” put in place under President Obama’s administration – the proposed rule, initiated by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, was officially published last week, kicking off a 30-day comment period with a deadline set for August 28th – to sign the petition, folks can go to the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Action Center online, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers and others will also have a chance to sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair, August 10th thru 20th, in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – that senior parking permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis, this next Monday, August 7th, in the RCHS office, from 8:00 to 2:00 – the junior parking permits will then be sold the following day, on Tuesday, August 8th, also from 8:00 to 2:00, first come, first served – then beginning next Wednesday, parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours – once school begins on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the RCHS office either before or after school – the cost of a parking permit at Richland County High School is $25 per car.

 

(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 7:45 to 2:45  :  also today at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney from 10:00 to 2:00  :  next Monday at the Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  next Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is tomorrow in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning, on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, afternoon pedal tractor pulls, a 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day and evening

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show today at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, & more – gates open at 8:00 with registration til 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, food & more

    The Richland County ABATE invites all street legal vehicles to a fundraising ride today with sign up from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW – then followed by a dinner and live auction later this evening at the Olney VFW – all proceeds will stay locally to help families battling cancer

    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are this morning from now until 12:00 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area homes throughout the region as well

    Also today, the Dundas Community has a Yard Sale – the Dundas Ruritan Club is providing the pavilions for use – plus several homes in Dundas will use their locations for yard sales – a lot of nice items available

 

 

August 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a quick taste of early fall weather today thru tonight for our downstate area after a cold front continues to push east & south of our region – then after a fairly nice day on tap tomorrow, with increasing clouds into the afternoon, our next chance of rain moves thru Sunday with more scattered rain possibly on Monday – then maybe dry again thru mid-week of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – some Illinois lawmakers are blasting the Governor for his proposed changes to a public school funding bill, calling them “an all-out assault” on statewide schools – while the Governor’s rewrite includes stripping money from Chicago schools and not paying for a deficit in the Chicago teacher pension funds, the upset lawmakers say other revisions would mean less money for statewide districts as well – it’s now up to the General Assembly to override the Governor’s action or approve it as amended.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed an Executive Order to improve and streamline Illinois state government – the order will expand efforts at reducing the legal burdens on statewide citizens and businesses by increasing fairness and speed in the administrative hearing process – such hearings cover wage disputes, child support claims, professional licensing decisions, various permits, and the range of state services and benefits available to those in Illinois – the order also directs the Department of Central Management Services to collect quarterly reports from agencies on performance backlogs and workflows.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is recognizing this month of August as National Immunization Awareness Month as a reminder that vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases – vaccines give parents and guardians the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases like measles, pertussis (whopping cough), and more – with school to start in less than a few weeks, the state requires vaccinations before they can enter school – for more information about immunizations for infants, children, and adults, logon at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a three vehicle traffic crash that occurred yesterday (Friday) afternoon at 12:01 along Illinois Route 130, at the intersection of a Jasper County road approximately 2.5 miles north of Newton – the State Police report that 47 year old Christina I. Wilson of  Willow Hill was southbound on Route 130 when her vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 66 year old Vickie S. Blankenbaker of Robinson – another northbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Christopher W. Edwards of Lovell, Wyoming was also involved in the collision with passengers, 36 year old Ramie A. Edwards and five unidentified children – while Wilson was life-lighted by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, she was ticketed for improper lane usage and for an expired vehicle registration – Blankenbaker was transported by ambulance to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center near Mattoon – those from Wyoming in the third vehicle, including all children, were not seriously injured.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week and here’s a look at the unofficial minutes from that meeting – the Council  :  approved an agreement with Connor & Connor Engineering for the South Van Buren water main upgrade work  :  approved the $5,107 Water Department purchase of meter bases, encoders, lids, covers, and needed items  :  agreed to hire Scott Rubsam as a Wastewater Treatment operator for the City of Newton  :  agreed to submit a grant application for a new police department squad car  :  approved special event applications for the upcoming Fall Festival, it’s Parade, and a Cruise Night to be held in Newton  :  agreed to provide funding for the 2016 ITEP grant project  :  approved a dumpster reimbursement application for 108 West Curtis Street  :  and no other action after a short 6 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the next meeting for the Newton City Council is August 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is set for a week from this Saturday morning, August 12th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and families are invited to stop by if they are in need of clothing assistance – all children receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated & distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Water Survey, at the Prairie Research Institute in Champaign, has released its Weather Condition Report for the month of  July  :  it was a tale of two parts of the state as Southern and Central Illinois experienced dry conditions that caused crop damage and the areas of Northern and Upstate Illinois experienced heavy rain and widespread flooding, also resulting in some crop damage  :  the state’s average rainfall was 4.81 inches, which was nearly three quarters of an inch (0.73) above normal  :  while our area of Southeastern Illinois averaged four and a half inches (4.50) in July, areas of Southwestern and Western Illinois had rainfall amounts of less than two inches – meanwhile, the areas of Northwestern Illinois averaged 7.83 inches of rain in July, the third wettest on record there  :  the statewide average temperature for July was 76.1 degrees, less than a degree (0.7) above normal – many downstate locations had several days with highs in the upper 90’s to over 100 with high heat index values recorded as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has several classes that will begin within the next two weeks  :  the OCC School of Cosmetology is accepting new students for classes starting August 17th – the program includes both classroom and clinical experiences  :  OCC is offering a free basic Computer Skills class this fall from 10:00 to 11:00 on Monday & Wednesday mornings starting August 21st  :  the OCC Light Vehicle Diesel Service Program is taking students for its two-class certificate – an introductory course starts August 21st from 6:00 to 9:00 on Monday nights, followed by the second course in the spring semester  :  OCC’s Basic Welding classes will meet Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble starting August 22nd with a reduced tuition for some IECC residents  :  the OCC Woodworking I course will meet Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 at the West Richland Center in Noble beginning August 23rd with the tuition cost possibly reduced for some IECC residents  :  OCC is offering an Accounting course that teaches individuals to utilize the QuickBooks Pro software, which is ideal for small businesses  :  and OCC has an online class for Personal Finances available as well  :  for more information on these and other courses available at Olney Central College or any of the other three IECC schools, go online at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau has announced it will be taking a bus trip to the Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, on Thursday, September 14th – the cost is $60 for Farm Bureau members and $65 for non-members with reservations due August 14th and payments due August 25th – for more information or to sign up for the unique trip, call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at  618-783-2733.

 

(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  :  both today & tomorrow, the Blood Donation Center in Effingham is accepting blood from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also tomorrow at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney from 10:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is this Sunday in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, afternoon pedal tractor pulls, a 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day and evening


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show tomorrow at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, & more – gates open at 8:00 with registration til 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, food & more


    The Richland County ABATE invites all street legal vehicles to a fundraising ride tomorrow with sign up from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW – then followed by a dinner and live auction – all proceeds will stay locally to help families battling cancer – for more, email at  //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."


    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area homes throughout the region as well


    Also tomorrow, the Dundas Community will have a Yard Sale – the Dundas Ruritan Club is providing the pavilions for use – plus several homes in Dundas will use their locations – a lot of nice items available


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce, fresh baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 today