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Local News

October 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching storm system will bring us some significant rainfall over the next 24 hours, plus some cooler air will move in on the back side once the rain finishes by early tomorrow morning – today we’ll mostly see an overcast sky, but some sunshine mixed in a times – with cooler air still in place for Thursday and Friday, another front brings us rain chances Saturday night and Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – it appears Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation’s worst budget crisis – the State Comptroller’s office says at least $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn’t even been sent to the state’s official check-writer by the end of June – but since many of those unprocessed bills have now been paid, similar amounts have replaced them – officials say another $9 billion worth of checks are now being delayed because the state lacks the up-front money to pay them on time.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program – with approximately $40 million to be awarded this cycle and with each awardee possibly receiving up to $2 million per project, applications will be accepted now thru December 1st, 2017 – while federally funded, the ITEP grant program promotes alternate modes of transportation, such as bike trails, walking trails, streetscapes, & more – local matching funds are required.

 

(OLNEY)  Millions of people in the U.S. and all around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions next week, that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for October 19th, a week from this coming Thursday – schools, businesses, government agencies, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for preparedness tips, go to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met for less than 30 minutes last night with a very short agenda – the Council  :  heard a status report, noting the Whittle Avenue project is nearing completion with the paving portion expected to be complete within a week, depending on weather conditions  :  also noted that city crews are preparing for the leaf collection process, plus finishing up some late summer / fall projects around Olney  :  agreed to establish no parking zones along the staging area and route of the upcoming Christmas Parade in downtown Olney  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of Main Street from Elliott Street to Whittle Avenue & from Whittle Avenue to Chestnut Street from 6:00 to 7:00 on October 27th for the TrustBank Halloween Parade  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of Main Street from Walnut Street to Kitchell Avenue from 10:30 to 12:00 on the morning of November 11th for the Annual VFW Veterans Day Program  :  approved the Special Event request for the closure of East Street from Scott Street to Main Street, of Main Street from East Street to Whittle Avenue, and of Whittle Avenue from Main Street to West North Avenue, from 5:30 to 8:30 on November 25th for the Olney Christmas Parade  :  also approved two raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no action after a brief executive session to discuss real property and personnel  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be held October 23rd.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are now being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of  Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment and to see what’s needed to sign up – for more information and details check the Embarras River Basin Agency website, at  www.erbainc.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session tonight 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 primary topics of tonight’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 tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder from the Olney Central College Massage Therapy Program, that it is still accepting appointments for upcoming clinical dates – the cost for a relaxing Swedish-style massage is $30 for an hour or $15 for half an hour – a 20 minute chair massage is only $10 – the next clinic open to the public is this coming Saturday, October 14th, from 9:15  to 2:00, and will be held at the West Richland Center in Noble – the next clinical is two weeks later on Saturday, October 28th, with future clinicals scheduled for November 11th and December 2nd – to make an appointment, call  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name and contact information, the date they want to schedule an appointment for, and the therapy treatment they want – in turn, the caller will receive a confirmation call from the Program Instructor.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A statewide petition drive is underway to protest the proposed use of taxpayer funds to help build and/or support the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in Chicago – it’s reported that some Illinois lawmakers want to use $100 million earmarked for IDOT bridge & road projects for the Obama project – to sign a petition in opposition to using tax dollars for this purpose, logon at  www.davidreis.org.

 

(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  :  tomorrow 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.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is underway with its annual fall fish sale – orders for various fish species are being accepted now thru October 26th, however grass carp must be ordered by October 19th – the fish delivery date is Thursday, November 2nd – for species available, pricing, and to place an order, stop by the SWCD office in Olney or call  618-392-7141, extension 3


    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 St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturday, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – the Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 admitted free / must be accompanied by an adult


    The Olney / Noble Airport chili fly-in lunch is set for this coming Saturday, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – pay at the door – all are invited – just off of  Illinois Route 250 between Olney and Noble


    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


    Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host a Walk for Remembrance & Hope this Saturday morning at the Angel of Hope Memorial at the north edge of Musgrove Park – it’s registration at 7:30 with the walk to begin at straight up 8:00 – all are invited out to take part this Saturday morning


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser coming up this Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 9:00 – it’s open to the public and call-in orders with carry-outs are available – all are invited


    State Representative David Reis will host traveling office hours tomorrow at two locations – from 10:30 to 11:30 Wednesday morning at the Farm Bureau Building in Albion – from 1:30 to 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the City Hall in Mt. Carmel – all constituents can stop by with concerns and anything else


    The Red Rooster in Olney, at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50, will be hosting open interviews for current job openings at the terminal – that’s tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, from 9:00 until 3:00


    The first regular meeting in October for the Noble Village Board will be held tonight at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble – as always, the meeting is open to the public

 

 

 

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.

 

REMINDERS :  
    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

 

 

 

October 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will move thru Illinois by tonight, giving us rain chances later on today thru tonight – while most of Sunday will be dry, the remnants of Hurricane Nate could bring some rain to the southeast section of Illinois tomorrow evening – then after a dry Monday, maybe more rain chances for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates & details.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner’s replacing his Chief of Staff after just 13 weeks – Kristina Rasmussen resigned yesterday and it will be the state’s Public Safety Director, Rodger Heaton, replacing her – Rasmussen is leaving to “pursue other interests” – Heaton has been PS Director since the first of 2015 – Heaton served as a U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois from 2006 to 2009.

 

(OLNEY)  Downstate residents are urged to take part in this year’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, set for Thursday, October 19th – schools, businesses, families, & others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for earthquake preparedness tips, go online at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(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 7:45 to 2:15  :  tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional and area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has it’s Family Freedom Festival tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the parking lot just north of the Courthouse in Olney – includes carnival games, music, a cake walk, bingo, and a light supper – visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs and all ages are welcome to attend


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 today thru tonight, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze – then tomorrow from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – all are invited


    The Olney Public Library is hosting a free 9/11 Craft and Games event this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – all ages are invited to come share memories, play games, & make crafts to decorate the Library”s Never Forget 9-11 Tree – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is coming to Olney late next week


    The Richland County Republican Central Committee has its Annual Fall Event today in the Olney City Park Community Building from 12 noon to 1:30 – there will be chowder, barbeque, desserts, & more, with tickets at only $5 each, available from Republican Precinct Committeemen or at the door this afternoon – stop by and have lunch, plus meet local and state officeholders and candidates – all are invited to attend


    The Flora American Legion Post 14 will host a Hutsonville Homeless Veterans Benefit Ride today and all vehicles are welcome – with registration at 9:30 this morning, the event leaves Flora at 11:00 – then it’s back to Flora for a live auction and entertainment this evening – all donations appreciated


    The Sailor Springs Chowder is today with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059’s fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is today – it will leave Travco Motorsports at 10:00 this morning and head over to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch


    The 27th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic is today at Newton Community High School with a total of 15 bands, including the Marching Tigers from Olney, competing in four separate classes – the first band starts at 9:45 this morning – then the Marching Eagles have an exhibition performance at 2:30 with awards presented at 2:50 – concessions available with proceeds to the Band Boosters – all spectators invited


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is today with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all today on this Saturday in Yale


    HealthFest 2017 is this morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the OCC Gymnasium, sponsored by Olney Central College & Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – exhibitors from community health & wellness organizations will answer questions & to pass out informative literature, plus various health screenings and much more


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its White Squirrel Quilt Show continues today at the Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street – that’s today from 10:00 to 4:00 – admission is $5 per person

 

 

 

October 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With that frontal boundary over Northern Illinois, all of the rain today thru tonight will stay to our north, but we’ll have plenty of cloud cover with maybe a little sunshine at times today – then the cold front to our northwest will to try to move the frontal boundary thru with rain chances Saturday thru Sunday, & even into the first of next week – a strong cold front brings cooler air late next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner says he doubts that state can afford to help pay for infrastructure work around the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago – Democratic leaders have suggested using funds set aside for road projects to help pay for that work, some $100 million – meanwhile, State Representative David Reis introduced a bill yesterday that while supporting the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in general, the bill is strongly against providing state taxpayer funds for any of the work.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Housing Development Authority has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to fund 20 affordable housing developments within twelve counties across Illinois – once sold to investors, the tax credits will generate an estimated $258 million in private capital to finance the creation or preservation of 1,442 affordable apartments for low- to moderate-income families, senior citizens, and persons with special needs – the only projects in our area are the Tiger Senior Apartments in Paris & the Senior Residences in Altamont – others in Arcola, Champaign, and further north.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is announcing the launch of its new website (www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr) which features a more modern and user-friendly design – the new site affords users access to the same information as in the past, but in a layout that optimizes navigation and content structure – it also provides access to popular services in just a few clicks & by being a mobile based site, it offers additional functionality by being readily available to all users no matter what – check it out now.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County FACTS group will have its next Community Engagement Session next Tuesday night, October 10th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – this will be the fourth of five scheduled sessions being hosted by FACTS, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students – in the previous three sessions, those taking part identified priorities in the development of a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – the two primary topics of next Tuesday’s session are to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility 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 Tuesday night – for more, go to  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week – the Council  :  agreed to advertise for qualifications for engineering services for the City’s Eagle Trail Phase IV / Riverwalk  :  agreed to close the north/south alley to thru traffic between Owens Street & Henry Street until a committee meeting is held for more discussion  :  approved an agreement with Southeastern Community Foundation for a special needs playground area to be located in Peterson Park, to be called Lincoln’s Place  :  approved the City Treasurer to attend the Illinois Municipal Treasurers Institute next month  :  noted that the City’s Wastewater & Street Departments are both back to full crews  :  and took no other action after a 29 minute closed session to talk about litigation & real estate  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular meeting will be held October 17th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library & Rotary Club of Olney are bringing a nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit to Olney to highlight the events of September 11th, 2001 – the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney next Wednesday with a procession led by the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and will be set up in the public parking lot just north of the County Courthouse along East Main Street in downtown Olney – the exhibit will be open only to Richland County students, grades 8 thru 12, next Thursday – then the exhibit will then be open to the general public next Friday, October 13th, from 1:00 to 7:00, and Saturday, October 14th, from 10:00 to 4:00 – the high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer, unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit and serves as a poignant reminder of the events that took place on 9-11 – serving as an educational tool, admission to the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is free – mark your calendars and make plans for your family to visit the exhibit.

 

(OLNEY)  A representative of the Office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan is in Olney this morning to meet with local folks to discuss services that are available and to provide informational materials – tips will be provided on how consumers can protect themselves from scams and on how to file a consumer complaint form – also information will be available about Veterans’ rights & benefits, about the AG’s Health Care Mediation program, about the AG’s Identity Theft Hotline which helps identity theft victims repair their credit, dispute fraudulent debts, and prevent future victimization, and about the AG’s Student Loan Helpline which provides student borrowers with free resources and more – no appointments needed as all walk-ins are welcomed – that’s this morning from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Olney City Hall at 300 S.Whittle Avenue.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee will host its Annual Fall Event tomorrow afternoon in the Olney City Park Community Building from 12:00 noon to 1:30 – there will be chowder, barbeque, baked beans, chips, and desserts with tickets at only $5 each, available from Republican Precinct Committeemen and Elected Officials or by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – expected speakers during the Fall Event are State Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold, State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative David Reis, and other local officials and candidates – all are invited to attend tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney – while the students are not at school today, due to a Teacher’s Institute Day, they’re still preparing for the final Homecoming activities tonight at RCHS – the Coronation will be at halftime of the Tigers football game tonight and then following the game, the Homecoming Dance is from 9:30 to 11:30 in Ron Herrin Gym – dance tickets available at the door, plus all guest must be registered thru the front office before the dance – there will be no re-admittance allowed at the dance, once someone leaves, they’ll not be allowed back in – the dress is casual, not formal.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  today at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  and Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to help replenish low blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW Auxiliary 4226 will host it’s first-ever Family Freedom Festival this Sunday afternoon – from 1:00 to 4:00, it will include carnival games, music, a cake walk, bingo, and a light supper, all in the parking lot between the Courthouse and VFW Post – visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs


    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 tomorrow afternoon & night, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 free with an adult – all are invited


    The Olney Public Library is hosting a free 9/11 Craft and Games event tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – all ages are invited to come share memories, play games, & make crafts to decorate the Library”s Never Forget 9/11 Tree – this event serves as a reminder of the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit that’s coming to Olney next week, courtesy of the Olney Public Library and Rotary Club of Olney


    The Flora American Legion Post 14 will host a Hutsonville Homeless Veterans Benefit Ride tomorrow & all vehicles are welcome – with registration at 9:30, the event leaves Flora at 11:00 – the 100-plus mile trip then returns to Flora for a live auction and entertainment that evening – all donations appreciated


    The Sailor Springs Chowder is tomorrow with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059’s fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is tomorrow – it will leave Travco Motorsports at 10:00 heading to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch – for more, call  618-393-5900


    The 27th Annual Marching Eagles Band Classic is tomorrow at Newton Community High School with a total of 15 bands competing in four separate classes – the first band starts at 9:45 that morning – the Marching Eagles have an exhibition performance at 2:30 with the awards ceremony at around 2:50 – concessions available with proceeds to the Band Boosters – all spectators are welcomed to attend


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is tomorrow with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all this Saturday in Yale


    HealthFest 2017 is tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the OCC Gymnasium – exhibitors from community health & wellness organizations will be there to answer questions & to pass out informative literature, plus there will be various health screenings, door prizes, a continental breakfast, and much more


    The monthly Friday night “fish fry” is tonight at the American Legion Post #30 at 227 East Main Street in Olney – serving from 5:30 until gone – it’s fish and all the fixins’ for $6 per person – all invited


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host its Annual Homecoming Dinner tonight at the Richland County High School Veterans Hall, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – catered by Niemerg’s Steak House, the meal features fried chicken, pork loin, and more – $1 desserts available by the RCHS Interact Club – $10 adult and $6 children tickets on sale at all Richland County banks or by calling  618-843-4811 – there will be limited tickets at the door Friday night all during Homecoming Week at RCHS in Olney


    The Olney Quilt Guild has its White Squirrel Quilt Show this weekend at the Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street – that’s today from 10:00 to 7:00 and tomorrow from 10:00 to 4:00 – admission is $5 per person – includes a quilt raffle & free gifts for adults, plus free parking as well

 

 

 

October 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While a short wave trough interacted with the stationary frontal boundary that’s draped along the I-70 corridor triggered some light showers this morning in our downstate area, we’ll likely remain dry with a cloudy sky the rest of today – plus most of tomorrow thru tomorrow night stays dry as well, although there is a slight chance of a shower developing here or there – then spotty rain Saturday thru Saturday night and back to a dry sky Sunday – possibly more rain chances the first of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Republicans in Illinois’ congressional delegation are criticizing Governor Bruce Rauner for signing legislation last week to expand taxpayer-funded abortions – the congressmen touted their support for a federal measure that would outlaw most late-term abortions – although its future in the U.S. Senate is doubtful, the U.S. House passed legislation making it a crime for anyone to perform most abortions on fetuses believed to be 20 weeks into development – Congressman John Shimkus is among the seven Illinois Congressmen that are in support of this legislation being debated in Washington, D.C.

 

(OLNEY)  A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a lawsuit out of court where a self-declared satanist says his constitutionality is being violated because of the motto “In God We Trust” on American money forces him to see a religious view that he opposes – Judge Amy St. Eve cited a longstanding Supreme Court ruling that concludes that a motto on currency is not something people display prominently and therefore it cannot be said they are forced to publicly advertise views that clash with theirs – the man plans to appeal the ruling.

 

(NEWTON)  As the Illinois Lottery gets closer to finalizing a deal with a new private manager, some state lawmakers are frustrated with the lack of details being provided to the public – the Lottery announced last month that Camelot Illinois would replace the state’s current private manager, the Northstar Lottery Group – records show the deal would include bonuses if profit levels are exceeded, however the proposed amount of those incentives have not been revealed – some lawmakers say they deserve to know more about the deal.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced the release of the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order, which now makes the drug that’s able to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose more readily available to first responders and the community – the order includes the procedure outlining how entities may become authorized to obtain, dispense, and administer naloxone, plus is also includes the educational requirements for obtaining a Standing Order and for administering the drug – for more details, logon at  www.dph.illinois.gov/naloxone  – it was a week ago that officials announced that 18 downstate counties will use part of a $2 million grant over the next 4 years to equip rural law enforcement agencies with the training and resources to help prevent thousands of deaths each year by administering the drug naloxone when an overdose victim is found – among the 18 counties on the list are Richland, Jasper, Effingham, Crawford, Lawrence, Clay, Marion, Fayette, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, and Wabash.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has announced Troopers will be conducting special patrols throughout the ten counties within the downstate district during this month of October  :  Roadside Safety Checks, with a zero tolerance for impaired drivers, including those speeding, driving under the influence, and/or driving while texting or talking on a cell phone, will be held in the counties of Richland, Clay, Effingham, and Lawrence  :  Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols, with the focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws, will be held in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Clay, Effingham, Cumberland, and Clark  :  and Nighttime Enforcement Patrols, with a zero tolerance for impaired drivers, including those speeding, driving under the influence, and/or driving while texting or talking on a cell phone between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am, will be held in the counties of Jasper and Crawford  :  all patrols are funded thru the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee has announced that it will host a special pork loin dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton on Thursday night, October 19th, two weeks from tonight, starting at 6:30 – the public is invited to attend the event – the main guest speaker will be former Congressman and former Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard – plus those attending will have the chance to meet other local and regional officeholders and candidates as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has announced that instructor David Denton has written an article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, featuring information gathered from recently declassified documents – Denton will be discussing this new article and other aspects of the Kennedy assassination during two upcoming presentations – Monday night, November 20th, at Lincoln Trail College, near Robinson, and the following night, Tuesday, November 21st, at Olney Central College, each evening at 6:30 – Denton has studied the Kennedy assassination for more than two decades – in 2014, Denton organized and participated in a national conference held in Washington, D.C. focusing on the Warren Commission Report – Denton & the rest of the JFK Historical Group, will host a conference again in Washington, D.C. in March 2018 – to access Denton’s articles, logon at  www.changehistjfk.blogspot.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters can review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 – it’s available now on the State DNR website online  :  with the statewide Illinois Archery Deer Hunting now underway each day, hunters are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer that are harvested – a list of locations serving as CWD sampling stations is on the State DNR website  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin next Tuesday, October 17th – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first  :  and resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are still available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt in most all area downstate counties is this Columbus Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The First Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held at The Venue in Olney on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Sunday night, October 15th, starting at 6:30 – to have a name included in the program, registration is required by today, this October 5th – however, all those that register late will still have their name mentioned during the ceremony, but they will not be listed on the program or the event t-shirt – to register or to get more information about the special event, call Yvette today at  618-843-0963.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Homecoming Week at Richland County High School in Olney – today is Extreme Spirit Day as students are wearing orange & black – a Pep Session this afternoon will be followed by the Homecoming Parade at 2:00 today, traveling from RCHS to the Middle School and ending at the Elementary School – then it’s Boys Volleyball tonight after Lady Tigers Volleyball in Ron Herrin Gym – the Coronation will be at halftime of the Tigers football game tomorrow night, with the Homecoming Dance from 9:30 to 11:30 after the football game – dance tickets are available at RCHS and also tomorrow night at the door.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:30 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Sailor Springs Chowder is this Saturday with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – along with chowder, there’ll also be barbeque, brats, pie, and cake – either dine-in or carry-out – bring your own containers, but no glass – bring your lawn chairs – also inflatables & live music from the group Liberty Road – all invited


    The Walmart DC 6059 has a fundraising motorcycle ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network this Saturday – the kick stands go up at 10:00, leaving Travco Motorsports heading to Martins State Forest Park in Indiana – the $20 per rider or $35 per rider with passenger fees include a t-shirt & lunch – call  393-5900


    The Yale Village-wide Garage Sale is this Saturday with all visitors welcome – with most of the garage sales planned for the morning hours, a few will continue into early afternoon – all this Saturday in Yale


    HealthFest 2017 is this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 11:00 in the OCC Gymnasium – exhibitors from community health & wellness organizations will be there to answer questions & to pass out informative literature, plus there will be various health screenings, door prizes, a continental breakfast, and much more


    The Rotary Club of Richland County will host its Annual Homecoming Dinner this Friday night at the Richland County High School Veterans Hall, with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – catered by Niemerg’s Steak House, the meal features fried chicken, pork loin, and more – $1 desserts available by the RCHS Interact Club – $10 adult and $6 children tickets on sale at all Richland County banks or by calling  618-843-4811 – there will be limited tickets at the door Friday night all during Homecoming Week at RCHS in Olney


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – pay at the door – the public is welcome to attend as always


    The Jasper County Health Department will host a fundraising Bingo this evening at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – doors open at 5:00 with Bingo at 6:00 – also a theme basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, snack bags, other concessions, drinks, & more – proceeds to the Jasper County Cancer Support, Inc.


    Motorists using the Dieterich to Mattoon blacktop are reminded the CSX Railroad crossing just south of the four-way stop in Montrose is still closed for repair work – IDOT reminds all truckers to use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate, weight-wise – the work is scheduled to be complete tomorrow