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June 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A breezy yet very warm day will again dominate the weather forecast for Illinois today.  A boundary layer moisture then will slowly increase bringing with it chances of precipitation across our area on Tuesday.  The better rain chances will be on Wednesday into Wednesday night as a cold front slowly moves off to the west.  Dry conditions finish up the week and precipitation chances return for the weekend ahead – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News – A non profit foundation designed to help upkeep Illinois’ fairgrounds plans on selling naming rights to state fair buildings to help pay for improvements.  Illinois fairgrounds foundation chairman John Slayton say that the group is in negotiations with corporations for naming rights to various buildings.  He says the foundation hopes to raise $3 million to $5 million a year and naming rights will be the “biggest dollars”.  The Illinois department of Agriculture says the backlog of repairs needed at the state fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin total about $180 million.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois lawmakers have finally approved a plan to overhaul the state’s antiquated school funding model, however the conflict between Chicago Public Schools and those in the rest of the state remains.  The issue is money the state would continue sending to the nation’s third largest school system while taxpayers also begin picking up portions of the district’s teacher-pension costs.  The proposal would direct new funds to districts based on need, with no district receiving less funds than they currently receive.  Democrats maintain this includes allowing the CPS to continue receiving funds it currently gets from grants.  They continue saying treating CPS equitable means helping with its teacher-pension costs; Illinois pays those costs for other districts.  Republicans however, says the Chicago Public Schools cannot have it both ways.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois gas prices have hit their lowest point in 12 years for the start of the summer season.  Illinois’’ average for regular unleaded gas was about two cents ($0.02) higher than the national average.  The $2.40 per gallon price is still 13 cents ($0.13) less than a year ago. The prices mark the lowest point Illinois has had for gas prices in June since 2005.  Gas prices typically rise during the summer and peak around the Fourth of July, but are expected to remain stable this summer. In our neighboring Indiana, gas prices are also down about 20 cents ($0.20) from last year.

 

(CLAY CITY)  A Clay City business was destroyed by fire this past Saturday evening - the Clay City Fire Department was called out at 5:42 late Saturday afternoon to Dusty's Tire, located along Main Street, in Clay City - receiving mutual aid from several area fire departments, the fire was brought under control, but not before it totally destroyed the 80 x 80 feet building, which contained an estimated 3,000 tires, a service truck, and other related equipment - there were no injuries - firemen were on the scene for at least eight hours - local authorities and the State Fire Marshall's Office are investigating the blaze the cause of the fire - firemen from Olney, Noble-Wakefield, Ingraham, Louisville, Flora, Xenia, and Cisne assisted.
 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular sessions this past week on June 6th.  The Council – approved the passing of Ordinance 17-05 : approved accepting the bid by Drake Scruggs Equipment for the Elctric Department bucket truck at a cost of $141,266.00 : approved appointing Brent Benefiel as Wastewater Department Head effective June 16, 2017 : approved the Memorandum of Understanding and Linkage Agreement with ERBA : approved the passing of Ordinance 17-06, amending Section 12-1-37 of Newton City Code : approved the Farley Insurance TIF application for $1,862.50 : After a 41 minute closed session, the City Counicl adjourned the meeting.  The next regular monthly meeting of the Newton City Council will be on June 20th at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Construction on the replacement Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is scheduled to begin next Monday, June 19th.  The project is expected to take around six weeks to be completed.  The section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the time of the construction.  If you have any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at 618-392-3141.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just a few weeks away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney City Council will meet in regular session tonight at 7:00.  The regular monthly meeting is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library summer reading program is underway.  There is still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the thingamajig contest.  Designs for this contest are due at the library on Friday, June 30th.  Upcoming events include, Ag in the Library, Scholastic Book Fair, and Mad Science.  Teens and adults are encouraged to enter the book bingo for great prizes.  For more information, contact the library at 392-3711 or check out our webpage www.olneypubliclibrary.org

 

REMINDERS:

  The Sound of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will kick back in gear next Thurdsay.  Jake and Mikayla Hoult will be performing at Bower Park starting at 6:00 this Thursday – all are invited

   The Farmers Market will start up next Tuesday, June 13th, from 10:00 until 4:00 on those Tuesday and Fridays following.  Located at the Olney City Park – All are invited.

   The City of Olney will begin its regular mosquito control program on Monday, June 12th.  All areas of the city will be sprayed twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays beginning at dusk

   A "pork burger / bake sale" fundraiser is this Saturday at the Sunrise Seed Company, along Main Street, in downtown Clay City, with serving from 10:30 until sold out, all by open donation and for pickup only - bake sale donations will be accepted until 9:30 - large orders can be called in advance at 618-508-1623 - all proceeds to benefit the Dusty Thompson family

   A Community CPR Class is being held on Wednesday, June 14th, at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in the Conference Room from 6:00 until 8:00.  Call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4094 to register – Class size is limited

   The Cummins Municipal Band will be performing at the Olney City Park this coming Wednesday, June 14th, starting at 7:30 pm.  Everyone is invited out to join the concert this Wednesday evening.

   Whittle Rock will be this coming this Saturday, June 17th,  going on from 3:00 pm until midnight.  Live music from Too Far Gone, Bufurd T Judd & the Dump Trucks, The Ashes, Steve Patterson, Preston Price and more! Plus food and craft vendors.  Everyone is invited with $5 for advanced tickets and $10 day of.

   The Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom has two programs coming up this summer at the Olney Public Library.  The first day is this coming Friday June 16th at 10:30 am readin  “On Meadowview Street” and activities to follow.

   The Olney Fire Department will be hosting a Blood Drive coming up on Friday form 2:00 until 6:00 at the meeting room on North Walnut Street.  Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter OlneyFD to schedule an appointment.

   The Annual Salad Luncheon prepared by the women of the Grace United Methodist Church will be Friday at the church I Newton. The menu, including a variety of salads, ham balls, hot rolls and a drink for a $7 donation.  Serving from 11:00 until 1:00

 

 

June 10, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   SATURDAY --   6–10–17

 

(OLNEY) The warm up continues over the weekend with highs into the 90s. As the temperatures warm up over the next couple of days, it brings with it dry and clear skies. Next chances of rain enters our area on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening hours and continues into Wednesday and linger into Thursday of next week– stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY) In State News – A non profit foundation designed to help upkeep Illinois’ fairgrounds plans on selling naming rights to state fair buildings to help pay for improvements. Illinois fairgrounds foundation chairman John Slayton say that the group is in negotiations with corporations for naming rights to various buildings. He says the foundation hopes to raise $3 million to $5 million a year and naming rights will be the “biggest dollars”. The Illinois department of Agriculture says the backlog of repairs needed at the state fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin total about $180 million.

 

(OLNEY) Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Ainad Shriners Circus wraps up its 50th year in Southern Illinois. The circus continues this weekend with more performances. Featuring tigers, elephants, ponies, dogs, clowns and other acts are brought to the three ring stage where heart pounding aerial and high wire acrobats perform. Performances of the Ainad Circus include: today and tomorrow at DuQuoin. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at participating Southern Illinois Hucks locations, MotoMart Conveneince Stores and Schnucks Supermarkets. Additional details on the circus can be found online at www.soilshrinercircus.com

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just a few weeks away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

REMINDERS:

 

  Olney Central College is presents Agnes of God today, Saturday June 10th. Performances start at 7:30 at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center College Theatre.  Tickets are at the door priced at $5.

  The Sound of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will kick back in gear next Thurdsay.  Jake Hoult and Mikayla Muprhy will be performing at Bower Park starting at 6:00 this Thursday – all are invited

  The First Assembly of God in Olney will be hosting a tradition Indian Dinner on Saturday June 10th, called A Taste of India.  Dinners served at 6:00 pm in the main lobby featuring an Indian themed menu. Dinner by donation and call 618-392-2222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

   The Farmers Market will start up next Tuesday, June 13th, from 10:00 until 4:00 on those Tuesday and Fridays following. Located at the Olney City Park – All are invited.

   The City of Olney will begin its regular mosquito control program on Monday, June 12th. All areas of the city will be sprayed twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays beginning at dusk

   Sumner Bike Night 2017 is coming up this Saturday June 10th. Streets will be closed for bikes at 12 noon and live music starts at 3:00. All are invited out. For more info heck out their Sumner Booster Club Facebook Page.

June 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The chances of showers remain to our north as a frontal boundary extends towards our area and we remain dry and begin to warm up for the weekend.  The warm up continues over the weekend with highs into the 90s.  Next chances of rain enters our area on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening hours and continues into Wednesday and linger into Thursday of next week– stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News – The museum at Southern Illinois University has become a casualty of the failure to come up with a state budget.  Due to the ongoing budget stalemate, the museum at SIU-Carbondale will be closing on July 1st. Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says the library staff will be reduced to one person who will maintain the collections.  The university is unable to hire a new director and maintain the staff necessary to provide the quality museum experience visitors expect.  SIU-C is committed to the future of the 143 year old museum and it will resume operations once a permanent state budget provides the support needed to hire the necessary staff.

 

(NEWTON)  A single vehicle traffic crash occurred at 9:50 last night near Centralia.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2007 Buick Lesabre driven by Marjorie J Parish, age 34 of Murphysboro, was distracted while on the phone and went off the roadway on I-57 North near mile post 107.  Parrish struck a guard rail then struck a tree on the east side of the interstate.  18 year old Jaila Smith from Murphysboro was ejected from the vehicle and was air lifted from the scene by air evac to Saint Louis University Hospital.  A 17 year and 5 year old passenger was air lifted from the scene by air evac to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis.  An 11 year old passenger was transported by Marion County EMS to Centralia Hospital.  The driver Parish was not injured.  Parish was cited for driving while license suspended, improper lane usage, using a hand held cell phone while driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  Smith was cited for failure to wear a seatbelt.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  It is that time of the year again when you see the taming of tigers and hear the roar of laughter.  The Ainad Shriners Circus returns to Southern Illinois for its 50th consecutive year! The circus continues this week with more performances.  Tigers, elephants, ponies, dogs, clowns and other acts are brought to the three ring stage where heart pounding aerial and high wire acrobats perform.  Performances of the Ainad Circus include: today at Salem and tomorrow and Sunday at DuQuoin. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at participating Southern Illinois Hucks locations, MotoMart Conveneince Stores and Schnucks Supermarkets.  Additional details on the circus can be found online at www.soilshrinercircus.com
 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just a few weeks away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY) Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will be resurfacing various areas of their campus continuing today.  During the time of this work, signs and barricades will be present to help direct patients and visitors to the appropriate areas.   Carle Richland Memorial Hospital appreciates everyone’s patience as the scheduled work takes place.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON) Rides Mass Transit District is inviting everyone in Crawford and Jasper Counties to join them for upcoming activities.  Friday July 7th ride with RMTD to Sumner to eat at the Dairy Dee (they only accept cash).  Saturday July 15th a trip to Tuscola for shopping at the Outlet Mall Winterberry Store, Beachys and more! Saturday July 22nd a trip to the Red Skelton Museum and sightseeing in Vincennes as well as a visit to the memorial and the Military Museum.  Small admission fees for both museums.  That is upcoming activities with the folks of Crawford and Jasper Counties and Rides Mass Transit District.  To schedule a ride, call RMTD at 1-866-389-7536.

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney would like to remind all citizens that the Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person to place leaves, grass, garbage, refuse or other debris in any drainage ditch, opening to the storm sewer, or in any public street.  This includes blowing grass onto the streets while mowing. Current provisions for violators mean they would be fined no less than $75.  The Brush Dump is open on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00.

 

REMINDERS:

  Olney Central College is presents Agnes of God this Friday, June 9th and Saturday June 10th. Performances start at 7:30 at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center College Theatre.  Tickets are at the door priced at $5.

  The Sound of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will kick back in gear next Thurdsay.  Jake Hoult and Mikayla Muprhy will be performing at Bower Park starting at 6:00 this Thursday – all are invited

  The Jasper County American Legion Post #20 Auxiliary will be having smoked pork sandwiches on this Friday June 9th, starting at 10:30 and going until 1:00 or sold out.  Drive thru is available, for large orders call in ahead at 217-276-0941 or 618-553-4813 or 618-783-3185

  The First Assembly of God in Olney will be hosting a tradition Indian Dinner on Saturday June 10th, called A Taste of India.  Dinners served at 6:00 pm in the main lobby featuring an Indian themed menu. Dinner by donation and call 618-392-2222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

   The Olney VFW Taco Night is coming up this Friday, June 9th from 5:30 until 7:30 or until they are sold out. Everyone is invited out to enjoy tacos this coming Friday Night.

   The Farmers Market will start up next Tuesday, June 13th, from 10:00 until 4:00 on those Tuesday and Fridays following.  Located at the Olney City Park – All are invited.

   The City of Olney will begin its regular mosquito control program on Monday, June 12th.  All areas of the city will be sprayed twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays beginning at dusk

   Sumner Bike Night 2017 is coming up this Saturday June 10th.  Streets will be closed for bikes at 12 noon and live music starts at 3:00. All are invited out. For more info heck out their Sumner Booster Club Facebook Page.

   The Petroleum Club is hosting an all you can eat BBQ Chicken Dinner on today starting at 5:30.  BBQ Chicken, baked potato, green beans, tea and lemonade all for just $12 per person – All are invited.

   Don’t forget to tune into Freedom 92.9’s Happy Hour starting today at 4:00 PM.  It will be 2 hours of all requested music.  To get in your requests, head to our social media pages or go to our website and find this reminder to get the link to our online submission form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUiHt3Ddun_Di2LXVjdtVv5Qq7BJSpWQFgF_kpjtlTdPoDGA/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

 

June 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A pleasant day is on tap for central and southeast Illinois today before temperatures start to rise and cause a warm up for the weekend.  Then a weak surface low pressure system and the associated cool front travels across the Great Lakes region keeping precipitation chances to our north.  That however starts to bring the warmer temperatures as a strong upper level ridge moves into the area.  Next possible chances of rain could enter the area late on Tuesday into Wednesday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News –  A federal judge in Chicago says Illinois is not in compliance with court orders to promptly pay health-care bills for low-income and other vulnerable groups even as the state is heading into its third year without a budget.  Judge Joan Lefkow ruled Wednesday and said officials had not lived up to their agreements in the civil case.  She continued by adding the comptroller faces an unenviable situation in deciding which bills to pay but that its approach doesn’t comply with standing court orders.  Despite the criticism, Lefkow did not order the state to pay $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills immediately and in full which could have worsened the financial crisis.  The ruling does instruct the state and Medicaid recipients to negotiate a sufficient payment of bills to ensure critical medical care isn’t jeopardized.

 

(NEWTON)  Eight dynamic performances plus two free concerts are planned for the 2017 DuQuoin  State Fair.  Ttickets for the Grandstand concert series are now on sale via ticketmaster and the DuQuoin State Fair Box Office. The first of the free concerts is the band of former Chicago Bear defensive lineman call the Chicago 6 on August 25th.  Chris Janson along with High Valley will perform on August 27th.  The Gin Blossoms will take to the Grandstand on August 28th.  Granger Smith joined by Drew Baldridge will perform on August 29th.  Dueling Pianos International will take the stage for an August 30th performance.  Roots & Boots Tour will be stopping at the State Fair on August 31st featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye.  Switchfoot and Lifehouse will perform on September 1st.  Logan Mize and Chris Cavanaugh will join the Cadillac Three for September 2nd performance at the Grandstand.  The tickets are on sale at the box office or on ticketmaster.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  It is that time of the year again when you see the taming of tigers and hear the roar of laughter.  The Ainad Shriners Circus returns to Southern Illinois for its 50th consecutive year! The circus continues this week with more performances.  Tigers, elephants, ponies, dogs, clowns and other acts are brought to the three ring stage where heart pounding aerial and high wire acrobats perform.  Performances of the Ainad Circus include: today and tomorrow Salem and Saturday and Sunday at DuQuoin. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at participating Southern Illinois Hucks locations, MotoMart Conveneince Stores and Schnucks Supermarkets.  Additional details on the circus can be found online at www.soilshrinercircus.com
 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just a few weeks away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY) Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will be resurfacing various areas of their campus this week starting on today, and continuing Thursday and Friday.  During the time of this work, signs and barricades will be present to help direct patients and visitors to the appropriate areas.  On Thursday, the Emergency Drive will be closed for resurfacing.  In the event of an emergency, individuals are asked to use the circle drive on the west side of the hospital, off the Mill Street entrance, next to the gazebo, and enter the facility through the doors located between the Convenient Care/ENT Clinic and the Cashier’s office.  Signs will be posted to direct Emergency Department traffic.  Carle Richland Memorial Hospital appreciates everyone’s patience as the scheduled work takes place.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON) Rides Mass Transit District is inviting everyone in Crawford and Jasper Counties to join them for upcoming activities.  Friday July 7th ride with RMTD to Sumner to eat at the Dairy Dee (they only accept cash).  Saturday July 15th a trip to Tuscola for shopping at the Outlet Mall Winterberry Store, Beachys and more! Saturday July 22nd a trip to the Red Skelton Museum and sightseeing in Vincennes as well as a visit to the memorial and the Military Museum.  Small admission fees for both museums.  That is upcoming activities with the folks of Crawford and Jasper Counties and Rides Mass Transit District.  To schedule a ride, call RMTD at 1-866-389-7536.

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney would like to remind all citizens that the Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person to place leaves, grass, garbage, refuse or other debris in any drainage ditch, opening to the storm sewer, or in any public street.  This includes blowing grass onto the streets while mowing. Current provisions for violators mean they would be fined no less than $75.  The Brush Dump is open on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Sounds of Summer Free Concert Series continues tonight at Bower Park here in Olney.  The Thing-a-ma-Jug Band will be performing with a scheduled 6:00 pm start time on Whittle Avenue.  $1 bottled water available to purchase courtesy of the Olney Music Boosters.  Concessions also available featuring hot dogs, cheese dogs, coney dogs, nachos, pulled pork nachos, pretzels, chips and soda all provided by the Walmart DC #6059 all for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Bring your family and lawn chairs out to Bower Park tonight for the Thing-a-ma-Jug Band performing for the second week of the Sounds of Summer 2017.
  

REMINDERS:

  Olney Central College is presents Agnes of God this Friday, June 9th and Saturday June 10th. Performances start at 7:30 at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center College Theatre.  Tickets are at the door priced at $5.

  The Sound of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will kick back in gear this coming Thurdsay.  Thing-a-ma-Jug will be performing at Bower Park starting at 6:00 this Thursday – all are invited

  The Jasper County American Legion Post #20 Auxiliary will be having smoked pork sandwiches on this Friday June 9th, starting at 10:30 and going until 1:00 or sold out.  Drive thru is available, for large orders call in ahead at 217-276-0941 or 618-553-4813 or 618-783-3185

  The First Assembly of God in Olney will be hosting a tradition Indian Dinner on Saturday June 10th, called A Taste of India.  Dinners served at 6:00 pm in the main lobby featuring an Indian themed menu. Dinner by donation and call 618-392-2222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

   The Olney VFW Taco Night is coming up this Friday, June 9th from 5:30 until 7:30 or until they are sold out. Everyone is invited out to enjoy tacos this coming Friday Night.

   The Farmers Market will start up next Tuesday, June 13th, from 10:00 until 4:00 on those Tuesday and Fridays following.  Located at the Olney City Park – All are invited.

   The City of Olney will begin its regular mosquito control program on Monday, June 12th.  All areas of the city will be sprayed twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays beginning at dusk

   Sumner Bike Night 2017 is coming up this Saturday June 10th.  Streets will be closed for bikes at 12 noon and live music starts at 3:00. All are invited out. For more info heck out their Sumner Booster Club Facebook Page.

   The Petroleum Club is hosting an all you can eat BBQ Chicken Dinner on Friday starting at 5:30.  BBQ Chicken, baked potato, green beans, tea and lemonade all for just $12 per person – All are invited.

   Don’t forget to tune into Freedom 92.9’s Happy Hour starting tomorrow at 4:00 PM.  It will be 2 hours of all requested music.  To get in your requests, head to our social media pages or go to our website and find this reminder to get the link to our online submission form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUiHt3Ddun_Di2LXVjdtVv5Qq7BJSpWQFgF_kpjtlTdPoDGA/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

 

June 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY) More clouds are expected to appear in the area today, but still an ample amount of sunshine and dry skies are expected.  A breezy day during the daytime and into the afternoon will give way to a pleasant overnight.  Forecast models are trending to a dry weekend as temperatures start to rise starting Friday back into the mid to upper 80s.  Dry and hot are the projections for the weekend.  Our next possibility of rain enters the area late Tuesday into Wednesday – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News –  A federal judge in Chicago is expected to rule this week on an issue highlighting one of the nation’s longest running state financial crises with Illinois heading into its third year without a budget.  Judge Joan Leff-Co (Lefkow) has said she will rule this week about whether to issue an order instructing the state to pay more of its health care bills.  Lawyers for Medicaid recipients and others affected by the unpaid bills have requested the order as part of a civil case in the U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state is reducing fees and giving more investment choices to people saving money for college in the state’s 529 college saving plans.  Illinois currently offers two funds for people who work with financial planners or investment advisers on their 529 plans which allows people to save money for college and avoid paying taxes on any money withdrawn to pay for college.  Under the changes, people who work with advisers will be converted to a single plan with Bright Directions.  Account holders will not be required to take any action.  The changes expected to take effect in July and there are nearly 446 thousand Illinois 529 accounts totally near $9 billion.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Poet Gwendolyn Brooks would have turned 100 this week, and that birthday is being commemorated with new books, poetry readings, writing contests and bus tour through her hometown of Chicago, all inspired by the late poet.  Brooks became the first first African-American Pulitzer Prize winner, along with many other honors.  Brooks, who died in 2000, official birthday is today, with planned celebrations at the University of Chicago and other places around the state, where she was Poet Laureate for over three decades.  Organizers are encouraging a social media “International Birthday Party” in remembrance.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  It is that time of the year again when you see the taming of tigers and hear the roar of laughter.  The Ainad Shriners Circus returns to Southern Illinois for its 50th consecutive year! The circus continues this week with more performances.  Tigers, elephants, ponies, dogs, clowns and other acts are brought to the three ring stage where heart pounding aerial and high wire acrobats perform.  Performances of the Ainad Circus include: today here in Olney, tomorrow and Friday at Salem and Saturday and Sunday at DuQuoin. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at participating Southern Illinois Hucks locations, MotoMart Conveneince Stores and Schnucks Supermarkets.  Additional details on the circus can be found online at www.soilshrinercircus.com
 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fair is just a few weeks away, scheduled to get started on Monday, June 19th and continuing through June 24th.  The fair gets started with the Queen and Little Miss Pageant on that Monday.  Pedal Tractor Pulls, Talent Contest and Flat drags Tuesday, Rodeo on Wednesday, and Tractor Pulls on Thursday.  Harness racing is scheduled for that Friday.  And the fair wraps up with more harness racing and a demo derby on Saturday.  The Jasper County Fair is also one of several sites where fair officials are trying to find a signer who will be the opening act for both State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.  Those taking part, must be 18 years old and for more information and rules check the State Fair website online at www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY) Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will be resurfacing various areas of their campus this week starting on today, and continuing Thursday and Friday.  During the time of this work, signs and barricades will be present to help direct patients and visitors to the appropriate areas.  On Thursday, the Emergency Drive will be closed for resurfacing.  In the event of an emergency, individuals are asked to use the circle drive on the west side of the hospital, off the Mill Street entrance, next to the gazebo, and enter the facility through the doors located between the Convenient Care/ENT Clinic and the Cashier’s office.  Signs will be posted to direct Emergency Department traffic.  Carle Richland Memorial Hospital appreciates everyone’s patience as the scheduled work takes place.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON) Rides Mass Transit District is inviting everyone in Crawford and Jasper Counties to join them for upcoming activities.  Friday July 7th ride with RMTD to Sumner to eat at the Dairy Dee (they only accept cash).  Saturday July 15th a trip to Tuscola for shopping at the Outlet Mall Winterberry Store, Beachys and more! Saturday July 22nd a trip to the Red Skelton Museum and sightseeing in Vincennes as well as a visit to the memorial and the Military Museum.  Small admission fees for both museums.  That is upcoming activities with the folks of Crawford and Jasper Counties and Rides Mass Transit District.  To schedule a ride, call RMTD at 1-866-389-7536.

  

REMINDERS:

  Olney Central College is presents Agnes of God this Friday, June 9th and Saturday June 10th. Performances start at 7:30 at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center College Theatre.  Tickets are at the door priced at $5.

   The Cummins Municipal Band will be performing at the Olney City Park this coming Wednesday, June 7th.  The Concert at the park will start at 7:30 – all are invited

  The Sound of Summer Free Concert Series in Olney will kick back in gear this coming Thurdsay.  Thing-a-ma-Jug will be performing at Bower Park starting at 6:00 this Thursday – all are invited

  The Jasper County American Legion Post #20 Auxiliary will be having smoked pork sandwiches on this Friday June 9th, starting at 10:30 and going until 1:00 or sold out.  Drive thru is available, for large orders call in ahead at 217-276-0941 or 618-553-4813 or 618-783-3185

  The First Assembly of God in Olney will be hosting a tradition Indian Dinner on Saturday June 10th, called A Taste of India.  Dinners served at 6:00 pm in the main lobby featuring an Indian themed menu. Dinner by donation and call 618-392-2222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

   The Olney VFW Taco Night is coming up this Friday, June 9th from 5:30 until 7:30 or until they are sold out. Everyone is invited out to enjoy tacos this coming Friday Night.

   The Farmers Market will start up next Tuesday, June 13th, from 10:00 until 4:00 on those Tuesday and Fridays following.  Located at the Olney City Park – All are invited.

   The City of Olney will begin its regular mosquito control program on Monday, June 12th.  All areas of the city will be sprayed twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays beginning at dusk