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November 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Abnormally warm & dry conditions are on tap for most of this final week of November – a mostly dry cold front will drop thru Illinois tomorrow night, giving us a wind switch and a little cooler air – however, a second cold front moving thru Wednesday night will give us a better rain chance thru Thursday – then we’re back to dry and cool conditions for the first weekend of December – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – although the current weather conditions are anything like winter weather, the Illinois Department of Transportation & the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are encouraging everyone to take time now to prepare for winter weather – as part of  IDOT’s “Winter Weather – Get It Together” safety campaign families are urged to develop emergency kits for all family vehicles, plus IEMA officials want folks to be ready for bad weather conditions – for tips, logon at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Statewide home sales shifted back into positive territory in October following several months of declines, plus median prices continued to make year-over-year gains, that’s according to Illinois Realtors – the statewide home sales last month totaled 12,796 units sold, up slightly by three tenths of a percentage point (0.3) from October last year – the state’s median price was $185,000 which is up 3.9% from October 2016 – 43 of Illinois’ 102 counties reported sales gains for October 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The State DNR has released preliminary numbers from Illinois’ first three days of the 2017 Firearm Deer Season – hunters took 51,365 deer compared to 54,452 during the first firearm weekend in 2016 – that’s a nearly 6% drop from last year’s statewide harvest – meanwhile, the numbers were down by just under 3% in our ten county area surrounding Newton & Olney, although the deer harvest stats were down from last year in each of the area counties except for Lawrence County – Wayne County had the highest harvest for the first three days at 977 deer, followed by Clay County at 760, Crawford County at 673, Jasper County at 663, Effingham County at 580, Richland County at 481, Cumberland County at 478, Lawrence County at 394, Edwards County at 273, and Wabash County at 123 – the final four days of the Firearm Deer Season in Illinois is this coming Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting last week in Olney – the Board  :  approved a salary a 2.5% salary increase for all non-bargaining unit full-time employees  :  certified the District’s Tax Levies for Fiscal Year 2018  :  approved the dates, times, and meeting locations for the 2018 calendar year – the Board will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December  :  approved an emergency heat exchanger repair at Olney Central College  :  approved the holiday calendar for administrative, technical, professional non-faculty, clerical, and maintenance personnel for calendar year 2018 (same as previous years)  :  approved two easements on District property at Frontier Community College in Fairfield  :  approved changes in student fees for the District’s CPR Course & Apprenticeship Program to reflect the actual cost rather than a stated dollar amount  :  approved revised requirements for applicant test scores for the District’s Allied Health Program  :  and in personnel action – accepted the retirement resignations for Workforce Education Instructor William Rogers effective December 1 and for District Office Chief Finance Officer Roger Browning effective May 1, 2018 – accepted the resignation for Wabash Valley College Nursing Instructor Amy Scamman – hired Joseph Brown as Truck Driving Instructor at Wabash Valley College, Brittany Harris as Nursing Instructor at Frontier Community College, Julie Auteberry as TRIO Upward Bound Counselor at Wabash Valley College, and Carrie Thomas as Administrative Assistant for the Workforce Education Program  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be December 12th at 7:00 at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular session last Tuesday night – here’s a look at the unofficial minutes – the Council  :  accepted the $84,534 bid for the City of Newton’s business insurance thru the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association for one year  :  approved the amendment for federal participation to provide funds for Newton’s Eagle Trail Phase II project  :  approved a sidewalk agreement for 206 West Reynolds Street from the City’s Beautification Fund  :  approved the Special Event application for the proposed Holly Jolly ice rink to be held December 8th thru 10th  :  noted the City will host a “Bicentennial Flag” raising at City Hall on December 4th at 12 noon  :  noted the leaf collections are continuing  :  and took no action after a 14-minute closed session  :  the next regular meeting for the Newton City Council is December 5th at 6:00.

 

(OLNEY)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 28th Annual Cookie Walk & 11th Annual Festival of Trees this coming Saturday morning, December 2nd, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – running from 9:00 to 12 noon, the event will feature a large assortment of homemade cookies, pies, cakes, candies, breads, and more, plus the “Festival of Trees” silent auction will be held – all proceeds will benefit Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, which provides care & support to terminally ill patients and their families throughout 13 area counties – anyone interested in donating items for the Cookie Walk or for those who’d like more general information, please call the Hospice office in Olney, at  618-392-2745.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas kicks off this coming weekend in Newton – a month-long celebration of Burl Ives’ most beloved Christmas character “Sam the Snowman” – the first of three weekend celebrations is this coming Friday, December 1st – it starts with a Tree Lighting & Special Dedication at 5:00 – then Children’s Craft Activities and plenty of cookies & hot chocolate at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Office from 5:00 to 7:00 – not to mention visits with Santa Claus and a host of Holly Jolly Characters – plus great shopping, live music, and more all in downtown Newton – also this weekend, it’s the Holiday Shopping Expo from 9:00 to 3:00 Saturday at the Ste. Marie American Legion – the Holly Jolly Craft Show from 9:00 to 3:00 Saturday at the KC Hall in Newton – Cookies with Mrs. Claus from 11:00 to 3:00 Saturday at State Farm in Newton – and the Annual Santa Train visit to Newton from 9:00 to 10:00 Sunday morning – the Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas kicks off this weekend in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Moonlight Madness in Olney coming up this Friday night, December 1st – most all of the local downtown businesses will stay open late for your shopping needs as the participating stores will be open from 5:00 until 10:00 – for a list of those businesses taking part and the various specials available, check out the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Event Page online – all this Friday night in Olney.

 

(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 Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Iuka Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Cumberland High School northwest of Greenup from 1:30 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area & regional blood supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few meetings coming up tonight in Richland County  :  the Richland County Board will have a special meeting tonight in the County Jail meeting room in Olney, starting at 6:00  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, also at 7:00  :  all three of the meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County High School will present three performances this weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS – that’s this Friday night & Saturday night, December 1st & 2nd, each night at 6:30 – then the final show Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, at 2:00 – tickets are available at all local banks, plus at the door – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    The Olney Public Library will host a special Children’s Program, “The Magic of Christmas” this coming Saturday afternoon, starting at 2:30 – Santa Claus will be there to visit – all area children are invited


    The American Legion Post #30 will host another Friday night “Fish Fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until sold out – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 tickets will be on sale at the door


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Support Group will have its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – all are invited with special support and concern for those battling with cancer


    The Olney Chamber of Commerce will host a special Get Covered Illinois event tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 at its office at 216 East Main Street – a Get Covered Illinois representative will be on hand to provide information and help with the 2018 Open Enrollment process, which continues thru December 15th – all are invited to stop by with any questions or to get more information – that’s tomorrow morning


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With another cold front moving thru our downstate region last night, switching that wind from the northwest, we’ll have a little cooler sky on tap today with sunshine – but another high pressure ridge will keep up dry with more sunshine tomorrow thru the first half of next week – plus warmer air moves in on Monday before our next rain chance by Wednesday of next week – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s Office has released its annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products, and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season – the 2017 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions & photographs and describes the 68 recalls of children’s products over the past ten months – to check it out, go online at  www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/2017_Safe_Shopping_Guide.pdf.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  With the holiday shopping season here once again, authorities are warning area residents of more scams  :  phone calls are being made to grandparents from scammers claiming to be a grandchild in need of money due to vehicle repairs, jail bonds, or other reasons – the scammer usually wants money wired to them as soon as possible  :  another scam involves a caller identifying themself as being with the U.S. Marshall’s Service, seeking payment for a bogus fine for allegedly being absent from a federal grand jury summons  :  and yet another scam is from a bogus utility company demanding payment on a delinquent account and threatening jail time if not immediately paid  :  residents are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone – if they claim to be family, ask questions or get a call back number for verification – if questions, simply hang up on the caller and contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

(OLNEY)  With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend generally one of the busiest travel periods of the year, the Illinois State Police reminds all motorists to drive safely – all are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, watch the speed limits, buckle up everyone in the vehicle, and refrain from drinking alcohol prior to driving – the State Police are conducting their “Click It or Ticket” program now thru Monday as Troopers are out in extra force conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more throughout Illinois.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Today is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – please join all of us at WVLN-WSEI in supporting our local small businesses – we encouraged everyone to pledge to “Shop Small” this weekend & throughout the next year.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is tonight with judging from 5:00 to 5:30 and lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – starting at 6:30, the parade will go south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the parade safe, the City of Olney has implemented a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 this afternoon & tonight – this includes both sides of North East Street, Main Street, and Whittle Avenue, down to West North Avenue.

 

(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  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” is this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both today and tomorrow – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available – that’s all at The Holiday in Olney


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping today from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  That Canadian high pressure now over the nation’s Southeastern States is still controlling our weather conditions with sunshine and some passing high clouds mixed in – meanwhile, a gusty south wind will bring us some warmer air on this Friday – however, an approaching cold front moves thru tonight with maybe a few sprinkles here or there – then dry and cool for the weekend ahead – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – the Secretary of State’s Police units are out in extra force today, conducting statewide parking stings at local shopping malls and stores, targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities – officials say tickets and fines will be issued with a “zero” tolerance approach – there are currently 627,281 permanent disability placards and 51,416 disability license plates that are registered in Illinois – parking space abuse can be reported at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend generally one of the busiest travel periods of the year, the Illinois State Police reminds all motorists to drive safely – all are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, watch the speed limits, buckle up everyone in the vehicle, and refrain from drinking alcohol prior to driving – the State Police are conducting their “Click It or Ticket” program now thru Monday as Troopers are out in extra force conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more throughout Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred last night at 9:07 on a Jasper County road just northwest of West Liberty – the State Police report an unidentified 16 year old female was driving eastbound, traveling too fast for conditions, when she lost control of the car, it traveled off the north side of the road, struck a ditch, and then back onto the road where it came to rest – the driver and two passengers, 31 year old Matthew Matlock of West Liberty and 25 year old Dustin Rash of West Union, were all taken to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – the 16 year old juvenile driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and for one passenger limit – both passengers were ticketed for failure to wear seatbelts – Jasper County emergency personnel assisted Troopers at the accident scene.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow is being noted nationwide as Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – please join all of us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem in supporting our local small businesses by shopping at a local small business, not only tomorrow, but throughout the year – we encouraged everyone in our area of Southeastern and South Central Illinois to pledge to “Shop Small” this weekend and all year round.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Service Agency is reminding eligible farmers to cast their votes for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections – all ballots must be returned to the local FSA offices by December 4th, a week from next Monday – terms of the newly elected committee members and their alternates take effect January 1st, 2018 – farmers that did not receive a ballot by mail can pick one up at their local FSA office.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a few meetings coming up the first of next week in Richland County  :  the Richland County Board will have a special meeting next Monday night, November 27th, in the County Jail meeting room, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes budget discussion & expected action, plus the tax levy and the FOP negotiations & possible contract approval  :  the Olney City Council will meet in regular session next Monday night at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board will meet in regular session next Monday night at the Village Hall in Noble, also at 7:00  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is tomorrow night with judging from 5:00 to 5:30 and lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 tomorrow afternoon & evening – this includes both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for the Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(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  :  this morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also next Monday at the Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish low area supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that all City and Village Halls are still closed today  :  Republic Services is back to hauling trash today – the normal Thursday collection is being collected today while the Friday routes will be ran tomorrow – then back to normal next week for all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  the Olney brush dump is still closed today, but will be open tomorrow from 10:00 to 4:00  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule for the rest of today and into next week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County High School will present three performances next weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS – that’s next Friday night & Saturday night, December 1st & 2nd, each night at 6:30 – then the final show next Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, at 2:00 – tickets are available at all local banks, plus at the door – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, tomorrow and Sunday – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available at The Holiday in Olney


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry tonight with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a frontal boundary over the upper Mississippi River washes out today due to that strong Canadian high pressure that still hangs over the Ohio River Valley, we’ll see plenty of sunshine today on this Thanksgiving Day 2017 – that high will continue to keep us dry with normal fall weather conditions tomorrow thru the weekend – our next rain chance possibly next Tuesday night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  in state news – the State DNR has released preliminary numbers from last weekend’s first three days of the 2017 Firearm Deer Season – hunters took 51,365 deer compared to 54,452 during the first firearm weekend in 2016 – that’s a nearly 6% drop from last year’s harvest – in fact, the deer harvest stats show a drop in nine of the ten regional counties surrounding Olney compared to last year’s first weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Christmas Lights Display will be lit up for the first time in 2017 this Thanksgiving Day evening, with the switch thrown at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will then be lit up from dusk until 10:00 each night through December 31st – the Bucket Brigade, located at the end of the Lights Display, will be accepting donations, which is totally used for display maintenance and upkeep.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is this Saturday night with judging from 5:00 to 5:30 and lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon & evening – this includes both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for the Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(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 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  also tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that all City and Village Halls, along with all city and government offices, are closed today  :  Republic Services is not hauling trash today – the normal Thursday collection will be tomorrow with Friday’s normal pickup scheduled for Saturday – that’s for all Republic customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  the Olney brush dump is closed today & tomorrow, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule the rest of this week.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry tomorrow night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    All motorists are encouraged to drive with added care the next several days – with holiday travel at its highest, make sure everyone is buckled up and obey all those “rules of the road” – the Illinois State Police & local law enforcement agencies are out in extra force thru Monday with the “Click It or Ticket” program

 

    And on behalf of all of us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA we pray that your Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend is full of family time or time with loved ones and friends – let’s take time out today or this weekend to thank our Father in Heaven for all of our blessings bestowed on us and our families

 

 

 

November 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge over the Upper Plains will control our weather pattern for the next few days with sunshine and some cooler temperatures in place – an upper level disturbance will bring us some clouds and a wind switch by Friday night, but at this time, there’s no precipitation in the immediate forecast – dry and cool skies are expected now thru the upcoming weekend – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend generally one of the busiest travel periods of the year and as millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate with their families, the Illinois State Police reminds all motorists to drive safely – all are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, watch the speed limits, buckle up everyone in the vehicle, and refrain from driving after consuming alcohol – the State Police are conducting their “Click It or Ticket” program now thru next Monday as Troopers are out in extra force conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and much more throughout Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office has released its annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products, and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season – the 2017 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions & photographs and describes the 68 recalls of children’s products over the past ten months – to check it out, go online at  www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/2017_Safe_Shopping_Guide.pdf.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  This coming Saturday is being noted nationwide as Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – please join all of us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem in supporting our local small businesses by shopping at a local small business, not only this Saturday, but all year round – we encouraged everyone in our area of Southeastern & South Central Illinois to pledge to “Shop Small” and thanks for doing so.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget that the Olney Christmas Lights Display will be lit up for the first time this coming Thursday evening, Thanksgiving Day evening, with the switch thrown at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will then be lit up each night from dusk until 10:00 each night through December 31st – by the way, while all Bucket Brigade shifts have been filled, if anyone would to be added to the “wait list” to serve as a backup for whatever reason, call the Olney City Hall today or next week, Monday thru Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  The local Outreach Mission delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them is still looking for volunteer help this week – volunteers can call the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney at  618-395-8618  to get more details about helping – today’s work includes deboning the turkeys, baking the rolls, mixing the dressing, preparing the sweet potatoes, & more – then tomorrow morning at 6:00, the work includes cooking and packaging all the food and assembling the meals for delivery, which begins at 11:00 Thursday morning, on Thanksgiving Day – many volunteers are needed, especially for the delivery of meals on Thursday – volunteers are asked to be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 on Thursday morning to get their meals and delivery route – for those in need of a meal this Thanksgiving Day in Olney, please call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at  618-395-8618  as soon as possible.

 

(NEWTON)  Health officials are again this year reminding families and individuals to take care of that holiday meal – remember to put those leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible and not let them set out for a long period of time – the general rule for food safety always applies  :  keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold  :  plus make sure all those leftovers are properly heated up prior to eating – let’s all stay safe.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed tomorrow and Friday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend observance  :  also a note that Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, therefore Thursday’s normal trash collection route will be done on Friday and this Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday, both a day later than normal – everything then returns to normal next week and everything remains normal for today and tomorrow – this applies to all Republic Service customers in the Olney, Newton, Noble, and surrounding area  :  in Olney, the brush dump will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday and then back to normal next week  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is set for this coming Saturday night with awards to be presented in several different categories – the judging will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 with lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon thru night – this will include both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for this Saturday’s Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(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 Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  Friday morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry this Friday night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is still taking orders for holiday poinsettias, but only for one more day – today, this November 22nd, is the final day to place an order by calling  618-395-7340, extension  4009  – the colors are white, red, and pick with the price at $10 per plant – call now


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have homemade pies for sale today at the Olney IGA – that begins at 2:30 and continues until all the pies are sold out – that’s this afternoon starting at 2:30 at the Olney IGA – get your pies for Thanksgiving today

 

**  And on behalf of all of us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem, we pray that your Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend is full of family time or time with loved ones – let’s also take time out to thank our Heavenly Father for all of our blessings bestowed on us and our families