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May 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an upper level low spins north of Lake Superior this morning, sending several waves ratating southeastward towards the Great Lakes region, that will bring with it chances of rain and storms into the area throughout our overnight tonight.  The broad upper trough will begin to shift eastward during the mid week, as that brings clear and warm days until Thursday, when our next significant chance of rain enters the area and hangs around into Friday. – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In State News – Eyes of the state shift towards the Illinois House it considers how to handle the $37 billion spending proposal with just two days left in the General Assembly’s spring session.  Democrats advanced plans late on Monday to raise income and sales taxes by more than $5 billion to deal with the mountainous deficit. Party leaders, however, say they are also considering other options.  The state has been without a budget for two years.

 

(NEWTON)  A three vehicle crash occurred on Sunday night.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2012 Ford Escape, driven by Michael Medina, 53 of Brookfield, IL, struck a deer in the middle of the roadway.  A 2012 Toyota Camry driven by Jill Edwards, age 30 of Braidwood, IL, stopped in time to avoid striking Medina’s vehicle, but was unable to avoid striking the deer.  A 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Cindy Rae Hamilton, 32 of Effingham, IL, was also following the previous two vehicles and was unable to stop striking the rear of Edwards’ vehicle.  The driver and passengers of the 2012 Camry and passenger of the 2007 Tahoe were all transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.  The investigation is ongoing, so no charges have been filed at this time.

 

(OLNEY) A twelve vehicle crash occurred yesterday afternoon on Interstate 57. The Illinois State Police report that a grass fire started for an unknown reason in the media on I-57 near milepost 147 (2 miles north of Edgewood.) Due to the wind direction, the smoke created zero visibility for northbound traffic.  A chain reaction crash then occurred within the smoke. 19 individuals involved in the incident, with 12 of the individuals being injured.  Those injured were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital.  The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. 

 

(OLNEY)  One person is dead after a late night accident, Sunday in Olney.  It happened at 9:53pm last night at Illinois Rt. 130 and Cherry Street.  Illinois State police report 48 year old Timothy Eads of Newton, was leaving work.  That’s when he walked across Rt. 130 into the path of a van driven by Annette King of Olney.  King did not see Eads.  State police say there was no cross walk, the road was dark and Eads was wearing dark clothing.  Eads was transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital then transferred to Deaconess Hospital were Eads was pronounced dead upon arrival.  The investigation continues.

 

(NEWTON)  Eight dynamic performances plus two free concerts are planned for the 2017 DuQuoin  State Fair.  Kevin Gordon, State Fair Manager, announced that tickets for the Grandstand concert series will go on sale on June 1st 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. 

 

(OLNEY)  Curbside recycling schedules for the City of Olney will not be effected by the Memorial Day Holiday, however Republic Services will observe the holiday today ,  meaning trash collection will be one day later than normal this week, Mondays on Tuesday, Tuesdays on Wednesday and so on and so forth.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s Strawberry Fest on the square in Newton this Friday and Saturday, June 2nd & 3rd.  Started in 1994, the Jasper County Strawberry Fest is a 2 day festival celebrating strawberries in Jasper County.  The festival is two action packed days of music, inflatables, children’s games, a free movie on the square, crafts, painting’s, homemade ice cream and great food.   For more information on times and events, log onto
Jasperchamber.com 

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney Summer Music Series is set to kick off this week, Thursday June 1st, from 6:00 until 8:00 at Bower Park, all weather permitting.  Performances start with Ricochet performing on the first night with other performances by Thing-a-ma-Jug Band, Jake Hoult & Mikayla Muprhy, Moneka Fullup, Garret Biggs, Guy Ash, Heather & Marty, and Whiskey  Bend.  That is the City of Olney’s Summer Music Series, all getting started next Thursday at 6:00 with Ricochet.

 


REMINDERS:
 

  The Cummins Municipal Band will begin it’s summer concert season this  week on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:30.  It will be located at the Olney City Park and open to the public – all are invited

   The Friends of Olney, a group of individuals and businesses, desiring to work together to see the community thrive, will meet on Wednesdays at Ophelia’s Cup at 8:00 – all are invited to stop by

   The Big Blue Book Bus will be at the Noble City Park this Thursday, June 1st  from 3:30-4:30 and the Richland County Mall from 5-6pm.  For Richland County Students from Pre K – 8th Grade, No library card or ID necessary.

   Blanks Insurance Day of Recycling is this Friday, June 2nd from 10am to 2pm.  A event to raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County.  You can drop off the paper items you would like to have shredded or any electronics you would like to have recycled at Blanks Insurance on whittle avenue in Olney.  For more information contact Allyson at 618-393-2195.

   Fox Creek apartments Cookout at the Olney IGA is this Friday,  June 2nd from 10:30 to 1:30.

   Hospice of SE Illinois 5K Run/Walk is this Saturday, June 3 at 8am at the Richland County Middle School.  Pre-register by stopping by the office, or on the day of event from 7-7:45am.  Registration fee is $20. Complimentary T-shirts for the first 50 individuals that register.

   The Olney American Legion will have a Benefit Fish Fry for the Skip and Kelly Ammerman family, who lost their home in a fire this Friday, June 2nd starting at 5:30pm.

   Team Shelley will be selling Pork burgers and Brats at the Olney IGA, Saturday , June 3rd from 10am-2pm.  All proceeds to the local MS Join The Movement.

   The 2017 Richland County Fair Queen contestants will have a car wash at Wood’s Auto Body on Rt. 130
South in Olney, Saturday, June 3rd from 9am- 2pm.  Donations appreciated.

 

 

May 29, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   MONDAY --   5–29–17

 

(OLNEY) In State News….The Early Head Start Program at the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois is getting more than $1.1 million from the federal government. The Children’s Home and Aid Society has offices throughout Illinois and serves more than 40,000 children and families in more than 60 counties around the state. It provides Early Head Start Programs serve pregnant women and their children, providing various health and educational services.

 

(OLNEY) Chicago police say they’ve arrested 30 people in a series of raids aimed at curbing shootings during a traditionally violent Memorial Day weekend. Police Chief Eddie Johnson told a news conference on Sunday the raids would continue thru today. During the Memorial Day weekend last year, six people killed and another 63 wounded by gun fire across the city.

 

(OLNEY) One person is dead after a late night accident in Olney. It happened at 9:53pm last night at Illinois Rt. 130 and Cherry Street. Illinois State police report 48 year old Timothy Eads of Newton, was leaving work. That’s when he walked across Rt. 130 into the path of a van driven by Annette King of Olney. King did not see Eads. State police say there was no cross walk, the road was dark and Eads was wearing dark clothing. Eads was transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital then transferred to Deaconess Hospital were Eads was pronounced dead upon arrival. The investigation continues.

 

(NEWTON) in state news – Eight dynamic performances plus two free concerts are planned for the 2017 DuQuoin State Fair. Kevin Gordon, State Fair Manager, announced that tickets for the Grandstand concert series will go on sale on June 1st 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.

 

(OLNEY) The Local Olney VFW will have a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11am this morning at the Flag pole at Haven Hill Cemetery. There will be no Parade this year.    Curbside recycling schedules for the City of Olney will not be effected by the Memorial Day Holiday, however Republic Services will observe the holiday today , meaning trash collection will be one day later than normal this week, Mondays on Tuesday, Tuesdays on Wednesday and so on and so forth.

 

(OLNEY) Illinois veterans’’ advocates are urging Illinois residents to observe a moment of silence today to honor the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day. Established by Congress, the Moment of Remembrance urges all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3:00 PM and pause for a moment of silence. This will help reclaim Memorial Day for the reason it was intended, to honor and recognize the service members who died in battle.

 

(OLNEY) As Memorial Day continues, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired. Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign. These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise.

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney Summer Music Series is set to kick off this week, Thursday June 1st, from 6:00 until 8:00 at Bower Park, all weather permitting. Performances start with Ricochet performing on the first night with other performances by Thing-a-ma-Jug Band, Jake Hoult & Mikayla Muprhy, Moneka Fullup, Garret Biggs, Guy Ash, Heather & Marty, and Whiskey Bend. That is the City of Olney’s Summer Music Series, all getting started next Thursday at 6:00 with Ricochet.

 

REMINDERS:

 

The Cummins Municipal Band will begin it’s summer concert season this week on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:30. It will be located at the Olney City Park and open to the public – all are invited

 

   The Friends of Olney, a group of individuals and businesses, desiring to work together to see the community thrive, will meet on Wednesdays at Ophelia’s Cup at 8:00 – all are invited to stop by

 

   The Big Blue Book Bus will be at the Noble City Park this Thursday, June 1st from 3:30-4:30 and the Richland County Mall from 5-6pm. For Richland County Students from Pre K – 8th Grade, No library card or ID necessary.

 

   Blanks Insurance Day of Recycling is this Friday, June 2nd from 10am to 2pm. A event to raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County. You can drop off the paper items you would like to have shredded or any electronics you would like to have recycled at Blanks Insurance on whittle avenue in Olney. For more information contact Allyson at 618-393-2195.

 

Fox Creek apartments Cookout at the Olney IGA is this Friday, June 2nd from 10:30 to 1:30.

 

Hospice of SE Illinois 5K Run/Walk is this Saturday, June 3 at 8am at the Richland County Middle School. Pre-register by stopping by the office, or on the day of event from 7-7:45am. Registration fee is $20. Complimentary T-shirts for the first 50 individuals that register.

 

The Olney American Legion will have a Benefit Fish Fry for the Skip and Kelly Ammerman family, who lost their home in a fire this Friday, June 2nd starting at 5:30pm.

 

Team Shelley will be selling Porkburgers and Brats at the Olney IGA, Saturday , June 3rd from 10am-2pm. All proceeds to the local MS Join The Movement.

May 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Chances of showers and thunderstorms enter the area later on today, into the evening and will hang around throughout the weekend.  The latest forecast models show the low traveling farther south keeping much of the warm front out of central Illinois. After a rain filled weekend, models show a dry out Sunday evening and through Monday and most of next week before a frontal boundary is expected to bring rain chances into the area Thursday   – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – The Illinois House Democrats are being patient while considering the state budget plan that was sent to them this week by the Senate.  The lawmakers’ first goal is to review the $39.7 billion spending plan and put it in a form the public can understand.  The House plans hearings to get public input despite the looming adjournment date for the General Assembly on May 31st.  Governor Bruce Rauner says he still needs business-climate changes approved to sign a budget.  The state has been without a budget for two years.

 

(NEWTON)  Eight dynamic performances plus two free concerts are planned for the 2017 DuQuoin  State Fair.  Kevin Gordon, State Fair Manager, announced that tickets for the Grandstand concert series will go on sale on June 1st 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. 

 

(OLNEY) Illinois veterans’’ advocates are urging Illinois residents to observe a moment of silence on Monday to honor the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day.  Established by Congress, the Moment of Remembrance urges all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3:00 PM and pause for a moment of silence.  This will help reclaim Memorial Day for the reason it was intended, to honor and recognize the service members who died in battle.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police District 12 has announced the results of the Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in Jasper and Richland Counties during May.  These patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations.  There were 31 total citations/arrests, 27 written warnings, 13 alcohol or drug citations, 7 registrations offenses, 3 occupant restraint offenses, 3 insurance violations, 1 drivers license offenses, and 0 driving under the influence citations.  Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois with over half of all fatal crashes occurring at night.

 

(LAWRENCEVILLE) Sad news out of Lawrence County, as fire crews spent Thursday evening fighting a massive fire at the old Lawrenceville High School.  The blaze started just after 6:00 at the school located near Walnut and 8th Street in Lawrenceville.  There were reports of seeing smoke from the fire as far away from the school as Vincennes.  Thoughts and prayers to those affected by the blaze in neighboring Lawrence County.  The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing.

 

 (OLNEY)  As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired.  Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise. 

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney Summer Music Series is set to kick off next week, Thursday June 1st, from 6:00 until 8:00 at Bower Park, all weather permitting.  Performances start with Ricochet performing on the first night with other performances by Thing-a-ma-Jug Band, Jake Hoult & Mikayla Muprhy, Moneka Fullup, Garret Biggs, Guy Ash, Heather & Marty, and Whiskey  Bend.  That is the City of Olney’s Summer Music Series, all getting started next Thursday at 6:00 with Ricochet.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarrass River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(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)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

(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, however the Brush Dump will be closed this Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

 

REMINDERS:

   The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Exhibit will open Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 until 2:00.  The New exchit, Taking Care of Business: Sainte Marie Past and Present Businesses will be opening for the first time Saturday.  Also the Village wide garage sale on Saturday from 7:00 until 11:00 and breakfast burritos served at 7:00 am and Brats and Pork Burgers from 10:00 until 1:00, served by The Sons of the American Leagion.

   An inside rummage sale will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:00 until 12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney.  Items include books, dishes, bake ware, bedding, sports equipment toys and household items.  Proceeds help cover mission trip expenses for Darrelynn Eichhorst and Bea Gardner

   Local blacksmith Bryan Dale Headley will be back on RFD-TV with new shows airing this week.  The showing Saturday May 27 at 2:00.  The show “Forging Chains” is where Bryan uses links of chain to describe our relationship to God.

   The American Red Cross Blood Drive coming up today from 12 noon until 4:00 at the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital lower level conference room – call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4009 for more info

   The Cummins Municipal Band will begin it’s summer concert season next week on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:30.  It will be located at the Olney City Park and open to the public – all are invited

   The Friends of Olney, a group of individuals and businesses, desiring to work together to see the community thrive, will meet on Wednesdays at Ophelia’s Cup at 8:00 – all are invited to stop by

   Curbside recycling schedules for the City of Olney will not be effected by the Memorial Day Holiday, however Republic Services will observe the holiday on Monday,  meaning trash collection will be one day later than normal this week, Mondays on Tuesday, Tuesdays on Wednesday and so on and so forth.

   With the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday coming up on Monday, make sure you take time this weekend to remember the true meaning of the holiday and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country to remain free.

 

 

May 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)   With the low continuing to drift off to our east today, expect a cloud covered day to give way to areas of sunshine and a dry day. As a weak wave approaches, we will have mild weather conditions for the area for the day today and into the overnight.  Forecast models are still struggling to have consistency on the back end of the wave, but predict showers and possibly storms into the weekend with dry days expected to start the work week next week.– listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – Testimonies at a legislative hearing have revealed investigators with Illinois’ child welfare agency face a high caseload and feel pressured to quickly wrap up investigations.  A panel of a experts and lawmakers spoke this week about issues at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  The hearing followed four cases that were highlighted in which children died of beatings or starvation soon after the investigations of mistreatment at home were closed.  The reports prompted Department Director George Sheldon to request the review on whether Illinois should change the laws and allow the department to keep records of past unproven allegations.  Currently the department expunges and shreds files if it determines there is no credible evidence.

 

(NEWTON)  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)  As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired.  Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise. 

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney Summer Music Series is set to kick off next week, Thursday June 1st, from 6:00 until 8:00 at Bower Park, all weather permitting.  Performances start with Ricochet performing on the first night with other performances by Thing-a-ma-Jug Band, Jake Hoult & Mikayla Muprhy, Moneka Fullup, Garret Biggs, Guy Ash, Heather & Marty, and Whiskey  Bend.  That is the City of Olney’s Summer Music Series, all getting started next Thursday at 6:00 with Ricochet.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarrass River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(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)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

REMINDERS:

   The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Exhibit will open Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 until 2:00.  The New exchit, Taking Care of Business: Sainte Marie Past and Present Businesses will be opening for the first time Saturday.  Also the Village wide garage sale on Saturday from 7:00 until 11:00 and breakfast burritos served at 7:00 am and Brats and Pork Burgers from 10:00 until 1:00, served by The Sons of the American Leagion.

   An inside rummage sale will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:00 until 12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney.  Items include books, dishes, bake ware, bedding, sports equipment toys and household items.  Proceeds help cover mission trip expenses for Darrelynn Eichhorst and Bea Gardner

   Local blacksmith Bryan Dale Headley will be back on RFD-TV with new shows airing this week.  The showing Saturday May 27 at 2:00.  The show “Forging Chains” is where Bryan uses links of chain to describe our relationship to God.

   The American Red Cross Blood Drive coming up Friday May 26th from 12 noon until 4:00 at the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital lower level conference room – call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4009 for more info

   The Cummins Municipal Band will begin it’s summer concert season next week on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:30.  It will be located at the Olney City Park and open to the public – all are invited

   The Friends of Olney, a group of individuals and businesses, desiring to work together to see the community thrive, will meet on Wednesdays at Ophelia’s Cup at 8:00 – all are invited to stop by

   With the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday coming up this Monday, there will be several activities and events scheduled, we will update what events will be taking place in the area later this week.

 

 

May 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)   The upper level trough will dominate the center of the country throughout the morning while the surface low will continue to move east out of the region.  Increasing pressure today will bring a brisk wind and continued chances of showers today and into the afternoon.  Temperatures will warm on Thursday as the skies begin to clear brining a couple of dry days ahead.  A weak ridge will enter the area as well late on Thursday into Friday as a surface low brings storm chances into the area for the weekend ahead – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – The Illinois General Assembly will return to work after the Senate approved a major spending package.  The eyes of the state are back on the Senate today to see how negations shape up between parties over issues important to Governor Bruce Rauner.  This comes off yesterdays approved $5.4 billion tax increase for a $37.3 billion spending plan.  Debate over attempts to trade a tax increase for local property tax freeze and Rauner-demanded reductions in the cost of workers’ compensation system took place yesterday as well. Governor Rauner repeated on Tuesday he won’t approve a budget plan without “real property relief.”  The state has been without a budget for two years.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois will receive over $1.2 million from an $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the discounter’s pre-Christmas data breach from 2013.  Target’s breach occurred between November 27th and December 15th 2013 and affected more than 41 million customer payment cards and exposed contact information for more than sixty million customers.  The breach did, however, force Target overhaul its security system.  The settlement requires Target to maintain appropriate encryption policies and take other security steps.  The 47-state settlement establishes industry standards for companies that process payment cards and maintain security information of their customers.

 

(NEWTON)  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 Noble Village Council met in regular session on Monday – the council : noted the Farmers Market will be held each Thursday in the Noble Park from 3-6 pm : noted the Village Hall will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th : approved the ordinance to amend the Village Codebook to regulate the reimbursement of all official business travel, meal and lodging expenses of board members, officers and employees of the Village of Noble in accordance with the local Government Travel Expense Control Act : agreed to pay the Richland County Recorded $3,000 for animal control – the Village Council’s next meeting is scheduled for June 12th and 7:00pm

 

(OLNEY)  As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired.  Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise. 

 

(OLNEY)  In Monday’s USDA Crop Report – Illinois’ precipitation averaged 1.61 inches, 0.73 inches above normal – there was four full days of field work in Illinois last week – the statewide average temperature was 67.7 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, 89% of the corn and 48% of the soybeans had been planted around the state, plus most of the state’s winter wheat crop is in fair to good condition in spite of all the extra rain  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Newton and Olney report most of the local corn and almost half soybeans have been planted, although some replanting is expected – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the spring planting season continues.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarrass River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(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)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

REMINDERS:

   The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Exhibit will open Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 until 2:00.  The New exchit, Taking Care of Business: Sainte Marie Past and Present Businesses will be opening for the first time Saturday.  Also the Village wide garage sale on Saturday from 7:00 until 11:00 and breakfast burritos served at 7:00 am and Brats and Pork Burgers from 10:00 until 1:00, served by The Sons of the American Leagion.

   An inside rummage sale will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:00 until 12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney.  Items include books, dishes, bake ware, bedding, sports equipment toys and household items.  Proceeds help cover mission trip expenses for Darrelynn Eichhorst and Bea Gardner

   The Jasper County Senior Center will host a Lincolnland Health bingo on Wednesday, on May 24th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

   Local blacksmith Bryan Dale Headley will be back on RFD-TV with new shows airing this week.  The showing Saturday May 27 at 2:00.  The show “Forging Chains” is where Bryan uses links of chain to describe our relationship to God.

   The American Red Cross Blood Drive coming up Friday May 26th from 12 noon until 4:00 at the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital lower level conference room – call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4009 for more info