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November 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front moves across Illinois today our widespread rain showers will end this afternoon with a little cooler air in place with sunshine tomorrow – then another frontal boundary moves thru with more rain chances by Friday afternoon, continuing thru Friday night before ending early Saturday morning – then dry and cool for the weekend ahead, plus into the first part of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health is recognizing this week as U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, a time to decrease the misuse of antibiotics & protect people from the dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria – the IDPH reminds everyone that antibiotics do not cure viral infections such as colds, the flu, most sore throats, most coughs & bronchitis, many sinus infections, & many ear infections – while antibiotics are crucial in treating many diseases, when they are used incorrectly or unnecessarily, which happens more than 50% of the time according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, bacteria become resistant to antibiotics – for more, check the Department of Public Health’s website online.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens with the first three days of firearm hunting this weekend, November 17th thru 19th -  hunters around the state are reminded to make safety their top priority throughout all of Illinois’ busiest hunting seasons – State DNR stats show there were 29 hunting incidents last year during all seasons and 23 of those involved hunters falling from elevated tree stands or falling while climbing into or out of tree stands – all hunters are encouraged to take additional precautions to ensure safety “first” while in the woods this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in all regional counties.

 

(NEWTON)  Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging all families in Illinois to read together tomorrow night as Thursday, November 16th, is Illinois’ Family Reading Night 2017 – this year’s theme is “Reading by Design” as thousands of colorful posters and bookmarks have been distributed by the Illinois State Library to libraries, schools, and literacy programs all across the state to promote Family Reading Night events – tomorrow night is the night that all families are encouraged to turn off televisions, computers, phones, video games, and other electronic devices and spend time reading together, whether its one hour or more – for more information, check the Secretary’s website, at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the tentative 2017 Tax Levy which is payable in 2018 for the District’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget – the final Levy will be considered at the next regular meeting  :  in the District’s financial report – noted the State has issued vouchers to the District of at least $1.6 million  :  noted that the 2017 Illinois School Report Cards were recently released with information provided about student academic performance and more – the card for Richland County Schools can be found on the District’s website at  www.rccu1.net  :  reviewed the recent school safety issues and the District’s Emergency Operations Plan  :  heard a report from the Richland County FACTS (Facility Advisory Committee for Tomorrow’s Students) group with its three main recommendations concerning the long-range facility improvement plan for the District  :  noted a new award created by the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association in honor of long-time Middle School Coach Rick Franklin – not only will the Longevity Award be in honor of Coach Franklin, but he’ll be the first recipient of the award  :  noted this week being observed as American Education Week, with today being observed as School Board Members Day  :  and after a 98 minute closed session, the Board accepted the resignation of RCES Special Education Teacher Amy Hallam  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland County School Board will be Thursday, December 21st, in Olney.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  approved the total estimate of the 2017 Tax Levy in the amount of $72,033, an increase of 4.99% over last year  :  adopted a resolution to celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial with a flag raising service December 4th  :  agreed to adop the Village’s Codebook, codifying all existing ordinances with changes & modifications, including when visitors can speak at Village Board meetings, maximum hours for part-time employees, clarify what banks can be utilized, updated motor vehicle policies, and more  :  noted that Village Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th, for Thanksgiving  :  noted the Olney Christmas Parade will be Saturday, November 25th, at 6:00  :  noted that the Village’s leaf collection is continuing as residents can call Village Hall for pickup  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting will be November 27th.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Today marks the ninth statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois – the theme for this year is “Leading By Learning” – we hope you’ll join us in saying “thanks” to all of our local school board of education members who are dedicated to doing what it takes to make sure our local students are provided with the best possible education & learning environment – all are appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at  618-392-6341  – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is still accepting orders for its Holiday Poinsettia Sale – the plants are priced at $10 each with three colors available, either pink, red, or white – orders are being accepted by calling  618-395-7340, extension 4009 – the order deadline is a week from today, November 22nd – the one day pickup date is December 7th – call and place your order now.

 

(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 Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held this Saturday evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call  618-783-9284


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton


    The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the in advance $15 tickets are on sale at all local banks or call Angie at  309-224-1445  – the tickets are $20 at the door – special music from Wes Hagen & Megan Brant – raffle tickets on sale for an original Anthony Slichenmeyer iron wall hanging – all proceeds go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club and its Gaitway to Motion program for area children


    The Kistler-Patterson Funeral Homes will host a free “Grief Seminar” tomorrow evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library – the guest speaker will give information on how to deal with the various states of grief and finding comfort after a loss – all are invited to the free seminar – to RSVP, call  395-4343


    Olney Central College will host another Job Fair today from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gym – it’s open to all OCC students and to the general public as well – check in out today at Olney Central College

 

 

 

November 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With another dry day on tap, we’ll see some sunshine with some high clouds as well – then our next chance of rain moves in late tonight, overnight, and continues thru tomorrow morning – then quiet weather expected Wednesday night thru the day on Thursday before another disturbance brings us rain Friday afternoon thru early Saturday morning – then cooler for Saturday and Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity yesterday marked the beginning of Apprenticeship Week 2017 by recognizing leaders across industry, education, and government who support apprenticeships and in turn, prepare our next generation of workers – data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows Illinois has 13,754 registered apprentices, with 486 active Registered Apprenticeship Programs, and 296 sponsors, which includes community colleges & businesses.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police has released the enforcement figures for the month of October – District 12 Troopers answered 238 calls for service and initiated 1,619 incidents in the field – the enforcement stats totaled 726 citations and 961 written warnings, including 256 speeding tickets, 100 seat belt citations, 84 criminal arrests, and 7 DUI’s – Troopers assisted 190 motorists, conducted 429 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 103 traffic crashes, which involved zero fatalities – during October, there were 384 citations issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including DUI, failure to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, & speeding – District 12 includes the ten area counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – cooler temperatures and some rainfall were common across the state last week – Illinois’ average temperature last week was 37.3 degrees, 5.7 degrees below normal – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged nearly a half inch of rain (0.47), almost a quarter of an inch (0.24) below normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn harvest was 90% complete and soybeans were 95% complete  :  farmers in our ten county area report 96% of both the local corn and soybeans have been harvested – while many farmers have finished harvesting, others are close to wrapping things up this fall.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to consider the 2017 Tax Levy, not to exceed a 4.99% increase – the actual Tax Levy will be considered at the Council’s next meeting on November 27th  :  approved a multi-year lease between the City of Olney and the Olney Little League  :  accepted the three year proposal from Kemper CPA Group for audit services for the City of Olney  :  approved an amendment to the City’s agreement for electric aggregation, which will result in slightly lower electric prices  for customers starting next February  :  approved a request from the East Fork Bassmasters & others to host a fishing tournament on East Fork Lake next June 2nd, 2018  :  accepted the $35,960 state bid for a new 2017 Ford Interceptor squad car for the Olney Police Department  :  agreed to reject all bids for new concrete at the Olney City Park Storage Building – agreed to rebid the project next spring  :  approved two raffle license requests as presented  :  and noted that the Whittle Avenue repaving project is officially complete  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be November 27th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow, November 15th, will mark the ninth statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois – the theme for this year is “Leading By Learning” – the Richland County School District and WSEI invites everyone to help say “thank you” to our local school board of education members who are dedicated to doing what it takes to make sure our local students are provided with the best possible education and learning environment – the members of the Richland County School Board are  :
* Jeff Wilson – President
* Alex Cline – Vice-President
* Leon Redman – Secretary
* Carolyne Brooks
* Steve Kinkade
* Cindy Lockley
* Steve Marrs

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Tomorrow, November 15th, will mark the ninth statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois – the theme for this year is “Leading By Learning” – the Jasper County School District and WIKK invites everyone to help say “thank you” to our local school board of education members who are dedicated to doing what it takes to make sure our local students are provided with the best possible education & learning environment – the members of the Jasper County School Board are  :
* Jon Fulton – President
* Gordon Millsap – Vice-President
* Holly Farley – Secretary
* Jed Earnest
* Mandy Rieman
* Melissa Stanley
* Rob Street

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis is hosting four identity theft seminars this week, offered in conjunction with the Illinois Attorney General’s office – the seminars are  :  this morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Mt. Carmel  :  this afternoon at 1:30 at the Wabash Valley Christian Retirement Village in Carmi  :  then Friday morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Fairfield  :  and Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Senior Center in Olney  :  for more details or to RSVP, call Reis’ Olney office at  618-392-0108.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College Instructor David Denton will discuss his most recent article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and explore new revelations associated with the case during a presentation tonight at 6:30  in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – Denton’s in-depth work features details gathered from recently declassified documents – during tonight’s presentation, Denton will explore the potential forces behind the JFK assassination & discuss new issues – all are invited.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Our two local school board’s have their regular monthly meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets at 6:30 in the District Administrative Office in Newton  :  the Richland County School Board meets at 7:00 in the Board Meeting Room in Olney  :  both are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held this Saturday evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call  618-783-9284


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton


    The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including deer hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the in advance $15 tickets are on sale at all local banks or call Angie at  309-224-1445  – the tickets are $20 at the door – special music from Wes Hagen & Megan Brant – raffle tickets on sale for an original Anthony Slichenmeyer iron wall hanging – all proceeds go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club and its Gaitway to Motion program for area children


    The Kistler-Patterson Funeral Homes will host a free “Grief Seminar” this Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library – the guest speaker will give information on how to deal with the various states of grief and finding comfort after a loss – all are invited to the free seminar – to RSVP, call  395-4343


    Olney Central College will host another Job Fair tomorrow from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gym – it’s open to all OCC students and to the general public as well – check in out this Wednesday at OCC

 

 

 

November 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge drifting overhead today will keep us dry with some sunshine, plus dry again tomorrow – but an approaching cold front will bring us rain chances tomorrow night thru Wednesday morning – then dry with some sunshine Thursday before more rain Friday thru early Saturday morning – we’ll clear off with some cooler air moving in for Sunday and the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents thru the healthcare marketplace in about half the amount of time as last year – the state agency has added some 230 extra phone hours to improve the marketplace shopping, plus also has partnered with the GoHealth online service to show customers what’s available – the open enrollment is only six weeks long this year and consumers must enroll before the December 15th deadline – check the GoHealth website.

 

(OLNEY)  The Rauner family is trying to make sure that members of the military who are serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois – the holiday cards must be sent to the USO of Illinois by November 20th, a week from today, with the delivery to follow – the cards should be sent to  :  USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes, 333 South Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 1:04 yesterday afternoon on Illinois Route 130 at the intersection with Cumberland County Road 500 North, south of Greenup – the State Police report 35 year old Jessica L. Shutts of Greenup was southbound on Route 130 while 60 year old Tony M. Guffey of New Harmony, Indiana, was northbound on Route 130 – Shutts lost control of her pickup truck, it crossed into the northbound lane, and both vehicles collided – Shutts and a passenger, 30 year old Anthony J. Scheiner of Paris, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident – Guffey was taken to Sarah Busch Medical Center near Mattoon and was later released – no tickets have been issued.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis is hosting four identity theft seminars this week, offered in conjunction with the Illinois Attorney General’s office – residents can benefit from the information being presented on one of the biggest threats facing consumers in America today – the seminars are  :  tomorrow morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Mt. Carmel  :  tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 at the Wabash Valley Christian Retirement Village in Carmi  :  Friday morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Fairfield  :  and Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Senior Center in Olney  :  for more details or to RSVP, call  618-392-0108.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is scheduled to begin its leaf collection program today – the leaf pick up machines will drive thru Olney to collect loose leaf piles, which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches or streets – if bagging leaves, place the bags near the roadway & notify City Hall when the bags are ready for pick up – Olney’s brush dump is also open to the public for the drop off of leaves and other yard waste – it’s open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department is continuing to vacuum leaves along the city streets this week – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street, but no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – only leaves will be vacuumed, not twigs and not tree limbs  :  the southwest part of Newton will be covered on Mondays and Tuesdays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren Street to West End Avenue  :  the long & narrow north end of Newton will be covered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including the area north of Jourdan Street, plus Imperial Acres and the West End Industrial Park  :  and the southeast part of Newton on Fridays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street  :  residents can call  618-783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number if there are leaves to be vacuumed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at  618-392-6341  – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College Instructor David Denton will discuss his most recent article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and explore new revelations associated with the case during a presentation tomorrow night, November 14th, at 6:30, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – Denton’s in-depth work features details gathered from recently declassified documents – during tomorrow night’s presentation, Denton will explore the potential forces behind the assassination of JFK on November 22nd, 1963, plus some new items will be discussed – all are invited to the free event.

 

(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 Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville, from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There are two municipal meetings tonight in Richland County  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall  :  both regular, bi-monthly meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held this Saturday evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call  618-783-9284


    It’s fundraiser this Saturday afternoon & evening to benefit Lori Persinger, who’s been battling cancer for the last year & half – from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Flora Eagles Lodge – chili & desserts at noon by donation at the door – silent auction from 12:00 to 5:00 – cornhole tournament at 1:00 – Tom’s Blues Band from 1:00 to 3:00 – live auction from 3:00 to 5:00 – and tickets for a 12 gauge shotgun raffle – all are invited


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the in advance $15 tickets are on sale at all local banks or call Angie at  309-224-1445  – the tickets are $20 at the door – special music from Wes Hagen & Megan Brant – raffle tickets on sale for an original Anthony Slichenmeyer iron wall hanging – all proceeds go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club and its Gaitway to Motion program for area children


    It’s the annual Guitars in the Night this Thursday night at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center starting at 6:30, Illinois time – admission is free – features classic and acoustic guitar music from several Vincennes University music students, plus other guitar guests – all are invited to attend


    The Kistler-Patterson Funeral Homes will host a free “Grief Seminar” this Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library – the guest speaker will give information on how to deal with the various states of grief and finding comfort after a loss – all are invited to the free seminar – to RSVP, call  395-4343


    Olney Central College will host another Job Fair this Wednesday from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gym – it’s open to all OCC students and to the general public as well – check in out this Wednesday at OCC


    The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is today starting to sell pecans and mixed nuts for the upcoming holiday baking seasons – the one pound bags, priced at only $11 each, are now on sale in the hospital Gift Shop, open from 9:00 to 4:00 each weekday, Monday thru Friday – get yours now before they sell out – all proceeds from the pecans & mixed nut sales are used for Auxiliary projects at the hospital

 

 

 

November 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure moving out of the Upper Midwest will keep us dry today with plenty of sunshine, but an approaching cold front will bring us clouds tonight and a chance of rain on Sunday – the spotty rain chances end as we move thru tomorrow afternoon and we’ll dry out for the first part of next week – then more rain chances for Wednesday and the end of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  This is Veterans Day 2017 with hundreds of programs and ceremonies to held throughout Illinois and the United States  :  the Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 this morning at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  the Veterans Day Program in Olney is this morning at the Richland County Courthouse with the assembly at 10:45 and the program beginning at 11:00  :  the Veterans Day Program in Oblong is this morning at 11:00 at the Pulliam Funeral Home  :  plus several other area observances and programs are slated for today – we encourage all area residents, young and old alike, to attend such a program or at least take time to remember and honor all of our Veterans on this special day.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is scheduled to begin its leaf collection program the first of next week, on Monday – the leaf pick up machines will drive through the city to collect loose leaf piles, which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – if bagging leaves, citizens can place the bags near the roadway and then notify the Olney City Hall when the bags are ready for pick up – plus the city’s landscape waste facility will be open to the public for drop off – the City of Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(OLNEY)  The Scouts of Richland County are asking the community for its help with this year’s Annual Food Drive – the local Scouts are out going door to door in Olney today handing out bags to be filled with non-perishable food items – then a week from today, on Saturday, November 18th, the bags will be picked up, starting at 9:00 that morning – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at  618-240-1850  – all donated food will be given to Good Samaritan to be distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  next Monday afternoon at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville, along U.S. Route 45, from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional blood supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  Today is the deadline to enter this year’s annual Olney Christmas Parade, which is set for Saturday, November 25th, at 6:30 – entries are free with several awards to be presented in various different categories – parade entry forms are available from the Olney Rotary Club – call now at  618-302-7989.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show today from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day today with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast this morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from now until 12:00 noon – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    And a “thank you” to those who helped us out and took advantage of the great deals during yesterday’s Freedom 92.9 Listener Appreciation Sale – plus, a “thank you” to all of our loyal businesses who advertise with us and helped us out with their products – it was another success, thanks to you, our WSEI listeners.

 

 

 

November 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that moved thru dry last evening has now drifted south of the Ohio River Valley, plenty of cold air is now filtering thru the Midwest – we’ll stay dry and cool on this Friday with much the same on tap for tomorrow – then another cold front moves thru with rain chances late Saturday night and into Sunday morning – but then dry & cool again the first of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – billions of dollars in old state employee health insurance bills and Medicaid bills will be paid off in the next few days with money from bonds issued to cut into the state’s nearly $17 billion bill backlog – the State Comptroller’s office says combined with federal matching funds available for some of the bills, a total of nearly $9 billion can be used to pay down the bills by this time next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Secretary of State’s office has awarded $334,341 in 2018 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants – thru the first ever mentoring program provided by statewide public libraries, project mentors will work with young students to develop technological skills and guide them in life skills, such as effective goal setting, communication, & conflict resolution – the PNG grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income, & underserved populations – among the 25 recipients are 7 from downstate Illinois, including libraries in Harrisburg, Centralia, Carbondale, Sparta, Collinsville, Granite City, & Glen Carbon – more than 10,000 students have participated in the PNG program since it began in 2000 and some 994 mentors have generously offered their time to provide training for students to help them obtain technological skills while encouraging lifelong learning – for more, logon at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  With the recent appointment of William J. Graff as the new State Executive Director for the USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency, the long-time grain and livestock farmer from Central Illinois will officially join the State FSA team this coming Monday, November 13th – it’s the second stint for the Illinois State University grad who served as the SED for the Illinois FSA under a previous administration – the FSA continues to serve farmers & others thru the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board had its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved County Claims for October, worth just over $60,000  :  approved the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2018 – it will lay over for public viewing in the Clerk’s office starting next week – a special meeting will be held November 27th at 6:00 to consider the final budget – the County’s new fiscal year begins on December 1st, 2017  :  approved the Richland County Engineer’s salary – also agreed to take part in the State’s Salary Reimbursement Program whereas the State will pay half of the County Engineer’s salary  :  approved the installation of an ATM machine in the Courthouse  :  approved culvert assistance petitions from Preston, German, & Decker Townships  :  approved the contract extension with Good Energy for electric aggregation in the rural areas of Richland County  :  approved a resolution for part-time employee pay, whereas starting immediately, the pay will be the same as beginning full-time employees and all others covered by a contract elsewhere  :  agreed to host an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Ceremony to be held at the Courthouse on Monday, December 4th, at 12:00 noon, to raise an Illinois flag that will fly for the next year when the Land of Lincoln will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2018  :  and there was no action taken after over an hour in closed session to discuss negotiations & personnel  :  the next regular monthly meeting will be December 14th  :  that special budget meeting is set for Monday, November 27th, at 6:00, in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board had its regular monthly meeting last night in Newton – the Board  :  on a 7 to 3 vote, with 2 board members absent, approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget as presented  :  on a 9 to 1 vote, with 2 members absent, agreed to a $90,286 four-year loan to the County Highway Department for the purchase of a new truck to be used for snowplowing, hauling gravel, & more – yearly payments will be made to the county’s general fund  :  approved an Active Shooter Policy for Jasper County  :  on a 6 to 4 vote, with 2 board members absent, to make a one-time $7,550 payment to the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce to help in its work within the county  :  approved the local three year CEO Program contract, which includes a $1,000 per year payment  :  agreed to join other surrounding counties in an Opioid Lawsuit – that is litigation to hold drug manufacturers accountable for the drug addiction problem – it’s no cost to the county  :  and heard various reports  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting is December 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single car crash that occurred at 5:58 early this morning on a Jasper County road five miles south of Newton or three miles north of West Liberty – the State Police report 25 year old Loretta L. Beck of Olney was westbound on 300th Avenue, approximately a half mile west of Illinois Route 130, when her Chevy Impala hit a deer, went off the roadway, and hit an electric pole guide wire & telephone pedestal – Beck was transported from the scene to Carle Hospital in Champaign.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  With Veterans Day coming up tomorrow, here’s a few reminders  :  the Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  the Veterans Day Program in Olney is tomorrow morning at the Richland County Courthouse with the assembly at 10:45 and the program starting at 11:00  :  the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong will host the Veterans Day observance there at 11:00 Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Oblong American Legion  :  and with several other area observances and programs scheduled for tomorrow, we encourage all area residents, young and old alike, to attend or to take time to remember and honor all of our Veterans on Veterans Day.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College Instructor David Denton will discuss his most recent article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and explore new revelations associated with the case during a presentation next Tuesday night, November 14th, at 6:30, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – Denton’s in-depth work features details gathered from recently declassified documents – during next Tuesday night’s presentation, Denton will explore the potential forces behind the assassination of JFK on November 22nd, 1963, plus some new items will be discussed – all are invited to the free event.

 

(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 Walmart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  today at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow’s the deadline to enter this year’s annual Olney Christmas Parade, which is set for Saturday, November 25th, at 6:30 – entries are free with several awards to be presented in various different categories – parade entry forms are available from the Olney Rotary Club – call now at  618-302-7989.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget our Freedom 92.9 Listener Appreciation Sale, coming up this morning at 8:00 – you still have time to go to our website and check out all the many items up for bid this morning – that’s at  www.freedom929.com  – then be listening for the item you want and give us a call at  618-393-2156  or  618-395-5000  – it’s our Freedom 92.9 WSEI Listener Appreciation Sale this morning on Freedom 92.9.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A reminder that most all area City & Village Halls are closed today, along with the various county government offices, all in observance of Veterans Day 2017 – all offices will reopen with regular office hours next week – all trash services will run as normal today, tomorrow, and into next week.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show tomorrow from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day tomorrow with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast tomorrow morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    The Newton Masonic Lodge will host an Eagle Trail fundraiser dinner tonight with dinner time at 6:30 – all proceeds to the Eagle Trail Fund – the Lodge will also host an Open House starting at 4:00 today


    The Town Theater in Flora presents Johnathan Len, of the group Blend” tonight at 7:00 – his variety includes 50’s & 60’s music, plus country & gospel – $10 tickets at the door – in downtown Flora


    The Olney Walmart Store will host a “Fill the Van” Olney Food Drive today from 10:00 to 2:00 – items accepted includes canned goods and nonperishables – all donations go to Master’s Hands in Olney


    The Olney Public Library is hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair, but today’s the final day, during normal business hours – 50% of the sales will result in free books for the Library in Olney