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November 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As another cold front moved thru last night with some shower & thunderstorm activity, we’ll have a dry sky today with some sunshine, courtesy of a high pressure ridge moving in from the northwest – however, our rain chances return tomorrow morning & again by Sunday afternoon & evening as another cold front moves in – then mild with rain chances thru the first half of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Office of the State Fire Marshall is reminding everyone in Illinois to take an extra few minutes this weekend to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms while setting their clocks back an hour – the National Fire Protection Association reports three out of every five home fire deaths occurred in houses that either did not have smoke alarms or the alarms did not work – more details & information is available on the State Fire Marshall’s website or by contacting your local fire department.

 

(OLNEY)  The statewide average precipitation in Illinois for October was 4.94 inches, that’s 1.70 inches above normal, and the 10th wettest October since 1895, according to the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign – the statewide average temperature for October in Illinois was 57.7 degrees, that was 3.3 degrees above normal and the 21st warmest October since 1895 – while the first 21 days in October were about 7 degrees above normal, the month’s final 10 days were around 7 degrees on average below normal.

 

(OLNEY)  A big “thank you” to those that turned out to last night’s fifth of five Community Engagement Sessions in Olney held by the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students in Richland County as the group continues its effort to identify priorities to develop a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – information about the issue is provided online, go to  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff's Department now has applications available for the 2017 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop with a Cop” Program at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton – the children must be Jasper County residents & must be between the ages of  3 and 14 – parents who would like their children to participate, must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00 on November 24th, three weeks from this Friday – the Department wants all Jasper County children to have a happy holiday.

 

(OLNEY)  The First Annual Halloween Film Festival will continue and end this weekend at Richland County High School, in the Sliva Auditorium – the Film Festival features six short films from RCHS students, ranging from one to six minutes each, plus a couple of other longer films will be include – that’s tomorrow evening at 6:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the cost is only $3 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Richland County VAT Club – for more, check the RCHS VAT Club on Facebook or YouTube.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College Instructor David Denton will be discussing his most recent article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and explore new revelations associated with the case during a presentation at 6:30 on Tuesday night, November 14th, at OCC’s Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – Denton’s in-depth work features information gathered from recently declassified documents and follows up on a previous article which he released late last year – both articles can be accessed online, at  The JFK Historical Group – Denton said the documents released by the National Archives expose two major revelations and during the presentation, Denton will explore both discoveries as well as potential forces behind Kennedy’s assassination on November 22nd, 1963 – in addition to the OCC event on the 14th, Denton will also give the presentation at Lincoln Trail College near Robinson on Monday night, November 20th, also at 6:30 – Denton has studied the Kennedy assassination for more than two decades.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Homemakers Education Association will have its Annual Holiday Bazaar tomorrow in the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – breakfast of sweet rolls and coffee will be served at 8:00 that morning, then the serving of fried chicken dinners with homemade pies and drinks at 11:00 – there will be homemade quilts, theme baskets, a 50/50 drawing, white elephant stand, a make-it-take-it stand, and lots of home baked goodies – admission is free and all are invited to attend.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season is continuing at 54 ponds, lakes, & streams around the state – the trout fishing season has a daily catch limit of five trout per angler – an inland trout stamp & a valid fishing license are required unless anglers are under the age of 16, are blind, disabled, or on active-duty leave from the military – the downstate sites taking part are EIU Campus Pond in Charleston, Forest Park Lagoon near Shelbyville, Crawford County Conservation Area Pond #6 north of Robinson, Boston Pond in Stephen A. Forbes State Park near Kinmundy, Beall Woods Lake in Beall Woods State Park south of Mt. Carmel, the Area Trout Pond in Sam Dale State Fish & Wildlife Area near Johnsonville, and the Game Farm Pond near Mt. Vernon – for more details, check the DNR website at  www.dnr.state.il.us.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is reminding regional farmers that while they can apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) throughout the year, two application deadlines are fast approaching – November 17, 2017, and January 19, 2018 – farmers are encouraged to submit an application by one of these deadline dates if they are interested in program benefits from the voluntary conservation program – for more details, producers can call or stop by their local NRCS field office or go online  www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/il/programs/financial/eqip/.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  blood drives next week in Toledo, Teutopolis, Flora, Hutsonville, Mattoon, and Olney.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown will host a “soup supper” this Sunday evening with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 – with other food items also available, all ages are invited this Sunday


    The Olney Public Library will host a free program this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the presenters, Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier, will share parts of their collection on 20th Century Military Memorabilia – the items to be displayed range from military uniforms to military equipment and much more – all are invited


    The St. Thomas School in Newton will host a breakfast this Sunday morning in the Parish Hall with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – some great food for an even better cause – all are invited


    The OCC Foundation Dinner & Dueling Pianos event is tomorrow night from 6:00 to 11:00 at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30 and show time at 8:00 – the $50 tickets can be purchased at Olney Central College by calling  618-395-7777, extension 2003  – all are invited to attend


    The Sailor Springs American Legion Post 230 will host its Kenneth Wyatt Memorial Meat Shoot tomorrow morning at 10:00 – lunch includes chili, vegetable soup, sloppy joes, and drinks – the gun & cash raffle drawing is at 2:00 – just off the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop – if questions, call  618-508-3962


    The City of Olney will have another squirrel corn giveaway tomorrow morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a smaller limited supply of ear corn will be available free of charge to Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those getting the corn should bring their own containers this Saturday morning just south of the Community Building


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks tomorrow morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The 2017 Richland County Middle School’s “Talent Show” has been rescheduled for tonight at 6:00 – that’s in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS in Olney – admission is free


    The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will take holiday poinsettia orders today thru November 22nd – available in red, pink, & white – the price is $10 per plant – call  395-7340, ext. 4009

 


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Don’t forget Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00 this Sunday morning, which effectively moves an hour of daylight from the evening to the morning for the winter months – the original rationale for DST was, and still is, to make better use of daylight, and it’s really about utilizing more daylight during the summer months, not so much about the winter months – the idea of Daylight Saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin, back in 1784 – everyone’s reminded to set those clocks back one hour before going to bed tomorrow night as we fall back an hour this weekend.

 

 

 

November 2, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The unseasonably mild conditions will continue for our downstate area into the first of next week with the current jet stream staying was north along the Canadian border – an approaching cold front will give us spotty light rain today with a wind switch tonight – then more rain chances after a dry Friday as another front moves thru by Sunday night – the rain chances continue thru next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the University of Illinois yesterday reached an accord with Technion, Israel’s most prominent technology university, to participate in joint research projects – it’s the third such alliance announced during Governor Bruce Rauner’s trade mission trip to the Middle East – earlier this week, it was announced a planned $1.2 billion Discovery Partners Institute will be built in Chicago and the statewide Illinois Innovation Network will be developed, a University of Illinois-led enterprise intent on making Illinois the next U.S. innovation hub – the Governor’s delegation is expected to return home this weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  With November being noted as Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois, the State Emergency Management Agency and local EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to go online and get the new winter weather preparedness guide to help them understand winter weather risks, along with tips for staying safe at home, in a vehicle, at school, or elsewhere – it also includes lists of suggested items for home & vehicle emergency supply kits – the guide is available on the state’s website, at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The countdown to the 2018 Illinois State Fair has officially begun – fair officials announced yesterday that as part of its holiday promotional campaign, the fair will be offering a 2018 Mega Pass at a discounted price of $60 through the end of the year – this holiday sale includes a free State Fair lanyard with a Mega Pass purchase – while the price goes to $70 January 1st and to $90 August 1st, the Mega Pass can be used on all rides in Adventure Village & the Carnival Midway – go to  www.illinoisstatefair.info.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 around $2,000 to be 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, call local police.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Fall Clean-Up Day is tomorrow during the regular trash pickup by Republic Services – all items must be set out along the street or road before 5:00 tomorrow morning, preferably the night before, on this Thursday night – items accepted includes household furniture, large toys, carpeting tied in three (3) foot bundles, and appliances not containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFC’s), such as refrigerators and air conditioners – also accepted are mattresses that must be wrapped in plastic – items not accepted includes construction debris, building materials, tires, paint, liquid waste, electronics, and/or hazardous waste – a thanks to Republic Services for the pickup.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is now recruiting Bucket Brigade volunteers in preparation of this year's Olney Christmas Lights Display – Bucket Brigade volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of donations at the end of the Christmas Lights Display with all funds collected to help maintain and expand the annual light display – every year, thousands of people travel through the Olney City Park each holiday season to see the Lights Display, which is one of the largest and most unique of its kind in the Midwest – variouss organizations, church groups, businesses, even families, and others are asked to volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift, which begin November 23rd, three weeks from today and continue through December 31st – to sign up, call the Olney City Hall at  618-395-7302, extension 3, during regular office hours.

 

(OLNEY)  During last week’s trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, the Olney FFA Chapter had a record-setting year with four teams competing in various events, involving several members  :
* Marketing Plan Career Development Event (CDE)  :  the Olney team of Jessica Shilling, Connor Travis, and Reid Edwards was noted as a Bronze Emblem Team and was ranked 15th overall in the nation
* Conduct of Chapter Meeting Leadership Development Event (LDE)  :  the Olney team of Chelsea Ochs, Daelyn Wood, Paige Steber, Travis Wilke, Abby Meadows, Lance Mitchell, and Tristen Payne was noted as a Silver Emblem Team and was named the 18th ranked team overall in the nation
* Forestry Career Development Event (CDE)  :  the Olney team was awarded the Silver Emblem and ranked 23rd overall in the nation – team members received individual awards  :  Evan Walker – Gold  :  Adam Brewer – Silver  :  James Rudolphi – Bronze  :  Kaleb Hemrich – Bronze
* Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event (CDE)  :  Olney’s team of Allison Herman, Faith Stallard, Madison Michels, Seth Mitchell, Austin Atwood, and Elaine Rudolphi was a Silver Emblem Team
* American FFA Degree Recipients (less than 1% of all FFA members in the nation achieve this status)  :   Olney members include Matthew Runyon, Matthew Herman, Tanner Scherer, and Emily Shilling
* National FFA Band  :  Olney member Ethan Steber
congratulations to one and all on representing the Olney FFA Chapter and all of Richland County very well.

 

(NEWTON)  Hunters are reminded a limited number of Illinois firearm & muzzleloader deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license & permit vendors thru December 3rd or until quotas are exhausted  :  also resident hunters can now apply for the first lottery for 2018 Illinois spring wild turkey season permits with the application deadline set for December 1st  :  for more, go to  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Community Engagement Session hosted by the Richland County FACTS group is set for this evening, at 6:30, in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – as the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students (FACTS) continues its effort to identified priorities to develop a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District, tonight’s meeting will be the fifth of five scheduled sessions with the two primary topics to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility & to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all members of the Richland County community are urged to attend tonight’s session – for more, logon at  www.rccu1.net.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  blood drives next week in Toledo, Teutopolis, Flora, Hutsonville, Mattoon, & Olney  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown will host a “soup supper” this Sunday evening with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 – with other food items also available, all ages are invited this Sunday


    The Olney Public Library will host a free program this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the presenters, Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier, will share parts of their collection on 20th Century Military Memorabilia – the items to be displayed range from military uniforms to military equipment and much more – all are invited


    The St. Thomas School in Newton will host a breakfast this Sunday morning in the Parish Hall with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – some great food for an even better cause – all are invited


    The OCC Foundation Dinner & Dueling Pianos event is this Saturday night from 6:00 to 11:00 at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30 and show time at 8:00 – the $50 tickets can be purchased at Olney Central College by calling  618-395-7777, extension 2003  – all are invited to attend


    The Sailor Springs American Legion Post 230 will host its Kenneth Wyatt Memorial Meat Shoot this Saturday morning at 10:00 – lunch includes chili, vegetable soup, sloppy joes, and drinks – the gun & cash raffle drawing is at 2:00 – just off the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop – if questions, call  618-508-3962


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The 2017 Richland County Middle School’s “Talent Show” has been rescheduled for tomorrow night, Friday night, November 3rd, at 6:00 – that’s in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS in Olney – admission is free


    The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will take holiday poinsettia orders tomorrow thru November 22nd – available in red, pink, & white – the price is $10 per plant – call  395-7340, ext. 4009

 

 

 

November 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a stalled out frontal boundary gives us rain this morning and possibly again later today, some warmer air will filter in from the south overnight and we’ll see daily highs in the 60’s for nearly the next week – then back-to-back cold fronts will move thru tomorrow night & Sunday night, giving us rain chances at some point in time every day & night thru the first of next week, except for Friday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – new data shows thousands of students in Illinois’ public high schools are struggling as the state pushes them to achieve higher scores – the Chicago Tribune reports that the SAT college entrance exam was offered to high school students for free last spring and the Illinois Report Card data shows average scores ranged from the low 740’s to the high 1,300’s – tested on math, reading, and writing sections, the data reflects wide performance disparities at more than 700 high schools statewide.

 

(OLNEY)  The Silver Search statewide awareness campaign launches today, on this November 1st, during Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness & National Family Caregivers Month – Silver Search is a partnership between several public & private agencies & organizations to bring awareness, education, and resources to help return a person with Alzheimer's or dementia home safely when they get lost – it’s estimated that 60% of those with Alzheimer’s disease will wander at some point during the diagnosis – Silver Search focuses on providing proactive training and reactive technology to law enforcement agencies to quickly and efficiently locate someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia who goes missing – check the State Police website for details.

 

(NEWTON)  Meanwhile, the Illinois State Police will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in five years, in 2022 – in anticipation of the anniversary, the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation is hosting a logo design contest open to active and retired ISP employees and the general public – the 100th Anniversary logo will be used in making commemorative stars, patches, car decals, letterhead, challenge coins, yearbooks, apparel, web design, advertising, and collectible memorabilia – the logo design judging criteria will include professionalism, theme, color, integrity, and nostalgia – the Illinois State Police Logo contest begins today and ends March 1st, 2018 – for details or to submit a contest entry, logon at  www.isphf.org/logo-contest.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Community Engagement Session hosted by the Richland County FACTS group is set for tomorrow evening, at 6:30, in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – in the previous sessions, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students (FACTS) & those attending, identified priorities in the development of a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – tomorrow night’s meeting will be the fifth of five scheduled sessions with the two primary topics to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility & to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all members of the Richland County community are encouraged to attend the Thursday night session – it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tomorrow night – more information and details can be found on the District’s website online, logon at  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton will have its Fall Clean-Up Day this coming Friday, November 3rd, during the regular trash pickup by Republic Services – all items must be set out along the street or road before 5:00 this Friday morning, preferably the night before, on Thursday night – items accepted includes household furniture, large toys, carpeting tied in three (3) foot bundles, and appliances not containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFC’s), such as refrigerators and air conditioners – also accepted are mattresses that must be wrapped in plastic – items not accepted includes construction debris, building materials, tires, paint, liquid waste, electronics, and/or hazardous waste.

 

(OLNEY)  Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana, has donated six boxes of paint suits, in various sizes, to Olney Central College’s Collision Repair Technology Program – students will utilize the suits while spraying parts and vehicles in the Collision Repair Technology Center’s downdraft paint booth – OCC officials say with the lack of funding from the state, this donation couldn’t have come at a better time – this is yet another generous donation from Toyota, who in the past has donated two Highlander SUV’s, six engines, & ten transmissions for the Automotive Service Technology Program – a huge “thanks” to the Toyota Plant in Princeton for its continued support of the automotive programs at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, starting today on this November 1st, the signup now is for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – logon at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Scouts of Richland County are asking the community for its help with this year’s Annual Food Drive – on Saturday, November 11th, a week from this coming Saturday, local Scouts will be walking door to door, handing out bags to be filled with non-perishable food items – then a week later, on Saturday, November 18th, the bags will be picked up starting at 9:00 that morning – residents are asked to make sure their bags are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney that Saturday morning, November 18th, from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at  618-240-1850  or Joshua at  618-354-7757 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan where they will distribute the food for the upcoming holiday season.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Homemakers Education Association will have its Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – breakfast of sweet rolls and coffee will be served at 8:00 that morning, then the serving of fried chicken dinners with homemade pies and drinks at 11:00 – there will be homemade quilts, theme baskets, a 50/50 drawing, white elephant stand, a make-it-take-it stand, and lots of home baked goodies – admission is free and all are invited to attend.

 

(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 St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  on Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown will host a “soup supper” this Sunday evening with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 – with other food items also available, all ages are invited this Sunday


    The St. Thomas School in Newton will host a breakfast this Sunday morning in the Parish Hall with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – some great food for an even better cause – all are invited


    The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Dance Fundraiser this Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Lawrenceville Elks Lodge, featuring the Hot Rod Lincoln Band – it’s $10 per person & includes admission & light hors d’oeuvres while supplies last – also several raffles and more


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will begin taking holiday poinsettia orders this Friday, November 3rd, and continue thru November 22nd, three weeks from today – available colors include red, pink, & white – the price is $10 per plant – to order, call now at  618-395-7340, extension 4009


    The final installment of Flora Public Library’s Amazing Americans History Series is tomorrow night at 6:30 – William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, as performed by Steven McPhail, will be visiting the Library to speak on his adventures from the early 1800’s – the program is free to all ages


    The United Methodist Women will meet tomorrow for the Unit Officers’ Training Update of the Kaskaskia River District – it’s at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon – with registration & fellowship at 9:00, the meeting will end at 12 noon – for information, contact Vicki at  618-244-5892

 

 

 

October 31, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a Freeze Warning for our area this morning, we’ll see another mostly cloudy day, although maybe some sunshine this morning with more clouds later – after a dry Halloween Night, our on-and-off again rain chances will run overnight, thru tomorrow, and pretty much each day and night thru the first of next week – not a complete wash out, but rain chances with mild conditions – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween to prevent a nightmare caused by impaired driving – local police, sheriff’s deputies, and State Troopers throughout Illinois are continuing extra patrols now thru tomorrow morning to help keep roads safe – motorists especially should be alert during “Trick or Treat” hours tonight, watching out for children and others on this Halloween Night.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Insurance is improving the shopping experience for people who are looking to purchase a healthcare plan for 2018 – thanks to a new partnership with GoHealth, consumers will be able to take a comprehensive look at individual plans before they buy – officials say it’s imperative that Illinoisans shop for coverage both on and off the Marketplace this year because the Open Enrollment Period has been shortened to just 6 weeks instead of 12 weeks in previous years, plus the Cost Sharing Reduction payments have ended – GoHealth will provide detailed on-line plan information and phone support from licensed health insurance agents – in fact, starting tomorrow, November 1st, the agents will be available to walk consumers thru the plan comparisons & purchasing processes – call  866-311-1119  Monday thru Friday, 7:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am to 6:00pm, or go to www.getcovered.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report from last week – there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork around the state on average – the state’s average precipitation was 1.07 inches of rain, just over a half inch (0.52) above normal – last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 45.5 degrees, that was 6.3 degrees below normal – as of Sunday, the statewide corn harvest was 73% complete, compared to the 5 year average of 84% – Illinois’ soybean harvest was 86% complete, compared to 87% a year ago – and 76% of the state’s intended acreage was sown to winter wheat  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Olney & Newton report 92% of the local corn and 89% of the local soybeans have been harvested – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest continues to finish up in the days ahead.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle crash that occurred at 9:39 this past Saturday night on a Jasper County road, just south of Newton Lake – the State Police report an unidentified 17 year old juvenile from Dieterich was driving a Dodge SUV, southbound on North 500th Street, when the vehicle drove off the roadway, partially into the ditch, then back on the roadway, skidded across the road, collided with a tree, and overturned – a 16 year old juvenile passenger from Dieterich was transported by helicopter to Carle Hospital in Urbana – another passenger, 19 year old Jordan W. Kollman from Newton, along with the 17 year old driver, and another passenger, a 15 year old juvenile from Dieterich, were all transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the juvenile driver was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, for driving too fast for conditions, and for failure to wear a seatbelt – the other two juvenile passengers were cited for failure to wear a seatbelt as well – the Illinois State Police were assisted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and other Jasper County emergency personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a three vehicle wreck that occurred at 3:20 in Clay City, at the U.S. Route 50 / Main Street intersection – the State Police report 56 year old Beth Seals of Ellery was stopped on the south side of the intersection and pulled into the path of a westbound semi-truck, driven by 55 year old Norman Hesseltine of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa – that collision caused the Seals vehicle to spin into a third vehicle, driven by 44 year old Billy Wyatt of Parkersburg – Seals was taken to Clay County Hospital while the other two drivers refused treatment – Seals was ticketed for failure to yield at an intersection.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County railroad crossing, approximately a half mile east of the CIPS Road, on County Highway 900 North, known as Golf Course Road, is now closed for needed repair work – the work should be completed by tomorrow and the railroad crossing reopened by 5:00 Wednesday evening.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has once again been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program – as a result, OCC is now eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, which includes a monetary award for the top colleges – Olney Central College was selected from nearly 1,000 public two year colleges nationwide for the honor – the top ten finalists will be named in May 2018 – two other IECC colleges made the Top 150 list, including Frontier Community College in Fairfield and Lincoln Trail College near Robinson.

 

(OLNEY)  The public’s invited to the First Annual Halloween Film Festival to be held on three dates in the Sliva Auditorium at Richland County High School – the cost is only $3 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Richland County VAT Club – the Film Festival will feature six short films from RCHS students, ranging from one to six minutes each, plus a couple of other longer films, one of which is a production of students at Vincennes Lincoln High School – the first of three showings is tonight, this Halloween Night, starting at 7:00, with the final two showings this coming weekend – Saturday evening at 6:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – all are invited – for more, check out the RCHS VAT Club on Facebook or YouTube.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff's Department now has applications available for the 2017 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop with a Cop” Program at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton – the children must be Jasper County residents & must be between the ages of  3 and 14 – parents who would like their children to participate, must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00 on November 24th, three weeks from this Friday – the Department wants all Jasper County children to have a happy holiday.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department will begin vacuuming leaves along the city streets this Wednesday, November 1st, and continue each weekday thru November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – 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 OCC Student Senate’s Haunted Trail, in the woods north of the college, along Parker Street, is open for the final night tonight, on this Halloween Night – the Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children is from 5:00 to 6:30 – the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, is from 6:30 to 11:00 – pay at the gate – all proceeds go to the Olney Central College Student Senate for various activities.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney Public Library will host a free program this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the presenters, Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier, will share parts of their collection on 20th Century Military Memorabilia – the items to be displayed range from military uniforms to military equipment and much more – all are invited


    The OCC Foundation Dinner & Dueling Pianos event is this Saturday night from 6:00 to 11:00 at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30 and show time at 8:00 – the $50 tickets can be purchased at Olney Central College by calling  618-395-7777, extension 2003  – all are invited to attend


    The City of Olney will have another squirrel corn giveaway this Saturday morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a smaller limited supply of ear corn will be available free of charge to Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those getting the corn should bring their own containers this Saturday morning just south of the Community Building


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – lots of laughter and support – all are invited to attend


    It’s Trick or Treat Night  :  from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight in Newton & Ste. Marie  :  from 6:00 to 8:00 in Olney, Noble, Calhoun, Willow Hill, & elsewhere  :  remember safety first for our children tonight

 

 

 

October 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front moves across Southeastern Illinois today, we have a fairly good chance of getting some here-or-there showers with a wind switch this afternoon from the north/northwest – that will bring us a reinforced shot of cool air with some widespread frost possible tomorrow morning – after a dry Tuesday & Halloween Night, more spotty rain Wednesday & Thursday, possibly thru the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Police at District 12 Headquarters and all over the state are offering Halloween Safety Tips for trick-or-treaters and motorists – parents should do things like make sure children carry flashlights or wear reflective tape while going door to door – motorists should drive slowly & be extra alert while traveling in neighborhoods – trick-or-treaters should only visit homes with their front porch lights on and all children should be accompanied by an adult – & make sure all that candy is examine closely by adults when children arrive home before being eaten – let’s make it a safe and fun Halloween.

 

(OLNEY)  It was earlier this year that October was designated as “Zombie Preparedness Month” – while TV shows and movies about Zombies are very popular, especially with young adults, focusing on Zombie preparedness is a fresh way to call attention to the importance of personal preparedness – the special designation encourages those in Illinois to educate themselves about natural disasters and take steps to create a stockpile of food, water, and other emergency supplies that can last up to 72 hours – to learn more on emergency supply kits for homes and/or vehicles plus more, go online, at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Portraits of Abraham Lincoln will be given to all 102 county courthouses in Illinois to help mark the state’s upcoming bicentennial – the Illinois State Historical Society says that so far, portraits have been delivered to 25 counties, most all in the upstate region – the picture of the 16th President was taken in June 1860 and shows Lincoln sitting at the Old State Capitol in Springfield – the Bloomington nonprofit Jerome Mirza Foundation is paying for the pictures – Illinois marks its bicentennial on December 3rd, 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College District and Franklin University are partnering to offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Olney Central College – through the new agreement, the institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring their IECC associate’s degree to Franklin – beginning in January, students can take Franklin classes in a face-to-face format online at OCC through Franklin’s 3+1 Business Administration completion program, which is also being offered at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – thru the new co-location agreement, students benefit from Franklin University’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a degree – the courses are offered in a six week format and free textbooks are available for online courses – for more information and/or details about the program or upcoming classes, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or check Franklin online.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department will begin vacuuming leaves along the city streets this Wednesday, November 1st, and continue each weekday thru November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – 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.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Highway Department has announced a railroad closing this week – the railroad crossing at approximately a half mile east of the CIPS Road, on County Highway 900 North, known as Golf Course Road, will be closed for two days to improve the crossing – the closure will run from 7:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning until 5:00 Wednesday afternoon – all barricades should be observed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Homemakers Education Association will have its Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – breakfast of sweet rolls and coffee will be served at 8:00 that morning, then the serving of fried chicken dinners with homemade pies and drinks at 11:00 – there will be homemade quilts, theme baskets, a 50/50 drawing, white elephant stand, a make-it-take-it stand, and lots of home baked goodies – admission is free and all are invited to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate’s Haunted Trail, in the woods north of the college, along Parker Street, continues tonight and tomorrow night, the final two nights – the Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children is each night from 5:00 to 6:30 – the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, is each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – pay at the gate – proceeds go to the OCC Student Senate for various activities.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY/NOBLE)  Tomorrow night is Halloween Night and it will be the official Trick or Treat Night in several local and area communities  :  from 5:00 to 7:00 in Newton and Ste. Marie  :  from 6:00 to 8:00 in Willow Hill  :  from 6:00 to 8:00 in Olney, Noble, Calhoun, and several other area communities  :  remember to keep safety first as children go door-to-door – all drivers should be extra alert as well.

 

(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  :  to at the South Central High School in Farina from 8:30 to 1:30  :  also today at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Thursday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the Effingham/Clay County line, north of Louisville, will host its Annual Ladies Aid Soup Supper, coming up this Sunday evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – the menu includes chili, vegetable soup, ham sandwiches, hot dogs, desserts, and drink – free will donations accepted at the door


    The Olney Public Library will host a free program this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the presenters, Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier, will share parts of their collection on 20th Century Military Memorabilia – the items to be displayed range from military uniforms to military equipment and much more – all are invited


    The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Dance Fundraiser this Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Lawrenceville Elks Lodge, featuring the Hot Rod Lincoln Band – it’s $10 per person & includes admission & light hors d’oeuvres while supplies last – also several raffles and more


    The OCC Foundation Dinner & Dueling Pianos event is this Saturday night from 6:00 to 11:00 at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30 and show time at 8:00 – the $50 tickets can be purchased at Olney Central College by calling  618-395-7777, extension 2003  – all are invited to attend


    The City of Olney will have another squirrel corn giveaway this Saturday morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a smaller limited supply of ear corn will be available free of charge to Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those getting the corn should bring their own containers this Saturday morning just south of the Community Building


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The final installment of Flora Public Library’s Amazing Americans History Series will be this Thursday night at 6:30 – William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, as performed by Steven McPhail, will be visiting the Library to speak on his adventures from the early 1800’s – the program is free to all ages


    The United Methodist Women will meet this Thursday for the Unit Officers’ Training Update of the Kaskaskia River District – it’s at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon – with registration & fellowship at 9:00, the meeting will end at 12 noon – for information, contact Vicki at  618-244-5892


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – whether newly diagnosed with cancer, or in treatment, or just with questions, all are invited for answers from those who have been there – lots of laughter and support