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October 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level weather trof will hang around our downstate region today giving us plenty of clouds, but we will stay dry – then as a surface ridge builds into the Midwest our sky will clear by morning & we have widespread frost Sunday morning – a sunny sky prevails until another frontal system moves thru with more clouds, but mostly dry – more rain chances next Wednesday and Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner and University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen are leaving for a trade and research mission to Israel tomorrow – the trip itinerary includes meetings at four Israeli universities, plus meetings with various business leaders and others – the trip comes after the U of  I last week proposed a public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago that would partner the school with other higher education institutions in Chicago & abroad – the Illinois delegation returns late next week.

 

(OLNEY)  While the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and law enforcement agencies all over the state are now out in extra force looking for those driving impaired due to Halloween, the Illinois State Police are also reminding motorists to be extra alert while driving during nighttime Trick or Treating now thru next Tuesday night – with children in costumes, moving from home to home, drivers should be extra cautious in area neighborhoods and/or communities – parents are reminded to let their kids visit only homes with their porch or outside lights on, to travel with or close to their younger children, and to inspect all candy before consumption – the District 12 Headquarters in Effingham welcomes all children to stop by to “trick or treat” next Tuesday from 11:00 to 1:00 – most all area “trick or treat” hours are next Tuesday night, Halloween night – so “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and watch out for those children.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate’s Haunted Trail, in the woods north of the college, along Parker Street, continues tonight, next Monday night, & Tuesday night – Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children is each night from 5:00 to 6:30, while 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.

 

(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  :  tomorrow morning at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 8:30 to 1:30  :  also Monday at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host its Indoor Trunk or Treat Night tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 7:00 – pork burgers, chips, tea, and lemonade will be available for purchase – Trick or Treaters of all ages are welcome – check it out their Facebook page for more details


    A fundraiser is tomorrow night to benefit the families of Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in traffic crash this past July in Flora – it’s from 4:00 to 9:00 Sunday night at Pita’s & More, inside the Eagles Lodge in Olney – all donations appreciated – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” tomorrow morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell is tonight at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 to 12:00 – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    Jasper County residents with American flags to display for Veterans Day have until today to bring their flags to the American Legion in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – call the Legion if any questions


    It’s “trick or treat” time at Burgin Manor in Olney this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 – the community is welcome to stop by for games, fun, and snacks – all children and their parents and grandparents invited


    Miranda’s Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk is this morning at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS in Olney with late signupat 7:15 and start time at 8:30 – organized by the RCHS Interact Club, proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Miranda Acord, a RCHS junior who recently had a heart transplant

 

 

 

October 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front approaches our increasing cloud cover could give us some rain showers today before we dry up later on – the front’s northwesterly wind will keep our temperatures very cool today and actually, right on thru the upcoming weekend – in fact we’ll likely have widespread frost conditions this weekend as well – then cool next week and another shot of rain by next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – on a 48 to 54 vote in Springfield yesterday, the State House rejected a ban on gun modifications known as “bump stocks” that accelerate the firing speed of automatic rifles – lawmakers said the bill was too broad and would affect those involved in competitive shooting – the State House also ordered an audit of a $94 million contract that’s been criticized for the way it was awarded as well as the online insurance-portal that it produced – the Fall Veto Session will continue into next month.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation, 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 – starting today, local police, deputies, and Troopers throughout Illinois are stepping up patrols that will continue through the early morning hours of November 1st to help keep roads safe through Halloween – motorists especially should be alert during “Trick or Treat” nights in their neighborhoods and communities, watching out for children & others out trick-or-treating.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment & more information – the sign up for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under begins November 1st while all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details, go online at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has announced that while providing security at the Richland County High School in Olney this past Wednesday, many officers, deputies, and School District administration received information of a “snapchat” message that was delivered to a significant portion of the student body – this message was regarding a threat of violence, therefore law enforcement immediately began investigating and was eventually able to identify the “snapchat” account, learning that the juvenile that sent it is currently living in a western state, but formerly of Richland County – this juvenile has been investigated and the firearm shown in the “snapchat” was deemed to be inoperable & described as an airsoft gun – felony charges are now being pursued against this juvenile by the state where he lives  :  meanwhile, there are other social media accounts that have been created, sending similar threats – these accounts are also being investigated with the individuals responsible to be prosecuted  :  the Sheriff’s Department is also addressing the rumor of a hit list on certain students – there is at this time no credible information that such a list exists, and to date, no student or anyone else has been able to provide solid details regarding any such list  :  so far, all incidents that have been investigated have been found to be juveniles with no actual intent of doing harm, but not understanding the consequences of their actions and how life changing these acts will become  :  all parents are asked to speak to their children and explain the seriousness of making these type of threats and the consequences that could occur  :  meanwhile, the Richland County School District  and all local & state law enforcement personnel are continuing their effort to keep all schools safe in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 9:31 last night along Illinois Route 130, just south of Newton – the State Police report 28 year old Thane J. Griffith of Newton was northbound on Route 130 approaching the bridge construction site and failed to stop in time, rear ending a vehicle that was stopped, driven by 60 year old Gertrude G. Murphy of Newton – Griffith was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, for driving on a revoked license, for failure to wear a seat belt, for operating an uninsured vehicle, for possession of drug paraphernalia, and for DUI – Griffith was taken to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney for treatment – Murphy was not seriously injured.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters can review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 – it’s available now on the State DNR website online  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits is continuing – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first  :  meanwhile, the Archery Deer Hunting Season continues around the state  :  for more details, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate will present its Haunted Trail in the woods north of the college along Parker Street tonight & tomorrow night, plus next Monday & Tuesday nights, October 30th and 31st – Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children will run each night from 5:00 to 6:30, while the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, will run each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students with an ID, and $5 for those age 12 and younger – proceeds go to the Olney Central College Student Senate for various activities – check it out starting tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  The Halloween Parade sponsored by TrustBank will be held at 6:00 tonight in downtown Olney – the lineup in the TrustBank parking lot along Main Street begins at 5:15, with costume judging at 5:30 and the final selections at 5:45 – starting at TrustBank, the Halloween Parade will move west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all are invited to line the streets tonight.

 

(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 Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :   all blood types & platelets.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host its Indoor Trunk or Treat Night this Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 – pork burgers, chips, tea, and lemonade will be available for purchase – Trick or Treaters of all ages are welcome – check it out their Facebook page for more details


    A fundraiser is Sunday night to benefit the families of Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in traffic crash this past July in Flora – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses & bills – it’s from 4:00 to 9:00 Sunday at Pita’s & More, inside the Eagles Lodge in Olney – all donations appreciated


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Sunday morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell will be held this Saturday night at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 until 12 midnight – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – to donate items to the auction or for details, call Jeff at  217-663-5759 – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    Jasper County esidents with American flags to display for Veterans Day have until tomorrow to bring their flags to the American Legion in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – call the Legion if any questions


    Miranda’s Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk is tomorrow morning at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS in Olney with late signup at 7:15 and start time at 8:30 – entry forms at the RCHS Office, the Chamber of Commerce Office, and at all Olney area banks – organized by the RCHS Interact Club, proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Miranda Acord, a RCHS junior who recently had a heart transplant – call  618-843-6093


    The OCC Music Department will present its Fall Concert tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – in addition to the OCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble, the Richland County High School Concert Choir will take part – it’s free and all are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser today at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois for its care of the terminally ill

 

 

 

October 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front heading our way, we’ll enjoy warmer weather today with some sunshine – but more clouds move in as that cold front moves thru overnight – our winds will switch from the northwest and some cooler air moves in, plus some scattered rain showers are likely tomorrow afternoon – then dry and very cool for the weekend ahead, along with more frost chances as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – as the State Senate wrapped up work for the week in Springfield yesterday, the State House will be back to work in chambers today – the House will likely consider legislation to outlaw trigger modifications on semi-automatic rifles, plus a resolution calling for a state audit of a $94 million contract for an electronic insurance platform that may have sidestepped normal procedures could be called for a vote – the Fall Veto Session will continue next month, November 7th thru the 9th in the State Capitol.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency has announced that over 125,000 statewide farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year – known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the programs are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns – the payments in Illinois, totaling $373 million, go to assist farmers of barley, corn, oats, grain sorghum, wheat, canola, soybeans, and dry peas – payments related to corn and wheat crops made up most of the cases.

 

(NEWTON)  The State DNR invites one & all to the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, just off of State Route 130, southwest of Charleston – a free Torchlight Halloween Hike & Wiener Roast is Saturday night from 6:00 to 9:00 – all in conjunction with Saturday’s observance as International Observe the Moon Night – visitors can wear their Halloween costumes as music around a bonfire at the Visitor’s Center will also be held – for more details on what’s going on at the Coles County site, logon at  www.lincolnlogcabin.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Two arrests have been made as a result to the Olney Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff's Department, and the Illinois State Police responding to the Richland County High School regarding a recent threat of violence this past Monday morning – after the thorough investigation, the Olney Police Department made the Class 4 felony arrests for “a threat of violence, death, or bodily harm directed against persons at a school” – the two individuals arrested are juveniles and will have their cases heard in juvenile court – authorities remind the public that other threats of violence are seperate investigations and felony charges will apply, especially since additional threats have been discovered Tuesday at the High School, Tuesday night at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and again yesterday at the High School  :  the Olney Police Department strongly advises that private individuals refrain from harassing the juveniles and/or family members on social media or by other means – any harassment or threats made will be taken seriously by law enforcement  :  meanwhile, the Richland County School District is continuing to remain diligent in its effort to keep all students safe in all buildings – while law enforcement personnel will continue their presence in the schools, classes and activities will continue as normal today, tomorrow, and in the future.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department has released information about yesterday (Wednesday) morning’s semi-truck roll-over traffic accident in the south end of Newton – the Wade Fire Protection District was called out at 5:58 to the accident scene along Illinois Route 130 at the Clayton Avenue intersection, when upon arrival, the firemen found the overturned semi-truck was hauling a hazardous material which had leaked out into the roadway ditch – out of precaution, emergency crews evacuated an area near the accident site and a Hazardous Material Team was called in to help mitigate the incident – while the hazardous material was contained to the ditches, there were no confirmed exposures to the hazardous material and eventually those that were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes and/or businesses after 2:00 yesterday afternoon – it’s at time that Route 130 was reopened, but limited to one lane at the crash location as emergency and cleanup personnel were on the scene – authorities were on site for well over nine hours as several agencies responded to the scene to assist in the effort  :  the Wade, Crooked Creek, Dieterich, Oblong, and Yale Fire Departments  :  the Newton and Robinson Police Departments  :  the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department  :  the Jasper County and Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Services  :  the City of Newton  :  the Illinois State Police  :  the Illinois Department of Transportation  :  the Jasper County EMA  :  and the MABAS Division 26 and 54 Hazmat Teams.

 

(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 www.changehistjfk.blogspot.com  – Denton said the documents released by the National Archives expose two major revelations and during the presentation, he’ll 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)  All are invited to this Saturday morning’s Miranda Heart & Sole 5K Run / Walk to be held at Veteran’s Hall at Richland County High School in Olney – the late and pre-registration signup begins at 7:15, with the 5K Run / Walk to start at 8:30 – the cost is $15 per person with a group fee (3 or more) of $10 per person – entry forms at the RCHS Office, the Chamber of Commerce Office, and all Olney area banks – organized by the RCHS Interact Club, proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Miranda Acord, a RCHS junior who recently had a heart transplant – to help or if any questions, call Rob at  618-843-6093.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate will present its Haunted Trail in the woods north of the college along Parker Street tomorrow night & Saturday night, plus next Monday & Tuesday nights, October 30th and 31st – Kid Friendly Tours for the younger group will run each night from 5:00 to 6:30, while the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, will run each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students with an ID, and $5 for those age 12 and younger – proceeds go to the Olney Central College Student Senate for various activities – check it out starting tomorrow night.

 

(OLNEY)  The Halloween Parade sponsored by TrustBank will be held at 6:00 tomorrow night in downtown Olney – the lineup in the TrustBank parking lot along Main Street begins at 5:15, with costume judging at 5:30 and the final selections at 5:45 – there are nine categories ranging from 3 years old & under to mixed & older children, and awards will be given for the top three costumes in each category – plus, a Pet Parade & awards will be given for the top three participants in that group – starting at TrustBank, the Halloween Parade will move west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park.

 

(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 Good Samaritan Occupational Health Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  Saturday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :   all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    Residents with American flags to display for Veterans Day have until this Saturday, October 28th, to bring their flags to the American Legion in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – call the Legion if questions


    The OCC Music Department will present its Fall Concert tomorrow night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – in addition to the OCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble, the Richland County High School Concert Choir will take part – it’s free and all are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser tomorrow at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available, plus deliveries will be made to the Olney schools – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois with its mission to care for the terminally ill patients and their families


    The Richland County Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Mighty Minds” in the RCES dining hall – classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 this morning – classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, & Rodgers perform at 10:00 tomorrow morning – all are invited


    The Richland County Middle School Talent Show is scheduled for tonight in the Sliva Auditorium at Richland County High School – it all starts at 6:00 this evening and all are invited – admission is free

 

 

 

October 25

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District continues to identify threats of violence directed toward schools in the community. Today, October 25, 2017, a threat was identified within the community. As a result, the Richland County High School will close its campus at lunch today. Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.  School will continue with normal operations and will not close school early. Students that have a schedule that takes them off campus, such as a class at OCC or tutoring at RCES, will be able to leave to attend these classes.

Local law enforcement and school officials are working together to investigate these threats. If you have any information that may assist in this investigation, please come forward. These are difficult and challenging times for students, staff, parents, and anyone that cares about education and Richland County. Your cooperation during this time is much appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced a road closure due to the traffic accident along Route 130 south of Newton – Liberty Street is closed south to Jasper County Road 875 North and east to Ochs Avenue – also Illinois Route 130 south of Newton remains closed due to that traffic accident that occurred earlier this morning.  Drivers will have to find and take alternate routes until the highway is re-opened later today.

 

 

 

October 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the latest weather system now out of our downstate region, we’ll return to some sunshine today and especially tomorrow before a weak storm system moves into Illinois with rain chances thru the day Friday before ending that night – we do have areas of frost that are possible tomorrow morning – then look for more cool air with dry conditions expected for the last weekend of October – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois General Assembly began its Fall Veto Session yesterday up in Springfield  :  the House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation on a 7 to 5 vote endorsing a ban on firearm trigger-modifications, including bump stocks like those used in the Las Vegas mass shooting  :  the State Senate voted 42 to 13 to override Governor Rauner’s veto to ban local “right-to-work” zones – a policy that allows a worker to hold a union job with union protections without joining the bargaining unit or paying dues  :  the State House resolution was filed yesterday to address sexual harassment among elected officials in Illinois – legislation is also in the works to require all lawmakers, staff, and lobbyists to receive some type of training to deal with the problem  :  the Veto Session is expected to continue into next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding senior citizens of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals & their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment, which is October 15th thru December 7th – with over 300 SHIP offices across Illinois, including two in Olney and one in Newton, seniors can schedule an appointment to assist them with open enrollment – for more details check the IDOA’s website online, at  www.illinois.gov/aging.

 

(NEWTON)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 16 other attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress forcefully opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, arguing that the ill-conceived legislation would override local public safety decisions & endanger communities & police – the legislation would force states to recognize concealed carry weapon permits from other states – Madigan and the other AG’s say some states have lower standards which could weaken local prohibitions on concealed carry by violent misdemeanor offenders, domestic abusers, and others who could pose a danger to the public.

 

***  INVESTIGATION INTO THREATS CONTINUES

The Richland County School District continues to identify threats of violence directed toward schools in the community. Today, October 25, 2017, a threat was identified within the community. As a result, the Richland County High School will close its campus at lunch today. Students that have a schedule that takes them off campus, such as a class at OCC or tutoring at RCES, will be able to leave to attend these classes.

Local law enforcement and school officials are working together to investigate these threats. If you have any information that may assist in this investigation, please come forward. These are difficult and challenging times for students, staff, parents, and anyone that cares about education and Richland County. Your cooperation during this time is much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District is continuing its investigation, working closely with local law enforcement, into the now two separate threats found at the Richland County High School in Olney – the second of which was discovered at the end of the school day yesterday (Tuesday) – despite some social media reports, many details cannot be shared by the School District and law enforcement agencies due to the ongoing investigations – what we do know is that there have been NO injuries to any students and/or staff and that school safety at all levels remains a top priority of the Richland County School District – therefore all schools in the District remain open as local law enforcement personnel will continue their presence in each of the District’s schools in Olney – all students, staff, parents, and members of the community are encouraged to follow a very simple rule  :  IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  was given two Tax Levy estimates to be considered at the next meeting – one includes a 4.99% increase while the other includes a 17% increase – also discussed related figures dealing with IMRF, Social Security, and Medicare within the proposals  :  noted that letters/memos for Village residents regarding Inoperable Motor Vehicles or vehicles with expired stickers currently on properties within the Village limits will be mailed with the Village water bills giving those residents the opportunity to take care of the situation before the Village gets involved  :  noted that the former West Richland High School class pictures at the West Richland Center will continue to be displayed there as they are  :  discussed, but took no action on current tax delinquent properties within the Village  :  noted that the Village’s water hydrants were flushed last week with no issues reported  :  and noted several activities quickly approaching – Noble’s Trick or Treat Night is next Tuesday night, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00 – Noble’s Halloween Parade in the Village Park is this Friday night with a Cake Walk at 6:30 and Parade at 7:00 – and the Noble First Christian Church has a Trunk or Treat event Friday night at the same time  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be November 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department has announced that Illinois Route 130 south of Newton is closed until further notice, due to a traffic accident – alternate routes are needed this morning.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 8:00 yesterday (Tuesday) morning along U.S. Route 50 at the Fox River Bridge, just west of Olney – the State Police report 60 year old Toni A. Fisher of Grayville was eastbound on Route 50 when his Dodge Charger left the roadway to the right to avoid striking a vehicle stopped in traffic – the car then struck a bridge guardrail and continued down the embankment and struck a tree – Fisher was transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney for treatment – Fisher was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police District 12 has released the results of Nighttime Enforcement patrols recently conducted in Jasper and Crawford Counties earlier this month – Troopers issued 17 total citations and 42 total written warnings – there were 6 registration offenses, 3 driver’s license offenses, 3 insurance violations, 3 occupant restraint offenses, 2 alcohol/drug citations, and no (0) DUI’s – the NITE patrols are conducted between the hours of 9:00 at night and 6:00 the following morning and are funded by the IDOT.

 

(OLNEY)  The Carrie Winter Trust is now accepting grant applications from local charitable organizations serving the youth of Richland County – the Carrie Winter Trust has benefited the youth of Richland County for over 30 years with more than $2 million being awarded – to be considered for a grant, go online to  www.fnbolney.com, Services, Trust Services, for the link to the current grant application or contact the First National Bank in Olney Trust Department by calling  395-8541 – the application deadline is November 1st.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that the Olney Central College Massage Therapy Program is accepting appointments for upcoming clinical dates – in fact, the next clinic open to the public is this coming Saturday, October 28th, from 9:15  to 2:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble – future clinicals  are set for November 11th and December 2nd – to make an appointment, call  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name and contact information, the date they want to schedule an appointment for, and the therapy treatment they want – in turn, the caller will receive a confirmation call from the Program Instructor.

 

(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 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :   all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    A fundraiser is set for Sunday night to benefit the families of two men, Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in the July 27th, 2017, car/van/semi-truck fatal collision along U.S. Route 50 in Flora – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses, bills, and other things needed – running from 4:00 to 9:00 on Sunday at Pita’s & More, at the Eagles Lodge in Olney, all donations of gift cards, gift certificates, gift baskets, new items, and more will help – to donate or help out, call Ashley at  618-838-0565


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Sunday morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell will be held this Saturday night at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 until 12 midnight – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – to donate items to the auction or for details, call Jeff at  217-663-5759 – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    The OCC Music Department will present its Fall Concert this Friday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – in addition to the OCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble, the Richland County High School Concert Choir will take part – it’s free and all are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser this Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available, plus deliveries will be made to the Olney schools – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois with its mission to care for the terminally ill patients and their families


    The Richland County Elementary School 3rd grade classes will perform their music program “Mighty Minds” this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 tomorrow morning (26th) while the classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, and Rodgers will perform at 10:00 Friday morning (27th) – the public is invited to one or both performances