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July 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the upper level low to our southwest moves into the Midwest today, widespread rain chances are most likely for our downstate region today thru early tomorrow – then the approaching cold front from upstate Illinois will drop south into our area with spotty rain chances tomorrow night & thru the day Friday – then we’ll have some dry and less humid weather conditions for the weekend ahead – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a package of legislation aimed at ending a two year Illinois budget stalemate is now back to the State House as it will convene today in Springfield to consider an override of Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto, which came about three hours after the State Senate on Tuesday morning approved the proposed $36 billion budget, fueled by a $5 billion increase in income taxes - then the State Senate met again yesterday afternoon to pass an override vote of the veto, thus it now goes to the State House of Representatives – at this point in time, there appears to be enough House votes to override the veto and give Illinois its first state budget in two years.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has granted ten clemency petitions, but denied 104 other clemency petitions – it was the 18th set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office in 2015 – a granted clemency request for a pardon allows the petitioner to seek an expungement of their conviction thru the court system – prior to Governor Rauner taking office, there was a backlog of thousands of petitions that had piled up over a matter of years that were not considered by former Governors Quinn and Blagojevich.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police have issued a traffic advisory for later this week to effect four area counties, including Clay, Effingham, Jasper, and Crawford – due to the movement of an oversized load of equipment, normal traffic flow will be interrupted with road closures during the daylight hours tomorrow, July 6th, thru Saturday, July 8th – the extra-large move involves a load that is 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, and a weight of at least 898,000 pounds, spread over 26 axles of trailer – the unit’s transport will begin traveling from south of Flora, northward on U.S. Route 45 to U.S. Route 50, then east to Clay City, north on the Dieterich Blacktop, then heading east of Illinois Route 33 thru Newton, and on to its final destination in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported over the three days – in fact, motorists may want to avoid traveling in these areas during the move – you can stay updated on traffic advisories on the State Police’s Facebook page at Illinois State Police District 12 Effingham or on Twitter @ ISPDistrict12 – the patience of all motorists and area residents affected by this extra-large equipment move is very much appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 8:02 this past Monday night on Christy Avenue in Lawrenceville – the State Police report an unidentified 7 year old Lawrenceville boy was riding his bicycle entering the street from an alley and failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle driven by a man from Raleigh, Illinois – the youngster was transported to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead – no tickets were issued – Lawrence County authorities are assisting.

 

(OLNEY)  With the 161st annual Richland County Fair getting set to start later this week with a nine day and ten night run in the Olney City Park, we want to take time to recognize the volunteers that spend countless hours in planning, working, and making sure the annual event goes off without a hitch, at least none that the public is aware of – the Richland County Farm and Fair Association is headed up by President Mark Doris, Vice President Mark Wingert, Secretary Pat Jennings, and Treasurer / Concession Manager Joe Hunt, Jr. – the Association’s thirteen Directors includes long-time member Bill Jennings and Grounds Director Bryan Pierce, plus Jim Kuenstler, Doug Westall, Bill Clow Jr., Don Doris, Eric Pitts, Myles Brown, CP Hunt, Matt Cothern, Greg Tinder, Justin Westall, and Austin Clow – also a huge part of the Richland County Fair are the thirteen Superintendents that oversee the various 4-H Livestock Shows and other activities – they include Randy Rusk for the Beef Show, Dan Kuenstler for the Dairy Show, Brent Pitts for the Sheep Show, Aaron Spieth for the Goats Show, Don Doris for the Swine Show, Jane Graves for the Rabbit Show, Ronald Steber Jr. for the Poultry Show, Lisa Bruner for the Floral Hall, Bryan Pierce for the Tractor & Truck Pulls, Doug Westall for the Straight Rhythm Racking, Linda Wade for the Western Horse and Pony & Junior Horse Shows, Jim Muhs for the Antique Equipment, and Bill Clow Jr. for the Demolition Derby – hats off to all of these volunteers and all others, including individuals, families, & local businesses and other sponsors that make the Richland County Fair a huge success every summer in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  By the way, the Richland County Fair gets underway with it’s Carnival Preview Night tomorrow night from 6:00 to 10:00 with specially priced armbands – then activities and grandstand events every day or night this Friday, Saturday, and thru the following Saturday, that’s July 7th thru 15th, in the Olney City Park – grandstand tickets go on sale today from 12:00 noon until 5:00 at the Fair Board Office, then each day after that from 8:00 until 5:00 – make plans to check it out, the Richland County Fair in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  Individuals interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit are encouraged to enroll in an upcoming course at Olney Central College – the 16-hour course includes required firearm training, both classroom and gun range instruction, and will be held both tomorrow night and Friday night, July 6th and 7th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at OCC – the last day of the course will be this Saturday, July 8th, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range, north of East Fork Lake – the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the tuition and fees for the class are $175 for residents who live within the Illinois Eastern Community College District and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – the tuition is waived for IECC residents who are age 60 and older, however course fees must be paid – to register or to get more information or details, call Olney Central College today at  618-395-7777.

 

(FLORA)  The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall That Heals” is set to arrive in nearby Flora this morning – the half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be open to the public 24-hours around the clock tonight thru Sunday afternoon, July 9th, located at the Floyd Henson Junior High School, just off of  U.S. Route 50 in Flora, across from the Clay County Hospital – the Memorial will officially open at 7:00 tonight with a Welcome Ceremony scheduled for tomorrow night at 7:00 – then a Missing Man Table Ceremony by Rolling Thunder is Saturday morning at 10:00, a Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony is Saturday night at 7:00, and a Candlelight Vigil from dusk until 11:00 Saturday night – a Closing Ceremony will be this coming Sunday afternoon at 1:30 – all ages are encouraged to make the trip to Flora at some point to view the Memorial – for more details, logon at  www.frankandbright.com.

 

REMINDERS :
    Coming up this Sunday, July 9th, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its largest yearly fundraiser this coming Saturday – it’s Sportsman’s Day with registration at 9:00 that morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted


    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” this Saturday morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate available


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner tomorrow evening – a great meal with dessert & drink for $10 – serving starts at 6:00 – the public is invited


    It’s been announced that there is no Bingo and no Queen of Hearts drawing tomorrow, on July 6th, at the Olney American Legion – the Bingo and Queen of Hearts drawing will resume next week, on July 13th


    All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood – the next Richland County blood drive is tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00 – all presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals
T-shirt, plus be entered for a chance to win SOS Bucks – all blood types & platelets are very much needed


    The Red Rooster in Olney is having a “Pizza Sale” all this week, each day and night, now thru this coming Friday, July 7th – all hunks and whole pizzas are priced at 10 percent off – check it out at the Red Rooster – it’s more than a Truck Stop – at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50 in Olney


    There’s an area municipal meeting scheduled for tonight – due to yesterday’s observance of the 4th of July, the Newton City Council will have its first meeting in July tonight at the City Hall, beginning at 6:00

   
    And a huge “thank you” to the City of Olney and the First National Bank in Olney for sponsoring last night’s Fireworks Display in the Olney City Park – plus a “thank you” to the Richland County Farm and Fair Association and Licensed Fireworks Technician Bryan Pierce for a job well done as well

 

 

 

July 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a weak cold front slowly sinking southward from Northern Illinois and an approaching frontal boundary out west in the Plains, we’re squeezed in the middle with humid & mostly dry conditions – although there is a slight chance of a pop-up shower or thunderstorm late this afternoon – one of the fronts will move thru tomorrow with the better chance of rain for us on Wednesday, but then on-and-off chances of spotty rain Thursday thru Friday morning – then dry and less humid for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the next political showdown in Springfield is set for this morning as the State Senate has scheduled a vote on the $5 billion increase in the state income tax and a $36 billion state budget plan that was overwhelmingly approved in the State House this past Sunday night – however, Governor Bruce Rauner has already vowed to veto the bill because of the proposed 32% increase in income taxes – officials say if approved and vetoed, the plan will likely then be overridden by the General Assembly.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police, the State DNR, IDOT, and others are reminding all area residents to remember safety first as the Fourth of July holiday continues – all motorists are urged to drive sober or find a designated driver while celebrating, plus for those on area lakes, rivers, and ponds, remember the same applies to those celebrating in boats – and for those with private fireworks displays, do so with extra care – State Troopers, Conservation Officers, and local law enforcement agencies remain out in extra force looking for those driving and/or boating impaired – the goal is for everyone to stay safe while celebrating.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  It was 241 years ago in Philadelphia, on July 4th, 1776, that the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence – the final signing came after a total of 86 changes were made to the original draft which was formed by a committee that first met just 24 days before, on June 11th – the Declaration of Independence answered the battle cry of America’s 13 Colonies “taxation without representation” as the then Americans were forced to pay taxes to England despite having no representation in the British Parliament – while the Declaration of Independence was copied and distributed two days after the signing on July 6th, it was two days later on July 8th, that the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square – it was then a year later, on July 4th, 1777, that Independence Day was marked by the then Congress with bonfires, ringing bells, and fireworks – the Fourth of July was officially established as a holiday in 1870 – it’s today that we pray everyone will take at least a moment to pause and reflect on all the sacrifices that were made by our founding Fathers and other patriots leading us to where we are as the free United States of America.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders  :  all area City and Village Halls are closed today, in observance of Independence Day 2017  :  Republic Services is observing today as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled by Republic Services on this July 4th – the trash will be collected a day later than normal for the rest of this week after today – that means the trash pickup for Tuesday will be done on Wednesday, Wednesday’s normal collection will be Thursday, and so on thru Saturday this week  :  and in the City of Olney, the curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by the holiday this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program for the public today in Olney – it’s an Open House / Ice Cream Social from 1:00 to 4:00 this afternoon in the back yard of the Heritage House Museum, at 328 South Kitchell Avenue, in Olney – includes live entertainment and refreshments, such as ice cream, cookies, and punch, all free of charge – both the Heritage House and the nearby Mcsburg One Room Schoolhouse will be open for touring – all ages are welcome this afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Various fireworks displays are scheduled in our downstate area to help celebrate Independence Day 2017, mostly generally after 9:00 tonight – here’s the list of the dates and locations in our area :
* tonight in the Olney City Park – sponsored by the City of Olney / First National Bank in Olney – the annual display is set off by the Richland County Farm & Fair Association and it’s many volunteers
* don’t forget that the Cummins Band will have its annual Fourth of July concert tonight in the Olney City Park, prior to the fireworks display – that’s at the Band Shell, beginning at 7:30 – check it out
* also tonight in Dieterich, Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Vincennes, Mt. Carmel, Salem, Effingham, Mattoon
let’s everyone be safe out there today thru tonight on this Independence Day 2017

 

 

 

July 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Another approaching frontal boundary will stall out over the Midwest, giving us daily chances of pop-up showers and thunderstorms tomorrow thru Friday night, although most of the rain will be spotty until the cold front moves thru our downstate region – while it will not be a total wash-out this week, it’s a typical summer-time weather pattern – next weekend appears to be dry and less humid – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner says he will veto an income tax increase that the State House approved yesterday on a 72 to 45 vote – the plan sponsored by House Democratic Leader Michael Madigan would increase the personal income tax rate by 32 percent – the bill was designed to start repairing Illinois’ fiscal problems caused by the nation’s longest budget impasse since the Great Depression – meanwhile, the House voted 81 to 34 for a state budget that spends about $36 billion, which is about $800 million less than what the Governor proposed last winter – there appears be more debate forthcoming.

 

(OLNEY)  Also in Springfield over the weekend – a law took effect on Saturday that includes a fee increase and the assurance of continued 9-1-1 emergency call-center operations in Illinois – lawmakers in the State House voted 90 to 22 to override a veto of the bill by Governor Bruce Rauner – the State Senate followed suit with an override vote, 43 to 1 – the increases for the telephone surcharge for emergency services will go up from 87 cents to $1.50 in Illinois except for Chicago, where the surcharge goes from $3.90 up to $5.00.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police, the State DNR, IDOT, and others are reminding all area residents to remember safety first as the Fourth of July holiday continues – all motorists are urged to drive sober or find a designated driver while celebrating, plus for those on area lakes, rivers, and ponds, remember the same applies to those celebrating in boats – and for those with private fireworks displays, do so with extra care – State Troopers, Conservation Officers, and local law enforcement agencies remain out in extra force looking for those driving and/or boating impaired – we want everyone to stay safe while celebrating.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for this week  :  most all area City and Village Halls will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day 2017 – that includes those in Olney, Noble, Newton, and elsewhere  :  Republic Services will also be observing tomorrow, July 4th, as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled by Republic Services on Tuesday – while the trash will be hauled as normal today, on this Monday, the trash will be collected a day later than normal for the rest of this week after tomorrow – that means the trash pickup for Tuesday will be done on Wednesday, Wednesday’s normal collection will be Thursday, and so on thru Saturday this week – this effects all Republic Services customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  and in the City of Olney, the curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by the holiday this week  :  a “thank you” to all customers affected for their patience.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police have issued a traffic advisory for later this week to effect four area counties, including Clay, Effingham, Jasper, and Crawford – due to the movement of an oversized load of equipment, normal traffic flow will be interrupted with road closures during the daylight hours this coming Thursday, July 6th, to Saturday, July 8th – the extra-large move involves a load that is 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, and a weight of at least 898,000 pounds, spread over 26 axles of trailer – the units transport will begin traveling from south of Flora, northward on U.S. Route 45 to U.S. Route 50, then east to Clay City, north on the Dieterich Blacktop, then heading east of Illinois Route 33 thru Newton, and on to its final destination in Robinson – motorists are reminded that during this trek, the various highways involved will be closed temporarily as the load is transported over the three days – in fact, motorists may want to avoid traveling in these areas during the move – you can stay updated on traffic advisories on the State Police’s Facebook page at Illinois State Police District 12 Effingham or on Twitter @ ISPDistrict12 – the patience of all motorists and area residents affected by this extra-large equipment move is very much appreciated.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Mattoon Rural King from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at Vincennes University from 12:00 to 4:00 (Illinois time)  :  Wednesday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  Approximately 300 people attended last week’s 43rd Annual Day of Prayer for Life event, which was held at various times throughout the day last Tuesday at the St. Francis Church in Teutopolis – not to mention all the prayer leaders & musicians of the continuous hours of prayer by all area Catholic Churches of the Effingham Deanery, as well as area KC Councils, volunteers, and others – a big “thank you” goes to everyone that helped out, but especially to those that took time to pray for the regional effort.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program for the public tomorrow, on July 4th, in Olney – it’s an Open House / Ice Cream Social from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon in the back yard of the Heritage House Museum, at 328 South Kitchell Avenue, in Olney – includes live entertainment and refreshments, such as ice cream, cookies, and punch, all free of charge – both the Heritage House and the nearby Mcsburg One Room Schoolhouse will be open for touring – all ages are welcome tomorrow.

 

(NEWTON)  The Annual 4th of July Celebration in Dieterich starts tonight with a food stand in the Park Pavilion at 6:30, the Beer Tent at 7:00, and a live band in concert at 8:00 – then a full day and night of activities tomorrow : a 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 in the morning : the Beer Tent all day & night : pork burger meals from 11:00 to 2:00 : the Independence Day Parade at 11:00 : a Petting Zoo from 12:00 to 6:00 : children’s activities all afternoon : the Little King & Queen Contest at 7:00 that night : raffle drawings at 8:00 : and the huge Fireworks Display at 9:15 – also the Dieterich Quasquicentennial 125th Store will have various items on sale, including raffle tickets and tickets for the Queen of Hearts Drawing – also gun raffle tickets, 125th Anniversary Cookbooks, other historical merchandise, & and more – all in Dieterich.

 

(OLNEY)  With America’s birthday coming up tomorrow, various fireworks displays are scheduled in our downstate region to help celebrate Independence Day 2017 – all of the area displays will begin at dusk, mostly generally after 9:00 – here’s the list of the dates and locations that we’re aware of in our area :
* tonight (July 3rd) at Marshall’s Mill Creek Lake / Park
* also tonight (July 3rd) at Flora’s Charlie Brown Park
the remaining public fireworks displays will be held tomorrow night, on July 4th
* in the Olney City Park – sponsored by the City of Olney / First National Bank in Olney – the annual display is set off by the Richland County Farm & Fair Association and it’s many volunteers
* also tomorrow night in Dieterich, Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Vincennes, Mt. Carmel, Salem, Effingham
to view this list, logon at  www.freedom929.com or www.1035theeagle.com, click on The Community tab

 

REMINDERS :
    Coming up this Sunday, July 9th, the Olney Public Library will host a Teen Tabletop afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 – all teens are invited to test their gaming skills thru games provided by Galactic Games and Things of Olney – refreshments & door prizes provided – call the Library at  392-3711  for more details


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will have its largest yearly fundraiser this coming Saturday – it’s Sportsman’s Day with registration at 9:00 that morning at the White Oak Picnic Area in Sam Parr State Park, northeast of Newton – it’s for children ages 7 and over, with the chance for fishing, hatchet throwing, clay pigeon shooting, turkey calling, 3-D archery shooting, slingshot shooting, a rod & reel challenge, and more – a complimentary lunch will be served – all free of charge, although donations will be accepted


    The First Assembly of God Youth Group in Olney will have a Krispy Kreme “fundraiser for missions” this Saturday morning at the Olney Rural King, from 8:00 to 12 noon – glazed and chocolate available


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will have its monthly pork loin dinner this coming Thursday evening – a great meal with dessert & drink for $10 – serving starts at 6:00 – the public is invited


    The Richland County Fair gets underway this week – it’s Carnival Preview Night on Thursday night from 6:00 to 10:00 with specially priced armbands – then activities and grandstand events every day or night this Friday, Saturday, and thru the following Saturday, July 7th thru 15th, in the Olney City Park – grandstand tickets go on sale this Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 5:00 at the Fair Board Office, then each day after that from 8:00 until 5:00 – make plans to check it out, the Richland County Fair in the Olney City Park


    Don’t forget that the Cummins Band will have its annual Fourth of July concert tomorrow night in the Olney City Park, prior to the fireworks display – that’s at the Band Shell, beginning at 7:30 – check it out


    The Red Rooster in Olney is having a “Pizza Sale” all this week, each day and night, now thru this coming Friday, July 7th – all hunks and whole pizzas are priced at 10 percent off – check it out at the Red Rooster – it’s more than a Truck Stop – at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50 in Olney

 

 

 

July 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the cold front moving thru overnight, we could see some lingering showers and rain this morning, otherwise it will be dry for the rest of this Saturday and tomorrow, plus Monday should be dry & warm as well – then another frontal boundary will move into the Midwest and stall out – that means daily, on-and-off chances of rain, pretty much each day next Tuesday thru Friday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police here in District 12 are reminding all motorists to drive sober or find a designated driver while celebrating over the 4th of July holiday, especially since DUI remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during Independence Day celebrations – Troopers will be out in extra force along with other law enforcement agencies, doing their part to keep our highways and roads safe now thru the holiday weekend and into next week – all motorists are reminded to buckle up and don’t “Drink and Drive”.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office reminds all landowners about the 2016 real estate and mobile home tax bills that were recently mailed out – the first installment of Richland County’s real estate taxes is due on July 24th, three weeks from next Monday, to avoid penalty – the second installment is due on Tuesday, September 12th – for those residents owning mobile homes, the Mobile Home Privilege Tax is due in one installment, set for August 1st, four weeks from next Tuesday – the tax bills can be paid in person at the Treasurer’s Office at the Courthouse or by mail or by using the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse – if any questions, call the Treasurer’s Office in Olney, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 to 4:00.

 

(OLNEY)  With America’s birthday coming up next Tuesday, various fireworks displays are scheduled in our downstate region to help celebrate Independence Day 2017 – all of the area displays will begin at dusk, mostly generally after 9:00 – here’s the list of the dates and locations that we’re aware of in our area :
* tonight (July 1st) in West Salem’s Centennial Park
* also tonight (July 1st) at St. Francisville’s River Park
* and tonight (July 1st) at Effingham’s Lake Sara
* tomorrow night (July 2nd) in Lawrenceville at the High School Ballfield
* then Monday night (July 3rd) at Marshall’s Mill Creek Lake / Park
* also Monday night (July 3rd) at Flora’s Charlie Brown Park
the remaining public fireworks displays will be held next Tuesday night, on July 4th
* in the Olney City Park – sponsored by the City of Olney / First National Bank in Olney
* also in Dieterich, Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Vincennes, Mt. Carmel, Salem, Effingham, and Mattoon
to view this list, logon at  www.freedom929.com or www.1035theeagle.com, click on The Community tab

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for next week  :  most all area City and Village Halls will be closed next Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day 2017 – that includes those in Olney, Noble, Newton, and elsewhere  :  Republic Services will also be observing next Tuesday, July 4th, as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled by Republic Services next Tuesday – while the trash will be hauled as normal next Monday, the trash will be collected a day later than normal for the rest of next week after Tuesday – that means the trash pickup for Tuesday will be done on Wednesday, Wednesday’s normal collection will be Thursday, and so on thru next Saturday – this effects all Republic Services customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  and in the City of Olney, the curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by the holiday next week  :  a “thank you” to all affected for your patience.

 

REMINDERS :

    The Richland County Museums will be open for touring tomorrow from 1:30 to 4:00 – that includes the Carnegie Museum on Main Street & the Heritage House Museum & MacsBerg School on Kitchell Avenue

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will be sponsoring “pony rides” this morning from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Olney Rural King parking lot – with the purchase of a $2 ride, a 10% off coupon for one-time use at Rural King will be given – raffle tickets will be on sale to win a shotgun or cash – all are invited

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Unsettled weather will be in place today across the Midwest as weak boundaries & outflows interact with upper air disturbances resulting in scattered showers & thunderstorms, mostly this afternoon thru tonight – then a cold front moves by late tonight with some lingering rain possible into Saturday morning before ending – then dry & warm the rest of tomorrow thru Sunday and Monday – we’ll have daily chances of pop-up showers & storms most all of next week, Tuesday thru Friday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers enter the final day today of the originally scheduled ten day special session to settle a budget deal and avoid a potentially catastrophic failure and there’s a lot of work to be done on this Friday if lawmakers hope to meet tonight’s midnight deadline for completing the state’s first annual budget in two years – the State House is expected to vote today on a $36.5 billion spending outline that likely will include an income tax hike to help fund it, however no legislative proposal has been filed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police here in District 12 are reminding all motorists to drive sober or find a designated driver while celebrating over the 4th of July holiday, especially since DUI remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during Independence Day celebrations – State Troopers will be out in extra force along with local Sheriff  and City Police Departments, doing their part to keep our highways and roads safe by watching for and arresting intoxicated drivers – roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and more can be expected around the clock now thru the end of next week – buckle up and do not “Drink and Drive”.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Bureau has issued a statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s withdrawal of the “Waters of the U.S.” rule from proposed changes for America – it was earlier this week that the EPA formally withdrew the proposal which was suggested more than two years ago despite opposition of several nationwide groups, including the Farm Bureau – as written, the rule created confusion and regulatory liability for farmers and land owners, and if approved, would have provided both the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers unlimited authority to regulate at their discretion, basically a land grab situation – the Farm Bureau says it is now looking forward to working with those that be to write a new rule that protects our nation’s water while without penalizing farmers & landowners in Illinois and the U.S.

 

(OLNEY)  The 161st Richland County Fair is less than a week away as the ten day & night event will run Thursday night, July 6th, thru Saturday, July 15th, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park  :  it all begins with Carnival Preview Night next Thursday night from 6:00 to 10:00 with $15 armbands available on the Midway  :  the following Friday night, July 7th, the grandstand event will be Pig Pinning at 7:00, followed by the Rodeo at 7:00 on Saturday night, July 8th – the Rodeo will feature Mutton Busting as kids can sign up Wednesday, July 5th, starting at 12:00 noon at the Fair Board Ticket Office – entrants must weigh less than 60 pounds and it’s limited to the first 20 kids that sign up  :  it’s the annual 4-H and Junior Horse Show on Sunday morning, July 9th, at 9:00  :  the annual Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant is Monday night, July 10th, at 7:00  :  then the Talent Contest next Tuesday night, July 11th, at 7:00  :  a Live Concert Wednesday night, July 12th, at 7:00, featuring Travis James from the Memories Theatre in Pidgeon Forge performing a tribute to Conway Twitty, Neil Diamond, and Hank Williams, Jr.  :  it’s the Tractor Pulls next Thursday night, July 13th, at 7:00  :  then the Truck Pulls Friday night, July 14th, at 7:00  :  and everything wraps up on Saturday night, July 15th, at 7:00, with the Demolition Derby  :  the Fair will also include daily and evening White Tent Events as well  :  the grandstand ticket sales begin next Wednesday, July 5th, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 – the grandstand tickets will then be on sale each day after that from 8:00 until 5:00  :  make plans to check it out, the annual Richland County Fair, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the Illinois Hogs & Pigs Report – the state’s inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1st, 2017, was 5.35 million head, up 2% from March 1st, 2017, and up 3% from last year – the breeding inventory was 530,000 head, down 10,000 from the previous quarter, but unchanged from a year ago – the state’s market hog inventory was at 4.82 million head, up 2% from last quarter, and up 3% from last year – the March to May 2017 pig crop, at 2.80 million head, was up 5% from 2016 – sows farrowing during this period totaled 265,000 head, up 10,000 from a year ago – the average pigs saved per litter was 10.55 for the quarter, compared to 10.40 last year – all from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

(NEWTON)  The Maxine E. Spitler Awards Ceremony was this past Wednesday at the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building in Newton – there was $25,810 awarded to the various organizations that submitted their applications for projects in both Jasper & Lawrence Counties – here’s the list of recipients in Lawrence County  :  $1,477 to the Red Hill School District to purchase books of various titles for Pre-K thru 12th Grade students for all Libraries in Sumner and Bridgeport  :  $1,412 to the Red Hill School District to purchase Physical Education supplies for the Sumner Attendance Center  :  $1,088 to the Lawrence County Farm Bureau Foundation to purchase 32 sets of six different ag-related reading books for the Ag In The Classroom program  :  and $624 to the Red Hill School District to purchase music supplies & equipment for the Red Hill K thru 6th Grade Music Department  :  the other eleven recipients were listed in our Thursday news report yesterday and can be found on our respective websites (www.1035theeagle.com / www.freedom929.com) – since created in 1997, the Maxine E. Spitler Foundation has distributed over $666,200 to qualifying organizations serving the youth in both Jasper and Lawrence Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  With America’s birthday quickly approaching, various fireworks displays have been scheduled in our downstate region to help celebrate Independence Day 2017 – all of the area displays will begin at dusk, mostly generally after 9:00 – here’s the list of the dates and locations that we’re aware of in our area :
* West Salem – Centennial Park – Saturday, July 1st
* St. Francisville – River Park – Saturday, July 1st
* Effingham – Lake Sara – Saturday, July 1st
* Lawrenceville – High School Ballfield – Sunday, July 2nd
* Marshall – Mill Creek Lake / Park – Monday, July 3rd
* Flora – Charlie Brown Park – Monday, July 3rd
* Olney – City Park – Tuesday, July 4th – sponsored by the City of Olney / First National Bank in Olney
* Dieterich – Park Pavilion – Tuesday, July 4th
* Robinson – City Park – Tuesday, July 4th
* Marshall – Fairgrounds – Tuesday, July 4th
* Casey – Tuesday, July 4th
* Vincennes – Patrick Henry Drive – Tuesday, July 4th
* Mt. Carmel – High School Stadium – Tuesday, July 4th
* Salem – Reservoir in Bryan Park – Tuesday, July 4th
* Effingham – High School Sports Complex – Tuesday, July 4th
* Mattoon – Coles County Airport – Tuesday, July 4th
* Cisne – High School – Saturday, July 8th
to view this list, logon at  www.freedom929.com or www.1035theeagle.com, click on The Community tab

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for next week  :  most all area City and Village Halls will be closed next Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day 2017 – that includes those in Olney, Noble, Newton, and elsewhere  :  Republic Services will also be observing next Tuesday, July 4th, as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled by Republic Services next Tuesday – while the trash will be hauled as normal next Monday, the trash will be collected a day later than normal for the rest of next week after Tuesday – that means the trash pickup for Tuesday will be done on Wednesday, Wednesday’s normal collection will be Thursday, and so on thru next Saturday – this effects all Republic Services customers in the Olney, Noble, Newton, and surrounding area  :  and in the City of Olney, the curbside recycling schedules will not be affected by the holiday next week  :  a “thank you” to all affected for your patience.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  today at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health & Acute Care Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  next Monday at the Rural King in Mattoon from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also next week in Toledo, Effingham, Olney, and Flora  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    Raffle tickets for the upcoming Noble Chowder are now on sale at various sites, including Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the TinCup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5 – also, pie pans are available at the Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Noble Chowder


    The Richland County Museums will be open for touring this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:00 – that includes the Carnegie Museum on Main Street & the Heritage House Museum & MacsBerg School on Kitchell Avenue


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will be sponsoring “pony rides” tomorrow morning from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Olney Rural King parking lot – with the purchase of a $2 ride, a 10% off coupon for one-time use at Rural King will be given – raffle tickets will be on sale to win a shotgun or cash – all are invited


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host a “fish fry” tonight with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 (or until sold out) – carry-outs available – tickets at the door – call in advance at  618-392-4226


    The United Methodist Church along Main Street in Clay City will host a fundraising “Spaghetti Supper Benefit” tonight with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – it’s by donation only at the door – a theme basket silent auction will include Cardinal tickets and jerseys – proceeds go to the employees of  Dusty’s Tire Shop


    The Catholic Charities Summer Grill is today from 11:00 to 2:00 at 1502 East Fayette Avenue in Effingham – it’s pork burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, and a drink – plus raffle basket tickets on sale

    And the Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce, baked items, & more available to the public today from 10:00 until 4:00 – check it out