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Local News

October 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A deep upper weather trough in place over the Upper Midwest will spin several short waves rain south across the state today, giving us a chance of spotty rain showers this afternoon before the rain ends late tonight – then a couple of dry days with sunshine & a slight warm up before another cold front brings us rain on Friday and then cooler air moving in for what appears to be a dry weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois General Assembly faces another showdown with Governor Bruce Rauner as lawmakers return to the State Capitol today for the fall session – on the heals of the Democratic led income tax increase and the state’s first budget in two years earlier in 2017, lawmakers will now look other legislation that the Governor has vetoed dealing with “right to work” zones, bill reporting by state agencies, and the insurance / workers’ compensation coverage issue – there’s plenty of debate coming up.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Community College Board has put together a group to study the future of post-secondary education – the Statewide Task Force on the Future of Adult Education & Literacy, created by state lawmakers, will develop a plan for workforce training over the next five years – the numbers show that more than 1 million adults in Illinois do not have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate, yet seven out of every ten jobs will soon require some type of education or other training beyond high school.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – the statewide harvest continued with an average of 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week – Illinois’ average rainfall last week was just under two tenths of an inch (0.19),  just over a half inch (0.55) below normal – the average temperature last week was 59 degrees, which was 6.0 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn harvest was 62% complete while the soybean crop was 77% finished  :  farmers in our ten county region surrounding Newton & Olney report last week’s dry weather continued to finish up the local harvest – nearly 85% of the local corn and at least 83% of the local soybeans have all been harvested – a good portion of the intended acreage has also been sown to wheat – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest starts to wrap up.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the Redevelopment Agreement between the City of Olney and Parkside Inn, LLC – it was also announced that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held this coming Thursday morning, October 26th, at 10:00  :  approved the $28,152 proposal from A.J Walker Construction for road work & street repair at the Brentwood Street intersection with Whittle Avenue  :  approved a policy in regards to the recording of public meetings by City officials  :  approved the sale of property at 539 Shields Street by public auction, which has been set for Monday, November 27th, at 4:00  :  approved the appointment of Councilman John McLaughlin as the City representative for the Joint Review Board  :  took no action on the City of Olney / Olney Little League lease agreement as talks are continuing  :  approved a change order for additional work to be done at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and its accessory building project  :  and noted the Whittle Avenue paving project is nearly complete at the south edge of town  :  the Council’s next meeting will be November 13th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met for its last regular meeting a week ago tonight – the Council  :  agreed to donate $250 to the Indiana Railroad Santa Train to help buy coats, hats, & gloves  :  approved the $2,049 dumpster reimbursement for the demolition of property at 102 Sycamore Street  :  heard an update and report from the Newton Aquatic Center, Miniature Golf Course, and Batting Cage – then thanked the Center and Park Departments for a great job this past summer  :  approved a $2,724 purchase order for the Parks Department for electronic equipment and its installation work  :  reminded the citizens of Newton about the city’s yard waste burning rules  :  noted the cleanup and maintenance work by the City’s Street Department and Wastewater Department to better the flow of water thru town  :  and took no other action after a 28 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting two weeks from tonight, on Tuesday, November 7th, at 6:00, at the Newton City Hall.

 

(OLNEY)  In response to yesterday’s happenings within the Richland County School District, school officials say at approximately 9:30 on Monday morning, a threat of violence was identified at the Richland County High School in Olney and as a result of that threat, the High School and the entire Richland County School District initiated the Emergency Operations Plan – in conjunction with the Olney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police, the threat was investigated as each of the three school buildings in the District were locked down until approximately 12:30 – this also included the St. Joseph Catholic School and Olney Central College – the School District and others then resumed normal operations after everything was deemed safe – there were no students or staff  injured – law enforcement remained on the scene at each school during the three hour period – Superintendent Larry Bussard said the District’s student safety is the top priority and thanks to the Olney Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department for their quick response to yesterday’s event – classes and normal activities within the School District resumed yesterday afternoon & will continue thru the rest of this week.

 

(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 – various organizations, church groups, businesses, even families, and others are asked to volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift, which begin November 23rd and continue through December 31st – volunteers or others with questions can call the Olney City Hall at 618-395-7302, extension 3 during regular office hours.

 

(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)  Olney Central College will host a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Night this Thursday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 in Rooms 207 & 208 of Wattleworth Hall – the OCC Financial Aid Staff will be there to answer questions & assist students and parents in completing their 2018-2019 FAFSA application – an Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative will also be on hand to help out – those attending should bring their 2016 taxes, W2 forms, and bank statements – students and those who’ll be entering college in Fall 2018 are urged to file their FAFSA’s ASAP – some financial aid programs, like the Illinois Monetary Award Program, awards funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

REMINDERS :  
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser this Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of 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 – menu includes vegetable soup, coney dogs, hot dogs, relish & cheese trays, desserts, & drink – 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” later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 this Thursday morning (26th) while the classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, and Rodgers will perform at 10:00 this Friday morning (27th) – the public is invited to one or both performances


    Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson will celebrate Halloween with its annual “Trick or Treat at the Trail” this Thursday evening from 4:00 to 6:30 – children from around the area are invited to LTC to Trick or Treat in a fun & safe environment – the main buildings on the LTC campus will be transformed into different themes by clubs, organizations, & offices, all in costumes & with plenty of candy for children

 

 

 

October 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The second of two low pressure systems over the past 48 hours will hang over our downstate region today, giving us on-and-off chances of rain before ending tonight – then cooler air filters in on a strong northwest wind – we’ll stay cool and dry until another cold front moves thru Thursday night into Friday, with yet more chances of rain and our coolest weather so far this fall – stay tuned for updates.

 

 

****  (OLNEY)  Things are back to normal now at all local schools in Olney after the Richland County School District and Richland County authorities initiated an Emergency Operations Plan – it all stemmed from a threat of violence that was found at the Richland County High School this morning in the 9:00 hour – that’s when all school buildings were locked down, including the St. Joseph School and Olney Central College, whereas law enforcement officers were on site at each of the school buildings in Olney by 9:30 this morning – the investigation into the threat was completed enough to end the lockdown of all buildings and return things to normal at around 12:30 this afternoon – there were no student injuries and believed that no students were ever in danger as the Emergency Operations Plan was initiated as a precautionary measure – the investigation is continuing.

 

 

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the 2018 Illinois Governor’s race is already on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat – J.B. Pritzker, one of the world’s richest people, is among several Democrats trying to defeat multimillionaire Governor Bruce Rauner – both men have been airing TV ads more than a year before Election Day – combined, all of the candidates have raised more than $100 million in the past year, most of it is their own money – the most expensive Govenor’s race was in California in 2010 when the candidates there spent a total of $280 million.

 

(OLNEY)  Homes sold quickly and at higher median prices in September, even as statewide home sales dipped slightly amid lower than normal housing inventory levels, according to Illinois Realtors – the state’s home sales last month totaled 13,657 units sold, down 4% from last year – the statewide median price in September was $192,500, up 6.9% from a year ago – the time it took to sell a home in September averaged 51 days – thirty (30) Illinois counties reported sales gains for September 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(NEWTON)  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield has announced it is planning to honor the nation’s military on Veterans Day – officials say the facility will offer free admission to all military personnel on Saturday, November 11th, plus to all Veterans and families who’ve lost loved ones in combat – the day before, a wreath will be placed at the Museum’s Main Plaza and a flame will be lit outside the building in honor of all branches of the U.S. Military – for more, check the Museum’s website.

 

(OLNEY)  The Halloween Parade sponsored by TrustBank will be held at 6:00 this coming Friday 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 – any business or group wishing to have an entry in the parade should contact Debi Phillips at TrustBank by calling  395-4311 – those bringing a child to walk in the parade do NOT need to contact TrustBank.

 

(NEWTON)  The Student Council at Newton Community High School will have its annual Trick or Treat for Cans “Canned Food Drive” this evening – Newton residents are asked to leave their canned food items on their front porches as members of the NCHS Student Council will drop by and pick up the items in their costumes – it all starts at 6:00 tonight – all food items donated will help those in need in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate will present its Haunted Trail in the woods north of the college along Parker Street this coming Friday & Saturday nights, October 27th and 28th, and 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.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the City of Olney’s water distribution system from free chlorine to the normal chlorine on October 25th, this coming Wednesday – chloramines are the normal disinfectant used in Olney’s water system and the free chlorine has been used the past couple of weeks in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – residents of Olney may notice a change in the taste of the water until all of the free chlorine is out of the City of Olney water lines – the City of Olney appreciates the patience of all water customers at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are now 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)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season started this past Saturday morning 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, check the DNR website at  www.dnr.state.il.us.

 

(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  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday 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.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There’s two meetings tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets at 7:00 at Olney City Hall  :  the Noble Village Board meets at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble  :  both are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney VFW will host a Free Seminar on Suicide Prevention on Monday night, October 30th, starting at 7:00 – guest speaker will be Dale Horaz, Suicide Prevention Coordinator from the Marion VA Hospital


    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 on Facebook for more


    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


    The Antioch Christian Church, southwest of Olney, will host Big Mo in concert this Sunday, at 10:30 in the morning and at 6:00 in the evening – everyone’s invited out to hear a Songwriter of the Year, Musician of the Year, Soloist of the Year, and a Dove Award Nominee


    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 at the east edge of 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 – menu includes vegetable soup, coney dogs, hot dogs, relish & cheese trays, desserts, & drink – 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" later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Erwin and Taylor will perform at 10:00 this Thursday morning (26th) while the classes of teachers Greenwood, McVicker, and Rodgers will perform at 10:00 this Friday morning (27th) – the public is invited to one or both performances

 

 

 

October 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a southerly wind flow on the back side of that high pressure ridge that’s kept our sky dry & clear all this past work week gives us one more day of warmer-than-normal conditions, an approaching cold front will bring our next chance of rain by daybreak early tomorrow morning – then thru the day Sunday & possibly into Monday – then cooler air moves in until maybe more rain next weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Governor’s administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts that it wants to make to Illinois’ new state budget – reports indicate the cuts include $89 million to human services programs, including autism services, after school programming, and immigrant & refugee services – the Governor’s office says more cuts are needed because the budget is still $1.5 billion out of balance.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:05 early yesterday (Friday) morning on Harrier Road, just southwest of Louisville – the State Police report 39 year old Chad Edward Kuhlig of Louisville was southbound on Harrier Road when his pickup truck went off the roadway, struck a ditch embankment, into a field, and ended up in a creek bed – Kuhlig was pronounced dead by Clay County authorities – the State Police were assisted at the scene by emergency personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Boy Scout Troop 211 and Cub Scout Packs 211 and 219, in cooperation with the Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization, and the Richland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, will be celebrating 60 years of connecting Scouts thru the use of Amateur Radio on this Saturday – the Olney Scouts will be setup outside the University of Illinois Specialized Children’s Services Building, just off of South Route 130, in Olney, from 9:30 until 2:30 today – the Scouts will be encouraged to communicate with other contacted stations under the supervision of a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has its annual “squirrel corn give away” this morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the City Park Community Building – a limited supply of the free corn is available to residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those picking up corn should bring their own containers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater production of “Subject to Change” has two performances remaining at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC, sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – remaining tickets go on sale an hour before each performance in the Olney Central College Theater lobby – that’s tonight & tomorrow afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is offering another Concealed Carry Course next week – Thursday and Friday nights, October 26th & 27th, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at OCC, and next Saturday, October 28th, from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Olney Gun Range – the course is designed for both the experienced and beginning shooter – the tuition and fees for the 16-hour course is $175 for IECC District residents and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat in the course – for those age 60 and over, the tuition is waived but the $92 course fee must be paid in advance – to register, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777.

 

(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 Olney, Robinson, Mattoon, & Effingham  :   all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low supplies throughout our area and the Midwest.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing with its annual fall fish sale – orders for various fish species are being accepted thru next Thursday, October 26th – the fish delivery date is November 2nd – to place an order or for more details, call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney


    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host an Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation beginning at 4:00 – then a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event


    Two area Fellowships of Christian Athletes will meet each other in a Fields of Faith event tomorrow afternoon – the students from Richland County High School will take on those from Newton Community High School – the friendly battle will be at 1:30 tomorrow at Olney’s Rotary Park along East Fork Lake


    The next Jasper County blood drive is tomorrow morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie, from 7:30 to 11:30 – all eligible donors are encouraged to turn out and give “the gift of life”


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    The Richland County TB & Health Office is open today with flu shots available from 10:00 to 2:00 – the walk-in clinic is open at the office building along South Whittle Avenue in Olney – flu shots available today

 

 

 

October 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a pretty simple forecast – unseasonably warm today and tomorrow with plenty of sunshine – a wet second half of the weekend and into the first of the new week ahead – then cooler temperatures and more dry conditions for the rest of next week – with the rain likely to start after midnight Saturday night, some forecast models show less rain for us than for others to the north – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois’ unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5% even in September and nonfarm payrolls decreased by nearly 11,000 jobs over-the-month – the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment during September were Financial Activities and Manufacturing – the rate is nearly 1% (0.8) higher than the national number and down almost 1% (0.8) from a year ago in the Land of Lincoln.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s office along with 49 other attorneys general has reached a $120 million settlement with General Motors Company over allegations that GM concealed safety issues related to ignition switch defects in GM vehicles – while GM issued seven total recalls related to defective ignition switches that impacted more than 9 million vehicles, the AG’s investigation revealed GM employees knew the problem jeopardized drivers’ safety – Illinois’ share of the national award is approximately $3.1 million.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Bureau has announced its support regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent announcement that it will end “sue and settle” practices within the federal agency – IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr., says the Illinois Farm Bureau is pleased to see the U.S. EPA move away from the previous administration’s practice of behind-the-scenes consent decrees and settlement agreements into a more open and fair regulatory process just as Congress had intended the EPA to work.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into the crash of an ultra-light aircraft in Jasper County at around 6:07 last evening – the State Police report 86 year old Arthur C. Michels was flying about a mile & a half north of his residence, which is approximately 4 miles north of Wheeler, when his aircraft lost engine power – while attempting to land, the aircraft eventually crashed – Michels was transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the incident.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus made a quick stop in Olney yesterday as the 15th Congressional Representative paid a visit to the After School Program at the Richland County Middle School in the 3:00 hour – the former teacher from Collinsville was on tour of his downstate district with several stops made.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board had its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  heard a positive financial report from Superintendent Bussard as he noted projections thru Fiscal Year 2021 – the cutting of approximately $1 million from the District budget and other reduced spending efforts from earlier this year has improved the outlook, although concerns still exist  :  noted the State now owes the District some $2.4 million to date  :  approved the FY17 annual audit report as presented  :  noted the observance of today, October 20th, as Principals Appreciation Day while recognizing the District’s respective principals  :  and after a short 11 minute closed session, made the following personnel moves – approved Matt McClaren as the RCHS Freshman Boys Basketball Coach – approved Phil Dompe, Drew Pottorff, and Nathan DeMeyer as volunteer RCHS Wrestling Coaches – approved Patrick Mehaffey and Brett Gardner as volunteer RCHS Boys Basketball Coaches  :  also during last night’s meeting at RCHS – the JROTC Tiger Battalion and the RCHS Choir teamed up to begin the meeting with the presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem – heard from Principal Chad LeCrone about the “I Matter Project” at RCHS – heard an update from the RCHS students involved in the new CEO program – heard a report from the Olney FFA Chapter on its activities – and enjoyed refreshments provided by the RCHS Foods II Class  :  the Richland County School Board’s next regular meeting is November 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night in Newton for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  heard the District’s annual audit / financial report from the Kemper CPA Group  :  on a 6 to 1 vote, agreed to hire out future work with GRP when needed at the Ste. Marie School Building  :  approved various donations made to portions of the District  :  agreed to move the December 21st board meeting to December 18th at 5:30  :  approved to pay employee John Lidy a stipend for FFA activities from Ag Grant funds  :  approved volunteer coaches Anthony Richards, Amy Casey, and Tina Shipman for NCHS Girls Basketball  :  agreed to give Superintendent Johnson the authority to hire thru November 14th, if needed  :  recognized several of the District’s bus drivers who were present at the meeting  :  recognized the District’s principals and their assistants as today, October 20th, is being observed as Principal’s Appreciation Day in Illinois  :  the next regular meeting of the Jasper County School Board is Tuesday, November 14th, at 6:30.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board met last night – the Board  :  agreed to serve as volunteers for the Bucket Brigade at the Olney Christmas Lights Display in late November  :  discussed the East Fork Lake Trails sign and agreed to recommend a sign be constructed like those marking the skate park & playground at Musgrove Park  :  talked about tourism signs to help visitors locate the East Fork Arena – agreed to discuss the issue with the White Squirrel Saddle Club  :  and discussed the proposed stage to be recommended in Bower Park – the size of the stage and related costs may be offset by possible donations  :  all recommendations from the Parks & Recreation Board go to the Olney City Council for its consideration.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney will have its annual “squirrel corn give away” this Saturday morning, starting at 9:00, in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a limited supply of eared corn is available, free of charge, to City of Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those picking up the corn should bring their own containers – if any questions, call Belinda at  395-3481.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater presents the play “Subject to Change” with three performances this weekend, all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s tonight at 7:30, tomorrow night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – tickets can be purchased online, at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  or at the OCC Box Office from 10:00 to 2:00 weekdays – remaining tickets will go on sale an hour before each show in the lobby.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America organization will hold its 3rd annual Chili Cook-Off at tonight’s final home Olney Tiger football game at Richland County High School – the following organizations are participating – the FFA, the FBLA, the Spanish Club, and the VAT Club – all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Unity Project which is coordinated locally – everyone is encouraged to stop by – two dollars per person will allow everyone to taste test the various chili entries and then vote on their favorite chili recipe – that’s this Friday night at RCHS in Olney.

 

(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  :  also today at the Salem High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  the Blood Donation Center in Effingham will accept blood tomorrow from 7:45 to 2:15  :  blood drives next week in Olney, Robinson, Mattoon, & Effingham  :   all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host this Sunday Hillary Doerries Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Organ Concert begins at 4:00, with a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event

    Two area Fellowships of Christian Athletes will meet each other in a Fields of Faith event this Sunday afternoon – the students from Richland County High School will take on those from Newton Community High School – the friendly battle will be at 1:30 this Sunday at Olney’s Rotary Park along East Fork Lake


    The next Jasper County blood drive is this coming Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie, from 7:30 to 11:30 – all eligible donors are encouraged to turn out and give “the gift of life”


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    A Kids’ Painting Party is this Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Park Community Building – for youngsters age 5 and older, plus parents & grandparents are welcome – space is limited – reservations are made as a $25 ticket is purchased at the front entrance of the WalMart DC – $5 of the price goes to Children’s Miracle Network supporting Riley Children’s Hospital – call  618-393-5904


    The Olney Church of the Nazerene on North Walnut Street will this Friday host the award winning trio Servant Voices and gifted musician & preacher Kenny Williamson, all starting at 7:00 – all are invited


    And during this Principals Appreciation Day throughout Illinois, join us in saying “thanks” to all of our local and area principals and their assistants for doing what they do to better our schools and students

 

 

 

October 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’re back will plenty of sunshine and a dry sky today as our downstate weather continues to be dominated by a strong high pressure ridge that’s now starting to move a bit towards the east – as we warm up a bit tomorrow & into the weekend, an approaching cold front will bring us our next chance of rain late Saturday night and thru the day on Sunday – maybe lingering into Monday & Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – officials have designated six sites around Illinois as Enterprise Zones to urge business development – the Illinois Department of Commerce named the locations in Effingham County & Effingham, Massac County, Whiteside County, Douglas County, Jersey & Greene Counties, and Chicago – Enterprise Zones are meant to encourage investment in depressed areas with tax incentives possible.

 

(OLNEY)  October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services is giving parents and caregivers a few reminders that can help prevent tragic accidents – everyone should follow the ABC’s of Safe Sleep  :  a baby should sleep Alone, on its Back, and in a safe Crib, every time  :  sleep suffocation and SIDS are leading causes of death for children one year old or younger – for more information and/or details on safe sleeping for infants go online and check the IDCFS website.

 

(NEWTON)  Millions of people in the U.S. and all around the world will take a few minutes to practice three simple actions today that could save their lives during a major earthquake – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and municipal & county EMA’s is helping sponsor this morning’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold – schools, families, & others are taking part at 10:19 this morning – for preparedness tips, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met for its regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday night near Robinson – the Board  :  approved a resolution declaring the intent of the District to certify its estimated tax levy for the year – a public hearing will be held on the Tax Levy during the next regular meeting in November  :  approved the District’s annual financial report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30th, 2017  :  approved a revision of policies that address Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources, especially as related to new copyright rules  :  accepted the Environmental Scan Report for Fiscal Year 2018 – a report used to forecast future internal and external needs for both college programs and services  :  adopted Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolutions for the counties of Crawford, Wabash, and Wayne, following the previous adoption for Richland County – these plans allow each college to work with the local EMA’s to implement local emergency response plans  :  approved health and dental insurance with four plans available for employees to choose from with varying rates and options for each plan  :  approved a Health Savings Account contribution of $1,000 for each eligible employee who is enrolled in the District’s Qualified High Deductible Health Plan for calendar year 2018  :  affiliation agreements were approved with eleven area medical facilities for Associate Degree in Nursing Program, the Emergency Response Program, and for the Phlebotomy Program  :  and took the following personnel moves – accepted the retirements for Olney Central College Nursing Instructor Susan Adams and for District Workforce Education Instructor Kevin Weber – accepted the resignation for Program Assistant at WED Amy Johnson – changed the employment status for Michelle McLaskey to Program Assistant for the WED Program – and hired Liesl Wingert as Coordinator of Transition Services at Frontier Community College and Kaitlyn Vanarsdalen as Library Assistant at Olney Central College  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, November 21st, at Olney Central College in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow is being recognized as Principal Appreciation Day across Illinois – we want you to join us as we salute the building principals and their assistants for a job well done here in Richland County :
* Richland County High School  :  Principal Chad LeCrone  :  Assistant Principal Andy Julian
* Richland County Middle School  :  Principal Cris Edwards  :  Assistant Principal Darrell Houchin
* Richland County Elementary School  :  Intermediate Grades Principal Andy Thomann  :  Primary Grades Principal Margaret Hahn
* Richland County Elementary School  :  Early Childhood / Pre-K Program Administrator Jennifer Tedford
* Richland County Elementary School  :  District Special Needs Coordinator Mick Whittler
we urge everyone to take time to note the hard work & commitment of these men & women to our students.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A statewide petition drive is continuing to protest the proposed use of taxpayer funds to help build and/or support the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in Chicago – it’s reported that some Illinois lawmakers want to use $100 million earmarked for IDOT bridge & road projects for the Obama project – to sign a petition in opposition to using tax dollars for this purpose, logon at  www.davidreis.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney will have its annual “squirrel corn give away” this Saturday morning, starting at 9:00, in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a limited supply of eared corn is available, free of charge, to City of Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those picking up the corn should bring their own containers – if any questions, call Belinda at  395-3481.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater presents the play “Subject to Change” with three performances this weekend, all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s tomorrow night at 7:30, Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – tickets can be purchased online, at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  or at the OCC Box Office from 10:00 to 2:00 weekdays – remaining tickets will go on sale an hour before each show in the lobby.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America organization will hold its 3rd annual Chili Cook-Off at this Friday night’s final home Olney Tiger football game at Richland County High School – the following organizations are participating – the FFA, the FBLA, the Spanish Club, and the VAT Club – all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Unity Project which is coordinated locally – everyone is encouraged to stop by – two dollars per person will allow everyone to taste test the various chili entries and then vote on their favorite chili recipe – that’s this Friday night at RCHS in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee will host a special pork loin dinner tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, starting at 6:30 – the public is invited to attend the event – the main guest speaker will be former Congressman and former Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard – plus those attending will have the chance to meet other local and regional officeholders and candidates as well – that’s all tonight in Newton at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

 

(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 Windsor High School from 12:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Church of the Nazarene in Flora from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  also tomorrow at the Salem High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional and area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will host this Sunday Hillary Doerries Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Organ Concert begins at 4:00, with a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event


    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend


    A Kids’ Painting Party is this Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Park Community Building – for youngsters age 5 and older, plus parents & grandparents are welcome – space is limited – reservations are made as a $25 ticket is purchased at the front entrance of the WalMart DC – $5 of the price goes to Children’s Miracle Network supporting Riley Children’s Hospital – call  618-393-5904


    The Olney Church of the Nazerene on North Walnut Street will this Friday host the award winning trio Servant Voices and gifted musician & preacher Kenny Williamson, all starting at 7:00 – all are invited


    There are two regular monthly meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets in Newton at 6:30  :  the Richland County School Board meets in Olney at 7:30  :  both meetings are open to the public


    The Office of Congressman John Shimkus has announced that the Congressman will be in Olney this afternoon – Shimkus will be visiting the After School Program at the Richland County Middle School