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June 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the developing cold front approaching the Upper Midwest, most of today’s stormy weather will stay to our north, that is mostly north of Interstate 70 – however, it will be warmer & more humid today with more clouds – while some areas could get wet tonight, most of our rain comes tomorrow thru Friday night, ending by early Saturday – then mostly dry for the weekend ahead – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois legislative leaders plan to meet again this morning in continuing attempts to finish a new state budget before a fiscal crisis that could blow up by Saturday – today is the ninth day of a special session called by the Governor as lawmakers try to avoid starting a third consecutive fiscal year with no spending plan in place – Governor Rauner announced yesterday that if lawmakers fail to send a balanced budget package to his desk by Friday, the session will continue until the job is done.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois has been recognized as the top state in the country for road safety, according to the State of Safety Report released by the National Safety Council – the report uses a grading system to rank states based on policy & laws pertaining to key safety issues – the road safety section is based on 8 subcategories, including impaired driving, child passenger safety, distracted driving, issues for older drivers, seat belts, speeding, teen drivers, & vulnerable road users – for more, check the Council’s website, at  www.nsc.org.

 

(NEWTON)  State Fair officials are reminding fairgoers of several upcoming competition deadlines for the 2017 Illinois State Fair – while the Open & Junior Livestock Shows entry deadlines are Saturday, July 1st, the other show deadlines run thru the first week of August – for details, check the Fair’s website online, at  www.illinoisstatefair.info  – the Illinois State Fair in Springfield will be held August 10th thru the 20th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is just around the corner, starting a week from tonight on Thursday, July 6th, with the Carnival Preview Night, with $15 armbands available from 6:00 to 10:00 – the Carnival rides will then be available each day and night on the Fair’s midway throughout the ten day & night run of the Richland County Fair – officialls will be working on the fairgrounds with building and barns set up a week from tonight at 6:00 – the Home Economics Show is a week from tomorrow on Friday, July 7th, and the 4-H General Projects Show is the following Monday, July 10th – the 4-H Livestock Show schedule includes : the Horse Show on Sunday morning, July 9th, at 9:00 : the Goat Show Monday afternoon, July 10th, at 3:00 : the Swine, Poultry, and Dairy Shows on Tuesday morning July 11th : the Beef, Rabbit, and Sheep Shows on Wednesday, July 12th : the Overall Showmanship Contest on Thursday morning, July 13th, at 8:30 : the 4-H Youth Auction that Thursday afternoon, July 13th, at 3:00 : and the Tractor Driving Contest at 9:00 Friday morning, July 14th : plus all the respective grandstand activities most every night – that’s all at the 161st Annual Richland County Fair, July 6th thru the 15th, in the Olney City Park.

 

(NEWTON)  The Maxine E. Spitler Awards Ceremony was held yesterday 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 Jasper County  :  $4,000 to the St. Thomas School in Newton for a 10-student set of Google Expeditions  :  $3,500 to the Jasper County School District to help purchase new Newton Elementary / Jasper County Junior High Band uniforms  :  $2,500 to the Jasper County School District to assist with the purchase of Chromebooks at Newton Community High School  :  $2,101 to the Jasper County Youth Soccer League for a set of four-row aluminum bleachers  :  $1,800 to the Jasper County School District for the purchase of one BrightLink 695 Wi Smartboard for the Newton Elementary School 2nd Grade Classroom  :  $1,753 to the Jasper County Farm Bureau Foundation to purchase incubators, candlers, and more for the Ag In The Classroom program  :  $1,675 to the Jasper County Boys and Girls Park to purchase a drainage tile system for the west ball diamond  :  $1,070 to the Falmouth United Methodist Church to help fund Vacation Bible School with equipment, supplies, and activities  :  $1,000 to the Jasper County School District to buy three R.E.A.D. reading books for students at the Newton Elementary School and St. Thomas School  :  $1,000 to the Jasper County School District for kits, lab equipment, and supplies for the Junior High School Science Department  :  $810 to the Sunrise Youth Soccer League to purchase soccer training balls  :  four other grant recipients were from organizations from Lawrence County – since created in 1997, the Maxine E. Spitler Foundation has distributed over $666,200 to qualifying organizations in both Jasper and Lawrence Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College’s Automotive Service Technology Program is the recipient of a second 2016 Toyota Highlander donated by Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana – the vehicle will be used in the lab, allowing students to gain hands-on experience working with the latest advancements in motor-vehicle technologies – in addition to the two vehicles, Toyota has also donated six engines and ten transmissions in the past – OCC’s Automotive Program is currently accepting new students for the 2017 fall semester – visit the online website, at  www.iecc.edu/occ  or call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program for the public next Tuesday, 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 downtown Olney – the entertainment list includes a violinist, a soprano soloist, and a brass sextet – refreshments will also be available, 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 on July 4th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Annual 4th of July Celebration in Dieterich is next week – it all starts next Monday night, July 3rd, with the 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 next Tuesday, July 4th : it begins with a 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 that morning : the Beer Tent will be open throughout the day & night : pork burger meals served in the Kluthe Civic Center from 11:00 to 2:00 : the Independence Day Parade at 11:00 : a Petting Zoo from 12:00 to 6:00 : Bounce Houses from 12:00 to dusk : the Youth Pedal Pulls at 1:00 : Bingo at 1:00 : Power Wheels Demo Derby at 2:00 : Turtle Races at 3:00 : live music from 3:00 to 6:00 : a Bags Tournament at 5:00 : the Little King & Queen Contest at 7:00 : raffle drawings at 8:00 : and the huge Fireworks Display at 9:15 – also open throughout the day will be the Dieterich Quasquicentennial 125th Store with various items on sale, including raffle tickets and tickets for the Queen of Hearts Drawing – also gun raffle tickets, 125th Anniversary Cookbooks, other Quasquicentennial merchandise, and 1993 Dieterich Centennial Book Special Edition – check is all out next Monday night and Tuesday, all day and night, in Dieterich.

 

(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 Washington Savings Bank in Effingham from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health & Acute Care Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low regional supplies here in our area counties.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will be sponsoring “pony rides” this Saturday 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 Friday night “fish fry” this weekend 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 Olney Public Library continues with its summer reading program this week – there’s still time to enter the “thingamajig” contest – all designs are due in at the Library by tomorrow – call at  392-3711


    The Catholic Charities Summer Grill is tomorrow 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 – call ahead orders for 20 meals or more at  217-857-1458  can be delivered to Effingham or Teutopolis


    The Sounds of Summer free concert series continues tonight at Bower Park in Olney from 6:00 to 8:00 – bring the family & enjoy the entertainment, featuring music from Garrett Biggs – concessions available


    The Big Blue Bus will be at the Noble Village Park today from 3:30 to 4:30 and at the Richland County Mall Parking Lot in Olney today from 5:00 to 6:00 – all Richland County youngsters are invited out to look over the large selection of books available for reading – no library card or ID necessary – check it out


    The Farmer’s Market in Noble will be set up this afternoon and evening in the Village Park from 3:00 to 6:00 – all types of produce and other items available – that’s in the Noble Village Park later today

 

 

 

June 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a dominate high pressure ridge hanging over the Upper Midwest, our downstate sky will again stay dry and sunny today, although a little warmer with higher humidity levels this afternoon – an approaching cold front will drop towards our area after a dry day tomorrow, giving us our next chance of rain Friday thru Friday night – then a dry and warm weekend on Saturday and Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – lawmakers in Springfield are continuing efforts to pass a state budget – in fact, House Democrats could call a vote today on a statewide property tax freeze that would make exceptions for Chicago, distressed school districts, and cities trying to pay off long-term debt and make contributions to police & fire pension programs – while dependent on $5 billion in increased income taxes, the plan would also cut state spending by $3 billion and would increase education spending by some $350 million – state lawmakers face a deadline of this Friday to agree on a budget before the new fiscal year begins Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  This Fourth of July, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill, and/or setting off that bundle of fireworks – therefore, the American Red Cross is offering a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend – from buckling up all seat belts to abstaining from alcohol before or while driving, to use all safety measures for grilling and maybe by attending a public fireworks display instead of the family fireworks at home, the Red Cross encourages everyone to use common sense and all safety measures this weekend – check the  www.redcross.org  website online for tips on staying safe.

 

(NEWTON)  In this week’s Crop Report, Illinois’ winter wheat harvest is nearing the end around the state – while the harvest is wrapping up in the southern areas, the northern Illinois harvest should begin and end through the month of July – statewide farmers cut 41% of the wheat crop in the one-week span of June 11th thru 17th, two weeks ago – in fact, the state’s harvest number as of this past Sunday was estimated at nearly three-quarters (75%) complete – early reports of wheat yields varied by more than 60 bushels with some fields breaking the 100 bushel mark with many reports averaging around 80 bushels per acre – many took advantage of the previously dry conditions for wheat harvest and now with recent rains, many farmers are double-cropping soybeans after baling straw – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was both Madison Township and Bonpas Township leading the way with two and nine tenths inches (2.90) of rain during the seven day recording period – Claremont Township had the next highest amount at two inches and thirty-five hundredths (2.35) – that was followed by Decker Township with an inch and eight tenths (1.80) and Noble Township with an inch and six tenths (1.60) – both German Township and Olney Township, along with the Farm Bureau Office in Olney, recorded an inch and a half (1.50), followed by Preston Township at an inch and two tenths (1.20) and Denver Township at a half inch of rain (0.50) – here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and thirty-one hundredths (1.31) during the seven day period in the county.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  approved an Appropriations Ordinance for fiscal year 2018, which began back on May 1st – with the Village’s total revenue estimated at $441,483 and expenditures estimated at $625,508, the difference is a deficit at $185,026 – however, it was noted anticipated revenue for the Village could change depending on funds received from the state  :  approved the oil and chip cost estimate worth $20,130 as submitted by Larry Heuerman Trucking for the Village summer street maintenance program  :  approved the Prevailing Wage Ordinance as presented  :  agreed to purchase a 12x40 foot culvert or two 12x20 foot culverts, whichever costs less – all needed for improvements along South Palmer Street  :  noted that Village employees recently fixed a pin hole water line leak along East Locust Street  :  noted that mosquito spraying is now being done throughout the Village on Tuesdays and Thursdays  :  and noted that the Noble Village Hall will be closed for the day next Tuesday, on July 4th  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday, July 10th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is nearly a week away and one of the highlights each year is the Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant, which is set for Monday night, July 10th, starting at 7:00 – current Fair Queen Madi Hahn will help oversee this year’s pageant which has seven young ladies vying for the crown – here’s the list (in no particular order) of the contestants for this year’s Richland County Pageant  :
* 19 year old Rachel Woods – parents are Brian and Nikki Woods
* 18 year old Autumn Scherer – parents are Harvey and Bonnie Scherer
* 20 year old Jordan Morris – parents are Dewayne and Karen Morris
* 17 year old Autumn Leaf – parents are Toby and Tanya Leaf
* 18 year old Rylee Dial – parents are Aaron Dial and Felicia Nohren
* 19 year old Kylar Craig – parents are Brian and Danette Craig
* 19 year old Paige Anderson – parents are Diana Anderson and the late John Anderson
that’s all coming up on Monday night, July 10th, plus the Little Miss Pageant will be held as well that night – the Richland County Fair will kick off with a special opening night of Carnival Rides on the midway from 6:00 to 10:00 on Thursday night, July 6th, a week from tomorrow night, with armbands available for only $15 – the Carnival Rides & concessions will run the entire length of the ten day/night event in the Olney City Park – it’s the 161st Richland County Fair, coming up Thursday, July 6th, thru Saturday, July 15th.

 

(FLORA)  It’s been announced that the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall That Heals”, will visit Clay County at the end of next week – the half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be open to the public 24-hours around the clock next Wednesday night thru Sunday afternoon, July 5th thru the 9th, on the grounds of the Floyd Henson Junior High School, just off of  U.S. Route 50 in Flora, across from the Clay County Hospital – following an official escort to Flora next Wednesday morning and after being set up, the Memorial will officially open at 7:00 a week from tonight and remain open around the clock – a Welcome Ceremony is scheduled for next Thursday night at 7:00, then a Missing Man Table Ceremony by Rolling Thunder next Saturday morning at 10:00, a Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony next Saturday night at 7:00, and a Candlelight Vigil from dusk until 11:00 next Saturday night – a Closing Ceremony will be 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.

 

(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 11:30 to 6:00  :  today at the Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School west of Centralia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  today at the First Christian Church in Odin from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Washington Savings Bank in Effingham from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health & Acute Care Center in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low regional supplies of blood.

 

REMINDERS :
    The United Methodist Church along Main Street in Clay City will host a fundraising “Spaghetti Supper Benefit” this Friday night 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 Dusty’s Tire Shop employees


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host a Friday night “fish fry” this weekend 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 Olney Public Library continues with its summer reading program this week – there’s still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the “thingamajig” contest – all designs for this contest are due in at the Library by this coming Friday – for details, call  392-3711 or go to  www.olneypubliclibrary.org


    The Sounds of Summer free concert series will continue tomorrow night at Bower Park in Olney – bring the family and your lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment this week, featuring music from Garrett Biggs – concessions and $1 bottled water available – that’s from 6:00 to 8:00 this Thursday night


    The Cummins Band will be back in concert tonight at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are invited to attend


    The Newton Care Center will host “lemonade on the lawn” this evening at 6:00 – special entertainment will be provided by Stan Garner – all ages are invited to attend

 

 

 

June 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a high pressure ridge building into the upper Midwest today, our sky will be dry with plenty of sunshine – then more sun and warmer air moves in for tomorrow, all ahead of a weak frontal boundary that will bring us our next chance of rain on Friday – most all of our Thursday will stay dry with some rain possible that night – it appears our first weekend in July will be warm & dry – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – members of the Illinois General Assembly are halfway through the Governor’s Special Session with this coming Friday being the end of the fiscal year – so far, little, if any, progress has been made in reaching a spending plan agreement – the State House Democrats will today present their own version of a property tax freeze to committee – Governor Rauner’s tax freeze proposal has been voted down by Democrats for the past two years – it’s back to Springfield today for day seven of the Special Session.

 

(OLNEY)  The State House approved the Network Adequacy & Transparency Act yesterday, a bill that was previously approved by the State Senate and now moves on to the Governor’s desk for his signature – the NAT Act represents an important victory for patients – it will create several new protections for consumers who purchase state regulated private health plans – plus the plan would require insurance companies to make sure their networks meet the needs of patients and more – while the Governor has showed support for the bill in past weeks, the measure has been supported totally by the Illinois State Medical Society.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois and Iowa officials joined together yesterday in a ceremonial groundbreaking to launch a three & a half year bi-state construction project to build a new Interstate 74 Bridge over the Mississippi River to improve travel and safety – with the jurisdiction shared by Iowa and Illinois, agencies from both states will be working closely to coordinate construction activities with the cities of Bettendorf, Moline, Davenport, and Rock Island – the proposed $1.2 billion project will begin with some construction work this summer with a completion date set for 2021, all to replace two aging bridges that date back 82 years.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for a regular bi-monthly meeting – the Council  :  approved the $89,145 quote and amended the fiscal year budget for soil cement repair work at the East Fork Lake parking lot  :  approved the $13,188 purchase of two pieces of playground equipment, one for Rotary Park, the other for the Olney City Park  :  agreed to close a portion of the North/South Alley between South Camp Avenue and the Consolidated Grain & Barge Railway, and between West South Avenue and West Lafayette Street, as requested by the National Vinegar Company, which plans to install a containment wall in the area  :  discussed forming a Committee to explore long range street plans for the City of Olney  :  took no action on the sale of property at 304 Lee Avenue and 539 South Shields Street due to no bids submitted  :  approved two raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss real property and personnel  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council is Monday, July 10th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police has issued a Traffic Advisory for a section of Southeastern Illinois for the rest of today – the State Police is assisting the Illinois Department of Transportation with an oversized equipment permit move – it begins this morning on Interstate 64 at the Indiana / Illinois state line, traveling north of Illinois Route 1 thru Grayville, then north on Illinois Route 130, and ending at the old rest area just south of Albion – prior to and during the permit move today, the roads impacted will be closed, including Illinois Route 130, south of Albion, and Illinois Route 1 thru Grayville – all to prepare for and allow the extremely large load to safely travel & maneuver to its destination – alternate routes should be taken today.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recently held its annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. with over 1,700 high school students from across the nation taking part – the students took time to meet with their elected officials & to engage in some leadership training – the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives also took part with various youth from our local and area cooperatives taking part and making the trip  :  the Norris Electric Cooperative sponsored three area students – Brianna King from Hutsonville, Michaela Moore from Lawrenceville, and Jarrett Jones from Effingham  :  the Clay Electric Cooperative sponsored four area students – Lucas Rauch from Ingraham, Madison Healy from Mason, and Millie Beland & Lily Burkett, both from Flora  :  and the Wayne-White Electric Cooperative sponsored two area students – Natalie Howard and Faye Young, both from Carmi.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Richland County Fair is now less than two weeks away, scheduled for Thursday, July 6th all the way thru Saturday, July 15th, on the fairgrounds in the Olney City Park – one of the fair’s many highlights will be the annual Talent Show, which is set for Tuesday night, July 11th, that’s two weeks from tonight – officials remind everyone that applications for this year’s Talent Contest can be picked up during regular office hours at the Olney Chamber of Commerce – for more information about the Richland County Fair and all the activities planned for this year, check the website online at  www.richlandcountyfair.org.

 

(NEWTON)  Here's some reminders for area outdoorsmen and women  :  resident Illinois hunters can apply online for permits for the 2017 Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season, which runs October 21st thru 29th – the first lottery application deadline is July 3rd, a week from yesterday  :  all Illinois boat owners are reminded to check their three year boat registration / decal and renew their registration if it expires at the end of this month on June 30th, this Friday – renewals can be made on the State DNR website  :  and resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits – the deadline to apply for the second lottery is June 30th, this coming Friday  :  for more on these and other things outdoors in Illinois, check the DNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(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 Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Community Building in Stewardson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host a Friday night “fish fry” this weekend 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 Olney Public Library continues with its summer reading program this week – there’s still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the “thingamajig” contest – all designs for this contest are due in at the Library by this coming Friday – for details, call  392-3711 or go to  www.olneypubliclibrary.org


    The Sounds of Summer free concert series will continue this Thursday night at Bower Park in Olney – bring the family and your lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment this week, featuring music from Garrett Biggs – concessions and $1 bottled water available – that’s from 6:00 to 8:00 this Thursday night


    The Cummins Band will be back in concert tomorrow night at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are invited to attend


    The Newton Care Center will host “lemonade on the lawn” tomorrow evening at 6:00 – special entertainment will be provided by Stan Garner – all ages are invited to attend


    The Pink Warriors Sisters of Richland County have their monthly meeting for June tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – includes stories, support, & laughter – all are invited to attend


    The 43rd Annual Day of Prayer for Life will be held today thru tonight at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis – all are welcome to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life – nearly 20 other regional Catholic churches are also taking part with their own parish prayer times throughout this Tuesday


    The Big Blue Bus will be at Musgrove Park this afternoon and evening from 3:00 to 7:00 – all Pre-K thru 8th grade students in Richland County are invited out to see what’s available – no library card or ID is necessary – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County and the Richland County Schools


    And it’s been announced that today’s Richland County Farmer’s Market has been cancelled for this Tuesday – the Farmer’s Market however will return this coming Friday in the Olney City Park

 

 

 

June 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While a high pressure ridge will keep us mild with some sunshine today, a upper level shortwave could give us some scattered and isolated showers late this afternoon and tonight – then as we dry out for sure tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll see a warming trend as well – then more rain chances daily Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before we dry out for the first Sunday in July – listen for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – lawmakers are back in Springfield for day six of a ten day special session to discuss and hopefully approve a new state budget that would take affect this coming Saturday, July 1st – more hearings were held over the weekend, discussing the various aspects of proposals from both the Democrats and Republicans – it still seems to be some distance between each side on making progress – Illinois is in jeopardy of entering its third year without a state spending plan in place by this weekend.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner did sign a landmark criminal justice bill that will crack down on those who are repeat gun offenders, safely reduce the prison population in Illinois, & create a more rehabilitative criminal justice system around the state – while strengthening guidelines for sentencing, the bill also creates a Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force within the Illinois State Police – the Safe Neighborhoods Reform Act was a cooperative effort between the Governor, the General Assembly, and the City of Chicago.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Fair continues its trek into the digital age – following last year’s 2016 unveiling of a new mobile app to allow fairgoers the chance to customize their visit to the state fairgrounds, the Fair is this year offering an online payment option for gate admission, parking passes, and mega passes, with more features to be added as the Fair approaches in August – plus beginning July 1st, this coming Saturday, discount admission booklets will be available for purchase – for details, check the State Fair website online, or logon at  www.eventsprout.com –  the Illinois State Fair will run August 10th thru 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  A huge “thank you” goes out to everyone that helped support this year’s Jasper County Fair, which wrapped up with activities this past weekend in Newton – to all the local individuals and the many county-wide businesses who helped with sponsorships and more in making this year’s event another success – a success for all the 4-H members that presented their projects, including all the 4-H animals that were shown in their respective categories – congratulations also to the new Miss Jasper County Fair Queen, 16 year old Kennedy Parr, the daughter of  Chris & Stacey Parr, who’ll represent Jasper County over the next year – and to the public, the parents & grandparents, and others for supporting the 2017 Jasper County Fair.

 

(OLNEY)  A recent agricultural survey finds that farmers in Illinois feel responsibility to protect the land and waters around the state – while agricultural producers are typically blamed for applying fertilizer that pollutes local waters, the recent University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute asked over 900 farmers about their beliefs and actions regarding land conservation – while farmers’ values & beliefs are significant factors in determining whether they take part in agriculture conservation programs, producers who value their own right to make their own land management decisions are less likely to take part in the government-controlled programs – the survey showed that 79% of the farmers used grassed waterways for conservation, 25% used filter strips, and 20% used stream buffers – plus 89% agreed that they are responsible for decreasing fertilizer runoff into streams and 84% agreed that farmers are doing their part to protect water quality in downstate Illinois – the numbers showed that 57% of the survey respondents had been enrolled in a conservation program at some point in past years, while 35% were currently enrolled in a program.

 

(NEWTON)  The 43rd Annual Day of Prayer for Life will be held tomorrow at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis – all are welcome to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life – the Day of Prayer will begin with Mass at 8:00 tomorrow morning, followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Prayer by area churches and organizations throughout the day – there will be time for Silent Prayer from 12:00 noon to 1:00, all followed by a closing Mass tomorrow night at 7:30 – a reception with refreshments will follow in St. Clare Hall, adjoining the church in Teutopolis – nearly 20 other regional Catholic churches will also be taking part with their own parish prayer times throughout the day tomorrow and tomorrow night.

 

(NEWTON)  The Catholic Charities Summer Grill is set for this coming Friday, June 30th, with serving 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 at six for $5 or one for $1 – call ahead orders for 20 meals or more at  217-857-1458  can be delivered within Effingham or Teutopolis – all proceeds to benefit the Professional Counseling and MedAssist Programs offered by Catholic Charities to those in need.

 

(OLNEY)  The construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected around the end of July – this section of Oak Tree Road will be closed during the construction work – if any questions, call the Richland County Engineer at the County Highway Office, at  618-392-3141  :  also, street construction work continues this week on Whittle Avenue & Kitchell Avenue in Olney – alternate routes are needed in these areas until the road work is completed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Pre-Kindergarten Screenings is tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for children in Richland County who must be at least 3 years old and appointments must be made by calling Sherry at the RCES office at  618-395-8540  – the ERBA Head Start will also be on hand sharing their information as well – again, call the RCES today.

 

(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 Olney Central College from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Kluthe Civic Center in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also tomorrow at the Community Building in Stewardson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight in Richland County  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at 7:00, at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both of the meetings tonight are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will be sponsoring “pony rides” this Saturday 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 Friday night “fish fry” this weekend 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 Olney Public Library continues with its summer reading program this week – there’s still time to register for the reading challenge and enter the “thingamajig” contest – all designs for this contest are due in at the Library by this coming Friday – for details, call  392-3711 or go to  www.olneypubliclibrary.org


    The Cummins Band will be back in concert this Wednesday night at the Band Shell in the Olney City Park, starting at 7:30 – bring your lawn chairs – all ages are invited to attend


    The Newton Care Center will host “lemonade on the lawn” this Wednesday evening at 6:00 – special entertainment will be provided by Stan Garner – all ages are invited to attend


    The Pink Warriors Sisters of Richland County have their monthly meeting for June tomorrow night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – includes stories, support, & laughter – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

June 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the cold front moving thru late yesterday and the remnants of tropical storm Cindy now curling towards the East Coast and taking all the rain for our area with it, we’ll start another extended period of dry weather – it will be less humid and pleasant with some sunshine today & tomorrow, plus dry most all of the work week coming up next week – our next chance of rain is by next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Illinois’ special session of the General Assembly continued for day three yesterday in Springfield, with still no significant action taken – the lawmakers have spent the past three days listening to testimony and other rhetoric on pretty much the same issues that have caused problems over the past two-plus years – lawmakers will stay at the State Capitol with day four of the session set for later today.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Jasper County Fair is wrapping up yet another year this weekend on the Fairgrounds in Newton – the first ever County Fair Lawn Court Clash Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament is today, followed by Harness Racing at 12:00 noon, and the Demolition Derby tonight at 7:00 – plus, don’t forget the carnival rides continue thru tonight, with all the great fair food and concessions – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone, individuals & businesses, for making it another great year – the Jasper County Fair in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is less than a week away, on June 30th, next Friday – the project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 later this year – call the Olney City Hall next week if any questions or if more information and/or details are needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Pre-Kindergarten Screenings will be held next Tuesday morning, June 27th, from 8:00 to 11:00, at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney – it’s for children in Richland County who must be at least 3 years old and appointments must be made by calling Sherry at the RCES office at  618-395-8540  – the ERBA Head Start will also be on hand sharing their information as well – again, contact the Elementary School in Olney the first thing next Monday for a required appointment.

 

(OLNEY)  Be listening for our Freedom 92.9 Summer Listener Appreciation Sale coming up this morning, beginning at 8:00 – a huge “thank you” to all of our fine sponsors and local businesses taking part – check out the list of items up for grabs on our website, at  www.freedom929.com – that’s this morning at 8:00.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Pink Warriors Sisters of Richland County have their monthly meeting for June next Tuesday night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – includes stories, support, & laughter – all are invited to attend


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


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has an Open Horse Show tomorrow with the gates open at 10:00 at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – various classes & concessions – check the White Squirrel Saddle Club Facebook page or logon at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    The Bethlehem New Light Church near Sumner has an “open pit chicken dinner” tonight from 4:00 to 7:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds to the area Kids Shopping Day in Lawrence County


    The annual JAKES Field Day is today from 10:00 to 3:00 at Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – it’s for area youngsters up to the age of 17 with the various hands-on activities  including archery, air rifle / shotgun shooting, hunting safety, and more – each youth must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian to & registration begins at 9:30 this morning – a free lunch is provided, plus a prize for every everyone – parents and grandparents are invited to hang around the watch – all area youth are invited


    And please drive with added care this weekend while traveling throughout downstate Illinois – make sure everyone’s buckled up and make sure all “Rules of the Road” in Illinois are observed for everyone’s safety