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December 2, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With high pressure controlling our weather this weekend with sunshine and warmer than normal temperatures on tap today thru Monday, an approaching cold front brings a massive change next week – we’ll have some rain Monday night thru Tuesday morning & then the coldest air we’ve had so far this fall moves in for Wednesday & thereafter – maybe some snow by the end of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – health officials say influenza activity is starting to increase across the country and that getting a flu shot now is the best line of defense – while the flu causes millions of illnesses with thousands of hospitalizations and even death, the majority of those affected are people 65 years and older – this next week, December 3rd thru 9th, is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a time that everyone is encouraged to get their flu shot as soon as possible – plus remember to Clean, Cover, and Contain, the three C’s – for more, check the Illinois Department of Public Health website or contact your physician, healthcare clinic, or hospital.

 

(OLNEY)  With Illinois’ 200th birthday coming up a year from tomorrow, on December 3rd, 2018, the statewide celebration is officially kicking off tomorrow throughout Illinois – in fact, every county and community in Illinois has been asked to host a Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony this coming Monday, December 4th – a special Bicentennial Flag will then be flown in each county thru the next year until the 200th birthday a year from tomorrow – the Richland County Courthouse will host its Flag Raising Ceremony Monday at 12:00 noon and the public is strongly urged to attend the short, but important event – refreshments will be available afterwards – for more on Illinois’ birthday, logon at  www.Illinois200.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas kicked off last night in downtown Newton – the Holiday Shopping Expo is today from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Ste. Marie American Legion, while the Holly Jolly Craft Show is today from 9:00 to 3:00 at the KC Hall in Newton – and the Santa Train visit in Newton is tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 10:00 – the Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas activities in Newton.

 

 (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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  tomorrow morning in northern Clay County at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Tomorrow night’s full moon qualifies as a “supermoon” as it will be about 16% brighter & appear nearly 7% bigger than normal – best viewing time will be right after sunset – the next “supermoon” is in Januar

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    The annual Gym Bob’s Christmas Show is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 in Bible Grove – the show will feature special music, entertainment, Santa Claus, Sylvester the Cat, and more – all are invited to attend


    The Mt. Gilead Church, northwest of Olney, will host it’s second & final night of the Bethlehem Walk for public viewing – that’s tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    The Olney Public Library will host a special Children’s Program, “The Magic of Christmas” this afternoon, starting at 2:30 – Santa Claus will be there to visit – all area children and adults are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has its Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees this morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney from 9:00 to 12 noon – it will feature a large assortment of homemade cookies, pies, cakes, candies, breads, and more, plus the “Festival of Trees” silent auction – all proceeds will benefit Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, providing care & support to terminally ill patients & families in our 13 county area


    The Sailor Springs American Legion Post #230, just off the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop, is now serving sausage, biscuits, & gravy, followed by a lunch later today, including vegetable soup, chili, sloppy joes, & desserts – also, raffle tickets on sale to win a freezer with a $250 gift certificate and cash


    Tonight’s the second of three performances of  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at Richland County High School, starting at 6:30 – tickets are at all local banks, plus at the door tonight – the third and final performance is tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2:00 – all are invited


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – for the young and old alike, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits tonight in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 – check it out

 

 

 

December 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  High pressure settling into the Midwest will control our weather for the weekend ahead with plenty of sunshine and dry conditions today thru Sunday – even with a slight warm up as well – then a strong cold front moves thru the state late Monday night, bringing with it rain chances, maybe even a storm or two for next Tuesday – then much colder air moves in for the last of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a group of Republican Illinois lawmakers and pro-life organizations are suing the state in an attempt to block controversial new legislation that would allow taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for elective abortions in Illinois – it’s estimated that taxpayers could be forced to pay for 20,000 to 30,000 abortions every year if the legislation stands – a hearing in Springfield will be held December 7th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum's newest exhibit, “Holidays at the White House : A Presidential Christmas,” is now open to the public, offering a peek at the festivities during four different administrations – the exhibit features photos, videos, & original artifacts from Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – the special exhibit runs now thru January 7th, 2018, and is provided as part of regular admission – for more, logon at  //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 4:45 early yesterday (Thursday) morning on U.S. Route 50, one mile east of  Illinois Route One, just north of Lawrenceville, in Lawrence County – the State Police report that 22 year old Alicia D. Stephens of Bridgeport was westbound on Route 50 when her SUV crossed the center line and struck an eastbound pickup truck head-on – that driver, 38 year old Rodney S. Stephens of West York, was pronounced dead – Alicia Stephens was taken to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, then flown to St.Vincent’s Hospital in Evansville – she was ticketed for improper lane usage, for no insurance, and for DUI of drugs – Lawrence County emergency personnel assisted the State Police at the accident scene.

 

(OLNEY)  Everyone is welcome to attend the Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony this coming Monday, December 4th, starting at 12:00 noon, at the Richland County Courthouse in Olney – the ceremony will include a special proclamation by the Richland County Board, special music, the flag raising by the Richland County High School JROTC, and a closing benediction – refreshments will be available afterwards – while this Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 marks Illinois’ 199th birthday, as the Land of Lincoln became the nation’s 21st state in the union on December 3rd, 1818, the Illinois Bicentennial will be a yearlong celebration over the next year thru December 3rd, 2018 – officials say the Bicentennial is a great opportunity to renew pride in the State of Illinois as statewide citizens join together to celebrate the people, places, and moments that have made Illinois great – for more details, logon at  www.Illinois200.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Winter Jasper County Solid Waste Program starts tomorrow, December 2nd, and will continue to operate for the next four months, thru March 31st, 2018 – while the Newton / Jasper County Highway Garage location will be open on Saturdays from 7:00 to 3:30, all other sites thru the week will be open starting at 7:30 each morning – these sites will be open until 12 noon or when the dumpster is filled after 10:30 in the morning – appliances will be accepted only at the Highway Garage location with either the compressor removed or the freon line opened to show the freon has been properly removed – one dumpster at the Highway Garage site is reserved for metal only, plus a drop-off recycling container at the site will accept aluminum cans, clear glass bottles, tin cans, plastic milk jugs, plastic soap jugs, and plastic soda bottles – however, no yard waste, no tires, & no electric items are accepted – the Highway Garage site is the only one open in December, on the five consecutive Saturdays – for more details, call  618-783-2915.

 

(OLNEY)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 28th Annual Cookie Walk & 11th Annual Festival of Trees tomorrow morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – running from 9:00 to 12 noon, the event will feature a large assortment of homemade cookies, pies, cakes, candies, breads, and more, plus the “Festival of Trees” silent auction – all proceeds will benefit Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, which provides care & support to terminally ill patients and their families throughout 13 area counties – to donate items for the Cookie Walk or for more details, call the Hospice office in Olney, at  618-392-2745.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas kicks off tonight, the first of three weekend celebrations in Newton – it starts this evening with a Tree Lighting & Special Dedication at 5:00 – then Children’s Craft Activities and plenty of cookies & hot chocolate at the Chamber of Commerce Office from 5:00 to 7:00 – also visits with Santa Claus and a host of Holly Jolly Characters, plus great shopping, live music, and more all in downtown Newton – also this weekend, it’s the Holiday Shopping Expo from 9:00 to 3:00 tomorrow at the Ste. Marie American Legion – the Holly Jolly Craft Show from 9:00 to 3:00 tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton – Cookies with Mrs. Claus from 11:00 to 3:00 tomorrow at State Farm – and the Annual Santa Train visit to Newton from 9:00 to 10:00 Sunday morning – all in Newton this weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Good Samaritan of Richland County is inviting the community to take part in one more food drive coming up next week – first of all though, a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone that helped with the recent Boy Scout food drive in Olney – coming up next Thursday, the fire departments in Olney, Noble, and Claremont will conduct their annual food drive with drop off locations also in Olney, Noble, Claremont, and Wakefield – all non-perishable food items will be collected, sorted, and distributed to those in need during this holiday season – Good Samaritan has been serving the Olney community for almost 35 years, providing food, clothing, and other needs, serving over 250 households a month, with an average of over 8,000 people a year touched in one way or another – please help with next week’s fireman food drive.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Service Agency is reminding eligible farmers to cast their votes for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections – all ballots must be returned to the local FSA offices by next Monday, December 4th – terms of newly elected committee members & their alternates take effect January 1st, 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Moonlight Madness tonight in Olney – most all of the local downtown businesses will stay open late, from 5:00 to 10:00 – for a list of those businesses taking part and the various specials available, check out the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Event Page online – all this Friday night in Olney.

 

(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 Richland County High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Sandoval High School from 11:00 to 3:30  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to help replenish low blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The annual Gym Bob’s Christmas Show is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 in Bible Grove – the show will feature special music, entertainment, Santa Claus, Sylvester the Cat, and more – all are invited to attend


    The Olney Public Library will host a special Children’s Program, “The Magic of Christmas” tomorrow afternoon, starting at 2:30 – Santa Claus will be there to visit – all area children and adults are invited


    The Sailor Springs American Legion Post #230, just off the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop, will have sausage, biscuits, & gravy at 6:00 tomorrow morning, followed by a lunch of vegetable soup, chili, sloppy joes, & desserts – also, raffle tickets on sale to win a freezer with a $250 gift certificate and cash


    The Mt. Gilead Church, northwest of Olney, will host the Bethlehem Walk for public viewing – that’s tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 and tomorrow night from 5:00 to 8:00 – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    The American Legion Post #30 will host another Friday night “Fish Fry” tonight with serving from 5:30 until sold out – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 tickets will be on sale at the door


    Tonight’s the first of three performances of  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at Richland County High School, starting at 6:30 – tickets are at all local banks, plus at the door tonight – the second show is tomorrow night at 6:30 with the final performance Sunday at 2:00


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A short wave weather trough interacting with an approaching cold front has triggered some widespread light rain across our downstate area which will end by mid-morning – then the cold front moves thru and we’ll have mid-to-late afternoon sunshine – an extended period of mild & dry weather is expected tomorrow thru Sunday before we get more rain Monday & Tuesday of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – new money General Obligation bonds for 2018 worth $750 million has been issued by the State – the bond proceeds will be used to fund major capital construction projects around the state and also finance information technology projects as well – Wednesday’s bond issue has an all-in borrowing cost for a combined series of 4.29 percent and is fully tax-exempt from federal taxation.

 

(OLNEY)  The start of the Illinois Bicentennial is only five days away and each day leading up to the kick off, the office of the Governor will share a winning entry in the Something to Learn About Illinois History video contest – yesterday’s video was by Will Elliott of Lake Forest High School, telling the incredible story of John G. Shedd, a retail clerk at Marshall Field who rose thru the ranks to succeed Field himself as President of the company – various events leading up to the Bicentennial Birthday Party on December 3rd, 2018, will continue throughout the next year – for more details, go online at  www.Illinois200.com.

 

(NEWTON)  Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White yesterday awarded poets as this year’s winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in the 13th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition – Anita Olivia Koester of Chicago was awarded 1st place, while Faisal Mohyuddin of Chicago was 2nd – the 3rd place award went to Bryce Berkowitz of Carbondale – the winning poems are available for reading on the Secretary’s website online,   www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night in special session in Olney – the Board  :  reviewed the results of the Richland County FACTS (Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students) Committee report, which was presented at the Board’s regular monthly meeting on November 14th – the Committee’s series of five community engagement sessions over the past eight months gathered input from the community about a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – the highlights of the FACTS Committee include  :  the priority area of the long-range facility plan is the Richland County High School, which is the oldest building within the District (opened in 1952 / the Elementary School opened in 2000 / the Middle School had a complete renovation in 2009) – in addition to being the oldest building, RCHS also scores much lower on an assessment of educational adequacy conducted by the District’s architectural firm  :  secondly, a general renovation plan of the Richland County High School was suggested by the FACTS Committee – the plan was developed thru the five engagement sessions held in Olney as various options were reviewed – the estimated cost of the RCHS renovation work is $25 million  :  and lastly, the Committee suggested the use of a 1% county-wide sales tax to fund the long-range facility plan – this would prevent an increase in the property tax rate on the School District’s annual tax levy  :  the Board also reviewed information that the annual revenue generated in Richland County by the proposed 1% sales tax would be an estimated $1.2 million – items that would be exempt from the county-wide sales tax would be licensed & titled vehicles, boats, and RV’s, plus unprepared food intended for home consumption, over the counter & prescription drugs, and farm equipment & agricultural inputs, such as seed & fertilizer  :  no action was taken last night – the School Board’s next regular monthly meeting is on December 21st.

 

(XENIA)  Darren Bailey has formally filed his papers to be a candidate for State Representative in the 109th District – the Clay County farmer says he was truly humbled to be standing in line in Springfield to officially file the necessary paperwork to become a candidate for the Illinois House – Bailey’s been meeting voters & passing petitions over the past few months – the owner of Bailey Farms, Darren, and his wife Cindy, have four children and four grandchildren – the 109th District includes all or parts of nine downstate counties, including Clay, Effingham, Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Wabash, Edwards, Wayne, and White.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board of Review has started its duties for the 2017 assessment year – all complaints must be filed or postmarked on or before December 22nd, 2017, in the Jasper County Office Building, at 204 West Washington Street, in Newton – office hours are mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, Monday thru Friday – afternoons by appointment only – call the Assessment Office at  618-783-8042.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, also for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under, the signup will be open to all applicants beginning tomorrow, December 1st – potential applicants should contact their local ERBA office in Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & details – logon at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Moonlight Madness in Olney coming up this Friday night, December 1st – most all of the local downtown businesses will stay open late for your shopping needs as the participating stores will be open from 5:00 until 10:00 – for a list of those businesses taking part and the various specials available, check out the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Event Page online – all this Friday night in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department continues to vacuum leaves along the city streets, but time is starting to run out – leaves only will be vacuumed, no twigs and no tree limbs, and the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street as no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – residents can call  618-783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number if there are leaves to be vacuumed – do so quickly as the days are limited for vacuuming.

 

(OLNEY)  Area hunters are reminded to be safe while in the woods this weekend – the final four days of the 2017 Firearm Deer Season are today, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday in all area & downstate counties – hunting is allowed a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, again each day now thru Sunday.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the Richland County High School in Olney from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Sandoval High School from 11:00 to 3:30  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County High School will present three performances this weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS – that’s this Friday night & Saturday night, December 1st & 2nd, each night at 6:30 – then the final show Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, at 2:00 – tickets are available at all local banks, plus at the door – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    The Olney Public Library will host a special Children’s Program, “The Magic of Christmas” this coming Saturday afternoon, starting at 2:30 – Santa Claus will be there to visit – all area children are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has its Annual Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees this Saturday morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney from 9:00 to 12 noon – it will feature homemade cookies, candies, pies, cakes, breads, and more, plus the “Festival of Trees” silent auction – proceeds will benefit Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – to help out by donating baked goods or more, call the HSI office at  618-392-2745


    The Sailor Springs American Legion Post #230, just off the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop, will have sausage, biscuits, & gravy at 6:00 Saturday morning, followed by a lunch of vegetable soup, chili, sloppy joes, & desserts – also, raffle tickets on sale to win a freezer with a $250 gift certificate and cash


    The American Legion Post #30 will host another Friday night “Fish Fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until sold out – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 tickets will be on sale at the door


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front drops into the Ohio River Valley this morning, a cooler airmass will settle across Illinois today with a lot of downstate clouds – yet another cold front will move thru tonight, bringing with it rain chances late tonight into tomorrow morning before ending – then some sunshine by mid-afternoon and dry for the weekend ahead – it turns colder after some rain next Monday and Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – just weeks after lawmakers approved the spending and tax package that ended Illinois’ budget stalemate, an effort is continuing to undo a part of the agreement – a Chicago lawmaker has filed legislation to cut one of the fees in the package that affects local governments throughout the state – House Bill 4101 proposes to cut in half a state fee imposed on municipalities for collecting a number of locally imposed taxes, particularly for communities that collect a higher sales tax than the standard state rate of 6.25% – the House Revenue Committee took no action on the bill after a hearing was held yesterday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Southern Illinois University chancellor wants to eliminate academic departments and department heads as the downstate campus continues to see dropping enrollment and finances – the move would save SIU at Carbondale some $2.3 million annually – opponents of the plan say the reorganization effort would result in unneeded complications while some faculty members support the plan, saying the downsizing effort in long overdue – if approved, the changes are to be implemented by July 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wrapping up this past Sunday, the Illinois State Police at District 12 Headquarters, based in Effingham, is noting there were no local and/or area deaths in our ten area counties during the heavy travel period this past weekend – District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, says the District 12 Troopers will continue to do their part of education and enforcement to help keep the zero fatality trend going all thru the holidays – the State Police will continue its “Click It or Ticket” program with help from the State Department of Transportation & local law enforcement personnel.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  approved a $2,000 yearly donation in support of the Richland County Development Corporation  :  agreed to spend $7,614.44 to have Straeffer Pump & Supply, Inc. to repair two pumps to serve as backup for the Village  :  agreed to change the parking in front of the residence at 121 North Noble Avenue from angling to parallel parking per the resident’s request  :  agreed to spend $225 to have the Village’s utility truck tailgate repainted  :  discussed, but took no action to apply for a dilapidated / abandoned properties program grant  :  noted that the Village’s Christmas Party will be held December 14th  :  noted that the Village’s leaf collection is continuing as residents can call Village Hall  :  and noted that the Board’s second meeting in December has been cancelled  :  the Board’s next regular meeting will be held December 11th in Noble.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Agricultural Sales team – it was earlier this month that the team of Jessica Shilling, Evan Walker, Madison Michels, and Austin Atwood took part in the District Five Ag Sales Career Development Event held at Rend Lake College & it came away with another 1st place finish – the Olney squad outscored the 2nd place team from Eldorado by one point, 804 to 803 – the team from Vienna finished 3rd with 764 points – the top three teams now advance to the State Agriculture Sales CDE on December 9th in Champaign – the individual results included 1st place to Caitlyn Stanley of Eldorado, 2nd place Austin Atwood of Olney, 3rd place Evan Walker of Olney, 4th place Madison Michels of Olney, and 5th place Kaleb Fulkner of Vienna – best of luck to the Olney FFA team on December 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas kicks off this weekend in Newton with the first of three weekend celebrations this Friday, December 1st – it starts at 5:00 with a Tree Lighting & Special Dedication – then Children’s Craft Activities and plenty of cookies & hot chocolate at the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Office from 5:00 to 7:00 – plus visits with Santa Claus and a host of Holly Jolly Characters and great shopping, live music, and more all in downtown Newton – also this weekend, it’s the Holiday Shopping Expo from 9:00 to 3:00 Saturday at the Ste. Marie American Legion – the Holly Jolly Craft Show from 9:00 to 3:00 Saturday at the KC Hall in Newton – Cookies with Mrs. Claus from 11:00 to 3:00 Saturday at State Farm in Newton – and the Annual Santa Train visit to Newton from 9:00 to 10:00 Sunday morning – the Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas kicks off this weekend in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is continuing with its leaf collection program – the leaf pick up machines are driving through the city, collecting loose leaf piles, which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – if bagging leaves, citizens can place the bags near the roadway and notify the Olney City Hall when the bags are ready for pick up – the City of Olney’s brush dump is open to the public on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Service Agency is reminding eligible farmers to cast their votes for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections – all ballots must be returned to the local FSA offices by next Monday, December 4th – terms of the newly elected committee members and their alternates take effect January 1st, 2018 – farmers that did not receive a ballot by mail can pick one up at their local FSA office.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Moonlight Madness in Olney coming up this Friday night, December 1st – most all of the local downtown businesses will stay open late for your shopping needs as the participating stores will be open from 5:00 until 10:00 – for a list of those businesses taking part and the various specials available, check out the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Event Page online – all this Friday night in Olney.

 

(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 Cumberland High School northwest of Greenup from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  The boil water order remains in effect for the portion of Newton along South Van Buren Street, from the Filler Up Buffet to 11674 East 810th Avenue, including GSI – this is due to a water main repair made yesterday – the boil water order is in effect for this area of Newton until further notice.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board will have a special meeting tonight in the District Office Board Room, starting at 6:00 – the only agenda item includes discussion of the FACTS report and any possible recommendations as a result of the various meetings that were held in Olney over the past several months – tonight’s special School Board meeting in Olney is open to the public as anyone can attend.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County High School will present three performances this weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS – that’s this Friday night & Saturday night, December 1st & 2nd, each night at 6:30 – then the final show Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, at 2:00 – tickets are available at all local banks, plus at the door – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    The Olney Public Library will host a special Children’s Program, “The Magic of Christmas” this coming Saturday afternoon, starting at 2:30 – Santa Claus will be there to visit – all area children are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has its Annual Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees this Saturday morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney from 9:00 to 12 noon – it will feature homemade cookies, candies, pies, cakes, breads, and more, plus the “Festival of Trees” silent auction – proceeds will benefit Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – to help out by donating baked goods or more, call the HSI office at  618-392-2745


    The American Legion Post #30 will host another Friday night “Fish Fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until sold out – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 tickets will be on sale at the door


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated

 

 

 

November 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have one more day of warmer-than-normal conditions before an approaching cold front brings us a wind switch and a little cooler air, but no significant rain – the dry conditions hang around with cooler air in place tomorrow, although another cold front will bring us rain chances thru Thursday morning – then dry for Friday and the weekend ahead – maybe more rain the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – hundreds of candidates were in line yesterday outside the Board of Elections in Springfield waiting to file their petitions for the 2018 election – the filing, which could see record spending in the race for Governor, also includes those running for Congress, State Constitutional Officers, other lawmakers, and judges – the filing period in Illinois continues thru next Monday, December 4th.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner granted five clemency requests while denying 97 others – it was last week that the Governor reviewed his twenty-first set of petitions since he took office nearly three years ago – a granted clemency request for a pardon with allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction thru the court system – Governor Rauner spent the first two years in office dealing with a 10 year plus backlog of clemency requests that went unconsidered by the Blagojevich and Quinn administrations.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – farmers continue working on fall tillage and completing harvest activities across the state – last week’s statewide average temperature was 40 degrees, just over 1 degree (1.2) above normal – Illinois’ average rainfall last week was at zero (0.00), just over three quarters of an inch (0.76) below normal – while the topsoil and subsoil moisture levels both averaged around 80% adequate, the state’s winter wheat condition was 62% good to excellent, 27% fair, and 11% poor to very poor  :  farmers in our ten county area report nearly all the local corn & soybean crops have been harvested with the local winter wheat crop mostly in good to excellent condition – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the harvest wraps up, fall tillage finishes, & other pre-winter farm work continues.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met in special session last night for less than an hour – the Board  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget as presented – the County’s new fiscal year begins December 1st, this coming Friday  :  after much discussion, approved the Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2018 at under a 5% increase, therefore not requiring a Truth in Taxation Hearing  :  approved a three year contract with amendments with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)  :  approved a one year policy for Cyber Insurance  :  and approved the remaining county claims to finish up Fiscal Year 2017  :  the Richland County Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be held at the County Jail meeting room on December 14th, at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night – the Council  :  approved the $11,847 purchase of fourteen SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) cylinders for the Olney Fire Department  :  approved the $4,490 low bid from Enlow Welding for the demolition of property at 331 West Lafayette Street  :  accepted the $1,050 high bid to sell the city property at 539 South Shields Street  :  agreed to vacate a portion of the east/west alley in the 100 block of South Camp Street for the new alley extension between West Main Street and West Chestnut Street  :  agreed to donate a surplus 1985 fire truck to the Claremont Bonpas Fire Protection District  :  approved a resolution to support the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration – Richland County will host a Flag Raising Ceremony next Monday, December 4th, at 12:00 noon at the Richland County Courthouse with all the public welcomed to attend  :  and heard various other reports  :  the next regular bi-monthly meeting for the Olney City Council will be December 12th at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill into law sponsored by State Representative David Reis that helps rural wastewater customers – it was earlier this year that the Ste. Marie lawmaker introduced the bill on behalf of  EJ Water Cooperative and rural customers seeking new wastewater service, mostly to help those in rural areas that are not served by a sanitary district – this is great news for those in rural parts of Illinois who can now get wastewater service along with their clean water service at the same time.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 5th & 6th Grade Bands, along with the Jasper County Junior High Band, will be hosting their 1st Annual Tablescape Contest and the public is encouraged to stop by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce office in Newton to check out the beautiful tablescapes displayed from ten local businesses from throughout the community as each table will depict a special theme – the Tablescape Contest is next weekend with the public to decide what business deserves the “People’s Choice Award” – that will be Friday night, December 8th, from 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday afternoon, December 9th, from 12:00 to 3:00, and Sunday afternoon, December 10th, from 2:00 to 6:00 – tickets for admission will only be sold at the Chamber Office, priced at $5 each for Friday and Saturday with the $10 price per person on Sunday to include refreshments and an entry pass for a Christmas House Walk, which will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 next Sunday, December 10th, at four homes in Newton – that will be held after the Newton Community High School Chorus performs their Christmas Program at the St. Thomas Church at 2:00 Sunday afternoon – all proceeds from the busy weekend go to help the bands purchase instruments, new uniforms, and music.

 

(OLNEY)  In news from the North Pole – Santa’s elves made a special delivery in Olney over the weekend, delivering the Letters to Santa Mailbox at Bower Park – while Santa and his elves are busily getting things ready for Christmas, including the naughty and nice lists, and because of his busy schedule over the next few weeks, Santa Claus is encouraging all local children to write letters to him, stating what they would like for Christmas so he can let his elves know what to make – it’s very important that children include their full name and address so Santa Claus can reply – there is no need for a stamp, as Santa has pre-paid all of the postage – simply drop the letters in the Santa Mailbox in Olney’s Bower Park, as soon as possible.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s Moonlight Madness in Olney coming up this Friday night, December 1st – most all of the local downtown businesses will stay open late for your shopping needs as the participating stores will be open from 5:00 until 10:00 – for a list of those businesses taking part and the various specials available, check out the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Event Page online – all this Friday night in Olney.

 

(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 Iuka Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cumberland High School northwest of Greenup from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County High School will present three performances this weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Sliva Auditorium at RCHS – that’s this Friday night & Saturday night, December 1st & 2nd, each night at 6:30 – then the final show Sunday afternoon, December 3rd, at 2:00 – tickets are available at all local banks, plus at the door – all ages are encouraged to check it out


    The Olney Public Library will host a special Children’s Program, “The Magic of Christmas” this coming Saturday afternoon, starting at 2:30 – Santa Claus will be there to visit – all area children are invited


    The Sailor Springs American Legion Post #230, just off the Clay City / Dieterich Blacktop, has deer hunting meals this Saturday – it’s sausage, biscuits, & gravy at 6:00am, followed by a lunch of vegetable soup, chili, sloppy joes, & desserts – also, raffle tickets on sale to win a freezer with a $250 gift certificate, plus cash prizes of $100, $75, $50, & $50 – everyone is welcome – for more, call Larry at  618-508-3962


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has its Annual Cookie Walk & Festival of Trees this Saturday morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney from 9:00 to 12 noon – it will feature homemade cookies, candies, pies, cakes, breads, and more, plus the “Festival of Trees” silent auction – proceeds will benefit Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – to help out by donating baked goods or more, call the HSI office at  618-392-2745


    The American Legion Post #30 will host another Friday night “Fish Fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until sold out – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 tickets will be on sale at the door


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Support Group will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – all are invited with special support and concern for those battling cancer


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – donations accepted by the Bucket Brigade appreciated