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April 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the slow-moving cold front pushes off to our southeast today our rain threat ends, but some clouds will hang around thru today and tonight – however, an approaching high pressure will give us plenty of sunshine tomorrow and Thursday – our next chance of rain will be quick, with very little expected Friday thru Friday night – then a dry & warm Saturday, but rain chances for Easter Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two week spring break – before leaving Springfield, the State House approved an $817 million spending plan that’s described as a “lifeline”, taking money from special funds to help universities and human services – the House and Senate returns to work on the week of April 24th and are scheduled to adjourn on May 31st.

 

(OLNEY)  With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into high gear, the IDOT and the Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to “Gear Up – Ride Smart” to ensure their safety as they hit the highways in 2017 – the annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting on their bikes by conducting pre-ride safety inspections and refreshing their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT – it’s also a time to alert all motorists to be on the lookout for motorcycles while driving this spring and summer ahead – for safety tips, check the IDOT website, or logon at  www.StartSeeingMotorcycles.org.

 

(NEWTON)  Officials have unveiled a sleek new look for the future of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield – in fact, with a new logo, also comes the 2017 fair theme “Generations of Fun” – officials have announced at least two new rides will join the Carnival Midway this year, including a featured roller coaster – plus now is a great time to consider purchasing a Discount Admission Booklet and a Mega Pass for 2017 – learn more online, at  www.illinois.gov/statefair  – the Illinois State Fair will run August 10th thru 20th this year.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved an Inducement Resolution showing the city’s intent to enter into a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the property owner who plans to build a new hotel at the former greenhouse site along Illinois Route 130, just west of the Olney City Park  :  approved the purchase of a cab tractor and boom mower for the City Street Department from Alliance John Deere in Newton with the price not to exceed $125,000  :  approved the $33,603 bid from Doll’s Incorporated to construct a new road thru a new section of Haven Hill Cemetery  :  agreed to vacate a portion of the East / West unimproved Railroad Street between the CSX Railroad and East South Avenue and between South East Street and South Mill Street  :  approved the rezoning of 914 West Catherine Street from an R-5 (Trailer or Mobile Home) to C-2 (Commercial District)  :  agreed to grant a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home at 916 West Catherine Street  :  turned down a request for a Special Use Permit to locate a Mobile Home at 602 South Shields Street  :  accepted the package quote for water plant and swimming pool chemicals for Fiscal Year 2018  :  agreed to concrete the entire Kitchell Avenue Street Project, all the way from Main Street to Chestnut Street  :  agreed to move the annual Bicycle Classic in 2017 from the Olney City Park back to its original site, in downtown Olney  :  approved three raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no other action after a closed session to discuss real estate, personnel, and negotiations  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be April 27th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, last week’s continued rain throughout much of the state delayed corn planting and other spring field work – the state’s precipitation averaged 1.52 inches, which was 0.81 inches above normal – last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 51.7 degrees, that was 4.3 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, 1% of the state’s corn crop had been planted compared to the five-year average of 5% – meanwhile, the winter wheat crop continues to remain mostly in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in our ten county region report very little field work and little, if any, corn planted as of Sunday – farmers are reminded to keep safety first during the spring planting season in the weeks ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is still taking Geranium orders, running now thru this coming Friday, April 14th – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  618-395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, which ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – it was Decker Township with 1.75 inches in the seven day recording period, followed by 1.60 inches that fell in both Claremont and German Townships, plus at the Farm Bureau Office in Olney – Preston and Bonpas Townships each had 1.50 inches – then Denver Township at 1.30 inches, Olney Township at 1.25 inches, and Madison Township at 1.20 inches – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured 1.34 inches during the seven day and night recording period in Richland County – thanks again to all the Farm Bureau rain reporters in Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the event is tomnight, starting at 6:00, in the Richland County Middle School Library in Olney – while the Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad mini, the second and third place finishers will get cash – entry forms should be returned to the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney to register – call the office at  618-393-4116  for last minute details.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also today at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  tomorrow at Patoka High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed – remember, one blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people and it’s every two seconds that someone needs blood in the United States – please make plans to give blood ASAP.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding all motorists that the intersection of Whittle Avenue and Illinois Route 130 is now closed and will remain closed until further notice due to construction work – in fact, Whittle Avenue between Route 130 north to Brentwood Avenue will be open to local traffic ONLY from today until further notice – also, don’t forget the road work continues on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street to Chestnut Street, is closed as well – alternate routes around these two areas are needed until further notice.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part


    The Steber Family Farms Relay For Life Team has another pork burger and bake sale this Saturday at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer


    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this coming Saturday morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office


    A fundraising bake sale is early Saturday morning from 5:30 to 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort


    The Pink Warrior Sisters will have a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday evening at the Olney VFW, starting at 5:30 – stop by for some sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, breads, and more – all are invited


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen has another Friday night “fish fry” and hot bar buffet this weekend from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat with kids 5 & under admitted free – plenty of food, ice cream, and much more – carry-outs available – pay at the door – all ages are invited


    The Richland County After-Prom “hog raffle” drawing is today with two winners to get a processed half-hog from Hartrich Meats, donated by Brook & Stacie Hughes – tickets are still on sale by contacting Ag Instructor Mark Steber at Richland County High School or by calling Vonda Colclasure at  395-3608


    The Olney Low Vision Support Group will have its April meeting this morning at Sunshine Village Apartments on East Scott Street in Olney, starting at 10:00 – it’s a free support group for people who are, or knows someone who is, visually impaired – for more support group information, call now at  618-838-6370

 

 

 

April 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching surface low pressure weather system will drag behind it a cold front, both of which will move across Illinois by late this afternoon and later this evening – that means rain chances for our downstate area late this afternoon thru tonight – we’ll then dry out tomorrow and Wednesday before more rain is possible on Thursday & Friday – maybe a dry Saturday coming up – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service are reminding taxpayers to get those filings in before the deadline of April 18th, a week from tomorrow – the IRS and IDOR say that filing returns electronically is safe with refunds mostly returned within two to three weeks – for last minutes information or assistance, go online at  www.tax.illinois.gov   or   www.irs.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents are being warned about the scam where callers claim to be an agent with the Internal Revenue Service, telling residents that they owe the IRS delinquent funds and that they will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately – the scammers sound official and are using technology that makes their phone numbers appear to be with the IRS on caller-ID – everyone needs to remember that the IRS never calls taxpayers by phone and never contacts taxpayers by email, ONLY BY MAIL – simply hang up.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 is urging all motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on Illinois roadways during the 2017 spring planting season – drivers should be extra alert as farmers move agriculture equipment from field to field, traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less – drivers should be ready to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving vehicles – also, all farmers are urged to make sure all slow moving vehicle emblems and flashing lights on their tractors and farm equipment are clean, clearly visible, and in working order – motorists should especially be alert while following farm equipment near an approaching intersection – let’s keep it safe on highways this spring.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is hosting its first Health Fair Hiring Event today, on this Monday, from 9:00 this morning until 1:00 this afternoon in the OCC Gymnasium – OCC’s Career Services Coordinator Allan Alldredge says the hiring event is being held in conjunction with a nursing workshop being held today for over 200 nursing students from across the IECC District and is being held at a time when the nursing students are not conflicted with their clinicals – various hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and others will be on hand, not to mention several colleges and universities that offer advanced healthcare degrees, plus more – that’s all today, the Health Fair Hiring Event in the Olney Central College Gym.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is still taking Geranium orders, running now thru this coming Friday, April 14th – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  618-395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the event is tomorrow night, starting at 6:00, in the Richland County Middle School Library in Olney – while the Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad mini, the second and third place finishers will get cash – entry forms should be returned to the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney to register – call the office at  618-393-4116  for last minute details.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  tomorrow at the Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  Wednesday at Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  Wednesday at Patoka High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed – remember, one blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people and it’s every two seconds that someone needs blood in the United States – please make plans to give blood today.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney & Richland County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its Annual Chamber Banquet, coming up tomorrow night at the Olde Tyme Steakhaus, beginning at 6:00 – all Chamber members and guests are encouraged to RSVP today by calling  392-2241  – not only will there be a Chamber update from the past year, plus a look forward, but there will be a special presentation on the new Richland County CEO Program and the Olney Daily Mail will present its Business of the Year Award – also, current Mayor Ray Vaughn and Mayor Elect Mark Lambird will both be in attendance – call now and reserve your seats.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding all motorists that the intersection of Whittle Avenue and Illinois Route 130 is now closed, as of today, and will remain closed until further notice due to construction work – in fact, Whittle Avenue between Route 130 north to Brentwood Avenue will be open to local traffic ONLY from today until further notice – also, don’t forget the road work continues and the roadway on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street to Market Street, is closed as well – alternate routes around these two areas will be needed for the next few weeks until the work is complete – the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of local municipal meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at 7:00 at the Olney City Hall – the meeting will include a public hearing to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, plus a full agenda to follow  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at 7:00 at Village Hall in Noble  :  as always, both of these meetings are open to the public at their respective locations.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Runyon Jungle “Wild For A Cure” Relay For Life Team has a fundraising cookout this Saturday at CVS in Olney with serving from 10:00 until 2:00 – includes pork burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, bratwursts, plenty of baked goodies, & more – plus the Easter Bunny – proceeds to fight cancer


    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this coming Saturday morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office


    A fundraising bake sale is early Saturday morning from 5:30 to 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort


    The Pink Warrior Sisters will have a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday evening at the Olney VFW, starting at 5:30 – stop by for some sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, breads, and more – all are invited


    The Richland County After-Prom “hog raffle” drawing is tomorrow with two winners to get a processed half-hog from Hartrich Meats, donated by Brook & Stacie Hughes – tickets are still on sale by contacting Ag Instructor Mark Steber at Richland County High School or by calling Vonda Colclasure at  395-3608


    The Olney Low Vision Support Group will have its April meeting tomorrow morning at Sunshine Village Apartments on East Scott Street in Olney, starting at 10:00 – it’s a free support group for people who are, or knows someone who is, visually impaired – for more support group information, call now at  618-838-6370


    It’s another fundraising Monday at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – folks can fill out a fundraising form or mention the fundraiser before ordering for carry-out, and a percentage of each receipt will be donated to the Steber Family Farm Relay For Life Team in Richland County – that’s today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza


    The Olney Area Diabetic Support Group will meet this afternoon at 2:00 in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – today’s topic is “stress management” – all diabetics and family members and/or caregivers are invited to attend the informative program, all free of charge

 

 

 

April 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the high pressure that’s over the southeast part of the United States continues to keep us dry with some sunshine on tap today and tomorrow, we’ll also have warmer air moving in for this weekend as well – but our next weather system is a cold front bringing our next chance of rain next Monday thru Monday night – then cooler again, but dry for next Tuesday and Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 is urging all motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on Illinois roadways during the 2017 spring planting season – drivers should be extra alert as farmers move agriculture equipment from field to field, traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less – drivers should be ready to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving vehicles – also, all farmers are urged to make sure all slow moving vehicle emblems and flashing lights on their tractors and farm equipment are clean, clearly visible, and in working order – motorists should especially be alert while following farm equipment near an approaching intersection – let’s keep it safe on highways this spring.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is still taking Geranium orders, running now thru next Friday, April 14th – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  618-395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the event will be held next Tuesday night, April 11th, starting at 6:00, in the Richland County Middle School Library in Olney – while the Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad mini, the second and third place finishers will get cash – contact the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney to register – call  618-393-4116  or check the local website online.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s the list of area activities for children that we’re aware of for this Saturday  :
* the Newton Care Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt this morning starting at 10:00 – it’s open to Jasper County youngsters ages 2 thru 10 – all are invited to attend
* the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host an Easter Egg Hunt this afternoon at 1:00 – it’s for all area children age 8 and under with over 5,000 Easter Eggs to find – also a door prize basket raffle for all kids that attend – light refreshments will be provided starting at 12 noon
* the Clay City Ballpark will host an Easter Egg Hunt today at 1:00 – all children ages 9 and under are invited with three age groups – bicycles given to a boy & girl in the two older age groups
* the Fox River Apartments Easter Egg Hunt is this afternoon at 2:00 – all children ages 10 and under are invited, but they need their own basket or container to collect their eggs – refreshments provided
* Helia Healthcare has its Easter BASH today at 2:00 – all children ages 12 and under are invited to meet the Easter Bunny with goodie bags, crafts, games, and more – bikes given away to each age group

 

REMINDERS  :

    A benefit for the Jerry Donaldson family is today thru tonight at the Muddy Saloon south of Wheeler – with food served from 2:00 to 7:00, the raffle drawing with various items is at 8:00 tonight – donations accepted at the door and at the First National Bank of Dieterich – all to help with family funeral expenses

    The Dundas Ruritan Club has a “bulk chowder” today with serving to start at 11:00 this morning with the chowder by the gallon or half gallon – plus homemade pies and other baked goods – no glass containers   

    A fundraiser to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is today from 10:00 to 2:00 at Wash-N-Go in Olney, all in memory of Bob Stipp – for every car that goes thru the automatic car wash, local State Farm Agent Lauren McClain will donate $1 to the  JDRF – also giveaways and free popcorn – check it out

    Sabrina’s First Annual Scholarship Ride is today with registration at 9:00 in the morning at the Biker Bible Church on Olney’s West Lafayette Street – starting at 10:00, the 100 mile trip includes a stop for Moonshine burgers, two more stops, and back to The Fireside for food, auction, and music tonight

    The Richland County High School JROTC has a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this morning at the Olney VFW with serving from now until 10:30 – tickets at the door – proceeds for JROTC activities

 

 

 

 

 

April 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge off to our southeast will keep us dry for the next few days and as it moves eastward, a southerly wind flow will bring back some warmer air by tomorrow afternoon and Sunday – but with that comes our next weather system – it’s a cold front that will bring us our next rain chance Monday thru Monday night – then cooler again, but dry for next Tuesday and Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are reminding drivers that the road construction season has arrived & that extra caution is now required in work zones around Illinois – it’s all during this week’s observance of “Work Zone Safety Week” – while traveling thru construction zones, drivers must obey all work zone speed limits, pay special attention to the roadway, and put those cell phones away – to learn more work zone rules & driving tips, take the online quiz, at  www.idot.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  State Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday joined 17 other states to send a letter to Congressional leadership, urging them not to support three measures that would derail protections for millions of consumers who use prepaid cards – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final rule that establishes numerous protections for prepaid card users is scheduled to go into effect in April 2018 – the protections on prepaid cards is critical to help consumers avoid fraud, hidden fees, & unauthorized charges.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Prospective Plantings report is out  :  corn growers around the state plan to plant 11.3 million acres in 2017, down 3% from last year  :  the state’s soybean planted area is expected at 10.2 million acres, up 1% from 2016  :  Illinois’ sorghum planted area is forecast to total 15,000 acres, down 17% from a year ago  :  the state’s winter wheat area seeded last fall is at 480,000 acres, down 8% from the previous year  :  Illinois’ area planted to oats is 35,000 acres, down 22% from 2016  :  and producers intend to harvest some 490,000 acres of all hay in 2017, up 2% from last year  :  with the 2017 spring planting season nearly here, farmers are gearing up to get into the fields full speed in the days and weeks ahead.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week in regular session – here’s the unofficial minutes from that meeting – the Council  :  approved an ordinance to amend the Newton City Code in regards to cannabis regulations within the City of Newton  :  heard from the City’s Finance and Water Committees, which jointly met on March 22nd  :  discussed and decided to get more information on the “Inspire Wellness Program” that could be offered to city employees  :  noted the City’s Park Department is spring cleaning the Eagle Trail walking path north of the river  :  noted the City’s Street Department is busy cleaning ditches  :  heard the Animal Control report as presented  :  and took no other action after a 27 minute closed session to discuss litigation, real estate, and personnel  :  next regular meeting is April 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  In the latest example of government working with non-profits and the private sector to help the most vulnerable students, the Regional Office of Education #12 recently joined forces with Feed the Children to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies, non-perishable food, and reading books to qualifying students in the five counties served by the local ROE – in fact, it was this past Tuesday, April 4th, that ROE #12 officials collected the materials from the Feed the Children drop-off point down in Marion with the backpacks and items to help those students in need in the ROE #12 – so far this year, 458 students in the five counties of Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Clay, and Crawford have received homeless assistance from ROE #12, which works directly with local school districts to identify and provide help to those students most in need – Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin says that by providing assistance to keep kids in school, the ROE #12 can help break the downward cycle caused by homelessness.

 

(OLNEY)  With tomorrow being City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, here’s some restriction reminders from the City of Olney  :  all items being sold must be placed on private property, not on city streets and/or sidewalks  :  all garage and yard sale signs must be placed on private property, not on public right-of-way  :  merchandise purchased for resale shall not be sold  :  a rummage and/or garage sale can last no longer than three consecutive days  :  and all sales can be conducted during the period between sunrise and sunset  :  for more details and/or information, call or stop by the Olney City Hall during regular office hours.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an upcoming course at Olney Central College – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the class will start meeting on Thursday and Friday nights, April 20th and 21st, from 6:00 to 10:00 each night at Olney Central College – then the final meeting of the class will be Saturday, April 22nd, from 8:00 to 4:00, at the Olney Gun Range – the tuition and fees for the class are $183 for residents within the IECC District and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the tuition is waived for District residents who are age 60 and older, but course fees must be paid – to register or for more details, call OCC at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s the list of area activities for children that we’re aware of for this weekend  :
* the Fox River Apartments Easter Egg Hunt is tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – all children ages 10 and under are invited, but they need their own basket or container to collect their eggs – refreshments provided
* Helia Healthcare has its Easter BASH tomorrow at 2:00 – all children ages 12 and under are invited to meet the Easter Bunny with goodie bags, crafts, games, and more – bikes given away to each age group
* the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 – it’s for all area children age 8 and under with over 5,000 Easter Eggs to find – also a door prize basket raffle for all kids that attend – light refreshments will be provided starting at 12 noon
* the Clay City Ballpark will host an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow at 1:00 – all children ages 9 and under are invited with three age groups – bicycles given to a boy & girl in the two older age groups – all sponsored by the Clay City Civics, Clay City Fire Department, Village of Clay City, and Clay City Banking Company
* the Newton Care Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning starting at 10:00 – it’s open to Jasper County youngsters ages 2 thru 10 – all are invited to attend

 

REMINDERS  :
    Vincennes University will host Red’s Dualing Pianos tomorrow night in the Green Activities Center, starting at 5:30 (Illinois time) – a show known for getting audiences engaged in singing, cheering, dancing, and laughing, it includes a cash bar, food, and both a silent & live auction – tickets are $50 each – reservations required by today by calling the Red Skelton Museum in Vincennes, at  812-888-4184


    A benefit for the Jerry “Red Dog” Donaldson family is Saturday at the Muddy Saloon south of Wheeler – with food served from 2:00 to 7:00, the raffle drawing with various items & donated baskets is at 8:00 – donations at the door & accepted at the First National Bank of Dieterich – all to help with funeral expenses


    The Dundas Ruritan Club has a “bulk chowder” tomorrow with serving to start at 11:00 with the chowder by the gallon or half gallon – plus homemade pies and other baked goods – no glass containers

 

    A fundraiser to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00 at Wash-N-Go in Olney, all in memory of Bob Stipp – for every car that goes thru the automatic car wash, local State Farm Agent Lauren McClain will donate $1 to the  JDRF – also giveaways and free popcorn

   
    Sabrina’s First Annual Scholarship Ride is tomorrow with registration at 9:00 in the morning at the Biker Bible Church on West Lafayette Street in Olney – starting at 10:00, the 100 mile trip includes a stop for Moonshine burgers, then two more stops, and back to The Fireside in Olney for food, auction, and music


    The Richland County High School JROTC has a fundraising “pancake breakfast” tomorrow morning at the Olney VFW with serving from 6:30 to 10:30 – tickets at the door – proceeds for JROTC activities


    The Knights of Columbus will host its final “fish fry” tonight at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 or until sold out – carry-outs available – part of the proceeds will go to support the Richland County Senior Citizens Center in downtown Olney – all are welcome


    The Petroleum Club will host its Friday night “fish fry” tonight at 1003 West Main Street in Olney – it’s catfish filets and more with serving from 5:00 to 8:00 with the price at $10 per person – public is invited


    The Claremont-Bonpas Firemen has another Friday night “fish fry” and hot bar buffet tonight from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s all-you-can-eat with kids 5 & under admitted free – plenty of food, ice cream, and much more – carry-outs available – pay at the door – all ages are invited


    The Olney Arts Council’s Fine Art Showcase at The Holiday will come to an end tonight – the exhibit runs from 11:00 this morning until 8:30 tonight with a reception & rewards ceremony tonight at 7:00 – everyone’s invited out to look over all the local artwork – the OAC thanks everyone for their support


    The Richland County Senior Center has another fish fry / salad bar meal today in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223  – proceeds to help local programs


    The remaining Kindergarten classes will perform their music program “Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere” this morning at 10:00 in the Richland County Elementary School dining hall – that’s the classes of teachers Anderson, Hendrickson, Pampe, and Slankard – all are invited out this morning to RCES in Olney

 

 

 

April 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the last upper low pressure system continues moving into the Northeast, we’ll have some wrap-around showers this morning before they end and we start to dry out – while a gusty northwest wind keeps us cool for the 24 to 36 hours, we’ll warm up for a dry weekend on both Saturday and Sunday – then our next weather-maker will bring us rain chances, possibly storms, by Monday night – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  Yesterday’s weather included some severe conditions, although at this point in time there are no deaths or serious injuries reported by authorities – the thunderstorms that rolled thru our region Wednesday afternoon included several warnings, including a tornado warning for parts of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, & Crawford counties – a few reports say a tornado was spotted in Crawford County, but no confirmation yet from the National Weather Service – while the average rainfall amounts over the past 24 hours range from a half inch to nearly two inches, average wind speeds during yesterday’s storms came in around 45 mph.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State Senate Executive Committee has endorsed wide-ranging protections for immigrants in response to President Trump’s crackdown on people in the U.S. illegally – the plan would require federal immigration authorities to have a criminal warrant to enter schools or clinics in search of immigrants in America illegally – plus it would bar local police from cooperating with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials unless a valid warrant is involved – it now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

 

(OLNEY)  Seventeen Illinois school districts have joined together to sue the state for failing to adequately funding public education in the Land of Lincoln – the downstate districts, most of which are in the Metro East area, contend the state has fallen short of its constitutional duty to provide a “high quality education” for all students – the state currently owes millions of dollars to statewide school districts for past due aid.

 

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – the state’s average temperature last week was 48.8 degrees, nearly 2 (1.6) degrees above normal – the average rainfall in Illinois last week was 1.47 inches, just over a half inch (0.51) above normal – both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are still over 80% adequate to surplus and the state’s winter wheat crop, as of Sunday, is rated 11% excellent, 54% good, 28% fair, and 7% poor to very poor – statewide farmers have done limited field work so far in general.

 


(OLNEY)  The State DNR says youth turkey hunters harvested a preliminary record total of 1,541 birds during the 2017 Illinois Youth Turkey Season, which included the past two weekends – in fact, this was the first year two youth turkey hunting weekends were open for the entire state – previously, there was one weekend dedicated for each the South Zone & North Zone – at total of 1,058 turkeys were harvested last year, combining both seasons & zones – the previous youth season record harvest was in 2012, when 1,300 birds were taken – we’ll look at the area harvest numbers in our regional counties coming up next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee is sponsoring an Agricultural Spelling Bee for all Richland County Middle School students – the event will be held next Tuesday night, April 11th, starting at 6:00, in the Richland County Middle School Library in Olney – while the Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad mini, the second and third place finishers will get cash – contact the Richland County Farm Bureau office in Olney to register – call  618-393-4116  or check the local website online.

 

(ALBION)  Here’s some of the key Edwards County election results from the contested races Tuesday  :
ALBION CITY MAYOR
* Wes Harris was elected
BROWNS VILLAGE MAYOR
* David Smith was elected as a write-in
BROWNS VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* Jimmy Duncan, Misty Pearson, and Glen Iles were elected
WEST SALEM VILLAGE TRUSTEES   (4-YEAR TERM)
* Courtney Malone, Paul Butler, and Robert Hahn were elected
WEST SALEM VILLAGE TRUSTEES   (2-YEAR TERM)
* Dennis Shular and Donny Knackmus were elected

 

(LAWRENCEVILLE)  Here’s some key contested results from Tuesday’s election in Lawrence County  :
SUMNER VILLAGE MAYOR
* Betty Brian was elected
BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE MAYOR
* J. Michael Crask was elected
BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE CLERK
* Jessica Zellars was elected
BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE TREASURER
* Tammy Tate was elected
ST. FRANCISVILLE VILLAGE ALDERMAN – WARD THREE
* Carla Moyes was elected
LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL BOARD
* Kenneth Waller, Jr. was elected

 

(LOUISVILLE)  Here’s some of the key Clay County election results from the contested races Tuesday  :
CLAY CITY VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* elected were Mike Delonshaw, Cody French, and Zeb Oestreich
LOUISVILLE VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* elected were Craig Clifton, Rusty Harper, and Nancy Byers
CLAY CITY SCHOOL BOARD
* elected were Linda Schnepper, Stacy Kessler, Rachel Bruner, and Misty Lindman
FLORA SCHOOL BOARD
* elected were Curtis Leib, Rick Porter, and Justin Cook
LOUISVILLE VILLAGE QUESTION – SHALL THE PROHIBITION OF THE SALE OF ALCOHOL, AT RETAIL BUSINESSES, BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE?
* 142 “no” votes – 88 “yes” votes

 

(ROBINSON)  Here’s some key contested results from Tuesday’s election in Crawford County  :
PALESTINE VILLAGE MAYOR
* Rob Byrley was elected
ROBINSON CITY ALDERMAN – WARD TWO
* Karen Bowman was elected
ROBINSON CITY ALDERMAN – WARD THREE
* Gene Sinclair was elected
ROBINSON SCHOOL BOARD
* Chad Brown, Dennis Inboden, and Bill Sandiford were elected

 

(FAIRFIELD)  Here’s some of the key Wayne County election results from the contested races Tuesday  :
FAIRFIELD CITY MAYOR
* Brent Maguire was elected
FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL – WARD TWO
* Jim Griffith was elected
FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL – WARD THREE
* Tubby McGill was elected
FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL – WARD FOUR
* Terry Stahl was elected
WAYNE CITY VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* LaDonna McKinney, Timothy Piper, and Diana Wood were elected
FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
* Scott Merkel, Jeremy Carter, Dana Gilbert, and Brent Ellis were elected
WAYNE CITY SCHOOL BOARD
* Kirk Barnard, Michael Ehrhart, Clinton Lane, and Ashley Musgrave were elected
JASPER SCHOOL BOARD
* Christopher Barbre, Rennie Cates, Derek Demaret, and Lachelle Thompson were elected
CISNE VILLAGE QUESTION TO ALLOW ALCOHOL SALES
* 75 “yes” votes – 51 “no” votes

 

(GREENUP)  Here’s some key contested results from Tuesday’s election in Cumberland County  :
GREENUP VILLAGE PRESIDENT
* Stacey Carl was elected
TOLEDO VILLAGE PRESIDENT
* John Beck was elected
GREENUP VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* Mike Nickles, Danita Starwalt, Alene Blade, and Max McCullough, Jr. were elected
CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
* Ben Bland, Bob Blade, and Wes Chambers were elected
CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOL FACILITIES TAX
* 1,503 “yes” votes – 1,150 “no” votes

 

(CASEY)  Here’s some of the key Clark County election results from the contested races Tuesday  :
CASEY CITY MAYOR
* Nik Groothuis was elected
CASEY CITY ALDERMAN – WARD THREE
* Richard Pete Todd was elected
MARSHALL CITY MAYOR
* John Trefz was elected
MARSHALL CITY TREASURER
* Larry Woodard was elected
MARSHALL CITY ALDERMAN – WARD THREE
* Jarod Green was elected
MARTINSVILLE VILLAGE MAYOR
* Herman Davidson was elected
MARTINSVILLE VILLAGE ALDERMAN – WARD ONE
* Christopher Davidson was elected

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is now taking Geranium orders, running now thru Friday, April 14th, a week from tomorrow – priced at only $5.50 each, the Geraniums are available in the three colors  :  red, pink, or white  :  the delivery / pickup date will be Thursday, April 27th, at the Olney City Park Community Building from 8:00 to 6:00 – call in your order at  395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A benefit for the Jerry “Red Dog” Donaldson family is Saturday at the Muddy Saloon south of Wheeler – with food served from 2:00 to 7:00, the raffle drawing with various items & donated baskets is at 8:00 – donations at the door & accepted at the First National Bank of Dieterich – all to help with funeral expenses


    The Olney Arts Council’s Fine Art Showcase at The Holiday is continuing – the exhibit is open today thru tonight, from 11:00 to 7:00 – the final exhibit is tomorrow thru tomorrow night from 11:00 to 8:30


    The Knights of Columbus will host its final “fish fry” tomorrow night at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 or until sold out – carry-outs available – part of the proceeds will go to support the Richland County Senior Citizens Center in downtown Olney – all are welcome


    The Richland County Senior Center has another fish fry / salad bar meal tomorrow in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223  – proceeds to help local programs


    The Richland County Elementary School Kindergarten classes will perform their music program “Bunnies, Bunnies Everywhere” this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Anselment, Dunn, and Grundon will perform at 10:00 this morning – classes of teachers Anderson, Hendrickson, Pampe, and Slankard will perform at 10:00 tomorrow morning – all are invited to one or both performances


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host its monthly pork loin dinner this evening, with serving to start at 6:00 – pay at the door – all are invited out for some great food tonight in Jasper County