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April 18, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  An approaching frontal boundary over Central Illinois will keep most rain chances to our north today, however an isolated shower or storm could pop-up thru this evening – then the front slides thru with a better chance of showers & thunderstorms by tomorrow night & Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  Illinois is holding on to its position as the fourth most expensive place to buy gas with an average price at $4.06 per gallon, that’s one dollar and three cents higher than a year ago at this time – the current Illinois average is now 25 cents a gallon higher than the national average in America – according to www.illinoisgasprices.com, the lowest downstate price, as of late last night, was $3.77 a gallon in Salem.
 
(OLNEY)  In his "Week In Review" Report, State Senator John O. Jones says it was busy last week as Friday was the final day in the spring session to move bills from the Senate to House – a few of the 32 bills approved includes : one that reduces the burdensome regulations on cemeteries : one that requires a person convicted of child luring to undergo a sex offender evaluation : one that requires the IDOC to report to the General Assembly on how it would notify a local sheriff of an inmate's early release from prison : one that directs the State DNR to adopt new regulations & restrictions for “fracking” natural gas wells : one that  revokes the license of a healthcare worker who's been convicted of a sex crime : one that requires a new scale for child care co-payments in dealing with public aid : one that provides incentives for employers to locate jobs in Illinois thru tax credits : and one that creates a 3% set-aside each year of all state contracts be awarded to veteran-owned small businesses : for more, go online at www.jones.senategop.org.
 
(NEWTON)  Downstate community members are encouraged to attend a redistricting hearing scheduled for today in East St. Louis – lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are seeking public input once again in their efforts to draw a new legislative map – the 4:00 meeting later today is at the Clyde Jordan Senior Citizens Center, at 6755 State Street – for details, to RSVP, or to join the list of speakers, call now 217-782-4040.

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic accident that occurred Friday morning at around 9:30 in Clay County, about four miles west of Flora on U.S. Route 50 – Illinois State Police report that 51 year old Ronald Trout of Olney was attempting to pass a semi-truck when his vehicle hydroplaned, ran off the road & overturn – a passenger, 50 year old Kathi Trout was taken to Clay County Hospital with injuries – Mr. Trout, who refused treatment at the scene, was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

(NEWTON)  The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a multi-state earthquake drill & preparedness activity to be conducted a week from this Thursday, April 28th, at 10:15 that morning – the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill will be held in the Central U.S. in order to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois & the other regional states – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, colleges, businesses, families, medical facilities, government agencies, non-profit groups, & all others to take part in the ShakeOut event – the Jasper County EMA plans to take part in the important drill & urges everyone to take part or to get further information – check it out online, at www.shakeout.org/centralus/.

(OLNEY)  A big “thank you” to all who attended & helped out with this year’s 4-H Performance Showcase, held Saturday night at OCC – 4-H Federation President Maggie Bromm kicked things off with a welcome – named as the top MC was Trevor May, with Runner-Up Rachel Pampe – also serving as MC was the duet of Chloe Miller & Alexander Brewer – the top Miscellaneous Act was performed by Sydney Pitts & Rachel Pampe – selected as the top Club Skit was members of the Stringtown Cloverbuds – thanks again to all the judges, Federation members, clubs, participants, leaders, volunteers, & those attending the special event.

(NOBLE)  Congratulations to a new Queen and King from this past weekend : crowned at Saturday night’s 2011 Prom for Clay City High School, were Queen Katelynn Hosselton & King Jordan Noll : the West Richland High School Prom was held this past Friday night : both events held at The Holiday in Olney.

(EFFINGHAM)  It was last Thursday night that the Effingham School Board hired a new Superintendent – given a three year contract, Mark Doan, will succeed the retiring Dan Clasby on July 1st – Doan makes the move from the Peoria area, where he’s served as Superintendent of the Farmington Central School District since 2004 – while making the move professionally, Doan has extended family in the Olney & Neoga area.

(NEWTON)  There are at least two area school board meetings on tap tonight : the Jasper County School Board will meet tonight in the Board Office in Newton, starting at 7:00 – the meeting will include the oath of office and the election of Board officers, plus an executive session to discuss real estate, personnel, and more : the West Richland School Board will meet tonight in the Board Office in Noble, beginning at 7:30.

REMINDERS
    Plans are now being made for the annual May Day Parade in Noble, set for Friday, the 6th of May – area businesses or groups who’d like to place an entry in the event should call the Elementary School in Noble
    Find out more about Multiple Sclerosis by attending the new “Talk MS Group” which will meet on the fourth Monday of most months at 7:00, starting a week from tonight at RHM – for more, call 392-7920
    It’s a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday morning from 8:30 til sold out at the People’s State Bank Drive Thru in Newton – proceeds split between the Newton Junior Women’s Club & the Newton Women’s Club
    The RMH Auxiliary continues with its “geranium sale” thru this Wednesday, the 20th – colors of red, pink, & white available at $3.75 each – pickup is April 28th – call & order at 618-395-7340, ext. 4009
    The 2nd annual Youth & Community World Café is tomorrow night from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for both youth & adults alike, to sit down, listen, & talk about their concerns
    The Futures 4-H Club meeting will be this afternoon at the Latona Church of Christ at 4:30 – each family should bring a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes & a bag of fruit for baskets to be delivered
    The Richland County Highway Department has lifted the seasonal 10 ton weight limit on all county maintained highways – there will be no further seasonal weight limits in year of 2011

April 16, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  With the main storm system now moving off to the east, scattered showers will wrap around on the back side of the low, giving us chances of rain today with cooler air – some sunshine & warmer air returns tomorrow, then maybe more rain by Monday night, into Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

(OLNEY)  That storm system that rolled thru the state yesterday & last night moved thru quickly dropping smaller amounts of rain than was expected – on average, less than a half inch of rain, although some spots received an inch or so – the storms had wind gusts of between 50 and 60 miles-per-hour with some damage, plus some small hail was reported – all-in-all, an escape of any real problems until the next round of storms.

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois House was under a time crunch yesterday, trying to beat the Friday deadline to get its bills passed and sent over to the Senate chamber  :  one bill requires background checks on all minors who apply to work at park districts in Illinois  :  another bill would make it easier for anyone to access & find out how their state lawmaker voted on an issue thru the Freedom of Information Act  :  and on a 59 to 57 vote, the House voted down a bill that would have allowed certain prisoners to be counted in the next census  :  these bills and a few others will now move over to the State Senate for its consideration.
 
(OLNEY)  Secretary of State Jesse White is urging all Illinois residents to join the state's organ & tissue donor registry during this National Donate Life Month – Illinoisians can register by visiting online at www.LifeGoesOn.com, by calling theDonor Program toll-free hotline at 1-800-210-2106, or while obtaining or renewing an Illinois driver's license or state ID card at any state driver's license facility.

(OLNEY)  A coalition of local churches called “Build Community of Richland County” is looking for volunteer workers to help with an upcoming home repair weekend – the goal is to repair homes in Richland County for homeowners who cannot manage the repairs themselves – the fix-up event will be the entire day of Saturday, April 30th and the following afternoon, of Sunday, May 1st – volunteers of all skill levels are needed – volunteer applications are available at the following churches in Olney – First Presbyterian, Trinity Lutheran, Elm Street Christian, & Free Methodist – for details or information, call 392-6101.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Shrine Club will be holding a “mini-clinic” this morning, from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the screening clinic is to help identify children in our area that could benefit from the specialized care available at the Shriners Hospitals in America – there is no charge for the clinic or for any other services provided by the Hospitals – all parents, grandparents, and/or guardians are urged to bring their child or children to this morning’s free evaluation.

REMINDERS
    The 2nd annual Youth & Community World Café is next Tuesday night from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for both youth & adults alike, to sit down, listen, & talk about their concerns
    The Futures 4-H Club meeting will be next Monday afternoon at the Latona Church of Christ at 4:30 – each family should bring a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes & a bag of fruit for baskets to be delivered
    A reminder that the Richland County Senior Citizens fundraising “chicken fry” scheduled for tomorrow is cancelled due to equipment failure – so that’s “no” fundraiser for the Senior Citizens in Olney Sunday
    Those with decorations at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg are being asked to remove them by tomorrow if they want them saved – otherwise mowing crews will dispose of the decorations next week
    The Richland County 4-H Performance Showcase is tonight at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC at 7:00 – it’s free & all are invited to come “share the fun” with our local 4-H’ers
    It’s the 2011 “spring crash” tonight in the Olney City Park with grandstand tickets on sale at the gate – it’s big & small cars & trucks with a $4,500 total purse – all ages invited – plenty of concessions
    The Clay County TEA Party Patriots will have a “rally” today at 1:00 in the park area by the Public Library in Flora – all are invited to promote transparency, accountability, & limited government in Illinois
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    And if your out and about this weekend, make sure you buckle-up and observe those “rules of the road” while traveling throughout Southeastern and South Central Illinois

April 15, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system & cold front are producing showers & thunderstorms with some severe conditions possible for the downstate area – all to be followed by some light, lingering rain showers & some cooler air tomorrow – then dry & warmer Sunday, before more rain Monday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  In Springfield, a measure that would allow for sweeping education reform has passed the State Senate with a unanimous vote – the bill would give school districts the ability to oust poorly performing teachers, would put in place new speed bumps for teacher strikes, and would lengthen the school year in Chicago – moving to the House for a vote, it reportedly has support from teachers’ unions and others.
 
(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, State Senators debated for over an hour yesterday on a bill that would reform the state’s workers compensation system – while some say the plan would’ve made Illinois more competitive and attractive for businesses, the Republican-backed measure failed with all but seven Democrats voting “present” – an alternate measure is expected to be introduced today, the final day to submit bills.

(NEWTON)  With Earth Day 2011 now a week away, the State Department of Transportation is giving away 10,000 oak tree seedlings to school districts throughout Illinois in hopes of reaching more students before spring break – all nine IDOT Districts will coordinate the distribution, providing ample opportunities to plant the seedlings where directed on school grounds – Earth Day 2011 is April 22nd, a week from today.

(OLNEY)  The Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce had its annual banquet last night approximately 200 people in attendance – the Chamber membership was thanked for their support over the past year – the Olney Daily Mail’s “Business of the Year” award was presented to McDonald’s in Olney, who’s always supported our area youth, schools, senior citizens, and others – our WVLN-WSEI “Citizen of the Year” award went to Dale Smith for her commitment to the animals of Olney & Richland County, serving as Humane Soceity President for the past 35 years – Sam Benson takes over as the new Chamber President – Executive Director Jessica Buckels thanked all members for their support.
 
(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in regular session – the Board : heard a positive audit report from Kempers CPA, noting that all findings were good for the county’s books : approved a bridge petition for Hunt City Township – also approved the $139,032 bid from Prairie County Construction for the Ste. Marie Township Bridge project – also thanked all voters for supporting the April 5th “materials tax : agreed to accept the insurance offer of $40,000 for the county’s burned-out ambulance for replacement : noted that the EMA grant equipment is arriving & the county’s new radio system should be up & running by September : and noted some needed repairs to the Courthouse : the next regular meeting will be May 12th.

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in regular session – the Board : unanimously approved the joint emergency dispatch agreement, which was approved by the Olney City Council this past Monday night – the pact is one that was considered once before several months ago : approved a Richland County Court request to use court money to fund the hiring of interns to help with overload work : noted that the laborer negotiations are continuing as the contract expired back in November of last year : noted that the Decker Township Bridge Replacement Project near Wynoose is about 90% complete : agreed to set up a county review of census results & possible division lines for the County Board : approved the yearly liquor license for Fox Creek Vineyards : and discussed, but took no action, on Courthouse safety & possible options : the Richland County Board's next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for May 12th.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Shrine Club will be holding a “mini-clinic” tomorrow morning, from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the screening clinic is to help identify children in our area that could benefit from the specialized care available at the Shriners Hospitals in America – there is no charge for the clinic or for any other services provided by the Hospitals – all parents, grandparents, and/or guardians are urged to bring their child or children to this free evaluation.

(OLNEY)  The 2011 Illinois spring youth wild turkey season had a preliminary harvest total of 745 birds, that’s 8 more than last spring – the South Zone harvest was 8 less than a year ago – the North Zone harvest was 16 more than last year – the youth hunts are the two weekends before the general turkey seasons.

REMINDERS
    The 2nd annual Youth & Community World Café is next Tuesday night from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for both youth & adults alike, to sit down, listen, & talk about their concerns
    The Futures 4-H Club meeting will be next Monday afternoon at the Latona Church of Christ at 4:30 – each family should bring a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes & a bag of fruit for baskets to be delivered
    Those with decorations at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg are being asked to remove them by this Sunday if they want them saved – otherwise mowing crews will dispose of the decorations them next week
    The Richland County 4-H Performance Showcase is tomorrow night at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC at 7:00 – it’s free & all are invited to come “share the fun” with our local 4-H’ers
    The Clay County TEA Party Patriots will have a “rally” tomorrow at 1:00 in the park area by the Flora Public Library – all are invited to promote transparency, accountability, & limited government
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open tomorrow morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    The Third Biennial New Pow-Wow is tonight at 7:00 in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium, with dancing, skits, instrumentals, & more – trophies & cash prizes based on people’s choice ballot – tickets for adults & children on sale at the door
    The St Thomas fundraising “fish fry” is tonight at the Newton Knights of Columbus Hall with serving from 4:30 until 7:00 – carryouts will be available, plus tickets on sale at the door – all ages are invited
    The “fish sale” continues at the Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District office – grass carp must be ordered by the close of office hours today, while other species can be ordered thru April 29th
    Landowners are reminded that today’s the final signup date for the Conservation Reserve Program – call or stop by your local FSA office before the close of business on this April 15th
   

April 14, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge keeps us dry at least one more day with more sunshine, an approaching low pressure system & associated cold front will move thru with showers & thunderstorms thru the day & night tomorrow – then it’s cooler with showers Saturday before a dry & cool Sunday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers and education officials have struck a deal on education reform – the multi-faceted agreement will put an end to the “last in, first out” layoff policy – in an effort to improve transparency, the deal requires the public be made aware of the “last best offers” made on both sides before teachers can go on strike – the plan is expected to move thru committee today with a floor vote maybe by next week.
 
(OLNEY)  A veteran Chicago Police Officer has been chosen to head the Illinois State Police – the Senate confirmed Hiram Grau yesterday and he says he will not waste any time getting to work – Grau says he’ll monitor the ISP budget with a fine tooth comb & look for creative ways to save money, yet maintain safety.

(NEWTON)  The Illinois House has unanimously passed House Bill 1908, which prohibits offenders who re-enter society after a meth-related conviction from purchasing or possessing any product containing pseudoephedrine – also requires written notice to the State Police, local state's attorneys, & sheriff's of the pending release or discharge of any person convicted on meth charges – the measure moves to the Senate.

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus notes that Illinois taxpayers are footing the bill for government thru tomorrow, April 15th – it’s known as Tax Freedom Day in Illinois, taking into account all income & payroll taxes, plus sales & local taxes as well – with the deficit spending included, the national Tax Freedom Day is May 23rd, showing that nearly a third of our working year goes to pay for federal, state, and local taxes – tomorrow’s Illinois date is considerably later than most of our neighboring states – the Tax Freedom Days were April 2nd in Kentucky, April 4th in Missouri, April 5th in Indiana, and April 9th in Wisconsin.
 
(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Shrine Club will be holding a “mini-clinic” this Saturday morning, from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the screening clinic is to help identify children in our area that could benefit from the specialized care available at the Shriners Hospitals in America – there is no charge for the clinic or for any other services provided by the Hospitals – all parents, grandparents, and/or guardians are urged to bring their child or children to this free evaluation.

(OLNEY)  Sheriff Andy Hires has released the monthly activity report for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department – it received 404 calls from the public in March, plus 169 emergency 9-1-1 calls – Deputies served 118 civil papers, processed 90 warrants, made 48 arrests, issued 35 warnings, and responded to 9 domestic complaints – the County Detention Center processed 75 prisoners – the county’s fine revenue was $9,145 – and the Richland Memorial Ambulance Service made 124 runs during the 31 days of March.

(NOBLE)  A couple of reminders from the Village of Noble : tomorrow is “spring cleanup day, in Noble – trash customers should have their items street-side by early Friday morning – remember, no batteries, no tires, no paint, no appliances, no yard waste : plus today’s the first day of the 2011 Farmers Market in the Noble Village Park, from 3:00 until 7:00, this afternoon & evening – that’s every Thursday thru summer.

(FLORA)  All are invited to a Clay County TEA Party Rally coming up this Saturday afternoon at the Gazebo by the Flora Public Library starting at 1:00 – everyone’s invited to join area TEA Party Patriots in an effort to take back Illinois by promoting policies of transparency, accountability, & limited government.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at the County Office Building, starting at 7:30 – along with the regular monthly committee reports, there’s a few new items under the new business discussion – the meeting is open to the public, with the exception of an executive session.

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at the County Jail Office Meeting Room, beginning at 7:00 – the joint dispatch issue along with other items are on the agenda – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 this evening, prior to the regular monthly meeting.


REMINDERS
    The Senior Citizens’ fundraising “chicken fry” is cancelled for this Sunday, due to equipment problems – so NO fundraising feed at the Senior Citizens Center this Sunday – listen for the next scheduled event
    The benefit fundraiser for Larry Eastin is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at the Flora Eagles – a dinner, silent auction, 50/50 drawing, entertainment, & more – proceeds go to help with Larry’s medical expenses
    The Hilltoppers 4-H Club will have a Calhoun area Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in the Civic Center in Calhoun – rain will cancel – it’s for children who live in the Calhoun community
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this Saturday morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    The “fish sale” continues at the Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District office – grass carp must be ordered by the close of office hours tomorrow – other species can be ordered thru April 29th
   The Third Biennial New Pow-Wow is tomorrow night at 7:00 in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium, featuring numerous musical, instrumental, & vocal talents, plus dancing displays & sports-themed skits – all awarded by trophies & cash prizes, based on a people’s choice ballot at the show – everyone is welcome to attend 
    The Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce will have its Annual Banquet tonight – it includes dinner & auction, plus the Citizen of the Year & Business of the Year presentations, and more
    The ERBA Office in Newton will be distributing federal surplus commodities today from 4:00 until 6:00, while supplies last – also tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 til 3:00, if available – normal requirements apply
    The next area blood drive is this afternoon at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, from 1:00 until 6:00, with all types of blood needed – all eligible donors are urged to give blood today in Newton

April 13, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge controls our weather today with a dry & warming sky – an approaching storm system will roll thru the midwest with our next chance of rain coming up by Friday, maybe as early as Thursday night – then cooler air will filter in with more rain chances on Saturday – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  Lawmakers are pushing a bill in Springfield to let faith-based agencies reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or serve as foster parents – sponsors of the bill say religious groups should not have to violate their beliefs when placing children in homes – meanwhile, critics says it’s an attack on Illinois’ new “civil union” law that takes effect June 1st – look for more debate coming up.
 
(OLNEY)  A state battle is brewing over whether craft brewers should be allowed to distribute their own products in Illinois – a bill introduced would allow them to do so in limited quantities, but non-craft brewers such as Anheuser-Busch, would be left out – some say that while the beer giant distributes its beverages in Illinois, the smaller craft beers might be forced out of the market – the issue could affect other states.

(NEWTON)  In coordination with the Governor’s effort to balance the budget, the Illinois Department of Human Services is expected to cut about 10% of services in the upcoming fiscal year – proposed cuts have mainly been in drug & alcohol dependence programs – early figures have put the DHS budget even lower than the $3.2 billion requested – the department’s funding has already dropped 9% since 2009.

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week – the Board : agreed to help the Noble Little League with up to $1,000 to be spent for park maintenance, such as paint, chat, & more – the $1,000 was donated to the Village specifically for Little League upkeep : discussed the recent State fine of $5,000 for the Bottle Hut in Noble, plus the current suspension of liquor license this week – no fine has been levied by the Village at this point : with some burning questions from last week, the Board may consider permits for burning in the future : noted that the Board’s Sidewalk Committee has a list of needed sidewalk repairs & now must meet to prioritize that list : donated $25 to the May Day Parade : noted the Farmers Market begins tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 til 7:00 : noted that this Friday is villagewide Cleanup Day during the normal trash collection – items need to be out by early Friday : the next regular meeting is April 25th.
 
(NEWTON)  In last week’s meeting, the Newton City Council heard from its various Committees : the Emergency Management Agency Committee talked about grant equipment, an upcoming Earthquake Drill, & that local EMA officials from Jasper County attended a recent “pre-flood event” held in March : the city’s Electric Committee discussed bids for the city’s utility pole replacement project & talked about the metering installed at the substations : the Insurance Committee discussed the city’s liability and worker’s compensation coverage, deciding to seek bids later in maybe June or July : & the Finance Committee met to talk about electric rates, computer needs, a TIF application, & development of the Woods Addition, plus a few Intergovernmental Agreements were reviewed : the City Council’s next regular meeting is April 19th.

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report, wet & cool weather continues to hamper downstate farm work – although last week’s statewide average temperature was nearly 8 degrees above normal, the state’s average rainfall was over one inch above normal – some spring tillage & anhydrous ammonia application took place last week, even some corn has been planted, 4% to be exact in Illinois – locally, farmers in the ten area counties report some corn planting while the topsoil moisture levels are mostly adequate to surplus.

(OLNEY)  The annual 4-H Performance Showcase is set for this Saturday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC, starting at 7:00 – two Masters of Ceremonies will be introducing nine individual acts & three club skits for the entertainment – the acts include vocal solos, piano pieces, & some comedy – the show is free and the public is invited to come out and “share the fun” this Saturday night.

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is now registering students for intersession, summer, and fall semester classes – the three-week intersession classes begin Monday, May 16th – the eight-week summer semester classes begin Tuesday, June 7th – the fall semester classes get started on August 22nd – the summer and fall schedules are now available from the Student Services Office or go online at www.iecc.edu.


REMINDERS
    Plans are now being made for the annual May Day Parade in Noble, set for Friday, May 6th – area businesses or groups who’d like to place an entry in the event should call the Elementary School in Noble
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this Saturday morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    The Jasper County “fish sale” is continuing at the Soil & Water Conservation District office in Newton – grass carp must be ordered by this Friday, the 15th – all other species can be ordered by April 29th
    St Thomas will host a fundraising “fish fry” this Friday evening at the KC Hall in Newton, with serving from 4:30 until 7:00 – carryouts will be available and tickets will be on sale at the door – all are invited 
    The ERBA Office in Newton will be distributing federal surplus commodities tomorrow from 4:00 until 6:00, while supplies last – also Friday from 1:00 til 3:00, if available – normal requirements apply
    The next area blood drive is tomorrow afternoon at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, from 1:00 until 6:00, with all types of blood needed – all eligible donors are urged to give blood Thursday

    The East Richland High School "after prom" committee will meet tonight at 7:00 at the Middle School in Olney - not tomorrow night as earlier announced - all parents of ERHS junior students are encouraged to attend - again, the ERHS "after prom" meeting is tonight at 7:00 at ERMS