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Local News

April 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an upper level low pressure system tracks across Illinois by tonight, a surface low will move just south of the I-70 corridor this afternoon – the combination will give us periods of rain & thunderstorms today thru tonight, then some colder air moves in on a northwest wind – after some lingering rain Thursday, we’ll dry out Friday thru Sunday with a warm up in store – more rain expected Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a Vietnam War Veteran from Illinois will receive a long-lost Purple Heart from the State Treasurer’s office – now living in Mississippi, Harold J. Walker will receive his special medal today in Chicago as the Purple Heart was discovered among several other items that were unclaimed property discovered by the Treasurer’s office – the Illinois native was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1968.

 

(OLNEY)  Just over 29% of the registered voters in Richland County went to the polls in the April 4th Election – with the numbers to be canvassed in 14 days, here’s the unofficial results in the contested races  :
OLNEY CITY MAYOR                                                   
* Mark Lambird is elected  with 900 votes – Belinda Henton had 888 votes and Brian James O’Neill had 18
OLNEY CITY COUNCIL       
* Morgan Fehrenbacher was elected with 1,116 votes and John McLaughlin was re-elected with 727 votes 
* Gregory Eyer had 691 votes and Bryce Fehrenbacher received 635 votes
NOBLE VILLAGE MAYOR
* Richard Clark is re-elected with 51 votes – challengers John Mason had 50 and Jerry Britton had 44 
RICHLAND COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD   (2 YEAR TERM)
* Alex Cline is elected was re-elected with 2,263 votes
RICHLAND COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD  (4 YEAR TERM)
* Cynthia Lockley is elected  for the first time with 2,092 votes
* both Steve Marrs and Leon Redman were re-elected with 1,862 and 1,858 votes respectively   
* Timothy Musser had 1,425 votes
CALHOUN VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* Richard Snyder is elected with 34 votes and Donald Shipley is elected with 21 votes
* Bradford Hayes and Josh Hayes each had 18 votes as the tie will be broken to see who gets the third seat  
* Marcy Oesch had 14 votes and Beverly Bissey-Bower had 13 vottes
CLAREMONT TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Perry Mitchell is elected  with 97 votes – Emerson Jr. Mitchell had 90
CLAREMONT TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Ron Steber Jr. is elected with 163 votes – James Ochs is elected with 136 votes
* Patrick Corcoran is elected with 110 and Stan Crites is elected with 99 votes – Scott Dowty had 96 votes
DECKER TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* George Westall is elected  with 54 votes – write-in’s Ryan Runyon had 43 votes and Clint Fulk had 40
GERMAN TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Timothy Ginder is elected with 65 votes – James Dehlinger had 52 votes
GERMAN TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Bret Ernst is elected with 95 votes – Henry Ginder is elected  with 83 votes
* David Kocher is elected  with 81 votes and Chad Boughhan is elected with 74 – Gretchen Ginder  had 54
MADISON TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Scott Hughes is elected with 173 votes – Verlin Cokley had 51 votes and Clifton Luthe had 23 votes
NOBLE TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Tony Steber is elected with 223 votes – Pat Morgan had 108 votes
PRESTON TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Phil Kuenstler is elected with 111 votes – Derek Patton had 91 votes and Chad Stanley had 63
PRESTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Dennis Graves is elected with 169 votes – Rod Dickerson is elected with 129 votes
* Wade Wilson is elected with 114 votes – Kyle Henton is elected with 114 votes
* Dee White had 111 votes – David Dehlinger had 110 – L. Sue Ginder had 97 – Leslie West had 84
all the other Richland County races were uncontested
a huge “thank you” to County Clerk Alice Mullinax and her staff for their assistance with last night’s results

 

(NEWTON)  In Jasper County, just over 22% of the registered voters went to the polls yesterday for the April 4th election – here’s the unofficial contested results with the numbers to be canvassed in two weeks  :
NEWTON CITY ALDERMAN – WARD ONE
* Scott Bloomberg is elected with 89 votes – Larry Short had 70
WILLOW HILL VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* Craig Pritchard is elected with 43 votes – Randy Smith is elected  with 39 votes
* Karen Booker is elected with 36 votes – Karen Rardin had 26 votes and Bruce Eubank had 24
JASPER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD   (2 YEAR TERM)
* Rob Street is elected with 1,062 votes
JASPER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD   (4 YEAR TERM)
* Gordon Millsap is re-elected with 941 votes – Holly Farley is re-elected with 923 votes
* Mandy Rieman is re-elected with 867 votes – Joshua Kuhl had 772 votes
HUNT CITY TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
* William Michl is elected with 76 votes – Nick McDonald had 44 votes
HUNT CITY ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Robert Alexander is elected with 90 votes – Keith Matson had 32 votes
SMALLWOOD TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Fred Correll is elected with 83 votes – Brian Marshall had 63 votes
SMALLWOOD TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Paul Will is elected with 116 votes – Daniel Stark is elected  with 100 votes
* Nicholas Milliman is elected with 95 votes – David Kistner is elected with 87 votes
* Raymond Kuhl had 59 votes and Frederick Kuhl had 52 votes
WILLOW HILL TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* John Ferguson is elected with 101 votes – Nick Wilson had 81 votes
WILLOW HILL TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* John Leffler is elected with 128 votes – Ralph Hume is elected with 124 votes
* Larry Brinson is elected with 124 votes – Greg McCoy is elected with 122 votes
* Caleb Wartsbaugh had 71 votes
NEWTON CITY PROPOSITION : SHALL CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR, CITY CLERK, & CITY COUNCIL BE ELECTED IN NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS AND ONLY BE REQUIRED TO RUN IN NONPARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTIONS WHEN REQUIRED BY STATUTE
* there were 281 “yes” votes and 71 “no” votes
all other races in Jasper County were uncontested
a huge “thank you” to County Clerk Linda Huth and her staff for their assistance with last night’s results

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have other surrounding county election results in our news report tomorrow (Thursday).

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Dundas Ruritan Club has a “bulk chowder” this Saturday 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


    Sabrina’s First Annual Scholarship Ride is this Saturday with registration at 9:00 in the morning at Marsh Tire / JDT Cycle / 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 – it’s $5 per rider and a free will donation for the meal – all vehicles welcome


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


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


    The Knights of Columbus will host its final “fish fry” this Friday 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 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 Thursday morning – classes of teachers Anderson, Hendrickson, Pampe, and Slankard will perform at 10:00 Friday morning – all are invited to one or both performances

 

 

 

RICHLAND / JASPER COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

 

 

(OLNEY)  Just over 29% of the registered voters in Richland County went to the polls in the April 4th Election – with the numbers to be canvassed in 14 days, here’s the unofficial results in the contested races  :
OLNEY CITY MAYOR                                                   
* Mark Lambird is elected                 900             
* Belinda Henton                              888     
* Brian James O’Neill                         18     
OLNEY CITY COUNCIL        
* Morgan Fehrenbacher elected     1,116     
* John McLaughlin elected              727           
* Gregory Eyer                             691  
* Bryce Fehrenbacher                    635 
NOBLE VILLAGE MAYOR
* Richard Clark is re-elected      51 
* John C. Mason                       50
* Jerry Britton                          44
RICHLAND SCHOOL BOARD   (2 YEAR TERM)
* Alex Cline is elected                         2,263
RICHLAND SCHOOL BOARD  (4 YEAR TERM)
* Cynthia Lockley is elected                2,092
* Steve Marrs is elected                      1,862
* Leon Redman is elected                    1,858
* Timothy Musser                               1,425
CALHOUN VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* Richard Snyder is elected                     34
* Donald Shipley is elected                     21
* Bradford Hayes  (tie to be broken        18
* Josh Hayes  (tie to be broken)             18
* Marcy Oesch                                      14
* Beverly Bissey-Bower                        13
CLAREMONT TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Perry Mitchell is elected                     97
* Emerson Jr. Mitchell                         90
CLAREMONT TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Ron Steber Jr. is elected                 163
* James Ochs is elected                     136
* Patrick Corcoran is elected              110
* Stan Crites is elected                       99
* Scott Dowty                                    96
DECKER TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* George Westall is elected             54
* write-in – Ryan Runyon                43
* write-in – Clint Fulk                      40
GERMAN TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Timothy Ginder is elected             65
* James Dehlinger                         52
GERMAN TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Bret Ernst is elected                   95
* Henry Ginder is elected              83
* David Kocher is elected              81
* Chad Boughhan is elected          74
* Gretchen Ginder                        54
MADISON TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Scott Hughes is elected              173
* Verlin Cokley                             51
* Clifton Luthe                              23
NOBLE TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Tony Steber is elected               223
* Pat Morgan                               108
PRESTON TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Phil Kuenstler is elected             111
* Derek Patton                              91
* Chad Stanley                             63
PRESTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Dennis Graves is elected         169
* Rod Dickerson is elected          129
* Wade Wilson is elected             114
* Kyle Henton is elected              114
* Dee White                              111
* David Dehlinger                       110
* L. Sue Ginder                           97
* Leslie West                              84
all the other Richland County races were uncontested

 

 

(NEWTON)  In Jasper County, just over 22% of the registered voters went to the polls yesterday for the April 4th election – here’s the unofficial contested results with the numbers to be canvassed in two weeks  :
NEWTON CITY ALDERMAN – WARD ONE
* Scott Bloomberg is elected           89
* Larry Short                                 70
WILLOW HILL VILLAGE TRUSTEES
* Craig Pritchard is elected             43
* Randy Smith is elected                39
* Karen Booker is elected               36
* Karen Rardin                              26
* Bruce Eubank                             24
JASPER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD   (2 YEAR TERM)
* Rob Street is elected                  1,062
JASPER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD   (4 YEAR TERM)
* Gordon Millsap is elected             941
* Holly Farley is elected                923
* Mandy Rieman is elected            867
* Joshua Kuhl                              772
HUNT CITY TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
* William Michl is elected         76
* Nick McDonald                     44
HUNT CITY ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Robert Alexander is elected     90
* Keith Matson                          32
SMALLWOOD TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* Fred Correll is elected            83
* Brian Marshall                       63
SMALLWOOD TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* Paul Will is elected                116
* Daniel Stark is elected           100
* Nicholas Milliman is elected     95
* David Kistner is elected           87
* Raymond Kuhl                        59
* Frederick Kuhl                        52
WILLOW HILL TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMISSIONER
* John Ferguson is elected       101
* Nick Wilson                          81
WILLOW HILL TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
* John Leffler is elected          128
* Ralph Hume is elected         124
* Larry Brinson is elected        124
* Greg McCoy is elected          122
* Caleb Wartsbaugh                 71
NEWTON CITY PROPOSITION : SHALL CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR, CITY CLERK, & CITY COUNCIL BE ELECTED IN NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS AND ONLY BE REQUIRED TO RUN IN NONPARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTIONS WHEN REQUIRED BY STATUTE
* yes 281
* no  74
all other races in Jasper County were uncontested

 

 

 

April 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level disturbance over the Midwest will keep the clouds around for us today as the next storm system is starting to pick up steam as it moves into the Southwest – we’ll see more rain, maybe some thunderstorm activity tomorrow thru tomorrow night and after a few lingering showers on Thursday morning, we’ll dry out on Friday and for the weekend ahead – more rain on Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Secretary of State Jesse White yesterday announced a new ad campaign during April’s recognition as National Donate Life Month – currently, there are more than 6.1 million people that are registered to become organ/tissue donors in Illinois, although approximately 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting on an organ transplant – during this month, libraries in Illinois are passing out organ/tissue donor materials, plus health fairs, schools, colleges, and hospitals are hosting donor drives and more – for more on being an organ/tissue donor, logon at  www.LifeGoesOn.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Supreme Court has approved Rule 293, which requires trail courts to commence a jury trial if requested by a respondent in an involuntary admission proceeding under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code within 30 days of the request – the new Supreme Court Rule is effective immediately – the State’s High Court also approved four standardized mental health orders and a uniform Illinois State Police order related to such proceedings as well – view the action at  www.illinoiscourts.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that participants with Conservation Stewardship Program 2013 contracts have from now until May 5th, 2017, to submit applications to local field offices for contract renewals – with the 2013 contracts set to expire December 31st, 2017, the NRCS allows CSP participants to renew their contracts for an additional five year period – there are some 250 CSP 2013 contracts in Illinois that are reaching the end of their initial five year contract period – if not contacted by a local NRCS field office first, participants should contact their local office.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The polls are open and votes are being accepted now thru 7:00 tonight for the April 4th Consolidated Election – nearly every county in Illinois has several races to be decided, from mayors and city council seats to village clerks and village board seats – from school board & community college board seats to township supervisors, clerks, road commissioners, & more – all voters are urged to get out & vote – be listening for all Richland County and Jasper County results tonight on Freedom 92.9 WSEI in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s time to start reporting our weekly rainfall amounts as submitted by selected Farm Bureau members, with one report from each of the nine townships in Richland County and one report from the Farm Bureau Office, with the recording period ending at 8:00 each Monday morning – Preston Townhip had the largest amount of rain during the period, at seven tenths of an inch (0.70), followed closely by both German Township & the Farm Bureau office at six tenths (0.60) – then Madison and Noble Townships each at a half inch (0.50), and Olney Township at thirty-five hundredths of an inch (0.35) – then both Denver & Bonpas Townships each at three tenths of an inch (0.30) and the least amount of rain during the recording period was a tenth of an inch of rain (0.10) in Decker Township – there was no rain report from Claremont Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirty-four hundredths of an inch of rain (0.34) during the seven day and night recording period in Richland County – thanks to all the Farm Bureau rain reporters in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  The 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will meet this coming Thursday evening at the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center in Newton with registration at 5:00 and the meeting at 6:00 – the group will be making another important monetary donation to the Jasper County community – it was last year in 2016 that the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County contributed more than $24,000 to the Newton and Jasper County community, supporting the Jasper County Community Foundation Endowment, the Jasper County School District Technology Initiative, the Compassionate Friends Support Group, and the Jasper County Cancer Support – this Thursday’s meeting is open to new members and all county-wide women are welcomed - it’s all a program of the Jasper County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation – learn more online at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a bus trip to Cloverdale, Indiana on Thursday, April 27th, three weeks from this Thursday – the trip includes a visit to the Orchid Farm, a tour of the Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute, and a meal, all of which are included in the $70 cost for Farm Bureau members or $75 for non-members – for a reservation by March 27th, call the Newton office at  783-2733.

 

(NEWTON)  The EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. is inviting everyone to help it celebrate the new Gila Water Treatment Plant with a ribbon cutting and open house this coming Thursday, April 6th – with the ribbon cutting at 10:30 that morning, plant tours will follow from 11:00 to 2:00 – a meal will also be served – all are invited to attend – RSVP by calling  217-925-5566  or by e-mailing to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Arts Council’s Fine Art Showcase at The Holiday in Olney is open for its first of four exhibits today from 11:00 to 4:00, with judging from 4:00 to 6:00 this evening, and the critique to follow with the public welcome to attend – the exhibit then continues tomorrow and Thursday, each day and night from 11:00 to 7:00 – the final exhibit is Friday from 11:00 to 8:30 with a reception and rewards ceremony at 7:00 – everyone’s invited to stop by & look over all the local artwork this week at The Holiday in Olney.

 

(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 Cumberland High School northwest of Greenup from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  on Thursday at the Mattoon VFW from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Sandoval High School from 11:00 to 4:00  :  also Friday at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties will have their fourth & final “Ag Safety Nights” tonight at Travco Motorsports in Olney, focusing on ATV safety, starting at 6:30 – students in any of the three counties can register by calling either of the three County Farm Bureau Offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), or Louisville (618-665-3300) today.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The first ever Heartland Hook & Bullet Outdoor Expo is this weekend at the Double Tree by Hilton, the former Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon – it’s Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00 – over 30 booths featuring ATV’s, fishing supplies, goose calls, knives, bicycles, and much more – also food and concessions, guest speakers and more – for details, call  618-242-3151 or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    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” this Saturday 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


    The Southern Smilers 4-H Club has their annual pork burger sale this Saturday at Rural King in Olney with serving from 10:00 until they’re sold out – also lemon & orange shakeups, bake sale desserts, & more


    Sabrina’s First Annual Scholarship Ride is this Saturday with registration at 9:00 in the morning at Marsh Tire / JDT Cycle / 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 – it’s $5 per rider and a free will donation for the meal – all vehicles welcome


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


    It’s another Knights of Columbus “fish fry” this Friday night at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs available


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


    And the Newton City Council will meet is regular session tonight with a rather light agenda to be considered – the meeting starts at 6:00 tonight at the Newton City Hall – the meeting is open to the public

 

 

 

April 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a surface low in Missouri slowly tracks across Central Illinois by tonight, our regional rain chances are best from late morning today thru early evening, although most of the heavy rains will stay to our south – with a mostly dry day tomorrow, then more rain chances move thru Wednesday and Thursday morning – then we’re mostly dry, but a little cooler Friday and into the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Attorney General’s office is telling state residents to beware of phone call scams that attempt to record consumers saying “yes” – statewide residents should hang up the phone if they receive a call that starts by the caller asking the question “Can you hear me?” – the scammers can use the recorded “yes” to authorize unwanted charges to credit cards or withdrawals from bank accounts – plus the scammers use familiar area codes that show up on caller ID to entice people into answering.

 

(OLNEY)  A Carbondale man is the new crappie king in Illinois – the Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports that Ryan Povolish last week pulled a 4 pound, 8.8 ounce, crappie from Kinkaid Lake, breaking the previous record that was nearly 40 years old – that crappie was a 4 pound, 8.2 ounce fish taken from Rend Lake – Povolish initially thought he had a bass, but then could not believe he’d caught a crappie that big – Kinkaid Lake is a reservoir, located entirely within Jackson County, 5 miles northwest of Murphysboro.

 

(NEWTON)  A long-term restoration project between the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and the State Supreme Court had led to the discovery of some rare, historic documents involving famous and infamous Illinois attorneys – since 2010, the State Archives Department has been restoring attorney oaths for the Supreme Court, including approximately 142,000 oaths, some of which precede the Civil War – the signing of an oath is the final step that an attorney must take before practicing law in the State of  Illinois.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Today is the final day for Early Voting in County Clerks’ Offices around the state for tomorrow’s April 4th Election – residents can vote early in person, for any or no reason, at County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 today – the polls will open at 6:00 tomorrow morning and remain open until 7:00 tomorrow night as registered voters go and cast their votes for many local races, which includes those for area mayors and city council positions, plus township supervisors, clerks, road commissioners, and more – all registered voters are strongly encouraged to get out and exercise their American privilege to vote.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s now Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney as the long time health care facility in Richland County is now fully integrated with Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – the integration means the two are now aligned in missions, visions, values, and strategic planning to best serve the patients of Richland and surrounding counties – plus, this brings the 135-bed hospital & associated healthcare services, with more than 500 employees, into the health system as an independent unit of Carle – the two entities have collaborated to serve patients with care coordination that started with a Clinical Affiliation agreement back in 2014 – otherwise, all the services are the same, now at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney reminds everyone that street construction work is starting this week on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street south to Market Street – this area is completely closed to traffic starting today until further notice – motorists should use an alternate route of travel – all cooperation is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Water Department began its flushing of selected water hydrants at 9:00 last night, as the flushing continued thru early this morning – water customers could still experience low water pressure and water discoloration, although everything should be back to normal soon – thanks for patience.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties will have their fourth & final “Ag Safety Nights” tomorrow night at Travco Motorsports in Olney, focusing on ATV safety, starting at 6:30 – students in any of the three counties can register by calling either of the three County Farm Bureau Offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), or Louisville (618-665-3300) today or tomorrow – the Farm Bureau Young Leaders urge all area youth to attend the final safety night.

 

(NEWTON)  The EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. is inviting everyone to help it celebrate the new Gila Water Treatment Plant with a ribbon cutting and open house this coming Thursday, April 6th – with the ribbon cutting at 10:30 that morning, plant tours will follow from 11:00 to 2:00 – a meal will also be served – all are invited to attend – RSVP by calling  217-925-5566  or by e-mailing to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is now taking Geranium orders, running now thru Friday, April 14th, a week from this Friday – 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.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Arts Council’s Fine Art Showcase is this week at The Holiday in Olney – with today set aside as the show set up date, the first of four exhibits is tomorrow from 11:00 to 4:00, with judging from 4:00 to 6:00 tomorrow evening, and the critique to follow with the public welcome to attend – the exhibit then continues onWednesday and Thursday, each day and night from 11:00 to 7:00 – and the final exhibit is Friday from 11:00 to 8:30 – a reception & rewards ceremony will start Friday night at 7:00 – everyone’s invited out to look over all the local artwork – the OAC thanks everyone for their support.

 

(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 include  :  today at the Mason Christian Church Annex from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today Elementary School in Flora from 3:30 to 7:30  :  tomorrow at the Cumberland High School northwest of Greenup from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Vincennes University will host Red’s Dualing Pianos this coming Saturday 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 – reserveations required by this Friday 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 Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday afternoon at 1:00  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 Dundas Ruritan Club has a “bulk chowder” this Saturday 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


    The Newton Care Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning starting at 10:00 – it’s open to Jasper County youngsters ages 2 to 10 – all are invited to attend


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


    The Petroleum Club will host a Friday night “fish fry” this weekend 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 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 Thursday morning – classes of teachers Anderson, Hendrickson, Pampe, and Slankard will perform at 10:00 Friday morning – all are invited to one or both performances


    The Fish & Loaves fundraising Five Day Garage Sale is each day, tomorrow thru Saturday at the Lanterman Park Pavilion in Bridgeport – donations of items to sell are accepted today thru Thursday – the first day’s hours are tomorrow from 1:00 to 6:00, then Wednesday from 8:00 to 6:00 – all are invited

   
    An Angel of Hope fundraiser is today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – those who’d like to help can fill out a fundraising form while ordering and a percentage of the receipt will be donated to the Angel of Hope – that’s today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza on East Main in Olney – good food for a good cause

 

 

 

April 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While we’ll have a mostly quiet weekend weather-wise, a very active pattern is expected across our downstate area thru most of next week, beginning late tomorrow night – the first storm system will bring us rain chances Sunday night thru Monday – then after a dry Tuesday, more rain, possibly storms are likely next Wednesday & Thursday – above normal temperatures are expected as well – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Early Voting is continuing in County Clerks’ Offices for next Tuesday’s April 4th Election – residents can vote early in person, for any or no reason, at County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 the final day, next Monday – both the Richland County and Jasper County Clerk’s offices in Olney and Newton will be open with extended hours this morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon for Early Voting.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced street construction work will start next week on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street south to Market Street – this area will be completely closed to traffic starting next Monday, April 3rd – the work will include repairs to Kitchell Avenue and the street will be closed until further notice – motorists should use an alternate route of travel – the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s Water Department will begin its flushing of selected water hydrants at 9:00 tomorrow night, continuing thru the overnight hours into early Monday morning – water customers may experience low water pressure & water discoloration while the flushing takes place – thanks for patience.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties will have their fourth & final “Ag Safety Nights” next Tuesday night at Travco Motorsports in Olney, focusing on ATV safety, starting at 6:30 – students in any of the three counties can register by calling either of the three County Farm Bureau Offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), or Louisville (618-665-3300) next Monday or Tuesday – the Farm Bureau Young Leaders encourage all area youth to attend the two remaining safety night courses to learn more about staying safe in and around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the final three performances of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College this weekend – that’s this afternoon at 2:00, tonight at 7:30, and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – any remaining tickets will be on sale one hour before each performance at the box office – come on out with the family and check it out this weekend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is now taking Geranium orders, starting today on this April 1st, and running thru 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  395-7340, ext. 4009.

 

REMINDERS  :

    An Angel of Hope fundraiser at Monical’s Pizza in Olney will be next Monday, April 3rd – those who’d like to help out can fill out a fundraising form while ordering and a percentage of the receipt will be donated to the Angel of Hope – that’s thru the day and night next Monday at Monical’s Pizza on East Main in Olney

    The Carnegie Museum on Main Street & the Heritage House Museum / McsBerg School House on Kitchell Avenue are all open for touring tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 – it’s all free of charge

    The Steber Family Farm Relay For Life Team has a fundraising pork burger and bake sale today at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – proceeds go to the local fight against cancer

    The Olney Free Methodist Church will host a Relay For Life fundraising yard sale & bake sale this morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon in the church parking lot – all kinds of items available for purchase

    All are invited to come out this morning to meet Olney Mayoral candidate Mark Lambird – it’s a free pancake & sausage breakfast at the Olney VFW with serving from now to 11:00

    The 7th Annual “April Fools’ Fest” Ham Radio Flea Market & Convention is this morning at the West Richland Center in Noble, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – admission is $4 per person, 12 & under admitted free

    The Olney Church of the Nazarene in Olney is hosting the Illinois District Prayer Awakening, featuring Pastor Corey Jones from New York – it all wraps up this morning at 9:00 and 10:30