LOCAL NEWS

Local News

March 31, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As scattered showers linger this morning, spinning off the low pressure system that moved thru the state late yesterday afternoon, we’ll dry out this afternoon & stay mostly dry thru the rest of the weekend ahead on Saturday & Sunday – our next weather maker will give us more rain chances late Sunday night & thru the day Monday – maybe a dry Tuesday before rain later that night & Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – during yesterday’s Agriculture Legislative Day Breakfast in Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner talked about growing Illinois by supporting agribusiness, plus growing the economy, and creating more good-paying jobs – he noted that agriculture and food production represents 10% of Illinois’ overall economy, with over 74,000 farms that cover at least three quarters of the state.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has announced the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant for Public Infrastructure as forty communities across the state will split up $15.3 million – these grants will help low-income towns undertake much needed infrastructure projects such as water, sanitary system, & sewer enhancements – each town will get an average of between $380,000 and $450,000 – the downstate recipients include Neoga, Chrisman, Findlay, Strasburg, Lawrenceville, West Salem, Sesser, Christopher, Pinckneyville, Herrin, Johnston City, and Rosiclare.

 

(NEWTON)  A convoy of trucks from Illinois is headed to Kansas, carrying hay to farmers who’ve lost fields in wildfires that have caused widespread damage – in fact, over 650,000 acres have been burned in nearly two dozen Kansas counties – the convoy of East Central Illinois farmers left yesterday with a total of some 500 large bales of hay – the group is also taking several hundred pounds of donated feed as well.

 

(OLNEY)  the April 4th Election is next Tuesday – here’s some of the contested races in Richland County
there are three candidates for the Mayor of Olney
* Mark W.L. Lambird, Belinda Henton, and Brian James O’Neill II
there are three candidates for the Mayor of Noble
* Jerry Britton, Richard E. Clark, and John C. Mason
there are four candidates to fill two seats on the Olney City Council
* Bryce Fehrenbacher, John McLaughlin, Morgan M. Fehrenbacher, and Gregory D. Eyer
there are four candidates to fill three 4-year seats on the Richland County School Board
* Timothy A. Musser, Leon Redman, Cynthia K. Lockley, and Steve Marrs
there is one candidate to fill a single 2-year seat on the Richland County School Board
* Alex Cline
there are three candidates for three seats on the Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees
* Brenda K. Culver, Gary Carter, and Jan Ridgely
and there are various candidates for township supervisors, clerks, trustees, and highway commissioners
the polls in Richland County will be open from 6:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night next Tuesday

 

(NEWTON)  the April 4th Election is next Tuesday – here’s some of the contested races in Jasper County
there are two candidates for Alderman in Ward One for the City of Newton
* Larry A. Short and Scott Bloomberg
there are five candidates for four Trustee seats in the Village of Willow Hill
* Randy J. Smith Sr., Bruce Eubank, Craig T. Pritchard, Karen Rardin, and Karen Booker
there are four candidates to fill three 4-year seats on the Jasper County School Board
* Mandy Rieman, Gordan Millsap, Holly Farley, and Joshua Kuhl
there is one candidate to fill a single 2-year seat on the Jasper County School Board
* Rob Street
there’s a proposition to be considered for the residents in the City of Newton
* shall local candidates be elected in nonpartisan elections and only run in a primary election when required
and there are various candidates for township supervisors, clerks, trustees, and highway commissioners
the polls in Jasper County will be open from 6:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night next Tuesday

 

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

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal car crash that occurred at 2:15 yesterday afternoon in Marion County, about 6 miles east of Central City, along Lakeshore Drive – the State Police report 35 year old John C. Wolfe of Salem was westbound on Green Street Road when he lost control of his car on the wet roadway, ran off the road, struck a tree, and came to rest down an embankment – Wolfe, the only person in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene – Marion County emergency personnel assisted at the crash site.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 19th annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet tomorrow night at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, along Route 50, between Sumner & Bridgeport – doors open at 5:30 with a great meal to follow, plus a chance to win and/or outbid others for valuable prizes, such as outdoor equipment, hunting firearms, knives, wildlife calls, & more – tickets are $70 for couples and $50 for singles – call now at  812-568-6753.

 

(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 this Sunday 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.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens at 5:00 tomorrow morning at 52 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state – all anglers must have a fishing license, an Inland Trout Stamp, and the daily catch limit is five trout per angler – the six regional sites are  :
* the Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond in Charleston, in Coles County
* the Forest Park Lagoon, at the northeast edge of Shelbyville, in Shelby County
* the Boston Pond, in Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, southeast of Kinmundy, in Marion County
* the Sam Dale Trout Pond, in Sam Dale Fish & Wildlife Area, west of Johnsonville, in Wayne County
* the Beall Woods Lake, in Beall Woods State Park, southwest of Mt. Carmel, in Wabash County
* the Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond, south of Mt. Vernon, down in Jefferson County
for more information or details, check the State DNR website online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Yard Waste Facility will open up for the first time this year tomorrow morning – it will be open from 8:00 to 12:00 noon on the first & third Saturdays of each month – it’s for Newton residents only with no commercial dumping allowed – the site is for grass, leaves, small limbs, & other yard and/or garden waste – no painted wood, paper products, plastics, cardboard, or root wads are allowed.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Community High School presents “The Little Mermaid” this weekend in the NCHS Auditorium – performances are tonight at 7:00, tomorrow night at 7:00, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 tickets are on sale today at the NCHS office or any remaining tickets on sale at the door.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the final four performances of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College coming up tonight at 7:30, tomorrow at 2:00, tomorrow night at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:00, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – any remaining tickets will be on sale one hour before each performance at the box office.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center is hosting 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 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Carnegie Museum on Main Street & Heritage House Museum on Kitchell Avenue, plus the McsBerg School, all in Olney, are open for touring this Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 – check them out


    The Steber Family Farm Relay For Life Team has a fundraising pork burger and bake sale coming up tomorrow 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 tomorrow 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 tomorrow morning to meet Olney Mayoral candidate Mark Lambird – it’s a free pancake & sausage breakfast at the Olney VFW with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – free coffee at 6:30


    The 7th Annual “April Fools’ Fest” Ham Radio Flea Market & Convention is tomorrow morning at the West Richland Center in Noble, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – admission is $4 per person, those 12 & under admitted free – for details, go to  www.ClayCountyRadio.webs.com  or check Facebook


    The Knights of Columbus have another “fish fry” tonight at the Olney City Park Community Building from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs available – proceeds to the KC 4th Degree – all ages welcome


    The East Fork Bassmasters will once again be serving up their famous fish sandwiches today at the Olney IGA – that’s serving from 10:30 until sold out – that’s this Friday only – stop by early


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street in Olney is hosting the Illinois District Prayer Awakening this weekend, featuring Pastor Corey Jones from New York – it’s today at 9:00 and 2:00, and then tonight at 7:00 – plus twice tomorrow morning at 9:00 and 10:30 – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

March 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A complex weather system will slowly move across the Midwest today, but as the low pressure area moves out of the region by late tonight, the chances of thunderstorms dissipate – some lingering rain may hang around thru tomorrow morning, then we dry off for the rest of Friday and thru Saturday – most of Sunday with be dry with more rain expected that night into the first part of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate voted 40 to 15 yesterday to prohibit the State Department of Corrections from eliminating jobs of any state employees who provide prison health care services – it was last week that the Governor’s office announced plans to dismiss 124 union nurses and to replace them with  privatized positions this summer – proponents of the plan say it could save the state at least $8 million.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday highlighted the approval of two Illinois State Police Cadet classes and reaffirmed the administration’s continued support for the State Police & public safety – in fact, the Governor has proclaimed this coming Saturday, April 1st, as “Illinois State Police Day” in Illinois, all to honor the 95th anniversary of the creation of the Illinois State Police, founded on April 1st, 1922 – the two Cadet classes will dispatch an estimated 170 new Troopers across the state over the next two years.

 

(NEWTON)  Vietnam War Veterans were honored for their service yesterday at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Veterans Home in LaSalle – during the ceremony, a total of 35 Veterans were recognized with a 50 year commemoration pin and certificate – this type of national commemoration was authorized by Congress and began back in 2007 – the nationwide celebration is being held to thank & honor Veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war, or listed as missing in action, for their services & sacrifices on behalf of America, and to thank and honor families of the Vietnam Veterans.

 

(OLNEY)  The funeral services for Sprint Car driver David Steele has been set for this Saturday, down in Tampa, Florida, with two visitations to be held tomorrow and Saturday – the 42 year old died after a crash last Saturday night at the Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida – Steele is remembered for his historic back-to-back USAC Silver Crown Series Championships in 2004 and 2005, plus he had just recently won a record 100th event in Florida and holds numerous records at the asphalt oval track in Bradenton – surviving are Steele’s wife, Lynn Bunn Steele, a graduate of East Richland High School in Olney, and three children.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County State’s Attorney Chad M. Miller has announced that a student at Newton Community High School has been identified for writing threats on the wall of a bathroom stall at NCHS – as the investigation was finished yesterday by the State Police, the Newton Police Department, and Jasper County School officials, the suspected student has been removed from the school and now faces future legal proceedings under the Illinois Juvenile Court Act – however, the Illinois State Police and Newton Police Department will have increased intervention at Newton Community High School over the next several days as a precaution – remember that all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(NEWTON)  In 2016, the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County contributed more than $24,000 to the community and now the giving circle steering committee is gearing up for another year of charitable giving and is encouraging more women throughout Jasper County to join the effort – in its inaugural year, the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County contributed $5,500 to Jasper County Cancer Support, $6,000 to the Jasper County Community Foundation Endowment for future community needs, $6,200 to the Jasper County School District for its 1:1 Technology Initiative, and $6,250 to the Compassionate Friends Support Group – the giving circle will continue its work at its first meeting of 2017 coming up a week from tonight, on April 6th, at the Jasper County Senior Citizens Center in Newton – it’s registration at 5:00 & the meeting at 6:00 – the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County is a program of Jasper County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation – learn more at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will be taking Geranium orders starting this Saturday, 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.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Arts Council’s Fine Art Showcase is coming up next week in Olney – entries will be dropped off at The Holiday this Sunday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 and next Monday is the show set up day – the first of four exhibits will be next Tuesday from 11:00 to 4:00, with judging from 4:00 to 6:00, and the critique to follow with the public welcome to attend – the exhibit continues next Wednesday and Thursday, each day and night from 11:00 to 7:00 – and the final exhibit is a week from tomorrow, on Friday, April 7th, from 11:00 to 8:30 – a reception and rewards ceremony will start that Friday night at 7:00 – everyone is invited out to look over all the local artwork – the Olney Arts Council thanks everyone for their support.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Early Voting is continuing in County Clerks’ Offices for next Tuesday’s April 4th Consolidated Election – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary – both the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney and the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton will be open this coming Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon for Early Voting and/or any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Community High School presents “The Little Mermaid” this coming weekend in the NCHS Auditorium – performances are tomorrow night, Friday night, and Saturday night, at 7:00 each night, with the final performance Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 tickets per person are on sale in advance at the Newton Community High School Office during regular office hours, with the remaining tickets on sale at the door before each performance – that’s this weekend at NCHS – check it out.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the final four performances of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College this weekend, sponsored by Richland Memorial Hospital – the first of the final four shows is tonight at 7:30, with performances to follow tomorrow night at 7:30 and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 – any remaining tickets can be purchased one hour before each performance – call or stop by the OCC box office from 10:00 to 2:00 today or tomorrow – that’s all at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center is hosting another fish fry / salad bar meal this Friday in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center with its future funding to assist local seniors.

 

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 Steber Family Farm Relay For Life Team has a fundraising pork burger and bake sale coming up this Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday morning to meet Olney Mayoral candidate Mark Lambird – it’s a free pancake & sausage breakfast at the Olney VFW with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – free coffee at 6:30


    The 7th Annual “April Fools’ Fest” Ham Radio Flea Market & Convention is this coming Saturday morning at the West Richland Center in Noble, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – admission is $4 per person, those 12 & under admitted free – includes tailgating, pulled pork sandwiches, hourly radio prizes, flea market items, VE testing, and more – for details, go to  www.ClayCountyRadio.webs.com  or check Facebook


    The Knights of Columbus have another “fish fry” tomorrow night at the Olney City Park Community Building from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs available – proceeds to the KC 4th Degree – all ages welcome


    The East Fork Bassmasters will once again be serving up their famous fish sandwiches tomorrow at the Olney IGA – that’s serving from 10:30 until sold out – that’s this Friday only – stop by early


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street in Olney will host the Illinois District Prayer Awakening this weekend, featuring Pastor Corey Jones from New York – it’s tonight at 7:00, tomorrow at 9:00, 2:00, and at 7:00 tomorrow night – plus Saturday morning at 9:00 and 10:30 – all are invited

 

 

 

 

March 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an area of low pressure lifts into the Midwest today, our rain chances will ramp up by late tonight, mostly after midnight, with the rain & thunderstorms continuing tomorrow thru Friday morning – a few storms could be severe Thursday afternoon – then quiet and dry weather conditions return for the weekend – temperatures will average at or above normal – look for more rain Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a number of House Republicans went before the press in Springfield yesterday to talk about the inaction on a state budget over the past two-plus years – the group is asking the Democratic leadership to help put together a balanced budget with reforms and to work as a unit to advance an agenda to make Illinois a better state with a new state budget – the lawmakers noted it’s time to “stop the insanity” and time to develop a workable state budget – there’s been no response so far from the State Democrats.

 

(OLNEY)  The public’s invited to join the State Department of Children and Family Services to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month – from elected officials to other child welfare workers, from grandparents to young families, everyone is urged to get involved and do their part – it’s estimated that thousands of cases of abuse go unreported every year – several kickoff events are planned for the next week including two this Friday in Edwardsville & Carterville – for more details, check the DCFS website online.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has announced that all 39 community college districts across the state, including the Illinois Eastern Community College District, have signed on to take part in the Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources (CAREER Agreement) – this allows community colleges to share the career and technical education (CTE) programs of each institution and provide students with access to programs that might otherwise be unavailable to the student in his or her home community college district – it’s a win/win for students and colleges alike.

 

(OLNEY)  A huge “thank you” to those who attended last night’s first FACTS Community Engagement Session at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – the estimated 100 people in attendance heard from the Richland County School District’s architects as they presented their report on the District’s three main school buildings and what their needs would be over the next 5 to 10 years – be listening for the next FACTS workshop in Olney as the work continues into the long-term planning for the Richland County School District facilities with the focus to ensure a successful educational experience for all local students.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  approved a change in the Village’s distribution percentage for payroll and bills from the current 40/40/20% to 20/40/40% for general/water/sewer  :  after discussion about burial depths in the Noble Cemetery concerning cremations and normal burials, the Board approved only one change to the Cemetery Ordinance – to allow only one burial per graveside  :  approved the payment to install a second sewer line at 446 South First Street  :  discussed, but took no action on an ordinance to cap expenses for employee travel, meal, and lodging at $2,500  :  discussed concerns about the condition of the buildings behind the house at 204 East North Avenue  :  noted that the Village-wide Cleanup Day is set for Wednesday, April 26th  :  noted that the Village Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15th, at 2:00, in the Noble Village Park  :  reminded all Village residents to get out and vote next Tuesday, April 4th  :  noted the Village’s garbage rate will increase by 2% beginning in April, from the current $9.69 to $9.88 per customer  :  and asked residents who want to keep their ground decorations at the Noble Cemetery to please have them removed by this Friday, March 31st  :  the Noble Village Board will have its next regular meeting on April 10th.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to five students at the St. Joseph School in Olney for a recent job well done – the five 8th graders attended a Regional Science Fair at Millikin University in Decatur this past Saturday  :  Rylin Kilpatrick received a 1st Overall and was also Best in the Behavioral Science category, plus received up to $2,000 in scholarship winnings from Millikin University  :  Gavin Dorn received a 3rd Overall  :  Colin Kocher received a 5th Overall  :  Evan Rudolphi received Best in the Material Science category  :  and Ethan Bower received Best in the Biochemistry category  :  congratulations to the five youngsters – all have also been invited to attend the State Science Fair to be held at Northern Illinois University in May.

 

(NEWTON)  In last week’s USDA Crop Report – some limited field work is being done in preparation of the spring planting season – the statewide average temperature in March is 40.9 degrees, 1.0 degree above normal – the state’s average precipitation in March is at 2.15 inches, which is 0.31 inches below normal – both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are over 60% adequate to surplus, over 30% short, and less than 10% very short – the state’s winter wheat crop is rated 67% good to excellent, 29% fair, and 4% poor.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Early Voting is continuing in County Clerks’ Offices for next Tuesday’s April 4th Consolidated Election – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary – both the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney and the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton will be open this coming Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon for Early Voting and/or any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Community High School presents “The Little Mermaid” this coming weekend in the NCHS Auditorium – performances are tomorrow night, Friday night, and Saturday night, at 7:00 each night, with the final performance Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 tickets per person are on sale in advance at the Newton Community High School Office during regular office hours, with the remaining tickets on sale at the door before each performance – that’s this weekend at NCHS – check it out.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Yard Waste Facility will open up for the first time this year this weekend – it will be open from 8:00 to 12:00 noon on the first and third Saturdays of each month – the Facility is for Newton residents only with no commercial dumping allowed – the site is for grass, leaves, small limbs, & other yard and/or garden waste – no painted wood, paper products, plastics, or cardboard, plus no root wads allowed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center is hosting another fish fry / salad bar meal this Friday in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center with its future funding to assist local seniors.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Steber Family Farm Relay For Life Team has a fundraising pork burger and bake sale coming up this Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday morning to meet Olney Mayoral candidate Mark Lambird – it’s a free pancake & sausage breakfast at the Olney VFW with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – free coffee at 6:30


    The 7th Annual “April Fools’ Fest” Ham Radio Flea Market & Convention is this coming Saturday morning at the West Richland Center in Noble, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – admission is $4 per person, those 12 & under admitted free – includes tailgating, pulled pork sandwiches, hourly radio prizes, flea market items, VE testing, and more – for details, go to  www.ClayCountyRadio.webs.com  or check Facebook


    The Knights of Columbus will have another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the Olney City Park Community Building, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs will be available – all ages are invited


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life team will host a fundraising silent auction today from 9:00 to 3:30 in the RMH Private Dining Rooms – various items available – all are urged to stop by – proceeds to this year’s Richland County Relay For Life in our local fight against cancer

 

 

 

March 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the low pressure system moves off to the east today, we’ll see a mostly dry period now thru tonight, although a few sprinkles are possible – plus, maybe some sunshine today at times – but the active weather pattern will persist over downstate Illinois with widespread rain expected late tomorrow night and thru the day Thursday before ending Friday – look for a dry and mild weekend – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the limits are lifted on spending in next year’s Governor’s race in Illinois – the move will likely result in another big spending campaign among incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrats planning to challenge him – Illinois law says the standard limits on campaign donations are lifted when a candidate in a statewide race gives themselves more than $250,000 – the state’s disclosure records show Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy put $250,000 into his fund last Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  A new exhibit on a baseball Civil War is now open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield – the “Cubs vs Cardinals : The Rivalry” opened this past weekend and will be available for viewing now thru December 31st – the exhibit includes baseball gear, most of which is on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame – the exhibit also includes trivia questions that will help the Library determine which team has the most knowledgeable fans – check the Museum’s website for more.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single car traffic crash that occurred yesterday afternoon at 1:05 on Illinois Route 33 about 3 miles west of Newton in Jasper County – the State Police report that 73 year old Sandra K. Wyatt of Olney was eastbound when her car crossed over the westbound lane and into the north ditch, then struck a concrete culvert, became airborne, and came to rest in the ditch along Jasper County Road 700 East – also included a passenger, 79 year old Jackie E. Wyatt of Parkersburg – the driver indicated she may have fallen asleep prior to the crash – she was ticketed for improper lane usage and for failure to wear a seat belt – Jasper County authorities and emergency personnel also responded to the scene.


 
(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  accepted the $162,988 bid from A.J. Walker Construction from Mattoon to improve Kitchell Avenue from Main Street to Market Street – this includes new curb and gutter, sidewalks, and repaving  :  approved the purchase of nine SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) Cylinders for the Olney Fire Department worth $12,061  :  approved the $8,495 quote to purchase new Thermal Imaging Cameras for the Olney Fire Department including the trade-in of an inoperable unit  :  accepted two bids from Enlow Welding, Inc. to demolish two properties in Olney – $5,250 for property at 304 Lee Avenue and $3,500 for property at 539 South Shields Street  :  approved a special event request to host Whittle Rock in downtown Olney on June 17th, 2017  :  approved a Class S (Special Event) Liquor License for the Whittle Rock event applied for by Bobalou’s in Olney  :  approved three raffle license requests as presented  :  discussed, but took no action on budget discussions, including those on the General Corporate Funds, Motor Fuel Tax Funds, and Miscellaneous Funds – the Council is expected to consider the Fiscal Year 2017 City Budget at its April 10th meeting  :  and after an executive session, the Council agreed to amend the budget and approved plans to upgrade the City’s e-mail and server equipment  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be April 10th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Registered voters are reminded that Early Voting is still being conducted in County Clerks’ Offices for the upcoming April 4th Consolidated Election – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary – both the Richland County Clerk’s office in Olney and the Jasper County Clerk’s office in Newton will be open this coming Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon for Early Voting and/or any questions – the last day for Early Voting is next Monday, April 3rd –  for more voting details, contact your Clerk’s Offices in Richland, Jasper, and all surrounding downstate counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Elementary School has its Pre-K and Kindergarten Screenings later this week – on Thursday from 12:00 to 6:00 and Friday from 8:00 to 2:00 – it’s for children at least 3 years old in the Richland County School District – representatives from ERBA Head Start and KidZone will also be present – for a required appointment, call Sherry at the Elementary School in Olney today, at  395-8540.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Community High School presents “The Little Mermaid” this coming weekend in the NCHS Auditorium – performances are Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night, at 7:00 each night, with the final performance Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 tickets per person are on sale in advance at the Newton Community High School Office during regular office hours, with the remaining tickets on sale at the door before each performance – that’s this weekend at NCHS – check it out.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District has received a limited amount of cost share funds for implementation of approved conservation practices – the District is holding a concentrated sign-up for these cost-share dollars thru this month of March – those interested in applying for cost share on a conservation practice should stop by the SWCD office throughout the rest of this week until Friday.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Yard Waste Facility will open up for the first time this year this weekend – it will be open from 8:00 to 12:00 noon on the first and third Saturdays of each month – the Facility is for Newton residents only with no commercial dumping allowed – the site is for grass, leaves, small limbs, & other yard and/or garden waste – no painted wood, paper products, plastics, or cardboard, plus no root wads allowed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties are continuing with their free “Ag Safety Nights” with the third class tonight to focus on grain handling safety at the Bridgeport Grain facility in Lawrence County, 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) – the Farm Bureau Young Leaders encourage all area youth to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  All Richland County residents are encouraged to join the conversation about the future of our local school facilities in Olney tonight at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, from 6:30 to 8:30 – during this first Community Engagement Session, or workshop, to be hosted by the Facility Advisory Committee for Tomorrow’s Students, also known at FACTS, those attending will have the opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups, plus tonight’s first FACTS meeting will serve as a starting point with subsequent sessions to be held – all parents, grandparents, business owners, employees, senior citizens, alumni, & others are encouraged to attend – for more, call the School District Office at  395-2324.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Sabrina’s First Annual Scholarship Ride is Saturday, April 8th – it’s registration at 9:00 that 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 Olney Church of the Nazarene on North Walnut Street in Olney will host the Illinois District Prayer Awakening this weekend, featuring Pastor Corey Jones from New York – it’s Thursday night at 7:00, thru the day Friday, at 9:00, 2:00, and at 7:00 that night – plus Saturday morning at 9:00 and 10:30 – all invited


    The 7th Annual “April Fools’ Fest” Ham Radio Flea Market & Convention is this coming Saturday morning at the West Richland Center in Noble, from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – admission is $4 per person, those 12 & under admitted free – includes tailgating, pulled pork sandwiches, hourly radio prizes, flea market items, VE testing, and more – for details, go to  www.ClayCountyRadio.webs.com  or check Facebook


    The Knights of Columbus will have another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the Olney City Park Community Building, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs will be available – all ages are invited


    The East Fork Bassmasters will once again be serving up their famous fish sandwiches this Friday at the Olney IGA – that’s serving from 10:30 until sold out – that’s this Friday only – stop by early


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life team will host a fundraising silent auction tomorrow from 9:00 to 3:30 in the RMH Private Dining Rooms – various items available – all are urged to stop by – proceeds to this year’s Richland County Relay For Life in our local fight against cancer


    It’s been announced that the Richland County HEA April 21st Bus Trip has been cancelled

 

 

 

March 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure area will lift northeast towards the Ohio River Valley today, giving us a chance of scattered showers, maybe thunderstorms, today thru tonight – then after a brief break with dry conditions tomorrow & Wednesday, another storm system will give us rain chances Wednesday night thru Thursday night, plus we’ll stay fairly mild and mostly cloudy throughout the week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – legislation was introduced last week that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use – the bills would also develop a $50 per ounce tax at the wholesale level, plus retail sales would be subject to the state’s standard 6.25% sales tax, all of which could generate between $349 and $699 million per year in new revenue for Illinois – eight other states in the U.S. have enacted laws regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s estimated that about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers were affected after one of the state’s employment security agency vendors was hacked – the Department of Employment Security says the hacker may have accessed the names, social security numbers, and birthdays of job seekers in the America’s Job Link – Technical Support database – while notices will go out this week to those affected, a state technical team is working on the situation – authorities say the data break likely occurred in nine other states as well.

 

(NEWTON)  Nearly 500 items worth approximately $32,000 to be auctioned online this week, starting today and running thru Friday – the Illinois Treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property, which can be auctioned off after 5 years of not being claimed – it’s all on the State Treasurer’s website where auction participants can view items and register to take part – go online at  www.illinoistreasurer.gov.


 
(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic wreck that occurred early yesterday morning in Jasper County that claimed the life of a Hidalgo man – the Illinois State Police reports that at 2:56 Sunday morning, 48 year old Jerry D. Donaldson was eastbound on Illinois Route 33, one mile west of Wheeler, when his pickup truck ran off the roadway and eventually overturned three times, ejecting him from the vehicle – Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner – the State Police were assisted at the accident scene by Jasper County authorities and emergency personnel.

 

(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 American Red Cross has announced a Zero to Hero Training coming up on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Mt. Vernon, at the Drury Inn & Suites – those in the downstate region interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can get on the fast track by attending the event to be trained as a disaster services volunteer in one weekend, all sponsored by the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – to get more information or to register for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training, call Samuel Evans at  217-622-0270  or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – that’s April 21st thru 23rd next month.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system from combined chlorine to free chlorine on this Monday – the switch is for maintenance purposes and is in conjunction with the city’s biannual water hydrant flushing – it’s at this time that water customers may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – the city’s fire hydrant flushing will start next weekend – the patience of all water customers in Olney is appreciated at this time.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 19th annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet this coming Saturday night, April 1st, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, along Route 50, between Sumner & Bridgeport – with doors opening at 5:30, a great meal will be followed by a chance to win and/or outbid others for valuable prizes, including outdoor equipment, hunting firearms, knives, wildlife calls, & more – tickets are $70 for couples and $50 for singles – for tickets to the April 1st Banquet in Lawrence County, call today at  812-568-6753.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Community High School presents “The Little Mermaid” this coming weekend in the NCHS Auditorium – performances are Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night, at 7:00 each night, with the final performance Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $10 tickets per person are on sale in advance at the Newton Community High School Office during regular office hours, with the remaining tickets on sale at the door before each performance – that’s this weekend at NCHS – check it out.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties are continuing with their free “Ag Safety Nights” with the third class tomorrow night to focus on grain handling safety at the Bridgeport Grain facility in Lawrence County, 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) – 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)  All Richland County residents are encouraged to join the conversation about the future of our local school facilities in Olney tomorrow night during the first Community Engagement Session, or workshop, to be hosted by the Facility Advisory Committee for Tomorrow’s Students, also known at FACTS – all community members are invited to provide their input as the effort’s focus is to ensure the continuation of a successful educational experience for Richland County students and provide input to the local Board of Education regarding long-term facilities planning – those attending will have the opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups, and tomorrow night’s first FACTS meeting will serve as a starting point with subsequent sessions to be held – all parents, grandparents, business owners, employees, senior citizens, alumni, & others are encouraged to attend – that’s tomorrow night at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, from 6:30 to 8:30 – for more, call the School District Office at  618-395-2324.

 

(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 Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also Wednesday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

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

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Steber Family Farm Relay For Life Team has a fundraising pork burger and bake sale coming up this Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday morning to meet Olney Mayoral candidate Mark Lambird – it’s a free pancake & sausage breakfast at the Olney VFW with serving from 7:00 to 11:00 – free coffee at 6:30


    The Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life team will host a fundraising silent auction this Wednesday from 9:00 to 3:30 in the RMH Private Dining Rooms – various items available – all are urged to stop by – proceeds to this year’s Richland County Relay For Life in our local fight against cancer