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Local News

July 17, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the stalled out frontal boundary hangs over downstate Illinois, we could see a few showers pop up this afternoon – otherwise, a strong high pressure ridge will build into the Midwest with more high heat & humidity on tap all this upcoming week, plus into and thru the weekend as well – at this point, it appears no real significant chance of rain is in sight until after the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has added a county to the state disaster proclamation that he issued late last Friday – Cook County will now join the original list of McHenry, Lake, and Kane Counties – it’s all due to the extreme flooding along the Fox River, which has already resulted in hundreds of evacuations, road closures, & more – the declaration makes state resources available to the areas in need.

 

(OLNEY)  A federal grant totaling just over $1.2 million will enable the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to coordinate planning, training, and exercises that will enhance state and local government capability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks – the project will involve several state agencies, mutual aid partners, law enforcement, fire services, voluntary organizations, and federal agencies – other CCTA grant recipients in Illinois included the Cities of Aurora and Chicago.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) welcomes the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) to the newly created Division of Historic Sites within the IDNR Office of Land Management – officials say the merger will complement and enhance the state’s mission to protect the natural and cultural resources throughout Illinois – the merger will also further bolster IDNR’s impact around the state by adding historic sites that attract nearly one million visitors a year and a tax-credit program that generated more than $1 billion in private-sector spending on historic rehabilitation projects.

 

(OLNEY)  The 161st annual Richland County Fair finished up its nine day and ten night run this past Saturday night in the Olney City Park with the popular Demolition Derby – the Fair was another huge success for the 4-H members in Richland County, not to mention all the other competitors in the various contests and activities – a big “thank you” goes out to all the great Fair sponsors this year and, of course, to all the members and volunteers of the Richland County Farm & Fair Association – a job very well done!!!!

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Water Survey has released its Illinois Water & Climate Summary for the month of June  :  the statewide average temperature was 72.6 degrees, less than a full degree (0.7) above the long-term average – the state’s southwest crop reporting district had the highest temperature average at 74.2 degrees  :  the statewide precipitation in June averaged 3.09 inches, which was 1.12 inches below the long-term average – while the state’s northwest district had the highest average of precip at 4.25 inches, the west district was the driest at 2.12 inches  :  the state’s soil moisture at depths of 2 to 20 inches deep declined by 10% to 17% on average during June – the deeper levels at 39 to 59 inches remained steady  :  the water surface levels at the end of June were below full pool or target levels at 10 of the 24 reporting reservoirs – most all of the downstate lakes, including Newton, East Fork, and others had above summer target levels.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a traffic crash last Friday afternoon at 4:21along U.S. Route 51, 1 mile north of Shobonier, in Fayette County – State Police say 78 year old James Allen Brown of Dixon was southbound in a motor home when he crossed the center line and sideswiped a northbound pickup truck pulling a trailer – Brown was taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia where he was pronounced dead – a passenger, 67 year old Carol Brown, and the other driver and passenger, 72 year old Lewis Nelson and 69 year old Una Nelson, both of Mulberry Grove, were all taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a SUV / Motorcycle traffic accident that occurred Saturday morning at 9:50 along Illinois Route 49, approximately 2 miles north of Yale, in Jasper County – the State Police report 37 year old Scott A. Hamilton of Robinson was northbound in a van and failed to use his turn signal while turning into a private drive – also traveling northbound was 51 year old John D. Boatright of Sandoval, who had to lay his motorcycle down on the highway to avoid a collision – both the driver and a passenger on the motorcycle, 48 year old Tammy S. Boatright of Sandoval, were transported to Carle Hospital in Urbana – Hamilton was not injured and was ticketed for failure to signal when required.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will be performing repairs to short sections of several rural roads this week – any thru traffic should avoid the following roads while the construction work is underway – local traffic will have access, but should expect some delays while traveling in these areas  :
* Mt. Gilead Lane, between Shipley Road and Timber Trail Road
* Seven Hills Lane, west of Fox Road
* Pleasant Ridge Lane, between Midway Road and Higgin Switch Road
* Higgin Switch Road, near the Illinois Route 250 intersection
* and Seminary Lane, west of Gentry Road
here’s some other road improvement  and road construction announcements for our area  : 
*  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park will be closed today, this July 17th, thru this coming Thursday, July 20th, for repair work 
*  IDOT has announced that starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks and alternate routes will be needed to avoid the intersection.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff program is sponsoring two free field days this week in Illinois to share the latest management strategies, technologies, and on-farm advice to those attending – the events begin with a light breakfast and check-in at 7:45 each morning – the presentations will run from 8:00 until 1:00 each day with lunch and refreshments included – the first of two field days in this Wednesday, July 19th, at Moore Farms, in Roseville – the second field day is this Thursday, July 20th, at the Southern Illinois University Research Center in Belleville – for a reservation and/or more information, visit the ILSoyAdvisor Field Days webpage at  www.ilsoy.org/fielddays.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Lions Club Building in Noble from 2:30 to 6:30  :  today at the Red Brush Christian Church along Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also today at the Central Community Church in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low regional supplies.

 

REMINDERS :
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club and the International Barrel Racing Association will have their next event this coming Saturday evening at the East Fork Arena, just north of the East Fork Lake Damn, north of Olney – with trainers checking in at 5:00, the show gets started at 6:00 – the barrel and pole racing will include eight different divisions with youth, adult, and masters classes – concessions will be available and spectators are welcome – for more details, check the website at  www.whitesquirrelsaddleclub.com


    All are invited to the Cork & Pork Festival this Saturday at Picquet Park in Ste. Marie – the event will feature live entertainment & music, some great food, wine tastings, and more – the activities will run throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, from 12 noon until 11:30, in Ste. Marie


    It’s Pork Day USA and the Edwards County Fair kicking off this coming Saturday on the square in downtown Albion – starting at 8:00 in the morning, the activities include a car show, a great variety of food, craft vendors, live entertainment, and more – check it all out this weekend, down in Albion


    It’s GiveAway Day this Saturday in the Noble Village Park from 9:00 to 1:00 – items available include all sizes of children’s clothing, school supplies for students in K thru 5th grades, toys, and more – also free haircuts, along with food, drinks, games, and prizes – all sponsored by the Noble First Christian Church – items can be donated for the GiveAway today thru Friday from 8:00 to 12 noon – call  618-723-2319


    The “Original” Jonah Fish Fry is this Friday evening at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, located on the blacktop north of Dieterich – it’s an all-you-can-eat meal with carry-outs available – tickets on sale at the door with serving in the air-conditioned fellowship hall from 4:30 to 7:30 – all ages are invited


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion will host a smoked pulled pork sandwich sale this Friday with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – all are invited to stop by for some great food, all for a great cause


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a one day only Tastefully Simple fundraiser today in the hospital’s Private Dining Rooms – that’s from 8:00 to 4:00 today – all proceeds will go directly to fund the various Auxiliary projects at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney

 

 

 

July 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak high pressure settles in over the state today, we’ll see more sunshine & less humid conditions, although it will stay warm this weekend – in fact, as that high pressure moves off to the east, we revert to a southerly wind flow on Sunday, which will pump more humid air into our area for the first two thirds of next week – at this point in time, no rain in the forecast thru next Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Revenue is providing general information regarding the recent Income Tax increase, and changes to various credits, deductions, and additions to income – taxpayers should go online to review the information & check out the various websites to determine how the recent change in tax rates impacts their status – for most taxpayers, their employees will change withholding amounts based on rate tables provided by the IDR – for all the details, go online at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is finishing up in the Olney City Park – it’s the final day of activities on the fairgrounds with the carnival rides on the Midway for one more night and of course, the popular Demolition Derby tonight at 7:00 – the grandstand tickets are on sale at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – plus new Miss Richland County Fair Queen Kylar Craig will be making the rounds – not to mention all the great concessions and fair food – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some road improvement  and road construction announcements for our area  : 
*  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park will be closed next Monday thru Thursday, July 17th thru 20th, for repair work 
*  IDOT has announced that starting next Tuesday, July 18th, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks and alternate routes will be needed to avoid the intersection 
*  the construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected soon, within the next week or so – this section of Oak Tree Road is still closed to all thru traffic during the construction work in Richland County 
*  also, the road project that started earlier this week to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run is continuing – Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, is closed there
*  and the street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue in Olney 
all motorists are reminded to pay attention to all barricades and signs in these areas of road work.]

 

(OLNEY)  The DeCycles Ride Across America 2017 will be stopping in Olney today as they ride from the west coast to the east coast across the United States – an Olney resident, Dr. Dirk Rosenberg, is among the various bike riders taking part – the group will be arriving in Olney by using Illinois Route 250 from Noble and they’ll be stopping at Chilly Willy’s in downtown Olney for a mid-afternoon snack break – meanwhile, TrustBank will allow the group to use their parking lot during the stop – that’s all later today in Olney.

 

REMINDERS :

    It’s a “Free Movie Night” tomorrow night at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at 6:00 in the church’s Fellowship Hall – there will be free popcorn and drinks – all ages are welcome to attend

    The Stringtown Picnic is tomorrow at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the Parish Center – tickets at the door & carry-outs available – also other food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment and the raffle drawings at 6:00

    All are invited to the Olney Music Booster’s “Dunk Tank” fundraiser this Saturday afternoon & evening at the Richland County Fair – from 3:30 to 8:30, the Dunk Tank lineup includes Band Dads Bob Jellison and John Davis, RCHS Teacher Mandy Ginder, Marching Tiger Fan Tina Cannon, Band Groupie Danny Garcia, RCHS Band Director Christopher Jones, Olney Mayor Mark Lambird, and RCHS Teacher & Coach Klay Wheeler – come out and support it – all proceeds to benefit the Olney Music Boosters

    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction today on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove in northern Clay County – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00

 

 

July 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that brought us the rain last night moves thru this morning, we’ll have some lingering showers with everything drying up this afternoon with some sunshine – then a weak high pressure settles over the state tomorrow with more sun & less humid conditions, but still warm – after a dry Sunday, we could see some spotty showers Sunday evening – then dry the first half of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Some much-needed rain fell in our downstate region last night – while there was some thunderstorm activity with lightning, there was no real damage reported, however the area rainfall amounts have been reported between a half inch to over an inch of rain in most spots – but while some areas reported much less, others have reported anywhere from one to two inches of rain, all in less than an hour.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois has tapped nearly $700 million in existing funds to make the first payment to statewide colleges and universities they’ve received in at least seven months – the payment includes $327 million owed for  the needs-based Monetary Award Program for over 110,000 college students for the past school year – EIU’s share was nearly $6 million paid yesterday up in Charleston.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois lawmakers have an ironic plan for dealing with the state’s $15 billion debt – that’s by taking on more of it – while the General Assembly recently approved by a veto override a new state budget, the spending plan did nothing to deal with the backlog of bills – the solutions appear to be either borrowing funds or to issue general obligation bonds – it is agreed upon though, Illinois must take quick action ASAP.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for June worth just over $90,000 – the higher-than-normal amount includes the purchase of a new pickup truck & the county’s yearly audit  :  noted that with an increase in value, the county’s insurance cost will save some money by now being covered under an insurance umbrella  :  noted a report from Animal Control  :  approved the low bid for work on a Denver Township bridge  :  approved culvert assistance for both Bonpas and Denver Townships  :  heard an update on the county-wide bridge & road construction work  :  and took no action after an executive session to discuss personnel & negotiations  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board will be on Thursday night, August 10th, in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met in Newton last night for its regular monthly meeting – the Board  :  on a 6 to 6 vote, failed to pass an Off Road Highway ordinance for ATV’s and Side-By-Side’s in Jasper County  :  did approve an intergovernmental agreement with Crooked Creek Township, which was shorted during the levy’s tax processing – the funds will be advanced to the Township from the county  :  approved a bridge aid petition for Smallwood Township  :  noted that the Jasper County tax bills had been mailed out on June 29th with the Treasurer’s office now accepting payments  :  noted the Sheriff’s office is interviewing for part-time dispatchers, has purchased computers for squad cars, and is thinking about hiring a deputy due to a vacancy  :  heard the 2016 Audit Report, which noted a clean opinion for Jasper County  :  approved an IMRF Elected Officials resolution dealing with elected officials who work over 1,000 hours on county business  :  approved an updated Ethics ordinance  :  and approved various appointments as were recommended  :  the next regular meeting for the Jasper County Board is August 10th in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair is starting to wind down in the Olney City Park – a huge “thank you” to everyone, individuals and businesses, who supported yesterday’s 4-H Livestock Auction – meanwhile, officials have announced that after last night’s rain, anyone that had already purchased an armband for the carnival rides last night, they will be honored and can be used tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 on the Midway – on tap today, the White Tent is busy from 1:00 to 4:00, featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop, and tonight it’s the popular Truck Pulls – then tomorrow night’s Demo Derby will finish things up – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports on Freedom 92.9 – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru tomorrow night, in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some road improvement announcements  :  the City of Olney has announced that the East Fork Lake parking lot near Rotary Park will be closed next Monday thru Thursday, July 17th thru 20th, for repair work  :  IDOT has announced that starting next Tuesday, July 18th, Elbow Lane at the intersection of Illinois Route 130, just over 4 miles south of Olney, will be closed for a box culvert construction project – this closure will last approximately 8 weeks  :  the construction work to replace the Bonpas Township Bridge on Oak Tree Road at Simmons Creek is continuing, with completion expected soon within the next week or so – this section of Oak Tree Road is still closed during the construction work  :  also, the road project that started this week to replace the cross road culvert on Berryville Lane at Buck Run is continuing as Berryville Lane, between Oak Tree Road and Mt. Olive Road, is closed there  :  street construction work continues on the south end of Whittle Avenue in Olney  :  the Kitchell Avenue work in Olney is complete.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Foundation is providing more funding to ensure student success thru the purchase of needed equipment for the classroom – both the Industrial Maintenance Technology program and the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program will benefit from the purchase of six Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers and Human Machine Interface educational packages, as well as two dual-fuel heat pump systems for student use – the units include new technologies, giving students the opportunity to work with 401A refrigerant, which is now a standard in the industry – the IMT program is now enrolling students for the fall semester with classes to start August 17th – for this and other classes available, call OCC at  618-395-7777  or check out the classes available at any of the IECC campuses, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation will be hosting a seminar next Wednesday, July 19th, entitled “Theory of Change”, at the Dieterich Bank Corporate Center in Effingham, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon that morning – in partnership with Forefront, a statewide membership association for nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, advisors, and sector allies, those taking part will learn about the “theory of change” tool that helps develop solutions to complex social problems – attendees will learn how to identify long-term goals, preconditions to achieve those goals, learn how to assess performance, and more – the seminar is open to grantmaking and operating nonprofit organizations as well as the general public – the cost is $25 per person – to register, logon at  www.myforefront.org/events/theory-change-effingham  –for more information about the SICF, check out its website online at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a “Free Movie Night” this coming Sunday evening, July 16th, at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – there will be free popcorn and drinks – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at the same time in the church’s Fellowship Hall


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction tomorrow, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043


    The Calhoun Community Club will have a chowder meeting tonight at the Calhoun Community Building starting at 6:30 – it’s for all community club members and/or volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Labor Day Chowder – a carry-in meal will be held before the meeting and an outdoor movie will be shown with free popcorn, plus free ice cream after the meeting – for more, call Gary at  618-841-1332


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” tonight with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited 

  
    Due to this week’s County Fair, the Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the Olney City Park Shelter, north of the old swimming pool – that’s from 10:00 to 4:00 with fresh produce & more

 

 

 

July 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front slowly moving in our direction, we’ll another day of high heat & humidity levels, plus the better chance of getting wet this week later this afternoon thru tonight – while the chance of a lingering shower hangs around tomorrow morning, most of Friday will be dry with less humid air filtering in for a mostly dry weekend – maybe some showers Sunday evening – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for today from 12 noon until 6:00 this evening for Jasper, Effingham, Clay, Crawford, Lawrence, and Richland Counties – it’s during the mid to late afternoon hours today that the heat index values could hit between 102 and 106 due to the very high temperatures and dew point readings – prolonged exposure to this level of heat and humidity could lead to heat-related illnesses – those working outdoors should take the needed precautions against today’s heat.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Revenue is providing general information regarding the recent Income Tax increase, and changes to various credits, deductions, and additions to income – taxpayers should go online to review the information & check out the various websites to determine how the recent change in tax rates impacts their status – for most taxpayers, their employees will change withholding amounts based on rate tables provided by the IDR – for all the details, go online at  www.tax.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The USDA has released the Illinois Crop Production Report for winter wheat – the harvested area in 2017 is forecast at 490,000 acres, up 4% from the previous year – the winter wheat yield is forecast at 75 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2016 – if realized, this will be a record high yield in Illinois – statewide production is forecast at 36.8 million bushels, which is 6% above last year  :  farmers in our ten county area report the local wheat harvest came in with yields averaging between 65 & 80 bushels per acre.

 

(OLNEY)  The four colleges within the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges are among the top 2% in the nation for graduating students – recent research numbers show that between 2009 and 2014, only 16 of the nationwide 990 two year public and community colleges were actually improving and graduating students, showing “better than average” data – while some of the 990 colleges had steady graduation numbers each year, at least two-thirds of the colleges were not improved & actually decreased in the number of graduates – while the national graduation rate is around 40% or much less in many cases, the IECC colleges in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and near Robinson had graduation rates well above 50% during the time of research.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District will be offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over a two week period, with the registration “window” open from July 17th to July 31st – students can be registered by going to TeacherEase on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance in the registration process, the individual public schools in Newton have set up a one day, Walk-In registration, when computers will be available and staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.cusd1.jasper.k12.il.us  – the first day of attendance for students in the Jasper County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, while the first day of attendance for Pre-K students in Jasper County is a week later, on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues today in the Olney City Park – it’s the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest this morning, the Antique Equipment Show today from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction this afternoon at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls tonight at 7:00 – then the Truck Pulls tomorrow night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – and Saturday night’s Demo Derby will finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands from 6:00 to 10:00 – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru Saturday night, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park

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(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders to area men & women in the outdoors  :  online applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for dove hunting at select state sites – the second lottery drawings are being held daily from now until July 21st – remaining free dove hunting permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis July 28th thru August 25th  :  resident Illinois hunters can still apply online for permits for the 2017 Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season October 21st thru 29th  :  and the 2017-2018 Illinois State Park guide is now available in print and online  :  for more on these items & all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will make its second community grant of 2017 this Thursday night at the Lifetree Cafe in Newton – with registration to start at 5:00 this afternoon, the meeting will begin at 6:00, with light refreshments available this evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting for free – it was three months ago in April, that the members contributed $5,200 to the Jasper County Blessings in a Backpack program in support of children in Newton and Jasper County – for more about the women’s organization and what it’s all about, go online at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org  or attend tonight.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Speaking of tonight, there are two regular monthly meetings coming up this evening  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight in the County Jail Meeting Room at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00, also in the Jail Meeting Room  :  the Jasper County Board also meets tonight at 7:00 in the County Office Building in Newton  :  all meetings are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is continuing with this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today and tomorrow, with only two days left for work – jobs require carpentry work, painting, & cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & more – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Parkersburg Chowder is coming up on Saturday, July 29th, and today’s the deadline for Parkersburg-area girls, ages 5 thru 8, to sign up for the 2nd Annual Parkersburg Chowder Queen Contest – contestants must live in either Bonpas or Madison Townships, be a member of the Parkersburg Community Center, or attend any of the churches in the Parkersburg area, including the Christian Church, Methodist Church, or Oak Grove Church – for more information or to sign up, call Roberta now, at  618-838-2432.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a “Free Movie Night” this coming Sunday evening, July 16th, at the First Christian Church in Noble – doors open at 5:30 with the movie “The Case For Christ” to start at 6:00 – there will be free popcorn and drinks – the child’s movie “Sing” will be shown at the same time in the church’s Fellowship Hall


    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043


    The Calhoun Community Club will have a chowder meeting tomorrow night at the Calhoun Community Building starting at 6:30 – it’s for all community club members and/or volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Labor Day Chowder – a carry-in meal will be held before the meeting and an outdoor movie will be shown with free popcorn, plus free ice cream after the meeting – for more, call Gary at  618-841-1332


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited

   
    The American Legion in Olney reminds everyone that there will be Bingo tonight – all are invited

 

 

 

July 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll return to high heat & humidity levels today as we remain on the back side of that high pressure sitting over the southeastern section of the U.S. – but as an approaching cold front slowly moves into Illinois late tonight, it will bring us our next real chance of rain thru the day tomorrow and Thursday night, although the warm conditions will hang around – then dry for the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

*****     (OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced an emergency road closure on U.S. Route 50 between Noble and Clay City – due to a structure failure on one of the bridges being repaired, the highway has been completely closed until emergency repairs can be made – IDOT will locate message boards along U.S. Route 50 leading up to the bridges in both Richland and Clay Counties and all drivers will have to take alternate routes – the most likely route around the area would be either Route 130 at Olney north or the Passport Road at Noble north to the Dundas/Wendelin Blacktop, then west to Dieterich/Clay City Blacktop, south to Clay City, and then back west on Route 50 – IDOT officials say the repair work will take most of today & possibly tonight – be listening to Freedom 92.9 WSEI or check our Freedom 92.9 Facebook page online for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois residents are reminded about the precautions to take to battle the high heat & humidity levels around the state – while heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, many people still die from extreme heat each year – those at the highest risk include people 65 & older, children younger than 2 years old, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness – drinking plenty of water and staying indoors with air conditioning are two of many tips to be observed – for more, go to  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Attorney General's office has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies throughout the state under a new landmark law that was enacted to improve the response to sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes around the state – the online booklet of guidelines and sample policies spells out the newly enacted law requiring specialized training & politics for police agencies responding to sex crimes – every police agency must develop, adopt, and implement written policies by January 1st, 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  Farmers are reminded the filing deadline to report acreage and planting dates to their local Farm Service Agency office is quickly approaching, July 17th – the reports filed after the deadline next Monday will be subject to a late filing fee of  $46 per farm – the acreage and planting date reports impact producer benefits from various programs – for more, farmers should contact their local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:30 this past Tuesday morning in rural Jasper County – the State Police report 27 year old Brandon S. Frichtl of Newton was eastbound in his pickup truck when it went off the road, thru a ditch, hit a culvert, slid sideways, and overturned – Frichtl was partially ejected – he was flown by helicopter from the scene to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – he was ticketed for DUI, driving with license revoked, for improper lane usage, for failure to wear a seat belt, & for illegal transportation of alcohol – Jasper County authorities also responded.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 Monday morning, it was an abnormally dry seven days and nights – while the highest amount of rain received in the Farm Bureau report was two tenths of an inch (0.20) in Preston, German, and Decker Townships, plus at the Farm Bureau office in Olney, there were some areas of Richland County that did received over an inch of rain, including the north & northeast part of Olney – both Madison and Bonpas Townships had one tenth (0.10) of an inch – Denver, Noble, Olney, and Claremont Townships received no measurable rain during the week – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we also had nothing measurable, precipitation-wise, during the seven day period.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met for less than a half hour this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  approved an ordinance to enter an Intergovernmental Cooperation Contract with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association dealing with village insurance coverage purposes  :  noted that the blockage of Hog Run Creek has been removed  :  noted on a previous matter, that a 40 foot culvert has been ordered at the same price as two 20 foot culverts for future use  :  noted that the Village Codebook Committee will meet tomorrow (Thursday, July 13th) night at 5:00  :  noted the next local blood drive will be next Monday, July 17th, from 2:30 to 6:30, at the Noble Lions Club Building  :  and noted the upcoming Noble Chowder is set for Saturday, August 12th  :  the Noble Village Board’s next meeting is July 24th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Honey Do Ministry is continuing with this week’s 2017 Mission Work Week in Newton and Jasper County – that’s today thru Friday – jobs require carpentry work, painting, & cleaning skills, plus “runners” are needed for errands and kitchen help is needed to pack coolers & more – to see how you can help out, call Jane at  618-783-2534  and leave a message or volunteers can simply show up each morning at 7:15 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton – monetary contributions are also appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s the Talent Contest results from the Richland County Fair last night in Olney  :
JUNIOR DIVISION  :
* the Competition Dance Team Mary Poppins from Star Dance Studio was first
* 12 year old Sophia Raines was second
* 14 year old Taylor Klingler was third
SENIOR DIVISION  :
* the Sharp Saxes were first – Dylan Seesengood, Caleb Thomas, Vaden Hamilton, and Jacob Ferguson
* the Competition Dance Team Titanic from Star Dance Studio was second
* 18 year old Alex Thomas of Olney was third
OPEN DIVISION  : 
* Keegan Tucker and Andrew Flynn combined for a vocal duet that finished in first place
* the group, Turning Point (Sammy, Tommy, and Ridge Davis) ended up in second place
* current OCC student Hunter Meritt finished up in third place
* and congratulations to 99 year old Ethel Stewart who received an Honorable Mention

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Fair continues today in the Olney City Park – it’s more 4-H Livestock judging on this Wednesday with the Farm Bureau Young Leaders Pedal Tractor Pull and Ag Olympics this afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00 and special live music on stage tonight at 7:00 featuring Travis James from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with tributes to Hank Williams Jr. and Conway Twitty – then it’s the 4-H Overall Showmanship Contest tomorrow morning, the Antique Equipment Show tomorrow from 10:00 to 7:00, the 4-H Livestock Auction Thursday at 3:00, and the Tractor Pulls tomorrow night at 7:00 – the Truck Pulls are Friday night with the White Tent featuring Story Hour with Susie Bishop that afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – then Saturday night’s Demo Derby to finish things up – don’t forget the Carnival rides each night on the Midway with armbands from 6:00 to 10:00 each night – the grandstand tickets are on sale each day at the Fair Board Office from 8:00 to 5:00 – be listening for live reports each night on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – it’s all at the 161st Richland County Fair, now thru Saturday night, on the fairgrounds, in the Olney City Park.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will be offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year completely online over the next two-plus weeks, with the registration “window” open from July 17th to July 26th – students can be registered by going to Skyward Family Access on the District website & entering username and password – payments may be made online & additional instructions will be provided during the online registration process – contact the student’s school if the username and/or passwords have been forgotten – in the case a family does not have computer access or needs assistance, the individual public schools in Olney have set up a one day Walk-In registration when computers & staff will be on hand to help out – that’s on Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – various requirements apply to each grade, such as physical examinations, immunization records, dental exams, birth certificate copies, an emergency contact phone number, and more – contact the student’s respective school if any questions and check the District’s website for details, at  www.rccu1.net  – the first day of attendance for students in the Richland County School District is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, with an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out to sign up for the 2nd Annual Parkersburg Chowder Queen Contest as girls will be accepted, ages 5 thru 8 years old – the registration deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, July 13th – contestants must live in either Bonpas or Madison Townships, be a member of the Parkersburg Community Center, or attend any of the churches in the Parkersburg area, including the Christian Church, Methodist Church, or Oak Grove Church – the Contest will be at 1:00 on Saturday, July 29th, during the Parkersburg Chowder – for more information or to sign up, call Roberta, at  618-897-2432  or  618-838-2432.

 

(OLNEY)  The East Orchard Christian Academy has an “Open House” tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at its new location at 5014 North Route 130 in Olney – that’s just north of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter entrance, in the former Valley Town & Country Building – the school offers a Christian education for Pre-School thru 8th Grade students – stop by to meet the staff, tour the facility, and get enrollment details – www.eocaolney.org.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Xenia Fire House from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday again at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    The Annual Stringtown Picnic is this coming Sunday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church – the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11:00 to 2:00 in the air-conditioned, handicap-accessible, Paris Center – tickets at the door, carry-outs available – also other concession food, fun, & games from 11:00 to 6:00, plus live entertainment & the raffle drawings at 6:00 – for raffle tickets or more, call  618-395-1919


    All are invited to the Olney Music Booster’s “Dunk Tank” fundraiser this Saturday afternoon & evening at the Richland County Fair – from 3:30 to 8:30, the Dunk Tank lineup includes Band Dads Bob Jellison & John Davis, RCHS Teacher Mandy Ginder, Marching Tiger Fan Tina Cannon, Band Groupie Danny Garcia, RCHS Band Director Christopher Jones, Olney Mayor Mark Lambird, & RCHS Teacher & Coach Klay Wheeler – come out and support it – all proceeds to benefit the Olney Music Boosters / RCHS Music


    The County Line Sodbusters have their Annual Prairie Days Consignment Auction this Saturday, on the Show Grounds at the east edge of Bible Grove – consigned items must be farm equipment and/or farm related items – it’s buyer registration at 1:30, the auction starts at 2:00 – consignment items are needed, but no junk tires – for more information, call Ed Leak at  618-662-4238  or Dale Stanford at  618-292-9043


    The Olney VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have another “taco night” this coming Friday night with serving from 5:30 until sold out – proceeds to help with Auxiliary projects and programs – all are invited

   
    The American Legion in Olney reminds everyone that there will be Bingo tomorrow night – all invited