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August 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a weak frontal boundary moves across upstate Illinois and stalls out in the Upper Midwest, an upper level weather disturbance is moving ahead of our next storm system, which will give us rain chances tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night, and thru the day on Thursday – then the cold front moves thru, returning us to dry and less humid conditions for the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – preschool-age children enrolled in publicly-funded early childhood programs & schools in Illinois will be protected from expulsion under a new law signed yesterday by Governor Bruce Rauner – taking effect in 2018, the new law allows early education programs to temporarily remove a child for safety concerns, but officials must try to address the behavior thru intervention & community resources – the state’s child welfare agency has to develop rules to prevent expulsion in licensed day cares as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois has made a long-delayed move toward replacing the private manager of the lottery, years after the first of two Governors tried to fire the current manager for missing sales goals – a new company, Camelot Illinois yesterday presented an overview of its plan to increase lottery sales and put more money in state coffers for schools & other programs – officials say it could be months before the change is complete.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair continues today in Springfield as this Tuesday is noted as Agriculture Day on the fairgrounds – the Governor’s Sale of Champions will highlight activities later this evening, plus more tractor & truck pulls and on stage tonight is Sublime with Rome featuring Blues Traveler  :  tomorrow is Governor’s Day with more livestock judging, another truck & tractor pull, and on stage Tuesday night is Alabama with Neal McCoy – not to mention all the carnival rides, food, and more  :  for details on what’s coming up the rest of this week at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, logon at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for its first regular meeting in August – the Council  :  agreed to rezone the property at 528 West South Avenue from R-5 (trailer/mobile home district) to C-2 (commercial district) as requested by the Embarras River Basin Agency  :  approved the placement of a 16’ x 44’ storage shed at the Musgrove Aquatic Center for use by the Olney Tigersharks Swim Team  :  agreed to vacate a portion of  South Camp Avenue from West Main Street to West Chestnut Street  :  approved a parking agreement with Rural King to prohibit parking between 8:00pm and 7:00am  :  agreed to allow the City’s Tree Board to submit a grant application to Trees Forever  :  accepted the $102 per cubic yard quote from Schrey Systems in Olney for MFT concrete  :  noted that pending any weather delays, the Whittle Avenue Street project should be completed by mid-October  :  approved three raffle licenses as presented  :  and took no action on a motion to have a Dog Swim Day at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – there was no vote due to the lack of a second to the motion  :  the Council’s next regular meeting will be August 28th.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending yesterday morning at 8:00 – it was another very dry seven days & nights, although there were areas of rain, only two townships reported measurable amounts – Madison Township recorded one tenth of an inch of rain (0.10) while Olney Township had five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.05) – all other Townships measured no rain at all, including Denver, Preston, German, Noble, Claremont, Decker, and Bonpas – plus the Farm Bureau office in Olney – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirteen hundredths of an inch of rain (0.13) during the seven day recording period – by the way, it was a year ago yesterday, that our WVLN-WSEI Weather Station recorded nearly three and a half inches of rain (3.44), one of the heaviest amounts recorded in Richland County is a 24 hour period.

 

(NEWTON)  The Women in the Outdoors event is this Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00, rain or shine, at the Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event will be held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the State Park and is open to all area females, ages 14 and older at a cost of $55 per person – a few of the activities offered with hands-on instruction includes basketweaving, geocaching, herb growing, tree & plant identification, shot-gunning, archery, canoeing, handgun safety, nature photography, horseback riding, and more – the deadline to pre-registration is August 17th – call Michelle to register or for more information, at  812-881-5389.

 

(CLAY CITY)  The Village of Clay City is repairing a water line, running from now until approximately 2:00 this afternoon, possibly longer – the eastern part of Clay City and its respective water customers are currently without water until that work is completed – the areas affected are South First Street Southeast, Clark Addition, the Industrial Park, plus customers along Morning Glory Road, Blackberry Lane, Big Four Road, Bluebell Road, and Saddle Club Road – once service resumes, all these areas will be under a boil water order until further notice – again that’s until later today for water customers in & around Clay City.

 

(OLNEY)  A “Clear the Shelters” event is coming up this Saturday, August 19th, as twelve Wabash Valley animal shelters are hosting the popular pet adoption drive – the local animal shelters involved, including the Humane Society of Olney, will offer low cost fees to help area families and individuals adopt a new pet – the hours are from 1:00 to 5:00 – visit the online website  www.MyWabashValley.com  for more details and to access a list of the participating animal shelters – for more details locally in Olney, call  618-392-2699.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau has announced it will be taking a bus trip to the Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, on Thursday, September 14th – the cost is $60 for Farm Bureau members and $65 for non-members with reservations as soon as possible, payments due August 25th – for more information or to sign up for the unique trip, call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at  618-783-2733.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is urging farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” put in place under previous administration – the proposed rule, initiated by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, has a 30-day comment period with a deadline of August 28th – to sign the petition, folks can go to the Farm Bureau’s website, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers can also sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair, continuing today thru Sunday, in Springfield.

 

(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 Moose Lodge in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :   
    The next Jasper County blood drive is coming up this Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 – all blood types are needed – all donors and first donors are urged to turn out


    The Wabash County EMA & the Radio Amateur Downstate Illinois Organization will hold a special licensing test session this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the EMA EOC located at 930.5 Market Street in Mt. Carmel – it’s open to all levels of testing – those interested should show up a half hour early for paperwork


    Ralph Carter’s 24th annual “Poker Run” to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children is set for this Saturday with sign up at the Olney VFW from 10:30 to 12:00 noon with a new shortened route to be announced – then food, an auction, gun raffle drawing, and entertainment to follow at the Olney VFW – all are invited


    The 2017 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming is this Saturday, starting at 9:00 and running throughout the day & evening – includes an antique tractor show, a car/bike show, corn hole rally, cake walk, bingo, flea market, pedal tractor pull, a rabbit catch, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, afternoon entertainment, plenty of food with pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – that’s all in Willow Hill this Saturday


    The City of Olney has announced that the Parks & Recreation Board meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow, August 16th, has been rescheduled for the following Wednesday, August 23rd, at 7:00 that night


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up again today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 today

 

 

 

August 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the weekend’s high pressure ridge over the Midwest moving off to the east, an upper level disturbance over the Upper Midwest will give us some clouds today thru tonight, although we’ll stay dry – an approaching storm system will give us rain chances late tomorrow night thru Wednesday and Thursday – then we appear to be dry for Friday and thru the upcoming weekend as well – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the State Senate yesterday voted 38 to 19 to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the school funding plan that was approved by lawmakers back in May, but just sent to the Governor two weeks ago – the vote will ensure no school district gets less money than last year & will pump new dollars to the neediest districts first, although the Governor calls it a “bailout” for the mismanaged Chicago School System – the State House will convene on Wednesday to consider the issue.

 

(OLNEY)  Authorities report that applications for concealed-carry gun permits have been generally falling in Illinois since the program was launched three years ago – the Illinois State Police numbers show nearly 104,000 people applied for the permits to carry concealed weapons in 2004, but only about 32,900 have applied so far this year – experts cite several reasons, mostly that the strongest supporters applied first.

 

(NEWTON)  A Petersburg brewer has won the Illinois Bicentennial Craft Beer competition at the Illinois State Fair – the Hand of Fate Brewing Company will now create the recipe & brew the official beer for the Prairie State’s Bicentennial, with activities due to kick off later this fall : the winner of yesterday’s State Fair Hog Calling Contest was Andrew Metheney from Georgetown : the winner of the State Fair Husband Calling Contest was Lisa McLaughlin from Petersburg : and the winner of Saturday’s State Fair Karaoke Contest was Mary McMillin-Koski from Decatur : today at the State Fair is Senior Citizens & Scout Day – those age 60 and older will be admitted free to the fairgrounds today with plenty of special events through tonight – it’s Tractor Pulls and Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone on stage tonight : tomorrow is Agriculture Day, highlighted by the Governor’s Sale of Champions and more : for information on what’s coming up the rest of this week at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, logon at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single motorcycle traffic accident that occurred early this morning at 3:48 along U.S. Route 50 about 2 miles west of Flora – the State Police report that 50 year old Jesse J. Henry of Olney was westbound on Route 50 when he had to swerve to avoid hitting a deer standing in the roadway – Henry fell off the motorcycle onto the pavement as the Harley Davidson continued and ran off the highway into a creek – Henry was transported to Clay County Hospital in Flora and then air lifted by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville – no tickets were issued – Henry was wearing a helmet.

 

(OLNEY)  The long-discussed and awaited total solar eclipse coming up a week from today will occur in the United States for the first time since 1979 and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium now has its science road show, Galaxy Ride, on a trip to downstate Illinois, bringing hands-on, eclipse-related activities to various towns & communities today thru Saturday this week, getting everyone ready for the experience of the total solar eclipse – the “Galaxy Ride” team is giving residents this week the chance to observe the Sun and other objects during the visits – in fact, the first of eight stops is this evening from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library for solar viewing and family activities – then a stop tomorrow night in Du Quoin, and Wednesday night in Jacob – two stops Thursday will be at the Cache River Wetlands Center & at Shawnee Community College – then Friday night in Sparta, Saturday afternoon at the Science Center in Carbondale, and Saturday night in Murphysboro – all events are free and open to the public – for more information about “Galaxy Ride” and what it’s all about, check the website online at  www.adlerplanetorium.org.

 

(CLAY CITY)  The Village of Clay City will be doing water line repair work tomorrow, on Tuesday, from 7:00 to 2:00, possibly longer – the eastern part of Clay City and its respective water customers will be without water at that time – the following areas will be affected  :  all of South First Street Southeast, all of Clark Addition, all of the Industrial Park, plus customers along Morning Glory Road, Blackberry Lane, Big Four Road, Bluebell Road, and Saddle Club Road – once service resumes, all these areas will be under a boil water order until further notice – again that’s tomorrow for water customers in & around Clay City.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released its Illinois Crop Production Report for August  :  the planted area for corn is estimated at 11.10 million acres, down 4% from last year – the harvested area is forecast at 10.95 million acres, which is down 4% from 2016 – based on August 1st conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 188 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from a year ago – corn production is forecast at 2.06 billion bushels, down 9% from last year's production – if realized, this would be the third highest yield on record in Illinois  :  the planted area for soybeans is estimated at 10.40 million acres, up 3% from last year – the harvested area is forecast at 10.34 million acres which is up 3% from 2016 – based on August 1st conditions, the Illinois soybean yield is forecast at 58 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel drop from a year ago – soybean production is forecast at 600 million bushels, up 1% from 2016 and the highest production level on record in Illinois  :  the harvested area for wheat in 2017 is forecast at 490,000 acres, up 4% from the previous year – the winter wheat yield is forecast at 74 bushels per acre, the same as 2016 – if realized, this number will tie the record high yield in Illinois – wheat production is forecast at 36.3 million bushels, which is 4% above the previous year  :  all numbers provided thru the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s a couple of municipal meetings scheduled for this Monday night  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at Village Hall in Noble, starting at 7:00  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Open House at the Newton Elementary School is this evening from 4:30 to 6:30, while the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School is tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 – students are urged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, & guardians will have the chance to meet all the teachers and staff at each school – the first day of student attendance in the Jasper County School District is this Wednesday – the Pre-K Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School is Thursday from 4:00 to 6:30.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School will host its “Freshmen First” program this morning from 8:30 to 10:30 in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – the students attending will have the opportunity to visit each of their classes, meet their teachers, and discuss topics that every freshmen or new student at RCHS needs to know – the first day of student attendance in the Richland County School District is this Wednesday.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at the Moose Lodge in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Wednesday at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Flora Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also Thursday at the Oblong Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :   
    The White Squirrel Saddle Club will host the Wild Horse Ministries next Monday night, August 21st, at the East Fork Arena, north of Olney, starting at 6:30 – gates open at 5:30 with free admission, plus free will donations accepted – plus food concessions will be available – lawn chairs welcomed – bleachers provided

   
    The next Jasper County blood drive is coming up this Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 – all blood types are needed – all donors and first donors are urged to turn out


    Rides Mass Transit District will offer another trip to Crawford & Jasper County residents this Saturday afternoon & evening – it’s a trip to the Centralia Balloon Festival with the featured Balloon Glow Saturday night at 7:30 – interested residents in Jasper & Crawford Counties can call toll-free now, at  866-389-7536


    The Cornerstone Community Church in Noble will host an Open House / Ice Cream Social to formally welcome their new Pastor, Chris Spenner and his family, this coming Saturday afternoon & evening from 3:00 to 7:00 – includes hot dogs, ice cream, & other snacks, plus face painting, balloons for the kids, other games & activities – also, the Jake Hoult Band will be performing for a free-will offering – all are invited


    Ralph Carter’s 24th annual “Poker Run” to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children is set for this Saturday with sign up at the Olney VFW from 10:30 to 12:00 noon with a new shortened route to be announced – then food, an auction, gun raffle drawing, and entertainment to follow at the Olney VFW – all are invited


    The 2017 Willow Hill Annual Homecoming is this Saturday, starting at 9:00 and running throughout the day & evening – includes an antique tractor show, a car/bike show, corn hole rally, cake walk, bingo, flea market, pedal tractor pull, a rabbit catch, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, afternoon entertainment, plenty of food with pulled pork, hot dogs, pork burgers, nachos, and more – that’s all in Willow Hill this Saturday


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Olney has a Book Fair fundraiser today in the hospital’s Private Dining Rooms from 9:00 to 3:30 – proceeds go to Auxiliary projects at the hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another great weekend, weather-wise, as high pressure settles across the Midwest today thru tonight – as that high pressure slowly moves eastward, we’ll have a slight warm up each day thru the first half of next week with a mid to late week chance of scattered rain, maybe some storms – the humidity levels will also increase with that chance of rain next Wednesday thru Friday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – just days before statewide schools begin their 2017-2018 school year, the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly is grappling with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner over how to fix the biggest gap in the United States between the state’s richest and poorest schools – while the Governor used his amendatory veto power to cut out a bailout for the Chicago Public School system’s teacher pension plan, State Senate & House leaders say it’s a political ploy, although they’re the ones that have held the bill up since last May – the State Senate convenes tomorrow in Springfield to consider an override of the Governor’s veto – the State House returns for debate on the issue next Wednesday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School is inviting all incoming freshmen and new students to the school’s “Freshmen First” event coming up next Monday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – it’s at this time that the students attending will have the opportunity to visit each of their classes, meet their teachers, and discuss topics that every freshmen and new student needs to know.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District will host an Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School next Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 – Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 & 7:00 respectively – students and parents / guardians are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus they’ll have a chance to tour the school, meet all the teachers & staff, and ask any questions – all are invited to attend.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Today has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community this morning into this afternoon  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, this morning, from 8:00 to 11:00.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is today at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 this morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and all children will receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated and distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney.

 

(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 7:45 to 2:45  :  and tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional blood supply.

 

REMINDERS :       
    A fundraising benefit “spaghetti dinner” is tomorrow night at “The Venue” in Olney, at 303 South Fair Street – it’s serving from 5:00 until 8:00 with all donations accepted at the door – also a bake sale and raffle with specialty baskets with tickets available – proceeds to help Bev Ziegler with medical expenses and bills


    The Noble Chowder is today in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl at 11:00 this morning – there will be other food available, plus activities and more


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser this morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited

 

 

 

August 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will move thru our downstate region today, bringing with it a chance of scattered showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm – the rain chances end late tonight as another fairly tranquil weather pattern will dominate this weekend and into the first half of next week – another chance of scattered rain will move thru by next Wednesday night and Thursday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner officially opened the 2017 Illinois State Fair yesterday as the annual Twilight Parade was held last night – then the Governor & Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti walked the Fairgrounds with Illinois County Fair Queen Claudia VanOpdorp – today is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day on the Fairgrounds with ag tours, livestock shows, and more – it will be Kid’s Day on the Fairgrounds tomorrow and Veterans Day Sunday – then a variety of activities for older adults, their families & friends, will be available next Monday, during Senior Day at the Fair – in fact, all senior citizens age 60 and older will be admitted free to the Fairgrounds on Monday – running from 10:30 that morning until 9:00 that  night, activities include a Not So Newlywed Game, a Senior Spelling Bee, free health screenings, ball room dancing, and a grandparent & grandchild contest – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Attorneys General in 31 other states, plus the District of Columbia, have announced a settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and a subsidiary over an October 2012 data breach – a breach that was allegedly caused by Nationwide’s failure to apply a critical security patch, resulted in 1.27 million consumers having their personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information, and other personal data, stolen or compromised – most of those affected by the data breach were not Nationwide customers, but prospective customers – Illinois will receive more than $280,000 of the total $5.5 million settlement.

 

(NEWTON)  If you’ve heard that the 2017 Perseid meteor shower this weekend will be the best in the past 96 years, many space officials disagree – according to earthsky.org, while this year’s Perseid meteor shower will produce a great number of meteors the next two mornings, the bright waning gibbous moon will wash the sky during the peak hours of the meteor shower, between midnight and dawn – although some of the meteor showers will be bright enough to be seen, it will not be the show that a few are predicting – officials say meteor watchers should sit within a moon shadow, or within the shadow of a building or row of trees in order to view the open sky – while some of the meteor showers could occur in the mid-to-late evening hours, the peak time for meteor numbers to increase is after midnight – for more, go to  www.earthsky.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in regular session for less than 30 minutes in Olney – the Board  :  approved the County Claims & Bills for July worth $44,510  :  approved the purchase of a new Caterpillar backhoe for the County Highway Department  :  agreed to grant a variance to the Richland Country Club for an extended Liquor License  :  noted that a meeting with the FOP to begin negotiations will be held August 21st  :  noted an Elected Officials Training will be held August 24th at Olney Central College  :  heard various updates from Animal Control and other departments  :  and did not have an executive session  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board is September 14th in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Newton – the Board  :  on a 10 to 1 vote, with one board member absent, agreed to an $83,627 contract with Pictometry, an airplane / fly-over company to assist the County’s Supervisor of Assessments in providing analytical information for Jasper County  :  approved the over $3,000 purchase of a John Deere mower with mulch kit from Alliance Tractor  :  agreed to spend $3,195 for tree removal and trimming at the Courthouse  :  noted the County Highway Department has been awarded a $1 million HSIP grant to be used in fiscal year 2018  :  noted that the Sheriff’s Department is thinking about hiring a new deputy due to a current vacancy on staff  :  noted that county budget work will begin by mid-September  :  and took no action after a closed session to discuss personnel  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular monthly meeting is September 14th in Newton.

 

(CLAY CITY)  The Village of Clay City has announced some water line work to be done next Tuesday with water service to be shut off for some customers – due to needed water line repairs, the eastern part of Clay City and its respective water customers will be without water next Tuesday from 7:00 in the morning until approximately 2:00 that afternoon, if no complications – customers on the following streets and roads will be affected  :  all of South First Street Southeast, all of Clark Addition, all of the Industrial Park, plus customers along Morning Glory Road, Blackberry Lane, Big Four Road, Bluebell Road, and Saddle Club Road – once service resumes that afternoon, all these areas will be under a boil water order until further notice – the Village of Clay City appreciates the cooperation of its water customers in advance of this work.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, tomorrow morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, stop by the church office in Newton, or call at  618-783-3744.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is tomorrow at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and all children will receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated and distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, each day from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low area blood supply.

 

(OLNEY)  The best of luck to our Josh Brown, who today is spending his final day here at WVLN-WSEI as an employee of Forcht Broadcasting, Inc. – after spending just over seven years with us as a part-timer and doing a lot of our sports broadcasting and play-by-play for Olney, Olney Central College, and other athletic events, the 2010 ERHS graduate is taking a new position – as of next Monday, August 14th, Josh will be the new Sports Editor at the Olney Daily Mail newspaper – we want to extend our thanks to Josh for his many years of service to WVLN-WSEI and we sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavors – Josh will be replacing Chip Barche at the ODM, who was recently promoted to Editor of the paper back in June.

 

REMINDERS :       
    A fundraising benefit “spaghetti dinner” is this Sunday night at “The Venue” in Olney, at 303 South Fair Street – it’s serving from 5:00 until 8:00 with all donations accepted at the door – also a bake sale and raffle with specialty baskets with tickets available – proceeds to help Bev Ziegler with medical expenses and bills


    The Noble Chowder is tomorrow in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – all at the Noble Chowder coming up tomorrow


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is tomorrow morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can still be purchased at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host another “taco night” tonight, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes bake potatoes, taco salad, nachos, tacos, and more – carry-outs are available


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 – check it out

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A surface low pressure approaching the Upper Midwest has a cold front moving further south, therefore after a dry day on this Thursday, bringing us a slight chance of rain late tonight, but a better chance of rain, possibly thunderstorms, moving thru the day and night tomorrow – another high pressure ridge will set up for the weekend giving us a mostly dry sky Saturday into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less work – the new law eliminates administrative delays for universities and government agencies that enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power  :  meanwhile, lawmakers are preparing to return to Springfield for debate on the Governor’s recent amendatory veto on the state school funding bill – the State Senate will convene this coming Sunday while the State House returns to work next Wednesday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Fair is underway  :  the ever-popular butter cow was unveiled yesterday in the Dairy Building – for more than 90 years, the butter cow has been one of the most attended displays at the State Fair  :  the Illinois Department of Labor will be conducting routine inspections of all the amusement rides and attractions on the Fairgrounds – that includes the more than 65 rides on the Carnival Midway, Adventure Village, and Happy Hollows pavilions  :  today’s Preview Day will feature the annual Twilight Parade starting at 5:30 this evening – then the gates open at 7:00 with discounted carnival rides and a free grandstand concert at 7:30 tonight featuring the classic rock band “Foghat”  :  tomorrow is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day on the Fairgrounds as more than 70 County Fair Queens and over 100 Expositions and Fairs from across the state will be represented – it’s also the first day of harness racing at the Fair’s one-mile dirt track – then tomorrow night, the Abe Lincoln Quarter Midgets races are at 6:30 and on stage at 7:30 is Chase Rice with Runaway June and Chris Cavanagh  :  Saturday is Kid’s Day  : Sunday is Veterans Day and Gold Star Families Day  :  next Monday is Senior Citizens Day and Scouts Day  :  the Illinois State Fair runs this weekend thru next Sunday night – for more details, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Farm Progress Show, the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, is getting ready for the 64th annual event to be held later this month, August 29th thru 31st, at its permanent site up in Macon County, near Decatur – this year’s Farm Progress Show will feature over 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines, and farm implements, plus seed & crop production products, additional farm supplies & services, and much more – some of the show’s most popular activities are the field demonstrations, which includes side-by-side tillage techniques, tractor & combine performance comparisons, and more – also, the livestock area includes horse training demonstrations and the newest equipment and animal health products – plus, restored antique machinery, entertainment, and plenty of concessions are also all included – for details, check the website, at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings scheduled for this Thursday night  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight in the County Office Building in Newton, beginning at 7:00 – the agenda includes the various committee reports, plus several New Business items and more – also an executive session to discuss personnel  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight in the County Jail Meeting Room in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the agenda includes the various committee and department reports, plus a few New Business items and more – also an executive session to discuss personnel and negotiations, if requested  :  the Richland County Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier in the County Jail Meeting Room, beginning at 6:00  :  all of these meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School is inviting all incoming freshmen and new students to the school’s “Freshmen First” event coming up next Monday morning, August 14th, from 8:30 to 10:30, in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – it’s at this time that the students attending will have the opportunity to visit each of their classes, meet their teachers, and discuss topics relevent for every freshmen student to know – for more information and/or details, call the Richland County High School office in Olney, at  618-393-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some notes from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  wingshooting clinics are scheduled throughout the rest of this summer and through the fall in Illinois at IDNR sites, cooperating gun clubs, and hunting preserves, with most of them conducted on weekends – the wingshooting clinics are for youth ages 10 to 15 and women to provide instruction on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target  :  hunters can apply through August 31st, three weeks from today, for the Illinois 2017 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program – the applications are available online at the IDNR website  :  meanwhile, online applications are being accepted for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits – it’s on a first come, first served basis through August 25th, two weeks from tomorrow – that is for any permits that remain  :  for more on these and all things outdoors in Illinois, check the IDNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  This coming Saturday, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, this Saturday morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, call the church office, at  618-783-3744.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is set for this coming Saturday morning, August 12th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and families are invited to stop by if they are in need of clothing assistance – all children receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated & distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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  :  this afternoon & evening at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low area blood supply.

 

REMINDERS :       
    A fundraising benefit “spaghetti dinner” is this Sunday night at “The Venue” in Olney, at 303 South Fair Street – it’s serving from 5:00 until 8:00 with all donations accepted at the door – also a bake sale and raffle with specialty baskets with tickets available – proceeds to help Bev Ziegler with medical expenses and bills


    The Noble Chowder is coming up this Saturday in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl to start at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – raffle tickets and quilt tickets are still on sale at the Noble Village Hall – all are invited to the Noble Chowder this coming Saturday


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this Saturday morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can be purchased this week at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe – get your ducks today


    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for tomorrow evening for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for a trip to Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD today at  866-389-7536


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its final “Open House” this evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 – all are invited to stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about