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December 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While we’ll have plenty of sunshine on tap today with a light wind, it changes by later tonight when a clipper system out of Canada sweeps across Illinois with scattered flurries thru tomorrow morning, plus more Arctic air on a northwest wind – with a dry & cold Sunday, we’ll see a slight warm up Monday then back to near normal temperatures & dry conditions next midweek, next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs hosted a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony in Springfield yesterday – the special event honored all Pearl Harbor survivors and paid tribute to the more than 2,400 Americans who lost their lives in the December 7th attack – the ceremony included a special wreath laying in the waters of Lake Springfield while Taps was being played – lunch for all was provided by the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Committee.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois safety leaders teamed up this week to drive home the importance of the state’s Move Over Law while traveling on Illinois highways and interstates – in fact, the new “Give Them Distance” campaign was launched to remind all motorists to slow down and move over for vehicles pulled off the roadway with flashing lights – it all started with the state’s Move Over Law, also known as Scott’s Law, which was enacted in 2002 after fireman Lieutenant Scott Gillen was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash scene – for more details, go online at  www.GiveThemDistance.com.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for those outdoors  :  Illinois Archery Deer & Archery Fall Turkey seasons remain open now thru January 14th, 2018 – permits are available over-the-counter at DNR Direct license and permit vendors  :  hunters can now apply for the second lottery for 2018 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits – the application deadline is January 11th, 2018  :  the First Late Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season is December 28th thru 31st  :  the Second Muzzleloader Deer Season is this weekend around the state, that’s today, tomorrow, and Sunday  :  for permit information and for all other things outdoors in Illinois, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 12:49 this past Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Routes 37 and 161 south of Salem in Marion County – State Police report 80 year old Ramona M. Oberlohr of Louisville was southbound on Route 37 approaching the intersection with Route 161 – the other vehicle, driven by 32 year old Nancy M. Kollak of Fairfield, was westbound on Route 161 and had stopped at the four stop and was proceeding thru the intersection when Oberlohr failed to stop a the stop sign and t-boned the Kollak vehicle, causing it to strike a utility pole, which snapped in two – Kollak and a passenger, 41 year old Jason S. Carter of Kell, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, where Carter was later airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital – ticketed for disobeying a traffic control, Oberlohr was transported to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular session earlier this week – the Council  :  approved the annual Tax Levy for fiscal year 2018 as presented  :  approved the 2017-2019 Local Administrative Policy & Procedures Manual for the Housing Rehabilitation Plan  :  approved a resolution in support for the CDBG Grant Program  :  agreed to commit local funds for the CDBG grant of 1.98% of the estimated total project cost of $505,253 or $10,000  :  approved an Intergovernmental Cooperation Contract with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association  :  approved an Ameren gas main extension agreement for property at 602 Woods Farm Lane with a $2,160 deposit  :  agreed to accept bids for the property at 602 Stevens Street with the deadline for bids to be submitted by February 2nd, 2018, at 4:00  :  agreed to advertise for a Water Department employee in Newton  :  approved a five year purchasing plan agreement with Axon Enterprise for $9,267 to buy tasers for the Newton Police Department  :  agreed to provide Hepatitus A and B vaccinations for all City of Newton employees  :  approved the Property Damage Release for Abi Incorporated, Alan H. Moss, Great West Casualty Company of $2,053 paid to the City of Newton  :  approved various purchase orders - two for the City’s Water Department and the other for the Police Department  :  thanked everyone that took part in Monday’s “Bicentennial Flag Raising” ceremony held in Newton  :  and took no other action after an 11-minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on Tuesday, December 19th.

 

(OLNEY)  The RMH Foundation’s Holiday Tour of Homes is this Sunday afternoon with homes open for visitors from 1:00 to 4:00 – participating homes include Jared & Melissa Baughman on Red Oak Lane, Matt & Rachel Miller on Coyote Crossing, Jim Burnett & Karen Jameson on Butler Street, Bryan Smithenry on North Fair, and the Laurel 201 Private Guest House of James & Brianne White – the $10 Tour of Homes tickets and raffle tickets are on sale at all area banks, plus the Chamber of Commerce Office and the RMH Foundation Office – both tour and raffle tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at any of the House Tour locations – for tickets or details, call the RMH Foundation Office today, at  618-395-6088.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas continues this weekend in Newton  :  the celebration includes an Ice Rink tonight from 5:00 to 9:00, tomorrow from 12 noon to 9:00, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00, priced at $5 per person each time or $10 for a weekend pass – also cookies & hot chocolate tonight & tomorrow afternoon  :  plus a Live Nativity on the square presented by Scott Avenue Christian Church tonight from 6:00 to 9:00  :  Holiday Movies will play at the Ice Rink tomorrow night from 5:00 to 9:00 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie will play at the Ice Rink Sunday night from 5:00 to 6:00  :  folks can register tonight on the square to win prizes from area businesses  :  also check out the Tablescape Contest at the Chamber Office tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:00  :  Story Time at the Newton Public Library tomorrow morning at 10:00 and Cookies & Milk with Letters to Santa at Joe’s Italian Foods tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00  :  and the first Annual Christmas House Walk Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 – check it all out on Facebook, under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Toys for Kids is still accepting donations of new toys for the distribution next Thursday, December 14th – monetary donations & the new toys can be dropped off in Newton at the County Extension Office in the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building or at any local participating business – especially needed are hats & gloves, colors & drawing supplies, & board games – all donations are appreciated – the program provides gifts for over 200 Jasper County youth ages 13 and under.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Rotary Radio Auction is tomorrow morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon on Freedom 92.9 WSEI, plus live online, at  www.freedom929.com  – to look over the list of items available, go to our website and click on the “community tab” and scroll down at  www.freedom929.com  – all proceeds from the Annual Rotary Radio Auction go to support programs to help those in Olney and Richland County.

 

(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 2:15  :  next Monday at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also next week in Beecher City, Oblong, Robinson, Dieterich, and Olney  :  all blood types and platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Holy Cross Church in Wendelin will host its annual “Advent Evensong” Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – includes a candelight service with scripture, organ music, English carols, & Austrian Christmas music, sung in German – refreshments available afterwards in the Parish Center – all in memory of  Father David Braun


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will have Santa Claus available for area children this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 – not only will the jolly ole fellow visit with children, but he’ll also be handing out treat bags as well – plus there will be plenty of cookies and hot cocoa available

 
    An “Open House” is this Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Heritage House Museum and the Mcksburg Schoolhouse along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – refreshments and live musical entertainment


    The Dairy Dee in Sumner will host a Dairy Dee-Cember Seasons of Giving fundraiser this weekend with all proceeds to benefit the Salvation Army & other community charities – it involves the purchase of ice cream by cone, dish, pint, or quart – that’s tomorrow from 1:00 to 9:00 and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00


    The Beulah United Methodist Church south & back west of Sumner has its “Travel Back to Bethlehem” Live Nativity tomorrow night from 5:30 to 8:30 – refreshments & music provided at the church


    The Olney Central College Music Department will have a Holiday Concert tomorrow night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 – the Richland County High School Concert Choir will also take part – admission is free and all ages are invited to attend this Saturday night at OCC


    The Lawrenceville American Legion has its Auxiliary’s Annual Christmas Auction tomorrow – doors open at 12 noon with the Auction at 1:00 – includes toys, jewelry, gift certificates, and much more


    The “Breakfast with Santa” is tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – at $3 per person, it includes a photo opp with Santa (bring your own camera), breakfast of donuts & drinks, door prizes, holiday crafts, & children 12 & under can visit Santa’s Mouse House for gifts


    The St. Joseph Church in Stringtown will host a fundraising “Pasta Dinner” tonight from 4:30 to 8:00 to benefit Brenda Kocher, all by donations at the door – carry-outs available – plus a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and bring your gifts for wrapping for a donation – to donate an auction item, call  843-5278


    The Olney Music Boosters & ERFAE 6th Annual Radiothon is later this evening from 4:00 to 6:00 on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – featuring music from Richland County High School & Middle School Band & Chorus – donations can be called in at  618-395-5000  – also available online at  www.freedom929.com


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits tonight & tomorrow night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night

 

 

 

December 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an elongated upper level disturbance moves thru by tonight, we’ll stay dry while any chance of snow or flurries will stay north of that I-70 line – but, a reinforced shot of Arctic air moves in today thru tomorrow & now that chance of snow Saturday has been removed from the forecast – simply dry & cold for the weekend, although a slight warm up Monday with some precip next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois has launched a new statewide helpline to provide immediate assistance for those impacted by addiction to opioids and other substances – announced by the Governor this week, the helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families, and anyone affected 24 hours a day, seven days a week – it’s at  833-2FINDHELP – that’s  833-234-6343.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Fire Marshall’s Office and Illinois Fire Service Institute has jointly announced an intergovernmental agreement that streamlines the process for Illinois firefighters who complete IFSI courses to receive state certification – the new terms grants the IFSI the state certification equivalency for its end-of-course examinations – this will eliminate the requirement imposed upon Illinois firefighters who attended IFSI courses to take both a final end-of-course exam & an OSFM exam in order to receive state certification – the agreement takes effect on January 1st, 2018 – great news for firefighters throughout Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  With the filing period ending this past Monday, December 4th, here’s the list of those filing for the March 20th, 2018 General Primary in Jasper County  :
the Democratic candidates for county offices  :
* Linda Griffith Huth for County Clerk
* J. David Cohorst for County Clerk
* Brandon W. Francis for County Sheriff
* Paul D. Woods for Supervisor of Assessments
the Republican candidates for county offices  :
* Amy Tarr for County Clerk
* John Curtis for County Sheriff
* Clinton Bigard for County Treasurer
the Democratic candidates for County Board  :
* Brian K. Leffler for District 1
* Angela Fehrenbacher for District 2
* Daniel R. Kerner for District 3
the Republican candidates for County Board  :
* Darrel Hickox for District 1
* Ron Heltsley for District 2
* Benjamin Gene Bollman for District 3
* Adam K. Deckard for District 1
the Democratic candidates for precinct committeemen  :
* Robert Alexander in Hunt City
* Kevin D. Woods in Wade 4
*Angela Fehrenbacher in South Muddy
* Norbert Ochs in Ste. Marie
* Danny J. Miller in Wade 5
the Republican candidates for precinct committeemen  :
* Karl Spencer in Grandville
* Deborah L. Urfer in Wade 2
* Judith A. Burnell in North Muddy
* Scott Reis in Ste. Marie
* Verna Mae Semple in Fox
* Clinton Bigard in Wade 1
* William W. Diel in South Muddy
* Greg McCoy in Willow Hill
* Jim Wagner in Smallwood
* Adam K. Deckard in Hunt City
also a referendum asking “Shall the Prohibition of the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor be continued in the Village of Willow Hill, Jasper County, Illinois?”
the General Election will be November 6th, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney would like to make citizens in Olney aware that the contractor for the city’s curbside recycling program will be on holiday break from Monday, December 25th, 2017, thru Friday, January 5th, 2018, that’s starting two weeks from next Monday – therefore the curbside recycling program will be on hold during that time frame – the contractor will resume normal curbside pickup on Monday, January 8th, 2018, & will be prepared to pick up extra recyclables – the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Toys for Kids is still accepting donations of new toys for the upcoming distribution, which is a week from today, on December 14th, in Newton – monetary donations and the new toys can be dropped off at the Jasper County Extension Office in the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building during regular office hours, or at any of the local participating businesses – especially needed are colors and drawing supplies, board games, and hats & gloves – all donations of either money or gifts are appreciated as the program provides gifts for over 200 Jasper County youth ages 13 and younger.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Rotary Radio Auction is coming up this Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon on Freedom 92.9 WSEI, plus live online, at  www.freedom929.com  – to look over the list of items available, go to our website and click on the “community tab” at  www.freedom929.com  – all proceeds from the Annual Rotary Radio Auction go to support programs to help those in Olney and Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  Also coming up this weekend on the airwaves of Freedom 92.9 WSEI is the ERFAE and Olney Music Boosters 6th Annual Radiothon, which will run from 4:00 until 6:00 this Friday afternoon & evening – any donation to the Music Boosters and/or the East Richland for Academic Excellence can be called in to the WSEI hotline at  618-395-5000 – during the 2 hour broadcast, music will be presented by the Richland County High School & Middle School Band & Chorus – plus live online at  www.freedom929.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 5th & 6th Grade Bands and the Jasper County Junior High Band is having their 1st Annual Tablescape Contest – the public is encouraged to stop by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce office in Newton to look over the tablescapes displayed from ten local businesses & to cast their vote – that’s tomorrow night from 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday afternoon from 12:00 to 3:00, & Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 – tickets for admission will only be sold at the Chamber Office, priced at $5 each for Friday and Saturday with the $10 price per person on Sunday to include refreshments and an entry pass for a Christmas House Walk, which will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 this Sunday at four homes in Newton – that will be held after the Newton Community High School Chorus performs their Christmas Program at the St. Thomas Church at 2:00 Sunday – proceeds to help the bands buy instruments, new uniforms, and music.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Firefighters will conduct their annual door-to-door Food Drive tonight, picking up non-perishable food items in the communitieis of Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas, beginning at 6:00 – those who’d like to help out are asked to place their food items in a bag and place those bags on their front porch with the porch light turned on – non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at several locations such as the Fire Department in Olney, the TNT Stop in Claremont, at Noble Foods, and at the Wakefield Mill – all food collected will be distributed to those in need in Richland County.

 

(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 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  Monday at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also next week in Beecher City, Oblong, Robinson, Dieterich, and Olney  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    An “Open House” is this Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Heritage House Museum and the Mcksburg Schoolhouse along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – refreshments will be served and there will be live musical entertainment – all ages are invited to tour the Victorian Home and former schoolhouse this Sunday


    The Holy Cross Church in Wendelin will host its annual “Advent Evensong” this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – includes a candelight service with scripture, organ music, English carols, and Austrian Christmas music, sung in German by the Wendelin Kloepfen Singers – refreshments available afterwards in the Parish Center – all are welcome – the service is dedicated to the memory of  Father David Braun


    The Beulah United Methodist Church south & back west of Sumner will host its 26th Annual “Travel Back to Bethlehem” Live Nativity this Saturday night from 5:30 to 8:30 – refreshments & music provided at the church, plus non-perishable food items will be collected to help those in need this holiday season


    The American Legion in Lawrenceville will host its Auxiliary’s Annual Christmas Auction this Saturday afternoon – doors open at 12 noon with the Auction to start at 1:00 – includes toys, jewelry, gift certificates, and much more – all proceeds to benefit area Veterans, children, youth, and educational projects


    It’s the 27th Annual “Breakfast with Santa” this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – at $3 per person, it includes a photo opportunity with Santa (bring your own camera), breakfast with donuts & drinks, free Kids ID provided by the Newton Masonic Lodge, door prizes, & holiday crafts – plus children 12 & under can visit Santa’s Mouse House for gifts – all are invited


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will host its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – a great meal for a great price – the public is welcome to stop by – pay at the door


    A reminder that today is the “one day only” pick up date for the pre-ordered poinsettias sold by the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening at the Hospital’s Ambulance Building – those picking up the plants can use the building’s parking lot to the north


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits this Friday night & Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night

 

 

 

December 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A surface trough will move across Northern Illinois today, followed by a shortwave over Central Illinois by late this afternoon, bringing us in the downstate area another shot of Arctic air with our coldest temperatures so far this fall – another disturbance could bring us some light snow Saturday morning, but dry for the rest of the weekend – maybe a slight warm up by next Monday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – with the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local EMA’s are offering safety tips – IEMA is urging folks to buy gifts that can help family and friends stay safe during all types of emergencies – such preparedness and safety gifts includes NOAA weather alert radios, flashlights, first aid kits, home emergency preparedness kits, vehicle preparedness kits, and/or smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors – for more, logon on at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois experienced wide temperature swings in November – in fact, by month’s end, November was slightly cooler than average in Illinois – the statewide average temperature for November was 41.7 degrees, nearly 1 degree (0.8) below normal – the statewide average precipitation was 2.13 inches, which was 1.34 inches below normal – for the traditional fall months of September thru November, the state’s average temperature was 56.2 degrees, almost 2 (1.8) degrees above normal and the 15th warmest fall on record in Illinois – all the data and numbers provided by the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 5:17 late Monday afternoon on State Route 128, at the intersection of a Fayette County road, about one mile south of Beecher City – the State Police report that 19 year old Malayne L. Seaton of Herrick was southbound on Route 128 when she failed to reduce speed and struck the rear of a farm implement, also southbound on Route 128 – Seaton was transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the tractor driver, 34 year old David Rodger Abendroth of St. Elmo was not injured – no tickets have been issued so far.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single car crash that occurred at 6:00 early yesterday morning (Tuesday) on the Illinois Route 161 Extension, six miles south of Iuka, in Marion County – the State Police report 78 year old Ronald W. Stuber of Iuka was eastbound on Route 161, one mile west of the Iuka Road, when the car struck a horse in the roadway – a passenger in the car, 51 year old Jeffrey W. Stuber of Iuka, was pronounced dead at the scene – the elder driver was transported to Salem Township Hospital – no tickets have been issued – emergency personnel from Marion County assisted the State Police at the scene.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The leaf collections are continuing in Newton and Olney  :  the City of Newton has extended  the leaf pick up to December 14th, a week from tomorrow – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street – only leaves will be vacuumed, no twigs & no tree limbs – Newton residents can call  783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number to have their leaves vacuumed  :  the City of Olney will continue leaf pick up for at least another week – the loose leaf piles which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – for those bagging leaves, notify the Olney City Hall when bags are placed by the street and ready for pick up – plus Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(OLNEY)  With the filing period ending this past Monday, December 4th, here’s the list of those filing for the March 20th, 2018 General Primary in Richland County  :
the Democratic candidates for county offices  :
* Alice Mullinax for County Clerk
* Sheila Ritter for County Treasurer
* Brian James O’Neill II for County Sheriff
the Republican candidates for county offices  :
* Mike Hahn for County Treasurer
* Andrew “Andy” Hires for County Sheriff
the Democratic candidates for County Board  :
* William “Bill” Clow Jr. for District 6
* Dustin Crites for District 7
the Republican candidate for County Board  :
* Dennis Graves for District 2
the Democratic candidates for precinct committeemen  :
* Brenda Britton in Preston 1
* Blake Coan in Denver
* Ronald Lee Krueger in Preston 2
* Greg Mullinax in Madison 1
* Georgia Lambird in Madison 2
* Chris Waller in Noble 1
* Brandt Patterson in Olney 3
* Cynthia Given in Olney 9
* Mike Lambird in Olney 11
the Republican candidates for precinct committeemen  :
* Kyle Henton in Preston 1
* Tony Kittle in Preston 2
* Gary Ulm in Noble 2
* Jim Hough in Madison 2
* Cody Smith in Bonpas
* James Ochs in Claremont
* JC Kowa in Olney 1
* Kim Houchin in Olney 2
* Chuck Roberts in Olney 4
* Joe Hough in Olney 5
* Steve Hough in Olney 7
* Kelvin Lomas in Olney 9
the General Election will be November 6th, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Firefighters will conduct their annual door-to-door Food Drive tomorrow evening, picking up non-perishable food items in the communitieis of Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas, beginning at 6:00 – those who’d like to help out are asked to place their food items in a bag and place those bags on their front porch with the porch light turned on – non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at several locations such as the Fire Department in Olney, the TNT Stop in Claremont, at Noble Foods, and at the Wakefield Mill – all food collected will be distributed to those in need in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board of Review has started its duties for the 2017 assessment year – all complaints must be filed or postmarked on or before December 22nd, 2017, in the Jasper County Office Building, at 204 West Washington Street, in Newton – office hours are mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, Monday thru Friday – afternoons by appointment only – call the Assessment Office at  618-783-8042.

 

(NEWTON)  The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will have Santa Claus available for area children this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 – not only will the jolly ole fellow visit with children, but he’ll also be handing out treat bags as well – plus there will be plenty of cookies and hot cocoa available  :  the American Legion in Newton will also be hosting its monthly pork loin dinner tomorrow night, with serving to start at 6:00 – the public is invited  :  that’s at the American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton.

 

(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 Patoka High School from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  ::  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The RMH Foundation’s Holiday Tour of Homes is set for this coming Sunday afternoon with the homes open for visitors from 1:00 to 4:00 – participating homes include Jared & Melissa Baughman on Red Oak Lane, Matt & Rachel Miller on Coyote Crossing, Jim Burnett & Karen Jameson on Butler Street, Bryan Smithenry on North Fair, and the Laurel 201 Private Guest House of James & Brianne White – the Heritage House Museum and McsBurg School, both at the corner of Kitchell & Elm, will also be open for tours with entertainment & refreshments, free of charge – the $10 Tour of Homes tickets and raffle tickets are available for purchase at all area banks, plus the Chamber of Commerce and the RMH Foundation Office – raffle prizes are a jewelry tree, which includes a pair of princess cut diamond earrings, plus four decorated gingerbread houses – both tour and raffle tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at any of the House Tour locations – for tickets or details, call the RMH Foundation Office at  618-395-6088.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Central College Music Department will have a Holiday Concert this Saturday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 – the Richland County High School Concert Choir will also take part – admission is free and all ages are invited to attend this Saturday night at OCC


    The St. Joseph Church in Stringtown will host a fundraising “Pasta Dinner” this Friday night from 4:30 to 8:00 to benefit Brenda Kocher, all by donations at the door – carry-outs available – plus a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and bring your gifts for wrapping for a donation – to donate an auction item, call  843-5278


    A reminder that tomorrow is the “one day only” pick up date for the pre-ordered poinsettias sold by the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00am until 6:00pm at the Hospital’s Ambulance Building – those picking up the plants can park in the lot just north of the Ambulance Building


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits this Friday night & Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night

 

 

 

December 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front has moved out of Illinois, our rain has ended and the cooler air is moving into our downstate region as sunshine will eventually take over the sky – a fast moving upper wave will swing thru our area tomorrow morning, bringing with it more Arctic air for Thursday and into the weekend – some light snow or flurries is possible Friday night, but nothing significant is expected – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting yesterday in Chicago – the Governor commended the Bureau’s work on nutrient loss strategy, congratulated members on the organization’s recent centennial, and talked about a task force formed to address a shortage in agriculture education, among other topics – the Governor noted Illinois is home to 72,200 farms on 27 million acres, plus Illinois ranks third in the nation in the export of agricultural commodities, with $8.2 billion worth of goods shipped to other countries – the Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting ends later today.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office has issued a subpoena to a transportation company over potential civil rights violations based on a recent advertisement directed at college students traveling during the holiday season – the Champaign-based company offers bus services to students traveling between Chicago and its suburbs and downstate Champaign-Urbana – Suburban Express, Incorporated, must provide documents, records, and information that will help determine whether the company’s policies and practices violated the Illinois Human Rights Act – company officials have offered an apology to anyone offended.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the names of the 2018-2019 Illinois State Scholars – the list rank is approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 737 high schools across the state – the State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank – the list includes 12 seniors at Richland County High School in Olney – Anthony Bissey, Braxton Burgener, Sophia Colclasure, Madison McCorvey, Seth Mitchell, Abigail Roark, Jessica Shilling, Cole Simpson, Ryan Smith, Faith Stallard, Ashlee Vaughn, and Donald Watson – join us as we recognize these students as State Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the 2018-2019 Illinois State Scholars – the list rank is approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 737 high schools across the state – the State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank – the list includes 16 seniors from Newton Community High School – Austin Barthelme, Ethan Carter, Crayton Chesnut, Abby Frohning, Collin Harris, Anna Hemrich, Chase Lemke, Isaac Ludington, Kate Richars, Tucker Rieman, Taylor Smith, Emma Weber, Paige Webster, Brett Woodard, Lesley Woods, and Sydney Zumbahlen – join us as we recognize these students as State Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement – we salute others from surrounding high schools as well.

 

(OLNEY)  A note from the City of Olney – that the 100 block of South Camp Street has been permanently closed while the new north / south alley extension between West Main Street and West Chestnut Street is now formally open for use – the public’s cooperation in this matter is appreciated by the City of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas continues this weekend in Newton  :  the celebration includes an Ice Rink this Friday night from 5:00 to 9:00, Saturday from 12 noon to 9:00, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00 – also cookies & hot chocolate Friday night and Saturday afternoon – the cost is $5 per person or $10 for a weekend pass  :  plus a Live Nativity on the square presented by Scott Avenue Christian Church Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00  :  Holiday Movies will play at the Ice Rink Saturday night from 5:00 to 9:00 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie will play at the Ice Rink Sunday night from 5:00 to 6:00  :  folks can register Friday night on the square to win prizes from area businesses  :  also check out the Tablescape Contest at the Chamber Office Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:00  :  Story Time at the Newton Public Library Saturday morning at 10:00 and Cookies & Milk with Letters to Santa at Joe’s Italian Foods Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00  :  plus the first Annual Christmas House Walk Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 – check it all out on Facebook, under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  In news from the North Pole – the Letters to Santa Mailbox at Bower Park in Olney is still accepting letters from local children – while Santa and his elves are busily getting things ready for Christmas, including the naughty and nice lists, and because of his busy schedule over the next few weeks, Santa Claus is encouraging all local children to write letters to him as soon as possible, telling him what they would like for Christmas so the elves have time to make the gifts – it’s very important that children include their full name and address so Santa Claus can reply and there is no need for a stamp, as Santa has pre-paid all of the postage – simply drop the letters in the Santa Mailbox in Olney’s Bower Park, ASAP.

 

 (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 American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Patoka High School from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also tomorrow at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  ::  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will meet in regular session tonight at the Newton City Hall – a public hearing will be held at 5:00 in conjunction with a housing grant – then the meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 with a rather full agenda, including several new & old business items – it is open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Holy Cross Church in Wendelin will host its annual “Advent Evensong” this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – includes a candelight service with scripture, organ music, English carols, and Austrian Christmas music, sung in German by the Wendelin Kloepfen Singers – refreshments available afterwards in the Parish Center – all are welcome – the service is dedicated to the memory of  Father David Braun


    An “Open House” is this Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Heritage House Museum and the Mcksburg Schoolhouse along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – refreshments will be served and there will be live musical entertainment – all ages are invited to tour the Victorian Home and former schoolhouse this Sunday


    The Beulah United Methodist Church south & back west of Sumner will host its 26th Annual “Travel Back to Bethlehem” Live Nativity this Saturday night from 5:30 to 8:30 – refreshments & music provided at the church – the church is also collecting non-perishable food items to help those in need this season


    The American Legion in Lawrenceville will host its Auxiliary’s Annual Christmas Auction this Saturday afternoon – doors open at 12 noon with the Auction to start at 1:00 – includes toys, jewelry, gift certificates, and much more – all proceeds to benefit area Veterans, children, youth, and educational projects


    It’s the 27th Annual “Breakfast with Santa” this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – at $3 per person, it includes a photo opportunity with Santa (bring your own camera), breakfast with donuts & drinks, free Kids ID provided by the Newton Masonic Lodge, door prizes, & holiday crafts – plus children 12 & under can visit Santa’s Mouse House for gifts – all are invited


    The St. Joseph Church in Stringtown will host a fundraising “Pasta Dinner” this Friday night from 4:30 to 8:00 to benefit Brenda Kocher, all by donations at the door – carry-outs available – plus a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and bring your gifts for wrapping for a donation – to donate an auction item, call  843-5278


    A reminder that this coming Thursday is the “one day only” pick up date for the pre-ordered poinsettias sold by the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 until 6:00 at the Hospital’s Ambulance Building – those picking up the plants can park in the lot just north of the Ambulance Building


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits this Friday night & Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night

 

 

 

December 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While the high pressure ridge that gave us some great weekend weather moves off towards the East Coast, we’ll have a strong wrap-around wind from the south today – and the warm weather will come to an end as an approaching cold front will move thru with rain chances tonight followed by dropping temps – a cold air mass then moves in for tomorrow and the rest of the week – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner and leaders of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission officially kicked off the state’s yearlong 200th birthday celebration yesterday in Chicago – through the next 364 days, Illinois Bicentennial will pay tribute to the people, places, and things that are being Born, Built, and Grown in Illinois every day – a simultaneous Flag Raising will take place in communities and counties around the state at 12:00 noon today, with the special Bicentennial Flags to fly over the next year, noting Illinois’ 200th Birthday – to learn more, check the Bicentennial website online, at  www.Illinois200.com.

 

(OLNEY)  Growmark and its FS member cooperatives around the state recently renewed their commitment to Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom programs with a $60,000 donation – it was during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this past weekend that a symbolic check was presented to represent the contribution – the funds will be used to support the grassroots effort in most all Illinois counties – it’s estimated that over 660,000 students and 40,000 teachers are involved in the statewide Ag in the Classroom program.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle crash that occurred at 2:22 early Sunday morning on a Jasper County road, two miles west of Hunt City – the State Police report that 36 year old Keri Wittgan of Willow Hill was traveling east on Road 1400 North when the pickup truck ran off the road, thru the ditch, and overturned several times before coming to rest upside down – Wittgan and a passenger, 20 year old Brieanna Jones of Olney, were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – another passenger, 30 year old Eugene Birch of Newton, was taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson – the State Police ticketed Wittgan for driving under the influence, for no valid insurance, for failure to wear a seat belt, and for driving on the wrong side of the road – Birch was ticketed for failure to wear a seat belt – emergency personnel from Jasper County assisted the Illinois State Police at the accident scene.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle traffic crash early yesterday morning in Clay County that claimed the life of a Kinmundy man – the Illinois State Police report that 21 year old Clint Allen Huddlestun was westbound on Songer Township Lane, northeast of Xenia, at 12:27 Sunday morning, when his pickup truck went off the road, struck a culvert, began airborne, and overturned multiple times – Huddlestun was ejected from his pickup truck and was pronounced dead at the scene – emergency personnel from Clay County assisted the Illinois State Police at the accident scene.

 

(NEWTON)  An investigation is also continuing into a two vehicle crash that occurred at 10:28 this past Saturday night on Interstate 57 in Effingham County that resulted in two deaths – the State Police report 83 year old Shirley M. Klitzing of Brownstown was traveling south in the northbound lanes when her car crashed into a northbound semi-truck, causing it to overturn – both drivers had to be extricated by emergency personnel – the truck driver, 68 year old Richard P. Messerve of Mayer, Arizona, was pronounced dead at the scene – Klitzing was transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, then flown to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where she was pronounced dead, due to her injuries – the northbound lane of I-57 was closed for several hours thru the early Sunday morning – emergency personnel from Effingham and Effingham County assisted the State Police at the scene.

 

(OLNEY)  As we reported earlier in this newscast, with Illinois’ 200th birthday countdown now underway, most every county and community in Illinois is hosting a Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony on this Monday, December 4th – a special Bicentennial Flag will then be flown thru the next year until the 200th birthday, which is December 3rd, 2018, a year from yesterday – the Richland County Courthouse will host its Flag Raising Ceremony today 12:00 noon and the public is encouraged to attend the short, but important event – refreshments will be available afterwards – all are invited to attend today in downtown Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – the signup is now open to all applicants, including senior citizens & people with disabilities, for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under, and all others that meet the signup requirements – potential applicants should contact their local ERBA office in Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & further details, or logon at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Firefighters will conduct their annual “door-to-door” Food Drive this Thursday evening to pick up non-perishable food items to help those in need this holiday season – those who’d like to help out are asked to place their food items in a bag and place those bags on their front porch with the porch light turned on – the food pick up in Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas will begin at 6:00 Thursday evening – non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at several locations for those outside the collection areas or for those that will not be at home Thursday evening – those locations include the Olney Fire Department on North Walnut Street, the TNT Stop in Claremont, at Noble Foods, and at the Wakefield Mill – all food collected will be distributed to those in need in Richland County – it’s the hope of the Noble-Wakefield, Claremont-Bonpas, and Olney firefighters that no one goes hungry this Christmas.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 5th & 6th Grade Bands, along with the Jasper County Junior High Band, will be hosting their 1st Annual Tablescape Contest and the public is encouraged to stop by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce office in Newton to check out the beautiful tablescapes displayed from ten local businesses from throughout the community as each table will depict a special theme – the Tablescape Contest is this coming weekend with the public to decide what business deserves the “People’s Choice Award” – that’s this Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday afternoon from 12:00 to 3:00, and Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 – tickets for admission will only be sold at the Chamber Office, priced at $5 each for Friday and Saturday with the $10 price per person on Sunday to include refreshments and an entry pass for a Christmas House Walk, which will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 this Sunday, December 10th, at four homes in Newton – that will be held after the Newton Community High School Chorus performs their Christmas Program at the St. Thomas Church at 2:00 this Sunday afternoon – all proceeds from the busy weekend coming up go to help the bands in Newton purchase instruments, new uniforms, and music.

 

 (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 American Legion Hall in Mattoon from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Patoka High School from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also Wednesday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  ::  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

(NEWTON)  The Farm Service Agency is reminding eligible farmers that today is the final day to cast their votes for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections – all ballots must be returned to the local FSA offices by the close of office hours today – terms of the newly elected members begin January 1st, 2018.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The OCC Music Department and the Richland County High School Concert Choir will have a Holiday Concert this Saturday night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 – admission is free and all ages are invited to attend – it’s entitled “The Many Moods of Christmas” – check it out


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host another “taco night” this coming Friday night at the Olney VFW with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – carry-outs available – the Richland County High School Dance Team will benefit from the 50/50 raffle and bake sale also Friday night – all are invited


    A reminder that this coming Thursday is the “one day only” pick up date for the pre-ordered poinsettias sold by the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 until 6:00 at the Hospital’s Ambulance Building – those picking up the plants can park in the lot just north of the Ambulance Building


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits this Friday night & Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night