LOCAL NEWS

October 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the storm system that brought us anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain now moves off to the east, we’ll have some wrap-around drizzle or light rain this morning – plus the clouds will hang around for most of today thru tonight – a weak high pressure gives us some sunshine & cool conditions tomorrow and Friday – then a slight warm up before another cold front brings us rain on Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – an Illinois State Trooper patrolling Interstate 70 this past Sunday morning, shortly after 8:00, discovered six pounds (2,745 grams) of heroin during a traffic stop just east of Vandalia – the initial stop was for speeding, which resulted in the vehicle search and the discovery of the heroin with a street value set at $960,000 – the driver, a 37 year old man from Garden Grove, California was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and for controlled substance trafficking – the Fayette County State’s Attorney and Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force assisted the ISP with the investigation.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois State University in Normal is getting a $12.5 million federal grant to help school principals – ISU’s Center for the Study of Education Policy will use the money over the next three years to help principals more effectively engage their teachers and staffers in instructional improvement efforts – the schools taking part will adopt what’s called the “school administration manager professional development process” where principals work more with teachers and assign many administrative tasks to other staffers.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – last week’s warmer-than-normal temperatures helped the fall harvest move along – the state’s average temperature last week was 68.8 degrees, that’s 11.2 degrees above normal – last week’s average rainfall in Illinois was just under 1 inch (0.99), nearly two tenths of an inch (0.19) above normal – the state’s subsoil and topsoil moisture levels are still over 60% short to very short – the state’s corn & soybean crop conditions are both over two-thirds in good to excellent shape  :  farmers in our ten county area report over half (56%) of the local corn crop has been shelled with nearly all the corn now mature – almost two-thirds (62%) of the local soybeans have been harvested as well – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” while working outdoors as the 2017 fall harvest rolls on.

 

(OLNEY)  The 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will arrive in Olney later today with a procession led by the Olney Fire Department, Olney Police Department, and Richland County Sheriff’s Department – the high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer, unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, which will be set up in the public parking lot just north of the Richland County Courthouse in downtown Olney – the exhibit will be open to the public this coming Friday afternoon & evening from 1:00 to 7:00 and then Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 with free admission – while closed to the public tomorrow, Richland County students in grades 8 thru 12 will spend time touring & visiting the nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit – that’s the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit in Olney, a visit co-sponsored by the Olney Public Library and the Rotary Club of Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee will be hosting a special pork loin dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton on Thursday night, October 19th, that’s a week from tomorrow night, starting at 6:30 – the public is invited to attend the event – the main guest speaker will be former Congressman and former Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard – plus those attending will have the chance to meet other local and regional Democratic officeholders and candidates as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is reminding regional farmers that while they can apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) throughout the year, two application deadlines are fast approaching – November 17, 2017, and January 19, 2018 – farmers are encouraged to submit an application by one of these deadline dates if they are interested in program benefits from the voluntary conservation program – for more details, producers can call or stop by their local NRCS field office or go online  www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/il/programs/financial/eqip/.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is still seeking workers for temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal this winter in several southeast Illinois counties here in IDOT District 7 – these seasonal positions are available for on-call work schedules in response to weather situations assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, and nights – various other requirements are included – for more details, including information on pay and the potential for benefits, go online at  www.idot.illinois.gov  – the deadline to apply is Monday, October 16th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Marching Eagles hosted the 27th annual Newton Marching Band Classic this past Saturday with fifteen bands taking part – here’s a look at the results from the event held at NCHS  :
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OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION BAND  :  Mt. Carmel
THE MISS “D” CROWD APPEAL AWARD  :  Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (ALAH)
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CLASS 1A FIRST PLACE  :  Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond
CLASS 1A SECOND PLACE  :  Casey-Westfield
CLASS 1A THIRD PLACE  :  Oblong
CLASS 1A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Oblong
CLASS 1A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Casey-Westfield
CLASS 1A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Oblong
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CLASS 2A FIRST PLACE  :  Mt. Carmel
CLASS 2A SECOND PLACE  :  Tolono Unity
CLASS 2A THIRD PLACE  :  Maroa-Forsyth
CLASS 2A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Robinson
CLASS 2A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Robinson
CLASS 2A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Mt. Carmel
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CLASS 3A FIRST PLACE  :  Olney
CLASS 3A SECOND PLACE  :  Paris
CLASS 3A THIRD PLACE  :  Effingham
CLASS 3A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Paris
CLASS 3A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Effingham
CLASS 3A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Effingham
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CLASS 4A FIRST PLACE  :  Champaign Centennial
CLASS 4A SECOND PLACE  :  Belleville West
CLASS 4A OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY  :  Belleville West
CLASS 4A OUTSTANDING PERCUSSION  :  Belleville West
CLASS 4A OUTSTANDING DRUM MAJOR  :  Belleville West
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The Newton Marching Eagles thank everyone for their support from last Saturday’s Band Classic at NCHS.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  with the statewide Illinois Archery Deer Hunting now underway, hunters are encouraged to take part in the chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer that are harvested – a list of locations serving as CWD sampling stations is on the State DNR website  :  and over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin next Tuesday, October 17th  :  for more, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The 3rd Annual Midway Restaurant Jeep Run is this Saturday – doors open at 11:00 with lunch specials Italian Beef / Pulled Pork – then the Jeep Run leaves the Effingham restaurant at 12:30, with stops at Dozer’s Pub & the Toledo American Legion, before ending up at MVP north of Newton – proceeds to benefit 13 year old Elizabeth Weidner, who continues to battle Stage IV Neuroblastoma – per Elizabeth’s wishes, part of the proceeds go to Childhood Cancer Research – check Midway’s Facebook page for more.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Childress Family will be in concert this Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church – all are invited out to hear the Madisonville, Kentucky group with the free concert


    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar is this Sunday – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 with tickets at $8 for adults, $4 for children – the Bazaar in the gymnasium is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, a country store, a cake stand, & quilt raffle, which has tickets at $1 each or six for $5 – also $20 tickets on sale for the $5,000 Cash Raffle with the drawing at 2:00 – everyone is invited out this Sunday


    The Freedom Baptist Church northwest of Noble will host a Free Movie Night this Saturday night in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn and soda – then the movie, The Case for Christ, will start at 7:00 – bring your lawn chairs – all are invited


    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more


    Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will host a Walk for Remembrance & Hope this Saturday morning at the Angel of Hope Memorial at the north edge of Musgrove Park – it’s registration at 7:30 with the walk to begin at straight up 8:00 – all are invited out to take part this Saturday morning


    The Red Rooster in Olney, at the intersection of Routes 130 and 50, will today be hosting open interviews for current job openings at the terminal – that’s today, this Wednesday, from 9:00 to 3:00