October 12, 2017


(OLNEY)  With one more day of cloudy cover, a weak high pressure will bring us a clearing sky tonight and we’re back to sunshine tomorrow, plus a southerly wind flow kicks in for a slight warm up with plenty of sun on Saturday – then an approaching cold front moves thru Sunday with our next chance of rain and we’re back to fall-like conditions for the first of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – the Governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force is touring the state this week visiting communities in search of information & partners to help implement the state’s Opioid Action Plan to curtail the growing opioid overdose epidemic in Illinois – in 2016, almost 1,900 people died of opioid overdose, a 76% increase from 2013 – the goal is to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths by one-third in 3 years by identifying three areas of focus  :  prevention, treatment/recovery, and response – ending tomorrow, the tour’s three stops are in Chicago, Champaign, and Mt. Vernon.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Supreme Court says it will not review an appeals court decision overturning the conviction of a truck driver accused of causing a wreck that killed a Central Illinois firefighter – the appeals court ruling back in April said evidence against Mansur Shakirov of Washington fell short of proving he caused the death of firefighter Chris Brown who was responding to an accident on an icy highway back in 2013 – attorneys are now exploring a move to compensate the truck driver for his four years in prison.


(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help in developing a plan that will determine the best use of the state’s rest areas – the 20-question online survey seeks feedback on how travelers currently use Illinois rest areas, their level of satisfaction with the rest areas they visit, the location of the rest areas, & how important certain features are to them – the online survey is accessible at  www.idot.illinois.gov  and available now through Sunday, October 29th – IDOT officials say many of the state’s rest areas have reached a point where it’s time to evaluate their future – IDOT currently maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers in Illinois, serving more than 36 million visitors annually.


(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session earlier this week – the Board  :  approved and agreed to accept the Village’s updated Codebook as presented  :  agreed to prepare a letter citing the Village’s ordinance for inoperable vehicles with expired registration stickers and to send the letters in the November water bills to the list of those with said vehicles on their property within the Village limits  :  noted that Village workers will be flushing water hydrants next Monday and Tuesday, October 16th and 17th, weather permitting  :  agreed to donate $75 to the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner coming up in December  :  approved the $88 purchase of 25 storage tubes and other appropriate materials needed to build a cabinet  to hold the collection of West Richland High School class pictures at Village Hall  :  noted that the preparation of the Village’s Tax Levy is underway  :  heard from local Scout Joe Bogard who’s looking for an Eagle Scout project to undertake and complete  :  noted the Halloween Parade at the Noble Village Park will be Friday, October 27th, and that this year’s Trick or Treat Night will be Tuesday, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday, October 23rd.


(OLNEY)  Principal Chad LeCrone has announced that the Richland County High School has earned continuing accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement – the action taken this past summer marks the 100th consecutive year of accreditation for the High School in Olney – in fact, the original accreditation dates back to the year 1917, when the school was called Olney Township High School – during its history, the high school has gone through many changes in name and location – the original Olney Township High School was located at the intersection of South Kitchell Avenue and West Elm Street, the old Central School site, then in 1914 the school was moved to a new location on Main Street, in the lot just west of TrustBank – in the 1940’s, the name of Olney Township High School was changed to East Richland High School – then the construction of a new school facility was completed in 1952 and East Richland High School moved to its current site on East Laurel Street, where it’s been for the past 65 years – following the annexation of the West Richland School District into the East Richland School District, the name of the high school was changed to Richland County High School in 2015 – a tip of the hat to all past & present school board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, and stakeholders who’ve had a part in the 100 straight years of accreditation for the High School in Olney.


(OLNEY)  The 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is in Olney as the high-tech, 1,000 square foot exhibit is set up in the public parking lot just north of the Richland County Courthouse – the exhibit will be open to the public tomorrow 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 today, 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 now in downtown Olney, a visit co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Olney and the Olney Public Library.


(NEWTON)  100 Women Who Care Jasper County will make its third community grant of 2017 this Thursday evening at the Newton Masonic Lodge, at 207 South Van Buren Street – registration will begin at 5:00 this evening and the meeting will start at 6:00 tonight, with light refreshments to be served throughout the evening – guests who are interested in learning more about 100 Women Who Care Jasper County are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting for free – it was three months ago, back in July, that the giving circle chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens in Newton as the recipient of its $5,650 collected contribution.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A statewide petition drive is underway to protest the proposed use of taxpayer funds to help build and/or support the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in Chicago – it’s reported that some Illinois lawmakers want to use $100 million earmarked for IDOT bridge and road projects for the Obama project – to sign a petition in opposition to using tax dollars for this purpose, logon at  www.davidreis.org.


(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)  The Olney Shriners will have their popular wood-smoked Grilled Chicken Dinner this Sunday at the Olney City Park Community Building – serving inside or by using the drive thru will begin at 10:30 and continue until it’s all gone – it’s a half chicken meal with dessert & drink for $9 per person – all proceeds help fund the many behind-the-scene projects undertaken by the Shriners 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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Newton Community High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.


    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 St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will host its Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 Saturday, including a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze with flashlights provided – then Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – the Corn Maze admission is $4 per person – children under 5 admitted free / must be accompanied by an adult

    The Olney / Noble Airport chili fly-in lunch is set for this coming Saturday, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – pay at the door – all are invited – just off of  Illinois Route 250 between Olney and Noble

    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

    The Olney VFW Auxiliary has another “taco night” fundraiser coming up this Friday night with serving from 5:30 to 9:00 – it’s open to the public and call-in orders with carry-outs are available – all are invited

    There are two meetings tonight at 7:00 – the Jasper County Board meets in the County Office Building in Newton – the Richland County Board meets in the County Jail meeting room in Olney – both are open to the public