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November 18, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   SATURDAY   --   11–18–17

 

(OLNEY) Another approaching cold front brings us colder air this morning as the rain comes to an end – Sunday will be dry, but cooler, as that weather pattern continues thru the first half of next week leading up to Turkey Day – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON) In state news – Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents thru the healthcare marketplace in about half the amount of time as last year – the state agency has added some 230 extra phone hours to improve the marketplace shopping, plus also has partnered with the GoHealth online service to show customers what’s available – the open enrollment is only six weeks long this year and consumers must enroll before the December 15th deadline – check the GoHealth website.

 

(OLNEY) First Lady Diana Rauner is pushing for this year’s 2017 Holiday Card Drive for the Military – done in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, the drive aims to send Illinois’ brave service men and women overseas the simple joy of knowing that people back home are thinking of them at holiday time – the holiday cards should be mailed now thru next Monday, November 20th to :

USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes

333 South Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60604

cards can also be dropped off at a local Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Service office – for office locations and more details about the Card Drive, go online, at www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Authorities are warning area residents of more scams : phone calls are being made to grandparents from scammers claiming to be a grandchild in need of money due to vehicle repairs, jail bonds, or other reasons – the scammer usually wants around $2,000 to be wired to them as soon as possible : another scam involves a caller identifying themself as being with the U.S. Marshall’s Service, seeking payment for a bogus fine for allegedly being absent from a federal grand jury summons : and yet another scam is from a bogus utility company demanding payment on a delinquent account and threatening jail time if not immediately paid : residents are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone – if they claim to be family, ask questions or get a call back number for verification – if questions, call local police.

 

(OLNEY) It’s that time of year again as the local Outreach Mission is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them – those in need of a meal next Thursday in Olney, on Thanksgiving Day, should call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at 618-395-8618 as soon as possible – here’s a look at the volunteer schedule for next week at the church : clean the kitchen and buy groceries starting at 8:00 next Monday morning, November 20th : bag turkeys, prepare dressing ingredients, arrange cooker, and more next Tuesday morning, November 21st, at 7:00 : debone turkeys, bake rolls, mix dressing, prepare sweet potatoes, & more next Wednesday morning, November 22nd, at 7:00 : then cook & package all food and assemble all meals starting at 6:00 next Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd : then the delivery of all meals at 11:00 that Thanksgiving Day : with many volunteers needed, especially for the delivery of meals, we encourage the residents of Olney to step up and help out – be at the church whenever possible each day next week or to help deliver the meals throughout the community, be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 to get your meals and delivery route – we trust that all will step forward to volunteer time and effort this Outreach Mission of preparing & delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day.

 

OLNEY) The Scouts of Richland County will be out making the rounds throughout Olney today, picking up those Annual Food Drive bags that they left at most city-wide homes last weekend – the food collection begins at 9:00 tomorrow morning and residents are asked to make sure that their bags with nonperishable food items are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney this morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at 618-240-1850 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan in Olney, where it will be sorted and then distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(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) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, it also is continuing for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details and information, logon at www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County School District has announced it is once again offering walking hours at all three of its facilities in Olney – all walkers are required to fill out a registration form at the main office of appropriate school prior to participating in the program and those taking part are asked to “log-in” daily upon entering and “log-out” upon leaving the school of their choice, however all walking hours are in effect only on days when school is in session – the walking hours at the Richland County High School & Richland County Elementary School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:30 each morning – the walking hours at the Richland County Middle School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:15 each morning – all Richland County citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity offered by the Richland County School District at all three of its school facilities – if questions, call the District Office at 618-395-2324.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at 618-392-6341 – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00 : next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00 : Monday at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00 : blood drives also next week in Flora, Mattoon, and Effingham  : all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies throughout our area & the Midwest.

 

REMINDERS :  

   The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held tonight at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call 618-783-9284

   The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar today from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton

   It’s a fundraiser today from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Flora Eagles Lodge to benefit Lori Persinger – it’s chili & desserts at noon by donation at the door, plus a silent auction, cornhole tournament, a live auction, live music, and raffle tickets to win a 12 gauge shotgun – proceeds to help with medical expenses

   The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need

 

  

November 17, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   FRIDAY   --   11–17–17

 

(OLNEY) As another weather disturbance moves across the Midwest, we’ll see plenty of clouds today with a chance of scattered afternoon rain and rising temperatures tonight – then another approaching cold front brings us colder air tomorrow morning as the rain comes to an end – Sunday will be dry, but cooler, as that weather pattern continues thru the first half of next week leading up to Turkey Day – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON) In state news – Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents thru the healthcare marketplace in about half the amount of time as last year – the state agency has added some 230 extra phone hours to improve the marketplace shopping, plus also has partnered with the GoHealth online service to show customers what’s available – the open enrollment is only six weeks long this year and consumers must enroll before the December 15th deadline – check the GoHealth website.

 

(OLNEY) First Lady Diana Rauner is pushing for this year’s 2017 Holiday Card Drive for the Military – done in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, the drive aims to send Illinois’ brave service men and women overseas the simple joy of knowing that people back home are thinking of them at holiday time – the holiday cards should be mailed now thru next Monday, November 20th to :

USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes

333 South Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60604

cards can also be dropped off at a local Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Service office – for office locations and more details about the Card Drive, go online, at www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Authorities are warning area residents of more scams : phone calls are being made to grandparents from scammers claiming to be a grandchild in need of money due to vehicle repairs, jail bonds, or other reasons – the scammer usually wants around $2,000 to be wired to them as soon as possible : another scam involves a caller identifying themself as being with the U.S. Marshall’s Service, seeking payment for a bogus fine for allegedly being absent from a federal grand jury summons : and yet another scam is from a bogus utility company demanding payment on a delinquent account and threatening jail time if not immediately paid : residents are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone – if they claim to be family, ask questions or get a call back number for verification – if questions, call local police.

 

(OLNEY) It’s that time of year again as the local Outreach Mission is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them – those in need of a meal next Thursday in Olney, on Thanksgiving Day, should call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at 618-395-8618 as soon as possible – here’s a look at the volunteer schedule for next week at the church : clean the kitchen and buy groceries starting at 8:00 next Monday morning, November 20th : bag turkeys, prepare dressing ingredients, arrange cooker, and more next Tuesday morning, November 21st, at 7:00 : debone turkeys, bake rolls, mix dressing, prepare sweet potatoes, & more next Wednesday morning, November 22nd, at 7:00 : then cook & package all food and assemble all meals starting at 6:00 next Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd : then the delivery of all meals at 11:00 that Thanksgiving Day : with many volunteers needed, especially for the delivery of meals, we encourage the residents of Olney to step up and help out – be at the church whenever possible each day next week or to help deliver the meals throughout the community, be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 to get your meals and delivery route – we trust that all will step forward to volunteer time and effort this Outreach Mission of preparing & delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day.

 

OLNEY) The Scouts of Richland County will be out making the rounds throughout Olney tomorrow, picking up those Annual Food Drive bags that they left at most city-wide homes last weekend – the food collection begins at 9:00 tomorrow morning and residents are asked to make sure that their bags with nonperishable food items are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at 618-240-1850 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan in Olney, where it will be sorted and then distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(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) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, it also is continuing for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details and information, logon at www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County School District has announced it is once again offering walking hours at all three of its facilities in Olney – all walkers are required to fill out a registration form at the main office of appropriate school prior to participating in the program and those taking part are asked to “log-in” daily upon entering and “log-out” upon leaving the school of their choice, however all walking hours are in effect only on days when school is in session – the walking hours at the Richland County High School & Richland County Elementary School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:30 each morning – the walking hours at the Richland County Middle School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:15 each morning – all Richland County citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity offered by the Richland County School District at all three of its school facilities – if questions, call the District Office at 618-395-2324.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at 618-392-6341 – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : also today at the American Legion Hall in Centralia from 11:00 to 6:00 : tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00 : next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00 : Monday at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00 : blood drives also next week in Flora, Mattoon, and Effingham  : all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies throughout our area & the Midwest.

 

REMINDERS :  

   The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held tomorrow evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call 618-783-9284

   The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar tomorrow from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton

   It’s a fundraiser tomorrow from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Flora Eagles Lodge to benefit Lori Persinger – it’s chili & desserts at noon by donation at the door, plus a silent auction, cornhole tournament, a live auction, live music, and raffle tickets to win a 12 gauge shotgun – proceeds to help with medical expenses

   The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast tomorrow morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need

   The White Squirrel Saddle Club’s Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser is tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the $15 tickets are on sale at local banks or $20 at the door – also special music & raffle tickets for an iron wall hanging – proceeds for the Gaitway to Motion program

  

November 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Quiet weather is expected during the short term as a high pressure ridge will keep up dry & cool with some sunshine today – but more clouds build in tonight with slightly warmer air moving in tomorrow, with scattered rain Friday afternoon thru Saturday morning – then colder air moves in for a dry Sunday and what appears to be a dry first half of the week, next week, leading up to Thanksgiving – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois forest landowners stand to be paid record-high prices for their mature forest trees and logs on farm and forest holdings, thanks to outstanding market prices for hardwood logs and lumber – the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Forest Resources is urging landowners to consult with a professional forester before agreeing to sell – the IDNR maintains a “Call Before You Cut” toll-free hotline to get advice and more information – call  888-244-1706  or logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Water Survey shows temperatures and precipitation were both above  the long-term average in Illinois in October  :  the state’s average temperature last month was 58.1 degrees, that was 3.7 degrees above the long-term average  :  Illinois’ average precipitation for October was 4.80 inches, just over an inch & a half (1.56) above the long-term average  :  soil moisture increased throughout the state in October at depths from 2 to 39 inches – levels at 59 inches remained steady  :  and the state’s water surface levels at the end of last month were below the full pool or target level at 22 of the 25 reporting reservoirs.

 

(NEWTON)  Local and area farmers are reminded that ballots have been mailed to those eligible to vote in the 2017 FSA County Committee elections – the deadline to return the ballots or to make sure all votes have been submitted is Monday, December 4th, less than three weeks away – those elected will begin their 3 year terms on January 1st, 2018 – farmers that did not receive a ballot can pick one up at their local FSA office.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is still recruiting Bucket Brigade volunteers in preparation of this year’s Olney Christmas Lights Display – Bucket Brigade volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of donations at the end of the Christmas Lights Display with all funds collected to help maintain and expand the annual light display – every year, thousands of people travel through the Olney City Park each holiday season to see the Lights Display, which is one of the largest and most unique of its kind in the Midwest – various organizations, church groups, businesses, even families, and others are asked to volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift, which begin November 23rd, one week from today and continue through December 31st – to sign up, call the Olney City Hall at  618-395-7302, extension 3, during regular office hours.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff's Department still has applications available for the 2017 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop with a Cop” Program at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton – the children must be Jasper County residents & must be between the ages of  3 and 14 – parents who would like their children to participate, must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00 on November 24th, that’s one week from tomorrow – the Department wants all Jasper County children to have a happy holiday.

 

OLNEY)  The Scouts of Richland County will be out making the rounds throughout Olney this Saturday, picking up those Annual Food Drive bags that they left at most city-wide homes last weekend – the food collection begins at 9:00 Saturday morning – residents are asked to make sure their bags with nonperishable food items are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at  618-240-1850  or Joshua at  618-354-7757 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan where it will be sorted and then distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at  618-392-6341  – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 


(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis has the final two identity theft seminars this week coming up tomorrow, offered in conjunction with the Illinois Attorney General’s office – the seminars are Friday morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Fairfield and Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Senior Center in downtown Olney  :  for more details or to RSVP, call the Representative’s Olney office at  618-392-0108.

 

(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 Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held this Saturday evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call  618-783-9284


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton


    It’s fundraiser this Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Flora Eagles Lodge to benefit Lori Persinger – it’s chili & desserts at noon by donation at the door, plus a silent auction, cornhole tournament, a live auction, live music, and raffle tickets to win a 12 gauge shotgun – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club’s Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser is tomorrow night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the $15 tickets are on sale at local banks or $20 at the door – also special music & raffle tickets for an iron wall hanging – proceeds for the Gaitway to Motion program


    It’s the annual Guitars in the Night this Thursday night at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center starting at 6:30, Illinois time – admission is free – features classic and acoustic guitar music from several Vincennes University music students, plus other guests – all are invited to attend tonight in Vincennes


    The Kistler-Patterson Funeral Homes will host a free “Grief Seminar” this evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library – the guest speaker will give information on how to deal with the various states of grief and finding comfort after a loss – all are invited to the free seminar – to RSVP, call  395-4343  today

 

 

 

November 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front moves across Illinois today our widespread rain showers will end this afternoon with a little cooler air in place with sunshine tomorrow – then another frontal boundary moves thru with more rain chances by Friday afternoon, continuing thru Friday night before ending early Saturday morning – then dry and cool for the weekend ahead, plus into the first part of next week as well – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health is recognizing this week as U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, a time to decrease the misuse of antibiotics & protect people from the dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria – the IDPH reminds everyone that antibiotics do not cure viral infections such as colds, the flu, most sore throats, most coughs & bronchitis, many sinus infections, & many ear infections – while antibiotics are crucial in treating many diseases, when they are used incorrectly or unnecessarily, which happens more than 50% of the time according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, bacteria become resistant to antibiotics – for more, check the Department of Public Health’s website online.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens with the first three days of firearm hunting this weekend, November 17th thru 19th -  hunters around the state are reminded to make safety their top priority throughout all of Illinois’ busiest hunting seasons – State DNR stats show there were 29 hunting incidents last year during all seasons and 23 of those involved hunters falling from elevated tree stands or falling while climbing into or out of tree stands – all hunters are encouraged to take additional precautions to ensure safety “first” while in the woods this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in all regional counties.

 

(NEWTON)  Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging all families in Illinois to read together tomorrow night as Thursday, November 16th, is Illinois’ Family Reading Night 2017 – this year’s theme is “Reading by Design” as thousands of colorful posters and bookmarks have been distributed by the Illinois State Library to libraries, schools, and literacy programs all across the state to promote Family Reading Night events – tomorrow night is the night that all families are encouraged to turn off televisions, computers, phones, video games, and other electronic devices and spend time reading together, whether its one hour or more – for more information, check the Secretary’s website, at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the tentative 2017 Tax Levy which is payable in 2018 for the District’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget – the final Levy will be considered at the next regular meeting  :  in the District’s financial report – noted the State has issued vouchers to the District of at least $1.6 million  :  noted that the 2017 Illinois School Report Cards were recently released with information provided about student academic performance and more – the card for Richland County Schools can be found on the District’s website at  www.rccu1.net  :  reviewed the recent school safety issues and the District’s Emergency Operations Plan  :  heard a report from the Richland County FACTS (Facility Advisory Committee for Tomorrow’s Students) group with its three main recommendations concerning the long-range facility improvement plan for the District  :  noted a new award created by the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association in honor of long-time Middle School Coach Rick Franklin – not only will the Longevity Award be in honor of Coach Franklin, but he’ll be the first recipient of the award  :  noted this week being observed as American Education Week, with today being observed as School Board Members Day  :  and after a 98 minute closed session, the Board accepted the resignation of RCES Special Education Teacher Amy Hallam  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the Richland County School Board will be Thursday, December 21st, in Olney.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  approved the total estimate of the 2017 Tax Levy in the amount of $72,033, an increase of 4.99% over last year  :  adopted a resolution to celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial with a flag raising service December 4th  :  agreed to adop the Village’s Codebook, codifying all existing ordinances with changes & modifications, including when visitors can speak at Village Board meetings, maximum hours for part-time employees, clarify what banks can be utilized, updated motor vehicle policies, and more  :  noted that Village Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th, for Thanksgiving  :  noted the Olney Christmas Parade will be Saturday, November 25th, at 6:00  :  noted that the Village’s leaf collection is continuing as residents can call Village Hall for pickup  :  the Noble Village Board’s next regular meeting will be November 27th.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Today marks the ninth statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois – the theme for this year is “Leading By Learning” – we hope you’ll join us in saying “thanks” to all of our local school board of education members who are dedicated to doing what it takes to make sure our local students are provided with the best possible education & learning environment – all are appreciated.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at  618-392-6341  – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(OLNEY)  The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney is still accepting orders for its Holiday Poinsettia Sale – the plants are priced at $10 each with three colors available, either pink, red, or white – orders are being accepted by calling  618-395-7340, extension 4009 – the order deadline is a week from today, November 22nd – the one day pickup date is December 7th – call and place your order now.

 

(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 Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held this Saturday evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call  618-783-9284


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton


    The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the in advance $15 tickets are on sale at all local banks or call Angie at  309-224-1445  – the tickets are $20 at the door – special music from Wes Hagen & Megan Brant – raffle tickets on sale for an original Anthony Slichenmeyer iron wall hanging – all proceeds go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club and its Gaitway to Motion program for area children


    The Kistler-Patterson Funeral Homes will host a free “Grief Seminar” tomorrow evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library – the guest speaker will give information on how to deal with the various states of grief and finding comfort after a loss – all are invited to the free seminar – to RSVP, call  395-4343


    Olney Central College will host another Job Fair today from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gym – it’s open to all OCC students and to the general public as well – check in out today at Olney Central College

 

 

 

November 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With another dry day on tap, we’ll see some sunshine with some high clouds as well – then our next chance of rain moves in late tonight, overnight, and continues thru tomorrow morning – then quiet weather expected Wednesday night thru the day on Thursday before another disturbance brings us rain Friday afternoon thru early Saturday morning – then cooler for Saturday and Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity yesterday marked the beginning of Apprenticeship Week 2017 by recognizing leaders across industry, education, and government who support apprenticeships and in turn, prepare our next generation of workers – data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows Illinois has 13,754 registered apprentices, with 486 active Registered Apprenticeship Programs, and 296 sponsors, which includes community colleges & businesses.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police has released the enforcement figures for the month of October – District 12 Troopers answered 238 calls for service and initiated 1,619 incidents in the field – the enforcement stats totaled 726 citations and 961 written warnings, including 256 speeding tickets, 100 seat belt citations, 84 criminal arrests, and 7 DUI’s – Troopers assisted 190 motorists, conducted 429 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 103 traffic crashes, which involved zero fatalities – during October, there were 384 citations issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including DUI, failure to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, & speeding – District 12 includes the ten area counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – cooler temperatures and some rainfall were common across the state last week – Illinois’ average temperature last week was 37.3 degrees, 5.7 degrees below normal – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged nearly a half inch of rain (0.47), almost a quarter of an inch (0.24) below normal – as of Sunday, the state’s corn harvest was 90% complete and soybeans were 95% complete  :  farmers in our ten county area report 96% of both the local corn and soybeans have been harvested – while many farmers have finished harvesting, others are close to wrapping things up this fall.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to consider the 2017 Tax Levy, not to exceed a 4.99% increase – the actual Tax Levy will be considered at the Council’s next meeting on November 27th  :  approved a multi-year lease between the City of Olney and the Olney Little League  :  accepted the three year proposal from Kemper CPA Group for audit services for the City of Olney  :  approved an amendment to the City’s agreement for electric aggregation, which will result in slightly lower electric prices  for customers starting next February  :  approved a request from the East Fork Bassmasters & others to host a fishing tournament on East Fork Lake next June 2nd, 2018  :  accepted the $35,960 state bid for a new 2017 Ford Interceptor squad car for the Olney Police Department  :  agreed to reject all bids for new concrete at the Olney City Park Storage Building – agreed to rebid the project next spring  :  approved two raffle license requests as presented  :  and noted that the Whittle Avenue repaving project is officially complete  :  the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be November 27th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow, November 15th, will mark the ninth statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois – the theme for this year is “Leading By Learning” – the Richland County School District and WSEI invites everyone to help say “thank you” to our local school board of education members who are dedicated to doing what it takes to make sure our local students are provided with the best possible education and learning environment – the members of the Richland County School Board are  :
* Jeff Wilson – President
* Alex Cline – Vice-President
* Leon Redman – Secretary
* Carolyne Brooks
* Steve Kinkade
* Cindy Lockley
* Steve Marrs

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Tomorrow, November 15th, will mark the ninth statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois – the theme for this year is “Leading By Learning” – the Jasper County School District and WIKK invites everyone to help say “thank you” to our local school board of education members who are dedicated to doing what it takes to make sure our local students are provided with the best possible education & learning environment – the members of the Jasper County School Board are  :
* Jon Fulton – President
* Gordon Millsap – Vice-President
* Holly Farley – Secretary
* Jed Earnest
* Mandy Rieman
* Melissa Stanley
* Rob Street

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis is hosting four identity theft seminars this week, offered in conjunction with the Illinois Attorney General’s office – the seminars are  :  this morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Mt. Carmel  :  this afternoon at 1:30 at the Wabash Valley Christian Retirement Village in Carmi  :  then Friday morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center in Fairfield  :  and Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Senior Center in Olney  :  for more details or to RSVP, call Reis’ Olney office at  618-392-0108.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College Instructor David Denton will discuss his most recent article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and explore new revelations associated with the case during a presentation tonight at 6:30  in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – Denton’s in-depth work features details gathered from recently declassified documents – during tonight’s presentation, Denton will explore the potential forces behind the JFK assassination & discuss new issues – all are invited.

 

(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  :  tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Our two local school board’s have their regular monthly meetings tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets at 6:30 in the District Administrative Office in Newton  :  the Richland County School Board meets at 7:00 in the Board Meeting Room in Olney  :  both are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held this Saturday evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call  618-783-9284


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton


    The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this Saturday morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including deer hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser this Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the in advance $15 tickets are on sale at all local banks or call Angie at  309-224-1445  – the tickets are $20 at the door – special music from Wes Hagen & Megan Brant – raffle tickets on sale for an original Anthony Slichenmeyer iron wall hanging – all proceeds go to the White Squirrel Saddle Club and its Gaitway to Motion program for area children


    The Kistler-Patterson Funeral Homes will host a free “Grief Seminar” this Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Olney Public Library – the guest speaker will give information on how to deal with the various states of grief and finding comfort after a loss – all are invited to the free seminar – to RSVP, call  395-4343


    Olney Central College will host another Job Fair tomorrow from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gym – it’s open to all OCC students and to the general public as well – check in out this Wednesday at OCC