April 15, 2017


(OLNEY)  As the frontal boundary hanging over the Midwest stays north of our downstate area for one more day, we’ll see dry, windy, and warm conditions today – then everything starts to move with the approaching cold front, bringing us rain chances tonight and thru the day tomorrow, on Easter Sunday – then more on-and-off rain chances next Monday thru Thursday – stay tuned for weather updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – with only three days left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can – an estimated 1 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed – the April 18th deadline is next Tuesday – logon at  www.tax.illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  A new ad campaign is underway during April’s recognition as National Donate Life Month – currently, there are more than 6.1 million people that are registered to become organ / tissue donors in Illinois, although approximately 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting on an organ transplant – during this month, libraries in Illinois are passing out organ/tissue donor materials, plus health fairs, schools, colleges, and hospitals are hosting donor drives and more – for more information or details on becoming an organ / tissue donor, go online at  www.LifeGoesOn.com.


(OLNEY)  The American Red Cross has announced a Zero to Hero Training coming up on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Mt. Vernon, at the Drury Inn & Suites – those in the downstate region interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can get on the fast track by attending the event to be trained as a disaster services volunteer in one weekend, all sponsored by the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – to get more information or to register for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training, call Samuel Evans at  217-622-0270  or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – that’s April 21st thru 23rd next week.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Development Corporation, in collaboration with the U of  I Extension, is hosting a free “Marketing Your Small Business” workshop next Tuesday night, April 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00, at the Extension Office, at 306 South Fair Street, in Olney – the workshop will cover various topics, including the five P’s of marketing, elements of a marketing plan, standing out in the marketplace, building a brand, and methods for message delivery – seating is limited, so signup now – call the RCDC office in Olney, at  618-392-2305, or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – all local & area business owners invited.



    The Olney Elks #926 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning at 11:00 in the Olney City Park with different sections per age group – there will be prizes, cash, coupons, & candy in the eggs, plus free hot dogs served after the hunt – all children ages zero to ten years old are invited to take part

    The Steber Family Farms Relay For Life Team has another pork burger and bake sale today at the Olney IGA, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer

    The Runyon Jungle “Wild For A Cure” Relay For Life Team has a fundraising cookout today at CVS in Olney with serving from 10:00 until 2:00 – includes pork burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, bratwursts, plenty of baked goodies, & more – plus the Easter Bunny – proceeds to fight cancer

    The Newton Community High School will host a Zombie 5K Run / Crawl this morning at Peterson Park in Newton, from 8:00 to 10:00 – signup forms are available in the NCHS office

    A fundraising bake sale is this morning from now until 11:00 at Parklanes in Newton – it’s all in support of Down Syndrome Awareness – so please make plans to stop by and help out in the effort

    And with this Easter weekend upon us, we encourage everyone to take time and attend one or more of the many church services in our downstate area – whether tonight, tomorrow morning, or Sunday evening