August 9, 2017


(OLNEY)  It’s another nice summer day on tap for this Wednesday with nearly a repeat of yesterday’s weather conditions, although a few clouds will move through this afternoon – with more clouds tomorrow, an unexpected weak cold front will move thru, giving us scattered rain chances Friday thru Friday night – a dry Saturday could be followed by some spotty showers that night, then dry on Sunday – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed a bill into law to allow 16 and 17 year olds to become organ & tissue donors if they so wish – signing the Drive for Life Act into law will give hundreds of thousands of additional Illinoisans the opportunity to join the organ donor registry each year – however, parents and/or guardians do have the right to revoke consent until a teenager turns 18 years old – in Illinois alone, more than 4,700 people are on the organ transplant waiting list while some 300 people die each year waiting for an organ – Illinois is now the 48th state to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register as organ donors.


(NEWTON)  The Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade tomorrow night will be three families of long-time State Fair vendors – officials announced yesterday that the Vose, Cullers, and Coleman families will be honored at the introductory parade – while Culler’s Fries has been a fixture on the Fairgrounds for 72 years, Coleman’s Concessions has set up shop on the Fairgrounds since 1965 and Vose’s Corn Dog Stand has been staffed by three generations of Voses – admission to the Fairgrounds is reduced for tomorrow’s Preview Day, plus all carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 5:00 with discounted prices – then following the Twilight Parade, a free concert in the grandstand will feature the classic rock band, Foghat – the State Fair officially starts Friday and runs thru all of next week on the Fairgrounds up in Springfield – for more details on the Fair, logon at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will a week from today, on August 16th, welcome back approximately 2,400 students for the 2017-2018 school year with the first day of classes to begin at 8:00 that morning, followed by an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon – in fact, the District will follow the 2:10 early dismissal schedule for the rest of next week, on Thursday and Friday as well – Superintendent Larry Bussard says the District, from the teachers in the classroom to support staff in all of the schools, consider it an honor and privilege to work with the students and families of Richland County – meanwhile, the District reminds the public and all stakeholders that the FACTS Community Engagement Program, which was implemented earlier this spring to share ideas and gather input and suggestions to develop a long-range plan for the District’s facilities, will continue with three more sessions this fall – the next upcoming Community Engagement Session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 12th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, beginning at 6:30, with any member of the community welcome to attend and offer input.


(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 this past Monday morning – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was only four tenths of an inch of rain (0.40) in Noble Township, followed by Preston Township with three tenths of an inch (0.30), both Madison Township and the Farm Bureau Office in Olney with one tenth of an inch (0.10), and Decker Township with five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.05) – the remaining five townships in Richland County had no official rainfall recorded, including Denver, German, Olney, Claremont, and Bonpas – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirty-five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.35) during the seven day recording period.


(NEWTON)  The next Women in the Outdoors event is coming up a week from this Saturday, on August 19th, at the Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event will be held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the State Park and is open to all area females, ages 14 and older – with a wide variety of activities offered with expert instructors using a hands-on approach, the list includes basketweaving, geocaching, herb planting, tree & plant identification, shot-gunning, archery, canoeing, handgun safety, and more – pre-registration is required in advance – call Michelle now to register or for more details, at  812-881-5389 – it’s a chance for women of all walks of life, including singles, grandmothers, moms, daughters, and granddaughters, young and old alike, to get outdoors for quality time together away from home, work, and/or school – call today.


(OLNEY)  In news from the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson has announced that its list of fall semester classes will include the Broadband Telecom Program, which begins a week from tomorrow on August 17th – for the third year in a row, every graduate in the program found a job in the broadband telecom industry  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel has announced that evening registration will be held a week from today on Wednesday, August 16th, and a week from next Monday, August 21st, from 4:30 to 6:30 each evening – this will accommodate students who cannot register during the day  :  and Frontier Community College in Fairfield has announced it will host a Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing event on Monday afternoon, August 21st, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 – with the Fairfield area expected to experience 98% coverage of the total eclipse, the public is invited to bring lawn chairs – special eclipse glasses will be provided for safe direct viewing – area grade & high school classes are also invited  :  for more on these & other classes & events, check the respective college websites online, at  www.iecc.edu.


(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  This coming Saturday, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, this Saturday morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, call the church office, at  618-783-3744.


(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supply in our downstate region.


(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – all parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours on this Wednesday – once school begins a week from today, on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the Richland County High School office either before or after school.


REMINDERS :       
    The Silk Purse Thrift Store in the former Samuel Music Building in Effingham, will hold its bi-annual bag sale this Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – items for sale include clothing, shoes, toys, linens, books, & more – it’s a bag for $4 – the Store will also be open this Friday, the 11th, from 9:00 to 7:00, with all items marked down 50% – the Store will be closed next week, Monday and Tuesday for cleaning & restocking

    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for this Friday, the 11th, for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for supper at Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD today at  866-389-7536

    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited

    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” today and tomorrow, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County has rescheduled its “Back To School Swim Party” – it will now be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – all bigs, littles, and their families are invited – children must be accompanied by an adult – refreshments will be available