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May 21, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A warm front will continue to lift northward across the midwest this weekend as an associated low pressure strengthens over the upper plains – therefore, showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread today & tomorrow, with some severe conditions possible – then more chances of scattered rain & storms continue thru the first part of next week before ending by next Wednesday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Pat Quinn says he agrees that information about gun owners around Illinois should be confidential – the State Senate yesterday voted 42 to 1 to prohibit releasing the names of FOID cardholders – this following the House vote of 98 to 12 in favor to prohibit the move back in March – the Governor said yesterday that he agrees with the State Police in refusing to release the names of the 1.3 million FOID cardholders – the Associated Press wanted the records under the Freedom of Information Act.

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office reminds all landowners that the first installment of real estate taxes is due on June 1st, that’s a week from next Wednesday – the County’s second installment is due on September 1st, plus the mobile home taxes are due on July 31st – if property owners in Richland County have any questions, feel free to call or stop by the Treasurer’s office, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 until 4:00.

(NEWTON)  Application forms are still available for those who have jobs for this year’s Jasper County “Honey Do Work Week” – the forms are at all area banks, most area churches, the Health Department offices, the Senior Citizens Center, & the ERBA office in Newton – all paperwork must be returned by June 1st – the“Work Week” is set for July 18th thru 22nd – to volunteer time and/or money, call 783-8534.

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus continues to offer community office hours to allow area folks to share with a member of his staff about various concerns – a Shimkus staff member will be in Lawrence and Jasper Counties next Thursday, May 26th – at the Bridgeport City Hall from 11:00 til 12:30 & at the Willow Hill Township Building from 1:30 til 3:00 – no appointments needed – plus, the Congressman’s regional office in Olney is open Thursday’s by calling 618-392-7737 – or on go online at www.shimkus.house.gov.

(OLNEY)  The American Cancer Society’s “Walk N Roll of Richland County” is today in the Olney City Park from 12 noon until midnight – today’s Opening Ceremony at noon will be followed by all types of entertainment & activities – the Survivor Dedication Ceremony at 6:00 will be followed by music & the Luminary Ceremony – all are encouraged to come out & support this year’s “Walk N Roll” in Olney.

REMINDERS
    The Carnegie Museum & Heritage House Museum, both in Olney, are open tomorrow afternoon, from 1:30 until 4:00, at both locations – admission is free and all are invited for tours of each site
    Richland County HomeFront has a fundraising cookout today from 10:00 until 2:00 at the Dollar General Store in Olney – get a ribeye sandwich, chips, & drink for only $5 – proceeds go for Troop care packages
    The “Charity Motorcycle Run” is today with a 10:00 signup at the Olney VFW – beginning at 11:00, the trip will stop in Grayville, Mt Carmel, Lawrenceville, & Robinson – proceeds go to Shriners’ Hospitals
    It’s the U.S. Route 50 Garage Sale Day today as most communities along the major highway are hosting “garage sales” today – this includes the Villages of Noble, Clay City, & others as well
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    It’s the Main Street Farmer’s Market this morning in downtown Olney, from 7:00 until 11:00, just north of the Main Street / Whittle Avenue intersection – stop by and see what’s available
    And if you’re out & traveling this weekend, make sure you’re “buckled up” and observe all the “rules of the road” while driving around Southeastern & South Central Illinois – look out for those tractors & deer

May 20, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As large low pressure system to our southwest teams up with an associated warm front, showers & scattered thunderstorms will be widespread for downstate Illinois late tonight thru the first of next week – as warmer air moves in, the threat of severe weather conditions is possible this weekend – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  The first of the legislative maps drawn by State Democrats was unveiled yesterday – the new Senate legislative map shows major shifts in most of the downstate Republican Senators’ districts – not only does the proposed map shift more power to Northern Illinois, but it would pit Republican incumbent against incumbent in the 2012 election – the only lawmakers drawn out of their districts are Republicans.

(OLNEY)  A group of lawmakers believe the State Comptroller should take control of the College Illinois program which is currently controlled by a “governor-appointed board” – a recent audit found the program has a $300 million deficit for pre-paid college tuitions – the call comes amid some changes on the Board.

(NEWTON)  Making a weekend trip? – the state’s average price of low grade gasoline is falling, currently at $4.13 per gallon, that’s 26 cents higher than the national average of $3.87 per gallon – the Chicago area still has the state’s highest priced gas at $4.89 while the Champaign and Belleville areas have the lowest quotes at around $3.69 – our ten county average price is running between $3.95 and $4.15 per gallon.

(OLNEY)  During this Emergency Medical Services Week, the Illinois Department of Public Health has honored seven people & organizations for their herioc acts of courage – all but one of those recognized were from the counties of DuPage, Cook, and McLean – from our area, a Clark County paramedic is being posthumously awarded for his exemplary performance while on duty – paramedic Richard Poorman, was tragically killed in the line of duty last October 9th, in 2010, while attending to a patient, his ambulance was hit by a truck – the State notes that two-thirds of all emergency service personnel in Illinois are volunteer.

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night – the Board  :  noted that the State still owes the district nearly $1.1 million in back payments  :  approved the first reading of a new policy dealing with “lice control” within the district  :  approved the CNA agreement with Richland Memorial Hospital  :  approved student fees for the 2011-2012 school year with only a few slight increases  :  & approved several personnel moves after a 71-minute closed session – accepted three resignations due to retirement, effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, from ERHS Nurse Angela Davis, ERMS Teacher Nancy Wallace, & ERES Teacher Marsha Groves – accepted the resignation from ERES Teacher Sherry Baker, effective at the end of this school year – agreed to recall six teachers that were RIF’d earlier this year for the 2011-2012 school year – hired the list of ERHS fall & winter coaches – approved the 2011-2012 ERMS extra curricular list  :  the East Richland School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be held June 16th in Olney.

(NEWTON)  At its meeting earlier this week, the Jasper County School Board heard additional information on several topics  :  the new PTO vision was presented after meetings were recently held by PTO officers at all three elementary schools within the district  :  noted a summary from the district’s pre-construction May 16th meeting, along with a timetable of construction start & end dates – also noted that photo updates will be linked to the district’s website documenting renovation progress on a bi-weekly basis  :  noted that the real estate proceedings on Muddy West School have been closed & ownership transferred on May 13th  :  noted the district’s insurance rates with Egyptian Trust Insurance will increase by 18% next fiscal year, along with changes to other related benefits  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be June 20th in Newton.

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus continues to offer community office hours to allow area folks to share with a member of his staff about various concerns – a Shimkus staff member will be in Lawrence and Jasper Counties next Thursday, May 26th – at the Bridgeport City Hall from 11:00 til 12:30 & at the Willow Hill Township Building from 1:30 til 3:00 – no appointments needed – plus, the Congressman’s regional office in Olney is open Thursday’s by calling 618-392-7737 – or on go online at www.shimkus.house.gov.

(OLNEY)  The American Cancer Society’s “Walk N Roll of Richland County” is tomorrow in the Olney City Park from 12 noon until midnight – tomorrow’s Opening Ceremony at noon will be followed by all types of entertainment & activities – the Survivor Dedication Ceremony at 6:00 will be followed by music & the Luminary Ceremony – all are urged to come out & support this year’s “Walk N Roll” in Olney.

REMINDERS
    The Carnegie Museum & Heritage House Museum, both in Olney, are open this Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 until 4:00, at both locations – admission is free and all are invited for tours of each site
    Richland County HomeFront has a fundraising cookout tomorrow from 10:00 til 2:00 at the Olney Dollar General Store – a ribeye sandwich, chips, & drink for only $5 – proceeds go for care packages
    The Ainad Shrine Riders “Charity Motorcycle Run” is tomorrow with a 10:00 signup at the Olney VFW – the 147 mile trip begins at 11:00, with stops in Grayville, Mt Carmel, Lawrenceville, & Robinson – it’s open to the public with all the proceeds to benefit Shriners’ Hospitals for Children
    It’s the U.S. Route 50 Garage Sale Day tomorrow as some communities along the major highway have City-wide “garage sales” tomorrow – this includes the Villages of Noble, Clay City, & others as well
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open tomorrow morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon - the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    It’s the Main Street Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning in downtown Olney, from 7:00 til 11:00, just north of the Main Street / Whittle Avenue intersection – stop by and see what’s available
    The next area blood drives : today from 12 noon til 4:00 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney : also today from 2:00 til 6:00 at the Cumberland County Health Department Offices in Toledo : all types needed
    The Newton Firefighters have a fundraising “porkburger cookout” today at the Newton KC Hall with serving from 11:00 til 1:00 – orders of 10 or more delivered – place an order by calling 618-562-9925
    Congrats to the West Richland High School Class of 2011 – their graduation is tonight at 7:30 in Noble

May 19, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As a southerly wind flow kicks in today, we’ll see a warmup now thru the weekend, and as a warm front stays to our southwest, most of the rain will stay away for another day or so – as a low pressure moves thru Saturday, our rain chances increase from Friday night thru Sunday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that puts protective measures in place for cyber stalking victims – now, the victims have the right to file “stalking no-contact orders” whether or not they know their stalker – current numbers show that 71% of women who are murdered in Illinois, were actually stalked first.

(OLNEY)  An investigation into the high rate of workers’ compensation awards at Menard Correctional Center has left two arbitrators on paid administrative leave – taking effect in February, the duo is still receiving nearly $10,000 each per month – they’re under scrutiny for giving out $10 million in questionable workers’ comp claims to prison guards who claimed injury from turning keys & closing cell doors.

(NEWTON)  Federal prosecutors expect to rest their case against Rod Blagojevich today – the prosecution reportedly has four more witnesses to present in the ousted Governor’s retrial – U.S. District Judge James Zagel told the defense yesterday to be ready to call witnesses at the start of next week – while the former Governor says he plans to testify in his own defense against corruption charges, he’s made no guarantees.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met earlier this week – the Board  :  reviewed the latest Student Satisfaction Survey of IECC attendees – at least 95% of the 471 surveyed, said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of instruction & believe they were treated with respect as an individual – more than 90% said they would definitely or probably recommend IECC to others  :  approved the renewing of the District’s general insurance with Indiana Insurance & Wells Fargo – includes a 4% hike for the existing coverage, plus a 16% increase in workers’ comp premium  :  thirteen affiliation agreements between the IECC & area health care related businesses & offices dealing with the nursing, pharmacy tech, & medical assistant programs  :  & approved a Memorandum of Agreement with SIU Carbondale, offering concurrent enrollment & baccalaureate completion courses to qualified IECC students  :  the IECC Board’s next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for June 21st down at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel.

(NEWTON)  While this week’s USDA Crop Report shows nearly five days suitable for fieldwork last week, farmers are using this week’s dry weather for the first few days of real fieldwork in the downstate region – as of yesterday, nearly 80% of the state’s corn has been planted with 20% of soybeans now seeded – locally, in our ten county area, farmers last week thru yesterday, have planted over a third of the intended acreage to corn, with some bean acreage as well – farmers are reminded to think “safety” first this spring.

(OLNEY)  The American Cancer Society’s “Walk N Roll of Richland County” is coming up this Saturday in the Olney City Park from noon til midnight – the Opening Ceremony at 12 noon will be followed by all types of entertainment & activities at the Band Shell from 12:30 until 6:00 – then the Survivor Dedication Ceremony will be followed by inspirational music at 7:00 and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9:00 – everyone is encouraged to come on out & support this year’s “Walk N Roll of Richland County” on Saturday.

(NEWTON)  While young ladies are being sought for the Fair Queen Pageant, another Jasper County Fair Pageant is quickly approaching – entries are currently being accepted for the Little Miss Pageant to be held during the Queen Contest on Saturday night, June 25th, at 7:30, on the Fairgrounds in Newton – it’s for girls between 3 & 6 years old as each girl will be performing in a party dress & swimsuit – the first informational meeting will be May 31st at 5:30 at the Fairgrounds – for more details, call Melyssa at 618-553-1196.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will hold a five day “Manufacturing Camp” for area high school students on June 13th thru 17th, from 9:00 til 3:00 each day – sponsored by a federal grant, the special camp will be held at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel & at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson with transportation provided with various local pickup points around the IECC District – several topics will be covered – registration is free & lunches will be provided – space is limited – call Kathy at 618-395-4653.

(OLNEY)  Congressman Shimkus is in the 19th Congressional District today – the Collinsville lawmaker will make a stop in Richland County this morning, stopping by the East Richland Middle School to speak to a government class – other stops planned as well by Congressman John Shimkus today thru the weekend.

REMINDERS
    Find out more about Multiple Sclerosis by attending the new “Talk MS Group” which will meet next Monday night at 7:00 at Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s on the fourth Monday of each month
    Richland County HomeFront has a fundraising cookout this Saturday from 10:00 til 2:00 at the Olney Dollar General Store – a ribeye sandwich, chips, & drink for only $5 – proceeds go for care packages
    The Ainad Shrine Riders “Charity Motorcycle Run” is this Saturday with a 10:00 signup at the Olney VFW – then leaving at 11:00, the 147 mile trip includes stops in Grayville, Nisbet, Indiana, Mt Carmel, Lawrenceville, & Robinson – it’s open to the public, all to benefit Shriners’ Hospitals for Children
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this Saturday morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon - the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    The next area blood drives : tomorrow from 2:00 til 6:00 at the Cumberland County Health Department Offices in Toledo : also tomorrow, from 12 noon til 4:00 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney
    The Newton Firefighters have a fundraising “porkburger cookout” tomorrow at the Newton KC Hall with serving from 11:00 til 1:00 – orders of 10 or more delivered – place an order by calling 618-562-9925
    The Pacific Cycle “walk n roll” team still has tickets on sale to win an afghan and/or quilt – all proceeds go to the local fight against cancer – the drawing will be tomorrow – for tickets, call 618-393-5001
    Energy-saving tips will be presented by a weatherization expert tonight in the OCC Banquet Room, starting at 6:30 – it’s free for those who pre-register by calling Olney Central College at 618-395-7777
    The East Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for May tonight in the Unit Office Board Room, beginning at 7:30 – as always, the meeting is open to the public

May 18, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system will continue to spin over the Ohio River Valley today, which could give us a spotty shower thru tonight – a high pressure ridge will give us a dry day tomorrow, but an approaching system will bring in warmer air & more rain chances for the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  More than 25 mayors, village presidents, and county board officials from around Illinois will converge on the State Capitol today – their goal is to prevent lawmakers from cutting state-collected local government revenues, which may force higher taxes & deeper local cuts – this is in response to proposals in Springfield of the state collecting and keeping more than its share of revenue from local entities in Illinois.

(OLNEY)  Soldiers and their immediate family members may soon have greater flexibility in renewing their expired driver’s licenses – a bill unanimously cleared in both the State House & Senate yesterday and now heads to the Governor’s desk – if signed into law, they’ll have an additional 30 days to renew – however, the soldier’s or family member’s license would have to of expired during the soldier’s overseas deployment.

(NEWTON)  State Senator John O. Jones held a media conference call yesterday to discuss the latest issues facing the General Assembly – the Mt Vernon lawmaker expects the legislative remap to be unveiled later today, leading to speculation that the majorities in the Legislature have completed the Congressional and legislative boundary drawing process – also workers' compensation is an issue that has long plagued job growth in Illinois and it appears that the General Assembly could be on the cusp of passing some relief there – Jones finished the call by noting the budget discussions include two seperate total numbers approved in the different chambers last week with negotiations underway in hopes of meeting the May 31st deadline.

(OLNEY)  The Joint Emergency Dispatch System Board met this past Monday morning – as head of the lead agency in charge of the joint dispatch system, Sheriff Andy Hires submitted his recommendation to serve as the Board's Director of the Dispatch Center who would oversee the center’s daily operations – however, a 3 to 2 vote turned down the recommendation & no other appointment was suggested – the Board did discuss other issues, including the JEDS’ budget, policies & procedures, and other operation notes, but no other action was taken – the JEDS Board plans to meet again next Monday morning, May 23rd.

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council  :  approved a $166,578 payment to Kieffer Brothers Construction for work on the new water treatment plant – it was noted that the plant’s startup date is scheduled by the first of June  :  on a 7 to nothing vote, with one abstention, the Council hired Donna Watkins to fill a position in the City Treasurer’s office  :  on a 7 to 1 vote, accepted various bids on several surplus items  :  agreed to extend to Ameren to authorization to operate & maintain it’s gas utility system within the City of Newton  :  noted that the city swimming pool is being filled with opening day set for May 28th  :  noted the work continues in Newton of replacing various utility poles  :  noted that a special ceremony at NCHS was held to dedicate West Washington Street to Miss Carolyn Domineck (Miss “D”)  :  & after a 25 minute closed session, took no other action  :  the Council’s next regular meeting is June 7th.

(OLNEY)  Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,121 wild turkeys during the 2011 Spring Turkey Season – this compares to last spring's total of 16,565 but still short of the record harvest numbers from 2006 – despite the 93% increase in average rainfall statewide during the spring seasons, the turkey harvest was down only 5% from the previous five-year average – the flood conditions & weather during the next several weeks will be important in affecting the success of 2011 turkey nesting  :  Richland County hunters took 108 birds, seven more than a year ago  :  Jasper County hunters took 146 birds, twenty-one more than last year  :  all but two of the ten area counties had higher harvest numbers than a year ago.
 
(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Pageant Committee still has applications available for young ladies who are interested in the 2011 Jasper County Fair Queen Pageant – it’s for girls between 16 years of age and those who will not turn 22 years old by January 1st, 2012 – applications are available at the High School, at Joe’s Italian Foods, or at the Press Mentor office – it’s a great opportunity to represent Jasper County in a very special way – the application deadline is this Friday, May 20th – for details, call Lisa at 618-843-6379.

(OLNEY)  As part of this year's summer reading program, "A Midsummer Knight's Read", the Olney Public Library invites the community to take part in a "Castle Build-Off Competition" – folks can create their most mystical castle to be displayed at the library throughout the summer program – entries may be submitted by individuals, families, or groups, and need to be delivered to the library by May 27th, a week from this Friday – for more information or details, stop by or call the Olney Public Library, at 618-392-3711.

REMINDERS
    Richland County HomeFront has a fundraising cookout this Saturday from 10:00 til 2:00 at the Olney Dollar General Store – a ribeye sandwich, chips, & drink for only $5 – proceeds go for care packages
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this Saturday morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon - the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    The Murvin & Meier Oil Company team has a “walk n’ roll” fundraiser this Friday night at Chilly Willys in downtown Olney, from 4:00 til 10:00 – 20% of all receipts go to support the local fight against cancer
    The next area blood drive will be this Friday afternoon at the Cumberland County Health Department Offices in Toledo, from 2:00 until 6:00 – all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to give blood
    Energy-saving tips will be presented by a weatherization expert tomorrow night in the OCC Banquet Room, starting at 6:30 – it’s free for those who pre-register by calling OCC at 618-395-7777
    The East Richland School Board will have its regular monthly meeting for May tomorrow night in the Unit Office Board Room, beginning at 7:30 – as always, the meeting is open to the public

May 17, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  Conditions will remain dry across much of Illinois today although an upper level disturbance is curling around from neighboring Indiana, which will give us some cloud cover thru tonight & tomorrow – while most of the scattered rain stays to our south & east, we could see a stray shower – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  The state’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on a $31 billion capital spending program – a plan that’s been in jeopardy since a lower court declared it unconstitutional earlier this year – all because it provides funding from a variety of sources instead of only one, which appears to be a violation of the “single subject rule” – several construction projects are already underway thru the spending plan.

(OLNEY)  Lawmakers have held many meetings across the state giving voters a chance to give input on new legislative maps, but time is ticking away – with two weeks remaining until the May 31st deadline to pass a new map, Republican lawmakers have yet to see a draft of the proposed map, plus Democrats say the public will have time to weigh-in on the proposal – of course, changes are unlikely in less than two weeks.

(NEWTON)  State workers are required to take unpaid furlough days and now lawmakers may have to do the same – a Senate Committee voted eleven to one yesterday in favor of the measure – the Senate sponsor says the move will save the state some $1.2 million – the bill now moves to the Senate floor for a full vote.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board met last night in Noble – the Board  :  approved a three year contract with the District's new Superintendent, Gary R. Miller – the current K-8 Principal in Dallas City, Illinois will assume his new duties on July 1st, replacing outgoing Superintendent Anthony Galindo, who's resigning as of June 30th  :  approved the amended fiscal year 2011 budget with a less than $10,000 difference from the budget presented last fall  :  noted that the recent Junior High / High School roof repair is complete with the cost covered by warranty  :  noted the Elementary School roof damaged in last month's stormy winds will start being repaired later this week  :  approved the installation of a new fire alarm system at the Junior High / High School  :  approved the $10,000 rental of classroom space to SESE for Special Education use next year  :  approved an electronic transfer of state funds straight to the District, bypassing the ROE #12 office  :  approved changes to vacation & personal day times for all non-certified 12-month employees  :  the West Richland School Board's next regular monthly meeting will be June 20th.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night – the Board  :  placed the amended budget as presented on a 30-day layover for public inspection – the amended budget reflects the revenue of $2 million in Capital Projects bonds & $100,000 in Health Life Safety bonds  :  noted that the State owes the District $725,298 of the $2.7 million of mandated categorical payments for fiscal year 2011  :  renewed District’s student insurance for 2011-2012 with Jasper County Insurance  :  approved the Interschool Cooperative Agreement with St. Thomas School for junior high girls softball  :  noted that District buses will practice a dismissal trial run utilizing new procedures, including police observation, on May 25th  :  accepted the high bid of $6,500 for the sale of a District-owned lot in the James Hill Addition  :  and after a two-hour long closed session, the Board dealt with personnel – approved retirements from Karen Buettemeyer at the end of the 2014-2015 school year & from Randy Loy and Dave Staley both on December 31st, 2011 – approved resignations from NCHS Custodian Mike Cisney & from Assistant Principal Dave Parker – approved the transfer of Amy Tarr to Newton Elementary Asst. Principal – approved Kim Kessler as a District Special Needs Administrator  :  the Jasper County School Board’s next regular monthly meeting will be June 20th.

(OLNEY)  The American Cancer Society’s “Walk N Roll of Richland County” is coming up this Saturday in the Olney City Park from noon til midnight – the Opening Ceremony at 12 noon will be followed by all types of entertainment & activities at the Band Shell from 12:30 until 6:00 – then the Survivor Dedication Ceremony will be followed by inspirational music at 7:00 and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9:00 – everyone is encouraged to come on out & support this year’s “Walk N Roll of Richland County” on Saturday.

(NEWTON)  Teams can still signup for this year’s Jasper County “Relay For Life” to be held June 10th and 11th on The Square, in downtown Newton – the yearly “life changing event” gives everyone in communities across the world a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease – the night includes a Survivor’s Lap, a Luminaria Ceremony, a Fight Back Ceremony, & more – all donations are welcome – go online at www.relayforlifejasper.com.

(OLNEY)  Scholarship funds are available to East Richland High School graduates thru the Jim & Janet Williams Green Scholarship, with a mission to provide higher educational opportunities for ERHS grads with desire & financial need – eligibility information is available on the applications, which can be found on the East Richland Foundation for Academic Excellence website at www.erfae.com – deadline is June 17th.

REMINDERS
    OCC’s Massage Therapy Program is now accepting appointments for its summer clinicals – two days are available in each of June’s four weeks – price at $25 for a one-hour session – call now at 618-392-2430
    Mark the calendar for June 4th, two weeks from this Saturday – the 3rd annual “Memory Miles” 5K Run & Walk at the Middle School in Olney with signup at 7:00am & start time at 8:00 – the $10 registration fee is a donation to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – the first 50 participants get a t-shirt – call 618-392-2745
    The Village of Noble will have its “village-wide garage sale” this Saturday, throughout the day
    The next area blood drive will be this Friday afternoon at the Cumberland County Health Department Offices in Toledo, from 2:00 until 6:00 – all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to give blood
    Energy-saving tips will be presented by ERBA Weatherization Director Dennis Stevens this Thursday night in the OCC Banquet Room, starting at 6:30 – it’s free for those that pre-register by calling OCC
    The Newton City Council will meet tonight at 6:00 at the Newton City Hall – a full agenda will be considered, including both old & new business, plus committee reports & more – it is open to the public