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March 23, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  The low pressure storm system & a trailing cold front will move thru the state bringing our rain chances to an end with some colder air moving in with falling temperatures into tonight – then after a dry & brisk day tomorrow, maybe a cold rain on Friday & chance of storms on Saturday – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health says there is no threat of radiation exposure in the U.S. – officials say that while people have actively sought out potassium iodide, the radiation levels are harmless, plus taking the drug could have health complications – the potassium iodide should only be taken when there is an immediate risk of radiation exposure & currently, there is, and likely will not be, any risk.

(OLNEY)  A new state report shows more than 8% of Illinois bridges are structurally deficient – officials with Transportation for America says one in twelve bridges across the state need to be refurbished – while no bridges are in danger of collapsing, the worst are found in Wabash, Shelby, White, & Christian Counties.

(NEWTON)  Voters who want to share their opinion in the redistricting process will have their first chance next Monday up in Chicago – along with providing testimony, voters can also submit their own maps for the Committee to record & possibly consider – additional hearings will be held in April throughout Illinois – voters can stay on top of what’s going on in this process by logging on at www.ilsenateredistricting.com.

(OLNEY)  With the April 5th Consolidated Election now less than two weeks away, absentee voting, early voting, & grace period voting is well underway statewide : absentee voting can be done at any County Clerk's Office, with no appointment necessary – to do so thru the mail, the final day for offices to mail out a ballot is March 31st, a week from tomorrow – a signed application must be returned to the Clerk's Office before a ballot can be mailed : early voting can be done for any or no reason and must be conducted at a County Clerk's Office during regular hours, from 8:00 until 4:00, Monday thru Friday – this continues thru March 31st, a week from tomorrow : and grace period voting is for qualified voters who failed to register or change their address previous to the close of registration – a voter can go to a County Clerk's Office to register and vote at that time, but this ends on March 29th, next Tuesday : residents should call or stop by their respective County Clerk's Office for more information and details about the April 5th election.
 
(NEWTON)  Two area pharmacists have been arraigned on an indictment returned in Federal Court down in Benton – 40 year old Jeffrey Todd Chenoweth of Newton and 72 year old David Lustig of Effingham both face charges of illegal distribution of Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances – the offenses involved dispensing drugs outside the course of a professional practice & they carry a potential sentence of anywhere from 10 to 20 years in prison, plus fines & supervised release – the trial date is set for May 9th.
 
(OLNEY)  A special seminar to help adults navigate the adolescent maze is coming to downstate Illinois – set for Saturday morning, April 9th, the free seminar, entitled "Inside the World of Today's Adolescents" features parent, author, & professor Dr. Chap Clark, with topics covering youth depression, bullying, image, social networking, performance pressures, & much more – registration forms are available at all area banks, all local schools, & some churches – free childcare will also be available and all adults are urged to attend – that's the morning of April 9th, from 9:00 until 12 noon, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, at Olney Central College – signup is needed by this Friday, the 25th, or call anytime at 392-6101.
 
(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Education Association is getting set to host a School Board Candidates Forum, coming up next Tuesday night, April 29th, in the High School Cafeteria, starting at 7:30 – former County Clerk Ray Diel will serve as moderator & written questions from the audience will be accepted that night – all are invited to attend – with four seats to be filled by the April 5th election, there are seven candidates on the ballot – they include challengers Mindy Street, Eric Spiker, H. Andrew Pullen, & Jerry "Jed" Earnest – the incumbents are Anthony Richards, Fred Huddlestun, & Melinda Barthelme.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Labor and Olney Chamber of Commerce will host an information meeting seminar “Lunch with Labor” at The Holiday in Olney, from 10:00 until 2:00 – the statewide outreach series will include reps from the State & Federal Departments of Labor, to discuss the Illinois State Plan, the new OSHA standards, plus safety & health requirements, the Prevailing Wage Act, & much more – lunch will be provided at $15 per person – for details, call the Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce Office today.
 
 (NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board met again in special session last night, with another special meeting set for tomorrow night as the Board continues the search process for a new Superintendent – the Thursday night meeting will start at 6:00 in the Administration Office Board Room in Noble.

REMINDERS
    The Jasper County "Shop With A Cop" program has a fundraising "fish fry" coming up April 1st, a week from this Friday, at the Newton VFW, with serving that night from 4:30 til 8:00 – mark your calendars
    The Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin will host Longaberger Basket Bingo this Sunday afternoon – doors open at 12:30 with Bingo at 1:30 – plenty of prizes, a 50/50 drawing, & more – all are invited
    Vincennes University is the site of the second annual VU/Greater Vincennes AIDS Walk coming up this Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:00 Illinois time, at the Student Recreation Center – free AIDS testing will be offered after 11:00 – to register or to get more information, go online at www.VincennesAIDSWalk.org
    The annual Sumner Masonic Lodge "scholarship breakfast" fundraiser is this Saturday morning, serving from 6:30 til 9:00 at the Lodge in Sumner – all are invited & all donations are appreciated
    The St Thomas “gigantic garage sale” is this week at the Parish Center in Newton – both tomorrow & Friday from 8:00 til 6:00 and Saturday morning from 8:00 til 11:00 – all proceeds for school technology
    The East Richland Elementary School has a Kindergarten “open house” for parents & new students tomorrow night from 6:30 til 7:30 – screenings March 31st, April 1st, 7th, and 8th – call for an appointment
    The 2011 Job Fair at Lake Land College is today, from 10:00 until 1:00 in the Lake Land Field House, free & open to the public – over 50 potential employers will be available for employment details

March 22, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  With the massive cold front sitting over the upper Midwest, an upper level disturbance will move thru the downstate area by tomorrow night, however the best rain chances could stay to our west & north – then it’s back to winter with cooler air coming back Thursday & Friday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn says the latest round of proposed cuts offered up by State Republicans are “foolhardy” suggestions – the GOP plan includes a $6.7 billion cut in state spending, with cutbacks for education, health care, & local municipalities – the biggest part would include action on pension reform.

(OLNEY)  It appears the second trial of Rod Blagojevich will begin on time, on April 20th – the impeached Governor faces a retrial on 23 corruption counts – the Judge threw out a motion where the defense wanted a quick sentence on the first trial’s single guilty count – the Judge called the motion a “publicity stunt”.

(NEWTON)  University of Illinois students could pay more if Trustees approve a hefty tuition increase this week – if the 6.9% hike for undergraduates is approved, new students would pay over $11,000 a year for an education in Champaign-Urbana – meanwhile, the cost doubles when fees, room, & board are tacked on.

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council had a special meeting last night, mostly to look over & discuss portions of the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget – areas reviewed were General Corporate, MFT Funds, & Tourism – no action was taken as more budget discussion will take place at next Monday night’s regular bi-monthly meeting : in action last night – the Council approved a contract with Lincoln Equipment to buy swimming pool gutter guards for $9,396 – the Council approved a contract with T. Luckey Sons Inc. for the city’s clarifier sealing project for $11,989 – the Council said “thanks” but declined the donation of a boat.
 
(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board had its regular monthly meeting for March last night – the Board : reviewed the most up-to-date floor plans of renovations for the Junior High School & Elementary School locations : accepted the bid of $61,539 from M&O Environmental Services for asbestos removal at the NCHS/JCJHS renovation sites : reviewed the District’s proposed traffic plans, schools flow & parking plans for next school year : noted the District recently received state payments totaling over $244,162 – the state still owes the District $434,922 in back payments : accepted retirement requests from five employees – Anthea Zumbahlen in 2015, Judy Ochs in 2011, Kenny Tate in 2011, Earlene Rubsam in 2011, and Debbie Diel in 2011 : accepted the resignation of Jennifer Sweitzer at the end of this school year : agreed to dismiss eight employees – the classified personnel were Mark Wilkinson, Debbie Blake, Jodi Dhom, Gina Correll, & Kathy Smithenry – the certified personnel were Karrie Stark, Amy Rusk, & Jerry Tharp : also approved the reclassification of administrator David Parker : the Board’s next regular meeting will be April 18th.
 
(OLNEY)  County officials are reminding us that "early voting" for the upcoming Consolidated Election is now available thru March 30th, a week from tomorrow – all early voters must present a valid photo ID to vote and the early voting can be done in County Clerk's Offices any weekday, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 until 4:00 – call or stop by for further information – the April 5th election is two weeks from today.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper/Crawford/Effingham County “Creation Conference 2011” is nearly two weeks away, coming up April 6th thru 10th at various area locations with internationally renowned speaker & author, Gary Bates, sharing the “creation” message – the featured stops include : April 6th at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church : April 7th at the First Baptist Church in Newton : April 8th at the New Hebron Christian School south of Robinson : April 9th at the New Life Christian Center in Newton : April 10th at the First Baptist Church in Newton : also April 10th at the New Hope Church in Effingham.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board will have two more special school board meetings this week, continuing the process of finding a new Superintendent – the meetings are tonight & Thursday night, each evening at 6:00, in the Administration Office Board Room in Noble – while no official action is expected.

(OLNEY)  The four candidates running for the IECC Board of Trustees will attend a “meet & greet” today in Fairfield, at the Frontier Community College Workforce Development Center – includes two incumbents,
Brenda Culver of Noble & Walter Koertge of Olney, plus challengers Bill Sandiford of Robinson and Gary Carter of Fairfield – two of the four will be elected to serve six year terms during the April 5th election.

REMINDERS
    The Richland County Republican’s Lincoln Day Dinner is this Saturday night in Olney – social time at 5:00, with dinner & program at 6:00 – for $15 tickets or details, call 618-838-1561
    The Steber Family “walk & roll” team will have a fundraising porkburger sale this Saturday from 10:00 until 1:00 at the Olney IGA – all proceeds go to the local fight against cancer
    The RMH Auxiliary has a fundraising “gently used purse sale” set for this Friday, from 9:00 until 3:00, in the Heim Room at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – proceeds go to needed supplies at RMH
    The St Thomas “gigantic garage sale” is later this week at the Parish Center in Newton – both Thursday & Friday from 8:00 til 6:00 and Saturday morning from 8:00 til 11:00 – all proceeds for school technology
    The East Richland Elementary School has a Kindergarten “open house” for parents & new Kindergarten students this Thursday night from 6:30 til 7:30 that evening – screenings March 31st, April 1st, 7th, and 8th
    The 2011 Job Fair at Lake Land College is tomorrow, from 10:00 until 1:00 in the Lake Land Field House, free & open to the public – over 50 potential employers will be available for employment details

March 21, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  The cold front that moved thru the downstate area Friday, then returned as a warm front on Saturday, will stay to our north thru midweek, causing rain chances thru tonight – then an upper level disturbance could bring us more rain Wednesday after a dry Tuesday – stay tuned for weather updates.

(NEWTON)  Gas prices are mostly holding steady – according to the Triple A, Illinois drivers are paying an average of $3.67 per gallon for low grade unleaded gasoline – that’s about 2 cents higher than last week, but still 14 cents higher than the national average – the area average runs between $3.47 and $3.57 a gallon.

(OLNEY)  A gaming expansion, including the addition of at least four new casino gambling boats & slot machines in horse racing tracks, is being worked out in the Illinois State House – the chance is estimated to bring in about $1 billion in new tax revenue per year – a similar bill was approved in the State Senate.

(NEWTON)  Starting next month, Ameren Illinois will start shutting off service to customers with overdue bills – but, in order to keep this from happening, Ameren is offering a special payment plan that requires only 10% of the bill to be paid off before a March 31st deadline – any payment plan after that will require a 25% payment of the outstanding bill – services will not be disconnected with notice being sent by Ameren.

(OLNEY)  The Illinios Emergency Management Agency will today begin processing the federal disaster aid that's been made available to help nearly 2,000 local governments in 60 Illinois counties affected by the severe winter storms that hit the state from January 31st thru February 3rd, earlier this year – the federal funding is available to eligible local governments & certain private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the snowstorm in the 60 counties, which will receive reimbursement for 75% of their eligible storm-related expenses – locally, the aid will help the counties of Richland, Jasper, Crawford, Cumberland, Coles, Effingham, Clay, Fayette, & Marion.
 
(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus is seeking entries for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition – the annual contest for high school students has been held nationwide in each Congressional District since 1982 and it’s open to high school students who reside in the 19th District or in a school district that's in the 19th District – the deadline to submit entries is Friday, May 6th, with information packets now available from any of Shimkus' offices in Springfield, Collinsville, Mt. Vernon, Olney, or Harrisburg – application forms are also available online at www.shimkus.house.gov under Constituent Services.
 
(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is gearing up to host the second annual Youth Conservation Congress, set for Sunday, May 15th, in Brookfield, but time is running out for school & youth group members to apply online to take part in the session – the Congress is a great opportunity for high school age youth in Illinois to come together to share ideas, and to learn about ways to become better stewards of the natural wonders of our state – applicants should be enrolled in an Illinois high school during this school year and should be members of a conservation-related school and/or youth group – those interested should check the State DNR website available online within the next few days for details.

(NEWTON)  County officials are reminding us that "early voting" for the upcoming April 5th Consolidated Election is now available thru March 30th, less than two week away – voters do not need to state a reason for early voting as they do with absentee voting & all early voters must present a valid photo ID to vote – the early voting can be done in County Clerk's Offices, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 until 4:00.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board will have three more special school board meetings this week, all of which continue in the process of finding a new District Superintendent – the meetings are for tonight, tomorrow night, and Thursday night, each evening at 6:00, in the Administration Office Board Room in Noble – while no official action is expected each night, most of the meetings will be in executive session.

(OLNEY)  Plan now to attend the 22nd Annual Richland County Republican’s Lincoln Day Dinner, coming up this Saturday evening at the Olde Tyme Steakhause in Olney – it’s social time at 5:00, followed by the dinner & program at 6:00 – among the guest speakers will be Congressman John Shimkus, State Senator John O. Jones, State Representative David Reis, & others, plus local candidates for the April 5th election & various county office holders as well – the $15 tickets are available from precinct committeemen or elected officials, or call at 618-838-1561 – raffle tickets are also on sale with the drawing Saturday night as well.

REMINDERS
    The spring tree & fish sales continue this week at most all Soil & Water Conservation District Offices in area counties – call or stop by to check out the types of trees & species of fish available to order
    The Olney Arts Council has a bus trip to the Indianapolis Art Museum & Art Center this Saturday – bus leaves Olney at 7:30 that morning – cost at $40 per person, plus buy your own meals – call 395-3146
    It’s the first of seven performances of “Beauty &  the Beast” this Friday night at the Dr John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – tickets on sale from 10:00 til 2:00 weekdays at the OCC ticket booth
    The St Thomas “gigantic garage sale” is later this week at the Parish Center in Newton – both Thursday & Friday from 8:00 til 6:00 and Saturday morning from 8:00 til 11:00 – all proceeds for school technology
     The 2011 Job Fair at Lake Land College is this Wednesday – that’s from 10:00 until 1:00 in the Lake Land Field House, free & open to the public – over 50 potential employers will be available for details
    The next West Richland Post Prom meeting is tonight in the Elementary School Library, starting at 6:00 – those attending should park & enter on the school’s west side – all junior parents & volunteers invited
    The Olney City Council has a special meeting tonight at 6:30 with most of the discussion to focus on the proposed fiscal year 2012 city budget – a few other agenda items are included – it is open to the public
    The construction work will begin today to replace the Decker Township bridge, on East Woods Lane, just west of the Wynoose Road – the Richland County project should be complete by the end of April

March 19, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure ridge will shift east of Illinois today, but still provide a dry & somewhat pleasant day – then a developing warm front will move back over the state by tomorrow morning with rain chances late tonight – possibly some scattered storms by Monday afternoon – listen for weather updates.

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Quinn yesterday signed a bill into law that provides an additional $5.3 billion in bond authorization to continue the second year of the “Illinois Jobs Now” capital program – plus the bill prevents state contributions to the retirement systems from being reduced by the debt service on the 2010 and 2011 pension obligation bonds – the law takes effect immediately as of yesterday, March 18th.
 
(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is gearing up to host the second annual Youth Conservation Congress, set for Sunday, May 15th, in Brookfield, but time is running out for school & youth group members to apply online to take part in the session – the Congress is a great opportunity for high school age youth in Illinois to come together to share ideas, and to learn about ways to become better stewards of the natural wonders of our state – applicants should be enrolled in an Illinois high school during this school year and should be members of a conservation-related school and/or youth group – those interested should check the State DNR website available online within the next few days for details.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board will have three more special school board meetings next week, all of which continue in the process of finding a new District Superintendent – the meetings are for Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, March 21st, 22nd, & 24th, each evening at 6:00, in the Administration Office Board Room in Noble – no official action is expected as most of the meetings will be in executive session.

(NEWTON)  County officials are reminding us that "early voting" for the upcoming April 5th Consolidated Election is now available thru March 30th, less than two week away – voters do not need to state a reason for early voting as they do with absentee voting & all early voters must present a valid photo ID to vote – the early voting can be done in County Clerk's Offices, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 until 4:00.

(OLNEY)  While Monday will be the first full day of spring in 2011, it’s tomorrow afternoon, on Sunday, March 20th, the spring actually begins – it’s then that in the Northern Hemisphere, the center of the sun is directly over the equator – its at this time that the sun crosses the equator & starts creeping northward each day thereafter, giving us more sunshine & heat each day thru June 21st, the day of the summer solstice.

REMINDERS
    The construction work will begin next Monday to replace the Decker Township bridge, on East Woods Lane, just west of the Wynoose Road – the Richland County project should be complete by April 30th
    The Senior Citizens Center in Olney will host a fundraising dinner tomorrow with serving from 10:30 til 12:30, featuring its famous fried chicken & more – tickets at the door – to benefit local senior programs
    The St. Isidore Parish has its “spring breakfast” tomorrow morning with serving from 7:00 til 12 noon – that’s all at the St. Aloysius Parish Center in Bishop Creek – all ages are welcome – pay at the door
    The Clay County Area Day Care Provider Association has a "celebrating home" fundraiser with an Open House today, from 2:00 til 4:00, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Flora – for more, call 395-1864
    The Olney Music Boosters will host an all-you-can-eat fundraising “spaghetti dinner” today at the Olney VFW with serving from 11:00 til 1:30 – tickets at the door with proceeds to benefit the ERHS program
    The Noble-Wakefield Volunteer Firemen has a fundraising “ham & bean” feed today at the Lion’s Club Building in Noble, with serving from 11:00 til 2:00 – tickets at the door, plus a raffle as well
    The Claremont Community Center has its “carryout chowder” today, with serving from 11:00 til they’re sold out – that’s bulk chowder, bring your own container, but no glass – whole pies also for sale
    The City of Newton “brush dump” will be open this morning from 8:00 til 12 noon for the residents of Newton only – grass, small brush, & other yard debris is only accepted at the site
    The Olney Masonic Lodge 140 will be serving up breakfast this morning from now until 11:00 at the Olney City Park Community Building – tickets at the door

March 18, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As a dry cold front moved thru Illinois overnight, a weak upper level disturbance will increase our chance of rain thru tonight – an area of high pressure should keep us dry tomorrow, before another upper level system moves thru with rain chances Sunday, into next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

(NEWTON)  Business & labor groups are meeting in Springfield to hammer out a plan to pay off the state’s $2.8 billion of unemployment debt to the federal government, with both groups apparently sharing in the pain, however neither side or group is talking much – while the unemployment rates have fallen for 13 consecutive months, the state’s economic “flash index” shows no real growth in the past 10 months.

(OLNEY)  Illinois is looking to lead the charge in creating an online registry for those convicted of first degree murder – supporters say the registry will help keep a watchful eye on those who have been released from prison – if approved & signed into law, nearly 4,000 people will be required to sign the database.

(NEWTON)  Despite the legislative majorities' attempts to paint the Senate Republicans as the caucus of “no,” State Senator John O. Jones has offered a budget alternative that places Illinois on a road to fiscal sanity – it's called "Facing Fiscal Reality : A plan for reality-based budgeting" – the initative involves options that total $6.7 billion in cuts based on three core objectives, including real savings that citizens can actually see, getting back to basic government functions, & placing half of the key votes on any fiscal reductions to pass a plan thru the State Senate – look it over online, at www.IllinoisRealityCheck.com.
 
(OLNEY)  The State Department of Corrections announces the contribution of the Centralia Correctional Center's voluntary donations made by employees to the State Employees Combined Appeal campaign – employees at the Marion County facility collected a total of $34,824 this season, along with 3,932 units of blood during locally sponsored drives – the Centralia Correctional Center was recently given a 100% rating where all 27 core standards were found compliant during a Performance Based Audit.

(NEWTON)  During this National Agriculture Week, with National Ag Day observed this past Tuesday, we continue to recognize the importance of agriculture & the entire ag industry – especially with another spring planting season just around the corner, farmers & other ag-related workers are reminded to “think safety” first as we get into the fields in the weeks ahead : meanwhile, this Sunday is the first official day of spring in 2011 – it’s on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere that the center of the sun is directly over the equator – its at this time that the sun crosses the equator & starts northward, therefore striking the northern countries more directly each day, at least thru June 21st, when the summer solstice officially kicks in with more sun.

(OLNEY)  A special workshop for first-year 4-H members will be held tomorrow afternoon in Olney at the Extension Office meeting room, starting at 1:30 – members attending will learn more about the different projects that are offered in 4-H and have fun by participating in activities in the “Welcome to 4-H” book – those planning to attend should bring their book, although some will be available – all first-year 4-H members in the county are invited – call the Extension Office at 395-2191 if there are any questions.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District is now taking orders for its spring tree sale with the ordering deadline March 31st, less than two weeks away – a variety of evergreen species are available to be purchased in bundles of 10 or 20 – there is a limited quantity of trees, so early ordering is suggested – forms are at the SWCD Office in Newton, or call during regular office hours at 783-2319.
 
(OLNEY)  Only one week remains to order trees thru the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District Office in Olney – nine tree types are available with the trees bundled in groups of 5, 10, or 25 – tree delivery date is set for the week of April 13th : the SWCD's spring fish sale is also continuing – while grass carp can be ordered thru next Friday, the 25th, the other seven species of fish can be ordered thru April 5th – the fish delivery date is April 7th – call or stop by the District Office for details or to place an order.

(NEWTON)  County officials are reminding us that "early voting" for the upcoming April 5th Consolidated Election is now available thru March 30th, less than two week away – voters do not need to state a reason for early voting as they do with absentee voting & all early voters must present a valid photo ID to vote – the early voting can be done in County Clerk's Offices, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 until 4:00.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board will meet in special session again tonight to conduct more interviews for a new District Superintendent – that’s this evening at 6:00, in the Administration Office Board Room in Noble – no official action is expected as most of the meeting will be in closed session.

REMINDERS
    The Senior Citizens Center in Olney will host a fundraising dinner this Sunday with serving from 10:30 til 12:30, featuring its famous fried chicken & more – tickets at the door – to benefit local senior programs
    The St. Isidore Parish will host its “spring breakfast” this Sunday with serving from 7:00 til 12 noon – that’s all at the St. Aloysius Parish Center in Bishop Creek – all ages are welcome – pay at the door
    The Clay County Area Day Care Provider Association has a "celebrating home" fundraiser with an Open House tomorrow, from 2:00 til 4:00, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Flora – for more, call 395-1864
    The Noble-Wakefield Volunteer Firemen has a fundraising “ham & bean” feed tomorrow at the Lion’s Club Building in Noble, with serving from 11:00 til 2:00 – tickets at the door, plus a raffle as well
    The Claremont Community Center has its “carryout chowder” tomorrow, with serving from 11:00 til they’re sold out – that’s bulk chowder, bring your own container, but no glass – whole pies also for sale
    The City of Newton “brush dump” will be open tomorrow morning from 8:00 til 12 noon for the residents of Newton only – grass, small brush, & other yard debris is only accepted at the site
    The Olney Masonic Lodge 140 will be serving up breakfast tomorrow morning from 6:30 til 11:00 at the Olney City Park Community Building – tickets at the door
    There’s two more Friday night “fish fries” coming up : at the Newton VFW, from 4:00 til 7:00 : at the Olney KC Hall, from 5:00 til 7:30 : tickets at the door, plus carryouts available – all ages are invited
    The Clay City United Methodist Church has a Country Rhodes all-you-can-eat “fish, shrimp, & chicken” fry this evening with serving from 4:30 til 7:00 – tickets at the door – carryouts will be available