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April 26, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  While the frontal boundary hanging over the midwest continues to trigger showers & storms thru tomorrow night, the associated cold front will move thru with cool & dry conditions on tap for Thursday & Friday – then maybe more showers & storms for the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has a “Flash Flood Watch” in effect for Jasper, Richland, & all surrounding counties thru tomorrow night – with 1 to 3 inches of rain yesterday & last night, all area rivers remain under “flood warnings” til further notice, including the Little Wabash, the Embarras, & the Wabash – all will continue rising with no crests expected until the weekend or into next week – remember, that more people die each year due to flooding than any other weather-related cause – stay out of those backwaters.
 
(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, the state has stepped up to help protect statewide communities from flooding – the Governor has ordered emergency officials to put a plan in place to help cities along the Illinois, Mississippi, & Ohio Rivers – with waters still rising, the state’s emergency operations center will open sometime today.
 
(NEWTON)  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and members of the wind energy industry last week agreed to develop a wind energy habitat conservation plan for the midwest – the $3.3 million plan works to save & conserve threatened & endangered species, such as bats & other species, that may be affected by wind farm developments in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
 
(OLNEY)  During this National Infant Immunization Week, parents, caregivers, & healthcare providers are called to make sure all infants are immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases – it’s noted that each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations, plus countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized – for more information, go online at www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met in special session last night, mostly all in closed session to discuss collective negotiating matters within the District : meanwhile, it was at last week’s meeting that the Board recognized the following – Michael Carr was honored as an IESA Scholar Attitude Award winner – Anthea Zumbahlen was honored as a Golden Apple Award Finalist – Erin Schackmann & Logan Andrews were honored as Golden Apple Scholar winners – Nikki Schackmann & Ryan Meinhart were honored for being chosen to attend the Youth to Washington event : it was also noted that Monday, May 16th, will be the NCHS Seniors’ last academic day with the remaining days to be “senior week” pending school completion.

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council : adopted the fiscal year 2012 budget on a 5-0 unanimous vote – the nearly $9 million balanced budget will take effect this coming Sunday, May 1st : renewed a 10 year agreement with IDOT for the maintenance of traffic signals along Route 130 : agreed to raise fees for building permits & demolition fees within the City of Olney : on a 4 to 1 vote, passed the resolution for the (JEDS) Combined Dispatch Agreement with the Richland County Board : approved the appointment of Gary Foster & Rick Chaplin to the Joint Emergency Dispatch Systems Board (JEDS) : took no other action after a closed session to discuss personnel, collective negotiating matters, & on the sale or purchase of city property : the Olney City Council’s next regular bi-monthly meeting will be May 9th.

(NOBLE)  While the National Weather Service has confirmed various tornadoes from a week ago tonight, NWS officials say numerous other downstate reports of property damage was the result of downburst winds, instead of tornadoes – the NWS says downburst winds in excess of 60 to 80 miles-per-hour, with estimated gusts between 90 & 100 miles-per-hour, can cause damage much like that of a tornado – however, unlike straight-line winds, downburst winds can cause more isolated areas of damage – a week ago tonight in Noble & other local spots, such downburst winds caused damage to roofs, grain bins, outbuildings, trees, and utility poles, which resulted in widespread power outages in nearly every area county, but no deaths.

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report, statewide spring planting is again delayed with heavy rains falling last week all over Illinois – the state’s average temperature was 5 degrees below normal, while the average precipitation was nearly 3 inches, over 2 inches above normal – as of Sunday, 10% of the state’s corn crop has been planted, which compares to 67% planted at this time a year ago – farmers in our local & area counties report too much rain, only 4% to 5% corn has been planted so far with very little fieldwork.

REMINDERS
    This Saturday is the National Prescription Drug “Take-Back Day” – from 10:00 til 2:00, turn in those unused, unneeded, & expired prescription meds, free & anonymous, at several sites – the Olney Police Department, Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson, Wabash County Sheriff’s Office in Mt Carmel, Vincennes Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Salem – for more, logon at www.dea.gov
    A “porkburger drive-thru” fundraiser will be this Saturday in the Oblong parking lot across from Rusty Nail Hardware – serving from 10:45 until 1:15 – proceeds go to improvements on the park’s batting cage
    The 3rd annual Rotary Poker Run is this Saturday afternoon – it’s signup in the Olney City Park at 12 noon, leaving the park at 1:00, with stops in Lawrenceville, Robinson, & Sam Parr State Park
    It’s the annual “band carnival” this Friday night at the Newton Elementary / Jasper County Junior High Schools – a fundraising tenderloin meal served from 5:30 til 7:30, plus games & more – tickets on sale now
    The RMH Auxiliary pre-ordered Geranium “pick-up” will be this Thursday, from 10:00 until 6:00, in the Olney City Park, under the hog barn pavilion – make plans to pick-up those orders this Thursday
    The Clay City Junior High Chorus will have its 7th annual “dinner/theatre” this Thursday evening at the school – it’s music & dinner at 6:30, followed by the play “Inspector Detector & the Precious Treasure”
    The ERHS After Prom Committee will meet again tomorrow night at the Elementary School in Olney, starting at 7:00 – all parents of ERHS juniors are encouraged to attend and help out
    Tomorrow is the final day to order six types of fish from the Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District office in Newton – the fish will be delivered a week from tomorrow on May 4th – call 783-2319

April 25, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  The nearly stationary frontal boundary remains draped over the Midwest with more showers and thunderstorms expected thru tonight, before ending by Wednesday night – heavy rainfall and severe conditions are possible – then cooler and dry for Thursday & the end of the work week – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  With that said, the National Weather Service has extended it’s “Flash Flood Watch” thru tomorrow morning – periods of showers & thunderstorms could drop an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain by early Wednesday night, adding to the already 3 to 4 inches that’s fallen since Friday morning – everyone should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should “flash flood warnings” be issued.
 
(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, all area rivers are under “flood warnings” until further notice, including the Little Wabash, the Embarras, and the Wabash – while all of these rivers are not expected to crest now until later this week, the added rainfall expected by mid-week will add to the problem and most likely keep those river levels over flood stage well into the month of May – drivers are reminded to stay out of those backwaters.
 
(NEWTON)  While downstate teams continue with cleanup efforts after last Friday night’s storms, the National Weather Service offices in Lincoln & St. Louis have confirmed that five tornadoes touched down in Illinois last Tuesday, a week ago tomorrow night – this included an EF3 tornado in Macoupin County near Girard, an EF2 tornado in Macoupin & Montgomery Counties near Litchfield, an EF1 tornado up in Christian County near Kincaid, an EF1 tornado in Christian County near Taylorville, & an EF0 tornado in Christian County near Morrisonville – while there were no injuries, damage to farm buildings & equipment, plus livestock & more, is estimated to be in the millions of dollars, although no estimate is yet available.

(OLNEY)  In other state news today – Illinois drivers are still being hit hard at the fuel pump – according to IllinoisGasPrices.com, a gallon of regular gasoline costs an average of $4.18 as of early this morning, that’s 34 cents above the national average of $3.84 per gallon – the state’s lowest prices are in the Decatur area, currently at the $3.71 mark – our area average prices range anywhere from $3.83 to $3.99 per gallon.

(NEWTON)  And in Springfield – Governor Pat Quinn has issued clemency to 85 people in Illinois – the Governor’s office says each of the 85 underwent a thorough background check with the Illinois State Police before the petitions were granted – however, the fate was not the same for 189 others, whose requests were denied – Quinn is trying to eliminate the backlog of requests left over from the Blagojevich administration.

(OLNEY)  Ameren Illinois is continuing to restore electric services to those who were knocked out due to the storms that rolled thru the downstate area over the past week – in fact, utility crews from other parts of the state are scattered throughout the southern half of Illinois helping out – Ameren estimates 1% of it’s 1.2 million customers in Illinois are still without power as of early this morning – the hardest hit areas were in the Counties of Marion, Williamson, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, White, Macon, & Champaign – plus other Electric Cooperatives are also restoring power with out-of-state utility crews in Illinois helping out as well.

(NEWTON)  The Newton Elementary / Jasper County Junior High Schools are having their annual “Band Carnival” this Friday evening in the Multi-Purpose / Gymnasium Room – a tenderloin meal will be served to raise money for their annual “coat drive” – tickets are available in advance all of this week from any band member or in the school offices – the meal will be served from 5:30 til 7:30, plus the event will also feature carnival games, face painting, fun tattoos, white elephant items, & more – the band will perform at 6:30 - all are invited to help out.

(OLNEY)  Local volunteers are needed for this coming weekend, as Build Community of Richland County, a coalition of local churches, is hosting a home repair weekend event – the goal is to repair Richland County homes for those homeowners who cannot manage the repairs themselves – the fix-up event is throughout the day this Saturday, April 30th, and the following Sunday afternoon, on May 1st – volunteers of all skill levels are urged to help out – applications are available at the following churches in Olney  :  First Presbyterian, Trinity Lutheran, Elm Street Christian, & Free Methodist  :  for more details or information, call 392-6101.

(FLORA)  The Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the River Bottom Stump Sitters Banquet this coming Saturday at the Eagles Lodge in Flora – the event features a two-meat buffet, an item auction, & prizes for all ages – the social hour begins at 5:00 with dinner to follow at 7:00 – there’s no tickets at the door and the deadline to order tickets is today – call Tim Murphy anytime, at 618-838-9173 – that’s 618-838-9173.

(OLNEY)  The DEA National Prescription Drug “Take-Back Day” is this coming Saturday, April 30th, from 10:00 until 2:00, at locations all across America – the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration & its community partners will operate the sites where Americans can turn in their unused, unneeded, & expired prescription medications, all free & anonymous – tablets, capsules, & all other solid dosage forms will be collected, but no intravenous solutions, no injectables, & no syringes can be accepted – locally, the Olney Police Department will accept this items from 10:00 til 2:00 this Saturday – for other “Take-Back Day” sites in Illinois, click on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day icon online, at www.dea.gov.

REMINDERS
    The 3rd annual Rotary Poker Run is this Saturday afternoon – it’s signup in the Olney City Park at 12 noon, leaving the park at 1:00, with stops in Lawrenceville, Robinson, & Sam Parr State Park
    Six types of fish can still be ordered at the Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District office in Newton – orders accepted thru this Wednesday with the delivery date set for Wednesday of next week, May 4th – call 783-2319
    The Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon is tomorrow in Olney from 12 noon until 1:00 – for last minute reservations or tickets, call 843-4811 – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County
    Find out more about Multiple Sclerosis at the new “Talk MS Group” which will meet on the fourth Monday of most month’s at 7:00 – that’s tonight at Richland Memorial Hospital – for more, call 392-7920
    The next area blood drive is today at the Effingham Elks Club, from 3:00 until 7:00, this afternoon and evening – all types of blood are still very much needed throughout the Midwestern area
    Today’s the deadline for Richland County youth to signup for a “cake decorating workshop” scheduled for this Saturday afternoon from 1:30 til 4:00 – there’s a $6 fee – call the Extension Office at 395-2191

April 23, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A nearly stationary frontal boundary positioned just north of the Ohio River will provide the focus of showers & thunderstorms over the next few days & nights – while the front will waver northward from time to time, the heaviest rainfall amounts are expected along or south of a St Louis to Indianapolis line, pretty much along I-70 – eventually, this system moves out by next mid-week – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  With that said, the National Weather Service has now extended it’s “Flash Flood Watch” thru tomorrow morning – periods of showers & thunderstorms could drop an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain by early Sunday morning, adding to the already 2 to 3 inches that’s fallen since Friday morning – everyone should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should “flash flood warnings” be issued.
 
(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, all area rivers are under “flood warnings” until further notice, including the Little Wabash, the Embarras, and the Wabash – while all of these rivers aren’t expected now to crest for at least another week, the added rainfall expected thru tomorrow will add to the problem and most likely keep those river levels over flood stage well into the month of May, if not longer – stay alert to those flooded areas.
 
(NEWTON)  By the time the major storm systems hit Jasper, Richland, & surrounding counties, the severe weather conditions had dissipated – although some areas were again hit hard with unconfirmed tornadoes, strong winds, & dangerous lightning – Lambert International Airport in St. Louis remains is still closed at this time after a tornado caused damage & stranded airplanes because of blowing debris – other suspected tornadoes caused damage to homes, businesses, & churches thru most of last night in the downstate area.

(OLNEY)  Ameren Illinois is continuing to restore electric services to those who were knocked out due to the storms that rolled thru the downstate area earlier this week on Tuesday – in fact, utility crews from other parts of the state are scattered throughout the southern half of Illinois helping out – the hardest hit region was in Marion County, where now, less than 1% of Ameren customers are still without power – that number at one time was over 30% – plus other Cooperatives are also trying to restore power with out-of-state utility crews in Illinois helping out as well – last night’s hardest hit area was in the Metro East & locations east.

(NEWTON)  As announced earlier this week, application forms are now available for those who have jobs for the 2011 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 with the “Work Week” set for July 18th thru 22nd – for more, call 783-8534.

(OLNEY)  Local volunteers are needed as Build Community of Richland County, a coalition of local churches, is hosting a home repair weekend event – the goal is to repair homes in Richland County for those homeowners who cannot manage the repairs themselves – the fix-up event will be held throughout the day on Saturday, April 30th and on the following afternoon of Sunday, May 1st – volunteers of all skill levels are urged to help out with applications available at the following churches in Olney – First Presbyterian, Trinity
Lutheran, Elm Street Christian, & Free Methodist – for more details or information, call 392-6101.

REMINDERS
    The Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon is next Tuesday in Olney from 12 noon til 1:00 – for last minute reservations or tickets, call 843-4811 – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richland County
    Find out more about Multiple Sclerosis at the new “Talk MS Group” which will meet on the fourth Monday of most month’s at 7:00 – that’s this coming Monday night at RMH – for more, call 392-7920
   The Carnegie Museum & Heritage House Museum in Olney will both be open tomorrow afternoon, from 1:00 until 4:00 – that’s free admission at both sites and all are invited for a tour of the Museums
   The Ambraw River Eagles in Newton will be having a porkburger cookout today, from 11:00 to 2:00 – stop by and help them out in the fundraising effort today
   Trash collection to area customers was not affected by yesterday’s observance of Good Friday – the normal Friday pickup operated on its usual schedule – Monday’s trash collection will be normal as well

April 22, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure storm system over the Central Plains will spread waves of showers & storms east over the Midwest today thru early tomorrow morning – then a cold front moves thru with more rain chances thru the holiday weekend – more chances of rain with a slight warmup on Monday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  With the approaching rain, the National Weather Service has issued a “flash flood watch” for Jasper, Richland, & all surrounding counties from now thru Saturday afternoon – with a few rounds of rain with showers & thunderstorms expected over the next several hours, anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of rain is possible, therefore adding to the already saturated ground situation – those in low-lying areas should on the lookout for rapidly rising backwaters & all motorists are reminded to stay out of water over the roads.
 
(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, all area rivers are under “flood warnings” until further notice, including the Little Wabash, the Embarras, and the Wabash – while all of these rivers weren’t expected to crest for several more days, the added rainfall expected thru tomorrow will add to the problem and most likely keep those river levels over flood stage for probably an added week, if not more – stay alert to those flooded areas.
 
(NEWTON)  In state news – lawmakers are considering Governor Pat Quinn’s proposal to drop the Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes & other long-term care facilities by some 6% – while Illinois already has the lowest such rate in the country, critics say the $118 million decrease could result in a decline in the quality of service & could cause a statewide layoff of more than 7,000 healthcare workers.

(OLNEY)  Lincoln’s Challenge Academy is up for a $34 million expansion – Governor Quinn says the state will fund the project, which will add five buildings to the campus located in Rantoul – a multi-purpose room, computer lab, & library are included in the new upgrades – the Academy was started back in 1993 to help “at-risk” students from all over Illinois to get on the path to success, both academically & in life.

(NEWTON)  From comedy to country, this year’s entertainment lineup at the Illinois State Fair has a little something for everyone – comedian Jeff Dunham, MC Hammer, Boyz II Men, 38 Special, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Gatlin Brothers, & others are among those on the all-star list.

(OLNEY)  The East Richland School Board met last night – the Board : certified the April 5th election results – Jan Ridgely, Jeff Wilson, Jervaise McDaniel, & Gerald Mastio were all sworn in for another term of four years each : re-elected the current officers, including President Ben Anderson, V-P Jeff Wilson, and Secretary Jervaise McDaniel : approved the tentative amended fiscal year 2011 budget : accepted the bid of Trust Bank in Olney for the District’s banking needs : accepted three retirement resignations – from ERES Teacher Leslie Webster at the end of the 2014-2015 school year – from District Secretary Melinda Hunt & from District Head Custodian Ron Kermicle, both effective September 1st, 2011 : accepted the resignation of Bus Driver Anita Burrows : re-employed the current administrative team for the 2011-2012 school year : re-employed non-tenured teachers, tenured teachers, & educational support staff for the 2011-2012 school year : & agreed to employ the following – Matthew Music as ERHS PE/Health Teacher and ERHS Head Football Coach – Mark Anselment as ERHS Head Girls Basketball Coach – Ralph Patrella as ERHS Band Director – Kristen Flanagan as ERHS Cheerleading Coach – Mindy Fox as ERHS Guidance Secretary – & Hillary Milam as ERHS Secretary/Bookkeeper : the Board’s next regular meeting will be May 19th.

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis & State Senator John O. Jones have confirmed that IDOT has approved an important road resurfacing project for Jasper County – the scheduled $4 million project is on Illinois Route 33 from the Effingham County line to West End Avenue in Newton – the work will begin as soon as the weather permits with ditch widening, patch work, & more – the final layer of blacktop will then be laid later in the year to ensure the road gets a smooth first coat – look for some delays as the work starts.

(NEWTON)  Ameren Illinois is continuing to restore electric services to those who were knocked out due to the storms that rolled thru the downstate area earlier this week – in fact, utility crews from other parts of the state are scattered throughout the southern half of Illinois helping out – the hardest hit region was in Marion County, where nearly 10% of Ameren customers are still without power as of today – other Cooperatives are also trying to restore power with out-of-state utility crews in Illinois helping out as well.


REMINDERS
   The Carnegie Museum & Heritage House Museum in Olney will both be open this Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 until 4:00 – that’s free admission at both sites and all are invited for a tour
   The Ambraw River Eagles in Newton will be having a porkburger cookout tomorrow, from 11am to 2pm.
   The Clay City Lion’s Club Easter Egg Hunt is tomorrow afternoon at the Clay City Park, beginning at 1:00 : the Noble Easter Egg Hunt is also tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 at the Elementary School in Noble
   The Olney Elks and Richland County Rotary Club will be having their annual Easter Egg hunt tomorrow morning at the Olney City Park starting at 11:00 – includes hot dogs, chips, and drinks to follow
   The Olney Knights of Columbus will have its final Friday night “fish fry” this evening at the KC Hall on Whittle Avenue, with serving from 5:00 until 7:30 – carryouts available and tickets on sale at the door
    It’s a fundraising “bake sale” this morning from 8:30 til sold out at the People’s State Bank Drive Thru in Newton – proceeds split between the Newton Junior Women’s Club & the Newton Women’s Club
   Trash collection to area customers will not be affected by today’s observance as Good Friday – today’s normal Friday pickup will operate on its usual schedule – Monday’s trash collection will be normal as well

April 21, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  After a weak high pressure kept us dry & cool yesterday, another upper level disturbance will move thru the Midwest by tonight with more rain chances thru this evening, continuing tomorrow & into the day Saturday – with a slight warmup, we could see more severe weather this weekend – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  Applications forms for those who have jobs for the 2011 Jasper County Honey Do Work Week are now available. They may be picked up at the following locations:  Area banks, Jasper county health department, senior citizens center, ERBA office and most area churches.  Forms need to be returned by June 1st.  The Work week will be July 18- 22nd.
 
(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department will be hosting the “OCC Jazz Festival” at 6:30pm tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.  Four ensembles will perform, including the East Richland high school jazz band, the Robinson high school jazz band, the Southeastern Illinois honors jazz ensemble and the OCC jazz ensemble. Tickets just $5 and can be purchased at the door.
 
(NEWTON) In this week’s crop report, Corn planted increased 5 points from last week to 9% complete, 20 points lower than the same time last year.  Topsoil moisture is 1% short, 72% adequate, and 27% surplus.  Across the state, there were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork.  Winter Wheat conditions stand at 2% very poor, 7% poor, 26% fair and 56% good.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Police Department is still investigating a pair of armed robberies in Olney : the first at 8:00 Sunday night in the area of York & Mill Streets : then at 11:15 Monday morning at the SuperWash car wash along West Main Street : both of the unidentified victims were not injured – the suspect is still at large, described as a 25 to 30 year old male, 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a thin build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt & blue jeans – if any information or details, call the Olney Police Department at 395-8481.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Soil and Water conservation district is sponsoring a fish sale.  There are many types of fish.  All of the fish are placed in bags with oxygen so that they are easier to transport to your pond.  If you are interested in placing an order to stock your pond, the order forms may be picked up at the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District office.  Orders must be returned by April 27th.

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet with local constituents this morning at his Olney office, at 120 South Fair Street, from 9:30 until 11:00 – while appointments are not necessary, they are helpful in keeping wait times at a minimum – for an appointment, call the Congressman’s secretary at 618-344-3065 – for those unable to attend tomorrow, a staff member of the Congressman is in the Olney office every Thursday from 10:00 until 4:00 – for more, go online at www.shimkus.house.gov/.

(NEWTON)  The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a multi-state earthquake drill & preparedness activity to be conducted a week from today, on Thursday, April 28th, at 10:15 that morning – the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill will be held in the Central U.S. in order to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois & the other regional states – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, colleges, families, medical facilities, & all others to take part in the ShakeOut event – many local EMA’s in our area are planning to take part – for details and more, go online at www.shakeout.org/centralus/.

(NOBLE)  While the West Richland Schools in Noble have already dismissed students for the Easter Break, students in the East Richland Schools & the Jasper County Schools will be dismissed early for the Easter Break today – nearly all area schools are closed tomorrow, on Good Friday – then its back to school next week – students in Jasper County will return Monday, students in Olney & Noble return next Tuesday.

REMINDERS
    It’s a fundraising “bake sale” tomorrow morning from 8:30 til sold out at the People’s State Bank Drive Thru in Newton – proceeds split between the Newton Junior Women’s Club & the Newton Women’s Club
    The East Richland School Board has its regular monthly meeting tonight in the Adminstrative Board Room, starting at 7:30 – as always, the meeting is open to the public
   It’s a fundraiser for Down Syndrome, this Saturday, April 23rd at Parklanes in Newton, starting at 5:30am. Quilt raffle, candy bouquets and baked goods. Come get your easter goodies.
  The Ambraw River Eagles in Newton will be having a porkburger cookout this Saturday, April 23rd, from 11am to 2pm.
   The Olney Elks and Richland county rotary club will be having their annual Easter Egg hunt this Saturday, April 23rd at the Olney City Park beginning at 11am, with hot dogs, chips and drinks to follow. Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Larry Stivers or Greg Balding at 392-3221.
  The Clay City Lion’s Club Easter Egg hunt is this Saturday, April 23rd at the Clay City Park at 1pm.
  The Parkersburg Chowder meeting is tonight at 7pm at the community building.
   The First Financial Bank, Walk & Roll Team is having a rummage sale this Saturday, April 23rd from 11am- 4pm at the Olney VFW.  All proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society.
   Olney City Hall will be closed tomorrow , Friday, April 22 in observance of Good Friday.
   The City Of Olney reminds citizens that trash collection is not being affected by Good Friday.  Trash collections will operate on its usual schedule.
   Noble will have an Easter Egg hunt this Saturday, April 23rd at 2pm at the Noble elementary school.