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March 1, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  An area of high pressure will move off to our east today, allowing a southerly wind flow, with warmer air today – a weak cold front will move thru tonight with a wind change & cooler air for midweek – dry conditions are expected until the next storm system gives us rain chances by Friday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn’s plan to force small school districts to consolidate with larger ones has stirred controversy – some lawmakers disagree with mandatory mergers, saying the state should offer incentives, such as providing funds to build new schools – look for a lot of debate in the weeks ahead.

(OLNEY)   The FutureGen site has been named & now comes the task of deciding exactly where in Morgan County the site will be located – while a Jacksonville-area college is proposing to assist, state officials say it’s best to work with community leaders – construction for FutureGen is set to begin sometime in 2012.

(NEWTON)  The verdict is in on the February 11th attempt to break the world record  for the most people reading aloud at the same time – only about 180,000 people took part in the reading of Lincoln’s Farewell Address, that’s about 43,000 short of the record – state officials say the effort was not a failure because it engaged numerous people with the history of the Civil War and the writings of President Abraham Lincoln.

(OLNEY)  This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week and the statewide “tornado drill” will be held this morning at 10:00, which will coincide with the monthly siren tests that many communities do on the first Tuesday of each month – the NOAA Weather Radio System will also today issue “Test” Tornado Warnings – everyone, from businesses to families should take this week to practice a severe weather safety plan.

(NEWTON)  Governor Quinn yesterday sent a formal request to President Obama, asking that 60 counties be declared federal disaster areas, in order to help local governments recover from the major blizzard and winter storm that impacted much of Illinois in early February – state & local government expenses related to storm response & recovery are estimated to be more than $64 million – several area counties are included in the request, including Jasper, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Clay, Richland, & others north.

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night – the Council : appointed Rusty Holmes as the new Fire Chief, effective April 1st, replacing retiring Chief Norm Bissey : agreed to annex a rectangular parcel of property consisting of nearly 37 acres, including the St. Joseph Cemetery : approved an amendment to the Route 50 TIF District, in preparation of creating the Route 130 TIF Corridor : on a 4 to 1 vote, amended requirements to extend or continue utilities outside the City Limits : on a 3 to 2 vote, set the ETS Board, the 9-1-1 Board, as the lead agency to oversee a combined joint dispatch : agreed to allow the Shriner’s Club to use the City Park for the annual Shrine Circus on June 8th : & reminded Olney residents taking part in the curbside recycling program that their bins must be placed at the curbside by 6:00 on the same morning as their regular trash collection : the Olney City Council’s next regular meeting will be March 14th.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board met last night in Noble – the Board : noted the West Richland High School has received a State Academic Improvement Award, named to Illinois’ Honor Roll of Schools, recognized among the ten top most improved high schools in 2010 : noted the State still owes the District at least $169,000 in categorical funds : set a bond hearing for March 14th  to discuss $90,000 worth of Life Safety work within the District : noted that districtwide staff evaluations are complete with no concerns of remediation : approved a proposed 2012 Spanish Classes trip to Costa Rica : employed Jennifer Tedford as Elementary School Principal & District-wide Speech Coordinator for the 2011-2012 school year : on a 5 to 1 vote, hired Sarah Richardson as Assistant High School Softball Coach : next meeting is March 14th.

(NEWTON)  Sheriff Ed Francis has announced his office will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a student in Jasper County who plans to pursue higher education this academic year – applications are now available at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton, online at www.ilsheriff.org, or at the NCHS financial aid office – all the required paperwork must be turned in by March 11th, a week from this Friday – the Illinois Sheriff’s Association will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state this year.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out this past Sunday morning at 12:26 to a brush pile fire at 2901 North Sunnybrook Road – the landowner agreed to watch the fire overnight – there was no property damage and no injuries – the firemen were on the scene for just over a half hour early Sunday morning.
 
REMINDERS
    The 2011 Job Fair at Lake Land College is set for Wednesday, March 23rd, three weeks from tomorrow – space is available for additional companies or businesses to take part – call Lake Land’s offices today
    Olney Central College will host a “financial aid night” this coming Thursday afternoon, from 4:30 til 6:30, in Room 208 – those attending should bring some information, call OCC for more details today
    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has volunteer training tomorrow & Thursday, each day from 8:30 until 3:30, in the lower level conference room at RMH – to signup or for details, call today at 392-2745
    The next area blood drive is tomorrow afternoon at the Dieterich High School Cafeteria, from 1:30 until 6:00 – as always, all types of blood are very much needed here throughout the Midwest region
    The next Post Prom meeting at Newton Community High School is tonight in the NCHS Library, starting at 6:00 – all parents of NCHS juniors & volunteers are encouraged to attend tonight
    The 19th annual Crawford County “trivia night” is tonight at the Grade School in Oblong, starting at 6:30 – 3 to 6 person teams are invited to take part at $50 per team – signup at the door or call 592-4235
    Most all Richland County-maintained roads remain under a 10 ton weight limit, as most township roads in Richland County are under a weight limit as well – all such roads are marked with weight limit signs

February 28, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  As the storm system moved thru our area overnight, cooler air has filtered into the region behind it, but we’ll return to some sunshine by midweek – in fact, a southerly wind flow will kick in by tomorrow night with warmer air returning, but with it another chance of rain over the weekend – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  How fitting that Severe Weather Preparedness Week began yesterday in Illinois as a line of storms rolled thru the state last night & early this morning – from north to south, the downstate area was hit by storms, although the intensity was considerably less than earlier in the night – either tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for nearly all surrounding counties with wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph, plus areas of hail & heavy rains reported – wind damage & power outages were reported, but no injuries.

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service does have several Flood Warnings in effect this week : for the Little Wabash River from near Clay City to Golden Gate and on to Carmi, with cresting forecasts expected progressively thru all this week : for the Embarras River from Ste. Marie to Lawrenceville and on south to St. Francisville, with cresting forecasts also expected thru all this week : and for the Wabash River from the Hutsonville area down to Vincennes & on to Mt. Carmel : plus with most all area creeks & tributaries also flooded, all motorists are reminded to stay out of those backwaters & to take alternate routes where needed.

(NEWTON)  In state news : Illinois drivers have seen a spike in gas prices over the past week, according to the Triple A – the average price at the pump is at $3.48 per gallon, that’s 20 cents more than last week’s average price & 13 cents above the national average – area prices are averaging at or below this mark.

(OLNEY)  A memorial service will be held today at the State Capital in Springfield – the “Desert Storm Remembrance Day” service will honor the 14 Illinois residents who lost their lives in the Persian Gulf War – starting at 11:00 this morning, the service notes the 20th anniversary of the first Gulf War.

(NEWTON)  As we mentioned earlier, Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois runs thru all of this week – a statewide "tornado drill" will be held tomorrow morning at 10:00, which will coincide with the monthly siren tests that many communities do on the first Tuesday of each month – the National Weather Service will be issuing "Test" Tornado Warnings to the media and thru NOAA Weather Radio System for dissemination to the public – local businesses & schools are encouraged to take time to practice their tornado safety plan during the statewide drill, plus all families are urged to test their safety plan at home at any point this week – for more, a Severe Weather Preparedness Guide is available on the Ready Illinois website, plus more thru the National Weather Service or the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

(OLNEY)  The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting farmers & ranchers across the nation this month & next, to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey, which will provide accurate, real-world data that’ll help shape the policies, programs, and issues that affect farmers all over the country – nearly 35,000 producers across America, including 1,745 here in Illinois, will be contacted to share their data on operating expenditures, production costs, & household characteristics, with all details to remain confidential – the information will be available online and in print on August 2nd, later this year.

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Oil & Gas Association is getting ready for its 65th annual Convention & Trade Show this weekend, down at the Evansville Convention Centre – more than 65 vendors showcasing their products & services will be on hand this Thursday & Friday, plus a half-day workshop on enhanced oil recovery is set for this Wednesday, March 2nd – delivering the keynote address at the Wildcat Luncheon will be Tony Blankley, nationally columnist, former press secretary to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, & former speechwriter & advisor to President Ronald Reagan – for more, go online at www.ioga.com.
 
(NOBLE)  In meetings coming up tonight : the West Richland School Board will meet tonight in Noble at 7:00 : the Noble Villeage Board will meet tonight at the Village Hall in Noble at 7:00 : the Olney City Council will meet tonight in Council Chambers at the Olney City Hall at 7:30 : all are open to the public.

REMINDERS
    Olney Central College will host a “financial aid night” this coming Thursday afternoon, from 4:30 til 6:30, in Room 208 – those attending should bring some information, call OCC for more details today
    The next Post Prom meeting at Newton Community High School is tomorrow night in the NCHS Library, starting at 6:00 – all parents of NCHS juniors & volunteers are encouraged to attend Tuesday night
    The 19th annual Crawford County “trivia night” will be tomorrow night at the Grade School in Oblong, starting at 6:30 – 3 to 6 person teams are invited to take part at $50 per team – to signup, call 592-4235
    The next West Richland Post Prom meeting is tonight at 6:00 at the Grade School in Noble – those attending should park & enter on the school’s west side – all junior parents & volunteers are invited

    All members of the Richland County Farm Bureau are reminded of their 93rd annual meeting coming up tonight at The Holiday in Olney - it all gets underway this eveing at 6:00.
    Ticket sales begin today for the OCC Theatre production of “Beauty & the Beast” – that’s from 10:00 til 2:00 each weekday at the OCC ticket booth – seven performances coming up in March & April
    The next area blood drive is today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 til 5:00 : all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to get out & give the gift of life – all types of blood are needed
    Most all Richland County-maintained roads remain under a 10 ton weight limit, as most township roads in Richland County are under a weight limit as well – all such roads are marked with weight limit signs

February 26, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A weak high pressure ridge will keep us dry at least for the first half of this weekend with a slight warmup today – then much warmer air moves in tomorrow, but with a chance of rain also moving in by Sunday evening – that rain will hang around thru midweek, next week as well – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  With springtime just around the corner, Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois begins today & runs thru all of next week – in fact, a statewide "tornado drill" will be held next Tuesday morning, March 1st, at 10:00, which will coincide with the monthly siren tests that many communities do on the first Tuesday of each month – while the National Weather Service will be issuing "Test" Tornado Warnings to the media & thru NOAA Weather Radio for dissemination to the public, local businesses, schools, & homes are encouraged to take time to practice their tornado safety plan during the statewide drill or later in the day or evening next Tuesday – for more on being prepared for possible severe weather conditions, go online to several websites : at www.weather.gov/Lincoln : at www.ready.illinois.gov : or at www.state.il.us/iema.

(OLNEY)  The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting farmers & ranchers across the nation this month & next, to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey, which will provide accurate, real-world data that’ll help shape the policies, programs, and issues that affect farmers all over the country – nearly 35,000 producers across America, including 1,745 here in Illinois, will be contacted to share their data on operating expenditures, production costs, & household characteristics, with all details to remain confidential – the information will be available online and in print on August 2nd, later this year.

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Oil & Gas Association is getting ready for its 65th annual Convention & Trade Show next weekend, down at the Evansville Convention Centre – more than 65 vendors showcasing their products & services will be on hand next Thursday & Friday, plus a half-day workshop on enhanced oil recovery is set for next Wednesday, March 2nd – delivering the keynote address at the Wildcat Luncheon will be Tony Blankley, nationally columnist, former press secretary to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former speechwriter & policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan – for more details, go online at www.ioga.com.
 
(NEWTON)  National FFA Week comes to an end this weekend as area FFA Chapters will finished up their local activities yesterday – a tip of the hat to all area FFA members, past & present, for their hard work and dedication, not only this past week, but all thru the year – join us as salute all members during FFA Week.   

REMINDERS
        The 19th annual Crawford County “trivia night” will be held next Tuesday, March 1st at the Grade School in Oblong, starting at 6:30 – all are invited to take part – to signup, call Dave at 592-4235
    Ticket sales begin next week for the OCC Theatre production of “Beauty & the Beast” – that’s from 10:00 til 2:00 each weekday at the OCC ticket booth – seven performances coming up in March & April
    The next West Richland Post Prom meeting will be Monday night at 6:00 at the Grade School in Noble – those attending should park & enter on the school’s west side – all junior parents & volunteers are invited
    The next area blood drive is tomorrow morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin, from 8:00 til 12 noon : then another blood drive Monday afternoon at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson : all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to get out & give the gift of life – all types of blood are needed
    The West Richland PTO “School of Rock” Kids Carnival will be this evening at the Elementary School Gym in Noble, running from 4:00 until 6:00 – plenty of games, concessions, & fun for all ages
    The Dieterich Fire Protection District has its annual fundraising “texas hold ‘em” tournament & barbeque dinner today – it’s all at the Dieterich Civic Center starting at 11:00 this morning – tickets at the door
    The Noble Lions Club has its annual “all-you-can-eat” fundraising breakfast this morning, with serving from now until 1:00 – tickets on sale at the door – stop by for a great breakfast for a good cause
    Area blood drives : today, from 12 noon til 4:00, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney : then Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 til 12 noon : all types of blood are needed

February 25, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A strong low pressure system will track along the Ohio River Valley today – as our precip ends, we’ll have some colder air in place today thru tonight – then a warmup tomorrow into Sunday, with another chance of rain by Sunday night, continuing into Monday & the first of next week – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued several weather statements : a Flood Warning for downstate rivers is in effect, specifically for the Little Wabash River from Clay City to Carmi – with 1 to 2 inches of rain since yesterday, flooding is a problem in all surrounding counties : some Winter Weather Advisories overnight effects counties from U.S. Route 50 north – some areas to our north have received anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow after the rain – check out those road conditions before traveling.

(OLNEY)  Governor Pat Quinn has re-evaluated his plan to cut $200 million from human services – first announced last weekend, the mandatory cuts quickly came under fire, especially from those who operate drug & treatment centers across the state – Quinn says are inevitable & will now amount to $100 million.

(NEWTON)  The Governor says he will act on the proposed “death penalty ban” relatively soon – in the meantime, Quinn has heard from people all over the world, speaking their opinion – Governor Quinn has until March 18th, three weeks from today, to either pass or veto the ban, or it becomes law on its own.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department was called out twice overnight :
*  at 11:27 last night to a house fire at 814 North East Street – the accidental fire originated in the home’s utility room – while there’s minor fire & smoke damage throughout the house, there was water damage due to a water heater valve – there were no injuries – the firemen were on the scene for well over an hour
*  at 2:41 early this morning to a false alarm at 1216 Willow Drive – the fire alarm was activated for an unknown reason – there was no actual fire – the firemen were on the scene for just over a half hour

(NEWTON)  The local and state investigation continues into a Wednesday afternoon house fire in Wheeler – firefighters based in Dieterich were called out at shortly after 5:00 to the home owned by Debra White, but occupied by Scott Emmerich – authorities say no one was home at the time of the fire, which was first spotted by a motorist along Route 33 – other firemen from Wade Township in Newton, plus others from Montrose, Teutopolis, Effingham, & elsewhere helped out – firefighters were on the scene for three hours.

(OLNEY)  Associate Judge Mark Shaner has denied a request from 60 year old Kenneth Lemke, who’s looking for a third trial for the November 3rd, 2001 shooting death of his stepson, Lance Albertson, of Claremont – officials say Lemke claims he had ineffective legal assistance of counsel during his second trial – however the judge disagreed – Lemke is serving a 22 year prison sentence for the Edwards County killing.

(NEWTON)  Meanwhile, authorities were busy this past Wednesday night looking for a traffic offense suspect who abandoned his vehicle – an Illinois State Trooper began the pursuit just south of Montrose on the Dieterich Blacktop, when the suspect left his vehicle on a county road near the Jasper County line – the search was eventually called due to the weather conditions – the police do have a suspect after searching the abandoned vehicle – area residents should be alert to other missing vehicles or anything else missing.

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a fatal traffic accident that occurred at just before 11:00 this past Wednesday morning in Crawford County, near Robinson – 78 year old Anton Ballas of Shelburn, Indiana struck the side of a semi-truck driven by 27 year old Lance McVeigh of West Salem – State Police say 78 year old Audra Ballas, one of the passengers, was pronounced dead at the scene – no tickets issued.

(NEWTON)  Authorities are continuing to warn area residents of an ongoing scam – local folks are getting phone calls from what appears to be a family member, most generally a grandson or granddaughter, who’s reportedly in an out-of-state or out-of-country jail – now while the name of the family member is never mentioned, they also refer to an attorney or other legal advocate – the caller makes a request for a wire transfer of up to $4,000 or $5,000 on average & says the money is needed immediately, leaving victims no time to confirm the information – this scam involves no family members and the money is most generally unrecoverable – spread the word that if such a call is received, ask for a return telephone number to call to verify the details or tell the caller to call a local attorney – these scammers rely on the family connection to get their money – if folks get such a call, contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.
 
(OLNEY)  National FFA Week comes to an end this weekend as area FFA Chapters will finish their local activities today : this Friday is Carhartt, Camo, & Hat Day at East Richland High School, plus the Olney FFA will host its annual “petting zoo” today : it’s Tractor Day today at the West Richland High School, plus the annual Friday “lunch cookout” today at WRHS in Noble : join us as we salute all area FFA Chapters for their hard work and dedication, not only this week, but every week throughout the year.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland Elementary School is again collecting Campbell’s “Labels for Education” each Friday in February with all proceeds to go towards the purchase of library audio-visual equipment to benefit the students in the Noble area – the labels are collected every Friday morning, plus the classroom that’s collects the most will be awarded – to help out, contact the Elementary School Office in Noble.

REMINDERS
    Ticket sales begin next week for the OCC Theatre production of “Beauty & the Beast” – that’s from 10:00 til 2:00 each weekday at the OCC ticket booth – seven performances coming up in March & April
    The West Richland PTO “School of Rock” Kids Carnival will be tomorrow evening at the Elementary School Gym in Noble, running from 4:00 til 6:00 – plenty of games, concessions, & fun for all ages
    The Dieterich Fire Protection District has its annual fundraising “texas hold ‘em” tournament & barbeque dinner tomorrow – it’s all at the Dieterich Civic Center starting at 11:00 – tickets at the door, plus more
    The Noble Lions Club has its annual “all-you-can-eat” fundraising breakfast tomorrow, with serving from 6:00 until 1:00 – tickets on sale at the door – includes pancakes, whole hog sausage, biscuits, & gravy
    There’s two Friday night “fish fries” this evening : at the Newton Eagles Club with serving from 5:00 til 8:00 : at the Olney Knights of Columbus with serving from 5:00 til 7:30 : tickets at the door with carryouts
    Area blood drives : today, from 12 noon til 4:00, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney : then Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 til 12 noon : all types of blood are needed

February 24, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure storm system will bring us rain chances today thru tonight with maybe a storm & some possibly heavy rainfall amounts – a cold front will follow with cooler air in place for the weekend – plus another chance of rain by Sunday evening & into the first of next week – listen for weather updates.

(NEWTON)  Governor Pat Quinn says a new law that he signed into effect yesterday will strengthen the state’s efforts to combat organized retail crime – estimated to save the state at least $80 million, the new law will help minimize the practice of stores in low-income communities that have been stocking stolen merchandise or items will expired use dates, such as over-the-counter medication and baby formula.

(OLNEY)  The State Department of Transportation will host five “open house” meetings this spring to seek public input regarding the St. Louis to Chicago high-speed rail project – the first meeting is set for March 1st, next Tuesday, in Joliet, with the other meetings to be held in Bloomington, Springfield, Carlinville, and Alton – anyone can attend the meetings – to get further information, go online at www.idothsr.gov.

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus is being honored by the National Farm Bureau – the Collinsville lawmaker will receive the “Golden Plow Award” during the Farm Bureau’s Government Affairs Conference in Springfield – it’s designed to honor lawmakers who demonstrate fiscal conservatism with a commitment to agriculture – Shimkus is just the 5th Illinoisan to receive the award since its inception in 1988.

(OLNEY)  The Richland Memorial Hospital Incorporated Board of Directors met this week – the Board : approved the purchase of a new “cryostat machine” for the RMH Laboratory : heard updates on state cuts dealing with healthcare & Medicare services for rural hospitals : noted an update from CEO Dave Allen on several information systems projects scheduled for this fiscal year : & noted a report on clinical outcomes and on quality assessment & improvement : the RMH Inc. Directors will meet again on March 29th.

(NEWTON)  Sheriff Ed Francis has announced his office will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a student in Jasper County who plans to pursue higher education this academic year – applications are now available at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton, online at www.ilsheriff.org, or at the NCHS financial aid office – all the required paperwork must be turned in by March 11th, three weeks from this Friday – the Illinois Sheriff’s Association will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state this year.

(OLNEY)  Authorities in Clay County are continuing to investigate two deaths in Bible Grove – it was yesterday morning the Deputies found the bodies of 58 year old Thomas Holste and 53 year old Mary Holste in the couple’s home – each died of apparent gunshot wounds – a weapon was recovered – at this time it appears to be a homicide/suicide with no other foul play suspected – the State Police are assisting.

(NEWTON)  Authorities in Knox County, Indiana are still investigating the discovery of meth and meth making material in Vincennes early yesterday morning – a traffic stop shortly after midnight eventually led to a block-wide evacuation when what appeared to be a couple of pipe bombs were found, however no bombs were found – 33 year old Robert Getchell of Vincennes was arrested on various drug charges.
 
(OLNEY)  This is National FFA Week, with various activities at FFA Chapters all over the area : today is Case vs John Deere Day at ERHS, plus the Olney FFA members served up their Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast this morning – tomorrow will be Carhartt, Camo, & Hat Day at ERHS, plus the annual Olney FFA “petting zoo” : today is Wear Your FFA T-Shirt Day at WRHS in Noble, plus the coloring contest judging is today – tomorrow will be “tractor day” and the annual “cookout lunch” there in Noble : join us as we salute all area FFA Chapters this week for their hard work and dedication to our communities & schools.

REMINDERS
    The Village of Noble will remove all grave decorations in the Noble Cemetery on March 14th – the citizens have until then, over two weeks, to remove & save them – the public’s cooperation is appreciated
    Lake Land College will host the 4th annual “Energy Innovation Conference” next Wednesday, March 2nd, from 9:00 til 4:00 – it’s free with various topics for businesses, contractors, farmers, & more
    The Dieterich Fire Protection District has its annual fundraising “texas hold ‘em” tournament & barbeque dinner this Saturday – it’s all at the Dieterich Civic Center starting at 11:00 – tickets at the door, plus more
    The Historic Sailor Springs Foundation has a fundraising “breakfast & bake sale” this Saturday morning from 8:00 til 10:00 at the Old Ruritan Building – $5 tickets at the door – carryouts available
    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” tomorrow night at the Olney Knights of Columbus, along Whittle Avenue – that’s serving from 5:00 til 7:30, with tickets on sale at the door, plus carryouts for all ages
     The United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville will host a fundraising Food Pantry “baked potato bar” tomorrow, with serving from 10:30 til 12:30, priced at only $4 per potato – carryouts available
    The next Richland County blood drive is tomorrow afternoon, from 12:00 til 4:00, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney : there are two area blood drives today – from 1:00 til 6:00 at the Municipal Building in Oblong and from 2:00 til 6:00 at the Civic Center in Dieterich : all types of blood are very much needed