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March 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an approaching warm front moves across Illinois by late this afternoon, most all of the rain & storm activity stays to our north – then a cold front moves thru by tomorrow morning, giving us more slight rain chances tonight thru tomorrow – we’ll dry out Wednesday thru Friday with some warmer air moving in – but we’ll have a weekend chance of rain pretty much Friday thru Sunday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – new identification cards in Illinois are now available with hopes of easing interactions between people with certain disabilities and police – the “Person with a Disability Wallet Card” is available free from any Secretary of State’s Driver Services facility – the cards are given to applicants age 16 and older who’ve been diagnosed with an intellectual developmental or mental disability, such as autism, epilepsy, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia – the card tells authorities to not interpret behavior as a refusal to cooperate as people with such disabilities may struggle to verbalize what they need or want to.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state’s largest public employee union to the Supreme Court – the Governor has asked the high court to uphold a Labor Board ruling in his favor – that ruling last fall allowed him to impose his preferred contract conditions on 38,000 members of AFSCME – but an Appellate Court struck down that ruling two weeks ago until it’s determined if the ruling is appropriate – while the workers have been without a contract since June 2015, negotiations have ended – Rauner says some realistic offers have been made – AFSCME disagrees and wants to keep bargaining.

 

(NEWTON)  Officials say a fuel pipeline running from the Chicago area to the Detroit area is now up and running – the Wolverine Pipe Line  Company announced the first commercial volume thru the roughly 34 miles of pipeline that connects to an existing line was successful – while the construction was completed this past January, the final testing was done in February, with at least four permanent jobs created – the Michigan-based company operates nearly 700 miles of pipelines in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Welcome to spring 2017 – known as the spring equinox or vernal equinox, today is the day that the sun shines directly on the equator and that the length of day and night is nearly the same, although not a lot of sunshine will be available to us on this Monday – the spring equinox officially occurred at 5:29 earlier today & its at time that the sun crosses directly over the earth’s equator – so hello officially, to spring today.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Registered voters are reminded that Early Voting is still being conducted in County Clerks’ Offices for the upcoming April 4th Consolidated Election – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary – two additional opportunities for Early Voting will be held this week by the Richland County Clerk’s Office – tomorrow afternoon & evening from 4:30 to 6:00 at Emerald Glen in Olney and this coming Thursday afternoon & evening from 4:30 to 6:00 at Fox River Apartments in Olney – the last day for Early Voting is Monday, April 3rd, the day before the April 4th election – for more voting details, contact your Clerk’s Offices in Newton, Olney, or other surrounding communities today.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties are continuing with their free “Ag Safety Nights” with the second class tomorrow night with the focus on welding safety at the Olney Central College Welding Department, starting at 6:30 – students in any of the three counties can register by calling either of the three County Farm Bureau Offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), or Louisville (618-665-3300) – Farm Bureau Young Leaders encourage all area youth to attend these safety night courses to learn more about staying safe in and around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  The Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 19th annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 1st, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, along U.S. Route 50, between Sumner and Bridgeport – with doors opening at 5:30, a great meal will be followed by a chance to win and/or outbid others for valuable prizes, including outdoor equipment, hunting firearms, knives, wildlife calls, and much more – tickets are $70 for couples and $50 for singles – for tickets to the April 1st Banquet in Lawrence County, call today at  812-568-6753.

 

(NEWTON)  The voters of Jasper County are invited to attend a School Board Candidate Forum this coming Thursday night, starting at 7:00, in the Newton Community High School cafeteria – the Forum is sponsored by the Jasper County Education Association – all school board candidates on the April 4th ballot are invited to attend and take part – the five candidates running for four seats to be filled include Rob Street, Mandy Rieman, Gordon Millsap, Holly Farley, and Joshua Kuhl – all are invited this Thursday night.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Iuka Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College east and north of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Lake Land College Community Choir invites everyone to its annual spring concert this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in the LLC Theater – a reception will follow in Laker Point – the concert is free to all


    The next St. Joseph School DC fundraiser is this Sunday at the Olney VFW – serving of the spaghetti dinner will run from 11:30 to 2:00 – all proceeds help fund the next St. Joseph trip to Washington, D.C.


    The Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin will host a Wine Tasting event this coming Saturday – with the doors open from 6:00 to 10:30, there will be five wineries available for the sampling and/or purchasing of their products – domestic beer also available, plus appetizers and a complimentary wine glass for the $10 per person admission fee – the $15,000 cash raffle drawing is at 8:00 – tickets are $100 each and on sale at the Parish Office in Wendelin today thru Thursday, each morning from 8:30 to 12 noon – call  618-752-5671 – no one under the age of 21 will be admitted – for more, logon at  www.holycrosswendelin.com


    A tribute to the Legends of Sun Records, including dinner, music, & more is Saturday night at the Olney VFW – the doors open at 6:00, dinner’s at 6:30, & the musical show at 8:00 with the silent auction running from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s $25 per person or $180 for a table of eight (in advance only) with tickets on sale at the VFW Post – proceeds to the This Able Veteran program, a service dog group benefitting U.S. Veterans


    A benefit dinner for Jerry Hixon is this Saturday evening at the Claremont Community Building, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – carry-outs are available – also, gun raffle winners will be drawn as well


    The Berryville Junior Farmers 4-H Club has a Soup & Sandwich fundraiser this Saturday evening at the Berryville Community Center, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – includes pulled pork sandwiches, chili, pork loins, desserts, & drinks – a special thanks to the Osmond Fox Hunters for the soup supplies and bowls


    The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will host its Spring Bazaar this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 – with various types of items available, food will be provided by Ochs Street Smoked Meats


    The next Jasper County Paper Drive is this Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon at the Schackmann Insulation Building on South Van Buren Street in Newton – no glossy paper and no early drop offs


    A Relay For Life fundraising Canvas Painting Party is this Friday evening at the Olney VFW starting at 6:00 – all are invited – drinks & snacks available – it’s $35 at the door Friday night or $30 before the event


    The Trinity Lutheran Church has a community fundraising Country Rhodes Fish Fry & Silent Auction this Friday evening, with serving from 4:00 to 7:00 – either eat-in or drive thru with proceeds to benefit the Good Samaritan, the Gaitway To Motion Program, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County – tickets are on sale at the Trinity Lutheran Church or Runyon Insurance, plus at the door on Friday evening


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tomorrow night in the hospitality room of the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – the program will be presented by the staff from the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Jasper County – anyone is welcome to attend the meeting


    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life will be held tonight at Sacred Heart in Lillyville – praying the scriptural rosary begins at 6:00, followed by mass at 6:30 – everyone is welcome to attend – a business meeting is at 7:30 in the Parish Hall with refreshments and pro-life literature and other items


    The RMH Auxiliary has another Longaberger fundraiser sale this week in the Heim Room near the front entrance at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – that’s today from 8:00 to 4:00 and tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – new items will be available for order – proceeds for Auxiliary projects at RMH


    Tickets for the production of “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College are on sale at the ticket box office, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 to 2:00 each day – or online at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  – the first performances are next weekend on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon at OCC

 

 

 

March 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge will control our weather conditions today and tomorrow with plenty of sunshine expected, plus a warming trend today thru tomorrow – our next chance of rain moves in Sunday night and thru the day Monday as a cold frontal boundary drops southeast across Illinois – then after what appears to be a dry Tuesday & Wednesday, maybe more rain chances on Thursday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service are reminding taxpayers that filing returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest and most secure way to receive a refund – the filing deadline is four weeks from next Tuesday, on April 18th – for the latest up-to-date information, tax forms, schedules, and instructions on filing taxes, check out the websites online, at  www.tax.illinois.gov  or  www.irs.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some State DNR reminders  :  Illinois fishing, hunting, and sportsmen’s combination licenses and stamps for 2017 are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors or online thru the IDNR website – the new license year begins two weeks from today on April 1st  :  the Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available at many DNR license & permit vendor locations, plus online – the regulations in the guide are effective April 1st thru March 31st, 2018  :  and the Illinois Spring Youth Turkey Season is now open two weekends this spring, in both the South & North Zones – that’s March 25th & 26th and April 1st & 2nd – the youth permits are now available over the counter from DNR license & permit vendors  :  for all things outdoors in Illinois, check the DNR website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee will have its 28th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner tonight at the Ole Tyme Steakhause in Olney – with the doors opening at 5:00, dinner will be served at 6:00 – confirmed guests include Congressman John Shimkus, State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative David Reis, and State DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, plus local officeholders & officials.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  tomorrow at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  Monday at the Iuka Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and next Tuesday at Lincoln Trail College east and north of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional blood supplies to help those in need.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The RMH Auxiliary has another Longaberger fundraiser sale next week in the Heim Room near the front entrance at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 and next Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – new items will be available for order – proceeds for Auxiliary projects at RMH

    The Holiday in Olney will host a two-day Craft Show this weekend, both today and tomorrow, from 9:00 to 5:00 each day – there will be plenty of booths to visit, including wood crafts, jewelry, and more

    The First Presbyterian Church has its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 – it’s a corned beef & cabbage meal with a drink & dessert, plus hot dogs for children – bulk & carry-out orders available

    The Claremont Community Center has its annual Carry-Out Chowder today with serving from 11:00 until sold out – along with homemade pies for sale, the bulk chowder will be available for $15 per gallon

    The Noble - Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department has its Ham & Bean Feed today at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 10:30 to 2:00 – also a raffle with plenty of prizes – tickets at the door

    The Chauncey Community Club has its “pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy” meal today with serving from now until 12:15 – the cost is by free-will donation at the door – proceeds for the roofing project

    The Prairie Licking Fire Protection District will host its annual “pancake breakfast” today with serving from now until 12:30 – that’s at the Fire House in Annapolis – carry-outs available

    Tickets for the production of “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College are on sale at the ticket box office, Monday thru Friday, from 10:00 to 2:00 each day – or online at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  – the first performances are next weekend on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon at OCC

 

 

March 17, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Another cold front will roll across Illinois by tonight – while we only a few sprinkles ahead of the system last night, we have a chance of rain thru today, but not a lot expected – a high pressure ridge will then control our weather with a dry sky tomorrow and Sunday, plus a slight warm up – on Monday, it will be much warmer with rain chances – then dry Tuesday and more rain next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – S&P Global Ratings has issued The Illinois Funds investment pool a AAAm credit rating, the highest available according to state officials – the rating indicates the fund demonstrates extremely strong capacity to maintain principal stability and to limit exposure to principal losses due to credit risk – more than 7,000 government units in Illinois can participate in The Illinois Funds program.

 

(OLNEY)  Prosecutors say an appeals court should not grant former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich a third sentencing hearing – their filing yesterday comes on the day the Blagojevich started his sixth year in prison for corruption – his lawyers argue that a lower court last August did not consider Blagojevich’s “good behavior” in prison and re-imposed the original 14 year sentence – prosecutors have few new arguments, noting that Blagojevich has never admitted any wrongdoing – the next court date in April 18th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair is getting ready to announce more acts to be added to its Grandstand lineup for later this summer – it was nearly a month ago that officials released the first five of eleven headlining acts for the 2017 event in Springfield – the list includes country music performers Alabama and Neal McCoy, plus singer / songwriter Chase Rice, along with classic rocker John Mellencamp, heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, and pop singer / songwriter / dancer Jason Derulo – other opening acts will be announced soon – for ticket information and more details, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board held its regular monthly meeting for March last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the District’s financial reports with a total bill list for February at $406,050  :  noted that the State of Illinois now owes the District at least $2.3 million  :  approved the end of school year dates – the last day at school for students for the 2016-2017 school year is May 18th  :  approved the RCHS Graduation for 3:00 on Sunday, May 14th  :  approved the RCMS 8th Grade Promotion for 7:30 on Thursday, May 18th  :  approved the updated job descriptions for the District Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent positions  :  approved the bank bid specifications  :  approved the Summer Maintenance & Five-Year Maintenance Plan  :  approved the 2017-2018 school calendar  :  and after a 62 minute executive session – approved a Reduction in Force resolution to dismiss eight professional educator licensed employees, including Kelli Prevo, Monica Grove, Jessica Guzman, Erica Flittner, Megan Tennis, Justine Black, Kyle Shipman, and Megan Rusk – approved a Reduction in Force resolution to dismiss eleven Education Support Personnel including Carlee Seessengood, Doug Wingert, Connie Branstetter, Brenda Patterson, Anna McMorris, Erin Taylor, Donna Balding, Heather Ferguson, Brittany Leaf, Heather Dunn, and Kelli Prevo  :  approved a Reduction in Force resolution to dismiss the Educational Support Personnel Responsibilities of Brandi Mitchell and Brenda Barrett – accepted resignations from RCES Teacher Assistant Brittania Kocher, RCES Secretary Amanda Musser, and RCHS Custodian Cathy Wilson – approved the retirement resignations from Assistant Superintendent Chris Simpson, District Resource / Consulting Teacher Sherri Snider, and RCES Teacher Brenda Jenner, all effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County School Board is April 20th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board had its regular monthly meeting for March last night in Newton – the Board  :  amended the 2016-2017 school calendar as presented  :  approved the District’s Summer Maintenance Plan  :  approved the $16,000 bid from Griffith’s Lawn Care for the District mowing  :  agreed to bid a lease-to-buy bus program  :  accepted the first reading of a new Board Member Code of Conduct policy  :  agreed to move the resolution to censure a board member to the April 20th meeting  :  agreed to extend 4THEKIDS, LLC organization for high school soccer thru 2019  :  and agreed to rehire all District Administrators for the 2017-2018 school year  :  after a 26 minute executive session – accepted the resignations from NES Teacher Adrienne Roberts & from JCJH Assistant Girls Basketball Coach Whitney Ritchhart – approved the transfers of  Rebecca Holkenbrink from NE/SME Counselor to NCHS Guidance Counselor & Jordan Michels from NE Physical Education to JCJH Physical Education for the 2017-2018 school year – and hired John Lidy as NCHS Vocational Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year  :  the next regular meeting for the Jasper County School Board is April 20th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There are two Severe Storm Spotter Training classes coming up next week in our region – the classes are free and open to the public – those attending do not have to be a resident of the county or area hosting the class – no reservations are needed – the next class is this coming Monday night at the Fire Protection District office on South Jackson Street in Robinson and next Tuesday at the County EMA office on Miracle Street in Effingham – that’s both nights from 6:30 to 9:00 – anyone can attend.

 

(NEWTON)  All incoming freshmen and their parents in Jasper County are invited to a pre-registration event in the Newton Community High School cafeteria tomorrow – the “Open House” type of event will run from 9:00 until 3:00 on Saturday – students can pre-register for their 2017-2018 classes and have the opportunity to ask questions about high school requirements – the process will take about 30 minutes to complete – students & parents are encouraged to read over the “Freshman Course Handbook” before tomorrow’s event, by going online at  www.newtoneagles.net  and click on the “Resource Center” tab.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee will have its 28th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday night at the Ole Tyme Steakhause in Olney – with the doors opening at 5:00, dinner will be served at 6:00 – confirmed guests include Congressman John Shimkus, State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative David Reis, and State DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, plus all local officeholders and officials – the $15 tickets are available from Richland County Precinct Committeemen or by emailing J.C. Kowa at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – everyone is invited to this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday night.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center is hosting another fish fry / salad bar meal this Friday in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center with its future funding to assist local seniors.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Holiday in Olney will host a two-day Craft Show this weekend, both tomorrow and Sunday, from 9:00 to 5:00 each day – there will be plenty of booths to visit, including wood crafts, jewelry, and more


    The St. Thomas School Music Program has a fundraising Sounds of Swing Concert and Dinner event tomorrow night at the Parish Center in Newton – doors open at 5:30, dinner is at 6:00, & the swing music starts at 7:00 – the cost is $17 per person – call the St. Thomas School at  618-783-3517  for reservations


    The First Presbyterian Church has its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner tomorrow night with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – it’s a corned beef and cabbage meal with a drink and dessert, plus hot dogs for children – bulk and carry-out orders available – tickets at the door or in advance by calling the church at  392-6101


    The Claremont Community Center has its annual Carry-Out Chowder tomorrow with serving from 11:00 until sold out – along with homemade pies for sale, the bulk chowder will be available for $15 per gallon


    The Noble - Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department has its Ham & Bean Feed tomorrow at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 10:30 to 2:00 – also a raffle with plenty of prizes – tickets at the door


    The Chauncey Community Club has its “pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy” meal tomorrow with serving from 7:00 to 12:15 – the cost is by free-will donation at the door – proceeds for the roofing project


    The Prairie Licking Fire Protection District will host its annual “pancake breakfast” tomorrow with serving from 6:30 to 12:30 – that’s at the Fire House in Annapolis – carry-outs available – all are invited


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” tonight at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs available – proceeds go to the Knights of Columbus senior scholarships


    The Sailor Springs Historical Foundation is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional meal tonight in the Ruritan Building in Sailor Springs with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – it’s a brisaquette, cabbage, potatoe, & carrot meal, plus apple dessert & drinks, priced at $7 per plate – carry-outs available


    Don’t forget to go to the Governor’s Facebook Page & vote for the Richland County Elementary School in Olney, all part of the Governor’s statewide #GovClassroomVisit tour program – the voting deadline is at 5:00 this afternoon – four other schools are involved to see which one is visited first by the Governor

 

 

 

March 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The ridge of high pressure over the Midwest will shift eastward today allowing a southerly wind flow – then a warm front will bring some slightly warmer air into our region with a chance of spotty rain late tonight – a cold front will move thru with rain chances tomorrow before clearing out with a little cooler & drier air in place for the weekend – we’ll warm up with rain again on Monday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner is applauding the Illinois State Board of Education’s adoption yesterday of a comprehensive educational plan in response to the national Every Student Succeeds Act – with every state required to develop a plan outlining its approach to school accountability, support, and use of federal funds, Illinois’ proposal now moves on to the U.S. Department of Education for its final approval – the Governor called it “a historic day for Illinois schools” taking a huge step to make sure that children in every neighborhood and community around the state have access to a high-quality education.

 

(OLNEY)  A legislative panel in Illinois has failed to block a new overtime rule for home care workers that is expected to be in place by late summer – the State Journal Register in Springfield reports the committee deadlocked twice along party lines on the effort to stop the Department of Human Services from putting the plan in place – the department can now enforce the rule that will cap workers in the home services program at 40 hours a week, with some exceptions – officials say this will cut state costs and result in better service.

 

(NEWTON)  The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will welcome the equinox and the arrival of spring with a special dawn event this weekend at the “Woodhenge” solar calendar – visitors can gather at 6:45 on Sunday morning to see dawn break over a reconstruction of the calendar used when Cahokia Mounds was home to thousands of Native Americans – later in the day at 2:00, archaeologists will discuss the latest findings of nearby Angel Mounds in the site’s Interpretive Center – logon at  www.cahokiamounds.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Republican Central Committee will have its 28th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday night at the Ole Tyme Steakhause in Olney – with the doors opening at 5:00, dinner will be served at 6:00 – confirmed guests include Congressman John Shimkus, State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative David Reis, and State DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, plus all local officeholders and officials – the $15 tickets are available from Richland County Precinct Committeemen or by emailing J.C. Kowa at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – everyone is invited to this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday night.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly school board meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Jasper County School Board meets tonight at 6:30 in the Administrative Office meeting room in Newton  :  the Richland County School Board meets tonight at 7:30 in the District Office Board Room in Olney – this meeting in Olney will include a Public Hearing to discuss the Board’s decision to reduce the number of certified employees and the honorable dismissals of said employees  :  both meetings are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  All incoming freshmen and their parents in Jasper County are invited to a pre-registration event in the Newton Community High School cafeteria this coming Saturday, March 18th – the “Open House” type of event will run from 9:00 until 3:00 on Saturday, so that attendees can drop by anytime –  students can pre-register for their 2017-2018 classes and have the opportunity to ask questions about high school requirements – the process will take about 30 minutes to complete – students and parents are encouraged to read over the “Freshman Course Handbook” this week, before Saturday’s event, by going online to the NCHS website, at  www.newtoneagles.net  and click on the “Resource Center” tab.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders in area Farm News – area Farm Bureau’s have some special events next week  :  the Wabash County Farmer’s Share Breakfast is next Tuesday morning, March 21st, at Hogg Heaven in Mt. Carmel, starting at 7:00 – the cost is 20 cents per member  :  the Clay County Farmer’s Share Breakfast is also next Tuesday morning, March 21st, in the Farm Bureau Auditorium in Louisville from 6:00 to 9:00 – the cost is $1 per member  :  and the Marion County Farmer’s Share Breakfast is next Wednesday morning at the Farm Bureau office in Salem from 6:00 to 9:00 – the cost is 50 cents per member  :  Farm Bureau members in these counties should contact their respective office for details.

 

(OLNEY)  The Farm Bureau Young Leaders in Richland, Clay, and Lawrence Counties are continuing with their free “Ag Safety Nights” with the second class next Tuesday night with the focus on welding safety at the Olney Central College Welding Department, starting at 6:30 – a huge “thank you” to for those at Cargill in Flora for their tour and the hosting of the first class this past Tuesday night – students in any of the three counties can register by calling either of the three County Farm Bureau Offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), or Louisville (618-665-3300) – Farm Bureau Young Leaders encourage all area youth to attend these safety night courses to learn more about staying safe in and around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  A few notes from Olney Central College  :  students at OCC’s Administration of Justice Program will gain hands-on experience utilizing new criminal investigation equipment – the OCC Foundation recently provided $1,000 to purchase a new digital camera and several essential crime scene kits for the program – the new equipment will enable the OCC instructors to simulate burglary, homicide, and other crime scenes for students in OCC’s criminal investigation classes  :  OCC’s Artistic Welding Course at the West Richland Center in Noble starts tonight and meets on Thursday nights thru June 29th  :  OCC’s free GED test preparation classes started this week – either day, night, or online courses are available with books & materials provided at no cost  :  for details, call the OCC Student Services Office today at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  The Southeastern Illinois Friends of NRA will have its first annual banquet, auction, and raffle tonight at The Holiday in Olney, starting at 5:30 – all area members and law abiding gun owners are invited – for more go online at  www.friendsofnra.org  – for last minute ticket details, call Jeff  at  618-395-8491.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  tomorrow at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00  :  Monday at the Iuka Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  next Tuesday at Lincoln Trail College east & north of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish low regional blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Holiday in Olney will host a two-day Craft Show this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 to 5:00 each day – there will be plenty of booths to visit, including wood crafts, jewelry, wooden flowers, spices, signature home style items, and much, much more – all are invited to attend both days


    The St. Thomas School Music Program has a fundraising Sounds of Swing Concert and Dinner event this Saturday night at the Parish Center in Newton – doors open at 5:30, dinner is at 6:00, & the swing music starts at 7:00 – the cost is $17 per person – call the St. Thomas School at  618-783-3517  for reservations


    The Claremont Community Center will have its annual Carry-Out Chowder this Saturday with serving from 11:00 until sold out at the Community Building in Claremont – along with homemade pies for sale, the bulk chowder will be available for $15 per gallon – remember, no glass containers – all are invited


    The Prairie Licking Fire Protection District will host its annual “pancake breakfast” this Saturday with serving from 6:30 to 12:30 – that’s at the Fire House in Annapolis – carry-outs available – all are invited


    The new Lavender Ridge Memory Care facility in Olney has an Open House this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 – along with a building tour, there’ll will be a short seminar about caring for loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s – all are invited out to Lavender Ridge, at 1304 North East Street, in Olney


    Don’t forget to go to the Governor’s Facebook Page & vote for the Richland County Elementary School in Olney, all part of the Governor’s statewide #GovClassroomVisit tour program – the voting deadline is at 5:00 this Friday afternoon – four other schools are involved to see which one is visited first by the Governor

 

 

 

March 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure builds into the Midwest today we’ll have plenty of sunshine, but cool conditions – but it doesn’t last long as a dry warm front quickly moves thru tomorrow night followed by a cold front by Friday, which will give our next rain chance on St. Patrick’s Day – but then dry and warmer for the weekend ahead – we can then expect more rain chances the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Richland, Jasper, and all surrounding counties, in effect now thru 10:00 tomorrow morning – while low temperatures dipped well below the freezing mark this morning, the same is expected again tonight and tomorrow night – residents should take the needed precautions to protect sensitive vegetation that has sprouted early in our region.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – lawmakers are attempting to revive an effort that failed last year, to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois – a news conference scheduled for today will outline the proposal that would allow residents to automatically register to vote when they visit certain state agencies – such a plan was approved by lawmakers last year but vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner – the State Board of Elections says this new proposal strengthens guidelines of eligibility and appears to be more efficient.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois House members are picking up education funding reform where they say a special commission convened left off – lawmakers gathered yesterday to discuss proposals to revise the way Illinois finances its public schools by rewriting legislation to overhaul what many claim is an outdated education funding model – a commission formed by the Governor last year made recommendations last month, but provided no legislation – this new group of  26 bipartisan lawmakers hopes to recommend a change soon.

 

(NEWTON)  To provide greater protections for private-property owners when utility companies seek to install power lines, State Senator Dale Righter is sponsoring legislation to slow the process & give property owners more rights – the lawmaker from Mattoon says the plan would inject a greater measure of due process for where electric lines are built so landowners don’t get steamrolled by the utility companies – the new legislation is supported by the Illinois Farm Bureau and is now awaiting further debate in Springfield.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  agreed to cash out an invested CD and deposit $50,000 into the Village’s general fund and then reinvest the balance back into a CD – this extra cash flow will help the Village funds due to recent expenses from projects and no money coming in from the State of Illinois  :  again is reminding Village-wide garbage customers that the trash hauling rate will increase by 2% beginning in April – that’s from the $9.69 fee up to $9.88 for those inside the Village limits  :  reminded those who’d like to keep their ground decorations at the Noble Cemetery to please have them removed by March 31st, two weeks from this Friday  :  noted the upcoming April 4th Consolidated Election with a Mayor, Clerk, and Trustees to be elected  :   noted that the Spring Cleanup Day for Village residents has been set by Republic Services for Wednesday, April 26th  :  also discussed, but took no action on the burial requirements and process at the Noble Cemetery  :  and agreed to close North Noble Avenue on May 6th for a Car Show  :  the Board’s next regular meeting will be March 27th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Ruritan’s Lincolnland District Spring Awards Banquet for 2016 was held recently in the Home Club of the Past Direct Governor Marilyn Bledsoe in Hymera, Indiana – the Ruritan members heard a report on the recent National Convention and related details – three Outstanding Treasurer Awards were presented to Judy Sayre of  Dundas, Beverly Tanner of  the Illiana Ruritan, and Brandi Dodd of  Dubois, Indiana – three Outstanding Secretary Awards were presented to Pauline Volk of  Dundas, Beth Cave of Dubois, and Kathy Strahle of Hymera, Indiana – the District Attendance Award went to the Geff Ruritan Club – the District Youth Member Scholarships were presented to Blake Kocher of  Dundas, Clayton Tubbs of  Wayne City, Madison Aherin of  Dieterich – the Alternates include Kayla Hoste and Madeline Aherin, both of  Dieterich – the Lincolnland District Officers in attendance included new District Governor James Barger of the Allendale Ruritan Club, District Secretary Beverly Tanner of the Geff  Ruritan Club, District Treasurer Mike Merry of the Dieterich Ruritan Club, National Director Howard Tanner of  Geff, Youth Coordinator and Past District Governor Marilyn Bledsoe of the Hymera, Indiana Ruritan Club, and Past National Director and Zone Governor Grover Burkett of the Dundas Ruritan Club.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District has received a limited amount of cost share funds for implementation of approved conservation practices – those interested in applying for cost share on a conservation practice should stop by the SWCD office now during a concentrated sign-up thru the rest of March  :  meanwhile, the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District has its annual “fish sale” on March 28th – orders are being taken now for the various species available at the office during regular hours thru March 24th, a week from this Friday – call or stop by the SWCD office in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a bus trip to Cloverdale, Indiana on Thursday, April 27th, six weeks from tomorrow – the trip includes a visit to the Orchid Farm, a tour of the Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute, & a meal, all of which are included in the $70 cost for Farm Bureau members or $75 for non-members – to place a reservation by March 27th, call the Newton office at  618-783-2733.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Senior Center is hosting another fish fry / salad bar meal this Friday in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center with its future funding to assist local seniors.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Altamont Elementary School from 2:30 to 6:30  :  on Friday at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also on Friday at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Today’s the final day to get those applications and other paperwork turned in for scholarship funds to be awarded by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association – Sheriff’s Rick Britton in Jasper County and Andy Hires in Richland County will each be awarding one $500 scholarship, not to mention other surrounding Sheriffs in their respective counties as well – some restrictions apply – for last minute details, contact your local Sheriff’s office, a high school advisor, or college financial aid office.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The First Presbyterian Church has its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner this Saturday night with serving from 7:00 to 9:00 – it’s a corned beef and cabbage meal with a drink and dessert, plus hot dogs for children – bulk and carry-out orders available – tickets at the door or in advance by calling the church at  392-6101


    The Noble - Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department has its Ham & Bean Feed this Saturday at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 10:30 to 2:00 – also a raffle with plenty of prizes – all invited


    The Chauncey Community Club has its “pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy” meal this Saturday, with serving from 7:00 to 12:15 – the cost is by free-will donation at the door – proceeds for the roofing project


    The Sailor Springs Historical Foundation is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional meal this Friday night in the Ruritan Building in Sailor Springs with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 – it’s a brisaquette, cabbage, potatoes, & carrots meal, plus apple dessert & drinks, priced at $7 per plate – carry-outs available


    It’s another Friday night “fish fry” this weekend at the Olney City Park Community Building with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs available – proceeds to the Knights of Columbus senior scholarships


    The new Lavender Ridge Memory Care facility in Olney has an Open House this Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 – along with a building tour, there’ll will be a short seminar about caring for loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s – all are invited out to Lavender Ridge, at 1304 North East Street, in Olney


    Don’t forget to go to the Governor’s Facebook Page & vote for the Richland County Elementary School in Olney, all part of the Governor’s statewide #GovClassroomVisit tour program – the voting deadline is at 5:00 this Friday afternoon – four other schools are involved to see which one is visited first by the Governor