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Local News

September 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the strong cold front continues to push off to our southeast today, we’ll see a clearing sky by later today and while a deep upper level trof over the Upper Midwest will give that area rain chances for the next few days, we’ll have dry and cool conditions in the downstate area – a surface high pressure ridge will settle into the Midwest on Thursday, keeping us even drier thru the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills this year, such as how to balance a checkbook, how to put money into a savings account, and more – the State Board of Education adopted the revised social science standards in 2015, then approved them a year ago to be included at all levels of school, elementary thru high school – officials say students need to learn how to save money and how to take care of it – Illinois is the 45th state to add financial literacy into its standards.

 

(OLNEY)  In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this coming winter – these seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time & on-call work schedules to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-&-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays, & nights – applicants must have a commercial driver’s license & submit to a criminal background check – plus a pre-employment physical, drug & alcohol screenings, & vision testing are required – applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience, and qualifications – the deadline to apply is a week from tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th – for details and more, go online at www.idot.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has considered 94 clemency requests petitions from Illinois prisoners – the Governor granted 7 clemency petitions and denied the remaining 87 – this was the 19th set of petitions reviewd by Governor Rauner since he took office – each person granted a clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 11:54 late yesterday morning on U.S. Route 45, approximately 2 miles north of Neoga, in Cumberland County – the State Police report that 60 year old Gilbert Andrew Tarpley of Williford, Arkansas, was southbound on Route 45 when his motorcycle ran off the roadway to the right, just before a residential driveway – the motorcycle struck the inclined embankment of the driveway’s culvert, sending the motorcycle airborne and ejecting the driver upon impact with the ground – Tarpley was transported to Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital near Mattoon where he was pronounced dead a short time later – Cumberland & Coles County emergency personnel assisted.

 

(OLNEY)  In an effort to improve the allocation of alcohol beverage compliance resources, the State of Illinois and the counties of Richland, Edwards, and Wabash have recently joined forces to launch a new Liquor Inspection Pilot Program – under the agreement, the Wabash County Health Department has begun carrying out Standard Liquor Inspections for license holders in all three counties on behalf of the State of Illinois – utilizing existing state resources, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is providing financial assistance and training for designated local inspectors – the Wabash County Health Department began conducting inspections for the total 48 license holders within the three county region upon the completion of ILCC training in July and will continue thru June 30th, 2018, when the pilot program concludes – the inspections include areas of local concern, such as health & sanitation, license & insurance verifications, and deceptive practices – the liquor inspection pilot program includes the jurisdictions of all incorporated and unincorporated areas within Richland, Edwards, and Wabash Counties – for more details and/or information, visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission website online, at  www.illinois.gov.ilcc.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Fall Festival is this weekend in Newton, beginning with breakfast at the Grace United Methodist Church from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning – the Classic Car Show registration starts at 9:00 with judging at 12 noon, plus various activities & entertainment thru the morning & afternoon – homemade ice cream at 9:00, the popular parade at 10:00, pedal tractor pull at 1:30, and other games and live music into the night – plus a beer garden from 12 noon to midnight – then a Non-Denominational church service at 9:00 Sunday morning with entertainment and an afternoon petting zoo – check it out – that’s this coming Saturday and Sunday, the Jasper County Fall Festival, this weekend, in Newton.

 

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the four United States military academies – all high school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2018 admission – applications are accepted for the country’s four academies  :  the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado  :  the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York  :  the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland  :  and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York  :  acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine year service obligation, which includes four years at the academy and five years of active duty service – while Congressman Shimkus nominates the applicants, it’s solely up to the respective academy officials to make the final selections regarding admission – various requirements apply – students should complete the application online at  www.shimkusus.house.gov/services/academy  and return it by November 1st, 2017, to the Congressman’s District office in Maryville – for more, call  618-288-7190.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will have its first of two regular bi-monthly meetings in September tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00 – the agenda includes one old business item along with several new business items, plus an executive session to discuss litigation & real estate – as usual, tonight’s Newton City Council meeting is open to the public – for more, logon at  www.cityofnewtonil.com.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives   :  today at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low area blood supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    It’s a Tailgate Sunday this weekend in the Olney City Park – the family event begins at 9:00 this Sunday morning with John Louis / Illuisionist, followed by the family worship at 10:00, and a family meal served at 11:00 – all are invited to dress in their game day gear (or casual), plus bring those lawn chairs – all are invited out this Sunday morning to Tailgate Sunday in the Olney City Park – for more, call  618-393-6421


    The annual Dundas School Reunion is this Sunday, September 10th, at the former Dundas Grade School, running from 12:00 noon until it’s over – attendees are asked to bring a covered dish while drinks and table ware will be provided – those planning to attend are asked to bring pictures and memorabilia to reminisce


    The Pink Warriors Support Group in Olney will have a fundraising “Happy Days Again” event this Saturday evening, starting at 5:00, at Hovey’s Restaurant, in downtown Olney – they’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, & desserts for $5 per person – with the 1950’s and 60’s style theme, everyone’s urged to dress accordingly with prizes awarded, plus bring your vintage cars and park in the downtown TrustBank parking lot – also live entertainment – all proceeds to help with the local fight against cancer


    A spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction will be held this Saturday evening at the First Assembly Church in Olney – it’s serving from 4:00 to 7:00 with the cost by donation, plus to-go orders available – all proceeds go to getting a Service Dog for Tuk – for more details, go to Service Dog For Tuk on Facebook


    A cancer benefit fundraiser for Sandy Finn will be held this Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the barbeque pork meal will be served at 4:00, all by a free will donation at the door – also a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, a gun raffle, and a regular raffle – proceeds to help with expenses


    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Jasper County Republicans have a pork burger and bratswurst cookout this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – all sandwiches priced at $3 each – for large delivery orders call  618-554-5870  by this Thursday, September 7th – that’s all this Friday in Newton


    The Grandparent Support Group will meet this coming Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child or those involved in the raising of a child – call RCES in advance (Tuesday or Wednesday) at  618-395-8540  for provided childcare, if needed

 

 

 

September 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will bring us our next chance of rain late tonight thru early tomorrow morning – that’s after a full day of sunshine on this Labor Day, although some clouds will start to build in this afternoon – then after the rain ends a little after sunrise tomorrow morning, we’ll gradually return to a sunny sky tomorrow – plus cool and dry conditions for the rest of this week – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are continuing their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign – authorities are out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – plus the enforcement also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Conservation Police are also out in extra force looking for those impaired & not wearing safety flotation devices on statewide lakes and rivers – the statewide safety initiative runs thru tomorrow night.

 

(NEWTON)  While September is National Preparedness Month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is joining with emergency management agencies around the state to encourage people to spend a few moments during September on disaster preparedness – the theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead / You Can” as statewide residents are urged to set aside time to discuss emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe when disaster strikes – for tips from IEMA, logon at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is wrapping things up today with its final few hours of activities on the fairgrounds – today is being observed as Family Day with this afternoon’s highlight event, ARCA car racing at 3:00 – the carnival rides, fair food, & more continue thru tonight – logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives   :  this morning at the Home Depot in Mattoon from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Wednesday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supplies in our region & surrounding area.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With today’s observance of Labor Day, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls are closed today  :  Republic Services is not hauling any trash on this Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal for the rest of this week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers  :  Olney’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all the rest of this week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump is closed today, but will be open thru the remainder of this week – that’s this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Wynoose Chowder is Saturday evening with serving at 4:00 – also barbeque pork, fried chicken, desserts, ice cream, & drinks – all at the Wynoose Community Building – all are invited to attend


    The annual Dundas Ruritan Bulk Chowder is Saturday with serving at 11:00 - it's chowder by the gallon or half gallon, priced at $15 per gallon, plus homemade pies and other baked goods – all invited to Dundas


    The Grandparent Support Group will meet this coming Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Richland County Elementary School – it’s for grandparents or caregivers raising a child or those involved in the raising of a child – call RCES in advance (Tuesday or Wednesday) at  618-395-8540  for provided childcare, if needed


    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is today in Ingraham – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 am, the Tractor Pull at 1:00 pm – a fried chicken dinner from 11:00 to 1:00 and a vegetable soup supper at 4:00 – plus other food, games, live music, and the raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out all of today in Ingraham


    The Calhoun Club’s Labor Day Chowder is today with serving to start at 11:00 this morning – it’s chowder by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – all invited


    The Pioneer City Rodeo is wrapping up in Palestine – the Gigantic Parade is this morning at 10:00, followed by free entertainment at the Band Shell at 12:00 noon – for more, logon at www.pioneercity.com


    And a note that due to a water line repair yesterday, the entire Village of  West Salem is under a “boil water order” until further notice – again, a “boil water order” is in effect until further notice for West Salem

 

 

 

September 2, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a quiet weather pattern in place for our downstate region for the next couple of days – look for a fair amount of sunshine today, tomorrow, and on Monday, plus we’ll see a 30-plus degree warm up from this morning thru Labor Day afternoon – then another cold front moves thru with rain Monday night thru Tuesday, & cooler air moving in for the rest of the work week, next week – listen for weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing down in Perry County as today is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various activities  :  tomorrow is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon, featuring fan favorite Tony Stewart  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  Time’s running out for area and local residents to help out by giving to those in need in Texas due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey – a semi-truck trailer, located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard, is currently being filled with needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry & personal hygiene items, bottled water, and more, however no clothes and no furniture – items can be dropped off this morning from 8:00 to 12:00 and the final time tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – the trailer will be leaving Olney on Monday.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding all motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly this weekend – it’s all part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, as authorities are out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – this also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Conservation Police are also be out in extra force looking for those impaired on statewide lakes and rivers – the initiative runs thru next Tuesday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls will be closed Monday  :  also Republic Services will not be hauling any trash on Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers  :  Olney’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all of next week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday in Ingraham – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 am, the Tractor Pull at 1:00 pm – a fried chicken dinner from 11:00 to 1:00 and a vegetable soup supper at 4:00 – plus other food, games, live music, and the raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out Monday in Ingraham


    The Calhoun Club’s Labor Day Chowder is Monday with serving to start at 11:00 am – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – all invited


    The Pre-Labor Day Picnic is Sunday in Ste. Marie with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall, tickets at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River”


    The Pioneer City Rodeo is continuing in Palestine – the antique gas engine exhibit is today with other activities & the 2nd of three rodeos tonight at 7:00 – tomorrow morning’s church service at 10:15 is followed by a bean dinner, live entertainment, the Miss Labor Day Pageant, and the final rodeo tomorrow night at 7:00 – the Gigantic Parade is Monday morning at 10:00 – for more, logon at www.pioneercity.com


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host “Anything’s Possible” tonight, a Praise & Worship extravaganza, from 6:30 to 8:00 – all Bible believers should check it out – everyone is welcome to attend


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is today with serving at 11:00 this morning, priced at $16 per gallon – the Community Center will have chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – all in Berryville


    The annual Elm River Chowder is also today with serving at around 11:00 – that’s around 6 miles south of Clay City, on the banks of the Elm River – also other food, games, and activities there as well

 

 

 

September 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue moving just south of the Ohio River Valley, the wrap-around effect for us is more clouds and a slight chance of some scattered rain showers late today into tonight, although the better chance of rain is mostly to our south & east – then dry & warmer air moves in for tomorrow, Sunday, & Monday – a cold front brings us rain Tuesday, then cooler air – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed that wide-reaching overhaul of the way Illinois funds public schools – in a measure approved earlier this week in both the State House and Senate, state aid can now be sent to more than 800 school districts for the first time this academic year with plans to eliminate the large gap between the poor and rich districts – the law provides about $430 million in new funding to Chicago Public Schools, about $150 million more than the Governor had stripped from the plan with his amendatory veto earlier this month – but more importantly, the money is flowing again to schools.

 

(NEWTON)  Yesterday was recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day, a time when the Illinois Department of Public Health renewed its commitment to raising awareness of an alarming trend in opioid overdose deaths – recent analysis of Illinois death records shows that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, increased 910% in Illinois between 2013 and 2016 – more information on the new report released on Thursday are available on the Illinois Department of Human Services website.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Sponsor Appreciation Day with plenty of family friendly activities, plus on stage tonight is Switchfoot with Lifehouse  :  tomorrow is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various activities  :  Sunday is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 that afternoon featuring fan favorite Tony Stewart  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  An effort in Olney is continuing, asking local and area residents to help out by donating needed items for the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey – the semi-truck trailer, provided by Hancock Carriers, is being filled with needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry & personal hygiene items, bottled water, and more, but no clothes and no furniture – the trailer is located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard – items are being accepted from 4:00 to 8:00 this afternoon & evening, tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12:00, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – with plans to leave Olney next Monday, we encourage everyone to take time this weekend to help out by donating to those in need down in Texas – logon at  www.helpinghishands.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding all motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly this coming weekend – it’s all part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign, where authorities will be out in extra force looking for those driving impaired and not buckled up – this also includes all waterways in Illinois as DNR Police will also be out in extra force looking for those impaired on statewide lakes and rivers – the initiative is underway now & will continue thru next Tuesday – Labor Day 2016 was the deadliest holiday weekend in five years in Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due on September 12th, a week from next Tuesday – there are three ways in which to pay the final tax installment – either by mail, in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Courthouse, open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:00, or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – call the Richland County Treasurer’s office if any questions at  618-392-8341.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all Village and City Halls will be closed Monday  :  also Republic Services will not be hauling any trash on Labor Day – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers  :  Olney’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all of next week  :  plus Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00, each day.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA has released the agricultural prices for the month of July  :  the Prices Received Index, that’s Agricultural Production, was at 95.3 in July, a 2.9% drop from June, however 5.3% higher than a year ago in July 2016  :  the Crop Production Index, at 86.3 in July, was 1.1% lower than the month before, but a 2.1% increase from last year  :  the Livestock Production Index for July was at 104, down 3.1% from last June, however 8.3% higher than a year ago  :  Illinois producers received lower prices in July for cattle, broilers, and calves, but higher prices for market eggs, hogs, and wheat in July  :  the Food Commodities Index was at 100.5 this past July, down 3.5% from June, but up 6.7% from July of 2016.

 

(OLNEY)  A note to those in the outdoors – controlled pheasant hunting opportunities are available at 20 Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites during the 2017-2018 hunting season as dates and permit reservation information is available online – sixteen of the sites are operated by the State DNR while the other four sites continue to operate in a public / private partnership arrangement between the State DNR and local concessionaire – while six of the sites provide only the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt opportunity for those ages 10 to 17, nine sites provide lengthy hunter seasons and special hunting days for young hunters as well – online permit reservations and other details are available online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also today at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  plus blood drives next week in Mattoon, Toledo, Olney, Teutopolis, Hutsonville, & Effingham  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday in Ingraham at the Community Center – bring your lawn chairs – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 in the morning and the Tractor Pull at 1:00 that afternoon – a fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 to 1:00, then a vegetable soup supper is served at 4:00, with bulk soup available for purchase – plus other food, games, live music, and raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out


    The Calhoun Club will host its annual Labor Day Chowder next Monday, September 4th, with serving to start at 11:00 that morning – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – that’s next Monday, the Labor Day Chowder in Calhoun – all invited


    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guest is Logan Kirby from Danville – all ages are welcome – tickets at the door, plus refreshments


    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Olney Church of the Nazarene will host “Anything’s Possible” tomorrow night, a Praise & Worship extravaganza, from 6:30 to 8:00 – all Bible believers should check it out – everyone is welcome to attend


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is tomorrow with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder


    The American Legion Post #30 will have its monthly Friday night “fish fry” tonight with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door


    A fundraising cookout is today at the Olney IGA with serving of brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks from 10:30 to 1:30 – proceeds to benefit the Fox River Apartment Residents Council Fund – all are invited

 

 

 

August 31, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have another dry day on tap for this Thursday, however a weak cold front draped across northern Illinois will slowly sink southward, giving us a late night chance of scattered rain, which continues thru tomorrow morning – the sky will dry up Friday afternoon and we’ll have a dry weekend, Saturday and Sunday – as we warm up on Labor Day, we’ll have another rain chance next Tuesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed the attorney for the state’s child welfare agency as his top legal advisor – the Governor named Lise Spacapan as General Counsel for his office on Wednesday – Spacapan replaces Dennis Murashko, who’ll leave today for a private sector job – Spacapan worked in private practice before joining the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services in 2015.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency have released the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report, which describes actions taken around Illinois during the last two years to reduce nutrient losses and influence positive changes in nutrient loads over time – the report shows the collaborative efforts are resulting in real improvements in Illinois’ waters – while the agriculture sector invested more than $54 million in research and monitoring, the State EPA last year provided over $640 million for water quality projects – the Biennial Report will be updated again in 2019.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Illinois Tourism Day with the Roots & Boots Tour on stage tonight featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon, & Collin Raye  :  tomorrow is Sponsor Appreciation Day with plenty of family friendly activities, plus on stage tomorrow night is Switchfoot with Lifehouse  :  Saturday is Coal Heritage Day as all past & current coal miners will be honored with various actitivities  :  Sunday is First Responder Day with USAC Silver Crown car racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :  and Monday is Family Day with ARCA racing at 3:00 that afternoon  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues with carnival rides, fair food, and more thru next Monday – for details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  An effort in Olney is continuing, asking local and area residents to help out by donating needed items for the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas – only a few days remain before the semi-truck trailer provided by Hancock Carriers leaves Olney next Monday and heads to the Houston area – Helping His Hands & many other local groups are accepting needed items, such as cleaning supplies, toiletry items, bottled water, and personal hygiene items, but no clothes & no furniture – the trailer is located at SKS USA, on East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney, just north of the Richland County School District Bus Yard – items are being accepted today & tomorrow from 4:00 to 8:00 each afternoon & evening, also Saturday morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon & Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 – again, with plans to leave Olney next Monday, we encourage everyone to take time to help out by donating to those in need down in Texas – for more information and/or details on how to help and what’s needed, logon at  www.helpinghishands.com.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON/NOBLE)  With the observance of  Labor Day next Monday, residents are reminded that all City & Village Halls will be closed Monday – they’ll remain open thru tomorrow, then reopen with regular hours next Tuesday  :  also Republic Services will observe Labor Day as an official holiday, therefore no trash will be hauled next Monday – the trash collections will run a day later than normal all of next week for all Olney, Newton, Noble, & area customers – Monday’s normal pickup will be on Tuesday, Tuesday’s routes will be hauled on Wednesday, and so on for the rest of next week thru Saturday  :  in Olney, the city’s curbside recycling pick up will not be affected by the holiday and it will run on its regular schedule all of next week  :  meanwhile, Olney’s brush dump will be closed next Monday, but open thru the remainder of next week – that’s next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The American Red Cross is continuing its around-the-clock work with thousands of volunteers from all over America helping those along the Gulf Coast area whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey – the Red Cross says that 91 cents of every dollar cycled thru its disaster donation system is invested in humanitarian services and programs – from healthcare supplies to clean drinking water, from clothing to counseling, most all disaster needs are met as best as possible – to help out, area residents are encouraged to make a donation online by logging on at  www.redcross.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay Electric Co-operative held its 73rd Annual Meeting a week ago in Flora and re-elected three area men to the Board of Directors  :   Richard Rudolphi from Wendelin, Danny Schnepper from rural Louisville, and Bill Croy from Clay City  :   General Manager Ed VanHoose reported the Co-op retired more than $200,000 in capital credits last year, with plans to retire another $170,000 in November – plus the Co-op continues to look for innovative ways to respond to members’ needs in the future  :  President / CEO of the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative, Don Gulley, projected an upcoming 4% increase in power supply costs – based at Lake of Egypt, six miles south of Marion, the SIPC is the generation & transmission provider for Clay Electric  :  based in Flora, Clay Electric Co-op serves more than 3,233 meters on over 918 miles of line in parts of Clay, Wayne, Marion, Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, and Richland Counties.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is nearly five weeks away, to be held Saturday thru Monday, October 7th thru 9th, in all regional downstate counties – it’s for hunters who have not reached their 18th birthday who must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly-licensed parent, guardian, and/or grandparent who’s 21 years of age or older with a valid FOID card – the Youth Deer Permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors throughout the state, plus those that are 16 years of age or older must also have a Habitat Stamp – hunters may purchase only one either-sex permit – the youth hunters and those with them are reminded that the state’s archery deer season will also be underway during the three days and may also be afield or in the woods – for more information, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming area blood drives  :  today at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Store in Flora from 11:00 to 3:00  :  plus blood drives next week in Mattoon, Toledo, Olney, Teutopolis, Hutsonville, and Effingham  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low supplies.

 

(NEWTON)  Due to an emergency water line repair yesterday, a portion of  Newton is under a “boil water order” until further notice – this affects the following areas  :  Water Street, from Lafayette Street to Goble Street  :  Water Street, from Goble Street to the west end of Water Street  :  Lafayette Street south to Ste. Marie Street  :  and Goble Street, from Water Street to Marion Street  :  the “boil water order” for these areas in Newton is in effect until further notice – the patience of all Newton water customers is appreciated.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The annual Labor Day Picnic & Tractor Pull is Monday in Ingraham at the Community Center – bring your lawn chairs – it’s the Truck Pull at 9:00 in the morning and the Tractor Pull at 1:00 that afternoon – a fried chicken dinner served from 11:00 to 1:00, then a vegetable soup supper is served at 4:00, with bulk soup available for purchase – plus other food, games, live music, and raffle drawing at 6:00 – check in out


    The Calhoun Club will host its annual Labor Day Chowder next Monday, September 4th, with serving to start at 11:00 that morning – the chowder will be available by the bowl or bulk, plus sandwiches, a variety of homemade desserts, and drinks – that’s next Monday, the Labor Day Chowder in Calhoun – all invited


    It’s another Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guest is Logan Kirby from Danville – all ages are welcome – tickets at the door, plus refreshments


    The 180th Annual St. Mary’s in Ste. Marie “Pre-Labor Day Picnic” is this coming Sunday with pork loin & chicken dinners served from 11:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall with tickets on sale at the door – also other food, a beer garden, country store, gift basket raffle, big ticket raffle, handmade quilt raffle, bingo, & more – plus entertainment by “A Band Called River” until 10:00 that night – that’s all this Sunday in Ste. Marie


    The Annual Berryville Community Chowder is set for this Saturday with serving to start at 11:00, priced at $16 per gallon, plus assistance provided to get that chowder to a vehicle – the Community Center will be serving chowder by the bowl, plus hamburgers, fish, homemade pies & cakes, & drinks – also a basket drawing with tickets on sale, plus Amish items & more – a sign up sheet’s available to reserve the chowder


    The American Legion Post #30 will have its monthly Friday night “fish fry” tomorrow night with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door


    A fundraising cookout is tomorrow at the Olney IGA with serving of brats, pork burgers, chips, & drinks from 10:30 to 1:30 – proceeds to benefit the Fox River Apartment Residents Council Fund – all are invited