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November 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a stalled out frontal boundary gives us rain this morning and possibly again later today, some warmer air will filter in from the south overnight and we’ll see daily highs in the 60’s for nearly the next week – then back-to-back cold fronts will move thru tomorrow night & Sunday night, giving us rain chances at some point in time every day & night thru the first of next week, except for Friday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – new data shows thousands of students in Illinois’ public high schools are struggling as the state pushes them to achieve higher scores – the Chicago Tribune reports that the SAT college entrance exam was offered to high school students for free last spring and the Illinois Report Card data shows average scores ranged from the low 740’s to the high 1,300’s – tested on math, reading, and writing sections, the data reflects wide performance disparities at more than 700 high schools statewide.

 

(OLNEY)  The Silver Search statewide awareness campaign launches today, on this November 1st, during Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness & National Family Caregivers Month – Silver Search is a partnership between several public & private agencies & organizations to bring awareness, education, and resources to help return a person with Alzheimer's or dementia home safely when they get lost – it’s estimated that 60% of those with Alzheimer’s disease will wander at some point during the diagnosis – Silver Search focuses on providing proactive training and reactive technology to law enforcement agencies to quickly and efficiently locate someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia who goes missing – check the State Police website for details.

 

(NEWTON)  Meanwhile, the Illinois State Police will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in five years, in 2022 – in anticipation of the anniversary, the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation is hosting a logo design contest open to active and retired ISP employees and the general public – the 100th Anniversary logo will be used in making commemorative stars, patches, car decals, letterhead, challenge coins, yearbooks, apparel, web design, advertising, and collectible memorabilia – the logo design judging criteria will include professionalism, theme, color, integrity, and nostalgia – the Illinois State Police Logo contest begins today and ends March 1st, 2018 – for details or to submit a contest entry, logon at  www.isphf.org/logo-contest.

 

(OLNEY)  The next Community Engagement Session hosted by the Richland County FACTS group is set for tomorrow evening, at 6:30, in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney – in the previous sessions, the Facility Advisory Citizens for Tomorrow’s Students (FACTS) & those attending, identified priorities in the development of a long-range facility plan for the Richland County School District – tomorrow night’s meeting will be the fifth of five scheduled sessions with the two primary topics to further explore renovation ideas of the high school facility & to examine possible funding options to support a long-range facility plan – all members of the Richland County community are encouraged to attend the Thursday night session – it’s not necessary to have attended the previous meetings to attend tomorrow night – more information and details can be found on the District’s website online, logon at  www.rccu1.net.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton will have its Fall Clean-Up Day this coming Friday, November 3rd, during the regular trash pickup by Republic Services – all items must be set out along the street or road before 5:00 this Friday morning, preferably the night before, on Thursday night – items accepted includes household furniture, large toys, carpeting tied in three (3) foot bundles, and appliances not containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFC’s), such as refrigerators and air conditioners – also accepted are mattresses that must be wrapped in plastic – items not accepted includes construction debris, building materials, tires, paint, liquid waste, electronics, and/or hazardous waste.

 

(OLNEY)  Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana, has donated six boxes of paint suits, in various sizes, to Olney Central College’s Collision Repair Technology Program – students will utilize the suits while spraying parts and vehicles in the Collision Repair Technology Center’s downdraft paint booth – OCC officials say with the lack of funding from the state, this donation couldn’t have come at a better time – this is yet another generous donation from Toyota, who in the past has donated two Highlander SUV’s, six engines, & ten transmissions for the Automotive Service Technology Program – a huge “thanks” to the Toyota Plant in Princeton for its continued support of the automotive programs at Olney Central College.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, starting today on this November 1st, the signup now is for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – logon at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Scouts of Richland County are asking the community for its help with this year’s Annual Food Drive – on Saturday, November 11th, a week from this coming Saturday, local Scouts will be walking door to door, handing out bags to be filled with non-perishable food items – then a week later, on Saturday, November 18th, the bags will be picked up starting at 9:00 that morning – residents are asked to make sure their bags are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney that Saturday morning, November 18th, from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at  618-240-1850  or Joshua at  618-354-7757 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan where they will distribute the food for the upcoming holiday season.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Homemakers Education Association will have its Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – breakfast of sweet rolls and coffee will be served at 8:00 that morning, then the serving of fried chicken dinners with homemade pies and drinks at 11:00 – there will be homemade quilts, theme baskets, a 50/50 drawing, white elephant stand, a make-it-take-it stand, and lots of home baked goodies – admission is free and all are invited to attend.

 

(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 St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  on Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown will host a “soup supper” this Sunday evening with serving from 4:00 to 6:00 – with other food items also available, all ages are invited this Sunday


    The St. Thomas School in Newton will host a breakfast this Sunday morning in the Parish Hall with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – some great food for an even better cause – all are invited


    The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Dance Fundraiser this Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Lawrenceville Elks Lodge, featuring the Hot Rod Lincoln Band – it’s $10 per person & includes admission & light hors d’oeuvres while supplies last – also several raffles and more


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The Auxiliary of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney will begin taking holiday poinsettia orders this Friday, November 3rd, and continue thru November 22nd, three weeks from today – available colors include red, pink, & white – the price is $10 per plant – to order, call now at  618-395-7340, extension 4009


    The final installment of Flora Public Library’s Amazing Americans History Series is tomorrow night at 6:30 – William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, as performed by Steven McPhail, will be visiting the Library to speak on his adventures from the early 1800’s – the program is free to all ages


    The United Methodist Women will meet tomorrow for the Unit Officers’ Training Update of the Kaskaskia River District – it’s at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon – with registration & fellowship at 9:00, the meeting will end at 12 noon – for information, contact Vicki at  618-244-5892

 

 

 

October 31, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a Freeze Warning for our area this morning, we’ll see another mostly cloudy day, although maybe some sunshine this morning with more clouds later – after a dry Halloween Night, our on-and-off again rain chances will run overnight, thru tomorrow, and pretty much each day and night thru the first of next week – not a complete wash out, but rain chances with mild conditions – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween to prevent a nightmare caused by impaired driving – local police, sheriff’s deputies, and State Troopers throughout Illinois are continuing extra patrols now thru tomorrow morning to help keep roads safe – motorists especially should be alert during “Trick or Treat” hours tonight, watching out for children and others on this Halloween Night.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Insurance is improving the shopping experience for people who are looking to purchase a healthcare plan for 2018 – thanks to a new partnership with GoHealth, consumers will be able to take a comprehensive look at individual plans before they buy – officials say it’s imperative that Illinoisans shop for coverage both on and off the Marketplace this year because the Open Enrollment Period has been shortened to just 6 weeks instead of 12 weeks in previous years, plus the Cost Sharing Reduction payments have ended – GoHealth will provide detailed on-line plan information and phone support from licensed health insurance agents – in fact, starting tomorrow, November 1st, the agents will be available to walk consumers thru the plan comparisons & purchasing processes – call  866-311-1119  Monday thru Friday, 7:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am to 6:00pm, or go to www.getcovered.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report from last week – there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork around the state on average – the state’s average precipitation was 1.07 inches of rain, just over a half inch (0.52) above normal – last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 45.5 degrees, that was 6.3 degrees below normal – as of Sunday, the statewide corn harvest was 73% complete, compared to the 5 year average of 84% – Illinois’ soybean harvest was 86% complete, compared to 87% a year ago – and 76% of the state’s intended acreage was sown to winter wheat  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Olney & Newton report 92% of the local corn and 89% of the local soybeans have been harvested – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest continues to finish up in the days ahead.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single vehicle crash that occurred at 9:39 this past Saturday night on a Jasper County road, just south of Newton Lake – the State Police report an unidentified 17 year old juvenile from Dieterich was driving a Dodge SUV, southbound on North 500th Street, when the vehicle drove off the roadway, partially into the ditch, then back on the roadway, skidded across the road, collided with a tree, and overturned – a 16 year old juvenile passenger from Dieterich was transported by helicopter to Carle Hospital in Urbana – another passenger, 19 year old Jordan W. Kollman from Newton, along with the 17 year old driver, and another passenger, a 15 year old juvenile from Dieterich, were all transported to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham – the juvenile driver was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, for driving too fast for conditions, and for failure to wear a seatbelt – the other two juvenile passengers were cited for failure to wear a seatbelt as well – the Illinois State Police were assisted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and other Jasper County emergency personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a three vehicle wreck that occurred at 3:20 in Clay City, at the U.S. Route 50 / Main Street intersection – the State Police report 56 year old Beth Seals of Ellery was stopped on the south side of the intersection and pulled into the path of a westbound semi-truck, driven by 55 year old Norman Hesseltine of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa – that collision caused the Seals vehicle to spin into a third vehicle, driven by 44 year old Billy Wyatt of Parkersburg – Seals was taken to Clay County Hospital while the other two drivers refused treatment – Seals was ticketed for failure to yield at an intersection.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County railroad crossing, approximately a half mile east of the CIPS Road, on County Highway 900 North, known as Golf Course Road, is now closed for needed repair work – the work should be completed by tomorrow and the railroad crossing reopened by 5:00 Wednesday evening.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has once again been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program – as a result, OCC is now eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, which includes a monetary award for the top colleges – Olney Central College was selected from nearly 1,000 public two year colleges nationwide for the honor – the top ten finalists will be named in May 2018 – two other IECC colleges made the Top 150 list, including Frontier Community College in Fairfield and Lincoln Trail College near Robinson.

 

(OLNEY)  The public’s invited to the First Annual Halloween Film Festival to be held on three dates in the Sliva Auditorium at Richland County High School – the cost is only $3 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Richland County VAT Club – the Film Festival will feature six short films from RCHS students, ranging from one to six minutes each, plus a couple of other longer films, one of which is a production of students at Vincennes Lincoln High School – the first of three showings is tonight, this Halloween Night, starting at 7:00, with the final two showings this coming weekend – Saturday evening at 6:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – all are invited – for more, check out the RCHS VAT Club on Facebook or YouTube.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Sheriff's Department now has applications available for the 2017 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop with a Cop” Program at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton – the children must be Jasper County residents & must be between the ages of  3 and 14 – parents who would like their children to participate, must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00 on November 24th, three weeks from this Friday – the Department wants all Jasper County children to have a happy holiday.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department will begin vacuuming leaves along the city streets this Wednesday, November 1st, and continue each weekday thru November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street, but no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – only leaves will be vacuumed, not twigs and not tree limbs  :  the southwest part of Newton will be covered on Mondays and Tuesdays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren Street to West End Avenue  :  the long & narrow north end of Newton will be covered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including the area north of Jourdan Street, plus Imperial Acres and the West End Industrial Park  :  and the southeast part of Newton on Fridays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street  :  residents can call  618-783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number if there are leaves to be vacuumed.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate’s Haunted Trail, in the woods north of the college, along Parker Street, is open for the final night tonight, on this Halloween Night – the Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children is from 5:00 to 6:30 – the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, is from 6:30 to 11:00 – pay at the gate – all proceeds go to the Olney Central College Student Senate for various activities.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Olney Public Library will host a free program this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the presenters, Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier, will share parts of their collection on 20th Century Military Memorabilia – the items to be displayed range from military uniforms to military equipment and much more – all are invited


    The OCC Foundation Dinner & Dueling Pianos event is this Saturday night from 6:00 to 11:00 at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30 and show time at 8:00 – the $50 tickets can be purchased at Olney Central College by calling  618-395-7777, extension 2003  – all are invited to attend


    The City of Olney will have another squirrel corn giveaway this Saturday morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a smaller limited supply of ear corn will be available free of charge to Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those getting the corn should bring their own containers this Saturday morning just south of the Community Building


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – lots of laughter and support – all are invited to attend


    It’s Trick or Treat Night  :  from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight in Newton & Ste. Marie  :  from 6:00 to 8:00 in Olney, Noble, Calhoun, Willow Hill, & elsewhere  :  remember safety first for our children tonight

 

 

 

October 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front moves across Southeastern Illinois today, we have a fairly good chance of getting some here-or-there showers with a wind switch this afternoon from the north/northwest – that will bring us a reinforced shot of cool air with some widespread frost possible tomorrow morning – after a dry Tuesday & Halloween Night, more spotty rain Wednesday & Thursday, possibly thru the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois State Police at District 12 Headquarters and all over the state are offering Halloween Safety Tips for trick-or-treaters and motorists – parents should do things like make sure children carry flashlights or wear reflective tape while going door to door – motorists should drive slowly & be extra alert while traveling in neighborhoods – trick-or-treaters should only visit homes with their front porch lights on and all children should be accompanied by an adult – & make sure all that candy is examine closely by adults when children arrive home before being eaten – let’s make it a safe and fun Halloween.

 

(OLNEY)  It was earlier this year that October was designated as “Zombie Preparedness Month” – while TV shows and movies about Zombies are very popular, especially with young adults, focusing on Zombie preparedness is a fresh way to call attention to the importance of personal preparedness – the special designation encourages those in Illinois to educate themselves about natural disasters and take steps to create a stockpile of food, water, and other emergency supplies that can last up to 72 hours – to learn more on emergency supply kits for homes and/or vehicles plus more, go online, at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Portraits of Abraham Lincoln will be given to all 102 county courthouses in Illinois to help mark the state’s upcoming bicentennial – the Illinois State Historical Society says that so far, portraits have been delivered to 25 counties, most all in the upstate region – the picture of the 16th President was taken in June 1860 and shows Lincoln sitting at the Old State Capitol in Springfield – the Bloomington nonprofit Jerome Mirza Foundation is paying for the pictures – Illinois marks its bicentennial on December 3rd, 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College District and Franklin University are partnering to offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Olney Central College – through the new agreement, the institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring their IECC associate’s degree to Franklin – beginning in January, students can take Franklin classes in a face-to-face format online at OCC through Franklin’s 3+1 Business Administration completion program, which is also being offered at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel – thru the new co-location agreement, students benefit from Franklin University’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a degree – the courses are offered in a six week format and free textbooks are available for online courses – for more information and/or details about the program or upcoming classes, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or check Franklin online.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department will begin vacuuming leaves along the city streets this Wednesday, November 1st, and continue each weekday thru November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street, but no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – only leaves will be vacuumed, not twigs and not tree limbs  :  the southwest part of Newton will be covered on Mondays and Tuesdays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren Street to West End Avenue  :  the long & narrow north end of Newton will be covered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including the area north of Jourdan Street, plus Imperial Acres and the West End Industrial Park  :  and the southeast part of Newton on Fridays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street  :  residents can call  618-783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number if there are leaves to be vacuumed.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Highway Department has announced a railroad closing this week – the railroad crossing at approximately a half mile east of the CIPS Road, on County Highway 900 North, known as Golf Course Road, will be closed for two days to improve the crossing – the closure will run from 7:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning until 5:00 Wednesday afternoon – all barricades should be observed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Homemakers Education Association will have its Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday in the Olney City Park Community Building from 9:00 to 1:00 – breakfast of sweet rolls and coffee will be served at 8:00 that morning, then the serving of fried chicken dinners with homemade pies and drinks at 11:00 – there will be homemade quilts, theme baskets, a 50/50 drawing, white elephant stand, a make-it-take-it stand, and lots of home baked goodies – admission is free and all are invited to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate’s Haunted Trail, in the woods north of the college, along Parker Street, continues tonight and tomorrow night, the final two nights – the Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children is each night from 5:00 to 6:30 – the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, is each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – pay at the gate – proceeds go to the OCC Student Senate for various activities.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY/NOBLE)  Tomorrow night is Halloween Night and it will be the official Trick or Treat Night in several local and area communities  :  from 5:00 to 7:00 in Newton and Ste. Marie  :  from 6:00 to 8:00 in Willow Hill  :  from 6:00 to 8:00 in Olney, Noble, Calhoun, and several other area communities  :  remember to keep safety first as children go door-to-door – all drivers should be extra alert as well.

 

(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  :  to at the South Central High School in Farina from 8:30 to 1:30  :  also today at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  Wednesday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church north of Louisville from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Thursday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the Effingham/Clay County line, north of Louisville, will host its Annual Ladies Aid Soup Supper, coming up this Sunday evening, from 4:00 to 7:00 – the menu includes chili, vegetable soup, ham sandwiches, hot dogs, desserts, and drink – free will donations accepted at the door


    The Olney Public Library will host a free program this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the presenters, Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier, will share parts of their collection on 20th Century Military Memorabilia – the items to be displayed range from military uniforms to military equipment and much more – all are invited


    The Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens has a Dance Fundraiser this Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Lawrenceville Elks Lodge, featuring the Hot Rod Lincoln Band – it’s $10 per person & includes admission & light hors d’oeuvres while supplies last – also several raffles and more


    The OCC Foundation Dinner & Dueling Pianos event is this Saturday night from 6:00 to 11:00 at The Holiday in Olney – doors open at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30 and show time at 8:00 – the $50 tickets can be purchased at Olney Central College by calling  618-395-7777, extension 2003  – all are invited to attend


    The City of Olney will have another squirrel corn giveaway this Saturday morning at 9:00 in the parking lot in front of the Olney City Park Community Building – a smaller limited supply of ear corn will be available free of charge to Olney residents for the purpose of feeding the squirrels in Olney – those getting the corn should bring their own containers this Saturday morning just south of the Community Building


    The Dundas Ruritan will be serving biscuits & gravy and pancakes & sausage with drinks this Saturday morning – that’s from 7:00 until 12:00 noon, or until sold out – tickets are cheaper in advance by calling Gerald at  618-395-2208  or Grover at  618-395-7362  – all at the Ruritan Club Building in Dundas


    The final installment of Flora Public Library’s Amazing Americans History Series will be this Thursday night at 6:30 – William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, as performed by Steven McPhail, will be visiting the Library to speak on his adventures from the early 1800’s – the program is free to all ages


    The United Methodist Women will meet this Thursday for the Unit Officers’ Training Update of the Kaskaskia River District – it’s at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon – with registration & fellowship at 9:00, the meeting will end at 12 noon – for information, contact Vicki at  618-244-5892


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night at Monical’s Pizza in Olney, starting at 6:00 – whether newly diagnosed with cancer, or in treatment, or just with questions, all are invited for answers from those who have been there – lots of laughter and support

 

 

 

October 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An upper level weather trof will hang around our downstate region today giving us plenty of clouds, but we will stay dry – then as a surface ridge builds into the Midwest our sky will clear by morning & we have widespread frost Sunday morning – a sunny sky prevails until another frontal system moves thru with more clouds, but mostly dry – more rain chances next Wednesday and Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner and University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen are leaving for a trade and research mission to Israel tomorrow – the trip itinerary includes meetings at four Israeli universities, plus meetings with various business leaders and others – the trip comes after the U of  I last week proposed a public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago that would partner the school with other higher education institutions in Chicago & abroad – the Illinois delegation returns late next week.

 

(OLNEY)  While the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and law enforcement agencies all over the state are now out in extra force looking for those driving impaired due to Halloween, the Illinois State Police are also reminding motorists to be extra alert while driving during nighttime Trick or Treating now thru next Tuesday night – with children in costumes, moving from home to home, drivers should be extra cautious in area neighborhoods and/or communities – parents are reminded to let their kids visit only homes with their porch or outside lights on, to travel with or close to their younger children, and to inspect all candy before consumption – the District 12 Headquarters in Effingham welcomes all children to stop by to “trick or treat” next Tuesday from 11:00 to 1:00 – most all area “trick or treat” hours are next Tuesday night, Halloween night – so “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and watch out for those children.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate’s Haunted Trail, in the woods north of the college, along Parker Street, continues tonight, next Monday night, & Tuesday night – Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children is each night from 5:00 to 6:30, while the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, is each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – pay at the gate – proceeds go to the OCC Student Senate for various activities.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:45 to 2:15  :  tomorrow morning at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  Monday at the South Central High School in Farina from 8:30 to 1:30  :  also Monday at the St. Elmo High School from 9:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host its Indoor Trunk or Treat Night tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 7:00 – pork burgers, chips, tea, and lemonade will be available for purchase – Trick or Treaters of all ages are welcome – check it out their Facebook page for more details


    A fundraiser is tomorrow night to benefit the families of Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in traffic crash this past July in Flora – it’s from 4:00 to 9:00 Sunday night at Pita’s & More, inside the Eagles Lodge in Olney – all donations appreciated – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” tomorrow morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell is tonight at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 to 12:00 – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    Jasper County residents with American flags to display for Veterans Day have until today to bring their flags to the American Legion in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – call the Legion if any questions


    It’s “trick or treat” time at Burgin Manor in Olney this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 – the community is welcome to stop by for games, fun, and snacks – all children and their parents and grandparents invited


    Miranda’s Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk is this morning at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS in Olney with late signupat 7:15 and start time at 8:30 – organized by the RCHS Interact Club, proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Miranda Acord, a RCHS junior who recently had a heart transplant

 

 

 

October 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front approaches our increasing cloud cover could give us some rain showers today before we dry up later on – the front’s northwesterly wind will keep our temperatures very cool today and actually, right on thru the upcoming weekend – in fact we’ll likely have widespread frost conditions this weekend as well – then cool next week and another shot of rain by next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – on a 48 to 54 vote in Springfield yesterday, the State House rejected a ban on gun modifications known as “bump stocks” that accelerate the firing speed of automatic rifles – lawmakers said the bill was too broad and would affect those involved in competitive shooting – the State House also ordered an audit of a $94 million contract that’s been criticized for the way it was awarded as well as the online insurance-portal that it produced – the Fall Veto Session will continue into next month.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and local law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween to prevent a nightmare caused by impaired driving – starting today, local police, deputies, and Troopers throughout Illinois are stepping up patrols that will continue through the early morning hours of November 1st to help keep roads safe through Halloween – motorists especially should be alert during “Trick or Treat” nights in their neighborhoods and communities, watching out for children & others out trick-or-treating.

 

(NEWTON)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment & more information – the sign up for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under begins November 1st while all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details, go online at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has announced that while providing security at the Richland County High School in Olney this past Wednesday, many officers, deputies, and School District administration received information of a “snapchat” message that was delivered to a significant portion of the student body – this message was regarding a threat of violence, therefore law enforcement immediately began investigating and was eventually able to identify the “snapchat” account, learning that the juvenile that sent it is currently living in a western state, but formerly of Richland County – this juvenile has been investigated and the firearm shown in the “snapchat” was deemed to be inoperable & described as an airsoft gun – felony charges are now being pursued against this juvenile by the state where he lives  :  meanwhile, there are other social media accounts that have been created, sending similar threats – these accounts are also being investigated with the individuals responsible to be prosecuted  :  the Sheriff’s Department is also addressing the rumor of a hit list on certain students – there is at this time no credible information that such a list exists, and to date, no student or anyone else has been able to provide solid details regarding any such list  :  so far, all incidents that have been investigated have been found to be juveniles with no actual intent of doing harm, but not understanding the consequences of their actions and how life changing these acts will become  :  all parents are asked to speak to their children and explain the seriousness of making these type of threats and the consequences that could occur  :  meanwhile, the Richland County School District  and all local & state law enforcement personnel are continuing their effort to keep all schools safe in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 9:31 last night along Illinois Route 130, just south of Newton – the State Police report 28 year old Thane J. Griffith of Newton was northbound on Route 130 approaching the bridge construction site and failed to stop in time, rear ending a vehicle that was stopped, driven by 60 year old Gertrude G. Murphy of Newton – Griffith was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, for driving on a revoked license, for failure to wear a seat belt, for operating an uninsured vehicle, for possession of drug paraphernalia, and for DUI – Griffith was taken to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney for treatment – Murphy was not seriously injured.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters can review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 – it’s available now on the State DNR website online  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits is continuing – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first  :  meanwhile, the Archery Deer Hunting Season continues around the state  :  for more details, check the website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Student Senate will present its Haunted Trail in the woods north of the college along Parker Street tonight & tomorrow night, plus next Monday & Tuesday nights, October 30th and 31st – Kid Friendly Tours, for younger children will run each night from 5:00 to 6:30, while the Terrifying Tours, those not recommended for young children, will run each night from 6:30 to 11:00 – admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students with an ID, and $5 for those age 12 and younger – proceeds go to the Olney Central College Student Senate for various activities – check it out starting tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  The Halloween Parade sponsored by TrustBank will be held at 6:00 tonight in downtown Olney – the lineup in the TrustBank parking lot along Main Street begins at 5:15, with costume judging at 5:30 and the final selections at 5:45 – starting at TrustBank, the Halloween Parade will move west on Main Street, then south on Whittle Avenue, ending at Bower Park – all are invited to line the streets tonight.

 

(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 Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :   all blood types & platelets.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose, will host its Indoor Trunk or Treat Night this Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 – pork burgers, chips, tea, and lemonade will be available for purchase – Trick or Treaters of all ages are welcome – check it out their Facebook page for more details


    A fundraiser is Sunday night to benefit the families of Jacob Stewert and Eric Bosel, who were killed in traffic crash this past July in Flora – proceeds will help the families with funeral expenses & bills – it’s from 4:00 to 9:00 Sunday at Pita’s & More, inside the Eagles Lodge in Olney – all donations appreciated


    The Holy Cross Youth (CYM) will host a fundraising “pancake breakfast” this Sunday morning with serving from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin – it’s by donation only at the door – also a basket raffle and pumpkin decorating – proceeds will help with upcoming trips – all invited


    A benefit for Dennis Cornwell will be held this Saturday night at the Newton VFW, from 5:00 until 12 midnight – includes food, a raffle drawing, a pool tournament, a silent auction, & live music – to donate items to the auction or for details, call Jeff at  217-663-5759 – proceeds to help with medical expenses


    Jasper County esidents with American flags to display for Veterans Day have until tomorrow to bring their flags to the American Legion in Newton or the Ste. Marie Bank – call the Legion if any questions


    Miranda’s Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk is tomorrow morning at Veteran’s Hall at RCHS in Olney with late signup at 7:15 and start time at 8:30 – entry forms at the RCHS Office, the Chamber of Commerce Office, and at all Olney area banks – organized by the RCHS Interact Club, proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Miranda Acord, a RCHS junior who recently had a heart transplant – call  618-843-6093


    The OCC Music Department will present its Fall Concert tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 – in addition to the OCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble, the Richland County High School Concert Choir will take part – it’s free and all are invited


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will have its Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser today at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – free-will donations accepted at the door and carry-out containers will be available – proceeds to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois for its care of the terminally ill