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August 30, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll stay dry with some sunshine today as we lay in between two storm systems – a weak cold front in the Upper Midwest will eventually drop southward while what’s left of Hurricane Harvey moves up from the south and curls northeastward along the Ohio River Valley – our quick rain chance is tomorrow night thru the day Friday, but looks like a dry Saturday and Sunday coming up – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce disparities between wealthy and poor school districts – lawmakers voted 38 to 13 yesterday to approve the plan that passed the State House earlier this week on Monday – Governor Bruce Rauner has said he will sign the bill quickly to get state money flowing to the more than 800 districts around the state.

 

(NEWTON)  It was earlier this week that the Governor signed into law a measure to allow automatic voter registration in Illinois, a move that comes a year after he rejected a similar bill over concerns about voter fraud – Illinois now joins more than a half dozen other states with some form of automatic registration – under the plan, eligible individuals with be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out when they visit Secretary of State offices for drivers’ license services or when they visit other state agencies as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Senior Citizens Day when those age 60 and older are admitted free – with harness racing at 12:00 noon, the Dueling Pianos are on stage later tonight  :  tomorrow is Illinois Tourism Day with the Roots & Boots Tour on stage tomorrow night including Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon, & Collin Raye  :  Friday is Sponsor Appreciation Day  :  plenty of activities, fair food, carnival rides, and much more for all ages  :   the Du Quoin State Fair continues all this week & thru the weekend, ending next Monday, on Labor Day – for more details, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(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)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending Monday morning at 8:00, with the numbers provided by Farm Bureau members around the county – the highest amount of rain in Richland County was measured in Bonpas Township with two inches even (2.00), followed by Decker Township with an inch and nine tenths (1.90), both Madison and Olney Townships with an inch and a tenth (1.10), and Noble Township with an inch even (1.00) – Denver Township had a half inch of rain (0.50), followed by the Farm Bureau office in Olney at four tenths of an inch (0.40), Preston Township at two tenths of an inch (0.20), and there was no reading from Claremont Township – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and seventy-one hundredths of an inch (1.71) during the seven day and seven night recording period.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night in regular session – the Board  :  noted the damage to the tailgate of a village utility truck – the estimated cost of replacement is $900 with an insurance $500 deductible  :  noted that the Village Hall’s scanner recently quit working – Miller’s Equipment has provided a replacement unit to try until a Board decision  :  heard an update on the concrete work on East Elm Street  :  noted that a replacement water line grant for South First Street is being looked into  :  noted that the Villagewide Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th  :  noted that due to next week’s Labor Day observance, the trash pickup for Noble will be delayed to Thursday, September 7th  :  noted that Village Hall in Noble will be closed next Monday, for Labor Day  :  and noted that the Village will be changing their water bills from postcards to full sheet statements this Friday, September 1st  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be held on Monday night, September 11th, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Farm Progress Show, the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, began yesterday and continues for two more days up in Macon County, near Decatur – the hours are from 8:00 to 5:00 today and from 8:00 to 4:00 tomorrow, the final day – there are over 600 exhibitors on site displaying farm supplies, equipment, and much more – the popular field demonstrations feature the latest in tractors, combines, and other farm equipment, plus the livestock area includes horse training demo’s and the newest equipment and animal health products – there’s also restored antique machinery, entertainment, and plenty of concessions all included – for more information and details, check their website out, at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and its partners are reminding area outdoorsmen about the expansion of the Illinois Farm Bill Biologist Partnership with the hiring of three new positions throughout the state – the new biologists will assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habit improvements on private lands through a unique partnership with state and federal agencies – working in the area counties of Richland, Clay, Marion, Wayne, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash, White, Hamilton, and Jefferson, is Jeremy Kunick (618-315-3020) who’s responsible for land management and conservation assistance in Southern Illinois – working in the counties of Jasper, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, and Coles, is Amber Hall (217-347-7107 x2) who’ll assist those in Eastern Illinois – and it’s Joe Pyszka who’ll help those in Central Illinois – in the past six years, since 2010, Illinois’ biologist team alone has assisted 7,668 landowners to impact 121,286 acres for wildlife conservation efforts around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s been announced that Helping His Hands, along with several local groups in Olney, are now collecting supplies for the Texas-area flood victims – currently, a semi-truck trailer donated by Hancock Carriers in Olney, is located at SKS along East Main Street in Olney – for more information or details on what’s really needed as far as key donation items and other needs, go online, at  www.helpinghishands.com.

 

(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 regional blood drives  :  today at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    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 has its First Friday of the Month “fish fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door

 

 

 

August 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With an upper level low centered over the Upper Midwest, we’ll have a slight chance of some wrap-around showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, this afternoon – then we dry out tomorrow and Thursday before a weak cold front moves thru, possibly mixed up with the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, giving us scattered rain chances Friday and Saturday – then dry for Sunday & Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate is expected to take up a school funding overhaul plan that will increase aid to all of the state’s more than 800 districts – Senate members will convene today to vote on the measure which the State House approved late last night as many opponents changed their votes at the last minute – Governor Bruce Rauner has indicated he will sign the bill into law – some supporters say the legislation is historic because it will reduce huge disparities in per-student funding between districts – the bill also provides $75 million for tax credits for those who contribute to private school scholarships.

 

(NEWTON)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a plan into law to limit the role that local and state police in Illinois can play in cooperating with federal immigration authorities – taking effect immediately, the narrowly-focused law prohibits police from searching, arresting, or detaining someone solely because of their immigration status, or because of so-called federal immigration detainers – however local authorities would still be able to hold someone if federal officials have a valid criminal warrant for that person.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage tonight, plus another round of tractor & truck pulling tonight – tomorrow is Senior Citizens Day where those age 60 and older are admitted free with the Dueling Pianos International on stage tomorrow night – Thursday is Illinois Tourism Day with the Roots & Boots Tour – on stage that night is Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon, & Collin Raye all in concert – the Du Quoin State Fair continues all this week & thru the weekend, ending next Monday, on Labor Day – for more, go to www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  A Ste. Marie man pled guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 Felony, in Jasper County Court last Thursday – 68 year old Eugene C. Ochs entered an open plea and therefore is subject to a maximum penalty of between three (3) and seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections – the next court date for Ochs is a sentence hearing scheduled for November 21, at 1:00, at which time the Court will hear evidence and sentence recommendations from both sides of the case – however, regardless of the sentence imposed, Ochs will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life – pending sentencing, Ochs remains released on bond, having posted $25,000 cash bond, with special conditions that he have no contact with the alleged victim, any guardian or parent of the alleged victim, and have no contact whether direct or indirect, with any child under the age of eighteen (18) years of age – Jasper County State’s Attorney Chad M. Miller recognizes the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office investigation that led to this court case to date.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 3:37 this past Sunday afternoon on a Marion County road approximately 3 miles south of Odin – the State Police report that 56 year old Donald B. Livesay of Iuka was northbound when his pickup truck ran off the roadway, struck a bridge guardrail, overturned, and landed on its roof on the Crooked Creek Bridge – Livesay was ejected from the truck – he was pronounced dead at the scene by Marion County emergency medical personnel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  approved the $21,125 quote from Straeffer Pump & Supply for the Taylor Drive Lift Station renovation work – also amended the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to allow the work  :  approved the sale of city property at 304 Lee Avenue to Arnold Steber  :  approved the request from the White Squirrel Saddle Club for a one-day Class S Liquor License for an upcoming event on September 9th  :  set “Trick or Treat” night for the City of Olney for Tuesday, October 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00, that evening  :  heard various reports from elected and appointed officials  :  noted that the City of Olney Tree Board will meet tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 30th) at 7:00, at City Hall  :  and after a closed session to discuss personnel & real property, approved an ordinance that established salaries for Street Supervisor Tyler Kocher and for Water Distribution Supervisor Brandon Williams  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council is Monday, September 11th, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – cooler weather prevailed across the state last week as there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Illinois – last week’s average statewide temperature was 68.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal – the state’s average precipitation last week was 0.79 inches, which was less than a tenth of an inch (0.07) above normal – the state’s topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are both over 50% adequate to slightly surplus – as of Sunday, the state’s corn crop was rated 52% good to excellent with soybeans rated 57% good to excellent  :  farmers here in our 10 area counties report nearly all the local corn (94%) is in the dough stage with over 60% denting and some 4% mature – it’s estimated that 93% of the local soybeans are setting pods and about 15% of the bean fields are starting to turn color with the start of maturity – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” while working outdoors now & in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  There’s still a few seats left for that local Farm Bureau sponsored trip to the 2017 Farm Progress Show tomorrow – leaving from the Rural King parking lot in Olney tomorrow morning at 7:00, the cost is only $35 for active Farm Bureau members and $40 for non-members, plus the trip will include a stop on the way home at Niemerg’s Restaurant in Effingham – call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  John Boos & Company, the producer of the famous Boos Blocks cutting boards and butcher blocks, will open a new $16 million state-of-the-art plant in Effingham with a special ceremony this afternoon at 3:00 – in conjunction with the grand opening, many former Boos employees will join the company’s current 240 staff members and local dignitaries to help produce the company’s 13 millionth butcher block – while the new plant is located at a new 27-acre campus along South Banker Street in Effingham, along with the John Boos stainless steel facility and corporate headquarters – the Boos Factory Showroom will stay at its current location at 507 East Fayette Avenue in Effingham – in business for 130 years, since 1887, John Boos & Company is one of the oldest manufacturers of butcher blocks in the U.S.

 

(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 regional blood drives  :  tomorrow at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  on Thursday at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    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 has its First Friday of the Month “fish fry” this weekend with serving from 5:30 until gone – that’s at 227 East Main Street in Olney – the $6 per person tickets at the door


    The TB Board will have its next meeting this evening at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney, starting at 5:00


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s fresh produce, baked goodies, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00

 

 

 

August 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a few sprinkles of rain last evening and overnight, we’ll see a mostly cloudy day today with more scattered rain, maybe an isolated storm this afternoon – as the upper level low moves into the Upper Midwest, we’ll have more rain chances tonight thru tomorrow before it ends – then we’re dry until a weak cold front and the remnants of Hurricane Harvey move thru at the end of the week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois legislative leaders say they’re still working out final details of a plan to fund the state’s public schools as the bipartisan leaders have been meeting behind closed doors for the last few days – the State House is expected to get a first look at the plan today when they gather in Springfield.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois will allow authorities to prosecute out-of-state drug dealers for deaths caused by their sales under a measure signed by Governor Bruce Rauner – it’s called the “Evan Rushing Law” and is named after a southwestern Illinois man who died from an overdose after buying drugs in St. Louis  :  another bill signed into law by the Governor last Friday is the “gay panic” measure which deals with a special type of court defense in murder cases – Illinois joins California as the only two states to have such a law in the U.S.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Agriculture Youth Day with a chance to salute all the youth exhibitors from throughout the state – with plenty of activities, the carnival rides, and plenty of fair food, the Gin Blossoms will be in concert tonight – tomorrow is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage tomorrow night – there will be tractor & truck pulling both tonight and tomorrow night – Wednesday is Senior Citizens Day where those age 60 and older are admitted free with the Dueling Pianos International on stage that night – the second State Fair in Illinois continues all this week, thru this coming weekend, ending a week from today on Labor Day – for more, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  Authorities are again warning area residents to be alert to the various scams circulating in our downstate region – folks are reminded to never give out personal information about bank accounts, credit card accounts, social security numbers, or anything else over the telephone and/or internet – folks should also remember to never give in to threats that are made over the telephone, whether it involves going to jail for not making a payment or any other reason – also, do not make any quick, all-of-a-sudden payments that a caller claims is needed immediately – folks should contact local police after hanging up on such a call.

 

(OLNEY)  Area folks can call their respective Farm Bureau offices in Olney, Lawrenceville, or Mt. Carmel to see if room is still available for this Wednesday’s bus trip to the 2017 Farm Progress Show – the Bus Trip will leave from the Mt. Carmel Parkview Christian Church at 6:00 that morning, then depart from the Lawrenceville First Christian Church at 6:30, and leave from the Olney Rural King parking lot at 7:00 – the cost is $35 for active Farm Bureau members and $40 for non-members – the trip will include a stop at Niemerg’s Restaurant in Effingham on the trip home – to reserve a seat, call the respective County Farm Bureau offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), and Mt. Carmel (618-262-5865).

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Three area counties have completed their tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for the year 2013 and for mobile homes that were delinquent for the year 2014, as well as prior real estate taxes – the counties, as Trustees, are now offering for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public, all thru a sealed bid auction sale in each respective county with each sealed bid to be submitted no later than the close of business this Friday, September 1st, in each county – the required minimum bids vary, plus complete bidder’s packets and sale catalogs are now available online at www.iltaxsale.com  – Jasper County has approximately 6 real estate and 4 mobile home items – Richland County has 3 real estate and 1 mobile home item available – and Clay County has 9 real estate and 17 mobile home items available – the respective County Treasurers have more information, if needed.

 

(NEWTON)  John Boos & Company, the producer of the famous Boos Blocks cutting boards and butcher blocks used by professional and home chefs, will open a new $16 million state-of-the-art plant in Effingham tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 – in conjunction with the grand opening, many former Boos employees will join the company’s current 240 staff members and local dignitaries to help produce the company’s 13 millionth butcher block – the Boos Factory Showroom will stay at its current location at 507 East Fayette Avenue.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department still has closed the Pleasant Ridge Lane Bridge over Sugar Creek, approximately 800 feet east of the Ridge Road intersection, about three and a half miles north of Noble – the bridge there will be closed until a replacement structure can be designed and installed, which could and most likely will take several months – drivers should be alert to any and all signs and barricades concerning this road closure – if any questions, contact the Richland County Highway Department.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an IECC course to be taught at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel next month – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the class will meet Thursday and Friday, September 7th and 8th, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – then the final class meeting is Saturday, September 9th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost of the course is $175 for in-District students and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is $92 – to register, call WVC today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight – the Olney City Council will have its second meeting in August tonight at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the Noble Village Board also meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, starting at 7:00 – both are open to the public.

 

(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 regional blood drives  :  Wednesday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    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


    A fundraising cookout is this Friday 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


    The TB Board will have its next meeting tomorrow evening at the Richland County TB & Public Health Office in Olney, starting at 5:00 – a reminder to those on the TB Board to attend the Tuesday night meeting


    The Angel of Hope Benefit Day at Monical’s Pizza is today, on this Monday – to help out, ask for a fundraising flyer when ordering, either carry-out or order-in, and a portion of your receipt will help with funding the Angel of Hope, located at the north end of Musgrove Park in Olney – that’s today thru tonight

 

 

 

August 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While we stay dry for a couple more days, an approaching storm system will bring in our next chance of rain for next Monday and Monday night – we’ll likely return to dry conditions and still below normal temperatures for next Tuesday and the rest of the work week, next week – otherwise, sunshine and a dry sky today, even thru most of tomorrow as clouds roll in tomorrow night – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Du Quoin State Fair is continuing as today is Republican Day and Governor’s Day on the fairgrounds – tomorrow is Veteran’s Day / Gold Star Families Day, plus on stage Sunday night is Chris Janson with High Valley – Monday is Agriculture Youth Day with the Gin Blossoms in concert that night – and next Tuesday is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage that night – there will be tractor and truck pulling both next Monday & Tuesday nights, plus more activities & concerts thru the following Monday, September 4th – for more, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(OLNEY)  Authorities are again warning area residents to be alert to the various scams circulating in our downstate region – folks are reminded to never give out personal information about bank accounts, credit card accounts, social security numbers, or anything else over the telephone and/or internet – folks should also remember to never give in to threats that are made over the telephone, whether it involves going to jail for not making a payment or any other reason – also, do not make any quick, all-of-a-sudden payments that a caller claims is needed immediately – folks should contact local police after hanging up on such a call.

 

(OLNEY)  Time’s running out for farmers & landowners to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” – initiated by the EPA & Army Corps of Engineers, the proposed rule was put in place by the Obama Administration – the 30-day comment period ends next Monday, August 28th – to sign the petition, go to the Farm Bureau’s website at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter.

 

(NEWTON)  Congressman John Shimkus is urging area students to take part in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge – started by the U.S. House in 2015, the nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application, or “app” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices – the contest is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding and computer science and it is open to all students in the downstate 15th Congressional District – the winner’s “app” will be on display in the U.S. Capitol Building and featured nationwide online – for more, logon at  www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

 

(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 regional blood drives  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  then next Wednesday at Olney Central College from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also next Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The 85th Annual Xenia Volunteer Firemen’s “Fish Fry & Dance” is this afternoon thru tonight from 3:00 to 12 midnight, with all events behind the Xenia School – there’ll be live entertainment, tickets on sale for three gun raffles, and a silent auction closing at 10:00 tonight, plus food served during all nine hours – the popular mud bog registration is at 2:00 with racing at 3:00 – also a beer garden, cake walk, & more


    A Heart Transplant Benefit for 16 year old Miranda “Roo” Acord of Olney is this afternoon and tonight at the Olney VFW, from 3:00 to 10:00 – it includes a “donation only” dinner at 4:00 and silent auction at 6:30, with a live auction to follow – then DJ music until 10:00 – also a 50/50 raffle and t-shirts for purchase


    The Claremont Community Center has its Summer Chowder this evening – the serving will start at 4:00, it’s by the bowl or by bulk, but no glass containers – also ground beef barbeque, fish, pies, cakes, and drinks


    The Biker Bible Church has a Memorial Run today with registration at The Master’s Hands at 9:00 this morning – the Run starts at 11:00 with all vehicles & motorcycles welcome – the cost is $5 per person – then it’s back to Pita’s and More in the Eagles Lodge with a pulled pork meal served at 5:00 by donation


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders have their annual Trap Shoot today at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – it’s registration at 9:00 this morning and shooting at 10:00 – for teams of five and/or individuals – also raffle tickets and concessions available for purchase on the grounds

 

 

 

August 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As high pressure continues to dominate our Midwestern weather, we’re expecting plenty of sunshine this weekend with some clouds mixed in at times – next week’s forecast is somewhat complicated by the evolution of Hurricane Harvey – our rain chances will begin as early as Sunday night, then continue thru at least Monday and Tuesday – temperatures however, stay a little below normal – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois homes sold faster and for more money in July, however lower housing inventory drove year-over-year sales lower, that’s according to Illinois REALTORS – the statewide home sales last month totaled 15,677 units, down 4.3% from July 2016 – the statewide median price in July was $210,000, up 5.8% from a year ago – the time it took to sell a home in July averaged 47 days – the data shows 34 of the state’s 102 counties reported sales gains for July 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  Although a little over five weeks away, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities on October 1st – but due to the 1st being a Sunday, the network of 35 local administering agencies around Illinois will start taking applications on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, October 2nd – various requirements apply – the sign up for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under begins November 1st – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more, go online at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Du Quoin State Fair is underway down in Perry County – the Twilight Parade is tonight, plus it’s College Night on the fairgrounds as all college students will be admitted free with their student ID, plus a free concert tonight – tomorrow is Governor’s Day & Republican Day with plenty of activities, fair food, & carnival rides – Sunday is Veteran’s Day / Gold Star Families Day, plus on stage is Chris Janson with High Valley – Monday is Agriculture Youth Day with the Gin Blossoms in concert that night – Tuesday is Democrat Day with Granger Smith & Drew Baldridge on stage – there will be tractor and truck pulling both next Monday & Tuesday nights, plus more activities and grandstand concerts right on thru the following Monday, Labor Day, September 4th – to see what’s going on, logon at  www.duquoinstatefair.net.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some extra notes from the monthly Jasper County School Board meeting held a week ago last night in Newton – the Board  :  accepted several donations – $3,000 from Nick’s Race and the Newton Rotary to the NCHS Band Drum Line – another $3,000 from Nick’s Race and the Newton Rotary to NCHS Cross Country – and $1,000 from the Maxine Spitler Grant program to the Jasper County Junior High Science Department  :  declared various computers and miscellaneous technology as surplus for the purpose of donating to local organizations  :  declared the old Jasper County Junior High Band Uniforms as surplus to allow them to be sold  :  said “thanks” to the district’s summer staff for completing various projects within the District, including David Fritschle, Joyce Houser, Lee Bergbower, Derek Stanciu, Jeremy Kuhl, Jeff Long, Norm Short, Aaron Turner, and Rex Shew  :  and approved NCHS Teachers John Lidy and Brock Tarr as NCHS Football Volunteer Assistant Coaches  :  the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 21st, in Newton, starting at 6:30.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s some extra notes from the monthly Richland County School Board meeting held a week ago last night in Olney – the Board  :  reviewed the new school year enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, showing 2,457 students on the first day of school a week ago Wednesday – the school district breakdown of enrollments by school are 186 in Pre-Kindergarten, 986 at the Elementary School, 525 at the Middle School, and 760 at the High School  :  heard reports on the annual Back to School Night events at both the Elementary School and Middle School, plus heard about the Freshmen First program held last week at the High School  :  and approved nine volunteers as requested – Vicky Zanetis as RCHS Volunteer Girls Tennis Coach – Ben Baker as RCHS Volunteer Boys Soccer Coach – Ryan Denton, David Denton, and Brian Mitchell as RCHS Volunteer Football Coaches – Patrick Mehaffey as RCHS Volunteer Golf Coach – Tom Eagleson and Ted Eagleson, Jr. as RCHS Volunteer Drivers for Cross Country – and Mandy Houchin as RCMS Volunteer Cheerleading Coach  :  the Richland County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday night, September 21st, in Olney, beginning at 7:00.

 

(OLNEY)  All Olney and Richland County residents are encouraged to get out and give blood today at the Olney City Park Community Building – it’s the Annual “Battle of the Badges Blood Drive” from 2:00 until 7:00 – while giving the life-saving blood, donors will be asked to vote for the department of their choice – either the Olney Police Department or the Olney Fire Department – while everyone is encouraged to get out and vote for their favorite department, the most important part of the day is the giving of blood – in fact, all eligible donors & first time donors, are urged to show up and give – all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Here’s some reminders for those in the outdoors  :  various wing-shooting clinics are planned now thru the fall in Illinois at gun clubs, hunting preserves, and elsewhere – the weekend clinics are for youth, age 10 to 15, and for women, providing instruction on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target – check the DNR website for dates & locations  :  resident combination & antlerless-only archer deer permits are still available over-the-counter from any statewide DNR direct license & permit vendor – the archery deer hunting season begins October 1st  :  hunters can still apply now thru Thursday, August 31st, for the Illinois 2017 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program – do so on the DNR website  :  today’s the final day to apply online for any remaining Free Dove Hunting Permits – they’ve been available on a first-come, first-served basis  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, logon 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 regional blood drives  :  today at the Wal-Mart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  also today at the Olney City Park Community Building from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  then more drives next week in Effingham, Robinson, and Olney  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The 85th Annual Xenia Volunteer Firemen’s “Fish Fry & Dance” is tomorrow afternoon & night from 3:00 to 12 midnight, with all events behind the Xenia School – there’ll be live entertainment, tickets on sale for three gun raffles, and a silent auction closing at 10:00 that night, plus food served during all nine hours – the popular mud bog registration is at 2:00 with racing at 3:00 – also a beer garden, cake walk, & more


    A Heart Transplant Benefit for 16 year old Miranda “Roo” Acord of Olney is tomorrow afternoon and night at the Olney VFW, from 3:00 to 10:00 – it includes a “donation only” dinner at 4:00 and silent auction at 6:30 with a live auction to follow – then DJ music until 10:00 – also a 50/50 raffle and t-shirts available for purchase – a Go Fund Me page has also been set up – for details, call Lauren, at  618-839-8383


    The Claremont Community Center has its Summer Chowder tomorrow evening – the serving will start at 4:00 in the air conditioned center and continue until it’s all sold out – also ground beef barbeque, fish, hot dogs, pies, cakes, and drinks – bulk chowder also available, but no glass containers – all are invited


    The Biker Bible Church has a Memorial Run tomorrow morning – it’s registration at The Master’s Hands at 9:00 with the Run starting at 11:00 – all vehicles & motorcycles are welcome – the cost is $5 per person – the Run will then return and end Saturday night at Pita’s and More within the Eagles Lodge in Olney with a pulled pork meal served at 5:00 by free will donation – for more details, call Shelley at  618-843-0595


    The Richland County Farm Bureau Young Leaders have their annual Trap Shoot tomorrow at the County Line Gun Club, west of Noble – it’s registration at 9:00 and shooting at 10:00 – to pre-register for teams of five and/or individuals, call the Farm Bureau office at  618-393-4116  – also raffle tickets and concessions


    The OCC Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting Affair is tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club – plenty of local wine & hors d’oeuvres – $15 tickets are on sale from any OCC Foundation member, plus at Blank’s Insurance and all TrustBank or First National Bank in Olney locations


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up under the pole barns in the Olney City Park – that’s farm fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 – stop by and check it out