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August 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front will move thru our downstate region today, bringing with it a chance of scattered showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm – the rain chances end late tonight as another fairly tranquil weather pattern will dominate this weekend and into the first half of next week – another chance of scattered rain will move thru by next Wednesday night and Thursday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner officially opened the 2017 Illinois State Fair yesterday as the annual Twilight Parade was held last night – then the Governor & Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti walked the Fairgrounds with Illinois County Fair Queen Claudia VanOpdorp – today is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day on the Fairgrounds with ag tours, livestock shows, and more – it will be Kid’s Day on the Fairgrounds tomorrow and Veterans Day Sunday – then a variety of activities for older adults, their families & friends, will be available next Monday, during Senior Day at the Fair – in fact, all senior citizens age 60 and older will be admitted free to the Fairgrounds on Monday – running from 10:30 that morning until 9:00 that  night, activities include a Not So Newlywed Game, a Senior Spelling Bee, free health screenings, ball room dancing, and a grandparent & grandchild contest – for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Attorneys General in 31 other states, plus the District of Columbia, have announced a settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and a subsidiary over an October 2012 data breach – a breach that was allegedly caused by Nationwide’s failure to apply a critical security patch, resulted in 1.27 million consumers having their personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information, and other personal data, stolen or compromised – most of those affected by the data breach were not Nationwide customers, but prospective customers – Illinois will receive more than $280,000 of the total $5.5 million settlement.

 

(NEWTON)  If you’ve heard that the 2017 Perseid meteor shower this weekend will be the best in the past 96 years, many space officials disagree – according to earthsky.org, while this year’s Perseid meteor shower will produce a great number of meteors the next two mornings, the bright waning gibbous moon will wash the sky during the peak hours of the meteor shower, between midnight and dawn – although some of the meteor showers will be bright enough to be seen, it will not be the show that a few are predicting – officials say meteor watchers should sit within a moon shadow, or within the shadow of a building or row of trees in order to view the open sky – while some of the meteor showers could occur in the mid-to-late evening hours, the peak time for meteor numbers to increase is after midnight – for more, go to  www.earthsky.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in regular session for less than 30 minutes in Olney – the Board  :  approved the County Claims & Bills for July worth $44,510  :  approved the purchase of a new Caterpillar backhoe for the County Highway Department  :  agreed to grant a variance to the Richland Country Club for an extended Liquor License  :  noted that a meeting with the FOP to begin negotiations will be held August 21st  :  noted an Elected Officials Training will be held August 24th at Olney Central College  :  heard various updates from Animal Control and other departments  :  and did not have an executive session  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board is September 14th in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Newton – the Board  :  on a 10 to 1 vote, with one board member absent, agreed to an $83,627 contract with Pictometry, an airplane / fly-over company to assist the County’s Supervisor of Assessments in providing analytical information for Jasper County  :  approved the over $3,000 purchase of a John Deere mower with mulch kit from Alliance Tractor  :  agreed to spend $3,195 for tree removal and trimming at the Courthouse  :  noted the County Highway Department has been awarded a $1 million HSIP grant to be used in fiscal year 2018  :  noted that the Sheriff’s Department is thinking about hiring a new deputy due to a current vacancy on staff  :  noted that county budget work will begin by mid-September  :  and took no action after a closed session to discuss personnel  :  the Jasper County Board’s next regular monthly meeting is September 14th in Newton.

 

(CLAY CITY)  The Village of Clay City has announced some water line work to be done next Tuesday with water service to be shut off for some customers – due to needed water line repairs, the eastern part of Clay City and its respective water customers will be without water next Tuesday from 7:00 in the morning until approximately 2:00 that afternoon, if no complications – customers on the following streets and roads will be affected  :  all of South First Street Southeast, all of Clark Addition, all of the Industrial Park, plus customers along Morning Glory Road, Blackberry Lane, Big Four Road, Bluebell Road, and Saddle Club Road – once service resumes that afternoon, all these areas will be under a boil water order until further notice – the Village of Clay City appreciates the cooperation of its water customers in advance of this work.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, tomorrow morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, stop by the church office in Newton, or call at  618-783-3744.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is tomorrow at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and all children will receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated and distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, each day from 7:45 to 2:45  :  Sunday morning at the Holy Cross Parish Hall in Wendelin from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish the low area blood supply.

 

(OLNEY)  The best of luck to our Josh Brown, who today is spending his final day here at WVLN-WSEI as an employee of Forcht Broadcasting, Inc. – after spending just over seven years with us as a part-timer and doing a lot of our sports broadcasting and play-by-play for Olney, Olney Central College, and other athletic events, the 2010 ERHS graduate is taking a new position – as of next Monday, August 14th, Josh will be the new Sports Editor at the Olney Daily Mail newspaper – we want to extend our thanks to Josh for his many years of service to WVLN-WSEI and we sincerely wish him the best in his future endeavors – Josh will be replacing Chip Barche at the ODM, who was recently promoted to Editor of the paper back in June.

 

REMINDERS :       
    A fundraising benefit “spaghetti dinner” is this Sunday night at “The Venue” in Olney, at 303 South Fair Street – it’s serving from 5:00 until 8:00 with all donations accepted at the door – also a bake sale and raffle with specialty baskets with tickets available – proceeds to help Bev Ziegler with medical expenses and bills


    The Noble Chowder is tomorrow in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – all at the Noble Chowder coming up tomorrow


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is tomorrow morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can still be purchased at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    The Olney VFW Auxiliary will host another “taco night” tonight, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30, or until sold out – includes bake potatoes, taco salad, nachos, tacos, and more – carry-outs are available


    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 – check it out

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A surface low pressure approaching the Upper Midwest has a cold front moving further south, therefore after a dry day on this Thursday, bringing us a slight chance of rain late tonight, but a better chance of rain, possibly thunderstorms, moving thru the day and night tomorrow – another high pressure ridge will set up for the weekend giving us a mostly dry sky Saturday into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less work – the new law eliminates administrative delays for universities and government agencies that enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power  :  meanwhile, lawmakers are preparing to return to Springfield for debate on the Governor’s recent amendatory veto on the state school funding bill – the State Senate will convene this coming Sunday while the State House returns to work next Wednesday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Fair is underway  :  the ever-popular butter cow was unveiled yesterday in the Dairy Building – for more than 90 years, the butter cow has been one of the most attended displays at the State Fair  :  the Illinois Department of Labor will be conducting routine inspections of all the amusement rides and attractions on the Fairgrounds – that includes the more than 65 rides on the Carnival Midway, Adventure Village, and Happy Hollows pavilions  :  today’s Preview Day will feature the annual Twilight Parade starting at 5:30 this evening – then the gates open at 7:00 with discounted carnival rides and a free grandstand concert at 7:30 tonight featuring the classic rock band “Foghat”  :  tomorrow is County Fairs and Horse Racing Day on the Fairgrounds as more than 70 County Fair Queens and over 100 Expositions and Fairs from across the state will be represented – it’s also the first day of harness racing at the Fair’s one-mile dirt track – then tomorrow night, the Abe Lincoln Quarter Midgets races are at 6:30 and on stage at 7:30 is Chase Rice with Runaway June and Chris Cavanagh  :  Saturday is Kid’s Day  : Sunday is Veterans Day and Gold Star Families Day  :  next Monday is Senior Citizens Day and Scouts Day  :  the Illinois State Fair runs this weekend thru next Sunday night – for more details, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Farm Progress Show, the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, is getting ready for the 64th annual event to be held later this month, August 29th thru 31st, at its permanent site up in Macon County, near Decatur – this year’s Farm Progress Show will feature over 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines, and farm implements, plus seed & crop production products, additional farm supplies & services, and much more – some of the show’s most popular activities are the field demonstrations, which includes side-by-side tillage techniques, tractor & combine performance comparisons, and more – also, the livestock area includes horse training demonstrations and the newest equipment and animal health products – plus, restored antique machinery, entertainment, and plenty of concessions are also all included – for details, check the website, at  www.farmprogressshow.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two regular monthly meetings scheduled for this Thursday night  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight in the County Office Building in Newton, beginning at 7:00 – the agenda includes the various committee reports, plus several New Business items and more – also an executive session to discuss personnel  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight in the County Jail Meeting Room in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the agenda includes the various committee and department reports, plus a few New Business items and more – also an executive session to discuss personnel and negotiations, if requested  :  the Richland County Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier in the County Jail Meeting Room, beginning at 6:00  :  all of these meetings are open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School is inviting all incoming freshmen and new students to the school’s “Freshmen First” event coming up next Monday morning, August 14th, from 8:30 to 10:30, in the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – it’s at this time that the students attending will have the opportunity to visit each of their classes, meet their teachers, and discuss topics relevent for every freshmen student to know – for more information and/or details, call the Richland County High School office in Olney, at  618-393-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some notes from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  wingshooting clinics are scheduled throughout the rest of this summer and through the fall in Illinois at IDNR sites, cooperating gun clubs, and hunting preserves, with most of them conducted on weekends – the wingshooting clinics are for youth ages 10 to 15 and women to provide instruction on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target  :  hunters can apply through August 31st, three weeks from today, for the Illinois 2017 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program – the applications are available online at the IDNR website  :  meanwhile, online applications are being accepted for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits – it’s on a first come, first served basis through August 25th, two weeks from tomorrow – that is for any permits that remain  :  for more on these and all things outdoors in Illinois, check the IDNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  This coming Saturday, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, this Saturday morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, call the church office, at  618-783-3744.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is set for this coming Saturday morning, August 12th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and families are invited to stop by if they are in need of clothing assistance – all children receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated & distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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  :  this afternoon & evening at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low area blood supply.

 

REMINDERS :       
    A fundraising benefit “spaghetti dinner” is this Sunday night at “The Venue” in Olney, at 303 South Fair Street – it’s serving from 5:00 until 8:00 with all donations accepted at the door – also a bake sale and raffle with specialty baskets with tickets available – proceeds to help Bev Ziegler with medical expenses and bills


    The Noble Chowder is coming up this Saturday in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl to start at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – raffle tickets and quilt tickets are still on sale at the Noble Village Hall – all are invited to the Noble Chowder this coming Saturday


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this Saturday morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can be purchased this week at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe – get your ducks today


    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for tomorrow evening for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for a trip to Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD today at  866-389-7536


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its final “Open House” this evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 – all are invited to stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about

 

 

 

August 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s another nice summer day on tap for this Wednesday with nearly a repeat of yesterday’s weather conditions, although a few clouds will move through this afternoon – with more clouds tomorrow, an unexpected weak cold front will move thru, giving us scattered rain chances Friday thru Friday night – a dry Saturday could be followed by some spotty showers that night, then dry on Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed a bill into law to allow 16 and 17 year olds to become organ & tissue donors if they so wish – signing the Drive for Life Act into law will give hundreds of thousands of additional Illinoisans the opportunity to join the organ donor registry each year – however, parents and/or guardians do have the right to revoke consent until a teenager turns 18 years old – in Illinois alone, more than 4,700 people are on the organ transplant waiting list while some 300 people die each year waiting for an organ – Illinois is now the 48th state to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register as organ donors.

 

(NEWTON)  The Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade tomorrow night will be three families of long-time State Fair vendors – officials announced yesterday that the Vose, Cullers, and Coleman families will be honored at the introductory parade – while Culler’s Fries has been a fixture on the Fairgrounds for 72 years, Coleman’s Concessions has set up shop on the Fairgrounds since 1965 and Vose’s Corn Dog Stand has been staffed by three generations of Voses – admission to the Fairgrounds is reduced for tomorrow’s Preview Day, plus all carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 5:00 with discounted prices – then following the Twilight Parade, a free concert in the grandstand will feature the classic rock band, Foghat – the State Fair officially starts Friday and runs thru all of next week on the Fairgrounds up in Springfield – for more details on the Fair, logon at  www.IllinoisStateFair.info.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will a week from today, on August 16th, welcome back approximately 2,400 students for the 2017-2018 school year with the first day of classes to begin at 8:00 that morning, followed by an early dismissal at 2:10 that afternoon – in fact, the District will follow the 2:10 early dismissal schedule for the rest of next week, on Thursday and Friday as well – Superintendent Larry Bussard says the District, from the teachers in the classroom to support staff in all of the schools, consider it an honor and privilege to work with the students and families of Richland County – meanwhile, the District reminds the public and all stakeholders that the FACTS Community Engagement Program, which was implemented earlier this spring to share ideas and gather input and suggestions to develop a long-range plan for the District’s facilities, will continue with three more sessions this fall – the next upcoming Community Engagement Session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 12th, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney, beginning at 6:30, with any member of the community welcome to attend and offer input.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 this past Monday morning – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was only four tenths of an inch of rain (0.40) in Noble Township, followed by Preston Township with three tenths of an inch (0.30), both Madison Township and the Farm Bureau Office in Olney with one tenth of an inch (0.10), and Decker Township with five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.05) – the remaining five townships in Richland County had no official rainfall recorded, including Denver, German, Olney, Claremont, and Bonpas – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured thirty-five hundredths of an inch of rain (0.35) during the seven day recording period.

 

(NEWTON)  The next Women in the Outdoors event is coming up a week from this Saturday, on August 19th, at the Red Hills State Park, near Sumner – hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the event will be held at the Lakeside Shelter on the south side of the State Park and is open to all area females, ages 14 and older – with a wide variety of activities offered with expert instructors using a hands-on approach, the list includes basketweaving, geocaching, herb planting, tree & plant identification, shot-gunning, archery, canoeing, handgun safety, and more – pre-registration is required in advance – call Michelle now to register or for more details, at  812-881-5389 – it’s a chance for women of all walks of life, including singles, grandmothers, moms, daughters, and granddaughters, young and old alike, to get outdoors for quality time together away from home, work, and/or school – call today.

 

(OLNEY)  In news from the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges  :  Lincoln Trail College near Robinson has announced that its list of fall semester classes will include the Broadband Telecom Program, which begins a week from tomorrow on August 17th – for the third year in a row, every graduate in the program found a job in the broadband telecom industry  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel has announced that evening registration will be held a week from today on Wednesday, August 16th, and a week from next Monday, August 21st, from 4:30 to 6:30 each evening – this will accommodate students who cannot register during the day  :  and Frontier Community College in Fairfield has announced it will host a Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing event on Monday afternoon, August 21st, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 – with the Fairfield area expected to experience 98% coverage of the total eclipse, the public is invited to bring lawn chairs – special eclipse glasses will be provided for safe direct viewing – area grade & high school classes are also invited  :  for more on these & other classes & events, check the respective college websites online, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  This coming Saturday, August 12th, has been designated as City Wide Garage Sale Day in Olney, with various garage sales throughout the community  :  meanwhile, in Newton, the Scott Avenue Christian Church invites one and all to UPCYCLE, that is “Using Possessions to Connect Your Community and Love Everyone” – it’s an “all free” rummage sale for the community with something on hand for everyone – simply stop by the church, at 404 Scott Avenue in Newton, this Saturday morning, from 8:00 to 11:00 – to get more information or details, call the church office, at  618-783-3744.

 

(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 and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  also tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supply in our downstate region.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – all parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours on this Wednesday – once school begins a week from today, on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the Richland County High School office either before or after school.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Silk Purse Thrift Store in the former Samuel Music Building in Effingham, will hold its bi-annual bag sale this Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – items for sale include clothing, shoes, toys, linens, books, & more – it’s a bag for $4 – the Store will also be open this Friday, the 11th, from 9:00 to 7:00, with all items marked down 50% – the Store will be closed next week, Monday and Tuesday for cleaning & restocking


    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for this Friday, the 11th, for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for supper at Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD today at  866-389-7536


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 at the firehouse – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” today and tomorrow, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about


    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County has rescheduled its “Back To School Swim Party” – it will now be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – all bigs, littles, and their families are invited – children must be accompanied by an adult – refreshments will be available

 

 

 

August 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a strong high pressure ridge starts to move over the Midwest, our sky will clear up with abundant sunshine today and plenty of stars in the sky tonight – then still dry with a few clouds moving overhead tomorrow, plus of sunshine and dry skies for the rest of the work week, plus into the weekend as well – although a chance of rain late Saturday night thru Sunday morning – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation yesterday requiring all State of Illinois employees to undergo annual cyber-security training to understand the risks of cyber threats and learn the best practices to defend against possible attacks – with Illinois becoming the 15th state to adopt a mandatory cyber-security awareness training for state employees, the program will help safeguard the information systems that support the delivery of critical state services and contain the personal information of taxpayers by facilitating a more cyber-aware state workforce – a recent study shows the average total cost of a data breach amongst the 419 companies surveyed across the nation was over $3.6 million.

 

(OLNEY)  Free family activities and shows for all generations highlight the theme of “Generations of Fun” at Conservation World at this year’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield, which starts later this week and runs thru all of next week – among the free activities are the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Voyageur Canoe Rides, a New Butterfly House, a Live Reptile Show, and more – also for children, free fishing clinics and hands-on instruction for archery and BB guns – admission is free – located on the northwest corner of the State Fairgrounds, the 30-acre park has ponds, shade trees, & picnic benches – Conservation World is open from 10:00 to 7:00 each day of the State Fair, August 11 thru 20 – logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week as the statewide average precipitation was less than a half inch of rain (0.46), which was less than a half inch (0.42) below normal – the state’s average temperature last week was 70.5 degrees, which was 3.3 degrees below normal – Illinois’ topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are both over two-thirds adequate to surplus – as of Sunday, 97% of the state’s corn crop was silking, 57% was in the dough stage, and 9% of was denting – also as of Sunday, 94% of the soybeans were blooming and 70% of the beans were setting pods  :  farmers in the ten county area surrounding Newton & Olney report much the same – well over half the local corn crop is in good to excellent condition and a third of the local corn is in fair shape – nearly two-thirds of the local soybean crop is in good to excellent condition with a quarter of the beans are in fair condition – area farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” while working around and on the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the second & final installment of real estate taxes is due on Tuesday, September 12th, that’s five weeks from today – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment – either by mail, or in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Richland County Court House, 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 Court House – call the Treasurer’s office in Olney if any questions at  618-392-8341.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and the other IECC schools are now one to two weeks away from beginning their fall semester classes – here’s some of the courses that are available through Olney Central College  :  a Beginning Upholstery Class will be taught Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 beginning August 17th at OCC, in the former Collision Repair Building  :  an Artistic Welding Class will meet on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble, beginning August 17th  :  an eight week Aerobics Zumba Class will meet on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:40 at the West Richland Center in Noble, beginning August 21st  :  a T-Shirt Quilting Class will be taught Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble, starting August 22nd  :  a Furniture Refinishing Class will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 at Olney Central College, beginning August 22nd  :  a Basic Welding Class is available on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble, starting August 22nd  :  an Unmanned Aerial Systems Class (commercial drone license course) will meet Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00, beginning August 23rd  :  and a Beginning Woodworking Class will be taught on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 at the West Richland Center in Noble, starting August 23rd  :  to register or to get more information on these and other classes available, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or check it all out online, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for next Monday evening, August 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 – while Mr. Josh Benefiel will speak both at 6:00 and 7:00 respectively, students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, plus students, parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the Ste. Marie School teachers as well.

 

(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 later this week – 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 this Thursday and Friday, August 10th and 11th, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – then the final meeting of the class is Saturday, August 12th, 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.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is urging farmers to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal rule to repeal the definition of “waters of the U.S.” put in place under President Obama’s administration – the proposed rule, initiated by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, has a 30-day comment period with the deadline set for August 28th – to sign the petition, go to the Illinois Farm Bureau website online, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers will also have a chance to sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair.

 

(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 & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low blood supply throughout the downstate region.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – the junior parking permits are being sold today, on this Tuesday, August 8th, from 8:00 to 2:00, first come, first served – starting tomorrow, on Wednesday, parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours – and once school begins next week, on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the RCHS office either before or after school.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Noble Chowder is coming up this Saturday in the Village Park with serving by the bulk or bowl to start at 11:00 – there will be other food available, plus activities and more – raffle tickets and quilt tickets are still on sale at the Noble Village Hall – all are invited to the Noble Chowder this coming Saturday


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this Saturday morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can be purchased this week at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe – get your ducks today


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual Pancake, Sausage, and Gravy Breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” tomorrow and Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about


    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County has rescheduled its “Back To School Swim Party” – it will now be held tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Musgrove Aquatic Center – all bigs, littles, and their families are invited – children must be accompanied by an adult – refreshments will be available

 

 

 

August 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the low pressure system that brought us limited rain over the weekend moves off to the east and the light rain chances end today, a high pressure ridge will build into the Upper Midwest by tomorrow, giving us another work week of mostly dry weather conditions and somewhat below normal temperatures – maybe some rain chances Thursday night, otherwise dry now until the weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a new law to honor the birthday of former President Barack Obama – although it will not be an official state holiday on August 4th, it is a day that will honor America’s 44th President – Obama began his political career in the Illinois Senate in 1997, where he served until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 – the measure will take effect next year, in 2018.

 

(OLNEY)  Students from pre-kindergarten thru college will be back in the classrooms within a few days, and as families prepare for the new academic year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies across the state are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans – among the planning tips are ensuring current emergency contact information is on file at the child’s school, pre-authorizing a friend or relative to pick up children in an emergency & make sure the school knows who that designated person is, and making sure children know what the emergency plans are - additional preparedness details are online, at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will recognize all Illinois Purple Heart recipients today during the state’s Purple Heart Day ceremony to be held in the Rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol – this August 7th was designated by the Illinois General Assembly as an annual day to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart – open to the public, the ceremony will start this morning at 11:00 – the Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration that is still awarded – it was established 235 years ago in 1782 by General George Washington.

 

(NEWTON)  Area residents are again reminded to be vigilant and stay alert to possible scams circulating in our downstate region  :  certain credit card holders are getting notices thru the mail from what actually appears to be from their credit card company, which is asking the card holder to call a number and confirm their personal information, such as social security numbers, checking account numbers, and more – folks are reminded that their credit card companies already have that information  :  some residents are also receiving phone calls telling them that they will soon get money thru the mail and that they should forward the amount to an address in Washington, D.C. – this is a money mule scam and folks should always remember there is nothing legitimate about receiving free cash from a stranger thru the mail – like any scam job, if it sounds too good to be true, it mostly generally always is – do not give out personal details, do not become a victim.

 

(NOBLE)  With the annual Noble Chowder coming up this Saturday in the Village Park, everyone’s reminded that raffle tickets are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also, Chowder Quilt tickets are on sale at the Village Hall – plus pie pans are at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food, drinks, & activities.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is set for this coming Saturday morning, August 12th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney – it’s for Richland County children, preschool thru 8th grade, with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning – there are no financial requirements to participate and families are invited to stop by if they are in need of clothing assistance – all children receive new items, including socks, athletic shoes, toiletries, and clothing – plus backpacks & minimum school supplies will be donated & distributed by the Salvation Army in Olney – the Dental Safari will also be on location – for details, call  618-869-2297  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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 Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Community Choir has announced its eighth season and this year it will collaborate with the Richland County High School Concert Choir for a joint Christmas Concert set for Saturday night, December 9th, at 7:00 – the OCC Community Choir will begin rehearsals at 6:15 on the evening of Tuesday, August 22nd, in the OCC Choir / Band Room #216 on the second floor – anyone high school age or older is welcome to join the choir, regardless of experience – for more information or details, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or simply attend the first rehearsal at OCC on August 22nd.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Fair kicks off its thirteen night and twelve day run this week in Springfield – this coming Thursday is the unofficial start of the fair – the Preview Day will feature the Twilight Parade Thursday evening at 5:30 from Springfield’s Lincoln Park – then gates open at 7:00 with the Carnival Midway & Adventure Village open that night as well – the grandstand events include  :  Chase Rice this Friday night, August 11, at 7:30  :  Pentatonix on Saturday night, August 12, at 7:30  :  Brad Paisley on Sunday night, August 13, at 7:00  :  Sublime with Rome on Tuesday night, August 15, at 7:30  :  Alabama on Wednesday night, August 16, at 7:30  :  Jason Derulo on Thursday night, August 17, at 7:30  :  the Southern Uprising Concert with the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Outlaws, and Montgomery Gentry on Friday night, August 18, at 6:00  :  the USAC Silver Crown Series car racing on Saturday, August 19, at 12:00 noon  :  the Demolition Derby on Saturday night, August 19, at 6:30  :  Five Finger Death Punch on Saturday night, August 19, at 7:30  :  the ARCA Racing Series on Sunday, August 20, at 12:00 noon  :  and John Mellencamp on Sunday night, August 20, at 7:30  :  for ticket information or general details about the Illinois State Fair, August 10–20, go online at  www.illinois.gov/statefair/info.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a reminder from the Richland County High School – that senior parking permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis, today, on this Monday, August 7th, in the RCHS office, from 8:00 to 2:00 – the junior parking permits will be sold tomorrow, on Tuesday, August 8th, also from 8:00 to 2:00, first come, first served – then beginning this Wednesday, parking permits will be sold during regular RCHS office hours – once school begins on August 16th, all permits must be purchased in the RCHS office either before or after school – the cost of a parking permit at Richland County High School is $25 per car.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Silk Purse Thrift Store in the former Samuel Music Building in Effingham, will hold its bi-annual bag sale this Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 – items for sale include clothing, shoes, toys, linens, books, & more – it’s a bag for $4 – the Store will also be open this Friday, the 11th, from 9:00 to 7:00, with all items marked down 50% – the Store will be closed next week, Monday and Tuesday for cleaning & restocking


    The 6th Annual St. Thomas Duck Race is this Saturday morning at the Newton Aquatic Center, starting at 10:00 – ducks can be purchased this week at the St. Thomas School in Newton, the St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Peoples State Bank in Newton, and/or the Medicine Shoppe – get your ducks today


    The Willow Hill Fire Department will have its first annual Pancake, Sausage, and Gravy Breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 11:00 – also a 50/50 drawing – tickets on sale at the door – all are invited


    The Rides Mass Transit District has an August Outing planned for this Friday, the 11th, for the residents of both Jasper & Crawford Counties – join them for supper at Poor Richards Farm Restaurant near Casey – plus residents can join in on a trip to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield next Monday, August 14th, during Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted free – to schedule a ride, call RMTD at  866-389-7536


    KidZone in Olney preschool will have its “Open House” this coming Wednesday and Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening – stop by and tour the preschool facility and see what KidZone is all about