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August 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a surface high pressure in place out to our west, we’ll stay dry today, although more clouds will build in as we move thru this Saturday – but our weather will change as a short wave & associated low pressure system will move thru with rain chances thru tomorrow & tomorrow night, maybe as early as later tonight – then we are dry for at least the first half of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Governor’s office of the Illinois Bicentennial, in partnership with the State Agriculture Department, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, and the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, will host a craft beer competition at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year, running August 11-13 – to highlight the robust craft  beer industry and “Illinois Made” products, Illinoisans will be able to celebrate the 200th Birthday of the state with an Official Bicentennial Craft Beer – the winner will be determined by a vote of State Fair attendees who sample the offerings, plus a panel of craft beer experts – at least 18 brewers are scheduled to compete, including 4 from the downstate areas of Metropolis, Breese, O’Fallon, and Alton.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is encouraging 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, was officially published last week, kicking off a 30-day comment period with a deadline set for August 28th – to sign the petition, folks can go to the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Action Center online, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers and others will also have a chance to sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair, August 10th thru 20th, in Springfield.

 

(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, this next Monday, August 7th, in the RCHS office, from 8:00 to 2:00 – the junior parking permits will then be sold the following day, on Tuesday, August 8th, also from 8:00 to 2:00, first come, first served – then beginning next 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.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also today at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney from 10:00 to 2:00  :  next Monday at the Christian Church Annex in Mason from 2:00 to 6:00  :  next Thursday at the KC Hall in Newton from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is tomorrow in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning, on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, afternoon pedal tractor pulls, a 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day and evening

    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show today at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, & more – gates open at 8:00 with registration til 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, food & more

    The Richland County ABATE invites all street legal vehicles to a fundraising ride today with sign up from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW – then followed by a dinner and live auction later this evening at the Olney VFW – all proceeds will stay locally to help families battling cancer

    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are this morning from now until 12:00 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area homes throughout the region as well

    Also today, the Dundas Community has a Yard Sale – the Dundas Ruritan Club is providing the pavilions for use – plus several homes in Dundas will use their locations for yard sales – a lot of nice items available

 

 

August 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s a quick taste of early fall weather today thru tonight for our downstate area after a cold front continues to push east & south of our region – then after a fairly nice day on tap tomorrow, with increasing clouds into the afternoon, our next chance of rain moves thru Sunday with more scattered rain possibly on Monday – then maybe dry again thru mid-week of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – some Illinois lawmakers are blasting the Governor for his proposed changes to a public school funding bill, calling them “an all-out assault” on statewide schools – while the Governor’s rewrite includes stripping money from Chicago schools and not paying for a deficit in the Chicago teacher pension funds, the upset lawmakers say other revisions would mean less money for statewide districts as well – it’s now up to the General Assembly to override the Governor’s action or approve it as amended.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has signed an Executive Order to improve and streamline Illinois state government – the order will expand efforts at reducing the legal burdens on statewide citizens and businesses by increasing fairness and speed in the administrative hearing process – such hearings cover wage disputes, child support claims, professional licensing decisions, various permits, and the range of state services and benefits available to those in Illinois – the order also directs the Department of Central Management Services to collect quarterly reports from agencies on performance backlogs and workflows.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health is recognizing this month of August as National Immunization Awareness Month as a reminder that vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases – vaccines give parents and guardians the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases like measles, pertussis (whopping cough), and more – with school to start in less than a few weeks, the state requires vaccinations before they can enter school – for more information about immunizations for infants, children, and adults, logon at  www.dph.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a three vehicle traffic crash that occurred yesterday (Friday) afternoon at 12:01 along Illinois Route 130, at the intersection of a Jasper County road approximately 2.5 miles north of Newton – the State Police report that 47 year old Christina I. Wilson of  Willow Hill was southbound on Route 130 when her vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 66 year old Vickie S. Blankenbaker of Robinson – another northbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Christopher W. Edwards of Lovell, Wyoming was also involved in the collision with passengers, 36 year old Ramie A. Edwards and five unidentified children – while Wilson was life-lighted by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, she was ticketed for improper lane usage and for an expired vehicle registration – Blankenbaker was transported by ambulance to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center near Mattoon – those from Wyoming in the third vehicle, including all children, were not seriously injured.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week and here’s a look at the unofficial minutes from that meeting – the Council  :  approved an agreement with Connor & Connor Engineering for the South Van Buren water main upgrade work  :  approved the $5,107 Water Department purchase of meter bases, encoders, lids, covers, and needed items  :  agreed to hire Scott Rubsam as a Wastewater Treatment operator for the City of Newton  :  agreed to submit a grant application for a new police department squad car  :  approved special event applications for the upcoming Fall Festival, it’s Parade, and a Cruise Night to be held in Newton  :  agreed to provide funding for the 2016 ITEP grant project  :  approved a dumpster reimbursement application for 108 West Curtis Street  :  and no other action after a short 6 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the next meeting for the Newton City Council is August 15th.

 

(OLNEY)  The 2017 Annual Fall Kids Mall of Richland County Shopping Day is set for a week from this 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)  The Illinois State Water Survey, at the Prairie Research Institute in Champaign, has released its Weather Condition Report for the month of  July  :  it was a tale of two parts of the state as Southern and Central Illinois experienced dry conditions that caused crop damage and the areas of Northern and Upstate Illinois experienced heavy rain and widespread flooding, also resulting in some crop damage  :  the state’s average rainfall was 4.81 inches, which was nearly three quarters of an inch (0.73) above normal  :  while our area of Southeastern Illinois averaged four and a half inches (4.50) in July, areas of Southwestern and Western Illinois had rainfall amounts of less than two inches – meanwhile, the areas of Northwestern Illinois averaged 7.83 inches of rain in July, the third wettest on record there  :  the statewide average temperature for July was 76.1 degrees, less than a degree (0.7) above normal – many downstate locations had several days with highs in the upper 90’s to over 100 with high heat index values recorded as well.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has several classes that will begin within the next two weeks  :  the OCC School of Cosmetology is accepting new students for classes starting August 17th – the program includes both classroom and clinical experiences  :  OCC is offering a free basic Computer Skills class this fall from 10:00 to 11:00 on Monday & Wednesday mornings starting August 21st  :  the OCC Light Vehicle Diesel Service Program is taking students for its two-class certificate – an introductory course starts August 21st from 6:00 to 9:00 on Monday nights, followed by the second course in the spring semester  :  OCC’s Basic Welding classes will meet Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble starting August 22nd with a reduced tuition for some IECC residents  :  the OCC Woodworking I course will meet Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 at the West Richland Center in Noble beginning August 23rd with the tuition cost possibly reduced for some IECC residents  :  OCC is offering an Accounting course that teaches individuals to utilize the QuickBooks Pro software, which is ideal for small businesses  :  and OCC has an online class for Personal Finances available as well  :  for more information on these and other courses available at Olney Central College or any of the other three IECC schools, go online at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Farm Bureau has announced it will be taking a bus trip to the Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, on Thursday, September 14th – the cost is $60 for Farm Bureau members and $65 for non-members with reservations due August 14th and payments due August 25th – for more information or to sign up for the unique trip, call the Jasper County Farm Bureau office in Newton, at  618-783-2733.

 

(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  :  both today & tomorrow, the Blood Donation Center in Effingham is accepting blood from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also tomorrow at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney from 10:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is this Sunday in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, afternoon pedal tractor pulls, a 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day and evening


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show tomorrow at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, & more – gates open at 8:00 with registration til 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, food & more


    The Richland County ABATE invites all street legal vehicles to a fundraising ride tomorrow with sign up from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW – then followed by a dinner and live auction – all proceeds will stay locally to help families battling cancer – for more, email at  //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."


    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 12 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area homes throughout the region as well


    Also tomorrow, the Dundas Community will have a Yard Sale – the Dundas Ruritan Club is providing the pavilions for use – plus several homes in Dundas will use their locations – a lot of nice items available


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

 

 

 

August 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  After some patchy fog this morning, we’ll see sunshine and clouds mixed up today with still a chance of scattered rain, possibly a thunderstorm – that chance then continues thru tonight, tomorrow, and until just after sunrise on Friday – that’s when a cold front brings us dry and less humid air for the weekend ahead – however, after a dry Saturday, a surface low could bring us rain Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois consumers who buy coverage thru the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43% next year – the Chicago Tribune reports that several health insurance carriers proposed double-digit rate hikes for 2018 under “Obamacare” – the main reasons for the expected increase are higher medical & prescription drug costs – officials say the final rates could be lower.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Farm Bureau is encouraging 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, was officially published last week, kicking off a 30-day comment period with a deadline set for August 28th – to sign the petition, folks can go to the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Action Center online, at  www.ilfb.org/actioncenter  – farmers and others will also have a chance to sign the petition at the Illinois State Fair, August 10th thru 20th, in Springfield.

 

(OLNEY)  On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States for the first time since 1979 and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will have its science road show, Galaxy Ride, taking a trip to downstate Illinois, bringing hands-on, eclipse-related activities to communities August 14th thru 19th, getting everyone ready for the mind-blowing, spine-tingling experience of a total solar eclipse – the “Galaxy Ride” team will visit various towns, giving residents the chance to observe the Sun and other objects during the visits – in fact, the first of eight stops will be Monday evening, August 14th, from 5:00 to 7:00, at the Olney Public Library for solar viewing and family activities – then night stops on Tuesday, August 15th, in Du Quoin, and Wednesday, August 16th, in Jacob – two Thursday on August 17th stops will be at the Cache River Wetlands Center and at Shawnee Community College – then Friday night in Sparta, Saturday afternoon at the Science Center in Carbondale, and Saturday night in Murphysboro – all events are free and open to the public – for more information about “Galaxy Ride”, go online at  www.adlerplanetorium.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a look at the meteorological numbers for the month of July, both from last month & from years past, with all statistics provided by the National Weather Service Weather Station, at the WVLN-WSEI studios, at the south edge of Olney  :  July’s average high temperature was 88.4 degrees while the average low temperature was 66.4 degrees – the month’s highest temperature was 96 degrees on July 21st with the lowest temperature of 59 degrees recorded on both July 29th & 30th – the July precipitation total at the Weather Station was 4.74 inches  :  looking at the weather numbers from 100 years ago, in July of 1917 – the month’s average high temperature was 88.3 degrees (one tenth of a degree lower than this year) and the average daily low was 63.8 degrees (nearly three degrees lower than this year) – July’s highest temperature in 1917 was 97 degrees, while the month’s lowest reading was 49 degrees – the July 1917 precipitation total was 1.05 inches  :  meanwhile, here’s some weather notes from the past 10 years – the wettest July since 2007 was 8.34 inches in 2013, which followed one of the hottest July’s in history in 2012, when the average daily high was 96.7 degrees, the hottest July reading was 105 degrees, with over half the days in July 2012 over 100 degrees – the driest July since 2007 was in that hot year of 2012 with 1.62 inches of precipitation – the average rain received in July in the past 10 years is 2.48 inches with the average daily high temperature at 85.7 degrees and the average daily low at 63.8 degrees.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some State DNR reminders  :  hunters can apply now thru August 21st for the second lottery for 2017 Illinois Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season permits – the season dates are October 21–29  :  for those looking for a place to stay for the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Southern Illinois on August 21, campsites can still be reserved at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex – logon at  www.reserveamerica.com  :  permit applications are being accepted until August 18th for the third lottery drawing for 2017 Illinois Firearm and Muzzleloader Deer permits  :  and resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are now available over the counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors  :  for more information on these items and on all things outdoors in Illinois, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College has announced that the OCC Learning Skills Center is hoping to enhance student success with changes to its GED test preparation classes – not only will the fall daytime classes be offered in a block schedule, similar to the evening courses, but a new hybrid class is now being offered, which will reduce the number of days students have to be at the college – starting August 17th, daytime classes will meet from 10:00 to 2:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a 30-minute lunch break and free meals through the OCC Food Service Department – the evening classes will continue to meet from 5:00 to 9:00 on Tuesday and Thursday nights – all GED classes at OCC are free, with books and materials provided at no cost – students can register from 9:00 to 2:00, Mondays thru Thursdays, in the OCC Learning Skills Center – appointments are recommended, but not required – call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY)  the Olney FFA Alumni 16th Annual Raffle drawing is tomorrow at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the grand prize is a choice of $5,000 cash or $5,000 towards the purchase of a 4-wheeler at Travco Motorsports or a purchase at an Alliance Tractor dealer, plus $250 to 2nd place and $100 to 3rd place – the $10 tickets are available from any FFA member or FFA Alumni member – must be 16 years old to win, but need not be present to win – for tickets purchases or more details, call Jamie today, at  618-843-5488.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  both tomorrow and Saturday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  also Saturday at the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney from 10:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types needed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Newton Yard Waste Facility remains open the rest of this week, accepting limbs and yard debris from the residents of Newton  :  meanwhile, Olney residents can take their brush and limbs to the City’s Brush Dump, open from 10:00 to 4:00 every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is this Sunday in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day & night – pedal tractor pulls from 2:00 to 3:30


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show this Saturday at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, and more – gates open at 8:00 with registration until 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Pedal Tractor Pull at 1:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, plus food concessions, live music, demonstration displays, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE invites all street legal vehicles to a fundraising ride this Saturday with sign up from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW – then followed by a dinner and live auction – all proceeds will stay locally to help families battling cancer – for more, email at  //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are this coming Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area homes throughout the region


    Also on Saturday, the Dundas Community will have a Yard Sale – the Dundas Ruritan Club is providing the pavilions for use – plus several homes in Dundas will use their locations – a lot of nice items available


    It’s the final Sounds of Summer rescheduled show coming up tonight in Bower Park from 6:00 to 8:00, featuring Jim from Whiskey Bend – however, no concessions will be available – all are invited to attend


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – as always, the public is invited to stop by for some great food

 

 

 

August 2, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an upper level weather disturbance lingers over the Ohio River Valley today, another weak short wave system will move into Central Illinois out of Iowa – that means more clouds and the chance of more spotty rain for our region later today into tonight, much like last evening – an approaching cold front will move thru by tomorrow night with more rain chances – dry & cool for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the bickering continues in Springfield as Governor Bruce Rauner used his amendatory veto powers yesterday to rewrite a bill that overhauls how the state distributes money to public schools – the plan now returns to the General Assembly, where three-fifths majority votes are needed in both the State House and Senate to overrule or agree with the Governor – there’s wide agreement that the current school funding formula is unfair, however Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to change it : State Representative David Reis says he is urging the House and Senate leadership to call lawmakers back into session as soon as possible to accept the Governor’s changes – this will eliminate a massive bailout for Chicago’s teacher pension funds with better distribution of funds for all area and downstate school districts.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse, which on August 21st will be visible across the entire United States – starting shortly before 12 noon and lasting until 2:45 Central time, people in Illinois will be able to see the moon pass in front of the sun – in fact, there is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the “path of totality”, which is when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon – parts of Southern Illinois are in the “path of totality” and people there will see a total eclipse, such as in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area where the eclipse will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds – Central and Northern Illinois will see varying degrees of the partial eclipse – looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase when the moon entirely eclipses the sun – the only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers – more details about the path of the eclipse, how long it will last, various safety tips, and more, are online, at  www.eclipse.aas.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will host a “Down on the Farm Super Saturday” event this coming Saturday – while the activities are recommended for children ages 5 and older, all are invited to check it out – it celebrates farms with games, crafts, and more – in fact, children can harvest corn, learn where hamburgers come from, make agriculture-inspired art, make balloon farm animals, and more – for more details, check the Illinois State Museum website, or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(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 three inches and six tenths of an inch (3.60) in Preston Township, followed by two inches and eight tenths (2.80) in Decker Township, two inches and one tenth (2.10) in Madison Township, and two inches even (2.00) in German Township – the under two inch totals included an inch and nine tenths (1.90) in Claremont Township, an inch and eight tenths (1.80) in both Olney and Noble Townships, an inch and seven tenths (1.70) at the Farm Bureau Office in Olney, and an inch and a half (1.50) in both Denver and Bonpas Townships – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and seventy-three hundredths (1.73) during the seven day recording period.

 

(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, will now offer 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 on September 1st, 2017, 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.

 

(OLNEY)  the Olney FFA Alumni 16th Annual Golf Outing & Raffle is this coming Friday, August 4th, at the Richland Country Club in Olney – it’s lunch at 12 noon and a shotgun start at 1:00 – $50 per person or $200 for a team of four with all proceeds to help sponsor FFA activities and scholarships – team prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are four Cardinal tickets per team  :  also raffle tickets are still on sale with the drawing to be this Friday – the grand prize is the choice of $5,000 cash or $5,000 towards the purchase of a 4-wheeler at Travco Motorsports or a purchase at an Alliance Tractor dealer, plus $250 to 2nd place and $100 to 3rd place – the $10 tickets are available from any FFA or FFA Alumni member – must be 16 years old to win, but need not be present to win – for tickets or more details, call Jamie at  618-843-5488.

 

(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 Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  today at the American Legion Post 543 in Patoka from 2:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  on Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low regional blood supply on hand.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that the Newton Yard Waste Facility will be open all this week as it was this past weekend, accepting limbs and such from the residents of Newton – remember, the Yard Waste Facility is open only to Newton residents, accepting tree limbs and yard waste only.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s last day to call in for storm-damage brush pick up is today, on this Wednesday, August 2nd – after today, city residents in Olney can take their brush and limbs at no charge to the City’s Brush Dump, which is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

REMINDERS :       
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richland County will have a “Back to School” Swim Party this Sunday night at the Musgrove Aquatic Center, from 6:00 to 8:00 – all bigs, littles, and their families are invited – all children must be accompanied by an adult and refreshments will be served – call the BBBS for more details


    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is this Sunday in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day & night – pedal tractor pulls from 2:00 to 3:30


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show this Saturday at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, and more – gates open at 8:00 with registration until 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Pedal Tractor Pull at 1:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, plus food concessions, live music, demonstration displays, and much more – all are invited


    The Richland County ABATE invites all street legal vehicles to a fundraising ride this Saturday with sign up from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Olney VFW – then followed by a dinner and live auction – all proceeds will stay locally to help families battling cancer – for more, email at  //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are this coming Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area homes throughout the region


    Also on Saturday, the Dundas Community will have a Yard Sale – the Dundas Ruritan Club is providing the pavilions for use – plus several homes in Dundas will use their locations – a lot of nice items available


    It’s the final Sounds of Summer rescheduled show tomorrow night in Bower Park from 6:00 to 8:00, featuring Jim from Whiskey Bend – however, no concessions will be available – all are invited to attend


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will hold its monthly pork loin dinner tomorrow night with serving to start at 6:00 – as always, the public is invited to stop by for some great food

 

 

 

August 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A weak upper level disturbance will drop south out of upstate Illinois today, bringing us more clouds and a slight chance of getting wet late this afternoon & early evening – then another weak short wave will bring us more scattered rain chances tomorrow, followed by a cold front with rain chances Wednesday night thru Thursday – we’ll dry out by Friday with cooler & drier air for the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to use his amendatory veto power to remove money for a Chicago Public School pension bailout from a school funding bill that was sent to his desk yesterday – while the Democratic controlled Senate is blaming the Governor for a possible delay in school funding, it was back in May that the funding bill was passed, but held up and not sent on to the Govenor’s desk – many school districts say the bickering will delay the start of classes around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s office is leading a coalition of attorney general offices in 14 other states, along with several state consumer advocate agencies, to urge members of Congress to preserve and expand the nation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program & Weatherization Assistance Program funding in the 2018 federal budget – the coalition emphasized the role that both LIHEAP and WAP play in aiding low-income residents in paying for their home energy costs, many of which include the ever-growing elderly population – along with Illinois, the other Midwestern states involved are Minnesota and Kentucky.

 

(OLNEY)  The new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg on the cover, is now available – the 2017-2018 maps have QR (quick response) codes for numerous transportation and travel websites, plus updated route information and useful links – in fact, smartphone users can scan the QR codes printed on the maps for pertinent and timely details during their travels – folks can go online to request a map, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – free copies will be available soon at interstate rest areas & at the IDOT tent at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, August 10th–20th.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget, those Richland County Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due by the close of office hours today, on this August 1st – payments can be made in person at the Treasurer’s office in the Courthouse, from 8:00 to 4:00 today – payments can also be put in the drop box on the south side of the Courthouse or by mail with an August 1st postmark – a $25 late penalty will apply on & after August 2nd.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College’s School of Cosmetology is celebrating its inclusion on the list of Top 50 Beauty and Cosmetology Schools recently released by  TheBestColleges.org  – OCC is one of only three cosmetology schools in Illinois to make the list and at number 27 is the highest ranked program in the state – selections were based on a number of factors including admissions, student loan default, and retention & graduation rates provided by colleges & universities to the National Center of Education Statistics – officials say the recognition validates the program’s efforts to provide a wide array of opportunities and training in the latest industry techniques, which includes bringing product educators to the West Richland Center in Noble, where the program is housed – OCC’s School of Cosmetology is now accepting new students for fall classes, starting August 17th – call OCC at  618-395-7777  or go online at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton has announced that the Newton Yard Waste Facility will be open all this week as it was this past weekend, accepting limbs and such from the residents of Newton – remember, the Yard Waste Facility is open only to Newton residents, accepting tree limbs and yard waste only.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney’s last day to call in for storm-damage brush pick up is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 2nd – after that time, city residents in Olney can take their brush and limbs at no charge to the City’s Brush Dump, which is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department will continue repair work today on Seven Hills Lane, just west of the Olney City limits and Mack Avenue – motorists are advised to use alternate routes – those who live along this section of road can expect delays during the repairs which should finish today.

 

(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, next Monday, August 7th, in the RCHS office, from 8:00 to 2:00 – the junior parking permits will then be sold on a first come, first served basis, the following day, on Tuesday, August 8th, also from 8:00 to 2:00 – then beginning on Wednesday, August 9th, 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 RCHS is $25 – students who choose not to purchase a permit must park on the streets surrounding the high school – if any questions, or for more information, call the Richland County High School office in Olney, at  393-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  A note from the Jasper County School District – the Open House at the Ste. Marie Elementary School has been set for 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 both students and parents, and/or guardians, will have the chance to meet all the SMES teachers as well.

 

(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 Greenup Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

(NOBLE/NEWTON)  There’s a couple of meetings on tap tonight  :  the Newton City Council meets tonight at 6:00 at City Hall for its first of two regular meetings in this new month of August  :  and the next Noble Chowder meeting is tonight at 7:00 at the Village Hall in Noble  :  both are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :       
    The Holy Cross Parish Picnic is this Sunday in Wendelin – the chicken dinner sales start at 10:45 in the morning on a first come, first serve basis – the serving line runs from 11:00 to 5:00, plus a lunch stand will also serve pork burgers, brats, ice cream, soft drinks, & more – also a country store, beer garden, bingo, cake stand, 50/50 drawing, & entertainment thru the day & night – pedal tractor pulls from 2:00 to 3:30


    The White Squirrel Saddle Club has its annual Tractor Show this Saturday at the East Fork Arena north of Olney, this year featuring Farmall & International tractors, plus small engines, garden tractors, and more – gates open at 8:00 with registration until 10:00, flea market at 9:00, Pedal Tractor Pull at 1:00, Parade of Power at 1:30, plus food concessions, live music, demonstration displays, and much more – all are invited


    The Grove Center Community Wide Garage Sales are this coming Saturday morning from 7:00 to 12 noon – pork burgers will be available for purchase at the Community Center – that’s at the Grove Township Community Center, southeast of Montrose in Jasper County, plus at area houses as well this Saturday


    It’s the final Tuesday stop of the summer for the Big Blue Book Bus, coming up from 3:00 to 7:00 this afternoon & evening at the TrustBank parking lot in downtown Olney – it’s for any Richland County student, Pre-K thru 8th Grade, with no library card or ID necessary – it’s all sponsored by the Richland County Schools & the Rotary Club of Richland County – the final stops will be this coming Thursday


    The Better Breathers Club / American Lung Association Support Group will meet this afternoon at 1:00 in the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Garage classroom – to register, call  392-2745


    A pork burger fundraiser is today at the Olney IGA with serving from 10:00 to 2:00 – all money raised will go for the First United Methodist Church mission trip to Haiti – stop by and help them out