LOCAL NEWS

Local News

May 5, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the storm system with all the rain has moved off to the east, we see mostly sunshine today, but still a strong northerly wind – we’re back to sunshine with some clouds on Saturday, plus maybe a few spotty showers moving thru by mid-afternoon – then we’ll dry out Sunday thru Tuesday with our next rain chance next Wednesday & Thursday – the area Flood Warning expires at 3:30 today – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Democratic-controlled State Senate voted yesterday 31-21 to approve the “Trust Act” which will prohibit local or state police from cooperating with federal authorities who are investigating immigrants but do not have a criminal warrant – the measure would put Illinois in company with at least five other states addressing the issue – those voting against the plan say there are reasons to intervene short of a criminal investigation as national security sometimes demands short-term detention.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois Products Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 10th year here in 2017 – in fact, next Thursday, May 11th, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host the first market of the season and will continue from 4:00 to 7:00 each Thursday afternoon and evening thru October 12th – the Market is set up at the Shed (across from the Lincoln Stage) on the Illinois State Fairgrounds – free live entertainment will be available each week while shopping is allowed with products available in the wine garden – vendor space is available – for applications and/or other information, logon at  www.agr.state.il.us/nightmarket.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved new electric rates for Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company this week, the company’s first electric rate hike since 2008 – the new rates are expected to generate approximately $1.9 million in additional annual revenue – while the ICC set the return on equity for the electric side of the business at 10% and the overall rate of return at 6.91%, there were no changes on the natural gas side of the business – the new rates will take effect later this month – the Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company provides services to 5,400 electricity and 3,500 natural gas customers in Wabash County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Fire Department has been called out twice in the past 24 hours  :  the Olney firemen were first called out at 12:26 early this morning, responding to a Mutual Aid call from the Noble Fire Department, which was initially called out to a structure fire at 128 West Cherry Street in Noble at 12:17 this morning, shortly after midnight – the Olney firemen returned their station at around 2:00 this morning  :  then at 4:04 this morning, the firemen were called to the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center on Micah Drive, just southeast of the Red Rooster in Olney, where a structure fire was contained – the firemen were on the scene for at least four hours – Olney received Mutual Aid from Noble, Wakefield, & Newton firemen – at this time, no injuries have been reported at either site as the local investigations are continuing.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Area residents should stay vigilant in the fight against circulating scams – remember that the State Police and Ameren Illinois will never call, threatening jail time or utility shut-offs due to what the scammer claims are criminal investigations and/or unpaid utility bills – do not give out personal details and do not make plans for a quick payment as requested – simply hang up and call your local authorities.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met earlier this week in regular session – here’s the unofficial minutes from that meeting  :  the Oath of Office was administered to those elected during the April 4th Municipal Election – for Mayor Mark Bolander – for Aldermen Scott Bloomberg (Ward #1), Eric Blake (Ward #2), and Robert Reisner (Ward #3) – for Zoning Board of Appeals members Kenneth Albrecht, Maxine Calvert, and Dave Dow – and for City Clerk Rosetta M. York  :  the Board adopted the City of Newton Fiscal Year Goals 2017-2018  :  approved an ordinance to amend City of Newton’s fees for grave openings  :  approved a Special Event Permit for a 5K Glow Walk/Run sponsored by the NCHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes  :  approved a Special Event Permit for the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce Strawberry Festival on June 2nd and 3rd  :  authorized taser recertification training for the Newton Police Department with the fee at $225 plus allowable expenses  :  agreed to hire Alec Westrich as a full-time police officer effective on the completion of training  :  approved the promotion of NPD Officer Greg Coker to Corporal, effective May 12th  :  agreed to accept Gina Fox’s resignation from the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals  :  and after a 19 minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate, the Council took no other action and voted to adjourn  :  the next regular meeting for the Newton City Council is May 16th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Automotive Service and Collision Repair Technology Programs have rescheduled their 2nd annual Car Show for Saturday, May 13, a week from tomorrow – the Car Show is open to all old and new cars, trucks, and motorcycles with $10 registration from 9:00 until 12 noon that morning, with food, drinks, and music available from 11:00 to 2:00 and a 50/50 drawing to be held – the Student Choice Awards will be presented at 2:00 and gift bags go to the first 25 registered – both the OCC Automotive Building and Collision Repair Technology Center will be open for tours – all proceeds from the rescheduled Car Show will be used for equipment purchases for both programs at Olney Central College.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program this Sunday at the McsBurg Schoolhouse, located next to the Heritage House Museum, along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – the free Open House will include an official rededication starting at 1:30 – it’s a great opportunity for the public to stop by and learn more about the historical 142 year old schoolhouse – all ages are invited to attend – for more on the local Museum Foundation, check out its website online, at  www.richlandcountymuseums.org.

 

(NEWTON)  The Grove Township Community Center, south and back east of Montrose, will have its annual all-you-can-eat Country Rhodes Fish Fry tomorrow evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – the tickets will be on sale at the door while kids under 3 eat free, plus carry-outs will be available – all proceeds raised will go towards playground equipment at the Community Center – the Jasper County Farm Bureau will be serving free soft serve ice cream with donations to the Jasper County Ag in the Classroom Project.

 

(NOBLE)  The 17th Annual Noble MayFest is this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – the main feature is the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Show with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 noon with awards at 3:00 – also included is a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, concessions, and more – during the Car Show, all residents are reminded that North Noble Avenue, between Elm Street and Poplar Street, will be closed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church along Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also Monday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types are very much needed and for those that donate blood by May 14th, there’s a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association is hosting its annual Spring Crash Demo Derby tomorrow night in the Olney City Park from 7:00 to 9:00 – concessions will be available, plus general admission tickets at the gate – includes modifieds, stocks, 4 cylinders, and brand new this year, minivans


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:00 at its downtown parking lot in Olney – several exhibits available – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 – all are invited to check in out this Saturday in Olney


    The Newton Yard Waste Facility is open from 8:00 to 12:00 noon tomorrow morning – the facility is for Newton residents only – it’s for grass, leaves, small limbs, & other yard and/or garden waste – no root wads


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host its 10th Annual Race For the Kids Duathlon / 5K tomorrow in the Hutsonville City Park – it’s a 2 mile run, 20 mile bike ride, and another 2 mile run – six age groups available, plus door prizes – to sign up or for details, logon at  www.oblongchristianhome.org


    The Clay City Fire Department has a fundraising breakfast tomorrow morning from 6:00 to 10:00 with donations at the door – carry-outs available – a gun raffle & half hog raffle with tickets at the door


    The Community Support System’s Art Auction is tonight in downtown Effingham – the fundraiser starts at 6:30 this Friday night with the artwork on display by 5:30 – payment is by cash or check – all are invited


    The RCHS Prom Walk Up tonight has been moved to the Sliva Auditorium – doors open at 5:30 with the Walk Up at 6:30 – visitors can park in the south lot and enter thru the front RCHS doors – Prom attendies can park between the school and football field parking lot – tonight’s RCHS Prom is still at The Holiday


    The Jasper County retired teachers will host a “pork burger cookout” today at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – only $3 per pork burger – stop by today in Newton


    The Center Shrine Club is now selling Vidalia Onions at Rural King in Olney – the 10 pound bags are still priced at only $10 each, all for a limited time while supplies last – good onions for a good cause

 

 

 

May 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the deep and slow moving storm system continues to move towards the Ohio River Valley, we’ll have more rain here our downstate area today thru tonight with some thunder and heavy rains possible – most of the rain will move out of Illinois by tomorrow and we’ll see a mostly dry weekend with plenty of sunshine expected – there could be a spot shower on Saturday – the National Weather Service has shortened its Flash Flood Watch for our area, now ending at 7:00 Friday morning – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – as lawmakers continue to meet in Springfield, there’s been no new debate or discussion on solving the two year old state budget stalemate – there’s been some committee talks, but nothing that’s spilled over into either chamber – the spring legislative session is scheduled to end in June.

 

(OLNEY)  A private foundation pushed by Governor Bruce Rauner is preparing to kick off  a major fundraising effort to revamp Illinois’ dilapidated state fairgrounds – the goal is to raise enough money to repair crumbling buildings, deteriorating roadways, and aging sewer & electrical systems, plus one of the major issues is yearly flooding on the fairgrounds – the foundation is seeking to raise some $185 million.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois Supreme Court justices will administer the attorney’s oath to 476 individuals today, all to be sworn in and admitted to the practice of law in Illinois during bar association ceremonies held in the state’s five Supreme Court judicial districts – it will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,700 – ceremonies will be held in Collinsville, Springfield, Ottawa, Elgin, and Chicago.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Today is the National Day of  Prayer, when thousands of individuals, churches, and communities take time to pray for our world, nation, state, and local regions – both the Richland County and Jasper County Ministerial Associations are hosting a National Day of  Prayer program today at 12:00 noon at their respective Courthouse lawns in Olney and Newton – all are urged to attend – folks can logon at  www.nationaldayofprayer.org  tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 (Illinois time) to view a special program as well.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 have announced that Troopers will be out conducting Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in Jasper and Richland Counties during May – the focus is on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations, especially between 9:00 at night and 6:00 in the morning – District 12 Troopers also will be conducting Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, and Crawford Counties this month – the focus there is on safety belt and child safety seat laws – both patrols are part of the state’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and Click It or Ticket” programs looking to improve driver safety.

 

(NEWTON)  We’ve been informed that tomorrow’s Jasper County Junior High 8th Graders’ trip to Six Flags will be leaving earlier than previously announced, all due to the flooded areas around the St. Louis area – the leave time has been moved from 6:30 to now 5:45 – therefore all students and those making the trip should be at the school ready to leave at 5:30 – plus the group will likely arrive back to Newton a little later than expected Friday night – so again, tomorrow’s trip to Six Flags for the Jasper County 8th Graders will now be leaving at 5:45 Friday morning, earlier than originally set – if any questions, call the Jasper County Junior High School in Newton – the school appreciates the understanding of everyone in this matter.

 

(NEWTON)  The Grove Township Community Center, south and back east of Montrose, will have its annual all-you-can-eat Country Rhodes Fish Fry this Saturday evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – the menu includes fried walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, pulled pork, all the sides, plus donated desserts and drinks – tickets will be on sale at the door while kids under 3 eat free, plus carry-outs will be available – all proceeds raised will go towards playground equipment at the center – also, the Jasper County Farm Bureau will be there serving free soft serve ice cream – donations for the ice cream will be used for the Jasper County Ag in the Classroom Project – all ages are invited out Saturday evening in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department will present the OCC Jazz Festival tonight at 6:00 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center – the performances tonight will include the Southern Illinois Honors Jazz Ensemble, which is comprised of musicians from area high schools, including those in Olney, Robinson, and Marshall – also, the OCC Jazz Ensemble and OCC Jazz Fest Trio will perform – the special guest musicians include Wade Baker of Robinson on trumpet & piano, Monte Skelton of Evansville on bass & saxophone, Suxanne Fassett of Olney on drums, and Jamie Taylor on vocals – all ages are welcome with admission at only $5 per person – students admitted free with their student ID’s – that’s tonight at OCC.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  next Monday at the Red Brush Christian Church along Route 45 north of Louisville from 1:30 to 6:30  :  also Monday at the Toledo Christian Church from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed – and for those that donate blood by May 14th, they’ll earn a chance to win a $1,000 gift card shopping spree.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association is hosting its annual Spring Crash Demo Derby this Saturday night in the Olney City Park from 7:00 to 9:00 – concessions will be available, plus general admission tickets at the gate – includes modifieds, stocks, 4 cylinders, and brand new this year, minivans – to get more information or details, check the Association’s website online, at  www.richlandcountyfair.org


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at its downtown parking lot in Olney – several exhibits available – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 – all are invited to check in out this Saturday in Olney


    The Clay City Fire Department has a fundraising breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s all-you-can-eat with donations at the door and carry-outs available – gun raffle tickets on sale from any fireman – half hog raffle tickets on sale only at the door – one for $5, six for $20 – proceeds for equipment


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host its 10th Annual Race For the Kids Duathlon / 5K this Saturday in the Hutsonville City Park – it’s a 2 mile run, 20 mile bike ride, and another 2 mile run – six age groups available, plus door prizes – to sign up or for details, logon at  www.oblongchristianhome.org


    The 2017 Community Support System’s Art Auction is tomorrow night at the Arts & Hearts Event in downtown Effingham – the fundraiser starts at 6:30 Friday night on the east side of the Courthouse Museum  – all of the 35 pieces of artwork will be on display by 5:30 – payment is by cash or check – all are invited


    The Jasper County retired teachers will host a “pork burger cookout” tomorrow at the KC Hall in Newton with serving from 10:30 until 1:00 – only $3 per pork burger – stop by tomorrow in Newton


    The American Legion, Jasper Post #20, in Newton, will host its monthly pork loin dinner this evening – with serving to start at 6:00, all are invited out for a great meal at the Newton American Legion


    The Center Shrine Club is now selling Vidalia Onions at Rural King in Olney – the 10 pound bags are still priced at only $10 each, all for a limited time while supplies last – good onions for a good cause

 

 

 

May 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Another slow-moving surface low is heading in our direction, bringing with it another 72-hour-plus potential of un-needed rain – running today and continuing thru tonight, our downstate area could get another 1 to 3 inches of rain, all followed by hit-and-miss chances tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday morning – our next chance for some extended sunshine will be Saturday afternoon thru Sunday – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for our entire listening area from now thru 12:00 noon Friday – with the ground already saturated from the heavy rains this past weekend, any new rainfall amounts will simply add to the flooding problems – an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected now thru tomorrow night – listen to a NOAA weather alert radio for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the annual Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service to honor law enforcement officers killed in Illinois in the line of duty, including four who died in 2016, will be held tomorrow morning at 11:00, at the Illinois Peace Officer Memorial sculpture on the Illinois State Capitol grounds in Springfield – State FOP officials say the annual ceremony honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities – it all starts with a squad car lineup at 6:30 at the State Fairgrounds – leaving at 8:30, the procession moves to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a memorial church service at 9:30, then on the State Capitol – for more details, logon at  www.illinoispolicememorial.org.

 

(OLNEY)  The statewide average precipitation for April in Illinois was 7.01 inches, which was 3.23 inches above normal, and the second wettest April on record, according to the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign – the largest monthly precipitation total for April in Illinois was in Carbondale, with 14.41 inches – the statewide average temperature for April was 56.4 degrees, which is 3.8 degrees above average, therefore making it the 11th warmest April on record – the January thru April period was the warmest on record as well with a statewide average temperature of 44.5 degrees, which is 5.4 degrees above normal.

 

(NEWTON)  Secretary of State Jesse White is continuing his support for organ donor registration – currently, there are more than 6.1 million people that are registered to become organ/tissue donors in Illinois, although approximately 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people will die in Illinois this year waiting on an organ transplant – information on becoming an organ donor is available at hospitals, county health departments, and by checking it out online, at  www.LifeGoesOn.com.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Tomorrow is the annual observance of the National Day of  Prayer – this year’s theme is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!  Hear Us....Forgive Us....Heal Us!” which is inspired by scripture, Daniel 9:19 – it’s tomorrow that thousands of individuals, churches, & communities can recall and teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of  God when faced with critical decisions – while the first Continental Congress back in 1775, some 242 years ago, called for a National Day of  Prayer, the U.S. Congress established it as an annual event in 1952 and it was in 1988 that the law was amended & signed by then President Ronald Reagan, designating the National Day of  Prayer as the first Thursday in May – both Ministerial Associations in Richland and Jasper Counties will be hosting special events at their respective Courthouse lawns tomorrow at 12:00 noon in Olney and Newton – all are urged to attend – folks can logon at  www.nationaldayofprayer.org  tomorrow night from 6:30 to 8:00 (Illinois time) for a special stream.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single car crash that occurred this past Sunday night at around 11:07 on Illinois Route 33, just east of Newton, in Jasper County – the State Police report 58 year old Robin L. Miller of Robinson was westbound on Route 33 during a heavy downpour when a passenger, 49 year old Anthony Litzelman of West Liberty, grabbed the steering wheel causing the car to leave the roadway and strike two trees – while Miller was taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson for treatment, Litzelman was transported to Carle Hospital in Urbana – no tickets have been issued at this time.

 

(NOBLE)  Some good news for the residents in the Noble area – the Noble Fire Protection District is proud to announce a substantially improved ISO Public Protection Classification rating within its Fire District – the PPC rating, which is overseen by the Insurance Service Organization, provides incentives and rewards for communities and areas that choose to improve their firefighting services – a lowered ISO/PPC rating results in lower insurance rates for many residential and commercial properties within the rated region – those within the Noble Fire Protection District are encouraged to contact their insurance companies to ask if they base their premium on the ISO/PPC rating – a job well done by those associated with the Noble Fire Protection District, including the volunteer firemen, board, and all others connected with the effort.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder to those out there interested in earning a GED – all four Illinois Eastern Community Colleges in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, or near Robinson are offering the free classes – no matter the schedule, whether day, night, or around the clock online, there’s a convenient option to help obtain a GED – the Summer Semester starts on June 6th and registration is now open for Summer and Fall classes – folks can register at Olney Central College from 9:00 to 2:00 Monday thru Thursday and while appointments are recommended, they’re not required – call Lindsey at  618-395-7777   extension  2265  for more details.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  and this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish critically low blood supplies in our area.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Richland County Farm & Fair Association is hosting its annual Spring Crash Demo Derby this Saturday night in the Olney City Park from 7:00 to 9:00 – concessions will be available, plus general admission tickets at the gate – includes modifieds, stocks, 4 cylinders, and brand new this year, minivans – to get more information or details, check the Association’s website online, at  www.richlandcountyfair.org


    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at its downtown parking lot in Olney – several exhibits available – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 – all are invited to check in out this Saturday in Olney


    The Clay City Fire Department has a fundraising breakfast this Saturday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 – it’s all-you-can-eat with donations at the door and carry-outs available – gun raffle tickets on sale from any fireman – half hog raffle tickets on sale only at the door – one for $5, six for $20 – proceeds for equipment


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host its 10th Annual Race For the Kids Duathlon / 5K this Saturday in the Hutsonville City Park – it’s a 2 mile run, 20 mile bike ride, and another 2 mile run – six age groups available, plus door prizes – to sign up or for details, logon at  www.oblongchristianhome.org


    The American Legion, Jasper Post #20, in Newton, will host its monthly pork loin dinner this Thursday evening – with serving to start at 6:00, all are invited out for a great meal at the Newton American Legion


    The Olney Central College Science Club has a plant sale today from 11:00 to 4:30 in the hallway just outside the Student Services Office – a wide variety of  herbs, flowers, and vegetables available for sale


    The Center Shrine Club is now selling Vidalia Onions at Rural King in Olney – the 10 pound bags are still priced at only $10 each, all for a limited time while supplies last – good onions for a good cause

 

 

 

May 2, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system in the Upper Midwest will give us some clouds & a few sprinkles this morning before the sun shines for the rest of the day – another storm system will move into the Midwest with widespread rain tomorrow, followed by more possible heavy rains tomorrow night, then lingering on-and-off showers for Thursday and Friday – but, maybe a dry and sunny weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield to ensure state personnel & equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with flooding-related public safety issues all around the state – activated for as long as needed, the SEOC includes representatives from several key agencies, such as IEMA, IDOT, the State Police, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others – for updates, logon at  www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner has launched a newborn support program – called Illinois Family Connects, the pilot home-visit program will be administered by the Stephenson County Health Department and is based out of FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport – it’s available to families with new babies, providing free services including a house call from a community nurse & frequent wellness checks.

 

(NEWTON)  Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier of the Illinois Supreme Court will administer the attorney’s oath to 86 new lawyers this Thursday in the downstate Fifth Judicial District – the group is among 476 individuals who will be sworn in and admitted to the practice of law in Illinois during bar association ceremonies held in the state’s five Supreme Court judicial districts – the new attorneys sworn in this week will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,700 – in addition to Collinsville, ceremonies will also be held Thursday in Springfield, Ottawa, Elgin, and Chicago.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in special session last night in Olney  :  the new School Board was seated following the April 4th election – the four board members elected were incumbents Alex Cline, Steve Marrs, and Leon Redman, plus newly elected board member Cindy Lockley – Judge Kimbara G. Harrell administered the Oath of Office to the four newly elected board members  :  the new Board then elected new officers – President Jeff Wilson, Vice-President Alex Cline, and Secretary Leon Redman  :  the board’s holdover members include Carolyne Brooks and Steve Kindade  :  the new board then appointed Patty Leist as School District Treasurer and Sonja Music as District Recording Secretary  :  the board also took time to recognize retiring board President, Ben Anderson, for his 20 years of service to the Richland County School District as a board member  :  and after a 25 minute closed session – approved the intent to retire notice from RCES Music Teacher Joyce Fritschle at the end of the 2020-2021 school year – approved a leave of absence and a reinstatement of sick days for two separate teachers  :  next meeting is May 18th.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 yesterday morning, it was Noble Township leading the way with the highest rainfall total for the past week, coming in at eight and a half inches (8.50), followed by Denver Township at eight and a tenth inches (8.10) and Preston Township at six and a half inches (6.50) – the County Farm Bureau office in Olney had an even six inches (6.00), followed by German Township at five inches and seven tenths (5.70), both Decker and Madison Townships at four inches and nine tenths (4.90), Olney Township at four inches and eight tenths (4.80), Claremont Township at four inches and fifty-four hundreths (4.54), and Bonpas Township at four inches and two tenths (4.20) – here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured five inches & seventy-seven hundredths of an inch (5.77) during period.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – widespread rains kept farmers out of the fields during the latter half of last week as there were an average of 3 days suitable for fieldwork – the state’s average rainfall was 4.12 inches, 3.25 inches above normal – Illinois’ average temperature last week was 55.9 degrees, nearly 1 (0.6) degree below normal – as of Sunday, 63% of the state’s corn crop and 13% of the soybeans had been planted, both above the 5-year average – while the winter wheat crop is 67% headed out, over 70% is in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in our ten county area report two-thirds of the corn and a quarter of the soybeans have been planted – but with the heavy rain this past weekend, replanting is very much likely – farmers are reminded to remember “safety first” during this 2017 spring planting season.

 

(NEWTON)  In an article on Crain’s Chicago Business website, Illinois’ largest downstate power generator says it will decide by the end of the year how much of a presence, if any, to retain in the southern half of the state – Dynegy officials say the State of Illinois’ move last year to subsidize Chicago-based Exelon, which is Illinois’ largest power generator and Dynegy’s chief competitor, has imperiled the economics of Dynegy’s downstate fleet of coal-fired plants, one of which includes the Newton Power Plant – if Dynegy ultimately opts to pull out of the downstate region, it could jeopardize grid reliability for the downstate area served by Ameren Illinois, plus cost some downstate jobs – there appears to be a lot of debate & discussion to be held in the weeks and months ahead for this issue – it was exactly one year ago tomorrow, May 3rd, 2016 that Dynegy announced the shutdown of unit two at the Newton Power Station in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will host a special program this coming Sunday, May 7th, at the McsBurg Schoolhouse, located next to the Heritage House Museum, along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – the free Open House will also include an official rededication starting at 1:30 and it’s a great opportunity for the public to stop by and learn more about the history of the 142 year old schoolhouse and the more than 85 other one-room schools that once dotted the Richland County countryside – following its closing in 1944, the building became a summer cabin for a local family, who later donated it to the Olney Garden Club for restoration and relocation to the Olney City Park – in 2015, the schoolhouse was deeded to the Richland Heritage Museum Foundation, which moved it to its current location and restored it for a second time – all ages are welcome to attend the special program this Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:30 – for more on the local Foundation, check out its website online, at  www.richlandcountymuseums.org.

 

(NOBLE)  The 17th Annual Noble MayFest is this Saturday in the Noble Village Park – the main feature is the White Squirrel Cruisers Car Show with registration from 9:00 to 12:00 noon with awards at 3:00 – also included is a swap meet, crafts & flea market vendors, concessions, and much more – plus during the Car Show, the Village of Noble reminds all residents that North Noble Avenue, between Elm Street and Poplar Street, will be closed – for more information or details, go online at  www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also today at the Casey United Methodist Church from  12:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  and this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish critically low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show is this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at its downtown parking lot in Olney – several exhibits available – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 – all are invited to check in out this Saturday in Olney


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host its 10th Annual Race For the Kids Duathlon / 5K this Saturday in the Hutsonville City Park – it’s a 2 mile run, 20 mile bike ride, and another 2 mile run – six age groups available, plus door prizes – to sign up or for details, logon at  www.oblongchristianhome.org


    The American Legion, Jasper Post #20, in Newton, will host its monthly pork loin dinner this Thursday evening – with serving to start at 6:00, all are invited out for a great meal at the Newton American Legion


    This Thursday, May 4th, is National Day of Prayer – various events will be held in our downstate region – both the Richland & Jasper County Courthouses will host National Day of Prayer programs with the public encouraged to attend – both programs in Olney and Newton will start at 12:00 noon Thursday


    The Olney Central College Science Club has a plant sale tomorrow from 11:00 to 4:30 in the hallway just outside the Student Services Office – a wide variety of  herbs, flowers, and vegetables available for sale


    There’s one area meeting coming up on this Tuesday night – the Newton City Council will meet in regular session starting at 6:00 at the Newton City Hall – as always, the meeting is open to the public


    The May Better Breathers Club Support Group meeting is this afternoon at 1:00 in the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Garage classroom – a chance to network with others with COPD

 

 

 

May 1, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the cold front and its associated frontal boundary moving out of our Midwestern region late last night, the rain has finally come to an end – however, it won’t stay dry long, unfortunately – with a cool & dry sky today and some sunshine on tap tomorrow, another slow-moving storm system will move thru with rain chances Wednesday thru Friday – but, it looks like a dry weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for our entire WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA listening area until 12:00 noon today – with total rainfall amounts recorded between 3 and 7 inches over the past 72 hours, all area creeks and rivers are flooded, along with almost all adjacent roads, and the high waters will be around most of this week with even more rain expected later this week – the Illinois State Police and IDOT are also reminding all motorists to take extra precaution while traveling – be alert to flooding and/or standing water on roadways and highways and always remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” – do not drive on any roadway flooded by water.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – this is National Small Business Week, a time since 1963, that’s been used to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners – current statistics show that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year – we tip our hats to all of the small businesses here in our downstate region – for more information on small businesses, go online at  www.sba.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  In Springfield last week, the State Senate approved legislation to allow 16 and 17 year old teenagers to register for Illinois’ First Person Consent Organ / Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license and/or identification card – this follows the passage of a similar bill in the State House earlier in the legislative session – if approved and signed into law, it would change the current law, in which an individual must be 18 to join the registry – there are 47 states that have already enacted such legislation.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Fisheries has confirmed that a new state-record hygrid crappie was caught at Kincaid Lake down in Jackson County back on March 28th – the fish, caught by a Carbondale fisherman, weighed 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces, and while it appeared to be a black crappie, the DNR testing shows it was not – therefore, the previous state-record black crappie caught at Rend Lake in 1976 still stands, at 4 pounds and 8 ounces – however it did break the state-record for a hybrid crappie, originally caught in a Jefferson County pond in 2008, weighing in at 4 pounds, 8.3 ounces.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will have a special meeting of the Richland County School Board tonight, starting at 7:30, in the District’s board room in Olney – with the Richland County canvass of votes for the April 4th election now complete and official, the Board will meet tonight to accept the election results, to seat the new Board, to elect officers, & more – tonight’s special meeting is open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District has announced it will conduct its annual Preschool Screenings for children turning 3 years old on or before September 1st, 2017, and for children up to 5 years of age – the screenings are offered at no cost to parents and are used to help identify children who may need assistance before starting school – the one-hour screenings will be held at the Ste. Marie Elementary School on Wednesday, May 17th, from 11:00 to 6:30, and Thursday, May 18th, from 10:00 to 5:30, with parents encouraged to bring their children – also at the same time, the Birth-to-Three program will be offering a no cost Developmental Screening for children from 6 months to 3 years of age – and Head Start will also have representatives available to accept applications for their program as well – appointments are required by May 12th – parents should call the Special Needs Office in Newton at  618-783-3651  for an appointment.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for Richland County charitable organizations that serve our local youth to be considered to receive grant money from the Carrie Winter Trust – the Trust has benefitted Richland County youth for over 30 years with more than $2 million being awarded – the grant application deadline is today, this Monday, May 1st – applications are available online at  www.fnbolney.com, Services, Trust Services, or by contacting the First National Bank in Olney Trust Department – call  618-395-8541.

 

(NEWTON)  Today, this May 1st, marks the 142nd anniversary of the Peoples State Bank – organized back in 1875, it was first simply known as People’s Bank and the financial institution was one of the few local banks to successfully weather the Great Depression – to help celebrate this milestone, refreshments will be available at each branch of the Peoples State Bank all day today –for more, logon at  www.psbnewton.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Grove Township Community Center, south and back east of Montrose, will have its annual all-you-can-eat Country Rhodes Fish Fry this Saturday evening, with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 – the menu includes fried walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, pulled pork, all the sides, plus donated desserts and drinks – tickets will be on sale at the door while kids under 3 eat free, plus carry-outs will be available – all proceeds raised will go towards playground equipment at the center – also, the Jasper County Farm Bureau will be there serving free soft serve ice cream – donations for the ice cream will be used for the Jasper County Ag in the Classroom Project – all ages are invited out Saturday evening in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show 2017 is coming up this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at the downtown TrustBank parking lot in Olney – while the Main Street Farmer’s Market will be on hand, there will be at least fourteen exhibitors, featuring mowers and other lawn equipment, nursery and horticulture plants, outdoor craft items, animal care information, and much more – a bake sale from 9:00 until sold out will benefit Shelter Friends, plus free hotdogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00 - all are invited to check in out this Saturday – the TrustBank Lawn and Garden Show, along Main Street, in downtown Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Science Club will hold a plant sale this coming Wednesday, from 11:00 to 4:30, in the hallway, just outside the Student Services Office – a variety of  herbs, flowers, and vegetables will be available including items such as cilantro, basil, parsley, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, butternut, and yellow squash – the OCC Science Club also will be selling any remaining plants at the TrustBank Lawn & Garden Show this Saturday in downtown Olney.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  tomorrow at the Altamont High School from 8:00 to 1:00  :  also tomorrow at the Casey United Methodist Church from  12:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Olney from 12:00 to 5:00  :  and this coming Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12:00 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish critically low supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is reminding all motorists that the intersection of Whittle Avenue and Illinois Route 130 is still closed and will remain closed until further notice due to construction work – in fact, Whittle Avenue between Route 130 north to Brentwood Avenue will be open to local traffic ONLY  until further notice – also, the road work continues on Kitchell Avenue, from Main Street to Chestnut Street, in downtown Olney – alternate routes around these two areas in Olney are needed until further notice.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The 1st Annual MVP Happy Hollar Veterans “Jeep Run Tour of Jasper County” will be held this Saturday – it begins with sign up at 11:00 and the run starting at 12 noon – all Jeeps are invited


    The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host its 10th Annual Race For the Kids Duathlon / 5K this Saturday in the Hutsonville City Park – it’s a 2 mile run, 20 mile bike ride, and another 2 mile run – six age groups available, plus door prizes – to sign up or for details, logon at  www.oblongchristianhome.org


    This Thursday, May 4th, is National Day of Prayer – various events will be held in our downstate region – both the Richland & Jasper County Courthouses will host National Day of Prayer programs with the public encouraged to attend – both programs in Olney and Newton will start at 12:00 noon Thursday


    The May Better Breathers Club Support Group meeting is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 in the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Garage classroom – a chance to network with others with COPD


    A Nature Creations Birdhouse Sale is today in the private dining rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital from 8:00 to 3:30 – various birdhouses are available for purchase – all proceeds will help the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will its various projects at the hospital in Olney