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April 20, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  With the strong low pressure storm system off to the east now, a weak high pressure quickly moves thru with a dry, but cool day today – then another upper level disturbance brings more rain chances by tomorrow evening, continuing thru Friday & into Saturday with a slight warmup – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  It was a line of thunderstorms that rolled thru Illinois last night with high winds, heavy rains, some hail, & some unconfirmed tornadoes – Ameren Illinois reports over 35,000 customers were without power overnight – wind damage includes downed power lines, utility poles, & some farm buildings, but at this point, no injuries reported – with rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches, a lot of flooding as well.
 
(OLNEY)  Lawmakers called it an attempt at more transparency, but for now Senate Bill #1 is dead – Governor Quinn vetoed the measure yesterday which aimed to limit temporary executive appointments & force the Senate to act quickly on expired terms – the amendatory veto means the bill now heads back to the Legislature where lawmakers can override the veto or add some changes proposed by the Governor.
 
(NEWTON)  The State Treasurer’s office wants to help link farmers to lenders who are backed by the State Treasury – yesterday’s plan would extend low-interest credit to farmers thru the Ag Invest program, which is designed to help producers who must borrow money to stay afloat – program loans are locked in at a rate no higher than 4.5% for loans to a single farmer or farm operation – go online at www.treasurer.il.gov.

(NOBLE)  Electric crews continue to restore power to customers throughout the area – portions of Clay, Richland, Jasper, Effingham, & other counties were without power for at least five hours last night – while some had power restored after midnight, others were without power as of 5:00 this morning from the east edge of Noble to areas just west of Olney – wind gusts of up to 60 to 70 miles-per-hour caused the power line problems as crews hope to have everyone back online by later this afternoon, if not sooner.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Police Department is still investigating a pair of armed robberies in Olney : the first at 8:00 Sunday night in the area of York & Mill Streets : then at 11:15 Monday morning at the SuperWash car wash along West Main Street : both of the unidentified victims were not injured – the suspect is still at large, described as a 25 to 30 year old male, 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a thin build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt & blue jeans – if any information or details, call the Olney Police Department at 395-8481.

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night – the Council : approved the various low bids for the City’s street maintenance program, totaling just under $81,000 : approved a payment of $65,700 to Kieffer Brothers Construction for progress being made on the City’s new water plant : accepted the low bid of $22,562 for the purchase of a new squad car for the Newton Police Department : approved an agreement with the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency permitting the installation of an antennae on the City’s west water tower : agreed to amend the City’s building permit fees : and on a 5 to 1 vote, with one abstention, will help support numerous promotions with an $8,000 payment to the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce : took no other action after a 15 minute closed session : the next regular meeting is May 3rd.

(OLNEY)  Congressman John Shimkus will be available to meet with local constituents tomorrow morning at his Olney office, at 120 South Fair Street, from 9:30 until 11:00 – while appointments are not necessary, they are helpful in keeping wait times at a minimum – for an appointment, call the Congressman’s secretary at 618-344-3065 – for those unable to attend tomorrow, a staff member of the Congressman is in the Olney office every Thursday from 10:00 until 4:00 – for more, go online at www.shimkus.house.gov/.

(OLNEY)  Congressman Shimkus will be in the area today as well : visiting with constituents in the Office of State Representative John Cavaletto in Salem this morning : presenting a former Korean Prisoner of War with military decorations at the Xenia Fire Department this afternoon – Dale Jones is an U.S. Army Veteran : & attending a “legislative reception” this evening in Effingham, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

(NEWTON)  Premium books for the 2011 Illinois State Fair are now available online – the books include the rules, entry forms, and prizes for the fair's more than 8,700 competitive events – the five books can all be found online at www.illinoisstatefair.info – while some entries are due by July 1st, others have an entry deadline of July 15th – the 2011 Illinois State Fair in Springfield will run August 12th thru 21st.

REMINDERS
    The Pacific Cycle “walk & roll” team is selling tickets to win an afghan & a quilt – all proceeds go to the local fight against cancer – the drawing will be May 20th – call 393-5012 for tickets or stop by Pacific Cycle
    The Rotary Club of Richland County is preparing for its Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon next Tuesday – to donate items for the goodie bags or to make a reservation, call today at 618-843-4811
    It’s a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday morning from 8:30 til sold out at the People’s State Bank Drive Thru in Newton – proceeds split between the Newton Junior Women’s Club & the Newton Women’s Club
    The next area blood drive is coming up today at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton, from 1:00 until 6:00 – remember, all types of blood are needed – all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to give
    It’s the final day to order your “geraniums” from the RMH Auxiliary – colors of red, pink, & white are available at $3.75 each – pickup is next Thursday – call Richland Memorial Hospital & order today
    The First National Bank in Olney “walk & roll” team is having an Easter Basket Raffle with the drawing set for later today – tickets are still available at all local First National Bank locations 

April 19, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  An upper level disturbance will interact with a warm front over the midwest, triggering showers & thunderstorms in our area today thru tonight – some severe conditions are possible – a trailing cold front will return us to cooler air for Wednesday until another warmup & more rain by Friday – listen for updates.

(OLNEY)  A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11:00 this morning for the regional counties of Richland, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence, Clark, Effingham, Clay, Shelby, Christian, & others to our west & northwest – this morning’s round of storms will likely be followed by another round of possibly severe storms later this evening and maybe overnight – stay alert to those NOAA weather radios & Freedom 92.9.

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois House passed a bill yesterday that bans all trans-fats in restaurants and in school vending machines – this means foods fried in vegetable oil, margarine, & other oils will be wiped off the menu – the measure would also prohibit snacks like potato chips & cookies from being sold in school vending machines – if approved by the State Senate & Governor Quinn, the bill takes effect in 2013.
 
(OLNEY)  Governor Quinn will spend part of today touring the nation’s first energy efficient Walgreens Store in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park – the store uses geothermal technology to save energy, featuring a dimming system for sales-floor lighting when natural sunlight’s available – plus the floors & bathroom sinks are made from recycled content along with other recycled equipment – the store opened last November.
 
(NEWTON)  Judge James Zagel warned Rod Blagojevich yesterday in court that the words he speaks to the media can be used against him in court – the warning comes after the prosecution complained to the court that the former Governor lied about the government trying to hide or dismiss evidence at his previous trial that would prove his innocence – the jury selection for the retrial against Blagojevich begins tomorrow.

(OLNEY)  The Olney Police Department is investigating a pair of armed robberies in Olney : the first took place in the area of Mill & York Streets at approximately 8:00 Sunday night when the suspect displayed an edged weapon, demanded money, & made off with $170 : then again yesterday morning at the Superwash car wash along West Main Street at approximately 11:15 the suspect again displayed an edged weapon, demanded money, & made off with $60 : both unidentified victims were not injured – the suspect is still at large, described as a 25 to 30 year old male, 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a thin build, & wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt & blue jeans – if any information or details, call the Olney Police Department at 395-8481.

(NOBLE)  The West Richland School Board met in regular session last night – the Board : certified the April 5th election results as Carolyne Brooks, Steve Kinkade, & Aaron Wease were re-elected : the Board then elected Carolyne Brooks as President, Brian VanBlaricum as V-P, Lisa Hemrich as Secretary, & Aaron Wease as Secretary Pro-Tem : noted the feasibility study & results are being processed – a joint meeting between the East & West Richland School Boards will likely take place in May : noted a Homework Helper Grant will help 7th thru 12th grade math students online : noted the District received an Energy Grant from the State Board – the $49,750 will be matched by District funds to provide new lighting in the Elementary School : approved Trust Bank in Olney to serve the district's banking & investment needs : in personnel – accepted the retirement of WRHS Industrial Tech Teacher  Jim Love effective at the end of the school year – accepted the resignation of WRHS PE/Health/Driver's Ed Teacher Jason Wagner effective today – agreed to honorable dismiss Peggy Runyon & Stephanie Pipher, effective May 27th – hired Sonja Holt as District Payroll Secretary & Assistant District Secretary, effective May 31st – hired Eathan Keyser as WRHS Ag Teacher & FFA Advisor, effective August 15th – hired Christina Diel as District Special Ed Coordinator, effective August 15th : the Board's next regular meeting will be May 16th : all Noble students will be dismissed early this afternoon for “spring break” – classes resume a week from today on April 26th.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School Board met last night – the Board : accepted the canvass results of the April 5th election with the four elected being Anthony Richards, Mindy Street, Melinda Barthelme, and Fred Huddlestun : recognized outgoing Board member Gregg Weber for his past 8 years of service on the Board of Education : elected the Board officers to two year terms – Fred Huddlestun as President, Gordan Millsap as Vice-President, & Melinda Barththelme as Secretary : accepted various bids for electrical work, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, and general construction work for the renovation work at the Junior / Senior High School & Newton Elementary School – the total cost at $1,972,484 : approved the issuance of $2 million in Working Cash Fund bonds and $100,000 in Health Life Safety bonds – the tax rate of these bonds will be set at 8 cents per $100,000 EAV : approved the final 2010-2011 school calendar with the last day of school on May 26th : approved the bid of $121,000 for the sale of Muddy-West School : accepted the retirement requests of Susan Shull at the end of this school year and Patti Litchfield on December 31st, 2011 : the Jasper County School Board will have its next regular monthly meeting on May 16th.

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – temperatures & precipitation were near normal over much of Illinois last week with the statewide average temp at 53 degrees & an average rainfall of an inch & a quarter – the statewide corn planting increased by 5% to 9% complete, that’s 20% lower than at this time a year ago : farmers in our ten counties surrounding Newton & Olney say wet conditions are keeping them out of the fields with the topsoil moisture levels at 100% adequate to surplus – as of Sunday, only about 5% of the local corn crop has been planted, with little if any real large amounts of field work taking place.

REMINDERS
    It’s a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday morning from 8:30 til sold out at the People’s State Bank Drive Thru in Newton – proceeds split between the Newton Junior Women’s Club & the Newton Women’s Club
    The OCC Music Department has it’s “Jazz Festival” at 6:30 this Thursday night with four ensembles to perform – admission is only $5 per person with tickets on sale at the door – all are invited Thursday night
    The next area blood drive is coming up tomorrow at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton, from 1:00 until 6:00 – remember, all types of blood are needed – all eligible and/or first-time donors are urged to give
    The RMH Auxiliary continues with its “geranium sale” thru tomorrow – colors of red, pink, & white available at $3.75 each – pickup is next Thursday, April 28th – call & order at 618-395-7340, ext. 4009
    The First National Bank in Olney “walk & roll” team is having an Easter Basket Raffle with the drawing set for tomorrow – tickets are still available at all local First National Bank locations – get them today
    The annual Youth & Community World Café is tonight from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for youth & adults to talk about what youth really need & expect from the adults in their lives and communities – it’s a conversation that matters between youth & adults – refreshments will be provided
    There are two meetings tonight : the Newton City Council meets tonight at 6:00 at the Newton City Hall : the IECC Board of Trustees meet tonight at 7:00 at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson

April 18, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  An approaching frontal boundary over Central Illinois will keep most rain chances to our north today, however an isolated shower or storm could pop-up thru this evening – then the front slides thru with a better chance of showers & thunderstorms by tomorrow night & Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

(NEWTON)  Illinois is holding on to its position as the fourth most expensive place to buy gas with an average price at $4.06 per gallon, that’s one dollar and three cents higher than a year ago at this time – the current Illinois average is now 25 cents a gallon higher than the national average in America – according to www.illinoisgasprices.com, the lowest downstate price, as of late last night, was $3.77 a gallon in Salem.
 
(OLNEY)  In his "Week In Review" Report, State Senator John O. Jones says it was busy last week as Friday was the final day in the spring session to move bills from the Senate to House – a few of the 32 bills approved includes : one that reduces the burdensome regulations on cemeteries : one that requires a person convicted of child luring to undergo a sex offender evaluation : one that requires the IDOC to report to the General Assembly on how it would notify a local sheriff of an inmate's early release from prison : one that directs the State DNR to adopt new regulations & restrictions for “fracking” natural gas wells : one that  revokes the license of a healthcare worker who's been convicted of a sex crime : one that requires a new scale for child care co-payments in dealing with public aid : one that provides incentives for employers to locate jobs in Illinois thru tax credits : and one that creates a 3% set-aside each year of all state contracts be awarded to veteran-owned small businesses : for more, go online at www.jones.senategop.org.
 
(NEWTON)  Downstate community members are encouraged to attend a redistricting hearing scheduled for today in East St. Louis – lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are seeking public input once again in their efforts to draw a new legislative map – the 4:00 meeting later today is at the Clyde Jordan Senior Citizens Center, at 6755 State Street – for details, to RSVP, or to join the list of speakers, call now 217-782-4040.

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic accident that occurred Friday morning at around 9:30 in Clay County, about four miles west of Flora on U.S. Route 50 – Illinois State Police report that 51 year old Ronald Trout of Olney was attempting to pass a semi-truck when his vehicle hydroplaned, ran off the road & overturn – a passenger, 50 year old Kathi Trout was taken to Clay County Hospital with injuries – Mr. Trout, who refused treatment at the scene, was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

(NEWTON)  The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a multi-state earthquake drill & preparedness activity to be conducted a week from this Thursday, April 28th, at 10:15 that morning – the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill will be held in the Central U.S. in order to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois & the other regional states – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, colleges, businesses, families, medical facilities, government agencies, non-profit groups, & all others to take part in the ShakeOut event – the Jasper County EMA plans to take part in the important drill & urges everyone to take part or to get further information – check it out online, at www.shakeout.org/centralus/.

(OLNEY)  A big “thank you” to all who attended & helped out with this year’s 4-H Performance Showcase, held Saturday night at OCC – 4-H Federation President Maggie Bromm kicked things off with a welcome – named as the top MC was Trevor May, with Runner-Up Rachel Pampe – also serving as MC was the duet of Chloe Miller & Alexander Brewer – the top Miscellaneous Act was performed by Sydney Pitts & Rachel Pampe – selected as the top Club Skit was members of the Stringtown Cloverbuds – thanks again to all the judges, Federation members, clubs, participants, leaders, volunteers, & those attending the special event.

(NOBLE)  Congratulations to a new Queen and King from this past weekend : crowned at Saturday night’s 2011 Prom for Clay City High School, were Queen Katelynn Hosselton & King Jordan Noll : the West Richland High School Prom was held this past Friday night : both events held at The Holiday in Olney.

(EFFINGHAM)  It was last Thursday night that the Effingham School Board hired a new Superintendent – given a three year contract, Mark Doan, will succeed the retiring Dan Clasby on July 1st – Doan makes the move from the Peoria area, where he’s served as Superintendent of the Farmington Central School District since 2004 – while making the move professionally, Doan has extended family in the Olney & Neoga area.

(NEWTON)  There are at least two area school board meetings on tap tonight : the Jasper County School Board will meet tonight in the Board Office in Newton, starting at 7:00 – the meeting will include the oath of office and the election of Board officers, plus an executive session to discuss real estate, personnel, and more : the West Richland School Board will meet tonight in the Board Office in Noble, beginning at 7:30.

REMINDERS
    Plans are now being made for the annual May Day Parade in Noble, set for Friday, the 6th of May – area businesses or groups who’d like to place an entry in the event should call the Elementary School in Noble
    Find out more about Multiple Sclerosis by attending the new “Talk MS Group” which will meet on the fourth Monday of most months at 7:00, starting a week from tonight at RHM – for more, call 392-7920
    It’s a fundraising “bake sale” this Friday morning from 8:30 til sold out at the People’s State Bank Drive Thru in Newton – proceeds split between the Newton Junior Women’s Club & the Newton Women’s Club
    The RMH Auxiliary continues with its “geranium sale” thru this Wednesday, the 20th – colors of red, pink, & white available at $3.75 each – pickup is April 28th – call & order at 618-395-7340, ext. 4009
    The 2nd annual Youth & Community World Café is tomorrow night from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for both youth & adults alike, to sit down, listen, & talk about their concerns
    The Futures 4-H Club meeting will be this afternoon at the Latona Church of Christ at 4:30 – each family should bring a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes & a bag of fruit for baskets to be delivered
    The Richland County Highway Department has lifted the seasonal 10 ton weight limit on all county maintained highways – there will be no further seasonal weight limits in year of 2011

April 16, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  With the main storm system now moving off to the east, scattered showers will wrap around on the back side of the low, giving us chances of rain today with cooler air – some sunshine & warmer air returns tomorrow, then maybe more rain by Monday night, into Tuesday – stay tuned for updates.

(OLNEY)  That storm system that rolled thru the state yesterday & last night moved thru quickly dropping smaller amounts of rain than was expected – on average, less than a half inch of rain, although some spots received an inch or so – the storms had wind gusts of between 50 and 60 miles-per-hour with some damage, plus some small hail was reported – all-in-all, an escape of any real problems until the next round of storms.

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois House was under a time crunch yesterday, trying to beat the Friday deadline to get its bills passed and sent over to the Senate chamber  :  one bill requires background checks on all minors who apply to work at park districts in Illinois  :  another bill would make it easier for anyone to access & find out how their state lawmaker voted on an issue thru the Freedom of Information Act  :  and on a 59 to 57 vote, the House voted down a bill that would have allowed certain prisoners to be counted in the next census  :  these bills and a few others will now move over to the State Senate for its consideration.
 
(OLNEY)  Secretary of State Jesse White is urging all Illinois residents to join the state's organ & tissue donor registry during this National Donate Life Month – Illinoisians can register by visiting online at www.LifeGoesOn.com, by calling theDonor Program toll-free hotline at 1-800-210-2106, or while obtaining or renewing an Illinois driver's license or state ID card at any state driver's license facility.

(OLNEY)  A coalition of local churches called “Build Community of Richland County” is looking for volunteer workers to help with an upcoming home repair weekend – the goal is to repair homes in Richland County for homeowners who cannot manage the repairs themselves – the fix-up event will be the entire day of Saturday, April 30th and the following afternoon, of Sunday, May 1st – volunteers of all skill levels are needed – volunteer applications are available at the following churches in Olney – First Presbyterian, Trinity Lutheran, Elm Street Christian, & Free Methodist – for details or information, call 392-6101.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Shrine Club will be holding a “mini-clinic” this morning, from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the screening clinic is to help identify children in our area that could benefit from the specialized care available at the Shriners Hospitals in America – there is no charge for the clinic or for any other services provided by the Hospitals – all parents, grandparents, and/or guardians are urged to bring their child or children to this morning’s free evaluation.

REMINDERS
    The 2nd annual Youth & Community World Café is next Tuesday night from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for both youth & adults alike, to sit down, listen, & talk about their concerns
    The Futures 4-H Club meeting will be next Monday afternoon at the Latona Church of Christ at 4:30 – each family should bring a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes & a bag of fruit for baskets to be delivered
    A reminder that the Richland County Senior Citizens fundraising “chicken fry” scheduled for tomorrow is cancelled due to equipment failure – so that’s “no” fundraiser for the Senior Citizens in Olney Sunday
    Those with decorations at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg are being asked to remove them by tomorrow if they want them saved – otherwise mowing crews will dispose of the decorations next week
    The Richland County 4-H Performance Showcase is tonight at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC at 7:00 – it’s free & all are invited to come “share the fun” with our local 4-H’ers
    It’s the 2011 “spring crash” tonight in the Olney City Park with grandstand tickets on sale at the gate – it’s big & small cars & trucks with a $4,500 total purse – all ages invited – plenty of concessions
    The Clay County TEA Party Patriots will have a “rally” today at 1:00 in the park area by the Public Library in Flora – all are invited to promote transparency, accountability, & limited government in Illinois
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open this morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    And if your out and about this weekend, make sure you buckle-up and observe those “rules of the road” while traveling throughout Southeastern and South Central Illinois

April 15, 2011 Local & Area News

(OLNEY)  A low pressure system & cold front are producing showers & thunderstorms with some severe conditions possible for the downstate area – all to be followed by some light, lingering rain showers & some cooler air tomorrow – then dry & warmer Sunday, before more rain Monday – listen for updates.

(NEWTON)  In Springfield, a measure that would allow for sweeping education reform has passed the State Senate with a unanimous vote – the bill would give school districts the ability to oust poorly performing teachers, would put in place new speed bumps for teacher strikes, and would lengthen the school year in Chicago – moving to the House for a vote, it reportedly has support from teachers’ unions and others.
 
(OLNEY)  Meanwhile, State Senators debated for over an hour yesterday on a bill that would reform the state’s workers compensation system – while some say the plan would’ve made Illinois more competitive and attractive for businesses, the Republican-backed measure failed with all but seven Democrats voting “present” – an alternate measure is expected to be introduced today, the final day to submit bills.

(NEWTON)  With Earth Day 2011 now a week away, the State Department of Transportation is giving away 10,000 oak tree seedlings to school districts throughout Illinois in hopes of reaching more students before spring break – all nine IDOT Districts will coordinate the distribution, providing ample opportunities to plant the seedlings where directed on school grounds – Earth Day 2011 is April 22nd, a week from today.

(OLNEY)  The Olney & Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce had its annual banquet last night approximately 200 people in attendance – the Chamber membership was thanked for their support over the past year – the Olney Daily Mail’s “Business of the Year” award was presented to McDonald’s in Olney, who’s always supported our area youth, schools, senior citizens, and others – our WVLN-WSEI “Citizen of the Year” award went to Dale Smith for her commitment to the animals of Olney & Richland County, serving as Humane Soceity President for the past 35 years – Sam Benson takes over as the new Chamber President – Executive Director Jessica Buckels thanked all members for their support.
 
(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night in regular session – the Board : heard a positive audit report from Kempers CPA, noting that all findings were good for the county’s books : approved a bridge petition for Hunt City Township – also approved the $139,032 bid from Prairie County Construction for the Ste. Marie Township Bridge project – also thanked all voters for supporting the April 5th “materials tax : agreed to accept the insurance offer of $40,000 for the county’s burned-out ambulance for replacement : noted that the EMA grant equipment is arriving & the county’s new radio system should be up & running by September : and noted some needed repairs to the Courthouse : the next regular meeting will be May 12th.

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night in regular session – the Board : unanimously approved the joint emergency dispatch agreement, which was approved by the Olney City Council this past Monday night – the pact is one that was considered once before several months ago : approved a Richland County Court request to use court money to fund the hiring of interns to help with overload work : noted that the laborer negotiations are continuing as the contract expired back in November of last year : noted that the Decker Township Bridge Replacement Project near Wynoose is about 90% complete : agreed to set up a county review of census results & possible division lines for the County Board : approved the yearly liquor license for Fox Creek Vineyards : and discussed, but took no action, on Courthouse safety & possible options : the Richland County Board's next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for May 12th.

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Shrine Club will be holding a “mini-clinic” tomorrow morning, from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, at the Jasper County Health Department in Newton – the screening clinic is to help identify children in our area that could benefit from the specialized care available at the Shriners Hospitals in America – there is no charge for the clinic or for any other services provided by the Hospitals – all parents, grandparents, and/or guardians are urged to bring their child or children to this free evaluation.

(OLNEY)  The 2011 Illinois spring youth wild turkey season had a preliminary harvest total of 745 birds, that’s 8 more than last spring – the South Zone harvest was 8 less than a year ago – the North Zone harvest was 16 more than last year – the youth hunts are the two weekends before the general turkey seasons.

REMINDERS
    The 2nd annual Youth & Community World Café is next Tuesday night from 6:00 til 8:00 at The Holiday in Olney – it’s a forum for both youth & adults alike, to sit down, listen, & talk about their concerns
    The Futures 4-H Club meeting will be next Monday afternoon at the Latona Church of Christ at 4:30 – each family should bring a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes & a bag of fruit for baskets to be delivered
    Those with decorations at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg are being asked to remove them by this Sunday if they want them saved – otherwise mowing crews will dispose of the decorations them next week
    The Richland County 4-H Performance Showcase is tomorrow night at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC at 7:00 – it’s free & all are invited to come “share the fun” with our local 4-H’ers
    The Clay County TEA Party Patriots will have a “rally” tomorrow at 1:00 in the park area by the Flora Public Library – all are invited to promote transparency, accountability, & limited government
    The City of Newton's yard waste facility will be open tomorrow morning, from 8:00 until 12 noon – the facility will accept any type of yard waste, such as grass clippings, small brush, and weeds
    The Third Biennial New Pow-Wow is tonight at 7:00 in the ERHS Sliva Auditorium, with dancing, skits, instrumentals, & more – trophies & cash prizes based on people’s choice ballot – tickets for adults & children on sale at the door
    The St Thomas fundraising “fish fry” is tonight at the Newton Knights of Columbus Hall with serving from 4:30 until 7:00 – carryouts will be available, plus tickets on sale at the door – all ages are invited
    The “fish sale” continues at the Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District office – grass carp must be ordered by the close of office hours today, while other species can be ordered thru April 29th
    Landowners are reminded that today’s the final signup date for the Conservation Reserve Program – call or stop by your local FSA office before the close of business on this April 15th