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Local News

September 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a surface ridge moving into place over Illinois by tonight, a fairly strong short wave will stay over the Upper Midwest keeping rain showers way to our north – therefore, we’re in store for plenty of dry & cool weather conditions today & thru the upcoming weekend – the 7 to 14 day extended forecast calls for more mild conditions and little, if any, real chances of significant rain – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Public Health has received a grant of more than $2 million for the next four years to help 18 rural counties in South-Central Illinois hit hardest by the opioid crisis – since rural areas often do not have an many emergency medical providers as more populous areas, law enforcement officers are often first to arrive at an overdose scene – the grant money will help equip every police agency squad car with naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

 

(OLNEY)  Wonderful weather and a great grandstand lineup were large contributors to a successful 2017 Du Quoin State Fair last month – officials have announced the preliminary estimates show that attendance in August increased by 3.5% compared to last year – the early numbers indicate that 109,305 people came thru the gates, that’s up 3,600 people from a year ago – while overall livestock numbers increased by 27% over 2016 entries, the 12,090 grandstand tickets sold generated $292,736 in revenue – the highest attended day at the 2017 Du Quoin State Fair was the Saturday before Labor Day when 18,498 people paid to enter.


 
(NEWTON)  A former suburban Chicago man who was wrongfully imprisoned for a 1999 murder will get $9 million in a settlement with law enforcement agencies involved in the case – 42 year old Jason Strong was convicted in 2000 for killing a Carpentersville woman, however the Lake County State’s Attorney dropped all charges against Strong in 2015, citing new medical and forensic evidence that contradicted the testimony at his trial – the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force in Waukegan investigated the death.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  State Representative David Reis is calling on his constituents to join him in urging Governor Rauner to veto a bill that would vastly expand access to elective, taxpayer-funded, abortions in Illinois – it was earlier this year in April that Representative Reis voted “no” on the bill which went on to narrowly pass thru the State House and Senate, therefore moving on to the Governor’s desk this week – the Ste. Marie lawmaker cited a moral imperative to oppose the bill and points out that the potential cost to the state could be in the tens of millions of dollars – in fact, it’s estimated the bill could result in an extra $60 million of Medicaid spending to cover abortions per year – constituents are encouraged to contact Governor Rauner’s office to tell him to immediately veto House Bill #40 – call  217-782-0244  or  312-814-2121.

 

(OLNEY)  While the City of Olney’s Water Department has switched the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system for maintenance purposes and some residents have noticed a stronger chlorine smell due to the switch earlier this week, city crews will be out this Sunday night to flush select fire hydrants all over town, starting at 9:00 and continuing overnight thru early Monday morning – it’s at time that residents may experience low water pressure and/or some water discoloration while the flushing is being done in their area of Olney – everything should be back to normal by later in the day on Monday, plus the Water Department will then make plans to switch back to the combined chlorine used on a regular basis in the near future.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  It’s this coming Sunday, October 1st, throughout America and Canada, that National Life Chain Sunday will again draw church congregations to their local sidewalks for prayer and public witness – now in its 30th year, the event’s mission is to focus the minds of Christians on the at-risk preborn children in each local area and to join hearts in prayer for an end to the horror of abortion – the Effingham Life Chain will begin at 1:00 this Sunday afternoon at the Sacred Heart Parish Center and following the prayer service, the Life Chain will be staged on Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue from 2:00 to 3:00 – a moment of silent prayer will be at 2:30 and refreshments will be served afterwards – churches in other area communities will also be conducting their own Life Chain this Sunday as well – all denominations invited.

 

(OLNEY)  Several meetings are coming up  :  the City of Olney’s Board of Appeals will meet next Monday night, October 2nd, at 7:00  :  the City of Olney's Fire Pension Board will meet next Monday morning, October 2nd, at 8:00  :  the City of Olney’s Tree Board meets tonight at 7:00  :  all are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  Motorists using the Dieterich to Mattoon blacktop are reminded that the CSX Railroad crossing just south of the four-way stop in Montrose will be closed next Monday thru Friday for repair work – IDOT reminds all truckers to use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate, weight-wise – other motorists should also observe all barricades & related signs – again the road will be closed starting at 7:00 next Monday morning, October 2nd, and be closed all work week thru next Friday, October 6th.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is excited to welcome Wade Baker as its new Director of Bands – the critically acclaimed Baker is an internationally touring jazz and blues musician who has collaborated with some of the greatest master artists – Baker will lead the OCC Concert Band, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Pep Band along with teaching transfer-level music courses and private lessons – born in Robinson and raised in Jasper, Indiana, Baker earned a bachelor’s of science degree with a concentration in jazz studies from the University of Indianapolis and holds a master’s of music college degree in jazz studies from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music – as a leader, Baker has recorded four albums with his jazz group and two albums with his guitar-driven blues and rock band – he frequently performs on bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, and flugelhorn alongside with many groups & individual musicians from around the nation – Baker, who resides in Vincennes, will also serve as the Director of Bands at Lincoln Trail College near Robinson as well.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a few reminders for those in the outdoors  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin October 17th, two weeks from next Tuesday  :  resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license & permit vendors – the Youth Deer Hunt is next weekend, October 7th – 9th, Saturday thru Monday  :  hunters and trappers may apply for an Illinois Bobcat Permit online, although the application deadline is this Saturday, September 30th  :  and resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Illinois Archery Deer Season begins this coming Sunday, October 1st  :  for more on these & all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the State Department of Natural Resources website, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  More than 1,500 junior and senior high school students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 40 college representatives this year at the annual College Fair and Career Day scheduled for next Tuesday morning, October 3rd, at Lake Land College, just south of Mattoon – that’s from 9:30 to 11:30 that morning in the LLC Field House – students interested in attending should contact their guidance counselor to see about attending – the college reps will share their details about opportunities in higher education.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 Effingham, from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the Altamont High School from 8:15 to 1:45  : Saturday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  the next Richland County blood drive will be Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will start its annual Corn Maze and related activities this Sunday afternoon & evening, October 1st, from 3:00 to 6:00 – admission is $4 – children under 5 admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult – also train rides, games, and concessions – plus a Kiddie Tractor Pull this Sunday – the Corn Maze will also be held the following two weekends


    A benefit fundraiser to help Becky Sanders is this Saturday night at the Newton VFW from 5:00 to 11:00 – includes pulled pork sandwiches and all the fixings, an auction, a raffle, and DJ music, all for a free will donation – also includes $5 carry-out plates – proceeds to help the daughter of Fred & Barb Bergbower


    The American Legion Family spaghetti dinner is this Saturday evening in Olney, with serving from 5:00 until sold out – the cost is $7.50 per person, plus a 50/50 drawing – all proceeds will go to the American Legion to support their programs in Olney and Richland County to help Veterans & their families


    The Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday in the Olney City Park from 9:00 to 4:00 – on display will be wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – plus children’s activities, plenty of entertainment on the Band Shell Stage, and at least 14 different food concessions – all for a $2 donation


    Local author Gary Totten will be at the Fall Festival Saturday – it’s all for a book signing featuring Gary’s book of short stories entitled “The Life of a Dog and Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland”

 

 

 

September 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front moved thru overnight, the cooler air from the northwest will gradually make its way into our downstate region today thru tonight – plus, a clearing sky will give us plenty of sunshine over the next several days – while a Canadian high will keep us dry now thru the weekend, another cold front could bring us our next rain chance by Monday night and Tuesday of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The return of “fall-like” weather finally ends an eleven day run of warmer-than-normal weather here in Southeastern Illinois – that stretch of time included the past seven days in a row of daily highs in the 90’s, plus a tie of yesterday’s record high for the date September 26 here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station at the south edge of Olney – yesterday’s high at 92 degrees ties the mark that was originally set 126 years ago, on September 26, in 1891, when according to our WVLN-WSEI weather books, they had twelve days in a row of highs in the 90’s and much like this September, very little rain – currently, we’ve had 1.04 so far this month, that compares to 1.01 at this time in September, 1891.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Govornor Bruce Rauner has signed into law a bill known as Conor’s Law, legislation that increases public safety by requiring law enforcement to develop policies regarding the response and care for intoxicated young people after an arrest, including attempts to contact a responsible adult – this will ensure the safety of impaired underage individuals by preventing them from harming themselves or others – the legislation is named after Conor Vesper, a 20 year old college student from Macoupin County who committed suicide hours after posting bond himself after a drunk driving arrest.

 

(OLNEY)  State officials are encouraging Illinois residents to participate in an earthquake safety drill next month – the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says October 19th, at 10:19, that morning, the “Great ShakeOut” drill will take place, not only nationwide, but worldwide – while nearly 500,000 people around Illinois participated in last year’s drill, roughly 300,000 have registered so far for this year’s event – for more details on next month’s drill or to sign up for the drill, go online to  www.shakeout.org/centralus.


 
(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a fatal traffic crash that occurred in Richland County at 5:00 late yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon 2 miles south of Claremont – the State Police report that 19 year old Colton D. Bender of Claremont was traveling northbound on Oak Tree Road on a 4-wheeler ATV when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Mt. Pleasant Lane – the ATV was hit by an eastbound SUV driven by 18 year old McKenzie R. Kocher of Olney and Bender was ejected from the ATV – Bender was transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased – no tickets were issued – emergency responders from Olney & Richland County assisted the State Police at the crash scene.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week – the Board  :  was provided with five updated Codebooks for review with consideration of approval at the next regular meeting in October  :  continues to explore what type of display system would best be utilized to store the former high school class pictures currently at the West Richland Center in Noble, the former West Richland High School  :  discussed the large number of unlicensed, inoperable, and/or abandoned vehicles throughout the Village in violation of Village Ordinances – letters will soon be prepared for those responsible  :  discussed a potential water grant for replacing a water line along South First Street, however it was determined that the Village is not eligible for such a grant  :  noted the Village will be flushing water hydrants on Monday & Tuesday, October 16th & 17th next month  :  met in an executive session for five minutes, then agreed in open session to the August 8th, 2016 minutes closed  :  noted that Village Hall in Noble will be closed from 9:45 to 10:45 this morning (Wednesday)  :  and noted that Village Hall will be closed Monday, October 9th, for Columbus Day – the next regular meeting of the Noble Village Board will be held Tuesday night, October 10th, at 7:00.

 

(NEWTON)  At the latest Newton City Council meeting held a week ago last night – the Council  :  agreed to accept Kemper CPA’s 2016-2017 annual audit and the 2016-2017 TIF audit, both as presented  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all part-time and full-time City of Newton employees  :  approved TIF applications for Ishmo, Inc. and for Squeaky Clean Car Wash with each eligible for a $2,500 reimbursement  :  approved Halloween Trick or Treat Night in Newton for October 31st, from 5:00 to 7:00 with a bad weather date set for November 1st  :  approved a Special Event permit application for a pig roast fundraiser scheduled for November 11th in Newton  :  agreed to advertise for business insurance and annual audit quotes  :  and took no action after a 23 minute closed session to discuss litigation & real estate  :  next meeting is October 3rd.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Forestry Team from Richland County High School which this past Saturday won the State Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) held down at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale – the Olney team nosed out second place Cumberland by 41 points among the event’s Superior Teams – there were 10 total teams representing 11 downstate schools taking part, which included 55 total individuals – Olney’s Seth Mitchell had the highest individual score, while teammate Evan Walker had the third best – Olney’s other team members included Austin Atwood, Adam Brewer, & Lance Mitchell – the Olney team from RCHS will now advance to compete in the National FFA Forestry CDE coming up next month in October at the National FFA Convention to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

(NEWTON)  Motorists using the Dieterich to Mattoon blacktop are reminded that the CSX Railroad crossing just south of the four-way stop in Montrose will be closed next Monday thru Friday for repair work – IDOT reminds all truckers that while the Village of Montrose streets are not rated for heavy loads, trucks will have to use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate – all other motorists are asked to reduce speed thru this work zone & to observe all barricades & related signs – again the road will be closed starting at 7:00 next Monday morning, October 2, and be closed all work week thru next Friday, October 6 – that’s the railroad crossing just south of the four-way stop on the Dieterich to Mattoon blacktop in Montrose.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College’s Massage Therapy Program is now accepting appointments for clinicals – the clinics are open to the public and will be held from 9:15 to 2:00 on September 30, October 14 and 28, November 11, and December 2, all at the West Richland Center in Noble – the cost for a relaxing, Swedish style massage is $30 for an hour or $15 for half an hour, plus a 20 minute chair massage is $10 – it all starts this Saturday, September 30 – call for an appointment at  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name & contact information, the date they would like to schedule an appointment for, & the type of therapy treatment they want – a confirmation call will then be returned by the OCC Program Instructor.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today and tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center Effingham, from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:15 to 1:45  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will have a Pampered Chef fundraiser next Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 in the hospital private dining rooms – proceeds will go to Auxiliary projects


    The St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church of Island Grove, will have its annual Fall Breakfast & Raffle this Sunday morning, October 1st, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – plenty of great food, drink, and more, plus a country store, a quilt raffle, and cash raffle – pay at the door – all ages are invited Sunday


    The 2017 Blues Fest is this Saturday night from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Richland Country Club, featuring the blues music of Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch Band – the $10 tickets are on sale at all area banks or at the Richland Country Club – bring your lawn chairs or blankets – no coolers or carry-in drinks – all are invited


    The American Legion Family spaghetti dinner is this Saturday evening in Olney, with serving from 5:00 until sold out – the cost is $7.50 per person, plus a 50/50 drawing – all proceeds will go to the American Legion to support their programs in Olney and Richland County to help Veterans & their families


    The Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday in the Olney City Park from 9:00 to 4:00 – on display will be wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – plus children’s activities, plenty of entertainment on the Band Shell Stage, and at least 14 different food concessions – all for a $2 donation

 

 

 

September 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  It’s one more day of hot weather before summer disappears possibly for 2017 – an approaching cold front will push all the heat out of Illinois as it sweeps across the state this afternoon thru the overnight hours – although all of the major rainfall will stay to our north & west, we will get plenty of cooler air by the end of the week and for the weekend ahead then a slight warm up into next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner has signed legislation to amend the Illinois School Code to allow students without high school degrees to acquire high school diplomas and allow for the creation of quality adult diploma programs – the new law will open doors of opportunity for adult learners who want to achieve better careers & higher wages, and it will help address the large educational disparity in minority communities – Census stats show 1 million Illinois people do not have a high school diploma or GED.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Board of Higher Education is investigating Morthland College due to the school’s inability to access federal student aid funds – the Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports in addition to denying access to the funds, the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year fined the private Christian liberal arts college for an alleged “breach of fiduciary duty” – based down in West Frankfort, the college was fined about $2 million – this was the first step in what could lead to an end of the college’s existence.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months & older get their flu shot as soon as possible, once the vaccine is available, saying it’s not too early to get vaccinated – becausee of concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine worked during the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending people get a flu shot & not use the nasal spray – getting an annual flu shot is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu – the influenza season typically begins in October and peaks between December and March.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night for a regular bi-monthly meeting – the Council  :  took no action on an agreement between the City of Olney and Parkside Inn, LLC as more time is needed to review the proposal  :  amended a Recreation Department line item in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget calling now for painting & repair work needed for the Musgrove Aquatic Center  :  took no action on an agreement between the City of Olney and the Olney Little League Association as more discussion is needed  :  approved three raffle licenses as presented  :  approved several re-appointments to the Police Pension Board, Fire Pension Board, Library Board, and Tree Board as recommended  :  noted that the paving is expected to begin on October 9th on the southernmost section of Whittle Avenue – the construction work should be complete by the end of next month  :  and took no action after a short closed session to discuss the sale and/or purchase of real property and personnel  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular meeting on October 9th.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, the fall harvest is continuing at a record pace due to the extremely dry conditions around the state – last week’s average temperature was 76.8 degrees, a whopping 14.3 degrees above normal – the statewide average rainfall last week was nearly six tenths of an inch (0.59) of rain, which was two tenths of an inch (0.20) below normal – as of Sunday, both the state’s corn and bean crops were over 50% in good to excellent condition despite the dry fields over the past 4 to 6 weeks  :  farmers in our ten county area report nearly 90% of the local corn crop is mature with at least a third (35%) of the local corn now harvested – the local soybean crop has over 80% of the fields now turning color, at least two-thirds (67%) of the fields are dropping leaves, and close to a quarter (23%) of the local beans are now harvested – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest continues to roll on.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office is noting that Illinois state statute requires that certified notices on delinquent real estate and mobile home taxes be mailed to property owners before the annual tax sale – therefore, certified notices will be mailed out in Richland County this coming Thursday, September 28th – with the mailing of certified notices, there are additional fees added for postage and publication to all delinquent bills – after this Thursday, personal checks will no longer be accepted and the delinquent taxes must be paid with a cashier’s check, money order, or cash – in order to avoid this penalty, real estate and mobile home taxes & late penalties must all be paid in full before this Thursday – payments can be made in person at the Treasurer’s office, open weekdays, from 8:00 to 4:00, or by using the courthouse drop box.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Department of Transportation (District 7) has announced that repairs to the CSX Railroad crossing on County Road 2300E, Spring Hill Road, what is the Dieterich to Mattoon Blacktop, in Montrose, is tentatively scheduled to begin next Monday, October 2nd – the construction will take up to five days & should be completed by Friday, October 6th – the road will be closed during construction, beginning at 7:00 next Monday morning, and will remain closed until construction is completed sometime Friday – trucks should use alternate state or county roads that are appropriate and remember that Village of Montrose streets are not rated for heavy loads – motorists are asked to reduce speed while traveling thru this work zone & to observe all barricades & related signs – again, that’s next Monday thru Friday in Montrose.

 

(NEWTON)  The 1st Annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day is scheduled to be held on Sunday evening, October 15th, at the White Oak Picnic Pavilion in Sam Parr State, as everyone is invited to join in on the Wave of Light candle lighting ceremony to honor babies that have gone too soon – with registration at 6:30, the event will start that evening at 7:00 with candles & white paper bags provided – those attending are asked to bring a canned good or two to use in the bags to help weigh them down – the non-perishable canned goods will then to be donated to the local food pantry in Newton to help those in need – folks can pre-register via the Google Document on the Jasper County Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group Facebook page – all names submitted by this Sunday, October 1st, will be included on a t-shirt – names submitted after October 1st will be read during the ceremony on October 15th – to stay up to date on meeting dates and other activities the group will be hosting, check their Facebook page online.

 

(OLNEY)  It’s the 2017 Blues Fest coming up this Saturday night from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Richland Country Club, featuring the blues music of Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch Band – the $10 tickets can be purchased at all area banks or at the Richland Country Club – make plans to bring your lawn chairs or blankets as the performance will be outdoors by the driving range & cart shed – includes a full service bar on site, therefore no coolers or carry-in drinks – all are invited out to Blues Fest this Saturday night.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  tomorrow & Thursday at the Blood Donation Center Effingham, from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Friday at the Altamont High School from 8:15 to 1:45  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will have a Pampered Chef fundraiser next Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 in the hospital private dining rooms – proceeds will go to Auxiliary projects


    The St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church of Island Grove, will have its annual Fall Breakfast & Raffle this Sunday morning, October 1st, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – plenty of great food, drink, and more, plus a country store, a quilt raffle, and cash raffle – pay at the door – all ages are invited Sunday


    The American Legion Family spaghetti dinner is this Saturday evening in Olney, with serving from 5:00 until sold out – the cost is $7.50 per person, plus a 50/50 drawing – all proceeds will go to the American Legion to support their programs in Olney and Richland County to help Veterans & their families


    The Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts is this Saturday in the Olney City Park from 9:00 to 4:00 – on display will be wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, & much more – plus children’s activities, plenty of entertainment on the Band Shell Stage, and at least 14 different food concessions – all for a $2 donation


    Local author Gary Totten will be at the Fall Festival Saturday – it’s all for a book signing featuring Gary’s book of short stories entitled “The Life of a Dog and Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland”


    The Pink Warrior Sisters Support Group will meet tonight at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – the meeting is open to anyone who’d like more information and/or details in their local fight against cancer

 

 

 

September 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The late season heat wave will continue for our area another couple of days with near record highs both today & tomorrow – but as that strong subtropical high that’s controlled our weather conditions since last week moves off the East Coast, a cold front will push across the state by tomorrow night, and while it won’t give us any rain, the front will bring us cooler air for the rest of the week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois has chosen the private firm, The Camelot Group, to take over running the Illinois Lottery – since Camelot runs the lottery system in Great Britain, acting Illinois Lottery Director Greg Smith says it’s a logical choice – the goal is to grow the player base, to introduce new technology, and to ensure responsiveness to public needs & concerns in Illinois – Camelot will replace the Northstar Lottery Group, the first private manager of a state lottery, which failed to keep its projections amid disagreements.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Rauner has vetoed legislation requiring mobile applications that track user locations to get permission first & to outline how that data will be used – the Governor called it an unnecessary layer of state regulation that would harm business & deter technology companies from locating in Illinois – while business groups agreed, supporters say the Governor ignored the chance to protect the citizens of Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  A new state law signed by the Governor this past Friday, will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017-2018 Illinois Bobcat Hunting & Trapping Season, which opens on November 10th – the bobcat permit application deadline is this coming Saturday, the 30th – a total of 1,000 permits have been allocated and a lottery drawing will be conducted – during last year’s initial bobcat season, Illinois issued 500 permits with hunters & trappers harvesting 141 bobcats, a 28% success rate – applications available on the IDNR Direct online license & permit system at  www.il.wildlifelicense.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system from the current combined chlorine to free chlorine on this Monday – therefore, residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used over the next week or so – the switch is for maintenance purposes and is in conjunction with the city’s biannual hydrant flushing, which will start at 9:00 this coming Sunday night, October 1st – the City appreciates the patience of all residents at this time.

 

(NEWTON)  While National Seat Check Saturday was this past weekend with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks held throughout the state, the District 12 State Police Headquarters in Effingham will have a Car Seat Safety Check today from 10:00 to 1:00 – the focus is to educate motorists on the correct way to install car-seats as a child’s car seat is installed incorrectly 59% of the time – for more information about the common car-seat mistakes made and more, check out the website online, at  www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.

 

(OLNEY)  All are invited out this Saturday to the 43rd annual Olney Arts Council Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – artisans and craftsmen will have their work on display, including jewelry, photography, wooden items, pottery, paintings, wrought iron, and much more with several new artists attending this year – there will also be a full lineup of entertainment at the Band Shell Stage, plus plenty of children’s activities as well – there will be 14 different food concessions including favorites such as pork burgers, freshly made potato chips, chili, tacos, 4-H lemonade, pies, bratwursts, fish, baked items, and much more – it’s all for a $2 donation at the gate – all ages are welcome to attend.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Extension Offices, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is offering a Hunter Education Class for youth wanting to secure a hunting license – the class is on three consecutive nights, starting tonight, then tomorrow night, and on Wednesday night, from 6:00 to 9:30 each evening, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, just off of U.S. Route 50, between Sumner and Lawrenceville – registration starts at 5:30 this evening & each evening, with class size limited to the first 100 – participates must attend all three sessions and the youth must be 10 years of age or older, although its IDNR policy that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education course by an adult – register online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww  – for last minute information or details, call the Richland County Extension office in Olney at  618-395-2191.

 

(NEWTON)  And a huge “Thank You” to everyone that turned out to join us in our celebration this past Saturday night at the Effingham Performance Center (EPC) as we recognized the 25th birthday of 103.5 “The Eagle” WIKK-FM in Newton – from all of our great corporate sponsors, the musicians, the EPC staff, the many volunteers, and those that purchased tickets and merchandise, thanks for being a part of it all – it was 25 years ago last Thursday, September 21st, in 1992 that WIKK radio went on the airwaves as a 25,000 watt FM station based out of Newton, Illinois, with the transmission tower located just west of Rose Hill.

 

(LAWRENCEVILLE)  An escaped inmate from the Lawrence County Jail is back behind bars – Lawrence County authorities say Michael Bryan slipped away from custody last Friday afternoon and after the search became more involved, he was caught at around 9:00 Friday night in St. Francisville – no one was injured.

 

(NEWTON)  Downstate motorists are reminded to be extra alert while traveling this fall – not only are area farmers moving from field to field for the 2017 fall harvest, but with the field cover disappearing due to harvest, the area deer population will become more active as their rut season is approaching – while the deer are most active in the early morning and late evening hours, especially along wooded areas, farmers are obviously on the road around the clock with farm equipment and grain trucks – let’s stay safe out there.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There are two municipal meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Olney City Council meets tonight at the Olney City Hall, starting at 7:00  :  the Noble Village Board meets tonight at the Village Hall in Noble, beginning at 7:00  :  both regularly scheduled meetings are open to the public tonight.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also later today at the Cornerstone Community Church in Noble from 3:00 to 7:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 miles north of Dieterich, will start its annual Corn Maze and related activities this Sunday afternoon & evening, October 1st, from 3:00 to 6:00 – admission is $4 – children under 5 admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult – also train rides, games, and concessions – plus a Kiddie Tractor Pull this Sunday – the Corn Maze will also be held the following two weekends


    The St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Church of Island Grove, will have its annual Fall Breakfast & Raffle this Sunday morning, October 1st, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 noon – plenty of great food, drink, and more, plus a country store, a quilt raffle, and cash raffle – pay at the door – all ages are invited Sunday


    A benefit fundraiser to help Becky Sanders is this Saturday night at the Newton VFW from 5:00 to 11:00 – includes pulled pork sandwiches and all the fixings, an auction, a raffle, and DJ music, all for a free will donation – also includes $5 carry-out plates – proceeds to help the daughter of Fred & Barb Bergbower


    The American Legion Family spaghetti dinner is this Saturday evening in Olney, with serving from 5:00 until sold out – the cost is $7.50 per person, plus a 50/50 drawing – all proceeds will go to the American Legion to support their programs in Olney and Richland County to help Veterans & their families


    Local author and Olney native Gary Totten will be present at this Saturday’s Olney Arts Council Fall Festival from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Olney City Park – it’s all for a book signing featuring Gary’s book of short stories entitled “The Life of a Dog and Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland” – all are invited

 

 

 

September 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The late season heat wave will continue a few more days as a subtropical ridge stretches from Texas up thru Illinois into the eastern Great Lakes region – there’s no relief expected until a possible cold front moves thru our area by midweek next week – then much cooler air will move in by the end of the work week next week – until then though, it could be some record heat in store this weekend – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has rejected a measure requiring Illinois elementary schools to teach cursive writing – in fact, the bill was among several other measures that the Governor took no action on yesterday – in his veto message, Rauner said the legislation is “yet another unfunded mandate” for schools that doesn’t protect the health or safety of students – proponents say it’s important to teach tech savvy kids to write in cursive so they can sign documents, write personal notes, and read historical texts.

 

(LAWRENCEVILLE)  An escaped inmate from the Lawrence County Jail is back behind bars – Lawrence County authorities say Michael Bryan slipped away from custody yesterday afternoon and after the search became more involved, he was caught at around 9:00 last night in St. Francisville – most other details are not available, other than no one was injured in the incident – the local investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney Water Department will be switching the disinfectant in the city’s distribution system from the current combined chlorine to free chlorine next Monday –  it’s at this time that residents may notice a stronger chlorine smell while the free chlorine is being used – the switch is for maintenance purposes & is in conjunction with the city’s biannual flushing which will be a week from tomorrow night, on Sunday night, October 1st – the City’s Water Department appreciates the patience of all residents.

 

(NEWTON)  This is National Seat Check Saturday, with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks planned throughout the state – the focus is to educate motorists on the correct way to install car-seats – in most cases, a child’s car seat is installed incorrectly 59% of the time – the only area Car Seat Safety Check today is in Robinson from 10:00 to 1:00 at 1000 North Allen Street – the State Police District 12 Headquarters in Effingham will have a Car Seat Safety Check next Monday from 10:00 to 1:00 – for more information about the common car-seat mistakes made and more, check out the website online, at  www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  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 2:15  :  next Monday at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30  :  also Monday at the Cornerstone Community Church in Noble from 3:00 to 7:00  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Kedron United Methodist Church, along the Power Plant Road, west of Newton, will host a gospel concert tomorrow night at 7:30 featuring Bobby Story – proceeds raised go to Hurricane Relief efforts


    It’s free movie night tomorrow evening at the Noble First Christian Church – the showing of the movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” will start at 6:30 with free popcorn and drinks – all ages are invited


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – also sandwiches, desserts, & drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all invited


    The Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport will host the Bluegrass Gospel music of the group “Mackville” at around 5:30 tomorrow evening – it all starts with the Shiloh Praise Band performing at 4:00 – plus a free hog roast meal & all the trimmings – all are invited – for more details, logon at  www.shilohbport.org


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case tomorrow starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available – bring your lawn chairs – all families are welcome


    A benefit dinner is this evening at the Clay City United Methodist Church with pulled pork & desserts served from 4:00 to 7:00 – then a live auction & music from the band “Too Far Gone” at Gatsby’s Gaming in Clay City from 7:00 to 1:00 – also several raffles – proceeds go to Rachel Cockerell for cancer costs


    The Wal-Mart DC Trap Shoot to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is today from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Sportsman’s Club, north of Albion along Rt 130 – all ages & skill levels invited, plus concessions


    The Annual St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale continues this morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Hall in Newton – proceeds to benefit the St. Thomas School’s technology fund