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July 31, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a high pressure ridge hanging over Northern Illinois, we’ll have another dry and sunny sky on tap, although some clouds will start to move overhead later today thru tonight into tomorrow – a weak short wave will move thru the Midwest with rain chances on Wednesday and Thursday before ending by early Friday morning – then another dry and cooler weekend is coming up – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’ll send a bill that overhauls how Illinois doles out money to schools to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk on this Monday – the Governor has said he will use his amendatory powers to rewrite the bill and send it back to the State Senate, mostly over objections to funding for Chicago Public Schools – lawmakers are expected to convene at 12:00 noon today for a special session on school funding – the first payment to statewide schools is August 10th.

 

(OLNEY)  About 35 of the 80 inmates in Illinois who received mandatory life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed as juveniles have been resentenced since the Supreme Court ruled that punishment as unconstitutional – a small number of those prisoners have been released – two others received natural life sentences in new hearings, however one man had his punishment reduced down to 60 years on an appeal.

 

(NEWTON)  The 100-day countdown to Illinois’ bicentennial celebration will begin next month at the site of Illinois’ first state capital – Governor Bruce Rauner’s office has announced that events on Kaskaskia Island and along the Kaskaskia Trail in Southern Illinois near Vandalia will be held August 26th, on Constitution Day – it will include a ceremonial signing of the 1818 Illinois Constitution and will mark the start of a countdown to December 3rd, the date Illinois became federally recognized as a state in 1818.

 

(OLNEY)  As the investigation continues into last Thursday morning’s fatal traffic crash in Flora, the State Police have now identified the third driver and the other fatality that was involved – it was 27 year old Jacob Russell Stewart of Olney – as we reported last Friday, an eastbound semi-truck driven by 65 year old Walter Pollock of Sikeston, Missouri, swerved into the path of two westbound vehicles, causing them both to become engulfed in flames – Pollock was ticketed for DUI, improper lane usage, and for possession of drug paraphernalia – while the funeral services are pending for Stewart, the services for the other deceased driver, 29 year old Eric Bosil of Noble, are being held today – the State Police investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer’s office is reminding would like mobile home and manufactured home owners that the Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due tomorrow, August 1st – the payments can be made in person at the Treasurer’s office at the Courthouse, today or tomorrow, from 8:00 to 4:00, or by mail with an August 1st postmark, or by using the drop box on the south side of the Richland County Courthouse – for those that do not pay the mobile home tax in time, all will be subject to a penalty.

 

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

 

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

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Highway Department has announced that repairs will be made both today and tomorrow on Mack Avenue, just west of the Olney City limits – motorists are advised to use alternate routes – those who live along this section of road can expect delays during the repairs today and tomorrow.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County School District is still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is open for only one more day, on this Monday, July 31st – if any questions, parents can contact their child’s respective school in Jasper County.

 

(OLNEY)  The MS Join the Movement Committee wants to “thank” everyone who participated in the annual event this past Saturday, whether by walking, running, biking, or attending the evening meal and auction at the Olney VFW – “thanks” also to all the sponsors and individuals who donated to the event, which raised $29,000-plus – all to help out with the local fight and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Development Corportation (RCDC), in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, will host a Business Plan Workshop tomorrow night from 6:00 to 9:00, at the RCDC office, at 315 West Main Street, in Olney – there is no charge for the workshop, however reservations are required due to limited seating – topics will include reasons to do a business plan, mandatory content, financial information, optional content, level of detail, and more – those wishing to attend can use their own material along with the details provided – to register, call  618-392-2305  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the American Legion Hall in Farina from 3:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at Rural King Supply in Effingham from 12:00 to 5:00  :  also tomorrow at the Greenup Municipal Building from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 9:00 to 1:00  :  also Wednesday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low area and Midwestern supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       
    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also, Chowder Quilt tickets are on sale at the Village Hall – plus pie pans are at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well – the next Chowder meeting is tomorrow night at 7:00 in Noble


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

 

 

July 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Northern high pressure will slowly move into Illinois this weekend, while an upper level low will remain over the rockies keeping Illinois in a quiet weather pattern into early next week.  Pleasant weather conditions are expected over the next several days.  Next rain chances into the area the midweek of next week – stay tuned for continued updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer would like to remind mobile home and “manufactured home” owners that Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due on August 1st, this coming Tuesday.  Tax payments must be delivered to the treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Court House by August 1st to be considered timely. For those that wish to hand deliver mobile home payments to the treasurer’s office, the office will be open to accept payments from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.  For those that do not pay the tax in time will be subject to a penalty.

 

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

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County School Districts is still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school in Newton / Jasper County.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion wraps up today at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, wrapping up today.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low area and Midwestern supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181

    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well

    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door

    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event this evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details

    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is today with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited

    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is today in downtown Effingham – it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com

    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today.  The City has also announced that the last day to call in for storm-damage brush pick up will be Wednesday, August 2nd.  After that time, citizens may take their limbs to the brush dump during regular hours.

 

 

July 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The cold front pushing into the southern part of Illinois during the early morning hours today, will bring with it drier air, eventually.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will eventually give way to clearing skies and drier conditions in the evening and nighttime hours.  This leads to a pretty quiet and pleasant weekend with temperatures possibly a little cooler and returning to normal over the next several days.  Next rain chances are slight on Monday then the upcoming Wednesday and Thursday afternoons – stay tuned to Freedom 92.9 for more information.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – As the fight continues in Springfield between the Republican governor and the majority Democrats, Illinois schools could go without state funding.  The battle could threaten mone for roughly 850 districts.  This battle is just the next to hit Springfield after Governor Rauner’s veto and lawmakers override to end a state budget impasse stretched briefly into year three.  During this near two month standoff, Democrats have held off on sending a funding bill to Rauner because he has pledged to strip money for Chicago Public Schools that he declared a bailout.  If the two sides can’t reach an agreement, some districts worry that they will not be able to keep the school doors open into the fall.  Legislators will return to the Capital today, but no movement is expected until at least Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  A former lobbyist for an Illinois teachers union has lost his battle to retain an enhanced pension benefit obtained through a 2007 law.  The law allowed retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist David Piccioli to count past years as a union employee toward a teacher pension.  A Sangamon County Judge this week determined the provision in the law that benefited Piccioli represented “unconstitutional special legislation.”  The legislation allowed union officials, like Piccioli, to get into the teacher pension fund and count previous years as union workers if they obtained teaching certificates.  Officials had to do classroom work before the legislation was signed into law.  Piccioli substitute taught for one day.  The Chicago Tribune reported that had Piccioli’s efforts to get a teacher’s pension been successful, he could have more than doubled his annual pension from the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System.  Piccioli say he may appeal the decision.

 

(NEWTON)  The state of Illinois says it is suspending operation of all amusement rides that are similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.  The Illinois Department of of Labor said Thursday that it was suspending all similar rides that killed a man and injured seven others in Ohio until further notice.  State officials say that the suspension includes three Fire Ball rides, eight Freak Out rides and one Extreme ride in Illinois.  The suspension affects on Freak Out ride at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, which starts August 10th. 

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a three vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 5:51 early yesterday (Thursday) morning that involved two fatalities along U.S. Route 50 near the Stanford Road intersection in Flora, just south of the Clay County Hospital - the State Police reports that 65 year old Walter Pollock of Sikeston, Missouri, was eastbound in a semi-truck, when he swerved into the path of two westbound vehicles, colliding with both - while one of the other drivers was 29 year old Eric Bosel of Noble, the third driver has not yet been identified, both of which died as their respective vehicles became engulfed in flames after impact - Pollock was taken to Clay County Hospital - he was ticked for DUI of drugs, for improper lane usage, and for possession of drug paraphernalia - Clay County and City of Flora emergency personnel assisted the State Police at the accident scene.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer would like to remind mobile home and “manufactured home” owners that Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due on August 1st, this coming Tuesday.  Tax payments must be delivered to the treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Court House by August 1st to be considered timely. For those that wish to hand deliver mobile home payments to the treasurer’s office, the office will be open to accept payments from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.  For those that do not pay the tax in time will be subject to a penalty.

 

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

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County School Districts is still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school in Newton / Jasper County.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low area and Midwestern supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181

    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well

    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door

    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is this Saturday evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details

    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited

    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is today & tomorrow in downtown Effingham – it’s sweet corn served this evening from 5:00 to 8:00 with the Hometown Throwdown BBQ Contest judging & tasting at 5:30 & live music – tomorrow, it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com

    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today thru Saturday, each day.  The City has also announced that the last day to call in for storm=damage brush pick up will be Wednesday, August 2nd.  After that time, citizens may take their limbs to the brush dump during regular hours.

 

 

July 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Latest surface maps show a weak boundary roughly draped along the Illinois River valley.  That brings with it showers and storms.  A front located to our east will begin pushing southward throughout the day today bringing instability behind it with possibly showers and storms in the afternoon today as well.  Following the front moving through today, it is a fairly quiet weather pattern on tap for the rest of the week and into the weekend.  Some temperatures expected should be slightly lower than seasonal norms with a mostly pleasant and dry weekend ahead. 

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Lawmakers are expected to return to Springfield for day two of a special legislative session on school funding after a slow first day, with not much action expected.  Governor Rauner says he will reject a plan the Democrat-controlled legislature approved that changes how Illinois distributes school money.  Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate won’t send the bill to the Republican governor until Monday. Rauner has vowed that he will use his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill over objections to additional funding for Chicago Schools.  If lawmakers in turn want to override, they will need a three-fifths majority vote, if they do not have such votes the plan dies.  If the plan dies, questions will remain about when schools will get funding.

 

(OLNEY)  The State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing information to controlled pheasant hunters for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.  The department says hunters can now go online for information about the pheasant hunting season at 20 sites.  The online permit reservation system for the IDNR opens on August 7th.  The daily fee for permits purchased online for controlled hunting pheasant hunting is $30 for Illinois residents and $35 for nonresidents.  For more information visit the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  An auction of unclaimed property worth $113,500 at the Illinois State Fair will be previewed in the coming weeks in Springfield and Chicago.  State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says items include a signed 1983 Ryne Sandberg baseball card, souvenir medallions from the 189 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, a Hohner 6-sided “paddle wheel” harmonica and more.  The live auction of unclaimed items will be on August 19th at the fair.  The items will be on display Thursday at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago and the on August 8th at the Illinois State Capitol.  The treasurer is in charge of unclaimed money, accounts, and valuable items left in financial institutions or safe deposit boxes.  Items not claimed within 10 years are auctioned.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer would like to remind mobile home and “manufactured home” owners that Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due on August 1st, this coming Tuesday.  Tax payments must be delivered to the treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Court House by August 1st to be considered timely. For those that wish to hand deliver mobile home payments to the treasurer’s office, the office will be open to accept payments from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.

 

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

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County School Districts is still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school in Newton / Jasper County.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low area and Midwestern supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181

    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well

    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door

    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is this Saturday evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details

    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited

    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is this Friday & Saturday in downtown Effingham – it’s sweet corn served Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 with the Hometown Throwdown BBQ Contest judging & tasting at 5:30 & live music – on Saturday, it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com

    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday

        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network

    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today thru Saturday, each day

 

 

July 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a warm front moves across the Midwest, we’ll have our hottest day of this week on this Wednesday, with heat index values expected over 100 – then the trailing low pressure storm system moves thru with rain chances late tonight, thru the day tomorrow, before ending Thursday night – then less humid air moves in with plenty of sunshine on tap for the weekend, Friday thru Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield today for a special session of the General Assembly to discuss school funding – at issue is a plan the Democrat-majority Legislature has approved that changes how the state distributes money to schools, which includes a lifetime bailout of the Chicago Public School system – however, Governor Bruce Rauner wants to make changes through his amendatory veto powers to forget Chicago and distribute more money elsewhere – session starts at noon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police are noting today as Illinois Speed Awareness Day as statewide Troopers will be doing so through education and enforcement efforts – officials report that speed was the reason for more than 34% of traffic fatalities during the year 2015 – that’s 369 deaths for the year or about one fatality every day – last year the state’s Speed Awareness Day netted over 3,000 tickets and some 2,200 warnings.

 

(NEWTON)  An auction of unclaimed property worth $113,500 will be held at the Illinois State Fair next month – the State Treasurer’s office says the items include souvenir medallions, baseball cards, coins, a “paddle wheel” harmonica, and much more – the live auction will be August 19th at the State Fair – the State Treasurer is in charge of unclaimed money, accounts, and valuable items left in financial institutions or safe deposit boxes around the state – the items not claimed within 10 years are then auctioned off.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single car crash that occurred early this morning at 12:51 (Wednesday) on the Dieterich Blacktop, a half mile north of the Ingraham Road intersection, in Clay County – the State Police report 29 year old Patricia L. Kucera of Fairfield was southbound when her car went off the roadway and eventually rolled over – Kucera was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment of injuries – she was ticketed for improper lane usage – Clay County authorities assisted the State Police at the accident scene, along with Clay County emergency personnel as well.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session earlier this week – the Board  :  agreed to spend an estimated $500 and to use Village employees to replace at least 32 feet of sidewalk in the 200 block of East Elm Street and to repair the sidewalk and drainage issues in front of Village Hall (after the chowder)  :  was presented the proposed Codebook changes for review until the next regular meeting  :  noted that Village employee Bill Manuel recently passed his Fresh Water Test – the Board agreed to enroll him in a Waste Water Course coming up in September  :  noted the next Noble Village-wide Garage Sale day is August 19th  :  and noted the upcoming Noble Chowder, set for Saturday, August 12th, in the Village Park – while North Noble Avenue will be closed that day, Wildcat Street will also be closed for the chowder drive-thru pickup  :  the next regular meeting of the Noble Village Board will be August 14th, at 7:00pm.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 this past Monday morning – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was an inch and three tenths (1.30) in German Township, followed by Claremont Township with eight tenths of an inch (0.80) and Decker Township with seven tenths of an inch (0.70) – both Preston and Bonpas Townships measured six tenths of an inch (0.60), followed by Madison Township at fifty-five hundredths of an inch (0.55), both Denver and Olney Townships at a half inch (0.50), and Noble Township at four tenths of an inch (0.40) – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and a tenth (1.10) during the seven day recording period ending on Monday.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that they have until August 1st, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees – serving a three year term, eligible farmers are elected to the county committees to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level, plus play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA – a list of eligibility requirements, the nomination forms, & more are all available online, at  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections  or by contacting a local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County & Richland County School Districts are still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st, while the registration “window” in Richland County is only open one more day, thru today, this Wednesday – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school.

 

(OLNEY)  Two Olney Central College students recently received top honors at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California – Matthew Runyon of Noble and Ben Baker of Olney joined more than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $95,000 in cash awards in 60 business & business-related competitive events – the two OCC students were among the top finishers with Runyon bringing home first place awards in both Agribusiness and Current Events, while Baker placed seventh in Sports Management and Marketing – to qualify to compete at Nationals, Runyon & Baker had to finish first or second at the state competitive level.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Altamont Grade School from 11:30 to 5:30  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  today at the Mattoon YMCA from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door


    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is this Saturday evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details


    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited


    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday


        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today thru Saturday, each day