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November 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure moving out of the Upper Midwest will keep us dry today with plenty of sunshine, but an approaching cold front will bring us clouds tonight and a chance of rain on Sunday – the spotty rain chances end as we move thru tomorrow afternoon and we’ll dry out for the first part of next week – then more rain chances for Wednesday and the end of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  This is Veterans Day 2017 with hundreds of programs and ceremonies to held throughout Illinois and the United States  :  the Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 this morning at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  the Veterans Day Program in Olney is this morning at the Richland County Courthouse with the assembly at 10:45 and the program beginning at 11:00  :  the Veterans Day Program in Oblong is this morning at 11:00 at the Pulliam Funeral Home  :  plus several other area observances and programs are slated for today – we encourage all area residents, young and old alike, to attend such a program or at least take time to remember and honor all of our Veterans on this special day.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is scheduled to begin its leaf collection program the first of next week, on Monday – the leaf pick up machines will drive through the city to collect loose leaf piles, which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – if bagging leaves, citizens can place the bags near the roadway and then notify the Olney City Hall when the bags are ready for pick up – plus the city’s landscape waste facility will be open to the public for drop off – the City of Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(OLNEY)  The Scouts of Richland County are asking the community for its help with this year’s Annual Food Drive – the local Scouts are out going door to door in Olney today handing out bags to be filled with non-perishable food items – then a week from today, on Saturday, November 18th, the bags will be picked up, starting at 9:00 that morning – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at  618-240-1850  – all donated food will be given to Good Samaritan to be distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(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  :  tomorrow morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  next Monday afternoon at the Red Brush Christian Church north of Louisville, along U.S. Route 45, from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College, northeast of Robinson, from 10:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional blood supplies.

 

(OLNEY)  Today is the deadline to enter this year’s annual Olney Christmas Parade, which is set for Saturday, November 25th, at 6:30 – entries are free with several awards to be presented in various different categories – parade entry forms are available from the Olney Rotary Club – call now at  618-302-7989.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show today from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day today with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast this morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from now until 12:00 noon – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    And a “thank you” to those who helped us out and took advantage of the great deals during yesterday’s Freedom 92.9 Listener Appreciation Sale – plus, a “thank you” to all of our loyal businesses who advertise with us and helped us out with their products – it was another success, thanks to you, our WSEI listeners.

 

 

 

November 10, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front that moved thru dry last evening has now drifted south of the Ohio River Valley, plenty of cold air is now filtering thru the Midwest – we’ll stay dry and cool on this Friday with much the same on tap for tomorrow – then another cold front moves thru with rain chances late Saturday night and into Sunday morning – but then dry & cool again the first of next week – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – billions of dollars in old state employee health insurance bills and Medicaid bills will be paid off in the next few days with money from bonds issued to cut into the state’s nearly $17 billion bill backlog – the State Comptroller’s office says combined with federal matching funds available for some of the bills, a total of nearly $9 billion can be used to pay down the bills by this time next week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Secretary of State’s office has awarded $334,341 in 2018 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants – thru the first ever mentoring program provided by statewide public libraries, project mentors will work with young students to develop technological skills and guide them in life skills, such as effective goal setting, communication, & conflict resolution – the PNG grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income, & underserved populations – among the 25 recipients are 7 from downstate Illinois, including libraries in Harrisburg, Centralia, Carbondale, Sparta, Collinsville, Granite City, & Glen Carbon – more than 10,000 students have participated in the PNG program since it began in 2000 and some 994 mentors have generously offered their time to provide training for students to help them obtain technological skills while encouraging lifelong learning – for more, logon at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  With the recent appointment of William J. Graff as the new State Executive Director for the USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency, the long-time grain and livestock farmer from Central Illinois will officially join the State FSA team this coming Monday, November 13th – it’s the second stint for the Illinois State University grad who served as the SED for the Illinois FSA under a previous administration – the FSA continues to serve farmers & others thru the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board had its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved County Claims for October, worth just over $60,000  :  approved the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2018 – it will lay over for public viewing in the Clerk’s office starting next week – a special meeting will be held November 27th at 6:00 to consider the final budget – the County’s new fiscal year begins on December 1st, 2017  :  approved the Richland County Engineer’s salary – also agreed to take part in the State’s Salary Reimbursement Program whereas the State will pay half of the County Engineer’s salary  :  approved the installation of an ATM machine in the Courthouse  :  approved culvert assistance petitions from Preston, German, & Decker Townships  :  approved the contract extension with Good Energy for electric aggregation in the rural areas of Richland County  :  approved a resolution for part-time employee pay, whereas starting immediately, the pay will be the same as beginning full-time employees and all others covered by a contract elsewhere  :  agreed to host an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Ceremony to be held at the Courthouse on Monday, December 4th, at 12:00 noon, to raise an Illinois flag that will fly for the next year when the Land of Lincoln will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2018  :  and there was no action taken after over an hour in closed session to discuss negotiations & personnel  :  the next regular monthly meeting will be December 14th  :  that special budget meeting is set for Monday, November 27th, at 6:00, in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board had its regular monthly meeting last night in Newton – the Board  :  on a 7 to 3 vote, with 2 board members absent, approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget as presented  :  on a 9 to 1 vote, with 2 members absent, agreed to a $90,286 four-year loan to the County Highway Department for the purchase of a new truck to be used for snowplowing, hauling gravel, & more – yearly payments will be made to the county’s general fund  :  approved an Active Shooter Policy for Jasper County  :  on a 6 to 4 vote, with 2 board members absent, to make a one-time $7,550 payment to the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce to help in its work within the county  :  approved the local three year CEO Program contract, which includes a $1,000 per year payment  :  agreed to join other surrounding counties in an Opioid Lawsuit – that is litigation to hold drug manufacturers accountable for the drug addiction problem – it’s no cost to the county  :  and heard various reports  :  the Board’s next regular monthly meeting is December 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single car crash that occurred at 5:58 early this morning on a Jasper County road five miles south of Newton or three miles north of West Liberty – the State Police report 25 year old Loretta L. Beck of Olney was westbound on 300th Avenue, approximately a half mile west of Illinois Route 130, when her Chevy Impala hit a deer, went off the roadway, and hit an electric pole guide wire & telephone pedestal – Beck was transported from the scene to Carle Hospital in Champaign.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  With Veterans Day coming up tomorrow, here’s a few reminders  :  the Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Jasper County Courthouse  :  the Veterans Day Program in Olney is tomorrow morning at the Richland County Courthouse with the assembly at 10:45 and the program starting at 11:00  :  the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong will host the Veterans Day observance there at 11:00 Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Oblong American Legion  :  and with several other area observances and programs scheduled for tomorrow, we encourage all area residents, young and old alike, to attend or to take time to remember and honor all of our Veterans on Veterans Day.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College Instructor David Denton will discuss his most recent article on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and explore new revelations associated with the case during a presentation next Tuesday night, November 14th, at 6:30, in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at Olney Central College – Denton’s in-depth work features details gathered from recently declassified documents – during next Tuesday night’s presentation, Denton will explore the potential forces behind the assassination of JFK on November 22nd, 1963, plus some new items will be discussed – all are invited to the free event.

 

(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 Walmart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  today at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow’s the deadline to enter this year’s annual Olney Christmas Parade, which is set for Saturday, November 25th, at 6:30 – entries are free with several awards to be presented in various different categories – parade entry forms are available from the Olney Rotary Club – call now at  618-302-7989.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget our Freedom 92.9 Listener Appreciation Sale, coming up this morning at 8:00 – you still have time to go to our website and check out all the many items up for bid this morning – that’s at  www.freedom929.com  – then be listening for the item you want and give us a call at  618-393-2156  or  618-395-5000  – it’s our Freedom 92.9 WSEI Listener Appreciation Sale this morning on Freedom 92.9.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A reminder that most all area City & Village Halls are closed today, along with the various county government offices, all in observance of Veterans Day 2017 – all offices will reopen with regular office hours next week – all trash services will run as normal today, tomorrow, and into next week.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show tomorrow from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day tomorrow with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast tomorrow morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    The Newton Masonic Lodge will host an Eagle Trail fundraiser dinner tonight with dinner time at 6:30 – all proceeds to the Eagle Trail Fund – the Lodge will also host an Open House starting at 4:00 today


    The Town Theater in Flora presents Johnathan Len, of the group Blend” tonight at 7:00 – his variety includes 50’s & 60’s music, plus country & gospel – $10 tickets at the door – in downtown Flora


    The Olney Walmart Store will host a “Fill the Van” Olney Food Drive today from 10:00 to 2:00 – items accepted includes canned goods and nonperishables – all donations go to Master’s Hands in Olney


    The Olney Public Library is hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair, but today’s the final day, during normal business hours – 50% of the sales will result in free books for the Library in Olney

 

 

 

November 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As high pressure continues to give us sunshine today after a below freezing start, a dry cold front will move thru later today and bring with it a shot of some colder air – in fact, our coldest so far this fall – although dry, tomorrow and Saturday will be chilly with some sunshine – however another front will bring us rain chances Saturday night thru the day on Sunday – then dry the first of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – children in Illinois will now be required to learn cursive writing – the State Senate voted yesterday, 42 to 12, to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation that students learn cursive writing despite far less long-hand writing these days – the State House agreed to override the veto last month – advocates say printing is not efficient anymore & that lacking an understanding of cursive writing will hinder the ability of students to read historical documents or family histories in the future.

 

(OLNEY)  The state has launched HONOR 200, a signature program of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, honoring the work of 200 Veterans whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty – the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will work with Veteran’s organizations in Illinois to promote HONOR 200 & solicit nominations for those who will be recognized – nominees will be evaluated on their achievements and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited, and provided inspiration to their community – anyone can nominate an Illinois Veteran – go online at  www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(NEWTON)  First Lady Diana Rauner has announced the 2017 Holiday Card Drive for the Military – done in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, the drive aims to send Illinois’ brave service men and women overseas the simple joy of knowing that people back home are thinking of them at holiday time – the holiday cards should be mailed now thru November 20th to the following address  :  
            USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes
            333 South Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor
            Chicago, Illinois  60604
cards can also be dropped off at a local Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Service office – for office locations and more details about the Card Drive can be found online, at  www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(NEWTON)  State Representative David Reis has announced his office will host identity theft seminars in four communities during this month of November – the seminars are offered in conjunction with the Illinois Attorney General’s office – the downstate lawmaker hopes residents can benefit from the information being presented on one of the biggest threats facing consumers in America today – the seminars are  :  Tuesday morning, November 14th, at 10:00, at the Senior Center in Mt. Carmel  :  Tuesday afternoon, November 14th, at 1:30, at the Wabash Valley Christian Retirement Village in Carmi  :  Friday morning, November 17th, at 10:00, at the Senior Center in Fairfield  :  and Friday afternoon, November 17th, at 1:00, at the Senior Center in Olney  :  for more or to RSVP, call the Representative’s Olney office, at  618-392-0108.

 

(OLNEY)  Congratulations to the Olney FFA Chapter for winning the recent Section 23 FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE) at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel held this past Monday – the CDE involved six area FFA chapters with 24 members allowing the students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations, including actual sales presentations, a written exam, and team sales situations – the overall individual rankings for the winning Olney team included Austin Atwood 1st, Madison Michels 3rd, Evan Walker 4th, and Jessica Shilling 5th – the other FFA teams competing at the Section 23 event were Edwards County, Lawrenceville, Cisne, Fairfield, and Wayne City – among the top ten competitors were Cisne’s Jesse Hosselton 2nd, Fairfield’s Alexia Gonzalez 6th, Edwards County’s Peyton Fallen 7th, Cisne’s Matthew Billington 8th, Cisne’s Aaron Hosselton 9th, and Edwards County’s Jordan Fritchley 10th – the Olney team now qualifies to compete at the District Five FFA Agricultural Sales competition to be held at Rend Lake College next Tuesday, November 14th – congrats to the Olney FFA.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There are two regular monthly meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Jasper County Board meets tonight at the County Office Building in Newton, starting at 7:00  :  the Richland County Board meets tonight at the Richland County Jail meeting room, beginning at 7:00 – the Board’s Finance Committee will meet an hour earlier at 6:00, also in the Jail meeting room  :  all are open to the public.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department will continue to vacuum leaves along the city streets, now thru November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street, but no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – only leaves will be vacuumed, not twigs & tree limbs  :  the southwest part of Newton will be covered on Mondays & Tuesdays, that’s the area south of Jourdan Street & west of South Van Buren Street to West End Avenue  :  the long & narrow north end of Newton will be covered Wednesdays & Thursdays, including the area north of Jourdan Street, plus Imperial Acres & the West End Industrial Park  :  and the southeast part of Newton on Fridays, including the area south of Jourdan Street & east of Van Buren Street  :  residents can call 783-8511 to leave a message with address & phone number for leaves to be vacuumed.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  With Veterans Day coming up this Saturday, November 11th, here’s a few reminders  :  the 2017 Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 at the Jasper County Courthouse with plenty of people taking part  :  the Veterans Day Program in Olney is Saturday morning at the Richland County Courthouse with the assembly at 10:45 and the program starting at 11:00  :  the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong will host the Veterans Day observance there at 11:00 Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Oblong American Legion  :  and with several other area observances and programs scheduled for Saturday, we encourage all area residents, young and old alike, to attend or take time to honor all of our Veterans.

 

(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 Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at the Walmart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  tomorrow at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  the next Richland County blood drive is this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget our Freedom 92.9 Listener Appreciation Sale, coming up tomorrow morning, from 8:00 until over – you can check out all the many items and/or services up for bid during tomorrow’s LAS event on WSEI by going to our website online – that’s at  www.freedom929.com  – then be listening for the item you want on Friday morning and give us a call at  618-393-2156  or  618-395-5000  – good luck.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day this Saturday with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    The VFW Auxiliary has its annual Pork Loin Sale underway, the Auxiliary’s scholarship fundraiser – the loins are roughly 10 pounds each, priced at $20 for a half loin or $40 for a whole loin – orders can be placed by calling  392-4226  or stop by the VFW – the loins will be ready for pick up Saturday at 12 noon


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast this Saturday morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    The Newton Masonic Lodge will host an Eagle Trail fundraiser dinner this Friday night with dinner time at 6:30 with a guest speaker to follow – all proceeds to the Eagle Trail Fund – the Lodge will also host an Open House celebrating 300 years of Masonry starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon – all are invited to stop by


    The Town Theater in Flora presents Johnathan Len, of the group Blend” this Friday night at 7:00 – his variety includes 50’s & 60’s music, plus country & gospel – $10 tickets at the door – in downtown Flora


    The Olney Walmart Store will host a “Fill the Van” Olney Food Drive this Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 – items accepted includes canned goods and nonperishables – all donations go to Master Hands in Olney to help out those in need – the food collection is being sponsored in part by Helia Healthcare of Olney


    The Olney Public Library is hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair, continuing today thru tomorrow, during normal business hours – 50% of the sales will result in free books for the Library


    The next meeting for the Jasper County Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group is tonight at the St. Thomas School in Newton, beginning at 6:30 – enter through the west side, under the big blue awning

 

 

 

November 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A high pressure ridge will dominate our Midwestern weather today with plenty of sunshine on tap – with another dry & cool day tomorrow, an approaching cold front will move thru Thursday night into Friday morning, and while it moves thru dry, it will bring us our coldest air so far this fall as Friday will stay cold – while Veterans Day remains dry, there’s rain chances Sunday thru Sunday night – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – lawmakers moved quickly in Springfield yesterday to address the issue of sexual harassment in state government – both the State House and Senate approved legislation to combat cases of sexual harassment and to remove the time limit of investigating complaints filed with the legislative inspector general in the last three years, when there was no one in that position  :  meanwhile, for a second time, the State House failed by to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that prohibits local right-to-work areas in Illinois – with 71 votes needed, the final vote yesterday was 70 to 39, with one abstention.

 

(OLNEY)  Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier of the Illinois Supreme Court will administer the attorney’s oath to 66 new lawyers tomorrow in the downstate Fifth Judicial District – the group is among 1,335 total individuals who will be sworn in and admitted to the practice of law in Illinois during bar admission ceremonies held in the state’s five Supreme Court judicial districts – tomorrow’s downstate ceremony will be held at the SIU School of Law in Carbondale – the other admission ceremonies in the other four Judicial Districts will be held tomorrow in Springfield, Kankakee, Elgin, and Chicago – the new attorneys sworn in tomorrow will bring the total number of licensed lawyers in Illinois to approximately 98,000.

 

(NEWTON)  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service will present fourteen communities with honors for the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Awards program during a special reception at the Old State Capitol this afternoon in Springfield – the Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact – four of the fourteen projects were deemed finalists, including those in Waterloo, East St. Louis, Macon County, and Kewanee – the downstate communities recognized among the remaining ten included Fairfield, Charleston, Collinsville, and Godfrey.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has confirmed that a high precipitation super-cell thunderstorm produced a tornado in Richland County at 5:24 this past Sunday evening – NWS officials say the twister was on the ground for nearly seven miles and nine minutes before dissipating, causing damage to the roof of a house, damaging the roof of a barn, destroying a garage, downing several trees, effecting several utility poles, and more, but there were no personal injuries – it’s believed the tornado had a maximum width of 50 yards and was rated a EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds at 105 miles-per-hour – the tornado initially touched down in an open field about 3.4 miles north of Noble, just north and west of the Passport Road / Seven Hills Lane intersection – the twister continued its track to the east/northeast directly over the Pleasant Ridge Lane / Jesse Road intersection, then just north of the Pleasant Ridge Lane / Ridge Road intersection, to the Branch Wood Lane / Higgin Switch Road intersection, then continued over Midway Road & Timber Trail Road to just south of the Deer Farm Lane / Shipley Road intersection, and was last on the ground just north of the Deer Farm Lane / Fox Road intersection before dissipating about 3.2 miles north/northwest of Olney, about a half mile northwest of the Richland Country Club – the National Weather Service reported that several other severe thunderstorms occurred Sunday afternoon through evening that produced large hail, damaging winds, and very heavy rain in parts of South Central and Southeastern Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois Farm Service Agency this past Monday began mailing ballots to eligible farmers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections as producers must return the ballots to their local FSA offices by December 4th, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted – with nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members nationwide, the committee members serve a very important purpose in making local decisions on commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs, and eligibility – terms of the newly elected committee members and their alternates take effect January 1st, 2018 – farmers that do not receive a ballot can pick one up at their local FSA office.

 

(OLNEY)  Lawrence County authorities are reporting that two juveniles are now facing criminal charges in connection to the fire earlier this year at the former high school in Lawrenceville – the two unidentified youngsters are awaiting charges from the Lawrence County State’s Attorney’s office – the fire occurred in the evening hours of May 25th this past spring, destroying the historic gymnasium and surrounding rooms – the high school was closed at the end of the 2013 school year and was sold to a group of people from New Jersey for $37,000 in January 2014 – while the utilities were completely shut off, authorities say they had many vandalism reports at the former school since it closed – the fire & arson investigation is continuing.

 

(OLNEY)  Plans are underway for the Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club – the parade is set for Saturday, November 25th, 2017, at 6:30, with a rain/snow date of Sunday, November 26th, at 6:30 – parade entries are being accepted, but for only a few more days with the signup deadline this coming Saturday, November 11th – awards will be presented for the Best Business, Best Use of Lights, Best Musical, Most Inspirational, and Children’s Choice, plus others – there is no fee to enter the parade – the judging will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 – the lineup is at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will go south on East Street, then west on Main Street, and end at Whittle Avenue – parade entry forms are available from the Olney Rotary Club, by calling  618-302-7989.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  With Veterans Day coming up this Saturday, November 11th, here’s a few reminders  :  the 2017 Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 at the Jasper County Courthouse with plenty of people taking part  :  the Veterans Day Program in Olney is Saturday morning at the Richland County Courthouse with the assembly at 10:45 and the program starting at 11:00  :  the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong will host the Veterans Day observance there at 11:00 Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Oblong American Legion  :  and with several other area observances and programs scheduled for Saturday, we encourage all area residents, young and old alike, to attend or take time to honor all of our Veterans.

 

(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 Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at Lake Land College south of Mattoon from 10:00 to 3:00  :  Friday at the Walmart Store in Salem from 11:00 to 3:00  :  also Friday at the Hutsonville High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  the next Richland County blood drive is this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  all blood types needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day this Saturday with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    The VFW Auxiliary has its annual Pork Loin Sale underway, the Auxiliary’s scholarship fundraiser – the loins are roughly 10 pounds each, priced at $20 for a half loin or $40 for a whole loin – orders can be placed by calling  392-4226  or stop by the VFW – the loins will be ready for pick up Saturday at 12 noon


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast this Saturday morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    The Newton Masonic Lodge will host an Eagle Trail fundraiser dinner this Friday night with dinner time at 6:30 with a guest speaker to follow – all proceeds to the Eagle Trail Fund – the Lodge will also host an Open House celebrating 300 years of Masonry starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Public Library is hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair, continuing today thru this Friday, during normal business hours – 50% of the sales will result in free books for the Library


    The next meeting for the Jasper County Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group is tomorrow night at the St. Thomas School in Newton, beginning at 6:30 – enter through the west side, under the big blue awning


    The 2017 annual meeting for the Public Building Commission of Richland County is this afternoon, at 4:00, in the Richland County Jail meeting room – it’s open to the public

 

 

 

November 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With some lingering light rain or drizzle this morning, we’ll dry out this afternoon as a ridge of high pressure moves into the Midwest – while we’ll stay dry now for the rest of this work week, we’ll have stout shot of cold air moving in Thursday night and for the day Friday – after a dry Veterans Day on Saturday, then more precipitation expected by Saturday night into Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – volunteers across Illinois are taking part in the Serving Those Who Served Program, with a week’s worth of events that started this past Sunday and continues thru this coming Saturday, November 11th – the goal is to make an impact in the lives of Veterans and show gratitude for their service to our country – in the first year of the program in 2016, about 570 volunteers around Illinois came out to support the program, providing approximately 2,280 hours of much needed and welcomed community service for Illinois Heroes – it’s estimated the total number of volunteer hours had an economic impact of over $53,700 last year – for more details, check the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

 

(OLNEY)  Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White has announced that in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of America’s participation in World War I next year, the Illinois State Archives has repaired and digitized 57 maps used by the Illinois National Guard during the war – while the United States entered the war on April 6th, 1917, it ended just over 19 months later on November 11th, 1918, a date now commemorated as Veteran’s Day in America – in addition to the original maps, the Archives also have daily correspondence of battlefield orders and approximately 150 post-war enemy intelligence and location maps which show the day to day battle lines from October 1st, 1918, to shortly after the end of the war – the maps can be viewed online, logon at  www.idaillinois.org/cdm/search/collection/p16614coll33/page/1.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, Illinois experienced cooler and dryer temperatures last week – the state’s average temperature was 46 degrees, 3 degrees below normal – last week’s statewide precipitation averaged just over a half inch (0.51),  just over four tenths of an inch (0.41) below normal – as of Sunday, 83% of the state’s corn and 92% of Illinois’ soybeans had been harvested  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Newton & Olney report 95% of the local corn and 93% of the local soybeans have been harvested – while some area farmers have finished up their fall harvest, others are close to wrapping things up – for those still at it, please remember “safety first” while a now muddy harvest finishes up.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney is scheduled to begin its leaf collection program the first of next week, on Monday, November 13th – the leaf pick up machines will drive through the city to collect loose leaf piles which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – if bagging leaves, citizens can place the bags near the roadway and then notify the Olney City Hall when the bags are ready for pick up – plus the city’s landscape waste facility will still be open to the public for drop off – Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  With Veterans Day coming up this Saturday, November 11th, here’s a couple of reminders  :  the 2017 Veterans Day Program in Newton will start at 10:30 at the Jasper County Courthouse with music, the firing of volleys, a guest speaker, and more – various pastors from Jasper County will be assisting, plus the local Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts and more  :  the Olney and Richland County Veterans Day Program will be held Saturday morning at the Richland County Courthouse, in downtown Olney – the assembly is at 10:45 with the program to start at straight up 11:00 – unfortunately there is no Veterans Day Parade this year in Olney  :  also, the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong will host the Veterans Day observance there at 11:00 Saturday morning, in conjunction with the Oblong American Legion – colors will be posted, plus a short service and reading of names  :  and with several other area observances & programs scheduled for Saturday, we encourage all area residents, young & old alike, to attend & honor our Veterans.

 

(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 KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  tomorrow at the Flora High School from 8:30 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  the next Richland County blood drive is this Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Those interested in obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry permit can now enroll in an IECC course to be taught at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel later this week – the class provides 16 hours of required firearms training, including both classroom and range instruction, plus the course is designed for both the beginner and experienced shooter – the class will meet this Thursday and Friday, November 9th & 10th, each night from 6:00 to 10:00 – then the final meeting of the class is Saturday, November 11th, from 8:00 to 4:00 – the cost is $175 for in-District students and must be paid in advance to reserve a seat – the cost for enrollees over 60 years old is $92 – to register, call WVC today, toll-free, at  866-982-4322.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  the deadline to submit an application for the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program is November 30th – applicants can select to develop a pollinator garden or a wildlife habitat of their choice  :  resident hunters can now apply for the first lottery for 2018 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits – the application deadline for the first lottery is December 1st  :  a limited number of Illinois firearm & muzzleloader deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license & permit vendors now thru December 3rd or until the county quotas are exhausted  :  check online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov  for more information.

 

(OLNEY)   The Olney Central College Massage Therapy Program is still accepting appointments for upcoming clinical dates, but only a couple of dates remain – in fact, the next clinic open to the public is this Saturday, November 11th, from 9:15  to 2:00, at the West Richland Center in Noble – the next clinical is three weeks later on Saturday, December 2nd – the cost for a Swedish-style massage is $30 for an hour or $15 for half an hour, plus a 20 minute chair massage is only $10 – to make an appointment, call  618-392-2430  – callers should leave a message with their name & contact info, the date they want an appointment for, & the therapy treatment they want – the caller will get a confirmation call from the Program Instructor.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Holiday Motel & Restaurant in Olney will host a Holiday Vendor / Craft Show this Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 with over 40 vendors & crafters taking part – a huge raffle will also be held to benefit Richland County HomeFront with the drawing at 3:30 – everyone is invited out this Saturday to The Holiday


    The First Assembly of God Church in Olney will host its Annual Soup Day this Saturday with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – that’s dine-in or carry-out – all at 2408 East Main Street, at the east edge of Olney


    The VFW Auxiliary has its annual Pork Loin Sale underway, the Auxiliary’s scholarship fundraiser – the loins are roughly 10 pounds each, priced at $20 for a half loin or $40 for a whole loin – orders can be placed by calling  392-4226  or stop by the VFW – the loins will be ready for pick up Saturday at 12 noon


    It’s the annual pancake & sausage, biscuits & gravy, breakfast this Saturday morning at the Lions Club Building in Noble, with serving from 7:00 to 12:00 – all to support the Lions & their community projects


    The Newton Masonic Lodge will host an Eagle Trail fundraiser dinner this Friday night with dinner time at 6:30 with a guest speaker to follow – all proceeds to the Eagle Trail Fund – the Lodge will also host an Open House celebrating 300 years of Masonry starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon – all are invited to stop by


    The Olney Public Library is hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair, running today thru this Friday, during normal business hours at the Library – remember, books do make great Christmas gifts and 50% of the sales will result in free books for the Library – check it out at the Olney Public Library


    The Olney Walmart Store will host a “Fill the Van” Olney Food Drive this Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 – items accepted includes canned goods and nonperishables – all donations go to Master Hands in Olney to help out those in need – the food collection is being sponsored in part by Helia Healthcare of Olney


    The 2017 annual meeting for the Public Building Commission of Richland County is this tomorrow afternoon, November 8th, at 4:00, in the Richland County Jail meeting room – it’s open to the public


    There’s a regular bi-monthly municipal meeting tonight as the Newton City Council will meet at the City Hall in Newton tonight at 6:00 – as always, the meeting is open to the public this evening


    The Richland County Elementary School 4th grade classes will perform their music program “Thank You to Our Heroes” to honor all Veterans and those presently serving in the military today in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Gardner, Geier, and Rusk will perform at 9:45 this morning – the classes of teachers Black, Jenner, and Muffler will perform at 2:00 this afternoon – a special invitation is extended to all Veterans and those currently serving in the military – the public’s invited to one or both performances