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Local News

March 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a high pressure set up across the Plains, we’ll have a strong west wind today, but a dry sky for a couple days – a secondary cool front will slip thru this evening, followed by a quick wave tomorrow night that could give us a few spotty showers – then dry and colder on Friday, possibly some snow showers with the colder air Saturday morning & after a dry Sunday, maybe snow & rain Monday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois is handing out $1 million in federal grants to help educate children of migrant families – the State Board of Education says the funds will help pay for summer education services for the children of some 7,200 seasonal agricultural workers that travel to Illinois each year – officials say the children served have unique challenges keeping up academically when they return to their home state.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing for the elimination of statues of limitations on child abuse & assault crimes – testifying before a Senate Committee, Madigan said children who suffer sexual assault & abuse often spend a lifetime recovering from the violations – under current law, sexual offenses against children must be reported & prosecuted within 20 years of the victim turning 18 years old.

 

(NEWTON)  During this 2017 AmeriCorps Week, the Service Illinois Commission is saluting AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and it thanks the statewide community partners that support them – while the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform year, it’s noted that since 1994, AmeriCorps members have given $1.2 billion in service to Illinois – the volunteer work includes tutoring, cleanups, building homes, & much more – for more, logon at  www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met last night and here’s the unofficial minutes from that meeting – the Council  :  approved the agreement between the Illinois Commerce Commission and the City of Newton for the repair work of the railroad crossing on South Walnut Street  :  approved an amendment to the City’s Code of Ordinance dealing with four-way stop intersections in Newton  :  approved the resolution for the maintenance of streets under the Illinois Highway Code worth $65,000  :  approved the Special Event application for the upcoming NCHS Yearbook “Zombie Chase Run / Walk” scheduled for April 15th  :  accepted the retirement resignation of long-time Street Department employee Joe Stoops, thanking him for his 22 years of dedicated service to the City of Newton  :  agreed to advertise for a new Street Department employee with applications from current employees required by March 14th and applications from non-city employees required by March 31st  :  heard details concerning the 700 square foot area on Farm Bureau property that will feature pollinator wildflower habitat, part of the local Ag In The Classroom program  :  and took no other action after a 31-minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the next regular meeting of the Newton City Council is scheduled for Tuesday night, March 21st, at 6:00pm.

 

(OLNEY)  The Young Leaders of the Richland, Lawrence, and Clay County Farm Bureaus are offering free agriculture safety courses over the next four consecutive Tuesday nights at four different locations – local and area students are welcome to attend one or all of the specials nights within the three county region  :
* next Tuesday, March 14th, at 6:30, at the Cargill Facility in Flora, in Clay County
* Tuesday, March 21st, at 6:30, at the OCC Welding Shop in Olney, in Richland County
* Tuesday, March 28th, at 6:30, at the Bridgeport Grain Facility, in Lawrence County
* and  Tuesday, April 4th, at 6:30, at Travco Motorsports in Olney, in Richland County
students can register by calling either of the three County Farm Bureau Offices in Olney (618-393-4116), Lawrenceville (618-943-2610), or Louisville (618-665-3300) – Farm Bureau Young Leaders encourage all area youth to attend these safety night courses to learn more about staying safe in and around the farm.

 

(OLNEY)  During this 2017 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, we hope you’ll join us and others in our downstate region to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone with MS – while Olney’s MS “Join the Movement” events are scheduled for July 29, later this summer, everyone’s invited out this Friday to wear “orange” to show your awareness of MS & to come join the movement & meet the staff at the Olney City Park Community Building during the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – the MS Committee will be serving food and sharing about Multiple Sclerosis awareness.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There are a few Severe Storm Spotter Training classes coming up this month in our downstate region – the classes usually run between two and three hours long and they are free and open to the public – those attending do not have to be a resident of the county or area hosting the class and at this time no reservations are needed in advance – the next class is Monday, March 13th, from 6:30 to 9:00, at the VFW Hall in Paris – then two more the following week, Monday, March 20th, in Robinson, and the next night on Tuesday, March 21st, in Effingham – additional details will be provided here in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Registered voters are reminded that Early Voting is now being conducted in County Clerks’ Offices for the upcoming April 4th Consolidated Election – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary – the last day for Early Voting is Monday, April 3rd, the day before the April 4th election – for more voting details, contact your Clerk’s Office in Newton, Olney, or elsewhere.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include   :  tomorrow afternoon at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Stringtown from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Monday at the Noble First Christian Church from 2:30 to 6:30  :  and also next Monday at the Richland County Elementary School in Olney from 2:30 to 7:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A reminder from the City of Olney – city crews will begin mowing and spring maintenance at Haven Hill Cemetery, Maple Dale Cemetery, and Haven Hill Memorial Garden next week – those who’d like to keep any ground decorations should have them picked up by this coming Sunday, March 12th


    The Jasper County Annual Shrine Dance is this Saturday night with 13 area businesses hosting various bands & food specials starting at 8:00 – a single $10 ticket will get folks a free huggie and allows them entrance to any of the 13 locations taking part – all proceeds to help the children served by Shriners


    It’s another Friday night fish fry at the Claremont Fire House with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 with plenty of fish, a baked potato bar, and all-you-can-eat ice cream – pay at the door – carry-outs available – all sponsored by the Claremont-Bonpas Volunteer Firemen – all ages are invited out this Friday night


    Rides Mass Transit is offering another trip for Jasper County residents – it’s a trip to Effingham this Friday night for fish supper at Ryan’s Restaurant – call the Newton RIDES office to schedule a ride by 3:00 this Thursday, at  618-544-8800  – information about pick up times and more will be provided


    The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee now thru tomorrow – the pickup is then Saturday morning from 7:30 to 12 noon – place your order now by calling the Jasper County Chamber Office in Newton, at  618-783-3399


    It’s a community fundraiser today thru tonight at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – fill out a fundraiser form before paying and 20% of the receipt will be donated to the Olney Free Methodist Church Relay For Life team – for carry-out orders, mention the fundraiser while ordering – that’s today thru tonight at Monical’s


    Tickets for the production of “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College are now on sale at the ticket box office, Monday thru Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 each day – or online at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater

 

 

 

March 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the cold front moves off to our southeast and the rain comes to an end this morning, we’ll return to some sunshine this afternoon and some cooler air on a strong west wind – after a dry rest of today with sunshine expected tomorrow and Thursday, a weak wave will bring us a quick shot of possible rain Thursday night before we dry out Friday and cool down for the upcoming weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Rauner’s administration has filed a lawsuit over the way the Illinois State Comptroller is handling employee pay – yesterday lawsuit says Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order noting workers with a contract must be paid even if there’s no money appropriated in a budget – the paychecks of at least 587 CMS employees could be disrupted if the matter is not resolved by tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service are reminding taxpayers that filing returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest and most secure way to receive a refund – with the April 18th deadline fast approaching, six weeks from today, refunds are currently arriving between two and four weeks from submission – for the latest up to date information, forms, schedules, and instructions, go online to  www.tax.illinois.gov  or  www.irs.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says student borrowers dealing with mounting loan debt are making up a greater number of consumer complaints to her office – while releasing her annual Top Ten List, Madigan says consumer deft and identity theft were the top two issues drawing complaints for the 9th straight year – others included telemarketers, construction fraud, used vehicle sales, and internet sales.

 

(OLNEY)  Another round of thunderstorms rolled thru our downstate region in the early morning hours – at an early look, area rainfall amounts averaged from one to two inches and even more in some spots – this came after strong winds blew all of yesterday afternoon and last night leading up to this morning’s cold front passage – the downstate winds from the south were averaging between 20 and 25 miles-per-hour with some gusts recorded last night between 30 and 40 miles-per-hour, and that was before the thunderstorm activity rolled thru this morning – most if any damage from this line of storms occurred in southwestern Illinois and across the Mississippi River in Missouri, in the areas located mostly south of St. Louis.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Illinois Sheriff’s Association will again this year award over $54,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year – the scholarship funds will be used for tuition and books & fees only – Sheriff’s Rick Britton in Jasper County and Andy Hires in Richland County will each be awarding one $500 scholarship, not to mention other surrounding Sheriffs in their respective counties as well – some restrictions apply – applications are now available at the Sheriff’s offices in Olney, Newton, and elsewhere, plus they’re online at  www.ilsheriff.org  – the submission deadline is March 15th, a week from tomorrow – for more details or information, contact your local Sheriff’s office, a high school advisor, or college financial aid office.

 

(NEWTON)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the Illinois Agricultural Prices for the month of January  :  while the Livestock Production Index increased 2.3% from December to January, the Crop Production Index dropped 3.1% and the Prices Received Index decreased 1.6%  :  Illinois producers received lower prices for market eggs, turkeys, tomatoes, and cauliflower in January, but higher prices for cattle, hogs, broilers, and corn  :  compared with a year ago in 2016, the Livestock Production Index declined 3.4%, the Prices Received Index was down 2.9%, and the Crop Production Index dropped 1.5%.

 

(OLNEY)  Here’s a few notes from Olney Central College  :  OCC is offering an Artistic Welding Course this spring at the West Richland Center in Noble, meeting on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 beginning March 16th and continuing thru June 29th  :  a one-day food sanitation & safety class is set to meet thru the day on Wednesday, March 15th, from 8:00 to 6:00 – the tuition is waived for Richland County businesses  :  OCC is offering the next round of free GED test preparation classes, starting Monday, March 13th – either day, night, or online courses are available with books & materials provided at no cost  :  for details on any of these & other courses available at Olney Central College, call the Student Services Office at  395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Elementary PTO Basket Bingo is coming up this Friday in the Newton Community High School Gym – the doors open at 5:30 and the games begin at 6:30 – there will be concessions, a 50/50 drawing, theme baskets, and Newton Eagle apparel for sale – some of the great prizes up for grabs are Holiday World tickets, St. Louis Cardinals tickets, an HP touchscreen laptop, an Ipad mini, a boutique basket, a shop local basket, and much more – everyone is welcome out this Friday night for some great family fun, a chance to win, and to support the PTO and its work for Jasper County students.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Chamber of Commerce is presenting its Ladies Night 2017 tonight and while all the tickets have been sold out, the Chamber wants to thank everyone for their fantastic support for this year’s special event – of course with the tickets completely sold out, that means there are no tickets obviously at the door – ticketholders are encouraged to come early, sit back, and enjoy a great evening tonight in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District will have its annual “fish sale” on March 28th, three weeks from today – orders are being taken now for the various species available at the office during regular hours thru March 24th – although grass carp orders are needed by March 10th, this coming Friday – call or stop by the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District office in Olney.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include   :  today at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  the next Richland County blood drive is this coming Thursday afternoon at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council will have its first regular meeting in this month of March tonight at the Newton City Hall – a Project Performance Hearing for the completed CDAP Rehabilitation grant will start things off at 5:45 – the Council should get started at around 6:00 – the agenda includes plenty of New Business items, plus a closed session to discuss litigation and real estate – the meeting is open to the public.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Jasper County Annual Shrine Dance is this Saturday night with 13 area businesses hosting various bands & food specials starting at 8:00 – a single $10 ticket will get folks a free huggie and allows them entrance to any of the 13 locations taking part – all proceeds to help the children served by Shriners


    It’s another Knights of Columbus “fish fry” coming up this Friday night in the Olney City Park Community Building, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs are available – part of the proceeds this Friday night will go towards the fight against Multiple Sclerosis – all ages are invited to attend


    Rides Mass Transit is offering another trip for Jasper County residents – it’s a trip to Effingham this Friday night for fish supper at Ryan’s Restaurant – call the Newton RIDES office to schedule a ride by 3:00 this Thursday, at  618-544-8800  – information about pick up times and more will be provided


    The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee now thru this coming Thursday, March 9th – the pickup is then on Saturday morning, March 11th, from 7:30 to 12:00 noon – place your order now by calling the Jasper County Chamber Office in Newton, at  618-783-3399


    It’s a community fundraiser tomorrow at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – fill out a fundraiser form before paying and 20% of the receipt will be donated to the Olney Free Methodist Church Relay For Life team – for carry-out orders, mention the fundraiser while ordering – that’s tomorrow thru tomorrow night

 

 

 

March 6, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With an approaching cold front our mild conditions will continue today thru tonight with the chance of showers and thunderstorms increasing today thru tonight – as the front moves thru our region tomorrow morning, the rain will end with the sky gradually clearing tomorrow afternoon – we’ll have gusty winds from the south now thru tomorrow night – then dry for Wednesday and Thursday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – a significant expansion of casino gambling is back in play in Springfield – the proposal to authorize six new casinos got State Senate approval last week with the plan now to move on to the State House for consideration there – the proposal also includes adding seats to existing boats and slot machines at horse racing tracks and Chicago airports – it all could increase tax profits by $87 million a year.

 

(OLNEY)  Union membership in Illinois matched a historic low in 2016, according to figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics – union membership accounted for 14.5% of the wage and salary workers in Illinois last year, that’s down from 15.2% from the previous year and ties the historic low set in 2007 – however, union membership in Illinois was still stronger than the national average at 10.7% last year – the numbers show the highest union membership around Illinois was at 21% over 20 years ago in 1993.

 

(NEWTON)  A peanut butter substitute sold by an Illinois company is being recalled because 12 cases of E. Coli have been linked to the product – Glenview-based I.M. Health SoyNut Butter Company is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products – other E. Coli cases in Arizona, California, Maryland, Oregon, & New Jersey have been linked to the nut-free product – consumers should return the product where it was bought.

 

(OLNEY)  The National Weather Service has confirmed that the tornado that killed a White County man a week ago tomorrow night and caused damage in adjacent Indiana had winds of between 136 and 165 mph – in fact, the weather service survey team determined the severe storm was an EF-3 tornado, stronger than originally thought – the twister that swept thru the town of Crossville also passed over the Wabash River and did significant damage in Posey and Gibson Counties, Indiana, but no injuries reported there – officials report two other Illinois men died last Tuesday night when another tornado hit Ottawa in northern Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  The early numbers are out and according to the Illinois State Water Survey, last month was the warmest February on record in Illinois – with several days with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, the statewide average temperature was 40.5 degrees, that’s nearly 10 (9.6) degrees above normal – that average beats the previous February record set back in 1998 when the average temperature was at 40 degrees even – the ISWS says February was one of the driest on record – the average statewide precipitation last month was seven tenths of an inch (0.70) which was nearly an inch and four tenths (1.36) below normal – that made February’s precipitation total the 9th driest on record for the state of Illinois.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Registered voters are reminded that Early Voting is now being conducted in County Clerks’ Offices – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary, the last day for Early Voting is Monday, April 3rd – for more, contact your Clerk’s Office in either Newton or Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Annual Shrine Dance is this Saturday night with 13 different locations hosting various bands & food specials with all proceeds to help the children served by Shriners – a $10 ticket will get folks a free huggie & allows entrance to any of the thirteen businesses or sites that are taking part – it starts at 8:00 and wraps up with breakfast available for purchase from 11:00 to 2:00 into early Sunday morning at the Eagles and American Legion in Newton – the Pub in Newton will be serving prime rib from 5:00 until whenever – here’s the list of bands and where they’ll be Saturday night : Quarter Annie / Newton KC Hall : Naked Sissys / Newton VFW : Waters Edge / Newton Eagles : Wad It Up DJ Service / Parklanes : Flood / Newton American Legion : Triple OT Buck / Muddy Saloon : Kuhl Entertainment / The Hill : Big Mikes DJ & Karaoke / MVP Happy Holler : Flat Mountain / Highbenders : Blake Hayes & Abby Reed / West Side : 3 Shades of Gray / Blacktop at Dieterich : and Sawyer Brothers / Niemeyers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District has received a limited amount of cost share funds for implementation of approved conservation practices – the District will be holding a concentrated sign-up for these cost-share dollars thru this month of March – those interested in applying for cost share on a conservation practice should stop by the SWCD office throughout the rest of this month.

 

(OLNEY)  In an attempt to get their doors back opened five days a week, the Richland County Senior Center is hosting another fried fish / salad bar meal this Friday in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30 – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds will help the Richland County Senior Center’s with its future funding to help keep the doors and programs open to local seniors.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include   :  today at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sigel from 2:00 to 7:00  :  tomorrow at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A reminder from the City of Olney – city crews will begin mowing and spring maintenance at Haven Hill Cemetery, Maple Dale Cemetery, and Haven Hill Memorial Garden next week – those who’d like to keep any ground decorations should have them picked up by this coming Sunday, March 12th


    Rides Mass Transit is offering another trip for Jasper County residents – it’s a trip to Effingham this Friday night for fish supper at Ryan’s Restaurant – call the Newton RIDES office to schedule a ride by 3:00 this Thursday, at  618-544-8800  – information about pick up times and more will be provided


    The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee now thru this coming Thursday, March 9th – the pickup is then on Saturday morning, March 11th, from 7:30 to 12:00 noon – place your order now by calling the Jasper County Chamber Office in Newton, at  618-783-3399


    It’s a community fundraiser this Wednesday at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – fill out a fundraiser form before paying and 20% of the receipt will be donated to the Olney Free Methodist Church Relay For Life team – for carry-out orders, mention the fundraiser when ordering – all to help the local fight against cancer


    A couple of notes from Richland Memorial Hospital  :  this month’s Better Breathers Club Support Group meets next tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 in the RMH Ambulance Garage classroom  :  the RMH Auxiliary has a Norwex fundraiser today from 8:00 to 4:00 in the RMH lower level conference room – all proceeds will help with the various Auxiliary projects at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney

 

 

 

March 4, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge moves across Illinois, we’ll have plenty of sunshine and a dry sky on tap today, although a few clouds may drift by this afternoon – a weather system tonight could drop some rain to our north, however we should stay dry with warmer air moving in tomorrow and Sunday – then more rain chances next Monday & Tuesday, followed by a dry sky thru the end of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – here’s some reminders for those outdoors  :  reservations can now be made for campsites and shelters for many of the Illinois State Parks and other IDNR sites for 2017 – to do so, simply go online at  www.reserveamerica.com  :  folks can go online now and register for upcoming Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses thru the IDNR – spring classes are now being scheduled – check the IDNR website for class dates, times, and locations  :  all Illinois fishing, hunting, and sportsman’s combination licenses for 2017 are now available from IDNR Direct license and permit vendors or online  :  for all things outdoors in Illinois, check it all out on the State DNR’s website, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is offering a new course this spring, the first of its kind in the area – the Unmanned Aerial Systems I Class will meet Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:00, beginning March 13th and continuing thru May 8th – the course will have vital information for commercial drone users, such as rules and regulations of operation, air space use, preflight operations & inspections, and more – other courses are available, including Artistic Welding, One Day Food Sanitation & Safety, and GED Test Preparation – for details or to sign up, call the Olney Central College Student Services Office next week at  618-395-7777.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include   :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Monday at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sigel from 2:00 to 7:00  :  next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  the next Richland County drive is Thursday at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Republicans will host their annual Lincoln Day Dinner tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the event begins with a social hour at 6:00, then dinner served at 6:30, followed by various guest speakers – the $15 tickets are still available from any Republican Central Committee member or by calling Judy Burnell at  618-783-3185 – a raffle drawing will be held to win a Ruger AR-556 Rifle or cash – tickets are $5.00 each or six tickets for $20 – all are invited to attend for a great meal, a chance to win, and the opportunity to meet local and statewide candidates and office holders.

 

REMINDERS  :

    A reminder from the City of Olney – city crews will begin mowing and spring maintenance at Haven Hill Cemetery, Maple Dale Cemetery, and Haven Hill Memorial Garden during the week of March 13th – those who’d like to keep any ground decorations should have them picked up by Sunday, March 12th

    A couple of notes from Richland Memorial Hospital : this month’s Better Breathers Club Support Group meets next Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 in the RMH Ambulance Garage classroom : the RMH Auxiliary has a Norwex fundraiser next Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 in the RMH lower level conference room : call for info

    The local Rolling Thunder Chapter will be at the Olney Rural King tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 collecting items to help those at The Heritage House for Homeless Veterans in up Hutsonville – items needed include canned goods, clothing, health & beauty items, DVD’s, videos, and more

    The Parish Center in Ste. Marie will host the annual St. Mary’s Brunch tomorrow morning with serving from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – it’s a wide array of items on the menu, plus a bake sale will be held by the St. Mary’s Youth Group – tickets will be on sale at the door – children, age 3 and under, will be admitted free

    City of Olney residents are invited to have lunch with Olney Mayor candidate Belinda Henton today at the Olney City Park Community Building, with lunch to be served at 12 noon – all are invited to attend

    The Richland County Middle School and St. Joseph School are presenting “Into The Woods Junior” this weekend at the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – that’s tonight at 6:30 and the final performance tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 – the remaining $5 tickets are on sale at the door before each show

 

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a high pressure ridge moves across Illinois, we’ll have plenty of sunshine and a dry sky on tap today, although a few clouds may drift by this afternoon – a weather system tonight could drop some rain to our north, however we should stay dry with warmer air moving in tomorrow and Sunday – then more rain chances next Monday & Tuesday, followed by a dry sky thru the end of next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Senate adjourned yesterday without pushing its stalled out budget plan further – however, it was late yesterday that legislation was filed to spell out the services that could be subject to the state sales tax to battle a budget deficit – that proposal would extend the 6.25% sales tax to rented storage space, landscaping, pest control, body piercing, and more – this plan would be added to the measure that would increase the state income tax – the State Senate will return to Springfield next Tuesday.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner visited the tornado damaged community of Crossville yesterday – the National Weather Service categorized the White County tornado late Tuesday night as an EF2 with winds of up to 135 miles-per-hour – 71 year old Thomas McCord who sought shelter in an outbuilding near his home in Crossville was killed – he was one of two people that died in Illinois during the tornado outbreak – the state is providing aid to the White County victims in their cleanup effort plus financial assistance.

 

(NEWTON)  The State Attorney General’s office yesterday sent letters to six national career and job search companies over potential age discrimination violations in setting age requirements for job seekers searching for career opportunities – the letters warned that older users of certain websites & apps are prohibited from accessing important functions because of their age – the AG’s Civil Rights Bureau is also investigating.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has awarded more than $98,000 in donated funds from the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program – more than 83,000 students will visit Illinois state parks, museums, & other natural resources sites this year to learn about nature & conservation thanks to grant funding thru the 102 field trip grants – nine grants have been awarded to schools in our region – the Richland County Middle School received two $2,000 grants for 7th graders to visit the Little Grassy Lake and Touch of Nature Environmental Education Center east of Makanda – the other recipient schools in the downstate area includes those in Casey, Marshall, Sullivan, Iuka, Centralia, Sesser, and Harrisburg.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney FFA Chapter won a couple of Section 23 CDE competitions last night  :  Olney won the varsity Parliamentary Procedure CDE, outscoring 2nd place Cisne, 937.5 to 864 – Flora finished 3rd, followed by Red Hill, Mt. Carmel, and Fairfield – individually, Olney’s Faith Stallard was the top Secretary & Allison Herman was a close 2nd place Chairman – Olney’s other Floor Members were Madison Michels, Jessica Shilling, Seth Mitchell, and Austin Atwood – this Varsity Squad advances now to the District Five FFA Varsity Parliamentary Procedure CDE on March 29th at SIU Carbondale  :  the Olney Chapter also won the Novice Parliamentary Procedure CDE (for those FFA members in grades 7 thru 9) – teams from Cisne & Flora finished 2nd & 3rd – Olney’s Chelsea Ochs was the top Secretary and Tristen Payne was the top Chairman – the Novice Floor Members were Abby Meadows, Travis Wilke, Paige Steber, and Lance Mitchell – this Novice Team now advances to the District Five CDE coming up March 22nd, also down at SIU Carbondale  :  congratulations to these Olney FFA members for a job well done.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Republicans will host their annual Lincoln Day Dinner tomorrow night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – the event begins with a social hour at 6:00, then dinner served at 6:30, followed by various guest speakers – the $15 tickets are still available from any Republican Central Committee member or by calling Judy Burnell at  618-783-3185 – a raffle drawing will be held to win a Ruger AR-556 Rifle or cash – tickets are $5.00 each or six tickets for $20 – all are invited to attend for a great meal, a chance to win, and the opportunity to meet local and statewide candidates and office holders.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  Registered voters are reminded that Early Voting is now being conducted in County Clerks’ Offices – if residents desire to vote early for any or no reason, they can vote in person at the County Clerk’s Offices from 8:00 to 4:00 each Monday thru Friday – no appointments are necessary, the last day for Early Voting is Monday, April 3rd – for more, contact your Clerk’s Office in either Newton or Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  Vincennes University is hosting a very special dinner next Tuesday night to honor Lothian Skelton, widow of the legendary comedian & clown, Red Skelton, during her upcoming visit to the campus next week – Lothian previously donated $5 million worth of Red’s personal and show business memorabilia which is now curated by the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, located adjacent to VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center – museum supporters and patrons are invited to the exclusive dinner to be held at the Skelton Center at 6:00 Illinois time next Tuesday – however, today is the final day that a limited number of the remaining $25 tickets will be sold – call now at  812-888-2105  or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

(NEWTON)  The 19th Annual Illinois Products Expo is this weekend in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds – the “Taste of Illinois Agriculture” allows visitors to taste, sample, and purchase items from dozens of statewide food companies, wineries, and agricultural associations – while food sampling will be free, the beverage tastings are offered at a small cost – that’s tomorrow from 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00 – for more information on the event logon, at  www.agr.state.il.us/marketing.expo.

 

(OLNEY)  In an attempt to get their doors back opened five days a week, the Richland County Senior Center is hosting a fried fish / salad bar meal every Friday for the next seven weeks in downtown Olney – open to the public at the cost at $5 per person, it’s serving from 11:00 to 1:30, starting today on this March 3rd and continuing thru April 14th – while walk-in’s are welcome and carry-outs will be available, call ahead orders are appreciated at  618-395-3223 – all proceeds assist with the Senior Center’s future funding.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include   :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  next Monday at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sigel from 2:00 to 7:00  :  next Tuesday at the KC Hall in Teutopolis from 1:30 to 6:30  :  next Thursday, a week from today, at the Olney VFW from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Tickets for the production of “The Little Mermaid” at Olney Central College are now on sale at the ticket box office, Monday thru Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 each day – or online at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater

 
    A couple of notes from Richland Memorial Hospital : this month’s Better Breathers Club Support Group meets next Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 in the RMH Ambulance Garage classroom : the RMH Auxiliary has a Norwex fundraiser next Monday from 8:00 to 4:00 in the RMH lower level conference room : call for info


    The local Rolling Thunder Chapter will be at the Olney Rural King this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 collecting canned goods, clothing, health & beauty items, DVD’s, videos, and more – all items will be sorted and then donated to help those at The Heritage House for Homeless Veterans in Hutsonville


    The Parish Center in Ste. Marie will host the annual St. Mary’s Brunch this Sunday morning with serving from 8:00 to 12:00 noon – it’s a wide array of items on the menu, plus a bake sale will be held by the St. Mary’s Youth Group – tickets will be on sale at the door – children, age 3 and under, will be admitted free


    City of Olney residents are invited to have lunch with Olney Mayor candidate Belinda Henton tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building, with lunch to be served at 12 noon – all are invited to attend


    The Richland County Middle School and St. Joseph School are presenting “Into The Woods Junior” this weekend at the RCHS Sliva Auditorium – that’s tonight & tomorrow night at 6:30 and the final performance Sunday afternoon at 2:00 – the $5 tickets are available for purchase at both of the school offices in Olney


    The Olney Knights of Columbus will have its first of six Friday night fish fries at the Olney City Park Community Building, with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight – pay at the door – carry-outs available


    The Jasper County “Shop With A Cop” program has a fundraising “fish fry” tonight at the VFW in Newton, with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 – carry-outs will be available – it’s $9 for all-you-can-eat or $12 for an all fish plate – all proceeds to the program to help make Christmas a little happier for area children


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District has an all-you-can-eat “fish fry” tonight at the Claremont Firehouse from 4:30 to 7:30 – includes fish, hush puppies, desserts, drinks, & their baked potato bar – kids 5 & under eat free – the $10 adult and $7.50 for those 12 & under on sale at the door – plus all-you-can-eat ice cream


    The Richland County Elementary School’s 1st grade students will perform their music program entitled “Why Music” today in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Baker, Givens, Rodgers, and Volk will perform at 10:00 this morning while the classes of teachers Bettis, Walker, and Woods will perform at 2:25 this afternoon – all are invited to attend one or both performances at RCES