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December 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY) We will stay dry with colder air in place until a slight warm up on Saturday & Sunday this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON) Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public’s input in its annual traveler opinion survey. The Illinois Department of Transportation survey is available through December 31st. It’s conducted through the University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office. Respondents are asked about topics like road conditions, ice and snow removal, commuting habits and driving behaviors. State Transportation secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the department wants to be aware of opportunities to improve “how we maintain and grow Illinois’ transportation system”. The department has conducted the survey since 2001. This year for the first time it’s available online.

 

(OLNEY) Fifth and sixth grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year’s Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest, sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – this year’s theme, “Illinois is Celebrating 200 Years : How Can You Be an Environmental Pioneer?,” focuses on helping to preserve & protect our air, land, & water for the next 200 years in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial – the entry deadline is February 1st, 2018 – for more details on the contest, schools and their teachers should check the State EPA’s website online, at  www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/education/contest/index.

 

(NEWTON) The State DNR is reporting the total deer harvest numbers for the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that ended a week ago yesterday – the 80,021 preliminary deer harvest number compares to the 79,559 deer taken during the seven days in 2016 – an increase of only 462 deer, which is less than a half of a tenth of a percentage point more than last year – meanwhile, hunters in our ten county region harvested 9,812 deer this year during the seven day season, that’s 1,778 more than last year, an 18% increase from a year ago – while Wayne County had the highest total among the ten counties, it along with Wabash County had lower harvest totals than 2016 – the 2nd highest area deer harvest this year was in Clay County, followed by Crawford, Jasper, Effingham, Cumberland, Richland, Lawrence, Edwards, and Wabash.

 

(OLNEY) the Olney City Council met last night- the city sold surplus property at 1403 E. Elm to Dolls, Inc., authorized destruction of closed session minutes, approved a redevelopment agreement with Wease Equipment, renewed the property insurance for the city, approved several reports regarding the pension fund, approved a new residential development assistance program-the city helps pay part of the cost for a new sub division development, the city wants to encourage new housings and developments and approved entering into an agreement to have Murals painted in downtown Olney in 2020. The next regular meeting of the City of Olney will be Jan.8th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) The leaf collections are continuing in Newton and Olney : the City of Olney will continue leaf pick up for one more week as Olney residents can call City Hall for pick up no later than next Monday, December 18th, a week from today – the loose leaf piles which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – for those bagging leaves, the bags should be placed by the street – plus Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays : meanwhile, the City of Newton has extended the leaf pick up until December 14th, this coming Thursday – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street – only leaves will be vacuumed, no twigs & no tree limbs – Newton residents can call 783-8511 and leave a message with address & phone number to have leaves picked up – the last day for vacuuming is Thursday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Two area lawmakers will have traveling office hours this week, on Thursday, the 14th : State Representative David Reis will be available to meet with constituents this Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Newton City Hall – Reis also reminds folks that his District Office at 219 East Main Street in Olney is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30, or by calling 618-392-0108 : Congressman John Shimkus will have a member of his staff available to meet with walk-ins this Thursday morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Hall and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Lawrenceville City Hall – the Congressman’s Office in Effingham is also available by phone, at 217-347-7947.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Ministerial Association is continuing to accept contributions for its Christmas Food Box project – donations of cash, food, and even physical assistance is being accepted – in fact, all food donations are needed by this coming Friday, December 15th, by dropping the food off at the First Baptist Church in Newton – to see how you can still help out those in need this Christmas season in Jasper County, again with a donation of either time, food, and/or money, call today at 618-783-2226.

 

(NEWTON) It’s a “Meet the Candidates” Breakfast coming up this Saturday morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – biscuits & gravy will be served – among the scheduled guests are Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, plus many others – it’s all sponsored by the Jasper County Democrats – all are invited to stop by and meet the candidates.

 

(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 : Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15 : Thursday at the Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30 : Thursday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00 : Thursday at the High School in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00 : Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00 : Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 : all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :

   The Richland County Elementary School 2nd Grade classes will perform their Christmas program entitled “Christmas Jubilation” later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Hardy, Seals, & Shawver will perform at 10:00 Thursday morning while the classes of teachers Anselment, Lynn, & Smith will perform at 10:00 Friday morning – everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances

   The Rides Mass Transit Annual Tour of Lights is tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 12th – the tour will include the Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park, plus supper at the nostalgic Hovey’s Restaurant in downtown Olney – to reserve a seat or more, call the Rides Office, at 877-667-6123

   The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a South Bend Chocolate Company fundraiser today in the hospital’s private dining rooms – that’s today from 8:00 to 3:00 – the proceeds will go to the Auxiliary to help fund its various projects at the hospital

   Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits from 6:00 to 8:00 both Friday night and Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

December 11, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As we stay dry with warmer than normal temperatures most of today with a warm front moving up across Illinois from the south, an approaching clipper wave will move thru by tonight, giving us a wind switch and colder air moving in for late tonight & pretty much thru the rest of the work week – tomorrow’s colder air hangs around until a slight warm up on Saturday & Sunday this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Land of Lincoln is the Midwestern leader in the charge to add clean energy jobs – during a reception held last week celebrating the one year anniversary of Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, officials say our state is competing head-to-head with any state in the nation to attract clean-energy investment and clean energy jobs – the one year old measure has now put Illinois in line for $180 million a year in new investment in renewable resources, such as wind and solar – new numbers indicate 119,395 people now work in clean energy in Illinois, a 4.8% increase since 2015.

 

(OLNEY)  Fifth and sixth grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year’s Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest, sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – this year’s theme, “Illinois is Celebrating 200 Years : How Can You Be an Environmental Pioneer?,” focuses on helping to preserve & protect our air, land, & water for the next 200 years in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial – the entry deadline is February 1st, 2018 – for more details on the contest, schools and their teachers should check the State EPA’s website online, at  www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/education/contest/index.

 

(NEWTON)  The State DNR is reporting the total deer harvest numbers for the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that ended a week ago yesterday – the 80,021 preliminary deer harvest number compares to the 79,559 deer taken during the seven days in 2016 – an increase of only 462 deer, which is less than a half of a tenth of a percentage point more than last year – meanwhile, hunters in our ten county region harvested 9,812 deer this year during the seven day season, that’s 1,778 more than last year, an 18% increase from a year ago – while Wayne County had the highest total among the ten counties, it along with Wabash County had lower harvest totals than 2016 – the 2nd highest area deer harvest this year was in Clay County, followed by Crawford, Jasper, Effingham, Cumberland, Richland, Lawrence, Edwards, and Wabash.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The leaf collections are continuing in Newton and Olney  :  the City of Olney will continue leaf pick up for one more week as Olney residents can call City Hall for pick up no later than next Monday, December 18th, a week from today – the loose leaf piles which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – for those bagging leaves, the bags should be placed by the street – plus Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays  :  meanwhile, the City of Newton has extended  the leaf pick up until December 14th, this coming Thursday – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street – only leaves will be vacuumed, no twigs & no tree limbs – Newton residents can call  783-8511  and leave a message with address & phone number to have leaves picked up – the last day for vacuuming is Thursday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Two area lawmakers will have traveling office hours this week, on Thursday, the 14th  :  State Representative David Reis will be available to meet with constituents this Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Newton City Hall – Reis also reminds folks that his District Office at 219 East Main Street in Olney is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30, or by calling  618-392-0108  :  Congressman John Shimkus will have a member of his staff available to meet with walk-ins this Thursday morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Hall and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Lawrenceville City Hall – the Congressman’s Office in Effingham is also available by phone, at  217-347-7947.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Ministerial Association is continuing to accept contributions for its Christmas Food Box project – donations of cash, food, and even physical assistance is being accepted – in fact, all food donations are needed by this coming Friday, December 15th, by dropping the food off at the First Baptist Church in Newton – to see how you can still help out those in need this Christmas season in Jasper County, again with a donation of either time, food, and/or money, call today at  618-783-2226.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s a “Meet the Candidates” Breakfast coming up this Saturday morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – biscuits & gravy will be served – among the scheduled guests are Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, plus many others – it’s all sponsored by the Jasper County Democrats – all are invited to stop by and meet the candidates.

 

(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 Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  today at the Beecher  City High School from 1:00 to 5:00  :  Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15  :  Thursday at the Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  Thursday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  Thursday at the High School in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

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

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Peyton Sisters Christmas Concert will be this Sunday evening at the St. Paul Church, at 222 North Lincoln Street, in Olney, starting at 6:00 – a free will donation will be taken – all are invited to attend


    Santa Claus will be visiting the Clay City Firehouse this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – Santa will have treat bags for all children, plus the Clay City Banking Company will be providing free pictures of the children with Santa – all youngsters are encouraged to stop by Saturday afternoon


    Richland County resident & author Gary Totten will have a “book signing” this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Roll With It Bakery, located at 1610 East Main Street in Olney – with a lot of recent requests for his book, entitled “The Life of a Dog & Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland,” Gary welcomes everyone to stop by and purchase a personalized copy of his book for a Christmas gift – all are invited


    The Richland County Elementary School 2nd Grade classes will perform their Christmas program entitled “Christmas Jubilation” later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Hardy, Seals, & Shawver will perform at 10:00 Thursday morning while the classes of teachers Anselment, Lynn, & Smith will perform at 10:00 Friday morning – everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances


    The Rides Mass Transit Annual Tour of Lights is tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 12th – the tour will include the Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park, plus supper at the nostalgic Hovey’s Restaurant in downtown Olney – to reserve a seat or more, call the Rides Office, at  877-667-6123


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a South Bend Chocolate Company fundraiser today and tomorrow in the hospital’s private dining rooms – that’s today from 8:00 to 4:00 and tomorrow from 8:00 to 3:00 – the proceeds will go to the Auxiliary to help fund its various projects at the hospital


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits from 6:00 to 8:00 both Friday night and Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

December 9, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With more Arctic air pouring into the Midwest today, it’s the first of two waves of colder air in our extended forecast – a wind switch today will be followed by another switch tomorrow with some sun on tap for Sunday – then after a warmer day Monday, another shot of Arctic air will cool us off next Tuesday and return us to near normal conditions for next work week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The RMH Foundation’s Holiday Tour of Homes is tomorrow afternoon with the homes open for visitors from 1:00 to 4:00 – participating homes include Jared & Melissa Baughman on Red Oak Lane, Matt & Rachel Miller on Coyote Crossing, Jim Burnett & Karen Jameson on Butler Street, Bryan Smithenry on North Fair, and the Laurel 201 Private Guest House of James & Brianne White – the $10 Tour of Homes tickets and raffle tickets are on sale at all area banks, plus tickets can be purchased tomorrow at any of the House Tour locations – it’s the annual RMH Foundation’s Holiday Tour of Homes tomorrow in Olney.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas continues this weekend in Newton  :  the celebration includes an Ice Rink this afternoon thru tonight from 12 noon to 9:00 and tomorrow from 12 noon to 6:00, priced at $5 per person each time or $10 for a weekend pass – also cookies & hot chocolate this afternoon  :  Holiday Movies will play at the Ice Rink tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie will play at the Ice Rink tomorrow night from 5:00 to 6:00  :  folks can check out the Tablescape Contest at the Chamber Office this morning from 7:30 to 10:00  :  plus it’s Story Time at the Newton Public Library this morning at 10:00 and Cookies & Milk with Letters to Santa at Joe’s Italian Foods today from 11:00 to 2:00  :  and the first Annual Christmas House Walk is tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 – check it all out on Facebook, under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas in Newton.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also next week in Beecher City, Oblong, Robinson, Dieterich, and Olney  :  all blood types and platelets needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Rotary Radio Auction is this morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon on Freedom 92.9 WSEI, plus live online, at  www.freedom929.com  – to look over the list of items available, go to our website and click on the “community tab” and scroll down at  www.freedom929.com  – all proceeds from the Annual Rotary Radio Auction go to support programs to help those in Olney and Richland County.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Holy Cross Church in Wendelin has its annual “Advent Evensong” tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 – includes a candelight service with scripture, organ music, English carols, & Austrian Christmas music, sung in German – refreshments available afterwards in the Parish Center – all in memory of  Father David Braun


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will have Santa Claus available for area children tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 – includes treat bags for children, plus cookies and hot cocoa


    An “Open House” is tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Heritage House Museum and the Mcksburg Schoolhouse along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – refreshments and live musical entertainment


    The Dairy Dee in Sumner will host a Dairy Dee-Cember Seasons of Giving fundraiser this weekend with all proceeds to benefit the Salvation Army & other community charities – it involves the purchase of ice cream by cone, dish, pint, or quart – that’s today from 1:00 to 9:00 and tomorrow from 1:00 to 5:00


    The Beulah United Methodist Church south & back west of Sumner has its “Travel Back to Bethlehem” Live Nativity tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 – refreshments & music provided at the church


    The OCC Music Department has its Holiday Concert tonight in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 – the RCHS Concert Choir will also take part – admission is free


    The “Breakfast with Santa” is this morning from 7:30 to 10:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – at $3 per person, it includes a photo opp with Santa (bring your own camera), breakfast of donuts & drinks, door prizes, holiday crafts, & children 12 & under can visit Santa’s Mouse House for gifts


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits again tonight in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00

 

 

 

December 8, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While we’ll have plenty of sunshine on tap today with a light wind, it changes by later tonight when a clipper system out of Canada sweeps across Illinois with scattered flurries thru tomorrow morning, plus more Arctic air on a northwest wind – with a dry & cold Sunday, we’ll see a slight warm up Monday then back to near normal temperatures & dry conditions next midweek, next week – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs hosted a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony in Springfield yesterday – the special event honored all Pearl Harbor survivors and paid tribute to the more than 2,400 Americans who lost their lives in the December 7th attack – the ceremony included a special wreath laying in the waters of Lake Springfield while Taps was being played – lunch for all was provided by the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Committee.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois safety leaders teamed up this week to drive home the importance of the state’s Move Over Law while traveling on Illinois highways and interstates – in fact, the new “Give Them Distance” campaign was launched to remind all motorists to slow down and move over for vehicles pulled off the roadway with flashing lights – it all started with the state’s Move Over Law, also known as Scott’s Law, which was enacted in 2002 after fireman Lieutenant Scott Gillen was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash scene – for more details, go online at  www.GiveThemDistance.com.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for those outdoors  :  Illinois Archery Deer & Archery Fall Turkey seasons remain open now thru January 14th, 2018 – permits are available over-the-counter at DNR Direct license and permit vendors  :  hunters can now apply for the second lottery for 2018 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits – the application deadline is January 11th, 2018  :  the First Late Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season is December 28th thru 31st  :  the Second Muzzleloader Deer Season is this weekend around the state, that’s today, tomorrow, and Sunday  :  for permit information and for all other things outdoors in Illinois, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation is continuing into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 12:49 this past Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Routes 37 and 161 south of Salem in Marion County – State Police report 80 year old Ramona M. Oberlohr of Louisville was southbound on Route 37 approaching the intersection with Route 161 – the other vehicle, driven by 32 year old Nancy M. Kollak of Fairfield, was westbound on Route 161 and had stopped at the four stop and was proceeding thru the intersection when Oberlohr failed to stop a the stop sign and t-boned the Kollak vehicle, causing it to strike a utility pole, which snapped in two – Kollak and a passenger, 41 year old Jason S. Carter of Kell, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, where Carter was later airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital – ticketed for disobeying a traffic control, Oberlohr was transported to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular session earlier this week – the Council  :  approved the annual Tax Levy for fiscal year 2018 as presented  :  approved the 2017-2019 Local Administrative Policy & Procedures Manual for the Housing Rehabilitation Plan  :  approved a resolution in support for the CDBG Grant Program  :  agreed to commit local funds for the CDBG grant of 1.98% of the estimated total project cost of $505,253 or $10,000  :  approved an Intergovernmental Cooperation Contract with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association  :  approved an Ameren gas main extension agreement for property at 602 Woods Farm Lane with a $2,160 deposit  :  agreed to accept bids for the property at 602 Stevens Street with the deadline for bids to be submitted by February 2nd, 2018, at 4:00  :  agreed to advertise for a Water Department employee in Newton  :  approved a five year purchasing plan agreement with Axon Enterprise for $9,267 to buy tasers for the Newton Police Department  :  agreed to provide Hepatitus A and B vaccinations for all City of Newton employees  :  approved the Property Damage Release for Abi Incorporated, Alan H. Moss, Great West Casualty Company of $2,053 paid to the City of Newton  :  approved various purchase orders - two for the City’s Water Department and the other for the Police Department  :  thanked everyone that took part in Monday’s “Bicentennial Flag Raising” ceremony held in Newton  :  and took no other action after an 11-minute closed session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Newton City Council will have its next regular meeting on Tuesday, December 19th.

 

(OLNEY)  The RMH Foundation’s Holiday Tour of Homes is this Sunday afternoon with homes open for visitors from 1:00 to 4:00 – participating homes include Jared & Melissa Baughman on Red Oak Lane, Matt & Rachel Miller on Coyote Crossing, Jim Burnett & Karen Jameson on Butler Street, Bryan Smithenry on North Fair, and the Laurel 201 Private Guest House of James & Brianne White – the $10 Tour of Homes tickets and raffle tickets are on sale at all area banks, plus the Chamber of Commerce Office and the RMH Foundation Office – both tour and raffle tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at any of the House Tour locations – for tickets or details, call the RMH Foundation Office today, at  618-395-6088.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas continues this weekend in Newton  :  the celebration includes an Ice Rink tonight from 5:00 to 9:00, tomorrow from 12 noon to 9:00, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00, priced at $5 per person each time or $10 for a weekend pass – also cookies & hot chocolate tonight & tomorrow afternoon  :  plus a Live Nativity on the square presented by Scott Avenue Christian Church tonight from 6:00 to 9:00  :  Holiday Movies will play at the Ice Rink tomorrow night from 5:00 to 9:00 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie will play at the Ice Rink Sunday night from 5:00 to 6:00  :  folks can register tonight on the square to win prizes from area businesses  :  also check out the Tablescape Contest at the Chamber Office tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:00  :  Story Time at the Newton Public Library tomorrow morning at 10:00 and Cookies & Milk with Letters to Santa at Joe’s Italian Foods tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00  :  and the first Annual Christmas House Walk Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 – check it all out on Facebook, under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas in Newton.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Toys for Kids is still accepting donations of new toys for the distribution next Thursday, December 14th – monetary donations & the new toys can be dropped off in Newton at the County Extension Office in the Sunrise Youth Center & Community Building or at any local participating business – especially needed are hats & gloves, colors & drawing supplies, & board games – all donations are appreciated – the program provides gifts for over 200 Jasper County youth ages 13 and under.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Rotary Radio Auction is tomorrow morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon on Freedom 92.9 WSEI, plus live online, at  www.freedom929.com  – to look over the list of items available, go to our website and click on the “community tab” and scroll down at  www.freedom929.com  – all proceeds from the Annual Rotary Radio Auction go to support programs to help those in Olney and Richland County.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  next Monday at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also next week in Beecher City, Oblong, Robinson, Dieterich, and Olney  :  all blood types and platelets needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Holy Cross Church in Wendelin will host its annual “Advent Evensong” Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – includes a candelight service with scripture, organ music, English carols, & Austrian Christmas music, sung in German – refreshments available afterwards in the Parish Center – all in memory of  Father David Braun


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will have Santa Claus available for area children this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 – not only will the jolly ole fellow visit with children, but he’ll also be handing out treat bags as well – plus there will be plenty of cookies and hot cocoa available

 
    An “Open House” is this Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Heritage House Museum and the Mcksburg Schoolhouse along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – refreshments and live musical entertainment


    The Dairy Dee in Sumner will host a Dairy Dee-Cember Seasons of Giving fundraiser this weekend with all proceeds to benefit the Salvation Army & other community charities – it involves the purchase of ice cream by cone, dish, pint, or quart – that’s tomorrow from 1:00 to 9:00 and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00


    The Beulah United Methodist Church south & back west of Sumner has its “Travel Back to Bethlehem” Live Nativity tomorrow night from 5:30 to 8:30 – refreshments & music provided at the church


    The Olney Central College Music Department will have a Holiday Concert tomorrow night in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 – the Richland County High School Concert Choir will also take part – admission is free and all ages are invited to attend this Saturday night at OCC


    The Lawrenceville American Legion has its Auxiliary’s Annual Christmas Auction tomorrow – doors open at 12 noon with the Auction at 1:00 – includes toys, jewelry, gift certificates, and much more


    The “Breakfast with Santa” is tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – at $3 per person, it includes a photo opp with Santa (bring your own camera), breakfast of donuts & drinks, door prizes, holiday crafts, & children 12 & under can visit Santa’s Mouse House for gifts


    The St. Joseph Church in Stringtown will host a fundraising “Pasta Dinner” tonight from 4:30 to 8:00 to benefit Brenda Kocher, all by donations at the door – carry-outs available – plus a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, and bring your gifts for wrapping for a donation – to donate an auction item, call  843-5278


    The Olney Music Boosters & ERFAE 6th Annual Radiothon is later this evening from 4:00 to 6:00 on Freedom 92.9 WSEI – featuring music from Richland County High School & Middle School Band & Chorus – donations can be called in at  618-395-5000  – also available online at  www.freedom929.com


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits tonight & tomorrow night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night

 

 

 

December 7, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As an elongated upper level disturbance moves thru by tonight, we’ll stay dry while any chance of snow or flurries will stay north of that I-70 line – but, a reinforced shot of Arctic air moves in today thru tomorrow & now that chance of snow Saturday has been removed from the forecast – simply dry & cold for the weekend, although a slight warm up Monday with some precip next Wednesday – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois has launched a new statewide helpline to provide immediate assistance for those impacted by addiction to opioids and other substances – announced by the Governor this week, the helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families, and anyone affected 24 hours a day, seven days a week – it’s at  833-2FINDHELP – that’s  833-234-6343.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Fire Marshall’s Office and Illinois Fire Service Institute has jointly announced an intergovernmental agreement that streamlines the process for Illinois firefighters who complete IFSI courses to receive state certification – the new terms grants the IFSI the state certification equivalency for its end-of-course examinations – this will eliminate the requirement imposed upon Illinois firefighters who attended IFSI courses to take both a final end-of-course exam & an OSFM exam in order to receive state certification – the agreement takes effect on January 1st, 2018 – great news for firefighters throughout Illinois.

 

(NEWTON)  With the filing period ending this past Monday, December 4th, here’s the list of those filing for the March 20th, 2018 General Primary in Jasper County  :
the Democratic candidates for county offices  :
* Linda Griffith Huth for County Clerk
* J. David Cohorst for County Clerk
* Brandon W. Francis for County Sheriff
* Paul D. Woods for Supervisor of Assessments
the Republican candidates for county offices  :
* Amy Tarr for County Clerk
* John Curtis for County Sheriff
* Clinton Bigard for County Treasurer
the Democratic candidates for County Board  :
* Brian K. Leffler for District 1
* Angela Fehrenbacher for District 2
* Daniel R. Kerner for District 3
the Republican candidates for County Board  :
* Darrel Hickox for District 1
* Ron Heltsley for District 2
* Benjamin Gene Bollman for District 3
* Adam K. Deckard for District 1
the Democratic candidates for precinct committeemen  :
* Robert Alexander in Hunt City
* Kevin D. Woods in Wade 4
*Angela Fehrenbacher in South Muddy
* Norbert Ochs in Ste. Marie
* Danny J. Miller in Wade 5
the Republican candidates for precinct committeemen  :
* Karl Spencer in Grandville
* Deborah L. Urfer in Wade 2
* Judith A. Burnell in North Muddy
* Scott Reis in Ste. Marie
* Verna Mae Semple in Fox
* Clinton Bigard in Wade 1
* William W. Diel in South Muddy
* Greg McCoy in Willow Hill
* Jim Wagner in Smallwood
* Adam K. Deckard in Hunt City
also a referendum asking “Shall the Prohibition of the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor be continued in the Village of Willow Hill, Jasper County, Illinois?”
the General Election will be November 6th, 2018

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney would like to make citizens in Olney aware that the contractor for the city’s curbside recycling program will be on holiday break from Monday, December 25th, 2017, thru Friday, January 5th, 2018, that’s starting two weeks from next Monday – therefore the curbside recycling program will be on hold during that time frame – the contractor will resume normal curbside pickup on Monday, January 8th, 2018, & will be prepared to pick up extra recyclables – the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Toys for Kids is still accepting donations of new toys for the upcoming distribution, which is a week from today, on December 14th, in Newton – monetary donations and the new toys can be dropped off at the Jasper County Extension Office in the Sunrise Youth Center and Community Building during regular office hours, or at any of the local participating businesses – especially needed are colors and drawing supplies, board games, and hats & gloves – all donations of either money or gifts are appreciated as the program provides gifts for over 200 Jasper County youth ages 13 and younger.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Rotary Radio Auction is coming up this Saturday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 noon on Freedom 92.9 WSEI, plus live online, at  www.freedom929.com  – to look over the list of items available, go to our website and click on the “community tab” at  www.freedom929.com  – all proceeds from the Annual Rotary Radio Auction go to support programs to help those in Olney and Richland County.

 

(OLNEY)  Also coming up this weekend on the airwaves of Freedom 92.9 WSEI is the ERFAE and Olney Music Boosters 6th Annual Radiothon, which will run from 4:00 until 6:00 this Friday afternoon & evening – any donation to the Music Boosters and/or the East Richland for Academic Excellence can be called in to the WSEI hotline at  618-395-5000 – during the 2 hour broadcast, music will be presented by the Richland County High School & Middle School Band & Chorus – plus live online at  www.freedom929.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County 5th & 6th Grade Bands and the Jasper County Junior High Band is having their 1st Annual Tablescape Contest – the public is encouraged to stop by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce office in Newton to look over the tablescapes displayed from ten local businesses & to cast their vote – that’s tomorrow night from 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday afternoon from 12:00 to 3:00, & Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 – tickets for admission will only be sold at the Chamber Office, priced at $5 each for Friday and Saturday with the $10 price per person on Sunday to include refreshments and an entry pass for a Christmas House Walk, which will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 this Sunday at four homes in Newton – that will be held after the Newton Community High School Chorus performs their Christmas Program at the St. Thomas Church at 2:00 Sunday – proceeds to help the bands buy instruments, new uniforms, and music.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Firefighters will conduct their annual door-to-door Food Drive tonight, picking up non-perishable food items in the communitieis of Calhoun, Parkersburg, and Dundas, beginning at 6:00 – those who’d like to help out are asked to place their food items in a bag and place those bags on their front porch with the porch light turned on – non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at several locations such as the Fire Department in Olney, the TNT Stop in Claremont, at Noble Foods, and at the Wakefield Mill – all food collected will be distributed to those in need in Richland County.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  Monday at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney from 12:00 to 4:00  :  also next week in Beecher City, Oblong, Robinson, Dieterich, and Olney  :  all blood types and platelets are needed to help replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    An “Open House” is this Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Heritage House Museum and the Mcksburg Schoolhouse along Kitchell Avenue in Olney – refreshments will be served and there will be live musical entertainment – all ages are invited to tour the Victorian Home and former schoolhouse this Sunday


    The Holy Cross Church in Wendelin will host its annual “Advent Evensong” this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 – includes a candelight service with scripture, organ music, English carols, and Austrian Christmas music, sung in German by the Wendelin Kloepfen Singers – refreshments available afterwards in the Parish Center – all are welcome – the service is dedicated to the memory of  Father David Braun


    The Beulah United Methodist Church south & back west of Sumner will host its 26th Annual “Travel Back to Bethlehem” Live Nativity this Saturday night from 5:30 to 8:30 – refreshments & music provided at the church, plus non-perishable food items will be collected to help those in need this holiday season


    The American Legion in Lawrenceville will host its Auxiliary’s Annual Christmas Auction this Saturday afternoon – doors open at 12 noon with the Auction to start at 1:00 – includes toys, jewelry, gift certificates, and much more – all proceeds to benefit area Veterans, children, youth, and educational projects


    It’s the 27th Annual “Breakfast with Santa” this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – at $3 per person, it includes a photo opportunity with Santa (bring your own camera), breakfast with donuts & drinks, free Kids ID provided by the Newton Masonic Lodge, door prizes, & holiday crafts – plus children 12 & under can visit Santa’s Mouse House for gifts – all are invited


    The American Legion Jasper Post #20 in Newton will host its monthly pork loin dinner tonight with serving to start at 6:00 – a great meal for a great price – the public is welcome to stop by – pay at the door


    A reminder that today is the “one day only” pick up date for the pre-ordered poinsettias sold by the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening at the Hospital’s Ambulance Building – those picking up the plants can use the building’s parking lot to the north


    Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 9:30 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits this Friday night & Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building from 6:00 to 8:00 each night