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September 20, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a cold front stalls out today over northern Illinois and becomes stationary, it will keep rain to our north and allow more hot and humid air to pump into our downstate region – the warmer-than-normal heat will hang around thru the upcoming weekend – we’ll get some relief once Hurricane Jose clears the East Coast with a cold front moving thru next Monday or Tuesday – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2017 as the Kankakee County resident tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease earlier this month – there have only been 37 human cases reported in Illinois so far this year, compared to a year ago when there were 155 cases & six deaths – those outdoors should take the needed precautions against mosquitoes by using insect repellent and wearing long sleeve shirts and pants.

 

(OLNEY)  During this National Child Passenger Safety Week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is urging all parents & caregivers to make sure their children travel in a proper car seat or booster seat as they grow – especially since car seats have shown to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers – car seat check events are scheduled the rest of this week throughout Illinois with some 850 technicians available – for more details, call toll-free at  866-247-0213  or go online at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(NEWTON)  The Governor has signed legislation into law that puts the burden of proof on law enforcement officials when seizing a car or other property in connection with a suspected crime – current law allows police to confiscate property without even charging an owner for participation in an illegal activity – the law, however makes police prove an owner consented to the property being used for illegal action instead of forcing the owner to show he or she was not connected – the new law takes effect on July 1st of next year.

 

(OLNEY/ALBION)  The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed the earthquake that was recorded at 6:47 yesterday (Tuesday) morning with the epicenter located 7 miles east / northeast of Albion, which was just southeast of West Salem or just northeast of Bone Gap – the 3.8 magnitude quake was felt over 100 miles away in areas of Indiana, Kentucky, and even Missouri – officials say no damage or injuries were reported.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has released the activity & enforcement figures for the month of August – District 12 Troopers answered 212 calls for service and initiated 1,557 incidents in the field – enforcement figures totaled 688 citations and 750 written warnings, including 284 speeding tickets, 87 seat belt citations, 47 criminal arrests, 9 DUI’s, and 5 child restraint citations – Troopers assisted 253 motorists, conducted 379 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 66 traffic crashes, two of which involved fatalities – during the 31 days & nights, 379 citations and 286 written warnings were issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those most associated with fatal traffic wrecks, including failure to wear a seat belt, DUI, distracted driving, & speeding – ISP District 12 includes ten area counties : Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, & Clay.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County High School will hold its annual Open House tonight from 5:00 to 8:00, giving parents and/or guardians the opportunity to meet teachers and tour the school – in addition, the “I Matter” project posters of students and staff will be on display throughout the building – officials remind us that tonight’s Open House is not designed to be a formal parent/teacher conference, which can be scheduled for a later date to discuss any concerns – as in the past, a RCHS student that has a parent attend tonight’s Open House and meet each teacher will be eligible for a one-hour lunch on Friday, September 29 – parents will also have the opportunity tonight to attend information sessions as hosted by the Guidance Department : at 5:30 on the Basics of Dual Credit, on P.E. Requirements, and on RCHS Senior Honor Recognition : at 6:30 on FAFSA Information for Seniors : and at 7:30 on Frequently Asked Questions and an Open Forum.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners will have a special meeting tomorrow afternoon (Thursday / September 21st) starting at 3:00 at the Olney City Hall – the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the appointment or employment of specific employees  :  also, the scheduled meeting of the City’s Parks & Recreation Board, set for today, has been cancelled.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an Amish Country Bus Trip on September 29th, a week from this Friday, to the Arthur, Illinois area – the trip will include a guided tour thru the Amish country, including stops at an Amish home and an Amish buggy shop, plus a “Shop with Arthur” stop and a full-course Amish meal – the cost is $50 for Farm Bureau members, $60 for non-members – the trip will leave from the Olney VFW parking lot at 7:30 that morning & return at around 7:00 that night – for details or to register for the trip coming up a week from Friday, call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  393-4116.

 

(NEWTON)  Times running out to get your tickets to attend our 103.5 WIKK Birthday Bash Concert this Saturday night at the Effingham Performance Center (EPC) featuring the classic rock band “Firehouse” – the celebration all begins with a Tailgate Party Saturday evening at 6:00, located just west of the EPC Building in Effingham, featuring Russ Howard, a former guitarist for B.J. Thomas – then the doors open at 7:00 with 103.5 WIKK 25th Anniversary t-shirts available for a $5 donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital – the band “The Experienced” will open up the music at 7:15, followed by “Downtread” performing at 8:00 and “Firehouse” on stage at 9:00 – the $25 tickets are on sale online at  www.theepc.org  or at the WSEI Radio Office in Olney – the ticket price goes up to $30 per person on Saturday and at the gate – it was 25 years ago tomorrow, September 21st, in 1992 that WIKK radio officially went on the airwaves as a 25,000 watt FM station based out of Newton, Illinois, with the transmission tower located just west of Rose Hill.

 

(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 Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  today at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  also today at the Mattoon YMCA from 2:00 to 6:00  :  on Friday at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional and Midwestern blood supply.

 

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


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


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – carry-out available after people have been served and containers for shut-in’s have been prepared – also sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all are invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case this Sunday evening starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available with hot dogs, chips, soda, and water – all families are welcome – bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with some great Christian music


    The Wal-Mart DC Trap Shoot to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Albion Sportsman’s Club, just north of Albion along Route 130 – it’s trap field clay targets for shotguns only – concessions available and all ages & skill levels invited – for more, call Jim at  393-5950


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 23rd Annual Tree of Life Ceremony this Friday afternoon in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, beginning at 2:00 – commemorative leaves are engraved with the names of those being memorialized and are placed on the Tree of Life, which is located in the Main Hall of the new entrance of the hospital – for more details, call the hospital in Olney


    The Annual St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale begins tomorrow and continues on Friday, both days from 8:00 to 6:00, and the final day on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 – located at the St. Thomas Parish Hall in Newton, there will be plenty of quality merchandise, including clothing, books, kitchen gadgets, and much more – not to mention some concessions as well – that’s today thru Saturday morning in Newton

 

 

 

September 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As the welcomed area of rain pushes out of our downstate region by this afternoon, we’ll dry out and return to warmer-than-normal conditions tomorrow & for the rest of this work week – our heat is mostly hanging around due to the slow movement of Hurricane Jose up the East Coast which is blocking the overall movement of weather system in the Midwest – maybe some relief this coming weekend - listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner announced yesterday that the state’s Department of Human Services (IDHS) will broaden access to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) – the move fulfills an agreement made with the legislature in 2015 to raise the income eligibility criteria to 185% of the federal poverty level from 162% – it means 16,000 more children will receive child care each month for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 – with the move, extra funds to boost the levels were also added to ensure parents can continue working without worrying about how their children will be cared for.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 32 county emergency management agencies (EMA’s) to enhance their emergency operations centers (EOC’s) – the grant funds will be used to purchase PC’s, laptops, projectors, printers, phones, radio base stations, portable projectors, screens, white boards, and furniture for the county emergency operation centers – the grants range in size from nearly $6,000 up to $14,000 – the list of recipient counties in our downstate area includes Clay, Fayette, Effingham, Shelby, Cumberland, Coles, Wabash, Wayne, and White.

 

(NEWTON)  The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield has received documents tracing a southern Illinois family’s history back to the 1790’s – the centerpiece of the collection is a rare 1796 atlas that the family patriarch Samuel Spence brought to Illinois from Scotland in 1838 – the hand-colored atlas is inscribed with notes and family history, plus hundreds of manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and pictures of the Spence family, which settled on the Ohio River near what is now the community of Olmstead – while this is not connected to Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Library serves as Illinois’ historical library as well.

 

***  (OLNEY/ALBION)  A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was recorded at 6:47 this morning with the epicenter located 7 miles east / northeast of Albion, in Edwards County, about 2 miles southeast of West Salem or about 2 miles northeast of Bone Gap – officials with the U.S. Geological Survey have reviewed the quake and report it originated from a depth of around 9 miles – this comes after a 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded nearly two weeks ago on September 8th in Wabash County, located about nearly 8 miles west of Mt. Carmel, near the community of Bellmont – so far, no damage has been reported as a result this morning's earthquake.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending yesterday morning at 8:00, with the numbers provided by Farm Bureau members around the county – the highest amount of rain in Richland County was measured at the Farm Bureau office in Olney at an inch and three tenths (1.30), followed by Preston Township at an inch and two tenths (1.20), and Decker Township at three tenths of an inch (0.30) – German Township was next at fifteen hundredths of an inch (0.15) and Bonpas Township at a tenth of an inch (0.10) – the remaining township had no rainfall in the past week, including Claremont, Denver, Madison, Noble, and Olney – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured twenty-three hundredths of an inch (0.23), just under a quarter of an inch of rain during the seven day recording period that ended yesterday morning.

 

(NEWTON)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – more warm & dry weather prevailed across the state last week – the statewide average temperature was 68.4 degrees, 1.3 degrees above normal while last week’s average rainfall in Illinois was under a tenth of an inch (0.07), nearly eight tenths of an inch (0.78) below normal – less than a third of the state’s subsoil and topsoil moisture levels were rated adequate with nearly half of the levels short and a quarter of the levels rated very short – as of Sunday, over half of the state’s corn and soybean crops were in good to excellent condition  :  here in the ten country region surrounding Newton/Olney, farmers report the local corn crop is nearly all denting, about two-thirds is mature, and around a quarter of the corn has been harvested – nearly three quarters of the soybean fields are turning colors, over a third of the crop is dropping leaves, and at least a tenth of the local soybeans have been cut – farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest rolls on.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  There are two meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Newton City Council meets tonight at 6:00 at the Newton City Hall – the Council will consider a full agenda with several new business items, plus an executive session to discuss litigation and real estate  :  the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will have its regular monthly meeting tonight at Frontier Community College in Fairfield beginning at 7:00  :  both meetings tonight are open to the public  :  meanwhile, the City of Olney has announced that tomorrow’s September 20th Parks & Recreation Board meeting has been cancelled.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College and RWCI in Flora are partnering to provide a one-day aerial lift safety course coming up tomorrow at the West Richland Center in Noble – the course includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience, plus those taking part will receive their OHSA lift certification as well – that’s tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 12:00 noon in Noble – call OCC to register at  618-395-7777.

 

(NEWTON)  Here’s a couple of reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters and trappers may apply for an Illinois Bobcat Permit online, now thru September 30th, one week from this coming Saturday – while 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery, any leftover permits will be sold online on a first-come, first-served basis – the Bobcat season dates are November 10th, 2017, thru February 15th, 2018  :  and resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors – the Illinois Archery Deer Season begins October 1st, one week from this coming Sunday  :  for more on these and all other things outdoors in Illinois, check the Department of Natural Resources website at  www.dnr.illinois.gov  – it’s available around the clock.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 12:15 to 7:15  :  tomorrow at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  tomorrow at the Mattoon YMCA from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Clay City High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish the low regional and Midwestern blood supply.

 

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


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


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – carry-out available after people have been served and containers for shut-in’s have been prepared – also sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all are invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case this Sunday evening starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available with hot dogs, chips, soda, and water – all families are welcome – bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with some great Christian music


    The Wal-Mart DC Trap Shoot to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network is this Saturday from 8:00 to 3:00 at the Albion Sportsman’s Club, just north of Albion along Route 130 – it’s trap field clay targets for shotguns only – concessions available and all ages & skill levels invited – for more, call Jim at  393-5950


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 23rd Annual Tree of Life Ceremony this Friday afternoon in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, beginning at 2:00 – commemorative leaves are engraved with the names of those being memorialized and are placed on the Tree of Life, which is located in the Main Hall of the new entrance of the hospital – for more details, call the hospital in Olney


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society has its next regular meeting tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the program on woodpeckers will be presented by Jacque Cullison, the Natural Resource Coordinator at Beall Woods State Park south of Mt. Carmel – all are invited

 

 

 

September 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A weak low pressure system that moved thru with scattered rain yesterday afternoon and last night will stall out over Central Illinois, mostly due to Hurricane Jose, which will hold up the progression of the storm system – therefore, as the frontal boundary moves back and forth, we’ll have on-&-off chances of rain today thru tonight & tomorrow – then dry & warmer-than-normal into the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – Governor Bruce Rauner has wrapped up his 9-day trade mission to Japan & China – during the trip, the Governor signed an agreement for a program between Wanxiang Group Inc. in China and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – this will allow U of  I students & scientists to travel to China to study the culture & work on sustainable energy technologies – Zhejiang University in China is already working with the U of  I in a cooperative venture with an engineering curriculum program.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Agriculture is starting its Illinois Grain Tour today with at least 20 international grain buyers from six different overseas countries in the state – the tour begins today at the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville, followed by lunch at an area farm – then a visit to ADM in Decatur, the tour of an ethanol plant in Hennepin, and several regional farm visits, all later in the week – ag officials say that currently, nearly half of the corn and soybeans grown in Illinois are exported.

 

(NEWTON)  The Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging statewide students in grades 4 thru 12 to enter the 2018 “Letters About Literature” contest, a national reading & writing competition – the contest invites students to read a book or poem and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world – students can enter on their own or thru their schools, libraries, or other youth organizations – there are three levels of participation, for grades 4–6, 7–8, and 9–12  – while one Illinois winner will be chosen for each level, the winning letters will be forwarded for national judging – the deadline to enter is Saturday, December 9th, 2017 – for details, logon at  www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  A pre-trial hearing is now scheduled for October 6th for 54 year old Glen R. Ramey, who last week was found by an Effingham County jury to be fit to stand trial on charges of first degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault – the Olney man is charged with the November 23rd, 2016, death of  8 year old Sabrina Stauffenberg – while the three-day fitness trail that was held last Thursday was moved to Effingham from Olney due to a change of venue, the criminal trial location is yet to be determined.

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred last Thursday night on Illinois Route 161, just east of Cisne, in Wayne County – State Police report 18 year old Anne Klingler of Sumner was westbound when her pickup truck ran off the road, hit an embankment, and overturned – Klingler and three passengers, 18 year old Sarah Wyatt of Lawrenceville, 19 year old Quinton Schoreck of Farina, and a 1 year old infant of Sumner, were all taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

(NEWTON)  A Mattoon woman has pled guilty to aggravated DUI after the February 10th, 2017 traffic collision between her mini-van and Teutopolis High School bus that was carrying the Wooden Shoes’ boys basketball team to a game – 36 year old Scarlett McKinzie could face some prison time after her court appearance last week, although in exchange for her guilty plea, two other counts of aggravated DUI were dismissed, along with four separate traffic offenses – no one was seriously injured as a result of the crash.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 23rd Annual Tree of Life Ceremony this Friday afternoon in the lower level conference room at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, beginning at 2:00 – the special program is held in memory of those people who have had donations made in their names to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois – commemorative leaves are engraved with the names of those being memorialized and are placed on the Tree of Life, which is located in the Main Hall of the new entrance of the hospital – for more information and/or details, contact Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program to allow select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is this Friday, September 22nd – applications and details can be found at City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County and Lawrence County Extension Offices, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is offering a Hunter Education Class for youth wanting to secure a hunting license – the class will be held on three consecutive nights next week : Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, September 25 – 27, from 6:00 to 9:30 each evening, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Building, just off of U.S. Route 50, between Sumner and Lawrenceville – while there is no fee for the class, registration starts at 5:30 each evening, with class size limited to the first 100, plus participates must attend all three sessions – youth must be 10 years of age or older, although its IDNR policy that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education courses by an adult or guardian – register online at  www.web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww  – for details, call the Richland County Extension office in Olney at  618-395-2191  or the Lawrence County Extension office in Lawrenceville at  618-943-5018.

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Highway Department is scheduled to start a bridge project over the Little Muddy Creek, about a half mile west of Sailor Springs, between Metal Road and Venus Road – with work expected to continue thru mid-November, the project will include removing the existing bridge and the construction of a new bridge at the same site – the before-mentioned roads will be closed to all thru traffic while the work continues – motorists should observe all barricades and signs with alternate routes of travel.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day today, this September 18th, with various activities plan on each of the four campuses  :  Olney Central College will have a Constitution Day exhibit on display in the Anderson Library with free booklets of the Constitution available to students – plus “Creating the Constitution” will be played on the gallery monitors from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson, & Frontier Community College in Fairfield will also have displays & distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet as well.

 

(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 Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson from 10:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  today at the North Clay Elementary School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  Wednesday at the Cowden-Herrick High School from 1:30 to 5:30  :  Wednesday at the Mattoon YMCA from 2:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets needed.

 

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


    The Trinity Lutheran Church at the east edge of Olney will have a Sunday evening chowder with serving to start at 5:00 – carry-out available after people have been served and containers for shut-in’s have been prepared – also sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, all for a donation – plus a hayride at 6:00 – all are invited


    The Mt. Gilead Church presents a free outdoor concert with Perry Case this Sunday evening starting at 4:00 with a love offering to be taken – a concession stand available with hot dogs, chips, soda, and water – all families are welcome – bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with some great Christian music


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will have its next regular meeting tomorrow night at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, starting at 7:00 – the program presented by Jacque Cullison, the Natural Resource Coordinator at Beall Woods State Park south of Mt. Carmel, will feature information about woodpeckers – the meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend


    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is tonight at the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham – the prayer service at 6:00 will be followed by the 7:00 business meeting in the parish center – no mass available – refreshments served – details from the Conference on Aging will be shared & updates on the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which starts September 27th – all are invited to the pro-life event


    A Scentsy fundraiser is today in the private dining rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, from 8:00 to 4:00 – proceeds will be used by the hospital Auxiliary to help fund various projects at the hospital

 

 

 

September 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  We’ll have another dry and unseasonably warm day on this Saturday as we’re still being affected by the high pressure ridge that’s out towards the northeast coast – however, an approaching storm system to our west will bring us some clouds tomorrow and rain chances Sunday night thru Monday – with the frontal boundary wavering, we’ll have more rain chances Wednesday into Thursday as well – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – ticket revenue at this year’s Illinois State Fair Grandstand fell just short of the record $2.08 million sold a year ago in 2016 – the nine Grandstand acts that charged admission sold nearly $2.07 million in tickets – two of every five tickets sold were for two shows, the three-time Grammy winning a cappella group “Pentatonix” and the heavy metal band “Five Finger Death Punch” – there were several country music acts that were all pretty much average when it came to tickets sales at the State Fair.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities have issued a “no burn ban” in effect until further notice due to the extremely dry conditions – the “no burn ban” includes brush piles, trash barrels, fire pits, or anything else –– that’s no open fires allowed for the time being with the “no burn ban” implemented until further notice for all of Jasper County – similar notices are being issued and/or considered in other area counties as well.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney and its Tree Board have received a grant through the Trees Forever program to allow select private property owners to receive one or more trees at no cost, with the purpose to assist in recovery from severe storm damage over the past few months – if interested, residents may fill out an application to be reviewed by the City of Olney Tree Board – the application deadline is next Friday, September 22nd – applications and details can be found at City Hall or online at  www.ci.olney.il.us.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois’ fall trout fishing season is nearly a month away as the State DNR is now stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season – it’s begins on the morning of Saturday, October 21st, five weeks from today, at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams around the state – a separate catch-&-release fly-fishing season is held Saturday, October 7th, at 9 selected sites – for more, go online at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day next Monday, the 18th of September with various activities plan on each of the four campuses  :  Olney Central College will have a Constitution Day exhibit on display in the Anderson Library with free booklets of the Constitution available to students – plus “Creating the Constitution” will be played on the gallery monitors from 11:00 to 1:00  :  Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Lincoln Trail College northeast of Robinson, & Frontier Community College in Fairfield will also have displays & distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet as well.

 

(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  :  this morning at the Salem Township Hospital from 7:00 to 10:00  :  also today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:45  :  next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Monday at the North Clay Elementary School in Louisville from 2:00 to 6:30  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help rebuild low area supplies.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life is next Monday night at the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham – the prayer service at 6:00 will be followed by the 7:00 business meeting in the parish center – no mass available – refreshments served – details from the Conference on Aging will be shared & updates on the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which starts September 27th – all are invited to the pro-life event


    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert tomorrow night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show today at LeMond’s Chevrolet with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 – the spectator judging at 1:00 is followed by awards at 2:00 – the Car Show entry fee is $10 – plenty of concessions – all are invited

 

 

 

September 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A light southerly wind flow will continue a warming trend today thru tomorrow and Sunday, although our sky will continue to be dry – but an approaching low pressure system will bring us chances of rain as early as Sunday evening while the better rain chance will be Monday – a frontal spin is expected to give us more rain chances next Tuesday and Wednesday as well – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news today – the first woman to serve an majority leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and a top lieutenant to current House Speaker Michael Madigan says she will not seek re-election in 2018 – 77 year old Barbara Flynn Currie says she move on to work with an advocacy group.

 

(OLNEY)  While observers in downstate Illinois looked skyward to watch the total solar eclipse nearly four weeks ago on August 21, University of Illinois researchers studied the weather’s response, discovering significant atmospheric changes – an Illinois State Water Survey team documented the eclipse at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, 45 miles southeast of Carbondale, while another team recorded climate conditions every 10 seconds at 19 Illinois locations as part of the Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program – the wind speed at the Simpson site slowed to less than 2 miles per hour from about 10 miles per hour before eclipse totality – the WARM observations showed that air temperature, which is normally rising at that time of day, actually dropped about 5 degrees Fahrenheit, plus solar radiation fell to zero during eclipse totality, with the solar radiation taking over an hour to recover – also noted was during the 90 minutes leading up to the totality, the monitoring equipment detected rapidly weakening updrafts and downdrafts in the higher atmosphere, which occurs during a normal sunny summer day with the vertical air movement – ISWS officials say the changes were actually quite a bit more dramatic than they expected, especially with the changes that were observed with the upper atmospheric conditions.

 

(OLNEY)  An Olney man has been found mentally fit to stand trial in the rape and murder of  8 year old Sabrina Stauffenberg on November 23, 2016 in Olney – it took the jury in Effingham County less than 90 minutes to find that 54 year old Glen R. Ramey is mentally fit to be held accountable for his actions – the court set a pre-trial hearing for Friday morning, October 6th, at 9:00 – while the three-day fitness trail that ended yesterday was moved to Effingham from Olney, the criminal trial location is yet to be determined.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Newton – the Board  :  approved the engineering agreements for the North Muddy Township, Wade Township, and Smallwood Township bridge projects  :  noted the hiring of a new deputy at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department  :  noted the Sheriff’s Department paid the Newton City Police Department $500 for fencing at the firing range  :  agreed to provide flu shots for all Jasper County employees  :  noted the Jasper County Ambulance Service will received a $10,000 grant for power loads  :  discussed the annual audit proposals although two are pending  :  heard details on the phone voting requirements as the Board will consider an ordinance at the next meeting  :  approved the various reports from Animal Control, the County Clerk, the County Treasurer, the Health Department, and others  :  next regular meeting will be October 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met last night for its regular monthly meeting in Olney – the Board  :  approved the county claims for August worth $69,816  :  approved the renewal of the county’s health insurance policy with a 5% increase  :  agreed to allow the County Treasurer to sign health insurance documents when needed  :  took no action on a request from the Noble-Wakefield Fire Department to help it purchase a new pumper fire truck  :  agreed to revise the financing of the Highway Department’s new backhoe from 4 years to 2 years  :  approved culvert assistance for Noble Township  :  took no action on a permit request to bore under East Pleasant Ridge Lane for an oilfield pipeline – the Board will seek input from the State’s Attorney  :  no executive session was held  :  next regular meeting will be October 12th.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County authorities have issued a “no burn ban” in effect until further notice due to the extremely dry conditions – the “no burn ban” includes brush piles, trash barrels, fire pits, or anything else – with no significant amounts of rainfall in the past several weeks, the dry ground conditions have become very dangerous – so again, no open fires are allowed for the time being with the “no burn ban” implemented until further notice for all of Jasper County – similar notices are being issued in other area counties as well.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The American Red Cross continues the massive relief effort to provide safe shelter, food, and comfort to thousands of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – in fact, the Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need across 8 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands – in the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 890,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters, has served nearly 2.3 million meals, and have almost 6,000 disaster workers on site helping those affected – the American Red Cross and Southern Illinois Region has deployed 111 volunteers and staff members to help out – from operating shelters, serving meals, and providing health services to distributing relief supplies, cleaning materials, comfort kits, and personal hygiene items to those in affected neighborhoods – plus several of the downstate volunteers have been assigned leadership roles in staffing, logistics, and sheltering – while the massive relief effort to expected to continue for at least several months and while additional volunteers will be needed, the Red Cross has expedited training for new volunteers who are interested in deploying to help with the hurricane relief effort – the “Just In Time” training is being offered in various locations in Illinois and those who successfully complete the training will be eligible to deploy following a background check – all sessions are free and run from 8:00 to 5:00 for each date at each site – registrations is requested – call Laura at  309-662-0500, ext. 7428, or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the downstate training schedule :
* Saturday, September 16 – the County EMA Office Building at 311 Miracle Avenue in Effingham
* September 16 – Red Cross Office at 311 West John H. Gwynn Jr., Avenue in Peoria
* September 23 – Red Cross Office, 3000 North 23rd Street in Quincy
* September 23 – Children’s Safety Village, University of Illinois, at 4521 South 11th Street in Springfield                   
*September 23 – I Hotel & Conference Center at 1900 South 1st Street in Champaign
* September 30 – Red Cross Office at One Westport Court in Bloomington
* September 30 – Red Cross Office at 2674 North Main Street in Decatur
* September 30 – Red Cross Office at 1100 River Drive in Moline
* September 30 – Community of Christ Church at 100 West DeYoung Street in Marion
* October 7 – Red Cross Office at 311 West John H. Gwynn Jr., Avenue in Peoria
* October 7 – Children’s Safety Village, University of Illinois, at 4521 South 11th Street in Springfield

 

(OLNEY)  The Clay County Democratic Central Committee will host a candidate’s forum tonight at the Clay City Community Building, beginning at 6:30 – the free event will feature Illinois’ democratic gubernatorial candidates and/or their representatives, plus candidates for the Illinois 15th Congressional District seat and Illinois’ 109th District House seat – former Congressman and past Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard will be the keynote speaker – the event is free and open to the public.

 

(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 2:45  :  today at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow morning at the Salem Township Hospital from 7:00 to 10:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS :  
    The a cappella group “Blend” will be in concert this Sunday night at the Xenia United Methodist Church, at 6:00, with their mix of music from the 1950’s & 1960’s, all for a free will offering – plus concessions


    The Frontier Community College Automative Technology Club will sponsor its Fairfield Fall Fun Fest Car Show this Saturday with registration from 9:00 to 1:00 with the spectator judging at 1:00 and awards at 2:00 – that’s at LeMonds Chevrolet in Fairfield – the Car Show entry fee is $10 and the public is welcome


    The Olney Arts Council will host a Beginners Watercolor Workshop tomorrow at the Immanuel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Olney, running from 8:00 to 3:00 – taught by art teacher Bill Meyer, the cost is $50 for a starter kit with paints, brushes, water container, & pencil or only $30 for those that provide their own kit of brushes, paints, water bottle, & pencil – call Judy to sign up at  618-838-4130


    The movie “Case for Christ” will be shown for free tonight at The Venue in Olney, starting at 6:30 – popcorn, soda, & water provided – all are invited out tonight to The Venue, at 303 South Fair in Olney


    The Jasper Post #20 American Legion in Newton will host a pulled pork sandwich sale today, on this Friday, with serving from 10:30 to 1:00 – all are invited to stop by – good food for a good cause in Newton