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May 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)   The upper level trough will dominate the center of the country throughout the morning while the surface low will continue to move east out of the region.  Increasing pressure today will bring a brisk wind and continued chances of showers today and into the afternoon.  Temperatures will warm on Thursday as the skies begin to clear brining a couple of dry days ahead.  A weak ridge will enter the area as well late on Thursday into Friday as a surface low brings storm chances into the area for the weekend ahead – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – The Illinois General Assembly will return to work after the Senate approved a major spending package.  The eyes of the state are back on the Senate today to see how negations shape up between parties over issues important to Governor Bruce Rauner.  This comes off yesterdays approved $5.4 billion tax increase for a $37.3 billion spending plan.  Debate over attempts to trade a tax increase for local property tax freeze and Rauner-demanded reductions in the cost of workers’ compensation system took place yesterday as well. Governor Rauner repeated on Tuesday he won’t approve a budget plan without “real property relief.”  The state has been without a budget for two years.

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois will receive over $1.2 million from an $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the discounter’s pre-Christmas data breach from 2013.  Target’s breach occurred between November 27th and December 15th 2013 and affected more than 41 million customer payment cards and exposed contact information for more than sixty million customers.  The breach did, however, force Target overhaul its security system.  The settlement requires Target to maintain appropriate encryption policies and take other security steps.  The 47-state settlement establishes industry standards for companies that process payment cards and maintain security information of their customers.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Noble Village Council met in regular session on Monday – the council : noted the Farmers Market will be held each Thursday in the Noble Park from 3-6 pm : noted the Village Hall will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th : approved the ordinance to amend the Village Codebook to regulate the reimbursement of all official business travel, meal and lodging expenses of board members, officers and employees of the Village of Noble in accordance with the local Government Travel Expense Control Act : agreed to pay the Richland County Recorded $3,000 for animal control – the Village Council’s next meeting is scheduled for June 12th and 7:00pm

 

(OLNEY)  As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired.  Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise. 

 

(OLNEY)  In Monday’s USDA Crop Report – Illinois’ precipitation averaged 1.61 inches, 0.73 inches above normal – there was four full days of field work in Illinois last week – the statewide average temperature was 67.7 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal – as of Sunday, 89% of the corn and 48% of the soybeans had been planted around the state, plus most of the state’s winter wheat crop is in fair to good condition in spite of all the extra rain  :  farmers in our ten county area surrounding Newton and Olney report most of the local corn and almost half soybeans have been planted, although some replanting is expected – farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the spring planting season continues.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarrass River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

REMINDERS:

   The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Exhibit will open Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 until 2:00.  The New exchit, Taking Care of Business: Sainte Marie Past and Present Businesses will be opening for the first time Saturday.  Also the Village wide garage sale on Saturday from 7:00 until 11:00 and breakfast burritos served at 7:00 am and Brats and Pork Burgers from 10:00 until 1:00, served by The Sons of the American Leagion.

   An inside rummage sale will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:00 until 12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney.  Items include books, dishes, bake ware, bedding, sports equipment toys and household items.  Proceeds help cover mission trip expenses for Darrelynn Eichhorst and Bea Gardner

   The Jasper County Senior Center will host a Lincolnland Health bingo on Wednesday, on May 24th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

   Local blacksmith Bryan Dale Headley will be back on RFD-TV with new shows airing this week.  The showing Saturday May 27 at 2:00.  The show “Forging Chains” is where Bryan uses links of chain to describe our relationship to God.

   The American Red Cross Blood Drive coming up Friday May 26th from 12 noon until 4:00 at the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital lower level conference room – call 618-395-7340 Ext. 4009 for more info

 

 

May 23, 2017

 

(OLNEY)   As a cold front across the center of the country back into the Southern Plains, that allows a weak pressure system over the region.  That brings with it some chances of rain later today and into the overnight and cooler temperatures.  The showers hang around into Wednesday.  Forecast models are having a difficult time with the advanced projections behind this cold front and weak pressure system into the weekend  – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – The Illinois Senate could take up some lingering issues related to the “grand bargain” budget compromise.  Senators were working to a possible vote today to the workers’ compensation
system.  This is one of the structural changes that Governor Bruce Rauner has demanded during the budget stalemate.  Democrats have argued that there were significant measures enacted in 2011, but those savings were not passed along to business owners.  As it stands now, medical fees paid to doctors would be cut significantly under the bill.  Medical fees were cut by 30 percent in 2011.

 

(OLNEY)   A teaming up by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Chicago History Museum is being used to reflect on the career of Illinois’ longest-serving governor.  The retrospective on Governor James “Big Jim” Thompson’s 14 years in office will take in June.  The Chicago History Museum’s Robert R. McCormick Theater will host the event on June 12th at 6:30.  The 81-year-old former governor also plans to attend the event.  Thompson served as governor of Illinois from 1977 through 1991.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night – in a short and quick meeting the council – approved the name change on two liquor licenses : passed a resolution to expand the scope of work on Kitchell Avenue and Chesnutt Street intersection, Chesnutt Street will be paved from Whittle Avenue to Camp Street : authorized the sale of surplus lawn mowers on govdeals.com  :  adopted an ordinance to match the county ordinance on cannabis and drug paraphernalia :  the Olney City Council’s next monthly meeting will be coming up June 12th.

 

(OLNEY)  As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired.  Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise. 

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 yesterday morning, it was Claremont Township leading the way with fifty-two hundredths of an inch of rain (0.52).  Then it was followed by Bonpas, Preston, German, Noble, Madison Townships and the Farm Bureau Office in Olney all with half an inch of rain (0.50).  Denver, Olney and Decker Townships all recorded four tenths (0.40) of rain.  Here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured seventeen hundredths (0.17) of an inch.  A big thank you to all of our townships for helping in recording the rainfall during this rain filled spring.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarrass River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Road commissioner has reported the intersection of Miller’s Grove and Silver Street is open after the work that was done yesterday.  The City appreciates your cooperation and patience.

 

REMINDERS:

    A Euchre Tournament will be held at the Olney City Park Community Building.  Registration from 7:00 until 7:20 with games beginning at 7:30.  Priced at only $10 per person, limited to the first 40 who register.  Winners will receive a $25 Ginger Ale’s gift card – all are invited.

   The Red Rooster will be holding open interviews coming up today from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  That is open interviews at the Red Rooster coming up on today

   The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Exhibit will open Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 until 2:00.  The New exchit, Taking Care of Business: Sainte Marie Past and Present Businesses will be opening for the first time Saturday.  Also the Village wide garage sale on Saturday from 7:00 until 11:00 and breakfast burritos served at 7:00 am and Brats and Pork Burgers from 10:00 until 1:00, served by The Sons of the American Leagion.

   An inside rummage sale will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:00 until 12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney.  Items include books, dishes, bake ware, bedding, sports equipment toys and household items.  Proceeds help cover mission trip expenses for Darrelynn Eichhorst and Bea Gardner

   The Jasper County Senior Center will host a Lincolnland Health bingo on Wednesday, on May 24th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

   Local blacksmith Bryan Dale Headley will be back on RFD-TV with new shows airing this week.  The first show will be today, Tuesday May 23rd at 3:30 and the second showing Saturday May 27 at 2:00.  The show “Forging Chains” is where Bryan uses links of chain to describe our relationship to God.

   The Lake Land College Foundation will host their 20th annual golf classic this upcoming Friday, May 26th.  The shotgurn start will be at 12 noon on Friday at the Meadowview Golf Course – call 217-234-5363 for more details and information

   The Richland County Home Extension Association will be presenting a County Wide Lesson, Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden today starting at 6:30 at the Extension Office in Olney  - All are welcome

 

 

May 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Increasing cloud cover will kick off the work week, but still high temperatures will dominate the day today as an upper wave moves into the broader trough will begin to kick off some precipitation chances more to the northern part of the state.  The progress of rain chances to our area to the south is slow.  As the wave moves into the trough for the southern part of the state, will bring chances of precipitation for most of the midweek.   – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – Lawyers for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have asked for another hearing before the three-judge panel that affirmed his fourteen year prison sentence.  Blagojevich’s attorney petitioned the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to rehear the case.  In 2015, the judicial panel overturned five of the original 18 criminal convictions.  That led to a resentencing hearing which handed down the same sentence as originally given in 2011.  If the appeals court refuses to hear the case, Blagojevich’s only hope for an early release is clemency from President Donald Trump

 

(OLNEY)   Heavy rainfall across much of Illinois late this past month and start of May, has left many corn farmers wondering about the fate of their crops.  While most of the corn has been planted around the state, the concern is that the flooding of some fields, mainly in southern Illinois, will force a replant to the fields.  Agronomist Jared Webb says a quarter of the corn fields that have planted might have to replant while twenty percent of the soybeans have been planted, with some potentially needing replanting.

 

(NEWTON)  The home state of President Barack Obama has made another step towards honoring the 44th president’s birthday.  The plan to tab Obama’s August 4th birthday as an honorary holiday took another step forward with an 87-0 approval in the Illinois House Friday.  The state Senate had previously endorsed the measure earlier this year and it now moves to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner.  Obama began his political career serving in the Illinois Senate in 1997, where he served until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004.

 

(NEWTON)  With school finishing up for the 2016-2017 school year, kids will be out and about around towns more frequently.  Just remember to be extra alert to the surroundings while driving around this spring and summer season.  Young people being active and folks using caution while driving are requested so we can all have a safe and fun summer season.

 

(OLNEY)  As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid driving impaired.  Increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois is expected as part of the IDOT’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  These efforts are being enacted to crack down on unbuckled or impaired drivers, especially as traffic fatalities are on the rise. 

 

(OLNEY) The Embarras River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding throught the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, CUmberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library has announced it is making final plans for its 2017 summer reading program, this year entitled “Reading By Design” – the associated activities this summer will focus on area toddlers all the way thru adults – registration for the children’s reading challenge begins on May 22nd – call or stop by for more details or visit its website at  www.olneypubliclibrary.org.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Road commissioner wants to remind the public that the intersection of Miller’s Grove and Silver Street road will be closed to through traffic starting on Monday, May 22nd.  Alternate routes will be needed until the work is completed and the city thanks you for your patience.

 

(OLNEY)  a couple of municipal meetings are scheduled for tonight  -  The Olney City Council will meet in regular sessions tonight  - The Noble Village Board will meet in regular session tonight.  Both meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS:

    A Euchre Tournament will be held at the Olney City Park Community Building.  Registration from 7:00 until 7:20 with games beginning at 7:30.  Priced at only $10 per person, limited to the first 40 who register.  Winners will receive a $25 Ginger Ale’s gift card – all are invited.

   The Red Rooster will be holding open interviews coming up on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  That is open interviews at the Red Rooster coming up on Tuesday

   The Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Exhibit will open Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 until 2:00.  The New exhibit, Taking Care of Business: Sainte Marie Past and Present Businesses will be opening for the first time Saturday.  Also the Village wide garage sale on Saturday from 7:00 until 11:00 and breakfast burritos served at 7:00 am and Brats and Pork Burgers from 10:00 until 1:00, served by The Sons of the American Leagion.

   An inside rummage sale will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:00 until 12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney.  Items include books, dishes, bake ware, bedding, sports equipment toys and household items.  Proceeds help cover mission trip expenses for Darrelynn Eichhorst and Bea Gardner

   The St. Anthony Memorial Hospital will conduct blood pressure screenings todayf rom 11: 11:30.  The screenings will be conducted at the Altamont Municipal Building

   The Jasper County Senior Center will host a Lincolnland Health bingo on Wednesday, on May 24th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

   Local blacksmith Bryan Dale Headley will be back on RFD-TV with new shows airing this week.  The first show will be tomorrow, Tuesday May 23rd at 3:30 and the second showing Saturday May 27 at 2:00.  The show “Forging Chains” is where Bryan uses links of chain to describe our relationship to God.

   The Lake Land College Foundation will host their 20th annual golf classic this upcoming Friday, May 26th.  The shotgurn start will be at 12 noon on Friday at the Meadowview Golf Course – call 217-234-5363 for more details and information

 

 

May 19, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An expanding area of showers and thunderstorms accompany the frontal boundary that moved into the area late Thursday evening.  The boundary continues into the southern part of the state bringing stronger winds with it.  The frontal boundary will push heavily into the area by the afternoon bringing with it the more likely chances of showers and storms. That is followed by a warm front following this frontal boundary which will enter the area tomorrow and will keep the rain chances in the area for the weekend.  We have a brief relief of rain Monday, before more rain Tuesday – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news –  officials say that in April, the Illinois unemployment rate dipped by 0.2 percent down to 4.7 percent.  Based on preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Studies, nonfarm payrolls decreased in Illinois by 7,200 jobs over the month.  April’s monthly payroll drop kept the over-the-year job growth below the national average.

 

(OLNEY)  An annual festival that toasts comedian Red Skelton’s life will honor Dick Van Dyke with the inaugural “America’s Clown Award.”  The 91-year old television won’t be able to attend the presentation held in Skelton’s hometown of Vincennes, Indiana on July 15th, but a video-acceptance speech from Van Dyke will be played for festival-goers.  The Danville native, Dick Van Dyke’s comedic body of work and joy he brought over the years embodies Skelton’s spirit.  Red Skelton died in 1997 at the age of 84, had an early impact on television with “The Red Skelton Show.”

 

(NEWTON) A new memorial located at the airport in Springfield will honor the city’s only resident to graduate from the Tuskegee Army Air Base during World War II.  The late Lyman L. Hubbard Sr. served in the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen.  A display honoring the late Hubbard was dedicated early this week at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport including several photos and some of his medals.  Hubbard was born in Springfield in 1926 and volunteered in the Army, flying a B-25 bomber.  Lyman Hubbard passed away in 2012 at the age of 85.  This award goes along with Lyman Hubbard Day in Springfield, which was declared on May 17th, 2006.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met in regular session this past Tuesday -  the council  :  approved bills and accounts payable in the amount of $175,413.30  :  approved rescinding TIF funds of $1.750 to Newton Elite Fitness  :  approved a TIF revised application for Newton Elite Fitness for TIF eligible reimbursable funds of $2,500  :  approved TIF funds of up to $30,000 to Legend Realty Services, Inc. on behalf of 3 Point Properties III, LLC or its assignee, 3PP Newton, LLC per agreement in Resolution 17-05  :  approved SCIRPDC applying for a grant to purchase a Newton PD Squad Vehicle  :  approved the acceptance of Ina Denton’s letter or resignation effective May 31st, 2017  :  approved TIF application fro JCCU #1, Newton High School for TIF funds of $25,000  :  approved the appointment of Alan Bogardus to the Zoning Board of Appeals  :  approved the authorization of one Newton Police officer to attend training on June 8-11  :  an executive session to discuss various topics before the meeting adjourned  -  all minutes are unofficial.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarras River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding throught the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, CUmberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School Board met in regular session last night  :  approved the financial reports with a total bill list of $431,795.77  :  approved building reports provided by building administrators  :  approved bank bid to Trust Bank  :  approved changes to the 2017-2018 Student Handbooks  :  approved the district Title I Plan  :  approved various school-wide Title  I Plans  :  approved the resolution authorizing payment of phone systems from Operations and Maintenance Fund  : Approved of a Memorandum of Agreement for the CEO program at RCHS  : following a twenty five minute executive session, approved the 2017-2018 fall and winter coaches for RCHS,  Matt Music as head football coach, Matt Powell, Brad Ameter, Hassan Steele, Chuck Snyder all as assistant football coaches  :  Louis Gassman as boys cross country coach and Denyse Eagleson as girls cross country coach  :  Emily Rusk as head volleyball coach and Jill Greenwood as assistant volleyball coach  :  Kady Stallard as head boys soccer coach and Jason Burckhartt as assistant boys soccer coach  :  Curt Nealis as golf coach  :  Breann Milam as dance team coach  :  Rob Flanagan as head boys basketball coach, Andrew Kapper as assistant boys basketball coach and Tony Dueanas as Freshman boys basketball coach  : Mark Anselment as head girls basketball coach, Klay Wheeler as assistant girls basketball coach and Chelsea Kermicle as Freshman girls basketball coach  : Tommy Leslie as wrestling coach and Brad Ameter as assistant wrestling coach  :  Kristin Flanagan as head cheerleading coach and Breann Milam as assistant cheerleading coach  :  appoved the 2017-2018 extra-curricular positions for RCHS – Athletic Director Curt Nealis  :  Band Director Christopher Jones and assistant band director Nancy Deimel  :  Sheri Gray, Amy Rusk and Jeffrey Ryden as Junior Class Sponsor  :  Mandy Ginder as musical director, Jeffrey Ryden assistant director, Warren Weitkamp musical director, Bryan Cummins as set design and Joyce Fritschle as pianist  :  Olnean – Amy Rusk  :  JROTC Roy Waldhoff with rifle team and Mickey Haynes with drill team  :  Brenda Stallard with FBLA  : Schoolastic Bowl head coach Martin Dunn and Gary Harris assistant coach  :  Julie Fleming and Jason Smith with Student Council  :  Approved the following 2017-2018 coaches for RCMS – Rick Franklin with Cross Country and 8th Grade boys basketball coach  :  Curt Nealis as 7th grade boys basketball coach  :  Norm Henderson as 8th grade girls basketball coach  :  Jill Ginder as 7th grade girls basketball  :  Emily Rusk as 8th grade volleyball coach  :  Jill Greenwood as 7th grade volleyball coach  :  Rick Franklin as boys track coach  :  Approved the resignation of RCMS cross country, 8th grade boys basketball and boys track coach Rick Franklin effective at the end of 2017-2018 school year  :  Drew Muston as RCHS Girl’s Tennis Coach effective immediately  :  Jana Roark as RCHS Guidance Counselor effective June 28, 2017  :  approved a 5-year contract for Assistant Superintendent Chris Simpson, retroactive to July 1st, 2016. 

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau will host a “pallet sign painting party” this coming Saturday afternoon at The Holiday, starting at 2:00 – in conjunction with Sweet Hazel K, who is well known for creating crafty décor, all proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Richland County’s Ag in the Classroom program – while signs, stencils, paint, and instruction to help complete the project will be provided and participants will take home their very own work, the cost is $30 for a regular sign or $37 for a custom sign – sign up today online, at www.sweethazelk.com, scroll down to “Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Fundraiser” and choose from any of the four, farm-themed designs, and pay online – or call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116  to sign up and pay – all are invited to take part & have fun.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library has announced it is making final plans for its 2017 summer reading program, this year entitled “Reading By Design” – the associated activities this summer will focus on area toddlers all the way thru adults – registration for the children’s reading challenge begins on May 22nd – call or stop by for more details or visit its website at  www.olneypubliclibrary.org.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Road commissioner wants to remind the public that the intersection of Miller’s Grove and Silver Street road will be closed to through traffic starting on Monday, May 22nd.  Alternate routes will be needed until the work is completed and the city thanks you for your patience.

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Bikers With a Heart Motorcycle Show and Car Cruise In for Team Dale is this Saturday in the Olney City Park, from 11:00 to 9:00 – includes a tattoo contest, gun raffle, 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament, food vendors, a guitar raffle, & more – to benefit 11 year old Dale Howser who’s awaiting a heart transplant

    The Flora Public Library will host the 2017 Local Authors Book Fair this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 – fourteen area authors will have their work on display – also light refreshments and a door prize drawing

    The Wynoose Mother’s Day Salad Banquet will be held this Friday night, starting at 6:30 in the Wynoose Community Center – those attending are asked to bring their favorite salad to share – all are invited

    The Newton Firefighter Association will host a fundraising “pork burger sale” this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – drive-thru pick up available or delivery – for pre-orders, call  618-783-2165  – all proceeds go towards the purchase of needed rescue equipment

   Wabash Valley College is offereing concealed carry courses today through May 20th.  For more information or to sign up call 866-982-4322

   The City of Newton Cleanup day with Republic Services will be held May 19th and inlcude heavy items and electornics

   Gently used items and baked goods are needed for an adoption fundraiers for Andrea and Conan Tully.  The garage sale and bake sale will be held on May 20th, in Bridgeport.

   The Red Rooster will be holding open interviews coming up on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  That is open interviews at the Red Rooster coming up on Tuesday

 

 

May 18, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Temorarily clear skies over much of central Illinois today., however there are chances of a stray shower entering the area today with the warm and humid airmass as a cold front pushes into the region later this evening.  A marginal risk of severe storms later this afternoon with that cold front passing through.  The frontal boundary will be south of the area Friday brings with it rain chances and possibly storms into the weekend– listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois Senate will return to work today after Democrats continue with votes on the “grand bargain” budget compromise.  Republicans were not ready for votes yesterday, but with the May 31st adjournment date closing in, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said he was tired of waiting. Pieces pushed through include an overhaul to the way schools are funded an a fix for beleaguered state pension systems.  Democrats approved a $36.5 million dollar budget, but a measure to authorize implementation failed.  Even after progress toward a resolution of the two year old budget stalemate, overdue bills for the state topped $14 billion. 

 

(OLNEY)  Illinois poets are being given a chance to show their stuff in a statewide competition – Secretary of State Jesse White says that entry forms are now available for the annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award – the competition is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age and the winner will receive $500 in cash, with second and third place also receiving cash – the winning poems will be submitted for publication in various journals – entries must be postmarked by June 30th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Police report that a fatal traffic crash occurred yesterday evening.  A 2003 Honda Accord, driven by a 16-year old from Robinson, traveling eastbound on CR 900 North at an excessive speed when it struck gravel and the driver lost control causing the vehicle to skid off the roadway to the north striking a ditch causing the vehicle to overturn and strike a tree.  The driver died due to injuries.  All other occupants were transported to Crawford Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees met in regular session this week – the board:  Approved with all 16 district high schools dual credit agreements outlining requirements for juniors and seniors to receive both high school and college credit for certain courses  :  approved a change in testing fees from a set fee to the actual cost for programs in Health Information management, Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician  :  approved a meal plan program to be utilized at the college’s food service facilities  :  approved policy revisions to the Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources Policy to reflect current practices  :  approved ten affiliation agreements with area health care institutions dealing with the Pharmacy Technician,  Electronic Medical Records, and Certified Medical Assistant Program at Lincoln Trail College  : employed Megan Bunnage as Nursing Instructor at Wabash Valley College, effective August 10th  :  employed Beth Wilson as Nursing Instructor at Frontier Community College effective August 10th  :  Tyler Browning was changed from Director of Academic Advising & Recruitment at LTC to Sports Management Instructor at LTC effective August 10th  :  Tina Evans was changed from Custodian at OCC to Lead Custodian at OCC effective May 22nd  :  approved a resignation from Chad Noble as Information System Technician at Frontier effective May 29th  :  the next regular meeting for the Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 20th.
 

 (NEWTON)  The Rides Mass Transit District will hold a “Listening Session” this morning, May 18th, at the Newton Public Library meeting room, starting at 11:00 – since RMTD provides transportation services in Jasper County, the “Listening Session” will allow interested persons or agencies in Jasper County a chance to comment about the current service, possible improvements of service, and the current routes – for those that cannot attend in person, oral comments can be called into the RMTD office at 618-253-8761, extension 500312, or written comments can be mailed to : Rides Mass Transit District, 30 Veterans Drive, Harrisburg, Illinois, 62946 – all are invited to share their views about the RMTD services.

 

(OLNEY) The Embarras River Basin Agency is accepting applications the Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities.  ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL license, CNA certificate, Basic Welding Certificate, or CNC Operator Certificate.  The assistance is made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding throught the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  For more information, contact your local ERBA office in Clark, Coles, Crawford, CUmberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced it is now soliciting Requests for Proposal for a mural to be placed on the south wall of the Olney City Hall, at 300 South Whittle Avenue – proposal and project specifications can be picked up at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00, Monday thru Friday, or may be emailed by sending a request to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – the deadline for proposal submission is June 30th, 2017, with a project completion date set for September 30th, 2017 – call if any questions.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Farm Bureau will host a “pallet sign painting party” this coming Saturday afternoon at The Holiday, starting at 2:00 – in conjunction with Sweet Hazel K, who is well known for creating crafty décor, all proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Richland County’s Ag in the Classroom program – while signs, stencils, paint, and instruction to help complete the project will be provided and participants will take home their very own work, the cost is $30 for a regular sign or $37 for a custom sign – sign up today online, at www.sweethazelk.com, scroll down to “Richland County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Fundraiser” and choose from any of the four, farm-themed designs, and pay online – or call the Farm Bureau office in Olney at  618-393-4116  to sign up and pay – all are invited to take part & have fun.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Retired Teachers’ Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any Newton Community High School graduate who will be a college junior or senior majoring in education for the fall semester of 2017 – applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31st, two weeks today – those interested can email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Jane Hart at  618-783-2867.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Public Library has announced it is making final plans for its 2017 summer reading program, this year entitled “Reading By Design” – the associated activities this summer will focus on area toddlers all the way thru adults – registration for the children’s reading challenge begins on May 22nd – call or stop by for more details or visit its website at  www.olneypubliclibrary.org.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  Friday, also at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School will meet for its regular monthly session tonight at 6:00 at the board room – the meeting is open to the public

 

REMINDERS  :

    The Bikers With a Heart Motorcycle Show and Car Cruise In for Team Dale is this Saturday in the Olney City Park, from 11:00 to 9:00 – includes a tattoo contest, gun raffle, 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament, food vendors, a guitar raffle, & more – to benefit 11 year old Dale Howser who’s awaiting a heart transplant

    The Flora Public Library will host the 2017 Local Authors Book Fair this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 – fourteen area authors will have their work on display – also light refreshments and a door prize drawing

    The Wynoose Mother’s Day Salad Banquet will be held this Friday night, starting at 6:30 in the Wynoose Community Center – those attending are asked to bring their favorite salad to share – all are invited

    The Newton Firefighter Association will host a fundraising “pork burger sale” this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 – drive-thru pick up available or delivery – for pre-orders, call  618-783-2165  – all proceeds go towards the purchase of needed rescue equipment

   Wabash Valley College is offereing concealed carry courses today through May 20th.  For more information or to sign up call 866-982-4322

   The City of Newton Cleanup day with Republic Services will be held May 19th and inlcude heavy items and electornics

   Gently used items and baked goods are needed for an adoption fundraiers for Andrea and Conan Tully.  The garage sale and bake sale will be held on May 20th, in Bridgeport.