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November 22, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  A Canadian high pressure ridge over the Upper Plains will control our weather pattern for the next few days with sunshine and some cooler temperatures in place – an upper level disturbance will bring us some clouds and a wind switch by Friday night, but at this time, there’s no precipitation in the immediate forecast – dry and cool skies are expected now thru the upcoming weekend – listen for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend generally one of the busiest travel periods of the year and as millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate with their families, the Illinois State Police reminds all motorists to drive safely – all are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, watch the speed limits, buckle up everyone in the vehicle, and refrain from driving after consuming alcohol – the State Police are conducting their “Click It or Ticket” program now thru next Monday as Troopers are out in extra force conducting roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and much more throughout Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  The State Attorney General’s Office has released its annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products, and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season – the 2017 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions & photographs and describes the 68 recalls of children’s products over the past ten months – to check it out, go online at  www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/2017_Safe_Shopping_Guide.pdf.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  This coming Saturday is being noted nationwide as Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – please join all of us at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem in supporting our local small businesses by shopping at a local small business, not only this Saturday, but all year round – we encouraged everyone in our area of Southeastern & South Central Illinois to pledge to “Shop Small” and thanks for doing so.

 

(OLNEY)  Don’t forget that the Olney Christmas Lights Display will be lit up for the first time this coming Thursday evening, Thanksgiving Day evening, with the switch thrown at 5:00 – the Lights Display in the Olney City Park will then be lit up each night from dusk until 10:00 each night through December 31st – by the way, while all Bucket Brigade shifts have been filled, if anyone would to be added to the “wait list” to serve as a backup for whatever reason, call the Olney City Hall today or next week, Monday thru Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  The local Outreach Mission delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them is still looking for volunteer help this week – volunteers can call the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney at  618-395-8618  to get more details about helping – today’s work includes deboning the turkeys, baking the rolls, mixing the dressing, preparing the sweet potatoes, & more – then tomorrow morning at 6:00, the work includes cooking and packaging all the food and assembling the meals for delivery, which begins at 11:00 Thursday morning, on Thanksgiving Day – many volunteers are needed, especially for the delivery of meals on Thursday – volunteers are asked to be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 on Thursday morning to get their meals and delivery route – for those in need of a meal this Thanksgiving Day in Olney, please call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at  618-395-8618  as soon as possible.

 

(NEWTON)  Health officials are again this year reminding families and individuals to take care of that holiday meal – remember to put those leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible and not let them set out for a long period of time – the general rule for food safety always applies  :  keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold  :  plus make sure all those leftovers are properly heated up prior to eating – let’s all stay safe.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed tomorrow and Friday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend observance  :  also a note that Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, therefore Thursday’s normal trash collection route will be done on Friday and this Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday, both a day later than normal – everything then returns to normal next week and everything remains normal for today and tomorrow – this applies to all Republic Service customers in the Olney, Newton, Noble, and surrounding area  :  in Olney, the brush dump will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday and then back to normal next week  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is set for this coming Saturday night with awards to be presented in several different categories – the judging will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 with lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will start at 6:30, going south from the church on East Street, then west on Main Street, south at Whittle Avenue, and end – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon thru night – this will include both sides of North East Street, Main Street, & Whittle Avenue to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is appreciated for this Saturday’s Olney Christmas Parade.

 

(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 Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  Friday morning at Big Lots in Mattoon from 7:00 to 11:00  :  Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed to replenish low supplies.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry this Friday night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is still taking orders for holiday poinsettias, but only for one more day – today, this November 22nd, is the final day to place an order by calling  618-395-7340, extension  4009  – the colors are white, red, and pick with the price at $10 per plant – call now


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have homemade pies for sale today at the Olney IGA – that begins at 2:30 and continues until all the pies are sold out – that’s this afternoon starting at 2:30 at the Olney IGA – get your pies for Thanksgiving today

 

**  And on behalf of all of us here at WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA in Olney, Newton, and West Salem, we pray that your Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend is full of family time or time with loved ones – let’s also take time out to thank our Heavenly Father for all of our blessings bestowed on us and our families

 

 

 

November 21, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With some sunshine on tap today, a dry cold front will move thru Illinois this afternoon with our wind switching from the northwest, bringing in a few clouds tonight – but we’ll clear off with more sunshine expected tomorrow with a Canadian high pressure moving in to control our weather after that – it appears we’ll stay dry with seasonal temperatures on Thanksgiving Day and thru the weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  in state news – this Thanksgiving, the State Fire Marshall’s Office encourages all Illinoisans to be mindful when preparing that Thanksgiving dinner – the National Fire Protection Association reports that more home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year – in 2015, fire departments responded to over 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving – for home cooking tips from the National Fire Protection Association, check out its website online, at  www.nfpa.org  and let’s stay safe.

 

(OLNEY)  In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report – Illinois’ harvest is largely complete with just over 4 days on average suitable for field work last week – the statewide average temperature last week was 39.9 degrees, that was 2.3 degrees below normal – last week’s average precipitation in Illinois was 1.17 inches, which was nearly a half inch (0.46) above normal – as of Sunday, 95% of the state’s corn crop and 99% of the state’s soybean crop had been harvested  :  here in our regional ten counties, farmers report 98% of the local corn and 99% of  the local soybeans have been harvested – area farmers are reminded to think “safety first” as the 2017 fall harvest activities finish up as well as other work around the farm continue in the days ahead.

 

(OLNEY)  The local Outreach Mission delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them is still looking for volunteer help this week – volunteers can call the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Olney at  618-395-8618  to get more details about helping – today’s work will include bagging turkeys, preparing the dressing, arranging the cookers, and more – tomorrow’s work includes deboning the turkeys, baking the rolls, mixing the dressing, preparing the sweet potatoes, & more – then on Thursday morning at 6:00, the work includes cooking & packaging all the food and assembling the meals for delivery, which begins at 11:00 Thursday morning, on Thanksgiving Day – many volunteers are needed, especially for the delivery of meals on Thursday – volunteers are asked to be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 on Thursday morning to get their meals and delivery route – for those in need of a meal this Thanksgiving Day in Olney, please call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at  618-395-8618  as soon as possible.

 

(NEWTON)  The City of Newton’s Street Department continues to vacuum leaves along the city streets now thru next Thursday, November 30th  (the final day dependent on the weather) – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street, but no leaves should be in the street as not to interfere with traffic – only leaves will be vacuumed, not twigs and not tree limbs  :  the southwest part of Newton will be covered on Mondays and Tuesdays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and west of South Van Buren Street to West End Avenue  :  the long & narrow north end of Newton will be covered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including the area north of Jourdan Street, plus Imperial Acres and the West End Industrial Park  :  and the southeast part of Newton on Fridays, including the area south of Jourdan Street and east of Van Buren Street  :  residents can call  618-783-8511  and leave a message with address and phone number if there are leaves to be vacuumed – of course no leaves will be vacuumed this Thursday and Friday, due to the holiday weekend break – the vacuuming will resume Monday, next week.

 

(OLNEY)  A reminder that most all City and Village Halls will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend observance  :  also a note that Republic Services will not be hauling trash on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, therefore Thursday’s normal trash collection route will be done on Friday and this Friday’s pickup will be done on Saturday, both a day later than normal – everything then returns to normal next week and everything remains normal for today and tomorrow – this applies to all Republic Service customers in the Olney, Newton, Noble, and surrounding area  :  in Olney, the brush dump will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday, but will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday and then back to normal next week  :  and Olney’s curbside recycling will remain on schedule this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The Annual Olney Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Olney Rotary Club, is set for this coming Saturday night, at 6:30 – awards will be presented for the Best Business, Best Use of Lights, Best Musical, Most Inspirational, and Children’s Choice, plus others – the judging will take place from 5:00 to 5:30 with lineup at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street – the parade will go south on East Street, then west on Main Street, and end at Whittle Avenue – in an effort to make the Christmas Parade another safe & successful event, the City of Olney will be implementing a Temporary “No Parking” Order along the parade route from 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday afternoon thru night – this will include both sides of North East Street, Main Street, and Whittle Avenue down to West North Avenue – the public’s cooperation is greatly appreciated all for this Saturday night’s Annual Christmas Parade in the City of Olney.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  There are two meetings scheduled for tonight  :  the Newton City Council will meet tonight at the Newton City Hall, starting at 6:00  :  the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees will meet tonight at Olney Central College, beginning at 7:00  :  both are 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 Moose Lodge in Vandalia from 12:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Clay County Hospital in Flora from 12:00 to 4:00  :  Thursday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 6:45  :  all blood types and platelets are very much in need.

 

REMINDERS  :
    A “Craft Show” will be held this weekend at The Holiday in Olney – that’s from 9:00 to 5:00 both days, this Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th – all kinds of crafts and other holiday items available


    It’s Mingle & Jingle Holiday Shopping this Saturday from 9:00 to 2:30 at Havoline Hall, on the west side of the square in Lawrenceville – all kinds of items on sale, plus register for door prizes – all proceeds will be donated to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe – all are invited to check it out


    The Claremont-Bonpas Fire District will host its 2nd Annual “Black Friday” Fish Fry this Friday night with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Claremont Firehouse – it’s fish, all the fixins, plus pork loin, desserts, and drinks for $10 per adult, $7.50 for kids 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 & under – all are invited out


    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is still taking orders for holiday poinsettias, but only for two more days – tomorrow, November 22nd, is the final day to place an order by calling  618-395-7340, extension  4009  – the colors are white, red, and pick with the price at $10 per plant – call now


    The Richland County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be selling homemade pies tomorrow, on Wednesday afternoon, at the Olney IGA – that begins at 2:30 and continues until all the pies are sold out – that’s tomorrow afternoon starting at 2:30 at the Olney IGA – check it out


    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at 7:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – tonight’s program will focus on the Endangered Species Act – all are invited to attend

 

 

 

November 20, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   MONDAY   --   11–20–17

 

(OLNEY) A dry but cool weather pattern will continue thru Thanksgiving Day – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) in state news, After signing a pair of bills that react to claims of sexual harassment at the State Capitol, Governor Bruce Rauner wants more action out of lawmakers. One bill extends the amount of time that the legislative inspector general has to investigate claims of misconduct. 27 complaints stacked up in an office for the past three years, while there was no inspector general to follow up. Rauner says that more has to be done to make sure that individual can address the complaints.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Sheriff's Department now has applications available for the 2017 Jasper County Law Enforcement “Shop with a Cop” Program at the Sheriff’s Office in Newton – the children must be Jasper County residents & must be between the ages of 3 and 14 – parents who would like their children to participate, must return the applications to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office by 2:00 on November 24th, three weeks from this Friday – the Department wants all Jasper County children to have a happy holiday.

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney is now recruiting Bucket Brigade volunteers in preparation of this year's Olney Christmas Lights Display – Bucket Brigade volunteers are needed to assist in the collection of donations at the end of the Christmas Lights Display with all funds collected to help maintain and expand the annual light display – every year, thousands of people travel through the Olney City Park each holiday season to see the Lights Display, which is one of the largest and most unique of its kind in the Midwest – variouss organizations, church groups, businesses, even families, and others are asked to volunteer for a Bucket Brigade shift, which begins this Thursday, November 23rd, and continue through December 31st – to sign up, call the Olney City Hall at 618-395-7302, extension 3, during regular office hours

 

(OLNEY) It’s that time of year again as the local Outreach Mission is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them – those in need of a meal next Thursday in Olney, on Thanksgiving Day, should call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at 618-395-8618 as soon as possible – here’s a look at the volunteer schedule for this week at the church : clean the kitchen and buy groceries starting at 8:00 this morning, : bag turkeys, prepare dressing ingredients, arrange cooker, and more Tuesday morning, November 21st, at 7:00 : debone turkeys, bake rolls, mix dressing, prepare sweet potatoes, & more Wednesday morning, November 22nd, at 7:00 : then cook & package all food and assemble all meals starting at 6:00 Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd : then the delivery of all meals at 11:00 that Thanksgiving Day : with many volunteers needed, especially for the delivery of meals, we encourage the residents of Olney to step up and help out – be at the church whenever possible each day next week or to help deliver the meals throughout the community, be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 to get your meals and delivery route – we trust that all will step forward to volunteer time and effort this Outreach Mission of preparing & delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) The Olney Central College Theatre Department is thrilled to announce that Berlande Millus will be joining our community/college cast this year and playing the part of Deloris Van Cartier in the OCC production of Sister Act, sponsored by Trustbank, this spring. Millus is from New York City and has a bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and has many years of training in voice and dance. Her credits also include parts in several regional Theater shows. Mark your calendars for a chance to audition and be in a musical with someone with professional theater experience. Auditions for Sister Act will be held at 2pm on Dec. 17th and 7pm on Dec. 18 in the OCC Theatre. There will be roles for nine women, seven men, extra nuns and ensemble parts.

 

(NEWTON) Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, it also is continuing for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details and information, logon at www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County School District has announced it is once again offering walking hours at all three of its facilities in Olney – all walkers are required to fill out a registration form at the main office of appropriate school prior to participating in the program and those taking part are asked to “log-in” daily upon entering and “log-out” upon leaving the school of their choice, however all walking hours are in effect only on days when school is in session – the walking hours at the Richland County High School & Richland County Elementary School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:30 each morning – the walking hours at the Richland County Middle School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:15 each morning – all Richland County citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity offered by the Richland County School District at all three of its school facilities – if questions, call the District Office at 618-395-2324.

 

(OLNEY) The City of Olney would like to remind the citizens that the Olney City Hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23rd and Friday, Nov. 24th. The Brush Dump will also be closed Nov. 24/25th but will be open on regular schedule for Saturday, Nov. 25th. Please note that curbside recycling will remain ON SCHEDULE for this week. Republic Services will observe the Thanksgiving holiday. Trash collections on and after Thursday, Nov. 23 will fall one day behind schedule. Thursday’s trash pickup will be taken on Friday and Friday’s regular trash pickup will be taken on Saturday.

 

REMINDERS :  

 

   Shop Small, It’s Small Business Saturday , Nov. 25th in the area. We encourage you to support the local businesses who support the community where you live, work and play. That’s This Saturday!

 

   The Olney Christmas Parade is this Saturday, Nov. 25th in downtown Olney starting at 6:30pm.

 

  

November 18, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   SATURDAY   --   11–18–17

 

(OLNEY) Another approaching cold front brings us colder air this morning as the rain comes to an end – Sunday will be dry, but cooler, as that weather pattern continues thru the first half of next week leading up to Turkey Day – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON) In state news – Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents thru the healthcare marketplace in about half the amount of time as last year – the state agency has added some 230 extra phone hours to improve the marketplace shopping, plus also has partnered with the GoHealth online service to show customers what’s available – the open enrollment is only six weeks long this year and consumers must enroll before the December 15th deadline – check the GoHealth website.

 

(OLNEY) First Lady Diana Rauner is pushing for this year’s 2017 Holiday Card Drive for the Military – done in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, the drive aims to send Illinois’ brave service men and women overseas the simple joy of knowing that people back home are thinking of them at holiday time – the holiday cards should be mailed now thru next Monday, November 20th to :

USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes

333 South Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60604

cards can also be dropped off at a local Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Service office – for office locations and more details about the Card Drive, go online, at www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Authorities are warning area residents of more scams : phone calls are being made to grandparents from scammers claiming to be a grandchild in need of money due to vehicle repairs, jail bonds, or other reasons – the scammer usually wants around $2,000 to be wired to them as soon as possible : another scam involves a caller identifying themself as being with the U.S. Marshall’s Service, seeking payment for a bogus fine for allegedly being absent from a federal grand jury summons : and yet another scam is from a bogus utility company demanding payment on a delinquent account and threatening jail time if not immediately paid : residents are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone – if they claim to be family, ask questions or get a call back number for verification – if questions, call local police.

 

(OLNEY) It’s that time of year again as the local Outreach Mission is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them – those in need of a meal next Thursday in Olney, on Thanksgiving Day, should call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at 618-395-8618 as soon as possible – here’s a look at the volunteer schedule for next week at the church : clean the kitchen and buy groceries starting at 8:00 next Monday morning, November 20th : bag turkeys, prepare dressing ingredients, arrange cooker, and more next Tuesday morning, November 21st, at 7:00 : debone turkeys, bake rolls, mix dressing, prepare sweet potatoes, & more next Wednesday morning, November 22nd, at 7:00 : then cook & package all food and assemble all meals starting at 6:00 next Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd : then the delivery of all meals at 11:00 that Thanksgiving Day : with many volunteers needed, especially for the delivery of meals, we encourage the residents of Olney to step up and help out – be at the church whenever possible each day next week or to help deliver the meals throughout the community, be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 to get your meals and delivery route – we trust that all will step forward to volunteer time and effort this Outreach Mission of preparing & delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day.

 

OLNEY) The Scouts of Richland County will be out making the rounds throughout Olney today, picking up those Annual Food Drive bags that they left at most city-wide homes last weekend – the food collection begins at 9:00 tomorrow morning and residents are asked to make sure that their bags with nonperishable food items are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney this morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at 618-240-1850 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan in Olney, where it will be sorted and then distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(NEWTON) Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, it also is continuing for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details and information, logon at www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County School District has announced it is once again offering walking hours at all three of its facilities in Olney – all walkers are required to fill out a registration form at the main office of appropriate school prior to participating in the program and those taking part are asked to “log-in” daily upon entering and “log-out” upon leaving the school of their choice, however all walking hours are in effect only on days when school is in session – the walking hours at the Richland County High School & Richland County Elementary School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:30 each morning – the walking hours at the Richland County Middle School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:15 each morning – all Richland County citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity offered by the Richland County School District at all three of its school facilities – if questions, call the District Office at 618-395-2324.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at 618-392-6341 – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives : today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00 : next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00 : Monday at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00 : blood drives also next week in Flora, Mattoon, and Effingham  : all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies throughout our area & the Midwest.

 

REMINDERS :  

   The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held tonight at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call 618-783-9284

   The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar today from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton

   It’s a fundraiser today from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Flora Eagles Lodge to benefit Lori Persinger – it’s chili & desserts at noon by donation at the door, plus a silent auction, cornhole tournament, a live auction, live music, and raffle tickets to win a 12 gauge shotgun – proceeds to help with medical expenses

   The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast this morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need

 

  

November 17, 2017

LOCAL / AREA NEWS   --   FRIDAY   --   11–17–17

 

(OLNEY) As another weather disturbance moves across the Midwest, we’ll see plenty of clouds today with a chance of scattered afternoon rain and rising temperatures tonight – then another approaching cold front brings us colder air tomorrow morning as the rain comes to an end – Sunday will be dry, but cooler, as that weather pattern continues thru the first half of next week leading up to Turkey Day – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON) In state news – Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents thru the healthcare marketplace in about half the amount of time as last year – the state agency has added some 230 extra phone hours to improve the marketplace shopping, plus also has partnered with the GoHealth online service to show customers what’s available – the open enrollment is only six weeks long this year and consumers must enroll before the December 15th deadline – check the GoHealth website.

 

(OLNEY) First Lady Diana Rauner is pushing for this year’s 2017 Holiday Card Drive for the Military – done in partnership with the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois, the drive aims to send Illinois’ brave service men and women overseas the simple joy of knowing that people back home are thinking of them at holiday time – the holiday cards should be mailed now thru next Monday, November 20th to :

USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes

333 South Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60604

cards can also be dropped off at a local Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Service office – for office locations and more details about the Card Drive, go online, at www.illinois.gov/veterans.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Authorities are warning area residents of more scams : phone calls are being made to grandparents from scammers claiming to be a grandchild in need of money due to vehicle repairs, jail bonds, or other reasons – the scammer usually wants around $2,000 to be wired to them as soon as possible : another scam involves a caller identifying themself as being with the U.S. Marshall’s Service, seeking payment for a bogus fine for allegedly being absent from a federal grand jury summons : and yet another scam is from a bogus utility company demanding payment on a delinquent account and threatening jail time if not immediately paid : residents are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone – if they claim to be family, ask questions or get a call back number for verification – if questions, call local police.

 

(OLNEY) It’s that time of year again as the local Outreach Mission is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who need them – those in need of a meal next Thursday in Olney, on Thanksgiving Day, should call the Immanuel United Methodist Church at 618-395-8618 as soon as possible – here’s a look at the volunteer schedule for next week at the church : clean the kitchen and buy groceries starting at 8:00 next Monday morning, November 20th : bag turkeys, prepare dressing ingredients, arrange cooker, and more next Tuesday morning, November 21st, at 7:00 : debone turkeys, bake rolls, mix dressing, prepare sweet potatoes, & more next Wednesday morning, November 22nd, at 7:00 : then cook & package all food and assemble all meals starting at 6:00 next Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd : then the delivery of all meals at 11:00 that Thanksgiving Day : with many volunteers needed, especially for the delivery of meals, we encourage the residents of Olney to step up and help out – be at the church whenever possible each day next week or to help deliver the meals throughout the community, be at the Immanuel United Methodist Church by 10:30 to get your meals and delivery route – we trust that all will step forward to volunteer time and effort this Outreach Mission of preparing & delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day.

 

OLNEY) The Scouts of Richland County will be out making the rounds throughout Olney tomorrow, picking up those Annual Food Drive bags that they left at most city-wide homes last weekend – the food collection begins at 9:00 tomorrow morning and residents are asked to make sure that their bags with nonperishable food items are in a visible spot to be picked up – for those that do not receive a bag, food donations can be taken to the Pita Place in Olney tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – to have the food picked up or if questions, call Mike at 618-240-1850 – all food donations will be given to the Good Samaritan in Olney, where it will be sorted and then distributed to those in need for the holiday season.

 

(NEWTON) Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – while the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, it also is continuing for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under – contact the ERBA offices in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas Counties for an appointment & more details – all other applicants can apply starting December 1st – for more details and information, logon at www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY) The Richland County School District has announced it is once again offering walking hours at all three of its facilities in Olney – all walkers are required to fill out a registration form at the main office of appropriate school prior to participating in the program and those taking part are asked to “log-in” daily upon entering and “log-out” upon leaving the school of their choice, however all walking hours are in effect only on days when school is in session – the walking hours at the Richland County High School & Richland County Elementary School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:30 each morning – the walking hours at the Richland County Middle School are Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 to 7:15 each morning – all Richland County citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity offered by the Richland County School District at all three of its school facilities – if questions, call the District Office at 618-395-2324.

 

(OLNEY) The Olney Firefighter’s Association (OFA) will host its pancake, sausage, biscuits, and gravy breakfast fundraiser this Saturday morning at the Olney Fire Station at 501 North Walnut Street in Olney – serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out with donations accepted at the door – carry-out and phone-in orders available at 618-392-6341 – proceeds for equipment and the OFA’s scholarship program.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives : today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : also today at the American Legion Hall in Centralia from 11:00 to 6:00 : tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : Sunday at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Salem from 8:00 to 1:00 : next Monday at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00 : Monday at the YMCA in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00 : blood drives also next week in Flora, Mattoon, and Effingham  : all blood types and platelets are much needed to replenish low supplies throughout our area & the Midwest.

 

REMINDERS :  

   The Team of Mercy Candlelight Vigil and Luminary Lantern Lighting will be held tomorrow evening at 5:00 at the New Beginnings Church in Newton – all are invited – for details, call 618-783-9284

   The St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton will have its Fall Bazaar tomorrow from 9:00 to 3:00 – all types of items available, plus much more – check it out this Saturday at the Parish Center in Newton

   It’s a fundraiser tomorrow from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Flora Eagles Lodge to benefit Lori Persinger – it’s chili & desserts at noon by donation at the door, plus a silent auction, cornhole tournament, a live auction, live music, and raffle tickets to win a 12 gauge shotgun – proceeds to help with medical expenses

   The Walnut Grove Church, east of Parkersburg, will have breakfast tomorrow morning with serving from 6:30 to 11:00 – it’s eggs like you want them, plus pancakes & the secret recipe biscuits & gravy – all invited, including hunters – all donations will help with the church’s Christmas baskets for those in need

   The White Squirrel Saddle Club’s Wine & Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser is tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Richland Country Club in Olney – the $15 tickets are on sale at local banks or $20 at the door – also special music & raffle tickets for an iron wall hanging – proceeds for the Gaitway to Motion program