April 19, 2017


(OLNEY)  Low pressure will track into the Great Lakes on Thursday, pulling a cold front eastward into Illinois.  That means after dry conditions for the most part today, will be followed by our next chance of precipitation tomorrow with chances of showers and storms accompanying the front.  Some rain chances will linger into the evening and overnight on Thursday.  The front will clear the area during the overnight Thursday and bring cooler and drier conditions on Friday.  -  Listen for updates.


 (NEWTON)  In state news – Moody’s Investors Service says it will review most of Illinois’ public universities for potential credit downgrades over the next three months.  The bond credit rating business made the announcement yesterday, the same day it bumped Northeastern Illinois University’s credit down two levels.  Moody’s says it will review credit ratings over the next 90 days for the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Governors State University.


(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 available for the 13th annual Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.  The competition named after the late-Pulitzer Prize winning poet is open to any Illinois resident at least 18 years of age.  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)  NEWTON)  The hottest concert line-up of the summer is nearly complete as State Fair officials announce four more nights of entertainment at Grandstand for the 2017 Illinois State Fair - one final concert announcement is still pending at this time - the newly announced acts include classic rock band Foghat on August 10th, singer/songwriter Chase Rice on August 11th, the acapella group Pentatonix on August 12th, and country music singer/songwriter Brad Paisley on August 13th, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on August 14th, country group Alabama on August 16th, single/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo on August 17th, the Southern Uprising Tour with Montgomery Gentry / the Charlie Daniels Band / and the Marshall Tucker Band on August 18th, and John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter on August 20th - ticket sales go on sale on Saturday, April 29th via Ticketmaster or on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 1st - for more, logon at  www.illinois.gov/statefair.


(OLNEY)  In yesterday's USDA Crop Report - last week's statewide average temperature was 61.2 degrees, 10.0 degrees above normal - the state's average precipitation last week was 0.85 inches, which was 0.24 inches below normal - both the state's topsoil and subsoil moisture levels were over 90% adequate to surplus - as of Sunday, 6% of the state's corn crop had been planted, that compares to the 5-year average of 13% - as the state's winter wheat crop is now starting to head out, most all of the crop is in good to excellent condition  :  farmers in the ten area counties report about 5% of the intended acreage has been planted to corn - all farmers are reminded to think "safety first" during this 2017 spring planting season.


(NEWTON)  Members of the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County selected Jasper County Blessings in a Backpack as the recipient of the $5,200 contribution collected at its first membership meeting of 2017 in Newton - Blessings in a Backpack is a nation-wide program that provides food to insecure students with enough food to ensure that they do not go hungry during weekends and holidays away from school - the Jasper County program currently serves 175 students every week - the 100 Women Who Care Jasper County, a program of the Jasper County Community Foundation, will make two more contributions this year - for more information, logon at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.


(NEWTON)  (OLNEY)  The American Red Cross has announced a Zero to Hero Training coming up on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Mt. Vernon, at the Drury Inn & Suites – those in the downstate region interested in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer can get on the fast track by attending the event to be trained as a disaster services volunteer in one weekend, all sponsored by the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region – to get more information or to register for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday training, call Samuel Evans at  217-622-0270  or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – that’s April 21st thru 23rd this week.


(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Music Department will present its final department-wide concert of the 2016-2017 season, with the Spring Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 21st.  The concert will include performances by the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble.  The concert band will conclude its season with the theme “Stages”.  The Concert Choir will present a tribute to George Gershwin.  The Jazz Ensemble will present perform a combination of different performances.  Admission is $5 at the door.


(OLNEY)  The 2017 Forcht Broadcasting St. Jude Radiothon on Freedom 92.9 is this Thursday and Friday, April 20th and 21st, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  To become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude Children’s Hospital you can stop by the radio station at 4667 E. Radio Tower Ln. in Olney or call 1-800-201-88-83.  Become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude by donating during the 2017 Forcht Broadcasting Radiothon this Thursday and Friday.  Every donation helps.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross has an emergency appeal in place, asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out and give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives include  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  and also today at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  all blood types & platelets are very much needed to help replenish low supplies.


(OLNEY)  The Richland County Relay For Life is coming up this Saturday evening at the Richland County High School in Olney – it all kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 – the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap begins at 6:00 with the Luminaria Ceremony to start at 9:00 – everything will finish up with the Closing Ceremony at 10:00 – a huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped in any way in the many local fundraisers held by the various teams to benefit this year’s Relay For Life and our local fight against cancer.



    The St. Joseph DC fundraiser “wine tasting” is Saturday night at the Richland Country Club from 6:00 to 9:00, featuring four area wineries, plus a raffle, wine pull, and appetizers – it’s $15 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass – must be 21 to enter – tickets at TrustBank or St. Joe School Office in Olney

    The Olney VFW will host a benefit fundraiser for Shelly Barthelemy this Saturday evening – doors open at 4:00, a pulled pork barbeque dinner at 5:00, auction at 7:00, and live music from 9:00 until closing – also a 50/50 drawing and raffle – proceeds to help with medical expenses in Shelly’s fight against cancer

    The Crazyhorse 4-H Club has a fundraising pork burger cook out this Saturday at the Olney IGA from 10:00 to 2:00 – also brats, chips, & baked goods – a portion of the proceeds go to the local Shelter Friends

    The Olney Firefighters Association will host its “benefit breakfast” this Saturday morning with serving from 6:00 to 11:00 or until sold out at the Olney Fire Station on North Walnut Street – carry-outs available – donations accepted at the door – phone in orders available at  392-6341 – proceeds for scholarship help

    The Olney St. Joe Carnival is this Friday night with games from 5:00 to 7:00 and it’s smoked chicken legs, mac & cheese, green beans, and desserts all served from 5:00 to 6:30 - all are invited to attend

    The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Relay For Life Team is hosting a barbeque lunch today in the hospital café with serving from 10:30 to 1:30 – includes a barbeque sandwich, dessert, and drink for the cost of only $5 per person – all are invited – proceeds will go to our local fight against cancer

    A benefit fundraiser for Becky Hunt-Payne will be this Saturday at Johnny & Junes in Flora – it’s $10 for dinner and $10 for floor seats to hear Nashville recording artist Ira Dean and opening act, local artist, Kyle Hilliard – go online for tickets at  www.johnnyandjunes.com  or for details, call Lisa at  618-662-3344

    Catholic Charities will host a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this Thursday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 – the breakfast is to honor all the hard working volunteers who help make the mission of Catholic Charities possible in its seven county area – door prizes available – for more, call  217-857-1458