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July 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  The cold front pushing into the southern part of Illinois during the early morning hours today, will bring with it drier air, eventually.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will eventually give way to clearing skies and drier conditions in the evening and nighttime hours.  This leads to a pretty quiet and pleasant weekend with temperatures possibly a little cooler and returning to normal over the next several days.  Next rain chances are slight on Monday then the upcoming Wednesday and Thursday afternoons – stay tuned to Freedom 92.9 for more information.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – As the fight continues in Springfield between the Republican governor and the majority Democrats, Illinois schools could go without state funding.  The battle could threaten mone for roughly 850 districts.  This battle is just the next to hit Springfield after Governor Rauner’s veto and lawmakers override to end a state budget impasse stretched briefly into year three.  During this near two month standoff, Democrats have held off on sending a funding bill to Rauner because he has pledged to strip money for Chicago Public Schools that he declared a bailout.  If the two sides can’t reach an agreement, some districts worry that they will not be able to keep the school doors open into the fall.  Legislators will return to the Capital today, but no movement is expected until at least Monday.

 

(OLNEY)  A former lobbyist for an Illinois teachers union has lost his battle to retain an enhanced pension benefit obtained through a 2007 law.  The law allowed retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist David Piccioli to count past years as a union employee toward a teacher pension.  A Sangamon County Judge this week determined the provision in the law that benefited Piccioli represented “unconstitutional special legislation.”  The legislation allowed union officials, like Piccioli, to get into the teacher pension fund and count previous years as union workers if they obtained teaching certificates.  Officials had to do classroom work before the legislation was signed into law.  Piccioli substitute taught for one day.  The Chicago Tribune reported that had Piccioli’s efforts to get a teacher’s pension been successful, he could have more than doubled his annual pension from the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System.  Piccioli say he may appeal the decision.

 

(NEWTON)  The state of Illinois says it is suspending operation of all amusement rides that are similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.  The Illinois Department of of Labor said Thursday that it was suspending all similar rides that killed a man and injured seven others in Ohio until further notice.  State officials say that the suspension includes three Fire Ball rides, eight Freak Out rides and one Extreme ride in Illinois.  The suspension affects on Freak Out ride at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, which starts August 10th. 

 

(OLNEY)  The investigation continues into a three vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 5:51 early yesterday (Thursday) morning that involved two fatalities along U.S. Route 50 near the Stanford Road intersection in Flora, just south of the Clay County Hospital - the State Police reports that 65 year old Walter Pollock of Sikeston, Missouri, was eastbound in a semi-truck, when he swerved into the path of two westbound vehicles, colliding with both - while one of the other drivers was 29 year old Eric Bosel of Noble, the third driver has not yet been identified, both of which died as their respective vehicles became engulfed in flames after impact - Pollock was taken to Clay County Hospital - he was ticked for DUI of drugs, for improper lane usage, and for possession of drug paraphernalia - Clay County and City of Flora emergency personnel assisted the State Police at the accident scene.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer would like to remind mobile home and “manufactured home” owners that Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due on August 1st, this coming Tuesday.  Tax payments must be delivered to the treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Court House by August 1st to be considered timely. For those that wish to hand deliver mobile home payments to the treasurer’s office, the office will be open to accept payments from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.  For those that do not pay the tax in time will be subject to a penalty.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents are again reminded to be vigilant and stay alert to possible scams circulating in our downstate region  :  certain credit card holders are getting notices thru the mail from what actually appears to be from their credit card company, which is asking the card holder to call a number and confirm their personal information, such as social security numbers, checking account numbers, and more – folks are reminded that their credit card companies already have that information  :  some residents are also receiving phone calls telling them that they will soon get money thru the mail and that they should forward the amount to an address in Washington, D.C. – this is a money mule scam and folks should always remember there is nothing legitimate about receiving free cash from a stranger thru the mail – like any scam job, if it sounds too good to be true, it mostly generally always is – do not give out personal details, do not become a victim.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County School Districts is still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school in Newton / Jasper County.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low area and Midwestern supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181

    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well

    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door

    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is this Saturday evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details

    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited

    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is today & tomorrow in downtown Effingham – it’s sweet corn served this evening from 5:00 to 8:00 with the Hometown Throwdown BBQ Contest judging & tasting at 5:30 & live music – tomorrow, it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com

    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today thru Saturday, each day.  The City has also announced that the last day to call in for storm=damage brush pick up will be Wednesday, August 2nd.  After that time, citizens may take their limbs to the brush dump during regular hours.

 

 

July 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Latest surface maps show a weak boundary roughly draped along the Illinois River valley.  That brings with it showers and storms.  A front located to our east will begin pushing southward throughout the day today bringing instability behind it with possibly showers and storms in the afternoon today as well.  Following the front moving through today, it is a fairly quiet weather pattern on tap for the rest of the week and into the weekend.  Some temperatures expected should be slightly lower than seasonal norms with a mostly pleasant and dry weekend ahead. 

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Lawmakers are expected to return to Springfield for day two of a special legislative session on school funding after a slow first day, with not much action expected.  Governor Rauner says he will reject a plan the Democrat-controlled legislature approved that changes how Illinois distributes school money.  Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate won’t send the bill to the Republican governor until Monday. Rauner has vowed that he will use his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the bill over objections to additional funding for Chicago Schools.  If lawmakers in turn want to override, they will need a three-fifths majority vote, if they do not have such votes the plan dies.  If the plan dies, questions will remain about when schools will get funding.

 

(OLNEY)  The State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing information to controlled pheasant hunters for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.  The department says hunters can now go online for information about the pheasant hunting season at 20 sites.  The online permit reservation system for the IDNR opens on August 7th.  The daily fee for permits purchased online for controlled hunting pheasant hunting is $30 for Illinois residents and $35 for nonresidents.  For more information visit the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

 

(NEWTON)  An auction of unclaimed property worth $113,500 at the Illinois State Fair will be previewed in the coming weeks in Springfield and Chicago.  State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says items include a signed 1983 Ryne Sandberg baseball card, souvenir medallions from the 189 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, a Hohner 6-sided “paddle wheel” harmonica and more.  The live auction of unclaimed items will be on August 19th at the fair.  The items will be on display Thursday at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago and the on August 8th at the Illinois State Capitol.  The treasurer is in charge of unclaimed money, accounts, and valuable items left in financial institutions or safe deposit boxes.  Items not claimed within 10 years are auctioned.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Treasurer would like to remind mobile home and “manufactured home” owners that Mobile Home Privilege Taxes are due on August 1st, this coming Tuesday.  Tax payments must be delivered to the treasurer’s office, postmarked, or placed in the county’s drop box on the south side of the Court House by August 1st to be considered timely. For those that wish to hand deliver mobile home payments to the treasurer’s office, the office will be open to accept payments from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.

 

(OLNEY)  Area residents are again reminded to be vigilant and stay alert to possible scams circulating in our downstate region  :  certain credit card holders are getting notices thru the mail from what actually appears to be from their credit card company, which is asking the card holder to call a number and confirm their personal information, such as social security numbers, checking account numbers, and more – folks are reminded that their credit card companies already have that information  :  some residents are also receiving phone calls telling them that they will soon get money thru the mail and that they should forward the amount to an address in Washington, D.C. – this is a money mule scam and folks should always remember there is nothing legitimate about receiving free cash from a stranger thru the mail – like any scam job, if it sounds too good to be true, it mostly generally always is – do not give out personal details, do not become a victim.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County School Districts is still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school in Newton / Jasper County.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed to help replenish the low area and Midwestern supplies.

 

REMINDERS :       

    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181

    Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well

    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door

    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is this Saturday evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details

    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited

    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is this Friday & Saturday in downtown Effingham – it’s sweet corn served Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 with the Hometown Throwdown BBQ Contest judging & tasting at 5:30 & live music – on Saturday, it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com

    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday

        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network

    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today thru Saturday, each day

 

 

July 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a warm front moves across the Midwest, we’ll have our hottest day of this week on this Wednesday, with heat index values expected over 100 – then the trailing low pressure storm system moves thru with rain chances late tonight, thru the day tomorrow, before ending Thursday night – then less humid air moves in with plenty of sunshine on tap for the weekend, Friday thru Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield today for a special session of the General Assembly to discuss school funding – at issue is a plan the Democrat-majority Legislature has approved that changes how the state distributes money to schools, which includes a lifetime bailout of the Chicago Public School system – however, Governor Bruce Rauner wants to make changes through his amendatory veto powers to forget Chicago and distribute more money elsewhere – session starts at noon.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police are noting today as Illinois Speed Awareness Day as statewide Troopers will be doing so through education and enforcement efforts – officials report that speed was the reason for more than 34% of traffic fatalities during the year 2015 – that’s 369 deaths for the year or about one fatality every day – last year the state’s Speed Awareness Day netted over 3,000 tickets and some 2,200 warnings.

 

(NEWTON)  An auction of unclaimed property worth $113,500 will be held at the Illinois State Fair next month – the State Treasurer’s office says the items include souvenir medallions, baseball cards, coins, a “paddle wheel” harmonica, and much more – the live auction will be August 19th at the State Fair – the State Treasurer is in charge of unclaimed money, accounts, and valuable items left in financial institutions or safe deposit boxes around the state – the items not claimed within 10 years are then auctioned off.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation is continuing into a single car crash that occurred early this morning at 12:51 (Wednesday) on the Dieterich Blacktop, a half mile north of the Ingraham Road intersection, in Clay County – the State Police report 29 year old Patricia L. Kucera of Fairfield was southbound when her car went off the roadway and eventually rolled over – Kucera was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment of injuries – she was ticketed for improper lane usage – Clay County authorities assisted the State Police at the accident scene, along with Clay County emergency personnel as well.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met in regular session earlier this week – the Board  :  agreed to spend an estimated $500 and to use Village employees to replace at least 32 feet of sidewalk in the 200 block of East Elm Street and to repair the sidewalk and drainage issues in front of Village Hall (after the chowder)  :  was presented the proposed Codebook changes for review until the next regular meeting  :  noted that Village employee Bill Manuel recently passed his Fresh Water Test – the Board agreed to enroll him in a Waste Water Course coming up in September  :  noted the next Noble Village-wide Garage Sale day is August 19th  :  and noted the upcoming Noble Chowder, set for Saturday, August 12th, in the Village Park – while North Noble Avenue will be closed that day, Wildcat Street will also be closed for the chowder drive-thru pickup  :  the next regular meeting of the Noble Village Board will be August 14th, at 7:00pm.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, with the recording period ending at 8:00 this past Monday morning – the highest amount of rainfall during the seven days and nights was an inch and three tenths (1.30) in German Township, followed by Claremont Township with eight tenths of an inch (0.80) and Decker Township with seven tenths of an inch (0.70) – both Preston and Bonpas Townships measured six tenths of an inch (0.60), followed by Madison Township at fifty-five hundredths of an inch (0.55), both Denver and Olney Townships at a half inch (0.50), and Noble Township at four tenths of an inch (0.40) – here at our WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured an inch and a tenth (1.10) during the seven day recording period ending on Monday.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding area farmers that they have until August 1st, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees – serving a three year term, eligible farmers are elected to the county committees to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level, plus play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA – a list of eligibility requirements, the nomination forms, & more are all available online, at  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections  or by contacting a local FSA office.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County & Richland County School Districts are still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is still open thru next Monday, July 31st, while the registration “window” in Richland County is only open one more day, thru today, this Wednesday – if any questions, parents should contact their child’s respective school.

 

(OLNEY)  Two Olney Central College students recently received top honors at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California – Matthew Runyon of Noble and Ben Baker of Olney joined more than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $95,000 in cash awards in 60 business & business-related competitive events – the two OCC students were among the top finishers with Runyon bringing home first place awards in both Agribusiness and Current Events, while Baker placed seventh in Sports Management and Marketing – to qualify to compete at Nationals, Runyon & Baker had to finish first or second at the state competitive level.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Altamont Grade School from 11:30 to 5:30  :  today at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 11:30 to 6:00  :  today at the Mattoon YMCA from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Effingham Blood Donation Center from 7:00 to 2:00  :  Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Palestine Grade School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  and Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types and platelets are much needed.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door


    The 8th Annual MS “Join the Movement” event is this Saturday evening with a fundraising meal and auction at the Olney VFW – the 5:00 meal is by donation at the door with carry-outs available, then the live auction is at 6:00 – all proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis fight – go to  www.olneyms.org  for details


    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited


    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday


        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather last weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today thru Saturday, each day

 

 

 

July 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Look for another day of quiet weather as that dominate high pressure ridge drifts further east across the Upper Midwest – as it moves away, a southerly wind flow will bring more humid air for the hottest day of this week coming up tomorrow – then a cold front moves thru Thursday with the potential of some severe weather – back to a dry and pretty good looking weekend coming up – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has called lawmakers back to Springfield tomorrow for a special session to deal with the public education funding issue just weeks before students are slated to return to the classrooms – the Governor’s request came after the State Senate missed a 12 noon deadline yesterday to provide him a school finance proposal that lawmakers approved back in May, earlier this year.

 

(OLNEY)  A major credit agency has raised debt ratings and has affirmed others for seven universities in Illinois – the debt ratings list approved by S&P Global Ratings included Southern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, and Northeastern Illinois University – the ratings were affirmed  for the University of  Illinois, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University – S&P Global Ratings credited the state’s enactment of a new state budget as the main reason for the ratings.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois home sales largely held steady and the statewide median price increased in June as motivated buyers were ready to move quickly amid tighter seasonal inventory, that’s according to Illinois Realtors – the statewide home sales for June totaled 19,066 units, up less than a percentage point (0.3%) from last year – Illinois’ median price for June was $216,000 which was up 5.9% from June 2016 – the data shows 43 Illinois’ 102 counties reported sales gains for June 2017 over previous-year numbers.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met last night in regular session – the Council  :  agreed to a funding plan for the water & sewer installation to the new hotel site along Illinois Route 130, just west of the Olney City Park – the City of Olney will pay for the installation to the property line with the developer to pay for the installation from the property line to the building site – once the project is 50% complete, the City of Olney will reimburse the developer’s portion  :  approved an IDOT resolution, appropriating future MFT funds to the Whittle Avenue widening & repaving project in Olney  :  approved a TIF Redevelopment Agreement for the State Route 130 Corridor, whereas additional taxes will be rebated 85% for the first 5 years, then rebated 75% for the balance of the remaining 12 years  :  approved the citizens of Olney pick for a mural to be placed on the south side of City Hall – the design presented by Rudy Kistler was selected among the final four submissions  :  noted that the East Fork Lake parking lot repair project is complete  :  and after a closed session to discuss personnel and real estate, the Council approved the salary of the City’s Director of Human Resources / Administrative Assistant in the City Manager’s Office – there will be no salary increase for Cindy Harlan, who’s hourly wage will be converted in salary form  :  the Olney City Council will have its next regular bi-monthly meeting in the new month of August, coming up on the 14th.

 

(NEWTON)  Members of 100 Women Who Care Jasper County recently chose the Jasper County Senior Citizens as the recipient of the $5,650 contribution collected at its second membership meeting this year, on July 13th, in Newton – the funding will assist the Citizens Center in Newton as it provides a number of services to the senior citizens in Jasper County, including the social, nutritional, and health needs of  local senior citizens – the next meeting for 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will be October 12th in Newton – to learn more, new member information is available online, at  www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County & Richland County School Districts are still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is open now thru next Monday, July 31st, while the registration “window” in Richland County is only open thru tomorrow, July 26th – both Districts have a one day walk-in registration set for today, this Tuesday, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00 – it’s to help those with no computer access and those who need assistance.

 

(OLNEY)  Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and its partners are pleased to announce the expansion of the Illinois Farm Bill Biologist Partnership with the hiring of three new positions throughout the state – the new biologists will assist landowners in designing, developing, & funding habitat improvements on private lands through a unique partnership with state and federal agencies – working in the area counties of Richland, Clay, Marion, Wayne, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash, White, Hamilton, and Jefferson, is Jeremy Kunick (618-315-3020) – he’ll be responsible for land management & conservation assistance in our Southern Illinois area – working in the counties of Jasper, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, and Coles, is Amber Hall (217-347-7107 x2) – she’ll assist those in our Eastern Illinois area – and it’s Joe Pyszka who’ll help those in Central Illinois – in the past six years, since 2010, Illinois’ biologist team alone has assisted 7,668 landowners to impact over 121,000 acres for wildlife conservation efforts in the state.

 

(OLNEY)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois is offering a two-day Volunteer Training next week, during the first week of August – while Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses in the comfort of their own homes (or nursing facility) and provides support for family members, Hospice volunteers play an important role in the caring process – volunteers help in a variety of ways such as visiting patients at their home, offering support and help with activities including cooking, making crafts, and more – the training will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 3rd, from 9:00 to 3:00 each day, in the Private Dining Rooms at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney – lunch and refreshments will be provided – the registration deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26th – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois provides services to thirteen area counties, including Richland, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Clark, Lawrence, Edwards, Wabash, Wayne, White, Hamilton, Clay, and Effingham.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney has announced that due to the severe weather this past weekend, the City’s Brush Dump is open each day for the rest of this week, from 10:00 to 4:00 – that’s today, tomorrow, and Thursday thru Saturday, each day – the citizens of Olney are urged to use the additional operation hours.

 

REMINDERS :
    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door


    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited


    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday


        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end this coming Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have their monthly meeting tonight at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – all to share information, stories, support, and laughter in the fight against cancer


    The Richland County Farmer’s Market is set up today in the Olney City Park, under the pole barns – it’s farm fresh produce, baked items, and more available to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 – all are invited

 

 

 

July 24, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With a high pressure ridge drifting east across the Great Lakes region today, we’ll have quiet weather conditions today with sunshine – as higher humidity levels return by Wednesday, so does our next chance of rain, as a cold front will move thru with rain Thursday afternoon then ending – then less humid and dry for the end of the work week and thru the upcoming weekend – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  State and local authorities are monitoring the damage that occurred with the storms that rolled through our downstate region this past Saturday night & Sunday morning, which included two waves of thunderstorm activity – area airports report wind gusts during both periods, at around midnight and some five or six hours later at around daybreak, were between 45 and 65 miles-per-hour – while some homes and outbuildings were damaged by the strong winds and even lightning, most of the damage reported was to utility poles and/or electric lines blown down by the winds and/or falling trees and limbs – Ameren Illinois is reporting 5,900 customers are still without electric service as of early this morning, mostly in the Albion, Oblong, Robinson, & Salem areas – some areas of Olney was without power overnight into & thru yesterday morning but most spots have been restored – at this point, no serious injuries have been reported.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants a school funding package on his desk by later today or he will call lawmakers back to Springfield for another Special Session – however, Senate President John Cullerton says all the Governor needs to do is meet with legislative leaders and show them his plan – while the Governor wants more money for downstate school districts and less money for a bailout for Chicago Public Schools, most of the legislative leaders have plans for the Chicago bailout coming first.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2017 – a Will County resident in his 60’s became ill at the end of June – there were 155 human cases a year ago, including six deaths – the statewide monitoring for West Nile virus includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins, & other perching birds – the IDPH is also monitoring for the Zika virus, also is spread by mosquitoes – precautions include practicing the three R’s : reduce, repel, and report : for more, check the Department of Public Health’s website online.

 

(NEWTON)  The investigation continues into a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred at 1:10 early yesterday (Sunday) morning at the south edge of Ste. Marie, on the Ste. Marie Road, just north of the Kirts Street (500th Avenue) intersection – the State Police report 43 year old Gary T. Buerster from Noble was southbound when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, ran off the roadway, struck the ditch, hit a guide wire, and overturned up against a utility pole – the driver and three other passengers were all ejected from the Jeep Wrangler – 50 year old Ellen R. Bollman from Dundas, 39 year old Julie A. Giddens from Flora, and 35 year old Nicholas A. Beverlin from Willow Hill – the four occupants were transported to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes – Buerster was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, failure to wear seat belt, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, & illegal transportation of alcohol – Bollman, Giddens, and Beverlin were each ticketed for failure to wear a seat belt and for illegal transportation of alcohol – emergency personnel from Jasper County assisted at the crash scene – all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

(OLNEY)  Richland County landowners are reminded that the first installment of real estate taxes is due
today, on this July 24th – there are three ways in which to pay the tax installment  :  in person at the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of the Richland County Court House, open today from 8:00 to 4:00  :  by mail with a postmark of July 24th accepted  :  or by using the Treasurer’s drop box, located on the south side of the Richland County Court House before business begins at 8:00 tomorrow morning on the 25th  :  the installments paid after today’s due date are considered delinquent and subject to the 1.5% penalty.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Jasper County & Richland County School Districts are still offering student registration for the 2017-2018 school year online – the registration “window” in Jasper County is open for another week, now thru next Monday, July 31st, while the registration “window” in Richland County is only open thru this Wednesday, July 26th – both Districts have a one day walk-in registration set for tomorrow, July 25th, from 10:00 to 6:00, Newton & Olney to help those with no computers who need assistance.

 

(OLNEY)  Olney Central College is offering several opportunities to area residents with various courses and classes available  :  an artistic welding course will be taught Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at the West Richland Center in Noble with classes beginning August 17th  :  the Olney Central College Community Choir will begin its eighth season and this year will collaborate with the Richland County High School Concert Choir for a joint Christmas Concert in December – the OCC Choir begins rehearsals on August 22nd – anyone high school age or older is welcome to join, regardless of experience  :  a furniture restoration course will be offered on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:50 at OCC with classes starting August 22nd  :  and an unmanned aerial systems (drone) course will be taught Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 at OCC with classes beginning August 23rd  :  the tuition for some classes is reduced for residents of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District – for more on these or the other various classes or courses offered, call Olney Central College at  618-395-7777  or check the website online, at  www.iecc.edu.

 

(FLORA/ALBION)  Both the Clay County Fair at the west edge of Flora and the Edwards County Fair in Albion continue all this week at their respective sites – carnival rides, along with daily 4-H activities and evening events are taking place, along with plenty of fair food and concessions, all this week thru Saturday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of all upcoming regional blood drives  :  today at the Effingham Elks Club from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Thursday at the New Hope Christian Church in Bridgeport from 2:00 to 7:00  :  Friday at the KC Hall in Newton from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types & platelets are much needed to help replenish the low blood supplies in our region.

 

(OLNEY/NOBLE)  There are two municipal meetings tonight  :  the Noble Village Board will meet at the Village Hall in Noble tonight, starting at 7:00  :  the Olney City Council will meet tonight at the Olney City Hall, in Council Chambers, beginning at 7:00  :  both regular bi-monthly meetings are open to the public.

 

REMINDERS :
        Raffle tickets for the Noble Chowder are still on sale at various sites – at Noble Foods, Ronda’s, the Tin Cup, Mabelz, and the Noble Village Hall – the tickets are $1 each or six for $5 – also pie pans are available at Village Hall and Noble Foods for pie donations to the Chowder – it’s all coming up Saturday, August 12th, in the Noble Village Park – chowder by the bulk or bowl, plus other food and drinks as well


    A note that Trinity Preschool in Olney has open enrollment now underway for the 2017-2018 school year – for more information or to get your child or grandchild on the list, call now at  618-392-4181


    It’s a special Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show this Sunday afternoon in Bible Grove, starting at 1:00 – special guests include Grand Ole Opry musician & Nashville, Tennessee studio keyboard player Eddie Watson and 10 year old Hank Williams impersonator Mason Ramsey – plus ice cream – $7 tickets at the door


    The Parkersburg Community Chowder is this Saturday with serving to start at 10:30 in the morning with bulk chowder available in the drive-thru – inside the Community Building will be chowder, barbeque, salad, pies, cakes, & ice cream – other activities are the Little Miss Queen Contest at 1:00, the annual Parade at 1:30, plus an Antique Tractor and Miniature Train display throughout the day – all ages are invited


    The EffingHAM-Jam BBQ Cook-Off  is this Friday & Saturday in downtown Effingham – it’s sweet corn served Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 with the Hometown Throwdown BBQ Contest judging & tasting at 5:30 & live music – on Saturday, it’s sausage & pancakes from 8:00 to 10:00 in morning, a fitness challenge from 8:00 to 11:00, more sweet corn from 11:00 to 2:00, more BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00, kid’s games in the afternoon, and more live music – plus a grill giveaway – for more, logon at  www.EffingHAMJAM.com


    The rescheduled meeting of the City of Olney’s Parks & Recreation Board will be this Thursday night, July 27th, at the Olney City Hall, beginning at 7:00 – the meeting was rescheduled from last Wednesday


        The City of Olney’s “Sounds of Summer” series will end this coming Thursday night from 6:00 to 8:00 in Bower Park, along Whittle Avenue, featuring the music of the group Whiskey Bend – the concession menu includes nachos, pretzels, chips, sodas, & water – proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network


    The Pink Warrior Sisters of Richland County will have their monthly meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 at Monical’s Pizza in Olney – all to share information, stories, support, and laughter in the fight against cancer