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April 29, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As a deep upper low pressure combines with the stationary front over the Midwest, we’ll have waves of rain & thunderstorms across our downstate area this morning, again this afternoon, thru tonight & tomorrow, before ending early Monday morning – severe weather is possible – the cold front will then bring some cooler air for the first of next week – then maybe more rain on Wednesday – stay tuned for updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Flash Flood Watch for our entire WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA listening area of Southeastern & South Central Illinois is still in effect now thru Monday morning – periods of heavy rainfall could result in 3 to 5 inches of rain by then with the heaviest rain expected this afternoon, thru the overnight hours, into tomorrow morning – folks should be aware to the possible flooding potential and take needed precautions – stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for continued weather and flooding updates.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation are reminding all motorists to take extra precaution while traveling this weekend – be alert to flooding and/or standing water on roadways & highways and allow for extra time for travel – remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when traveling on flooded roads – also be extra alert to emergency vehicles with their lights activated – for more details about statewide road conditions and more check IDOT’s website online, at  www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District will have a special meeting of the Richland County School Board will be this coming Monday night, starting at 7:30 in the District’s board room – with the Richland County canvass of votes for the April 4th election now complete and official, the Board will meet to accept the election results and to seat the new Board, to elect officers, & more – the meeting is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for Richland County charitable organizations that serve our local youth to be considered to receive grant money from the Carrie Winter Trust – the Trust has benefitted Richland County youth for over 30 years with more than $2 million being awarded – the grant application deadline is this coming Monday, May 1st – applications are available online at  www.fnbolney.com, Services, Trust Services, or by contacting the First National Bank in Olney Trust Department – call  618-395-8541.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will present a special look back to the early history of this part of Illinois with a program tomorrow afternoon at 1:00, at the Olney Public Library – the guest presenter, Jason Collins, current Park Ranger at the George Rogers Clark Historical Park in Vincennes, will review the history of George Rogers Clark and how his leadership affected our region some 60 years before Richland County & Olney were formed – all are invited to attend the free historical presentation tomorrow.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Next Monday marks the 142nd anniversary of the Peoples State Bank – to celebrate the milestone, refreshments will be available at each branch of Peoples State Bank all day on May 1st – watch the bank’s Facebook & Linkedin pages for historical photos – for more details, logon at  www.psbnewton.com


    The Lincoln Trail College Concert Choir, Statesmen Singers, & Children’s Choir is in concert tomorrow afternoon in the Zwermann Arts Center Theater, at 3:00 – $5 tickets at the door on the LTC campus located east and north of Robinson


    Hospice of Southeastern Illinois has its Annual Memorial Service tomorrow at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney, starting at 2:00 – it’s to recognize & memorialize all Hospice patients who have past away over the past 12 months


    The Olney Music Boosters have their annual “chili / ham & bean lunch” today at the Olney VFW from 11:00 to 2:00 – tickets at the door – proceeds help fund the annual Booster Summer Camp and scholarships


    During this National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day”, the Newton Police Department id accepting unwanted & expired prescription drugs today from 10:00 to 2:00 at the CVS Store on West Jourdan Street in Newton – the service is free & anonymous, with no questions asked – call the NPD in any questions


    It’s a free “ adult clothing give away” this morning from 9:00 to 12:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – up to four bags of clothing free – includes spring & summer adult clothing, plus shoes & handbags

 

**  Today’s OCC Automotive Service & Collision Repair Technology Programs’Annual Car Show has been cancelled due to rainy and stormy weather conditions - check out the other cancellations that we've been made aware of here on our website - click on the storm cloudy and thunderbolt in the upper right hand corner of your computer screen or smart phone and scroll down to the list of up-to-date cancellations

 

 

 

April 28, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  While an initial area of rain moves across the Midwest today with hit-or-miss chances of getting wet, our Southeastern section of the state will be plagued with very wet conditions starting later today, then continuing thru tonight, on-and-off tomorrow, especially tomorrow night, and into the day Sunday – we’ll eventually dry out and turn cooler the first of next week – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The National Weather Service has issued an extensive Flash Flood Watch for our entire WVLN-WSEI-WIKK-WOWA listening area of Southeastern & South Central Illinois – it’s in effect now thru next Monday morning – periods of heavy rainfall could result in 3 to 5 inches of rain within the next 72 hours – the heaviest rain is expected Saturday afternoon, thru the overnight hours, into Sunday morning – folks should be aware to the possible flooding potential with the prolonged rain and take needed precautions as soon as possible – stay tuned to a NOAA weather alert radio for continued details & updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan met briefly yesterday to discuss the state budget debate – with a growing cry from statewide school districts, human services providers, credit-rating houses, and the state’s general population, the two men apparently have agreed to short-term deals when focusing on the state budget – look for more debate in the weeks ahead.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  In Springfield yesterday, the State House passed a constituent initiative which will is aimed at helping rural communities that are seeking wastewater services – the measure permits non-profit water companies to construct, maintain, alter, and extend wastewater lines along highways, roadways, and other public grounds, basically allowing the companies to add wastewater services to residents that are not served by a sanitary district – sponsored by State Representative David Reis, the legislation was filed on behalf of  EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. which is based in Dieterich – the bill now moves to the State Senate.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Department of Insurance is urging consumers to consider their insurance risks and understand what’s covered in their current policies – with the threat of natural disasters, such as tornadoes & severe thunderstorms on the rise, it’s important for homeowners to be prepared – however, fewer than 22% of homeowners view changing weather patterns or natural disasters as an important factor when updating their homeowners insurance policy, according to a recent survey – while consumers should re-evaluate their risk profile at least once a year to ensure their homeowners policy provides protection they need, new Disaster Prep Guides available online has more details – logon at  www.insureuonline.org.

 

(NEWTON)  In honor of this National Volunteer Week, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards were presented at a special reception this past Tuesday at the Old State Capitol in Springfield – nearly 200 nominations were received by the Serve Illinois Commission is the six different categories from the state’s five different service regions – the downstate area recipients were  :  Martin’s IGA of Effingham & Zimdars Air Conditioning & Heating in Louisville for businesses / Ernest J. Collins of Mt. Vernon for individuals.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County School District has announced a special meeting of the Richland County School Board will be this coming Monday night, starting at 7:30 – with the Richland County canvass of votes for the April 4th election now complete and official, the Board will meet to accept the election results and to seat the new Board, to elect officers, set meeting dates & locations, and more – an executive session is also included to discuss personnel – the meeting at the District Office Board room is open to the public.

 

(OLNEY)  Time is running out for Richland County charitable organizations that serve our local youth to be considered to receive grant money from the Carrie Winter Trust – the Trust has benefitted Richland County youth for over 30 years with more than $2 million being awarded – the grant application deadline is this coming Monday, May 1st – applications are available online at  www.fnbolney.com, Services, Trust Services, or by contacting the First National Bank in Olney Trust Department – call  618-395-8541  today.

 

(NEWTON)  The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is reminding participants with Conservation Stewardship Program 2013 contracts that they have from now until May 5th, a week from today, to submit applications to local field offices for contract renewals – with the 2013 contracts set to expire at the end of this year, December 31st, 2017, the NRCS allows CSP participants to renew their contracts for an additional five year period – participants should contact their local NRCS field office.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 24th Annual Memorial Service this Sunday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney at 2:00 – the special service will recognize and memorialize all the patients that have passed away during the last year – the public is invited to attend – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, a service of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, provides care to patients facing terminal illness, allowing them to live their final days at home, surrounded by family and friends.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Police Department will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs tomorrow from 10:00 to 2:00 at the CVS Store parking lot, at 207 West Jourdan Street, in Newton – it’s during the National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day” that local residents can help prevent pill abuse & theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs – the service is free and anonymous with no questions asked – no liquids, needles, or sharps can be accepted, only pills or patches.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Automotive Service and Collision Repair Technology Programs will host their 2nd Annual Car Show tomorrow – it’s open to new & old cars, trucks, and motorcycles with registration at $10 per entry from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – gift bags go to the first 25 that register and the Student Choice Awards will be presented at 2:00 – there will be food, drink, & music from 11:00 to 2:00, plus a 50/50 drawing, and both the Automotive Building & the Collision Repair Technology Center will be open for tours at OCC.

 

(OLNEY)  Tomorrow is Ask A Lawyer Day – the 36th Annual date when anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer, at no cost, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – volunteer lawyers will be standing by from 9:00 to 12 noon tomorrow morning to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and many other common legal issues – in addition to a toll-free phone number, the public can also email their questions online – that’s at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call toll-free, at  800-678-4009  – all tomorrow morning.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also today at the Red Hill High School in Bridgeport from 10:00 to 2:00  :  Sunday morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham from 8:00 to 12 noon  :  all blood types are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Lincoln Trail College Concert Choir, Statesmen Singers, and Children’s Choir will be in concert this Sunday afternoon in the Zwermann Arts Center Theater, starting at 3:00 – $5 tickets available at the door


    The Olney Music Boosters will have their annual “chili / ham & bean lunch” tomorrow at the Olney VFW, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – tickets at the door – children 3 & under eat free – all proceeds will help fund the annual Booster Summer Camp and scholarships available to the students planning to attend


    It’s a free “ adult clothing give away” tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 12:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – up to four bags of clothing free – no wheeled carts of any kind allowed – includes spring & summer adult clothing, plus shoes & handbags – for more, contact The Unity Project on Facebook


    The Annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway in Jasper County starts at 6:00 this evening at Peterson Park in Newton – tree saplings available for those who want to support local families with autism


    In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, a Tree Giveaway is set for this evening from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Olney City Park Community Building – for details or a reservation, call the Olney City Hall at  395-7302


    The St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale continues today from 8:00 to 6:00 & wraps up tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 11:00 at the St. Thomas Parish Center in Newton – all kinds of items available for sale

  
    The Newton Police Department K-9 Unit has a fundraising “pork burger sale” today from 11:00 to 1:00 at the KC Hall in Newton – drive-thru pick up available, plus delivery – pre-order by calling  618-783-4500


    The Oblong FFA Ag Day is today from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Oblong – over 30 ag-related businesses on hand, a petting zoo, car show, plants for sale, concessions, and more

 

 

 

April 27, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With the first round of stormy & rainy weather moving thru yesterday & last night, we’ll see a dry sky on tap today, but the dry conditions won’t last long – with some rain possible tomorrow, the main round of more storms will be Friday night with more rain chances thru Saturday and Sunday – more heavy amounts of rain are possible as flooding could be a problem – stay tuned for continued weather updates.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Things are somewhat back to normal after the round of storms that rolled thru our listening area yesterday afternoon & evening – with a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings issued, the major problems came from heavy rains and hail – portions of Clay, Richland, Jasper, & Crawford Counties plus others received anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain, plus anywhere from dime to quarter-size hail – also a lot of wind damage with trees and limbs blown down in Noble, Olney, and other area communities – the wind gusts at area airports ranged from 30 up to 60 miles-per-hour – some are without electricity this morning as Ameren Illinois reports a few isolated power outages in its downstate region – Norris Electric has reduced most of its power outage map to the area near Oblong and north of Robinson.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Rauner Administration says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Governor Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections – at least 36 such people remain employed in the Illinois Department of Transportation who cannot be fired due to collective bargaining safeguards – a court motion seeking action was filed this week.

 

(OLNEY)  The State House has passed legislation in Springfield to strengthen Illinois’ hate crimes law – on an 89 to 22 vote, the bill now moves on to the State Senate for consideration – if approved and signed into law, the measure would better protect statewide residents from escalating incidents of hatred and bias – it’s all in response to a national and statewide increase of crimes motivated by hatred based on religion, gender identity, national origin, & sexual orientation – the major proponent is the State Attorney General’s Office.

 

(NEWTON)  Vietnam War Veterans were honored and thanked for their service to our country this past Tuesday at the College of  DuPage up in Glen Ellyn – during the ceremony, over 150 Veterans were noted with a 50 year commemoration pin – it was ten years ago in 2007 that the U.S. Government authorized the program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War – the program honors all U.S. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1955 to 1975, regardless of location – the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are currently 7 million living Vietnam Veterans.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland Heritage Museum Foundation will present a special look back to the early history of this part of Illinois, at a time before Richland County and Olney were officially formed – the program will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, April 30th, at 1:00, at the Olney Public Library, with the public welcome to attend the free historical event – the guest presenter, Jason Collins, the current Park Ranger at the George Rogers Clark Historical Park in Vincennes, will review the history of George Rogers Clark, especially in the year 1779, and how his leadership affected our region some 60 years before Richland County and Olney were chartered – not only will Collins trace the footsteps and hardships of Clark and his men as they marched from Cahokia to Vincennes, but he’ll also share information about the early pioneers on both sides of the Wabash River – all are invited to attend the free historical presentation this Sunday – for more details on the local Foundation, check out its website online, at  www.richlandcountymuseums.org.

 

(NEWTON)  Next Monday, May 1st, marks the 142nd anniversary of the Peoples State Bank – organized back in 1875, it was first simply known as People’s Bank and the financial institution was one of the few local banks to successfully weather the Great Depression – the Peoples State Bank has spent more than a century as a reliable source of funds for the personal, agricultural, & commercial needs of area communities – to celebrate this milestone, refreshments will be available at each branch of Peoples State Bank all day next Monday, May 1st – watch the bank’s Facebook and Linkedin pages for historical photos of Peoples State Bank and the communities they serve – for more information, logon at  www.psbnewton.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc., is now accepting applications for its Skills Training Employment Program (STEP) to assist individuals with training for employment opportunities – ERBA will be assisting income eligible individuals who want to obtain a CDL driver’s license or CNA certificate, all made possible thru Community Services Block Grant funding thru the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – for more details, contact any of the ERBA Outreach Offices in the nine area counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, and Douglas, or call toll-free, at  800-252-1152  – in Richland County, call the ERBA Office in Olney, at  618-395-2714.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Hospice of Southeastern Illinois will host its 24th Annual Memorial Service this Sunday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran Church, at the east edge of Olney, beginning at 2:00 – the special service is a time to recognize and memorialize all the patients that have passed away during the last year – the public is invited to attend – Hospice of Southeastern Illinois, a service of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, provides care to patients facing terminal illness, allowing them to live their final days at home, surrounded by family and friends – it serves the 13 area counties of  Richland, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence, Wabash, Edwards, White, Hamilton, Wayne, Clay, Effingham, Cumberland, and Clark.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, from 10:00 to 2:00, at the CVS Store parking lot, at 207 West Jourdan Street, in Newton – it’s during the National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day” that local residents can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs – the service is free and anonymous with no questions asked – remember, no liquids, needles, or sharps can be accepted, only pills and/or patches this Saturday.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Automotive Service and Collision Repair Technology Programs will host their 2nd Annual Car Show this coming Saturday at OCC – the show is open to new & old cars, trucks, and motorcycles with registration at $10 per entry from 9:00 to 12:00 noon – gift bags go to the first 25 that register and the Student Choice Awards will be presented at 2:00 – there will be food, drink, & music from 11:00 to 2:00, plus a 50/50 drawing, and both the Automotive Building & the Collision Repair Technology Center will be open for tours – all Car Show proceeds go to purchase equipment for both programs at OCC.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also today at Good Samaritan Occupational Health & Acute Care in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  also tomorrow at the Red Hill High School in Bridgeport from 10:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway in Jasper County starts at 6:00 tomorrow evening at Peterson Park in Newton – tree saplings available for those who want to support local families with autism


    In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, a Tree Giveaway is set for tomorrow evening from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Olney City Park Community Building – for details or a reservation, call the Olney City Hall at  395-7302


    The Newton Police Department K-9 Unit has a fundraising “pork burger sale” tomorrow from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – pork burgers at $3 each – drive-thru pick up available, plus delivery – pre-order by calling the NPD at  618-783-4500  – all to benefit the NPD K-9 Program


    The Oblong FFA Ag Day is tomorrow from 9:00 to 2:00 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Oblong – over 30 ag-related businesses on hand, a petting zoo, car show, plants for sale, concessions, and more


    The St. Thomas Booster Club has a fundraising “pork burger sale” today with serving from 11:00 to 1:00 at the St. Thomas School in Newton – for deliveries, call  618-562-9018  – call ahead orders now accepted


    Meanwhile, the St. Thomas Gigantic Garage Sale is underway, running both today & tomorrow from 8:00 to 6:00 – then the final day Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 – all at the St. Thomas Parish Center


    Today is the “one day only” pickup date for the pre-ordered geraniums from the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – from 8:00 to 6:00 today only at the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

April 26, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  An approaching cold front is heading in our direction with plenty of moisture to work with – our rain chances will ramp up by later this afternoon, continuing thru tonight – after a mostly dry Thursday with some sunshine expected tomorrow afternoon, we’ll see more rain chances as the front stalls out on Friday, Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday – some heavy rainfall amounts are possible – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has been awarded a federal grant for over $16 million to fight the state’s opioid crisis – funded through the 21st Century Cures Act, the money will support new treatment & recovery services, including the establishment of an Opioid Crisis Hot Line, plus expanded medication-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder around the state.

 

(OLNEY)  State Corrections officials say a weekend assault at a downstate prison that resulted in injuries has led to the transfer of several inmates to other facilities – the incident between staff and inmates at the Menard Correctional Center along the Mississippi River about 60 miles south of St. Louis this past Sunday involved non-life threatening injuries – the Corrections Department is investigating the case as additional charges to the inmates are pending – the prison will likely remain on lockdown for the next several days.

 

(NEWTON)  In Springfield yesterday, the State House passed a measure which allows for taxpayer funded abortions – the bill passed mostly along party lines, on a 66 to 55 vote, as a handful of downstate Democrats voted against the measure – State Representative David Reis was on the floor and spoke against the bill, noting that he represents one of the most pro-life districts in Illinois – Reis also talked about the Hyde Amendment, which has blocked federal Medicaid funding for abortion services which was left out of this House Bill 40 and he talked about women’s rights – the bill now moves to the State Senate for a vote there.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met this past Monday night – the Board  :  approved the Village’s Oil & Chip Program for summer street maintenance with an estimated cost at $20,586  :  agreed to spend $500 to have the Hog Run ditch cleaned out by Shuler’s  :  adopted a revised Travel Expense Ordinance for employees  :  discussed, but took no action, on purchasing dirt from a local source, noting the Village has its own dirt available to fill in holes in the cemetery, park, and elsewhere  :  is asking all Village water customers to complete the Cross Connection Survey and return it to Village Hall when possible  :  noted a Village employee is currently taking the Fresh Water Course with the test coming up tomorrow  :  noted that the Noble Citywide Garage Sale is set for Saturday, May 20th  :  noted that Village workers will be flushing water hydrants on Monday & Tuesday, May 8th & 9th, weather permitting  :  and noted the Farmer’s Market in the Village Park began last week and will be held each Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 in the Noble Village Park  :  the Mayor and Board took time to recognize outgoing Trustee Randy Hancock for his past 16 years of service  :  the Village Board has its next regular meeting scheduled for May 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton City Council met a week ago last night – here’s the unofficial minutes from that meeting – the Council  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2018 city budget, a balanced budget that takes effect next Monday, May 1st  :  accepted various bids for the 2017 MFT Street Maintenance Program – $29,250 to Lee Kintner & Sons of Mt. Carmel for MIT materials seal coat – $6,920 to Compass Materials America of Overland Park, Kansas for road salt – $6,750 to Charles Heuerman Trucking of Teutopolis for crushed stone – $1,983 to Heuerman Brothers of Effingham for aggregate material  :  accepted the retirement notice from Waste Water Treatment Plant Department Head Larry Dorn, effective June 15th  :  agree to hire Derek Gorrell as a Street Department employee, effective May 8th  :  approved the City of Newton Department Head appointments  :  approved all committee and their chairman appointments as presented  :  approved a 40 cent per hour pay increase for the Newton City Clerk for hours greater than 16 per week  :  approved a 50 cent per hour pay increase for City Department Heads, effective May 1st  :  approved TIF applications & reimbursement funds for three Newton businesses  :  approved a resolution to induce renovation & retrofit of an existing vacant retail building & related site improvements within the City of Newton TIF Project Area One  :  took time to recognize retiring employee Larry Dorn for his 32 years of dedicated service to the City of Newton  :  and took no action after a 45 minute closed session to discuss litigation, real estate, and personnel  :  the Newton City Council’s next regular meeting will be next Tuesday, May 2nd.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois State Police in District 12 and the Richland County Farm Bureau are urging all motorists to be extra alert while traveling on Illinois roadways during the 2017 spring planting season – drivers should be on the lookout as farmers and farm service workers move agriculture equipment from field to field, traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less – drivers should be ready to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving vehicles – farmers are urged to make sure all slow moving vehicle emblems and flashing lights on their tractors and farm equipment are clean, clearly visible, and in working order – let’s keep it safe on highways and rural roads during the spring planting season.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The Illinois Eastern Community College / Olney Central College Nursing Program has been awarded full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) – following an extensive review of program documentation and a site visit to the IECC colleges last fall in September, the ACEN has granted a continuing eight-year accreditation to the IECC’s associate degree nursing program, which is offered at all four colleges in Olney, Fairfield, Mt. Carmel, and near Robinson – congratulations to all those associated with the Nursing Program within the IECC District.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  also today at the Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School west of Centralia from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at Good Samaritan Occupational Health & Acute Care in Robinson from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:00 to 2:00  :  all blood types and platelets are very much needed at this time.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Lincoln Trail College Concert Choir, Statesmen Singers, and Children’s Choir will be in concert this Sunday afternoon in the Zwermann Arts Center Theater, starting at 3:00 – $5 tickets available at the door


    The Olney Music Boosters will have their annual “chili / ham & bean lunch” this Saturday at the Olney VFW, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – tickets at the door – children 3 & under eat free – all proceeds will help fund the annual Booster Summer Camp and scholarships available to the students planning to attend


    It’s a free “ adult clothing give away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 12:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – up to four bags of clothing free – no wheeled carts of any kind allowed – includes spring & summer adult clothing, plus shoes & handbags – for more, contact The Unity Project on Facebook


    In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, a Tree Giveaway is set for this Friday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Olney City Park Community Building – for details or a reservation, call the Olney City Hall at  395-7302


    The Newton Police Department K-9 Unit has a fundraising “pork burger sale” this Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton – pork burgers at $3 each – drive-thru pick up available, plus delivery – pre-order by calling the NPD at  618-783-4500  – all to benefit the NPD K-9 Program


    Tomorrow is the “one day only” pickup date for the pre-ordered geraniums from the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – from 8:00 to 6:00 tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building


    All area United Methodist Women are invited to the Kaskaskia River District meeting in Mt. Vernon tomorrow at the Wesley United Methodist Church – registration and fellowship begins at 9:00 that morning with a $7 lunch at noon – for reservations, call Betty at  618-242-5474  – includes guest speakers and more


    A couple of meetings tonight  :  the City of Olney Tree Board meets at 7:00 at City Hall  :  the Edwards County School Board meets at 8:00 in Albion  :  both meetings are open to the public


    Olney Central College will host its Annual Spring Career Fair today from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gymnasium – several local businesses, manufacturers, and more will be represented – all are invited

 

 

 

April 25, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  With another dry and sunny day on tap this Tuesday, our next weather change is approaching – while most of Wednesday will be dry, our first rain chance is later in the afternoon & overnight – Thursday will dry out in the afternoon with more rain expected Friday, late Saturday afternoon, & on Sunday – some severe weather is possible with heavy amounts of rain likely thru this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

 (NEWTON)  In state news – the Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield, moving into the final six weeks of its spring legislative session – while the State House is positioning for some final votes on several bills, the Senate will take up a House-approved measure to provide $800 million in emergency funding to human services & higher education – other measures for debate are school funding revision, a minimum wage increase, and of course, the ever lingering budget battleground which still appears to be a stalemate.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner has scheduled a live Facebook event to hear from students in Illinois – the Governor is asking for questions about education to be posted on his Facebook page at any time now thru the live online chat this coming Thursday morning – third graders from Riverton Elementary School will join the Governor for the event in Springfield – while the Governor says he enjoys visiting schools around the state, the size of Illinois simply makes it nearly impossible to get to schools on a regular basis.

 

(NEWTON)  Clinton County authorities are continuing their investigation into the beating death of a teen this past weekend – with autopsy results expected today, a juvenile male is in custody – 18 year old Jacob Arter died early Sunday morning at the hospital in Breese after attending a party at a private clubhouse in a rural area when he was beaten – the senior was a standout student & athlete at Breese Central High School.

 

(OLNEY)  The Olney City Council met in regular session last night – the Council  :  approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget as presented  :  approved several resolutions leading up to the final budget – the restricted funds for Capital Expenditures in the Sewer Fund – the restricted funds for Capital Expenditures in the General Fund – accepted donations and amended the Fiscal Year 2017 budget in the Parks & Cemeteries Department for the Musgrove Tree Identification Park Project – and amended the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for Capital Expenditures - the new FY18 City Budget takes affect next Monday, May 1st  :  in other business, accepted a $13,882 donation from the Richland County Recreation Council to complete the installation of the additional swing set at the Together We Play Park at Musgrove Park  :  accepted the seven different concrete bids from Schrey Systems in Olney for curb & gutter construction, street patching, sidewalk construction, & miscellaneous construction  :  accepted the bids from Charles Heuerman Trucking in Teutopolis for sand, pea gravel, crushed stone, & riprap  :  agreed to support a grant application for SWAN (Stopping Woman Abuse Now), based in Olney  :  approved four raffle licenses as presented  :  after a closed session, approved the 3-year agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #702 – the Union had previously approved the 3-year deal  :  also approved an ordinance to establish hourly wages for part-time (seasonal) workers with special skills in the Police (Lake Patrol) and Public Works Departments  :  approved an ordinance to establish wages for full-time non-bargaining workers of the City of Olney  :  and approved an ordinance to establish hourly wages for Paid-On-Call Firefighters in Olney  :  the Council took time to recognize outgoing Mayor Ray Vaughn and City Councilman Bob Ferguson as they attended their final meeting – the two men were noted for their years of service to the City of Olney  :  the next regular meeting for the Olney City Council will be May 8th.

 

(NEWTON)  Jasper County State’s Attorney Chad M. Miller and Jasper County Sheriff  Rick Britton have issued a joint statement on ATV/UTV use in Jasper County, noting that it is still illegal in Illinois to operate an ATV, a golf cart, a UTV, or a dirt bike on public roadways – there are only two exceptions (1) farmers can do so but only for the purpose of conducting farming operations to and from the home, farm buildings, and any adjacent farm land – (2) the other exception is if a government entity authorizes the operation by ordinance or resolution, and to this point in time, Jasper County does not have such an ordinance or resolution in place – meanwhile, the City of Newton has a statute in place that allows the use of golf carts and “neighborhood vehicles” within the Newton city limits – Jasper County is in the early stages of considering an ordinance that would allow ATV/UTV use on county highways, although various valid concerns must be addressed beforehand – until such an ordinance or resolution is approved and put into place, violators in Jasper County are subject to tickets with vehicle impoundment possible as a result.

 

(OLNEY)  In this week’s Richland County Rainfall Report, which ended at 8:00 yesterday morning – it was Claremont Township with the highest amount of rain over the past week, at three quarters of an inch (0.75), followed closely by both Madison and Bonpas Townships, each with seven tenths of an inch of rain (0.70) – the three Townships of Preston, Noble, and Decker each received four tenths of an inch (0.40) while Olney Township and the Farm Bureau Office in Olney each recorded thirty-five hundredths of an inch (0.35) – it was German and Denver Townships each measuring three tenths of an inch (0.30) and here at our WVLN – WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, we measured twenty-seven hundredths of an inch of rain (0.27) during the seven day and night recording period in Richland County.

 

(NEWTON)  In this week’s USDA Crop Report – statewide farmers were able to make significant progress planting corn over the past week as there was an average of 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week – Illinois’ average temperature last week was 58.5 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal – the statewide average precipitation last week was under a half inch, at 0.43 inches, which was 0.48 inches below normal – as of Sunday, 34% of the state’s corn crop had been planted, that compares to the five-year average of 28% – soybeans planted was at 4%, compared to the five-year average of  2% – the state’s winter wheat crop is still looking good, rated over 70% in good to excellent condition with 28% of the state’s winter wheat now headed out  :  farmers in our ten county region report over half of the local corn crop has been planted with about 10% of soybeans now planted as of this past Sunday – everyone is reminded to remember “safety first” as the 2017 spring planting season rolls on here in Southeastern and South Central Illinois.

 

(OLNEY)  This coming Saturday, April 29th, is Ask A Lawyer Day – the 36th Annual date when anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can consult a lawyer, at no cost, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association – volunteer lawyers will be standing by from 9:00 to 12 noon Saturday morning to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and many other common legal issues – in addition to a toll-free phone number, the public can also email their questions online – that’s at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call toll-free, at  800-678-4009  – all this Saturday morning.

 

(NEWTON)  The Newton Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, from 10:00 to 2:00, at the CVS Store, at 207 West Jourdan Street, in Newton – it’s during the National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day” that local residents can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs – the service is free and anonymous with no questions asked – during last October’s event, Americans turned in over 366 tons of old prescription drugs at nearly 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 locations operated by local and state law enforcement agencies – that’s over 733,000 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs that were safely disposed of in the correct way – remember, no liquids, needles, or sharps can be accepted, only pills and/or patches.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  The Red Cross is asking all eligible and/or first-time donors to get out & give blood at their next opportunity – upcoming blood drives are  :  today at the St. Anthony High School in Effingham from 8:00 to 2:00  :  tomorrow at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 11:30 to 6:00  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    The Olney Music Boosters will have their annual “chili / ham & bean lunch” this Saturday at the Olney VFW, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – tickets at the door – children 3 & under eat free – all proceeds will help fund the annual Booster Summer Camp and scholarships available to the students planning to attend


    It’s a free “ adult clothing give away” this Saturday morning from 9:00 to 12:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney – up to four bags of clothing free – no wheeled carts of any kind allowed – includes spring & summer adult clothing, plus shoes & handbags – for more, contact The Unity Project on Facebook


    This Thursday is the pickup date for the pre-ordered geraniums from the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – that’s from 8:00 to 6:00 this Thursday at the Olney City Park Community Building


    A couple of meetings tomorrow night  :  the City of Olney Tree Board meets at 7:00 at City Hall  :  the Edwards County School Board meets at 8:00 in Albion  :  both meetings are open to the public


    Olney Central College will host its Annual Spring Career Fair tomorrow from 9:00 to 1:00 in the OCC Gymnasium – several local businesses, manufacturers, and more will be represented – it’s open to both students and the general public, and all are invited to attend – call for details, at  618-395-7777