October 14, 2017


(OLNEY)  As a southerly wind flow brings in what could be our last shot of warm weather for the year today, we’ll have plenty of sunshine, although the clouds will increase as we move thru the afternoon – an approaching cold front will bring us rain chances late tonight & mostly thru tomorrow morning – then we’re dry with eventually some sunshine by late Sunday afternoon – then cooler next week – listen for updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would require a more rigorous competitive search for managed-care organizations to administer health care for the Medicaid population – the Governor yesterday said his administration conducted a five-month transparent process, showing the plan would require duplicate measures and prevent nearly $1 billion in health care cost-savings – the Governor’s plan now is to shift hundreds of thousands of Medicaid patients to managed-care groups.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and municipal & county EMA’s are encouraging statewide residents to drop, cover, and hold on during The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, set for next Thursday, October 19th – schools, businesses, families, and all others can sign up for the drill online, at  www.shakeout.org/centralus  – for earthquake preparedness tips, go online to  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.


(OLNEY)  The 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is set up in the public parking lot just north of the Richland County Courthouse – it’s open to the public for the final time today, from 10:00 this morning until 4:00 this afternoon – admission is free – all are invited out to tour the nationally-acclaimed, mobile exhibit – that’s the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit now in downtown Olney – the final day to tour it is today.


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  A statewide petition drive is underway to protest the proposed use of taxpayer funds to help build and/or support the Obama Presidential Library & Museum in Chicago – it’s reported that some Illinois lawmakers want to use $100 million earmarked for IDOT bridge & road projects for the Obama project – to sign a petition in opposition to using tax dollars for this purpose, logon at  www.davidreis.org.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Here’s some reminders from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources  :  hunters can review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 – it’s available now on the State DNR website online  :  over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin next Tuesday, October 17th – the permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted  :  for more on these and all else outdoors in Illinois, logon at  www.dnr.illinois.gov.


    The Childress Family will be in concert this Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church – all are invited out to hear the Madisonville, Kentucky group with the free concert

    The St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olney will have its annual Smorgasbord & Bazaar tomorrow – the ham, roast beef, and homemade noodle meals will be served from 10:30 to 2:30 – the Bazaar in the gym is from 9:00 to 3:00 with bingo, a basket chance stand, country store, cake stand, quilt raffle, and cash raffle

    The Olney Shriners have their popular open fire grilled chicken dinner tomorrow at the Olney City Park Community Building – serving inside or by drive thru from 10:00 to 2:00 – it’s a half chicken meal with dessert & drink for $9 per person – all proceeds to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals

    The St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Dieterich has its final Corn Maze this weekend – from 3:00 to 10:00 today thru tonight with a bonfire & the Amazing Flashlight Corn Maze – tomorrow from 3:00 to 6:00 – includes train rides, games, concessions, & a straw maze for tots – Corn Maze admission is $4 per person

    The annual Midway Restaurant Jeep Run is today, leaving the Effingham restaurant at 12:30, with stops at Dozer’s Pub, the Toledo American Legion, & ending at MVP, north of Newton – proceeds to help 13 year old Elizabeth Weidner, who’s battling Stage IV Neuroblastoma – also for Childhood Cancer Research

    The Freedom Baptist Church will host a Free Movie Night tonight in the Noble Village Park – the pre-movie activities start at 6:30 with free popcorn & soda – the movie, The Case for Christ, starts at 7:00

    The First Presbyterian Church in Olney will host a free “Adult Clothing Give Away” this morning from 9:00 to 11:00 – includes fall & winter adult sized clothing, plus shoes and coats, all of which have been donated – it’s up to four bags of clothing free – contact The Unity Project on Facebook for more