October 17, 2017


(OLNEY)  As a strong high pressure ridge hangs in place over the Midwest, our sky will stay cool, dry, and clear for today thru tonight – and that’s pretty much the forecast for the rest of this work week and into part of the upcoming weekend – with a slight warm up each day thru Friday, our next rain-maker is a cold front that give us wet conditions on Sunday, maybe as early as Saturday night – stay tuned for weather updates.


(NEWTON)  In state news – kicking off National Teen Driver Safety Week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced yesterday that teen driving deaths have decreased by more than half in the past eight years – according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 155 teen driving deaths (ages 16 – 19) back in 2007 – since Illinois’ efforts to overhaul the state’s graduated driver licensing laws took effect in 2008, teen driving fatalities have dropped by 51%, with 76 teen driving deaths recorded last year, in 2016 – it’s during this National Teen Driver Safety Week that teenagers are reminded to avoid risky driving behaviors such as texting while driving, drinking alcohol, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.


(OLNEY)  The Illinois Principals Association is hosting its 46th annual Education Leaders Fall Conference and Exhibition in Springfield – the yearly event provides an opportunity for statewide principals and other administrators to learn from leaders in the education field and take part in sessions to better serve their schools, students, and staff – beginning with a reception this past Sunday evening at the Old State Capitol, the conference’s first and second general sessions were yesterday, followed by a special reception held last night – the conference will close with its final session coming up later this afternoon in our state’s capitol.


(NEWTON)  The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original “Johnny Appleseed” tree as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration – Illinois was speckled with apple trees in the early 19th century, mostly due to the efforts of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, and with his last known surviving tree on a farm in Ohio, a graft of that tree was obtained, thus leading to the 102 bicentennial saplings – Illinois’statehood bicentennial is December 3rd, 2018.


(OLNEY)  Applications are now being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance for senior citizens & people with disabilities through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – contact the ERBA offices in the counties of Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Edgar, or Douglas for an appointment and to see what’s needed to sign up – for more information and details check the Embarras River Basin Agency website, at  www.erbainc.org  or stop by one of the local ERBA offices located in Olney, Newton, Lawrenceville, Robinson, Paris, or Greenup.


(NEWTON)  Members of 100 Women Who Care Jasper County met last Thursday night in Newton and selected the Newton Community High School Academic Foundation as the recipient of the $5,750 contribution collected at last week’s membership meeting held at the Masonic Lodge – the contribution will be used to fund scholarships for NCHS graduating seniors – 100 Women Who Care Jasper County will resume its grant-making next year in 2018 and is currently accepting new members – those interested in joining can contact Amanda Lessley at  217-342-5409  or by email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a new member information packet – 100 Women Who Care Jasper County is a program of the Jasper County Community Foundation, which exists as an affiliate of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, a nonprofit corporation to assist those who live in Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Effingham, Fayette, Clay, and Marion Counties.


(OLNEY)  The Olney Central College Theater presents the play “Subject to Change” with three performances this weekend, all sponsored by Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – that’s this Friday night at 7:30, Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00, all in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center at OCC – tickets can be purchased online, at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  or at the OCC Box Office from 10:00 to 2:00 weekdays – remaining tickets will go on sale an hour before each show in the lobby.


(OLNEY/NEWTON)  The USDA has released its most recent Illinois Crop Production report  :  the planted area for corn is estimated at 11.2 million acres, up 1% from the previous forecast, but down 3% from a year ago – the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 192 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from the previous estimate, but down 5 bushels from last year – if the corn production forecast at 2.12 billion bushels is realized, down 6% from the 2016 production number, it would be the third highest yield on record in Illinois  :  the planted area for soybeans is estimated at 10.6 million acres, up 5% from last year – the state’s soybean yield is forecast at 57 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from the previous estimate and down 2% from 2016 – if the soybean production forecast at 601 million bushels is realized, up 1% from last year, it would be the highest production level on record in Illinois  :  the harvested area for alfalfa hay in Illinois is up 13% from 2016 while the production forecast, if realized, would be 10% below last year  :  the harvested area for other types of hay is down 4% from last year – the production estimate, if realized, would be 4% lower than 2016.


(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Democratic Central Committee will host a special pork loin dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton this coming Thursday night, October 19th, starting at 6:30 – the public is invited to attend the event – the main guest speaker will be former Congressman and former Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard – plus those attending will have the chance to meet other local and regional officeholders and candidates as well – that’s all this Thursday night in Newton.


(OLNEY)  Olney Central College will host a College Fair tomorrow, on October 18th, from 9:00 until 3:00, with tables located throughout Wattleworth Hall – while information about OCC’s transfer and technical degrees will be available, representatives from over 15 higher education institutions will be on hand to share information about their college and/or university – all are invited out tomorrow to Olney Central College.


(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 Neoga High School from 1:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Robinson Community Center from 1:00 to 6:00  :  also tomorrow at the Kluthe Center in Beecher City from 1:00 to 5:00  :  all blood types & platelets are needed to replenish low regional supplies.


    The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District is underway with its annual fall fish sale – orders for various fish species are being accepted now thru October 26th, however grass carp must be ordered by this Thursday, October 19th – the fish delivery date is November 2nd – for species available, pricing, and to place an order, stop by the SWCD office in Olney or call  618-392-7141, extension 3

    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney will this weekend host Hillary Doerries Organ Concert Service of Reconciliation in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Organ Concert begins at 4:00 this Sunday, with a short worship service at 4:30 and a reception at 5:00 – the public is welcome to the free event

    The Chauncey Community Club will host its “chicken & noodle” meal fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 21st, with serving from 11:00 to 2:00 – it’s all for a free will donation at the door – all proceeds will be used for Community Club expenses and community projects – all ages are invited to attend

    The Ridgway Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney, beginning at 7:00 – a power-point presentation about the very unusual flora and fuana of the Galapagos Islands will be given by Paul Balding, an avid birder and nature photographer from Casey

    The next Village of Noble Zoning Board meeting is tonight at 6:00 – the meeting was changed from the originally scheduled meeting date – that’s tonight, the Zoning Board meeting in Noble at Village Hall

    Over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits begins today at all DNR Direct license and permit vendors – for more, check the State DNR website online, at  www.dnr.illinois.gov

    A Longaberger Basket fundraiser sale ends this morning at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, in the Main Lobby – that’s from 8:00 to 10:00 this morning – all proceeds go to Auxiliary projects