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December 16, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Windy and much warmer conditions will be the rule on this 16th day of December as a cold moves in our direction – we’ll see more clouds tonight ahead of our rain chances tomorrow morning – but we’ll mostly be dry again by Sunday afternoon – then more mild and dry weather Monday thru Wednesday before another front next Thursday could bring us some rain, maybe snow that night – listen for updates.

 

(OLNEY)  In state news today – health officials say it’s still not too late to get a flu shot as the influenza activity is continuing to increase across the country – while the majority of those affected by the flu are people 65 years and older, everyone is encouraged to get their flu shot as soon as possible – plus remember the three C’s, to Clean, Cover, & Contain – for more, check the State Department of Public Health website.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Authorities are warning area residents of more scams  :  phone calls are still being made to grandparents from scammers claiming to be a grandchild in need of money due to vehicle repairs, jail bonds, or other reasons – the scammer usually wants money wired to them as soon as possible  :  another scam involves a caller identifying themself as being with the U.S. Marshall’s Service, seeking payment for a bogus fine for allegedly being absent from a federal grand jury summons  :  and yet another scam is from a bogus utility company demanding payment on a delinquent account and threatening jail time if not immediately paid  :  residents are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone – if they claim to be family, ask questions or get a call back number for verification – if questions, call local police.

 

(OLNEY)  Applications are still being accepted by the Embarras River Basin Agency for winter heating assistance thru the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – the signup continues for senior citizens & people with disabilities, for disconnected households & families with children ages 5 or under, as well as all other applicants – while all ERBA offices are closed today, potential applicants should contact their local ERBA office in Richland, Jasper, Lawrence, Crawford, Cumberland, Clark, Douglas, Coles, or Edgar Counties next week for an appointment – for more, logon at  www.liheapIllinois.com.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Theater will hold auditions for “Sister Act” at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 and next Monday night at 7:00 – roles are available for nine women, seven men, extra nuns, and ensemble parts – dialogue cuts are available for those who want to audition at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  – actors should also be prepared to sing 16 bars from a Broadway song with sheet music for the accompanist – the “Sister Act” performances are set for March 16-18 and March 22-25, 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s a “Meet the Candidates” Breakfast coming up this morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – biscuits & gravy will be served – among the scheduled guests are Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, plus many others – it’s all sponsored by the Jasper County Democrats – all are invited to stop by and meet all the candidates.

 

REMINDERS  :
    All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood – the next area drive is tomorrow morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 – all blood types are needed


    Santa Claus will be visiting the Clay City Firehouse this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – Santa will have treat bags for all children, plus the Clay City Banking Company will be providing free pictures of the children with Santa – all youngsters are encouraged to stop by Saturday afternoon


    Richland County resident & author Gary Totten will have a “book signing” today from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Roll With It Bakery, at 1610 East Main Street in Olney – personalized copies of his book entitled “The Life of a Dog & Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland” will be available for purchase


    The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas wraps up this weekend in Newton – a part of the many activities is the Honey Do Cookie Walk at the Grace United Methodist Church – it finishes up this morning from 9:00 to 12 noon at the church – go to Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas on Facebook for more info


    Don’t forget to visit the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park, from dusk to 10:00 – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their final visit to the Lights Display tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 in the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

December 15, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  Look for some more clouds today mixed up with some sunshine as our weather stays somewhat quiet thru tomorrow – however, a southerly wind flow will bring a little warmer air for Saturday along with our next chance of rain on Sunday – as that weak frontal boundary moves to our south, we’ll stay mild and dry for most all next week – a winter storm could be brewing for Christmas weekend – listen for updates.

 

(NEWTON)  Today’s the last day for people who don’t get insurance thru their job & who are not currently enrolled in Medicaid to sign up for insurance thru the Affordable Care Act exchange – state officials say the sign up numbers are about the same as last year, although the healthcare options are different – officials say the Illinois Obamacare website,  www.GetCoveredIllinois.Gov  will enroll people through 11:00 tonight.

 

(OLNEY)  With the holiday season in full swing & time running out, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local EMA’s are offering safety tips – in fact, IEMA is urging folks to buy gifts that can help family & friends stay safe during all types of emergencies – such safety preparedness gifts include NOAA weather alert radios, flashlights, first aid kits, home emergency preparedness kits, vehicle preparedness kits, and/or smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors – for more, logon on at  www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

(OLNEY)  The Richland County Board met for less than a half hour at its regular monthly meeting last night in Olney – the Board  :  approved the general fund County Claims for November worth just under $62,000  :  approved the yearly State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s resolution at a cost of $7,000  :  approved the yearly Liquor License for the Richland Country Club  :  noted a Sexual Harassment Policy with an appointed Ethics Officer is needed – work will begin next month  :  noted the NewWave fee hike  :  agreed to look into & repair phone line issues in the County Treasurer’s office  :  heard from the Richland County Development Corporation that a local business is ready to expand and hire more employees  :  and approved three recommended appointments – Scott Fore to the Public Building Commission of Richland County – Linda Brown to replace the resigning Jalyn Ridgley on the Richland County Board of Review – and Connie McVicker to replace the retiring Sarah Britton on the Richland County Housing Authority Board  :  the next regular meeting for the Richland County Board will be Thursday, January 11th, 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board met for less than an hour last night at its regular monthly meeting in Newton – the Board  :  approved the Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2018 on a 10 to 2 vote  :  approved the one year State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s resolution worth $7,000  :  approved the County Highway Maintenance resolution as presented  :  approved the Public Defender’s Contract as presented  :  agreed to close the Jasper County Courthouse & County Office Building for one hour next Wednesday, December 20th, for Christmas Lunch  :  agreed to appoint Larry Brooks to a three-year term on the County 911 Board  :  noted various repair needs for the Courthouse & that the Building Committee is working on a five-year plan for repairs & improvements  :  noted the county’s recycling bins are being vandalized with rules being violated by the public – the dumpster will be pulled if it continues  :  noted that the county’s annual audit work has started  :  noted that the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has received a $14,200 grant to purchase a drone  :  and reviewed the various reports from the County Clerk, Treasurer, Health Department, and others  :  the next meeting for the Jasper County Board will be January 11th, 2018.

 

(NOBLE)  The Noble Village Board met earlier this week in regular session – the Board  :  approved the Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2018 with the increase at 4.99% above last year’s levy – the collection of taxes will total $72,033  :  approved the 2018 calendar for the Village of Noble Board and Zoning Board meeting dates & times  :  noted an incident that had occurred within the Village concerning a dog that had broke free and attacked a dog that was being walked nearby on a leash – several responses are possible per the Village’s Animal Control ordinance – the investigation by the Village will continue until the next meeting  :  noted that the Village’s leaf collection will end on December 22nd, a week from today  :  noted the December Zoning Board meeting is canceled  :  and noted that the December 25th Village Board meeting is canceled  :  the next regular meeting for the Noble Village Board will be Monday, January 8th, 2018.


 
(NEWTON)  The Potter’s House Ministry in Newton will be serving Christmas dinner this year for those in Newton and Jasper County – the free Christmas Day meal will be served at Potter’s House Ministry that Monday from 11:00 to 1:30 – the free meals can also be delivered to shut-ins in Newton as well – however, the Ministry needs the name, address, phone number, and the number of meals needed for delivery on Christmas Day – call Potter’s House Ministry at  783-3496  as soon as possible to be added to the list.

 

(OLNEY)  Only a few more days remain for children to get those Letters to Santa in the Bower Park Letters to Santa Mailbox in downtown Olney, across the street from the City Hall – to make sure that Santa Claus receives those letters in time, Santa is asking all children to mail those letters from the Bower Park Letters to Santa Mailbox no later than next Tuesday, December 19th – all children have to do is simply write Santa a quick letter letting him know what they want for Christmas, along with their full name and address so that Santa can reply – plus no stamps are needed, since Santa has pre-paid all the postage needed – so get those letters to the Letters to Santa Mailbox in Olney’s Bower Park as soon as possible, by next Tuesday.

 

(OLNEY)  The OCC Theater will hold auditions for “Sister Act” at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 and next Monday night at 7:00 – roles are available for nine women, seven men, extra nuns, and ensemble parts – dialogue cuts are available for those who want to audition at  www.iecc.edu/occtheater  – actors should also be prepared to sing 16 bars from a Broadway song with sheet music for the accompanist – the “Sister Act” performances are set for March 16-18 and March 22-25, 2018.

 

(NEWTON)  It’s a “Meet the Candidates” Breakfast coming up tomorrow morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – biscuits & gravy will be served – among the scheduled guests are Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, plus many others – it’s all sponsored by the Jasper County Democrats – all are invited to stop by and meet all the candidates.

 

(NEWTON)  The 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas wraps up this weekend in Newton  :  the Honey Do Cookie Walk at the Grace United Methodist Church is today from 3:00 to 6:00 and tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 12 noon  :  it’s pictures with Santa tonight at Dance Hall Studio from 5:00 to 7:00  :  and the huge Gigantic Holly Jolly Giveaway tonight at 7:00, all in downtown Newton, with various prizes, but you must be present to win – go to Facebook, under Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas in Newton.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  A reminder to all area farmers that today’s the deadline to report fall seeded small grains, canola, and newly seeded perennial forage to the Farm Service Agency – this includes winter wheat – farmers should contact their local FSA County office before the close of office hours today to sign up.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Ministerial Association is continuing to accept contributions for its Christmas Food Box project, but time is running out – donations of cash, food, and even physical assistance is being accepted – in fact, all food donations are needed by today and can be dropped off at the First Baptist Church in Newton – to see how you can still help out those in need this Christmas season in Jasper County, whether by a donation of either time, food, and/or money, call today at  618-783-2226.

 

REMINDERS  :
    All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood : today at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00 : Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 : all blood types and platelets are very much needed to help replenish local and area blood supplies


    Santa Claus will be visiting the Clay City Firehouse tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – Santa will have treat bags for all children, plus the Clay City Banking Company will be providing free pictures of the children with Santa – all youngsters are encouraged to stop by Saturday afternoon


    Richland County resident & author Gary Totten will have a “book signing” tomorrow from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Roll With It Bakery, at 1610 East Main Street in Olney – personalized copies of his book entitled “The Life of a Dog & Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland” will be available for purchase


    The second half of the Richland County Elementary School 2nd Grade classes will perform their Christmas program entitled “Christmas Jubilation” this morning at 10:00 in the RCES dining hall – that’s the classes of teachers Anselment, Lynn, & Smith – everyone is welcome to attend today’s performance


        Don’t forget to visit the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park, from dusk to 10:00 – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for their final visits from 6:00 to 8:00 both tonight and tomorrow night in the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

December 14, 2017

 

(OLNEY)  As colder air poured into our region last night with the passage of yet another dry frontal boundary, we’ll have another dry day on tap on this Thursday with warmer air expected to move back into our downstate area for the weekend ahead – a southerly wind flow will also bring us our next significant chance of rain for Sunday, then dry and mild into the first of next week – stay tuned for weather updates.

 

(NEWTON) The Governor’s Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force has reported that the State has saved, prevented, or recovered approximately $450 million in fraudulent or wasteful Medicaid spending in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 – created in April of 2016, the State Task Force was created to develop and coordinate a comprehensive plan to prevent and eliminate health care fraud, waste, and abuse by deploying a cross-agency, data-driven approach – Medicaid fraud is a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States.

 

(OLNEY)  Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed into law legislation that will require prescribers with an Illinois Controlled Substance License to register with and use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, a database that records patient prescription history – taking effect January 1st, 2018, the law will allow physicians to check previous patient prescriptions & requests for controlled substances – it also increases the required checkpoints in advance of prescribing controlled substances to cut down on “doctor-shopping” which is the practice of patients obtaining opioid prescriptions from multiple physicians.

 

(NEWTON)  Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, has announced activity and enforcement figures for the month of November, showing District 12 Troopers answered 195 calls for service and initiated 1,773 incidents in the field – in addition, enforcement figures totaled 963 citations and 941 written warnings, including 522 speeding tickets, 114 seat belt citations, 32 criminal arrests, 10 DUI’s, and 10 child restraint citations – District 12 Troopers assisted 220 motorists, conducted 325 motor carrier inspections, and investigated 102 traffic crashes, one of which involved a fatality – plus there were 679 citations issued for the “Fatal Four” violations, those most associated with fatal traffic crashes, including failure to wear a seat belt, distracted driving, speeding, and DUI – District 12 includes the ten counties of Jasper, Richland, Lawrence, Crawford, Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, and Clay.

 

(OLNEY)  The Illinois Eastern Community College District Board of Trustees met earlier this week for its regular monthly meeting in Mt. Carmel at Wabash Valley College – the Board  :  honored the memory of Harry Hillis for his role as the first Secretary to the original IECC Board of Trustees and for serving 47 continuous years until his retirement in 2014 – upon that retirement, the IECC Board awarded Harry Hillis as honorary “Doctor of Boardology” Degree – Hillis passed away last Friday, December 8th, at the age of 89  :  approved an agreement with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to offer its Motorcycle Riding Courses at all four IECC campuses in Olney, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, and near Robinson  :  agreed to allow Lake Land College to teach courses at the Lawrence Correctional Center and Robinson Correctional Center facilities over the next three years  :  approved affiliation agreements with Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney for Frontier Community College’s Health Informatics Program and with Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson for Lincoln Trail College’s Basic Nurse Assistant Program  :  approved revisions to the Policy on Preventing Sexual Misconduct to ensure compliance with recent legislative changes that address retaliation and consequences of making a false report  :  and made two personnel moves – hired Lonnie Barnes as Collision Repair Instructor at Olney Central College and hired Becky Coleman as Nursing Instructor at Olney Central College  :  the next regular monthly meeting for the IECC Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, at Lincoln Trail College, near Robinson.


 
(NEWTON)  The Potter’s House Ministry in Newton will be serving Christmas dinner this year for those in Newton and Jasper County – the free Christmas Day meal will be served at Potter’s House Ministry that Monday from 11:00 to 1:30 – the free meals can also be delivered to shut-ins in Newton as well – however, the Ministry needs the name, address, phone number, and the number of meals needed for delivery on Christmas Day – call Potter’s House Ministry at  783-3496  as soon as possible to be added to the list.

 

(OLNEY)  Today’s the final day to accept donated items to be given to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Fundraising Drive, sponsored locally by the Southern Smilers 4-H Club – items needed still include : Clorox Disinfecting wipes, Pledge, New Pillows, Gloves, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, 8 oz. Water Bottles, Small Toys and Stuffed Animals, Crayons, Trash Bags and more :  donations can be given to any of the local 4-H members, by calling Emily at  839-2863, or by dropping off items at the new Sears Store in Olney – all donations must be given by the end of this Thursday (today) – items will be delivered tomorrow.

 

(OLNEY)  The City of Olney would like to make citizens in Olney aware that the contractor for the city’s curbside recycling program will be on holiday break from Monday, December 25th, 2017, thru Friday, January 5th, 2018, that’s starting one week from next Monday – therefore the curbside recycling program will be on hold during that time frame – the contractor will resume normal curbside pickup on Monday, January 8th, 2018, & will be prepared to pick up extra recyclables – the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

 

(NEWTON)  The Jasper County Board of Review is continuing with its duties for the 2017 assessment year – all complaints must be filed or postmarked on or before December 22nd, 2017, a week from tomorrow, in the Jasper County Office Building, at 204 West Washington Street, in Newton – office hours are mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, Monday thru Friday – afternoons by appointment only – for more information or to set up an appointment as soon as possible, call the Jasper County Assessment Office at  618-783-8042.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON)  Two area lawmakers have traveling office hours today :  State Representative David Reis will be available to meet with constituents this morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Newton City Hall  :  Congressman John Shimkus has a member of his staff available to meet with walk-ins this morning from 10:30 to 12:00 at the Olney City Hall and this afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 at the City Hall in Lawrenceville.

 

(NEWTON/OLNEY)  All area blood donors are encouraged to get out and give blood at their next chance – here’s the list of upcoming regional blood drives  :   today at the Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30  :  today at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00  :  also today at the Dieterich High School from 2:00 to 6:00  :  tomorrow at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00  :  Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30  :  all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS  :
    Santa Claus will be visiting the Clay City Firehouse this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – Santa will have treat bags for all children, plus the Clay City Banking Company will be providing free pictures of the children with Santa – all youngsters are encouraged to stop by Saturday afternoon


    Richland County resident & author Gary Totten will have a “book signing” this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Roll With It Bakery, located at 1610 East Main Street in Olney – with a lot of recent requests for his book, entitled “The Life of a Dog & Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland,” Gary welcomes everyone to stop by and purchase a personalized copy of his book for a Christmas gift – all are invited


    The Richland County Elementary School 2nd Grade classes will perform their Christmas program entitled “Christmas Jubilation” this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Hardy, Seals, & Shawver will perform at 10:00 this morning while the classes of teachers Anselment, Lynn, & Smith will perform at 10:00 tomorrow morning – everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances


        Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits from 6:00 to 8:00 both Friday night and Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

December 13, 2017

 

(OLNEY) We will stay dry with colder air in place until a slight warm up on Saturday & Sunday this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON) Illinois residents are being reminded that if they need health insurance coverage for next year they must register by Friday night. The Illinois Department of Insurance says it is issuing the reminder because people may not understand that they can no longer change their plan in January after receiving their first premium bill. The department say people looking to purchase insurance should visit GetCovered.Illinois.Gov to view individual plans offered both on and off the exchange. Consumers with questions or hoping to sign up for a plan over the phone may request to speak to a licensed insurance agent by calling 866-311-1119 weekdays from 7am to 8pm.

 

(OLNEY) The state of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction. Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialist who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services. The statewide helpline is available at 1-833-2FINDHELP.

 

(NEWTON) This is the final Friday for the 2017 Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas. A celebration of Burl Ives’ most beloved Christmas character Sam the Snowman from the famous movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Come by the square in Newton this Friday from 5 to 7pm for pictures with Santa at Dance Hall Studio. At 7pm it’s the Gigantic Holly Jolly Giveaway, be sure to register on the square, all prizes donated by area businesses. Visit with Santa Claus and a host of Holly Jolly Characters, Great Shopping, Live Music and much more this final Friday.

 

(OLNEY) The Southern Smilers 4H Club Ronald McDonald House Charities Fundraising Drive is going on this week. Items needed include: Clorox Disinfecting wipes, Pledge, New Pillows, Gloves, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, 8 oz. Water Bottles, Small Toys and Stuffed Animals, Crayons, Trash Bags and more. Donations can be given to any of the local 4H members, or by contacting Emily Brown. Sears is Olney has been so generous to allow donations to be delivered there as well. Donations must be turned in by this Thursday, Dec. 14th, Items will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 15th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) The leaf collections are continuing in Newton and Olney : the City of Olney will continue leaf pick up for one more week as Olney residents can call City Hall for pick up no later than next Monday, December 18th, – the loose leaf piles which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – for those bagging leaves, the bags should be placed by the street – plus Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays : meanwhile, the City of Newton has extended the leaf pick up until December 14th, this coming Thursday – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street – only leaves will be vacuumed, no twigs & no tree limbs – Newton residents can call 783-8511 and leave a message with address & phone number to have leaves picked up – the last day for vacuuming is Thursday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Two area lawmakers will have traveling office hours this week, on Thursday, the 14th : State Representative David Reis will be available to meet with constituents this Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Newton City Hall – Reis also reminds folks that his District Office at 219 East Main Street in Olney is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30, or by calling 618-392-0108 : Congressman John Shimkus will have a member of his staff available to meet with walk-ins this Thursday morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Hall and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Lawrenceville City Hall – the Congressman’s Office in Effingham is also available by phone, at 217-347-7947.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Ministerial Association is continuing to accept contributions for its Christmas Food Box project – donations of cash, food, and even physical assistance is being accepted – in fact, all food donations are needed by this coming Friday, December 15th, by dropping the food off at the First Baptist Church in Newton – to see how you can still help out those in need this Christmas season in Jasper County, again with a donation of either time, food, and/or money, call today at 618-783-2226.

 

(NEWTON) It’s a “Meet the Candidates” Breakfast coming up this Saturday morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – biscuits & gravy will be served – among the scheduled guests are Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, plus many others – it’s all sponsored by the Jasper County Democrats – all are invited to stop by and meet the candidates.

 

(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 Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15 : Thursday at the Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30 : Thursday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00 : Thursday at the High School in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00 : Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00 : Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 : all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :

   The Peyton Sisters Christmas Concert will be this Sunday evening at the St. Paul Church, at 222 North Lincoln Street, in Olney, starting at 6:00 – a free will donation will be taken – all are invited to attend

   Santa Claus will be visiting the Clay City Firehouse this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 – Santa will have treat bags for all children, plus the Clay City Banking Company will be providing free pictures of the children with Santa – all youngsters are encouraged to stop by Saturday afternoon

   Richland County resident & author Gary Totten will have a “book signing” this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 at the Roll With It Bakery, located at 1610 East Main Street in Olney – with a lot of recent requests for his book, entitled “The Life of a Dog & Other Tales, Stories From the Rural Heartland,” Gary welcomes everyone to stop by and purchase a personalized copy of his book for a Christmas gift – all are invited

   The Richland County Elementary School 2nd Grade classes will perform their Christmas program entitled “Christmas Jubilation” later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Hardy, Seals, & Shawver will perform at 10:00 Thursday morning while the classes of teachers Anselment, Lynn, & Smith will perform at 10:00 Friday morning – everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances

      Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits from 6:00 to 8:00 both Friday night and Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building

 

 

 

December 12, 2017

 

(OLNEY) We will stay dry with colder air in place until a slight warm up on Saturday & Sunday this weekend – stay tuned for updates.

 

(NEWTON) Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public’s input in its annual traveler opinion survey. The Illinois Department of Transportation survey is available through December 31st. It’s conducted through the University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office. Respondents are asked about topics like road conditions, ice and snow removal, commuting habits and driving behaviors. State Transportation secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the department wants to be aware of opportunities to improve “how we maintain and grow Illinois’ transportation system”. The department has conducted the survey since 2001. This year for the first time it’s available online.

 

(OLNEY) Fifth and sixth grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year’s Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest, sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – this year’s theme, “Illinois is Celebrating 200 Years : How Can You Be an Environmental Pioneer?,” focuses on helping to preserve & protect our air, land, & water for the next 200 years in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial – the entry deadline is February 1st, 2018 – for more details on the contest, schools and their teachers should check the State EPA’s website online, at  www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/education/contest/index.

 

(NEWTON) The State DNR is reporting the total deer harvest numbers for the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that ended a week ago yesterday – the 80,021 preliminary deer harvest number compares to the 79,559 deer taken during the seven days in 2016 – an increase of only 462 deer, which is less than a half of a tenth of a percentage point more than last year – meanwhile, hunters in our ten county region harvested 9,812 deer this year during the seven day season, that’s 1,778 more than last year, an 18% increase from a year ago – while Wayne County had the highest total among the ten counties, it along with Wabash County had lower harvest totals than 2016 – the 2nd highest area deer harvest this year was in Clay County, followed by Crawford, Jasper, Effingham, Cumberland, Richland, Lawrence, Edwards, and Wabash.

 

(OLNEY) the Olney City Council met last night- the city sold surplus property at 1403 E. Elm to Dolls, Inc., authorized destruction of closed session minutes, approved a redevelopment agreement with Wease Equipment, renewed the property insurance for the city, approved several reports regarding the pension fund, approved a new residential development assistance program-the city helps pay part of the cost for a new sub division development, the city wants to encourage new housings and developments and approved entering into an agreement to have Murals painted in downtown Olney in 2020. The next regular meeting of the City of Olney will be Jan.8th.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) The leaf collections are continuing in Newton and Olney : the City of Olney will continue leaf pick up for one more week as Olney residents can call City Hall for pick up no later than next Monday, December 18th, a week from today – the loose leaf piles which should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in ditches and not in the streets – for those bagging leaves, the bags should be placed by the street – plus Olney’s brush dump is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays : meanwhile, the City of Newton has extended the leaf pick up until December 14th, this coming Thursday – the leaves must be on the roadside of the ditch near the street or at the edge of the street – only leaves will be vacuumed, no twigs & no tree limbs – Newton residents can call 783-8511 and leave a message with address & phone number to have leaves picked up – the last day for vacuuming is Thursday.

 

(OLNEY/NEWTON) Two area lawmakers will have traveling office hours this week, on Thursday, the 14th : State Representative David Reis will be available to meet with constituents this Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Newton City Hall – Reis also reminds folks that his District Office at 219 East Main Street in Olney is open weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30, or by calling 618-392-0108 : Congressman John Shimkus will have a member of his staff available to meet with walk-ins this Thursday morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the Olney City Hall and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Lawrenceville City Hall – the Congressman’s Office in Effingham is also available by phone, at 217-347-7947.

 

(NEWTON) The Jasper County Ministerial Association is continuing to accept contributions for its Christmas Food Box project – donations of cash, food, and even physical assistance is being accepted – in fact, all food donations are needed by this coming Friday, December 15th, by dropping the food off at the First Baptist Church in Newton – to see how you can still help out those in need this Christmas season in Jasper County, again with a donation of either time, food, and/or money, call today at 618-783-2226.

 

(NEWTON) It’s a “Meet the Candidates” Breakfast coming up this Saturday morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newton, with serving from 8:00 to 11:00 – biscuits & gravy will be served – among the scheduled guests are Democratic candidate for Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, plus many others – it’s all sponsored by the Jasper County Democrats – all are invited to stop by and meet the candidates.

 

(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 : Wednesday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 12:15 to 7:15 : Thursday at the Oblong High School from 8:30 to 2:30 : Thursday at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson from 1:00 to 5:00 : Thursday at the High School in Dieterich from 2:00 to 6:00 : Friday at the Olney Fire Department from 2:00 to 6:00 : Sunday morning at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Ste. Marie from 7:30 to 11:30 : all blood types and platelets are needed.

 

REMINDERS :

   The Richland County Elementary School 2nd Grade classes will perform their Christmas program entitled “Christmas Jubilation” later this week in the RCES dining hall – the classes of teachers Hardy, Seals, & Shawver will perform at 10:00 Thursday morning while the classes of teachers Anselment, Lynn, & Smith will perform at 10:00 Friday morning – everyone is welcome to attend one or both performances

   The Rides Mass Transit Annual Tour of Lights is tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 12th – the tour will include the Christmas Lights Display in the Olney City Park, plus supper at the nostalgic Hovey’s Restaurant in downtown Olney – to reserve a seat or more, call the Rides Office, at 877-667-6123

   The Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a South Bend Chocolate Company fundraiser today in the hospital’s private dining rooms – that’s today from 8:00 to 3:00 – the proceeds will go to the Auxiliary to help fund its various projects at the hospital

   Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Lights Display, lit up each night thru December 31st, in the Olney City Park – from dusk to 10:00 each night – plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits from 6:00 to 8:00 both Friday night and Saturday night in the Olney City Park Community Building