RLC offering SafeLand drilling instruction on Dec. 23

INA, Ill. – Attention all drill rig workers, little more than two weeks stand between you and the next SafeLand training course at Rend Lake College, which is set for 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Coal Mine Training Center. The training course will cover materials required for PEC certification.

Don McBride, RLC Mining Technology Instructor, is a PEC certified instructor, and will teach course curriculum designed to give students information on safety issues, including rigging, fall protection, hazmat, emergency response, welding safety, fire protection and more.

The first SafeLand training was offered at RLC in 2013 in connection with PEC Safety of Mandeville, La. The instructional class is open to anyone in the drilling industry.

“RLC began this program in anticipation of the fracking activity we hoped would come to Southern Illinois, and many of the large oil producers, such as Shell and Exxon, require their rig workers to have PEC certification before allowing them to work on the drill sites,” said McBride.

To register for the class, contact Kacie Hunter at 618-437-5321, Ext. 2373, or email hunterk@rlc.edu. The cost of the class is $95 and individuals must pre-register.

Benton’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ is set for Dec. 19

BENTON — A 10 year tradition continues at approximately 5:30 p.m. at Fred’s in Benton as children in kindergarten through sixth grades are invited to Shop with a Cop.

Morthland game to benefit local family

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, Max Morris Gymnasium in West Frankfort will host “Morthland’s March for Marla,” a halftime fundraising event and 50/50 drawing that will take place during the Morthland College Patriots basketball game against  Blue Mountain Toppers. Initiated by one of the Patriot’s star players, the money will go toward the financial burden of an area family dealing with stage four cancer.

Treasurer race could spark recount; Kirk seeks probe

SPRINGFIELD — The race for state treasurer remains undecided nearly two weeks after Election Day, with both campaigns agreeing fewer than 400 votes now separate the candidates in what could be the closest statewide race in Illinois in at least a century. It also may lead to the first recount request in three decades.

Here’s a link to the story.

Benton man arrested on outstanding warrant

A 46-year-old Benton man was arrested after failing to appear in Franklin County court.

Thomas Wright was arrested Monday on an active Franklin County warrant after he missed a court date.

Wright was taken to the Franklin County Jail for processing.



Free cardiac risk screening from Prairie Heart Institute

Space still available for Prairie Power Check at University Mall

(CARBONDALE, IL) Appointments are still available for the fourth and final Prairie Power Check of 2014 at SIH The Place at University Mall. The Prairie Power Check involves a series of free screenings and cardiac risk assessments for residents of southern Illinois. The last Prairie Power Check for the year is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 from 8:00 am until noon at SIH The Place at University Mall.

Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare encourages women over the age of 45 and men over the age of 35 to be screened for cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose. Participants can also register for an individualized cardiac risk assessment and walk through the mall with leading cardiologists for personal insights on heart health. Those with a family history of heart disease are especially encouraged to attend.
“Your genes, lifestyle and what you eat all play a role in your cardiac health, but there is a comprehensive way to assess your risk for heart disease. While heredity and age are large contributors to heart disease, there are other risk factors that you have the power to change to improve your heart health, and we all could use answers,” said Firas al-Badarin, MD, a cardiologist with Prairie Cardiovascular in Carbondale.
For accurate results, some of the screenings require a fasting period of nine to 12 hours prior to screening.
To register, please call the SIH Call Center at 866-744-2468.

West Frankfort to start assessing fines on landlords in violation of city ordinance

Making good on a promise he made prior to Election Day, Mayor Tom Jordan said Wednesday night that the City of West Frankfort will be taking action against landlords who do not comply with the city’s Non-Owner Occupied Housing Ordinance in the new year.

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne dies at age 81

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday morning at the age of 81.

Here’s a link to the story in the Chicago Tribune.

Franklin County Farm Bureau News

Gay Bowlin, Manager

Temperatures have reached the lowest of the season and the National Weather Service states that these cold temps will be the norm for most of the winter months.

Gay Bowlin

Gay Bowlin

We should not expect anything much warmer than the low 40s through midweek next week.

The fruit prices were incorrect in last week’s article – here are the correct prices listed below
We are taking orders for fruit again this year – the prices are as follows
Grapefruit – 4/5 bushel – $25    2/5 bushel – $15

Oranges – 4/5 bushel – $26       2/5 bushel – $16

Tangelos – 4/5 bushel – $25      2/5 bushel – $15The fruit orders must be received no later than November 24 and will be delivered the week of December 15.

Pecans sell for $9.00 1 lb bag and chocolate covered pecans are $8.00 for 12 oz – they will be available for pick up before Thanksgiving and we are taking orders.  Call the office at 435-3616.

Attention all Franklin County Farm Bureau Members – take the time to mark your calendars for Monday December 1 and to call the office to make your reservations for our County Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be at the Benton Civic Center with food served at 6:15 p.m. There will be a Silent Auction and this year we are pleased to announce that Magician Chris Egelston will be this year’s entertainment.  Call the office at 435-3616 by November 21 to make your reservations.

Drive through rural parts of Illinois and you’ll see them everywhere … on farms and at grain elevators. Piles of corn. Lots of them. Huge piles. Never before has this much corn been harvested in the U.S. In fact, the 2014 growing season was so successful that state officials have approved temporary storage for 107 million bushels of grain (hence the corn piles) because of the likelihood that storage silos will be full both on farms and at grain elevators.

Those piles of corn are symbolic of many things.

They symbolize farmers’ resilience. Just two short years ago, much of the nation’s corn crop burned up in the field as the country’s midsection experienced a punishing drought.

They symbolize farmers’ productivity. This year’s U.S. harvest will set a new record – in excess of 14 billion bushels of corn. For years there has been a trend away from making goods and toward service-industry jobs in this country. Yet farmers have never stopped delivering a tangible product.

They symbolize ingenuity and resourcefulness. Those kernels of corn will become food ingredients both here and abroad. They’ll feed livestock, ultimately nourishing populations around the world that are becoming more prosperous and desiring higher-quality protein. They’ll be converted into fuel in the form of ethanol, which provides jobs for American workers, is better for our environment and moves the U.S. closer to energy independence.

In this crop is food, feed, fuel and fiber. Produced humbly and quietly by farmers who, for generations, have done the same. Benjamin Franklin said, “Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.” All these years later, his words are true at a magnitude he surely never imagined.

With more corn in the U.S. this does not necessarily mean that farmers are making more money – the price of corn per bushel has fallen from over $7 per bushel in 2012 to just over $3 per bushel today. The price to grow corn has not fallen just the selling price. Farmers are not making more money just because they are growing more corn.

American consumers are putting together more meals at home — though not necessarily cooked meals — and eating fewer meals out, according to an a new study by the research firm NPD Group.

This makes for one of the biggest changes in eating patterns of Americans over the past five years, concludes the comprehensive study of more than 7,000 consumers, the 29th Annual Eating Patterns in America Report.

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How much did a vote cost in Illinois gubernatorial race

Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner shattered campaign spending records on the 2014 governor’s race. We crunched the numbers to figure out what each candidate paid per vote. Money well spent?

Here’s a link to the story in Reboot Illinois.