Severin to Hold Satellite Office Hours in Sesser on August 1st

Press Release for the office of State Representative Dave Severin

MARION, IL –  State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) will be holding satellite office hours at Sesser City Hall, 302 W Franklin St, in Sesser from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday August 1st.

Rep. Severin’s staff will be available to meet with constituents to address concerns and receive feedback on the issues most important to them.

If you have any questions, please contact Rep. Severin’s District Office at (618) 440-5090 or through the contact form on his website at www.repseverin.com.

 

Benton City Council hears about insurance benefit program

http://www.bentoneveningnews.com/news/20170726/benton-city-council-hears-about-insurance-benefit-program

BENTON, IL –  (Rick Hayes, Benton Evening News.  Please click on the link above to hear the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

David Goncher, a sales representative for Colonial Life, presented the Benton City Council with insurance options for its employees Monday evening.
“This is an opportunity making this as a substitute or addition to Liberty Mutual. In the past we’ve had a lack of response from the issues that we have had with Liberty Mutual, and this could be an alternative that we could have,” Finance Commissioner Dennis Miller said

In other business, the council approved using funds from the Republic Services community program to pay travel and lodging expenses for mural artist John Cerney, who has completed a mural of George Harrison. Council member Donnie Wyant rescinded his motion from an earlier meeting when the expenses were denied.

Approval of an emergency personnel ambulance ordinance was approved but the council tabled the mutual aid agreement, noting updates were needed with Abbott Ambulance Service and West Frankfort Fire Department.

Soggy Thursday…..Fabulous Friday

by Steve Dunford

Over the next few hours, we will receive moderate to heavy rainfall, with a few rumbles of thunder, across Southern Illinois.  The large area of showers extends into Northeast Missouri.

It is on my bucket list to download a radar program, with velocity on storms.  My estimate is the storms are moving at a good clip at 30-40 mph.

We are still under a marginal risk for severe weather.  This will mainly be determined if the sun will come out after this round of percipitation, to provide instability in the atmosphere.  It is possible this large area of precipitation that is coming through will take a lot of the convective energy with it.

I do not have any scientific evidence to prove this, but it is out of observation.  Storms have been moving northwest to southeast now for about a month.  There is a possibility that we might have an early fall.

With winds shifting to the NNE after the cold front passes in the next 24 hours, they will blow the humidity out of here for the weekend.  With highs in the low 80’s, the air will have a fall feel to it.

Temperatures will moderate into the mid to upper 80’s by mid week.  There is not a 90 degree day in sight.  Enjoy it, and give your air conditioner a break, as window opening weather is on the way.

Below, is the Hazardous Weather Outlook and the Seven Day Forecast.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Paducah KY
335 AM CDT Thu Jul 27 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern
Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast
Missouri.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will move across the northern
parts of the region today and across all of the area by this
afternoon or evening. A few severe thunderstorms with damaging
wind gusts are possible. Locally heavy rain is expected.

Across southeast Missouri and southern parts of western Kentucky,
heat indices may reach 100 to 105 degrees before the storms
arrive.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Friday through Wednesday

A chance of thunderstorms will continue Friday morning across all
of the area and across mainly western Kentucky Friday afternoon.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation may be requested this afternoon and tonight for
reports of severe weather including heavy rain and flooding.

Detailed Forecast

Thursday
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Thursday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5 to 11 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 63. North northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 81. North northeast wind 6 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night
Clear, with a low around 58. North northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 85. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 63. East northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind.

J & C Produce and Pies – Hit at local Farmer’s Markets as well as their stand at home

by Steve Dunford

SESSER, IL –  There have been several circles in my life, that brought me in contact with Jim and Carleen Roberts of Sesser.

Jim and Carleen Roberts

When I was working my way through college at McDonald’s in West City, I worked with Carleen, as well has her two kids Julie and Craig.  She was one of three “McDonald’s moms from the Sesser area.  Mary Lou Galloway was another one at West City.  When I transferred to West Frankfort to be a shift manager, I worked with Kay Wangler in Sesser.  They served as a mother figure to all of us teenagers that worked there.

Carleen would bring goodies for us kids to eat, especially around Christmas time.  She has made pies for people as long as I can remember.

With my dad being a long time Free Will Baptist preacher, I would run into their family at denominational events as well.  The family has attended Bear Point FWB Church, just west of Sesser-Valier school.  Their children grew up in the church until they moved from the area.

The couple spends the winter in Frostproof, Florida, which several people from Southern Illinois spend there.  Jim always posts pictures of nice crappie, and occasionally some bluegill that he catches down there.  Here in Franklin County, it is not frost proof there.  When we had the freezing rain event last winter, Jim posted a nice mess of fish.  I was a little jealous and my mouth was watering.

After Jim retired from Consolidated Coal north of Sesser, (formerly Inland Steel), along with the couple snowbirding south for the winter, Jim comes back home and plants a huge garden,  He as well,  rents some empty lots in Sesser.  Carleen specializes in fried pies.

Jim was a presenter for the University of Illinois cooperative services in seminars for vegetable farming.  Jim and Carleen attend the West Frankfort Farmers Market since the beginning on Tuesdays, and the Benton Farmers Market at the Civic Center on Thursdays.

Over the years, I have consumed a lot of fried pies.  On most Tuesday’s since I moved to WF, I make the six block trek to the park to consume some fried pies.  From looking at me you can tell I like to eat, and it is a well two bucks spent.

The couple has ran a vegetable stand at their home on the north side of Sesser for years.  I didn’t buy much veggies off of them over the year because I had my own garden.  It is something that I miss since I live in an apartment now.  There is nothing like planting your own food like watching it grow.  Next year, I might do some “Oliver Wendell Douglas farming”

The West Frankfort Farmers Market is every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the park, in the shelter behind the Aquatics Center.  Carleen’s pies go quick.  Next Monday, I will run a story on all the venders and what they have for sale.  The market is well supported.  If you have not been there, check it out.

Danny Thomas, our Song Leader and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church has a saying when someone is a good person, they are one of the good guys or gals.  This fits Jim and Carleen.

Updated Hazarous Weather Outlook

Stormy Thursday….After front passes early Friday Morning, an awesome weekend on Tap

By Steve Dunford

The Storm Prediction Center has placed Southern Illinois in a marginal risk (level 1 of 5) risk of severe weather for tonight.  The good news is they have downgraded us from a slight risk to a marginal for tomorrow at this time.

Friday through Sunday will be a gorgeous day to be out in Southern Illinois.  Highs should be in the low 80’s with the low at night around 60.

The updated hazardous Weather Outlook and forecast is below.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Paducah KY
426 PM CDT Wed Jul 26 2017

.DAY ONE…Tonight

A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 8 PM for southeast
Missouri, most of southern Illinois, and western Kentucky except
the Pennyrile region. Heat indices will remain around 105 degrees
away from thunderstorm activity.

There is a chance of thunderstorms tonight, mainly along and north
of a line from Carbondale to Owensboro. The main hazards will be
locally heavy rain and gusty winds up to 40 mph.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Thursday through Tuesday

Thunderstorms are likely Thursday and Thursday night as a strong
cold front moves across our region. A few severe thunderstorms
with damaging wind gusts are possible. Locally heavy rain is
expected.

Across southeast Missouri and southern parts of west Kentucky,
heat indices may reach 100 to 105 degrees before the storms
arrive Thursday.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation may be requested Thursday afternoon and night.

This Afternoon
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Thursday
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5 to 9 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 82. North northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
Saturday Night
Clear, with a low around 60. Northeast wind 3 to 8 mph.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 85. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 65. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind

Good Samaritan, police officers honored for saving woman from sinking car

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/35971221/good-samaritan-police-officers-honored-for-saving-woman-from-sinking-car

WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  (Logan Gay, WPSD – TV.  Please click on the link for the full story and video.  Here is an excerpt below.)

WPSD photo

A woman in West Frankfort, Illinois, almost lost her life in a flood in April. Her car was almost completely submerged in water when first responders and good Samaritans jumped in the water to save her.

The three men were recognized at an event Tuesday by Illinois State Rep. Dave Severin.

April 29 is a day Dustin Shelton will never forget. He and his family were traveling to West Frankfort to visit relatives when his car approached a flooded road. He got out of his car, and was told that a woman was trapped in her car in the water.

FOWLER WEEK IN REVIEW JULY 17 – 21

Press release from the office of State Senator Dale Fowler

HARRISBURG, IL – Illinois lawmakers are expecting to be called back to Springfield for another special session on education funding reform, according to State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg).

Primary and secondary education funding is still not finalized as part the budget that took effect on July 1, in part due to legislative language that made it subject to passing a new education funding formula. Additionally, with the uncertainty of not having schools totally funded yet, many Southern Illinois educational districts lack the funds to open their doors for a full school year.

The road block to educational funding for the 2017-2018 school year has been a parliamentary hold that was placed on Senate Bill 1, by the Senate’s majority leadership. Even though the legislation passed in late May, the bill has yet to be sent to the Governor’s desk for action, which in effect makes Illinois students political hostages because of a proposed bail out for Chicago schools.

The Governor’s Office has vowed to issue an amendatory veto of the legislation, to remove a controversial proposal which would serve up hundreds of millions in additional revenues to the failing Chicago Public School system. With the Governor’s veto, more monies would be freed up for the remaining 851 school districts across Illinois.

Fowler hosts inaugural agricultural advisory committee

Senator Fowler hosted a July 22 agricultural advisory committee meeting in Harrisburg, with the purpose of hearing from local agricultural producers and leaders. Illinois Director of Agriculture Raymond Poe joined the group to discuss the latest issues facing farmers. Topics varied from environmental regulations to rural road weight limits and farm taxation policy. The meeting’s importance cannot be stressed lightly, as one out of every four Illinois jobs are tied to agriculture.

West City Approves Random Drug Screening for Village Employees

http://www.bentongazette.com/news/west-city-approves-random-drug-screening-for-village-employees/article_6f3c1878-6cd7-11e7-9e6e-8f732b18a7ae.html

WEST CITY, IL  – (William McPherson, Benton Gazette.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

The Village of West City has approved amendments to an ordinance to allow for random drug testing of village staff.

West City Attorney Ronald Giacone says the program will cover three separate types of drug testing. Those types include standard pre-employment drug tests, reasonable cause tests, and randomized drug tests.

According to Giacone, reasonable cause testing would be enacted in cases where the safety of a city employee was concerned, or where there would have been prior incidents which led to reasonable suspicion of drug use from supervisors or village officials.

Heat Advisory from Noon until 8:00p.m. tomorrow

..URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Paducah KY


Hazardous heat indices expected on Wednesday…

.A southwest wind flow of hot and very humid air will occur ahead
of a cold front Wednesday.

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM CDT WEDNESDAY…

 

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Heat
Advisory, which is in effect from noon to 8 PM CDT Wednesday. This
advisory includes southeast Missouri, southwest Illinois, and far
western Kentucky. The area is along and west of a line from Mount
Vernon Illinois to Paducah and Mayfield Kentucky.
* TEMPERATURE…High temperatures will be mostly in the mid 90s.
The peak heat index in the afternoon will generally be around
105 degrees.
* IMPACTS…Persons who work or spend time outdoors will be at a
potential risk for heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion or heat
stroke may occur if precautions are not taken. The very young,
the elderly, and those without air conditioning are especially
susceptible to heat related health problems.

Instructions:

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives and neighbors. To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency…call 9 1 1.

Know Where to Go with the Illinois Official Highway Map

Know Where to Go with the Illinois Official Highway Map

Press Release from the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD – The new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg on the cover, is now available. The 2017-2018 maps have QR (quick response) codes for numerous transportation and travel websites, updated route information and useful links.

“It’s time to update your maps,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “These maps are great to keep on hand while traveling throughout our state and are a helpful resource in emergency situations.”

Smartphone users can scan the QR codes printed on the maps for pertinent and timely information during their travels.

• QR codes:

o Getting Around Illinois website
o Amtrak and Illinois high-speed rail websites
o Start Seeing Motorcycles website
o Chicago and St. Louis traffic websites
o Alternative fuels website
o Enjoy Illinois website

• Additional websites:

o Illinois Scenic Byways
o Illinois Amber Alert
o Illinois State Police Scott’s Law (“move over law”)

Made possible by funding from the Federal Highway Administration, the Illinois Official Highway Map is published by the Illinois Department of Transportation every two years on recycled paper with soybean oil-based inks. Contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov to request a map. Free copies also will be available soon at interstate rest areas and at the IDOT tent at the Illinois State Fair, Aug 10-20.