Severe weather threat for today

WPSD TV- Paducah KY graphic

WPSD TV- Paducah KY graphic

As you can see in the graphic above, Franklin County is split between the area of having a slight to a marginal risk for severe weather.

The main threat for today’s storms is damaging thunderstorm winds.  There might be some small hail.  The tornado threat at this time is minimal.

The main ingredient today will be instability.  We have a line of storms that are on top of us now.  These will be non severe with some rumbles of thunder.  If the sun comes out after these and juices the atmosphere,  the severe threat today will be much greater.

Here is the hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight Thunderstorms are possible over all or part of the outlook area today and tonight. A few storms may become severe mainly this afternoon and evening with damaging winds and large hail being the primary hazards. A tornado or two is not out of the question. Otherwise locally heavy downpours and lightning will be the primary hazards.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday Thunderstorms are possible over all or part of the outlook area Wednesday night, Thursday, and Thursday night. Widespread severe weather is not expected at this time. Locally heavy downpours and lightning will be the primary hazards.

From early this afternoon on, I will be able to keep you informed.  The Facebook page will be the best way to receive watches and warnings.  I will try to put them on the website as well if time allows. -sd

Slight risk of severe weather for tomorrow Monday

day2otlk_0600327The Storm Prediction center in Norman OK has Southern Illinois placed under a slight risk of severe weather for tomorrow.  The slight risk boundary runs from points south and east from Chester to Mt. Carmel.

The main threat, for tomorrow afternoon and evening, will be large hail and damaging winds.  Here is the latest hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service in Paducah KY.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight Thunderstorms are possible over all or part of the outlook area late tonight. Locally heavy downpours and lightning will be the primary hazards.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday Thunderstorms are possible over all or part of the outlook area Monday through Monday evening. A few storms may become severe during the afternoon and evening hours with damaging winds and large hail being the primary hazards. Otherwise Locally heavy downpours and lightning will be the primary hazards. Thunderstorms are possible over all or part of the outlook area from Wednesday night through Thursday. Locally heavy downpours and lightning will be the primary hazards.

Please follow the Facebook page throughout the day for updates on the potential for tomorrow.

 

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Marginal risk for severe weather tomorrow

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There is a marginal risk for severe weather tomorrow for Franklin County and the rest of Southern Illinois.

The wind shear in the atmosphere will be high.  The greatest threat will be for damaging thunderstorm winds.  The tornado and hail threat will be minimal.

Here is the latest Hazzardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service in Paducah KY.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight There is a chance of thunderstorms late today and tonight. A few strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out over southeast Missouri tonight. The main hazards will be locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning. A few isolated damaging wind gusts are possible over southeast Missouri. Winds will be gusty from the south this afternoon and evening. Gusts from 30 to 40 mph are possible across our region.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Saturday through Thursday Thunderstorms are likely on Saturday into Saturday evening. Isolated severe storms cannot be ruled out on Saturday. Winds will remain gusty from the south, possibly gusting over 30 mph once again on Saturday. There will be a chance of thunderstorms for much of next week, except for Tuesday and Tuesday night. The main hazards with these storms will be locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning.

We will keep you informed at Franklin County News of the developing situation.

 

 

RLC Culinary Arts Showcase announces menu, reservations available

ReAnne Palmer -Rend Lake College Media Services

The fusion of different cultures and nations created the Rend Lake College Culinary Arts Showcase menu “The Modern Melting Pot,” and locals are invited to have a taste of all there is to offer. The Showcase will open Thursday, March 23, and will run through Friday, April 28 on the Ina campus.

The Culinary Arts Showcase is an event that resembles a fine dining restaurant run by RLC Culinary Arts students enrolled in the Restaurant Management course. Janet Pearce, course instructor, said the students chose the “Modern Melting Pot” theme to reflect the diversity in our everyday food from around the world.

“My students chose the theme to show how we have influences from many different countries in the food we eat today,” said Pearce. “The students would recommend the Hangar Steak or the Sweet Potato Crusted Snapper, but I think the students have done a great job with all the dishes.”

Using the bi-level kitchen and dining area, located in the Student Center on the Ina campus, students work in a variety of roles, ranging from executive chef, sous chef, server, runner, Maître D’, and many more to get hands-on experience in all aspects of the restaurant business.

Guests will have a choice of:

Appetizers

  • Puff Pastry Samosas: Delicate Puff Pastry stuffed with a mixture of Green Curry vegetables.
  • Brie and Smoked Lox Torte: House-made Smoked Salmon on Melted Brie, served with Crackers.
  • Stuffed Mushrooms: Portobello mushrooms stuffed with Crab, Gouda, and Breadcrumbs.

Soup or Salad

  • Minestrone Soup: Hearty beef and vegetable soup with Pasta and Legumes.
  • Soup du Jour: See the server for the soup of the day.
  • Spinach, Blueberry and Broccoli Salad: Sweet and savory with a Yogurt and Buttermilk dressing.
  • Vermont Country Salad: Mixed Greens, Bacon, Croutons, and Cheddar with a Vermont Maple Dressing.

Entrees

  • Hangar Steak: Tender Beef marinated and grilled to medium, served with Wilted Spinach and Roasted Red Potatoes.
  • Stuffed Pork Tenderloin: Pork Tenderloin stuffed with a Bread and Raisin stuffing and Butternut squash.
  • Blackberry BBQ Cornish Hen: Grilled Hen with Blackberry BBQ sauce, served with Onion Rings and Wilted Spinach.
  • Sweet Potato Crusted Snapper: Pan-seared Snapper, crusted with Sweet Potatoes, served with Roasted Asparagus and Wild Rice.
  • Capellini Puttanesca: Fresh Tomatoes, Olives and Italian Seasonings, served over Angel hair Pasta and Garlic Bread.
  • Chicken and Andouille Gumbo: Hearty Cajun Stew, served over Rice with a Corn Cobbett and Corn Muffin.

The Culinary Arts Showcase will be open from 5 – 6:30 p.m., with reservations every half hour, on Thursdays and Fridays between March 23 and April 28, with the exception of Good Friday, April 14. Tickets cost $25 and can be reserved today. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714.

 

 

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RLC hosting Job Search Party April 13

young woman steps forward as she is called in for her interview and shakes hands with her possible new employer. Behind her other candidates wait with their resumes.

young woman steps forward as she is called in for her interview and shakes hands with her possible new employer. Behind her other candidates wait with their resumes.

MT. VERNON, IL– Job seekers are invited to the sixth annual Job Search Party, hosted by Rend Lake College, from 3 – 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon. The free event will bring potential employees in front of a variety of employers.

Attendees looking for employment should come dressed for success, have plenty of copies of their résumé, and be ready and willing to have conversations with potential employers from throughout the Southern Illinois region. A full list of employers is listed below.

Jo Ann Dick, RLC Coordinator of Special Projects, said preparedness is the best tip for job seekers when coming to an event like the Job Search Party.

“The objective is to say one truly memorable thing to employers,” she said. “Take the Job Search Party seriously because you’re making important first impressions. Employers remember only a few of the hundreds of job seekers they meet at every event. Do some research and be prepared to answer questions.”

“The objective is to say one truly memorable thing to employers,” she said. “Take the Job Search Party seriously because you’re making important first impressions. Employers remember only a few of the hundreds of job seekers they meet at every event. Do some research and be prepared to answer questions.”

New this year to the Job Search Party will be two workshops hosted by RLC Career Services. Interviewing Preparation and Professionalism in the Workplace will cover the steps for landing the job and effectiveness. The workshops will start at 3:30, 3:45, 5:00, and 5:30 p.m. – each lasting 15 minutes.

Door prizes for attendees will be drawn on the half hour during the event. A children’s activity area will also be provided courtesy of RLC Project CHILD, which will include coloring, story time, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Also new this year will be a drawing for a success basket.

For more information about the Job Search Party, contact Jo Ann Dick at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1337 or dickj@rlc.edu.

Employers:

  • Aflac Insurance
  • Auto Credit of Southern Illinois
  • Crossroads Community Hospital
  • Garon Foods, Inc.
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Mt. Vernon Police Department
  • Pepsi Mid America
  • Phoenix Modular Elevator
  • Primerica Financial Services
  • Priority Staffing Group
  • Purcell Tire & Service Center
  • Schneider National
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare
  • Staff Quick
  • Transamerica Agency Network
  • United Methodist Children’s Home
  • Withers Broadcasting / Dana Communication

ReAnne Palmer-Rend Lake College Media Services

 

 

 

National Ag Day

This is something that I did not know until the day is nearly over. Thank you farmers for giving us food on the table everyday.- sd

This press release is from State Representative Dave Severin (R Benton)

Today is National Agriculture Day. Illinois is made up of roughly 75 percent farmland, and is one of the nation’s leading producers of soybeans, corn, and other similar commodities. Like many districts in the state, agriculture is a major component of the 117th District’s economy.

I want to extend a special thank you to all farmers and agriculture workers for the important work they do to keep Illinois, the nation and the world fed. I am honored to represent the hard working families that contribute to the state’s robust agricultural economy. 

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