More storms on the way

by Steve Dunford

There is a line of Thunderstorms that are crossing the Mississippi as we speak.  They are slow moving in front of an advancing cold front toward the area.  Small hail and wind gust up to 40 mph have been reported with these storms.  They are below severe limits.

The first round this morning brought some much needed relief to the dry conditions.  Radar generated rain totals from around the county go from .3″ near Zeigler and Royalton, .6″ around Christopher one inch around Benton Sesser and West Frankfort, pockets of 1.5″ around Thompsonville, to over 2″ northeast of Ewing.

The Storm Prediction Center still has us placed under a moderate risk (level 1 or 5) for the risk of damaging thunderstorm winds.   The SPC was eying Southern Illinois for the possibility of issuing a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

I look for a few significant weather advisories to be issued and maybe one or two Severe Thunderstorm Warnings to be issued.

I will be monitoring the storms as they approach.   I will try to post statements on the website.  However, I will keep the Facebook page updated frequently during any severe weather event.

I am trying to tweak how I do things.  I have only posted the forecast here lately if there is a change.  I am going to go back to doing it on a daily basis again.   The Hazardous Weather Outlook and the seven day forecast are posted below.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

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

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

The Storm Prediction Center continues to outlook a marginal risk
of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, particularly
from 3 to 8 p.m. Damaging wind is the primary severe weather
concern, with a limited risk for large hail. Storm hazards will
also include lightning and heavy rain.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Wednesday through Monday

A chance of thunderstorms is forecast for all or a portion of the
region late Saturday night through Sunday night. Locally heavy
rainfall and lightning will be the primary concerns.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation is possible this afternoon and evening,
especially across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

Seven Day Forecast

This Afternoon
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 8 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Light and variable wind.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Light south southeast wind.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 59. South wind around 5 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 65. South wind around 8 mph.
Sunday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South southwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind around 7 mph.

 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS OF THE ALLEGED ESCAPE CONVICTS

by Steve Dunford

I know people are getting bits and pieces of the story on social media. I am still learning the ropes as a journalist.
One thing that I have learned in this situation is to keep things in ONE story and pass updates along. Our website has been down since Wednesday night. Social Media is all that I have at my disposal. Here is a timeline. The times are approximate.
I will share information that I hear from a house fire or an accident immediately so people can avoid the area. In this situation I was waiting for law enforcement to share.

Friday Night

6:30 PM. I knew something was going down at McDonalds. I did not know what it was at the time. I knew surveillance cameras were being checked around all the area businesses.

7:30 PM. The rumors began to circulate on social media what was going on. I was waiting to get the OK from law enforcement to share. I called WSIL-TV. They told me they had a reporter on the way.
In times of emergency, media sources put their information together. They told me they would contact me. I told them I would check their website for any information that needs to be passed along, and don’t worry about getting a hold of me.

9:00 P.M. Channel 3 broke the story. All the rumors that have been floating around, I confirmed.

9:30 P.M. I was told of the story the Crittenden County KY, paper ran, in which it was not discovered the inmates escaped until the van arrived at their jail. They were federal inmates being transported by a private company.

10:15 P.M. There was an attempted break-in in the Whittington Area, in which the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police was handling the case.

11:00 P.M. This is when mugshots were being shared of the escapees.

When I woke up this morning, I discovered that Charles Kelly was caught last night behind the Crittenden County Press office at 11:15 p.m.
When I contacted the West City Police Department this morning, they said there was nothing new on the investigation.
I have also been in contact with Crittenden County authorities, and they still are investigating.
One question that I have in this case is whether the inmates were being transported to a federal facility and they were being housed overnight, or whether Crittenden County houses federal inmates in an agreement similar to what Jefferson County has here at home.
I will post any new information and will update this timeline when I find out anything additional.

SIU political science internship to honor Barb Brown

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, IL. – An internship offered by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Political Science is being renamed to honor the life and legacy of a longtime local, state and national political figure and public servant.
The Barb Brown Springfield Internship places well-qualified students with government agencies, select elected officials, political interest groups and lobbying organizations during the spring semester to coincide with the Illinois legislative session. The internship honors Brown, an SIU alumna and former political science lecturer for more than 30 years, who passed away in May 2016.

The paid internship is open to junior and senior political science majors and includes students who have a double major. Students can receive up to 15 hours of academic credit. Interns will perform a variety of tasks, including legislative and policy research, committee monitoring, and other activities focused on lobbying.

“I was happy to learn of the decision of the Department of Political Science to name the Springfield internship program in memory of Barb,” Brown’s husband, Richard, said. “I know how much she worked to develop the internship opportunities for the students of the department so that they could enjoy the experience of working in fields of government related services as students.

“Because of her many contacts and friends in Springfield, she was able to develop continuing opportunities for students of the department,” he added.  “I know that it would be her hope that the cooperation she received for placement of the students will continue for the education of future students in the department.”

Brown was Randolph County circuit clerk from 2000 to 2012, earned her doctorate from SIU Carbondale in 1985. She taught American government and democracy classes to international students through a summer program funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Brown was co-founder and former president of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership; vice-chair for the Democratic Party of Illinois; co-founder and president of Southwestern Illinois Democratic Women, and founder and president of Southern Illinois Democratic Women. She was a precinct committeewoman, former chair of the Randolph County Democratic Central Committee, and treasurer for the Pierre Menard Democrat Club. She was a nine-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a two-time candidate for 58th State Senate District, and served roles in the presidential campaigns of President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.

Brown helped establish the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Randolph County, served on the Chester Public Library Board of Trustees, started and led Chester Aces 4-H club, and was a longtime Rotary International member and an organizing member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Liberty of the West chapter.

The paid internship is open to junior and senior political science majors and includes students who have a double major. Students can receive up to 15 hours of academic credit. Interns will perform a variety of tasks, including legislative and policy research, committee monitoring, and other activities focused on lobbying.

Randy Burnside, associate professor, is program director. For more information, contact Burnside at 453-3174 or burnside@siu.edu.

Liz Brown-Reeves recalls that Brown was the first woman she personally met who had a passion for politics and public service. Brown was her professor, Model Illinois Government adviser, mentor and friend, Brown-Reeves said.

From a legislative internship in Springfield, to later working on the legislative staff of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago and then opening her own lobbying firm that sponsors SIU Carbondale interns, Brown-Reeves said she and Brown remained close.

“The direction and guidance of Barb Brown in my life has been a cornerstone for my success,” Brown-Reeves said.

Rain chances diminish to 30% Saturday, chance of rain again on Monday

by Steve Dunford

Expected weather through the end of the work week. (NWS-Paducah)

Dry conditions still continue. Here in West Frankfort yesterday, we just got enough rain to settle the dust.  The southeast side of the county received a half-inch of rain in places, around Sesser to the northwest, there was about a quarter of an inch.  This information is from the National Weather Service in Paducah.

Earlier in the week, it looked like that showers and thunderstorms would possibly hamper the Friday Night Lights.  That is not the case now.  Going into week seven, there has not been any weather interruptions this season.

There is a tropical depression that is forming in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.  If it intensifies, we will share information as there are a lot of people that vacation there in this area.

Seven Day Forecast

This Afternoon
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Light south wind.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday
A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Columbus Day
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning.
Monday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Light and variable wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.
Tuesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

 

Plans to build medical clinic in Zeigler are on hold

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/36514866/plans-to-build-medical-clinic-in-zeigler-are-on-hold

WSIL photo

ZEIGLER, IL – (Evie Allen, WSIL-TV.  Please click from the link above for the full story and video.  Here is an excerpt below.)

With the City of Zeigler’s finances under scrutiny, some wonder if it has played a part in slowing down plans for a new medical clinic.

Mayor Dennis Mitchell told News 3, money for the clinic is still there, but other problems have halted plans, for now.

The dream for and old bank building in Zeigler to become a medical center, is now on hold.

Making the total cost around $525,000. Mitchell also said the “Morthland Foundation” had a part in the lease agreement.

Representatives with the Morthland Foundation told News 3, they still hope to move forward with the clinic as well.

 

Born at 22 Weeks Baby Micah Could Easily Have Been Aborted, But Babies Like Him are Surviving

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/07/born-at-22-weeks-baby-micah-could-easily-have-been-aborted-but-babies-like-her-are-surviving/

Micah and Danielle today

(Sarah Zagorski   – Life News.  Please click on the link above for the full story. Here is an excerpt below)

NOTE:  When I was posting the release from Mike Bost about the coalition of Illinoiscongressman who had the statement about the veto of HB 40 in the house.  There was a link to this story.  I do not apologize for being pro-life.  – Steve

On May 6, a study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine that reveals that more “micro preemies” are living outside the womb than doctors thought possible. Currently, a micro preemie is considered to be a baby born weighing less than 1 pound, 12 ounces or before 26-weeks.

According to the New York Times, the study found that some babies born at 22-weeks who receive advanced medical care have survived with few health problems. Additionally, researchers said that of the 755 born at 23 weeks, treatment was given to 542. Of those, about a third of those survived, and about half of the babies had no significant health problems.

For example, 22-week-old Micah Pickering (shown above) was born in 2012 and is now a fairly healthy toddler. His parents, Danielle and Clayton Pickering, chose to pursue treatment for their baby even though his health appeared grim. Danielle said, “We figured he was our baby, and he was what the Lord had given us, and we would just do everything we could.”

Chance of showers this afternoon

Isolated showers and possibly a thunderstorm will continue to be possible across mainly southern Illinois and southeast Missouri through late afternoon. (NWS Paducah)

Seven Day Forecast

This Afternoon
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind around 9 mph.
Tonight
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Wednesday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Light south southwest wind.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 7 to 9 mph.
Saturday
A chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. South southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday
A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 3 to 7 mph.
Sunday Night
A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind around 6 mph.
Columbus Day
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Trump surveys hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, meets San Juan mayor after feud

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/03/trump-lands-in-hurricane-ravaged-puerto-rico-as-defends-administration-s-storm-response.html

 

President Trump is seen greeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly criticized the president’s actions since the storm wreaked havoc on the territory last month.  (White House pool photo)

SAN JUAN, PR –  (Alex Pappas, Fox News. Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) 

President Trump visited storm-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday to survey damage and talk to residents, while also meeting and briefly praising the San Juan mayor following their feud over the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria.

The president, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, participated in a packed briefing on storm recovery shortly after landing at Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in San Juan.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly criticized the president’s actions since the storm wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory last month, was seen shaking Trump’s hand and joining him for the briefing in a hangar.

RLC Foundation Children’s Center receives five-year NAEYC Accreditation

by ReAnne Palmer

 

One-year-old Olivia Gonzalez of Valier plays on a slide in the recently-opened Skill Development Room at the RLC Foundation Children’s Center. Gonzalez is one of many children who benefit from the RLCFCC’s NAEYC accreditation.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

INA, IL– Children enrolled at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC) will continue to learn and play for the next five years on the Ina campus, thanks to consistently high standards met by their teachers and staff.
Last week, the RLCFCC received official word from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) of their successful completion of the accreditation process for early learning programs. The accreditation is valid through October 1, 2022.

RLCFCC Director Brooke May said the center has maintained NAEYC accreditation since 2003 by upholding high standards and criteria, which specifically includes extra effort to sustain classroom and program portfolios.
“NAEYC accreditation is the means to promoting high-quality early learning for all young children. We work non-stop every day to ensure that we adhere to their standards,” said May. “Our staff works hard at connecting best early childhood practice, policy, and developmentally-appropriate programming in our center. We are extremely happy with the results of our site visit findings and being awarded another five years of NAEYC accreditation.”

To achieve accreditation, the RLCFCC had to meet a number of program and classroom criteria, which include areas such as relationships, teaching, assessment of child progress, teachers, families, community relations, and many others.
In three areas – assessment of child progress, families, and community relations – the RLCFCC scored 100 percent plus, proving they go above and beyond expectations. May said those areas are extremely important and continue to be the focus for the teachers and staff.

“We serve the children and families in our program by being dedicated to upholding high quality standards, as well as striving to be an exemplary model of what quality early childhood education looks like,” said May. “Plus, we feel that involving the community and families in our center is an integral part to creating a true partnership and being successful in being seen as a member of our local society.”

NAEYC also commended the RLCFCC for their exemplary teaching staff. May said the teachers and staff work tirelessly to stay current on educational trends and practices to provide the best of the best for the children enrolled.

“Our teachers constantly strive to learn and follow best practices in Early Childhood Education, as well as seek out additional resources to enhance our educational program,” said May. “Our teachers work as a team to make sure our center provides the highest quality child care for the families in our community.”

The RLCFCC will soon be enrolling students for the Spring 2018 semester. Enrollment for all classrooms opens Wednesday, Nov. 1. To learn more about the RLCFCC, contact Director Brooke May at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1393 or mayb@rlc.edu.

ReAnne Palmer is a Public Information Specialist For Rend Lake College

SHARE THE ROAD

DU QUOIN, IL –  As harvest seasons quickly approaches, the ISP wants to remind everyone to share the road. Because EVERYONE has a vested interst in roadway safety!

For Farmers – Make sure all slow moving vehicle emblems are visible and lights are activated; Take your combine’s head off to minimize width while traveling between fields; Be considerate while traveling – travel during lighter traffic times (for instance a roadway near a school at 8AM and 3PM Mon – Fri would be a high traffic time) and pull over often to let traffic congestion behind you ease up.

For Motorists – If it isn’t legal to pass a regular vehicle, it isn’t legal to pass a farm vehicle – no matter how slow they may be traveling; Allow extra room when passing and increase your following distance to get a better view around the extra width of machinery; Allow extra travel time during harvest season when near fields to reduce frustration levels – Be patient!; Put down your distractions!

Working TOGETHER, we can make this harvest season the safest ever.

From The Illinois State Police, District 13. DuQuoin