(OLNEY) People are still being encouraged to get involved in this year’s Adopt-A-Family Richland County Christmas gift program as the application deadline is now nearly a week away, December 2nd. While registration forms can be found on the AdoptAFamily Richland County Facebook page, families without access to a computer can stop by the Olney Public Library during regular hours next week for help. Monetary donations can still be sent to the Richland County Good Samaritan PO Box 365 in Olney and AAF added to the memo line to have the donations forwarded to the AAF program. If you have any questions, call 618-838-3989.
(OLNEY) Local residents are once again being asked to help with this year’s 3rd Annual SRO Coat and Sweatshirt Collection for Richland County Students, which runs now through December 12th. While previously worn coats, preferably unstained, will be collected for grades K-5, hooded sweatshirts will be given to students in grades 6-12. Also, monetary donations are used to purchase additional coats and sweatshirts if needed. To give a coat, sweatshirt, or money, and for those who know a student in need, call School Resource Officer, Deputy Brad Ameter at 618-393-2191, extension 3150 and leave a message.
(OLNEY/NEWTON) A few Thanksgiving Day reminders: Most local and regional town and village halls are closed today and tomorrow, including those in Olney, Newton, Noble and elsewhere, with all reopening next Monday: Republic Services observed today’s Thanksgiving Day holiday, so no garbage will be trucked this Thursday, but will be picked up tomorrow and Saturday, with republic garbage collection going back to normal next week on Monday : and the City of Olney brush landfill is closed today, but will be back tomorrow and Saturday Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
(OLNEY) The annual Olney Christmas Parade is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday night. The parade line-up will take place in the Immanuel United Methodist Church parking lot and will be judged from 5:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. The parade will take a different route than in the past due to the circumstances in the city center. It leaves the church at 6:30 am, moves south on East Street, then east on Main Street and ends on Van Street. Stay tuned for rainy weather and parade postponement on Freedom 92.9 WSEI. The rainy date of the parade will be the following Sunday evening, with the lineup still at the Immanuel United Methodist Church on North East Street, judged at 5:00 p.m., start time at 6:30 a.m. and the same route from Main to Van.
(OLNEY) The Olney Christmas Lights Display in Olney City Park, just off Illinois Route 130, will be clicked for the first time this year, tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The display will then be illuminated every evening through New Year’s Eve, Sunday evening through Thursday evening from 5:00 am to 9:00 am, and every Friday evening and Saturday evening from 5:00 am to 10:00 am.