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Rosemary “Rosie” Murphy, 89

Rosemary “Rosie” Murphy, age 89, of Olney, Illinois, passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 22, 2022, at Vandalia Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was born April 17, 1933, in Clifford, Illinois, the daughter of Felice and Ruth May (Grasty) Coriasco. She was united in marriage to Paul “Jewels” Murphy Jr. on June 30, 1953, and together they shared 50 wedding anniversaries until his death February 9, 2004.
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Gary Wayne Kemmerer, 74

Gary Wayne Kemmerer, 74, of Louisville passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 8:40 p.m. at the Flora Gardens Care Center, Flora, Illinois. Gary was born on May 29, 1948, in Effingham, Illinois, the son of Roland Ross and Sue (Barnes) Kemmerer. He married Evelyn Gaut, on February 4, 1967, in Lansing, Michigan. He was a union electrician and worked for the IBEW for many years before retiring. Gary was a musician and started playing when he was 13 years old in Michigan. He also was a member of the Musician’s union. Gary attended St. Paul’s Church in Bible Grove, Illinois.
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(OLNEY) The Olney Rotary Club is continuing with its “Olney Clean & Green” event, now through next Thursday, June 30th. Many of the city’s 66 routes for the litter pick up are still available for individuals, families, churches, 4-H groups, or others to clean up. With gloves and trash bags available at the main branches of the First National Bank and TrustBank, filled trash bags can be left in the city dumpster in the Olney City Hall parking lot off of Whittle Avenue. To sign up or for more details, call or text Jean at 618-838-3989.

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Ingram

Robert E. “Bob” Ingram, 75, of Cairo, and formerly of Olney, died Friday, June 17, 2022, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 17, 1947, in Danville, the son of James and Margaret Newlin Ingram. He married Kay Williams in 1970. They shared 25 years together. She...


(OLNEY) Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will be working several of its campus parking lots and road ways next week, Monday through Saturday (6/27–7/2). Each area will take two days to seal and re-strip, leaving some entrances and parking lots to CRMH in accessible at certain times. The first area of work this coming Monday and Tuesday will have parking lots B and C, located off of East Street and the Scott Street entrance to the Rehab Building will be closed. Patients and visitors will need to access parking lot A from East Street or use the Mill Street entrance using the west parking lot. Those going to the Rehab Building will need to use the Mill Street entrance on Monday and Tuesday. The work next Wednesday and Thursday will include the Emergency Department entrances, plus more later next week on Friday and Saturday. More will be announced next week. Thanks for your patience.


(NEWTON) The 151st Annual Jasper County Fair continues on the fairgrounds in Newton. Today’s main event is the Antique Farm Show, from 11:00 to 2:00, with the Whippoorwill Rodeo tonight at 7:30. Then the popular Demolition Derby will wrap things up tomorrow night at 7:00. While all the fair exhibits remain on display in Floral Hall, the laser tag and inflatables are available for the kids each night from 6:00 to 10:00, plus all the great and tasty fair concessions. All at the 151st Jasper County Fair on the fairgrounds in Newton.


(OLNEY/NEWTON) The Illinois Eastern Community College District Board of Trustees had its regular monthly meeting for June earlier this week. The Board : approved the payment of all bills as presented : approved the District’s Property, Casualty, and Liability Insurance coverage with Wright Specialty : agreed to renew lease agreements between the District and certain locations and entities : approved special assignments for the coming academic year for all four colleges, including lead instructors, advisors, coordinators, managers, directors, some athletic personnel, and other team leaders : and in personnel moves – accepted resignations from LTC Dean of Instruction Brent Todd, OCC Cozy Corner Director Emma Rudolphi, and LTC Custodian Sarah Kennedy – approved employment status changes for Marty Fatheree from OCC Maintenance Worker to Maintenance Worker at West Richland Center, Krystle Riggle from LTC Financial Aid Coordinator to District Office Financial Aid Program Director, Trina Dunkel from WVC/District Office Student Services Specialist to WVC/District Office Financial Aid Coordinator, and Chelsea Dulaney from FCC Office Assistant to FCC/District Office Student Services Specialist – and agreed to hire Roger Eddy as Interim President at OCC, Dane Inman as WVC/District Office College Admission Rep, Joseph Jackman as District Office Perkins Project Coordinator, and Tyler Henry as FCC Information Systems Technician : the IECC Board’s next regular meeting will be July 19th.


(OLNEY) This coming Monday, June 27th, is National PTSD Awareness Day across America and a time to let all area Veterans know that help is available. The Olney VFW is reaching out and inviting all Veterans, their families, and/or caregivers to an interactive panel discussion to be held Monday night, starting at 6:30, in the VFW’s back fellowship hall. While the meeting will run approximately one hour, an online ZOOM option is available. For more, call or text Derek Kocher at 517-897-0295 or email


(OLNEY/NEWTON) As a high pressure ridge centered over the Upper Midwest today starts to move eastward, we’ll have a mixture of clouds and sunshine for this Friday, plus a little more humidity in the air. Then after a dry sky tonight and a totally dry day on Saturday, an approaching cold front will move across the state with our next rain chance through the day on Sunday before ending. A northwesterly wind flow will follow with a much less warm and humid air mass in place for the first part on next week, although the extended forecast, at this point in time, has no rain chances through next week. Stay tuned for updates and monitor a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for more weather information and forecast details.

Patsy Jean Thomson

Patsy Jean Thomson, 84, of Iola, passed away at 10:20 pm, Monday, June 20, 2022 at the Lakeland Rehab and Health Care Center in Effingham. Patsy was born on May 15, 1938, in Montrose, Illinois the daughter of Raul and Mary (Oakley) Bolin. She married Joseph L. Thomson, Sr., on December 7, 1955, in Nebraska, and they shared 35 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on January 14, 1991.


(OLNEY) The Richland County HEA will celebrate its annual meeting tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney. The registration will be followed by a catered meal, then the annual HEA business meeting will be held, including the election of new officers, plus a vote on proposed constitution and bi-law changes. After two years of no meeting due to the pandemic, it’s the 75th Annual Meeting of the Richland County HEA tonight in Olney.


(OLNEY) The Darren Bailey & Stephanie Trussell “102 Counties in 14 Days” Fire Pritzker – Restore Illinois bus tour is winding down after nine stops yesterday, including his final stops of the day on Wednesday in Robinson, Bridgeport, Olney, and Newton. With nine more stops planned for this Thursday, starting out this morning in Flora and Salem, before heading to Fairfield, Albion, Mt. Carmel, and Carmi. The tour will finish up with nine more stops tomorrow in far southern Illinois. At last check, the most latest poll showed State Senator Darren Bailey with a near double digit lead over Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, 31% to 16.8% with more than 30% of those polled still undecided. The primary is next Tuesday.