is a small town in southern Illinois
aproximently 10,000. It is known as the "Home of the White Squirrels
" and is also home to Butch Lockley of "Survivor: The Amazon
Olney is located in Richland County, approximately
65 miles south of Effingham, Illinois
, and about 55 miles west of Vincennes, Indiana
Its white squirrels
are famous across the nation. The squirrels are completely albino
. Gray and white squirrels have recently been known to breed together, producing half breeds. Some of the half breeds
have even been known to have a completely albino body (including pink eyes) but with a dark gray tail.
Olney is filled with local businesses, including Ophelia
's Cup, a local coffee shop. There, young authors
are encouraged to share their material with other Ophelia's Cup customers and employees. Other notable businesses include The Fireside (The local bar) and Butch and Jennie
's, a popular pawn shop.
Olney's newest clame-to-fame, Butch Lockley
, is the middle school principal, and is responsible for helping bring up many fine young adults
into the community.
Olney is also well known for its highschool sports
program. The East Richland Tigers compete in the North Egypt
ian conference. Sport
s in the athletic program include football
, cross country running
and boys basketball
, and track and field
. The Tigers have been known to bring home many Conference titles and occasionally have competed in Illinois State Tournaments.
Also in the town, Olney Central College
, a junior college. OCC
offers courses in all fields and serves as a pre-college
. The OCC mascot is the Blue Knight. OCC also supports a concert band
, jazz band
, and choir
, all known as the OCC Cavaliers