Local News for Sunday, October 21

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Published on October 21 2012 6:29 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham resident Rob Grupe has been awarded $10,000 for his longtime volunteer work on substance abuse prevention.

Grupe received the honor October 12 from the Lillian and Larry Goodman Award for Excellence in Drug Abuse Prevention program during a symposium at Roosevelt University.  The $10,000 is a gift from the Goodman Foundations.

Grupe, who has worked at Heartland Human Services as a prevention coordinator and a mental health counselor, volunteers with the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute and Operation Snowball, serving as a chapter leader for 17 years.

Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association CEO Sara Moscato said, "Rob has dedicated his entire career to preventing young people from using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.  He has been serving young people for 17 years, and he deserves this recognition for his commitment and dedication."

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4-H delegates from across the nation will gather in Atlanta, Georgia for the 91st National 4-H Congress November 23-27.  Illinois will be represented by 20 teens including Mary Perkins and Sarah Brackney of Effingham and Rachel and Renee Tillman of Altamont.

National 4-H Congress offers states an opportunity to send outstanding 4-H youth to the event and provide them with an expanded educational experience through seminars, community service projects, and tours sponsored by local and national 4-H program donors.

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The state's college savings program is accepting new clients again.  The College Illinois program was shut down after concerns over lack of oversight and investment strategies, but Executive Director Eric Zarnikow says they've made quite a few changes.

They're accepting new enrollments until April 30 of next year, but prices will go up January 1.  Zarnikow said those who buy before December 1 will spend about $62,000  to educate a newborn for four years of college in the future.

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The Best Business Center, located at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, aims to assist businesses by providing information and the necessary resources for local business owners to stay in business and possibly expand.

Effingham County Community Foundation representative Joedy Hightower recently presented a $5,000 check to Effingham County Chamber of Commerce President Norma Lansing to increase awareness of the resources available to business owners at the Best Business Center.

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The annual Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Contest will take place today at the Thelma Keller Convention Center, starting at 1pm.  The contest began in 1964 and has a long history of amazing fiddle players.  The contestants are judged on their timing, ability and overall tone.  The top five contestants in the Open Division then play a tune of choice.  Tickets are still available.

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Another tour of the Poor Farm Cemetery is being offered this afternoon.  The tour will run from 1:30 to 2:30pm.  Meet at the Effingham County Memorial Airport for volunteers who will guide you to the cemetery.  Softcover books on the Poor House, Poor Farm, and the Poor Farm Cemetery will be available for purchase at the event.

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The final performance of the Teutopolis High School fall play, "Kilroy Was Here", will be today at the Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium along Main Street in Teutopolis.  A dessert theatre will begin at 1pm, followed by the performance at 2pm.  Tickets will cost $8 for adults, $7 for students.

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A breast cancer benefit tractor pull will be held today in Shumway, starting at 11am.  Hooks fees will be a $50 donation to the American Cancer Society.  There will be food and drinks on the grounds.

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The gospel group "Declaration" will be in concert at the Cowden Free Methodist Church tonight at 6:00.  There will be a Snacks and Smiles fellowship to follow.  The church is located at 3rd and Locust in Cowden.

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Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid will hold their annual soup supper today with serving to begin at 4:30pm.  The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, barbecue and hot dog sandwiches, pie and other desserts and drinks.  There will be a free-will donation.  The church is located south of Altamont on the blacktop to 600th Avenue, then 2-1/2 miles east.

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There is a Red Cross blood drive going on this morning from 8am to noon at Holy Cross Church of Wendelin, in the parish hall.

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A Masonic fish fry is scheduled today from 11am to 1pm at the Lake Sara Community Building.  The event is open to the public.  They'll be serving fish, shrimp, several sides and drinks.  The event serves as a fundraiser for both the Altamont and Edgewood Masonic Lodges, to help fund community projects.  Tickets will be available at the door.

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Faith Lutheran Church in Shumway is holding their annual soup supper today from 4 to 7:30pm.  The menu consists of homemade chili and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs, ham and cheese sandwiches, pies, cakes and drinks.  A free-will offering will be taken.  Funds will go to Faith Lutheran Church parking lot improvements.