Local News for Sunday, November 11

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Published on November 11 2012 11:14 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

This Veterans Day 2012 will be a busy one in downtown Effingham.

The Effingham Community Veterans Day observance will begin at 10:40am today on the lawn of the old Courthouse at the Veterans Memorial.  Effingham American Legion Post #120 will serve as the host organization.

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Rev. Drew Holloway will offer the invocation and John Burford will serve as the guest speaker.  Post #120 Commander Chris Thies will give the commander's remarks, there will be a 21-gun salute, Nicole Shoffstall will sing the National Anthem, and Matt Stead will perform "Taps".

Officials hoped another 182 names could be added to the monuments at the memorial in time for today's ceremony.

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This is also the day that the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association will hold an Open House in the old Courthouse.

The Open House will run from 1 to 4pm and gives the Association the opportunity to show off more than six months of hard work to convert the first floor of the building into a museum.

As far as what to expect, when you enter the building, to the left is a Veterans Room where different conflicts will be featured.  The feature for the opening is World War II.  There are photographs, uniforms and medals among numerous other artifacts on display. 

The room next to the Veterans Room is the USS Effingham Room, which will display info on the ship and many more artifacts. 

The final room on the left side is the Media Room, which has been kept as a courtroom.  The Lecture Series at the Courthouse began Thursday with a presentation by Tom McDevitt on his memories of growing up as the sheriff's son in the old county jail.

On the right side of the main hallway is the Train Room where an elaborate display of Effingham County will be presented, including a running train.  There will be replicas of train depots from each of the towns in the county along with many Effingham County buildings and history. 

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The Country Treasures Craft Show wraps up a three-day run today at Village Square Mall.  Hours for the show today are 10am to 4pm.  Admission is $3, with those 12 and younger admitted free.

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The Effingham Junior High School musical "Cinderella" will have its final performance today at 2pm in the EJHS Studytorium.  Tickets are $6 per person.

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The Effingham Park District is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Walk today.  For the first time, the event will be held at the TREC Trail.

The run will begin at 1pm.  Registration begins at noon in the Effingham Performance Center parking lot.  The 5K will begin at 1pm, starting and finishing in the EPC parking lot.  Drawings and giveaways will take place at the conclusion of the run.  After the drawings have been completed, the Fun Walk will begin.  Prizes will be awarded to the first place male and female finishers in each age division.  The divisions are: 13 and younger, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

There is no fee to participate in the 5K or Fun Walk.

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The teacher pension system in Illinois is in jeopardy.  Teachers Retirement System Executive Director Dick Ingram says there is a risk of future insolvency due to insufficient state funding over the last 30 years.  The system is seeking nearly three and a half billion dollars from the state for its portion of the pension costs for Fiscal Year 2014.

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The drought of 2012 has officially come to an end for most of Illinois.  The US Drought Monitor said the areas where the drought is over includes much of central Illinois.  Farmers still feeling the after effects of the severe drought are eligible for loans through the Illinois Finance Authority.

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Plans are in the works to build a solar farm at the University of Illinois.  The 20-acre farm when built would supply the campus with about 2% of the energy it needs.  After 10 years, it would provide nearly free energy for the university.  An annual five million dollar campus subsidy will pay for the solar farm's operations until that time.

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Wireless provider US Cellular says it will sell its Chicago and central Illinois markets to companies owned by Sprint Nextel.  About 585,000 customers will be affected by the move.  The company says current accountholders will not have to do anything at this time and there will be no immediate changes.  US Cellular is also selling their St. Louis and other midwestern territories.

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Wesley Gray will present a Veterans Day concert at the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church today.  The concert will begin at 1:30pm at the church, located at 227 West Harrison in Hidalgo.

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The 2012 Faith Lutheran Church Trivia Night will be held tonight at 5:00 at Faith Lutheran Church in Shumway.  All proceeds will benefit the church's youth group in their plans to attend the 2013 National Youth Gathering.  Teams will have a maximum of eight players, and the cost is $10 per team member.  For more information, phone Sarah or Elizabeth Brackney at 690-7814 or Andrew Moeller at 868-2130.

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St. John Lutheran Church of Dieterich is holding their Fall Brunch this morning until 12:30pm.  The menu includes sausage, ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, fruit, breakfast breads, coffee, juice and milk.   There is also a country store, courtesy of the church's Ladies Aid.  The cost is by free-will donation.  Carryouts are available.  The building is handicapped accessible.  The church building is located three miles south of Dieterich.  Proceeds will help pay for St. John special projects.

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St. Mary's Youth Group of Shumway is hosting a sausage and pancake breakfast this morning.  The event is being held at the Shumway Kluthe Center until noon.  Pancakes, sausage, rolls, donuts, coffee, milk and juice is being served.  The meal is by free-will donation.  All proceeds will be used to send the Youth Group to the March for Life in Washington, DC.

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A reminder of a benefit today for Brandi Halsey-French.  Activities are planned from 11am to 5pm at the Charleston VFW and will include a bake sale, silent auction, pull tabs and a 50/50 raffle.  They'll play Bingo at 3pm for gift certificates and other prizes.  A meal featuring Manwich, baked beans, potato salad and chips will be available.  A live auction will start at 12:30pm.  Brandi has been battling medical problems since August 10, is under a doctor's care, and is not able to work.

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A fried chicken and pork loin dinner will be served today at the American Legion Community Center in Farina, starting at 11am.  The menu includes fried chicken or pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea.  The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.  Carryouts will be available.  Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Legion Hall.

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A reminder of the Veterans Day Golf Scramble at Cardinal Golf Course today at 12:11pm.  To see if there's still room for you, phone Cardinal at 868-2860.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Elmo is hosting their fall dinner today from 11am to 2pm.  The menu includes turkey and dressing and all the trimmings.  The cost is $8 for adults, and $4 for those 12 and younger.  Preschoolers will eat for free.

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Watson Baptist Church will be observing Veterans Day today during their morning worship.  A flag dedication and veterans special services are planned at 10:30am, to be followed by the church's Thanksgiving potluck.

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A reminder of a cancer benefit today for Billie Enlow at the Brownstown Elementary School Cafeteria.  A spaghetti dinner will be served from 11am to 3pm.  There will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, dessert auction and servant auction along with live music.  All monies raised will help the family with medical bills and expenses.

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The annual Fall Brunch at St. Mary's Church at Green Creek is being held this morning until noon.  The menu includes sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, sweet rolls and breads.  There is also a bake sale, basket raffles, quilt raffle and mystery boxes for kids.  The parish hall basement is handicapped accessible.