Local News for Sunday, February 24

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Published on February 24 2013 6:50 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

People in Illinois will get the right to carry a gun in public come June 9.   Lawmakers are scrambling to get a reasonable bill passed, which honors a court order and puts restrictions in place.  Gun control advocates say malls, schools, and restaurants should be off-limits.  But others say those are the place shooters are targeting in their mass killings.

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A statewide poll suggests a majority of Illinois voters favor tighter restrictions on guns.  The poll by the Paul Simon Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University found twice as many Illinois voters believe that controlling gun ownership is more important than protecting the right to own one.  More than seven in ten Illinoisans think laws covering the sale of firearms should be more strict.  

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The City of Altamont Electric Department will be conducting line maintenance today.  Altamont electric customers located south of Altamont Christian Church will experience an interruption in service from about 9:30am to noon.

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Gas prices are inching toward the four dollar mark and GasBuddy.com says it might not be long before we get there.  Drivers are paying about 45-cents more for each gallon of gas now than they were this time last year.  Gas prices usually spike in April.  GasBuddy hopes the spike is just coming a bit earlier than usual this year, but it's too early to tell. 

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An Illinois House committee is backing the proposal to ban minors from entering tanning beds.  The House Consumer Protection Committee is sending the bill to the full House for a debate.  The measure seeks to prohibit minors from using tanning beds, even when they have parental consent.

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If you're an average gym-goer and looking for a good choice of recovery beverage a study on nutrition has an unlikely top choice.  The study by Indiana University published in the "International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Metabolism" says before reaching for protein smoothies or muscle-building drinks your wisest option is chocolate milk.  It seems that for the average workout regular ol' chocolate milk has the right amount of protein, carbs and sugar unlike high-priced store-bought energy drinks.  The study also discovered chocolate milk has vitamins and nutrients not typically found in commercially-produced energy drinks.

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Taxpayers could be on the hook for paying off the state's pension troubles.  A new proposal looks to extend the two-percent tax increase, which took effect in 2011.  The tax increase was supposed to expire at the end of 2014, but Representative Lou Lang says the additional money will take a heavy load off the state.  The proposal would also raise the retirement age, require state workers to pitch in an extra three-percent, and would shift pension costs to local school districts and universities.

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The St. Isidore Youth Ministry soup supper will be held from 4 to 7 this evening at the St. Isidore Parish Center in Bishop Creek.  Chili, chicken noodle and sauerkraut soups, hot dogs, ham sandwiches, and homemade desserts will be served.  Carryouts are available.  The event is being held in conjunction with the Day of Prayer at St. Aloysius Church in Bishop Creek.

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An Open House is planned today for the 60th wedding annivesary of Clyde and Evelyn Joliff.  The Open House will be held from 1 to 4pm at Danks Christian Community Center in Edgewood.  The event is being hosted by the couple's children.

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Tammy Renee Harris will appear in concert today at Watson United Methodist Church at Routes 37 and 45 east of Watson.  The concert by the singer-speaker-recording artist will begin at 3pm.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert.

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The annual Swine and Dine Breakfast is being held this morning at St. Michael School in Sigel.  They'll be serving until noon.  A large plate is $6 and a small plate is $4.  On the menu: whole hog sausage, eggs, buttermilk pancakes, homemade rolls, breads, orange juice, coffee and milk.  All proceeds benefit the school.  There will be a Country Store with baked and craft items, and mystery boxes for the children.

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There are blood drives going on this morning from 8am to 1pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham and from 8:30am to 12:30pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Effingham.

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The Altamont Immanuel Lutheran Senior LYF will be working at Culver's today from 11am to 2pm.  The fundraiser is to help provide for the cost of a trip to the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas in July.  While there, the group will meet with other youth in service projects and gathering events.

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The Teutopolis High School Band will be in concert today. The concert will begin at 3pm in J.H. Griffin Gym.

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"Are You Smarter Than a Pastor?" is the theme for a Bible trivia night hosted by the Dieterich St. John's Lutheran LYF.  The event is planned from 4 to 7pm tonight.  For more information, phone Kyle Campbell at 682-3630.

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The Dieterich Civic Center will host a card party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.  Solo, pinochle, pitch and dominoes will be played.  Sandwiches and dessert will be served.  Proceeds will go toward ongoing maintenance and ongoing remodeling projects at the Civic Center.