Local News for Sunday, April 14

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Published on April 14 2013 6:40 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham County sheriff's deputies are continuing their investigation into a single-vehicle crash that occurred late Friday night.

Teutopolis firefighters were called at 11:22pm Friday to the Teutopolis-Elliotstown Road, about three-quarters of a mile north of 1050th Avenue.  Firefighters report a pickup truck was headed south on the blacktop approaching the Little Salt Creek Bridge when the truck drifted to the east side of the road and struck the end of the bridge guardrail head on.  The report is that the truck hit the guardrail with such force that the engine and the guardrail supports got intertwined.  In order for the truck to be removed from the scene, the Effingham County Highway Department had to bring a cutting torch to separate the truck from the bridge.

The driver of the vehicle, whose name is yet to be released, was injured in the crash and was taken by Effingham City-County Ambulance Service to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Sheriff's deputies are investigating the crash and trying to determine whether alcohol might have been played a role.  1775th Road in the area of the crash was closed while crews were on scene.  The scene was finally cleared at 2:23am Saturday.

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A bill being proposed in Illinois would bolster current requirements for teenage drivers.  Under the House bill, would-be motorists between 18 and 20 years old would have to take an online course teaching them adult driver education if they've never done so.  Officials say the current system has a loophole as many drivers wait until they're 18 years old to get their driver's license to avoid taking the classes.

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A new poll suggests Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is a pretty unpopular figure.  A poll by the New York Times says Quinn is the second-least popular governor in America up for re-election.  The poll says Quinn has an approval rating of 31%, ahead of only Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, who has a mere 28% approval rating.

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A reminder of a training workshop Monday in Effingham for anyone who would like to measure precipitation for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network.  The network is a grassroots national program of backyard weather observers working together to measure and map precipitation in their local communities.  An information and training session for anyone interested in participating will be held at 6:30pm Monday at the Effingham County Extension Office on North Wenthe in Effingham.  There is no charge to attend.  If possible, phone Extension Monday at 347-7773 to let them know you plan to attend.

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The Illinois House voted to approve a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the office of Lieutenant Governor beginning in 2019.  Illinois voters would have to approve the amendment for it to take effect.  The Attorney General would be next in line to become governor if the Lieutenant Governor's office is eliminated.

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The St. Anthony Grade School spring musical production of "The Little Mermaid" will conclude with a matinee performance today at 2pm, in the Multi-Purpose Room at St. Anthony High School.

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The Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Father/Son Breakfast will be held this morning.  The breakfast will be served at 8:45am at the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Hall following the 8:45am Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis.  All members, sons and grandsons are invited to attend.  There will be prizes for the kids.

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The Homecoming Gospel Choir will be in concert at Cornerstone Christian Church in Effingham tonight.  The concert will begin at 6pm.  The Homecoming Gospel Choir, featuring over 80 singers and musicians, presents a Homecoming Gospel Reunion, an evening of gospel music capturing the excitement and enthusiasm of the popular Gaither Homecoming videos.  John and Judy Roberts will be the hosts for the evening.  Admission to the concert is free, and a love offering will be received.

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The Family Life Center of Effingham's 10th Annual Broadway for Life show will be presented today at the Effingham Performance Center.  The Broadway-style show will begin at 2pm.  Several of those who've performed in past Broadway for Life events will be back for today's 10th anniversary show.

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The Dieterich Community Ruritan Club's soup and sandwich luncheon will be served today at the Dieterich Kluthe Civic Center from 10am to 2pm.  The menu will include chili, vegetable soup, broccoli and cheese soup, sandwiches, dessert and drink.  All proceeds will support the Ruritan Club and their scholarship fund.  A free-will donation will be taken at the door.