Local News for Sunday, May 5

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Published on May 5 2013 7:04 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The US Supreme Court has given Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan more time to decide whether she'll appeal a ruling against the state's ban on concealed weapons.  The decision does not let lawmakers off the hook.  They still face a June 9 deadline to approve some kind of concealed gun bill.  Madigan has until June 24 to decide whether to fight the Appellate Court ruling and her spokeswoman says Madigan hasn't made up her mind.  Lawmakers are struggling to craft a law that balances concerns over violence in Chicago with the aversion to restrictions voiced by gun enthusiasts.

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Area students recently gathered more than 28,000 phone books for recycling, and as a reward they earned $2,500 for their schools from Consolidated Communications.  The books were collected by students at St. Anthony Grade School, Sacred Heart Grade School, Effingham Junior High School and Sigel St. Michael Grade School.  During the month-long program, students were encouraged to gather old phone books from family members and friends and take them into each school following the delivery of the 2012-2013 phone book from Consolidated.  St. Anthony Grade School earned top honors and a check for $1,000 from Consolidated by gathering an average of 60 books per student, for a total of 20,651 books.  Sacred Heart gathered the second-highest tally with 35 books per student for a total of 4,917 books, and earned a $750 check.  Students at Sigel St. Michael gathered almost 12 books per student, for a total of 1,287 books and earned a check for $500.  Effingham Junior High School gathered about two books per student and turned in 1,202 books and received a check for $250.  In all, the schools gathered 28,057 books.

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Lake Land College history instructor David Seiler recently completed a research assistantship with the Higher Learning Commission.  As part of a nationwide study sponsored by the HLC, Seiler and other researchers were chosen to conduct a study, focused on dual credit programs throughout the US.  The study aimed to collect data and evaluate evaluation models connected to dual credit programs.  Seiler said he was honored to be chosen for the project and believes their research will be of great assistance to researchers on the subject.  Seiler said his interest in dual credit programs stems from his years teaching at Effingham High School, where he said teaching high school helped him to understand how dual credit programs work.

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The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recently selected CASA, United Way of Coles County, Effingham County Humane Society, Helen Matthes Library of Effingham, and Coles Community Health Program as recipients for the first of two rounds of capacity building grants.  The micro-grants are up to $1,500 for attendance by non-profit staff and board members at seminars, workshops and professional development groups.  The applications deadline for the second round of micro-grants is September 15.  Find out more by phoning Foundation Director Joedy Hightower at 342-4988 or visit www.enrichingourcommunity.org

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The Teutopolis 2012-2013 Sports Awards ceremony will be held today.  Fall sports and winter sports participants and all senior athletes will be recognized at today's event, which will begin at 2pm in J.H. Griffin Gym at Teutopolis High School.  This event will take the place of the All-Sports Banquet that has been held in the past.  Awards will be given for fall sports and winter sports and all senior athletes will be awarded their senior plaques.  Awards for the spring sports will be given later.  No meal will be served today.  Parents, family and fans are welcome to attend.

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Calling all paws to hit the park and get yappy and happy at the American Cancer Society Bark for Life of Effingham County today.  Bark for Life is a fun, noncompetitive walk where everyone is welcome.  From 4 to 6pm, yip, yap, howl and have a blast at Evergreen Hollow Park in Effingham.  Bark for Life recognizes the contribution dogs provide to cancer patients and their families through emotional support and comfort, and as therapy and service dogs.  In addition to the walk, there will be food, prizes and games that include Musical Sit, Doggie Ring Toss, and Ears and Tails.  Dogs may have their nails clipped and Helen Matthes Library will show people a technique for making doggie toys.  Registration today is $35.  All dogs must be up to date with their shots and be on a leash.  Registration opens at 3:30pm.

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A garage sale to benefit Candi Mintert and her fight against lung cancer concludes today at Sport Designs and Graphics at 807 South Maple in Effingham.  The sale will be going on from 10am to 2pm today.

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The Teutopolis Monastery Museum will be open today from 12:30 to 4pm.  The Museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building located behind St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis.  The Museum features articles used by the Friars during the Novitiate years in Teutopolis, as well as Bibles and books dating to the 1700s and items used by early Teutopolis pioneers.  The tour also includes the Mausoleum and St. Francis Church with stained glass windows depicting highlights in the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  Volunteers are available along the tour to explain displays and assist visitors.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

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St. John's Lutheran Church on West Jefferson in Effingham is hosting a breakfast this morning to help stock their food pantry.  They distribute food from 3 to 4pm every second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  Today's menu includes biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes and syrup, scrambled eggs with bacon, assorted pastries, juice and coffee.  They just began serving and will continue until 9:30 this morning.