Sunday Local News for June 10

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Published on June 10 2012 9:36 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Catholic parishes of St. Mary's of Shumway, Sacred Heart and St. Anthony will hold a celebration for the Feast of Corpus Christi today following the 11am Mass at St. Anthony Church.

The celebration will involve a Euchraristic procession from St. Anthony of Padua Church to Sacred Heart Church.  Several hundred parishioners from the three parishes are expected to walk in the procession including first communicants in their formal dress.  The parishioners will surround the churches' pastoral team who will travel underneath a canopy as they carry the sacrament of the body of Christ.

The canopy is on loan from St. Francis Church in Teutopolis and carries a rich history.  Used in the 1960s and 1970s, the ornate canopy was used by St. Francis Church for their Corpus Christi procession and 40-Hour Devotions.  The canopy is now kept at the Monastery Museum in Teutopolis.

The Effingham Knights of Columbus has coordinated the procession route with the City of Effingham.  Police assistance will be offered while crossing Fayette Avenue and Henrietta Street.  St. Anthony High School will provide buses for those who are not able to walk the procession.  Buses will also provide transportation to St. Anthony for those that park at Sacred Heart and return participants to St. Anthony if parked there.

The community is welcome to join the procession and lunch.  For more information, phone Sacred Heart Parish at 347-7177.

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The recently-retired Illinois Adjutant General of the National Guard is thinking of a career change.  Major General William Enyart says he retired from the Guard to consider seeking the Democrat nomination to replace Congressman Jerry Costello.  Enyart said he planned to announce his decision by early next week.

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Today's the day for the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Annual Picnic.  A parade will step off at noon, with prizes to be awarded for the best entries.  Bingo will start at 2pm.  A full-course ham and chicken dinner will be served in the K of C Hall starting at 11am, and carryouts will be available.  There will also be cash prizes and a raffle.

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The Illinois Supreme Court will make the state's lawyers pay to help provide non-criminal legal services to the poor.  The court announced it was raising annual licensing fees for attorneys by 53 dollars.  The court plans to put the entire amount raised from the increase into the Lawyers Trust Fund to help offset low interest rates that were affecting grants for lawyer services.  The increase is expected to raise three and a half million dollars.

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The Illinois State Fair Box Office has opened for the upcoming fair, scheduled for August 10-19 in Springfield.  The box office will be open weekdays, except holidays, from 8am to 5pm.  Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or by phoning 1-800-745-3000.  More information on this year's Grandstand lineup or other events at the fair is available at www.illinoistatefair.info or at 217-782-1979.

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Congressman John Shimkus has introduced an amendment that would increase funding for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by $10 million.  The measure shifts funding and is not a request for additional spending.

The Commission stopped licensing activities with regard to the Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste storage facility.  Shimkus said after 30 years and $15 billion spent, the Commission "refuses to follow the law and complete the review process."  Shimkus said the amendment would remove any excuse that the Commission doesn't have the funds to complete the review.

Shimkus chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

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District 12 Illinois State Police had a busy May.

District troopers made 73 criminal arrests during the month, and issued more than 2,000 citations and more than 1,300 written warnings.  Troopers also investigated 86 crashes last month and made 32 DUI arrests along with 46 other alcohol-related violations.  There were four traffic fatalities handled by District 12 state police during May. 

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Trevor Thomas, known as "Mr. Drama", performs music, monologues, poems, sketches and mime and will be sharing this morning at 10:30am at Watson Baptist Church.  His wife, Sawyer plays the piano and sings.  The community is invited to attend.

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Cornerstone Christian Church's Sky VBS begins tonight and will continue each night through Thursday from 6 to 8:30pm.  The VBS is for those age three through fifth grade and for those in Grades 6-8.  The church is located along South US 45 next to the airport.  Register online at www.effinghamcornerstone.net.  

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There will be a Red Cross blood drive today at St. John's Lutheran Church on West Jefferson in Effingham from 8:30am to 12:30pm, with T-shirts for all donors.

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You can have a porkburger lunch today at Christ the King's Parish Hall in Greenup today between 11am and 1pm.  The menu includes a porkburger on bun, cole slaw, applesauce, chips, baked beans, dessert and drink.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under age 10.  There will also be games for the kids, a 50/50 drawing, and a basket raffle.

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A Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course will begin this morning at Christ's Church on Veterans Drive in Effingham.  The 13-week course will begin at 8:45am in the Junior-Senior High Room at the church.  There is a special price of $65 for membership and a kit loaded with resources.  Scholarships are available.  More information is available at 663-2758 or at alecring@live.com. 

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A Matthew Grupe "Can Do It" Benefit will be held today from 4 to 9pm at the Effingham Elks Lodge on South Banker in Effingham.  Matthew is Rob and Beth Grupe's 11-month-old son.  He has brain cancer.  Activities will include dinner at 5pm with auctions, a raffle, live entertainment by Andy Rueter and more.  The proceeds will help defray medical costs and other expenses.  Dinner is $4 for a child and $8 for an adult if you RSVP ahead of time by phoning Theron at 994-4280.  By purchasing dinner, you are automatically entered into door prize drawings.