Local News for Sunday, May 26


Published on May 26 2013 6:13 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Today is Day Three of our More for Moore effort.

A semi-trailer is parked on the south parking lot at Martin's IGA+ and will be open today from noon to 5pm, giving you an opportunity to bring helping items to be taken to the victims of the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

Items being received include baby supplies, blankets and pillows, non-perishable food items, toiletries, health care items, pet food and bedding, laundry supplies, paper plates, plastic tableware and paper towels and toilet paper, and nutrition bars.

We do not need any more bottled water, and we cannot accept clothing.

Cash donations will be accepted at the trailer.  The cash is being kept at the courtesy counter inside Martin's IGA+.  You can also send checks to Effingham County Salvation Army at 1108 South Willow in Effingham and they will be forwarded on to their partners in Moore to be put to work.

The effort is being spearheaded by Broadway Express and Griffith Trucking, Discount Eyewear, Martin's IGA+ and 979 XFM and KJ Country 102.3. 

The collection will continue on Monday from 8am to noon and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 6pm each day.  The trailer will then be closed up and will head for Moore where the items and cash you're donating will be put to good use. 


Today is the final day of the 2013 Watson Area Homecoming.

A community church service will begin at 10:30am directed by Watson Baptist Church Pastor Kent Robinson.  Watson Baptist plans to have Sunday School 15 minutes early and dismiss earlier to allow time to get to the community church service to be held in the Civic Center pavilion.  A chicken and ham dinner will be served by the Watson Lions Club in the Civic Center from 11:30am to 1pm.  A craft show and flea market will resume from Saturday at 11:30am.  Other activities: 1pm--lawn mower races...1 to 2:30pm--bluegrass from Doug McDevitt and "Firebox"...3-4pm--Greg Ealy with gospel music...4-5pm--Erin Wendling with music...5:30pm--Watson's Finest contest...6pm--raffle drawing...6:30 to 7pm--crowning of Little Miss, Junior Miss and Queen winners in the pavilion...7-10pm--music by "Thunder Road"...and 8:30pm--grand prize raffle drawing.


Local Congressman John Shimkus voted this week for legislation that would enable construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring North American crude oil to the Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, 241-175.


Due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, there will not be Commissioner Office Hours tonight at Effingham City Hall.  The Office Hours will resume next Sunday evening from 5 to 7pm in the City Council chambers for anyone with questions or comments about the city.


The Town of Mason will hold its Memorial Day activities today.

A dinner will begin at 11am at the Mason Civic Center.  The dinner will feature chicken or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, corn or green beans, rolls, coffee, tea and dessert.  The suggested donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

The Mason Cemetery program will begin at 1:30pm.


Old Union Church near Bible Grove will hold a Memorial Day service today.

The service will begin at 2pm.  Delaine Donaldson will be the featured speaker.


The Effingham Area Kluthe Memorial Pool will not open until Monday due to the extreme drop in temperatures.  The pool will be open Monday from 12:30 to 7:30pm.  Fees for Opening Day only will be: free to those three years old and younger...one dollar with a paying adult for those ages four and five...two with a paying adult for those ages six to 15 years old...and three dollars for adults from 12:30 to 5:30pm and two dollars for adults from 5:30 to 7pm.  Adults are anyone 16 years old or older.


The national Climate Prediction Center says a repeat of the drought of 2012 is unlikely to be repeated this summer.  The forecast for June through August shows "equal chances" of below-and-above-average temperatures and precipitation in most of the state.  Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says in contrast to last year, precipitation has been above average and temperatures below average for much of January through April.