Local News for Sunday, June 30


Published on June 30 2013 7:01 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Sigel Sesquicentennial Celebration Weekend wraps up today with the majority of the activities scheduled in Sigel Park.

Here's the schedule:

10am-noon--car show (on the ball diamond)

noon--parade, lining up at Henderson Timber (for more information on the parade or to register, phone Pat Walk at 844-2446 or Phil Fearday at 844-2439)

2-4pm--threshing and machinery displays

2pm--horse pull

3pm--costume judging and beard judging

4pm--ladies' sodality pie auction

ALL DAY: beer garden, food vendors, quilt show (at the Lutheran Church), history museum (at the American Legion)


Shumway's tractor and truck pull event concludes today.

Antique tractor pulling will start with weigh-in at noon and pulling at 1pm.  There will also be drawings for prizes, and food and drinks available on the grounds.  Take along your lawn chair.


Commissioner Office Hours are scheduled tonight at Effingham City Hall. 

City Commissioners Don Althoff and Brian Milleville will be in the Council Chambers from 5 to 7pm to meet with local residents about City issues.


State Representative David Reis is opposing efforts to implement a progressive income tax increase.  Supporters of the increase want it to be immediately effective upon adoption.

What was termed a temporary income tax increase was approved by Democrats in the General Assembly during the 2011 lame duck session of the legislature.  Individuals' income tax rates increased from 3% to 5%, and corporate income tax rates increased from 4.8% to 7%.


Retail counters at post offices in the region will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  There will be no mail delivery, caller service or post office box service.  All services will resume Friday, July 5.


The Illinois State Police has announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check held during the evening hours of June 21 and early morning hours of June 22.  The detail was conducted in Effingham by State Police District 12 officers.

20 citations were issued or arrests made and there were 15 written warnings issued.  Three driver's license offenses were issued, along with two occupant restraint offenses, two DUI arrests, and two other alcohol or other drug arrests.


Effingham Knights of Columbus 5th Sunday Communion is today and will be celebrated at the 8:30am Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the breakfast at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building to follow.  Grand Knight Jesse Davis is inviting all widows and children of deceased Brother Knights to the breakfast as part of a new program promoted by the Illinois State Council called "McGivney's Dream".  The goal is to keep widows and children in their care and included in Knights of Columbus activities.


The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds residents about the dangers linked to the use of fireworks including sparklers and firecrackers, which burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees.  That temperature is hot enough to cause third degree burns. 

In Illinois last year, 259 fireworks related incidents were reported, which resulted in nearly $600,000 in losses.  In 2011, 9,600 injuries were treated in hospitals across the country.


Students of the Stewardson and Strasburg areas are planning a trip to Europe in 2014.  They will be hosting a new fundraiser today.  The S-S E E are sponsoring a geographical scavenger hunt at the park in Stewardson.  Two- to four-member teams will search Stewardson and the surrounding area for caches, using a GPS device and geographical coordinates.  Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.  A special prize will be given to the most patriotically dressed team.  To register, phone Lisa at 343-9483.


A group called "New Beginnings" will perform today at 1:00 at Bethsaida Church.  "New Beginnings" is made up of Martin Smith, Charles Campbell and Gail Bryan.  A love for the Lord and music brought the three together to share the message of Jesus Christ.  The members are from the Greenville and Hillsboro areas and feature bluegrass and Southern Gospel music and hymns.  Bethsaida Church is located south of Effingham 10 miles on US 45, and then east four miles on the Mason-Eberle Road to the intersection of County Roads 1700th Street and 200th Avenue.


Today's the day for the annual 4th of July celebration in Stewardson.  A pork chop dinner will be served from 11am to 1pm at the Stewardson Community Building.  The meal includes a pork chop, baked potato or potato salad, baked beans, a watermelon slice, and a drink.  At 3pm, a parade will step off following the same route as last year and it's open to anyone who would like to participate.  Line up by the balldiamond at 2:15pm.  There will be a food stand at the park from 4 to 8pm, along with the geo scavenger hunt we mentioned earlier, a bean bag tourney at 5pm, a Karate demonstration at 6pm, a performance by Dance Etc at 7pm, a "Not So Beauty" Beauty Pageant at 7:40pm followed by the Little Mr. and Miss Stewardson Pageant at 8pm.  Fireworks will start at dusk. 


There will be a retirement Open House at Lake Sara today for Gene Arnold.  The event will run from 2 to 4pm at the Lake Sara Community Building by the dam.  The public is welcome to attend.  Arnold has retired after 22 years as chief of police and custodian at Lake Sara.


The Teutopolis Knights of Columbus 5th Sunday Breakfast will be held today after the 8:15am Mass at Sacred Heart Church at Lillyville.  This is for members and their spouses.  Jean Bohnhoff from Senior Services of Effingham County is the speaker.  For more information, phone 857-3111.