Local News for Sunday, June 17

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Published on June 16 2012 2:34 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Cigarette taxes in Illinois are going up by one dollar in about a week.  It's part of Governor Quinn's plan to restructure the state's Medicaid system.  He signed the cigarette tax into law, claiming it was a tough decision, but will keep thousands of Illinoisans healthy.  According to the American Cancer Society, the higher tax on cigarettes will keep more than 80,000 kids from becoming smokers, plus it will help prevent 60,000 deaths from smoking related conditions.

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Joe Fearday, a financial advisor with the local office of Wells Fargo Advisors has completed training for the title of Accredited Asset Management Specialist.  The program is offered through the College of Financial Planning, the country's oldest provider of financial planning education.

Fearday lives in Effingham with his wife, Racheal and their daughter, Rylee.  He has been with Wells Fargo Advisors since 2009.

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A plan to add five more casinos across the state is still in limbo, despite the fact that lawmakers sent a plan to Governor Quinn's desk.  Quinn says he refuses to sign a "slipshod" bill that doesn't include proper oversight.  He says allowing gaming lobbyists to give campaign contributions to politicians is a prescription for disaster.  Quinn has threatened to veto the bill in the past, but the House has enough votes to override him.  The Senate would need to pick up six more votes for an override.

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Effingham Performance Center registration for Summer Drama Camp is open for two two-week sessions beginning tomorrow and on July 9th.  Campers ages eight to 18 learn improvisation, movement and more in a performance-based program. 

The session beginning tomorrow will run through June 28 from 9am to 4pm daily.  All skill levels are encouraged to attend.  A showcase performance for each session is set for Thursday, June 28 and Thursday, July 19, each at 7pm. 

Tuition for the camp is $100.  Campers take along a brown bag lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided, along with a camp T-shirt.  Visit TheEPC.org for information.

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The Effingham County Community Foundation has announced that the 2012 Delbert and Maradyl Facklam Scholarship will be awarded to Anna Habing of Teutopolis.  Anna, the daughter of Larry and Rita Habing, plans to attend SIU Edwardsville in the fall to study nursing.  She will receive an $850 scholarship. 

The scholarship was established by Delbert Eugene Facklam who was born in 1920 south of Stewardson and graduated from Teutopolis High School in 1939.  He currently resides in Redwood Valley, California.  To qualify for the Facklam scholarship, applicants must be a Teutopolis High School graduating senior continuing his or her college education and demonstrate financial need.  To find out more about the scholarship or the Effingham County Community Foundation, contact Joedy Hightower at the Foundation at 342-4988.

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Saint Aloysius Catholic Church of St. Isidore Parish will host the June Prayer Vigil for Life Monday night at the church at Bishop Creek.  Father Joseph Carlos will be celebrant and homilist for the 6:30pm Mass, but praying the rosary will begin at 6pm.  The 7:30pm business meeting will be conducted in the parish center next to the church.  Everyone interested is invited to attend.

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Effingham County Humane Society's 12th Annual Garage Sale wraps up today.  The sale is being held at the Humane Society shelter along Funkhouser Road in the former Funkhouser School building.  Today is Bag Sale Day from 1-3pm, with large items at half price.

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Centenary United Methodist Church of Effingham is presenting a patriotic tribute during their morning worship times today at 8:15am and 10:45am.  The Handbell Choir will be playing and the Alleluia Choir will present the cantata, "God Bless the USA".  During the cantata, all veterans will be recognized to thank them for their service to our nation.  The cantata celebrates the country's legacy of deep faith and great freedom.

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The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers will have their next jam session today at the Lions Community Building in Forest Park in Shelbyville.  The jam session will run from 2 to 5pm and fiddlers and acoustic instrument players of all ages are invited to participate.  There is no admission charge, but donations are welcomed.  Listeners are also welcome to attend.  Take along a finger food.  Check them out online at illinoisoldtimefiddlers.org. 

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Watson Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School on Monday through Friday, June 18-22.  The theme is "Amazing Wonders Aviation" and the VBS will run from 6 to 8:30pm nightly.  The VBS is for kids from tots through sixth grade.  On Family Night Friday, the children will perform and share what they learned and shared in fellowship through the week through flying to some of the greatest natural wonders.

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Over 40 former St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital colleagues and retirees attended the Alumni Social held recently in the hospital Auditorium.  Alumni were treated to a breakfast and welcomed by Terriann Tharp, St. Anthony’s Community Relations and Marketing manager.  

Kate Weber, St. Anthony’s Cardiovascular Services nurse, shared with the alumni an update on the services provided by Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s.  The alumni enjoyed an update by Dennis Baker, St. Anthony’s Plant Services manager, on hospital construction projects.  In addition, Terriann Tharp shared information about the new Heritage Hallway, a pictorial display which showcases the proud history of St. Anthony’s.  At the conclusion of the social, the alumni were invited to join other hospital colleagues for the blessing of the Heritage Hallway in the Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s.

The alumni group meets periodically to socialize with former colleagues, learn about new hospital services, new medical equipment and construction projects, and participate in St. Anthony’s activities.  Terriann Tharp explained, “These ladies and gentlemen were such an integral part of St. Anthony’s during their careers, and they still are important members of our hospital family.”

If you know of a former colleague or retiree of St. Anthony’s who would like their name added to the hospital mailing list, please have them contact Terriann Tharp, Community Relations and Marketing manager, at 217-347-1453 or e-mail ttharp@sae.hshs.org.