Sunday Local News for July 14


Published on July 14 2013 6:30 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The St. Francis Parish Picnic will be held today in Teutopolis.

A chicken and ham dinner will be served from 11am to 7pm in the grade school auditorium.  The meal will cost $8 for those 13 and older, and $5 for those ages 5 to 12.  Those four and younger will eat for free.  There will be a drawing for prizes with the top prize being $4,000 in cash, and there will be a drawing of prizes for younger attenders.  There will also be a variety of games and food items.  The outside stands will open at noon.


A band jam is set for today to benefit the Effingham County Veterans Memorial.

The jam will be held at the Effigham VFW Post Home on Veterans Drive starting at 1pm and lasting until they're out of music.  There is no cover charge.

Here's the schedule today: 1pm--Benny and the Amigos...2:15pm--Strings Attached...3:30pm--Thunder Road...4:45pm--Sawyer Brothers...6pm--Rawhide Band...7:15pm--Tress and the Mixers...8:30pm--Country Cut Ups.

There will be 50/50 drawings, t-shirt sales, and a drawing for a 15-foot flagpole and an American flag.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and chips will be available.


The Effingham Performance Center is sponsoring a Cornhole Tournament today beginning at 1pm.  The event is designed to support Arts Connection of Central Illinois, the non-profit group that operates the EPC. 

The tournament will consist of a maximum of 32 teams.  This will be a double-elimination tournament.  The cost is $30 per two-player team.  Players need to be at least 17 to compete.  Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams.  Sign-in will begin at noon.   Spectators are welcome.


A Bement tradition of music, history and summer fun continues this year at Bryant Cottage State Historic Site hosts the 26th Annual Heritage Sunday today.  Activities are planned from 4 to 6:30pm.  Visitors can gather on the cottage lawn to enjoy period music by High Cotton, a local bluegrass band.  Peggy Wells will entertain the crowd by portraying Julia, a relative of one of Abraham Lincoln's neighbors in Springfield.  Through her tales, she will share her view of Mary Lincoln.  An ice cream social will wrap up the afternoon.  Take your lawn chairs.


All kids ages three years to sixth grade are invited to grab your gear and "Take the Plunge, Make a Splash With Jesus".  It's Vacation Bible School at St. Paul ELCA Lutheran Church along Route 40 at the west edge of Altamont.  The VBS will be held tonight through Tuesday night from 5:30 to 8 each evening.  A light supper will be served along with Bible stories, games, crafts and music.  All kids in the Altamont and Shumway areas are urged to attend.  The event is being sponsored by the congregations of St. Paul in Altamont and Trinity in Shumway.  Wear swimwear or take a change of clothes and a towel for the Tuesday evening festivities.  For more information or to arrange for transportation, phone St. Paul at 618-483-5249 or Trinity at 217-868-5156.


The National Trail Farm Toy Summer Show will be today at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building on West Fayette.  The event is open to the public from 9am to 3pm and the admission charge is $2, with those under age 10 admitted free.  There will be a 50/50 drawing and you need not be present to win.  Proceeds will be donated to various children's charitable organizations.


Vacation Bible School at First Christian Church in Effingham will begin tonight and continue through Friday, from 5 to 8pm each day.  Supper will be served from 5 to 5:30pm.  Classes will be available for those entering Kindergarten through sixth grade.


The gospel quartet "Pocket Full of Grace" will be in concert tonight at Calvary Baptist Church in Effingham.

The concert will begin at 6pm at the church, located at Fayette and Maple. 

The quartet is made up of Chris Long, Kim Shuemaker, Mitch Ramey and Sheryl Long.  You're invited to join the congregation in a night of fellowship, worship and praise.


The 11th Annual Plainfield Church Car Show will be held today at the church.

Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and special interests are welcome.  Registrations will be accepted today from 9am to noon with a $10 entry fee.  Presentation of awards will begin at 2pm. 

Plainfield Church is located a quarter-mile east of Rose Hill, off Illinois Route 130.


A reminder of Commissioner Office Hours tonight at Effingham City Hall.

Members of the Effingham City Council will be on hand in the Council chambers from 5 to 7pm to hear from citizens about city issues.


Totus Tuus, a Catholic mission for Sacred Heart and St. Anthony parishes, and area Catholic youth from first to 12th grades, will be held at St. Anthony Parish from today through Friday.  A team of four college-age teachers help students learn more about Christ and how to live as a Christian in the world today.  Registration forms are in the back of the church.